Today in Bioshock 2: Who keeps a cat in a bird cage, and other questions raised by Rapture.
As I started Bioshock up yesterday, I was still feeling pretty conflicted about Grace Holloway. To recap, she’s the jazz singer ostracized and blacklisted by Ryan in Rapture’s heyday for singing protest songs. She’s befriended by mad ole Doctor Lamb, and eventually given guardianship of Lamb’s daugher, Eleanor. Grace is barren and madly wants to be a mother, so she takes to this like a dragon to gold. Naturally, then, she despises me — Big Daddy Project Delta, who was once Eleanor’s companion. Grace isn’t a splicer, and she’s not really all that insane. In fact, she’s nearly sympathetic. Except.
Except, as she whips up the post-Ryan-Rapture “Family” (read:splicers) against me, she harps on the fact that I’m out to kill their precious babies. This is a pretty cunning move, actually, because some of the female splicers do still initially react to a big daddy with a little sister as some sort of molester level monster. Only, after that, they do try to TEAR THE CHILD APART for ADAM. And therein lies the rub! Because Grace isn’t insane. She knows what the splicers want to do to little sisters. And Big Daddies stop that from happening. Which means that somewhere in her soul she believes death for little sisters is preferable to a life as mindless ADAM mining machines.
It’s probably a fair assessment — life as a little sister is no good. But it discounts the idea of redemption. I suppose Grace doesn’t know about Dr. Tenebaum, or if she does it makes sense that she wouldn’t trust her. After all, Tenebaum CREATED little sisters, so why trust her to save them? But my knee jerk reaction is to despise Grace for what could be some massive delusions.
At any rate, while going mad listening to the big-sister-music-bug (wherein the Big Sister warning music plays on loop in Pauper’s Drop), I go searching for the key so I can leave behind this splicer infested hellhole. As far as horrifying places in Rapture go, this is pretty low on the list. Sure, there are some hanging people in some of the ruined hotel rooms, and sure, there are some mad splicers pretending to be dead (my least favorite kind) but there are far fewer cult altars and torture scenes and insane doctors waiting in the fog than in other parts of the city, so overall it’s a win.
There are a few interesting journals along the way. In one, you learn that there’s a needle (EVE, perhaps?) scheme going on where every part hopes to cheat another party. Pretty sure there’s some major plot information here: whatever mutation is causing this madness, it would be easy to see it coming from infected needles, spread by careless packers after some quick cash.
Also, Grace’s hideyhole is behind her own private apartment. There are some journals left behind by a growing Eleanor who is growing more and more impatient with her mother’s prohibition on interacting with common folks, who Eleanor calls Dog-Eaters. It’s the first time I can remember hearing this terms, and I’m curious about what it means. Eleanor is developing a crush on one of them, any how.
And then there’s Grace, having a breakdown in her journal over Eleanor being missing. THIS is what swayed me in my final decision in Pauper’s Drop. For better or worse, Grace loves Eleanor, and in her Dr. Lamb influenced mind, she is doing the best she can for her. So when I found her in her little hideyhole and she told me to kill her, I walked away. (Lamb was TOTALLY unimpressed by this and snarkily informed me that planting doubt in Grace’s mind wasn’t going to change HERS).
By the way, Sinclair speaks up on behalf of Grace before I go in — he reminds me that what I do is totally my decision, and that he wouldn’t blame me for killing her, but… I ALMOST am starting to like Sinclair. Nearly. But not really.
Grace redeemed and the key in hand, I skeedadle out of there. The splicers were setting up machines to destroy me, the bastards, so I took every back route I knew to find my way out and back to the train. But JUST IN CASE you thought things would go smoothly, no. It’s time to meet the next insane cast member in this house of horrors, Father Wales. We are introduced by a MISSLE that he shoots at my train. What a dick.
I’ll talk more about him when I finish this level, but let’s just take a look at what’s going on in the very first level of Siren Alley.
I can’t wait to meet him and see more of his insanity.