I see the “posthumous letter good-bye” trope in so many films and tv shows, that I wanted to get back at it. To me, it highlights how the author is manipulating the reader/viewer while still expecting a powerful emotional reaction. They’re giving their characters a super power, but one that serves to make a dramatic story, not one that helps the character. Sorry, Character X but you can predict your own death, write a message good-bye, record it/write in a perfect first take, time it perfectly so your loved one reads it as you are about to die and can’t stop it, but you can’t get out of the enemy base before the self-destruct goes off or whatever. Boo. Hiss. At best, it means the dying character is a fatalist who wanted to die, and not even try to escape. And that sort of suicidal character is not an archetype I want to celebrate either. Boo. Hiss.
Anyone seen this trope done in an interesting way?
Also, get ready, because next week is the final strip!