>>It doesn't feel
>>like anyone's addressed the enormity of the problem.
>No one really has, on-screen. The closest we've come so far has been
>a couple-three people sitting around their living room bullshitting
Yeah, this is *exactly* the vibe I got, which seemed completely at odds with how important Kei is to the UFverse at large (never mind the actual characters). More below on this, though...
>And it's not so much that the people we've seen discussing it have
>said, "Eh, too far. Fuck it, let's go get a sandwich." If you look
>at the scene in Fulcrum II, Kozue opines that she believes an
>intergalactic expedition is possible, if enough resources are
>given to the project, and Len points out that the real problem is, "We
>have to find her first."
Yup - and make no mistake, I understand that's a BIIIIG problem. However...
>Between that and Len's musing that he feels the universe shifting
>subtly now that confirmation that his mother's alive is spreading
>around, I guess I just don't see how you can have formed the
>impression that nobody's doing anything.
Because, so far, all anyone HAS done, on-screen, is talk about it, and not much of that - and as a reader rather than, say, one of the Usual Suspects, I haven't Clue 1 about what is going on in the background (the Babylon council meeting you mention as happening off-screen, for example). Now, I'm not saying you need to trot this stuff out for us, all bullet-pointed and everything. I'm simply pointing out that the feeling I'm getting is more lackadaisacal than I would have expected for such immense news.
However, as Wedge points out, I'm looking for meat in the produce aisle, though I didn't consciously realize it. Heh. See, when you brought Kei into it, I think I kinda went, "Oh, wow, we're finally getting to see what happened to Kei!" When in actual fact, all you're doing is teasing us. Bugger. :)
So, for myself, I'm sticking a mental Post-It next to my Fulcrum of Fate drawer that says, "This is Fulcrum of Fate, not The Return of the Red Lensman", and I think I'll be okay now.
> It's just that what they're
>doing right now - what they have to be doing right now - is
>looking for an angle, not strapping on their guns and riding
>out of town, and that doesn't look as dramatic on TV.
I know, I know, but... grr. See, this is why EPU's stuff is so good. You've got me all riled up over a fictional character (in a fictional setting, with no possible connection to little old real-life me). So, kudos.
I'd like to point out that I didn't intend to hijack the FoF forum to discuss Kei's situation, by the way. It just happened to be one of the impressions I formed while reading FoF, so I listed it.