dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

Pattersonland, the abandoned gold mine.

An unfortunate side effect of the time freeze is that the saga of the Patterson family isn't really over. Granted, we're going to be permitted a monthly update on their activities written by a rotating family member, but that isn't enough. For good or ill, we've all invested too much time in this simply to stop at an arbitrary deadline. A case in point is John's bizarre dream to use a largish near-by plot of land to build a huge model train layout. Since the Patterson clan are a rather insular and naive group of people, they probably assume that their insane patriarch's mid-life-crisis inspired fixation would go unopposed. Nothing could possibly be further from the truth. For instance, you can't simply buy a parcel of land and start building things; you have to go to the municipality and apply for a building permit. This would afford an opportunity for Lynn to do something based on actual personal experience instead of the guesswork she does now. A resonably accurate depiction of John's struggles with the local planning commission would actually be more entertaining than the Z-grade soap opera we're currently witnessing. We could also give the Patterson family realistic antagonists in the form of a group of people with more or less legitimate concerns about his HO scale nghtmare. Trying to figure out why they object and how, if possible, to address their concerns AND realize his amibitions at the same time would make John and Elly slightly more sympathetic characters than the befuddled weirdos we have now. The best part is, of course, the two older siblings would be reduced to glorified walk-ons because the focus is back on the original two protagonists, John and Elly. If any child would have a major part of this, it would be April.
Tags: john: little tin god or petty tyrant?

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