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Old 11-29-2012, 04:45 PM   #116
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Default Re: All Things Superman: An Open Discussion - - - - - - - - Part 17

Originally Posted by Zionite1 View Post
Key word here is expect.When jorel sends his son to earth he doesnt expect anything-he simply hopes-he hopes his son survives and lives a good honorable life.he hopes his son doesnt abuse his powers,he hopes his son becomes a good person.he hopes...
Well if thatís the preferred versionÖ then (as I said) simply establish that Jor-El has no knowledge of the power-bestowing properties of a yellow star. That way, you avoid - entirely - the fence youíre trying to straddle.

In drama/fiction, thereís a principle that you donít introduce a detail that sets up expectations - and then fail to address or deliver on those expectations. Itís referred to as Chekhovís gun.

In this case, if Jor-El has no thought that his son might become a great champion on Earth, then itís a pointless/complicating detail to bring up the yellow sun/superpowers business. In other words, donít hang that ďChekhovís gunĒ on the wall.

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