Satisfyingly weird. While it's clear that this piece isn't designed to carry the proposal by itself, I do feel it does a sufficient job of communicating a narrative through the entire series.
The hype rises.
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This did nothing for me. As an issue of personal taste, I dislike narratives that rely on thematically similar objects or phenomenon that are expressed through long-ass tables. While I can appreciate kaktus' comments about it not being intended to carry the series itself, this overstays its welcome by about a dozen mega-evolutions of extant SCP objects. Furthermore, extraterrestrial monster things that are spooky and want to kill humanity specifically for no apparent reason ranks below talking animals in my list of least-favorite SCP types.
This does raise some interesting questions, such as the relationship between the reality-breaking effects of the object, and the erosion of belief in organized action resulting from SCP-2798. Unfortunately, these questions are not enough to overcome what I consider to be significant weaknesses in the article. -1
I understand this reaction, and was sort of expecting it. It's funny, because generally I'm trying to avoid tables and such these days, but this was sort of part and parcel of the concept. But fair enough.
Just one thing, though:
Furthermore, extraterrestrial monster things that are spooky and want to kill humanity specifically for no apparent reason
An anomalous condition affecting American actor Shia LaBeouf, causing him to perceive all animals, animal parts, and animal matter as Shia LaBeouf. This anomaly has caused increasingly erratic behavior in Mr. LaBeouf, and will likely require a high-profile containment effort.
Lemme guess, he's an Actual Cannibal now?
But yeah, I'm going to be neutral so far, because this is but one facet of a larger narrative that, at the time of this critique, has yet to actually be completed. As incredibly bland as this SCP is (it makes things weirder, and doesn't like us… 'Kay.), I can't actually do anything about it yet, because it might actually be done well in the soon future.
Only when this is done will I give this any vote. But as it stands, there's just not much here that's really getting my interest, aside from how other SCPs are now like… Which I don't think is a good thing. Oh sure, it connects the universe and all (which in in the SCP Canon is a Geordian Knot that's also a Non-Euclidean eye trick, like the three impossible prongs), but the SCP doesn't have anything to stand on its own legs besides a concept, and nothing more.
This stands on its own perfectly, I feel. The most entertainment comes from the table and all the crazy shit 001 does, and yet just the implications of everything before that chills enough. Even if this were so obviously unable to stand by itself, it's entertaining and a good enough read that I gotta upvote. I don't know if it was quite the intention, but some of the entries came off darkly funny.
I couldn't help but notice that the majority of the chosen SCPs for the table were, themselves, noted for their dark humor or whimsy, before the Serapis event.
(Although now, I admit that I'd like to see the President send moon snakes to explore the stairwell in the Pentagon.)
SCP-001 just really likes reimaging SCPs, you guys.
Seriously, this is great. 001 itself is terrifying on its own (that page image really gets me speculating), and the table is full of too many great alterations to pick a favorite.
We had a 001 that was basically the wiki's writers, now we've got a rewriter? I'm not 100% comfortable upvoting something that would get wiped off the face of the wiki without crosslinks, but I'm definitely looking forward to the larger narrative.
After rereading this(and remembering Roget's proposal exists) I'm gonna upvote anyway.
Overall, I haven't been this excited about a plot since I discovered the antimemetic division.
As long, as you're making skips even skippier, I'm betting there are effects that were immediate, but won't be noticed for, say, two months.
Post-Seraphis 231-7, for instance, could affect the brains of everyone around it, rendering them permanently immune to amnestics. It would go unnoticed at first, but soon, you have a bunch of traumatized Foundation staffers who can't forget what they've witnessed (and a bunch more who've just been assigned to 231-7 that will have to be dealt with in two months, and so on). Then, the higher-ups scramble as they consider all the skips that are contained or protected in part by amnesticizing Foundation staff (2718 and 2000 come to mind, but I'm sure there are others), and have to deal with the fact that there are now Foundation staffers for whom those protocols won't work…!
I think my favorite parts are the more weird mutations. It would have been boring if just turned 294 into a thing what kills you, but I like to imagine it's part of 001's incredibly convoluted scheme to destroy humanity's morale by bankrupting manufacturers of soft drinks. And how could you say no to Cactuswoman and Cactusdog?
Unrelated note: I noticed that "drones that harvest human brain tissue" appears twice. Did 001 intentionally do that to prevent the Foundation from exploring the pocket dimensions with the LFO system mentioned in 2003?
I'm the same way - others downvote for that, but that's the one part I really enjoyed. I'm so tired of "immense looming evil" SCPs at this point that this kind of premise almost immediately gets disinterest from me. The things like the Clockworks, the vending machine, and drinks machine, though, I never tire of. They're such good starting points for quick bursts of creativity.