Skip to the Good Part, Feb 2019
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Hello, and welcome to the first instalment of Skip to the Good Part! Skip to the Good Part is a monthly column written with the intention of highlighting some of the most interesting SCPs that have caught my eye over the previous month. This doesn't mean the highest rated or ones that are super popular, but ones that stood out to me for one reason or another.

I don't read every article that is posted every month (who has the time!), so this list obviously isn't exhaustive - I'm sure I've missed some gems out there, and I'm primarily interested in SCP articles so it's pretty unlikely you'll ever see tales, GoI formats or anything else like that here.

Why should you care about my opinion on anything? Good question! I'm Mortos and if you've read anything of mine it's probably the IKEA article, SCP-3008, but I've got over 20 successful SCPs and a bunch of other stuff. I've offered feedback on dozens of draft articles at this point, and I have a pretty solid grasp of what does and doesn't work on the wiki. Am I an expert? No, of course not. I've also had a number of articles that haven't done well. But, this is an opinion piece, and I feel confident enough in giving my opinion on things!

So, with all that out of the way, lets jump into the highlights from February 2019!

SCP-4221 - What A Wonderful World, by Adl3z_Adl3z_ and MathBrushMathBrush
I found this article interesting because it doesn't spell everything out for you. At first glance, it appears like it might just be a regular Scary Monster article, but it quickly goes in a different direction. It's not an especially complicated anomaly, but there's enough going on that it has a decent sense of mystery about it, and it gives you enough pieces to come to a few different conclusions. I won't spell out any of the things that came to my mind, but most of them are pretty grisly.

The exploration log especially paints a great visual, a functionally grey-scale landscape interspersed with splashes of colour, backed by a persistent banging sound in the background. Overall, the article has an interesting feel to it, and a nice Series 1 vibe.

SCP-4326 - Honeymooners, by RogetRoget
This one is interesting because it took me a couple of minutes after reading it before the implications of it really hit me. There's some genuinely dark, real-world horror here that is pretty rare in general, and hard to pull off without being tacky or tasteless. It's executed nearly perfectly here, though.

It's a short article; it gets in, delivers its payload and is gone. And then you have that oh shit moment. Great stuff.

SCP-3846 - Walden Pond Scum, by IhpIhp
I've never read Walden, and I know next to nothing about its author beyond what is presented in this article, but something about this one caught me. The century old photo immediately puts you into the right mindset for the rest of the article; it's slow and quiet. Sedate. The dream journal has just the right level of surreal to be interesting without being obtuse, and it ends with a line that is both entertaining and damning.

It's not a big flashy piece, and it's probably not the kind of thing the readerbase of the site usually latches on to, but I've thought about this one more than once since I've read it.

SCP-4512 - A Goddamn Filthy Teleporting Party Pool, by WoedenazWoedenaz, DrAnnoyingDogDrAnnoyingDog, Uncle NicoliniUncle Nicolini and RounderhouseRounderhouse
An article about a party pool, written by an entire party's worth of people. This fun skip with a few different things going for it - things that seem cliché when you list them all out, but still manage to work for the article. You've got your list of random items, tables of attempts at containment, the specifically formed and comically named Mobile Task Force (which is legit one of my favourite tropes on the site - all MTFs should have at least slightly comical names) and then the interview log with the wacky personality.

As I said, it all sounds very cliché but all of these elements are executed very well (which is impressive, considering the number of authors), and the visual styling on the logs and table really makes the whole thing pop. Presentation is important, people, and don't pretend it isn't!

What really clinched this one for me though was the interview, specifically the fact that this thing just has no clue what it's talking about. It would have been easy to play this straight and the article might have worked fine, but the fact that it's just bullshitting its entire shtick really brought the whole thing together for me.

SCP-4935 - Hereafter, by djkaktusdjkaktus
Hoo boy, this is a big one. It's definitely worth your time though, for a number of reasons. First of all, it's got something I'm nearly always a fan of - giant anomalies. And a 20km cube is pretty damn huge. Right off the bat the visual of it grabs your attention. It also cleverly sidesteps the issue of wondering how the Foundation could possibly hide something so big. Beyond that though, there's some excellent world building, great exploration logs, some body horror and an interesting look into how the Foundation reacts when actually threatened. It all works well, and remains cohesive despite its length.

The most impressive part about this article to my mind though is that it's part of the End of Death canon (which is great, by the way, and you should check it out if you aren't familiar with it), and yet you don't have to know a single thing about the canon for the article to make sense. It explains everything you need to know in a natural way that makes logical sense due to the nature of what's going on in the article, and still manages to fit nicely into the established reality of that canon. It's an impressive feat, as it serves as a great introduction point to a bunch of other good articles and still manages to remain a fully standalone piece.

SCP-4471 - Hoard, by PedantiquePedantique
This is an odd one because I didn't immediately get what was going on, and yet I really liked it despite that. Ultimately it's pretty subtle, and a few changes were made after I read it to make a little more obvious, but what I really like about this one is the possibility space it opens up.

Where there's one of these creatures doing this, there must be more, right? What other ways have they whipped up to deal with their stuff? Do they interact? Without almost zero information about her, I can almost perfectly picture Abigail D. Paquette III and her entire personality from this article. Am I projecting a bit? Probably. But the first thing I thought after reading this was "holy crap, I want to see a tale based on this idea". It's probably not for everybody, but I really dug this one.

SCP-4213 - I Scream, by Doctor CimmerianDoctor Cimmerian and YossiLeinerYossiLeiner
There's a bunch I could say about this. It's cute, mostly harmless, entertaining. Honestly though, the main reason I like it?

Motherfucker just wants some ice cream. And I can relate to that.

That's it for this month. Keep an eye out for the next instalment early next month!

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