Posted 21 May 2016 - 01:59 PM
Franklin is the counterweight to Trevor and Michaels insanity
A chaperone of sorts
But he is, IMO, horribly under developed. And he is for the same reason that I think Johnny is even in the game
Rather than craft an artful stasis for Trevor, building him up, showing his true character, the reasons behind his 'craziness' the story length was too short so rockstar had to resort to a quick plot device. Johnny has already been established in iv/TLAD as a tough character, resilient, the typical gta protagonist, so by Trevor killing him, it's a quick 'alpha male' type transfer; Trevor is automatically tougher and more badass because he's killed a tough and badass character. Also, Michael is always saying how crazy Trevor is, when in reality he's not that crazy. Trevor is a monster of Michaels making and rather than build him up gradually, rockstar wanted instant pedastal-ification.
Including a previous protagonist for such a throwaway purpose was very deliberate and I think to TLAD fans, it's a slap in the face. Rockstar knee there'd be some backlash. He is a favourite among many.
Franklin also, has very little impact on the story. He feels throwaway. We could have seen so much more of him and the 'gang' stuff, seeing how difficult it is to get out, him getting dragged back in, and finally after a struggle, he gets out, yet it's still there. V only touches on this (much like how little it used Vinewood), and I think it's because rockstar made the story too short. Take away the FIB, and heist preps and you've got a pathetical few missions. Some feel iv was too long but what about SA , considered to be the best gta by many. On every turn in gta v I see missed opportunities, from huge plot lines to small side activities. Johnny, niko, Luis, Claude - none should be decimated; what if in gta VI, Trevor gets killed by a new protag? Many will hate that. Leave past protags alone. Instead, write a more in depth and more clever story
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