[Firstly, thank you. I know there’s other Flynns out there, but I want tothank you for acknowledging me and asking me this.
Just to clarify: Because Flynn is my favorite character (and portrayed by my one of my favorite actors) I’m probably going to have some sort of bias (I’m guessing that’s obvious, but I feel like mentioning it).
Onto the question:
Controversial? I understand some people didn’t “get” the personality shift, but can you call Flynn controversial? huh? Is he like hated now? I’m confused.
I can’t really see him as a villain, that’s contradictory to his personality and his outlook/philosophy.
At his core, in both films and in other material, Flynn is a creator (hence the URL). Flynn likes making things and letting other people enjoy those things. He also doesn’t like being taking advantage of, which is why he fights back and eventually succeeds in the end.
In Legacy, he is basically taken advantage of by one of his mistakes. I think people don’t seem to realize that Clu (2.0) essentially kidnapped him. He was stuck in there for next to 30 something years, and time works differently in the computer world.
In the first movie, his adventure is almost 2 days long, and to his friends on the outside, it seemed like minutes. Imagine what 30 years would feel like. You’d probably be a different person to. I can’t say it’s like becoming crazy, but you can tell Flynn is different in Legacy, and for me it’s something to really chew on and think about … and that’s why I like Legacy a lot, but that’s another story.
Look, in real life I’m an artist. I’m going through school and I have big ideas about the industry I want to go to in to. Flynn is a relatable character for me, an innovator, a game changer, a guy who stumbles on something brilliant and whats to make it better. He’s the sci-fi equivalent of the misunderstood artist.
Is he a hero? Maybe not traditionally, he does what he feels is just. He wants to make things better for everybody. He does so in a rogue-ish way by committing industrial sabotage, but at that point he’s playing dirty the same way Dilinger and the MCP are.
Is he a fool? In the same way human beings are fools for making mistakes and not being able to predict the future. He made an effort to stop the madness, it wasn’t enough. When he was broken and battered and Sam came to him with a solution … he didn’t take it right away because he was afraid. You spend that much time thinking about how to fix a dilemma, it changes the way you view everything.
Is he a villain? NO. He’s never hurt anyone for the hell of it. He has a sense of justice. He’s not curious to the point of torturing subjects. He’s not a mad scientist.
Flynn’s a creator who’s trying to learn more about a miracle. He’s like an artist studying the concept of life itself, but he’s laid-back and sometimes jovial, sometimes serious and willing to look at things from different perspectives, philosophies, religions. Basically, Flynn became the wise sage of the story, and some people don’t care for that. I think it’s cool he grew and changed with the story. Real people grow and change, so does Flynn, and so do I.
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1. He treated his friends and family horribly, and yet they were still loyal to him. Seriously? Leaving them to twenty years of guesswork and dead ends? Not even an “in case I die or vanish” letter in his safe deposit box? Not even telling Lora what he’s done with a laser she explicitly called her life’s work? Constant lies to Jordan about what he was up to? That laser could be doing god knows what to his DNA!