A reviewer confronts TWO TOWERS
- This is one of my favorite reviewers, and I'm allowed to circulate her stuff,
she says - I =loved= this paragraph; but then I've never been much for fight
' "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" is big. You knew that. And it's
noisy--hoo boy, with the surround-sound, it's like being inside a washing
machine. A Victorian poet hailed "ignorant armies [that] clash by night." Now
imagine that literalized, with the help of computer graphic software that
creates gazillions of little critters, each programmed to pick a fight with
the nearest other critter, and each given individual levels of weariness,
impulsiveness, and intelligence. Push a button and a hundred thousand of
these start whaling at each other. In the dark. In the rain. For a long, long
time. If you're like me, after not much of this you start planning dinner and
trying to remember where you parked the car. Be patient, the storyline will
- In a message dated 12/7/2002 8:34:33 AM Pacific Standard Time, Stolzi@...
> Now imagine that literalized, with the help of computer graphic softwareI read -- in ESQUIRE, I think -- that in the very earliest version of this
> creates gazillions of little critters, each programmed to pick a fight with
> the nearest other critter, and each given individual levels of weariness,
> impulsiveness, and intelligence.
program (which is an AI program, essentially), some of the little critters,
faced with battle, instead turned tail and ran away.
Sounds smart to me! But of course, you can't have the noble warriors of
Rohan acting that way (orcs, maybe), so they fiddled with the program to keep
it from happening. Which involved ratcheting the intelligence levels
*downward,* one suspects!
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