It should have all just been a dream! Why didn’t they do it so that the evil villain is actually another effect of his multiple personality disorder! For some reason, certain people seem to think these over-proposed well-worn tropes are ‘novel’ and ‘unique’ ideas which instantly introduce that necessary psychological dimension that turns good to great…IT DOESN’T:
i)Far Cry 3 doesn’t need Vaas to be Jason Brody to be good
ii)Breaking Bad doesn’t need Heisenberg’s final episode to be ‘a dream’ to make sense and be gripping
iii)the Mass Effect 3 ending doesn’t need to be a dream to create a coherent conclusion, because let’s face it, NOTHING WILL SAVE THAT ENDING…NOTHING.
So please, anytime you see someone propose these two ‘solutions’ to any form of artistic medium, you should hope for these two possibilities to actually be happening:
i)this is all a dream designed to reflect greater themes of frustration plaguing your life
ii)your other personality is fabricating the article in your mind to torture you and further fragment your mind.
Dedicated to the marvellous critical abilities of Emily Nussbaum of ‘The New Yorker’, whose insight into what makes a good finale can be found here=> http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/culture/2013/09/breaking-bad-finale-reviewed.html
Yours sincerely, MM