Natasha makes herself at home, Nasty runs into a complication, Meredith runs into culture shock, and Vicki finds a potential love of her life. Welcome to the commentary for the sixth chapter. Please read the chapter before continuing.
Finally, the action revs up. Natasha needs a base of operations. An abandoned building, even if she has to evict squatters, suits her nicely. She keeps her cool and just threatens. Sure, there's a bit of violence, but Natasha kept it to a minimum. She is in charge, as long as Omega agrees with her. Tori isn't as patient, even with Natasha. Their dynamic should be different from the one between Nasty and Vicki.
The meeting between Nasty and Vicki had some implications to it. I went with Vicki's point of view here. Part of it was that I've had enough scenes with Nasty and Eric discussing the mirror dimension that it'd be rehashing a plot point that's already been beaten on. The other was to show how Nasty's reaction would look from the other person. The implication here is that Nasty knows who Vicki is, already set up in previous chapters, and knows that she's superpowered. Vicki doesn't know what Nasty does, so, in her eyes, the redhead is just being rude. Eric is unaware of Vicki, so he can't say anything to her.
The scene with Alec and Pierce let me add some behind the scenes convention details at the expense of Nasty's sanity. Alec and Pierce work in the comics industry and aren't based on anyone in the profession. They're guests at the convention enjoying some down time before the chaos begins. The panel will be coming up in a later chapter. The scene shows the age of the story. Today, going to conventions is far more mainstream than in 2008, with most major cities having at least one.
Meredith should've known better. In Canada, the drinking age varies from province to province. Ontario's is 19. The US, however, is a blanket 21, regardless of state. Some counties may be more strict and disallow alcohol sales completely. The rest of her scene sets up the con, with people in costume. Meredith isn't a good judge of age; Nasty and Eric are much younger than she thought. Her not recognizing Peregrine goes to showing that while Nasty did make the news, the revelation wasn't as huge as it feels to her.
Tori's scene let me answer some questions I had about the nature of the mirror dimensions. Tori and Vicki have the same bank account and the same PIN. Vicki isn't going to be happy when she discovers what happened. It is short-sighted, but Tori just came out that way while writing. She acts without thinking. It works both ways; if Vicki went over to the mirror dimension, she could use Tori's account. Don't think about it too hard.
Tomorrow, Crossover Chapter 7.
Also tomorrow, over at Psycho Drive-In, comments on NBC's Hart to Hart remake.
Saturday, over at Seventh Sanctum, the History of Adaptations continues with the Aughts.
Also Saturday, check out Comics Bulletin for comics-related reposts of Lost in Translation.