Sorry to keep spamming stuff like stupid screenshots. But for me as a writer, looking at Alex’ apartment tells me so fucking much about him, really. It’s the little cutscenes like this in Prototype 1 of Alex Mercer’s human life that make him fascinating for me. Here he is, trying to rediscover who he was and what he was and as he goes down the line and consumes minds and remembers, he hates it. He despises Alex Mercer, the human, the scientist who made Blacklight 10 times stronger. This is why Prototype 2 makes me so very angry. Because I see so much potential in Alex not to be a mindless villain who wants world domination to make everything better. At the end of 1, he wasn’t sure if he was above or below humanity. And he wanted nothing to do with the human Alex anymore, saying “what he did is unforgivable” in reference to releasing the virus. Though he still kept Alex’ shape, voice and name…sort of.
I’ve read the comic books that are supposed to relate to the transformation of his character, that he was disappointed without his ‘anchor’ restoring faith in humanity. But Alex didn’t strike me as though he sought answers about humanity at the end of Prototype. Actually, I think the Blacklight Virus Alex Mercer knows more about humans than he ever wanted to and he STILL saved Manhattan from the nuke. He still got blown up to save an infected city and hello, remember the part of the game where you run around defeating the infection effectively? Okay, yes, that was for your own ends too, to draw out Greene, to find answers, to kill Tagggaaaaaaaaaaart etc etc
But for me, the fact was that despite knowing that humans were responsible for all of this, experimenting on Greene and others, despite the fact humans are, in essence, food for him now, Alex still saved Manhattan, he saved Dana, he let Ragland help him. He still values human lives there.
So why is it such a surprise to him that humanity does have a lot of rotten apples? (don’t even get me started on Dana’s transformation)
It just doesn’t make sense to me. The fact that Alex knows he is more so he would try to change something, yes, perhaps. Alex turning into a stupid idiot who unleashes exactly that which he vanquished before, hell no. And I don’t believe for a second that he would ever turn anyone into something like Greene, not by the way he reacts towards her.
If Alex was going to change the world, he wouldn’t have done it this way. He would have found a far more intelligent method, like infiltration, like taking control of important people. Not by making another infected nest out of New York again.
I’m sorry, this has turned into a rant and all I wanted to point out was how his apartment makes me appreciate paranoid, slightly psychopathic scientist Alex Mercer who shut all those smiling people in the photographs out of his life and changed from that (very dorky but handsome) suit-wearing doctor into a recluse fearing for his life and preparing to abandon ship.
/end rant. You can thank my recurring Alex Mercer feels for this.