I like how you can’t hear what the Jakes are saying (I’m presuming they’re talking to the guy with the keys at least), but have to guess it from their gestures and expressions. =)
It’s also nice how clearly you can tell who they are, just by the way they speak and what they’re talking about — hardly need them to say eachothers’ names at all, except to help differentiate who’s who.
Clever, really. Shake down a dude who cannot tell a lie when you need information.
I also liked the little touches, like Jackie being amused by the idea of a guy who really “wears his heart on his sleeve”. It’s not that you see this behavior and immediately assume that’s the way things are, because later, Jackie seems enthusiastic and playful about meeting the Elliotts, then becomes all business at the first signs of resistance. Makes you wonder if Jackie is truly amused, or if it’s just something she does to encourage people to let their defenses down.
And THAT is why Spike RAWKS.
Somehow, I don’t think it’s either/or with Jakes. I suspect they sort of look at all Unnumbered as something less than fully human. Maybe amusing, maybe dangerous, maybe useful, but nothing deserving enough of respect to be worth shooting straight with.
Shaking down Sincerists for info seems quite astute. They can’t lie to you without violating their basic principles, and if they refuse to talk, you can just hurt them until they do.
100%, I feel like that had to be Jackie’s idea…
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