Posted by Just Sayin' on June 25, 2013 at 08:58:48
In Reply to: Re: TFI 2009-present: Academic description of The Reboot posted by Observer on June 25, 2013 at 05:02:29:
I also was struck by that omission, which is why I referred to Rick's ghost continuing to haunt Karen & Pete. There's no ignoring the 100 pound gorilla in the room, despite the Shepherds' best efforts.
The Shepherds appear to view Rick's murder/suicide as Karen's private tragedy, something not particularly relevant in the group's development and evolution. Rick was conceived in a testimony to FFing, raised to be Berg's "Mini-Me," prophesied about, groomed for leadership, encouraged to "love it up" with mom and the crew. His whole life up to the point he left TFI was a sick social experiment in which his mother openly and enthusiastically participated.
Oops. Couldn't quite fit that massive datapoint into the narrative, eh, Professors Shepherd?
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