FOX (ended 1999)
I tried to post last night but the 'net kept timing out on me. Better luck today.
So, Renard's demise. Don't have any theories about which of the remaining eps he'll kick the bucket in but I agree with the idea that he'll probably die saving Ros. What I'm wondering about is whether Jack will be involved.
Until last night's episode, I don't think Renard had considered Jack as anything more than a lucky nuissance. Yes, he's created all sorts of problems for the King when it comes to carrying out Machestro's orders, but last night's ep was all about Renard and his own plans (no Machestro in sight). It's one thing to have your boss' schemes blown to bits by a fifteen year old brat but it's another to have your own fanatical projects destroyed. I think the rail cannon's decimation was the last straw for Renard- he's never looked that hatefully upon Jack before.
Thus, when it comes to their next run-in, I'm thinking Renard might disobey Machestro's orders to capture Xyber and go all-out on Jack.
However, with Jack's vow to Ros not to harm her father (which I'm kind of hoping he breaks...) it would be a pretty one-sided battle. If this were to happen, I believe the only thing that would stop Renard would be his daughter, most likely using herself as a body-shield in front of Jack (ala Pocahontas, yeah?).
If this scenario pans out, he'll be turned to the good guys' side in a relatively short time ('cause there aren't enough episodes left to make a realistic, gradual shift) and turn on Machestro- getting roasted in the process.
What I WANT to happen is Jack and Renard getting into their last fight and Jack's survival instincts going into full effect despite his no-violence promise, resulting in Jack killing Renard (then immediately regretting it). Why? Because nothing would drive Rosalyn away, quicker! *evil grin*
The unlikely scenario:
It gets to the point where the only way to save the day involves Jack breaking his promise and killing Renard. Rosalyn forgives him but says she can't bear being with the killer of her father. Anakonda, brimming at the chance, is turned away when Jack decides to set off on his own. He did something that he's not sure how to live with and needs to clear his head.
Oh, and Ikira sacrifices his life to defeat Machestro and free the Machina.
The likely scenario:
During the final battle, Renard learns that his daughter is invovled with the rebellion and sees her being attacked by the Machina. He fights off his own soldiers and embraces his daughter, only to be cut down as a traitor by Machestro. Jack either uses or destroys Xyber in a way that destroys Machestro and frees the Machina, who will now be led by Ikira. And, as to whether Jack chooses Rosalyn or Anakonda? I'm guessing the last shot is the three of them walking off, allies in battle, when the two girls start throwing the usual body odor jabs at one another and Jack leaves us with one final groan.
Xyber gets 'dismantled'? That makes sense. If they were going to have a second season, it would probably involve a quest to rebuild/reactivate Xyber.
Other possibilities for season 2:
- The history of Ana's people.
- Rosalyn struggling with her throne, looking up to Tatania as a teacher.
- The triangle of Jack/Rosalyn/Ana causing political tensions between the womens' kingdoms.
- Machestro wasn't destroyed and still leads a small group of affected Machina. The main thrust of the season is him trying to release an altered form of the Machina virus on the people of the valley.
- More exploration of Jack as Chosen one.
Any other ideas?
Yeah, you're right. I just suggested the whole Machestro plot because it's Saban and I doubt they'd let him die off easily, especially when the alternative is creating a brand new villain and plot. And as for the Machina, I forgot about the horrible death thing.
The ideal season 2 would pick up several years later. Queen Tatania's kingdom and Rosalyn's have merged and rule over the valley. Tatania is the leader with Rosalyn being groomed to eventually take over. They have an uneasy peace with the Machina, who still live underground under the guidance of Ikira. There is tension among the Machina, some of whom seek a cure for the disease, others who feel they are perfect the way they are and that to suggest a cure is an insult. Following the destruction of Xyber, Jack set off on his own. He's become a legendary hero and many myths surround his disappearance. Ana lives on the outskirks of the valley. With Jack gone, she has little connection to the people and waits for a new hole to appear in the storm around her homeland. And Mick & Willy just hang around enjoying life as heroes. Or, I should say, Mick enjoys the hell out of it and Willy keeps him out of trouble. As usual.
The opening episode would set all that up and involve a public conference between Tatania and Ikiru to discuss relations between their peoples. The episode ends with an assassination attempt on Ikira that goes wrong and, instead, kills Tatania. They corner a suspect. It's a grizzled Jack. And in his possession is a new Xyber.
The next few episodes would deal with:
- Where's Jack been?
- What's the new Xyber?
- Is Rosalyn ready for the throne?
- Who was the real killer? Why?
And as to your question, yes, I have considered writting fanfic. Just never really had the time or the right story to tell. Let me play around with this a bit more and see if I can take it anywhere.