Two new residents have arrived in Night Vale today. One of them, a woman in a white tank top and orange pants, refused to comment… on anything, although her companion, a delightful weighted cube, indicated that they recently escaped from some sort of underground experimentation facility just outside the Desert Bluffs city limits.
Scientists could not find the facility, as directions from a weighted cube are hard to read, but conceded that no scientific experimentation could be worse than being that close to Desert Bluffs, and Ms Chell and her pleasant and personable companion are better off for having escaped.
And now, traffic.
"Portal" doesn’t have any male characters, at all.
The entire game is a one-on-one between a woman protagonist and a woman antagonist.
But it still doesn’t pass the Bechdel Test, because Chell refuses to speak to GLaDOS.
I think that the fact that a game that has no men in it and in fact no men even contextually relevant to any part of the plot or any of the game’s interactions, a game with only two characters, both of whom are women, who spend the entire game interacting with one another, doesn’t pass the Bechdel test kind of says a lot about why a passing or failing grade on the Bechdel test doesn’t really mean anything without further analysis.
THE BLACK KNIFE TRIAD
Using her criminal connections, Moriarty managed to buy her way out of prison. However, knowing she would never be able to escape the watchful eye of the detectives, she turned to one of the scientific branches of her criminal web: Aperture Sciences.
She came to an arrangement with GLaDOS, the AI in control of the now-defunct facility. In exchange for continued funding of her tests, GLaDOS would freeze Moriarty for 25 years and provide her with an identical android duplicate to carry on her affairs and deal with the detectives in her absence.
The true Moriarty awoke 25 years later, just after the Kaiju crisis, to find the world was in a state of reconstruction, vulnerable to a power grab. Using her intellect and GLaDOS’ technological prowess, she’d easily be able to grab power. All she needed was an enforcer, a loyal lieutenant who would solidify her power and make her unstoppable.
GLaDOS’ continued testing of portal technology allowed them to open a rift into the Phantom Zone to free Subcommander Faora Hu-Ul.
And so the Black Knife Triad was formed, on the condition of mutually assured destruction: If any one of them tries to doublecross the triad, the other two have the ability to bring her down. Faora could destroy either of them with a flick of her wrist or a blink of her eye, GLaDOS has the ability to trap either of them in the Phantom Zone, and Moriarty knows how to deactivate GLaDOS and carries a kryptonite blade with her at all times.
The only thing standing between them and total world domination is the Heroine Squad, an elite UNIT strike force formed to protect the world from precisely this type of power grab.
Assuming the universe began in a “big bang,” or the explosion of a singularity containing all matter and energy that makes up the universe today, and all that matter is still moving outwards from the epicenter of the explosion, what happens when the dust settles? Does all matter fall back to the center of the universe and converge back to a single point? Does that point explode again, creating a new universe and starting the process over again? How many times will this cycle repeat? Perhaps more importantly, how many times did this happen before the current universe came to be? Is it possible that the universe is a never-ending cycle of expansions and contractions with no beginning and no end?
Asked by cabaline
Ooh, tough one!
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