First, here's the link to the latest Byte, "A Pirate's Life":
Arby 'n' the Chief - Bytes S02E03: "A Pirate's Life"
Not the most visually stimulating episode, I realize, but I liked the way the script turned out.
Second -- I've gotta push the release of the next story episode, "Two Point Zero", to the 15th of September. I know, sorry.
I don't want to keep apologizing and risk sounding like a broken record, but I really hate having to do this.
Similar to the case with "Ashes", I was set to release "Two Point Zero" this Saturday and would've done so, had there not been another scheduling conflict at home base. I tried limiting the chance of the re-occurrence of this by submitting the script for the episode a week in advance (hence the extra Byte last week), but upon collection of the lines of a remaining critical voice actor early this week it was discovered that he won't be back at work until the week after.
I'm again faced with the decision of either going ahead and producing the episode and cutting the actor's scenes, and thus having to make major adjustments to the episode and the timeline of the season's remainder, or push the release until I can get the voice-overs I need for the show's benefit. I find the former very unappealing.
So I think I'll be putting out one more Byte this Saturday, then "Two Point Zero" will air on the 15th. I'll work at making the short extra funny.
I know this isn't what you want to hear, but this also works as a bit of a blessing in disguise for me, if I'm being honest. I've just started my second year of film school and my body's gone somewhat into shock from the shift in my scheduling. Tired as hell.
On another note, I received an interesting e-mail from a man named Jeff not too long ago following the release of the latest Byte ("A Pirate's Life"). It was lengthy, but his point basically was that, given the stupidity of Master Chief's character that has been seared into the minds of the viewers, I should be careful about presenting two sides of a controversial subject (eg. internet piracy) in the form of an argument between the toys as there's a good chance that one side, Chief's, will be immediately dismissed with little consideration. "Oh, he's stupid, so despite perhaps having a point, Jon's actually trying to say that we should shake off his opinions". I think Jeff is absolutely right, and to my pleasure he figured that it wasn't my intention to make a one-sided statement on piracy. He's also right about that.
I still think of Chief as a stupid character, but not nearly as stupid as he was at the beginning of the series. I like to think that he has evolved somewhat, and can now hold his own in an argument on occasion (if you ignore the horrendous grammar and spelling). I no longer consider Arbiter as a complete insert of myself, and I don't consider Chief a representation of everything that I hate and is wrong. So now when I use the toys to explore a controversial subject, my intention is to shed light on both sides. In "A Pirate's Life", when Chief asks why it's so ludicrously easy to download if the government doesn't want it happening, that's me talking.
Instead of Arbiter representing the side of right and Chief the side of wrong, as was the case long ago, I like to think that Arbiter represents the Ego and Chief the Id, both with positive and negative attributes.
Anyway, that's all for now. Sorry again for the balls-up and thank you for your e-mails and support, you're all a very patient and appreciative bunch.
By the way, "Two Point Zero" I think is coming out great so far and I think it'll be enjoyed more than "Ashes", so please stay tuned.