Can I just say (and try to get a consensus) on how well done the story is done in Season 1? From a cutscene only perspective for now.
The lead writer has a real handle on 47 and Diana’s motivations and relationship. And for the first time seems to understand that it doesn’t have to be shown, told, or even implied directly. Just that the man penning the script needs to understand and be deliberate with every character’s action and word without showing his hand/character sheet to us. There’s so many non-verbal cues in these scenes. And notice we rarely see 47 from the front in these cutscenes now. That’s a deliberate shift. In the airport scene, the camera refuses to cross the line where we see more of 47’s face than Diana’s.
My main gripe with video game storytelling is the more you tell the smaller the world gets. To create a mysterious world held in this atmosphere you need to tease and show snippets and ultimately create questions as oppose to answering them (as frustrating as it is to be a fan of sometimes). The mind does the rest. Think of some video game series you like – often the first title left you wanting more because so much appeared untold. Then when it’s given to you ham fisted this happened then and this happened here, this person is called this and that, it’s suddenly smaller even though there’s more content because everything is told.
We’ve been given question after question here, characters we don’t know the names of or what organizations they represent, so much so that suddenly the world seems far bigger, intimidating and mysterious again. I never in a million years thought Hitman could recover from the behind the shoulder scope of Absolution.
I always favored going back to the Blood Money model. As great as 47 is, to put him at the centre of the game’s storytelling world narrows the scope and tells things from behind his eyes – the world is smaller because it’s just one narrow perspective. Yet to do the exact opposite and tell it all over the place still has the same world shrinking effect because it tells too much. What we have here is something brilliant: it alludes to a bigger world, doesn’t identify its participants or its scale (instead shrouds it in an atmospheric mist of sorts), and makes us understand that people like 47 are nothing but pawns. There are dozens of agents like him we’ll never meet. He’s special to us but ultimately no where near as significant in the grand scheme of things.
There’s a mist, no clarity. Something happening above that us normal folk aren’t meant to fully grasp yet. In closing, if every detail of a story could be listed on a wiki then ultimately it appears and feels smaller because we know everything. If writers don’t feed the wiki mentality and instead let us debate what’s been carefully revealed to us, the stories become beasts bigger than they actually are penned to be. The longer we can preserve that here, the better off this rendition of Hitman will be.