Ep 2 opening twist turned drama into soap opera
(Disclaimer: since some posters seem focused on the metadata of commenters, I can confirm I only signed up to the community now to get my views on ep 2 off my chest. I've gone from being a big telltale fan to being a disappointed customer and wanted to say why.)
I've been reading a lot of the negative views on ep 2 but few seem to chime with my own opinion of why it fell down so badly. For me, it's simple: the opening twist turned a gripping drama into a bad soap opera.
I won't spoil it but for me it was on a level with Bigby waking up and saying: "ah, it was only a dream!", a plot device usually seen in cheap tv soaps like Dallas. To undo one of the biggest plot points of episode 1 in this totally anticlimactic way was as dumb as some of the characters' reactions (basically a total lack of surprise).
This cheapening of plot devices is repeated later on when you get into a fight over... Suspected adultery! Oh of course! I mean I'm always gripped when a telenovela comes up with this idea! I was rolling my eyes and waiting for the inevitable "oh I see! I'm sorry I got the wrong end of the stick" moment.
Look, I know this is just episode 2, that it's not fair to nit pick, that everything will make sense in the end. But this is a game that is 99 percent story, 1 percent gameplay and sold by the episode. It might have been different if the episode had been longer and packed with different story branches - but it wasn't.
Up until now I have always been happy to pay for this storytelling quality but based on this episode I will likely wait for the whole series to come out first. I think Telltale has a really interesting niche in the market but if they spread themselves too thin and deliver progressively weaker stories they will lose it.