Lacking all conviction
Yeah, if Taylor ever went full S9 she'd very quickly acquire a body count with four digits. Especially if Bonesaw either improved her power/her control over it, or created some new species for her (Bonesaw, champion of biodiversity!).I think it's a really strange kind of rivalry. They are both frequently underestimated individuals who are both of the right kind of mad genius to be very effective at whatever they decide they want to do. It's made somewhat worse by the way that Jack seems to see Skitter as a lost opportunity, perhaps the greatest lost opportunity oh his entire career. Take a second look at the times when he talks about her powers and how she uses them, mostly when he was pretending to be Grue. He regrets not trying to recruit Taylor sense in another time and place, she would have be the jewel in the Slaughterhouse's bloody Crown. Her powers are already perfect for how they operate, and can you imagine her working alongside Bonesaw?
Taylor has the problem of, in her own mind, slipping further and further from where he started, look at the scene where she has come back to her lair, she fears becoming a monster, and she sees that monstrous potential in her heart in Jack, who you might recall as being described as rather unremarkable looking.
Yeah, this is not my favorite part of the serial. Hell, I can get having Amy end up in the Birdcage, she is one of a handful of people on the world who might honestly be able to flat out kill everyone and everything alive on the entire planet. And in her despair and stress, she spends too much time thinking about that fact, and well if she stars rambling about it all the time, well...
Oh a related note, Amy has one of the most horrifically abusive childhoods I have ever seen, and I'm a fan of Nanoha.
No seriously, Brandish is just a terrible mother who beat horrid idea into the head of the, in her mind, monster she was expected to play mother too, made worse by the blatant favoritism she showed to her other daughter. How Amy is capable of functioning in society at all is a mystery to me.
On the other hand, I get the feeling either her or Jack would wind up dead soon enough. They both occupy the same sort of role, and despite similarities their minds work in really quite different ways.
And most abusive, really? When Rachel's right there?
Really Pancea is just such a walking heap of wasted potential. Like, infectious diseases should really not be a major problem in Earth-Bet, and there should be a major medical industry in Brockton Bay based on analyzing the things she made that aren't contagious.Gave Amy a moral compass which didn't read Right/Wrong or Compassionate/Cruel, but instead Superhero/Supervillain.