I either let this slide initially, or didn't notice it way back when, but I can't let it go unremarked upon.
Betaruga wrote:I love that Doc Conway replaced Dr. Zyme.
He didn't replace him. Zyme was (is?) a Megakat Biochemical Labs scientist. Konway works for the Enforcers. They're both biochemists, but they work at two different places.
Betaruga wrote:Finally, a competent dude?
I think you're giving Konway too much credit here; just as Zyme did in The Giant Bacteria
, he goes for the obvious solution. The only difference is the anti-mutagens worked. Zyme wasn't incompetent, just a victim of the script which dictated that the monsters only
be weak to electricity.
And since Viper didn't make his mutants immune to anti-mutagens like he made his bacteria monster(s) immune to antibiotics, I'd say this reflects more on him
than it does on Konway. Konway wasn't any more competent than Zyme; Viper just got sloppy. He didn't "science-proof" his monsters like he did previously.
And in poor Zyme's defense, Dr. Konway wasn't under the same time crunch his colleague was. He was under a
time crunch, just not such a severe one. He and everyone else in the room were safe for the moment on the eleventieth floor or whatever, so he had more time to study the mutated frog, figure out which katalyst Viper had used, and prepare the right dosage of anti-mutagens.
Compare this to Dr. Zyme's situation. Even if the bacteria monsters hadn't
been immune to antibiotics, he only had a few minutes to prepare ("On such short notice, this is the best I could do."). In addition, they were in immediate (or soon to be immediate) danger; "Those things are heading right for us!" So he had to work faster than Konway did. And finally, unlike Konway, he had no specimen to study before making his plan; he not only had to guess what the creatures were (and to his credit, he guessed correctly), he also had to guess at the right kind of antibiotics to use, winding up going for the strongest dose of the strongest kind just to be sure. It isn't his fault it didn't work.
The only thing he does wrong is that he gives Feral only one missile full of the stuff. What, did he expect Feral to return and reload after successfully killing the first monster?