I’m getting tired of toilet paper jokes
I’m getting tired of toilet paper jokes
(Because if anyone knows how to talk about this, it’s someone with little more than a high school fanboy understanding of theater)
Throughout BMC, it’s heavily suggested that the Squip has at least some ability to control what Jeremy sees. After all, it’s unlikely that the people in the mall are actually calling Jeremy “Terrible, Such a slob!” during Be More Chill Pt. 1, or singing to Jeremy that they “love everything about him” during Be More Chill Pt. 2
(I don’t know how to do gifs, only screen caps)
This likely isn’t just the general “well people aren’t actually singing and dancing” you normally see in musicals, either. We already know that the Squip can remove certain objects from Jeremy’s field of vision (It’s called Optic Nerve Blocking!), so it’s not too far of a leap to say that the Squip could add things to it, such as a chorus of people criticizing Jeremy or heaping praise upon him.
With that in mind: what the hell is the Squip doing during “Pitiful Children”?
He’s trying to convince Jeremy that the best way to make him and everyone else happy is to give Squips to everyone. So why on Earth would the visualization of this hypothetical world be everyone in ominous black trenchcoats and sunglasses? Why wouldn’t it be people smiling and laughing and just experiencing utter joy? Yes, the black trenchcoat and visual unity at the expense of individuality is what the Squip wants, but why would he tell Jeremy that?
While the music for “Pitiful Children” is, on the whole, fairly ominous, the final verse of the number directly mirrors the ending of “Be More Chill Pt. 2″, showing that the Squip is still presenting this as a means to (at least at a cursory glance) the same goal he’s been promising Jeremy since the two first met. Again, why would the Squip tell Jeremy this while showing him the ensemble in totalitarian get-up?
As stated above the Squip is able to show Jeremy anything he wants, and by this point in the show we could even show that power of control growing. Maybe have the ensemble interact with Jeremy instead of simply moving and singing around him. They could pat him on the back, lift him up on their shoulders in triumph, make him feel how he’s always wanted to feel in order to distract him from their eerily synchronized movement and their relatively simple (but not 1984-style gray) color/fashion palette. This way you can still keep the idea of complete emotionless unity that the Squip truly envisions, but have it be presented to Jeremy in a way that would sensibly persuade him.
Tbh I’m not big on a lot of the staging I’ve seen from either production of this show, but this is one part that’s always bugged me. The Squip is cunning and knows how to manipulate Jeremy, but this song makes both him and Jeremy out to be really stupid.
Anways, I still love this show, thank you for coming to my Ted Talk. Ask questions and give comments if you’d like byeeeeeeee
Be More Chill London – The Loser, Geek or Whatever [Audio recorded February 25th 2020]
Scott Folan as Jeremy and the London Cast of Be More Chill
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OKAY YEAH so I thought the coats were ridiculous but then I saw BMC live in London and it changed my entire perspective. They’re the perfect amount of ridiculous for Math.
Just went to london to see it, and honestly having the squip start out in an almost normal looking outfit and then having it evolve over the course of the story into this techno-wizard getup was awesome!!
I can’t imagine a better way to say “this thing may seem human, but it’s actually this very alien thing stuffing itself into a human/teenager-sized psyche”
y’all talk abt the “humiliation sheets” like they’re the saddest thing abt book jeremy as if you didn’t read the part abt “appearance checks”
I know book!Christine is getting a lot of hate. And some of it I think is deserved: her first interactions with Jeremy were pretty rude. But like, I think there might be a whole side to her we’re missing out on.
The story is first person POV, so it’s kinda hard to pick up on exactly what the deal is with the secondary characters. And I guess that’s kinda the point of the book: people are more complicated than you might think they are, they’re a force to be contended with, and attempt to manipulate them at your own peril.
Given that premise, I can’t help but notice some things that keep coming up for Christine and Jeremy in the story that kinda explain where she might be coming from and why she behaves the way she does:
( **Warning: spoilers for the Be More Chill Novel below**)
▪Christine and Jeremy have a similar need to bring order into their social lives: Christine through her “system of stages” for relationship classification, Jeremy through his “Humiliation Sheets”.
▪Jeremy is a loser raised by cool parents.
▪Christine is a cool person raised by nerds.
▪Jeremy is wired into what other people are saying about him and about each other. To the point of it being an obsession at the beginning of the story.
▪Christine is described as being in her own bubble, seemingly unconcerned with what other people think of her. (Until Jeremy inadvertently makes the assertion that she should, at which point she becomes resentful.)
▪Christine believes intelligence is correlated with success. (“Successful people are always smart.”) Jeremy points out an exception (“My dad’s pretty sucessful. He’s an idiot.”)
▪Jeremy assumed Christine is going out with Jake because of his social status, but she later tells him that his success as a student and leader was only one factor that attracted her to him: she was drawn to him because he’s a writer (of journals).
This is where I kinda go into speculation/headcanon territory, but it makes her character make more sense and it’s loads of fun:
1) Its possible that being raised by nerd parents reinforced in Christine the concept that social standing shouldn’t matter as much as it does. Intelligence should matter, competence should matter. And the fact that her father’s intelligence and competence have not been rewarded is supremely unfair to her.
The idea that what other people think is of suprime imprortiance is something Jeremy (a kid raised by “cool” parents) takes for granted. Even when he recognized that it puts people into unfair situations, he’s quick to dismiss it as ‘that’s just the way the world works’.
2) Jeremy’s mom (the parent he seems to most identify with) is a successful lawyer. Quick with words, encouraging and supportive, but not necessarily the most perceptive when it comes to the emotional needs of her family members. Jeremy clearly wants to talk to her about some of his problems at school and tries to invite a more personal interaction, but she’s too preoccupied with work to notice.
Christine’s dad is a formerly successful computer engineer-turned-amusment-park-ride-supervisor. His preferred mode of expression is writing and his daughter seems to have become close to him emotionally through writing letters . It is possible he has difficulties with communicating verbally or maybe he has social anxiety because later on in his career, when he loses his job at AOL and takes a job closer to home, Christine and her dad seem to have lost a bit of the psychological intimacy they used to share through letter writing, even though they live at the same house full time now.
3) Christine’s relationship with Jake was at least partially formed with the hope that she could provide her with that, and it fell apart because he was more interested in sex.
So Jeremy confronting her about a non-existent letter upsets her because she’d really LOVE to receive a letter like that and she hasn’t. (She’d love to have the type of psychological intimacy with someone, the way she had with her dad when she was younger.)
Christine, at least, has some idea of what she’s looking for in a partner. Jeremy isn’t even aware, or can’t articulate, why he’s drawn to Christine more than the girls who are more physically attractive. But judging from the “furry” reveal, I think it’s safe to say that Jeremy recognizes that the expectations his body preferences/fetishes orient him to are unfair to women (because women with tails don’t actually exist).
But he suddenly there’s Christine…and she’s exceptional because he likes her exactly the way she is: as a normal girl (a winged Halloween costume doesn’t hurt, but it neither does it make her more attractive than she already is to him.)
I like to think that there is something a little more substantial to his attraction as well: the fact that she’s chill when he’s wired. Jeremy is slowly comming to recognize that there’s something deficient about his upbringing and the way he’s been taught to veiw the world, and now that he’s “not a little kid anymore” he wants to correct that. If that’s the case Christine isn’t just someone to attain in a relationship, she’s someone to aspire to be like.
On Christine’s end, I think it’s hard to read because she doesn’t display a lot of sexual or romantic interest in Jeremy (aside from a chaste kiss on the cheek she wasn’t uncomfortable doing in front of Jake). But for her, I think that would come after they became confidants.
And the fact that, at the end of the book, Jeremy is being so totally honest. Painfully honest. He’s even honest about the parts of the story he’s omitting/censoring! And the fact that he’s doing it in written format: in a method of communication that is preferable to her, that she has fond associations of…
She’s still angry, and at this point rightfully so, but as a girl with an expressed interest in psychology I think Christine would also be intrigued.
I think that bodes well for the future of their relationship.
Book SQUIP: At least I tried to give him everything he wanted. I didn’t force him to completely shut out Michael. I admitted I was wrong on multiple occasions and made up for it. I told Jeremy my weakness. I’m clearly the superior SQUIP.
Musical SQUIP: Yes, but do you have sex appeal?
Me: Yes…yes he does!!
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