I found another interesting parallel between FRINGE and FFIX, where the villains in the respective franchises are destroyed by the advancement of what they are obsessed with.
In FRINGE, there is an organization, codenamed ZFT, that follows an old text written about 30 years or so (could be wrong) before the start of the series called “Zerstörung durch Fortschritte der Technologie,” translated as “Destruction through Technological Advancement”, hence the name of the organization. They believe that a war is coming, and that if they do not rein in on the advancement of technology, humans will destroy themselves instead of their enemies. One of the villains named David Robert Jones used this kind of advanced technology to teleport himself out of a German maximum security penitentiary. The only problem is that once he teleported, the process is now slowly tearing his body apart at the molecular level. So, he developed a way to open doors into another parallel earth in order to help cure what ails him, only to be cut in half when attempting to walk through an opening between dimensions. He died using the advanced technology that his group theorized would lead to their enemy’s demise.
Something similar happened with Queen Brahne, if I recall correctly. Queen Brahne wished to master the power of the Eidolons in order to trample over those who stood between her and world domination. In a skirmish with Kuja, Queen Brahne summoned Bahamut, the King of the Dragons, to end the fight quickly. She did not count on Kuja being able to take over the most powerful eidolon she could summon and use it against her, with the help of his airship. Ultimately, Queen Brahne was defeated, and eventually died at the hands of the eidolons she had tried so hard to collect and master. In the end, she met her end by the most powerful magic she knew how to use, much like Jones dying at the hand of his advanced technology.
Moral of the story: A line from the first Iron Man movie comes to mind. Tony Stark (portrayed by Robert Downey, Jr.) said that the key to world peace is ‘having a bigger stick than the other guy.’ It seems that it’s not enough to have a big stick. If you can’t use it, it’s just a useless piece of wood that anybody can step on.
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