Too soon? I know. I also miss Cayde. But The Tangled Shore’s eccentric mob boss and vendor of exotic thingies kind of makes up for his TOTALLY NOT OKAY demise by introducing an entirely different sort of scoundrel into Destiny 2’s supporting cast.

Much like Variks in the first game, The Spider’s real purposes are somewhat ambiguous. He’s Fallen, so a bad guy according to Destiny’s rules, but also not a bad guy because, for whatever reason, he’s decided to cooperate with us. For now, I guess. It’s business. With Forsaken, though, Bungie’s writing team has managed to improve immensely over the dismal narrative pretensions of the previous two expansions. Which wasn’t exactly difficult, I suppose, but new characters with actual personality? I’ll take it.

Bloated with as much smug self-importance as… I dunno what Fallen even eat but I expect it’s probably gross and crammed with cholesterol, The Spider is like a mashup of Jabba the Hutt and Marlon Brando’s Colonel Kurtz in Apocalypse Now, exuding an urbane but also subtly intimidating sort of sophistication and intrigue, and a similar preference for dramatic lighting.

I’m only about four hours into the expansion, so I’m not sure what to think of it yet. But The Spider can stay.

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