Sorry about the necropost, I was directed by a mod to this thread. And While it seems to me this thread was originally about Lisa being fan-service, and not having a place in the overall story of Origins, this thread seems like a place as good as any from me to state my thoughts.
In the last couple of days, I had seen a sitload of comments about Lisa in SHO being completely different then Lisa in SH1, and frankly, I couldnâ€™t disagree more.
Fans claim Lisa wasnâ€™t a flirt in SH1. How do they know that? In SH1 Lisa was scared as hell, she had no time to think about that sort of thing. Andrew is SH4 was a child beating asshole, but you couldnâ€™t tell that just by looking at him, due to the fact he was shitting his pants.
Lisa is also the only character in SH1 who constantly tries to engage in physical contact with Harry. Once she had thrown herself in his arms, her smile wasnâ€™t an apologetic one, it was seductive, â€œHellooo handsomeâ€ kind of look. She also took his hands once, and stayed close to him, more so then Cybil, Kaufmann and Dahlia ever did.
So for all we know, she wanted to seduce Harry, she just wasnâ€™t managing due to being scared shitless.
Lisa was horribly depressed and an intrevent ideaâ€¦ Actually, the booklet describes Lisa as an ordinarily cheerful and happy woman. She is seen laughing in the intro, seeming genuinely content. She is also seen smiling and laughing in at least two concept art pictures. She was unable to be cheerful in SH1 though, because, again, she was scared for her life, in Origins however, she was not.
Lisa was only sad when she was having withdrawals and when she was carrying for Alessa. Which bring me to another point.
Lisa was in love with her job, because she loved helping people and because she was so kind ideaâ€¦
â€œWHY?! What is keeping that child alive?! I canâ€™t stand it any longerâ€¦â€
So much for that, then. I wasnâ€™t at all surprised to see she wanted fame and fortune, rather then healing the sick.
Lisa was kind and selfless in SH1, but a bitch in SH0- Iâ€™m not seeing it. Lisa in SH1 didnâ€™t care much about Harryâ€™s search for Cheryl, nor did she empathize with it all that much, not like Cybil did, she was more concerned for her own ass.
Sure she was being nice to Harry on several occasions (Harry, let me help you) but she was still worrying about her safety more. Did she want to help him out of kindness, or out of fear sheâ€™ll lose her only protection?
In Origins, Lisa was perfectly kind. She attempted to comfort Travis when she though he knew Alessa, and she was shown to be emotional, so much so, she was crying over a fate of a complete stranger.
While you can interpret the theater encounter as cruel, I saw it more as playful. It was nothing like what Cynthia did to Walter, Lisa never called Travis disgusting, she just seemed giddy and sweet â€œSee ya aroundâ€. It was joke, perhaps one of a bad taste, but hardly of a cruel intent. Lisa was shown as kind in both SH1 and SHO, but she was also shown as a selfish person in nature.
So, did I miss anything?
Maybe the â€œLisa stole Cherylâ€ idea. That one was dumb since SH1, if you paid some attention to Lisaâ€™s diary and the videotape, youâ€™d know that Lisa knew nothing about god, or how Alessa came to be in such state, so she would have had no motivation to steal babies and dump them at sides of the road.
â€œLisa and Kauffman never had a romantic-non-professional-relationship everâ€ â€“ No one said they didnâ€™t in the SH1, so the possibility was still opened. Besides, they already had a non-professional-relationship, seeing as he was her drug provider. Also, if Lisa and Kaufmann didnâ€™t know one another all that well, why would he have chose her to take care of Alessa, and why would he provide her with drugs? That already speaks of them having some sort of a relationship. Further more, that scene in the intro, did it really seem like a professional dialogue to you? There was anger, passion and dominance there. Hardly a ordinary argument between two coworkers about the working-conditions.
â€œAlessa and Lisa were BFFâ€™sâ€ â€“ No, no they werenâ€™t. Lisa knew next to nothing about Alessa, due to the fact Alessa was in coma, and therefore unable to talk and make friends. In game evidence suggests that Lisa was disgusted by Alessa and her condition. Alessa thought fondly of Lisa because since the burning, Lisa was the only kind presence Alessa felt in her life. She changed her bandages and cleaned her up, bringing some small relief to Alessaâ€™s never ending pain. But they were hardly what one would call friends.
Sorry for the long-ass post. I was just trying to cover all of my bases. I want you guys to know that I do like Lisaâ€™s character, I found her compelling and beautifully human. Thatâ€™s the point, I wouldnâ€™t have liked her if she was as much of a Mary-Sue, chastit saint her fans portray her as.
She was a great character, because she was flawed and human. And her portrayal is one of the few things Origins did right.