For Chloe Price, her home and school life are anything but stable in Brave New World, the second episode of Before the Storm. In the last episode, both she and Rachel were sent to the principal’s office for skipping class last episode, and Principal Wells is set on administering some punishment. At this point, Rachel is swinging on a pendulum from one extreme to another as the situation plays out. On one hand, while being interrogated she steps up to take the blame for her and Chloe ditching class.
On the other, I feel Chloe’s friendship with Rachel will ultimately be more damaging than it is helpful since the ‘perfect girl’ seems to be calling the shots more often than not.
The only person backing up Chloe at all is her mother, who lays into Principal Wells for his bias against her daughter’s situation. Once the punishment for our heroine is decided it’s back out into the world, where another nasty surprise awaits her. Chloe learns that David, mom’s boyfriend, will be moving in to help ‘deal’ with the situation going on at home. While I figured at one point or another David would be moving in with the family (it’s been hinted their financial situation is getting worse), it was a betrayal that hit hard.
Brave New World is much calmer than its predecessor, and I spent most of my time trying to read between the lines instead of having emotional baggage dumped on me left and right. There are questionable decisions that Chloe must make, like breaking into a dorm room to steal cash and deciding whether she should hand it over to a drug dealer to prevent someone from being beaten up. I got the sense I was supposed to feel uncomfortable with the situations presented to me, but most of the time it seemed pretty clear cut which action needed to be taken.
We do get to see Chloe show off her acting skills – hint: they’re lacking – her costume is epic though for anyone who’s curious. Besides her performance and watching her awkwardly navigate through her rehearsal lines, sad to say there wasn’t much I found invigorating about anything happening on stage. By the end of it I was ready to close the curtain and go make dinner.
I can’t say Life is Strange: Before the Storm Episode 2 – Brave New World swept me away like episode one did, but instead just set up for what’s to come. The girls are preparing to make their final break to finally escape Arcadia once and for all, and I can’t help but be worried about them. At this point I’m just hoping they don’t make the mistake of doing something they’ll come to regret for the rest of their lives. Let’s see what happens in the next episode.