Avatar 2: The Water Sense is a novel journey through the mythical planet Pandora imagined by James Cameron. However, his return also brought back some familiar faces. The evil and violent Colonel Miles Quaritch (Stephen Lang) is back. Plus, he did it with a new conflict that makes him one of the most interesting characters in the movie. Also in the definitive confirmation that Pandora is much more than a radiant and mysterious landscape. Something that demonstrates the way the character evolves through Avatar 2: The Water Sense.
As will be remembered, Quaritch died during the last sequences of the first film in the saga. After harassing and nearly killing Jake Sully (Sam Worthington), the character ended up facing off with Neytiri (Zoe Saldaña). She is she managed to reduce him and, in the end, kill him. So his return to Pandora is both a mystery and a plot twist aimed at more carefully exploring the meaning of life on the planet.
Avatar 2: The Water Sense It is a fight between technology and nature
Quaritch returns, in fact, in a kind of technological recreation of the mystical phenomenon that allowed Jake to integrate into his avatar. In the Colonel’s case, his memory, identity, and memories were merged with a genetically engineered Na’vi body. One much stronger, faster, and with greater capabilities than a natural creature.
This makes Quaritch a cruel and violent mechanism, especially since his residual memory lacks some memories. The character reveals that he cannot remember his death. because your identity was technologically collected before it happened.
But that doesn’t stop him, after seeing some images about what happened, from turning Jake Sully — and his family — into a target of his revenge on Avatar 2: The Water Sense. However, with everything, Quaritch’s body is that of a Na’vi, so there is a slow but perceptible evolution of the character. Specifically, once Eywa begins to manifest around her in the way that she does with each inhabitant of Pandora.
The simple answer is that it is not. His body is a technological reconstruction of a Pandora inhabitant who received an implant with the Colonel’s digitized personality. Little by little, however, it becomes clear that on Pandora the answer is much more complicated than might be supposed. Artificial avatar or not, Quaritch became part of Pandora’s ecosystem and begins to react, in subtle ways, to his surroundings.
In fact, everything what is related to the villain of the story is actually a paradoxical enigma. During the first delivery of Avatar, Quaritch declared on more than one occasion his hatred and revulsion towards the native population of Pandora. Something that the residual memories of him keep in Avatar 2: The Water Sense and that, in fact, makes him react with hatred and rejection towards “half-breeds and hybrids” during the plot.
But Quaritch is also a living entity, capable of perceiving the pandora power. One of the most interesting points of Avatar 2: The Water Sense it’s his exploration of the fact that the planet has some kind of level of consciousness. One that manifests itself more and more clearly and that becomes a constant to understand all the characters. Particularly to Quaritch, who, despite his backlash and his power, is also part of the ecosystem.
Despite the fact that his military and bellicose personality manifests itself in a violent way and is the predominant one during the first third of Avatar 2: The Water Sense. Even so, little by little, it is evident that the character cannot be removed from Pandora. Especially her influence and the mysterious power that manifests within her.
Is it just a digital version of the original man?
The question is posed in an elegant and well-constructed way in Avatar 2: The Water Sense. Above all, as it is evident that Quaritch reacts to the emotions and the bond that unites him with one of the characters. It seems that, despite the fact that the digitization of his personality is intended to preserve much of his identity, something else manifests in him. An item directly related to his experience in a Na’vi body.
In the end, James Cameron convincingly and interestingly explores all things Quaritch. Plus, he leaves the door open for the character experience to become more complicated and sophisticated. It is quite a success to raise the root of evil in an argument based mostly on spirituality.