And here, we see the significance of this chapter’s creepy cover!

This was another change brought about by Steven Forbes’ edits.  In the original draft, this chapter opened with The Standard averting a bank robbery.  And when The Standard pulled a mask off of one of the diminutive robbers, they were revealed to be a white-eyed child under Piper’s control.  Thus setting up the idea that Piper was using the children he kidnapped and brainwashed to go on a crime spree.

With the robbery opening cut from the script, I had to introduce these mind-wiped children in another fashion, which led to this scene, where we see them wandering the sewers as empty vessels through with Piper speaks to The Standard.  Looking back, it’s a much better way to employ the kids, making Piper feel like a much more sinister presence.

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