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The ghost and her boys

AAAAAANNNNNNIIIEEEEE!!! *sob*

That said, leave it to our girl start breaking a whole new set of rules almost as soon as she's arrived. They're mad at her for taking Kemp because "there's not a form for that"? They can bite me. Apparently there's a form for blasphemous ritual murder, so "they" can just bloody well deal with its perpetrator. Bite. Me.

Annie isn't quite ready to say that, but I have next to no doubt she'll get there. In the meantime, though, it's hard to see her so intimidated and furtive even as she exercises her defiance by contacting the boys through the TV.

At the same time, let us note that the Gatekeepers couldn't get to her through electronics earlier in the season if they were off, let alone broken. So it looks an awful lot like, once again, Annie is doing things she's not only not supposed to, but not supposed to be able to. Further evidence that the only truly effective limit on Annie is Annie.

The limits of what she believes herself capable of... and the blind spots that can still make her freeze up. Like Kemp's abrupt murder of the psychic, the poor odd lonely guy who's been her constant companion since her arrival, that left her too shocked to get the hell out of there as we were saying out loud, "Pop home! Now!!" (Sadly, talking to her through the TV screen only works for George and Mitchell.)

And before that, the madman in the kitchen. It's got to be killing Mitchell that it was the last she saw of him, but there's just as much regret on Annie's side that they left him behind in that state, even though it was painfully obviously what he was aiming for (to the extent that his reason was operational enough to aim for anything). The potshots at George were unnerving enough, but with Annie... As strong as she's become, a sexually charged threat will still paralyze her. From Mitchell, who's always been her safe harbor? There's no way she could be expected to do anything but bail. Or to even begin to tell George what he said.

The moment she can think, though, what she thinks is "Oh, shit, we've abandoned him." While George is reiterating the "he was just drunk" fiction (as thanatos_kalos and diannelamerc discussed in comments on the previous post, at least partly out of the impulse to protect her) she's looking at the situation face-on and going "This is really, really bad. What do we do about it?"

Maybe at some point the pair of them will learn that they don't need to protect Annie from nearly as much as they think. But probably not any time soon; it freaks them out too much to see her upset. :: pats them ::

Even as she's still planning to pass over -- though her belief that it's the right course is waning by the minute -- she's looking out for her boys, getting concerned about the conditions the facility is imposing on George and positively frantic about what's become of Mitchell.

Which is the best explanation I can think of for Mitchell's dramatic physical reaction when she's dragged through the door. All the way back to the poltergeist manifestations, we've seen her doing things she doesn't know she's doing, didn't know she could. Unpredictable things happen when Annie gets emotionally worked up, and this situation certainly qualifies. If she unconsciously (or mostly so -- manifestation of wishful thinking?) cast him some kind of lifeline, then I can see it being what pulled at him.

In which case, she directly stopped him from killing Lucy. And while it was George who stopped him from killing Kemp (story balance again, yay!), she was the key to reaching him. "Don't you dare do it in Annie's name!" -- the ultimate reality check for both the boys.

They need her to keep their balance; she needs them as her literal anchor in this world, a world she's been taken from before she was ready, though she thought for a while that she was. Even before she got dragged through the door, I think the last ties anchoring her to the house were done. As I noted before, she refused death the first time because Mitchell needed her and most recently because George needed her. She's entirely anchored on them.

That tie is strong enough that she can find them in an entirely new place, commandeer Lucy's door from the other side, come through like a scary-ass avenging angel and fling a living man bodily through said door, and contact them through a broken TV.

She did all that, but she couldn't stay. ~whimper~

Still, memo to Universe: Do not fuck with Annie Sawyer. Because I have the distinct feeling we ain't seen nothin' yet.

*blink* Don't hold me to this, but I think this might actually be the last post.

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thanatos_kalos
Mar. 31st, 2010 01:58 am (UTC)
If she unconsciously (or mostly so -- manifestation of wishful thinking?) cast him some kind of lifeline, then I can see it being what pulled at him.

It could also be something related to the fact that she and Mitchell both have seen what's beyond Death-- between that and their emotional connection.

*blink* Don't hold me to this, but I think this might actually be the last post.

And if you believe that, then I have a bridge in Brooklyn that I would like to sell you.
wiliqueen
Mar. 31st, 2010 02:05 am (UTC)
she and Mitchell both have seen what's beyond Death-- between that and their emotional connection.

I forgot to mention that she also seems to have sensed him coming -- that inexplicable thing she could only interpret as feeling "frightened." And we know the vampires have some kind of low-level sixth sense for each other -- he knew more than once when Lauren was behind him, and more dramatically when they tried to come for him at the hospital. So there's an established existing channel for the connection.

And if you believe that, then I have a bridge in Brooklyn that I would like to sell you.

Seen it. Drove a Ford Club Wagon towing a trailer on it during rush hour. I'll pass. :-P
studiesinlight
Aug. 6th, 2010 10:30 pm (UTC)
BH S2 E8 - Annie stuff
>"Further evidence that the only truly effective limit on Annie is Annie."

Sometimes in both seasons, mostly near the start of each, I get frustrated with Annie, because she seems so silly, so flibbertigibbet. And then, mostly near the end of each season, she blooms out with such awe. However could I have thought she was silly and small? But she is both, small and strong, silly and magnificent.

I was thinking that I don't usually go for characters like Annie, but there really aren't other characters like Annie, are there?

>"Sadly, talking to her through the TV screen only works for George and Mitchell."

Oh, well put!

>"As strong as she's become, a sexually charged threat will still paralyze her."

Yes, and that's an important point to make. This season reestablished that trauma for her with whatshisname, insane real estate guy, just in case new viewers didn't have that drilled into them by last season and the terminal drama of her life. When Mitchell uses that approach on her, he is wielding a weapon she put into his hands in trust in better days the way that George puts his Magen David necklace into Mitchell's hands when the full moon comes.

>"Which is the best explanation I can think of for Mitchell's dramatic physical reaction when she's dragged through the door."

That Annie literally tried to climb back to him, and this pulled him across the floor toward her, is a good idea. However, if that were the sole cause of Mitchell's physical reaction, I would expect George to have had the same reaction (I would expect two lifelines to her two anchors). Perhaps there is an additional factor relating to the fact that he is the one who is undead.

>"she was the key to reaching him. "Don't you dare do it in Annie's name!""

This was magnificent, and it's pretty much the reason I'll be back next season, after all of this.

Kemp murdered in Christ's name. George saved a life, Kemp's life, with Annie's name. Those scenes go together.
wiliqueen
Aug. 7th, 2010 01:09 pm (UTC)
Re: BH S2 E8 - Annie stuff
However could I have thought she was silly and small? But she is both, small and strong, silly and magnificent.

She is what she believes she is, at any given time.

there really aren't other characters like Annie, are there?

I can't think of any. And that's very impressive indeed.

When Mitchell uses that approach on her, he is wielding a weapon she put into his hands in trust in better days the way that George puts his Magen David necklace into Mitchell's hands when the full moon comes.

Excellent point! And I neglected to applaud you on it when you mentioned it in reference to George's losing the necklace, as crystallizing the loss of the support structure in Mitchell's effective absence throughout the season. What Mitchell said to him in the kitchen didn't need to be as deep a betrayal as what he said to Annie; he'd already failed George.

However, if that were the sole cause of Mitchell's physical reaction, I would expect George to have had the same reaction (I would expect two lifelines to her two anchors).

Yeah, that bothers me too. I think you're right that their both having faced the other side before is a factor, as well as Mitchell being the one she's been actively fretting over and perhaps subsconsciously seeking out.

Kemp murdered in Christ's name. George saved a life, Kemp's life, with Annie's name. Those scenes go together.

Yes. Very very yes.
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