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Into the home stretch

SPOILERS AHOY

So. Once upon a time I fell in love with a little show about how life is frequently and drastically unfair, and how a few people created a family and set out to make worthwhile lives anyway.

For about a season and a half now, it's been testing the limits of how much it should be about how one of them fails miserably.

I have many many thoughts, and no time to even try to express them all properly, let alone speculate on what comes next. But for the record, this is where I stand:

I am incredibly proud of Annie. Once again, she's arrived at the end of the season with clear eyes and strength, all her denial set aside. She's taking a lot of flak from some fans, not only those who only approve of her when she's enabling Mitchell, but also on practical grounds from those who buy into the whole civilization-shattering worst-case scenario picture he paints.

And I see that point, and I concede that it's possible, but I really don't think it's the most likely outcome. Clearly nobody ever told the BH vampires about Sunnydale Denial Syndrome. The human capacity to rationalize almost anything and ignore the rest is being seriously underestimated here. Right now Mitchell is a freak in a jail cell, and my money's on his never having any more impact than that, even if he stayed in custody. (Which I very much doubt he will, of course, so we'll never know for sure.)

I am weirdly and surprisingly proud of Mitchell. It's too little, too late, and diluted by his terror of the discovery of his nature, which is genuinely about his sense of responsibility and not about fear of individual consequences. Annie had to confront him with the fact that she already knew about the BT20, yes, but with that barrier -- which she created by refusing to listen when he tried to tell her weeks ago -- out of the way, he let go of pinning it on Daisy and volunteered that it was his idea. It's wholly inadequate, adding a tiny step up at the bottom of the hole he's dug himself, and yet it's HUGE.

And now he's been thrown directly into operating out of panic again, so it's impossible to see what the hope is for his recognizing how much good that painful bit of truth-telling really does. How much better it is than the "happiness" (still can't BELIEVE he actually tried to tell himself that along with Herrick!) of fleeting, illusory moments of calm with Annie sprinkled into round-the-clock abject terror. Even at his best I don't think he's up to recognizing the delusion of thinking that once he got around the prophecy and didn't have to fear death he could really be happy, but I think he's managed to get out of said delusion without actually recognizing it, so that'll have to do. Perpetual work in progress, our Mitchell, but I'm okay with that as long as there IS progress.

Nina has taken tremendous shit from fandom for acting EXACTLY as she should have given the knowledge available to her. Is there a not-entirely-rational emotional factor in her distrust of Mitchell? Absolutely. It's been obvious from day 1 that he sets off alarm bells in her head that are associated with her own issues -- which she's damn well allowed to have just like everyone else -- but Mitchell isn't trustworthy. It's not like she doesn't acknowledge that he wants to be something better. She's just only prepared to give him credit -- and, let us note, she does give him credit -- when he does something about it. She's protecting the family as a whole, and this season her child in particular, from one member's problems that continually push to be the center of their universe. And the arc this season has been very much about how much they can or should let that happen before drawing the line. A lot of what makes "The Longest Day" so amazing is that each of them draws that line with Mitchell, and guess what? IT STARTS WORKING. I love, love, love, love the show for that.

Taking care of Herrick, while the whole situation CREEPED ME RIGHT THE HELL OUT, was likewise something she had to do, and I couldn't fault her for it, even while knowing it couldn't possibly end well. Especially when he started back into his manipulative game-playing with her when he didn't even know who he was. (And I do think the memory loss was genuine, and that it was just a matter of personality being consistent. He toys with people. That's who he is.) Which brings us right back to the "frequently and drastically unfair" thing, as she's now being punished for kindness and decency and for seeing the people in her house before what they are. I'm choosing to believe they will NOT kill her, though it wouldn't be a fridging this time the way it would have been in 2.4. It would be one logical outcome of her own story. In practical terms, unfortunately, they'll be hard pressed to plausibly have her not lose the baby, and that's going to SUCK. :-(

George is very much in a tailspin right now, and I have no idea what direction he'll come out of it. His ultimatum in "The Longest Day" was breathtaking, but he's still held onto that wall of denial -- which I remain convinced is conscious -- about the BT20. That last angry/panicked exchange with Nina -- and oh, it's not going to be fun to watch him find out how much he needs to regret that -- all but spelled out in so many words that he knew. Everyone he loves (with the exception of his parents, bless 'em, and I don't have time to gush about how lovely they are and how much I hope we see them again) is in a bad way right now, and I don't know if there's anything he can do about it. He's as fixated as Mitchell on the consequences of exposure, though he's thinking in terms of the danger it puts them in personally while Mitchell's brain is spinning around visions of global chaos. And so he's off to bust Mitchell out so the four of them can run again. That thing he hates so much, but maybe is getting used to?

And they're going to have to regardless, after the carnage Herrick has left at Honolulu Heights. Which should initially have some interesting bearing on what the police think of Mitchell's case -- since it all happened while they had a VERY firm grip on his squirming self -- before all hell undoubtedly breaks loose. Whatever happens with the police, with that glimpse of George and Mitchell in the cage, with whatever else I can't even begin to predict, once again, they can't go back there. I feel like I should be more upset about that than I am, but really, as awesome and character-y a place as it was, it never felt like home. It never quite felt like they were there for good. And I didn't really consciously register that until I realized they're going to have to leave it.

A moment of silence for Daisy. Who totally doesn't deserve it, really, and I shouldn't have been taken by surprise. McNair taking her out saved heaven-knows-how-many lives in the future. I should not go getting all sniffly for a thoroughly unrepentant psychopath. But I did anyway, darnit. Rest her chaotic soul.

Many, many, more thoughts -- just haven't had time to post in the kind of detail I'd like -- but that'll have to do for today.

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dustdaughter
Mar. 13th, 2011 04:25 pm (UTC)
Happy Being Human day!
Spot-on analysis as always. I didn't realize how much I missed Herrick and his monologues until some stuff happened. Jason Watkins is an incredible actor.

I'm proud of Annie too and I've always been glad that Nina made the decision that she did. Thank you for mentioning how the fandom has turned on the women of the show. I'm so weary of this intra-sexism (internalized sexism?) that goes on in so many of the fandoms that I support. It kind of gives women in fandom a bad name, what with them letting their hormones run roughshod over their good sense.

Edited for spoilers. I read this entry before the previous one where you asked folks not to put spoilers in their comments. Sorry!

Edited at 2011-03-13 05:20 pm (UTC)
wiliqueen
Mar. 13th, 2011 08:55 pm (UTC)
Re: Happy Being Human day!
Sorry to be confusing! It was only for that post, so people would be able to discuss without encountering spoilers in the comments. This one is made for spoilers. :-)

It would be strong to say I missed Herrick -- I would be perfectly happy to have his influence NOWHERE near our heroes' lives (other than to the extent that he shaped the inside of Mitchell's head, which is pretty extensive) -- but they used him far more effectively this season than I began to imagine. :-)

I'm disappointed that the problematic attitude toward the show's women seems to be growing, but the fandom at large is still doing better than a lot. Hopefully we can keep it that way.

The thing I forgot to mention about Nina calling the police is how important it is that she only said "talk to this guy." How Mitchell handled it was up to him. He actually handled it better than I expected, all told, though I was ready to beat him senseless when he left Nancy alone with Herrick.

Edited at 2011-03-13 09:47 pm (UTC)
djarum99
Mar. 13th, 2011 05:04 pm (UTC)
And yes, yes, yes again :-) It's lovely to read thoughts on the show that don't include misogynous, logic-defying variations on "Mitchell is hot, he just had a bad day, how dare those Mean Girls try to make him accountable."

Herrick is glorious in this, sort of an evil, singular Greek chorus. Jason Watkins is absolutely brilliant. And Daisy, yes, a psychopath, but it did feel jarring to hear of her ending as a sidenote.

This show. Season three has been everything TW promised, all about the demons within, and then some. Love and fear and the lines we draw between ourselves and those we claim as our own, our tribe. You're absolutely right, once George and Nina and Annie started drawing them with Mitchell, he started to regain his footing. I'm not sure about the whole "humanity won't survive the revelation of US" thing. Herrick dropped some hints in his monologue to McNair in episode 7's flashback, about the reality of our supernatural overlords. I'm absolutely sure you're right about Sunnydale Denial Syndrome, though.

Thanks so much for this ♥
wiliqueen
Mar. 13th, 2011 08:59 pm (UTC)
misogynous, logic-defying variations on "Mitchell is hot, he just had a bad day, how dare those Mean Girls try to make him accountable."

I'm very happy with my corner of fandom where that's the exception. And the BBC blog community is included in that corner, which pleases me.

Season three has been everything TW promised,

I'm not sure they quite came through on the "balance" between the tones of S1 and S2, but as we reach the home stretch and all the bodies are Herrick's doing, I'll count it as an improvement. *crooked g*
djarum99
Mar. 14th, 2011 06:16 am (UTC)
I'm not sure they quite came through on the "balance" between the tones of S1 and S2

I know what you mean, and I'm not quite sure how I feel about that yet, but yeah, the human bodies at any rate are on Herrick's count. Maybe "balance" isn't something we can ask of BH. This season felt more like juggling hot coals in a room full of matches.
ghostinsweats
Mar. 13th, 2011 06:06 pm (UTC)
I am totally guilty of giving Daisy passes that I don't give Mitchell. I will very briefly defend myself by saying that they don't draw the same very gendered parallels to real life, common violence that they do with Mitchell, but that doesn't make me any less of a hypocrite. Totally guilty on this one.

Again, we manage to think all the same things. How do we do that?
wiliqueen
Mar. 13th, 2011 09:30 pm (UTC)
I won't say I give Daisy a pass, but she's a particular sort of "force of nature" character who is exactly what she is and doesn't claim to be anything else. I have a strong chaotic neutral streak that appreciates that. I just confine my apprecation to fiction. :-)
ghostinsweats
Mar. 13th, 2011 09:49 pm (UTC)
Well, yes. I guess I meant "I don't make long posts about how much she fails and post them so the fangirls can bat at me".

Ha, I'd love to see one of those chaotic/ordered/good/neutral character charts for Being Human.
wiliqueen
Mar. 13th, 2011 09:54 pm (UTC)
Fair point. Though you might -- I certainly would -- if she aspired to something to fail at. Mitchell WANTS to be held to a higher standard, which is why it makes me extra-special-crazy when the woobie-fetish brigade refuses to do so.

I don't have time to do the alignments, but oh, man, is it tempting...
ghostinsweats
Mar. 13th, 2011 09:57 pm (UTC)
Oh, fuck, yes, I absolutely would. And really, to anyone who wants to call me an angry feminist/self-hating white girl, I am pretty confident in saying I would have made those posts if he WERE played by Archie Panjabi.

I can guarantee you fewer people would have argued with me, though.

(Oh, fuck, I'll probably do this.)
sabaceanbabe
Mar. 14th, 2011 03:43 am (UTC)
Yes to this entire post. I love -- LOVE! -- the show for not taking the easy route and for allowing the characters to drive the plot and do the logical things for each of them to do, based on their personalities. Annie and Nina are both so very strong, far stronger, in truth than either Mitchell or George (although neither of the boys is weak, by any means).

I just wish I hadn't been spoiled a few minutes ago for the end, because I can't even watch the finale until tomorrow.
wiliqueen
Mar. 14th, 2011 04:13 am (UTC)
Oh, God, I'm so sorry. Of all the things to be spoiled for. O_O

And to add insult to injury *wry g*, I just deleted your comment on the other post and copied it over with the Nancy spoiler redacted. :-) If you want to drop a placeholder comment there so you get notified on replies, I'll reply after that.

I was vastly upset by Nancy's death, but considered it pretty much inevitable. That said, there's a been a lot of speculation about Herrick having maybe recruited her, which I've been discounting as wishful thinking until (a) I rewatched today, and confirmed that I didn't imagine her twitching slightly as Herrick crouches next to her, (b) I was thinking we saw him leave her there, but it cuts before he gets up, and (c) someone on the blog swears that a shot of her body near the beginning of ep 8 has blood on her mouth that wasn't there before. I need to go back and check that last one.
sabaceanbabe
Mar. 14th, 2011 02:01 pm (UTC)
TPTB fooled me regarding Nancy. I thought from the first that she was going to die, but then when Herrick let her go the first time and then seemed to be working with her and holding back his hunger, I thought maybe she'd be okay. I was so proud of Annie, later, for helping her in that warehouse and doing what had to be done. And then, boom!

You know, I thought I saw her twitch, too, but then talked myself out of it because it was so subtle. *crosses fingers* She'd be a great addition to s4... ;)
wiliqueen
Mar. 14th, 2011 02:59 pm (UTC)
They fooled me regarding a LOT of things, but felt like her clock was ticking from the first time Herrick took notice of her. Especially when he asked Nina why he didn't have that reaction to anyone who lived in the house.

I applauded Annie saving her from being recruited, even as I still expected her to end up dead. If Herrick did recruit her, that takes on even more layers.

The twitch is definitely there. And not the kind of mistake they'd let slip by. Which doesn't in and of itself guarantee she's not still dead, but still.
brightknightie
May. 30th, 2011 09:45 pm (UTC)
UK BH S3 E7: Vampires
I spent much of episode 7, "Though the Heavens Fall," muttering variations on, "Mitchell, you scumbag." He pulled himself out of the dive just in time, each time, but... by older theology, he committed each sin he decided on, and changing his mind at the last minute doesn't uncommit the original decision, just gave him a new decision to make.

I am really quite tired of Mitchell. Of his lies, his secrets, his compromises. In extremis, of course I am rooting for him now, but... except for the moment in which he tried to confess to Annie, he hasn't appealed to me since early in the second season. He's not trying hard enough to be a good person.

And it's like George, Annie and Nina, all three, have had to become that much more mature, thoughtful and loving -- for all their embarrassment-squick moments -- just to balance out Mitchell's imbecility and self-centeredness.

I'm with you in presuming that Herrick's massacre while Mitchell is in custody will serve to switch the official blame for Mitchell and Daisy's massacre to Herrick, and in some way tidy up that end of things. However, I entirely expect an appearance by or emissary from these "old ones" vampires in South America to push through the tidying, including this "heir" and Lacroix-esque-rising business... and I will be pleased if that doesn't happen (I've never been big on "vampire society" stuff, in this universe or any other) but I will then expect it to dominate next season.

>"A moment of silence for Daisy. Who totally doesn't deserve it, really... Rest her chaotic soul."

To Daisy: may she go where all resonant fictional characters go when their stories move on without them. Into our hearts and fanfic.
wiliqueen
May. 30th, 2011 10:11 pm (UTC)
Re: UK BH S3 E7: Vampires
I spent much of episode 7, "Though the Heavens Fall," muttering variations on, "Mitchell, you scumbag."

I was loudly and repeatedly declaring "If you say/do X, I will BEAT YOU SENSELESS." After three or four repetitions, I think it was, brainiacfive replied, "I think you're too late."

He's not trying hard enough to be a good person.

Not trying in effective ways, certainly. And the most sobering thing for me is to watch a certain segment of the fandom continue to defend him, to blame Nina and even Annie for what is 100% the consequences of his own choices, and to refuse to see that -- completely aside from that attitude's enormous disrespect to those who have suffered for his mistakes and tantrums -- there is no greater disservice they can do him. It's exasperating, but perhaps sheds some light on the motivation for telling this story in this way.
brightknightie
Jun. 6th, 2011 03:35 pm (UTC)
Re: UK BH S3 E7: Vampires
>"And the most sobering thing for me is to watch a certain segment of the fandom continue to defend him ... there is no greater disservice they can do him. It's exasperating, but perhaps sheds some light on the motivation for telling this story in this way."

No explicit spoilers, but this statement about "telling this story in this way" resonates after viewing the finale even more than after episode seven.
brightknightie
May. 30th, 2011 09:48 pm (UTC)
UK BH S3 E7: Werewolves
>"That last angry/panicked exchange with Nina -- and oh, it's not going to be fun to watch him find out how much he needs to regret that"

I had this moment of HL's "The Darkness," you know, Duncan sending Tessa and Richie out to the car, where he mistakenly thinks they'd be safer. But their last exchange was deliberately made an affectionate one, while if Nina dies, George is going to carry not only that he sent her into danger, but he did it with anger and hostility -- even rejection (for all it was entirely justified in the moment). I can't decide whether that makes it more or less likely that Nina will die. I'm leaning toward Nina surviving, and Herrick claiming that he meant her to.

That they went to the trouble to build up the point that the pregnancy is going too fast makes me think that they have something more plot-full and theme-gilded in mind than a simple ("simple") miscarriage.

If we hadn't already had an ultrasound, I would have guessed that at least twins were on the way... cubs don't come as singletons.

>"with the exception of his parents, bless 'em, and I don't have time to gush about how lovely they are and how much I hope we see them again"

I was disappointed that his dad isn't Jewish. ~sigh~

Tom is right, by the way. They all curse far too much, and it's nice to be told in a UK accent that it's not just my tender US ears that think this!
wiliqueen
May. 30th, 2011 10:23 pm (UTC)
Re: UK BH S3 E7: Werewolves
I can't decide whether that makes it more or less likely that Nina will die.

Impossible to tell. They're just too unpredictiable. In what is, to me at least, the best sense, i.e. that it never feels to me like a contrived "gotcha," but like a curve ball being thrown by life as life is prone to do.

I still believe that almost any other show would have fridged Nina in 2.4, and appreciate that they knew better.

that they have something more plot-full and theme-gilded in mind than a simple ("simple") miscarriage.

Agreed, though it's worth noting that it's a place that few stories on TV go, and perhaps more should. (Curiously enough, it was BHUS that prompted me to make that observation relatively recently, but heaven knows when the post including that thought will happen.)

I was disappointed that his dad isn't Jewish.

I was to some extent, but have pretty much expected it since we learned his surname. Not that a Sands couldn't be Jewish, but it seemed less likely. I'm curious how observant his mum might be -- enough that they chose to raise George with some degree of Jewish identity, obviously, which in the UK's markedly secular society is noteworthy, but we otherwise have little to go on. I really want to see them again and learn more.
brightknightie
Jun. 6th, 2011 03:39 pm (UTC)
Re: UK BH S3 E7: Werewolves
>"Agreed, though it's worth noting that it's a place that few stories on TV go, and perhaps more should."

True. Given some of the legislation proposed in certain states in recent years -- very nearly criminalizing miscarriage -- it is obvious that our reticence with this difficult topic has caused a hideous, frightening, increasingly dangerous ignorance. Facing it in well-written fiction would be a service to all.

(I'm very much a proponent of education in my entertainment, as you may have observed. ~g~)
brightknightie
May. 30th, 2011 09:55 pm (UTC)
UK BH S3 E7: Nancy
>"The twitch is definitely there. And not the kind of mistake they'd let slip by. Which doesn't in and of itself guarantee she's not still dead, but still."

Interesting! I did not see a twitch, but I was not watching on a large screen. I did wonder why we were lingering on that shot so long, and I was grossed out at the thought that Herrick might lick her. I may have looked away at the crucial moment, wincing at that thought.

But... no. Natalie, you know?

Given FK's LK and my imagination, I do not care about this Nancy person enough to care. I'll deal with whatever they do, whenever they do it, whether she gets involved in wrapping up the reveal of this "heir" business (my best guess), or is next season's designated vampire babe bait, or is a ghost or zombie or simply on her way to her destiny.

I liked that she tried to arrest her superior, though.
wiliqueen
May. 30th, 2011 10:33 pm (UTC)
Re: UK BH S3 E7: Nancy
I like pretty much everything about Nancy, including a few things that would probably drive me nuts in person but which I find quite entertaining in a character.

I'm interested in seeing her confronted with the full reality of what she's stumbled into. Nancy is young, idealistic, much more transparently insecure than she acknowledges/knows, and very determined to right the world's wrongs. As much as I wouldn't wish any of BH's supernatural circumstances on anyone, in storytelling terms I'm curious to see what she would do.
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