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Just realized I posted to bloodties_tv this week, but not here. More stuff in this post (most of it came up in comments there).

"Age stomped beauty's ass." *snorfle* Yeah, I know it was in the promo, but I didn't love it any the less. And of course Obligatory Blonde Bimbo had the cliché backward in the first place, but Vicki, being Vicki, doesn't even bother to try to correct her. Straight to the point, is our girl. Love. It. As does Henry, judging by his obvious amusement in the background.

Speaking of straight to the point -- the opening scene with Mike. I'll give credit where it's due: she could (and perhaps at some other random moment would) have been a lot harder on him. Just because it's right for her to be giving him credit for what he did to set things right doesn't mean we could count on her to do so. So it's nice to see she is. With reservations, of course, but all in all he knows her well enough to count his blessings that they're as okay as they are. Which is not to say he doesn't resent it, and frankly, there's no reason he shouldn't. It's just, like she said, going to take a while. There was a whole lot of stuff ripped open in that ordeal that none of them can deal with all at once. (ETA: The preceding labyrinthine paragraph was brought to you by several days of Teh Sick followed by insane work catchup at the end of the month. It was supposed to be English...)

Including Prince Above-It-All, whatever his protestations to the contrary. But then, maybe there's some work going on there after all. The annual portrait of Christina is an interesting bit of self-prescribed therapy. (And where are the other 480 paintings? How much stuff does he have that isn't at that residence?) The admission to Vicki that the Grand Consuming Love he keeps talking about didn't quite run both ways is certainly a first.

And then there's the attempt to talk Vicki out of killing Elena. Who is, as he correctly points out, much more human than what they've been up against before (apart from Mendoza, whom he quite appropriately dispatched himself). Henry's not surprised by the account of her on-duty kill -- he's not entirely ignorant of what she's likely to have been through in her police career -- but I think he is surprised by her matter-of-fact willingness to do it again if necessary.

LoveloveLOVE Vicki's "I think you forget who you could be." I think Henry has officially hit the limit of how many times he can pull the Prince of Darkness shtick and expect anything like her backing down. There may have been some doubts before about whether it represented putting on a mask or taking one off, but not any more. Vicki's seen the real predator now, and the shtick looks nothing like it.

He did say way back in the pilot that he hadn't met anyone like her in over a lifetime. *g* He's overdue to be challenged on a few things, and I love that Vicki is getting secure enough in her understanding of him to do just that.

I'd love to know what was going through his head when Vicki said "You were 17 years old. She knew what she was doing. You didn't." Because it was one of those time when he really wasn't giving much away.

He seems pretty determined not to use it as an excuse for anything (thinking of the "I chose blah-blah-blah" speech in "Heart of Ice"). I respect the responsibility for his own choices and actions; it's doubly to be expected when you consider that he was considered a man, on the field and in the bedroom.

But the fact is that God was quite literally not finished with him yet -- based on recent research, he may well have had another five or six years before the structures responsible for abstract judgment and impulse control were fully developed in his brain. Taken in that light, his hard-won self-control is that much more impressive -- logically, it seems likely that everything he's learned in the last 480 years is stored in the incomplete neural structures of a 17-year-old boy.

Poor Coreen. Done up to the nines, riding shotgun to a hot club with Henry...who proceeds to barely acknowledge her presence the entire time they're there. The two of them ganging up on Vicki to tease her about Mike going to Elena's was giggleworthy, tho. And at least once a week, it must be said: Stop acting the age you were when you died! ;-D

ADORE Coreen pulling a Willow with the facial-recognition software. And the ensuing discussion, with her impassioned-young-feminist take on Medusa's situation, and Vicki's rejection of the victim excuse. (Hmmm. What did I just say about Henry and responsibility for one's choices? Bit of a theme here.)

Words cannot express how much I love the post-Humpty-Dumpty scene. I don't know why it makes perfect sense to me that forthright, hotheaded Vicki goes ultra-quiet and apathetic in despair, but it does. Just beautifully, beautifully played. And yes, Virginia, Henry can respect her space -- and even just listen! -- when the occasion calls for it. Neither of those is exactly a habit, so I give him credit for that.

Also love her taking the time to bury the shattered bits of Brendan. (Although, as fialka and I were discussing on the comm, I would have happily sacrificed some of the pretty atmosphere for Vicki to have something remotely resembling sufficient light for the task. I comfort myself by imagining that she did all her walking into trees offscreen.) That speech to Elena about how she "can't stop speaking for the dead" -- there's something I wish Henry could have heard. He's still not quite getting what makes her tick in that department.

Vicki. Driving. In a narrow alley. At NIGHT. It's too bad they couldn't afford (in either time or money, probably) to stage a fender-bender, because I was covering my face and peering through my fingers for the whole thing. While simultaneously loving it as pure screwball comedy -- because seriously, what else could you call that caper?

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falzalot
May. 4th, 2007 01:59 pm (UTC)
it seems likely that everything he's learned in the last 480 years is stored in the incomplete neural structures of a 17-year-old boy.

But he *is* aging, albeit slowly, so it's probably pretty developed by now. So maybe it's only the first couple hundred years he had really bad impulse control, and now it's just like any other typical guy ... which is to say, moderatly bad impulse control. ::ducks & runs::
wiliqueen
May. 4th, 2007 02:10 pm (UTC)
That hasn't actually been established on the show. jayer and I were discussing it a bit on the comm the other day, and I'm still of a mind that it would be wisest left alone unless they make a particular plot point of it. It's an interesting thing that TH uses well in written narrative, but not well-suited to TV storytelling.
falzalot
May. 4th, 2007 02:24 pm (UTC)
Well, he sure as heck doesn't look 17 to me, so I'll just stick with the book on that one.

Besides, coming from HL fandom? Characters who never change can be really a pain when the actors get older...
wiliqueen
May. 4th, 2007 02:37 pm (UTC)
He doesn't act 17, but he can certainly look it, IMHO.

Even by book canon, it'd have to run a lot longer than HL before he should be noticeably different. But yeah, if they're still in production three or four years down the line, it would be handy to say that he's supposed to look early 20s by now.

All in all, their best bet probably is to leave it to the individual viewer.
falzalot
May. 4th, 2007 03:01 pm (UTC)
No no no no no ... he ~can't~ look 17, because then I'd be going to the *Really* *Super* *Special* *Hell*, instead of just hell.

That's my story, and I'm stickin' to it. :->

wiliqueen
May. 4th, 2007 03:05 pm (UTC)
:: pats you gently :: See, I just don't worry unless the birth certificate says I have to. Otherwise I'd have been untouchable until I was at least 28. Seriously.
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