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Does mail still get to him if you address it that way? It did in the 70s...

~wibble~

Well. So much for that warm-fuzzy of Nina's "adoption." I understand her position, I do. Especially because she doesn't know Mysterious Creepy Guy is just waiting out there to pounce on her. And oh, sweetie, I know you think they're making each other worse, I understand that. And in a way she's right -- as was made explicit in 1x06, "It wasn't human, was it?" -- "No, George, it was never going to be that." Never was, never is. But what it is, they need, and "they" does include her now.

I'm preparing myself for the worst, but really really REALLY hope it doesn't come to that, because my gods, that WILL destroy George. If he did this to her and then some nutbar kills her for it?

If they do it, I'm reasonably sure it won't be gratuitous character death. But it's going to skirt awfully awfully close, much closer than I'd prefer for this show. Thus far the only person they've killed just for the sake of its effect on the main characters was Becca, and I'd really like to keep it that way. This isn't Buffy, and I love it for that. It is not necessary that anyone could die at any time.

Okay, now that that's out of my system... Actually more heartbroken (if only because the above is, to some degree, Freaking On Spec) at Annie resetting to invisible/inaudible status again. That is too, too cruel. As soon as the TV started talking to Saul, I knew we were seeing the consequences of her refusing to go through her portal, and I'm intrigued by the form that's taking (though, of course, hurting on her behalf). But all the terror of Saul trying to drag her through the portal while George pounds desperately on the door outside was nothing next to the devastation when she realized Hugh couldn't see her. Ow ow ow ow ow ow.

(Yes, I seem to be largely working backwards here. Go with it.)

Bless Mitchell for trying to pick up the pieces and keep order, but he's so not cut out for it. He's too impulsive, and too unaccustomed to dealing with the big picture.

Unfortunately, he's also pretty much the only game in town right now. Herrick spent decades co-opting Mitchell's charisma and idealism for his own ends, and positioning him in a particular "symbolic" way. The others don't stop perceiving him that way just because Herrick is gone. At this point, he either winds up as somebody else's figurehead, or picks up the reins himself. The latter requires him to use his head, and he's going to have to figure out how to do so more effectively. Like, now.

The scheme of Carl's fake suicide was well thought out, kudos for that. But as Ivan so infuriatingly sensibly pointed out, that's just the beginning. And oh, man, if the first thing Mitchell thinks of is to suggest that maybe they should declare themselves after all? This is gonna get seriously messy.

At least we got a little bit of (slightly tense) George/Nina cuteness before she had to bail. Breakfast-lunch hybrid! Endlessly adorable.

"Oh, my God! I've become my housemate!" Ding! Congratulations, Mitchell. There's hope for that little brain of yours yet. And yes, doofus, there are in fact many options available on the continuum between goldfish-buying and sex. Just because you've spent the last ninety-odd years mostly skipping them. *thwap*

The wardrobe department is having WAY too much fun finding new configurations for Annie's sweaters. And I believe I shall end on that giggly note.

And now, back to the Great YouTube Vid Saga of 2010...

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maidm
Mar. 5th, 2010 04:41 am (UTC)
My favourite moment of the episode was the fact that Ivan is a Kate Bush fan. :-D
wiliqueen
Mar. 5th, 2010 04:44 am (UTC)
*giggle* I don't like Ivan one bit, but I have to admit he has taste. Even if Carl didn't seem to think so.

:: may have watched that video every week on Top of the Pops for most of 1978, and shoved the coffee table out of the way to do the dance routine ::
diannelamerc
Mar. 8th, 2010 12:45 am (UTC)
Ding! Congratulations, Mitchell. There's hope for that little brain of yours yet. And yes, doofus, there are in fact many options available on the continuum between goldfish-buying and sex.

Exactly! :)))
wiliqueen
Mar. 8th, 2010 01:10 am (UTC)
But it's so CONFUSING. :: pats him on his bewildered little head ::
studiesinlight
Aug. 4th, 2010 07:06 pm (UTC)
BH S2 E2
>"at Annie resetting to invisible/inaudible status again. That is too, too cruel."

That seemed such a declaration of war on all they had achieved in the first season. The magic reset button of '90s US television would have gotten her after one episode. Letting her climb so high and then pushing her off feels like a cruelly willful use of the not-mandatory-here reset button.

I liked Carl.

Ivan is... grown-up. Oh, very evil and despicable and all! But standing next to Mitchell and being helpful, what comes to mind is... adult. I'm distressed that I'm finding the Ivan character the most intriguing of the things newly introduced in this season; that is a sign that something is very wrong with this season, I'm afraid.

I think I wanted this season to be about absorbing Nina, all unwilling, into the family, and equivalent continued slow steps forward for the rest of them. Annie's job fit into that template; so did, it seemed at first, Mitchell's possibility of a relationship with the new doctor...

Mitchell is trying to handle picking up the reins himself, too much himself. That is, his strength is in his friends. The triumph of first season was in their united efforts. Taking on such a monumental task not only without their help, but without their knowledge and support... is it foredoomed? (I don't know; must watch the rest of the season to find out.) I hope he tells them, and gets their help!
wiliqueen
Aug. 4th, 2010 10:46 pm (UTC)
Re: BH S2 E2
Letting her climb so high and then pushing her off feels like a cruelly willful use of the not-mandatory-here reset button.

I'm okay with it as long as she continues to break the rules in unexpected ways. But oh, what a punch to the gut it was at first viewing!

I liked Carl a lot, and was incredibly impressed with the evocation of that tragedy in so few storytelling strokes. We saw Dan alive only briefly, and that in the flashback in a very strange situation, but it was enough to establish the trust and bond in the relationship -- to show us what was destroyed in one lapse of control. And I loved him for worrying about Mitchell and reaching out to Nina in the midst of his own grief.

I do find Ivan entertaining and interesting, even though I don't like him.

I think I wanted this season to be about absorbing Nina, all unwilling, into the family, and equivalent continued slow steps forward for the rest of them.

I would have liked that, a lot. I think it's something we could still see, but it probably depends on whether Whithouse has worked through this weird epicky phase. They didn't need to be epic. I loved that they weren't.

Mitchell is trying to handle picking up the reins himself, too much himself. That is, his strength is in his friends.

This. So very, very, very much. Unfortunately, it seems to be a lesson that requires repetition to stick in his head.
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