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I'm loving the Izzy addiction arc, and adding Raphael to the mix is just !!! It's totally fucked up how they're both getting high off each other! HELL YESSSSS. MORE PLEASE. 

Also WTFing at the Simon/Clary when Simon/Maia is obviously a 100000% better fit and Clary has shown no romantic interest in Simon ever? Also WTFing over the lack of physical demonstrations of affection between Malec. It's like they skipped over the honeymoon period of the relationship completely? IDGI 


I'm loving this Jane gets published arc, and the look at lingering grief. THAT STUPID GIRAFFE. *cries* Also, why the hell do they refuse to tell us about Raphael's girlfriend and yet keep dangling her there?! UGH. 

OH MY GOD AOS 4x15 (Self Control) WAS ABSOLUTELY MIND-BLOWING.

Totally the pinnacle of the already fantastic LMD arc! Awesome action sequences and scream into your hands nooooooo moments. Heart-wrenching drama with hard existential questions being asked (and answered). Nail biting suspense punctuated with geeky humor. Antagonists getting exactly what they ask for and having their trust betrayed as well. JEMMA AND DAISY AND LMD!MAY SAVING THE DAY BEFORE THEY DUMP US INTO THE WTF AU FRAMEWORK AHHHHHHHHHHHH

Okay. Okay. Attempt at coherence.

So they decided to rip out our hearts with Fitzsimmons first. First the tragic red herring that maybe whoever it is just doesn't know they're an LMD, like LMD!May didn't. Both in tears and terrified. Abruptly ended with LMD!Fitz's casual cruelty as he stabs Jemma and then concusses her. The deliberate parallels between the knockout in FZZT (1x06) when she tearfully hits him in the back of the head to keep him safe from his drive to save her, and this one, where he's looking her in the eye and utterly blase as he hits her, is just AHHHHHH MY HEART OWOWOW. It's made all the worse by his slight irritation and exasperated tone as she struggles and protests, as if she's an irrational toddler and he's the parent buckling a seat belt because he loves her and just wants to protect her. Followed by the creepiest marriage proposal ever and Jemma going Gone Girl on LMD!Fitz and the barest kind of solace in seeing that it really wasn't him. (It wasn't him. It wasn't him.) 

And then they throw us straight into Daisy's Twilight Zone version of AoS, because breathing and normal heart rates are for losers. They deliberately reveal that she's the only non-LMD to come back from the mission so that we can squirm over how surrounded and clueless she is as she unknowingly agrees to help in the execution of all registered Inhumans, starting with Elena. Luckily, she discovers her clone army and prevents Order 66 from happening by disguising herself as one of her own LMD clones. That scene with Jemma was just so heartbreaking, and I love how Daisy's Inhuman-ity ends up being the thing that lets them both know how utterly human they are. HOW PERFECT WAS THAT. *crying*

I love how Aida is full on murder-bot in this one, seizing gleefully on rationalizations. THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT I WANTED TO HEAR. *pleasant smile as she slices people open* And they keep going with this Pinocchio-like motivation for her? (She just wants to be a real girl.) I LOVE IT.

Finally LMD!May, who is all too aware how she isn't real, that her memories and feelings are transplants. Her quiet tragedy and resolute sacrifice play for Daisy and Jemma and therefore a not-less-painful reality for herself was both NOOO and utterly fitting.

HOW ARE WE SUPPOSED TO WAIT SIX WEEKS NOW 


I was supposed to read American Gods and I've made it all the way through the intro, carried the book on the train a number of times and yet still haven't managed to read the rest of it. So because I just can't seem to get into it, I put it down and devoured another book instead: Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed. It's funny how her stories about shitty things she lived through makes such good perspective for others, (including myself). Lovelovelove. 


Grey's: way to take one of my favorite tropes (Reunions) and make it painful, grounded in stark reality and yet still somewhat hopeful. This is why I still love you.

I can't bear to watch HTGAWM live, so I'm going to wait so I can pause it when it gets too full on. I don't know if I can bear to see Wes die. :( 

Date: 2017-02-24 03:49 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cephy
Uggggggghhh Simon and Clary. Agreed that she has never shown the slightest romantic interest but I somehow knew they were going to go there eventually anyway, because that is usually just how these things work. >_< Simon and Maia, on the other hand, had immediate chemistry on screen.

Date: 2017-02-26 07:01 am (UTC)
monanotlisa: Dr. Jemma Simmons, in a hazmat suit, looking determined. (jemma simmons - aos)
From: [personal profile] monanotlisa
OH MY GOD AOS 4x15 (Self Control) WAS ABSOLUTELY MIND-BLOWING.

YES YES YES IT WAS! :)

Ahem.

JEMMA AND DAISY AND LMD!MAY SAVING THE DAY BEFORE THEY DUMP US INTO THE WTF AU FRAMEWORK

I love them so much, and the best thing is: This DOES come organically after seasons and seasons of the two of them bonding. Yeah, lately the FitzSimmons has been overshadowing their friendship, and obviously the end of S3 was...rocky, to say the least. But man, Jemma and Daisy have shared more hugs on this show than, I think, any other pairing. (Fandom must have a count SOMEWHERE ;).

where he's looking her in the eye and utterly blase as he hits her

So well done! I am really appreciating the work of the android-portraying actors this season -- I still think Mallory Jansen is the MVP here; her Aida has been pitch-perfect from beginning to end. But Ian De Caestecker was stunning (literally) in this scene.

That scene with Jemma was just so heartbreaking, and I love how Daisy's Inhuman-ity ends up being the thing that lets them both know how utterly human they are. HOW PERFECT WAS THAT.

YES! I mean, I love the smarts of the plotting, I really do. But it's the heart of humanity at the core of the show that makes it so outstanding these days.

(She just wants to be a real girl.)

(It's an oldie but a goldie -- works so much better than Ultron, frankly.)

May broke my heart. Oh, Ming-Na Wen. You deliver, every time.

Date: 2017-02-27 12:36 am (UTC)
monanotlisa: Melinda May during martial arts practice (melinda may - shield aos)
From: [personal profile] monanotlisa
This whole season has been outstanding and the show deserves a renewal on that alone

I whole-heartedly agree --'tis my last post: http://monanotlisa.dreamwidth.org/1555160.html

Marvel bumped the Inhumans movie too, so I'm worried. :/

Marvel really hasn't been doing a good job with integrating AoS, and it bugs me, mostly for the missed EASY opportunities: The schedules differ, so real-time alignment is impossible, sure. But GENERAL alignment, i.e. referencing overarching developments? C'MON...

Yes, the AIDA parallel to Pinocchio works way better than Ultron!

It does! I think it's the Age of Peak Television thing; the showrunners have taken such good care of developing AIDA, including the stroke of genius of showcasing her real-life inspiration: There's the source...but the derivative is on its own path, and very much growing too.

Not sure how you came across my entry, actually? LOL Want to be friends? Always happy to talk about my shows with people!

Yes please! :) I used the Dreamwidth search function to look for ep reactions to 4x15, and wasn't disappointed to find your blog!

Date: 2017-02-28 07:14 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] batmarg
JEMMA AND DAISY AND LMD!MAY SAVING THE DAY BEFORE THEY DUMP US INTO THE WTF AU FRAMEWORK AHHHHHHHHHHHH
at scene with Jemma was just so heartbreaking, and I love how Daisy's Inhuman-ity ends up being the thing that lets them both know how utterly human they are. HOW PERFECT WAS THAT.
Her quiet tragedy and resolute sacrifice play for Daisy and Jemma and therefore a not-less-painful reality for herself was both NOOO and utterly fitting.

Yes to all of the AoS stuff, but especially these. This arc has been all that I was wanting from the show. Finally good writing & characterization & me dying for more.

American Gods was good, but, as you said, hard to get into. I think I may try a reread after the show. I read it the first time a summer between law school years & my brain was so not there

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