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Well that was a disappointment.

I was reminded far too much of the fail that was last year's Halloween episode (2.07), I mean the show even went out of its way to remind me of the last time they were horrible when it comes to Orientalism and spirituality.

And once again, Danny is the patsy.

I don't know what to make of Danny's lack of scepticism with regards to the psychic. Psychics and fortune tellers are notorious cold readers and confidence artists, I mean, she played that silly little rich girl so well, I could have cold read that girl! I can only imagine Danny has heard (or even busted?) of these con artists who prey on people's weaknesses.

On a personal note, this kind of Josses something I had intended to write that alludes to what I had thought would be Danny's reaction to psychic's. Well, I'll just have to fix that bit a smidgen.

But the murder really was just a coincidence, something narcissistic entitled girls who believe the universe revolves around them wouldn't consider. Even in the show, there's no evidence to connect the Psychic to the murder - Bai Ling was just there to be... oriental, which is gross and racist, especially in a show in which half the cast is Asian. If she'd have been exposed as a con artist I would have felt better about, because at least it would have been a bit more akin to reality.

I'm surprised Danny was used as the voice of delusion. I mean, okay, so he experienced a time in which a woman who obviously witnessed something and wanted fame came forward and used her "powers".

Danny saw and he believed. He can't see ghosts so he doesn't. Also, he's Santa Clause.

I did, however, like him being the voice of class, he's been this before and it's used to great effect. His mockery of Polo (I mean, c'mon!), him having only small bills with which to pay Madame Esmeralda and actually saying the words "one percenters". Even when you're a dum dum, you're my working class hero, Danny.

Let me talk about the fact that Steve was unapologetically sexist in this episodes. When Catherine called him out I was very pleased, because yes, Steve can be a caveman, this is something that was established way back in season 1. It's also interesting that both Danny and Cath make this observation, but from totally different perspectives.

When Steve called Danny a "girl" I was incredibly offended. It was said in such a tone of derision, so much mockery. I found it hard to believe that was the Steve I know and love, the guy who out of the pair of white dudes on the show was always the one who wasn't so casually crass. Not to mention sticking his gun the perp's guy's crotch. I get that he was playing bad cop, but that was... very disturbing and questionable and something else I'm far too uncomfortable associating Steve with and Danny witnessing (and doing nothing).

I had been spoiled by Steve's decent behaviour.

In the context of the show, I'm used to and have been known to root for the brutality the team show perps and when it concerns child victims this is pretty solid, I like that they are moved - however in this instance, the implication of Steve sticking his gun to the kidnapper's groin moved it out of grey area television violence and into something that again, I would rather not associate with this show. But now sorta must.

Kono is very much coming into her own. I wish they gave her the screen time she deserves. I liked her and Danny acting as foils to each other, they have a very sibling-y dynamic, which is why the psychic's observation was really funny.

That also should have clued Danny in that she was full of shit.

Doris, how much do I need love thee you lying liar who lies. I love the old school style McGuffen! It was like "North By North West"! What are hose negatives. The plot thinnens!

All in all, the horses were pretty.

Date: 2012-10-16 06:28 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] silveradept
I agree that the framing with Danny and the psychic didn't work out for antigens benefit, although I initially thought Danny was being highly skeptical of her instead of credulous. Guess I was reading in what I thought his character was, instead of what it actually was. Same thing with his indifference to Steve pointing a gun at the genitals of the suspect. Steve is still corrupting Danny - if the fight over Grace gets ugly, I can see Danny borrowing Steve's playbook in full.

Show needs more Kono. Much more Kono.

Date: 2012-10-16 08:41 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] silveradept
Yeah. Danny seems like the person who will do everything so long as he has a good excuse for it. Steve keeps giving him good excuses.

We demand more Kono. Her story arc is the interesting one at this point, given she's the only character that seems to change over time.

Date: 2012-10-17 12:32 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] silveradept
Conflict, yay?

I suppose I should say that Kono is the only one who appears to have visible change, with perhaps the exception of Chen Ho, if we see more than just the bit where we have about him morning his wife. Steve and Danny are still the break-the rules buddy-cop couple who could be together were it not for the obvious No, We're Straight Just Merry the writers throw in every so often. Chen Ho was the guy working for redemption for a crime not committed as the faithful lieutenant.

I spouse I shouldn't be surprised, then, that Kono is the one with visible growth and change - she's the woman of the team, so she gets to emote or something in the presence of all the Emotionless Men?

Date: 2012-10-17 05:27 am (UTC)
silveradept: A kodama with a trombone. The trombone is playing music, even though it is held in a rest position (Default)
From: [personal profile] silveradept
It's a bad analogy, and not well thought out, apparently. I think that it was the idea that it seems like Danny is always trying to get Steve to express emotions other than anger (and its family) and Steve seems to want Danny to be a bit more stoic (like him). Chin takes on the big brother role a lot of the time (obvious reasons are obvious). It seems like, of the main cast, Kono gets to display the biggest range of emotions, perhaps because she gets put into the most different situations?

That's what it appeared like to me. But I may not be right. So "emotionless men" was more "single-emotion men", I guess. And that's still probably wrong.

Date: 2012-10-17 06:44 am (UTC)
silveradept: A kodama with a trombone. The trombone is playing music, even though it is held in a rest position (Default)
From: [personal profile] silveradept
That mytharch is a very good story propulsion.

And emotions isn't the right word...but I'm having trouble figuring out what the right one is.

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V and Justice

V: Ah, I was forgetting that we are not properly introduced. I do not have a name. You can call me V. Madam Justice...this is V. V... this is Madam Justice. hello, Madam Justice.

Justice: Good evening, V.

V: There. Now we know each other. Actually, I've been a fan of yours for quite some time. Oh, I know what you're thinking...

Justice: The poor boy has a crush on me...an adolescent fatuation.

V: I beg your pardon, Madam. It isn't like that at all. I've long admired you...albeit only from a distance. I used to stare at you from the streets below when I was a child. I'd say to my father, "Who is that lady?" And he'd say "That's Madam Justice." And I'd say "Isn't she pretty."

V: Please don't think it was merely physical. I know you're not that sort of girl. No, I loved you as a person. As an ideal.

Justice: What? V! For shame! You have betrayed me for some harlot, some vain and pouting hussy with painted lips and a knowing smile!

V: I, Madam? I beg to differ! It was your infidelity that drove me to her arms!

V: Ah-ha! That surprised you, didn't it? You thought I didn't know about your little fling. But I do. I know everything! Frankly, I wasn't surprised when I found out. You always did have an eye for a man in uniform.

Justice: Uniform? Why I'm sure I don't know what you're talking about. It was always you, V. You were the only one...

V: Liar! Slut! Whore! Deny that you let him have his way with you, him with his armbands and jackboots!

V: Well? Cat got your tongue? I though as much.

V: Very well. So you stand revealed at last. you are no longer my justice. You are his justice now. You have bedded another.

Justice: Sob! Choke! Wh-who is she, V? What is her name?

V: Her name is Anarchy. And she has taught me more as a mistress than you ever did! She has taught me that justice is meaningless without freedom. She is honest. She makes no promises and breaks none. Unlike you, Jezebel. I used to wonder why you could never look me in the eye. Now I know. So good bye, dear lady. I would be saddened by our parting even now, save that you are no longer the woman I once loved.

*KABOOM!*

-"V for Vendetta"

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