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Holy shit that was so fucking good!

I feel like this episode was written especially for me.

Except for the racist, sizeist and product placement comic relief scenarios with Sang Min and Kamekona (who fucking owned the scenes in that warehouse) there was nothing about this episode I didn't love.

The flashback to 16-year-old Steve was brilliantly filmed, the way everything was much brighter and whiter than the "present" and it wasn't a brightness of light, but of sharp pain which was portrayed beautifully by bb!Steve and Jack - who is the worst father on earth, Jesus.

Fatherhood and masculinity were the narrative threads of this episode and I was seriously overcome by how every single story line touched on that in some way, without being utterly sexist and misogynistic at the same time.

Hello show! Where have you been?!?

The whole episode revolved around fatherhood, from beginning to end, mostly about fathers fail their sons - their daughters though, that's another story, I'll touch on that in a mo'.

"Uncle Joe" huh? Well, both Joe and Jack are terrible, horrible fathers, just not good, because they are emotional cripples and manipulators and they've chucked all their baggage onto Steve who does his very best to be "the kind of man" his father would be proud of.

Did his father ever tell him he was proud of him? No.
Did Joe do anything throughout the season other than burden Steve time and again with guilt, all but blame him for his own torture at the hands of Wo Fat? No.
Does Hiro Noshimuri consider his son man enough to make his own decisions? No.
Adam, Adam, who tries so hard to be the man he thinks his father wants him to be, it's pretty stunning to see the parallels between him and Steve.

Add to that that they are practically doppelgangers and the their story is eerily similar.

It's no secret that my favourite is Danny. Danny is a good father in that typical "quality time" kind of way. He does his best to spend as much time as possible with Grace and praises her and bestows his love upon her in a way the other fathers on this show seem incapable of.

Could it be because his child is a girl? Maybe, but Danny was there for the mother of his child because Rachel and he are, in Rachel's words, friends.

Bittersweet resolution and in no way complete, but Danny does something else that made me *wibble*. He stood there as a witness for Stan in the name of fatherhood. In spite of his own issues with the man and the fact that he is married to his ex-wife and all the drama around the pregnancy; Danny felt a solidarity with Stan due to the fact that they are both fathers.

That's amazing, because it is so rare, in fact I can't recall I've ever seen something similar occur on screen. A man, a man of Danny's personality and presence, stand in for another man because he was absent and throughout the ep there was confusion as to what exactly Danny was doing there - Joe's sexist remark about alimony and going above and beyond struck me as a misunderstanding of Danny's motivations.

Danny has trouble letting go. But he wasn't there to win Rachel over again, he was there to support Grace and make sure Rachel wasn't alone during this ordeal. That's being a decent human being, imo and if there's something about Danny, it's that he's decent.

Let me just say, the fact that Danny said "vagina" and "cervix" without cracking up and was opposed to New Age crap he was reading made me all tingly inside - "mainlining drugs" thank you Danny, your scepticism makes me want to give you a wet one on the tip of your adorable nose (which Rachel's baby boy did not inherit).

When you think about it, who is the better man? The father who will give up his so-called territory for another man? Or the father who will do everything to keep his territory and send all and any risk factors out of his sight so that he can hunt in peace?

I'm know what I think, but it's worth dwelling on.

As for other things that went on - I love Chin and Kono being partners and double teaming perps - Chin is intimidating and underestimating Kono is a mistake and it is glorious to watch.

Sang Min's hair is amazing, I dunno what Lori was on about. Kamekona as an ambivalent character was something I've been waiting to see, it's a good look on him and a reminder to us that for all his loveable attitude, he's not a good character.

Using both Sang Min and Kamekona as product placement comic relief shticks was racist, sizeist and over all skeevy. Show, this is my middle finger to your capitalist agenda and white supremacist attitude, kindly keep it down in there.

Though I did giggle-snort at Steve's remark that Sang Min could keep the wire once they were done, due to its *ahem* placement.

And of course, Steve's loving gaze at Danny at the end of the ep and the intertwining of the two fatherhood narratives in this actually made me cry. There is so much love between them, bursting at the seams, I can't wait for the next episode!

That's all folks!

Date: 2012-01-18 07:31 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] silveradept
If I haven't mentioned this before, I like your Five-O meta - it helps me think more about what's being said in addition to the dialogue.

This post makes me think that Danny's presence in the show is to keep us anchored to what reality is rather than thinking the extralegal insanity of everyone else in this show is what is normal.

Date: 2012-01-21 04:48 pm (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
Danny is still the voice of procedure, though - in this episode (or was it the last?), he talks about whether or not hearing something is hearing something or "hearing something" as a pretext to enter the house without a warrant. Danny's still that Jersey cop who wants to do things by the book. I think he's resigned to the fact that Steve doesn't really care about procedure, but he keeps trying to get Steve to come back to the light.

In this episode, with Danny away helping Rachael, the rest of the cast uses a complex scheme of dubiously legal methods to achieve their goals. Their anchor to reality is elsewhere, taking care of reality.
Edited Date: 2012-01-21 04:48 pm (UTC)

Date: 2012-01-21 05:23 pm (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
Yeah - Danny's telling us how things should be going according to procedure while in the middle of a task force granted special privileges to not have to go through procedure. If he didn't have the clear feelings he has for both Steve and Grace, he would have gone back to the mainland a long time ago.

I kind of see Danny's base trope as the repressed suit that when pushed far enough over the line, snaps and does things that are far worse that what the people who live completely over the line do regularly.

I also loved this episode for how Danny matter-of-factly treated birth and the situation that he was in, and that there were no romantic comedy elements or re-falling in love bits or anything else that would normally happen in dramas after such a touching and endearing moment. I do wonder, though, how Danny was able to let Grace be unsupervised in the hospital. I would have thought everyone wanted a parent or guardian with her at all times.

Date: 2012-01-21 05:42 pm (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
No arguments on Grace's maturity, but it would have been nice to have something in there where someone is concerned about Grace being there by herself. Even just in a throwaway "That your daughter out there? She's charming the pants off the waiting room residents." or a "Do we want Grace present for the birthing?" kind of thing, so that we as the audience remember that she's there and we're assured that Danny and Rachel remember she's there, too.

Date: 2012-01-21 09:28 pm (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
Yeah, probably best that Grace isn't there for the birthing in this case. But it did feel like she sort of vanished from the episode.

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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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