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I took a deep breath and I watched the rest of the new episode of Bomb Girls.

I regret nothing. I might be a bit sensitive over the the day, but it was worth it.

So worth it.

When I mainlined the first six episodes a couple of months ago, I became utterly invested in Betty and Kate's story. As I watched their arch I was torn between two different stories that I could see unfolding.

One where Kate sheds the oppression and suppression of her fundamentalist upbringing and finding freedom and love within Betty's secret world.

The other being what came about. "That's disgusting, and if you can't see that then you're disgusting too."

In this episode, 2.01 The Quickening, Betty's whole demeanour is made up of despair and self loathing. "That's what girls do. They date boys."

Gladys' naivete continues to grate me, much like it does Betty, I suspect. It grated me in the first season and it hasn't let up. She's starving for affection, a theme that's continuing on from the previous season and one that will probably her main stay throughout the show.

What's interesting now, to me, are the ticking time bombs (yeah, yeah, I know, *stagadush*) of the various characters.

Lorna's baby, whose baby suddenly moved just when she was about to induce a miscarriage. The laws of television make me believe she'll have a miscarriage of her own at some point, be forced to go to hospital, and confess in public that she got pregnant out of wedlock. Am I the only one who was really annoyed at the moralistic finger wagging? "You have to live with it! You made the decision to have sex AND abort that baby! YOU ARE TAINTED WITH MORAL JUDGEMENT!" And don't tell me it was "The Times", I have no doubt many women were happy to be rid of an inconvenient intereference in their life. I really like the woman who provided the tea, her commitment and conviction to help and support women "in trouble" really shone through, as did Vera's own confession. The whole weaving of this juncture was just brilliant.

Betty and Kate have switched positions with regards to agency it seems, at least for now, which is interesting. Though it's clear that it is Betty's presence that bolsters Kate's confidence and sense of self. I did feel the rescue was a bit quick, though the murder that accompanied it is interesting on a narrative level, as a parallel to the "sexual deviance" which needs to be covered up and quashed.

Gladys' meddling is really something else. I'm sorry, I really want to like her, and narratively she does what she's supposed to very well (Jodi Balfour also has a special place in my heart seeing as she's a South African actress), but I really felt resentful about the way she kept trying to decide how Betty felt and how she chose to deal with her feelings.

I liked that the show decided to diversify the cast, there were some women who weren't white and had lines, but I wonder if they'll get a story. I suspect not, but I'd like to imagine that there is place for their own unique tale.

I swear, if Betty and Kate's love doesn't happen I'll-I'll... I'll cry even harder than I did when I watched 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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