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  1. AudienceofOne

    S04.E13: The Seam

    Not to get too meta but the entire point of the Magicians and its allusions to Narnia was to critique the kind of privileged, entitled, bored-rich-kids aspect of the Great White Male Saviour Myths these kinds of children fantasies embodied and Quentin was at the centre of that for a reason. And frankly this season had none of that other than a really ham-fisted monologue from Penny where they spelt out some that theme in sky writing while not really doing any of it in the text. There have been a couple of really big moments in this show that were thematically on point without needing to jam it down our throats. Quentin spending all of the first season thinking he's the Great White Saviour Chosen One on a quest to save Fillory and realising he wasn't special at all. Margo and Elliot cosplaying as Fillory's King and Queen like they were in a Saturday afternoon dress-up game until they realised these were actual people with lives and they started to act like real rulers. Julia's season 1 tantrum over not getting magic because she's Julia and Julia deserves it for being Julia only to have to deal with the horrific implications of that entitlement. There's nothing in this season like that other than a vague "The Librarians think they have a right to police magic and they don't because Everett is corrupt" and also Penny will now explain why our critique of the white straight male protagonist issue will work fine if we get rid of him completely, even though without him there's nothing left to critique. Nobody is going to watch this show in season 5 and think 'wow, there's no white male straight protagonist, that is so edgy". Especially since you just gave that guy the kind of heroic death that they get for being the white male hero - you know, the kind of narrative decision you're specifically supposed to be subverting? You know what would have been edgy? Having an entire season devoted to that guy being a nurturing carer who supports his friends in their quests instead of having his own and then having him choose to date a guy.
  2. AudienceofOne

    S04.E13: The Seam

    So here are my thoughts now that i've had time to collect them. I should have probably rewatched but I haven't because I don't particularly want to. My issue with this final episode remains the issue I have had for the last few - nothing seemed organic, I could see the writer's fingerprints on everything that happened and it felt manipulative in all the wrong ways. For a start, all of this was rushed. And if they really had a season to think this through, they wouldn't have had to jerk their characters around so much to get them into their Season 1 positions. I get the point was to make the allusion to Quentin's original non-hero's journey - his epic realisation he wasn't the hero and his decision to give that role to Alice. Quentin finally got to sacrifice himself for his friends - I mean, he's been trying to do it almost every finale - but the entire point of the setup we got was that he and Alice face the threat together and live together. I feel like this undermines a whole heap of points this show has previously been making about exactly the kinds of narratives that end this way. Don't get me started on the last-minute hookups between characters to get them into a certain emotional space for the final scenes. None of them feel organic and we didn't need Alice and Quentin to be a couple to finally stand together at the end. Basically I feel let down but not in an angry, emotional way. In a 'meh' way that I'm not used to feeling with this show. After four seasons this show has decided to become... just a television show. And that's a bit of a letdown. Finally, as I said I haven't rewatched it so maybe it would make more sense if I did. I still don't know HOW Quentin died or why the mirror sucked him and Everett in to begin with. And that's a big problem with my emotional response to the death.
  3. AudienceofOne

    S04.E13: The Seam

    *sigh* I wish I'd been wrong. I have thoughts but need a moment.
  4. AudienceofOne

    S07.E18: Lost Canary

    Since this show regularly forgets Sara's existence, I just put it down to bad writing. The kind of bad writing that keeps framing Original Recipe Laurel as a flawless hero rather than a struggling drunk who regularly opted for self-righteousness in lieu of empathy.
  5. AudienceofOne

    S07.E18: Lost Canary

    This was actually a really good episode. I mean, not an episode of Arrow unfortunately but then Arrow hasn't been Arrow for a while now. I nearly turned it off in the first scene because this was clearly going to be a Laurel episode and damn she's boring. But I actually found this thematically on point and tightly written (mostly - the final scene was clunky as hell). I particularly liked Felicity's role in this - and obviously Cathy Loitz is always awesome. I liked that the plot should have been insufferable because Laurel is the worst but somehow wasn't because of the way in which they were honest about all the things Laurel had done and framed it around Felicity's awesomeness instead. Also, Laurel is now gone (yay!).
  6. AudienceofOne

    S04.E12: The Secret Sea

    Mostly I just don't think OTPs are the point and so "who will end up with who?" isn't that important. The writers don't seem interested in selling us one and I for one find that refreshing.
  7. AudienceofOne

    S04.E12: The Secret Sea

    Ditto and honestly I was surprised. This was up there with the Julia/P23 hookup for me - I felt it was unearned and can't work out why the writers thought it was necessary. Q&A didn't break up because of a lack of trust - they broke up because their relationship was over. Marrying the rebuilding of their trust to a reconciliation is weird. I said last week I didn't see the moments between them as about them getting back together and I'm disappointed to be wrong. This is a bit banal actually and I expect more of the show. This decision felt - kind of like a thing that happens in a TV show. Having said that, Q&A at the end of this episode are very much in a S1 finale space. I do feel that's deliberate and the writers are deliberately framing what's happening in reference to season 1. I just don't feel they did the legwork to get there. But in that vein - S1 did not end well for Alice. Assuming that Quentin has finally gotten his hero's journey by not being a hero at all, this could be the end for him. This made sense to me because I thought it was about the Martin thing - not somebody who loves Fillory as a real place but somebody who loves it as an ideal. Margo and Fen both love Fillory in a real way, which is to say they don't love "Fillory" at all but the very real people with real concerns that live there. Yes, that's how I saw it as well I rarely feel Julia generally as I find the actor's choices annoying in an understated way that somehow feels like OVERacting. This was particularly stark for MonsterJulia.
  8. AudienceofOne

    S04.E11: The 411

    If that happened it would completely undermine their point about minor characters, thereby undermining one of the main themes of their show. So if it is Kady I'll be extremely disappointed.
  9. AudienceofOne

    S04.E11: The 411

    Oh God that accent. I am Australian so Americans doing ridiculous OTT Aussie accents is a bit of a gripe. I cann't think of one actor who's ever pulled it off, which is weird because half of Hollywood is Australians pulling off American ones.
  10. AudienceofOne

    S04.E11: The 411

    One True Pairing I'm embarrassed that I only just realised that season 4, episode 11 was called the 411, which stands for the exposition dump but also the episode number.
  11. AudienceofOne

    S04.E11: The 411

    And that scene where Alice kissed Q wasn't about her wanting to get back together. Who wouldn't be tempted in that situation. Your relationship is over and things are really bad and you're suddenly confronted with a version of them that behaves towards you like they used to. It doesn't mean she's still in love with him, just that she was holidaying in the past for a moment.
  12. AudienceofOne

    S04.E11: The 411

    I'm surprised people felt like this was an episode that was propping Alice/Quentin. To me it was the opposite. Their relationship is over, they're just being reminded that there was a time when they really cared about each other - although Alice always loved Q more than he loved her. This was just about them reconciling with each other. I got no ship vibes - nor did I feel the writers wanted us to feel them. It doesn't change my view that this episode was clunky as hell though.
  13. AudienceofOne

    S04.E11: The 411

    Margo was thrown out of the kingdom so she couldn't have gone back. How she contacted Penny to get a lift? She did some mining and dug up some HANDWAVIUM. I gotta say this episode was kind of clunky. It's like the writers suddenly realised they needed x, y and z piece moved into certain places on the board for the final two episodes but those characters weren't in the right place so they just forced them there. The Hyman intervention was particularly clunky - although I admit some bias because I could not care less about Julia and Penny 23's relationship. Quentin (and gang) being given yet another Hobson's Choice about saving one of their friends was poignant enough without adding in Penny's new boyfriend status. I did like the Binder plotline and how it successfully intersected the two Godhood plotlines. I also don't remember Matt Frewer giving such poignant, understated performances before. I mean, he's a great actor but he usually goes big - all booming theatrics. This was the opposite of that. In trying to find the answers to some of my questions regarding the twins, I popped by some other sites and stumbled on some interesting ideas about Quentin being the repairer of small objects. Somebody noted that hearts are a small object and joking said they wondered if Q was going to fix Alice's heart. Joking aside, the idea of Q as a repairer of hearts actually resonated with me. He's such a quietly nurturing person.
  14. AudienceofOne

    The OA

    I'm not really sure what to say about that season. The jumping over worlds and narratives didn't entirely work in terms of pacing but I guess that doesn't matter as much when you binge something. Still, the whole thing with Hap and the French women was so unbelievably boring - seriously, those two assholes were soul-suckingly monotonous - I had to skip it and so missed some of that. I also feel like this show struggles to find the line between science, metaphysics and new-age nonsense. Having said all of that, this is such an original and unique piece of television and I'm so excited stuff like this is being made. I particularly loved that ending and the show implying there are universes where this show is being made because someone got the idea from their connections with other dimensions. Or even came out of Brit Marling's head because she is the OA in other dimensions. It's a lovely meta moment made perfect by Jason Isaacs calling Brit Marling his wife. She isn't, of course, so this is another dimension that looks like ours but isn't. It's the perfect form of meta.
  15. AudienceofOne

    S4.E10 All That Hard Glossy Armor

    I completely disagree. The idea that if a woman does a job it's somehow different from a man doing the same job and therefore needs a different name reduces them permanently to a lessor position. I refuse to use gendered versions of actor, waiter etc. Just because a woman does it, doesn't make the job different and the fact a woman is doing it doesn't need to be distinguished. This doesn't erase women, it implies they're incapable of doing the same job to the same degree of competence. And my answer related specifically to the question - which was why it was important to Margo that she's a King, not a Queen. And that's clearly because the word 'Queen' was invented under the assumption that a woman will always be subordinate to a man, even if she has the same job.
  16. AudienceofOne

    S4.E10 All That Hard Glossy Armor

    A King outranks you by definition of being a King? Queens are Queens because women were deemed to be inherently lessor than men. That's why a King is married to a Queen but a Queen who rules is married to a Prince. Because if he was King, he'd be in charge.
  17. AudienceofOne

    S07.E17: Inheritance

    God anyone would think I've stopped paying proper attention or something.
  18. AudienceofOne

    S07.E17: Inheritance

    Re this and your spoiler: I had thought this episode was saying that Robert sent her to the Ninth Circle intentionally and so was surprised that nobody else saw it that way. She was delivering a package to him from Robert Queen, no? He sent here there to be trained deliberately. That was my reading anyway. That he had cut them all off and fed her to the Ninth Circle. I can see Robert doing that - essentially breeding a child for the Ninth Circle in lieu of one of his "real" children.
  19. AudienceofOne

    S4.E10 All That Hard Glossy Armor

    It was definitely the leprechaun. I went back and checked.
  20. AudienceofOne

    S4.E10 All That Hard Glossy Armor

    I got distracted during this because this was the most annoying God we've seen ever and I found his shtick grating and pointless. So reading your comment I realised I was confused by that scene as well. I thought he took the girl in the bar to be the body for his sister so I was really confused when he apparently killed her at the end. But now I realise he didn't kill her at all - he killed the also-blonde leprechaun and the sick bar girl is obviously stashed somewhere.
  21. AudienceofOne

    S4.E10 All That Hard Glossy Armor

    Unfortunately I didn't think the song choices and execution quite worked for this episode in the way it's worked for previous musical ones. It didn't feel as integrated as I would have liked. Which is a small gripe really because it was still a great episode. It continued the theme of fractured people putting themselves back together and found a way to put Elliot and Margot in a scene together, which is a good thing. The acting in this show remains a step above the average. Almost everyone's killing it at this stage.
  22. AudienceofOne

    S07.E17: Inheritance

    The pacing of this season is terrible. With all the emphasis on the flash forwards, I had completely forgotten Emiko's existence but suddenly we have an episode crammed with her origin story - straight after an episode crammed with Mia's origin story. I said at the beginning of this season that Amell seems to be playing Green Arrow in his spare time and this has never been more clear. I hate to say it but if they announced that he wasn't coming back next season but that Felicity was I would believe it. Then they could have him disappear or go into hiding or die or whatever they're planning and concentrate on the Arrow: The Next Generation with the current timeline being flashbacks... .. And I think I will be grateful if that happens because it means I can finally quit this damn show.
  23. AudienceofOne

    S04.E09: The Serpent

    On Alice's clothing choices - I really feel like the show is walking a fine line between characterisation and fan service. But while I think her clothing is universally awful, in this case it shows that she is at war with herself: The sexual repression caused by her awful childhood and her own adulthood as a grown woman. Alice has always been at war with herself and this episode really exemplified it.
  24. AudienceofOne

    S04.E09: The Serpent

    It struck me during this episode that this is a season about putting yourself back together. Alice has been putting herself back together since she hit rock bottom - first with her Mum and then her being reconciled to parts of herself she hates, Julia is putting herself back together since she lost her Godhood, wizards and hedges are putting themselves back together after losing magic, Elliot is putting himself back together since he lost himself, and even the Elliot monster (may be) attempting to put himself back together too. I honestly found this episode extremely profound in every plot line.
  25. AudienceofOne

    S07.E16: Star City 2040

    My Lord Katherine McNamara is a terrible actor. She was bad in Shadowhunters but, oddly, because that show is so terrible it didn't bug me so much. It seemed weirdly apropos like it was a part of the ridiculous Shadowhunters package. Also, Mia has the worst origin story ever. Oh no, she had a perfect upper middle class childhood in an idyllic rural town, ran away from home in a pique because of thecrats and lieths and then got tattoos and did cage fights like some bad movie about rebellious teen lesbians. None of which detracts from what was a surprisingly-enjoyable episode that is clearly the producers' new attempt at Arrow: The Next Generation. Which is to say - this would have actually been an okay pilot for a new show of a rather lame superhero.
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