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  1. S02.E02: Reunion

    Both. I nearly waited for this season to be on DVD so I could watch it with subtitles. Versimilitude is fantastic in theory but sometimes I wish people were still projecting to the back of the theatre on a well-lit stage. Dolores: I'm heading to the future! Maeve: I'm travelling back to the past. Guess you're headed in different direction then, girls. I imagine they won't share a scene for a while. As someone pointed out last season, Maeve is acting entirely on the programming someone put into her head. The daughter quest is the first and only act of self-determination she's made. The rest was what she was meant to do. So she has way more control because she was programmed to seek it out. The maze - the path to self-determination - was for Dolores, not Maeve. Personally I think they're equally self-aware at this point and equally free but that doesn't change the fact that Maeve's appearance of power is limited by her refusal to question her behaviour. Maeve refuses to accept that her actions are determined by programming. Dolores is well aware of all of hers. In the respect, Dolores is more "free". We could have this ongoing argument every single episode so I won't start it this time around (maybe ep3?). But there are two important things to note here. One is that the MiB believed that he was limiting his violent tendencies to the park only to discover his wife and child were terrified of him. This is because once you act to dehumanise a human-like object then you are more likely to dehumanise actual humans. Secondly, people get off on violence all the time. I imagine it's only a small subset that come to the park to behave like the MiB. But violence would radiate out from that point in various ways. Once you give people permission to act in a certain way, a large proportion of the population will join in. How much? I don't know. I wonder if there's any research on that? EDITED: to clarify what I meant by that last paragraph when I said 'radiated'. I mean that violent behaviour in this context could be seen as a series of concentric circles, like ripples out from a stone. You have your MiB, a small proportion of extremely violent, sadistic men. But while each circle out would be less violent and less brutal, all of them will still have some aspects of the worst of us - the MiB at the centre. In my experience, humans are far more violent than they like to think in daily life - just look at the rates of domestic violence.
  2. S03.E23: Battles Lost and Won 2018.06.18

    I personally liked her "I idealised my memory of you because I thought you died but you were actually a really shitty boyfriend speech".
  3. S05.E07: Acceptable Losses 2018.06.19

    Yes you're right. I was wondering why Octavia didn't recognise that Clarke was her biggest threat but finding out that she had and apparently controlled a Nightblood woke her up to it. Trying to explain that Clarke doesn't care about power for the sake of power is pointless. Octavia isn't capable of understanding that and for most of her adult life Clarke has been the authority figure everyone defers to. Octavia's motives to Madi are not rocket surgery - she'll control her or dispose of her. And since you can control a child but not an adult, the disposal bit is going to come quite soon. The funny thing is, I feel like this season is retreading all the old themes (the endless quotes about "having to do the wrong thing for the right reasons in a TIME OF WAR" and the fact that Clarke always tries to stand back and live her life but is dragged back in when people threaten the ones she cares about. But something about a lot of these beats feel a bit more organic, maybe because we've had six years of character development. In particular, Clarke is a high-level logical and strategic thinker but because of that she's always five steps ahead of everybody else. She always had a tendency to tell people what to do based on her assessment of the situation five steps ahead and then none of them do it because they're not high-level strategic thinkers and they don't understand why they should do it and then she yells at them to just DO IT and that made them less likely to. And then what she was trying to avoid happens and then the next thing comes up and the same cycle repeats. Six years and some perspective has taught her some restraint and tact and that makes her a bigger threat to Octavia even than old Clarke because this Clarke doesn't barrel in and yell at people as her first tactic. You know despite the crappy setup and the handwaving, this season does have a plot and some better characterisation so it is much better than last year's.
  4. S05.E07: Acceptable Losses 2018.06.19

    Because she knows fanatics when she sees one and she took one look at Octavia and knew there was no compromising or peaceful co-existence. Except, of course, she'd already decided to screw them over when she made the deal with Bellamy. I find her characterisation inconsistent, actually. I'm pretty sure the person we're seeing now is the person she was supposed to be. Unfortunately, to make the season setup work she had to be different in the beginning. It's not that annoying because I feel like she and the writers have got the character under control now. I guess we're supposed to think that the pressure of the Bunker was too much for a woman who took the Hippocratic Oath and she used drugs to cope. Which is quite astonishing when we consider what she tolerated in the Ark. But still, drugs? Prescription drugs? In an underground bunker after two apocalypses 100 years after the collapse of human civilisation? It's a bit farfetched. Surely they could have come up with something better?
  5. S03.E23: Battles Lost and Won 2018.06.18

    Hey, if David Harewood and Jeremy Jordan want to cut their losses I'm not surprised. They doubtless have many projects they could pick up and have had three years of a regular paycheck (which is the real reason actors like this do TV). Brainy will not be a substitute for Winn though, unless they tone him down a bit. At the moment, he's super annoying (no pun intended). I was one of the few who quite liked Mon-El and his hero's journey so I'll be sad to see him go, even though he's been too dour and angsty in the back half of this season. So now I think about it, I'm not too sad to see him go since he didn't have much to do lately but walk around in a silly costume and looked pained. Let's hope next season has plotllines that don't involve "witches", "magic" or villains being defeated by Fountains of Weakness in their own minds. Or whatever that Valley was. Idk and I don't even really care. The fact the conflict in this season was resolved by a last-minute addition to the topography of an imaginary valley just blows my mind and not in a good way. This is like that season of Arrow where everybody was fighting with MAGIC and WILL and it really really sucked.
  6. S03.E22: Make It Reign 2018.06.11

    This show is the perfect cautionary tale that if you sprinkle enough mysticism bullshit around, your episodes become a series of meaningless exposition with characters intoning random words very seriously. In the end, what you produce is basically 45 minutes of nonsense and funny costumes. IT'S A TRAP, RUN! Explosion! Everybody standing exactly where they are, completely unscathed except for the minor character whose name I don't remember. I actually laughed. It was so bad. Not "my husband just turned into a baby fox" bad (don't ask) but still pretty bad. Wasn't there one scene at some point where Hot Asian Guy and his Dislike of Winn were already established?
  7. S02.E01: Journey Into Night

    The act of consenting means it's not rape by definition. So people can "pretend" all they want, if two adults consent then they've consented. Ergo it's not rape. Dolores' lack of consent was the entire point of the "game". So that example has no bearing on this issue at all. I could make the same argument about you or anybody else. The personhood of others is the basis of an entire branch of philosophy for a reason. Finding reasons to discount another human's personhood is the underpinning characteristic of all human rights abuses. Which, to be clear, is the entire point of this show. Dolores looks and behaves like a person. Do we have the right to treat her like she isn't a person - is the question the show is literally asking. As I said, nobody could charge and prosecute one of the guests with rape but that is irrelevant. If you pay to rape somebody, it is rape and if we have a victim behaving like a victim, then they are a rape victim.
  8. S02.E01: Journey Into Night

    I thought the very first scene was actually the furthest ahead in the future. It was a conversation between Dolores and Bernard framed to look like the old conversations between her and Arnold but with their roles switched. He is now a host under her control and he is remembering his previous lives as if they were a dream. That is, he's remembering waking up on the beach without Dolores and the others. Another very good show, coming at the same issues but from a different perspective. Highly recommend. Dolores' entire role was to be the happy rancher's daughter who yearned for freedom but ends up being brutally raped and murdered after watching the deaths of her family and gunslinger boyfriend. It doesn't matter how many random humans she met who were nice to her. If she has the memories of being brutalised to this extent, then any human is going to be seen as a potential threat. Frankly, this position is the android television equivalent of #notallmen. Exactly. But, you know #notallhumans or whatever. Raping Dolores was the point of Dolores. So I'd say hundreds. Dolores was programmed to act like she was being raped and guests paid for the experience of being able to rape someone but legally she was not raped, just like your car isn't being raped if you stick your dick in the tailpipe. But since the guests specifically paid for a rape (and got it) then, yes, from a moral perspective they were rapists. If they didn't want to rape somebody, they would have stuck to the blow up doll. They wanted to force a sobbing, frantic, terrified woman to have sex with them. They are rapists and it is rape. Morally speaking. Now, ethically, is it acceptable to pay to rape a robot rather than rape a "real woman"? That is the question and it's one this show is asking too. I would personally argue that anybody allowed to treat female replicas in this way will treat real women in this way as well. So I have little time for this ethical argument - and, yes, I am talking about MRAs and Incels and other misoygnistic hate groups and I feel very strongly that this show is critiquing them as well. In fact, this may well be one of the most feminist shows I've ever seen and it's interesting it's from these writers whom I wouldn't have usually pegged as feminist. The fact is, none of these arguments compare to the simple fact that Dolores believes she was raped. It's up to you whether you privilege Dolores' opinion on the matter. But since we all judge a person's personhood entirely by their behaviour, then it's Dolores' behaviour that matters. She is behaving like a person who was raped, therefore she was raped.
  9. S04.E12: You've Got to Hide Your Liv Away

    Seattle is run by zombies. You know what is the largest threat to the US at the moment - heavily-armed white Christian fundamentalists who preach mass murder against minority groups such as Muslims in their churches and literally murder black people. How do you treat heavily-armed white Christian fundamentalists? As a law and order issue. That's what this whole plotline was about.
  10. S05.E06: Exit Wounds

    Considering that Bellamy's main argument was that his crimes were able to be forgiven so why wouldn't Echo's, then I don't get your point. Octavia banished Echo because Echo had the audacity to commit a crime against her. Bellamy was pointing out the hypocrisy of that decision in the context of the fact that other, bigger crimes had been committed. And he was right. I don't want to go boards on boards but I'm a bit tired of everyone acting as though Clarke's actions are the worst when in the overall scheme of things her "atrocities" were truly unavoidable in the context of that situation. Clarke has not committed an action I can think of that isn't ethically defensible, even if we could argue over its morality. But in the end, if the moral decision ends up with everybody being brutally slaughtered then... well, that's where the basis of an argument over morality begins. Which, of course, was the point of the show (back when it was actually good). Given a genuine choice between violence and dialogue, Clarke chooses dialogue. Her main problem is that she expects others to responds to situations like she does, which smacks of entitlement and ethnocentrism. In comparison, Octavia chose full assimilation enabling her to bring everybody together in a way that Clarke never could. But now she's a dictator who believes that keeping power is more important than how she wields that power. All of this is why, on paper, this is still an awesome and intelligent show. It's just that it keeps overreaching. But it's also why I find the 'Clarke is awful and everything she does is terrible' argument extremely shallow. Clarke protects. It's what she does. It's just that now she's protecting one child instead of 100. Octavia believes she's protecting her people but she's actually just protecting herself. And she probably always was. She's a child in need of a family, not a true leader. And that's why her current actions are judged more harshly than others because they're the actions of a true monster - a child who never had to grow up. I found it interesting how she responded to both Bellamy and Clarke. Bellamy is the overbearing big brother who's constantly telling her what to do. But Clarke is her Mum who she rebels against but also needs to feel safe. That's why she's threatened by Bellamy but not by Clarke.
  11. S03.E21: Not Kansas 2018.06.04

    Here's the thing. I'm an Australian, I find the whole gun debate thing incomprehensible. Gun control is such a no-brainer for us that we find what happens in the US around gun control distressing. Even I found this episode tiresome. Every time this show tries to deal with the big issues of the day it falls so flat it makes pancakes look frothy. The writers simply don't have the skills to deal with these issues without putting people offside. By the time this show had finished, even I was ready to pick up a gun just to annoy them. You don't change people's minds by yelling at them. And this was the rhetorical equivalent of screaming "GUNS KILL PEOPLE" by the side of the road with a photo of dead kids around your neck.
  12. S03,E20: Dark Side of the Moon 2018.05.28

    But then, that's Durance. It's not as though she could act anyway. I mean, how long has Alex known Sam? Is Sam really going to leave Ruby to her to raise? That seems extreme. I would have thought Lena would be the first choice if there's really no other person in the entire universe - at least she's known Lena for more than 10 seconds.
  13. S05.E06: Exit Wounds

    It wasn't who they were hooking up with that was random. It was the where and when that was random. And now Wonku is back at the bunker in Polis. I spend a lot of this season trying to work out where everybody is and how they got here. Also, where the magical apple tree is growing. I think everybody should camp out under that Magic Tree in Mystic Valley. Finally somebody mentioned food and skillsets.
  14. S05.E06: Exit Wounds

    I shall dub this the Episode of Random Hookups.
  15. S04.E13: And He Shall Be a Good Man

    I'm tired of griping about the science because I really love this show. But the science has been really woeful from the beginning. And this really bugged me! Ravi has found someone immune and realises that her brain is a cure. Does he try to find out what about this brain is different? No, he just feeds it to a friend! Tearing my hair out over here. Having said that, I enjoyed this episode and this season even if I'm tired of Liv falling madly in love each time and losing them each time. I couldn't even remember this one's name.