cia life

When it’s 2017 (the year) but some people really, really want it to be 1984 (the book).

the most common reasons ppl give to subtly discard sharon carter disputed (by means of using the already established mcu canon, among other sources)

these next 2 paragraphs were originally the conclusion to my text but i decided to move it up to avoid any massive unfollow sprees or anon hate sent my way lol if you read nothing else in this post, plese read these paragraphs before the cut.

now, you still with me? okay. you see, the thing is: you don’t have to like sharon. and you don’t have to like staron. you don’t even need to give any reasons as to why you don’t like them. really, you don’t. because sometimes there isn’t even a reason, we just don’t jive with certain things and that’s cool. heck, i have friends that think benadryl cabbage patch is the hottest thing in the world, and while that deeply disturbs me, i accept them and we can be friends even with that canyon of differences between us. it’s just the nature of humanity to differ in tastes. i just put his name in my tumblr savior list and move along with life. 

but when you make up reasons that don’t exist (see items above below), or make fun of people for liking what you don’t, or go out of your way to put your hate (yes, saying a pairing “makes you vomit” IS hate, let’s not be dense here), or complain about wanting a certain type of character to be portrayed on screen (in this case, more strong female characters in the mcu) and dismiss them when you’re given one on the sole purpose of shipping, THEN we’re gonna have a problem. 

otherwise? you do you

now, for the reasons disputed: 

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My wife is three people.

Ajay thought Mary was “the English woman” who betrayed the team. That suggests Mary was using an English persona when he knew her.

But in His Last Vow, Sherlock said:

Yes, technically Sherlock could’ve been wrong, but then what was the freaking point in bringing it up?

Also in HLV, Magnussen said:

Working for the CIA suggests Mary was American originally / at some point. (I won’t press that point too hard since it’s TV and they could cheat if they wanted to and say a non-American had a CIA job, but the usual implication of saying someone worked for the CIA is that they’re American. Mycroft being an outlier.)

CAM is pretty clear that Mary did her CIA work and then went freelance after that.

The Six Thatchers made a big point about Mary’s time with the A.G.R.A. group being her freelance period.

So unless the writers are throwing old clues out the window for no reason, Mary had a not-English CIA life before her time with Ajay and company.

I consider this confirmation of a third identity for Mary. First the not-English CIA identity, then Rosamund the freelancer, then Mary the nurse.

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anonymous asked:

If Quinn doesn't die, we get the chance to see how she can handle the CIA life better - with the support of someone she can truly confide in. I hope the writers chose to take this route... it would be a new situation for the characters and a chance to show positive development

What’s Quinn gonna do with Carrie at an overseas posting? Babysit Franny? The writers have shown this year their desire to keep Quinn in the game. Then again how do they put a different spin on that dynamic, so it’s not just a rehash of S4? This is one of many questions that I’m hoping the finale addresses somewhat. 

Musings on Madam Secretary 1.01

Oh, Season 1. We meet again. I love Season 2, but there’s something so sweet and innocent about the first season of a show, specifically the pilot. Years of dreaming, planning, hoping and emotionally exhaustive work go into the first 42 minutes of episodic TV, and it shows. A good pilot is nearly flawless because it has to be. I can be a very stingy viewer. I usually give new shows one episode, maybe two if I’m feeling generous, before deciding if it earns a timer on my DVR. What drew me to even give Madam Secretary a chance? Two words: Téa Leoni. The billboards, the magazine ads, the TV spots, all featuring her front and center. I was a fan of Téa’s and can admit the casting is 98% of what put the show on my radar. What kept me around? The pilot… because that’s what pilots are supposed to do. What a wild, nearly 2-year ride it’s been.

Re-watching the pilot, there are several firsts that stick out:
1. The very first shot of the very first show was Syria. Times haven’t changed much, both in MS-ville and real life.
2. The first time we saw Elizabeth, her student called her “Doctor McCord.” I literally stopped. “Dr. McCord.” That name sounded so weird being directed at her because no one has referred to her as that since this moment in the pilot. If you say “Dr. McCord” now, I’m assuming you’re referring to Henry.
3. One of the first words out of Henry’s mouth in his very first scene was “Aquinas.” How prophetic.

“I’m so sorry. I thought we were telling each other our problems. No extension.” Those 14 little words were how Elizabeth McCord captured my cold, cynical heart. Snark from the start. My kind of woman. To watch the female Dr. McCord of old, the first thing I noticed was how carefree she was. (OK, it’s the second thing. The first thing was obviously her hair. Téa’s real hair. I miss that look.) Anywho, Elizabeth was all smiles, cracking jokes and relaxed without the weight of world peace on her perfectly tailored blazered shoulders.

As if I didn’t have a budding love affair with her from that scene, Dr. McCord walked into the library and found the other Dr. McCord holding court for students with faces that looked like the heart eye emoji. Elizabeth’s little smirk when she saw him sharing his passion for religion with his “cult following” was one of pure adoration. Then came the knee touch, the kiss, calling him “cute.” My favorite part: Elizabeth looking over her shoulder and smiling back at the students while they walked out of the library, arms wrapped around each other. “Peace out, girls. He’s mine,” is the vibe she gave off. It almost felt like she was claiming him, reminding the students that he’s hers, but the beauty of the McCord relationship is she doesn’t have to do that. The two are so solid in their relationship that Elizabeth doesn’t truly feel threatened by cute girls young enough to be their daughter. In fact, it’s almost an amusing game. All the players know what’s going on… except, possibly, for Henry. Bless that man. Cue the music swell, butterfly stomach and bubbling heart. I was smitten with the McCords right there. I wish we had more flashbacks of them working together at UVA, walking through campus arm-in-arm, eating lunch together, grading papers. Guess that’s what fanfic is for.

George, Isabelle, Juliet and “Bess” having dinner allowed us to see another side of Elizabeth McCord: former CIA operative. The group swapped war stories with the few who truly understood what CIA life entailed. When everyone else’s phones lit up like Christmas trees, Elizabeth didn’t seem to miss out on the excitement. “Well this can’t be good,” she deadpanned. Little did she know the turn her life would take because of those messages. Looking back at this dinner, knowing what would eventually happen to these four friends, I felt a bit melancholic. I wish we could have seen more of their friendship or how their comradery developed. I’d love for one of Elizabeth’s college friends to visit, someone who knew her before Henry. We could use a few more light moments like this spy dinner, offering insight into Elizabeth the person. As for Elizabeth herself, she could definitely use a friend. She has a fulfilling family life and overwhelming professional life, but the woman could stand a night out. I’m talking drinks, karaoke, heels and belly laughs.

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Roommates AU

I saw a roommates AU thing for Hyrule Warriors. I have ideas. It’s 8:30 PM. 

Things aren’t going to go well.

SO, here are my ideas.

  • Ghirahim is the one who plays the song “Sexy, Naughty, Bitchy Me” at 6 AM in the morning on blast and that’s how everyone knows to wake up. 
  • WILD PARTIES WILL HAPPEN. Like, parties where almost everyone gets drunk and people wake up not remembering how they ended up on the floor with Ghirahim, Volga, and Zant or in bed with Ganondorf and Wizzro.
  • Prank wars. That is all.
  • Cia turning all of the guys to females just because she was bored. May or may not involve Lana helping her. Ghirahim would be the one to enjoy being a girl just saying
  • It’s not me until I have cross-dressing males involved somewhere, so here, let’s have Ghirahim and Zant playing dress up with the girls.
  • How about Ghirahim and Zant kissing and Cia walking in on them?
  • Things go missing and we can all blame Volga the Hoarder for that.
I’ve just re-watched 5x12...

It really is weird how you view the whole thing differently now we kind of know that Quinn is alive.

It seems to underline a few things for me.

1) Carrie and Jonas - Can we say doomed from the start? Though when I initially watched 5x12, I was pissed off that Carrie would even think about returning to Jonas, this scene really doesn’t bother me anymore. It is, actually, classic Carrie. I feel like she is trying desperately to cling to the simple life. The life that made sense before her crazy CIA life came crashing back. And to cling to a relationship that is nowhere near as overwhelming or as complicated as her relationship with Quinn.

You see, Carrie’s feelings for Quinn had definitely been emerging in 5x10 and 5x11. I think she was really starting to realise what he meant to her. She really might love him. Out of all the things that Carrie says to him when he is unconscious, there’s one line that really stands out.

You know the line.

“I’m here, waiting for you.”

If you go back to watching these scenes, everything else is so clear, so ‘rehearsed’, so ‘this is what I need to say and this is how I need to say it.’ Not this line. This is emotional, it’s raw and for me, speaks to Carrie’s feelings for Quinn right at that moment. Seeing him lying there, she would have waited forever.

And that was super confusing and super complicated for the Carrie that has only had her crazy life back for a week or so. 

So when it’s all over, unwilling to confront her crazy life and her feelings for Quinn, she retreats back to what she knew. Jonas. A simple relationship. Without the complications of what she feels for Quinn. And especially in his current condition. For me, Carrie’s decision to sleep with Jonas has as much to do with Quinn and her life in the CIA as it does to do with Jonas. They’re kind of the same thing.

Again, this goes back to Carrie’s hesitancy that I’ve always highlighted with regards to her relationship with Quinn. Here it’s not even about the idea of immediately pursuing a relationship with Quinn, because he’s obviously in no fit state, but it’s the idea of being close to him and letting herself feel what she feels when she’s with him. That is a massive thing for Carrie.

So when she goes to Jonas and is like ‘Let’s go back to the way things were,’ I see this as massively about her being scared to be anywhere near her old life, and Quinn is a massive part of that. But I don’t think for one second that if Jonas had said yes, that that would have been that, cue happily ever after and Carrie Hollander. 

She can’t run forever. Eventually, she would have left Jonas and her life in Berlin. She was concealing a massive part of herself from him. And he doesn’t like that part of her.

2) Carrie chooses Quinn. Again, I didn’t think this when we watched it first, but I really do now, watching with hindsight. When Jonas refuses her, the rug is swept from under her feet. Her safety net has gone. There’s nowhere to run. I think this explains her frantic and frightened demeanour when she is at the hospital looking for Quinn. She’s terrified. And even more so, when she arrives in his room and he’s not there….. She’s finally here, just her, up there without a net, and he’s not there. 

And I will stress, I don’t see this as a romantic choice. Obviously, Quinn is in no fit state to have a relationship. But it’s not about that. It’s about Carrie deciding who she wants to be. What sort of person she wants to be. Here, I see it as her deciding to be with Quinn, to be there for him like she should have been before. To be there for the one person who truly knows her. The one person in her life who she is 100% herself with. The one person who is not her safety net. He is her everything. We see this in the way that she takes care of him, the way she looks at him. The way it’s painful for her when Dar is discussing how amazing he is. The familiar ‘That’s the man I love’ nod.

She goes to the chapel to calm down, to try and find her faith that he will pull through. If she prays hard enough, her resolution will ring true and he will come back. 

3) The light. Definitely not death, but life. And a sign that Carrie’s faith has returned and will be rewarded by Quinn’s recovery. I feel this in the chapel scene and in the final scene of the episode. Aside from all the confirmations that we have had that Quinn is alive, when the light comes through the window, I feel it’s a sign that the light and faith is coming back into Carrie’s life, giving her back the man she thought she had lost. After everything else has been taken away from her, she doesn’t pray for her life back with Jonas. She doesn’t pray for her a return to simplicity. She prays for Quinn’s life. One of the only selfless things she has ever done. She’s exposing the deepest depths of her soul here. And it’s for him.

4) The letter. I feel like, watching again, that there are a few reasons why the letter was introduced again. Firstly, to resolve a plot point. Everyone has always wondered what Quinn wrote in that letter to Carrie. He’s not gonna be on death’s door again (especially since he is alive) so now is really the only time when the letter could make an appearance. 

Secondly, so the audience could be reminded again of what happened at the end of Season Four and Carrie and Quinn’s near-miss. This highlights the importance of their relationship to the heart of the show. It also shortens the distance between Seasons Four and Five in terms of character development. Let’s remind these characters where they were before the time hop. 

Thirdly, to let Carrie know, in Quinn’s words, that he loves her. It wasn’t just loyalty, it wasn’t just friendship. It was love. That all consuming, ‘I belong to you forever’ kind of love. The kind of love that Carrie has never known before. 

Fourthly, it shows us a very different side of Quinn. A Quinn that we haven’t seen before. We know how he feels about his life, and how he sees his place in the world. It reminds us, in case we had forgotten, that he has struggled with PTSD and ‘the darkness’ for a long time.

I’m feeling like those final moments of Season Five show that Quinn is coming back and most importantly, away from the darkness of the life he knew. This final scene transforms that false glimmer into a beautiful constant light.