me, clenching fists and sobbing into pillow: god…. I just…. I just don’t understand why prismo & jakes friendship doesn’t have a bigger spot in the adventure time fandom I mean they’re just so chill and so good and you know what prismo just being himself needs more mainstream attention too he is such an interesting&unique concept for a character and the art style the creators chose for him is 1 of a kind and I honestly just feel so attacked that he doesn’t get as much attention as he deserves
Artist’s Notes: After a looong hiatus on this, I finally decided to finish part 4! Unfortunately, it’s another cliff-hanger for you guys :( Part 5 (the finale, or is it???) might not only take long, but also have more pages than the rest of them. On another note, thanks for all the peeps who’ve been really REALLY patient with this (if there are still others interested in it)!
Hint: “someone else” isn’t LE or Snowman, but someone both Lady and Scratch fear.
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The last fifteen minutes really ruined what was, until then, a perfectly
serviceable episode. It really flew by, up until that point, and I kinda liked it.
It was dumb but fun :D
I even liked the hypnotism angle, but I must say, I
think the problem persists; yet again, the episode had an interesting premise,
but it failed to take advantage of it. Why not go into the practicalities of hypnosis? Where was Huang to get on
that stand and explain it in detail? Speaking of, wouldn’t Barba talk to an
“expert” during the trial? Why not make a show if it and demonstrate hypnosis?
Wouldn’t that be fun to watch?
OK, guys, I’m going to be honest. I’m of two minds, when it comes to this
episode. Sonny-wise, the episode was fantastic (and let’s be honest, that’s
always my main concern lol), the premise was fun, we got Barba working with the
entire team, not just Liv, and the case itself (the investigation of it, at
least) was twisty enough to remain enjoyable.
From a legal standpoint, this episode was laughably bad. It honestly left
me baffled. Who wrote this? The last fifteen minutes were ridiculous. No way
would Barba ever get a conviction based on what we saw. I’ll expand on that in
a minute (in EXTENSIVE detail), but first let’s start with the good.
Sonny and Continuity
A lot of great stuff in this episode! Sonny pulled a classic Sonny, and
looked into the case thoroughly, going above and beyond and finding information about out a crime
which was committed out of state. He even dug up a civil suit. That’s
absolutely consistent with the Sonny we know. It’s what he’s always done. He
never gives up, he finds smart ways to work around the obstacles and solve the
I also appreciated that Sonny showed real empathy when he heard the first
victim had died. Peter played that little moment so well. Both the surprise and
the sadness. What I loved most about it, was that it didn’t feel like he was
thinking “oh shoot, there goes our witness.” It felt like the old Sonny, the
one who used to cross himself when he found a dead body. The Sonny who’d take
the time to grieve, just for a moment, when confronted with the death of a
stranger as opposed to last week’s Sonny, who dismissed actual death
threats like he didn’t give a shit lol.
And I do always love it when Sonny cracks a case with his research. Even
though he didn’t actually crack it, because what the fuck? But, again, more on
Sonny’s Love Life
Wait, Sonny has a legit girlfriend that’s been mentioned more than once?
Can we meet her, please? I’ve always wanted to see him happy and in love :D and
making out with someone lol. I just wish we knew more about her. A
name, even. Wouldn’t Amanda know her name? She and Carisi are obviously
buddies. So far, the info we got on her is a) her bra size (classy, SVU writers)
and b) that she’s into that raw food trend. I like that, actually. It fits
Sonny. He seems like he’d totally be up for trying new experiences food-wise and
otherwise, and this could be their thing, going around random
restaurants and trying to convince each other to eat weird dishes, lol.
I love it when our characters are shown to have lives outside the “show”, but can we actually see it?
Can we see Sonny all flirty and cute? If they don’t want to cast anyone new
(because they seem averse to creating new characters), can’t we at least see,
like, Sonny smiling as he talks on the phone, or as he reads a text, with Fin
teasing him about it? Or something? Please? :D
I was surprised Barba was the one to suggest hypnotism. Way to think
outside the box! I’m not sure he was the best person to do that (he seems like
a total skeptic who’d shoot that theory down immediately), but I bought the excuse of him having come across it before. Plus, I loved that he was the one who got to solve the case,
for a change. And I also liked how the entire team, Barba included, spent
several scenes brainstorming together. I had missed that. Barba in the
precinct, with the entire squad.
Aaaaand that’s where the fun ends, and the pedantic/annoyed part of my post
Why on Earth would Barba take legal advice from Liv? Why would he ever play that tape for the jury? If
that’s not reasonable doubt, I don’t know what is. Why would he follow Liv’s
actual instructions? She’s not a lawyer! She directly affected
the case, in a way that could have been detrimental, even though Barba seemed
like he knew better (since he tried to talk her out of it, before folding as
always), and the way the episode chose to resolve that was by having Liv and
Barba drinkin’ it up at a bar.
Liv’s mistake was never identified as such, and it took Sonny “deus ex
machina” Carisi and his random discovery to save the day.
Even though it shouldn’t have. Which brings me to:
Me for the first like 45 minutes: OK BUT WHERE IS RITA???
Me when Rita appeared: YASSSSSS QUEEN
Me at the end of the episode: NOOOOO QUEEN
Where do I begin?
Why was Barba acting like hypnosis was sure to be accepted as 100% real and
effective by a court of law, let alone a jury in its entirety? Why did he seem
to “suddenly” realize he had no case (which, d’oh) at the halfway mark, only for Liv to wrongly convince
him otherwise? And, even if Barba did manage to stumble upon a group of jurors
who all believe in hypnosis, why didn’t he bother actually proving anything?
To get a conviction, Barba would have to prove that:
hypnosis is real,
hypnosis can be powerful enough to make a woman consent to sex against
Trask has the skill to hypnotize people,
Trask actually hypnotized this specific victim, and
Trask raped this specific victim.
None of that was ever proven. None.
Like I said, no expert was shown explaining just what hypnotism entails. No
proof was given that Trask even knew how to do that (so what if his mentor
taught him, does that mean he now knows how to do it perfectly?). There was an
actual tape with the victim’s ‘consent’ that was played but not actually
And oh Lord. That old case Sonny dug up. WHERE. DO. I. BEGIN.
What defense attorney, hell, what judge would allow a totally random arrest
from over 20 years ago to be brought up into a totally unrelated criminal
trial? Not to mention, no one even bothered to point out that the defendant was a drug addict at the
time (22. YEARS. AGO), and he had since “changed.”
To be fair, the writers tried to make it work, with Barba asking Trask if
he had ever been arrested, to “open the door” to bringing up the previous
arrest (and also to get Trask to lie on the stand). Problem is, Trask only lied
about the arrest itself, not about the specifics of it. With that in mind,
Barba would only be able to mention the arrest itself, to contradict Trask’s
testimony and present him as a liar. But he’d never be able to introduce the actual details of the arrest,
the actual facts of that old case.
Barba would need to ask something specific to open that door. Something like, “Have you ever been accused of anything
like this before? A man in your position, wealthy and surrounding himself with
drugs and beautiful women,” blah blah. If Trask had lied about that, then Barba
would have been able to bring up a similar case from the past (even the case of
the dead woman mentioned previously).
Unfortunately, there was nothing similar about the case Sonny found. No relevance, no probative value. A drug
addict, ill and scared, letting someone die? Over 20 years ago? An expunged
arrest, no conviction? That was prejudicial as fuck. Rita would have it thrown out in 3 seconds. Many times, prosecutors can’t even mention actual (and
relevant) convictions, because it would be prejudicial, unless the specific
convictions have a significant probative value relating to the case on hand.
Same goes for that half-assed “confession” to Trask’s mentor-slash-friend.
Trask never mentioned this specific victim. That was circumstantial as fuck. I’m
embarrassed on Rita’s behalf for losing this mess of a case. The old Rita would
Legally speaking, this was a total circus. Barba proved nothing. No way would the jury find Trask guilty. No way would
Rita Fucking Calhoun let any of that fly. This is Dana Lewis levels of
character assassination, in my book.
Is Liv working reception now? Didn’t she used to have an office? Where her
subordinates could reach her, if a victim wanted to speak to “someone in
charge”? You’re a Lieutenant, sis! Let someone else man the doors!
Amanda didn’t judge a victim, for once, and the case involved drugs!
Fin listening to that lady for like 5 minutes? YES. His face was the
highlight of the episode. Fin himself was the highlight of the episode, actually. So many great lines, and Ice-T was clearly having fun.
Speaking of, we got Fin joking! And Carisi joking! And Amanda laughing! Who are these
people? I don’t recognize them :D
Seriously though, I really appreciated the attempt for a more ‘lighthearted’
episode, but the writers should have stopped themselves riiiiiight before giving Rollins the line, ‘look deep into my eyes,
you’re under arrest.’ Because no.