Don’t know if I’m doing a good job of explaining this but one of the many (many!) reasons I’m grateful for Bart is that she could’ve easily been one of those female characters whose entire storyline, entire existence revolved around The White Dude Protagonist.
I mean, we’re told that Dirk Gently came to her in a dream. Her sole mission in life seems to be to locate and kill him at whatever cost (with all of her other murders being secondary to this). She’s spent a lot of time thinking about the other Blackwing children and lo and behold, Dirk’s one of them. It could’ve easily turned out that, once her “I need to kill Dirk Gently” drama had resolved, she had no place in the story.
But instead we’re told that her mission was to protect Dirk, but also to make sure that Ken was able to close the time loop. She made sure that the time machine was able to return to where it was meant to go. She’s the delete key of the universe whose entire purpose is to eliminate people that the universe has deemed ”bad”. Even if the CIA hadn’t taken her in at the end of episode eight (thereby throwing her and Dirk back into the same story arc), she’d still have a role to play and a purpose in life that had nothing to do with Dirk.
The production is Sweeney Todd, and that guy looks like he’s wearing a sailor’s outfit? But I’ve only seen the movie and the only costume I remember that remotely looked like that was Helena Boham Carter’s on the beach.
So get the me role, and we have a name for this guy.
Okay so it’s been a rough time since last night. I went to bed after midnight and wind woke me up around 2:30am and I was unable to fall back asleep until about 5:30, but then I had to wake up at 7 to get kids ready for school. So I’m functioning on a sleep deficit. And it’s still windy which is making my house shake and Temple of Doom is on my TV and this all feels Very Appropriate.
So let’s do this thing.
Susan still bugs the crap out of me and if I hadn’t been just plain happy to see Lance back on my screen, I would have been THRILLED at him interrupting her and Oliver’s “we haven’t had sex yet” talk.
honestly, if i’d been on the ball, I would have recognized that as foreshadowing but I DIDN’T, I was too busy being horrified at the mention of it. I’m a naive viewer, folks.
It was so bad.
But the team is going back to Russia!
Oliver gives Felicity his Token Protest when she says she’s going with, but she actually has a very good reason to want to go. In fact, I’d say out of all of them, Dig and Felicity have the most reason to be there. Dinah has the least. But she was actually helpful last night so I give her a pass.
Great, now I want Dinah and Felicity in the field together. Maybe Thea too, once we get her back in her proper place. (THE BUNKER)
ANYHOW, where was I?
Russia should be snowier this time of year, don’t you think? It’s gonna be hilarious in a few months when it’s full on spring and there’s snow all over Star City. Sometimes Van City weather cooperates and sometimes we get this year’s weird ass weather.
The Quentin and Rene scenes are awesome and I’m really starting to like Rene a lot more. I’m actually looking forward to his story next week.
Felicity going dark is the hottest thing. I was so riveted to the screen when she was threatening that poor SOB. I’m as straight as they come but for a minute there I was all “do me, Dark Felicity!”
The PERFECT parallel between her threatening that guy and Oliver threatening the guy in 2x06 is literally giving me life rn.
Felicity is doing the same shit Oliver did in s1 and 2 and that means that HE is the one who can help her find her light again. YAS YAS YAS.
Omg this reunion is gonna be amaze.
ANYHOW yes where was I? OH YES. DIG. Dig was on fire tonight but unlike our dear Felicity, he actually found himself again. Which I think is great cuz he’ll be better at seeing Felicity needs an intervention than Oliver will be, at least initially.
Oliver is 50 kinds of distracted.
SLEEPING WITH FOX NEWS THO???? GAH.
It’s okay. It’s fine. I’m over it. It’s terrible but I’ll live.
Here’s the thing, knowing the whys and getting the story beat and being mostly okay doesn’t mean I like SEEING it.
And I really fucking hate seeing it.
But 90 seconds out of an otherwise really good episode (with LOTS of great OTA stuff in it) is a small price to pay.
And idgaf what Wendy says, Susan is shady af.
That said, I don’t expect there to be BETRAYAL! LIES! CURSE YOU! from Oliver. Cuz he’s Growing™.
Whatever. Olicity hugged. That’s the love scene that I cared about last night.
But he RAN TOWARDS HER all concerned and she was shaking and ran to him and they just EMBRACED.
and then he shielded her when there was the blast
and I just have a lot of feelings about my OTP touching and taking care of and loving each other okay?
Also, Felicity, don’t think I didn’t notice that you were ready to sacrifice yourself there. My heart hurts for you, girl. I hope you forgive yourself soon.
I’m sorry to see Rory go but not AS sorry as I would have been back in 5a. I wasn’t 100% comfortable with him just sitting around talking to Felicity all the time. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
So yeah. Good episode. Not great. But solid. Susan can choke.