“One cannot trade the lives of children like tokens!”
A little fanart for one of my favorite shows. The woodsman is very dear to my heart because a fellow similar to him showed up in my dreams, quite a long time before the show premiered at that. This makes part of me think he’s real, in his own way.
I just wanted to respond to some of your comments on my premiere post (thanks so much for reading that, by the way! You can find it here.)
But first, let me talk about the Sonny/Fin deleted scene (posted here).
Fin and Sonny
I LOVED EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS.
When we first saw that Fin/Sonny pic at the bar, I assumed it was part of a stakeout scene or something to that effect. I didn’t dare hope that Fin would actually ask Sonny out for a drink to pick his brain! That was better than anything I could have imagined, because yet again the show acknowledged Sonny’s identity as a lawyer, but this time it wasn’t in annoyance, like we usually see (e.g. the Rollins scene). This time, another cop actually reached out to Sonny for legal advice! That’s a perfect use of a character like Sonny. The others can go to him with questions on matters Barba should be left out of, if only for reasons of plausible deniability. Sonny is a cop, still, so he’s on their side (up to a point, because again we saw how strongly he felt about upholding international law), so it’s easier to go to him.
And it wasn’t just the setting of the scene. It was also the humor, and the lovely camaraderie between Sonny and Fin (a rather underdeveloped dynamic, even though their team-ups have given us some standout moments in the past few seasons). We got so many good jokes, with both of them landing some decent jabs. Truly, if this episode had one single thing going for it, it was good dialogue. These one-on-one scenes, they can so easily be ruined by bad, out of character or stilted dialogue, despite the best efforts of the cast. Instead, this scene came to life.
And there was a balance, too. Fin joked about Sonny’s legal knowledge (or lack thereof), but Sonny teased back (about the Cuba thing, as if he didn’t know, lol) while holding his own and defending both the law and his position as a cop-slash-lawyer. They were on equal ground as characters, as friends, even, and the warm (and hilarious) ending painted both of them in such a positive light. Fin was buying the drinks, Sonny sassed him about being on retainer, and Fin came back with that perfect line about attorney-client privilege. That showed they both knew what this was, and they’re close enough to joke about it, and they trust each other enough to keep it to themselves.
Sonny and the Law, Vol. 2
But we also got Sonny characterization! Fin asked about his law license (and I’m glad he at least remembers Sonny passed the bar, lol) and Sonny very pointedly said it was “gathering dust.” Sonny didn’t sound particularly happy, even if he wasn’t 100% regretful. That line reading, it was just wistful enough to let us know that Sonny is torn between the two careers, and his constant nagging about the law was enough to remind us that Sonny is more than just another cop, but the show didn’t beat us over the head with his dilemma. Instead, we got a more subtle way of conveying Sonny’s potential dissatisfaction.
I can’t wait to see more about that. I’m even a little more excited for the new ADA’s arrival, because now I’m curious to see how Sonny might react to him and his more harsh (I assume) approach. So many possibilities!
Despite the fact this scene was deleted (like all the best scenes are, like the Barisi scene from Depravity Standard, or that Rollaro elevator scene, or the Barba mentioning Hamilton scene, etc etc), the new showrunner truly seems to want to cultivate stronger interpersonal relationships between all the characters. In the premiere alone we got Liv/Amanda, Liv/Barba, Liv/Fin, Barba/Fin, Sonny/Amanda, Sonny/Fin, and I’m hoping we get more and more iterations as the season advances.
ALWAYS love your analyses. I lost myself in a crazy chuckle when I read this part:
Fin - rule breaker, fashionable (lol), has negative fucks to give. Can’t wait for next week.
First of all, thank you so much, and I always love reading your thoughts as well! Secondly, after watching the aforementioned deleted scene, it appears that Fin just might give the tiniest of fucks, since he wanted to check with Sonny to make sure the guy wouldn’t walk. While still being a rule-breaker and fashionable, of course.
I loved that touch. It’s more characterization than we usually get for Fin, and it put Ice-T’s entire performance in the premiere in context. When he grinned and told Liv “I didn’t even know it was legal!” his surprise was because he had actually checked, lol! Now I love that moment even more.
Yay you are back!!!! I love reading your analysis of things. It’s always very interesting.
have a question for you. When Liv confessed to Rafi about the gun thing
and asked “What was I thinking?” do you think that she might finally
stop putting herself in dangerous situations for Noah’s sake at least?
Curious on what your interpretation of that scene was.
Thank you so much, it’s great to see all the regulars back for this season. We’re all still here, somehow, and I hope this season will give us more food for thought.
As for your excellent question, I don’t know if Liv’s realization will affect her behavior as the season goes on. If I’m being honest, I think this was just a tiny seed planted by the writers which will eventually blossom when the Noah custody issue gets explored. There’s a chance Brooke Shields will challenge Liv’s adoption (I’m assuming), or, at the very least, there’s next week’s investigation, and I think Liv might momentarily question her situation, especially if she sees that Noah could possibly live in a “safer” environmentin a different, “normal” home. Which is ridiculous, of course, if not offensive (I hate to see good mothers doubting themselves, though I realize it’s part of the deal, lol. A good mother always worries. Plus we did get that great Amanda moment, which served to reassure Liv.)
That said, I think a good mother like Liv just might put herself last, and consider the possibility her child might be “better off” someplace else. I think that’s what that scene was about. It’s true, it’s harder for Liv to risk her life knowing she has a kid at home, but then there are so many cops with kids, and they do their jobs every day, and they go home to the little ones. Then again, Liv’s stunt was a little too dangerous and self-destructive. It is certainly possible that she’ll realize that she needs to stop doing that. It’s one thing to find herself in a dangerous situation (like all cops sometimes do), but to actively seek it out? To show no regard for her own life?
Again, this could potentially be offensive (do mothers need to be more worried than fathers? Would this storyline ever involve a male cop, like, say, Nick?) Also, to quote Brooklyn Nine-Nine:
That said, it was something new, at least. Something we haven’t touched on. Original Recipe Liv used to be way messier and more self-destructive (and I loved her for it), but we never truly saw her struggle with that since becoming a parent. So I’m interested to see where it goes.
YES! I was so grateful for an episode where I couldn’t decide if I
liked it or not, and didn’t just hate it outright lol! Some parts were
overacted, omg Carla’s husband but I felt it had a really good pace overall and felt like old times, as opposed to the mess that was season 18.
here for the quirk, and the friendship, and the snark of the squad and I
cannot wait to see what season 19 has in store for us.
Agreed. I was surprised by how much I didn’t hate it, lol. I sat down to watch it with hesitation, ready to cringe, but I ended up actually liking it. No one knows how the season will play out, but at least this premiere showed potential.
Yes!!! I’m really glad we have the dynamics back again between
characters!!! The scenes with sonny and Amanda / Amanda and Liv / Liv
and Fin / Liv and Barba WERE SO GREAT!! I missed having the characters
interact with each other again!
Absolutely. I said it many times, the number one mistake made by the writers last season was the loss of the sense of a squad. We do watch the show for the cases (which tbf were also terribly underwritten and repetitive in S18 as well), but mostly we all love the characters. We want to see how the cases affect them, and we also want to see them interacting with each other, as colleagues, and friends, and family. That’s the heart of the show. Otherwise it’s just any other procedural.
These characters have been so well-drawn, some (like Liv and Fin) for literal decades, and some (like Barba, Sonny and Amanda) for years, and S18 wasted all that history. Season 19 seems to be doing better already, even one episode in. That gives me hope.
I‘m bit disappointed that Dylan O’brien (Stiles) is no longer in opening
credits, and he’s involved as special guest star only. I admit that during
all episode I was waiting for some hints or any mentions of Stiles, or maybe a
freakin‘ short call to Lydia. And when I’ve almost lost my hope, these bastard
threw in this cute little note for Scott and played the voicemail.
But still, the most epic scene was the ending. It killed me.
It was the only one part from this premiere that cracked me up so bad and
filled me with emotions… I never thought I’d miss Sterek so much until I saw
them again. Stiles’ reaction to Derek
was the best scene through all episode, and I don’t mind that they had to use
Derek old running scene from season one. Lol I will pretend I didn’t noticed that
and keep enjoying the rest of the show. Probably there’s gonna be more Sterek scenes
than Stydia in the future, but oh well, I’m all for it.
So what did you think of the premier? what was your favorite parts? SPOIL ME please???
I AM VERY MUCH NOT SOBER AND HAVE LITERALLY WATCHED 16 HOURS OF OUTLANDER TODAY PLUS 6 HOURS YESTERDAY BECAUSE I WANTED TO REWATCH EVERYTHING BEFORE THE NEW SEASON BUT I LIKE SLEEPING MORE THAN THE VAST MAJORITY OF SEASON TWO SO SORRY NOT SORRY, MOST OF SEASON TWO, BUT I DID NOT WATCH YOU. BUT I ALSO HAVEN’T LEFT MY COUCH SINCE LIKE 7:00 A.M. AND THE PIZZA GUY JUDGED ME FOR LOOKING LIKE I HADN’T LEFT THE COUCH SINCE 7:00 A.M. AND WAIT THAT WAS NOT YOUR QUESTION AT ALL.
I HAVE A LOT OF FEELINGS ABOUT THE EPISODE AND I’M WORD VOMITING THEM INTO A POST THAT I WILL POST TOMORROW ONCE IT AIRS ON THE EAST COAST BECAUSE DRUNK RECAPS ARE GOING TO BE A THING AGAIN THIS SEASON.
BUT THE TL;DR IS THAT I LIKED IT AND BASICALLY SPENT THE WHOLE TIME MAKING VARIOUS PTERODACTYL NOISES AT THE TV.
I COULD HAVE TAKEN CAPS LOCK OFF AGES AGO BUT CHOSE NOT TO AND I REGRET NOTHING.
I know you don't want legends but the best part of the premiere for me was when Ray's boss told him: "But when you give your company to a woman who runs it into the ground, you lose all side-project privileges." 😂😂
omfg and ARROW EPs and felicity stans think she “earned” her own company, i’m screaming that is brilliant, I now stan at least 1 episode of Legends lol
Pour cet inktober désastreux, je voulais évoquer avec vous un problème qui me perturbe hautement. C’est quand je vais aux toilettes, et qu’un des mes voisins du dessus tire la chasse d’eau juste avant moi, à quelques secondes près.
C’est un problème parce que ça veut que quelques centimètres au dessus de moi, bien aligné sur l’axe z, quelqu’un faisait caca sur ma tête, dans la même position que moi.
Et en plus de ça, je déteste penser qu’ils me prennent pour un copieur de chasse d’eau.
Mis à part ça, j’ai terminé mon premier projet de mes ateliers d’arts plastiques de l’année, normalement je pourrai vous montrer la semaine prochaine.
J’ai également goûté le Grand Veggie de McDonald’s ce soir, c’était pas mauvais franchement.
Y’a @fildema qui s’est abonnée, merci à toi ! :) Je peux pas te mentionner c’est nul.
Hola @unamentiradeinternet, gracias por
! C’est un super blog avec plein de dessins chelou colorés sans likes. J’ai regardé la saison 3 de Narcos, c’était cool, désormais je parle l’espagnol des cartels : YO VOY A MATAR SU MUJER Y SUS HIJOS MARICON :)
I love Star Wars Rebels. Don’t get me wrong. But this two part premiere is kind of a microcosm of the show for me. On the one hand, if you broke down the episode into bullet points it sounds amazing.
Sabine and Ezra rescue her father in a jetpack high speed raid.
Sabine meets Bo-Katan who isn’t ready to embrace being Mandalor.
They find out the Empire is using a secret weapon created by Sabine called the Duchess which has the ability to fry Mandalorian armor from the inside out.
They raid the ship for data plans and destroy all traces of the weapon.
Bo-Katan embraces her role as leader and becomes Mandalor.
It’s an awesome synopsis but that’s really about it. The execution really dropped the ball. Ezra’s moments of levity weren’t earned/appropriate, the dialogue was clunky and didn’t sound organic or heartfelt. The direction with the bait and switch was pretty awful. They had a chance to go a darker more edgy route by killing off her mother and brother but didn’t. I’m okay if they didn’t, but don’t play it like they were and not follow through.
The line at the end from Sabine about “getting this saber so I could pass it to you” is so lame. They were setting it up for her to be Mandalor. They even had those asides saying how she’s developed into such a capable leader etc. And yet they just don’t follow through.
That’s the biggest thing. They set up all these amazing moments, potentially character defining moments, and decide to not follow through with it. And it’s getting tiresome and frustrating. I love this show. I love these characters, but they’re just not being run to their full potential and now I’m concerned they never will be.
If there’s a time to let these characters fulfill their destiny, it’s now! Just embrace it, let them become who they were meant to be. Don’t hold back because it’ll get too dark, or the tone won’t fit the rest of the show. Or just throw in filler/random jokes because that’s what Star Wars is about. There’s a time and place for it, but we’re really at the heart of war now and every character is fighting for their life.
Let us live vicariously through them and feel their pain, soar with their triumphs and feel empowered as we see them choose to make the tough choices we wish we could make.