I realized that anyone who’s never actually seen Pride & Prejudice (2005) dir. Joe Wright aka one of the best films in cinematic history has probably only ever seen this scene in gif form and that just doesn’t do it justice please watch this and then watch the entire film
Remember when you left Gotham? Before all this, before Batman? You were gone seven years. Seven years I waited, hoping that you wouldn’t come back. Every year, I took a holiday. I went to Florence, there’s this cafe, on the banks of the Arno. Every fine evening, I’d sit there and order a Fernet Branca. I had this fantasy, that I would look across the tables and I’d see you there, with a wife and maybe a couple of kids. You wouldn’t say anything to me, nor me to you. But we’d both know that you’d made it, that you were happy. I never wanted you to come back to Gotham. I always knew there was nothing here for you, except pain and tragedy. And I wanted something more for you than that. I still do.
I love aaron and paddys relationship above all because if any relationshp showed biology does not make family it was them. Some of maxines stuf is too sickly sweet for me but i did like ssw generally although some ppl have now taken a few lines of dialogue and turned jack sugden into the devil incarnate. I prefer robert with an edge to him and its much more interesting when has etc were against the relationship much more otential for angst and comedy. Chas even…
Agree. I was re-watching Aaron’s coming out scenes (objectively the best piece of cinematic work in history) the other day (for the millionth time) and he referred to Paddy as the only person who ever cared about him which, aside from tearing my heart into pieces, was such a strong and defiant thing to show. And they’d only been in each others’ lives for a little over a year. I’m so grateful there’s potential for Chas & the rest of Aaron’s family (incl Adam ofc) to be hostile to Robert again because I always struggled to come to terms with Chas accepting him after Katie’s death. With Aaron’s whole family now poised to be against Robert it will be a much more interesting road to their reunion.
I also like Robert with an edge, though I don’t think showing his vulnerabilities necessarily takes that away. I thought SSW was phenomenal because it balanced everything very well. imo the Jack retcon made perfect sense and felt consistent with their relationship, especially as it stood at the time if you watch that era. I just have trouble buying into his unabashedly softer Maxine episodes because they feel like they isolate out his petulant and/or cranky and/or flirty and/or smug sides instead of integrating and balancing all those sides of him.