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BCS 1x05 - Observations: ”Saul creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould are not satisfied to let this show be a companion piece. They understand that we’re all waiting for Saul Goodman to emerge, and they use that to enrich the story by making us feel the weight of the wait. In this respect, the Hummel collector’s descent down the stairs is a visual microcosm of the series’ preordained arc. Just as we know that Jimmy will transform into Saul, we know that the woman’s chair lift will reach the bottom of the stairs. Eventually. The question—both for this scene from “Alpine Shepherd Boy” and for Saul as a whole—is why we are made to watch the parts of the journey where nothing happens. And the answer is that “nothing happens” constitutes an essential part of Jimmy McGill’s experience right now. Saul intends to make us sympathize with that emptiness.”

"Major life changes rarely occur with a bang. More often, they are slow transitions characterized by maddening stretches of inertia. Better Call Saul finds the beautiful misery in those lulls. You think it’s frustrating to wait for Jimmy McGill to transform into Saul Goodman? Imagine how Jimmy feels. But that’s the brilliance of this show: You don’t have to imagine it. You get to feel it for yourself.”

–  from 86 seconds to the sofa: In praise of Better Call Saul’s slowness by John Teti, AV Club

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Red Dwarf 30 Day Challenge
Day 13 - Favourite Series 3 episode

This was another easy choice. Series III is brilliant, but Marooned is my favorite episode of Red Dwarf. This is probably not surprising, since I ship Lister/Rimmer, and this episode is essentially nothing BUT Lister and Rimmer. We get to see these two men who “hate” one another bond over shared memories, and seem to reach a shared understanding, only to have it all fall apart in the end. In spite of it ending on a down-note for Listy and Rimsy, it’s still a fun little ride while it lasts.

I love the more intimate look Marooned gives us into both of their backgrounds. The story of Lister losing his virginity is of course a classic (“TWELVE?”), but we also learn about Rimmer thinking he’s the reincarnation of Alexander the Great’s chief eunuch (which explains so much doesn’t it?). 

In addition to the more slashy reasons why I like this episode, it’s just damned  well-written. One hardly notices that more than half of the cast is essentially missing throughout the whole episode. Sure some of that is due to the fabulous performances by Chris and Craig, but the script is just fantastic. I’ve heard many people say that this episode would work well as a play, and I quite agree with that assessment. The intimacy and play-like quality of the whole thing is one of the things I love about it. 

And the laughs. Oh the laughs. The Volkswagen comment, the dog food scene, and Rimmer’s ending quip which ties back into Alexander the Great, it’s all just gold. <3

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What’s wrong with death, sir? What are we so mortally afraid of? Why can’t we treat death with a certain amount of humanity and dignity and decency, and God forbid maybe even humor?

Patch Adams (1998)

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Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: Act 34

Imagine your favourite character is the Dangan Ronpa Mastermind and they kidnap you because they want you to feel despair.

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Quinn, nervous for more than one reason, said, “This isn’t me dogging you or anything, Sam, but brah, if you really do have some kind of magic, you need to be figuring out how to use it.” -GONE by Michael Grant

Petition to make it a requirement that anyone attempting to analyze or critique Final Fantasy VII on any level, satirical or otherwise, is banned from using phrases like “despite looking like a girl,” “even though he wears girly accessories,” or “looks like a faggot” as though gender and sexual preference have anything to do with your ability to kick ass and take names.