OK so the new comic has lead a lot of people going to the conclusion that Riggins is a total and complete fucknugget. Relying on the comics is dangerous - fuck’s sake, just look at their Ken characterisation - but are they bringing in something we need to be aware of?
For reasons which are ficcish and shall at the moment remain tangential I’ve gone back through the Dirk - Riggins scene in Season 1 Episode 3 bit by bit to try and properly evaluate their reactions to one another. This is my interpretation, and I would love anyone else to volunteer their suggestions!
Dirk has literally just had his purpose affirmed and the case put on the rails: Todd has finally accepted that he needs to work with and help Dirk, there’s another clue, Amanda and Farah are working together upstairs. All. Is. Amazing!
Dirk camps his way down the stairwell and we see Riggins. In darkness. The music - a sharp, high-pitched, nails-on-a-chalk-board sound - begins. Riggins says “Hello Project Icarus” unemotionally. This is a solider. An army man. A complete contrast to Dirk’s colourful craziness that we, as the audience, have been enjoying.
紡「これからも私たちと一緒にいてくださいね」 Tsumugi: “Please stay with us from now on too!”
ナギ「ええ。時間の許す限り、ずっとね」 Nagi: “Yes. I’ll always stay, as long as time permits.”
… Up until now, Nagi has always been so positive and said things like “I’m here with you” or “I look forward to next year!”. Even in Restart Pointer Rabbitchat he said “It is my dream to always stay in this dorms with everyone even after we become gramps. I know it is impossible but, I’m free to dream it, right?”
Basically he has always told us that him being with IDOLiSH7 is a certain thing and we don’t have to worry..
But this time, he said “as long as time permits”. He put a ‘timelimiter’ here. This is so disturbing. What will happen to him in story part 3?? am I thinking too much??
Can we talk about about that last Sanvers scene a little bit
more? Because yes we talked about the sexual tension and Oh! My!
God! it is out of this world. But can we talk about how respectful Maggie
Let me explain :
Maggie is clearly restraining herself from touching Alex (arm
crossed…). Her body language screams her will to touch the woman she loves and
almost lost. So why aren’t they all over
each other already you might ask?
Well, they are at Alex’s work. Alex might be out to the people
close to her, but probably not to the whole DEO? Why would they know about
And I get it, I totally get it. We’ve all wonder whether or not to be out in
our place of work. We’ve all been scared of the consequences, the judgments, the
changes… It is obviously not Maggie’s decision to make. So she waits. She
waits for Alex to be ready. She waits for her to do the first move.
And Alex did the first move. And not just a simple move, she
puts her arm around Maggie clearly and proudly showing her love.
So yes, this scene is shining in sexual tension, but the
respect, the wait for Alex’s consent that Maggie have in this scene is what’s
getting me emotional.
I think this scene mark a new step in their relationship. Let’s
remember that outside of the missions, we’ve only seen them at Alex’s or at the alien bar (aka their “safe
space”) but we never really saw them in public. And for the
first time at the DEO, on those stairs, a place that everyone in the DEO can
see, Alex comes out and show to her whole world that Maggie Sawyer is hers.
So yes we can complain about how short and rushed the
Sanvers scenes are, but the evolution of their relationship is so slow,
intense and healthy, it is giving me life.