there are so many things i love about raven’s arc this season, not least of all the new relationship she’s established with quite a few characters that i didn’t expect, but the one thing that really sends me into a transport of delight - despite the fact that she’s someone who’s been manhandled by an AI and has seen through increasingly traumatic experiences (emotionally and physically) - is that she has never lost the touch that can heal the people around her and herself - the kind of human connection that promises things like friendship.
i went and flipped through my last few posts to see how hysterical I’ve gotten over raven and murphy’s dynamic specifically in the past couple weeks, and i seriously have no leg to stand on anymore, because these two are really putting themselves out there in s4, but can i just say how mind-blowing the contrast between 4x06 where they fight and 4x09 where they hug is? and how both scenes are so intimate? one on a very brutal, violent level and the other on a complete emotional one in which they finally find their middle ground?
it’s such an idle observation but so rewarding nonetheless, because we see their relationship evolve into the kind of dynamism that is not only comprehensive, but it literally smoothens itself out over these two characters in a way that each of their outlooks on what they are looking at changes:
there is such a great shift in focus, not from a camera angle but a character point of view, because these two really get each other on a completely new level (their understanding was always existent, but it didn’t come into full circle until the moment in 4x09). just look at the changing emphasis of their faces alone. it’s not just about how they look at one another, but also how they feel.
so, the vulnerability and change in perception is amazing, because they come to fully recognize something that they didn’t consider before. physical contact wherein they were once hurting one another, turns into the kind of touch that avoids pain. that’s one of many realizations for them. that’s why it’s incredibly resonant that it’s raven who goes in for that hug first, because learning how to use a sense of touch with murphy (not with fists) shows that she has truly forgiven him, and murphy responding with words that none other than raven can understand creates the continuation of that, since raven is not just a friend that he can hug, but she is a friend that he can talk to.
who knew these two would take over, haha.