Person of Interest 4×11

I would’ve had more (angry) feelings about this, but before I talk about anything else I want to address the fact that Sarah had to leave the show because she’s pregnant with twins and Shaw is, obviously, a character not remotely compatible with this state of being.

It’s tough either way, but as Sarah says, it’s a no-brainer for her.  You’ve obviously got your priorities skewed if you think a TV show with a ship you like (probably the most vocal protests will be coming from shippers and not people who watch PoI for PoI) is more important than the safety of two foetuses that the mother wants to keep.

And I highly prefer this to anything else.  We’ve seen what “be careful what you wish for” ends up being like (COUGHWAREHOUSE13COUGH).  I am so down for Shaw exiting the show in a totally Shaw-like way.  And Sarah fought hard for this.  She fought hard to give this to Shaw instead of having her chained to a desk and having Bear keep her company in the subway hideout.

They even talked about working the pregnancy in, and AHAHAHAHAHA, no.  Shaw can barely sit still for two hours.  Nine months?  Hell no.  She’d never get pregnant in the first place (contraceptives if she’s having sex with a guy) but even if she somehow managed to get pregnant, she’d abort safely rather than leave it to the inevitable miscarriage it’d be (because let’s face it, even if you want to argue she’ll be completely OoC and keep the foetus, she’s NOT going to sit still until she’s the size of a whale and is physically incapable of moving quickly).

See, Shaw’s leaving in a graceful way, and the promo for “Control Alt Delete” shows they’re writing it the best way possible — Shaw can stay off the show indefinitely and still come back easily if or when Sarah wants to, assuming PoI is still airing.

Look, it's a foregone conclusion.  They're saying their goodbyes.

Look, it’s a foregone conclusion. They’re saying their goodbyes.

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The Legend of Korra

Anyone else watch LoK?

I watched a couple of episodes from the first season awhile back when Korrasami surfaced, but it was really heteronormative so I dropped it… then tumblr exploded in response to the LoK finale, so I went back and watched the later episodes.

The creators have come out and confirmed that Korrasami is a thing, and while they were definitely hints toward them feeling deeply toward one another, I dunno, I just didn’t think it was really that shippable?  Like I’m not squeeing, and it doesn’t take much for me to squee.

I dunno.  I feel like I should be excited, and in a way I am, but I’m also not?  Everyone’s like YAY QUEER REPRESENTATION, and I’m just like… kids ain’t gonna catch that.  It’s plenty obvious if you’re at least in your teens, but…?  I dunno.  It was really nice that the Avatar franchise ended on that note though.  I just wish it were more shippable.  It’s kind of like Cophine… it just doesn’t do it for me.

It’s refreshing to see someone like Korra as the protagonist, though.  I grinned when Mako’s (frail) grandma pointed out Korra was muscular, and her reply was a confused, genuine, “Um… thanks?  You too?”  I found her insufferable in the first season, much like how annoying Harry Potter was in the fourth (?) book when he was being all, you know, emo and angry.  Only Korra was impulsive and stupid.  It was nice seeing her grow into a compassionate and caring woman, worthy of being the Avatar.

I also really liked to coherency of seasons three and four… it’s obivous the two “books” were planned together.  Kuvira’s by far my favourite villain.  You see her progression and shifting allegiance as her goals and focus shifted.  She kind of went all dictatory in the end with concentration camps and coercion and whatnot, but her intentions were good to start.  That’s my favourite sort of villain.  You’ve got your anti-heroes, but I love me some anti-villains!

Psycho-Pass 2 Ep 11

Hehe, I was so unexcited for the finale that I actually forgot to watch the last episode.  :D

Wow, the weird bullshitty stuff is back in full force.  It was like a Throwback Thursday to Season 1’s bullshit.  Ugh.

And Tougane basically just has an Oedipus complex.  What’s that with keeping his mother “pure” though?  She’s CA.  So like…?  That makes about as much sense as “I’m going to keep charcoal black!!” or “I’LL MAKE SURE WATER STAYS WET”?  A+. You get a gold star, Tougane.

And Tougane’s seiyuu is really, really crap at emotional scenes.  He sounds constipated.  But yay!  Hidaka Noriko.  <3  She should be the voice for all public announcements everywhere.

Does anyone really get what happened in this episode?  Because it seemed like a whole lot of hand waving to me.  I get it as far as “judging a group of people collectively and seeing what their PP is” in order to “see” and to “judge” Kamui, as well as how that’s analogous to Sibyl as a collective, even if it retcons on what PP is based on (yes, because having someone else’s spleen is going to affect your PP so much amirite?  And that would make Sibyl’s PP an “inaccurate” reading too, since they’re all just brains).  The fact that Kamui can be recognised is a little iffy (basically this means if you point a Dominator at a corpse now, you can also judge it???) but okay, let’s go with it.  But why could Tougane Misako be judged?

The WHOLE POINT is that she’s CRIMINALLY ASYMPTOMATIC.  Whether she’s judged individually or as a whole does not alter that fact.  Like okay, I get that where they’re going with it is “Oh but even though everyone’s CA, when Sibyl is judged collectively its PP could be above 300, which it is.”  But how do you murder “innocent” (i.e. clear PP) individuals that collectively read 300+?  It would only make sense if you could either a) massacre everyone involved or b) isolate the ones that contribute to this rating.  Kamui’s pointing the Dominator at Misako, not at Sibyl the entity.  Why does it read that high?  Sibyl did this sort of Internal Affairs hoolah and black smogged offending brains, but?

And how is it even possible for Sibyl to isolate the few “bad apples” that make its collective PP go over 300?  They’re all psychopaths.  They’re all creepy little shits that would put Makishima to shame.

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Person of Interest 4×10

Hm.  The fact that it’s a three-parter makes the episode make more sense since the whole episode was basically just a set-up for what’s to come.

I mean, there was some flirting and some squee-worth Shoot moments, but other than that it was just Samaritan making a point, more or less.  It’s interesting that Samaritan was basically friendly to the idea of meeting TM, but only became hellbent on destroying her after learning that she tried to kill it/him/her in its/his/her infancy.

I love the grey morality that’s going on here (and that’s pretty much been ever-present within the PoI-verse).  Both Samaritan and TM have their points, and while it’s easy to see Samaritan as an “evil” entity that wants to destroy TM, TM is likewise trying to doing the same to Samaritan, even if Samaritan does have the upper hand now.  And I think it does the story a disservice to assume an anthropocentric view and just side with TM just because she’s on our side.

I’d say that at the end of the day I’m still on Team Machine, but I really don’t see how Samaritan’s any worse than whatever alternatives we can come up with in the long run.  Sure, Samaritan doesn’t have human morality, but then, not every human does anyway, and what’s to say that human morality is inherently better than whatever other guidelines that other sentient species (or in this case, beings) may have?  The fact that Samaritan got people in witness protection killed and quickly played judge, jury, and executioner is worrying, though.  But my point is, I don’t trust having humans in charge is any much better.  Like, I would be uneasy with Samaritan in charge, but I’m just as likely to be similarly uneasy with people in charge, even if the latter is a concept that we’re all much more familiar with.

Also, did anyone manage to catch all/most of what the boy said?  I always have such great trouble with children’s enunciation.  Especially since he’s not speaking with a typical child’s diction, it can be hard to tell what he’s saying exactly.  Props to the kid though.  Sounded fairly convincing.  I was just a little confused what Root was doing though, since as we know, with her being TM’s “analogue interface”, she isn’t really an avatar per se?  I just didn’t get how that conversation worked, because I kept forgetting the boy was talking to TM and not to Root.

I also really liked the conversation between Harold, Shaw, and Root.  They’re all working toward the same cause, but they all hold such radically different perspectives.  Shaw’s the pragmatist who looks toward the results and appreciates Samaritan’s effeciency.  Root’s the believer, and Harold’s the sceptic.  We usually get these TM vs. Samaritan conversations between Harold and Root, but I like the added layer by putting Shaw in the conversation as well.    Continue reading

Psycho-Pass 2 Ep 10

Okay, so I guess there is some moderate type of consistency to Kamui’s madness.  He’s not “unnecessarily violent” toward citizens unless he “has” to be.  Makishima would’ve happily gotten all five hundred hostages killed, or at least vamoosed before they detonated the bomb and leaving the people to their fate, but Kamui didn’t, here.

He trusted Akane to keep her word and let the people go so she could be his guide and take him to Sibyl.  Why Sibyl didn’t immediately turn and fake Akane’s PP and made it 300+ so Tougane could kill her is beyond me.  Or why Tougane didn’t shank Akane the moment he realised his ploy to worsen her Hue wouldn’t work.

And RE: Akane’s “reasoning” for evolving or stagnating as a collective.
Misako ISN’T the one in charge… and it’s possible that the rest of the CA floaty brains will agree with Akane’s assessment that they similarly should be judged, if they really are as “fair’ as they’re supposed to be as a collective (even though they’re just a bunch of murderous psychopaths).  But if their desire to preside, to rule, and to subjugate is greater (as in Misako’s case), why would they want change?  It’s precisely because someone didn’t want change that the Season of Hell was even a thing.

But LOLOLOLOL, was Tougane trying to pass as 28 years old when he was 41?  LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL.

Please don’t make me laugh???  He was really born in 2073 and they said he was like thirteen years younger.  And made it seem like he’d been a latent criminal since the past year only.  Puh-lease.

Also, is it possible that when Kasei warned Akane about Tougane being someone with the highest PP on record that she was someone else and not Misako in Kasei’s body?

Also, this just occurred to me… but I always just thought they recycled lines from Hidaka Noriko since Dominator says set lines and doesn’t really have any new lines per se… but when you think about it, whenever Dominator specifically says someone’s PP, they actually have to bring Hidakinator in to say that one line.  :D  I’m so happy she gets paid for giving us one classy line.  Nothing else defines the pinnacle of production cost splurging than getting a veteran to do ONE line every other episode pretty much.

And gosh, I want so much to like Mika but she’s making herself really, really unlikable.  As expected, she started freaking out when she felt indirectly responsible for Akane’s grandma’s death, but then she sort of pep talks herself out of it by saying she was “simply carrying out Sibyl’s will” and she’s PLEASED that she’s “the head of Division 1” when Akane’s on standby BECAUSE HER GRANDMA WAS BRUTALLY KILLED.  I don’t even want my lesbian soap opera anymore with Mika being like this in canon.

Like even Ginoza’s more likeable.  He had a much better reason for being the resident sceptic, and he treated Akane oodles better than Mika treats Akane… and that’s when Mika’s Akane’s junior, to boot.  I think Mika’s really poorly written by this point.  She simply exists to leak relevant information to Akane that she couldn’t have known otherwise on her own whenever the plot demands.  Why did she randomly go and tell Akane about Kamui’s beef with Tougane Pharmaceuticals at THAT moment?  Mika’s characterisation is so messy and mixed up that you can “justify” her behaviour at ANY given moment by saying “oh, she wants to spite Akane”, “oh, she doesn’t trust Akane”, or “she wants to one-up her”.  I don’t see why Mika (who could’ve served the same functions but been portrayed much more sympathetically) has to be so unlikable within the narrative.

And???  Akane’s reaction to her grandma’s death was really weak.  Like… OH NO I AM SO UPSET.  *five seconds later* HELL yeH watch me MAKE DEDUCTIONS and own UR FACE TOUGANE.

And seriously, who the hell turns into a LATENT CRIMINAL when someone (presumably an Inspector or Enforcer, because you have no reason to believe criminals can get their hands on Dominators) points a bloody Dominator at you?

And it’s not just ONE mook, but all these mooks go “Eek!  A dominator!  My PP is above 100!  I am so scared!”

Why should they be afraid?  For all they know they’re just a bunch of Inspectors who took down a latent criminal…?  I don’t get the shrieking.

And it’s so weak that the Bureau doesn’t get any explosives.  Lulz.  They’re sitting ducks.  Basically pod people who point Dominators at people and shoot.

I feel so not-invested in this series at this point, even though it should really be the most exciting moment ever narratively speaking.

Edge of Tomorrow

Ehhhhh.

I love time travel and Emily Blunt was really hot great, but this post turned into a huge feminist rant which I just deleted about five seconds ago.

I watched an interview or two with Cruise and Blunt in it, and they were like ‘wao Cage is so useless dats so innovative lol’ and I’m just like, for fuck’s sake, it’s an adaptation of a Japanese light novel.  Useless male protagonists are all the rage.  And Rita basically serves as the story’s “magical girlfriend” and this movie fails the Bechdel test so miserably I think I might either want to cry or stab someone in the face (probably the latter).  At not a single point in the movie do two women even TALK to each other on screen.  Emily Blunt doesn’t even get a single speaking line until, oh, I don’t know, OVER HALF AN HOUR INTO THE MOVIE.  And the only other female speaking roles I recall are the Smurfette soldier, Iris the secretary (wow, that is SO revolutionary for a movie set in the 2300s), and that woman Cage talks to after he gets off the plane.

Apparently I can’t stop from ranting about it even after deleting my previous rant.  I dunno.  And the ending was bullshit.  If Cage gets to have a reset after dying and absorbing the Omega’s blood, then the fucking Omega should’ve had a reset too.  UGH.  Stop making endings feel-good just for the sake of making them feel-good.  But well, at least it’s better than the bullshit of All You Need is Kill, because guess what, in that the useless dude kills Rita by the end even though Rita is the vETERAN SOLDIER.  ARJLKDGJSKLJFKSDLJ.  I need to stab something.  Repeatedly.

This is seriously why I don’t watch movies.  Ever.  Unless it has a female protagonist.  And that usually doesn’t happen except once every three years with an action girl female lead, and I’m like, women kicking ass does have its appeal (Alice from Resident Evil, Rita, and Black Widow, oh yes) but like I’m down for political intrigue or thrillers or what have you.  I’ll even fucking watch sci fi with phallic docking sequences if you have a solid female cast with characters that don’t do dumb as fuck things and with reasonable scientific accuracy (no, I don’t think I’d enjoy sitting at the theatre watching them travel in real-time to their next destination several light years away).  Anyway, my point is, ARGH, fuck this and give me my Resident Evil and Black Widow movie.

At least there’st Into the Woods to look forward to??

I mean if I turned my brain off completely I probably would be okay with the film, though my mind did stray to thoughts like, “Tom Cruise does action movies probably because he’s short as fuck, which means any female leads who feature with him won’t have to wear six inch heels while filming, which is definitely a plus in action movies.”  Like I sort of enjoyed the movie in a wajslkdfjskl kind of way.  The less said about the retarded kiss the better though.  It’s like, seriously, Rita kissing a moron she basically ONLY met that day?  Like sure, Cage knows Rita over several loops, but????

Let’s just focus on Rita and her using that cool as fuck helicopter rotor blade as her sword.  :D

Psycho-Pass 2 Ep 09

Well that sucked… at least they had some vague sense of decency.

And I guess it makes sense that they made Mika so… well, you know, putty-like and weak-minded and such an ideal citizen in the first eight episodes.

You poor, useless sod.

You poor, useless sod.

While it’s unfortunate that she didn’t have the fortitude to stand up to Sibyl, this is more in character with how she’s been portrayed in S2.  (I’d say it’s a little inconsistent with S1, but eh…)

I don’t see how she’s going to keep her PP clear for much longer though… because now that Akane’s grandma’s dead, everyone’s going to assume Kuwashima Koichi (aka Dude With Scraggly Douchebag Moustache) killed her when really Tougane was the one who the deed.  That’s one way to darken someone’s Hue.  Mika as (sort of?) an accomplice to murder (though she did manage to keep her Hue clear even when she believed she was responsible for her friend’s death at the hands of Ouryou), and who knows what Akane’s going to do?

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