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.

I want to scream.

Somehow I got onto the topic of TV series with someone (she brought up Gotham) and of course it led to Root and Shaw eventually (naturally, courtesy of me) and at some point it went to BBC’s Sherlock.  At which I went instantly, “Nope nope nope.  Racist and misogynistic.”

The woman I was talking with is cool, so I knew she could be reasoned with.  She didn’t feel it was either, likely because she couldn’t really remember the episodes very well.  When I talked about the Chinese episode she couldn’t recall it until several minutes of me describing it, and she wasn’t aware that Moffat was both a douchebag and entirely a waste of space.

I also brought up Irene Adler’s character as being gay in canon and then made to fall for Sherlock.  Someone else had come by by this point and he said, “Oh, but it makes it more interesting to make her like a man!”

And I swear to goodness I made the biggest nope face of abject disgust/horror being disguised as feeling mildly put off that I have ever made in my life.   (I don’t believe the guy is aware that I’m a lesbian, but regardless, the general level of stupidity is not something I can comprehend.)

Also, as soon as the words “racist” and “misogynistic” left my mouth, this white guy (entirely separate from ‘but it’s more interesting to make gay women like men’ guy) basically excused himself from the conversation and said he was going to head home.  Am I overreacting?  No, because the conversation strayed a little to something else and he stayed on talking for several minutes more, but as soon as the conversation turned back to, oh, I don’t know SOCIAL INJUSTICES, he was like “See you all later! :D”

And that’s after him saying not five minutes ago that he liked to talk about “philosophy”.

Oh gee, I guess thinking about stuff that a bunch of dead white men said is infinitely more interesting and relevant than the bullshit that we have to deal w — oh, excuse me, I guess YOU don’t have to deal with it so it doesn’t exist.

Also, societal expectations of how gross men can be is disgusting.  I had to shake hands with a white guy whose nails were caked with filth/dirt.  I mean, seriously?  I don’t care WHAT you do… gardening?  Landcaping?  Construction work?  It took me five seconds to look up a video on how to clean your hands thoroughly* (and plus I HIGHLY doubt he does any of that, because there weren’t any calluses when I shook his hand).

*Let’s also set aside for one very small moment that the guy in the video says sexist bullshit.

WIOAFJSOIJFSLKJSDKFJSLKJFJKSJLFDJSDKLFJ.  Is there a desk around somewhere where I can ram my forehead against repeatedly to forget for a moment that people are idiots.

In case anyone’s wondering WHY I subject myself to this, it’s because I like playing board games.  I played Galaxy Trucker, DC Comics Deck-Building Game, The Resistance, and Coup today.  Not really my genre (neither into sci fi nor comics particularly) but the games were pretty alright.  Some I’ve played before (GT and Resistance), and others I have not.

Galaxy Trucker:

There are 2 – 4 players (more with the expansion), but basically you build spaceships within a certain time limit and face the event cards and see if your ship can stand up to the things that the event cards throw at it.  The little tokens and pieces are the cutest things ever.

DC Comics Deck-Building Game:

Sort of fun, but as you can see, the Smurfette Principle is in full force.  I was also bummed out that I didn’t manage to get Wonder Woman into my deck or even any of her equipment.  Unfortunately since I was the world’s biggest Gary Stu (i.e. Batman), there were certain cards particularly useful for me — particularly, equipment (instead of super powers) since, you know, that’s all Bruce Wayne uses canonically.  I had a couple of super power cards but there were no bonuses to it for me.

The Resistance:

A deductive game involving an informed minority (i.e. spies, and they’re aware of each other’s identities, and make up approximately a third of the players) and an uninformed majority that try to root said spies out.

I kind of like it because I get to point at people and say “YOU’RE A SPY!!!!” if I’m one of the “good guys”, and I get to lie to people’s faces when I’m one of the “baddies” (it’s really fun making someone trust me when I’m actually a spy).

And this may be the best game of Resistance ever, even if Scags is really bad at it:

Ashley had the logic down pat, and I don’t know if Wheaton sucks at Resistance or if he was just trying to be a “good host” and including Felicia in the game.  Because it’s really easy to tell who’s the spy and who’s not with just five people playing.  You can more or less safely assume that spies will try and avoid taking another spy on the mission (unless it’s a ‘two fails required’ one) because you can’t communicate WHO’s going to fail the mission… and outing both your spies is terrible.  So we know there’s one spy in the AAA group (Allison, Ashley, and Amy), and Wheaton KNOWS he’s part of the Resistance, which makes Felicia the spy.  But he probably just sucks at the game because he wanted to take both Scags and Felicia on the final mission.  Also he is gross and a huge sore loser (which is especially evident in the Lords of the Waterdeep episode).

Coup:

The game’s produced by the same company that made Resistance, and Coup’s set in the same universe as Resistance.  It’s like Love Letter if you’ve played that before.

Basically both games are a more complex version of rock, paper, scissors, where each role or card has a positive but also a negative associated with it.  It’s quite fun, really.  Coup also has an element of bluffing to it, and I love bluffing games.  :D

Incidentally, on how I did today:

In Galaxy Trucker, I came in last because I stood in for someone in the last round (there were three rounds total) and didn’t do well enough to make a comeback.  I won the DC Comics Deck-Building Game by a few points.  I was lucky enough to get quite a bit of equipment.  And for The Resistance, the game was actually not too fun this time since it was obvious we managed to snag four resistance members and victory was easily claimed.  =P  I was on the side of righteousness and we prevailed.  (I was a little disappointed when I first got my card, since I love being the spy).  Coup was very fun, and I basically killed myself really quickly the first time, but I won my second game.  :D

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?

Continue reading

The 100

Sometimes I think I secretly really want to like sci fi, but it’s never executed properly enough for me to like.  I suppose Person of Interest is a serendipitous counter-example, but it’s relatively tame on the sci fi end of things.

I tried watching The 100 and I don’t know, my brain just kind of melts from the stupid.  One thing it’s got going for it is the diverse cast with numerous PoC, and quite a few female roles.  But for a show presumably set in the 2230s, I find it way, way way to similar to how the world works in the 2010s.  Kane is a walking stereotype thus far (both narratively and as a white guy hungry for power), so I do hope he’s fleshed out somewhat but I’m not really holding out when the most “interesting” thing they can show me in a post-apocalyptic world is “oh look a weak attempt at a love triangle dodecahedron with, of course, a blonde and a brunette at the heart of things”.

Deconstruct society and current socio-economic/political/gender/power dynamics, for fuck’s sake.  Show the kids actually struggling to survive instead of trekking two minutes through a forested area.  Show them being more scared instead of typifying the non-main cast/background characters as a monolithic mass of ruckus-inducing stupidity.  it’s not doing ANYONE any favours by writing like that, especially when the “delinquents” could be anyone who ranges from The Ark equivalent of jaywalking to murder.

The fact that the female actors have pERFECTLY MADE UP FACES WHILE SURVIVING IN THE WILDERNESS.  Can’t you put a woman without make up on her face on TV for half a minute ffs.

I can definitely forgive survival-related stupidity in many ways given they’re completely ignorant of the relevant skills having lived on The Ark their entire lives, but I just don’t get why they’d start screeching happily at crossing the fucking river and ended up on Mount whatever.  Like, dude, you’ve already established that there is (mutated) wildlife.  Even if you assume there aren’t any Grounders, you could easily be predated on??

The story, despite its “optimistic” number of women, is still very much a man’s story with them waggling their dicks around in everyone’s faces and vying for power or for women’s affections.  And Octavia having sex with anything that moves is a fucking tired trope that’s barely justifiable with ‘she was locked up for sixteen years’.  She’s annoying as fuck, and is hideously easy to manipulate by just telling her to do the opposite of what you want her doing.  It was also a clear winner with the disgusting Male Gaze crap they pulled as well, whoohoo.

Surprise me for once, sci fi (or hell, media in general).  And stop being a fucking high school drama set in a flimsy excuse for a post-apocalyptic world.

Disclaimer: I’ve only watched two boring episodes and skipped over the dumb lovey dovey sexy wexy bits.  I’ll probably watch a little bit more before I give up in complete disgust.

EDIT: Oh hey, it kinda just got a little interesting!  Please don’t disappoint me.

EDIT AGAIN: Okay, so it is a high school drama.  I give up.

PS: Anyone else feel “meh” or underwhelmed by the Carmilla finale?

There was literally no dramatic tension as to a) who Laura would end up with, b) whether Carmilla would die or not, c) I’m not even really sure why Laura has a crush/is in love with Carmilla or vice versa, and d) while I don’t ship Laura with Danny, the resolution to the ‘love triangle’ by suddenly making Danny a douchebag (and then not) was the most contrived thing I’d ever seen on this side of the planet.

Black Friday and Laser Tag

I may have gone for laser tag on Black Friday and used the codename Root for my games because I’m a dork like that.  And who doesn’t want to go into God Mode or have Amy Acker as a conversation starter?

Though for people I wasn’t particularly keen on talking with, I did just leave it at “Oh, it’s a character from a show” when asked for my codename choice.

I did okay-ish.  I ranked in the 66th percentile for the free-for-all game, and partially it was due to the fact that the rules stated no kneeling, and so I didn’t really kneel behind things to avoid getting shot at while others did.

In the second game it was a team format (red vs. blue) and I did a bit better… I decided halfway through the game, “Screw it, everyone else is ducking and kneeling!” And so I was in the 87th percentile for that one.

I liked the free-for-all one especially… running around like a trigger-happy headless chicken is my very definition of fun.  :D  My scores reflected that as well — I had a pretty fair distribution of scores and tagged almost everyone a couple of times.  The two people who camped out at one spot and shot at others actually ended up scoring the highest since there were a lot of people to shoot at in the place, but I imagine that tactic wouldn’t work nearly as well if it weren’t running at full capacity with the number of participants.  (Case in point, the two “campers” ended up getting a huge reduction in their score (like a 60% reduction) when they were playing in the team format.

Also, I may’ve had a nice Black Friday haul through online shopping.  <3  I’m waiting on receiving them (I’ll probably get them sometime next week).  I bought like, a shitload of things under $100 total.  I might show my haul if I’m especially pleased with it.  Sometimes I’m like, “Arwyn, this is your personal blog… start making posts to that effect sometime!”