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15 July 2007 @ 10:32 pm
Evanston: An Entire Town On Crack  
I normally don't watch Painkiller Jane, but I happened to catch the second showing on Friday night, and I saw the actress who played Devon from The 4400 guest-staring. She was all stylishly dressed and scheming and controlling people's minds-- it was hot. ^^; *sigh* I never thought I'd miss Devon shuffling about and drooling over Jordan, but I kinda do. Who knew?

Speaking of Friday night Sci-Fi , I've been taping the third season of Doctor Who but I haven't been able to bring myself to watch it. I actually haven't been able to bring myself to watch the last two episodes of season two, because it allows my little Doctor/Rose heart to live in denial. I'm sure Martha is a lovely companion, but I was never very into the original Doctor Who, and I really, really enjoyed Rose's energy and quick-thinking. She had wonderful chemistry with both Nine and Ten, too. * I dunno...

Anyway, on to the point of this entry, which is tonight's The 4400:


Oh, Kyle, Kyle, Kyle. You are a source of great distress to me, Kyle, much as Shawn was all last season. Did you guys flip a coin to see who would take the next turn at making monumentally bad decisions? Also, if Season One or Two Kyle met up with our current religious-nut!Kyle, they'd probably kill each other. At least he didn't force the promicin on Tom, but that's one rational choice amongst thousands of really really bad ones. At least he didn't stick up too much for Isabelle-- if Shawn had been tied to those pipes, Kyle wouldn't have gone anywhere without him, that's for sure.

On more random notes:

  • Evanston reminded me very strongly of the Angel episode "Shiny Happy People". And, while I don't think Jordan is actually eating people, I have definite discomfort with a town where people put drugs in your pie and drain out your negative emotions. Utopias are called such for a reason-- from the greek utopos, meaning 'no place'. Because that's exactly where you'll find a perfect society. I guess I'm really showing my libertarian side here, but I've always seen big, all encompassing social movements as requiring a great deal of compromise and selective amnesia on the part of their followers. ^^;
  • Also, Jordan said, "Revolutions divide. Religions unite." HELLO-- Spanish Inquisition? The Crusades? State-Sponsored Religious Prejudices? Ringing any bells here? Honestly, Jordan, the entirety of recorded human history begs to differ with you.
    Why, yes, I am a jaded historian. What makes you ask?
  • I actually found myself missing Ilana. At least when she was around, there was somebody to mediate between Tom and Kyle's twin omg-I'm-five-and-totally-never-speaking-to-you-again!attitudes.
  • Maia may be an almost completely acculturated 21st Century eleven year old, but it's important not to forget that she spent her formative years in the 1930's and 40's. She was taken in 1946. Even though it took a great deal of time for the depth of inhuman cruelty, depravity and disgustingly loathsome actions taken by certain parties in WWII to come out, she couldn't have completely missed what was going on. Here in this world of video games, cell phones and neuro-surgery, she must have wanted to believe that we'd gotten better some how. Even though promicin and the 4400 are fictional, Maia's distress feels very real to me because I can't help but feel that our compassion and empathy for one another have not improved at all. The only thing that has increased is the number of people we're able to kill at one time.
    ... wow, that was kinda maudlin. Sorry about that. ^^; That whole promicin-camp kinda hit a nerve.
  • On another note, yay for a Ben-less episode.
  • According to next week's preview, there are ten agents from the future mucking about in the present. This plot device kind of annoys me, but I'm almost positive Cassie (and probably Ben!) is amongst the ten. *nod, nod*
  • Did you see Marco trying to be optimistic about preventing state-sanctioned mass murder? *pets Marco* Such love.
  • If I were Shawn, I would have just killed that political where he stood. No questions. But, as we've established, I'm not entirely objective on the issue.


Kinda a depressing episode, really. I miss Tess and Kevin. And Garrity.
-Meredith
 
 
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Amber: the 4400 | sekrit drinking buddiesminttown1 on July 16th, 2007 03:43 am (UTC)
I don't seem to have anything to say about tonight's episode, except that Marco was rockin' the red sweatshirt, and it made me happy.
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: 4400garnettrees on July 18th, 2007 06:47 pm (UTC)
Marco's sweatshirt was very nice! I didn't notice it the first time around but, since you mentioned it, I kept my eye out for it the second and... there it was. Garrity thinks Marco looks hot in red. ^_^

Tonight's ep was really kind of depressing, wasn't it? *sigh*
-Meredith
Amber: the 4400 | sekrit drinking buddiesminttown1 on July 18th, 2007 10:27 pm (UTC)
Hee. I don't remember this sweatshirt from before (some of Marco's clothes this season were worn previously, but I don't think this one was), and it makes me want to assume that it has some connection to Garrity.
Preferably that Marco found it in the back of Garrity's closet one evening, after showing up to Garrity's soaked from the Seattle rain and needing something to change into.

This week's episode really was depressing. Maia's visions were too upsetting to really try to talk about, but even the other parts of the episode were rough. I hate to see Kyle screwing up so royally -- and no matter what I've thought about Jordan in the past, I am firmly a Team Shawn girl these days. Jordan can have whatever intentions he wants, but I don't support his methods.
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: 4400garnettrees on July 19th, 2007 10:53 pm (UTC)
Ohhh! Marco wearing Garrity's clothes is even better than Garrity giving him the sweater. I like your idea. *grins, adopts it as her personal canon*

Can't you just see poor, soaked puppy-Marco standing in Garrity's threshold?

This week's episode really was depressing. Maia's visions were too upsetting to really try to talk about, but even the other parts of the episode were rough.
I know! There was just no joy in Mudville. I'm totally with you on Team Shawn, since I don't even trust people who want to set up utopias or 'heaven on earth'. Also, Jordan is really, really creepy this season-- even more of a cult of personality than before.

Kyle makes me want to cry.

And I'm also worried about Tess. *frowns*
-Meredith
Amber: the 4400 | sekrit drinking buddiesminttown1 on July 20th, 2007 07:22 pm (UTC)
I think we should add to this scenario that Marco would have been able to beat the storm that night were it not to some absurd, not-in-his-job-description task that had been set by Tom or Diana.
Because. It makes me pleased, somehow, at the irony that he got that rockin' red sweatshirt from Garrity as an indirect result of how much they suck.
The balance of the universe and whatnot. ;)

*needs a red sweatshirt!Marco icon... hehe*
Purpleyin/Hans: RKmissyvortexdv on July 18th, 2007 10:19 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm not trusting Cassie because it's odd she knows things that Kyle shouldn't. fair enough if her being his guide was getting him to realise what he ought to do, like what he already knew but info like she has out of nowhere can only be rationalised as she's from the future or that she's a manifestation for his benefit but that his power goes deeper into knowing more himself without realising it.

Anyhoo, so totally agreeing on yay for Ben-less. Having just listened to end of S3 commentary with Ira I was torn between it sonuding like Ben is what they want to be Diana's chance at happiness - whick irks me a bit since she has a job she loves even if it stresses her, and she had a great kid, though Maia has her 4400 troubles, but you know Ben doesn't solve either of those problem at all, so...

But right, there were also several comments about him being too good to be true or he could be a serial killer and I'd kind of hoped maybe this is hinting but I wasn't holding out hope, however with there being 10 future agents it'd be great if he was one.

Mind you since it could be anyone by the sound of the promo part of me wonders if they're gonna do something whacky and reveal Marco or Garrity or someone else key but recurring as one. :(
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: familygarnettrees on July 19th, 2007 10:58 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm not trusting Cassie because it's odd she knows things that Kyle shouldn't.
Exactly. That stuff comes out of nowhere, and she really doesn't *act* like an embodiment of one's subconcious should. She just pops in, gives orders, and pops out. Kyle is being taken for a major ride, in my opinion. And he should know better!

I was torn between it sonuding like Ben is what they want to be Diana's chance at happiness - whick irks me a bit since she has a job she loves even if it stresses her...
Your point is well taken: Diana is good at and loves her job, and she has a beautiful intelligent daughter. What has Ben done for her, aside from take her away from said job and strand her in a foreign country with impossible expectations? A successful career woman and mother doesn't necessarily need a man to be happy. Plus, she screwed Marco over something royal.

part of me wonders if they're gonna do something whacky and reveal Marco or Garrity or someone else key but recurring as one. :(
That would suck, but I wouldn't put it past the writers. How I can love/hate this show all at once boggles my mind. ^_~

Btw, I adore your icon! Marco is totally the God's Plot Fixer. ^__^
-Meredith