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22 July 2007 @ 10:03 pm
The 4400 4.06-- "In Which Marco Does Not Get The Hot Gay Sex, 'Cause He Has To Babysit for Diana"  
Having thoroughly examined the matter via spoilers on the Internet, I decided to read Deathly Hallows because my Snape is vindicated, BOO-YA! *does a victory dance, sings* He's a bastard, but he's not evil, he's a bastard, but he's not evil...
The epilogue? Didn't happen. Except part of me wants Albus-Severus/Scorpius-- isn't that a terrible name to saddle your child with? He's gonna be sorted into Slytherin and become the next dark lord, all 'cause his daddy named him Albus Severus Potter. X_x;;;
Also, who's together in the afterlife? Sirius/Remus, that's who! Shaggin' in puppy heaven.

I have lots more to say, but it'll probably have to wait until I process it all.


END HP SPOILERS


Now, on to tonight's The 4400:


See, there's a reason why I don't watch shows on conspiracy theories... I read enough science fiction and horror in my formative years that massive government cover-ups seem entirely possible to my emotional mind. Like Fritz Lieber's The Big Time, in which the opposing sides-- the Snakes and the Spiders-- keep going back in time to change the outcome of everything from massive global events to individual lives. Their agents exist outside of time, and are the only ones who know that reality is totally unstable from day to day. So even though I'm an adult now and (supposedly) all rational, there's a little part of me that watches Taken and Resident Evil and says, "Oh yeah, the government would totally do that."

And nothing freaks me out like brain-hijacking! I don't even like Tom, and I know I'm going to be all distressed for him now, because he's a sleeper agent and might kill all his friends at the drop of a pin! X_x;; Oh, Kyle, I can't believe I'm saying this, but I wish you'd forced the promicin on your dad. Maybe that would have prevented the brain transfer, or whatever. *sigh* Or maybe Tom will take it now, and that will somehow help...

Other random points:

  • It completely amuses me that Marco is the cool guy in the theory room. He has snazzy clothes and glasses, and he's not living in his mother's basement like the other two guys. ^_~ Every time I think I can't want to squish and hug Marco any more than I already do... they go and prove me wrong. Did you see Marco's apartment? Perfect. And his pink shirt! But he needs to not wear his little sister's small red hoodies to work. ^^ She left it over there and it got mixed in the wash, but still. ^_~
  • Marco played Dr. Forrester and made Tom and Diana watch bad movies! Hahaha. Small justice.
  • Tom, Di & Co can laugh at the "He'll be dead-- completely dead" line, but as Amber and I well know, there are few worse fates than being a ZOMBIE.
  • As soon as Tom was taken to the psych ward, I knew they were going to evilify him. And that's totally a word. Evilify. *sheepish*
  • Kyle likes to play bondage games with his cousin! He was coping feels all the way down that corridor, man. Also, only Shawn could make Kyle doubt [sarcasm]The Great Jordan Collier[/sarcasm].
  • Shawn, don't save the evil guy! Let the bastard die! (Yes, I know-- I'm a bad person.)
  • Telephone conversation between Marco and Garrity, in very hushed voices:
    MARCO: [sheepish] Jed, you can't come over tonight. I'm sorry for such short notice.
    GARRITY: [sort of pained and resigned] Marco.
    MARCO: I had to!
    GARRITY: What're you doing now, alphabetizing her socks?
    MARCO: [a little indignant] ... Protecting a witness.
    GARRITY: #$)@(#$! That is not in your job description! Where in your job description does it say 'will brave the possibility of being shot and/or kidnapped because his ex-girlfriend is a needy bitch?
    MARCO: Look, I'll make it up to you.
    GARRITY: You'll wear the speedos? To an actual beach?
    MARCO:... yeah.
  • Finally-- Marco recites Something Corporate lyrics when he does his little mental block trick. Except sometimes Garrity's surf music gets in there.


Do I watch this show so I can see the plot unfold, or do I watch it so I can make shit up about it? The world may never know. ^___^
-Meredith
 
 
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Amber: harry potter | hermione & ronminttown1 on July 23rd, 2007 02:43 am (UTC)
I will be back to comment on the The 4400 stuff, but about HP, I have two things to say:
1. The top of page 79 is almost Mad-Eye/Tonks; and
2. Ron/Hermione forever. Just... because. He grows up a lot in this book, and he loves her so much, and all my reservations about shipping them are gone. My affection for the pairing is infinite tonight, and I haven't even made it to the end of the book yet (although I have been spoiled for almost everything, I think).
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: lilyevansgarnettrees on July 23rd, 2007 11:30 pm (UTC)
Re: (1) I'm so glad you pointed that out, because it was late when I started the book, and I think I might have missed it otherwise. There's a world of fanfiction in that sentence, though. Score for Team Tonks/Moody!

Ron/Hermione has grown on me a lot over the years (I thought it was kinda predictable when I first saw hints of it in the PS movie). By the time I saw the scene where she grabbed his hand in POA, I was warming up but, like you, I had reservations. Ron did need to grow up, because Hermione is a strong, intelligent female character, and she deserves nothing less. But I think they're good together now. And even when I read the books, I hear Emma Watson going "honestly, Ronald". Hehehe.

-Meredith
septicemic on July 24th, 2007 01:00 am (UTC)
1. YES! ALMOST! This shipper will take what she can GET.
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: marinegirlgarnettrees on July 24th, 2007 01:20 am (UTC)
*grins* I 'ship Moody/Tonks and Sirius/Remus, so there is no end to the win for me in this scenario.

'Shippers and slashers NEVER SAY DIE.
-Meredith
Amber: harry potter | mad-eye/tonksminttown1 on July 24th, 2007 02:08 am (UTC)
One of the best parts of reading this new book for me has been all the effort Erin, Brittany, and my mom have all put into finding some way to make the Lupin/Tonks marriage and baby somehow actually be about Mad-Eye/Tonks. Convoluted, all of it, but it's adorable that everyone has joked about it for my benefit.
Amber: the 4400 | sekrit drinking buddiesminttown1 on July 23rd, 2007 04:55 am (UTC)
I don't know whether it's the fault of all the horror and scifi I watched as a child, too, or what, but I never have any trouble... well, not believing conspiracy theories, necessarily, but in regarding them as plausible enough.

Whatever the verdict on the red sweatshirt (as to whether it is the same as last week's, which I vote 'yes' to because he's missing Garrity), I love the idea of Marco's little sister. I have this mental image of her -- she looks a fair bit like her brother, really, except that her dark hair is long and pretty, and her glasses much more subtle and stylish. She was disappointed as hell when things didn't work out between Marco and Diana, but she likes Garrity. Well, maybe not likes -- they haven't met yet -- but she heard a message Garrity left on Marco's answering machine and very much approves of him.

Diana and Tom were asses after the movie ended. If Marco invited them into the theory room, he obviously had a reason. He hardly wants them there.

I want a zombie episode now. Complete with Garrity running down to the basement to make sure Marco's okay and wisk him off to safety.

The blindfold was bandana print. Bandana = cowboy = gay. It's, like, fact.
I have these mental images of Shawn stumbling in the corridor and Kyle catching him, or Kyle making sure Shawn doesn't hit his head getting into the car blindfolded... Oh, boys. Lame. I am on Team Shawn, but a part of me wanted him to join Jordan tonight, just so that he and Kyle can be together again.

I love your dialogue! :D Hee.

And I love the idea of the music being Something Corporate. I couldn't decide what I wanted him to listen to, but that is a very, very neat option.

And this season, the making-shit-up is the better part, I think. The show's good, but it's so dark that this part seems more enjoyable.
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: 4400garnettrees on July 23rd, 2007 11:42 pm (UTC)
I never have any trouble... well, not believing conspiracy theories, necessarily, but in regarding them as plausible enough.
Maybe we both have an innate sense of distrust for the government and/or all authority figures? I'm always reminded of Joel from MST3k trying to explain the sixties: "Sexually provacative humor wasn't on television, it was on cocktail napkins, and we liked it that way. Everyone believed what the president said, and why shouldn't they? Large white men wore three-piece black suits and drank double burbons before, during and after important business meetings and... sumit talks!"
... that line may in fact be the most concise explanation for the Baby Boomers I have ever heard. ^_~

I love the idea of Marco's little sister. I have this mental image of her -- she looks a fair bit like her brother, really, except that her dark hair is long and pretty, and her glasses much more subtle and stylish.
Yes, that's it! She wears her hair in pigtails sometimes, even though Marco tugs on them and says she looks like she's five. Sometimes she steals his good work shirts to wear over her t-shirts. ^_~

I've never been able to imagine Marco as an only child. He probably has a few older brothers or something, but there's a big age-gap. He and his little sister are the closest in age, and she lets herself into his apartment so she can study when their parents are arguing loudly. He comes in late and finds her asleep on the couch amidst biology notes, sometimes. Do we know Marco's last name? He strikes me as kind of Italian-looking, for some reason.

Well, maybe not likes -- they haven't met yet -- but she heard a message Garrity left on Marco's answering machine and very much approves of him.
Definitely. Garrity probably called Marco some sappy pet name in the message, and now she's teasing him about it. What do you think her name is? ^_^

Tom and Diana were total asses. When has Marco ever been wrong? Huh? They're just lucky he's around. Without him, they'd be all:
DIANA: What do we do now! Marco's not here to fix things!
TOM: We might have to solve this case on our own!
DIANA: No! It's too HARD.
TOM: Rawr! I'm all evil anyway! *eats Diana*
.. or not. *sheepish*

I have these mental images of Shawn stumbling in the corridor and Kyle catching him, or Kyle making sure Shawn doesn't hit his head getting into the car blindfolded... Oh, boys. Lame.
Kyle goes to extreme lengths so he can grope his cousin. Very lame.

I decided on Something Corporate because you turned me on to that band, just like you turned me on to Marco. It seemed right. ^___^

The show is dark, isn't it? I need a flashlight. I remember thinking 'boy, next week looks depressing, too', but now I can't even remember what the preview was. X_x;;
-Meredith
Amber: the 4400 | sekrit drinking buddiesminttown1 on July 24th, 2007 02:06 am (UTC)
Hee, that is an excellent quote.

Marco's last name is Pacella, which sounds Italian to me.
I can't decide on a name for his little sister, though. I am so bad at naming characters!

I love the idea of Marco's place being a sort of haven for her. I especially like the idea of her being asleep on his couch some night that Garrity lets himself in. Him stopping in his tracks, confused; her blinking up at him, and then: "Oh, you must be Jed," with a big smile.

Tom eating Diana would be so excellent. I would love for the season to end that way.

I can't remember what next week is, either. Weird.