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29 July 2007 @ 10:46 pm
The 4400 4.07-- "Maia is *so* Grounded"  

Oh The 4400, why is it that even when you're trying to be hopeful about fixing the planet, you only manage to make me feel as if some terrible cataclysm is a-looming? I'm having a hard time finding anyone I'd actually side with, save Team Shawn, who seems to be moderate even to the point of saving the lives of future dictators. Shawn, darling, next time? Do us all a favor and let the bastard die.

I actually have two and a half pages of a 4400 fic that flew into my head last night-- it's a good thing it takes place nine years in the future, because I feel like people switch sides from week to week. Sometimes twice in the same week. X_x;;

Other observations:

  • Is it just me, or does Kyle remind anyone else of a totally brainwashed pod-person? He's the right hand man of a radical cult leader which, if I'm not mistaken, is something he accused Shawn of back in season two. These writers make me dizzy. I just want to hit Kyle with something heavy, these days.
  • Haha, Shawn and Kyle were groping each other in the sekrit!lair's corridors last week, and then Shawn hops in bed with the first skirt he finds to reaffirm that he is Totally Not Hot For His Cultist Cousin. Natch. Nice try, Shawn-- no dice. I bet Kyle and Shawn had an argument on their way from seeing Jordan last week; they were trying to keep their voices down, but getting more and more angry and intense and in-each-others-faces. Finally, one of them (Shawn? Hoping to shock some sense into his boyfriend cousin?) just grabbed the other and kissed him, hard. Follow this with several minutes of frantic, rough groping and tongue!sex. This pairing would have gone so much more smoothly in Ilana's alternate version.
  • I love how sweet Marco is with Maia. People on this show completely undervalue Marco. Ergo, I have decided to start a group called PETOM-- People for the Ethical TOf Marco. Someone has to do it.
  • But, look! We had Garrity back! It's a good thing Tom is so oblivious, or else he might have wondered why, on Garrity's first day back, both he *and* Marco had to constantly go to the supply closet for something or other. All Tom gets is the painfully forced sexually tension with his boss. It's better than the scary moment with Tom/Diana having dinner, anyway. X_x;;;
  • Right now, Diana is wishing she had that important talk with Maia. No, not the birds and the bees-- the "No Going Off to Speak With Egotistical Scary Religious Leaders" talk. Maia is so grounded. But the burn she gave Isabelle was awesome. I love how Maia is more mature than Isabelle is, without even trying.

Finally, a letter to the writers:

Dear 4400 Writers,

What is up with the Shawn/Isabelle in next week's preview? We've *done* that, and we were thoroughly grossed out the first time. If you do it again, we're gonna have to order more vomit.
Also-- two characters are going to die? I'm fairly sure you won't kill Shawn... but I still worry. Don't touch him. Or Garrity. Or Diana. Or Maia... or Kyle, even though I want to bash his head in right now. Anyone else is fair game.

Ta muchly,
Meredith


Oh-- Amber, I got your email. Am off to reply right now! Enjoy SPN!
 
 
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Amber: the 4400 | kyle/shawnminttown1 on July 30th, 2007 04:10 am (UTC)
Team Shawn, wooh!

Yay, Meredith is writing 4400 fic! I will send good thoughts on the writing process.

I am so annoyed at Kyle, for a lot of reasons but especially for the hypocrisy you mention. And whereas Shawn had a lot of excuses for the way he fell in with Jordan, Kyle really doesn't. He's being careless and stupid and he's always standing so close to Isabelle, ew.

I'd forgotten the unseen sexual tension in the corridors! At least that explains why Shawn went and did this.
Shawn has always had terrible taste in women. It's sad. When I'm in a better mood, I don't mine Nikki so much, but Isabelle and this girl were such bad news, and he just never realizes until it's too late.

PETOM! Hee. But seriously, it's so necessary at this point. Apparently he doesn't even really get along with the other theory room boys that well. Only Garrity and Julian are really nice to him. ;)

And yay, yes, Garrity! I didn't notice the actor's name in the guest star list, so he was a total (but pleasant!) surprise.
I tried to watch to see whether he was being hateful toward Diana, but I kept getting distracted by the actual plot (go figure, heh). So I will just assume that he was.
And hee, oblivious Tom. (I wrote a little fic after episode 2.02, the one in which Garrity got carted away, about him coming back to work and it being hard to be around Marco again after so long and not being able to be with him and all blah blah blah.)

I don't really mind Tom/bosslady. Every episode, I find myself making some comment to the effect that I just want them to go and have melancholy sex with one another. But then, I find that I have a fondness for depressed person / depressed person pairings, so. ;)

Maia and Isabelle! I have never loved Maia so much, and that's really saying something. It was amazing, her telling Isabelle that sometimes saying you're sorry isn't good enough. Seriously, Isabelle. Pwned by a twelve-year-old.

I just hope that Kyle and Shawn have a scene together next week. Preferably one that Tom is involved in to some degree, if only so that I can giggle stupidly.
But really. The Shawn/Isabelle thing, there's really no excuse. He can't even claim sexual frustration, because he just had ill-advised sex in this episode.
Sigh.
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: familygarnettrees on July 30th, 2007 04:52 am (UTC)
Yay, Meredith is writing 4400 fic! I will send good thoughts on the writing process.
Oh but God, Amber, it's depressing! X_X;; I tried so hard not to write it, but then I *had* to, partly because I'm so pissed with Kyle, so it's all very bleak. It's an evil bunny.

He's being careless and stupid and he's always standing so close to Isabelle, ew.
I realize Kyle has been through a lot these last few years, but there's really no excuse for his behavior. I mean, I get that he feels bad for having shot Jordan... but, no. Joining his cult does not make things better. And Isabelle is all whiny and "Kyle, ask Cassie about my role in the future wah wah I sucked the life out of my mom wah I don't have powers wah wah."
..or something like that, anyway.

Shawn has always had terrible taste in women.
Seriously. He's subconciously sabotaging himself. I mean: his brother's girlfriend, a junkie groupie, a giant three year old, and some dame whose Mom he healed? Shawn's a smart guy, and he doesn't strike me as someone who is ruled by his hormones, so... there has to be another explaination.

There will be PETOM banners. I can feel them coming, seriously. Marco needs more love-- he is an awesome and under-appreciated character. I bet sometimes Garrity arrives at the apartment, expecting Marco to be there, but instead he finds Julian with her nose in her textbooks.
"I guess he must be working late," Garrity sighs, flopping in the arm chair.
"How come you can get out of there on time and he *can't*?" Julian asks.
Garrity deadpans, "One word: Diana."
"AGAIN?" Meanwhile, Julian is scooping her school things into her backpack. Garrity looks at her and says she doesn't have to leave just because he's there. "Well," she says, "I don't want to listen to you two have sex, so I thought I'd go. You know." And after Garrity stops choking, he says he doesn't think Marco will be home for a while.
"Stupid Diana," says Julian.
"Yeah." Garrity reaches for the phone, "Let's order pizza, okay?"
"Awesome."

I want the Garrity fic you wrote! It sounds darling! I imagine it was hard on Garrity, because he'd been hanging around Marco's place during his medical leave, enjoying Marco's fuss over him. And all the thank-god-you're-sane-again sex.

I don't mind Tom/Bosslady either-- I just think it's funny that two of the characters I find so completely boring are about to have really boring sex with each other. Tom will insist on the missonary position (because he was wild with Ilana, and now.. no. back to the safety zone.) and Megan will be all "are you done yet?"

Isabelle was so pathetic with the "I'm sorry I tried to kill you let's be friends, okay?" And Maia was just brilliant and insightful, as always. I love her.

He can't even claim sexual frustration, because he just had ill-advised sex in this episode.
Honestly, Shawn, just because Kyle is all brainwashed-pod-person and you're sad does *not* mean it's okay for you to sleep with the giant toddler. Again. X_X;;

This season can, so far, be summed up with one word: Boys.
-Meredith
Amber: the 4400 | sekrit drinking buddiesminttown1 on July 30th, 2007 06:18 am (UTC)
Even bleak fic is good, though! (And I might balance it out with the so-cheesy-it-can't-possibly-not-suck Clark/Jimmy I am thinking about writing. Heh.) There's a lot of bleakness to be had here.

Oh god, Isabella really was being whiny today. You know what, Isabelle? Your place in the future is standing right there in your undersized clothes, making everyone else seem cooler than you by comparison. That's all you get.

I forgot Liv. Ugh.
With Shawn, I agree that it's not about being ruled by his hormones. But I think he does have a strong desire to be loved. Which would be fine if Kyle would stop being a douche, but as it is, Shawn's family all seem to be against him and so he seeks validation in bad places.

Aww, Julian and Garrity. (Did we ever decide what Julian studies? I could see her science like her brother, but I could just as easily imagine her studying something very different. She and Garrity could bond over a shared love of history!)
Marco gets home eventually and is surprised to find them on his couch, watching some really bad horror film, feet on his coffee table and an open pizza box between them. Garrity moves the box so that Marco can sit, and Marco is relieved to see that there isn't any greasy mark on his couch from the pizza box.
"We saved you a couple slices," Garrity tells him. "But someone stole your pepperoni."
And Marco's a bit surprised at the teasing tone in Jed's voice, because he didn't know that Garrity and Julian were getting that close, but it makes Marco kind of happy to realize.
He ends up drifting off to sleep right there, slumped over on Garrity's shoulder. Julian snaps a picture with her cell phone camera before Garrity can stop her.

The Garrity fic is a bit different in set-up, assumes that they hadn't really seen each other during his recovery. I forget what I decided to write it that way.
Anyway, I will find it and try to fix it up and send it along sometime tomorrow. It's just a tiny little thing.

Hee!!! to Tom and his boring sex life. Poor Tom. He just never felt much passion with Linda. Again, poor Tom.

Boys indeed.
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: fab4garnettrees on July 30th, 2007 09:57 pm (UTC)
Even bleak fic is good, though! (And I might balance it out with the so-cheesy-it-can't-possibly-not-suck Clark/Jimmy I am thinking about writing. Heh.)
You know, I happened to catch a few minutes of the current season of Smallville-- which I've actually stopped watching because Lana is a stupid, vapid whore *ahem*-- but Jimmy and Clark were on screen, and Jimmy was all worried that Clark was dating Chloe. He seemed so distraught, and he kept saying what a nice guy he thought Clark was... very cute. I thought of you.

You know what, Isabelle? Your place in the future is standing right there in your undersized clothes, making everyone else seem cooler than you by comparison.
Yes. Yes. Every time I see her, especially when she's in those insipid tummy-revealing tanks or sweaters, I just miss Lily. Lily was awesome. We were totally robbed, you know?

I wish *I* could forget Liv. That character had such a bad effect on me that even when I see her in other things (Dawn of the Dead; Cry Wolf), all I think is "Ugh, go away!".

Which would be fine if Kyle would stop being a douche, but as it is, Shawn's family all seem to be against him and so he seeks validation in bad places.
Shawn is such a loyal person, too. In a way, he reminds me of Spike, because it only takes a little kindness to inspire intense loyalty, and a lot of times he keeps hanging on way past when any sane person would.
...And now I have this scary image of Shawn going to a club and getting picked up by this ancient vampire guy who looks like a long haired Kyle and, oh, it's all badness and cliche from there. X_X;; Bad Meredith, no cookies.

(Did we ever decide what Julian studies?...)
We didn't decide. I bet Marco triple or quadruple majored in college (his breadth of knowledge seems really wide, you know?), but they were all probably in some what related subjects, like Organic Chemistry, and Genetics, and Biology... Julian probably has two diametrically opposite majors. History, like you said, and maybe something like Physics, because she's rather think of the universe in big terms, than focus on what a mess humanity has made. History is different, because it's not like you can change the outcome.
Marco and Julian's older brothers are probably all accountants, or really athletic, in addition to being married and having kids. Marco has always been his Mom's "little genius", and Julian is his girl Friday.

He ends up drifting off to sleep right there, slumped over on Garrity's shoulder.
I can see this so clearly in my head! I may draw this-- just warning you. ^__^

Julian snaps a picture with her cell phone camera before Garrity can stop her.
Garrity is all X_X;;;, but Julian waves it away. "Relax," she says, "It's not like I'm gonna put it on the internet or anything. Most computer security is ridiculously easy to crack. Marco broke into the electronic city morge records when he was like, fifteen." There's a nervous laugh, when she realizes she what accidentally gave away. "Besides, the government is creepy."
Beat. She looks Jed up and down, and smiles brilliantly, "No offense."
"None taken," says Garrity, and wonders why no one at NTAC listens to Marco when it's obvious he's a flip'n genius.

And some time in the future, he comes into the apartment to find that picture Julian took, in a frame by Marco's nightstand. Aww.

The Garrity fic is a bit different in set-up, assumes that they hadn't really seen each other during his recovery. I forget what I decided to write it that way.
That sounds good, too. There are many ways this pairing could go. Besides, it might be kind of hard to get into a government mental hospital if you're not someone's official family. It's not as if Marco can say, "You have to let me in, I'm his boyfriend." Stupid government. I'll look forward to seeing it!

Even though I hated Ilana, the one good thing about her was that Tom would at least emote more. He looked constipated, but on him I imagine that's really indicative of 'in love'. ^__^
We cut Tom NO slack. It's great.
-Meredith