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12 August 2007 @ 10:37 pm
The 4400 4.09- "The One Where Everyone Goes Completely Effing Nuts"  
And now, your weekly 4400 post. ^__^


Is it just me, or is this season starting to feel like we're all on a rollercoater trying to do our math homework whilst fighting killer zombies. Geeze, Writers, are you all high on caffeine? This season is moving faster than all the other seasons _combined_. X_x;; But at least your latest abrupt plot twist has not disturbed my plans for my fic too much. (This fic, incidentally, is currently known only as "The 4400 WIP OF DOOM". It's eating my brain.)

As always, thoughts on tonights events, in no particular order:

  • Did I hear Megan say she and Tom had sex with the lights on? *giggles* Wow, for Tom, that's pretty racy. I love how he's such a prude the morning after-- it's exactly how I picture him. Can't say I'm either surprised or terribly effected by the Megan/Tom.. don't really care either way, really. I do have to say that Megan is loads and loads better than Ilana.
  • Tom and Jordan were sharing screen space again! Scary. I keep having these terrifying flashbacks to last week's kinky phone conversation re: handcuffs. I think I have Tom/Jordan PTSD. ^_~
  • Tess takes over an old 50's diner FOR THE WIN. Even when she's crazy and accidently victimizing people out of her own childish self-centeredness, she's still so cute it hurts. I loved her I'm-twenty-two-but-think-I'm-sixteen party dress, and that her favorite song was 'Ridin' Around in My Automobile'. Chuck Berry= excellent taste, damn it.
  • And Kevin! Any bitterness I felt towards Kevin for developing the promicin shot has long since vanished, because it's clear he loves Tess above all things. More than the Movement, more than his freedom. Enough to forgive her for frying his hand off. All he wanted to do was help her and stop her from hurting other people. It must have hurt to have her retreat back in time, waiting for Bobby. *sigh* Tess/Kevin is my canon OTP for this series.
  • Meanwhile, Richard does not have schizophrenia, or any other viable excuse for his really creepy daddy issues. X_x;; Mind you, I'm glad Isabelle won't be all grown up and shaking her boobs in Kyle's face any more (though I saw her 'grown up' in the previews for next week. *hits writers*), but Richard's whole "we're going to be a family again" spiel was just creepy. Somewhere, in the afterlife, Lily is trying to decide whose ass to kick first.
  • Lily was in next week's previews! I miss Lily. She made everything so much more sane. *sigh* And she was just cool.
  • Speaking of cool-- Garrity watching the security feed from Promise City and calling Richard 'seriously bad-ass'. And he's right, Richard's ability is so much more refined and powerful now.
  • No Marco this week! *cries* He had to recover from Diana's meatloaf and the Uncomfortable Dinner of Doom.
  • The little advert Megan found on her car is frighteningly believable.
  • I really hate Cassie. Have I mentioned this?


Looks like next week is going to be even more crazy-- I wonder how much of it is actually going to stay canon. The writers may pull a dream-vision-other-poofy-plot-hole-thing on us. *sigh*

Still, I have inordinate amount of love for this show. Even if only one of my three favorite pairings is canon.

Oh! Scary thought-- Isabelle stayed eight, was *still* pwned by Maia, and Marco got saddled with babysitting both of them. *shudders*
-Meredith


ETA: Amber, you have to see *this*. Sirius/Remus with a side of Tonks/Moody. This picture owns DH's soul. ^__^
 
 
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Amber: supernatural | samminttown1 on August 13th, 2007 03:17 am (UTC)
Yay for WIP of doom! :D
Not yay for its brain-eatingness, but yay nonetheless for writing.
(Um. Speaking of which. I know you're not really in the Supernatural fandom, but if I manage to get this fic written before school starts back up, could I maybe trouble you for a beta? I know you sort of made a blanket offer to beta for me once, but that was long ago and I don't want to be presumptuous.)

You're right, this season is moving ridiculously quickly compared to the more intimate, slower paces of previous years.

Yes, with the lights on! Haha. But I think she said that the lights were only on the second time? It's a weird line, but I think that's what she said.
Megan continues to strike me as awesome. I don't know. (My mom says it's because Jenni Baird looks like Nicole Forester and I have a thing for Nicole Forester, but I question the accuracy of both parts of that statement. Heh.)

Jordan is keeping the channels of communication open because he wants to do dirty things to Tom. ;D

Kevin + Tess = love. Simple as that.

I'm suspecting that all Garrity actually does is watch stuff on monitors. I was probably totally inaccurate with his job duties when I mentioned paperwork. ;) I love Garrity and his little comments, but someone -- I forget whether it was Megan, Tom, or Diana -- said something kind of snippy to him, and it irked me. Methinks someone is suspecting about him and Marco...

There's a part of my brain that really, really wishes that Marco could have taken Julian along with him to that awful dinner. Plenty of reasons why Jed couldn't go, obviously, but I kind of wish Julian had. She and Maia would have hit it off, and Diana would have had to face the idea that Marco isn't just her tool.
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: lilyevansgarnettrees on August 13th, 2007 04:15 am (UTC)
Yay for WIP of doom! :D
Not yay for its brain-eatingness, but yay nonetheless for writing.

I fear it will only end in tragedy. Or at least in ambiguity, which I really hate doing. *sigh* We'll see.

Of course I'll beta for you! *grins* I don't know anything about SPN, but I love your fics, and I'd be happy to go over it for you. Besides, you beta-d that Smallville fic for me. ^_^ I go back to work on the 24th-- even if you send it to me after that, I can do it... it'll just probably be a little faster if it's before.

I can't help but wonder what, exactly, the writers think they are hurtling us towards. Is there any word on whether or not the series has been renewed? Part of me worries that they are moving so fast in order to great some big, climactic Series Finale. Then again, The 4400 seems to have just really reached its popularity, so... *shrugs* Who can figure network tv?

But I think she said that the lights were only on the second time? It's a weird line, but I think that's what she said.
That *is* what she said. I was like, "Wow, that's a bit too much detail for me." (And they're "really good friends" who TRADE TONGUES. *ahem*)
I like Megan better than any of the other NTAC heads-- I like that she's educated and diplomatic. In a way, she reminds me a bit of Weir from SGA... I just think that Tom will infect any woman he's paired to with his Super Blandness (tm).

Jordan is keeping the channels of communication open because he wants to do dirty things to Tom. ;D
Yeeeeep! It's so true. He's all, "Kyle, please stick around so I have a better chance of getting into your father's pants."

Ah, Garrity and Voyeurism! *giggles* I bet he saw Diana ask Marco over for dinner. Of course, he's not the insanely possessive type, but he still rolled his eyes when Marco told him about it. Inwardly, he sometimes sends bad vibes at Diana when her back is turned, thinking; "Because having Tom and her new super boyfriend around to wait on her hand and foot isn't enough. Noooo.. she has to have my boyfriend, too."
Tom was the one who made the snippy comment to Garrity, which annoyed me. I know Tom and Diana are the hot-shot Star NTAC team, but they could do with being a little more polite to their coworkers, you know>

Julian probably wanted to go to the dinner, but Marco was afraid she'd say something blunt. (To Jed, he said, "On the day they passed out 'subtle', my sister was absent.") Instead, she rented some Silent Hill games, and already had popcorn made when Garrity showed up to wait for Marco's return.
"I want to make sure he's okay," she says, kind of bouncy from too much pop. "Then I'll leave so you can have some Nookie Time."
Jed, who is getting used to handling her, is all, "Is that what the kids call it these days?" Then they play scary, violent Japanese video games with the lights off.

You know... you've just made me realize that, aside from Diana and April, Maia doesn't really have all that many female mentor types. April is (obviously) not the best role model, and Diana has pretty much officially become 'Mom', so... with Ilana vanish-ed, she's really surrounded by guys. Tom, Kyle, Shawn, Marco, Garrity, even Ben. I bet she could do with an older sister figure. (And it *is* canon that she had a sister, although I can't remember if she was older or younger...)

Diana would have had to face the idea that Marco isn't just her tool.
Diana really needs to grasp that concept. It's to the continued detriment of her character that she does not.
-Meredith

Ps. I love the look on Remus' face in that picture. And Moody not only has his eye, but his left buttock. Go for the left buttock, Tonks! ^_~
Amber: the 4400 | kyle/shawnminttown1 on August 13th, 2007 05:03 am (UTC)
I think it would be hard to end a 4400 fic any way but ambiguously, really. Unless it's set in the past, it almost seems destined to end that way. (That sounds sort of ironic, I guess, being destined to end in ambiguity.)

Thank you! I will send it long if/when it's finished.
Right now I'm stuck because the prompt requires the creation of an OC, and I can't seem to name her. (I'm leaning toward Admina, I think, but it's such an unusual name. I don't know.)

There hasn't been any news yet on renewal. I read somewhere that because of the filming/airing schedule, they never know whether they'll be renewed until their done with a season, so they try to write every season finale as a possible series finale, too.

I just got this horrible mental image of Tom protesting the turning on of the lights. Meghan's opening his eyes to all sorts of things, and they're not all innocent like cinema.

Haha. If Jordan actually said that to Kyle, he'd be torn between horror and the strange sense of relief that brings: if Jordan can sleep with Tom, who's Team NTAC, then it wasn't a total betrayal of the cause when Kyle made out with Shawn in eighteen different corridors a few weeks ago.

Eee, Julian and Garrity!
Garrity probably didn't eat nearly as much before he wound up with these two in his life. He was living off of t.v. dinners, and even those only on the nights when he wasn't too tired to bother by the time he made it home. (I imagine Garrity the ultimate bachelor in a lot of those kinds of ways -- perfectly self-sufficient, but not always bothering.)

I am pretty sure Maia had a little sister, born after she disappeared. I think that's who the scary woman from the future (actress from Silent Hill and Dinotopia, heh) pretended to be.

Hee! Lupin's face is sad but awesome in that picture. :D
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: familygarnettrees on August 13th, 2007 05:02 pm (UTC)
I guess I'm just frustrated with the fic because I feel like like the end should at least imply some path of action, but it's all very desolate and... yeah. (Part of me wants to write about Tess in 50's, because last night's episode was kind of heartbreaking, that way. She has Kevin now, but I imagine it would be really, really difficult to have her disorder in the time period she was born.) Anyway, in the meantime, I'll look forward to seeing your fic! (I like Admina, but if you're still uncertain, I'd very much recommend Kate Monk's Onomastikon. It's a stunningly comprehensive dictionary of names, organized by origin, and it even gives meanings for many of them.

that because of the filming/airing schedule, they never know whether they'll be renewed until their done with a season, so they try to write every season finale as a possible series finale, too.
Hmmm... that explains a lot. I'm gonna keep my fingers crossed, because I really want to see Shawn and Kyle on the same team someday. *is, of course, probably completely delusional, but whatever*

I just got this horrible mental image of Tom protesting the turning on of the lights. Meghan's opening his eyes to all sorts of things, and they're not all innocent like cinema.
And you never know, she might take him to one of those really racy foreign films. *giggles* At least with Ilana, they were in the privacy of their shared telepathic connection-- can you imagine Tom having to sit in a theater full of people during a really sensual Chinese film?
I like torturing Tom. I can't help it. *looks innocent*

then it wasn't a total betrayal of the cause when Kyle made out with Shawn in eighteen different corridors a few weeks ago.
Kyle kept pretending to get lost but, after the sixth grope-and-neck, Shawn was on to him. So, as his parting shot, Shawn winked when Kyle took off the blindfold and said, "You know, there's at least twenty corridors at the Center."
(Seriously, if Jordan did say that to Kyle, Kyle would be rushing about to find a 4400 who could erase it from his brain. ^_~)

(I imagine Garrity the ultimate bachelor in a lot of those kinds of ways -- perfectly self-sufficient, but not always bothering.)
Yes! Meanwhile, Marco and Julian come from a big Italian family, and they love to eat. I actually imagine Marco might be a pretty good cook, but Julian's hopeless in the kitchen. ^_^

I think that's who the scary woman from the future (actress from Silent Hill and Dinotopia, heh) pretended to be.
That's who that was! I knew she was creepy, but I didn't make the connection until you said that! *shudders*
-Meredith
Amber: er | ray and neelaminttown1 on August 13th, 2007 03:18 am (UTC)
And eee! :D No, I hadn't seen that picture, and it's awesome. Thank you for linking it!