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The last OUAT episode was pretty much straight out of Swan Queen fanfic: Emma trusts Regina although Snow and Charming won't! Regina is framed! Emma believes the lie! Cue trauma for everyone involved! Needless to say, I loved every second of it.

I do get the Emma/Regina now, although what I still ship the most is Regina/happiness. I love that she's pretty much in the middle of a characteristic redemption arc, with the right dosage of whump and heartbreak. Emma Swan in the meantime is a heroine after my own heart - part Richard Cypher in that big doofus I'm-superspecial-but-also-really-earnest-and-clueless way of hers, part... really damaged in the way that becomes evident every time she has to do something ordinary like talk to her parents (who are her age and are making out in her bed) or take care of her son (to tell that his other mother is evil after all). It's what makes the ship interesting, because clearly, given the circumstances in canon, there's too much between them for it to actually work. And yet, there's Emma Swan, who is not exactly an ordinary person - her heart is so special that even Cora can't touch it. What does that say for anyone she chooses to love or forgive?

I am also pleased that I managed to get my sister hooked to it. She has been continuously updating me with things like 'I love the Evil Queen' (yay!) and 'I love Hook' (meh).



TGW is always good, and this episode was no exception : I loved the touch of whimsy in sending Alicia off to a ranch in Minnesota and pairing her up with Canning, of all people. Their interactions are always gold. I sincerely think that a lot of TGW is written with basically 'what faces will Julianna Margulies make if we make her interact with THIS guest star' in mind. It explains the often wafer-thin plot (did anyone seriously think Diane and Will won't get their way, for instance?), which nonetheless manages to work because we are too caught up in watching the actors be delightful with each other.

The best part was of course Kalinda's tiny little scene with Alicia - the way they're still clearly distant but also working on it; Alicia confiding in Kalinda, Kalinda's vaguely sympathetic but baffled I-have-no-idea-why-you-miss-being-boring-old-Alicia-when-you-are-this-awesome-and-YOU-but-I-understand-missing-old-habits face; the quiet heartbreak but also the mending.


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The first week of being back at work after a break is strange - I fell asleep early a lot (no matter what [personal profile] zorana says, I did not read fic till two - on most days), got handed a lot of new responsibilities (which are not bad, in fact), and generally have no idea where this week went.

Date: 2013-01-12 08:53 am (UTC)
monanotlisa: Kalinda looking at Alicia, both of The Good Wife (kalinda & alicia - tgw)
From: [personal profile] monanotlisa
I was a little sad at the last scene; I wished they were further along the reconnection path, I think? I wrote a story where they were more in tune after Blue Ribbon Panel! ;)

But I agree that the acting of the adults on this show, particularly Julianna Margulies and the guest stars, is just A+++ and every second of interaction a delight.

Date: 2013-01-12 07:03 pm (UTC)
monanotlisa: Kalinda looking at Alicia, both of The Good Wife (kalinda & alicia - tgw)
From: [personal profile] monanotlisa
Agreeeeeeed. Man, I wish fandom existed for TGW. If this were Stargate Atlantis in its heyday, there would be five post-eps for them already!

Date: 2013-01-12 01:36 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] netgirl_y2k
I did watch OUaT going: I've read this fic before, I've read it before a lot. It was delightful. Although my favourite thing about the show continues to be how you can tell exactly where Regina falls on the scale from Sad Puppy to Evilest Girl in the World at any given moment just from Lana Parrilla's face.

Date: 2013-01-12 03:30 pm (UTC)
zulu: Karen Gillam from Dr. Who, wearing a saucy top hat (Default)
From: [personal profile] zulu
Aww, those are the reasons I loved TGW this week. I think that while, yes, we always knew Diane and Will would keep the firm, it felt more like an exploration of Hayden's feelings for/about the firm. For instance, how he wanted to feel included, but was constantly excluded; how we know that Diane's "we were cordial" was very much lawyerly bs for "we never trusted you for a second", and how Hayden is right that they self-sabotage all the time in the name of winning. I think TGW is actually one of the best shows I've seen for interrogating their own premise, like, "Why does the hero firm win all the time?" and "Is it realistic that the hero firm would survive the recession?" and all those things. I felt bad for Hayden! The whole role was well done by Nathan Lane.

Date: 2013-01-13 08:53 pm (UTC)
zulu: Karen Gillam from Dr. Who, wearing a saucy top hat (Default)
From: [personal profile] zulu
For me, the downside is re-introducing Wendy Scott Carr. The show has done a terrific job generally of bringing people back--Elspeth Tascioni and Michael J. Fox and that lawyer with the babies and several of the judges--but Wendy Scott Carr felt so badly used by the narrative last time (left to look incompetent on a show that's often about competence porn) that I worry for how they'll write her this time around. I love the character and the actress but because of the last time's writing failure for her, she feels more like a retread than most of the other plotlines that return again and again.

One of the downsides of this particular episode is that we didn't really feel for the girl--they can be better at building that kind of empathy, but usually through Alicia sympathizing with them. Because she was away/absent, the focus was much less on the girl's own situation. But having so much fun with Alicia and Lewis kinda masked that!

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