root and shaw

Safe place

This episode was so awesome. I can't get over that Person of Interest is ending. This is all I ever wanted for AI stories.

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So this is the final confirmation. Shaw is alive and back and we see what happened to her in all those months. All the brainwashing they do to find the secret hideout and the last remnants of the Machine and her team.

But we know the subway is still safe so we know that she didn't break. Not quite yet. But it keeps trying.

I knew from the beginning that Samaritan has planed Shaw's escape - it was just too convenient. Like some god planned that scenario to play out this way. I’m half-convinced it was all happening in Shaw's mind but I wasn't sure until she started glitching (by the pharmacy I was pretty sure). She is in full immersion - virtual reality that lures her with false safety so she takes Samaritan to the secret location. It just still glitches sometimes - especially when the entity running it needs to change scenario to get what it wants.

But this made me realise the most important part as soon as Shaw mentioned the method to resist torture. Root is her safe place. And then she admits it as she makes the simulation fail again. Root is her safe place. ♥

I don't ship very often but Root and Shaw had this chemistry form the very first torture scene. Samaritan looks for something else but for me the most important thing we learned from this simulation trip is that Root is as important to Shaw as Shaw is to Root.

So far, besides the kiss and pushing her to safety, all we saw was Root proclaiming her feelings and getting all crazy looking for Sameen. Before the kiss Shaw was mostly getting annoyed at Root’s overtures. Unless Root was in danger that is then she would drop everything to save her. Or if Root bribed her with violence and adventure.

What I mean we haven’t really seen how much Shaw cares about Root. Until now. And it was all Root ever wanted.

I love how Shaw’s fantasy has all the good moments. Escape, getting together with Root, hurting Lambert and Greer. Too bad it’s all Samaritan’s ploy.
skye daisy johnson

Disney made me sad

ABC just cancelled Agent Carter. It's just like Peggy's funeral all over again.

They also decided to not produce Most Wanted. After the whole game of will they/ won't they and writing Bobbie and Lance out of the Agents of SHIELD it's not going to happen. What was the point of any of that?

And to make it even worse ABC also passed over Spark - the steampunk series with Antonia Thomas and Tracy Ifeachor. I had high hopes for it.
skye daisy johnson

Freedom

I enjoy Marvel shows much more than films and Agents of SHIELD most of all.

[AOS - 3x20 - Emancipation SPOILERS]
The Lincoln escape thing felt wrong. I kept thinking it must be a ruse. Lincoln can’t be that stupid. He can’t believe Daisy wouldn’t lie to him and give him to Hive. He wouldn’t give away his free will just to see her again. Or just to get out - he’d be changing one imprisonment for much more permanent one.

But of course he didn’t. It was all a ruse. May told him to man up and he did. And they set up a trap for Hive instead.

They send Lash. And he was able to destroy the parasites. He could’ve killed Hive. He had the power to destroy it. But he chose to protect Daisy instead. He freed her.

This was great but this is the second time we see Inhuman dying for Daisy. They did it last season with Raina and now Andrew Garner. If we add Tripp that’s three black people dead for Daisy’s sake. It’s becoming creepy even in-universe and really unnerving RL.

And now Mack has Elena’s cross. The one floating in space in Daisy’s vision of death. But they can’t kill Mack. They wouldn’t kill Andrew and Mack one after the other, right?

Hive is getting some Watch Dogs to experiment on. It just wants to save them. They just want to kill everyone like him. Still they don't deserve the result.

They don’t turn out very well but Hive only wants to grow and take over more bodies. It doesn’t care what they are as long as it can take them over. It doesn’t care about any of them as long as it can grow. Even Daisy is expendable.

So now Hive has the process that gives it new bodies. They are not perfect - they lose their humanity and never get the Inhuman uniqueness - but they are good enough for Hive to posses. That’s the only thing it cares about. Like when it got all it really needed from Daisy - it didn’t matter it was going to kill her. It’s a parasite. It only cares about growing. Never about people.

All Hive is made of is lies. It makes it’s followers believe in it just to chew them out and spit them out once their usefulness ends.

However, this is a better conflict than the one Avengers had. In Civil War I left thinking both Cap and Tony were wrong (and it was intended). Here I’ was thinking everyone was right.

One one hand Inhumans are perfectly reasonable being afraid of being catalogued. List have a way of leaking and Watchdogs (and random crazies or just scared) are just waiting for a target. This was bad enough when SHIELD was doing it last season. Didn’t get any less wrong.

On the other hand Talbot is justified feeling scared about Inhumans being used as weapons and with Hive trying to convert billions into his drones knowing about the threat is essential.

This is why Phil coming clean and telling him about everything. So many shows base the drama on lack of communication. It’s refreshing to have it otherwise.
charlie jade

So little left I need to savor every bit

PERSON OF INTEREST IS BACK!

OK. Ok. Now that I got it out I can stop screaming.

The first episode last week was great escape.

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Everyone was almost dying the whole time but I wast most worried about Machine. That fire - it was like watching someone dying and being unable to help. An just when Finch finally got it and started calling her ‘her’... It just couldn’t end like that. Good things he has friends and they save her together.

Good that John found Root on time - he not only saved her form Samaritan but she also got an idea for the Machine's new brain. Good that Root didn’t let John stay behind - not leaving friends behind means they are there to help you with some liquid nitrogen when necessary. Now we just need Shaw back and Samaritan will be very sorry.


This week we saw the effects of all that damage.

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Machine has a brain damage and has to relearn some skills. Prosopagnosia was fun - especially the everyone is Root faze - but then it got scary and sad. She’s was confusing memories with the current events. And the memories she has are incomplete. Without full timeline it’s hard to separate friend from foe.

Especially when all you have is proof of how bad they can be not how good. Not when you don’t remember how good you made them. Not when you don’t remember what they did for you. Not when you no longer know all they could be. All they were for you.

The all did awful things. Finch the least but then his crimes are the most personal. Root was the most evil but she’s also the one the most loyal. And she is the one you saved. You taught her how to help people and how to care because you saw her potential. And John - you found him in garbage and made him. Even Fusco was dirty. You used to believe in redemption. It’s time to learn it again.

Good the man who taught it to you last time is here. And now he finally knows how to do it properly. You taught it to him too.


More tomorrow.
big gun

Good intentions, bad choices

I, as everyone else, saw Captain America: Civil War and it was as fun as the trailers promised. And like all the reviewers promised it didn’t feel overcrowded as Age of Ultron did. And the introduction of both Black Panther and Spiderman was superbly executed and left me wanting to see their own movies. Good job marketing!

I also saw it in IMAX 3D and it was OK but not really worth it until the big battle. That was filmed with IMAX cameras and there is big difference between this 3D and the upgraded 3D. In that battle all the details are so crisp and everything is shinier and everyone’s prettier and there is more depth. That was cool to see on the big screen.

[Captain America: Civil War - Spoilers]
One of the things that surprised me when I was watching Civil War was that I disagreed with Cap. This doesn’t mean I’m Team Iron Man exactly but I see the point of view of the governments and the public opinion that drove them to it as completely rational. After all, at least in democracies, governments are selected by people and armed forces (and spies) are, at least nominally, under the rule of those governments and all of them answer to law. Avengers operate on their personal discretion and don’t answer to anyone.

Captain America freely admits that he does what he thinks is right and anyone else’s opinion is not as good as his. And if they disagree he will use force to push his agenda. Trial by combat is not how the world is supposed to work.

Of course, he is a really nice guy and really wants the best for everyone but everyone, even the bad guys, believe they are doing the right thing and that ends justify the means. However, one - intentions are not the same as effects of your actions (after all, road to hell is paved with the best of them). And two - the public in MCU isn’t privy to all the information we are - they don’t know Steve like we know him so why would they trust him. He doesn’t trust them.

Of course, Tony Stark isn’t much better as he basically just acts on his feelings - guilt, remorse, hurt (and the whole Ultron mess happened because he ignored everyone’s objection to satisfy his curiosity) and picks a side or a fight based on them. Until a new one comes along that is. He kept being wrong and losing control despite trying to do the right thing and stay in control of everything. His life and his life's work is unravelling here and all he does is ju7st making it worse. Friends gone or hurt. And damage count keeps rising.

I also don’t think that a force defending Earth from threats like that should be steered by a committee - that never works. However, I do think that they should be more directly responsible for the damage they cause. Just not by being stuck in a secret prison without trial.

In the end I was left with a feeling that only Natasha and T'Chaka turned out to be grown up. Black Widow just tried to do all she could to de-escalate the situation. And Black Panther understood the trap that revenge is and chose the law instead off his feelings.

And to my surprise I felt sad about Zemo (one nitpick though - noone but English speakers would say that as Zeemo). He was consumed by his grief and the revenge left nothing but ashes. What's left when nothing's left? I'm hoping Daniel Brühl gets to be a villain again - instead of being killed off in 5 minutes in the next film.
once upon a time

The cute overload

Today's Supergirl episode was the Supergirl/The Flash crossover. And it was glorious. It was filled with friendship and joy and geekiness and it's something you can watch when you're sad to feel better.

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This is even better than I thought it will be. The way they are instant friends. The way they love the same things like eating a lot of food and saving people. The sharing about being from another dimension and another planet. And how they make their powers work together. They’re even both adopted.

I loved how Barry got all excited about Kara being an alien and her spaceship. And she was excited about meeting another hero. And Winn was excited about multiverse. And James was jealous.

I loved that Barry just went and introduced himself to the whole team. He was geeking out with Winn about science. He took tour of DEO in superspeed. And gave them metahuman tracking ideas. And Lucy was pragmatic about the team-up and the relationships.

I loved people standing up for Supergirl and that the firemen she saved (just before she was poisoned) were the ones who saved her. Also the villain team-up was pretty fun idea too.

And Cat, as always, had the best line - comparing the four of them to a typical cast of a CW show. Perfect meta on so many levels.


I love this episode so much.
cosima

Celebrating

Today in bizarre American date writing system is 3.14 which makes it Pi Day (3.1416 is a rounding of Pi). It's a day to celebrate it, admire its many graphical representations, write "pi-kus" and "piems". Happy Pi Day.

Today ExoMars mission has successfully launched. It's an European Space Agency (ESA) and Roscosmos mission to hunt for signs of alien life on the Red Planet. The mission’s 2016 phase includes a Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) that’ll search for methane and other compounds of possible biological origin in Mars’ lower atmosphere, and a Schiaparelli entry, descent, and landing module, which will demonstrate complex landing technology for a larger, ground-based ExoMars rover slated to ship off in 2018. Already on Mars Curiosity is switching to a new mission. It's going to look for signs of life too.

Today is also the day when we are only month away from new Orphan Black episode (it's going to be on Thursdays now) and we have a new trailer.
slingers

British invasion

The one good thing about CW shows killing many cool secondary characters is watching the actors go for better things.

I was very happy to learn Tracy Ifeachor is going to be on new ABC show Spark (since it's only been written about on Deadline and for some reason Livejournal hates that site and flags any link to it as spam you have to just believe me - or replace @ with a in this url http://de@dline.com/2016/02/tracy-ifeachor-cast-abc-pilot-spark-brianne-howey-the-exorcist-1201708583/). But there is finally a little more known about the show and io9 picked up the story so I can link to that. The lead will be played by Antonia Thomas (Misfits) and the show is to be set in alternate Steampunk universe.

Set in an alternate history where gas and coal fuel the world, the drama centers on the battle for power between two rival families and a rebellious young woman with a spark of invention that could level both their empires.
...the drama centers on the battle for power between two rival families and Pin (Thomas), a rebellious young woman with a spark of invention that could level both their empires. Thomas’ Pin is the smart, driven, fiercely independent young woman whose mission it is to bring back electricity to the masses no matter the cost.


Lincoln is still alive but Ricky Whittle has been announced to be the lead on Starz's adaptation of American Gods so his death can't be far off (it seems like the actor actually quit because he was fed up of being sidelined to 5 seconds in prison every 2 episodes and disagreements with the producer). Ian McShane has been cast as Mr. Wednesday. He was pretty popular fan choice and I can see his Kings character when I think about this.

In more news about British actors finding work - Finn Jones, the guy who plays Loras on Game of Thrones, has been cast as Danny Rand the title character in Iron Fist. This of course means a great disappointment to everyone who hoped they would change his race. Hard not to agree - it's not like MCU has a shortage of white guys from all over the English speaking world so one less wouldn't make a difference. On the other hand, while there are some Asian women in MCU the only male, non-evil one is also an alien. Marvel seems to want to placate fans by adding supporting characters some of whom are Asian. Also Mike Colter has announced the premier date for Luke Cage - it's coming to Netflix on September 30. Daredevil is of course dropping this Friday.