I tried really hard to catch up on work before this point (because I am gonna be a useless blob of jelly from 9-midnight and past experience says I will then completely shut down and collapse by 1 or 2am),and did not quite make it, unfortunately -- 1 email contact left to write, and 3 more pieces need to be edited just to be able to start with a normal amount of work tomorrow -- but in the 9 hours I have spent on this computer so far today, at least I have logged 5.5 hours of productive work, and this is closer than I was to being caught up 24 hours ago.
8:59PM: All right! Cue the racing heartbeat, extra-wide-open eyes and shaky hands for 60 straight minutes that only the announcement of the local news beginning can bring to an end. It takes a special tier of show to get me this invested, and I haven't played this game since Zoo finished (nor can I say I've especially missed these particular effects), but I wouldn't trade this general feeling for the world.
9:22: I'm not even gonna make it to midnight at this rate, I'm just gonna short-circuit and drop from exhaustion on the dot at 10:01. TOO STRESS.
9:54: WHAT THE HELL I WAS IMPLICITLY PROMISED BY THE CLOCK AND MUSIC THAT THE STRESS WAS ALMOST OVER. WHY IS THERE BRAND NEW STRESSFUL INTENSITY.
9:59: OK! I'm basically dead now, but happy. Also I can't believe I still have work tonight and work for 4 more days. This should really be the kickoff to like 7 weeks of vacation. How am I meant to function after this.
10:31: Update: still actually awake. Heart rate has returned to normal. Pretty sure there was so much HIGH STAKES PLOT ACTION that there was not, objectively, all that much gold to replay, but I think there was enough to make me happy to see again tomorrow. Tomorrow, self, meaning you will NOT sit her whining until the episode goes up online, you will just accept it is inaccessible to you until 8 AM at best, or really 1:30 because of work, or really 3-4pm because you need to make Eastern & Central contacts while it's still early enough to call.