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PLL, 2x12

Ugh. Assuming (incorrectly) we would have another repeat of last week's Super Late to the Party nonsense, I didn't even try looking for a link this week and instead just jumped feet-first into the internet to see who had chatter going. From an official-looking review, labeled "SPOILERS" because hey, who cares about spoilers on this show? Not me, that's for sure!

Tonight, inside the bathroom of Rosewood’s precinct, viewers finally found out who murdered Alison DiLaurentis. And the cold-hearted killers are—drum-roll please–Jenna Marshall and Garrett Reynolds!

Yes, Jenna is still blind and, yes, Garrett is still a cop (technically). However, neither of them regrets killing off Alison. Instead, they relish the memory of whacking her across the skull with a heavy shovel and then burying her alive.

WHOA. WAIT. WHAT? HOLY CRAP!  ...I should probably stop adoring Jenna and thinking Garret is OK, right? I should. And yet, the Jenna love/appeal/appreciation is still just...so strong. Meanwhile, I can't believe this show actually answered a mystery. I thought that was strictly against protocol. [edit: haha, knew it. people are already skeptical about this answer.]

And then I read further in the comments: "when Spencer broke up with Toby..." and that's it, screw you show, I am skipping this one and flouncing until such time as you rectify this situation. If I don't see it, clearly it didn't happen.

The rest of this post is a recall of my stream of consciousness adventure
That said: talk to me, Tumblr. Tell me if anything shippily salvageable happened before that point, even though it probably didn't. Am glutton for punishment..

So far, Tumblr has told me nice things about Toby being continually perfect and Spencer just being an idiot. Ugh. At least their breakup sounds flimsy, in a way that we could easily rectify in a heartbeat due to it not actually being based on a lack of feelings, so that's what I'm going to believe. If I believe in it happening at all.

Damn it. I just saw the most awesome quote-captioned picture out of context, and now I do have to see this episode. SELF PUNISHMENT TIME!

*cues it up and starts watching everything that is not specifically focused on Hanna or Emily*

1) For the record, this was the thing:

(shortly after Spencer's reference to how Toby treats his truck like it's his baby. )
Toby: If we had a real baby, what would it look like?
Spencer: I'm picturing a newborn with a 6-pack.

(The Tumblr version didn't have the parenthetical aside or the word "real" in there, so you can imagine why I fell all over myself demanding to know what occasion had led Tob to start talking about what their hypothetical babies would look like)

2) Up next, the part from the sneak peek, where Spencer does an incredibly horrible job of lying (which is odd, considering the show's title), much to Toby's consternation about the inexplicable barriers she's throwing up between them. It is both incredibly sad, as a frustrated viewer, and terribly sweet, as an appreciative viewer of Toby's Perfect Boyfriend status. JUST TELL HIM, SPENCER. DAMN THE CONSEQUENCES. The worst thing he can do is die, and then my warped sense of tragic romance will have plenty to play with.

3)  Ooh, creepy pullstring dolls that say innocuous, if odd, and thus somehow super-creepy things! Things like "Keep Toby safe." Awww. I'm gonna posit that's the reason for the breakup right there. The way she collapses on the sofa and clutches the doll to her stomach like she's going to be sick gets to me.

4) TRUCK TIMES. On this show, vehicles are the new sofa.

This conversation is amazing. Yes, it's the breakup, but I'm a little busy being giddy about, oh, every word and facial expression Toby has in this scene. It's ridiculuous. It's like he's 30. Despite wearing a kicked puppy face, though with just enough edge to stand his ground as the unfairly wronged party here, he's initiating a textbook conversation about communication.

But I really, really love the flash where he realizes what she's going to say and he goes from hurt/annoyed to panicked. And then the rest tumbles out in half a second before she bolts off, sobbing her heart out, leaving him with a mixture of "what was that?" and "that did not just happen" and "...but I love you. *wibble*" I don't know who these people crying over the scene are. I am all, "Temporary angst! It is delicious! Their faaaaaaaaces! Obviously all they want to do is run at each other and have a great big repeat of the happy fix-it carnival ending!"

5) I gotta say, I do not hate Wren**. When I heard a kiss was involved, I was full-on prepared to hate this, but...he's so charming and British and slightly inappropriately older than her and a doctor. Classic dilemmas.

I mean, lookit, apparently he let her talk it out in the car and cry in front of him until she felt better. That's like eighty-nine hundred points right there. And then there was the oh-so-polite announcement of intent to kiss. Which, in turn, was just a ridiculously nice and restrained thing to watch. Apparently I am an equal-opportunity shipper now. Unfortunately, I wistfully echo Spencer, "Your timing sucks."

**These feelings began in that episode a few weeks back, where he was the first superfluous character to really make me sit up and take notice and wonder if that was an avenue I should explore. I stuffed those feelings down and tried to go back to the shippy clip show, but...here we are.

6) BUT LEST YOU THINK I HAVE FORGOTTEN TOBY: awwww, with the great big shouty declarations of love in police stations and needing to be restrained!  Acknowledged or not, perfect teenage romance is perfect.

7) In conclusion, the internet blew that breakup so out of proportion it's not even funny. It's like they've never seen television drama before. You know what a breakup looks like? When people call off weddings. Or walk away from confessions of Secret and Unrequited Feelings. Or threaten to have an abortion. THOSE are ship-ruining things. This is just a delicious stumbling block of angst.

I am, of course, basing those statements on the contented images in my head, which involve confessions, hugs, tears, apologies, and forgiveness, and then my happy vision of their future in which they go as far from Creepytown as Spencer wants to go for college. My brain is actually not accepting the possibility of them being broken up for more than one episode.

8) I do worry about the potential fallout that might happen from the kiss, though. That seems like it could actually succeed in pissing Toby off, especially if he also finds out that she had only broken up with him due to contrivance and manipulation, not actual feelings or lack thereof. But hey, what do I know. Maybe Toby also attends the school of "It's OK As Long As You Just Let Him Kiss You, Even If You Didn't Stop It."

9) Eh. Can't worry 'bout that until March. Here, brain, enjoy this sedative featuring the possibility of Spencer/Wren.

10) In plotty news, I knew those keyless/remote-started cars were trouble. Way to give murderers ideas.

11) And hey, Ezra old chap, you're here for the party too? Splendid. I decided not to let myself believe that Aria might be calling you when she broke down crying, but awesome, apparently I can. Too bad that won't be happening anytime soon. Not only are Jackie's Crazy Eyes finally coming to light, but the misinterpretation of Spencer/Ezra I found so cute before just turned into a problem that led to an even bigger problem.

12) In conclusion the second, it will always delight me to the highest degree to hear the teacher calmly explain, "I'm in love with her," to the parent. And it will always cause me to sigh when, in the name of good taste, conscience and morality, they tell him to GTFO of town, run away and never return.

(I love how Tumblr is freaking out. Freaking out. Chillax, Tumblr! When they spend a season dating other people, that's when you get angry. When your show's been canceled, the end is nigh, and they break up for the first time, that's when you panic. You haven't even given them a chance to muck up yet. You think this is hard? Try withstanding "Teacher Schooled." THAT'S HARD!)

14) God, that got long.  Anyway, now this show's butt has been banished for the season and I don't have to think about it for months, yay!
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I've already done this in my head for, oh, all the fandoms so I'm OK if you don't want to hear me babble about TV more, but on the off chance you ARE curious...

Name one of my fandoms, and I will give you these answers:

* How I entered that fandom
* Fave character
* Least fave character
* OTP(s)
* Pairing that everyone likes but I don’t get
* Fave thing about the fandom
* The most despised thing
* If there is something I would change from said game/show/movie/etc., what would it be?

Comments

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janusfiles
Sep. 1st, 2011 12:34 am (UTC)
Okay, how about Doctor Who?
rainbowstevie
Sep. 2nd, 2011 02:56 am (UTC)
everybody else is doing these as comment replies, so...
Excellent choice! Of course, I'm all 2006-2010 blinders on here.

How I entered that fandom: Several friends had been watching it, and I rather liked the look of David Tennant, then stunt_muppet talked about a Doctor Who/Numb3rs crossover idea. This did not happen, but after a brief flurry of comment conversation to orient me, it did get me to watch "Rose," whereupon I fell head over heels and the rest was history.

Fave character: ...in a crisis, turns out I actually can't decide between Ten, Rose, Sarah Jane and Donna. Probably the first three just slightly edge out Donna, but after that? Ten is supposedly everything and I was born as a Who fan looking through Rose-colored glasses, but Sarah Jane lights up the world.

Least fave character: Kindly excluding Eleven from this list, Martha's extremely unpleasant mum. And even she is a delight by comparison.

OTP(s): Ten/Rose, the end. (or 10.5/Rose; it's the same in my head. They've got a spot on my "Top Six Pairings Of All Time" list)

Pairing that everyone likes but I don’t get: Doctor/Donna. I get it a little bit, but their chemistry is so friendship-based I still can't take it seriously.

Fave thing about the fandom: Its diversity and creativity. Diversity, being that so many different people of all ages and men/women alike talk about it, and creativity in the form of ihasatardis, Texts from the TARDIS, theoriginalspy's recaps, A Teaspoon and an Open Mind...sometimes it feels like the entire fanbase is also online.

The most despised thing: It seems to have not only stabilized but gained strength since they downgraded Doctors and changed everything else there was to change. -.-
(also, the Rose-bashing)
(and the fact that it has next to no public recognition in the U.S.)

If there is something I would change from said game/show/movie/etc., what would it be? Well, ideally I'd like it to have just curled up and quit when RTD/Tennant left. Failing that, even two years with Ten and Rose or Donna would have been nice. I'm ridiculously jealous of the current stability.
muzzy_olorea
Sep. 1st, 2011 06:39 pm (UTC)
I can't decide on one fandom so give me ......:

CSI:NY
ER
Without A Trace
rainbowstevie
Sep. 2nd, 2011 02:59 am (UTC)
WISE MOVE (watch me flood your inbox overnight!)
But after the end results of my comment above, I think I'd probably exceed the comment limit here, so I'll have to do these each as their own comment. Just wanted to note that on the LJ homepage, your comment looked like "CSI:NYERWithout A Trace," and I had a mental flash of what that superfandom might look like. Give me a minute to work on these, because obviously I couldn't just put this in as a header or anything.
muzzy_olorea
Sep. 3rd, 2011 08:44 pm (UTC)
Re: WISE MOVE (watch me flood your inbox overnight!)
HEEEE!!!! I'm going to reply to said comments tomorrow when I have more time but I just wanted to say that I loved coming back from work last night and seeing so many comments to read!
rainbowstevie
Sep. 2nd, 2011 03:48 am (UTC)
1. CSI: NY
How I entered that fandom:
I started watching (haphazardly) as a natural extension of CSI/CSI: Miami/crime show obsession. I exploded onto the fan scene after the gorgeous/heartbreaking Stella montage at the end of "All Access" set to "Samson" (I still get giddy when I hear that song), which was the feather in the cap that was this episode's outstanding storyline. But that was only possible after my opinion of the show had risen 500% the previous week when Danny broke down crying on Mac's shoulder. It was all very sudden and unexpected in the character development department.

Although the second and more official wave of fandom came in with the Danny/Lindsay ending to 3x02. That pushed me to actually interact with people. It's been a lot of stages.

Fave character: Angell was the most consistently awesome person from start to finish. But right now, it actually might be Mac. I just like everything he represents. I should probably correct my representative icon at some point.

Least fave character: oh, it's still Adam or Sid, but Jo does like to try me.
OTP(s): Mac/Peyton still holds the anchor for jamming a ridiculous number of moments into one year. Mac/Claire is right up there (I don't know if the premiere will help or hurt on that front), and Flack/Angell brings up a close third. Oh! And Mac/Aubrey was short and sweet enough to overtake Danny/Lindsay for fourth, since the latter has been severely weakened over time.

It's a very shippy show. For Mac. I don't even remember when we had to be content with making mix-n-match non-canon pairings...

Pairing that everyone likes but I don’t get: I don't know about everyone, but I don't get how anyone even comes up with the notion of Mac/Jo. I literally don't understand.

Fave thing about the fandom: Stellaluna's oldest gen/het work. That is literally my favorite thing. Ten Cent Adventure and Only Living Boy In New York, in particular. The stuff of legend.

The most despised thing: The incessant bashingof Lindsay/Anna Belknap's acting. I have occasionally been guilty of it, but not in an incessant stream of vitriol no matter what she does.

Something to change: Failing NOT CASTING SELA WARD and/or NOT LETTING STELLA LEAVE, can we make it so Danny never cheated on Lindsay? If it has to be a current thing, I'd at least like to bring Aubrey back.

Edited at 2011-09-02 03:49 am (UTC)
muzzy_olorea
Sep. 4th, 2011 10:24 am (UTC)
Re: 1. CSI: NY
I love those last few Season 2 episodes where nearly every main character got a centric-episode. That was at the height of my obsession and when the show was really good.

ANGELL <3 <3 <3 <3 <3.

I think my least fave character would be Adam too. I still shudder at the Stella thing.

I don't ship Mac/Jo but I find it very hard not to interpret certain scenes as being shippy even between certain characters that I don't ship (e.g. scenes in Nikita between Michael/Alex that obviously turned out to be non-shippy but at the time I was so scared that the writers were angling at that and obviously I could understand why shippers shipped that way because even I could see it) and there are certain scenes in CSI:NY last season where I could see why people might be shipping Mac/Jo. I seem to recall one specifically where Jo tells Mac he would make a good father and usually that would make me flail on principle. Got to admit that I wouldn't HATE the idea but it would have to be after several seasons of build-up and considering I thought they were eventually building up to Mac/Stella in Season 9 or something, I don't think the show is going to last long enough for Mac/Jo to become canon.

I wish the writers gave Anna more of a chance to show her awesomeness.

I would change Danny cheating on Lindsay FOR SURE and the Stella/Adam thing. *cringe*
rainbowstevie
Sep. 2nd, 2011 04:05 am (UTC)
2. ER (you are already regretting this)
I'm trying to shut myself up and it's just not working. I should have just made a new post...

How I entered that fandom: After years of watching it in random late-night reruns, in fall of 2005 I found the two-a-day, every day reruns on TNT and watched an enormous chunk of the series over a period of a few months. Even though it would take another season before new episodes/discussion became Appointment TV (thank you, combination LJ and Tony & Sarah).

Fave character: I made a list. Though I must say, thanks to Doctor Who I've been thinking about Elizabeth and how much I like her a lot lately.

Least fave character: Still the shrill and unpleasant Weaver.

OTP(s): Abby/Luka, entirely because they had a baby and became a family. Meanwhile, the family bond between Tony & Sarah surpasses every other relationship.

Pairing that everyone likes but I don’t get: I can't see the chemistry with Tony/Sam, but I see it even less with Peter/Elizabeth.

Fave thing about the fandom: ...I just realized how much I don't know this fandom. Is it still around? What's it claim to fame?

The most despised thing: The dearth of fic featuring Sarah. I think I've written like 10% of it.

Something I would change: I feel like there's an obvious answer but I'm not coming up with it. :(
muzzy_olorea
Sep. 4th, 2011 10:31 am (UTC)
Re: 2. ER (you are already regretting this)
I had no idea that you came into the show quite late?

My least favourite character will probably have to be Luka. Even though there are moments where I actually don't dislike Luka/Abby (like around the time of their wedding), I still can't get over how badly he has treated her at various points and what a jackass he is generally (with rare moments of being loveable). We shall never agree on ER ships though. :)

Hee Peter/Elizabeth! I am rewatching the series at the moment and am on Season 4 with the start of Peter/Elizabeth (Before they get together) and I am making sure to really appreciate their moments. I think it's because Elizabeth is the only person to tell Peter how it is and call him on his arrogance and crap and in such a blunt and funny way? It's like Peter is intimidated by her and that's a rare thing. Hee, I really like them - the only story arc where I like Peter really.

Tony/Sam <3. I sometimes wonder why I am just so obsessed with these 2. Doug/Carol is obviously OTP but I think I have spent more hours flailing about these two. I can't get over how pretty they are together and how I have always wanted to get invested in a Sam story arc but she never had someone I could really ship her with until Tony.
rainbowstevie
Sep. 2nd, 2011 04:16 am (UTC)
3. Without a Trace. I should never be allowed to do this meme again.
How I entered that fandom: Natural progression from CSI: Miami. "Hey look, Jerry Bruckheimer has another crime drama. I can watch three of them a week now!" Fannishly, I plateaued and I think the only thing I've ever done was occasionally hang out at the Your Tax Dollars At Work board.

Fave character: Samantha is pretty much the person I want to be, less a few poor choices.

Least fave character: Jack. I loved every single person on this show, and then there was him.

OTP(s): Danny/Elena. Oh, the stars in my eyes and extreme weakness where potential stepdaughters are concerned! Distantly, Brian/Samantha, because...babies. And car accidents. (One of these things is not like the other, except in my head.)

Pairing that everyone likes but I don’t get: Fandom's darling, Jack/Samantha, as explained by "least fave."

Fave thing about the fandom: Watching it explode after the series finale. It was a special day for me.

* The most despised thing: Its size (small) and silence, featuring an insufficient amount of fic for my OTP(s).

Something to change: Acknowledged Danny and Elena's relationship somewhere throughout THE ENTIRETY OF SEASON SIX. They could have opened a casefile on it. I started calling it the zombie ship when they finally brought it back from the land of the dead storylines.

Done! I liked how you picked shows I have character icons for, by the way. Very organized.
muzzy_olorea
Sep. 4th, 2011 06:38 pm (UTC)
Re: 3. Without a Trace. I should never be allowed to do this meme again.
Oh gosh my hatred for Jack knows no bounds.

I never made it to Brian/Samantha (I think I may have seen one episode with him in? Can't remember) and anyway my heart belongs to Martin/Samantha. *sigh* Jack/Samantha ..... don't get me started. WORST SHIP EVER. EVER. EVER.
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