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01 October 2003 @ 10:42 pm
mostly just incoherent noises  
Smallville: "Exile"
Angel: "Conviction"


Lex and Lewis? Lewis and Clark? At the beginning of the episode I was like: "Hmm, I bet there's already Lex/Lewis slash written on the East Coast." And then they gave us the big reveal, which I'm sucker enough not to have guessed--Crazy!Lex. Imaginary!Lewis.

Hmm, I bet there's already Lex/Lewis slash on the East Coast....

Clark & Lex: both of a hotness so hot I am still peeling a layer of blistered scar tissue off my corneas.

Clark & Lana: I don't often notice how short she is comparison to him. Usually because I have my brain shut. But it's pretty adorable.

Am fascinated and trying to decide if Lionel is self-deluded, always "on," or if he maybe exists in some bubble of alternate reality in which his crocodile tears of grief for Lex were *not* hypocritical.

Jonathan: still the best dad ever.


Sorry. My brain went offline at "I have no problem spanking men" and I couldn't reboot in time to have any other thoughts about the show.

Well, okay. The line about Angel being a little fairy--and only half denying it? The *little* half? Spike saying, "I'm his date"? Angel's SEE-THROUGH BLACK SHIRT?

Man, that was gay. I've got a contact high of gay. The sound I made at "I'm his date" was a sound never before uttered in nature and at the same time I levitated six inches off the couch and twisted into a balloon-animal shape rather like a goosed cat. Sadly, no one was around to tape this for "Funniest Home Videos." At the noise I made the neighbors all started banging on the walls simultaneously, the police came, and I had to gesture to them in tearful sign language because I'd been rendered speechless.

Of the good--I liked the feel of the whole thing, the ensemble and the office atmosphere and the sense of focus the show is already establishing; there was exposition and there was ground-laying but it wasn't a bad start. All the characters were doing their stuff. The teaser was hysterical. Knox was cute--though I didn't recognize him for a while, for lack of close-up, and wondered if they'd gotten a different actor.

Of the bad--Angel's neck was rather chunky and his jackets too tight, and those Matrix-style fight moves were hard to watch without sighs of pain. Harmony looks old. I don't like the shots of Spike used in the credits. Bad, bad, bad. I'm mean and picky, I know. But I don't want my vamps to age.

I thought the classroom climax was forced. And there other off notes here and there. Eve is annoying; she also suffers in comparison to Lilah.

Of the confusing--I can't tell how much anyone remembers, how much of people's memories have been rewritten. I bet that's going to be one of the big conflicts of the season; it'll come out and they're going to be *majorly pissed* at what Angel did. As they should be. Fucking with people's heads like that? That's in the league of Bad Willow and he'd better be called on it.

I am also unsure how much time is supposed to have passed.

How did Wes know Spike on sight? Huh.

Spike popped right out of the necklace thingy just as he did in post-Chosen fan-fiction! And I want to reference a particular Spike/Xander WIP, which I thought I had bookmarked but now can't find. Anyway, this amused me. And I am also worried about the potential implications if the thingy is W&H's property. Spike doesn't look very "ghostly", I have to say, but maybe he's linked to the artifact in some way. Is Angel going to imprison him in the necklace at whim or if he acts up? I'd dislike that. I'm curious to see how much Angel acts as Spike's keeper & minder & more.

Hmm, I bet there's already Angel/Spike spanking slash on the East Coast....

I wasn't at all surprised Spike was relegated to the last two minutes; it became clear as the first half progressed that that would be the case, just as it was clear that SV would be a two-parter.

I am pleased and anticipatory and still unable to speak and so will be taking up a career in mime. Wish me luck.

thebratqueen wrote a good review of the ep in far more detail.
gwynnega on October 1st, 2003 11:07 pm (UTC)
The sound I made at "I'm his date" was a sound never before uttered in nature and at the same time I levitated six inches off the couch and twisted into a balloon-animal shape rather like a goosed cat.

Hee! I'm pretty sure I did the same thing (though I'd already seen next week's episode!).
zoniduck on October 1st, 2003 11:31 pm (UTC)
Didn't you just love Angel's pained eye-roll when Spike said it? I made much the same sound that you did, though it didn't annoy the neighbors as I'm sure only dogs could hear it.

Oh, and I friended you, for the fic, and also because you're cool.
Minim Calibreminim_calibre on October 2nd, 2003 12:03 am (UTC)
Wes knew Spike on sight because they had hot gay sex with chains while Angel was under the sea and Spike was making his way back to crazy after getting the soul...

Wait. That was only in my head.


(I presume, however, that research boy probably has a whole thick file on Spike, with pictures, because he does like to keep an eye on Angel's little obsessions. Not that he's jealous or anything.)

Huh. Yeah. I may have suffered Gay Brain Freeze.

So very gay. So wonderfully gay.

So gay.

So happy.
for you I'd bleed myself dryboniblithe on October 2nd, 2003 06:12 am (UTC)
I like your version of Spike/Wesley best :)
Estepheiaestepheia on October 2nd, 2003 12:13 am (UTC)
I am also unsure how much time is supposed to have passed.

Uh, I can answer that... If you don't wanna know, delete this post now!
(It's not really a spoiler)
They clear that up to some extent in the second episode, by telling us that the events in Chosen took place 19 days earlier. Add to that the fact that Angel received the amulet as part of the taking over W&H deal, and the fact that the characters are still in the process of moving in, I'd say three weeks tops. :-)
caille on October 2nd, 2003 01:48 am (UTC)
"...levitated six inches off the couch and twisted into a balloon animal shape..."

Anna Nirvana Madonna, you are the greatest. You may be speechless but thank god, you can still type.

Spike's taunted Angel with the date theme before. Remember in "What's My Line II", after Spike's come to fetch a beat-up Angel for Dru's restoration ritual?

Willy: (re Angel) What are you gonna do with him anyway?

SPIKE: I'm thinkin' maybe dinner and a movie. I don't want to rush into anything. I've been hurt, you know.

I always loved that.

sisabetsisabet on October 2nd, 2003 04:48 am (UTC)
Hmm, I bet there's already Angel/Spike spanking slash on the East Coast....

Actually, Angel and Wes are old hands at the spanking thing - what with Angel's muscular backside, Wes just can't help himself.
Wolfling: wes2wolfling on October 2nd, 2003 07:00 am (UTC)

And with the way Wes was reprimanding Angel for hitting Fries... someone was getting a spanking later methinks. ;)
I Blame the Dutchmpoetess on October 2nd, 2003 11:05 am (UTC)
And I want to reference a particular Spike/Xander WIP, which I thought I had bookmarked but now can't find.

Anna S.eliade on October 2nd, 2003 02:01 pm (UTC)
Yes! Thank you. :)
My Beautiful Sinking Ship: it's a plus sign not a crossbitterbyrden on October 2nd, 2003 01:49 pm (UTC)
I *thought* I heard the squeals of 10,000 slashy fangirls at the "I have no problem spanking men" comment. Maybe 100,000?

Also, about Smallville -- dood. DOOOOOD. Clark's fucking body. And that scar. I think he's filling out a bit. I mean, so is Angel, but, ahem... in different ways.

But what the fuck is Chloe doing -- lying to everyone like that? Seriously, Dan and I have major arguments about her. He loves her, but I think she's a no-account bitchface who sells out her friends at the drop of a hat. Plus, the whole "i wrote the book on pining after clark" comment made me irritated. Grrr.

Ooof. I wanna hump Red Clark. And Survivor Lex. At the same time.
Anna S.eliade on October 2nd, 2003 02:00 pm (UTC)
Yes--Chloe. I didn't mention her, but I'm finding her hard to like at the moment. And if they want to take her character in a dark direction, I'm not sure I should be complaining, but she was so endearing at first that I find myself not especially happy with how she's turning out.
My Beautiful Sinking Ship: yeah thats mebitterbyrden on October 2nd, 2003 02:25 pm (UTC)
You know, her hair is really good this season. Or at least, in that episode, but... she's just so fucking duplicitous and wishy washy. It's like she's still got her lips wrapped around Clark's cock, but without the benefit of actually being valued by him. And, she might as well just stab Lana in the back outright ... otherwise it's just going to get repetitive.

I started laughing at one point last night and said "God, Smallville has gotten so cartoony!" Then I realized that, yeah, duh. It's totally a live action comic book. Not even a graphic novel, but a COMIC BOOK. So I guess I can't bitch. The eye candy is good, though, eeek. Still, I wonder how faithful to the legends they'll be... doesn't Lana Lang have a cousin named Lois Lane? How the hell are they going to cast a young thing and then give her a name like Lois? It was hard enough, I'd imagine to call that Tom Welling character "Clark" and, of course, "Lex" -- but "Lois" ?!?!

Anyway, I digress.

Have I told you lately how much I adore your posts? They are totally redeeming LJ for me right now.
(Anonymous) on October 4th, 2003 10:55 am (UTC)
I get the strongest feeling, myself, that Chloe will be dying her hair a dark red, and then assuming a pen name after she gets done with college.. maybe after some sort of Deux ex machina of the week facial reconstruction... and starts writing at the Daily Planet (her dream job) using that pen name that she will derive from the name of a girl that she is dearly fond of from her past.. Lane, Lang... one letter's difference..

I've been thinking this since halfway through last season...

Matthew (Eliade fan and lurker)
(as I can understand the universal hatred for anonymous messages)
light of other days: bonghitsiliadawry on October 3rd, 2003 09:43 am (UTC)
I am surprised at the lack of comment on Angel's rubber hair prosthesis.