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24 February 2004 @ 08:22 pm
why usqaf is the serious crack  
At the end of 2.16 ("Great Expectations"), Brian stops at a flower stand outside a market and picks up a bouquet of roses and thinks about bringing them home to Justin, who is aching for a demonstration of love and romance--who is at home that *very* moment, listening to Ethan's violin music and imagining a future with the Other Guy--and meanwhile the shop guy asks if Brian wants him to wrap the bouquet for him and Brian stands there a moment, sunk deep inside himself, then says no, and puts the bouquet down and walks away, alone, down the rain-slick sidewalk through the trees, at night, going home to Justin, not realizing he is making a horribly ill-timed mistake in not making that *one* tiny gesture that might have changed everything, not realizing that his "principled" anti-romance stance makes Justin feel unloved...

...and we end the episode and segue to Rufus Wainright's "Poses."

Mmm. Pain, angst, joy just waiting to sprout.
 
 
 
Josselin Kohljosselin on February 24th, 2004 08:36 pm (UTC)
WAH.
Herself_nyc: Brian & Justin in bedherself_nyc on February 24th, 2004 09:25 pm (UTC)
My season 3 is in the mail. Can't wait . . . .
rubywisp: brian crank by paddiesrubywisp on February 24th, 2004 09:53 pm (UTC)
I loved that scene so much.

And Ethan is the hot, the little shit.

*icon smoochies you*
Jane Bluestockingj_bluestocking on February 24th, 2004 10:31 pm (UTC)
I must begin by admitting I've only seen the first season and a half, but I am apparently one of three people in the world who like Michael. I assumed for quite some time that he and Brian were meant to be, in the classic romance sense. I see Michael as a likeable doofus who loves not wisely but too well, and I was a little surprised others took him differently.

I despaired of explaining myself, till today, when I realized that I see Michael as much like Xander, if Xander's first crush and Slayer companion had been Faith, and Faith was a guy.

Then I thought, "Anna's one of the few people who would get that." So, hello! Now I must go back to work...
Anna S.eliade on February 25th, 2004 09:34 am (UTC)
I must begin by admitting I've only seen the first season and a half, but I am apparently one of three people in the world who like Michael.

Nooo! Many of us like Michael, really! He's occasionally whiny and annoying, of course, but he's also adorable, and his superhero complex is part of the show's defining--um, mythology, I'd say, though it's not a genre show so that seems out of place. But anyway, I *am* a diehard Brian/Justin shipper, so Michael gets no love there.

I assumed for quite some time that he and Brian were meant to be, in the classic romance sense. I see Michael as a likeable doofus who loves not wisely but too well, and I was a little surprised others took him differently.

That's about how I see him.

I despaired of explaining myself, till today, when I realized that I see Michael as much like Xander, if Xander's first crush and Slayer companion had been Faith, and Faith was a guy.

Ha! ;>) And I wrote Brian-Faith (though not Brian/Faith) so that amuses me.

Then I thought, "Anna's one of the few people who would get that." So, hello! Now I must go back to work...

*kiss*
Paddy Greenpaddyg on February 25th, 2004 07:35 am (UTC)
Have Season Three at the top of my queue in Netflix. This is encouraging me to call them to beg pretty for it NOW.
for you I'd bleed myself dryboniblithe on February 25th, 2004 08:10 am (UTC)
Ah ... you so want to scream at Brian, take the flowers home, you moron, but in reality it would be an empty gesture because he doesn't really mean it. Flowers aren't who Brian Kinney is, and that's part of the learning process for Justin as well - identifying what he is willing to live with, or without, in the balance when weighed against everything else.

OMG, I am such an OTPer for them.
Folieadeux: garterbelt_typing by la maison blanchecallmefolie on February 25th, 2004 09:20 am (UTC)
I just watched this ep for the first time on Monday.
It is such a lovely moment, isn't it? I found myself
wondering what exactly Brian was thinking about standing there
for those moments. I replayed it a couple of times. I'm not sure that he *didn't* want to buy them, but something in himself wouldn't let him do it. I've not seen any more into the shows so maybe I don't know enough about him to say for sure, but I think he sometimes does the opposite of what he needs for reasons only he knows.

I'm stupid for Brian. *sigh*
Jack Pridejack_pride on March 1st, 2004 07:09 pm (UTC)
I found myself wondering what exactly Brian was thinking about standing there for those moments.

Have you seen the scene where he goes to visit his mother? And brings flowers? I think that's what he was thinking about. I think his dad used to buy his mom a lot of flowers.
Jack Pridejack_pride on March 1st, 2004 07:13 pm (UTC)
Okay, now, my question is - did you *want* Brian to buy him the flowers? Was I the only one watching this scene and really, really wanting him to *not* buy the damn things? Brian brings his mother flowers. In fact, he apparently brings her flowers every time he goes to see her - she even comments at one point that she thinks it's the same bouquet.

I have always gotten the very strong impression that Jack Kinney bought Joan a lot of flowers. And that they never really fixed anything. I wanted Brian to fix things with Justin (though I knew they were going to split up first, so I wasn't really holding out hope), but I never want Brian to buy Justin flowers.
Folieadeuxcallmefolie on March 3rd, 2004 02:14 pm (UTC)
I just finished up S2 and watched the bonus tracks. There's an interview with GH (teeny tiny) where he talks about Brian's story for the new year (S2). He said something really interesting about how Brian was beginning to "experiment" a little with certain emotions (implying Justin by the end of S1), when through no fault of his own this horrible thing happened. That while it wasn't Brian's fault he still felt guilty for it. The result is he pulls back and seals himself off. I'm totally paraphrasing of course, cause GH says it so much more artsy tortured with drop dead hot askance glances at the camera then I could. LOL

I wondered if at that moment with the flowers he was having an internal struggle with whether or not to risk it again. What if he *did* show him how much he needs him and he leaves anyway? If he pretends he doesn't, maybe he won't risk too much of himself? Hmmm....

No, I'd never noticed the thing about the flowers and his mom before. But I didn't think the flowers were meant to be literal, it was more about an act of softness. It could have been just as easily the floor picnic or a b-day present for Justin.
Jack Pridejack_pride on March 3rd, 2004 03:56 pm (UTC)
GH says it so much more artsy tortured with drop dead hot askance glances at the camera then I could

As he should. *g*

But I didn't think the flowers were meant to be literal, it was more about an act of softness. It could have been just as easily the floor picnic or a b-day present for Justin.

"An act of softness" - I like that. Because I do interpret the flowers as being particularly reminiscent of his parents, I really can't get behind Brian buying flowers (buying forgiveness? buying silence?) whereas I could definitely get behind any of these other acts of softness. I also suspect those acts would be easier for him than flowers - fewer painful connotations.

Thanks for the input!