Despite these gripes, I loved the episode. How could I not love Jason and Tim in Mexico? They make my heart bleed. The karaoke scene instantly hit my 'favourite FNL scenes' list. Jason was so vulnerable and heartfelt in his drunken rambling and Tim's face looking on radiated love and fear for his friend. While I do think Tim can be a lousy friend sometimes (and I'd have wanted to kill him after the cop incident), in some ways I think he did the right thing to give Jason his moment of catharsis and then go behind his back to organise (hopefully) an intervention. I don't think Street will listen to reason right now because he needs to believe in the cure SO MUCH. That's what came through in the karaoke and my heart broke when he sang 'Dillon sucks' because that seems really true, and it also seems to be an added layer to his determination that he hasn't fully shared with Riggins. Tim may still be hanging on to the old 'Texas forever' dream but Jason needs a new start somewhere else. It's been the home of heartbreak and frustration for him and so walking isn't even 'just' walking: it symbolises the ability to pick up and leave the past behind. Oh, Jason!
The actor who plays Tim isn't always that great, but in some ways his limited acting style works for Tim's emotionally limited character, and I thought he did very well in these scenes. His appeal to Lyla was heartbreaking. I think he'd do anything for Jason but I'm sure he didn't want to have to turn to Lyla, especially as his most recent faux pas with her is so fresh. He was practically begging on the phone. He's always hated asking for help and admitting he really is alone without a support network. It will be interesting if it's Lyla that bails them out. It used to be Tyra who would come to Tim's rescue and I can imagine her going down there and dragging Jason back. But Lyla? That's going to be messy. Or perhaps she will bring his parents? I do want Lyla to respond: it would be unthinkably callous of her to ignore that appeal when she's so busy good samaritan-ing for someone she doesn't even know.
I was also moved by Julie's plot this week. She's such a typical teenage girl it's actually painful to watch. The driving lesson scenes were so true to life it made me squirm. I can remember bickering constantly with my mother through those. *winces* But wow, I wish I'd had a mum like Tami! The fact that she was able to talk honestly to her daughter about her own past was really admirable, I thought. And I think she's the only person that could ultimately have stopped Julie from pursuing the Swede any further. Friends of the same age would have either been glamoured by him as well or at the very least Julie would have feared looking emotionally weak for not wanting to get her heart broken. The signs of his disinterest in anything serious have been there from the start and Julie may kid herself that she could cope with something casual, but the truth is she was really crushing heavily on him and hasn't learnt to guard her heart. I thought it was interesting that they showed her discomfort with his lifestyle after Tami had shared her story--as if that opened Julie's eyes to see more clearly, which I think is exactly what it did do. She might still be mad at her mother now, but ultimately she'll be thankful she didn't get in too deep. Tami took the plunge and pushed past Julie's discomfort with her mother's disclosure--she risked being hated, which evidently is part of good parenting.
I'm dreading the impending Tyra/Landry fallout, but I want more Jason and Tim and Lyla and Matt and the Taylors, so there's no way I'm tuning out.
I'm really loving this season of Dexter, which surprises me since I thought they'd played their big plot in season one. But Dexter under investigation himself is proving to be very suspenseful television. I'm also hooked in for Deb's plot--she's a sweetheart and I always have my heart in my mouth when I'm watching her as she seems to always be right on the edge of a precipice. Her edginess this season is very well characterised and I'm enjoying seeing her with the older cop father-figure. I always wondered about Deb's relationship with her father: I'd love to know more about that, as it's obvious that he focussed a lot of attention on Dexter and yet she really loved him/didn't resent this?
So far I dislike Lyla but disliking her is proving really enjoyable. It's a completely irrational dislike--I find her showy, self-obsessed, superficial, pretentious, narcissistic and headstrong to the point of recklessness. She seems like such a potentially dangerous figure for Dexter to fall for, and yet she's proving helpful (maybe?) for him in his recovery. It's a strange tension and one I enjoy watching, which is what I mean when I say I'm enjoying disliking her. I keep thinking 'omg, don't say that!' and then watching Dexter respond in a way I don't anticipate. I'm sure this is because Dexter is completely opaque to me, despite the show positioning us in his point of view. Intellectually I can see that the two of them have really connected but I have no emotional bridge to them as characters so I can only watch what I fear will be a trainwreck (but I'm probably wrong) from a distance.
Sigh. I tried. Episode four didn't seem quite so actively painful but it was just boring. And then when I realised the plot of episode five was about anti-depressant techniques that turn people into killing machines, I decided that was as good an excuse as any to break up with the show. I mean, honestly. It's already embarrassingly sexist, and now they contribute to the stigma against mental illness (and the meds/cures associated with it)? Sod off!
Well, I do watch it. It's my silly popcorn show. But I've decided that Betty really really annoys me. She and Henry are outdoing old-school Clana in creating obstacles where there aren't any. So much so that I don't even care that they got together at the end of this ep. Clearly they'll be in agony again next episode anyway. *throws hands up in despair* However, I did totally adore Mark's new bloke. How cute is he?! His speech to Mark about beauty + beauty not being a story was made of win. *draws hearts around them*
But question: since when is Justin not gay? I was waiting for him to sob on his mom's shoulder and reassure her that he'd never date girls again... only he didn't. *confused* Please don't be telling me that the show has caved to some kind of network pressure not to have an underage gay character? :(
Am still thinky re. an all-BSG-fandom ficathon. Follow up to follow when brain kicks in. :p
In personal news I suck. Or rather my vitamin levels still suck despite months of diligent effort. Since I've also failed to lose any weight during this time, I'm officially sulking. So little coffee, so little result?!?! *fake huffs*