I've also been rather distracted by politics this week, as I see many of you on my f'list have been. Can I move to the US? o.O You guys sure know how to protest vote! I'm trying not to feel like you're putting my own country to shame, but, well, it's difficult. So three things to be proud of my country (though not my government) about:
1. 90 per cent of coalition voters want the federal government to switch Australia's energy system from coal to renewable energy
2. 79 per cent of the population (including 71 per cent of coalition voters) think we should sign Kyoto.
3. For last weekend's International Day of Action on climate change, Melbourne and Sydney walks drew bigger crowds than a similar march in London. Not a bad effort, considering London's population is equal to the whole of Australia!
Meanwhile the government ignores us, David Hicks continues to languish in Guantanamo and we're in (supposedly) the worst drought in 1000 years. And now I have this terrible fear that the US will pull out of Iraq but Australia will stay. I have no faith.
I didn't have a lot to say about this episode apart from wishing to squee some more about Nathan. Oh, how wonderful he is! I loved getting to see his wife this week and learning a little more about the family dynamic. I wasn't very sold on the actress who plays his wife though. I found her hard to read, but perhaps that's deliberate. The scene I was most confused by her in was the one where she asks him to give her hope--it seemed as if she was asking him to lie, or was she meant to be more naive than that? I couldn't quite tell. Regardless it was interesting that he adopted that as his justification in conversation with Peter. And how funny was it that Peter didn't believe him about the kidnapping!
Peter is far less annoying when he's around Nathan. But I found his relationship melodrama sickening and implausible in the extreme. Simone is the most baffling character! I still don't have the faintest idea what she sees in Peter or why she believes that he can save the world. I'm fanwanking it as temporary mental illness brought on by grief. And the whole 'I saw him in a dream' thing with her father was too schmultzy for me too.
However, Peter with Nathan? Very amusing! Mainly because he drives Nathan batty and it's fun to watch. I loved the deathglare that Nathan gave him when he showed up at the press conference and blackmailed him about the flying. And Peter won points from me for his amusing 'my brother cares so deeply for my mental health' spin job. I loved their discussion in Peter's apartment as well--especially Nathan's articulation of why he thinks flying is useless (I so agree, Nathan!). I loved the Superman echoes with Nathan this week. They had him in red white and blue a lot--which of course also fits his political role. Again, I love that Nathan feels that politics is the most constructive way to change things/be a 'hero' (though I shudder to imagine what his policies are! hee!).
At the visual level this week I loved the frozen car crash. And it was also fun to see two heroes team up--we got to see DL's power and we finally learnt that Micah definitely has one too. And what a cool power it is!
With Niki, it seems like they made it clearer this week that her maternal side rests in her Niki self, not in Jessica. This is interesting, but it bothers me a little--and I think the reason is that I'm not convinced she's a good mother even in her 'good' self. In some ways I think it would have been a more interesting choice to show that Jessica could be a better mother than her--that would have made the split less black and white. Alternatively, showing Niki as a good mother in her normal form would have given that side of her some strength to balance out Jessica's power. As it is, Niki feels like such a victim and increasingly not a very likeable one. And while it's not ideal I can understand DL taking his child away from her--she IS dangerous and we've seen no evidence that she actually parents Micah any better than DL would. I just hope she gets her powers under control soon but I'm not sure she will.
An interesting turn of events with Claire's brother finding out the truth. I liked their scenes but don't have much to say about them. Ditto the policeman's plot.