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Life: Evil...and His Brother Ziggy




I'm just not even going to talk about it.  The Tidwell/Reese thing.  I had to actually shield my eyes when they started kissing.  You know how food and sex are alike, in the sense that they can be either be the most fantastic, intense, gorgeous thing ever...or the most disgusting?  Yeah.

Ok, moving on, I thought this was a flawed episode, but I thought it was a great Charlie episode.  There was way more Charlie in this episode than in some of the others this season.  And he's still working with the same tailor, so I'm good. 

"Using only the tools that nature provides, I find a clue!"  Ha.  "Using only the tools that a taxi provides, I have found out something new about my partner."

"See?  You're indulging yourself already.  It was just as the taxi foretold." 

And then the little exchange when the kids drop him off at Hawes' trailer.  And the deer stew.  That was all very nice!  I was worried about him at the start of the season, but now I think they're writing Charlie as well as ever. 

If anything, he was lighter and funnier in this episode than in others. 
Reese:  "You're going to jail, but not with us."
Charlie:  "You're going federal, sweet pea!"

Part of the lightness showed up in the awkward scene in the hotel room.  He's embarrassed, she's embarrassed, but he's happy for her and he's all cute and silly about it.  This is why, unless they do a severe u-turn, I'm never gonna get my wish of some UST between Charlie and Reese.  Damn.  Because THAT I would tune in to see. That would not have me peeking through my fingers.

Nit-picky thing:  Why does the woman always have the right of first refusal on any bed?   This irks me endlessly.  It's one of those things where the writer thinks he's establishing the woman's power when, in fact, he's dredging up some antiquated idea of woman as owner of all things domestic, or woman as some fragile thing that always has to be nestled in a safety and comfort.  /feminist rantlet

I loved the dinner scene.  I loved the character of the native american officer and how Charlie's "family" was clearly so insane to her eyes.  I thought Ted blurting out the thing about Olivia was way too contrived, but I'll forgive Adam Arkin a lot.  And I liked how they turned Rachel's teenaged disaffectation around and revealed that, in fact, the issue is her fear of abandonment.  She wants Charlie around which....who wouldn't?

I thought the plot was a little off.  That Eval guy was a great character, but we didn't get enough of him.  And they didn't actually say what I thought they were trying to say in the last scene, which was (I think!) that Hawes was Rachel's father?  Or that she had another father, who wasn't her "dad"?  I know I have trouble with plot, but I kept waiting for them to tell me which one it was, and they never did.  AND they had never said that her mother wasn't Native American, so that muddied things further at the end. 

Plus, I just didn't buy that a man (Hawes) whose primary motivation in life was that he wanted to be a Native American and that he wanted to be near his (?) daughter on the reservation, was so universally hated by the community.  Why would that be true?  If he loved the community, he wouldn't have been harrassing them, as was said.

And I still have absolutely no idea what's going on with Professor Hathaway (I haven't bothered to learn this character's name), except that he was in the picture, so he has info about the conspiracy.  So I'm just going to wait until they spell it out for me.

Anyway, I thought this episode was delightful because of all of the Charlie stuff.  And, again, 100% Jennifer-free!  So that was nice.



Oh, just because I can:  gratuitious pic posts:





I just like how he stands.  Did you ever notice that?  The way he walks and stands.  It's very old-school superhero.



And I just don't think we've seen enough of this one.
 

Comments

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misreall
Dec. 6th, 2008 07:14 pm (UTC)
I will abide by your choice not to talk about 'that,' except to say that I owe Dani a debt for the cutting.

Anyway, what I think (think) happened at the end was that when they said she was that guy's daughter it meant that neither of them were native. Since they were from Texas I am guessing Mexican. So they have been living on the rez under false pretenses, and were about to start getting casino money because of it. It was not well written. I think that the writers thought they were being clever and instead were just making people tilt their heads in that way dogs do when the hairless monkeys do something incomprehensible.

Agreed that there was some great Charlie stuff in the episode. In fact I think they spent so much time doing cool Charlie stuff they forgot how to do everything else.

And I kinda liked that last little bit with Walter Peck, even if I am sure it will annoy me in the long run.
marymary
Dec. 6th, 2008 08:06 pm (UTC)
No, YOU can talk about it! And I'll talk back...I just meant I wasn't going to continue my tired thing about how I hate them together. This is a brilliant show and it doesn't deserve my bad humor.
misreall
Dec. 6th, 2008 07:15 pm (UTC)
Ok, why is my cantalope picture now a little box with an x in it?

Mad now.
marymary
Dec. 6th, 2008 08:09 pm (UTC)
I don't know. You can hit "edit" and try again...but that has happened to me a couple times and then I refresh and it's back....Weird.
marymary
Dec. 6th, 2008 08:08 pm (UTC)
So they have been living on the rez under false pretenses, and were about to start getting casino money because of it. It was not well written. I think that the writers thought they were being clever and instead were just making people tilt their heads in that way dogs do when the hairless monkeys do something incomprehensible.

Ha. Yes. I'm glad you validate my confusion, though you seem to have understood it just fine. I did understand about the casino money, but I thought that it was only the daughter who wouldn't get a share...
marymary
Dec. 6th, 2008 08:36 pm (UTC)
Can I talk some more about the walking and standing thing with DL? (I think it's possible I'm more obsessed with the way men move than other people...Though edgy and I are pretty close.)

Look at his hands, in the second photo above. He's not doing anything with his hands. They are at rest.

This is what is often taught in public speaking courses, because it conveys extreme confidence. Feet shoulder-width apart, hands hanging and still. They tell you to imagine that something heavy is hanging from each hand. This is very hard to do, especially for movers like me.

It's perfect for Charlie, because he's supposed to be all centered and at peace and stuff. Not nervous and reactive, but going with the flow.

Though I'd like to attribute it to DL's superior powers of characterization, I have to say that Dick Winters stands and walks almost exactly the same way. Which might be a choice (because they are both Big Damn Heroes) but it might just be DL.

The walk is very confident without being swaggery. You know how Josh Lyman has a lot of swing and bounce to his walk? *sighs just thinkin about it* There is no swing and bounce here. It's a very smooth, piston-driven sort of walk.

And his head is up a lot. Way more than Winters, now that I think about it. Head up is confident. It shows your neck, which means no fear. Which is a good choice, because Crews has to be a bad-ass coming at you, and then disarmingly odd when he gets there.

Edited at 2008-12-06 08:37 pm (UTC)
gatsbyfan
Dec. 7th, 2008 02:00 pm (UTC)
I have to agree, I didn't think the episode was well written and left some holes (which you explained). But there was much Charlie to love in it, so it was alright by me.

Part of the lightness showed up in the awkward scene in the hotel room. He's embarrassed, she's embarrassed, but he's happy for her and he's all cute and silly about it.
I completely agree. The looks on his face were so priceless. His squirming because he doesn’t want to pick up the phone again and her Tidwell… so cute. But you're right, they probably wont pick up on any UST which is a shame.

I just hope that they don't have Tidwell getting jealous of Charlie again. I really didn't think it worked.

That Eval guy was a great character, but we didn't get enough of him.
His character was entertaining. So obnoxious, but it worked for him. But again, why introduce the character of his "brother", there didn't seem to be a reason for her to be there other than she was a hot woman.

I think!) that Hawes was Rachel's father?
That where I thought they were going as well. Which is why I also was surprised when they never mentioned it. Was Hawes just doing this out of the kindness of his heart? And you’re right it didn’t explain why he would be harassing the community if he wanted to be part of it.

except to say that I owe Dani a debt for the cutting.
I think Dani deserves an accommodation for cutting that hair. Thank god its gone. That was just awful.

Can I talk some more about the walking and standing thing with DL?
Yes, please. I noticed it even more when the episode first started. My god that man can walk. Its like a swagger but not really. I could do with more of that.
aunt_deen
Dec. 7th, 2008 11:42 pm (UTC)
I'm very glad there's less of Tidwell's hair, but I wish it weren't still slicked back. Not that awesome hair is going to make him suddenly attractive to me, but then at least I wouldn't wince at the thought of Dani touching it.

Loved the hotel room stuff although I completely agree at the annoyance of the woman having the automatic right to the bed, if there's only one, or the room as a whole, if she decides she's going to be bitchy to her partner who's going out of his way to be nice to her.

marymary
Dec. 8th, 2008 06:43 am (UTC)
But again, why introduce the character of his "brother", there didn't seem to be a reason for her to be there other than she was a hot woman.

Yes! This is an excellent point. And I agree with all the other stuff you said too.
misterreal
Dec. 8th, 2008 06:29 pm (UTC)
Best episode evah!!!
I don't know what episode you guys were watching but I thought this was the bestest episode in the history of television. Lot and lots and Dani and very few clothes. I mean, come on, what is not to like about that??

As for the bed thing, I took it to mean that he was just being polite.
marymary
Dec. 8th, 2008 06:42 pm (UTC)
Re: Best episode evah!!!
Hey, misterreal! Glad you could come.

Heh. I absolutely defer to and celebrate your love for this episode. Because that's exactly the way I appreciate many other epsiodes and many other shows. An awesome display of sex appeal is reason enough. :-D

As for the bed thing, I took it to mean that he was just being polite.

Yes, definitely. I'm certainly not calling Charlie sexist or anything.

I'm calling the writers sexist. In just this one isolated case. Because the test is --- if you turn it around, can you imagine that they're in the only hotel room available, Charlie is embarrassed about something and he orders Dani to go find somewhere else to sleep? That would never happen. It only happens because the writers think it's ok for Dani to stake her womanly claim to the bed.

Despite my long ramble, it's no big deal to me, really. The rest of the scene was awesome. :-)

Edited at 2008-12-08 06:43 pm (UTC)
misterreal
Dec. 8th, 2008 07:05 pm (UTC)
Re: Best episode evah!!!
Keep in mind that there were two other factors involved in the "I am staying here and you are not" choice. First, she was in a bathrobe. Second, he is filthy rich.

Just my 2 cents.
aunt_deen
Dec. 8th, 2008 08:49 pm (UTC)
Re: Best episode evah!!!
Well sure, he's filthy rich. But keep in mind they don't have a car and there's no other room available. He ended up sleeping in the murder victim's trailer.
aunt_deen
Dec. 8th, 2008 06:42 pm (UTC)
Semi-nudity. Lollipop. We get it. :)

And of course, he was being polite. It's just the whole treat-me-as-an-equal, but still gallantly-give-me-the-bed/room thing that irritates.

misterreal
Dec. 8th, 2008 07:44 pm (UTC)
Lollipop did nothing for me. Now the boots were a whole different thing. :)
marymary
Dec. 8th, 2008 06:44 pm (UTC)
That's what I get for toggling between Band of Brothers and Life. I just called Charlie "Winters" for a minute. More coffee.
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