joan watson + smash!
#she is so characterized by calm intelligent restraint and compassionate discipline#that her capacity for norm-breaking violence comes as a surprise#bc normally characters so collected are also ~repressed~ or ~prim~ etc#but logically; someone so smart and so self-aware would have that capacity to recognise when physical - sometimes shocking - action is required#and have no qualms about going for it#particularly someone who is canonically very physically fit and in control of her body#i just love it so much#bc she’s not repressed or prim or proper at all#she is just naturally reserved (okayophelia)
I need to apologize.
#the thing about this scene is that i wasn’t sure at first#whether this was manipulation or a human moment#and then at the end when she was watching the news with her husband#he said: ‘i just feel sorry for the parents’#and she didn’t move a muscle#but i was immediately 10x as interested#bc sure it was manipulation#but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t also honest#which is maybe more brutal and maybe harder to stomach#that you use the thing that makes you human to cover up the thing that makes you harder#so i am definitely here for this show in all its well acted but also trashy nighttime soap awesomeness#and i’m super interested to see where they take this character#the humanity and the hardness#i want them both
#that line reading in the last gif is what made me realise on my first full re-watch years later as an adult that they are doing it on the reg #like ok the show wasn’t going to give us the actual onscreen reality of TOTALLY BONING THOUGH #but the way they have her propose this plan CANNOT be read any other way than: #’this case sucks how about we go home and you can do me on the kitchen counter again’ #’like Mulder that is a better plan - we blow this popsicle stand and go have sex’ #’a lot of it’ #’the rest of the weekend probably’ #’are you getting what I’m saying Mulder?’ (via harrietvane)
Sorry, nobody down here but the FBI’s most unwanted.
#the x files #okay so my favourite thing out of many favourite things about the pilot (U TINY INNOCENT BABIES) is watching how these two #immediately REALLY LIKE EACH OTHER and are SHOCKED AND DELIGHTED that actually really liking each other is even part of the deal #because lbr i think both of them were already well prepared to be incredibly uncomfortable #here’s young relatively unproven agent dana scully who has probably long ago come to terms with the knoweldge that #as a petite young pretty woman she is going to have to fight extra hard to be granted basic respect from her peers #who has probably already dealt with a certain amount of disrespect and people refusing to take her seriously #and here her first major career assignment is… to basically start the process of dismantling what this guy’s making his life’s work #great thanks set me up with a partner who’s going to already resent and dislike me for even being here it’s FINE guys #meanwhile mulder has been doing his research and is like great she’s intelligent and organised and a scientist she’s going to despise me #and he’s already quite resigned; when they meet his dry detatched self-deprecating shield is already well up #he’s got the death-knell of his project and his quest ringing in his ears and someone’s being sent in to slowly take it away from him #only neither of them had really bargained on each other being who they were — #scully infinitely fairminded and uninterested in political games or making up her mind just because somoene told her what to think#mulder infinitely earnest and true and hardworking in his baffling unorthodox way he’s not just chasing baubles he’s chasing truth #and immediately something sparks between them (also ust but shhhhh) because they’re terrifically similar people underneath #and they’re immediately charmed by each other #and constantly and v. clearly throughout the pilot they are so delighted and startled by the fact that they like and respect each other #and have been granted completely unexpected and almost unasked for like and respect in return #which only perpetuates the cycle of liking and respect and being ridiculously excited about each other’s existences#which… well. you know the rest. #B A B I E S
LOL, yes, all of this. Especially: (also UST but shhhhh)
Daddy, how do they make babies? Do you like horse baby? Cow baby?#i did not expect to love helena’s storyline so much #but this show just keeps delivering on the female agency #no one had to swoop in to save helena #she came to her realizations #she made her plan #and she put it into motion #she was brutal and deadly #but she also gave gracie a way out. showed compassion to a girl who once tried to kill her #there is no denying helena is damaged and wild and terrifying #but she is also sweet in her own way #she cares for children. she cares for family. she protects what she cares for #and it was so fucking satisfying watching her burn those motherfuckers to the ground
#i’m still trying to work it out in my head how donnie went from being some idiot schlub to this sort of scruffy badass#and also i’m still trying to work out why i’m like really attracted to him now ugh idk lol
#in the hands of almost any other actor #this would collapse the entire artifice of the show & the contrivance of one actress playing about a dozen clones #the integrity of each performance would break down#you’d be left with the sense that the clones are interchangeable women with only superficial differences in appearance & mannerism #but somehow she’s able to layer these performances one over another like skins #there’s a tangible difference between tatiana maslany as alison hendrix #and tatiana maslany as sarah manning as alison hendrix #each of the clones is so whole and unique and distinct that the performances are collectively an argument: #these human beings aren’t interchangeable #they share DNA but environment and nurture and epigenetics have made them completely singular individuals #[they aren’t even all women] #you can’t generalise them; there’s no single trait they all share #except that they’re human beings not biological objects to be exploited#her work is such a tour de force sometimes it just leaves you breathless (via elucipher)
"You seem different, Diane.”
”Different? I do? Different good or different bad?”
#BANSHEE YELLING FROM THE ROOFTOP! #DIANE/KALINDA! #KALINDA/DIANE! #DIANE CHANNELING WILL! #DIANE DEFEATING HER ENEMIES BY CHANNELING WILL! #DIANE CONFIDING IN KALINDA ABT CHANNELING WILL! #KALINDA BEING ALL FOR IT! #DIANE/KALINDA/WILL LIVING ON THROUGH DIANE! #DIANE/KALINDA KALINDA/DIANE DIANE/KALINDA/WILLLLL!!!1!1 #YELLIIINNNGGGGG!!!!
#a romantic subplot i didn’t hate#a romantic subplot that didn’t make me roll my eyes#a romantic subplot that didn’t make itself seem like the purpose of the movie#a romantic subplot that seemed to be all about the guy saving the girl only to be turned around at the last minute by the girl going lol no#my sister needs me