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
Interviewer: What are the first things that you guys noticed about each other when you first started working together?
Lucy: I didn’t know that Jonny had the eyes that he does. I mean, they’re pretty stunning, I have to say. You could fall into them. They’re beautiful
But look what you did!
# it hurts me # because usually by this point in a companions arc # aka at the end of their season # they believe in themselves # theyve traveled with the doctor and theyve done and seen such amazing things # and in doing so they realize their own potential # their own skills # but donna # despite everything shes done # saved a family in pompeii # freed the ood # solved murders with agatha goddamn christie # saved the doctor from himself #despite ALL OF THAT # she still thinks shes nothing special # because her entire life thats what shes been told # she has never been able to see just what a remarkable person she truly is # and the doctor is so surprised here # because he can see it # clear as day # hes seen it for a long time # and what kills me about donnas ending # isnt just that she loses her memories # she loses him too # her best friend in the universe # the one who listened #even when she wasnt shouting (via yaccbs)