[S7E7] It's About Time
As the wedding begins, things seem to go smoothly, except that the minister refers to Cory and Topanga as Howard and Myra Peterman. Also, Eric forgot the rings but Shawn shows up just in the nick of time with the rings in hand. Cory apologizes, and Shawn says he should have, but this only angers Cory. They fight, and Shawn is very upset that he feels like he is losing his best friend, who does not even want to talk about it. Shawn calms down and tells Cory to marry Topanga, and the wedding proceeds.
[S7E7] It's About Time
It's been a shorter season, a faster season, and I know people have had some problems with that. There have been complaints about the shorter travel times, and I agree that it's not as complex a world as it once was.
Fans like this theory for various reasons (mainly because it's cool), but there's actually a reasonable chance we could see it happen tonight after years of speculation. Way back before the series started a trailer showed the Hound getting ready to fight in an arena, a scene that has yet to come to pass. Tonight WILL see The Hound and the Mountain in the same city for the first time in years. The Mountain himself has hinted it could happen.
I am OF COURSE speaking about the theory (well, it's more or less fact at this point, no?) that Jon is not Ned Stark's bastard, but rather the son of Rhaegar Targaryen (The Dragon) and Lyanna Stark (The Wolf). By this point we already know Lyanna is definitely Jon's mum (we saw it in flashback last year), but tonight could finally confirm Rhaegar is her babydaddy.
Podeswa also described the process behind filming the sexual intimacy between Jon and Daenerys, saying, "In the script, it described the fact that they were love-making, but it didn't go into great detail in terms of what was going on between them as characters in that moment." He went on to state that he "built in a moment between" Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke, who portray Jon and Daenerys respectively, where they "stop for a moment and look into each other's eyes." He continued, "The intention from my point of view, and their point of view too, is that they're driven by passion into this. They don't even fully understand what it's all about and what the consequences of it are. They really can't stop themselves. It's almost destiny that's bringing them together." In regards to the similarity between the appearance of Rhaegar and Viserys Targaryen, Podeswa stated that the brothers were meant to look similar.
Going into an eighth season, it's worth wondering why we are supposed to care about the survival of humanity on this continent when the series can't make us care about characters we used to love, or love to hate?
That both Cersei and Jaime made it out of the season alive was the most shocking thing about the finale, but not necessarily in a good way. Empty threats from villains and miraculously-surviving heroes only worsen the series' problems. And it does not seem as if it will have time for Cersei and her Golden Company next season. They are a distraction, and now they are distracting to the audience, too.
Although it's heartening that Arya was not acting so completely out of character for the past few episodes, her and Sansa's scheme against the master schemer is yet another development riddled with logical problems. It makes the greater part of their screen time this season pure performance, meaning we didn't get to spend time with the real sisters in favor of setting up this big reveal. Littlefinger won't be missed, but we worry about what the sisters will be up to in Season 8.
What can I say that hasn't already been said about Jon and Dany getting together? It's incest, it's gross. It links Dany and Jon, the heroes of the series, with a practice popularized by its villains. It makes Jon's lineage seem like a cheap gag. And did we mention it's gross?
Gina Fattore, Rebecca Kirshner, and Lee Shallat Chemel have co-executive producer credits on this episode, but I'm not exactly sure what the responsibility breakdown looks like. Other seasons of "GG" occasionally had co-executive producer credits, but it wasn't a frequent occurrence. As meh as I am on the "Gilmore Guys" podcast, they have some good interviews with people like Jane Espenson and Kirshner that lend insight to the overall writing process. Sometimes I worry I don't talk enough about the mechanics/background of the show, but that's really just because it's more fun for me to focus on the plot and character development.
Most irritating Rory or Lorelai moment:My husband had a good observation about Rory, which is that she has a hard time hiding her disgust for 90% of all people and lets it out in a variety of condescending ways. After resigning as editor of the Yale Daily News (per the bylaws), some of the other staffers give short, complimentary speeches about her. Joni confesses that she initially joined the paper to meet cute guys but then saw how great Rory was and decided to become a journalist. It should be gratifying to learn that a peer looks to her as a mentor, but Rory seems perturbed when Joni goes in for the hug, making a snide comment about being "touched and a little damp." It's like she wants everyone to chuckle at Joni's expense (which they do) because she spilled a bit of her drink during their embrace.
Set decoration aside, I find all of the jet lag shit perplexing. Paris is six hours ahead of Connecticut. Their flight was at 6:15 p.m., so they landed around 7:15 a.m. Paris time. After dropping G.G. off with Sherry (which we sadly don't get to see), Chris and Lorelai accidentally fall asleep before their 8:30 p.m. reservation at L'Arpge. When they wake up, it's 4 a.m., which Lorelai describes as "the middle of the night." They should have asked the front desk which boulangeries or cafes open early, but why do that when you can flail around like a helpless idiot? All things considered, they've decently acclimated to the time difference with their early bedtime and subsequent wake up. They should be happy about that instead of whining about "crummy Europe." Maybe that's why the concierge hates them: because he can smell their entitled pissant behavior through the phone line.
Chris capitalizes on this feeling and starts pushing his marriage agenda in a deeply uncomfortable way. Lorelai is smitten with his thoughtfulness and his WASP-y ability to buy humans, but she (rightfully) thinks it's too soon to jump into marriage. He should have recognized her hesitancy and dropped the subject, but the scene ends with him begging like a bitchy little dog at the dinner table, desperate for scraps. The next time we see them, they're back in Stars Hollow at Lorelai's house. Before Chris runs out to grab the rest of their luggage, he says, "Welcome home, Mrs. Hayden" as Lorelai faux-excitedly fingers a wedding band. When he walks out the door and she's alone, she makes this face, letting us know their haphazard union is not long for this world.
It sucks when they arrive back at Yale and "boyfriend" is finally unveiled as Marty. Instead of admitting that he knows Rory, he pretends like they're just meeting for the first time, which understandably throws her. I would have been so shocked by this sociopathic behavior that I, too, would have stood there smiling dumbly; however, I would have called Lucy later and explained the weirdness of the situation to her. If she's really a friend, she deserves to know that her boyfriend is up to some strange shit so she can confront him about it.
Sam talks about what he discovered in the Citadel, and Bran talks about what he's seen in his visions. They give their combined knowledge a stir, add a dash more time travel, and pop it in the oven on a low heat for 15 minutes. The full picture begins to emerge.
Look, Jon. You've had plenty of time to practice this now. Don't open with the whole 'army of the dead' thing. Work up to it. Give them a bit of explanation. I'm not sure it's the attention-grabbing mike drop you think it is.
Finally, it's time to head north! We see a raven flying through the snow, and then Littlefinger, pestering Sansa, as he always is. "It's not easy for ravens to fly in these storms," he says. Perhaps Jon tried to send word to her earlier. But Sansa doesn't believe that. Jon has always been this way. She sounds really pissed at him. "He's never asked for my opinion. Why would he start now?"
In Quark's bar, Ezri talks to Kira about what it was like to see Kor again, an odd experience since it's the first time Kor has seen Ezri and not Jadzia. She does in part wish she could be side-by-side with him once more. Quark overhears this, and confiding in Odo, he assumes she meant Worf.
The bridge officers grimly report that the Jem'Hadar will overtake them in about two hours, less time than it will take the Klingons to rendezvous with the Defiant and other Federation reinforcements. Worf devises a plan: one Bird-of-Prey, the Ning'tao with a skeleton crew, drop out of warp and fire a graviton pulse to force the Jem'Hadar to drop out of warp, and then engage them long enough for the rest of the fleet to reach safety. Since the Ning'tao's own captain is considered too inexperienced, Worf volunteers to command the doomed ship.
He arrives home just as Mary Drake is making a speech to Ali about how they're going to be safe from Archer, now that they have each other. Unfortunately for Mary, Archer drained all of Jason's non-profit's funds. Jason returns with a vengeance and a court order naming him Ali's primary caretaker, and tells her to get out. 041b061a72