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Odin should have sent Frigga to stop Loki.

  • Frigga:

    Young man what do you think you're doing?

  • Loki:

    Go away, I am trying to take over the mortals.

  • Frigga:


  • Loki:

    You're not my real mom!

  • Frigga:

    Oh really? And who changed your nappies? Who checked under your bed every night for bilgesnapes? Who let you cry on their shoulder for a week after you lost your stuffed puppy?

  • Loki:

    MooooOOOOooooooom. You are embarrassing me in front of my soon to be peasants.

  • Frigga:

    No, you are apologizing for the havoc you have caused and are coming home. And don't think I didn't hear what you said to that nice lady. Do I need to wash your mouth out with soap?

  • Loki:

    Fine! I'm sorry.

  • Frigga:

    We are going home right now. You, your father and your brother are going to bond on a questing trip to Alfheim.

  • Loki:


  • Frigga:

    And you are getting a hair cut.

Thinky thoughts on killing off TV characters…

Or, “Why watching Olivia Benson go through hell without Elliot gives me so much respect for The Good Wife’s decision to kill Will.”

So I was watching “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” this past week, and as I’ve thought many times, especially over the past two seasons, it is inconceivable that so many things would have happened in Olivia’s life that Elliot would have been completely absent for. From her kidnapping to Munch’s retirement to her promotion to so many highs and lows in between.

You watch these characters grow and change and form relationships and become family, and then we’re supposed to honestly believe they turned their backs and walked away without a second look? And sure, there’s an argument that maybe it’s all happening off-screen, but you know what? It’s a TV show. What happens on-screen is what HAPPENS.

Which brings me to “The Good Wife,” which cut the heart out of my chest by oh-so-casually mowing down Will in cold blood and sending a shock through the viewers. But it wasn’t casual at all, and at one point one of the writers said something to the effect that it just wouldn’t be realistic to pretend that Will had moved away, because there’s too much connection there for the audience to believe it.

And they were right, so I guess this means I really do forgive TGW writers. Because seeing how completely wrong it could go, I’m glad they did it right.

Empire Magazine discusses the gay subtext of 'Captain America: The Winter Solider."

  • Chris Hewitt:

    Another core relationship in the film is Captain America and the Falcon.

  • Helen O'Hara:

    Do you know what, I may have said this in the main podcast but honestly every beat of their relationship is exactly like a romance. Seriously. They got to ‘meet cute’ running along, then they bond over some spurious shared history, and then it’s all like ‘Oh I’m in real trouble & I just turned up at your door because you’re the one person I could think to go to for help”. And he’s all like “Sure use my shower.” I mean, come on people! And I think it works well using that kind of shorthand to create a kind of a friendship quite quickly. But honestly they are the ‘couple’ in the film.

  • Chris:

    It’s interesting though, he spends the entire movie turning down exhortations from Natasha to ask women out, the ENTIRE movie.

  • Helen:

    Hey it would be a great political statement if Captain America’s gay.

  • Chris:

    “What about such-and-such from statistics?” “No, I’m not interested.” “What about such-and-such? What about your next door neighbour who’s really really hot?”

  • Ali Plumb:

    “What about this one-armed cyborg man who you have history with..?”

  • Chris:

    “…with the dreamy eyes and long hair.”

  • Helen:

    He was looking dreamy it has to be said.

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Random thoughts from Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Spoilers. Duh.)

SO many thoughts. Here are a few:

- I don’t know who told Steve he has to buy his T-shirts at Baby Gap, but I highly approve. (I suspect Natasha. You go, girl!)

- Steve Rogers is a superhero. I know, we knew that already, but we SEE it in CA:TWS in ways we didn’t in Cap 1 or Avengers. He’s so fast, he’s so strong, he’s a dirty street fighter, and he can take out a deck full of pirates alone (mostly!). Maybe it’s because most of the fighting in Cap 1 was very stylized, and he was fighting big giant alien creatures in Avengers? I don’t know, but anyone who walked out of Avengers grumbling that they didn’t understand why Captain America leads the Avengers should see this. Twice.

- Steve Rogers is SMART. He’s a brilliant strategist and a great leader. Don’t let his fish-out-of-water schtick fool anyone into thinking he’s dumb.

- Loved the friendship between Steve and Natasha in this movie, as well as how brilliantly they brought in Sam and made him a part of the team. Sam did a great job of integrating Captain America hero-worship with seeing Steve as a person, which is a combination we actually haven’t really seen before.

- The scene with Peggy was freaking brutal. I just… I can’t.

- They seem to have eliminated the Natasha/Winter Soldier connection altogether. While this will undoubtedly please Natasha/Clint fans, I was surprised. Then again, it was a pretty convoluted spy/Hydra/Nazi/Russians plot already, and maybe they thought adding another twist/connection would just be too much.

- I totally thought the movie would end with Bucky rememebering who he was and, if not a touching renunion, something between him and Steve. So now I’m curious how much of the follow-up we’ll get to see on screen? On the plus side, FAN FIC!

- Wen we saw TWS back with his handlers, he was so meek and so…. lost. SO MANY BUCKY FEELS. “I knew him.”

- Mad props to Marvel for being clever with making totally misleading trailers so you really didn’t know who was on which side. For example, they made it sound like Pierce was appealing to Steve with the, “You helped shape this century, and how we need you to do it one more time” speech, when it was actually directed at TWS.

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