Greetings from Not My House, ya’ll!
Okay, I mean, it’s my parents’ house, and it’s the house I grew up in, but the really, really critical thing about it is that it’s not my apartment. I’m lucky, as New Yorkers go — I’m an inside cat by nature, plus I’ve got a lot of space *and* a back yard, but not having been further than a mile from my front door since March was getting to (even) me.
So I’m in Georgia for my (generally anti-social) family’s (absolutely anti-social) annual retreat to a mountaintop. I still probably won’t go further than a mile from a front door, but it’s *different*.
Speaking of different. . .
I know the show’s been playing up the desire to make changes. Sure. I mean, obviously. It’s the primary driver for any Time Travel storyline. And we’ve, of course, done the Baby Hitler thing with Malick and the One Good Man thing with Victor.
But this week we’ll see the writers have to struggle with a different kind of time travel temptation — the Back to the Future II type.
It’s really easy to have academic(ish) debates about the changes Show has already grappled with. If we kill Malick, lots of bad won’t happen.
It twists the characters up differently when we put them at a spot in the historical timeline that is proximate to their real-life recent recollections. To build out a worst-case scenario: if “Future”!Daisy finds herself hiding behind a door as Lincoln is Walking To His Doom, she has a different kind of pressure to divert that action. The effects/pain are more proximate, immediate, and known, and the action *feels* simpler — don’t let him get on the plane.
Obviously, the effect would be catastrophic - Lincoln would live, and all of us at home would go Annoyance-Blind — but forcing a character to allow proximate Bad Things is much harder than the Baby Hitler scenarios.
And oh, yeah, there’s also the catnip that proximate travel lets the writers play with their own show meta (see: so much of Eureka). Putting May in front of Jaiying (spelling SO approximate there), with May’s trauma and the audience’s knowledge of the fresh hell Jaiying is about to cast down on Andrew (? That was Slash’s human name, right?) . . . hell, I’m almost on Team!Cavalry for this one. Fix it, May.
While we’re at it, let’s fix Yo-Yo’s go-go problem, and then let’s get Fitz back. This is getting ridiculous.
Also, they made a big freakin’ deal of the countdown clock for the ladies to get back to the plane, but they’ve already forced premature jumps twice this season. Curious to see how that particular gun gets fired.
Let’s predict which moments the show’s going to try to reconstruct from a different angle tonight. That’ll be fun.
(Also: I want to see Victor and Sierra on screen together again. Make it happen, Show.)