fuck though like piper/alex is a prime fucking example of a bisexual woman being abused by her lesbian partner because do not fucking come at me and tell me alex does not use piper’s bisexuality against her.
"Trust me on this" — Doctor Who underrated moments
For all this episode gets attention for its re-raising of the Father’s Day era question of “will Rose choose the Doctor or Pete?” and for resolving Mickey and Rose’s on-again-off-again relationship, Mickey Smith really doesn’t get enough attention (or credit) here.
At this moment in the episode, Rose is in a triangle (literally, from the way this scene is filmed), with three men—Pete (her alt!dad in the Vitex ad), Ten, and Mickey. Mickey—her past—is at her back. Ten—her present and future—is in front of her. The relationship triangle at this point between Ten/Rose/Mickey is still unresolved, and it’s interesting to note that the two men are visually juxtaposed here as well, both wearing brown and blue, both giving Rose all their attention. (And, for the record—Billie Piper confirmed on Doctor Who Confidential that the wardrobe staff chose outfits to compliment character arcs—the outfits weren’t random, according to her).
But it’s not just Mickey and Ten’s clothing that is parallel here. Note their actions as well. You can’t see it too well here, but Ten has grabbed Rose by her upper arms (you can see his thumb holding her in the top gif)—he’s stern here, and what he’s saying makes sense but damn… it’s a bit cold. Meanwhile, Mickey’s facial reactions to Ten’s words look even more pained than Rose’s do—note the clench of his jaw, the way his eyes drop, how he shuffles uncomfortably at Ten’s words. Like Ten, he touches Rose as well—but instead of being a demanding action like Ten’s, it’s a consoling squeeze to the shoulder, a supportive, protective gesture.
Mickey is the only man in this scene that doesn’t TELL Rose to “trust him” (Pete does via the ad, and Ten does in the dialogue). He doesn’t have to. Look at his actions, and his empathy. Mickey—both literally and figuratively here—SHOWS us here that no matter what, he has Rose’s back.
if you want to understand the psyche of our generation take a good look at the stories we tell ourselves about the future
because it isn’t flying cars or robot dogs, it’s faceless government surveillance and worldwide pandemics and militarized police brutality and the last dregs of humanity struggling to survive
our generation isn’t self-centered, or lazy, or whatever else they wanna say about us. we are young, and we are here, and we are deeply, deeply afraid.
i’m laughing i went into the adric tag on twitter and saw the following conversation
“But what if Missy has Adric?”
“I doubt it, there’s still food there”
thank you for your commentary on my post! i really love reading all of the thoughts/analysis and stuff, and you were on point <3 - gayxena
Thank you! Sorry, for days I was trying to figure out who you might be, and then when I finally decided to publish anyway I realised you’d signed your name. Total Joxer moment…
But thanks very much, I love notes like these :)
wtf is up with tumblrs formatting right now? i’m sure that post was supposed to have line breaks.
I loved this episode. I’m watching through my Xena/Gabrielle goggles now, I’ll hold my hands up to that, but how can I not with everything they give us? The fact that Xena absolutely refuses to draw blood and revert back to the reality she comes from until she sees Gabrielle kill Mezentius is pretty telling…
She sacrificed being in a world with her brother, Lyceus, for the sake of Gabrielle’s innocence and quality of life.
I need a moment.
I remember watching this for the first time and texting un-rescuable-schizo to say “they’re gonna kill off Lyceus anyway aren’t they”. I think my train of thought was Xena would avenge his killer and thus reset the timeline. There’d be some guff about the inevitability of Xena being violent, blah blah blah, next episode continues with no mention of what happened previously. You can tell I was FAR too used to consequence-free telly which merrily hit reset buttons at the expense of character growth.
To which unrescuable messaged back and said “just watch”. So I did, and it was this episode where I realised that XWP wasn’t shy of introducing hard choices or making characters live with the aftermath of their decisions. Xena didn’t want to write off this reality as unworkable - she was prepared to fight for her brother and Gabrielle AND never spill blood in the process, even if it was hard, because she values those she loves over her methods. (That’s WHY she uses violence - it’s her way of protecting the people she cares about.)
But she had a limit, and it was Gabrielle. She was prepared to sacrifice her potential happiness to ensure Gabrielle never went through the journey she did. She MADE A CHOICE, and lives with her actions (as does Gabrielle when she finally does draw blood in season three). Whereas just allowing Lyceus to die, as I anticipated happening, would allow Xena to carry on without her having to make a choice - it’d be narrative progression through INACTION which would, quite frankly, be absolute rubbish.
When you have a one-off storyline which realistically can only end by a reset button, THIS IS HOW TO DO IT. You force the character to reveal their values, and they make the decision to press the button.