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Instant episode reaction, for a change: H50 1.07

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Instant episode reaction, for a change: H50 1.07

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And his incredibly photogenic sweat. And his magic waterproof bag, in which he can carry his hiking boots, a spare t-shirt, and a handy gas canister and mask.

Did anything else happen in this episode? I kind of lost track after Steve took off his shirt. (I wasn’t alone, either—no one else on the team seemed to be able to handle looking at him half-naked like that—they were all practically shielding their eyes.)

And then when he jumped into the water…Well, it was really all over. I admit it, I have a swimming kink. And if no one writes fic about Steve making Danny prove what he said about being a good swimmer in the next two days, I’m gonna have to do it myself.

Because say what you like about Hawaii Five-O, about a show that seems to want to have its rampant American gung-ho-edness (two references to the US Arizona in two episodes, really?; closing on a father and daughter embracing in an avenue of American flags, really?) and its slash-cakes too (“that your wife?” “no, my partner”).

But at least it has a healthy respect for masculine hair. Steve’s chest hair. Danny’s hairy forearms.

mmmmm.

You’re serious? And now you’re shirtless.”

Danny, as usual, got the line of the night.

Actually, it seemed like crazy amounts of other stuff happened that could be commented upon. Stuff about the military and the US’s involvement in Iraq (killing a bunch of kids by mistake would traumatize anyone, wouldn't it? it did seem like a tragedy that the SEAL's service ended in mental illness and imprisonment). About PTSD. About the gender politics that made Kono better qualified to deal with the little girl than the one person on the team who actually deals with a little girl on a regular basis. About why the hostages survived, but Steve's iPhone had to die. So please ignore my incredible shallowness and let me know what you think about that stuff—

(I was going to post something about Merlin 3.08—but it would have all been about Gwaine’s hair—and since I’ve already shot my wad on hair, so to speak, I’ll skip it ;))

  • About the gender politics that made Kono better qualified to deal with the little girl than the one person on the team who actually deals with a little girl on a regular basis.

    Oh, didn't you hear? It's not because they're sexist; it's because she's the rookie! *eyeroll*

    "And now you're shirtless" was my favorite part (both Steve being hot/shirtless and Danny commenting on it). And the married line, which seems to come up in every episode now, and I'm not complaining. And Danny being worried about Steve, which never fails to be cute. Yeah, I'm ignoring the other stuff too.

    And if you don't write the swimming fic, I'm going to...well, I'm not going to write it, so you're going to have to.

    Although, now that I think about it, I'm kind of enjoying the badass!Steve/cane-using!Danny dynamic. Maybe it's a twist on my hurt/comfort kink, or my competency kink? IDK. But now I kind of want fic with Steve being badass and Danny bitching at him worrying over him from the sidelines, and then sex, of course. Danny's got to have a competency kink, right? For all of his complaining, he finds it really hot.
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      Ooooo--please write a swimming fic! or this Although, now that I think about it, I'm kind of enjoying the badass!Steve/cane-using!Danny dynamic. Maybe it's a twist on my hurt/comfort kink, or my competency kink? IDK. But now I kind of want fic with Steve being badass and Danny bitching at him worrying over him from the sidelines, and then sex, of course. Danny's got to have a competency kink, right? For all of his complaining, he finds it really hot. sound extremely awesome!

      C'mon--I can tell you're gearing up to write something *shamelessly enables it*
    • GOD THAT GIF. Steve should just be naked shirtless in every episode, and Danny should just stand there staring and making comments.

      And gah, I do want to write fic! I'm just such a slow writer, and I've got a bunch on my plate. Also, I feel like I miss so many details in each episode that I'd never be able to get the characterizations right. Like, I don't even remember Danny saying he was a good swimmer. (Clearly I need to just rewatch every episode and pay attention to more than just Steve's abs.) But hmmm, if I write something, would you beta? *flutters eyelashes* Also, I don't really have any bunnies yet, which is probably why I haven't dived in - any suggestions?
      • Steve should just be naked shirtless in every episode, and Danny should just stand there staring and making comments.
        Amen, sister!

        (it is very hard to pay attention to anything except Steve's abs--especially when he's wet or about to get wet....The swimming comment was part of the "you miss me" conversation.)

        Oh--I didn't mean to pressure you about writing something! I totally understand about having too much on one's plate. Only do it if it's fun. But if you do, I would be more than happy to beta it for you!

        The swimming bunny is yours if you want it--but I also like the idea of Danny watching and worrying and being secretly turned on by Steve's competence.

        Something like: because of Danny's knee, Steve has to unexpectedly do the undercover/meet and greet work that Danny has prepped for (maybe even pretending to be Danny). BUT, because it's so sudden, he has to go in unprepared, with only Danny's voice in his ear (via some high tech gadgetry) to guide him (a Cyrano de Bergerac scenario--I love those). Things go south, w/Danny listening--he's worried and turned on by Steve figuring out how to get out of it.

        Will keep thinking!

        Edited at 2010-11-03 01:32 am (UTC)
    • But- but-! That gif! it cuts out before Steve flexes his muscles! It was a thing of beauty, why does it cut off before???

      (We now observe the Steve in his natural habitat: being hot and about to do something stupid while the Danny snarks at him. Notice the subtle mating dance the Steve performs, showing off his chest and highlighting his muscles with his movements).
      • Steve in his natural habitat: being hot and about to do something stupid while the Danny snarks at him. Notice the subtle mating dance the Steve performs, showing off his chest and highlighting his muscles with his movements
        OMG, so true! He's like some kind of exotic bird fluffing his plummage.
  • Heh! I haven't watched H50 yet but I look forward to McGarret's chest hair and yes, Gwaine's flowing locks are a thing of beauty.
    • The chest hair was lovely *g*--and now I'm fascinated by the cultural politics of chest hair on TV. Is it a matter of personal choice? Or an aesthetic decision by the show-runner? Or can the guys on H50 be hairy because it's on after the 10pm watershed? (in other words, why do JA and JP wax?).

      But wasn't Gwaine fun?! I loved him having adventures with Merlin, and hugging Merlin, and generally rolling his eyes at Arthur!
  • *wails* I don't get to see this episode until I get back from work today... d*mn being on the wrong side of the Atlantic... and I really shouldn't read spoilers because now I will be distracted all day by thoughts of shirtless!Steve.

    And Merlin and Gawaine's little campfire confession? They so jumped one another right after the camera cut. (And as I watch this show with my kids, I so shouldn't be thinking that, right??)
    • shirtless!wet!Steve was the kind of thing that could distract you for days....

      Hope you enjoy the ep. when you get to see it!

      And hey--I watch Merlin with my kids too *fistbump of solidarity*--that's why I have to save my dirty thoughts for LJ *g* That campfire discussion was so adorable--and they totally made mad love afterward! I loved Gwaine, and his wild jumping into hay bales, and his hugging, and his eye-rolling disbelief at Arthur's attitude. I hope he comes back again!
      • "I kind of lost track after Steve took off his shirt."

        Uh... yes... me too.

        As shirtless!Steve and wet!Steve and crazy-military-guy!Steve running around with a gun are all good for me (especially when engaging in snark with Danny at the same time), I'm kind of having trouble putting together any coherent comments about this episode whatsoever... :)
        • I'm kind of having trouble putting together any coherent comments about this episode whatsoever... :)

          That's what happened to me! That's why I had to post this garbled rush of OMGabsandswimming rather than waiting a day or so to be coherent like I usually do-wet!Steve is bad for the brain cells ;)
          • It's probably a good thing I've got a gym session scheduled for my lunch hour today, or I'd be rewatching this on my iPod and embarrassing myself in front of the guys I share an office with...
  • Ok, now I've seen the episode and I have to agree, Alex O'Laughlin should be shirtless and/or covered in sweat a lot more. Damnit, now I want malaria!Steve fic *shakes head* I am a sad case.

    I really enjoy the shallow parts of this show, but I'm not sure I'll be able to stick with it if the rampant right-wing apology keeps on like this. Also, the guy was seconds away from a total psychotic break-down. Are we sure that's the best time to re-unite him with his daughter?? (but of course all the american flags framing him have magical PTSD healing properties!)

    ps. How long can Steve hold his breath for? I'll leave you to ponder that thought. And the implications thereof ;-P
    • MALARIA!STEVE? YOU ARE AN EVIL GENIUS,GIRL!

      You tell me a place in the world where he could conceivably have contracted malaria and I will write that for you, because I cannot resist malaria!fic. (he says he spent five years chasing the terrorist guy in the first episode around the world while he was with Naval Intelligence; I imagine him chasing the guy into deepest blankety-blank with a team--they ran out of Malavert, and being all noble, Steve went without. See--I am writing it already!)

      Unless you want to write it yourself--which would also be very good *nods*

      Given the total tragedy of the guy's (Graham?) military service, it was hard to see the American flags as anything but ironic, though I doubt that's what the show meant. Still, I know what you mean about the right wing apology level...


      Edited at 2010-11-03 01:43 am (UTC)
      • Here's your prompt: "It was dumb of him, but Steve didn't recognize the symptoms of a flare-up until they were in the car, driving back, and he started shaking with the chills."

        Places: Er... Myanmar?

        Get writing girl *cracks whip, laughs evilly*
        • That'll do the trick! Gen y/y? ('cause I can go either way with these two).

          *heeds the crack of the whip*
          • Well, I have my pet theory that Steve might have certain inappropriate feelings which he is never going to mention, EVER, thank you very much, because life's already too complicated as it is and hot military info lady is hot and is under no illusions of a stable relationship, and also gives him intel when he needs it, so it really works out well and Danny is his very heterosexual partner and they work well together and really, Steve sees no point in rocking the boat, everyone's fine as it is, and if sometimes he wacks a quick one in the shower thinking about blonde hair and a mouth that never shuts up, well, that's nobody's business but his own, are we clear?
    • Clear as a bell ;) Guh--I think you should write that fic!

      But one malaria!fic, gen+UST coming right up (well, it'll be a few days, but, soon!)
    • okay--clearly this thing was writing itself while I was asleep--because it's 1.2K already....I'm supposed to be doing other things, but I might have to get this out of my system first. I'll email you the first part if you want a look ;)
      • Gimme NOW, b-otch!

        it was the whip, wasn't it? I should start using it more to get people to do my bidding

        Only, I'm going out now for a few hours, so won't get back to you until tomorrow late-ish with feedback (why yes, I am excited to read it!)
  • I've been a bit of a lurker here (after having read your fic!), and I really should say something...Like how I share your viewing tastes, from SPN to Merlin, and now I seem to be hooked on H50 for the sheer Pretty of it. :)

    So, anyway, I get a good laugh out of your mini-recaps and thoughts about each week's eps of my fave show. Thanks for that!

    And I agree - wet!shirtless!Steve....Mmmm. Every week. If Bradley James can be shirtless every week, come on...

    Anyway, that's it. Just wanted to de-lurk for a brief moment, and since I'm at work right now, I should probably go back to doing something vaguely worklike...
    • Hey--nice to hear from you--and so glad the recaps give you a laugh or two!

      The Pretty of H50 is kind of unstoppable, isn't it? And that's a very good point! If Bradley James can do it, so can Alex O'Laughlin--if only for the sake of national pride. Except for how he's Australian. But that doesn't matter--I'm sure there's some reason for him to take his shirt off every episode! And get wet!
  • Haha, Steve taking off his shirt also sort of scrambled the rest of things for me for a little bit, but I liked the ep overall, and the old guy was awesome.

    But the Steve and Danny stuff in this was too adorable, what with Danny yelling at Steve over the phone and Steve holding the phone away from his ear. So cute! "Are you talking to your wife?" "No, my partner." <3<3<3
    • I liked it a lot too--even after Steve put his shirt back on ;)

      And Danny's worry was especially adorable--about Steve being locked in the bathroom, and then his worried little "McGarrett?...Steve?" when the phone got tossed in the water...they are an awesome couple/partnership!
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