Did you ever have a friend who made you see the world a little differently? Whose perspective on an issue was so utterly different from yours it made you stop and think, “Whoa… I was so sure I was right – but maybe I’m not?”
I’ll say it in no uncertain terms: Stephanie SenGupta is one of my least favorite H50 writers. If not my least favorite. OK, so that was a little less than uncertain but in my defense, she is credited as the writer of 2.22 “Ua Hopu” – a great episode about which I have negligible complaints… as opposed to her other episodes, about which I have numerous complaints. Surprisingly enough, the point of this post isn’t to point out why SenGupta’s other credited episodes (2.5, 2.13, 3.4 and 3.8) will never be at the top of my favorites list but to point out that they may be at the top of Kim’s.
There are always a few nits to pick with any episode of television. Perhaps a character acts contrary to your expectations, takes an action, or says a thing you wish they hadn’t. Sometimes the plot lines make no sense. Things that seem obvious to the audience are overlooked by the characters’ selective obliviousness. Maybe a favorite character didn’t get as much screen time as they normally do, or a highly touted guest star failed to deliver a memorable performance. Sometimes the special effects or action stunts are Just Too Much. Not sure why these things hurt – but they do; and we’ve all been there.
Nevertheless, what doesn’t work for you (or me) is working for someone else. Trust. I can’t contemplate McGarrett’s behavior in some of those above-mentioned SenGupta episodes without my blood running cold and/or a serious harshing of my H50 Aloha. I’m never going to enjoy them. Because of my past, who I am and how I feel – it’s never going to happen.
However, I talked about my feelings with Kim. And Kim calmly, kindly, respectfully and clearly stated why those episodes were enjoyable for her, what she liked about them and why she likes how Steve McGarrett is in them. And I am okay with that. Because I am more than okay with Kim.
There has been enough division, and too many hasty, hurtful words lately, too many passive aggressive (and outright aggressive) tweets from people mad about this or that, and the people who aren’t mad aren’t being sympathetic to the people who are (because… again… We’ve All Been There) and it’s just – it’s enough – it’s enough to make me see why being in fandom can potentially ruin the enjoyment of a beloved Show. When everyone’s trying so hard to make it all about themselves, or prove themselves right, it becomes something that, ultimately, no one enjoys. Who knows, maybe I’m wrong about this, too.
So, in times like this, it’s people like Kim who make it worthwhile. Someone I disagree with on a point or two and still manage to adore. It’s possible! And, Kim, I know you. And what you like is a
rage-monster, let’s say heated McG and a certain part of his anatomy (I’m talking about the one between his shoulders and his ears, dirty girl). So this is all for you.
Screncaps from bookemdanno.net <– CLICK HERE, DO IT…. DO IT…….
And because I can't leave this post without a little bit of humor, let's remember what the internet is actually for: Not discussing television shows, but looking at pictures of cats. May I present the fluffy alley cats of Chicago Fire – I think I promised this to Kimmer & Jana before Thanksgiving! Ooh, looking lovely in sepia tones! Meow!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY KIMMER!