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Invisible Man watch/rewatch - 1x04 Tiresias

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Invisible Man 1x04 - Tiresias

Okay, so -- this episode. I loved all the bits of the running subplot with the Official's "creative accounting", but overall, this is by far my least favorite of the season one episodes. It wouldn't have frustrated me so badly if Darien wasn't having the (accurately prophetic) dreams, but I couldn't understand why he was having the dreams, why there's a connection to the psychic guy, why psychic powers are a thing in this episode but never before or again ... and why everyone had to be such monumental IDIOTS in order for the prophesies to go ahead and play out as predicted (such as Hobbes and the Keeper both missing the obvious warning signs that Darien is teetering on the edge of quicksilver madness, and Hobbes GIVING HIM HIS GUN, wtf?!). The whole "blind prophet" trope is not one I'm fond of anyway and I greatly disliked the literal way it was handled in the episode. I wished that the prophet had turned out to be the fraud he seemed at first, and Darien's dreams hadn't come to pass in quite such a literal way (as in, every frame in his dream actually happening in the show -- metaphor I can handle, and makes sense as something he'd be having nightmares about, but exact prophesy ... maybe not so much).

That said, focusing on the things I liked:

- I continue to love Darien's antagonistic relationship with the people he works with/for, and the mutual distrust on both sides.

- The "creative accounting" subplot mentioned above was great (the Official and Eberts covering things up whenever Darien would walk in!) and there were quite a few cute/funny bits throughout the episode ("I'm going to kill Hobbes." / "What'd he do this time?").

- We also got more of Darien's worries about doing something really terrible when he snaps, and Darien actually going after Hobbes hits my "under mind control and trying to kill your friends*" buttons. There was some pretty good character stuff in this episode; I just wish it hadn't been wrapped up in a plot that really annoyed me.

*for certain values of friends

- I also liked Hobbes figuring out the solution to the mystery. He really is smart, even if he often doesn't show it, and I like it when it comes out.

Anyway, that's just me! What do you think? Feel free to disagree! (Or not, as the case may be.)


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Edited at 2014-12-07 06:21 am (UTC)
This is *such* a weird episode! Like, are we supposed to come away believing psychic powers are real in this 'verse? Because whether or not the blind guy was actually seeing the future, Darien most certainly was. And there's no explanation for it! Was the old guy giving Darien these dreams? Is Darien just independently psychic? WHO KNOWS.

The whole accounting thing cracks me up though, and totally makes up for the weirdness of the rest of the episode. (You would think, though, that whoever's in charge of the Agency would send auditors that are cleared to know what they're doing, yes? Unless the Agency isn't even telling their superiors about their projects, which is... a little odd. But wouldn't actually surprise me too much.)

I liked that Keeper never once budged on giving Darien a shot of the counteragent early. In a lot of other shows, I think they'd have had her waver, tempted by the main characters ~charm~.
Was the old guy giving Darien these dreams? Is Darien just independently psychic? WHO KNOWS.

I KNOW! He hasn't even met him yet when he started having the dreams! And it's never, ever mentioned again! It's so unbelievably WTF. Sometimes you just have to relax and go "what the hell is this, I don't even know" and go with the crack, I guess.

The accounting subplot was so great, though. I kind of wish it hadn't been in THIS episode, but at least it salvaged the rest of the episode for me.

Unless the Agency isn't even telling their superiors about their projects, which is... a little odd. But wouldn't actually surprise me too much.

See, that's kind of the impression I get? I think they actually do keep a lot of their work under wraps. It seems very them, somehow.


I liked that Keeper never once budged on giving Darien a shot of the counteragent early. In a lot of other shows, I think they'd have had her waver, tempted by the main characters ~charm~.

Yeah, tbh my initial thought on watching was that she should've been more alert to the dangers of Darien running out of counteragent (though I still think Hobbes was an absolute moron in this -- I get that he hasn't been working with Darien very long yet, but he KNOWS about the QSM and Darien is clearly acting unstable and he GIVES HIM HIS GUN; still not over that) but on reflection I agree with you. She's got good reasons for not giving it to him, and she's also got to put her foot down early, or she'll never hear the end of it.
See, that's kind of the impression I get? I think they actually do keep a lot of their work under wraps. It seems very them, somehow.

Right, but *someone* up the chain has to know what they do, or else they wouldn't keep getting funded at all (I mean, 9 million for "office supplies" might not be a ton in the government scheme of things, but it's also not chump change.) So... why didn't that person send a cleared auditor?

Unless.... I could see this actually being a Fish and Game audit, in which case, that would be hilarious.

Yeah, tbh my initial thought on watching was that she should've been more alert to the dangers of Darien running out of counteragent

Yeah, that's definitely true. I think at this point they're still getting a handle on how much quicksilver it actually takes to send him over the edge (I mean, she says thirty minutes of use, but what are they even basing that number on?).
Unless.... I could see this actually being a Fish and Game audit, in which case, that would be hilarious.

Instant headcanon, never budging on this.