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The new prompt at [community profile] starwarsflashmeme is Escape:

Escaping from a backwards desert planet? From a lifetime's conditioning in the First Order? From a cell, or a repressive social role, or a crashing spaceship?

Fic, art, etc. fills are all welcome. A new prompt will go up each Friday evening. Here are last week's fills (and someone let me know they were working on another one; I'll add it when it's up).

On a different topic, I watched the second episode of Second Chance, the new show with Tim DeKay. (I would've watched the first one, but Fox didn't have it up.) TIM, THE THINGS I DO FOR YOU. Actually, it's not as bad as I was expecting -- it's actually not bad at all, but it's kind of formulaic. I don't think I'd keep watching if not for TDK, but since he is in it and the show isn't half bad, I will probably catch another couple of episodes and see how it develops. I have watched worse things for actors I liked.

A couple of not-really-spoilery thoughts:

• It is a little disconcerting that Tim is playing a character who's basically Peter 2.0. He's slightly more by-the-book (I think Peter would be a little more willing to bend the rules), but otherwise, HE'S TOTALLY PETER in a different show and it's weird.

• This show suffers from an unusually bad case of "just tell people about your superpowers already". Maybe it would be less baffling if I'd watched the first episode, which might have given an actual reason for it, but right now it just feels like the protagonist is making his life and his family's lives infinitely more complicated by not telling anyone. And it makes the conflict between him and TDK's character frustratingly contrived, because there's no compelling reason not to tell him, and Peter v2.0 is actively investigating him; I can see a half-season's worth of near misses and evidence-hiding shenanigans stretching out ennnddddlessly.

• I do really like that the main love interest is an Indian woman! That's really unusual. On the other hand, the casting for characters who are supposed to be related to each other is ... terrible. The girl who is supposed to be the daughter of TDK's character looks nothing like either of her parents, and the kid who is playing young TDK not only looks nothing like him, but has blue eyes instead of brown ones. WHYYYYY.

... that said, I will probably check out the next couple of episodes and see how it goes.

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About Second Chance, the first episode is actually legally and freely available online on Fox's website:
http://www.fox.com/watch/600919619869/7765920768
(It's not as good as this second episode but it exposes all the necessary stuff)

You should probably watch it. It might make it more clear for you why Jimmy doesn't just tell everyone:
- I'm pretty sure you're not supposed to come back from the dead, if it were to be known, the twins might be in BIG troubles
- Jimmy is probably wary about telling Duval he is his father, because Duval didn't have a high opinion about his father and Jimy originally decided to stay away from him.

This said, it's not going to take long for Duval - or Gracie - to figure it out. And I'm really looking forward to this, because it sure is gonna be quite emotional and it'll make the Duval-Jimmy relationship more interesting.

I agree about young Duval. Blue eyes and curly hair?! Seriously?
However, I think you're confusing characters. Helen is actually Duval's sister. He's a widower/single dad so we don't know who the mom is. (There actually was originally an actress playing the mother in the Pilot but she was cut out). I like the young actress playing Gracie, Ciara Bravo, so I really don't mind that she doesn't look like Tim. I hope we'll see her a bit more in the future.

Anyway, glad you're watching it! And be careful, starting next week it's on fridays.
About Second Chance, the first episode is actually legally and freely available online on Fox's website:

It's not, actually. Or, I should say, when I went there yesterday, both episodes show up, it tries to load the first one, but then ends up giving me a "content unavailable at this time" message. I tried several times and then gave up and just watched the second one, heh.

Helen is the blond-haired woman who was with the little girl, correct? Okay, that makes sense if she's not Gracie's mom ... but that makes the family dynamics even more confusing to me now, because Jimmy's conflicted relationship with Duval is a really big deal in the show, but if Helen is also his daughter -- isn't his relationship with her important at all? In the episode I watched, he was playing "long-lost brother" to Duval (clever tactic) but he didn't really seem to be relating to Helen as her long-lost brother, or her dad either. Like, the way the two of them were in the episode, thinking of him as her father-in-law made sense. Thinking of him as her actual father just feels kind of weird; he is WAY more focused on Duval than on her. Poor Helen.

I did get the impression that his main reasons for not telling his family are because a) what happened to him is pretty unbelievable, so he's not sure if they'd believe him, and b) because his relationship with his son (and daughter, apparently) is awkward and conflicted, so he isn't really sure how to handle it. And I could see him wanting to keep it secret to protect the brother and sister that are helping him. But ... it's NOT actually doing that, it's just making things a whole lot harder for everyone, and potentially putting Duval in danger because he doesn't know the whole story! And Jimmy told the woman in the Chinese restaurant the truth. I guess right now, the entire conflict feels contrived to me, and I hope they aren't planning on dragging it out for too many episodes.

... having said that, though, wow, Duval is TOTALLY Peter. It's amazing. He's maybe a tiny bit less willing to bend the rules than Peter is (even before working with Neal, I got the impression that Peter was kind of a maverick, in his own quiet way). But it really is the next best thing to getting to see Peter again. :D
This is odd because it does load for me. And I don't have any subscription to anything so if it works for me, it should work for everyone (within the US) *scratch heads*

I can dropbox you the episode if you want.

I agree it should be better - and more interesting - once the truth is out.
You do have a point about Helen. I did see think about it, but that's true. Though old Jimmy was definitely not invested much in his family (that's the whole problem) and maybe he's just more interesting in Duval as an FBI agent who can help him put away the bad guys from "his city".
In any case, it seems clear they're not going to drag this for too long. Either Duval or Gracie will figure it out. Plus Jimmy doesn't seem the kind of guy to bother too much about keeping secrets and all. All he wants is to play sheriff.

It's funny, cause yes, Duval has quite a lot in common with Peter - work ethic, smart, badass, caring for his family - but at the same time, he seems a lot less open and cute than Peter was. I don't know, it's hard to explain. It's like Tim is less playing the "adorable" card (we haven't seen him smile much...).
Like, Duval doesn't come across as a guy who would put on green and yellow ties. Or having fun playing with a fake badge.
Obviously Duval has a lot more baggage than Peter, which is probably the reason.

The site may have been having issues the day I was there. I'll check back later.

It's funny, cause yes, Duval has quite a lot in common with Peter - work ethic, smart, badass, caring for his family - but at the same time, he seems a lot less open and cute than Peter was. I don't know, it's hard to explain. It's like Tim is less playing the "adorable" card (we haven't seen him smile much...).

No, I agree -- he's less playful and fun, more serious and tightly wound. I was thinking, especially, in the scene where he didn't want the Chinese gangster lady's help because she's a criminal, that Peter is a lot more flexible in his thinking. It's almost like Duval is more like fanfic-Peter, the way people often write him, instead of canon Peter, who had more of a sense of humor and more shades of gray in the way he thinks.
Yes, Peter is a lot less rigid than people give him credit for. And less than Duval, for sure, who is doing his best not to go where his father went. (Heh, maybe by the end, Duval *will* be more Peterish. ;) )

fanfic-Peter, the way people often write him, instead of canon Peter
which makes me cringe so often... But that's a different subject...
It's fun and funny, but it's not the best show on TV. I enjoy it enough to keep watching, and probably would even if TDK wasn't in it, though conversely I wouldn't be watching it if not for him as the premise put me off a bit for some reason!

I hadn't really noticed the casting problems. You'd think they could make sure that younger Duval had the same colour eyes as TDK!! Oh well!
Yeah, the blue eyes on the kid was sort of ... REALLY?! Of all the child actors you could have picked ... It's a minor nitpick, but it was just such an odd thing to overlook.

The show has its moments, though. I don't watch much TV so I don't know if I'll keep up with it, but it's really nice to see TDK in something again, especially playing a character so much like Peter!