I especially like the way itsmeyousee
, you blend the fiction with the meta. I know that's not for everyone (BFF can't stand it) but I think in order to constructively criticize something, you have to have the big picture. Without it, you're an ostrich intentionally sticking your head in the sand and ignoring a big part of the explanation.
I think I get that from being an historian but mainly from being a lawyer. Part of legal analysis is the "legislative history". You go outside the law itself and look at the who's, whats, whens, whys and hows. You place the forming and passing (or not) of the law in historical (external) perspective.
You given me food for thought.
As for Jack finding guns? I don't think Gwen told him how.
ETA: As I was dropping the sick dog off on the way to work, he and I had a chance to be alone together and have a conversation. We concluded that my newest feeling about CoE is one of disgust. The idea that the bolloxed up plot and holes in character continuity are all there even in part as a vehicle to facilitate killing Ianto disgusts me more than CoE did before -- those feelings were sadness, anger and frutration.
Writer One: "We need something to torture Jack with because we get great ratings when we torture him. I know, let's make him sacrifice a grandchild in front of his daughter who are plot devices because we've never, ever heard of them before. In order to get him to do that in the most graphic, angsty way popular (JB is a great crier! The ratings will soar!) Let's shivershake the kid until he bleeds out of his eyes, ears and nose and then dies, crying, in a pool of his own urine -- but, get this, we'll have Jack do it and the whole thing be done while the mother is screaming through the door window!! Awesome!! We'll sell so many Swiffer Wet Jets and Hob Nobs, BBC-1 will love us!!"
Writer Two: "But, wait. What would get Jack to that point? Hmm. I know. Rusty's been bitching about Ianto "domesticating" Jack and, plus, GDL is getting married and you know what that
means. He won't blow anybody. I think we could easily get a go-ahead to kill the character off. Actually, I'm surprised he's lived this long. He was supposed to die in Series One, doncha know."
Writer One: "But what about plot? How do we get Ianto into a room where we can kill him? He's not that stupid, is he? We've blown the whole budget on helicopters and huge exterior shots. We can't even afford to have an ambulatory villain. He gets a box covered in vomit and some smoke to hide the fact that he's really a muppet."
Writer Two: "Easy. We'll make a plot line that is full of devices. We'll make Jack be all weird about Ianto and Ianto be all needy and bimbo-y dumb so he won't even be missed. Right before he dies, though, we'll give him a chance to be surprisingly noble and brave. That will ratchet up the angst. No one will notice the lack of sense or character. Seriously, all we have to do is make Gwen the Hero and it will all fall in place. Rusty will love it."
And Captanne is disgusted.
Edited by captanne, May 4, 2012 @ 7:57 AM.