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Snowflake challenge day 7

Day 7

In your own space, share a favorite piece of original canon (a TV episode, a song, a favorite interview, a book, a scene from a movie, etc) and explain why you love it so much. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

So behind!

I couldn't decide here what I wanted to share, but I remembered looking for this scene from La Femme Nikita a while ago for a friend who was working on a book. She is a good writer, solid and workmanlike, but because she's super analytical and has an engineer's brain, everything is kind of flat, and her characters don't seem to have a lot of interior life or express any intense emotions. She'll describe them that way, but it often doesn't come to life on the page in our critique group readings until she gets feedback from us. I was telling her about this scene because she had a section where her protagonists in a thriller romance were in a horrible situation, and how this show was such a perfect series to rip off for fiction.

La Femme Nikita was just a godsend for fan writers, too, I swear. Everything was so deliciously OTT and most episodes read like they were fanfic. I totally plan to steal this scene myself for a future fic, and right now I'm using a scene from another episode for inspiration in the thing I'm working on. What I loved about this scene is that Michael and Nikita are captured and being decoratively tortured (I love how the rat bites on Nikita are so perfectly placed, never on her eyes or mouth), and they're in these hanging cages. Michael starts swinging his legs back and forth to get the cages moving, and then when they connect he grabs them with his fingers to pull Nikita close.

Of course, since he's nearly superhuman, they get out and complete their mission, but the best part of this episode was that at the end, Nikita's been shot, and she's lying there unconscious in the medical ward, and Michael leans over and kisses the corner of her mouth and says that not everything was a lie. IT IS MY FAVORITE TROPE IN THE WHOLE WORLD OKAY. There is nothing more wonderful to me than "it wasn't all a lie/fake/for the job"--like Brian at the end of the Fast and the Furious, or Steve and Kayla on Days of Our Lives. I imprinted on that whole thing really early, I can still remember the first time I saw that played out in an episode of television in the early '70s, I think, and it's really stuck with me.

Anyway, this scene also hits a lot of my buttons, that whole "someone's practically dead but they have to say this one thing to the person they love" and "the only part of me that isn't dead is you." Ugh, I swoon. You can see why this is so going in a fic eventually.

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Jan. 14th, 2016 06:06 am (UTC)
YES! I heartily agree with everything you've said about LFN. Those were the days, weren't they? Michael, Michael, Michael. How did they pull it all off so beautifully?
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