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One unpopular fannish opinion, plus wolfling is funneh

Cleaned up a wee bit. ;-)

mpoetess: I am... not displeased by the smooshing of Dr. Romano. I disliked him greatly, and have a petty feeling that my wailing and gnashing of teeth at the stabbing of my Lucy and the cancer of my Dr. Green has been somewhat redressed. Not that I ever watch ER or have any opinions about it....

wolfling: And height of irony too. Because if he hadn't been having a panic attack about being up where the last helicopter attacked him, he wouldn't have been outside.

mpoetess: I am not going to post any sort of gloating laughter, however, because if Spike or Xander died permanently and someone laughed, I'd [virtually] throw things at them. Or Giles, for that matter.

wolfling: True. But this is like.... a giant burning Caleb falling on Xander and crushing him to death. Even if you're upset ya gotta see the irony.

mpoetess: Point. Also, hee.


2003-11-20 09:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

You'd virtually throw things at Giles?


2003-11-20 09:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

Well, myself...


2003-11-20 09:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

I can't agree more about Romano. I don't even watch the show but caught this episode because the level of intensity was so clearly evident even in the previews.

And also to add random fangirlish glee (which is all fake since I would never watch the show), Susan and Abby? Rock my world.


2003-11-21 12:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

I obviously need to actually *see* this episode. :)


2003-11-21 12:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yes, I recommend it. I don't often converse with my TV (barring while watching Angel, of course), but when I saw this, a not so silent "Holy Fuck" escaped my lips. Then there was dead silence for the rest of the episode, followed only by an "Oh my God" at the end.


2003-11-20 10:09 pm (UTC) (Link)


I was caught between horror and glee. I mean, dude, what a way to go. But yes, mighty with the irony. It's almost poetic.


2003-11-21 12:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

I almost want to say it's too poetic -- too much of a coincidence for a (damn clever) punchline.


2003-11-20 10:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

It was like the Acme 'copter falling on the Coyote. It just *zoom* dropped on him. I was suspecting it (well, not with the copter falling on him, but him being one of the casualties) but when it happened, I was still all jaw-dropping agape.

Oddly enough, as much as I loathed and despised Romano, I'd begun to enjoy him, too. Pig that he was. I thought his ungraceful struggle to deal with his amputation was a powerful storyline and killing him off was ... well, kind of a cop out. Like "this was a big traumatic story and -- we don't know where to go with it now and so we quit". But then, I've got a fic!kink (of the non-sexual variety) about stories where people cope with disability. I think it's a combination of an early exposure to the Helen Keller story combined with my own (gradually improving) disability.

And ... (speaking of "unpopular fannish opinions", except that I'm not the only person who's seen it since I've read fic with the pairing), I think that Kovac/Romano had an interesting and twisted spark, and that the complication of Luca having, however accidentally, had a part in causing Robert's accident was just a nifty twist. And I'd never write it, but it's been one of my Totally Sekrit Thoughts whilst watching ER for quite a bit now.

But then, Luca is The Sexy. And his boyfriend (who is also The Sexy) should be back soon, so it's better that Romano is gone when he does return. I wonder if John will become the new head of the ER when he does return ... or if they'll bring in somebody new or go with somebody I'm not thinking of righ tnow....

And I'm gonna miss hearing Elizabeth say "Robert" in *just* that way, that "you annoying little man" way, in her sexy throaty accented voice.

And I still can't figure out if the reason I suddenly am liking Abby again is (1) she and John -- mismatch of the century -- seem broken up for good, or (2) she's a medical student again, or (3) she's got her spark back.

Actually, I think it's probably because she's got her spark back and that is because of a combination of break-up with John and back in med school.

And Lucy. Poor sweet Lucy -- how could those bastards kill her off. There were so many others I wouldn've rather seen go at the time (including Romano, who was much less interesting back then)...

Ehem. Sorry. I don't often let my ER fangirl out to play, so she kinda took over here....


2003-11-20 10:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

I've always hated Romano and found his story so compelling. No matter how much I disagreed with him, thought he was disgusting, and was repelled at his actions, there was something (to the acting?) that kept me interested in his choices.

I don't watch the show very often, but I'm often impressed when I do. I tuned in tonight only because I needed to veg (I don't watch enough tv to see previews) and am interested to see how they play out his death in the next episode. I liked the conscious decision to leave him unfound until the end, although I reserve my right to change my mind if they ignore it next week.

I too am disappointed to see him go. The character added great conflict, and the storyline of his amputation was original and thought provoking. I was quite impressed with the actor, and hope that he does get offers in whatever direction he goes.

Wow, I am feeling like I sound especially pretentious in my posts these days. Sorry.


2003-11-21 12:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

I too am disappointed to see him go. The character added great conflict, and the storyline of his amputation was original and thought provoking. I was quite impressed with the actor, and hope that he does get offers in whatever direction he goes.

I hated Romano with a passion. I hated him so much I thought I'd be happy if he got killed off. In fact, I don't think "hate" is even a strong enough word for what I felt for Romano.

But that sure says a hell of a lot about the actor, doesn't it? To do such an outstanding job playing such a prick that fans will go out of their way to bash him takes serious talent. Most jerks fall into the category of unliked, but usually ignored. There was no way to ignore Romano.


2003-11-21 12:32 pm (UTC) (Link)


I kind of... freaked out, when Lucy died. She'd been my viewpoint character, and I was having major death-fear issues, and there was some inarticulate sobbing.


2003-11-21 12:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

Actually, I think it's probably because she's got her spark back and that is because of a combination of break-up with John and back in med school.

I completely agree. The scene where Susan asks, "Who did this?" with regard to the central line, and Abby saying, "You did, if you sign it," is now my most favorite Abby/Susan moment ever (Abby/Susan being general friendship and not slash for me).

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2003-11-20 11:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

Ironically I haven't watched a full ep since sometime last year, and didn't watch anything but the promos for this one -- just got the rundown from friendslist / wolfling. So yeah, apparently there was smooshing.

Not sure about Carter -- I think he's meant to be coming back... ? (She said helplessly, to other people who've been watching much more religiously than she...)


2003-11-20 11:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

I gave up on watching ER or even trying to read the recaps on the website years ago, but heard through the gossip columns that whatshisface who plays Carter is only going to do a few eps this season instead of the whole thing. Hence shoving him in Africa until such times as he wants to show up. My guess is sweeps ;)


2003-11-21 12:27 am (UTC) (Link)

They actually showed Carter in Africa tonight after Abby said she hadn't heard from him, he was in bed with another woman, possibly a light skinned balck or asian woman, it was hard to tell in the light. He had a full beard and looked kinda dirty. I haven't checked the spoilers to see when he's coming back mostly because I fear that as soon as he does Luka will go back to the Congo and I will cry like a sad fangirl.

I was just lamenting about Lucy in my review too, gone but not forgotten. Also I'll miss Romano and his jokes, but not his threats and firing of everyone under the sun, that kind of tension can go and stay gone.

I was really loving Abby this week (and last week too) and I think it is that she's flying solo. She's finding herself, her inner sapphic sister moppet, and realizing that as long as she has Susan Nila herself she'll be fine.

Overall an exciting ep, I'm still crying for Susan and Chuck and he didn't even die, now that was the kind of tense I love.


2003-11-21 01:27 am (UTC) (Link)

I got the same vibe with the Romano. I was looking forward to seeing him deal with the amputation, but at the same time I wonder how much he really would have changed. He's been pretty much unreedemable from the get-go. Still, this did cry "cop-out".

The news goes that Noah Wylie wanted to spend more time with the wife and new baby, hence reduced screentime. So, they stick him in Africa for the long haul, but he shows up now and then. I do believe he's back in the next two eps.

The end of tonight showed him with one of my fave actresses, Thandie Newton (The Journey of August King, Jefferson in Paris, Beloved, MI:II, The Truth About Charlie, etc.). She's African and English. Gorgeous Girl. John Woo adored her in MI:II. I swear her scenes were all deer-eyed face shots. I understand the fascination, cause she's one of the most beautiful women I've ever seen.

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Re: I'm kinda gonna miss the arrogant little fuck


2003-11-21 12:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

I only catch it periodically, but I'm always sucked into the story, when I do. The characters even when annoying never fail to be *interesting*.


2003-11-21 07:26 am (UTC) (Link)

Heh. I'll admit there was glee-age at the irony of Romano's demise. Loved that no one could find him, but didn't really care enough to go looking. Stoopid bastard. Still, I almost felt sorry for him for a moment there. It was an 'oh shit' moment, like Gary Oldman in 'The Professional'.

So glad they didn't kill Chuck. Didn't bother to know his name until tonight - I pretty much watch the show for Pretty Luka (tm) - but he seemed so sweet and earnest. And Susan loves him. Awwwwww.

Only complaint: why didn't they smoosh that ridiculous pot smoking med student while they were at it? At least they killed the rich patient in the helicopter that was being such a prick. Ah, occasionally life is good.


2003-11-21 12:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

Loved that no one could find him, but didn't really care enough to go looking.


NOT laughing.


2003-11-21 07:38 am (UTC) (Link)

Wolfling being funny is an unpopular opinion? *g,d,r*

I keep forgetting to watch ER. They've got a Sutherland now!


2003-11-21 12:40 pm (UTC) (Link)


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2003-11-21 12:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

Heee. I did not create the giant flaming Calebs. I only posted about them.

Squish! Squish! Squish!


2003-11-21 09:14 am (UTC) (Link)

How horribly ironic. I think.