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16 October 2008 @ 10:45 pm
SDoaCG -- Simply Irresistible  
Okay, seriously? Is Billie Piper not THE cutest thing like ever!?!? I totally think she is. She's just so frickin' adorable!!!!!!!!!!!

Ahem, I just can't get over how damn good this show is. In 20 minutes, it manages to illicit so many responses from me. The acting, the writing, the direction, the overall everything is just so darn good. Although, I did catch an editing snafu. When Hannah is ready for work, she's wearing a blue shirt. When she is in the streets talking to the camera, the shirt is white. When she's at work, the shirt is blue again. Still, that's quite, quite a small foible when the rest of the product is so awesome.

You know, I was really expecting a lot more angst from this episode, but it was overall more comic than we've actually seen in a while. Most of it from Hannah and Billie's impeccable timing. (Seriously, this show would not be even a tenth as fantabulous as it is without Billie Piper's presence.) Just a few great gems ...
    "What?"
    "It's just ... you ruined my exit."
    "No, no, no, that was brilliant. Very good answer."

    "I won't touch you. Well, not unless you pay me."
    And then that utterly adorable laugh.
    "That's really inappropriate."
    "Yeah, I'm gonna go to bed."

    "See, this is why we should be together. I always think I'm dying; you always know I'm tired."
    "And late."
    "Late. Yeah, tired and late. You know me so well."
    (Seriously, this last was all in the delivery.)

    "Did you pull the plug out of the phone?"
    (Nods) "Mmmhmm. But only cuz I love you." (Again, delivery.)

    Then, of course, the whole "I love Alex" montage. HAHAHAHA!!! I was rolling. Then the "I quit."
Seriously, I would never have guessed that Billie Piper has pitch perfect comic timing. Ever! Was RTD unaware of this?! Is this why we never saw any overt comic stuff with Rose like we did with Donna (due to Catherine Tate's well-known amazing comic timing)? That is the only reason I can imagine that we didn't get stuff utilizing her comedic talent on Doctor Who.

And, yeah, there were still heartbreaking moments, of course. The not-dinner scene, followed by the not-sex (and the over-the-top gratuitous body double -- sigh, it's not funny anymore. ::rolls eyes::). The Ben/Hannah scenes, especially the latter. Speaking of Ben, I *was* glad to hear that he broke up with Vanessa because otherwise I was having none of him. First, sleeping with Hannah (not to mention being in love with her still), then getting it on with bar-girl, I was pissed off on poor unseen-Vanessa's behalf. So I'm glad he DID break up with her after he had sex with Hannah. Although, he should have done it much sooner.

Oh, and those final moments where Hannah said she was a crap friend. (Which she really isn't, it's more just the fact that Ben's in love with her and she's not in love with him and that's not her fault, or his. It just is.) I felt so for both Hannah and Ben, and poor Alex, caught in the middle and he's no clue how he got there or how to even remotely extricate himself. During that last scene, I was thinking: What an odd, unusual triangle. Because really it is a triangle, but not in a way I've ever seen presented before. I wonder which direction they'll go ... not just with the different angles within the three, but also really with Hannah and Alex. Because obviously she can't be with Alex if she's an escort, and obviously the show can't continue if she's not an escort, so how is the show going to work around this? Hmmm.

Finally, the last line was great, the self-realization that Hannah has the issues, not Belle. So where do we go from here? I can't wait to find out. Oh, I love this show, and I love Billie Piper and her awesomeness: Her talent, her beauty, her utter everything. So ... some screencaps:

Most adorable pout on a prostitute!



Oh, woe. Alex is breaking her heart all over again. Bad Alex, bad Alex!



He won't even stay in the apartment with her for a measly hour, and here are the waterworks. Billie cries so prettily.



Ah, a smile, even if it's a smile worn to cover the pain. Poor Hannah.



Loves it! The "But only cuz I love you" smile. Which, of course, fades to sadness ...



See?



And see? (But pretty shots.)



Extreme Billie close-up and still as gorgeous as ever.



Random thoughts ...

- Ah, how preggers Billie looks. Really, really preggers.

- And speaking of preggers Billie and the body double shots I mentioned above, it's getting really bad now. They don't match very well. I mean, any of it. The first shot? Gah, the hair (especially the way the ends were cut) was so, so jarring. I immediately was like, "that's not Billie's hair." And then just the over-the-top nature of how they're showing "Hannah's" nudity now is jarring. Then, of course, technically, the cuts themselves are jarring and it just does not match at all. (Still not even remotely enough to take away from the overall awesome of the show.)

- I really expected Ben to spill about him and Hannah sleeping together not knowing that Alex was there, Alex would hear it and then take off in another stormy huff. Thank you, show, for once again not being predictable.

- Finally, you know, I kept thinking throughout the episode how could anyone resist her. Just look at her, I kept thinking and it hit me while doing the screencaps: RTD could not have chosen a better actress to believably play the love of a 900+-year-old's life, because Billie Piper is THAT irresistible.

Uh huh.
 
 
 
Rolling to the Ocean: Rose/Tenlittle_aphid on October 17th, 2008 06:13 am (UTC)
I really need to catch up on this show. I've only seen the first few episodes, and then a few here and there. But it's brilliant from what I have seen, and Billie Piper is amazing as usual, so I have no idea why I haven't sat down to watch the rest of the first season, at least. Thanks for reminding me. Billie's irresistibility doesn't hurt either.
Arabian: David & Billie Dancingarabian on October 17th, 2008 01:19 pm (UTC)
Oh, you should. I didn't get addicted until the end of the first series, but I have loved it all along. And it's just getting better and better. You must catch up.
Giorgia: sdoacgbillietazza_di_jo on October 17th, 2008 09:50 am (UTC)
she was a crap friend
I thought this referred more to the fact that she's being a bit selfish and very egocentric. She had sex with him to make herself feel better, and then she wanted to just sweep it under the carpet without even mentioning it, when she has to have an inkling, on some level, that Ben is more involved than she is.

I expected Ben to spill too... maybe it'll come out in the next episode? Why is Bambi telling Ben? There has to be a reason...

Billie looks reeeeeeally pregnant, and the double is irritating me too.

Sigh, just one more episode...
Arabian: Billie Piper_02arabian on October 17th, 2008 01:18 pm (UTC)
Yes, she was wrong to sleep with Ben, but honestly, he was wrong to sleep with her. He KNOWS that she's not in love with him, and I don't think she quite realizes just how much in love with her he is. I really think it boils down to he's in love with her, she's in love with him and that's nobody's fault.

I expected Ben to spill too... maybe it'll come out in the next episode? Why is Bambi telling Ben? There has to be a reason...

I know, I know ... hmmm. I can't wait.

Billie looks reeeeeeally pregnant, and the double is irritating me too.

The worst was when she let Ben in and she was wearing that robe and there were full body shots and you could just flat-out SEE that Billie was pregnant.

Sigh, just one more episode...

Sniff, sniff. I KNOW!!!!!!!!!!!

Edited at 2008-10-17 01:20 pm (UTC)
Velvet Rain Dropsadriana_is on October 17th, 2008 12:37 pm (UTC)
Alex was a complete jerk to her. I get that he's hurt and freaked out but he did not have to be so abusive. I don't like a sad Hannah. (pets her)

Word on the body double. It's just getting to be a bit too much, otoh, she looks absolutely beautiful preggers.

Ben. (just hugs him)
Arabian: Billie Piper_03arabian on October 17th, 2008 01:21 pm (UTC)
I can see Alex being jerky, but again, she IS a prostitute. That's gotta be a pretty huge blow.

I don't like a sad Hannah. (pets her)

Still, I agree!

Word on the body double. It's just getting to be a bit too much, otoh, she looks absolutely beautiful preggers.

Yes.

Ben. (just hugs him)

And yes.
bubbles234bubbles234 on October 17th, 2008 12:59 pm (UTC)
I <3 Billie! :D
Arabian: Rose_smilearabian on October 17th, 2008 01:21 pm (UTC)
I know!!!!!
Marinajavabreeze on October 17th, 2008 05:40 pm (UTC)
Although, I did catch an editing snafu. When Hannah is ready for work, she's wearing a blue shirt. When she is in the streets talking to the camera, the shirt is white. When she's at work, the shirt is blue again. Still, that's quite, quite a small foible when the rest of the product is so awesome.

Really? lol I didn't even notice that. I must go back and watch that bit.

Can I just say that I love how comedic this show is? The angst and drama is nice and everything but it's very expected. I'd love to see more comedy on this show. It works and Billie is just so damn good at it.
Arabian: Rose_smilearabian on October 17th, 2008 11:45 pm (UTC)
I didn't even notice that. I must go back and watch that bit.

Yeah, it really stood out to me. Likely because I noted the blue shirt, thought it was eh, okay, and most of her clothes are great. So when in a new scene, I zeroed in on the shoulda-been blue not as pretty as her normal get-ups shirt and saw white instead. And then in the next I was really looking and sure enough, back to blue.

Can I just say that I love how comedic this show is? The angst and drama is nice and everything but it's very expected. I'd love to see more comedy on this show. It works and Billie is just so damn good at it.

Yeah, I love the comedy on this show and you are right, Billie is just AMAZING at it. She never fails to make me laugh. Her timing is incredible.

Edited at 2008-11-09 04:34 am (UTC)
Callista Mariscallistazm on October 17th, 2008 06:07 pm (UTC)
Personally I like the body doubles and the nudity...it gives my imagination a jumping point with which to visualize Ten/Rose sex. :D

Plus, she, whoever she is, is bloody hot.
Arabian: Veronica_Anime-Stylearabian on October 17th, 2008 11:43 pm (UTC)
Oh, I don't have a problem with the body double or nudity, it's the fact that it's so badly done now. In the earlier episodes this season, it was believable as Belle/Hannah, not how they're doing. And, again, when it was Billie, the nudity was never this over-the-top, but since they're using a body double it's like it's overkill.
Judedanceonstardust on October 19th, 2008 02:13 am (UTC)
Film major here!>>

I get what you are saying about the double. It BUGS me for some reason. Also that Editing mix up, at first I thought it was the lighting but nope you are right.

You could really tell that is a pregnant but not really pregnant, she's in her 5 to 6 month stage.

It just looks like Hannah has became chubbs, if she was 8 months like right now (really showing) then I'll believe she is.

Yeah, Billie has so great comical timing. I realized RTD shouldn't end Doctor/Rose but since Stephen Moffet not really a Rose fan) became in charge. RTD had to end them in some way (also in a great way with a Tenth Doctor clone! I want one!)

Great episode analysis... too bad that the show is reaching to it's end right now. I would love to read your finale meta!

Jude
Arabian: Billie Piper_04arabian on October 19th, 2008 07:26 pm (UTC)
I get what you are saying about the double. It BUGS me for some reason. Also that Editing mix up, at first I thought it was the lighting but nope you are right.

It's like they're so excited that they have a body double that they can use so gratuitiously (whereas with Billie it's never over-the-top or gratuitous or much seen actually) that they are determined to get as much mileage as possible ... even when by doing so as they are, it's jarring and distracting.

You could really tell that is a pregnant but not really pregnant, she's in her 5 to 6 month stage.

It just looks like Hannah has became chubbs, if she was 8 months like right now (really showing) then I'll believe she is.


Right, but going back to the over-the-top body double that's another thing. It's like Hannah's gained weight ... except when she's naked? It's just annoying.

Yeah, Billie has so great comical timing. I realized RTD shouldn't end Doctor/Rose but since Stephen Moffet not really a Rose fan) became in charge. RTD had to end them in some way (also in a great way with a Tenth Doctor clone! I want one!)

Agreed on all counts.

Great episode analysis... too bad that the show is reaching to it's end right now. I would love to read your finale meta!

Only one more episode. Waaaah!!!!!!!!!!! I can't wait until series three!!!
madeellymadeelly on October 23rd, 2008 05:16 am (UTC)
Totally agree with everything you've written here (especially how pregnant she looks xD). I definitely think Billie was the best person chosen to play Belle (I call her that because I read the blog pre-show and you only every know her as Belle xD) because she's gorgeous but also very smart and natural looking.
Arabian: Billie Piper_04arabian on October 23rd, 2008 01:04 pm (UTC)
Ah, if you never know her as anything else, calling her Belle makes sense. I tend to call her Belle or Hannah depending on what part of the storyline I'm talking about, LOL!

And obviously I agree that Billie was PERFECT casting!!
madeellymadeelly on October 23rd, 2008 10:44 pm (UTC)
Yeah, she's more Belle to me than she is Hannah. xD

Billie = awesomeness, especially for Belle. *g*
Arabian: Billie Piper_02arabian on October 23rd, 2008 11:00 pm (UTC)
Billie is just awesomeness personified. She is THE awesome. And finale tonight!! AAAHHH!!!
madeellymadeelly on October 23rd, 2008 11:13 pm (UTC)
Billie is awesomeness. I know, it's sad the series is ending. =[ But they're making another one next year! I hope the baby won't cramp Billie's style. xD