24 - i like fairytales
what a brutal denouement for how understated and low volume it is. love the juxtaposition between the chlorinated fluorescent interior shots, all sickbay green, and the wilting cool grays of the exteriors, only pops of color in faces and street side facades. love how the sexual encounter is shot, all hands and hair and neck and skin, erotic by touch more than any other sense. lots of grace notes here for asher, and so fun as a performance, but moulder brown's characterization required like just the right youthful curiosity and vicious doggedness that i think he nails.
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