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17 February 2012 @ 05:55 pm
Days of Love 4  
Okay, so, technically this is two recs. But it isn't four! Sorry, these vids just match up in my mind, and I'm not going to be able to talk about one without talking about the other, so let's just pretend that this is a single rec.

Also: SPOILERS. Up to 3 x 10. In the vids, and also in my recommendation, although my text may be less informative than you think, given that I haven't actually seen any of White Collar beyond season one.

What New York Used to Be, by [dreamwidth.org profile] giandujakiss. White Collar.


Rolling in the Deep, by wistful_fever. White Collar.

So here we have the rise and the fall, or at least that's how I see it. What New York Used to Be is this sharp (seriously, watch this just for the editing, even if you've never seen the show, because you will be amazed at all the gorgeous cuts and perfect matches in this one, to the degree that you may have to go back again because you'll clap so hard you'll miss stuff), slick narrative. Neal is changing! Law enforcement is changing him! In the beginning, it's his enemy. In the end, it's his - you know, whatever - life partner, as represented by Peter. I love this vid for the energy of it, how it builds and builds and builds to show Neal changing, becoming someone new. By the end of the vid, I'm always sort of breathlessly in love with the show, Neal, Peter, and New York, all at once. And I suspect it's mutual. I have, after all, seen some episodes of the show, and I definitely think the writers at least used to have Neal/Peter/New York scribbled on their binders, right next to Elizabeth/Peter/Neal. I suspect hearts were drawn and initials written.

And then those same writers were apparently crossed in love. Because in Rolling in the Deep, it all goes to shit. I have no idea what happened in canon between these two vids, but whatever it was, I want it never to happen to me, or to any of my relationships. The thing is, even in Rolling in the Deep, I get the feeling that the love is still there; it's like Neal loves Peter, sure, but in the end he couldn't make the change What New York Used to Be suggested he had. He's trying to have his law enforcement and his crime, too, and he's fucking Peter over in the process. While still loving him. Oh, Neal, NO. That's my basic entire reaction to Rolling in the Deep: Oh, Neal, NO. Just - don't. But he does, he does.

So I tend to think of these vids in sequence, and, um, spend a lot of time making sad noises through the second one. I can't help it. I just like people to be happy, okay? And I also like them not to be making decisions that actively undermine their happiness. I don't understand why fictional characters DO that. (Dramatic tension blah blah blah. Whatever. In my secret heart, everyone is happy all the time forever the end.)

Someone please tell me there's a third vid coming that makes it all better. It could be called, like, "I Still Have the Capacity to Make the Occasional Choice That Doesn't Completely Fuck over Everyone Who Loves Me." That would be a good song choice. Is there a song like that?

But, you know, until that one comes out, and I am entirely sure it is coming, I will just keep re-watching these two. And so should you.

Also posted at Dreamwidth, where there are comment count unavailable comments.
Luzstarbolin on February 18th, 2012 04:09 am (UTC)
Here is what I know about White Collar:

1. Brilliant, cheerfully amoral career criminal meets kind, intelligent FBI agent
2. Also his brainy wife
3. Bisexual paradise forever

Yet, somehow, even after reading a couple of great fics, nothing ever actually tempted me to watch the show until I watched that first vid just now.

Damn it.
tried to eat the safe banana: Vidsthefourthvine on February 18th, 2012 04:55 am (UTC)
The first season will not disappoint you on the "bisexual paradise forever" front! (I haven't seen any of the rest of it. But, oh, the first season is basically "It is can be threesome timez nao?")

Waaaaatch it. Waaaatch it.

*dangles What NY Used to Be in front of you temptingly*
Luzstarbolin on February 18th, 2012 05:11 am (UTC)

ivadelivadel on February 18th, 2012 05:01 am (UTC)
Based on your recommendation, I've decided to watch them in reverse order. I'm not walking away from the computer screen with the sads.

Edit: And now I'm off to find Adele music. I'm not sure with all the hoopla around her I had avoided hearing her sing so thank you for that exposure too.

Edited at 2012-02-18 05:12 am (UTC)
suchthefangirlsuchthefangirl on February 19th, 2012 12:01 am (UTC)
They were both great, but that first was truly awesome, thank you! (I watched them out of order, I got enough sad from the show)

And as it's already been mentioned, the show is a much happier place now. The first two seasons were all about Neal and Peter trying to figure each other out and where they stood with each other and trying to pretend that they didn't care as much about each other as they did. Learning how to trust each other.

The first half of the third season was the "testing" phase. It was all about breaking that trust and Neal trying to figure out who he was and where he belonged. It was really hard to watch. But that's all over now. We've moved on. Neal made his choice and his choice was Peter, and they're back to trying to put their partnership back together (while Neal continues to be tempted).

In other words, it's all happy again! Now that all the bad stuff is over, if you wanted to watch the show, it's a good time to marathon, because you KNOW the bad stuff is going to end, and things will be good again. :-)