Here is the video.
That was the best thing ever
It is, but having seen it a couple of times, I can see why the pulled it. Glad to have it now though.
True. Going from hot and heavy against the door to slow and sensual? I can see how it might be confusing. Maybe?
Not confusing. But it slows down the moment, and when you only have so many minutes, you want the moments with the most energy in the final cut.
Personally, I think it’s completely anticlimantic, badly lit and overall, I’m glad they pulled it. Seriously, really really glad. It lacks the energy of the final edit, the sense of wonder that leaves you hanging and also… I think the original scene, the one that made it to the final cut, is way hotter than this. Sorry, I’d prefer to watch the original cut + the beginning of After the Storm than seeing this scene in the ep.
Other than the lighting, which I think is consistent with the setup and the earlier scene, I agree. That moment needed the punch, the energy. This is the moment AFTER that energy, and it takes out the punch.
That said, I’m glad we have it as a deleted scene. I like having the knowledge in my head that in those moments they were soft and sweet and shy. That’s new infuriating I didn’t have before, and that makes me happy.
But yes, it was cut (save the bit of her touching his face which was edited into the final cut) for a reason. Definitely.
Also, I have to admit it, it goes completely against my headcanon of that night: I’ve always thought that their first round was one of those moments of fast, hurried, adrenaline-fuelled, life affirming kind of sex. That the second round was the sweet, slow and shy. And the third one in the shower, because there’s no way you can explain her hair in the beginning of After The Storm, if you don’t insert a shower somewhere during the night. That’s one tiny part of the larger number of reasons I didn’t like this scene much.
See, I kind of like that they are all shy and sweet. It’s cute, and thinking about it, more n character with how they are with each other, that it gets more energetic as they get comfortable. They are shy and amazed and wonder struck with each other in general, so it kind of works for me that they are more like this at first.
That said, you bring up a really great point, which is actually one of the point that I think Terri made back in the beginning, if not, certainly I think Andrew Marlowe did. Effectively, that what ever they showed in that regard, it wasn’t going to match what some of us thought that moment would be like in our minds. And sometimes, that’s why it’s better to just leave the audience with the jumping off point. Because when you do that, then the scene can from that point go anywhere. It’s limitless. Once you show the moment, that’s what the moment is. The options have been whittled down to one.
So basically the moment that you don’t know about, is often times a better one. Because it can be anything you want it to be, without limits. The one that is specific? Might please some, and be radically different for others.
You know, I also have a couple of doubts about this scene because… let’s just say it, in real life it wouldn’t work. I vouch for that, I’ve been in an LDR for seven years, I still am, everytime I see my boyfriend (even if I should say fiancè at this point, since we’re getting married in 2016), even after just a week, it’s a clothes flying, shut the front door kind of moment (damn the handles sometimes hurt like hell) and it’s fast and I don’t want to go into details but yes, hot, fast and life-affirming describe the feeling pretty well. Those two have 4 years of UST,they just had a big fight, she nearly died for what? the fifteth time? They’re like a loaded spring, there’s too much energy coiled, like an over-charged battery, the pressure built for such a long time that they’re nearly exploding, there’s tension that needs to be released. They’re not teenagers at their first experience, they’re full grown adults that hadn’t had sex for a year each, more for Castle I think, if I don’t get any for ten days I get cranky and frustrated, you think the two of them could act that way? Nah, that’s why the scene that made it into the episode really, really works: it’s pure adrenaline and it’s incredibly realistic.
The extended one we got yesterday is amazing, it’s nice, sweet, shy, loving and it works perfectly… in another context. It works wonders if you place it at the end of Still. That would be the perfect spot, or even In The Belly Of The Beast, when she needs to thaw a little bit. It would work amazingly after the wedding (hoping that with the new budget they’d get to show us one) (oh, can you imagine how fun it would be to watch them taking off their wedding dress and suit?), and why not, it’s the perfect, in-character “the test was positive” sex.
Maybe I’m just splitting hairs over, I’m being over-critic about it, but as a wanna-be writer I tend to look at this kind of scenes really carefully, story and writing wise. Also, seriously, personal life put a filter on the way I see things and it’s very thick and sometimes I find it really really hard to take it away.
That filter is perfectly understandable. I can tell you as someone who writes also, and as a married woman with some experience that there are real life circumstances where this could very well be where it goes from there, particularly given personalities and interactions of these characters prior. There’s a shift toward the end of the scene we do get where they gentle the moment considerably. So I think it works. What you’re describing, I think it’s more in tune with Valkyrie. This was their first time with some they have been waiting for for years, not a practiced partner they’ve been missing. So the kind of overwhelmed reaction here makes more sense to me. And fits perfectly with their shy morning after scene in ATS. But different people have different interpretations, which is part of why Andrew Marlowe made be off reviled statement at the time, “anything we could’ve shot would not have been as good as anything the audience could’ve created in their own minds.”