Okay, after episode three I think my name for the series is The Nipples.
The water fight scene was pretty cool, though. (Except for the fact that she would have no leverage to be pulling at his neck without pulling herself to the surface at the same time. Unless she had her feet on his back. Did she have her feet on his back?)
Yes. It least it looked that way to me - she clearly had her feet braced against his back while she was pulling on the chain around his neck. I’m just not sure how she was able to hold her breath that long. I suppose at that point it was a contest of who could hold out the longest, and she just happened to win.
Also, I agree that was a cool scene - I think the most imaginative action scene so far.
I mean it is an HBO series. A lot of them just have nipples for random reasons (Game of Thrones, Sopranos, etc) just because they can. There is a running joke that there is an HBO CEO of Tits.
I have a feeling the brothel is there to show some of the hypocrisy of the upper classes - more than willing to take away rights from the Touched, but want to have freaky sex with them. And I think there is going to be some sort of payoff when rich benefactor’s mother finds out he’s the owner of a Touched brothel.
I’m having trouble keeping my bad guys straight. The Big Chain Walks on Water guy works for the Beggar King, who is on Amalia True’s retainer. Essentially, she’s paying this freak to try to drown her. It’s a cool visual, but the connections between the characters could be clearer.
Amalia True & Co. have a tentative and uneasy alliance with the Beggar King. They pay him under the table in return for some considerations. He definitely does not think of himself as on their retainer - if anything, he thinks of them as paying tribute to him. He was already pissed off at them and directly threatened them when they tried to semi-publicly leverage their relationship to force him to provide them with assistance on one of their missions.
Then he finds out that Amalia and Penance Adair were involved in destroying his heroin shipment, and were consorting with Bonfire Annie, who had pretty much openly declared war on him. At that point, it’s clear to him that they’re either secretly his enemies and only pretending to be allies, or at best they’re not actually allies and they’ll casually ignore his interests and collaborate with his enemies, and thereby undermine him and his authority (which is exactly what they’re doing).
He really doesn’t have a choice - he has to retaliate. Even if he didn’t personally feel betrayed and want to take them on, his gang now knows they’re cooperating with Bonfire Annie and were present during the attack on the heroin shipment. If he doesn’t retaliate, he’ll lose control of his gang, which almost certainly means he’ll be killed.
It’s also bizarrely short-sighted (pun intended) of Amalia not to realize all of that, and to continue treating him as some sort of lackey, who’s pride and interests they can just keep trampling on with no consequences.
Has anyone else noticed the intimations about Amalia True’s background? I think she might be an alien, or at least a member of the crew of the spaceship / airship that “touched” all the people in London. Anyone else get the same impression? Do you remember the lines that made you think that?
The way the aristos talk, Britain is pretty much the only empire in this timeline. I get the vibe the wars are to expand and maintain that empire rather than compete with peer powers like France or Germany.
Finally got to watching Sunday’s episode (been a busy week!) and I like that the battle lines have been drawn as opposed to drawing it out. I also thought it was interesting that Mary’s song talked about coming below and finding me - I wonder if that blue sphere we saw a few episodes ago is channeling the Touched somehow.
That’s pretty clearly what was speaking to Amalia through Mary. It also seems pretty clear that Amalia isn’t Amalia, at least not entirely.
I’m pretty sure at this point the “attempted” suicide we saw in the pilot was actually successful, and “Amalia’s” body is now inhabited by the…soul? life force? consciousness? spore? something? of someone/thing that was in the ship. The other Touched got abilities, but none of them seem to have the knowledge Amalia has. Maybe because the host body was dying when it was Touched, she got the full consciousness of X, whatever or whoever X is. Which explains parts of her personality and abilities - she’s a cinematically skilled fighter because she’s not a random woman from Victorian London, she’s a soldier from…the future? Another timeline? An alien race? A parallel universe? Faerie? Somewhen else, anyway.
We just watched, another really good episode. I like all the speculation in this thread…I agree that Amalia ain’t Amalia, & she felt alone & abandoned by the aliens until she learned that some other part of her universe is in London and calling to her, and it made her all teary. [agree it’s the blue sphere]