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Fandom Snowflake Challenge: Day 7

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Day 7

In your own space, share a favorite piece of original canon (a TV episode, a song, a favorite interview, a book, a scene from a movie, etc) and explain why you love it so much. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

This ought have been the easiest one but for the past few forevers I've been gradually building up a list of favorites to post about so using any of them felt like jumping the gun.

But my list of favorites doesn't include a "movie scenes" category, so that's what I'm going with. And I'm using one of my longtime favorite flicks which I've hardly ever seen brought up on this site by anyone including me: The Matrix.

The last time I watched this movie, if I recall correctly, was a few years ago after I had just completed another Cowboy Bebop marathon. I was basking in the glow of "The Real Folk Blues", trying to decide what I wanted to watch next, and then realized that I had a very specific craving for another good shootout scene.

That's kind of an odd thought - at least, it was for me - but I've never been ashamed to say I like having some violence on my screen. Martial arts, lightsaber duel, nature in action, whatever, but when you're a geek of the nineties and you want to see sharp-dressed sex bombs firing guns at each other, it's time to enter the Matrix:

Oh. Yeah.

To be precise, it's time for the Lobby Scene. While I was looking for gifs just now I saw an article calling this movie "testosterone catnip", and I don't know how to replace the word "testosterone" in there with something more applicable to myself, but it seems like an accurate description and damn if I don't eat this stuff up with a spoon. (If there is a spoon.)


You know what makes this so satisfying? You know why, even though the effects are dated and so is the fashion, it's a timeless scene? It's because it has no purpose except to look cool. It's unnecessary to the plot, it doesn't demonstrate anything about the characters we didn't already know, and it thumbs its nose at plausibility (although the context does provide a good reason to ignore physics). That means nothing is getting in the way of the cool. It's not ashamed of what it is, and why should it be? It's cool.


Yeah, that was Neo doing a one-handed cartwheel while firing a semi-automatic. Yeah. Yeah it was.

Add just a touch of realism, like some practical clothing or a line of dialogue, and the whole thing could fall apart. This time, I'm not here to fret about whether the heroes are going to survive, or if their enemies are really all that bad, or if sunglasses might be an impediment. I want ridiculous stunts, bullet holes in everything that has a surface, and little to no focus on the bodies. Every time Neo or Trinity drops a gun to pull out another one, I freaking salivate. When they look at each other, no nod, no gesture, just synchronized killing machines, I start thinking about relationship goals.

There's never been a better shootout, and given the completely understandable cultural shift since 1999, it's possible there never will be.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to watch this My Little Pony episode about a cross-dressing stallion.
Tags: a movie i saw, cowboy bebop, meme, ponies
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