January 4th, 2020

#6984: Waking to a winter wonderland

Woke up some time around 6-ish and saw it was white outside; turned on the post light long enough to see that it was still snowing. Sat at the computer and read while eating a PBJ; the sun came up and I went back to bed.

1-2 inches' worth, has already melted off paved areas, and tomorrow it's supposed to be in the forties. Oh well.

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Can you blame them? I can't.

Short form is, Atlanta's police chief has declared that police will no longer chase fleeing suspects. Why? Well, high speed chases are dangerous, and "...knowing that the judicial system is largely unresponsive to the actions of the defendants," there's no real percentage in trying to apprehend them.

Basically, it's because if the suspects hit a bystander's vehicle, the police get sued, and the justice system isn't really punishing the criminals for anything. Why take that risk to apprehend someone who's just going to get a slap on the wrist and be back on the street in an hour? Assuming, of course, that the DA will even press charges to begin with, which no longer seems certain in a great many cases.

It just makes no sense to give chase to fleeing suspects when the political side of government isn't supporting what the enforcement side does.

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My wife is watching some show, set in the 19th century, which mainly seems to consist of a young teenage girl yelling tearfully at older women.

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Finally watched Avengers: Endgame, and was...well, not underwhelmed, not exactly, but I also wasn't as impressed with it as I was with Infinity War.

One of the things that bothered me about it was that in IW, when Thanos put the Infinity Gauntlet on, it was like he was wearing a regular glove and the power of the Infinity Stones didn't cause him any trouble. But in EG, our first view of Thanos shows him with scarring all over his left side, and everyone who wore the thing got all messed up by the power of the stones.

Now, perhaps the gauntlet in IW was different and special somehow, but I don't recall any exposition saying that it protected the wearer from the stones' power.

The clumsy insertion of Captain Marvel into the narrative was annoying, and their big "grrl power" moment during the last battle was an eye-roller. Captain Marvel suffers from the "Superman" problem: she's invincible and invulnerable, and once she had the IG in her hands she should have been able to blast right through anything separating her from getting the thing to where it needed to be. (In fact...why couldn't she have put the thing on and snapped her fingers?) So there's this big moment where all the grrls are standing there, preparing to wade back into battle, and then Captain Marvel flies into the battle...and Thanos swats her aside like a pesky rodent, hard enough that she's out of the narrative for the rest of the fight.

What was the point of that? Less-durable heroes got smacked lots harder than Captain Marvel did, and were back in the fight right away--so either Captain Marvel really isn't the badass they say she is, or else the writers didn't want the movie to become "The Captain Marvel Saves The Universe Show".

The latter case is what it is, in fact. Logically, why even include her in the first place? As far as I can tell, they needed her in the story for exactly two plot reasons: she rescued Iron Man from being marooned in space, at the beginning, and she took Thanos' ship out of the final fight, near the end. That's all she did, and those things could have been handled in other ways without her. But they wanted her in the story because grrl power and Mary Sue and-and-and.

Overall it was pretty fair dinkum. It wasn't really the resolution I was hoping for, but it was good enough, I suppose. I don't have to watch any more of the movies, at least, which is a good thing because I've got a feeling that it'll all be downhill from here.

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Oh, it's Anne of Green Gables. No wonder.