Okay, further thoughts...
The flow of the episode is what I really loved; the fact that Sydney's plotline with the baby was tied in with Ty/Tina from the very start (on the phone) and then once the Afghanistan save was over, all three came together on the baby's surgery. The whole thing came together quite satisfyingly, so that it really felt like a proper A-plot, while Park/Gato was the B-plot. For the first time, I didn't feel like the show was jumping through hoops to resolve too many plotlines in one hour at the expense of character development. And that was a GREAT feeling.
It only occurred to me on second watch: Corpsman Gold in this? Is basically Ishay in Kerry's first appearance in BSG. Today you're a DOCTOR, dude. Awwww. Mah heart. <3
First slo-mo in some time that didn't make me think "not strictly necessary" because, let's be honest, surgeons-as-gunslingers bad-assing into the OR was kind of fabulous. (I told myself I wouldn't engage in too much self-indulgent Twitter squee because, why... but I may have tweeted a Sergio Leone reference at Jamie, Jen and Sarayu, which Jamie bounced back with "Spaghetti Surgical??" And then the frustrated film school nerd in me DIED. ;) Died so hard. I am actually dead now.)
Park/Gato was so, so hard to watch at times, but also one of the better plotlines of the season so far. Keong continues to be tremendous. The actress who played Carol was OUTSTANDING, really engaging, alternately tough and heartbreaking. Also really appreciated that they did a callback to last week in Gato's moment with Carol.
Torn in two directions on my "must be in every episode" requests from last week - YAY for more Valerie Mahaffey! (Between her on this and me watching West Wing episodes with Adam Arkin recently, MAN I need to see Northern Exposure again soon!) But booooo to not having the bar coda at the end. I really really wanted to see them ALL at the bar after the lovely end of the 311 scene celebrating, with a damn montage of everyone buying Ty a round all night long. Hee. Though admittedly, the last scene was sweet. If a bit cryptic as everyone has pointed out for where exactly they're going to go with Ty's reaction to Tina's joyous baby-cradling. (You can absolutely interpret that multiple ways, and for once I think that is a GOOD thing and not a case of the show being too obtuse or witholding on the character beats. Big ups to Himself for delivering in that tiny moment, too.)
Big question I forgot to ask someone last night though - what was Bill Irwin working on when this was shot that they had to write out Buck as being on leave?! Heh. Curious now.
Edited at 2013-03-20 04:18 am (UTC)