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First set of replies (finally) for the top 5s meme which is still open (hint, hint). [ profile] melliyna asked me for my top 5 moments from Life. Spoilers below the cut, and images, too. This format was shamelessly NICKED from [ profile] razorxrosary.

This was so difficult, lols. In the end I went for the scenes that were more than just the ritual laughs (personal pineapple! The horse! Angel on the dashboard! FAB) although you should know, every time Dani puts on her "I am going to kick you!" face, I am filled with glee. I really like the Crews&Reese dynamic and the permutations of their working relationship; I'm also a big fan of Ted and Lt. Karen Davis, although she's not represented below. I'm also really into Charlie's story, but as that's basically the WHOLE SHOW, I didn't pick any relevant moments. If I could have chosen 6 moments, the final one would either have been the helicopter scene at the end of 1x09, Serious Control Issues, or Crews' showdown with Jack Reese. Alas, I didn't, so I picked the moments that I really remember.

05: Dani confiscates Charlie's knife. (1x03, Let Her Go)

I want you to give me your knife.

My knife... why?

Because I want to swear a blood oath with you and I need something to cut my pinky— give me your knife, or I burn you with IAD for not using your service weapon when you should have.

[Pause, in which Crews is defensive and remains unconvinced]

I need to know that my partner is a cop and not a con.

[Crews hands over the knife]

Anything else you're carrying from the old days... sharpened toothbrush, light bulb full of bleach?

[Enter CONNIE, lols]

Hahaha, a great scene! I love how the knife represents two boundaries: first, Charlie's past, and Dani's inability to trust him with it; and secondly, much later, Charlie's future, when Dani hands it back. I also love how there's a moment there where the bounds of this new-formed partnership are tested; Charlie deliberates over giving the knife, and then when he does the scene relaxes and Dani offers up humour in a move that shows some softening on her part. He gives, she gives. I fucking love that. I also love that immediately after the partnership is renewed, Constance turns up making everyone awkward (and kind of hott) at the same time. Fab!

As an addendum, the scene which leads to the confiscation (or rather, which is the reason for it) is fantastic. Really inventive use of soundtrack.

04: Busting Lonnie. (1x01, Merit Badge)

The direction in this show is pretty amazing, but I think this is probably my favourite directorial sequence. The cinematography at the start of 1x11, Fill it Up, is beautiful, but I think this scene bests it because it's stunning in an understated way. From Crews and Reese entering the room, to Lonnie's death and then to the famous shower scene, back-lighting is used wonderfully throughout. This is the scene in the pilot where Dani's Issues are revealed, which, okay, you knew that was coming, and there's some gratuitous use of Sarah Shahi's freakin' awesome body in the shower, but I like the balance to the partnership that's established so early on, and Crew's final words to Lonnie - "It's just a dream" - are haunting. (On a particularly fannish note, I love when Reese refuses to take Crew's hand on exiting the bathtub. lols.)

03: Rick breaks into Dani's apartment. (1x06, Powerless)

You want to 'know me'? You never shot up in a room where a guy blew his head off and you're thinking you're lucky because he didn't get his brains in your dope, or find yourself lying in a pool of puke and crap, only you didn't care whose crap it was because the whole time you're thinking you were so sick all you wanted was to get off and get well. You knew that about me? You think you hit bottom, Rick? You have no idea how far down this goes, do you? You think you're bad? You think you got a demon inside of you? You don't even know what that means.

I have this one noted down as "the entire penultimate act (aka Dani is bitchin')" because such is how my brain works. I was sceptical over whether or not Shahi could pull off Reese's speech, but seriously: she nailed it. I love that moment when she's downing the vodka and we cut to Rick who is finally seeing that Dani is not bullshitting; the fear on his face really plays up how being able to cut the alcohol actually works in Dani's favour.

One of the best parts of this sequence, though, is how everything comes together - Dani and Charlie's "I just need a moment"; Rick and Dani's showdown; Charlie and Bobby's "hail of bullets" - and how this sequence directly mirrors the opening sequence. I only noticed that the third time I watched the episode. (Um. Yes. I have watched these episodes a little too often, and yet I still can't accurately remember what happens in 1x02.)

02: Crews forces Hollis' confession. (1x11, Fill it Up)

What are you doing? What are you doing? I got right. You understand? After what happened, who I was? I got right. Fire found me, cleaned me out, I got right. I got right, made myself a new man, made myself a family, I got right - what are you doing? Tell me!

Crews is pretty intense in this episode, driving around with Hollis in the TRUNK of his CAR. All those scenes where Crews is going about talking to his ex-wife and Ted, every single one has the car in plain view in the background, reminding you that Crews is kind of coming off the rails. Intercut with that you have the snake plot line which is just plain comic relief, even if it does have Bobby and Dani trying to find a middle ground (lols, the WEED). But, yeah, Crews digging that hole in front of Hollis... what a scene, and that final shot of Crews looming above Hollis is fantastic.

01: Ted pulls through for Charlie during the execution of the search warrant. (1x08, Farthingale)

You took it all?

I was looking for porn? Your lawyer called, said the cops were coming to serve a search warrant, if there wasn't anything you wouldn't want found...

How did you get in the door?

Charlie, you weren't the only one to spend time in prison. I learned some things in there too.

How did you know what was in there?

I didn't, exactly. But something else I learned in prison, Charlie - you had to have something hidden away.

Ted pulling through for Charlie is one of the strongest testaments to their friendship past the fact that, you know, Ted is living in Charlie's house. You're so frantic for Charlie and his Conspiracy Wall and then, bam! Not there. Why is it not there? SUPER TED. Ted seriously needs more scenes where he is doing stuff (like the baseball bat scene in 1x06, Powerless, zomg); he's a truly underused character. (By the by, Farthingale as a whole has many EXCELLENT scenes; it's one of my favourite wtf episodes of a procedural drama ever. And that's saying something.) But, anyway, back to Ted - there's this sense in which he knows, goddamn, he knows that Charlie is keeping something from him, but the scale of it kind of blows him away. To me it was a relief that Ted found out because then Charlie was in it with someone else; for Ted it's the moment he (ironically, considering hs later concerns) stops being the sidekick.


[ profile] melliyna also asked me for five reasons why Mac and Stella work as a couple. I don't have any old school caps on my laptop right now, or I'd show you scene-by-scene. You'll just have to make do with some icons I made last year, and my being VERBOSE. As per always.

I'm going with a very, very broad definition of 'couple' because as much as they were once my ship-to-end-all-ships in this fandom, I adore their friendship, and I haven't read any plausible Mac/Stella fanfiction since season 2. Yeah. This is both because of canon and because there's a dearth of decent Mac/Stella fic in existence (also: I'm pan-ship in this fandom). Anyway, top 5 reasons why Mac and Stella work as a couple, mostly stemming from season 1.

05: because Mac needed a sense of humour. I think that was brutally obvious from the get-go. Sure, he's lightened up considerably since season 1 (sleeping with Peyton probably didn't hurt) but at the beginning there was this open sense of Stella's humour being a buoy. There was a fanon idea (backed by canon, I'm fairly sure) that Stella had really been there for Mac after Claire's death, and that for a long time she was the only one that could get through to him. But yeah: could you imagine how harsh Taylor would have been if it wasn't for Bonasera? Jeez.

04: because they were once the new CJ/Toby. Season 1 canon told us that Mac and Stella had known each other for quite some time and fanon decided that they really went back a long way. You've got fics where Claire is an obstacle (something I now regret, actually), fics where Stella was the tearaway that Mac helped out, fics where Mac and Stella road-tripped pre-Claire. All of these ideas stemmed from that connection the two of them displayed very early on - touching base when they're working different cases, Mac coming to help Stella in 1x02, the argument in Officer Blue and the dog show (!) later on. I was ready to ride this angst-boat, yo.

03: because they complement one another. They're both isolated in a way - Mac's the widowed Marine from Chicago; Stella's the orphaned, raised-by-nuns free-spirit. Mac keeps Stella honest; Stella keeps Mac going. If he's physics, she's chemistry; if he's solemnity and decorum, then she's levity and joy. Also, in compare to other ships featuring them during season 1 (Mac/Danny, Mac/Aiden, Stella/Danny), Mac and Stella are far more equal. He's still her boss, but he trusts her professionally and personally and in the earlier seasons she was probably the only one who could step up and talk back to Mac (see: Flack and Danny's respective failures in this arena pre-s2). So he keeps her in check when her temper flares, which it used to when she was the less diplomatic of the two (yeah, that turnaround made me scratch my head in s3), and she checks his balances, so to speak.

02: because they've got each other's backs. When Claire dies, Stella is there in the background. When Mac's about to go on his first date post-Claire, Stella is there (in a STUNNING dress). When Stella's been attacked in her apartment, Mac is the first to respond. When Stella's going through her HIV scare, when she's being 'stalked', it's Mac she turns to. When he's in trouble over Peyton, when he needs support, Mac has it unequivocally from Stella. She's the first one he tells about the 333 caller. She's the one who calls the team Mac's family in season 4. They always have each other, and as much as this is a proponent of their being team members, it runs through the professional and the personal.

01: because they're truly great friends. They go out together; they have each other's apartment keys; they confide in one another about their personal lives. They joke together, they support one another. They have a great partnership. AND NOW I WANT TO READ OLD-SCHOOL FIC DAMMIT.


I need to go and buy a train ticket back to Soton today. Aie. There's not a lot else going on right now. My gran is still here, I still have class work to get caught up on. I really need to buy Eugenide's Middlesex, too, so I can give T her copy back. Work, work, procrastination, work.


Watched NCIS yesterday - Gretchen Egolf guest starred, aw. I felt so good after I saw the episode. I'm glad it's back, even if we're only getting a handful of new episodes.

Date: 2008-04-10 11:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hey, so you are still in P. I was getting all confused the other day, thinking about where in the world you are right now. Spazz brain, me? Of course not.

Also, you're descriptions make me want to watch Life. SO DO NOT NEED.

Date: 2008-04-10 11:12 am (UTC)
ext_1212: ([bad cop] CRACK.)
From: [identity profile]
OK, first off? Your icon is freaking me out!

Secondly: lols, yeah, still in P. Until Saturday, and then I'm heading back (groan - I have so much to get done, and I just keep putting it off, moron that I am).

Haha, but it's only 11 episodes! And it's full of ex-Deadwood cast members! And it's generally pretty and glee-inducing! —what do you mean I'm not supposed to be encouraging you? lols.
Edited Date: 2008-04-10 11:14 am (UTC)

Date: 2008-04-10 11:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
At least it's not even remotely as disturbing as this:

Is it spring break or something for you?

Ex-Deadwood cast?! OH CURSE YOU!

Date: 2008-04-10 11:31 am (UTC)
ext_1212: (Default)
From: [identity profile]
Christ on a bike! (I actually just said that OUT LOUD. I'm getting The Look from The Mother.) I can't keep looking at that, lols.

Easter break, or the tail end thereof. I'm about to go into my final term.... which is actually the second-half of the second semester. So. Who the hell knows. I'm sort of being PROPELLED towards graduation at this point. (!!!SCARY.)

Edited Date: 2008-04-10 11:33 am (UTC)

Date: 2008-04-10 11:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Isn't it horrifying? I found it in a fic comm used by an active commenter, so it was in almost every entry, and I found myself completely unable to just look away. There's something in the back of the brain screaming "eww! eww! eww!", yet it's impossible to walk away. It's the Force pulling you in. ...Um.

We're closing in on the end of the year here, which is positively freaking me out as well. And I'm not even graduating. I can't even imagine your state of mind right now. STRENGTH, SISTER, STRENGTH!

LOL!!! Pimp'nator!

Date: 2008-04-10 11:43 am (UTC)
ext_1212: (Default)
From: [identity profile]
There's something grossly hypnotic about it. Oh god, are the multiple posts consecutive? Because the idea of a whole column of these is...!!! BRAIN BLEACH PLEASE.

POWAH, POWAH. (I neeeeed said strength. I am Flipping Out.)

I had to stick an apostrophe in there - typing "pimper" freaks me out! It's a damnable non-word that makes my spine curl in an effort to get away from the screen. Shudder.

Date: 2008-04-10 11:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh yes. Lots of them in a row. My god, I think my brain sort of tried to jump backwards in my head and commit seppuku.


'Pimper'? Why would anyone say that, and what would it even mean? 'A pimp' is already a noun for someone who pimps.

Date: 2008-04-10 11:55 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
!!! (Seppuku = suicide? Ritualised homicide?) (I don't know why it would be ritualised, it just came to me.)


Date: 2008-04-10 12:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
(Yes. Seppuku = harakiri = ritualised suicide.)

BUT 'pimp'nator' is ironic, meaning 'a pimp to extreme proportions'. or something. So, you know, IT TOTALLY MAKES SENSE. ...kind of. know. Because we say so.

Date: 2008-04-10 12:11 pm (UTC)
ext_1212: (Default)
From: [identity profile]
(Damn. I was so close!)

And we're RIGHT, dammit. Because. (Also, it totally IS ironic because it's a play on Terminator. Which... Arnie in a pimp hat? FAB or TOO FAB?)

edit: oh MAN. Now I need an icon of the terminator wearing a pimp hat. Lolarious!
Edited Date: 2008-04-10 12:12 pm (UTC)

Date: 2008-04-10 12:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
(Precisely what I was thinking. It'd be AWESOME)

LOL. Now, that'd be the BEST THING EVER!

Date: 2008-04-10 12:31 pm (UTC)
ext_1212: ([sarah connor] restraint.)
From: [identity profile]
Obviously this needs refining and doing properly, but even the general idea is making my sides ache with yay. Witness: The Pimp'nator!

Edited Date: 2008-04-10 12:32 pm (UTC)

Date: 2008-04-10 12:37 pm (UTC)
ext_1212: (Default)
From: [identity profile]
Is it bad that (a) the hat sort of suits him? and (b) I, um, possibly COVET the hat?

Date: 2008-04-10 12:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I can just see him, leaning against his Pimp Cane, hip cocked to one side, the other leg crossed casually in front of the other. What an image.

Date: 2008-04-10 11:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I need Life and its truly amazing cinematography back in my life.

Great picks.

Date: 2008-04-10 11:13 am (UTC)
ext_1212: (Default)
From: [identity profile]
Oh, you and me both. Capping it took me forever because I'd just sit here and watch more, heh.

Date: 2008-04-10 12:00 pm (UTC)
ext_104931: Beauty And The Books (Crewes and Reese)
From: [identity profile]
Damian, come and take me now. You can even bring Sarah long if you like, because damn you are both so pretty ;)

You make me very happy *g* (Also I agree - I love Mac and Stella friendship, I was just watching the most current CSI: NY that's screened here and damn it, they are so adorable).

Date: 2008-04-10 03:51 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
I can't wait for you to see this show properly. Then we can squee again :)

(They're just so... I LOVE THEM.)

Date: 2008-04-10 02:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Your Mac/Stella MeMe is making me want to watch/re-watch all of early season 1/2. Really awesome couple there!

& I so didn't pick up on the CJ/Toby side of the relationship but now? It's like a smack on the face!

Date: 2008-04-10 03:52 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
Haha, I love them! (Have you read marginalia's fic at I feel like some of that was clearly directed influenced by TWW fic but it's still so, so good.)


Date: 2008-04-10 03:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Awww, Mac and Stella. I love them so much. They have such a great deep relationship, whether you want to intepret it as romantic or a platonic.

Date: 2008-04-10 03:54 pm (UTC)
ext_1212: ([csi:ny] some days you're the dog.)
From: [identity profile]
Exactly! Gosh, I love them. Have you watched this week's episode yet? &hearts!

Date: 2008-04-10 03:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yes! Just finished it! Such a great episode. But poor Stella, these writers love the Stella angst, don't they? But yes, Mac and Stella were so cute this week.

Date: 2008-04-10 03:57 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
She has the WORST luck, bless her. Their scenes were great (it's been a while). I also loved everyone's concern for her. Oh Stella.

Date: 2008-04-10 07:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Damn girl! Fantastic job with the picspam and the explanations. I love the scenes you picked for Life because those are some that stand out in my mind.

Date: 2008-04-10 09:01 pm (UTC)
ext_1212: ([life] it's just a dream.)
From: [identity profile]
So difficult to choose! But using the meme as an excuse to rewatch = fabtastic.

Date: 2008-04-10 07:09 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
The Mac/Stella thing killed me. No, seriously. I need to be writing M/S fic now, damnit! (That reminds me, I said I had fic for you, I still haven't sent it. No excuse, just laziness!)

Date: 2008-04-10 07:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Uh, that was me. I got logged out, wtf LJ?

Date: 2008-04-10 08:58 pm (UTC)
ext_1212: (Default)
From: [identity profile]
Haha, I was all 'bzuh?'

EVERYONE NEEDS TO BE WRITING M/S RIGHT NOW. I am of a mind to hold a mini-Mac/Stella ficathon. Drabble-a-thon? Hmmm. (Did you see marginalia on Love.)

Date: 2008-04-10 09:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah, LJ spazzed on me. Stupid LJ.

I NEED TO BE WRITING M/S. I have a shiny new notebook (with FAIRIES on it!) so maybe that'll inspire me. Drabble-a-thon also sounds good - I have a sort-of drabble, actually - Stella-centric, not M/S, that needs attention. It was going to be a full ficlet but I ran out of steam.

I SAW MARGINALIA. I screamed out out and then shrieked for a few minutes. Then spontaneously burst into tears and spent a day or two reading and rereading and re-rereading.

Date: 2008-04-10 09:15 pm (UTC)
ext_1212: (Default)
From: [identity profile]
I'm in the mood to write some old-school angsty ooc shiptastic fic. WE SHOULD DO THESE THINGS.

Hahaha, I SHRIEKED TOO. I'm hoping she puts up a couple of the gen pieces she wrote. I messaged her, too, to say welcome back and she was generally v. pleasant. SMASHING.

Date: 2008-04-10 10:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
dude, i totally agree with you on ALL the life moments! cept i may have put the shower scene as 1. cause damn.

but omfg. icon on the bottom left of your Mac/Stella icon grid. where is THAT from? like what ep?! i am SO far behind on NY.

Date: 2008-04-10 10:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
ps. i totally went through and was reading old school fic not long ago. BUT I WANT MORE DAMMIT!

Date: 2008-04-20 10:48 am (UTC)
ext_1212: ([csi:ny] some days you're the dog.)
From: [identity profile]
Wow, laaaaate reply. !

The icon is from, um. Oh gosh, where is it from? Some time in late season 3. Stella is having an HIV scare and she finally tells Mac. It made my heart go THUMP-THUMP-THUMP. Goshdarn, I love them a lot.

ME TOO! I love all the old stuff, natch, but I'd like some new ones, lols.

Date: 2008-04-20 10:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hi. Found you over friends' list and I love and agree with your 5 Life meme. I hope you don't mind if I add you to my reading list. I've been on a Life kick uh, since I've watched the show.

Date: 2008-04-20 10:45 am (UTC)
ext_1212: (Default)
From: [identity profile]
Hi! Huzzah for another Life fan - nice to meet you!

Date: 2008-04-20 11:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
And, oh, hey in New Amsterdam I see you like the new sarge too. Strangely enough I've come to like her more than I like John himself (but one can't deny that he is a fine, fine man).

Date: 2008-04-20 11:42 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
She's gutsy! Hee. I remember her from a couple of guest stints she did on L&O: Criminal Intent and I love that she's getting bigger roles now. (That would be impossible to deny.)

Date: 2008-04-20 12:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
And I love that John's weirdness doesn't bother her at all, heck, sometimes she can even out weird John, which is saying something. I also love that she's sort of mentoring Eva.

I've seen the actress on Gossip Girl but I must really look up L&O:CI sometime, I've heard good things about the show and most Life fans I encounter always mention the show.


I was sceptical over whether or not Shahi could pull off Reese's speech, but seriously: she nailed it. I love that moment when she's downing the vodka and we cut to Rick who is finally seeing that Dani is not bullshitting; the fear on his face really plays up how being able to cut the alcohol actually works in Dani's favour.

Yes to everything here. Dani Reese has become my fannish light but it's this episode that cemented that. I just love how Shahi was able to sell this scene so well, that I believe that a beautiful woman like Reese really did go down that path and that she's still struggling so hard to recover. I love that she exposed Rick for what he truly was by showing him what real darkness is.

Also, Reese and Crews? Best partners forever.

I need this show to air now, please.

Date: 2008-04-20 12:45 pm (UTC)
ext_1212: (Default)
From: [identity profile]
Yes! Also, I'm a little in love with her voice. That accent slays me.

L&O:CI is quite different to Life in terms of levels of seriousness but there are some parallels in the partnerships. I love both shows, but for different reasons.

I love that she exposed Rick for what he truly was by showing him what real darkness is.
It's near-perverse how her addiction becomes the thing to break him; how it conversely becomes her strength. There are so many things that they could have gotten wrong with Dani but Shahi played the nuances in that scene really well.

Haha, I've been rewatching the series (mostly for the above picspam, but also because I am procrastinating) and yes: new eps now, please.

Date: 2008-04-21 12:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It's near-perverse how her addiction becomes the thing to break him; how it conversely becomes her strength.

*nods* Yes, that's what I thought too, and others who said it more articulately. Another person, drinking the amount of alcohol she ingested would have been incapacitated but in this case her alcoholism actually helped her. [ profile] coffeeandink I think, says ( it better than I ever could:

Reese is steel and steel strikes sparks. She is uncomfortable and uncompromising and she bolted her broken bits back together hard. She has a worse demon inside her than some pissant drunkard rapist, and maybe a fiercer angel too.

I find the urge to re-watch the series never, ever gores away. It's been, what? Months now and I'm still marathoning the series every other weekend. This show, I swear, it's made me mono-fannish.


Date: 2008-05-09 06:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm a big "Danlie fan", although I want things to develop ssssllllllooowwww - like, Mulder & Scully painfully slow. SO much sexual tension, there. Woot! So, thanks for posting pics of some of my favorite "bonding" moments between Reese & Crews, as well as some of my other favorite scenes (Fill It Up was so incredibley well-written & acted!) I'm starving for new eps, too! :)
Thanks again, & have a great weekend! ~ Cinn
P.S. - That Storm Trooper avi? Wow. Talk about the embodiment of a nerdy girl's fantasy "bad boy"! It would be SO much more funny if I weren't a nerdy girl, myself...ahem...*blush* =P

Date: 2008-09-23 10:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I could say so much but then I don't think I could put any of it better than you have about Life.

The whole show works in a way when it could quite easily have not; Charlie could have been a huge caricature, Dani could have been an entirely unsympathetic character, and yet you find yourself caring for these people, what they do, why they do it and personally for me, how they care for one another. The Charlie/Dani and Ted/Charlie partnerships especially pulled me in, and you've picked the perfect moments to illustrate them.

And given that I'm a huge cinematography geek, there is that side to the show too. :)

Date: 2008-09-24 08:34 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
I really do think that this is one of the rare occasions where the relationships make the show work, not the quirks. The whole thing is a win.

Omg, new episode. Impaaaaatient.


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