9-1-1: Who's your stalker?
[Image ID: four gifs of main characters sitting in their cars stalking someone
GIF 1: In Worst Day Ever, Athena is sitting outside Leila's house watching her.
GIF 2: In Awful People, Hen is sitting outside Eva's apartment watching her.
GIF 3: In Triggers, Maddie is sitting outside Taras house and watched her husband come home.
GIF 4: In Red Flag, Bobby is sitting outside the rehab facility watching the couple he suspects is involved in Wendall's death.
Our Love is Like a Storybook Story (But it’s as real as the feelings I feel)
rated: m | buddie | word count: 23k | chapters: 4/8 | read on ao3
Chapter 4 Summary
“You admit you do not love your bride-to-be? An honest man. You’re a rare specimen, Highness.”
“The Princess and I have never once from the beginning lied to each other. She knows I do not love her.” He doesn’t know why he’s telling this to a stranger. Perhaps because he can’t bear the thought of someone thinking he could ever love another person but Eddie.
“You’re not capable of love is what you mean,” the man in black accuses.
“I’m very capable of love.” It comes out as a whisper as Buck thinks back to early mornings on the farm. Late nights in Eddie’s home, saying goodnight to Chris. He takes a step closer to the man in black, anger threatening to boil over. “I have loved more deeply than a killer like yourself could possibly imagine.”
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It's season 6 but there were only two “exciting emergencies” included within the first half of the season.
#4 of What’s missing from season 6.
In addition to Maddie’s absence from firefam gatherings (related post), Halloween and Christmas episodes being removed from the lineup (related post) and the dwindling amount of believable 9-1-1 calls (related post); another thing that has been missing from episodes are the exciting emergencies. 9-1-1 is known for its’ dynamic and shocking emergencies that in the past were included in each season’s premier episode and other breathtaking emergencies were also intertwined into episodes for the rest of the season. They represented one aspect of the show that prompted a number of viewers to start watching and those viewers convinced their family and friends to watch the show too. However, during some portions of season 5 and for almost all of 6A, the BIG EMERGENCIES were replaced with lackluster ones that didn’t include the same action-packed excitement as those from seasons 1-4. When episodes in 6A ended, audience members comments on social media kept implying that something was missing. The missing element from 7 out of 9 episodes were the HUGE EMERGENCIES that caused most of them to start watching the show in the first place. While every emergency doesn’t have to cover two and a half episodes like they did in seasons 2-3, they should at least be exciting and leave the audience on the edge of their seats so that they will return the following Monday to see what the show has planned next. Lately, the excitement has dwindled along with the number of viewers who tune in each week. For some of those who continue to watch, the show has gone from being a “must watch” on their entertainment priority list to an “I’ll watch it when and if I have some spare time”. A few of the exciting emergencies that happened in previous seasons have been included below to illustrate how spectacular they were in comparison to the emergencies that were included in 6A.
The plane crash in 1x4 “Worst Day Ever” was both chilling and heartbreaking. The 118 saved as many passengers as they could and Bobby took it so hard that he relapsed.
The earthquake in 2x2 “7.1″ was not only realistic but it was also relatable because a number of people who reside in areas like L.A., might experience earthquakes on a regular basis. The 118 arrived with other first responders and did what they always do which was save as many people as they could. Athena did an awesome job saving drivers who were trapped on the freeway.
The ladder truck explosion in 2x18 “This Life We Choose” was shocking and when the residents of L.A. helped the first responders lift the truck off of Buck’s leg, it illustrated how both the city’s residents and its’ first responders can work together during a crisis.
The Tsunami that started at the end of 3x1 “Kids Today” but continued through 3x3 “The Searchers” was ABSOLUTELY THE BEST EMERGENCY 9-1-1 has aired to date. It was magnificent, thrilling, exciting, heartbreaking and shocking because it had everything. The audience was able to see the water rise and watch as it consumed everything that was in its path within a matter of seconds. All of the main characters had an instrumental storyline that affected them, their families and the residents of L.A. The Tsunami was the STORYLINE and the way it affected the mains determined their individual storylines along with the plots that were included within them.
The apartment fire in 3x16 “The One That Got Away” was one of the most exciting fires the 118 had been dispatched to and they all worked together to save everyone they could, including Buck and Eddie who jumped from the building next door so that Buck could do a rope rescue to save Gladys.
The train wreck in 3x18 “What’s Next?” was another chilling and realistic emergency that lasted the entire episode and it kept every member of the 118 working feverishly to save as many lives as they could.
The dam break in 4x1 “The New Abnormal” resulted in a city bus being pushed by the water into the side of an office building which was interesting to see since it’s not an everyday occurrence. The 118 was dispatched and Bobby risked his life to save a young man who was hesitant to get off the bus.
The drunk driver in 4x9 “Blindsided” caused a massive car pile-up on the freeway that injured and killed a lot of motorists. The emergency was realistic and heartbreaking because car accidents are not uncommon.
The hospital fire in 5x8 “Defend in Place” kept the audience on the edge of their seats especially when Buck, Eddie and other firefighters saved the babies from the nursery. It was also informative for audience members who didn’t know that one of a fire captain’s commands includes “Defend in Place”.
The Dispatch Center fire in 5x16 “May Day” was thrilling and it also included some moments where audience members had to hold their breaths especially after the roof fell on top of Bobby and May. The 118 came in to save their captain and his daughter and Eddie got his answer from God to return to firefighting.
The collapsed walkway in 6x2 “Crash and Learn” during the Happiness Convention was exciting but it could have been better if more than just the 118 had been dispatched to the call. In previous seasons for big emergencies, there were always several firehouses on the scene similar to the way it was in 3x16 and 4x5 “Buck Begins”.
The lab explosion at Karen’s job in 6x6 “Tomorrow” was also exciting but the scene that included Karen calling 9-1-1 wasn’t even in the episode. It was included at the end of 6x5 “Home Invasion” which means anyone who missed 6x5 also didn’t get to see the aftermath which took place inside of the lab that directly followed the explosion.
The blimp emergency in 6x1 “Let the Games Begin” was BORING and that’s a shame because it really had the potential to be great.
The show promoted it via their promotional poster like there was going to be a lot of damage to the stadium and possibly some injuries that would have resulted from the crash BUT THAT DIDN’T HAPPEN.
The wildfire that was teased in the promo for 6x9 “Red Flag” turned out to be a small brush fire that didn’t require an entire firehouse to be present to extinguish it. The audience expected more but the fire was over in a few seconds and that’s a shame since it was the only fire the 118 fought during that half of the season. The lab explosion in 6x6 had several small fires but they weren’t big fires like the ones that were included in 3x16, 5x8 or 5x16.
The issue associated with the lack of exciting emergencies in 6A could be attributed to the show no longer identifying emergencies as storylines the way they have done in the past. The show changed the format and started treating emergencies like plot devices while giving season long storylines to one main character (related post) and in the process they’ve sacrificed attracting more viewers and stopped trying to retain their current ones. Main characters’ storylines are decided then emergencies are included as an afterthought to force the NARRATIVE for a character’s arc so that it will go in a specific direction even if it doesn’t make sense. An example of the format includes THE BLACKOUT that began in 5x1 “Panic” and ran through 5x3 “Desperate Measures”. The emergency had the potential to be great but it fell flat with the audience because there were too many characters’ storylines added to force different narratives. The hacker plot was added to give TayKay something to do ONSCREEN to prevent her from being seen as just “Buck’s girlfriend” which was completely unnecessary since she was a recurring character and not a main. Also Jeffrey’s escape was added to the emergency so that Athena’s storyline, which had been practically forgotten since 3x17 “Powerless”, could be resolved even though it really wasn’t. The blackout should have been the MAIN FOCUS for those three episodes but it wasn’t and that’s why it didn’t work. The same thing is true for the “brush fire” that was promoted like it was going to be a “wildfire” in 6x9 “Red Flag” since the 118 were wearing their wildfire gear and it fell flat with the audience too just like the blimp emergency did because it was used as a plot device for Bobby’s 6B storyline since the fire was started as a possible coverup for Wendell’s murder. The fire wasn’t huge and there wasn’t a need for all those firefighters to be present to put it out. Actually, A-shift could have extinguished it all by themselves. The Santa Ana winds were supposed to play a big part in the fire but it didn’t which left the audience feeling like ‘What was that? and Was that it?” when the episode ended. Aside from the lab explosion which included several small fires in 6x6, it was one of the only fires the 118 fought this season and neither of those were on the same scale as previous fires that have been featured on the show. Is the show suffering from budget constraints? That’s a possibility since not only are the emergencies lackluster but the storylines have also taken a turn towards being anything other than mediocre.
In the real world, all emergencies are important but when a TV show captivates and grows its’ audience based on its BIG season premier emergencies along with more episode-based emergencies during the season, only to abruptly stop doing them, the audience is left feeling underwhelmed. Even though there are emergencies included in almost every episode, 9-1-1 is a TV show about First Responders which means they should be responding to emergencies that are exciting, interesting and relatable. No one wants to see a woman’s next door neighbor crawling through an underground tunnel so they can continue their love affair every time her husband leaves for work like the emergency that was included at the beginning of 6x2. Hopefully in 6B the decision makers will go back to using the format that worked to keep the audience engaged because if they don’t, it’s likely they will lose even more viewers only to suffer the same fate as so many other TV shows have when they lost their way after being on the air for several years.
the firefam and their significant...couches🛋
[Image ID: five gifs of the 9-1-1 characters with their respective partners on couches at their homes from episodes 4.09, 5.15, 3.15, 4.10, and 4.07
GIF 1: from episode 4.09, Maddie and Chim smiling at newborn baby Jee-Yun on their couch
GIF 2: from episode 5.15, Bobby giving Athena a side hug on their couch as she looks at old photos
GIF 3: from episode 3.15, Buck, Chris, and Eddie playing video games on the couch at Buck's apartment
GIF 4: from episode 4.10, Karen and Hen talking on the couch, facing Denny who is off-screen
GIF 5: from episode 4.07, David and Michael laughing together on their couch in Michael's apartment