Ambivalence was not the fic that I originally intended to recommend. However, in a recent conversation with Lady Geek Girl, the two of us complained a lot about the abuse-apologist rhetoric that seems to follow Loki’s character around on the internet. As much as I love Loki’s character and do feel for him, it’s always bothered me how many fanfic authors tend to write off and excuse his murderous actions due to his own internal turmoil. And no, that’s not all the Loki-redemption fics out there, but it is enough of them.
I really do love the Loki-redemption stories, but I dislike how many of them tend to minimalize the atrocities he committed in order to redeem him. Thankfully, Ambivalence does not follow that trend.
Tony had built his suit to protect himself and others. He should not have been caught again. He also shouldn’t have to depend on a certain green eyed individual, who happens to be his cellmate, for survival. Tony and Loki whump. No Slash. Rating for scenes of torture.
—summary of Ambivalence
When I first settled down to read this, I really did think that it was going to be a typical “Loki gets hurt badly so the Avengers save him and accept him as one of their own—New York Destruction? Who Cares?” fanfiction. I can say with all certainty that I am happy to have been wrong.
This week’s episode was just as exciting as last week’s, and it brought us a lot of great character moments. As a whole, this season is shaping up very nicely, despite a few iffy things here and there, like killing off every black character thus far besides Tyreese and Sasha. And though I was disappointed that Andrea didn’t feature in this episode at all, considering what happened last week, “This Sorrowful Life” managed to be thrilling just the same.
When first watching this episode, I honestly thought it was going to be about Rick moping around because he planned on handing Michonne over to the Governor, which makes little sense now that I think about it. In “Arrow on the Doorpost” I thought Rick could tell that the Governor was BSing him about the deal. I mean, the Governor allowed Merle to almost kill Glenn, he sexually assaulted Maggie, lied about everything involving the Atlanta survivors to Andrea, and attacked the prison with walkers. Clearly, he’s a man of his word.
But all that aside, I could certainly see why the temptation to hand Michonne over to the Governor was there. And looking back on the whole Randall incident of last season, I sincerely worried that Rick would go through with the plan. I was pleasantly surprised when he didn’t.