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vid title: Après Moi
music: Regina Spektor
source: Person of Interest 2x16 - Relevance
duration: 3:32
notes: Made for WisCon 2013 in the wiscon_vidparty. WisCon is a feminist science fiction con which had a "gender and technology" theme for the premieres vidshow.
summary: After Samantha Shaw, comes the flood.

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50mb avi

I must go on standing
You can't break that which isn't yours
I must go on standing
I'm not my own, it's not my choice

Be afraid of the lame, they'll inherit your legs
Be afraid of the old, they'll inherit your souls
Be afraid of the cold, they'll inherit your blood
Après moi, le deluge, after me comes the flood

Be afraid of the lame, they'll inherit your legs
Be afraid of the old, they'll inherit your souls
Be afraid of the cold, they'll inherit your blood
Après moi, le deluge, after me, flood

Февраль. Достать чернил и плакать.
Писать о феврале навзрыд.
Пока грохочущая слякоть
Весною чёрною горит.

I must go on standing
You can't break that which isn't yours
I must go on standing
I'm not my own, It's not my choice

I must go on stan-stan-ding-ding
You can't, can't break that, that
Which isn't, isn't yours, yours
I'm not, not my own, own
It's not, not my choice, choice

Date: 2013-05-26 02:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

I totally randomly came across this and I don't even watch this show but!! That was Sarah Shahi, making all the Dani Reese faces (I was a HUGE fan of Life) and... and... I thought Person of Interest was a Two White Guys show (generally something I'm not much interested in) but maybe I was mistaken?? This is a terrific vid, full of drama and emotion and I want to know more about this character immediately. You might have just pimped me into the show. :)

Date: 2013-05-26 03:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Life is one of my favorite shows. I wish it would have lasted longer. Sarah Shahi's character on Person of Interest, Samantha Shaw, shares a lot of traits with her Dani Reese character. There's a lot of differences as well, but I can't think of a character Sarah Shahi has played that I didn't enjoy. I think she's terrific as Shaw.

Person of Interest is basically a sausage-fest of two white dudes that are slashed together. There's only one female member of the regular cast (Taraji P. Henson as Det. Joss Carter), but Sarah Shahi was added to the regular cast for the upcoming season three. There are episodes that feature a more well-rounded cast of characters. This vid was made from just 2x16, which centered around Shaw. Her character recurred in a couple other episodes and in the last two of season two along with Amy Acker as Root, another very interesting addition. If I were granted one wish, it'd probably be for Shaw and Root to have their own show together.

Thank you! I totally recommend watching 2x16 because it works as an outsider POV and while it works on knowledge of the rest of the show, it centers around non-regular cast members, so there's not any lacking character background.

Date: 2013-05-26 03:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you for this vid! I love seeing action!Sarah Shahi and her cranky face is what made me love Dani Reese a lot, seeing Sam Shaw in action is like seeing AU!Dani Reese come alive for me and this vid highlights how awesome Shaw is in PoI!

Date: 2013-05-26 04:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I miss Life and Dani Reese and her alcoholism. Shaw makes for a great darkdarkdark!Dani Reese. Samantha Shaw is one of my best parts of season two.

shaw + root

Date: 2015-04-21 03:43 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
sameen is the absolute love of my life! I hang on her every word...the expressions on her face are priceless...and , when she gets emotional... I just melkt ! you have to see the clip called hide and seek.. besides being soooo sensual...when shaw tells root that... (I really do love you ) forget heart breaks...and , I cry like a baby !

Date: 2013-05-29 09:18 am (UTC)
mswyrr: (eowyn)
From: [personal profile] mswyrr
Freaking *brill*. Catching up with POI just moved right up my To Be Viewed list. Can't wait to see more of Shahi's character -- your vid really sells the role.

Date: 2013-06-02 04:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks. I'm excited for Shahi to be on as a regular. She's great, especially in this role.

Date: 2013-05-30 12:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
This is so badass. I love the song choice and the sense that she is coming to fuck everything up

Date: 2013-06-02 04:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That is accurate!

Date: 2013-06-02 12:49 am (UTC)
ext_218: (bsg goggles)
From: [identity profile]
wait, this was all from ONE EPISODE of POI?! that is a lot of ass-kicking to cram into 42 (3.5) minutes! I have no idea who this character is, so I just imagined Carmen from The L Word got herself into some trouble, LOL. on a meta level, I REALLY appreciate that you edited out all the slashtastic white dudes and created the Awesome (Femslashy) Lady Show. Woman of Interest?? Regina Spektor's music is so lavish, agressive, and discombobulating -- it meshes really well with your visual style!

Date: 2013-06-02 04:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
YES! She was in a couple other episodes, but I wanted to just use this one episode. There's a resounding lack of good single episode vids. Shahi's characters usually have common traits amongst each other, which make for nice AU perspectives. As much as I enjoy Person of Interest. There. Are. So. Many. Dudes. The female characters are at least more frequently lately, but I didn't watch it at first because I figured it was a run of the mill crime procedural with a twist that would get stale.

Regina Spektor's music was made for vidding.

Date: 2013-06-02 12:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
femslashy torture whaaaaa? nobody told me *this* when they pimped POI. I see your notes below on the two dudes sausage-fest, so I think I'll wait to hear how S3 goes before jumping on board?

That said, this vid *really* worked for me. There's such a powerful sense of Carmen Dani... er... Samantha's grittiness, how memory fragments when recalling how traumatic shit gets done. Also, everyone seems fucking shifty and like Samantha's world is essentially groundless. Not sure about POI yet, but I DIG THIS SHOW.

Date: 2013-06-02 04:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
YES! And the femslash torture wasn't sexified. It was legit and not just an excuse for a lady's heaving bosom. It's a fantastic scene that really, really, really made me a believer in Shaw/Root. They have mutual kinks. Pretty much laid out in canon.

Torture scene dialogue:
Shaw: One of the things they left out of my file... I kind of enjoy this sort of thing.
Root: I am so glad you said that. I do too.


With the kick off the of episode, Shaw's whole life is destroyed and she tried to "fix" things. Not so much her life, but put things where they should be.

Date: 2013-06-04 09:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] softestbullet (from
*lets out breath* Whoa, this just swept me along. I don't know anything about the show, but this woman and her nerves of steel still gave me chills.

Date: 2013-06-17 05:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
:) Thanks. I suggest taking the 43 minutes and watching the episode too. It works as a stand alone and Samantha Shaw is one of the more interesting characters in this year of television.

Date: 2013-06-20 06:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] softestbullet (from
Oh damn, I didn't even notice the source was one episode! ON IT.

Date: 2013-06-13 02:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Inspired choice of music and fantastic editing - particularly loved the pan at 3:16. Really effective use of a single episode, too.

Date: 2013-06-17 05:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you! 3:16 was one of the first clips I laid down actually. I had a conversation about how single episode vids are usually THE WORST, so I wanted to try and make one that didn't suck majorly. POI really packed a lot into this episode and it gives the impression of a larger scale.

Date: 2013-08-16 09:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh yes, yesyesyes, I've been looking for a Shaw (and Root) vid for a while. <3 I can't wait to see more of them next season. I ship them way too much.

Date: 2013-08-22 06:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm excited for them being in the cast next season, but nervous too. I wonder how they're going to interact and continue within the show.

Date: 2013-08-25 04:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
YESSSSSS. I love the song choice - I mean, her music is fantastic in whatever context, but in this particular case I love how you've mapped out the changing tempo of Shaw's actions to the song. She improvises and works with hundreds of variables and she's extraordinarily adaptable, but she has technique and operates in systems and patterns AND THEN ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE and she basically redirects those patterns in the most destructive way imaginable. (YAY.)

I can't wait to see her as a regular this fall. They better not screw it up. *fingers crossed*

Date: 2013-08-31 03:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you. I thought the pace of the song matched rather well to what I had in my head as the pace of the episode. Obviously the editing isn't chronological, but it felt like it matched pace.

I cannot wait for the new season!

Date: 2013-08-26 03:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

Date: 2013-08-28 07:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
here from Astolat's rec. Terrific vid that just feeds into my desire for a Shaw spin-off.

Date: 2013-08-31 03:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you. I hope the new season with her as a regular feeds into a Shaw and Root spin off where they go be awesome.

Date: 2013-08-30 04:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I saw this at Vividcon and couldn't believe I'd missed it before! I love how creatively you used the footage from just the one episode, and pulled off such a rich portrait of Shaw. Particularly liked the way you split the fights up over the course of the vid, so they work as a visual representation of her arc (ending with her kicking lots of ass, naturally *g*). Also liked the use of the Russian section for Cole -- like the way she felt about him was a foreign language -- and then she goes on to bandage her wounds and keep going. ♥

Sadly, the download link seems to be down! Would you be willing to reupload so I can have a shiny version to keep?

Date: 2013-08-31 03:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm so glad it works as an episode vid. Usually episodic vids can be so bland due to lack of interesting punch the way a season long or series long vid can cherry pick all the good visuals.

I love that you saw the connection of wound patching and how foreign people and interactions are for her. :)

50mb avi via sendspace ( I'm the worst at downloads expiring.

Date: 2013-08-31 05:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you!

Date: 2014-02-08 11:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Awesome vid! Would it be possible to reupload it?

Date: 2014-02-09 06:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yes, 50mb avi via sendspace ( :)

Date: 2014-11-03 11:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
oooh I liked this muchly!


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