[Image - Malcolm in a lift gesturing at Nicola who is hanging onto the door frame, refusing to come into the lift with him]
(512): you never know when you’ll meet the man of your dreams and bang him in an elevator
That’s fair. I can’t see Malcolm/Jamie regardless of how hard I squint even though I can see nearly any other TTOI ship imaginable. Just as long as you ignore people’s opinions that differ from yours or comment on them in a non-judgemental way and hope that they treat you the same way. Best of luck to you.
Considering this blog has over 200 followers, I’d say it is fairly popular. Probably not as popular as Malcolm/Jamie and Malcolm/Ollie, but honestly slash is always gonna dominate 95% of fandoms It’s probably about as popular as Malcolm/Sam though, maybe a bit more so and a hell of a lot popular than this mods other TTOI otps of Mannion/Stewart and Emma/Ollie/Phil.
Yes, Nicola is astoundingly crap at her job, but not nearly as much as people seem to think.To half-quote, half-intentionally-misquote my favorite movie, “As for you, my fine friend, you are a victim of misorganized thinking. You are under the unfortunate impression that simply because Nicola Murray is unable to even walk straight in 4x02 that she is useless and has nothing to offer the world .You are confusing Series 4 with canon.”
Nicola’s behavior in series 4 is not an accurate representation of what she’s capable of for the simple reason that series 4 reads like slightly better than average fanfiction that some how ended up being canon primarily because Ianucci’s production team was already focusing their attention on Veep and the big $$$$$$ or (pounds if you’d rather) that HBO was gonna give them that they were not able to give the 4th series of the TTOI the attention it deserved. There were also a few new writers and directors to the show from within the cast who are not nearly as brilliant behind the camera as they were in front of it (i.e. Will Smith is a perf Phil but his writing was just okat.) And there was pressure to both satirize real life political events (i.e. the Levenson Inquiry) and to provide the show with some closure since it was almost certainly gonna be the last series since the cast and crew wanted to move on to new things, for which I can’t really blame. Nicola was just one of MANY whose characterizations and plotlines suffered as a result of these many factors. So was Mannion. And even in Ollie and Malcolm in such different ways.
^ Read Duckodeath’s OUTSTANDING meta for an in-depth analysis of exactly why S4 is such a travesty. But for now, just take my word for it that it is
Nicola is no more crap at her job than Ollie is and certainly less morally corrupt, but yet somehow I never hear that brought up as an obstacle to Ollie/Malc..
Nicola’s biggest struggle is not her incompetence but rather her insecurity. As series 3 indicates, she can almost hold-her-own when she is really confident about something and as destructive as Malc’s influence is for her, we can also see vestiges toward the end of S3 of her becoming more savvy. If she had kept her old position and not been promoted far too fast and far too soon, we probably would have seen her grow both in confidence and in competence.
Another of Nicola’s strengths is that she is not afraid to challenge Malcolm, something that we rarely see on the show apart from Jamie and one isolated scene from Terri. And many times, she is more than justified in seeing so. He may be the Dark Lord of Westminister but he’s only human and as such makes mistakes—sometimes catastrophic ones as we see in S3 and S4. Nearly everyone else is too terrified of Malcolm to say anything even when Malc is in the wrong but Nicola is not afraid to give him the business.
As for Nicola being frumpy… Sure, her clothes aren’t exactly fashion plate material but I’ve always taken canons insinuations that she is the frumpiest of frumpies or massively unfortunate looking with more than a grain of salt.
I mean the writers honestly expect us to believe that THIS is a face like “Dot Cotton licking piss off a nettle.”
Yeah I totally can’t see why anyone would be attracted to her ever? 0/10 . Would not recommend.
Favourite Malcolm Tucker’s quotes
[Image - Top - Nicola looking very put out/pissed off, head back, eyes closed and mouth open…- Bottom - Malcolm looking thoughtful and devilishly cunning as per usual]
(206): I feel like I have to sign a death waver before I have sex with him…
So the jackalopesays won’t have to scroll through 23 more archive pages for a gif that isn’t actually there.*
Malcolm, reacting about as reasonably as you’d expect about having made a preventable mistake, but very politely explaining exactly how he’s being rude (while also giving away his class roots).
Terri, who is never wrong about Malcolm’s mood or his need for an enforced naptime, failing as always to make him mind his manners towards her (but at least she has a really nice silver turtle pin).
Nicola, very obviously enjoying the hell out of it being Malcolm on the back foot for once, while seeming to find his embarrassment completely adorable (because let’s face it, she has her sadistic streak too).
*Since now it will be!
[Image - Nicola looking depressed and pissed off at Malcolm who is talking to her]
(315): Hello wreck, this is your train calling
Oh, Malcolm, if only if were that simple…
(I do love how Nicola trusts Snuggly!Malc and his universal have-a-hot-drinky hand gesture least of all and how Snuggly!Malc’s face conveys his total absolute utter profound blankness at Nicola’s particular hot drinky of choice.)
[Images - Nicola talking to Malcolm offscreen. Malcolm smiling in the car. Peter Capaldi in epic drag]
(+61): I say this as a friend, you would make a SPECTACULAR crossdresser
Happy 800 followers omnishamblestexts (which has shot OVER that total now) . Love, The Management :)
[Image - Nicola in a
very sexyblack suit with a smile on her face is talking to Malcolm - who is holding his trademark collection of files and definitely not smiling]
(613): Well despite the fact that I’m still not entirely sure this isn’t an elaborate/cunning plan to kill me, I’m in.