Villanelle Fashion Power Rankings

I would be remiss, as a Killing Fan, to not have my own list of my favorite Villanelle wardrobe choices. My biases will be apparent, so I apologize in advance. I don’t pretend to be an expert on fashion. Here goes!

10. Here Vill looks like an awesome mobster, straight out of “Goodfellas” or “Narcos,” at the tearoom dance. That’s how I remember the character the best.
9. Vill is in extremis here, and this isn’t her usual style. However some of the best, classic Vill moments, on the show, happen when Vill is in an austere environment. This outfit looks straight out of a Tarantino film, like Vill is trying to escape some random situation in “Pulp Fiction” or “Reservoir Dogs.”
8. Vill is again roughing it here, but this ensemble is also essential Vill. The faux fur jacket became ingrained into Vill’s identity, on-screen, at the end of Season 1. This look reminds me of the gritty world of the film “Drive.”
7. In my notes, on this scene, I wrote that Vill looked amazing for her wedding. She is wearing a black tuxedo jacket, black pants – and “great shoes,” black strap stilettos, although they can’t be seen in this shot. It is an androgynous wedding outfit that immaculately blends the masculine and feminine energies, of Vill. It is so Vill and it fits her so perfectly.
6. I happened to glimpse this outfit, before I saw the show – and that’s when I knew I had to see the show. Here, Vill is at Oxford, and looks collegiate to a ‘T.’ The sweater is a nice touch. Two thumbs up!
5. Poor Vill is internally crying here, but she is still pristinely dressed, in a navy pantsuit, with pointed shoulders. Her hair is tousled – a wild look that’s cool and looks ’80s-inspired. Vill is also wearing amazing gold, men’s-style shoes, although they can’t be seen in this shot.
4. Vill gets a new job and looks incredible. I love when she wears pin-striped suits. This is perfect Vill energy. She also does three different accents, in the space of five minutes, in this scene.
3. It was during the mission in Bulgaria, that I fell in love with Vill and her quizzical expressions. This Season 1 bomber jacket had to make the list.
2. It’s another impeccable pin-striped suit, so naturally I love it. This gray, three-piece suit was also worn for the famous bus kiss.
1. It’s Saint Vill – Vill at her most Vill, for me. Pure Vill-ness, like you could bottle it, as a perfume. She looks so confident in the U-Bahn station, in her Belgian tailored red, blue, and black jacket, that almost looks like camo. The effect is powerful and enthralling.

That’s Vill’s essence distilled down to ten outfits. Read my Killing Eve coverage and other long-reads here!

“primum, non nocere,” – Talking About the Lost Hatch

Good thing Boone went with Locke, and Jack went with Kate – otherwise the story of Lost: Season 1 would have been totally different. Boone wouldn’t have died in the Beechcraft crash. Kate would have never been able to be manipulated, as much as Boone would have been. Kate felt established in the Losties’ tribe. She had tracking expertise, weapon skills and a wily mind. She would have, thankfully, told someone else about the Hatch, leading to no one dying in the Beechcraft.

However, Locke would not have wanted someone, with a mind of their own, alongside him, on this trek. Cult leader Locke needed an impressionable person, like Boone, who was desperate to prove himself. Locke recognized the same gullibility and the same deep need to matter, in himself, as Locke’s dad, Cooper, the con man, rightfully pegged in Locke. Con men and cult leaders.

The whole fascination with a frozen alternate dimension and polar bears, reminds me of the Narrator’s spirit animal dream, in the ice cave, with the penguins – a happy space, that subsequently gets invaded by thoughts of his crush. This was in the movie Fight Club. The connection between fire (or a hot jungle) and ice – polar opposites – seems to have been a big fascination, in the late ’90s. Just look at the opening sequence and thematic plot points of Die Another Day, in the 007 franchise – a film which came out around the same time.

Lost Atlantis and a nuclear submarine sound cool, but they’re not as central to the Island, as the Hatch, one of the Dharma Stations, is. This may be a confirmation bias, but all other ideas sound random, compared to the Hatch – even though frozen donkey wheels, submarines and nuclear bombs do later make it into the series. There’s a time and a place for everything.

At the bottom of the Hatch, is a lair: the underground Swan Station (swan song). A lab rat, Desmond, must press a button, every 180 minutes, or the world will end. It reminds me of an old short story, I wrote in college, before I saw Lost, of an avatar being able to restart the universe, on a set schedule, with the latest updates – like a Windows operating system. This mirrors how the Numbers and the Equation concern the end of all time, in Lost. That and electromagnetic anomalies, in this pocket dimension, are what the Dharma Initiative and Rousseau’s expedition, came to the Island to study.

The Hatch was originally going to be found, underwater – which explains, why polar bears (which can swim adeptly) or an ice bio-dome, or Atlantis, or a nuclear submarine, were supposed to be at the bottom of the Hatch. You can see strains of this, when, in later seasons, the Egyptian statue’s foot, ends up underwater. The Black Rock slave ship and Rousseau’s expedition, both shipwreck, on the island – following in the vein of a seafaring story.

By definition, Atlantis is a lost land in the Atlantic Ocean. Given all the references to LA and Sydney, – despite that one blip, about drug planes, from Nigeria – all hints and clues point to the Island pocket dimension primarily residing in the Pacific – somewhere between Australia and Hawaii. Atlantis is its own legend, a whole other set of myths – and the Island being in the wrong ocean just wouldn’t be on brand, for Lost.

Another axed idea, in the writing room, for the Hatch, was a nuclear submarine, that had run aground, and then been covered by a mudslide. Nuclear submarines, in polar waters, are thematically very Cold War (The Hunt for Red October, with Sean Connery), but the idea of how such a thing would get on the Island, and end up buried, is super unrealistic, and stretches viewers’ suspension of disbelief way too much – even for Lost. The Black Rock – a wooden slave ship and mining ship – flying through the air, on a huge wave, during a storm, and snapping the Egyptian statue, in two, at the legs – only to end up in the jungle, almost completely intact, full of un-exploded boxes of dynamite, will already be a big plot point, to swallow, later on.

The names of some the characters touch on the philosophy of the political science, of the Island. Less government is inherently better, because even though human nature is inherently flawed, more government means more people are held at the whims, of fewer people – and those leaders are inherently flawed. Rousseau, the thinker, is right in that the only solution for human nature, is to keep people as far away from each other, as possible, governance-wise. The few common goods available are governed by the Social Contract, so there is some government – but as little as is functionally possible.