I just love this man

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"Uh, Cas….? Castiel…the camera is over here..”

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Day 13: Emotion

"I need some distance. I need a change. So let’s see how Tigress does." "As a hero?" "As a blonde."

On Artemis and being a hero: I don’t have any idea where I read it or who said it now, but I remember once seeing the argument that Artemis’s decision to remain Tigress in ‘Endgame’ was a foreboding harbinger of her not being entirely committed to remaining a hero. The thought went something along the lines that her response when asked about it indicated some kind of renewed sense of moral ambiguity, but I think this is a complete misunderstanding of what Artemis was saying.

In her very first appearance in the tie-in comic, even before she met the Team, Artemis wanted to be a hero. She didn’t know if she could be one, but she didn’t want the life her father had raised her to lead and bristled against the fact that he told her mother that it was foolish to ever expect anything different from her. Even though it is fair to say that Artemis was plagued with doubts because of her upbringing and the way it kept eating its way back into her life, it was this doubt in her that spurred her into making her first efforts to perform an act of heroism. She was looking for a way to make a change in her own life - her White Rabbit to lead her to her very own rabbit hole, as she put it - and she found it the night she saved Wally’s life.

Following that, Artemis’s life became about proving her worth as a member of the Team and as a hero. She sought their acceptance and almost immediately clung to any suggestion that they were her “new family” no matter how unfamiliar she was with a group of people where she didn’t have to fight to have a place. She was so unfamiliar with unconditional acceptance that she was terrified of her friends learning the truth about her background. She tried to hide it from them, but any suggestion that she genuinely “switch sides” horrified her in Season 1. There’s no reason to assume that this changed moving into Season 2.

Artemis’s sense of identity is very important to her and it becomes a central theme in Season 2. The ambiguity that existed in her life in Season 1 was conquered and put behind her for five years. She had established a stable life with friends and a relationship and college - plans for a future. Then she’s called upon to go back into the field, undercover, as an assassin and a member of an organization known to be allied with some very bad people. It’s very difficult not to see this as a deliberate subversion of assumptions that might have been made about Artemis and her motives in Season 1. It seemed far more plausible that a girl whose entire family had at one point or another been on the “wrong side” might try to find acceptance in the underworld, but Artemis has long since grown up in an environment where any advantage to that is far outweighed by its disadvantages.

Artemis is frustrated with her undercover identity and the way that being in such deep cover erodes her sense of self. She wants to be who she is, and she knows that the more things go wrong, the less likely it is she’ll be able to return to the life she left behind. Tragically, she’s very right in this fear, but she is able to regain some of what she’d lost. And this is why I think that an understanding of Artemis’s feelings about Tigress and being a hero that suggests that she is headed down a ‘dark’ path toward villainy ignores the rest of her character development up until that point.

It might be fun to think about alignment shifts in characters, and I can definitely see how Artemis’s background might have - in some circumstances - led her down the path of her comics namesake, but I don’t think the Artemis we know is in that kind of danger. I have no doubt that at the end of Season 2, she feels that much of who she was before has been lost to the fire. But she’s going to keep trying. She’s back in the hero game, and it’s a choice she made for herself that she must bear with its consequences. But I think, ultimately, her comment “As a blonde,” means that despite everything horrible that has come of her character arc in Season 2 that she never doubted that she was trying to do the right thing.

Artemis knows she’s a hero.

You know, I really don’t understand why I’m still single. Like, I would be the best girlfriend because firstly, I’m cute as hell, and secondly, I know all these cute as fuck book shops and coffee houses and quint little hangouts all over the New England seacoast and surrounding areas, and you bet your ass I would take my significant other to all of these places so we could be pretentious lil shits together… But alas, I am single as fuck.

INTERPLANETARY. “space is big. you just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. i mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to space.” (listen)

BECOMING HARMONIOUS: the glitch mob ft. metal mother. PERIHELION: trent reznor and atticus ross. UTOPIA DESCENT: cristobal tapia de veer. THE GALLERY: muse. WHAT WILL WE DO?: trent reznor and atticus ross. A DREAM WITHIN A DREAM: the glitch mob. EDOM: avicii. ISOLATED SYSTEM: muse.

The Real World: Avengers Tower
  • Interviewer:So what's it like living with Tony?
  • Bruce:When I moved in, he insisted on funding all of my research. Except, you know, ever since The Incident, all my work's been theoretical. It's not actually that expensive. I've started just spending all the extra on fruit pies, just to see if he was keeping track. He isn't. There are a lot of unused rooms in this building, and at least three of them are stacked floor to ceiling with fruit pies. He hasn't said a word.
  • Natasha:It turned out Pepper and I both speak French. Tony doesn't. Now, whenever he walks in, we just start whispering in French and giggling. Half the time we're just exchanging recipes. He pretends not to be eavesdropping, but the other day I caught him asking JARVIS what 'des oeufs' meant.
  • Clint:I bought this big bag of little plastic flies, right? And whenever he's not paying attention, I throw them into his drink. Half the time he doesn't even notice and just drinks the damn things, but the other half? He starts checking all the house filtration systems, the exterminators, the works. He can't figure out where all these flies are coming from. He's fumigated three times in the last month.
  • Thor:I attempted to provide assistance with a project, but Stark assured me that it was 'very technical', and that I would not understand the intricacies. I can see why he would think so, as I am a mere Prince of Asgard, taught such basic engineering when I was a child and his ancestors could not yet walk. It has been five weeks, and he still has not corrected the misaligned condenser coil causing the problem.
  • Steve:I don't know what Howard taught that kid, but he seems to be under the impression that homosexuality was invented in 2000. He keeps leaving magazines and pictures lying around like the sight of two men holding hands is going to give me a heart attack. I don't have the heart to tell him about the Greeks.
  • Interviewer:So how are things in Avengers Tower?
  • Tony:How are things? I have no idea. I really don't. There's some kind of insect infestation in the vents and I think a spy is trying to seduce my girlfriend into moving to France. I tried to prank Captain America with gay porn, but him and Thor just started trying to reverse-engineer workout routines. The other day I went into one of the spare rooms, and I found some kind of one-armed sex hobo sitting on a throne of empty fruit pie boxes. I just walked out and closed the door. I don't even wanna know.
  • 2005 Jensen:No I absolutely will not sing for you guys no way
  • 2007 Jensen:Well only if Jason sings too and I stand 3 feet from the mic
  • 2010 Jensen:Okay one song because the guitar is right here
  • 2014 Jensen:GUYS, CAN WE SING THIS?? WE SHOULD SING THIS. "RISIN' UPPPPPP, BACK ON THE STREEEEEEEEET!!!"

fall out boy is that band where its like ‘hey??? youre mad at the world??? lETS GO AND PUNCH THROUGH WALLS AND BREAK THINGS” but also they’re like “hey youre upset? here let me just sing exactly how you feel and try to make you feel better” and then the music is just like a hug and idk man i really love fall out boy

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[clara please, eh, for me?  h e l p   h i m.  goodbye clara. miss ya]  
h   e      a   s   k  e   d      y   o  u       a      q   u   e   s   t  i   o  n .

                 w i l l   y o u   h e l p  m e ?

[clara … give him hell, he’ll always need it.]
d: i don’t think that i’m a hugging person now.
c: i’m not sure you get a vote …
d: whatever you say.