first and most importantly for a flashback episode, A PERFECT RECAST OF YOUNG KARA AND ALEX.
(maybe even un upgrade?)
gosh, both of those actors did their homework.
when alex pulled her phone out of her back pocket in that bathroom i just about died.
izabela vidovic doesn’t actually sound anything like melissa, but she did this thing with her voice that is kara.
good job, casting.
also, music: evil. you can’t cold open with HAIM like that. the sweet escape was a terrible song, but the most 2007 song choice they could have made short of 1234 by feist.
SO THIS IS MIDVALE 2017
i love eliza, and i love that house.
but honestly where is midvale???? on the canadian border???? is the drug ring run through a maple syrup dynasty???? how did they drive there so quickly???? (the answer to that question is obviously: flying car.)
SPEAKING OF FLYING CARS: i love that they tried to tell us kara could drive for the opening ~aesthetic~ and let that just sit in the background for the entire episode, and then CONFIRMATION: KARA CANNOT ACTUALLY DRIVE.
for an episode that only has about 5 minutes of current timeline they packed a lot into that small amount of time.
i continue to regret asking for them to focus on kara’s mental health, because she’s just so sad and it makes me so sad.
‘at least alex doesn’t close herself off … you have the most wide open heart for other people, but when you feel weak you punish yourself for it.’
‘if i’m going to do the things i have to do, i have to walk away from certain vulnerabilities.’ okay, not focusing on the “vulnerabilities” because that’s a red herring, but the things i have to do. oh, kara. i wrote something in one of these lists a couple of weeks ago that i think i ended up deleting, but, the opening credits monologue has changed again (kara calls herself a refugee now, which is worth a whole post all of its own) but the line that has always stayed is “an accident forced me to reveal myself”. i hope they’re going to a place where kara can recognise the choices she’s making to live this life. not that there isn’t a lot to unpack to get there, because if we learnt anything from triggers it’s that she probably doesn’t believe she has a choice about this because she was sent here to do this. but that’s not what little kara tells not!alura. there’s always a choice, and at one point she wanted to make that choice.
obligatory mention: alex danvers is probably going to end up with a drinking problem.
and god, she’s mean, but she’s also right about kara’s pathological need to set the rules. and i think to kara they are rules, because everything about living on earth has been a series of rules about How To Live. see also: an accident forced me to reveal myself, and now i have to walk away from certain vulnerabilities.
THAT FIGHT: SISTERS OMG.
but that’s just it: sisters. they got each other. and, it would seem, always kinda have*.
kara’s earth equivalent birthday (disregarding the phantom zone) is between 4 January 1991 and 16 February 1991.
alex’s birthday is between 17 and 20 February 1989.
so in 2007, and let’s say november 2007 to make it easier, even though apparently they live near canada but it looks like summer: alex is 18, kara is 16.
and yet they’re in the same classes?
and yet not!alura j’onn thinks she’s 15.
GOD CAN’T THEY MANAGE TO WORK THEIR TIMELINES OUT???
kara’s been with them for 3.5 years, and jeremiah’s been dead for 1.5.
basically, i just really wish they would stop saying things like “[nice round number] years ago”, because now we have alex and kara apparently hated each other for three and a half years and lena luthor is 25.
(and also was apparently 15 when superman took down lex. ;_;)
anyway, that weirdness aside, that flashback was filled with goodness:
alex and kara shared a rooooooom and had dumb 2007 flip phones and alex wore totally on trend tiny vests but also very off trend chokers.
ELIZA WAS READING CAT GRANT’S NINE LIVES AND COUNTING.
kenny lee: he died so that alex would stop being a dick to her adopted alien sister.
awkward statutory rape storyline: awkward.
canadian drug ring: seriously, was maple syrup involved?
SOME THINGS WE LEARNT ABOUT KARA, all of which broke my heart:
she never stopped talking about krypton.
calculus at age 4!
she wanted to be a superhero even then.
THIS WAS AN ALIEN PLANET AND SHE HATED IT.
ALL SHE WANTED TO DO WAS LIVE WITH CLARK AND BE SUPER.
she followed all of his enemies omg.
she was really good at gym.
she’s always broken things when she’s angry.
she misses people too but she’s not lashing out at the world.
she had hound blood in her - kara what other trouble were you getting into as a kiddo?
she remembers being alone in the pod.
eliza calling j’onn to come and pretend to be not!alura agent noell neill was awful. that is honestly a terrible thing to do to that poor girl, and i’m lowkey pissed at the writers for thinking that’s a thing people would ever come up with as a possible solution.
aaaaaand yet maybe the most important line in the entire flashback:
no one asked me if i wanted these powers, but i have them and all i want to do is help people with what i’ve been given, and no one will let me.
kara wanted to be a superhero. she wanted it desperately. and maybe soon she’ll remember that.
she called her mom jeju.
eliza’s cardigan in that last scene was awesome and i want it.
‘i am getting better,’ kara says, two seconds before the promo for next week. yaaaaaay……… 😟
The constant disapproval of Ryan Evan’s father in High School Musical 2 (2007) of Ryan’s choice in tilting his hat to the side may stem from internalized homophobia, indicating Ryan’s father wants him to be straight (through hat straightening). Ryan also shows constant jealousy of Troy Bolton, who spends much of the movie in the constant praise of Ryan’s father - often being ignored for this very reason. Troy Bolton seems to be the epitome of masculinity that Ryan cannot emulate perfectly for his father (maybe due to his hat tilting, doing yoga with his mother, or even the homoerotic swapping of clothes with friend Chad Danforth). This thread of mild homophobia also leads to Ryan wanting to diverge from his family’s (rather sister’s) path to success. Instead of performing with his sister for the country club’s talent show, he sides with the lowly staff who seem much more accepting of his sexuality/flamboyant personality. Ryan’s flow of creativity peaks when with these people that are not his family silently oppressing him through their assumed homophobia. Sharpay, his sister, seems to finally understand Ryan cannot fully flourish under this oppression of his sexuality and expresses this through giving him the talent show award at the end of the movie. Ryan is incredibly grateful and it shows through his dazzling smile. The applause garnered from the audience (including his parents) seems to eliminate much of the unhappiness of Ryan. But who knows if Ryan’s father has overcome his homophobia? But Ryan is gratified enough to forget his unhappiness, even if it is very temporary. High School Musical 2 thus shows the potential of a person will be at its height when one is able to express themselves freely.
“It’s funny, it has the same name as another. Me, Emma Watson and Emma Stone, the number of times I’ve been called Emma Watson or Emma Stone is so funny. It’s just because we’re all called Emma. None of us look alike.”
Balthasar van der Ast, Still Life of Variegated Tulips in a Ceramic Vase, with a Wasp, a Dragonfly, a Butterfly and a Lizard, 1625
The aesthetic and economic obsession with buying and displaying tulips during the Dutch Golden Age is called “tulipmania” by scholars (1). John C. Mather describes Dutch gardeners “vying to produce better and more bizarre variegations and
feathering” (2) - desirable tulip traits seen in this still life by van der Ast.