5 7 business days for shipping and they got here in four

it may have taken years (but somehow we got here)

aka First date

Originally posted by chrispratt

THIS IS PART OF A SERIES. IT WILL MOST LIKELY MAKE SENSE BY ITSELF BUT JUST A FOREWARNING.

PART 1 PART 2 PART 3 PART 4 PART 5 PART 6 PART 7 PART 8 PART 9

PART 10 PART 11

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Cassian x Reader

Words: 2223        

Series Summary: Cassian and Reader Firsts – from meeting each other to the first time, first kiss, first fight, first “I love you”, to their (first) last breaths (maybe…that might be too depressing)

Time Cassian and Reader have known each other: 1 year and 4 months 

Chapter: 12/20

Prompt: Anonymous- “firsts” for cassian x reader please?!? (like first date, first kiss, first fight etc) :-))

Author’s notes: This somehow took me so long to write and I don’t know why. Probably stressed between finals, and my two new jobs so ahhhhhhh save me?! I want to apologize in advance. You’ll know why. Hope you enjoy!!


You woke slowly. The brisk morning air permeated through the blankets and you grumbled, snuggling back into the body behind you. You felt a hand stroke your arm in response and turned burrowing yourself into Cassian’s side.

He pressed a gentle kiss to your hair and you smiled sleepily into his chest.

Waking up like this was your favorite part of the day. Nothing would ever beat how wonderful it felt to wake up in his arms. 

Cassian was yours and you wouldn’t change that for anything in the world.

Officially being with Cassian surprisingly hadn’t changed much about your relationship. Other than the sudden jump in affection. The looks, the words, the kissing, the touching. You didn’t have to hide your affection for each other anymore.

Neither you nor Cassian had ever been ones to share your feelings whether in public or in private. But that had all changed when you met each other. You changed each other. You helped each other grow. And now you weren’t afraid of your feelings anymore. You weren’t afraid to show your love. You weren’t afraid to feel human.

You had thought you and Cassian had been affectionate before, but it was even worse now. You both made sure to take advantage of your days spent on base together.

From meals together to gentle gestures in the hallways, to getting caught making out in the base’s supply closet by General Draven; there was no limit.

Your relationship was the talk of the base. It wasn’t unusual for fellow rebels to get together, but you and Cassian had been building this up for more than a year. Everybody knew it was only a matter of time. And everybody had something riding on it. It was a great distraction for everybody.

The teasing had died down after a few weeks, though the stares didn’t seem to be going anywhere. You didn’t mind because at least it got people’s minds off of the lockdown a few months ago. Everybody was still on edge, but your relationship had been a way out for many.

Everything was going well.

Except for the fact that you still hadn’t gone on a date. It had been months. You had been busy rescuing rebels, and Cassian had been off on espionage missions. It seemed that it would be months before it finally happened. And months it was.


Your first date didn’t happen until four months after you became a couple.

And you should have known that something would go wrong when it finally happened.

You and Cassian hadn’t seen each other in a few days because you were both off on missions. You messaged every day even though it was technically against the rules.

Draven may or may not have sent you a message reprimanding you two, though he knew there was nothing in the universe that could keep the two of you apart.

You definitely missed him. And he missed you. But you were both slowly getting used to it. You and Cassian dealt with it in different ways.

You wouldn’t be able to get through a mission without something to remember him by so you would steal his shirts to sleep in, or sometimes Cassian would give you a trinket to hold onto.

Cassian, on the other hand, would somehow push through his mission without you; however, once he returned he would hold you tight for hours on end, just breathing you in and basking in how safe he felt in your arms.

To him, there was no place like in your embrace.


It was a few days into your mission and you were just about to go to bed when you received a message from Cassian. He was coming to the planet you were currently stationed on.

Even though you were absolutely exhausted, you couldn’t find it in yourself to sleep. You knew he wouldn’t be on planet for another few hours, but all you could think about was seeing him.

The hours slowly ticked by and you continued to pace back and forth in your room, periodically looking out the window for a glimpse of his ship.

Five hours later, you finally saw it. And before you could even stop yourself you were out the door and running towards his landing ship. He had barely even opened the door when you jumped in and barreled into his body, knocking you both to the ground.

Cassian tried to push the two of you up but you groaned in annoyance shoving him back onto the ground. His arms came up around your waist and began rubbing up and down your back. You snuggled your face into his jacket and he chuckled into your hair.

“Miss me?”

You nodded frantically pushing yourself closer.

After a beat of silence, you mumbled, “Mraw rw ywo hur?”

“Need to speak up, fierabrás.” He laughed.

You pulled your face out of his jacket with a sigh, “Why are you here?”

He hummed in acknowledgment, brushing a hand over your hair “That guy you’re rescuing. He never finished his mission. I was sent to gather the intel he was sent to find. Have you found him yet?”

You shook your head leaning heavily against him. Your eyes closed and you hummed nuzzling into his chest. You felt Cassian sit up, pulling your body with him.

Cassian asked softly where your room was and you pulled the key out of your pocket shoving it at him.

He lifted you into his arms and you were out.


The next few days were spent planning your separate missions. You and Cassian made the best of being together away from the base, but you knew it was only a matter of time before you had to go back home.

About a week later, you officially began your mission. It had started off relatively well. You found the rebel. And Cassian went to retrieve the information he needed.

However, everything went to hell when you arrived back at your room. You began packing waiting for Cassian to make it back so you could return back to base. But something didn’t feel right.

Something felt off.

The rebel you had rescued was twitchy and on edge, as if he was waiting for something to happen.

Without making it obvious, you slowly reached for your gun that was strapped to your hip. Just as you pulled it out, the door slammed in and stormtroopers stormed the room.

The rebel smirked, kicking the gun out of your hand and shoved you against the wall, before taking off out of the room.

As you dropped to the ground scrambling for your weapon, a stormtrooper kicked you in the stomach and you collapsed against the wall.

You reached your hand out blindly grabbing the first thing you felt, a broom. You gripped it strongly and swung out catching a trooper in the legs and knocking him to the ground.

As you fought off the others you were once again backed against the wall. You whipped out in a panic, catching a few stormtroopers in your path. But you were outnumbered. You could see past the stormtroopers and out the window that the “rebel” you had saved, was entering your ship. You cursed him silently, as you continued to fight.

You were shoved even farther into a corner when an explosion rocked the room.

Cassian.

“Need a hand?”


Cassian managed to fight off the remaining stormtroopers as you slumped down sitting against the wall in pain and shock.

After knocking the last stormtrooper to the ground, he sent a quick message to General Draven telling him what had occurred. Draven told him to hold tight on the planet until someone could come pick the both of you up.

Shutting his comlink, he glanced over at you. You were curled in on yourself, your eyes glazed over.

He walked over towards you and crouched down in front of your slightly shaking body.

“Hey,” he whispered softly, “You alright?”

It took a second, but you nodded at his words.

“Wanna go on that date?”

You looked up into his eyes for a second, before looking down at yourself. His gaze followed yours as he took in your bruised dirt-covered body.

Cassian reached out grabbing your chin and tilting your head up to meet his.

Hey. You’re perfect. “ He said placing a soft kiss on your lips. As he pulled away he felt you lean into him, not wanting your lips to be separated from his.

“Let’s go.” He said pulling you up. He placed his arm around your waist and you both went to find somewhere to eat.


You and Cassian were exhausted, but alive. You both leaned on each other limping at injuries you probably shouldn’t be ignoring.

But in that moment you didn’t care. 

You managed to stumble into a small diner, choosing a table in the back. You fell in a seat with a grunt. Cassian placed his jacket around you and dropped in the seat beside you.

A server came over and took your orders, but before he could scurry away you grabbed his arm, pulling him down to whisper something in his ear.

He smiled looking over at Cassian before taking off into the back.

Cassian looked at you with amusement, not saying anything.

The server came hurrying back a few minutes later grasping a handful of flowers. Cassian’s brows furrowed as you reached out taking the flowers from the server with a quick thank you.

You turned to face Cassian with a beaming smile on your face. You shoved the flowers at him until he hesitatingly reached out.

For me?”

You nodded.

A smile split wide on Cassian’s face as he took them from you and breathed them in.

The next few moments were silent. You stared at each other from across the table not knowing what to say.

Why did this suddenly get awkward? He was your best friend. This shouldn’t be awkward. Just talk to him.

“Um…. Do you want some water?”

Cassian laughed lightly. “I-um…. already have some.” He said gesturing to his full glass.

You groaned dropping your head to the table with a bang.

Cassian’s hand reached out brushing against your head and ruffling your hair.

“Why am I nervous? What do I even have to be nervous about?! I mean we’re best friends! I already know everything about you!”

Cassian tapped your head, silently asking you to sit up.

You did so, a light blush now scattered across your cheeks.

He brushed his hand lightly across your pink cheeks, which only made you blush more.

You grabbed ahold of his hand and pressed a quick kiss to it.

“I love you.” Cassian murmured.

You smiled, “Do you ever think about how we did things so out of order?”

“I wouldn’t have done things any other way.”

“Me neither. I love you too.”


It hadn’t been the date you were expecting, but it couldn’t have been more perfect.

It didn’t matter that you both looked like you had been rolling around in the mud.

It didn’t matter that it wasn’t at a fancy diner.

It didn’t matter that it hadn’t been planned.

It just didn’t matter.

Because all you needed was Cassian.

You talked for hours, not hearing the beeping of your comlinks over your laughter. 

It wasn’t until a few hours later that you finally decided to leave.

You were holding tight to Cassian’s hand, swinging in back and forth with a smile, but just as you stepped out the door your whole world exploded. Your body was thrown back, Cassian’s hand being ripped out of yours. Your vision went white, your ears rang, and your head was throbbing. It wasn’t long before everything went black.


You’re not sure how long you had been out, but you came to groaning in agony. You forced your eyes open and tried to sit up, instead falling back to the ground with a whimper of pain. You wildly blinked your eyes trying to focus on the world around you. Your eyes were burning and you frantically rubbed your hand across your face, wincing as the dirt from your hands fell into your eyes.

You pulled at your shirt, scrubbing it aggressively across your face until you were about to make out your surroundings.

Everything was decimated.

Rubble was falling from buildings and smoke was rising from fires that littered the ground. The combination of dust and smoke made it hard to breathe and you couldn’t see far in front of you. As you tried to call out for Cassian, you choked on the dust and coughed, crying out at the pain it caused in your chest.

You rolled over on your side trying to pull yourself up onto your feet when you caught sight of Cassian lying a few feet from you. Finally stumbling to your feet, you took off towards Cassian. You tripped over some rubble, falling to your hands and knees and all but crawling over to Cassian’s motionless body.

Your hands fluttered over him, hesitant to touch him.

Was he breathing?

Just as you lowered yourself to check you felt something solid hit your head. You fell to the ground with a grunt and the last thing you saw was your hand reaching out to Cassian’s lifeless hand.


Author’s notes: *Dodges all the yelling* I’M SORRY?!

Tagged: @ly–canthrope @misswinchester221b @heyjess-marie @latenightbooknerd

Next up: I’ve never been scared of anything (until I thought I lost you) aka First Serious Injury

PART 13

Shipping meme: Hinny (Harry and Ginny)

1. Who crushed first?

Ginny. From the moment she laid eyes on him she knew he would be the father of her children.

2. How long did the pre-kiss tension last?

Six long painfully awkward years worth of attempted relationships and on again- off again hook ups with other people.

3. Who caved and kissed first?

Harry, after he realized that he couldn’t take seeing any other man kiss, touch, and hurt his woman.

4. Angst or fluff?

Fluff because they are a loving couple, but after the war there would definitely be some angst. Harry dealing with everyone that died in the name of a better future, that would not be an overnight recovery.

5. What the parents think?

The Weasley’s had pretty much adopted him anyway, of course they welcomed him with open arms into their family. Arthur would consider it an honor, and Molly would be glad to see their love bloom and grow. James and Lily couldn’t be prouder, especially Lily.

6. Did they do a first date or did they just hook up?

They couldn’t really do the whole dating thing during their school years, but you can bet your last buck that Harry took her out on plenty of dates after the war. Their first date would have been a muggle outing, a casual walk through the park with a stop for ice cream, perhaps a trip to a lake for a nice swim, or maybe a nice dinner at a not very expensive restaurant (Harry was not the type to flaunt himself).


7. Relationship dynamic?

Ginny is not a pushover Mary Jane character. She can reign Harry in when he needs it. Ginny would be a patient lover and offer him the comfort he not only needed, but deserved and craved. He never knew a woman’s touch growing up, all he had was himself. The Dursley’s damn sure didn’t coddle him. So Ginny would be able to show him exactly how tender a woman can be when he needs it. And when they’re in the company of others, they would be their normal playful selves. Harry would be able to joke and play with Ginny and know that she would take him lightheartedly. And she would have his back no matter what the circumstance. She would be ready to risk her life protecting him at any given moment, and so would he.


8. How long do they last/did they break up?

It would be a lifetime relationship. Even if they get mad at each other, the longest it’d last would be a few hours, a day tops. Harry would just need time to cool off, and then he’d be ready to apologize. He wouldn’t hesitate to be the first to swallow his pride. Ginny, on the other hand, being a Weasley and all, would take slightly longer to admit if she was wrong. She’d probably sulk about having to apologize for a few hours, maybe procrastinate a little, and huff around until she decided she was tired of thinking about it and apologize just to get it over with. If she was the angry one, depending on how angry she was feeling, Harry would probably have to jump a few hexes. Nothing serious, unless she was really pissed, but more like a hex that gives you face zits or boils or instead of talking, you croak like a frog for a day.


9. Who’s the sex god?

Gonna go out on a limb here and say Ginny. First of all, she’s got the poo tang, and in the sex department of a heterosexual relationship the woman has the ability to hold all the cards. I can see her being a master seductress behind closed doors. I could see her being the one into exotic sex positions, or the one eager to try something new. I could also see her taking charge when she is feeling particularly sexual. Maybe blind fold Harry while he’s sitting on the edge of the bed and just spend hours teasing him with her touch, until he was to the point of panting and begging her for more. There is nothing more appealing to a man than a woman who has a healthy appetite for sex.

10. Short headcanon for the pair.

“Harry?”

“Oh, good morning Ron,” Harry yawned as he snapped out of his thoughts. He must’ve been smiling because Hermione was giving him that look. That look said that his thoughts were written all over his face.

“Are you alright?” Ron asked again.

“What?”

“I asked you the same question four times now… Didn’t you hear me, mate?”

“Really?” No, in fact, Harry hadn’t heard a word he said. How long had he been standing there in the doorway, anyway? What time was it? And why did Ron look so sweaty? “I’m sorry, what?”

“Ron, he’s fine, see?” Hermione said impatiently.

“Fine? Are you mental? There’s clearly something wrong here!”

Ron didn’t understand what was going on. Harry was acting strange! They were all supposed to meet up at The Three Broomsticks for dinner last night and he blew them off! Ron needed to know what made his best friend “forget” about their weekly arrangement, which Ron though of as a tradition of sorts by now. All the more reason to be suspicious when Harry didn’t show up last night and left him and Hermione hanging. Not that he minded being alone with Hermione or anything. But if he was busy he should have said so! Right? Plus, Harry seemed… disoriented this morning. He had a far away gaze in his eye and he looked bloody awful, like he had gotten into a fight or something. His hair was messier than usual and he had what appeared to be faint scratch marks around his torso. Ron swore under his breath and pushed passed Harry right into Grimauld Place, angrily looking around for signs of a fight or anything out of the ordinary. He swore under his breath. If someone wanted a fight, he was ready!

“Ron, I’m fine. Really,” Harry smiled, awkwardly running his fingers through his unkempt hair.

“Yeah, see? I told you he’s fine,” Hermione jerked Ron’s shoulder rather firmly. “Now can we go already?” She hissed impatiently.

“What- No, let go of me- Harry what’s going-”

“Harry, who was at the door?” Ginny interrupted with a yawn as she slowly made her way down the staircase rubbing her eyes. She was dressed in one of Harry’s old t-shirts, the ones that were too big for him but he loved too much to get rid of anyway, perhaps just for the satisfaction of seeing them on Ginny exactly as she was now. Ah, crap, he was smiling again.

“Ginny?” Ron stared incredulously, mouth agape in complete shock. “But, you’re not supposed to be back until tomorrow!”

“Ron, ugh,” she groaned. “Um, surprise?”

“What?” He felt like a broken record. “Why are you here? And why is your hair like that? And why are you in Harry’s…… Oh,” Ron stopped mid sentence, his cheeks flushing in embarrassment as the realization finally set in.

“Big brother, you are incredibly dense,” Ginny sighed and walked past her brother and into the kitchen. She may as well make some breakfast for the idiot because explaining this might take some time. He’d take the news better on a full stomach, anyway.

“I tried to stop him,” Hermione apologized but Harry could only smile.

“Wait, you knew?!” What was he, chopped liver? Was he really the last one to piece together the puzzle?

“Of course I knew, Ron, they’ve only been ogling each other for years now. Honestly.”

“But that doesn’t-!” Ron cut his eyes away in embarrassment. “That doesn’t really mean that they were shagging all this time… Right?” He gave Hermione a pitiful look.

“Oh, cut it out Ronald,” Hermione rolled her eyes. “You can be so daft sometimes.”

“Sorry, mate,” Harry pipped up but the smile on his face said that he was anything but sorry. “Stay for breakfast, it’s the least I could do about last night.”

Well, wasn’t this just swell. Ron felt slightly irritated. He felt like a third- or fourth- wheel. Like a friend kept out of the secret. Like a gerbil without a wheel. Yeah, he knew they were dating, but he hadn’t thought about that part yet! His best friend! His sister! And they call him the dense one! They should be apologizing to him!

He stormed into the kitchen red faced, retort seconds away from flying off his tongue, when he stopped, captivated by the lazy smile between his sister and his best friend. In all the years that he had known Harry, he had never seen that smile before. He watched as they stood together at the antique stove top, arm in arm, inseparable it seemed. Harry would pull away every once in a while to watch her cook, but never taking his eyes away from her for more than a minute. And Ginny was humming, actually happily humming while cooking. Ginny hated cooking.

No one told Ron this either. No one told him that his best friend and his sister had really, truly fallen in love. Suddenly, his irritation faded. He sighed and pulled the seat out next to Hermione, who had already unravelled the day’s Daily Prophet and was nose deep in the second page. This seemed like a warm, happy home; and for once Ron wasn’t bothered about being consciously aware of Ginny’s love life.

The Drunkalypse Season 4, Episode 6: The Laws of Gods and Men

OVERALL RATING:

7/10 Tyrions in a barrel.

Good episode, Solid. SOLID! The episode stuck around KL with a few outings but with the trial that’s not surprising. I’m sure people are going to be talking about Peter Dinklage’s performance this week. People bitch about the term filler and I definitely do not think it applies here. Every scene but one, really, seemed well-placed and relevant.

STUFF THAT HAPPENED, SULLIED TANGENTS, and more!

Keep reading

Affirmation: Olicity or “How I Refused To Be Brainwashed by Anti Bullshit:101″

Warning: I’m a wee blunt in this.  Uncharacteristically so, I think, but in times like these, being nice and polite and “The Diplomat” doesn’t always get the job done.  Hopefully you’ll read it through. I know it’s on the long side, but every point is important. You might want to get some coffee or something before you start. ;)


It’s been a wild and crazy few weeks, hasn’t it, Oliciters?  When things like this happen (and I think we’ve all been through stuff like this in one fandom or another so a part of us can sympathize, of course), it can be hard to resist getting dragged into the fray, especially when you and what you love becomes a target.

The Olicity fandom has always done a pretty good job of staying out of the mess, but as things have heated up and attacks are lobbed, new agendas erupt, and tempers flare, it’s important to remember a few important things and hold strong to a few simple truths (or “affirmations,” if you will). 

It’s also critically important for Olicity fans to remember this very important concept in this mess:

Do not become brainwashed by anti/hater rhetoric so that you inadvertently become an echo chamber of their anger or agendas.

Yeah, I know, you’re looking at that line thinking, “WTH?  I would never…!” 

Originally posted by just-a-crazy-nerd

Sounds weird, right?  But it happens.  I’ve seen it happen in other fandoms.  Hell, I’m seeing glimmers of it happening here, peeking through in odd spots, and it’s something every viewer of any show really needs to be consciously aware of as it’s happening.

Examples I’ve seen lately….

Previously: I love Felicity in the field, on missions, and doing stunts with Oliver!  I want more of that!  When’s the next Olicity stunt/mission/field work?

Counter Claim: Felicity Smoak isn’t part of Team Arrow! She doesn’t belong in the field and on missions!  She’s “just” a hacker who never needs to get out from behind her keyboard!  This is an action show and the only people who should be doing these are the suited heroes!  Besides, she’s never been in any of that before!

Echo Effect: Well… Felicity Smoak doesn’t need to be on missions or in the field or doing stunts.  She’s a hacker and awesome all on her own.  It’s okay if she doesn’t ever get to do those things again even though she did all of it and more in Seasons 1 and 2. (since bloody when?!)

Previously: I love the blend of action and romance on Arrow that Olicity brings. I want more of that for them!

Counter Claim: Arrow isn’t a soap opera!  It’s an action show!  No romance!  No Olicity!  KILL IT!  KIIIIIILLLLL IT WITH FIRE!!!!!!!!  (…until you put Oliver with who I want him to be with, then romance is okay because it’s not really “romance” it’s “canon.”  This is Oliver’s story [but that can’t exist without my fav being on the show & in all the stories])!

Echo Effect: Well… Arrow shouldn’t be about romance.  It is an action show.  Maybe Oliver and Felicity (and really, that just means Felicity) shouldn’t be on as much or included in missions or stunts or action (even though they just argued it’s an action show and it’s the action/missions that are important) because Felicity’s such a hero that she doesn’t need to be included in any of the action elements that…  um…. other people claim the show should focus on.  I guess it’s okay to remove Felicity from everything “action” oriented while everybody else gets to do it ‘cause… canon… and other stuff?

Originally posted by crimsonlippedbeast

Previously: I love Felicity Smoak!  I can’t wait to learn more about her, origins, see her interact more with Thea, Diggle, Quentin, and {{{insert your fav here}}}.  Gimme more!!!!

Counter Claim: This is Oliver’s story and journey.  Felicity shouldn’t have family on the show.  She shouldn’t have a story about herself.  She shouldn’t get “growth.”  Put her back to what she was in Season 1 (aka irrelevant, a recurring cast member, not leading lady category airtime, not Oliver’s love interest, and only on for about a minute or two an ep).  The focus should be on MY favorite (and their family, their growth, their evolution and journey) because comic canon!  And all these people should have scenes with MY favorite.  Never Felicity.  That’s not organic!

Echo Effect: Well… It is Oliver’s journey.  The stories should be all about him.  I guess Felicity doesn’t need that stuff ‘cause she’s awesome.  So….


This push is an insidious brainwashing that slowly seeps in over time, sort of like water droplets steadily dripping on a rock.  Before you know it, you’re starting to *believe* the propaganda designed to do one thing: Edge out all the things YOU love and replace them with things you don’t like, don’t want to see, and thus winds up decreasing your interest in the show.  From there it’s a short step to getting bored and changing the channel.  And you helped do it to yourself.

This is when tightening your fandom/ship bubble becomes vital to surviving being an online fandom as people try to kick you around, shut you down, make you shut up, and step off so they can move in and do their damnedest to erase every single thing you like from the show to replace it with their thing.


So what’s going on these last few days?  Intense criticism.  Diversion.  Finger-pointing.  Blame-games.  “You did this!” “It’s your fault!”  “You’re the reason why!”  “It if wasn’t for you….!”

Stop.

Back away slowly (and mute and block these people while you’re at it) because… and there’s no nice way to say it:

1. Arrow is - as Stephen Amell himself said years ago - a Meritocracy.   What works stays.  What doesn’t work goes.

At the time, when talking about meritocracy in the interview, Stephen said, “I mean, you don’t want to stomp all over the canons and sort of the expectations of people that have read the comics all their lives, but at the same time you gotta make a good show and you don’t wanna bite that hand that feeds you, so to speak.  … If someone comes out and equits themselves on the show, then great, but if someone comes in that doesn’t work then the opposite happens.”

More recently, the Arrow show-runners have stressed that none of their choices have anything to do with Felicity or Olicity or their fans.  The CW/Arrow’s business and story-telling decisions are just that: business and story-telling decisions that have nothing to do with Oliver, Felicity, Olicity, or Oliciters.

If people – be it other fans, people writing blogs or articles – can’t read, don’t understand, don’t want to understand, or don’t want to believe the execs, that is 100% not our problem or fight, Oliciters.  So wipe that crap off your shoes on some grass and keep on walking.


2. Arrow wants to be a show people want to watch.

That’s its job.  To make you want to tune in.  Now, will people agree what that means?  Of course not.  But disagreeing about what appeals or draws doesn’t mean it’s universally true for everyone.  Someone ranting (or twelve someone’s ranting) about disliking something doesn’t mean the entire Arrow viewership feels the same way.  So if the show lets something go?  They’re basing that an informed decision and removing it.  See Meritocracy in #1.  Reread til it’s etched on your brain.


3. Arrow Does NOT Follow Comic Canon.  The choices Arrow execs/writers make are NOT mandated by the comics.

OMG can we tattoo this somewhere on a body part or something because, dude, how many times do the executives of Arrow have to reiterate this point? Four years later and we’re still arguing about this.

Arrow carves its own path.  It does what it feels is right for the story and for the show.

As soon as someone starts with “But in the comics….” just walk away.  Walk away!  Arrow is not the comicsThe comics are not Arrow.  Bleach this from your brain and let it go.  The Arrow execs and writers clearly have.  It’s time for viewers to do the same.

Let me just break in some reality here.

Green Arrow comics, at their height (and I’m going back FIFTEEEN YEARS for this number, btw) sold approx. 92,000 in one month back in 2001 (North American sales).  I’m going by a database of comic book sales here, so if anybody wants to argue that number with anybody, argue it with the database people, not me.  Also, keep in mind that not everybody reading the comic is watching the show.  Got it?  Good.

Arrow currently has (the last Live+7 Day adjustment I saw) a total viewing audience of  3,848,000 viewers.

Originally posted by learnthehelloutathis

Let’s do the math, shall we?

That means that (going by that height of 2001 North American readership), those comic book readers represent about 2.4% of Arrow’s total viewership.

If you go by current sales (North America, February 2016) of 22,096, that potential total comic book reader viewership percent drops to 0.57%  I’ll be generous and round up to 1% here.

According to estimates, online viewers represent only 5% of a TV shows total viewership.  So all of us online here?  We’re about 192,400.  That’s it.

The rest of Arrow’s viewership?  That other 95% of offline viewers?  Those other 98%-ish that have never cracked a Green Arrow comic and totally don’t give a fart in a fog-storm about comic canon anything?  They make up around 3,771,040 viewers.

Does anybody honestly think that the network or Arrow or its writing room is controlled by 192,000 of us online while ignoring any input or ratings date from the other 3.7 million viewers they have?  At some point common sense and logic have to kick in here.  Or maybe not.  This is the internet.  But still.

Originally posted by allreactions

Maybe, just maybe, what gets on the screen, what stays on the screen, what the Arrow execs and writers pursue, are pursued and developed because the majority of their research and data confirms to them that these things *sell* and are popular.  It confirms the majority of viewers *likes* these things and enjoys tuning in for them and THAT is why they continue to be on our TV screens every week.

Meritocracy.  That’s how it works.


4. Oliver Queen, Felicity Smoak, and Olicity are things people like to watch. 

How do you know that?  Because all three elements are still on the show.  Because the network chooses to give each of those airtime.  Airtime the Network clearly feels (most likely based on research, ratings, surveys, etc) have earned that right to get.  That means those elements & characters get to stay.  They get to be on the screen.  They get to get focus.  See Meritocracy in #1.  Reread til it’s etched in your brain.  If Oliver, Felicity and Olicity get screentime it’s because, like them or not, they’ve apparently earned that right through good reception/feedback from the total viewership.


5. The Success of and/or Inclusion of Oliver, Felicity, or Olicity does not impede the success or failure or any other element of Arrow.

Now I know that Oliver, Felicity and Olicity are all magical beings capable of all sorts of miracles and glittery sorcery, but you know what they’re not capable of doing?   Making another part of Arrow fail.  I mean, if the flashbacks bore people, can you stand on a chair, jump up and down, screaming, “That’s Olicity’s fault!  Olicity made those flashbacks boring!  Evil Olicity!  EEEEEEVIIIIIIILLLLL!”

Originally posted by sodamn-pop

Exactly.  You know why?  Because it’s not Oliver/Felicity/Olicity’s job to hold up, support, pimp, prop, or propel anything.  Their job is to sell *themselves.*  If something – be it a story element, a story, a character, etc – flops?  The responsibility for that falls on *that* thing and that thing period (be it acting, writing, interest, whatever).

Sometimes a show tries something and it just doesn’t work (Example: Guggenheim’s recent comments on courtroom scenes falling ‘flat,’ not being the ‘strongest element’ of Arrow, and how the show isn’t built for them).  Removing elements from a show that the network feels no longer work is part of the evolution of a show. It’s how a show stays on the air longer.  It happens.  A look at Arrow’s first season alone should show you how hyper aware the network is about tweaking the show as it goes along.

If something (a story, a character, a couple, whatever) cannot survive on its own merit… if it can’t garner enough viewer interest or support on its own… if the show can’t produce further story it feels is compelling enough, interesting enough, or appealing enough, the sad truth is… it deserves to be eliminated. 

Olicity is not responsible for anything failing.  They’re not responsible for gum disease, global warming, or the limp fries you got at the drive-thru either.

Say it with me, Oliciters: Meritocracy.  The characters and things on Arrow have to earn their place or expect to be shuffled out the door. 


6.  Oliver, Felicity, and Olicity have ALL earned the right to development, screen-time, focus, evolution, and story.

You cannot turn around without seeing praise for Oliver/Stephen, Felicity/Emily, or Olicity by mainstream media.  You attend a con and their names are on almost everybody’s lips.  Felicity merchandise continually sells out.  Olicity is used as click-bait in almost every article about Arrow.  Even if an article has nothing to do with Olicity, the media finds a way to work it in there.  Why?  Because people care about them.  Because people react to them.  People care (love it/hate it) about it.  It’s proven to be an attention getter.

That’s meritocracy, folks.  Olicity has – over the course of four years – earned their right to every single second of story, screentime, and focus.  Period.

If something else gets better reaction or interest, you can bet your Aunt Harriet’s prized Pomeranian that the execs of Arrow will make room for it.

But to blame a failure or remove of anything from the show “on” Olicity?

Originally posted by sagedandconfused


7. BEWARE! Oliver/Felicity/Olicity’s popularity means others will want to latch on to it; manipulate it, silence it, or use it for their own agenda. 

I’ve talked about “Playing Smart” before and I’m going to stress it here, again.  Play Smart, Olicity fans.  You, your voice, your tweets, your blogs, your strength in social media savviness, are powerful tools for the show and those things you love.  You know how to use it.  You know its value.  Other people will ride you harder now – guilt you, manipulate, etc., – to use that voice for their stuff, and trust me, that stuff?  Will never be in your favor, nor in the favor of the things/people/couples you like.

If it’s one thing that should be crystal clear after the last few weeks, it’s that a lot of the same people screaming, “Support all women!” and “Support female friendships on the show!” or “Hey, we should all just get along!” or “X and Y are friends on the show, you have to support them / trend for them / campaign for them BOTH now!” are many of the same exact people out there right now tweeting, boycotting, signing petitions, trashing, slandering, emailing, campaigning, and more to destroy all the things you love, including Felicity, Emily, and Olicity, and even trying to get people fired all to save their stuff.

So.  How’d all that "let’s stand together” “all women must support each other” “we should be an Arrow family” “you have to support the whole show” agenda manipulation work out for you and your favs now?


8. Agenda Support Will Always Bite You In The Ass.  Always.  Do Not Do It.  Say NO!

Maybe you think it sounds good.  Maybe you think it’ll quiet haters or stem their vitriol.  Maybe you think if you support X, it will result in Y.  Whatever it is?  Stop.  Step back.  Really look at what you’re doing and ask yourself one simple question: If this thing you are lending agenda support to succeeds… is it really something you want to see airtime devoted to? Do you really want it?  Do you really, truly like it?  Is it something that will negatively impact the characters, couples, stories, you really do watch Arrow for?  What do you think this will “get you”?  Because the answer will always be: No, it won’t.  No, it doesn’t.  And any possible way it can shaft you in your darkest, most paranoid nightmares… it will.

Do. Not. Agenda. Support. Anything.  It will backlash.  It will bite you in the ass.  It will make you sorry you ever thought of lending your support to it.  It will be a blackhole of despair for you, your favs, and anything else you can imagine. 

Agenda Support is the equivalent of the Bermuda Triangle.  By the time you figure out what you’ve flown into?  It’s already too late.  You’re dead in the water.

Originally posted by itsgeekylife

If something cannot succeed on its own, with its own fans, without bargaining, bribing, guilting, or blackmailing faux support from you?  It doesn’t deserve to be on the screen.  See Meritocracy in #1.  Reread it til your brain bleeds.


9. Our Support of Oliver/Felicity/Olicity Does *Not* Deny Anyone Else Their Voice.

“If Olicity fans would just shut up, I could be heard.”

Originally posted by selcandy

Every viewer of Arrow has the opportunity to be heard.  They have the same access to social media that we *all* do.  We all can be heard and make our opinions known.  Period. 

Olicity fans do not “silence” anyone.  Olicity fans social media presence does not mystically erase other voices. 

We are not responsible for how, if, or when other people do or do not show up to support their favorite things. 

We do not control anyone.  We speak for no one.  Each of us speaks only for ourselves.

If Arrow happens to develop things on the show that Olicity fans like, suggest, request, or support, doesn’t mean Olicity fans “made it happen.”  It means the network felt there was enough interest behind those ideas as a whole from the TOTAL VIEWERSHIP data to “go there.”

Contrary to popular belief, Olicity fans aren’t all powerful.  We aren’t the Oz behind the curtain.  What we are are people who love the show, get excited about the things we like, are vocal about that excitement, and make sure that we vocalize support for the things that increase our enjoyment of each and every episode.  We are not shy about sharing these thoughts, ideas, etc., with the show runners. 

Originally posted by bettermarketingideas

Just because we often happen to be in tune with the writers room/execs doesn’t mean the show does them *because* we suggested them. I hate to say it, Olicity fans, but it is wholly possible that we just have awesome fucking good taste.  Oh the heavy burden we carry in being visionaries for things that actually could make Arrow even more fun to tune in to each week.  (Ahem.  Donna Smoak.  SmoaknLance.)

If other people choose not to speak up, that’s their problem, not ours.  If they happen to like something the show decides to abandon or not do, that’s not our fault.

Meritocracy, remember?  Meritocracy.

Originally posted by undercoverstiles

Oh, and that “real fan” bullshit?  Has anybody realized the anti is always the one who gets to define what a “real fan” is and that it never, ever will include you or what you like?  I hope you have.  It’s bullshit of the highest, deepest, most odoriferous, steaming pile, and it is meant to do one thing: Invalidate you and silence you.

Originally posted by nerdreamer

Don’t fall for it.

You don’t have to have watched Arrow from the pilot to be a “real fan.”   You don’t have to have ever read a comic to be a “real fan.”  You don’t have to pass some secret society handshake in order to be recognized as a “real fan.”  You don’t have to have (or not have) a blog, Tumblr, Facebook, or be a member of this board or that forum to be a “real fan.”  You don’t have to have a zillion followers to be a “real fan.”  You don’t have to “be a name” in the fandom (whatever the hell that’s supposed to mean) to be important to the show or the show runners. 

Do you watch Arrow? Guess what?  Congratulations!  You’re a “real fan,” and hearty *&^% You to anybody who tells you different.


10. Be an Advocate for the things you like

You can’t go to a convention, follow a show person on social media, read an article, or watch an interview without hearing an actor or exec/writer thank their fans for supporting what they love, being there to campaign for them, showing the love for their character/story/couple because – in this age of social media and the 4th wall being torn down between viewer and show and competition from 900 channels + streaming devices like Netflix – being a positive, supporting fan can make the difference between your favorite show staying on the air, your favorite character/actor keeping their job, getting good story and (if the show has to make hard decisions) being the one shown the door.

So be excited.  Be passionate.  Be an outspoken fan.  Give yourself permission to like what you like. Somebody has a problem with that?  Too bad.  Forget them and move on. 

Be the fan YOU wish other people would be, Oliciters.  That means:

  • Remember that Oliver, Felicity and Olicity are part of Arrow.  Supporting it IS supporting the show.  There’s a reason the Olicity hashtag was mentioned in AdWeek in an article about 10 Tips To Creating the Perfect TV Show Hashtag.  Use it without shame and use it proudly.
  • Shipping sells.  Shipping is big business.  There isn’t a show out there that doesn’t embrace its shippers or understand the profit involved in finding a ship that works.  In fact, I’ve noticed an increase in various shows’ social media accounts using their ship tags much more frequently.  Gee. I wonder why.

Originally posted by samisoffthewall

  • There’s nothing wrong with romance.  There’s no shame in liking it.  It is not “less valuable” than any other storytelling element or part of Arrow (not masks, not action, not stunts, not drama).  There’s a reason romance stories are included in almost every show, movie, book, etc.  It. Sells.  Oh, and don’t buy that it’s only a ‘girl thing.’  Plenty of men like romance too.
  • Be an advocate for everything you love.
  • Be vocal!  Be loud and proud in that support.
  • Never, ever apologize for being that vocal fan or for engaging positively with the show/writers/execs/actors to show that support.
  • Never feel “bad” or “guilty” for showing positive support for what you love, for the show, or being an engaged fan.  Show no remorse for being an awesome fan.  Other shows would kill for this kind of engaged fandom.  Understand your worth to them and don’t let anyone tell you different.
  • SHOW UP!  Be there when there’s an opportunity to show your support for those things (polls, challenges, trends, contests, post responses, media taking viewer questions for spoiler columns).  See opportunity everywhere to show your passion & support.
  • Do not rely on other people to be that voice for you.  Don’t assume “someone else” will do it in your place.  Do not become complacent. Do not assume.  Never be silent. 
  • Do not absorb the anti/hater voice and accidentally brainwash yourselves into believing their junk.
  • Remember that every social media platform & everything you talk about is monitored, recorded, and reported.   Play Smart.
  • Create buzz only for the things you like & support.  Ignore stuff you don’t.  Silence is apathy.  Apathy is the only thing that networks see as “bad” feedback.  Love it or hate it, if you’re talking about it?  It’s all seen as good. 
  • Ignore haters.  Ignore antis.  Ignore trolls.  Block.  Mute.  Forget about them.  Most importantly?  Do NOT absorb their brainwashing rhetoric
  • Above all else, have fun.  Please.  Lock  yourself in your bubble if you have to.  Just find a way to recenter yourself on your own enjoyment, your own peace, your own sense of fun, and stay there.  Unfollow places/people/things that are negatively impacting you.  Be vigilante of your online experience and make it work for you.  Refuse to be a hostage to those who want to make your online time unpleasant or make you as unhappy as they are.  Do YOU, Oliciters, and let the rest of these people fight among themselves in a vacuum not worthy of your attention, energy, or focus (or added buzz).  They want attention?  Make them earn it themselves.

So go, Olicity fans.  Enjoy the rest of the season and the next.  Enjoy all the things about Arrow you love and do it with passion and fun and enjoyment.  Have fun out there!

Scandal Review: Baby Made A Mess, Episode 407

Jenna Bans and Oliver Bokelberg did the damned thing y'all.

Slow claps for everybody involved in this episode. (Well, you know, except for Scott Foley)

From Kerry with Darby flexing her acting muscles, and breaking my heart:

To Kerry with Brian Letscher showing us who he is acting-wise,

and to Tony Goldwyn and his amazing oral skills

This was truly the Scandal that I love. 

People, that was simply the best hour of TV since last season’s Good Wife episode, Hitting The Fan. It was everything and a bag of chips y’all.

Without further ado, let’s get started shall we?

What I Hated

1.  The fact that Jake is a character on this show.

2.  Mellie and her constant need to be Joan of Arc when she’s been the architect of her own destruction for so many years.

Enough with the woe-is-me Mellie crap, go catch a freaking brick already. Or you know…file for freaking divorce.

3.  Charles ‘Chip’ Putney

 Douchebag extraordinaire. 

What I mildly disliked

1.  The fact that Fitz literally can’t see anything but Olivia.

He is literally Dug from Up. I need him to do his job, and stop pining over Olivia so much. Shonda, are you listening to me?

2.  "Are you sure you don’t have time for round two?

Jesus Cyrus, how have you not sicced Charlie onto this guy yet? I’m patient though. I know it’s coming.

What I Freaking Loved

1.  Abby.

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Oh the tears. I take back every horrible thing I ever said about Abby. 

Darby was just brilliant as Abby tonight.

Her foundations were shaken to the core, she  was vulnerable, and real, and in pain, and glorious, and strong. Darby Stanchfield finally got a chance to flex her acting muscles, and it was sheer perfection. I cried so hard at the Abby and Liv scene when she  was cowering behind her desk. Man,…. 

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I’m crying now just thinking about it.

2.  ”Leo, I didn’t see you there, don’t you look well rested since the election. I wish I could have some down time, but too busy here at the White House.

Oh the shade of it all Cyrus, the shade of it all.

3.   Senator McDonnell in diapers.

People were disgusted, but don’t think that politicians who are into this kinda kinky shit don’t exist. Give it twelve months and a video of a Republican politician getting paddled and having his diaper changed will come out. Seriously.

4.  ”What do you want?“

I love Olivia Pope. This is her show again, and I am overwhelmed by emotion. The sisterhood that her and Abby have shown each other has really made the show for me. Over a clif, Liv, over a cliff.

5.   The look of disgust when Olivia went to Susan Ross’s 'campaign head quarters’ and interrupted her "rally”.

Oh the shade, the shade.

6.   Leo and Abby. 

I’m shipping it so freaking hard. Of course we all saw their chemistry last season, but this ship,is about to set sail people!

7.   Fitz dealing with an actual political crisis.

Bring on the West Angola crisis for our president to deal with, yeeesss!

8.   Mellie’s utter boredom with her life and her place in the White House.

Bitch leave your freaking husband, and be great by yourself.

9. Mellie’s deep voice while she was talking to Elizabeth.

Was I the only one who noticed that? What was going on there then?

10.   Mellie the insanely smart political strategist obviously being used by Lizzie Bear.

Damn she’s stupid.

11.   “This isn’t Jailhouse Mingle.com

David made a funny guys! So many lols.

12.   “You already have a plan don’t you? I’ve been poped and I don’t know it”.

Aww David, never change your loser ways.

13.   The entire Olivia and Tom scene.

Wow, there was so much to unpack there. I know we’ve all been curious at one time or another about Tom’s thoughts about Fitz and Olivia. Well four seasons on, and we finally got it. And it was glorious. I have to write down this entire dialogue because it was that freaking good.

Olivia “Hello Tom

Olivia “Warden Roberts generously allowed me the use of his office. This way I didn’t have to sign in as a visitor and we get to keep this meeting off the books.”

Tom: “I’m sorry. I don’t mean to stare, it’s just, I don’t get to look at you very often. Just look. I’m usually working, scanning the perimeter, protecting my president the way I do, I mean, I’m in the room, but I’m never in the room. You’re usually in the corner of my eye, I’ve never… Seen you. And you….are….beautiful. The face that launched a thousand ships.“

Olivia: “Tom, I need you to tell me the truth about who ordered you to kill the president’s son. I need to know..

Tom: “Why did you leave him?”

Olivia “Tom, I need answers.”

Tom “So do I. I have had so many questions for so long that I’ve been wanting to ask. Like, what is it that is so special about you? You have so much power over him. He revolves around you. So I don’t understand, why did you leave him?

Olivia “I’m not answering these-“

Tom  ”Was this an order from Command?”

Olivia “My father doesn’t give me orders.”

Tom  “You think you… Oh You think you have a father? I am so sorry, but you don’t have a father, you have Command, and you were raised by Command. Command doesn’t have a family, Command has soldiers. You take orders like any other soldier. You’ve been taking orders from Command since the day you were born.

Olivia “Who made you kill the president’s son?

Tom “He came to your apartment once after you’d left him. He insisted. So we brought him, middle of the night. Not even a follow car, just four agents and my president. I think he had to see it for himself, see that you were really gone. We had a key from the landlord. The president went in and he just …. The other three agents stayed outside in the hall, but eventually I went in too because of the sound. He was making this noise. Not crying, more like… I don’t know, I’d never heard a noise like that before. He stopped when I came in. We just didn’t talk about it. He’s my president, he needed you, he was in pain, he wanted to die. He tried you know. Once. I could protect him from everyone except you. I could never protect him from you Miss Pope.

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Tom:  "You are beautiful. But really it’s what’s behind your eyes. I can see it. And you know they all love you. My president, Jake, Command. They all love you, and I can see it, I can see why. Helen of Troy. The face that launched a thousand ships. She didn’t have a father either. Her father was a god”.

Now why can’t the writers write this kind of shit for Fitz to say to her, rather than constantly relegating their interactions to sex? 

I love the Olitz sexual encounters as much as the next person, but this monologue coming from Fitz, would be romance gold. One would be forgiven for believing that it was Tom who was in love with Olivia. And in a way, he probably is.

Honestly, what I loved about this scene between Liv and Tom, was that for the first time in the entire show, there was somebody who wasn’t judging Fitz and Olivia’s relationship. That has literally never happened before. Tom, who’s been privvy to most of their most intense private moments believes in their love, and damn, but I never thought that this was something I was missing until the writers gave it to us in this episode. 

Of course the dichotomy is that he’s obviously ride or die for his president, yet he killed his son on orders, so yeah, there is that…

This scene was so great though. Just fantastic.

14.   Olivia using Susan Ross’s daughter for their TV ad campaign.

Awesome idea. Because honestly, Susan Ross herself was a mess. Casey Ross would have been a better candidate herself. I’m not even kidding.

15.   Abby pulling the gun on the son of a bitch she married.

You go girl. Honestly, if she’d shot him, I would have applauded even more, and I’m not sorry about that.

16.   The scene between Olivia and Abby after she pulled the gun on Chip.

The fact that women are always blamed, even when they are the victims. Even when they stand up and tell their story. There was so much to applaud in Olivia trying to encourage her friend to tell the world the truth about her husband, but Abby was right, honesty has not always been the best path for wronged women, or women who stood up to their abusers. 

Jenna Bans…listen… girl you are…

The message of this entire episode was so strong, and the feminist bent really made my heart soar. Gah, I loved it so much. Why couldn’t we have had this quality last season? 

Whatever, I’m just glad that the writers put down the crack pipe long enough to go back to writing awesome Scandal episodes.

17.   The beginning of the Olitz phone call between Olivia when he tells her exactly what Jake is eating. This is Fitz, all day every day:

We see by now though that her main concern is Fitz. She wants to talk to him about what Tom told her. 

18.   ”What’s wrong.“

I always love when Fitz asks Olivia what’s wrong,  and vice versa, because there is always that fundamental understanding and knowledge of each other, that the writers explore every now and then, but has been missing for so long in their interactions with one another. He knows when there’s something wrong, even when they’re on the phone. That knowing right there, is why some of us fell in love with them in the first place.

Can Fitz hurry up and get divorced so that we can have our Olitz back?

19.   ”He said you tried to kill yourself“  Woah. How amazing was the camera work on Fitz during the silence that ensued after Olivia asked this question?

I could literally feel Fitz’s shame here. He would have never wanted her to know this truth about him. That he nearly succumbed and took his own life. Tony’s acting here was superb. I felt so itchy and uncomfortable for him. Fitz obviously hasn’t dealt with his issues, so he of course changes the subject. I hope this trend doesn’t continue, because our boy needs to face his demons head on.

20.   ”I want to talk about what “hope” means.“ And the. ”That depends on how much hope there is

Fitz needs to abandon hope and file those divorce papers. This action would do more for him and Olivia’s relationship than hope ever could, or would.

By the way, did anybody else not have a clue how that conversation was going to end? Me neither. Shonda girl, you’re a dirty bird, and you don’t care who knows it.

21.   ”I’d kiss you on the mouth so you could taste yourself“.

Inappropriate phone sex is hot. Post divorce phone sex will be even hotter. But daaaamn…

22.   Huck going to meet/not meet his son…

I really need a happy ending for Huck and Javi guys. I. Need. It. But yes, this is Scandal, where there’s no such thing as a happy ending. 


23.   Honorable mention of Ethan’s puppy like eagerness.

He’s so  adorable though.

24. ” My jaw was wired shut for 6 weeks and I still have a pin in it that gets me a sympathetic look every time I go through security at the airport. Two of my front teeth are fake and my collarbone hurts whenever it’s going to rain. Charles did that to me, so yeah, you won. Yahtzee.

Abby broke my heart this entire episode. So many damned feels. Bravo for telling Leo her biggest secret though. Scum like Charles don’t deserve to live, let alone be allowed to play in the political arena.

25.  The scene between Rowan and Olivia in her apartment.

But damn Kerry and Joe have the most awesome on-screen chemistry. Of course Kerry has chemistry with everyone except for Jake Dullard.

26.   ”You never ever again choose one of them over me. I won’t have it"

Sooooo Rowan, maybe we need to talk about this obsession you have with your daughter? She’s your child, not your possession dude, what the fuck is wrong with you?

27.   “What’s clear, is that you seem to have wasted a lifetime doing all the wrong things.”

Basically Daddy, you’re a mess.

28.   “Olivia, against me, you will lose

Dammit, I need Rowan to die so much. He’s such a hateful villain, I need him gone already. This man better be dead by the time the winter finale is over.

29.   Tom getting the message from Command.

Did anybody else think he was dead? Me too. I was actually quite relieved when he was shown in hospital to still be alive. Yes I know he killed a kid, but we didn’t have time to get invested in Jerry. Plus he was following orders. Rowan on the other hand.. he just needs to die, regardless. 

30.   Mellie doing what Mellie always does and overstepping her boundaries on national television.

Bitch would you just go and sit down for a minute? Or you know, get a divorce and start your own career. Properly.


31.   “I know all your weaknesses now Cy”.

Methinks that Michael is not long for this world. I hope he dies a painful death. I hate Cyrus, but I’m not down for him being played by Elizabeth North’s ho.

32.   Abby and Leo.

Leo did something noble and nice guys! They are a way hotter couple than Abby and David “I need a Wet nurse” Rosen.

33.   “I can’t believe I just let you kiss me”

“Have some more bourbon and I’ll touch your boob”

Howling…

By the way, I’m pretty sure in one of my old reviews from the season that we shan’t mention, I predicted that these two would get together. I think we first got the inkling that there was potential with them in the episode when Leo accompanies Abby to see Gov. Reston’s wife who was serving time in jail.

34.  The shot of Mellie and her big hair, wearing that red dress on the balcony.

It was actually a beautiful shot, and once again, I’m convinced that Mellie won’t be the one asking for divorce, because there would be no drama in that. Mellie’s out for blood now. I can get on board with this version of Mellie, the Mellie that we used to know and love to hate.

By the way, was I the only one wondering if Bellamy Young was wearing some sort of fat suit to plump Mellie up? She seemed a lot bigger in that dress than I remembered. I have to say, if this was done on purpose, I’d be mightily impressed with the Scandal crew, because we know she’s been eating a lot of fried chicken over the past two months, and it would stand to reason that she’d gain some weight. 

A girl can dream about that kind of attention to detail, right?

35.   “I’m back Baby. Real Mellie” I feel like Shonda got tired of taking shit for the retcon job that she did on Mellie Grant last season and decided to take her back to who she used to be. She may have been listening after all guys. 

36.   “I have been holding you up for twenty years and I never complained

Mellie, two things, yes you did complain, a lot, and secondly, Fitz never asked you to hide your rape so that he could be governor and then president. Fitz never asked you to withhold vital information from him, information that could have possibly saved your marriage. Fitz never asked you to make decisions on his behalf. Fitz didn’t ask you to help rig an election for him. You never once talked to him about any of it. So don’t play that tired old ’Everything I did was for you’ card because the truth is, everything you did was at least 90% for yourself. Now sit the fuck down and try to come up with a plan to extract yourself from this toxic marriage without looking like the crazy person that you are.

37.   “He’s a B613 agent. I handled him, the way my father would have.”

I have literally never been so freaking proud of Olivia Pope as I was at this moment. Is she like her father? Maybe, but damn, give me this version of her, over the sniveling, whiny woman being beaten down by everybody and his pet dog, any day of the damned week.

My baby is back y'all.


38.   “I found you. I tracked you down by your IP address. Pretty easy

Tears.

Please Shonda, let Huck have his son back in his life. It might humanize him somewhat.

39. “Hi. Hi. Hi.”

Bunker scene with Olitz and Jake Dullard! I am so freaking excited. Yes even with Dullard there. I literally cannot wait until next week. 

Stray Observations

1.   As exasperated as Olivia was, did y’all notice that she was waiting for Fitz to ring? Yes, she was Olakers, yes she was.

2.   To all the people who were losing their shit over a 30 second sneak peek on Wednesday:

3.   That balcony sure has had a major work out this season. They sure got their money’s worth from that set.

4.  "You can’t stop what’s coming. Sorry, I can’t help you". Welp

Who the hell is hunting Olivia Pope, is this going to be part of the arc for season 4B?

5.  West Angola - East Sudan. Both countries that don’t actually exist, but I see what you did there Scandal. Lol

6.  Did y’all notice that Olivia had episode 101 clothes on? That grey/light blue chiffon shirt and pants?

7.   Olivia’s coat when she went in to see Abby.

8. There was no Jake Dullard in this episode and it was glorious. 

Anyway, dammit, this episode was just sublime. For me, it goes down as one of my top five episodes in Scandal’s four seasons. It was truly brilliant. I bow down to thee Jenna Bans and Oliver Bokelberg. You too Shonda. 

I love how good this entire season has been up til now. And I love how every episode keeps getting better and better.

By the way, do we think that this is heading towards Olivia Pope becoming Command? Surely not?

No smutty Outlander gifs today, because this episode doesn’t need the allure of Jamie and Claire, because actually, everything was brilliant, and nothing hurt. 

Well, plus there was this of course:

I do however feel the need for a good drink though.

Surfbort. Lol.

The Amiibo Problem.

I’ve been asked by a few people to actually discuss the events surrounding Wave 4 of the SSB Amiibo.

I would of done this yesterday but OOOHBOY- Nope.

So there’s the thing, and keep in mind this is from my perspective entirely, and I may be missing some information- but the point is that this was STRESSFUL AS SHIT.

The Nintendo Direct happened on 4/1- while not an April’s Fools day joke, what began to follow might as well been. No where, in any of the Direct announcements, did Nintendo mention ANYTHING about Greninja or Jigglypuff. I was well relieved to find that that after the wave 3 fiasco, there were no retail exclusives— right?

Gamestop announced shortly after that Ness was a Gamestop Exclusive- and I admit, I was fairly okay with that. Gamestop has always been rather decent about the amount of time they allow people to preorder things, and Shulk was up for several weeks.

(btw- I work for Gamestop, if you’re doing to send hate mail, expect me to ignore it).

I worked yesterday morning, opening actually. Communication on when Amiibos were going up was very clearly stated, and (at least in my store) all of my customers were dealt with- most everyone was understanding. When the communication went up that they were Web-In-Store only, not actually available through Gamestop.com; I was actually really happy. 

This allows for several things- one, that we can control in house to make sure that one person doesn’t obtain 10 of the same item; and two that people you know… actually come to the store to get a fair shot at these things. Several people called the company sleazy for this, and to be honest, even if I didn’t work there— I don’t think it is.

The problem of this, is letting nearly 5,000 stores onto the webpage we use AT THE SAME TIME. There were incredibly massive system crashes, and it took 40 minutes to even push one order though. I’m thankful that most of my customers got what they wanted, but I had a few people who waited very patiently for an hour and  a half, and ultimately had items they missed out on (that were in their cart) because of all the issues.

To my understanding, Ness lasted about 5 hours, which is FAR LONGER THAN ANY OTHER RETAIL EXCLUSIVE AMIIBO.


I did not know that Target had an exclusive amiibo due to some piss poor communication (I follow this stuff like a hawk guys) until about 10 am when I was already at work, and when Target was already sold out. 3 minutes was it?

Best Buy was sold out of all their amiibos in about an hour after posting them online.

This whole business with Greninja has me honestly disappointed. They went up at 3am EST- for roughly half an hour. Do you know what most normal people are doing at 3am? Here on the East Coast, most of us are probably sleeping. Meaning for normal people, getting one is now impossible. Alerts went up around 7:45am when they opened again, and less than a minute later, were gone.

I actually got to hit the add to cart button, but it was removed instantly. Less than a minute.

What this is doing, instead of normal- go to your store and preorder shit like every other product ever, is encouraging people to scalp like crazy. Right now Jigglypuff, Ness and Greninja “pre-orders” are being resold on eBay for $60-$80.  (That’s three to four times the price— a huge profit margin.).

I don’t know how possible this is, but is it possible to leave pre-orders up for, say a week? Let people order what they need, and adjust shipments accordingly? By allowing people time to get what they need, you’re making a ton of customers happy, and causing scalpers to actually “loose business” because people won’t be driven to purchasing them through ebay.

As it stands right now, the morning of 5/29 (ASSUMING THEY DON’T SHIP OUT WEIRD LIKE LAST TIME)— I have to chose which store to stand out of before they open, and only get  Greninja or Jigglpuff. My Target and Toys stores don’t stock many amiibo figures, I don’t live in a big city. I should not have to- that’s ridiculous. 

Amiibo are supposed to be fun, kids collect these too, and yet Nintendo of America thought retail exclusives and poor pre-order systems (no one is perfectly, but clearly online orders aren’t as accessible as they think) are causing those of us who aren’t planning to resell to become frustrated to the point of no longer purchasing them.

It’s a shame too. I, personally, have every single amiibo thus far- from here on out, I won’t be collecting. I’ve never bought them anywhere but a store. Boycotting Nintendo I don’t feel will work, what actual customers don’t buy, scalpers will. What needs to work, is customers being vocal. This isn’t okay. This shouldn’t be stressful or competitive. If I am throwing $150+ dollars for plastic figures, than you can bet more people would do so if they were readily available. I understand needing to cycle some in and out for shelf and production purposes, but people should be able to get their hands on figures before they go out of style. 

So for now, I’m just going to sit here and shake my head.

TL;RD VERSION: Current state of Amiibo collecting sucks, is handled poorly, and when a company tries to handle it well it still blows over. Something has to change. This is bullshit and basically tells fans and normal consumers that ‘lol, but it on ebay or bust’.