I was under the assumption that Shiro was the main protagonist, until S3, where I feel like the writers wanted Keith to be the hero. Is that a fair assumption in your opinion?
Shiro’s an interesting case, writing-wise. He’s at the center of three major questions that open the entire story: the Kerberos mission, his return, and what happened in that missing year. Normally that would make him the protagonist, and the story would chase after clues to unravel that mystery.
Except it doesn’t. We get a few episodes for Pidge to develop, a few more for Hunk, some for Allura,. Woven through those are a developing (if still tentative) dynamic between Lance and Keith, and a slow reveal on Shiro’s PTSD and its effects.
That missing year never becomes a plot tumor, because at each juncture we’re given some explanation, even if later we get more information that changes the picture. In other words, the mystery is ‘solved’ until it’s ‘solved’ further. Like Shiro’s throwaway line to Allura about counting the guard’s steps: later we learn he’d done that in hope of escaping, but the actual event was more complicated.
That’s how you take a simple backstory and let it roll out, without intruding on the story’s forward momentum. Between that and the attention paid across the ensemble, I never got the sense Shiro was meant to be the main protagonist. Honestly, S1 is fairly skillfully done, in terms of balancing the characters and that story-opening mystery.
I think part of the segue-to-Keith is possibly to balance Lotor, who is far more interesting as an antagonist than Zarkon. But if the antagonist acts while the protagonist only reacts (which is 90% of S3 and a chunk of S4), you end up with a story that only takes life when the antagonist is on the stage.
So either you step your antagonist down a bit… or you ramp up your protagonists. And truth is, it’s really hard to ramp up an entire ensemble. It’s much easier to bring one character to the forefront, so while I don’t think the segue was handled well (or should’ve been telegraphed more clearly from the start), I can sort of understand why the writers chose that route.
I really love sailor moon in all its artforms, but it really kinda peeves me when ppl rag on Crystal Season 1 & 2’s artstyle and by extension the manga they’re emulating bc it’s more Nakoko Takeuchi’s aesthetic and influences. Like, she loves fashion, and to experiment with clothing. And one of the original things about the manga was she wanted to make ALL the girls pretty!
She has so many pretty characters and not one iota of their femininity is looked as too much. Even Haruka is femme while still genderfluid. Even when Haruka is behaving more masculine they’re still elegant and refined, destroying monsters with a space sword or burning rubber. That kind of mature beauty of womanhood was something that all the characters looked up to and admired in their peers. And I feel that preference in aesthetic really shows in Naoko’s art style and because especially nowadays we don’t see it as much it feels even more…special? I just really captivates me. While not quite the same as the 90s anime, the more childish girlishness is there too, it’s played at levels equal to each characters age and personalities. Although given the material, when things aren’t really dramatic there’s a lot of cuteness, it just feels really natural, like the characters are cute girls instead of girls made cute.
Sailor Moon really feels like it’s written/drawn by an actual adult woman who’s really confident in herself and her femininity and wants to share that in all it’s forms (which is really well represented when you look at all the characters). The manga and crystal also make me feel more like an adult going back and reading/watching it when compared to other shows of similar natures BECAUSE of how it’s drawn/written. Like, even the 90s anime and Crystal S3 are still fun to go back to and I love them the art styles are more…anime standard I guess. I still love them, but I can definitely feel a loss in what I feel is mature female aesthetic and confidence. Like Naoko Takeuchi’s style is more overly feminine but apologetically with detailed features that have the same appeal as makeup because it’s more for young girls and women rather than general audiences.
(I kept attaching the writing to the art style in my rant but I feel like both together make the strong lasting narrative and while I still hold great love for the 90s style Sailor Moon and Crystal S3, it’s obvious which is stronger)
Fandom: Chicago PD Pairing: Linstead Timeline: Set sometime during S3. Genre: 90% Smut, 10% Romance/Fluff Prompt:
Hi! I was wondering if you could write a oneshot about Linstead and the
team at Mollys and Erin getting a little tipsy and flirting with Jay and
can’t keep her hands off him, trying to do her best to turn him on
without the team noticing until Jay can’t handle the tension anymore.
A/N: This was fun to write! Thanks for the prompt and I hope very much you like it.
A huge s/o and thanks to one of my best friends ever @dylanobrienstyler for being the best beta one could ask for (and the best friend as well)!
Rewiews feed my soul and my muse!
Erin was tipsy.
Everyone was in a surprisingly good
mood that night. They had successfully taken various dangerous criminals off
the streets of their beloved Chicago. The rounds kept on coming, and she was
far from being the only one feeling a little tipsy. Everyone but Voight was at Molly’s.
Some drank to celebrate, others to forget what they saw, but everyone was here,
and everyone was laughing.
Jay had seen Erin drunk before, and
he had seen her high. He knew the mean, cruel Erin that could be the result of
repressed grief and substances she indulged in to forget. Jay knew she had been
really careful with drinking since she came back to work after going off the
rails. She has usually had a drink or two, but never passing that, until
tonight. He didn’t know what made her let go this time, but he didn’t mind. She
deserved a little fun in her life more than anyone else he knew. And she was
having fun tonight, laughing with the unit, telling stories, torturing Jay.