You know what’s awesome about The Flash musical episode?
In this episode, Barry Allen is depicted as a guy - a straight guy (as far as canon goes) - a straight guy who is a superhero - who unabashedly, unashamedly likes musicals!
They could have gone for the “Let’s make the macho hero sing and watch him be embarrassed and snarky about sharing his feelings” route that some modern musicals and musical episodes go (see: Flynn from Tangled, Spike from Buffy’s “Once More with Feeling”, most of the heroes and villains of “Mayhem of the Music Meister!”). The Supernatural musical episode doesn’t even have the guys sing - the singers are all teenage girls.
But Barry Allen is shown from the start of this episode to love musicals. Old fashioned, cheesy musicals like Singin’ In the Rain.He doesn’t find it embarrassing, he doesn’t hide it from his male friends.Even though he is trapped in movie musical sort of against his will, his own mind partially conjured up this fantasy, and it shows. He gets so into the opening number, he sits down watching in awe as the two murderous gangsters sing to their daughter, he starts off the “Super Friends” number and spins off silly rhymes and puns.
I’ve headcanoned that Barry did musicals when he was in school since “Summer Lovin’” in Season 1, and it may not have been officially confirmed, but I just got a LOT more evidence for the theory this episode.
Why is this important? Well, there’s a reason most school theater programs have more female than male performers in my experience. I went to a high school with an amazing theater program, and even there some had the assumption that if you’re a guy who likes musicals or acts in musicals, you’re not strong or masculine. And that wasn’t a stigma a guy wanted to attract. My middle school production of Guys and Dolls? We only had four or five actual guys. And not all in the lead parts.
But Barry Allen is a superhero. One of the most iconic in the DC canon. He’s the “fastest man alive.” He’s punched out a man made of metal, a shark man, a giant gorilla, murderous speedsters who have beaten him within an inch of his life. He’s survived being struck by lightning, shot by Green Arrow, broken by Zoom, trapped in the speed force.
My mother was abused by my father, just by a mistake that was already discussed on between them.
My mother was texting someone (not anymore) and after my parents discussed about that and decided to be peaceful together, I felt relief.
But it was not for long.
This morning, my father drank a lot of alcohol and went crazy, he called a gangster to murder the person who texted with my mother. And even that, my father even beaten my mother up, for example: hitting her head. Some guards actually stopped him so…
And my mother is crying and her eyes are full of fear. She can’t handle this anymore. So do I. When my mother went to school to pick me and my young bro…My father even got to school. Me and my mother was so scared that I have to get into my bro’s school and told him to run as fast as he could to my mother’s car.
There’s no family and love atmosphere here anymore. It’s just fear. And hate. I told my mother to call the police, but she said no. So I was so worried.
I really want to die. I really want to escape my home. I really want to escape from this torture hell. I really want to run away as far as I could.
Inspired by infamous 1940′s Mob Boss and father of Las Vegas, Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel. He built The Flamingo hotel and casino; which he named in reference to his nickname for long time mistress/girlfriend/fiancee Virginia Hill.
While he ultimately went down in history under the nickname “Bugsy”, no one dared to call him that to his face when he was alive. At the time, it was a popular euphemism for “Crazy” (”crazy like a bedbug” was the old saying it came from); which he took as an insult of the utmost disrespect.
Another nickname he got was “Baby Blue Eyes” for his striking blue eyes and movie-star good looks. The murderous gangster was actually known to wear face creams, and take immense pride in his good looks. He had many friends in the movie industry, and was offered an audition, but believe it or not, his nerves got the better of him. He did, however, give more than a little bit of advice to his friend, movie star George Raft, on his portrayal of gangsters in movies.
As a side note, Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel and his iconic checkered suit became the inspiration behind “Benny Gecko” from Fallout New Vegas, a personal favorite game of mine.
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“as your new bf/gf’s childhood friend, i object to your continued existence. you’re stupid and ugly and an asshole and you don’t deserve them AT ALL….what? jealous? me? get the fuck out bitch i will cUT YOU” au
“you just started hanging with me and my bestie, and someone asks my bestie what kind of relationship we have, and, because they’re a lil shit, they say ‘it’s a relationship in which three people do this and that in a one-bedroom apartment’ and oh god that’s so embarrassing but now i can’t stop thinking about it” au
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“i’m really shy and socially awkward and i have such a hard time making friends that no one’s really spoken to me in the three years i’ve been going to this school, but then you come up out of nowhere and apparently everyone thinks i’m a gangster/murderer/violently badass person, and i don’t know what to think about that, but it turns out you’re with that weird dude who keeps challenging me to duels… please please please could you talk to them and tell them to stop? i don’t know how to tell them i wouldn’t hurt a fly even if i could!” au
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On 14 February 1929, St Valentine’s Day, four men disguised as police walked into a garage on North Clark Street, Chicago, lined up the seven people inside against the wall and shot them dead. At the height of the 1920s - the era of Prohibition, which was dominated by gangsters - the murder of seven men stunned the nation. It was later revealed that Chicago mobster Al Capone ordered the ‘hit’ but that the real target, mob leader George ‘Bugs’ Moran, escaped the carnage. Ultimately, the St Valentine’s Day Massacre turned the American public against urban folk heroes like Al Capone and ushered in a new era - the Depression.