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Accountable: Arrow 5x14 Review (The Sin-Eater)

As Anatoly explained, a sin-eater is someone who consumes a ritual meal to magically take on the sins of another person, thus absolving the person and saving their soul.

Christianity has another name for this person: Jesus Christ. The son of God who died for our sins. The concept that superheroes are Christ like figures is nothing new, and is certainly one I’ve written about before. However, “The Sin- Eater” is as close as Arrow has ever come to a literal comparison.  Oliver Queen has a history of taking others’ sins upon himself. Essentially, blaming himself for their wrongs. As if somehow taking responsibility for them will save them.

If Christ died for our sins, if that action of selfless love is our salvation, then why do we ever need to be held accountable for our sins? Aren’t we already forgiven?

Sorry, but that’s just not the way it works. There is nothing we can ever do that will stop God from loving us, but that does not prevent us from seeking His mercy. Yes, Christ died for our sins, but we must be held accountable for those sins. We have to seek forgiveness. We have to desire salvation in order to truly achieve it. The door to God is always open. There’s nothing we can ever do to close it, but we still must make the choice to walk through it.

So, is Oliver Queen really saving anyone by being a sin-eater? Or maybe the better question is…  is Oliver even worthy of the title?

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What I liked about 12x13

(First notes after watching. I’m keeping this short - it’s Bucklemming)

- Dean talking to Cas on the phone.

- the Marks and Ruth acting the shit out of the subpar dialogue material.

- Dean remembering that this is Gavin’s ship - that old nerd.

- Ruth’s hair and the black coat.

- Dean getting super emotional over lovers spending eternity together - I’m not crying you’re crying.

- Jensen’s a+ face acting - “you know the face”.

She knows a lot of bad things about his business and, like any child when you see that your parent is a bad person, maybe she tried to escape it and just turn a blind eye because she knew there was nothing she could do about it. But he will not let her turn a blind eye, it turns out. I think what’s so great about Karla Souza’s performance in that last moment is that you’re seeing all of that go across her face in silence. You’re seeing her be like, “Wait a second, this is weird. Wait a second, did I have the wrong person? Oh my god, is my dad behind this?” I think you can see all of that in the one second that she reacts. She’s so smart and I think she knows how dangerous he is that she knows this is now possible.
Riverdale - Season 1, Episode 5

At Thorn Hill, the Blossom family are preparing for Jason’s memorial service. Penelope finds Cheryl sleeping in Jason’s room, after Cheryl has a nightmare about Jason. She chastises her daughter and says she won’t be giving a eulogy at the memorial, because she runs the risk of embarrassing her family. It seems to me that Cheryl’s mum is just as awful as Betty’s. Both the Blossom and Cooper matriarchs are not nice people.

Archie has set up a punching bag in his room that he’s practising making hits on. Fred is worried about his son. He insists he’s doing it for a chance at making captain of the football team in the hope it’ll get him a scholarship to study music, but Fred doesn’t seem too convinced. I’m not either, it seems like he’s still upset about the fact that Ms Grundy aka Jennifer Gibson was forced to leave town.

At Riverdale High, Kevin Keller is setting up a replica of his dad’s murder board. He says they still haven’t found who trashed the initial one, as there were no fingerprints. Trev Brown, Valerie’s brother, passes by to check with Betty that they’re still on for their date. Jughead and Kevin tease her, but Betty insists it’s an intelligence gathering.

Meanwhile, Archie is practising football. Coach Clayton doesn’t think his performance is up to standard, and in the locker room tells he and Reggie that it’ll be between them for captaincy of the team. Reggie seems thrilled about the competition, but Archie isn’t so enthusiastic.

At Pop’s, Fred comes in to pick up his order from Hermione. He asks her on a date, but she reminds them that they’re both still married. He is confused, wondering what the drive-in was if not a date. Of course, this was when Hermione needed a cover to meet up with the leader of the Southside Serpents, not that Fred’s aware of this.

Veronica teases Betty about her upcoming date with Trev, and asks Archie what he’s been up to after Ms Grundy. Valerie sits beside Archie and gives him the number of a music mentor who might be able to coach Archie. Cheryl approaches the group with invitations to Jason’s memorial, being particularly nasty to Veronica and telling her not to steal the silver. Veronica pursues Cheryl, saying she doesn’t want to be Cheryl’s enemy. Cheryl invites her to a sleepover the night before Jason’s memorial.

Archie meets with the music mentor, Oscar Castillo to discuss his music. Oscar seems disapproving of Archie’s commitments and believes he should be more dedicated to music. He says he teaches song writing and wants Archie to write out his music on sheets.

The Blossom family tell the sheriff that they’ve invited everyone who could be a suspect in Jason’s murder to the family. Cheryl approaches, displeased that that’s the reason everyone’s been invited and accusing her mother of being manipulative and heartless.

At Pop’s, Betty and Trev are discussing Jason, as Trev was on the water polo team with him. Trev says a few weeks into dating Polly, Jason began to act strangely and started selling his things and dealing drugs. It seems that there are a lot of mysteries surrounding Jason.

Archie and Valerie are practising music when they’re interrupted by Fred, who clearly seems to suspect there might be something going on between the two of them.

Betty talks to her dad Hal about Polly. He tells her about the time that Polly tried to commit suicide, just after she and Jason had had a massive fight. She later tells Jughead that Hal urged her not to call Polly, as after Jason’s death she got worse again. Jughead mulls on why a rich kid would sell things, wondering if he was running away from his parents or drug dealers. They decide to use the memorial as an excuse to investigate Jason’s room for clues as to why he might’ve tried to run away.

Archie sprains his wrist while practising football. Reggie seems concerned and tells him that he shouldn’t keep playing if he’s injured, but Archie ignores him. I’m glad that we’re starting to see a slightly more caring side to Reggie rather than just the typical jock. After River Vixens practise, Veronica comes across Archie bandaging his hand and tells him to take more care of himself. She’s a little taken aback by the fact that he’s practising music with Valerie, but insists she thinks it’s a good thing. I love the teasing banter between the two, and how he calls her “Ronnie”.

Oscar tells Archie his sheets are sloppy and rushed, and that his songs are juvenile. He says he doesn’t think him mentoring Archie is going to work out, much to Archie’s chagrin.

Veronica is at a very tense dinner with the Blossom family, who are not exactly polite to her. Clifford says that Riverdale was founded on maple syrup production and suggests she should ask her dad about it. The conversation escalates when Penelope accuses Cheryl of rowing Jason to his death.

Hermione is closing up at Pop’s and is startled when she finds that someone has delivered a box. She opens it up to find a snake inside. She calls Fred, who gets rid of the snake. She admits to him that it was a message from the Southside Serpents, because Hiram still owes them money. She insists she doesn’t want to get Fred involved.

Veronica and Cheryl are going through old photo albums. Veronica asks why she was invited instead of Tina and Ginger, but Cheryl reminds her that Veronica was there for her when her friends weren’t. Veronica encourages Cheryl to speak at the memorial anyway, and Cheryl says her parents would kill her.

Archie offers Penelope Jason’s old football number, retiring it from the team so he can give it to Jason’s family. Penelope seems taken aback by him and says he looks so much like Jason. Betty sees her dad and Clifford talking quietly. Cheryl enters the memorial, wearing the white dress she had on when she last saw Jason. She admits that when they were young, Jason insisted they have a joint party because no one wanted to come to Cheryl’s. She breaks down against her brother’s coffin, and is comforted by Veronica. I’m really enjoying the friendship between these two girls and I hope it continues to develop.

Jughead and Betty snoop around in Jason’s room, but they’re caught by his grandmother Rose. She mistakes Betty for Polly, and asks where the Blossom family ring is as it’s missing from her finger, leading to the revelation that Polly and Jason were secretly engaged. Betty leaves the room in shock, Jughead following her.

Penelope is shouting at Cheryl for giving her speech. She tells Cheryl there will be no more River Vixens and that if she thought she could, she’d send her off to a boarding school. All of this is witnessed by Veronica. Although Cheryl hasn’t been to nice a character, I really sympathised with her this episode as we see more about her family. Her mother is awful to her.

Valerie and Archie talk at Pop’s. She tells him to forget what people are saying about his music and that if he wants to continue with it then he should, regardless of Oscar Castillo’s opinion. Why does Valerie want to help Archie so much? Is there some kind of ulterior motive, or is she really being genuine?

Betty confronts Hal and asks if he knew about Jason and Polly’s engagement, which he confirms that he was aware of. It comes out that their disapproval of Jason is because of the fact that Cheryl’s great-grandfather murdered Betty’s when they were partners in a maple syrup business. Betty chastises him for an old grudge over something that happened before he was even born.

Coach Clayton offers Archie the captaincy. Apparently this is because he believes Archie retiring Jason’s jersey was the right move. But he rejects it and says that the coach should give it to Reggie instead. I’m really hoping that Reggie and Archie can become good friends.

Jughead and Betty correctly suspect that Hal, who wasn’t at the drive-in on closing night, was the one who broke in and stole the sheriff’s evidence from his murder board. Jughead says they need to talk to Polly. It’ll be really interesting to finally see Betty’s sister and see what she has to say.

4 out of 5 stars

Rhetorical Ink Reviews: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them!

**NOTE: SPOILERS BELOW**


My Top 10 Thoughts on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them


Originally posted by dailyfantasticbeastsgifs

10. Queenie’s character had a Luna Lovegood quality to her that I actually really liked. She seemed aloof but was actually daring, smart, and sweet. I love how Jacob is practically the Mario to her Princess Peach…except she’s the one saving him most of the time. Not that Jacob isn’t brave, though…speaking of which: 

Originally posted by hardyness

9. Jacob. Just…Jacob. I fell in love with his character. He was EXACTLY what this film needed for those watching that haven’t the foggiest about the Harry Potter universe. I love the idea of a “No-Maj” or “Muggle” being introduced to the Wizarding World alongside the audience and Dan Fogler’s performance was just so darn charming and genuine. He goes from the bumbling Kowalski to the brave and endearing Jacob. I just loved his character…honestly, though, his story had a full circle arc, so if we don’t see him in the future films should they occur, I’d be okay with that.

As long as he and Queenie get to be together, dang it.

Originally posted by llkonyvesbolt

8. I love that this movie just jumps right into the wizarding community. It knows that most of its audience have seen Harry Potter and know what Muggles are, how wands and spells work, and about elves and the systematic set up of it all. However, since this is taking place in America, there are some changes to what we already know and the movie does it all in a very easy to follow manner. Which is good; a lot of my audience were small kids, including a cousin of my own who had never seen any of the Harry Potter franchises, and some older women who seemed charmed by the film. 

Originally posted by dailyfantasticbeastsgifs

7. The Fantastic Beasts Themselves. Yes, they were quite obviously CGI….but to be fair, their designs were so out of this world, they were going to stick out. I will easily let the CGI animals pass on their sheer creativity alone. Going along with the movie, I wanted Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (roll credits) to be in my lap where I could read about the creatures as I watched. 

I read one review that seemed to hate that the cast were constantly flitting around looking for these creatures, but I didn’t really think their journey was all that repetitive. The humorous scenes with Jacob and Newt were well done and the jewelry scene with the Niffler was one of my favorites. “They went that way.” 

Originally posted by gold-motel

6. The moment we enter Newt’s “home” or “habitat for fantastic beasts,” I was sold on Eddy Redmayne as Newt Scamander. His whole personality is quirky, sincere, and with a tinge of sadness beneath the surface. He seems bubbly, but we get that idea that he’s had to deal with a lot. It made for a complex character that wasn’t just a Willy Wonka for Wizardry. The passion and love he shows for his beasts was touching; It also made me wish to see more of him in other films. He’s just trying to look after his fantastic beasts and teach others about him….can we see him teach a baby Hagrid? 

ALSO, just a note, but my cousin afterwards commented on how Redmayne’s performance was much like that of Doctor Who in this. I am totally on board with him playing Doctor Who at some point, or perhaps a younger version of the First Doctor if they ever decide to film it. Just saying. 

Originally posted by hardyness

Originally posted by hyoyyeol

5. Speaking of call backs, we get a few in the film; Dumbledore is mentioned, Hogwarts, of course. And Grindelwald more on him later... even a Lestrange! I’m assuming it’s Bellatrix’s ancestor. It was sad to hear him talk about how Ms. Lestrange, who we’re made to understand once shared a relationship with Newt “has changed.” It definitely had the Lilly/Snape vibe, except that Newt is Lilly in this case. If you’re a Harry Potter fan, the callbacks were definitely fun. 

Originally posted by rollingstone

4. The Duels and Stakes. This movie reminds me of The Hobbit in the sense that the stakes “feel” a little less in this film because it’s set before Harry Potter. This movie is also a little slower paced at parts, which I didn’t mind because it meant we could settle into this world we’ve been introduced too, but also it could have also moved a little more briskly. Unlike the Hobbit, though, this film actually improves upon the battle sequences; the wand fights were some of the best I’ve seen in all the Harry Potter films; everything just looked natural

Originally posted by hardyness

3. Ezra Miller played the troubled Credence, whose character was so intriguing and turned out to be one of my favorite parts of the film. There’s such a complicated, painful backstory for his character and the lengths that three characters go to try and reach him is so telling. It becomes a lesson in prejudice and anger and hatred and the effects it has on not only the victim, but those involved, and even those with no connections feeling ramifications. A pretty powerful message in all reality.  The intrigue and mystery surrounding that character and his backstory….very well done! 

Originally posted by hardyness

2. And now onto my favorite and least favorite part of the film: 
Collin Ferrel and Grindelwald. 

Originally posted by dreamofdepp

Now, I absolutely adored Collin Ferrel’s performance as Graves in this. The complex, vague nature of his character, or at least what he was playing. I wanted him to, by the end of the film, leave New York and meet up with Grindelwald in Britain….I thought it would go that way, but alas, it did not. 

Now, I wasn’t bothered by an Older Grindelwald making a cameo; not at all. He’s a big player in this story timeframe. I don’t even mind that Johnny Depp is in the role; My main issue was that we’ve spent a whole movie showing off Collin Ferrel and developing his character…only for it to be revealed that it was Grindelwald and have a different actor take his place? That just seemed like a cop out and a way to rush that you’ve been wanting to make a sequel already and wanted a “baddie” reveal before this film ended. 

It just aggravated me and makes me so sad, because Colin Ferrell OWNED this role. Can he just come back in the future films, please? Have Grindelwald disguise as him again? I simply loved Colin Ferrell in this. 

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Originally posted by duarteartiq

1. All in all, though, the ending with Grindelwald was the only part of the movie that bugged me. Everything else was, well, fantastic. If you love Harry Potter, you’re probably going to love this. Just don’t get attached to Collin Ferrell…. 

Anyway, the real villain of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was the government and no one can convince me otherwise. MACUSA:

  • fails to notice the Director of Magical Security and head of Magical Law Enforcement has been replaced by an international magical terrorist for several weeks at least, even though he is in constant contact with the highest ranking MACUSA officials, including President Picquery, even though he’s probably only using Polyjuice potion to achieve this, therefore having to be constantly doing out of character things, like drinking hourly from a hip flask while working, probably, and sentencing people to death without trials
  • fails to do anything, at least on screen, or exhibit any care that their Direct of Magical Security and head of Magical Law Enforcement is probably being Barty Crouched somewhere, with hair ripped out of his head and imperiused so that he can be imitated effectively, since for a replacement scheme to work, he needs to be alive, á la Goblet of Fire
  • stripped a competent auror of her position because she defended a magical child from abuse. They don’t know Credence is an obscurial, but he apparently stands out instantly as being from magical lineage, i.e. seeming to be a squib, meaning he isn’t a muggle/no-maj and therefore even with their effed up no-maj relation laws they could and should be protecting him and giving him a place in society. Also, Mary Lou Barebone is abusing all the children she’s adopted, and MACUSA knows and instead of helping, you know, protecting god damn orphan children, they demoted the one witch with any god damn integrity.
  • are actually protecting the Second Salemers, i.e. the people calling for witches to be burned at the stake again, which kind of threatens the statute of secrecy doesn’t it? Since people as high ranking as a presidential candidate’s brother believe them and their voices are being heard. But no, since an auror attempted to stop the abuse of a child, they are allowing these no-maj’s (and non-no-maj’s, since both Credence and Modesty at least seem to have some powers) threaten the international statute of secrecy. This at the same time as protecting the statute with stupid, small things like beast extermination and not allowing no-majs and wizards/witches to be friends or lovers, which is horrific. As other people have pointed out, what does this mean for no-maj/muggle born witches and wizards? Nonsense. But PIcquery is fine for wizards and witches to get drunk during prohibition, sure.
  • President Picquery refuses to listen to a competent ex-auror, who appears in front of her with a culprit already in custody, she does not even allow an explanation. Picquery later gets angry at Porpentina for not telling her what had happened sooner, when TIna appears in front of her with the same man and the same (looking) case. Yes, because that’s logical. Picquery is just in general a terrible leader and a terrible human being, which I’ve talked about before.
  • In a room with every magical world leader, none of them are willing to look at the evidence, or listen to the professional in the field, and admit that it is possible that magical children might be being abused to the point of becoming obscurials, even though, in at least America, they can’t keeps tabs on every magical child because they have no way to check on no-maj-born kids because of their effed up laws, and they refuse to help the no-maj-born kids they do know about, i.e. the Second Salemers. All these government leaders are so determined to not be wrong/scapegoat a beast that they put countless people’s lives in danger, including those of children. “There hasn’t been an obscurial in centuries.” “I literally saw one three months ago what the hell are you talking about!?”
  • actually behave worse than the darkest wizard who ever lived, at that point in history. They’re at least as bad as him, if in different ways. Graves/Grindelwald listens to people when they obviously have information, no matter their position. Is Grindelwald a monster? Heck yes, he manipulates and abuses a child (I’m counting Credence as a child, ok, he’s probably in his late teens, but considering he doesn’t seem to be able to escape his mother, even legally, I’d put him at 17, i.e. not an adult), he has killed and attacked countless people, he’s partially responsible for Ariana Dumbledore’s death, he wants to use an abused and tormented child for his own gain, he sentences Newt and Tina to death, he’s a horrible person and I’m not on his side, but neither am I on the side of MACUSA. Grindelwald doesn’t strike me as another Voldemort, i.e. pure evil, he seems more he like he knows exactly how to manipulate the discontent and downtrodden, and he wouldn’t gain this support for “the greater good” if the government weren’t failing so many wizards and witches already.
  • has a torture death chamber that they can apparently send people to without trial, which is just as bad as Azkaban. I don’t even need to go into why this is so horrible. Even if you support the death penalty (which I sure as hell don’t), you can’t support the chamber of showing you your worst and best memories as you slowly sink into a burning acidic fiery death pool. That’s inhuman.
  • also, despite a magizoologist, a competent ex-auror and ministry employee, and the Director of Magical Security and head of Magical Law Enforcement telling them not to do it, and showing that they knew how to help Credence, MACUSA still executed a child on President Picquery’s orders, and there are no repercussions for that. This is not even a mercy killing, because Credence has already proved that when treated with compassion, he is skilled enough to survive and prosper, even as an obscurial. (Is it possible he survived? Considering what Hayes has said and that little whisp at the end, yes, but that doesn’t change the fact that MACUSA tried to kill him.)
  • they were also entirely willing to let Newt try his Thunderbird Swooping Evil venom plan, even though Newt has only theorized about this, and never actually attempted it, and they have no idea what the side effects could be. To save themselves, they released an untested substance into New York’s water supply, and the water cycle in general, with no idea of how it would work. What memories will actually be lost? Will it be effective? What adverse effects might there be? How will wizards be immune, when it’s in the water supply? This was a bad plan, and MACUSA risked a lot letting it go forward.
  • Picquery at the end is just a bad leader. “We owe you everything- gtfo.” “We owe you a debt- obliviate your friend who had a massive hand in saving our necks and many, many lives.” “I just said it was ok to kill a child- do what I say.” She is a very, very bad leader, who canonically cares more about letting wizards drink than she does about the lives of no-majs, no-maj born and squib kids, children suffering abuse, her Director of Magical Security and head of Magical Law Enforcement probably being locked in a box somewhere, the truth, and whether someone can be saved or not. She is just another Fudge,  but ten times worse.

TL;DR: MACUSA, President Picquery and global magical goverments as a whole are portrayed as villains in this film, and it’s very easy to imagine how Grindelwald found support when the international situation is so critical; Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a few steps away from advocating the murder of the bourgeoisie and I entirely support this reading.

12x10 - “Pterodactyl Screeching into the void” - Part 1

My title is borrowed from @postmodernmulticoloredcloak comment on my crazy blogging after first watching this episode earlier. I feel like it is a fitting title for how this episode made me feel. To clarify, these are very very happy pterodactyls.

Steve Yokey wrote this episode and he appears to have well and truly taken up the gap left when Robbie Thompson sadly left the show. In fact this episode to me channels the ghost of Robbie in many different ways. From the fanfiction-esque moments of poor suffering third wheel Sam, to the meta nod to Charlie Bradbury, there is much of Robbie to be found here. Basically, it was bloody perfect.

I feel like there is so much to talk about in this episode that fandom will be chewing on it for months if not years to come. Yokey has picked up the characterisations brilliantly, and seems to have an understanding of what the fandom desperately craves in terms of Castiel, his character, his personality and his development. I adored his sass in this episode. Some other writers *cough*bucklemming*cough* struggle to really capture Castiel’s sass and humour. Showing their lack of understanding of Castiel’s persona and his intelligence and instead writing him in a way that is jarring and sometimes basically stupid. Castiel is far from stupid. In this episode he was written perfectly, in a way I haven’t seen since Edlund’s time. Is that a sweeping statement? Maybe. But I’m still riding my high so let me have it this time.

This episode gave us three of my favourite things. Badass and Sassy Castiel, Overprotective grumpy husband Dean, and poor long suffering brother Sam. (baring in mind this is how they are usually written in fanfiction nowadays this is exactly my jam and I am so so happy to see it play out on screen. Seriously who sold their soul to Crowley for this episode?)

This review will also be in two parts. Because I have so freaking much to say about it.

The first part will focus on destiel, the second on everything else including Castiel’s emotional arc (as separate from destiel), his relationships with angels, angels and gender and Lily Sunder’s character.

PART 1 - ALL THE DESTIEL

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The Moral High Ground: Arrow 5x12 Review (Bratva)

RUSSIA!!!! Just so we’re clear, whenever I write this I’m singing it in my very best  Tevye “TRADITION!” voice. If you don’t understand that reference go rent Fiddler on the Roof right now.

The return to Russia means a refocus on Original Team Arrow. The first trip to Russia, in 2x06, was really the solidification of Original Team Arrow, so it was vitally important that Arrow not miss the opportunity to revisit the bonds the show is built on. They didn’t miss the opportunity. In fact, they delivered a fantastic  episode with “Bratva” that examines the dynamics of Original Team Arrow.

And yes… there will be a snark filled gif response to that final scene. 

Patience my loves. Let’s dig in…

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First impressions SPN 12x12

From now on, Davy Perez and Steve Yockey need to be writing all the eps together or alternating because they are fucking amazing at this. Dabb can get an episode in there too. Bucklemming can be shown the door (but that’s nothing new).

I loved the style of the episode. The Tarantino vibe suited the story perfectly. A big fat congrats to Richard Speight Jr. for his top-notch direction.

Loved the callbacks to some of the very first SPN lore: the Colt (yay! it’s back! but what will it be used on?) & introduction of the princes of hell (and clarification that Azazel was one)

The background on Crowley circa S6 was interesting! I like that it was Ramiel who basically handed the throne over to Crowley. He seemed to surprised to hear it was even an option for him.

This goes without saying but every single line from Cas was pure fucking gold. Please put Davy in the list of writers who know how to write Cas. His speech at the end fucking killed me. It was wonderful and perfect. Also, I am interpreting this to mean that Cas has finally accepted his place in the Winchester family. Sure, it’s not like his insecurities are going to disappear now, or that he will have no more doubts about where he belongs. It doesn’t work like that, it’ll take time. But if he truly didn’t feel like he belonged with them, like he was a Winchester, he would not have said that. I couldn’t be happier about this development.

Dean’s responses to Cas this entire episode were so….Words cannot describe. The whole thing with the waitress, which had Dean winking at Cas and smiling at him and shit. Dean running to Cas the moment they enter the barn while Sam talks to Mary. Dean’s expressions when he realises Cas is dying.

Also, Sam and Dean and Mary all deciding to stay and fight for Cas, though they realised their chances of survival were extremely low and that there was no guarantee they’d be able to save Cas was so touching and wonderful.

Mary NOT giving back the Colt and choosing to risk her boys and herself dying had me going “seriously??” I mean, that was shitty. Sam and Dean would not have hesitated to give it back to save the others…Why is she taking these risks?

Crowley saving Cas was great. Whatever you think about him, he comes through in a pinch. Thank fuck for that. I do think that Sam and Dean have been treating Crowley really shitty this entire season so far, and while I totally understand why, I think it might bite them in the ass later on…Already Lucifer is planting the seeds of doubt, betrayal and suspicion…

Well, we knew Lucifer wasn’t dead so I’m not surprised. Crowley is an idiot for keeping him anywhere in earshot, though. Also, that cage looks in NO WAY secure enough to hold Luci for long.

Okay I need to mention this separately and someone absolutely needs to gif this, but unless my eyes deceived me, when Sam and Dean pulled Cas up together (each with one hand - which was a great visual underlining the fact that Cas is family to them), Sam let go a hell of a lot faster than Dean. Really, I’m pretty sure Dean’s hand lingered juuuuuust a tad longer on Cas’s.

Overall: A+ fucking amazing episode loved every minute but will need to rewatch to catch all the stuff I missed.

RFA Valentines day in a nutshell:

Jumin: brief loneliness followed by fluff and diamonds
Zen: chocolatey frickle frackle after a commercial break
Jaehee: Yoosung cockblocked, have some cake
Yoosung: 2 puppies for the price of one
707: (white choco) you are a pure angel i will worship on a pedestal
707: (dark choco) let this devil show you what heaven feels like

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Okay, this is a nice bit of body language I noticed in “Shiny.”

So Tamatoa is kicking Maui’s ass, right? He throws him to the ground, and Moana sees him land and starts running toward him.

Tamatoa looks over, sees her, smirks, and then jumps over to block her path, cutting her off from Maui. 

What I love about this is that the scale and speed of the sequence are such that most audiences wouldn’t even notice it on a first viewing or even a second one. Tomatoa towers over the two human-sized characters, and there’s no break in the song when he does this, meaning the whole mini chain of actions (Moana sees Maui, Moana runs at him, Tamatoa blocks her path) is like maybe two seconds long at the absolute max. 

It just speaks to such a great attention to detail for me because even though you need repeat viewings to notice it, the animators kept every piece of the scene in motion anyway. Every element is moving with its own agency. It not only sets Disney animation ahead of other studios of lower caliber but its often the difference between good movies and bad movies in general where in a bad movie, if the focal point is off a character, they are assumed to essentially not exist and just stand there placidly until someone hits “go” again.

I just love it when you can track chains of progression and cause and effect even when it’s in the background and aaaaauuuuugh animation

12x12 Episode Review - Still Screeching...this time about the colour “Peach”.

I gave my 12x10 episode review the title “Pterodactyl Screeching into the Void” because I was so happy about it I couldn’t help but scream with glee at practically every moment. I also said this: “I feel like there is so much to talk about in this episode that fandom will be chewing on it for months if not years to come.” I still believe this, I just didn’t expect that two episodes later I would be reliving this exact same thoughts and feelings. I considered 12x10 to be a one off, a glorious gift to fandom wrapped in a big destielicious bow. Clearly, we celebrate our fandom birthday only two weeks before fandom Christmas because we just got ANOTHER gift wrapped in an even BIGGER destielicious bow and I can hardly contain my glee. (baring in mind fandom Christmas falls on the tenth anniversary of tumblr and close to valentines day I can’t help but feel this was planned - PRESENTS ALL AROUND)

But anyway. Lets talk meta. Once again I am very late to the party as I doubt I will be posting this any earlier than Saturday evening when you have probably all been talking this to death for the past two days. But eh, I’m gonna do my thing and hope you all agree, or aren’t bored by now if everything I talk about is stuff already gone over by my fellow very talented meta writers.

Starting with the obvious, Director Dick Speight Jr and Writer Davy Perez made this episode an homage to Tarantino movies. Specifically Reservoir Dogs which has so many ties to this episode both visually and subtextually that it is kind of difficult to keep track of my thoughts on it. I have to confess, I hadn’t ever watched Reservoir Dogs all the way through prior to watching the episode because it never really interested me. However, after watching the episode for the first time Friday lunch time I decided that it was in my best interests as a meta writer to give it a go. I watched it and tried to take in everything Tarantino was saying and doing with this movie… 

Being a meta writing, destiel shipper with heteronormative goggles permanently removed since watching this show guess what the first thing I picked up on was? That’s right Mr White and Mr Orange… what WAS going on there anyway? Because these guys didn’t know each other very long but they became VERY close by the time of the heist. Poor Freddie and Larry. Such doomed tragic lovers… do we have a ship name for them yet? Frarry? Leddie? Or maybe just “peach” (hence my title)

I believe that when Perez was writing this episode he had a SPN character in mind for each character in RD (mostly anyway). Cas is obviously Mr Orange (the bleeding out from the stomach thing gives it away as does Davy’s tweet here. Here is who I think the rest of the characters are supposed to be:

Dean – Mr White (duh)

Mary – Mr Pink

Wally – Mr Brown

Sam – Nice Guy Eddie maybe? I struggled here

Crowley – I wanna say Joe. (though I also kinda think Ketch would be Joe here… its not too obvious)

Remiel – Mr Blonde (“yellow” hair)

Explanations and various meta under the cut. This gets long:

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Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life SPOILERS!!

Okay, so I just finished the Revival (been up since around 3am). And tbh I’m having a hard time processing. I’m hoping writing about it will actually help me figure out how I feel about what just happened.                                                  Just want to start by saying, I am so glad this revival happened. The revival was so necessary and so desired by the fandom after that seventh season. Also, this revival was not a dream come true. It wasn’t our fanfics come to life. It wasn’t perfect. It wasn’t everything I wanted it to be. But I am so grateful for it. So grateful to Netflix for existing and making things like this revival possible. I am grateful for the Palladinos and the stars and the networks that felt GG was worth all this, was worth bringing back. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!                                                                                                                       That being said, I do not feel the satisfied sense of closure I (and I think all of us) craved. I respect ASP and her vision and her intentions with the full circle ending. I get it. It’s not necessary an awful idea. However, its just not what I wanted. Not what we wanted as a fandom, I think. That ending was strange. Despite all the love life drama throughout the years, and all the Gilmore guys who have come and gone, this show was never about those relationships. It was never about Lorelai and Luke or Rory and her multiple suitors. It was about mother & daughter. That was the idea, the pitch, the heart, the driving force. And somehow it feels like those famed last four words diminished that somehow. Those final four words felt less about Lorelai and Rory and more about Rory and her boyfriends. Which I have to admit is more than a little disappointing. It feels kinda wrong. That ending might not have felt so…idk whatever this not quite right feeling is, if it wasn’t actually the end. They did leave open the possibility for more, but I don’t really want more. I love GG and I have wanted (needed) more all these years, but deep down I think I wanted this to be the end. I didn’t really want a “reboot”, I wanted closure. I wanted a proper final season, and this didn’t feel like that.                                                                                                                                                     This revival had a lot of great Gilmore moments. Some of my favorite original Gilmore moments are fights. I don’t really know why. Maybe I love the drama, maybe I love the honesty and emotion. Maybe I think that’s where the actors really get their chance to shine, but I love the Gilmore fights in the original series. And the Gilmore fights were some of my favorite revival moments as well. The Lorelai/Emily fight after the funeral was great! “We end up here in the middle of this room [the kitchen]!” Love it! The Lorelai/Rory fight in the graveyard; loved it. It hurt, but I loved it. Even the Lorelai/Luke fights were good. I also greatly enjoyed the scene in Fall when Lorelai tells Emily her Richard story over the phone. That was perfect. And though I’m not a big Logan fan, I did always enjoy the Life and Death Brigade shenanigans, so that bit in Summer was fun for me. Everything to do with Paris was great! I love Paris! Dean’s scene was fine. I kinda always just wanted him to disappear so I was pleased that he was only there for a few moments. And I enjoyed their little joke about the shoplifting too. Sookie’s cameo was also fine. Not great, but about what I expected given Melissa McCarthy’s schedule. Jess coming in and once again reminding Rory who she is and who she really wants to be was perfect and in true Jess fashion. I really enjoyed seeing that scene between Rory and Christopher, as much as I dislike him, it was a strange but important conversation. Rory had never asked him those questions, never asked his side of the story, or held him accountable for his choices. So, I’m actually really glad they included that scene.                                                                                     Now for the little problems. Was it just me or has Lorelai grown a bit bitchier with age? Like sure she’s always had her bad days (we all do), like that time she yelled at Michel about the RV, but particularly in Winter and Spring she seemed kinda bitchy to me. Next, why did Rory have to be so into infidelity? Why? That seemed super unnecessary. They could have hit all the same points in her story arc without her cheating on Paul (why did Paul even exist btw?) with an engaged Logan? And don’t even get me started on the Wookie. She and Logan could have still been casual bedfellows without them both being in relationships. It just felt so out of character for Rory after everything she’d been through with Dean in S4 and Logan in S6. And Lorelai’s reaction to the news of this chronic infidelity made no sense, because of her reaction to the whole Dean thing in S4. I guess, I just thought I knew where the Gilmore girls stood on the topic of cheating after all that, but apparently I was wrong and cheating is just no big deal. Next, that musical was awful. I don’t know why that was there or whose idea, but that was just bad. I get that they were trying to fill space, but the musical kinda made me physically uncomfortable. Lastly, the whole Lorelai doing Wild thing was funny, but went on a little too long for me. I feel like it wasted some of Fall that could have been used for…more. I ultimately liked where the Wild thing led, but it could have reached that conclusion sooner.                                                                                                                                                                                   Big problems. Not to be a bias shipper here, but I’m Team Jess and now that its basically canon that Literati is endgame, I feel cheated out of that relationship. In ASP’s mind, Jess and Rory end up together. He’s her guy. Her “Luke”. “It was always supposed to be Luke”? Well, I think at this point we can all agree that in ASP’s mind it was always supposed to be Jess. It was. I knew. Luke knew. Jess knows. And now we all know. But for some reason it was decided that we wouldn’t get to see it. It wouldn’t actually happen. Did they think the confirmation would be enough? That our imagination would be all we needed from this point? Was it to do with Alexis & Milo’s relationship and breakup? Why? I just need to know, why not Jess? Why not now? I’m just sad, because what’s so wrong with a happy ending? Why not give the people what they want after all these years when it fits in with your original vision? Let us have Rory & Jess. Let us see it. Why wasn’t Jess at the wedding?!? Come on, no matter what was happening (or not happening) with Rory & Jess why on earth would they not have Jess in that wedding scene? Michel gets to be there and Lane gets to be there, but Jess (Luke’s closest friend and relative) doesn’t get a late-night call saying “get your fine ass to the gazebo asap!”? Why not? I actually like the Logan/Christopher parallel a lot. It was always there, I guess, but it never entirely clicked for me until I heard Alexis say it in an interview a few days ago. It’s so true though. Rory and Logan have such a difficult time “quitting each other” just like her parents. Its like in the back of their minds, they are waiting for one another the same way Lorelai said she was waiting all those years for Chris to get it together. In a lot of ways its insulting to Logan, and the revival was a bit unfair to him. By comparing (and essentially assuming) 30-something Logan would make all the same (bad?) choices as 16-year-old Christopher is almost cruel of Rory (and ASP). Like sure, I see the similarities. And yes, Logan and Rory were not ultimately right for each other and probably shouldn’t try to raise a kid together. I don’t really like the idea of Rory not even telling Logan about the pregnancy. At least, Christopher knew. At least, he and Rory had some kind of relationship. To deny Logan even that doesn’t seem right.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Ultimately, the cast was awesome, the dialogue was everything it needed to be, the chemistry was still there, the Stars Hollow magic remained, and it was still way better than season 7. I felt closure with Lorelai, Emily’s arc was actually kind of flawless, I have no complains about Rory’s career arc. But Rory’s love life is more of a mess now than ever, some parts (the musical, the Wild) were unnecessary or unpleasant, and that ending should have been more Gilmore Girls less Maury. If this is all we ever get I wish it had been better. If there’s more to come, I’ll be thrilled to watch and once again hopeful that Rory & Jess finally get their timing right.