Guk Doo’s sudden outburst genuinely made me jump. He acts almost like a little kid seeing his favourite toy being taken away.
It’s been so long since I’ve had a healthy dose of second male lead syndrome and I thought I was going to have it in this drama but nope!
To be honest, I don’t really like his character even as much as I like Ji Soo. Guk Doo is forever scolding Bong Soon, treating her like she’s a child rather than his friend and I hate how he treats women as though they’re weak, breakable things. And as much as I don’t like Hee Ji either, I hated how Guk Doo treated her as well.
I know it’s part of the show’s plot because I can see how they’re changing that dynamic where Bong Soon is the “hero” to most of the men’s “damsel” like her dad, Ahn Min Hyuk, her gang of high school kids, even Guk Doo himself even though he didn’t know it. He’s just realized he has a crush on her but I don’t get the way he treats her at all. I just can’t bring myself to like him very much.
dear fellow adults: I will not be complicit in your bullshit.
I’m at the age where a lot of my peers and friends are starting to have kids, and in fact I hope to as well in the next 2-3 years, so this is becoming more and more relevant and necessary for me to think about and say.
being an advocate means nothing if I won’t put friendships and relationships on the line for it. studying and writing essays and organizing events and teaching on issues of children’s rights is worse than worthless if I won’t stand up to my neighbor or my colleague or a stranger on a bus when they cross a line.
social injustices are fuelled by willingness to look the other way, to quietly enable, to prioritize a “united front” over moral courage. adults are socialized to act like other people’s kids are none of their business, like it’s unthinkably intrusive to speak up or act against another parent’s wishes even when you recognize that something they’re doing is wrong, because those kids “belong” to someone else.
I will not be part of that. I will lie to you to protect your child’s right to privacy. I will smuggle books to them that you’ve told them they’re not allowed to read. I will challenge you when you make cruel and dehumanizing comments about your children (or children in general) as a shitty bonding ritual with other adults. I will tear apart your unfounded rhetoric about “kids these days”. if I see you hurting your child, I will protect them, and if necessary, I will hurt you. if I see you disrespecting your child, I will tell them they have the right to expect better, and I will treat you with the lack of respect you deserve.
if I can’t educate you, I will confront, challenge, and undermine you. you’ll get no “united front” from me. I don’t care about your feelings, I don’t care about your convenience, and I don’t care what you think of me. I care that people get treated with respect, dignity, and kindness, especially by those they should be able to trust and rely on most intensely. if you can’t manage that, we’re going to have problems.
And you knoooooooo he was watching them all get all the weapons and getting all excited himself like “oooh I wonder what my bayard is gonna turn into! the black one must be a very special one! cuz i dun see it here.. Allura is probably saving the best for last!”
and hes standing there like “I’m so ready! give it to me! sooo ready! gimme!”
and Allura’s just
“Shiro, I’m afraid your bayard was lost with its paladin.”
and his face just goes:
and then he like smiles and all “I guess i’ll just have to make do..”
LIKE NOOOOOO GIVE SHIRO A DAMN BAYARD!! YOU KNOOOO HE WANTED HIS OWN BAYARD SO BAD AND YOU JUST WENT AND BROKE HIS HEART LIKE THAT!!! LIKE “YOU GET ONE, AND YOU GET ONE, AND EVERYONE GET ONE, BUT NONE FOR YOU SHIRO, SORRY!” ALLURA COULDNT LIKE TELL HIM BEFORE THAT HIS BAYARD WAS MISSING?? WHAT IS THIS NONSENSE?? MOST HEARTBREAKING MOMENT IN SEASON 1 RIGHT HERE. SHIRO BETTER GET THAT BAYARD IN SEASON 2 I SWEAR. JUST LOOK AT THAT HEARTBROKEN FACE! HE WANTED ONE SO BAD!
Two out-of-the-blue headcanons as to why Stan owns all these board games:
1. They’re actually Ford’s from forever ago, hence why the boxes look pretty beat up, and he and McGucket would play them all the time together when they weren’t working on the portal. (I looked it up and nearly all the games these are based off of existed back in the 70s/80s.)
2. When Stan found out that Dipper and Mabel were coming to stay for the summer he figured that he had to get something to keep them “preoccupied and out of his hair”, so he picked them up for like a buck each at some random family’s yard sale.
Killian Jones is a centuries old pirate captain who survived abandonment, forced servitude/slavery, having his hand chopped off, serving Peter Pan for a good portion of those centuries, being tortured with magic, becoming the Dark One, and death itself.
He’s also a highly intelligent, Navy-trained and educated strategist and swordsman.
It bugs me, personally, to see him handled like a precious infant puppy who can’t handle a few harsh words, is too dumb to figure out the modern world, and needs protecting at all costs. The guy can protect himself just fine. He’s smart and capable.