I think one of the things that makes Azula so amazing as a villain and a character is that her breakdown is foreshadowed by her earliest episodes. All the pieces are on the board at the very start, you just don’t realize it. So when the breakdown comes it’s all full of callbacks to earlier behavior and it suddenly feels utterly natural that this person you’ve seen as a nigh-untouchable badass mastermind is coming so undone. It doesn’t come out of nowhere, it was there all along from the very start and we simply forgot about it in the interim because she was being so badass and it had no reason to take effect just yet.
–Her speech to the captain about the tides foreshadows her banishing all her servants and advisors. The captain is totally honest with her despite being scared, that they’re not bringing the ship in just yet because of an issue with the tides. Tides are BIG deal in regards to bringing in a ship but Azula doesn’t care and simply wants her will done now and makes it clear she will harm or kill the captain if he doesn’t do the thing he knows is a bad idea. The man is not delaying for silly reasons or to hide a mistake, he is genuinely making a sound decision about how to bring a ship into port, Azula simply doesn’t care she wants what she wants done now and treats disagreement as disloyalty. Azula perceives anyone subordinate as not doing what she wants for any reason at all to be proof they’re not perfectly loyal.
–The one hair out of place with Lo and Li training her. It shows Azula as a perfectionist, and again, as a control freak. She cares about appearences, which probably ties into her status as a prodigy who has long been praised for being such. She needs to make it look effortless and perfect. But after Boiling Rock this starts to slide. In The Southern Raiders he hair comes down fully during her fight with Zuko and she doesn’t even care–hell, she can’t do anything to fix it since she needs her hand to hang onto the mountain. Then in the finale her hair is an utter disaster, showing just how far she’s fallen. Once again it fully comes down while she’s fighting, and by the time the fight is over and Katara has her restrained she’s a total mess.
–Recruiting Ty Lee. This is where we should have known from the start that Ty Lee’s loyalty to Azula is not absolute by any means. Ty Lee wanted to stay with the circus and only left because of Azula clearly threatening her by having the net set on fire. We see it again in Zuko Alone’s flashbacks, where Azula is obviously jealous of Ty Lee being able to do better gymnastics than her and bullies her for it. Ty Lee is only with Azula out of fear and always has been. Of course if it came down to Azula or Mai she’d choose Mai.
–Recruiting Mai. It’s even more subtle than with Ty Lee but they show why Mai will eventually betray Azula in the same episode Mai debuts in. When Tom-Tom, Mai’s little brother, is in danger and a hostage, Azula makes it clear she doesn’t give a shit about that and that the deal should be off Mai’s not as open as Ty Lee is so she doesn’t seem to react as much but it’s the same situation. Azula wants Mai on her team and doesn’t care what happens to people Mai probably cares about. Thing is, the person Mai cares about most is Zuko, who Azula is hunting. Mai betraying Azula for Zuko becomes more and more of a given as the show establishes Mai’s feelings for him. Meanwhile Azula probably assumed that if Mai was willing to endanger her own little brother for Azula, there would be no conflicts of loyalty regarding Zuko…and was wrong. As Mai said, she miscalculated.
It was all there right from the start of season 2.
Thank you to the lovely @godshipsit for this fantastic gifset and for being so kind to this non-giffer :)
The Destiel puzzle: singularity & plurality in season 12.
Supernatural is subtle but often leaves us so many clues over such a long time to piece together. This is like a glorious Destiel-themed puzzle to be consolidated throughout the season. In the season so far these two-lined clarifications have been used recurringly in key moments.
The first is singular/precise and the second is plural/comprehensive.
I just wanted to point this out. For reasons.
And in case anyone thinks hey, you might be over thinking it. Remember all the other parallels and call backs this season. Just a small sample:
12x03 A parent’s grief causing him to hurt and entrap children he felt he cared for.
12x04 Doing the ‘wrong’ thing for the ‘right’ reasons. A mother hurting her children out of fear and believing she is doing the right thing.
12x05 Blood might relate you to family but it doesn’t mean you are family. Ellie was not in any way Hitler’s true family in the SPN term. The Thule son wanted to make his father proud but eventually realised that he didn’t want to follow him. The Thule father makes a whole speech that could be right out of the BMOL old men’s book.
12x06 Lies. Damn lies. Mistakes can be made but lies are more difficult to forgive. Mary is their blood mother but Jody acts like their ‘true family’ mother figure, directly mirrored to Mary in the immediate succession of their conversations.
There are so many more but basically, given the repeated continuation of all the other callbacks, I’m going to go with this was definitely done on purpose ;)
So yeah, I wouldn’t be surprised if the season ended with Mary making a similar decision as Gavin in this week’s episode. Her being back also kind of “upset the scale”. Who knows all the things that may happen still in this season, how many people may die in the crossfire. I could definitely imagine the show to tie all the arcs up with explaining it all - maybe even Lucifer having a child - with Mary dying again could undo this timeline (you know the whole thing of “never being born is different to being killed” approach). And we’d get some sort of goodbye scene like these above in which Mary reunites with John like Gavin and Fiona did.
I loved how in an episode about memories, there were SO MANY Easter eggs. Like, the motel looked like It’s the Great Pumpkin Sam Winchester and they mentioned Dean eating all the Halloween candy. Callback to Dean manning the flashlight. The grenade launcher, of course. The ending that was reminiscent of Eye of the Tiger. Just so many little call backs. I need to go back and watch the episode again to pick out all of them.
ok as you know i’ve always thought finn is force sensitive, but i never thought the scene where there’s screaming and he looks up to see the hosnian system being destroyed was evidence of it. like i always thought it was just the people from maz’s castle screaming, not him hearing it like obi wan with alderaan… but i have officially been convinced. 1) the screams sound exactly like the ones on hosnian prime 2) the only other people on screen with him don’t react at all 3) it’s not until like thirty seconds later that we see people exiting maz’s castle and they’re not screaming. considering all the direct callbacks to anh in tfa if this isn’t supposed to be finn hearing the screams of hosnian the way obi wan heard the screams of alderaan then it’s a TERRIBLY put together scene. finn. is. force-sensitive.
I LOVED all the callbacks to classic Who episodes and dialogue in “The Doctor Falls.” There were almost too many references to count. It was like Steven Moffat’s farewell love letter to the entire series.
(The irony is that neither of these actors are the original Doctor, as William Hartnell passed away prior to “The Five Doctors.” First image is Richard Hurndell; second is David Bradley.)
As good as all the callbacks were in Episode 6 of “Samurai Jack” (Season 5), I kinda wanted to see Ashi encounter the Canine Archaeologists from the first season, or at least their leader, Rothchild :D
…However, Season 5 takes place 50 years after Season 4, and dogs have a short lifespan, so with that in mind, “all dogs go to heaven…”
But here’s a list with all the episodes Samurai Jack S5 referenced, if you want to get all the callbacks. You should watch the whole thing anyways because it’s all great.
Samurai Jack: The Premiere Movie (first three episodes) Jack, the Woolies, and the Chritchellites Jack and the Three Blind Archers Jack Under the Sea Jack and the Scotsman Jack Learns to Jump Good Jack and the Scotsman II Jack vs. Demongo, the Soul Collector Jack and the Spartans Jack and the Rave Jack and the Traveling Creatures The Birth of Evil (parts I & II) Robo-Samurai vs. Mondo-bot Samurai vs. Samurai
WARNING: THE FOLLOWING POST CONTAINS SPOILERS TO TWD’S 7.12 “SAY YES”….. AND IT’S ALSO YVETTE NICOLE BROWN’S NOTEBOOK LONG!
I’m the queen of the world! Woo-hoo! I feel like I’m flying at the front of the most magnificent ship on television. Rick and Michonne Grimes are honestly one of the strongest, healthiest, and inspiring couples I’ve ever seen in any media form. I know it sounds cliche, and they are anything but cliche, but they complete each other. It’s remarkable really because independently they are already capable warriors who don’t NEED anyone but that’s essentially what makes this pair so amazing. Rick and Michonne on their own are survivors, but together they are an unstoppable force. This episode really was a beautiful tribute to each character but a undeniable display of their impressive teamwork. I loved this episode so much I can hardly express why. It was the little things that made me the happiest. I truly appreciate the hardwork that goes into The Walking Dead. The whole cast, crew, writers, and producers are in a caliber quite different from any other tv show out there. It’s such a gift to be able to pick up on new things each time you see an episode. As some fans might have noticed. There was a lot more to the episode than just what was at the surface, as often there is in any episode. Okay, so let’s dive in. There were parts of the episode that I was swooning over as a fangirl but other parts that I found I was completely fascinated by as a regular viewer. I found there was a lot of symbolism and signs going on especially regarding callbacks to other episodes and possible foreshadowing to the future. Let’s first discuss all the callbacks. As a whole, I feel like this episode sort of embodied their journey so far, individually and together. If you look enough into it (as a fangirl), you might even say this was like going down an AISLE of memory lane. ;)
I think the most insulting thing about this is how the author of Diesel, Joe Weltjens, didn’t even bother calling it something else. He just keeps using the term “Stand” like it’s no big deal. He can’t even kill off a different animal instead of a dog.
Stuff like this was exactly what was wrong with the comic book industry in the 90s. They’d try to turn something cool into a comic book, but fail to recognize what made it cool in the first place. Weltjens saw JoJo and tried to turn it into another knockoff of Marvel. The main character’s Stand just looks like a blue Incredible Hulk, and everything else in the comic looks like a third-rate X-Men spinoff. Meanwhile, Marvel was already doing Hulk and X-Men comics, and they were teetering on the verge of bankruptcy.
Meanwhile, the whole charm of the Stand concept was the way Araki would use it to build suspense. Diesel #1 introduced like a half dozen Stands all at once, which completely defeats the point. Maybe he knew he only had one issue to sell the idea, but you don’t just slap everything together like this and call it good.