from your (questionable) bath robe, curly hair, full cheeks & huge smile to your silent but observant personality, we’re so happy to have you back as b.a.p’s leader! i hope this day you realise how special you are & bask in all the praises that we give you! ♡
The idea that Mabel is being selfish in The Deep End is even more absurd.
Mabel’s whole story in that episode is about doing what’s best for the person she has feelings for even when it’s not what’s best for her. The selfish thing to do would be to not help Mermando, so that she could visit him in the community pool and be with him. Instead she helps him get back to the ocean even if it means never seeing him again.
Dipper witnessing this is important for his story as well, because up until now he’s been doing the opposite with Wendy. His interactions with her have been about trying to do what will allow him to spend more time with her, not about what she wants. About getting her away from Robbie even if she wants to date and be around him.
Then there’s Mabel’s line near the end: “don’t you know what it’s like to fall for someone? Even though you know in your heart that it’ll probably never work out, but you’d do anything for that person?”
Not only does that line draw a direct parallel between Mabel’s feelings for Mermando and Dipper’s for Wendy, in this sentence Mabel defines love not as “doing anything to be with that person” but as “doing anything for that person” even if it means not being with that person.
And this is important, because the next two episodes that deal with Dipper’s Crush on Wendy are Boyz Crazy, (where Dipper is called out and
with the fact that he hadn’t been considering Wendy’s feelings) and Into The Bunker (which begins with him realizing he made a mistake, and deciding to just not tell Wendy about his feelings towards her at all.)
The Deep End is not only a story about Mabel being selfless, it’s about Dipper beginning to realize that he has been selfish when it comes to Wendy.
Gotta admit I’m kind of mad that back in season 1 the fandom cranked out art and meta of Keith being outright attacked or threatened by team members as part of a galra keith reveal but now that Allura, who experienced an incredibly traumatic loss and reacts accordingly, the fandom is lining up to aggressively rip on her because how dare she be skeptical of the Marmorans and her trust in Keith being damaged and Hunk actively points out hey it maybe has something to do with the literal destruction of her entire species and home planet that’s not something you get over in ten seconds.
As if, y’know.
would tell us that Allura probably grew up with most of her life as Zarkon as a family friend at minimum and quite probably a surrogate uncle figure. Someone she trusted, and was very close to, who just, incidentally, went on to kill her father and destroy every single planet in her solar system.
It isn’t as if the writers of the show specifically timed it so that Allura and Keith’s distance happened after s2e6 where we see that Allura pretty unambiguously trusted Keith with her life, in which case she was probably not having a visceral “ew, Galra” reaction as much as taking home the realization that once again there is someone that she genuinely trusts, feels close to, who is also a paladin, in the context of the last time this happened, she lost everything, and shutting Keith off and trying to bury that reaction because she also understands as Keith’s boss she’s responsible for him and shouldn’t hold that against him but trauma is not rational.
It isn’t as if in regards to the Marmorans, Allura agrees to go along with their plan as soon as Kolivan presents it, even if that means sending off all of her allies including Coran and leaving her alone on the castleship with Antok and Kolivan who are both twice her size and armed.
But. yeah. Clearly Allura isn’t making any leap of faith here. It isn’t like the last time galra were on the castle, Sendak’s invasion subtly messed up the systems in such a way that nearly killed her entire team and forced her to destroy Alfor’s AI. It isn’t as if she’d have every reason not to let Kolivan and Antok stay on the ship, much less count on them to watch her back in a fight considering they did something while Shiro and Keith were on the base to make the Red Lion flip into fight mode.
Also like… because everyone else had absolutely no reservations and welcomed the Blade with open arms, right.
TL;DR: Maybe remember Allura is some degree of traumatized and that she also made every concession she possibly could in spite of that, remember that Hunk in s2e9 points out exactly why Allura is upset and suggests she just needs some time and space to work through what are probably some deeply upsetting emotions, and how later Allura proves Hunk completely right on all counts in that regard.
Bang Yongguk. 31.03.1990. Rapper. Leader. Songwriter. Producer. ↳ Happy Birthday to one of the most talented people out there. Thank you for the inspiring lyrics and messages, for the many hours you put your all into producing songs, for the times you smile even when times were rough. Truly, to me you are the art and the artist, my precious angel I wish you have an amazing day ♡