So like, aside from the Octavia stuff, this episode was cooking on all cylinders for me, and god, did it land some gut punches.
I’m gonna get the Octavia stuff out of the way first because…yeah. I’ll buy what they’re selling (she’s hit rock bottom and longing for something– anything– to make her feel again) but I’m not happy about it. Her conversation with Murderous Elf Prince was well acted but really heavy handed, and the shift from suicidal to Ready to Bone was a little bit abrupt. But I’ve struggled with her arc this season and if this means she’s turning over a new leaf and we get some forward progress…sure, okay. Also, this show’s insistence on what makes a murderer and what doesn’t is shaky at best and I wish they’d stop using that phrasing because it bugs.
The Science Island stuff really worked though, from Clarke’s lovely reunion with Abby to Emori’s delightfully in-character twist at the end. I am INCREDIBLY CONFUSED how the mansion survived the first death wave not just intact, but pristine but I guess I can chalk that up to some Becca Invention of Future-Plot-Related Convenience because the initial scenes of Murphy cooking and Clarke taking a goddamn break with a well deserved shower and almost nap were on fire. I wish we could have had Raven in there, giving Murphy increasingly unhelpful hints as he cooks just like he did for her in the flight simulator, but I do like that she was also taking a goddamn nap because literally everyone on this show deserves a nap and a cuddle.
The very convenient red shirt breaking in was puzzling, but it paved the way for Emori to steal the fucking show, so as my darling Moses in Attack the Block would say: allow it. She really tore shit up, first with that brutal fight and then with her spitting out her whole horrible history and what I really liked about it was contrasting it to Clarke, who has darkness but in a very different way. I have a lot of feelings about how Emori honed in on how Clarke was clearly loved and cherished as a child, because that is a fundamental to her characterization in a lot of ways. It sets her apart from other characters, like Murphy and Bellamy and Raven, and it’s a sort of invisible privilege that she doesn’t always recognize. (Privilege isn’t quite the right word there, because “being loved by your parents” should be a baseline human experience, but it isn’t and it’s a sort of emotional advantage that Clarke has that other characters don’t). And having Murphy be totally fucking into Emori’s ruthlessness was a delightful surprise that still felt earned and in character.
Anyway, the red shirt solution was clearly an appealing option for Clarke, but I really, really liked that Abby was still all “this is fucking terrible of us.” I appreciated the wisdom that Abby is bringing to the table there, because Clarke is just like “oh thank god this guy is worthless we can kill him nbd” and Abby’s like “…yeah, but we’re still killing him.” (Or if he lives, they’re still torturing him.) It’s an organic difference of opinion built around age and experience and I just love how it’s playing out. It’s also highlighting how Clarke is unable to see the trees because of the forest, and that indicates some interesting moments for her in the future when they inevitably turn into Mount Weather: Bone Marrow Boogaloo.
Sidenote: real glad Zach McGowan was able to pick up a paycheck for this episode. Good to see you boo, and I hope next ep we get Roan like, poking at fancy tech stuff in curiosity while Raven impatiently slaps his hand away. I also totally forgot that Miller was on the island so when Clarke said Roan was unloading the fuel “with the others” I had this great mental image of him and Luna doing it by themselves, because they’re both ripped but he’s crossfit and she’s yoga and man now I want to write a fic with them as dueling personal fitness trainers.
The Arkadia scenes worked well for me too, although the “every other character who isn’t contracted for this ep is magically elsewhere” dialogue felt a little clumsy because how fucking big is Arkadia then? But whatever, it gave Harper her own storyline that was heartbreaking and human, and well done, show.
But what I really want to talk about is Beard Dad and Bellamy having it out over a radio. First of all, I’m really glad both Ian and Bob got some solid material for their highlight reels because they both acted the shit out of those scenes with just radios to play towards. But everything was gut wrenching and in character, because Kane was parenting the shit out of everyone and nobody was having it, not even his Favorite Son Slash Trainee Dad.
People have already said it already, but thank all that is holy for a Bellamy story that did not revolve around the massacre, but who he is as a person. And who he is as a person is someone who will save the person in front of him every goddamn time, no matter the risk. But lately, he’s been fading because he keeps trying to protect people and no matter what, they’re leaving him or dying and he’s utterly powerless against the oncoming radiation. Bellamy telling those men that he wasn’t coming was agonizing to watch, and it reminded me of Bellamy finding Atom in the woods– he’s helpless and all he can do is listen to them die. He can’t even give them mercy like Clarke did for Atom. It’s a stark moment, and we feel every last bit of despair that Bellamy has been fighting for weeks.
And man, poor Kane. He was dadding Bellamy as best he could, but Kane has put his season one self so firmly in the past he forgot that not everyone has. Bellamy bringing up Kane’s role in his mother’s death complicates their relationship in a really challenging way, because so much of who Bellamy is now is because he lost her. He’s been carrying that guilt and anger around on his own for years, and you could tell it hurt him just a little to unload it on Kane, as deserved as it might be. (It’s also a very on-brand moment for the Blake Siblings, and let’s have a moment of reflection to thank the new writers who managed to nail this in one fucking episode). I am really interested to see where Bellamy is next episode, because “not wanting to be saved” is a really bleak place for him, but it’s also a place he’s been headed for this whole season and I cannot wait to see that arc come to fruition.
Next week: Bellamy and Jasper go on a very depressing looking road trip, and Jaha goes Full Cult!
Writing 101: The Ultimate World Building Answer Sheet
I know a lot of you are budding writers, and I know a lot of people put world-building up there as one of the toughest things to do.
Below the cut is an EXHAUSTIVE list of questions that, as a writer, you should be able to answer. By the end of the book, unless information is privileged for plot reasons, your readers should be able to answer a lot of this too (some stuff is more plot-specific). A big part of world-building is just making sure you are aware before you begin writing it, and you can drop hints in here and there as throwaways and descriptions.
This is not character building, so much as world-building and information you can use to build auxiliary characters that aren’t necessarily mains in your story. This list is based on sci-fi/fantasy for the most part, in non-earth worlds.
I’ve tried to arrange the list into some kind of order, but if you just sit down and write out an answer to each question, i promise you’ll find it helps you later on. You don’t need to specifically answer each question within your story, but just sitting down and writing it all out, even if you already KNOW your setting, might really help solidify your vision down the line.
Apologies to those on mobile who are subjected to the full list :)
My cat Storm’s pawbs cause he has weird feeties that are thin and more pointy unlike other cats who have soft pawbs
Uploading this as a ref cause cat pawbs are weird in general
Also cause they’re cute af
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Boys seeing their daughter going to their prom looking extravagant? How proud would he be?
He’s feeling a little overwhelmed, not only because he’s proud and happy for her but she’s moving on, growing up, and going out until late with a boy he hardly knows. He knows she’s responsible and will make good choices, but she’s still his little girl; Leo smiles and takes in a deep breath before he gives her a hug and a kiss on the head before watching her walk out the door.
He’s puffing and pouting a lot. “You look great hun, really. It’s just hard seeing you grow up so fast.” He’s proud, but eventually he relaxes and gives her a big hug before sending her through the door. He goes to hug mom because he knows she’s feeling the same.
“Be home by 10- Don’t drink!- Don’t smoke!- NO DRUGS- AND FOR THE LOVE OF GOD DRIVE SAFELY!!”
He’s more worried than he is proud. And he is proud, don’t get me wrong; it’s just that father instinct to go over those rules of what to do and what not to do. Once it’s over he calms himself and sends her out the door. “Be safe, baby girl.”
He wants pictures, he wants confetti from the dance, he wants streamers to keep as memories BECAUSE HIS LITTLE GIRL IS GOING TO HER FIRST BIG DANCE. He’s so happy for her! Being taught to dance from the one and only Michelangelo, she’s gonna have a great time no doubt; she learned quite a few dance moves growing up. He gives her so many hugs and kisses, and gets scolded from both mom and daughter that he’s messing up her makeup and hair. “Go have fun sweetheart! And please don’t do anything illegal!”
So I'm finally writing a victuuri fic, a College AU where they're holding a contest where whatever student can raise the most money for charity gets a years supply of mac and cheese and phichit sets yuuri up in a kissing booth and the line for it literally goes several blocks of the campus because everyone is in love w/ Yuuri and would definitely pay $10 to kiss him but I need a name for it? I'm so terrible at naming things and you're my favorite author in this fandom, so any suggestions?
AHHHHH THIS IS LITERALLY SO CUTE??? I love it hahaha,,, I can imagine Victor showing up and slapping down a ridiculous amount of cash and just DARING anyone else to approach the kissing booth.
Omg a name??? I say go for song lyrics haha always a safe bet!! Panic! at the Disco has gorgeous lyrics in every song ever and The 1975 has cute lyrics too!!
I love how adorably pleased with himself he is in this scene and how closely he watches her reactions. I mean, I dunno it is just adorkable to me.
Also, side note, I have started a youtube. I did it for me more than anything so I’d have a back up of videos I can use to reference when I’m writing and access from anywhere. I thought it might come in handy for others though so here is the link to the playlist. And it is going to be for Emma so mage Lavellan with Solas as LI
Right now I only have Haven and then arriving to Skyhold, but more is coming. I am trying to very clearly label everything so it is easy to find what I need and, potentially, what anyone else might want to use ;).