and the sequel: this movie is the worst don't mind if i do

Can people like… stop hating on Love Never Dies? I mean I understand everyone has different opinions, but you know what I say? People are supposed to have an ass, not be an ass. There is no need to spit venom everywhere, making people who actually like the sequel feel bad, tired or wrong for their taste. It’s actually not the worst one besides, if even my mom, who usually does not like non-canon sequels at all, actually enjoyed this one very much, and I enjoy I too. Well, at least Australian production (I have not had the honor to witness London production). Yes, I do understand that people mostly can’t stand how distorted the characters are. I myself hate what was done to Meg and Madame Giry, but we all should keep in mind that ten years is a long time, and people can change beyond recognition, for better or for worse.

Same about 2004 movie. I am not going to roll into the arguments that Gerard, as an unprofessional singer, completely slayed it, that to some people (me including), his raspy, untrained vocal is greatest part of the charm, or that his deformity is very accurate because it’s based on an actual disease that people live with since about the time of Phantom’s timeline (or earlier) to these days. All of that has been already very well laid out by other people, and I am not going to repeat it. It’s, after all, not the purpose of this post.

The purpose is reminding people, especially those who complain about negativity on characters, ships and movies, that by hating on Love Never Dies and 2004 movie they do the same to others. It can be physically sickening, you know, when those two productions mean so much to you.

However I just realized this post makes Phandom seem like a bunch of whiny assholes. THAT IS ABSOLLUTELY NOT TRUE. Phandom, aside this one little thing, is one of the most welcoming (if not the most welcoming) fandoms I have ever been in. Fellow Phamily, you folks rock, all of you!

Please be kind to Luke fans...
  • Star Wars fans in the 70s-90s: Think of Luke every time Star Wars is mentioned, he is the star. Go years without much merch. See crappy bendable figures set in the store in the mid 90s, buy it because it's the only Star Wars toy merch-- BUY IT IN DROVES. Watch the crappy special edition re-release in theaters and shed a tear because they're finally seeing it on the big screen.
  • Video games: Expand the universe and popular cast of characters. Some new Luke adventures!
  • EU Books: Expand the universe and popular cast of characters. Lots of Luke adventures!
  • Prequels: Expand the universe and popular cast of characters. Causes some plotholes, some people hate it to death. No Luke, except tiny baby Luke. For some reason Luke's dad shares a ton of parallels with his life. Odd.
  • Clone Wars movie and animated series: Two cartoon series' get popular, expand the universe and popular cast of characters, still no Luke.
  • Disney buys Lucasfilm and changes the canon books: A few new Luke adventures, but all the old ones are no longer canon. RIP Luke's entire family that we grew up with I guess?
  • Rebels animated series comes out: Finally we're in the right era for Luke in these cartoons, but still no Luke, he's not old enough to go on adventures yet. 3 popular animated series and we still don't have one about Luke. The original star of the franchise. Who's actor has been in voice acting for cartoons for decades... We get to see a tiny ant sized silhouette of child Luke running home for dinner in the distance.
  • The Force Awakens: A girl who seems to be living a parallel life to Luke. But we only see Luke at the very end. Luke stares into the camera for a minute. Roll credits.
  • Rogue One: For some reason, a Star Wars movie without any Jedi about stealing some plans to the death star, full of new characters we barely get to know is one of the most beloved Star Wars films and breaks lots of records. Causes some more plot holes, but no one cares. We see CGI Leia, still no Luke.
  • The Last Jedi isn't out yet but rumors go around: Luke is in it a lot, hurray! He might also die, or not have any family, he might also be some sad hermit who hides out on an island instead of helping his friends. No one is sure what to believe.
  • Luke fans of all ages: loose their minds in anticipation. They won't release the teaser trailer, we're slowly dying.
  • Jerks in the fandom: "Luke is the worst character. There are like 500 other characters we like better why do you people like Luke!"
  • Other jerks: "You want Rey to be Luke's daughter? Haha that's dumb, I sure as hell hope she's not a stupid SKYWALKER!"
  • Luke fans: "Why are you kicking us when we're down? We haven't seen Luke walk and talk on screen since 1983 PLEASE LET US HAVE THIS ONE MOVIE?"

I now get why everyone wants to pair up people from other fandoms into jaegers.

Because imagine Sam Wilson piloting his jaeger painfully back alone after losing Riley.

And he’s counseling other veterans, and he’s not going back, but – Captain America needs his help. Is there any better reason to get back in the game?

It turns out he and Steve are drift compatible, and their jaeger is adapted so Steve can use both arms while Sam uses both wings. And instead of a sword, they have a shield, rocket propelled and capable of flying itself back to them.

Natasha brings nothing to the drift. She’s piloted with Clint, once, in an emergency, and afterward he brought her into SHIELD. Even he felt distant from her mind, because there are things she never wants anyone to know. Posting her secrets to the world, at the end of the movie, is more intimate even than drifting with a stranger, because she is so good at holding things back.

Bucky has to pilot from the right, because his arm doesn’t sync quite right with a jaeger. (Maybe in a sequel, Steve and Bucky will have to drift together, to pilot a very old style of jaeger. And they were compatible in the last war, but neither of them knows if they’ll still be able to fight together. And Bucky is in the worst danger of chasing the rabbit, because even he doesn’t know what his memories hold, and Steve tries not to secretly hope that after seeing Steve’s memories, Bucky will come back for real.) 

Oh, no, I just realized – I bet Fury and Pierce used to pilot together. That’s why it never even occurs to Fury to suspect him. But Fury loses his eye and gets out of piloting, and it’s been a long time since they drifted together. And so it’s a betrayal of the highest order – and even more frightening because Fury knows how similar they really were. 

Tony and Rhodey pilot together, but part of Tony’s new tech is a jaeger that can be piloted solo, keyed so that only he or Rhodey can use it. When things get rough, though, Iron Patriot is the jaeger that War Machine and Iron Man pilot together, and they’ve defeated some of the worst kaiju as a team, with Pepper calling the shots back at base. When, in IM3, Tony gets rid of his arc reactor, he’s also giving up the possibility of ever piloting alone again.

No one has ever drifted with Bruce. The Hulk is practically a jaeger on its own, after all. But everyone knows that’s not exactly why.

Presumably Thor and Loki used to fight together, and now neither of them can pilot a jaeger, because they aren’t compatible with any humans on this world. As much as everyone in Asgard loves him, Thor still knows that he looks like one half of a whole without Loki. 

Jane is one of the top researchers around the kaiju threat. She and Darcy are drift compatible, but they prefer to be back at base, calculating and directing. When Thor takes Jane with him to Asgard, no one there can quite believe that she understands the kaiju at least as well as they do, even though she’s just a human. Thor hovers behind her, smiling proudly, as she argues the mathematics of kaiju invasion with Asgard’s best.

But I just keep coming back to Sam Wilson, his partner – one of his wings – torn from him, coming back to pilot an old-fashioned jaeger with single-pilot wings and single-pilot arms, because Captain America needs his help.