and then she got skills back :3

A quick sketch inspired by the book “Tides of Darkness".

Look we’re going further in their story. But I might often go back to their teens cause dkjhfd I love it when they’re just having a simple life ?? xD

INTERESTING THING OF NOTE: Lance, to Pidge’s mind, is a PRIORITY to take out first because - and here I’ll transcript, but:

“Lance’s range makes him a top priority. He’s good at teaming up and picking on engaged targets. He’s more vulnerable up close.”

Okay, so - the things that make him a good fighter to Pidge are-

1. He’s got range. Now, that’s his bayard, sure, but it also suggests that even back here, he’s considered the sharpshooter. And also, the ability to read a situation and know who and when to shoot.

2. He’s good at teaming up. That’s. Literally one of his listed skills here. It’s something Pidge sees as a dangerous skill. But it’s not something Lance sees as a skill, because it’s not obvious like the rest of them have theirs.

3. She notes that he’s also good at picking on engaged targets, which says to me that when a person does this, they know they’re not the main powerhouse. It also says that Lance knows exactly how tough it is to fight off more than one opponent, and that there’s strength in numbers. If someone’s distracted, they’re gonna be sucker punched by the person who’s waiting for an opening. 

(One wonders how he learned this was the best tactic. A friend and I have considered the possibility that he was bullied as a kid, and if this is true and also connected, then I have to feel bad for him.)

4. He’s more vulnerable up close. Which suggests that he isn’t good at melee fighting, and that maybe he needs the time to analyse a situation to be able to figure out what to do with it, which doesn’t mesh well with the way a fight is always changing when you’re in it. 

Ironically, I’d also say that a lot of this coincides with his personality - that he can see what’s going on in a group and doesn’t just focus on one or two people alone, that he’s able to team up with pretty much anyone to best advantage, and that despite all of this, he’s most vulnerable when you’re closest to him, when he can’t distance himself from things by passing anything that potentially hurts off as a joke.

Also, out of all of them aside from Shiro - who Pidge had to think about the most because of how dangerous an opponent he was - Lance gets the longest description of what his weaknesses and strengths are. The most well-rounded out, too. I can’t help wondering what would have happened if she’d not been able to disable Lance right away, but he’d had a chance to do his thing. My intuition says that it would have been a lot harder for her.

All right, first fic post of the day goes to continuing the prize for the wonderful @kwiibi! Thank you for your patience! I think parts will be coming out more frequently now.

Title: Peculiar Familiarity (Part 2)

Fandom: Miraculous Ladybug

Pairing: Marichat

Word count: 2040

Part 1 is here!

“Marinette didn’t respond right away. She was staring at him in what he could only presume was shock. It was then that he realized what he had just done.”

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“No! That’s not fair! I should not have died that time!”

Marinette looked over at Chat Noir with a smug smile. “All’s fair in Ultimate Mecha Strike 3,” she said.

“Except for that,” Chat countered, barely managing to keep a straight face.

“You’re just mad that I keep beating you.” She added another tally to her side of the scrap of paper they were using as a scoreboard of sorts. After Chat had found her walking the streets of Paris that second night, he had begun to keep more of an eye out for her, and it turned out that she snuck out of the house at odd hours of the night quite often. He had figured out the routes she would take, and had escorted her home more often than not since then. She’d complained at first, but now she didn’t seem to mind too much. Then, one night, Chat had mentioned video games during their walk to the bakery, and Marinette had insisted that he come over sometime to play. This was their third game night, and Chat hoped that it might become a regular thing.

Well, as long as she didn’t keep creaming him at Ultimate Mecha Strike 3, that is.

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Everything Rey does is plausible (MAJOR SPOILERS, BEWARE!)

Dropped off on Jakku at a young age and left in a scavenger’s camp, Rey spends the majority of her life ripping apart abandoned Imperial ships for their most valuable parts in order to eat. Basically: she spends years training herself in the complex mechanics and layouts of the Imperial fleet (whose designs and ships are, obviously, used by the First Order), and therefore, Correllian ship-making (as they’re some of the galaxy’s most prolific ship-builders, Imperial ships were of Correllian design). Her knowing the Millennium Falcon and being able to maneuver around the First Order base is not at all surprising: she’s being rooting around similar ships for years. 

That’s not even mentioning her dialogue on how the Millennium Falcon got to the junkyards of Jakku and her disagreement with the modifications made onboard–it indicates that 1) she’s been in the ship before, probably more than once 2) she’s more than familiar with its history, to the point that she’s probably been used in official capacities to examine/work on the ship 3) though slightly on the outs with the proprietor/buyer in the junkyards, she was clearly trained by a group of people who stole the Millennium Falcon.

  • Her technical skills, knowledge of ships, circuits, and all that shit is plausible. She’s spent most of her life training in it.

Remember her staff? The first time we see Rey, she’s got that staff slung across her back. When Finn arrives at the scavenger’s camp, sees two thugs about to abduct BB-8 and attacking Rey, he rushes to help. Before he can get there, Rey takes out both men with her staff. When they leave Jakku, she takes it with her. When she has a choice, she always brings that staff–even if she has a blaster. It’s an extension of herself, and a strange sort of security blanket. My guess is that she’s had to use it a lot on Jakku, as a girl, alone. But my primary point is this: her decently handling a lightsaber is not at all unexpected. She’s already had her own version of combat training with that staff.

  • Her being able to duel Kylo Ren is plausible, given that she’s spent years with that staff as her only weapon, and clearly used it often. While not exactly the same thing as a saber, there are similar principles, similar forms, and plenty of real life experience.

Combine the last two pieces of information. Rey has spent years hauling herself up the interiors of crashed ships, ripping out their parts, and lugging them around. The girl’s probably ripped.

  • Her duel with Kylo Ren is physiologically plausible, because of her own ridiculous form of strength-training known as “trying to survive Jakku and get enough food to stay alive.”

Jakku. She’s spent years there, living alone, with a discipline and work ethic like no nineteen-year-old normally has. There’s been nobody, really, to defend her and care for her. She’s had to do it all on her own, and had to grow up well before she reached adulthood–otherwise she would’ve starved to death. 

 Compare that with Kylo Ren: a boy who grew up privileged, the son of two generals, and technically royalty. Compare Rey’s attitude, ethic, and level-headedness with Kylo Ren’s temper tantrums, wild mood swings, and inability to follow through. Yes, he’s had some years of official training in the ways of the force, but he’s wildly undisciplined. He can’t focus. He has power, sure, but he’s not so great at controlling it. Think about Vader, Dooku, and Palpatine: they were shitbags, but they were shitbags who could focus and exercise a modicum of control over themselves. Kylo Ren’s greatest fear isn’t far-fetched at all: so far, he’s being a terrible excuse for a Sith Lord. 

Coming face to face with Rey–disciplined, hard-working, smart, focused, devoted, driven Rey, ready to defend Finn, coming from a background that demanded so much more–only exposes that to even greater degree. His mental state is in shambles, compared to hers. 

  • Rey being able to face off against Kylo Ren is plausible not simply because of her previous actions, but also because the life she’s lived has made her more disciplined, and focused.

Luke’s awakening in the force began with Ben teaching and coaching him, around age 18. The force began calling to Rey much earlier. And no, I’m not talking about her vision in the basement. When Kylo Ren probes Rey’s mind, he says that at night she imagines an ocean, and an island. ALL RIGHT FOLKS, WHERE DID WE FIND LUKE AT THE END? THAT’S RIGHT. AN ISLAND IN THE MIDDLE OF AN OCEAN. Coincidence? I think not. 

Some people are also assuming that when Rey says, “I just knew how to do it, somehow,” in reference to certain gut-instinct aerial moves in the Falcon, it was the force sharpening her perceptions and helping her. It makes sense–if the force has been influencing her dreams and imagination for years, it’s probably been waiting for any moment it could bleed through more actively into her life. The force has been waiting for a long time, and it’s no friggin coincidence that Maz Kanata has Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber and that’s where Han Solo takes them. 

After the vision in the basement, Maz Kanata is able to give Rey a brief moment of instruction–that Obi-Wan “shit’s about to go down get ready kid” kind of moment. Rey rejects it at first, freaked out, most likely because of y’know, reliving the most painful moment of her life and seeing a field littered with dead bodies as Mr. Scary Mask stands above her, but it’s ultimately what saves her. She’s spent her entire life blocking out the call of the outside world–force included. Letting go of what she was ushers in everything she’s been holding back. Considering that the Jedi Order, in its heyday, used to begin training force-sensitive individuals when they were children, it’s not crazy to assume that this has been building since she was a child, and has been fairly repressed and blocked since being placed on Jakku.

Now, let’s skip on back to Kylo Ren’s interrogation. Luke never had this moment. He never had a Jedi or Sith do an intrusive mind probe. What the hell kind of affect must that have on a force sensitive person, who’s had these abilities, never truly explored them, but reacts on instinct? I feel like it’s the equivalent of taking a can of soda, and shaking it until it explodes. 

In the woods, as they duel, Kylo inadvertently reminds her of what wise-as-shit Maz Kanata said: let it in. She intentionally drops the barriers. Not simply to escape. Not as a small thing. Rey focuses on the force as a guide, and not a trick, and HEY HEY SHIT HAPPENS. And the aforementioned “shit” is not just the force, but the force building off of everything she’s ever gone through.

  • Rey’s force abilities are not just suddenly there; they’re awakened. Forcibly. (Pun!) and HENCE THE TITLE OF THE MOVIE! It’s plausible. Just as plausible as Luke making that one-in-a-million shot. He practiced shooting womp rats in Beggar’s Canyon, and it was the force, added on to that experience, that helped him “destroy” the Death Star in A New Hope. Rey’s life has been much more difficult than Luke’s thus far. She hasn’t even had the leisure of avoiding a direction confrontation with a Sith–she was thrust into a force-ridden fight a helluva lot quicker. Who knows what Luke would’ve done in her shoes, had he had to go through the same things she did.

By the way, this is what happens when I, a nerd, go on the internet, and see people being stupid. This is also what happens when I have a lot of feelings about fictional characters. 

• Imagine: GOC’s mole • Part 4: Meeting the Joker (2)

You are sent by the Organized Crime Syndicates of Gotham City to seduce the Joker.They never really know if he is on their side or not, he is too unpredictable and work for himself only. That’s why they decided to hire you as a sort of spy for them, you’d make him just a bit vulnerable, you’d be his weakness.

Warning: NSFW, smutty scene (so please read until the end ;)

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As soon as Maize got back, she started on upgrading the rocket. It was about 3 am and she knew Niko probably heard the rocket take off and come back. 


Progress(5/02/17):

  • Master rocket science and handiness skill - H: 10 RS: 9
  • Must complete 10 wood sculptures as a teen - Done.
  • Must build a rocket ship and visit Sixam
  • Enter the secret lot in Oasis Springs - Done.

anonymous asked:

If it's an oc kind of day please tell us more about Adam!!!

this is adam trent!!!

adam served like 3 years in the military where he got his facial scar before he separated from them. his family lived within the lancasters’ government and they were on good terms. so when adam came back home, the lancasters employed him as an attendant of sorts because they knew he was a) a trustworthy person and b) because he was a soldier. his skills are valuable.

adam comes from a large family, but he and his dad don’t get along, so he doesn’t see them often. one of the lancaster daughters was probably betrothed to him, but she ran off and eloped with another lesser noble and adam was ok w/ it. he’s not looking for marriage anyway.

he’s kind of goofy when he’s friends with you, but he’s also very wary of anyone outside of richard’s obvious circle of trust. which is why he doesn’t like nessa at first. especially since richard requests adam to keep close to oliver. richard worries a lot about oliver lol.

My shop, my rules - part 8 (A Kyungsoo & Noona Series)

The group shoot was interesting to say the least. Having so many clumsy cooks together in one kitchen, bickering back and forth, joking, throwing shit, so much laughing. Haerim tried to stay sane and helpful as much as she could. The first drama was when groups were picked and the two team captains, Jongdae and Suho argued back and forth about which group got Kyungsoo. They were right with their concerns. His skill would put his team at a huge advantage and basically whatever team he was in at this point would win. So a compromise was made and it was decided that Kyungsoo would oversee both teams, lending a hand where needed and in the end he would help with judging.

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10 Myths about Delphine Cormier Fans

Originally posted by themomentofhappiness

Inspired by this post, and the conversation that is starting to bubble up again as we approach the season 4 premiere. I think it’s easy to lose sight of the truth that your own experience is yours, and not that of others - easy to insist that others view things the way you do, to insist they experience a show the way you do… without recognizing that they are not you. In the last year, there have been many posts that have explained why Delphine fans feel the way they do. There are many angles, there are many reasons, there are many thoughts and discussions and debates. And I feel that those pieces are too often forgotten when there is a fresh commentary on Delphine fans and the way they engage with Orphan Black.

In short, Delphine fans have reasons to be mad. They have reasons to feel betrayed. They have reasons outside of Delphine to dislike the plots of Orphan Black. There’s a lot of effort to reduce everything to just “oh, you’re just dumb shippers who can’t appreciate a good show!”. Hmm, nope. Not the case at all.

I can only speak for myself, and for what I have seen from Delphine fans, and for what I have experienced myself. This is what I think, as a Delphine fan. This is why I am disappointed with Orphan Black. This is why I don’t really care to watch the show anymore. And I hope it explains some things to people who just want to dismiss critical thought and the desire to have discussions and dissect issues with media and art like “Ugh, can’t you just enjoy what you HAVE?” Hmm. Pick an issue on Tumblr, ANY one, and try that line. I dare you.

So, without further ado… some busting of the myths about Delphine fans.

1. DELPHINE IS THE ONLY THING THEY CARE ABOUT WHEN IT COMES TO ORPHAN BLACK.

Nope. But in a lot of cases, she became the only thing that was left to care about, or that fans cared about the most by the end of season 3.

This will get broken down a lot further as you make your way through this post, but for me, in watching season 3, week by week there was this general sinking feeling. I kept asking myself:

  • Why are we wasting time on this plot?
  • I don’t care about these characters?
  • Why aren’t we addressing so and so from last season?
  • Why is this character behaving this way?
  • Why are they retconning this?
  • How does this make any sense with this other plot?
  • I thought these characters already resolved this issue?

I could not understand where the plot was going. I could not understand why, instead of developing the solid core of the last two seasons, we were going off into distant plot threads where characters seemed to ignore their development from past seasons, seemed to ignore important plot points from past seasons, seemed to act in ways that were out-of-character specifically so that the plot would “work”… but week after week I watched, hoping it would right itself.

The sinking feeling got so intense that even by the time Delphine’s final scenes and the Cophine scene in episode 3x10 came around, my brain was screaming that so much plot damage had been done that they’d need a whole other season to just heal the relationship Cosima/Delphine were supposed to have - you know, having been lovers and stuff who supposedly would have had the skill to communicate with each other - and just get them back to that original baseline. Not even develop any further. Not even get to the longed-for peak of a ship where they get to be happy for a little bit.

Delphine, whose transformation into Topside/Dyad/CloneClub boss bitch agent I thought I would hate, I ended up loving. I got to see Delphine work outside the Cophine relationship, I got to see the darker parts of her, her motivations, her power as a character on her own. And Evelyne’s performance was stellar. She truly played season 3’s Delphine with maximal skill and understanding and nuance.

Isn’t there anything you like about OB other than Delphine, you may ask? Of course! There are a lot of things. So many of the characters. The sci-fi. Neolution. The broader conspiracy. The why. But so many of these things for me fell flat in the third season. I wanted to be excited about Neolution. That moment when Nealon revealed the power of Neolution, in that montage side by side with Sarah about to hand the genome over to a Neolution agent - that was really compelling. That was great television. What the fuck were we doing all season before that? Dicking around, filling up time? Assassinating characters? Ignoring major plot points? Creating new plot holes? Retconning?

The entire season left a sour taste. I clung to Delphine, the one plot that continued to compel me. As an individual watching a show or engaging in a fandom, I’m allowed to have certain parts of a work of art speak to me. I’m allowed to have an interpretation, to have feelings that don’t line up with others’ feelings. I may not agree with the writers. I may not agree with other fans. But what I do know is, as we closed season 3, Delphine’s plot was one of the few things I cared about, and that I didn’t trust the writers with one bit.

2. THEY HAVE NO REASON TO DISTRUST THE SHOWRUNNERS.

When you trust someone to cultivate and care for the wonderful world they have established in the first season of their show, and they fail to do that, you begin to doubt your trust in them.

But this is really a very generic example. Because the distrust of the showrunners as it relates to Delphine specifically goes a lot deeper than this.

There have been all kinds of posts on tumblr in the last year where we’ve seen some of the more disappointing commentary from showrunners and even some cast members about their own fans, and their own fans’ engagement with the art that they create.

When I saw Graeme go in on Cophine shippers on Twitter, I was really turned off. When Jordan said keeping Cophine going was exploiting their sexuality, my jaw dropped. When John said he was so in love with this wonderful new smut ship he had created for Cosima, I could only shake my head. Of course you would… like to see two of your manic pixie dream girls naked in bed together for no significant plot-related reason. I’d rather see a ship I’m invested in have their intimacy and love displayed on-screen, but maybe that’s a “female” thing. I honestly don’t know. It’s certainly a “me” thing.

So here is a list I will come back to later on, but is just some of the things that really eroded the trust some of the fans had in the writers:

  • Showrunners have been setting Cophine up as the main love story for two seasons (and even into the third season).
  • Showrunners teased Cophine’s epicness with Cosima’s near-death experience.
  • Showrunners said that Cophine was even more of a thing by the end of the 3rd season.
  • Showrunners have been teasing Delphine’s fate since they shot her.
  • Showrunners have turned around and become trolls talking about the slow burn of Shay/Cosima and how much they love Shay/Cosima.
  • Showrunners have dismissed Cophine shippers.
  • Showrunners wrote a shitty third season that undermined what they teased to an extremely loyal Delphine/Cophine fanbase that far outstrips the fanart, fanfiction, and spec output of any other portion of the OB fandom. This made us feel used and strung along, and now they are stringing us along again.
  • Showrunners blamed Evelyne’s schedule as a reason to kill her and make room for their badly written “drama”.
  • Showrunners drop their own plots and plot threads and introduce new elements merely for drama.
  • Showrunners refuse to develop and address their characters and their psychologies, instead using them as 2-dimensional pawns to the plot which just leads to character assassination.

I do not trust, for one second, that I can be satisfied with what they write from here on out, and these are just some of the reasons why. I no longer place my faith in their hands. I have seen many fanfic writers and OBSpec take a lot more time and care with the plots and characters that the showrunners developed, than the showrunners themselves did. I long for quality and a satisfying story, not just for Delphine, not just for Cophine, but the entire show. There was a time when I was watching OB for the entire show, just like everyone else. But now, why would I finish a book that’s gone so far off the rails? Why would I torture myself, so the writers could redeem themselves? There are many other stories of redemption that deserve my time and patience more than writers who throw their own plots in the blender.

I’ve seen arguments where people say “well, it’s their show… they can do whatever they want”. You’re right… they can choose to produce pure shit. And I, as a critical viewer, can choose not to watch, because I don’t like to waste my time watching pure shit. Seems kind of logical, right?

3. THEY HATE SHAY BECAUSE SHE MESSES UP COPHINE.

Nope. This is a very simplistic view that tries to make what is essentially an issue with the plot and writing into a “frivolous” (thanks, Graeme!) issue about ship wars.

If you spent some time around Cophine shippers post season 2 and on the approach to season 3, you would see that although they were upset about the way Cophine ended in season 2, it was clear that they were being set up as the major love story on the show. The plot dictated this.

Cosima had just come back from the brink of death. Delphine had just threatened Rachel that things would get personal if Cosima died. The creators characterized Cophine as the central love story of the plot, and we were gearing up for a season where we believed we would see the characters on their own paths, playing the game in their own ways, until they could be reunited. This was the payoff many of us were hoping for - out came the spec, the fics (sooooo much fic, so many excited fans), the general hopefulness that not only the Cophine plot but other paused plots (Neolution, DNA patents, the legal implications of cloning) would come back to the fore to be developed.

Sometime in that hiatus, the news dropped that Ksenia Solo would be joining the show, and that her character Shay was “destined to become a friend to Cosima”, who we were all lead to believe was about to go on this great spirituality vs. science arc in the third season. We also saw comments that we’d really see Felix and Cosima grow a greater bond. It all seemed so magical! That another favourite Canadian actress (and I had been a fan of Ksenia since her wee days on Renegade Press) was going to join the show, that Orphan Black was going to explore the waters of philosophy, that Felix was going to be used as something more than sassy gay comic relief…

Boy, were we ever wrong. Somewhere in there, fans started to become wary of what the new Shay plot would actually be. There was news that male clones were being introduced. News that Allison would be a drug pusher.

Then the season actually happened, and instead of focusing on the main characters and the main plot, we got all kinds of side plots that were, in my humble opinion, boring and pointless. They did nothing to drive the plot forward. They took away from screen time that should have been spent developing the plots that had already been laid. This disappointed a lot of people who had waited months and months to see how writers would develop the arcs they had already set up. We were all very invested in the show, in the fandom. We have spent hours and hours building this up in our minds, in our discussions - looking forward to seeing it grow and develop.

So when fans at first could not understand that a) Delphine was suddenly back and b) she was breaking up with Cosima, they soon clung to Delphiine’s plotline because it was the only one that could potentially keep the plot grounded in the arcs of yesteryear and act as a foil to the absolutely irresponsible way Cosima was acting. Neolution, Topside, Dyad - Delphine had literally become the only mouthpiece to ground those plots and keep them moving in the show (while we wasted so much screentime on Castor, Alison’s drugs and school trustee plot, a plot where Helena chooses to distrust Sarah AGAIN even though we solved that last season), and at the same time, Evelyne Brochu was giving the performance of her fucking life on this darker, layered Delphine. Here were moments that for us, we were actually entertained, enthralled - by the end of the season, I had checked out of most of the plots because what might to the writers have appeared to be “tight, fast-paced writing filled with tantalizing drama” was really just a bunch of plots that went nowhere. We spent an entire season in limbo - ignoring Helena’s canister of stem cells, Cosima’s cure research… I almost can’t even remember what happened otherwise, I was that bored.

So when Shay appeared as yet another messy plot thread and immediately, Cosima was in her bed the next episode, and in her bed again, and at her apartment, and in her apartment again… it was like, wow. I guess Cosima actually isn’t anything more than her sexuality? Why am I watching two characters having tender, intimate post-coital moments that I am not invested in AT ALL? Why isn’t Cosima coughing blood everywhere? Why does her hemorrhaging in the bath tub go… absolutely nowhere?

This may be hard to believe, but I think a lot of Delphine/Cophine fans were open to the idea of Cosima dating someone else for a while, had it been handled better. Had there been development. Had there been plot. Had we gotten to know Shay a little better (in what John Fawcett calls… a slow burn on this character/this relationship! HAHA!), had her role in the plot made any sense at all instead of her being a “scratching post” that was really a “scratching post for Cosima to let out all her anger about Delphine”, then perhaps it would have been received better.

Instead, as Cosima was still openly harbouring love for Delphine, still having intense emotional moments with her, she was back at Shay’s the next day. What? What is this plot? What is Cosima doing, other than using this person? Dragging her to Dyad as a “fuck you” to Delphine - what other reason did Shay have to be there? And then to use her as a way to progress this storyline of “yes yesssss the hot dark bisexual femme fatale character of COURSE would have tried to slit her wrists in the past” and for Delphine’s forced martyrdom and blessing - “be good to her”.

It was overall just one giant trainwreck of a plot. Take the shipping out of it. It’s about plot, character development, and staying true to the writing that the writers set up themselves in the last two seasons. They have said they have had an overall plot all along. I must call bullshit on this, and the retcon and non-sensical character behaviour is only one part of it.

4. THEY IGNORE ALL THE SHADY THINGS DELPHINE HAS DONE.

Hmm, nope. I’m one of the Delphine fans who actually didn’t like Delphine until I had gotten through the second season. I was a staunch Cosima fan, and in my brain I could not understand why anyone would support the relationship when Delphine’s allegiance seemed so uncertain.

Yes, I started there.

I think you’ll find a lot of people who eventually gravitated toward Delphine started as Cosima fans, with Cosima being their favourite part of a show that was exciting and female-centric in the sci-fi sphere. How could anyone support the trojan horse that was Delphine Cormier?

What Delphine fans came to understand was the humanity of the situation, and I believe that’s something people look for when they engage with and critique art. I found that I could relate to Delphine’s choices, I began to understand that there was more to the character than I had previously thought, and a large part of that was the performance Evelyne Brochu put in. Like the other characters, Delphine had to juggle playing the game while trying to protect those things most important to her - in this case, Cosima, and her continued ability to help the clones from the inside. Her actions in season 1 began to appear in a different light, and fill themselves in with new meaning and complexity.

When people rant about her sleeping with Cosima, I can only think… Paul sleeping with Beth, Sarah sleeping with Paul, Donnie sleeping with Allison, Rachel sleeping with Paul. In all of these situations, the only one who dropped the act and declared their feelings and allegiance was Delphine. She found herself caught between pragmatism and her true feelings - she was, in effect, a grey character, who was forced to see the world in grey. Cosima, in contrast, was more black and white - you are either all good or you are evil, and to prove you are either of these things, you have to act in a specific way. This brought conflict and a lot of interesting nuance to their relationship.

When Delphine treated Cosima with Kira’s stem cells in season 2, even though Cosima was against it? If I had the opportunity to use discarded baby teeth to treat my stubborn, terminally-ill loved one who was actively also seeking treatment, and I didn’t know they were from a source that loved one blacklisted until after the treatment had begun to work - until after I had seen that my loved one could live, could recover from an illness that was robbing her of her life - I would have reacted exactly like Delphine. And perhaps that’s the grind. You can either sympathize with her choices, or you can’t. In a miraculous moment of clarity, John Fawcett was aware of the struggle these characters faced, and acknowledged that there was love at the centre of it all:

And that’s why her behaviour for me has added to the depth of her character. I’ll admit, a lot of my love for Delphine comes from the fan community - their spec, their analysis, their critical viewing of Orphan Black. My perspective is shaped by my own life experience, what I can relate to, what I think the plot is trying to say, what I think the characters are trying to say. It is interpretation, it is engaging with the art.

On a show where 100% of the characters are shady - unless we are going to punish all of them, it seems rather like we are picking and choosing for the sake of maintaining our arguments if we only punish one. 

5. THEY BELIEVE THE PLOT SHOULD SERVICE THEM AND THEIR SHIP.

Nope. We believe the plot should maintain its integrity and follow an organic development based on what has come before it. Too much of what happens in this plot is for drama and shock value. It’s OK to chill and develop and work with what you have set up - it’s a hell of a lot more satisfying that way. Instead, season 3 introduced a bunch of new characters and plot threads that took away from developing things that were already set up. It was boring storytelling that for me shows an obvious lack of an overall direction and arc. There were “new” moments in season 3 that I did enjoy and for me had more significance - Krystal’s conversation with Felix, for example. But really, by the end of season 3? I barely cared if Cophine happened, the plot and characters had already been so severely damaged. I was just hanging around waiting for Evelyne Brochu, since nothing else appeared to elicit any emotion from me after such a messy season.

6. THEY DON’T UNDERSTAND THAT CHARACTERS GET TREATED THE SAME REGARDLESS OF THEIR SEXUALITY ON THIS FANTASTICALLY FORWARD-THINKING LGBT+ AND ALL OTHER SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUES SHOW.

Do you mean they get treated the same with the same tired TV tropes and archetypes? Sure, I agree there.

But just having an LGBT character, a POC, a person with a different body image, visible within your plot… does not mean you are doing them a service. We have:

  • Felix the 2-dimensional sassy gay prostitute
  • Helena the adorable killer whose long life of abuse we conveniently ignore
  • Donnie Chubbs and Sarah Stubbs, the hilarious jokey fat people
  • Tony the novelty trans clone
  • Delphine the untrustworthy, violent bisexual

I’m not saying these characters can’t be written as they are, or that they don’t serve other purposes within the plot, but to sit there and NOT recognize the ways in which these archetypes are problematic and just have to blindly sit there and accept media without criticism? Without thought? No, thanks! We’re here discussing things on TUMBLR of all places.

7. THEY DON’T GET THAT EVELYNE IS SUPER BUSY.

Oh trust me, we get it.

Evelyne Brochu is a talented queen and should get all the roles. Her star is rising and we’re all really excited to follow her into other projects. I think you’ll find a lot of us already have.

Does a star being really busy justify a completely disastrous plot in which things like: a couple in a relationship doesn’t communicate at all, Cosima goes to new lows as a character, the clones trust and then for no reason distrust Delphine, Delphine dies, happens?

Sorry, no.

8. THEY MAKE THE SHOW ALL ABOUT DELPHINE WHEN IT’S REALLY TATIANA MASLANY’S SHOW.

A lot of people who watch Orphan Black have stuck with it because Tatiana’s performance is so riveting, so virtuosic. She is truly an exciting performer to watch, to marvel at, and she is 100% why I began watching and why I stuck with the show even when I felt season 2 started to lag a little in plot quality. I am so happy for her success, and that OB has been the platform for her to really exhibit her acting chops to the world. She is a truly remarkable performer and at the core of this show.

Where I look at a show like Dollhouse, where the plot tried to carry forward an actress who was much weaker at creating new, separate characters, I look at Orphan Black as an acting prodigy carrying forward writing/plots that are too weak to stand on their own. Her acting truly made this show, and I don’t think it would have been as successful with any other actress at the helm.

Does that mean we can’t like any of the other characters or actors? Absolutely not.

Does that mean we can’t dislike some of the plots that Tat’s characters are involved in? Absolutely not.

For me, it really came to a point where Delphine’s plot was the only one that interested me, because everything else had ceased to keep me entertained. Repeating scenarios, inter-character drama that shouldn’t have existed, plots that had nothing to do with the main clone story and just took away from it…

Tatiana Maslany is a brilliant actress who has made the most of the plots she has been given - she has truly gone above and beyond them, she has transcended the writing of this show. She is a true ally to the LGBT community and a true gift to acting. I will watch everything she does from here on out, she is that incredible. But do the clones, as they are written and as their plots are written, continue to enthral me and make me want to keep watching? In a lot of cases, no. And that’s not Tatiana.

That’s the writing.

9. WHAT THEY EXPERIENCED ISN’T AS BAD AS WHAT LEXA/CLEXA FANS EXPERIENCED.

I’m sorry… what?

Why are we comparing this at all, instead of understanding that we all have different experiences that affect our reactions to media, and that when you yourself experience pain, you should have hopefully developed some compassion and empathy when others go through their own pain?

What happened with Clexa shippers and their revolt, though I am not involved at all, is allowed to happen. People are allowed to react. Likewise, people are allowed to react to Delphine and Cophine. Clexa is a larger, and therefor louder, fandom. But bear with me for a second as I try to explain where OB went wrong by introducing part of this list again:

  • Showrunners have been setting Cophine up as the main love story for two seasons (and even into the third season).
  • Showrunners teased Cophine’s epicness with Cosima’s near-death experience.
  • Showrunners said that Cophine was even more of a thing by the end of the 3rd season.
  • Showrunners have been teasing Delphine’s fate since they shot her.
  • Showrunners have turned around and become trolls talking about the slow burn of Shay/Cosima and how much they love Shay/Cosima.
  • Showrunners have dismissed Cophine shippers.
  • Jodran Gavaris said there was nothing left to write for this couple, that keeping them going was exploiting their sexuality (… !!!)
  • Showrunners wrote a shitty third season that undermined what they teased to an extremely loyal Delphine/Cophine fanbase that far outstrips the fanart, fanfiction, and spec output of any other portion of the OB fandom. This made them feel used and strung along, and now they are stringing us along again.

We have a reason to be upset. We have a reason to be angry. Comparisons with other shows and other fandoms have no place in this, and honestly, a lot of the people who are angry belong to both fandoms.

10. THEY’RE A BUNCH OF IMMATURE, TEENAGE SHIPPERS WHO DON’T KNOW HOW TO APPRECIATE “THE ART” OF A SMART SHOW LIKE ORPHAN BLACK.

Mmhmm. I’m 28 years old and have been through many ships and fandoms in the last 15 years. Try again. There is a very diverse range of ages and life experience in this fandom. I am so thankful that we have a lot of respectful, intelligent, critical people who don’t just accept what’s on the tube as amazing and awesome. We can appreciate what we are given, but we can also critique where things have fallen short. If there is no dialogue, no engagement, no thought to compliment our geeking out, our excitement, our love for something…. well. That’s rather problematic, don’t you think? It’s important to see the good, and the bad. To be critical.

Originally posted by rhaego

Mid-Season Ru-View: The Top 7 and the Odds against them

Bob the Drag Queen: Our resident Snatch Game winner, and the first girl to get two wins. Let’s face it, Bob is golden at this point. Now darling, don’t fuck it up. Seriously, as long as she doesn’t self-destruct she’ll take the show
Odds of winning: 90%

Kim Chi: First winner, but her momentum is slowing. Kim needs to step it up, and the makeover challenge next week could give her a boost. Even if doesn’t win, she’ll be safe in time for the sewing challenge where, no questions asked, she will slay.  A lock for top 3. 
Odds of winning: 80%

Chi Chi Devayne: She’s got a win on her side and a story arc too. She’s likable enough that even if she’s in the bottom two more times, she could still pull it together. She’s the Adore-type personality this season, she could still win America’s hearts (that and her lipsynching skills make her pretty safe)
Odds of winning: 70%

Thorgy Thor: Miss Congeniality for sure, if she doesn’t crack top 4. The world loves her and she loves them back. Would be great if she won a challenge though. There’s still hope that she could pull an Alaska and get in a couple wins in the nick of time, but it’s not looking likely. 
Odds of winning: 60%

Naomi Smalls: Like Thorgy, she’s got 0 wins. Unlike Thorgy, she has no storyline or charisma. A win next week will help her, but she MUST step it up to remain in play. Possible top 4 but she’ll need to dazzle to get top 3, much less win.
Odds of winning: 50% 

Robbie Turner: Robbie, Robbie, Robbie. A Seattle Queen with the worst Snatch Game on record; she’s going to be eating a lot of crow from here on out. I don’t see her doing well in the makeover challenge and her sewing skills seem underwhelming. Pending another crowd challenge, pack it in
Odds of winning: 40%

Derrick Barry: Congrats! You did a solid Britney. Now you can go home. No really, I have literally no idea what else you have to offer. A win would help, but she hasn’t given enough to be a compelling champion.
Odds of winning: 30% 

As you know, I had the chance to go to the OTH FanMeet in Milan this weekend. I wrote to you about it informing you that Hilarie was one of the guests. Sadly, due to work commitments, she couldn’t come. I can’t even begin to tell you how sad I was about it.

But still, it was an opportunity to meet part of the cast of the show that I’ve followed since the begin. I grew up with OTH. When the core 5 where in high school, I was in high school.

Despite the sadness of not be able to meet Hilarie, I was still excited to meet Joy, Tyler, Paul and Antwon.

First I want to say to the people who send me stuff for the scrapbook to worry not. The girls of KLZ (they organized the event) were very sweet and I gave the book to them and they will send it to her manager. They have my e-mail, so they will write to me when they send everything.

These girls are wonderful btw. Super nice and very well organized. If you ever got a chance to attend a convention or a fan meet with them, you won’t be disappointed.

Now to the guest! They are ALL sweethearts. I promise I’m not exaggerating. They were so lovely, so down to heart, so thankful and so humble. It’s hard to even say which one was my favourite because they’re truly amazing.

I wanna start from Joy. First, she’s b e a u t i f u l. In person even more. Second, she is so sweet. During one of her panels she made fans come to the stage with her while they were asking questions and she gave them hugs. I had an autograph with her and I managed to say something (as you can imagine I was excited/nervous at the same time). I said “You’re great. Your performance in s9 was amazing”, she was so grateful and she said “thank you” and she added “I love your fish-tail braid”. I also thanked her for coming.

What I loved the most about Joy is that she gives you her complete attention. When it’s your turn, she hears everything you want to tell her, and when she thanks you for your words, you can see how much grateful she feels. Her smile is amazing.

She’s a fan of Game of Thrones, her favourite character is Cersei. During the autographs, one of my friends told her she loves Cersei, too, and that Joy should be on GoT, she was so enthusiastic about it. She said to my friend “You have to start a petition about it!”. She also loves Mad Men.

I loved hearing her answers to every question. She even sang a part of “Feel This” with 2 fans (she has such a beautiful song!). She’s such an interesting person. She told us that during the last scene she shot (it was the one with Jamie on the rooftop), on the last take she sang a song that came through her mind (it’s a song about hello/goodbye), and she sang it for us - I actually teared up during her speech and while she sang.

With Tyler I had a photo op and the meeting room. He’s sweet, hilarious and you can sense his “being a musician” in everything he says/does. During the photo he was so sweet, he asked my name and when I asked if we could hug he was like “sure!!”, I also told him it was so nice to meet him. During his panel today he sang for us 5 of his songs (the ones we asked him to sing - When The Stars Go Blue, Loaded Gun, You’ll Ask for Me, Missing You, How Love Should Be - if there was time he would have sung even more songs). He didn’t stay on the stage, he went down to the audience and he wanted us to come closer while he played. Of course, he has a wonderful voice, we all could have listened to him the whole day. During the meeting room he was really up for conversation. He answered all our questions (granted we were all nervous ans shy xD). He told us some anecdotes like for example, that when they were shooting 3x07, in particular the scene where Chris was in bed with Brooke and Lucas comes in, Chad and Sophia were gong through divorce so Chad was living with him, but he’s friends with both of them… so during the takes it was really awkward for him and he was like “so what’s up?”, and then he said that in s9 the actress who played Chris’s “girlfriend” Tara (Chelsea Kane) is the real life girlfriend of Stephen Colletti, and he and Stephen are buddies so it was kind of weird and then he asked us “I don’t even remember why we broke up in s9” and we were like “because she was also sleeping with Chase” and he was like “Schwahn is so twisted, he always puts me in embarassing situations” xD

I managed to tell him that I’ve always loved Chris Keller, even in s2 and he was so surprised (at his panel he said “I know that in s2 everybody hated Chris, but then I’m so glad I came back for s9 and he could kind of redeem himself) - btw I wasn’t the only girl who said that during the meeting room, high five to the other Chris Keller lover. Anyway, I continued saying that I liked him because he was the troublemaker, but also because he was a complex character and I liked that he pushed Haley to follow her dreams (believe me I was so nervous, I wasn’t even sure I was telling something with sense xD) and Tyler listened to me for the whole time and he added that he liked that Chris was true to himself, that he didn’t say things in a nice way or anything, but he always stuck with what he truly believed in.

BTW, he’s super tall (and of course hot!), and he was just so grateful to be there and he wants to come back. The thing he loves the most about working on OTH is that he made friends for life. He knows that even if they have different projects now, he’s always so glad to see them again. He said nice things about everyone in the cast. He said they were all so welcome when he came into the show at 19 during s2.

Paul is hilarious and so sweet. He’s the opposite of Dan Scott. He gave many hugs during his panels and he made a lot of selfies with fans. He even showed us a photo of his son dressed like a mountain for Halloween. He walked through the audience and he jokes a lot. We could never stop laughing during his panels. But he’s also smart and very opinionated. It was interesting earing his view on things.

You can tell how much he enjoyed playing Dan from everything he says. It’s really the role of a life. He loved his whole journey, particularly in the last season.

Another thing you have to know about Paul: he’s in love with Joy. He always talks about her, he gaves her so many compliments. He also joked around (I’m not so sure it was a  joke xD) he would have loved to have Dan and Haley together xD or to start a show/movie in which he and Joy are a couple. During his panel he talked about the scene where Dan kisses Haley in the 40s and she slaps him. He said at the end of the shooting his face was super red, lol.

Antwon is exactly like Skills. He said that and it’s actually true. It was so obvious how grateful he was to be there. At the end of his first panel he thanked us for having him there and for supporting the show for so many years and for all the love all the cast always receive from us. If he had to choose a word to describe this weekend he would say "Love”.

He really loved when Skills and Deb were together - he had a thing for Barbara.

He also told us that he had a crazy fan experience - he had a stalker. Believe me, the whole thing was truly creepy… this girl followed him everywhere and she was  like “You’re mine”. She even knew things about his house… super creepy. (From this story I wondered if Mark took inspiration for psycho Derek…)

Some facts:

  • Someone asked Joy if she was team Leyton or team Brucas. She said “Team Leyton” - welcome to the family Joy!!!
  • She would have loved to have more scene with Tyler. He said Joy is his female version and he is the male version of her.
  • Paul, Joy and Tyler talked about the scene in 9x03 where Chris Keller screams. Paul was directing that episode and he loved hearing Tyler’s screams. Joy couldn’t stop laughing while shooting that scene so they had to shoot it many times. Tyler screamed for us xD it was hilarious just like the first time I saw the scene. Tyler added that for him it wasn’t that hilarious when they told him he had to shoot a scene where there was actual fire.
  • They asked Joy to say “Always and Forever” and she and James had a lot of fun when they shot the scene in 5x12 where it’s raining in the house.
  • Paul said in Italian “You can’t kill Dan Scott!”, it was hilarious.
  • Barbara surprised Antwon in the swimming pool scene in season 6, because she was actually topless and he didn’t expected it. He was like totally prepared before the scene, and after finding out about it, let’s just say he liked it, lol.
  • Antwon also talked about the dance scene with James and Lee in 4x12. At first they had very tight boxers and he wasn’t totally comfortable with it because he said “my junk was going everywhere” but the costum designer was like “don’t worry about it”. Until the shot the scene with Chad, Hil and Joy in the first row and he imitated Chad’s face (it was hilarious) and then he said “Hilarie came to me and she said ‘bro, your junk was all over the place’; Hilarie is my sis, she’s got my back”, so they put the basketball shorts. He also said that he, James and Lee can’t dance, so they had to practise a lot for that scene.
  • Tyler said that his first scene was with Hilarie, and she was truly great to work with, she put him at ease. Chad and Sophia invited him at their house/houses all the time.
  • Antwon wanted to made out with Brooke, and he wanted Skills to date one of the 3 main girls - he even suggested this idea to Mark around season 5.
  • Someone asked Tyler who Chris Keller would choose between Brooke/Peyton/Haley, and who would he choose as Tyler. For Chris he said Haley. For himself he said “these girls are all married” - Paul and Antwon were like “whatever, man” - so he said that now he’s super in love with his girlfriend (and it was so obvious from everything he said about her), but when he first came into the show he would have probably chosen Hilarie. Paul of course would choose Joy. Antwon Brooke or Deb.
  • They all said nice things about Sophia. Paul said she’s very driven and super professional. Antwon said how Brooke’s character was a necessary addition to the show.
  • Joy told us about her audition, that was with Chad. They had a very natural chemistry from the very start. Before the production called her to say that she would have been Haley, Chad said to her that he was sure she had got the part.
  • Paul said he loved Peyton’s character and of course he loves Hilarie and he would have liked for her to stay on the show or at least to come back for the final season.

It was such an amazing weekend. I truly enjoyed this fanmeet. It made me all nostalgic, and it made me love these actors even more.

I was there with two of my dearest friends. But I also met some other girls. It was just so nice to talk with other people that love this show.

I’m sure I’m forgetting many things. They answered so many questions! But if you go on twitter, in particular, I’m sure you will read something I don’t remember at the moment :)

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The Essence Of Cassandra Cain

Again. Again! Batgirl v1-07 2000-10
Cass looses her special body reading skill because a meta-human hot-wired her brain so she could speak. Despite this Cassie kept training and sparing so she could regain Batman’s confidence. This page is so intense!
WHAM
Again.
WHAM
Again!
[Batman gapes at her]
Scott again hits a home run. The look of determination on Cassandra’s face once her nose is bloodied is fantastic. And Batman’s reaction is right on.

Bruce Can’t Hit Cass Batgirl v1-09 2000-12
And then she’s got her body reading back from Shiva: …Mediocre for a lifetime. Or perfect for a year. And now when Batman tries 3 times to hit Cass, he can’t. She deftly dodges every hit with ease and a sweet smile.

I Don’t Kill But I Don’t Lose Either Batgirl v1-08 2000-11
Well, this is the famous series of panels between Cass and Shiva. So much emotion. Cassie is guilt ridden from her naive, unknowing murder at age 8 and only wants to atone for her crime. It’s not like Batman saying “I don’t kill” since he has never killed (not including the 30s or weird Elseworld stuff). When she says I don’t kill her emotions must twist in her stomach because she has killed. Cassandra’s brooding intensity is driven by her past killing and her present fight against crime.

And to be face to face with Shiva, who only wants to find worthy opponents to fight to the death. I wonder if the sucker punch was a way to demonstrate that despite Cass not being a killer, she prevails. And prevails without killing, with a broken shoulder, over the most skilled fight-to-the-death martial artist in the world. Cass changed from a killer to something much better, more just, and good.

You Can Change, You Can Batgirl v1-36 2003-03
So, key to Cass is change. Raised as an asocial, pure killing machine she escapes and finds a better life. Once Cass could help others with her unique skills, she was on the path to redemption. She was an extraordinary example of people changing, and changing a lot. Cassie is very smart here by remembering this guy was brought in by Cain to train with her. She leveraged that information to convince him there was another option. He knew there was nothing he could say to counter her point - if Cass could change from what she was, anyone can.

15 Days Until Cassandra Cain Returns

anonymous asked:

First off, your blog is amazing! You've written some of the best theories I've ever read. I've been dismissing the excessive concerns that Lexa will die for months now because I thought it unlikely. Then they killed Brenda Strong, I listened to a podcast where Jason promised that Clexa fans will be upset this season, and he alluded that Clarke will be the ultimate person in charge. But that's Lexa right now?! I just don't see a world in The 100 in which Clarke and Lexa live happily ever after.

Hey, thank you very much. I know I’m late answering this but here we go.

Okay, I never said in any of my analysis that Clexa is going to live happily ever after. I hope it is the case but I never said it, only thought. The only thing I did was explain why I don’t believe that Lexa is going to die. The link you make between Brenda and Alycia doesn’t work for me. Nia had to die, her end-game was quite clear since the beginning of the episode “punishment for your crime is death”, “someone has to die today” “and all in all her death was very important for several reasons (character development, plot development). But let me break it into a few parts so you can get an idea and understand why it was so important for the Ice Queen to die so early and why her death cannot be connected to Lexa in the sense that she might die this season as well.

Reason 1: Lexa’s fighting skills

I don’t know why most people thought Lexa was going to die during the fight but I guess it was because 1.) they had never seen her fight and 2.) because of this particular scene:

Here is the thing about Lexa as a fighter:

  • She is accutely aware of her surroundings. She observes it all the time.
  • She uses weapons; always with different techniques
  • She uses her body. Her voice is loud, her face very expressive, her movements precise, fast and very fluent, like a dance; she pushes back; hands, legs, and feet are always involved
  • She has extremely good reflexes and coordination
  • She uses self-defense (It’s hurt or to be hurt): Lexa knows which body parts are sensitive, where you can make the most damage and she hits these pressure points.

Let’s look at this scene from a different perspective:

Obviously Roan is the attacker and Lexa the vulnerable one. Or so he believes. Roan makes a mistake, he miscalculates and thinks that he is on control, but Lexa never even lost it. Depending on the position of Roan and how close he is Lexa can determine where she can strike him and which body part she is going to use for her attack. She lies there and waits (her patience is out of this world) until he is close enough. Look how her legs are spread. This is to her advantage because in this scene she kicks him with her back of her foot right there:

The result is that Roan loses his footing and literally falls to the ground for a second. That is enough time for Lexa to get up again and jump far away enough. He can not throw the spear this way because she is too close but he also can not strike her with it because she is far away enough. And after that she keeps attacking his pressure points, this time with the spear she takes from him:

Hits his leg, he falls again, and this time Lexa is too fast, he can’t get up so he has to defend himself by using his arm

He forgets about one thing though, and this is why the spear is a huge advantage for Lexa in this particular fight:

The spear is a long weapon made out of wood. You can throw, thrust, club it or force someone onto their knees with it (Lexa does all this mmmygod). It is a lethal weapon and Lexa uses it with such grace. Roan does not consider this and then Lexa hits him with the other side of the spear with a force that she directly applies to another sensitive body part:

1:0 for Lexa.

Roan never had a chance. Lexa possesses all important principles of combat. Roan miscalculated everything. He thought as long as he got a weapon he will be on the safer side. I’d like to call his moves fatality. This is just one of the many great things about this fight. I would analyse this even further for you but let’s move on.

Reason 2: Lexa’s highthinking skills

I love how complex her mind is and how simple she makes it seem. Her cognitive process is extraordinary to say the least, and here is why:

  • She can analyse a situation and create something new out of it within seconds
  • She can apply these new creations/ideas immediately
  • She gains new knowledge about the world and about herself within the process and understands them
  • She can always look back on her own calculations and re-use them if needed because she remembers them

Thinking about how she killed Nia and how she actually got there is simply a masterpiece, you just don’t know when that plan was actually formed. She pulls you into the event where you just end up thinking “what the fuck, wow”. Literally, Lexa’s skills are a perfect equilibrim between mind and body, detail and speed. It’s true, her technique’s are based on her personality, so it’s hard to know what she will/could do next.

This woman is so full of surprises, and I’m so whipped.

Reason 3: Lexa avenges Costia and makes Roan the King of the Ice Nation.

I think this is the part where two very important different things mix very well together. Obviously, Nia was the one who cut off Costia’s head in the past, not Roan. She killed her. Nia doesn’t fight Lexa herself though, but uses her son instead - which is amazing because it would mean it is a fight against a man and a woman.

Case and point. Clarke sit down.

I love that Lexa gets to kill Nia for her people and for Costia.

This sentence is very important because it shows the difference between these two almost same things: avenge vs. revenge.

Lexa avenges Costia. She gets justice for an injury or a wrong that Nia did to her years ago. She frees herself and Costia in this process.

If Lexa were someone who would take revenge she would have killed Roan in the fight. It would have been personal retaliation in the sense that she would have taken something away from Nia that is “dear” to her, it would have been an action that involved anger and resentment - two things that don’t fit Lexa at all. She is the Commander, someone who cares for the safety of her people, such personal acts simply don’t fit her. So she doesn’t kill Roan but Nia. My babu ain’t about that “revengooo” life.

And honestly, this is just another magnificent characteristic of Lexa that I’m so thankful we get to experience. Nia dies, Costia is avenged, Lexa defends her title and Roan becomes the King of the Ice Nation. This also opens another storyline for us; what will happen with the Ice Nation now?

Reason 4: Lexa proves herself as a Commander and doesn’t fear death

Anyone who ever doubted Lexa and said that she would be “too weak”, here is some news for you; Lexa is awaiting your presence on her balcony on a Tuesday.

I love so much that this show is examining what weakness is and how most people misunderstand it when in Lexa’s case it’s just a different type of strength. 

This fight was important on so many levels. Lexa throwing that spear into Nia’s heart is easily one of the most mesmerizing, fierce and shocking things I’ve seen on this show. Her being able to defend her title as the Commander, kill Nia, avenge Costia, make Roan the new King of the Ice Nation is not just an implication of Lexa’s true power and that people miserably underestimate her, but also a total game-changer for Lexa’s character and her significance to the overall importance of the storyline. Lexa is fearless. And while I want to pour out my feelings and write something really poetic about her being damn fearless all I’m going to say right now is; if you see Lexa, take your L in advance, you don’t want to fight her. Ever.

Her being fearless also connects really well to the theme of “death”. Lexa has learned from a very young age that death is something that is frequent in her life. Not only because it will happen to the people around her, but also because she has to consider her own death at any given moment. It’s not just a reality but it is always there, always present. It’s a very sad present reality that she has learned to expect and accept without having a moment where she can think about it and cry, mostly for those she has lost (Costia, Anya, Gustus and even Clarke). She is so used to think of her own death as something normal that she is very plain about it. Simple, cut, dry, truth. She doesn’t know anything other better than that. She is the Commander, she has a duty. Do it, fulfill it, and die.

The most interesting part about this talk of death is during this scene:

The most interesting part of their interaction to me is the actual cold, unfunny truths that get spoken. Lexa doesn’t shy away from uncomfortable topics like the fact that she awaits her death at any moment. And it is rather fascinating how Clarke reacts in the most amazing way possible when she acknowledges the truth of that statement and changes it into something that Lexa can smile about. I don’t think she ever smiled about that. This is a grand gesture. An act that proves that Clarke does not worry about Lexa dying so she makes a fucking joke out of it. She doesn’t want to think about Lexa dying. Lexa has only just escaped death today, no way in hell is Clarke just going to sit there and watch her die. She is the only person stepping up for Lexa and that’s literally what she does here. I love them both so much.

Reason 5: Lexa being the human version of a Venn Diagram

Alright, we all know by now that Lexa’s character is connected to ALIE’s storyline. We got different hints in the show and theories.

How is Lexa important/special?:

There are two sets: Virutality and Reality. The virtuality represents the people that live in the City of Light and the reality represents the people that live on planet earth. The combined area is Lexa which represents an union of virtuality and reality. The union in this case represents Lexa as someone who is able to exist in both dimensions. Lexa’s special ability is that she can exist in both worlds.

There is a special articulation between the infinity symbol and ALIE/Lexa.

ALIE:

Lexa:

ALIE’s infinity sign is complete while Lexa’s is not. More about that in a minute.

Everyone knows about the black blood too. Lexa’s blood is black, as seen in 3x04. She tells us that it goes back to the first Commander. Every child that is born with black blood will be sent to Polis to start their Commander training. We don’t know too much about it yet but the black blood seems to prevent ALIE to take control over the minds of those who possess it and pass their Conclave.

Lexa passed hers and became the next Commander.

So, back to the infinity sign. Why is Lexa’s not complete? In the Venn Diagram Lexa represents an union between two sets. Lexa’s tattoo to be incomplete could mean that she tries to prevent that union. Because of Lexa’s existence ALIE is unable to fulfill her plan and make the City of Light the new real world.

How does this connect to Clarke and what you said in your ask ““he [Jason] alluded that Clarke will be the ultimate person in charge. But that’s Lexa right now?!”

Ultimate charge: break that utterance into 2 simple words and connect them to Clarke.

Ultimate: Clarke being the elemental, essential, fundamental character in the show

Charge: Clarke is the power button of the show.

Lexa might be the one who represents the wall between virtuality and reality but she needs Clarke. Clarke is the ultimate force to win against ALIE. In conclusion: for us to see Lexa fight is very important because we now know that she is both phsycially and mentally strong. She represents a kind of power that no one else has on this show. How does this connect to Clarke’s behavior in 3x04? Clarke backs Lexa, she stands and steps up for her. She is the one breathing new life into Lexa’s world. And this will be an essential factor once they fight against ALIE in the final together, they will guard and save each other. No death for Lexa.

Reason 6: How the first 4 episodes affect Clarke’s character and why she is still the main protagonist

Alright, I don’t know which podcast you’re talking about (I don’t have time to listen to them unfortunately) but I never heard someone talk about that podcast you mentioned. If you’ve read my Chess Analogy analysis I have already mentioned that Clarke is indeed going to be the person in ultimate charge and - oh wait a second - she never left that position! Huh?!

Okay here is the thing, I’ve seen a lot of people comment on 3x03 or 3x04 (especially those episodes, you know why) saying that these episodes did not Clarke justice, because apparently Lexa takes over the role of the main character, or that Clarke was either OOC or sidelined and - excuse me but, LMFAO.

I don’t understand why people think that when once the focus is on another character for just a moment that the main protagonist falls back and gets forgotten, takes over roles like “the girlfriend material” or “the useless one” etc.

Clarke is never just the girlfriend material nor useless.

Let me break it down for y’all who think she is.

Clarke at the beginning of season 3:

Clarke’s introduction into the third season is extremely different from what we have expected: the first scene is her fighting/killing a Panther. If you compare that to the last scene of her in season 2 you will be confused. Most people probably expected some sort of Jasper-esque character. The 3 months that she has spent in the wild now is taking root over her body, it covers her entire being and unables you to recognize her. Which is the goal. Clarke doesnt want to be recognized. She doesn’t want to be neither Clarke nor Wanheda. She want’s to be no one. This is enstrangement at its finest. And it’s so interesting to see because for her to start the third season as a Grounder who has the ability to fight for herself and masters the native language so she can blend in with the others is not only a cover because of the Bounty, or because she wants to separate herself from her old self. It is simply her being a Mastermind once again. She is like a chameleon in the beginning of season 3. We know nothing about her life she has spent these 3 months alone, but she is still the same sharp mind and still possesses a razor tongue.

And Is she good at it? Yes. Is she good enough? No.

People can see past her (Niylah, Roan). Clarke wears her heart on her sleeve right now and she hates herself for it. She doesn’t want to feel, so she goes and let’s the forest swallow her up. This way she is not noticeable, not traceable, lost and alone. Like she thinks she deserves.

Is this all to her advantage? Not at all. Being alone takes it’s toll on her. She has nightmares.

The feelings that she is able to repress when she is active haunt her when she is passive. Clarke being active means always being in movement, wandering, learning new things, keeping yourself occupied and distracted. Clarke being passive means haunting dreams of all the things that she condences and displaces when she is awake. The raw images of the events in Mount Weather enter her mind when she is uncouscious and pull her back to reality. And because she is alone she has to deal with this alone.

Clarke is in a constant battle between being someone else and dealing with her herself/past > changing colors like chameleon.  And the connection she makes between her actions and her thoughts are mind-blowing - The “If I do this then I can do that.” mentality. She thinks inside and outside of the box.

And that’s not all. In episode 2 it gets even more interesting. We get to see the new character that is Roan who seems to have many similarities to Clarke: both are resourceful, stubborn and manipulative.

And it is not surprising to see how much Clarke wants to live when she realizes that Roan wants to take her to the Ice Nation where she thinks she will die. She is weak but she does not surrender.

Once again she uses her Mastermind: “Whatever the Ice Queen is giving you, my people will offer you more.” I love her bluff.

Roan doesn’t take the deal. Clarke fights against him. She is constantly trying to get out of his grip, attacking him, playing dead. This is so vital for her as a character because it shows that deep down Clarke has not given up yet. She still holds that fire within herself that we know she has. And when her world clashes with Lexa’s once again, everything that she’s tried to kill inside herself bubbles up into the surface again and make her explode. Clarke is a ticking time bomb this season, a fucking minefield that you have to be so careful with because if you make one wrong step you will blow up.

In episode 3 everything turns into a fucking supernova.

Before I talk about Clarke’s and Lexa’s very explosive reunion I need to add these particular scenes:

Everytime before Clarke interacts with Lexa her back is turned towards her. (Except for the second scene, that’s the scene where she interacts with Roan but her back is still turned to Lexa/in this case the Tower. There are two important factors that lead her to do this:

1.) Clarke is always in motion. She is constantly observing, analysing, planning this entire situation that she finds herself in. Questioning things, trying to make sense of everything.

2.) Nonverbal Communication. Clarke’s message is clear, she is struggling with Lexa’s presence, fighting against her feelings. She is keeping herself away from Lexa like this, a safe distance.

And it is so interesting because every scene with Lexa she has in 3x03 starts like this (except for the Ceremony scene) and everytime she ends up facing Lexa. The first time (first pic) she tells Lexa to kill her and then walks away leaving Lexa alone. The second time (third pic) she is the one trying to kill Lexa but ends up crying and pushes Lexa away because that’s not what she wants and stays, even makes a new offer. The third time (last pic) she offers her hand and helps Lexa up after she bowed and vowed to Clarke.

While Clarke is fighting with her emotions she can keep her rational thoughts intact, she doesn’t drift, doesn’t lose balance of the situation, always finds the solution she needs in these specific moments. Throughout episode 3 she is regaining back her strength.

And then we have the last episode. And I have to ask you people who say this all the time: How is Clarke not the main focus or useless in 3x04? I just don’t fucking get it - someone please enlighten me. Without Clarke there would be so many things that could have not been prevented or even invented/introduced:

  • stopping the unanimous vote
  • figuring Roan out and saving his life in the process
  • introducing Ontari into the story
  • similarities between Clarke and Lexa
  • learning about forgivness and trust
  • all in all an extraordinary representation of Clarke The Mastermind™

Sorry but, Clarke is always directly involved in all of this. She is the one moving the pieces. Without her this story simply can’t move on. Also, to say that she doesn’t act like the main protagonist would mean that she doesn’t have enough screentime but we are never not without her, she is always there. She is still the one exploring, progressing and learning - alone and not alone. Clarke is healing this season, she will learn how to begin anew and move forward, she will go from weak to extreme strength - become the ultimate person in charge. This is Clarke’s journey back to the real world, not just in the sense of ALIE but generally, she is broken and she will exist in one piece again and be stronger than ever before. I mean, look at her evolution from 3x01 - 3x04:

Clarke is becoming her old self again.

And Lexa is very very very important for Clarke to be able to do that because she understands Clarke like no one else - she has been/is where Clarke is. She can guide, teach, share and do so much for Clarke to get back to where she once was. There is so much they learn from each other. This is a very special bond they have. Lexa is the catalyst for Clarke’s fall and she will be the one to rise again.

The representation of the human spirit and artificial life/intelligence and how it is a complicated and never-ending process is heavy and truthful and simply immense and exciting as well. And Clarke is the one linking all of this together.

Clarke has always been and always will be the main character of this show. And no one can change that. But I don’t see the problem for Lexa to be her partner and fight along her side. There will be a time where they are both in charge together.

Anyway, I’m sorry that this is so long, but I just had to make sure people understand.

Let me tell you a story about my legacy sims. So, one day I got a notification about a “free vacation” for the adults. It didn’t say how long it would last. I clicked “accept,” thinking it could be redeemed at a later date, but instead, my legacy sims Lex I and Apollo packed the fuck up with their robot friend Sheila (a lifetime reward that I thought would make the game easier but I had to move her out within a week) and left. 

They were gone for somewhere around three days before I googled how to get them back. Apparently, the game was trying to bait me into making my teenager, Lex II, throw a party and get the cops called on her. Not wanting to deal with that, I simply had her leave the lot in the middle of the night and get caught. Within seconds of being arrested, I was notified that the adults were coming home. 

Except the thing is, this marked Lex II as “grounded.” She woke up before her parents and went to school, but this apparently registered in the game as “sneaking out,” so she walked the way she’s walking above. I let her off the hook, but she just kept sneaking. This is just how she walks now. 

The gif above was taken after I told her to leave a driving lesson and go to school. She was all the way across town, and I kind of thought she’d take the subway or a cab or something, but she just tried to sneak her way all the way there. Except at a certain point, school was over and she still wasn’t even part of the way there, so I told her to go home. 

She just turned towards home and kept on sneaking. She got home exhausted to the point of nearly passing out, starving, and about to wet herself. That skill bar above her head? This whole time she was sneaking home, she was still learning to drive.

She’s since aged up to a young adult and she still walks like this. 

Also, when the robot came back from vacation, she inexplicably looked like an old lady but was clearly still a robot

For those that claim that Skye only became a badass in season two here is some facts about the girl you claim was weak in season one.

1) Skye hacked Shield. They were so impressed they brought her on as a consultant.

2) Skye got herself invited to Ian Quinn’s party in a second just using her phone whilst Shield just stood around talking about how to do it.

3) Trained.

4) She got what she needed for Shield, then was held up in a room full of security, got told she has balls, turned a gun around on them and jumped into a pool getting away from then without injuring a single person.

5) Got Shield into various places by using her brain and skills.

6) Stood up to everyone at Shield and got Fitz and Ward back when everyone else didn’t question the system, and if it wasn’t for her then two agents probably would have died because of not having an extraction team. 

7) Talked like a human to a person that Shield thought had powers and got her to calm down by just speaking to her.

8) Stole and crashed a car which led to her being able to break into someone’s house, hack into records and she was the one to find Coulson whilst the rest of Shield argued over their regulations.

9) Wasn’t scared to tell people when she thought they were unfair or wrong and called out things Shield did that was not right.

10) Got herself shot by refusing to lose a lead on a suspect for Shield even though she wasn’t trained.

11) Fell apart of a single moment after finding out the man she loved and trusted betrayed her and then managed to outsmart a specialist that was top of everyone and plant a hack into Hydra even whilst she was threatened.

12) Became an agent by working hard and training.

If you couldn’t appreciate Skye for the character she was in season one, because she was annoying, weak and a Mary Sue then maybe you don’t truly appreciate her now because she was tough. 

at school, a girl i know of comes to the table which i’m sitting at, and takes a seat nearby. we dont really know eachother well, so we minded our own business, checked our phones and what not. not long after, a fedora sporting classmate (pic above) comes in the room. like the girl, i hardly knew him. he scans the room, and out of all the other people there, he locks onto us and moves in. he takes a chair, drags it over to the girl, and sits uncomfortably close. he tries to strike up a conversation, which really just turns to a game of 20 questions. by now he’s already violated every aspect of personal space. THEN he tries asking her out to lunch and coffee. i cant even describe how awkward it was. she’s clearly uncomfortable and this needed to stop, so i asked “hey, you want to go for a quick run to the shop?" she must have been waiting on me; she shouted yes and got up in a speed i didnt even know was possible. the guy was pissed. the girl was already out the room, and as i passed through the door, before it closed, he let out the sudden piercing shriek like a banshee. i stopped, looked back at him questionably, keeping the door open. he took a second "FUCKING MOTHER FUCKING FUCKING FUCKER!!!” he screamed as he pounded the table, throwing a tantrum like a 3 year old. by now the room was dead quiet, everyone staring at him as he lost all social skills in record breaking time. i left all like

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Everything Rey does is plausible (MAJOR SPOILERS, BEWARE!)

clairesalcedo:

Dropped off on Jakku at a young age and left in a scavenger’s camp, Rey spends the majority of her life ripping apart abandoned Imperial ships for their most valuable parts in order to eat. Basically: she spends years training herself in the complex mechanics and layouts of the Imperial fleet (whose designs and ships are, obviously, used by the First Order), and therefore, Correllian ship-making (as they’re some of the galaxy’s most prolific ship-builders, Imperial ships were of Correllian design). Her knowing the Millennium Falcon and being able to maneuver around the First Order base is not at all surprising: she’s being rooting around similar ships for years. 

That’s not even mentioning her dialogue on how the Millennium Falcon got to the junkyards of Jakku and her disagreement with the modifications made onboard–it indicates that 1) she’s been in the ship before, probably more than once 2) she’s more than familiar with its history, to the point that she’s probably been used in official capacities to examine/work on the ship 3) though slightly on the outs with the proprietor/buyer in the junkyards, she was clearly trained by a group of people who stole the Millennium Falcon.

  • Her technical skills, knowledge of ships, circuits, and all that shit is plausible. She’s spent most of her life training in it.

Remember her staff? The first time we see Rey, she’s got that staff slung across her back. When Finn arrives at the scavenger’s camp, sees two thugs about to abduct BB-8 and attacking Rey, he rushes to help. Before he can get there, Rey takes out both men with her staff. When they leave Jakku, she takes it with her. When she has a choice, she always brings that staff–even if she has a blaster. It’s an extension of herself, and a strange sort of security blanket. My guess is that she’s had to use it a lot on Jakku, as a girl, alone. But my primary point is this: her decently handling a lightsaber is not at all unexpected. She’s already had her own version of combat training with that staff.

  • Her being able to duel Kylo Ren is plausible, given that she’s spent years with it as her only weapon, and clearly used it often. While not exactly the same thing as a saber, there are similar principles, similar forms, and plenty of real life experience.

Combine the last two pieces of information. Rey has spent years hauling herself up the interiors of crashed ships, ripping out their parts, and lugging them around. The girl’s probably ripped.

  • Her duel with Kylo Ren is physiologically plausible, because of her own ridiculous form of strength-training known as “trying to survive Jakku and get enough food to stay alive.”

Jakku. She’s spent years there, living alone, with a discipline and work ethic like no nineteen-year-old normally has. There’s been nobody, really, to defend her and care for her. She’s had to do it all on her own, and had to grow up well before she reached adulthood–otherwise she would’ve starved to death. 

 Compare that with Kylo Ren: a boy who grew up privileged, the son of two generals, and technically royalty. Compare Rey’s attitude, ethic, and level-headedness with Kylo Ren’s temper tantrums, wild mood swings, and inability to follow through. Yes, he’s had some years of official training in the ways of the force, but he’s wildly undisciplined. He can’t focus. He has power, sure, but he’s not so great at controlling it. Think about Vader, Dooku, and Palpatine: they were shitbags, but they were shitbags who could focus and exercise a modicum of control over themselves. Kylo Ren’s greatest fear isn’t far-fetched at all: so far, he’s being a terrible excuse for a Sith Lord. 

Coming face to face with Rey–disciplined, hard-working, smart, focused, devoted, driven Rey, ready to defend Finn, coming from a background that demanded so much more–only exposes that to even greater degree. His mental state is in shambles, compared to hers. 

  • Rey being able to face off against Kylo Ren is plausible not simply because of her previous actions, but also because the life she’s lived has made her more disciplined, and focused.

Luke’s awakening in the force began with Ben teaching and coaching him, around age 18. The force began calling to Rey much earlier. And no, I’m not talking about her vision in the basement. When Kylo Ren probes Rey’s mind, he says that at night she imagines an ocean, and an island. ALL RIGHT FOLKS, WHERE DID WE FIND LUKE AT THE END? THAT’S RIGHT. AN ISLAND IN THE MIDDLE OF AN OCEAN. Coincidence? I think not. 

Some people are also assuming that when Rey says, “I just knew how to do it, somehow,” in reference to certain gut-instinct aerial moves in the Falcon, it was the force sharpening her perceptions and helping her. It makes sense–if the force has been influencing her dreams and imagination for years, it’s probably been waiting for any moment it could bleed through more actively into her life. The force has been waiting for a long time, and it’s no friggin coincidence that Maz Kanata has Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber and that’s where Han Solo takes them. 

After the vision in the basement, Maz Kanata is able to give Rey a brief moment of instruction–that Obi-Wan “shit’s about to go down get ready kid” kind of moment. Rey rejects it at first, freaked out, most likely because of y’know, reliving the most painful moment of her life and seeing a field littered with dead bodies as Mr. Scary Mask stands above her, but it’s ultimately what saves her. She’s spent her entire life blocking out the call of the outside world–force included. Letting go of what she was ushers in everything she’s been holding back. Considering that the Jedi Order, in its heyday, used to begin training force-sensitive individuals when they were children, it’s not crazy to assume that this has been building since she was a child, and has been fairly repressed and blocked since being placed on Jakku.

Now, let’s skip on back to Kylo Ren’s interrogation. Luke never had this moment. He never had a Jedi or Sith do an intrusive mind probe. What the hell kind of affect must that have on a force sensitive person, who’s had these abilities, never truly explored them, but reacts on instinct? I feel like it’s the equivalent of taking a can of soda, and shaking it until it explodes. 

In the woods, as they duel, Kylo inadvertently reminds her of what wise-as-shit Maz Kanata said: let it in. She intentionally drops the barriers. Not simply to escape. Not as a small thing. Rey focuses on the force as a guide, and not a trick, and HEY HEY SHIT HAPPENS. And the aforementioned “shit” is not just the force, but the force building off of everything she’s ever gone through.

  • Rey’s force abilities are not just suddenly there; they’re awakened. Forcibly. (Pun!) and HENCE THE TITLE OF THE MOVIE! It’s plausible. Just as plausible as Luke making that one-in-a-million shot. He practiced shooting womp rats in Beggar’s Canyon, and it was the force, added on to that experience, that helped him “destroy” the Death Star in A New Hope. Rey’s life has been much more difficult than Luke’s thus far. She hasn’t even had the leisure of avoiding a direction confrontation with a Sith–she was thrust into a force-ridden fight a helluva lot quicker. Who knows what Luke would’ve done in her shoes, had he had to go through the same things she did.

By the way, this is what happens when I, a nerd, go on the internet, and see people being stupid. This is also what happens when I have a lot of feelings about fictional characters. 

It’s Done! Mission Accomplished!

You know how Felicity tells Barry “never meet your heroes”… Well, sometimes it works out pretty well, and you become better for it.

In the past 9 days, I have had the most exhausting and most exhilarating experience in my life as a fangirl. I have had the honor and privilege of being the editor for @jbuffyangel‘s amazing, amazing novel-length Arrow fanfic, Once and Forever Queen.  

I’m in the Arrow fandom today because of Jen. I stumbled upon her meta “When did Oliver Fall in Love with Felicity?” within days of me watching the ending of Season 2 right about a year ago. I was so impressed with her analysis, I had to show my husband and several friends. I loved her insights and style of writing. Before long, I found myself checking back on Jen’s blog to see what else she had written lately. Over time, I signed up for Tumblr and Twitter too.

Jen doesn’t write fan fiction very often. She usually uses her brilliant writing skills on reviews, metas and theories (choo, choo!). When she does take the time to write fan fiction, however, her stories are action-packed, emotional and intricate. Her season-3 winter-hiatus story, The Ring, is what got me reading fan fiction in the first place. Before then, I never imagined that something that a fan created could be so good… so much like the show. Boy, was I wrong!

Thanks to Jen’s blog, I discovered Lou, @louiseblue1. Lou’s humor just won me over instantly. When I learned that Lou wrote fan fiction too, I was curious. I devoured her stories. I found myself hoping for red lights so I could read a few more sentences while I was doing the mom-taxi thing. I loved, loved, loved her stories (still do!), but I kept finding little ways they could be improved… like a diamond that needed polishing. I’ve done a bit of work editing in the past, mostly in college and helping family members in grad school.  So I thought, what the hey? I’ll check to see if Lou would like someone to polish her great stories. To my surprise, she was thrilled with the idea. Thanks Lou!!! Not only have I gotten great experience with working on Lou’s stories, I now consider her a dear friend… my Aussie penpal. Thanks to her, I’ve developed an appreciation for llamas, and I’ve gotten good at calculating the time difference between us to see if she might be awake! 

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When I saw that Jen was going to be working on a new story this hiatus, I wondered if there would ever be a way that I could help her on it. I asked Lou to recommend me to Jen and she did!  THANKS LOU!!!  Jen loved the idea too. AMAZING! Unlike Lou, Jen wanted to have everything completed on her story before passing it over to me to polish. That’s completely understandable. She wanted to make sure all the intricate pieces worked together. We both knew we wanted to have the story done before the Season 4 premiere of Arrow. Neither one of us, however, had any idea how big this project would be when we agreed to it. When she passed it over to me nine days ago, I knew it was big, but I was seriously clueless how long it would take. 

I now know that I can do about 12-15 pages a day for a well-written document that is single-spaced in 12-point Times New Roman… if I want to have a life. If I’m willing to put everything else on hold, I can do about 20-25 pages a day. That’s very, very good information for me to know for the future, especially if I want to be paid to edit one of these days. I’m hopeful that I’ll get faster in time, but that’s where I stand now.

I am a bit worried that we’ve left some errors in place. After all, we edited an entire 70,850-word novel in 9 days. Most sections I’ve only read through one time. I’ll probably go back and re-read the whole thing in the coming weeks just to be sure we didn’t leave any typos or extra spaces. If you see one, feel free to message me. 

Jen was very, very patient with me, and our schedules meshed pretty well. I know my favorite part of working on this was our late-night sessions. The rest of the family was asleep. I was sitting up in bed in a dark room. Thanks to the magic of the Internet, we could both be logged into the document at the same time. I could see her changes and she could see mine. We could instantly comment and collaborate on a section. I’d show her an area that needed tweaking, offer a suggestion on how to do it and she’d find a way that would make it 10 times better. We both made each other laugh… a lot!  It was magic.  

Thanks Jen… for sharing your brilliant writing with me, for giving me this amazing experience and for developing our new friendship. Yeah, this project was hard, but completely worth it. I’m a better editor because of it… and my hero turned into my friend. 

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Team Arrow: Oliver Queen, John Diggle, Felicity Smoak

Something I have been reading in comment boxes that really bothers me is the idea that the original ‘Team Arrow’ is Oliver Queen and John Diggle. Without Felicity Smoak.  

Reasons why Felicity Smoak is one third of the original 'Team Arrow’: 

1.  Oliver Queen said so himself - “This started with the three of us.  It’s time we got back to that” (Oliver Queen 2x21) 

This should be reason enough itself.  Oliver himself acknowledges Felicity as a core member of this team.  

2.  Felicity Smoak is irreplaceable - “You’re irreplaceable Felicity” (John Diggle 2x14) 

Even when Felicity questioned her own position in the team, Diggle said what the audience knows about her position in the team.  She is irreplaceable.  

Yes, her skills are beyond genius and it would be hard to find someone with her level of skills (but not impossible).  But it is her character that makes her irreplaceable in Team Arrow.  

3.  She has shown more loyalty to Team Arrow than John Diggle or even Oliver Queen.  

Felicity has been the most constant presence in Team Arrow in Season 1 and 2.  There is no agenda to her loyalty.  It is unwavering and to this point, unconditional.  She is not only loyal to the team, but she is loyal to the mission.  She believes in the mission, in what they do every night.  

4.  Out of the entire list of people who know about Oliver Queen being 'Arrow’, John Diggle and Felicity Smoak are the only two that matter.

5.  The actors themselves acknowledge that Felicity Smoak is part of the original team

I’m sure there are many other reasons as to why Felicity Smoak is part of the original team, but I think these are reasons enough as to why she is and will forever be one third of the original 'Team Arrow". 

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[NOTE: Due to excessive ridicule on social media (cough), Burnside 26 has removed their awful promo video from the YouTubes, so it no longer turns up at the top of this post, either. But I’m keeping the commentary here anyway… lest we forget.]


Well, here’s an impossibly precious commercial for trendy studios whose rent stretches well into the quadruple digits, which until a couple years ago was pretty unthought-of here. I’m long since bled dry of the appropriate amount of scalding contempt / disgust, so I took it to the Facebooks to assemble an acidic Greek Chorus. Their additions:

“39 accidents caused by driving your Prius like a nervous elderly chihuahua, 16 phone calls to Mommy and Daddy to remind them to pay the $1400 rent, 23 times failed to leave a tip after drinking cocktails at the bar all night because Coachella killed your allowance."


"4 displaced residents."


“Six fights; six apologies; six new STDs.”

“And 25 screaming homeless people outside your windows every night to make you wonder ‘why the fuck am I paying $1300 a month to live in a studio on Burnside?'” 


“Um… Days Worked at a Damn Day-Job?”

“Wonder where those two work to afford such a place and '13 very special dinners.'”

“That’s almost a pillowfight a month. At what point does that stop being playful and romantic and just routine or worse pathological?”

“138 Instagrams? That’s only 8 per pillow fight. I’m not buying it.”

"These guys went to karaoke a bunch. Good luck with that if you move here, they’re tearing down Chopsticks."


“He only does the dishes when he loses a bet? She does the laundry and still has to listen to him sing his shitty music at her? These people belong in the suburbs, and you know they’ll fucking end up there eventually. Why don’t they just skip the intervening 3 years, move straight to Beaverton and leave us alone?”

“I bet they already went and got his/hers tattoos of the outline of the state of Oregon on the back of their calves…”


“BE the cliche you want to see in the world.”

“Does anybody remember that test to see if someone is a replicant or not? Might be a good skill to have in the upcoming days…”

“REAL COUPLE OR HIRED STOOGE ACTORS?” / “Actors. Sorry, models.”

“Do they both ride the same bike? Did they actually choose that color? Why is she watching YouTube in the lobby? How many Gangnam Style’s until a formal complaint is warranted?” / “She’s actually watching Adam Lambert on Jimmy Fallon. You know, because she moved here for the unique culture.”

“AGHHH ALL THEIR OTHER VIDEOS ARE SHOT VERTICALLY. GODDAMNIT.”


“All of the blowjobs, none of the day-jobs! You deserve it for having found this place with your smartphone!”

“I paused the karaoke. They’re singing 'Don’t Stop Believin’.’ UGHHHHHHHH.”

“If there’s not a movie made about Portland 1995 to 2015 called 'Citizen Dick’, then someone is missing the boat. Does Burnside 26 have boats?”

“Our building comes with a giant rolling metal door to protect us from the homeless and other dirty people.”

“Well, it was one of Portland’s eclectic and exciting places to live, until folks decided to put up these dumb condos everywhere.  It still is, if you’re into the whole rich kid rumspringa entitlement vibe. It’s worth noting that the karaoke place in the video is going to get torn down soon. The land owner wants a business that can cater to the 'developing’ crowd that lives here.”

“Welcome to Portland. The party’s over, but we’re glad you’re here to imitate it.”