best moment of the entire series

Favourite narrative tropes:

  • “That was ONE time!”
  • “Due to an administrative error”, or any major plot point which is caused almost entirely by bureaucratic fuckups
  • “Contrary to popular belief” appended to something that’s either really obvious or completely subjective
  • A character makes an assertion, then cut to the narrator contradicting it (‘“Everything’s fine!” Everything was not fine.’)
  • First-person narrators who call a specific character by a series of increasingly convoluted nicknames
  • Unusual narrative euphemisms. I still hold that describing around a curse word is almost always funnier than just using the word.
  • Establishing character moments which subvert your expectations right from the get-go. The best example is in the Brooklyn Nine Nine pilot, where Jake’s fooling around at the crime scene before revealing that he’s already solved the case.
  • Montages. Just montages of any kind, for any reason, anytime. I actually think they work better in text form because you can do so many creative things with them.
  • Side characters with a level of fourth-wall awareness / quasi-supernatural ability which is never quite certain, like the janitor in Scrubs.
  • Double meanings in narration that take a while to make themselves clear.
  • Really, really specific similes.

I can’t believe this antagonist was “the thought of suicide” the whole time. Everyone speculated whether it was a physical or spiritual enemy, and we knew from the first moment we saw him that Jack was all too familiar with his terrifying aura. I think it’s incredible writing to show that, 6 episodes in, Samurai Jack has been haunted with thinking about ending his life this whole time.

As a side note, I think Ashi’s character development has been one of the best things this season has done by far. We only have 10 episodes to conclude the entire series, and introducing a new character while having the viewers gradually change their opinion of her from “complete villain” to “precious ally” is nothing short of amazing.

The interaction between Weiss and Ruby in the volume 3 finale is some of the best stuff in the entire series in my opinion. They have such a trust and quiet understanding with one another. The way they reach out for each other. 

The way Weiss stands in front of Yang, trying to shield Ruby from seeing her sister in such a way for as long as she possibly can

To Weiss’ immediate insistence on following Ruby into an unknown fight because she refuses to let Ruby go into it alone. 

To their final moment where Weiss, a girl who once told Ruby she didn’t belong anywhere near Beacon, told that same girl “you can do this” with such confidence and support. 

It’s only my opinion, but I think they have the best partnership in the show. They’ve come so far and reached a point where they bring out the absolute best in one another and if THIS is what they will be like when they reunite and as they go forward - I can’t wait to watch. 

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Miss Marple’s balls as a snooping sleuthing tactic

anonymous asked:

What's your opinion on the theory that Dipper is treated unfairly throughout GF? For example, Dipper sacrifices a lot for Mabel, while she only seems to sacrifice her sock-puppet show for him. There are also many suggestions in the show that some episodes overlap, like that from July 11-15, Sock Opera, Blendin's Game and Into the Bunker overlap. Which means D was under a LOT of pressure that week and he sacrificed a LOT for his sister. But she doesn't thank him for that. What are your thoughts?

See, maybe it’s the big sister in me, because I’ve never understood this particular complaint. The fact is, Dipper loves Mabel so much that her happiness is his own; his actions of sacrifice on her behalf are freely chosen. That’s why Bill’s behavior in “Sock Opera” is so insidious; he builds on Dipper’s momentary frustration with Mabel (why won’t she help me?!?!) by bringing up the various ways he’s helped her in the past, implying that she hasn’t done much to return the favor. He seeks to engender resentment where there was none, where Dipper was previously unwilling to give him so much as a stitch of Mabel’s puppet show; hey, she worked hard on those.

The key assertion I have to address here is that “Dipper sacrifices a lot for Mabel, while she only seems to sacrifice her sock-puppet show for him.” I imagine that viewers come to the conclusion that Dipper has the losing end because, when they compare Dipper’s problems to Mabel’s, they see Dipper’s as more serious. Dipper has a crush he can’t shake (relatable), Mabel is gaga over a pig she just saw at the fair (less relatable); Dipper is pursuing the latest lead in his search for the Author (important), Mabel is rigging up an elaborate puppet show to impress the Boy of the Week (unimportant). Yet the show is always keenly aware that Mabel’s problems, as trivial as they may seem to us, are as important to her as Dipper’s are to him. Bill highlights this when he says, “Who would sacrifice everything they’d worked for just for their dumb sibling?”, causing Mabel to respond, “Dipper would.” Dipper’s “everything” is his investigation of Gravity Falls and Mabel’s “everything” is her puppet show, but each of their projects is everything. Coming from Mabel, the sacrifice of the sock puppet show–and, by extension, of a shot at the “epic summer romance” she’s been seeking as ardently as Dipper has been seeking the answers to his questions–is a very real loss, one she’s willing to accept because Dipper would do and has done as much for her.

Nor is Mabel’s puppet show the only casualty of her greater love for her brother; the loss of her dream world is no mean thing. Mabeland might not be to everyone’s taste (I would personally have thinned out the crowd and lowered the 80s club music a notch), but it’s Mabel’s ideal universe; it’s a world where everything is as she wants it, where she’s never bored or lonely, where every boy loves her, where the high court judge is a kitten. With the threat of change weighing on her and the most important relationship of her life under siege, the prison bubble presents Mabel with an irresistible retreat. Bill, who has banked on human greed in the past to great success, believes that the trap is inescapable, that no one handed all their heart’s desires on a plate will be capable of leaving (just as Mabel is taken in by her desperation to stop time, Dipper wavers when presented with the possibility of growing up on the spot). But without Dipper, all of it is hollow; she prefers in the end to leave her safe place and to follow him into an uncertain world.

For much of the show, Dipper is the more responsible one within the context of their relationship. Regardless of actual birth order, Mabel is the baby; sometimes the baby gets in a habit of relying on charm to carry her through, taking it for granted that her older siblings will always step up to the plate on her behalf, because she’s just that cute (looking at you, youngest sibling in my own family). But if Mabel’s occasional thoughtlessness with regard to Dipper is a character flaw, it’s worth measuring against the depth of her concern for the world at large, a quality that Dipper himself, who tends to value his select group, could stand to learn from. Dipper’s only real issue with the destruction of Northwest Manor and all of its visitors is that Mabel happens to be among them; Mabel is the first to see the potential for redemption in Pacifica, even though Dipper is the one who becomes close to her.

But Mabel loves Dipper more than anyone, and she is grateful to him for everything he does for her and shows it. She apologizes to him at the end of “Sock Opera” for letting a transient enthusiasm skew her priorities: “I spent all week obsessing over a dumb guy. But the dumb guy I should have cared about was you.” After escaping the prison bubble, she makes it clear to him that he can stay with Ford if he wants to–her noblest moment in the series, because Dipper is her entire world, infinitely more to her than crushes and pet pigs and magical trees that grow stuffed animals. He stays with her, not out of guilty obligation, but because he wants to be with her–because she’s his best friend, because growing up without her would be unthinkable. He’s a fair-minded guy, not one to take the fall without good reason–when he operates against her in “The Time-Traveler’s Pig,” he does so on the assumption that her pig is an enthusiasm of the moment and that his love for Wendy is permanent. When he realizes that losing Waddles will truly hurt her, he doesn’t hesitate. “I could never break your heart, Mabel.”

But look at how she thanks him. She knows this wasn’t easy for him and she’s ready to show him how much it means to her. She tackles him in sheer strength of feeling. She lifts him right off his feet.

Treated unfairly? Dipper gets back everything he gives away with interest. Dipper’s happiness is his sister’s happiness and he always gets it because he is her happiness. Dipper is a lucky kid.

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REQUEST: Surprising Harry on tour to tell him you’re pregnant. Except the timing works out perfectly with fathers day, so you tell him by giving him a card. Preferably one of those ones which are like ‘Dear Dilf, need I say more’

REQUEST: I just realized your requests are open and I am flipping right now! Can you pretty please do one where you tell Harry you’re pregnant and its extremely fluffy and cute with many cuddles and loads of love! Love you and your blog loads and loads ♥


You had a love/hate relationship with tour season.

On the one hand, you hated that Harry had to be away from you. You had your own job and your own things that you needed to do, and you couldn’t exactly drop everything to follow him as he travelled around the world. You missed him terribly when he was away, and the two of you had gotten so used to each other at this point that it felt like something huge was missing when he wasn’t around. It was hard on him as well; it wasn’t like before you met two years ago when he could travel to his heart’s content. Sunsets simply weren’t as beautiful, and certain sights weren’t as breathtaking without you there by his side to see them. You skype called and texted as much as you possibly could to make up for it, but there was nothing that could even remotely come close to the feeling of falling asleep in his arms after a long day.

On the other hand, you loved to see him perform. It was one of your absolutely favorite things to do; it helped that you were a fan before meeting him and genuinely loved the boys’ music, but watching Harry on stage was absolutely mesmerizing. It seemed like every inch of him was amplified by the thousand—his smiles were brighter and his movements were stronger, and you could tell that it was the place where he felt happiest. Except for when he was with you, he would say. And the times that you got to fly out to see him were perhaps your favorite moments together—the rush of seeing each other after being apart for weeks at a time definitely made up for the time that you had to wait in between, and if anything the distance only ever brought you closer.

The reunion sex was definitely a big bonus.

It was after their show in Toronto when it happened. You had flown to visit him, and the concert was as amazing as ever. You didn’t get to see him until after the show was over, and the sight of your very sweaty and very beautiful rockstar almost made your heart stop. You could tell that he felt the same, because his features lit up more than they already had when he saw you running down the hallway to jump into his arms.

“Harry!” You squealed lightly as you slipped your arms around his neck and immediately looped your legs around his waist to pull his body closer to yours. You could smell the sweat on his body and his dark purple t-shirt was beginning to stick to yours, but you wouldn’t let go for anything.

“How’d you sneak back here, you menace?” He teased as he playfully pinched your behind while supporting your weight with both his palms, turning to press you against the nearest wall as he nipped at your neck.

The next several minutes consisted of the two of you giggling and fooling around backstage in Harry’s dressing room, caught up in each other as if you’d just fallen in love. That was the thing you loved most about the two of you—you’d had your fair share of arguments and bumps in the road like any other couple, but the spark had never faded.

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My Final Thoughts

I really don’t even understand the last episodes ending.

WHAT WAS THE POINT OF THE GAME?

The 5 girls are consistently tortured in order to get a puzzle piece to make up an image of eyes in spider webs to get the image of a guy walking to the mystery location of Dunhills body in Charles fake grave…

The girls are arrested, Mary confesses and the girls are released.

AD drives happily away from Rosewood.

WHAT THE HELL DID AD ACCOMPLISH?

I’m so stressed out. I’ve poured my heart and soul into this show for years. Im so scared the finale isn’t going to be good. The plot holes are so enormous. The last 9 episodes have been terrible and 98% filler. I’m dreading the finale. Im praying to god they put it all together in a beautiful and satisfying way.

I’m sure everyone has watched the interview that Sasha and Marlene did last week. My heart kept sinking every time Marlene answered a question. She actually had to think back in order to respond. At least fake it, doesn’t she understand how die-hard the fans are? How we’ve literally poured over every single episode a million times looking for clues?

The fact that she said the NAT Club was over years ago, and most of us to this day have been theorizing that the club had a huge impact on the endgame- just goes to show that she thinks she’s already ended a ton of storylines but we feel like we still need a million answers.

And all this bullshit that AD became AD after Charlotte died is infuriating. WHY WOULD THEY MAKE A BOARD GAME WITH THE GIRLS DRESSED AS THEY WERE “That Night” IF THIS ALL DOESNT HAVE SOMETHING TO DO WITH SOMETHING THAT HAPPENED BACK THEN?

Idk I just have such a strong sense of dread we are going to be disappointed 😔. There have been problems with all the reveals thus far.

Mona’s reveal was so good but I hated the way the show portrayed her reasoning. She said the girls stole Hanna from her-but they only became friends again when they started getting the A messages. Mona was A because she wanted to be in control and bully her bullies. That’s it.

CeCe’s reveal was SO LAME. You built a dollhouse to torture the girls because they didn’t miss Ali when she was gone or whatever bullshit it was? Umm. I’ve read 7295927161739 million theories better then that. Plus there’s so many continuity errors and plot holes with CeCe’s story. It’s just terrible.

And then there was the infamous Sara Harvey as Black Veil reveal. I cringe just thinking about it.

Then we think we are about to meet AD- and it’s SYDNEY. 😑😑😑

I’m so terrified we are going to be let down. I’m still holding out hope that they drop an amazing bombshell on us, tying everything together since the beginning.

I want to experience the same feeling I got the moment Ezra turned around in his lair. Best BEST BESTTTT moment of the entire series. I screamed and fell off my couch.

Ezra is and always has been my top A suspect. I’m holding out hope til the very last second that he is Endgame. In my opinion it is the absolute ONLY thing that would make sense.

Ezra is A forever ❤️

anonymous asked:

hi! I know how you feel about canon sh/eith and al/lurance already but what do you think about canon kl/ance? from their development so far (and the fact that they're apparently supposed to develop throughout the entire series, so if they're already kinda friends/coleaders in s3, what comes next?), the small hints like expressions and moments, and all the stuff said in the interviews (about romance, lgbt rep and possibly bi lance hints) kinda hinting at the ship? Just curious about your opinion!

Just to clarify: this is my own personal opinion, and everyone else’s is just as valid. I’ve talked about how I feel about canon k/l a bit before–the long version of this is here, and I think that’s probably the best way I can word it. But the shorter version is this:

  • I’m a bi guy, and I’ve personally never felt there was any indication of bi Lance in canon. He flirts with many girls very often, but never expresses the same interest in guys. Lance is actually one of the few characters where we know for certain how he reacts when he’s romantically interested in someone, and you really only see that level of interest around girls. 
  • The idea of Lance being bi in canon as he’s written now actually really bothers me, and I personally just don’t think it would be good representation. It perpetuates stereotypes like:

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This smile to me was something huge! To see mickey come out to his dad and the entire neighborhood was incredible. Everything from,“Ian what you and I have makes me free” to I’m fucking gay" made me fall in love with the character and gallavich ten times more than I already was. But to catch the boys in this sweet moment after the fight and mickey coming out was so magical. The boys are bloodied,bruised, beaten and then mickey smiles. A full on face smile. Genuine happiness. MICKEY IS FREE. COMPLETELY AND UTTERLY FREE. Best scene in the series

Clara: The Golden Companion

One piece of criticism I often see levelled at Clara Oswald is that she was too powerful, too influential, too much a “spotlight-stealing squad” (to use a term from TVtropes.org which has a small write-up devoted to this). And I’ve seen some people outright ask why Clara got all the attention, while Amy, Rose, River, Martha, Donna, etc. didn’t.

Well, first off, that’s nonsense. As Russell T Davies and Steven Moffat have continually said since 2005, the companion is the co-lead in the modern era of Who, and the show is usually told from the point of view of the companion. Not too far removed from An Unearthly Child back in 1963 which was almost totally from the perspective of Barbara and Ian. You want a case of a show being taken back to its roots, you can’t go further back than Episode One. And during their time, all the modern companions have been in the spotlight. We’re going to see it happen again in a few weeks with Bill. Companions in Doctor Who are by their nature “spotlight-stealing squads”, at least the ongoing ones. The only way around that would be a season of nothing but “Heaven Sents” (which is not necessarily the paradise one would imagine) or the Doctor having a different companion every story which is what they’ve been trying to do with Twelve in the comics after dropping Clara, with very mixed results. And I personally find the novels in which the Doctor (any Doctor) has an adventure without a regular, established companion less appealing than those that do.

But there is another reason that I consistently see missed as to why Clara Oswald, specifically, was as influential as she was. 

Clara Oswald was the Golden Companion. That is, she was the companion created to accompany the Doctor for the golden anniversary of Doctor Who. 50 years of Romanas, Sarah Janes, Adrics, Leelas, Ians, Tegans, Roses, Marthas, Donnas, Amys … all those who came before, were in some measure distilled into a companion that represented a half century of the “best of the best” who travelled with the Doctor.

In “The Name of the Doctor” we see Clara echoed throughout the Doctor’s entire existence. In “The Day of the Doctor”, after The Moment fails to convince the Doctor not to push the button, Clara makes the Doctor choose an alternative. In “The Time of the Doctor”, Clara convinces the Time Lords to give the Doctor more regenerations (so that means every Doctor from Capaldi on out will exist because of Clara). In “Listen”, she gives the Doctor his inspiration as a young child. Ultimately, she leaves the series in “Hell Bent” as “a” Doctor in all but name. Which is perfectly fitting and a culmination of an amazing character arc that I know will be reevaluated positively by many in the years to come.

Is that a lot for a single companion to accomplish? Maybe. But then how many 50th anniversary companions are we likely to ever see?

anonymous asked:

Have you done a top 5 characters from boku no hero academia yet? If not, please do!!

I haven’t, my bean! And actually this top 5 has been requested A LOT, so let’s do it! (as always, they are in order of how much I personally like them)

1. Todoroki. If I have to be completely honest with you, I wish he was the main character of the series and I actually stopped reading the manga because of how little he was featured lately. I love him…so much. He’s one of my all time favorite anime characters. Ha has a complexity and a depth that were worth to be explored way deeper than it was, and went through one of the most outstanding character development arcs of the series. He suffered, he was emotionally (and physically) scarred, he endured so much without showing, he learned and, finally, he let himself be free. And still, he has so much more to learn and to grow. In my eyes, he will always be the greatest hero. 

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2. Kirishima. Simply, THE SUN. Kirishima is the kind of character I wish I could make real because I physically need him to be my friend. He’s selfless, loyal and has the biggest heart of gold. He just cares so much about his bros. I’m sure that if he had to see himself through the eyes of all the people that love him, he will understand that he’s way stronger than he thinks and all his self-esteem issues will disappear (or maybe not, but still…). 

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3. Bakugou. Ah, Kacchan. I liked him since the first time I saw him. I’m aware that he’s not a character that easy to love, I find myself sighing “why is my son like that” all the times, but he’s so much more than what meets the eye. He has an inner world where everything that happens to the people around him affects him so damn much. He’s not an abusive angry boy. He’s just a kid (how often we forget that they are all just kids) that would carry the whole weight of the world on his shoulders if he was asked to. He’s the next candidate for a great character development arc and I can’t wait to see it.

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4. Momo. My queen. She’s so strong, so powerful, but yet so delicate and fragile. From the outside, one could think that she has it all: an amazingly versatile quirk, a sharp mind, the ability to always remain calm, a kind heart and a gentle behavior. Also, she’s beautiful. Discovering how much was going on behind that perfect facade of hers made me love her even more. Her and Todoroki’s battle together will always be one of my favorite moments of BNHA. 

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5. Aizawa. Simply, the most relatable character in the entire series. Me and him have exactly the same coaching style when it comes to bringing the best out our students, sometimes purposefully putting them in distress. But, also, we will protect them with our lives, if we had to. I think he’s the best teacher class 1A could have ever asked for. 

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- bonus: there’s a certain someone only us manga readers know…a someone that I love really, really very much a lot and I can’t keep him off this list: the one and only, Mirio Togata!  

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My top 25 NaLu moments! (Part 2)

Okay, let’s continue this! Here’s part two for my favorite NaLu moments. Part 1 can be found here, if you’re interested in seeing the numbers 25 through 16. Now let’s move on to 15 through 6 (yes, I decided to extend it, it’d just get too big). Thanks a lot to everyone who read this, I love y’all. Also, once again, there are spoilers here for the current arc. If you haven’t caught up to it yet, it’s best if you don’t read this. Also, sorry for any grammar mistakes.

Part 3 is here.

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anonymous asked:

I love sasuke and Sakura they've always been my fave characters so I have a question what are your top 3 Sakura moments, top 3 sasuke moments, and top 3 sasusaku moments 😁

TOP 3 SAKURA MOMENTS:

3. The moment she moved to protect Sasuke from Gaara with her life:

Because this demonstrated such courage, and it showcased just how far she had come since the Forest of Death. In that instance, she was paralysed with fear in the face of adversity. Now, she looked death straight in the face, only this time, she chose not to move. Sakura was fully aware that she was absolutely powerless to stop Gaara, yet she put her life on the line to protect Sasuke in any way that she could. It was one of those instances in which the person’s body “just moved by itself” because she only had a split second to think as she saw Gaara heading towards Sasuke with a killing intent. This was also the scene that made me 100% certain that Sakura no longer had any form of crush on Sasuke; she loved him, through and through.

2. The moment she awakened the Byakugou Seal during the war and went smashy smashy:

Because how awesome was this scene? She turned the battlefield into her own personal playground, and demonstrated extreme and even frightening levels of strength, much to the shock and awe of everyone in the Allied Shinobi Forces (well, apart from Sasuke of course). It was also during this scene that Hashirama, “The God of Shinobi” himself, all but confirmed that Sakura was well on her way to surpassing her master.

1. The moment she made the single most epic entrance EVER:

Because I’m a fanboy of fierce looks (just refer to this post for evidence of that), and in this scene, Sakura displayed the biggest “Don’t FUCK with my family” look I had seen in recent memory. In Sakura came to save her husband and daughter, and did so by rupturing every internal organ in Shin’s body with one punch, and then proceeded to give that exquisite look. Such badassery! :D


TOP 3 SASUKE MOMENTS:

3. The moment he admitted his loss:

Because this was the moment where the Curse of Hatred was effectively eradicated. Sasuke had overcome his hatred, and was finally able to embrace the Will of Fire fully; the main goal of Part 2 had been achieved, and it was really nice to see him genuinely smiling again.

2. The moment he protected Konoha from a meteorite:

Because this moment was the epitome of badassery, and it remains my favourite scene from The Last. There Kakashi and a platoon of other ninja were, at the mercy of this huge meteorite, and in comes Sasuke to destroy it and save all of them while stating his desire to protect the village while Naruto’s not around, thereby cementing his position as one of Konoha’s joint top protectors. He would then disappear as quickly as he appeared… It was just cool man, it was just cool! :D

1. The moment he awakened his Mangekyou Sharingan:

Because this moment… This moment… It was 200 chapters in the making; ever since Sasuke first mentioned the importance of killing your best friend, I knew he’d awaken the Mangekyou at some point or another, it was simply a matter of time. And when he finally did, it was just such an “Oh shit!” moment, not only because of the power boost that it signified, but also because of his words as it happened - he intended to crush Konoha. This was the point at which shit really started to hit the fan, and I was very hyped! ^_^


TOP 3 SASUSAKU MOMENTS:

3. Chapter 181:

Because this was an iconic chapter and arguably one of the most crucial and biggest turning points in the entire series; and its sheer significance was huge. All sorts of different references and throwbacks to this chapter would be made throughout the manga, and would always serve as Sakura’s main incentive for never giving up on Sasuke. Sakura earnestly confessed her love for him, and while sincerely grateful for everything she had done for him, he simply couldn’t deter from his path; he deemed it too late. However, this was enough for Sakura to realise that this wasn’t the only path available to Sasuke. Thus, from this point onward, Sakura would strive to make Sasuke realise that a better future was still within his grasp, regardless of whether he felt as though he had no choice but to walk the Avenger’s path.

2. The forehead poke:

Because this was Sasuke’s ultimate expression of affection, and he used on Sakura of all people. Sasuke had been saved from the darkness and hatred that had been holding his heart captive for so long, and now that he was able to see things with clarity, and embrace the love that was offered to him, the feeling was finally enabled to grow beyond platonic companionship into something more; he was beginning to see Sakura Haruno for who she truly was. It was also a nice touch that Sakura was finally able to look directly into Sasuke’s eyes as he demonstrated his affection for her, because Sakura had asked Sasuke whether or not she still had a place in his heart in 693. Well, this served as a rather elaborate answer to her question :)

1. Their intimacy in Gaiden Chapter 9, with Sarada looking on:

Because when you remember all that Sasuke and Sakura have gone through with each other, and then you see a panel like this, it just evokes so much emotion, because you know that they’ve come such a long way. Whenever I look at this panel, I just think to myself “well done guys, I’m happy for you”. Even though times were difficult, they were working through them together and were fully supportive of one another as husband and wife. It was really nice to see. Furthermore, the fact that this was what assured Sarada that there was indeed genuine love between her parents, made this scene that much better :)

My Thoughts about “Outlander” Fandom.

Today, I read about several bogs on Tumblr about some opinions about “Outlander” fandom, Starz PR, Entertainment Weekly’s promotion, etc. and I’d like to write about how I felt. My intension is not to challenge anybody. I just need to express myself in my own blog.

I am practically a newcomer of “Outlander” fandom. I discovered the TV show in February 2016 through my sister who insisted me to watch the show. I rented DVDs from Netflix. I remembered when I called my sister during S1E5 and told her that I was not sure if I could finish watching the entire 16 episodes. She said, “Just keep watching. It’s getting better. I promise.” and she was right. Soon or later, I found myself standing up on Sixth Ave. in NYC in a cold and rainy day in April just to see Sam Heughan as a Grand Marshal in Tartan Parade, read 8 books twice in a few months and some other related books by Diana Gabaldon.

I used to be a journalist with a different language other than English (please forgive my English mistakes) and I am still a geek. So I researched a lot of things related “Outlander” after I was hooked in this universe. Soon, I found a wired behavior by so-called Extreme Shippers as well as a lot of complains about almost everything.

Here is my question. Why can’t we just sit back and enjoy the show? Is it such a difficult thing to do? I understand the passion and the emotional investment by the fans because I am one of them. “Outlander” universe is totally addictive. However, the bottom line is this is just a TV show, a high quality TV show you can enjoy. Nothing else. “Outlander” series are not easy stories to bring it to the screen. The entire production team did an extraordinary job so far. (I have a small complain about too much Frank in the storyline, but that’s a minor point.) I truly appreciate all the hard work by cast & crew.

About the PR job by Starz, they do the best they can do so far, IMO. This season is easier to sell compare to S2. There will be a big moment and I am sure that Starz’s strategy is to gain more new viewers besides book readers and existing fans. In that case, to feature two main characters is a straightforward way to sell. My friend who became a fan after watching DVD and non-book reader doesn’t know anything about the new characters. But she is looking forward to watching the reunion of Jamie & Claire and going to get Starz only for S3. I could say the same for EW photos. It maybe corny but I can’t deny that it is attractive and eye catching. I really hope that more people will discover this underrated TV show as well as Sam’s talent as an actor.

I used be a part of “Sherlock” fandom. (BTW, I was very excited when I discovered that Mark Gatiss and Sam were old pals!) There were shipping and complains. There was a conspiracy theory about Benedict Cumberbatch and then his GF (now his wife). It has all the similar things with “Outlander” fandom except the real actors shipping. If people ship real actors like ES, they crossed the line between fiction and reality, and everything will be delusional.

Of course people are entitled to express their opinions about everything. But for me, I am here to enjoy my favorite TV show, the actors and the books, not to nitpick something imperfect. In fact, nothing is perfect.

I rebloged this screen cap by @breezylouisey before, but I’ll do it again. Sam Sykes is an author and Diana Gabaldon’s son. Apparently he knows about control issues in some fandoms. 

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Downton Abbey: The Weddings [DVD] [2017] UK (March 13, 2017.)


For all six seasons, the relationships of Downton Abbey’s couples have had us celebrating, commiserating and, above all, sharing their most vulnerable and very best moments. This celebration collection includes some of the most romantic and touching wedding scenes and episodes from the entire series of Downton Abbey. Spanning the idyllic pre-war era through the storms of The Great War into the roaring 1920s, there have been many crucial relationships both upstairs and downstairs in the great house. As the world around them undergoes extraordinary change, love affairs within the sumptuous home continue to be marked by passion, ambition, and heartbreak.

Features 5 full episodes (including the Finale), and also includes brand new and exclusive filmed introduction and discussion from the show’s creative team who brought these relationships to life and their insights into the romance and storylines.

3 disc(s)  415 minutes

Extras: Documentaries: ‘The Relationships of Downton’