brute force approach

aquaburst07  asked:

What do you think Lotor will be like next season? Do you think he was the one in the Weblum? If you think he is the Weblum Galra, do you think he might be mute next season?

I think there’s one of two ways they could go about it, and depending on how they want his dynamic to be with the rest of the team.

The first, before some of the interviews saying they didn’t want to play up the elements of the character associated with Sincline from GoLion, was actually something of a parody of the overbearing love interests in past shows that Lauren Montgomery worked on (read - Mako from Korra. He would be a parody of Mako from Korra). Essentially someone who relied on wit, guile, and a complete and utter obsession with Allura to fight the Paladins, quite different from the brute force approach Zarkon took. A complete and utterly unapologetic jackass that would likewise serve as a parody of extreme shipping.

The second, and admittedly far more likely approach is probably a conflicted villain ala Zuko of Avatar or Prince Hinlear of Voltes V. Someone who views his opponents as honorable, and has a twinge of decency and fair play, things that disagree with his father, leading to their strained relationship. He’s someone who would rather make peace and be left to help his own people, but whose loyalty to the Galra empire supersedes any sympathy he might otherwise have.

I don’t see him being mute so much as someone who picks his words very carefully. Unlike 80’s Lotor, who bragged constantly and could almost never back it up, this Lotor would be far more cunning and devious, speaking only when necessary, never betraying his thoughts, and making sure all his words have meaning.

anonymous asked:

ive always seen regina more as a ravenclaw. Could you explain your choice :)? Also snow as slytherin is so real tbh

i don’t really see regina as a ravenclaw, just because for me, a ravenclaw’s defining trait is that they’re motivated (not exclusively, but i’d say at least primarily) by a thirst for knowledge. hermione is a pretty good example of this; she’s canonically recognized as “the brightest witch of her age”; she thrives on learning, and devours every book she can get her hands on–but the hat chose to sort her into gryffindor because knowledge-seeking is not hermione’s ultimate priority. 

in the same sense, i agree that regina is very smart, but that intelligence is only a means to an end. regina is an extremely single-minded person; she’s someone with a clear end-goal, and that end-goal (throughout much of her history, especially during her time in the enchanted forest) was revenge against snow white. for an example, off-hand: regina didn’t pursue magic because she found it fascinating, or wanted to learn more about it; she wanted magic specifically to escape an arranged marriage (and eventually, to target snow). magic is a tool to her, rather than a source of intellectual exploration and discovery. in other words, she doesn’t delight in the study of the art of magic, she only anticipates what it can do for her on a less theoretical, more practical level. regina will gladly learn all there is to know about a subject if she feels it will help her cause in the long run, but she isn’t after knowledge for knowledge’s sake.

i don’t think a ravenclaw sorting strongly contradicts regina’s true character, but i don’t feel it suits her especially well either, for the reasons i mentioned. but honestly, when it comes to regina’s sorting, my knee-jerk reaction is pretty much “not slytherin,” since (while she does have the cunning and resourcefulness typical of slytherins) i think that “ambition” and “self-preservation” are literally the antithesis of regina’s personality and motivations. one of my biggest arguments against the slytherin sorting is that regina (as she says herself) never wanted power; even when regina had accepted and embraced her role as queen, power for power’s sake was never a motivation for her. instead, (similar to her magical abilities) it’s a means to an end. and it’s important to keep in mind that the reason she’s seeking revenge in the first place is because she was denied her true happiness–a quiet, unassuming life with a penniless stable boy. regina is unambitious to the point that she fought her mother tooth and nail to avoid a marriage to a wealthy and powerful king, even knowing that this union would make her queen; the process that secured regina’s power also simultaneously robbed her of her agency, which is probably a big part of why the slytherin sorting makes me cringe so much. 

as far as self-preservation is concerned, she has none–whatsoever. whereas i would argue that a slytherin knows how to play their cards right in order to protect their interests (and their lives, if need be), regina is constantly overstepping, pushing boundaries, instigating fights, and running her mouth to the point of self-endangerment. when regina is about to be executed, she would rather get the last word in than apologize for her actions, even knowing (as i’m sure she did) that snow would be waiting for any sign that regina was worth saving. regina has a “savior complex” to the point that she’s constantly offering to sacrifice her life (in the cave in “and straight on ‘til morning,” in emma’s bug in “darkness on the edge of town,” in the alternate universe in “operation mongoose, part two,” i could go on). this is not the behavior of a slytherin. 

i strongly agree with this sorting of her that points out, “she’s not all that cunning. regina generally favors brute force over all other approaches.” that same sorting singles out her defining characteristic as sheer nerve, and i’m inclined to agree with that as well. i think, given the reputation regina tries to project (as someone smooth, cold, calm and confident) that people tend to give her credit for being all of those things when she really isn’t. in actuality, regina is reckless, emotion-driven, and extremely heavy-handed; she has a legendary temper, and she allows it to dictate her decisions to an extent that i doubt a slytherin ever would. she doesn’t strategize her way to victory, she bulldozes everyone in her path, and this is why she so often fails. just to contrast her with a true slytherin here: rumplestiltskin knows how to play the long game; he plans to manipulate regina into casting the curse for him from the moment of her birth (and arguably before even then, since he was angling for cora’s first born long before regina was even a thought). as for regina, she has no idea what the curse even is until rumple “casually” suggests it to her on the day of snow and charming’s wedding–and she immediately latches onto the idea and shows up at the wedding that day to threaten them with it, because she’s impetuous and excels at forethought about as much as your average gryffindor which is to say…not at all. regina leaps headfirst into everything she does, based solely on her feelings, and inevitably gets burned; honestly, beneath the layers of faux-aloofness, i think she’s every bit the archetypal gryffindor, and that’s much easier to see in the few flashbacks we’re given of her youth, where it becomes very clear where her priorities lie. 

So after re-watching the new adaption (through reinterpretation is more fitting) of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency and writing a short piece on the final episode, I decided to write a sort of analysis thingy of something I noticed within the CIA storyline. I’ve put it below the cut for spoiler reasons. Be warned – it’s rather long.

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picture this: lil shaw (or lil-er shaw, as a lil kiddie), fussing over the glass of milk she’s given with her breakfast till her dad tells her that milk has calcium, and calcium grows bones, so people can grow tall!

now picture an older but only slightly taller shaw, years later, drinking her milk every morning still. where the fuck is that calcium she was promised? how the fuck is that idiot who sits behind her in class still able to use her head as an armrest at recess (at least until she twists his arm behind his back)?

then shaw’s in her teens. some kids get their growth spurt late, she reasons, so she keeps drinking her milk. not only that, she starts gulping it down in larger quantities. she likens it to a brute force approach to getting that damn calcium into her bones.

“go cow or go home,” shaw quips after joining team machine. so when john opens shaw’s fridge after root kidnaps her, and the doors swing open to reveal grenades, guns, rifles, and a half-full quart of milk, and harold asks “have u found anything” and john says “nothing unexpected”

that’s because reese, im sure, has gone on countless stakeouts with his mayhem twin only to wake up in the morning to find shaw standing there in her shorts, guzzling down a carton of milk that she’d picked up along the way. she never found that fuckin calcium in time for a growth spurt but it’s too late for her now. shaw’s gotta have her milk

Animated Combat Styles in RvB (Affiliates of Charon Industries: First Edition)

If you’ve been following me for a while then you definitely know one thing about me: I like fights. I like to write them. I like to read them. I like to watch them, and dear me do I like to pick them apart. So, while I’m not a martial arts expert (nor do I play one on TV), I spent a long time gathering the data and working on conclusions.

So without further ado, here it is. Animated Combat Styles in RvB as interpreted by ChurbooseAnon, and involving materials from Season Eight Episode Four through Season Thirteen Episode One. Subsequent editions may come out that revise these descriptions or enhance them, and will be linked to in revised versions of this post, as well as any revisions linked to this. All of the posts in this series will be tagged as ‘RvB Combat Styles Analysis’ now and in the future.

[Reds & Blues] [Surviving Freelancers] [Faces of Texas and Maine] [Dead Freelancers]

In the course of this post I’ll be talking about the following individuals in the following order: 


  • Insurrectionist Leader
  • Demo Man
  • Sleeveless Insurrection Soldier
  • Girlie


  • Locus
  • Felix

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