but it's one of my favorite scenes in all nine seasons

Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Doing Humor Right

Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a show that has been praised by both critics and fans as one that is not only hilarious, but progressive as well. It starts out with a squad of detectives who have to adjust to a new Captain named Raymond Holt, who just so happens to be a gay black man. Jake Peralta—the Jewish protagonist whose only unsolvable mystery is how to grow up—butts heads with him almost immediately. The show goes through its classical sitcom scenarios as well as crime shenanigans and often surprising season finales as they find themselves in dangerous situations.

What’s so remarkable and surprising about this is show is how they deal with humor with such a diverse cast. When any of the characters joke about their ethnicity or their sexuality, it isn’t aimed at the white and straight viewers and that makes a huge difference. For example, in one episode Holt talks about how he made a bad impression on his husband’s parents by mistaking two different compositions for each other. When asked by Jake if that’s really all it took for them not to have approved of the two of them, Holt clarifies that “they’re huge homophobes that think I made Kevin gay with my magic genitalia.”

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This, like many lines, are meant to pander to those in the same demographic as the character who spoke it. Often times on TV and in movies, queer and POC characters are played off as jokes that the privileged are supposed to laugh at. “See, they’re not like us, isn’t that so bizarre and funny?” However, Brooklyn Nine-Nine understands that queer and non-white characters also watch television like everyone else. They make a major effort to be inclusive and inoffensive with their humor while still being hilarious. Even those who don’t watch the show probably know the gag with Jake playing a guitar loudly and screaming in an attempt to annoy someone into confessing, or the scene where Jake accidentally calls Holt “dad” and then tells him he sees him as a “bother figure ‘cause you’re always bothering me” rather than a father figure.

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Not only that, the show also turns many tropes on its head and does its best to make characters as fleshed out as possible. None of them even come close to being stereotypes. Jake seems like the typical male protagonist who thinks he’s better than he actually is and belittles his coworkers, then turns out to be a genuinely caring goofball who learns to work as a team and punches a homophobe in the face. Amy Santiago seems uptight and too dedicated to her work to have any fun, yet even while she’s driven she also participates and leads in most of the team hijinks.

It has garnered critical as well as public acclaim and hopefully its success can set an example for future shows and they way they deal with diverse casts. 

It’s not perfect–sometimes the fat jokes can be rather excessive and uncomfortable to sit through. There was a particular scene where Gina calls Amy an “asexual nerd who can only be friends with service animals” that I found rather tasteless. It takes a while at first to find its rhythm, yet upon rewatching the first season I found it picks it up quicker than I remembered. Nothing can be absolutely flawless, yet the cast show they genuinely care about those who watch it and that says a lot. 

Even besides all that, it’s a genuinely fun show and one of my favorite sitcoms. Its happy, light-hearted tone is a blessing and it’s often like visual comfort food. As the premiere of fifth season is about to begin, now is as good as any time to binge it. I fully recommend Brooklyn Nine-Nine regardless of who you are.

MCU Danny Rand Week: Day 3

A Favorite Relationship

    We are (gasp) not going to be talking about Danny and Luke (though they are our favorites)! Or Danny and Misty (who we adore in the comics and will be sharing two upcoming shows)! Or Danny and Colleen (who have been wonderful in the Netflix-verse, though we’re still not sold on the necessity of the romance)! We’re not going to take this opportunity to geek out over all the comics-based Danny relationships that we’re so incredibly excited about seeing in the MCU. Trust us… there will be time for all that later, and we’ve already blogged about them quite a bit. Instead, we’ve decided to focus on something unique to the Netflix shows, with which we feel they did an incredible job: the relationship between Danny and Davos. 

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Samurai Jack Season 5 Review - Part 1 (SPOILERS)

So, for those of you not in the know, Samurai Jack had a final, conclusive fifth season this year that aired on Toonami/Adult Swim. It consisted of ten episodes which ran successively over 11 weeks (one episode being displaced by a Rick and Morty surprise season premiere). This is going to be a review of that season, with one section dedicated to each episode, and then a “closing thoughts” segment. This review will also be split into two parts since it’s so damn long, so hopefully that will allow more people to actually read it. The second part will go up tomorrow.

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mitarashiko  asked:

Your conversation with 50cyg makes me want to ask you something~ What do you think Yamato likes the most about Taichi? What is your favorite scene of them?? Do you think they think about the reasons why they two can form omegamon??!! I'm very curious *^*

You know, at first I thought these questions seemed harmless, but when I got to thinking about them…they took me a while to answer lol

I already know these answers are going to be long. So I’m just going to put them under a cut. 

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Happy Fanfiction Writers Appreciation Day!

Last year, I put together this list of fic recs in honor of the day. They are all amazing, so you should definitely check them out, but in the mean time, here’s some more. I tried to tag most of the ships and/or fandoms, so if you ship any of those or are in the fandom, check out the recs below the cut. Of course, there are plenty more amazing fanfictions/writers out there, and to them, I give a huge THANK YOU! Finally, if you have any interest in any of my stories, links can be found here.

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Supernatural Bloopers: Reader Insert Edition! (Season One)

A/N: So after delaying for months on the lovely suggestions people have been giving me, I finally managed to get something out that I hope you guys enjoyed. Since I do episode rewrites for the show, I thought why not try and do some for the bloopers?I picked out my personal favorite scenes from the gag reel and gave them little drabbles. I hope this was worth the wait, and while it’s pretty tiny, there’s still plenty more I could do! I really hope you guys enjoy!
Warning: The gifs that you see are obviously not mine. Credit is given to the lovely creators. 
Season One Gag Reel: Watch Here. 

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there are two things that people say about the himym finale that i absolutely hate:

1. it’s just a TV show

it’s never JUST A TV SHOW. this was nine years of my life, i sat through every single episode and even when it wasn’t at its best i watched it anyway and still laughed because it was one of my favorite shows. i fell in love with the characters and watched their journey and their lives evolve. i waited every single fucking week for a new episode and waited months for it to return while it was on hiatus. it’s like raising your child to become a doctor only to find out it’s a murderer i mean how the fuck did that happen I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING i spent nine years of my life on you and you decide to ruin everything i had invested in you?!

if it’s just a tv show then you’re not really a fan cos you don’t get over something like that. i know personally it’s going to take me years of therapy to get over the worst finale in history I FUCKING WANT MY NINE YEARS AND 208 EPISODES BACK DAMMIT

2. It’s so obvious Ted and Robin were going to get together in the end how can you miss that?

to these people i say WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK ARE WE EVEN WATCHING THE SAME SHOW HAVE YOU BEEN FOLLOWING THIS FROM THE BEGINNING and brace yourselves this is going to be a long rant

ok maybe if himym ended in season 5 i would’ve understood why they got back together instead it went on for 4 more seasons, characters evolve, fan opinions change FOUR YEARS IS A FUCKING LONG TIME OKAY!!

Ted always had lingering feelings for Robin that much was obvious to the point i wish they’d stop hinting at it cos it was annoying to watch him pine over her only when he’d break up with a girl or at his lowest point. BUT ROBIN NEVER FELT THE SAME WAY ABOUT HIM AND IN SEASON 7 SHE EVEN FLAT OUT SAID SHE WASN’T IN LOVE WITH HIM DID THE WRITER’S FORGET THAT OR SOMETHING?!!?!?! Robin even left the opening of Ted’s building to see Barney and stop his proposal to Patrice IS THAT SOMETHING ROBIN WOULD DO IF SHE WAS STILL IN LOVE WITH TED she wanted to stop a proposal for fuck sakes without even knowing the truth that Barney was in love with her

and let’s not forget the 22 episodes they spent on a wedding which in my opinion was unnecessary AND WHY WOULD YOU SPEND MOST OF THE SEASON ON A WEDDING IF THEY WERE GOING TO DIVORCE WHAT WAS THE POINT OF THAT??!?!?! I DON’T FUCKING UNDERSTAND WHY ANY SHOW WOULD PUT SO MUCH EMPHASIS ON TWO CHARACTERS AND MAKE YOU BELIEVE THEY WERE MEANT FOR EACH OTHER ONLY TO BREAK THEM UP!!!!! Ted and Robin had 2 seasons then that one episode in season 4 where they were friends with benefits but Barney and Robin had half a season as a couple and roughly 2 seasons of “will they or won’t they” then a season of them finally together and a whole season dedicated on a wedding so please tell me HOW THE FUCK CAN YOU TELL THAT TED AND ROBIN WERE END GAME????!!!

the worse part of it all was at the end and Robin was all like “i still have unresolved feelings for Ted, he was the one i should’ve ended up with blah blah blah” WHERE THE FUCK DID THAT COME FROM WHAT UNRESOLVED FEELINGS SHE SAID SHE WASN’T IN LOVE WITH HIM ANYMORE AND NOT TO MENTION SHE MARRIED BARNEY if she was going to end up with Ted at least make her not go through with the wedding that would make more fucking sense and why the fuck would Ted time and time again say he’s “let go of Robin” only to have him come back to her in the end what was the whole point of that scene of her floating away like a balloon TELL ME WHAT WAS THE FUCKING POINT OF THAT????!!!?!


Deep Space Nine: 2x22

I’m not going to keep doing this. I really promise. I can’t keep doing this, if I ever intend to finish Star Trek: Deep Space Nine before midway through 2018. Which, at my current rate, would be the reasonable projection. Oh in case you are just now joining us: at the time of writing I have only watched through episode 4x10. And I will be finishing the series before 2018, you have my word.

But — continually feeling dissonant over how little I actually said about the season 2 episode ‘The Wire’ relative to the DEPTH & TENOR of my feelings for it, and because of and after it, it’s getting a damn recap.


Because tbh “A CRISP HOLY FUCK TO ALL OF THIS” can probably not be beat in efficacy/overall sentiment.

Season 2, Episode 22: ‘The Wire’

The first scene of ‘The Wire’ does so many things I enjoy that it could almost be a case study in How A Show Can Catch A Tarra.

We open with Garak complaining to Bashir about a late shipment, deadpanning: “Oh well, that’s the price for doing business with a culture that refuses to even acknowledge the concept of time. Though I must say, they make magnificent sweaters.” My Kinda Space Jokes.

Immediately on the heels of this blithe Stoppardian absurdity, Julian yawns, revealing he’s sleepy because he was up late last night. No, not entertaining a lady friend, Garak — reading a Cardassian epic, the nerd.

And with that we’ve neatly transitioned into Lit Crit With Garak & Bashir, my favorite PBS show. Julian gets particularly animated whenever he’s talking about ~artwork~, which is so silly and precious I want to bottle it. Garak is surely torn between professorially informing him he’s critiquing Cardassian literature from an entirely alien sensibility, and just letting him keep talking in the hopes that he’ll continue doing this soft sparkle thing:

The former wins out though, especially as Garak can’t help but wince as pain lances through his head.

Which turns us on a dime from literary theory to medical mystery, as our International Man of Secrets bundles himself swiftly around this flash of strange suffering, hoping to deflect the lighthouse beams Dr. Bashir’s eyes have turned into. As usual, Julian doctoring someone gets an A grade from this viewer, because it’s such a goddamn delight watching the Bertie Wooster of space go so sure-footed on something.

Garak assures him that it isn’t necessary to go to the infirmary. “Well maybe not, but humor me,” Julian tries. But Garak, visibly fraying under a building strain, makes a deliberate cut: “Frankly Doctor, I’m a little tired of humoring you.” And with THAT glimpse of the dangerous unknown sea always swirling just beneath their lunch dates, Garak departs, leaving Julian to hmmm at his retreating back.

What is certain is this: Garak knows what is hurting him, and he does not want Julian to find out.

Forget your Cardassian epics — THIS IS THE WAY TO START A STORY.

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Olicity Library - Favorites Survey

 Part I – Your work

  • The fic I’m really proud of:  How to Save a Life (DWTS!AU) I’ve only written one fic so far for Arrow. I’m really proud of this fic because I wrote and published it despite in the midst of really bad Depression. I have more headcanon for this universe that I hope someday I’ll get around to writing.
  • The fic I had fun writing:
  • The fic that stressed me out a lot but ended up okay:
  • The most popular fic I have:

Part II – Olicity Fandom Work






MY NAME IS BARRON SHEPHERD!!! No, I was NOT stranded on an island for 5 years, however, I have been a fan of Green Arrow comics since the 70s and that is a long long time. During this time I have seen many adaptations and variations of the Green Arrow character in the DC universe. He has been a good guy, and boldly breaking from their own canon DC comics has portrayed him also as an extremist and even a criminal. Several versions of the Arrow character in different story lines have been killed  Like a cat that has nine lives when it comes to  Oliver Queen/Green Arrow there are multiple canons.

Green Arrow first appeared in More Fun Comics #73 in November 1941. A cross between Robin Hood and Batman, Green Arrow enjoyed moderate success in his early years, becoming the cover feature of More Fun, and occasional appearances in other comics. In the late 1960s, Green Arrow went thru dramatic visual redesign by Neal Adams and in 1970, the character was featured in a ground-breaking, socially conscious comic book series.  

Later, he would become more popular among comic book fans and most writers took a more urban, gritty approach to the character. Green Arrow/Oliver Queen was killed off in the 1990s and replaced by a new character, Oliver’s son Connor Hawke. Connor was a less popular character, and the original Oliver Queen character was resurrected in the 2001 “Quiver” story line.

There have been several alternative versions of the character that have appeared in DC Comics publications. The original 1940’s version of the character became established as the Earth-Two version of Green Arrow. He also appears in Frank Miller’s “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns” and the sequel “Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again” however he is missing an arm and later he acquires a cybernetic replacement.

In other versions of the character as in “JLA: The Nail” and its sequel, Oliver is featured as a crippled ex-hero, having lost an arm, an eye, and the use of his legs.  In “Batman: Holy Terror”, Oliver Queen is mentioned as having been executed for crimes he committed. He has a cameo as Bruce Wayne’s society friend in Dean Motter’s “Batman: Nine Lives”. Oliver Queen also appears in Mike Mignola’s “Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham”, where he is portrayed as a latter-day Templar.

An older, balding Green Arrow appears in “Kingdom Come”, there was even a  Lord of the Rings–inspired version where the character is renamed “Longbow Greenarrow”: a mysterious wizard resembling Gandalf.  In the tie-in comic to “Injustice: Gods Among Us”, Green Arrow was a member of Batman’s Insurgency against Superman’s Regime who is killed by Superman.

After having been in so many different adaptations in the DC universe the TV series Arrow is a modern retelling of the legendary DC Comics Character. The creators of Arrow have ingeniously reinvented the Green Arrow character once again; the Arrow isn’t a superhero in the classical sense of the word, but, rather a hero who is every bit as dangerous as the criminals he’s hunting.  

Arrow’s return for season 4 marked the highest ratings the series has hit since the series premiere. The DC Comics TV series returned from its midseason hiatus and pulled in a solid 1.1 rating in the key 18-49 demographic, tallying 2.8 million total viewers.  The CW has renewed their popular series for a fifth season.

We are down to the last 5 episodes of season 4 and what a ride the series has been. Much like what the DC universe did with the character, the writers of Arrow have come up with very wonderful little twists and yet a slightly different take on the character. These twists have kept me glued to this show. After all how boring and predictable would it be if the show was nothing more than a carbon copy of a GA comic.  

The story lines that the writers have come up with each season have been absolutely enjoyable, taking us from great delight and joy to great sorrow and sadness. We have been shocked with the death of a major character, taken aback in disbelief. Arrow has been a ride that is equipped with unexpected twists and turns and a romance that has risen on the power of two actors with undeniable chemistry that leaves its watchers ever hopeful of a romance on such a level.

Stephen and Emily as Felicity and Oliver are just magnetic, drawn to one another by a force that is beyond their power and intellect.  The natural chemistry between the two stars has opened a doorway to yet another variation of the Arrow character and his relationships. The TV adaption of Green arrow has truly made this comic hero leap off the comic book page thus transforming into a truly three dimensional character.

Stunt Coordinator / Director James “Bam Bam” Bamford deserves credit for the overall quality of its action choreography. The fight scenes are fast and furious and have us rooting for our heroes. The series consistently continues to be one of the best stunt shows on television.  Bamford and his crew are one of the keys to Arrow’s success on the CW.  

David Ramsey’s performance as John Diggle, the stead fast guide for Oliver Queen is stellar, outstanding and believable. Diggle, Oliver’s partner, confidant and body guard is often his moral compass and angel on his shoulder reminding Oliver not to step off into the abyss of total darkness.

Paul Blackthorne’s Detective Quentin Lance has been a favorite of mine since Season 1. Blackthorne is just phenomenal as Lance, a take no prisoners approach to his character. Gritty and hardnosed this character has gone from an absolute hatred of Oliver Queen to a staunch supporter of the crime fighter’s cause. Likewise was it great to see Oliver acknowledge that despite their differences Oliver looks up to and respects him.

One of the most interesting story lines and arcs has involved both the characters of Thea Queen and Malcolm Merlyn. Merlyn/Dark Archer has been unblemishingly  played by John Barrowman. Barrowman has a demon like, intimidating and stylish presence as The Dark Archer. Barrowman’s performances are second to none.

Willa Holland is totally a dream as we have watched her character go from being the troubled sister of Oliver Queen to a force in her own right. Kicking ass and taking names WIlla’s performance is unequivocally phenomenal.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the incomparable Charlotte Ross, as Felicity’s mom, Donna Smoak. What an absolute joy to behold. Charlotte is literally a force of nature, a whirlwind,  a breath of fresh air who practically captivates every scene she is in. Her performance as the smoakin Mama Smoak is a force that cannot be reckoned with.  She is absolutely such a delight that you cannot help but be mesmerized by this actresses’ performance. 

With an amazingly passionate cast and crew and with characters that bring such depth and range to the show  Arrow has hit TV screens with a new style that’s fully envisioned and fully realized. “Arrow" lives up to its name, it hits it’s mark and makes it clear that this is one of the most impressive superhero shows in TV history.

-Barron Shepherd

Barron Shepherd is a 51-year-old martial arts instructor, a 7th degree black belt in American Kenpo Karate, a 2nd degree black belt in judo, a  Kali Practitioner, former law enforcement both military and civilan and professional badass. Barron has previously worked on several television projects, trained stuntmen in martial arts techniques, in addition to being featured as a stunt/performer himself.  – (original bio from an interview with Cammien Ray)

Subjects about which I cannot be reasonable: Cophine

(spoilers for anyone not all the way caught up on Orphan Black)

I don’t think any TV show has ever made me worry about its characters like Orphan Black. I’m not saying I’ve never been bothered by anything that befell the characters on Game of Thrones, the Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, the Sopranos, etc., but they never gave me anxiety. I knew bad things were bound to happen to some of them, and I was generally okay with it. OB, however, stresses me the fuck out. It’s a need to know that my precious babies are safe that keeps me watching. Even though, you know, they usually aren’t, hence the aforementioned stress.

I know. I know. Stories need conflict. But I would be so on board with an OB episode where none of the protagonists were in any kind of jeopardy. Hell, wrap up the plot in the season 5 premier, and give us nine episodes of them just living safe, happy lives. It would be dull, sure, but I think dull might be a welcome relief after the unrelenting assault of the past four seasons. It might repair some of the damage this show has done to the lining of my stomach. The Hendrixes slinging soap in the suburbs. Sarah doing mom stuff with Kira. Helena learning the tow truck business with Jesse. Art back to working garden variety homicides. Felix painting and partying. Siobhán…I don’t actually have any idea what a normal life for Siobhán looks like. And of course, Cosima and Delphine making crazy science together.

Which is what I worry about the most. I worry that Orphan Black’s showrunners don’t understand that they are not. Allowed. To fuck. With them.

As a rule, I don’t ship. I’ve always regarded the phenomenon with a certain amount of bewilderment, even before there was a word for it. As an X-Files fan back in the 90’s, I scratched my head at all the fans who were so desperate for Scully and Mulder to hook up. I’ve always been more or less content to let the storyteller put characters together or not as they saw fit. I’ve never understood this compulsion to force them into these romantic pairings. I’m not against it, and I’d never presume to tell anyone else how to be a fan, I just never got it.

The Orphan Black season three premier made me get it. After half an episode of following Delphine around, thinking “When the fuck are you going to go see Cosima? Go see Cosima! Do it now!”, she finally goes to see Cosima…and it’s a devastating sucker-punch to the gut. We get to watch Delphine struggle to keep her shit together as she deliberately breaks the heart of the woman she loves (and her own in the process). We get to watch Cosima’s elation turn to bitter anguish. It’s excruciating, and knowing Delphine has solid reasons doesn’t make it any easier. Cosima, squeaking a feeble “I love you” in a last-ditch effort to change her mind. Delphine, leaning against the wall, clutching her stomach and sobbing raggedly when she’s alone again. Jesus fucking Christ.

I just wanted to throw myself at the TV screen and howl, “NOOOOOOO!!! Stay together! I’ll protect you!*” I was not prepared for this shit. I mean, there were plenty of hints that something was amiss in the preceding twenty minutes, but I had willfully, obstinately ignored them. It was like surprise cardiac surgery with a rusty garden spade. I didn’t even cry the first time I watched it because I was too busy trying to remember how to breathe. That’s when I realized that I didn’t just ship these two, I was goddamn UPS.

(I would be remiss if I failed to mention that this scene would not have been the exercise in agony that it is if not for the extraordinary talents of Évelyne Brochu and Tatiana Maslany and the absolutely stellar job they do bringing these characters to life and making them feel so real)

And it aint like things have gotten much better for our ladies in the nineteen episodes since. They get back together for like a fucking minute in the season three finale, and then Delphine gets shot. They’re reunited at the end of the season four finale, and then this creepy old man says eight words to Delphine that make me hate him with an ardent fury I’ve never felt for a fictional character in all my days: “You won’t be allowed to stay with her.” WHAT?!?! AAARRRGGGHHH!!! You won’t be allowed to eat solid food when I’m done with your face, you fucking prick! If you merged Joffrey Baratheon and Dolores Umbridge into a single person, I would loathe that person less than I loathe this dude. After suffering through all of this, I don’t think it’s out of line to suggest that we are owed a happy ending for these two.

Maybe I’m worrying over nothing. My concerns aren’t actually based on anything John Fawcett and Graeme Manson have said or done. They have, on at least one occasion, assured the fandom that we’ll be happy with how their story ends. But it’s really fucking hard for me to take that the way I want to take it for two reasons:

  1. Fawcett and Manson have been trying to soften us up for the possibility that Évelyne Brochu might just barely be in season five due to scheduling conflicts (come on, guys, you gotta lock this stuff down. Do they not have contracts in Canada, or are they just considered rude up there?)
  2. The purveyors of hour-long television dramas are apparently unaware that woman/woman relationships can end any way other than tragically

I used to snicker at my wife every time she vowed to renounce The Walking Dead or Game of Thrones if they ever dared to kill off Daryl Dixon or Jon Snow. Not anymore; I get it now. Cophine is my dealbreaker. Orphan Black is high up on the short list of my all-time favorite shows, but so help me, if Cosima and Delphine don’t get their happily-ever-after, I will recant every kind word I’ve ever said about it.

*I did not do this because I was watching it with my wife, and frankly, she thinks I’m weird enough as it is. I don’t need her finding how how weird I really am. God, I hope she doesn’t read this.

USUK XMAS Card Event(4/25): All I Want For Christmas is You

If only he knew he is the only thing I want. The omega sighed wistfully as he took the files for his department catching his favorite part of the day. The time when he caught sight of the golden man in the Marketing department, Alfred F Jones. Token looks, fit body, and to top it all off enough charisma to make the queen of England blush much to the British mans folly. He had become smitten with the other from the first time he had seen him which had incidentally been the first day Alfred had started at the company six months ago. Since then the British omega had been able to think of little else but the Alpha.

Arthur himself had no delusions over the Alpha, they didn’t even work in the same department as he was an accountant. In fact his department clashed with his more often than not. Still the omega nursed his crush any chance he got always volunteering when they needed something delivered or picked up. So far he had caught the alpha in various modes each intriguing him. The second time he had seen him he had been laughing with his coworkers and Arthur was sure it was his smile that had snowballed everything. He had seen him since leading a meeting through the glass conference room and once he had been stretching which had certainly given the omega a good look at those toned arms and heavenly broad shoulders of his. Not that Arthur hadn’t felt guilty for watching the other but he was sure he wasn’t the only omega looking in fact he knew for a fact he wasn’t. He tried not to let that depress him. It wasn’t like he even registered on Alfred’s radar after all.

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Who will get "Lucilled" by the End of The Walking Dead?

So like everyone else I can’t help but think who will get “Lucilled” by the end of the season of Walking Dead. Many are right to predict Daryl or Glenn. As for myself, I’m leaning more towards Glenn after 6x11 episode. At first I thought after the whole Glenn dumpster fiasco in the beginning of the season it would cheapened Glenn’s death if he gets the bat, but I think it still might work story wise, now that things have calmed down and they’re pushing more Maggie and Glenn + baby family time. It would only be more tragic for the writers to rip them apart.

I just can’t see them killing Daryl off. I actually would hate if they killed Daryl off, not because he’s my favorite but because his death would not mean as much in terms of pushing the story forward or giving any meaningful connection to any of the characters. It would just be a big “shock” and that’s it. His character is not emotionally tethered to anyone. Perhaps Rick, Carol and Denise, but it’s a bit of a touch and go feel at best. Carol and Daryl haven’t had any meaningful conversations since earlier seasons and his connection with Denise is so brand new that it still needs time to develop into some sort of pseudo friendship. Sure the group will feel the loss of Daryl but besides Rick, would it have any strong resonance with anyone since Daryl is pretty much a loner?

Killing off a character just for shock factor is the worst thing in my eyes. That’s why I hated Beth’s death. It was ham-fisted and easily forgotten, just when her character was showing some interesting growth. The only character that was truly affect by her death was Daryl but even that doesn’t really push the story forward in a significant way since he was not tethered to other characters or any story themes at that time. (Don’t even get me started on Maggie’s half hazard “mourning” over her sister)

If they’re going to make the “Lucille” moment truly tragic/shocking/ and epic then it needs to have a couple of things:

  • It needs to establish Negan as the worst villain the group has ever faced
  • They need to kill off an “untouchable character”, to give an impact.
  • The death needs to push the group into an all-out civil war with the Saviors.
  • It needs to have lasting impact thematically and propel multiple characters into new territory.

That’s why I think it might be Glenn. He’s a season 1 character that has lasted this far into the apocalypse with his 9 nine lives stint, but it feels like it’s about to run its course. It would propel Maggie into new territory now that she has a baby on the way but no father. Rick would be devastated because Glenn was one of the character he met first and saved him and one of the group’s few moral compass. It might make Abe more cynical then ever after the whole settling down + baby talk with Glenn. Enid might grow as a character after Glenn’s death from their pseudo father/daughter bonding moment earlier in the season and perhaps have her try to live on in remembrance of him after what he said to her about keeping other’s memories alive by surviving.

Thematically it would work since Glenn and Maggie have this hope of settling down and having a baby. The hope would be dashed with Glenn’s death. How would all the characters deal with it especially since they’re all finding some normality in Alexandria? Would they believe hope is lost or does it push them and make them stronger?

As much as it would be an epic death for Daryl to go down by the biggest baddest villain. Thematically it does nothing. Glenn’s death does. Daryl offering himself up and getting beaten guns blazing would make the scene more “heroic” then “tragic” And I think tragedy would be the theme that needs to play out here to demonstrate Negan’s power. People have pointed out that Negan would take it out of Daryl because he killed a group of his men. But I can just see Negan being sadistic and choosing a character randomly for punishment, letting Daryl watch helplessly and feel the guilt that his actions brought about the death of an innocent (namely Glenn’s) who had nothing to do with it, just to prove a point. It might even propel Daryl’s character into new territory as well.

I wish no one gets Lucilled, but that wouldn’t be Walking Dead would it? I’m just anxiously waiting and will have a box of tissues on hand when the season finale comes.

My two cents. Anyone agree or disagree?

allofthepretty  asked:

Top 10 favorite Tiva episodes and why?

Oh, fun!  

  1. Under Covers.  Because…I don’t think I have to explain this one.  They are undercover.  They are naked part of the time and in fancy clothes the rest of the time.There’s a fake pregnancy conversation.  They’re sexy, they’re witty, they’re making out, and they’re saving each others’ lives even though they’ve only known each other for eight episodes.  There is legitimately nothing I do not love about this episode.
  2. Boxed In.  Because innuendo.  But also because you get to see Tony and Ziva learning more about each other.  While in Under Covers they’re mostly pretty smooth with each other, even under duress, Boxed In shows them getting their feathers ruffled.  Tony raises his voice and eggs Ziva on when he probably shouldn’t; Ziva overreacts and is quite difficult to deal with for a few bits of the episode.  I feel like they left that box understanding each other better and working together more seamlessly—it’s a significant step towards seeing each other as full people instead of as stock characters (the American playboy, the sexy assassin).
  3. Cloak, Dagger.  Because this arc again shows how well they work together (not just on the war game op, but also when they go to save Lee’s sister), and it also lets you see all the tension that’s underneath their relationship—tension that’s not just sexual.  And although they don’t talk directly about it, all the heavy emotions are closer to being out in the open than usual, what with Ziva’s actions when Tony gets taken out, their fight in the elevator, and even their scene at the end when Tony watches Ziva watching the little girl learn of her sister’s sacrifice.  
  4. Aliyah.  Because, in my opinion, this is the most explosively passionate episode they have in the entire run of the series.  It’s not passion in the bedroom sense, but it’s passion nonetheless, and it’s white hot.  In that scene on the roof, the two of them are actually talking about things—in destructive rather than productive ways, and never as directly as we’d like, but they aren’t ignoring them.  They can’t ignore them.  And it’s disastrous, but it’s the best train wreck I’ve ever seen.
  5. Truth or Consequences.  This is another one that requires no explanation.  He cannot deal with the guilt and pain of her apparent death—which is, after all, related to his own actions—and does literally everything within his power not even to save her, but simply to tip the scales in her name.  Even if you just read it as partnership/friendship, it’s so much.  This episode changed the show, and it changed Tony and Ziva’s relationship, and it is so important to me.
  6. Housekeeping.  Because it’s the first episode I watched that made me think ‘Oh my god, they’re actually going to go there eventually.’  And then, you know, they kinda didn’t.  But they were leading up to it in an unmistakable way.  I mean, between Ziva’s frank comments about “someday” and Tony’s reactions to “she cares”?  I cannot handle it.
  7. A Desperate Man.  Most superficially, because it got rid of Tiva threat Ray Cruz (which I say mostly jokingly—I loathe Ray Cruz, but it has less to do with my desire to see Ziva with Tony than it does with my desire to see Ziva not with any lying, secretive, manipulative jerk).  More importantly, that conversation Tony and Ziva had on the rooftop about Ray not appreciating her was very honest, very emotional, and something that would not have been possible between them a few years prior.  The “Cherish each other” bit at the end is also great, but it’s that rooftop scene that makes this a solid t/z episode for me.
  8. Shell Shock I, Shell Shock II.  Because—*breaks down crying because of The Little Prince and the opera*—because in this arc they are kind to and patient with each other in a new and exciting way.  When Tony’s being quiet because he’s hurting, Ziva gently draws him out, and she asks the questions that he needs to be asked.  And when Ziva gets prickly because she’s hurting, Tony doesn’t rise to the bait.  He works his way to the center of it, instead, and then he offers one of the most thoughtful gestures in television history to make her feel better.  I love the Shell Shock episodes for a lot of reasons, but an important one is that they leave me with the feeling that Tony and Ziva are deeply good for each other.
  9. Shiva.  He lets her stay in his super-private I-don’t-even-like-family-members-here HOME.  He does everything he can possibly do to support her, and she recognizes it and thanks him for it.  She’s so vulnerable, and he cares so much.  I don’t even know what else to say about it.  (Except that the pregnancy photo scene from Shabbat Shalom need to somehow be included in this entry, because OH MY GOD DID THEY REALLY JUST.)
  10. Berlin.  While I wish this episode didn’t lead where it ultimately leads, and I could’ve stood the pacing being different, it all but puts a giant blinking neon sign above them readig “ENDGAME.”  The dancing, the flashbacks to the “man who deserves your love” scene, the sweet but subtle scene in the hotel room, and the nine thousand little scenes where Tony verbally and non-verbally checks to see if she’s okay—it’s pretty amazing.  But the scene in the car when they get back to DC is one of my favorite in the entire show’s run.  It still astounds me how Ziva cracked her shell and unfolded and laid so much emotional history down on the table for Tony to witness.  It still astounds me that they held hands like that.  To be perfectly honest, I think that handholding scene is in some ways far more intimate than their final kissing scene in Past, Present, and Future (although it’s possible that’s the bitterness talking).

There are probably no surprises here; I think most Tiva fans enjoy these episodes.  I do, however, want to give an honorable mention to Double Blind.  Even though its plot brings me pain and I disagree with like half of everything that’s going on, that scene in the warehouse between Tony and Ziva?  Literal, physical goosebumps, every time.  That’s Tony laying his emotions flat out on the table for her to see, and it wounds them both, but it’s honest.  And a little bit beautiful.  I watch the end of season ten and think back to season three and the only word that comes to mind is wow.  They really came so far, in so many ways.

"Supernatural" Season 9 Recap: "Road Trip"

Thanks to Andrew Dabb, “Supernatural” kicked off 2014 with a spectacular bang. “Road Trip” crammed a lot of story (and angst) into one action-packed hour, with the whole enterprise anchored by Jensen Ackles’ powerhouse performance, showing us a barely-restrained Dean who hasn’t been this close to the edge since the Season 2 finale. 

Last time the straits were this dire, the elder Winchester sold his soul, so it’s fitting that “Road Trip” saw him forced to make another deal with the former King of the Crossroads to save Sam’s bacon. 

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Nine Seconds

That is all it took for the fandom to explode in delirious bliss. That is all it took for the fandom to burst into excited chatter, breaking down each one of those precious seconds in minute detail, re-watching those beautiful seconds over and over again.  That is all it took for many of us to stay up to the wee hours of the morning, lovingly observing where their hands were, their discarded clothes, and the scant dialogue from Oliver.  We were in heaven over this promo because despite our deep belief and faith in Olicity and the extraordinary scenes gifted to us all season, we needed this affirmation. Desperately.

I took a significant amount of teasing in DM on Twitter and in my Ask box on Tumblr about this promo. The ribbing consisted of good-natured jabs like “Sorry, Cat, looks like your wish for sex to wait until Season 4 won’t be granted,” or “You lose! The “fuckening” is happening.”  I didn’t mind, because they weren’t entirely wrong. Nor were they entirely correct.  

I had, and still have, no problem waiting until Season 4 for Oliver and Felicity to finally make love. I’m patient that way and I want it to be perfect. I want more of that build up of nervous apprehension about sleeping with the person you love above all others, the teases, the tension that just spirals tighter and tighter, until BOOM! I mean, I waited nearly seven years for Mulder and Scully….I’m a pro at handling angst and waiting!

BUT, I also said that no one would see me complaining if they did have sex before the season ended PROVIDED IT WAS DONE RIGHT. I didn’t want this moment to be rushed; hurried along in order to move the story along. This is Olicity, this is my OTP, and the first time they make love should be perfect in its entirety. It cannot be a mistake and there cannot be regrets. 

After seeing the promo and those glorious nine seconds, I am so hopeful that this moment is going to be incredible.  I think back to the promo of their first kiss, how incredible it appeared it was going to be in that tease, and what we actually saw was so much more than what we expected. It was the perfection of true love’s first kiss.  It never fails to have me sighing over it’s beauty. 

The writers and executive producers have lovingly handled Oliver and Felicity’s relationship for the last three years. I have no reason to doubt that this moment will be any different because despite their missteps and flat-out mistakes, they have never, not once, “mucked up” Olicity. 

I don’t think there is one person who can say that they haven’t fantasized about Oliver removing Felicity’s glasses before kissing her:

Or about Felicity exploring Oliver’s scars and tattoos:

And despite the incredibly sexual tension in those nine seconds:

My favorite moment out of that brief tease is by far this:

I am hoping (praying to all that is holy) that this scene is part of the episode because I want, no need, to know what Oliver or Felicity say to each other that has Oliver so solemn and deliberate and that has Felicity looking at Oliver with that expression.  I’ve seen a few people comment that she appears anxious or nervous, even shy. I don’t see that at all.  There is so much love in her expression, in her eyes. She is free from doubt, and her expression is soft in her love for Oliver.  Has she said I love you, and is her expression in response to Oliver’s acceptance of her love? Or is it because she realizes that Oliver finally understands that his struggle need not be done alone but with the support of those he loves, and that this partnership only makes their connection stronger? 

Felicity’s complete and utter faith and belief in Oliver saturates this moment as he removes her glasses, yet, for me, I also see just a hint of sadness in her expression.  What causes that hint of sadness? Is it that it took so long for both of them to stop fighting the love they have for each other? Is it recognition that this moment, this beautiful expression of love, may only be for one night?  I don’t know the answers to any of these questions, nor do I want to speculate.  Maybe it’s not even sadness and I only see it that way because we know that they are separated for whatever reason after this episode.

All I know, right now, is if these nine seconds are in any way indicative of what we will actually see (despite MG’s cryptic remark that what we see in the promo may not actually be what is aired), then this moment, when Oliver and Felicity finally come together, is going to be amazing. Soulful. Beautiful. And then, because it is Arrow, angst will ensue! It’s what I watch for.

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A Rucas Fanfic

Rucas Week - Day 2 - Rucas in High School

Story by: @hoffkk

Summary:  Lucas takes Riley to a Knicks game for her birthday and as they find themselves caught in the kiss cam, old feelings are stirred up and sparks go flying, making them both question their friendship. Are their feelings for each other powerful enough to finally make them take the next step?

Note: I love the scene in GMW with Riley’s Knicks rant and how Lucas just falls for her even more because of it.  It’s so adorable and precious, so I decided to do a throwback/shout out to that scene and play off of it.  Hope you like what I came up with!  Happy Rucas Week Day 2!


“Help me out, man. I need an idea.”  Lucas begged his friend as he drove them home from basketball practice.  Riley’s birthday was only a few days away and Lucas wanted to get her the perfect gift. He just didn’t know what that was.

“Dude, you still haven’t gotten her anything?”  Zay asked.

“Nothing seems right.” Lucas tried to defend.

“Just get her some flowers.” Zay suggested.

“That’s too impersonal.” Lucas said, rejecting the idea.

“So, get her jewelry.”  Zay offered.

“That’s too personal…I mean, it’s not like we’re dating.” Lucas explained.

“Yeah, and why is that exactly?” Zay asked, eagerly awaiting an answer.  After all of the eighth grade drama, Lucas and Riley and Maya all stayed friends, but over the last four years, the gang could tell that Riley and Lucas were still very much into each other and figured it was only a matter of time before they gave in and became a couple.

“I told you. It’s not what Riley wants.” He shrugged.

“Okay, let’s pretend for a second that I actually believe that that’s true…what about what you want?” Zay inquired, knowing his friend has been pining after Riley for years.

Lucas paused, opened his mouth and closed it as he took a moment to gather his thoughts. “What I want is to get her the perfect present.  Period.” Lucas said finally.

“Fine.  I digress.” Zay gave up…for now.

“Digress?” Lucas asked, surprised by his friend’s use of the word.

“I’ve been doing SAT test prep with Farkle.” Zay shrugged.

“Ah,” Lucas said, thinking the world was suddenly making sense again.

The car grew quiet as the listened to the radio drone on.

Remember, if you call in at the top of the hour, you have a chance to win tickets to this Friday’s basketball game and watch the Knicks take on the Heat.”  The radio announcer ranted on.

Lucas suddenly found himself grinning from ear to ear.  "That’s it.“  He said more to himself than to Zay as he recalled a fond memory of him and Riley.


"You know anything about sports?” Lucas asked Riley as they sat at Topanga’s, hanging out as friends again now that things were back to normal.

“No…” Riley trailed off.

“No?” Lucas asked, not totally convinced of her answer. Something in her tone made him think maybe she did know a thing or two.  "Any sports?  Like…what about basketball?  You know anything about basketball?“

"Yeah…” She said, casually admitting the truth.

“Yeah?” He questioned for clarification.

“Yeah.” She said again, this time sounding more confident.

“Yeah?” He couldn’t help but say again. “Maybe?”

“Well, we’re in New York, so obviously my favorite team is the Knicks…and, you know, this might not be our best year, but at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter because we’ve have ‘Melo, we have Phil Jackson, and that’s all that counts.  We shouldn’t have traded J.R. Smith, and at the end of the day, it’s not our best season.  We have a terrible record.  We’re the worst in the NBA.  I am at Madison Square Garden, and I see all these fake fans jumping onto bandwagons like the Heat or something like that, and you know what?  That s not what a true fan is.  If you are gonna be in the Garden, you better represent the Knicks!” Riley finished, pointing a finger at Lucas for emphasis.

Suddenly embarrassed by her little outburst, she feigned coolness and leaned her head against her palm. “I don’t know that much, obviously…” She added nervously, willing away the blush on her cheeks.

Lucas just stared at her in awe.  He never heard a girl talk about sports like that.  It was amazing and sent a funny feeling swirling around in his stomach.

“I really like you, Riley.” Lucas found himself saying before he could stop himself.

Riley just giggled in response, her blush growing deeper.


“What are you on about?” Zay queried, so consumed by his phone, he didn’t hear the radio.

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The Essence of My CARYL

All CARYL shippers have their own unique reasons why they love Carol and Daryl’s relationship and whether their bond is seen as platonic or potentially romantic there is obviously something between them that touched each and every one of us enough to compel us to celebrate their magic and share what we love about them.

That’s actually what I love the most about the CARYL community - we all have different appreciation points when it comes to their relationship and there are always little missed details pointed out by others that never fail to renew my excitement about them both.
I am not an overly sentimental person but I am someone that cherishes small, meaningful moments shared by people who genuinely care about each other that ultimately build a connection that in the end becomes something special, something bigger than life even…and CARYL to me is exactly that.

What Carol and Daryl share has the potential to be timeless and already possesses all the hallmarks of a love story that changes everyone that has enough sense to recognize its depth and it’s possibilities. Even those that deny CARYL agree that Carols presence changed Daryl Dixon for the better and non-shippers alike have openly acknowledged that there is a certain “something” between these two that albeit undefined continues to have a hold on them both.

Perhaps the biggest “proof” or validation of CARYL if you will, is the fact that it doesn’t really need any - the connection between Carol and Daryl is recognized by the majority of TWD fans despite the fact that the story-line hasn’t given their relationship any kind of “physical” confirmation nor are we given any specific open “love declarations” from either character. That being said the show itself, the specially crafted emotional scenes and the palpable chemistry on screen between the two of them have all been more than enough to inspire huge numbers of fans and even mainstream media to openly and routinely refer to CARYL as one of the TWD “couples” or “duos”.
The mere fact that other ships are threatened by CARYL and Carol herself essentially confirms it’s existence and power
Carylers don’t need a “physical sex scene” or repetitive affectionate gestures to know that Carol and Daryl share a deep, impenetrable bond capable of bolstering them both and bringing out the best “version” of themselves together.

One of the most common questions in my ask box are inquiries about what my favorite thing is about the CARYL dynamic or what made me decide to start shipping Daryl and Carol in the first place. My instinctual and perhaps too easy of a response would have been to talk about the moments that moved me the most or scenes that had me intrigued and ultimately convinced me that the connection I was picking-up on ran much deeper than the basic “I care about you” vibe. 

As I explored the possible answers with which I could define what CARYL means to me I started to realize that narrowing it down to a specific interaction wasn’t going to cut it because my own love affair with this relationship wasnt so much about a “moment” between them but more about the nature of the unspoken bond they have with each other.
What I love about Carol and Daryl is the effect they have each other, the parallels in their personal transformation, the evolution of their bond together and the uncanny effortlessness in their communication from the very beginning.

Everything in their history dispels the notion that either of them would be able connect with others easily, let alone be open with them BUT from the very beginning the ease with which they recognized, understood, accepted and not just allowed but actively seeked out one another, spoke volumes to the effect they could have on their own emotional journey. Despite their personal pain and perceived shortcomings they were able to be vulnerable in front of one another and build on the unconditional aspects of a relationship which they most likely didn’t have before they got “together”.
The acceptance, understanding and reliance between them had profound effects on themselves, their relationships with the others, their motivation for doing things and their continued growth into people they were never free to be before.

The thing that always struck me when it came to the effect they had on one another and the natural closeness that resonated even when they shared scenes with other characters, was the lack of dialogue between them.
Here we have two individuals “together” that seem to simply get” one another on a very deep level and yet most of the scenes devoted to them rely more on subtle body language, soft gestures and meaningful glances than actual spoken words. The dialogue that is included for them is always short, poignant and heavy, without a single word or phrase wasted and usually heavy laden with metaphors or symbolism.

To illustrate my point I reviewed several important CARYL moments and sure enough the pattern and emotional connection between Carol and Daryl is more than palpable but still quiet and usually punctuated by non-verbal communication.
Everything actually said out loud has a very specific purpose however once the “unspoken” cues come into play the words themselves seem like an afterthought.

- The Daryl nod-grunt-stop combo
- “Every bit as good as them”;”I can’t lose you too” and “Sophia wasnt mine” 
- “Stay Safe”;”Nine lives, remember” and “She’ll understand” 
- “I liked you first”;”Gotta be” and “What about Carol” 

Aside from their own “personal” moments there are multitude of shared scenes together in which they are almost always standing next to each other and in which Daryl “watches” over Carol from the sidelines.

The parallels and this “proximity” between them was evident and set up even in Season 1 at the quarry and then at the CDC. Norman Reedus has mentioned several times that “damaged, insecure people gravitate toward one another” and while the motivation behind the closeness may have started as unconscious curiosity of seeing one self in the other, as time progressed the “watching over” transformed into protectiveness and maybe even unspoken attraction on both ends.

Carol herself has been quite open to being a guardian of Daryl’s emotional needs and as the little more vocal party in that relationship she’s actively cushioned and made attempts to build up Daryl’s self-worth, helping him see that he is valued, appreciated, important and so much more than he himself believed he could be.

The Dixon’s are not used to accepting affection, praise of being told they are “men of honour”, they don’t talk about their feelings or ask uncomfortable questions, they are impulsive and terribly prone to assumptions, they are not used to having people fight for them let alone in spite of them and that’s exactly what Carol did for Daryl - she had intimate knowledge of being underestimated, pushed down, abused and unloved, she recognized the symptoms of that very same existence in Daryl AND was determined to break that cycle with him because with the bad she also recognized the good he could become if only someone believed in him until he believed in himself.

Carol did all of this before people were even comfortable having a conversation with feral Daryl and in turn she was the first person Daryl looked in the eye and had any kind of physical or emotional contact with her.

Season 2 Daryl was a Dixon adjusting and fighting his own desire to believe the side of life and side of human relationships Carol was showing him was possible even for him - he could matter to other people and other people could matter to him BUT he had to let them first, allow people in and hear them. Carol did all this through her stoic presence, telling glances, proximity and physical persistence, soft body language cues and very few lines of dialogue.

Daryl Dixon might have had a hard time adjusting to being on the receiving end of Carols attention BUT that doesn’t mean he wasn’t reciprocating to what was starting to bloom and build between them…in his own way of course!

Consider the search for Sophia!
Daryl was looking for a lost little girl and wanted her found like everyone else BUT he wasn’t acting like just another member of the haphazardly-thrown-together search party, the lengths he went to find HER and the “extra” efforts he directed at Carol tell a different story.

This was somebody with clear social and inter-personal issues, a guy who by all intents and purposes had no healthy relationship experience and zero knowledge how to connect or comfort anyone, let alone a woman, AND yet out of all of them HE was the one who went out of his way to care about Carol’s own emotional state (unprompted) and HE continuously found meaningful ways to reassure HER that Sophia will be found unharmed by HIM.

Small changes in body language, the “feel-better” tone of voice when he addresses her and the sudden, albeit rusty, reassurance events he volunteers and seems strongly compelled to engage in, all start to reveal that Daryl Dixon is connecting with Carol by his own initiative and was entering uncharted “feeling-type” territory in response to her presence.

This was a guy who barely said a few sentences at the same time to the others and here he was picking flowers, searching for Rose bushes AND while he didn’t know the right words to say to renew her hope Daryl borrowed the Cherokee Rose legend to say it for him. 

Character development and relationship growth convincing and powerful enough to earn a relationship label without physical confirmation and minimal verbal affirmation doesn’t happen very often - CARYL was remarkably a “thing” without having to say that it was and ultimately that’s what I cherish and appreciate about it the most.

The little beats that are usually taken for granted in other “cookie-cutter” TV romances are what we see and celebrate with so much fervor and anticipation…

That’s why CARYL is special to me!