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sohmamon  asked:

I'd love to hear opinions for Megamorphs 4

Short opinion: I giggle every time I read the line “President Clinton urged everyone to remain calm” but seriously this book is so scary specifically because it feels so realistic to canon.

Long opinion:

I’ve always felt like this book takes place in direct conversation with #1, fleshing out the existing personalities and relationships of the team as of the moment that they walk through the construction site.  The actual first book in the series sweeps the characters along so quickly toward their destiny (by necessity, because anything else would be bad writing) that we get extremely few details about what these kids are actually like before the war ruins their lives except in the retrospective.  Back to Before feels like a chance to go back and find out who exactly these kids were before they all became homicidal cinnamon rolls.  Of course I’m a sucker for the details about Tom (He has a driver’s license!  He wears a denim jacket over blue jeans like a true 90s fashion victim!  Temrash 114 keeps at least two separate dracon beams in his room!  His parents think he should pay more attention in school!) but there are also a ton of rich characterization moments for all six Animorphs.  

This book really shows us for the first time why Tobias is so desperate for his life to change that he throws himself into a war (and maybe-maybenot gets himself trapped in morph) just to have friends and a purpose.  He belongs nowhere—not at home with his alcoholic uncle, not at school where he’s constantly under threat of physical violence, not at the mall where Jake listens to him out of pity while Marco’s openly hostile—which means that he grabs the first chance he can to fly away from it all.  Maybe he’s being short-sighted, since by #3 he already knows he had no idea what he was getting himself into, but he’s so desperate to get out that one can hardly blame him even when he resorts to becoming a controller in order to have someone to talk to and something to give him meaning.  

It’s also striking that Tobias is the one who ends up recruited by the Sharing, while Jake attends one meeting and leaves.  Most of the series has this implicit assumption that if any of them will be the first one taken, it’ll be Jake, since he’s the one with a controller already living in the house.  (For instance, #41 and #7 both feature variations on the theme of everyone getting caught because Tom saw something he shouldn’t, and in #49 everyone is shocked when the yeerks’ DNA match isn’t between Jake and Tom.)  However, here Jake sees everything the Sharing has to offer… and tells Tom “I’m not really a joiner,” because he’s really really not (MM4).  The unfortunate flip side of the coin of Jake’s leadership ability is that he makes a fairly terrible follower.  In this book it saves his life, but there are other instances (when dealing with the andalites in #18 and #38, during the negotiations with the Arn in #34) where everyone would probably be better off if Jake could find it in himself to sit down, shut up, and do as he’s told.  Non-Animorph Jake is probably at risk of becoming a useless washout (between the crappy academic performance, the mediocre athletic performance, and the lack of motivation to do anything, he’s probably destined to spend the rest of his life as a failed artist living in a studio apartment in downtown LA paid for by his parents’ money), but he’s also not at risk of becoming a voluntary controller, because he’s perfectly content with his mediocre life.  

Rachel, by contrast, is incredibly restless in her normal life.  Cassie describes her as “hunting” with “laser focus” when looking for bargains at the mall (MM4).  It takes her about ten seconds to get on board with chasing down and attempting to tackle some random stranger because Marco thinks said stranger looks like his dead mom.  She snaps into action the second that Ax broadcasts the news that aliens are attacking the planet, and keeps fighting with whatever tools come to hand (including a severed hork-bajir head, because this girl is hardcore) until she gets killed.  For all that she loves it, this book implies that the war might be the worst thing that could have possibly happened to Rachel.  After all, she’s quite good at channeling all that pent-up aggression into verbal sparring the way her mom does (notice how much she enjoys arguing with Marco in the planetarium) and also releasing that extra energy through athletics the way her dad does (unlike Jake, she’s not deterred in her sports ambitions by a mere hiccup like utter lack of talent).  She also has a lot of friends and admirers, a track record of being one of the highest performers in her class, and a casual self-confidence that is rare enough for a girl her age to win her a lot of favors with a lot of people.  Non-Animorph Rachel (in a world that also had no yeerks) would probably thrive in whatever career she chose for decades before dying at a ripe old age surrounded by her highly attractive husband and seven fat grandchildren.  

Maybe my favorite piece of Marco characterization from this book is the way it establishes there is actually a lot more to his crush on Rachel than thinking she has beautiful hair and looks cute in a leotard.  He’s considerably less comfortable in his own skin than either of the Berensons, but he also practices what he preaches by appreciating a joke at his own expense just as much as one he uses to mock another person.  This book makes it obvious that he looks up to Rachel (not just literally, although Marco’s jokes about his own height are also amazing) because he recognizes how intelligent and ruthless she is, and those are the qualities he values the most in himself and others.  Cates pointed out that it’s interesting almost all of Marco’s role models are female (Xena, Alanis Morissette, Carmen Electra, Eva for that matter) and in a lot of ways he doesn’t just like Rachel; he admires her.  

And then there’s the portrayal of Ax when no one comes to rescue him.  #4 and #8 only hint at what it must have been like for him to spend weeks stuck in a tiny dome at the bottom of the ocean, not knowing whether anyone was coming for him, suspecting more and more every day that his whole crew was dead, but here we get a much deeper look at those long days of solitude.  He comes off almost like a prisoner in solitary confinement in the scenes before he manages to use the shark morph to escape: compulsively addicted to routines, talking to inanimate objects, starting to hallucinate when left alone for long enough… Ax is a survivor, tough enough to live through years of loneliness and grief while fighting a war on a foreign planet.  This book shows just how much of that strength comes from within, fire-forged by his traumatic introduction to Earth.  

Oh, and Cassie is sub-temporally grounded, apparently.  I have nothing nice to say about that concept so I’ll settle for saying nothing at all.

Anyway, I love both the opening and closing of this book.  The first scene has one of those UTTERLY HORRIFYING banality-of-violence beginnings, where we open on the aftermath of a battle that may or may not have accomplished anything other than giving the kids involved a few more nightmares.  Jake is disturbingly casual about the fact that he has lost an entire leg and is slowly bleeding to death, making wry jokes about how he and the three-legged table match each other. We can tell why: this isn’t the first (or even the thirtieth) time he’s been fatally maimed and then forced to shrug it off in order to keep fighting.  The kids try—and fail—to save the host of a fatally injured yeerk a few minutes of pain, and end up watching both beings bleed to death.  And then Jake goes home, and he once again plays the game of Lying For His Life with his parents and Tom, and he goes to bed ready to do it all again the next day, wondering what dreams of Sauron Crayak will come.  This poor schmuck literally never catches a break.  No wonder his little deal with the devil seems so tempting for the millisecond that it takes for Crayak to pounce.  (By contrast, the TV episode features Jake asking the Little Blue Ellimist to make him a Real Boy because he doesn’t want to do his math homework and plan a battle at the same time. What a whiner.)

Ugh, and then the ten little soldiers go out to dine, and they drop off one by one so fast that most barely get the chance to fight back.  Rachel and Ax especially do their best to battle the oncoming horde, but they’re largely unarmed and clueless against the yeerks. Tobias becomes the living puppet of a living puppet of Visser One, and then there were five.  Marco stands a little too close to a Bug fighter, and then there were four.  Rachel runs straight into turret fire because Rachel is still Rachel even without unleashing her inner grizzly bear, and then there were three. Cassie is in the wrong shopping mall at the wrong time, and then there were two.  Jake faces down an army of hork-bajir as just his little human self, and then there was one.  Ax might be able to survive—but he isn’t looking to go home and be safe, he’s looking to save the world.  And then there were none.  

A lot of the point of this book is that of course the Ellimist “stacked the deck,” because these kids in particular are the the only ones who have the necessary combination of idealism and grittiness to take on an entire army and win (MM4).  Marco says it best in #54: “We beat an empire, my friend, the six of us, and we did it in large part because you didn’t know any better than to trust your own instincts.”  Ax has the tech savvy and determination to engage in total war, but he can’t survive on Earth without human friends.  Rachel has the ferocity to be a one-woman army, but without her friends to ground her she’d get herself killed a lot sooner.  Jake might be a natural leader, but he’s also naive enough not to know how to balance ethics in times of atrocity without Marco’s ruthlessness and Cassie’s pragmatism to guide him.  Without Marco, the team would never succeed in taking down Visser One.  Without Cassie, they would never get in contact with the Yeerk Peace Movement.  Without Tobias, they’d never succeed at freeing the hork-bajir.  These six form a constellation of skills and needs and strengths and neuroses that balances the fate of the entire galaxy on the shoulders of a bunch of middle schoolers.  They don’t need morphing power to be badass—but they do need it to win.  

The Contest- Part 5

To celebrate Supernatural’s 15th season, the producers have decided to hold a contest to cast an unknown in a recurring role as Sam’s rumored love interest. They are doing open casting calls all over the country. Your best friend Nikki wants to go and she drags you along.

Characters: Reader, Best friend Nikki (OC), Nursing Supervisor Anne, Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, other Supernatural cast and crew

A/N: This is my first attempt at writing about Jared and Jensen and the show.  Please be gentle as I am a delicate flower LOL.  For the purposes of this story, Jared and Misha are both divorced.  No hate please! I’m sure Gen and Vicki are lovely!

Part 1 (all parts are linked)

It took a minute or two for Jared’s words to sink into my alcohol-soaked brain.  When they finally did my eyes shot to his in surprise.  Did he just say what I think he said?

“Okay then…” I muttered as I grabbed him by the front of his shirt and yanked him to me, slamming my lips to his in a blistering kiss.

We finally broke apart when the door slammed open and Nikki stumbled out supported by Misha.  She did not look well.  Jensen, Briana, and Jason were behind them. 

“This one can’t hold her liquor.” Jensen said to me, only slightly slurring his words. “She’s flagged.”

 “I’m only 4 foot 11!  How much liquor do you expect me to hold?” Nikki demanded drunkenly before she threw up all over Jared’s and my shoes. Perfect!

 Jared jumped back and away from me.  So much for us having a moment.

“Things are definitely going to be interesting with you around, Y/N.” Briana said with a laugh.

“Sorry Jared. I wish I could say this is the first time Nikki has thrown up on me but sadly….”

Jensen and Jason though this was hilarious and couldn’t stop laughing.

“Dammit, Nik! These are my favorite boots!” I said with a sigh.

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS YOU GUYS!
Here is what i have so faaar for the Razias’s Shadow - Life is Looking Up animatic !

Razia’s Shadow by Forgive Durden (created by Thomas and Paul Dutton) <- for anyone who hasn’t heard the album before!

I’m sure many of you who love the album are well aware that the actual story is pretty confusing. I’m not poo-pooing the original I mean it’s an album (My all time favorite at that), the music is first and story is secondary, of course there is going to be plot holes and contradicting sequences. So this animatic is simply my interpretation of the album. How I see the story if it were to be taken to an animated film kind of level. I wasn’t able to fully express my variation of the characters and world completely in the animatic ( I wasn’t even able to finish the whole song due to time crunches but I plan to finish and clean this animatic eventually! Or at least show more in depth concept art )

SO I’m about to attempt explaining my thought process on the characters and how the story might flow as a full length story! Excuse my shitty writing ahead, it’s going to mostly be drabbles :V Also fair warning it’s a lengthy one:

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The Contest-Part 2

To celebrate Supernatural’s 15th season, the producers have decided to hold a contest to cast an unknown in a recurring role as Sam’s rumored love interest. They are doing open casting calls all over the country. Your best friend Nikki wants to go and she drags you along.

Characters: Reader, Best friend Nikki (OC), Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, misha Collins, other Supernatural cast and crew

A/N: This is my first attempt at writing about Jared and Jensen and the show.  Please be gentle as I am a delicate flower LOL.  For the purposes of this story, Jared and Gen are divorced.  NO HATE please !

Part 1 (all parts are linked)

I smiled at him.  “Hi Tom.  I’m Y/N.  Are guys doing this contest thing too?”

Jared shook his head.  “Nope.  They hired me for the day to run lines with people.  Want to give it a try?”

“So your an actor?” I asked.  He was certainly easy on the eyes. 

“I’m trying to be.  You?”

I laughed out loud at that.  “I am so not an actor!  I only came to support my friend.  I don’t even watch this stupid show, yet here I am.  I’m a nurse actually.”

“Really? I’m sure that’s much harder than this.  But in a way it involves acting if you think about it.  You have to act calm and act like you know what to do at all times even if your scared to death and you don’t.

“That’s true.  I never thought of it that way before.  Can I just have a second to read through this?” I asked, looking up at him.  He was pretty cute  I noticed. I was often taller than a lot of men, but he was actually taller than me.

“Sure.” He sat down in the chair and pulled out his phone while I read the lines. It was a pretty emotional scene. I wondered where Nikki was and whether she had to do this too. I took a deep breath and stood up.

“Okay, I’m ready.” I was actually getting into this.

“Do you have any questions about the scene before we start?” He asked.

“Nope. I think I’m good.” I replied.

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Active vs Passive characters, and where the confusion and frustration with Season 3A stems from (for some people)

I’ve been seeing a lot of frustration lately, people saying that Bellamy was “ruined” by the writers this season to prop up Clarke’s story in Polis.

Lies and falsities! And I think I have a reasonable argument as to why this isn’t true. And why it’s almost the opposite???

(I’m putting this under a Read More because it got quite long, but I hope you guys check it out!)

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anonymous asked:

why do you ship jon/dany? i've seen so much discourse over it and i'm just curious

I hope you don’t mind, anon, but I’m going to go a little off course here, because I feel like these things need to be discussed. Be warned, there’s going to be meta, speculation, and a bit of ranting underneath the cut.

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anonymous asked:

What are your top 10 anime? ^.^

Believe it or not, I was actually waiting for a chance name them off!! XD

Just for anyone that happens to see this, on the off chance they get annoyed by my choices and ranking: These are MY favorites. More power to you if you like some of these more than others or don’t like some of these entries. These are mainly based on my enjoyment, and what I personally think of the story, characters, animation, and soundtrack. Just because I put a series at one spot or another doesn’t mean that I think they’re of bad quality. It just means I enjoy some more than others.

#10: Log Horizon(used to be Angel Beats!):

This was an anime that actually took me by surprise, mainly because I thought it was just getting overhyped. After watching it, I’m glad that wasn’t the case. Log Horizon is an incredibly solid “trapped in a video game” anime that focuses on building a society in an MMO that doesn’t have rules after the most recent update. Not only does it have my favorite setting, but its world-building is phenomenal(I’d say it’s better than SAO’s anime in this aspect, but kind of on par with the SAO light novels), the lore behind Elder Tales’ world is pretty cool, the character development is decent(my favorites being Tohya and Minori’s progression), and I legitimately loved one of the twists about halfway through regarding how they ended up in the game. Rundelhous Code has got to be my favorite character, and it’s actually really light-hearted, believe it or not. The only things I’d have to kind of complain about is that I don’t know much of most of the individual characters’ backgrounds besides guild roles, as that’s a big part of characterization for me, the politics can be tedious, and some lines in the English dub have NO EMOTION BEHIND THEM.

One more thing: THIS IS NOT SIMILAR TO SWORD ART ONLINE AT ALL IN TERMS OF WHAT IT FOCUSES ON! The notions of them being “exactly the same” have been lies!!

#9: The Devil is a Part-Timer!:

This is a series with a premise that sounds so incredibly stupid, but the actual series ends up being anything but. I decided to watch this after @holyanimeandgames mentioned how it had a great English dub(Good reason to watch a series, I know. XD). Even though the premise sounded insanely stupid: Satan working at a McDonalds, the story ended up being a good slice-of-life anime, and a great comedy. It has great characterization and development for the overall cast, and the English dub is excellent. I love Sadao’s character development and how much of a dork he is. The only thing I’d complain about is the unsatisfying ending, as there’s still a plot point that still needs to be addressed regarding Ente Isla.

#8: Accel World:

Another gem that’s either overlooked or over-hated because Reki Kawahara is the author. I personally think Accel World ISN’T the better of his two works that have had anime adaptations thus far, but it’s still damn good if you’re willing to put the time and effort into following the series, as it focuses on some middle school students attempting to find out the secrets of a mysterious MMO fighting game, all while kicking ass to get closer to it. The concept of playing Brain Burst to gain real-life supernatural abilities is amazing, how a character gets their unique abilities is actually quite brilliant(significant emotional trauma at some point in their lives help to determine what they have), the fights are a spectacle to watch, the cast of characters can be lovable, and it has great character development and characterization of the characters. My favorite character has to be Arita because of his progression and I relate to him on the bullying aspect(used to be bullied in high school fairly often), and Ash Roller is my favorite side character. My only complaints are that it feels unfinished, and I still don’t know Kuroyukihime’s real name. It needs a 2nd season after Infinite Burst airs.

#7: Kill la Kill:

I’d consider this anime a masterpiece, and this was before its hype sky-rocketed. This is basically what you’d get if you took the over-the-top nature of Gurren Lagann, applied the Magical Girl genre to it, and had the story centered around clothing. In my opinion, it has beautiful animation, three-dimensional main characters and villains, OVER-THE-TOP EVERYTHING(especially for the fan service and fights), and a really good ACTUAL plot. It is a gem in the ecchi genre. My favorite character is Ryuko Matoi, and Mako is utterly hilarious from how nonsensical she is. My only complaints are not so much with the anime(though there are some things I’d find weak), but the bipolar reception and double-standards to some aspects or scenes I’ve seen, considering that there’s a problematic scene with Satsuki and Ragyo and shit-loads of fan service, yet all of it is forgiven by almost everyone without so much as a hint of criticism. It’s especially bad when more undeserving anime get hell from the same people for LESS fan service, and comparatively “more tame” controversial scenes. <–(I know, opinions, opinions, but it seems seriously unjustified when this is the case)

#6: The Seven Deadly Sins/Nanatsu no Taizai:

Another gem in the ecchi genre. This anime holds a special place in my heart because it helped me get out of a funk where I wasn’t interested in watching anime, or just didn’t enjoy some series as much as I usually did(e.g. I love Parasyte, but I didn’t love it as much when I was in that funk). I saw part of this series with a few friends, and I just HAD to see it from the start after those few episodes. To put it simply, it’s a fantasy/action/adventure anime with some inspiration from Arthurian legend, and plenty of magic. It has a pretty straight-forward story, the entire group has characterization(Elizabeth even has some good character progression over the course of the series), the English dub is excellent, the fight sequences are pure eye-candy, and it gives off a Fairy Tail vibe. My favorite character is Meliodas, and no it’s not just because Bryce Papenbrook voices him!! My only complaints are a pretty predictable final battle, and the cliffhanger for season 2.

#5: Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann:

If you haven’t seen this masterpiece by Gainax, you’re missing out. Hope and determination is shown throughout this anime so much that it’s comparable to the amount Undertale had. It has a story centered around the human race fighting for survival, but with a lot of mecha fights, and even more absurdly goofy comedy. The character development and characterization is excellent, it’s over-the-top, it’s insanely fun, it has good tragedy, it has good twists, there are even some betrayals, and THERE ARE SERIOUS FEELS NEAR THE END! Simon is actually on my Top 10 Favorite Anime Characters. I only have a few complaints, but to say some would spoil the plot. One thing I am bothered by though is that they try to apply logic and abandon logic so often that it becomes confusing at times, but that’s hardly a complaint when compared to everything else that this series does so well.

#4: Puella Magi Madoka Magica:

In my opinion, this is probably Gen Urobuchi’s best work. Decided to see this after seeing all the high ratings for it(though I was cautious since I know ratings can sometimes be untrustworthy). Little did I know I was going into a series with A LOT of tragedy. The characters are fully realized and relatable, it’s a great deconstruction of the Magical Girl genre, the plot twist halfway through is both terrifying and brilliant, and I love it that it’s actually insanely dark(SPOILER). Sayaka Miki is my favorite character. I don’t have any complaints worth mentioning, except that Rebellion’s first 40 minutes feel like filler.

#3: Steins;Gate:

It isn’t ranked at #3 on MyAnimeList, and didn’t receive universal praise for nothing. By far the best time-travel series I’ve seen, as it’s centered around the Butterfly Effect, and is a thriller of the highest caliber. EVERY CHARACTER in the cast is fully realized, Okabe has great character development, I love Makise, and it gets phenomenal halfway through. My favorite character is actually tied between Okabe and Makise. My only complaint is the plot hole of an important plot point regarding Ruka’s gender change. If they set the world up as our world in terms of rules, but with time-travel, this shouldn’t be possible, even with the Butterfly Effect. I know there’s that rumor in the series, but there’s a difference between rumors and clearly establishing the rules of a series’ world.

#2: Noragami/Noragami Aragoto:

I actually wasn’t expecting this anime to beat Steins;Gate and Madoka Magica for my favorites, but Aragoto added on to an already pretty great series. I decided to watch this series last year after hearing about how it has good character development and a solid plot, I found the 1st season promising, and season 2 just blew me away. The characterization and/or development is there for the mains and even some side characters, it’s funny, it has cool battles, and I loved how it centered around Shinto gods from Japanese mythology and the world of the far-shore. My favorite character is Hiyori Iki, but Yukine and Yato are also amazing, so it’s hard to fully decide on who my favorite is. If I had to have some complaints, it’s that they STILL haven’t addressed some specifics for Yukine or Hiyori’s backgrounds(I can understand for Yukine with the “god’s greatest secret”, but waiting till season 3 for Hiyori? Why?!), and some fan service can be tension-breaking(Was it really necessary to have panty shots for both Hiyori and Bishamon at those emotionally heavy moments in the anime during Aragoto’s 4th and 5th episodes? -_-).

#1: Sword Art Online:

This one was obvious. It’s a series that means a lot to me, and one I’d consider to be the most over-HATED anime of all time. You all know the concept already: 10,000 players get trapped in the first VRMMORPG of Sword Art Online, and find out the gruesome secrets of not being able to log-out, and one death means you’re dead for good, both in game and in real life. It hooked me in from that alone, but seeing it actually turn into a heartfelt and quite interesting exploration into the psychological impacts on individuals from virtual reality and reality blurring, with a good mix of romance, action, tragedy, and light-hearted slice-of-life kept me interested through the whole thing. I may consider the light novel FAR better than it, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t think the anime deserves a 10 out of 10, even with some of its weaknesses in the adaptation. In my opinion, the characterization and development for the mains, especially in terms of showing mannerisms, addressing both their in-game AND real world backgrounds, and the like, was excellent(just wish Kazuto was a little more dorky in the anime, since I’ve heard he’s extremely dorky in the LN, and that some sidelined characters had more focus, especially Klein), it had a great focus on ethics when the virtual and real world are so close together, amazing animation, a godly soundtrack, a plethora of feels scenes that left me crying for the right reasons, excellent English voice acting, most of the villains were pretty good, the general world-building was good(wish it had more specifics like it does in the LN), great explanation on how some things were possible, pretty good foreshadowing, and was even thought-provoking by the theme of “what’s real when fantasy and reality begin to blur”. The thought-provoking theme of “reality and fantasy blurring” is especially brilliant for me since VR is starting to come ever closer to our world. Also, I have to give props to Kawahara for tackling touchy real-world subjects. Kazuto is my favorite anime character. Period. My complaints would have to be a few tension-breaking fan service scenes(looking at you, SAO II), some contradictory lines on the rules in the game, or of a raid that the Sleeping Knights and the SAO Team did in Mother’s Rosario, but ONLY in the English dub of SAO II(this isn’t a problem in the subs or the LN), and the cliché plot of Fairy Dance.

Thanks for asking me this! :D

Fic: Miscast (Glee, Kurt/Blaine)

Miscast
Pairings: Kurt/Blaine
Word count: 2,600
Rating: General (sorry, wowbright​)

Summary: You simply have to gamble, there are no guarantees. 

Notes: There is a real MCC Theater that really holds a Miscast gala fundraiser. Everything I write about it here is pure fiction. “George and Martin” are my attempts at names for the the leads in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? if two men are playing the roles. Thanks to wowbright​, stultiloquentia​ and most of all damnpene​. 

They have a ritual every night of the show, a way of taking off George and Martin and becoming Blaine and Kurt again.

They’d had trouble with it at first: during rehearsals, they fought at home as well as on stage, until everything was shouting and betrayal and vicious cutting comments. It was three weeks before Blaine finally stopped in the middle of a fight over who’d forgotten to buy eggs and said “What the hell are we doing, Kurt?” Kurt didn’t have an answer.

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'Downton Abbey': Top 12 Moments From the Final Season Cast Q&A

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Downton Abbey’s final season premieres Jan. 3 in the U.S., but some of the cast joined executive producer Gareth Neame for a sneak peek in NYC Monday night. Following the screening, they took part in a lively Q&A moderated by The New York Times’ Dave Itzkoff. Here are the Top 12 moments. (No show spoilers.)

1. About 18 minutes into the chat, when Itzkoff asked if the cast hangs out on set according to position — downstairs with downstairs, and upstairs with upstairs — Michelle Dockery (Mary) deadpanned, “I never talk to Daisy” while Elizabeth McGovern (Cora) concurred: “There is a line to be drawn.” Dockery then reached across Hugh Bonneville (Robert) to grab McGovern’s hand and quipped, “We stick together don’t we, mummy.” Jim Carter (Carson), Phyllis Logan (Mrs. Hughes), and Kevin Doyle (Molesley) then got up from their seats and left the stage. When they returned, Carter was carrying a bottle of wine to replenish Bonneville’s glass. “We live to serve,” he cracked. The audience roared. 

In truth, there is some segregation, simply because the downstairs scenes are filmed at a studio 90 miles from the castle that stands in for Downton, Carter said. Also, he added, “There’s an immense amount of frock envy downstairs. Daisy and Anna the maid envy Lady Edith and Lady Mary’s dresses enormously. So a lot of bitterness goes on, in a very understated English way.” (Logan, whose Mrs. Hughes had one frock for day and one frock for night — “And you looked gorgeous in them both,” Carter interjected — was not, for the record, envious of the five costume changes Dockery would do in a day of shooting.)

Note: If you’re wondering about the prop Allen Leech (Tom) employed on stage, he visited Yahoo TV a few hours before the screening to play our “Branson or B.S.” trivia game and asked to take his paddle with him. Look for that video leading up to the show’s return.

2. Asked to name something specific that they’d miss from the show (as opposed to the cast and crew at large), McGovern said, “I’m gonna miss regularly reiterating the plot with Hugh Bonneville in the bed every night. And never, by the way, having any sex, as far as I can tell.” (”Unlike the Carsons,” Logan joked.) Dockery said she’ll miss someone we haven’t met yet, their style consultant on the show, Jacques. Cue Leech saying, “Heeey” in a deep voice that sounded like the French cousin of South Park’s Big Gay Al. It’s tough to get a perfect transcript of his monologue over the audience laughter, but here’s our best attempt: “Hi, I’m Jacques. I mainly turn up on the days when the ladies have new costumes. I sit and give a little bit of a dissection of why they’re wearing them. Such as Mary, tonight, you know what this says? It says, ‘Hey, I lost my husband. Boo hoo.’ … You have a little bit of a slit for the cleavage. It says, ‘Heeey.’ And the rest of it speaks for itself.” (Watch a clip here.)

“Barrow’s very fond of him,” Dockery added. Doyle said he couldn’t follow that and that he’d never seen Leech do that character before. “Oh, he’s commented on you,” Leech replied.

3. Maggie Smith was not at the screening, but that didn’t keep the cast from telling stories about her. In short, she’s as full of one-liners as the Dowager Countess. Dockery recalled Smith hitching her skirt up a bit, as all the ladies must do when the sound guy needs to put their mic pack on their leg, and telling him, “[Coughs] Control yourself.” McGovern remembered Smith hating uncomfortable costumes. She acted out Smith wearing one with a high French collar, tugging at it and groaning, “Now I know why they invented the guillotine.” Carter said Smith treated Dockery and Laura Carmichael (Edith) like real granddaughters. “They just showed her mucky things on YouTube all the time. Cats doing disgusting things. She was in stitches about that,” he said. He also recalled a moment on set when Shirley MacLaine (Cora’s mother, Martha) spotted a piano in a corner and said, “Perhaps it would be nice if I could sing.” You could see the cogs spinning in Smith’s mind, he said. “So Maggie decided, ‘Of course, I’m going to fall asleep.’ So Maggie falls asleep. So Shirley spots that and thinks, ‘I’m gonna go sing to Maggie.’ So Maggie wakes up and does the funniest triple take you’ve ever seen. It was an act-off between two great Dames.”

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4. The cast shared their casting stories. Among the highlights: Carter knew he was right for the role immediately. “There was one line in the script, it was a stage direction — ‘Carson sits there in his magnificence’ — and I thought, ‘I can do that,’” he said. “You want an actor to sit in magnificence, I’m sorry, I’m your boy. And I’d have been mightily pissed off if they’d given it to anyone else.” Dockery fell in love with Lady Mary immediately but thought they’d give the part to someone else. Leaving her audition, she ran into Dan Stevens, who was there waiting to read for the role of Matthew. “We’d just worked together on an adaptation of Turn of the Screw for the BBC. I said, ‘Dan!’ And he said, ‘Are you going out for Mary?’ I said, ‘Yeah. Matthew?’ I remember walking away thinking, ‘Oh, that could work,’” she said, laughing.

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Just as Mrs. Hughes was supposed to have a Yorkshire accent until producers heard Logan’s Scottish brogue, Branson — then listed as John instead of Tom — was also supposed to be English. “I walked in all prepared, having worked weeks on the Yorkshire accent. They sat there and went, ‘Actually, interesting, why don’t you play it Irish?’ And I went, ‘Nooo,’ ‘cause I’d done this for weeks. But they convinced me there and then to play it Irish. I thought then I had a less of a chance of getting the part, because I didn’t know if they wanted an Irish guy at all,” he said. “[Creator Julian Fellowes] jumped on that, and then he had another angle to go with [Tom’s] background.” Leech was originally hired for just three episodes, as was Doyle. “To be honest with you, the audition was a bit of a nuisance because I was opening a play,” Doyle said, to much laughter. “It was my first night at the National Theatre, and I could have done without the audition, to be honest with you.”

5. Asked when they first knew the show was catching on, Bonneville told one of his favorite stories: About four weeks into Season 1′s run, he was at the playground picking his son up from school when a 10-year-old boy came over to him and said, “I don’t like that Thomas.” “A, I thought, ‘What are you doing up at nine o’clock on a Sunday?’ And B, ‘Wow, we never expected that demographic,’” Bonneville said. The most common reaction Carter gets from fans: “I can’t sit in a restaurant without someone saying, ‘Oh, it’s funny to see you sitting down.’” Leech finds fans more vocal when the show is in-season: “If people have seen it on a Sunday night, and then you get on the Tube in London the next morning, I’ve had the experience where someone turns and goes, ‘Oh, hey! How are you?’ And I go, ‘Not too bad. How are you?’ And [realization sets in] he goes, ‘I don’t know you at all!’” Doyle topped that: “Someone thought I’d done their central heating for them.”

6. Without spoiling anything, the Season 6 premiere is an especially great episode for Carter and Logan (and Lesley Nicol, who plays Mrs. Patmore). Asked if they could feel a relationship between Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes coming, here was the exchange:

Carter: “We felt it was approaching at the speed of a glacier.”

Logan: “A snail frozen.”

Carter: “We didn’t rush it, did we?”

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7. When the subject came to Stevens’s decision to leave the show and Matthew’s death, Dockery said, “At first, obviously I was sad about it. But I think it was a real turning point for the show. And those decisions along the way, like with Jessica [Brown Findlay], who played Sybil, it really changed the show. As much as I missed Dan when he went, I then went on to have such a fabulous storyline,” she said with a chuckle. “And I was nominated for awards.” (When the audience’s laughter subsided, Doyle called her “cold and ruthless” and started it again.)

8. Dockery did the clapper board on the very last shot of the series, but the most emotional goodbye came from the cast member least expected to cry, Bonneville said — setting up Carter to tell his story. “Everybody had been saying, ‘Oh god, it’s the last day. Oh dear.’ I said, ‘Look, come on. It’s the rhythm of our lives: you do a job, you make friendships, you work closely together, and you move on. That’s the natural way of things,’” Carter said. Cut to the servants filming their final scene in the servants’ hall. “People were getting emotional, quivering, and I thought, ‘Oh, honestly,’” Carter continued. After producers thanked the cast, Carter thought he should represent the downstairs actors and thank the incredibly loyal, hardworking crew. “There they were, gray with exhaustion, and I just said, ‘This is a family, not just in front of the camera, behind the camera. And I’d just like to thank’ — and I was gone,” he said. He turned around to see a grip and rigger also in tears. “I was a soggy mess. Totally, completely by surprise.”

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9. There was an official wrap party, and, Carter insisted, “For Allen Leech, it’s still going on.” Dockery said her feet have only just now recovered from the night. (They finished filming in August.) Though everyone is curious what Downton would be like when Mary’s child, George, is Robert’s age, Neame isn’t thinking there will be a sequel. At least not soon. “This show is finished, but somebody will always own Downton Abbey,” he said. “Long after we’ve all retired, they might pull this idea out and start it all over again. But none of us will be involved with that.” 

As for where the series ends (the U.K. will see the finale first, on Christmas Day), Doyle offered this: “There are conclusions to a lot of wonderful stories, but not everything is tied up in bows. It’s left to the imagination of the audience for them to continue these characters’ stories. … After 1926, there are tumultuous times ahead, aren’t there, in Britain. Some of those estates are gonna face tough times, aren’t they? So you can only imagine what’s going to happen to these characters.”

10. An audience question about the extensive rules and etiquette of the time period revealed a couple of fascinating bits. After praising the show’s historical adviser, Carter, for instance, said you look at the lady of the house to see which way she turns to talk at the table, and then all the ladies talk that way for the first two courses before reversing for the dessert. Bonneville said in real life, the staff rarely knocked on doors because the family would then spend a large portion of their day yelling, “Come in! Come in!” So there is a basis for the eavesdropping on the show. “The butlers and the footmen and so on would meld into a room and choose their moment to bring the information they were bringing,” he said, “which of course, in dramatic terms, gives them a fantastic advantage in that they can appear invisibly, as it were, into a room and learn all sorts of stuff that the upstairs characters don’t know that they’re imparting to the downstairs characters.”

11. Asked by another audience member to name their favorite time period for their characters, Logan and Leech picked the war years: her because Mrs. Hughes suddenly had more to do (or “delegate”), and him because “the attitudes of all the characters changed so much during the war period, and then after, life meant so much more.” McGovern and Dockery picked when their corsets finally came off. (Season 6 begins in 1925). Doyle joked that nothing good of note happened for Molesely between 1912 and 1926, which earned him a hug from Leech. (Neame said that Logan does have a “lovely storyline in Season 6. Molesely does get a bit of a break.”) Carter, who’s worn the same costume for six years (”Don’t mess with perfection, Jim,” Leech said) picked the early period: “When Carson was having to deal with telephones, and typewriters, and toasters, and electric plugs. … Maggie Smith being blinded by chandeliers.”

12. The final audience question of the night asked how the women felt about the show highlighting women’s rights throughout this time period for a younger audience. “I feel that doing the show has made me so grateful for things that we do tend to take for granted today as women: how hard-won our freedoms are, the choices we have in our life. In the beginning of the series, Cora was in no control of any aspect of her destiny whatsoever. Playing the part six years, at times made me feel as though I was living in a straitjacket,” McGovern said. “I think it’s easy to forget and to not be grateful for the strides that women have fought for and need to continue to fight for, because it’s not over yet. It really isn’t.” After more applause, and Logan noting that Edith is running a magazine and Lady Mary takes over for Branson, Carter got the last word: “Daisy learns to read. Hooray!”

The final season of Downton Abbey premieres on Jan. 3 at 9 p.m. on Masterpiece on PBS.

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Come, Night by killians-tinkabelle

Official description: Princess Emma loves waking past the Jewel of the Realm to catch a glimpse of Lieutenant Killian Jones. One day while out she is told news that upsets her and makes a decision that changes their relationship.

Rated: M                          Genre: Romance                 Chapters: 6/?  WIP

Meet my latest fic addiction. Lieutenant Duckling is one of my weaknesses and I find this is an especially well-executed play on that theme. This is definitely a star-crossed love story. If you thought Captain Swan had challenges in season three, those were nothing compared to this tale. Emma and Killian are trapped in heartbreaking circumstances, yet as painful as this story can be to read, it’s equally as romantic. Parallels with Romeo & Juliet are seamlessly integrated and I loved seeing their brilliant callbacks in later chapters. The court intrigue is particularly compelling and it’s fascinating to watch Emma figure out how to navigate the treacherous political waters. But my favorite part of this story, is that just when you think you know what this tale is about, it goes in a completely different direction. Several chapters in there’s a HUGE twist that’s simply BRILLIANT and makes it impossible to stop reading. I’m currently waiting (impatiently) for the next chapter. 



The Elements of Cake Design by ripplestitchskein

Official description: After an evening of liberal alcohol consumption and a hare-brained idea about it being a great place to meet creative women, Killian and Will find themselves reluctantly participating in a cake decorating course given by the proprietor of a local bakery and cake supply shop, assisted by her lovely foster daughter, who has never actually baked a cake before and needs to make sure no one else in the class finds that out.

Rated: M        Genre: Modern AU/Fluff        Chapters: 2/?  WIP

This story is the ideal mix of hilarious and romantic. The premise in and of itself was already entertaining, but I knew I was guaranteed a good time, as soon as I read that Killian was paired with Will Scarlet. It was a relationship I wish had been explored more on OUAT given they were quite the comedic duo in the few brief scenes they shared. The banter between Killian and a cheeky Will was everything I had hoped. They play-off each other extraordinarily well and Steffie perfectly captures Will’s voice. Despite being a Modern AU, Emma remains the Savior and also proves as prickly as ever–a wonderful counterbalance to the charming and (still) dashing Killian. Despite being instantly drawn to him, as usual Emma does her darndest to resist that attraction. Steffie does a brilliant job creating natural tension between Emma and Killian, while tempering it with humor. This is such a fun story and I can’t wait to see where it goes next. 




Gloriana by alexandralyman

Official description: Elizabethan inspired Captain Swan historical AU, loosely based on the Tudor Queen and her relationships with her favourites like Robert Dudley and Sir Walter Raleigh.

Rated: M       Genre: Historical AU      Chapters: one-shot

Once again, Alex has conceived a historical epic rich with detail that serves to make the main narrative that much more compelling. As is always the case with Alex’s work, I was incredibly impressed with the level of precision and historical accuracy present. The language was specific and she perfectly captured the period speech.  This attention to detail was remarkable and truly brought the story to life. It was also fascinating to witness how she altered history to fit the OUAT narrative. And if all of this isn’t enough, there’s also a scorchingly hot sex scene. Political intrigue, court drama, romance and the seamless blending of historical fact and fiction make this story a surefire hit. 



Once Upon A Happy Ending by cutieodonoghue

Official description: When everyone goes back to the Enchanted Forest, Emma struggles to find her identity in the land with magic.

Rated: T        Genre: Romance/Drama        Chapters: 2/?  WIP

I featured this story in one of my earlier issues when it was just intended to be a one-shot (so no, you’re not experiencing deja vu). This piece is truly one of my all-time favorite Enchanted Forest tales, so when I learned that Megan had decided to turn Once Upon a Happy Ending into a multi-chapter fic I emitted screams that I’m not entirely sure were human. Seriously, I think they were only on a frequency dogs could hear.  I loved witnessing Emma and Killian embark on a high seas adventure. Megan created such vivid imagery that I could almost feel the sea breeze on my own face. It was so nice to see Emma unburdened by royal expectation and able return to her true self. Killian’s sense of what Emma needed in that moment once again demonstrated his innate understanding of her. If you’re a fan of a certain animated Disney film that is frequently paralleled with Captain Swan, Megan has managed to nicely integrate that into the story to heartwarming effect. I swear, I was swooning the entire time I read that section.  I can’t wait for the next chapter! 


Please Don’t Go (Where I Can’t Follow) by seastarved

Official description: When Emma gives all she has in an attempt to take care of Maleficent once and for all, she succeeds but all magic comes at a price. And this time, the price might be her life.

Rated: T         Genre: Angst/Romance       Chapters: one-shot

A warning: this is a tearjerker. But it’s such an incredibly beautiful story–so rich with metaphor and imagery–that it’s worth enduring the pain to read it. As Emma witnesses The Charmings, Henry, and Killian struggle with practically insurmountable grief it seems almost cathartic in a way. This Lost Girl, who believed she never mattered to anyone finally witnesses just how much she means to the people around her. It’s difficult to watch a very broken Killian and the descriptions of him were so utterly heart wrenching, but I love how entwined he became in the Charming household–that even without Emma he still has a family. But what I loved most about Chinx’s story is that it wasn’t emotionally manipulative. My heart may have felt like it was going to be crushed into smithereens at points, but it was honest, raw and real. So get your kleenex ready, but remember Once Upon a Time above all will always be a show about maintaining hope. 


Teenage Dream by well-thats-much-better

Official description: After being away from her hometown for the last nine years, Emma Swan returns for a visit which its sole purpose is to let go of her past once and for all. The past in the form of Killian Jones. High school sweethearts.

Rated: M     Genre: Modern AU/Romance/Angst   Chapters: 3/?  WIP

This is a wonderfully written story that balances being a character driven piece with a compelling premise. Making the Emma/Killian high school relationship seemingly reminiscent of OUAT’s Emma/Neal romance was truly inspired. I love that by giving Emma and Killian a backstory, going into the fic they already have such a rich history–a prebuilt foundation– so instead of the traditional meet cute, we get to the core of the story much faster. Lim has created such an interesting dynamic that you can cut the tension between Emma and Killian with a knife. The mystery behind Killian’s betrayal is ever-present and makes the story that much more compelling. 



To Make Me Bright by youherotype

Official description: When Emma takes her son to parent teacher conference night at his school, the last thing she expects to find is the guy she’s been hooking up with for the past few weeks sitting at the desk across from her.

Rated: T       Genre: Modern AU/Romance/Humor     Chapters: 3/? WIP

Not only do I love this premise for all the inevitable sexual hijinks that are apt to ensue, but I found it so utterly in character for a season 1-2 Emma Swan. What’s more, Killian as Henry’s teacher provided an obstacle that added the necessary dramatic tension while still remaining logical. A school environment was the perfect setting to incorporate a large variety of Once characters and I loved the added detail of including smaller secondary players like Grace. Characterization was wonderfully done and I especially liked Regina in a role befitting her Evil Queen persona. As for Emma and Killian, the attraction between them is palpable. He’s easily able to push her buttons and try as she might, it’s obvious that she won’t be able to resist him for long. A superb story! 

Towards a Functional Reading of OUAT (Or: Move the Plot, Or Your Screentime Gets Shot)

Prompt (Anon): I have seen the argument that Rumple was always intended to be an evil character, that his redemption arc was always intended by the writers to fail because he is primarily a villain, and that people who don’t see this (and, instead, think the writers have no idea what to do with his character) are just not understanding or watching the show correctly. Do you think there’s any evidence to support Rumple as the ultra-always-going-to-be-a-villain?

I think the truth is a bit more complicated, ChillinWithTheVillains!Anon– I think the writers require Rumple to be a POTENTIAL villain … because that’s his narrative function.

Originally posted by randommagpie

I’m shady ‘cause it’s in my contract!

But to explain that, we’re going to have to define our terms and start off with a simple example in Hook, whose narrative function is to be a henchman.

Originally posted by onceabc

Who you calling ‘simple’?

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Whovian Feminism Reviews “Under the Lake”/”Before the Flood”

Doctor Who Series 9 continued it’s incredibly strong start with a beautifully chilling ghost story from Toby Whithouse (who is one of my absolute favorite writers for the show). This story was a reimagining of a classic supernatural creature that could only work on Doctor Who, yet it managed to preserve the themes that make ghost stories so wonderfully horrifying and dreadful — confronting the dead, facing the certainty of your own death, and imagining the horror that death might not be a release. Yet despite the darker themes, this two-parter managed to feel surprisingly optimistic, even joyful. Death is a terrifying, all too common prospect when you run with the Doctor. But there’s always curiosity, adventure, and love to be found on the way.

Clara, despite her near-death experiences in the series opener, is throwing herself into these new adventures more enthusiastically than ever. She’s been through hell the past few months between her own traumas and the pain of losing Danny, yet she doesn’t seem to be traveling with the Doctor just to escape her pain. Her journey with the Doctor has a motivation beyond simple escapism — she seems to be affirming to herself that her life has a greater purpose and meaning. She begs the Doctor not to let himself die because traveling with him gives her something else to be, something more than the schoolteacher, the Impossible Girl, or the not-quite-a-widow. 

But despite her assertions that’s she’s alright and that traveling with the Doctor isn’t just a way to escape her pain, she’s clearly not ready to confront the idea that the Doctor might die as well. My heart absolutely broke when she screamed: “Die with whoever comes after me, you do not leave me!” She so casually, unthinkingly understands and accepts that she is just the latest in a long line of companions to join the Doctor, that she will eventually leave, and that someone will eventually replace her. But Clara is completely unwilling to consider that the Doctor might die before she leaves, and she doesn’t even consider how much the Doctor would be hurt if she died instead. It’s selfish and possessive — and so very much like the Doctor.

While “Under the Lake” was an incredibly strong episode, I felt like “Before the Flood” got a little bit preoccupied with the timey-wimey mechanics of unraveling the Bootstrap Paradox. It’s an interesting theme, especially for a time travel show, but it’s a paradox we’ve seen before in Doctor Who without much fanfare.

Don’t get me wrong, I loved the Doctor’s opening monologue about Beethoven’s Fifth — and not just because it gave us the official rock version of the Doctor Who opening theme tune. But a fourth-wall breaking monologue inserted between a two-parter with no tie-in to the episode’s continuity felt a bit jarring. And I felt like the preoccupation with unraveling the paradox and reverse-engineering the narrative took time and attention away from the parts of the story that I was really interested in — the ghost story and the Fisher King.

I was left with a lot of questions about the Fisher King, his motivations, and his methods. I feel like there’s a lot of interesting stories lurking there — how did he fake his death? How does he create the ghosts? Why are the ghosts the only way to contact his own people, and what type of creatures bend the rules of life and death so casually? And damn, I really wanted to see more of the Fisher King. A beautifully constructed monster costume like that deserved way more screen time than it ultimately got.

But by far my favorite part of this two-parter were the women — with one exception. 

Cass is one of the few leaders to earn the Doctor’s genuine respect in a crisis situation. Even though Pritchard is the nominal leader of the operation after Moran’s death, Cass is obviously the real leader of the operation. When decisions need to be made, everyone automatically turns to Cass. And even better, Cass was a deaf woman who wasn’t defined by her deafness. It in no way hampers her ability to lead, and no one ever doubts or undermines her leadership because she is deaf. She is never portrayed as a helpless victim in need of saving. 

Cass also has a unique, uncommon skill that helps the Doctor solve the mystery of the ghosts — but thankfully she doesn’t become the problematic “magical disability” trope. Cass can read lips, a skill which many deaf or hard of hearing people have, but she doesn’t magically gain the ability to communicate with the ghosts because she is deaf. Her skills are uncommon in the general population, but they are realistically and practically gained. And ultimately, her role and characterization are much broader than being a ghost-translator.

O’Donnell was also absolutely brilliant. She was clever and resourceful, and a massive fangirl. She knew exactly who the Doctor was and was ready to follow him anywhere from the moment he arrived. She kept her head in a crisis, but one compliment from the Doctor was enough to reduce her to a puddle of happy fangirl glee. Former military intelligence, O’Donnell was the type of can-do, short-tempered girl who would defenestrate a colleague for suggesting she stay behind for her own protection. She knew the risks of fighting ghosts alongside the Doctor, but loved every moment of it.

And then she was killed by the Fisher King.

But while plenty of people died in this story — men and women alike — something felt different about O’Donnell’s death. The men’s deaths were about their lives or their flaws or their sacrifices, but O’Donnell’s death was mostly about how sad Bennett was when she was gone.

The way each of the Fisher King’s victims are killed is actually a really good illustration of how some fictional women’s deaths are more focused on the men who mourn them then the women who died. Prentis dies a coward’s death, killed by the oppressor he so willingly accepted until someone else usurped him. Moran dies protecting his team. Pritchard dies after he puts himself in danger to find the missing energy unit, letting his greed trump his caution. Their lives, deaths, and stories are entirely their own.

Even the Fisher King’s death is entirely his own story. He killed others, he bent the laws of life and death, and his actions ultimately led to the Doctor killing him.

But O’Donnell’s death is not her own story.

Before her death, her story is of a woman craving adventure. She’s the woman who dangled a military intelligence officer out of a window when he suggested she stay inside for her own protection. She’s the woman who fought ghosts in an underwater base and travelled back in time to save her friends.

And then she’s killed by the Fisher King – and her story starts to shift.

At first she said she followed the Doctor to join in his adventures, and then she suddenly says she followed him to keep an eye on Bennett. The tragedy of her death now is that Bennett is being forced to watch the woman he loves from a distance and is unable to intervene to save her life. We see her now through Bennett’s eyes, as he stares adoringly at her while she is beautifully lit in the morning sunshine. We’re more focused on Bennett’s hopelessness and powerlessness in the face of O’Donnell’s death than we are on O’Donnell’s life.

And in O’Donnell’s final scenes, her story isn’t about her lost potential or about how her life was cut short before she could go on the adventures she craved. Her death becomes the story of the boy who loved her and waited too late to tell her. It’s a beautiful moment for Clara to share in Bennett’s grief and reflect on how you must keep living your life despite the pain. But even though O’Donnell would certainly want Bennett to keep living her life, I doubt she would want to be remembered only as the girl he loved.

Your Biggest Fan (Part 1)

Request: Could you perhaps do a Sebastian Stan x Reader where reader is a fan who happens to meet him randomly and tells him about how he’s inspired her and she wants to be an actress but is really nervous to try, and Seb kinda thinks she’s cute and can see her passion so he helps her get some kind of role and they become pretty close?

Summary: Reader is a fan and meets Sebastian in a park in Atlanta. He takes a liking to her and, and they become friends, and eventually more.

Pairing: Sebastian Stan x Reader

Warnings: none

Written by: Cassie

Authors note: I’m not sure how many parts this will be, but I really love this plot so I had to make it more than one part! I hope you like it!

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Y/N squinted her eyes at the blazing sun, but smiled in relaxation as the warmth hit her skin. She adjusted her notepad on her lap as she watched a few children. They were running around and playing with imaginary props, acting out a scene, and making Y/N smile as she watched.

It seemed as if these children shared the same passion that she did. Ever since she was little, Y/N had always wanted to be an actress. Her parents noticed her interest when she started to create her own plays and act them out herself at age five.

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Teen Wolf Boss Talks Parrish's Finale Reveal and Theo's Next Step, Previews 'Clash of Titans' in Season 5B

TVLINE | Not gonna lie, I never would have thought to guess Parrish was a hellhound.
I’d heard that several people online had guessed it, and I was really happy to see that. We laid out quite a few clues, so we were hoping the clever ones would get it. [Editor’s note: I’m not one of the clever ones.] The first clue was the Wild Hunt in 501, which was known to be connected to black dogs and hellhounds.

TVLINE | Lydia’s research also mentioned “Devilish Riders.” Will those be seen in Season 5B?
[Laughs] You’ll have to wait and see, but that’s definitely something that’s come up in the writers’ room.

TVLINE | We’re still not sure if we should qualify Parrish as being “good” or “bad.” Will that also be explored?
Yes, you’re going to discover that he’s not necessarily one or the other, but he definitely has a place in the supernatural system of Beacon Hills. The reason he took the chimera bodies is that they were abominations; he was doing the supernatural clean-up work, essentially. Now that that’s out in the open, he’ll discover exactly what he’s been doing and what his role is.

TVLINE | Parrish’s hand-holding with Lydia was one of the first times they connected outside of his hallucinations. What’s their relationship right now?
In a way, they’re unconsciously bonded together by their supernatural powers. They’re drawn to each other, and whether that becomes something romantic and realized has yet to be seen. It’s all been in Parrish’s mind, but it hasn’t happened in real life. That’s something the writers have been flirting with all season: Are they, or aren’t they? That first moment where Lydia takes his hand in the jail cell is her acknowledging she has feelings for him, as well.

TVLINE | We haven’t seen the last of Stiles’ Jeep, have we?
[Laughs] No, you haven’t! We could never do in that Jeep. Trust me, you have not seen the last of Roscoe, as the fans are calling it.

TVLINE | That’s a relief, as was Braeden’s return.
It’s funny, because we’d been writing her in for several episodes. She was supposed to return in Episode 7, but it didn’t quite fit, so we moved her to Episode 8, then 9, and finally, we got her in Episode 10. It’s a dance by the end of these episodes, where to place certain characters, but we’re very happy to have her back. You’ll be seeing quite a bit more of her in Season 5B.

TVLINE | What can you say about Braeden and Malia’s plan of attack for the Desert Wolf?
They’re definitely in league together. Malia told Stiles to give up the search, and she erased the Desert Wolf from his board, which she did because she wanted to find her herself. Braeden is the mercenary who’s going to help her find the Desert Wolf and take her down. … I can say that Episode 514, which we’re breaking now, is a big Malia episode. She’s a big part of 511, then 12 and 13 are a step back for her to let things simmer, and then 14 is all about Malia.

TVLINE | I’m also worried about Sheriff Stilinski. He wasn’t looking so hot at the end of the episode.
You should be! Episode 511 deals a lot with Sheriff Stilinski and the fallout from those injuries. It revolves are Scott and Stiles’ desperate attempts to save his life.

TVLINE | Speaking of Scott and near-death experiences, he was technically dead for 15 minutes. How will that change him?
He’s going to come back a different person. A lot of this season was about Scott failing as a leader, and how he’s learned from those failures. We’re going to see an older, wiser Scott in the second half of Season 5.

TVLINE | It feels like it’s going to be Scott’s pack vs. Theo’s pack in 5B.
Yeah, they’re definitely going to be going up against each other. It’s partially about the other dangers in Beacon Hills. It’ll be an epic, cataclymic, clash of the Titans that’s abut to happen, and they’ll be caught up in it.

TVLINE | I imagine Hayden being a part of Theo’s pack will create some interesting conflict between her and Liam.
Yes, because she’ll be drawn to both. She’s drawn to Liam because she’s in love with him, and she’s drawn to Theo because she believes he can protect her.

TVLINE | I also feel like a lot of parallels were drawn between Hayden/Liam and Allison/Scott. Was that intentional?
Some of it was, yeah. One of my favorite shots from this season is when Scott’s in the locker room in Episode 7, watching Liam and Hayden fall in love. The camera moves to him and he’s got this look on his face as if he wants to tell Liam, “You have no idea what you’re in for.” But it’s different because Hayden is now powerful, whereas Allison was human. We’ll see Hayden getting used to that power when we come back for the second half fo Season 5.

TVLINE | I’ve missed Kira these past few weeks. When will she be back?
She’ll be back soon. We’ll see her in Episode 12.

TVLINE | Lastly, about that drawing the Dread Doctors discovered at the end of the episode… Can you offer any hints?
There’s a French word that the Doctors are repeating over and over. I can tell you that Season 5B is a clash of titans, and both of the titans in that [drawing] are … well, one of them is somebody you already know. The one surrounded by fire.

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Subjectivity and Favorite Characters: Robin vs Guy

So, I’ve been writing about Robin Hood a lot lately (thanks for bearing with me 90% of my followers who have no interest in this decade-old show), and so far I think I’ve stayed away from the Robin/Guy rivalry, despite finding it endlessly entertaining.  I’m sure if I’d been in the fandom as long as some of you, I’d be weary of it, but it’s such a carnival of passion (and, in some cases, illogical folly) I can’t help enjoying it. But it’s occurred to me that a lot of posts debating the relative merits and flaws of these characters use the vocabulary and strategies of literary criticism, like textual evidence and terms like “hero,” “villain,” “antagonist,” and protagonist. As an English teacher, I love to see that, but I think it’s a bit out place in discussions of this rivalry because people don’t choose favorite characters, or least favorites, on the basis of such objective criteria.  These are kinds of evidence that tell me what a character does and says, what happens to them, what their role in the story is, and what kind of relationship they have with other characters.  They don’t tell me how complex, sympathetic, or compelling a character is.  These things are subjective; they’re based on the individual fan’s beliefs, values, experiences.  It’s no one’s place, therefore, to tell fans they’re wrong, for example, for preferring the villain to the hero.

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