can we talk a minute

Hey guys…

Can we have real talk for a minute? 

Just a minute, and I swear I’ll go back to my regular programming. 

There’s been something that’s been weighing on my heart. And I want to get it out in the open. 

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is an ensemble show. It just is. That’s what it was from the very beginning. Six people trying to save the world in the shadows. And what makes the show so brilliant is the writers get to delve into the human condition and really flesh out relationships. 

In a superhero show. 

Trust me, I’ve had to spot check a lot of superhero shows lately. 

And Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. just is on a whole other level in terms of authenticity and heart.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is also a drama. It’s meant to have lots of action, lots of darkness, and…

…lots of conflict. 

Watching happy after happy scene of FitzSimmons does not fit into the show. 

Or they could be happy as hell, but just offscreen. 

There isn’t room for both. 

This season, especially, I’ve seen a lot of flack at the writers for not caring about FItzSimmons or wasting their storyline. And to be honest, it’s been hurtful to witness. 

And I know some of you must be hurting because you didn’t get what you thought would happen, and that’s fine. Your feelings are validated. 

But I’ve seen this “misery loves company” mentality where others just feed off the outrage and speak for the entire fandom, and that bothers me.

Because this fan has absolutely fucking loved what the writers have done with these two characters every step of the way. And I know I’m not the only one who feels this way. 

From the get-go, I’ve just wanted FitzSimmons to have more screen time, and in season 4, they shine a lot more as individuals and are featured in the A storylines a lot more, and I love that. 

And then we got some heartwarming scenes, and I’ve loved that too. 

And now, they’re going to get this brilliant storyline where Jemma rescues her man (which is what the fandom has been wanting, mind), and I couldn’t be more excited. 

Just. This last episode was a masterpiece in every way. 

And yet, I’ve still come across negativity about it. 

And, to be honest, it’s exhausting to witness. 

Yeah, I was definitely one that thought it would be FitzSimmons against the world, but when it wasn’t I quickly changed my tune because what we got was absolutely incredible. Jemma and Daisy’s relationship astounded me. I’ve always, you know, been fond of the pair, but it just didn’t hit me how much they truly, truly meant to each other until this episode. Oh God, I’m crying again, carry on. 

I’m just worried that there’s gonna be more writer trashing in this next pod. Because we will probably not like Framework Fitz very much (but HOLLA, we’ll LOVE IAIN OKAY). 

So I’m just asking us all, as a fandom family, to think about the weight and impact of our words. I’m asking that we enjoy whatever’s given. I’m asking we focus on the positive. 

And maybe I’m out of my depth for saying this. But the writers were the ones who saw the beauty in FitzSimmons, wrote this amazing relationship based on chemistry between actors alone, and gave them scene after scene of gut-wrenching beauty. 

Please remember this as we move forward.

The writers owe us nothing. They’ve given us everything. And now, they’re giving us even more. 

Jemma and Daisy are going to save their friends. Jemma is going to rescue Fitz. We are going to see the whole team in a different light. 

I couldn’t ask for a better arc frankly. 

And I know that it’s going to be absolutely incredible. 

anonymous asked:

CAN WE JUST..TALK ABOUT BUGHEAD FOR A MINUTE? WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT MY TWO BABES BEING TOGETHER?

I loved the way Lils described it. Betty and Jug are quite similar, they both have some sort of traumatising pasts and they are both “outcasts”. I just feel like it would be a healthy relationship and they deserve each other.

Can we talk about this scene for a minute? Because I tear up literally every damn time I watch it. 

After losing his son, Iroh fought tirelessly to save his nephew from Ozai’s brainwashing, no matter how hard Zuko tried to push him away. But even after years of sticking by him through every dead end and reckless gambit, Zuko still goes back to his awful father. Once again, Iroh couldn’t save his son and it just kills him

Then the kid shows up with team Avatar, because it turns out some of those proverbs got through to him after all.

But the part that really gets me is Zuko’s perspective.

Sitting outside that tent, he’s so damn scared. He’s so convinced Iroh hates him, he won’t even go in without a pep talk from Katara. Everyone else can see that Iroh will be proud of what his nephew has done since they last met, but Zuko can’t. When Zuko goes in to see the family he disappointed, he’s braced for yelling and fire and rage because that’s what he’s been raised to expect when he screws up. Pissing off his father got him disgraced, burned, tossed in the street, told he didn’t deserve to be alive, and shot at with lightening. A lifetime of experience says he should be scared. He doesn’t expect to be forgiven, he just wants Iroh to know he’s sorry. 

And then Iroh’s not even madNOT EVEN MAD. Mercy and compassion are so alien to Zuko that immediate forgiveness wasn’t even a remote possibility. He’s so utterly confused, but at the same time, so, so relieved. He hasn’t lost his only family. The only person who stayed by him all those years in exile. The only father who loved him.

They both thought they’d lost the only family they had left. Instead, they find themselves closer than they’ve ever been. And I tear up every damn time.

Can we talk about this for a minute?

This is a Yale-educated law professor, First Lady, Senator, and Secretary of State who:

-Endured 25 years of smear campaigns
-Lost the Electoral College by 80,000 votes
-Won the popular vote by 3 million votes
-Attended her opponent’s inauguration
-Received no handshake from Trump
-Was booed by the crowd when she appeared

And goddammit… LOOK at her. Polished and confident, wearing white for the Suffragettes, her husband taking *her* arm instead of the other way around.

Symbolism matters.

Perseverance matters.

She matters.

This is the godmother of New America, a rational, pragmatic, imperfect human being who was born 50 years too early for her gender to be a non-issue in an election.

While she missed the presidency, she arrived just in time to show us all, in unflinching terms, the deep undercurrent of sexist double standards in our society.

And in doing so, she taught generations of girls and women that yes, you DO matter and yes, you CAN do anything.

This is Hillary Clinton.

can we talk about this moment for a minute?

i almost teared up when i saw it. you can hear how wrecked yuuri’s voice is when he called victor’s name. he was worried that his coach was disappointed in his routine, but seeing victor’s arms open for him at the end must’ve been the most fulfilling feeling in the world. he noticeably gets watery-eyed and scrambles to start skating to him. just look at how fast he’s going, sprinting with all he has just for a hug from his coach. he did his best, and victor rewards him for it.

i am so happy to see such a healthy relationship full of admiration, encouragement, support, and mutual reliance.

Can we stop everything for a minute and talk about Jared’s and Jensen’s acting? Sure we can.

There’s no such thing as a surprise when it comes to them being able to make me cry with a simple look and make me crack laughing with a simple move but anyways I still find their acting mesmerizing. 

Let’s start with Jensen, because he got me crying all over this scene. I couldn’t help it. (I cry a lot with SPN because of him)

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He made me feel every bit of desperation he was feeling. How you can’t remember something so simple, so yours, something that in any normal situation you could say it like you can sing your favorite song. But there’s any of that and he just makes you feel it, he doesn’t even has to say it, it’s there in his eyes; how lost he feels.

And all I have to say is: Jensen, you’re definitely one of the best actors I’ve seen and it’s amazingly beautiful the way in which you can get to people’s feelings with your expressions.

That said, now Jared. (I cry a lot with SPN because of this bitch, too

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I’ve been all emotional because of Sam in countless times, Jared gives such expression to Sam that you can’t help yourself.

I was as worried as Sam at this moment and even though I saw Dean’s words as a joke I was totally lost and trying to keep calm but no can do, this is Supernatural we’re talking about. Sam’s expressions here say so much, him shaking his head, him looking away, the little smile he makes, the sigh of relief, the way his eyes look watery. He was going to loose it if the counterspell didn’t work. It’s seen that he can’t lose Dean, not like that, not again. He goes with “not funny” but you gotta see it in his face, you gotta hear it in his voice. Is such a strong feeling kinda like he was making me feel it.

Jared, you’re freaking gold and you never fail to amaze me, you never fail to make me feel every single thing Sam feels. 

Honestly, I’ve gotta thank the world for having such great actors as Jared and Jensen to play the characters I love the most because clearly without them I wouldn’t have fallen in love with the Winchesters. Thanks for,  and to, Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles. 

Okay, but can we just talk about this shot right here for a minute? 

Through the entire episode we’ve seen Yuuri at various stages of stress and desperation and exhaustion, but right here? This is the most relaxed he’s been since before Victor left. He’s wrapped up in Victor’s arms and he’s safe and wanted and he’s home. The entire airport scene took my breath away but this right here? This gave it back because in this one single frame, Yuuri knows everything is going to be alright because he’s got Victor. 

Can we talk about Finn for a minute? I keep reading that Finn gets described as “flat” or “boring” by some in the Star Wars fandom. Obviously everyone’s entitled to their opinion. But I’ll tell you, from my perspective? He’s one of the most unique, charismatic Star Wars characters out there. 

1. Finn humanized stormtroopers. Made us experience panic and terror at the terrible choices they have to make. Stormtroopers, who were practically a joke in the other movies - white plastic statutes that existed just to get shot and clatter into a pile.

2. Finn’s flight with Poe Dameron is an explosion of emotion. That scene blew me away. Both of them had so much fun with it, and you can see Finn feel the real impact of having a name, rather than being a number. 

3. Finn is profoundly empathetic and protective. Hell, I swear he cares about BB8 when he has to describe the plane crash, and Poe’s “death”, to the droid. 

4. Finn shows tremendous range in this movie. Traumatized (stormtrooper battle), jocular (”you got a boyfriend?”), joyous (”that’s one hell of a pilot”), wistful (”Take care of yourself. Please.”), angry (ligthsaber battle), I could go on. I like Luke Skywalker as much as the next fan, but I think Finn shows more range in this one film than Luke did in all three. 

5. Finn’s story arc is powerful, subversive, and inspiring. Going from a number to a name. Finding a family after being taken from his home as a child. Turning his back on the First Order and then realizing he needs to go further, and embrace the cause of the Resistance.

6. Finn’s relationship with Rey. I’m gonna get choked up about this, so I’ll just say John Boyega is an amazing actor, and I loved every scene he had with Daisy Ridley. 

Anyway that’s my fangirling contribution. To me, Finn’s amazing. 

Gif courtesy of @kit-harington

I am sick and tired of these stupid videos going viral on facebook about how technology has made us antisocial and that social media is evil.

Let me tell you a story. I’m half English, but live in Spain. I get to see my English family, at best, once a year. Sometimes not even that.

I love my English grandparents, but we don’t have many things in common. We can get a nice 20 minute talk going about what we’ve been doing lately, and then I usually fall silent whilst my mum talks about cooking with my grandma and my dad goes on to talk about science with my granddad. It’s so disappointing, because I barely see them, and I can only rely on their interest in what I’m doing with my life to start a conversation.

A few months ago we flew to England and stayed with them a few days. Whilst having supper, naturally (as always) the conversation started with how I was doing, and what I was planning to do with my future now that I had graduated. I told them I was thinking about moving back to Japan to start working there. Somehow, one way or another, we started talking about life in Japan, and my parents chipped in by commenting on their experience in Tokyo as tourists. “There’s so many people!” And then someone asked, “what’s the population of Japan?”

And I said, “Let me google that.”

So I pulled out my smartphone. 127.3 million. Can you believe it? That’s a lot! That’s twice as much as the UK, isn’t it? What is the population of the UK? Granddad says 60 million, but grandma says 62.

Google says 64.1 million.

What about Spain? 50 million, perhaps? 55? Mum says 48, dad says 40. Nope, it’s 46.77 million as of 2014, says google.

We all guessed at the population of the US, of Canda, of France, of Germany; we cheered when one of us had almost hit the mark, and gasped at unexpected numbers. We looked up the dates of historical events, we read random wikipedia facts, we searched Stonehenge on google maps and read about the theories behind it, we googled ‘disc symbols ancient’ to try and figure out what this paperweight my granddad had in his office was supposed to be because he couldn’t remember its name and immediately found out it was a replica of the Phaistos Disc. “‘Disc symbols ancient’! How did google know what we were looking for just from that? That’s amazing!”

We went on for hours, and it was so. much. fun. For three whole hours, three. whole. fucking. hours, every topic we talked about was somehow linked to googling facts or images on my smartphone, and do you know what my granddad said to me as we started cleaning everything up?

He said this thing I had was amazing, and he wanted one too.

Technology is not a conversation stopper. It’s a conversation starter, and if you don’t know how to be responsible, if you don’t know how to make use of this amazing thing we have to keep a conversations going, then the problem isn’t smartphones, or facebook, or twitter. It’s you.

“I Come to You, Step by Step” Jinyoung/You

jinyoung is an international student and you’ve been paired with him for your university’s Pal Program

“Look,” you sigh, feeling more exhausted than any five minute interaction with a boy warrants. Jinyoung doesn’t protest when you plop into the chair opposite of him, or maybe he wants to, but shuts up when you barrel onwards. “Just meet up with me once a week. It doesn’t have to be life-changing or anything. Maybe we can just meet here, talk for ten minutes. We might even become friends.” It sounds corny, even to you, but you don’t think the face Jinyoung pulls is necessary.

“Fine,” Jinyoung says eventually, like he’s dredging the word up from a deep, painful place. 

The jinyoung au that’s been killing me for the last two months. I’m sorry in advance for the length. I hope you really like it. (rated T) 

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can we just talk about this gif for a minute 

there is a lot going on here

  • Starscream’s effortless, physics-defying little hop
    • seriously that little hop should not have gotten him that high up
  • the vehicon’s reaction of surprise when Suddenly Starscream
  • Knockout’s facepalm
  • Knockout reaches a hand out and steps forward like “STARSCREAM WHAT–NO”
  • you can’t actually see Starscream’s head from this angle, his shoulder pauldrons are in the way
  • that’s a very elegant kick, like he kicks that vehicon like it weighs nothing

tl;dr i just love this gif on many, many levels

Okay, but can we take a minute to talk about Sebastian Stan’s acting!?
This man doesn’t just take on a character, he becomes that character. He uses his entire body to convey a feeling and it doesn’t come across as false or forced, it’s natural and exquisite.

I mean, can we seriously just

I just don’t know, Seb portrays his characters with such passion, his eyes portray more emotions than other actors can with their freaking voices.