my thoughts on 5x13

Originally posted by yourreactiongifs

Okay. Let’s try this. 

  • The gun control storyline felt heavy handed, from the montage of the shooter packing up guns in the beginning to Oliver’s candle-light vigil speech at the end.
  • It’s one of those “pay no attention to the man behind the curtain” things that makes it hard to really immerse and invest in the story on the screen.
  • it was nice to have Thea back
  • Having her rip on Susan made having her back even better. I really hope this means they’re setting Thea up to be the one to take on Susan later.
  • Listen, I get Oliver has a right to move on here
  • I’ve been expecting it since last summer
  • And once we saw Felicity and that…whatever it was she had with Billy (cuz she refused to call him her boyfriend so… booty call?), I knew Oliver needed to have a chance too
  • I just haaaaaaaaaaate that his chance is with SUSAN
  • I don’t dislike Susan because she’s “between my OTP”… I’ve disliked characters on this show for that reason before and that’s not what it is for me at all. It’s that she’s been shown to be shady. Regardless what she DOES from here with her shady information, she has behaved shadily. The show has not been shy about showing us that. SHADY. SHADYSHADYSHADY. 
  • She was introduced in a way that showed her to be without scruples, the way she treated Thea. THEA. Oliver’s own beloved sister. As such, Thea has never been coy about how she feels about Susan. I don’t think Susan ever apologized to Thea. Did she apologize to Oliver about how she treated Thea? Don’t think so. Did Oliver ever bring it up with Susan? Not likely. 
  • So when Oliver says “she’s a good person” I’m just like BITCH, WHERE.
  • Anyhow. That’s a big problem for me. And Oliver defending her to Thea just… hit me wrong. WAY wrong. 
  • I want to respect Oliver’s attempt to move on but I feel like I just can’t with Susan. I feel like Felicity in 2x06: “You deserve better than her.” I feel like he should feel he deserves better by now too.
  • Back on topic: The shootout at City Hall was meant to be shocking but in a show where shootouts happen almost every week it just… wasn’t.
  • Adrian has a wife. Huh. 
  • Oh, hello, Vigilante. Nice of you to join us again. I guess? What was the point of that other than to show us he’s still around? Or was that the whole point?
  • Team Arrow debating gun control = okay, sure
  • Felicity saying they shouldn’t debate cuz they’re busy doing Team Arrow stuff = okay, sure
  • Felicity saying they shouldn’t debate it PERIOD? = uhm NO
  • Curtis lecturing Felicity about not debating = (ノಠ益ಠ)ノ彡┻━┻
  • I don’t expect Felicity to be a focus in an ep like this, but since we’re hearing Curtis, Lance, Rene and Dinah’s views on gun control, maybe we can hear hers to? OR DIG’S?? Cuz Dig is like… the OG Gun Guy on the team??? And ex-military?? HELLO IS THIS THING ON?
  • Also, no one even mentioning Felicity being shot (SHOT. WITH BULLETS) last year and paralyzed…. I just don’t even know what to think there but I’m aggressively annoyed. 
  • This isn’t even touching the other times she’s been shot at (2x01) or shot (2x14) or had a gun held to her head (3x05). 
  • (ノಠ益ಠ)ノ彡┻━┻
  • *clears throat* Anyhow, Oliver is doing mayorly stuff so that’s nice to see, I guess. He’s trying and I like to see him trying. It’s clear that he cares about what he’s doing.
  • I’m just gonna be honest, I could not give less of a shit about where Dinah is living. We don’t even know where OLIVER lives. So it’s nice that Dig is encouraging her to open up and live her life but like… it felt out of place in this episode in a major way. 
  • I really liked the Rene flashbacks. I am really starting to feel for the guy. I hope he can get his daughter back. 
  • The scene where Oliver talked down the shooter in the hospital was probably my fave of his this episode
  • It showed him embracing his own light and really grasping this theme of legacy so that’s great progress. 
  • But this ep as a whole? Can just be skipped. Not great. Not great at all. Others (like @jbuffyangel) have stated why far better than I could. 
  • just… when the ep ended I blinked and went “that’s it??” and that’s not a great emotion to have at the end of an Arrow episode. 
  • Better luck next week. 

Originally posted by queensarrow

Protesters set off fireworks during a candle light vigil calling for impeached President Park Geun-hye’s arrest in Seoul, South Korea, March 11, 2017. South Korean police on Saturday braced for more violence between opponents and supporters of ousted President Park Geun-hye, who was stripped of her powers by the Constitutional Court over a corruption scandal that has plunged the country into a political turmoil.

(Photo: Ahn Young-joon/AP)


Photos of the day - March 11, 2017

Seppe Smits of Belgium competes during the Women’s Slopestyle Final in the FIS Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships 2017, in Sierra Nevada, Spain; Katie McCloughlin lies with Topsy, her English setter, during the Crufts dog show in Birmingham, Britain; displaced Iraqi get on a truck to be carried to a safe place, as Iraqi forces battle with Islamic State militants in western Mosul, Iraq; Protesters set off fireworks during a candle light vigil calling for impeached President Park Geun-hye’s arrest in Seoul, South Korea; Colombia starting pitcher Julio Teheran follows through on a delivery during the second inning in a first-round game against Canada at the World Baseball Classic; Protesters clash with police during a protest against the visit of the leader of Italian Lega Nord (North League) party, Matteo Salvini, in Naples, Italy; Iraqi rapid response members fire a missile against Islamic State militants during a battle with the militants in Mosul, Iraq. These are some of the photos of the day. (AP/EPA/Getty/Reuters)

Photo credits: (from top) Clive Rose/Getty Images, Darren Staples/Reuters, Suhaib Salem/Reuters, Ahn Young-joon/AP, Lynne Sladky/AP, Ciro Fusco/EPA, Thaier Al-Sudani/Reuters

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News footage of the candle light vigil held for JonBenet Ramsey on the first anniversary of her death.

People light candles at a vigil for the victims of Wednesday’s attack, at Trafalgar Square in London, March 23, 2017. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for an attack by a man who plowed an SUV into pedestrians and then stabbed a police officer to death on the grounds of Britain’s Parliament. Mayor Sadiq Khan called for Londoners to attend a candlelit vigil at Trafalgar Square on Thursday evening in solidarity with the victims and their families and to show that London remains united. (Photo: Matt Dunham/AP)

So I went to a candle light vigil in remembrance of Michael Brown and all the victims of police brutality today. And something one of the speakers said really stuck with me.

He is a black man and said that he was specifically speaking to all the black people at that particular moment. He said that he wanted to remind them that they were not always guaranteed the rights they have now and the only reason they have them, is because they fought for them. 

I thought about that and realized that as a white person, I have always had these guaranteed rights. At least as an English, French, German and other western Europenean-descended person, I have always just been handed many of these rights (now as a woman, that is a different and whole other story). But nevertheless, I have always been in a place of privilege. I have come to realize this more and more over the past few years (especially since entering college), but what that man said really hit home today. The way he phrased it, the feeling behind his voice and the simple bare truth of his words really made me realize not only just how lucky I am, but how much harder it can be just to be born with darker skin.

So, on behalf of my ancestors who were taught discrimination and prejudice towards anyone who was not a straight, cis-gendered white man, I am very sorry for how they probably treated you. I want to work to make sure I am part of a solution and not continuing the problem in wake of the Ferguson movement that is currently gaining momentum and bringing awareness to this ever-continuing problem. I’m truly sorry that my ancestors really sucked as humans sometimes.