Comic Michonne and TV Michonne - comparison (with Richonne talk)

I think an inherent difference between Comic Michonne and TV Michonne is the trajectory of their characters. TV Michonne seems to be a character who had struggled with severe PTSD over the loss of her son and is now on the trajectory of embracing basically a new family and investing in a community (twice over) as well as becoming a mother figure in a way to the group, protecting her own at all costs. Her relationship with Carl and Judith mirrors her one with Andre and is quite maternal. I think Carl and Michonne in the comic were more like best friends stuck in Hell together, and Carl kind of looked to her like a superhero. But I think that’s why I admire the differences in the comic and show. I can admire both in that aspect of portraying different relationships. The comic book version of Carl and Michonne’s post-Prison massacre (yes massacre) reunion is quite funny as he jumps on her, but later, it’s also quite melancholic how Rick really sees Michonne for who she really is like him, she’s not a superhero, she’s a damaged woman destroyed by the world. Like her.

But the Comic Michonne is a much more neurotic individual as well at times. She’s been a victim of sexual assault, and in retaliation, mutilated The Governor, and has been in a relationship with about 4 or 5 different men in the comic who have died in some way. She had an ex-husband and daughters, who she isn’t sure who are alive. The point is, Michonne in the comic is played off as while a heroine in some aspects, an inherently tragic woman who is constantly in a loop of unhappiness and failing to please herself. Everyone she grows close to and bonds with dies, and the others are moving on and being happy for themselves. She admits to Andrea she can  never go back to being happy and friendly and fun, etc. as she used to be. Andrea and Rick are also in an amazing, loving relationship but that wasn’t built on magic. All that revolved around Andrea bringing a lifeless man back to his old self, and it was built up harshly but they eventually became such a loving, badass couple. It’s implied Michonne might’ve been slightly jealous, but not in a way that she is attracted to Rick (she might have been) but more that she wants that lasting and loving relationship but how she constantly puts herself down from getting there prevents it. There’s a direct parallel between Pre-Love-Life-with-Andrea Rick and New Pirate Michonne. They both need to get their shit together, as they say to each other at different times. For me, I do prefer TV Michonne (she’s a lot like Comic Andrea mentally), but I love the development of Comic Michonne. This is a hardened warrior who will survive, but is suffering inside. She thinks she’s responsible for so much like her daughters’ “deaths”.

This is one HUGE reason why I’m 99% sure Richonne is going to go canon. Michonne came back to life, like the Comic Andrea we see now is. There’s life re-invigorated into her. She’s also fiercely protective of her own. TV Michonne had gotten over Comic Michonne’s issues because she was able to develop a different mind set early on & had Judith and Carl while Lori was long dead, etc. and there was a community at the prison. She wasn’t also a victim of sexual assault which I think triggers a lot of the pain Comic Michonne has. Lori was alive raising Judith at the prison in the comic and Andrea then bonded with Rick. And another thing, Andrea’s dead on the show obviously. She’s not there to drive to Alexandria with Rick, etc. and have those moments with him but Michonne is (and she’s been having them!). The point is, TV Michonne got over that mind site that CM endures continually.

That’s why Sasha is being perfectly set up with Michonne’s trajectory but more of a Comic Andrea attire in disguise (basically if Comic Michonne were a sniper). I believe Sasha’s very much her own character with her own struggles, but she parallels Comic Michonne at the party, lying on zombies, etc. (with less hardcore pain) and takes on that aspect mentally. 

And I just absolutely love the idea of the badass trinity being Rick, Michonne and Sasha. Right now, it seems to be Rick, Michonne and (yawns) Daryl replacing Andrea but Sasha would be way cooler to fit this role.  

I made a similar post, but this is more in depth on the differences. 

So DON’T be concerned about Jessick lasting long. Yes, it’s going canon, there’s no denying that. But only for a half season. She’s just a plot device to get Rick into that place which Michonne can bring him out of, to facilitate that pain and make that relationship happen among other plot mechanisms thrown in there.

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I’m not sure how many people know, but one of my most favourite movies is the 1973 version of Jesus Christ Superstar. Aside from being really catchy with fantastic musical talent, they kind of found a really sneaky way to take one of the cornerstone stories of the new Testament and weave it into something that really… has almost nothing to do with God. Boiled down to the raw bones, it’s a story about best friends torn apart by political circumstances that got bigger than either one of them. They’ve started a revolution, and while the face-man is content to short-sightedly revel in the glory and good intentions of the movement, his right hand man is skeptical of the consequences that they’ll have to deal with when their opposition brings out the big guns and their following gets too large to keep their original message clear.

Carl Anderson’s Judas is more or less the hero of this story, the first one of Jesus’ inner circle to realize that they’re building something they can’t control anymore. He’s begun isolating himself from the group, trying to find the courage and the words to confront his friend and let him know that they’re heading down a destructive path. When he does find his tongue, Jesus doesn’t want to hear it and agitates their messy divide. While the other apostles are content with the social status that being in Jesus’s inner circle grants them, Judas is the only one who really knows him and is willing to call him on his shit. Eventually he makes the tough choice that his comrade is out of control and can’t be reigned in with reason, and agrees to work with the authorities to bring him down. Ultimately it they abuse his trust and dole out disproportionate punishment to make an example out of him, and Judas can’t live with the choice he made.

Jesus’s arc is very interesting as well, just in that he’s not played as a solemn victim through the story. At the beginning of the movie, he’s very content with the too-big-to-fail following of young upstarts he’s amassed. When Judas warns him that they’re setting themselves up for a fall, he doesn’t want to hear it. It’s not until the crowds start asking him if he’s willing to die for them that he realizes that’s even a possibility, and when he sees all of Judas’ predictions coming to pass that he starts realizing martyring himself is the only way they’ll salvage anything out of the movement. And he’s not completely on board with it, he has a great moment of self-reflection wondering if it’s worth it at all, but he’s already past the point of no return.

And I specify the 1973 release of the movie because the 2000 version really is a testament to different direction can turn one script into a completely new story. Instead of featuring Judas isolated from the group trying to find the heart to give a joyous Jesus the hard truth, the 2000 version opens with Judas aggressively dogging after a solitary, downtrodden Jesus. Some people prefer one version and some prefer the other, but I was very disappointed at how this choice removes the sympathy the audience might have for Judas early on. There’s no point in the film where Jerome Pradon seems to have the same level of regret or moral discomfort that Carl Anderson displayed, and he comes across more as a bully to the melancholy Glenn Carter Jesus than a friend with his best interests at heart.

One of the most powerful scenes in the ‘73 version is at the Last Supper, where Jesus and Judas leave the group to just have it out. Previously they’d butted heads and kind of had flighty chest-puffing matches until Judas lost his nerve and took a walk to avoid a full-on confrontation, but this is the turning point where he just can’t take it anymore and lays out everything he feels in no uncertain terms. It really cements that the rest of the apostles are kind of glory chasers, but Judas is the only one with real emotional involvement is Jesus as a person. I feel like this scene can’t have the same impact if you don’t start out the story with the idea that Judas and Jesus are, or last least were at one point, very close friends.

I’m of the opinion that it makes the titular song fit that much better, basically as the scene where his best buddy who went through this whole emotional, political rollercoaster with him, for better or worse, comes back from the dead to say “What’d I tell you, bro?”


fangirl challenge ♠ [10/10] pairings: 
Jesus + Judas » jesus christ superstar

I don’t know how to love him. I don’t see why he moves me. He’s a man. He’s just a man. He’s not a king, he’s just the same as anyone i know. He scares me so.. when he’s cold and dead. Will he let me be? Does he love me, too? Does he care for me?

i am frightened by the crowd

for we are getting much too loud

and they’ll crush us if we go too far

  • Superstar
  • Carl Anderson, Ensemble
  • Jesus Christ Superstar 1977 Concert

Carl Anderson sings the title song from Jesus Christ Superstar in a 1976 movie reunion concert recording.

This full and profeshinal live recording has just surfaced and is the holy grail of Jesus Christ Superstar material.  I will never need another album of Jesus Christ Superstar because this is finally the perfect recording that I’ve been looking over five year for.  Ted Neeley plays Jesus, Carl Anderson is Judas, and Yvonne Elliman is Mary while they are all in their vocal prime. It simply does not get better.