Okay, last episode was great but I’m disappointed that they did not animated this panel : 

It’s just before Tobio’s last toss to Hinata. Oikawa is here, he know what’s going to happen, he knows that Karasuno is going to win… And he smiles.

It was already obvious that he doesn’t want Shiratorizawa and Karasuno (id est Ushiwaka and Kageyama) to “both lose”. In chapter 148 he’s clear about it :

He calls Kageyama “my kouhai”, as if there still was a link between them ; he can say to Iwaizumi “he’s not my student !”, he still gets a little smile after. 

It’s like a succession. Oikawa didn’t succeed in beating Ushiwaka, so Tobio has to do it for him. 

For Oikawa, Kageyama becomes a way to take revenge on Ushiwaka. After all, they are the same type of setter, unlike Shirabu’s play, and Kageyama uses the same moves as Oikawa throughout the game : the “I’m going to spike but in fact I toss” and “I aiming at the setter, now he can”t toss”. 

Their resemblance and connection is even mentionned by Shirabu “the sort of things you’d expect from Oikawa’s kouhai”. Tobio is more seen as “Oikawa II” than Kageyama. It’s also Tobio’s goal, to be recognized by Ushiwaka as a setter like/better as Oikawa. 

And Oikawa wanted to come alone to the game because it’s something personal. 

This last smile reveals how involved he is in this game, even if he can’t play. He was rooting for Kageyama even before the beginning of the game. He knows that Tobio’s last toss will make Karasuno win, and for him it’s a personal victory as well. 

And of course you can read it as a mark of pride towards his kouhai, I know many of you needed a proof of it. 

anonymous asked:

I've always wondered this, what would Damian have been like if he never grew up in the League?

hooooo boy here we go (this is more character analysis than headcanons sorry)


This is actually really hard to answer, because I think Damian is kind of defined by the way he was raised, you know? He’s angry and overly critical because he was raised to believe that the world was broken and that he was some kind of chosen one who was supposed to fix it. He’s not affectionate because no one ever showed him affection as a kid. Everything that people complain about when it comes to Dami’s character is a direct result of the abuse he suffered as a kid, so I think it’s safe to say that he’d be a totally different person if he’d grown up in a different setting.

I think it’s safe to say that Damian, if raised in a more “normal” setting, would be a lot more like Bruce. It’s already been pointed out that the two are very similar at their core – they both are incredibly selfless and want to save the world, although they have very different ideas of how to accomplish that. I think if Bruce had raised Damian, he’d be warmer. Probably more charming. I think he’d be less skittish, and would maybe be a bit more willing to accept help from others. The real question is whether Damian ever would have become a part of the Batfamily, or if Bruce would have tried to hide it from him to protect him. I don’t think he’d be as fearless or as reckless, because he wouldn’t have a literal lifetime of assassin training to back him up.

Idk man, this is a really interesting discussion and I love Damian a lot 

anonymous asked:

When they leave Jak in the desert at the beginning of jak3, I always wondered how they managed to catch him in the first place. This leads me to believe that Jak let himself be apprehended because Ashelin would have assured him things would be fine and this was just procedure. Or maybe they were at some council hearing and it was an unexpected decision and Jak just went with it? You headcanon-ed that Jak was touch averse and being arrested (again) must not have been easy for him.

Jak definitely allowed himself to be apprehended; there’s just no way they could have taken him captive and kept him locked up if he wasn’t willing. There were probably a few reasons for this; after everything they went though he came to think of Ashelin and Torn as allies (people he was able to trust) and if he DID fight back he would cause trouble for them or potentially lead to them getting hurt, and that’s not a risk he’d want to take (and I definitely weouldn’t put it past Veger to take hostages or threaten to hurt Jak’s friends if he caused trouble).

But more than that, I think Jak surrendered because deep down he believed that people like Veger were right about him.

Given everything that happened to him in prison, Jak would definitely suffer pretty severe PTSD after the events of Renegade. He was able to cope pretty well during the Revolution by keeping himself occupied, but he definitely wasn’t thinking ahead; he had no plan for himself after he accomplished his goals, and he probably didn’t even expect to survive that long. Once the dust settles and the post-victory euphoria wears off, as soon as he can’t just keep charging headlong into the next super-dangerous mission, that’s when the PTSD and depression hit him hard. Everyone else moves on to the next thing, and he doesn’t know how.

Jak excels at fighting and acrobatic stuff, but there’s no longer much need for the sort of crazy stunts that won the war; most of the stuff he did as a renegade is no longer acceptable now that the people in charge are his allies. What they really need is to restructure and rebuild, and Jak has no skill or interest in organisational or bureaucratic things. His existing skills could potentially give him a successful career in the new Guard, but he has too much of a problem with authority to do well as a soldier, and his past experience with the KG have left him with a deep distrust of the type of people in that line of work (and many of the new Guard were former KGs, people whose friends and comrades Jak might have killed, so the dislike would be mutual). Even racing probably has negative connotations for him at this point; the stadium reminds him of Erol and Praxis, and the races themselves aren’t fulfilling now that there’s no end goal.

So when he’s at his most vulnerable, when he’s already feeling lost and struggling with his self-worth, Veger comes along and starts slinging around allegations that Jak was colluding with Krew and the metalheads– that far from saving Haven, Jak was responsible for nearly destroying it. And the Council jump all over it and vote to have him banished because they’re all terrified of Jak and see him as a loose cannon and a bomb waiting to go off (he went after Praxis and what if one of them is next?) and none of them care to remember that they’d probably be dead if Jak hadn’t killed Kor. He has outlasted his usefulness, he’s too big of a risk to keep around, so he has to go.

On some level Jak feels a sense of betrayal that the city he saved could do this to him, but he’s Tired and can’t even be bothered to get properly angry about it. Everything that happened in the months after their victory against the metalheads has been proof that he has no place in Haven; he doesn’t belong and he never will. So he just accepts it and lets them take him into custody.


It should also be noted that at this point Jak shows a lot more concern for Daxter than he does for his own well-being; he’s resigned to his banishment and the fact that he could very well die, but making sure Daxter stays safe and happy is his top priority. Jak believes he’s not worth saving anymore and he doesn’t want to see Daxter take the fall with him, so he tells Dax to go back to his life in Haven.

And Daxter soundly rejects that. By going with Jak he’s saying that Jak means more to him than everything he’s built for himself, more than his own safety. He’s saying he wants none of that without Jak to share it. Jak ‘wouldn’t last a second without [him]’ but the truth is that Daxter knows he’d never forgive himself if he gave up on Jak again, if he ran away when Jak needed him most. Daxter needs Jak to know that he’s worth fighting for, and even after everyone else gives up on him Daxter will be there for him. They both make light of it and brush it off, but the significance of that moment is not lost on either of them.

This is also why Spargus (and Damas) become so important to Jak. They take him in and give him a chance, despite knowing almost nothing about him, despite seeing that he’s a dark eco user, something everyone else thought of as freakish and monstrous. Damas looked him right in the eyes after he went dark in that first arena fight and called those same powers useful. In Haven, being 'dangerous’ meant he deserved to die, but in Spargus it means he’s got what it takes to survive, that he’s earned the right to stay. That moment is where Jak really starts to believe in what Spargus stands for– not just 'if they want a fight that’s what I’ll give them’, but genuine respect for that way of life and for Damas as a leader.

This post is already long enough so I’m not going to go into it too deeply, but I also want to briefly touch on the importance of the term 'survivor’ and how it’s used in relation to the people of Spargus. Jak definitely isn’t the only person to come to Spargus as a survivor of abuse, and Spargus is a place that values fresh starts, giving people who were 'thrown away’ the chance to make a new life. It’s a rough place, but within that is the opportunity to heal, and that’s really what Jak needed after everything he suffered in Haven.

zum-mond  asked:

You've said that Harley has been just as abusive towards the Joker but would you mind bringing up some examples or sources backing those claims? I'm just curious, since I haven't really read any comics depicting these scenarios.

Well, I never said she was just as abusive towards the Joker. But I have said that she has stood up to the Joker on several occasions.

After trying to kill her in a rocket:

After trying to replace her in “Joker’s Millions”:

During the trial of Batman (and he didn’t fight back either):

And of course, the time when she almost killed the Joker:

[gif by @kane52630 ]

And she would’ve killed him if it hadn’t been for it being a fake gun.

I think what you might be thinking of is Ivy being just as abusive as the Joker which is also wrong. But she is abusive to Harley as well. Check out this for an explanation.

I hope this answers your question.

Jumin Han(Mystic Messenger): ISTP(Ti-Se-Ni-Fe)

Ti:

Jumin seems, from an outside and face perspective, to be someone that takes things as they are, relying on fact, like a Te user. However, upon actually engaging with him in his route, this is clearly not the case when you find out how he views the world.
Jumin sees the world through his own lens of logical frameworks. He determines that since his own logical processes have told him so, his viewpoint must be true. Indeed, despite blatant fact being shown to him regarding important matters(eg. Cat Project Revenue, Zen’s Allergy(when in Zen’s route), the Main Character’s clear discomfort at being kept almost against their will), he often brushes them aside in preference for his own rational line of thought.

Se:

Despite his busy lifestyle, Jumin is certainly not a stranger to a healthy engagement in his environment. Often giving into his impulses–to a healthy degree, however, as we see when he immediately stops doing so when circumstances forbid it–Jumin engages primarily in the present. While he does regularly plan for the future, his attitude of ‘What matters is now, and what I can do here,’ highly resembles that of a high Se user.

He regularly finds himself going out of his way to engage his senses in healthy ways(regularly leaving to enjoy scenery/spend time with his cat, drinking(in moderation), etc.). He is always in tune with his environment, noticing even when something slight is off(for example, a missing pen). 

Ni:

Whether it be in running his company department, determining outcomes to sticky situations, and making his way through deals, Jumin always seems to be capable of determining the best course of action through his intuition. He regularly manipulates outcomes with his clients by deducing first with his Ti-Se what kind of person they are, then using his Ni to follow patterns and draw up a mental schematic of that outcome. 

He will then determine the best course of action to take–what kind of talking would sway them to his side, then takes action using his Fe. He often ends up at a certain place in his thoughts that would usually be very difficult to follow, often leaving others puzzled as to what the hell that was. 

Fe:

As you find in his route, Jumin is not one for expressing emotion well. While he is very capable of using his inferior Fe(as seen when he manipulates the emotional environment around him to his advantage), he is also blunt to an extreme fault–having no desire for emotional harmony with or among people when it does not directly benefit him. 

He has little to no regard as to whether or not his actions affect others emotionally(Jaehee), thinking it a necessary action that he will compensate for through material possession. Despite his clear need to express his seemingly nonexistent emotions, he regularly suppresses this need, thinking it inconsequential. And, indeed, when he DOES express these emotions, he only does so after an intense shock, and in doing so, finds himself harming others(namely, the main character, by trying to keep her against her will).

-Bree

'Unfortunately not a Sergeant' ♫ Commander Peepers! ♫

It’s a liveblog! I only finished season one, please no spoilers in the comments/reblogs!

Hater’s third in command loves his job. Sure, there are moments when his boss is distracted by a fury weirdo with a banjo. And sometimes he’s tortured by said boss. Who also has a tendency to be chidlish… But then again he gets to conquer and show-off to new subjects, right?

Let’s be real here, for most of the season he existed mostly for the sake of being a punching bag for Sylvia and Hater, (although he already did show aspects of his personality back then and got two episodes, so he was never one-dimensional character). That changed somewhat during “The Brainstorm”, maybe even back in “The Fancy Party”, I’d say, when Peepers started to take more active role in his relations with Hater and stopped being such a yes-man to him. Again, I’ll write about relationships between the cast in another post, but it’s impossible to not mention anything about them when talking about character alone.

In “The Bounty” he helped Wander and Sylvia not get captured by bounty hunters, because he not only didn’t like that somebody else would get all the glory of catching a furball with banjo and the blue dinosaur horse. By risking his limb and sacrificing two hater-zoins. And then throttling a plant. That the just sliced in half from the inside out. Thus letting Wander and Sylvia get away. Good job, Peepers.
That means he’s not only petty and paranoid (he was worried that Hater was going to replace him with a bounty hunter, despite the fact that a) none of the guys actually seemed interesed in a job like that b) or qualified c) they were only promised money), but also wants to impress his boss. Who he clearly admires (while also acknowledging his faults), which, combined with “The Buddies” animatic made me think that he has, err, independence issues.

Which got me thinking: why does he admire Hater so much exactly? Because he can do what Peepers can not – be the scary, powerful dude who sows terror around him. But it’s Peepers who clearly wants to conquer, while Hater wants recognition. Peepers makes plans, revels in the fact that others bow before him and Hater. He wouldn’t be able to do this without somebody like Hater (or maybe a new villain he can join forces with?) though; he’s small, cute, and have to work out to do any physical damage by himself. Who cares if you’re the most evil character so far when you’re not scary? If he was capable of what his boss is and looked more intimidating… Yeah, I’d be scared. I’d be really, really scared. On the other hand his evil ways might be the result of his past, so who knows what he’d be doing, if he was powerful like Hater to begin with? It’s kind of a closed circle, I guess.
But if he somehow did get Hater’s abilities or something similar like that in the future, it’d be bad for everybody around.

While he’s clearly intelligent, he also suffers from anger managment problems, if watchdogs’ suffering is any indication. Mistreating your own people is dumb, as I already talked about, though watchdogs seem to stick by both Hater and Peepers’ sides anyway. He’s alright with watchdogs getting harmed and has no problem whatsoever with leaving Westley behind, but on the other hand he knows their names and, as I noticed during the rewatch, they all hide behind him in “The Pet”, when Captain Tim arrives on the ship.
So while he’s distancing himself from other watchdogs, which is understandable; he’s their Commander after all (makes me wonder what was his status on their planet since he gathers troops form there? I think? Assuming there is watchdogs’ planet?) But there was another moment to which I paid more attention to during the rewatch: in “The Day” episode, specifically the elevator scene, Peepers actually casually talked to another watchdog (well, as casually as he was able to, he scolded him about his lack of ‘good manners’), but the fact is he reached to him in more or less friendly manner. He’s lonely (even if he probably doesn’t admit it to himself), having only Hater as a 'friend’ (they do connect on the spiritual level of bullying others at least). I’m not sure who he could connect with, though. The only characters that come to my mind are the new villain dude and maybe Sylvia? Sort of?

I should probably also mention the events in “The Funk”. What mooplexians did to him left some effect. Sure, by the time of “The Gift II: The Giftening” he was back to his old self, but I do wonder if we’ll see something about the effects in the next season.

Also the guy clearly has height issues.

The thing with Peepers is that I don’t really know where his character is going. I think it’s very possible that with a new, big villain on the scene he might reconsider his stance and leave Hater to join forces with somebody more powerful, at least for some time. On the other hand he was building the empire for at least three years (probably more) and I’m not sure if he’d able to leave that behind so easily. But said empire might have weakened after Hater got distracted and/or stopped by Wander way too many times, so shouldn’t he escape the metaphorical sinking ship? Or he genuinely cares about Lord Hater enough not to leave him under any circumstances (though that seems like the least likely option, he cares more about conquering planets imho). I don’t know. It’ll be interesting to find out.

People told me that I’ll love Peepers in the second season. I already love the character (if the lenght of this post is any indication, I have A LOT thoughts about him), even if he does need some character development. So… Bring it on, S2!

TL;DR: Petty and angry but intelligent Peepers is a great character underneath his fear of Hater, but needs some character development. I do think that he’ll join the forces with the new villain guy, but I’m not completely sure about that.

I HAVE NO WORDS. MY HANDS ARE SHAKING THIS IS SO MUCH.
I guess almost everyone screamed and shared inputs on this new trailer but in the risk of repeating stuff, here my thoughts about this moment. (I’ll come to the rest of the trailer later because tbh I’m quite emotional right now, and it’s late, I will re watch it all fresh and cold-minded tomorrow).

There is two important things about this: to whom this is addressed, and why it’s important no matter to whom he says it.


There is as you can clearly see two people in this scene behind Sherlock, as these words are said: John and Mycroft. Aren’t they the two people Sherlock loves the most in the world?

It can be addressed to either of them, and what’s fun to consider is that for most casuals this will only be Mycroft (or Molly for some of them, which let’s be honest a second is very unlikely especially when we are given this picture with this text - which is not a montage, let’s precise that - or also any other person that’d be off frame, but I’ve got the feeling that there is no one except them three, and there is logically no one to whom he would tell this apart John and Mycroft).

It’s rather important, in fact, to note that the vast majority of people won’t understand it as Sherlock’s confession for John. So what sounds like a spoiler (which would be leading to think it can’t be what we think it is) is a truth hidden in plain sight. It doesn’t give the plot away for the global audience, and it’s ambiguous enough so we all wonder who he’s talking to. This ambiguity is supported by the fact Sherlock looks at neither of them - both standing above each of Sherlock’s shoulders in this picture (they are equal in this frame).

Note that the frame looks a lot like the Vermeer deduction scene in TGG.


Back then Sherlock and John were standing at the place, and in place of Mycroft there was the museum curator. In this frame the symbolism of of right=good and left=bad was respected since miss Wenceslas - a person who committed a crime, so a morally bad person - was above Sherlock’s left shoulder, though this wasn’t a fact we were 100% sure of before Sherlock proved she was guilty.
If there is any correlation between these frames outside their composition and structure (look at the colour and background), then Mycroft here is in the “morally bad” position, behind Sherlock’s left shoulder. That somehow calls back to M Theory. // end of the digression.


Of course there’s a third option which is: he is reading something or repeating something, but I don’t believe it’s the case because of the feelings that obviously shows on his face. He means it, it comes from his heart, and somehow, it feels like a surprise for him, just as if he was just realising that. To me it’s clear that this is his words, not something he’s reciting.


So, my personal guess is that he says this to Mycroft, but that this moment is meant to lead us to understand Sherlock means it for both of them.

This is important either way because of the obvious. Mycroft and Sherlock have a conflictual relationship even though they care deeply for each other - and Mycroft may die this series, as @sussexbound reminded us a while ago (x). ***
It’s not unlikely that it comes to Sherlock’s knowledge at some point - whether because Mycroft told him or because Sherlock deduced it (which he did in TAB) - it would be logical to see Sherlock, who changed so much since the beginning of the show, who’s more expressive than he ever has been about his feelings, tell his brother that he loves him, in this desperate moment when he realises he’s gonna loose him forever very soon.

**** Edit: oh, and I just realised this shot (I watched the trailer quite quickly tbh, I must have missed a few details):

Whether Mycroft is knocked out, whether he’s chilling & sassying, whether he is dead. It seems unlikely to me that they’d put this in a trailer, but, ok. Not ok. Just, so, you know, the queen is dead, long live the queen. omg this is so not ok. :x

And if he says it to John, it’s important because it’s the resolution of everything he went though since the day he met him - if not since his childhood. He feels love for John, and he will say it.

I think both possibilities are equally important, because this is the climax of Sherlock changing throughout the show for a man who’s better at connecting with people and at understanding the way he represses his feelings and how he can allow himself to care and feel. Like I said earlier, he’s more expressive than he ever has been before.
This is not only expressing his feelings for John, or his brother, but admitting loud and clear he can feel love, that he cares. In a sense of character development this is the most beautiful thing we can expect him to do at this point.  
And clearly it shakes him so deeply we can see the distress in his eyes, and the tears that are threatening to come - because it’s the most important thing he ever said, and when there’s a revelation (of love particularly) there is always a fear of what comes next. His position is supporting this: he turns his back on both John and Mycroft, which tells he’s courageous enough to say those words, not enough to see the instantaneous reaction those words produce.

Look, my son has grown up so much since the day I saw him for the first time I’m so proud!! :’D Seriously though, that’s true, seeing this is so beautiful, he walked a very long and difficult way to be able to say this, this is really what makes me very emotional, just as I was emotional for the wedding speech.
He went through denying he could feel, and reproaching Mycroft his lack of affection for him by apparently pushing him away (reminds me of me and my own brother btw, this is a familiar mechanism for me, but anyway, this is something Sherlock do because he’s hurt by Mycroft’s not reciprocating his affection, this is a silent call for love). Then he said he cared, without words, though the fall. Then he said to John indirectly that he and Mary were the people who loved him most in all the world, avoiding the implication in using the word “I”, and now he explicitly includes himself in the fact, “I love you”. This progression is purely amazing, whether he says it to Mycroft or John, they both are essentially the two persons Sherlock refuses to admit he cares and loves them by fear of being hurt. 



This is for this that I don’t think this scene is in Sherlock’s head, which would have been a possibility as well - it would have been Sherlock admitting it to himself, which is also important in the development of this character. But if it was in his head, would Sherlock be afraid of John and Mycroft reactions? He came to term with this in TAB, logically, he’s not afraid anymore of what his brain and heart reactions would be.
Though, he looks unsure, worried, saying “I love you” as if the words had travelled a very long way between his mind and his mouth. They don’t come easily.
Finally, it wouldn’t be as powerful as it would be in a real context. This is something so important - whether it’s directly meant for one or the other - that it has to be said loudly. It wouldn’t have the expected effect on us either, the way Sherlock’s love has to be revealed to us has to be a progression with a climax. The words “I love you” when said for John have to be a climax, not a point in the progression.

But, I’m aware I can be wrong, because like I said (and often) Sherlock still needs to be 100% clear with himself before expressing his feelings loudly, he still needs to tell himself that he has unequivocal feelings for John - and so the audience can understand at this very point the nature of his feelings. And as a mp sequence, it would work, as far as I can see, with the fact that a great part of this series will be about Sherlock introspect and facing the demons from his past - with a great part being about Culverton Smith messing with his mind. And there is also the fact I would have better see this revelation in a 3G context - if this scene is the real revelation (to John) that means the narrative we’re expecting is slightly wrong (that won’t be much of a problem but that changes a lot of our expectations).
Though, I just don’t believe it’s not a moment happening in reality.

And so I come back to my previous conclusion: I think it’s more likely that Sherlock says it to Mycroft, but that this is meant to be understood as a truth hidden in plain sight, meaning that Sherlock says it to Mycroft but means it for both Mycroft and John. That’d be coherent with the thoughts I expressed about climax and narrative.

Now I like this idea also for the impact it would have on the global audience: the aim is to make the audience root for this love story before it has been made canon, and a hint like this one would definitely make people think “hey but, what if…”. The truth isn’t forced on the audience, it’s an idea implanted that they’ll nourish themselves. By watching this trailer they probably already are, even if they don’t see it as a romantic confession for John.
They will put the pieces together and think “what if” - the idea makes itself a home in their mind, and at the time Sherlock say “I love you, John”, they’ll think “yeah! I knew it!” and that it’s the logical conclusion to everything they saw until know.
I’m repeating myself but it’s important to consider it through the lenses of a lambda viewer, tjlcers have come to the conclusion far too quickly considering the narrative and mofftiss purpose, we can’t only analyse this kind of very blatant element as tjlcers, so to speak. To know what is really going on here we need to think about what a casual knows and sees. 
For us, it’s a wonderful proof that we’re right, and honestly it makes me very happy, but for everyone else it’s Sherlock telling his brother he loves him with a little ambiguity that maybe it’s not all.
And by saying “I love you” to Mycroft, with the character development I talked about and how Sherlock evolved in the way he was expressing his feelings, this moment tells the audience loud and clear that he can feel, that he is finally allowing himself to, that there is no more obstacle to prevent him from expressing romantic feelings. I really does engraves the idea that a love confession for his romantic interest can and will happen, even if they can not know who the romantic interest really is. Series 4 will help them put two and two together though, and it won’t take so long until most of them see the pattern.


TL;DR: RIP DFP CHARACTERIZATION, GOOD RIDDANCE, SO LONG AND THANKS FOR ALL THE WANK. BISOUS.

It’s funny how people are always wanting to prove me wrong on this one. They say: ‘But he’s not a high-functioning sociopath.’

I never said he was! Sherlock Holmes tells people he is. Why would you listen to him?

Nobody can define themselves.

That’s what he’d like people to think he is. And that’s it–and I think he probably longs to be one. I think he loiters around prisons for the criminally insane, envying them their emotional detachment.

He knows emotion is a problem to him.

A man who has decided to suppress all his emotions in order to be better at what he does clearly has an awful lot of emotion. That’s a very simple deduction. It clearly is a problem for him. So, in itself, that is an emotional decision.
— 

Steven Moffat

(Babel on SVT Sweden, April 2014 [x])

[ Skulls & Tea | Sherlock Creator Quotes Collection | Disclaimer/reblogs ]

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I think it speaks volumes for Jenny’s character and her life when her first reaction to her friend saying “that” is assuming that “that” is something she did wrong. She doesn’t ask “what?” or even “did I hit something?”, she assumes she did something wrong and goes from there.

She’s living with a very strict father, who’s prone to want perfection, as well as working in a restaurant, a place where the satisfaction of costumers is the most important. You can see how stressful it is for her think that she screwed up, and her need to fix or hide whatever she did immediately.

It shows near the end of the episode as well, when Jenny realizes she did something wrong by telling Steven to go inside Peridot’s pod, she is the first to take the blame (in this case a literal punch from Garnet) to help Steven.

Tavrisprite found its existence intolerable. It was in such psychological agony that it exploded after three minutes.

But why was its existence so intolerable?

Tavros didn’t seem to mind being part of Tavrisprite. He actually liked it.

i DON’T KNOW, iT WASN’T SO BAD, i THINK MAYBE WE WERE OVERREACTING, aBOUT BEING ONE PERSON, 

iT WAS COOL BEING ALIVE AGAIN FOR A WHILE, aS A STRANGE UNSETTLING MUTANT, iF WE DIDN’T EXPLODE OURSELVES SO FAST, iT COULD HAVE BEEN AN ADVENTURE, mAYBE,

aCTUALLY, iT WAS PRETTY AMAZING, gETTING TO FEEL ALL OF THE AMAZING SELF-ESTEEM YOU GET TO FEEL, i DIDN’T REALLY KNOW WHAT IT FELT LIKE, i ONLY MOSTLY KNEW WHAT THE PRETEND KIND WAS LIKE, sO, tHANK YOU, fOR LETTING ME FEEL THAT, i GUESS,

~

Tavros enjoyed being part of Vriska. It was Vriska who couldn’t stand to be part of Tavros. He felt the confidence she feels all the time, and found it amazing. But Vriska felt the anxiety and inadequacy that Tavros feels constantly. She found it so agonizing that she exploded Tavrisprite after only three minutes.

That’s how long she managed to endure what Tavros is up against every day. And yet he’s a character who smiles all the time.

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Watermelon Civilisation

Now that I’ve sufficiently got the watermelon parody posts out of the way, I want to talk about how the Watermelon Stevens made their way into having their own village, and what they value now that it’s there.

1. On Possessing Bodies

The first indicator of their lives we get, is the farming sequence. As it turns out, the Watermelon Stevens (WS for short) create life. I don’t know if this is something Rose Quartz did with her armies, but if they did, they would be a terrifying force, enemies who could respawn without their commander. I think it would make sense though, that Steven and Rose would be in full support of creating more life. They believe that each individual has an experience worth sharing and a life worth living.

So I guess that makes it terrifying that Steven failed to realised they were playing “Not it” and got chosen, and then the WS body he was in got eaten by Malachite.

That’s a life right there, who had to be sacrificed to move the story along. It was totally sentient, and Steven sort of just popped it out of its body. Nobly, if he didn’t sacrifice himself for Steven’s consciousness, we never would have found Malachite and defeated the Cluster in time. I guess the question here would be about this other WS then.

When Steven’s consciousness drifts back into his real body, does the consciousness of that WS return to its original body as well? If it does, does he remember anything? I’m not sure, but I sure hope so, if not, that’s a terrifying power Steven has. It means that he’s very connected to his soldiers, but it’s also a constant reminder that he holds infinite power over them and that he could take their very real lives away at any moment.

In the heat of the moment, trying to figure out what to do about everything, Steven probably wasn’t too aware of the repercussions of what he’d done. But knowing Steven, he’d be very guilty when he realises what happened to the WS he temporarily possessed. Steven is never up for a meaningless loss of life. That’s why in the WS’s debut appearance, he made a big deal about their fighting one another and the Crystal Gems. It wasn’t worth it and it wasn’t worth the sacrifice of Baby Melon.

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Peacock and Other Theories

I thought about it on my way home and so I’ve basically jumped off the turtle!Nino bandwagon and jumped on the peacock!Nino bandwagon.

I have a lot of reasons for doing so. 

One, as was stated in my previous post, Nino shares a color scheme with Duusu–that being red and blue–as well as the eye print theme - 

This is important because a majority of the other miraculous holders share color schemes and themes with their kwami - 


Pinks and blacks (cuz Tikki seems more like a deep pink than red), plus, Tikki has freckles like Mari if you look closely enough at the image above. Additionally, Marinette has spots on her clothes.  


Adrien only has a black shirt, but his eyes are green like Plagg’s and his shirt stripes, while also having yellow, are variations of green and purple (the inside of Plagg’s mouth is purple). 

Alya has oranges in her shirt and has a general warm color theme in her hair and eyes. Also, depending on Trixx’s final design, the kwami will either have matching yellow eyes to Alya’s (as it looks like it does above) or purple eyes as was in what was initially announced of the fox design. Either one works as Alya has purple accents in her shirt. Also, she has that beauty spot and Trixx has little spots above their eyes. 

Yellow and black, stripes, blue eyes. Pretty obvious I think. 


Furthermore, I had previously argued that Nino looks more like a turtle than a peacock as far as his facial features, but I’m not so sure anymore. Nino’s nose has always been rather exaggerated and I presumed to think he looked like a turtle because of how his smile turned out, but I think it would be silly not to admit that Nino’s nose is rather beak-ish. 

And while his hair could look rather shellish–in reference to a turtle–it could also be flat like a peacock’s. With the symbolic adornment of Nino’s hat in place of the sticky-up feathers. 

The other miraculous users look respectively like their “animals” too, as I’ve pointed out before. I don’t have comparison pictures of Mari and Chloe, because they don’t look like actual bugs, but their features are small and “buggy,” so that’s worth considering. Also - 


Cat. So much cat. 

Wide smile beneath a cute nose. Fox, fox, fox (I called this one WAY before the spoiler, just fyi. It’s so obvious). 


So yeah, anyway. Peacock!Nino. I know the peacock we’ve seen is clearly feminine, but if it is Mama Agreste, I don’t see her as being the active peacock miraculous holder. She doesn’t fit the age demographic for being a hero and the kids already have their teacher/guide in Master Fu. I would imagine that scan is of the past or a short time period of use, or is symbolic. Whether it’s through Adrien or Mama Agreste, I think Nino has a good chance of eventually getting the peacock, especially with that eye shirt he has as well as being Adrien’s best friend. 

Like usual, this is all speculation and really holds no basis in canon. It’s all based on my observations, as usual, which change depending on the info released, but as of now, this is just an idea I had floating around in my head. I also think it would be really cool to see Nino sporting something as flamboyant as the peacock. He’s so chill, I assume he would pull it off swimmingly, especially since he’s already a performer :D

Oh, also, since we were talking about color and design connections, I’d like to show you this guy - 

Next to this guy - 

Next to this guy - 

Next to this cutie - 

Next to this guy - 

Colors and designs sure are interesting, huh (and scarves sure do a good job of covering things up, hmm?)


THAT IS ALL! I WILL RETURN FROM WHERE I CAME!


I NEED PEACOCK!NINO! SOMEONE PLEASE HELP ME!

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I love how they presented Steven today. We are so used to seeing Steven as this understanding, protective, loving, nice child with a big heart who seemed like he couldn’t hate anyone and befriended all his enemies. He is always somehow seeing the good in everyone that seeing Steven like this was so different in a way that kinda felt so out of character because we rarely see this side of him, but no it isn’t. The complete opposite actually. Especially given the unfortunate situation, this is so Steven. He wears his feelings on his sleeves. He is very in tune with his emotional side. Whether the are feelings of happiness, feelings of sadness, or feelings of anger, he will let them out because he is so expressive of his feelings.

In contrast Connie was just as angry but in a more calm collect way. She was mad but planning on how to act on it. She was thinking more than actively expressing it like Steven was.

“Still mad about Kevin?”
“Yes”
“Me too”
“You don’t seem mad”
“I’m thinking mad”


It’s cool seeing how opposite these two are with dealing a personal situation. Reminds me a bit of another couple on the show who acted almost the same way in similar circumstances.

“I know you’re still upset”
“Oh so it’s just me”
“Of course not, can’t you see I’m completely engulfed in rage”
“Well it doesn’t feel like it”

Stanford: The Missing Perspective

Why Stanford Isn’t Really an Asshole, Just an Overly Sensitive Owl.

Okay so here’s the deal; A Tale of Two Stans left a lot of fans salty over Stanford, just as badly as Stanford is still salty over Stanley. His reason for hating Stan, aka “destroying” his machine and making him lose his dream school over the selfish prospect of them sailing away together, seemed childish to a lot of viewers. ESPECIALLY because he used it as a reason to stay mad at Stanley over 10 years later. But why would this make Stanford so angry? Why so salty? I mean, he went to school, completed a PHD in less than 6 years AND got a huge $100,000 grant. It’s not like he didn’t get everything that he would have gotten at his dream school… right?

Except what made Ford so angry, so upset wasn’t the fact that the machine broke or that he didn’t go to the school he loved, but the principal behind the entire issue. We don’t really see this because this part of the story - and the subsequent fallout - is all seen from Stanley’s perspective. And to him, this all sounded like really unfair treatment. And it IS. It is cruel to throw your brother to the streets, to not even back him up, because you’re so upset. It hardly makes Ford’s anger and emotion seem justified.

So from Stan’s perspective, this was not an even deal. It was fast, harsh, and left him out on his own. A lot of people related to Stanley this ep, because Stanley is really a relateable character. Like Dipper, he probably felt that he had no redeeming qualities, and that drove him to take drastic measures to make his family proud. Meanwhile, the star child goes to college and finds success.

But What Is Stanford’s Perspective?

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So I was taking Trespasser screenshots again and holy shit

So my favorite kiss in the whole game so far is the Trespasser kiss for Solas. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the worst framed ones in the game (that I’ve seen so far.) It also cut out shit that’s kind of nice to know that’s going on with Solas in this scene, considering it’s probably the last time we’ll see them together like this. Seriously, if my walk cycle gifset didn’t demonstrate that whomever framed these shots should feel disappointed in themselves, this is really only going to edge closer to that.

Here’s the shot for the kiss as it is in the game:

Not…awful, but even with the slow pan they aren’t exactly centered in frame, Lavellan makes this weird kissy face, and all in all it’s just not a good looking shot. I’ve made a gifset of this kiss from a few angles in somewhat of an attempt to show it to fans from new, more interesting angles.

While I had it paused during the kiss I noticed something I hadn’t noticed before, and there was no way you’d know this without breaking the camera away, because every shot while they’re close is a close shot of their faces besides what’s above.

I mean, he makes a move to reach, and clearly he’s not taking her glowing hand sense it’s in frame in the above shot but like..just…just. Can you see it?

HE’S TAKING HER HAND WHILE HE TAKES THE MARK FROM HER!

You never see this at all, nothing below mid-chest in the scene, yet they went through the trouble of actually rigging their avatars to hold hands when they kiss! This is so touching!

Why would they go through all the trouble to rig it and never end up putting it in the frame?? This is a beautiful moment between the two as it stands, and there’s so much we miss due to the cinematography. Solas doesn’t close his eyes throughout the kiss even though Lavellan does. He reaches gently for her while she’s in pain from the mark flaring up and takes her hand to comfort her while he uses his magic to remove the Anchor. His move to cradle her head before kissing her wavers like he’s fighting against his will to kiss her because he really has no business being so selfish but he wants to just one least time.

Say it with me: Solavellan Hell is Eternal.

Before I do any more analysis, the general impression I got (and I think we can all agree) was that whatever went down at the bottom of the sea for almost a year messed both of them up, and their perceptions of what a relationship should be like are pretty skewed. 

What Lapis did at the end shows that having a support network really is important. She’s taking strides to both recognise she was hurt in an unhealthy relationship and recognise she did some hurting too.

Jasper’s been completely alone this entire time. No one to tell her this was unhealthy; no one to be critical of her actions; no one to stop her from chasing after Lapis. Everything about Jasper so far shows us she wants to be big and strong and fusion gave her that, but it wasn’t healthy. Both of them, at one point or another, were using each other. 

Jasper is doing a lot of harmful things, both to herself and others. She’s desperate to get back on the fusion train because she thinks there’s nothing else for her. And she did a lot of hurtful things to get there, like tossing people around, smacking Steven, not listening to Lapis’ saying “no.” She’s not the same Jasper we saw in The Return, who was self-assured and calculating.

So I’m really glad that Lapis said “no.” She was tempted to go back to that toxic fusion. It’s like experiencing withdrawal from a drug. It’s difficult to leave a relationship when it feels as though you’ve shown everything to the other person. From her point of view, they know so much of you now, what happens when you leave? How do you start again? It was really hard for that “no” to come out, and I respect that she overcame her struggle to jump back into being Malachite. And I like how it came from her and not Steven. She spoke for herself, she made the decision to step away from this and start healing.

But right now, I think they do need time apart from one another. It’s easy to fall back into the same patterns of an unhealthy relationship when the other person is right there. I do think though, that Jasper needs someone to explain things and to make Jasper wake up as well. Lapis had Steven for that, and to an extent she also had the gems. Having no one, isolating whom we view as the “bad person” doesn’t help them change rehabilitate, because they reinforce their own behaviour. If we want Jasper to stop undertaking these kinds of actions, that’s really something to consider.

I’m sure I have more to say about this, but it’s something I still have to put into words.

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Okay, so Viktor and Yuuri’s engagement kind of made my life. Wanna know what also left me shook?

We all knew we were going to get Otabek Altin this episode. What I didn’t expect, though, was this brand new, beautiful friendship! Why is this friendship so important?

Otabek is a new source of agape for Yuri.

Yuri finally has someone to depend on and cherish other than his grandfather. Up to this point, he wouldn’t even admit his friendship with Yuuri and Viktor, even going as far as telling Viktor this episode that he doesn’t look up to him.

I’m ecstatic to see Yurio’s short program next week to see if he’ll incorporate his new friend into his mindset. I’m also pumped to see Otabek’s performance for the first time!

All together, I predict Yuri’s short program score will be its highest yet because of Otabek, but I don’t think he’ll win the Grand Prix altogether.

(I’m also glad that we finally have a solid ship for Yuri now but that’s aside from the point I’m trying to make ^^;)

[Benedict and I have had] a discussion–how vain is [Sherlock], really?

All the great Sherlock Holmeses–including Benedict–are always impeccably dressed, always beautifully turned-out.

I doubt if Sherlock Holmes ever started, ah, dating a woman, that she’d ever see a mirror, because he’d be too busy adjusting his hair. It’s the thing that Benedict started doing, in-character, every time there’s a mirror he just goes–[Moffat motions checking his hair]–‘Still cool.’

–Y'know: 'I find no women attractive, but they’d better fancy me.’

So we discussed how much that is just his need to be the alpha male in the room, and to take command, and to therefore look good … or is there a real moment of vanity?

He wears expensive shirts; he wears good suits. And Benedict’s not the only Sherlock Holmes that does that. They’re all well-turned-out.

[…]

He would dress well because everything that is worth doing at all, as far as Sherlock Holmes is concerned, is worth doing extremely well.
— 

Steven Moffat 

(Babel on SVT Sweden, April 2014 [x])

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