character growth parallel


Now, folks, I know we’re sad. I know we’re in mourning for Tasha and Alicia. But I’m here to help make some sense of that, of why these two characters had to bite the dust, and why Max had to go dark side.

Many people have already pointed out that this story is a giant parallel to early-season Sam and Dean, with Alicia representing Sam and Max representing Dean. When Alicia is killed with her knife (evocative of Sam’s season two death), Max, in his grief, makes a choice to create the Alicia doll, potentially selling his soul in the process. This is meant to remind us of Dean in season two.

Remember how, at the time, it seemed tragically beautiful? Selling your soul to save a loved one whom you can’t live without?

Dabb is reminding us that that’s actually terrible and unhealthy.

In this depiction of the Sam and Dean story, it’s very clear that bringing back the dead sibling by selling your soul is a horrible idea. The dark lighting, the creepy ring, the cutting out of the heart, the fact that Dean himself said that he should not take the deal? We are supposed to scream “NO!” at Max when he creates the doll. 

Just like we should have screamed at Dean not to sell his soul to bring back Sam.

Remember how Dabb wrote Red Meat last season? And the message was clearly that the boys have a codependent relationship? And that it was super unheathy for both of them? He’s hitting us with it again, but harder. More obviously. Sadly, In order for the parallel to work, obviously Alicia had to die and Max had to sell his soul (possibly–at least the thought is there) to bring her back. But it’s a sham. That rushed decision made in grief? It wasn’t worth it. 

So as sad and awful as it was to lose Alicia and to have Max make terrible decisions at the end of the episode–it had to be done to communicate this theme to us. Codependency is unhealthy as shit. And, using this episode as evidence, given what the boys said…I’d argue that Sam and Dean are actually learning that lesson.

A narrative point of view - why Ash will win the Kalos League

Ok, so i got an ask requesting me to expand on what i said here, but more specifically this part:

“Ash’s goal is to win the league, and has been for a very long time… and he’s going to do his very best in place of all the trainers who couldn’t get 8 badges. Alain? Well, he’s there to battle Ash and to gather ME energy… and that says it all really.”

To start - i’ve made no secret of the fact that i think XYs writing has been some of the best writing we’ve ever seen in pokemon. There’s good character growth, strong fillers, great parallels, and consistent, evocative multi episode stories. The Ash Greninja arc is the most recent example of this, and features some of, if not the strongest writing that i’ve ever seen in the last 20 years of the pokemon anime.

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smoakingbabbles  asked:

so, the arrow writers just love their parallels, don't they? watching clips of ep 2.22 where oliver is stating that it is all his fault and he was a different person 5 yrs ago and never thought anything like this could happen, never even imagined. felicity comforts/reassures him. then in 3.5, she is in the same situation, using the same words (except that she could imagine, she has a great imagination) and he is there for her. i love the role reversal. so much growth, right?

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These writers are definitely the kings of parallels. I for one love that; I’m the kind of person who overanalyses everything (what do you mean, you hadn’t noticed?!) so to have a show where the writers are deliberately leaving us little clues that feed into the rest of the season and beyond is something that I enjoy very much. I sound like a freaking broken record every time I mention this show, but Buffy (collective groan) does exactly the same thing. Whedon had a thing where he would set something up in season 2 that paid off in season 5. I don’t know - obviously - if the Arrow writers are thinking in those terms yet, but I do like the way they address character growth through these parallels. It’s the little things, like both Felicity and Thea telling Oliver that life and family are “precious” and him then using that word right back to soothe Felicity. 

Plus, like you said, the role reversal is great. Throughout The Secret Origin…it was obvious that Oliver and Felicity had swapped roles, but what made it sweeter was the way in which we can clearly see how much Oliver has grown as a result of his relationship with Felicity. Over the years she has soothed and calmed him so many times that when it comes to being his turn, he knows all the words. 

This is the strength of this relationship. They learn from each other. They buck each other up. No one person is “stronger” or constantly has the upper hand - they are both equal in the sense that they both need support and guidance. They grow with and because of each other. It’s why I never waver in my belief that Olicity is endgame. No one else can do for Oliver what Felicity can, and vice versa. The way that this relationship is being written - with these subtle parallels, with this growth as individuals and as a couple - all of this is because the writers know, as much as and maybe more than we do, that Oliver and Felicity are the best versions of themselves when they are together. That is something that has not changed in three years, despite there being other options for them both. It is not something that is likely to change in the future, either. Nobody will make Oliver happier than Felicity can, and nobody will ever love Felicity more than Oliver does.