This episode for me really highlighted and then in its dramatic finale brought to an extreme the use of perspective that Rebecca Sugar has often talked about during panels. In her rare appearances, we are almost always looking up at Rose Quartz, or she is leaning down and over our POV - be it Pearl kneeling before her hologram in Rose’s Scabbard
or Greg on a number of occasions during the early days of their relationship (We Need To Talk is a really interesting watch with regards to camera angles and how they change - Greg literally climbs a stack of crates during his attempt at communication and, well, seeing eye to eye)
or Garnet after her fateful fall in The Answer
or, hey, Buddy Buddwick collapsed in the desert in Buddy’s Book
She even has magical floating powers.
It all fits, of course, with the entire running theme of the (unattainable/unmaintainable) pedestal. And even when she is not directly present, and even when it’s not the focus of the shot, her portrait can be seen overlooking the familiar setting of the beach house.
Beating shows like Shameless, Downton Abbey, Mad Men, Parks and Recreation, House of Cards, The Bridge, The Office, Vikings, Luther, Suits, Sons of Anarchy, The Walking Dead, Supernatural, Lost and Prison Break.
Far off, he could hear his packmates calling to him, like to like. They were hunting too. A wild rain lashed down upon his black brother as he tore at the flesh of an enormous goat, washing the blood from his side where the goat’s long horn had raked him. In another place, his little sister lifted her head to sing to the moon, and a hundred small grey cousins broke off their hunt to sing with her. The hills were warmer where they were, and full of food. Many a night his sister’s pack gorged on the flesh of sheep and cows and horses, the prey of men, and sometimes even on the flesh of man himself.
“Snow,” the moon called down again, cackling. The white wolf padded along the man trail beneath the icy cliff. The taste of blood was on his tongue, and his ears rang to the song of the hundred cousins. Once they had been six, five whimpering blind in the snow beside their dead mother, sucking cool milk from her hard dead nipples whilst he crawled off alone. Four remained.
i don’t think it’s unintentional at all that keith looks pretty much human despite having galra in his blood. and i think his mother might have not looked very different from most other humans either. in fact, i think it’s possible that she could have been mostly human herself.
everything that went down between the original paladins and zarkon, including the separation of the five lions, the destruction of altea, and the capture of the red lion by zarkon’s forces, would have had to have happened 10,000 years before the show even began.
there’s the theory that the original pilot of the blue lion (the lion that arrived on earth) might have been keith’s mom. (based on the fact that we know 1. keith’s mother is galra, or at least has galra in her blood, since keith’s father is human, and keith has galra in his blood, and keith got the dagger from his mother 2. she had to be on earth at some point to have been keith’s parent and 3. it’s very possible that the blue lion had been piloted by a paladin who was galra the same way the black lion had originally been piloted by zarkon.) BUT if the lion arrived on earth 10,000 years ago, that wouldn’t make any sense.
an alternative possibility would be that the blue lion arrived on earth much much later than that. and maybe its pilot was the descendant of the original pilot (and both the lion and keith’s dagger were passed down every generation or something like that ???) BUT if the lion had been passed down, that would mean each pilot would have known to stay in hiding so that zarkon wouldn’t locate them. which seems, eh. unlikely.
ANOTHER possibility is that the blue lion’s original pilot had been in a state of cryostasis (like allura and coran had been) for the time period it took for the blue lion to arrive on earth. (and woke up still young enough to get with keith’s dad.)
but still. if the blue lion arrived on earth carrying keith’s mom (descendant of the original blue paladin or the original blue paladin herself) then that would have happened only a few years before keith was born. and since keith is only around 17 years old in the show, that wouldn’t fit. as we saw in the first episode, the blue lion had been on earth long enough for ancient legends to be told about it and for magical cave paintings depicting its arrival to be painted on the cave walls far above the pit in which the blue lion remained dormant. if it arrived only about twenty or thirty years ago, that wouldn’t make any sense. so. yeah. also not likely.
WHICH is why i’m thinking, maybe the original paladin of the blue lion was galra, and they made it to earth, got separated from blue, and ended up getting busy with some human. and for all 10,000 of those years that passed, that dagger had been passed down, generation to generation. until it got to keith’s mom (who by that point, would probably look like your average human) and then keith. (???) (maybe???)
anyway … i can’t help but wonder. because, like, how WILD would it be if keith’s bloodline had some sort of connection to the blue lion ??? i mean, blue outright rejects keith and chooses lance over him. keith said those images on the cave walls had never lit up before, for all the times he spent observing them, until lance (and the others) showed up in the cavern. idk, and it would just be so wild that, for once, for something this big, lance had been picked as a first choice over keith.
Gerard overslept bc he was up all night writing, so the 10am Young Animal panel started without him. He eventually shuffled onstage around 20 mins late but they didn’t have enough seats for him at the table so he had to sit awkwardly at the end and he had to have a handheld mic instead of a nice table mic.
He rubbed his face and eyes a lot which is one of my fave little things that he does.
Some nice person brought him coffee bc he pointed out that he hadn’t had any yet (didn’t know he could physically get out of bed without it but apparently he can, sorta) and we all applauded :)
Gerard showed us the original sketch for Mother Panic and we learned that he’d drawn it whilst sitting in a dentist waiting room when Lindsey was getting her wisdom teeth removed.
He talked about how awesome it was working with Klaus Janson bc Klaus had been one of his teachers at SVA (School of Visual Arts). Aw.
The Mother Panic panel talked about how they had to consult with the Batman people (bc Mother Panic takes place in Gotham) whom they kept brilliantly referring to as “The Bat Office”.
And now for some shitty photos. I took some reasonable ones here.
Thank you for helping me when I was feeling down, what can I do to help you in return? (Anxiety Induced Nausea Anon)
I’m glad I could help a bit, anon. I don’t know what can be done for me… Could you maybe speak to the animals and tell them I want to see a fox, a seal,a whale, a puffin, an elephant, a tiger, and or an Ivory-Billed Woodpecker?