dang it meta

Okay, so a few people have shown interest in hearing an unpopular fma, so here goes: Hohenheim was not a good father. Now, before anyone immediately disagrees, I’d ask you to please hear me out, because I do have a real argument for this, and it isn’t just a post bashing Hohenheim. (And this analysis will be talking about fmab Hohenheim, because there’d be a whole lot more to say about 03 Hohenheim)

Before I say anything else, I’d like to start by saying that I like Hohenheim as a character. The way he was written was compelling, and he added so much to the plot and development of other characters. He tries his best to be a good person, and at heart, just wants to do what’s best for the people around him. And there’s absolutely no doubt that he loved his wife and two sons more than anything else in the world. And I’ve seen people argue that that fact alone makes him a great parent. However… that doesn’t automatically make him a great father, or even a good one.

Loving your child is not the only requirement of a parent. Being a good parent requires you to be there for your kid, to encourage them, to help shape the kind of person they are. It requires being an active presence in your child’s life. And Hohenheim just didn’t have that. He left his wife and two kids at home when both Ed and Al were toddlers, and went off to travel. I understand why he had to leave, and I’m not saying this wasn’t something important. But the fact of the matter is that he left his home, and he didn’t return, didn’t even spare the time for a simple phone call for over ten years. Ten years. And he didn’t even bother calling his family to check in on them. I probably wouldn’t even be making this post if he decided to give Trisha a phone call every couple of days and talk to the boys.

He found out about his wife’s death ten years after it happened. He had no idea one of his sons became a state alchemist until three years after the fact. He just wasn’t there for so much of his sons’ lives, to the point where Ed doesn’t even recognize him as his dad anymore. Hohenheim didn’t fulfill any of the duties a father is typically supposed to fulfill, and he wasn’t there for his children at a time when they needed him most and were left on their own. Had he been at home with Ed and Al, their human transmutation attempt might not have even happened! They lived by themselves for ten years only loosely supervised by Pinako, then Izumi, then nobody.

When Hohenheim did decide to return to Resembool after ten years, there’s no doubt in my mind that he was ecstatic at the prospect of seeing his family. He obviously loved them immensely, and that love and need to protect them was one of his main reasons for leaving in the first place. But he returned to a burned down home and two broken sons (one if you count the fact that Hohenheim only met up with Al muuuuch later on in the series then Ed). This was a direct result of his bad parenting because had he been there for Ed and Al, had he been active in their lives, there would have been so much less tragedy.

Someone could argue that when Hohenheim came back for the Promised Day, he was there at a time when his sons needed him most… but what about all the other times? What about the night Ed and Al attempted human transmutation? What about Ed’s painful automail recovery? What about the time when Ed decided to become a state alchemist? Being there for one huge moment of your child’s life and helping them then doesn’t redeem you for leaving them to their own devices for over ten years without a word. He played a minimal role in raising his kids in the couple years he did stay at home with them, then left them to grow up on their own without a dad.

Hohenheim was a good person, and he loved his family so much, but like I said earlier, love alone doesn’t make you a good parent. It requires playing an active role in raising your children, and let’s face it: Hohenheim couldn’t do that.

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So like does anyone besides me notice that Metamorphose has basically unintentionally made the first print waistcoat for boystylers with the new Time Lag Series? If only the print design of the clocks were more bottom heavy to balance the design of the waistcoat more, if the faux vest started lower on the chest and if a thicker metallic braid trim was used. Seriously I hope one of the other brands sees this and see the potential in perfecting printed waistcoats that would be interchangeable for both lolita and ouji. More people would be able to have both lolita and ouji wardrobes and trying to wear ouji would be a little bit more accessible to other people.

Am i posting a ship manifesto for something that does not exist, no one ever discusses, and is completely made up in my mind? WHY YES I AM.

I’ve been waiting for someone else to do this but it seems I’m the only one driving this thing and I feel that should train so grab your bags, people and hop on board, the Crazy Train is leaving the station.

I’m going to preface this by saying I’m a big Jack/Anne shipper and an even bigger Jack/Anne/Max shipper. I love the three of them together, and Jack just loves Anne so much and I love Jack and I feel bad when he gets excluded. And Jack and Max have such an amazing, catty, competitive relationship that I think could develop into real affection and fondness for each other. PLUS Anne should get as much loving as she can. So. That ot3 is still my number one.

THAT BEING SAID, season 3 did not end with the lovely ladies together and I honestly can’t tell what’s happening with them in season 4. I have hopes, but who knows. So if it doesn’t look like it’s going that way, I have another proposition for y’all.

Because THIS WOMAN

Originally posted by awbuckyno

Needs love. Nay. DESERVES IT. She’s been through so much and come out on top and she deserves a stable, committed relationship with a woman who is just as strong as she is.

Oh, look, I found one.

Originally posted by jamesemcgraw

Now. I never understand when people ship characters who have NEVER EVEN MET. BUT LET ME EXPLAIN.

Three reasons why Max and Madi being season 4 endgame would be amazing:

FIRST REASON: Like I said, they are so alike. They’re both QUEENS, first of all, and neither are rulers who are looking after themselves. They care about what and who they rule over, it’s not just about power with them (i mean, they’re both wanting power, and like what they have, but they aren’t cruel tyrants). They’d respect the hell out what the other has accomplished, and both understand the importance of collaboration. So I hope IF they do meet there’s no senseless power struggle over Nassau (power SNUGGLES on the other hand….) I’d see Max running the town and the shipments the way Eleanor used to, and Madi running the fort and protecting the area like a proper General, and live together as wife and wife running their island into glorious victory.

SECOND REASON: There have been four main M/F couples on this show, and if Max can STEAL YO GIRL in all of them I would die so, so happy (*casually drops headcanon that in the ten years pre-show when Miranda when stuck inland while Flint was out pirating, she was filled with so much fury and loneliness that she would go into Nassau to do something stupid but Max intercepted because she could tell Miranda was a good, hurting woman who needed honest, passionate love in her life and Max was all too happy to oblige* oh dear I seem to have dropped something, would anyone like to pick that up and write it for me?)

THIRD REASON: their ship name would be MadMax. Like. Come on, people.

@ Starz, make it so

Bro realized yesterday that Snape hates Neville because Voldemort killed Lily instead of the Longbottoms.

Noticed in my reread of Prisoner of Azkaban that the DAtDA class where the 3rd year Gryffindors fight a boggart is the same day as the potions class where Snape tried to poison Trevor the toad (he didn’t believe Neville could fix the potion in time) like of course Neville’s worst nightmare is the professor that nearly killed his pet toad that very morning.

Also? The kids have potions, then lunch, and go off to their first DAtDA class. Lupin leads them to the staff room, and Snape is in there, says “I’d rather not witness this,” goes to leave, and fucking stops in the door to say “Possibly no one’s warned you Lupin, but this class contains Neville Longbottom. I would advise you not to entrust him with anything difficult. Not unless Miss granger is hissing instructions in his hear.”

And because Lupin is a class act he just calmly says “I was hoping that Neville would assist me with the first stage of the operation, and I am sure he ill perform it admirably.”

BECAUSE LUPIN KNOWS HOW TO ENCOURAGE HIS STUDENTS INSTEAD OF BULLYING THEM JESUS CHRIST SNAPE WHAT IS YOUR PROBLEM.

Anyway I was relaying this information to my brother, and added “geez Snape what did Neville ever do to you?”

And Bro gets this lightbulb moment look, and points out…the prophecy. Snape got the Potters killed because he heard Trelawney’s first prophecy and told Voldemort, and then Pettigrew betrayed them. But until Voldemort chose, the prophecy could’ve applied to baby Harry or baby Neville.

Snape bullies Harry because of his undying hatred for James. Of course he fucking bullies Neville for not dying as a baby. He looks at Harry and sees James, he looks at Neville and sees the kid Voldemort could have attacked.

Snape thinks Lily would be alive if Neville were dead.

also i find it kind of hilarious that the fandom loves to portray Ritsu as yandere levels of protective over Mob when Ritsu’s reaction to seeing Mob physically beaten is to cry

like….i love exaggerating character traits for laughs as much as the next person, but Ritsu does have more emotions than Bitter and occasionally Happiness Masking Homicidal Urges fam….

Skin.

Cullen rubs at hollowed eyes, blue shadows at his temples and under his stubble, signifiers of a sleepless decade. His face and body given subtle interruption with the scars of countless battles waged without and within. Sudden, shining, pale paths of varied shape and size, white against expanses of ruddy pink, easily flushed.

Leliana inspects the thin lines beginning to catch at the corners of her eyes, eyes that have seen enough to earn those lines and more. Beneath her mask, freckles pepper her cheeks and nose, and beyond them, her shoulders and back. Signs of sun from her days uncowled, now pale and drawn from years in shadow.

Josephine is dotted with moles in a manner almost as if by design. Punctuation marks on her brow and chin, her ankle, her elbow, above her navel, and many places besides. Round dark spots ranging from barely a spec to the size of a coin, the odd dark hair occasionally found sprouting among them.

Cassandra wears her battlescars as she does her armor, with acceptance and purpose. Beyond the sharpening lines of blades and arrows, there are burns that tell of larger foes. A long, warping, shiny mark across one side, twisting from shoulder to thigh, hints at a family legacy not quite yet abandoned.

Blackwall knows beneath his beard, Rainier has dug ditches, deep creases of sorrow and guilt on either side of chapped lips, between narrowed brows, at the corners of drooping eyes. He tries to ignore the presence of new age spots, and old, dark patches worn rough from carrying the weight of heavy armor that never did fit quite right.

The Iron Bull points out long gashes from axes to awed barmaids, laughs over missing eyes and fingers, sees less than nothing in a bruise or wrinkle, and considers any spot of skin unmarred a challenge yet to be faced. His body is a patchwork of shades and textures, a map of a life both fully lived and remarkably survived.

Varric scratches at ingrown hairs, ever present in his permanent stubble. Hands stained with ink and wood polish, calloused and rough. Thinks his laugh lines and worry lines and broken nose add character, but also that maybe he’s had enough character development for one lifetime. 

Cole picks idly at tattered nailbeds, oily hair sticking to an equally greasy face. He stares at his reflection in wonder over its constellations, the fields of porous, patchy reds and the rivers of violet veins under pale, almost translucent skin. He pokes and pinches at every small red bump he finds, curious and delighted over every new discovery upon the body he is gradually coming to feel is his. 

Sera was told by Lady Emmauld not to scratch at the itchy, dry patches that so often appeared on her knuckles and ankles and wrists. Told not to pop blisters and boils and zits. Told not to play so rough, all bruised elbows and scraped knees. She was told she would scar, and she has, but scars don’t keep you from enjoying yourself, if anything, they prove you’ve done just that. Her freckles stretch when she grins and looses another arrow, the cracks in her knuckles never once spoiled her aim.

Vivienne applies her imported Orlesian lotions with as much patience and poise as she uses to cast her spells. She knows herself well, every perceived imperfection managed and maintained, her body cared for with ritualistic luxury. The cold mountain air drys her skin, the heavy Fereldan cooking exacerbates her seborrhoea, but her body is ever her temple, and in this way she is truly divine.

Dorian has embraced the subtle darkening of his skin around his joints and eyelids, the birthmark on his inner thigh the exact shape as Rivain, and the natural hairlessness that once embarrassed him in his youth. Here and there a burn will remind him of a stray spell gone awry, or, more charmingly, a bit of hot wax, accidentally spilled while reading by candlelight.

Solas is sure that, before he slept, his skin had not been so sensitive, so vulnerable feeling, paper thin and strangely soft in places from disuse and centuries of rest. It is still a little odd to bruise and scar so easily, in this time where he cannot will the fade to soften the effects of the unchanging world. He watches the veins bulge under his forearm and thinks of the magic that once flowed through them, thicker than blood.

millenniumcamcorder  asked:

Well friendo, I'm autistic too and I really don't pick up on things the way you do, despite having an apparent special interest in cartoons. :P Maybe that's my "not good at social things" coming out there, that I don't read the characters as well as you do, but dang if your meta doesn't make me love them so much more...

And that’s where I’d stand by the statement in my tags: it’s a skill like anything else, and my interest just drove me to develop a lot of experience with it.

Part of it is… you kind of get experience with genres? Once you’ve experienced a lot of a certain kind of work then you can start to recognize patterns. 

@GMWWriters I see you.
  • Farkle: But we know he likes you. [Cue Flashbacks]
  • *Lucas staring open-mouthed as Riley and Maya walk down the stairs in their date outfits, then saying the line about moments*
  • Me: Ok, I'll give you that one. It was pretty clear he was talking to Riley here. And the moments line obviously echoes the "my moment will be my moment" line.
  • *Riley sniffing Lucas as he is apparently unaware*
  • Me: Ummmmm? What the what? How is this proof that Lucas likes her? At the very most, he is aware of what she is doing and strangely letting her sniff him because he thinks it's cute? At the very least? This is proof that Riley likes him, not the other way around.
  • *Riley dumping a bucket of water on his head, then yelling at him, saying he was the first boy she ever liked and asking him if he is worth it, to which he responds yes*
  • Me: Ok, at least he said yes. I will give you that. But even then, Riley is the one who explicitly states that she likes Lucas. Not the other way around.
  • *Parallels the two subway scenes, Lucas introduces himself and Riley says she loves it*
  • Me: Cute scene. Still no proof. Yet again, Riley initiates. Lucas just smiles and nods in agreement. Also, Maya is weirdly an integral part to this flashback?
  • Me: Did you not just see the Lucaya scenes? Let me jog your memory.
  • Riley: She cares about him and he cares about her, too.
  • *Maya grabbing Lucas by the shirt and him playing along*
  • *Lucas confirming that he puts thought into their little game by not only dressing up in full cowboy gear, but also carrying a rose in his hat which he then places in her mouth*
  • *Maya calling him Bucky McBoing-Boing, paralleling her nickname for Uncle Josh whom she obviously has a crush on, while Lucas is smiling in the background*
  • *Lucas emphatically asserting that he wants Maya to be happy, then both staring at each other, then Lucas again emphatically asserting that Maya is a great artist*
  • Me: Spot the difference. Two people initiating and actively reacting to each other's words and actions vs. (for the most part) one person passively reacting to another person's words and actions.
  • Me: I'm sorry, but do you really think the writers couldn't have done better than those Rilucas flashbacks? I mean, they didn't even include the Rilucas kiss. If they were going to include a bunch of one-sided moments, they could have at least included that one.
  • Me: @GMWWriters I see you. And I like it.

isabeljoanvalentine replied to your chatrose quartz: *literally kisses her girlfriend in…

Yeah! But I think she’s going about it the wrong way. Both Greg and Pearl are clearly not exactly happy about being in a poly relationship, so she’s not exactly a model poly/pan character… sorry, tangential ranting there. :P

oh for sure! she’s far, far from a role model for polyamorous relationships… but even being a flawed and kind of inappropriate one, it doesn’t really change the fact she’s pretty clearly written as poly?

like, she does hurt people – though it remains to be seen whether greg had actually taken issue with being in a poly relationship as much as being in a poly relationship with PEARL, who keeps demeaning him and undermining his role in it? i mean, i kinda doubt that’s something they’ll really go into on-screen, but i can see rose and greg having a talk that basically goes, ‘oh you’re adorable and i’d totally kiss you, but jsyk i’ve been also kissing pearl for the past 5k years and have no intention of stopping’ 'oh uh sure i guess that’s cool?’ and then he actually gets to know pearl and realizes it’s not that cool.

there’s a lot that’s wrong in this relationship, stemming from what may well be a lack of societal model of what a relationship looks like for gems, rose’s instilled sense of superiority and entitlement, her inability (or lack of desire?) to read others’ feelings beyond a surface level and apply proper weight to them, and pearl’s view of herself as lesser and therefore unworthy of confronting rose about her feelings and demanding more of her….

however, i still think there’s merit and importance to representation even if it’s not portrayed in a fully positive light, like how i find it incredibly significant that pearl’s written as a lesbian even though her defining romantic relationship was awful for her. in the end, it depends on how those negative aspects are addressed – with the way pearl’s written, i find it very clear that the root of the problem is completely unrelated to her being in a relationship that’s queer. unlike many other fictional works, they’re not equating the bad and unhealthy aspects with the queer ones? they coexist independently. and those things DO happen in real life a lot, queer people can find themselves in harmful relationships just as well. so i think that’s important to show, too.

so the question is really – will rose be ultimately written in a way that comes off as 'she’s dating two people at once because she’s greedy and inconsiderate, that’s awful, don’t do it kids!!’, which would obviously be a Not Good Message, or will it be shown in a more nuanced manner, with a message of 'if you want to have a relationship with numerous people, make sure you talk to them, listen to them, and respect their feelings so that everyone can feel happy and loved’. i have enough faith in the crewniverse to believe that if the issue is addressed any further, it will be done in a way much closer to the latter.

as a bonus: i just find it really cool that rose, as a fat woman, is portrayed in such a captivating light and is shown to be a very sexual and desirable individual. that’s not something you see – basically ever, not to mention in a kids’ show. dang.

anonymous asked:

I find it very hard to believe he didn't end season 3 in a way he is happy with and in a way that he would be pleased with should it serve as the series finale. Jacobs is not gonna stop caring about his show just because "he doesn't get to finish". He's not gonna ditch his plan. He's gonna resolve as much as he can. This is the tv business. Even if they begged him to do the show (I know they did) he knows how far the show goes is contingent on its success. You talk as if he's throwing a tantrum.

There’s a whole bit in IDF about doing your best even if you’re *cut off earlier than expected*. Now, I’m HOPING that’s just a nod to the BMW characters getting their new endings (especially Minkus, Harley, and Turner), but it could just as easily be a meta line about not getting to finish THIS story the way he wanted to either, and doing his best with the 22-44 minutes or so left to him between S16 and IDF. There are several lines to this effect.

When BMW lost Lee Norris due to budget issues back in the BMW days, Jacobs had the Minkus character literally poof out of existence. Turner was nowhere to be found for several episodes and then he randomly crashed his bike offscreen and spent his final appearance in a body cast, in a coma with no lines. Sometimes IRL concerns force you to give characters unsatisfying endings and Jacobs is no stranger to that. In the case of Minkus, he went for the funny but unsatisfying, and for Turner the tragic but unsatisfying. Jacobs himself has said time and time again that he didn’t like having to do that; that he REGRETS HAVING TO DO IT, but that’s simply the reality of the business at times. (See also: original Morgan, Harley…)

It would absolutely NOT be out of keeping with Jacobs’s body of work overall to take a dig (or several) at a network. He’s been doing that kind of thing since the nineties. He had Cory and the kid Topanga was babysitting do a whole bit about BMW’s IRL time slot change for S4 in 4x05, and that’s just ONE example. He also has a tendency to slip in digs at network-mandated “stunt” episodes (like crossovers), which he also slyly does in WoT3 in terms of Disney’s Monstober requirements (he also spent his pretaping speech at the WoT3 taping talking about how much they’ve hated having to do the Disney-mandated Monstober episodes). What I’m saying is that this guy has never ever had a problem being cheeky af in-narrative about network/IRL stuff. And it shows in IDF/Goodbye too (again, unless it’s all just a nod to the BMW characters who were cut off before their time which it very well could be).

Anyway, what I find suuuper interesting is the way both S16 and IDF lean very heavily on the concept of “guess what happens next based on what’s happened before.” It’s almost like they’re reminding you that GMW has a repetitive nature and if you’ve paid attention to the past…you’ll know what was going to come next even if they never get to make those episodes.

Unless they edit it out (which they very easily could), boy-oh-boy do they awkwardly shoehorn in a Texas reference in IDF/Goodbye. Despite how many people would like to believe that what happened in Texas is no longer relevant…it’s pretty clear the writers reallllly don’t want people to forget about Texas for some reason, and they have Riley say “we had the best time there” even though we all know darn well Riley herself didn’t really quuuuite have “the best” time in Texas overall. It ended pret-ty darn unhappily for her vs their trip to, say, Mount Sun Lodge (which I’m pretty sure gets no mention at all in S16/IDF).

It’s almost like the trilogy they spent more money on than probably any other episode(s) to date (aside from maaaaaybe IDF/Goodbye with its veritable parade of likely-expensive guest stars), which was their only “on-location” shoot to date, which was foreshadowed and hinted at well in advance, which was written by the showrunner himself and one of the original writers was like…intentional and important or something rather than a whoopsie they wrote by accident because a guest star who’s appeared in less than ten episodes got hurt three months after they taped it.

More important than the awkward Texas reference though (IMO) is the moment in IDF/Goodbye where we get the line (from Maya) “You don’t have to be smart to know what’s next. It’s Farkle.” Then of course you’ve got Farkle delivering lines to Riley that should’ve come out of the boyfriend’s mouth (but didn’t) considering the circumstances. It’s all very 👀👀👀👀.

So anyway: yeah, IDF/Goodbye COULD serve as frustratingly open-ended series finale if it absolutely had to, but pretty much the entire thing SCREAMS that they 100% do NOT want it to be. It’s almost like they’re playing chicken with renewal. 😳 There’s line after line about “not going anywhere,” and a couple of bits about getting cut short. If that stuff isn’t just a tribute to BMW characters who were cut off before their time then yeah: it’s dang near a meta-tantrum, and not an unreasonable one at that considering where the kids’ story (Riley’s especially) gets cut off if this really is an issue of Disney unceremoniously saying “sorry Jacobs, we know we begged you for this show, we know it’s been nominated for two Emmys and consistently brings in the biggest ratings on our network without requiring much promo…but GMW is just too expensive now so you’re done here, sorrynotsorry.”

I still doubt that very much, but I also absolutely do NOT discount the possibility thereof. It still seems verrrrry odd to me that Jacobs would risk ending the series with the kids nearly drowned out by guest stars considering the way he’s always emphasized that this is a show about the kids and not the adults, but at the same time I could 100% see him not wanting to lose the opportunity to “change history.” It’s something I yo-yo on a lot these days, tbh.

Now, I’m guessing you’re the same anon as the last three or four I got judging by your tone/writing-style and booooooy are you pressed: I’ve always said that if I’m wrong in the end…then I’m wrong. Maybe the show ends with S3, maybe it doesn’t. Hopefully it doesn’t. But until we know either way, I’m going to blog under the assumption that we’re getting a season four. I mean, I can choose to spend the next four months biting my nails and refusing to speculate, or I can carry on as before until we find out either way. I’m a generally hopeful person, so I’m going with the latter.

Having seen it for myself though: if the show DOES end with IDF/Goodbye…then what would’ve happened next is going to be PERMANENTLY up for debate because it’s extremely open-ended in terms of the kids. It’s pretty much written in such a way that it’s all highly debatable, and it’s very, very clear on that front. Like I said, there’s a big old song and dance about guessing what’s next based on what’s already happened and they make some pretty blatant callbacks to the specific “landmarks” they apparently want you to bear in mind on that front. If that’s how the show ultimately ends, then what would’ve happened next if they’d gotten an S4 is pretty much going to be debatable in perpetuity and legit NO ONE (I mean NO ONE) will ever have to “admit they were wrong.”

And I can’t decide whether that’s genius, cruel, or both. Obviously I lean towards both though. 😂