1. Hay Bale Maze - their dynamic in this episode is at its peak. You can tell they have really become partners in their relationship, and that they’re really committed to one another (even if it ended up being cut short…wahhh).
2. You Jump, I Jump Jack - this episode made me love Logan and sealed the deal for this pairing for me. I liked that Logan starts to push Rory outside of her comfort zone, and even though the whole event is ridiculous, I think it’s a lot of fun to watch.
3. Partings - sad as fuck but when Logan leaves for London and he says, “I love you Ace,” I am crying from pain and from joy because it’s SUCH a beautiful and heartbreaking moment and it’s so well acted.
4. Fall - so many people hated the Life & Death Brigade’s montage in Fall but I LOVED it. Even though I’m a little bitter about how things panned out between Rory and Logan, I thought this was a great way to end their story if their story had to end.
5. Say Something - when Rory has to get home to Lorelai and Logan makes sure she’s taken care of and has everything she needs to get home safely and quickly.
Honorable mention goes to But I’m a Gilmore when Logan says he will be her boyfriend and then when he sticks up for her at dinner.
I watched the reign finale and yeah it wasn’t as emotional for me as I thought it would be. I guess that comes with the territory when everyone knows how the story ends because you know, history. I’m glad there was a little bit of a Frary reunion in death and a small montage of the show. Sometimes a flashback montage is tacky and maybe this was but the best parts of this show happened in the first two seasons and it’s nice that we got to see some favorite moments at the end of it all.
A description for the X-Men: Apocalypse trailer has potentially leaked.
The trailer opens with Jean Grey waking from a nightmare. She tells Professor Xavier something along the lines of, “I have seen the end of the world. There was only death.”
There’s a montage of footage of the young mutants at Xavier’s school, followed by a scene of Moira MacTaggert telling Xavier that they’ve discovered a god-like mutant who may be the origin of the species.
Cut to a shot of an intimidating hooded figure being followed by Psylocke and Storm. They search for mutants, and the hooded figure lists the many names he has been known by over the centuries. He says that the world needs to change, and be remade by mutants. The three of them find Magneto. Magneto asks, “Who are you?” The figure pulls down his hood to reveal the face of Apocalypse.
There’s a montage of the destruction caused by Apocalypse.
We see a shot of Xavier looking frightened. Either he or Jean says, “It can control all of us.” We’re shown two opposing groups of mutants (likely Apocalypse’s Horsemen and Xavier’s students and/or allies). Apocalypse sends a burst of energy through Xavier and his wheelchair, and Jean screams
There’s a slow motion scene of Quicksilver running through the hallway leading towards Cerebro.
Mystique tells Xavier, “I came to fight.”
Professor X enters the Cerebro chamber, and his eyes become black. He says, “I’ve never felt like this before,” and is possibly possessed by Apocalypse.
there was a lot of blood and I was not ready for all the blood.
good Winchester death montage in the THEN :D
hooray! more dark spooky cinematography!
aww poor worried Dean D:
more talk about a hunting-less life (even if it’s just a break)
“I did what I had to do” #12339847593 in the past few seasons
and he sacrificed other people to save the person he loves (which is so Winchester)
TY Billie for saying the things we’ve all been saying always
the Corbin storyline is some terrifying shit as he slowly turns into a monster after ‘killing’ Sam.
I didn’t write a lot in the bullet points because I was pretty gripped throughout the whole episode.
So, here are my thoughts:
Having Dean see Sam die last week makes a little more sense with this episode directly following it. And a lot like last week, this both does and does not feel like an early SPN episode. In the THEN sequence we see Dean’s death in Faith, and this episode is in many ways its spiritual successor. However, unlike Faith, Dean and Sam both know a lot more about how the world works and how (at least in theory) they might game the system. Dean also has his most mature reaction to Sam’s death, at least at first, though that might have been because the Soul Eater from last week gave him a glimpse of dead Sam. But so much more is weighing on Dean than in the earlier seasons. In Faith, it’s just his dad and Sam and a few rogue monsters he’s worried about–in Red Meat, it’s his helpless need to save the man he loves Cas, his inexplicable and frightening pull toward the Darkness and a gutshot Sam.
But still, Dean acts to save the two hikers first, putting others before Sam for like the first time ever? Then of course it’s back to the ol’ Winchester self-sacrificing game, but the whiff of real consequences plus the fact that Dean could’ve killed himself for nothing actually makes this episode and the tired act of killing Winchesters feel like a punch to the gut. There’s never a point in the episode where you feel like Sam or Dean could actually die, but the stakes are real and big, and Sam’s physical pain and Dean’s desperation kept me on the edge of my seat the whole episode.
Cas and Lucifer loom large over the whole episode, from the moment they come up in THEN. I’m not sure what we’re supposed to make of the last conversation between Dean and the lady hiker. She asks how can life go back to normal after seeing the man she loves die, and while Dean did see Sam die in this episode (and the last one), I couldn’t help but feel like Dean’s not just thinking about Sam. Dean is so desperate throughout this whole episode, like everything’s coming apart at the seams and he’s grabbing for the fraying edges as fast as he can, even before he and Sam go hunting, and a big part of the is his concern for Cas. Cas is on Dean’s mind (has been on Dean’s mind since The Vessel) and the conversation with the lady hiker about “the man [she loves]” is too romantic to be about Sam, or even just about Sam.
What do you think of people being supermad at Assassin's Creed Unity for having only "white males as protagonists"?
Found this comment in the Gamespot comments section of a related article, and it sums up my opinion pretty well.
Is a lack of a female protagonist in this game disappointing? Sure, to anyone who would like to play as a female character. Does it neglect a large portion of the game’s potential customers, therefore decreasing the game’s profitability? Probably, yes. Should it be labeled as controversial? Not in the least.
Assassin’s Creed is a video game franchise, a piece of entertainment. Nobody is forced to buy or play it. Ubisoft has developed a game the way that they want it to be, as an expression of their talents, interests, and what they wanted to create and share with the public. It’s not fair to condemn an artist’s creation as sexist or prejudiced, just because their product didn’t represent your interests as well as you would have preferred. Neither is it fair to demand that other people make things the way that you want and then accuse them of being insensitive when they don’t do it to your liking.
If you really want more games to feature female protagonists, then instead of complaining about what other people haven’t done, maybe you should devote your own time and energy to developing games that star females. Otherwise, vote with your dollar and refrain from buying games that you don’t want to play.
And I know the “if you don’t like it, then make your own” argument is a tired one, but in reality there are many strong female protagonists in video games, the one that comes to mind mainly being Faith, from Mirror’s Edge. She is one of the most well-balanced characters I’ve played as, and Mirror’s Edge is one of my favourite games. And even then, people still found something to complain about, like this portion of a feminist review:
That’s right; she lists the character dying from falling off of a building as a misogynistic moment, as well as her getting hit (because god forbid the main character of a game get hit by an NPC enemy), and how she dies.
Apparently falling to her death is too graphic (I think Isaac Clarke would like a word with her; I’ve seen some death montages of Dead Space that would make anyone cringe or cover their eyes), despite the fact that the entire game is built around you hopping from building-to-building. I guess the point I’m trying to make is that no matter what, especially on Tumblr, people will find reasons to complain, whether they’re logical or not.
While Ubisoft’s excuse for not having a female character was flimsy, the fact of the matter is that other variables like expenses, game delays, and re-voice acting the entire script of the game would make it difficult especially in a short span of time. Even if Ubisoft was able to comply, people would still find a reason to complain (“the character design isn’t as good as the male character!” “the voice actor isn’t believable!” “why can she die like this?”). Majority of the people complaining suffer from Mary Sue syndrome, in that they want developers to create the perfect female character, and if they can’t then they’re misogynists. As the commenter from GameSpot said, they can show their opinion with their wallets; if they don’t like the route the game took, just don’t buy it, and invest in games (either by Indie developers or big-name publishers) that you want to exist. As Gandhi said, “be the change you want to see in the world”.
Oh! And before I forget, the complaint about only “white Assassins” is completely unfounded, as people seem to be forgetting that both a Native American man (Assassin’s Creed III and Black Flag) and a non-white woman (AC: Liberation) have been Assassin’s and the protagonists.
Hi! Love your blog. Which episodes would you rank as your top 5 this season and why?
Hi! Thanks for the ask - fun question! I’m going to assume that you’re referring to Arrow, if only for the fact that I totally didn’t notice that I somewhat misread the question until I’d already typed out my response. It got…long.
I have to disclaim that I’m an unreasonably huge fan of Team Arrow, so my opinion of the most objectively excellent episodes may not completely overlap with my preference for other episodes. The reviewer hat is off and the fan hat is on. So, here are my top 5 episodes of Season 3 of Arrow (in chronological order):
Despite the fact that the events of “The Calm” set Oliver back on a path of isolationism and isn’t necessarily the most fun for me to watch in entirety, I think I rewound more moments from this episode than any other in Season 3. Opening on Original Team Arrow in action was a great way to start the season, and the sequence incorporated Roy in proper sidekick mode. I actually enjoyed Ray Palmer and thought that Brandon Routh was the perfect balance of geeky and charming in his civvies when he met Felicity. I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t enjoy the romance between Oliver and Felicity; I actually can’t rewatch the entire date scene without feeling that I’m intruding, and I thought that the kiss was a perfect balance of chasteness and heartbreak. The scene in the hospital room after baby Sara was born is one of my favorite Original Team Arrow scenes of all time, and I could watch Oliver and Diggle hug forever. Stephen Amell broke my heart approximately 9,000 times in the best way…and as long as I pretend that the last two minutes never happened, “The Calm” remains one of my favorites of Season 3.
Despite some sticking points, I love “The Climb” mostly because I love Oliver in it. It was such a good Oliver episode. At different points, it highlighted the three main loves of his life: Thea, Felicity, and Starling City. The farewell with Team Arrow was shorter than I would have liked, but it fit with Oliver asserting that he’d be back in no time. The stunt work at the battle in the snow was some of the old school Arrow small screen epicness, and I appreciated seeing Stephen Amell pulling off the action himself. Amell broke my heart approximately 10,000 times, and I cried for the first time in my Arrow viewing experience during his death montage. The flashes of his loved ones, the blood dribbling on his lips, the stark whiteness of his surroundings, the gorgeous music…honestly, even if I’d hated all of the episode prior to the duel with Ra’s, I would have enjoyed “The Climb” for the death sequence alone. It was so painful, and so good.
If you’ll notice, there’s a bit of a gap between #2 and #3 on this list. That is because I despise the Danny Brickwell trilogy with the fire of a thousand suns - seriously, “Midnight City” might be my most hated Arrow episode of all time - and I will never forgive the show for how it handled Black Canary. I loved “The Offer” mostly because it was a return to form. The Arrow cave infighting took a break as Digg and Felicity put on their patient gloves and used their indoor voices to reason with Oliver about not taking the deal to become the next Ra’s al Ghul. It was Diggle back as brotherly advisor and Felicity back as a happy presence in his life. There was also some very welcome humor in “The Offer,” and I tend to enjoy whenever Stephen Amell is allowed to be funny as Oliver. I’ll never get over him deepening his voice by 87 octaves when interacting with Ray after seeing Felicity snuggle up to him. It was slightly childish in a way that I think “Guilty” was going for with Oliver’s “mine is bigger” comment…but that actually worked with the writing in this episode.
If there’s one episode that might beat “The Calm” in rewindable moments for me, it’s “The Fallen.”
And not just that scene.
The acting was fantastic in “The Fallen,” and I absolutely believed that Oliver was always going to save Thea. It was out of the question that he would not save her if there were a way. He was going to save her, and even Diggle and Felicity didn’t bother with anything more than cursory objections after they learned that it was an option. The whole deal with the prophecy was ridiculous, and it would have taken something huge for the narrative to justify Oliver agreeing; Thea being skewered in her own living room and Oliver being coated in her viscera did the trick.
I cried for the second time in my Arrow viewing experience at the parting scene outside of Nanda Parbat. Oliver tearing up as he tried to hold himself together for the sake of the confused Thea, Diggle tearing up as he prepared to lose a second brother, Felicity managing to make Oliver laugh despite everything and Oliver refusing to say goodbye…I practically made myself cry just typing about it.
And, yes, I did enjoy that scene. Stephen Amell and Emily Bett Rickards infused the entire sequence with a sense of two people deeply in love and trying to hold off the tragedy just a little bit longer so that they could have this one first together before being separated forever. They managed to make a scene occurring in an opulent red sex room, including Felicity removing her bra while straddling him, and Oliver noshing on her neck while horizontal beneath red satin sheets surprisingly classy…which is why I didn’t feel totally creepy choosing a favorite kiss and rewinding a time or two.
As a whole, however, I thought that “The Fallen” was one of the most balanced episodes of the season to that point.
I’m going to just come out and admit it: I mostly loved this episode for the happy ending. I don’t even mean it in an Olicity context; I’m on the record as filling a decent chunk of my “needs to happen next” review segments as needing Season 3 to end on a high note for the hero. Everything was so miserable for Oliver for so long. Sure, some of it was of his own making, but the guy has had various levels of untreated PTSD for the better part of a decade, and at least his hellish path was paved with the best of intentions. He needed a happy ending, and Oliver getting to drive off into the sunset content with the state of things back in Starling and content with his lady love at his side made me cry for the third time in my Arrow viewing experience…and happy cry for the first time for a work of fiction not involving Disney.
I was also pretty glad that Ra’s al Ghul died. I like to love to hate my villains, and Ra’s just exhausted me with his nonsensicalness.