So what I got from the newest episode of "Watching Sanvers Scenes on Youtube".
Heternormativity really traumatised me and I might never be over it.
I am revealing a tragic and very realistic backstory to you that a lot of our fans can probably identify with.
It would need a lot of screentime to resolve this issue properly.
But we don't get that much screentime because white cis fuckboy needs to fuck the former protagonist of this TV show.
After all, this is a family TV show and we can't tell happy straight ally (TM) families that they are traumatising young queer children.
So gotta go bye!
Some time later.
Yo, Maggie, it's nice that you adressed some issues so the gays can identify with you.
But now it's really time to quickly resolve this because after all this is a family's TV show. And if we really adressed properly that heteronormativity is hurting and traumatising young queer people, we could not really make white cis fuckboy fuck me in another scene of this tv show.
So pls just get your shit together! We need the gays to be happy and distracted from the bullshit we are going to pull.
Some time later.
What is going on, Maggie?
I forgot my personality at home when I put on that dress.
bex taylor-klaus:“I think that the Keith-Pidge relationship is the most underrated friendship on the show […] they work well together, they secretly absolutely adore each other. It’d be cool to have their relationship develop into something a bit more emotional, an emotional friendship.”
jeremy shada: “i mean they’re pretty open on our show…because of the network […]. but i think they’re playing pretty slow burn with most of the relationship stuff, and so, as far as where we’re at, there’s not even been–i mean, they always put like little things that will probably pay off later, odds are, but nothing like, for sure at the moment.”
okay but the million dollar question is: did alex already own that lingerie ensemble or did her gay ass go out to the shops and brave the crowds on valentine’s day and buy it brand new as a v-day present for her gf, maggie ‘literal perfection’ sawyer?
OKAY. WHAT A GREAT EPISODE. NOW LET’S TALK ABOUT THAT SCENE.
(Look at them. Aren’t they gorgeous?)
So, we start out pretty standard for these two - Flynn appearing out of nowhere and catching Lucy by surprise, Lucy being brave and fierce and generally having no patience with his nonsense…
And then. My heart.
“Far more damaging.”
“For who? Rittenhouse? This paranoid delusion of yours?”
It’s interesting that we don’t get to see his reaction in that moment, or directly after when he cuts her off with “They’re very real,” but I don’t actually mind that at all because we get the perfect shot in the next moment.
“I just…wish you could recognize there’s a greater good here.”
God, I love this moment. I love this whole scene and my favorite moment is yet to come, but I love this moment. Because cool and collected Garcia Flynn has left the building. He is trying so hard to maintain his mask of indifference, but boy is he struggling. His jaw clenches, hell, his voice almost breaks. And by the time he actually finishes that sentence, between his tone and the way he looks at her, he’s essentially begging her to understand.
We don’t know what the journal says. We don’t know anything about whatever interactions he may have had with future Lucy. But he has so much faith in her. He needs her to believe him. He needs her to understand, to be on his side. And supposedly one day she’s going to, but every time they interact it seems less and less likely, and it must be killing him because honestly? Lucy is the one person he has left (even if she hasn’t actually agreed to work with him yet).
Just leave me here.
(Stepping away from Flynn for a moment, Lucy’s also really interesting here. One of the things I love so much about their scenes is that no matter how much she’s supposed to hate him, to think he’s an irredeemable villain, she is constantly trying to change that. Right here, she could write him off entirely. But she doesn’t. She argues with him about Rittenhouse, about how he could possibly think there’s a “greater good” in any of the things he’s doing, And honestly, to me, it seems like she really does want to understand him, she’s just unwilling to accept what he says at face value. Which, yeah, valid)
And then. Then, we come to my favorite moment in this scene. I’ve talked about it before, I’ve used it in fic, it never fails to destroy me.
“You think I like this? You think I like helping these bastards? You think I sleep at night?”
Fml. Such a good moment. Such an honest moment. And it’s completely unplanned, far too vulnerable to be something Flynn ever would have said if he hadn’t been struggling with the conversation to begin with.
Because, here’s the thing. Despite his next line (”One day, you’ll understand I’m a patriot,” which let’s just be clear, comes after he pauses and basically drags as much of his mask back up as he can possibly manage because he is Flynn and god forbid he be vulnerable) Garcia Flynn thinks he’s a monster. Rittenhouse is the bigger villain, the bigger monster, the bigger evil. But he’s resigned himself to doing whatever is necessary to destroy them, and if that means falling deep into the darkness, so be it. Fine, he’ll be the villain they say he is.
But that doesn’t mean he enjoys it. That doesn’t mean he sleeps.
(It’s also worth noting that when Nazi #4 puts a gun to Lucy’s head, he only looks away once to make sure Fleming lowers his weapon and otherwise keeps his eyes on her because the plan may have been to get them out of the way but it definitely was not supposed to involve putting Lucy in that kind of danger. But, that’s a meta for another time)