*nobody seems to recognize the character Lt. Saru aka the ‘I can sense death guy’ as Doug Jones*
Aw man am I the only one who’s excited?
I guess not recognizing him is normal and understandable. (And they didn’t really namedrop in the trailer so there’s also that) Most of the characters he’s known for portraying are buried under makeup, and sometimes his voice is even dubbed over (even though his voice is perfectly fine). I’m also a Guillermo del Toro fan, but I definitely didn’t recognize him between his roles at first.
Just for those who are still scratching their heads over his name– he most notably played Abe Sapien in the Hellboy films, the Faun in Pan’s Labyrinth, a couple of the ghosts in Crimson Peak, and other side characters in those films. He also played the Silver Surfer in that one old Fantastic Four movie (haha definitely not del Toro, I know). He’s been in a bunch of other things, but I mostly know his del Toro roles.
Anyway, what’s really interesting about him is that once you know what to look for when comparing his characters, you can start to recognize him, even when you can’t see his face at all. He moves in a very distinctive and recognizable manner– he’s a contortionist, and I believe he also studied mime! Really neat actor. He always brings something mesmerizing to his characters (like the way he moves his hands? Man. Nobody else can make simple gestures look so cool).
Anyway, to sum up I just think he’s a really neat addition to the cast, I just felt like sharing, and I’m excited to see what he brings to Star Trek!
Okay, last thing well not really but for now it is. I’ve
seen many posts, well quite a few, about what the sequel needs. We’ve got a
year left and honestly there’s so much that could possibly happen (plus if I
remember correctly, the next book is coming out too). And while I agree that
Disney should try and actually have a canon
queer couple and not pull any tricks or other small random things like the
need for Cameron and Booboo to actually
sing or to bring in the other children from the Isle. Or most importantly,
just more character development for practically everyone because all of these children need it. I feel like the
most important thing that needs to happen, whether in the next book, in the
Wicked World shorts (though I highly doubt it) or even in the sequel, are
apologies. Because everyone has been wronged in some shape way or form, and no one should be getting away with it.
The obvious first one is King Adam/Beast
apologizing to Mal, Jay, Evie and Carlos or just other future children of the
Isle that come to Auradon. I talked about this before (though untagged to avoid
any drama really), and I agree with the fandom, to a degree. What Adam did was
wrong, no doubt about it. He’s made a pretty shitty decision and even if he had
some good intentions (I really wished he talked this out more with someone), he
just…messed up. But it wasn’t like he could just, take the children of the
villains away from their parents. Whatever legal system this world has, I highly
doubt they’d do that. But subjecting not only the parents but the children into
unhealthy living conditions, all because you wanted to keep your enemies in one
place. He’s partially responsible for how ‘corrupt’ (and I use this term
loosely) the children are. The parents are still mostly the blame because,
well, they’re villains, and they go on and on about how a villain should act.
Though Ben is crowned king, I’m not even sure when he’s actually going to take the throne officially. So until
then, Beast has got a lot of making
up to do.
Piggbacking off of that about Ben, let’s talk
about the second apology that needs to happen; Mal and Ben need to apologize to
Audrey for publicly humiliating her in front of the ENTIRE school (and another
school too considering it was a tourney game) because of Ben serenading Mal.
And yes, I know this was under the effect of the love-spell, but there still
should’ve been a lick of common sense to not sing to another girl when you’re
dating someone else. And even after the spell was worn off of him, he still
could’ve apologized to Audrey, even privately. And Mal in general, because
those two have a deep history, and
honestly it’s just like being slapped in the face when you’re being wronged by
the child of the woman that wronged your entire family. And that little bow
near the end of the movie does not
cut it. There’s another issue I have about that mistreatment to Audrey but I’ll
leave that for another time. And yeah, Ben didn’t really seem interested in
being with Audrey, but it’s still a douche move to kind of do that (and Ben is
a sweet child, but my son no).
I want Audrey and Mal to apologize for Ben to
using him to his advantage. If you watched Auradon Secrets (and if I remember
correctly), Audrey dated Ben mostly because of appearance sake. She was mostly
concerned about her little popular world. I think that at some point, she
probably did fall for Ben (and honestly she probably was heartbroken about what
happened, in regards to the previous point. But I will also defend my pretty
pink princess). And we all know the reason for Mal. I don’t really remember if
she really apologized, but I feel like an apology should happen and it shouldn’t
be swept under the rug because ‘he makes you happy’. Ben deserves better than
Jay, Evie, and Carlos also need to apologize to
Audrey for following along with Mal. Yes, they were going along with the plan,
yes it’s what they know, but they need to apologize.
I would really love for Jane to apologize to the
rotten/core four for basically just, being a bit of a hypocrite. Though I see
her as following the crowd, because it’s high school so follow the cliché social
pyramid, and she’s impressionable/low self-esteem, she was wrong too. She
shouldn’t have been all ‘buddy buddy’ with Mal because she changed her style
(even though Mal was using her too at one point) and then just turn on her the
next. I think the popularity did get to her head, and she was slightly punished
for it by Mal. I still feel like somewhere she’s guilty because she did a dumb,
and she just needs to apologize, to at least start to make things right.
I want Lonnie and Doug to apologize for kinda
just, bailing out on the rotten/core four after the events of the parents’ day
scene. These were the two kids that seemed to have more faith in the children
of the villains than everyone else (besides Ben but he’s obvious). And yeah
Doug kinda did attempt, but he got called back by Chad. I mean, it was kind of
an ‘us vs. them’ thing, but again, you can’t just sweep this under the rug by
dancing with Evie in the last song.
I want Chad and Audrey to apologize for not
having enough faith in Ben about trusting the four. Now Audrey, I understand
why she wouldn’t really trust them (or at least Mal mostly), but not much for
Chad. Then again, there is still the whole ‘they’re bad news, can’t trust them’,
and whatever else they were told about the children of the villains. But
honestly, if they were Ben’s friends (and I use that lightly too), they should’ve
had just a bit more faith in him.
I want Chad to apologize for all four in
general, but mostly to Evie. He used her and that was wrong, and to call her a ‘gold
digger’, like no that’s messed up. Again, I still want Chad to apologize to all
four (though he hasn’t been super rude to Carlos, so praise for that), but it
runs deeper with Evie in my opinion.
And finally, and this is also for the sake of @geniiied, I would like Jay to apologize to Jordan and Mal about the lamp
thing. Though it may have been because of his kleptomania (something that I see
him struggling to work on), I feel like an apology is in order for 1) framing
your best friend in a theft you did and 2) stealing someone’s home.
I know that even with these apologies, there’ll be people in
this fandom that won’t change their opinions about characters (like Jane and
Chad for example), and I get that. All of these kids did something wrong,
whether it was big or small, and it shouldn’t be swept under the rug or just
played off as a ‘oh that was because you were evil but now you’re good so it’s
all good’. Taking responsibility is just the first step of growing up, and it’s
just really important for everyone.
And even if all of these apologies aren’t met (which will be
a bummer) as long as some of them are
handled, I would appreciate that more than anything else in the world.
Eiffel’s favorite book is James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl.
He’s never been quite sure why. He never liked to read much, his ADHD made it hard for him to sit down and concentrate long enough for him to really get into a book, but something about Dahl’s work made it easy.
Sure, James and the Giant Peach funny and has magic and giant bugs, what 10 year wouldn’t like that?
Or maybe it was just that it was his first real book. It had been a gift from an aunt, and Eiffel had almost forgotten about into he picked it up one day and decided to read it out of boredom.
He finished it in two days.
And maybe, in fact most likely, though Eiffel hasn’t really though about it himself, he wanted to be James,who didn’t have any friends, who got away from his shitty guardians and had magical adventures and who become a hero.
And Eiffel always wanted that.
He found more by Dahl and loved it all, practically Fantastic Mr. Fox and George’s Marvelous Medicine.
Of course he brought James and the Giant Peach with him on the Hephaestus, the same copy he got in 1992, primarily held together by duct tape.
Minkowski laughed when he told her.
“So.. uh, what’s your favorite book…?” had been an awkward ice-breaker type question posed by Eiffel.
“To Kill a Mockingbird” said Minkowski, “what’s yours?”
She wasn’t sure what she was expecting, maybe Lord of the Rings or maybe a comic book or something. She was not expecting
“James and the Giant Peach”
and she couldn’t help but laugh.
“Really, Eiffel? Isn’t that a children’s book?”
She did feel a little bad when she saw the hurt look on his face.
Later, she assumes it’s because Anne loves it, and she’s not entirely wrong, Eiffel did plan to read all of Roald Dahl’s books to her.
They only made it halfway through The Witches.
He brought that one with him, too.
About a year into the mission, Eiffel decided to read it again, late one night when he couldn’t sleep.
“Officer Eiffel…?” asked Hera.
“What’s up, Hera?”
“This is stupid… but will you… read me your book…?”
He was a little taken back by the question.
(He thinks of Anne, climbing into his lap, insisting “Read to me, Daddy!”)
“Yeah, of course.” he said, flipping back to the beginning of the book.
Every night before he went to sleep, he read her couple chapters. He did voices too, even though he’s terrible at it.
Hera loved it anyway.
(Anne always loved it, too)
Kepler, Maxwell and Lovelace laughed too when they found out. (who even knows how the topic had come up) They weren’t expecting his answer, either. They weren’t sure what to expect, but it was not that.
Jacobi, on the other hand, scoffed.
“Please, Eiffel. Matilda is way better.”
Eiffel just looked at him for a moment.
“Figures,” he said.
Jacobi has yet to figure out what that means.
Eiffel has read James and the Giant Peach several times since the mission started. It helps to fight off the homesickness, the paranoia, and the anxiety. He’s got it practically memorized by now, but he doesn’t care.