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Conflict Resolution

Anonymous request for a SpencerxReader in which the two can’t stand each other and fight, then end up kissing.

I sighed as I heard Spencer Reid start rattling on again about God knows what.
Damn Spencer Reid.
He thinks he’s the smartest and most brilliantly gifted person in the world.
Okay, so maybe he doesn’t think that, which is part of why I can’t handle him. Because I think that, I know that. Spencer is the smartest and most brilliantly gifted person, at least that I’ve ever known.
Smarter than me.
I’m admittedly bitter about it. I’ve been the smartest in the room my whole life until Spencer Reid showed up and ruined that track record.
And I wanted to hate him, because he annoyed the hell out of me. But I didn’t hate him, which also annoyed the hell out of me.
So as I sat at my desk and listened to Spencer Reid with his beautiful voice and gorgeous eyes and killer smile drone on about something that made him seem smarter and smarter than me and everyone else in the universe, I became furious with myself.
“Hey, (Y/N)?”
Damn. Spencer.
“What?” I snapped.
“Bet you didn’t know that,” he said, sounding smug.
“Yeah, you know what, Spencer?” I said. “You can just shut up.”
“Hey!” Hotch intervened with a loud voice. “(Y/L/N), Reid, conference room.”
He put us in there and locked the door, threatening us with our jobs if we didn’t work something out.
“Your fault we’re in here,” I said. “Not really,” he said.
“You’re the one throwing your intelligence in my face all the damn time with your stats and numbers and literacy. We get it, Reid!”
“That’s just who I am!” He cried. “You haven’t been a part of this family as long as I have, you don’t, you don’t get what it’s like for me!” He said.
“Whatever,” I huffed.
“Why do you hate me so much?” He yelled. “Why? I don’t get it, (Y/N). I don’t understand why you hate me, what did I do?”
“I don’t hate you, Spencer!” I said, frustrated. “I couldn’t possibly hate you!”
“Yeah, well you seem to,” he said.
“Yeah?” I said.
“Yes!” He sighed.
And that’s when I kissed him. Who cares about fraternization rules when I was finally kissing this stupidly ingenious man?

“Hey, Hotch,” Morgan called below us. “I think they resolved their conflict.”

liaroflesbos  asked:

I really can't get that Elementary episode about superheroes out of my head. It's just that I've seen some other American procedural show discuss superhero culture, but it was laughing at them the whole time? It was basically all that CSI and sometimes Law and Order do--laugh at people who exist in subcultures. And they were always vaguely upsetting to watch. But Elementary has such respect and love for people: it looks for the good in people!

Well, it was written by a guy who writes for comic books and wrote the three best, most emotional episodes of Doctor Who during the RTD run (lmao Moffat who), so Cornell obviously knew what he was doing in regards to sci-fi and nerd culture. And we’re long past the “nerds are so bullied” narrative and I am so over the internet response from white cishet male nerds that that gets every time some crime drama does it, because being made fun of on TV is the worst thing to ever happen to white men.

But it’s done well because it genuinely enjoys that genre and also because certain cases of the week in Elementary are just ridiculous enough for it to fit into that universe. So far we’ve had: potentially murderous AI, killer drones, the prime-time rip-off of Anonymous, dinosaur bone smugglers, doppelgängers vs facial recognition software vs the hero of a cyberpunk novel, killer cars engines, AN ARMY OF BEE ASSASSINS and so on.

….basically people weaponising a bunch of weird shit in a bunch of weird ways to kill other people. And that’s what CSI and L&O’s realism-based shows doesn’t have; the kind of atmosphere that is needed for this episode to work.

Because superheroes are ridiculous. We need a lot of suspension of disbelief and compartmentalisation to enjoy these plots, because if you really examine it, so much of it is an inherently violent, inherently American narrative in cultural mindset and so many origin stories (radioactivity, bioweapons, militarisation, saviour complexes) come from a very specific cultural landscape surrounding to weapons, world politics, aggressive foreign policy and nuclear fallout.

The deconstruction of that genre, on the one hand, are equally violent and brutal but on the other hand, hardly ever examines that cultural perspective - Watchmen, Kick-Ass, Unbreakable, etc are all about the “what if superheroes exist in real-life” trope but so much of it is done to make you feel like an ass for enjoying the narratives centred around hope and self-empowerment and self-sacrifice. Because while I love certain characters of the superhero genre and marvel at the extra-textual origins and the writer’s motives behind creating characters like Luke Cage and Superman and Cap, you can’t rule out the ridiculousness of the whole thing, you can’t dismiss the cultural contexts and you can’t make a worthwhile parody/deconstruction and ignore how those narratives fit into the modern pop culture.

(The one that comes closest to doing that is the Ultimates title and I got like 10 pages into it but that was just so….pointlessly grimdark and needlessly OOC and boring in every single way a comic book can be boring.)

And then we have this episode by Paul Cornell and it just takes the genre and runs with it. Make the stories small, make the conflict local, screw what the previous Hollywood films have done, let’s do something that’s all about the fun side of superhero comics while acknowledging that yeah, this whole genre is ridiculous and bizarre if you actually applied real-life laws and logic to it. People dressing up doing vigilante work would get mocked and laughed at, would land in legal trouble and would most likely get killed, violently and at a very young age. But the crimes on Elementary sometimes border on bizarre and is it really any more ridiculous than an ARMY OF BEE ASSASSINS?

Because the centre of the episode still manages to pinpoint what makes the current age/2nd Golden Age of Comic Books enjoyable: kindness matters, believing in the ultimate goodness in people is crucial to saving them, good is not a thing you are but a thing you do, your death will leave echoes because your life’s work made an impact, how you are remembered by the people you saved is your legacy and they will handle your memory with care. That’s what I love about the superhero genre when I started getting into it, and it doesn’t make me feel like I shouldn’t.

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This is the flying chainsaw drone you knew was coming  

Truly, we live in a golden age of Putting Dangerous Things On Drones. We’ve seen people strap fireworks, paintball guns, real guns, and even flamethrowers to quadcopters and the like, and so it was only a matter of time before someone tried with power tools. A group of Finnish filmmakers have stepped up to the plate, hanging a petrol-powered chainsaw underneath a DJI S1000 octocopter drone. The resulting craft — nicknamed Killer Drone, of course — looks like something from a sci-fi horror film, charging around snowy fields and bursting open the heads of unaware snowmen.  

Drones

The “Terminator” franchise proposes a future in which humans are fighting against Skynet, an Artificial Intelligence. At least that’s what the humans think they are fighting.

An alternative way to think about this future, is that there is no Artificial Intelligence. Instead, the elites have separated themselves from the proletariat and have begun a genocidal war against them using killer drones.

Which future is more likely? A menacing singularity or a group of resistance fighters being hunted down by drones from an unknown enemy? I imagine that it must feel a lot like the latter in Afghanistan. Polls show that 92% of Afghans have never heard of 9/11. They are presently fighting a war with no history, and no future.