Okay I am really sick and tired of people complaining about how mean Lance is to Keith, and I’m here to remind you that Keith is just as willing of a participant in their banters! Not to mention, Keith says mean things to Lance without being provoked either! For example
“We could toss out some nonessential weight” said to Lance specifically in the first episode
“YOU ARE THE WORST PILOT EVER”
purposely misleading Lance in the invisible maze.
“I’M NOT SCARED!!!” as he does the same thing as Lance, and also goes faster because he wants in to the competition too
“What’s that? I-I can’t hear you, you’re cutting off!” aka Keith being a little shit for fun
“The amount of information in your brain could be stored in a paper airplane” Keith insults Lance without provocation. Hell, Lance didn’t even talk to Keith thus far in that scenario, it was Keith that initiated the banter
The entirety of the elevator/pool scene. Keith was rude to Lance when Lance didn’t do anything
Also have you guys seen teenage boys bantering? That’s what they do. There’s really no real venom to their words. Not to mention Keith and Lance have many instances of getting along well. Plus Keith is pretty rude to everyone at one point. He says a lot of mean things to Pidge as well.
Plus, Lance also engages in similar banter with Hunk and Pidge. Pidge makes waaay more cruel remarks to Lance and everyone else yet I don’t see y’all hating on her. Only being happy at how “sassy” she is. Stop right there. Enough with the colourism. If you’re gonna blame Lance for being mean to Keith, you also better blame Keith and Pidge for being mean to Lance as well.
other people: i’m glad there wasn’t any romance between jyn and cassian.
me: the rebelcaptain elevator scene is one of the most romantic scenes i’ve ever watched in my entire life. the emotional intensity they conveyed was astonishing. there aren’t enough words to describe how incredible it was. in the span of 10 seconds, when cassian and jyn gazed into each other’s eyes, i died and was resurrected. i have been changed forever.
the first 3 caps are from S1, during the bonding/training exercises, coran directing them with advice like “the paladin code demands you put your team members’ safety above your own!” and “protect your teammates, or no one will be there to protect you!”
the remaining 7 caps are from S2, and while keith and lance still sometimes rile each other up or try to outdo each other, i think these moments prove how much better they’re becoming at watching out for each other and keeping each other safe. the elevator scene has gotten a lot of focus, perhaps because of its prolonged focus on their teamwork, but i think smaller moments like these do a lot in the long run to provide foundation for future bigger moments. you could consider them examples of subtle showing, not just telling, that will make their future scenes as a good team/partnership all the more effective and believable! their rivalry is a lot of fun and i doubt it will ever go away completely, but it can be balanced into something more mutually helpful that doesn’t end with getting too caught up in bickering and crashing and burning.
Okay but now I’m pretty sure they did cut something out of the elevator scene. Behold, Cassian and Jyn limping to the elevator. Jyn’s arm is around Cassian’s waist.
Now we are in the elevator, cut to Jyn’s face. Her left arm does not appear to be raised. It appears to be at her side.
Cassian’s a lot taller than her. If her arm were around her neck, we would see it. (This is a bit of an odd shot, but I think we’d also be able to see her hand at the back of his neck.) And yet, in the next shot:
There her arm is, very much around his neck. This isn’t a continuity from when they’re climbing into the elevator, because her arm was never around his neck when they were entering the elevator. Somewhere during the course of this scene, she put her arms around his neck.
Which either means a) Felicity went rogue with the stage directions and was like this seems natural let’s do this and they used the wrong take, or b) there was more to this scene.
i mean i’m not going to say they denied us a kiss BUT
so here’s my over-analysis on the elevator scene that nobody asked for. i hope you’re ready for Keith being a pining little shit
so Lance decides to check out the pool. of course he would! he grew up on the beach and is the guardian spirit of water. that’s totally something he’d be all over. he loves swimming.
so it’s kinda interesting that Keith of all people would also want to go swimming. he’s the polar opposite of Lance, he’s the fire paladin. water isn’t really his thing tbh? (doesn’t mean he can’t enjoy swimming though, but you get what i mean)
while it could just be coincidental that he decided to go check out the pool at the same time Lance did, i get the feeling Keith found out Lance was going swimming and wanted to join him but pretended that he didn’t know what Lance was doing ‘cause he doesn’t wanna make it obvious that there’s something else he wants to check out
what do you mean “what do you think you’re doing?” Keith??? he’s wearing swim trunks and a towel and is on the same elevator as you how can you not make the obvious conclusion that he’s going swimming???? you’re a terrible liar
okay look, i know how i get when i have a crush on somebody. i will find literally any excuse to be around them, but will try to downplay it and make it seem like i totally don’t care. i’d recognize that kinda behavior anywhere. and Keith? totally trying to downplay it right now. “i just so happened to want to go swimming at the same time my crush did and stopped him in the elevator before he could go without me but pffsh i totally am NOT trying to find an excuse to be around him. i’ll prove it by making sure he knows we will be on opposite ends of the pool and i’m totally not interested in being around him!”
okay Keith, i think we get the point ;D (the way he says this line sounds so forced like he’s trying not to make things awkward oh my god)
if you go back and watch this scene, Keith looks over at Lance first. probably because he just realized he got stuck in an elevator, with his crush, while wearing bathing suits. the first thing running through his mind right now is probably “hHOL YSsHIT”
Lance looks over at Keith like “are you fucking kidding me right now”
and Keith is like “shit gotta keep acting like this is the opposite of the best day of my life”
so anyways we cut back to this scene after a brief moment with Pidge and Hunk, and while i bet Keith would come up with any excuse to get close to Lance, i like to think it was Lance’s idea to crawl up the elevator shaft like this. he’s the kind of person who would come up with crazy ideas like this if he was that determined to get to the pool. i have absolutely no doubt Keith was internally screaming the whole time.
he proceeds to bicker with Lance like usual and they shove each other. if you look closely after Keith shoves Lance back though, you’ll notice he keeps leaning against Lance more than before. probably ‘cause he’s secretly enjoying the physical contact
poor Lance, he just wants to go swimming. let the dolphin boy swim
Keith: this is literally one of the best things that has ever happened to me don’t ruin it
Keith spots the vent shaft and they finally get out of there
listen, i don’t know if it was just intentional but it seriously looks like these two aren’t looking in the same direction. Lance is looking up at the vent shaft like “finally, thank god” whereas Keith looks like he’s just staring at nothing in particular, probably thinking to himself “well this was exciting but now we get to go swimming which is gonna be even better. nice”
tl;dr: Keith found out Lance was going swimming so he wanted to as well but pretended like it was just a coincidence, and totally was secretly enjoying the fact that he got trapped in an elevator with his crush. and based on all the pining!Keith evidence we have so far, i don’t see why this can’t be the case.
Omg they cut so much out of the elevator scene!!! How can they be standing far apart one moment then the next so close together!!! Gareth release the deleted scenes!!!!!!
Taking a momentary break from watching that video on an endless loop to agree that Gareth needs to stop holding those deleted scenes hostage! Like I literally just want maybe 5-10 more seconds of this scene and I would be happy. I don’t need an alternate ending, just like, long, lingering shots of the different takes they did to get this scene just perfect. Maybe a featurette with Diego and Felicity providing copious amounts of commentary.
I’m a simple woman. I just want simple things.
GIVE IT TO US, GARETH.
Also, this is like the most intimate and romantic scene ever caught on film possibly in the history of Star Wars, film, or the world???
Season 2 fix-it (add-in for the pool scene, since there was a big gap between when the lights go out in the elevator and when we next see Lance and Keith, halfway up the elevator shaft. this is nothing but a spawn of my headcanon that Lance developed claustrophobia after the incidents with the cryopod and the airlock in s1 ep9)