life itself is not everything in its entirety. on its own, life is just something you live through without feeling truly alive.
it is our experiences and adventures, mistakes and the lessons we learn, love and heartbreak, and hopes and dreams that make it everything.
this shot of the joker pulling up his pants leg seems to imply that the white part of his feet is actually just bare skin, not fabric spats over a pair of dress shoes, as i had always assumed?? which means that the animated series joker has actually been wearing, like, kitten heeled pumps this entire time
ok so you know how every time shiro mentions not making it, and keith just panics? closes up and immediately cuts him off? the thought of losing shiro is clearly upsetting, but i dont think shiro realizes just how much this affects keith until bom
becuase the last time shiro talks about it is here
right before they reach the base of marmora.
which means, after seeing keith’s hallucination of all this
he never mentions leaving him again.
and while you can say that shiro and keith both see each other at their lowest points, there’s definitely something that feels more vulnerale about shiro peering into keith’s mind. and not only that, but the fact that he directly sees how keith views him. its this intrusion on a deeply personal, intimate moment. and honestly, i think keith seeing something similar from shiro’s perspective would be the only thing to put them on equal footing
we already know the black lion can use the astral plane to project zarkon’s memories. so i think, once keith takes over, it will probably share some of shiro’s. of course, part of why bom is so painful is because shiro is privy to these moments against keith’s will. this isnt something hes sharing voluntarily. so as a counter to that, i would hope their link with black lion would allow shiro to reach out to him and share memories in a mutually agreed upon way
I’ve been wanting to write this meta for a while, because
after season 2 came out I’ve seen a lot of people characterise the Black Lion
as disloyal or fickle, and I don’t think this is the case. I think the Black
Lion is extremely loyal to Shiro, and very closely bonded to him; and I think
she probably hates Zarkon as much as Shiro does. That might be a strange
conclusion to come to after she literally spat Shiro out in the season 1
finale, so let’s break this down a little bit:
If you leave aside the incident in 1x11, the
rest of the show portrays the Black Lion and Shiro as very closely bonded. In
1x02 Shiro is the only Paladin who’s able to do the nosedive exercise. At this
point he’s been piloting the Lion for like… a couple of days MAX, but he’s able
to bond with her to the point that he can see through her eyes. So far, we
haven’t seen any of the other Paladins pull this off. The Lion/Paladin bond is
a two-way thing - we see that clearly with Red and Keith - so we have to assume
that this bonding moment is not just down to Shiro’s calm focus. It’s also
coming from Black.
You can also see Black’s willingness to bond with Shiro in
2x07. Shiro goes down to the hangar, sits in the Lion, and goes: “Work with me. What do I have to do to
strengthen our bond?” And the Lion is like: “YES BONDING!
ALRIGHT! LET’S GO!!” She immediately powers up and whisks Shiro off on a
spiritual journey. She invites Shiro to see through her eyes, and shows him her
history and how she was made. Shiro asks ‘what do I have to do to strengthen
our bond?’ and the Lion’s answer is 'you need to understand my history and
where I come from’. And again - we’ve not seen any of the other Lions do this.
Shiro is the only Paladin whose Lion has opened up about their past or told
their Paladin this kind of visual story.
None of this is consistent with the characterisation of the
Black Lion as disloyal. It certainly doesn’t seem like she mistrusts or
dislikes Shiro, right? If anything, she seems positively eager to open up to
Which brings me to my theory about the Black Lion: I don’t
think she’s fickle, or contrary, or lowkey still into her ex. I don’t think she
likes Zarkon at all, or misses him, or wants him back as her Paladin.
I think she’s traumatised.
More under the cut, because sweet quiznak did this get long:
This is how we heal. I will kiss you like forgiveness. You will hold me like I’m hope.
- Clementine von Radics, Mouthful of Forevers
I had the immense pleasure of commissioning @merwild to draw my hot mess of an Inquisitor, and am so, so pleased with the result. I mean look at this beautiful thing here! If you ever get the chance, I highly recommend you take it; Coco is professional, super skilled (clearly), and fast.