For Day 4 of @tazladyweek, Canon Divergence. Don’t get me wrong, I love NO3113 as a member of Team Sweet Flips, but I really want her to be able to go home and chill with her family as well, maybe have some fun being an auntie?
That’s So Raven (2003) // The Proud Family (2005) // Wizards of Waverly Place (2007) // Sonny With A Chance (2009) // ANT Farm (2011) // American Dragon: Jake Long (2005) // KC Undercover (2015) // Stuck In The Middle (2016)
It’s my lunch so forgive the fast formatting but here we go:
1. Jack’s reason for enlisting is now confirmed to be the Omnic Crisis. Which changes a number of things. In his original backstory, Jack “wanted to return to the family farm after a brief stint in the Army, but was swept up in SEP, where he met Reyes.” But now that that’s gone, this makes Jack more “worldly” and more “motivated to fight for change” in the world. “New” Jack is much bigger, much more global than “original” Jack was. His sights are not set on returning to Indiana - his sights are set on saving humanity.
2. Genji was not in Blackwatch as far as I am aware. What is interesting is that this proves that not all Blackwatch missions were undertaken alone, since Overwatch would have also been involved in his rescue (when know Angela was on-hand or close by). Blackwatch and Overwatch also engage in joint training sessions. We can see that even though Lena is the main focus of the training, someone is monitoring Genji’s systems in the background. This effectively CONFIRMS that - at the very least - Jack Morrison was aware of SOME of the Blackwatch missions.
This also heavily implies that - coupled with the “complaints by the Japanese government about Blackwatch” - Blackwatch was involved in the fall of the Shimada clan.
3. Liao is either entirely scrapped or has been reworked. I personally think it’s the former. They haven’t been mentioned in any comic thus far, and Torb and Rein consider “the old team” to consist of the Strike Team plus Angela.
4. I’m feeling fairly convinced that the promotion angle is getting massively reworked or toned down. Gabriel’s light banter and sass over Jack’s statues, the lack of voicelines around the promotion, the fact that it is LITERALLY never mentioned anywhere outside of the “original” article makes it fairly clear that - at least on the surface - nobody thinks Gabriel is mad about it. Gabriel himself acts nonchalant about the differences in their ranks.
5. Lena’s new timeline is VERY SHORT. Her time as an active agent would have been relegated to the last year of Overwatch’s existence (Present time = 6 years since Fall of Overwatch, Comic takes place “7 years ago”). This means that propaganda/promotional posters like the one in the Hero animation PROBABLY DON’T EXIST. Which is like. Really subtle next level retconning.
1. “They’re not extremists, Gabriel - they’re TERRORISTS.” How relevant. I’m convinced Gabriel and subsequently Reaper are now firmly in the Chaotic Gool-Neutral-Evil alignment. His whole speech about Omnic Rights is FASCINATING for his character because it shows that he is actually sympathetic or understanding of their behaviors on a different level than Reaper previously implied (“Tin cans, a dime a dozen”). This is VERY GOOD. His subtle implication that humanity - specifically the UK - has forgotten the origins of rights and freedoms is MASSIVE for him, and reflecting on that through a “minority being abused and denied rights” (a minority he ACTIVELY FOUGHT AND DEFEATED) is HUGE. This really pushes the theories of Reaper as a “Chaotic Good-Neutral” agent much further, especially if we consider that he may see Talon less as terrorists and more as “extreme anarchists.” This really greatly aligns with Sombra’s whole mortality alignment and Los Muertos’ “ideals.” Gabriel is 100% aware (and self-aware) of the issues.
2. Gabriel almost certainly does not want Blackwatch directly involved in this uprising. His crew is already in hot water, and he has to think about the safety of his agents and their plausible deniability in the face of a UN investigation. Gabriel’s lines about McCree “being on vacation” and “nothing you need to know” reads as him trying to defend McCree in the event something goes awry with the higher ups, while also giving Jack and Ana the ability to deny information as well. This, unfortunately, PUTS A MASSIVE TARGET ON HIM AND HIM ALONE. Gabriel being blamed or implied to be responsible for the fall of Overwatch by other people (namely higher ups) looks more and more realistic and possible.
3. Jack and Gabriel’s relationship (along with their friendship with Ana) is indicated as being deeper and extremely intimate. Things to note: Jack now being the only character to call him “Gabe” (which Sombra references), Jack being able to pull information out of Gabriel even after Gabriel and Ana engaged in some sassy banter, Jack referring to him as “Commander Reyes” in his discussion with Lena, Jack using the picture of the three of them to remind himself of “what’s important.” I’m not gonna say this is confirmation of a full on relationship between them, but they are absolutely close. This, combined with Reaper’s “I know your every move before you even think it” line from Old Soldiers and Reaper calling him “Jack” even after the fallout, is extremely telling. This is not an ordinary relationship between “coworkers.”
4. Jack listening patiently and calmly to Lena’s speech, being reminded of himself and his passions for defending and helping others…is very good. Very good for his character. A little less revolutionary than Gabriel’s speech about Omnics, but good and grounding nonetheless. This also helps humanize his whole “you need to slow down/okay dad” lines with Tracer in the game as more cute and familial than before.
5. The new timeline is BONKERS. HOLY SHIT. So things have started to break down - there’s investigations and complaints against Blackwatch, and growing criticisms against Overwatch. Other people have speculated that Gerárd has recently died based on the news headlines, but what this means is that the collapse of Overwatch happened FAST: within at least a year, Lena has her temporal problems, McCree leaves, Genji leaves, Ana “dies,” Gabriel and Jack have their “falling out,” etc. A YEAR. That’s ridiculously fast for an organization that’s been around for nearly three decades. This certainly implies that the conspiracy that brought Overwatch down was FAST and THOROUGH. Sowing the seeds of discontent quickly and efficiently, almost certainly breaking up the “joint-relationship” between Overwatch and Blackwatch within months. That’s insane.
6. My friend Sami pointed out that Jack’s office is simple and small - not ostentatious or large. He literally has nothing but a desk, a massive monitor, and some shelves in there.
7. Jack being willing to step out of line for “the greater good” makes him complicit in ignoring “orders” or breaking “the law.” This sets up a great parallel between him and Reaper, and other characters like Lúcio, the Junkers, Mei, McCree, and Winston. And we know that the “higher ups” spun this “overstepping his bounds” as forcing Overwatch as a policing agency onto the world. Soldier: 76/Jack not being “respected” for his hard-but-morally-correct decisions lends itself well to his jaded, bitter manner later in life.
I don't know why ur actin up for attention. You're okay as a writer, but there are much better ones in the fandom who have far less recognition
You see. It all started when father returned from the war. He had never been an affectionate man, as much as I can recall. But after the war, the small nods and brief glances from him that I had grown to look forward to had disappeared.
He was quick to anger and quicker to drink. Sometimes I’d awaken in the middle of the night to find him standing in the middle of the quiet farm, bathed in moonlight and despondent. His eyes would be fixated on the moon and stars, unblinking.
“Papa,” I’d call to him, “you’re scaring me…”
Of course, he didn’t respond. He never did. Somehow, his silence instilled more fear than his anger. The eerie quiet when I wished so badly to know what he was imagining.
The chores on the farm soon fell on my shoulders, as my mother came down with a chest cold that never seemed to go away. Some days were worse than others for her. I remember running to fetch the doctor in the middle of the night when she couldn’t keep from coughing. Walking through the old wooden thresh hold he greeted my father, who sat unblinking once again in his rocker with the usual bottle of liquor in his calloused hand. The light from the candles flickered, showing glimpses of his eyes which were wide with madness.
Seeing now the state he was in, the doctor simply tipped his cap and tended to my ailing mother. And soon after that, the talk around town began. Not so quiet whispers accompanied by piercing eyes when I made my way into town to fetch mothers tonic or liquor for papa.
My trips became less and less frequent. Not only because I couldn’t handle the gossip, but it seemed papa would do something drastic every time I left. One day I found him in the coop snapping the necks of the chickens inside, feathers flying everywhere as the few remaining tried to escape his grasp.
“Papa! No!” I screamed for him to stop.
He dropped to his knees with shaking hands. It was the first time he had spoken to me in what seemed like years. His voice was more hoarse than I remembered.
“I’m…sorry,” he spoke through tears.
Heavy with the shame of what he had done, he dragged himself off as I took care of the mess and contemplated how we would get our eggs now. I didn’t see papa again until that night. He came stumbling inside near dawn, crashing around our old farm house in his usual drunken stuper and calling for my grandmother, who had passed some time ago.
Why am I seeking attention? Who knows…but reading this message I think back to those chickens and their snapped necks. Who can say why, but perhaps I am jealous of them a bit. For at least, even in a brief moment before their deaths, they felt my fathers touch. Something I never had.
“Much better writers with far less recognition?” I chuckled and inched closer to you.
When the fandom approached me, asking me to hand-choose which followers went to which blogs I was shocked, but proudly took on the task. Just as I had taken on the burden of my families farm, I would also carry out this task to the best of my ability.
I moved my lips closer to your ear, letting them ghost over the skin as my fingers delicately tucked your hair to the side. My warm breath was seeping into your pores as you waited for me to respond.
“I know,” I whispered so softly, “now unfollow me, bitch.”
I just got off the phone with my mother, so get ready for another installment of Weird Tales From Rural Massachusetts:
So the neighbors with a pig farm have apparently had a LARGE SCALE escape, because there is “a big herd” of pigs roaming loose in the back woods. My mother discovered this while walking her dog, who promptly stampeded the entire herd into the local brewery tasting room’s parking lot (presumably to the dismay of their customers and staff).
The unsupervised pigs are a problem because A) pigs are BIG, can be aggressive, and do massive ecological damage, and B) my parents’ property is going to be part of a local charity hike next week, which means 30-50 unsuspecting hikers will be walking through what is now Sovereign Pig Territory. Also, one pig died, so there’s a Carcass Problem (that the local coyotes are not taking care of quickly enough) as well as the hazards posed by its living relatives.
my mother has called the farm, which has had no result (aside from a different neighbor showing up to butcher some sides of bacon off the Problematic Carcass), and has therefore had to contact the hike organizers and be like “so we have a problem you should maybe warn people about……”
thanks for educating me on family-farm practices. now please go research how the honey is stolen from the bees on an industrial scale. many times the "sugar water" can be high fructose corn syrup, and their wings may be clipped. anyway, helping the bees is fine, and i support it, but we shouldn't have to steal THEIR HONEY to help them. it is not. our. honey. to. steal.
-pinches bridge of nose-
Cleaning. A Hive. Is Not. Stealing.
Hives. Need. To Be Cleaned. Or The Bees. Will Swarm. And. Probably. Die.
Some companies add high fructose corn syrup to their end product to bulk up honey batches for retail sale, that is true. But even if it does get fed to the bees, do you know what high-fructose syrup of any sort is?
FUCKING SUGAR WATER THAT’S BEEN BOILED DOWN FOR A HIGHER SUGAR CONTENT.
And what are we supposed to do with the wax and honey that gets scraped off the cleaned frames? Dump it in the trash? When it’s full of valuable nutrients? I don’t think so.
And you know what, I’m gonna stop right here, because you need to start citing some sources on this whole “toxic sugar substances” and “wing clipping” business. Show me something that comes from a reputable scientific journal and not a vegan editorial.
Summer in a new suburb outside Paris. Nothing to do but look at the ceiling. Marie, Anne and Floriane are 15. Their paths cross in the corridors at the local swimming pool, where love and desire make a sudden, dramatic appearance.
It is tale of two teenage girls who develop an intense and dangerous friendship. Charlie is a 17-year-old girl tortured by doubt, disillusionment and solitude. When the beautiful and self-confident Sarah arrives and the two become inseparable, Charlie is thrilled to feel alive, fulfilled and invincible in their intense friendship. But as Sarah tires of Charlie and begins to look elsewhere for a new friend, their friendship takes an ominous turn.
There was little chance, in the year 1971, that Carole, a Paris Spanish teacher and feminist militant, would ever meet Delphine, the daughter of a couple of Limousin farmers. But they did meet and not only did they come across each other but they fell passionately in love as well. Unfortunately, Delphine’s father fell victim to a stroke, and the young woman had no other choice but to go back home to help her mother run the family farm. Carole, who was so smitten by Delphine, couldn’t stand the estrangement and decided to join her lover at the farm. But could feminism and lesbianism easily be transferred to the countryside and its standards of the time…?
Adèle’s life is changed when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire and to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others, Adèle grows, seeks herself, loses herself, and ultimately finds herself through love and loss.
Two young women find themselves struggling to survive in Paris, street-wise Nathalie, a stripper, and naïve Sandrine, a barmaid. Together, they discover that sex can be used to their advantage, and pleasure.
The girl Mélanie Prouvost is an aspirant pianist and her parents make her application to the Conservatory. During the entrance exam, she begins with a great performance but she is distracted by one member of the admittance board, Ariane, and she fails. Years later, Mélanie, unrecognized by Ariane, becomes her page turner. And thus begins her carefully planned revenge against the woman that destroyed her dreams.