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The Mummy would have been so much better if Tom Cruise were the villain

Come to the Dark Side, Tom. They have cookies — and better story arcs

“One of the greatest flaws of modern superhero movies is their tendency to kill off their villains at the end of the story, robbing franchises of the chance to build ongoing rivalries between heroes and their nemeses. Loki in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has become a fan-favorite character for a number of reasons: Tom Hiddleston and the writers behind him have made the character funny, scary, and sexy, with a compelling arrogance and impressive powers. But he also draws fans because he’s lasted long enough to become a complicated character, with his own redemption arc, and his own well-established internal struggles. That kind of longevity and depth are incredibly, frustratingly rare for villains in franchise films.”

Interesting read. I haven’t seen The Mummy and I don’t intend to. I choose to live with the memories of Brendan Fraser and his glorious Mummy cheesefest. Now THAT was fun! Also, this is one good excuse to put these two pics together. They fit quite nicely, don’t ya think?
Mon-El's origin story on Supergirl

I love all of the CW DCTV superhero shows. And one thing I love is that many of them seem to be origin stories; how did this superhero become a superhero? Where did they come from and who were they before? What are the formative events that define their character, and how did they respond and grow in a way that made them worthy of the title of superhero? Do powers make you a superhero? Can superheroes be flawed and make flawed decisions? Can they learn from them and grow into their fully realized iterations?

I’m not a comic reader, but it’s my understanding that Mon-El in the comics becomes the superhero named Valor. Wow. That’s a big name to live up to. And it appears to me that the Supergirl writers decided to give Mon-El a 180 turnaround storyline, so when they introduced his character to the series this season it was as a person who is about as far away from worthy of the title “valor” as you can get. A spoiled prince (that’s not a spoiler anymore, is it?) used to getting his way, objectifying women, and not caring about anyone but himself. An “intergalactic frat boy.” Apparently even as a child on Krypton Kara had heard of his escapades enough to say that he was “the worst.” Even he admitted that the prince (himself) was nobody worth admiring and he doesn’t want any of his new friends to know that he is THAT GUY. There are probably even worse things that we don’t know about, seeing as the slave-trading Dominators recognized and bowed to him while on Slaver’s Moon. We will likely get a taste of more of his previous life when whoever is hunting him shows up. How could this guy become worthy of the cape and of the name “Valor?” That’s exactly the story that the writers are going to tell us.

When Mon-El arrived on Earth to discover that he was apparently the only one spared from Daxam’s destruction , he got a chance to reinvent himself. To make his own choices about who he was going to be and how he was going to live his life. It started out with him making some pretty stupid and selfish decisions. Kara tried to push him into becoming like her, and he pushed back. But over time, his friendship with her and the others in his life have started to influence and inspire him, and he’s realizing that his powers give him the ability to help others and that there is a responsibility that comes with that. He’s realizing that his know-it-all attitude and stubbornness can get him in trouble and he’s learning to listen to and trust others. He'a learning that sometimes putting yourself in danger to help others is the right thing to do. He’s on his way.

He’s still got a long way to go. This is his first season and if becomes Valor too fast, his origin story on this show is over. It’s going to happen over time that he becomes the guy worthy of the cape, the name, and the girl. Right now we still don’t know if his move to become a superhero is really about protecting and working with Kara, or if it’s truly what he feels called to. I think his intentions are good, but in order to be a true superhero he can’t just be doing it for a girl. At some point he’ll have to figure out who he is without her.

Is he worthy of dating Kara, a superhero who is much closer to the fully-realized version of herself, someone we all respect and love? I think it’s still yet to be seen. She sees something in him, believes in him, and has given him a chance but she also doesn’t give him a pass on some of his bad behavior. He seems to be recognizing that he has some areas to work on but real change takes time and some of these issues - not trusting her calls in the field, choosing to protect her over others, trying to make decisions for her- are going to keep causing conflict in their relationship until they are either resolved or cause a breakup. We saw last week that they could fight, call each other out, and make up, so maybe that will be how they will continue to work on these issues for now while still developing their romantic relationship. I don’t think Kara has to have a perfect guy- and btw she’s not perfect either- and I think she deserves happiness and a relationship as much as anyone else if that’s what she wants, so I am rooting for them at this point.

I think it would be unusual to see an “endgame” couple to get together and stay together in season 2. Mon-El may end up to be Kara’s great love in this series or he may be a temporary relationship - possibly even one that ends tragically. They may stay together and work things out over time or they could break up and grow separately, I don’t know. I think he probably has a lot more growing to do before we can really see him as being Kara’s equal in character and true partner, but I do think that growth is coming. Side note: Kara’s romantic interest from last season is also on a hero-growth arc, and while Jimmy seems to be pretty friend zoned at this point, that could change in upcoming seasons if he becomes the guy that Kara can see as her true partner in life and heroism.

I think Mon-El is a really fun and compelling character. I love seeing him on my screen every week, flaws and all, and I’m enjoying his and Kara’s relationship! I’m interested to see where it all goes from here…

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So, tell me. Think a girl would fall for that? 

Just as long as it’s the one standing in front of you. 

Re: General Wonder Woman criticism

The fact that the only criticism I’ve read/heard (trust me I’ve practically read every written review and watched every video review) of Wonder Woman is (1) the villain needs to be worked on (i.e. motivations, backstory, build up etc.) and (2) the third act was a bit over the top IS SO AMAZING BECAUSE EVERY REVIEW ALSO SAID THAT THESE FLAWS ARE THE SAME FLAWS OF EVERY OTHER SUPERHERO MOVIE.

I just think it’s so amazing that the only agreed upon/general/shared criticism Of Wonder Woman is the same pit falls that other superhero movies fall into as well because it shows that Wonder Woman audiences and critics viewed Wonder Woman not as a female superhero movie in particular but just a superhero movie a pretty damn good one.

Yes, of course it’s a film about a superhero that happens to be female and happens to be the first female solo superhero movie but the fact that aren’t making up critiques because it’s a female superhero film is really encouraging because it shows that female superheroes can be just as good (if not better).

Even more the fact that Wonder Woman’s only criticism is the “regular superhero film criticism” normalizes female superhero movies in that it’s not that big of a risk/that but of a difference of the superhero is male or female.

video: the show’s biggest flaw, to the point that it’s almost a plot hole, is the fact that no one has figured out ladybug or chat noir’s identities

me, rolling my eyes and closing the tab: anyway

anonymous asked:

how is tony self indulgent and self serving when 117 nations want to prevent more american interventionism and steve doesn't even consider it! rhodey is right, dismissing the wishes of 117 NATIONS is incredibly arrogant, if anyone's being selfish its steve (im not tryna come at you, im just sick of people blaming tony)

okay let’s go

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Alright first of lets not pretend like the proposed oversight for the avengers is not also American led and run; the person they answer to is the American SECRETARY OF STATE. all the sokovia accords propose to do is add the avengers to the imperialistic military arm of the American bureaucracy that polices the world - an industry that Tony used to fund and propagate and that rhodey and his suit is still a part of. Like lmao you really think if the govt of Burundi is like ‘hey can you lend us an avenger to end our military coup’ and the CIA who is backing the dictator is gonna be like 'haha sure we’ll send scarlet witch right away’

The proposal of govt oversight for the avengers/superheroes is flawed because THE GOVERNMENT IS CORRUPT. This is well established in universe (HYDRA!!! FUCKING HYDRA!!!!) it is INCREDIBLY egotistical of Tony to tell all his friends that oversight is the best choice for them when he is a BILLIONAIRE who can EASILY influence the govt and use its very corruption to render that exact oversight moot for himself. Tony will do what Tony wants to do. This is proven time and time and time again (this is the entire goddamn plot of iron man 2. Like literally.). It’s proven IN THIS VERY MOVIE when he goes off after cap on his own in the final third. Tony gets called out by one grieving mother and he’s having a rough patch in his relationship so suddenly he’s like YEP WE NEED TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE like really? Hes all for detaining Bucky and refuses to believe that cap could be right, he locks scarlet witch up because she’s a ~danger~ and he’s all for laying the blame of Lagos at her feet but

WHO

FUCKING

CREATED

ULTRON?????

They’re called the SOKOVIA ACCORDS but I don’t see ANYONE calling Tony what he is: a damn war criminal and literally responsible for EVERYTHING ultron did because he was the one who decided to play god. There’s a world of difference between someone like Tony and someone like Bucky, whose body is used against him and every crime he “”“commits”“’ is a crime against him, too. Like ????

tony legit says that he hopes the accords will provide ‘middle grounds’ for him and pepper like lmfao…… it’s 100% self serving like legit everything he does. ridic. 

Let’s not even get into him drafting spiderman. Like I honestly understand varying opinions on the rest of his characterization in this movie but that shit is just straight wrong lmao. Kid’s fifteen. Where’s Tony’s accountability on that front

honestly the way this movie and the marvel universe as a whole glorifies and caters to Tony is nasty. It’s in large part due to how much they value rdj of course but like as someone who isn’t drinking the iron man kool aid its just like ugh….. again? Tony’s trauma is given precedent over anyone else’s. Tony is absolved of crimes real and moral that any other hero/character would be judged for. Tony is given a free pass on legit everything and you can only put up for it for so long before his smug superiority makes you wanna punch yourself in the face

Going to be honest, I think the only white male superhero movie I’ll defend to the grave is Guardians of the Galaxy but at the same time, I’m not sure if it qualifies. While Peter is technically the hero, the movies focus on all the Guardians. Heck, I think GOTG Volume 2 was not just Peter’s story but Rocket’s and Gamora’s too. Plus, I feel like James Gunn allows Peter to be flawed while with other superhero movies, they don’t allow that.  Peter KNOWS he is flawed, he embraces it and I think that is what makes him a better superhero than some others.

  • Marvel: [makes a flawed superhero movie]
  • critics: wow...a masterpiece. Joss Whedonatello has done it again...
  • DC: [makes a flawed superhero movie]
  • Critics: the GALL... the AUDACITY....... A disgrace...unbelievable,.. .. Who is clork kant

anonymous asked:

Do you think Natasha or Nick Fury ever kick themselves because they've been proven correct in their initial assessment that Tony would be a danger if he was allowed into the Avengers? They basically knew he was so unstable that he'd do some shit like Ultron and Civil War. And now he has.

Bit of a rant, but bear with me:

To me, Tony has always been an anti-hero, which makes it very hard for him to solidly join an initiative like the Avengers. He has heroic qualities and good intentions, but these are often hindered by selfish motivations, skewed ideals, or just dark personality traits. So even if he wants to, Tony almost prevents himself from fully joining a group. He’ll always stand slightly outside of them, which we see in the Avengers.

Tony’s admitted that his personality – “compulsive, self-destructive, and narcissistic” – doesn’t allow him to play well with others. He always does what he thinks is best for people but he never discusses it with them; it’s classic antihero behaviour and makes Tony interesting and relatable… but not quite a superhero. Not in the conventional way that Steve Rogers or Superman would be, anyway. 

Don’t get me wrong: classic Superheroes have flaws and conflicts in being a hero, too. But they have an unwavering moral compass, are predictable and trustworthy, and will always think of the world outside of themselves. These are also traits that make for good group dynamics (Steve has been part of six: Army, Howlies, SHIELD, Sam/Nat/Fury/Maria, both Avengers, and Team Cap). Anti-heroes, however, only join a group when their interests align – but they’ll never stay in one for long, because anti-heroes are often on a road to redemption (…or revenge). They’re also very unpredictable, changing their minds and their code with new information. This makes it difficult for them to join with other people because their motivations are very personal. Tony definitely falls into this category. 

You want an anti-hero on your team, though, because they’ll do anything to get things done, and that makes them an extremely powerful player. Think of Batman, Rorschach, Deadpool, or Wolverine – their help can turn the tides of a battle, but they’re not good for a team in the longterm. You take a major risk in asking an anti-hero to join your group, which I think Fury realized. At the time Tony was absolutely worth the risk, and proved it in the Loki battle. But now? Maybe not so much.

Tony’s got the right idea, he legitimately wants to help people… but his actions have always been a little suspect. This is why Tony wants government oversight in “any form it takes”; he basically doesn’t trust himself to be a hero without a team. Which, again, is understandable, but this road to redemption is selfish – Tony needs the team to stay together for himself, not really for the group, and in doing so he steps outside of them. Even in CW, ‘Team Tony’ is really just Tony, Rhodey, and Vision – Natasha, Spidey, and T’Challa have their own motivations (interestingly, they’re also considered anti-heroes in their comics).

But what I find really interesting is that SHIELD approved Iron Man for the Avengers Initiative… but not Tony Stark. The government doesn’t see them as the same person. That ties directly into the Accords, as Tony can wander around freely after signing, but Steve, Wanda, Hulk, and other enhanced individuals would have their freedoms threatened if they were to sign. They cannot be separated from their powers. I think Tony can’t fully grasp how dangerous it is for them to sign because Tony has trouble seeing outside of his own perspective, even if his perspective has good intentions. Like most anti-heroes, Tony wants the morally right end result (accountability for superheroes), but how they get to that result can be a grey zone. And that’s really the heart of a lot of Tony’s Avengers storylines.

tl;dr: The problem lies in Tony thinking he’s a superhero, but the films showing us that he’s really the more gritty, relatable anti-hero. That twist makes Tony far more interesting than your average anti-hero (who often revel in their status – like Deadpool, for instance), but it skews audience perception. The viewer has to dig deeper than what Tony says and instead look at what he does. He’s not a superhero, he’s never fully part of a team, but he’s also not a villain. He’s the antagonist of this tale, and he’s not “right” in CW – even if his idea is right. That’s an anti-hero, and they’re always a risk.

MCU vs DCEU

Yes. I am going there. I am so fired up about how these two universes are judged unfairly and I just need to rant so bear with me. 

I recently just got out of Doctor Strange. Going into this film I had very low expectations because it truly did not look that great to begin with. It started out with the whitewashing of The Ancient One and I know that, that character is a main plot point so I was turned off immediately. I went into this film expecting Marvel to prove me wrong and they didn’t. Doctor Strange was horrendous and I am in shock at how well-received it is. 

Now, as I was watching Doctor Strange I noticed many problems, I noticed that people are blindly following Marvel and are not paying close attention to the repetitive nature of these formulaic structures. I literally predicted everything that was going to happen and I was bored. I was dying of boredom watching this that the visuals were not enough to captivate me about half way through the film. 

The visuals were great for like 5 minutes and then it became overused and uninteresting. How many times can the same thing happen over and over again for it to lose its flair? Well Doctor Strange managed to answer that question and it was far too many. 

So you are probably wondering why I entitled this the way I did. Well, I’m going to tell you. Doctor Strange got me so fired up that I needed to vent. 

Guess what? Doctor Strange, too had a villain (wasted in Mads Mikkeslen) that used a relic from another galaxy to unleash a rampaging monster which then leads to CGI monster mayhem that was in your face and pointless that left the door open wide enough for the next instalments. Hmm? Sound familiar guys? 

Stop praising Marvel for having the exact same flaws that every damn superhero movie has. Critics trashed Batman v Superman and people continue to trash Batman v Superman, really look at what the movies are.  I’m tired of this constant battle. I will say that the story structure of Batman v Superman was way better than Doctor Strange, it was more entertaining and the visuals were more aesthetically pleasing than Doctor Strange. Doctor Strange was a mess in its own way and Batman v Superman also had their own problems. Do with this what you will, it won’t ever change but please start looking deeper into Marvel and expect better than their sugary, surface value of characters and formulaic, predictable story structure. We as fans deserve more than this. 

anonymous asked:

Do you have any tips on writing superheroes with "flawed but effective" superpowers? I ask because I have a story with super powered characters, but I don't want it to just be a matter of who can hit harder. I want my characters to follow the idea of "it's not what you have, it's how you use it".

It sounds like you’ve got a pretty good idea of what you’re trying to do, so I’ll try to come up with a few concrete examples and see if that helps!

One option would be to limit how much of their superpower they can use at one time– kind of like how in a lot of fantasy stories, mages and the like often have a limited amount of “mana” or other energy they pull from. This would force your character to carefully consider when and how much they want to use their power, because they wouldn’t want to use it all up before they even get to the main fight.

Another would be having the power cause some sort of adverse effect on the user– for example, image Wolverine’s claws coming out through his skin every time if he didn’t have his super healing.  Without instantly healing wounds, he’d probably use his claws a whole lot less.  You could also go in a different direction and have the effect not be physical, like each time they use it, they lose a little bit of control over the power, and if they overuse it they’ll eventually be consumed by it, or something along those lines.

You could also have a superhero duo/team whose powers are only useful when all of them are combined or together.  That way they’d each always have to protect both themselves and each other, in addition to any civilians or other people they may be trying to protect.

Kind of related to the above one, you could have a superhero whose power is tied to an object, like Thor and his hammer. While Thor is still technically an Asgardian and all without Mjolnir, he really doesn’t have access to the powers afforded to him by that.  Or like Tony Stark and his Iron Man suit– without the suit he’s still a “genius billionaire playboy philanthropist” (or whatever the exact line is haha), but he’s not Iron Man, the superhero, without it (I know he says “the suit and I are one” and all, but I mean from a technical standpoint here).

You could also have a character whose powers are so specific that they can’t really stand alone as a superhero.  For example, maybe their power is, I dunno, creating reflective surfaces.  That doesn’t really do much on its own besides maybe confuse or very temporarily blind the enemy, but there are interesting things that could be done with it in combination with other powers, like using it to redirect the path of laser beams and stuff.

Obviously there are just a few ideas, though, and there are plenty of other ways you could spin it so that a power isn’t too, well, powerful.

Also, here are some general resources on writing superheroes/superpowers:

Breaking Point

Episode 15 made my heart break when Adrien said he was nothing compared to Marinette. :( And @yaushie and I were talking about Marinette’s and Adrien’s flaws (Adrien’s being that he puts everyone first and self sacrifices himself alot). 

Also, I watched this and Cassie’s genderbent babies called out to me. So blame her.

Rating: T for blood

Summary: Genderbent dark!LadyNoir. Our Parisan superheroes have flaws, and Chat’s catches up to her.

(Not beta’d and done quickly so sorry if it’s a mess.)

You can find it also on AO3 here, and fanfiction.com here.

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anonymous asked:

A while ago I read a headcanon of yours about which the ghosts in Danny Phantom represent the seven deadly sins. I was wondering which humans in the show do you think would represent the seven deadly sins?

Ooooh interesting question

In that post I gauged which ghost was which sin by the sins they brought out of other people rather than the sins they portrayed themselves, but since humans don’t have the kind of manipulative power over others that ghosts have, I might reverse it for this one

So these are the sins these humans themselves portray

Wrath

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Pretty much a given, Valerie is the only other person in the show who could out-grudge Vlad (who I considered for this sin before deciding on Valerie), the only difference being that she has a good reason to genuinely feel as though she’s been wronged. Unlike Vlad though, she doesn’t want to be sneaky or subtle, she just wants to bash the absolute shit out of whoever dared to cause her grief no matter how her hunting affects her own life

This is definitely a fantastic character flaw and it makes for one hella badass anti-hero/antagonist

Envy

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His ‘ghost envy’ definitely makes him a candidate for this sin, Freakshow is so envious of the abilities of ghosts that he actually brainwashes them so as to use their powers for himself, this could have been considered a fit reason to put him under ‘greed’, but since envy of the ghost’s abilities was what initially drove him to using them and is given more focus in the show, I figured he fit this sin the most

Pride

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Yeah, Paulina is selfish, superficial and always wants everyone’s attention on her at all times, she’s rich, popular, pretty and she fucking knows it, she’s a valid candidate for pride. There isn’t much else I can say for this choice, she won the position over Vlad mostly due to her being written far less in depth and far more shallow, her prideful nature is pretty much all she has in canon

Greed

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So far Vlad has been a candidate for all three of the previous sins, though I feel like greed was a better match because his prideful, wrathful and envious behaviour can fit under the greed umbrella

His intent in killing Jack seems more geared towards wanting him out of the way so that Vlad can have Maddie rather than killing him for revenge, which makes it a greedy act. It’s hard to tell if he was always prideful, but I feel like the pride came and/or was strengthened by his power and money, which he gained through greedy actions, and though he is envious of Jack and all that he has, his obsession with taking Jack’s family without caring about the repercussions is 100% fuelled by greed

Gluttony

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This one is kind of a stretch, I almost went with Jack because of his fudge obsession but I think Tucker is shown eating food more so than anyone in the show, not to mention he seems to feel as though his love for meat and his carnivorous nature is something to brag about. Coming only second to technology, food seems to be his main focus in life

Sloth

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This one is only a partial fit, and I’m only putting Danny under sloth because I can’t think of anyone else who qualifies

But if you think about it, it kind of makes sense, Danny can be really fucking lazy, he always looks for shortcuts, quick fixes, easy ways out (often getting himself into more trouble) and though he does learn from his mistakes he still kind of lets his lazy side shine through occasionally, and when he split himself in two there were many different aspects of his personality that the halves could have been representations of, but one of them ended up being a super fucking lazy version of Danny, because that part of him is very present

I like that Danny fits this sin, it’s a very realistic and shenanigan-inducing flaw for a teenage superhero to have

Lust

I don’t have anyone I feel can officially fall under this category fucking kids show I had to stretch my imagination to even find a ghost to fit here but I do have some characters who have had… moments that I feel allow them to get a mention

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If Vlad wasn’t already picked for Greed I might have put him here, but it would have been a pretty big stretch because despite that fact that he definitely wants to bang Maddie, sex isn’t his endgame, it’s not what he really wants out of her in the end, so I can consider Vlad an honorary candidate for Lust, I can’t give him this sin officially

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I feel like I can almost give this sin to Maddie since she can pull it off flawlessly when she needs to (seducing Vlad as a distraction so Danny can find a phone for example) but she isn’t a truly lustful character so she gets an honorary mention instead (bonus points to that one time she tried to seduce Jack in that one ep when the kids were away, but apparently Jack interprets ‘bedroom eyes’ as ‘let’s play fucking checkers’)

Emily Andras AMA over at Reddit

Q: How did the whole Lexa situation affect not maybe the shooting (as I believe it was already shot), but the engagement with fans on social media, for example, of WYNONNA EARP?

And second, how do you experience the showrunners world being a female creator and writer and any advice for - ehem, fellow, hopefully - future writers who want to bring more diversity and good writing to Television?

EA:  The Lexa situation didn’t affect the creative of WE as it WAS already shot, but it made me feel happy about certain storytelling choices we’d made. I was aware of the BYG trope, but I was impressed at how passionately that fanbase pushed it into the mainstream media and have started to demand better representation. 

If you are a ‘future’ writer (hell, if you write, you can just say 'writer’ now) who wants to bring more diversity to television, you should surround yourself with diverse writers and mentors. Then if and when you’re lucky enough to be in a position of power to make change, i.e. as a showrunner, you should put your money where your mouth is and hire diversely.

Q: Did you personally choose Melanie Scofrano to be your lead lady? How was the process to find “the” Wynonna? btw she is doing a great job

EA: I did personally choose her, along with my producers, and it might be the smartest decision I ever made. She is doing an amazing job because she is a once-in-a-lifetime performer. We saw over 300 young actresses across the coast, but in the end, there was only Scrofano. And all was right in Purgatory. :)

Q: In your experience writing/producing tv as a raging feminist, what have been some elements (trope-smashing, specific plots, themes, stylistic choices etc.) for which you’ve really had to fight to be included in the final product? Have you faced any backlash or resistance as a result?

EA: I have always had to fight for the LGBT stuff. Always. Initially nobody wants the pretty girl to be a lesbian. Even if she’s been like that since I started developing her (and I usually have). Nobody thinks there’s an audience. Nobody thinks it’s a real thing. Then it is. And the audience comes because they get it. And I feel triumphant. And happy. I think also 'female’ driven storytelling is still somehow seen as less 'legitimate’ or 'prestigious’ than shows that feature a male anti-hero…in the same way almost any novel written by a female author is decreed 'chitlit’ regardless of content. So I feel like my work is often dismissed as pap regardless of critical adoration or audience success. But here I am, still making TV that I’d watch. And that smells like victory. :) That’s my raging feminist answer and I’m sticking to it.

Q: Was there originally more to the WayHaught barn scene? It seems like it begins in the middle of an interaction.

EA: Could be. DVD EXTRAS, Y'ALL

Q: What is your fav quality about Wynonna? What quality of wynonna do you personally relate to?

EA:  My fave quality about Wynonna is that even though she is such a hot mess with such a dark past and has every reason to give up and give in to simply being 'bad’, she never does. She fights and tries and cares, despite her many mistakes and flaws.  I relate to her torrid love affair with donuts. But she’s much braver than I. :)

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anonymous asked:

Why do you think critics so dislikes bvs?

I honestly can’t tell you?

Their reasons are so ridiculous and unwarranted. I kept looking for reasoning behind what they said, and to be honest, there wasn’t any. Just these “impressions” that they got off the film that didn’t make them feel good. Here are some of the most prevalent ones I’ve seen:

-”It’s not like Marvel.” (Good)

-”There aren’t a lot of jokes.” (Sorry I guess they skipped the slut-shaming or shwarma jokes in the middle of assassination attempts)

-”It moves too fast” BUT “it’s too long” (so was age of ultron but that didn’t get critical condemnation)

-”Too many Oscar winners are in the movie.” (This one really confuses me. God forbid we have good actors and actresses?)

-”Too many special effects” (because it’s unfathomable that there would there be a lot of special effects in a sci-fi/action movie??? And the special effects weren’t bad, either)

-”Nothing tops Christian Bale’s Batman” (I honestly feel bad for anyone who has been deluded enough to think that Bale’s Batman defines the character).

-”It’s very pretentious” (how??)

-one reviewer literally just called it “stupid, stupid, stupid” (if I wanted a preschooler to review the movie, I’d ask one for their opinion)

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Why I do not consider Goto's continued texts as hard evidence against Masayoshi and Goto's relationship.

Goto’s girlfriend, or Aitsu (Her) as she is registered on his cellphone, plays a more major role in Goto’s life than just a memory of his missing girlfriend.

Goto was very much in love with his girlfriend and I would bet on Masayoshi’s hero collection that, in Goto’s head, he would’ve married her and they would’ve lived in a quaint house out in the countryside with a white picket fence and have two and a half kids running around the backyard with the big, loveable, family dog.

Of course, they also could’ve grown distant to one another, realise that they’re just two different people, and eventually broken up. But the thing is, she went missing before any of that could’ve happened and all that was left was Goto and his love for her.

With her gone, Goto was stripped of the future that he was pining for. The “him” that he was working himself hard to be. You can say that he had lost his sense of “self.” You might think this is too much but for some people, when they fall in love, they go deep. And for all of Goto’s sarcasm and jaded beliefs in life, he’s actually the type that goes in really deep.

In her continued absence, Goto had taken to texting Her and replying to his messages as she would’ve. It was heart-breaking but it was the only way he could keep himself sane through the pain of endlessly waiting every day for any news about his girlfriend’s missing status. Her was an escape, Her kept his loneliness at bay.

However, Goto’s inability to let go of his old girlfriend’s memory is more rooted on his old flip-phone with his girlfriend’s last message rather than on Her. You can only parody someone’s personality for so long until yours eventually takes over. After a certain point, Her grew from being a shadow of his lost girlfriend to an actual piece of Goto’s identity/pysche.

While Her has been a way to keep his missing girlfriend’s memory alive, Her has also been a way for Goto to process his thoughts. A way he could express his feelings. Whenever something happens to Goto, whether it’s good or bad or concerning Masayoshi and his feelings, he would text Her. Her reflects the things Goto knows deep inside but stubbornly refuses to acknowledge. Texting Her is Goto’s version of taking a long shower. Her helps him get his thoughts on order and think about things, in general.

With Haiji deleting his girlfriend’s last message and Masayoshi’s proposal to stay by his side forever, I believe that Goto was finally able to lay his old feelings for his missing girlfriend to rest.

This text is very important. With this message, Goto, within himself, has finally understood that he is no longer bound his past. And that he can now look forward to the future…with a brand new touchscreen phone!



…but like they always say, old habits die hard. Goto can’t just immediately stop texting Her, it’s like suddenly putting a stop to an addiction. That’s not the way it goes. There is a process to these things. And besides, I don’t really think his continued texts with Her is all that bad. Everyone has their own unique way of focusing their thoughts, Goto’s is projecting the image of his old girlfriend, it’s really nothing that should ruffle anyone’s feathers.

I believe deep inside Masayoshi understands this too and he accepts Goto anyway. Because that’s just how love goes. Accepting one person for what he is, flaws, quirks and all.