hate the wife

The problem with people claiming “Jasper doesn’t deserve an redemption arc, she has to suffer first (etc…)” is that people who deserve a redemption arc don’t need one? That’s the whole point. A redemption arc works through THE PROBLEMS of a person and indefinitely makes them a, let’s say “better person”. A person who deserves an redemption arc is everybody who needs help. And Jasper needs help and support.

anonymous asked:

Do you think that before Flynn stole the mothership he tracked Lucy down at all? I'm sure he would have been curious about the mysterious professor who wrote his journal-from-the-future. So I can picture him finding her at her university and attending one of her lectures or something. What are your thoughts?

Oh, my god, Anon. My thoughts are I have had these EXACT THOUGHTS!

He DEFINITELY looked her up before the series starts! No doubt. None. Erase all doubt from your mind. We don’t know the degree of it. Maybe Flynn searched online for information about her. Maybe he read one of her books (a history book– not the sad, handwritten one). Maybe, yes, he even sat in the back of at least one lecture. We don’t know how far he went researching her (he’s an intelligence gathering special agent and this could actually be quite in depth– he has her tax returns), but we do know that Flynn looked Lucy up in the present day before setting his plan in motion.

And it all sounds like an interesting little possibility and fan theory, one more connection Flynn and Lucy have before even meeting face to face, but the logical part of our brain is still like, “Proof?”

How about the fact that, in the Pilot, he knew what she looked like? Yeah. Once you realize Flynn picked her out of a frantic crowd at night in front of an explosion, it hits you: “How did he know her face?” Lucy can write her entire life story in that journal. Flynn can know her mind as well as she knows herself. But unless Lucy included a photograph, he would not know her to see her. He’d pass her on the street. Conclusion: either through research or because he staked her out (attended one of her classes), Flynn was familiar with what Lucy looked like prior to meeting her in 1937.

Now, you can argue the above. You could say that one brief, mid-episode snippet is the real first time Flynn sees her. The part when he’s watching the three be arrested after he called in that tip on them.

BUT! he is very, very far away. And he’s not even the one looking through the binoculars when it happens. 

He certainly can’t make out her face. And would he really approach her later with his biggest identifier being that she had on a brown coat? Why would he WANT to leave it up to chance? Why would he risk not knowing what Lucy looks like before going into the past where he knows he’s going to run into her? I really don’t think he would.

Also (just mentioning) Flynn’s guy that Wyatt kills in the hangar knew who Lucy was, and I’m not sure what to make of it. Flynn did brief his men about her though. We know that. Because after realizing who she was (whether because Flynn passed around a picture of her or because he said she’d be the woman following them), the man said, “Flynn wants to talk to you.” So Flynn made certain his men knew who Lucy was and that, if found, she should be brought to him, presumably unharmed.

I really think it makes sense that Flynn looked her up beforehand. It makes more sense than him not doing it. Checking up on Lucy just fits Flynn’s character. Not only for curiosity’s sake, but because Flynn won’t be caught unaware again. After Rittenhouse and his family, Flynn researches, he double-checks. The man has become obsessively prepared. It’s like a compulsion he now has. He needs that sense of control so much he doesn’t even delegate unless he has to. He trusts no one. He does everything himself. He’s paranoid something will go wrong. So many episodes, he has to check the journal before allowing himself to act. Even in 1.12, he pulled it out and studied the drawing before approaching Emma’s cabin. He looks before he leaps, and you can’t tell me that doesn’t include investigating Lucy before thrusting them into the situation where they meet. He would want to know her first, familiarize himself a little better.

So yes, he looked her up before stealing the Mothership. Fight me.

You know, you can’t change how people in the fandom see certain characters. And that’s okay. Everyone is allowed to have their very own opinions but personally I have the utmost respect for Elena Fisher. 

Elena Fisher never asked for any of this. She got thrown into a life full of death, lies and thieves and everything she endured wasn’t able to break her. She is still this kind person from U1. Her decision to leave this dangerous adventure life behind in U3 was a decision I could understand. She had enough. And if a bomb literally exploded right into my face and nearly killed me, I would have left this life behind me as well. But even then she would have gone without asking and with no hesitation with Nate in order to save Sully from Marlowe and I bet if Nate wouldn’t have shown up in time, she would have searched the whole damn desert for Sully alone. 

But the thing I really love about her is how she handled the whole freaking lie and cat and mouse game in U4. Even after she knew that her husband lied to her for weeks she went after him. And not the drag him home but to help him end this. If I was in her shoes I would have burned all his stuff and then divorced his lying ass before he could spell ‘sic parvis magna’ out.

And  please let’s not forget what her greates fear was. Not that Nate would fall back into his ‘old’ self but that he could die and she would never have known what was going on

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I very much love Garcia Flynn. Definitely too much. We don’t deserve a character so complex and tragic. But also yes I do. Give me more. I earned this. I’ve sat through so many black and white characters. Give me all those shades of gray.

As for the group picture near the end, you know I’m on the Lucy is Flynn’s wife train. All aboard. I will hold out for this until they blatantly tell me no. Probably not even then really. And if it isn’t true, boy, do I have enough observations and theories to make a kickin AU.

vine

MY WIFE

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So, a Water Tribe Betrothal Necklace is, traditionally, a hand-carved piece of jewelry given by a bride-to-be’s intended. It’s clear that a very traditional theme to have is a sense of roundness. This is shown by the first four necklaces shown.

The bottom two, Bolin’s, and Kya’s, differ highly from this, making them non-traditional. Now Bolin’s makes sense in the context we’re given from the show. Eska was shown to be slightly deranged and didn’t understand that Bolin wanted to get out of their relationship. The heavy-gothic themes help to show the dread, despair, and chain-like quality Bolin must feel. Despite this though, it still features a somewhat-round centerpiece like the traditional necklaces do.

But, Kya’s is also different. We found out via Word of God that Kya is LGBTA+. If she’s wearing a necklace, does this mean that her (assumed) wife carved it for her? Did Kya carve out one similarly for her wife? 

I like to assume that the design Kya wears also symbolizes how her relationship is non-traditional, just as her necklace is.

Also don’t picture Korra and/or Asami carving and giving the other a necklace.

Because I’m obsessed with John’s emotional arc now:

How do you come back from this? You set John up to be kind of an arsehole, emotionally distant, a bit floundering - obviously he’s unhappy and he’s suffering! He is. But on the surface he looks terrible. Cheating on his wife, distant from his friend…then he blames Sherlock for Mary’s decision to jump in front of a gun? He didn’t see that actually happen, of course, he came in too late. He rejects Sherlock’s attempt at comfort by resisting his outstretched hand and then raging at him.

I get it. It makes sense - so much sense - for John’s emotional life at this point. Hating the wife+baby life in a way he can’t quite put his finger on: Mary comes along to cases! He loves his baby! They figure it out and life goes on but there’s something about it that is just killing him. He catches someone’s eye on a bus, fixes his hair. He wants to feel wanted - and he isn’t, not by Sherlock, who seemingly favours Mary at this point, and not by Mary, who’s lied to him from the start. He’s snarky in his usual way toward Sherlock but we don’t see that paired with deep-seated affection as we have in the past - we get teasing and jabs (all in good fun!) but he’s isolating Sherlock from himself. It’s a defence mechanism. Sherlock apparently hasn’t deduced - or made the effort to see, so he thinks - what’s really going on with John. Instead, Mary and Sherlock are best buddies, and John’s left sorting out child care.

He’s resentful and doesn’t want to be. He feels distant and bored and guilty, and he’s mad at himself, but he can’t bring himself to tell Mary the truth either time when he makes the half-arsed effort to begin - not when Sherlock’s summoned them via text and not when they’re standing face to face in Morocco talking about lies. Mary’s made him out to be a moral hero, perfect, loyal, and handy - and he’s not any of those things, he thinks. He knows he isn’t. Obviously Sherlock doesn’t view him that way either. Sherlock doesn’t feel any things, any way, he thinks. Look at his disregard for being godfather! [Never mind the fact he’s working like a fiend on his phone because ‘work is the best antidote for sorrow’…]

John has lost the depths of himself - who he thought he was, who he thought he wanted to be. So now, left with his dead wife in his arms, John forces that anger and regret onto Sherlock. He pushes it away at the person whom he knows to be fallible. His own fallibility is too tender - he can’t resist shoving it away. We know he thinks things that are not his fault are his fault (HLV) and he knows, in some way, the air wasn’t cleared with Mary. He also knows the air hasn’t been cleared with Sherlock.

SO.

What will bring him round?