“You’re kinda hot when you’re doing the whole Carl Gallagher thing,” I told Ethan as we walked back to his trailer. He reached for my hand, looking down at me with a side smile. Ethan had a habit of talking and smiling from the side of his mouth. It was a very beautiful habit, if you ask me. Maybe even the most beautiful.
“Is that so?” his eyes were still on me as we walked.
My hand came up to block the sunshine so I could get a better look at him. His smile was radiant, almost as bright as the brilliant sun shining down at us.
“Yes, although I’m personally more of a Lip girl to be honest,” my voice tone couldn’t stay serious, but somehow I managed to keep a neutral expression.
Ethan rolled his eyes, his smile never faltered. A huge part of me was very grateful that Ethan and I had the same sense of humor. It really made it feel like I was dating my best friend. I looked at our hands that swung back and forth, then my eyes wandered around the lot seeing all the different trailers, equipment and people.
It was only the second day of filming for the new season, so it was still very fascinating seeing all the behind the scenes work that went into the show. My eyes stopped roaming when I made eye contact with Emma, her eyes focused on my face before narrowing at me and Ethan’s attached hands. Out of impulse I dropped his hand and brought my arm back down to my side.
I knew I wasn’t obligated to let go of his hand, I could hold his hand whenever I wanted to, because he was my boyfriend. However, I couldn’t help the guilt that I felt. The fact that Emma didn’t like me and Ethan dating was acceptable, I couldn’t care less what she thought of Ethan’s and I relationship. It was the fact that she was genuinely upset at Ethan, which of course saddened Ethan. I didn’t want to make things worse between them.
“What’s wrong babe?” his eyebrows were furrowed, and his head was slightly tilted.
“Nothing,” I responded quickly, not looking at him directly.
Before he could say something I exclaimed, “I’ll race you,” nodding towards his trailer.
He looked at me puzzled for a few moments before responding, “You’re on”.
With that we sped off, my legs jetted to his trailer as fast as I could. We were pretty even for the most part until Ethan pushed me slightly, setting him in front of me. He looked so carefree, his laugh was as loud as ever, he ran like a child with his hands out to his sides. I couldn’t get over his big smile. As we approached the trailer, it was clear that Ethan was the winner.
He touched the outside of his door, “I won!”
I laughed at his excitement, both of us were breathing heavily, trying to catch our breaths. He swung the door open, plopping on the small couch set off to the corner.
“Wow, I really need to start working out more,” Ethan chuckled, our breathing was calmer but I could tell he was really tired, as was I. He patted the spot next to him, motioning for me to sit. I copied his actions and plopped besides him. My head rested on his shoulder, his arms automatically wrapped around my waist, bringing me even closer to his body.
He sighed contently, “thank you for keeping me company today, I would have been really bored and lonely without you…”
His fingers trailed up and down my arms, sending shivers down my spine. My body reacted to the simplest, smallest touch from him.
“Thank’s for letting me come, I got to see the love of my life” my eyes closed, and I plastered a smile on my face.
“The love of your life?” he sounded genuinely confused.
“Jeremy…” I joked. While Jeremy was an amazing actor and person and Lip was a good character, Ethan and I had an inside joke about my love for Lip and Jeremy.
“Oh…Yeah, he is pretty hot huh?” Ethan chuckled softly, drawing small circles on my arm.
“The actor that plays Carl is pretty hot too, don’t you think?” he whispered, I could sense a smirk on his face. Ethan’s mouth was close to my ear, I could feel his breath against my skin.
I pulled away from his grasp leaving a puzzled expression on his face, he opened his mouth to say something but stopped once he realized what I was doing. In a bold move, I climbed onto his lap, settling my body on top of his. My hands tangled themselves into his curls, pulling his face closer to mine so that our foreheads touched and our lips brushed against each other.
“The hottest,” I murmured against his lips, his lips parted slightly, I had caught him off guard.
My mouth covered his own, he responded immediately, kissing back just as hard. His mouth was warm, his lips soft and pillowy. He tasted of mint and smelt of his signature cologne.
Once we parted, he rested his forehead on mine, “You invigorate me”.
I nuzzled my head into his neck and spoke against his skin, teasing him gently, “Someone swallowed a dictionary”
He deeply chuckled underneath me, I felt the vibration going through his chest. My mouth placed opened mouth kisses all over his neck, sucking harshly at his sweet spot. His hands that were firmly placed on my waist gripped harder. He rolled his head to the side, granting me more access to his exposed skin. I felt him harden a bit under me as I moved my hips, creating friction. He gasped when I moved faster against him, rocking my body back and forth. Small throaty moans came from Ethan, before he came too close to his orgasm, I climbed off of him, standing up.
His eyes shot open, full of concern, “Are you okay? What’s wrong?”
“I’m okay Ethan. C'mon,” I placed my hands out for him, he took them, still confused, I pulled him up so he was standing in front of me.
My hands wrapped around his neck pulling him down so that our lips could meet once again, he placed his hands on the spot where my jawline meets my neck. My hands traveled down to his torso, lifting his shirt slightly so I could place my hands flat against his bare lower abdomen. One of my hands slid down to his tight jeans, that had gotten tighter as his erection grew. I palmed him through the rough material, causing his mouth to form an “O” shape. Since he broke the kiss, I took the opportunity to get on my knees.
I looked up at him to see him staring right back at me. The way he stared at me, so focused and amazed, brought butterflies to my stomach. My fingers traced down the line of his zipper, still maintaining eye contact with him. He flexed his hips, rasping, watching me. I pulled the zipper down, and popped the button.
I grabbed the sides of his jeans, tugging them down his legs so they pooled at his feet. He kicked them off while I leaned back, tying my hair in a ponytail. Once they were off, I brought myself back, pressing a small kiss on him through the thin fabric of his briefs. A small gasp came from him causing a small smile to form on my face, I liked knowing I could have an effect on him.
My fingers toyed with the band momentarily, trying to tease him as long as I could, he huffed above me.
“What, baby?” I made my tone as innocent as it could come out, tilting my head up at him.
“You’re being a tease,” his jaw was clenched. That’s when I decided that was enough teasing. For now.
My fingers slipped is the waistband and with one swift push they were down his legs. His erection sprang out, my hands wrapped around the base of his cock. I pressed a small kiss on the shaft and he shivered. I pumped him a few times from the base to the tip, once the precum started to leak from the tip, I dragged my tongue up the base, causing a few whimpers from Ethan. I gave a few more pumps before pressing my tongue flat along the underside of his shaft and wrapping my lips around his pink tip, lightly sucking, making his hips buck.
I took him in a little more, building the pace to where we could both handle it. I felt his hand come down to lift my chin to look up at him encouraging me to look at him.
“You’re amazing,” he said breathlessly. His words drove my want to please him, so I took more of him in my mouth. His bottom lip was caught between his teeth, his cheeks were flushed and his eyes were hooded.
I twirled my tongue around the tip, bobbing my head faster. One of my hands reached to grab the part that I didn’t have in my mouth, twisting my wrist while I stroked him. My other hand wandered all over his body, from gripping his hips, massaging his balls to pressing my fingernails into his thighs.
His hands wrapped around my ponytail, slowly pushing himself further into my mouth, creating the most delicious rhythm. Once he hit the back of my throat, I knew he was close. I opened my mouth letting him fall from my lips with a mixture of precum and saliva stringing from my lips.
“Come for me, baby” I coaxed him, receiving a throaty groan and rapid nods from Ethan.
I pumped him faster than ever, feeling him twitch in my palm. Quickly, I wrap my lips around him again. He looked down at me with hooded eyes, I looked at him through my eyelashes.
“F-fuck, I’m gonna come,” he tried to muster out. I swirled my tongue around him once more, feeling his cock throbbing.
Suddenly I heard a familiar voice yell, “Ethan!”
My actions came to a halt as I processed what was happening. I let him drop from my mouth and looked up at him, completely panicked, his expression mirrored mine as he looked for his pants.
“Oh my god. What the actual fuck?” Emma stood in front of us as Ethan attempted to cover himself and I stood up wiping my mouth.
Emma hides her eyes behind her hands, dropping whatever she had in her hand on the ground. Ethan found his pants and struggled to hurriedly put them back on.
“Wh- what? Ew. What the fuck. In your trailer? Without locking the door? What the fuck…” Emma stuttered but still managed to yell, uncovering her eyes and looking back and forth between us.
Ethan and I were left speechless, what could I have said in this situation to make it better? Ethan opened his mouth to say something but nothing came out.
“Ethan, what the fuck?” She screamed again, her voice was full of anger, making me question why she would be angry if anything.
“First of all, you could have knocked. Second of all, why the fuck are you mad? Third of all, you have no right to come yell at me like that after not talking to me for months,” he stood in front of me, I could see his body tense. His voice raised a little more with each sentence.
“Well, I came over here to bring you your script that you left on the table and I figured that I might as well apologize,” her voice was filled with passive aggressiveness.
“Okay,” Ethan stayed neutral, probably waiting for her apology.
“But now that I see you’ve changed I don’t think I want to,” she said matter of factly.
He scrunched his face up in confusion, “How the fuck have I changed?”
“Where are your morals now?” she looked so satisfied with her argument, which was barely an argument.
Ethan was starting to become really agitated, but he kept calm and collected, “Okay, we both know why your acting like that and it has nothing to do with my morals”
She rolled her eyes and crossed her arms over her chest, “ I really am glad that you and Brielle broke up now, because you’re such a dick”.
Finally she had said it, she finally revealed why she was so bitter towards me and Ethan, because Ethan had broken up with her best friend. I stepped closer to him, ready to calm him down. But first, I wanted him to say whatever he needed to get out.
“Trust me no one is more glad that we broke up than me,” he countered.
She pursed her lips and her eyes scanned me up and down. I raised my eyebrow at her, ready for her to say something to me so I could go off.
Ethan’s body tensed even more, his knuckles were white from the tight fist he made and his jaw was clenched, “Don’t even start, leave her out of this Emma”
She rolled her eyes, Ethan let out a sardonic laugh, “I actually thought that you and I could stay friends. But if you’re going to act like that, I don’t want that. Thanks for the script. You can leave now”.
I was proud of my boy for keeping his calm while Emma said unnecessary things to him. It hurt knowing Ethan had lost a friend but if she thought treating him like that was okay, then I guess it was a good thing.
He turned away from her, meeting my eyes. His usual bright blue eyes, were an icy grey. His blue eyes darkened to a grey shade depending on his mood. I met him halfway, as he extended his hand for me to grab. I gladly took it, grabbing his wrist with my free hand.
“Eth-” she started again, I turned around confused, thinking she had left.
Ethan kept her back towards her, without looking at her he interrupted, “Get the fuck out”.
I made eye contact with her, sending her a smirk. She looked defeated and stormed out, slamming the door behind her.
“Are you okay?” I gently asked, he looked tired. I led us to the couch, resting my head back on his shoulder, he rested his head on top of mine.
“Yeah, are you?” he looked down at me, his eyes flickered all over my face.
I nodded, “Yeah”
“Wanna talk about it?” Ethan was good with communicating his feelings.
He shook his head, we stayed in a comfortable silence until he softly whispered, “Hey”
“I love you, you know that?
"Yeah. I love you too”
—– A little smut, a little plot. I wrote this really quickly because I could not stop thinking about this request! Thank you to whoever sent this in!
Oh! I don’t hate Emma, I’m sure she doesn’t act like that in real life but I wrote her like this to make it more dramatic.
I needed a little extra time to ruminate on this episode. It was billed as a game changer, and it certainly delivered.
I have to start my discussion of this episode with a full-disclosure: I’m not generally a huge fan of kids or pregnancy storylines in tv shows. Maybe it’s because I’ve watched a couple shows in my time that seemed to derail when they introduced the element; or perhaps it’s because I’m not really a kid person (except for my nieces and nephews, because they’re kind of awesome). It’s impossible to watch something and not have it affected by your own personal likes/dislikes/experiences. And so, for me, it’s inevitable that I view things through the lens of someone who’s always known kids aren’t for me.
So why am I starting out with this? Because I want it to be crystal clear how much it means when I say, I love that they are doing this. Let me repeat that. I LOVE that they wrote Melanie’s pregnancy into the show, and not just because I think as the face of the show she shouldn’t have to hide it.
The way they handled the reveal tells me that if there is one tv show and creative team I trust to do a pregnancy storyline without sacrificing narrative and character elements, it’s Wynonna Earp. Who knows where this is going to go, but in 2017 you’re damn right a superhero can be pregnant and still kick-ass and drop the snark and one-liners like nobody’s business. A part of me thinks that, just maybe, if I previously had the opportunity to watch a quality show like Wynonna Earp handle a pregnancy storyline, I might not have such an aversion to it now. I’m along for the ride, and I have a sneaking suspicion it will be a good one.
Okay, moving on from that. I feel like we should know by now, and cease to be surprised by, Melanie Scrofano’s performances each week. We should know better, right? But she keeps knocking the material they give her out of the park. Goo-Infected Wynonna is a rollicking, tour de force who moves from manic glee to menacing threat, and back again, at the flip of a switch. The opening scene in the kitchen was a joy to watch. Bless Goo Wynonna’s special brand of crazy for giving us a glimpse of how truly terrifying a gleeful Wynonna without snark and self-deflecting sarcasm is.
I’m going to save the Earp sister stuff for last here, so let’s hit on all of the Wynonna and Nicole stuff first, because I have a lot of feelings about it.
Someone asked me which things Wynonna said to (and about) Nicole and her relationship with Waverly I thought were actually true, and what was just the Goo messing with Nicole/Waverly. And here’s the thing, I think most of what Wynonna said was partially true in her own mind, at this point anyway. The exception being the insinuation that Waverly fakes it in bed with Nicole, because considering how often Wynonna interrupts the two of them/has seen the two of them get lost in each other, there’s no way she believes that.
Also, let’s not act like Nicole Haught isn’t the most attentive and thorough lover on the planet, because you know she is. Everything about her personality screams that. And there’s no way the gravitational pull that is on constant display between Nicole and Waverly results in a less than satisfying physical relationship.
The rest of her comments though? Wynonna does partially believe them, but I don’t think it’s personal to Nicole.
Wynonna has an issue with authority figures. Understandable, given her life experiences, but all the same, it’s a very real part of her makeup. Nedley (prior to the Season One finale), probation officers, foster homes, even the way she interacted with Dolls through most of the first half of Season One, make that clear. I fully believe Wynonna respects and overall likes Nicole, but she’s a cop; an authority figure, and Wynonna has very decided feelings about that. It would cause friction between the two of them whether or not Nicole and Waverly were dating, as evidenced by 1x07 and Wynonna’s switch to the ‘local flat-foot’ narrative when she gets upset. It’s her default setting with police and the like.
Wynonna can’t help but view Waverly and Nicole’s relationship through her own lens. She doesn’t do serious and committed relationships, and she struggles with emotional intimacy; of course she thinks their relationship is stifling for Waverly. “She’s dying underneath the weight of your expectations” might as well be about herself in regards to most people and situations in her life. It doesn’t mean that’s how Waverly feels about it. I think Wynonna knows that on some level, but she can’t separate the way she would feel in the same position. Same for her comment about Nicole being a ‘boring cop’. To Wynonna, she is somewhat boring as dating material, but then, Nicole doesn’t find Wynonna good dating material either, so they’re even.
I think Wynonna also feels threatened by Wavelrly’s relationship with Nicole. Her previous experience on this front is Champ. Let’s face it, Wynonna never really had to take him seriously. She knew, deep down, Waverly was aware of how unworthy he was, and that they weren’t a good fit. That’s not the case with Nicole. Nicole is steady, smart, devoted, and so obviously head over heels in love with Waverly, that I think Wynonna can’t help but fear being replaced in her sister’s life. Wynonna stating Nicole is not her sister’s keeper is telling, because Wynonna considers herself to hold that role. I’m pretty sure it’s the one thing she feels like she’s done right in a long time, when you take into account her past and the situation with Willa, and right now she feels like there’s competition.
Frankly, I love how they’ve set all this up between Wynonna and Nicole. I still think WynHaught Brotp is the name of the game, but they’re going to have to earn it through candid conversation, learning to trust each other fully, and time.
There has to be an official ‘I love you’ between Waverly and Nicole coming. We’re running out of ways for Nicole to say it without using the actual words, and Waverly has only ever said it to Wynonna in the heat of a tense moment. I like the wait though. They got together fairly quick, and it was very sweet and earnest, but now we’re moving into something more solid and real where life encroaches on the happy little bubble things started in. Waverly is finally Goo free, it’s time for the two of them to address some things, get very honest, and finally exchange proper ‘I love you’s’. I don’t think we’re by any means out of the woods with angst yet (can you ever really be on a show like this?), but I think we have a special moment coming. The payoff will feel earned and so very worth it.
Favorite small moment of the episode alert: The way Nicole leans into Waverly’s touch after confessing she would shoot anyone for her, and Waverly responds “That’s really sweet”. The relief and overwhelming emotion Nicole feels the moment she realizes ‘her’ Waverly is back is palpable, because this is who she fell for.
Now on to the heart of the show, the Earp sisters. All of their scenes together this week were stellar.
Of course Waverly is the one to save Wynonna from the Goo. The way she tells Wynonna she’s not enough to save her, in a slightly broken voice, is painful. Because she is enough. She’s the only one who can save Wynonna. We know because she does it over and over, without even realizing it. The faith Waverly has in Wynonna is unwavering and so beautiful, and without it, I think Wynonna would collapse under the weight of her own insecurities and doubt. Wynonna might bear the responsibility of the family curse, but there’s no way she succeeds without her sister.
I don’t think it’s a coincidence that a prior sister experience is the thing needed to defeat Mikshun. One that Waverly probably doesn’t have fond regards for, interestingly enough. At the end of the day, Waverly saved Wynonna and herself; brave little toaster indeed.
Regarding the final scene, all I can do is echo everyone’s applause, because it was so well done, and beautifully shot. When Waverly tells Wynonna she’s not alone it was one of the most powerful moments I’ve seen on tv in awhile. It doesn’t matter to me where the pregnancy storyline ultimately goes, if we get material like this between Waverly and Wynonna, how can it not be amazing?
Rapid Fire Thoughts:
-This is the first Season 2 episode Waverly fully felt like Waverly. I think that’s a testament to Emily, Dominique, and the writers fully taking the time to understand the changes the Goo rendered in her. Like Haught, I’m happy to have her back.
“It was exhausting being inside of you, all that goodness.” “You’ve got dark corners you haven’t explored yet.” The ambiguity lives on.
-Waverly shooting a shotgun is forever my aesthetic. “Frankly Lucado, the situation is balls” is now a top 5 favorite Waverly line, and that’s stiff competition.
-The whole fight scene played amazingly well, with the action and Wavelry’s running commentary. The show shines in those moments, having a perfect balance of humor and action.
-I was actually starting to like Lucado and her antagonistic relationship with the Scooby gang, but that head explosion sure was something. It narratively made sense, but I’m glad we got the glorious fight scene before Lucado made her final bow.
-“It’s Tuesday.” Add Melanie’s “Good to know” to my growing pile of line delivery love.
-The Order showing up with a bunch of dudes when what’s really needed is one competent woman to get the job done is the perfect representation of this show. I suspect Wynonna and The Order will have to work together more as the season goes on, but while they may have similar goals, their tactics will never align, and that’ll bring problems down the road.
-I find a strange sort of parallel between the way Wynonna asked Waverly “Did you do that?’ last week, and this week when she says “Look what you did to the woman you love.” She has such an older sister trying to stay calm while extremely worried tone during both lines.
-Jeremy continues to be a giant dork and I enjoy it.
-Who hurt Nicole Haught? Her reaction to Goo Wynonna’s comments makes me suspect she was previously in a relationship she thought was stable and committed, but the girlfriend burned everything down and made her feel overbearing on the way out.
-Doc and Dolls begrudging brotrain rolls on, and continues to be a surprising delight this season.
-”What do you mean ‘all of it’” - I’m glad they’re highlighting Kat’s excellent comedic timing.
-”Are those pants?” I couldn’t help but view this moment actually playing out as: “Hello fellow fully human person, I see you’re wearing pants, which I, also a fully human person not at all possessed by a Goo demon, wear.”
Anyway, that’s it for this week. Can’t wait for 2x06. Maybe I’ll actually have coherent and cohesive thoughts about it, but with this show, I doubt it. It’s just too good.
I stopped watching Arrow after Laurel died bc that was so ridiculous for Marc to kill her off, she’s an iconic Green Arrow staple.
Black Canary and Green Arrow’s relationship is as legendary as Lois and Superman, just because it is less known, shouldn’t mean it’s alright to be disrespected. Killing Laurel Lance is still so infuriating.
Like seriously, are we ever going to get the REAL Green Arrow? Like, y'know, the goatee, the sense of humor and the iconic duo with Black Canary? We have none of that in a so called, ‘Green Arrow’ TV Show and it’s so disappointing. It’s been 5 seasons and Oliver has made like, 3 jokes, has never had his ICONIC goatee and you freaking KILLEDhisWIFE, Black Canary. have you ever read a Green Arrow comic?
Her sister got to be The Canary while she was saddled with making everyone hate her.
No appearances in any character promotional pictures during Season 4.
Despite being the female lead, she got heavily minimized screen time, dialogue, and multi-episode storylines in Season 4.
She got killed off helplessly.
Last words used to prop up Olicity and Laurel’s replacements.
Evelyn, a teenage drop-out, looted her fresh corpse for her tech and tried to ruin her legacy.
Felicity wielded her baton against a Ghost.
Black Canary’s costume mannequin was the only one to fall down during H.I.V.E.’s assault on the base.
Chocolate Statue, intended to 'honor her memory’ then destroyed.
Felicity gets to emulate her fans and belittle and ultimately punch out Laurel.
Replacement #4 introduced.
All of Marc Guggenheim’s responses to the backlash of killing Laurel is basically “who cares about canon, we’re telling our own story”. Which implies that he think the only reason people are pissed they killed Laurel is because in the comics BC and GA are together. I just can’t help but feel this shows exactly how tone deaf he is to everything regarding the show. If we really wanted everything to be canon, wouldn’t we be pissed that John Diggle is even a character? Or that Mia Dearden was changed to Thea Queen, Oliver’s sister, and doesn’t wear a black and yellow costume? Wouldn’t we be pissed that Roy Harper was a petty thief from the Glades rather than an orphan raised on a Native American reserve? Or the whole story with Sara Lance coming back from the League of Assassins? Or that even BC goes by Laurel instead of Dinah, and is a brunette? What I’m trying to say is that we’ve never had a problem with the creators taking liberty with the comics because the changes they made were well done and made sense. So the fact that Marc Guggenheim thinks that the only reason killing Laurel was a bad choice is because she had a different story in the comics really worries me about how blind he is to the fact that the show has become so poor. Going against canon doesn’t help, but I’m pissed about killing Laurel because she was possibly the most developed character and had so much potential going forward.
Marc really hates Laurel, It’s like Katie Cassidy pissed someone off upstairs or something. and the
Sad thing is, that the hacks writers behind this show, will never get the backslash they deserve for ruining this character since she’s not as famous as Superman, Wonder Woman or Batman. Same goes for Green Arrow. Since both are relative unknown and are being used in a teen, soap opera show on the CW, Guggie & Mericle can do whatever they want with both without getting the bad press they deserves. All of them will be still working on the industry, even if they suck. It’s infuriating.
Marc Guggenheim comes along and writes off Black Canary before having her promote Felicity as she dies. He turns Ra’s al Ghul into a spineless ruler who pushes Oliver and Felicity together. He makes Oliver weak beyond belief and has Felicity save his life in action, not just by hacking, several times. I don’t care what you thought about Seasons 1 and 2, but they had an identity and a mission. Seasons 3 and 4 have wavered so much between dark, quirky, bright, dour, hopeful and much more that it is clear Guggenheim doesn’t know what he wants to do. All he is concerned about is making Felicity as important as she can be. And you know what? I used to like Felicity. By trying to make her so important and so powerful he is even ruining her.
okay, so this is kind of a random question, but I know you're into buffy and I just finished watching the series for the first time and I was wondering what hogwarts houses you think the main characters would be in?
okay, so: it wasn’t until i’d finished sorting the characters that i realized my choices were almost exclusively gryffindor and slytherin. this absolutely wasn’t my intention going in, but i do feel comfortable with these sortings (for the most part) and i’d rather not change them for the sake of ratios, so! apologies about that. i chose not to sort angel and cordelia; i haven’t finished angel yet and felt it would be disingenuous to attempt to sort them without having done so. i didn’t forget anya and oz but i got tired toward the end, so! well! apologies again. anyway:
willow is a textbook slytherin. growing up, she
constantly felt that she was on the outside looking in; exposure to the world
of slayers (and–as a byproduct–the world of magic) introduced her to a latent
talent she never knew she had. the desire to access this “special” side of her
eventually gave way to an incredible thirst for power, which she would go on to
pursue at great cost to those around her. willow isn’t opposed to bending the
rules to get what she wants, and while she’s shown to deeply value her
friends, and to harbor a strong sense of loyalty toward them, she has no qualms
about making decisions on their behalf (denying their right to autonomy in the
process) if she feels she has ample reason to do so. needless to say, willow is
also clever, cunning, and highly resourceful–all common characteristics of
xander was a more difficult sorting, but i came to the eventual conclusion that his will to fight is
driven more so by the need to prove himself competent and courageous than by
any overwhelming desire to protect the innocent; the claim that gryffindors
have a tendency to engage in “pointless heroics” springs to mind. that’s not to
say xander isn’t brave in his own right, or even that he doesn’t care about
victims in need, but rather that bravery as a concept (and whether or not
others perceive him to be brave) carries more weight with him than it might
with others, due to his insecurities.
this may seem like an obvious sorting, but that’s probably the case because
this house fits tara so neatly. tara is very much the “earth”
elemental–endlessly patient; not an inherently talented witch, but one who has
the potential to become great over time due to steady perseverance; kind,
tolerant, and always willing to lend an ear to those in need. unlike willow,
tara doesn’t pursue magic out of a desire for power, and nor does she use it to
manipulate others; in fact, she’s shown to be guided by a very firm moral
compass where the use of magic is concerned, and reacts negatively to any
apparent misuse of it. tara appears quiet and modest to those who don’t know
her well (and often, even those who do) but she’s willing to defend both her
beliefs and the people she considers to be family.
an argument can definitely be made for other houses, chief among them being
ravenclaw. we see that dawn is driven in great part by her desire to learn,
particularly during the final season when dawn becomes the go-to for supernatural
information. dawn is a fast learner, and very obviously possesses above average
intelligence–not to mention an unconventional sense of humor particular to
ravenclaws. but while dawn’s affinity for book-learning and hungry curiosity
are staples of her personality, her bravery is at the heart of her character.
dawn is often left with the niggling feeling that she’s a “fifth wheel” of
sorts, destined to wither in her more powerful sister’s shadow; the discovery
that she’s not “real” only worsens matters, and the realization that she is not
a potential cements her sense of her own ordinariness. despite that, dawn is exceptionally
brave, even in circumstances where older, stronger people would
balk. it’s also later revealed (in this
scene in particular) that the reason for her close attention to detail
springs not just from her desire to gain knowledge, but from the hope that one
day she can also be a capable warrior.
again, i was on the verge of sorting giles into ravenclaw, but ultimately
decided against it because i felt that his primary exterior traits
(intellectual, a knowledge seeker) were ultimately not as significant to his
character as the more subtle traits lurking beneath the surface–the ones that
serve as his moral compass, in a sense, and guide him to act as he does. from
his history alone, we know that giles has a rebellious streak a mile wide (one
that he carries over into his years as a watcher–disregarding wesley and other
members of the watcher’s council in favor of doing things his way). giles is
deeply devoted to the scooby gang, as well as to buffy in particular, but he’s
also capable of making cold and calculating decisions when he feels the
occasion calls for it. on more than one occasion, he is prepared to sacrifice
dawn’s life–in the first case for the safety of the many, but later simply to
teach buffy a lesson.
this sorting is as surprising to me as it probably is to everyone else;
slytherin was my original inclination, and that stands to reason. faith has a lot
of the qualities typically associated with slytherins: she takes what she wants
without letting rules (or the potential injury–be it physical or emotional–of
those around her, for that matter) get in her way and tends to look out for herself before
anyone else. but, upon further inspection, faith also lacks the traits that (to
my mind at least) are truly essential to slytherin characters. for one, she lacks
a driving sense of ambition or purpose; for another, she has almost no
instincts of self-preservation. faith doesn’t necessarily fight to achieve set
goals; she’s in it for the thrill, and doesn’t really mind where it
takes her or what tangible rewards she gets out of it (if anything at all), which strikes me as
very gryffindor. moreover, despite outward appearances to the contrary, faith
does harbor a strong sense of justice–one she’s just beginning to grow into
toward the series’ final season, though we see that it plagues her conscience much earlier on.
this is fairly self-explanatory. spike’s history is splattered with the
blood of past slayers whose lives he’d claimed essentially for bragging rights.
prior to being turned by drusilla, spike was subject to ridicule from peers who
considered him to be pathetic. these humiliating memories drove him to make a
name for himself–an ambition he would pursue at the expense of countless lives.
it can be said that most (if not all) of spike’s crimes can be attributed to
the desperate desire to make a name for himself, and to prove beyond any shadow
of a doubt that he is a creature to be feared (an interesting variation on the
slytherin thirst for power, but a thirst for power nevertheless). unlike other
vampires, spike arguably has the ability to love (or, at the very least, to
cherish other individuals on a personal and emotional level that other vampires
don’t seem capable of) meaning that his loyalty is intense, often even to the
point of obsession; with that comes a very slytherin sense of fraternity–a
tendency to look out for one’s own, as spike does for drusilla and later for
so, sorting buffy has proven to be extremely difficult, and even now
i’m not 100% on this. gryffindor seemed like a suitable option for her in a
myriad of ways, not the least of which being her utter disregard for the rules.
she of course possesses many of the traits gryffindors prize so highly
(bravery, nerve, a strong sense of will, daring, etc.) and in spades at that.
but, where buffy is concerned, these traits merely serve as a means to an end
(the “end” in question being the protection of the innocent); that is to say, buffy
doesn’t preoccupy herself with notions of bravery for the sake of
bravery, but rather, harnesses and uses her bravery because it allows
her to fulfill her duty as a slayer. and while it would be fair to say that
buffy puts her life on the line on an almost daily basis, she rarely (if ever)
does so recklessly, especially when innocent lives are at stake. time
and again, buffy can be counted upon to uphold her duties as a
slayer above all else, regardless of circumstances. despite these extraordinary
feats, buffy doesn’t have an overinflated opinion of herself (“but you’re just
a girl” “that’s what I keep saying). just as buffy displays traits shared by
most gryffindors, she also exemplifies those typical of hufflepuffs: “dedication,
hard work, patience, kindness, tolerance, unafraid of toil”; the difference is
that these traits are absolutely integral to her character. even without her
slayerhood, they remain a constant.
Quick crackfic before the new ep? Aye, go on then.
I apologise in advance.
“Hey, Mykes? You got a minute?” Curls sway as she turns in the direction of the voice, warm and familiar, if not a little uncertain, and she watches Pete’s approach with a distracted curiosity. Because when Myka Bering is organising, there is little room for anything else.
“Hey. What’s up?” He comes to a stop beside her, turning to lean his back against the shelf one over from where she’s working. She’s carefully - very carefully - rearranging Joan of Arc’s chain mail, gentle frown creasing her brow as she concentrates on getting it to fall just so. When Pete doesn’t answer right away she glances askance at the man and finds him running a hand through his shaggy hair. “When are you going to get a hair cut?” He looks at her then, affronted.
“What’s wrong with my hair?”
“It makes you look like an overgrown school boy.” She say easily and he actually pouts at her, which doesn’t help his case at all, but it does distract her from her task long enough to smile and turn her body towards him so that she’s giving him her full attention. “I mean, it’s… kind of… cute?” He rolls his eyes.
“Oh don’t try to butter me up now you’ve thrown me down.” She laughs at him.
“What did you want to talk about?” He lets out a sigh, heavy and a little nervous, and the sound of it pulls a thread of unease through her. She watches as he shoves his hands in his pockets and avoids her gaze for a moment.
“Okay, I don’t really know how to say this, so I’m just gonna go and hope you can make sense of it.” She gives a slow nod, even though he doesn’t see it. “It’s just that lately I’ve been feeling certain… things.” He pauses, awkward, and she feels her heart start to pound unevenly behind her ribcage. Out of sync, stuttering. “And I don’t know why because it’s totally not, normal? I mean, we’ve talked about this right? And I didn’t see you like that but now suddenly I do and it’s like I can’t do anything to stop it?” And he looks at her then, puppy dog eyes filled with confusion and inexplicable hope. Like he doesn’t understand why he’s saying this or why he’s hoping. She feels her heart sink, because she knows what he’s saying. She’s felt it too. “Like someone else has taken hold of the reins or something, you know?”
“Yeah.” Myka nods and he rolls into the shelf so that his shoulder is pressed against it and he’s facing her properly.
“I feel like we should be together.” He says, suddenly emphatic, only to have his certainty falter in the next heartbeat. “Like, romantically?” She winkles her nose at the suggestion, but finds herself nodding regardless. “So I guess what I’m trying to say is that I think I’ve fallen-”
His sentence stops abruptly. He does not blink, he does not breathe; even the air about him is still. And Myka is the same. Still as death, frozen in a moment.
“I think not.” Helena says with a sigh as she rounds the aisle and strides towards the motionless duo cradling the barometer of the USS Eldridge in her hand. She sniffs, haughtily, as she sets it down on the shelf between them and glances up at Pete. “Much as I have grown to enjoy your company Agent Lattimer, I’m afraid this may have come down to fisticuffs had your little speech gone much further.” And she’s all too aware of the seconds ticking by, of those that could have trickled along and seal some sort of cosmic joke of a deal had Helena dawdled any longer.
And really, Wisconsin? What had she been thinking? Completely unacceptable, but she had berated herself for the entire duration of the plane right and needs to focus on the task at hand for another… 22 seconds.
With a gentle shove, she slids the body of Pete Lattimer back a few feet and positions herself in his place. She takes a breath to steady her resolve and looks up into the eyes of Myka Bering.
And she can’t for the life of her understand what she had been doing for the last six months. When this woman was one single plane ride away. Waiting for her to come to her senses.
Helena glances down at her attire and hums aloud.
“Oh, can’t forget you.” She thumbs the open the top two buttons of her shirt, then pauses for a heartbeat before opening a third. “Can never be too careful.” And then she feels time start to return to normal around them.
“-in love with… H.G.?” She feels Pete blinking owlishly at the back of her head but her attention won’t be swayed. Myka is staring at her as though she’s a new constellation that’s been brought to life in the aisles, bright and brilliant and stunning.
“Helena.” And the way Myka says her name, like a breath and a whisper and a promise all in one, is the only thing that has made sense to any of them - Pete included - in months.
"I’m just gonna…” And Pete is grinning at Myka over his shoulder as he jerks his thumb behind him, indicating the direction he’d come and backing away.
“What are you doing here?” Myka finally asks, breathless. And Helena just smiles.
“I finally came to my senses.” She says, tone humorously self-deprecating, and she offers Myka and apologetic shrug. “I’m sorry it took me so long."
"I’m just glad you made it.” And she smiles, reaching up to rub at the back of her neck. “I have this horrible feeling I was about to do something really dumb.” Helena’s eyes sparkle.
A brilliant episode. Amazing, heartbreaking performances. Beautifully written. Please assume I said this about a thousand times.
Let’s talk about what was revealed in this episode: No surprise – Lizzie was the walker-feeder and rat-dissector. But it was also revealed that Carol actually did kill Karen and David. (To be fair, Melissa McBride has been saying since day one that Carol did it.) I still think it was a sloppy job and unlike Carol, but at this point, it is what it is.
So, we have Carol, who is haunted throughout this episode – by Sophia, by what she did to Karen and David, and ultimately, by the realization that despite all her efforts to protect the people she loves, she ultimately has little control over how things will play out. It’s going to change her, and I look forward to seeing how.
Despite the consequences of her decisions, she hasn’t been written into a corner like Andrea and Lori were. Unlike those two characters, she also hasn’t been punished, and she hasn’t been redeemed. Her path is more complicated than that. In fact, this episode absolutely cements Carol’s status as the most nuanced and well-developed character on the show. I’m impressed. The Season 1 Curse (something I just made up) seems to have been lifted.
The show also did a great job of defining Mika in very little time. The sweet-faced child was a tender-hearted little science geek who had a very clear moral code and a playful sense of humor. (Compare this to what we knew about Sophia.) I’m happy they fleshed her out, because we didn’t need any more blonde sacrificial lambs on this show.
As you all know by now, I’m incredibly obsessed with Felicity Smoak and her backstory. If you have any doubts read this, this, oh, and this, too. It’s amazing how this character has evolved and all of the credit for everything that makes Felicity, well, Felicity, goes to Emily Bett Rickards. EBR has made Felicity irreplaceable, and we, as fans and through our voices, have further cemented her popularity and place in the show. I’m always puzzled when I see Tweets or blog posts that the studio and EPs are only paying lip service to the fan base, or that Felicity Smoak will eventually be phased out. I am even more puzzled by those posts that call Felicity a terrible character and EBR a terrible actress. I’m puzzled why these naysayers would think that the studio, or for that matter, the EPs, would keep a character and an actress on the show if they weren’t any good….Felicity Smoak would not be on this show if EBR had not played her one shot to perfection. If she had been a one dimensional character, Felicity Smoak would have made her appearance, there would have been no buzz, and we never would have seen her again. Instead, EBR took her limited materials, and created a multi-layered character in less than 5 minutes of screen time. And that, my friends, is talent. She set Twitter buzzing, phones ringing, and a fan favorite was born.
As you all know by now (and if you didn’t, where have you been????), Felicity Smoak was set to be a one-off character, bridging a gap in the storyline. She was created to help Oliver get from Point A to Point B and that was supposed to be it. Instead, when the dailies started coming, MG and AK saw the positive effect the character was having and started writing more scenes for her. She was different from any other character, and as they have said many times in multiple interviews, more representative of their sense of humor, their banter and was therefore great fun for them to write. She was brought back at different points during the first half of Season 1 and then, the day before The Odyssey aired (the episode when Felicity was brought onto Team Arrow) she was made a series regular for Season 2. From the beginning, the chemistry between EBR and SA was undeniable. They clicked in a way that was lacking on the show. They had a spark that made every interaction they had onscreen enjoyable and mesmerizing. While the EPs have said that Felicity was unable to have banter with Oliver like she can with Ray Palmer, I disagree to a certain extent. It certainly isn’t comedic or “geeky” type banter, but Oliver and Felicity do banter, it’s just different, more subtle and definitely flirtatious!
Fan favorites having an impact on a television show is certainly nothing new. The experts in television have long recognized that valuable commodity of a fan favorite character. In fact, as far back as the 60s, fan favorite characters have led show runners to sometimes completely change the course of a show because of the response from the television audience. For example, in the original Dark Shadows television show, the character of Barnabas Collins was introduced to help “boost sagging ratings” during the show’s second season. The character was so well-liked, that fans started writing (ah, the days of actual fan mail!) ABC, demanding more appearances. By the third season, the entire show (yes, the ENTIRE show) was written around this character.
Can you imagine Happy Days without the Fonz? Yeah, neither can I. But originally, the Fonz was supposed to be a background character. However, Henry Winkler’s performance changed the minds of the producers because fans were either pining for “the bad boy” or “wanted to be him.” So The Fonz was upgraded to a main character, and Potsie (the BFF) was demoted….Fonz even rated entire episodes built around him.
There are other fan favorite characters in television history that changed the dynamic of a television show. More recently, Supernatural changed it’s dynamic by changing from a two brothers fighting demons show to a trio by adding Castiel as a series lead. Played by Misha Collins, Castiel was originally slated for a six episode story arc in Season 4. At the end of the arc, fans wanted more, they wanted Castiel back. According to whatculture.com, the success of Castiel was how Misha Collins perfectly balanced an arrogant, holier-than-though angel who was broken and afraid of the world he found himself in. “Subtle vulnerability” was key to the success of the character and made him a major player.
But what about other comic book shows? Take a look at the Walking Dead. Fans of the comic intensely disliked the idea of the comic characters being replaced by new characters on the TV adaptation (sound familiar?). Yet Daryl Dixon (played brilliantly by Norman Reedus), who was supposed to be a minor background character, quickly became a fan favorite during season 1, even among the “nitpicky comic fans that scrutinized every point where TV strayed from the comic (again, sound familiar?). Norman Reedus became a series regular in Season 2, and despite a small minority of fans who “hate” Daryl, he is still one of the most popular characters in the show.
Other fan favorite characters that changed a television series include Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Spike was originally slated to be a three episode villain and then killed off. Yet, the character, as portrayed by James Marsters, became incredibly popular due to his evil charming self and was promoted to series regular. Even Scandal re-worked itself around a fan favorite - Mellie Grant. Yes…Mellie Grant was a fan favorite that was meant to only appear in three episodes of the first season. She ended up in every episode, became a main cast member by the second season and has been described as the breakout character of the show and often termed a scene stealer.
History shows us the impact a fan base can have on a television show. Positive promotion, feedback, and comments go a long way to cementing the stability of a character. While anything could happen in a television show, it’s without doubt that fan favorite characters are treated with the same intensity and care as original characters. I’m so glad that as Felicity Smoak/Emily Bett Rickards fans, we constantly show Arrow, the producers, the studio, and EBR, how much we love and value Felicity Smoak on Arrow.
I’ve been seeing so many Tommy posts in the past two days (and we shall not speak of why), but I want/need him to come back in season 4 and this is why it may actually be possible (in my opinion).
We know he has some of the water from the Lazarus Pit and we know that he was Ra’s nemesis. When Malcolm was forced to leave the League at the end of Season 1, what if he went to Darhk to try and bring back Tommy? (Or Darhk could have brought back Tommy on his own so that he could use him against Malcolm; Malcolm was Ra’s right hand man before the whole earthquake fiasco so he was still an enemy of Darhk). Maybe Tommy was brainwashed after being back or the Pit had a more of effect on him than Thea and he was trained to be the new Dark Archer. I mean Malcolm is known as The Magician and yes, they also called him the Dark Archer in season 1, but Tommy could still be called the Dark Archer now that Malcolm is leading the League.
Anyways, what if he’s a member of H.I.V.E. and he has a more prominent role in season 4 to take out Oliver and the team? A subplot of the season could be to try and bring Tommy back to the good side. If Darhk is Felicity’s father, he will have a more personal relationship to her as the Big Bad next season, but with Tommy present, Oliver, Laurel and Thea will have more of an incentive to fight Darhk to get Tommy back. This also gives opportunity for Malcolm and the League to show up. If Malcolm and Darhk are now enemies (since he’s the new Ra’s), Malcolm could be invested in the fight to save his son (or make Tommy join him…and then they all kill Malcolm and Nyssa becomes the next Ra’s, hopefully).
In my opinion, Tommy was the love of Laurel’s life; I’m Team Merlance all the way and bringing him back gives her something to fight for beyond just saving the city. It will give her a more personal connection to the enemy this time and give her chance to develop more as a character and as a hero. Plus, once they save him (because you know they will), Tommy and Laurel can live happily ever after.
Also, a personal headcanon of mine is Tommy and Felicity being bffs. At least in season 1, Tommy was adorable, quirky, and light with a great sense of humor. If he was saved with the Pit and he could get back to being normal by the end of the season or during season 5, I would like to think he and Felicity would get along great; his humor and her babbling? That’s what bffs are made of. Plus, I can totally see him teasing Oliver and Felicity about their relationship and how in sync they are, about them being totally married, and beverything else. I want double dates with Olicity and Merlance, family dinners with the entire team and everything in between.
I honestly think that the theme of season 4 is family. If that’s the case, then it makes it the perfect time for Tommy to come back. Darhk will, hopefully, have a connection to Felicity as her father, but Tommy will have a connection to Malcolm, Laurel, Thea, and Oliver. Diggle will have an extended connection to Darhk as well since H.I.V.E killed his brother. This pretty much ties everyone into the fight next season personally which hasn’t really been done before. We also know that season 4 is supposed to be somewhat lighter compared to this season and Tommy was definitely one of the lighter characters in season 1; he was fun, cute, and he had some of the best lines that season. Once they save him, he (and Felicity of course) will help keep that lighter tones with babbles and innuendos and the whole shebang.
“Of all history’s greatest monsters, you are by far the most evil thing I’ve encountered.” – Hunson Abadeer
And all along, I think that that one line would remain a throw away gag. “Orgalorg” instead proves that no line in the series is exempt from being revisited and retconned.
After Gunter and the other penguins successfully manage to drug the Ice King, they throw a crazy rad penguin party. At this party, two walruses are racing, but something goes wrong, and Gunter ends up getting thrown by an angry walrus into an ice wall. When she comes to, her brains are exposed… and they are glowing bright green! The other penguins are terrified, and the injury seems to put Gunter into some sort of trance. She pulls out a woodcutter, crafts strange wood figures, and chants a spell that is beamed into the cosmos.
On an alien world, several entities hear the call of Gunter—or as they recognize her, Orgalorg. Orgalorg was a primeval entity that existed before the dawn of time, as revealed in “Gold Stars” who attempted to absorb the power from a Catalyst Comet. After angering Abraham Lincoln, King of Mars, Orgalorg was struck down by Grob Gob Glob Grod and fell onto Earth, where the alien-demon was compressed into the form of an adorable penguin. Apparently, the fall caused Orgalorg great amnesia, and she wandered the world for millennia, until she was taken in by the Ice King and dubbed ‘Gunter’.
What’s most striking about this episode is how it goes from light-hearted and funny to dark and distressing in a matter of seconds. Graham Falk is a funny person, and his boards often resonate with humor (”Shh!”, “Ghost Fly”) and so it came as no surprise to me that first half of the episode was pretty silly. But once Gunter had her accident, the horror began.
The sight of Gunter’s green brains was creepy in-and-of-itself, but because the show never stopped to explain what exactly was going on until we were on the alien planet, the atmosphere of foreboding just kept building and building. Why was Gunter seeing these weird visions? What’s with the woodcutter? Is that Abraham Lincoln?
As the show was rapidly approaching the season finale, it only made sense that it would try to lay the foundations for the climactic last episodes. Some people have said that the cosmological revelations in this episode were a bit rushed, but I feel that these criticisms are misguided; Adventure Time has never been a show that puts this much effort and care into setting up its finales. We should be thankful that the producers were willing to experiment this season!
Finally, I want to applaud the fact that Adventure Time managed to snag Graham Falk as a guest boarded these last few seasons. While I was critical of “Sad Face”, every other episode that Falk has worked on has been funny, creative, touching, and clever. He’s able to delve into any situation, take any character, and make them behave in a way that’s fresh and interesting. Hats off to you, Mr. Falk!
Mushroom War Evidence: Nothing.
Final Grade: “Funny but also foreboding, ‘Orgalorg’ nicely sets up the season finale.”