here be dragons and opinions

CONFESSION:  

Unpopular opinion here. I’m probably the only Dragon Age fan in the world who genuinely loved the Fade sequence in Origins. It was actually probably my favorite sequence in the game. The shapeshifting, the puzzles, the symbolism, the companion nightmares…loved it so. Damn. Much. And I’m SEVERELY disappointed they didn’t bring back similar sequences for DA2 and DA:I…although the “enthralled companions” in DA2 were an interesting touch and the DA:I Fade is visually my favorite, I wish they’d bring back something similar to the Fade puzzles in Origins.

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This elusive creature is highly secretive, it is known to ride lightning bolts. Found only during electrical storms that can shoot bursts of white fire.

There was apparently some kinda throwdown taking place yesterday of a Scott vs Derek variety, where people were saying Derek is a power mongering dickhead and Scott is the only one who’s gotten his alpha powers in a non-murderous way.

Now claiming that Scott’s the only werewolf who’s become alpha through non-asshole means for a hundred years defies canon in a big way. The other main way of becoming alpha besides taking the position is very evidently inheriting it and this is why, quite obviously, a true alpha hasn’t been around for so long. Because it has been unnecessary within packs, within families. Claiming that Derek is power-mongering when he was uh, rather evidently protecting Beacon Hill’s human population from a massmudering psychopath and at the same time avenging his sister is not a very fair evaluation of what was happening in the S1 finale.

I love Scott, I want him to attain alpha status through his own merit but I also want some actual realistic portrayal of his choices and their consequences. I also love Derek, and know he’s a perpetual fuckup, but I’ll fight you if you continue to completely butcher his character in favour of this Scott the Werewolf Jesus narrative.

In short, perspective guys. Perspective.   

anonymous asked:

Being a man who's been through a very long, mentally and physically abusive relationship with a woman before, the whole Jennifer sex scene just drives me insane in the worst way possible because of his past with Kate. Having this woman, who barely knows him, trying to have sex with him while he's practically on his death bed makes me cringe through every fiber of my being and if they're trying to make us distrust/hate Jennifer, then they're doing a good job at it.

First of all, I’m really sorry for what you’ve been through. That’s truly awful and I hope you’re getting better. I’m also sorry that this scene dragged up such bad memories for you. I’ve had people asking about other triggering material in the show and if it’s something people would want, I would be happy to make a list of possibly triggering material after each episode.

Further, I agree completely with you that what happened in that scene was wrong. This is someone taking advantage of another human being when they are in a state of extreme physical and emotional distress, even anguish. Derek was so, so vulnerable and hurt in that scene. He was literally and figuratively broken. To take advantage of that is just beyond anything I can express. I think this whole scene might have to do with Jeff once more being unable to fully comprehend the consequences of his creative choices.

Again, I am truly sorry for what you’ve been through and that you had to relive that last night, to whatever extent.

anonymous asked:

Does it seem a little strange to you that suddenly Boyd and Isaac are showing up at Derek's place like none of the whole "omg derek is dead" shit happened? Or, I don't know, the fact that Derek threw that glass at Isaac and he seems totally 100% okay with it now?

Don’t even get me started Nonny. I love reunion scenes. I’m the captain of reunion scenes. I’m waving the tricolore at the top of the Bastille of reunion scenes. I wanted this massive, emotionally draining, heartwrenching reunion between Derek and Cora. Between Boyd and Isaac and Derek after Fireflies. I wanted so badly to see Peter’s reaction to his niece being alive. And I pined, I burned, I perished for a Scott/Derek scene where Derek sees how much thinking he was dead affected Scott. Do I get any of these? No. Jeff is a cruel (and sometimes downright incompetent) mistress.

I hate that we didn’t get to see any of the aftermath of Motel California. That experience was clearly emotionally exhausting for all of the characters and I wished we’d gotten a breather episode. athenadark and I have talked a lot about pacing and we could have used a change in the current pace, that’s for damn sure. A continuous, heightened state of tension is going to wear us (the viewers) out and make any new spikes in that tension lose their edge. If Jeff would just give us some time with the characters together, some time where they deal with their conflicts and differences and a bit less of the slowmo fighting, then I’d be happy as Larry. So yes, it did seem strange to me (alien is the word I’m using in my head). It seemed fucking weird. We didn’t get to see any of the interaction leading up to them supposedly being okay with each other again, we were just supposed to take that as read. Which I hate. This is a TV show, show me the interaction.   

Jackson feels, ahoy!

Jackson is one of the most interesting characters on Teen Wolf. While he’s quite the asshole, he remains intriguing. His moral compass is a bit wonky to say the least but it’s the variables that make him interesting. For example:

Jackson may be arrogant but he’s extremely hard working and that does make a difference. Most rich kids get all their toys handed to them, cultivating a smug, lazy and vapid sort of character which everyone hates and has good reason to. However, as we’ve been told by his teacher and his parents, Jackson is exceedingly driven. He’s (co-)captain of the Lacrosse team not because of any supernatural powers but because he put himself there, through running miles, hours spent in the gym, whole afternoons just walking around with a lacrosse stick in his hands, making it a part of himself. As someone who’s captained a rugby team, I know for a fact that Jackson worked his ass off to reach his position.

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thequeenofcupsexpectsapicnic  asked:

In response to your last reply to the anon asking about flawed characters: I agree with your assessment of sassy uncle Peter as a character who we're supposed to forget is awful. But I disagree that what Derek did was at all portrayed as positive. It happened in the same ep as Isaac's freak out over enclosed spaces. We were repeatedly reminded of what his dad did to Isaac, and that, to me, shows that what Derek did was reprehensible, even if he thinks it's the right thing to do.

Yes we did get the freak out. But we also spent a majority of the episode with the Alpha pack and Derek being slowly bled to death via pole through chest. We were shown at length what the Alpha Pack was capable of, what their motives were (or what they wanted Derek to believe were their motives). That they want to kill Derek’s pack. We had it all framed as Derek being pushed into a corner and forced to send Isaac away.

Then we’re shown him supposedly agonising over his actions, as if throwing a glass at Isaac instead of using his words was the only action he could take and that he’s really just trying to care for Isaac and his well-being. That framing is what I find so problematic and wrong, even sickening. And I don’t know how much time you’ve spent in the Derek Hale/Teen Wolf tags but that is what a lot of people picked up on too. People were even trying to frame it as if Derek was really the one who deserved pity in that scene. And that’s bullshit (I don’t mean that in a confrontational way). This is what I’m having problems with and importantly, this is what victims of abuse who watch the show have a problem with. And that is really upsetting.

There's no such thing as talent.

I hate the word talent. It’s artificial, it’s made up and it confuses people. For the overwhelming majority of humanity, talent and what that word implies, is not a real thing. There is no such thing as being naturally good at anything. Extremely few people are born with a predisposition for a certain occupation or activity. Even child prodigies like Mozart and Picasso were steeped in their crafts from an early age. People seem to forget where what we call talent comes from. It is more accurately described as expertise and it comes from hours and hours of hard work. Anyone who has ever been skilled at a craft, sport, profession or art form has only acquired that skill after endless practice and repetition.

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