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Rock Never Dies/But There Are Things Much Worse Than Death

Yeah, so I’m starting with a Dumbledore quote this week, because Dumbledore’s always relevant and also whoa, wouldn’t that an interesting crossover?

[”Bad plot bunny! Down, plot bunny!”]

First things first: this episode wasn’t exactly terrible, but I’m only partially happy with it. Because, like, my problem with Supernatural at this point (and I say ‘at this point’ because I’m feeling generous and fully drenched in Christmas cheer) is really its lack of consistency. And, look, I’m not saying that a show must be an absolute masterpiece in order to be enjoyable - I understand that’s a hard thing to do, and okay - and also, there are shows I consider ‘beach viewing’ (that’s how you call a specific kind of books in Italian: stuff that can be read on a beach) - they’re not particularly exciting, and if they cancel them I’ll probably live, but they’re entertaining and comforting. I know what I can expect, week after week. And Supernatural - I simply don’t understand how a show that can give us stuff like Baby and Changing Channels and Swan Song and Hunteri Heroici and so many other episodes that were as close to perfection as they could get them can also give us stuff which is, frankly, awful to meh. Because Rock Never Dies? Sort of okay, and it sort of improves in rewatch, but only because our beloved Team Free Will + was working together, and that’s such a rare thing it was a delight to watch. Really, sometimes I get this feeling nobody really knows where the story is going or what to make of these characters and their motivations - the only ones to be completely consistent are Wanek and his minions - but, then again, they’re the same ones who wrote a you people read too much into this graffiti last year - and since that graffiti was visible in the background for half a second and we still saw it, I’m guessing we don’t have a leg to stand on. So, well - I don’t know if they drink schnapps instead of coffee during team meetings (if they do have team meetings, that is) or if they’re so focused on keeping everybody happy they’ve forgotten their primary goal is actually telling a story, but, man.

Well, whatever - back to the episode.

My first complaint would be that they’ve forgotten how to write supernatural creatures. Who Lucifer is and what he wants - to me, it didn’t work all that well. Lucifer was supposed to be the first angel to act on free will, and now suddenly he’s falling apart because dad isn’t there to tell him what to do? A few years ago he wanted to destroy the world, and now he wants people to love him? He spent months humiliating Crowley and then almost killed him but now he keeps Crowley alive because ‘you can’t hurt me, lolz’? And, again - enough with the daddy issues. Everybody on this show seems to function exclusively on daddy issues, and I’ll give Sam and Dean a pass, but these are not humans - they’re angels and demons and they shouldn’t be coded on the same parameters of human beings, otherwise what’s the point? Honestly, I’m so fed up I’m even starting to dislike the fact Crowley doesn’t kill anyone anymore, because that, in a way, was a perfect example of him being ‘other’ (being a good guy while also enjoying human flesh muffins, that is). But, well, the thing is - trying to write the unwritable - a thing that is way beyond anything we can imagine as humans - some writers, like Neil Gaiman and Susanna Clarke, can do it so perfectly you can’t sleep at night; and others - others should start considering turning their chracters human, because at least they would make sense.

(For instance, Lucifer beating Crowley with a guitar was suitably horrific, full of demented rage and all, but Cas attempting to attack Lucifer with a guitar was just weird. Is that how angels fight? Really?)

Turning to Destiel - I’m happy Dean changed Cas’ name from Castiel to Cass (even if, for God’s sake, what’s up with the extra s?), and the fact that Cas actually has opinions on what Dean wears was welcome news (not to Dean, since he acted all embarrassed and changed, like, five minutes later - although, I’m guessing he’ll be back in plaid next week), but, again - keeping whatever is going on between them in the subtext is starting to mess with these guys’ charactierization. For instance, infamous germaphobe Dean Winchester picking up a pair of discarded underwear? Yeah, I don’t think so. Literally the only purpose of him doing that was reminding us he’s partial to pink panties (on himself, that is), and having him glance at Cas as he held them, and showing us Cas picking them up next. But, subtext aside, it was a wtf thing for him to do.

(Much love for the fact they had two references to endverse this week - the panties and the ‘fearless leader’ jab at the end. Man, I’m still not over that episode.)

Under the cut: Sam acting weird, Crowley breaking my heart, the Winchesters vs the British MoL, Samson and Ladyheart and some random thoughts and feels.

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i think nico’s retirement doesn’t only give an insight to what he holds more important, but also to why and the values of rosberg family as well.

nico is 31, married and has a small daughter, he’s just won the world championship - he’s already living a busy life and undoubtedly it’d only get more hectic now that he’s a champ. he’s young, he’s fit, and has such a loving family and so little time for them.

you take a look at keke - nico was born three years after he won the title, and he retired the following year. keke was 36 when nico was born, 34 when he won the championship. keke and sina probably knew it’d be difficult to get more children with so little time in their hands and they were getting older as well so of course they want to dedicate as much time to nico as possible.

you’ve all seen the rosberg family photos, you all know how nico talks about his family - it’s so obvious how much love nico has got, how close they are and how they value each other. keke did everything he could for nico and was always there for him, even if he was busy with his businesses and work and whatnot - it was family that came first, in the end.

and nico knew that he wouldn’t be able to offer that to alaïa if he stayed in f1. so he won the title and decided that’s enough.

you just know that whatever that little girl wants to do she’ll always have endless support from her family.

|| Nobody understands how glad I am that Vincent/Springfield is gone. By all means, I’m fine with Lucifer having fun and raising Hell, but can he do it in Mark’s body instead? Or, hell, in any person’s body who can actually act and isn’t just some washed up rock star? Come on. That guy couldn’t act!! He looked like he was crying during that last scene, the tone was all off, and there was next to no facial expression. Ugh.
So glad Springfield is GONE.

sweariwouldnt  asked:

Hey love! I'm always up for trying to stop people from doing what they should be doing, not least because it stops me from doing what I should be doing. Now, this might be a negative and taxing thing so let me know if you'd rather not discuss about it, but I've been trying to wrap my head around the French presidential elections - the articles here are minimal and also, not being familiar with the political scene, it's hard to try to get to the core. It seems to be that no one will be a good/

option right now? Obviously Le Pen seems like a European Trump except potentially worse as she has experience and actually knows stuff, but the other main(?) candidate seems like a bad option as well, being so conservative and anti-LGBTQ+ and very strict in his views. It seems like regardless of who wins, very tough times would be ahead?


Hii!

Eh, as for the rest of the worl, elections in France next year are going to be tough. I’m sweating already.

Madame Le Pen has a very long experience, a life in politics following her father, long time FN leader. She’s no Trump, she’s got a tradition of years and years of political work, but her party is absolutely awful, far right party full of haters and fear, typical expression of the current international situation. They weren’t as strong as they are now when I was younger and seeing their numbers grow this way is nothing short of terrifying. 

F. Fillon has just been chosen to run for the UMP (centre-right main party) in next year’s elections. He’s no Sarkozy, which, for the love of god, I can’t even bring myself to remember those years with him, but he’s a giant asshole, conservative in the most closed minded way possible. 

BUT, his main opponent won’t be M.Le Pen (unless things go really really bad, but, no…they’re both right parties exponents), it’ll be whoever is chosen in the Socialist party, the one currently running France. It should be our President, monsieur Hollande, but internal fights have already started and they’re discussing the possibilities of going through primaries first (the main contender being in my opinion Manuel Valls, current Prime Minister and former Minister of the Interior, to whom I personally prefer the Preseident).

It’s going to be long and hard and god knows what will come out of this. Considering this year’s events and France’s recent huge problems, I’m not particularly optimistic, but, oh well.

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“The first episode that I was on, we go and have a beer together, and it’s extraordinary writing-wise to look at the dialogue from that scene. It maps out the next four years of our relationship. We brought these things out in each other that only happens when you meet the person that you want to end up with. The writers let it unfold in a real and lovely way.” —Adam Scott