“So,” said Miko, “I heard you used to study humans.”
“I used to study your *planet*.” said Starscream, still typing, “Many planets, in fact. And by extension, the lifeforms that they produced. Why do you bring this up?”
“Ratchet just told us.” Raf supplied.
“Oh?” Starscream continued to look at the screen.
“Aaaand, we figured…” said Miko, “since… well you’re gonna be here for a while, what with the alliance and everything…”
“–That you might be interested in asking us questions!” Jack piped up.
“And we thought we could ask *you* questions!” said Raf. Starscream actually stopped to look at them properly.
“Think of it as… a cultural exchange.” Miko said with a grin.
“What knowledge do the young of your species possess that I could not have already discovered?” Starscream said with a quirked brow, “I have observed your wars, politics, your biological make up, your scientific endeavors, your social engagements. What use would your information be to me?”
“It doesn’t have to have a use, it can just be a fun fact.” said Raf, “For example, some humans, like myself, like to build computers recreationally…”
“While *I* like to jam out to epically loud music!” Miko said, fiddling with an air guitar.
“Do you have any fun facts about Vos?” asked Jack. Starscream’s wings stiffened. “That’s where you’re from, right?”
Starscream thought about whether to entertain them or to ignore them, but in the end…
“… Vos was a city for flight frames, like myself. It was made up of tall spires that had landing and launch pads installed on them to aid in transportation.” Starscream said with a sigh, “Your fun fact is that the shortest spire was approximately 3 times the height of the One World Trade Center, in New York City.”
“That was the *shortest*?!?” said Miko. Starscream nodded.
“Cool!” said Jack.
“Anything you can think to ask us?” said Raf, looking hopeful. Starscream hesitated again, but decided to press on despite his embarrassment.
“Alright…” he said, turning around and kneeling lower to their level, “What exactly is the function of a rubber duck?”
4x01 “Lazarus Rising // 5x14 My Bloody Valentine” 9x01 “I Think I’m Going to Like It Here” // 9x06 “Heaven Can’t Wait 9x07 “Heaven Can’t Wait” // 13x01 “Lost & Found” // 13x02 “The Rising Son”
“The Imitation of Life: Like Father, Like Son…”
or “Castiel’s Arc in Fast Forward”
I had meant to post this gifset sometime after last week’s episode already, but never managed to get around to writing the accompanying meta thoughts to it, but maybe it was meant to be that way since now I have two more scenes to add to it.
I think it’s save to say that Jack, by choosing Castiel as his father, is definitely following in his footsteps as well. You could almost say what we have witnessed so far is Jack living through Castiel’s story in “fast forward”. There are a lot of obvious callbacks aligning Cas and Jack like the gifs show.
From being stabbed and coming out unharmed to the scenes with the water bottle and the vending machine that were clear callbacks to Castiel’s struggle and first complete experience to not just live with, but live as a human himself to Castiel growing fond of televsion (like Jack is too) or just generally trying to blend in and imitating others.
That last bit is exactly what we see Jack do in this week’s episode as well. Studying Dean and copying him (it also reminds me again of how in S11 we had something very similar set up with God and Dean - a direct nod towards Dean’s divinity - see meta and post here). It reminds also of Castiel in S9 when he studied how “humans do it”. Plus, Jack is
kind of repeating Castiel’s, his father’s, journey with the Winchesters
by learning humanity through them. And in that regard it’s also kind of interesting that
Jack picks Dean as his role model here (much to Dean’s dislike).
It also further fits to the
narrative of how Castiel mostly found his way to humanity through Dean as a person and learnt
from him in first instance and then of course through both brothers later. And
of course it sets up and further strengthens the direct connection
and alignment of Jack with Cas. It’s of course been hammered down in
text text text already but it’s in these smaller gestures and moments
that narrative is further emphasized and played upon as well.
So given that Jack picked Dean as a role model and the fact that - as I talked about in relation to last episode here too - Jack and Dean share the same fate of not being allowed to be a kid, maybe the narrative will actually tie in Dean just as much as Sam (who shares the unwanted connection ot Lucifer, etc. with Jack) to the myth arc. Here’s to hoping…
ford is an expert knitter and opens an etsy shop to sell hand-knitted sweaters with cute animals on them. one day, parse buys one while drunk-shopping and then insists on being photographed in it for his insta. the pic goes viral and ford gets so much business she has to put her shop on hiatus while she catches up to orders. then kent gets in touch with her and commissions her to make sweaters for every single ace with kit purrson’s face on them as revenge for all the shit-talking they do about his cat. the group picture is the thing of legends. ford and kent become lifelong friends and internet penpals.