i just want season two for more of them

anonymous asked:

As far as I know they are only going to do two more seasons. I love you btw

Aww thanks! Yeah I heard they want either 4 or 5 seasons. I just hope the creators are allowed to end it when they feel the story runs its course and producers don’t push them to continue, I’d rather have a conclusive ending than like 8 seasons of re used plot. Also ending with 4/5 will make less of a chance for having to write around actors leaving, considering how many opportunities they have, and how busy their schedules already are, a long running show would start to hold them back.

I know I might take on too many projects right now with the comic still going on and other ideas but I was thinking about doing a Ramsay (or thramsay) Pin-Up Calendar, one picture every month should be manageable even if I’m getting more busy again.

I’m open to suggestion and wishes haha (no promises as always but I want to put together some ideas to think about). Also I’m not sure if I will just go with different themes or maybe also make them fitting to the seasons?!

OR, would any other artists be interested to do this as a collaboration? Everyone gets one (or two) months to do?

CASTIEL AND HIS SACRED OATH - 12x10, 12x12, 12x23

This scene here. This split second glance is so so important. I don’t know why people aren’t talking about it (I couldn’t even find any gifs of it and had to take pictures coz I’m computerly incompitent). But I wanted to give my own analytical response to this millisecond glance, because I think it demonstrates properly why Cas has never done anything about his feelings for Dean. 

First, some context from my behalf: I always assumed Cas had never admitted his love for Dean for one of two reasons, 1) he was an angel, therefore not quite understanding his feelings himself - perhaps confusing them with familial love, Dean style. Or 2) he was afraid his love may not be reciprocated. But after watching 12x10, 12x12 and 12x23, I can thoroughly rule out reason 1. 

Now, I’ll be talking a lot about 12x10 as that ENTIRE EPISODE and THIS LOOK are so closely correlated. 

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fuckedupasusual  asked:

oh man, yessss. Dean initiated the hug!! I screamed so loud it was unholy! He went in for that hug and grabbed is angel and never wanted to let go!

DUDE

Mind-boggled Dean says ‘I do’ (juxtaposed by the R&J glowing cross of Faith and Hope; WHAT A WEDDING)

He goes in–

–holding tight, on the verge of tears (both of them; observe the loaded emotionality in their expressions FML)–

–and we get–

You see that? YOU SEE IT?? DEAN’S truly UNDERSTATED BUT SIGNIFICANT SMILE???

Numerous feelings swirled inside his mind, but the most predominant one was SHEER lung-clearing RELIEF. HE GOT HIS ‘BIG WIN’. Cas is his happiness. His Everything.

Jensen has always been aware of his own acting choices for Dean. He is AWARE that Dean WANTED MORE out of this surreal moment (hence understated). Unfortunately he couldn’t yet bring himself to further vocalize those feelings being that 1. Sam was there and 2. the sudden reappearance of the Love of Your Life would pretty much render you speechless.

Then–

Cas: “How long was I gone?” 
Dean: “Too damn long.”

How long was ‘how long’? My canon timeline is a bit wonky – 2 weeks? A month?? Either way, to Dean his absence felt like 2 thousand years. *sobs*

Now don’t get me wrong, I read “Welcome Home, pal” as a deliberate ‘Buddy’ mirror. However, Toxic Hypermasculine BUDDY (who was killed by Feminine Dr. Vallens in 13x04 btw) replaced with the less-toxic-yet-bro ‘Pal’? This still counts as PROGRESS. Later, when it’s just both Dean and Cas in the Impala (behaving like the typical beloved husbands they are), Dean says: “It’s good to have you back, Cas”

No ‘pal’. No ‘buddy’. Subverting the 11x23 Bro-logue that took place when it was also just two of them. Note the OVERT difference in atmospheric lighting/camera shots. Sunlight vs Cloudiness. Stability vs Crookedness.

(“Pay attention to Dean when he’s alone”, my friends. We should watch Dean’s vulnerability presenting itself over the next episodes or so because of course, Dean WANTS to show Cas. More than anything. But it’s important to acknowledge Dean’s niggling fears. What if he loses Cas again? I TRUST Dabb & Co to properly unfurl the remaining characteristic threads this season. Joint Destiel character progression ahead!!)

Bonus:

‘Cas is Dean’s Win’ textualized in happy, sparkly-eyed Dean’s own words (just in case 13x05 wasn’t substantial enough for the GA). He’s using his words. Learning to refer to himself and his respective emotions; not tied down by safe-zone “Sam + I” pluralities such as we/our/us.

Soon, Dean should rescind his use of buddy/pal/plurals towards Cas altogether. And 06 held brilliant narrative negative spaces associating Sam’s receptiveness to Dean – the What Is Dean Feeling vs What He’s Saying. His “Fair enough” (and shutting the closet door, wow symbolism!) depicts the Unsaid theme hopefully crossing into Leaving the Closet Door Open: direct communication and honesty. Sam doesn’t completely know, but he will

Especially Cas.

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The Interview

Pairings: Joe Keery x Reader
Words: 2,146 sorry
Request: I absolutely loved the Joe Keery x reader one you made. Could you do a similar one where joe is still dating Maika but somehow starts to fall for the reader? I love all your imagines, you’re so talented! xx
Summary: You portray the new character Olivia Henderson in season three of Stranger Things. You and Joe go on a Jimmy Fallon interview together to talk about the recent season together.
Part: 1/5
Warnings: Joe likes the reader but is dating Maika, so if you consider that cheating.
A/N: I absolutely loved writing this, it’s probably one of my favorite fics I’ve written, so I hope I did your request justice! I cut this into two parts because there’s just so much more I want to do with it. (Also I have no idea how interviews work so if this is really inaccurate, I’m so sorry.

Part 2  Part 3  Part 4  Part 5


Your foot bounces as nerves run through your leg. You watch the TV backstage as Jimmy tells jokes to his audience. You stand beside your co-star, Joe, preparing to walk in front of the boisterous crowd. Joe playfully bumps your shoulder with his own, a smile tugging at his lips. “Relax,” He maneuvers himself behind you and begins to rub your shoulders, Joe’s touch calmed you down immediately -much to your dismay. “You’re going to do great, okay?” He reassures, “And if you panic just know I’m right there next to you. Jimmy’s interviews are always the best, he makes you feel right at home. There’s nothing to be worried about, I promise.” You nod along with Joe’s words. You can do this, you’re Y/N Y/L/N.

“Without further ado, everybody, Joe Keery and Y/N Y/L/N from Stranger Things season three!” People in the audience screech as you step onto the stage to meet the host. You and Joe quickly shake hands with Jimmy and situate yourself onto the couch as Jimmy gets comfortable behind his desk. “Welcome, welcome!”

“Thank you so much for having us!” You gush towards the man and the crowd cheers, you wave slightly to the crowd as their voices die down. “Ah, I’m so nervous, this is my first night show, I feel like the pressure is on.” You mention, Jimmy lets out a loud laugh and the crowd mimics his actions.

“Well I am honored to be your first host,” Jimmy grins towards you before jumping right on into the interview, “So Stranger Things 3 aired on Netflix about a month ago, correct?” You and Joe nod to answer his question. “Y/N, you’re the newest member of the cast this season, would you mind telling us about your character and her background? I believe it was mentioned here and there but just to make sure everyone is familiar with you.”

“Of course!” You cheer, your nerves subside as you begin to speak, “My character was Olivia Henderson, she is Dustin’s cousin who lived in New York. Her father was re-marrying a woman  who Olivia wasn’t fond of and she just wanted to escape for the summer, so that’s how she ended up in Hawkins.” You explain the backstory of your character like the back of your hand.

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Does the second half of S4 parallel S1?

it’s strange because the first half of season 4 had A LOT of parallels of season 3 but now this second half? 

The more I think about it, the more it parallels season 1, so here we go.

Losing Friends 

Vs.

Just like Eva Sana is feeling alone and out of touch with the people she loves the most. She doesn’t know how to fix the rift…so she doesn’t, but still she wants to so bad. she misses them and watching them from afar because she no longer can belong with them…is tearing her apart. Just like Eva in season 1.

Social media rubbing their new friends in their faces

vs

we then get a true sense of the isolation between the two when they both sit at home alone and watch their friends…literally replace them. That’s what it feels like for both Eva and Sana. and after they both see these social media posts and drives them to get up and do something about it. “don’t let yourself be a victim” as doctor phil says to Eva and “don’t live in fear” as Nas tells Sana…it’s too similar and I love it 

Benchy Buddies

vs.

Not only are they both sitting on the same bench, with the same person, on THE SAME SIDE, but it is insane that Isak has served as a focal point in both of their painful dramas of secrets. in Eva’s season Isak revealed her lies to Iben, in Sana’s….Isak still revealed Sara’s lies by Sana getting access of them from Isak’s account. so essentially the truth came out and disaster happened because of Isak in both seasons…w i l d 

Trying to muster up the courage to make things better

vs

I talked about this shot earlier today but oh my god I can’t believe how similar they are. The only difference is the change in time and the main character. This shows how 3 seasons later we are still in the same place. but this time with Sana. How we all feel isolation, misunderstanding and shame and how it never goes away. It is forever and it comes with being human. no matter who you are we all feel this pain, fear, and sadness. Both Eva and Sana felt like outsiders in their school. 

Confiding in someone about their mistake right before it hits them in the face

vs

Just like Eva, Sana could not hold it in anymore and chose to confide in someone about the saranors2 account. Just like Isak (but with purer intentions) Chris advised Sana to not tell. I actually find this parallel really cool because in season 1 Eva was scared of losing Jonas and Jonas not forgiving her but in this scene Sana is actually afraid of Eva never forgiving her. It is like we have gone full circle in skam world. Eva has gone from the girl begging for forgiveness from her mistakes to…being the one who needs to do the forgiving… hmm

Voicemail

vs

wow, so we have literally gone from season 1 where Eva is calling Isak after the reveal and getting voicemail, to Sana calling EVA after the reveal and getting voicemail. I think this was very intentional. 

Pain 

vs

Eva and Sana both get told that the people they love are incredibly heartbroken with them right now in a very similar way. Both with other people involved (Isak and Chris) and both with a phone…and then they break knowing that forgiveness is not going to be easy and they are both alone. They both fucked up and now they are alone and it is heartbreaking. 

what does this s1 parallel mean? 

Season 1 was the beginning, Season 4 is the end. The parallels are evident and I think it is because Julie wants to remind us why she made skam. Reminding us what it’s really about. I know with the girl squads current behaviour it doesn’t make sense just yet, but it will. and I wonder if this is also reflecting on Eva’s character now? She has gone from the character who we are crying with and hoping to god she can make friends and be happy to….being the girl we are screaming at to listen to Sana and FORGIVE HER. 

which is amazing because Julie is doing what skam has always meant to do. 

she is showing us every single side, corner, and edge of every character on this show. By doing this to Eva though is even more powerful because she was our first main. she is our firstborn who’s pov we all witnessed and now Julie is showing how we all make mistakes, we all get mad, we all are the person who needs to forgive, or the person who needs to talk. and each of these characters have had a turn to be each other if you think about it. 

Because now it’s Eva’s turn to be season 1 Ingrid…who needs to stop, and listen to what Sana has to say as they cry and forgive each other <3 

i don’t go into any season of south park with expectations or hopes for what’s to come as it’s simply too difficult to guess what it is that matt and trey will find themselves wanting to poke fun at, but i really hope next season we get a stan and kyle episode. not just an episode where they’re regularly interacting, but an episode that really hones in on the fact that, though the show is about a group of four friends, stan and kyle are two -best- friends

in recent seasons esp it feels like those two are just drifting further and further apart. ever since ‘you’re getting old’, i don’t feel like their relationship has been portrayed the same way and it’s steadily getting worse – given how often they’re now pitted against each other, passively not supporting the other, not to mention s19 where they were basically fighting through the entire arc.

i think a lot of this also comes at the expense of matt and trey’s eagerness to jump at any possible kyle vs. cartman story line. i think the foil dynamic between those two has yielded a lot of great episodes. but for the last couple seasons it seems they’ve made kyle so wrapped up in cartman’s business that stan has been pushed almost to the background (no thanks to fuckin randy either lmao). like i get excited when stan is on-screen and has lines now b/c he’s had so few comparatively for most of the last two seasons (esp strange given that in past seasons he had significantly more episodes centered around him/his family than the other boys and is often thought to be the main boy of their group). i just want a break from cartman-focused story lines w/ kyle taking umbrage to them as a constant b-plot. 

and i don’t think this would be as large a problem if kyle wasn’t shown to be pretty unambiguously more important to stan than stan is to kyle. we get a lot of opportunities to see this as stan is generally far less often in grave danger or distress than kyle; super best friends, cherokee hair tampons, smug alert, the list, etc. are all good examples of stan going pretty far to save or help kyle, but we don’t have a ton of those moments vice versa. kyle’s moments tend to be more subtle: taking care of stan when’s he’s ill in fun with veal, watching over him when he sleeps in manbearpig, guiding him to safety when stan is stunned in imaginationland, trying to see him through an ego trip such as in butterballs or scause for applause – little moments. 

above all, i think what they bring to each other is that kyle operates as a moral and ethical guide for stan and keeps him grounded, and stan acts as a conduit for kyle to sort through his constant frustration and support him emotionally so he doesn’t let those feelings carry him away. they keep each other’s feet on the ground; they’re often presented as the only two truly sane people, and i think growing up in a little fucked-up town like that forces them to be heavily co-dependent on each other, for better or worse.

a large part of kyle’s character is despite being so reactionary, he doesn’t process his negative feelings unless it’s through anger. he doesn’t often cry or allow himself to be sad – even when heidi broke up with him and insinuated he unwittingly manipulated her, and was ‘sneaky’ for being jewish, he’s mostly just stunned. in the following episode, he doesn’t interact with either heidi or cartman in anyway that indicates he still has tender feelings about the situation. now, in ep9, we know he still does b/c of the phone call with garrison – you can hear the anguish in his voice.

it seems evident that kyle views being sad as a deterrent to action, and he prefers to deal with things directly and head-on, so he channels those emotions into rage instead because it allows him to do something about it. if anything, he’s kind of emotionally illiterate. and i think this is what has caused and keeps causing a large riff between him and stan. stan is far more sensitive and prone to depression, and whenever he’s shown going through a rough time, it seems kyle puts in a minimal amount of effort to see him through it before he becomes frustrated and disengages with the situation. the most obvious example of this is you’re getting old, obviously, but raisins is another great one – stan doesn’t immediately respond to kyle’s attempts to cheer him up in a positive way, so he feels like he’s wasted his time, and quickly resorts to berating the goth kids at the coffee shop and being snide to stan. which isn’t what stan needs; he’s swayed by butters clearly articulating his own heartbreak and sadness in an honest but optimistic way, which is something kyle struggles with. but i don’t think it’s that kyle doesn’t care? he obviously does in assburgers, but he mentions to wendy that being around stan makes him depressed, and kyle is so greatly adverse to feeling that way that he decides the most prudent way to carry on is just to cut stan, his best friend, from his life. a major left turn if you will

so far this season has been absent of all of this, and i think that’s why we see kyle acting the way he is currently after ep9: neither of them is providing each other w that support. there’s still a lot of residual tension left over from seasons 19 and 20 at the expense of kyle being everyone’s constant whipping boy, gender war between the boys and girls, pc principal etc. i feel the most damage that’s come out of this season is on stan’s end; kyle has spent the last half of this arc fighting an uphill battle and fighting it alone, and given all that’s happened, it’s bred a lot of disaffection and upset inside him. heidi becoming cartman 2.0 has only made this worse; kyle can’t effectively speak in his own defense b/c it only fuels both her and eric’s embers to ridicule him, so he’s mostly just been taking it w/out much of a fight. stan’s indifference leaves kyle w no one to turn to, insofar as stan actively contributing somewhat to kyle’s feelings of alienation through discouraging his earlier efforts with heidi, or laughing at heidi and eric’s constant jokes about kyle being like his mother. if there is one thing i wish to (hopefully!) see in this season’s finale, or next season, it would be some reconciliation between stan and kyle – contrition for past behavior, an admission that neither of them has been putting in the necessary work that bolsters their friendship, reigniting what makes their relationship so special

because, to me, stan and kyle’s friendship has always been the heart of the show; it’s that nostalgic affection i think so many people can relate to – the kind of bond you form with your first best friend as a child. the relationship between stan and kyle reminds me so vividly of my best friend when i was ten. we were just like them. it’s juvenile and fickle and amazing and unbelievably strong. it’s universal. i remember reading some interview snippet w/ trey parker a while back where he described stan and kyle as “two kids who are desperately trying to be the other” or something to that effect and it breaks my heart b/c that’s what friendships at that age are! and it’s incredible! and it makes me so, so sad to just not quite see that same emotional tether between stan and kyle anymore

anonymous asked:

Season 13/14 wish list item: for one of the bad guys to taunt dean and Cas and call them besties or bros and dean corrects them with "actually, he's my boyfriend" and then they kill the bad guy together.

I NEED THIS SCENE REVERSED (without Jesse/Dean being angsty about his dead brother OBVIOUSLY, just the fluffy part :p)

x  In a bar:

Random hunter: So I’m guessing you two are the legendary Winchester brothers right? 

Dean: Actually no, Sam just want to get the beers, this is Cas.

Random hunter: Oh, the ex-Angel, nice! Sorry, I assumed, you two bicker just like brothers!

Cas: We’re more like an old married couple actually.

Dean smiles shyly and nods his head a little, remembering Jesse and Cesar.

Sam walking over with the beers: So guys, get this…

And everyone just moves on with the conversation cos it’s so not an issue, everyone respects them and TFW kicks ass, are brilliant, fight the monster and save the day OK THANKS BYE.

Okay Supergirl Writers, let’s honestly talk about the idea that you’re going to try to put Lena and James together… because I have some problems with that… and I know I’m not alone (there’s a reason ‘Lames’ became a go-to ship name almost as soon as the fandom caught wind of this whole thing)…

First, some mostly Lena-centric points (kinda)…

1. As a character, Lena is JUST now getting to interact with more people than just Kara and Supergirl (I consider them technically separate right now because Lena “doesn’t know”… *coughs* total bullshit btw). To not establish friendships for Lena with the other regular characters is a major disservice to her character.

2. Connected to this is the fact that Lena and James first met (as far as we know) in the first episode of season three. (I could be forgetting something brief in season two but I don’t think I am…).

3. Not only did they only recently meet, but Lena is showing up as James’ boss… in an industry with which she is unfamiliar. It’s a missed opportunity (and a disservice to both characters TBH) to not have them as respected colleagues before anything else.


And now for the James side (honestly the more problematic side for me… I wouldn’t say I’m anti-James… I want to like him but honestly I just can’t with how he was written all of last season…)

4. When Kara first talks to James about Lena his immediate response is “She’s a Luthor and therefore cannot be trusted.”

5. Then, in “Luthors”, after showing Kara develop a healthy friendship with Lena over the first half of the season, he completely disregards the fact that Lena had stopped Lillian in “Medusa” and saved every alien in National City. (Sub-point: the fact that no one trusted Kara’s judgment in “Luthors” is actually a major problem as well because Kara isn’t actually as naive as she can sometimes appear to be.)

6. Additionally, James only kinda begrudgingly apologizes to Kara about this but it’s more that he’s sorry for not trusting Kara than he is sorry for judging Lena.

7. James doesn’t even mention Lena again until they meet at CatCo… where he’s immediately confrontational… to his new boss… that he still refuses to fully trust because “she’s a Luthor”…

8. Also, just because Cat put him in charge doesn’t mean he owned CatCo… so having him hesitate with Lena being in charge and questioning decisions she made (which he admits are not under his per-view) makes him seem like a real dick… which was never really the case in season one (what up CBS!)

9. Then there’s “Damage”… James says he doesn’t see Lena as an extension of her brother but still is quick to blame Lena for the lead even though Winn was equally a part of altering the device and Kara was the one that decided to use it… and she did so to save the city from a very real and immediate threat…


Look, the point of what has essentially become a dissertation is that at this moment, this pairing is a TERRIBLE idea. There’s literally nothing to justify it other than both of them being single… and as a personal note, the only relationship I’ve actually believed James in was with Lucy.


I guess my main point, mostly for the writers, is you’re “under new management” now and can really actually try to make “Supergirl” a better show then it’s been since it came to the CW…

(Edit: I removed the James tag by request because someone felt I was being too Anti-James but I want to be clear that I do like James, but that the writing of him in regards to Lena has not been a good foundation for a potential romantic relationship… Sorry if I offended anyone; it’s honestly never my intention)
Top 20 TV Shows of 2017:

So this is the bit where I talk about how difficult it is to write a top 20 list because of peak TV, yada, yada, yada. If you are into TV criticism you have read it all before several over the last few years, the thing is while it might feel like a cliche it is totally true and with every year it become more true. Trying to watch everything out there is impossible and trying to then narrow down what you have watched to a list of 20 is almost as difficult. Every show on this list had an outstanding year as shown by some of the shows I left off of the list. In any other year the likes of Curb Your Enthusiasm and The Americans would be givens even if they just had middling seasons but not this year. It was truly a great year for TV and here are my top 20 shows of 2017.

Shows I Did Not Get Around to Watching/Completing That May Have Made My List:
The Deuce
The Handmaid’s Tail (to watch)
Legion (to watch)
Better Things
Search Party
Difficult People

Honorable Mention: Rick and Morty (season 3):
Shout out to Review as well, which was excellent but just had to few episodes for me to really count it. In terms of Rick and Morty it was often in the news (or at least the twitter news) for the wrong reasons this year as a group of its fans decided to act like complete dickheads for a period of time. All of which deflected from the fact it had its best season ever. I’ve always had issues with the show and basically how pro-Rick and his asshole behavior Harmon and co seem to be and this year didn’t necessarily dissuade me of that but on a week to week basis it was crafting, ambitious and well thought out stories, at a rate the show had never before.



No 20: Fargo (season 3):
As many observed this was not Fargo’s finest year and it maybe took a while to get going. It is also the case that 3 seasons in it is tougher for a show as idiosyncratic as this one to surprise us. When a seemingly major character dies in episode 1 it is less of a shock than it should be because that is what happened in season 1. Yet at the same time I so enjoyed this season and the performances by the likes of Carrie Coon (more on her later), Ewan MacGregor and David Thewlis and you still had episodes as excellent as The Law of Non-Contradiction.

No 19) Veep (season 6):
Similar to Fargo this was a just slightly below average year for Veep, but even then the quality of the ensemble is so far above any other comedy out there and the quality of the writing/jokes/insults is again just of the highest order. There are few shows I enjoy more than Veep.

No 18) Master of None (Season 2):
In my review I did write about how aspects of MON did frustrate me. For it’s social awareness, it is a show that wants me to desperately feel sorry for the man with seemingly the nicest/most privileged life in the world. The extent to which the show is essentially lifestyle porn at times can be a problem and the extent to which the show never questions Dev’s actions can also be a little off-putting. Yet having said that the good outweighs the bad and then some. The show crafts so many beautiful fully realized episodes and months after watching it is episodes like Thanksgiving that stick with me, more than the show’s flaws.

No 17) The Young Pope (Season 1):
I’m not sure I get The Young Pope. I love it but I’m not sure I get it. Even in this age of weird TV there is something truly odd about this show. So difficult to write about because it does not conform to any conventions or labels and that’s why it makes this list. Having said all of this I’m not quite sure the show ever hit the heights of its pilot (even if it remained excellent throughout) and that’s why it is not a little bit higher.

No 16) Brockmire (Season 1):
Brockmire is exactly the sort of gem that can get lost in this golden age, but for those few of us who did see it we know that it was one of the most raucous, hilarious and endearing comedies out there. I don’t know or care about baseball at all but I do love Brockmire and can’t wait til it comes back.

No 15) Brooklyn Nine Nine (season 4/5):
Just as Brockmire can get lost in a sea of amazing shows, B99 is the sort of show that you can take for granted so easily but 5 seasons in and it is still full of heart and brilliant gags. More than that though this year on a couple of occasions we saw the show break-out of its comfort zone with episodes about Terry being racially profiled and more recently Rosa coming out to her less than progressive parents. Those episodes showcased a different side of the show and demonstrated how B99 is not just a great sitcom but an important one. Nine Nine!

No 14) Preacher (Season 2):
Parts of season 2 of Preacher were as good as anything on TV. The opening scenes of the first two episodes, as well as standout episode Sokosha plus a whole host of other moments, showed how Preacher could execute some of the most ambitious TV out there to near perfection. It was not all perfect and the season might have benefited from being 10 episode long rather than 12 but nonetheless I love this show and it seems to only go in one direction. Bring on season 3.

No 13) GLOW (Season 1):
GLOW was sort of the perfect summer show. It was funny and likable and so binge-able. Netflix makes a lot of deeply serialized shows, designed to be consumed in one sitting so as you find out what happens next. Glow was not that. What GLOW was, was a show that quickly established an ensemble of distinct and interesting characters who you wanted to spend time with and for that it was a standout show.

No 12) Better Call Saul (Season 3):
It pains me to put BCS at number 12, in any other year this could be a contender for my number 1 spot but here it does quite make the top ten. Part of the reason why it is a little lower than you might have excepted is that at this stage I don’t have to tell anyone how good this show is. Into it’s third season and BCS was possibly better than ever. Certainly episodes like the chilling Lantern and in particular Chicanery mark series high points and some of the finest TV I’ve seen all year.

No 11) American Vandal (Season 1):
American Vandal is a curious show. It is ostensibly a parody, yet by the time you finish it you look back and think that was funny but not funny enough to be making this list necessarily. What it was though was the most engrossing show of the year. And it all centred on the question “who drew the dicks?” Yet for the silliness of the premise I could not have been more intrigued. AV found new ground for the most tired of sub-genres, the mockumentary and in the process delivered an absurd but in many ways tragic story of a stupid but well meaning kid in high school whose life goes array for reasons that have little to do with him. Defining the pleasures of the show may not be straight, but boy was it insanely watchable-the Netflix model at its best.

No 10 )Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Season 3):
Similar to B99, UKS is the sort of consistent joke machine that you can take for granted, and that many have, but for me this year there were few shows enjoyed nearly as much as it. I thought the show delivered its best season. The work of Ellie Kemper and in particular Titus Burgess can match any comedic performers on TV. Again though amidst all the laughs is a very human character study piece of an abuse victim and maybe where the show’s genius thoroughly lies  is in the way the show balances these two sides of itself.

No 9) Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (Seasons 2/3):
Rachel Bloom’s musical comedy/drama goes from strength to strength. Like many shows of this list it perfectly balances cartoonish sensibilities with discussions on mental health and never more so than in the first half of season 3. In addition to that though are the musical numbers. At times I’m just in awe of how spot on and clever their parodies, my favorite this year being “Let’s Generalize About Men” and for that it had to make my top ten.

No 8) Bojack Horseman (Season 4):
In its 2nd and particularly 3rd seasons Bojack became a show that delivered some of the most outstanding individual episodes of television, possibly ever. Escape From LA, Fish Under Water and That’s Too Much Man are just incomparable half hours of TV. Season 4 did not deliver a single episode of quite that standard. What season 4 did do though is deliver quite possibly the show’s most consistent, revealing and hopefully season. Something we all needed at the end of the show’s previous season.

No 7) Catastrophe (Season 3):
Okay it was only 6 episodes along, but I ask this question every year, is there a better written show on TV? There might be snappier dialogue out there, there might be more profound existential musings on some other show, but there is no show with more wonderfully naturalistic dialogue on now or possibly ever. Also there is not really a couple of TV I root for quite as much as Sharon and Rob and I really just want to watch the two of them on screen together as much as possible.Plus the final episode of season 3 was just the perfect send-off for Carrie Fisher and for that alone it deserves it place on my list.

No 6) Jane The Virgin (Season ¾):
Now four seasons in Jane the Virgin still has the power to surprise and hit me emotionally as much as just about any show on this list. I would go as far as to stay no episode of television this year hit me as hard as (spoilers) Michael’s death which was absolutely devestating. But when it comes to Jane the Virgin it is not just the big gut-punches that count, it is the smaller moments as well. The other scene that sticks with me most from its episodes this year is when Rogelio (often the show’s most comic presence) opens up to Xo about how he hasn’t been able to grieve properly for Michael, who was his best friend, because he knew he had to be strong for Jane while she was grieving. It is a comparatively small moment but every bit as resonant. I can take or leave all the intrigue concerning the Marbella but week after week the show delivers moments that really effect me, which even in this golden age can’t be said of too many show.

No 5) Twin Peaks (Season 3):
It seems to me that Twin Peaks has either been number 1 or completely absent from every critics list. And I can understand both positions. Twin Peaks was fascinating in a way that television and art more generally rarely is. It was also incredibly and deliberately frustrating at times. I’m almost reluctant to point out how obviously frustrating parts of the revival were because I feel like I might be missing something. On the other hand because its Lynch and because he is a widely and rightly acknowledge genius I think some critics have been too forgiving of some pretty blatant narrative issues, that on another show they would have lambasted. Ultimately though it was the TV event of the year and nothing quite engaged me on a week to week basis like it did. More than anything though there were certain moments, particularly toward the end of the season, that were greater than anything else on TV this year. Moments I completely lost myself in, in ways that are quite difficult to explain and for that I won’t be forgetting the revival for a very long time.


No 4) Mr Robot (Season 3):
If season 1 was clinically perfect, in a way no show since Breaking Bad has been, season 2 was an over-ambitious, definitely fascinating, mess. I was a bit of an apologist for the largely disliked second season-but even I was somewhat disappointed after the heights of season 1. Season 3 not only got the show back on track but it found a balance in the ensemble that neither season 1 (which was almost all Elliot) or season 2 (which felt like very little Elliot) had. It also starting making sense again and the show successfully battled the urge to be overly opaque or to have unnecessary twists. All of which meant that we got some of the show’s finest hours yet specifically the thrilling fifth and sixth episodes as well as the surprising and heart-warming eight hour, not to mention the finale which had a bit of everything. And for all its pessimism few shows made me happier this year, because I was so delighted to see this great show prove all the doubters wrong.

No 3) The Good Place (season ½):
Michael Schur has secured himself a place in TV history with The Office, B99 and in particular Parks and Rec, already but with The Good Place he has gone one further. We all knew he could craft wonderfully funny and likable sitcoms, but here he has delivered a show as twisty and as engaged in huge philosophical issues as any prestige serialized drama. The Good Place is not necessarily a sad-com like many of the show’s on this list but it is possibly the most plot driven network sitcom ever. The thing is the plot has real stakes and is completely unpredictable as well. The huge twist at the end of season 1 showed that even in the age of Reddit you could pull out the rug from underneath your audience and I did not think that was possible. I don’t know how much longer they can continue it but as of now The Good Place is just about a perfect piece of television. 

No 2) Halt and Catch Fire (Season 4):
Without spoiling what is number 1 on my list, when it aired I thought nothing would come near it but Halt and Catch Fire came very very close. Back in its much derided first season Halt was a jukebox spitting one antihero cliche after another. In some ways it never strayed too far from the conventions of the antihero drama but what made it different was that at a certain point it just wasn’t about antiheroes. Sure all the characters were deeply flawed, none more so than Joe, but their constant strive for something more, for some kind of connection felt so human you could not help but love them. The final four episodes were TV drama at its best and when it ended I really struggled with the notion that I would not be spending more time with these characters, but if anything made it okay it was how well they stuck the landing. Speaking of which..

No 1) The Leftovers (Season 3):
No show has ever made quite the impact in such a short space of time. The Leftovers conclude its mere 28 episode run this year, just 28 episodes yet about half of them are nothing short of masterpieces. That includes just about every episode in this final run. It’s tough in just a paragraph to breakdown what made The Leftovers such a transcendent piece of television-so to be glib I’ll say it took the ambition and phantasmagoria of Twin Peaks and combined it with the heart and focus on character of Halt and Catch Fire. LOST-one of my absolute favorite shows of all time-will define Lindelof’s career but The Leftovers is ultimately a more complete and mature piece of work. The writing, performances and direction coalesced to give us something often hilarious and surprising and always deeply powerful. There may never be a show like The Leftovers again and for those reasons it was always going to be my number 1. 

THR: You had a huge following last season. Do you think you have that same support?
Paul:  I was painted as the villain.
THR: Painted as the villain, or were you the villain? 
Paul: I wasn’t the villain. I just came back to play a game. I don’t know what you guys expected me to do. Did you want me to come back as the only vet and just hold hands with everybody? In order to beat them, I had to beat them. I came here to play a game. My fans would be more upset with me if I threw away my game than play the way I did. To all the alumni talking shit, I highly suggest you go on a season being the only vet. I’m pretty sure almost all of you who are talking shit have never made it to the final two. Check the stats, bro! (Laughs.) I don’t know why they don’t like me, but I don’t really care.

LMFAOOOO HES SO PRESSED THAT HE DOESNT HAVE ANY FANS ANYMORE AND ALL THE VETS HATE HIM

❣ ML S2 SPOILERS (EP. 8) AHEAD ❣

HC Plagg will now be 1000% worse when teasing Adrien about Marinette and his crush. 

I also want to see more Tikki and Plagg interactions like?? Can we just have them lowkey spend time together whilst Adrien and Marinette are in class? Or like encourage the kids to hang out more.

Does that mean Plagg knows Marinette is LB in Troublemaker?

Ugh i get so sad thinking that if MX doesnt get a win this comeback they’re going to feel like all their efforts this year have gone to waste. With two seasons of xray, a world tour, and 3 comebacks and they still couldnt get a win. And it just fucking hurts because they deserve so much for everything they give and they cant even get something as small as that. They already have two bonsangs (which are bigger awards) but getting a win is their dream and i just really want them to get everything they desire and more and it hurts thinking that they might think they arent worth that and i just-

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Who’s That Vans Girl?: @Mariaruzafa

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Waltzing (s1/s3)

I know this has probably been done many times before, but honestly, I just couldn’t resist. Just look at the difference in the way they act towards each other. In first season. Carmilla is trying to impress Laura, because she’s already head over heels for her. And Laura is trying not to show just how big her crush on Carmilla actually is. They’re both skirting around each other, testing the waters. Then there’s third season. They think one or both of them might die tomorrow. And all they have for each other is love. They just want to be close to each other.

Clone Shiro is a glorified King Alfor Hologram and this boy Sendak really be out here...

I guess I’ll start with what I believe.

Shiro WAS in the process of being turned into a sleeper agent before Ulaz helped him escape. When the galra lost shiro, they decided to do the next best thing. Clone him. I’ll explain why:

Throughout the show, no one real talks about why the galra needed shiro so much. Or why he was so important. He was suppose to be the galras greatest weapon according to Hagar.

But why would they need him if A) Voltron wasn’t active at the time he was captured and B) the galra are extremely powerful and are conquering solar systems pretty easily?

My guess was that they were going to use shiro to infiltrate rebel forces. The galra have gotten a pretty bad name through the 10,000 yrs they’ve been fighting. You can see through the treatment of the blades that the galra aren’t very liked. And Some of the rebels have been around for a very long time like the blades. So the galra seriously needs to get rid of them. What better way than to take out rebels than using a sleeper agent. And shiro was perfect for the job for many reasons.

Everyone knows about shiro. He’s really made his mark with everyone. When they rescued those prisoners in the s1e1 the prisoners trusted him immediately. So he’d be perfect for a sleeper agent.

Alright so they’re in the process of turning him into a sleeper agent, and The process is turning out to be harder than they thought. Shiro obviously wasn’t going to go through the process willingly so he probably faught back a lot. That’s not what you want with a sleeper agent, you want them to be as unsuspicious as possible right and not know they are a sleeper agent so their cover isn’t blown. obviously with time they could’ve done it but This process takes a very long time. Shiro was only in space for a year, and during this time he became the Champion of the gladiator ring. That doesn’t sound like a quick process. For him to become the champion and successfully he turned into a sleeper agent it would’ve taken more time than just one year. 

So at some point they were going to have to make shiro forget everything they’ve done to him.

Shiro is suffering a lot through amnesia, and some of it is because of his PTSD. But some of it definitely has to do with the process the galra were putting him through. He doesn’t remember a lot if not the great majority of his time with the galra.

In season 4, haggar mentions it’s hard to erase memories and Matt says the brain is hard to hack, so the galra were definitely having trouble with conditioning shiro. (It also explais why not all his memories are gone.)

But regardless Ulaz, the BOI, ruined their experiment by helping shiro escape. And he did it just in time to save shiro from fully becoming the galras greatest weapon.

Shiro was upset when Ulaz died because he had so many questions as to what they did to him. There’s no way they were just planning to give Him a weapon and not do anything to control him, because that sounds dumb. (It SUCKS because Ulaz would definitely have known what happened to Shiro. He probably could’ve cleared everything up.Rip Ulaz)

At this point the galra were like, “well shit, Now what?”
Why not just clone him? How? They have his DNA, through the arm they took from shiro. Like that’s pretty much all they need. (Assuming the perfected cloning, which you know their technology is really advanced so that’s not a stretch) the problem with cloning is that the clone doesn’t have the memories and experiences the original person has. In the galras case that’s actually ya know A HUGE BENEFIT. they could literally shape and turn the Clone into whatever they want without any problems.

And hey would you look at that their original experiment turned out to be the new leader of Voltron which they now have a clone of. What a perfect way to test it out except they’re going to need some memories to make Clone Shiro unsuspicious to the team. And The extraction of memories is extremely easy apparently.

Y'all remember King Alfor’s hologram.

Coran in season 1 explain how Alfors hologram works.

(“Never been attempted on an unwilling participant.” Maybe not yet.)

The process sounds really simple. Extract the memories and put them into castle.

But in this case real shiro memories were inserted into his fake shiros arm. Hunk talks about inserting fake memories into shiro in season 2 so it’s possible.

So there, you got yourself the perfect clone ready to infiltrate your biggest possible threat. Now make his escape off the ship as believable  and authentic as possible and you’re good.

Going back to the king alfors hologram, anyone think the hologram was a little off from what we saw in the flash back episode from the end season 3? Yes the hologram is “Alfor”, but not really. He just seemed different. This could explain why the Shiro we see now, the fake shiro, seems a little off as well.

I also want to talk about who else might have known about Clone Shiro other than Ulaz. Zarkon hasn’t really shown any indication that he knows. Haggar probably knows, just hasn’t said anything.  And obviously the galra on the ship who let Fake shiro escape know. But who else could have known???
I don’t know maybe like SENDAK.

HE JUST GOT EJECTED INTO SPACE AND no on has mentioned him since. Now why do I believe he knows stuff?

The little exchange between shiro and Sendak in season 1 episode 9, is interesting. Especially these two lines.

REFORMED?
Are you serious???

ARE YOU SERIOUS??????

Anyways I could totally be wrong and losing my shit and reaching for shit and that’s okay ya know. I just wanted to discuss with people about this.

Also check out these two theories X X because holy shit. They explain more evidence. So check them out.

Anyways thanks for reading because this was really long and all over the place.

also sorry for going crazy at the end but those two lines are just wild.

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Warning! Major spoilers shown and discussed in this post!

Something I found very interesting about the new pan-upward images of Marinette and her classmates in Season 2′s opening is the sticker details.

The bottom image includes two cute but notable stickers on the image with Marinette, Alya, Adrien, and Nino. On the left side is a sea turtle sticker, and on the right side is a fox sticker. Considering what we know for this season, I think those are cute details that foreshadow Nino and Alya’s futures.

However, what I really want to look at is the image with Marinette, Alya, and other girls in the class. All of them have animal-themed stickers, but most of them are hugely notable based on other huge spoilers that leaked out. Marinette has panda ears and panda nose stickers, which reflect her Chinese heritage, and Alya appears to have fox ear stickers, referencing her future promotion to Rena Rouge. Meanwhile, Rose has a pig ears and a pig snout (I failed at catching a screenshot of the snout, but you can see it there if you pause it at the right post), Mylène has mouse ears, and Alix has has rabbit ears and a rabbit mouth. Juleka is harder to tell, but she has an orange tail with a brown stripe, orange ears with stripes, a sharp tooth, and the text “GRRR” over her, so I think her stickers are based on a tiger.

The reason why I find the four girls’ animal stickers interesting is that they are animals of the Chinese zodiac. From the TFOU video in late August, we also learned that there are kwamis based off the Chinse zodiac animals, the rabbit being the only animal not represented with the other animals’ kwamis but probably existing if the other eleven do. Here is a comparison I did:

Even without the stickers there are some similarities that can be argued. Rose is pink like the pig kwami. Even the wing design on her back makes me think of the phrase “when pigs fly” in relation the kwami. Rose doesn’t really have tiger-based colors, but at least in concept art, neither does the tiger kwami. Both have darker purplish colors, and both have orange eyes. The rat kwami’s pink eyes remind me of Mylène’s design’s use of pink, like her bandana and some of her locks. Alix is a different one for sure, as we don’t have any images of a rabbit kwami yet. However, considering how rabbits are symbols of speed, I could see how this matches up with Alix.

Of course, if Carapace proved anything, it’s that there isn’t always that huge a connection between designs, but as it has been the case for a few others, it might be possible for some similarities to exist with other pairs of humans and kwamis.

I think this could mean a few things. First of all, it could just be a fun reference. We weren’t supposed to know about the Chinese zodiac kwamis yet (I’m sorry, Thomas and crew), so for those who caught, it’s a sweet hint of things to come.

The second meaning is the one I’m not eager for, but it could be possible as far as I know right now. These pair-ups indicate that in the future, these characters will be matched up with these Miraculouses for an unknown reason. It could mean that other people related to them somehow have these Miraculouses, but from what little we know right now, it seems to mean more by speculation that these characters will get the Miraculouses, like Rose getting the Pig Miraculous and Mylène getting the Rat Miraculous.

By extension of this, this could mean at the most the entire class will get Miraculouses. Subtracting the main five from the class group from the majority of Season 1, we have nine students. However, if they are in the same class, Lila, Kagami, and Luka would push that number up the twelve, or there could be other students meant in those slots. A lot of them could arguably line up with them. For example, considering Ivan’s supportive yet tough nature, his crush on Mylène, and how the Chinese story connects the rat and the ox, he could get the Ox Miraculous. Honestly, once Kagami and Luka are revealed, it would be fun to try to connect them and the CZ Miraculouses based on what info we have.

Do I want this to happen? Well, if the show pulls it off with excellent writing, absolutely, but as it stands, not really. One huge event where all the students are required to help as Miraculous holders would be awesome, but then they’re just back to normal, which is kind of disappointing. Two superheroes appear to be more than enough for Paris, and if the three upcoming superheroes for Season 2 are only part-timers, it seems especially insane to add a lot more part-time superheroes on top of that. And, of course, there’s the common joke of the entire class suddenly excusing themselves to go fight a villain – it’s totally not suspicious at all. If we get more Miraculous holder superheroes, I would want them to be from around the world and only guest-appearing, maybe all of them coming together to help the Parisian heroes stop the bad guys in the Season 3 finale. While I love all of the students, no matter how good or bad they lie on the moral spectrum, all or most of them being superheroes sounds like overkill.

Once again, though, I’m not entirely against the idea. In-show, it just needs a lot of talent by the crew to make this kind of thing feel right for the series. Honestly, though, as an AU of sorts outside the show, I’m all for it. I’m already wishing I could draw up art of these girls in superhero forms based on these stickers in the Season 2 opening, along with assigning other CZ Miraculouses to others (I need Rat!Mylène and Ox!Ivan being cute and fantastic superheroes together). The students are fun characters, so giving any of them Miraculouses and seeing what they would do with them is great, whether they use them wisely, irresponsibly, for good, or for evil.

In conclusion, who knows what any of this means, but no matter what it turns out as, I appreciate the fun Easter egg details of the Chinese zodiac animal stickers in the opening. Nothing or anything can come from it, but for the time being, I just think it’s cool to have those details in there, and I’m very curious to see how the Chinese zodiac-themed Miraculouses come into play, with a lot or very little importance, in the series’ future.

what I want from s2 with our major leads, and some current frustrations

Marinette, more plot development and involvement. Character development wise, she’s good. I can see that she changed, that she’s gone from point A to point B, that she learned lessons, and is still growing. But plot-wise, she’s lacking. She has no real risk or personal loss aside from losing to HM and her crush’s turmoil and how that may affect their relationship. There’s no personal struggle or loss for her alone outside the issues of her crush’s father being the villain. This is why I’m hoping Paon will end up being related to her, that’d give her an edge in the plot and give her some plot development and involvement, add a struggle for her to go through, a blow to her. 

Adrien, give some character development. Plot, the boy is good. Mom’s missing and dad’s the villain. By looks of Collector, the latter will be a struggle for him. But, he is severely lacking in character development. He’s got his strengths and his flaws, but he makes no effort to change. He doesn’t learn, he doesn’t improve, there’s no change to his character. We don’t even know what he wants to do for his future, if he has any idea, what names does he like for kids, or what hobbides does he truly enjoy, what are his passions? What is he interested in besides his crush? He needs tro branch out, needs to develop, make mistakes and learn, and it’s time for us to really get to know him. 

Chloe, a redemption. Despair Bear was a point in the right direction, but not quite a step since Chloe still went back to being mean for her own amusement  in the end after she got the ok from Adrien that they were friends again (which is a step back in his development that ep). Chloe needs to learn and face consequences of what she’s done, a real redemption shouldn’t be easy, and I’m relieved DB didn’t wrap it up in one ep (though I am annoyed how eaisly the classmates were up to give her a 2nd chance after all she’s done to them); I do want to see it continued soon. Preferably before she gets a miraculous, I still don’t see her fit for bee yet, at least, not intentionally given to her. 

Alya, development, particularly on her wantcing to know LB’s identity. Will that still be there when she’s a hero, or will she learn to get past that? Will the Ladyblog still be up when she’s a hero, or will she give that up? Her wanting to know LB is a liability and risk, and needs to be addressed for her to be a hero. So far s2 she seems to have mellowed out about it, so maybe she doesn’t want to know as much? I want to see this addressed. 

Nino, development and some real focus; especially on Nino. Nino seems to be getting less and less focus these days, I think he’s gotten one line so far s2… and this is our future turtle mriaculous holder and he’s someone we really hardly know and most of time, he seems kind of just… there. Alya and Chloe both have a presence s1, quite a bit of focus, and for these two future holders, that works in their favor. We’re pretty familiar with them and have a good idea on what they’re like, their interests, what they need to work on to develop and grow. But Nino? We don’t know Nino too well, and he’s getting a miraculous this season, someone who’s gotten hardly any attention from the show. I want to see more of him, I want to see him developed, I want more than Adrien’s really suportive friend. I want to get to know him, to see more of his personality, more sides to him. Just give him more focus, show me what he needs to work on, is he torn about what he wants to do for his future? Is being a DJ more of a hobby for him? What else makes him worhty of the turtle aside from being a devoted friend (even then, so far it’s only to Adrien). Just, give Nino some more focus please.