30 Day MFU Meme Day 22 – Defining character moment - Napoleon Solo
It took me ages to actually understand it and make this post.
When I was watching the show for the first time, all I could see was Illya Kuryakin. I’m sure, everyone can see why :) But then I was rewatching season 1 and I started noticing these little moments, and eventually Napoleon became my favourite character. What’s happening here?
Napoleon tries to make everyone feel better about their lives.
It’s especially apparent in early episodes, when he did most of the talking and had to interact with everyone personally. When the show became one about two agents, there came more action, more rescuing each other, more flirting, more… I’m getting distracted.
Hm, anyway. The way Napoleon interacts with different people who are only a small part of his life, is very important to me. Most people he shares time with feel better after they meet him. Except for villains. Especially those who threaten Illya personally. And the contrast is very important. Some villains who threaten only Napoleon himself, leave him cool and even willing to understand them. But there are other cases…
Anyway, it’s a subject for another post.
Napoleon tries to make people feel better. In a genuine way. It’s important.
SO I REWATCHED SEASON 1 AGAIN BEFORE I START ON SEASON 2 AND OF COURSE MY OTP FEELS CAME BACK FULL FORCE OMFG SAVE ME I CANT BELIEVE THE LAST TIME I DREW THESE CHILDREN WAS A YEAR AGO AND NOW THAT I LOOK BACK AT IT I WANT TO ERASE EVERYTHING AHAHAHA sO CRINGY
I love how by the third episode, Giles not only starts being protective of Buffy, but also starts engaging with her in her syntax. “Did we find?”-“We found.” is one of the kinds of exchanges I treasure, because it demonstrates both the fluidity of language as well as a depth to Giles as a character and his connection to this group of students.
“For a kid with so damn much family these days, he’s still somehow been dealt a shitty hand.” No magic AU where Henry’s just a sad, angry with with a fucked up family tree.
Captain Cobra. (Eventual) Captain Swan.
Notes: The first official chapter! Sorry it took a while. Moving is a pain. But here’s chapter 1, and the next chapter is partly written and it’s all basically sketched out in my head so hopefully the next update won’t take quite so long. Recommended listening is still: Eugene by Sufjan Stevens.
(Shout out to swallowedsong, again, for always responding ‘sure!’ when I ask if she wants to look over something for me, and for generally being encouraging and enthusiastic.)
Regina used to walk him to school everyday. She’d hold his hand as they went, her grip tightening when people would pass by, fake smiles on their faces as they greeted her, an equally forced smile on her own. She was a very powerful woman, his adoptive mother. Important. The kind of important that never forgets itself—that demands that no one else forget it, either. The kind that doesn’t make many friends. She’d hold onto his hand as they walked and as he got older he wondered if she did it for his sake or her own. Who really needed that anchor?
Maybe it was both of them.
Emma walked him to school, too, but she kept her distance a bit, only reaching for him to cross the street.
“I guess you’re probably too old for this, huh?” she’d said once as they walked, her hand soft and unsure around his.
“I don’t mind,” he’d said, squeezing her hand and smiling.
She’d smiled back, ruffled his hair before he ran off and into the building, and when he glanced back as he reached the door she was still there, still smiling, still watching him.
Truthfully, he didn’t need either of them to walk him to school. He just—
He just liked it when they did.
His first Monday at Barrie he walks alone to the dining hall. Sits alone for breakfast, and makes his way by himself to his first class.
I do highly recommend that if you are considering doing a rewatch this hiatus you start with Season 1.
I’ve rewatched this show more times that I can count, some episodes I’ve seen a ridiculous/shameful number of times but I always started every multi-season rewatch with 2.04 per no Killian Jones.
But rewatching Season 1 after this last epic Captain Swan season has given me a greater appreciation, if possible, of CS not only because of all the Snowing parallels but also just seeing how differently Emma acted with the other men in her life compared to how she acted with Killian and how differently that character in general was handled.
You can argue with me until the cows come home but there is 0 doubt in my mind after this rewatch that Killian Jones was always written and intended to be her True Love in a way Graham, August, Jefferson (I dunno if he was in the running but they had chemistry), Neal, and Walsh never were.
It’s very, very clear both in how the other characters were introduced, how their backstories were handled, how she reacts to meeting them for the first time (or in the case of Walsh how she acted with him in general), how she spoke to them and about them, and even her overall body language that there is a clear distinction between their intentions with the others and their intentions with Hook.
I know we meta and argue and give supporting evidence all day long but all you really have to do is watch to see the contrast.