i think we can all agree on who the true star of this ep was

This is what “balancing the Force” looks like:

I wrote a 25-page paper on Star Wars arguing that “bringing balance to the Force” didn’t mean “the Jedi will be 100% in control” (and of course not the opposite) but bringing the two aspects of the Force into alignment, using Anakin as a case study. Brief recap of my paper:

  • EPISODE I
    • The Jedi literally don’t know that slavery still exists in the galaxy and are shocked when Shmi says “The Republic doesn’t exist out here… We must survive on our own.” So like… the fuck.
    • Anakin asks Qui-Gon “Have you come to free us?” and Qui-Gon says “No, I’m afraid not,” to which Anakin replies, “Why else would you be here?” Here we can see the innocence and goodness in Anakin juxtaposed against the moral ambiguity of the Jedi. They’re there for repairs on their ship - nothing more, nothing less. Witnessing slavery does nothing to change those priorities.
    • The Jedi take a child away from his mother, and when Anakin is (rightfully) scared for his mom, who has been left in slavery, the Jedi are still like well, you know, ¯\_(ツ)_/¯, enforcing the laws against slavery seems kinda like a lot of work so we’re just not gonna get involved. That’s like… not quite what you would expect from the “Light” Side.
    • Anakin is literally a child whose mother has been left in slavery and, understandably, he’s kind of freaked out. Instead of acknowledging Anakin’s pain as legitimate and working with him, the Jedi take an oppositional stance, telling Anakin that “Fear is the path to the dark side” - a phrase that was much more apt in the Original Trilogy than it is here, where Anakin is only nine, and his fears are 100% rational.
  • EPISODE II
    • Obi-Wan asks Anakin if he’s sleeping poorly because of his mom, Anakin basically admits yes, and Obi-Wan says “Dreams pass in time.” Uh, Obi-Wan, I’m sure you have good intentions and all, but the problem isn’t in the dream world. Anakin’s dreams are a reflection of the actual, legitimate, very real danger his mother is in, and Obi-Wan’s response only dismisses Anakin’s fear and drives him further away from the Jedi Council. And, again, the Jedi could have fixed this entire situation by either rescuing his mother or actually trying to stop slavery instead of just paying lip service to the idea.
    • Anakin and Padmé fall in love, and Padmé is like “yo is this, like, allowed to happen for you??” and Anakin says “Attachment is forbidden. Possession is forbidden. Compassion, which I would define as unconditional love, is central to a Jedi’s life, so you might say we’re encouraged to love.” So… Taking a woman’s child so he can fulfill their prophecy and leaving that woman alone and enslaved on a desert planet is compassionate behavior now? Right. Sounds fake, but okay. Also, Anakin is literally pointing out the hypocrisy in that statement - so you can love humanity and people, but you can’t love a person? That’s super weird.
      • Falling in love is like… not really something you can help? Especially not the first time. Just, you know, speaking as the classic lesbian who has fallen for a straight best friend… just saying “don’t do that” is not really going to help. At all.
    • At this point, the Jedi have created a situation where if Anakin falls in love (as he is wont to do as a literal teenager who was not brought up in the Jedi Order of his own volition), he has to keep that love secret or a) risk expulsion from the Jedi and b) prove them “right” that he can’t be trusted. Which, you know, nobody wants to do.
    • Padmé tells him that he “had a nightmare again last night,” and Anakin says, “Jedi don’t have nightmares.” Yo, what the fuck. This kid is a teenager, his mom is on a desert planet and enslaved, and now he feels like he’s not even allowed to have nightmares? Which are not conscious? I get that the Jedi are supposed to have total control over themselves, but first of all, that’s a completely unrealistic expectation to have of anyone, much less a teenager, and second of all, that’s a real fucked up thing to imply on a mental health level. “You’re guilty, even for the pain that your brain is inflicting on you from childhood trauma in situations (i.e., unconsciousness) that you can’t even control!” Yeah, no. There is no way that could possibly go well. 
      • If Anakin is made to feel guilty for being scared or having nightmares or missing his mom from whom he was taken when he was not even ten years old, and Jedi are pointing to those feelings as evidence that he is dangerous and untrustworthy, he is put in a situation where he cannot admit that he needs help and therefore cannot access help. Like, just get the kid a shrink! And maybe rescue his mom! There are ways to address this and help Anakin stop having feelings, if that’s something we really have to do, without shaming him, which is gross and also distinctly unhelpful.
    • Anakin goes back to Tatooine to find his mom, she’s been kidnapped and tortured by Tusken Raiders, she dies in his arms, and he slaughters the Tuskens and vows to become so powerful he will be able to stop people from dying. Which, like, is not ideal - not condoning murder - but he’s also seen his mother for the first time in years, like at least half a decade, and he is a) completely overrun with survivor’s guilt and b) rightfully grieving and c) also rightfully pissed the fuck off that he finally sees him mom again only to have her die in his arms. Like, I’d be pissed, too. And you know what helps with grief? Talking it out!! Therapy!! Friendship!! You know what Anakin doesn’t have? Literally any of those things. He can’t admit that he’s grieving his mom because it would threaten his place in the Jedi Order. The Order’s strictness continues to place him in a catch-22 where admitting he needs help is already condemning him.
  • EPISODE III
    • Anakin beats Count Dooku in part because he is furious that Palpatine has been “captured” and taps into the Dark Side with that emotion. THEN, Padmé’s like “surprise, I’m pregnant,” and Anakin (again, understandably) flips the fuck out. He has nightmares about her dying in childbirth, and guess who he can’t go to for advice or help or even consolation? The Jedi!! Wow, this is going so well for everyone, what great policies we have here.
    • The Jedi Council want Anakin to spy on Palpatine, and Anakin (correctly) points out to Obi-Wan that this goes against the Jedi Code, against the Republic, and asks why Obi-Wan is asking this of him… to which Obi-Wan replies, “The Council is asking you.” So, you know, this doesn’t exactly endear Anakin to the Council, who have already been pretty shitty to him and are now seemingly hypocritical as well.
    • Palpatine says to Anakin, “Be careful of the Jedi, Anakin. They fear you. In time they will destroy you.” and yeah, he’s playing on Anakin’s confusion and suspicions and totally using him as a pawn here, but he’s also right. The Jedi have proven themselves to not have Anakin’s best interests at heart, even if they have good intentions. And they do fear Anakin, so, you know, that whole “non-attachment prevents fear” thing isn’t really working out for them either.
    • Palpatine tells Anakin that the Dark Side can allow you to control death, and Anakin (who, let’s remind ourselves, has watched his mother die in his arms) begs to know how so he can save Padmé should his nightmares come true and she die in childbirth. And, again, since he can’t go to the Jedi for any help with this, he feels he has no choice but to trust Palpatine.
    • Here we get to a real fun sequence of events. Palpatine tells Anakin he’s a Sith. Anakin threatens to kill Palpatine, but doesn’t, so he can maintain the possibility of learning how to save Padmé. He goes to tell the Jedi, who rush into action and don’t allow him to join them because they think his fear will cloud his judgment, ignoring the fact that a) they’re scared out of their asses too, and b) he literally just betrayed someone close to him??? for people who have really been nothing but shitty??? So I feel like Anakin’s doing surprisingly well rn and the Jedi are basically like, “Yeah, great, but also fuck you and stay here.”
    • Soooooooo, Anakin goes to save Palpatine (again, to then save his wife), and in order to save him he kills a Jedi. At this point, Anakin’s like “I’m completely fucked,” which is true (although he’s been fucked from the beginning because the Jedi suck), and he pledges himself to Palpatine because he doesn’t think he has any other option.
    • Okay, then he goes and murders a bunch of kids, so like. That’s not great. Not gonna condone that. This was A Mistake™. I think we can all agree on that. Moving on.
    • Obi-Wan and Yoda see footage of Anakin’s fun murder time and Obi-Wan goes to try to find and defeat Anakin. In order to find him, he tells Padmé what happened and then hides away on her ship.
    • Padmé talks to Anakin, flips out when she realizes Obi-Wan was telling the truth, and as she tries to talk Anakin down from his panic- and grief-fueled descent into insanity he says, “I won’t lose you the way I lost my mother! I’ve become more powerful than any Jedi has ever dreamed of and I’ve done it for you. To protect you.”
      • Side note, at this point I get annoyed because, like, Anakin, she literally Did Not Ask. Buddy, pal, friend, she specifically told you not to do this. I know your heart is in the right place, but like, this really could have all been prevented if you’d just listened to your wife. Why are the women in Star Wars consistently the only people who know what the fuck is going on?
    • Obi-Wan reveals himself, Anakin thinks Padmé betrayed him, and Force-chokes her. So, like, again, the anger is understandable, the Force-choking is not. Not going to defend that.
    • As Obi-Wan and Anakin fight, Anakin says something extremely telling: “From my point of view, the Jedi are evil.” He isn’t lying. He isn’t even exaggerating. The Jedi have fucked him over at every turn. And the point that is being made here is that Anakin descends into madness because he, like the Jedi, lives at moral extremities. He goes mad and gives himself over to the Dark Side because the Jedi have thoroughly erased any possibility of a middle ground. 
      • The utter distrust that the Jedi Council have of “Gray Jedi” and the fact that “Gray Jedi” means both people who walk the middle ground of the Force and people who don’t answer to the authority of the Jedi Council also point to this. We can see this with Jolee Bindo and Qui-Gon, among others. If you walk the middle line, the Jedi will turn their backs on you. (Pro tip: if nobody is allowed to disagree with you, you’re probably not the good guys.)
    • Aaaaaaaaand finally the whole fight ends and Anakin becomes a weird lava-deformed creature of the night and when he finally wakes up and asks Palpatine if Padmé is okay, Palpatine says, “It seems in your anger, you killed her.” So, Anakin at this point a) is consumed with self-hatred, b) has nothing to live for because all of his loved ones either hate him (Obi-Wan) or are dead (Padmé, theoretically), and c) feels like he has no way out of the horrifying mess he’s put himself in. And here the prequels end.

What I’m trying to say here is that the Jedi aren’t perfect, and they don’t always use the Force for good. (See: “slavery is cool, we guess.”) Their emphasis on shutting out your emotions is ultimately what drives Anakin to the Dark Side because they allow no room for mistakes and therefore erase the possibility of Anakin ever getting help. Or, you know, compassion, which is supposed to be the Jedi version of love. So… The Sith suck. But the Jedi also suck. Not as much, for sure, but they are definitely guilty of some real fucked up things.

Now for the fun part!!!!! Rey, in Ep. VII, wins her battle against Kylo when she gets pissed. You can also see in that scene that when he’s overpowering her, you can see both the red and blue light reflected in her eyes, and when she closes her eyes and thinks “use the Force” and opens her eyes again, you only see the red.

What that piece said to me, and what this trailer and the poster say to me, is that “balancing the Force” means recognizing that emotions are not evil unto themselves, that you can love people and use that love to fuel goodness. Rey has the potential to balance the Force because she has already proven that she can harness emotion, be driven by emotion, and still use that for the Light Side.

Anyway, I fucking love Star Wars, meta is great, Rey can kick my ass any day, and if I’m right and these trailers are backing up my theory I am literally going to lose my mind.

So Many Spoilers And Yet, Jonsa Is Still Endgame

Okay my loves. Everyone close your eyes and take a deep, calming breath. Better? No? Well then, let’s continue …

It seems that no matter where you turn, the internet has been brimming with GoT spoilers. Some seem plausible, some utterly ridiculous, others written like straight up fanfiction. Since then, my inbox has been flooded with nervous Jonsa shippers, and while I would love to answer each one of you individually, I’m only one person. That doesn’t mean you should stop sending me asks -at the risk of repeating myself, I’ve just decided to compile all of my current thoughts here.

Here’s your warning right now that this post contains SPOILERS. Whether or not they are factual spoilers, remains to be seen.

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So I’ve put together some of my favorite stories! I hope you all will enjoy them as much as I do!

Guys, thank you for your work and thank you for your words!

(note: be careful, some fanfics contain spoilers for s7)

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Wait Out the Storm by @killians-dimples - Killian and Emma are enjoying a day on the water when a storm happens upon them. They decide to wait it out down below, where Killian has some interesting ideas as to what can occupy their time. Mindless fluff and smut. 

Something Just Like This by @killians-dimples​ - Killian and Emma enjoy a quiet morning in their home.

February Thirteenth & February Fourteenth  by @cutieodonoghue - After a trip around the world, emma returns home to storybrooke, unprepared to be suddenly entwined in killian jones’ life thanks to ruby’s constant meddling, and her dad’s insistence that killian is off limits.

Let’s Just Be Us by @cutieodonoghue​ - rockstar!killian and movie star!emma secretly dating, but those pesky fans figure it out… 

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accio-chris  asked:

I don't get any "I'm str8" vibes from any of the three songs. Honesly, I expected something totally different when I heard the name Computer Games, something silly, about being nerdy boys or something. Definitely not these good songs, with hidden messages (or rather hidden in a plain sight?). These songs are so good, and I would rather have them on Darren's solo album, but. IMO, lyrics are only darren's, theres no other option for me.

I am in love with everything Computer Games and selfishly hope they continue for years. I was hopeful, I saw Freelance Whales a few times and have their cds.  But I was also skeptical with all the PR that has been surrounding Darren. But he did it his way. The music is so much different than I expected. And just amazing. And completely him. And agreed, I think the lyrics were primarily written by him with the music mainly being conceived by Chuck.  

It’s important to remember Darren signed a record contract and never put out an album. Listen Up was all about testing out Darren as a pop prince and we easily could have had an album full of Pheromones and Picture Perfect Girl. That is what the label wanted from him.  Because that type of album is much more commercial and marketable.  I think said contract is why we still don’t have solo tunes from Darren.  

Darren told us years ago that he didn’t want to sell out. And that it was Chuck who pulled him aside and convinced him to be true to himself.  He fought for years. Make no mistake- this was Darren standing up for his artistic integrity. And he won the battle.  I think its easy to forget how much he fights and how strong he is and how when it comes to his career choices, the roles he plays, the music he releases, he prioritizes choosing projects that are true to him.

And I think he was genuine when he said the solo EP is coming. I think as soon as he can it will be released and if the rest of the EP is as brilliant as When the Dance is Over is, I think we will all be very happy DC fans. 

I see Darren’s star only rising. Every choice he has made lately, career wise, has been brilliant. And I truly think he is on the road to breaking free. We just have to be patient.

Good Stuff - THE TROOF ABOUT STEVEN UNIVERSE - Part 5

WARNING: Make sure to do finger circles near your eyes to help their muscles. And here’s Part 4, if you wish. And for those who kept up or are aware of this multi-part analysis, know that this is the last point I have. Otherwise thank you, take care out there, and enjoy.

Steven Universe is a charming, popular show with a quad-polar fandom, and I’m only here to point out what I say is legitimately wrong with the cartoon. Simple enough? Fair enough. Point number 5:

AND STEVEN:

What makes a great character? Charm? Growth? Badassery? Nah, it’s the struggle son. To cheaply quote Pixar: “You admire a character more for trying more than for their successes.” And while Steven does try, does he really fail? Let’s look back. He has three skillful and powerful guardians that care for him. He has a father who is filthy rich (’member that). He has a sweet ass pad. Everyone that knows him likes/respects him. He has powers retained from his mother. He has a lion for a pet. He redeemed/helped three of what were once his enemies. He has a best friend that joins in the action with a sword. He clearly has the capable knowledge of reaching out to anyone. He’s outdone death more than once. He’s practically invulnerable (see “Steven vs. Amethyst”). Everyone that doesn’t like him could eventually see his way with good convincing and a middle road to come to (except Kevin). While there are things he needs to do and characters that’ll he have to confront sooner or later, I’ve started to think less of how he’ll succeed and more of when he’ll succeed. I’m thinking less of who he is and more of what he is. Here’s what I mean…

Originally posted by cutepicsofstar

I don’t see Star Butterfly as an upbeat, independent, cocky, and enduring magical princess who loves rainbows and puppies and struggles to balance fun, romance, and responsibility in one go. I see an up and coming teenage princess that’ll defeat all the evil, hook up with her friend Marco, and claim the title of Mewni’s Queen while doing it all her way.

Originally posted by anime-collections

And I don’t see the JoJo bloodline as a group of distinct protagonists that have their own goals and passions all the while seeking justice against the evil that surrounds them. I see the main characters of 8 different parts that have the ability to defeat the final enemy at the end.

It’s the “Man of Steel” effect; when you do nothing but show how Steven is becoming like or better than Rose, it takes away from letting Steven see who he really is and wants to be. Season one did Steven good (begrudging to say, I know) where he was devious, self-centered, and oblivious but basically was a goofball kid with a good heart; like Ash Williams from Evil Dead. Halfway in and they basically took that away in favor of him just being the pacifistic hippie boy scout that doesn’t want to do wrong or hurt anybody and wants to be a better version of his mama and… and…zzzzzzz. Yeah, I don’t know how to put this, but Steven is now as good of a main character as a sheet of paper. Like, on paper he had potential, but as paper he’s pretty ineffective.

Originally posted by loopedgifs

Hell even paper can show you wonders

“But Monkey Network, he’s a character that goes through many hardships and has a lot on his mind and is going through plenty like most people.” Yes he is, but he’s really done nothing to better himself. “Mindful Education” brings this up, but immediately sweeps it clean in favor of a song about trauma (ironic) and giving Connie more of the floor. And “Storm in the Room” perfectly captures how flat his guilt complex really is…

This episode could’ve given Steven a better perspective on what he wants to be, how he should see Rose, and how things in his life will change from that point on. No, it amounted to saying Rose wasn’t in the wrong for anything (clearly a lie) and Steven being basically gaslighted to believe that he’ll be around to fix what she didn’t do herself, never stating how he should go about doing so. He has guilt and unsure regrets, and yet now nothing feels like things for him are getting any better through his efforts. Knowing that he’s basically Jesus, I am stunned I don’t see him curing every ill-ridden human on the planet and is instead trying to make peace with everything that wants him dead. Also, if I wanted a show that mirrors the possible regret and turmoil I force myself to suffer with everyday, weed and a literal mirror would create a similar effect. And all this leads to–

“But Monkey Network, he’s at least a pacifist who tries. He only wants to share peace and enlightenment to everyone he meets and that includes those who are trying to defeat them.” True, but there is something called “being pushed to a limit”. Yeah I see Steven stand up for himself while choosing not to hit anybody, but there are some people that don’t deserve anything but a good blow to the face. We see Steven get angry and mean, but has he really been pushed to a limit?

Mob Psycho 100 (Ep. 3)
A limit that, while possessing regretting, let’s one know they can be a force to be reckoned with?

Trigun: Badlands Rumble
A limit that forces them to take immense action without breaking their code of pacifistic honor?

I mean there’s being a pacifist, and there’s being an peaceful spouting wimp I can whup easily before somebody beats me up to stop it. The point of having pacifism in a show is the counterpoint where that ideology’s being tested and momentous reactions result from it. Yeah, he showed sheer ire towards Kevin in that one episode but that was it, and that was a one off excursion with the only irredeemable character in the series. Now I know violence is not always the answer and this isn’t suppose to be a violent show, whatever, but violence is present more than enough times in this show. So I must topically ask, what was stopping Steven from five knuckle shuffling Aquamarine when he clearly had the chance to, freeing his friends and getting the chance to escape their clutches? There’s the peaceful route, and there’s showing us nothing.

Boy must have a soft ass jab

“But Monkey Network, he has development and growth with this being a coming-of-age story.” True dat, but to an extent. I’ve noticed that when it comes to Steven Universe’s development, everyone is given development with Steven tagging behind. Connie, Amethyst, Pearl, Peridot, Lapis, Lars, you see them learning and growing on the front lines, but Steven’s been kinda consistent wouldn’t you say? I mean, he does grow in seeing many different perspectives, but does he really grow with the said varied perspectives or does he just acknowledge them while doing his usual helping routine to try making things better? You know who is a better main character than Steven? Well….

You could go with this

Originally posted by poc-character-of-the-day

Or you can get with that.

Originally posted by doafhat

Wouldn’t you agree? They’re forced to look out of their comfort zone, they make mistakes but see to getting back up, they grow to understand how this new world works and take it to heart, they’re not mopey little shits and constantly take initiative, and I find their voices less annoying than Steven’s. Okay, that last part is a preference but still.

I’ll say Steven’s a fine protagonist, but he’s a boring protagonist to sum it up. Nothing about him makes me want to care anymore and while I look towards new episodes, all I can do now is tolerate him. They could do better with season 5 upping the ante, but at this point I’m more invested in the world of Steven Universe than Steven himself, and that is sad. You know your cartoon is crumbling where your world generally revolves around the main character and said MAIN CHARACTER is whack! Rebecca Sugar Schnapps and her crew just better git good this season; because it can look good and sound good as long as it wants, but it needs to feel good to be a real show, you feel me?

Originally posted by usedpimpa

I’ve said my peace. Have a good week everyone.

Reply 1994 : Overall Review [Spoiler Alert]

So after 31.5 hours the journey came to an end, with us having to say goodbye to the characters we grew to love in Reply 1994. While I understand many people are somewhat unhappy with who ended up being Kim Jae Joon, I believe we should be focusing not on who got the girl but more on what the drama did beautifully in giving us and really deserves to be one of the best dramas of 2013.

Growth of Sung Na Jung

Love triangles aside, Reply 1994 executed one of the best character developments for its heroine in K-dramaland ever. We are not talking about any typical oh I thought I loved him but it is not so, or bad girl gone good or the other way round - We are talking about actually growing up as a person.

The drama started off with Na Jung as the crazy wild young girl, chasing hot collegiate basketball seniors, joining clubs and living the campus life. Unlike Siwon in Reply 1997, her wild side is not controlled at all. She is actually truly immature in many ways, like her dancing like a crazy woman to music shows and beating up anyone who disagrees with her.

Hence, watching Na Jung discovering her love for Oppa, panicing over how to confess, becoming a sweet and caring girlfriend to later choosing career over love in the 1997 economic crisis and learning more about what love is and what it means to her, was a breathe for fresh air for the world of clueless drama heroines.

I also like the tiny little details the director and crew also took into consideration when showing the growth - from Na Jung’s outrageous and bombastic fashion in the beginning to a mature and sophisticated working woman later on.

Of course, also a huge round of applause for Go Ara’s amazing portrayal of the lead in this coming of age series. I never thought she was a horrible actress as many said but she was also never THIS GOOD. Her expressions and even just her stares and glances were perfect in showing the growth and change in Na Jung.  I literally cracked up at her “This is mum. Go do your homework” mode at the end when her kids were too busy watching M! Countdown. 

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Friendship Wins All

While I am also keen to discuss the great details in describing different types of love in the drama, I must talk about the great portrayal of friendship. Often forgotten by dramas in the mist of love, revenge and angst with usually friends already being friends without much explaining, this drama allowed us to watch these strangers evolve into the closest buddies ever.

I nearly bursted into tears during the scene of the final breakfast in the boarding house, as it was so different compared to the first one with everyone in the gang in Ep 2. Back then Samcheonpo and Haitai would be bickering while Yoojin spoke nothing and Na Jung stuffs herself as her parents tries to find her a husband from the group.

By the last ep, everyone had this unspoken understanding of each other, trying hard to ignore the fact this would probably be the last time they eat in such a family like way ever.

What made it all the more amazing was the fact they all wore the Support Korea T-shirts from watching the World Cup. They were not just united by country, they were now a true family and everyone has grown thanks to one another.

What Goes Wrong In The World of Love

What I also greatly admired in this series was its discussions of various aspects in relationships. Unlike the horrible handling of relationships in many series that ended up being unrealistic, we actually can nod and agree with many of them here. I have categorized them in a few categories:

1. I Don’t Want You To Get Hurt

When Na Jung explained to Oppa and the audience why they broke up, I felt bad for Oppa but could not help agreeing. Oppa wanted to protect Na Jung, causing him to never really fully trust her - never sharing his problems, his pains or his feelings. Love is not just about being sweet and romantic to each other, but also being able to lean on each other during times of need. I felt like this is rarely touched on in K-dramas full of people being selfless to the point of fools and being loved for it so a massive kudos for the director for bringing it up as well as Oppa for following up and opening up more to Na Jung.

2. I Want You, Always

In many K-dramas, while the main lead is super hot (hello Lee Minho), I was at times annoyed by how clingy they are. Like if you were not that hot, seriously girls will be creeped out by you creating all these opportunities for alone time and doing all the cheesy “Stay with me, please” sorta things. While I was #teamchilbong, I was glad that the drama did show that his actions were selfish. When Chilbong came to realise he was thinking more for himself than what was good for Na Jung, I thought that was a massive character growth and something very true in our world. It’s cute to tell your girlfriend to stay with you forever but when the person is not even your girlfriend yet it may be best to let go for her to decide for herself.

3. I Thought That Was Love

Haitai’s loveline is actually just as great as the main one. While it did not have triangles or possible squares and pentagons, it showed us the struggle of a youth on his definition of “love”. When the drama began, Haitai would mail his girlfriend Ae Jung the latest Seoul goodies without considering that buying her expensive gifts is not love at all.

However, he continued to have difficulties working it out, as seen with him not getting the wall painting metaphor from Yoojin. He did not understand why “Are you ok?” is the answer to the question and continued pursuing all these girls (his club sunbae, the Yonsei Jun Jihyun and Uhm Jung Hwa aka Rainbow’s Jaekyung and Woori) before realising how much he still misses Ae Jung, who was the only one who truly understood him and will actually be the one who will know if he is “ok”. It is the mutual understanding and care of even the tiniest things that builds the foundations to a strong relationship.

4. I Am Not Sure What This Is

Binggeure brought about another side of love very suiting for his character. He took two years to work out if he wanted to do med-school so I was not surprised he was equally confused about love. As Baro, the actor of Binggeure said in Ep 0, he was also confused at that age about what he wants to do and who isn’t?

While some fans were really disappointed that Binggeure did not end up being gay, but was only confused about his feelings for Oppa, I thought this was very realistic. For someone who never dated before, admiration could easily be mistaken as love, even if it is someone of the same gender you are admiring.

Especially since Oppa was also his first kiss, it would be even harder to work things out as first kisses and first loves always have some place special in our hearts. Hence, his need to confirm his feelings for Die-Die Sunbaenim, the first girl to ever show any interest in him was cute and relatable.

5. Simple Things & Crazy Deeds

Reply 1994 also showed us what things start a relationship and keeps it going. For example, Samcheonpo and Yoojin began as enemies but bonded due to their little actions for each other’s parents be it sharing precious iced coffee to drinking coffee when you can’t take caffeine. Love also gets us to do things we never expected to, with Yoojin going to social functions she disliked for him and Samcheonpo stealing Seo Taiji’s toilet for Yoojin.

The same can be mirrored in Mum and Dad, with Dad buying and cooking things for Mum even if it pisses him off at times to Mum joining Dad in some of his crazy investments at times.

Of course, these simple little actions and crazy things can also be seen littered throughout our main love triangle. Oppa would be the giver of milk and biscuits and marshmallows, things that seem insignificant but are all meaningful to Na Jung. Their relationship is also full of such aww-moments and also the crazy times when Na Jung cleans his trashy house because she loves him even though it disgusts her.

Chilbong’s love for Na Jung also stem from the little things she do. From her genuine nature to him even though he is a star to crying for him during the shopping mall collapse. He was always neglected by his family and the fact someone unrelated to him cared so much for his being meant the world to him.

Through comedy, tragedy and love, Reply 1994 has reminded us all of these little moments in life that made us laugh, made us cry, made us bond but also made us grow into who we are today. Whether we were true 90’s kids or older or younger, we can all watch this drama and look back to our decade with a knowing smile.

Personal Rating: 4.8/5

-0.2 for slightly dragging out some bits and not really tying up Chilbong’s love line. Otherwise :D

What did you think of Reply 1994? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below!

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anonymous asked:

Hi! I don't try to blame you (I am a CC believer) but I want to share my thoughts with you. I think D isn't an A list star to really care about all these PR stuffs,so why does he always justify himself? I mean most of people don't care about his sexual orientation and personal life at all. And I start to think that we really don't know anything about him. What person he is. We have our own theory, M/iarrens have theirs, what if we're both wrong in many ways?

I agree, none of us know Darren and what he is truly like. We can only make assumptions based on perception and the glimpses he allows us to see.

I disagree however that people do not care. They sure do. I have seen it with my own eyes at events and have read it for years, well before I knew the truth, on fan forums, twitter, IG, tumblr.  There is a need by certain fans for him to be straight.

Further, while I do not know D or his true personality. I do know certain facts that cannot be disputed.  His PR life is just that, PR, and it is a complete fabrication.

On his status in Hollywood, no argument, currently he is not an A list star. But make no mistake, that has been the plan since day 1 for him when he was discovered by Fox. They knew immediately that not only does he have the talent but he has the personality and the drive.   This is why they have repressed his sexuality and his relationship for 7 long years. Yes, it was to market him and Glee and sell him as a teenage dream. But it was also in anticipation of his pop prince career and his leading roles in romantic comedies.  This was the career path.  

So I think you are wrong to think he has had any choice. Darren has not had a choice when it comes to the PR aspect of his life since he signed that contract at 23.

But things have shifted and changed. Which is interesting as I think Darren is very much headed towards the illusive A list.

Darren has proven that he will not lay back and continue to engage in the games. And he has made it clear to anyone who is actually paying attention that for his survival, it is critical that he tells his truth. He just is not that person that is willing to hide forever in order to have a successful, predictable career.

First, he did not release the album they wanted for him. And to this day, we still do not have an album or EP.  One we know he has been working on for years.  That is him kicking, screaming,and fighting.

Second, and more important to the contract Post Glee D has had 2 major roles. Hedwig and Andrew. Polar opposites.  With one commonality.  Both characters are queer. This is a deliberate intentional choice. Darren is choosing roles where his sexuality does not matter. And ones that allow him to stay true to himself despite the circus going on around him.

Finally, it appears he has been finally able to convince his oppressors that everyone will win in the end if he is able to come out and live his life in the open.I think this is something that has taken years. And we as fans will never know what he has sacrificed and given up to finally convince them. But i do believe he has and i do believe change is around the corner. So close that he can touch it but still  far enough away as he ends this very toxic, bearding chapter.

Are they taking a gamble? No question. It is not just his career that will be affected, this directly impacts Chris as well (when they come out as a couple).  I honestly think for them the gamble is worth it. Is he terrified? I have to imagine that yes, the potential consequences of the games that have been played must be overwhelming.   

But I don’t think remaining status quo is an option, I just don’t think he would continue to thrive,  So much of the light has been taken from him.  That light that always shined so bright. To the casual observer, it is not clear. But to me, it is glaringly obvious. And the only way to get that light back is to live his truth.

viviornitier  asked:

I saw you called John Crichton "best mentally ill protagonist that comes to mind" and I totally didn't even know that! while I'm not trashing on your opinions or faves, I was if anything, very bored by John as a generic white human male protag because his presence always devolved the humor into repetitive iterations of john:[human culture related joke], everyone else:"i dont get it". As a result I never got into Farscape despite how much i WANTED to. Basically, please sell me on John Crichton.

First I will say: if I’d only seen the first season, I’d probably agree. John is absolutely a white human male protagonist, and early on it doesn’t look like they’re going to do much with that. Though Farscape seasons 2-4 is kind of a completely different show than Farscape season 1. S1 does pick up momentum towards the finale, and once that was dealt with in the S2 premiere, I thought it would go back to business as usual. I remember watching the second ep of S2 and realizing that the tone/style had changed a LOT, and it only increased from there. Farscape is a rare show in that it’s not afraid to take risks and have actions have consequences and make things CHANGE. Things don’t always boil down to the status quo, and that really makes for an exciting ride. And I think John actually gets explored as a character, as a person, instead of him just being the window into this world.

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