i wanted to add more of the cast but i got lazy

Connecting dots

Hey guys! In light of the new info we got from the databank, i decided to bring together a few things featured in the novelization, in the commentary and sometimes the movie script. Personally, i’m very happy with the consistency between all the canon sources, which makes me believe that there won’t be any lazy plot twists. Before i start, two points:

  • Kylo Ren biography:

Now calling himself Kylo Ren, he served the First Order’s Supreme Leader Snoke. Neither Jedi nor Sith, Kylo used the pain of his emotional conflict to fuel his extraordinary powers, and dedicated himself to destroying the last traces of the Jedi tradition.  

  • Kylo Ren biography (cont.):

Kylo swore his loyalties were only to Snoke. But he was intrigued when he captured Rey, a Jakku scavenger whose Force abilities were raw but very powerful. A mysterious connection seemed to link the two.

This supports what i said here, Kylo indeed uses his pain and conflict to fuel his powers. Plus, the context is rather curious because it sounds like Kylo started questioning his loyalty to Snoke when Rey came into picture. I also stated before that maybe when Kylo offers himself to be Rey’s teacher, he wasn’t including Snoke in his plans. A little bit of validation is always good, right?

Let’s begin:

Kylo Ren biography: 

Landing on Takodana, Kylo confronted the young woman who’d escaped from Jakku with BB-8 – and found himself puzzled by a strange connection he felt with her. Resistance X-wings drove the First Order’s forces away before BB-8 could be found, but Kylo took the young woman, Rey, into custody.

TFA novelization (page 182):

Having circled her, he moved even closer, peering into her face, her eyes. Then the red lightsaber he held came up: close to her flesh, close enough to cast a red glow on her skin.
“Something.” He sounded mystified. “There is something…Who are you?”

Movie commentary: 

And he (Kylo Ren) is letting go of the droid as his goal, and he’s focusing just on her (Rey). And clearly, you think, he can just extract the information he wants now, but because he’s taking her you get the sense there might be something else going on here.

Part 2

Kylo Ren biography:

Speaking with his captive, Kylo removed his mask, revealing his surprisingly young face, and used his powers to dig into Rey’s mind. But both captor and captive were surprised when Rey found herself able to sense Kylo’s own thoughts¹ – including his conflicts and doubts. When Snoke requested Kylo’s presence, he donned his sinister mask and left Rey in her cell. Sneering at Kylo’s weakness, Snoke ordered his apprentice to bring Rey to him².

Rey biography:

Kylo interrogated Rey, using his Force powers to dig into her mind. He uncovered her feelings of loneliness, and the fact that she’d come to see Han as a father figure. But to the surprise of both, Rey found Kylo’s own mind open to her as well¹. She saw that the seemingly fearsome warlord was vulnerable, filled with conflict and pain.

Movie script¹:

THEY’RE BOTH SURPRISED: they react to a feeling that passes
between them – AN ENERGY THEY RECOGNIZE IN EACH OTHER.

TFA novelization² (page 207):

The Supreme Leader’s voice was flat. “You have compassion for her.”
“No—never. Compassion? For an enemy of the Order?”
“I perceive the problem,” Snoke intoned. “It isn’t her strength that is making you fail. It’s your weakness.

Part 3

Movie commentary:

1. This is the moment of course where Kylo Ren learns about Rey. And now, these two disparate pieces come together. 
2.  One of the new relationships that we were focusing on was between Kylo Ren and Rey. They’ve never met but he’s heard of this girl.

TFA novelization (page 251):

“It is you,” Ren murmured.
His words unsettled her: Not for the first time, he seemed to know more about her than she did about herself.

Bonus: 

Kylo Ren biography:

But Rey took up Skywalker’s saber. Rejecting Kylo’s invitation to show her the ways of the Force, she attacked him – and Kylo found he was no match for her power and rage. Rey defeated him, and Kylo escaped Starkiller Base before its destruction. He sensed his destiny and Rey’s were somehow intertwined, but how?

Rey biography:

She rejected this call to destinybut was captured by the dark side warrior Kylo Ren, with whom she shared a strange connection. 

Another curious “but”, if i may say. 

Feel free to add anything that i forgot to mention.

“Kishimoto planned EVERYTHING from the beginning! SJ didn’t force him to do anything!“

-Kishi said the Kakuzu and Hidan arc was suppose to be longer but SJ told him to cut it short to get back to Sasuke. And that Hidan was suppose to return in the War arc but he admitted that he literally got lazy with drawing and didn’t want to add more characters because it meant drawing them.
-Kishi has repeatedly said Sakura is the heroine even well into the War Arc, only to turn around and claim Hinata was always the heroine after the series ended. His editors and SJ also kept pushing for Hinata to be the heroine for along time.
-Kishi said Sasuke and Naruto were suppose to be holding hands in 698 but SJ told him he can’t do that.
-Sasuke wasn’t even suppose to exist and was added at the suggestion of his editors.
-Same thing for the Chunin Exams Arc, Kishi’s editors literally told him he had to do it instead of his original idea of slowly introducing many characters over several chapters/arcs and he regrets not being able to do what he wanted. He just wanted to show Naruto going on missions and learning about the outside world.
-Once again, even Orochimaru and his involvement in the Chunin Exams Arc was not his decision. His editors told him he needed a villain and that he had to make the Chunin Exams not finish. Shikamaru was also suppose to be the winner, instead of losing to Temari.
-Kishi admitted the idea of Kekkei Genkai, Sharingan and the like in the Land of Waves arc was just a “bluff” that he did not plan on getting in to at all.
-The Mifune/Hanzo fight was cut short because his editors hated it and told him he needed to end it very quickly and get back to the main cast, but Kishi really wanted to write it.
-Pretty much the entire Kobayashi interview is Kishi going “I didn’t know what I was doing the majority of the time and when I did know what I was doing my editors made me do something else because they didn’t like it.”
-Holy shit there’s a lot more but I’m too lazy to write them all right now


Since it’s glaringly obvious that Kishi has made shit up along the way, changed his mind about things, was forced to do things he didn’t want to do or agree with and mentioned things that never got brought up again, why can’t people accept the (very likely) possibility that the entire Ending and probably the Ships were not what he originally planned?


Feel free to add more (because I know there’s more but sleep)

Epic Movie (Re)Watch #108 - The Road to El Dorado

(GIF originally posted by @dreamworksmoments)

Have I seen it before: Yes

Did I like it then: Yes.

Do I remember it: Yes.

Did I see it in theaters: No.

Format: DVD

1) Not only is this one of my favorite animated movies, it is one of my favorite movies period. I found it while scrolling through Cartoon Network or HBO Family or something and watched it every chance I could get. 12 year old me found it very edgy. The mild swearing, the cigars, the blasphemy, all of it was very enticing and that’s fed my love of the film since.

2) Elton John & Tim Rice, the songwriting duo behind The Lion King, re-teamed for this film and churned out a nice set of songs. But the strange thing is if you listen to the soundtrack most of the songs are recorded differently than how they appear in the film. The one exception I think is “Someday Out of the Blue” which plays during the end credits. Still, they songs add the fun and energetic flavor to the film. The opening song in particular, “El Dorado,” does a nice job of setting up the mythology we need to get the movie started in a very short amount of time.

3) If you’re a fan of voice over work, you’ll recognize Jim Cummings as Cortez.

Cummings is one of the most prolific and talented voice over artists out there. It would be impossible to list everything he’s done, but his most notable work has been as Darkwing Duck, Winnie the Pooh & Tigger too, Hondo on "Star Wars: The Clone Wars”, Razoul in Aladdin, and Ray the firefly in The Princess and the Frog. It’s fun knowing what he sounds like because not only do you hear him in Cortez, but you also pick up the random nameless characters he plays too with his different voices.

4) The heart of the film, the thing that makes it great: Miguel & Tulio.

Originally posted by roadtoeldorado

The bromance between Miguel & Tulio is what makes this film work as well as it does, it’s what makes it fun! Kenneth Branagh and Kevin Kline voice the pair respectively, and their chemistry is off the charts. It doesn’t hurt that the pair actually got to record their performances with each other, a rarity in animation (although Pixar has done it with Monsters Inc for John Goodman and Billy Crystal).

Their relationship and roles are clear from the start, they balance each other out. Tulio is mildly selfish with a great hunger for gold and an ability to think things through. Miguel’s heart is bigger than their brain, being the dreamer/softie of the group (wanting the map to El Dorado, saving Altivo the horse when he almost drowns, etc.). And they play off each other beautifully.

Originally posted by hamsturfinnur

5) 12 year old me was very fascinated with the slight profanities this film had.

Tulio [when he’s about to roll his dice]: “Come on baby, papa needs that crappy map.”

I thought crap was a real swear when I was twelve. I didn’t lose my innocence until thirteen.

6) Chekov’s Fake Fight.

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The fight comes into play later in the film too, but is a showcase mainly for the wonderful banter between Miguel & Tulio and - therefore - the excellent writing of screenwriters of Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio. These guys were my favorite screenwriters when I was twelve, and can you blame me? Their resume consisted of: Aladdin, The Mask of Zorro, Shrek, The Road to El Dorado, every Pirates of the Caribbean film, Treasure Planet, and both National Treasure films. They have a strong penchant for strong dialogue too. Consider the exchange above, and also this:

Miguel: “You fight like my sister.”

Tulio: “I’ve FOUGHT your sister! That’s a compliment!”

I love that.

7) According to IMDb:

The film shares several attributes of its namesake, the "Road” comedies made famous by Bob Hope and Bing Crosby during the 1940s (which helps explain anachronisms such as shared language, pop culture references and lack of historical accuracy).

I just thought that was a fun share.

8) God, I love the banter between these two.

[Tulio & Miguel jump into barrels of water in a chase scene but can’t escape because the barrels are being loaded onto a ship]

Tulio: “What’s happening here?”

Miguel: “We’re both in barrels. That’s the extent of my knowledge.”

9) Even the bad guys have great dialogue!

Cortes (upon discovering Miguel & Tulio on his ship): “My crew was as carefully chosen as the disciples of Christ.”

10) I’m just going to let you know now, so many of my notes here are just quotes from the film I love.

Miguel [giddily, after Cortes tell the pair they will be enslaved in Cuba for being stow aways]: “Alright! Cuba!”

11) For example, another quote:

Miguel: Yes, that’s it Altivo. Find the pry bar!

Tulio: Yes, “find the pry bar”. He doesn’t understand “pry bar”! He’s a dumb horse, there’s no way he could understand…

[Altivo drops keys into the brig]

Tulio: Well… it’s NOT a pry bar.

12) The Trail We Blaze

Originally posted by insidealosershead

Animated films are usually short so as to be not too time consuming. It can take years to make 80 minutes of animation. This film has a nice device of compacting what could be very long scenes into neat little montages with the use of a song. We still get Tulio & Miguel’s fun journey through the jungles to find El Dorado, but it’s done in three and a half minutes to a fun Elton John tune. It keep the energy, the adventure, but doesn’t waste the time of the animators or the audience.

13) Immediately Tulio and Chel have great chemistry as they play “pass the golden idol” together!

14) El Dorado.

(GIF originally posted by @dreamworksmoments)

Immediately upon entering the city the audience is filled with a sense of wonder, achieved through gorgeous animation and also Hans Zimmer’s subtle music which adds for extra bone tingling. You marvel at it with Tulio and Miguel, and you understand how it is such a mythical place.

15) Edward James Olmos does some great voice over work as Chief Tannabok.

Originally posted by roadtoeldorado

I’ve never seen “Battlestar Galactica” so I am mostly familiar with Olmos from his work in Blade Runner, Stand & Deliver, and even “Agents of SHIELD”. I think he shows off a nice amount of range with this addition to his resume. Chief Tannabok is not an angry man. He is kind, soft, gentle, patient, but also you can tell that he’s kinda sad. You don’t HEAR Olmos, you hear the chief and that makes him an excellent addition to the cast.

16) And of course our big bad, Tzekel-Kan

Originally posted by roadtoeldorado

Tzekel-Kan is the opposite of Chief Tannabok. He is angry, an overlord of sorts. He wants blood because he believes it is what’s needed. He believes people are wicked and evil just for enjoying life and being kind, and it is his righteous duty to smite them. He pisses me off way more now than he did when I was twelve.

17) This whole bit with the volcano! Miguel goes too far and says that the gods should not be questioned or else they will be forced to release their awful wrath…but Tzekel-Kan wants to see that. Only they’re not gods! So he and Tulio turn away to try and figure it out and we get this…

Originally posted by findreactions

There’s an old addage in writing: “A coincidence to get a character out of trouble is lazy.” However in this case I’m 100% okay with that because it’s just funny as hell.

18) How many of us have used this GIF?

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19) Chel.

Originally posted by specta-a

Chel is a nice way of making the duo a trio. Voiced wonderfully by Rosie Perez, she is just as crafty and cunning as Tulio (if not more so) but also understand Miguel’s sense of adventure. The pair balance each other out already, bit if Miguel acts too dreamer-y or Tulio is too gold hungry they throw each other out of whack (as this film shows). Chel helps stabilize them by film’s end and is a lot of fun to watch. Also, bonus points for being an animated female character with a body that is physically possible.

20)

Chel [on why she wants a life of adventure]: “You’ve got your reasons…and I’ve got mine. Let’s not make this personal, okay?”

WHAT ARE HER REASONS!?!? WE NEVER LEARN!!! I MUST KNOW!!!

21) So Chel needs to prove to Tulio and Miguel she’s a good con artist…

[Chel shows the pair the dice she stole from Tulio]

Tulio: “How did you get those?”

Miguel: “Where was she keeping them?”

I’m with Miguel, that’s the more important question.

22) Oh Miguel…

Originally posted by jay-robo

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23) It’s Tough to be a God.

Originally posted by borzotro

The only time this film is a traditional musical (ie: the characters themselves break into song & dance), and considering Kevin Kline’s and Kenneth Branagh’s singing here that might not be the worst thing. The interesting thing is that their version doesn’t even appear on the soundtrack. Instead we get a duet with Elton John and Randy Newman.

24) I need to remember this excuse.

Tulio [trying to convince Tzekel-Kan not to make a human sacrifice to the gods/them]: “The stars are not in position for this tribute.”

Miguel: “Like he said…”

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Originally posted by pantyception

25) I don’t identify totally with Miguel or totally with Tulio, but with parts of them. Like I identify with Tulio being kind of the dreamer who thinks things are possible, but this is a very me thing to say:

Tulio [after Miguel tells him he worries too much]: “No, I worry just the right amount! You can never worry too much!”

Same, Tulio. Same.

26) Remember how I said this movie was edgy to 12 year old me. Well it features a scene where Chel tries to seduce Tulio. Like, more than wanting a kiss. But like she shows off her shoulders for a back massage, they’re later found on the ground together all disheveled, it’s not even very subtle when you know what’s going on. Twelve year old me was very innocent.

27) I love their banter.

Miguel [when he and Tulio end up in a big arena to play ball for the locals]: “Well don’t blame me!”

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28) The ball game is a lot of fun to watch, if for no other reason then Chel on the sidelines.

Chel: “Foul! That was a foul!”

And then it’s her idea to use the armadillo as a ball replacement to cheat.

29) So earlier in the film we got this line from Miguel:

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And then later in the film Miguel tries to convince Chief Tannabok that the boat they are using to leave isn’t good enough (because Miguel wants to stay) when in fact it’s perfect. When Miguel admits his mistake, we got this line from the chief.

Chief: “Hey, to err is human.”

Miguel goes to get in the boat, but then he looks over his shoulder at the chief and the chief looks at him knowingly. And they don’t say anything else about it.

I love that. I love that the chief isn’t an idiot, but he knows. He knows and he knows it’s good for his people and he knows Miguel is a good guy and…I just love it!

30) I love little things like this.

[A giant stone jaguar, controlled by Tzekel-Kan, attacks the city. It grabs a warrior, ruffs him up A LOT, then lets him fall to the ground.]

Warrior [patting himself down]: “I’m okay!!!”

[Jaguar steps on warrior]

Warrior [from under Jaguar’s foot]: “I’m still okay!”

31) Remember how I talked about Chekov’s Fake Fight?

Tzekel-Kan [when he was Miguel & Tulio cornered]: “I know what you are and I know what you are not. And you are not GODS!”

Tulio [after a beat]: “Y-you’re not a god!?”

The pair then continue to have a very real argument where they say some pretty cold things to each other…

Tulio: “You’re buying your own con!”

Miguel: “At least I’m not DATING mine!”

But it has the same effect. Tzekel-Kan is distracted, enjoying their fighting, and the audience is as surprised as he is when the pair work in sync again and punch the guy out. It’s a nice way of playing the scene out.

32) Friends Never Say Goodbye. A very sad song that plays when it seems like Tulio and Miguel are going to take separate paths in life and are really mad at each other. It actually has some nice truths to it, and again is slightly different on the soundtrack. Elton John is backed up by the Backstreet Boys for the song on the album. I hope that didn’t ruin it for some of you.

Originally posted by dorawinifredread

33) The film ends with the citizens of El Dorado crashing a pillar into their gate so as to keep Cortes from finding the city, only it is falling too soon. So Chief Tannabok grabs some of the ropes and holds it back for a while. And this is probably REALLY mean of me and I apologize in advance but I just thought of this:

Originally posted by ignitetheliight

I’m so sorry.

34) According to IMDb:

A series of sequels featuring Miguel, Tulio, Chel, Altivo and even the armadillo going after other legends about gold was planned, similar to the Shrek (2001) series, but following the disappointing box-office results they were immediately canceled.

Originally posted by roadtoeldorado

While that would’ve been interesting I’m kinda glad this film just stands on its own. It’s a nice little gem that way.


I love this film, and think a lot of people out there will too. People don’t really talk about it these days except to talk about how no one talks about it. It’s a nice variation from standard Disney fare, the music is great, freaking Miguel & Tulio are just awesome, and it is just such an enjoyable/adventure filled film. I think you should all watch it now! It’s on Netflix if you have it. So go. Go follow that trail! (Too easy?)

A conflicted rant on Matsuri’s death.

While I respect everyone’s views on this issue and this is not a negative response to anyone’s, especially since I’ve seen a lot of well thought-out counterpoints to mine, I wanted to add some of my thoughts to the discussion.

I don’t necessarily agree in full with all the harsher critiques about Matsuri’s death scene. I think it was important that he died this arc rather than last to emphasize the transition of power between the main Washuu family line and Furuta/V. Other than the Marude revenge narrative and the toxic love narrative that could have formed between him and Urie, Matsuri had wrapped up his major roles in the story. Would I have liked to see him have more screentime in terms of him coming to grips with losing power? Absolutely. Was Matsuri a well-written character that had great potential that wasn’t fulfilled? You fucking bet.  

I think that Ishida generally has the issue of caring too much about his characters and maybe overdeveloping them for what he intends for their role in the major plot, though. To me, the problem is less that Ishida is being lazy with the plot and is mindlessly killing off characters, and more that Ishida got really into developing these characters’ backstories despite the fact that the development wasn’t necessary for their planned arcs. Which leads me to keep asking the question: how much is it poor writing on Ishida’s part, and how much is it that we as an audience get too attached to these minor characters who are going to die? 

I think it’s a mix of both. Ishida has so many characters within this story that it’s difficult to manage their plots effectively. :re has a cast twice the size of the original series’, and Ishida’s trying to complete all of their narratives within the same timeframe. Because of that, sometimes his well-developed characters have seemed flatter than usual in recent arcs. At the same time, though, I think that we’ve spent so much time as a fandom hyping all of these characters up that we all are disappointed when they don’t meet the level of potential that we want them to. For instance, the Houji vs. Tatara scene didn’t seem like a trainwreck to me; I thought it was a fitting ending for two characters who were more than one-dimensional, had backstories, but didn’t play overwhelming roles/have character arcs within the series. I saw the anticlimactic aspects of the fight as actually better for the story’s themes than if we had a more satisfying/drawn-out fight for either of them. However, we had been thinking about this tension between these two characters since the end of TG. While we anticipated the fight, we would go over in our heads all the amazing and mind-blowing ways their encounter could have gone.

And I see myself get like this all the time with the series. I weirdly feel salty on occasion with Akira’s recent story arc, since it was her taking the stereotypical hit and serving as the damsel-in-distress plot point the past arc and a half. However, when I think more about it, it’s not an inherently bad (although generic) situation that weakens her as a character. In any case, I think Akira needs to be shown in more vulnerable situations to further her character development at this stage, and after she recovers this may be the right gateway to that. Characters need to be able to move the plot forward, and Ishida honestly doesn’t put plot over characters often enough in :re.

I think Matsuri’s a much more difficult situation, because he did have some unresolved feelings before his death, and we didn’t get to see them contemplated. He was built as a bigger minor character that should have gotten that one page or panel of reflection. That is undoubtedly a poor writing decision (although I can’t say that I don’t partially enjoy the dark humor route he took with Matsuri’s death scene).

I think there should also be another frame of mind when examining Matsuri’s death and missed potential outside of this lack of reflection, though. Not all more serious and unresolved aspects of characters essentially need to have entire arcs of development. It’s not essentially bad writing to have character traits introduced that don’t ultimately affect the story. Based on how the story has progressed so far, I can imagine that Matsuri first began as a plot device rather than as a developed character inserted into the plot. The Washuu/CCG plot line is so essential to the series that he was most likely always planned to serve his role as the proper CCG heir and die here. If that is the case, Matsuri could have been a more one-dimensional fodder character, and I’m happy that he is not. Even if it was executed in a flawed manner, I would prefer Ishida’s characterization of Matsuri before this anticlimactic death scene over a flatter Matsuri.

Let's talk about headcanons about Food

Now, Mod Sync here is a decent enough cook. Put a recipe in front of me and I’ll be able to cook almost anything, and I can cook some things from just memory. I was making omelettes and looking up recipes and I wondered “What about the Undertale cast? What do they eat outside the game?” So, here are some things I’ve thought up about the main four!

If anyone remembers the Anniversary Q&A that happened (oh, who am I kidding, of course you guys do), then we know some things about that already. HOWEVER, I’m only going to partially use this info here. These are headcanons after all, so I don’t have to quite follow canon. 

Now, if you wish to continue, I shall leave these under a Read more, because this is gonna get wordy and also for you guys who are avoiding food for whatever reason. Also will include some other AUs.

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TOUKEN RANBU MYU!!

So, I went to see Musical Touken Ranbyu today and..Holy shit it was awesome!

Just really, loved the story, loves the cast, loved the songs. The only complaint I have would be the technical issue where I felt that the sound speakers weren’t able to handle the loudness of the music and messed up the awesomeness of the songs sometimes, which I felt was honestly a shame, because they did really well on the singing. (Also, I think the music was a little too loud sometimes, as you could barely hear the actors sing.)

Until I picked up my tickets at the theater I had no clue where I’d be seated, so I feared the worst, but… I had some really nice seat. 15th row, 18th seat. Which not too far from the stage, and right in the middle of the theater at the aisle! 

More impressions and a short summery under the cut… 
(Read at your own risk! May contain spoilers! I’ll try to keep it cryptic though.)

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Real Talk: What are the writers of Henry Danger even doing?

I have to question whether the show hired new writers or consultants or something. We’ve all noticed that the characters seem to be acting pretty shitty in recent episodes. But the episodes themselves, in terms of plot and plot elements, seem to be going down in quality. I really enjoyed the show before, but now it seems stagnant. I just want to address some of them.


Continuity in World-Building

This is a really annoying thing for me right now. The writers need to make up their mind about the extent of Ray’s powers. Early in the show, I assumed he was only invincible on the outside, and I don’t mean that metaphorically. I assumed his powers were only skin-deep. After all, when he breathed in the tears of the jolly beetle in season 1, it affected him internally since it was going through his respiratory system, which is on the inside.

Following this logic, Captain Man can definitely be harmed if his oxygen supply were cut off or became toxic. So what exactly was going on in Gas or Fail when he went down to fix the gas leak without any protection? (I’m also pissed that he let his sidekick who is decidedly not invincible do the same but that’s for another segment) Also, for some of the more obvious ones - why was it assumed he would survive underwater in Danger & Thunder and how the hell did he survive in Space Invaders riding outside the shuttle? 

And okay, let’s say his internal organs and everything were invincible, too, and breathing something in (or lack of) won’t kill him. How does Gwen’s muffins affect him? He should be resistant to everything internally too, right? How does he get sick in the next episode? He shouldn’t be able to have anything penetrate his skin, and that includes viruses. And nothing airborne can affect him. Writers, what are you doing?

Ray’s powers make less sense with each episode, and are now just being manipulated as the plot demands to make for a convenient plot device. It’s not only lazy writing which becomes boring since no new elements are introduced to build on the world, but the inconsistency makes for an unrealistic story. Not to mention no limitations on his powers makes Ray an overpowered superhero who is, to be frank, boring as he has no conflict, nothing to hold him back.

In addition, in a world where two people were able to get powers by manipulating science, and more people are able to be born with powers (since the world is the same as that of The Thundermans), you’d expect a few villains with powers of their own to show up. It would definitely add a risk factor to the show. But that hasn’t happened, so we’ve really had no villains that were interesting in that respect. The most advanced villains so far were just really good with science, yet were unable to give themselves superhuman abilities. Oh, the logical fallacies. 


Over-arching Story

The story has become pretty stagnant at this point. We have no idea where the show is going. First season was exposition to the main characters and their relationships, the world, and Henry adjusting to becoming Kid Danger. The second season was filler, which was enjoyable and good for getting to know everyone more, and ended with a big change. 

The third season should bring in more.  But now the show’s just continuing along the same track as the second season. It’s just filler. No amount of one hour specials can change the fact that the characters aren’t dealing with more on a world basis. There is internal conflict frequently between the characters and some development in their statuses (i.e. Henry getting powers and learning to fly the helicopter), but there’s nothing on a larger scale. There is no Big Bad, just a number of relatively small time criminals that are consistently beat. The main cast has never faced a loss at the definitive end of an episode, which makes it less interesting. There’s nothing to lose.

My preference for this might just be because of my experience with Lab Rats, which did an amazing job of having the world grow as bigger threats got introduced each season. I was hooked on the show because there was a story line to be followed with lots of suspense, and some episodes ended with a big loss for the main characters. The reason a Big Bad is needed is because it gives the characters a goal, and everyone wants to see whether it gets fulfilled or not, which is where the surprises and subversions of tropes come in to entertain the audience. Without a goal, the show has no purpose. In seasons one and two, Henry’s goal was to be a good sidekick. By season three, he has definitely achieved that. What now?

Gwen getting away made me hope for that at the beginning of the third season. It was the perfect opportunity, as a petty criminal with dark intentions got away with the heroes’ biggest secret. But it hasn’t been expanded on yet, and it doesn’t seem like it will be. Same goes for Drex. Drex gave some backstory that was interesting in getting to know the main characters. He was considered one of the greatest fighters Ray had ever seen, but he easily lost to a 15 year old with little actual martial arts training compared to him, and isn’t slated to return.

Where is the show going, then? How will it end? With Ray passing down the title of Protector of Swellview to Henry, after having defeated a dangerous threat that plagued them for months? Or after a one hour special with no drastic developments? One would clearly be better writing. 


Character/Relationship Development

Or lack of. I think we can all say that we’re disappointed in our so called heroes.

Lately, episodes have been ending with pretty much no conclusion. For episodes in season 1 and 2, they concluded pretty well, with Henry and Ray defeating the villain of the week and getting the girl of the week. And season 3 episodes with villains end in much the same way. But in general, season 3 seems to be focused on more emotional development and relationship development. However, the writers are completely failing in ending the episodes properly.

Look at Dodging Danger. You’d expect with Henry growing cocky, despite not having full control and knowing the extent of his powers, would be a bad thing. But he never learns his lesson, and walks away with a win that isn’t even his. At the end of License to Fly, it should have been addressed why Ray was so reluctant to teach Henry how to fly. Instead, he falls out of the helicopter and Henry flies away with a bunch of girls. Unless it’s all some build up for something bigger at the end of the season, like Ray not being sure Henry’s ready to succeed him, and not being willing to let Henry go out on his own yet, it just seems like shitty writing at the moment, ruining everyone’s favorites.

To be honest, though, the episodes have been failing to conclude in general, not just the ones with Henry and Ray. Charlotte never won the gizmo show, and instead had everything she worked for destroyed. Piper never got over her anger issues, despite it clearly affecting her relationships and wanting to change (and then there was a grown ass man harassing her so she would snap).

I don’t know if Dan went into writing a more action-filled show to avoid more emotional scenes or whatever, but it doesn’t do his characters well to completely avoid any closure.


“Lowkey” Problematic Approaches

This is a bit more heavy topic, and I did brush on it a bit in the last section. I don’t like to throw this kind of thing around, but I’ve increasingly noticed it, and I think everyone else does to. So let’s get to it.

We’ve all noticed how the one black girl in the group has had zero love interests, despite so many of us begging for it, while the white female lead has, despite being years younger. And, okay, I’m willing to believe the latter was for plot purposes, but there’s no reason for the former, especially since everyone else on the show, and I do mean literally every single other person, has. [Combined with how Dan treated Andre in Victorious in terms of his romantic conclusion, despite the major support for Tori and Andre getting together, you have to wonder what exactly is going through his head?]

And does no one else find it problematic how the only black man is a hyper-masculine guy who takes orders, never speaks but grunts, and eats raw meat? How about how an Asian male character is severely emasculated and made the butt of many jokes?

How about how women are talked about and treated? Everyone remembers fuckbois Henry, Jasper, and Ray in Double Date Danger, and even in Henry and the Three Girls. Also Kid Grounded. Even though it’s consistently called out by Charlotte, the heroes of the show never actually change. Their misogynistic comments are never corrected or realized by the heroes themselves, leaving behind some really damaging ideas about what’s okay. And I get it, it’s a kid’s show, but that’s all the more reason the heroes should realize why they’re wrong at the end of the day.

Also, one “joke” I have never enjoyed is the end of Let’s Make a Deal, when Captain Man said something along the lines of “Well now we can hit them as frequently and as hard as we like” when he snatches the wigs off the showgirls. It was transphobic in itself, and in addition, he shouldn’t have had a problem fighting the women in the first place. Just because they’re women doesn’t mean they’re not criminals, and he shouldn’t go easy on them.

That said, we can still enjoy the show, but we can’t completely ignore the harmful messages and stereotypes portrayed. It’s important to consistently call them out, and hopefully, the writers will realize why it’s wrong and it will stop in future episodes.


So yeah, these are my issues at the moment. I truly did enjoy the show at the start, but now it’s not really progressing in the ways I was hoping to see, and every other episode seems like filler. There’s really no purpose at the moment, and that’s disappointing.

@danschneider, take note.

5 Years and Counting -- Requested (Tom Holland x Actor!Reader)

Woo, okay. So this was requested and I was excited because I haven’t really been much of a “prompt filler” kind, so this happened. I feel like I dropped the ball with this, but idk. 

Again, any and all feedback is welcomed and is appreciated. Feel free to message me about anything and everything (honestly, did y’all watch that last Sherlock episode? Wtf?). And the reader is portrayed as a neutral character for inclusivity :) 

Prompt at the end. Thanks a ton!

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You had been back on set for a total of 13 hours and you had already managed to come face to face with the director’s golf cart – so everything seemed to be out to end your acting career. Considering neither you nor Jon had seen each other, it only made sense that you both had spent a considerable amount of time apologizing to each other.

“Look, Y/N, if Tom finds out I almost ran over you today, he would have me murdered!” said Jon, as he fiddled with his hat. 

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Dylan Obrien soulmate Au

Y/N pov.

You were currently sitting in your dark living having a Harry Potter marathon by yourself surrounded by snacks and Chinese. You were half asleep and your favorite part of the order of the Phoenix was coming up when your phone ranged.

You quickly searched for it through all your trash before finding the buzzed electronic device.

“Hello” you said

“Y/N it’s mike” Mike was you manger

“Oh Hi Mike what’s up.”

“I just wanted to be the first to tell you got the roll of Teen Wolf for Next season.”

“Oh My Gosh are you serious.” You gushed

“Yup have a great night.” He said beige hanging up.

This date couldn’t get any better this was one of your favorite shows and now you got a part as a new character for the last season.
You sighed happily first the HP marathon, then the job. And the most important part when you woke up this morning

*flashback*

You woke up to the warm sun on your face. You had no plans so you decided to watch one of your favorite movie series and have a lazy day at home. You made a nice breakfast, then got in shower to get ready for shopping for you fun day.
After shower you glanced down at your arm and saw your count down clock.

00:02:08:07:32:12

Two months eight weeks seven hours thirty-two minute and twelve seconds until you meet your soulmate. How did it get so far down. You swear the last time you looked at the clock you had a least 4 years left.
What changed in you or your soulmates life that you two will cross paths early.

*Flashback over*

You smiled thinking about finally meeting the person you’re meant to be with.

****
*two months later*

Dylan pov.

“Posey I’m freaking out here man.” I yelled at one my best friends.

“Dylan, mans what’s wrong?”

“Look at my clock dude.”

We looked down at my clock to see that is read

00:00:00:00:59:10

“I AM MEETING MY SOULMATE IN LESS THAN AN HOUR. OH MY GOD OH MY GOD.” I was freaking out.
What if she didn’t like me.
What if my being and actor and traveling a lot bother her.
What if what if
Before I could panic more Posey grabbed me.

“Dylan calm down everything is going to be okay. This person is made for you and if this is a problem you guys will work it out. YOU ARE SOULMATES DUDE.” He said

“Thanks man means a lot. But do I look okay.”

“Hah you look okay.”

“Okay great.”

“Okay now we go to get to set.”

Y/N pov.

You were kinda panicking today was your first day at work. You got the script a couple weeks ago but now your shooting. You first seen were with Tyler Posey and Dylan Obrien. They we both fanatics actors and you were worried about messing up.

Add on to how nervous you are . You saw that know your meeting your soulmate today. You refused to looked down to see when. And try to just get through the day.

As you walked through the building you ran into Dylan S. and Holland.

“Hey you’re Y/N right, you’re going to be play Harley? Dylan asked

"Umm yup that’s me nice to meet you both.” You replied before shaking both of their hands.

“Okay welcome the show I’m looking forwarded to working with you. Holland said

"We are on the way to see the rest of the class come on.”

You smiled before following behind them. On the walk you guys talked a lot and they even invite you out after working saying the whole cast did after the first day back.

As you walked towards the set you saw the refreshments table and decided to get something to eat since you were so nervous this morning to eat.

After you got to the table you reached for a muffin when you heard two synchronized buzzing. The sound when two soulmates are together. You smiled to see who met the one true love. But turned to see Dylan O. Standing behind you. You realized that it was clock buzzing. You looked down at your clock saying

00:00:00:00:00:00

Then moved your eyes to the identical buzzing clock next to yours.

Your eyes moves up the arm to the shoulder. Soon meeting the ember eyes of your soulmate.

“I’m Dylan.”

“Y/N”

“I think your my soulmate.” He smiled at you.

“Okay Hi Soulmate.”

[DRABBLE] Boyfriend!Jeonghan (G)

Requested by: @jeonghanlife
Prompt: Jeonghan Christmas winter scenario
Word Count: 1,908
Genre: Fluff
Warnings: None!

A/N: WHOO IM ON A ROLL WITH THESE REQUESTS (I can only hope that my drive doesn’t crash and burn anytime soon) Okay, I know Christmas is WAY over, so I changed the request a little (I am so sorry ;;). But I still hope that this drabble manages to encapsulate the same magical feeling. I’m really new to this whole winter stuff *glares at the temperature which peaked at literally 34 degrees Celcius today wowilovesingapore* 

Please enjoy it ^^

wooed<3

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*highpitchedscreeching* BYEOBEETCHINAERINDA SHYAALAALALAALALLAALLAAAAAA cough sorry ok on with the story



You find yourself stirring awake after lingering in the abyss of sleep, and your eyes flutter open to unfamiliar surroundings. This isn’t your room, is it?

But a low rumble of a snore reminds you that you’re in Jeonghan’s apartment, cozily tucked in his bed despite the day being well into the afternoon. When the temperature had dropped to the negatives on the day you were planning to go sightseeing, and with your body not being very accustomed to cold weather having lived in the tropical regions of Australia for most of your life, Jeonghan was more than happy to call it quits. As a result, his more-than-happy declaration of “Today will be a lazy day” was what you went with eventually.

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So my erstwhile friend of too-long-to-count Mr. Feel (aka @thefeelofavideogame ) doesn’t want to be known as a “RWBY Guy”, this makes sense, RWBY is a very frustrating goddamn show, in so many damn ways. I’m doing him a favor of listing a bunch of problems with RWBY that he can just reblog for his followers since he doesn’t wanna deal with that shit.

Now, SOME CONTEXT: I’ve watched all of RWBY Seasons Volumes 1-3, I’ve seen maybe like, two episodes of RWBY Season 4. I know it had been improving but recently took yet -another- nosedive, and have written massive, massive amounts of words on the subject of RWBY’s incompetence, so I’m probably going to regurgitate a lot of points here that I’ve already ranted about to my friends in private to keep the word count from being too apocalyptically long.

I’m also going to be directly comparing RWBY to what it -wants- to be: a shonen-style anime romp, instead of any sort of high literature, just in case people think I’m some pretentious ass and not, y'know, a total nerd myself.

This list is not comprehensive, but is probably a good list of major production/storytelling faults. I’d need to do a whole series on this to talk about all the things wrong with RWBY, but a few major points of discontent, in no particular order:

1. Terrible, Terrible Pacing

Pacing makes or breaks a show for a ton of people, and RWBY’s pacing, for a show, is ridiculously awful. I’m gonna be rolling a lot of my issues into this large point, because RWBY has a problem with both set-up AND follow-through on points it tries to present. It does a lot of things wrong with this, in that it tries to blow past a lot of setup just to get to ‘the good part’, which is the kind of mistake you say fanfiction writers and NaNoWriMo novels make. You have to establish things if you want people to get emotionally invested! You can’t just force these four people together into a team, say 'okay, they’re a team now’, and then not elaborate on how they actually feel about each other at any point! Does anyone know what Team RWBY thinks about each other? Not really, because you get a laundry list of traits, get them referenced once, and then they assume for you to fill in the blanks. It’s sloppy and lazy.

Sloppy and lazy describe a lot of the other plot points RWBY puts forward. The show continually tries to introduce a cool new thing without even beginning to resolve the thing they’d already attempted to put forward. This gets really frustrating in the way they put forward the climaxes of the various seasons, because do you want to know how many times the members of the MAIN TEAM are relevant in a given finale?

0. 0 times. Twice they get pre-empted by a Cool New Thing, and the third time is supposed to be the Time They Lose And Everything Goes Wrong, Oh No, except you don’t CARE because they’ve accomplished NOTHING! They’re a vehicle for action scenes, nothing more. It’s not even a problem of runtime, because the Volume 4 episodes are now the length of your usual anime episode! They just don’t know how to effectively use their time.

Part of the problem with this, is…

2. Massive, massive cast bloat

Mr. Feel didn’t get far enough in for this to matter, but RWBY has a -huge- issue with introducing new characters for the sake of having new characters. To wit You have basically two teams full of main characters, which is four characters apiece. The cast does eventually slim down, only to add about three more characters for each one they trim off the list. And, as of this writing the cast is all over the fictional world, splitting the focus indefinitely to a point where the narrative is impossible to follow. A bunch of characters are superfluous, such as Neptune, -possibly- Sun, and basically Everyone They Introduce during the Tournament Arc. It gets to the point where they introduce new characters and can’t develop the ones they already have, with some… notable exceptions. Nearly all the main characters are about as flat as cardboard when it comes to personality, with viewers expected to fill in the blanks, only to never get any reward for inferring these character traits, because, again, RoosterTeeth is terrible at follow-through on their series.

But I’ve been talking like the foundations aren’t rotten, when they are, due to the fact that-

3. They ignore the basic ideas around what makes shonen fighting good

Okay, so, an unrelated friend once made this metaphor about how Shonen Fights should work, and I’ve been using it ever since, it’s how I tackle so many fights, and why I tend to dislike a lot of the fighting around RWBY.

The best Shonen fights are like puzzles. What I mean by that is that, at any given point, you know what your heroes have access to, and how each part works, and the excitement comes from not only learning what tools the heroes’ opponents have at their disposal, but also figuring out how exactly the heroes’ tools will come into play. Now, you may be thinking “Shonen break the rules with sudden power-ups all the time”, and I posit that, no, they really don’t. So long as something is alluded to being in the Hero’s toolbox, they can use it, even if this means it’s, in narrative context, a 'new’ power. The most iconic example I can think of, of that rule playing out, is Goku going Super Saiyan on Namek. It’s alluded to a bunch of times that the only thing Freiza is scared shitless of is a Super Saiyan. Vegeta tells Goku he doesn’t stand a chance unless he’s a Super Saiyan. From that point on, the idea of 'becoming a Super Saiyan’ is a tool that’s added to Goku’s 'toolbox’, that he eventually uses against Freiza.

RWBY doesn’t play by these rules. Everyone has a boatload of powers at their disposal - Aura, Dust, Semblances, and trick weapons - but none of them feel really well explained or well-distinguished. Dust can be combined in a bunch of different ways! Okay, how? Why do crystals and powdered dust both exist? What causes Semblances to exist or not? How -exactly- does Aura even -work-? Not only that, but then they introduce new powers, like Ruby’s 'Silver Eyes’, and then refuse to elaborate on them, treating them as exercises for the viewer.

Not only that, but the fights just. Don’t feel 'dynamic’, there doesn’t ever feel like there’s a change or a moment where things shake up. To make a videogame-based example, a lot of bosses tend to have 'Phases’ in it. These phases are well-defined, because they involve changing the way the players and the boss have to move. RWBY doesn’t do that. All the interesting different stuff is just different 'strings’ of combos, like in fighting games, which feel downright uninspired when you have to many different ways you can approach fights. Nope, just a varied combo string.

But all that could probably be forgiven if they just…

4. STOP PANDERING FOR GOD’S SAKE

Look, I get it. Everyone hates pandering unless they’re the one being pandered to. That’s how it’s always been, that’s how it’s likely always going to be. But there’s a level of -advanced- pandering that goes on in RWBY that is absolutely cringe-worthy on every level.

There’s throwaway characters based off of company in-jokes, the 'combat’ technique names are named after fandom’s ship names, the inclusion of a character just so a prominent member of their staff could voice a character whose existence is downright superfluous. Making a character more important than they seemed because fan reaction was popular. It goes as far as like.

Okay. I would be perhaps be the last person to talk about queerbaiting, as a straight white dude, and given certain fandoms’ overuse of the term, it’s been relatively diluted recently, but RWBY’s actions of pandering can be straight up queerbaiting, because, as it turns out, people wanted a narrative focused on girl heroes, and what they got was every plot beat being soaked up by dudes as each of the main team is effectively damselled in their own way. And yet they still try to spin it as the 'girls’ story’. It’s honestly kind of disgusting, and a topic for another post, but the real thing that probably makes me the most mad is…

5. Nobody at Rooster Teeth knows what they’re doing with the show, and never have

Don’t get me wrong. Monty Oum is an inspiration to me as someone who primarily works in creative space, trying to make creative things. Monty Oum was a creative force that will be sorely missed in this world. But Monty made one singular, huge fuckup which has kneecapped RWBY even worse than the show could ever do to itself.

There’s no story bible.

For those of you who don’t understand what that is, it’s exactly what it says it is. If you don’t know what something does, you refer to the story bible. If you don’t understand what the plot’s beats are supposed to be, you refer to the story bible. Over, and over, and over. Having a singular document to refer to is vital in a whole bunch of different areas. Game Design Docs, Story Bibles, Production Diaries/Bibles, they’re all more or less the same concept over different areas.

From what we know of the behind the scenes, there was a lot of stuff Monty had in mind that he just. Didn’t tell -anyone- else working on the show. He couldn’t have known he would have died so young, but that’s exactly why bibles exist. They’re there as contingencies, you make them so that, in case you aren’t there to work on something that’s so completely -you-, people can follow what you had in mind. So many things got dropped, shifted, moved around with Monty’s death that the show spent all of Volume 3 trying to recuperate, while gradually trying to salvage the show, but it’s clear they didn’t know what to do with a lot of pieces, and are just hoping that people are forgetting about them.

This is, quite honestly, inexcusable even for a 'semi-professional’ work. You can’t keep ideas to yourself. You have to share them, workshop them, write them -down-. That’s the only way anyone’s ever going to know what you’re going with, and a lack of a story bible is as much at fault for why RWBY is so frustrating.

I wanted to like the show, I really, truly, honestly did, but it’s made me so mad at every turn that I can’t even enjoy when it -tries- to improve, because I know it’ll continue to disappoint.

Don’t watch RWBY.

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steve/bucky, tattoos, bc i’m on a roll w/ it. :)

“Think I could get a tattoo?” Bucky asks, one day as he and Steve are walking past a colorful shop called Ink Illustrations.

Steve bumps Bucky with his elbow and winces; sometimes he forgets about the metal arm. “Sure, you could,” Steve says, rubbing subtly at the dull ache. “But what would you get?”

Bucky huffs a breath, reaches out and circles Steve’s elbow with a warm hand, thumb soothing away the echo of a bruise.

“I dunno,” he says, looking at the window thoughtfully, thumb still resting on Steve’s skin. A shiver runs down Steve’s spine, a delicious trickle of heat at the closeness and ease of Bucky’s touch.

“We can go look,” Steve suggests, and it takes all he has not to take Bucky’s hand in his own, tug him into the shop. “Something right across your chest, maybe—Bucky Barnes, lady killer.”

Bucky arches an eyebrow at Steve, and releases Steve’s elbow. Steve doesn’t chase after the lost warmth, doesn’t give a breath that’s skirting the knife’s edge of needy. He doesn’t.

“Think you got me confused with you, Steve,” Bucky says dryly, folding his arm. “Pretty sure you had little girls walking into walls at that charity thing last week.” He grins, suddenly, bright and sly. “And a few little boys, too.”

Steve pushes at Bucky’s shoulder. “What can I say,” he says, swallowing around the sudden bravado in his throat. “I’m generally appealing.”

Bucky cocks his head, looks surprised. Then, his expression turns speculative; he traces his gaze from Steve’s head to his toes, slow and appraising. Another trickle of heat dances down Steve’s spine, floods his belly and cheeks. 

“You are that,” Bucky says, grin more lazy now, eyes dark.

Steve shoves his hands into his pocket to keep from swaying closer.

A bell jingles as the door to the store slams open and a gaggle of laughing teens tumble out. Bucky steps away from Steve to make room for the group, and the moment dissipates.

“Anyway,” Bucky says, after the teens have passed. “Just a thought. Don’t think my skin’ll take needle and ink. Superhealing..it’s why I don’t have any scars.” His hand ghosts up his metal bicep. “On the outside.”

He looks at the sign in front of the store, face cast in shadow and the wavering grey morning light. For an instant, he looks deeply wistful, Then, with a barely leashed sigh and a shake of his head, Bucky knocks his shoulder against Steve’s.

“Com'n,” he says. “There’s a joint up the street that does passable bagels. The kind you’d get at home.”

Just for that, for the mention of home, for memories of warm dough and a pile of coins on their shabby kitchen table, Steve lets himself follow Bucky along, instead of pushing the issue. But he stores away the look on Bucky’s face, tucks the yearning away in his heart, to reflect upon later.

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“Look, it’s not a needle, and I’m no great artist, but." 

Steve squares his shoulders, pushes into Bucky’s bedroom, where he’s currently lounging on his bed, reading the newspaper.

It’s his nightly ritual, and it always makes something pump fiercely in Steve’s blood, body warmed by the sight of the waning light across Bucky’s face, the intense concentration of Bucky’s gaze. He remembers the keen intelligence, the quick wit of the boy he used to know. He remembers the tactical reasoning, the pragmatic and unrivaled common sense of the sergeant. It makes him happy to see Bucky emerge from the hole where he was buried so deep. It makes him happy to see Bucky pick the pieces of himself out again from the smoldering ruins, rebuilding himself into a statue of tempered glass and steel.

"Steve.”

Steve jolts, ripping his eyes away from the amused line between Bucky’s brows. Instead, he focuses on the lush curve of Bucky’s mouth, the strong slash of his jaw, the throat working—

Steve.”

Right. Steve coughs, and looks at a point just to the right of Bucky’s ear. 

“I come bearing gifts,” Steve says. “Mainly this.”

He holds up the foil cone, watches as Bucky’s expression turns confused.

“What is that?” Bucky asks, and folds his newspaper aside, puts it on the bedside table. There’s something achingly domestic about the space left empty to the right of him, and Steve ignores the thump in his chest, as if in response to that emptiness.

“It’s henna,” Steve says. “I…did some research. About tattoos.” He waves the cone around, feeling a little foolish. “Thought, you know, if you can’t get something permanent, maybe you can at least get something that isn’t so transient.” He gives a toothy grin. “This stuff, it’s paste. You draw on someone with it, and it lasts about two to three weeks.”

Bucky looks stunned for a minute, glancing from Steve’s smile to the cone then back to Steve’s smile again.

“You…” he trails off, touches his chest. “Why?” he asks, and the fact that he looks so bewildered, that he looks touched and humbled but above all, incredulous, it kills Steve. How can Bucky not know?

(Well. Steve’s never been good with words, even before…everything. The serum, the war. Even back then, he and Bucky had a knack for avoiding the most important stuff.)

“Because this mattered to you,” Steve says, as clearly and simply as he can manage. “And you matter to me.” He shifts from foot to foot. “Dummy,” he adds.

Bucky snorts a quiet laugh, still looking disbelieving. “Aw, jeez,” he says. “Steve.” His gaze hits Steve straight in the gut, knocks the breath from him. “Thank you.”

“Welcome.” A beat, and Steve says, “So. Want to?” He holds up the cone, and Bucky’s eyes once again fall on the foil, this time less confused. More aware, and…hungry.

“Yeah,” he answers. “Sure. Will you?”

And there, though they never were good at communicating what mattered, they did have a shorthand, the two of them. Like falling into the ocean, sinking into the waves, they lapse back into short phrases, arched eyebrows, nods and noises of assent. Soon, Bucky is sprawled on the bed, chest bared, stomach rising and falling with each breath.

“What do you want?” Steve asks. Every sense is awake, it seems, the smell of Bucky’s cologne and shampoo, the feel of his skin, the sight of his stubble and the tight expanse of his muscles, the taste of heat and heady anticipation in the air.

Bucky looks up from under his lashes. “Whatever you want to give me,” he says, tongue flicking out to wet his lower lip.

Steve touches the line that bisects Bucky’s chest, the flat of his sternum. “Don’t know how to draw ‘everything,’” he says, and it should be cheesy, it is cheesy, but Christ. Bucky’s eyes flare and go electric blue at that, at the bare admission that circles in the air like a vulture, dark and honest and undeniable.

He grabs Steve’s arm, finger running down the blue tracery of the veins just under his skin. A brush of his thumb across Steve’s galloping pulse. The loose grasp around his wrist, possessive in such a casual, matter-of-fact way.

“Try,” Bucky suggests.

And with his hand braced over Bucky’s heart, his eyes never leaving Bucky’s face, the tip of the henna cone dotting its first green, swirling line…

Steve does.

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Notifications | Indie movie actor, Phil Lester hadn’t meant to get under Dan Howell’s skin. In fact, they both could never have even dreamed of meeting each other. So when a shitstorm erupts over twitter claiming that they’re a couple (who knows how that rumor started) and their agents desire to take advantage of the attention to launch a movie featuring the two of them… well they could both be happier. | Phan | Mature |Co-Written With notanannoyingfangirl |  Words 31,240

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Disclaimer: In no way do I pretend that this is real or cast aspersions on Dan or Phil.

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Accident || Jeon Wonwoo

I look at you as you sleep.

 My eyes drinking in every inch of your perfection before they fill with tears. My bones ache with the love that’s boiling inside me. I want you close, I want you at my side on mornings, drunk with sleep and exchanging lazy good morning kisses as we prepare breakfast.

 I want you when you’re exhausted, feet barely dragging you through my door with a halfhearted greeting. I want you the most when you  look into my eyes in the dark of the night and ignite the flame that’s been lost and you return me to earth, ground me and keep me safe. I’m afraid to loose you.

So love, please open your eyes.

My hands shake with the anxiety that has enveloped my tired body as I reach out to cup your face. My fingers withdraw, too lost in fear to even fathom staining your peaceful existence with my chaotic being. What am I to do when every atom in my body is seemingly magnetically attracted to you, yet, I’m unable to reach you.

Crystal droplets of indescribable pain slither down my cheek as I begin to succumb to the sorrow once more. My chest rapidly spikes with pain, but my jaw is clenched tightly, foolishly trying to fight off my inner turmoil.
“Jeon Wonwoo. Please open your eyes.” I sob into my own frame as my body slinks to the ground, my arms circling my knees, my body curling into a ball.


From the outside, Mingyu watches with his hand clasped over his mouth to muffle his cries as he watches the scene. His best friend unconscious and his girlfriend crying herself deeper into depression. He felt so helpless. What could he do? Nobody deserved to be in this much pain.
“Mingyu leave her be.” A tired voice instructs of him as a hand is clasped on his shoulder, pulling him out of his frozen state. It’s only then does he realize that his hand is gripping the doorknob, his knuckles white from squeezing it so tightly. Suddenly, his body feels lifeless and his knees are weak and it takes the support of his much shorter hyung to somewhat prop him up.

“I-It’s be-been two we-weeks, I d-d-don’t know what to do.” The giant almost chokes on his own cries as he grips Woozi’s shirt, face buried into his midsection. The shorter sighs and helps him to the waiting room and sits him down, his own eyes welling at the sight of his friends so distraught.
“Neither do I, but we’ve got to keep our hopes up.” Woozi tries to encourage as his fingers mindlessly combed through the younger’s hair. He wasn’t really much when it came to words of affection. He could wholeheartedly sympathize with his tall friend, being a first hand witness to the accident was probably unbearable. He absolutely despised the way Mingyu blamed himself for not acting quickly enough in order to save his friend, but at the moment he couldn’t think of any other ways to make him think otherwise.


Charcoal eyes flutter open, an immediate pain ringing in his head, a groan slipping past his throat. He swallowed several times in a futile attempt to moisten his dry throat before attempting to open his eyes again. Immediately, he closed them shut, squeezing them on reflex to relax them and rid himself of the slight sting.The colors were too bright.

Wonwoo gave himself a couple seconds before peaking through his lashes once more. ‘Where am I?’ He grumbles in his head before effectively turning his neck to have a glance around. ‘Am I at the hospital!?’ He asks himself in disbelief, the reality kicking in when he tries to sit up, but is only greeted by a sharp pain in his midsection. Lifting the covers with his- what he came to realize as his unbroken arm- Wonwoo can only blink at the bandages wrapped around his midsection and the cast covering his left foot.

‘Don’t panic, Wonwoo.’ Is what he tells himself but the stress of his rapidly beating heart tells him otherwise. The increasingly rapid heart monitor only adds to his devastating reality and he finds himself unable to calm down.
“Relax, deep breaths Wonwoo, everything’s fine.” A nurse steadily repeats as she almost barrels into the room at the sound of the monitor screaming. It takes her 10 minutes to calm him down before she calls in his doctor and he’s examined.

Once the doctor breaks it to him that he’s been in an accident, his mind automatically tries to recall details of the day. It’s a rainy day, barely anybody in the streets. He was about to meet you, Mingyu in tow. It’s been weeks without being able to see you.Happy, so happy, filled with excitement. He spots you in a crowd across the street, guys harassing you. He’s angry, boiling with rage- crossing the street without thinking, screeching tires, Mingyu’s voice strained with a bellow of his name - the images that come next are blurry, he’s drifting in and out of consciousness, there’s pain, so much pain then darkness.

“Your friends and family will be so happy that you’re awake.” The doctor says, trying to lighten the mood as he watches the boy go quiet and completely still.
“How long have I been here?” He asks softly, his voice just above a whisper.
“Almost three weeks..” The doctor replies and there’s a growing feeling in Wonwoo’s stomach. ‘They’re worried about me.’ He never liked it when they worried about him.
“I’ll give you some time to yourself while I call your parents and tell them the good news yeah?” The doctor tries, yet again, but Wonwoo doesn’t react. In all the thoughts that’s running through his head, the most frequent one is of you.

Wonwoo waits, and waits and waits. It’s only been an hour after he’s been awake but time seems to move too slowly. He’s counted the petals on the flowers of what he could see that’s surrounding him dozens of times. ‘Get well soon!’ Scribbled onto some of them, a heartfelt gift from the fans. However, he’s bored, already tired of the silence. He wants to see his family, 11 band mates and his one particular tall goofball of a friend. However, mostly, he just wants to see you. His [Y/N]. His eyes close with the thought of getting to kiss you after so long. Wonwoo just mostly wants to be intoxicated by your presence.

“Wonwoo?” A shaky, feminine voice that’s very welcoming breaks him out of his train of thought. His eyes snap open, a rush of excitement surging through his veins at the sight of you.
“Jagi-” He starts but is unable to finish his sentence as you cross the distance between you two in a split second and kiss him with enough force to almost knock all of the air out of his lungs. A deep chuckle rumbles in his chest as you pepper kisses across his face, placing multiple pecks on his forehead.
“Thank God you’re awake.” You breathe as you sit at his bedside, your fingers laced in his. “I was so scared you wouldn’t wake up..” You find yourself crying and Wonwoo frees his hand from your grip to wipe away your tears. 
“Please no more of this.. I can’t imagine how much you cried on my behalf already.” He smiles softly as he cups your cheek. You nuzzle your face against his palm, your eyes closed, relishing the feeling of his touch.

“Oh Wonwoo!” His mother cries as she bursts through the door, his father sighing in relief at her side. Mrs. Jeon rushes over to cradle her son’s head against her chest as she sheds a few tears of relief. However, the moment is short lived as the door once again bursts open, the hinges squealing in protest.
“WONWOO HYUNG!” Comes a loud cheer as his head snaps over to the door. Wonwoo takes great enjoyment in watching all 12 of his members scramble through the door, Mingyu being the first to be at his side. 


I see the color in his face, cheeks pink and rosy in embarrassment as his mother refuses to let him go despite his members’ teasing and I can’t help the smile that tugs at the corners of my lips. There’s a lively glint in his eyes that soothes my racing heart and I can just feel it from deep within my gut, things will be good again.


A/N: I’m sorry this sucks. I just kind of wrote this because I was feeling sad.

UNDERSONG FAQ

What’s UNDERSONG? Why name it UNDERSONG?

UNDERSONG is an original fan-musical for the video game UNDERTALE by Toby Fox currently in development, Scored and Directed by Recorderdude/RekD. The name “UNDERSONG” was chosen both for its similarity to the word UNDERTALE, and for its meaning of being a chorus or a refrain, thus a musical retelling of UNDERTALE.

What’s the plot?

UNDERSONG takes place after UNDERTALE, when Mettaton suggests/forces the cast to put on a musical in order to best communicate their story to the humans above-ground. Frisk reluctantly agrees. Will this play out like the pacifist run that got everyone above ground to begin with, or something else entirely? That is up to you.

Is *insert character* going to have a song? Will they say *insert phrase*?

All major characters will have a song if not several, all shops will have a song, minor characters may have songs, irrelevant NPCs are less likely to have songs. Some game phrases may be used, but won’t throw them in unless they add to the songs and work as part of them.

Are you only going to follow one route?

UNDERSONG will follow both Genocide and Pacifist routes, as well as a generic neutral route if neither are achieved by the viewer.

How will you represent the routes?

There will be several times in UNDERSONG where the listener is invited to choose their path. This will be done through a web of YouTube videos.

How are you going to release the songs?

I’ll be releasing a few songs early on to garner interest, but I’ll be keeping most of them saved up for a huge all-at-once release of the full musical.

When will the musical release?

The current planned dates (subject to change):

Winter 2016 - UNDERSONG DEMO release (intro-snowdin)

Winter 2017 - UNDERSONG release

Is this just going to be a bunch of songs?

No. UNDERSONG is a full-on musical with dialogue, narration and interludes.

Is this just going to be a bunch of audio?

No. Each scenario will be storyboarded/animatic to represent it within the videos.

I want to voice/sing for a character!

Great! There are a lot of characters open at the moment!

…there are also a lot of characters who have no songs with which to audition. I’ll be casting some roles in advance, but the remaining roles will become available via a general audition as more numbers are written, scored and scratched for them.

If you REALLY wanna strut your stuff early, email recorderdude@yahoo.com with the subject line *insert character* audition, *insert username* and attach a brief speaking and singing demo for your character. If I’m impressed enough, I might just give you the role, but at the very least, I can use it to better judge auditions during the general audition phase.

CURRENT DEFINITELY TAKEN ROLES:

Papyrus, Sans, Toriel, Alphys, Muffet, Napstablook, Burgerpants.

Do you have permission from Toby to make this?

No, but as an originally-scored musical that I’m not selling, I don’t see why there’d be any problems.

TEMMIES?!?!?!

Yes. There will be a Tem song.

It is named “Hang Tem”.

I’m scared, too.

Why is Sans southern?

Sans’ southern dialect was used both to enhance the character’s singing capabilities and to fit the laid-back/lazy personality of the character. The southern characterization of Sans will not be changed.

Why is Undyne rapping?

Rap was chosen as a style for Undyne as the genre of a struggling underdog, releasing rage righteously and spitting truth and heavy emotions, all which work perfectly for Undyne. This is also done to make Monster Kid her foil, as a young inexperienced rapper who doesn’t understand the finesse and style of the genre like Undyne does. Due to undyne’s love of pianos ingame, many of her rap numbers will have a strong piano backbeat.

What’s the best way to keep up-to-date on UNDERSONG?

Why, this very blog! I’ll be using it to post up significant updates and new casting whenever the time comes.

That should just about cover everything. Thank you all for reading and supporting UNDERSONG, and I look forward to seeing this project come together!

-RekD

One-shot: Grooming

Title: Grooming

Pairing: NejiTen

Rating: T

Word Count: 1,303

Summary: A small one-shot inspired by this lovely fanart by papabay. After a day of intense training, Neji is left to care for a filthy Tenten. Neji despises messes and Tenten loves to rile him up.


Tenten giggled as Neji brushed his soft fingers over her cheek and scrubbed insistently at a stubborn dirt mark. The look of concentration he had on his face was absolutely adorable and Tenten knew that she was the only one that he ever allowed to see the way he would suck on his lips and wrinkle his nose this way.

Sometimes she would catch a glimpse of that secretive expression during training when he was concentrating particularly hard on a target or technique but the second he felt her eyes examining him, it was gone and replaced with his usual cold frown.

“Gai-sensei really worked us hard today.” Tenten mentioned cheerfully as Neji licked his thumb and rubbed her nose. She frowned and pursed her lips in a small pout. 

“And you’re as filthy as ever.” He commented mildly, “You could at least take a little care to avoid the mud.” 

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THE PJ’S (1999)

an American stop-motion animated television series, created by Eddie Murphy, Larry Wilmore, and Steve Tompkins. It portrayed life in an urban public housing project, modeled after the Cabrini–Green Housing Projects in Chicago. The series starred Eddie Murphy, and was produced by Imagine Entertainment by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, The Murphy Company and Will Vinton Studios in association with Touchstone Television.

Why was it special?: IT WAS ONE OF THE FIRST, IF NOT THE FIRST SUCCESSFUL BLACK ANIMATED SITCOM MADE FOR PRIME TIME TELEVISION

Ahh, the PJ’s, what can I say about it that millions of other haven’t said before me. It managed to carve out a successful viewership for itself on prime time television as an adult focused animated comedy despite stiff competition from The Simpsons and South Park.

I feel a bit of shame in saying that I didn’t really watch it. I didn’t watch much of The Simpsons either but that’s a story for another day. I’d catch bits and pieces of the PJ’s here or there  and be enchanted by the stop-motion animation but I never sat down and watched it until it was shown for a brief time on Adult Swim year later.

I enjoyed it quite a bunch. I mostly had the show on as background noise while I was putting off sleeping but I still felt entranced by the animation just like when I was a kid. I also got quite a kick out of the many antics of the residents of the Hilton-Jacobs Projects, particularly all of the zany, hyper-exaggerated personalities. The quality of writing was pretty high, I didn’t understand a lot of the jokes since they made references that kind of flew over my head but the fact that they had so much energy in their lines is what really made me laugh.

What is it about this show that made it an award winning hit with audiences and critics? I wish I could answer that question but I just don’t know. Is it the fact that Eddie Murphy was attached to it? Is it because it had a similar sort of style of humor to The Simpsons but wrapped up in a totally different package?

Let’s maybe get an idea from some folks who might know better. Today we’re joined by both Ash and Pix so let’s turn the platform over to them.

Ladies first so Ash, what do you have to say about the PJ’s?



Growing up not only as a young black girl living in the projects but also growing up on Wallace and Gromit , Gumby , and of course a big fan of Eddie Murphy , The PJs truly spoke to me .

Despite running 3 seasons , having an ensemble voice cast , and collecting prestigious accolades ( Emmys and one Annie Award ) this series still falls under the radar unfortunately . But it’s the year 2015 and the nostalgia bandwagon is still running high right ? so I am more than happy to add my two cents and hopefully introduce others to this series .

In this age of tumblr , the discussion of representation is discussed more than ever if you ask me so this a good time to discuss this series’ entertainment value and what it stood for.

Eddie Murphy was one of the masterminds behind this series , in addition to that he also lended his voice work along with prominent black talents such as Loretta Devine , Janet Duboise , and Jenifer Lewis . It gets much better knowing that brilliant George Clinton blessed our ears with his sounds.

Our show’s main character Thurgood Stubbs was rather obnoxious for the most part but nonetheless entertaining , had this character just arrived in the year 2015 he would have been picked apart by people who didn’t consume the product . It’s very fortunate that this series was released when it was because it didn’t really sugar coat what it was like to live in the projects and I can tell you first hand that if you had this upbringing there was most likely a Thurgood in the neighborhood as well as the nosey elderly lady ( Mrs. Avery ) who often got under people’s skin.

Some people may not like to see these things displayed in the media because they feel that stereotypes are being perpetuated. But due to the time of it’s release and the lack of social justice hovering , it allowed people to say “ Hey this show speaks to me ” and while it may not have been embraced like the Simpsons was , as I mentioned earlier it lasted 3 seasons and collected a few Emmys as well as an Annie Award which speaks volumes .

For anyone interested in this series you are in luck since the show is now airing on MTV2 which again says something about it’s worth .

While it may not appeal to the suburban prudes and the hive mind , this show represents people in other corners of the country who can laugh and say “ We have one of those in my neighborhood ” I just hope that those individuals can be open with their satisfaction with the series .



And Pix, how about you, whaddya got for us?



You know I remember really wanting to like The PJ’s when it first came out.
There were a lot of elements within it that should have made it an instant winner in my book.


It’s animation style was claymation, which besides MTV’s Celebrity Deathmatch, was never utilized in the states, especially for television. It a major network show that stared a black cast, which was also nearly unheard of in the late 90’s. And it partially came from the brain of Eddie Murphy, who despite his “Party All The Time” shenanigans and many career missteps, is a comedian/actor who arguably will be mentioned in the same breath as Richard Pryor when it comes to the most influential black comedians.

On paper, it’s was a bold show. Heck, even now a show like the PJ’s would still seem kind of ahead of the curve.

Yet despite all these elements, I was never really a huge fan of this show.

It’s not bad.

In fact, it’s fair to say that FOX has had much worse when it comes to an animated show starring black characters (side eyes to the lazy Cleveland Show). But there are a few inner and outside elements related to the show that made it hard for me to really love it.

On the inside, most of the humor or jokes were actually kind of hit or miss. Cheap even, coming off at times as something I would have found during the opening days of UPN.

Yeah, anyone else, remember “Homeboys In Outer Space?”

No?

Great.

That’s not to say that you can’t do stellar urban comedy. In fact, FOX showed that you could years prior thanks to legendary sketch show In Living Color. And the PJ’s at the time could shine as well to me, but never to the point that you would expect from something related to Eddie Murphy, Larry Willmore, and Matt Groening.

But maybe the real problem is that The PJS never had enough time to fully become as great as it promised to me. A lot of animated shows have rough starts before becoming fan favorites. I mean there’s no way you could look me in the eyes, and tell me that the first couple of seasons of The Simpsons, although charming, were a bit rough compared to the onslaught of comedic gems it delivered later before withering. And maybe that’s the case with this show. It did only last three seasons. Maybe season four would have been the one to fully convert me.


We’ll never know.


Pretty differing viewpoints but insightful none-the-less. Thanks guys

TRIVIA

CLOSING THOUGHTS

3 seasons worked out pretty good for this show in my opinion. It was kind of losing steam, by the end of season 3. There’s also the fact that there was rumors  persisting the show of Eddie Murphy leaving due to disputes with Fox executives or he was just b-flat busy with a movie meant that the series was losing one of its main draws. So it’s probably a good thing that it was cut before it started to overstay its welcome.

All and all, this was certainly an enjoyable watch and an example that black animation can survive on prime time t.v.

The Unnoticed Child of the Next Generation

Well this is a weird topic to discuss, but the thought has been going through my mind the past week or so. Ever since the release of the 700th chapter of Naruto, everyone was going nuts over the newly introduced kids. That is, if those said people weren’t already losing their minds over which characters have to pair off in order to make those kids, but that’s getting off base (sort of).

The point is that ever since then, the new generation of Naruto has been more or less embraced by the fandom as whole, the child confirming their ship or not. Whether it was the dynamic of InoShikaCho 3.0, the cute exploits of Himawari, or the shipping between Boruto and Sarada, Naruto fans all over are coming up with fan art, fanfic, and all sorts of ideas and theories in relation to these kids. That is except for one child, and I think you may know who he is, given that you have not just forgot he exists.

 

That’s right the new inductee into the hall of youth, or as he is being called by fans who do acknowledge this kid’s existence, Rock Lee Jr. I don’t why this boy goes mostly unnoticed by the fandom at large but, judging by how this kid is practically invisible to people all over the world, I dare say that this kid may not even be the child Lee or even possibly Tenten’s, but perhaps Lee Jr. could avtually be Shino Jr..

 

Come on, I only kid Shino

 

Now, I am fully aware that Lee Jr. has not gone unnoticed by the Naruto fandom; there are some forums and message boards debating the origin of the child plus there are some nice artwork of the kid, most of them from the very talented lendi29. But regardless, whatever attention is given to Mini Lee, that attention is dwarfed by the amount that’s given to any single one of the other new generation. Heck, I think that the new Akamaru puppy has been in the minds of fans more than Lee Jr. ever has been. The question is why?

I have a theory as to why the child hasn’t been popular amongst the forums, and this relate to the kid’s possible if not probable family tree. You see, many fans across the inter-webs have speculated with the (very likely) idea of the kid being the son of Rock Lee and Tenten. NOW TO THOSE WHO DO NOT LIKE LEETEN, DO NOT CLICK THE BACK BUTTON AND STAY WITH ME NOW, ALRIGHT? I know a lot of fans of other Rock Lee and Tenten ships, not all of them mind you but a very vocal lot of them, have been dismissing those claims. With some politely saying that we don’t have all the info from behind the scenes so we shouldn’t be making these assumptions as fact, and those that say ignorant trite along the words of (and I’m quoting actual uncensored posts off Tumblr might I add, I swear on my life)

“I can’t either, people claiming that the kid is Lees and Tentens make me mad.”

“Not to mention Neji being dead is the only reason TenTen is on the lost.”

“LEE FUCKED TENTEN NO WAY SHE WOULD LITERALLY DIE OF EMBARRASSMENT”

Ohhh internet, you silly rascal.

 

Look I do not want to spread any sort of hatred towards NejiTen, LeeGaa, or GaiLee fans. However, even if you hate LeeTen with the burning passion of 1000 Amaterasus, that shouldn’t mean you should hate Lee Jr. for being a possible LeeTen child. Heck, we’re still repairing the fire damage left on message boards and forums left by raging NaruSaku and SasuNaru fans over the whole epilogue fiasco, yet the majority of those fans at least acknowledge the fact that the NaruHina kids exist. An it’s not just that, most of NaruSaku/SasuNaru fans even go on record to say that they think Boruto and Himawari are endearing and cute. Plus I got to say that no matter what side of the shipping spectrum you land on, there is nothing but love for ChouChou, Shikadai, and Inojin. That can’t be denied. Frankly, if people that hate the cannon ships like the kids that came from those cannon couples, then shipping preferences should not hinder you from appreciating the potential Lee Jr. has as a character.

And if the reasoning behind everyone ignoring Lee Jr. isn’t shipping related, then what is it people? Is it because the kid doesn’t have an established name so it’s hard to do anything with the child? Well that can’t be it, because back when most members of the Akatsuki were anonymous (Pain in particular) yet that didn’t stop the flood of art work and fanfics relating to the Akatsuki pouring in.

Is it because his personality wasn’t established enough for you? Well we didn’t get that much personality from Himawari but she seems to be popular. Plus looking at Mini Lee’s spandex can clearly show you that he may share some personality quirks of his possible father so there’s some character traits for you to work with.

Is it that you don’t have any ideas for how Lee Jr. would interact with the other characters? There are plenty of ideas for character interaction. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Lee Jr. could develop a crush on Sarada like how Lee had his infatuation over Sakura. He could form a rivalry with Boruto like how Lee had a rivalry with, well, anyone he met really. Lendi29 did some artwork displaying Lee Jr., Sarada, and Boruto as a team (Labeled Team 3). You can have the kid lecture ChouChou on exercising to balance out her constant eating. Lee Jr. can try to make Shikadai less lazy and more “youthful”. There can even be a clash of personalities with Mini Lee and Inojin. And why not, have Himawari develop a little crush on Lee Jr. and see where that leads to. And that’s just with the new generation; try something between Lee Jr. and the original main cast of Naruto. There are plenty of areas of story and artwork to explore with a character like Mini Lee, just look at what the fandom did with the other new kids. The possibilities with the character are virtually endless, especially with his origin not confirmed yet by official sources.

Look, I am well aware that certain characters have to be more popular than others and I’m not saying the Naruto community should put Lee Jr. on a pedestal and ignore the other kids. All I’m saying is that we should just acknowledge the kid more often. I mean he’s the newest prodigy in the house of hard work and spandex, what not to like?

But that’s just me.

DEETS FAAAH DAYZ.

Before you read any further note the following:

  1. This is a blog about my thoughts, ideas and most importantly MY OPINIONS.  You do not have to always agree with nor do you have to follow me.
  2. Feel free to interpret everything written here how you would like to.  If you hate what I say, share it with the world.  If you love what I say, share it with the world.  If you want to twist what I say around, go ahead and share it with the world.  And if I talk mad shit about someone that you like, go ahead and share it with them too.  I’m sure they’ve already heard it from me personally.
  3. Lastly, I am a sarcastic son of a bitch.  I can be mean but it all stems from honesty.  50% of the things I say should not be taken seriously.

 

Now enjoy the inner workings of my teeny-tiny brain (or what’s left of it).

Are You The One? Season Finale

If you want the truth, as bittersweet as it is, I am glad that the show is coming to an end.  I have never been so grateful for the love and the support that I have been blessed with but I also have never been so irritated by all of the naivety and close-mindedness of this world’s youth.  Some nights I found myself wanting to bash my head against a wall, others I found myself want to punt tiny children and kittens (WHICH IS SO BAD BECAUSE I LOVE CATS AND I WOULD NEVER REALLY DO THAT).

Now I want you guys to read this in the nicest way possible: I was on the TV show, you were not.  Therefore I know what happened, how it happened, and how grueling some of the experience was.  As an insider looking out, I find it quite embarrassing that people think they can assume things like that it was scripted or that it’s a game, feelings aren’t real, move the fuck on.  Like I said, this was my experience, not yours.  It would be nice of you to keep an open mind about what could possibly had gone on behind closed doors.

Also, please keep in mind that we were filmed 24 hours a day EVERY single day of the week.  I won’t tell you to do the math because I’m too math illiterate to do it myself and I do not want to put you through that pain.  Anyway, you see an hour of us, once a week…and there are 20 characters on the show.  Come on people.

Don’t get me wrong!  The experience I had while filming Are You The One has been the best experience of my life.  It was basically an all expense paid vacation with copious amounts of booze and even better, food…and I was on Kauai.  But let me reiterate that—it was a vacation from hell (except like the hell where the flames aren’t super hot so they’re bearable and I shouldn’t really complain about them). 

Long story short: I won.  I left with love and fantastic friendships and I left with $50,000 in my pocket.  I have no reason to complain.  What I will complain about is how misinformed you all are about certain people in the house.  When I talk shit, I talk shit for a reason.  When I judge someone, I judge him or her for a reason.  When I call someone out, I call him or her out for a reason.  As a viewer, you only see how each one of us is portrayed.  I’d like to proudly admit that everything you saw of me was 100% how I would act in real life (maybe a little less chill because there wouldn’t be as much booze involved, HA).

With all of that being said, I would like to give each of my followers my opinion on the most controversial people that I lived with in the house.

Let’s start with the infamous Simone Kelly:

The girl is the most driven girl on this planet.   She is a go-getter and in my opinion, I think she will climb her way to the top in one way or another.  Does she handle things poorly?  Of course.  I think we all have our moments.  Is she a loud-mouthed bitch who is constantly putting in her 2 cents even in situations that she shouldn’t be involved in?  Yes.  I’m guilty of that too.  What you see of Simone on TV is that she’s a money hungry diva (and she plays that part really well).  Simone in real life is a doll.  She is the funniest, most charismatic person that I had the chance to meet.  We had a tough few days but we are grown enough to put that behind us.

Ethan “Always Have a Beer in my Hand” Diamond:

As soon as I walked into that house, I knew that if Ethan wasn’t my match, he was going to be one of my best friends.  I have never met a person more rational about general things in life and I have never met a person more determined to better himself and others around him.  The love that he has for Amber is absolutely inspiring and incredible and unreal—its beautiful.  His short-lived “scandal” with Kayla was real and I’m sure you will find out more about it when the reunion airs—but like I said, it was short-lived and towards the beginning of filming before he really decided he was in love with Amber.

My fellow athlete Dre McCoy:

I think Are You The One would have turned into a comedy if only you guys got to see how we reacted with each other.  Dre and I would spend every night talking about the funniest shit, and I would be in tears because I would be laughing so hard.  The bond that I have with him is unbreakable.  He is one of the realist fools on the show DESPITE the rumors of his wife and child (which, I will add that the rumors are true).  He has THE cutest child on this planet and I believe he is 2 now.  Dre and his wife separated before the show even started but people had malicious intentions when they exposed his previous marriage.  He confided in me because he trusted me.  Trust was a rare thing to find in that house and that is why Dre did not lay everything out on the table for everybody else.

Adam and Brittany:

All I’m going to say about them is that the situation they put themselves in was fucked up.  Brittany got way too attached to Adam and Adam took advantage of that.  Putting that aside, individually, they are both fantastic fucking people.  Brittany is unlike anyone that I have ever met.  She never lets things phase her.  She is hardworking and independent.  She has her own weird fucking lingo that I will never be able to understand…haha, but most of all, she has a huge heart.

Adam on the other hand is the most intelligent douchebag on this planet and I am saying that in the nicest way possible.  I love him to death and I stay in contact with him as much as possible because the conversations that we have are hilarious.  There is never a dull moment with him and for that reason, I know exactly why he is my match.

And I know you all have been waiting for these last two, so of course I saved the best (slash the worst) for last.  Now remember, these are my opinions and I’m sure the opinions of my fellow cast mates as well—you are free to disagree and you are free to hate me. That. Is. Fine.

My fucks are in the other room and I’m too lazy to get up to give you one.

Kayla “Preacher’s Daughter That Shit On Her Morals on Global Television” Lusby:

I am not here to talk shit and I am not here to belittle anyone by saying anything unnecessary.  I am here to tell the truth and sometimes the truth looks like shit talking, so take it how you will.

Everything about Kayla that you saw on TV was everything that happened in the house.  I think that her character was the only character that the producers played out in the correct sequence of events.  When I yelled at her for moving my shit in the first episode, she lied and said she did not touch it (YOU WERE ON CANDID CAMERA)—and to further explain why I was mad that someone touched me shit, well, one word: disrespect.  She was also extremely flirtatious with everyone in the house.  I will give her that.  I am also a very flirty person but unlike her, I kept my flirting to a more ‘innocent’ level.  I wasn’t going to hook up with everyone in the house and use the excuse that “I’m just trying to find my match”.  So yes, Kayla did hook up with Ryan and yes, Kayla did schmooze with Wes afterwards, and yes, Kayla did make out with Ethan off camera AND YES, Kayla was very touchy feely with every guy in the house. 

IM NOT INNOCENT EITHER! I have done my fair share of sleeping with people and flirting with people and whatever OUTSIDE of the house, in the privacy of my own home or whatever.  So I will not call Kayla a slut.  I will call Kayla a tease and I will say that she was very wrong to use her morals as a shield/and as an excuse.

I don’t think I really need to say much more about Kayla.  Her character on the show was basically a ‘what you see is what you get’ type.  You all already know what she did.  And honestly, I don’t think I would have ever been bothered by it if she only owned up to her bullshit.

LASTTTTTTTT and definitely least, the Barbie herself, Paige Brendel:

I will admit that Paige and I got along in the house when we did interact with each other.  I did my best to not involve myself with her because I knew there was something VERY sketchy about her when we moved into the house.

Fun fact: The classy cove turned into the classy cove when Paige went up to both Amber and Kayla saying something along the lines of “you’re pretty, I’m pretty…we should be friends.”

I kid you not guys.  I kid you not.

I had no reason to judge Paige.  She hadn’t done anything to me, to my face.  And you guys heard me say it multiple times, I thought she was pretty. 

The real reason we all dislike Paige: we almost did not have a show because of her.  We were not allowed to have cell phones or any communication with the outside world, even after leaving the show, our contract told us to keep our mouths shut.  No details could be leaked to the public.  Well, Paige gave production an old cell phone and snuck hers into the house.  Not only was she spilling details about the show but she was texting her ex boyfriend whom she was still in love with.  THAT’S TOTALLY FINE! I still love my ex boyfriend.  But I also listened to rules and when I have to sign a 40 page contract to keep my mouth shut, I will keep my mouth shut.  Paige also was notorious for turning off her mic and sneaking into rooms without cameras so she wouldn’t be filmed.

Excuse me, you signed up for a reality television show……………………………..

What pisses me off is that people feel bad for Paige.  Well, for your information people, those who had to actually deal with her bullshit do not feel bad.  Do I feel bad that I fell for Chris and ruined her chances of getting to know him?  No.  I don’t give a fuck.  She was fucking Scali and hoping to reconnect with her ex.  I basically saved Chris from a relationship that probably would have never even happened.

So all of you who do feel bad, get the fuck up off my jock.  Get your facts straight and then make your accusations.

Okay, I’m done ranting.  You’re welcome world for some sweet inside scoop.  I’ll probably be hearing about this from MTV because I’m sure one of the two above with call and tattle on me.  They’ve done it before.

When’s the last time you’ve tattled on someone?  Like 3rd grade right?  Hahaha.

Oh PS: the naked picture and engagement rumors are true, so make sure you tune in to the reunion next week.  I’m sure I’ll have plenty to say on my blog after that happens.

And PSS: I had such a wonderful time meeting everyone in Chicago! Thanks so much for watching the finale with me and buying me shots.  You all are the best.