i was wondering how this relationship would have developed in s2

wlw survey results

thank you so much to everyone who participated in mine and @aliciqvikander ’s survey! we ended up getting 221 responses. below is a breakdown of each question.

disclaimer: there were a couple of responses that we considered to be disrespectful or homophobic that we decided to delete from the survey pool. the idea of this survey was to gauge the feelings & opinions of wlw skam fans regarding lgbt representation in the show; it was made with wlw fans in mind, and there were some skam fans who decided to take the survey and give disrespectful/homophobic answers, which was not the point of the survey.

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anonymous asked:

I'm wondering, what from season 2 would you change in your fix-it fic?

Well, in a nutshell, this:

  • Allura and Coran’s time loop sends them back to before Altea was destroyed, and they have to grapple with being on their home planet again and not changing history/trying to get back to their original timeline. As soon as the two of them were given a more comedic plotline compared to the rest, I was like “o k a y ???”
  • Hunk, Lance and Pidge get stranded together and there’s callbacks to the first episode of season one in how they’ve improved as a team and backstory to the Garrison.
  • Actual backstory as to HOW Keith and Shiro knew each other.
  • Less Keith, tbh. he’s still half galra but actually looks it this time
  • More klance development.
  • shiro and allura having a strained relationship and then coming back together as a stronger leadership force
  • Hunk development and prowess as an engineer alongside Pidge in 2x04 “Greening the Cube” More bad puns and no food jokes
  • More of Lance’s insecurities!! Homesickness with the space mall!! More of him and Hunk’s friendship!!
  • WAY more Shallura development, like the scene in 2x05. Them actually talking about the Black Lion and her helping him understand Zarkon’s connection (bc the Lions are tied to her life force and she was alive when everything went down??) and also her sacrificing himself for him bC THAT WAS NEVER ADDRESSED?
  • An actual reunion scene between the team with them spending more time apart
  • An actual scene of Keith telling everyone he’s Galra.
  • Allura’s distrust/hatred of Galra not being framed as a bad thing bc it was totally justified
  • Keith and Allura not… ditching the rest of the team??? it honestly didn’t make sense to me
  • Lance’s insecurities
  • Thace having a relevant connection to Keith’s mother if he was going to be given that much screen time??
  • the snow space ball scene gets to stay tho
  • more backstory/development of the Blade of Marmora
  • Shiro grappling with his issues of insecurity as a paladin (ie. “how could a monster like you be a paladin of voltron? zarkon’s already won!” etc.) and PTSD
  • more of a focus on Pidge’s family
  • Zarkon-Alfor backstory
  • The team considering the idea that they’re being tracked because of Shiro’s arm and the guilt that comes with it
  • Allura being more of a leader than she already is!! Kicking ass!!
  • rewriting the prison break episode to be more like “the boiling rock” from avatar: the last airbender with a lot of prisoners and the Holt family possibly being there and yeah
  • the finale was overall fine but i’ll still tweak it to include more one-on-one scenes with characters who deserved more time together tbh
  • and that’s all i got for now but yeah

anonymous asked:

Just wondering, what exactly made you ship Sheith and Plance romantically? Is there any specific moment or it was a slow build?

:O *cracks fingers* I’m ready.

Before I get into Sheith (because it will be long), let’s talk about Plance.

Plance snuck up on me. I always loved the moment when Lance freaks out about her coming out as a girl because it reminded me of Ron/Hermione when Ron says before the Yule Ball, “Hermione. Neville’s right. You are a girl!” I didn’t really care to ship them at first because I’ll admit, it was hard to envision Pidge developing very strong feelings for anyone, but that little interaction always stuck with me.

Then I noticed in S2 the amount of times they sass each other, but they’re lowkey blushing when the other gets it right. I just was like, “HM, that’s interesting.” I really just love the idea that Lance, who is usually attracted to conventional beauty, can have these feelings for Pidge sneak up on him. Someone who’s always there, someone who falls under his radar in so many ways, someone who isn’t “conventionally” pretty. And him just suddenly being hit with that and thinking, oh shit. I love the idea of Pidge being annoyed at Lance most of the time, and him growing on her more and more as she opens up to the team, starting from their Garrison days, and also having a sudden realization of, oh shit. I think Lance could potentially grow in this ship in ways he wouldn’t in other ships. Something about their dynamic and the way they interact tells me that. And besides, let’s face it, Plance would totally be the pranking, meme-r couple with a lot of laughs. :)

(I also became friends with @babsignal​ and she helped fuel my Plance feels more, lmao.)

And now, a few fics/fanart later, I’m just straight up obsessed. 😂

OKAY. So now, let me tell you the love story of me and Sheith~

So normally, when I watch shows, I don’t ship things right away. It takes some time for the feelings to really grow. (Much like how I am in person, I don’t fall in love with people right away haha) But when I watched the first episode ever of Voltron, I was very 👀👀👀 at the shoulder touch outside of Keith’s cabin. However, I was also live blogging the entire season to my friends and trying to figure out their MBTI (because I’m a Myers Briggs nut) so my attention on my first watch of the season was a little shoddy.

By the end of it though, I still had a slight leaning towards Sheith because of how close and intimate they are. They’ve got a past, a history, and an already established trust. (I did a search in my discord server to find the moment I started shipping them, and I literally said the words, “I’d be really surprised if Keith doesn’t have canon feelings for Shiro??”)

First of all, I gotta say that at this point now, Sheith really means A LOT to me for so many reasons beyond what I see in the show. I love their dynamics, the fact that even if you take it platonically in canon there’s no doubt that they love each other and watch out for each other. Shiro’s the one who calms Keith down and helps him focus. Keith’s ALWAYS the one who snaps him out of a bad flashback and always the one who notices when he’s in trouble. They have intimate moments, whether you choose to see it as platonic or not (sitting by a campfire, long extended hug, Shiro being vulnerable for the first time ever in S2E1, being the person Keith “most desperately wants to see”, etc.) – I love seeing that depth and care, so yeah, I hella ship it.

(And incidentally, I just saw this post, which is basically a nice summary of what I mentioned above, and then more.)

But beyond what’s in the show, it also reminds me of a significant relationship in my past that didn’t work out, except Sheith is like the healthier version of it. Seeing similar dynamics and that deep intimacy in Sheith has actually helped me really heal and move on from that time in my past. Sheith gave me this hope that people with the same dynamics could be healthy and have each other’s backs. It was rewarding for me to write Sheith fics and explore those avenues, and at the same time, emotionally process how I feel about that past relationship.

At this point, it’s just a ship that holds a LOT of meaning to me. Back during Christmas, when I get the most nostalgic about everything, I was writing a lot of Sheith fics and I remember one day, it suddenly hit me how much I’ve progressed emotionally away from that past relationship. Like I legit started crying when I told my husband about it. I think because of Sheith, I was able to allow this deep part of me to live vicariously through them and find my own sense of closure that I needed. That’s the beautiful thing about fiction, and I’ll always hold Sheith close to my heart because of it. <3

So… yeah. tl;dr: Sheith means a lot to me because of personal reasons and I think there’s so much depth there that’s already on screen. It’s a damn good ship, son.

fancy-cosima  asked:

Hey there, I was wondering if you could explain how the interactions between Lena and Kara are "implicitly romantic and/or sexual"? I'm not trying to be confrontational but I don't see their interactions that way (to me they seem like close friends who happen to have a lot of chemistry) and I was curious about how you see it?

Sure, I’d be happy to explain ! And I’m tagging @detectivdimples and @putitonthevideopanel cause you two joined the discussion, so if you feel like reading this long ass post you’ll see where I come from with the romantic Supercorp.

I talked about implicit romantic and/or sexual interactions in the post because I was talking about queer baiting in general terms. For Supercorp in particular, I don’t necessarily see sexual tension between Kara and Lena (maybe details here and there, but that’s it). It’s more about romantic interactions between them. Oh gosh I have to stop rambling and go straight to my point ! Ok let’s do it. Stick with me, cause it’s gonna be a long post.

The show was on S2 hiatus when I started to watch it, so everyone had already discovered Lena and a lot of people were already talking about Supercorp. At first I thought I was biased because of that, but people had also talked about Kara/Lucy and Kara/Cat in S1 and I have actually never seen anything romantic between them. When I watched 2x01 I saw nothing romantic between Kara and Lena, just the beginning of a pleasant friendship. But it started in 2x03.

When Kara visits Lena, there’s this awkwardness between them, not much with Lena, but more on Kara’s side. Lena is relaxed, but Kara doesn’t know if she can sit or not, she doesn’t dare asking for it so Lena is the one ultimately inviting her to sit. Of course Kara is a very new reporter so that might be why she’s acting this way and seems so shy (something she’s not usually, she’s often awkward when people compliment her for example but she’s not shy, quite the opposite). There’s also the “protocole” because Kara comes to interview Lena, who’s a powerful business woman, so she has to be polite. But still. Kara shows the exact behavior of someone impressed. Not everyone reacts the same way, but I can be that awkward with people I have a crush on. In that same scene, Lena has a very playful and teasing smile when she orders invites Kara to try this awful thing that can detect aliens. This attitude is actually pretty ambiguous. I could call it flirty with this smile if the situation wasn’t what it is : Lena is relaxed and at ease, which doesn’t reveal any fear or distrust, but she seems to have suspicions about Kara because she really wants her to take the test. It’s like she doesn’t feel threatened at all but she knows Kara is Supergirl and she wants a proof. So idk about this particular part of this scene, it’s really disturbing and bothering. I think this scene is not the best one, it’s so tinted by Kara’s secret and probably too soon in their relationship, whether we see it as platonic or romantic.

At the end of this same episode, Kara visits Lena again. They have a conversation (Lena is pretty flirty when she leans on the sofa)

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and Lena talks about very personal stuff, she tells Kara she was crushed when she discovered who really was her brother, etc… These are things she could say to a friend. But what I see as the beginning of a romance (or a crush, no matter how you wanna call it) is this line : “Finally I realized that some people are just bad. There’s nothing you can do to change that. But you can learn to protect yourself.” and at the exact moment she says protect yourself she looks away while she had been looking Kara right in the eyes for the past seconds. It’s like she actually wants to protect herself in this precise moment, which makes sense, because she’s talking about her past, her family, her feelings towards them, something she probably rarely does. She’s been disappointed by people she loves : her brother, her mother. She cares for Kara and is probably starting to develop feelings for her (platonic or romantic, doesn’t matter) so she’s afraid she might be disappointed once more if she bonds to Kara. After a quick confession, she does protect herself in this moment. And if she tells all these things to Kara and shares her past, it means she wants Kara in her life. As a friend ? As a lover ? We don’t know yet. But right after this part of the scene, Kara looks away as well, she’s embarrassed because Lena is talking about personal stuff. And then Lena has this bittersweet smile and this time, she doesn’t shy away : they share a smile, Kara turns her head down, Lena lowers her eyes at the same time, and then Kara keeps her eyes down, but Lena gets hers back to Kara’s face and she stares right at her without losing her smile.

Another scene, 2x04 this time. Kara rushes into Lena’s office unannounced. Anyone would be at least a bit mad and upset. But Lena just tells her employee to make sure Kara can visit whenever she wants to. imo Lena’s whipped af ahah, but ok, let’s admit this is only friendship. When she gives Kara the paper with the fight club address, she holds it for a second while looking Kara into the eyes. She’s a bit playful and almost teasing. Right before the camera goes to Kara, we see a smirk growing on Lena’s face. The whole thing is so flirty tbh.

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Now 2x05. Lena invites Kara to her party. Really nice of her ! And clearly something she would be with a friend (most particularly since Kara is her only friend). But doesn’t she have a phone ? Lena is a business woman, she’s busy, the easiest would have been to call Kara. Instead, she takes time to come to CatCo and invites Kara herself. Um… seems like someone is whipped and wanted to see her crush. So Lena tells Kara she hopes her to come and man hell shows up like ‘hey dudes I wanna come too’ and Kara shuts him down right away. You might think it’s not a proof she really really likes Lena and doesn’t want man hell around when she’s with her, because at that time she was trying to prevent him from causing trouble (and what better place than a party for causing trouble), so I’m gonna admit that and move on. Lena tells Kara it would mean a lot to her if she was here, but before she does, she hesitates for a second, she bites her lip and lowers her eyes.

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What kind of friend would do that ? Why does she suddenly look so shy but also ecstatic at the same time ? Plus, she starts talking and says “It would mean a lot to me *looks back at Kara’s face* if you were there.”. The moment her eyes go back to Kara’s face is actually important, because it’s once she’s expressed the way she feels (it would mean a lot to her) that she dares look back at Kara. She’s uncomfortable with looking Kara in the eyes while telling her how important it is for her that she comes. And then, there is man hell. Ironically, he plays a big part in this scene. He asks if he can come and Kara immediately says no. Lena hesitates, she undoubtedly feels some discontent on Kara’s side, she checks her face probably to try to figure out what’s going on, and she eventually says man hell can come. Her voice tone is light, she seems to be okay and even happy to invite him. But once she sees Kara’s head going down, she realizes she’s upset and understands she didn’t want him to join, and her behavior goes from white to black. She seems less assured when she asks man hell what’s his name. She then gets back to her usual composure and assurance, but that’s her first spontaneous reaction that matters : she sees Kara doesn’t want man hell to come, she realizes she read her wrong and made a mistake by inviting him, she wants to withdraw but it’s too late, so she instinctively adopts a more distant attitude with him, before trying her best to act as relaxed as usual. She kindly makes fun of him and then leaves. And how does Kara act ? She’s ill-at-ease because of man hell silliness and the ‘Mike of the interns” thing, she tries to play it cool and to force a smile, but she’s embarrassed and mad at him. But as soon as Lena leaves, she lets her frustration goes out an grab this stupid candy.

2x05 again. Lena meets Alex for the first time. Well, they’ve already met each other but this time it’s a different context. When Kara opens the door and she lets her in, Lena is her usual self : she’s polite, composed, relaxed. But as soon as she sees Alex, her behavior flips. She acts like Alex is an intruder. She tries to play it cool but she clearly can’t and she’s very bitter when she says “you saved my life” as a thank you.

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(you’re not fooling anyone Lena) Also, look at Kara on the back (you don’t see her on this gif but you can easily find the video on youtube), because it’s important : she was taken by surprise when Lena showed up, you can tell her smile is a bit forced, but she got this and she seems more or less confident ; but look at her face as soon as she sees Lena’s reaction. She suddenly loses her confidence and seems worried. She understands Lena is misinterpreting the situation so she quickly explains by saying Alex is her sister. I don’t think she’s scared Lena might understand she’s Supergirl based on the fact she knows Alex, there is literally nothing that points out to that on this scene. So imo she’s just worried Lena would be jealous and she wants to fix things even before there’s any drama. As soon as Kara tells her Alex is her sister, Lena calms down, and then, Kara seems more at ease because she knows there’s no misunderstanding.

Let’s jump to 2x08 now, shall we ? The real Hank Henshaw attacks L Corp. Supergirl/Kara is fighting him and Lena rushes into the hall. She has already interacted and talked with Supergirl, she knows her, and first thing she sees is Supergirl getting knocked on the floor. She’s afraid because the building is attacked and the assaillant is strong enough to put Supergirl down, but you can also see the concern and the shock on her face. At first she’s afraid for herself, but then she’s afraid for Supergirl too, maybe even only for her. If Lena ever discovers the truth about Kara and Supergirl, I think she will find out because she feels the same towards both of them (whether you see it as platonic or romantic, once more).

The scene in this same episode where Supergirl asks for Lena’s help to find her mother speaks for itself. I think I have nothing to say : it shows how much they care for each other (platonic or romantic, once and for all). The only thing I have to say is Lena might not have reacted so sharply if someone else had told her her mother was evil…

And now 2x12 with, in my opinion, the most obvious evidence.  The last Supercorp scene has some blatantly romantic aspects for me, but I’ll get to it later. For now, let’s talk about the scene where Lena gets arrested. I’m lazy so I’m just gonna link the post I reblogged and you can read the tags to know how I feel about Lena’s reaction. As for Kara, she once more wants to understand and to protect Lena. She might be her friend, but it’s a little too much for ‘just friends’ imo. In this episode she’s going against literally everyone : her friends (even if it’s been pretty conflicted lately) ; J’onn, who’s clairvoyant most of the time, probably because he’s psychic (why didn’t he read Lena’s mind btw ? I can’t remember if they talked about that) ; Alex, her own sister, that she loves and trusts. She’s going against everybody. I know James says Clark acted the same way with Lex, but still. She seems to care too deeply to see Lena as a simple friend.

When Supergirl saves Lena from her mother, Lena’s first instinct is to protect her. I know she’s a good person, but still. She’s ready to physically interfere in the fight that’s about to start even if she knows she’s just a tiny human being with no super powers.

And last but not least : the last scene from 2x12. I’m linking you a post once again and I’m gonna add some stuff. Lena is teasing Kara for most of the scene. When she says she never had friends like Kara before, she stutters on the word friend, it seems like she’s not sure it’s the good word. Two options : she has considered Kara as her friend for a long time but now it’s deeper and it takes a new signification even if it’s still in a platonic way, or she’s not sure this word still suits the way she feels about Kara because her feelings have changed. I think the second option is the good one, because right after she uses the word family. This is not insignificant. She might mean that Kara is like a sister to her, or it might be something else… some people consider their lover as a member of their family, it’s pretty common, so family could also have this meaning here. But once again, the thing that makes me think Lena means it in a romantic way is her attitude : she says she’s never had family like Kara, and then she lowers her eyes and her face says “oh shit I might have just realized something” or maybe “oops I shouldn’t have said that, Kara’s gonna freak out”.

As I’ve said several times in this post, most of the things I pointed out can be seen as romantic or platonic. The reason why I now say this is queer baiting is this last scene in episode 12.

Now here are the major reasons why I said it was queer baiting :
- Lips biting is something people do when they’re anxious or… it can be done in a seductive way ! Lena showed multiple times she was relaxed in Kara’s presence, she’s not impressed or intimidated. So the lip biting is more in a seductive way imo.
- Lena’s heart eyes for Kara… her gayness hurt me sometimes ! Her eyes are burning with passion in some scenes.
- And the MOST obvious of all : the flowers. In the last Supercorp scene from 2x12, we discover Lena sent enough flowers to overflow Kara’s office. That is typically the kind of thing [insert male western name] would do to seduce [insert female western name] in a romantic movie. The writers didn’t use any ‘thank you’ they precisely picked the flowers, which has a very strong romantic connotation.

Most of the time the romantic aspects come from Lena, so maybe feelings are not reciprocal, maybe Lena is supposed, according to the scripts, to feel things Kara doesn’t necessarily share. Or maybe Katie just can’t help it ahah ! I know there are some tiny little details that come from her acting, it wouldn’t be on a script, it comes from her (for example the way she looks at Melissa/Kara sometimes). But there are other things, like the flowers, that are written on the script, it’s not a choice from the actresses to play the scene this way or that way, the writers made this decision.

I know we all have our own point of view, independently from sexual orientation, gender identity, or anything else, and if people don’t see and interpret things the way I do, that’s fine. I see some of Supercorp interactions as romantic, some don’t, it’s okay, I respect that. Plus, I ship Swan Queen, so I think it’s my fate to ship non canon couples ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Peepers: my darling precious evil frustrated ambitious little eyeball man

Post S1 analysis

Also it would be nice if you’d read the thing. I like the thing.

A good while ago I wrote how much I liked Peepers willing to put his foot down, when he’s not afraid of Hater, when he’s done with his boss and it shows. And some of you told me “Oh man, you’re going to like Peepers in S2!” And I was like “Ok, fine, we’ll see.”

“The Greater Hater” started with Peepers clearly annoyed with Hater, not caring if he get blasted or not. Okay, good. Then he’s clearly in awe of Dominator’s ship and I go “oooooooh I suspected he’d leave Hater in S2 looks like I was right!” Then he goes off on Hater again and as we all know frustrated Peepers is the best Peepers. So here I was, thinking that Dom was going to be Peepers’ new boss, happy about Commander letting his frustrations out, maybe he’d get some character arc thanks to the switch? …But at the same time I enjoyed that dynamic between Peepers and Hater and I was also kind of sad it was going to end right when it started to get really good?
The episode continued; Dominator managed to trap Wander and Sylvia, enrage Hater and fight him back with ease, while Peepers gets a good look at bot factory. “This is it,” I thought. “He’s going to leave Hater for the new guy for galactic domination.”

And then Peepers saved everyone by wrecking the console and, though I didn’t really know it at the time, became my favorite character.

Peepers got A LOT of character development this season. And, strangely, his character arc wasn’t even that big or prominent. He wasn’t the one who was supposed to face Dominator in one way or another (though he tried, oh boy he tried and ended up with disastrous results). He was a guy who wanted to have universe at his feet, knew he lacked the abilites to do so and had to rely on someone powerful. But now with Hater being distracted by Wander all the time he had to work even more and even harder to fullfil his ambitions.

Aside from the very first episode it didn’t start with much. In “The Big Day” he tried hard to get Hater out of Wander-frenzy, and failed miserably not noticing the whole skullship planned a wedding destruction ceremony. He broke down in tears and that was that. In “The Breakfast” he just served the titular meal multiple times only to get roped into cleaning the mess Hater left in his morning tantrum.

But then “The Axe” happened.
Peepers is fired by his boss, keeps on hoping Hater would rethink the matter, but it seems like skeleton man gets on his own just fine. Peepers suffers through his inner “Grop I’m so sad about life and stuff” song (and I still didn’t got to hear Tom Kenny’s version, come on, when is it going to be released?) gets into taxi and… tries to find a new job in newspaper? What the heck, there are so many villains around, why can’t he just work for one of them? It’s because he truly believed Hater is the greatest, the most powerful villain in the galaxy. And that they could be great again working together if Hater would just let him. And, well, eventually he does, almost to the point of begging. They get back together, Peepers gets a statue, and everything is right in the world.

We also got to see his room in that episode. It’s small, it has a bed, a toilet, a locker and a giant Hater poster. That’s it. And then he can fit all his belongings in cardboard box (along with a plant that I’m sure he stole from the cafeteria to have something to put into box). It just shows how much time and effort he put into his work. No wonder he was depressed about the prospect of losing it all.

“The It”. Oh my grop I absolutely adore this episode. Aside from being hilarious it was great Peepers episode.
Commander is fed up with Hater’s shenanigans and decides to work with what he can. Hater causes a chaos with the game of tag (and also wants to tag Peepers himself, and, well, we can’t have that… cause… reasons… nobody would like to be it anway…) – time to freeze him in coldbrrnte! Nobody wants to be it? Time to use it against other villains!
And we get this nifty montage of evil, ambitious Peepers.
“A true villain turns weakness into a strength!”Thanks, Peepers, that was subtle.
While writers just can’t keep Commander happy for too long and episode ends up with him crying, at this point Peepers understands that while he needs Hater for the empire to work, he ensures watchdogs are working with him anytime skeleton man gets distracted by Wander.

…Though then again does he actually need Hater that much?

Enter “The Cool Guy”. Peepers and Hater’s relationship is actually pretty decent at this point. They seem to have an actual fun playing with toys strategic figurines and planning an invasion at the same time, but Emperor Awesome’s arrival puts a wrench into the whole thing. On Peepers side he worries that his boss won’t get to the invasion on time but eventually gets fed up with waiting – it’s invasion time! Commander goes on how he knows very well what Hater truly wants, mocking his dreams of being popular and tries to lead the invasion on his own. While putting his eye-face on the flags. Though he definitely used Hater’s popularity as a villain to do this.

When he goes off to the aliens about bowing down to their new master and ruler he gets interrupted. And no one, no one will ever convince that he wasn’t talking about himself. He wanted to conquer in his name for once, just to try, maybe he had capabilites, maybe he was enough, maybe he didn’t need Hater after all? But Awesome makes fun of him, of his cuteness, his height, and him being a nerd.
And Peepers, despite the initial failure, responds in truly great manner, making fun of him instead, pointing out what pathetic person he is. However he does that without mentioning the jab at his height. It’s clearly a thing he doesn’t want to talk about.

There’s not much to talk about when it comes to “The Rager” and “The Good Bad Guy”. Peepers continues on being Peepers to who Hater actually listens to, but also gets smacked around by his boss (more about that in relationships analysis). He’s just kind of there. Getting punched by Sylvia who wasn’t even there.

Oh yeah, time to mention his relationship with Syl, huh. Since their moment in “The Battle Royale” they started to get along, somewhat. It’s continued in “The Show Stopper”, “My Fair Hatey” and “The End of the Galaxy”. They found a similriaties in each other, common goals, and at some point even had fun together. Their frenemy thing going on is important to both of them, but especially Peepers, who, so far, didn’t have anyone who he saw on a same level as him.

Before “The Battle Royale” Commander managed to get his boss to the #2 spot on the leaderboard, learned to work with childish Hater and the only real obstacle was Dominator on the first place, destroying planets left and right. After this episode Dom rmeained as obstacle, but in an entirly different way: previously Hater was willing to fight the guy back. But since he developed a crush on her things started to be… complicated.

Peepers, after the fluke of attack in “The New Toy”, where Hater sabotaged every attempt at fighting Dom back using the frostonium, is done. He just wants to get rid of Dominator, wants his boss back on track; he doesn’t even dream of getting S1 Hater, he just wants the things to be what the status quo from the S2 first arc back, when childish, distracted Hater was a person he could work with.

So when Commander gets Hat into his hands he snaps. “The universe will be mine!” He’s entirely willing to leave Hater and conquer the universe – yes, he said universe, not galaxy – by himself. Dude’s definitely ambitious.
Of course after everything blows up and Wander gets his Hat back things get back to normal. Well, relatively normal. As normal as WoY with Hater having a crush on a bigger villain can get, I guess. But it was there, Peepers and his ambitions resurfaced yet again.

By the time “My Fair Hatey” rolls Commander decides to take matter into his hands. I feel like fighting Dominator was pretty personal for him at this point; she was the person who messed up his plans, who made Hater into total fool. He explains his plan to Sylvia in a glorious singing manner, roping her into bringing frostonium onboard Dom’s ship and… well, he successed. Sort of. It’s unclear what has actually happened, but Dom gets ice powers thanks to that and the galaxy is even more doomed. But nobody can accuse the little guy for lack of trying.

In “The Bad Neighbors” Peepers clearly feels guilty and tries to reach to Hater for help. He doesn’t sleep, overworking himself even more than normally, and comes up with nothing. There is a bright spot at the end of a tunnel though – his confidence is back by the end of episode and everyone is free from sitcom shenanigans.

When I finished the series my Screener asked me which arc from S2 was my favorite and which one I liked the least. Without thinking I responded that I the third arc was definitely my least favorite. Before I could mull over my response she said: “oh yeah, it didn’t have enough Peepers in it, right.”

Yeah, Commander kind of disappeared in a last act and took backseat to Wander and Sylvia trying to find ways to beat Dominator. He finally got to appear in “The Robomechabotatron”, where he pretty much laid out his opinion about Hater to Wander (which also meant some Peepers&Wander interactions, yay!) And while I love “The End of the Galaxy” he didn’t do much there. At the beginning he lost all hope, though was later shown to be looking for Hater, probably trying to plan what to do next, if that galaxy was lost. He was extremely happy about getting his compentent boss back, saved Sylvia’s life, got a serious case of heart eyes and it ultimately got back to chasing Wander across the galaxy.

So, Peepers. Ambitious, evil, workaholic Peepers. I love this guy.

While it’s obvious he’s evil, more evil than Hater, I was thinking: how evil is he? Can we assume he’s as evil or even more evil than Dom? (Or Screwball, but let’s stick to evil guys who know they’re evil kay.) People seem not to think so, if only because he exclaimed: “Man, that’s evil!”upon learning her plan of destroying the whole galaxy. First of all he’s fine with destroying few planets. He was planning a tour to do it back in “The Big Day” for flarp’s sake! It’s not about all the people who would lose their homes and lifes in that, no. It’s about his lack of comprehension about this plan.
See, Peepers is ambitious, he wants to conquer, he wants to rule, even if it has to be in someone else’s name (though we all know he would gladly do it alone if he could). Sure when he sees her plan on a giant screen he’s shocked, but then…

…he has this look. It’s not ‘it’s so evil why would she do that to these people’ look, it’s: 'what the flarp, why would anyone do that, what are the benefits, is that her plan, is that why she destroyed everything on her path, better stop her quickly or I won’t have anything to conquer.’ He wants to save the galaxy only to conquer it, he says it himself later in musical episode, and Hater remembers it in the finale, causing the heart eyes.
So, yeah, personally I don’t think Peepers is less evil than Dominator, he’s just more cautious, needs to work with others, and doesn’t see sense in destroying everything; what is there left to rule after all?

So what would happen to Commander in S3? A lot of things, I imagine, I wrote the whole post about my suspcions regarding his future. Also there’s a matter of his and watchdogs’ home planet, that aaparently was destroyed by Dom. We would learn about his background, maybe finally get his first name. More interactions with Hater and Sylvia. Please, please, more interactions with Wander and Dominator. And…

…I'm… just gonna go cry in the corner, okay?

TL;DR: I love this character so much. He’s ambitious, evil, and was supposed to get an arc in S3. Still got a lots of development in S2 and what we got was glorious.

Play it again, Jack – fourth and final post of MFMM fics you love to reread

There is no thing as reading too many times, Dot. And of course I can read this on a public transportation if I want to! 

This post is the fourth and final of “Play it again, Jack” – posts that collect the fics we love to go back to and reread.

It has been so fun to hear about your thoughts and to put these posts together. Thank you to everyone contributing!


First I want to start with a comment from @bumblemama that fits perfectly to the spirit of this collection:

Aaaaand another thing… despite having read literally every story on ao3 with the mfmm tag, I realised I couldn’t actually remember them all. So I’ve just gone back to the very start and am working my way through again. There are some lovely gems, and it’s really cute to see requests for a season 3, or even a few ‘wonder where s2 will go’ comments. A good reminder of how perspectives change and stories evolve. There would be plenty that would fit into one or more of the year of tropes, but they somehow seem less consciously trope-ish, I guess because they hadn’t been done in this fandom before. Anyway. No specific recommendations just the generalized advice to find page 82 (!!!!) of the fics and work forwards!


@chrismarieisme sent me several lovely recommendations I felt I couldn’t cut up and mix, so here they are all together:

This was difficult because I love so many of the fics, but here we go:

Be still” by @flashofthefuse – very sweet glimpse of a moment between P&J the night before she leaves for England. It’s exactly how I’d hope that moment would be.

“He Calls Her Beautiful” by @ladyroxie – simply exquisite.

A Perpetual Feeling” by @missingmissfisher – so romantic! The intuitive connection between P&J.

The Actor” by @ollyjayonline – Jack & Jane, Pride and Prejudice. What more does one need?

Merciful Powers” by @scruggzi – Jack, tights, Shakespeare. Ngggh.

The Wager” by @soupsouffle – fun, witty, deliciously, steamy URST.


@soupsouffle, The Wager”. Reread by @kanste

A wager between Phryne and Jack about who gives into seduction first makes for great banter and flirting. I love how they both use every trick in the book to seduce the other. This fic has some of the best flirting/banter and some of the hottest smut scenes ever. Do I need to say more?


@omgimsarahtoo, “A Thief in the Night”. Reread by @rubycaspar

This story is just so much fun. I love the beginning, told from drunk!Phryne’s POV, and then the lovely moment when Jack wakes up and finds her there in the morning. I love the characterisation of both of them in this fic, and the concept is so cute and so well-executed.


@ladyroxie, The Sweetest Fruit”. Reread by @kanste

Can I just say I love Peach and this fic has a lot of it. It has no smut but it is sooooo sexy. I love to imagine Jack in the garden, especially on a hot day like today. The banter/feeding is just like them and turns up the heat some notches.


@jackphryne4eva, “Cafe Blend”. Reread by @omgimsarahtoo

I adore the meta nature of this fic – the story is of a female MFMM fanfic reader who needs to find a quiet place to read the latest chapter of a smutty fanfiction. Her anticipation is delicious, as is the small French cafe she finds! There’s an element of all of us in how she is struggling against her impulse to hide her obsession with MFMM and its fic, and how she decides to read on, working to smother any shame she’s been made to feel. It’s got a million tiny moments that evoke the show, and so many spots that could be any one of the Phrack fangirls we know. I just love it!

@aljwritesphryne, “and stealing my heart…”. Reread by @rithebard

…. Sweet story. Jack takes Phryne home to escape her mean father and it is just such lovely touching story.


@evendale, “Finally”. Reread by @scruggzi

Set after “Unnatural Habits”, this was one of the first fics I read and I was fascinated by the exploration of phrack’s developing relationship with a much more inexperienced depiction of Jack than in many other fics. Phryne in this is very much the teacher, ushering him into the modern world through their developing relationship. Their characters take on this nice point and counterpoint dynamic, with her representing the age of modernity and him a traditional approach that he’s fairly eager to leave behind. It’s mostly a very gentle story with some lovely banter and very sweet moments between the two of them and it’s very much a comfort fic for me. Something I tend to re-read when I’m grumpy. Although I think I lean towards a more experienced version of Jack’s character now, with its setting at the end of season two I think this one works as an interpretation and it fills me full of the happy feels whenever I go back to it.


@firesign23, “Grasping at Shadows”. Reread by @rithebard

Phryne and Jack go back to Paris after the war and are haunted by their past and have a hard time sharing it with each other. This is sweet and special because it touches on their vulnerabilities. And how their love bridges it. It is a lovely tale.


@aljwritesphryne, “A Collingwood girl for an Abbotsford Man”. Reread by @kanste

Phryne and Jack return to the footy field and it turns out very different then in the show. I love the flirting and how determined Phryne is to “win over” Jack.

There is desk sex too…….


@omgimsarahtoo, “The Power of the Feminine”. Reread by @kanste

Another series of fics. I love all the different aspects Sarah put into the fics. There is young Jack having sex for the first time and Sarah manages to make the life of the woman with whom it happens come alive. She also introduces us to all the different women who made Jack the man and lover he is today. Of course there is Phrack sexy time. She gives us a new family member whom I like very much and I hope makes a return sometimes.

What made me especially happy is the Happy End Concetta is getting after Jack. It is such a wonderful heart-warming story for a lovely minor character.

@phrynesboudoir/Sassasam, “Mirrors into Windows”. Reread by @scruggzi

This fic combines all my favourite elements of undercover phrackvestigation and resolved sexual tension. Phryne and Jack have been estranged since her return from London although Phryne doesn’t know why Jack’s not sought her out since she’s been back. After being thrown together on a case involving slaughtered academics they renew their friendship and try to navigate a big change in Jack’s life and what it means for their partnership. There are lots of lovely things I could say about this fic but basically Phryne as a professor was a kink I never knew I had and it made me spectacularly happy.


@promisesarepiecrust, “City that worksandA Whole World in Here”. Reread by @balticprincess

These are two of my special favourites. Unusual, but great!

There are three things that I love best in fics I like: Angst, Modern AU and a happy ending. And while the first two are not mandatory, I enjoy other fics as well, the last one is. As I watch only movies with happy endings, of course this goes for reading fic, too. “A Whole World in here” by @promisesarepiecrust is written as a play. Nevertheless you can suffer and rejoice with Phryne and Jack in this one. It is full of suspense and romantic. And angsty. So angsty. The epilogue is lovely AND it is M-rated, as I like it. So, an unusual one, but so good and well written.

“City that works” is a modern AU. Total AU: Jack is the free-spirited rich guy and Phryne the divorced policewoman with PTSD. It works so well, that one. Romance, suspense, will-they-won’t-they, sex, love, misunderstandings, fun: all there. So, also unusual, but so worth reading!


lefaym, “Locked Rooms”. Reread by @whopooh

I have probably read this fic more than ten times. It’s fun and lighthearted, and it captures awkwardness in such a wonderful way. Phryne is sure she is about to die in a cellar together with Jack, and she decides to kiss him, because she “had no intention of going to her grave without ravishing Jack Robinson at least once”. When they are saved by Dot and Hugh, they are found in the most compromising situation, and from this moment on the fic is all about delicious awkwardness, and Phryne not wanting to admit she feels awkward. She tries to push it away as not important but fails spectacularly. Here comes one of the funniest lines I’ve read: “Phryne was not going to be defeated by a small masturbatory lapse in judgment“. Finally, the people around her decides she needs a push in the right direction, and we meet the lovely concept of Aunt P ex machina. 


@omgimsarahtoo, “The Female Gaze”. Reread by @kanste

Why do I like that fic? Well, it has Jack in a shower (a lot). But that is not all. Every single reaction to Jack is spot on and lovely. Especially Elsie has a soft spot in my heart


YouknowmeasJ, “Before the World”. Reread by @scruggzi

I’m am absolute sucker for a fluffy reunion fic and this is one I especially like. Jack catches up with Phryne before she leaves Australia and they scheme together to get the Baron home without Phryne having to fly him because he’s driving her up the wall. Some lovely funny banter, a little bit of smut and that nice 'you and me against all obstacles’ aspect of their partnership really comes to the forefront.


@phrynesboudoir/Sassasam, “The Nearness of You”. Reread by @rithebard

I love pretty much everything Sassasam writes but I chose this one because it really touched my soul. Jack dies in 1929 on the way to meet Phryne and his ghost finds it attached to her home but no one can see him for years till her a new Phryne Stanley comes along. I love this story because you love Phryne’s decedent and you feel so deeply for both Jack and Phryne Fisher’s sadness and loneliness. Incredibly touching.


@gaslightgallows, “Creatures of Stillness”. Reread by @rithebard

Again I really love gaslightgallows’s stories. But this one just really touches me. Jack becoming a merchant seaman to get to Phryne in a beard and dirty peacoat all he wanted to do was get to Phryne and she was delighted. She loves taking care of Jack and it is a very sexy story but it was what they discover about their feelings that really touches me.

@jeneenp/ CollingwoodGirl, “A Man in Need”. Reread by @kanste

This fic has so much going on. I love the PhrackAngst, how everyone works together to get our two idiots together, and the little glimpse in Jack’s live. It has some of my favourite Phrack scenes in it. Phryne convincing Jack to let himself touch (in the train), Phryne being her goddess self and bathing in the forest lake and Phryne teaching Jack how to use his tongue. As a plus you have Dot in detective mode.


@olderbynow , ”Smoke and Fire”. Reread by @zannadubs23

According to my reading history it’s around five hits. I love this for a couple of reasons. It’s light and sweet, but still smoking hot. Phryne who is normally so wonderful at everything, just can’t handle the baking of the biscuits. I like that she wants to try, not because she’s goo-goo eyes for Jack (well, not only that—thought that’s clearly part of it) but because he challenges her. That’s it right there. It hits the essence of what makes them tick and lights our imaginations on fire with these idiots. He challenges her and she loves it. She challenges him and he loves it.


@ollyjayonline​, “For Fox’s Sake”. Reread by @whopooh

This fic is such a happy place, it’s a fic that kind of sparkles with fun and companionship and teasing and love. Phryne and Jack are bailing out from a fox hunt to instead first save the fox and then ravish each other in a folly. The way they interact has such energy and at the same time lightness in it, Phryne’s teasing about Jack’s slightly higher levels of embarrassment is lovely, and it’s a delightful fic.


@omgimsarahtoo, “Romantic Overtures”. Reread by @kanste 

This is not a single fic but a whole series worth reading. I’m really, really fond of letters and Sarah writes some of the best letters out there. I love how Jack and Phryne get bolder with the letters and how in the later fics they keep up with the letters. I would love to have something like that in my relationship


Comeaftermejackrobinson, “Method in their madness” & Miss Templeton, Twelfth Night series (starting with “A Willow Cabin”). Reread by @rithebard

Reunion in England, ”Method in their madness“ is another favorite, so lyrical and poetic. It is really a story for romantics which I am and exploring the inner lives of our heroes. I also love Miss Templeton’s Twelfth Night series on ff.net. She creates a fascinating arc in their romantic relationship while they professionally solve case after case. Also it is fun. And they both have their vulnerabilities with real understanding and though they don’t say it out loud love.


DivineMissP,  ”Impact“ and ”Pure Bliss“. Reread by AnonM

Dark, well written hurt/comfort. Jack gets to be a reluctant hero without taking anything away from Phryne’s strength.


@omgimsarahtoo, “The Breathings of Your Heart. Reread by @kanste

This is Sarathoo’s take on the soulmate trope and one fic I’ve turned to many times. The concept of one soulmate is troubling but Sarah did it beautiful. I love that Phryne and Jack aren’t really convinced of the concept (Jack marrying Rosie, Phryne is doing Europe) but when they need comfort turning to each other.  The picture of Phryne writing over her bruises without the ink gives me so many feelings. To balance it out, the conclusion and especially her last message made me laugh out loud.


@firesign23, “When I Sorrow Most”. Reread by @omgimsarahtoo

This is one of those stories that I go back to when I just need a moment to cry. It’s short, but saturated with emotion, and just perfectly painful to read. It’s like those movies you watch, knowing that they’re going to tear your heart out and you’re going to love every minute. It breaks my heart every single time.


@heavyheadedgal​, “Queen’s Gambit”. Reread by @whopooh

This is only a ficlet, but I have found myself coming back to it agfain and again. Although Phryne and Jack are only playing chess in this fic, there is still so much happening and so much understanding flowing between them. I love the way they talk about themselves and their possibly developing relationship while they seem to be talking only about the game in front of them.


This was all.  Here are the earlier posts in the series: I ; II  ; III.

I hope I managed to include everything that has been sent to me – if I missed something, please let me know and I’ll remedy it!

anonymous asked:

I really enjoy that Voltron isn't forcing a romance right now, if they do plan on writing something I'm glad their taking it sort of slow, and aren't putting anything out there right now. What I am curious about is how they would fit in a romance, I heard there was going to be 7? seasons or so. It seems like they're very focused on the battle, so I wonder how they'll pull off intertwining romance with the missions and such. (I see more chemisty with sheith and shallura than any other pairing)

Honestly, I think the vein they’re going with right now is establishing strong friendships, that will later turn into romance through more subtle scenes (blushing, prolonged smiles, possibly hand holding, etc.), as well as concern over the other person on missions, teaming people up for missions, etc.

And I honestly think the most likely pairing to be canon will be kl@ance. Their relationship has grown and been developed more than anyone else’s, as everyone else was either on good terms/already cared about each other.

I don’t think sh3ith will happen given that in canon, Keith has said that Shiro is like a brother to him. While previously I could see evidence that Keith has a crush on Shiro (like how I can also see Lance having a crush on Shiro), sh3ith interactions lean far more heavily on Keith’s feelings, rather than both. There’s also the fact that, regardless of age discourse, Shiro does look older than Keith. Perhaps not seven years older, but he does look older. To have a canon romantic relationship develop between these two would be beyond odd, for a number of reasons - in fanon, however, go wild. Just don’t bring it into my inbox.

That same onsidedness could be said for Kl@nce interactions near the beginning of the series, as it was largely Lance antagonizing his one-sided rival, however, both boys have now reached a point where they can bicker and support each other in equal amounts. Given that many of the crew also worked on Korra, which ended on two bisexual women of colour beginning their romantic relationship after moving from being romantic rivals to friends, to lovers, I don’t think them doing a similar scenario with Kl@ance is much of a reach. Especially since so far, Kl@nce’s development has been handled much better than Korr@sami’s, in terms of actually getting progressive development every season.

So sh3ith is dead, and Kl@ance has a running chance. Now what about my babies?

Throughout s1 and s2, Allura and Shiro are consistently shown to be close to one another. They almost always stand next to each other, face VERY SIMILAR problems, have similar mindsets, they trust each other even when they disagree, hell, they both go into 1x10 with the intent of protecting each other. They have one-on-one scenes, Shiro comforts her on multiple occasions, Allura values him and his opinion highly. Setting aside the platonic relationships they have (Coran being a father figure to Allura, and Keith being a little brother figure to Shiro) these two are the closest to one another. This is shown, admittedly, in smaller ways in s3, but I expect s4 will be a return to this closeness. Given each of their personalities, however, I can see them realistically be developed as a side romance - which is to say, being in love and knowing it, but putting their feelings aside for the greater good. Due to the fact that the show will likely end with the universe freed and the Galra defeated once and for all, the time to actually have a relationship will have begun. I would be extremely happy with a shot of Shiro and Allura simply taking each other’s hand and entwining their fingers - a small, but meaningful gesture, signalling the beginning of their relationship now that they feel like such a thing is actually responsible, without getting in the way of their duties. (Or, of course, I’d kill for a kiss, but that might be too wishful). Either that, or, Shiro and Allura don’t simply end up with anyone. For me, it’s either each other or no one, so…

Yeah, that’s basically my two cents. Happy scrolling.

bluestarsaber  asked:

When you are done with season 4 of race to edge what do you think are the pro and cons of the season and what do you hope for season 5?

Alright! I’ve just finished RTTE S4, and I would looooove to discuss pros and cons. I’ll make a list of some favorite small moments later, but here I will talk about big overarching pros and cons. Heads up to people that, because I’m talking pros and cons, I will get into both celebrations and constructive criticism. I’m not intending to rain on anyone’s parade by giving my comments on what I think could be better; I’m just being honest about the things that aren’t my favorite, and which I think are important to recognize… and I can at the same time recognize the show’s weaknesses and be a celebrating fan of the strengths.

Big Pros of RTTE S4

Book References Galore. I am always a fan of book references in the HTTYD show. This season contained a lot of instances which reminded me of the books. Whether or not that was intentional from the writers, it still gives book lovers a means of identify with elements they find familiar. In this season, we got book-like things including but not limited to:

  • A dragon which can only be birthed in the middle of a volcano.
  • Bat-like dragons.
  • Fishlegs calling Hiccup his best friend.
  • Snotlout feeling threatened by Hiccup’s role as a leader and trying to subvert it and become a great leader himself - be it king, or at least the leader over the other youths. Snotlout pretends to deliberate about killing Hiccup. He gets to be a little more antagonistic than usual when he’s trying so desperately to show that he’s great leader material, hoping so much that he won’t be overshadowed by the others. But in the end, he charges out and risks his life to save Hiccup.
  • An oft-used phrase in the book, “Easy peasy lemon squeezy,” came right out of Snotlout’s mouth.

Viggo and Ryker’s Relationship Splintering. I was hoping as early as S2 that the writers were setting up a fracturing between Ryker and Viggo. Ryker, after all, tells Heather that he listens to Viggo because they’re family. However, Viggo’s treatment of Ryker is poor. That’s good material for a set-up and character development… and we got it! We started to see hints of it in S3. 

It explodes in S4.

Ryker and Viggo, and their character developments, were probably my favorite thing about this season.

As early as the first episode, we see Ryker smiling when Viggo’s plans are thwarted. Ryker sticks by Viggo, but with increasingly-seen ill treatment on Viggo’s part, and increasingly irritated responses from Ryker, we at last get a split in Shell Shocked. Ryker has had enough of Viggo, and Viggo doesn’t have enough respect for Ryker for this to end well. Of course we still don’t know all the details about what all was planned and what was staged, but it seems Ryker did go rogue against his brother. It was nice to see this character, who was often overshadowed by Viggo, take charge and have this development.

Not to mention how both of the characters ended in Shell Shocked Part 2? Me likey. That was really cool. These appear to be both real deaths, and they are “fitting” for what the characters were. Ryker was a man of violence and strength; he got pulled underwater in the midst of a battle he waged himself. Viggo sought to gain profits and control dragons through the Dragon Eye; him diving to try to save the Dragon Eye shows his own motivations leading to his end.

It’s also very fitting that the Dragon Eye got destroyed. I was talking about how the Dragon Eye had to become inaccessible to both the dragon riders and the dragon hunters at some point in time. There’s no way for the story to get resolved otherwise. And it happened! I was happy to see the Dragon Eye finally return to the plot, and for us to see why it won’t be in Hiccup’s hands by the time of HTTYD 2.

Hiccstrid. I’m not an active Hiccstrid shipper myself (as you guys probably have heard me say many times, I almost never ship anything, and I prefer to focus on platonic and familial bonds), so I’m listing this one mostly for you guys, haha. XD I know that Hiccstrid shippers are probably going to be happy with what happened in this season! Flirtations, words of devotion, multiple kisses, all that happened. Haha, Snotlout even said “Hiccstrid” on screen! The slow boil toward their relationship has finally come to fruit, and it’s quite relieving to see.

I think what I appreciate the most was Hiccup supporting Astrid in Blindsided. The words of support he gave her were wonderful, thoughtful, deep, considerate. We have often seen throughout the franchise Astrid supporting Hiccup emotionally. This is a key moment in which we see Hiccup demonstrate great love, devotion, and support to Astrid in turn. The words he chose were nicely done. I appreciated that a lot.

Big Cons of RTTE S4

Recurring Plot Devices. I know the creators were excited about some of their planned plot twists, but the truth of the matter is that they tend to reuse the same plot devices repeatedly. 

Especially, one plot device they love is when Hiccup has to ally himself with the enemy. This has been done with:

  • Mildew in “We Are Family Part 2″
  • Alvin the Treacherous in “Cast Out Part 2″
  • Dagur the Deranged in “Enemy of My Enemy” and “Family on the Edge”
  • Krogan, soooooooort of, in “Midnight Scrum”
  • And now Viggo Grimborn in “Shell Shocked Part 2″

It is to note that the multiple redemption arcs - as with Alvin and Dagur - show repetition, too. I will say, though, it was nice for Viggo to not be completely redeemed. He still betrayed Hiccup in the end, and I appreciated that. But as far as the ally-with-the-enemy arc is concerned… that is starting to feel a little worn out, now.

Other recurring plot devices include Dragon’s Edge being attacked by dragon hunters; one of the youths being captured or kidnapped by the enemy; and, of course, a new dragon being first dangerous but then tamed.

Weak Character Motivations. It’s not that motivations are absent. It’s that they’re not neatly connected together or expounded upon to any realistic level. Character motivations move in sudden jerks forward rather than smooth progressions. Lots of the time the character motivations are explained weakly enough that they seem extremely unrealistic toward how a person would actually react in that situation.

Dagur goes from being an enemy with ASPD symptoms… to being a tentative ally with regrets… to being a genuinely good guy who cares deeply for his sister, the other riders, and endangered dragons. They do rudimentarily explain why he goes from one mental state to the next, but it never feels convincing. Part of that is that no one just magically drops an antisocial personality. Another part of it is that we don’t see a good, smooth progression from one phase to the next. The writers put in a little bit of transition material, but never enough.

Another example is Heather and her relationship with Dagur. There was not enough material for her switching from loathing Dagur… to being uncomfortable with his “death”… to being completely comfortable around him and welcome to deep physical touch. While we get the gist of why it happened, the way in which it is presented is very unconvincing and doesn’t at all feel like how people psychologically function. It’s pushing it at best. I’m not a fan of these sorts of things being misconstrued because it can have consequences for how we handle the dangerous and toxic people in our own lives.

We have other inconsistent character motivations on top of that, along with lots of weak plot devices arising out of this, but yeah. Character motivations are not as well progressed as they should be.

Sexism. This is nothing new to the show; it’s been present since Riders of Berk and onward. It’s been bothering me increasingly more with each new season released, likely because it hasn’t gotten better (the only thing that’s gotten better is no longer using “girl” as an insult). Especially for RTTE S3 and S4, I’ve felt distinctly uncomfortable with DreamWorks Dragons’ treatment of gender. It’s just come to a point that they should have fixed their mistakes by now, except they keep perpetuating.

Default gender in the show is undeniably male. The rule of how everything works in this show is “male until proven otherwise.” Seriously though. Essentially every single individual we meet is a man, be it human or dragon. Somehow every single new introduced dragon in the show is called a “he,” despite that being highly statistically unlikely. There are even several cases in which an obvious female has been called “he.” Given as we see no other Eruptodons around, it seems likely the egg had to have been laid by the dragon on the island. Sure, we can finagle around and give decently-conjured explanations for how this dragon could still be male, but by all accounts, it’s weird. We shouldn’t, in Defenders of the Wing Part 1, call THAT dragon a “he.” Even more clearly, Chicken is a chicken - a female member of that species, obviously so by the bird’s physical features. Tuffnut even hallucinates the chicken speaking to him in a female voice. Aaaaand yet both Stoick - and in this latest season, Tuffnut himself - call Chicken “he.” No. The chicken is female. That’s literally as bad as animating a cow with an udder and calling it a “he.” It’s that obviously female. How are we messing this up? Because the default gender of anything is male in this show.

Next, there are some stereotypes and unflattering tropes of women that sneak into the show. In so many movies, television shows, and novels, a woman is often only introduced when she has a romantic relationship with one of the male characters. While there are plenty of male characters who are not in a romantic relationship in media, it is much harder to find a woman who doesn’t at least flirt with a man and have that be a major point of her time on screen. It means that, as humorous as some people might find the Snotlout x Mala (Snala? Snotla? Malout???) dynamics, it’s not the most fun thing to see yet another female character’s role being heavily centered around whether or not she’s in a non-platonic relationship with someone.

Damselstrid happens a little too often for comfort. I know that many Hiccstrid shippers probably enjoy seeing Hiccup and Astrid caring for one another in precarious situations. I do admit that there were some good lines especially in Blindsided. Nevertheless, it is awkward to see the disparity between Astrid saving Hiccup versus Hiccup saving Astrid. This also have been around since forever, but it’s increasingly obvious with S3 and S4.

Astrid will save Hiccup in very short, quick minor moments in combat, such as by blocking enemy fire. But it’s never played up for drama. They’re gone before you know they’ve happened. In the one episode where Hiccup really needed saving because he’s kidnapped, it’s to note that the entire team (Stoick at the forefront) - not Astrid - save him. The other time Hiccup majorly needed saving because he was drowning… he was saved by a dragon. Astrid never gets the big save when Hiccup is most vulnerable.

By contrast, Astrid will constantly be in precarious positions in which she seems more desperate and in greater, longer danger. There have been two episodes dedicated entirely to Astrid being in a helpless situation and Hiccup needing to save her - Buffalord Soldier and Blindsided. Additionally, we can add several more instances of Astrid being in danger, like the very end of Shell Shocked Part 2, or when she’s about to burn up in Out of the Frying Pan. And when she is in these extremely vulnerable situations, we’ll often hear her murmur, “Hiccup.” It’s a suggestion that Hiccup is what is important and Hiccup is what’s going to save her. Even though Astrid is the best warrior of the youths, she is put into far more vulnerable positions than most of the other riders, and Hiccup almost always is the specific individual who gallantly saves her.

I could keep going about how there were also some outdated notions of gender sneaked in the show dialogue, too, but I’ll stop here. Essentially, sexism. It’s definitely in RTTE.

Season 5 Hopes

I don’t have too many thoughts on what I want for season 5 currently. Maybe ask me in a few months. At the moment, all I can think about is that we’re going to have to address that exploding volcano on Dragon’s Edge, and we’re definitely not done with Krogan.

In many ways, the end of S4 is the end of the big plot arc we got starting in S1. Seasons 1 through 4 are a unit, it looks like. It’s the story of Hiccup going against the dragon hunters. That ending has got to be the ending of the plot arc with Ryker and Viggo. So where season 5 turns? It’ll be a little bit of a new direction.

We’ve got some seeds planted with Krogan, I suppose, but really not much to work on. You could almost just completely end the show with S4. We got Hiccstrid together. Viggo, Dagur, and Ryker are no longer threats. The Dragon Eye is no longer around to investigate. It’s just that volcano blast and the fact the creators said there would be more episodes that means this is going to continue.

There’s a weird small part of me that wants Savage to come back. I don’t think they’ll do it, but I suddenly saw potential, and actually relished the small moment of Savage’s return. He had a wonderful return with great motivation. I’m assuming they’re just going to ride him off as inept, and this is the last we see of him. But there’s also a lot of potential for him to try to do something big. But I suspect we won’t see him, that it would detract from other plot stuff they would want to do, and so on and so forth.

So they’re likely going to keep sneaking toward Krogan and stuff with plot development? But how they’re going to do that without interfering with the plotline of HTTYD 2, I am not sure.

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Regina Retrospective: At the End of OUAT

(pre-reboot/retool ouat anyway)

People who read my criticisms of OUAT probably think I hate Regina Mills. I don’t, not really, beyond some moments of venting. I post in the anti-regina tags sure, but that’s because in our hyper polarized fandom any analysis that isn’t glowing praise, any hint of criticism needs to stay in the anti tags. Main tags are for gush, anti tags are for any level of criticism, measured or firebrand. Thing is, looking at how things started I do honestly feel Regina could easily have been the richest character on this show.

And she wasn’t. 

Due to a combination of rushing her redemption, refusing to allow her character to grow, an over-reliance on the Evil Queen aspect of her character, and outright whitewashing her crimes Regina ended up an utter waste of character potential.

Season 2 set her up so, so well. We got reasons for why she is the way she is, she actually sought therapy, there were bigger bads to face allowing her a chance at heroics, she acknowledged her wrongdoings and tried to make up for them. Even her backslide could be forgiven as we know she was scared of Cora.

But things started to go wrong after Cora died. Even ignoring the disservice it did to both Snow and Regina’s storylines (Snow angsts over killing someone who was going to kill them all while Regina snaps back to blaming Snow for Daniel’s death instead of ever putting the blame where it belonged, on Cora) we then got the stupid “kill magic” plot which a) once again showed how awful Regina was back when she was evil and b) ended up hinging on a superweapon that Regina herself made. Regina’s big redemption moment in the season finale is essentially cleaning up her own damn mess.

Imagine, if you will, that Greg and Tamara aren’t here causing issues. That instead Greg really was some random guy who drove into SB and the town doesn’t know what to do about it. Tamara is just Neal’s fiance, nothing more. Cora faked her death and tries to use Neal to get to Rumple or does something else to stay in the big bad position for the whole season. Instead of saying “well, Snow killed my abusive mom and my son still doesn’t want me to have custody of him, I’ll just kill everyone” Regina instead finds the strength to oppose Cora herself, to confront her abuser, the woman who killed her true love.

Now does that sound cool or what?

(Now we can’t be too hard on the end of s2, there were some hasty rewrites due to everyone’s favorite pirate’s actor getting injured, but notice the lack of Hook in the plot I just described? It could have been done. Hell Neal could have swung by the hospital to see Hook and they could have dealt with their relationship and history outside of how they relate as Emma’s love interests. And we still could have had Neverland be next.)

Ah, Neverland. More wasted potential for Regina. We already know she hates Emma, writers, having her be a bitch to Emma Swan is nothing new and just makes her look bad. Regina frees herself from a trap by declaring she has no regrets which, um, yeah, not good for someone who is technically on a redemption arc. We do confront and have her fix one of her misdeeds (Ariel) but also have her confronted by Tinkerbelle who rightfully calls her out. Such wasted potential for a friendship there by Tink just kinda vanishing.

The pattern after this is essentially Regina acts like a terrible person (usually in the vein of whining, being ungrateful, being ill-tempered, or taking very cruel actions the other heroes would never get away with but for her are excused) except in isolated moments when we’re supposed to feel sorry for her. She repeatedly wangsts about how she’s good now and thus should get what she wants while a) not really being all that good and b) being good just to get what you want isn’t being good. Add in constant flashbacks to her Evil Queen days of her doing awful things and you’ve really got to wonder what were the writers thinking? he never really progresses beyond that point. She might look like she’s going to but don’t worry, a backslide will put her right back where she was.

And I’ll admit, I have no idea what the writers thought they were doing in doing that. There is such a disconnect towards how everyone acts around Regina and what Regina has actually done that I have to imagine that several sombodies doing the writing thought something had gone down to fully redeem this woman in all ways and that she was a changed character…while they kept adding to her crimes and having her act like a terrible person. It feels like there are whole chunks of the show missing where Regina atoned for all her evil offscreen or something…which still does not explain her bad attitude and meanness to people who have done her no wrong.

And then we got to the ULTIMATE insult plot that was her season six storyline. In some bizarre acknowledgement that Regina still has a lot of the EQ in her (without acknowledgement that maybe she should start trying to make up for all the shit she did) the show literally splits off the EQ from Regina…while still having Regina act like Regina. Officially the potion splits off the part of yourself you don’t want people to know about so…Regina doesn’t want people to know she’s still evil…? Yeah, never addressed. And instead of finally learning to accept her history as an evil despot who ruined lives that she can start trying to make up for at any time there is a whole town of people you have hurt right there Regina sends her other self off to…live a happy life with an AU Robin? Huh? Split!EQ was practically a cartoon character at times I don’t expect he rto be capable of a full relationship…so yea you just sicced your worst aspects on the dream world. Assuming she’s not executed by AU!Henry.

So Regina got the magical retcon 4B denied her after all, she gets to be seen as totally separate from the bad part of herself (it should be noted again that Regina’ behavior does not change, nothing had in fact really been “removed” from her and she is not acting “good” without the EQ bit) and…yeah her arc’s over with that. That is the last bit of character development Regina really gets this season. We end on the weirdest version of redemption ever “just split off the part f you that did bad things and now you don’t have to feel guilty and no one will treat you like the bad guy anymore (not that very many people were treating her like one anymore anyway).

Something constantly reiterated in seasons 3 and 4 was “villains don’t get happy endings.” The show for some reason never took this to the conclusion of “but if you work hard to redeem yourself you are no longer a villain and thus can have a happy ending” which would have been the best route for Regina. Regina got her first happy ending with the curse, and when that was broken she seemed to associate “happy ending” with “get whatever it is I want right now” (Henry, Robin, a child to raise with Robin, and so on) and anything roadblocking that even slightly, even in a way that could be overcome with work, was treated as the whole universe being against her because villains are some nebulous group that just gets denied happy endings as the way of the world (instead of, say, as consequences for their actions). 

Well Regina got her happy ending and if you ask me, she was still a villain at the end of it all just one who managed to get in enough with the good guys somehow to where they and everyone else utterly ignored it. At most she mellowed a bit. This is a woman who a season ago was threatening to murder another woman’s true love out of sheer jealously and got no pushback for it.

It reminds me of how Rich Burlew described the character development that Token Evil Teammate Belkar Bitterleaf underwent in The Order of the Stick thru the fifth arc: that of a sociopath progressing to a higher functioning sociopath who can at least work well with others to get what they want (Belkar even faked in-universe character development to stay relevant!). Regina is similar: she did not change; she simply learned how to play along enough to count as a member of the good guys. And apparently that was all the narrative dared ask from her.

Lucifer Season 2 Round-out

Last April, a list began that would soon pervade into every moment of my life: “Lucifer Season 2 and Beyond - Wants and Desires”. It went through various iterations…

Original Post (pre-season) / Updated post (during season 2)

Before I go into my “Season 3” post (and questions!) I wanted to make a quick capsule of my top fulfilled desires of season 2. Please let me know what yours were, or if you have questions and desires yet to be addressed.


Desires Fulfilled / Questions Answered

Does Lucifer have any other brothers/siblings we should know of? While I was disappointed that Uriel had such a brief appearance, it was still very cool and developed the arc of the season a TON! Also, there’s that mention of…
Lucifer should have a sister…(2x05) AZRAEL! The Angel of Death is a she, and I have many questions and speculations about her role, power, manifestation, etc
Who is Lucifer’s mother? Angel, Demon, something else? You know, for a majority of the season I didn’t know whether I liked or hated the Divine Goddess mum as Charlotte Richards. She was a fun character, but very on the fence as to what she wanted and how badly at any given moment. Mostly what bothered me is her lack of seriousness, gravitas. I wanted to see the “Goddess” side of her all season. She was jailed for centuries not just for being powerful, but also vengeful, chaotic, bordering on malicious. And then I got all that in the very last episode, 2x18 “God, Bad, Crispy” and I loved it. All that resentment, brokenness, and desperation, coupled with destructive force so that I could take her seriously. And no sooner did I love her as a balanced character of humor and strength, she (as we know her) was gone! Wot?!
We’ve seen Lucifer’s lifestyle, how is Amenadiel liking his time on earth? Not at all - his poor wings! But I’m really quite glad he’s found solace in, of all places, the improv club.
Who are Chloe’s friends outside the force, will we meet some? Thank Dad for Maze, Linda, and Ella, and girls night #tribe.
Lucifer, Trixie, and Maze on a school’s day out field trip. Trixie and Maze trick-or-treating was 100% wonderful, and as a brilliant bookend so was Lucifer taking Trix to school and them having their own little “deceiving your parents” club.
Girls’ night - Mazikeen, Chloe, Linda. And not only that but a bar fight, which is also what I wanted to see more of (the females kicking butt, which I got from all the core ensemble save Trixie, who instead kicked butt with her words, as Maze said). It’s like the writers have Lucifer powers of desire deduction…
More delving into the themes of what it means to be vulnerable, when it’s good and not, and recovering from betrayal from all the characters’ perspectives. Well, divorce and single parenting are pretty dang vulnerable for Chloe I’d say….and you know drudging up the past and confronting her dad’s murder. And Dan and Lucifer at the comedy club, the openness there gave me new hope for their continued BroTP. Lucifer with Azrael’s blade while Amenadiel watched as his little bro was in pain DESTROYED ME. And even Trixie was vulnerable at that Starford private school, which was super insightful for Trixstar. And Maze and Lucifer throwing down and going to group therapy with Linda. The writers really knocked vulnerability, recovery, and moving forward out of the park.
Is Mazikeen going to make more progress in the friends’ department? First word: Roomies. Second word: wifey. I really, deeply enjoyed Maze bonding with Chloe and Linda (ride or die) this season, and her growing attachment to humans.
Now that Lucifer doesn’t have his Pentecostal coin to play with, does he get a new toy? I never thought seeing Lucifer with a cell phone would be that satisfying. 
We see Lucifer always wearing a ring and Amenadiel always wearing a necklace. Will they come into play? Of course! Although, please props department up your game. I hated that Sumerian text. It looked like a three ring binder spray painted bronze.
What stunts/ fight choreography are you guys thinking about for s2? Maze with a pool cue, a good amount of headbutting, slo-mo riots in a psychiatric ward, jumping off of a pier, some great driving sequences, a sniper/hostage situation, violence with a yoga mat, throw-down in a church (Father Frank’s church?), broken pianos. I can’t wait for more!
✔ Tom Ellis at the piano.“All Along the Watchtower” pleases me to no end.
✔ Scenery changes? I love the addition on the performance club and Chloe’s new apartment. 
✔ New potentially recurring characters? Heavens bless Ella in all her awkward moment, ice-breaking quirkiness. 
✔ Can Chloe effect other celestials adversely, or just Lucifer? Apparently yes she can. She disrupted Uriel’s pattern of destruction (2x05) I think, I could be wrong, but it came across that way…
✔ Seeing Lucifer with wings. YES! Bring on the eleventh hour cliffhanger.
✔  Lucifer’s fall? Maybe we saw a glimpse of it…depending on the context of the 2x18 cliffhanger


Things we got that we didn’t even know we wanted. SO GOOD:

  • Dan and Chloe are getting a divorce and in so doing becoming an even better team on the force and in life. They can razz each other more at work and be treated as equals, and she can joke with Dan “if you married Charlotte, that would make you Lucifer’s stepdad.”
  • Amenadiel wallowing about the loss of his wings, and the new BroTP Dandielion (Dan and Amenadiel at the comedy club)
  • “Cosmos are yummy” and “I like [the shape of] your head” one liners. You deserve all the praise Amenadude.
  • Ella’s tiny hands comment.”I’ve seen some pretty tiny manhands.” Cheeky.
  • Ella speaking French.
  • Lucifer and Maze with a taser. Superb new toy.
  • Lucifer being mortally embarrassed seeing his mom naked (how does it feel to be on the receiving side of nude awkwardness buddy), her interrupting his foreplay, and him having to drag her off his club stage because of her dancing. He’s essentially a teenager with her around.
  • Trixie’s defaced doll, and Lucifer’s sinnamon roll behavior getting her a new one.
  • Trixie holding Lucifer’s hand hostage as he takes her to school and bargains with her to drive the Corvette.
  • Chloe nearly beating someone to death with a yoga mat. “There’s a special place in hell for women…who manipulate other women.”
  • A reprisal of Chloe and Maze the tag team. Magnificent.
  • Lucifer denouncing cats. “Open box of excrement in your house? Cats,” Makes me wonder what pet Lucifer would have if he could. 
  • Uriel playing with patterns and probability! Sweet, now help me sail my ship! (2x05)
  • Lucifer as an action movie fan. Not surprising, since we already know he loves cheesy sci-fi from season 1 interaction with Chloe’s mom. But still another awesome nerdy layer.
  • Chloe teaming up on a case with her would-be-mother-in-law. Season 2 subtitle: #EveryoneHitsOnChloe
  • Lucifer in a psych ward. And of course, the Linda/Lucifer break out. Though it probably would’ve been equally fascinating as a break in.

SEASON HIGHLIGHTS (TOP 10):

  1. The stunt driving in the corvette and Chloe’s car, and the surrounding circumstances of both incidents. I love the fulfillment of “I’ll never let you drive” comes full circle when Lucifer speeds on to try and save Chloe’s life, and when Chloe has to ride shotgun on Lucifer’s terms, she loses all composure. 
  2. Most of 2x13 “A Good Day to Die” but especially the X-Ambassadors “Unsteady“ montage where every character shines!
  3. “God Johnson” - the whole episode from start to finish, because it revealed so much honesty, meta, and motivation about the Lucifer, Linda, and Mum. If I had to pick a favorite part, it would have to be when Lucifer is wheeling Linda down the corridor and she meets ‘God’ or the celestial parent trap. Linda and Lucifer get to act like fans in their own show, Dr. Martin reveals Lucifer’s hidden desire to see his family back together, and Mum realizes she loves her ex and much as she hates him.
  4. Maze and Chloe on a case as a married couple.
  5. The men #tribe and the women #tribe we clearly establish in the first half of the season through cocktails, bar fights, saunas, improv clubs, etc. It wasn’t obnoxious or super exclusive, it developed naturally and really served the characters.
  6. All of Trixie’s screen time was awesome, and the fact she seems to get more of it. Particularly “you don’t have to speak in code, I can handle adult stuff (she’s very perceptive)” and “wusses don’t get lollies” and her reaction to Lucifer stealing her sandwich.
  7. Lucifer’s final scene with Linda in the hospital, where she has the title line that once again gives Lucifer page turning insight, and he puts her glasses back on and I melt!
  8. Amenadiel being able to slow time for the first time since his powers waned, and using it to save Linda’s life. It made me teary, and brought me back to 2x13 when he helped Lucifer by standing his ground for Chloe. (MVP on the Unsteady montage)
  9. Ella standing up to Charlotte. Her saying “you hurt Dan, I’ll break your legs” at first came off funny, like ‘your East Coast is showing’ but with each episode I increasingly wonder if, instead of just being mellow and accepting and lighthearted, she knows more than she let’s on and there’s another side of her that we’ve not seen.
  10. The made up dinner scene / “you look beautiful” / the trajectory of Deckerstar. I admit there was a faith wobble. I thought that the show was revving up Lucifer and Chloe, perhaps not ‘too fast,’ but too suddenly. A lot was development happened over very few episodes in season 2 (by contrast to the entire season one slow burn) that I was dazed. What the hell was going on? Then they slammed on the brakes and reversed it when Luci skipped town and I thought are you trying to give me whiplash. But now those trials and that zig zag line is actually effective in making their relationship more complex and less doe-eyed, leading up to the capstone line by Chloe about moving forward. It gives the series a Chuck-like nostalgia in that this epiphany frees up a lot of constraint: it doesn’t matter the twists, turns, sputters, or screaming wheelies of the ship, in fact all the better, so long as their eyes are open and the aim is forward.

DIDN’T LIKE (BOTTOM 10):

☒ The “Wobble” episode concept.(2x03 Sin-Eater) If I had to rate it’s strength as a compelling episode, it’s probably second to the bottom.

☒ Poor Uri, we did not know him well, but I wanted to! (2x05)

☒ The “Candy Morningstar“ episode (2x14). I like the resolution, however I thought overall it was a weak return from hiatus. It did not do a very good job of filling in gaps of Lucifer’s time in Vegas - but maybe that’s something flashbacks in season 3 will revisit.

Ella, her brother Ricardo, (2x13) and their Brooklyn roots. At first when I heard Ella came from a big family of brothers - 5? if I’m not making that up - I thought “what rich grounds for parallels” Lucifer comes from a big angelic family and Ella and Luci hit it off quite well where quirkiness goes she practically like a sister, she even got him to go to church, I can’t wait to see where this goes. But then we met one of her siblings, and it felt somewhere between a front and a one-off plot point to serve the events unfolding in the case. Generally, I feel even though I really like her character, she was not used to full potential in the second act of season after 2x8. Part of the hazard of adding two characters in one season. However, I have hope from 2x17 when Ella goes off to accept a call from her brother that she’s been ‘waiting for all day,’ but it’s never revealed why and the call takes place off screen that we’re going to revisit Ella’s family and backstory in a more detailed, impactful way come s3.

The Season Finale 2x18. Before you kill me - allow me to clarify. I LOVED THIS EPISODE, however it was so packed I wish that I could surgically take out some preceding season fluff and elaborate these critical details over 2-3 episodes so that they are more than nuggets. Especially because of three things: 1) The growing complexity of Amenadiel’s relationship with Dan and Mum!Charlotte. Face it: Amenadiel had an extended identity crisis this season. It was planned, and overdue, so it’s fine. But only in these last episodes did his friendship with Dan and anchor to humanity flourish, as though playing catch up to Maze, as well as his more complex, less idolizing perspective of his parents. I WANTED MORE 2) Mum!Charlotte’s relationship with Dan “you were my favorite human.” Writers - How can you drop a line like that and NOT go after it? Are you evil? Mum’s been around for millennia and in all that time humanity has been at best a perplexing annoyance, at worse a target for ire. And in the span of one or two months on Earth, the divine goddess has developed a favorite human attachment not just to manipulate as was her intention, but beyond her reasoning legit. That’s huge. At first it was so weird, and now that I WANT MORE you cut me off! 3) Mum!Charlotte was finally beginning to stand on her own as a character, only to be slightly Sparta’d into the void. Just a few episodes ago, her only significant interactions were he sons and Maze. Now she’s branched out to everyone with the exception of Trixie. (WHY ON EARTH DID WE MISS THAT OPPORTUNITY). Then just two episodes ago, she said “when I kissed [my husband] I knew it wasn’t him, and yet I wanted it to be” - BAM - and then when she discovered Lucifer’s real plan to parent trap her in heaven, and that he was too worried about the repercussions to humanity, she offered to gate crash heaven alone and spare her son - POW. And to top it off, she recognized her own latent identity crisis and accepted an alternative to go into uncharted territory, make a new life for herself without her ex and her children, to examine who she is as her own independent Goddess in a life and a universe of her own. To summarize: metric ton of progress for Mum in three episodes tops, mostly in the last one, and now she is gone to do the most interesting part of her journey off camera. AHHH!

The flaming sword. It got so much build up for so little actual use, apart from opening the void. Plus side: I thought the void concept / how the sword was used in conjunction with the theme of moving forward was EXTREMELY good, but at the same time my inner child wanted more swordplay with at least the three main celestials: Lucifer, Amenadiel, and Mum. You get a sword, you get a sword, you get a sword!

Excessive use of Devil Eyes. I’ll have to count and compare to see how this actually tallies up, but particularly in “God Johnson” and maybe 1-2 other times I don’t recall, I thought it was overkill. I get why Lucifer’s glow-eyes are a handy physicality feature to the story, but overall I think some cues were off for maximum impact. S1 Lucifer used his eyes and true form in 3 main contexts: 1) when it suited him to intimidate or frighten 2) when it suited him for for amusement 3) when he got really overwhelmed by his emotions - possibly because it takes concentration to maintain his image and extreme emotion can blink his focus. “God Johnson” by contrast seemed more like ‘we’re telegraphing the anger.’ Of course Luci is angry, hurt, resentful, and like a kid wants the last word with Dad. However, when you factor in his smarts/cunning, and how long he’s been planning his Dad conversation, it would follow that Lucifer is laser-focused, determined, and knows that Devil Eyes don’t hold any weight with Father. Therefore, I think there are more varied, smarter, scarier ways to show Lucifer’s anger that were underutilized this season, is voice and body language especially. Plus side: I truly enjoyed Lucifer’s form in 2x13 in hell, and 2x06 for his reveal to Linda. The lighting, 5/5 Morningstars. 

The pacing and balance of humor, smart storytelling, and the dramatic elements of the show felt off, probably also on account of two hiatuses. Reflecting over the whole season I’m not as annoyed as I was week-to-week. There were parts of the season where I waited eagerly for Monday only to find the comedy didn’t hit when I thought is this a comedic take on a police procedural or a parody of a comedy of a police procedural. Other times we got all the dramatic in one go and I thought Dang, where was this development when I needed it. But then I saw 2x18 and one scene made it better/sensical: Dan coaching Amenadiel at the improv club. In a strange, probably coincidental way, when Dan says “Amenadiel, that’s a little dark buddy” I felt like the writers were breaking the forth wall and saying “yes, I know, we take you on these weird tonal-emotional roller-coasters from pantomime slapstick to death and crippling guilt. We can and will make fun of ourselves now.” And I felt a burden lift as if replying “thank you for understanding that the struggle is real.

☒  Celestial telephone tag cliffhangers. I love both of them: clever, full circle, smartly written. At the same time, I love to hate them. Twice is good. If showrunners go for a third time, I’ll take my cue from Maze and headbutt someone.

☒ I like the idea of expanding the universe by playing with the concept of the void. I think that it takes a great note from the comics. However, I’m worried it’ll be an idea that doesn’t go anywhere. As the show stands, Lucifer is so grounded in our physical world that adding a couple characters to the cast is tricky. This kind of world building? By comparison, this is God-level tricky, which is both exciting and terrifying.


Unanswered Questions / Moving Forward

See my Season 3: Speculations, Questions, Desires post.

transhawkeyes  asked:

hey vinnie i've never watched an anime In My Life but most of my friends are into it so what are some of your favorite animes or recs for someone wanting to get into that sorta thing?

ooo boy i got a lot here so buckle up

i rlly like sports anime for some reason so here are my faves:

  • haikyuu!! - you’ve probably heard of it before, it’s a really popular sports anime about volleyball. every single one of the characters is great and it honestly changed my life i love it so much
  • yuri on ice - you’ve probably heard of this too lol, but again its a popular sports anime about figure skating and its very different from other sports anime but its really great and that relationship b/w yuuri and viktor is honestly top tier
  • kuroko no basket/kuroko’s basketball - this is honestly the most ridiculous sports anime ive ever seen in my life but it so fun to watch. like the shit that happens in this anime is literally impossible but i think its part of it’s charm. and kurokos and kagamis relationship is so good dude
  • daiya no ace/ace of diamond - this one is about baseball and it’s super long (s1 is 75 eps and s2 is 55 eps) but it’s great to watch. the characters are fun, the development is realistic, its a great show. though i would only recommend watching this if you can actually watch a show thats 130 eps long

if you prefer something with more action, here are my faves: 

  • boku no hero academia - this show literally changed my life, it is so good. this show is about a world where superpowers are normal and these kids go to a hero school. this show is wonderful, the characters are great, the character development is amazing, and the plot is beautiful. if you’re up for it i highly recommend you read the manga cause wow, its amazing 
  • hunter x hunter - also another really long one. i only saw the 2011 version which is 148 eps but every single one was amazing. the relationship between killua and gon is so adorable and this show is so cute. of course this show does get dark at times (like at the phantom troupe arc and the chimera ant arc). it is so good i highly recommend it. 
  • noragami - this show is about a minor god, yato who dreams about becoming more recognized and worshiped. again the characters are great and the animation is really beautiful. (the openings are also top tier lol)
  • mob psycho 100 - this is a pretty popular show and everything about it is great. its basically about this kid who was psychic powers and every time his emotions rise, it causes an explosion of his powers. this show is absolutely beautiful and mob is such a great kid (also a lot of ppl who seen this anime also saw one punch man but i never finished it so)
  • assassination classroom - i never talk about this anime but it is really good. its about this strange octopus like creature that ends up destroying the moon into a crescent like shape and says he’ll do the same to the earth and its up to this middle school class to kill him before their graduation but it turns out he’s a great teacher. im pretty sure i explained the plot really shittily, but its a great anime and i love the animation style. its really funny but its also really deep and sad
  • bungou stray dogs - without spoiling much, this show is basically about detectives with superpowers that fight the mob. this show is really great but i have to warn you that it’s really bloody so if you’re not into that then you probably shouldnt watch it
  • fullmetal alchemist: brotherhood - this is a really popular and with good reason. this show is about 2 brothers, edward and alphonse who try to revive their dead mother with alchemy but ed ends up losing a leg and an arm and al loses his body and his soul is inside a suit of armor. this show really hits you in the heart and every episode is a treasure. i havent seen the original fullmetal series but from i heard i say you should just watch this
  • no. 6 - ooo boy this anime is so good. its basically a dystopia where everyone lives in 1 of 6 cities and everything seems great until the main character shion meets nezumi and gets a different perspective on their world. this anime also has canon gay characters so…

there are a few romance anime that i do love as well, yes they are het but they are really good in my humble opinion:

  • yona of the dawn - i dont know if i can count this as a romance anime but its considered a shoujo so  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ . basically this story is about princess yona and how she lived in luxury until her father was murdered and now has to live on the run with her childhood friend/bodyguard hak and thats when yona learns about the poverty and corruption among her kingdom and aims to change this. the anime is wonderful and i got sucked in by like ep 3. ive only just started the manga but i would recommend you read it as well
  • snow white with the red hair - this is about a herbalist shirayuki who runs away from her homeland because she didn’t want to be a concubine to the prince and she befriends the prince of the kingdom she runs to. tbh i ended up liking this more that i thought i would and the characters are great. also one of the characters, obi, is canonically bi/pan. however its only shown in the manga and not the anime but i think it was pretty obvious in the anime. 
  • gekkan shoujo nozaki kun - again idk if i can count this as a romance anime but it doesnt fit in any of the other categories i have so  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. its about this girl, sakura who has a crush on this boy nozaki who turns out to be a manga artist and she ends up being one of his assistants. despite the fact that nozaki is literally a romance manga writer, he is painfully oblivious to sakuras feelings and it leads to some really great moments. im pretty sure this was the first anime i saw when i started getting back into anime and oh my god it is so great. this is literally the funniest thing i have ever seen in my life
  • toradora - this anime is so fucking funny too. its about a girl and boy who hate each other but team up with each other to help them get in a relationship with their best friends but they end up falling for each other. this show is pretty lighthearted but later on the series it gets really wild and deep but i do love the relationship and the characters

anyways im sorry i took to answer this but i hope you enjoy these shows!

anonymous asked:

I wonder how differently the summer would have gone for the twins if Dipper had never found the journal. Odds are they would still have run into the supernatural, but I doubt if Dipper would have still ended up as obsessed as he did in canon without the journal's influence. And Ford would never have returned either. And it'd be interesting to see how different the twins' character development would go compared to canon. It's an interesting AU type of situation to think about anyway.

Oh, definitely.

I still see people trying to argue that Dipper should’ve stayed with Ford, but strip away Ford’s manipulation/obvious trauma and staying with Mabel as reasons not to and what you have is: Dipper recognizing that the supernatural is unhealthy for him.

Dipper’s decision to not take Ford’s apprenticeship is Dipper’s decision because he has an unhealthy obsession with the paranormal that wouldn’t have grown to the magnitude it had without the journal. And if you don’t believe me please go back and rewatch the series. Nearly every episode from the second half of s1 and beyond features Dipper creating the episode’s conflict because of his growing obsession with the supernatural, and in those episodes the journal is present more and more. The journal is encouraging Dipper to actively pursue the supernatural/the town’s secrets (along with encouraging him not to trust his family, which is a major red flag in itself).

Alex Hirsch has stated that in s1 the supernatural was just an interest for Dipper, but by s2 it’s grown into a full-blown obsessionTo be obsessed, by formal definition, is to “preoccupy or fill the mind of someone continually, intrusively, and to a troubling extent.” Basically, the creator himself has stated that this is a problem for Dipper.

Alex makes this clear from the get-go of s2. Aside from Mabel pointing out that Dipper’s looked at the book a billion times already, Dipper raises a zombie to prove to the government that the supernatural’s real so that they’ll help him investigate it. The zombie then grows into an army, which is not what Dipper intended, but puts the entire town in danger. The singular zombie that was intended was dangerous and stupid alone however. Even that could’ve gotten people killed. The most telling example is Sock Opera though, when Dipper willingly makes a deal with a demon he knows according to the journal is very dangerous, just so he’ll have more answers regarding the town and the supernatural. It’s a completely horrifying experience that we find out in TLM Dipper is 100% traumatized from, but despite being scarred Dipper still continues to investigate the town after Sock Opera. And that’s like…really alarming.

We see Dipper put himself and others in harm’s way multiple times just to figure out the town’s mysteries and investigate the supernatural. You’d think he’d take a hint the first time someone nearly dies, but then he’s literally verbally warned by the Shapeshifter that he’s going to destroy himself if he keeps this up and Dipper still doesn’t stop. I know he’s 12, but even 12 year olds can realize something is bad if people almost die a lot from doing a thing, especially ones that are as guilty and intelligent as Dipper.

In Dipper and Mabel’s Guide to Mystery and Non-Stop Fun, something that also alarmed me (more than the whole ‘tricking people into signing over their souls to his cause of pursuing the supernatural’ thing) was how Dipper used supernatural spells from the journal on Mabel when he was mad at her more than once. Once is understandable, even twice I mean hell he’s 12, but like 4 times? Um…? Not to mention that shit probably hurt and was terrifying for Mabel. Like I know you feel bad, Dipper, but why would you do it 4 or 5 times then? Like, kiddo, what the heck…?

This all correlates with something else Alex has said before too though, that at the most basic level the plot of Gravity Falls is what the supernatural does to Dipper. Literally. That’s Gravity Falls in a nutshell according to Hirsch: Watching Dipper fall deeper and deeper into this obsession, and then at the end watching him pull himself out of it.

When Ford joins the main cast, Dipper’s internal struggle increases. Ford’s dangerously obsessed with the supernatural. His obsession with his research and inability to destroy it 30 years ago cost him his sanity and relationships and doomed the entire world. He seemed to learn his lesson when he wrote warnings all over the journal in the past and dismantled the portal when he returned, but since settling back into Gravity Falls he’s reverted right back to investigating the supernatural and even wants Dipper to join him, despite Ford’s obsession being the cause of his lifelong misery and the reason they’re all now worried about Bill and the apocalypse. Like that’s even crazier than Dipper continuing to be obsessed with the supernatural after being possessed by Bill. That’s insane!

And then look at the other kid that got obsessed with this stuff, Gideon. Do you think it’s a coincidence that Ford’s broken and Gideon’s corrupted from their obsessions with the supernatural/the town’s secrets? Cause I don’t. I think they represent everything Dipper overcome and chose not to be in the end. Dipper didn’t want to end up like Gideon, which is why he makes his speech to Gideon about how he treated Wendy wrong and was selfish and making bad mistakes but that it’s not too late for him to change and be a better person. Dipper didn’t want to end up like Ford, which is why he decides before even entering Mabel’s bubble that he’s not taking Ford’s apprenticeship anymore. The apocalypse is a hell of a way to do it, but it’s cleared Dipper’s head. This on-going internal conflict in Dipper is finally being resolved, and makes sense considering there’s only one episode left.

This is important character development that I don’t think enough people realize. If Dipper had stayed with Ford and somehow–despite not wanting to spend even a night in the same house separated from Mabel before anything real traumatizing happened–managed to stay like a long time, he would’ve ended up like Ford or Gideon: utterly consumed by the supernatural and severing all ties with the people he cares about, most likely really arrogant from Ford always preaching about how much better they are than everyone else and driven insane over time by his obsession. He’d probably be a lot less caring too since Ford doesn’t trust anyone including his family and most likely wouldn’t encourage Dipper to make new friends. Dipper Pines would not be Dipper Pines anymore. He wouldn’t be someone I’d ever want to meet. The same applies if Dipper were to continue Ford’s research/write his own journals. The whole point is that Dipper’s choosing to keep the supernatural a hobby rather than a life-consuming obsession. Him pursuing the supernatural like Ford or Gideon after Gravity Falls defeats that entire character revelation.

With that said, if Dipper had never found the journal I don’t think there’d be much of a story to tell. He wouldn’t have gotten obsessed, wouldn’t have made as many mistakes, would probably be a lot healthier in all honesty. I’m sure one way or the other Ford would come back–Bill would make sure someone finds journal 3 to make that happen–Dipper just wouldn’t be starstruck over him. He’d probably still drift closer to Ford because he still likes the supernatural and Ford doesn’t mock him like Stan and Mabel do, but I think at the prospect of hiding things from his family Dipper would say no because there isn’t that pressure of ‘oh man i really want this guy to like me!’ and would probably lose trust/some respect in Ford for Ford even suggesting he do so.

Dipper wouldn’t want to be Ford’s apprentice and Ford wouldn’t ask him. Dipper wouldn’t care, so Mabel wouldn’t be worried and they wouldn’t have to have the apocalypse put things into perspective. Instead Dipper, Mabel, and Stan would have to address their family issues by themselves. I’m well aware a big reason Dipper became attached to the journal was to prove his worth to his family because he didn’t feel adequate especially from their constant teasing. I’m not blaming Dipper for everything that went wrong because it’s not all his fault. I’d actually like to see Stan and Mabel’s teasing be brought up in the finale cause that is a big instigator that hasn’t really been addressed yet. It probably will since it’s been hinted at with Mabel realizing twice in different episodes now that she should be nicer to Dipper. But I digress.

Basically, the Gravity Falls story wouldn’t be too exciting if Dipper hadn’t found the journal, and it was crucial that he recognized his obsession with the supernatural was unhealthy and chose to let it go in the end so that he could stay true to who he is.

tryingtoohardddd  asked:

Hi JJ! First things first I want to thank you for your fabulous blog, it has really made rewatching glee much more interesting! I also have a question, I just watched 2x14 "Blame It On The Alcohol" and I noticed that 1. Brittana seem a lot closer in this episode than in the previous ones, and, 2. that Santana doesn't participate in the game of spin the bottle. I was wondering what you thing the reasons for both of these things are. Thanks!

Hey, @tryingtoohardddd​!

First off, thank you! I’m glad you enjoy my blog.

Second, I find that Brittana’s apparent closeness during this episode and Santana’s unwillingness to participate in the Spin the Bottle game are interrelated phenomena, both having to do with the fact that, at the time episode 2x14 takes place, Brittana are essentially in uncharted waters when it comes to the status quo in their relationship.

If you care to join me for some rambling, it’s all under the cut.

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Dressing for the skies with Hera Syndulla


It’s no secret that Hera Syndulla is my favourite character - take on an Empire and fight to death favourite. Yet, somehow, I have never written about her look beyond a single vague half-meta-half-ficlety thing. In part this was because I felt that her look was self-explanatory enough to speak for itself, but certain official writings and a few comments I have received suggested otherwise and gave me impetus to finally create this blog.

It’s Syndulla Sunday (just), so let’s get to it.

In its main, Hera’s costume is simple: an armoured flightsuit. It’s utterly pragmatic, designed for comfort in the pilot’s chair, ease whilst crawling around an engine room and protection whilst out in the field. The paler neckpiece is almost certainly a helmet seal for inevitable incidents. It is simple, and showcases to the galaxy the role that she plays whilst making her as unobtrusive as a Twi’lek can be in an Imperial galaxy. Perfect for allowing Kanan to play the lead. There is a lot of history built into this look, though. History of the galaxy far far away and our world.

Her armour in her s1-2 look neatly alludes to a leftover of the Clone War, hard and soft pieces combined, particularly in the seemingly floating pauldrons and gauntlet gloves (see yesterday’s Hondo post.) These shapes are echoed in S2 episode Homecoming when we finally see Cham, Gobi and Numa, but with obvious differentiations. In the Clone Wars the Rylothean Twi’leks seen appear to wear more traditional fashions, Cham being an outlier layering armour over a more formal look. When we catch up to him those traditional looks appear to have evolved directly to incorporate armour; unsurprising given the endless turmoil on Ryloth. Hera’s incorporation is similar but noticeably different, as is her colour pallette of warm colours against their cool blues as she has broken away and forged her own path of rebellion.

Naturally Hera’s flightsuit is a callback (callforward?) to the X-Wing pilots of the original trilogy in its basic composition, particularly in the webbing details and allusion to the lines of the OT mae wests. The silhouette is much more grounded in history whilst acting as a proto-precursor to Alliance flightsuits. The fuller volume and high-waist of her flightsuit feels like a direct reference to American WW2 WASPs - Women Airforce Service Pilots - one of whom was Jacqueline Cochran (note, Trek fans!) who was the first female pilot to fly a bomber across the Atlantic, and to later break the sound barrier. What better model for the only pilot to ever outfly Darth Vader, and the first pilot of the B-Wing?

Left: Bless that nerd; Right: WASP’s, including Jacqueline Cochran second from the right.

Hera’s flightcap and goggles are a direct salute to the wealth of pioneering early C20th aviatrixes (aviatri?), headphones playing again  in WW2 imagery and all adding to Hera’s pragmatism. (A quick note due to the official errors that referred to above: the flightcaps would typically be leather, quilted and heavily seamed for safety and security with a cotton drill lining. Pleated? Not so much, as pleating would introduce movement and looseness which would render the item impractical. The style of construction in Hera’s cap, other than aesthetic, is for fit and shaping allow as close and secure a fit as possible whilst working with Twi’lek anatomy.)

Amelia Earheart, Amy Johnson, Betty Jo Reed.

The wonderful @lorna-ka played directly on these historical influences in the amazing Mummy AU commission that she did for me. (sorry, had to throw it in here!)

So, not unlike Kanan Hera’s costume is one defensiveness, though driven more from a point of practicality and, in some small part, cultural divergance. Come S2 we finally see Hera sans goggles and headphones, creating a softer look within this boundaries. This is Hera relaxing, settling into her role in her crew and the comfort of being an active part of a larger organisation at last. It also displays trust, which is in a key element of her relationship with Sabine, but also a more subtle part of her development from S1 as she has learn to trust herself, her gut and her own priorities.

This development is furthered in her S3 look. It’s a less overt change than Kanan, Ezra and Sabine’s makeovers, but subtlety is more Hera’s way. As described by Filoni at SWCE:

Hera - because she’s much more a part of the growing rebels alliance - she has more of a military look, a uniform. She wears a rank badge now just to show that she’s really becoming a part of that formalised rebellion. [x]

She was formally granted the rank of captain within the fledgling Alliance in S2, not just of the Ghost, but is now wearing that openly. The addition of tech and pockets to her sleeves further lead into X-Wing pilot flightsuits of the OT. Her shirt has less of that soft historical shape and is more regimented and formal, the colours shifting into those OT greys (a shift that is being seen across Rebels’ colour palette as a whole.) However her silhouette is now much more of an open hybrid between the Ryloth looks worn by Cham and Numa in Homecoming. The open stand-collar shared with Cham, the shift in the cut of her chestplate is building more towards that worn by Numa. (Let it be known now that I am weak for stand collars, so I was absolutely delighted when this look was revealed at SWCE.) Given that we know Cham et al will be coming back in S3, and a trip to Ryloth proper is on the books (Scream), and Homecoming closed on a point of reconciliation between Hera andher father, this suggests a re-embracing of certain elements of Hera’s history and/or a deeper integration of Free Ryloth into the wider Rebellion. (i’m not sure how I would feel about the latter and certain points in Bloodline suggest otherwise. I am also pretty sure that Cham Syndulla would not be down with this.)

This is also a more open look, more vulnerable. The helmet seal is gone, she is less armoured and she is generally more exposed. Gauntlets replaced with short gloves (this an across-the-board shift towards short gloves seen in pretty much all characters, and is an obvious and active push towards that OT aesthetic.) As with the cap, this suggests a further relaxation into her role, and greater confidence in their growing organisation. Even without Kanan taking the role of field general (presumably given his blindness), Hera is settling more into position of, well, desk general, delegating missions and leadership positions to other Ghosts.

It is no longer Syndulla Sunday here, but it is somewhere! With a little luck, someday soon we will see Hera 1) wearing her nerd goggles, and 2) san cap.

If ever there was a time that Kirkman and Gimple were totally mistaken in thinking that it was a good idea to follow the comic books on the TV show, then Glenn Rhee’s totally unjustified and unnecessary death this season was most definitely it. Not only was Glenn the most complex, dynamic, kindhearted, and likable main character who was the heart of TF (Team Family), but his death was totally unnecessary. He also never got the full backstory, character development, and closure of story that he deserved before they killed him off, either.

I could have been more accepting of Glenn’s death if he had actually gotten the full character development, backstory, and closure of story that he deserved beforehand in the six years that he was on this show as a main character, but he never did. I could have been more accepting of it if the writers hadn’t spent half of season six hiding Glenn under a dumpster with his ultimate fate in question, and then revealed that he was still alive, only to kill him off for real in the S7 premiere, but they did. I could have been more accepting of Glenn’s death if the writers hadn’t had him kill another living person to defend his group for the first time ever in S6, something that comic Glenn never did, and then never used that perfect new opportunity to give him the dark arc that they promised us he would get. But they didn’t.

I still think it’s lazy, racist, and sexist writing to say that the MOC in a romantic relationship has to die for his female s/o to be empowered, but I’ve accepted the fact that Robert Kirkman’s writing is unintentionally lazy, racist, and sexist because he’s never been that creative or strong of a storyteller or writer who’s very well acquainted with real life issues, and the only way he really knows how to develop characters in his comic books is by killing off the people that they love, so I could have been more accepting of Glenn’s death on the TV show if Maggie’s TV counterpart hadn’t been introduced as a character who already was a badass, independent, and self-confident leader even before she got serious with Glenn. I’m not saying that it still wasn’t lazy, racist, and sexist writing on Kirkman’s part in the comic books, too, but, at the very least, Glenn’s death in the comics served as a legitimate purpose that he used to change Maggie for the better with because her comic book counterpart was introduced as a damsel-in-distress character who was so emotionally insecure and physically weak that she relied on her husband as her crutch in every sense of the word, and didn’t learn how to be a badass, independent, and self-confident leader until he died. But TV Maggie already was a badass, independent, and self-confident woman who knew how to be a leader with Glenn by her side, like I said before, so essentially his death on the show did nothing to add to her character development/Hilltop arc, anyway. I could easily see TV Maggie still taking charge in the exact same way on Hilltop, if Glenn were still alive on the show right now.

I could have been more accepting of Glenn’s death on the show if his TV counterpart had been Rick’s primary righthand man, like he was in the comic books. In the comic books Glenn was Rick’s primary righthand man, and his death by Negan with Lucille in Issue #100 served as the main catalyst that led to Rick vowing to avenge the death of his righthand man with a promise to kill Negan/go to war against him and the Saviors. In the TV show, however, Daryl Dixon has been Rick’s primary righthand man throughout most of the series to present, starting from S2, and he’s still living, so Glenn’s death on the show was not needed to act as the main catalyst that motivate Rick to avenge his death with a vow to kill Negan on the show because his best friend/righthand man is still alive on it.

I could have been more accepting of Glenn’s death on this show if it had actually been necessary to contribute to storyline purposes beyond just shocking the audience with the uncessarily gruesome and graphic death of a beloved character, and giving yet another man pain storyline to Daryl Dixon(a character who doesn’t even exist in the comics) by making him indirectly responsible for it with it. I could have been more accepting of Glenn’s death if he had actually had the dignity of it being his own. However, Glenn’s death on the show wasn’t his own, and Kirkman and Gimple didn’t make it feel like it was necessary to progress Glenn, Maggie, or even Rick’s storylines with how vastly different their TV counterparts are/were their comic book counterparts. Glenn’s death on the show was just about shocking the audience, and giving Daryl Dixon a man pain storyline. Let’s face it, when given the choice between Daryl and another character’s life, the writers will usually choose to kill off the other character, instead of Daryl. Unless it ever comes down to choosing between Rick and/or Carl (the untouchable main leads with good reason) and Daryl’s lives, and even I’m beginning to wonder if the writers actually would choose to kill off Rick and/or Carl before Daryl on this show with how much of an overrated cash cow his character has become due to the fact that Gimple and Kirkman just love to cater to the “If Daryl dies we riot” fanbase who make up most of the TWD fandom and rake in the most cash for them by keeping him alive past what should have been his expiration date in S4, I really don’t ever see that changing on this show.

Sadly, there are just too many things on this show that make Glenn’s death this season feel like the absolutely most disgusting, disrespectful, unacceptable, unjustified, unforgivable, and unnecessary death on this show. No amount of happy TF scenes that they throw at me from this season forward will ever make up for the absolute wrongness of Glenn’s totally unjustified and unnecessary death on the show. It’s like the beating heart of this show’s main original group has been cruelly ripped away for no good reason with Glenn, and now there’s just this huge void that makes every other main character on this show feel half-alive and hollow inside, no matter how many beautiful moments they have together. It’s almost like they really have become the walking dead on this show now that Glenn is gone for no good reason. If that’s what Kirkman and Gimple were going for by killing off Glenn for no good reason this season, then they succeeded Kirkman and Gimple. Not surprisingly, they also succeeded in killing off many other fans overall emotional investment in their show with Glenn in the season seven premiere, including my own. They earned the low ratings this season.

Yes, I’m still watching for Rick, Carl, Michonne, and Maggie, but my heart’s no longer in it without Glenn. It’s gotten to the point where the overall premise of the show has just gotten so incredibly dark, boring, and slow to me, especially without Glenn there. My feelings towards this show are so cynical and hopeless now that Glenn is dead for no good reason that now a part of me is just waiting for a good final excuse to quit this show to come along on this show through the death of another main character that I actually do like. There’s not too many horrible things that the writers could do to the characters on this show that would infuriate me at this point, expect for kill Maggie and take away her baby. It’s not that I don’t love Rick, Carl, and Michonne, too. I actually really do. It’s just that most of my enthusiasm in this show died with Glenn in the S7 premiere, like I said before. It sucked away the vast majority of my emotional investment in this show, and nothing will ever fill it back up again.

Kirkman and Gimple sold out Glenn Rhee, the most complex, dynamic, kind, loving, selfless, and likable character on this show by setting him up for what could have been a really amazing and interesting potential comic divergent storyline arc for him, and then killing him off without even giving him the full backstory, character development, and closure of storyline that he deserved beforehand because they were too lazy, wanted to shock the audience, and were too afraid to kill off Daryl, their cash cow when it came down to choosing between killing off him or Glenn. Glenn’s death happened on the show so that Gimple and Kirkman could try to appeal to the disturbed minds of horror genre/graphic novel enthusiasts who actually enjoy watching this show, not for the characters, but just so that they can see the bloody, disgusting, graphic, gruesome, sadistic, shocking, violent, and horrific deaths brought to life in explicit detail with them being recreating them on their TV screens, no matter how mindless and unjustified they may be in regards to the narrative, because of their flawed and superficial logic that “It’s an iconic scene in the comic books, so, therefore, it must happen on the TV show, too.” Glenn’s death happened because, even though it’s clear that the writers haven’t known what to do with Daryl’s character since they killed off his brother in S3 and don’t really care about him anymore, Kirkman and Gimple refuse to kill him off, just to appease the “If Daryl dies we riot” fanbase that make up the vast majority of the TWD fandom, and rake in cash. Even when it comes down to choosing between the lives of Daryl and another characters who is more interesting and has more potential to offer than him on the show, like Glenn did, they will always choose for Daryl to survive over them because he rakes in more cash.

Glenn’s death on the show just proved that the Glenn fans were right all along. Killing off Glenn on the show really is the biggest mistake that Kirkman and Gimple ever made, Killing off Glenn on the show has not been beneficial to the overall storyline, or any of the other characters development on it. They should not have killed off Glenn on the show when his TV counterpart still had so much potential left, and he was the most complex, dynamic, kindhearted, likable, and selfless character on the show who acted as TF’s beating heart. Killing off Glenn has caused a major decline in the ratings this season. Fans are angry that they killed off Glenn as shock value for the audience and to give Daryl another man pain storyline when he doesn’t even exist in the comic books, like Glenn does/did.

deleteee  asked:

hey jj! i'm incredibly late to the party but i recently rewatched seasons 2-3 (i've watched till the end once before) and i was wondering if you have any thoughts about where brittana stood both off screen in between those two seasons and in the first few episodes of season 3, till "pot o gold" when they become official. i feel like by season 3 a lot is different in comparison to the end of s2 and i'm really fascinated by their relationship in those first three episodes.

Hey, @deleteee!

So here is the thing: 

The hiatus between S2 and S3 is kind of a lost period in Brittana history. As S2 ended, fans had high hopes that we would see a lot of Brittana development play out in S3, but that’s not really what ended up happening. To be sure, things, as you say, were most definitely different for Brittana once S3 started. It’s just that we didn’t get a lot of answers as to how that difference came about. So much was left open to interpretation and introduced through insinuation.

The bad news is that because the show kind of glossed over this transition in canon, we can’t really say, “The Brittana relationship specifically underwent X, Y, and Z changes between S2 and S3.”

The good news is that we have a lot of room for imagination due to the lack of canon evidence—which means that this time period is open for a lot of headcanon.

If you’ll allow me a good jabber, I’ll do some recounting and offer my take after the cut, okay?

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Hollstein: Development

Alright, I’ve been seeing a lot of posts in the Creampuff world about how Laura is “mythologizing” Carmilla (Carmilla’s words, s2e4) and Carmilla is concerned that that’s the only reason Laura likes her, so I went back to season one and took several screencaps to show the development of their relationship for several reasons:

1) show how Laura came to like Carmilla

2) show what Carmilla does that has an effect on Laura

3) see their positive chemistry building

4) showcase Carmilla’s worthiness of love

5) CHARACTER / RELATIONSHIP DEVELOPMENT

6) explain why Carmilla’s low self-esteem is so devastating 

7) I really enjoy any excuse to analyze things

There are more reasons, but here we go. I’m starting with s1e20 - the one with the sock puppets. Also, I apologize - this is obscenely long. So, without further ado:

I like the above moment. Laura is really excited that she gets to do a flashback (and play with sock puppets), and Carmilla’s face is just like “dafuq is wrong with this kid why do I like her?” and it’s just beautiful.

Then Carmilla’s telling her story, and look at Laura’s face - this is the first time she’s really getting to see Carmilla’s soft, human side, and she’s devastated for Carmilla. It’s in Laura’s nature to see the good in people anyways (”We all deserve better. Even you.”), and here she’s seeing just why Carmilla acts the way she does. The intimacy of this moment is really important - by hearing Carmilla’s story, we see Carmilla trusting Laura. We see Laura realizing that Carmilla has emotions - really deep, rooted in horror, painful emotions. This is Laura realizing “of course she acts so callously and pretends not to care. This is what happened when she cared. She lost the only person who ever meant something to her.”

here, she’s a little disgusted but you can still see the pain on her face. She’s hurting for Carmilla - empathizing. Not just sympathy, empathy. Laura does this again later, with LaF after they and Perry fight, and it clearly shows that Laura is developing an understanding of Carmilla and why she is the way she is. 

Okay, look at the bottom left of the picture. Do you see that? 

That is Laura’s hand on Carmilla’s knee (the hand in the sock puppet). Why would Laura put her hand there? Sympathy. Knowing that Carmilla is hurting and that she can’t stop that, she still puts her hand on Carmilla’s knee. It only lasts a few milliseconds, but that moment is super important. Laura is seeing Carmilla’s humanity. 

Next video! Carmilla punches Will when he threatens to bite Laura. Carmilla, once again, has saved Laura. Granted, Carmilla then bites Laura (for an understandable if not good reason, and she didn’t kill Laura). This is important because it’s the first time we see Carmilla actively fighting for Laura, and against her mother. The other times Carmilla has done something like this, it’s passive. The charm is passive, though helpful, and Carmilla’s never actually fought any of her mother’s minions (I assume - she didn’t directly mention this). This moment is the first suggestion we really get that Carmilla is choosing to be on Laura’s side. And of course, right after this, Laura jumps behind Carmilla because now she knows that Carmilla is going to protect her (biting notwithstanding - personally, I figure that if biting doesn’t turn Laura into a vampire, then it would be a good backup plan if they find themselves without any blood for her. But that’s just me).

And then there’s Danny. Ah, poor, sweet, freakishly tall Danny. Danny is protective and righteous and willing to fight against evil. Unfortunately, she also tries telling Laura to stop doing something she is extremely passionate about (the vlogging) and to let big strong Danny protect her. We see Laura beginning to freak out about this here…

… and then Laura literally stands up and moves into the middle of Danny and Carmilla. She’s literally stuck between them here, but then we see it: Laura tells Danny to leave her alone, that she doesn’t need a Dad… she’s already got one of those. Carmilla, meanwhile, is watching with her usual smug grin, because she likes it when Laura stands up for herself. Carmilla admires it - maybe because she’s always had a hard time doing it herself. Seeing Laura so passionate can only increase Carmilla’s crush on her. 

Moving on, we see here Carmilla casually drinking blood out of a glass while handing Laura her TARDIS mug full of (presumably) hot cocoa. I know her face looks odd in the screenshot, but it’s because she’s giving an update on the giant mushrooms while she’s taking the mug from Carmilla. Their relationship has moved from Laura-trying-to-capture-and-possibly-kill-Carmilla to Laura-and-Carmilla-are-getting-along. 

Just look at that useless vampire. That face that says “oh god sweetie I could just eat you up except not the way I usually eat people.” Carmilla is chilling to the side, watching Laura make her vlog, and even - dare I say it - helping Laura with her vlog, taking part in it and admiring her for it. 

“crushes-on-vampires” -LaFontaine

“No!! well… she’s cute.. and sexy… and smart.. has a tragic backstory.. made me cocoa… saved my life… cares about what I do… is now trying to help us… is standing up against her mother… there’s something there that wasn’t there before. new, and a bit alarming… but there’s something in her that I simply didn’t see…” #beautyandthebeast

Laura wakes up after falling asleep watching movies with LaF and having a nightmare, and who’s there to help her? Car-fucking-milla. Carmilla being there for Laura right when she needs it. If that’s not a good trait to have, idk what is. 

And again, Laura’s doing something heroic and stupid, and Carmilla’s just like “I’m gonna play the knife game and pretend I’m not listening to every single word you’re saying.” But you can see how proud Carmilla is that Laura’s standing up for what she believes in. Carmilla has had a front-row ticket to Laura being a good person all semester. And although at first she was against it because she thought Laura was also going to bring her down with her, she realizes that Laura is actually maybe capable of doing it, and wants to help. Carmilla is officially a good guy - BEFORE she risks her life to save Laura and the campus, BEFORE the blad of Hostur. 

And then they exchange this look where Carmilla’s like “this is gonna be awesome” and Laura’s like “this is going to hell” but then they get the book and we continue. I just really like this little moment. 

Cue Carmilla being helpful and reading the book written in the Sumerian she just casually learned by reading Gilgamesh or whatever. Carmilla is helping Laura, again. They’re working together. 

Look at Laura’s face here: Laura is, again, seeing Carmilla on the side of good (which also apparently involves a really sexy messy bun on top of her head - not complaining, just making sure everybody notices this important point). Laura knows that Carmilla is good. Carmilla will deny it til the cows come home, but she’s on the good side now. She’s on Laura’s side. 

This is right after Laura is saying that it’s her fault that LaF got taken, that she’s brought this on her friends, and Carmilla is immediately like “LAURA STOP YOU ARE GOOD HAVENT YOU NOTICED?” Carmilla knows Laura’s got a tendency to doubt herself, and she’s firm here when she contradicts Laura - she calls Laura out on her self-blame and reminds her that she is fighting to save these people, and if that’s not good, what is? And Laura hears that - Laura hears Carmilla, once again, being right there when she needs it. 

Laura asks questions about Carmilla’s past - about the happier parts of Carmilla’s past. They’ve gotten to know each other more and more, and now they get a chance to laugh together - something they haven’t had much chance to thus far. But Laura’s crush is getting more and more obvious, and so is Carmilla’s. The thing here is this: when you spend time with somebody, and especially if you enjoy spending that time with somebody, you’re going to develop some sort of feelings for them. In this case, it’s romantic, and we see that beginning to bloom next:

They dance, they laugh, and there’s a sex joke. 

Laura watching Carmilla go to the bathroom after telling Laura to sleep in her bed: ALL ABOARD! Including Laura - she’s shipping it too, even though her next line is “Worst Crush Ever.” 

Reading the book together, working together, spending more time together, discussing what is in the book… Who hasn’t fallen in love by sharing a favorite book with somebody? We all know where this is going. 

BUT WAIT! The necklace. The necklace Laura thought was a gift from Carmilla - that’s why she puts the cursed thing on. She knows Carmilla has a thing for her, and that she has a thing for Carmilla, and that Carmilla is not vocal about feelings, like, ever, and assumes this is from her as a gift. And look how happy Laura is! Laura is falling so hard for Carmilla. She’s bitten and smitten. Carmilla’s different now - now she’s sweet, and so unsure… I wonder how she didn’t see it there before. #beautyandthebeast

And then - disaster strikes. 

Laura sees the video of Carmilla talking to her mother when she’s possessing Laura. She sees Carmilla make a deal to keep her safe - but at the cost of Kirsch and LaF. We know that Carmilla just wanted to keep Laura safe - Laura’s the first person she’s truly cared about and enjoyed spending time with since Elle, so of course she’ll do anything she can to save Laura. Laura cares about her, Laura sees her as more than just a vampire - Laura has seen the value that she has. Laura knows that Carmilla can be good, and Carmilla needed somebody to believe in her. When Carmilla betrayed Kirsch and LaF, Laura was devastated because she was already in love with Carmilla. She had faith in Carmilla. When Carmilla realized that she had let Laura down, that’s when she decided that she would risk her life. 

Carmilla and Laura were in love before Carmilla risked her life for Laura/the school, and nothing else matters. When Laura, in season 2, reminds everybody that Carmilla saved the campus, not anybody else, Carmilla is scared because she forgot - or never realized - that Laura loved her before. Carmilla is forgetting that she IS good, that she DOES have human emotions, that their relationship, unofficial as it may have been, IS important to Laura. She doesn’t even see how devastated Laura is after Carmilla dies: 

Between those two very sad faces, I’d classify the latter as “more sad.” Laura didn’t want Carmilla to die, or risk her life, or even expect her to. She’s just as surprised as everybody else, but she’s so in love with Carmilla that it doesn’t even matter. They won, but Carmilla died, and she didn’t even get the chance to tell Carmilla how she really felt. The betrayal that happened before the batter with the Dean and anglerfishgod shows us that Laura cared about Carmilla, and was really just disappointed in herself for thinking Carmilla was the superhero type. But then she realizes “oh my god, she really is all of those good things I knew her to be and I just completely let that go what have I done?” So in Season 2, Laura is trying to remind Carmilla how good she is, that Laura knows she’s a good person, and reminding Carmilla of her great heroism is her way of doing it (I personally think Carmilla would be more in favor of other methods of showing Carmilla how much she thinks of her, but hey). 

What I’m trying to say is this:

Laura really does love Carmilla, and it’s not just because of Carmilla risking her life to save Laura. It’s because Carmilla cares about Laura, supports her, reminds her that she’s the greatest good out there, helped Laura stop her mother, and because they spent time together getting to know each other and Laura liked what she discovered in Carmilla. Laura believes in Carmilla because Laura saw Carmilla change for the better - not because Laura told her to, but because Carmilla realized she could. All of this - every bit of it - is important. 

So Carmilla, please don’t doubt that your cupcake loves you back.

(sorry for how obscenely long this got)