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Reasons why I love Static

A good hero works well with others

Look at how the other heroes smile at him, they are genuinely happy to meet him. When Superman saves him, he isn’t upset. He’s happy. He asked to be saved and he was

And it’s not the last time either. You see it here

and here

he works well with the justice league members even though his interactions with them are rare and in between.

He’s literally never afraid to ask them for help

I mean, look at that. He made the bat signal, he was outright asking for help as publicly as he ever could.

and in “Fallen hero” when he thought Green Lantern really had become evil…

Just look at his face. He is shocked. He can’t believe one of his heroes would do this, he tried to figure out why, tried to come up with a reason to explain it, so it would make sense.

And the moment Sinestro, disguised as Green Lantern, hurt Gear. He knew it was true, and he’s horrified that the person he looked up to did this and he’s angry, angry that he didn’t see this.

Static knows when to fight

but he also knows when someone just needs a helping hand

and sure, he jokes around

but he also knows how important the work he does is

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and he also knows what happens if he messes up

His family knows what it is he does and they all support him in whatever way they can.

and that’s why I love Static shock. Yes, they touched upon some serious issues

they didn’t dumb it down for the audience, or treat the issues with kiddie gloves, they addressed the issues and those were also the same episodes that they broke the fourth wall. Dyslexia, gun control, gang violence, racism. They didn’t pull their punches on this show.

They showed us a still very much grieving teenager who almost joins a gang in the first episode, who gets powers that he uses to protect other people without a moment of hesitation, not even thinking of getting revenge on his bullies. Even as a superhero, he still volunteers at the community center his dad runs.

Yes, Virgil makes mistakes, he’s still a kid after all, but he’s so genuinely kind and sincere that we can’t help but love him.

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I don’t know if it actually is Static shock appreciation week officially, but it is for me

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and, because I can’t help myself

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2.4.2017 // 9oC ☁️

35/100 Days of Productivity

Studyspo aesthetic versus studyspo reality. 

The Internet is a careful manipulation of real life; it’s the omission of three dirty mugs, two pill boxes, a water bottle and a shit ton of paperwork and loose ends that I couldn’t even fit in the frame. That damn (fake) plant doesn’t even live on my desk. University isn’t all pretty notes and self-care and meticulous, neat bullet journals. There are tears, there’s frustration, and a lot of caffeine (and/or alcohol, if that’s more your thing). 

I find it ironic we live in the age of self-love, yet no matter how hard we try we can’t help but curate our Internet selves. We don’t advertise our losses like we do our success; we tell each other that our bodies are powerful and beautiful but we still grip our stomach rolls each night and let out a defeated sigh. We don’t show our downtime, lazing about aimlessly on a Sunday, because that does not fulfil the expectation to be ‘productive’. 

I love the Internet, the endless breadth of knowledge and opinion and experience it provides. But I can’t help but think that in large doses, it’s toxic. 

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Show Recap – 04/03/17

I’ve seen the show a few times now, so at this point I’m fairly picky about what I want to see. I have favourite versions of scenes and lines. I have favourite actors and actresses in the various roles. While every performance is always amazing, I have two main criteria for what constitutes a Good Show, as in, an above average performance of the play. 1. I want it to make me feel something. I want someone to make me cry, or flail, or laugh uproariously, or have to bury my face in my scarf to contain all my emotions. 2. I want to gain new insight into the characters, or the story, or the show itself. During this particular performance, both criteria were absolutely and completely met. 

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immortalliar  asked:

I think the reason why it didn't feel like a series finale is because the villain of the series finale was not UBER A. You would expect from the final villain to be the biggest, baddest villain of them all who has been in charge of everything since the beginning. Alex wasn't. She was just there to give us season 6 and 7. Otherwise CeCe would have been revealed in 5x25 and the show would have ended with Big A.

Yeah that’s a good point. They should’ve never called Alex “Uber A”. Heck, they should’ve never called her an A. She never even wore the hoodie in the finale, what the hell. Alex had her own agenda. She’s just another villain, but not necessarily an A.

The Killers’ Brandon Flowers on Band Shake-Ups and a Crucial Assist From Bono

At the age of 36, Brandon Flowers admits that he’s already thinking about his legacy. “It’s not something we talk about a lot,” says the Killers frontman as he sits on a couch in New York’s Soho Grand Hotel. “But the older you get, the more you’re conscious of time and how limited it is. And the megalomaniac in you says, ‘Well, what kind of mark have I left?’ ”

Soft-spoken and reflective, Flowers is no longer the Las Vegas-bred spark plug who wore eyeliner in music videos, proudly paired his Mormonism with glam-pop and declared of The Killers in a 2004 interview, “I want us to be the American U2.” In hindsight, he wasn't far off the mark. Along with the commercial success – 7.1 million albums sold, according to Nielsen Music, with 12 top 20 hits on Billboard’s Alternative Songschart and hundreds of arena shows – The Killers’ legacy has been one of malleability, even more so than Bono and Co. Flowers, drummer Ronnie Vannucci, guitarist Dave Keuning and bassist Mark Stoermer conquered rock radio with synth-driven new wave hits like “Mr. Brightside” and “Somebody Told Me” from 2004 debut Hot Fuss. They defied expectations with their Springsteen-inspired 2006 follow-up, Sam’s Town – reviled by critics upon release, now considered a cult classic – and have since hopscotched across dance-pop, heartland rock and electronica.

Fifth album Wonderful Wonderful is another amalgamation of sounds: Lead single “The Man” is a glitzy disco track, while songs like “Run for Cover” and “Some Kind of Love” aim for post-punk and arena balladry, respectively. Yet the album, out in September, is also the band’s most introspective to date. Flowers says that the pulsating “Tyson vs. Douglas” is about fallen heroes and how he hopes his three sons (Ammon, 9; Gunnar, 7; and Henry, 6) “never see me go down” like Mike Tyson in his shocking 1990 defeat to Buster Douglas. Elsewhere, soon-to-be karaoke anthem “Have All the Songs Been Written” hints at the difficulties the band had with figuring out the album. The five-year gap between 2012’sBattle Born and Wonderful Wonderful is the longest between albums, and with the members in different states (Flowers is moving to Utah, Vannucci and Keuning have relocated to California, and Stoermer splits time between Los Angeles and Las Vegas), the new LP was its hardest to finish.

“The dynamic has changed,” says Flowers. “When we used to start writing, anything was possible. Now, there’s a weight and something looming over us – what we’ve done, if we can do it again. Those things creep into your mind.”

According to Stoermer, the band began the creative process in October 2015 and spent a year formulating ideas that would ultimately be scrapped. “We attempted writing songs in groups, in pairs, co-writing with producers,” says Stoermer. “A lot of material was put aside.” In the middle of the struggles, Stoermer also made it known that he no longer wanted to tour with The Killers. The 40-year-old, who records solo music and is working toward a bachelor’s degree in art history, says the group’s rigorous touring schedule (its Battle Born World Tour played over 140 shows) made him feel unfocused. “I get joy out of making music with The Killers, but being on the road and in the studio was too much,” he explains.

The rest of the band knew how unhappy Stoermer had become with touring; part of the reason Flowers had recorded two solo albums between Killers projects was to break up the band’s long live runs. Once the group decided to hire a touring bassist, Stoermer became “much more pleasant” in the studio, says Flowers. “It’s a hurdle, but we’ve got the legs to jump it.”

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anonymous asked:

Ack sorry about sending another pitch question (I know you said something about people sending those) but you mentioned you pitched a show twice, and since I'm a creeper, I read the tags and you said the pitch wasn't how we'd think they'd be; how were they, then, out of curiosity? If I ever pitch a show, in your position, what should I expect? What exactly happened? Sorry for asking all these questions; you've been my inspiration for a while and I hope I can pitch my own show someday!! Thank you

Oh no, that’s fine!  I don’t mind telling my experience with it, and I’ve even given pitching tips before, but this post is about the extent of my knowledge.  (You can also just search my blog for “pitch”, ‘cause I’ve reblogged stuff from other people that actually KNOW what they’re talking about, haha)  I just don’t want people under the impression that I’m super experienced with it, or that I’ve ever pitched to a big deal network or producer.  I absolutely haven’t.  

I have exactly 2 pitching experiences.  The first one was a few years ago at an event in Nashville called “Film-Com”, which is an annual trade show/expo event for financing and distributing filmmaking projects.  Basically you get a booth, and you set up in this convention center with all these other aspiring creators (filmmakers, documentary people, a few video game/new media folks, all sorts), and they’ve invited a WHOLE SWATH of producers and industry professionals to come mull around the show floor with you so you can make connections and get your product out there EAT FREE MEALS and then idk, maybe fuckin’ walk around a bit and look at your dumb shitty projects if they fuckin’ feel like it but they probably wont, so what ends up happening is all the creators just walk around and look at each others’ shit, which for me—being the only animator there—means that a bunch of other jack-knobs who have some vague idea for a shitty cartoon end up giving me THEIR card so that maybe in the future I can work on THEIR dumbfuck ideas.

ANYWAY, to get to the point, they selected certain projects and scheduled them to actually go up and pitch in front of a whole room full of producers.  This happened over the course of the whole day, so I suspect the reason none of the producers were walking around interacting with people is ‘cause they were stuck in a room all day hearing 30 different suck-ass pitches and when it was all said and done they were probably exhausted.  I was scheduled as the last pitch of the day.  I enter the room and wait patiently; the person before me is running about 10 minutes over their allotted time.  I scan the room… everyone is MISERABLE.  They’re anxious, they’re uninterested, they’re sighing… the main guy who’s sort of monitoring the whole thing is pinching his brow and trying his best to keep up the pretense of politeness in telling the current pitcher to wrap it up.  NONE of these people want to be here anymore.  It seems like everyone’s spent the whole day “warming ‘em up” for me, but now they’re all sweaty and miserable, so I can either go up there and give another mediocre pitch, OR I can go up there and try my goddamn hardest to make them laugh. 

I go up on stage, just IMMEDIATELY force myself to get over any fears I have, and I pitch W2H.  I screen a short mock trailer I made (no way I’d force them to sit through that whole fucking thing), and it’s sort of like a fever dream, because I can see all of the life returning to their faces, they’re WAY into it, I’m doing fucking GREAT somehow, despite literally zero experience… and when it was all said and done, it became abundantly clear that even though they all LOVED it, not a single one of them could help me.  None of them were animation producers.  None of them KNEW animation producers.  One guy suggested I go into comics, because “comics get turned into film and tv shows all the time”.  I just had the PERFECT fucking pitch, and I pitched to people who couldn’t fucking help me.  As I was leaving, many of them came up to me and actually thanked me for sending them off for the day on a good note.  There was a big dinner at like, the fucking Governers’ mansion or something that night, and again, some of them were coming up to me and thanking me, wishing me the best and all that.  I guess if nothing else, I learned what I’m capable of.


The second pitch was an ACTUAL disaster.  When I’d first graduated I thought I could pitch W2H to Frederator, ‘cause it seemed like a good fit.  They told me (understandably) that they couldn’t reverse-engineer a show from something I’d already produced, and also that it was inappropriate (despite having a show at the time called “SuperFuckers”, but whatever; language and subject matter are different things).  Later on I got an email from them, saying that someone in their office was familiar with my work, and they invited me to come pitch them something that wasn’t W2H.  They also said that I was free to swing by their office any time, even “just to hang out”, and that if I had any questions “whether it be pitching or where to get the best burgers in Burbank”, to hit them up.  How friendly!  How perfect!  I was JUST about to move out to L.A., so I started working on this idea tentatively called “Gayliens”.  I swung by their office once, you know, just to pop in, like they said; thought I’d make myself known or whatever.  They looked at me like I was nuts.  They still invited me in and we chatted for a bit about the history of early Disney studios, but when they asked why I was there, and I reminded them about the email they’d sent, they seemed to have no idea what I was talking about.  I told them I was working on a pitch for them and that I’d be in touch so we could schedule something.  

When I finally finished putting my pitch together, I went in for a meeting with them.  It was just 2 folks, we were in like a board meeting-type room (which I imagine is probably standard).  They made some small talk with me first, which I’m sure was an attempt to loosen us all up a bit and set the mood, but all of their questions really caught me off guard.  (I guess they asked where I was working, and when I told them I didn’t have a studio job, they asked how I was making money, and I’m sure it wasn’t meant to put me in an awkward position, but people asking me how I make money literally ALWAYS puts me in an awkward position, because my income sources are scattered and weird.  Try explaining how youtube ad revenue works to your social services worker, it’s a blast.) 

SO okay, I let myself get tripped up a bit.  I go on with the pitch; they don’t really want me to pitch the concept, they just have me show them my storyboards and read through the whole thing.  They’re DEAD silent the whole time.  I can’t get a read on them at all.  When it’s over, they ask me some more questions that trip me up.  Some of them are 100% my fault; they asked for a title, and I wasn’t ready to say “Oh, it’s tentatively called GAYLIENS,” out loud to people who I couldn’t get a read from.  

It’s all kind of a blur, but the few topics of discussion I remember them bringing up were that “the storyboards look almost TOO good”, like it was TOO polished or well-developed (which is sort of a backhanded compliment I guess???), because see, “when they made Adventure Time… blah blah blah it just started off as this loose idea, and once they were a season or so into it, they started expanding on the universe and developing the characters a little bit more…” — AS IF ANYONE doesn’t understand why AT got so popular???  You don’t have to TELL ME, I WAS WATCHING IT, I FUCKING KNOW.  No one gave a shit about AT until they got Rebecca Sugar and all these talented writers working on it a couple seasons in, and doing all this character-heavy shit.  I tried to present them with something that had all that character shit baked into it already, ‘cause I knew they were gonna’ use AT as an example.  But it seemed like they’re not looking for something that’s already developed with it’s own voice or sensibility, they’re looking for a vague idea that they can mold into something as they go.  


They also told me–and I still can’t get over this–that they’re looking for “”””””characters that people will want to cosplay as””””””, which is funny to me for a plethora of reasons; namely that they have no way of knowing that PEOPLE DO COSPLAY AS MY CHARACTERS, but also that I spent half of my time in college working on ridiculous magical girl Adventure Time crossover group cosplays (don’t fuckin’ laugh) like trust me I’m ALARMINGLY familiar with cosplay, and ALSO, that looking for a new property with the guidelines that it should be “the next big thing that some fucking nerds will dress up as at comic con” just seems like such an out-of-touch-but-trying-to-be-hip, capitalize-on your-fandom-doing-all-the-legwork-for-you, fucking executive thing to say.  I know I sound like a whiny art school kid saying that but my animation instructor was so anti-establishment, and I carry a lot of that with me still, and something about that statement–insignificant as it may be–kind of epitomizes how I feel about the industry?  It’s a hard thing to explain. 

I walked out of that pitch with my mind feeling like TV static.  My friends were waiting for me next door at a bakery and they were super excited, asking me how it went, and I was just like “I mean… BAD, for sure, but I don’t know where to even start.”  Hahaha.  I don’t know.  It just seems like everyone wants to play gatekeeper I guess.  They want This Thing™, but it can’t be too This Thing™.  They want the thing to have A Fandom™, but they don’t really understand fandom ‘cause they don’t participate in fandom.  They want Your Idea™ but they want to make it Their Idea™.  I don’t know.  I’m just angry and bitter and that’s my experience with pitching.  Admittedly some of what went wrong in these pitches was my fault, or there were circumstances beyond my control, and regardless of how that pitch went, I don’t actually dislike Frederator (I’m on their youtube network), and Fred Seibert has actually done a ton of iconic shit.

I don’t think I’ve ever AIRED MY GRIEVANCES in such great detail before, but there you have it.  If you want some tips on pitching, you can check out the links I provided at the beginning of the post; there’s tons of people out there who actually know their shit too, and they’d probably give more proactive advice.  I don’t know if this helps at all, but hopefully you can glean something from it!  That’s just my limited experience with it.  Haha.  Good luck!  

anonymous asked:

That last comment hurt my heart for Suga!! And chance we could see momma crow getting love from his children??

Don’t worry anon, Suga’s hatchlings still love him the most

some are better at showing it than others, though

idontfindyouthatinteresting  asked:

Hey! You asked for Fannibal fandom experiences! Hannibal is the first time I've ever really done anything like this and it's been amazing. The support, love and ferocity is something I wasn't expecting. Maybe it comes from the fact we've had to fight for the show since essentially day 1? Who knows. Regardless it's a wonderful display of the achievements of fans, and particularly female fans. The conventions and live tweeting of episodes have been my favourite things! Thanks x

Check out this message from a Fannibal! The way that fans come together not only to appreciate a show but also to band together and rally for that show to keep getting made is really inspiring. Fandom isn’t just about liking the source material, it’s not just about creating fan-made content. It’s also about letting your voice as the audience be heard. That can be so empowering!

Thank you so much for this message - Please feel free to say hey to us any time, tell us to read fic you wrote, or fic someone else wrote! Tell us where to go to look at art, or meta, or vids, or anything! We love it, and we are always happy to share your recs. 

  • *Garnet, in Blue Diamond's sanctum, surrounded by poofed gems and cowed warriors*
  • GARNET: Got anything else?
  • BLUE DIAMOND: Sapphire.
  • G: ...
  • BD: That's you in there, isn't it? It's been...millennia...but I still remember that day.
  • BD: The day you signed that world's death warrant. It's your fault, in the end. Surely you could have seen that coming?
  • G: You really don't know what happened between Ruby and Sapphire, do you.
  • BD: Madness. That defective pile of slag drove you insane, destroyed your vision, destroyed our--
  • G: Love.
  • BD: What?
  • G: It was love.
  • BD: Love. That's all?
  • G: *laughs* That's all, she says. Ruby freed Sapphire from the chains of fate. Sapphire freed Ruby from the idea that she was worth NOTHING. They were gifted a glimpse of each other's souls, my--Blue Diamond, their innermost selves laid bare...and they couldn't bear to lose one another after that.
  • G: And from all that? Came ME.
  • BD: Really.
  • BD: Do you expect me to believe all that nonsense about fate and souls? You told me yourself, Sapphire--our futures are fixed. I don't know why you lied to me that day, perhaps that Ruby's madness overcame you when you looked ahead--
  • G: She wasn't lying. She was wrong.
  • BD: ...
  • G: ...We could--I could SHOW you, if you'd like.
  • BD: SHOW me. Fuse with ME? You presume--ah, but aren't you afraid that a Gem as powerful as I would simply...overwhelm you? Take control?
  • G: Not in the slightest.
  • BD: And why not?
  • G: Because I'm made of love, my Diamond--and it's stronger than you.

another doodle from my FMA 2003 marathon adventure. COS may have had its flaws but damn was it a really good movie

Overall thoughts on Unfortunate Events netflix series
  • SPOILERS!!!
  • -It's good
  • -I wasn't expecting all the songs oh my gosh.
  • -I know that a lot of people will hate that it ended with a musical number but I thought it was great.
  • -NPH as Olaf was great
  • -That twist that the mom and dad were the parents of the triplets.... Wow. I knew they weren't the Baudelare parents from the beginning but wow for some reason I wasn't expecting the triplets.
  • -Lemony was spot on.
  • -The jokes were great
  • - Daniel Handler as a fish mongrel was great
  • -The forth wall was completely obliterated
  • -Sir and Charles relationship confermed!
  • -Somewhat disappointed they didn't do the sword fight or the never ever ever ever ever ever ever thing but what ever they did the he found himself reading the same sentince over and over so I can't really complain
  • -LITERALLY
  • -*Cough*
  • -Yesica Haircut
  • Please if anyone want a to yell about this show with me just say the word and I'll be down with that.
Under the Rabbit’s Moon 4

Part 1 Starthere

It was Izuna who showed up next, on his own, without Madara or anyone trailing him. He didn’t go through her hedges, but passed by close enough to feel her genjutsu and then scurry on towards the filtering stream where she had deposited him after he fell asleep the first time. He seemed to expect her there when he came into the clearing and searched for her.

Only one of Aoi’s sentry birds caught sight of this and reported back to it’s master. Aoi thought the sight was comical and took his time getting to Sakura to tell her about it.

“It’s your responsibility, go see to him,” he told her when she seemed to shocked to move at first.

“I didn’t think any of them were coming back, it’s been weeks,” Sakura was combing up her hair with her fingers and trying to remember how many days exactly. Had it been more than a month? She slept so long and so often.

“Both clans have been moving, but the Uchiha clan is close to our north most border and the Senju are camping out to the east of us. They look like they’re ready to dispute boundaries again.”

Sakura paused, hands still in her hair. “You think there will be fighting?”

“I think your med tent better expand, is all I’m saying.”

“I thought there was supposed to be a time of peace between them. Isn’t that what you heard last?”

It had been so long since she heard news from the world outside. Only the newly sick and wounded who came to her brought new news. There had been a period of peace she dared to hope in, but it seemed like it was only a ruse; something to stall for time.

“It’s not our concern yet, we’ll set up the extra tens just in case, but you should go enjoy what little free time you have left. Play with the child. We’ll be here.”

Aoi pat the side of her arm fondly and set off for the tents he would put up with some of the other stronger men who lived in her garden.

Sakura left them to it and hurried out to see Izuna, wondering why he had come and why he hadn’t tried to enter through her hedge again. She stepped into the clearing and the second she did he turned on her, eyes wide and expecting. Sakura held up her hands, palms forward, but he still seemed to charge towards her.

“You!” he cried, pointing and moving towards her. “I knew it was you, Sakura san!”

“Ah, yeah, me. What are you talking about this time? You knew it was me for what?” Sakura put on a look of confusion which wasn’t hard, considering she really was confused as to what Izuna could be talking about.

“My brother came her last time we were camped nearby and he told me what he saw. He told me he met the witch in the hedges and she was powerful and a healer. He told me she was a pretty young girl with green eyes and Sakura colored hair. She’s you, right? He was talking about you! I didn’t tell him I’d already met you, but I came here as soon as I could because I just knew it. You were the one all along who set up those mazes and genjutsu.”

There was really no use in denying it. “You didn’t tell your brother you knew me?” she echoed.

“No way, he’d ruin all my fun and tell me it’s dangerous and not let me go. I don’t see why he thinks I’m such a baby. I can do anything he can do.”

“He’s a year older, right?”

Izuna crossed his arms over his chest and almost pouted. His look turned dark. “Yeah, so what?”

Sakura shrugged. “With all the fighting I hear about I would be worried about my younger brother if I had one. I think he just cares for you. Don’t be mad at him.”

“You don’t know him like I know him, plus he said you were dangerous. He didn’t want me coming out here on my own. It’s not fair that you say nice things about him.” Izuna shifted his stance a bit and raised his chin. “Plus, I came out here to make sure you were safe.”

Sakura couldn’t help the grin from spreading across her face. “What? Me?” Her insides felt warm and light.

“Yeah! You’re too trusting and nice. Someone is going to take advantage of you and you have to be careful. Senju are in the area and they could find this place! I had to come here to make sure you were safe from them. It would be so like them to sneak here and assassinate a healer.”

“You think I have to worry about the Senju, but I’ve never had one try to harm me before and I’ve met several,” Sakura laughed. “Don’t you think they have more important things to do than try and kill me?”

“No, that sounds just like the sort of thing they would do. They have their own healers, but clans like mine don’t have very good healers, or at least we don’t have any that can use chakra to heal. I’ve only heard of the Senju being about to do that.”

Sakura nodded, crossing her hands in front of her and bowing in thanks. “I appreciate the worry you have for me, young Uchiha san.”

“Izuna!”

“Young Uchiha Izuna san.”

Izuna grumbled loudly and stomped his foot. “I’m not young.”

Sakura straightened, grin wide. “Of course not. Would you like to see inside my garden?”  

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The biggest betrayal that wasn't

Inside the show and in fandom Oliver has been harshly judged for excluding Team Arrow from his big plan to get rid of Ra’s al Ghul. Nobody seems to realize that there didn’t actually exist a big plan.

When Oliver joined the League after the attack on Thea- No, when Oliver was forced to join the League or risk more deaths, the only plan he had was to try to dismantle the League from within during the months he expected to have until his final ascension. (I personally thought he’d planned to ascend and hand the reins to Nyssa once the old Ra’s died. But that didn’t turn out to be the case, so. *shrugs*)

Oliver surely expected the brainwashing, but to believe that he would get through that unchanged by just playing the role of Al Sah-him is unrealistic and would be foolishly arrogant. The brainwashing is likely SOP for reluctant recruits and as such Ra’s should be familiar with all the ways those recruits would try to resist and deceive him. Especially after 200+ years of experience. Which means that Oliver couldn’t know what state he would be in, once his initial ‘training’ was finished.

Oliver also couldn’t know how long his original plan would take. He could be gone for a few months or half a year or a year or longer. He could die before he ever reached his goal. (Now imagine his family would spend those long months or years waiting for him to return, maybe in vain, because he’d told them. That’s a cruel burden I wouldn’t wish on anyone.) Also, Team Arrow wouldn’t really be of any help in this plan. The most helpful thing they could do was live their lives.

Considering this original plan - which possibly consisted mostly of vague ideas of what to do if, because who but Ra’s really knows how the transfer of leadership proceeds and you can’t really plan without all the information - I can understand why he wouldn’t tell anyone but Merlyn. Oliver doesn’t care about Merlyn or his state of mind. He also doesn’t much care if Merlyn survives. He also knows that Merlyn is very good at exactly this kind of operation. And he needs someone who is intimately familiar with the League. Nyssa, at this point, sees Oliver as an usurper, and is unlikely to help him tear down her own legacy. Maseo is loyal to Ra’s and just as unlikely to help. Sara is dead. There is nobody else with the necessary inside information.

Additionally, Oliver didn’t have much time to plan anything, which further reduced his options.

This is the state of things when Oliver’s initiation begins: join the League, try to dismantle it somehow in the time before he becomes Ra’s al Ghul, try to survive and retain enough of himself to actually care about any of this.

Then, after weeks of training, torture and brainwashing, Oliver is ordered to return to Starling for a mission. He is not a trusted member and he is under constant supervision. (Remember how Maseo mentioned the other assassins expected Oliver not to return?) He is walking a tight rope while his balance is already shot to hell. And the people he wants to protect are closing rank around the person he is tasked to retrieve.

Again, Oliver does not have much time to plan. Or the privacy to contact anyone to explain the plan. His options are limited.

If Oliver were the loyal and obedient heir Ra’s wanted him to be, he wouldn’t care about who he would need to go through to get Nyssa. I would have to check to be sure, but I think Oliver had at least around a dozen men with him. He could have just gone with a frontal assault. Considering their reputation and Oliver’s knowledge of the team they likely would have dropped half the team before the team had the chance to react. A prisoner exchange, on the other hand, had the chance to be much less bloody.

And, honestly? Lyla was kind of the perfect hostage. She’s only really at the periphery of Team Arrow and thus not really involved with the situation. Oliver’s emotional connection to her is less fraught than to the others, making this safer for him. Because of baby Sara Lyla was at home alone and thus in reach and once she realized she was outnumbered and with Sara present she would have surrendered, reducing the risk to everybody involved (we don’t see any obvious signs of injury). Oliver can be sure that Lyla can handle herself as a hostage, what with serving under Waller, and that she can handle the emotional fallout. Which we see in season 4 when Lyla was much less bothered about that whole thing that John.

(Also, on a related note, I’m very sure that Sara wasn’t unsupervised for more than a couple minutes. Oliver called John the moment he realized what had happened. That kind of timing is only possible with some kind of visual surveillance. I’d bet that someone was with Sara until John unlocked the door.)

Well, after that cluster fuck Oliver returns to Nanda Parbat, finds out what the real mission was (retrieving the virus), something nobody trusted him with. (Oh, right, retrieving Nyssa was a test. Trust was not involved.) He is told he will marry the girlfriend of his dead ex, against both their wills. And he finds out that he is supposed to destroy his home with the weapon that already was the cause of a year of his past trauma. In a few days.

Wait, wasn’t he supposed to destroy the League in the time frame of whole months? Oops. Bye bye, Plan A.

What follows is a scramble for Plan B. Because a long term undercover job suddenly became the plot for a season of 24. And one of the undercover job’s requirements was alienating the team Oliver would need for that season of 24.

Plan B failed. Guess what. Oliver didn’t have all the information. Ra’s was on a mole hunt. And Oliver doesn’t enjoy Ra’s trust.

Remember the tight rope I mentioned? Oliver is still on it and someone just set fire to the ground below.

Team Arrow is brought before Ra’s and on the way they see fit to confront Oliver about what is happening. Neither quietly nor subtly. That could have meant death for everyone, because I will bet my non-existent fortune that the walls in Nanda Parbat have ears. I wouldn’t be surprised if Ra’s did hear about that.

(Side Note: Team Arrow didn’t behave like people I’d trust with the details of my undercover job. On the way to Ra’s and in the cell they openly talk about plans and trust. I mean, okay, that’s understandable. It’s also dangerous. To them and Oliver. He can’t get them out when he’s dead. Causing doubt about Oliver’s loyalty is a possible death sentence for everyone. Either they trust him to do his job or they don’t, but trusting him includes trusting him even when it doesn’t look like they can. What do they expect him to do? Helping them then, he could just as well kill them himself instead. Would have had the same effect.)

So, his team is captured, the virus is still a danger. He needs a Plan C. And a Plan D. Because with the way things are going…

Well, there’s already a contingency plan for Team Arrow’s capture. Oliver obviously had Barry on retainer to get them out, we saw him ask for a favor in the Flash episode. Hopefully even in case Team Arrow wouldn’t be executed via the virus, because depending on Ra’s using the virus to kill them seems a bit risky. That takes care of Plan D, which is apparently Team Arrow stopping Ra’s in case Oliver fails. Even in the case that Plan C never starts.

Plan C is the virus, Ra’s al Ghul and Oliver dying via plane crash. This plan was likely thought of somewhere between Ra’s telling him the new plan for destroying Starling and Oliver getting married, seeing as he had to sabotage the plane at some point.

Plan C isn’t even that bad. Ra’s is going to watch over the virus with eagle eyes. And Oliver wants the virus to never reach his home. The plane ride is the logical time to destroy it, considering the limitations. Oliver’s death is a not-so-unfortunate side effect, considering Oliver’s state of mind during the whole of season 3.

Still, Plan C, just like Plan B, had to be improvised in a matter of hours. Which brings us back to my point:

There was never some big, complicated plan to defeat Ra’s al Ghul that Oliver only trusted Merlyn with.

There was only going undercover indefinitely, with Merlyn as his outside contact, to hopefully dismantle the League before Oliver ended up dead, literally or figuratively. Something that may or may not work and take anywhere from weeks to months to years. Something that would likely kill him. Something Team Arrow couldn’t help with.

Anything after that? Was a scramble to keep things from getting completely out of control. Coming up with plans on the fly. With no real time or opportunity to inform everyone about it. Because Oliver can only react to events as they happen.

What looked like some complicated plan within plans within plans to the outside was anything but. There was nothing Oliver could have told the Team, because after joining the League any plans he’d made became obsolete.

What was he supposed to tell them? “Oh, hey, I’m joining the League to take them down. I may or may not return in one piece. Don’t wait up.”

So everyone can stop acting like ‘not involving the team’ has ever been about trust. It wasn’t. There was nothing to trust them with. Not telling and/or including them wasn’t a betrayal, but a direct result of the circumstances.

(If what happened in the show had been the actual plan from the beginning? It would have been such a very bad plan with far too many points of failure. And not because Oliver didn’t involve the team. Because it would depend on information Oliver couldn’t have or on guess work and would have had to be so much more elaborate with possibly hundreds of contingencies.

The original plan, on the other hand, wasn’t a bad plan. Oliver was playing the long game based on the information he had. It had to be adapted and discarded only because the situation changed.

What we saw in the show works only if Oliver improvised based on circumstances after his original plan became obsolete. And considering that Oliver is actually very good with battle plans and improvisation I’m going to go with that.)

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anonymous asked:

let's be honest, just us isn't doing well. is it a case of wrong timing? is the boycott actually affecting sales? is the album bad? back seat was incredibly underwhelming for me - nhf those tasteless lyrics - but other than that i thought the album was a HUGE step up from in heaven. the songs are more polished, more memorable and definitely less uniform. i loved it but apparently korea is having none of it. i wasn't expecting them to break records but i definitely wasn't expecting this :(

Anonymous said:

okay maybe, maybe, a tiny part of me was secretly wishing for this album to be jyj’s big FU to everyone who has messed with them over the years and maybe i wanted the tv stations to be on their knees begging jyj to come on their shows (and jyj would go nope sorry you had your chance we’re buying our own station now lolz) because i think they deserve all that and more. i wasn’t expecting psy-level recognition hell i don’t know what i was expecting but i really expected just us to do better :(

Anonymous said:

dont’t get me wrong, i love that jj chun and su are all working to better themselves as individual performers in their own fields, but the long hiatus as a group was such a bad move (and wow they had a couple of years to make this album you’d think they’d have something that would knock the music industry of its feet) it’s super sad that i keep wanting them to prove something when really they have nothing to prove but i’m kinda tipsy and emotional and my friend’s calling them hasbeens bye

I want to… aggressively debate this, but I completely get where you’re coming from.

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