i'm still rooting for you

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May we all live to see each of our favorite actresses of old play at least one (1) gay character

J-HOOOOOOOOOPE

Shadow Moon is just so pure and unequivocally good, and I’m just in awe of him. He’s confused and unable to grasp what’s going on around him. He’s in denial. Sure, he’s seen all these ridiculous and illogical things but he’s still unwilling to believe what he’s seeing. He still wants to hold on to his long-held philosophy, and can we blame him? I know some people think it’s odd that he’s still unable to believe what he’s seeing, but it’s realistic. No one really wants to believe in something that challenges everything they already believe in, even if they’re seeing it with their own two eyes. Once you start believing in the impossible, you can’t go back and your entire life changes. That’s when it becomes real. You’re more comfortable gravitating towards what you know, even if evidence says otherwise. The unknown is terrifying; no one wants to venture into the unknown because there’s a lack of predictability that comes with it.

When something’s familiar and predictable, it’s safe. When it’s not, it’s not. You know what to expect from the familiar, but you don’t know what to expect from the unknown and that makes some people hesitant to move forward. I’m just happy that we’re finally able to get this take on this strange new world from the perspective of a Black man. In Abbie Mills, we were able to get the perspective of a strange new world where weird things happened through the eyes of a Black woman. As short-lived as that win was, it was still a win. I wish we could have seen a world where Shadow Moon & Abbie Mills existed at the same time, because the possibilities would have been endless. It would have been amazing inspiration for some thought-provoking, abstract meta.The comparisons would have sparked quite a few things that we probably wouldn’t have thought about before. Abbie, just like Shadow, saw something impossible happen too but she refused to believe what she saw. Even though there was evidence of what happened to her, she blocked it out and refused to believe it. Abbie & Shadow are so much alike, and it’s a shame they couldn’t exist at the same time.

With all that being said, I think it’s important to acknowledge and celebrate how groundbreaking Shadow Moon is and how different he is from the other Black male characters we’ve been exposed to in the last few years. He’s so different, and I don’t think we give the writers & Ricky enough credit for bringing Shadow Moon to life and creating a character you genuinely want to see win.

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So, in The Avatar State, Azula was ready to kill her brother. She would have, if Uncle Iroh hadn’t redirected her lightning. And she didn’t have to: he wasn’t a threat to her, she had time to decide. She did it because she wanted to. However, by the end of Book 2, it seems she changed her mind. She chose to bring him home instead - not as a prisoner, but as the hero who took down the Avatar. It wasn’t like she truly needed him to win - Azula had everything planned out that day, she had Dai Li agents ready to intervene at any moment. Zuko only needed to be there because Azula wanted him to be there.

What’s even more puzzling is that it wasn’t just some gratuitous generosity. Azula put herself and her own ambitions on the line for this. First, she lied to her father (to Ozai) so that Zuko wouldn’t be disgraced anymore. Second, if she truly believed this meant Zuko fully restored his honor, that he was back as the crown prince of the Fire Nation, then this should have meant that he would inherit the throne, not her. And we know Azula fully intended to become Fire Lord.

So why? Why did she do it? What changed between these two episodes?

Well, the whole of Book 2 happened. Funny thing is, from our point of view, this was Azula’s book. She was frightening, and she constantly managed to corner and push our heroes, both Aang’s team and Zuko’s, to their limits. But this probably wasn’t how she saw it. The Avatar State set up her psychology wonderfully:

Lo: Almost perfect.
Li: One hair out of place.
Azula: Almost isn’t good enough!

Almost making Zuko and Iroh prisoners isn’t good enough, almost catching the Avatar isn’t good enough, almost winning is never good enough. Azula needs to be perfect. For her, Book 2 was a series of failures. And ironically enough, it put her in a position very similar to Zuko’s for a while:

“I’ve come with a message from home. Father’s changed his mind. Family is suddenly very important to him. He’s heard rumors of plans to overthrow him, treacherous plots. Family are the only ones you can really trust. Father regrets your banishment. He wants you home.” 

This is Azula, lying to Zuko, making it clear to us she has no delusion about what family truly means to Ozai - or rather, she knows that it never meant anything and never will. She’s only worth something as long as she’s useful.

“You know Father blames Uncle for the loss at the North Pole. And he considers you a miserable failure for not finding the Avatar. Why would he want you back home, except to lock you up where you can no longer embarrass him?”

This is Azula, being truthful to Zuko, making it clear to us that she also had no delusion that she could have gone back home without having accomplished her mission first. So, in practice, she was just as banished as Zuko is, and under very similar conditions. The only difference is that she still had her title, her honor, and access to the Fire Nation’s resources.

So, after loosing Zuko, Iroh, and the Avatar again and again (in The Avatar State, Return To Omashu, The Chase, and The Drill), she must have started to wonder - she must have started to worry - about what would happen to her if she couldn’t do it. Maybe it wasn’t something she could bring herself to fully consider, but it must have there somewhere on the back of her mind. Azula can’t be Zuko. She can’t be treated like Zuko.

So I think this is why she decided to bring Zuko home in The Crossroad of Destiny. Just like her brother, she’s an abuse victim, and I think she needed him there as a safety net, for her own sanity. I think she really clung to the idea that she was not Zuko, she was The Favorite, and as long as he was there, she would always be the brilliant one, the one who was close to their father (the one he loved). She was protecting herself. This is also probably why she didn’t worry too much about Zuko stealing the throne from her - not only was it a matter of simple survival at the end of the day, but also, in her mind, her becoming the Fire Lord was likely a done deal. Saying Zuko killed the Avatar was necessary to neutralize his banishment and bring him home to their father safely, without taking out too much of her own glory - she’s still the one who took down Ba Sing Se, she was the mastermind behind all this. It allowed them both to appear valuable, but her father would know she was still the superior one.

(and of course, to conclude, when everything is said and done, part of it may also have been simple sibling love that Azula didn’t realize she had)

miunala  asked:

here's my happy thing: i've been interacting more with my mutuals and people who i follow and it's really been helping me feel good about myself! i feel like i've become more happy and positive because of it. i made two new friends, but they're in different timezones, we're making it work though :)

THAT’S SO CUTE I’M SO HAPPY FOR YOU !!!! I’ve been doing that too and let me tell you it’s been making my fandom experience so much better :) 💕 I’m so happy you’re feeling happier and positive! Keep making friends!!!

anonymous asked:

Abnett did an interview where he said there was going to be romance in the next few issues of Titans.Looks like hes committed to Wally/Donna which is frustrating.

:S I hope it’s only for a few issues because I can’t get over how random it is. I get it, they both feel lost because of recent events (of titans annual and teen titans annual) but instead of throwing them in a romance Abnett should have  shown them going through it together like good friends!

  • loki: *is being annoying liar mischievous prankster and treats thor like he's a dumbass*
  • me: omg thor should fucking kill that blue bitch already
  • chris: in ragnarok thor doesn't care about loki anymore that's it he's done
  • me: but wWHHHHYYYYYYYYYYYYYY not my baby loki look at him he's just poor adopted son he only want thor's attentions NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO AKSTJAORRRRR...
What else ya got, day?
  • Cool picnic event kids have been looking forward to: Rained out.
  • Car number one: Dead battery? Dead hybrid system? Ghosts?
  • Car number two: Mysteriously loses power steering and other vital systems. Now parked at a Mexican restaurant. Cool.
  • Last roll of toilet paper: Used up.
  • A weeks worth of trash: Dragged around by a bear in the night. And then rained on.
  • Baby: As reasonable as a toddler can be, I suppose.
  • Grace: Tossed a case-less iPod across the room in protest of bedtime.
  • Smash: Still pissed at me because I couldn't remember what "WIFI" stood for this afternoon. Also I don't hug enough.
  • Pete: Remarkably calm for having spent the weekend in the world of 2:1 attention at Grandma's house. But, he's not asleep yet. There's still time.
  • Beer: In fridge.
  • Monday: I'm rooting for you.
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