“[…] It takes away Felicity sort of walking on eggshells to a certain extent because she would touch him and be like, ‘oh, my God’, but now she kind of gets to touch him and still be like ‘oh, my God’, but she’s allowed to s t a y there. And I think that that’s something we all go through with relationships anyway, but especially with her sort of having that with Oliver for so long and not knowing whether or not it was ever going to happen and all these exterior forces.” Emily Bett Rickards about Olicity in season 4.
What makes you think you are going to lose me? Only the fact that I lose everyone I care about. Anytime I open up to someone they walk out of my life or they die or they move away or they get shipped off to Iraq or turn into frickin Norman Bates…
RuPaul’s Drag Race is on the brink of making a major announcement hinting that they’re giving their fans what they’ve been asking for. “You’ve asked for it…” boasts their teaser. Part of me thought it’s just them plugging their season 4 re-airing because I don’t want to get my hopes up. Thus so because part of me thinks they’re indeed giving fans what they’ve been clamoring and vocalizing for for over a year (way before season 7 aired), an All-Stars 2. With the bad blood and mixed emotions stemming from the Season 7 results (I personally felt it was a more contrived season - even though I deeply enjoyed it) and the more horrific social media shaming/threatening divisiveness, the fans of the show NEED All-Stars 2**. They need to band together cheering on their past favorites - the queens that brought them joy and, most importantly, a love and appreciation for drag. But they need to bring back the best of the best to make it an actual competition. They need to bring back Willam. Hear me out.
After today’s teaser came out, Willam took to social media and half jokingly suggested, “yes! give the people what they ASKED for :)” There’s been speculation (and assumption) that Willam has not been asked to join All-Stars 2. And for all I go on and on over Katya, the main reason I started following and loving Katya, even before Season 7 aired, was because the seeming similarities between the two (which was really the doing of the show dressing and presenting Katya that way in the ads because they’re actually quite different). The reason I suggest that Willam is amongst “the best of the best” is not because he’s my “favorite” (he is) or because of my “stanning” (ugh that’s my least favorite verb for people over 15), but because willambelli is truly at the top of his game now. He’s shown tremendous growth since season 4.
Willam’s look is on point (err sickening, per the proper lingo), his youTube output is continually entertaining, his humor and wit is spot on via social media, and you can’t beat his album (yes, Alaska’s is pretty damn brilliant, too). The album is important to spotlight because it perfectly captures the essence of his drag persona. And that persona is continually subversive, playing on cultural taboos, shaking our rigid views of sexuality, gender, and sex (his recent on-stage fisting!!), and intelligent. Watch the “Es Una Pasiva” video to see a smart rendition of drag camp. Listen to the lyrics of “Coin on the Dresser,” that song speaks Willam in spades. And with book is coming out soon, Willam proves he knows how to sell his ultimate product, himself.
Thus it makes sense if you’re bringing in talented favorites like Alaska and Katya, bring in Willam. Make this a real competition.
Keep in mind, this could all be for naught, but it bears mentioning.
**there’s no real proof that All-Stars is happening save for the fact
that Alaska and Katya’s late August/early September calenders have simultaneously been
cleared and a few other queens dropping cryptic hints - Willam is the one that more or less/sorta “spilled the beans” that it’s happening and suggested that he wasn’t invited.
“But I lost people forever. The person that I was and the persona that I created failed. But Star City, not Starling City, Star City, still needs saving. And all of you, you can bet your last dollar that me and my team will bust our arses trying to save it or breath our last breath trying.
All of you have come with us this far, and I would ask you to come just a little bit further with the Green Arrow.”
I’ve seen some fans talking about season 5 being a train wreck and dreadful compared to the wonderful season 4. And I just want to scream, were you watching season 4?! A lot of people put down Caryl fans’ dislike to shipping issues, but seriously that was the LEAST of my worries with season 4. So here is why, in my opinion, season 4 sucked.
1) Carol the killer of Karen and David - OH DEAR GOD I will never be over this. I understand the importance of having Carol in a situation to show she will kill to protect the others, before The Grove comes along. However, the execution (ha ha) of this story was so ridiculously poor writing and SO out of character for Carol as to be borderline hilarious. Again, I’m not saying her killing Karen and David was out of character but her killing them in these circumstances AND the actually manner were.
A women who we have been told has medical training (and we are shown her medical knowledge in Indifference) and is told TWICE on-screen that they have all been exposed to infection already and it’s too late, killing two people in futile hopes it will prevent the spread of the disease? A woman who cares SO MUCH about her family, covering up the killing in a clumsy, heartless way, burning the bodies and abandoning them for their loved ones to find? Instead of just telling others that Karen and David were dying so she euthanised them, or, you know, that they’d already died and she prevented them from turning? Meanwhile not getting a drop of blood or gasoline on her self? A woman so worried about an infection and her girls getting it, she exposes herself dramatically to the bodily fluids of the sick, and then returns to her new adopted daughter and embraces them whilst wearing the same clothes? A woman who cares most about honesty and speaking up, watches Tyrese, Rick and Daryl get into a brawl when she can prevent it?
UGH. Nothing. NO PART of that story sits well with me, or with who we have been and still are told Carol is as a person. It was clearly an end point they wanted to get to and they shoe-horned in the crappest story to get them to that point, hoping the shock factor would cover up for how bad the writing was.
2) Violet the pig is sick. Rick has no idea what to do or what’s wrong. Yet no one considers asking Hershel who is - you know - A VET!
3) Rick’s beat down on Tyrese. What was that about? To show us that Rick was still less stable than a three legged cow? And then in Indifference, he tells Carol Tyrese nearly killed HIM - when it was Rick who had to be pulled off of Tyrese. Carol saw that, so was he lying to her forgetting that? or lying to himself? Or was he meant to be truthful and the writer just fucked up? When it’s refenced in A, he doesn’t say he lied about it.
4) Okay, trying NOT to write all of Indifference, but this particular scene grates on me when Rick significantly looks at the knife roll and sees the missing knife. What exactly was the point of that scene? Carol had aleady confessed. He knew it was her. And a knife being gone isn’t exactly dramatic in that place, when knives are LITERALLY hanging from the fences around the prison and can be taken and used by anyone any time?
5) But Indifference, though. Look Rick isn’t the greatest man on earth, we all knew that from his issues with Lori but his beahviour in Indifference was pretty gross. His speech to Carol was so abusive, from locking her out of the car, to telling her he didn’t want her around his kids, to the lie that no-one would want her. It was HORRIBLE, and no wonder Andrew Lincoln was told this by viewers. Scenes where we could see Rick struggling emotionally with his decision, that he felt it was what he had to do but he remembered all Carol had done for their family, and more importantly his wife and his kids would have been far more powerful and in keeping with their relationship. And speaking of kids, what was that scene of Carol talking about her kids back at the prison about? What was Rick’s reaction? Was he stunned she didn’t mention Sophia? Stunned she’d claimed Lizzie and Mika were hers? Oh and have I mentioned him blaming Carol for not saying Sophia’s name, when we the viewers know she had? Again, rewriting history to fit the story.
6) Beth’s reaction to Zach’s death. What were the writer’s trying to tell us about Beth? It seemed as first that we were meant to see her as hardened - she didn’t like goodbyes, didn’t cry anymore (allegedly), didn’t take deaths hard. Yet, every time we see her for the rest of the season she’s crying. Crying when she talks to Maggie through the door, crying when Hershel dies, crying when she sees the kids bloody shoe… And this hardened, no crying, we have jobs to do person suddenly becomes Miss Optimistic AFTER her father is brutally murdered in front of her? But she’s also a moody teenager who just wants to get drunk in order to deal with it, because she wants to take advantage of the fact her murdered father isn’t there to stop her? RObert Kirkman was right when he said EK had to basically play a different character in every episode, because there was NO consistency in her characterization in season 4.
7) Daryl. *sigh* Oh Daryl. Daryl the greatest tracker, suddenly unable to track back to the prison or to follow the signs of life he finds and instead heads in the oppsotie direction. Daryl, the great resourceful man, who forgets to mention to Beth that he knows of a safe, secure cabin nearby where they could bed down, rather than sleeping rough in the woods. Daryl, the sensible man who takes care of the youths around him, agrees that instead of looking for their family, going to find booze and getting pissed is a GREAT idea. And when Beth finds, what most would consider a suitable drink for a teenager drinking her first adult drink, he smashes it and gives her a highly alcoholic beverage that could make her go blind? Then he weakens to her taunts and drinks it too. Daryl, who’s mother died when her house burnt down around her while she was drunk, decides it’s a good idea to set fire to their only shelter, whilst drunk, in the middle of the night. Because symbolism is more important than safety. And of course, Daryl who flinched at being touched a few days before is suddenly holding hands and carrying Beth in his arm.
8) Claimed. What an utter waste of an episode. All we need from that episode is that Michonne has told Carl about Andre, and Rick kills a Claimer ensuring they follow them. Literally that could have all happened in a handful of scenes shoved into Alone. All the stuff in the house with the paintings and the dead family was UTTERLY pointless, and added nothing to the episode or to the characters. NOTHINGGGGGG.
9) They’re screwing with the wrong people. And no, not just because he didn’t say “fucking” but because of BADLY shoe-horning (yes, again) a comic line into a scene it did not fit. In the comics, Rick says it in Gabriel’s church, surrounded by his family all weaponed up ready to come up with a plan to deal with the Hunters. It came off as utterly deluded and pathetic to say it when you and your crew are literally trapped in a box without your weapons or any means of escape. (As it turns out the “who” they didn’t know they were dealing with, was Carol, but we didn’t know that in A).
10) Beth saw Daryl’s reaction to that “girl” when she came out of the barn? No she didn’t, she was too busy seeing her mother as a walker and falling, sobbing over her body before becoming catatonic. And also she KNOWS the girl’s name is Sophia, she’d use the name when talking to Daryl.
11) The Governor eps. HA, look the Governor is actually nice, all he needs is the love of a good woman and a new surrogate daughter. Ha, fooled you, no he’s still a psychopath! Wow, what a fake out, I was so convinced. No, wait, I wasn’t in the slightest because you’d painted him so clearly as off his chump in season 3, willing to kill all his own people, that I didn’t for one minute buy that he would change. Utter waste of two episodes (except for the fact it gave us Tara).
12) The fact that in the space of a week - a deadly flu broke out (and then completely vanished, despite the fact it had reached the university miles away), Carol did her first human killing and the same day adopted a daughter who was a murderer, a helicopter fell through the roof of the Big Stop (though it had happily been there for months), the fences at the prison collapsed, a megaherd was wandering near by but is never seen again despite the fact the group is allegedly split over the county post prison fall, The Governor recoups after 7 months of silence and attacks, the Claimers are around killing people and what not, there’s a guy lopping off the head of sinners, someone is raiding camps, the Grady cops are picking up strays, and Terminus is inviting all-comers in to eat them. That’s beyond the unluckiest week ever. And all in one corner of Georgia. No wonder they went to DC, they’d used all all the disasters an evil-doers in their state.
13) Bob’s box.
14) Daryl the expert driver spends time looking for a CD for their roadtrip, and hasn’t noticed the several thousands walkers in front of them. Good lord.
15) They spent 7 months growing crops, sorting irrigation, forming a council but no one thinks of securing the fences or even just soaking all the walkers gathering there in gasoline and setting them alight?
Look I’m not saying this is comprehensive, this is only the things I noticed and remembered because honestly only 30 Days and The Grove are eps I really am inclined to watch again so I may have missed some. My point is that while season 5 is certainly lacking in some departments, nothing comes close to season 4’s ability to have characters forget their entire past and behavior, and ridiculous overloading of shocks and obstacles in the most poorly paced season of all time.
IMO we had a few characters who were developed and written well, mainly Michonne (I wish we had continued the focus on her growth this season but it seemed to get lost after Strangers), Tyrese, Bob and Sasha. And as we only have Michonne and Sasha left that’s not much good. I just hope season 6 manages some better balance and character developments that fit with their story, rather than ones which are glued on to them because of a story they want to tell.
Even if Cosima did come to her senses and realised everything Delphine did was for her, even is she apologised, it still doesn’t change the fact that Delphine was ultimately alone and hurting for the entire season. It doesn’t change the bitterness, the blame, the lack of trust, the crushing loneliness and crippling sadness – it doesn’t change the way Delphine was portrayed and perceived as the creepy stalker-ex.
This is why I desperately want them to bring her back in season 4, to do her character justice. Delphine deserves to get the girl in the end. Delphine deserves to be appreciated. Delphine deserves a storyline like season 3 in its relevance to the main plot, but one with, I don’t know, more happiness. The writers should know what they’ve created, and the importance of this character, they should know that she’s irreplaceable.
I understand that OB is more than Delphine Cormier and the Cophine relationship. Sure, I’m here for the science, for the drama, for the hilarity of Alison Hendrix. But I’m also here for the beautifully complex relationship between two women who fell in love in the strangest condition. I’m here for Delphine Cormier, a woman who probably never thought she could fall in love with another woman but did so anyway, fell so in love that she’d willingly sacrifice her own life for her. I’m here for Cosima Niehaus and her passion for science, her love for Delphine which ultimately brought her back to life. I’m here for the intricate coalescence of these two people, and the undeniably strong love between them.
Because you see, OB, to sweep Delphine aside–which I fear you will do next season–to introduce a “new love interest” for Cosima, implies that the love between Delphine and Cosima was not good enough, not important enough. And I find it difficult to imagine any other relationship that could rival theirs. I know you’re striving for drama and tragedy, and these elements are beautiful and painfully effective if executed correctly. But given the suddenness of the Shaysima relationship this season (and I’m willing to bet this is where it’s headed once more for season 4), it can’t be said that you’re handling this in the best possible way. Sure, there may be some extraneous factors at play. But to completely disregard Delphine and the Cophine relationship is not only a contradiction of what you’ve created, but disrespectful to us; the people invested in a humanely complex character, in her relationship with Cosima, and ultimately, in your show.
Your move, writers. Do what you will, but do it right.
Do you think if Mulder made a move on Scully earlier, they would end up together way before season 7? In Small Potatoes, fake Mulder tried to kiss her and she seemed to want it. It's strange that real Mulder saw that she was obviously interested but still wouldn't do anything for another couple of years.
I think she wanted it or at least was intrigued in season 4, but she didn’t seem sure that it would work out. Scully’s cancer was obviously a watershed moment in their relationship, especially for Mulder, and I think it’s when he realized that he was in love. But he wasn’t ready to act on it–he just wanted her to get well and then get things back to normal. And just the fact that he wasn’t ready to make a move means he probably wasn’t ready for all the rest of it, either, which Scully sensed. She was waiting for him. Even though I think she realized that she loved him after he realized that he loved her, she was WAITING for him first, because she knew that this relationship would rise and fall on how seriously he took it.
And even when she actively wanted something to happen (especially in Detour and FTF), I think to a certain extent it was a Nice Idea more than a reality that she’d fully considered. I don’t think she entirely realized that she was in love with him until Milagro. I think that’s when she let go of what she wanted him to be. After that, it was just a matter of time. So I think in terms of personally being READY for a relationship, they could have gotten together anytime after Milagro, but then in my opinion the IVF all started at the end of season 6, so that pushed things back for circumstantial reasons.
It’s such a dance that to a certain extent, I think when Scully and Mulder got together is the earliest they could have gotten together in a way that would last, if for no other reason than the fact that that’s when it happened. That’s when he stopped telling himself that he didn’t deserve Scully, or something was bound to go wrong, or they should wait to hear back on the IVF, or whatever other excuses he’d made up in his head, and he accepted the fact that if the world was ending, he’d want to be with her. And by that point, she was ready for what that would look like.