The X-Files (1993-2002, 2016, 2018) “Rich and layered, deep and alternatively light and tragic, it’s the show that changed, well, everything really, about how television drama was executed. It lives on even today, as we see how the protagonists of Fox Mulder the Believer and Dana Scully the Skeptic continue to influence how characters are shaped, and the way the mythology of the show allowed for primetime television to explore new roads of storytelling. It was beautiful and asked the most human of questions regarding our existence and our beliefs, but more than anything, it was a love story in every possible regard— the love for life, the love for truth, and of course, the love for each other.”
I don’t think I could ever properly express what this show has done for me. Above all else, it’s shown me that life is worth living, no matter what. This journey I’ve been on with this show…it’s changed my life. It’s brought happiness and light and perspective and warmth. Nothing has ever done this for me before. Nothing has ever made me more…me.
“Rich and layered, deep and alternatively light and tragic, it’s the show that changed, well, everything really, about how television drama was executed. It lives on even today, as we see how the protagonists of Fox Mulder the Believer and Dana Scully the Skeptic continue to influence how characters are shaped, and the way the mythology of the show allowed for primetime television to explore new roads of storytelling. It was beautiful and asked the most human of questions regarding our existence and our beliefs, but more than anything, it was a love story in every possible regard— the love for life, the love for truth, and of course, the love for each other.”
I made a little comic out of the quote that inspired me to watch The X-Files. If anyone knows who wrote it, please let me know so I can thank them.
I got an ask recently that really got me thinking about some of the issues I have with how the phandom views one character in particular- Sam Manson. Because while it’s perfectly valid to critique her as a character or even dislike her, this trend of bashing Sam reflects a deeper issue with hypocrisy in how we evaluate certain characters. Buckle up, this is going to be a long post.
with that total solar eclipse coming up on Monday, I’ve been thinking a lot about Jimjam and that ominous armor of his. i’m dying to see it in action, to know if its going to be a positive force, a negative force, or something neutral.
its not uncommon for the emergence of a character’s darker side to be represented through a darkening of their outward appearance, and a lot of things seem to point to Eclipse being a more negative force. Heck, a solar eclipse itself is the moon blocking out the sun, literally a darkening of the daylight. But adding the Triumbric Stones to the amulet has also rewarded Jim with new weapons; “leveling up” as he and Toby put it. Which makes me think Eclipse is a more negative force but that, with a lot of self-control, it can be made into a neutral force. That corruption isn’t inevitable if the user actively works against it.
Of course, that’s a lot easier said than done. I’d be surprised (and disappointed) if Jim comes out totally unscathed and unchanged. “All magic comes with a price” after all, and this is a lot of dark magic he’s dealing with. But dark doesn’t always mean evil. I think Eclipse can be used for good, despite the price.
And if it can, if it really is like “leveling up” for Jim, will Jim ever level up again? I’d be interested to see whether Jim can wield Daylight and Eclipse at the same time and combine their powers together into one super powerful cosmic force in the end, like activating God Mode to take down the last big bad, whoever that is.
So we have all obviously heard about/listened to The Spongebob Squarepants Musical by now, and I am really interested to know: what does everyone think of it?
I know that when I first heard about this show heading to Broadway last year, I thought it was almost comedic and didn’t think anyone would take it seriously enough for it to last. But now I’ve really started to become obsessive really interested in the show and almost every aspect of it, including the technical elements and casting choices (because if you haven’t realized it all of it is absolutely insane and amazing).
I guess we can just start with the obvious: the tech of this show. Oh my god. Childhood Tori is just screaming right now. And this picture doesn’t even show how dynamic the set is and how much it changes over the course of the show, with the lighting and backdrop display. And the costumes?
Like?? Are you kidding me?? There always seem to be shows where the ensemble is pushed to the wayside so that the main characters have the most intricate and important costumes, but just look at this?? Every single person in the ensemble has obviously been given personal consideration and have their own personality displayed in each costume. And not to mention the creativity put into the almost “impossible” aspects, like Squidward’s four legs and Plankton’s eyepatch to give him one eye?? (And Gary on a skateboard is just hilarious and witty.)
And the casting is just absolutely perfect. They really embraced everything that each actor brought to the table, whether it be their vocal traits or their physicality. Every voice is so different from one another and so unique, and when making the music they didn’t shy away from that whatsoever; each song showcases a lot of vocal dynamics in songs like “No Control”, but the voices also blend really well in ensemble numbers like “Tomorrow Is” and every “Bikini Bottom Day.”
And the score. Don’t even get me started on the score.
I don’t think I’ve come across a score that’s so dynamic and covers so many genres, switching back and forth…like it’s hard? This is a show that goes as far to almost synthesize different genres together within songs, but also can go from the (kinda) rap of “When the Going Gets Tough” to the passionate “purpose” song (that Ethan Slater quite literally kills) “(Just a) Simple Sponge.”
And Gavin Lee? He makes me laugh so hard as Squidward in “I’m Not A Loser”. It’s easy to sing material given to you, but it’s up to the actor to make the material their own and comedic and timed correctly, and Gavin does just that.
And, further, the score is not only dynamic and intricate, but it’s also so, so beautiful. The almost Greek Chorus-esque quality of the ensemble is evident for almost the entirety of the show, with the harmonies and key-changes just making the show. (Not to mention that almost every speaking role has their own song. They truly didn’t leave anyone out.)
Okay I’m surprised and super thankful if you read all of this. I’m just obsessed, and wanted to know what everyone else thinks about it. Send me an ask or comment below!
So, I promised @lazy-doubleace some KnB kiddies awhile ago. I didn’t forget, but sorry it took an eternity and a half! OTL I kept making mistakes and having to fix them, barely got these to survive. owo; (also sorry that this is all i managed to do, I tried drawing Takao and Shin-chan separately too but that didn’t work out ^^’)
here’s hara sticking gum in momoi’s hair, and she goes crying to kuroko-sensei, while hara gets a time-out (not the last, I’m sure)