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Destiel, Bi!Dean and preparing the audience for a “shocker”.

I just did a re-watch of 12x10 and it really got me thinking again about Benjamin and Cas’s talk in the car with the boys about Benjamin and his female vessel.

At the time the episode aired, I think I was so excited about the prospect of Cas being in a female vessel, and how this could potentially shift a heteronormative audiences perception of Dean and Cas that I didn’t realise just what else they were trying to do.

This is about reassurance.

This is the conversation that was had in the car:

CAS: Benjamin is always very careful. Long ago, he found a powerfully devout vessel in Madrid, and her faith, it… she gave him everything – her trust and her body.

DEAN: Wait. So Benjamin’s a woman?

CAS: Benjamin is an angel. His vessel is a woman. But it – it’s – it’s more than that. She’s not just his vessel.

Just this small exchange is important as exposition for the audience. It is about preparing the audience for what is coming up. The idea that Cas was also once ‘a woman’. Which, okay, no he wasn’t a woman, he just had a female vessel, but imagine how that would have gone down had this exchange not taken place? Imagine how a general audience would have reacted to Cas and his female vessel had Benjamin just been another angel in a male vessel?

Probably a lot like the way Dean acted here, with confusion.

By giving us the Benjamin character and this particular scene as well, the writer has successfully prepared the audience for Cas in his female vessel. Preventing raised eyebrows and confusion because the audience will remember this conversation and apply it to Cas.

“Castiel is an angel, his vessel WAS a woman. His vessel is now a man, Cas is still a dude and it’s not weird. Cool beans.”

(when I think of a general audience watching SPN lets just say that I certainly don’t think of the fandom or tumblr. I think of my brother and that is something I won’t get into here. Heteronormative doesn’t even begin to cover it.)

The fact is, making one of your three main lead male characters a woman for an episode is a weird thing to do, the kind of thing that would probably make some audience members uncomfortable. So adding in this exposition, this reassurance, removes that level of discomfort, it gets them used to the idea first, like a buffer.

See for a show like SPN, whilst its always been a bit weird with its story lines, it’s never been all that progressive. As much as we would all like to wish that all SPN viewers were like us – liberal forward thinking people who are willing and eager for TV to break a few taboos – the chances are that is very much not the case. Its an old show, it has an established audience (apparently a bipartisan audience amazingly) and therefore breaking boundaries the way more modern shows have (such as American Gods, How to Get Away with Murder and Orange is the New Black) just isn’t really in the cards. Those shows established the taboo stories, the queer main characters, the representation, from the start. They built their audience on those foundations. SPN can’t do that without isolating part of its audience – unless it thinks very carefully as to how it may present such notions.

I hope I am explaining this in a way that makes sense. See this is of course about Bi!Dean and Destiel (as if anything on my blog WASN’T about those topics). Because here’s the thing. On any other, newer show, for Dean to come out as bisexual, for two male lead characters to enter into a homosexual relationship, it wouldn’t be a big deal. Those shows could build their audience around those concepts, because they would be ingrained into the show from the start.

For Supernatural, that sadly isn’t the case. SPN didn’t clearly establish Dean as Bisexual early on, and Destiel isn’t canon, it has always been the subject to interpretation with just enough ‘no homo’ so that anyone who chooses not to see it doesn’t have to (again, excluding 12x19 but we’ll get there)

One of the biggest hurdles to getting bi!dean and canon destiel, is for the SPN creators to overcome this fear that half their audience would reject them if they actually went there. It would be seen as coming ‘out of the blue’ and all those heteronormative people would raise their eyebrows and moan and be utterly confused by it.

That’s why Supernatural needs the buffers. It needs the gradual exposition, the subtle desensitisation of a general audience to anything even mildly “progressive”. If Supernatural wasn’t putting these buffers in place already, I would think we would have a problem. I would be much more apprehensive at even the idea that destiel could be a thing that is actually happening.

What is so fantastic, is that just like in 12x10 with the fem!Cas buffer that was Benjamin, we have already been getting buffers all throughout the last few seasons.

Here are some of my favourites:

  • Jesse x Cesar – 11x19 – These guys are my absolute favourite, they were created specifically to show the audience that you can be a gay man and also a macho man. That gay men aren’t stereotypes, that hunters can be gay and settle down and especially that gay romance doesn’t change the theme of the story. The big take away from this episode is that it shows the general audience that men like Dean Winchester can be gay/bisexual.
  • Hannah – 10x17 – This was a real eye opener for any Cas x Hannah shippers. Because Cas didn’t treat Hannah any different, and he had exactly the same warmth and affection for Hannah in her male vessel that he did in her female vessel. Basically this was a nice punch in the face for any homophobes watching. SPN doesn’t care about your heteronormative ships. You wanna ship Hannah x Cas? Fine! But Hannah’s in a dudes body now and guess what? Cas doesn’t care! How do you feel about THAT?
  • God is Bisexual – 11x20 – This was just a nice big fuck you to homophobes everywhere. Don’t like queer characters? This is NOT the show for you! Because in our world even GOD is queer! Yay for LGBT representation! It works as a buffer because once again it is sending a message to the general audience that this is the kind of thing you can expect on our show. We are changed now.
  • Dean rides Larry – 12x11 – Okay so maybe it’s not an obvious buffer, but it is kind of a subliminal message so I’m counting it. Dean riding that damn bull was the most sexual scene we have had on this show in seasons (and no that god awful thing that happened in 12x02 doesn’t count – nor does the same god awful thing from 12x08). The jokes alone, the sexual innuendos. This entire episode is loaded with subliminal messages basically screaming at the general audience to maybe just consider the fact that Dean likes guys.
  • 12x06/12x20 – Max Banes – like Jesse and Cesar Max works as a buffer because he is another way to get the general audience used to the idea that characters that are similar to Dean Winchester can be queer and it’s no big deal. Max is badass, funny, smart and charming and also 100% canonically queer (whether gay or bi we know textually that he is totally into dudes). Sam and Dean don’t bat an eyelid at his sexuality, so neither should the audience. It is just one part of his character and certainly not what his story is all about. Max is proof that you can have a queer character who is a badass and a hunter whose story is basically nothing to do with their sexuality. Their sexuality just happens to be a part of who they are.
  • And finally – Destiel – season 12 – I’m making this its own buffer because honestly? There is no way to view Dean and Cas’s relationship as non-romantic at this point. I think that the writers have slowly been turning up the dial on Destiel probably since 11x18. 12x19 really drummed it in for us though. The angel/human love themes of 12x10, the textual “I love you” in 12x12, the MIXTAPE and everything else about 12x19. This is all preparation. It is indeed a build up to a reveal. Destiel is it’s own buffer and even if people do still accuse it of ‘coming out of nowhere’ once it goes canon, all the writers have to do is gesture at season 12 and the fucking mixtape scene and say to those people “in what universe does the gifting of a mixtape between people who are not explicitly related NOT have romantic connotations?” Only a fool would argue with that if they had any knowledge of pop culture history. Sorry, but that’s the truth.

Anyway, that’s my thoughts on that. A show with a long established audience about to make a move that could potentially appear (but not really) out of left field would need to build up that move through a series of well thought out buffers, symbols, themes and subliminal messages before actually making it.

Like how Benjamin was the writers way of normalising Cas’s female vessel, the past two seasons have been a journey to normalise bi!dean and destiel in preparation for making both of these things explicitly canon. Yes we still have a way to go - it still needs to be stated explicitly in the text that Dean is into guys, in love with Cas bla bla bla, but we are getting there.

In summary. Destiel is endgame. Dean is bisexual. The general audience better learn to throw their heteronormative goggles in the bin because this is the state of this show right now, and it is good. 

“So someone in a group asked me to tell them why I hate the ocean sunfish so much, and apparently it was ~too mean~ and was deleted. To perpetuate the truth and stand up for ethical journalism, I’m posting it here. [Rated NC-17 for language.] Disclaimer, I care about marine life more than I care about anything else, for real. Except this big dumb idiot. And it’s not like an ~ironic~ thing, I mean it IS hilarious to me and they ARE THE BIGGEST JOKE PLAYED ON EARTH but I seriously fucking hate them. THE MOLA MOLA FISH (OR OCEAN SUNFISH) They are the world’s largest boney fish, weighing up to 5,000 pounds. And since they have very little girth, that just makes them these absolutely giant fucking dinner plates that God must have accidentally dropped while washing dishes one day and shrugged his shoulders at because no one could have imagined this would happen. AND WITH NO PURPOSE. EVERY POUND OF THAT IS A WASTED POUND AND EVERY FOOT OF IT (10 FT BY 14 FT) IS WASTED SPACE. They are so completely useless that scientists even debate about how they move. They have little control other than some minor wiggling. Some say they must just push water out of their mouths for direction (?????). They COULD use their back fin EXCEPT GUESS WHAT IT DOESNT FUCKING GROW. It just continually folds in on itself, so the freaking cells are being made, this piece of floating garbage just doesn’t put them where they need to fucking go. So they don’t have swim bladders. You know, the one thing that every fish has to make sure it doesn’t just sink to the bottom of the ocean when they stop moving and can stay the right side up. This creature. That can barely move to begin with. Can never stop its continuous tour of idiocy across the ocean or it’ll fucking sink. EXCEPT. EXCEPT. When they get stuck on top of the water! Which happens frequently! Because without the whole swim bladder thing, if the ocean pushes over THE THINNEST BUT LARGEST MOST TOPPLE-ABLE FISH ON THE PLANET, shit outta luck! There is no creature on this earth that needs a swim bladder more than this spit in the face of nature, AND YET. Some scientists have speculated that when they do that, they are absorbing energy from the sun because no one fucking knows how they manage to get any real energy to begin with. So they need the sun I guess. But good news, when they end up stuck like that, it gives birds a chance to land on their goddamn island of a body and eat the bugs and parasites out of its skin because it’s basically a slowly migrating cesspool. Pros and cons. "If they are so huge, they must at least be decent predators.” No. No. The most dangerous thing about them is, as you may have guessed, their stupidity. They have caused the death of one person before. Because it jumped onto a boat. On a human. And in 2005 it decided to relive its mighty glory days and do it again, this time landing on a four-year-old boy. Luckily Byron sustained no injuries. Way to go, fish. Great job. They mostly only eat jellyfish because of course they do, they could only eat something that has no brain and a possibility of drifting into their mouths I guess. Everything they do eat has almost zero nutritional value and because it’s so stupidly fucking big, it has to eat a ton of the almost no nutritional value stuff to stay alive. Dumb. See that ridiculous open mouth? (This is actually why this is my favorite picture of one, and I have had it saved to my phone for three years) “Oh no! What could have happened! How could this be!” Do not let that expression fool you, they just don’t have the goddamn ability to close their mouths because their teeth are fused together, and ya know what, it is good it floats around with such a clueless expression on its face, because it is in fact clueless as all fuck. They do SOMETIMES get eaten though. BUT HARDLY. No animal truly uses them as a food source, but instead (which has lead us to said photo) will usually just maim the fuck out of them for kicks. Seals have been seen playing with their fins like frisbees. Probably the most useful thing to ever come from them. “Wow, you raise some good points here, this fish truly is proof that God has abandoned us.” Yes, thank you. “But if they’re so bad at literally everything, why haven’t they gone extinct.” Great question. BECAUSE THIS THING IS SO WORTHLESS IT DOESNT REALIZE IT SHOULD NOT EXIST. IT IS SO UNAWARE OF LITERALLY FUCKING EVERYTHING THAT IT DOESNT REALIZE THAT IT’S DOING MAYBE THE WORST FUCKING JOB OF BEING A FISH, OR DEBATABLY THE WORST JOB OF BEING A CLUSTER OF CELLS THAN ANY OTHER CLUSTER OF CELLS. SO WHAT DOES IT DO? IT LAYS THE MOST EGGS OUT OF EVERYTHING. Besides some bugs, there are some ants and stuff that’ll lay more. IT WILL LAY 300 MILLION EGGS AT ONE TIME. 300,000,000. IT SURVIVES BECAUSE IT WOULD BE STATISTICALLY IMPROBABLE, DARE I SAY IMPOSSIBLE, THAT THERE WOULDNT BE AT LEAST ONE OF THOSE 300,000,000 (that is EACH time they lay eggs) LEFT SURVIVING AT THE END OF THE DAY. And this concludes why I hate the fuck out of this complete failure of evolution, the Ocean Sunfish. If I ever see one, I will throw rocks at it.“ -Scout Burns

Voltron exists because of Lance

So….. I’ve been reading a ton of langst since I finally watched the show and there is something IMPORTANT that I think everyone needs to think about right now! Uh, I mean, ahem…. Anyway.

I don’t know how many people have pointed this out already, but like, there would be no Voltron without Lance. Not in the sense that there needs to be a blue paladin, but in the sense that the blue lion chose Lance in that cave on Earth.

If Lance hadn’t been there, or if someone else had? They probably wouldn’t have found the blue lion at all–even though Keith could feel its presence. None of them would have been paladins.  

Potentially, that would mean that Zarkon could have straight up conquered Earth before anyone else found and was chosen by the blue lion. But I think it’s more important to think about how not becoming paladins would have affected the characters:

  • Pidge wouldn’t get the chance to find Matt and their father.
  • Keith wouldn’t find out that he is half Galra.
  • Shiro might not have gotten any of his memories back and would probably have suffered powerlessly with survivors guilt while Earth-bureaucracy™ grilled him with questions and decided what to do.
  • Hunk didn’t really have any personal stake in the fight against the Galra, but I’m just going to put it out there that he might never have gotten to go to space at all. Considering his propensity to vomit even in a simulation, he might have just washed out of space school.

As for Lance himself, he might not have ever known his true worth WHICH IS SOMETHING HE IS DEFINITELY GOING TO KNOW AT SOME POINT, FOR SURE, ANY DAY NOW.

When Zack, along with the viewer, is initiated into the mysteries of Murphy in the pilot episode, we’re lead to believe that we’re seeing a pretty typical trip to school for Milo. But “The Doctor Zone Files” reveals that Murphy’s Law may vary: as Milo himself puts it, “It’s unpredictable!” Like a lot of claims made about Murphy’s Law (obviously, not everything that could go wrong does), this one’s pretty broad; multiple episodes have shown that Milo’s friend Melissa has developed a faculty for predicting when Murphy’s Law will strike, which indicates that it has a logic of its own. And on most days, at least, it seems that Milo can ride the bus with his fellow students in relative safety–we see him do so in “Worked Day.”

So what made the first day of school different? Well:

A new kid came in from out of town. He didn’t know about Milo’s condition. He talked to him in a friendly way and even accepted his handshake. Which–look at how the kids at the stop react. 

They’re worried about this poor sap who’s here indicating a clear willingness to befriend Milo Murphy. They’re not only worried about him, they’re potentially worried about how it’s going to affect them (notice how Bradley is clutching his backpack). 

I propose that Murphy’s Law overacted because, quite simply, Milo was on the verge of making a new friend, and the worst thing that could happen to him would be for that friend to be scared off.

And, see, this is nothing new. This happens every time Milo is put in a situation wherein a friendship could potentially form. In “Rooting for the Enemy” we find out that a girl named Joni, who sat next to Milo recently, only just got her cast off and is unwilling to try a second time. In the same episode, Mort has a friendly conversation with Milo and is promptly thrown headfirst over a ledge and into a pond: 

By the way, Joni does end up in Milo’s blast radius again when she sits directly behind him on the bus in “Worked Day”.

She looks a little nervous to me. Can’t blame the girl. She’s even closer to him than Melissa is!

…but she’s probably fairly safe, because, while she’s close to him, she’s not sitting next to him. The real danger lies in talking to him or associating with him in the way a friend would.

Melissa and Zack are hanging out with him, but they’re probably all right too–at this point, they’ve both been established as friends of Milo. Both of them have firmly and repeatedly refused to be put off, so while they’re still getting swept up in Murphy’s Law and still risking life and limb by being in its vicinity, it’s no longer headhunting either of them specifically. 

Here’s what really sells this one for me:

We’ve seen that Melissa is normally unafraid to be close to Milo, though she’s not above establishing an “adequate buffer zone.” In the pilot, she initially walks gladly up to her friend, apparently prepared to stand next to him as she might on a normal morning…but then she hesitates.

We see her take a moment to test her surroundings before announcing her decision to put some distance between herself and Milo. Milo’s response is a thumbs-up and a cheerful “Good call!”

My guess is that this is a situation that both of them are familiar with through long experience. Milo standing here chatting with the new guy is a clear danger signal for Melissa, just as it is for the others at the stop. Milo, though equally aware that he’s in for a more-than-usually deadly morning, is undeterred. With his characteristic optimism, he’s embracing this possible friendship despite the risk it’s going to involve, but that doesn’t mean he expects Melissa to do it. 

Zack rides out the storm and stays with Milo; at some point before the series started, Melissa had to make a decision to do the same thing. They’re the exceptions. The vast majority of people who came close to befriending Milo were unable to take the heat. 

OK. SO,

@eriecanary and I were talking, and I jokingly said to her, “hey you know how Hero says that Rgb is neutral? Well there’s a negative, a neutral, so where’s our positive!?”

And you know what she said that reminded her of?

When the fears were dragging him towards the water he kept saying “We split.”

I actually have no idea what that means still, I don’t know where I was going with this, but the font sort of looks like the glichy effect that’s comes off of Negative rgb too.

Aaaand that’s it.

I don’t have a theory or anything right now, just some observations that have probably already been pointed out before. Maybe I’ll add more when I think of one.

The more I re-watch Megamind, the more Metro Man stands out to me as a character. Though he only has a fraction of screen time, his decisions shape the entire movie. And they’re such interesting decisions: first, abandoning the “Metro Man” role all together, and then refusing to return even when Metrocity faces its first true and deadly threat.

It’s that last one that always gets me– it’s a completely selfish and almost cruel decision to make, but to his point, he’d never been allowed to be selfish before. There was no “good” time to end his career as Metro Man. It had to be a clean break and one that lasted forever, as donning his cape again for any reason would trap him in a life he’d come come to view as empty and depressing.

I always wonder what he would have done if Megamind had lost. Could he really sit back and watch the city that had adopted him, loved him, and trusted him burn? Or would guilt over the deaths of Megamind and Roxanne eventually drive him to save the day and resign himself to a joyless life of heroism afterwards?

anonymous asked:

voltron zombie apocalypse au headcanons? o:

SOrry this got kinda long,,, but: 

  • lmao ok but first off if its zombies then keith is definitely doing very glenn like things—fast enough to go on supply runs, reliable friend in the group, good at improvising and super resourceful. 
  • the outbreak happens while lance, pidge and hunk are still at the garrison, so keith rides out most of it in the shack by himself. its just him and he knows the layout of the land so its pretty easy for him to stay there or hide someplace else nearby for a short time. 
  • shiro’s still missing and keith finds him again months later, though he doesnt seem to know how fast the virus spread. they stay in the shack for a while, but then the garrison trio breaks in because—well, garrison has been compromised so its no longer the safest place and!! hey!! free little house stocked with lots of food and essentials!! 
  • it in fact is not free, and keith tries to run them out several times until shiro lets them stay. they try to make that work for a bit, but they end up leaving the shack and just drifting between towns. keith misses it
  • id say shiro probably got bitten at some point and thats why he loses the arm. 
  • he doesnt amputate it himself though, it happens in the facility that developed the virus and shiro was just the poor guy they were running tests on. 
  • you know what? lets just throw aliens in here too. they’re still a thing, but the virus is just something they create to get rid of all the humans before they colonize. 
  • keith’s galra genes also give him a natural immunity to the virus, but its a while before he realizes it.
  • pidge’s family is still missing in this au. Everyone always tries to get her to Stay with the Group but if she finds a new lead on her family she will just get up and go. sometimes it takes the team over a week or two to find her.
  • shiro and hunk are the best trackers usually, but sometimes lance or keith will accidentally run into her first
  • other times she’ll just like, show up again after three week and be like “hi guys, i went for a walk” 

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Yup, I still have bunch of CU fan art/bunch of drawings I still need to ink in me. (I think someone already beat me to this scenario, but there’s my take up there).

My attempt at trying the ‘classic’ art style, except it looks less like ‘Dav Pilkey’ and more ‘Earthbound.’

In a near perfect world that was set ‘? years later’ (and at least in the film version) I would like to hope that things got better to the point that the boys would be on good terms with Krupp. I think it would be funny if he did end up having a child and, even though I’d imagine he’d mellow out by this point, he still has his jerk moments now and then. (And in case anyone is curious, I named the little oc infant Alexandra, after my friend who was probably more of a CU fan than I was back in 4th grade. Also, yes I made at least one of the boys a Legend of Zelda fan for the heck of it. If the film took place in the 90′s like the first book did, then its hard to guess what they could have been into during high school).

And finally…

(When you switch between the two images on photoshop, it’s like you unintentionally made your own flip-o-rama).

anonymous asked:

What do you think the Galra diet is like? What are their nutrition requirements? Do you think they are like bears where they can eat both plants and animals or closer to cats were it is mostly meat based?

My personal read is definitely of the galra as obligate carnivores- there’s a pretty limited number of plants and relevant products that they can really digest and dietary needs that are very difficult to get from non-meat sources.

(I mean, it’s worth noting that from the glimpse we see of the galra homeworld, it seems to have had very little obvious vegetation in its day)

I’d imagine at this point that they have probably their own variant on food goo that fits the bill of astronaut food- shelf life of forever, minimal need to prepare. That might’ve even been what we saw Sal marketing initially, though considering what Hunk was able to pull out, he certainly had the resources to do better.

With the idea that the galra aren’t mammals, I read them as, as a species, lactose intolerant- there just isn’t a life stage where they’d really need to be able to digest milk.

I’ve talked about this before but one of my main headcanons for Keith is his dietary needs are very galra and he’s had a lot of experience getting sick or having issues because of well-meaning people who were trying to make sure this kid got the Recommended Daily Intake Of Vegetables. 

ledgem  asked:

#2 'moving around while kissing, stumbling over things, pushing each other back against the wall/onto the bed' for our fav chopsticks-couple Zer0/Rhys, pls :3

trying to figure out how to get zer0 to kiss without having rhys do this or zer0 take off their mask was…a Trip. i hope this handwaved version is acceptable :~)

zer0/rhys, mild sexual content (nothing explicit), bad haikus, probably bad alien science, and inappropriate usage of the ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)  face

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It’s been exactly four weeks, six days, and two hours since Zer0 left for their mission. Rhys would count the minutes and seconds down as well, but he feels like that might be a little obsessive. So instead, he keeps track of the hours, and only checks his personal inbox four times a day.

Okay, more like every hour he’s awake.

When he wakes up on the seventh day of the fourth week, his inbox is empty except for a link to a compilation of cute skag videos from Vaughn. Rhys watches it over breakfast (coffee, black. Eggs, only slightly burnt) and sends back an appropriately emoji-filled reply. The thumbs up and smiley that he gets back from Vaughn doesn’t need a response, so he tabs back towards the inbox, where there’s a new message from Zer0 waiting for him.

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Everything Rey does is plausible (MAJOR SPOILERS, BEWARE!)

Dropped off on Jakku at a young age and left in a scavenger’s camp, Rey spends the majority of her life ripping apart abandoned Imperial ships for their most valuable parts in order to eat. Basically: she spends years training herself in the complex mechanics and layouts of the Imperial fleet (whose designs and ships are, obviously, used by the First Order), and therefore, Correllian ship-making (as they’re some of the galaxy’s most prolific ship-builders, Imperial ships were of Correllian design). Her knowing the Millennium Falcon and being able to maneuver around the First Order base is not at all surprising: she’s being rooting around similar ships for years. 

That’s not even mentioning her dialogue on how the Millennium Falcon got to the junkyards of Jakku and her disagreement with the modifications made onboard–it indicates that 1) she’s been in the ship before, probably more than once 2) she’s more than familiar with its history, to the point that she’s probably been used in official capacities to examine/work on the ship 3) though slightly on the outs with the proprietor/buyer in the junkyards, she was clearly trained by a group of people who stole the Millennium Falcon.

  • Her technical skills, knowledge of ships, circuits, and all that shit is plausible. She’s spent most of her life training in it.

Remember her staff? The first time we see Rey, she’s got that staff slung across her back. When Finn arrives at the scavenger’s camp, sees two thugs about to abduct BB-8 and attacking Rey, he rushes to help. Before he can get there, Rey takes out both men with her staff. When they leave Jakku, she takes it with her. When she has a choice, she always brings that staff–even if she has a blaster. It’s an extension of herself, and a strange sort of security blanket. My guess is that she’s had to use it a lot on Jakku, as a girl, alone. But my primary point is this: her decently handling a lightsaber is not at all unexpected. She’s already had her own version of combat training with that staff.

  • Her being able to duel Kylo Ren is plausible, given that she’s spent years with that staff as her only weapon, and clearly used it often. While not exactly the same thing as a saber, there are similar principles, similar forms, and plenty of real life experience.

Combine the last two pieces of information. Rey has spent years hauling herself up the interiors of crashed ships, ripping out their parts, and lugging them around. The girl’s probably ripped.

  • Her duel with Kylo Ren is physiologically plausible, because of her own ridiculous form of strength-training known as “trying to survive Jakku and get enough food to stay alive.”

Jakku. She’s spent years there, living alone, with a discipline and work ethic like no nineteen-year-old normally has. There’s been nobody, really, to defend her and care for her. She’s had to do it all on her own, and had to grow up well before she reached adulthood–otherwise she would’ve starved to death. 

 Compare that with Kylo Ren: a boy who grew up privileged, the son of two generals, and technically royalty. Compare Rey’s attitude, ethic, and level-headedness with Kylo Ren’s temper tantrums, wild mood swings, and inability to follow through. Yes, he’s had some years of official training in the ways of the force, but he’s wildly undisciplined. He can’t focus. He has power, sure, but he’s not so great at controlling it. Think about Vader, Dooku, and Palpatine: they were shitbags, but they were shitbags who could focus and exercise a modicum of control over themselves. Kylo Ren’s greatest fear isn’t far-fetched at all: so far, he’s being a terrible excuse for a Sith Lord. 

Coming face to face with Rey–disciplined, hard-working, smart, focused, devoted, driven Rey, ready to defend Finn, coming from a background that demanded so much more–only exposes that to even greater degree. His mental state is in shambles, compared to hers. 

  • Rey being able to face off against Kylo Ren is plausible not simply because of her previous actions, but also because the life she’s lived has made her more disciplined, and focused.

Luke’s awakening in the force began with Ben teaching and coaching him, around age 18. The force began calling to Rey much earlier. And no, I’m not talking about her vision in the basement. When Kylo Ren probes Rey’s mind, he says that at night she imagines an ocean, and an island. ALL RIGHT FOLKS, WHERE DID WE FIND LUKE AT THE END? THAT’S RIGHT. AN ISLAND IN THE MIDDLE OF AN OCEAN. Coincidence? I think not. 

Some people are also assuming that when Rey says, “I just knew how to do it, somehow,” in reference to certain gut-instinct aerial moves in the Falcon, it was the force sharpening her perceptions and helping her. It makes sense–if the force has been influencing her dreams and imagination for years, it’s probably been waiting for any moment it could bleed through more actively into her life. The force has been waiting for a long time, and it’s no friggin coincidence that Maz Kanata has Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber and that’s where Han Solo takes them. 

After the vision in the basement, Maz Kanata is able to give Rey a brief moment of instruction–that Obi-Wan “shit’s about to go down get ready kid” kind of moment. Rey rejects it at first, freaked out, most likely because of y’know, reliving the most painful moment of her life and seeing a field littered with dead bodies as Mr. Scary Mask stands above her, but it’s ultimately what saves her. She’s spent her entire life blocking out the call of the outside world–force included. Letting go of what she was ushers in everything she’s been holding back. Considering that the Jedi Order, in its heyday, used to begin training force-sensitive individuals when they were children, it’s not crazy to assume that this has been building since she was a child, and has been fairly repressed and blocked since being placed on Jakku.

Now, let’s skip on back to Kylo Ren’s interrogation. Luke never had this moment. He never had a Jedi or Sith do an intrusive mind probe. What the hell kind of affect must that have on a force sensitive person, who’s had these abilities, never truly explored them, but reacts on instinct? I feel like it’s the equivalent of taking a can of soda, and shaking it until it explodes. 

In the woods, as they duel, Kylo inadvertently reminds her of what wise-as-shit Maz Kanata said: let it in. She intentionally drops the barriers. Not simply to escape. Not as a small thing. Rey focuses on the force as a guide, and not a trick, and HEY HEY SHIT HAPPENS. And the aforementioned “shit” is not just the force, but the force building off of everything she’s ever gone through.

  • Rey’s force abilities are not just suddenly there; they’re awakened. Forcibly. (Pun!) and HENCE THE TITLE OF THE MOVIE! It’s plausible. Just as plausible as Luke making that one-in-a-million shot. He practiced shooting womp rats in Beggar’s Canyon, and it was the force, added on to that experience, that helped him “destroy” the Death Star in A New Hope. Rey’s life has been much more difficult than Luke’s thus far. She hasn’t even had the leisure of avoiding a direction confrontation with a Sith–she was thrust into a force-ridden fight a helluva lot quicker. Who knows what Luke would’ve done in her shoes, had he had to go through the same things she did.

By the way, this is what happens when I, a nerd, go on the internet, and see people being stupid. This is also what happens when I have a lot of feelings about fictional characters. 

anonymous asked:

make me + hartwin? please?

13. “Make me.”
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In the 24 years he lived so far, Eggsy had never been an early riser.

At least not out of free will.

There had of course been school and gymnastics that had required him to wake up early, but once he stopped going to either, he fell back into his habits of sleeping in. During his Kingsman recruitment, they had a quite regulated sleeping schedule; however, they had been woken up abruptly several times, more often than not after a night out. Merlin had a bit of a spiteful vein, and whenever their nights ended with hangovers, their mornings began with airborne practice or precise marksman training. Merlin’s spite had its perks though - Digby vomiting all over Hesketh’s shoes was an image Eggsy wouldn’t forget so soon.

The point here: even though there were phases of regulated sleep in his life, Eggsy never grew out of being a late riser, especially not when he was on leave due to the fact that he had probably saved the world again, and had been shot in the process. His shoulder was still aching a bit, but the stuff the medic at Kingsman prescribed him was doing wonders to the pain.

He had also prescribed Eggsy sleep, and yet here he was, being woken up by Harry on a Saturday morning at 9am. Ugh.

“Eggsy, you have to wake up. You haven’t left the bed in two days.”

“First of all: no.” Eggsy mumbled into the arm he had pressed against his face to shield his eyes from the sun. “Second of all: lie. I showered yesterday. Third of all: hypocrite. You laid in bed for weeks.”

“That is not the-”

“Fourth of all”, Eggsy interrupted him, raising his arm to peek at Harry. “Go ahead. Make me.

He slid his arm over his eyes again and settled deeper into the sheets.

“Does your shoulder still hurt?” Harry asked, and Eggsy groaned, not out of pain but because Harry was still talking.

“No. I’m brilliant.” He mumbled again, head lolling to the side as he was slowly drifting back to sleep.

The ghost of fingers seemed to make its way across his skin shortly after, not palpable, barely noticeable, as if a figment of imagination. “Good.” He felt the word pressed against his ear, or maybe his temple or even his throat. Eggsy didn’t know and didn’t care when fingertips stroke a path down his chest, a soft, warm pressure of lips against the bandaged wound on his shoulder, and then, the cold of a blanket ripped away, exposing him to the air and ripping him out of his light slumber.

“What’re you doing, Haz?” He murmured, peeking out from beneath his arm again.

“Making you get up.” Harry replied, accentuating his intention by pressing his palm against Eggsy’s lower abdomen, his fingers almost stretching from one hipbone to the other. Eggsy gulped.

“Be my guest.”

Harry chuckled quietly, and this time, Eggsy felt the vibration right against the skin of his chest.


well, the word count wouldn’t let me continue this, but I hope you still liked it, nonny :)

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anonymous asked:

Idk if it's just me, but what about an Madatobi AU where Tobirama is a jinchuuriki of the two tails (Matatabi, in the way I think, but idk), and he totally gets along with them. And it drives Madara crazy. And for an angsty twist, how about where Hashirama thinks Matatabi is actually evil due to a past experience when Tobirama was younger? Or the Kumo trying to extract the two-tails from Tobirama? I'm sorry for a long ask. It's been on my mind and I couldn't get it out. I love your works!

I believe arrowsbane wrote a fic with Matatabi and Tobirama as friends, and Hashirama freaking out about it. I could definitely see him as her jinchuuriki, though - they’d probably get along like a house on fire, and make everyone within a hundred miles terrified of ghosts and zombies to the point of paranoia. 

The Art of a Perfect Gift | Promptis Birthday Oneshot

Pairing: Promptis

Rating: T

Warnings: Absolutely tooth-rotting fluff. There is no other way to put it.

Summary:

Everyone Lives/Nobody dies AU, Prompto’s first birthday after Noct’s return from the crystal. Literally irredeemable fluff for Prompto’s birthday + to cheer up @destatree

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Prompto is happy.

It’s a position he certainly never envisioned himself in. If he had been asked, at any point prior to this year, whether he even could be happy, he isn’t sure what he would have said. A staunch ‘unlikely’ would have probably been the case. Things tended to work out poorly for him. Hell, until a couple months ago, things tended to work out poorly for everyone. The world had been steeped in darkness, its only hope apparently lost to that stupid damn crystal. That stupid damn crystal is gone, though. It spit out the hope and they all clung to it, so impossibly hard, against fate and prophecy and all sorts of things that also tend to go poorly.

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Here’s some mild SORTA SPOILERY Samurai Jack speculation for you. 

The “next episode” preview this week confirmed that the scottsman WILL be showing up. And that dude has a magic sword that might possibly be on par with Jack’s. 

“Magic runes, laddie.”

The show went out of its way to point it out when they met, to explain why they could go toe-to-toe, and Jack’s enchanted blade which had been able to cleave even adamantine bots, wouldn’t eventually cut through that claymore. 

And that claymore is still around. Scotty’s looking a bit aged though, so he’s probably not making a lot of use of it. 

So here’s the thought. 

If those two blades are of a similar level (though this is more implied than properly established), then Scotty’s claymore might also be able to be one of the few things in the world that can harm Aku. Which would certainly more than explain why he was also on Aku’s most wanted list all those years back. 

This could possibly lead to a finale where Jack takes his aged friend’s sword and finally completes his quest with it, if not his own sword. 

Just a thought, of course; pure speculation. 

anonymous asked:

It might be a long shot but do you think it's funny that parts of Hides name is scattered around but so close to one another? I think it's strange in my opinion lol

I’m assuming you’re talking about “yoshi” being a part of the Washuu’s naming pattern, Chika having been Yoshitoki’s name at one point and Naga corresponding to the Naagaraji?

I could do an analysis of his name myself, but I probably wouldn’t do nearly as good a job as this reddit post did. Honestly, check that out if you’re at all interested in Hide because everything in that post is so well researched and really interesting.

I do want to say one thing about this, though; if we acknowledge that the “Yoshi” and “Chika” parts of Hide’s name came from the Washuu, and that the “Naga” has some sort of relation to the naagaraji, then that just leaves us with “Hide”. That’s the part of his name that he goes by with most people, and I think that could be symbolic of it being the only part of his name that is him.

He may be a Washuu or the underground equivalent of the loch ness monster, but what’s more important is that he’s Hide, and maybe that’s why he asks to be referred to that way. He doesn’t want to acknowledge those parts of himself or perhaps wants to separate himself from the larger groups he’s a part of because they don’t define him. He prefers to focus on himself as an individual rather than the labels he might be associated with, and I think that’s an extremely Hide way of approaching things. He has no regard for labels and arbitrary divisions. He doesn’t discriminate between so called “ghouls” and “humans”. He just treats them all as people. In the end, the “real” Hide isn’t the “Yoshi/Chika” which (possibly) tie him down to the Washuu, or the “Naga” which (possibly) ropes him in with whatever the naagaraji are, he’s just Hide, and that’s the genuine part of him.

anonymous asked:

Have you heard of/read daemorphing by Poetry on ao3 (I think, may be on ff)? If you haven't, it's an animorphs AU crossover with His Dark Materials, but it's so much more than that and goes way into depth with the unexplored subplots in animorphs and is almost entirely canon divergent at this point, though it started out the same. I highly recommend it.

Thanks for the rec.  I’ve read several things by Poetry and really enjoy their work, although I’m probably not going to read the Daemorphing AU since a) I severely dislike Philip Pullman and all his works for unrelated reasons, and b) full-series rewrites have never really been to my taste.  Still, I agree with you that Poetry is an amazingly talented writer and I wholeheartedly recommend all their stories to anyone reading this blog.