Because it was a stupid premise that was going to get people’s butts in seats for one reason and one reason only, and that was to see the Alien fight the Predator, so they could literally do whatever they wanted with the rest of the movie, they didn’t care, so what did they do?
Put Sanaa Lathan in as the lead, gave her a shield made of an alien’s crest and a spear made of an alien’s tail and said “go fight alongside the Predator to save the world from an Alien Queen”, and that’s what she did. They didn’t have to do that, they could have had a white guy, they could have had a white woman, a black man, even, but no, they went with a black woman and made her incredible. And when she fought her way to the end of that movie, they made sure that the most dangerous hunters in the galaxy recognized her and respected her, and they marked her because they decided “You are a paragon of your species and we honor you as one of our own” so in this universe when the Predators think of the Best that Humanity has to offer, they imagine the face of a black woman of science with long curly hair.
Haha shit I’m late?? I haven’t done comics in literal years soooo. Yeah, this is something I think about in terms of John quite a lot. I can’t help but think it might bug him a lot now and then, even if he fixed a timeline, and when confronted he might lash out. Also, bonus pic;
in reference to the danny phantom ageing thing, i personally like to go with the immortal idea. like danny keeps ageing, albeit reallllly slowly, until he reaches about 40 in ageing years.
his ghost core is made to keep regenerating itself, and because his ghost half is so perfectly intertwined with his human dna, it starts doing that with his human cells too. his ghostly regenerating powers work at a rate way faster than the human body, and so eventually it catches up with danny. his cells are now regenerating at a rate faster than they can age, keeping danny from ever being able to grow old.
i think, even in the show, danny couldnt die.. because, and lets be honest here, if he couldve - he wouldve. surviving the portal once was lucky enough as it is but, 2 times? 3? 4 if you count what happened in the ghost zone on pp?? nah. i dont buy it. there is no way danny could’ve survived that if he couldve died. so, logically, he cant die. his ghost half wont let him.
i think eventually danny wouldve came out to his parents about his ghost half - they were bound to find out anyways. i refuse to accept what happened in pp as canon, so were going off the basis that that never happened. i dont think danny wouldve told anyone else his secret though. danny would be horrified if people learned his secret and thought, hey.. danny got his powers through an accident with a portal.. maybe i could get powers too! nah. theres no way in hell danny would let that happen, besides, i think he likes being able to live a normal life. well, as normal as a part human part ghosts life can get.
eventually they all start growing up. danny’s parents died a few years back, he was really upset but it wasnt anything he couldnt handle, he had support from tucker and sam of course, and thats all he really needed.
its not until one day, sitting on the porch with his friends, does danny realize anything is wrong. sams got bags under her eyes and tuckers hair has started going gray and danny. well you look exactly like you did when we were 40! the laughter from this comment quickly dies off as they realize just how accurate that statement was, realization dawning on them, danny quickly takes off towards clockworks tower.
a few breakdowns later and danny finally comes to terms with his fate. he was going to live forever, while everyone he knows dies. clockwork tries to assure him that he’ll always be available to talk to, but danny knows clockwork is very busy, and even then its still just not the same. he was alone. danny fakes his death soon after, it wouldnt be long until someone else started noticing his predicament.
he continues to visit sam and tucker until the end, and they make him promise not to lose sight of himself.. and not to forget who they were. he swears through shakey breaths and salty tears. sam is the first to go, and tucker dies too not long after. jazz died years ago in a car accident. he was alone now.
he moves to germany or france or some place foreign and begins a new life - he had always wanted to visit a new country anyways. he never stays for too long in fear of someone finding out who he really was. he always uses a different name and never visits the same place twice unless he is certain no one will remember him. he still thinks about his old friends and the adventures they use to go on, but less and less as the years go by.
it had been a couple hundred years since he last visited amity park. the ghost attacks had decreased greatly when his parents his died and the portal was shut down, and it had been barely 100 years after that when the ghost-human treaty was signed - there was no longer any need for danny phantom.
amity was no longer the small town it was when he once lived there, however, the ‘ghost capital of the world’, birthplace of ghost technology, was now a major city. it made danny a bit sad to see his hometown filled with major businesses and tourists, it no longer had the rural charm he onced loved - but things were different now and he had long ago accepted that nothing would ever stay the same. he wasnt depressed about the past anymore he was just.. existing
he walked along the boardwalk and smiled sadly as a strange sense of deja vu washed over him. this was his town, but at the same time it wasnt. he stopped in the center of the plaza and glanced up at the statue in front of him. a signed told him that the statue was commemorative tribute in honor of the ‘world’s first ghost researchers’ - jack and maddy fenton. he didnt realize his eyes had glazed over until he saw another person staring at the statue with same sad longing that he had.
he immediately froze.
he had completely forgotten about him. in all his years of accepting his lonely fate, it had completely slipped his mind that another person shared the same fate with him - the only other half ghost in existence. vlad seemed to notice him too because his eyes had suddenly gone wide with recognition. they rushed at eachother.
danny hugged vlad like it was the last time he would ever be able to hug another person - and vlad hugged him the same way right back. after a few moments of clinging to eachother they finally broke apart. danny, of course, immediately began questioning vlad. asking if he was still up to the same old evil plots. vlad sighed, filled with exhaustion and remorse, he explained that he long since realized that happiness was not something that could be obtained through his evil doings, and that now all he was trying to do was life his eternity peacefully and without being found out.
that was all danny needed to hear and he immediately accepted vlads words as truth. after all, he knew that all vlad really ever needed was a second chance, his encounters with dan had shown him that. and besides, it was all in the past anyways. he could hardly remember vlad being his enemy.
they decided to have lunch together at a nearby café. they talked all afternoon about what they had been doing all these years and laughed at how different things were in the future. a strange sense of melancholy passed through the pair as they reluctantly decided it was time to go their own ways - but not without giving eachother their contact information, of course. you never know when u might need someone to talk to about the past with.
a few years went by and, much to both of their suprises, they ended up moving to the same town to start a new life. they decided it wouldnt hurt to get a flat together, after all they are the only people who truly understand the other. its hard at first, despite their obvious similarities, they still were two very different people. it takes a while but eventually they learn to get use to eachother, even growing a bit fond of eachother in the process. thats why, when they decide its time to go start a new life somewhere else, they decide to do it together. it couldnt hurt to have a friend.
-pompous pep ideas start here, so if ur not interested in the ship just ignore this part-
eventually they end up dating. it started ut slowly at first, a backrub or two when the other way upset and missing their past lives, occassionally cuddling on the couch when things got too much and they couldnt stand being lonely anymore. they arent sure exactly when they went from friends to something more, but in all honestly they couldnt care less. they were just glad to finally have someone - they had long ago given up on trying to date any humans, they all died in the end.. it was too painful.
it gets to the point in their relationship where they know every thing there is to know about the other. vlad knows exactly what things tend to trigger danny’s panic attacks, and he also knows that the best thing for him is a warm mug of hot chocolate and some old movies on the couch. danny knows that when vlad gets too stressed out or angry all he really needs is some of his favorite tea and perhaps a book to read. maybe even a back rub.
they still use their ghost powers - by now they have both mastered them - but not as often as they once did or for the same reasons they once did either. now they only rlly use them out of habit to make things easier. danny can barely recall ever being the hero that was danny phantom, but his jumpsuit serves as a permanent reminder of what he once was - although hes began to forget where the design even came from.
by now their first life is a bit of blur to them - they cant seem recall why they were ever enemies in the first place. vlad likes to tease danny about how hes dating a man much older than himself - to which danny replies that hes dated people hundreds of years younger than him, and in comparrison to that, vlad and him were practically twins. they laugh a lot about how much of a “crazed-up fruit loop” vlad use to be and vlad admits he doesnt even remember why he was so infatuated with maddy back then anyways, it all seems like a weird dream to them.
eventually it gets to the point where danny cant remember ever /not/ being vlad. it seemed too distant, too weird. he cant imagine how he managed to survive all those years without him. he still has days where the past consumes him and hes left feeling empty, but he has vlad to help him through that.
he vaguely remembers a promise he made to someone once, a long time ago, to never forget them - but he cant really recall to who or in what life.. everything seemed mixed together now a days.
the thought use to upset him, but hes gotten over it. he may be immortal and be stuck living new lives for the rest of eternity - but at least he doesnt have to do it alone.
Can we please acknowledge the fact that Zemo had to watch Steve for ages to find out how to bring him and the Avengers down? And then he chose Steve’s betrayal towards Tony. I bet there are a lot of different things he could have dragged to light but he chose this, specifically.
I mean that kind of plan didn’t come out of nowhere, it was oddly specific, and it completely hinged on the fact that Steve did not trust Tony and kept secrets from him.
I know we always say what good friends Tony and Steve are, even in the MCU, but it’s simply not true (MCU wise). And Zemo watched Steve, and the other Avenger’s most likely, and he saw that as well.
His whole plan was based on the assumption that Steve knew about the Stark murder and didn’t tell Tony.
What did he see that let him come to this conclusion? How unfriendly did Steve and Tony treat each other that even an outsider, a complete stranger, could pick up on that? That a stranger knew how to so completely destroy these two men?
And on top of Tony finding out like this, he also has to realize that a villain, a virtual stranger to all of them, knew more than he ever did. How bad did that hurt on top of everything else?
y’know what would be really cute? Young Greg trying to teach the Gems to drive. I pretty firmly believe he befriended all the Gems while Rose was still around, even if there was some tension, because there’s no way he was with Rose for so long and didn’t bond with her ‘family’ so he probably had a lot of little domestic bonding with them. Like they get curious about it because they’re always seeing him drive his van around and he’d try to explain it and then maybe try and get them to all try driving it so they could understand that aspect of human culture.
Amethyst would be super excited and reckless and probably not be able to wait for his instruction and just gun it and he’d frantically grab the steering wheel to prevent them from barreling right into the ocean. Garnet would probably press too hard on the gas and lurch forward and then quickly stomp on brake and on the outside she’d look relatively calm but internally she’s freaking out because driving is basically a rapid serious of near-death experiences and she can see all of them with her future vision. Rose I don’t know enough about to guess properly other than that she’d probably be a bit too big to drive comfortably but would try anyway and would be really enthusiastic about it. She’s also probably be the one to practice the most since she was with Greg the most.
Pearl would take to it the best, though, since she used to fly spaceships and seemed to love it and driving is similar albeit primitive to piloting a spacecraft. I bet she misses it a lot too, since it’d likely been over 5000 years since she last got to drive a spaceship. She was probably standoffish with Greg in the beginning though and took a while to warm up to him so when he offered to teach her she refused. But she’d always hover around while he was teaching the others and watch but try (and fail) to look inconspicuous and disinterested. Then one day she thinks Greg is out with Rose she decides to sneak a look at the van’s controls and is startled when it turns out Greg is just chilling in the back and says she can sit down in the driver’s seat if she wants. She ‘hmphs’ but can’t resist any more and sits down and Greg hops into the passenger seat but stays quiet and lets her just look around at her own pace because he knows by now how to interact with her (I bet Rose talked about the other Gems a lot and how they understand things), explaining things whenever she’d look perplexed. Eventually she’d ask a few questions, trying to phrase them in a way where she didn’t feel like she was admitting ignorance. After she seemed to understand the basic info, he pops in the keys and insists she give it a try
To her surprise, while the van controls similarly to a spaceship, its also different in significant ways and isn’t as easy to drive as she thought. It takes a while for her to unlearn spaceship piloting habits and just focus on driving the van as is, but after several practices (all initiated in a similarly roundabout way as the first time) she gets the hang on it. Greg gets her a handbook for the rules of the road which she studies intensely, eventually knowing it backwards and forwards (which ends up being a big help to Greg when he needs to renew his license at some point and needs help studying). She becomes one of very few people Greg completely trusts to drive his van (another being Rose, obviously) and she starts coming around from time to time to check on the van and make sure its running properly or if it needs maintenance. And sometimes she’d insist there was an ‘odd problem’ with the van and he should let her take a look at it and would spend the whole day with the hood up idly poking around while going on and on to him about spaceship engineering or how humans could improve their vehicles by doing xyz and he knew there wasn’t anything really wrong with the van, she just wanted an excuse to talk about car/spaceship stuff and he was OK with that even though he hardly understood a word she was saying.
I dunno, I just really love the idea of Greg and Pearl bonding over the van. Her friendliest interactions with him in the show are with the van and I think its a way they’re able to connect with each other despite their differences
These are my top 9 LP’s and EP’s from 2015, as tagged by @colbucci.
2015, for many artists, was a year of redefinition. Redefinition of sound, message, and value. 2015 was also a year where we saw many new artists begin their path of definition, making bold statements that thrusted them into the respect of music lovers, critics, and musicians alike, assuring their spot in the alternative musical cannon as artists who’s integrety is unquestioned by their ability to continually deliver such high quality content. These are some of my brain pickings about my favourite albums this year.
1. Active Child - Mercy (Vagrant; LP)
After Active Childs’ Pat Grossi released the 2014 EP Rapor, I was apprehensive about whether his next LP would be any good. His sound on the debut You Are All I See was so heavily refined, that it seemed like an impossible task to emanate a record that perfect. So I was pleasantly surprised when Mercy was released earlier this year. Grossi took a completely different path with this record, crafting more of a soundtrack to a relationship, than an album of different ambiguous love songs. From the audacious Never Far Away, the reminiscent Temptation, and the gentle Too Late, this album is a captivating body of work, and has won the spot of my number 1 album of 2015.
2. Little Boots - Working Girl (On Repeat; LP)
My relationship with Little Boots’ music has always been tumultuous. Her debut album Hands, while holding one of my favourite pop songs to date, completely lacked any gratifying and validating dynamics, a kind of anaemic pastiche pop album, allowing both the record and Boots to slip into the back of many of our minds. Since then she has released the sophomore record, Nocturnes, holding more dynamic stability, however again, lacking in that one thing that grips you and takes you into a record. The consistency and the concept. Her third and most accomplished body of work to date, Working Girl is a sigh of relief for many, tying in both the gratification that pop music brings us with the concept and consistency that gives an album personality. Working Girl confirms to us Boots’ ability to make striking, catchy, and sometimes whimsical pop music. From the plucky and brooding Working Girl, the Purity Ring-esque Help Too, and the scattered but directional Business Pleasure, Working Girl has allowed many to see Boots’ vision, drive, and potential as a pop artist, placing her at number 2 on my list of best albums for 2015.
3. Grimes - Art Angels (4AD; LP)
Although many became fanatic upon the first listen through Grimes’ breakthrough album, Visions in 2013, I was never quite sold. It had its moments, and when it did, those moments were incredible, but there was too much nothing, too much void. In Art Angels, however, Grimes’ Claire Boucher leaves nothing up to the imagination, filling every bit of empty space with a hit, snap, or whack. Art Angels truly packs a punch, with the first flavour we heard, Flesh Without Blood, holding an aura of rebellion, and aggression, being further confirmed on Kill v Maim, where Boucher chants and screams “I don’t behave” over slasher guitars and rattling drums. Every song on Art Angels is its own world, exploring different tempo’s, sonic pallets, and lyrical content. This disparity, however, is what brings the album together as an eclectic collection and recollection of ideas, influences, and inspirations that Boucher has ingeniously organised into pop perfection.
4. Lana Del Rey - Honeymoon (Interscope; LP)
The dark and haunting strings that open Lana Del Rey’s third album, Honeymoon, are those that have been a motif for much of Del Rey’s work, first seen on her debut, Born To Die. Honeymoon, however, displays a middle ground between her poppy Born To Die, and the gravelling rock pastiche Ultraviolence. Honeymoon generously blends enough of Del Rey’s hollywood glamour with unapologetic rock n’ roll to form a beautifully crafted album, in my opinion, Del Rey’s most down to earth, and organic sounding body of work to date. Her expansion from using purely string arrangements, to using saxophone ensembles, seen on Terence Loves You, and even a pan-pipe on Music To Watch Boys To, displays her own conscious effort in expanding her sources of inspiration, delivering one of this years most prominent records.
5. FKA Twigs - M3LL155X (Young Turks/XL; EP)
Last year, Tahliah Barnett took the art and music world by storm when she delivered her debut album LP1. The album was undoubtedly a complete all rounder. The production, lyrics, melodies, and visuals were all in sync, and worked together to shape Barnett’s trajectory into the pop world as one of the most integral artists of our generation. The LP1 album cycle, however, left some with an emptiness. A grim feeling that the energy and phenomenon created on LP1 would not be emanated on her next body of work. However, Barnett - in the face of collective disbelief - delivered again, with what could be said to be even more sonically and visually innovative than her last body of work. M3LL155X was a surprise release in the form of a 20 minute long video, and showed us that LP1 was just a whisper of what Barnett has within her, expanding and reworking her sound in a more impactful and aggressive manner, like that of Grimes on Art Angels. M3LL155X is a true testament to FKA Twigs’ artistry, and talent, which is why it has made the list of my favourite records from this year.
6. Florence + The Machine - How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful (Island; LP)
The darkness conveyed in the majority of Florence Welch’s work quickly became a tired theme, which is why How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful was really the decider on weather Welch’s music would be a continually respected contribution to music, or weather it would just become background noise. Thankfully, Welch gave her fans a refreshing and refined body of work, that drew on her previous pre-occupations, but never lingered too long on them. The album is simple, and I at first thought that the lack of production technique and use of typical rock instruments would be at a detriment to the record, however, it really elevated the extent to which a realisation of melody and songwriting could be made, and made the record a lot more genuine. The stomping Queen of Peace, the deep and sorrowful Long & Lost, and the gratifying Third Eye displaythisalbums best moments, and perfectly encapsulates why it has been one of the best releases this year.
7. Kelela - Hallucinogen (Warp/Cherry Coffee; EP)
Although Kelela has been releasing music since 2013, it wasn’t until about October when she released the Hallucinogen EP that I had ever heard of her. I remember watching the video for A Message after hearing that Arca had produced it and thinking nothing much of her, however, after hearing the second single from the EP, Rewind, I was sold that Kelela was an artist here to stay. Hallucinogen is a modest release, one that holds together well and is packed with character, with not a single un-listenable song. I don’t have much to say about this album apart from the fact that it’s an extremely well done body of work, and is one of my favourites of the year.
Yet again, Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s Ruban Nielson surpassed my expectations, piling psych-rock with retro-electronic elements to craft the perfect Multi-Love. His ability to pack obscure chord progressions, heavily compressed and side-chained drum patterns and soulful vocals all into one pop song has this album as one of my favourites from the year.
9. Alpine - Yuck (Ivy Legue; LP)
Alpine were always a band that people had talked about, after their debut A Is For Alpine propelled them into Australian indie-pop stardom. Even though the talk was there, I had never bothered to listen to a track by them, so when the lead single for Yuck was released I was quick to inspect, and I was not disappointed. This album brought in elements of current popular styles and, interestingly enough, pop styles from the early 00′s, seen in songs like DB Boulevard’s Another Point Of View and Sia’s Sunday, which instantly brought me to a place of reminiscence, lending to why I love this album so much. Others might not rave about it, but it has a special quality I can’t quite put my finger on that nonetheless, puts this album as on of my favourites this year.