So, I was thinking about what a goddamn badass Leonard McCoy is.
Actually, I was thinking about drug shortages. I am a resident in the United States. The United States of America. First world medicine, folks. And sometimes - all too frequently - I have to revise the treatment plan of a healthy patient undergoing elective surgery because I do not have access to the ideal drug.
In other words, I compromise.
That’s a sickening feeling, friends.
Which brings me back to Bones.
Bones, Chief Medical Officer on a five year mission in deep space, where no man has gone before. Bones, who cares so goddamn deeply. Bones, desperately filing requisition forms for medications that he has no hope of receiving in the foreseeable future. Bones, elbow deep in a unfortunate ensign that caught the wrong end of a blast in engineering, sweat dripping in his eyes, nagging thoughts of, “is his name Jason or Joseph?” Bones, mad as hell because medical takes another budget cut. Bones praying frantically to a god he doesn’t believe in, “oh, please, not again.” Bones, eyeballing a unknown species and making a quick judgment call, based on a hasty heart rate estimate and an eyeballed weight, the effective loading dose of a - probably - renal toxic drug. Bones, hissing at Spock to shut the hell up, all the while making his own calculations. Bones, who years after the mission has ended, bolts up out of a dead sleep in a panic of adrenaline, because endless nights of call have made gentle awakenings impossible. Bones, staring dumbstruck at Starfleet Medical’s supply rooms. Bones, dedicatedly carting his tiny medkit on his hip, facing an alien world with a tricorder and a few hypos. Bones, hiding in his quarters for days, pouring over all of the federation’s published xenophysiology records, searching for a connection, wondering where it went wrong. Bones replaying the day’s scene in his mind, fear still gripping his chest as Jim sleeps peacefully in the biobed. Bones alone in the field, performing a bilateral finger thoracostomy on a blue-lipped yeoman who reminds him a little too much of Joanna (if somebody does not write this fic, I will). Bones, fresh out of med school, feverently murmuring his oath with conviction and wide-eyed naivety. Bones blaming himself. Bones bitching about the unpredictability of genetically modified antimicrobials. Bones needing a goddamn drink. Bones, contemplating the nuances of therapeutic nihilism. Bones, forcing himself to meet Jim’s eyes as Jim officiates a funeral. Bones, calculating pharmacokinetics in his head. Bones, knowing there was nothing to be done, but dammit, what if? Bones, painstakingly documenting his every discovery, every treatment plan, every failure and every triumph, for the next generation of medical professionals. Bones in his office with his head in his hands. Bones, absolutely giddy and shaking with relief, “Don’t be so melodramatic; you were barely dead.”
Practicing medicine is terrifying. Every day, I am horrified at the thought that I will not be able to provide for my patients. I love my field with every breath in my body, but the responsibility is overwhelming, and sobering.
Disease and danger, indeed.
“By golly, Jim, I’m beginning to think I can cure a rainy day.”
IT Chapter 2 Movie Fan Cast! (fan cast for the adult Losers’ Club)
Bill Denbrough // Joseph Gordon-Levitt Stan Uris // Jesse Eisenberg Richie Tozier // Andy Samberg Eddie Kaspbrak // Adam Scott Ben Hanscom // Jason Ritter Beverly Marsh // Maggie Gyllenhaal Mike Hanlon // Chadwick Boseman
Some explanations for my choices if you’re curious:
Joseph Gordon-Levitt: I picked him for his physical similarities to Jaeden Lieberher and because Wyatt Oleff suggested him as a possible choice to play the older Stan - to me, he fits Bill better. ^^
Jesse Eisenberg: After doing a bit of research, I found out that not only does Jesse Eisenberg resemble Wyatt Oleff, he’s also Jewish in real life and suffers with OCD, which are important aspects of Stan’s character. (It’s always good to have actors portray characters who are similar to themselves in real life.)
Andy Samberg: This guy looks so much like Finn Wolfhard, it’s uncanny! (I don’t think I’ve seen anyone pick him as a fan cast for Richie yet, which is weird to me, considering the striking resemblance.) So, I chose him because of that and also because I think he could handle a character like Richie very well - he tends to do comedy-based roles a lot, and Richie is a goofball. lol
Adam Scott: I haven’t seen a whole lot of Parks and Rec yet, but what I have seen of it leads me to believe that Adam Scott would be a great fit for Eddie. He seems like he could do well with a nerdy, hypochondriac, anxious character. (That, and he also looks similar to Jack Dylan Grazer.)
Jason Ritter:This is one that I’m really hoping actually goes through to the final movie (it most likely won’t happen, but I’m hoping anyway). John Ritter, Jason’s father (may he rest in peace), was the one who played adult Ben in the 1990 miniseries, so I thought it would be really cool for Jason to play this role in the sequel. :) (Jeremy Ray Taylor himself suggested Chris Pratt for the role, and I’m not against that, but I would prefer Jason Ritter.) If not Jason, I would ultimately prefer a chubby actor play the older Ben because people don’t need to lose weight to be loved and accepted, but we probably won’t get that.
Maggie Gyllenhaal: I know everyone seems to be leaning toward Amy Adams or Jessica Chastain for the role of Beverly (which, again, I wouldn’t be against - they’re great actresses), but I really think Maggie Gyllenhaal would fit well. Something about Sophia Lillis reminds me of her anyway, and I think they look enough alike to work (high cheekbones, similar mouth, light eyes). Granted, Maggie doesn’t have naturally red hair, but hair can be dyed or wigs can be worn. Idk, I just really like her and think she’d make a great adult Beverly. ^^
Chadwick Boseman: This is an actor who I’m sorry to say I’m not very familiar with besides the fact that he is starring in the upcoming Black Panther movie. I chose him though because he was suggested by Chosen Jacobs himself as a possibility to take the role of Mike, and I think he’d be a good fit. He looks quite similar to Chosen and I can easily imagine him as an older Mike.
Obviously, these are just my picks for the adult cast. I thought it’d be cool to imagine who might play them in the sequel. No one is obliged to agree with my choices and opinions stated here; it’s just for fun! :D