John is searching for that moral compass that he lost at the end of season 4. He discovers that Chechnya is the wrong place for him to discover his moral compass. Things do not go according to plan for him, and there’s something that happens in the first three episodes that is fairly significant and it’s the circumstances that will ultimately bring him back to Star City, but he’s not going to be the same. He’s not going to be able to live his life the way he had been living it before

Marc Guggenheim about John Diggle in Season 4 (x)

Bonus: This all leads to a very Dig and Oliver-centric episode in the fourth outing.

President John F. Kennedy – submitted by @jewcy-couture

“Let us make it clear that we will never turn our backs on our steadfast friends in Israel, whose adherence to the democratic way must be admired by all friends of freedom.”
       (Speech at Eastern Oregon College of Education, November 9, 1959)

“We must formulate, with both imagination and restraint, a new approach to the Middle East — not pressing our case so hard that the Arabs feel their neutrality and nationalism are threatened … while at the same time trying to hasten the inevitable Arab acceptance of the permanence of Israel … We must … seek a permanent settlement among Arabs and Israelis based not on an armed truce but on mutual self-interest.”
       (Near East Report, July 1, 1960)

thefirewithallthestrengthithath  asked:

What do you think happened to Bloom after the end of the series?

That’s a great question. I think John definitely returns to the Identity unit and continues his work there solving crimes together with his team. Martha wants him back that’s for sure. And she will pull all the strings to get him back and she’ll do whatever necessary to cover up the truth of what really happened concerning her kidnapping and John’s role in it. As for John he wants to be back on the team himself. Towards the end of the final episode when they successfully rescued Martha and the entire team was there together and they were all relieved and happy and even managed to laugh and joke around one could sense that they’ve actually grown together and are even a bit like a family. A family with problems and secrets and that doesn’t always get along no doubt, especially when egos and hurt feelings are getting in the way (just like it’s with every other average family), but still they do care about each other and have each other’s backs when it gets tough. Even Anthony who can be such a twat eventually wants the best for the team and although he and John won’t be the best of mates anytime soon, I’m sure they can manage to work things out for the sake of the team and their work.

The look on John’s face when he saw the team united joking and laughing together, showed that he really wants to be a part of this team/family. He wants someone in his life who he can trust and who is there for him, he wants a place and people he belongs to. I do believe he’s tired of his undercover life, of all the lies, the betrayal and the secrets, tired of not being able to be himself. Being undercover is a lonely and restless life. And if you’ve been undercover for too long you start losing yourself, losing your true identity. So Martha was right about John being the victim of an identity thief.
I think it’s important for John to find his way back to his true self and to free himself from Brendan Shea once and for all. And his decision to stay in London and not to run away/elope with Adile was the first step in that direction. It certainly will take its time cause he can’t shake off his past just like that and go on like none of it ever happened, especially considering that Adile at least for now is still a part of his life. And I think she can become very dangerous for him in the future cause now she knows for sure that something is wrong with Brendan and she realises that she doesn’t even know who the man she loves really is.

The question is also will John be able to stay away from Adile or not. I do believe he loves her or at least did love her, but I wonder how deep that love is. He’s already moving away from her, he doesn’t love her enough to leave it all behind and run away with her. So there’s definitely a break in their relationship. Personally, I see no “happily-ever-after” future for them anyway cause their entire relationship is based upon a lie. Adile loves Brendan, a man who doesn’t really exist. She doesn’t even know John Bloom and if she’s ever to find out who he is and even more so what he did, which I think she eventually will cause she’s not stupid, I doubt she’ll be able to forgive him all that easily. He lied to her and he betrayed her and her family. Her brother is in jail because of him and her father most likely won’t survive cause Martha wounded him and John is part of it all. She might be so hurt, upset and disappointed that she’s seeking for vengeance and will try to hurt John and the ones close to him, his team.

Also let’s not forget that there’s definitely some romantic sparks and sexual tensions between John and Martha, although so far it’s rather one-sided with John being very much oblivious to Martha’s feelings for him, but by now he can no longer turn a blind eye towards it cause it’s more than obvious that Martha is in love with him and I can totally relate to her feelings and entirely sympathise with her, that’s why I’m hoping they will eventually get together. They’d be so good for each other and I believe they could make each other happy when they both, especially John will only open up and when they are being totally honest with each other, no more secrets, no more lies, no more undercover girlfriends and no more dead bodies in the boot of the car. Martha and John deserve a chance. They should be together, I want them together. ~ So go and get your (our) MAN, Martha. Do it for all of us.
Sorry, that was a rather lengthy reply. Hope you don’t already regret asking me. 😝

Sex Pollen: Way #247 McShep could have happened)

After three weeks Lorne and his team finally make it to the planet that John and Rodney have been stranded on and find…them doing it in a field.

“I can explain,” John said, zipping up his pants.

“There’s, there’s sex pollen.  All over the planet!” Rodney shouts, also quickly getting dressed.

Lorne smirks.  “Riiigggghhhtttt.  Sex pollen.”  He glances back.  “Actually to be honest with you, sir, Parrish and I have some experienced exposure to this sex pollen back on Atlantis.”

Parrish and his other two team members are laughing, nodding.

“Really?” John goes.

“Yes, sir.” Lorne admits.

“Oh.” Rodney says, the whole thing slotting into place.  “But, ah, we weren’t exactly lying about the sex pollen.”

John nods, “We’ve barely slept.”

“I mean I wanted him before but now…I can barely keep my hands off him even as we speak,” Rodney says and adds, “It takes about six hours for it to kick in but um…”

“Oh shit,” Lorne hastily radios for all six to be beamed back to the ship.

Of course the pollen on their clothes gets into the ship’s life support systems, but that’s another story.

Move on, leave, run away, escape this place… but don’t forget about me, about us, about this town. Always remember where you come from so you can appreciate how far you’ve come.
—  c.j.n.
You claim to love her, inside and out, but the only time you call her beautiful is when it’s 3 in the morning and I’ve already turned you down.
—  girls tell each other everything, c.j.n.