the reason i want Lance to be the black paladin is because it would be so good for him, and not JUST Lance, but the rest of the team too. say what you want about Allura being a better candidate, and while it would be logical to have her lead, she already has her leader traits fleshed out. but something she and the rest of the team really need to learn, is supporting each other.
we all know Lance is really insecure about himself, and suddenly being thrusted into the role of a leader would be very overwhelming for him. he will need support from his teammates to help him get through this and have him learn to believe in himself. this means the team will have no choice but to learn to support Lance and accept him as a leader figure. they will have no choice but to start taking him seriously and not brushing him off. they will have to learn to respect him more than the teammate that cracks jokes and flirts around with aliens. they will have to learn to respect his choices and follow his lead. everyone will have character development if Lance becomes the black paladin. he is the best option, he can make a wonderful leader if people would give him a chance and the time to develop.
Someone has to let him rest! It’s getting ridiculous!!! I know the boy is living his dream and all but really!!
He is only 17 yet he is already overworked. His health needs to be put first!
He has been working and promoting non stop for almost a year. I am thankful that he wants to do anything to please the fans and telling them not to worry but he really needs some rest!!!
This beautiful, sincere, real smile here is so important.
Carol was in tears over her family, over the fact that the Saviors came. She was kicking herself and blaming herself that she wasn’t there to protect them…
She starts hating herself in that moment and Daryl’s not having any of that. So not only does he lie and protect her from that grief and guilt - but he can’t bear seeing her in pain so much, that he tries to “lighten the mood” on top of that. Desperately, he tells a lame joke, teases her, and Carol just bursts into this full, genuinesmile. And she giggles.
Her face hasn’t looked like this in ages. In fact, the last time her expression was one of this much real joy was:
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And yet again, that was all because of Daryl. Because he was showing her affection and love and she thought it was adorable. It warms her heart when Daryl expresses that he cares about her - in any way - and that is still true to this day.
Even with the bleak place she’s in now, even with everything she’s been through, even though she was trying to run from the very love he was showing her - Daryl can still make Carol smile and laugh.
Even when she’s sobbing and in pain, Daryl is capable of bringing out that smiling, giggling schoolgirl in her.
i just want to take a moment to reflect on the gravity of what we know about solo!harry so far.
as fans, we support him because we already know he is special. we have paid close enough attention that, over time, we have seen him command everything from one-on-one conversations to entire stadiums full of people. we have witnessed countless individuals – many of whom know little to nothing about him – have chance meetings with him and walk away from those encounters with stars in their eyes, in absolute awe of him, of that “something” about him that makes him harry. either we’ve met him ourselves, or we’ve been to concerts, or we’ve watched videos of concerts (or all of the above), and we’ve come to know that he’s just special. gemma – who would know better than any of us – said in her piece for another man that even as a child, harry “had that sort of magnetism that made people just want to watch him.”
i mention all of this to underscore that those of us who are already fans are fans for a reason. we already know he’s going to excel on his own; we’ve just been waiting patiently (or not so patiently) for him to get started.
but can we take a minute to talk about the people who are actually involved in this process? the entire team behind him that is currently revving up to launch him as a solo artist? those people are in a totally different position than we are. they aren’t interested in harry’s success because he brings them personal joy (although, let’s be honest, he surely does); they’re interested in his success because it will bring THEM success. that’s the bottom line here – big money.
if you, like i, have grown up in the rapidly-changing digital era, you may have noticed that the music industry runs differently than it used to. as a child, i would buy an entire album on cassette or cd because i’d heard one song on the radio and wanted to listen to that song over and over again. i bought many albums as a child that, to this day, i still haven’t listened to in their entirety. but the industry doesn’t work like that anymore. when music went digital, it became a lot easier for consumers to only buy the songs they cared about. as a byproduct of that, new artists these days are often given a very limited budget in the beginning – they’re only allowed, at first, to record one or two songs. those songs are released as singles, and then, if they do well, that artist goes back into the studio and records an entire album. it’s a smart decision on the part of record companies to avoid spending too much money on artists that end up “flopping.”
i keep thinking about harry in this context. i keep thinking about how he has had the ability to release solo music for more than a year now, about how easy it would have been for him – and columbia and everyone else involved – to record one single, release it quickly, do a bit of promotion, (likely) make a bunch of money and then go from there. coming off of 1d’s tremendous success, it would have made everyone a quick, easy buck.
but they didn’t do that. although harry and jeff signed together on january 1, 2016 – likely their first opportunity to do so – they still took their time. columbia, et al. agreed to invest $75-80 million worth of resources (at least) into harry as a solo artist without even requiring him to release a “test single” first. they’ve agreed to let him record his entire first album (and, seemingly, have started planning to release it) without even requiring him to release a test single first!
i won’t proclaim to be some kind of music industry genius because i’m far from it, but just based on what i’ve observed as a music fan in general over the last decade or so, this is HUGE to me. everyone behind harry appears to have so much faith in him already. i think it’s so important to recognize the personal/professional gamble that jeff is taking in this situation as well. here we have jeffrey azoff, eldest son of irving azoff – an absolute legend in the music industry – who is under a lot of pressure to live up to his dad’s name. he literally quit his job as a music agent to start a management company with harry as one of his first major clients. of course, he likely would have started his own management company eventually regardless of whether he ever met harry, but the fact that they timed this major event in their professional lives so they could “go solo together” speaks volumes about the faith he has in harry as an artist.
we’re on the outside looking in, and we know harry is amazing based on what we have seen him do as part of a group… but these people already know solo harry. they know what he is capable of, and they’re rallying behind him because they have total faith he will succeed. and that’s just really fucking awesome.
No but like for a second can we please talk about Malec in that intense balcony scene, and how Magnus had to save him. Magnus who’s thought of jumping off a bridge to take his own life, Magnus who has spent many a night alone and drinking on that very same balcony—
Like can we even comprehend how strong he must have been not only to keep it together watching this boy, this child of the angels who has squirmed his way into Magnus’s heart and soul without his permission, about to leap off the edge—LIke can we imagine how strong Magnus must be not only to make sure that Alec was safe, but to keep it all together and single handedly figure out what has been warping the minds of this little ragtag group of teenagers whom have finagled their ways into his life in someway or another—
Rogelio telling Darcy that that wasn’t an actual panic attack because he knows what one actually looks like because of Jane is just the best!! Like, yes!! Shut down incorrect labeling of mental disorders !!!