honestly, boys are so dumb like why would you give me a tour of your place, introduce me to your friends, give me a little gift, walk me to my car, ask me to get dinner later this week, kiss me, and then cut off all communication?
Ok. I liked the episode and not just because the musical crossover and the last episode were such relationship-centered dumpster fires!
WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE:
I still don’t like Mon-El because we really don’t know why Kara forgave him. I mean the reasoning was: He lied, but you didn’t give him a proper atmosphere to tell the truth about himself even though he lied about his identity before you two were even a couple! So, yeah, it was typical blame the victim for not wanting to accept the hedonistic prince who cared nothing about his kingdom’s apparent love of alien trafficking, slavery and class oppression. But, hey, you should forgive him, right??? They never had a conversation. Just Kara believing she was in the wrong for not accepting such a planet. And then forgiving him as she was dying… I mean, true love made her forgive him? It’s just dumb. I want a real-ass adult conversation like the one Sanvers had this episode.
I still don’t get why Kara’s hatred against Daxam is not justified. The relationship between Krypton and Daxam is so weakly defined in the show, I’m more inclined to believe our protagonist (well… if we can still call her that since it’s become the Mon-El Show) over the queen who imprisoned her son and killed her husband about whose planet was inherently terrible. The writers are doing a terrible job making Kara a racist by… calling out (again) a planet that prided themselves on debauchery. It’s like calling out Trump supporters for supporting discrimination and fascism and then being called anti-free speech.
Mon-El “isn’t like M’gann” because he isn’t a hero. You’re right, Kara. This isn’t like M’gann. He’s trying to save your life. M’gann is trying to change her terrible planet. One is not like the other. M’gann is a hero. Mon-El is not. He’s being selfless, yes, but only for you. He only does things for you. And the funny thing is, I thought he was finally going to go home and change his planet like M’gann. But, nope. He doesn’t care about his people. He cares about Kara. And when Kara said that he’s changed. No, he hasn’t. He only cares about one thing. And that’s Kara. And that’s the only thing that ever pushes him to be a good person. And I really think if the writers want us to see Mon-El as a hero. As someone whose really truly lost his evil past as the prince who cared nothing for those who suffered at the expense of his lavish life, then he needs to do one better and actually do good things to do good things. (The only example I can think of is when he saved the little girl from the falling car. Like, good job, Mon-El. But, we need more of that to really cement your hero status.)
James. The (Not So) Guardian. Number one. Supergirl is out of commission for 24 hours, so you decide to go to Game Night instead of working overtime as Guardian? I just… writers what the hell. Do you think the audience won’t care? They already HATE the poor guy because of his poorly-developed hero arc!!! And you portray him as a guy who doesn’t care about his job when he’s probably NEEDED the most!? Number two. He literally tries to help Kara, and then gets knocked unconscious… and that’s the last we see of him. What the FUCK writers. Why are you doing this to James? Did they leave his ass on the roof? I just… they are treating Mehcad Brooks so bad it disgusts me. Number three. Kara got fucking fired from CatCO like three episodes ago and they STILL HAVEN’T TALKED ABOUT IT. He’s fucking President of the company now. WHAT. THE… someone needs to shoot me with an anti-red kryptonite laser because I am heated.
When Rhea tried guilt-tripping Mon-El into returning home by telling him she loved him, it literally reminded me of what Mon-El did to Kara when she broke up with him. So, I don’t know why we’re supposed to view one as good and the other as bad…
WHAT I DID LIKE:
Mon-El wasn’t as insufferable. This definitely has to do with the fact that Mon-El really hit his peak of being a screentime-sucking, soul-sucking POS after guilt-tripping Kara into staying with him after lying about who he was. About not owning up to his disgusting, slave-owning past whereas M’gann’s redemption arc left her on a suicide mission back to her planet. About caring only about his relationship (and his take on it) and not about anyone else. Here, I think we’re FINALLY starting to see a hero come out. Like, I said, again, it was Kara that pushed him to do something good (whcih, I mean, has a lot of other gross sexist undertones about how women fix men but I’m trying to be positive here), but it WAS at the expense of the relationship he lives off of so… good job-ish? I really think if we get more of this kind of Mon-El. Somewhat more selfless. Less of an asshole. Less of a fratboy. And I think he’s really on a road to redemption. But, god, please, cut his screentime (which is impossible since the big bad of the season [which has been inconsistent AF this whole season] is apparently his mom now).
Sanvers is, again, how a healthy relationship should be.No drama. Just talk it out. TALK IT OUT. Don’t guilt-trip each other. Support each other if you can stomach what they’ve done. The conversation about Maggie cheating on her ex and Alex not trying to guilt her, but just trying to UNDERSTAND (a conversation we DIDN’T get when Mon-El was caught in his huge fucking lie, and was only forgiven when Kara was dying, so, again, Sanvers is healthy, Karamel is not), it was a breath of fresh air after the hot ass Karamel mess of the last two episodes (counting Flash).
Can totally relate to not wanting to talk about yourself after being betrayed by the people who should have cared the most about you after you’ve told personal things to them. I cried. Love their scenes. They’re so kind and healthy.
Martian Manhunter was used relatively a lot this episode. It pains me that J’onn only remembers he’s a mind reader when the writers want him to. It pains me when J’onn who is just as powerful as Kara is rendered to nothing more than a DEO agent even when Kara is getting messed up and could really use someone her cousin called “the strongest being on Earth.” So, when Martian Manhunter gets to destroy another telepath’s mind (David’s acting there was epic) and then be a badass Fake!Kara (I LOVE WHEN HE DOES THAT [and can we talk about how Melissa pulls off J’onn’s mannerisms so well???]), it’s nice to see.
Winn coming into his own as a field agent was a nice touch. And I like his friendship with Mon-El. Another time when Mon-El isn’t as insufferable.
Romeo & Juliet allusion. I love allusions to literary works on TV because they really are paying homage to their predecessors. And I’m so here for that. Parallels between Karamel and Romeo & Juliet really isn’t… a compliment so lol. But I do love the subversion of Rhea killing her husband. And crazy moms. So Shakesperian.
Something that I really wasn’t expecting in Scenes From Bohemia: the main four artists are all utterly ready to go Work For Hire any time they can find an employer. They want to work on passion projects *too*, and totally dream of having enough money to do only work they love, but in the meantime they’re all utterly ready to write ad copy or do tourist portraits or tutor rich kids or play scales for a month to kill a parrot. Whatever gets money. (They aren’t GOOD at all of it, and don’t actively enjoy it, but they’re ready to do the work.)
There are a group of Only True Art types who show up, briefly, in one of the stories. They’re called the Water Drinkers, and within the story they’re sort of portrayed as…”sympathetically jackasses” might be the best way to put it. They definitely aren’t shown as being In The Right.
Which, knowing that RENT was drawing on this story, is Super Not what I was expecting?? And I’m wondering where the “oh woe, I must choose between ART and COMMERCE” thing even came in. Was it in the opera? Or was that New For The Hip 20th Century crowd?
This blog is like...Tumblrico central. Lin central. Just want to say thank you!
:D glad you like! i can def say it’s all worth it. this is basically how i would fan over lin even if no one else was much interested, but it’s pretty great having lots of other people enjoy and appreciate it. props as always to veteran fan and lin expert @stickmarionette (now also at @keepingupwithlinmanuel) for sharing sources and context and tips leading to like 80% of what i trashify and post. this just would not be what it is without her.
Turn 5 wins are also the reason I almost only play edh too. Plus at around turn 5-6 is when things actually get fun! Im talking big spells and Omnaths!
yeah, that’s why I play too. Like, I love variety in games. I love long games. I love being able to play half my deck out and not even be in a guaranteed position to win because someone else is in the same. I kinda love 2 hour grind fests. So now all my decks around about doing nonsense. I have a Ink-Treader group hug. I have Glint-Eye Wheel. I have Sultai Zombies. All the decks just do lots of dumb things and now thinking about that I really want to put Narset back together
Marwick: Just some basics though - we all try to carry our weight around the house. Like, the cleaning and keeping things in order, that is. We’re all adults here and we’re responsible for our space, that sort of thing.
Akemi: I do most of the cooking though. We, Mom and I, for now. We’re the foodies around here. Not that you aren’t welcome to help if you want to make something.
Faye: And also, keep an eye out for stuff - we’ve had crazy coworkers show up before.
Miles: Yeah, dude, Akemi here has some brutal competition at work, and Faye might get some of her local fans to show up, so… don’t let the weirdos in, I guess?
Cedric: Ha, ha, ok! Quite a fun place you have here. But I can definitely keep an eye out for the weirdos. As for cooking, I won’t interfere, I’m about as good in the kitchen as an elephant is at ballet. We’ll get along, I’m sure. And it’s only for a couple of weeks, so I won’t be imposing for long.
Would you ever want to see an animated series of the EDAs or the Eighth Doctor's audios (excluding some adventures like 'Scherzo', and tNHoF, because those need to be listened to)? :D
I think so, yeah. I think that’d be a neat way of sharing the stories and exploring them in new ways, and I quite like the few animations of audios that do exist.
Of course, a lot of the stories are written to convey visual information through audio, so it’s a tricky field to play with. And stuff like Scherzo or Natural History is just too experimental to express. But I could see it working quite nicely with, say, Blood of the Daleks onward.
I’d also be interested if they just wrote new stories for animation. Or even just did rewrites and rerecordings of the old ones for the new format.
because, like, okay I can buy that maybe he can disguise himself well enough to hide the fact that he’s superman, but i doubt any amount of slouching and glasses wearing can truly disguise that he’s a very tall EXTREMELY muscular man with a jawline that can cut glass.
So basically this newspaper office has this guy who looks like a weightlifter/supermodel just hanging around but he wears glasses and acts like a huge nerd and everyone just goes with it???
Like “Oh yeah, that’s Clark. No no he works here. Oh no don’t bother being intimidated by him, talk to him for five minutes and he’ll devolve into a lecture on proper tractor maintenance. We like Clark.”
I wonder if the ladies in the office ever drag him with them to bars so they don’t have to worry about creeps trying to harass them like “back off creeps our friend here is 6′4″ and grew up chucking hay bales” And then it’s funny because (as far as they know) Clark is like, the meekest lil nerd around. (He don’t look it though!!!!)
It’s just incredible to me that Clark Kent can pull off being a quiet harmless dork while still looking like, well, superman.
im sick of people being so ignorant abt asian people and asia in general. we are not!!! all!!! the !!! same !!!!! some kid today claimed that the japanese and chinese languages “are basically the same” right in my face !!!!! why do ppl think racism against asian people doesnt exist!!! why is everyone so ignorant??? why are we never discussed in the media?? why r racist jokes against us a casual funny thing?? why r we basically lumped in w white ppl.. FUCK your model minority idea!!! fuck the idea that only east asia exists and there is only ONE ASIAN CULTURE. just one?? do ppl not understand that asia is fucking huge. there r so many cultures and languages and ppl and yet we r all lumped into one and our women r treated like were all fair skinned small eyed black haired delicate girls and we r fetishized and sexualized so much. treated like were exotic creatures, objects for white men. r representation in the media is shit and r problems r never discussed and im just. sick of it