Andrew’s hands – large and calloused with perpetually bruised knuckles – run over Neil’s skin in a way that reminds him of their owner. They’re harsh and unforgiving as Andrew presses into muscles and pulls at joints, but there’s something soft about the way he touches Neil’s scars. Neil finds himself relaxing under Andrew now, lulled into a sense of security by his steadiness.
The Foxes already know that they made it into championships, just barely slipping in as fourth with their shitty scores. Although regular practices are already over, the Christmas banquet not quite as much of a disaster as the fall one, Neil finds himself working just as hard as ever. Kevin is determined to make it as far as possible into the championships.
“Don’t you have anything better to do?” Neil asks, partly out of guilt for making Andrew come in during the holidays.
Andrew pinches the back of his thigh and Neil yelps. “I didn’t say that it was okay for you to talk.”
A smile curves its way across Neil’s face, not that Andrew can see. “You staying in Columbia?”
“Yeah. Nicky’s coming over for Christmas with his boyfriend,” Andrew finally sighs. He doesn’t bother asking about Neil – it’s pretty obvious that he and Kevin are staying with Abby and playing Exy.
“That’s nice,” Neil says, for lack of anything else to say. Warm hands gently rub at the spot Andrew pinched, almost in apology, and Neil closes his eyes.
“You don’t ever shut up, do you?” Andrew asks. He’s working on the part were Neil’s legs just meet his ass, and Neil can’t remember if it normally feels so nice.
He laughs, the sound muffled by the table. “I thought you liked my smart comments.”
“They make people more likely to murder you, so no. I like having a constant stream of cash flowing in.”
“I swear you smiled during the Christmas banquet.”
Andrew stills for a moment before moving down to Neil’s calves. “I emphasize with Riko Moriyama right now. You’re insufferable,” he says, but Neil can hear the amusement in his tone. He presses into the muscle at the back Neil’s right calf, which often takes the brunt of his playing, and Neil hums in appreciation. Eventually, Andrew moves away.
like scarletamerica is a legit thing in the comics but i’m sitting here waiting for age of ultron knowing that if steve and wanda so much as look at one another i will drop dead like i lost my mind because liz and chris sat next to each other at sdcc and he made sure she didn’t feel left out at the panel but steve and wanda
"It's too bad she won't live, but then again, who does?" Metanarrative and its discontents - 10x21 Dark Dynasty
Obviously, the writers’ and producers’ room wanted to punch
us in the gut with Charlie’s death. And clearly, not everyone on the team was
happy about it:
There’s also the heavy hint that, maybe, she’ll be back in
some form or another. Sam’s line to her in the previous episode, Angel Heart
(10x20) “…in this business, death isn’t always goodbye,” is pretty pointed.
Robbie T wrote that episode – clearly he was already mourning her with us.
SPN’s creative team does not all pull in the same direction,
and I’m willing to bet there was a heated behind scenes discussion about
killing Charlie Bradbury.
But - she’s dead. She
didn’t get her happy ending, in Oz or on earth. Instead, she was dumped bloody
in a bathtub.
Y’know - I really love the Wayward Daughters spin-off idea. For
so many reasons, I’d be delighted to have it on my screen. But I wouldn’t trust
the current composition of SPN creatives to handle it right with a barge-pole.
Ever since Metatron’s speech about God (a long-standing
established meta-joke stand-in for the writers) in 8x23 Sacrifice, as “…a bit
of a sexist. But fair, eminently fair”, I’ve wondered. How self-aware has the
collective SPN creative team become?
Because of course, you can’t be “a bit of a sexist” and “eminently
fair” – the two are contradictory.
Supernatural is not a show with a feminist consciousness. It
will never be a show with a feminist consciousness. Women characters have always been more
expendable than male characters on this show, ever since Mary and Jess bought
it as origin-story. The narrative painted Eve and the “Whore of Babylon” as evil
and killed them - so far so canon compliant (with Biblical, patriarchal, canon).
Of recent uber-antagonists, Naomi and Abaddon are dead, whilst Metatron and Crowley
have been left standing, long after. Rowena isn’t going to get a redemption
arc; her son has been getting one all season. So yeah, I know which patriarchal
show I’m watching*.
*To be clear, patriarchal narrative is a system, an inherited
system, which (among other things) gives precedence to the stories of men over
the stories of women – both men and women can, and do, support that system, and
both men and women can, and do, challenge that system.
Recently, we’ve learned the Men of Letters stole their power
from (mostly female) witches, and we had the story of young feminist Suzie, who
tried to stand up to the patriarchy (both in her home and by protecting
innocents from the MoL Werther spell in The Werther Project 10x19). She got squished for her troubles, but I
wondered. Are they becoming self-aware? And even in this episode, Dark Dynasty,
we discover that Mary Shelley tried to expose the Frankenstein family’s dark
deeds (an all-male family it would seem) - it’s just that no one would listen
to her. Really? Mary Shelley, Mother of Horror, not listened to by the “main-text”?
You don’t say…
So, it feels as if maybe
there’s been some kind of proto awareness around gender/ history/ narrative
struggling to rise to the surface in latter-day SPN. Hell, just last week Dean
whaled on a guy for calling Claire a “bitch”.
But then - they killed Charlie.
Charlie, our heroine, our best representation of fandom, our
only recurring out queer character.
She died heroically, you might say. She cracked the code to
the code and uploaded it to help save the day (if not for herself) and she died
Yes, but she was found stabbed to death in a bathtub, killed
by a dude clearly established earlier in the episode as having an MO for sexual
assault. Why? Female bathtub death is such a strong visual call back to Psycho,
Hitchcock’s horror psycho-drama, where the girl gets it (as the girl so often
She was a woman killed by a sexual predator. She was a
lesbian killed by Nazi supporters.
If that’s meta commentary on the Supernatural text
<laughs> I sure don’t need it.
Metanarrative (fiction commenting on its own fictionality
and hence on the nature of fiction itself, on the nature of “truth” and “reality”)
has been very present of late (although its history on Supernatural goes all
the way back to the discovery of Carver Edlund’s book series). It is
particularly evident in Robbie Thompson’s episodes. Dean’s comment
to Castiel, “Should I be here?” in Angel Heart 10x20 can be read as a snarky
meta-comment on the fact that Dean and Cas have been kept apart by the
narrative for most of S10, for instance.
So, we can understand Charlie’s death as a meta-comment on
the patriarchal SPN narrative (the brother-bond as the very author of female
fridge-ing) a reading perhaps supported by the fact the writers have explicitly
noted in-text that God is “a bit of a sexist”. But, at a certain point, meta-narrative
just becomes narrative.
I don’t care if the narrative is self-aware, if the script
The ensemble show which seemed so within our grasp in S8 – a
found family including Kevin, Charlie, Krissy, perhaps even Benny, surrounding
the Winchesters and bringing diversity to the “two white dudes on the road”
mode, just as Baby got herself a parking garage, has melted into air.
Charlie was our only “Woman of Letters” (given that poor
Josie, also a lone exception, got possessed by Abaddon) – the only “good” woman
admitted into the order of the male-coded preserve of knowledge. And she died
in the service of masculine melodrama (“man pain”).
From a metanarrative perspective, Charlie and Kevin, both
minority characters (one lesbian and one POC) were code-breakers who bought it –
a comment on the way the SPN text rolls on, unable ever to fully “crack” its
own white hetero-patriarchal main-text (particularly pertinent given all the
queerness which lives in its subtext).
That’s smart, but it’s like “ironic sexism” - at the end of
the day just a snarkier form of plain old sexism.
The darkness in Sam and Dean’s toxic childhood? I didn’t
need the yellow brick road stained with the blood of SPN female fandom’s best
mirror to tell me that.
Could the show redeem itself? Maybe - if Charlie came back
with a flaming angel sword, Dorothy by her side, and smashed all the tablets of
God to smithereens (I'm done with subtle).
Right now, I’m going to make myself a turducken sandwich, and
eat it until I don’t care that I don’t care.
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