“I believe in true love, I believe in love at first sight, I believe love conquers all. That doesn’t mean there’s not gonna be hard days, difficult things to deal with, because there will be. But finding that person who does it for you and knowing that that person loves you back, it makes everything so much easier. ‘Peyton Sawyer will become Peyton Scott.’ That was the dream. And here we are ten years later, and we all get to witness today a dream come true.”
The low rumblings of music stirred you awake from sleep, stretching you limber out of bed in black sweat shorts and a green tee with the words ‘The Incident’ on it, a shirt you had bought from a young kid hustling dvds on some corner down in Harlem. Walking out into the living room of your apartment, you smiled at the shirtless man in front of you.
“Sorry to interrupt, but some people that like to sleep past 7am,” your fingers pressed pause on his cellphone.
Danny straightened himself up and gave you a small smile. “Didn’t mean to wake up, I was just centering my-”
“-Chi, I know Danny. I’m just messing with you. Listen, you keep doing your thing and I’ll make us some breakfast,” you strolled over to him and pressed a soft kiss on his lips. He grinned as you pulled away, his eyes peered into yours.
“You are special to me, you know that right?”
“I do, but it’s good to keep reminding me everyday,” you smirked and patted his bare chest, fingers drag down to the black dragon brand on his chest. Knowing all he had gone through to obtain the power of the Iron Fist, you marveled at the brand then up to his blue eyes. “So, french toast okay?”
Danny smiled and pressed a warm kiss onto your forehead. “Sounds good.”
“The way Aloha, Scooby-Doo!’s script handles the first clash with the monsters is... interesting.”
Carl the Animator: “Why? Something wrong with it?”
Ted the Animator: “It just throws the monsters out randomly, right at the beginning! There’s no buildup, no tension… I mean, just compare it to the original Scooby-Doo episodes.”
Carl the Animator: “Oh c’mon, they were hardly screenwriting masterpieces themselves.”
Ted the Animator: “Well, yeah, sure… I’m not saying the structures were genius works of fine art or anything, but they worked. They were simple and cheesy, but understood how to build atmosphere and make things creepy.”
Carl the Animator: “True that… the astronaut skull/ghost/skost episode always unnerved me, even as I drew it.”
Ted the Animator: “…wait, did you just say ‘true that’?”
Carl the Animator: “No.”
Ted the Animator: “…anyway. Where were we?”
Carl the Animator: “Monsters. Scripts. Excitement!”
Ted the Animator: “Right. Those old shows needed to be tame enough to not give kids nightmares, but yet they still knew how to create a nice tension to the story. Proper pacing, an ominous tone, and a creepy buildup are what make y-
Carl the Animator: “OOH! Like the second Wallace and Gromit with the robot pants! It super freaked me out as a kid.”
Ted the Animator: “They’re trousers, thank you very much, but that’s actually a great example.”
Carl the Animator: “You know it.”
Ted the Animator: “The antagonist is a freakin’ penguin, but there’s always this captivating sense of forebode as the story builds, and as the audience uncovers the mystery. It never plays its hand too early.”
Carl the Animator: “Well said, Ted–… oh, that rhymed.”
Ted the Animator: “Thanks.”
Carl the Animator: “So… compared to all that, how does Aloha, Scooby-Doo! do the big monster reveal?”
Ted the Animator: “A bunch of characters that we barely know surf a bit, complain… and then the monsters all run at them 3 minutes 17 seconds into the movie.”
Carl the Animator: “…oh.”
Ted the Animator: “Yeah.”
Carl the Animator: “Well, then. Great, I was in the middle of animating that scene and hopin’ it was gonna be cool, but I guess not.”
Ted the Animator: “Sorry to burst your proverbial bubble.”
Carl the Animator: “Sheesh. After that, I’m not even gonna bother drawing in the mouth when it jumps at the camera.”
Ted the Animator: “That’s… that’s an odd stand to take, but y’know what? I support you for taking it.”
Carl the Animator: “Thank you, Ted… if we don’t fight for artistic quality in cheap direct-to-DVD kids movies, who will?”
My history crush is Gilbert du Motier, the Marquis de Lafayette. I never even heard of him until I got the complete series of Liberty’s Kids on DVD in 2014 and I have been obsessed with him and that time period ever since. He would be involved in two more revolutions in his lifetime.
He was a remarkable man….and he looked good in uniform too.