The best (non-spoiler) thing about Voltron Season 2
… was my child (4 years old) watching it with me and being unable to pronounce “Shiro”. Her names for him were as follows:
And then when I had her slowly sound it out with me:
“Shi… Shiiii-ro…(short pause) That’s too hard… Let’s just call him Taco!”
I was having the “oh god oh god I WILL JUST HOLD MY JUDGEMENT TILL NEXT WEEK” feeling but after talking it out, you know what? Nope. It’s completely fine.
Yuuri’s been like this the whole time. Victor truly has no idea how fucking ridiculous his boyfriend is because he’s not the neurotic one in this relationship. This is literally the same misunderstanding that has been building the whole time. Yuuri has probably reached peak neuroticism by now. Peak stress = peak anxiety, thus his near panic attack after his skate because he doesn’t realize how hard he’s been trying to hold it together this whole time and how much anxiety he’s been supressing (he’s been spending a lot of energy convincing himself he’s fine with something that he isn’t actually fine with at all; see 2) below).
Victor is sweet and WANTS to be supportive and he’s really trying but he literally has NO FUCKING CLUE IN HIS HEAD about how Yuuri’s brain works, like, at all, because he’s kind of the opposite of neurotic. It’s not that he’s insensitive, he just has no frame of reference for how Yuuri processes things - likewise, Yuuri has no frame of reference for understanding that he, himself, just as he is, could be “enough” to make someone else happy because he’s never internalized that idea. I almost think the idea that he can make other people happy through anything other than skating well or “succeeding” by competitive standards - by just being himself and being around another person who likes spending time with him - may have never even crossed Yuuri’s mind in his life, honestly. (No, this isn’t an extreme assumption - I may have just cried writing this because I was nearly in my 30′s when I really started realizing that in most areas of my life I had a problem with *internalizing* the idea that other people might actually get something valuable and enjoyable out of my existence regardless of my “successes” or “failures”)
This “opposite” personality type thing is, of course, both bad and good for their relationship - it’s why they are complementary to each other but at the same time, these completely different viewpoints is probably the biggest difference between them and that is why it’s going to be the biggest and last hurdle standing between them and the mutual understanding necessary for a healthy relationship. And that’s exactly why I think it’s obvious that they WILL work it out.
1) Narratively, this show has been VERY solid and reliable. Everything in the narrative points to this as Yuuri being neurotic and Victor being clueless. If there were something to be gained by them breaking up, then I would be a little worried. However, no matter how I look at it, the only things that could be gained from a breakup are:
a) Victor would “be able to go back to skating” or whatever it is that Yuuri is “keeping him from” …except it’s clear by now that he literally doesn’t want to, he’s ENTIRELY happy with what he has right now, and Yuuri and everyone else wanting him to “return” to the past won’t change that.
b) If Yuuri wanted to continue his skating career or had some other goal but feels that he needs to develop his confidence on his own without “depending” on Victor for his self-worth, this might be a sensible reason to break up. It’s honestly the only one I could kind of see happening. Except that… we KNOW that his his breakup ideas are literally tied into his plans to retire from skating. He’s said it so many times that he plans for this to be his last season. So breaking up with Victor WOULDN’T “give him the chance to develop as a skater on his own” or whatever because that’s not even a thing he’s thinking about. Also, Victor’s earlier narration about spending so long trying to succeed alone and find strength alone also speaks to the fact “going it alone” and “the importance of not depending on anyone, ever” are definitely not meant to be the moral of the story for anyone here; after dependence and independence is interdependence; interdependence = healthy relationships.
c) Victor gets butthurt by Yuuri’s inability to believe in his feelings for him, thinks that Yuuri is somehow cheapening his feelings and doesn’t understand it as fear of rejection and self-deprication on Yuuri’s part, and they’d break up because of of failure to actually have a REAL CONVERSATION about it - but this is not a productive ending for any series; pretty much no story ends like that. The only case where I could see this happening is cheesy romance like BL manga, where after this scene they’d be apart for a couple of months until they ran into each other again, then one would realize he couldn’t live without the other, force the conversation, cry and have makeup sex *~the end*~ But that’s a lame convoluted narrative - not the style of this series - and takes way more than one or two episodes to deal with and still ends up with them together in the end. So it clearly won’t be that either.
So, honestly, there’s really nothing to be gained narratively by Yuuri winning the “let’s break up” argument, because all of his reasons are flawed and based on neurotic worries and assumptions about Victor but not actually knowing what Victor thinks. So far, everything in this show has made perfect narrative sense, so I’m not worried there.
2) Do you have anxiety? If you do, please tell me you are not familiar with the whole “JUST GIVE UP WHILE YOU’RE AHEAD SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO FAIL” feeling? But then you justify it like “No, see, I’ve come up with lots of reasons (i.e. neurotic worries) why this is the ‘realistic’ and ‘pragmatic’ thing to do, I’m not ‘running away’, I’m doing what makes sense! D:”. See, that’s obviously where Yuuri is at. This is a huge case of “Give up Victor now while all of your memories are perfect and good (and make an effort to make those memories as perfect and good as possible! re: the date in episode 10) so that you have something beautiful to hold onto but you don’t have to deal with losing him later - no, no, I’m not being cowardly, seriously, this is best for both of us! Really! Victor can go back to skating and everyone will be happy and I’ll go live the life I deserve (whatever that is, but 8 months with Victor was more than I ever thought I would get in the first place it would be ridiculously greedy to ask for more, there is a limit to how much I can ask for, I’m going to stop asking before the answer is “no” because I couldn’t deal with the thought of that. Better to push him away myself than to wait until he’s annoyed with me and be pushed away by him!” If you’re not familiar with this thought process I’m not sure you’re familiar with anxiety because that’s… basically the crux of it. And the more I look at it the more I can’t see it any other way.
The end of this episode is just a confirmation of my feelings after episode 9; In a way, I think episode 10 was meant to make you feel like maybe he’d solved that worry when actually he hadn’t: episode 10 actually just pushed him and Victor’s viewpoints even further apart, in a way:
Victor was feeling closer to a future together with Yuuri
Yuuri was feeling closer to being able to convince himself that he could end this memory on a good note; now he knew that he’d played an important part in Victor’s life and that was enough; he wanted to be able to end it without regrets that he hadn’t made the best of it.
This show is way too narratively clean to do something that doesn’t make sense now - and if by some wild chance they do break them up at the end it’s going to be in some romantic twist where they ARE still happy and love each other, (or else worst case scenario some cavalier move that relies on the hope of a second season but I seriously doubt that they won’t wrap this up, since all the metanarratives are already in place).
3) I know there’s going to be a ton of “NOO IT WAS QUEERBAITING ALL ALONG” bullshit because my friends have already been complaining about seeing a bunch of it (I’ve been covering my eyes) - but that’s what it is: bullshit. Sorry, but it is.
Guys, don’t be swayed by that doubt; You see, even if the unthinkable happens and they break up, you know what? This still wasn’t queerbaiting. Why? Because they were in love and are in love and when you break up with someone you loved does that you never loved them? No. It means you were in love and then you broke up - that’s what people do so guess what, QUEER PEOPLE DO THAT TOO. Let’s say a bisexual girl breaks up with a boyfriend she loved, and then a couple years later she falls in love with a girl - does that mean she is not bisexual or that she never loved that other boy? Obviously not. I would like it if people could stop thinking that breaking up means that somehow “it was never real to begin with”. That kind of thinking makes no sense. You can love more than one person in your life and if this show has made one thing clear it’s that these two love each other and have spent probably more than 8 months loving each other, and that their entire character arc was about falling in love - so even if they find some batshit crazy reason to break them up it doesn’t mean that this was queerbaiting because they fucking loved each other and breaking up won’t change the fact that those 8 months were real, okay? Seriously. I really don’t want to see any “it was queerbaiting” posts so I might just kind of be careful around tumblr for the next week.
#DEAR EPISODE 12 PLEASE MAKE ME CRY ALL THE TEARS IN A GOOD WAY #I HAVE FAITH IN YOU
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The FAHC hear about Dan
long before they meet him. Gavin rarely speaks about England,
deflects questions of his past with practised ease, but what stories
he does share are invariable entwined with Dan. The best friend from
back home, childhood guardian, family of choice. Quite literal
partner in crime.
The way Gavin tells it
he and Dan had each other and little need for anyone else; a perfect
partnership that carried them from childhood mishaps to petty crimes
to full scale felonies. The story is never really told in full but it
doesn’t take a genius to piece together that the two grew a little
too adventurous for their own good, a little too cocky and sure of of
their abilities, and someone took notice. Things got too dangerous so
Dan signed up and shipped out and Gavin went remote; moving most of
his dealings online, where he eventually caught Burnie’s eye, moved
to the US and made his mark in Los Santos. It’s
a simple enough conclusion if not a particularly glamorous one, and
Gavin is still in regular contact with his old friend, occasionally
sharing various updates with them all.
They know Dan’s
ex-military, know he’s apparently an establish mercenary these days
with a reputation of his own, but all this knowledge is hard to take
seriously when it’s filtered through Gavin’s stories of loveable,
puppyish best buddy Dan. The man who always followed Gavin’s lead
without question, who’s never really been the brains but has always
had Gavin’s back, who has Gavin chattering away on the phone at top
speed, accent thick and unintelligible with a strong undercurrent of
It’s hard not to feel
some amusement when Gavin tells them all about Dan’s latest
adventures, the wacky disasters and embellished-sounding
achievements; it’s not that they think it’s a lie, exactly, but
everyone knows how easy it is to be blinded by adoration and warm
nostalgia, and by now they’ve all got a certain kind of image in
their minds. Dependable sidekick Dan, friendly backup muscle Dan,
maybe we should make sure someone over there is looking out for him
So when Gavin announces
that Dan is finally visiting, buzzing about the penthouse like a
hummingbird on speed, it really doesn’t cross anyone’s mind to be in
any way concerned. To be anything other than mildly pleased at the
chance to finally put a face to the name. Whenever Gavin spoke of him
he’s been Dan or B or, when Gavin is particularly snippy, Daniel.
Gavin’s never offered a last name and no one has ever pushed for one;
other than the offer to keep an eye on the man, which Gavin laughed
off, there’s really been no need.
An oversight Geoff
quickly comes to regret when the man who turns up is definitely not
what they were expecting. He’s got a nice face, sure, all smiles and
laugh lines, no doubt flirting up a storm with every pretty girl he
sees, but he’s physically intimidating, as tall and broad as Ryan,
comparatively enormous when he squeezes Gavin into a bear hug. Anyone
who’s looking can see all the tells of a very dangerous man, and
Geoff is never not looking. He’s not the only one, Jack’s spine
snapping ramrod straight while Michael and Jeremy hover closer to
Gavin than strictly necessary, Ryan tensing in a flash of recognition
that has him muttering a name at the same time as Dan introduces
Not for one moment had
anyone considered the possibility that Gavin’s Dan might turn out to
be be Daniel Gruchy, the only known half of the SMG, the UK’s
infamously untouchable fixer crew; known as much for their secrecy as
for their skills in everything from the acquisition of delicate
information to the acquirement of misplaced items and individuals.
Geoff is pretty sure
there are some unsubstantiated rumours suggesting the crew has
connections to a few of Europe’s more influential disappearances but
he doesn’t know, had never
really looked into it – wouldn’t have even known about SMG at all
if not for the necessity of monitoring the balance of powers anywhere
he does business. He hadn’t thought it was something the FAHC would
ever have to worry about. Doesn’t rightfully know if they have to
worry about it now,
with an unknown mercenary in his hallway and his oblivious,
emotionally-compromised frontman bouncing about half incoherent with
is until Gavin pauses to take a breath, catches sight of Geoff’s
shocked expression, and grins,
sharp, smug and utterly vindictive. Of course. Of course Gavin is
not only fully aware of what his friend does for a living but has
intentionally withheld that information to leave the crew blindsided
by the realisation. Chances are he knows exactly what kind of
unflattering assumptions they’ve all been making about Dan’s
character and this is merely his usual underhanded flavour of
A battered duffle-bag
is abandoned near the front door as Gavin drags them all into the
living room, shoving Dan onto a couch and flopping down next to him,
bossily poking and prodding in a way that really doesn’t seem
advisable, if not for the easy familiarity between the two. Because
even seated and exuding exhaustion Dan carries that familiar air of
danger, coiled strength and resting violence, relaxed but carefully
alert in the same way Ryan is never really shut down. The same way
any predator is always watching for potential threats, yet there he
sits, almost comically placid as he complies with Gavin’s
every whim, and in an instant something clicks in Geoff’s mind.
Michael and Jeremy have
already succumbed to temptation, eagerly pressing Dan for mortifying
stories of Gavin’s youth, but if Ryan’s huff of surprise and Jack’s
quiet little ‘huh’ are anything to go by then the Gent’s appear to be
as in sync as always. A silent
exchange of looks is enough to reach an agreement, raucous laughter
and squawking protest following them down the hall as they slip into
the privacy of Geoff’s office, Jack immediately grabbing the laptop
while Geoff and Ryan get on their phones, each reaching out to any
and all contacts they have across the pond as they try to work out
what the fuck is happening.
Dan is the more recognisable face of the SMG, yes, but everyone knows
he has a partner, the strategist to his raw strength; the mercenary
and the mastermind. The few claimed descriptions of the unknown man
vary so widely it’s clear there is some kind of body double nonsense
at play but the few that match up ring more than enough bells to
confirm their suspicions; lean, chatty, fastidiously put-together and
smooth enough to out-charm the devil.
Honestly it’s not like
it was any great secret that Gavin had some serious extra income, nor
had they missed the way he occasionally spent his free time hunched
over a computer, hard at work on something entirely unrelated to the
FAHC, but no one had imagined anything quite on this scale.
Had never considered that Gavin and Dan could have totally unrelated,
equally time-consuming lives on different continents without ever
disbanding their original crew. And there is a crew, a close-knit
collection of trusted friends recruited to carry out the majority of
the necessary physical aspects of the work, whose loyalty is only
further affirmed by their hefty paycheques. They
fill in for Gavin and Dan to keep the crew running day-to-day,
mystique of the unstoppable duo, keeping themselves nameless to flit
about unseen and undisturbed; the phantoms of the SMG.
absolutely ridiculous but the mounting evidence is undeniable. For
all the faces Gavin wears for the FAHC it seems he has more still
kept seperate, another slew of facets reserved for another life. An
entire empire they’d known nothing about.
in the living room and Gavin is still lamenting his choice in
friends, Michael is distributing beers, Jeremy’s pulling out the Xbox
and Dan is looking right back at Geoff. One eyebrow raised, a
half-familiar smirk tugging at his lips and Gavin tucked comfortably
close underneath his arm; it’s not a challenge, exactly, but it’s
definitely a statement. Recognition that he knows that Geoff knows
and is no less blatantly amused by the stir he’s caused than Gavin
was before him.
blindingly clear he is really not the idiot they had imagined, and
honestly Geoff should have known better, they all should have
known better. Should have remembered that Gavin could be the brains
in just about any operation, that recognising his absurd brilliance
was more a sign of intelligence than it was a display of stupidity.
After all, there’s nothing at all stupid about the way the SMG has
been managed, not when every contact has the same things to say about
them: they’re discreet, they’re efficient, they’re consummate
professionals, and if you cross them they will ruin you.
SMG have a clear policy – all clients are vetted before a job is
taken, once the job is taken it will be completed in full, all
sensitive material remains confidential, and if any client attempts
to deviate, deceive or in any way undermine the agreement the
penalties will be swift, and they will be severe.
a carefully cultivated reputation establishing the SMG firmly in the
grey, the Switzerland of gang-warfare; taking jobs from whomever they
please without repercussion for taking sides, simultaneously loyal to
all and none of their clients. An inbuilt safety net, subtly ensuring
that any possible threat their considerable skills can’t handle alone
will likely be taken care of by a veritable army of regular employers
with a vested interest in their continued ability to work. It’s
fucking genius, really.
compelling still is the unavoidable implications of their line of
work - the unspoken fallback plan of their insurmountable mountain of
blackmail material. Violence, fear, that’s leverage in any timezone,
but knowledge? Secrets and scandals and the kind of information that
makes and breaks empires? That’s true power, and the SMG have been
collecting it for years.