ZOOTOPIA POST #8: DESIGNING MAYOR LIONHEART AND ASST. MAYOR BELLWEATHER’S OFFICES
Early on I didn’t know where to put Asst. Mayor Belleweather’s desk. So I placed it right outside the mayor’s office in a very insignificant corner. Then it was decided to put her in her own office - the Maintenance Room :) Every now and then, I’ll plot my layout by building a simple mock up in Sketch Up.
Clarke sat on the throne the entire episode, they made it seem as if Clarke was in the ultimate power position. But look who helped her up. It wasn’t Abby, who was sitting right next to her for the longest time, it wasn’t Murphy who she spoke to. They had Clarke wait for Bellamy to come over and help her stand (because sitting on the throne alone made her weak (metaphorically).
And then, they moved the itty bitty little pieces of that horrible “Princess and Knight” trope right into the trash where it always belonged with this wide shot:
They are standing together. Side by side. Both of them in front of the throne. Because they lead together. Because they are equals. Because together is literally their catchphrase at this point. Look how much stronger she looks standing together with Bellamy.
There is no more “Princess and Knight”, no more “King and Princess”, “President and General”, no more “Enforcer” for Bellamy, there isn’t even any more “Clarke is actually the leader on this show and Bellamy just follows along.”
They are equals and they will lead their people together and I am so ready!
i am so blinded by my love for thor that i basically spent all of aou waiting for him to say literally anything. he could have just said something like “tax benefits” and i would be like “yasssss son u so wise keep slayin !!!!! “
All season we have seen our little core group of delinquents falling apart, sinking further into their depression, their PTSD, their grief. Running from their responsibilities, acting recklessly because of their trauma, taking (figurative and literal) drugs to forget. But what happens as soon as they are all back together? They begin to heal.
It is shown to us both literally: Clarke and Bellamy bandaging each other’s wounds-both emotionally and physically, for example, Clarke setting Raven’s broken arm and re-wrapping her wrist, Raven being pulled out of the CoL by her friends, and figuratively: Jasper was broken at the beginning of this episode, angry and sad, but we see him beginning to forgive Clarke at the end of this episode. Octavia choosing to stay with the delinquents and looking to Monty and Bellamy (both people who she has told she was leaving, who don’t want her to) when she says the above line.
Clarke smiled this episode for the first time in a while and both she and Bellamy were snarking at each other just like old times. Monty killed his mother (and only remaining parent) and we will surely see some aftereffects of this, but he was strong because he knew he needed to help Raven and because he had his friends.
“Love is weakness.” Sure to an AI it is, you could see ALIE watching with interest when Raven picked at exactly the right wounds and scabs to hurt her friends. And the biggest reactions always came after she mentioned someone they loved deeply (Clarke-her dad, Jasper-Maya, Bellamy-Gina (honorable mention Clarke).
Love is the key to ending ALIE. Love is the key to ending the CoL. Because computers can’t understand what it is to love and what humans will do for the people they love.
Love is what broke Raven out of the CoL tonight. Because the delinquents are family. Because the delinquents love each other. Love is the key.
P.S. (Coincidentally-Kane has already told us this season Bellamy is the key. Foreshadowing?)