I’m upset that Moonlight didn’t get the audio commentary and long winded applause that La La Land did for their fail win. It’s so unfair. The memes are funny, but the Moonlight team has been robbed of a proper awarding and the Academy should be ashamed.
There’s a lot to say about Jingo, and I wish I was in the right headspace to really write coherently, but I’ve been sitting here with this text post open for about half an hour trying different sentences and finding that none of them quite fit what I’m feeling.
There’s a lot of anger in this book. It’s hard to notice, sometimes, because it’s also an incredibly funny and ridiculous book. There are a lot of jokes! But some of those jokes come to a sharp and unexpected point. That scene with Detritus and the Riot Act is hilarious; it’s got Vimes at his most dry and sarcastic and it’s got Detritus methodically picking up a man and using him to hit a bunch of other men. But it’s also got that sharp moment when one of the men claims that Klatchians have killed people, and Vimes asks “who?” and the man falters and says “…everyone knows they’ve been killing people!” and that’s such a familiar sounding phrase that it pulls you up short.
There’s so much of that in this book. Little moments, that betray the frustration and anger behind the entire plotline. When I first read it, I was thirteen, and didn’t notice most of it. But I distinctly remember reading for the first time that scene between Carrot and Goriff:
“We can tell which way the wind is blowing,” said Goriff calmly. Carrot sniffed the salt air. “It’s blowing from Klatch,” he said. “For you, perhaps,” said Goriff.
I’ve never forgotten that. That was how I remembered Jingo after reading the entire series and going back again. There are others that hit me harder now (the “they are us” passage in particular) but this was the scene that telegraphed perfectly to me the bitterness and frustration in this conflict, in watching it, in living it.
And then Jingo gives us what we all want so badly, the whole time, watching this play out. Vimes puts his foot down. He charges in. He arrests the leaders of the opposing nations. He arrests the armies. He stops it, he ends it. And there’s still frustration, there has to be, there’s no way everything can get better overnight. But he saw how stupid the whole thing was and he made it stop. There’s anger in that, too, because it’s what the angry part of us watching the conflict wants to have happen. We want to arrest the armies. We want to arrest Lord Rust and Prince Cadram and everybody like them. We want to end it, and we get to do that alongside Vimes. If only we didn’t have to put the book down afterwards.
I need to make some space for my own anger at the end of this tirade here. Reading the tags on some of these posts, a huge number of them echo the same core sentiment: “relevant.” And it is. It’s so relevant.And I’m so angry. Because it shouldn’t be. We shouldn’t still be here, watching the pebbles bounce. We shouldn’t feel an aching familiarity in the words of a bigot declaring that “everyone knows” something completely made-up, or in a family leaving their home because the people around them are claiming it doesn’t belong to them. Why are we still here. Why is this still happening. Why is this still relevant.
I’m extremely glad to have this book, as an excellent story and excellent social commentary, to be relevant in this time. But I still wish that it wasn’t.
While one of the most important plot points in TG/TG:RE revolve around Kaneki’s suicidal desires and his depression – We have never seen anyone discuss Touka’s. In this fandom, Touka’s motivations are often under-analyzed, and quite a bit about her nature and personality is missed because of this.
While Touka is a character who is quite strong and decisive, she is also a character who is deathly afraid of being alone.
From a young age, Touka has lost most of the people in her life who she cared about. First her mother, then her father, who left home and never returned. From that point, she was forced to grow up quickly in order to care of both herself and her brother. Then, after finding a new family in anteiku, Touka loses her brother after he abandons her to join aogiri.
Losing loved ones – either to death or abandonment creates an intense pain within Touka, to the point that she is willing to throw her life away in order to quell it. We see our first glimpse of this after Ryouko is killed by the CCG. When she first learns of her death, Touka immediately wants revenge, even at the risk of her own life and the others at anteiku.
At this time, the pain of losing a loved one is so much that she can’t move on. She can’t move past this without trying to get revenge for Ryouko, even after being forbidden, she still makes her move. Later, in her conversation with Kaneki, we learn more about her motivation to put herself at such great risk.
Touka explains that she can’t stand the idea of kind ghouls like Ryouko or Hinami are killed without remorse or hesitation, but she also says something interesting here. “It’d be a better for a murderer like me to die.” While Touka is not actively trying to get herself killed, she also doesn’t seem to mind if she dies. She has a negative view of herself, calling herself a murderer and putting herself down. If it’s for the sake of protecting loved ones or avenging murdered loved ones, she would gladly die.
We next see this reckless nature when Kaneki is taken by aogiri.
Touka is willing to go into aogiri alone to try to get Kaneki back. Doing so would effectively be a suicide mission, but she doesn’t care – getting Kaneki back is more important than her own life. Not losing another person is more important to her, even if getting him back is nearly impossible on her own.
Next time, we see her attempt to do this again during the anteiku raid. Yomo has to stop Touka from going to anteiku, as she claims that while she doesn’t want to die – she also doesn’t want to be alone. She can’t stand the idea of losing her new family, and argues with Yomo, saying that she deserves to be punished, just like the other members of anteiku. Her fear of being alone outweighs hers desire to live.
She can’t stand the idea of going through that pain again.
She has a breakdown in this chapter, asking why everyone around her has just randomly died or left – and thinks back to all of the people in her life who she has lost, or is about to lose. She still wants to go save them, and she still want to die with them.
Luckily, Touka seems to have been able to move past this way of thinking over the years thanks to Yomo’s influence – and is later able to leave him behind in the underground, remembering the words that he told her during the anteiku raid. But, this aspect of Touka’s character is so important, tragic, and often overlooked.
A lot of people grew up on Captain America, or Iron Man. I was that little period in between that was a bit too late for Cap, and a bit too early for Tony. I grew up on Spiderman. I watched every show I could get my hands on, cartoons, kids shows, movies, I read comics. Spiderman was my superhero, especially when I was a preteen and I needed someone like that, someone who was like me. Spiderman was like me. He is the epitome of a teenager. I mean, you just have to look at his one-liners to see it. Things like that came out of me and my brother’s mouth daily, and then I see a hero doing the same thing. Spiderman was MY hero.
I’ve already told you I watched the movies. Tobey Macguire’s Spiderman first came out in 2002, I was too young to watch it. So I knew the comics, the cartoons, all of Peter’s origins and villains and backstory, before I watched his films. I’m going to preface this by saying I only watched half of the first one. But it was SO disappointing.
What makes Spiderman a hero, to me, is not his powers. Anyone could be mutated and decide, “hey, I’m going to deal with this” or “hey, I should get this checked out”. Peter didn’t do that, because he already wanted to be a hero. His powers didn’t make him a hero. He was a hero before. Spiderman is not about his powers. But that’s what 2002 Spiderman did. They took away Peter’s intelligence, made him little more than a comic relief. His intelligence is an integral part of Peter. He made his own webshooters, they aren’t a part of his powers. That, that right there shows you how much of a hero he is. Because yeah, he can climb on walls and use super strength, but when you think of Spiderman, you don’t think of those, you think of his webs. Those are his weapons, and they don’t hurt anyone, and I swear to god if that doesn’t show you how much Peter is a hero, you’re looking at him wrong. And so there’s no better way to show you how much 2002 messed up Spiderman than the fact that the webs are part of his powers, that he had them and didn’t make them. They took away his intelligence, his ingenuity, and that is what Peter IS. They turn him nothing more than ridiculous, and it was so crushing.
Peter is brilliant. He’s an amazing scientist, in the cartoons he often has internships as well as being a photographer, and he made his own webshooters. In CACW, Tony fucking Stark is impressed with the webshooters. He’s amazed, Tony Stark is amazed, at what Peter made. Peter works with a box of scraps and creates amazing things. He doesn’t fight with brute force, he strategizes, which is what makes the webs work for him as a weapon.
On another note, Andrew Garfield’s 2012 film I saw in theaters when it came out. I was just 13, and idolized Spiderman, because he was one of us. I was disappointed that he was not in highschool
(and by this I mean, I understand that they claimed Peter and Gwen were in highschool, but I’m sorry, Andrew and Emma don’t pass off as highschoolers. If they were going to completely invalidate the identity like that, they should have just set it in college. I never was able to fully immerse myself in the story and believe that Peter was in highschool, and he had so much freetime that it was even more unbelievable that he was a highschooler), because to me the fact that Peter has to balance his classes, part-time job, and crimefighting just once again shows his absolute dedication and brilliance and is an incredibly important aspect of his character, but it was fine. The 2012 film was much better than the 2002 film, but I still disliked it; it left me unsatisfied. Peter’s character was more true to form, but the movie itself was done badly and, I felt, focused too much on a romance for an origin story that (spoiler alert!!) didn’t even pan out. I understand that the movie was simply a set up for a series (that didn’t even work out well), but it was still incredibly disheartening. Perhaps the worst part was the fact that he WASN’T a highschooler, because I felt like they were invalidating teenagers and an important part of my identity at the time. I think the fact that Peter is a teenager is incredibly influential over his entire character, and the way he fights and speaks. But I was also incredibly disappointed that they didn’t even stay true to Peter’s origin story!! Who is the Lizard? Where was Harry?
Back to Spiderman: Homecoming. I was so ecstatic when they included Spiderman in CACW. I was even more excited when they released who would be playing him. Finally, Peter is a teenager played by someone who can pass off as an actual teenager. Finally, he is back to his brilliant roots (”I can’t” “Why not?” “I have homework…”). It is so redeeming. Everything that was incredibly important to Peter’s character which has been taken away in the past is back.
He’s an awkward teenager, but still incredibly brilliant. He has trouble with communication. Aunt May and school are important to him, just as important as saving people (Not the world. PEOPLE). He’s not afraid to stand up to someone, even if they’re someone he believes in and looks up to (examples: see CACW). He banters during fights but is still badass. He’s fascinated by things he doesn’t understand, willing to learn. He tries too hard. He is a teenager, in every sense of the word.
I’m most looking forward to Tony’s role in Homecoming. Because Peter is exactly like Tony. He is an innovator, an inventor. He’s brilliant, too brilliant for his own good, and has been alienated for it. He lost his parents young, but has a few good friends. And he believes in people. Like Tony, he doesn’t want to save the world. He just wants to save people. He believes that people are important. That’s why he’s a hero – that’s why Tony’s a hero. Neither one of them could give it up, because they can’t give up on people. They’ll fight for people, just as much as they’ll fight for what they believe in. There are so many parallels between them, and Tony saying “I wanted you to be better” told me that he sees them to. I am so excited to see that relationship.
I am incredibly hopeful for Spiderman: Homecoming, and I hope it does Peter the justice none of the other movies have.
In these two gifs, Zuko and Joo Dee keel before someone far more powerful than them.
In both scenes, the person opposite the kneeling figure casts a long shadow that makes them seem larger-than-life and far more imposing and and threatening than the person opposite to them. However, the effect of those two scenes is very different.
With Ozai, we see him approaching Zuko (thus making him seem like a more aggressive, and imminent threat). His shadow, however, is approximately the same size as him, but it’s still very threatening as the shadow comes closer and closer to Zuko, revealing to the audience Ozai’s immense intimidating stature.
The scene with Joo Dee and Long Feng in contrast is somewhat different. We open up with a much more calm scene as Long Feng and Joo Dee are sitting down. However, we still get a sense of danger, and a strange, eerie atmosphere which isn’t helped at all by the lighting.
In this scene, Long Feng and Joo Dee appear to be equal in height, with both characters being seated (although Joo Dee is kneeling since Long Feng is higher p in the chain of command).
However, what really makes this scene is the shadow cast by Long Feng–it’s much larger than both Joo Dee and Long Feng, but it’s being created by Long Feng, thus making him appear larger and more sinister than he appears, and consequently making Joo Dee appear even smaller.
so, the National Museum of American Jewish History in philly is currently preparing to curate an exhibit on queer american jews, and they’re looking for you.
(you here being a queer american jew, which, if you’re reading this tumblr, you probably are)
do you have a story about your jewish queerness that you’ve always wanted to tell? (i know you do; i’ve read your posts). did you read the autostraddle post on being gay on hannukah and want to give a follow-up? are you sick of depleted representation of people like you, and would love to see some in a museum?
if so, submit a story (SUPER CONVENIENTLY) to this tumblr. (yes, the exhibit has a tumblr. what a time to be alive). tell your story. be heard. get images of yourself out there, and then come to philly and see them on display.
hannukah sameach, and may all your wintertimes be queer
“Hey you! Can you tell us what it’s like to work so closely with All Might?” the reporter asks Izuku, who would probably be the best person to answer this question if he weren’t protecting a secret and also didn’t have social anxiety up the everywhere
Ochako, asked the same question: uuuhhhh he’s…. got muscles?
Iida: improvises an entire speech about All Might and i’m honestly feeling a little attacked right now b/c this is basically me with Bakugou
reporter: brings up the sludge villain incident. Bakugou: WALK AWAY.* (*BEFORE I FUCKING BLOW YOUR ASS UP FOR MENTIONING THAT)
seriously that’s such a thinly veiled threat im
Aizawa looks more like a hobo than usual today. also he just shoos the reporters out like bothersome little pests i love it
random but i enjoy that the reporter lady is wearing slacks instead of a skirt
“Naturally, everybody wanted to get their hands on All Might” and then it cuts to Shigaraki
also hi Shigaraki you…. creepy motherfucker. standing there all… menacingly…….
okay i’m just gonna say that fucking pun was intentional on narrator!Izuku’s part because there’s no way that was an accident
future adult narrator Izuku is this the time to be making bad puns about the villains coming to kill your teacher/mentor/father figure
i can see the angst possibilites of the new team 7
sarada and mitsuki are in love with boruto who has no idea that he’s their sunshine. they are blinded by his light whenever he smiles at them. he can make them laugh anytime anywhere because he’s an energetic fluffball. but they see his ambition and they want him to change the world because he’s a prodigy and their sun and the sun deserves to shine everywhere.
as they grow up, sarada falls out of love. she still loves boruto but as a friend, as a teammate who she would do anything for. but mitsuki never falls out of love. he can’t. he thinks he’s selfish because he can’t let boruto go. everyday he tells himself, ‘tomorrow. tomorrow i will move on.’ but he never does.
and then comes the day when he has to choose between his village and boruto. and boruto realizes that the sun needs the moon to be whole. he goes after mitsuki and he tells him what he never told him.
and mitsuki says ‘i love you’ back.
they kiss and marry and are those tears in my eyes
interesting thing i’ve been thinking about: why do some memes last longer than others? i think that the main factors involved are versatility, creativity, and ease of creation.
for example, the “spongebob mocking” meme is super versatile because you can insert any pop culture reference of one person disregarding/mocking something that someone else says. it’s also very easy to create—you just type out the quote in two different ways, then insert the spongebob image under it. however, it’s not a particularly creative meme (at least not in my opinion). so maybe that’s why i haven’t seen it around recently.
my second example is the “increasingly verbose” meme. i think this meme is incredibly creative. it’s very hard to describe why it’s so funny. it’s also quite versatile—you can pick any character/person, and a quote from them. but unfortunately, it seems to have dropped out of fashion pretty quickly. i think this is because it’s not an easy meme to create. for one thing, you have to draw multiple low-quality iterations of a picture. you also have to think up and create the increasingly verbose text.
similarly, the “lik the bred” meme is both creative and versatile (it can be applied to many pictures of animals, and numerous other scenarios), but it isn’t easy to create. you have to write an eight-line poem with the correct meter and rhyme scheme, which isn’t a very easy task. “lik the bred” is more popular than “increasingly verbose,” but unfortunately i’ve still seen its numbers dwindle. (this is my favorite meme so i’m sad)
a meme that is creative and easy to create but not versatile is the “cask of amontillado” meme. it’s not hard to create because literally anything referencing the short story in a humorous way constitutes an example of the meme. however, it’s not very versatile, as the meme only really applies to one short story. and that’s why the meme is virtually nonexistent today.
two examples of memes that meet my three criteria are the “me an intellectual” meme, and the “x? in my y? it’s more likely than you think” meme. both of these memes are from a while ago, yet we still see examples of them today. i bet i could look through @memedocumentation’s list of 2015 memes, and the ones that are still in use today would often be the ones that meet my criteria.
…anyway, that was a lot longer than i expected it to be, but i hope some people find it interesting!
I know this is an unpopular opinion, but I genuinely think the ending to the original xxxHolic manga was very good and very in-line with who Watanuki is.
Of course he gives up his happiness and life for the shop and for Yuuko.
He does NOT respect himself. He sees no value in his own life. I know a lot of people are upset by this, especially considering the spider-lady arc and how Yuuko and Doumeki try hammering into Watanuki’s head that he matters to them but I have to ask
Did you really expect that to work?
I’m probably going to get a little personal, but as someone who doesn’t see a lot of value in themselves, I find it really great to not have Watanuki suddenly decide he matters and that people care about him just because of one incident. That’s not how people work. That’s not how Watanuki works. That’s not how I work. Despite being relatively financially stable, living with my boyfriend, and having friends I can confide in, I still struggle with feeling like I matter. I have people who tell me they love me every day, and it is still hard for me to believe them.
I think Watanuki is the same. I don’t think he sees value in himself, and I think he needed more constant reassurance that he had value, that his life had meaning. And I think it’s very naive to think Watanuki can just get over that sort of mentality so easily. One incident will not change a lifetime of self-loathing. Loving yourself takes time, and I don’t think Watanuki gave himself time to reflect on it.
I think Watanuki also took the wrong message from that arc as well - he didn’t take it as “find merit in yourself and your person” but “find merit in what you do”. When taken in that sort of context, of course he would take over the shop. Of course he would destroy his own happiness. He wants to find merit in himself somehow, and becoming someone important is how he manifests that. By taking over the shop, he becomes one of the most powerful and influential people alive. He is able to communicate with spirits and mystical beings, and can take care of people who travel across dimensions. He is, in essence, a very powerful, and important, person because of the work he does for others, playing once more into his selfless behaviour.
He found merit in what he does. But not who he is. I can only hope that he finds a healthy balance for both in xxxHolic Rei.
I was wondering about your opinion about these dynamics: Jin and Jungkook; Jimin and V; and J-Hope and Suga. The reason I'm wondering is because to me these seem the closest (although they all seem pretty close), and I love reading your analysis' of the members, so it would be interesting to see how you view them.
As I have a lot of opinion/analysis asks sitting around that I haven’t had time or energy to answer, I think I’ll answer this one right now since it’s one that mentions 3 different ships and i’ll compare them in a casual way. as for the difference between their platonic relationships, i do see why people seem to be drawn or recognize them because these 3 pairs while very different, are very clear.
it’ll be a long post so i’m going to try to keep it somewhat short and concise. (if it’s even possible for me.)
Jin & Jeongguk (jinkook)
Jin and Jeongguk have a very close relationship and have sited multiple times each other being favorites or favored members in the house. Jeongguk has said that, when he first came (once he said Hoseok but most often he says Jin) that it was Jin who raised him well and taught him lots of things. Jeongguk showed up when he was just a preteen, and BTS basically raised him from late middle school into an adult. They are his best friends and he considers his brothers his family, if the song “BEGIN” from the WINGS album doesn’t clarify that, there ya go. Jin and Jeongguk are easy to take notice of because they joke around, a LOT. They have a very very easygoing relationship, a lot like real brothers. they tease each other, man handle and wrestle with each other, protect each other, and seem to have an unspoken level of closeness that isn’t even broken when they’re on opposite sides of the room.
Aside from openly speaking about their closeness, it’s just really clear in their mannerisms.In my opinion, these two have the most sibling-like relationship in all of BTS. They just scream closeness but also, stay away from me with your dad jokes bro // that brat never ever listens to me what a nerd. :’) it’s WHOLESOME.
Jimin & Taehyung (vmin)
Jimin and Taetae are the CLASSIC example of BEST FRIENDS FOREVER. like…it’s…so…sappy. I love it. They understand each other and support each other LITEARLLY endlessly. Unlike Jinkook they’re unlikely to wrestle or tease each other in a brotherly way so much as they’re going to just? idk they ride the same wave length. they count on each other, are each others biggest fans and supports. they’re unafraid to express their love, their support and profound respect for each other. They seem like the kind of best friends that would be godparents to each others kids and be 89 years old still scheduling hang outs. It’s effortless and pure, and they OPENLY explain, many, many, many, many times, that they consider each other their best friend in the house/group.
They seem to click in ways that seems a little different from the other members. If Taehyung’s new song that Rap Mon confirmed was about Jimin, doesn’t explain that, idk what will. They just have this, inspirational level of belief and comfort in each other. They’re just…everything a friendship should be, honestly. It’s….it’s too much for me.
Yoongi & Hobi (yoonseok)
These two just….GET each other. Yoongi tags Hoseok as his SOUL PARTNER. if that isn’t evidence of the fact that these two have a strong, reliable, deep bond, idk what is. Yoongi and Hoseok have this palpable, warm and radiating aura of trust and adoration around each other. They ALWAYS have each others backs. They understand each others random references and jokes, they can read each others moods and seem to navigate towards each other naturally. They tend to pick the same team or each other as teammates often, and they obviously are able to talk each other into things that others wouldn’t be able to.
for Yoongi, I know he’s said before it’s because Hoseok makes him feel positive, happy and Hoseok is his “battery”. as for Hoseok, Hoseok reassures us interview after interview, that despite what it seems like Yoongi looks after members well, and Yoongi is reliable and safe. They seem to have a very symbiotic relationship, in a very healthy way. Two people who struggle from insecurities, who are very driven and determined when it comes to music, and who are very honest and loyal. Yoonseok are one of the most obvious and powerful bonds in all of BTS, imo, and more and more people seem to be seeing it for themselves, and i’m so glad. They’re…honestly the best. Their dynamic is like…….amazing to watch. if you just “yoonseok” watch so to speak, you’ll see that they have subtle patterns and habits when it comes to each other that’s just heartwarming and it really speaks volumes about how close they are.
Anyways i love all of these dynamics very much, and i have a lot of questions about my opinions on things like this, but unfortunately i can’t answer them all. i hope this helps, and i look forward to hearing opinions in return about this analysis and also other peoples fav dynamics too~.
Companions react to being accidentally groped by Sole in their sleep.
(Okay apologies first of all, I still need to work on Deacon’s
personality as I’m sorta unsure. I don’t want to get anything wrong, you
know how it is! I have yet to go and get Deacon as a companion in the
game so that’s why really… And for obvious reasons some aren’t included in this reaction. Nick Valentine as he’s kinda. Eh. You know. Also if anyone does send in an ask and you want Romanced!Companions, just say so.)
Cait: “What the fuckin’ hell do ya think you’re doing?” Cait wakes Sole up and punches them in the chest, hard.
She wakes up and begins to giggle wildly. She tries to keep the volume
down to try not to wake Sole up, but ends up doing so anyway. She
explains what Sole did in their sleep and watches Sole’s face turn as
red as a tato.
Paladin Danse: He moans
quietly but soon clamps his hand over his mouth. He questions whether
Sole was awake or not and squints in the darkness to try and see. When
he figures out that Sole is actually sleeping, he feels relieved nobody
heard him - But he’s still embarrassed as fuck.
Accidentally elbows Sole in shock, waking them up. “I’m so sorry!” he
mumbles, jumping out of bed. Sole frowns, but soon falls asleep. Hancock
is unsure whether to go back into bed or not, for fear of being hurt by
an angry Sole
He gasps and his eyes shoot wide open. He whispers Sole’s name and asks
if they are awake. When he doesn’t hear anything he lays there, not
wanting to move. A cold sweat breaks out and he gently moves their hands
away from him.
Garvey: “General…” He whispers, his heart beating fast. He feels his
temperature rise, and quickly turns over to face away from Sole, inching
as far away as possible. Then goes back to sleep.
She, like Danse, moans at Sole’s touch, before covering her mouth with
two hands. Piper doesn’t sleep for the rest of the night.
if you couldve written the episode how would you have done it?
Keeping it as close to canon as is reasonable, here’s the changes I would make:
For starters, I wouldn’t have it so that Eobard decided to keep the Legends alive.
As someone (I forget who, sorry. Maybe @kendrasaunders?) pointed out, Eobard was willing to kill Cisco, who he loved like a son, for maybe being a liability in his plans. He likes poetic justice, but he was trying to kill Barry as a child to extract someone that would later become a thorn in his side. He’s not the guy who says “hey, let’s keep our enemies alive for funsies”.
But then again, I think there would be easy to write around. Eobard needs Martin alive because he needs his brain. Beyond that, it appeases Mick to keep his friends alive, and Mick did get them the spear, so the legion is like “yeah sure, until they become a problem, but we’re not letting them totally off the hook”. The Legion finds the Legends frustrating, but honestly it’s not like there’s any huge animosity between Eobard and most of them (like Ray??? Jax??) or between Malcolm and most of them (except Sara really) and Damien is just… Damien.
So Mick ensures they don’t end up in any true horror versions of their lives (because really, being a janitor isn’t going to be Ray’s “worst nightmare” or “personal hell”, he’s just unfulfilled. Nate’s life and Jax’s life seem not great but not horrific except that Eobard is threatening Jax). The Legion wants them dispersed and not happy, but Mick makes sure they don’t end up totally fucked.
Damien can still be all for taunting Sara by keeping her under his employ with Amaya, but I’d prefer them not to be so sexualized and submissive, personally. I get that Damien’s a complete creep though.
Damien doesn’t get to keep the Flash’s head as a trophy. Write a few throwaway lines about how Eobard killed the Flash after regaining the speedforce and how satisfying it was for him. Make it so that Cisco and Caitlin are there and adore Eobard and are friends with him. He mentioned missing them, after all. (And have a line about why he hasn’t returned to the future yet, or make it so that’s in his plans for after he destroys the spear?)
I liked Malcolm’s personal perfect world but I’d prefer there have been no mention of Nyssa unless it was something like “she’s dead” because forcing her into the closet was pretty terrible. I’d have preferred they say something to the effect of Oliver Queen dying on the Queen’s Gambit with his father, or else never grew up beyond being a spoiled rich brat who is bff’s with Tommy.
I would’ve had Len and Mick doing their thing but had Len express boredom with how easy stealing is, acknowledge he’s maybe made a mistake. Have him share his own frustration while trying to appease Mick. “We don’t get to have the rush of a real chase anymore unless we re-write reality. And guess who doesn’t want us to do that.” Set up Len vs. Eobard before Eobard calls him, and then have Eobard call him “speak of the devil” and ‘summon’ them.
That’s when it could start to become clear that the Legends are alive because of Mick, and make it so that Len helped negotiate on Mick’s behalf.
Maintain some of the rest of the episode. Someone save Brandon Routh from that terrible weird 90′s style janitor thing.
Have the entire team argue about whether to trust Mick. Have Ray and Amaya stand up for him against Sara.
Have Jax torn: we were a team man.
Mick: he was my partner. You’d do the same for yours. (referring to Martin)
Jax shaking his head, hurt: No… I wouldn’t.
Have that be a moment where Mick realizes that loyalty to a group and loyalty to one person really do look different. Loyalty to an ideal. He’s not fully ready for the realization yet, so he reacts a little too knee-jerk and tells them to go, he’ll stay behind, they don’t want him anyway. Have Ray and Amaya look hurt but accede to his wishes.
Then have Mick call up Len, and when asked if he’s been cut loose, have Mick say… “I cut them loose. I don’t know how to be on a team.”
Make it poignant but more his choice. Make it clear he’s sad he doesn’t know what he’s doing, or how to make this right.
When Len and Mick go to the Legion, Mick has a demand. “The Legends live. This time, when we re-write reality to get rid of that speedster, we’re giving them better lives so they aren’t miserable enough to need fixing.”
The Legion argues but Mick puts his foot down. If they want his help, this is how it’s gonna be, and they wouldn’t even have the spear if it weren’t for him. Possibly make Damien and Malcolm demand that Sara at least has to die, if he wants the rest of his friends to be happy and whole, and possibly allow Mick to agree. Show that there really is bad blood there, but make it clear on Mick’s face that he’s sad/ashamed to agree to that.
Then Mick shares the details of the Legends’ plan etc, and we head toward the battle.
Which goes down roughly the same way? Except when Mick picks up the spear, change the dialogue. Have Len ask for it, but have someone else deliver the line about Mick being a good boy. This could go either way. It could be someone on the Legion, like Eobard manipulating them, or Damien or Malcolm being pissed about the situation. Or it could be a Legend, Sara, saying it scathingly.
Amaya would still interject that she believes in Mick, no matter what he does.
Mick would glare at whoever called him a good boy, and still ask Len if that’s how he sees him, as an attack dog and Len would still deny it. Except Len wouldn’t derogate his intelligence. He’s say something more along the lines of “you’re the muscle and I’m the brain and that’s how it’s always been, but it’s always been equal – we’re partners.” And that would harken back to a line Mick said before about being the muscle while Len is the brain, which itself was a prison break reference/allusion. But it would be a parallel that gets at the same idea without insulting Mick.
And then Amaya would say “and we’re your team.”
Len: “they change reality and I die, mick.”
And Mick would toss the spear to amaya. “i’m no one’s dog” he’d say to Sara or Eobard or whoever delivered that line. “i’m no genius either. but i know enough to know that a team – that means something. you knew that too, when you died. you taught me that. i have to make right what i ruined. amaya, fix this.”
and she would, and len would shoot her, and instead of saying what he did he would instead say, “i’m so sorry mick. it was her or me.” (because it is, in his mind, and that makes it explicit that he shot her out of defense of his existence and not just to hurt mick).
aaaand yeah, then end the rest of the episode the same way, so that the lead in to the finale can still be the same.
I wouldn’t change anything with Rip except to either make that more comedic or less. It was in a weird middle ground….
Which character in the cosmere do you identify with the most and why?
Let’s do this little get to know each other thing as a fandom. If you see this on someone’s blog, go into the notes, dind the most recent reblog and add onto it from there to make it so we can get EVERYONE.
I identify most with Shallan Davar from Stormlight Archive. When I was reading the books, it was crazy how much the things she thought or said were identical to my own thoughts and feelings. From her sense of keeping things to herself to her use of sarcastic witty humor… it was almost eerie to read because I felt like that could honestly be me. Which is also really cool, because it was like seeing another fantastical life for myself.