Okay, last thing well not really but for now it is. I’ve
seen many posts, well quite a few, about what the sequel needs. We’ve got a
year left and honestly there’s so much that could possibly happen (plus if I
remember correctly, the next book is coming out too). And while I agree that
Disney should try and actually have a canon
queer couple and not pull any tricks or other small random things like the
need for Cameron and Booboo to actually
sing or to bring in the other children from the Isle. Or most importantly,
just more character development for practically everyone because all of these children need it. I feel like the
most important thing that needs to happen, whether in the next book, in the
Wicked World shorts (though I highly doubt it) or even in the sequel, are
apologies. Because everyone has been wronged in some shape way or form, and no one should be getting away with it.
The obvious first one is King Adam/Beast
apologizing to Mal, Jay, Evie and Carlos or just other future children of the
Isle that come to Auradon. I talked about this before (though untagged to avoid
any drama really), and I agree with the fandom, to a degree. What Adam did was
wrong, no doubt about it. He’s made a pretty shitty decision and even if he had
some good intentions (I really wished he talked this out more with someone), he
just…messed up. But it wasn’t like he could just, take the children of the
villains away from their parents. Whatever legal system this world has, I highly
doubt they’d do that. But subjecting not only the parents but the children into
unhealthy living conditions, all because you wanted to keep your enemies in one
place. He’s partially responsible for how ‘corrupt’ (and I use this term
loosely) the children are. The parents are still mostly the blame because,
well, they’re villains, and they go on and on about how a villain should act.
Though Ben is crowned king, I’m not even sure when he’s actually going to take the throne officially. So until
then, Beast has got a lot of making
up to do.
Piggbacking off of that about Ben, let’s talk
about the second apology that needs to happen; Mal and Ben need to apologize to
Audrey for publicly humiliating her in front of the ENTIRE school (and another
school too considering it was a tourney game) because of Ben serenading Mal.
And yes, I know this was under the effect of the love-spell, but there still
should’ve been a lick of common sense to not sing to another girl when you’re
dating someone else. And even after the spell was worn off of him, he still
could’ve apologized to Audrey, even privately. And Mal in general, because
those two have a deep history, and
honestly it’s just like being slapped in the face when you’re being wronged by
the child of the woman that wronged your entire family. And that little bow
near the end of the movie does not
cut it. There’s another issue I have about that mistreatment to Audrey but I’ll
leave that for another time. And yeah, Ben didn’t really seem interested in
being with Audrey, but it’s still a douche move to kind of do that (and Ben is
a sweet child, but my son no).
I want Audrey and Mal to apologize for Ben to
using him to his advantage. If you watched Auradon Secrets (and if I remember
correctly), Audrey dated Ben mostly because of appearance sake. She was mostly
concerned about her little popular world. I think that at some point, she
probably did fall for Ben (and honestly she probably was heartbroken about what
happened, in regards to the previous point. But I will also defend my pretty
pink princess). And we all know the reason for Mal. I don’t really remember if
she really apologized, but I feel like an apology should happen and it shouldn’t
be swept under the rug because ‘he makes you happy’. Ben deserves better than
Jay, Evie, and Carlos also need to apologize to
Audrey for following along with Mal. Yes, they were going along with the plan,
yes it’s what they know, but they need to apologize.
I would really love for Jane to apologize to the
rotten/core four for basically just, being a bit of a hypocrite. Though I see
her as following the crowd, because it’s high school so follow the cliché social
pyramid, and she’s impressionable/low self-esteem, she was wrong too. She
shouldn’t have been all ‘buddy buddy’ with Mal because she changed her style
(even though Mal was using her too at one point) and then just turn on her the
next. I think the popularity did get to her head, and she was slightly punished
for it by Mal. I still feel like somewhere she’s guilty because she did a dumb,
and she just needs to apologize, to at least start to make things right.
I want Lonnie and Doug to apologize for kinda
just, bailing out on the rotten/core four after the events of the parents’ day
scene. These were the two kids that seemed to have more faith in the children
of the villains than everyone else (besides Ben but he’s obvious). And yeah
Doug kinda did attempt, but he got called back by Chad. I mean, it was kind of
an ‘us vs. them’ thing, but again, you can’t just sweep this under the rug by
dancing with Evie in the last song.
I want Chad and Audrey to apologize for not
having enough faith in Ben about trusting the four. Now Audrey, I understand
why she wouldn’t really trust them (or at least Mal mostly), but not much for
Chad. Then again, there is still the whole ‘they’re bad news, can’t trust them’,
and whatever else they were told about the children of the villains. But
honestly, if they were Ben’s friends (and I use that lightly too), they should’ve
had just a bit more faith in him.
I want Chad to apologize for all four in
general, but mostly to Evie. He used her and that was wrong, and to call her a ‘gold
digger’, like no that’s messed up. Again, I still want Chad to apologize to all
four (though he hasn’t been super rude to Carlos, so praise for that), but it
runs deeper with Evie in my opinion.
And finally, and this is also for the sake of @geniiied, I would like Jay to apologize to Jordan and Mal about the lamp
thing. Though it may have been because of his kleptomania (something that I see
him struggling to work on), I feel like an apology is in order for 1) framing
your best friend in a theft you did and 2) stealing someone’s home.
I know that even with these apologies, there’ll be people in
this fandom that won’t change their opinions about characters (like Jane and
Chad for example), and I get that. All of these kids did something wrong,
whether it was big or small, and it shouldn’t be swept under the rug or just
played off as a ‘oh that was because you were evil but now you’re good so it’s
all good’. Taking responsibility is just the first step of growing up, and it’s
just really important for everyone.
And even if all of these apologies aren’t met (which will be
a bummer) as long as some of them are
handled, I would appreciate that more than anything else in the world.