“This time round it struck me that Studio Ghibli had the world’s best studio in terms of potential. You can say that in terms of cinematography, computer graphics, sound recording, personal connections and sincerity toward the work … in every aspect really. But having said that, we’re just a group of average people with poor skills.” (- Hayao Miyazaki) (Open images in new tab!!)
It really is the armpit of town; foetid, too warm, always uncomfortably damp. It smells like trash too long uncollected, like inhabitants too long unwashed, and no one in their right mind would ever spend their time here.
Good thing no one’s ever thought Stiles was in his right mind.
Certain things just aren’t on the market any place else. If he wants to keep his dad safe from things that go bump in the night, and in the half light, and in the moonlight and the noonlight, then it’s to the square mile around the deteriorating warehouse district where he has to turn his steps. There’s not one bit of neon that doesn’t flicker, not one shabby storefront that’s not at least halfway lying about its wares, and Stiles isn’t the only one who’s declared this place a kind of neutral zone. If he tried to work around here no one would ever sell to him, and he’d be dead in under a week.
Stiles is too used to living to give it up any time soon.
He pushes through a bead curtain that hasn’t done much in its effort to keep off the flies. The woman behind the scarred counter lazily flicks them aside with a fan that could be horsehair, or kelpie, or something stranger. The walls are lined with things in jars and packets, rickety shelves labelled with crabbed writing that’s a struggle to read in the dim light from the kitchen behind the counter; someone out there is watching I Love Lucy and laughing with too much hiss to be human.
Joe Wilson being mentioned for the first time since season 1
Slade learning that Oliver has a son
Slade and Oliver working together for the first time in nine years
Slade being in his right mind for the first time in nine years
The REAL Slade being back for the first time in nine years
Things I want:
The Real Slade meeting the team for the first time Oliver and Slade being brothers again and Oliver sort of being able to forgive Slade for the things he did under the influence of the Mirakuru because a) Roy under the mirakuru and b) what happened with Billy and c) because Diggle was able to be on good terms with Deadshot so why not Slade vs. Prometheus Slade saving William Slade learning that Oliver is the mayor and being proud Slade and Oliver reminiscing and through that Oliver able to look back fondly at some aspect of his five years for really the first time Slade and Curtis and/or Slade and Rene interacting in some way Slade NOT DYING and going off to be some sort of weird antihero who pops in occasionally in season 6 Slade talking to Oliver about what kind of man he is, and Slade actually being the one to get through to Oliver. Because Slade is the one who taught him to kill. Slade was there when Oliver killed for the first time. Slade is one of the most important people in shaping who Oliver is. And Slade saw the heroism Oliver was capable of when he was still just a scared stupid untrained kid. Oliver and Slade being on good terms. Lots of Slade.
I want to be the mirror that reminds you to love yourself. . I want to be the air in your lungs that reminds you to breathe. . When the walls come down, when the thunder rumbles, when nobody else is home, hold my hand, and I promise I won’t let go. x