Everytime I see a post bemoaning the fact that Bryke totally missed a chance to really explore Korra’s PTSD in Book 4, I keep thinking that the entire LoK fandom needs to watch Oban Star Racers, which not only has several characters dealing with PTSD in their own personal ways that doesn’t end abruptly but also has the following:
Kickass main female protagonist
Gay mechanics and lesibian vampire bikers
Awesome art (just really really awesome art)
Creepy looking creatures and awesome character designs
A multicultual cast of human characters
Also, it’s only 26 episodes long and the creators has expressed desire to return to this universe so please watch Oban Star Racers, members of the LoK fandom, you will not be disapointed.
ok but a Cinderella Lucaya AU WHERE LUCAS IS A SPOILED PRINCE AND MAYA IS A SERVANT AND HE FINDS HER ART AND HE ASKS HER TO DRAW HIM AND THEY BECOME FRIENDS AND THEN THERES A BALL AND SHE GOES BUT HE DOESNT RECOGNIZE HER AND WHEN HE FIGURES OUT SHES THE GIRL HE MET HE ASKS HER TO DRAW THE MISSING SHOE AND WHEN SHE DRAWS IT WITHOUT SEEING IT IT CONFIRMS HIS SUSPICION AND SHE ADMITS ITS HER AND OMG
I put this in a response to an ask, but since so many people message me with an unclear understanding of where I stand on these kids relationships (especially Lucaya), let’s put it in a major post.
Someone asked me “So since you think that Maya did have an identity crisis, do you agree that Maya’s feelings for Lucas were fake too then, since she doesn’t want a nice guy?”
The answer is no, not at all. Here’s why:
It’s a lot like Shawn thinking he and Angela needed to be exactly like Cory and Topanga, but in a different context. He saw what his best friend had and decided that he was supposed to have the same type of relationship. But he is a different person, with different wants, different needs and a completely different story. Romance, love, relationships- those are personal things. How they play out in your life is completely unique to you, and to you alone. Once Shawn realized this, truly realized this, he was able to let go of the notion that he lost his “one true love” and understand that sometimes the person you fall in love with at 16 isn’t who you are meant to be with forever. Then he was able to marry Katy and be truly happy.
So with Maya, same thing in a new age type of way. Maya lost herself, started to think she was supposed to have exactly what Riley did, even down to the type of boy Riley wants. Who is the type of guy Riley wants? She wants the cookie cutter-OK with everything-moral compass-Mr. Perfect-Prince Charming boyfriend. So Maya thought hey, that’s what I’m supposed to want, too.
Now when Maya found herself again, and realized that she doesn’t want, and isn’t supposed to want the exact same things as Riley in life, she basically grouped Lucas in with those things. She thought “Okay, I don’t want a “Mr. Perfect” boyfriend, I’m full of way too much fire for that. I want someone with passion, someone not afraid to break the rules once and awhile, someone with spunk..I want Josh.”
(Now I’m NOT discrediting her feelings for Josh, because I think they are genuinely there and have been since Season 1, just like I wouldn’t discredit Rileys feelings for Lucas. I just think they are very “first crush, surface level” situations. But with that said….)
Who is Lucas…really? IS Lucas Mr. Perfect? Is he always a moral compass, is he truly “OK with everything”? Is he really only a “nice” guy?
Absolutely not. He got kicked out of his own school and had to stay back a year. When something happens to someone he cares about, he just about loses his god damn mind. When he believes in something, or feels threatened by something, he gets passionate as all hell. On top of all that, he spars and banters and tangles with the best of them and that comes out very clearly in his natural chemistry with Maya.
Lucas is the king of breaking the rules, he’s the king of passion, he’s the king of being a bad ass. But he suppresses it. He hasn’t learned to balance it, like Maya has. He wants nothing to do with it. So he backs away from Maya, because he doesn’t want to remember who he used to be, he said himself he wanted a “fresh start” like it all never even happened. He thinks that his passion is a bad thing, but he’s wrong, he just needs to learn how to use it.
But trying to erase that part of him, why wouldn’t he move towards Riley? The person who sees him as that idealization of Prince Charming. Maya sees the other sides of him, embraces them(pick up the bed with one arm, Lucas!), and he can’t be around that, because he doesn’t want to be that guy.
Eventually though, he’s going to grow. He’s going to learn that who you are is who you are, and you can add parts to your personality, you can evolve, but your core dynamics will always remain the same. When he does that, I think he’s going to be a complex and fantastic character. As a matter of fact, I think part of the reason he’s so damn static and flat consistently is because the writers damn well know if they move him forward and let him evolve, he’s just going to be become way too perfect of a match for Maya, and the entire situation will be prematurely out of balance. Other things need to be resolved first.
So, for now, Maya is convinced her feelings for Lucas weren’t real, because she has a skewed version of who Lucas really is, because Lucas even has a skewed version on who he really is. Hell, Riley does, too.
And speaking of Riley, and her wanting “Mr. Perfect, Mr. Moral Compass” as her boyfriend. Who, beyond the Prince Charming idealization of it all, is REALLY the nice guy, the moral compass of this show? Is it Lucas, y’all? Or is it Farkle Minkus?
We find out (even though we kinda already knew) why Maya is so loyal to Riley (and vice versa). I criiiiiiied and cried.
But if you think this episode was “not about the ships” just don’t even speak to me. Just get tf out right now.
Riley and Farkle got the organic meet-cute! (“And I just BET YOU ANYTHING it’ll be an organic meet-cute for Riley and Farkle, and a less organic one for Farkle and Maya, a reversal of the pilot if you will. Something like that.” http://yeoldeshipper.tumblr.com/post/137183609876/riley-lucas-and-two-inorganic-meet-cutes ) Although Maya and Farkle’s was natural too, which is nice. But whose RESCUE did Farkle come to? Farkle’s always coming to Riley’s rescue, tbh. Lucas just put her on a horse once and threatened to beat someone up one time (the latter of which Riley did NOT appreciate). Farkle is Riley’s REAL “Prince.”
Adult Maya dressed like early S1 Lucas (plaid shirt/leather jacket), Adult Riley dressed like Old Farkle (turtleneck/blazer).
Maya’s Pink Floyd shirt with a TRIANGLE on it. 😂
Riley dreaming of a handsome prince/hero, rejecting Farkle for the role even though he’s actually “saved her life”…(if this scene didn’t drive home the whole “Riley idealizes Lucas” thing for you, idk what to tell you anymore…let’s not even talk about how there was a stuffed white horse and a stuffed unicorn in that scene). Like wow Riley, you’ve HAD a prince since you were seven and you don’t even…GAH whenever she finally realizes it…it’s gonna be amazing.
Lucas wants his boot back…Riley won’t give it back…looks like she isn’t quite as ready for change as she thinks…and can we talk about Lucas’s boot being associated with Riley’s teddy bear, a memento of CHILDHOOD?
“Have some dignity” (callback to Riley telling Maya to have some dignity about Josh), maaaan…if you don’t realize by now that Riley’s (romantic) feelings for Lucas and Maya’s feelings for Josh are basically just crushes and not REAL TRUE ROMANTIC LOVE please just go watch BMW S1 ‘She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not.’ There is a world of difference between a crush and actually really truly falling for someone in Jacobsland. (Hence that tweet about Josh being the only person Maya has a CRUSH on in S1. Maya never allowed herself to develop a full blown crush on Lucas, because of Riley. She actually fell for HIM as a person, warts and all, and it just kept growing despite her efforts to hide/ignore it.)
Riley telling Farkle he’s handsome OMG. Maya too. But RILEY. Her eyes be starting to open…
Cory in a YELLOW HOODIE! (Go watch the BMW S2 finale). And Topanga already in the car while Cory freaks out. 😂
Lucas: “You’re both special to me…in whatever way you eventually tell me.”
Lucas again: You GUYS have changed me…(it’s not just Riley so just stop that ish right effing now mk?)
Lucas being a teenager in all his phone pics.
Farkle as Dracula but afraid of vampire bites. 😂
I wonder when Farkle got contacts?
Maya introducing herself to Riley with her full name even though she’s kind of embarrassed about her middle name later on.
All that meta from Topanga about being “too comfortable with the familiar” HELLO.
“You can’t just jump on me Maya!” (But he lets her. 😂)
I reallllllly hope that was a canon flash forward bc I want Maya’s art in a gallery in SoHo yes! (And I’m glad they went with that instead of the engagement thing, tbh.)
Everyone reassuring Maya they’d never leave her. 😭
The “you’re my safe place” thing omg…GMHS hits on that too but that’s all I'ma say about that.
Baby Maya hugging her knees/cut to teenage Maya hugging her knees and crying OH PEACHES 😭
Cory checking in on five year-old Riley via a BABY MONITOR. Oh, Cor…