Would you like to hear my disgusting fangirl wish?
Consider that YOI really likes to mirror themes and story lines. So for Otayuri to become a thing my brain dreams of the following scenario:
Otabek and Yuri did the WTTM skate. It was wild and exhilarating. Both of them are buzzing. They stand on the ice and take a bow, the crowd is going wild. Then they look at each other and Otabek smiles.
And all Yuri can do is stare back, as he feels his stomach drop and his chest constrict and his eyes become wide. Then it happens. He gets that glint. That same fucking glint Victor got while looking at Yuuri at the banquet. That look that says: “Shit, I’m gone. Carry me away because this boy is the most beautiful thing in creation and I’m in love.”
Cut to black screen while the crowd is still screaming, along with you, the viewer, after two minutes of madness. SEE YOU NEXT LEVEL, BYE.
How’s that for a set-up for next season? You, the viewer, are crying.
Ok. So ok. This is so random but I was watching season 2 again and I wanted to get a good look at Kenma’s bedroom (because I want to get to know my pudding haired son better ok?) and I zoomed into the books and saw this. Now I could TOTALLY be off on this, this could already be ‘debunked’ or something, but I swear it looks like it says 'STEGOSAURUS’ and the illustration next to it looks strangely like a dinosaur. And like obviously Tsukishima is a Dino lover but wait. What if Kenma is too? What if he has the same love for dinosaurs and knows he most random trivia about them and has a deep held fascination with them??
Imagine Tsukki and Kenma getting into a deep conversation on their favorite dinosaur types and their theories on the dinosaurs extinction and everyone, especially the rest of their teams are like, wtf?? Kenma is voluntarily talking to someone he barely knows? Tsukishima is doing the same??? And not acting sarcastic or condescending??!?
This is my new favorite headcanon just try to take it from me I will carry it to my grave.
hannibal: let me sMELL YOU BE MY FRIEND RUN AWAY WITH ME LET ME TOUCH YOUR FACE FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME YOU ARE MY BUTTERFLY GONNA MAKE YOU BLEED SO I HAVE AN EXCUSE TO HUG YOU PLS FORGIVE ME GONNA EAT YOUR BRAIN JKS ILY CARRYING YOU THROUGH THE SNOW BC IN MY MIND WE JUST GOT MARRIED WE SHOULD TOTALLY GET MARRIED
Top 5 favorite characters: Temperance Brennan, Angela Montenegro, Seeley Booth, Jack Hodgins and Lance Sweets
Other characters you like: Wendell Bray, Camille Saroyan, James Aubrey, Caroline Julian, Max Keenan, Arastoo Vaziri , Gordon Gordon , and Finn Abernathy.
Least favorite characters: Hannah Burley, Christopher Pelant, Oliver Wells
Otps: B&B , Hodgela , Camstoo
Notps: Booth x Hannah and Brennan x Sully
Favorite friendships: Brennan x Angela , Angela x Cam, Cam x Brennan , Brennan x Hodgins, Booth x Cam, Sweets x Booth/Brennan, Aubrey x Brennan/Booth
Favorite family: Booth family but I really like the Hodgins family as well. Let’s just say the whole gang together.
Favorite episodes: Pilot , The Woman in the Sand , Aliens in a Spaceship , The Cowboy in the Contest , The Woman in White, The Skull in the Desert, The Mummy in the Maze, The End in the Beginning, The Proof in the Pudding, The Hole in the Heart, The change in the game, The shot in the dark, The Prisoner in the Pipe, The Movie in the Making , The End in the End . There’s more just can’t think of them atm.
Favorite season/book/movie: Probably season 11, season 9 , season 5 and season 3, Season 7, Season 2
Favorite quotes: “You’re the woman I love. You’re the woman who kissed me outside the pool house when it was pouring rain, took me to shoot Tommy guns on Valentine’s Day. That’s who you are. You’re the one who proposed to me with a stick of beef jerky in your hand, even though you’re a vegetarian. You’re the Roxy to my Tony and the Wanda to my Buck. Who else is gonna sing Hot Blooded with me? And besides we are way better than Mulder and Scully.“ , “Everything happens eventually” , “I don’t know what that means” , “King of the lab!” , “People assume that when you’re alone, you must be lonely. Like most assumptions, it’s erroneous.”
Best musical moment: First time Booth and Brennan sang Hot Blooded together. Also When Brennan sings “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper in “The Checker Box” restaurant.
Moment that made you fangirl/boy the hardest: Probably when B&B got together in the end of season 6, or there wedding.
When it really disappointed you: Booth starts Gambling again. Booth lying to Brennan’s face about it.
When Sweets Died
Most well done character death: I think Max Keenan’s
Favorite guest star: Stephen Fry
Favorite cast member: Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz I can’t pick 1.
Character you wish was still alive: Definitely Sweets
One thing you hope really happens: Everything I wanted to happen has already come true :)
I did wish we got more episodes but I know it won’t happen :(
Most shocking twist: The whole FBI Conspiracy
When did you start watching/reading?: When it premiered in 2005
Best animal/creature: hum… Ripley…
Favorite location: The Jeffersonian of course
Trope you wish they would stop using: second person they interrogate was generally the killer
One thing this show/book/film does better than others: It’s realistic about stuff in real life, I mean they knew that Hodgins being able to walk again was very unlikely so they did what would probably happen if his situation was real, they kept him in a wheelchair, even though he didn’t deserve that it was probably the most realistic thing to happen.
Funniest moments: Hodgins’ experiments, Brennan clueless about pop culture
Couple you would like to see: Aubrey x Karen
Actor/Actress you want to join the cast: cast is perfect the way it is.
Favorite outfit: every single Angela Montenegro outfit. Brennan’s chunky Necklaces.
Favorite item: angelatron
Do you own anything related to this show/book/film?: not really, but I’m planning on doing it !
What house/team/group/friendship group/family/race etc would you be in?: part of the Booth Family
Most boring plotline: Hannah bored and annoyed me
Most laughably bad moment: When Booth and Brennan carry the dead man’s body to the car during his funeral while Hodgins is making the speech. That was literally the best moment ever. (this was in season 4 - The Double Death of the Dearly Departed)
Best flashback/flashfoward if any: When B&B first met
Most layered character: Temperance Brennan
Most one dimensional character:
Scariest moment: When the whole Jeffersonian blow up. I mean I knew they weren’t going to die or anything but … also in the Nightmare in the Nightmare all of Brennans dreams made me jump a bit
Grossest moment: I can’t think of one. the show literally doesn’t bother me with the gore anymore is that sad?
Best looking male: Seeley Booth
Best looking female: Temperance Brennan
Who you’re crushing on (if any): I mean, Seeley Booth duh. Hell in the Cowboy in the Contest I was crushing on Brennan.
Favorite cast moment: The bloopers are the best moments ever, or the Comic Con interviews
Favorite transportation: Booth’s car
Most beautiful scene (scenery/shot wise):
Booth and Brennan’s House (season 10 on)
Unanswered question/continuity issue/plot error that bugs you: What was Pelant’s final Message???
Best promo: The End in the End showing how far the show has came.
At what point did you fall in love with this show/book: From the Beginning.
Looks like farming is a little more dangerous than Bobbie initially thought. But god damn, the entire sequence is filmed so beautifully.
Errinwright, you piece of shit. How pissed is he every time Avasarala is in a room with him. Ha! And that’s why. Shut the fuck down so the queen can speak.
But he got pretty blue eyes.
What the fuck is with this show and blue. I’m already cringing at the thought of making gifs.
“We all know who really did that.”
“And whom do I serve.” Fucking check!
Okay, I’m going to sound like a broke record, but I still can’t get over the fact that Avasarala is allowed these character traits as a woman. Especially considering she’s being proped and praises instead of vilified or being degraded into being a ‘bitch.’
Of course Alex is greeting the refugees and making children feel at ease. Of course. Like, can this dude be more pure?
Dawes, you charismatic fuck.
Season 2 is seriously about making Amos one of the most interesting characters. How that cry reverberates in the center of his chest, cutting through the walls he’s put around himself, cutting him in places he’s still vulnerable. But be doesn’t shy away from that, does he? Just carries it with him, even if it’s completely overwhelming at times.
I’m not ready for Bobbie tears. I’ll literally fight anyone who second guesses Frankie Adams as Bobbie. Jab-cross right to the throat.
“It made me remember when I was that boy.” STOP THIS RIGHT NOW.
Fred mentioning ‘Inaros.’
I couldn’t be more happy to have Dawes back. That voice. That shady af charisma with a silver tongue.
Ha! That 'excuse you’ look when johnson cuts him off.
Dawes, Fred, Errinwright, Avasarala, Holden - watching these powerhouses play off each other is amazing. Perfectly cast, each of them!
Listen, I get that Holden was on Eros, and his heart is in the right place, and I’m not trying to downplay the stress and ptsd he’s still under, but ugh, I’m having a hard time watching him trying to rationalize everything that’s happening with the Belters to a Belter? Like, I think Naomi understands what’s up.
Don’t patronize Bobbie ya pill popper.
I tried to stay away from spoilers, but a few posts slipped through the cracks. Bobbie being a little too warmongering was one of them. And I’m not seeing why people are being so harsh on her. She’s traumatized. She’s not thinking straight and she’s reaching for what she thinks makes more sense. Also, it’s easier to accept that reality than a fucking alien-demon-monster killed her squad and almost her.
Legitimate salvage! I’m gonna take that as a shout out to @when and her beautiful fics.
Having seen the return of our Shinsengumi boys for the Battle of Earth, I cannot thank you enough for answering my prayers and giving us at least one more season of the anime. You are, as usual, too too generous. Words cannot even fully express how truly grateful I am. So that I do not take up any more of your precious time, I will cut right to the chase this week. Please allow me to share with you what I most appreciate about this episode.
I am very thankful for…
- little big brothers who carry tiny little baby sisters on their backs like a treasure,
- little boys who have not yet lost their wide and genuinely happy smile at the sight of their no-good Papi,
- tiny little baby Yato girls who are still fierce as F with great kicking power and perfect aim,
- self-sacrificing, loving mothers who deserve to live forever dammit,
- young, handsome Yato pirates who rescue little rabbits from bullies,
- simple page to screen changes that makes a difference and causes my heart to overflow with emotion,
- young, handsome Yato pirates who has a penchant for rescuing one particular bratty, little rabbit even when it means taking a brutal gut punch to himself,
- no-so-young-anymore-but-still-handsome Yato pirates who still continue to rescue the same bratty-but-not-so-little-anymore rabbit by trying to save what is precious to him (even if the brat still won’t admit it),
- Papis who really tried their best but lost their one remaining good arm for their efforts,
- families bound by love even if not by blood,
- lovable idiots who use their heads even though there was no real reason for it (and it didn’t even work),
- the poor straight man who realizes (though not for the first time) the leader he has been loyally following is a lovable total idiot,
- dialogue chock full of sexual innuendo when taken out of context,
Cheesecake has written several fics from different seasons and she always tells a unique story.
Her most recent work is the sweet and sad “Letting Go” which imagines how Franny and Quinn would go on if Carrie died. For those who find catharsis in a good cry… go.
“He Won’t Quit” is set after season five and finishes with a very unique perspective twenty years later.
Cynthia’s favorite is the fluffy one shot “In a sea of cough drops” because, really, who can resist Quinn and Carrie - pregnant with Quinn’s baby - running into Jonas at an airport? For those needing a happy ending, it’s delightful.
But my favorite fic is the 17 chapter Western “How the West Was Won.” The story begins in 1858 when Carrie and Quinn meet for the first time. Carrie, just 15 years old, is living in a gold miner village near Colorado and dreams of one day being a sheriff. Quinn is a reliable and devoted friend and partner, keeping her secrets for years and paying a high price for it. As the Civil War starts and Quinn leaves to fight for the cause, it’s unclear whether they’ll ever see each other again.
Filled with terrific background research, sexiness, humor, and a truly epic love story, the story also has some of our favorite characters (Max! Fara! Martha! Astrid! Redmond!) and some huge surprises along the way. But its timeless truths about war, love, and loss make it a true reading adventure.
Am I devastated they killed Quinn? Absolutely. Its not far fetched he wants more time to pursue his wants and dreams and opted out. But what upsets me the most is how they wrote the casts reaction & lack of closure. Lazy writing & this sudden disrespect overarched the entire season. I think had the viewers seen a softer goodbye the reaction to his death would not be so vile in the fandom. No longer invested in HL. OTOH Rupert has so much more to share with us beyond HL. I'm invested in that!
I agree with the lazy writing and the lack of closure - but I think the disrespect was unintentional.
The finale is clearly supposed to convey that Carrie is first in a state of disbelief and denial… then she compartmentalizes - but is really heartbroken - before finally breaking down when she sees the pictures. And the fact that she didn’t talk at the funeral was supposed to be an homage to the Letter, and even more proof of Carrie’s compartmentalization.
That, I bet, was really the writers’ intention. No disrespect intended. But it doesn’t really work, and the result is a cold episode.
Summary: Дэн задыхается. Глаза Фила голубые, как и цветок, вынутый из-под красной рубашки, который он держит в своей руке, и Дэн хочет петь и благодарить ангелов на небесах, потому что Фил Лестер – его родственная душа.Соулмейт АУ, в котором вы видите мир чёрно-белым, пока не встречаете свою родственную душу.
Summary: Most people’s soulmate tattoos are fairly short – “excuse me” or “nice to meet you” were common phrases. Most people just don’t say that much in one breath to a complete stranger. Most people, however, are not Phil’s soulmate. Thus, while everyone else has pretty, dainty phrases on their forearms, Phil has an entire paragraph crammed between his elbow and his hand in teeny tiny print.
Summary: After Dan and Phil found each other, time seemed to slip away from them faster than they could expect. As the seasons change, the pair face the reality of a new relationship, carrying it through its ups and downs. No matter what, they’d always come out stronger.
“Why are you such a little shit?” he demanded. Phil growled. “Why are you beating me up? I haven’t done anything to you except accidentally throw a book at your head!” he shouted back. As they glared at each other, a bright light began to glow from Phil’s chest. Dan looked down at Phil’s chest and raised an eyebrow.
Summary: Colour isn’t really something that Dan understands, all he knows that from a young age he wanted to find his soulmate so he could see the world in the perfect light. But after meeting a boy with light grey eyes who doesn’t feel the same and spending most of his life never apart from him, maybe his idea can change to match.
After meeting his soulmate in the most unlikely of circumstances, Phil Lester considers the future of their relationship. Also they meet Phil’s family. Lots of fluff. Sequel to Shared Sounds, read that first!
Summary: Soulmate au where the first thing you think when you see your soulmate for the first time appears on their skin. Dan has always been known as the most badass guy in school; Until Phil Lester shows up, that is. Feeling like his image is at risk, he lashes out, causing an all-out war between the two.
Summary: Phil’s soulmate mark is black. It sits on his heart and spreads outwards like a stain, a stain that reminds him every day of the bitter truth. No one wants to accept what it really means, but Phil has. Phil has come to terms with it. Until he meets Dan. Dan, who claims to be his soulmate, with a soulmate mark Phil is unable to see.
Summary: “Everyone had a link with their soulmates, some could hear some of their partners thoughts, some had a tattoo that would appear with their partners name; for me, I knew when they got sick.” For a while Phil has thought that his soulmate might have an eating disorder and doesn’t expect to meet him in the restaurant where he works.
Summary: ‘Soulmates doesn’t mean lovers every lifetime’Dan and Phil were made to be be friends, made to be together, made to love each other and it’s a bond that runs deep, transcending lifetimes. They are soulmates and no one would argue about that because all they have to do is look.A look into the past, present, and future of Phan.
Summary: soulmates au where if you have an orange streak on your wrist you’re soulmate is masculine, and if they have if have a purple streak they’re feminine. Dan is genderfluid and Phil freaks out when his orange line turns purple.
Dan Howell was nineteen and studying law. He was doing well in school, due to the fact that he had someone to help him through everything. Phil. Philip. Philip Lester. Philip Michael Lester. Phil Lester was his best friend. Phil was twenty three, and he was the most attractive person Dan had ever met.
Summary: I wrote this after being inspired by an idea I saw on Pinterest: what if you were born seeing the world in black and white, and only saw color once you met your soulmate?And then what happens when that soulmate dies?
10 ) Jessica Jones (Netflix)
I’ve been feeling about as much superhero fatigue as anybody else, even as a Marvel fan. Then along came this gritty and grounded survivor story about a traumatized ex-superheroine, fulfilling all my dreams about a female-dominated noir thriller. It’s simultaneously darker and funnier than anything I’ve seen from Marvel so far, and it stars Krysten Ritter, who is a treasure. If you only ever watch one MCU property, make it this one.
Mr. Robot (USA)
I’ve seen everything in this show before. You can name the tropes as they appear, and I caught onto the big twist about halfway through the first episode. But none of that diminished my enjoyment of it. The cinematography is gorgeous with its disorienting compositions and colorful imagery. Rami Malek is haunting as our schizophrenic anti-hero. I was entertained the whole time, which is all that I want, really.
The Jinx (HBO)
As I do with most documentary series, I started watching this one as noise in the background while I worked on art. I quickly gave up on that, because it captured my full attention after about ten minutes and I was glued to the screen for the rest of the season. True crime always fascinated me, and Robert Durst is one hell of a villain to follow through each stage of the mystery, right up to that final shocking moment.
The Knick (Cinemax)
Steven Soderbergh directs every episode of this show, and I’m a big fan of this auteur approach to TV. You can see his signature all over it, turning what could easily be just another sleepy period piece like Downton Abbey into an exhilarating and modern-feeling drama that just happens to take place in 1901. Come for the excellent production quality, stay for the fantastic supporting characters who outshine Clive fucking Owen.
BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
I didn’t expect this series to become this important to me. Last season caught me by complete surprise when it yanked my heart right out of my chest. That feeling continued into this season, as we followed BoJack’s upward and then downward spiral. This, to me, is the most accurate and poignant depiction of depression on television right now. Especially as a struggling creative, I feel this show on so many levels.
Better Call Saul (AMC)
Look, Breaking Bad is my favorite show of all time. Just the promise that the universe continues on in some form is enough to carry me through this series. I’d be watching even if it was terrible. Luckily, it’s not terrible. Jimmy McGill is an adorable protagonist I’m happy to root for. Even though this is a prequel and I know how it ends, each step of the story surprises me. And the quality is everything I’ve come to expect from the team. I need the next season like I need air.
The Leftovers (HBO)
The first season hit me right when I needed it, as I was reeling from loss and it perfectly captured the emptiness and sorrow and confusion that accompanies grief. This year’s tone changed entirely, right down to the opening sequence, and that’s perfect. The show’s mythology is expanding and its ensemble is rich with personality, serviced perfectly by vignette episodes focusing heavily on each character. It’s the stuff you loved about LOST without all the filler.
Everything about this show is incredible. The cinematography, the cast, the soundtrack, the writing… It’s a loving tribute to the Coen Brothers, who are responsible for creating some of my favorite (and objectively some of the best) stuff to come out of Hollywood. I didn’t think this series could top its first season. And then it did. The plotting is tighter, the script is funnier, and all of the care they put into the 1970s look of the season… Beautiful.
I’m going to be thinking about this show for years after it’s gone off the air. It’s the haunting (fictional but all-too-real) story about a man condemned for the murder of his girlfriend as a teenager and then acquitted after nineteen years on death row. I expected it to be heartbreaking, and it is. But watching Daniel Holden’s struggle to return to society is also deeply moving and hopeful for someone like me, who has so much trouble meeting and living with the expectations of this world.
The Americans (FX)
When it comes to shocking twists, pitch-perfect characterization, and breakneck plot movement, this show is the real successor to Breaking Bad. It’s the Cold War, and Russian sleeper agents pose as a happily married couple in suburbia while their lonely FBI agent of a neighbor remains painfully ignorant that his best pals are also his sworn enemies. Every episode of this season left my jaw hanging wide open. For fear of spoiling it, I’m afraid to say too much. But if you haven’t watched this series yet, start now and get ready for its return in March 2016.
So I've been rewatching season 1 and I've just noticed that Carrie is SO PERVY watching Brody (sex with Jessica, coming out of the shower) like she has no shame! But then I think about the way Quinn watched Brody and Carrie from across the lake and him deciding to stop watching once they started to hook up and it just makes me think I feel like if Quinn watched them hook up everyone would be like what a perv I wasn't into Homeland when season 1 came out did anyone think Carrie was pervy?
I’m sure TONS of people did. I find the surveillance arc in S1 to be one of the most astonishing things this show has ever done. It was SUPER creepy and violating but told us so much about who Carrie was as a person.
And she for sure got flustered a time or two while watching him.
Why I think Carrie and Quinn will end up together...
This post has been demanded of me from several different parties so I hope what I write does justice to their own thoughts and feelings on this pairing.
It’s always difficult answering a question like this, simply because it’s so huge in scope and there are, as I see it, several contending factors as to why I think that Carrie Mathison and Peter Quinn will end up together. Please bear with me folks, as you know I don’t do short posts. Go make yourself a coffee, find a nice comfy seat and settle down. The factors that I list below range in their importance but are all things that come to mind with regards to their relationship. Together, they all combine to suggest heavily to me, not just as a fan of the show, but as someone who teaches this shit for a living ;) that these two will end up together.
Contending factor number one: Quinn is literally the only person that Carrie can trust.
Journey back with me here. Way back. Like to when we first laid eyes on our beautiful Peter Quinn. Watch Carrie.
Carrie isn’t sure what she makes of Quinn at first. Maybe I’m being biased, but we can tell that she likes him but somehow doesn’t want to like him. She’s worried about losing control of the investigation perhaps, because someone she doesn’t know is being introduced into a case that is, quite literally, very close to her heart. She asks Virgil to look into him straightaway.
Then, we have this scene.
In this scene, Quinn states that he is very likeable. Carrie replies with a coy smile that this is a ‘matter of opinion.’ Here, she is being sarcastic with him, obviously, to try and regain control of the situation but, for me, she can’t help it. She agrees with him. He is very likeable. When they are investigating Brody, she trusts him, implicitly. Straightaway. Despite the fact that she did ask Virgil to look into him, she doesn’t really end up finding out much about what Virgil and Max find out. She sees for herself. (More on this later)
And reliable. He is extremely reliable. This is a strange thing for someone to say after only knowing them a few hours, and Carrie is no doubt sceptical but the relationship that develops between Carrie and Quinn is one of complete implicit trust.
The thing that supports this for me most is the fact that Quinn is hired to kill Brody. We know this. But Quinn, on numerous occasions, has the opportunity to take out Brody but doesn’t, because Carrie is with him. Technically, he disobeys a direct order. This is further underlined in one of the last scenes of Season Two, when he appears in David Estes’ bedroom, stating that he won’t do it because it will wreck a woman they’ve already wrecked.
Quinn, Mr. Reliable for David Estes and for Dar Adal. The person who always comes through and does what he is told, refuses to carry out a direct order. And that’s not because he likes Brody. Lord knows he hated the man. But because he doesn’t want to hurt Carrie.
This is a completely selfless act. Hell knows, he could have been fired for it, or worse. But he doesn’t care.
Similarly in Season Three, Quinn is not in on the play with Carrie in the mental hospital. He is the only person that goes to see her out of pure caring.
Yes, I know Saul went to see her. But I suspect that this was just to check that they were still on track. Quinn is shocked, devastated even, to see the state that she is in. And even though she is horrible to him, he still offers to provide a character reference for her. And he is the only person to show up at her hearing. We also see the pain he is going through here, seeing her in such a state.
Quinn is steadily emerging as the only person that Carrie can truly rely on. Saul has always been highlighted as this person, but for me, this relationship begins to unravel in Season Three. The play worked, yes, but Carrie is upset with Saul for leaving her in the hospital. Whereas Quinn, even though he doesn’t know the play, states outright that…
He is genuinely concerned about her welfare. I would wager that even had he known the play, he would have been the one to go to Saul and say, 'Enough of this shit, Saul. Get her out of there.’
Similarly, when Quinn finds out that Carrie is pregnant, he doesn’t tell a soul. But is immediately upfront and honest with Carrie that he knows. Carrie, though she is pissed at him at the time, will have respected this. We know that Carrie hates secrets and admires honesty. For me, it’s one of her only redeeming qualities! And Quinn brings it out of her (More on this later, too)
In Season Four, this trust has grown to the point where Carrie demands Quinn’s presence wherever she is, despite what he is going through. Yes, Carrie is very selfish here and only thinks of herself, but she does it because Quinn is literally, the only person she can trust.
She insinuates this in Season Three when she states that it meant a lot that Quinn went to see her in the hospital. While she does trust Saul, she knows that he would do anything to save the mission, and to protect the play. Pretty much anyone in the CIA would have done that. Hell, Carrie would have even done that. But Quinn, no. He looks out for Carrie’s welfare.
Yes, it’s selfish of her to demand his presence in Islamabad in Season Four. But she does it because she trusts him, wholeheartedly. And Quinn, despite what he’s going through, cannot say 'no’ to Carrie.
This trust isn’t really put to the test in Season Five because it’s there already. But my point is that Quinn is the only person that looks out for Carrie. He’s the only person that cares about her above the mission itself. This is proven, even after two years in deepest, darkest Syria. Even after we see a coldness, a distance and a darkness in Quinn in the first three episodes of Season Five that we haven’t seen before (as SenseMisapplied knows full well, I’ve never bought into the Quinn is dark scenario). But when Carrie’s name is put in the box, we know that he’s not going to go through with it.
He puts her safety above the mission. Always. To a desperate degree in Season Five when Quinn literally lays down his life to protect Carrie’s safety. And more importantly, asks for absolutely nothing in return. Carrie is right to trust him. He would literally die for her.
Contending Factor Number Two: Quinn and Carrie actually like each other and bring out the best in each other.
Carrie doesn’t truly like many people on Homeland. I never bought into the whole romance with Brody for exactly this reason. Her 'love’ for Brody was fuelled by obsession and danger, rather than a genuine like. She hated what he had done, how he had manipulated her, and yet she couldn’t help but be drawn to the danger that he offered her. I always feel this is interesting because the anger and hatred seethes from her when she arrests him in the hotel.
I’ve never seen her look at Quinn like this. Why? Because she actually likes him. Because she trusts him. Because he’s seen her as Brody never has and still wants to be around her. Because he empathises with what she’s going through.
Not only this, but I think they bring out the best in each other. Hear me out.
Carrie is selfish. And her actions regarding Quinn, too, are often selfish. Especially at the beginning of Season Four, when she simply demands his presence, kind of ignoring the fact that he’s going through something really quite damaging.
However, at the end of Season Four, as we know, she stays behind, at great personal risk to herself, to get Quinn back. She puts herself in a hell of a lot of danger in that crowd. But she does it for Quinn.
We don’t see 'this’ Carrie around anyone else. We just don’t. With Saul, she’s all about the mission. Hell, she was even misguidedly ready to sacrifice Saul for the greater good. Quinn, by the end of Season Four. No. She’s not ready to sacrifice him. Say it with me people, 'I can’t lose you, Quinn!’ (This is, once again, one of the reasons why I think the writing for Carrie was so off kilter in Season Five) She wouldn’t have left Quinn for nine days. She just wouldn’t. Sorry, don’t buy it.
We see her liking the way in which he fits into her home life in 4x12. She smiles a genuinely happy smile when she sees him with Frannie. When he stays behind to help her sister with the dishes after her Father’s wake. This also fits in with the trust thing I mentioned earlier. She can always trust him to be there because she is everything to him. She has never had that dedication from anyone. Especially not Brody, as he was a terrorist, so there would always be trust issues. And could she trust him as implicitly as she does Quinn, around her family? I’m not so sure. (Yes, I know Brody would never have hurt Frannie, BUT Brody was just as manipulative as Carrie which is as damaging as it is dangerous)
And once again, in Season Five. Quinn’s capture and subsequent time in hospital show that these two characters bring out the best in each other, because that like is turning slowly to love.
I’ve said before about how 5x10 and 5x11 and maybe I can get on board with 5x12 (maybe!) prove that Carrie is realising that she loves Quinn. We don’t see Carrie like this with anyone else. She is visibly upset with the risks they are having to take with Quinn’s health. (I’m going to talk more about this later)
In 5x12, as I mentioned in my recent analysis, I think we see a very beautiful and pure side of Carrie and this is because of Quinn. Gone are the selfish days when she would wish for something for herself. I always think it’s interesting to compare Carrie’s prayer scene here with her conversation with Quinn in the church after Sandy’s funeral.
She’s quiet, she’s contemplative. She is bearing her soul, and putting her heart on the line, and trying to have faith. And this is all for Quinn. This is, for me, showing how Carrie has changed as a person since Season Four. Her prayers for Quinn’s life are pretty much the only selfless thing she does in Season Five.
Quinn brings out the best in Carrie. And, I would also put my arse on the line and say that Carrie brings out the best in Quinn. This plays a little into something we were discussing on Twitter yesterday. I’ve never bought how Quinn belongs to the darkness. Despite what he wrote in his letter. For me, Quinn has always been someone who was born into the darkness but was always reaching for the light.
And that light, as it’s underlined very clearly in the letter, was very largely centered on his feelings for Carrie. Quinn’s feelings for Carrie are, and have been for a long time now, a massive part of who Quinn is as a character. That trust I’ve discussed, the fact that he always looks out for her wellbeing above any one else’s. That completely selfless and all consuming love. That, 'I would die for you’ kind of love. And that is a beautiful and HUGE part of the show now. And it is one of the best things about Quinn’s character.
This fits quite nicely into my last and most important point.
Contending Factor Number Three: The Quinn and Carrie relationship is the heart of the show, and has been for a long time. We just haven’t realised it until now.
The relationship between Quinn and Carrie is the only one we’ve actually seen develop on screen. Say what? Bear with me.
The C/S relationship was just there as was Carrie’s relationship with Max and Virgil and Estes. We accepted that there was a longstanding relationship there. We accepted the work relationships and so on etc etc. The C/B relationship didn’t even develop. Carrie jumped in head first without really thinking about what she was doing. They got drunk, they had sex, they went to the cabin. They played each other, they manipulated each other. There wasn’t trust.
Definitely wasn’t trust.
But Quinn and Carrie are very different. From their first meeting in 2x04, they just get each other. They fit each other’s rhythms. They come up with the same plans. They complement each other perfectly.
They encourage each other. They trust each other. They just get each other straightaway. Carrie, who finds it very hard to trust people without first gaining the upper hand, trusts Quinn from the outset in 2x11. She discards the idea that he may have had something to do with Abu Nazir getting away. This again, for me, is incredibly significant. She hasn’t known Quinn for that long. But they 'get’ each other. They connect. They just work.
Thank you, Farah for your insight.
Quinn is always there for Carrie. He sees her during a lot of hairy moments both in Season Three and Season Four. He’s not afraid to call her on her bullshit. He’s not afraid to tell her when she’s crossed the line. And Carrie doesn’t have anyone else like that BECAUSE everyone else puts the mission first. But Quinn brings a morality to Carrie. Lord knows she needs it. Especially in Season Four.
But when their relationship is directly addressed in Season Four, some audiences were all hesitant, thinking, 'is this pairing really right?’ They’re both too damaged. They’d end up killing each other! I kind of agree. Mainly because they’re not ready to be together yet. The connection is there but both characters need to go on journeys before they’re ready to be together. This SCREAMS OTP.
And even though it is a 'long time coming’ we finally see Carrie realising what Quinn means to her at the end of Season Four and at the end of Season Five.
I would also like to draw attention to the following moments.
(Whoever Carrie is, she’s a lucky girl)
Oh and the fact that Astrid refers to Carrie as Quinn’s girlfriend. These are not just casually placed in. They are written as directions in the script. The writers have told the actors to interpret these scenes in certain ways to ensure that they are interpreted a certain way by the audience of the show.
These long looks by Quinn in Season Two and Season Three are put in there so that the audience starts to think, 'Hey, I think Quinn might be starting to feel a certain way about Carrie.’ These looks are so heavy and full of meaning from Quinn’s side. When Carrie asks for Quinn’s help, time and time again, and he just gives it, no questions asked. And we know the underlying reason behind these looks. The writers were writing, ever so carefully, that Quinn was falling in love with Carrie. This trust, this friendship, this honesty, it was developing into something way more important than the missions that they were carrying out.
And in case we didn’t realise what we’ve been seeing because they’d been slapping Brody and Carrie’s relationship in our face for three seasons, Dar comes out and tells us what us diehard C/Q fans had known for a long time.
Quinn has feelings for Carrie. It’s out there, in the open, for us all to see. He knows that this makes him weak. We know that this makes him weak because we have seen that Quinn will put Carrie above the mission. And this is OTP writing. Particularly for a show like Homeland. Carrie and Quinn, are, as we stand here at 5x12, each other’s weak spots. In a show where they have to make life changing decisions that save or sacrifice hundreds, hell, even thousands of lives, at each turn, characters that are each other’s weakspots SCREAMS OTP.
It happened with Jack and Kate on Lost. It happened over and over again with Buffy and Angel. Hell, it happened with Tony and Michelle on 24! (I know Tony went bad in Season Seven, but you get my drift.) These characters put their love for another character above the greater good.
And if we think about the scene (one of my favourite C/Q scenes) when Quinn tells Carrie that she’s fucking a child. And she says, 'What’s it to you anyway?’ Don’t we all just wince and think, 'Ouch, elephant in the room!’
Even more evident when Carrie notices Quinn looking at her in a certain way
'Why are you looking at me like that?’
We all slap our heads and think, 'Carrie, you’re so stupid!’
I’ve talked in depth about 'I can’t lose you, Quinn!’ For my part, I don’t see this as romantic, at all. I just think she’s realised that hell, she doesn’t want to do this without him. She needs him. She’s not sure why, yet. But she knows that she needs him. And for someone like Season Four Carrie, who doesn’t want that weakness, who is willing to sacrifice SAUL for the mission…. Yeah, this is kind of a big deal.
4x12 is wow. I’ve mentioned before, and I will mention again how we see a major shift in the way Carrie is acting towards Quinn in this episode. Almost to the point where when I was watching it, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I loved what I was seeing. But couldn’t believe I was seeing it this soon. But it makes sense when you think about it. I’ll explain.
When Carrie has to leave Quinn in Islamabad, we see that she’s realised that she needs him. And this need really transfers when she’s back in normal life. She’s distant, she’s not functioning properly. Genuinely, in this episode, she looks lost. And then when Quinn comes back, she looks so found. This, again, SCREAMS OTP.
The way she looks at Quinn when she lays eyes on him outside the church. Everything about how this scene was shot SCREAMS OTP. She is distracted, talking to friends and family, at her Father’s funeral. Then suddenly, someone comes into focus in the background. She is visibly moved and physically relieved to see him. She walks away from her family and falls into his arms.
When Carrie and Quinn are together, Carrie can make sense of things. Everything seems easier with him around. You can visibly see the tension leaving her body when she knows that he’s all right. Her whole demeanour changes. (This AGAIN underlines the bad writing for Carrie in Season Five) She lets her guard down during this hug and it is beautiful to see. We’ve never seen this from Carrie. EVER. Her moments with Brody were more like 'Let’s shag in the cabin and plan a life together that will never work.’
(I’d also like to raise the point that Carrie and Brody’s reunion after MONTHS apart in Season Three wasn’t even emotional.)
Do we even know how long it’s been since they were in Islamabad? I can’t recall, but I would wager it was a lot less time.
My views on Carrie and Quinn and the kiss are well known. While she realised in 4x11 that she needed Quinn and that she didn’t want to lose him, for me in 4x12, she realised that that need could actually be romantic.
Hell, even Maggie sees it when they’re walking out of the door together.
But what I think is really interesting about the kiss scene, as I posted on Monday, is how Carrie reacts to it.
I think Carrie is taken aback and terrified by how she feels after the kiss. She has been thinking in this episode, and I challenge anyone to doubt me on this, that maybe she does like Quinn as more than a friend. She seems confident when she is around him, perhaps thinking that this could be good.
She wants him to kiss her, you can see it in her eyes.
But when he actually does, all that confidence goes out of the window. The game changes. For me, I think this is because she realises that this is it. This is a future that could genuinely have a shot at working. This is a healthy, normal, stable relationship. This is Carrie’s worst nightmare in many respects because it’s a real relationship. It’s not doomed like Brody. Or meaningless like her countless other sexual hookups. She can’t manipulate Quinn like she did Brody because he sees right through her bullshit. He knows her, he has seen her 'at her worst’ and wants to be with her anyway. He accepts all of her.
Carrie hates this loss of control. And she panics. She immediately makes the jump from kiss to future and runs away.
'Quinn, I’ll just fuck it up.’
Quinn talks her round, addressing her insecurities, providing the valid reasons why they would work. And you all know I just love when she’s looking at him and her eyes are smiling because she’s talking to her heart. 'Could this man make me happy?’ Yes. 'Could this actually work?’ Yes. 'Could I fall in love with this man?’ Yes.
It’s incredible acting from Claire.
But still, she’s hesitant. And again, this is very very un-Carrie. She takes a very very different tactic with Quinn. She doesn’t dive straight into bed with him as she has done with every other good looking man in her life that she’s taken a fancy to. And this for me, again, SCREAMS OTP. The fact that we haven’t seen Carrie and Quinn have sex also feels very significant. We know the sexual tension is there. It literally jumps off the screen. And yet they haven’t had sex yet. No, they’re saving that. I hope they save it as long as possible. For me, the longer they don’t have sex, the more it confirms that they are the OTP because it underlines their relationship as different from every other 'romantic’ relationship that Carrie has had.
I’d also like to share my thoughts on the C/Q phone conversation in 4x12. Which is heartbreaking, but underlines why they’re not ready for each other yet. 4x12 is very centred around Carrie’s feelings for Quinn (which we haven’t seen so clearly before this episode) but I think it’s also very interesting in how it shows Quinn’s feelings for Carrie.
He’s so confident after their kiss. We know how much this moment means to him. Especially after everything that happened between them in Season Four. All those many many romantically heavy moments in Season Four where nothing is confronted but the emotions are there.
He reassures her, underlining how confident is is of his feelings for her.
'I know how this goes, it ends badly.’
'Till it doesn’t.’
Quinn knows he’s the right guy for Carrie in this scene. Heck, he’s even cocky. He is so sure of his feelings for her. He knows her shit. He knows that she needs to get out as much as he does. He’s noticed the shift in her in this episode.
And then, he drives away. Carrie runs away from him (literally) to Missouri.
He finally calls her with his, 'I can barely contain myself and how excited I am about what happened last night..’ and he coolly comes out with 'I’m wondering about you.’ This scene is amazingly acted by Rupert. He’s trying not to be excited, he’s trying to protect himself and to stay calm and collected.
He probably couldn’t think of anything else to say. There aren’t really words for 'I’ve been in love with you for two years. Last night meant everything to me.’ He probably gathered from her hesitancy that she didn’t feel their relationship on the level that he did but the fact that she might. The fact that she could. The fact that she had kissed him back. That was everything.
I love how he offers to fly out. He wants to see her, maintain the level of intimacy they had that night. Maintain that closeness. And she shoots him down. And he can’t handle it, because she is everything to him. My stomach drops for Quinn when he speaks to her. His tone of voice is different, even though he’s trying to be normal.
And when she 'rejects’ him, even though she doesn’t, he runs away. That confidence is shattered. Quinn is very much a victim of his own love for Carrie here. He’s been dreaming of this moment for so long and it doesn’t go exactly the way he planned. So he runs away. This proves that he’s not ready.
The fact that Carrie finds out from her Mother that her bi-polar disorder was not a hindrance to her having real lasting relationships and the fact that this gives her the push to call Quinn is hugely significant. She decides that she is ready to take that step, to confront that fear and be with Quinn. She decides she’s ready to truly be with someone, without that safety net. She is all in because being with Quinn is a massive deal. It could wreck their friendship and would completely change both of their lives. But she’s ready to give it up, for him. This also SCREAMS OTP.
But then he’s gone. This man, who Carrie has finally decided that she wants to be with. He’s gone. They miss each other by a matter of hours. This also SCREAMS OTP.
By the time we get to Season Five (holy cow, I’ve written 9 pages!) Carrie and Quinn are the characters that we, as viewers, are most anxious to see together. Regardless of the time hop, regardless if you’re a shipper or not, viewers are waiting to see what happens between these two main characters.
As a further point, the fact that they decided to 'go there’ with Carrie and Quinn also underlines that they are going to 'go there’ with Carrie and Quinn. They introduced an explicit romance between Carrie and Quinn in Season Four. It’s two main characters. They can’t ignore it now.
“Jeez, what are we supposed to do? Call the cops, it’s already out there!!” Harry from 'When Harry Met Sally’
Sorry, I digress. To take a quote from a 5x04 review by AV Club;
“Carrie and Quinn aren’t ideally compatible, and these aren’t the ideal circumstances for their long-awaited reunion, but as soon as they appear on screen together, Homeland makes more sense than it has all season.”
This is the point I’d like to make. Because of everything that happened in Season Four, we have been waiting for these two characters to get in a room together to see what would happen. To see if anything has changed. This underlines their relationship, AGAIN, as the most important one on the show. Because this is what viewers have been waiting for.
There is a 'heaviness’ laying between them in this first scene. Despite the fact that Quinn tries to be all cold, it takes us all of five seconds to realise that he still loves her. You’re not subtle, Quinn.
He can’t resist taking a jibe at Carrie’s new domestic bliss. Carrie confronts him about their near-miss and tells him that she hasn’t stopped thinking about him. I do, genuinely think that she is trying to rekindle their closeness here, by bringing up their past relationship, but Quinn is, again, acting all distant and cold.
It doesn’t matter now.
Except it so clearly does. There is also the reintroduction of the elephant in the room with these two again in this episode which again, SCREAMS OTP.
How do I look? Like someone else.
The whole, 'You’re not the woman I fell in love with.’
Sing it with me, ‘There’s such a distance…. between us. And a million miles…” We’d like to thank Adele for sponsoring this episode.
Except when they’re back in action together, back in their professional partnership, back kicking ass where they belong, it’s like they’ve never been apart. And it’s underlined once again that Quinn is definitely still in love with Carrie.
And again when he literally sacrifices himself to keep her safe. This again SCREAMS OTP.
And then we have Carrie being self involved, lusting after cabin sex with Jonas and just generally not being Carrie. This is the period in Homeland Season Five that just doesn’t make sense. Say episodes 5x05 to 5x09. After everything that happened in Season Four, and how Carrie said she wasn’t going to leave Quinn in 5x04, how she puts herself at risk to get help for him… she leaves him. And seems distracted and 'Oh dear, oh dear’ when Jonas tells her he is dying as opposed to, 'I can’t lose you, Quinn!’ 'Take him to a fucking hospital, Jonas!’ which would have been more in line with the Carrie we know.
Even though Carrie does show some remorse when she’s talking to Otto, she still doesn’t do anything about it. And this isn’t Carrie. She doesn’t just run away and do nothing. Especially where Quinn is concerned.
And when it’s actually underlined that she waited nine days and waited for everything else that was going on to be sorted out before she tends to Quinn… this is just unbelievable. As in, I genuinely don’t believe that Carrie would have waited that long. With Quinn being in the state that he was, the Carrie we knew from Seasons Three and Four, and maybe even Two (as she does go and visit him in the hospital after the Gettysburg attack), would not have just left him way down on her priority list. Just no.
My views on 5x10 and 5x11 and 5x12 are well known. So I’m not going to hash over them again. But what I will say is that they underline more than ever, that Carrie and Quinn will end up together.
In 5x10, we see the physical agony that Carrie feels seeing Quinn in that much pain. We see Carrie’s complete devastation when she thinks that he is dead. The way she sits silently at his bedside at the end of 5x10, feeling sad, and feeling guilty for how she neglected him. As though she is re-realising that he is her everything, and how could she have been so stupid and so careless?
5x11 and the famous 'I’m here, waiting for you.’
I’ve said before and I’ll say it again. This is pure emotion. I would compare it to the hug in 4x12 in terms of one of the moments when we see Carrie’s true feelings for Quinn. As I’ve said before, every line Carrie says to Quinn when they’re bringing him round is rehearsed and is there for a reason. 'It’s me, Carrie.’ 'I need to talk to you.’ 'It’s really important that you wake up.’ They’re all so staged, so calm, so emotionless.’
This is pure love and pure longing. In that moment, she would have waited forever. We even have a cut in there to establish this statement as different to the ones before. And the fact that Quinn shows response to this statement of love, and not her other statements again SCREAMS OTP. He didn’t respond to, 'Quinn, it’s me, Carrie.’ or 'It’s really important that you wake up.’ No, he responded to her saying, with all that love and all that longing, that she was waiting for him.
While I’m still unsure as to what is going on with Carrie’s feelings for Quinn in 5x12 as it didn’t follow on logically from 5x11 as again, the writing for Carrie was all over the place, I still think her fear of what 'could be’ with Quinn is there. I still think she’s afraid of what she feels when she’s around him. The same sort of fear that characterised her crazy road trip to Missouri and the way she felt after she left Dar Adal’s house at the end of Season Four. That feeling that this could be it, and what if he’s gone?
I’m not sure what motivates Carrie’s decision to mercy kill Quinn at the end of Season Five. Perhaps it’s what Dar said, although I suspect she thinks that she’s fulfilling Quinn’s wishes because of what he wrote in the letter. (FYI, the fact that Quinn’s letter was interrupted also SCREAMS OTP) These declarations and moments are always interrupted with OTPs.
However, now we pretty much know that Quinn is alive and she doesn’t go through with it, we have once again, a Homeland season finale that is centred around the relationship between Carrie and Quinn. This also SCREAMS OTP. Our lasting realisations from Season Five are that Quinn loves Carrie. We’ve heard it in his own words. We also have Carrie by his bedside, and our close memories from 5x10 and 5x11, wherein we see just what Quinn means to Carrie (which again, they haven’t shown us a lot of but they do, when it counts!)
This establishes, as all the seasons have done in different ways, how the relationship between Quinn and Carrie is really the one that matters. They are friends, they are colleagues, they trust each other implicitly, they’re not afraid to call on each other’s bullshit, they put each other above the mission and they’re not afraid to put themselves in danger to save the other. This has developed into a real lasting love between both of them that has and is powering the show.
It’s the relationship on Homeland. It just is. Despite the writers saying that they weren’t gonna do the 'will they, won’t they,’ that’s exactly what they have done. And they’ve used a shit load of tried and tested techniques of the 'will they, won’t they’ OTPs from other shows in order to do it. Especially with holding off on C/Q sex when they’re not afraid to show Carrie having a lot of sex.
Maybe they said they weren’t gonna do it to try and establish Homeland as 'different’ from other shows. But from all the looks between Carrie and Quinn, the 'elephant in the room’, the near misses, the sacrifices, the keeping them apart, they are using all the tricks in the book with Carrie and Quinn to underline that they are the one true pairing of the show.
I’m making this announcement to let you know that the second
season of Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero will be the final season of the series.
We are finishing up the story we began telling in 2014. New episodes will air through 2017, leading
up to our series finale. I’m really excited
for you all to see our big, bombastic, super funny, visually purty,
exponentially musical, big-time exciting and emotionally everything season 2.
(Enjoy these sneak peek images; just a small taste of what’s in store…)
The team at Disney TV Animation and Disney XD continue to be
great partners; supportive of the vision Jared and I shared for the show since
the beginning. I’ve enjoyed so much trust
and creative freedom throughout this journey. I was free to build the team we needed to create
something truly unique. Watching it all
evolve and grow into an actual TV show that’s 100% for real on TV continues to
be a thrill for me. It’s been a gift to
collaborate with the most amazing people ever.
As you know, two seasons of a good show isn’t the most
uncommon thing in the TV animation industry. The truth is the network has always been happy
with our show. Our ratings have been
great from the start, and we held solid with all our season 1 premiere
episodes…. and we continue to do well with our repeat airings. The network has always been supportive of our
show, and ordered two seasons. In that time we’ve been able to tell so many
great and varied stories. And so many
more on the way…
Would I have liked to make more episodes than fit into two
seasons? Yes. Am I satisfied with the stories we’ve been
able to tell with Penn and the rest of our amazing characters in the two
seasons that we got? Hell yes. Are there killer moments and crazy cool and
fun new characters coming your way in season 2 that will make you smile and
laugh and make your jaw drop in a totally excited-as-a-fan way? Damn straight. Are there familiar Season 1 characters and
worlds that will return in very surprising ways like what? Yeppy. Will I ask myself more consecutive questions and then answer them in
this paragraph? Certainly. Would I have had extra ideas that would never
have made it on the air, even if there were 20 seasons? Probably. Will I talk about a few missed opportunities that never made it on the
show, someday in a bar at San Diego Comic-con?
I’d take that bet. Did I have to
sacrifice a fun episode or two to make room for a few important heavy-hitting,
super cool mythology building/continuing story episodes that lead to our giant season 2 finale AKA super duper series finale? Yes ma’am and/or sir.
For fans, the very good news is…
We found out about the end of the series early enough to
devote quite a few episodes directly to the emotionally sensitive business of
concluding this big story. The season 2
story threads its way into many episodes, including our 5-consecutive episode
series finale, which kinda feels like a big movie…
My friends at Disney TV Animation and Disney XD have given
me the time and episodes I needed to give the story a fitting finale, and they
continue to support me in post-production. I am grateful to them and if you’re a fan, you should be too. There is a lot of variety on Disney XD and
Disney Channel, and I’m glad Penn Zero continues to be part of that collage of
While it has been honestly sad for me to see my PZ
crewmembers roll off the show, one by one… the bright side for you guys is most
of our amazing team of super smart writers, brilliant artists and production
geniuses have migrated to exciting new Disney TVA series. In many respects, they are building on the
creative ground we first broke on Penn, and carrying it forward to new
At the moment I’m intimately involved with all the season 2
finale stuff. I will say confidently,
that once you watch season 2, and consider both seasons together, you will feel
like you have seen quite a lot of the Penn Zero Multiverse. In two seasons of Penn Zero, I will boldly claim
that you will have seen more unique and wonderful worlds, and will have met
more unique characters, species, cultures and societies than many other longer
running shows give you in 10 full seasons. And I will overconfidently and perhaps
irresponsibly claim that you will never see such variety in any TV series ever again on Earth, or any planet, in any galaxy ever. Trust me on this.
There’s a story Jared and I wanted to tell from the
beginning. It was about Penn and his
friends and what they wanted to accomplish against challenging odds. And it was about this villain Rippen and his
minion Larry and their goals too, and what makes them tick. It’s about Penn’s poor trapped parents… and
it’s all headed somewhere very…interesting. This story could have been told over a longer
time period than two seasons; that was certainly our initial plan. But I will honestly say that the way the story
is being told from season 1 through season 2… and into our series finale is
exactly what I wanted it to be. I love
it. And I hope you do too.
I have so many people to thank. My partner and co-creator, Jared Bush. My line
producer Tara Badawy, my directors, Adam Henry, Tom DeRosier, Kathleen Good, Chuckles
Austen, my Co-Producer/story editor Jeff Poliquin, my Lead Editor Jhoanne
Reyes, Co-Art Directors Benjamin Plouffe and Chris Whittier, Character Designers Tim Moen and Joe Moshier, Animation Co-Supervisor Matt Williames, Composer Ryan Shore, Executives Jay Francis, Matthew Siegel, Jonathan Schneider,
Dave Wright, Aaron Drown, Michele Mazzano, Khaki Jones, Lisa Salamone, Eric
Coleman, Marc Buhaj and Gary Marsh. I
have always felt support and encouragement from all of these people, and so many
more I can’t name here because we all need to go to sleep eventually. Who could ask for a better studio and crew?
And then there’s our spectacular cast – Thomas Middleditch,
Tania Gunadi, Alfred Molina, Larry Wilmore and Adam DeVine – who could ask for
a better cast? Recording these guys has been such a privilege. They’re all immensely talented and are each exceptionally
warm and fun people… And also the guest voice actors have been such a thrill (some
fun surprises for season 2)… Thanks also to Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, my VO
director and my lead recording engineer Mark Kondracki at Outloud Audio, who are both such
a big part of all the great voice acting performances we capture.
And most importantly, I want to thank you. Who could ask for better fans? Seriously, I love you all and I
thank you for all your drawings, your posts, your OCs and fan fiction (honestly
haven’t read much of that at all – for reasons – but maybe I will soon?)…. I’m
excited each time I check in on your art posts, and always enjoy reblogging you guys!
The most exciting part of making this show has been to see it resonate
with an audience. To know you dig what
we put into the universe is honestly the biggest gift. We made this stuff for you. And you’re inspired and make your own stuff
because of what we did. And that truly
inspires me. Thank you all.
you enjoy Season 2 as much as I’m enjoying making it. We are completing the story we want to tell. Lots more laughs, thrills, chills and…. maybe
a few tears are on the way for all of us.
Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero will be at San Diego Comic-con next
week! Lots of new stuff to share!
Friday 7/22 2:30-3:30pm room 5AB (panel)
And we have a signing later that day. If you’re in San Diego, stop by and say hi!
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No. Despite the label “Netflix Original”, the footage of this show and the basic gist of its writing were entirely made in Japan. Glitter Force is a localization of the 2012 Japanese series Smile Precure, the seventh entry in the Pretty Cure franchise.
Some of the footage was edited, the script was heavily localized, but otherwise it’s still definitely the same show.
Q: If it is a dub of Pretty Cure, why is it not called Pretty Cure?
The rights to the name Pretty Cure are already being held in most english speaking-countries by the canadian company that dubbed Futari wa Precure, the franchise’s first series.
This company still holds the rights for the “Washio era” seasons of the show (The first three series, from Max Heart to Yes!). Saban has the rights to do what they want with the rest of the franchise. They probably chose Smile because it was the most recently completed season when they got the rights in 2013.
Saban originally planned to name the show “Gangam Girls” (which is incredibly racist and refers to an outdated meme) so if you ask me “Glitter Force” helped us dodge a bullet.
Think of it as an adaptation the way Super Sentai is carried over to the west as Power Rangers.
Q: So Netflix is stealing it by claiming it as an original then!!!
Nope. That dub was commissioned by Netflix to Saban. Toei Animation is properly credited. Smile Precure’s name is mentioned in many official Glitter Force pages. Toei Animation’s twitter account encourages people to watch GF.
So, nope, they didn’t steal anything.
Q: Why do we get 4Kids-like dubbing in this day and age?
Despite the heavy localization aspect, the dub is quite respectful of the original. While erasing the fact the story takes place in japan has its own problematic aspects, the dub does a good job explaining the aspects of japanese culture they couldn’t localize.
Chloé / Reika’s family is shown to be of Japanese descent. As such, she is explained to be able to read kanjis, and explain the little aspects of the culture western viewers might get confused by, such as Tanabata.
And while the scenes at Akane’s restaurant are never shown, Kelsey still manages to explain in a respectful manner what Okonomiyaki is.
The field trip arc is full of references like these, even if trying to pass off them visiting the real city as “an expo” is… a weird choice. GF still does its best not literally spitting on the source material the way 4Kids did.
They aren’t trying to pass off rice balls as donuts.
Q: They ruined Smile!
Smile still exists. Nobody forces you to watch the dub. You’re not the target audience anyway. Why do you hate it when people are laughing and having fun.
Q: Why was episode 19 removed?
Some people say it is because a dead parent episode is “too heavy for kids to handle”, but I highly doubt it. There’s a lot of other things that are impossible to just localize in this episode. It’s about the origin of the girls’ names. And Ulric is the only one with a meaningful name in the entire episode.
Still a damn shame they didn’t at least try… Apparently they had to meet an episode count of 20 no matter what so I don’t blame them for taking the hard ones out of the way I guess.
Q: Is this dub a good thing?
To most Precure fans? Of course it is!
While, yeah, the script is kinda dumbed down and the angsty moments are often played off as comedic, (looking at you, relay race episode) the dub is mostly faithful to the spirit of the original. Definitely a good way to have kids, or people who aren’t used to anime, into Precure!
And don’t forget that supporting this release amounts to supporting Pretty Cure in the west. If GF is a success, guess what we’ll be getting? An official subbed release. And more Precure stuff in the west. Just the way MMPR’s popularity brought us Super Sentai.
I believe Quinn is not dead and he will be back in season 8. Some tv shows did that to the main characters, like in Prison Break Michael was dead and they do a new season show him is alive in a prison. Or in 24 hours, Tony Almeida was dead and he just showed up like a terrorist. I think 2 seasons are too much to show only Carrie stuff. It wiil be like Carrie take a phone and in other side hears: Carrie, it's me. Remember this.
I won’t tell you not to hope. That would, indeed, be a welcome twist. But Homeland, for all that I preach it, is not 24. I would feel so much better if this were 24.
Tony’s death was similarly distressing; he died for nothing, and it was one episode after one of the most haunting deaths of the entire series. When the director chose not to honor his tenure on the show with the silent clock, however, they were leaving the door open a crack.
Fans were outraged by Tony’s death and disrespect implied by the audible beeps of the clock ticking — was Tony not an important character? Was he not beloved? Lesser characters received more touching sendoffs.
But by failing to take that final step, failing to solidify Tony’s death, they were able to bring him back.
I have often lamented the lack of a silent clock on this show. It would be so helpful — with 24, you knew when to be sad for real. In this case, I think the silent clock would have broken me. But I think, too, it would have given me closure that I’m still struggling to find.
In the meantime, hang on to whatever shreds of hope you can. We are here.