moral characters

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10: Most problematic thing your muse has ever done?

In the quiet of my small room in the city I, Lafeyette’s humble narrator, take a long sip from my coffee mug and stare listlessly out the window. The sound of a train screeching through the overpass rumbles in the background. I sigh.

Truth be told, I’m a grimdark piece of shit.

I’ve become comfortable in my truth, y’know? I know what I’m about, y’know? I’ve also got to diffuse my horrible grimdark tendencies with humor, y’know?

I could write out her crimes but man lets’s get into the nitty gritty of Lafey’s brain.

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I present to you, an actual Red herring:

Red hair, red coat, red lips.  You saw what you wanted to see – what you expected to see. John Watson saved her phone number, so obviously she’s the one who “misses” him. The “vampire”. The one who texts him at night. Never mind the fact his sister Harry hounds him on his blog to talk to her or to catch up. That she misses him. That she missed the wedding and it’s been awhile since they’ve seen each other. Never mind that someone else he knows might stay up at all hours of the night and call himself a vampire. No, no. You took one look at him and thought, contrary to everything you know about John Watson’s “strong moral character” – “what the fuck, he’s cheating on his wife”. You fell for the red herring. This is the point behind the writing of Sherlock – they constantly play on your preconceived notions of human behavior and attempt to break them. They love to pull the rug. 

If you haven’t spent a little time questioning these ingrained stereotypes, then The Final Problem will blow you away. 

Let’s Be Honest-- Clint/Hawkeye is Totally Underated

He’s totally badass– with no real “super” human abilities like Captain America and Thor or “super gear” like Falcon and Iron Man

And his sass is undeniablly one of the most entertaining parts of the films.  Its such simple humor but that is what makes it so fantastic

And he is arguably one of the most relatable, loyal, and moral of the characters.

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This is why I love eren. He’s not gifted at anything, but he makes the top five- because he works harder than anyone else. Contrarily to what people think, eren isn’t all talk. Eren is someone who is ready and willing to do what needs to be done at all times. As we’ve seen, he’ll run himself into the ground to further the cause he believes in. Eren seems selfish on the surface, but ultimately is the most giving character in the series. Even in detrimental circumstances, he’s ready to sacrifice himself to save the innocent, and ready to give his life for humanity. Eren is arguably the most moral character in all of snk, but is often mischaracterized by the fandom as someone who’s blindly fighting out of vengeance and hate. Eren has used his anger and passion to aid the scouting legion and humanity, and if nothing else, deserves credit for that.

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I hope [the series] brings about some sort of change. I know it’s not going to be, we make a nice TV series and people will be inspired and all of a sudden we’ll have reform. But people can be inspired by this character and hopefully look at him as someone you want to emulate or at least is morally strong. The character is trying to think that of other people. He’s not just trying to solve everyone’s problems. That’s not possible. But he wants to inspire other people to take action and do what’s right. – Mike Colter

Some things I noticed after watching Rogue One a second time . . .

When I first watched Rogue One, I was just trying to stay with the plot and falling in love with the characters, so I didn’t go too deep with studying the actual filmmaking that went into it.

I’m a huge film nerd - went to film school, actually - so this time around, I consciously looked at the film through that lens.

Maybe someone else has already noticed this, but here goes:

I was really struck by the Director of Photography’s lighting choices in the scene where the rebellion is basically “recruiting” Jyn.

Lighting is such a cool thing - often used in classic movies to show the moral standing of characters.

Here’s a breakdown of how each major player in the scene is lit and what we can infer:

Mon Mothma - brightly, fully lit (she almost looks angelic); she is clearly the person with the most strict moral code and the most “spotless moral conduct” (reading the novelisation, this really comes through)

Jyn Erso - softly lit with no hard shadows, but clearly dimmer than Mon Mothma; she has a shady criminal past, but she’s got good intentions

General Dodonna and Bail Organa - lit similarly to Jyn; they have good intentions, even if they might be a bit more comfortable with the moral grey areas than Mon Mothma

General Draven - there is a bit of bright lighting on the top of his head, but his face generally stays in shadow; he has fully accepted the “morally questionable” acts he orders others to commit to serve the greater vision of the Rebellion

And now my favourite …

Cassian Andor - his face is half in shadow and half in light (very similar to the way Michael Corleone is lit in The Godfather); it represents how he wrestles with doing things he hates (assassinations, etc) to serve the cause he believes in, because he finds them morally reprehensible - Cassian is, to borrow a phrase from Doctor Who, “halfway out of the dark”

Anyway, I though it was pretty cool. I noticed some other thematic stuff that I might post about later.

Feel free to talk to me about this - I’m a total nerd about it and I love meeting other people who are nerdy about it, too.

Also, I’m total trash for rebelcaptain. If you are, too, we should be friends.

The dub of episode 12 was wonderful, but one line really stood out to me, as a summary of the unique format of the Yuri on Ice story and how it plays with the usual happy ending cliches. (It was in the sub as well, and it caught my eye there as well but something about hearing it made it a lot more interesting.)

“No tale is more compelling, than one that never ends.”

In context, it’s about JJ and Seung Gil Lee, two skaters who are in the prime of their career and whose subtle interactions with each other will continue long past the Grand Prix Final. After all, the Grand Prix is just the start of the skating season. There is so much left to do, and so many stories to be told on the sidelines of the greater Victor/Yuri arc. 

And the thing about skating is that it never stops. Individual skaters work through their careers, but then they coach or choreograph or inspire other younger skaters, who step into their places and continue refining the art. It’s a neverending story, one that only gets greater over time. There’s so much love for the immortality of the ice- the infinite and eternal possibility of greater things in the future- in the writing. No ends, no neatly tied up resolutions. Everything keeps going, and that perpetual motion is beautiful. 

Look at the story we get told with Yuri on Ice. It starts with two skaters in a standstill, trying to figure out how to move forward with their lives. Their victory is not winning a gold medal or getting married and having babies, it’s continuing with their careers, continuing to contribute to the eternal story. They don’t get to settle down, they get to be immortal.

Even if we get a season two, I don’t think we’ll ever get a cut and dried ending, where everyone waltzes into the sunset. That would be a betrayal of the story they’re trying to tell. It isn’t about finding happiness, it’s about progress, about inspiring each other to be better skaters and attaining happiness in the process. 

Maybe one of the main characters will retire, but certainly not permanently. There will always be the next generation in the wings to be tutored, a surprise comeback to be made. One more competition, one more year, one more medal or routine, all the way into forever. 

Not only is that sort of open ended storytelling uniquely poignant, it’s also perfect for a show that endeavors not just to tell a love story but to tell the story of an entire sport. Nothing ever stops, there is no final goal to reach, only an ever evolving conglomerate of beauty that every athlete contributes to. A happy ending for Yuri on Ice is an anti-ending, one forever that promises a more glorious future just around the corner. 

so we all remember this little moment, right?

well, Chisa ultimately didn’t die for Munakata, did she?

but do you know who did?

i’m not crying you are

I’m going to put it out here in the hopes of having a conversation about it.

What is this whole argument going around about “problematic” depictions of non-straight characters in fiction being homophobic? Saying that just because a character is gay/bisexual/not straight then they have to be Good and Nice and Sweet and they can never get anywhere near being “problematic” sounds more homophobic to me than the concept of treating every sexual orientation in the same way in fiction. 

If a straight character can do it why can’t a gay character do the same? 

  • Me: Wow Cassian Andor is such a complex character. The fact that he straight up murders people because he believes the Rebel Alliance is worth it, what an interesting morally grey character.
  • Also me: CASSIAN ANDOR IS A PURE SOUL HE COULD NEVER HURT ANYBODY. HES BEEN TRYING HIS BEST ITS NOT HIS FAULT HES BEEN FIGHTING SINCE HE WAS 6 YEARS OLD HE LOST EVERYTHING. JUST LEAVE CASSIAN ALONE!
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