I’ve been wanting to write this meta for a while, because
after season 2 came out I’ve seen a lot of people characterise the Black Lion
as disloyal or fickle, and I don’t think this is the case. I think the Black
Lion is extremely loyal to Shiro, and very closely bonded to him; and I think
she probably hates Zarkon as much as Shiro does. That might be a strange
conclusion to come to after she literally spat Shiro out in the season 1
finale, so let’s break this down a little bit:
If you leave aside the incident in 1x11, the
rest of the show portrays the Black Lion and Shiro as very closely bonded. In
1x02 Shiro is the only Paladin who’s able to do the nosedive exercise. At this
point he’s been piloting the Lion for like… a couple of days MAX, but he’s able
to bond with her to the point that he can see through her eyes. So far, we
haven’t seen any of the other Paladins pull this off. The Lion/Paladin bond is
a two-way thing - we see that clearly with Red and Keith - so we have to assume
that this bonding moment is not just down to Shiro’s calm focus. It’s also
coming from Black.
You can also see Black’s willingness to bond with Shiro in
2x07. Shiro goes down to the hangar, sits in the Lion, and goes: “Work with me. What do I have to do to
strengthen our bond?” And the Lion is like: “YES BONDING!
ALRIGHT! LET’S GO!!” She immediately powers up and whisks Shiro off on a
spiritual journey. She invites Shiro to see through her eyes, and shows him her
history and how she was made. Shiro asks ‘what do I have to do to strengthen
our bond?’ and the Lion’s answer is 'you need to understand my history and
where I come from’. And again - we’ve not seen any of the other Lions do this.
Shiro is the only Paladin whose Lion has opened up about their past or told
their Paladin this kind of visual story.
None of this is consistent with the characterisation of the
Black Lion as disloyal. It certainly doesn’t seem like she mistrusts or
dislikes Shiro, right? If anything, she seems positively eager to open up to
Which brings me to my theory about the Black Lion: I don’t
think she’s fickle, or contrary, or lowkey still into her ex. I don’t think she
likes Zarkon at all, or misses him, or wants him back as her Paladin.
I think she’s traumatised.
More under the cut, because sweet quiznak did this get long:
#kdramawomensweek: day 8 // age of youth love-fest | happy international women’s day!
So I pretty much put together some of my favorite scenes from Age of Youth. They’re all scenes that really hit me hard emotionally or just personally resonated with me. When Jin Myung, whose feelings have slowly been bubbling underneath the surface, finally overflows with emotion, full of rage and agony. She finally demands the apology she’s been silently asking for. When she fell to the floor in sobs, I cried with her. I felt that grief. When Yi Na realizes she’s been holding herself back and finally lets herself go. Dammit, that scene just hit me. When Eun Jae blows up and just begs for the housemates to be nice to her I could personally relate to her pain and just how nervous she must have felt to finally let that out and tell these almost strangers how alienated they made her feel and how much it had hurt her. That’s not easy.
As you can see, most of my favorite scenes include the girls all together. The relationship that developed between these girls, different in pretty much every way, from being strangers just living in a house together to sisters that loved and protected each other in any way they could was really the main strength of the show. Even that hilarious scene when the girls beat up Eun Jae’s boyfriend because they think he’s some stranger out to hurt her shows just how willing they are to protect each other. I mean, they burst out of the house the second they heard Eun Jae scream. The girls immediately went to comfort Ye Eun when she finally broke up with a boyfriend she loved so much. And when Eun Jae finally comes home after being out all night, the girls just hug her, saying that everything is okay because she’s here and she’s safe. I’m tearing up just thinking of the scene. That love for each other that made them one of the best friendships of 2016 and just in general.
What I love about the girls individual stories is the journey they went through during the drama and where they ended up. They don’t end the drama suddenly complete and whole, but you know they’ve set themselves on that track. They learn to start forgiving and loving themselves. The ghosts they’ve lived with are never completely gone but they’re not held back and tortured by them anymore.
Anyway, what I really want to say is that I love these girls so so so so so much. There’s really nothing I can say that can convey the amount of love I have for this drama and the Belle Epoque girls. It warms my heart when I think of them and I’m just so happy there’s going to be a season 2.