nothing even happens in this scene and i'm still giffing it

dracarys--stormborn  asked:

I know I'm kinda late but how do you feel about the TVD finale and what they did to Stefan? Especially when they said that Damon's better than him? Also, Stef had more chemistry with Elena while she was unconscious than any Delena scene lol.

So, as you all know by now I didn’t actually watch the finale, but I read about what happened on Tumblr and I saw a couple of gif sets, so I do have a couple of thoughts about the finale.

- About what they did to Stefan: I’m not going to lie, I would’ve preferred it if Stefan and Elena would’ve been allowed to ride off into the sunset together because they’re the only couple that made sense as endgame all along, literally the only couple. But since it was made abundantly clear that wasn’t going to happen, I’m actually quite happy with how it turned out. Because not only did Stefan do what he always does, which is stepping up and keeping those he loves safe, he also found peace, and not just peace, oh no, he was reunited with his very best friend and I kind of found that heartwarming. It wasn’t the happy ending I hoped for when I started watching, but under the given circumstances, I really think it was the best ending possible for us Stefan stans.

- About what he said about Damon: I’m not even mad, the show has been using other characters to prop up Damon through dialogue for years now. Stefan always excused Damon’s behavior, he always made it seem like something Damon was not, he always gave Damon credit even though he never deserves it, he has been pushing Elena back to Stefan since season five, so what Stefan said in the finale didn’t get to me because, well, it was big fat bullshit but it was nothing new.

- About the DE scenes: first of all, let me just say how happy I am they didn’t even get a conversation. Like, they hugged, they kissed, they held hands, and that’s it. I was prepared for something much, much, much worse. And then there’s the painful, hilarious lack of chemistry between them. Because not only did Ian choose to kiss Nina’s chin instead of her lips (no amount of slowmotion and over the top lighting and fancy camera angles can hide that, dear TVD crew), he also couldn’t even be bothered to not look constipated when he held her hand. Like, those scenes were so bad it still makes me laugh and it’s been weeks. xD 

- About Katherine’s “comeback”: I only have one thing to say: what were the writers thinking??????

- About endgames: when it comes to endgames, I have to say I found SE to come out looking best. Not only because of the fact that DE didn’t even spend the afterlife together (we’re supposed to believe they’re ‘epic soulmates’ but it was like Elena just lived her life as best as she could because she owed Stefan that and then she bailed as soon as she died xD) but also because of that final SE scene, the physicality, the chemistry. Yes, sure, the dialogue was about Caroline and Damon, but just look at that scene. Mute the scene and look at it, and it’s our beautiful SE endgame. Nina and Paul brought their A game one last time and it is something to be grateful for. Over the course of eight seasons, SE got the best lines, the best scenes, the best chemistry, SE actually had it all and the series finale reconfirmed that. They’re endgame, guys. Maybe not ‘technically’, but they looked and felt like the real endgame couple. Plus, that scene of Elena writing in her diary near his grave… Like, the diaries were something that connected them and when they got together, they didn’t need them anymore because they had each other to talk to instead, and as soon as they were apart, they started writing in those diaries again. Stefan was always the one Elena could truly be herself with, and now that he died, she dug up her diary and wrote in it while looking at the crypt where he was buried and there’s something morbidly poetic about it. It’s SE, it has always been SE. (I also have to add I loved that Elena left her necklace on his grave or whatever, because if Kevin did one thing right in that final episode, it was making sure everyone knew that necklace was always meant to be an SE symbol, he righted JP’s wrong with that and it’s awesome because now DE is actually literally left with nothing. Think about it.)

- And last but not least, about me being petty: and this is me being really petty, but can I just say how hilarious it is that Stefan chose to die rather than spending a single day married to Caroline? xD

Kylo Ren and Microexpression: More proof that Reylo is canon

(Inspired by this post  and the book Blink by Malcolm Gladwell)

(I found this little gem halfway through writing this meta and @ms-qualia​ absolutely nailed it.  Great preface for this and required reading for the whole fandom.)

With all these glorious HD gifs of our whiny space prince Kylo Ren, I want to talk about microexpression.  And so I shall.

I think it’s safe to say that Adam Driver is the modern king of faking microexpression, and his performance as Kylo Ren in the jewel in his crown.  His character takes emoting to another level; everthing on his face and every expression in his eyes seems meticulously choreographed for the scene.  Microexpression is certainly one of the most important (and most subtle) aspects of Kylo Ren.  Lucky for us, microexpression seems to be Adam’s specialty.

But what does this mean for Reylo?

Well I’ll tell you.

“A microexpression is a brief, involuntary facial expression shown on the face of humans according to emotions experienced. They usually occur in high-stakes situations, where people have something to lose or gain. Microexpressions occur when a person is consciously trying to conceal all signs of how they are feeling, or when a person does not consciously know how they are feeling. Unlike regular facial expressions, it is difficult/impossible to hide microexpression reactions. Microexpressions cannot be controlled as they happen in a fraction of a second…not all of which are encoded in facial muscles.”


-Wikipedia, microexpression

(emphasis added)

There is so much in here but there’s only a few things we really need.
Let’s start with involuntary.  So much about Kylo Ren’s character shows us that he’s out of control– his tantrums, his obsession with Rey– but this becomes even more pronounced when he takes off the mask. 

The average person shows a microexpression fairly frequently, but Kylo Ren’s face is constantly jumping from one tiny emotion to the next.  Without a word, he shows us just how unstable Kylo Ren feels, and by extension, just how unstable Kylo Ren will act.

Viewers of “The Force Awakens” came away with some some very clear but seemingly out-of-place ideas about the movie, and it’s not initially obvious why.  Times’s description of a “sexual energy” between Rey and Kylo Ren is the best example.  This is the ‘micro’ in microexpression.  Those skilled in imitating microexpression can get us to see and feel and understand things about the film and its characters without us ever knowing why.  Of course, body language is important, but so much of what we perceive comes down to the face.  In this case, Adam Driver’s face.

The next point here is that microexpressions appear “in high stakes situations…when a person does not consciously know how they are feeling.”  This is unsurprising for a man being “torn apart.”  Kylo Ren has peers he distrusts, a family he scorns, an order that he renounced and destroyed– and now he works under a master that he knows is just using him as a temporary tool.  His whole life is a high-stakes situation.  He feels huge inner conflict, and this conflict is clearly shown in his face.  The interrogation scene and the bridge scene in particular are filled with so many tiny flickers of emotion in Kylo Ren, and they serve their purpose perfectly.  He doesn’t know what he’s doing.  He doesn’t know what he’s feeling.  He is truly being torn apart.  We can see it, although we don’t immediately know that we’re seeing it.  That’s the beauty in this performance. Even for all its subtleties you can’t miss the effect.

Now you’re probably still wondering about Reylo.  Don’t worry.  Here it comes.

From the interrogation scene on, Adam Driver establishes Kylo Ren as extremely emotional and extremely volatile.  His expressions are constantly in motion, his face wonderfully dynamic.   But there is a moment where that all comes to rest.  This moment:

This is the moment where (at least some) of his inner conflict settles.  He sees Rey holding the lightsaber that once belonged to him, and things fall into place.  There’s no flash of anger, no tears, no fluttering eyebrows.  This is the most steady expression we get from Kylo Ren in the entire film.  There’s awe, surprise, admiration– but there’s no microexpression.

The entire Star Wars franchise is nothing if not an exploration of contrast.  Light and dark.  Truth and lies.  Weak and strong.  It’s all over the movies, and it shows up again here.  Kylo Ren has been jumping from sad puppy eyes to  wolf-like snarl to haughty prince, and then suddenly– it stops.  He goes from a hundred miles and hour to a dead stop in an instant.  But why?  

One word.  Rey.

No microexpression means that Kylo Ren doesn’t feel the pressure of high stakes.  Now I’m definitely not trying to say that a lightsaber duel isn’t dangerous, but in that moment some of his fear is gone. No microexpression means that he isn’t trying to hide his feelings.  It means that he isn’t confused about what his feelings are. 

When he looks at Rey he isn’t hiding his face anymore– he knows exactly how he feels when he looks at her.

When he looks at Rey, his conflict is gone.

The look on Kylo Ren’s face when he looks at Rey isn’t a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it, fration of a second expression.  It’s long and lingering.  It’s obvious.  It’s love.
In whatever form it may be, this is a look of love.  The man with a mask finally feels something he isn’t trying to hide, and he lets his face speak for him.

OUAT Recaps by Someone Not Watching the Show (6x07)

I decided to do this–recap the show based on what I learn from flailing on tumblr and the gifsets I see–as a fun, light-hearted thing, nothing more. I will probably eventually watch (I’m actually currently caught up!), and I’m curious to see how much I can infer just from being a spectator. Please keep in mind this is just supposed to be a bit of silly fun and is in no way intended to cause any harm, eye-rolling or harm from eye-rolling.

Without further ado, everything that happened this episode, based on gifs, screencaps, and opinions!


Heartless (6x07)

1. Tank top Charming. I’m really glad this runs in the family, btw.

2. Emma has a nightmare…pirate snuggles? 

3. Still no Kanye. But the EQ made a speech, even if she didn’t interrupt Taylor Swift to do so.

4. Regina protects her pals!

5. Please don’t make me write the thing about Golden Queen, it makes me queasy.

6. Mary Margaret:

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7. PRINCE FARMING!

8. Blue is back, looking shady and fierce as ever in jellyfish couture.

9. What is the timeline even.

10. WHERE IS KANYE? (Hey, wouldn’t it have been awesome if Mark Isham had done an instrumental cover of “Heartless” for this episode?)

11. “Rum would never do that.” ~Killian Jones (This episode seems very Pirates of the Caribbean, I mean really.)

12. PUP PUP!

13. Dan Scott is here to pressure Charming into playing on the EF basketball team. 

14. Belle is invited over, and so is Blue.

15. More Kanye, less Golden Queen please. 10/10 pirates would agree.

16. Ooh, magic to counteract the water from the River of Lost Souls! (MILAH AND AUNT EM!)

17. THEY ARE THREATENING WILBY THE PUP PUP. NOT COOL.

18. Honestly my dash is just picture after picture of Hook’s reaction to the Golden Queen scene.

19. Snow is defiant about things. Hopefully about David ever growing his hair out again.

20. Killian Jones is Mufasa, but also gives adorable true love/ hope speeches to Emma while holding her hand.

21. Emma is so pretty??? I can’t.

22. We are Grooooooot.

23. “Heroes don’t kill.” LMAO

24. Charming doesn’t understand the concept of using an ax on wood instead of iron, but he’s v cute with Snow.

25. This show is like the Oprah of stabbings.

26. Wilby is babysitting Peanut and baby Neal.

27. There was a sleeping curse. Honestly I have no idea what’s happening at this point. It could be Blue, it could be David, it could be a fucking gremlin. This is the chaotic neutral of episodes.

28. Belle kicks ass.

29. The sleeping curse is learning. [suspenseful cyber thriller music]

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11x19 “The Chitters”
“Gran said that if you got the Chitters, you’d get so revved up with lust, your eyes would shine like emeralds.”

There are a lot of thoughts floating around my head regarding the Chitters and their M.O. that is talked about in this moment that - combined with a few other callbacks and possible bits of foreshadowing - make me very worried and uncomfortable when thinking about in relation to the myth arc, but I’ll save those thoughts for much later today. For now I’m leaving the lust/sex aspect to these creatures and this scene completely out of the equation.

What stood out to me about this moment was just one of a few shoutouts to “The Wizard of Oz”. Right around the time we got the very first promo for this episode I felt immediately reminded of 9x04 “Slumber Party” in which Sam and Dean both get possessed by the Wicked Witch and sport bright green eyes.

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anonymous asked:

(1)Hi Gabi, I need your help:( is about the "not that important" thing. I'm from South America and I speak english (I'm not the best at it but I can defend myself pretty well) and there's people here saying that what Liam meant by pointing out+

(2)“female” as a trait that he looked for in a girl has nothing to do with gender, claiming that he was talking about a woman that’s “girly” or feminine (to them, Female and Feminine/girly mean the same thing). So basically, according to them+

(3)Harry practically didn’t outed himself during the interview. And I’ve always been sure of what Liam meant by saying that (and that’s why I think it was something so HUGE) but right now I guess I’m kinda confused because they’re also sure of what+

(4/4)/they think/ he meant. Could you please confirm what I think or tell me if I’m the one who’s wrong? ps: I think you’re really nice and you’re one of my favorite blogs here, so that’s why I’m asking you for help😊

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Hey sweetheart. This is one of the situations where it is really not just up to your observation but Harry’s actions himself. You have to check if this is a one time thing or if it fits all his actions that he constantly made in the last few years.

In order to do that, let’s observe and go through some stuff:

Let’s not twist the script. Female is not a synonym to girly and feminine. They were asked to describe 4 traits they are looking for in a lady. Liam said FEMALE, to which Harry said: NOT THAT IMPORTANT. 

This means that Harry Edward Styles quite literally said that the gender of his partner is not important. He did not say girly, he did not say feminine. He was not joking, he was not bullshitting, he literally said the gender of his partner is not important. 

I know you did not say this, but we had a lot of fans saying oh he was just joking, he didn’t mean it. To the team: he joked: show me one gif, one video where Harry Styles is joking and he is not giving himself away in 0.004 seconds with having that *i have the best joke, watch me - and i am so proud* face, dimples out, laughing at it etc.

Harry typing in his penis joke, he is only PREPARING the joke and his dimples are deeper than the Grand Canyon.

This is joking Harry.

And his knock knock jokes:

This is NOT THAT IMPORTANT Harry.

Like I am sorry but looking at this gif you can cut the tension, even if this is only a video with no sound, you can literally hear him taking that deep breath, you can see him pulling his finger, looking out at his handlers, you can see that he is serious!!

And look at Liam, he gives it completely away. He is so fucking proud of his friend who has just outed himself.

So you are still saying he is joking?

You cannot look at these scenes and say he was joking.

FACT: Harry has been using gender neutral pronouns (THEY, THEM, PEOPLE) since the get go, even when describing his dream girl. Smartly swerving the questions by giving an answer (imagining his partner) but never omitting SHE or HER. Now, antis would say this is not intentional and this is out of respect to the world that he is being considerate (i know i know but I can’t skip this part), so that means he could slip, right? I mean always looking out to make sure to use gender neutral pronouns just to be considerate takes a lot of energy and it is easy to get that mask off. But when he slipped he said HEHIM. Several times. (and I am sorry but JUST LIKE HE ALREADY OWNED IT *grabs dick*). Him slipping with HE and HIM is actually the proof that saying them, they and people is his own way of swerving the question while still staying true to himself.

FACT: Harry has been rebelling very clearly in the last few years when being asked about ladies. (i had to ask *did you?*, simply not answering celeb crush questions, do you ever have crushes on girls? *no, never*)

FACT: Before Not That Important, Harry has gulped, he was fidgeting, the air stopped and it was clear that something off script was happening. Now why on earth would a female question cause gulping to womanizer Harry Styles TM?

FACT: In this same interview he outed himself a few times. The biggest one after NTI was him slipping dickhead. I have never EVER heard ANYONE call women DICKHEAD. There’s no situation where Harry Styles calls women DICKHEAD. (*you’re not gonna go out with a dickhead are ya?*). If you think he would call women dickhead then you don’t know Harry Styles. Especially his team would just cut that part if womanizer Harry Styles TM referred to women as dickhead.

FACT: this is not a one time thing, even if you ISOLATE this occurrence, you still have: *don’t knock it till you try it* when talking about SEX WITH MEN and TONS of not even subtle hints from Harry that he is not straight. 

So if you allow me I consider this case closed.

Harry Styles is not straight. And he would really appreciate his queercoding and his hints not being ignored and brushed off.

khakikyrie  asked:

RACHEL RACHEL can you write a quick meta about that entire lip touching scene AND ALSO THE LEG/FOOT MOVEMENT THERE??? We were talking about it but I want it in words :')

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This scene?  This scene!!!  I’m glad you asked!!  Before we really get going, I’d like to try something.  An experiment, if you will.

Let’s do a thought exercise, everyone.  You’re watching something, a movie perhaps, and you see a man come up to a woman–close, less than six inches away.  Too close for total strangers, too close for recent acquaintances, too close for friends who aren’t touchy.  Too close to stand without closing the distance for something.  He takes her by the chin, drags his thumb over her lower lip.  His leg slides between hers, but they aren’t quite touching.  She tilts her head up, lips parting at the press of his thumb.  There’s a beat.

What happens next?  They kiss, don’t they?  Or maybe they get interrupted right before they close the little distance that remains between them?  The girl blushes bright red, stutters out a reply.  The boy is blissfully unconcerned.  Sound familiar?  (I tried to find a gif of Yuri(o) yelling at them from the sidelines, but no dice.  Suffice to say, they are interrupted.)

[I’ve added a readmore because this is really quite long.  Sorry, everyone.  There’s also a second gif, because I found one of Yuri(o) yelling at them.]

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anonymous asked:

I don't want to worry about this will they/won't they w bellarke s4. I rlly don't. In fact, I hate the stress and these cons just do nothing to help. As fans of the show we're supposed to enjoy these cons but if at every con we as the fandom have to take the actors/writers words as just bs than what's the point? What I'm trying to say is, there has to be some truth behind every discussion at these cons. Like how apparently Bellarke was the plan but isn't anymore bc of how huge CL became

( to anyone that I tagged + everyone else, sorry about this. You can read after the — , if you choose not to ignore this XD)

+ different anon:

We keep comparing how Eliza talks about L to how she talked about Finn but I think it’s important that we also note that these situations can’t be compared so simply. C.lexa was wayyyyyy more popular than Flarke. & now knowing that there is (was but was deleted) video evidence of the Bellarke ship sailing, meaning they’re not going that route anymore, bc of how big CL turned out to be, just makes me so sad. That Jason is possibly planning to change his story bc of the fan outcry over L/C.lexa 

(to my 2 anons, I already apologize if I come out too aggressive, but there are a few things I need to say and I won’t hold back now)

First things first,

“ here has to be some truth behind every discussion at these cons. Like how apparently Bellarke was the plan but isn’t anymore bc of how huge CL became “ - No, there hasn’t, especially because shippers fabricate truths. Like, where on earth did anyone say Bellarke was the plan??? They haven’t said it. WE say it because we read the text and jason said it WAAAY back on a text he deleted. Now? Where? Source???

“ if at every con we as the fandom have to take the actors/writers words as just bs than what’s the point “ - no, take as bs what doesn’t make sense comparing it to the text 

now knowing that there is (was but was deleted) video evidence of the Bellarke ship sailing, meaning they’re not going that route anymore “ - again I ask, source? because, let me tell you, “being deleted” is no excuse.  Don’t you think it’s very suspicious that no one saved such an important recording after hearing it?? We got tweets like x and x,  which were deleted soon after posted, and they aren’t as defining as what you’re describing and everyone’s got copies of those. 

And people want me to believe no one downloaded, saved that recording/video? Convenient.

Don’t believe anything you hear until YOU have seen/heard it yourself.

But that’s not why I’m publishing those asks.

I’m publishing them because what you guys (and nearly all my anons) are actually afraid of is this:

“ bc of how huge CL became “ +  “ c of how big CL turned out to be “ + “ bc of the fan outcry over L/C.lexa “ + let me add the fandom favorite “ because the CL fandom is loud”

For starters, Bellarke is huge. The TCAs are there, and bellarke was one of the most reblogged ships on 2015 . Only 2 places after CL, one place before Johnlock, and 4 places before Sterek - while Stydia wasn’t even on the list (for those who get the reference).

Now, I don’t know if anyone remembers 2015, but I do. And here is the sum up: the first episode of the year was 2x09. Aka the last episode of the 2x05-2x09 Bellarke reunion arc, the episode when Clarke sent Bellamy away. And after that, they’d only be together again on 2x16. And then they’d be apart, AGAIN.

Now, even if we got moments after 2x09, can we all agree that there were fewer moments since they weren’t even in the same place? that makes it harder to gif and reblog (and sometimes, ship). Most of the 2x05-2x08 reblogged scenes belong to the year of 2014, not 2015.

This is not to mention that after 2x09, CL was the one who grew?? (that’s when their fandom started getting bigger?)

More than that - the last episode of the season (2x16) aired in MARCH. And we got ZERO bellarke scenes until  December when the s3 promo aired (and that was after Tumblr released the “year in review” if I’m not mistaken). 

Now, while CL was also on hiatus, they actually got a freaking kiss on s2???? unlike us??? which got a bunch of pain and separations??? That and the cast/crew kept hyping them. Also unlike us

But, with all that: fewer scenes (in a season with 16 episodes, we got a total of  6 episodes with Bellamy and Clarke on the same room, versus 8 CL episodes +kiss) , super long hiatus (= when this grow quiet) and CL (+ writers) all over our heads, we still made it to the most reblogged list.

Bellarke is huge too. Stop forgetting about that.

(and we grew under unfriendly circumstances, my friend)

So my question is this (and no, i won’t be sarcastic. Please hear what i have to say):

if anything I (or any other blooger) say doesn’t convince you, if you think this is all so unfair, if you’re afraid of what the writers will do, why the heck are you messaging ME?

Why are you messaging me, or others, or maybe fighting CLS - all of which will do nothing to change your situation? Why aren’t you messaging someone who can actually do something about it?

If you think it’s unfair cause CL is a loud fandom, become a loud fandom 

Go and message/tweet @cwthe100 on Tumblr AND twitter. Go and message @JRothenbergTV on twitter

(heck, jason is MIA because of the haters but maybe he’ll listen. you’ve got nothing to lose)

And i’m not saying go and yell at them, go and fight them. (in fact, please, don’t)

I’m saying go and tell them what bellarke means to you, go and tell them why you think they have to happen. Go and tell them there’s a fandom who has been supporting them ever since s3, still is, and deserves to be valued.  Go and tell them there are other representations and other minorities that matter just as much and deserve to be respected.

(tell them what you wanna tell them)

Heck, go to them and tell them what you’d tell ME (respectfully, please. please don’t badmouth people of the cast or a whole fandom -i.e:CL-, please, please elaborate what you want to say)

EDIT: DON’T spread fandom hate. Make GOOD noise, noise about things YOU LOVE. NOt about things you hate. Don’t start wars, please.

And I’m not even saying they’ll listen to everything. I’m saying go and give our fandom a voice, go and show them that there are people here that still care , go and tell them that not everyone has got the same opinions as the antis.

Every time you see something that frustrates you, go and tell THEM instead of telling me or anyone else, or bashing the antis. Because the writers are the ones who can actually do something about all this - and now it’s the perfect time to do that, because they’re writing s4 as we speak: x

Stop moping around and go fight for what you want

I know I will

And I’m just gonna tag a bunch of people because, hopefully, one of them won’t hate me and will reblog this instead so their frustrated followers will hear (but anyone else who isn’t here, reblog it if you want):

@the-ships-to-rule-them-all @rosymamacita @abazethe100 @merdok1993 @bellarke-please @the100thbellarker @bellarkestories @magicalice @mego42 @stydixa @spacexualkids @dire-consequence @asweetdeception2

Sorry guys, ignore this if you want. I just, I’m done. that’s it.

bs s4 teaser: scene-by-scene questions

ok ships this is still cool

random dudes standing guard at a scaffold?! uhmmm… may i say jack, “had you fought like a man, you needn’t have been hang’d like a dog”?!

flint in thought… what is that thing in his hand?! a token of affection? 

flint’s crew? meeting up with someone?

silver opening the door of a tunnel? a hideout? stash of the gold?

nothing new here, angry dudes with beards being angry and weapon-pointy 

max is either moving to the north pole or burning nassau thus covered in ash?! (srsly tho that’s ash, right? maybe the brothel will go up in flames?)

scary big dude hacking away at… silver’s leg?

eleanor being literally on the other side of a closing gate aka she is doomed

rogers searching for someone or something (maybe the gold?)… maybe in connection with that tunnel system?

someone being dragged off to their death or just a kidnap… methinks it’s not silver (bc legs) 

fight fight fight!!! the resistance is under way

dadbeard in a sea battle, bye, we hardly knew ya

(will they bring in maynard to off dadbeard?!)

someone being dragged through the sand… maybe the person who was tied up and perhaps thrown over board?! or the aftermath of one of the sea battles?

flint saving silver’s life? silver saving flint’s life? who will save my life? season 4 will kill me 😭

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Gif originally posted by @sherlockgifss

Moffat Appreciation Week: Day 2: Favourite thing about the Sherlock Special

‘The Abominable Bride’ comes with many fantastic scenes, but if I had to choose my most favourite Sherlock moment, it would be the one up there and everything that follows.

Sherlock’s mind palace is a peculiar place between dream, fiction and reality, where Sherlock doesn’t need to ask ‘Afghanistan or Iraq?’, he just knows (and no, that wasn’t the only place an army doctor could have got shot at those days; have a list.). He doesn’t need to play nice during their first meeting, because no matter the rules of whatever universe he happens to be in, he and that guy will end up sharing a flat, a tea pot, a life.

Of course, like in every dream (and nightmare) the longer they go on, the less they do what one wants them to, which is why the opening scene is pretty much where Sherlock’s perfect world ends:

Mycroft is still the clever one (who has found a goldfish - no Holmes without a Watson), Watson gets to finish most of his sentences, a bored Mary goes off and solves Sherlock’s case, while he more or less manages to murder the husband of his latest client, and a very dead Moriarty shows up for tea to discuss an old case and finish things off at the Reichenbach Falls. Like they always do.

Moriarty: This is how we end, you and I. Always here, always together.

In the end, this is ‘Sherlock Holmes’, their fate is already written, there to read in the Strand: there can be nothing new under the sun.

Still, we are in Sherlock’s mind which is not there to lift the bride’s veil. It’s there to tell a story, to prove Moriarty died for real.

When both of them are down and there is nothing left but perform the truly impossible miracle of the Falls, the Mind Palace regains control and shows how back in 1891 Sherlock Holmes really survived. Why every Sherlock Holmes survives all of Moriarty’s final problems.

He doesn’t need to be better, stronger, or more clever; for once being Sherlock Holmes is enough, because Sherlock Holmes is followed into battle by John Watson, who’d never leave his side, who would be there in his darkest hour(s) to save him, may it be from Moriarty, the hound, his boredom, or himself.

John: It was my turn.

Sherlock knows friends protect people, which is why Sherlock Holmes’ Boswell keeps a few details to himself and doesn’t bother to mention that occasionally it is he who saves the hero in his “idiotic stories” on his blog, The Strand and all the other places a future world will read their fantastic adventures to come.

And yet, Sherlock jumps, as that’s what Sherlock Holmes’ do. He knows he’ll survive, and that soon they’ll meet at 221b’s fireplace, because John Watson will come up with something (an explanation - or even better - a story) to save him.

If the stories of MP!John Watson, which ended up in our universe under the pseudonym of an Arthur Conan Doyle, are the proof of John’s boundless admiration for Sherlock Holmes (and they are), then The Abominable Bride is where Sherlock Holmes takes up the pen# in an attempt to set the biggest lie in fiction right.

At the end of the day, Sherlock Holmes has no idea how he survived the fall, and all the other falls thereafter, for it takes John Watson to write the story and save a life.


*hence John’s point of view
#canonically that would be His Last Vow* [EDIT: sic: Bow. Sry, it’s been a while]

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11x18 “Hell’s Angel”
The Thing about (the) Darkness and Light

I found this scene very interesting not just because it provided yet another example of the Hand of God not working properly unless in the right hands, but because of how Amara reacts here, which when it comes down to it, she doesn’t. Even the collective angel smiting - also bright light - could only, as she said herself, “scratch her paint job”.  So I find it interesting to think about what happens here. She absorbes the light and it disappears. And I wondered if that may be due to how you can’t make something light or light up if there is nothing to reflect the light with, you know?

And that made me wonder if that’s what’s missing in Amara or the Darkness. And it brings me back to me feeling heavily reminded of Voldemort’s and Harry Potter’s connection when talking about Amara’s and Dean’s bond. I have talked about Dean as a horcrux before, but just as you could say that Dean misses a piece of himself that remained with Amara, so may Amara miss something of herself that resides within Dean. But aside from that - in a more out of the box crazy thinking way - I wonder if why this light has no effect on Amara is because it may be related to what God stole from her. I think what that was is still the most important missing piece that we still don’t know about and may well build the crux of the whole thing and how defeat the Darkness. We don’t know what was stolen from her and how she was tricked and locked up. I myself have been wondering a few times if the one thing God stole from Amara was love. That would fit to the Voldemort/Harry parallel as Voldemort is unable to understand the concept of love and Amara clearly imo also does not know love while she understands the concept of pain, care, sadness and compassion very well.

So I am wondering: What if the way Lucifer was able to lock her away and trick her was when he told the Darkness he would help her get that missing piece God stole from her back: the ability to love (light). It would once again fit with her being vulnerable to that concept and emotion as proved by Cain’s ability to withstand the mark’s influence due to his love for Colette and Dean stopping in 10x23 “Brother’s Keeper”, because he was reminded of the love of his mother. And it seemed to have been drawn attention to that moment and how Luci betrayed and tricked her in 11x18 “Hell’s Angel”: We just didn’t get the answer yet, but I’m pretty sure once we’ll or the boys will know that’s what will provide a big clue on how to defeat her.

Call me crazy, but I find it interesting that Amara now gravitates towards the one person who has always been in many ways not just the epitome of human, but also love: Dean. Makes her fascination with Dean as a stand in for both of these appear in a very different light and would also kind of fit the idea of completion and seeing her and God as ying and yang. After all in that symbol in the dark field remains a bright spot and the other way around. Maybe Amara was stolen that bit of light. I definitely always found that God and Amara would need to be reunited of sorts to bring balance to the universe as they were two halves of one whole.

Edit:

Oh, and something else crazy that just crossed my mind: If we consider Dean and Amara bonded. While the power of the Hand of God seem to have ben absorbed by Amara. Could that mean that by extension Dean was hit by siad power too and maybe…. possesses some of it without realizing? Unlikely, but it just crossed my mind as a possibility.

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11x20 “Don’t Call Me Shurley”
“You are going to choose Amara over me.”

I know this scene must have caused a whole lot of conflicting emotions and uproar within the fandom judging from how many asks I received on this moment after the episode had aired. And while I have written about my impression of this moment here and there in replies already, I kind of feel the need to type out something a little more complete. Fair warning ahead, I think my reading of this scene will probably not be all too popular.

I have seen and read lots of disappointment over Dean breathing in the fog as most analyzed it as a drastic setback and similarly alarming action as when he overdosed on pills in 11x17 “Red Meat” because he thought Sam was dead and wanted to trade his life for Sam’s. While I agree that Dean’s readiness to die is unsettling, sad and downright infuriating at times, him breathing in the fog here didn’t feel at all comparable to 11x17 to me personally.

For one, I am pretty certain that when Dean took a breath he was expecting for it to have no effect on him given that Deputy Harris had told him as much before her co-worker shot her. I understand that this doesn’t change anything about how Dean still took the chance. I think though to just see this as another incident of Dean’s co-depdency showcasing that he thinks he is worth nothing without Sam I think slightly misses the point and oversimplifies or oversees some aspects that imo should be taken into consideration here.

For one imo the focus here is much more on Sam’s co-depdency rather than Dean’s as we see Sam afflicted with his darkest thoughts and those speak very clearly of how he deep down fears to lose Dean and not be the most important person in his brother’s life any longer. And to me the crux of the scene here to evaluate Dean’s following actions is that Sam voices concerns and fear that Dean himself knows.

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