WARNING! Long a** submission..sorry..not sorry: K-Pop idols and Black Women.
Hello! I didn’t know how to start this off, but I hope you don’t mind
me talking about it, I just have to get this off my chest (not
literally, because it’s just words).
First I want to discuss that
I appreciate your blog, that it’s dedicated to Black fangirls being
acknowledged by K-Pop, I have no clue where people think other wise, I
guess they don’t take the time to read your About this blog page smh!
sorry, had to say that.
Two, It’s sad that a
lot of K-Pop idols have to hide so much of who they really are. They
have to keep this innocence all of the time to please fans and to not
upset them, (Jessica Jung from Girls’ Generation, who got kicked out
even said so in a recent interview, she just told all the tea) and I’m
saying that because a lot of them listens to so much Rap, Hip Hop,
R&B etc. and yet they only post on their instagrams about how
they’re listening to Britney Spears (sarcasm) or something, when we know
you love your Nicki Minaj, your Trina, your A$AP Rocky, your trap
music, that we are shocked you even know most of these songs/artists
exist. But they don’t want to offend their innocent [insert age here]
year old fan with the “dirty lyrics” or something? I understand why
they do it, but at the same time they need to live!
Despite feeling awful all day yesterday and not looking forward to the episode at all, I found I really enjoyed it. And yesterday, I needed to enjoy something. It felt good. I love when Arrow surprises me and it sure as heck did yesterday.
Oliver shooting at tennis balls will never not be hot. The call back to s1 was very welcome.
In fact I find myself really enjoying all these little homages to s1 (and s2, to some degree). We don’t need the 100th ep to do that (though I’m sure it will), this whole season is doing that.
I’m not going to suggest there’s no flaws. There are. Women have a very thin voice on this show.
Especially now with Laurel gone (it hurt me to type that but the fact is, Laurel took a lot of the narrative and without her… all we’ve had is Oliver)
(Don’t get me wrong, I like Oliver and it’s his show. I get it.)
(Stephen must be fucking thrilled that he doesn’t have to share the narrative anymore) (i’m sorry that was mean) (but true)
(At the same time I would have liked that narrative hole to be filled with Thea and Felicity’s perspective.)
What helps (a little) is that I’ve accepted what Arrow is and how it probably won’t give me what I want. Not ALL the things I want.
I want Felicity to have a fleshed out perspective. HAHA tough shit. Not gonna get it. Closest we got was 3x05, with a little bit in 4x11 and 4x06 and just a smidge in 2x14. Not enough. Not nearly enough. I’d like to think we’ll get a 3x05 again but I’m not holding my breath. Not this season at least.
I am enjoying Thea’s arc so far this season but I would like to see more of her perspective on things, see what her life is really like now and what she’s thinking and feeling and all that stuff. OH WELL.
SO glad we saw more of Evelyn this episode. Again, not nearly enough, but it’s something. Better than what was before. So I’ll take it as a win.
I could write a whole post about my frustrations with Arrow’s treatment of female characters. BUT THIS IS NOT THAT POST. So I’m moving on.
Remember the tennis balls? That was awesome. Wish he’d been shirtless though.
Thea and Lance’s obvious disgust about Oliver dating Susan Williams gives me LIIIIIFE. That is basically the show channeling the audience and I love it. They’re saying “this is gross, we know it.”
That doesn’t mean I don’t think he will date her. But praise god it looks like its gonna be SUPER BRIEF. I was expecting it this episode, but got a reprieve so that really limits her time to be a thorn in my side. GOOD NEWS.
Oliver’s continued insistence the whole episode that Susan wasn’t his girlfriend added 5 years to my life.
Related: the boyfriend/girlfriend jabbing between Oliver and Felicity was delightful and also unequivocal proof that these two are so not okay with moving on, just in case anyone wasn’t clear on that.
Felicity telling Billy she works for the Green Arrow was good for her character and REVEALING for his.
Listen, we all know Quentin isn’t Prometheus. But someone is setting him up. Someone wants to cast suspicion on him and Oliver and Felicity were very right at the end of the episode, it is someone within the SCPD.
Now, I feel like it’s Billy. Yes, I think he could also just be working for the real Prometheus, giving him access to the SCPD lockup, etc. But I have my reasons for specifically thinking it’s him.
I don’t want to discuss that theory though. It’s kind of out there and if it is true, I think it should probably be a surprise. If I see other people start posting about it though, I’ll throw in my own two cents.
This would mean Billy is using Felicity. Even if he’s just working for Prometheus. This opens up a huge number of delightful story possibilities. This also ties Felicity very intrinsically to the action that will play out in the last half of the season.
It’s almost reminiscent of 2x23 and how deeply Felicity was tied to that. Which, if I’m right, is also a beautiful homage. BLESS.
Does this mean 5x23 will see another “do you understand” moment? Perhaps with an “I still love you” instead? <grabby hands.gif>
ANYHOW. Back to my episode specific thoughts.
Rory remains my favorite newbie. But Evelyn has raised in the ranks. So right now it’s Rory > Evelyn > Curtis > Wild Dog. I should take wagers.
I love the parachute arrow.
Thea and Quentin are amazing and tonight pretty much confirmed that she will be the one who believes Quentin is not Prometheus and who sticks by him through this. BLESS.
Felicity was gorgeous the whole ep but my favorite was the concert look at the end. THAT IS MY GIRL (which is also what Oliver thought too).
Tyler Ritter reminds me so much of his father that it’s almost eerie. The “Ted” comparisons were real last night, folks.
Think of everything the EPs said… we’ll want to pull for him (yeah pull for him to DIE), he’s nothing like Ray or Oliver (snort), he’s a straight shooter (real good shot with that throwing star! 10/10!). GOD they’re such trolls.
Dolph Lundgren was really cool. I kept muttering “i must break you” the whole time he was in the flashback scene.
Wow, I really prattled on. I could probably do another 2000 words easy. Last night got me jazzed. I’m really excited to see what comes next now.