one of my most favorite scenes in the entire series

anonymous asked:

I hope it's not a bother but- Mind telling us why Byakuya Togami got so high in you DR ranking ? I like this character a lot, so I would be interested in what you think of him, as I love your metas and writing so much!

It’s absolutely not a bother! I don’t think I’ve ever had a chance to write much about Togami before, so this should be fun.

I would honestly consider Togami one of the DR characters who has grown the most over the course of the entire series. His arc of character development is consistent while remaining believable, and I honestly find myself enjoying all the new content that’s been provided on him—even his scenes in dr3, while short, were enjoyable, and I’m incredibly interested in keeping up with the DR: Togami novels and finding out more about the Togami family in general.

Honestly, it was a surprise when I first realized just how highly I would rank Togami’s character. I hadn’t really thought of him as one of my favorite characters before—certainly, I didn’t think he would be when I started dr1. He’s rude, blunt, absolutely merciless towards others’ feelings, and it didn’t seem like the narrative would be able to pull off him achieving any development or growth without it feeling stiff and unrealistic. However… really, he just grew on me at some point.

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What forever will break my heart is Marie’s life is full of purple because that’s her favorite color and she surrounds herself with it and it’s WHO SHE IS, but then Hank is murdered and the next - and last - time you see Marie, she is in her kitchen and there’s just… nothing. All of the purple is gone. Her husband is dead and color has left her life and if you don’t think that minute-long scene is one of the most heartbreaking in the entire series, you’re wrong.

As somebody that (sometimes) spends a lot of time writing Aomine, I’ve had to think a lot about his characterization and how his thoughts and emotions work in order to write him. From what I’ve noticed, my characterization is a bit…different, and less aggressive than most, mostly because of the way I view Aomine’s character progression and where he would be some time post Winter Cup. I suppose this is an analysis post on Aomine’s character?? Anyways let’s get started.

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Things I Love About LoK

Goal: Write 1 thought every day re: why I love The Legend of Korra until I finish rewatching the series.

#94: Wan’s death scene in “Beginnings Part 2.”

Book 2 is generally considered the most-hated season of LoK (at least based on my read of the ATLA Subreddit). For me personally, I do agree that it is the weakest in execution of the four LoK seasons (if only because it was so ambitious in scale). But honestly, when I think back to the scenes in the entire series that resonated with me the most on an emotional level, a bunch of them come from the second half of Book 2. 

In particular, I think the scene where Wan dies at the end of “Beginnings Part 2″ is PERFECTION. It’s one of my favorites in all of LoK (even though none of LoK’s main characters is in it). 

We see that Wan’s act in closing the spirit portals and separating the spirits and humans is a cataclysmic, world-changing event. He started a new age: the age of the avatar, thus ending the age of the Lion Turtles, who recede into the background. And then the humans emerge from their lion turtle cities and immediately descend into conflict: 

Wan:  Different groups of people must learn to live together. This is my mission- to use Raava’s Light Spirit to guide the world toward peace.

Wan attempts to use his avatar powers to keep the peace between the humans: 

But ultimately he fails:

And he dies on the battlefield knowing that he failed: 

Old Wan: I’m sorry, Raava. I failed to bring peace. Even with Vaatu locked away, darkness still surrounds humanity. There wasn’t enough time.

But he also dies knowing that the avatar spirit will live on and continue striving for balance in the world: 

Raava: Don’t worry. We will be together for all of your lifetimes and we will never give up.

I love that Wan fails, and that the avatar cycle is essentially an eternal struggle to find peace and balance despite the “darkness” that surrounds humanity. I also love the idea that no avatar solves all of the world’s problems (because the world’s problems are too many, and too complex for one person to fix). 

Rather, each avatar makes mistakes and leaves things unresolved for the next one.  (Thus, we see that Roku failed to stop Sozin, which bled into Aang’s time.  And Aang’s actions against Yakone led to Yakone breeding his sons for revenge, which bled into Korra’s time.) Like Raava and Vaatu, who could never destroy each other, but fought in a never-ending cycle, the avatar cannot vanquish all evil and darkness because of human nature.

But the avatar never gives up. And I just think that is incredibly moving and beautiful.

Karna actually doing things is one of the things I liked the most in Extella and retroactively in Apocrypha

Usually they just find some weird cop-out where he doesn’t do anything because he’s so powerful he basically requires a handicap for any loss to make sense

In his Extella chapter, he single-handedly wins the war for Tamamo and it’s implied he saves the world too. Him finally taking the gloves off in Apocrypha is one of my favorite fight scenes in the entire series 

Writer’s Notes: Deep Breaths & Gas Me Twice

Deep Breaths and Gas Me Twice were originally written as a single, mammoth Christmas Special/Season One Finale episode (we ended up splitting it up into two episodes in the edit) so I’m going to do one entry to tackle these two together.

Like I mentioned in the writer’s notes for Am I Alone Now?, this story was not originally meant to be the season finale. The crew discovering that the transmissions were not coming from Earth was going to be another one of our standalone episodes, but it quickly asserted itself for what it really was: the first great elemental shift in the series’s narrative. It quickly became apparent that this story should be the capstone for the first season, and that once it started there would be no turning back. Wolf 359 was always going to shift from individual stories to a highly serialized format, but we originally thought it was going to be a gradual change. But this? This wouldn’t be gradual - it’d be a very violent gear shift. Needless to say, we were all a little intimidated by this step, but it really did feel like it was the one that the show’s narrative wanted to take.

Partly because of that, partly because it was going to be the capstone to our first season, I made a point of bringing as many elements from earlier episodes into this story as I could. This is a trick that I stole learned from Farscape, which caps off a fun but undeniably lightweight debut season of unconnected adventures with a significantly darker story that brings together plot threads from six earlier stories that seemed to be inconsequential standalones. It gives the proceedings a very elegant, very scary sense of sneaky architecture. (And by the way, for anyone looking to trace the DNA of Wolf 359, Farscape should be your first stop. Our series very much started as me trying to fill the void left by that show by making something that mimicked Farscape’s unique melange of tones, humor, genres, and dialogue.) I don’t know if Deep Breaths/Gas Me Twice does anything quite as powerful as that, put it was a lot of fun to bring together elements from the first series.

If memory serves correctly, we got:

  • From Little Revolution: Hilbert’s knockout gas, the acid dissolving the door to end the conflict, and Pryce and Carter 614 getting spat back at Hilbert.
  • From Cataracts and Hurricanes: the receptor dish that Minkowski goes out to adjust.
  • From Cigarette Candy: Eiffel gets confirmation that Hilbert was experimenting on him.
  • From Super Energy Saver Mode: Eiffel’s impersonation of Minkowski, which becomes his “Man From Command” voice.
  • From The Empty Man Cometh: The pulse beacon relay as a way to communicate with Earth, plus Command as a general nefarious entity.
  • From Extreme Danger Bug: the oxygen mask that Eiffel uses to save himself from Hilbert’s gas.
  • From Am I Alone Now?: Hera’s emergency Protocol Emergency Override 34-Stroke-C, and ability to flood rooms with liquid nitrogen.
  • And, of course, from Succulent Rat-Killing Tar: the deep space transmissions and Eiffel’s cigarettes starting a fire.

It might seem like it’s a lot to bring all of that together not just with the major shift in the story, but also with the idea of doing a Christmas Episode and Eiffel’s birthday. Weirdly enough, I think that having some many checkboxes to tick made outlining and writing this episode easier - the way all the pieces fit together came together in my head in about an eighth of the time it took me to write Am I Alone Now? I keep saying that restrictions are your friends when you are trying to write something, and this is definitely an example to support that hypothesis.

And then, of course, there is the end of this episode. What happened didn’t come as a surprise to anyone who knows of my love for Farscape, and Joss Whedon, and Steven Moffat, and other writers who have made a name for themselves for a certain level of, *ahem*… shall we call it sadistic tendencies? But for a lot of others, Hera’s “lobotomy” at the end of this episode came as a major surprise. It was designed to be - this is the moment when the show announces its turn towards the realms of the more dramatic and the more serialized. Even though the good guys “win” at the end of the day, I needed to dispel any illusions that the show would return to the Season One status quo. And for that to happen, I needed Hilbert to do something that would not - could not - be easily forgiven, something that irrevocably altered how these people related to each other and broke the group in a way that couldn’t be repaired.

And thus endeth Season One. And oh, things would only get worse from here on out…

Assorted Notes:

  • While The Empty Man Cometh remains my favorite overall episode of the series, the scene between Eiffel and Hera at the top of Gas Me Twice might be my favorite thing that I’ve ever written.
  • One of the most interesting things in the show for me is exploring the issue of whether Eiffel is genuinely bad at his job or if it’s just a matter of him not putting in any effort. The entire plot of Gas Me Twice kind of revolves around Eiffel beating Hilbert by actually being pretty awesome at his job as a communications officer.
  • I love the contrast between the mock version of Command that we get from Eiffel in this episode and the real Command that we meet in the next episode.
  • Many thanks to @randomdraggon for sharing these awesome illustrations of key moments in Gas Me Twice! 

 Tag Game

i was tagged by the wonderful @anidlebrain <3  

Rules: Copy, Paste, Answer, and Tag 10 People When You’re Done!

What’s the story behind your username?

A long, long time ago, my AIM screenname was dancinginthestorm. That become StormDancer on, which migrated to AO3. But when I was making my tumblr, stormdancer was already taken, so this is the closest I could get! 

What’s your favorite scene or quote from a series/book you’re currently obsessed with?

I am always obsessed with like a dozen series or so, but the most recent one is the Raven Cycle (I know, I know, I’m like a year late, but I was finally convinced to read it despite Tumblr loving it so much). I’m so bad at favorite scenes (especially when I’ve read enough fic that I’m not entirely sure what’s canon anymore?) but I think the last conversation between Declan and Ronan is always a great one. Give me my angry, feuding boys always uniting in the end to save each other. 

What’s the most ridiculous fact you know?

Koalas have bifurcated penises. 

Name 3 of your pet peeves.

  • People who navigate airport lines inefficiently. 
  • Generally people doing things inefficiently. 
  • People who pretend to know a lot about something they know nothing about and I know a lot more about. 

What are your favorite toppings on a pizza? 

I’ll eat basically whatever, but I do love me a mashed potato and bacon pizza!

What are 3 things you like about yourself? 

  • I don’t have many NOTPs. It makes fandoming a lot easier when you’re good at living and letting live. 
  • I can walk and read at the same time and have no shame doing so. It might be unsafe on city streets but it’s the best sort of multitasking! 
  • I’m generally a pretty happy person. It takes a lot to really upset me. 

Favorite type of dessert or thing to treat yourself with? 

Anything with a lot of chocolate. 

What is your favorite scent?

I don’t really have one? Weirdly, it might be chlorine, because there’s something about the smell of chlorine that means home to me after spending so much time in pools. 

Which fictional character would you cosplay as?

Well, I have cosplayed as Mal Reynolds. In an ideal world…one of the old-style Jedi would be fun. Or something knight-y, like a Alanna of Trebond or something like that. 

What was the best piece of advice you were ever given?

No one in that room is going to remember what you did wrong (about networking events). Writ large, it basically boils down to: you’re always more awkward in your head than you are anywhere else. 

Share a gif that makes you laugh.

tagging: anyone who wants to do it! 


Moffat Appreciation Day Countdown:

November 16: Favorite thing about Doctor Who Season 8

Peter Capaldi as the 12th Doctor

With the Casting of Peter Capaldi as the Doctor, Steven Moffat made the best possible choice. The brillance of his character comes through both, Moffat’s writing and Peter’s acting.

The 12th Doctor is different from his past two regenerations, simply because he’s older. As Michelle Gomez said, Peter brings “maturity and gravitas” to the role, without losing the humour. 12 is a Doctor who can be both, hilarious and serious, extremely silly and incredibly darc and sad without losing his credibility.

Favorite scene: There are many scenes I loved, but in my opinion the greatest scene is the one, where he breaks down completely at the end of Death in Heaven. It’s so grounded, the fact we almost forgot through the series - that the Doctor is in fact incredibly sad and bitter because of his loss - appears so straigtly in this scene. With just one scene Moffat makes the Doctor more bitter, more dark and very, very aware of his situation. It’s the most moving scene in the entire series.!

“The difference is this. Pain is a gift. Without the capacity for pain, we can’t feel the hurt we inflict.”

anonymous asked:

ive been following you for a while, and after seeing ons so much on my dash because of you, i finally got into it!!! >///< i just finished the second season, and omg!!! all the mikayuu feels!!!! out of curiosity, which was your favorite scene for them??

Hmmm…my most favorite scene for them would probably have to be this one: 

Don’t get me wrong, nonnie; like most other Mikayuu fans, I gushed hard over episode 10 of the second season, but to be quite honest, the scene pictured above was the only one that actually…legitimately moved me tears. 

This scene for me was probably the most heartbreaking, yet touching out of the entire series. After all, most of the time that he’s shown in the anime, Mikaela is depicted as this hardened youth fighting to get his family back. He’s cold and apathetic to most of the other characters he interacts with, and for most of the time, he has one facial expression towards all of them. Going by this, and the fact that he’s been trained as a vampire guard and soldier, he’s probably not the type to show affection in the middle of a battlefield, let alone letting his guard down in front of people he perceives to be his enemies. 

All the more reason that this scene jumps out at me, because of how he’s been shown up until this point in the anime. The way he’s holding Yuuichirou so close, the way his embrace is both tender and protective at the same time, it only goes to show that underneath that indifferent nature of his, Mika is actually a very passionate character. For someone who’s longed to be with Yuu again for four years, the affection he shows in this scene seems almost unconsciously done, considering the fact that at this time, he was also thinking about the dead children of the orphanage. 

The way he grits his teeth is especially telling, because, at least to me, it looks as if he’s also holding himself back, as if he’s confirming to himself that Yuuichirou is with him at that moment. It’s like a spell he unconsciously doesn’t want to break, if that makes any sense, nonnie. XD 

Did I mention how beautiful the music piece was for this scene, nonnie? ^^ It’s my most favorite out of the entire soundtrack!

I also love this shot of them from the back:

Personally, I thought it was a wonderful touch for the production team to have added in. We didn’t get this angle from the manga, so I’m so happy to have also seen their scene like this. The way Mika leans his cheek on top of Yuu’s head, the way he cradles him on top of his lap…literally everything about this scene was pure elegance and beauty to me. Although Yuuichirou is unconscious, it was very much an intimate moment for Mikaela’s part, I thought. 

This scene gives us a good insight into Mika’s character as well, so it’s not just for the emotional value that I love it so much! XD It’s one of the few scenes that I thought the anime did a lot better, compared to the manga. Much as I love the art and the manga in general, there are just some scenes that are always better pulled off when it goes on the television screen, y’know? 

If you’re willing to gush with me, won’t you please get off anon, nonnie and send me a private message? ^^ Which scene was your favorite? 

Thoughts on the Whomping Willow incident

Here’s a thing that bothers me from Deathly Hallows (in fact, maybe the thing that bothered me the most in the entire overall series):

The Whomping Willow incident, built up so well through the early Harry Potter books (the ones of my childhood to which I have the strongest attachment, so integral in particular to Prisoner of Azkaban which remains my favorite), being rendered entirely moot to all parties involved.

It’s made explicitly clear it’s before the lake scene, first when Lily says:

“You went sneaking down that tunnel by the Whomping Willow, and James Potter saved you from whatever’s down there-”

And, then, of course, when Harry’s next chronological step through Snape’s memories is to the same lake incident he observed in his fifth year.

First: wait, since when does the entire school know there’s a tunnel under the Willow? Because this is supposed to be a closely-guarded secret, set up to conceal Lupin’s werewolf-dom, and students at the time played a game trying to touch the trunk (Davy Gudgeon nearly lost an eye!) not trying to get in the tunnel. It certainly doesn’t travel down the grapevine of time: or the Weasley twins would have found their way into that tunnel long before.

But most importantly is how this switch affects characterization (and for the poorer).

Putting it before the lake scene? 



Because when there is one other person in the school who knows your friend is a werewolf – and who, as an adult, proves he is not above letting this information drop “accidentally” as revenge– you’re really going to hang that person upside down in the air and show his underwear to the school?

Just because you’re- or more specifically, Sirius is–  bored? After the last time he was bored, or something like, led to Snape nearly getting eaten by Remus, James risking his own life, Dumbledore definitely becoming involved, and everything nearly being ruined? 

And Remus isn’t going to say so much as “hey, Padfoot, remember last time you were bored, when you nearly got me expelled, and worse, discovered/possibly locked away by the Ministry/stuck with permanent indigestion from Snape’s greasy hair? Maybe think back for a sec.”

Instead, the only reference to a recent full moon is Sirius’ comment "Wish it was a full moon" and Remus’ reply “You would,” which, while nuanced enough to remind us that the transformation isn’t a fun adventure for Remus as it is for them, is not nuanced enough to suggest on a recent full moon an incident happened that they will still be harping on when they are thirty-three-year-old men

Which, if you remember, is exactly what they do.

“So that’s why Snape doesn’t like you… because he thought you were in on the joke?” (Harry).

“That’s right.” (Snape’s entrance line.)

Later, from Lupin: “Is a schoolboy grudge worth putting an innocent man back in Azkaban?”

Since Snape’s reply is to silence Lupin, the implied answer is yes.  

The thing about the Willow incident, and its importance, is that we get it back in Book One. It’s there from the beginning at the end of the first book, as part of that book’s reveal (just as Sirius Black and his motorbike are, right in the first chapter, and man oh man do I love when the pieces are there all along).

And then it’s a two-book wait to figure out HOW James Potter saved Snape’s life, and it is an excellent reveal, involving his friends, at a key moment of tension; after seeing so many harmless pranks from the Weasley twins it’s the ultimate Prank Gone Wrong that almost cost them everything and which, again, they are still talking about at thirty-three.

In fact, it has forever colored how Snape sees Sirius; he considers it important enough as an adult that he is still reminding Dumbledore about the whole prank:

“Sirius Black showed he was capable of murder at the age of sixteen. You haven’t forgotten that, Headmaster? You haven’t forgotten that he once tried to kill me?”

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francesca-mercedes  asked:

what character do you think has the best character development?

That’s a really good question.

For one, I think MTMTE and RiD  in general have amazing characters with good, subtle development. I think Tailgate and Cyclonus are really well done, and I actually like what Barber did with Prowl. I like how Roberts turned Drift into a very likeable, sweet character, I like the constantly growing pile of regrets Rodimus is collecting, I adore Chromedome and Rewind and how what happens to them is dealt with.

But I think outside of IDW, I’ll have to go with TFA Prowl. Because (massive spoilers for all of TFA, don’t read if you haven’t watched it) at first, he is so annoyed by his team, which isn’t even actually his team, he just got there by accident. He thinks himself better than all of them and even for the rest of the series, there is always that sense of him feeling at least slightly superior, just not as obvious and cocky as in the beginning. So when (SPOILERS FOR THE ENDING) he realises that there is only one way to gather all the fragments in time in the final battle, he sacrifices himself without hesitating even once. And you know what the most amazing part about it is? He doesn’t do it to be a hero. The only guy there to witness his sacrifice is Jazz, a guy who, while not being a complete stranger, hasn’t been part of the team for very long and is probably the most distant ally in the fight. He doesn’t do it to show off how superior he is, he doesn’t get any heroic last words, he just knows he has to do this and he does so to save the exact people he didn’t like at the beginning of the show. Hell, he doesn’t even get to say goodbye, his friends don’t know what is going on with him, they think he’s doing fine. His only goodbye is a sad smile, and that short moment is so powerful that it actually moved me to tears. It doesn’t look like he’s sad about dying, he looks sad that it’s over. Those are two very different things in my opinion. It’s so great because during the show, he rarely smiles or openly shows sadness, and I think this is the most emotional he gets in the entire series. It’s a perfect moment, a heartbreaking moment, and I can only pity anyone who says TFA was too silly and stupid, because they missed what is one of the most beautiful, soul-shattering death scenes in cartoon history. Yes, I will go that far. I am dead serious.

Also, shoutout to Starscream from Armada, probably the only thing I genuinely loved about that series, but he’s not my favorite because there was some hilariously strange things in between. The end of his arc was fantastically tragic, though.

My Top 18 PLL Episodes Ever

This hiatus is killing me. I desperately need some PLL action and June just seems too far away. So, I decided to make a list of the best 10 episodes so far. Unfortunately, I just couldn’t narrow it down to 10, just to 18. PLL episodes are just TOO good to forget and hate. So in my opinion, these are the top 18 episodes to re-watch for a good thrill. Enjoy.

Spoiler warning. Don’t read if you haven’t caught up.

18)   Pilot 1x01

The Pilot may not be action-packed. Or it may be pretty PG if you compare it to recent episodes. But the Pilot started it all. It was the beginning of this amazing ride. Anyone who watches it just wants more. Not only do we get a glimpse from THAT night, but we get to meet all these amazing characters. Plus, that last scene still gives me the chills.

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Positives: Bear McCreary

Over the last few days (after 2x12), I’ve found myself in an overly critical/touchy mood toward the show and those surrounding it (it’s been a shitty few days all-round tbh). Just a lot of small things piled up into 1 huge thing - an interview finally tipping me over the edge. My disappointment wasn’t so much with the show itself, but the narrative adopted to describe certain aspects and justify certain changes. 

I’d had enough, I’d reached the point where I just could not absorb any more information. And so I ranted (in private and public). It was my detox, a way to purge the frustration that had built up, but I feel it’s time for me to focus on the Positives. To find a balance again, if not tip the scale back completely, before the finale, at least. To remind myself of all the things I did love and not just focus on the things that became increasingly harder for me to ignore.

And there have been a lot of positives this season, of that there is no doubt. A lot of things I’ve loved thoroughly - from incredibly well-rounded performances filled with nuances and depth, to the absolutely stellar casting, to the amazing sets. Including what we’ve gotten of Claire and Jamie. Would I have liked more? YES, absolutely - nothing wrong with that(coz we all know how much more they could’ve been). But I loved what we did get nonetheless. So yeah, there has honestly been a fair amount to love overall.

One of them in particular that’s an undeniable standout, being The Score.

I’ve been a fan of Bear McCreary since BSG all the way through to TWD - I’m a huge OST nerd in general. And Bear is exceptional! This season - as was season 1 - has been phenomenal! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the score of pretty much every single episode this season. From @iwanttodriveyouthroughthenight’s striking “change in music, that crescendo in 2x01 when we go back to 1744 and we see Jamie for the 1st time” and Faith’s beautifully and delicately handled piano score that just ripped at everyone’s heart. To @mybeautifuldecay‘s love of “the little highland Gaelic tune they have for the highlanders, it’s so flipping haunting it makes me sad but I love the singing in it”, there has always been something that’s inexplicably resonated with the audience.

It has not once disappointed. Yet as incredible as his scores are, Bear’s one of the few tv composers that truly appreciates silence as being just as poignant as the music itself. Some of the strongest moments have been in the absence of sound, where breath in and of itself was score enough. There have been amazing new themes, old themes, as well as reworked s1 scores. My top 3 favorites this season being:

1. Faith’s theme.

2. The Comte St. Germain theme.

3. Pretty much the entire Je Suis Prest episode. Especially the song that played as they marched at the end.

BUT, my all-time favorite piece, hands down, from the entire series is, The Dance of the Druids/The Summoning, or as I like to call it - the Craigh Na Dun score. That’s probably one of the most hauntingly beautiful pieces on any tv show, past or present. It is hypnotic. Gives me chills every time. It was that scene (as Claire and Frank watched the druids dance at dawn) in 1x01 that initially hooked me completely on to the show.

If there is one thing I can say with certainty I’m genuinely letting myself *hope* for and looking forward to seeing - or rather hearing - in the finale, it’s that piece of music slowly creep in and build and swell all around Claire and Jamie as they arrive back on that hill.

Regardless though of whether in its original form or a new hybrid with Claire and Jamie’s theme, or something new entirely. Or whether it’s simply their very breath and the wind swirling around them during their goodbye (physical and/or otherwise), that scene will be no less utterly heartbreaking, whatever plays.

The Feels will be Real.

I’m also really curious and would love to know what piece(s) resonated with everyone this season! What was memorable to you guys ahead of the finale.

No but real talk that second scene with FitzSimmons in the pod when they were talking about death….that may have been one of the most beautiful things ive ever seen on television. Just jemmas speech alone was so cool, I didn’t expect that kind of depth to be honest.

And the way Fitz looked at her, it was extremely touching. Jemma kept such a positive attitude the whole time, it really speaks to her as a character, she was afraid but she never lost herself. It was just…..a really good scene. Probably my favorite of the entire series.

Damn this episode made FZZT look like scrimmage.

My Top 5 Cobert Plot Lines

So, @devotedtodownton​ asked me what my top 5 Cobert scenes are, and I can’t simply answer that. I cannot. My favorite scenes are so intertwined with the plot line itself that it would be hard to explain why the scene is my favorite without its context. Because of this, and because I’m celebrating Downton until it’s officially over even in the US, I’m going to do a top 5 plot lines set of posts, and I REALLY would love it if others would like to share theirs, too! Below is a mess. It’s a bit of an essay - very analytical and quite poorly written - so I’m only doing one at a time. And most is under the cut.

No. 5 - from Series 1; Episode 7: Cora’s Unexpected Pregnancy and Its Tragic End

Firstly, I’d like to say that what I think our Uncle JFellz was doing here was not so much as building character/rounding character for Cobert, but more so propelling plot for the others. I’m not sure that this plot line was ever really about Cora and Robert (at least not at the start) but rather a plot device to further complicate the Mary and Matthew relationship. So what better way to complicate than a new pregnancy! Matthew may not be the heir after all! And as a writer, he had to be sure his audience had some assurance that Cora wouldn’t lose the baby by natural causes, that there would indeed be a baby (as it further cements the complication for Mary), by having Cora discover the pregnancy when she’s “about four months”- past the typical risk-zone for miscarriage. 

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Day 17: Favorite Bad Guy/Girl

So I know this is kind of cheating, as drunk and disorderly is probably the most heinous crime on Elsie Tizzard’s rap sheet, but this lady is pure, uncut comedic magic and deserves a few minutes in the spotlight. Favorite guest star ever, bar none! I just adore her, quite as much as Jack does (very few people besides Phryne have the ability to make him smile!). If they ever did a 1920’s Melbourne version of COPS Elsie would most definitely be featured. The actress (Gillian Jones) is so damn good I completely forget she’s acting.

And that scene where she drags Hugh back to the station with a GSW is probably one of my favorites in the whole show…I just kept snickering to myself like an idiot the entire time I was making these gifs.

The only question I have is WHY isn’t this woman a series regular?!? Please, please, please bring Lizard back for Season 3!!

This is why I love Californication. Because in the midst of Hank’s pointless sexcipades and childish jokes; Charlie’s pre-mature ejaculations and career failiures; Marcy’s bi-curiosity and coke addiction; they give us a scene like this. One with more raw emotion and romance in one scene than most shows have in entire seasons. It grounds and almost legitimizes the series. And keeps you begging for more. Hank & Karen are probably my favorite couple on television. 

“It’s a big, bad world full of twists and turns. And people have a way of blinking and missing the moment. The moment that could have changed everything.”