It’s @celesoran‘s bday!!! Please accept this small Speed Demons ficlet! :D
On a scale of one to ten, one being the least worst, and ten being the absolute most terrible, a rowdy bar in the rougher part of town on a Saturday night is probably on the higher end of Asahi’s discomfort spectrum.
He knows Daichi and Suga love this place, though, because it reminds them a little bit of the old days, the scent of smoke and danger always lingering in the air, the possibility of fight or flight always right around the corner. Asahi doesn’t miss those days nearly as much, and he knows the two of them are more or less happy in the relative stability they have now, but he does understand the notion of rose-tinted glasses born from nostalgia.
Asahi likes the quiet, though. That’s why he watches from a booth in the corner of the room, nursing a soda and snacking on admittedly delicious chicken wings, while Daichi and Suga jostle for elbow room at the crowded bar. They’re both already tipsy, and are making a game out of swatting each other’s asses and then acting like one of the other rowdy bar patrons around them is the overly friendly culprit.
In charge of arranging deals and working with
any relations with other gangs and such
Has that very casual, unshakeable, chill persona
For some reason, he usually has something in his
mouth, whether it’s a cigarette (don’t smoke, kids), a snack, or a lollipop
(yes, a lollipop)
Most people when they first meet him, they kind
of question whether he’s really capable of dealing with serious issues, but he
never fails to impress
Actually a very organized, street smart guy
Deals with the toughest of situations without a
Sungjin’s right hand man and advisor
Dresses very nice, but casual at the same time.
Like expensive, ‘I can afford literally whatever I want but I also don’t go to
black tie events very often’ type of clothes
Hitman, straight up
Doesn’t enjoy the killing, but also doesn’t hate
However, he will not bring Dowoon or Wonpil
especially on a job because he doesn’t want them to get used to it
Does a very good job, isn’t too flashy, but is
pretty up front about it. Like he doesn’t use poisons or anything, he prefers
to see it done and be there for the finish, just to make sure everything goes
over properly, but doesn’t leave any loose ends
Third in the pecking order
Wears lost of dark clothes, but a little
refined. Like leather jackets and jeans if he’s dressing down, but also suits a
lot of the time
People might assume he’s a harsh, unfeeling type
of person because of what he does, but he’s actually not terribly
unapproachable, and he’s got a major soft spot for Wonpil and Dowoon just
because he feels sort of a protective instinct for them
Leader of the gang, if there was one of those
ridiculous and completely not useful webs of string and pictures and newspaper
clippings, his picture would be at the center
Very sharp and good at keeping everything
Very loving and protective with the other guys,
but if they screw up, oh boy. ohOOOOHH boy
It’s generally just a really good idea not to
make Sungjin unhappy
This especially goes for people outside the gang
who cross him and make things difficult for his boys
If you’re in his circle and you screw up, he’s
gonna get on you for a little while and let go of it pretty soon, but if you
mess with his people and are dumb enough not to skip town immediately after, you’re
going to be getting a visit from YoungK in the near future
Wears really nice custom tailored suits, usually
with black ties, but if he’s dressing down, it’s some kind of nicer shoe like
sperrys or a casual dress shoe and muted colors
The younger brother of the gang
Responsible for most of the less dirty jobs,
like transportation and helping with internal management
Helps the others to maintain their honor just
because they all want to do their best to stay good for him, because he’s the
lil bro and they gotta take care of him and be a good example
Sungjin is training him in the management and he
does a lot of work with budgeting
He’s in the mafia because he was born into it,
he doesn’t care about the bad reputation, he just trusts and loves his family
and will never leave them for anything
Keeps dark, beautiful hair, dresses the most
casually out of all of them
Wears suits when he should, but when he doesn’t
have to, he wears black jeans, ankle boots, dark shirts, and sometimes chokers
Helps Jae with external relations
Works some con jobs
Mostly because he seems very innocent and sweet,
but he’s really not. He has standards, but if he decides that he needs to then
he can and will lie through his teeth with a silver tongue and get away with it
every single time
There’s talk of him maybe working as a hitman on
occasion once he’s a little older and more experienced, but YoungK hates the
idea, and Dowoon is okay with not so it probably wont happen
Much like Jae in that he can keep the mood
light, but also understands how things work and has some street smarts. Not as
lighthearted as Jae by a longshot, that boy is hard to beat, but still has it a
Wears a surprising number of sweaters for
someone in his line of work, but can pull off the suit
'Fast & Furious' Cheat Sheet: Untangling the Franchise's Twisted Timeline Prior to 'F8' (Spoilers!)
‘The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift’ (2006): (Left to right) Bow Wow, Lucas Black, Nathalie Kelley, Brian Tee. (Photo: Everett)
Most franchises have a chronology that unfolds in a straight line. The Fast and the Furious series, on the other hand, took a major detour along the way. If you’re planning to start your binge engines and re-watch the seven previous Fast films — or fill a gap in your F&F experience — before movie no. 8, The Fate of the Furious, arrives on April 14, you might want to consult our primer as a reminder how to shuffle the movies around to watch events unfold in chronological order, which is NOT as simple as following its production order. (Warning: Spoilers for all previous ‘Fast & Furious’ films follow.)
[Ed. Note: This story was originally published in 2015; it has been updated to reflect Furious 7.]
The Fast and The Furious (2001) -Los Angeles undercover cop Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) infiltrates a crew of street racers led by Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) suspected in a series of local truck heists.
-After suspecting rival racer Johnny Tran (Rick Yune) is ripping off the trucks, Brian discovers that Dom is definitely the guilty party. Rather then arrest the guy who’s become his friend, he hands over the keys to his own car, and they go their separate ways: Brian to Miami and Dom to Baja.
2 Fast 2 Furious (2003) -The short film, Turbo-Charged Prelude, depicts Brian’s journey to Florida’s sun-dappled party town, where he hooks up with street-race organizer Tej (Chris “Ludacris” Bridges), races under the codename Bullet — and becomes one of America’s Most Wanted due to the whole “letting Dom go” thing.
-Caught by the U.S. Customs Service, Brian is forced to go back undercover — in partnership with his childhood buddy Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson) — to help deep-cover Customs agent Monica Fuentes (Eva Mendes) bring down drug kingpin Carter Verone (Cole Hauser).
-Brian and Roman successfully capture Carter, get their records expunged, and line their own pockets with spare drug money. O’Conner suggests he’s ready to put down roots in Miami, with Pearce serving as the Riggs to his Murtaugh.
Fast & Furious (2009) -The short Los Bandoleros flash-forwards five years and finds Dom in the Dominican Republic, planning a heist with a new crew, including Han (Sung Kang), Leo (Tego Calderon), and Rico (Don Omar). Letty turns up, having followed his trail from Mexico, and signs up for the fuel-stealing operation that’s seen at the beginning of Fast & Furious. They also tie the knot in an off-screen ceremony, though we won’t know about that for three more movies.
-Han arrives in D.R. direct from L.A., where he made his first appearance in director Justin Lin‘s breakout 2002 crime movie, Better Luck Tomorrow. That earlier film isn’t directly connected to the Fast & Furious franchise, but both Lin and Kang have acknowledged over the years that it’s the same Han.
-Increased police vigilance during their fuel-tank raid forces Dom to ditch his girlfriend-wife and go on the lam once more. Three months later, Dom is in Panama City, where Mia calls him with the news Letty’s been murdered. He returns stateside to observe her funeral from a distance. Meanwhile, Brian — who has signed up with the FBI rather than continue to play Lethal Weapon with Roman — is on the trail of yet another drug runner…one who holds the key to figuring out who killed Letty.
-Brian and Dom reunite to attack the drug lord head-on, and this time Dom surrenders to the authorities rather than flee. Sentenced to 25 years-to-life, Dom is en route to the big house when Brian and Mia zoom by and initiate a prison-bus break.
Fast Five (2011) -Once again fugitives from justice, Dom, Brian, and Mia head off to Rio de Janeiro where they reconnect with original Fast & Furious crew member, Vince (Matt Schulze). Their subsequent participation in a great train robbery puts Diplomatic Security Service agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Brazilian cop Elena Neves (Elsa Pataky) on the trio’s trail.
-Meanwhile, using information they’ve gathered from a computer chip outlining the criminal empire of Hernan Reyes (Joaquim de Almeida), Dom and Brian plot a heist to score one last big payday. That heist requires the participation of all their buddies, including Han, Tej, Roman, Leo, Rico, and Gisele (Gal Gadot), who converge on Rio to execute an Ocean’s Eleven-style scheme.
-Flush with cash, Brian and his now-pregnant girlfriend Mia head off to a tropical paradise where Dom drops by for a visit with his new lover, Elena. (Han and Gisele, meanwhile, take their partnership to the next level in Europe.) But back in the U.S., Customs agent Fuentes turns up at Hobbs’ office with evidence Letty isn’t as dead as everyone assumed.
Fast & Furious 6 (2013) -Hobbs pulls Dom and the gang out of their post-Rio retirement to employ their special set of skills to stop the reign of terror propagated by a rogue British Special Forces officer, Owen Shaw (Luke Evans), whose ranks of vehicular soldiers include an amnesia-stricken Letty.
-The group stops Shaw, but Gisele is killed. Dom, now reunited with Letty, and Brian and Mia (with their infant son Jack) return to America and settle down in their old L.A. neighborhood for the first time since the original Fast and the Furious. Recognizing that three’s a crowd, Elena blesses the Dom/Letty reunion and decamps for parts unknown.
-Meanwhile, a grieving Han heads to Tokyo, where he’s in mid-chase when his ride is viciously T-boned by an oncoming car driven by…Shaw’s brother (Jason Statham), a sudden callback to…
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) -Sean (Lucas Black), a rebellious Arizona teenager and gearhead, is sent to Tokyo to live with his military father after getting involved in one joyride too many. He soon falls into the city’s “drift racing” scene, learning the ropes of drifting from Dom’s old pal, Han.
-Midway through the movie, Han is killed in the aforementioned car chase that we see at the end of Fast & Furious 6. The identity of the other driver wasn’t revealed in this film, but there’s no doubt that Han is pushing up daisies after his car explodes.
-As the film ends, Sean is preparing to prove his drifting skills against a new challenger: Dom. The two pay homage to their fallen mutual friend and gun their engines…racing off, we learn in retrospect, to Furious 7, nine years after this film’s release.
Furious 7 (2015) -Sure enough, Dom is in Tokyo to transport Han’s remains back to Los Angeles for burial, while it’s revealed that Owen Shaw isn’t dead, but lies comatose in a prison hospital. Meanwhile, Owen’s brother Deckard (Statham) sets his sights on Dom’s team in a grand revenge plan that sidelines Hobbs and blows up the Toretto household.
-Eager for his own revenge, Dom strikes a bargain with covert ops bigwig Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russell) to steal the God’s Eye — a computer program that gives its user virtually unlimited spying power — in exchange for a shot at Deckard Shaw. The trail to the God’s Eye goes through hacker extraordinaire Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel), who becomes the team’s latest accomplice…and the object of Tej and Roman’s competing affections.
-Following a knock-down, drag-out fight on the streets of L.A., Deckard is sent to a top-secret underground prison. Letty shakes the final strands of amnesiac cobwebbing from her brain and is flooded with memories from their wedding night, when she and Dom exchanged a necklace rather than rings. They embark on their years-delayed honeymoon, while Brian and Mia head off into well-deserved retirement to raise their baby boy.
‘The Fate Of The Furious’ Featurette: Zombie Cars:
“I don’t dress to make somebody else happy."That’s how a new video about street harassment and personal style begins. Created by anti-street harassment organization Hollaback! and fashion company ModCloth, the video features eleven women discussing why no one should ever censor their style to feel safe on the streets.
Brenda Howard – 24th
December 1946 – 28th June 2005
Known as “The Mother of Pride”, Brenda Howard was a feminist
bisexual activist, fighting for marginalized communities while being unapologetic in celebrating her identity. A year following
the Stonewall Riots, and the barrage of police brutality against the Stonewall
Inn, Howard organized the Christopher Street Liberation March. The event marked
the one-year anniversary of the riots; she inspired many Pride events nationally
and internationally. Howard also popularised the term “Pride” used for modern
She chaired the Gay
Activist Alliance and became extremely active within the Gay Liberation Front. She
battled against police oppression when taking part in demonstrations supporting
people of colour’s healthcare and those living with HIV/AIDS to name a few, which
resulted in several arrests.
“She was an in-your-face activist; she fought
for anyone who had their rights trampled on.” – Larry Nelson, husband of
During the 1980’s,
Brenda cofounded the New York Area
Bisexual Network, who provide a communication
hub and safe-space for bisexual people. She lobbied in the 1993 March on
Washington for bi-inclusion, which largely excluded and erased the bisexual
community. As well as participating in famous-group ACT UP’s protests.
Brenda was also polyamorous and involved in the BDSM community, and
promoted sex-positivity throughout her time as an activist. Brenda was public
and proud of things frowned and heavily disputed against throughout the 60’s to
“Bi, Poly, Switch—I’m not
greedy, I know what I want.” – Brenda Howard
In homage to her, Parents for Lesbians and Gays created the Brenda
Howard award, given for the work dedicated to the Bisexual community. When
celebrating pride marches and events, the works and activism of bisexual woman
Brenda Howard, should never be forgotten.
That new Invisible Committee stuff is, so far, is crap. Old people yelling about getting out in the street and off the computer. Just what we needed stylized rehashing of the old people whining about social media being a pain in the ass. Thanks a lot.
Throwing a fucking brick through a window is the alternative in that translation, with a joke on it. “Here’s your update!” Do they realize they just memed up their essay? I wonder. Ironies.
Maybe I’m off, but I promise you in neighborhoods all over the US and Europe there are people toiling in the streets. Organizing, participating in direct action, doing it themselves.
But academics and highly educated over and over again seem to be arriving at the notion that they need to be performing for them in media spectacles. Throwing a brick through a fucking window is, these days, nothing but a spectacle.
I’m all for rioting and the erruption of violence against police and property. But I’m not for unifying erruptions for a critique aimed at people sharing their stories via technology wrapped in criticism that looks back to how we theorized about the television prior to the internet.