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Does the second half of S4 parallel S1?

it’s strange because the first half of season 4 had A LOT of parallels of season 3 but now this second half? 

The more I think about it, the more it parallels season 1, so here we go.

Losing Friends 

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Just like Eva Sana is feeling alone and out of touch with the people she loves the most. She doesn’t know how to fix the rift…so she doesn’t, but still she wants to so bad. she misses them and watching them from afar because she no longer can belong with them…is tearing her apart. Just like Eva in season 1.

Social media rubbing their new friends in their faces

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we then get a true sense of the isolation between the two when they both sit at home alone and watch their friends…literally replace them. That’s what it feels like for both Eva and Sana. and after they both see these social media posts and drives them to get up and do something about it. “don’t let yourself be a victim” as doctor phil says to Eva and “don’t live in fear” as Nas tells Sana…it’s too similar and I love it 

Benchy Buddies

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Not only are they both sitting on the same bench, with the same person, on THE SAME SIDE, but it is insane that Isak has served as a focal point in both of their painful dramas of secrets. in Eva’s season Isak revealed her lies to Iben, in Sana’s….Isak still revealed Sara’s lies by Sana getting access of them from Isak’s account. so essentially the truth came out and disaster happened because of Isak in both seasons…w i l d 

Trying to muster up the courage to make things better

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I talked about this shot earlier today but oh my god I can’t believe how similar they are. The only difference is the change in time and the main character. This shows how 3 seasons later we are still in the same place. but this time with Sana. How we all feel isolation, misunderstanding and shame and how it never goes away. It is forever and it comes with being human. no matter who you are we all feel this pain, fear, and sadness. Both Eva and Sana felt like outsiders in their school. 

Confiding in someone about their mistake right before it hits them in the face

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Just like Eva, Sana could not hold it in anymore and chose to confide in someone about the saranors2 account. Just like Isak (but with purer intentions) Chris advised Sana to not tell. I actually find this parallel really cool because in season 1 Eva was scared of losing Jonas and Jonas not forgiving her but in this scene Sana is actually afraid of Eva never forgiving her. It is like we have gone full circle in skam world. Eva has gone from the girl begging for forgiveness from her mistakes to…being the one who needs to do the forgiving… hmm

Voicemail

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wow, so we have literally gone from season 1 where Eva is calling Isak after the reveal and getting voicemail, to Sana calling EVA after the reveal and getting voicemail. I think this was very intentional. 

Pain 

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Eva and Sana both get told that the people they love are incredibly heartbroken with them right now in a very similar way. Both with other people involved (Isak and Chris) and both with a phone…and then they break knowing that forgiveness is not going to be easy and they are both alone. They both fucked up and now they are alone and it is heartbreaking. 

what does this s1 parallel mean? 

Season 1 was the beginning, Season 4 is the end. The parallels are evident and I think it is because Julie wants to remind us why she made skam. Reminding us what it’s really about. I know with the girl squads current behaviour it doesn’t make sense just yet, but it will. and I wonder if this is also reflecting on Eva’s character now? She has gone from the character who we are crying with and hoping to god she can make friends and be happy to….being the girl we are screaming at to listen to Sana and FORGIVE HER. 

which is amazing because Julie is doing what skam has always meant to do. 

she is showing us every single side, corner, and edge of every character on this show. By doing this to Eva though is even more powerful because she was our first main. she is our firstborn who’s pov we all witnessed and now Julie is showing how we all make mistakes, we all get mad, we all are the person who needs to forgive, or the person who needs to talk. and each of these characters have had a turn to be each other if you think about it. 

Because now it’s Eva’s turn to be season 1 Ingrid…who needs to stop, and listen to what Sana has to say as they cry and forgive each other <3 

so this line

“Adversity is an opportunity for change.”

and this line

“Pain is an excellent teacher.”

you’d guess that these are quotes from Akande “Only through conflict do we evolve” Ogundimu, right?

nope. you’ve heard them in game before– they’re Zenyatta’s lines. 

I think it’s pretty interesting that Zenyatta has many lines that sound eerily similar to Doomfist’s, but with a wildly different tone. 

“Being eager to learn is not the same as learning.” “A lesson in humility.” “You must learn from your mistakes.” “One cannot survive on strength alone.” and so on.

While they are saying similar things– that through hardship, trials, and experience, we grow and change– they are not saying the same thing. Doomfist’s perspective is that widespread conflict and battle will change humanity as a whole. Zenyatta’s perspective is that people should change individually to find their own path and place in the world– to find balance between harmony and discord, figuratively and literally. 

they make interesting character parallels, and it would be cool to see that explored in game. 

Mustafar vs. Starkiller Base

Ok, but seriously let’s take a closer look at the interesting similarities between Anakin and Obi-Wan’s fight on Mustafar and Kylo Ren and Rey’s fight on the Starkiller Base because they’re actually pretty cool.

An obvious point to bring up is the locations. In the Anakin vs. Obi-Wan fight we see lava and fire and in the Rey vs. Kylo Ren fight we see snow and ice. Essentially opposite locations.

In the beginning of both fights we see one of our other main characters try to deal with the current antagonist. The current antagonist accuses the other character of being a traitor or betraying them. In the Anakin vs. Obi-Wan fight, Anakin accuses Padmé of lying and bringing Obi-Wan there to kill him. In the Rey vs. Kylo Ren fight, Kylo Ren calls Finn a traitor for leaving the First Order.

Both of these confrontations end in the wounding of the protagonist character. Both Padmé and Finn are put out of the fight when they confront the current antagonist.

Both duels officially begin with the current protagonist igniting their lightsaber, quickly followed by the ignition of the current antagonist’s lightsaber.

We quickly see the duel lead into tight areas. In the Anakin vs. Obi-Wan duel, the tight area is a corridor. In the Rey vs. Kylo Ren duel, they are surrounded on either side by tall walls of rock.

Another interesting thing I’d like to point out is the fighting style of the characters. Maybe this isn’t that relevant, but I still thought it was interesting. In the Anakin vs. Obi-Wan fight, Anakin appears to take a lot of the swings while Obi-Wan keeps his lightsaber more straight and defensive toward Anakin’s blows. The same can be said about the Rey vs. Kylo Ren duel. Kylo Ren takes most swings, while Rey is more of a defensive fighter and tends to take straight forward jabs at Kylo Ren. Then again, I’m not so sure this is entirely relevant just due to the fact that the fighting styles in both duels are pretty different overall.

We also get to see moments in both duels where both fighters tap into their use of the force up close to attempt to overpower the other.

We also get pretty similar shots in both duels of the two characters again trying to overpower each other, but this time physically.

Both current protagonists deal a final blow that brings the current antagonist to the ground.

The duel’s protagonist then looks down upon their fallen competitor, obviously in different context just judging by their expressions alone lol.

The fallen competitor looks up at the winner….quite shook.

The two winners then both rush to assist their fallen friend from before and leave their respective planets.

Another interesting thing to note about both duels is that both Rey and Obi-Wan retrieve Anakin’s lightsaber. Obi-Wan picks it up after the duel and Rey uses the force to take the lightsaber and use it during her duel.

Both Obi-Wan and Rey ultimately bring the lightsaber to our lovely boy Luke Skywalker.

There you have it folks. That’s a brief analysis of the Mustafar vs. the Starkiller Base duels. Regardless of whether you’re a “Rey Kenobi” or “battle of the grandchildren/descendants” theorist like I am, everyone can admit that there’s some cool parallels between both fights that are fun to take a close look at.

so like, i’m gonna make a full reaction post but before anything else let me just address the giant elephant in the room & also what i care about most lbr: SHIRO. 

i don’t think he’s the real shiro (and i’m sure many people agree but i didn’t want to let other people’s reactions colour mine so i haven’t looked at tumblr yet, so sorry if this is just a rehash of what others have said) for a whole host of reasons, including:

  • it doesn’t seem like a lot of time had passed since he went missing and yet his hair looked like he’d grown it out for months. + a weird technical point but - why was his floof not considerably longer than the rest of his hair given his previous hairstyle? none of it adds up. 
    • side note: i didn’t think it was possible for me to not find shiro attractive but uh. long hair shiro accomplished that lmfao. i’d be like “sorry, shiro” but HE’S NOT THE REAL SHIRO SO.
  • vld does a LOT of foreshadowing/callbacks. and i 100% would not be surprised if what hunk brought up in s2 about the galra having possibly implanted fake memories in shiro’s mind using his galra arm was Important™, especially because we do see another shiro strapped down and being experimented on. it’s very possible that the galra were extracting his memories and feeding them to fake!shiro. what’s interesting is that he seems to have escaped before they were done and that’s why something just seems off about him. he hasn’t fully been implanted with all of shiro’s memories. 
  • probably the MOST IMPORTANT - the black lion rejected this shiro. narratively it doesn’t make sense to have the real shiro NOT reclaim his role as black paladin. like. listen. this isn’t me just being a bitter shiro stan - they spent 2 whole seasons developing his bond with the black lion. it’d be a fucking waste to throw that away. beyond that, while keith is technically able to pilot the black lion, she doesn’t respond as well to him as she did to shiro. 
    • sidenote: i think black’s initial resistance to keith could have been because keith himself didn’t really want to pilot black. nonetheless, while keith’s leadership abilities and bond with black do improve over the course of this season (which i’m guessing is a few weeks/a month at most), that’s not enough time for him to achieve the same level of closeness as shiro had with black. 
  • preeeeeeeetty sure fake!shiro contradicts himself in that scene where they’re trying to figure out what to focus on in the second last ep? there’s also this… weird tension between him and keith? i’m not saying that these two would never ever disagree, and it does make sense for keith to kind of grow into the leadership position and then have mixed feelings about having to step down once shiro gets back, but i think it could be possible that ~instinctively~ keith knows something isn’t quite right, but is so relieved to have shiro back that he’s not really questioning it. 
  • this one is a super reach but no “it’s good to have you back”/”it’s good to be back” parallel? it’d be cool if they save it for when keith reunites with the real shiro. 
  • they pushed the whole “where’s shiro” thing really hard and i’d honestly be incredibly surprised if it got resolved this quickly 

that said, even fake!shiro gets so!!! soft!!!! when #he is looking at keith, just fuck me up!!! like the real shiro’s memories of keith are so strong that even impostor!shiro can’t help but warm up to him, wow, just fuck me up. alternatively, he’s specifically targeting keith’s devotion to him to fuck with him. either way, it’s A Lot. 

ETA: this also means that at some point we’re probably going to see keith/the others square up against him and it’s going to destroy me and honestly i can’t wait 

tl;dr: WILL THE REAL TAKASHI SHIROGANE PLEASE STAND UP

anonymous asked:

So I watched Moana the other day and Maui's song reminded me of Pierce's part in baby boomer santa and then I thought, Bethany has kids, Bethany probably saw Moana, Bethany is in the Community fandom, I need to tell her this!

Originally posted by alcemin

Ha! there are some similiarities, you’re right! :D That’s hilarious. (Pretty sure Lin-Manuel Miranda is Community fan too, so…you never know, it might have been part of what he used as inspiration for that song!)

Also, you’re apparently not the first person to think of this parallel!

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YOI Things to Love #14: Leo getting pumped up

Despite how incredibly important this scene is for his character, it isn’t often mentioned how nervous and prepared Leo is here. He’s repeating powerful phrases to get himself in a positive mindset (a classic method of combating negative/defeatist attitude), and his coach is providing words of confirmation with an encouraging attitude. This definitely isn’t his first time facing steep competition. He’s had to compete as a triples jumper among the quad-wielding elite. It’s like bringing a knife to a gun fight, over-and-over. It’s here that we see he has a solid method on how to approach those nerves.

However, he has the pressure of winning gold in Skate America, and he did well enough in the SP to be in medal position. THIS program will determine if he goes to the GPF. He needs to be perfect to have a shot at staying on the podium among the other monsters (Yuuri, Chris, Georgi, Phichit). Even though he’s usually prepared to deal with some intimidation and self-deprecation (“I can’t even jump quads - why do I think I can even stand against them?”), the atmosphere and expectations are a lot heavier this time. He has a solid foundation, but he lacks experience with this level of pressure.

It’s actually fairly interesting to contrast with Yuuri’s situation.

Yuuri is usually the challenger rather than the leader, so he’s unused to the pressure of being in first place going into the FS. He and Victor need to combat his nerves. Leo’s pre-skate moment with his coach not only displays their prior thoughtfulness in how to deal with Leo’s nerves, but provides an example of what Victor and Yuuri should have aimed for as coach&student. The scene highlights their difference in experience when it comes to managing pressure as a team.

Of course, we know that Leo self-destructed during his skate, and Yuuri ended up holding onto silver. The main differences between Leo “gold-medal-winner-and-GPF-hopeful” and Yuuri “first-after-the-short-program-and-looking-for-redemption” are: 
1. Yuuri has survived through more years of struggle and near-quitting, and
2. Yuuri’s emotions exploded before his skate instead of during it (even though Victor only managed that by accident and not in the way he intended to calm Yuuri down).  


The directing in this entire portion with Leo creates a pretty cool parallel. Leo’s skate shows what could have happened to Yuuri.

  • Leo pops his 3A (<—the future self-destruct to avoid), followed by Victor contemplating how to handle Yuuri’s nerves to prevent crashing mid-program; 
  • Yuuri breaks into tears and expresses his needs (<–the explosion brought on early), followed by Leo’s resulting bombed score (<—the future they avoided) and a sense of calm determination (<–the state that precludes Yuuri’s skating)

It’s also interesting to tie this to episode 12 when Victor does act with the appropriate encouragements and supportive statements that a proper coach should use. But that’s for another post!

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