ramblings of em

Okay, so, we all know how good the Voltron writers are with continuity and foreshadowing, right? Like there’s that one scene in Season 1 where Coran offhandedly mention the Weblum which of course reappears in Season 2. Well that got me thinking…there’s this one scene in Season 2 in which the writers deliberately go into detail about a possible plot point that is then just… not mentioned again. And they don’t seem like the kind of writers to just to tell us all that information and not have it go anywhere.

Which scene?

WELL (excuse the horrible quality of the screencaps)

THIS little gem, in which Hunk contemplates whether or not the Galra could successfully brainwash Shiro using his prosthetic. And his conclusion is…yeah, they totally could. So like, I’m not saying we’re gonna get a brainwashed Shiro in the future but…

We’re gonna get a brainwashed Shiro in the future.

engineering school gothic
  • you are in three classes that use bernoulli’s equation. none of the equations are the same. your teachers do not know who bernoulli is. did bernoulli even exist?
  • there is a problem set. it is not on the syllabus. the first question is a blank page. you look through the whole set. it is all blank, except for the last page. you think it says “run”. you do not know. it is not written in binary.
  • this is an ethics class. you are not sure why you are here. you do not need ethics. you have never needed ethics. “it’s a joke class,” whispers an upperclassman. you do not understand why it is funny.
  • abet. the name echoes through the halls of the mechanical engineering building. no one knows what it means.
  • you are studying the tacoma narrows bridge for the fifth time. your differential equations professor tells you it is not an example of resonance. your engineering professor tells you it is. you are not sure who to trust.
  • there are six bernoullis. only four of them are related. they all look the same.
  • the environmental science majors have to take a class to learn excel. you do not understand. you have always known excel, haven’t you? you do not remember learning it.
  • you solve a triple integral and stop, confused. it has become a ricotti equation. you have forgotten ohm’s law.
  • euler has done everything. there is a portrait of euler in the english building. when you look into its eyes, something disturbs you on a visceral level.
  • you know so many languages: java, javascript, doubt, python, c++, R, matlab, uncertainty, ruby, html, confusion, terror,
  • your professor cancels class. you suspect a trick. when you arrive to the classroom, your entire class is there, watching the empty space where the professor should be. no one speaks. no one leaves.
  • the problem set is optional. the problem set is not optional. the problem set is about schrodinger’s law.
  • three different people have explained mechatronics to you. nobody knows what it is.
  • your friend says they have essays to write. essays? you cannot remember what a word document looks like. you have not written a paragraph in two years. words are abstract concepts without meaning.
  • “you’re an engineer?” someone asks. “you must be smart.” you begin to laugh. you have them all fooled. you cannot stop laughing.
  • no one is sure what systems engineering is. the lights in the systems building are always on. you have never seen someone come out.
  • your professors all do research. there are bloodstains on their lecture notes. you do not ask what they research. the last person to ask vanished at the start of the semester. your computer science professor hasn’t stopped smiling since.
  • when you attend career fairs, you are surrounded by students you have never seen and companies you have never heard of. “we’re an innovative start-up,” someone says. “we’re an innovative start-up,” you hear echoed down the hall three weeks later. the words have not stopped. you cannot sleep. you are an innovative start-up. 

Ok so in addition to ballerina!eddie please consider hiphopdancer!richie

-they go to the same studio but obviously never have class together because they do different types of dance

-Richie likes staying after his class to watch the ballerinas (he’s fascinated by how graceful they are compared to his intense hip hop) and has maaaajor heart eyes for Eddie.

-Eddie pretends to be annoyed with Richie’s onlooking but he secretly likes it and holds his head a little higher when he notices Richie peeking during his class

-of course Richie flirts with Eddie between their classes and Eddie rolls his eyes and tries to hide his blush

-Eddie eventually starts going to the studio early so he can see Richie in his class and lowkey gets weak in the knees cuz boy’s got MOVES

-When they start dating they’re the ultimate dance power couple and will pirouette/six step your ass if you try to mess with them

-Richie kissing Eddie’s head on his way into the studio. “Have a good class, babe.”

-they get eachother flowers for their recital and have to hide them in the dressing room

-Sneaking into the wings of the stage for one last kiss and “kick ass, babe!”

-Richie trying to mimic Eddie’s moves when he practices

-“Your form is terrible. Point your feet, dumbass!”

-Richie practicing before goofily scooping Eddie up and swinging him around to the beat

-Both of them dancing like idiots around their studio after classes are done for the day playing their songs over the speakers and just enjoying being together

-ballerina!eddie and hiphop!richie

Honestly, what I appreciate the most about Mass Effect: Andromeda is its light-hearted tone. I mean there were some dark moments, but arguably it didn’t get as dark as Dragon Age, Mass Effect 3, or even Mass Effect 2.

There was always this sense of hope and optimism about finding a new home. Yeah, things may have gone totally wrong, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make them better was the overall message I got.

And really, with so many bad things happening in the world right now and too much of our entertainment supposedly being our escapism being dark for the sake of dark, this was something I think a lot of us needed.