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I say this a lot about being a “big fan of things“ but I really am!

Case in point i really love the john carter of mars books and the depiction of them by frank frazetta. Even though the books were mostly strip mined for ideas by like a billion more recognizable works (Avatar, Star Wars, Star Trek, Superman, etc) to the point that the original work seems cliche, there’s still quite a lot to love for a guy who never really grew up.

What guy wouldn’t want to be John Carter who travels between planets, gains powers, fights aliens, and wins the heart of a beautiful mostly naked princess?

So I drew this bit of Dejah Thoris overlooking the kingdom of Helium awaiting John to “return home“ where he belongs.

Also Ray Bradbury and Carl Sagan are huge fans of the work. Listen to sagan nerd out on the books.

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UFC 207 official weigh-ins

  • Ronda weighs in first, then immediately goes back stage
  • Hendricks misses weight 173.5
  • Ray Borg misses weight 129.5
  • Ariel Helwani in full golf commentator mode
  • All others make weight

I MISS B99! I MISS JAKES CUTE LITTLE ANTICS, I MISS BOYLES CUTE CLINGINESS, I MISS TERRYS CUTE LOVE OF YOGHURT, I MISS CAPN HOLTS CUTE FATHERLY ADVICE TO JAKE, I MISS ROSAS CUTE TOUGH FACE I MISS AMYS CUTE EXCITEMENT FACE SHE GETS WHEN SHE HEARS ABOUT BINDERS, I MISS GINA, COME BACKKKKKKKKKK

Some things I noticed about the last scene:

1) Liz sets up the meeting with Red to give him the Fulcrum, but also to get the truth. Toms story about Reddington giving him the passports sounds far-fetched but it’s reasonable considering how high-quality they were and how they were traced back to Red in 1x06.
Basically: Liz is giving Red the benefit of the doubt. She knows Tom is a liar, and even if his story makes sense, she knows Red isn’t going to lie to her.

2) She clearly asks Red “for the dignity of a yes or no answer.” She knows that, if true, Red would either give her a roundabout answer or try to explain himself. She already knows how he’s going to react. She knows how much he cares.

3) When she backs off, Red follows her in her body language. As she moves away, he moves closer in an attempt to explain. Also, he does NOT start explaining, he merely asks IF he can. Because he knows that he can try, but she won’t listen. Hence why he’s asking her if she *will* listen. If she *wants* to listen. And of course, like always, she doesn’t.

4) Red pursues her initially, calling out to her, moving toward her car. But ultimately, he lets her go. He won’t cross that line of forcing her to listen or stay. He leaves her free to choose.

5) Red was willing to stand there and explain everything to her, even though he knew the clock was ticking on the Cabal and their eventual hit. He was risking everything so she would listen and they could reconcile.

TL;DR : Liz gave Red the benefit of the doubt. She trusted him more than Tom. She knew he’d try to justify or explain himself. He risked everything to do so, and let her go when she didn’t listen.