Dan Howell is one of those people that you just want to listen to him waffle on about everything in the world because he’s so well-spoken and opinionated but polite at the same time and he’s so smart even though he didn’t finish university and his little bits of wisdom are so amazing and he thinks his live shows are boring but they actually make my life because we get to listen to him talk and honestly I’m so excited for the book because I want to hear his opinions on everything and I want him to write a book solely dedicated to the thoughts that go through his head because that man is so smart and I love him for it
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dr heinz doofenshmirtz was an immigrant who struggled with a history of emotional abuse and feelings of inadequacy due to the blatant favoritism his parents showed towards roger yet he managed to overcome it all and become proficient in the english language enough to get a doctorate in science and he was smart enough to create insane inators (some of which were scientific break throughs) and he was a really good dad (or at least he tried really, really hard) despite some obvious flaws and he was treated as such a joke but he was really really smart and he cared a lot
I think it has to do with some kind of complex feelings that I have about the respective roles of children and adults. Setting Stephanie aside for a few minutes (we’ll come back to her later), you can make a case that the other three needed to be Robin. It’s what was best for them at the time. Dick needed closure on his parents’ murders, Jason needed literally any kind of support system, and Damian was already an assassin– he needed moral guidance for the things he was already doing.
I think it’s very clear, on the other hand, that Tim didn’t become Robin for his own benefit. It was for Bruce. And I kind of have a problem with that.
Obviously, this is a work of fiction– if it weren’t, I would never support the use of children in warfare under any circumstances– but even if you do suspend belief like you’re supposed to, I think letting Tim become Robin was a bad decision. He wasn’t like the others. He wasn’t broken or abandoned, and he didn’t need Bruce– he already had a family. Maybe they weren’t always around, but they were there, and they loved him.
The same is true for Stephanie, and I have the same objections. The difference is that if you look at Steph when she was first starting out, and then again at the end of her Batgirl run, you can see that she benefitted from the whole thing. She came out of it a happier person. Tim really, really didn’t.
The poor kid’s been through hell. He lost his first dad, and then pretty much everybody else after that. He lost contact with all of his friends. He dropped out of high school.
I don’t necessarily think that Tim is unhappy now, but I think he could have been equally, if not more happy if Bruce had just told him no. He would have been fine without Robin. I figure that one of the most important responsibilities that adults have is to protect children, and instead of doing that, Bruce let Tim throw his life down the drain for his own comfort, doing a job that another kid had just died doing. That’s wrong.
None of that reflects poorly on Tim at all. The only thing he wanted to do was help people, and that’s great– but children shouldn’t be asked to sacrifice themselves for the greater good. It really rubs me the wrong way that they let him.
Basically what I’m saying is that there’s very little I don’t like about Tim– just a lot that I don’t like about the original situation, because it was intentionally written to be about Bruce. Looking at it from the perspective of a writer trying to tell a story, it makes perfect sense. It’s just when you start to look at Tim as his own person that it makes me uneasy.
It makes me really happy with how smart cr1tikal is. He makes a lot of jokes I really don't usually like, but he does them in ways that are really funny and less inappropriate, and he levels it out with really smart jokes.