[Outside the Mill of Misery with Robert and Aaron]
ROBERT: Bob’s back! The fans and I are so excited. And as a bonus, we might actually get what we order, which reminds me, I haven’t had my trademark Americano in far too long.
AARON: I’m far too preoccupied with my #PeakAngst Plot to be bothered about Bob or breakfast.
ROBERT: But it’s my mission in life to make you happy and food always makes you happy. That is the way to a bloke’s heart and all *Pats Aaron’s Stomach*
AARON: *Recoils* #Foreshadowing
ROBERT: Are you okay? - I have a bad feeling about this -
AARON: Yep. I’m totally and completely fine. #StopLyingYouLiar In fact, I’ve really got to get to that job I never actually do. I mean, unless you count kicking a door in as work. Still, it’s a great Plot Device.
ROBERT: If we still need to talk… (FANDOM: Please do more talking!!!)
AARON: We did all the talking yesterday. #StopLyingYouLiar
ROBERT: That was hardly #ActualConversation Aaron. I mean, we were approaching it which means the Plot is totally going to blow up in our faces soon and force us to try to get there again. That seems to be the cycle. But you didn’t come to the pub yesterday when you said you would and you went to bed early.
AARON: Sucks being left out of the Plot doesn’t it?
ROBERT: Fair point.
AARON: Yeah well, since I did no work yesterday, I’m playing catch up now. So…another time, yeah. I need to be off screen now so your worry levels can escalate. But we’ll do something tomorrow.
ROBERT: What? More angst?
ROBERT: Well we can’t tomorrow. The car’s in for its service.
AARON: You do remember that I also have a car, right? #PlotHole But anyway, we’re totally good at the moment. #StopLyingYouLiar See you later for more angst.
ROBERT: *This is going to get bad Face* - I never should have put on this tainted Red Shirt of Doom -
Wrex starts out as a monster-of-the-week but instead of trying to eat the red shirts and doom the crew he ends up bonding with Shepard over bad alcohol and a healthy disregard to personal safety
So instead of being a one-off villain who disappears after the episode he joins the crew and just… hangs around the ship. Goes on missions. Teases first officer Vakarian. Harasses science officer Solus. Complains about the wimpy regulation phasers and repeatedly promises to get them REAL guns.
And no one is quite sure what to do with him? Like he’s not technically Star Fleet. Do they get him a uniform anyways? Does he have to file reports?? Who knows? definitely not Shepard
09x23 “Do You Believe in Miracles” // 10x09 “The Things We Left Behind”
10x14 “The Executioner’s Song // 11x11 “Into the Mystic”
11x14 “The Vessel” // 11x16 “Safe House”
Dean + S9/S10/S11 + Dark Blue Jacket (Companion Piece to This)
By now Dean’s “Red Shirt of Doom” is a well known stylistic device. Most of the time it is, I realized, accompanied by the “Dark Blue Jacket of Mourning/Loss of Control/Self” (as I would label it right now). Red and dark blue/black has been connecting Dean right from the beginning to the Darkness/Amara, who as a growing girl was constantly wrapped in red dresses with dark blue/black details and now as a grown woman is wearing a dark blue/black dress.
What all these moments of Dean wearing this jacket have in common is that they mark times Dean either looses control of himself, becomes a victim of mind control, is used by another force against his will and gets deeply hurt in the process or experiences moments in which he feels helpless and unable to make a difference, because he’s “just a witness”.
Dean wore the red shirt and dark blue/black jacket combi in 10x23 “Brother’s Keeper” when the Darkness was released and therefore in 11x01 “Out of the Darkness, Into the Fire” too when he met Amara in the eye of the storm. And who knows, maybe that’s exactly how this season will end too, after all it felt much more like a glimpse into the future than the real thing…
Also, as a side note: I really love how we see Sam display concern for Dean here and how he offers support in very differing ways. From the consoling pat on the shoulder in 11x14 “The Vessel”, to a heartfelt hug in 10x14 “The Executioner’s Song”, to pulling Dean close like in 11x16 “Safe House”. Especially the last one really gets to me as Dean at first seems to almost try and gently push Sam’s hand away so typical for Dean, because he thinks he has to be the strong one, but then just sags against his brother. I don’t know, I just like it a lot how Sam is the one to take care of Dean in a similar way as Dean did so many times before.
I really, really tried not to put more than 10, but. I can’t. So here’s, in no particular order, my top 20 Louis gifs/pics (for the moment. If you ask me the same question in half an hour, I’ll probably put completely different ones).
this gif desTROYED ME THE FIrst time I saw it like wtf he looks like an actual real kitten I cAN’T
one of the greatest moments of 1d history tbh
HIS EYES UGH
MY BABY WITH BABIES aka just rip my heart out of my chest
soml Louis is just art
giggling baby again bc Louis giggling in my favourite thing
did you hear that? that’s the sound of me dying
The Red Shirt of Doom and collarbones
BYE I’M BLOGGING FROM THE AFTERLIFE
I SAID BYE
♩♪♫♬♭ I’m still alive but I’m barely breathing ♩♪♫♬♭
THIS IS A WHOLE NEW LEVEL OF DISRESPECT
OBVIOUSLY since I’m such Larry trash I couldn’t resist adding a Larry gif. He looks so cuddly and comfortable and GLASSES and Harry looks so cuddly and sleepy ugh
Ohhh this is interesting. Since I just mentioned the Amara and MoC arc with Dean, it feels especially curious that the guy, who is getting a psychic reading, is dressed in the typical colours Dean wore heavily throughout S12 and especially in episodes with Amara in it. Plus there is also the bit about the way the guy wears his hair that reminds of Dean’s haircut. And the way he pins down the psychic’s hand with the knife is certainly also reminiscent of how Dean used the same technique as well before - last time I think in the S12 finale with Crowley. Anyway…
I have written about Dean’s dark blue jacket and his red shirt of doom combination before (here and here). Often times when Dean wore this clothing combination dealt directly with issues of identity, loss of self and loss of agency. This feels very comparable actually to the psychic “sensing” the guy’s/wraith’s “energy” and thereby sees his true identity.
That said, not sure I am particularly “happy” (for lack of a better word) with this possible alignment, because imo even as a demon Dean wasn’t acting as awful as this guy. :/
Trust me on this, it was worth it. You pretty much, uh, saved the whole world.” Shane/Prometheus: “Yeah, I guess. But none of that – none of that means anything unless I can save my son.” - Sam to Shane/Prometheus in 8x16 “Remember the Titans”
I have written a few times before about how 8x16 “Remember the Titans” and Prometeheus’ story heavily relates to Dean’s MoC arc (like here for example)
and shares not only a lot of similarities visually, but also narratively. Of course at the time the episode aired this story seemed to relate more to Castiel’s story of siding with humanity no matter what as well as in regard to his unlimited resurrections that he himself later labeled as “punishments” which feels very comparable to Prometheus’ fate of eternally dying and coming back to life. It also alluded to Sam’s arc (especially as he is Lucifer’s, the lightbringer’s vessel - and well the lightbringer in the literal sense for humanity was Prometheus by giving humanity the ability to make a fire) with the trials and him taking on these tasks to save the world and humanity like Prometheus did and paying with his life for it (as we know he would have, had he gone through with them). That said, in hindsight however the absolutely most massive parallels imo exist between Prometheus and Dean.
Prometheus was sentenced to relive death every day by Zeus after he made it possible for humanity to use fire. He actively went against Zeus, the most powerful of the titans and “big boss” so to speak. He went against the narrative, did not obey, subverted what was expected of him. And this very thing is exactly what is an inherent part of Dean’s MoC arc, which truly gets kicked off - despite having born the mark since mid season 9 - when Dean walks into battle against Metatron, who is not only setting himself up as God and a christ figure by living among the poor and performing miracles, but also is the one holding the pen to writing the big story in a similar fashion as Zeus did in Prometheus’ case. Dean, the true christ figure in 8x23 “Do You Believe in Miracles” walksing into battle to save humanity from a false God, is beat down by Metatron (the whole choreography of said fight resembles Zeus’ beating up Prometheus) and in the end killed. It’s that action combined with Crowley later placing the First Blade into Dean’s hands that truly activate the mark and make Dean rise a demon. And much like Prometheus, he is for as long as he bears the mark, immortal.
There is a lot more about the parallels between this S8 episode and important moments in the MoC arc that relate to one another. For example the whole resurrection moment of Prometheus heavily resembles the moment when Dean opens his eyes and they are pitch black or when we see his wounds heal immediately after Cole cuts Dean in 10x02 “Reichenbach”. Interestingly enough also, it’s in this episode in S8 that Dean wears his “red shirt of doom” combined with his “dark blue jacket of loss of self control” that in the seasons after would become almost something like a visual cue to how much of an influence the mark has on Dean. And the way we see Dean and Sam sit next to the currently dead Prometheus in their motel room reminds heavily of how Sam lay Dean down in his bed in 8x23 “Do You Believe in Miracles”. The parallel between Prometheus and Dean here gets even stronger as once Hailey and her son Oliver enter the picture and it is revealed that he also is marked with his father’s curse of dying every day they relocate to bunker and Oliver is being put into Dean’s bed in which one he’ll also rise from the dead again just hours later.
The introduction of Prometheus as a father figure is in so far really interesting also as this loosely aligns with Cain calling Dean “his son” to whom he transferred the curse and disease much like Prometheus did unwantedly and unknowningly. It’s only then, when he realizes he has a son that he is lifted from his depressed state of mind and wants to change. He wants to save his son. And in the end he does. He does by pushing Artemis’ arrow that can kill immortals through himself and into Zeus. In the process killing himself and Zeus and lifting the curse from his son. In a few ways this moment and Artemis’ weapon reverse mirrors Dean killing Cain with the First Blade - also a weapon that can kill immortals. Much more than that though to me the most interesting thing here is that it was Prometheus’ love for his son that made him able to pull through and kill Zeus even if it demanded his own death in the process in order to lift the curse. It’s the love of a parent to their child that was playing a huge part here and I can’t just not think of 10x23 “Brother’s Keeper” here in which the memory of his mother’s love is what helped him turn around and not kill Sam.
And if all of these parallels weren’t enough yet, let me end this with probably one of my favourite lines of the episode said by Dean.
“We never battled a God curse before, hope we can break it”
he tells Sam who just looks very thoughtful at him. Oh boys, if only you had known what kind of God curse you’d try to break free from the next three seasons…