This is an afterthought of my last post but it just occurred to me - what if with a stance of ‘our imagination is weirder than most’ it meant we could comprehend more? Like Species A is used to having to hide their real forms from most other species because it either blinds or harms them to comprehend it - but to us it’s fine (obviously even we’d have limits but to most it’s baffling we’d have tolerance at all)
listen don’t get me wrong i love epic fantasy and sci-fi but it is very very important to me that we get fantasy & sci-fi on a smaller scale as well. i’m tired of reading about the Special Person Who Will Save The World. that’s not relateable. i want to hear more stories about bit players on the world stage! a traveling theatre troupe of goblins struggling to write a new play, two rival families of smugglers living on the same space station transport hub, a rom-com about a young hedge witch, a coming-of-age story about a dryad
I found this note inside this book that I randomly came across and have been wanting to read while I was exploring this awesome library in the city.
First, this note is so touching and is such a good & wise message to just randomly find in a book (I don’t know if this has anything to do with the book though, but still appreciate the message). Second, the library has 4 levels and incredible scenery of the city! And there are plenty of study spaces, so I think I’m going to spend some more time there studying. 😄
I think what gets me about Rogue One is that for the first time, we have a Star Wars movie that feels like we’re witnessing a war.
The body count is high, characters we come to know and love die violently and suddenly, there’s children caught in the crossfire, nameless soldiers get slaughtered left and right, characters suffer from PTSD, the heroes do shady shit like assassinations and sabotage, you feel the Rebels’ fear of the Death Star, and so on.
Like, you never really felt the cost of war in the other 7 movies. Yeah, there were battles but for the most part, you were watching a fun, escapist sci-fi movie. But Rogue One is a wake up call in that while this is still Star Wars, wars have prices to pay. It’s not all fun and games when you have to actually consider all the deaths and destruction that comes from war.
alright. so irl, donnie’s first language is cantonese, not mandarin, and he has a (really cute, sometimes fumbling) accent when speaking the latter.
consider the following: chirrut and baze are from different parts of jedha and speak their respective space-chineses. when they both start training at the temple, they learn basic but also each other’s languages, although baze is a much better teacher than chirrut so chirrut ends up trilingual whereas baze mostly just knows how to swear and order food in space-canto
If You’re Mad About Fantastic Beast’s Whitewashing of Harlem, Why Not Watch Timeless?
So, it’s a brand new time travel show on NBC; still finding it’s feet but I swear every episode has been better than the last and I’m so excited to see where it ends up.
1. The incredibly gifted Malcolm Barrett plays Rufus. Rufus is a flawless human being. He’s sweet and smart and awkward and scared shitless but keeps trying even though he’s in way over his head. He gets at least one positively epic moment per episode.
2. Race is brought up in every single episode, because Rufus has his own perspective on historical events and the show bothers to treat that as relevant. His white teammates, Wyatt and Lucy, are made aware of their white privilege while time traveling (for example, in the Lincoln assassination episode, Lucy is constantly reminded that the racial issues she can see in abstract terms are personal to Rufus).
3. Frequent encounters with historical POC, from Colored Regiments to Black Panthers to Shawnee chieftainess Nonhelema (god, I was so sure that episode was going to disappoint me with Scary Indians TM. Then they were like, “Nope, gonna teach you about this amazing Native woman who you never heard of and also portray her grievances with the white invaders as totally legitimate.”) The show constantly reminds us that POC were also doing things throughout history and those things were important.
4. In modern time, all of the main cast back at base are POC. Two are WOC.
5. POC in the background. When the background is mostly white except for a few Black servants, at some point it will be pointed out that this isn’t because white people are “normal” but because segregation/discrimination was a thing. When the setting was actually diverse, they show that. Like in the Alamo episode; it had many white American and white immigrant defenders, but also some Mexicans and Blacks. Your average portrayal would completely ignore them. On Timeless, they explicitly talk about the free Blacks in Mexico. Even when Crockett or Bowie is talking, the background still has Black and Hispanic actors.
6. I kept worrying that they’d start out well, but eventually sideline Rufus and focus on just Wyatt and Lucy, especially since they initially bond more with each other while he is very protective of them. But recent episodes have also had them fighting to save him, the whole group bonding more and Rufus consistently getting the most interesting characterization and storylines.
In conclusion, in addition to being a fun sci-fi adventure it’s sci-fi that remembers to treat POC like a normal part of history. Please support it so it stays on air
A quick introduction to some new OCs I’m working on! Before I graduate, I want to create a very short, 10 page max comic about them
The premise is that in the future, humans have begun to colonize other planets, and have found one that is less technologically advanced so they “”””civilize”””” the native population (much like what the Europeans did to the Americas.)
After a couple generations, that planet becomes an intermediary station for research and a place where travelers stop at before continuing to other planets. Whether one’s a human or alien determines their social class, so eventually there’s an uprising to take back the planet