Maz giving Finn the lightsaber is noticeable for many reasons, not least of which because it happens twice and for all the Arthurian parallels surrounding the scenes.

The first time takes place just after the destruction of the Hosnia system which is what makes Finn return to Han (and implicitly to the fight against the Dark Side). At this point none of them knows that they’re about to be attacked themselves by the First Order, not even Maz.

Despite this she immediately upon Finn’s return  takes him, Han and Chewie into the cellar where she keeps the lightsaber. When she takes it out of the chest Han recognizes it and asks where she got it, she brushes him off and focuses on Finn.

Why Finn? Last she saw him Finn made it clear that he was leaving. Hosnia’s destruction marked a tentative return, but so far it is tentative. And wouldn’t Han a man who might not be a paragon, but someone she’s know for years, make more sense?

Her words as she passes it are ambiguous. “Take it. Find your friend.” And do what exactly? Give it to her? Use it to protect her? What? Recall, no one but Maz and Rey herself knows that Rey can use the Force at this point. In fact Finn is never told this in TFA.

In assorted other things the fact that Han’s attention shifts off Maz and onto Finn the moment she tells him to take it, but before she stops talking is interesting. His intent gaze on Finn as he makes the choice to take the weapon is mirrored in the second “giving” by Maz.

Maz too is looking rather expectantly as Finn reaches out and takes the lightsaber from her. The music that has so far been playing softly in the background swells dramatically the moment Finn’s hand touches the saber and mixes with the diegetic sound of an approaching TIE fighter as Finn raises the lightsaber as a young Arthur might Excalibur. The scene ends in a dramatic boom as the castle is struck just as we see Finn look at the saber with a serious face.

It is noticeable that Finn is so entranced by the lightsaber that he doesn’t seem to hear the incoming TIE. Not long before at Niima Outpost he jumped at the first sound of it, but here he’s oblivious to the noise.

Now before I go on to the second “giving” I’m going to make a small detour around Arthurian myth.

Much have been made of the Arthurian parallels in TFA. Kylo Ren as a Mordred like figure. Luke as either a Merlin or a fallen Arthur himself and of course Rey pulling the Skywalker lightsaber out of the metaphorical stone. But the Arthurian parallels have been ignored where Finn is concerned, especially when it comes to the giving of the lightsaber/Excalibur, because in Arthurian myths there are two kinds of givings of that sword. One is Arthur pulling it out of the stone which declares himself the true king of Britain, in the other it is given to him by The Lady of the Lake.

In both versions Arthur starts out as a youth of unknown parentage grown up fostered by strangers, just as Finn is. In the second versions Arthur runs into Merlin, often portrayed as an older, wiser man. Depending on the version Arthur either asks Merlin for help or about his future, in either case Merlin takes him to The Lady of the Lake.

The Lady depending on the version of the tale is either a powerful magical being or a High Priestess of Avalon. She proceeds to ask the young Arthur several question and put him through a test which he fails, but she sees that though he is not perfect he has a good heart and a true spirit. Realizing this she bequeath him Excalibur, the sword of the true king and the mark of a hero.

Maz is in a quite literal sense The Lady of the Lake. She a powerful alien, strong in the Force who has made her home on a lake.

Her initial interactions with Finn runs parallel with The Lady’s testing of Arthur, complete with Finn “failing the test” by choosing to leave. But in deciding to return to the fight Finn proves to The Lady of the Lake that he’s heart and spirit is true and so she gives him Excalibur (the Skywalker lightsaber) to wield.

That she means for him to wield it and not just as a caretaker becomes clear in the second “giving”.

When they exit the now ruined castle the dark forces are upon them and battle is joined. Maz once more tells Finn to go find his friends.

This time Finn has no intention of leaving proving him once more worthy of Excalibur and this time Maz’s words are unambiguous, she intends, and always intended, for him to be a wielder of the blade, not just a carrier.

As Finn again lifts the Skywalker lightsaber and this time ignites it, Maz look on with great expectancy clearly meant to mirror the audience. Will “Excalibur” accept Finn as its wielder? And will Finn accept the lightsaber as his?

At first we see doubt on Finn’s face, it’s an unfamiliar weapon and a Jedi’s weapon to boot. How can he wield this? But Maz believes he can and Finn is nothing if not up for whatever challenge life throws at him so he ignites it. The blade flashes to life in his hand, accepting him as a worthy wielder, and the moment it does Finn’s decision is also made. He may not be a Jedi (yet), but the sword is his.

tl;dr. There is a lot of Arthurian coding around Han (Merlin) bringing Finn (a young Arthur) to Maz (The Lady of the Lake), Maz testing him and in finding that he has a good and pure heart gives him the Skywalker lightsaber (Excalibur). The sword allowing itself to be ignited (drawn from the sheath) confirms Finn’s worthiness as its wielder.


“Many people ask me, ‘Principal Figgins, with respect, why do you have so many brass birds in your office?’  I’ll tell you why. Because birds represent the dreams to which children must inspire.  This school is a place where wings take dream, because there is no ‘I’ in ‘misunderstanding’ and teamwork builds listening.” - "Welcome to McKinley” special feature, season 1 DVDs.


Tactical Breakdown 1 / Rey (Takodana)

this post is for @ladyren (because “they’re still at war”) and for kat of-eternal-snarkness (because I see you lurkin’.)

1. Rey spots a Stormtrooper who does not see her (and is, in fact, looking in a different direction.)

2. Presumably (?) without pausing to assess the defensibility of her position, or the viability of a retreat or parley, Rey opts to draw her weapon, aim, and fire.  

3. Her blaster malfunctions (safety is on?)

4. As Rey adjusts the blaster mechanism, Stormtrooper hears this sound (?) and turns toward her.  While she readies her weapon, he opens fire.

5. Miss.  Rey returns fire, misses once, but hits and kills the Stormtrooper on the second shot.

6. Rey experiences split-second hesitation; receives encouragement (?) from BB-8.

7. She immediately turns to target and shoot at two more Stormtroopers approaching from afar (the castle, less than 100 meters distant.)  They have not yet visibly directed an attack toward her.

8.  Rey shoots and kills one, misses the second (who returns fire and advances - possibly in pursuit, possibly just to adjust firing position).

9.  Rey opts to retreat.


ANALYSIS: Party-aligned combatant uses weapon provided by party-aligned mentor to kill enemy combatants (aka: government officials) during a mission to steal top-secret intelligence in the name of an illegal paramilitary group vaguely affiliated with a legendary religious figure.

SUBJECTIVE COMMENTARY: Being The Cutest does not make Rey a cheeky neutral civillian.

Some Theories on S4, S5, and Narrative Structure

So I haven’t been keeping up with Set!lock or fandom metas… I fucked off to my main fandom not too long after TAB. But I’ve recently become Sherlock obsessed again, and I’ve finally grasped a lot of narrative structure things (shameful for a writer, I know) so I thought I’d make a predictions essay based on narrative structure.

So of course, in basic plot structure you have:

1. Hook
2. 1st Plot Turn
3. Pinch Point 1
4. Midpoint
5. Pinch Point 2
6. 3rd Plot Turn
7. Climax
8. Denoument

(7 and 8 are sometimes broken down into Black Moment | Climax | Denoument {the wrap up})

I’m working off the assumptions that they’ve got a five series arc planned, and also that M-Theory is real. (And Johnlock of course, duh.)

So this puts things something like this:

ASiP - The Hook + Inciting Incident. 
TGG - First plot point.

TRF - First pinch point. 

TSOT - Midpoint Reversal. 

TAB - 2nd Pinch. 

???1 - 2nd Pinch.
???3 - 3rd Plot Point 

???2 - Black Moment into Climax.
???3 - Climax into Resolution.

  • The Hook + Inciting Incident. John and Sherlock meet, the introduction to the series and it’s themes. 
  • First plot point. And by that I mean the real introduction to Moriarity and his evil plots that continue through the entire series. 
  • First pinch point. Pinch points are kind of difficult for me to define even now, but basically, they are there to remind you of what’s at stake. They give a character an opportunity to show what his core is, and often they give him the means to make a choice that will define him and his arc. You can also use pinch points as a reminder of the nature of the bad guy. Anyway, TRF does both. Sherlock is directly reminded of how ruthless and crazy Moriarity is while affirming that Sherlock, indeed, has a heart - and that specifically that John is very important to him. But in this stage, Sherlock is also still not comfortable communicating and still doesn’t recognize all of his emotions for what they are. 
  • Midpoint Reversal. TSOT is smack dab in what many presume to be the entire series, and you can’t get a better midpoint reversal in a romance arc than the hero marrying someone else. Midpoint Reversal means that the circumstances of the story reverse - in this case, things have been looking well for John and Sherlock throughout the series, even in TEH really, but then you have Mary knocking everything askew. 
  • 2nd Pinch. I’ve listed the 2nd Pinch here because TAB was *huge* in moving along Sherlock’s arc and showing who he really is. But I do think it’s possible that the pinch will carry over into the beginning of the first episode of S4, possibly with a love declaration of some sort, and of course, some Moriarity event. 
  • 3rd Plot Point - At the third plot point, you reveal your final piece of information. I mean, case fic is one thing for the rest of the show, but this would be the moment you reveal your final “omg” fact that you need to get you to the climax and beyond. In this case, since I ascribe to M-Theory, I think that this is when it will be revealed that Mycroft has been caught in Moriarity’s web. I also believe that Moriarity is coming back (but we’ll probably get a glimpse of him before this). It’s either Moriarity, or it’ll be a double whammy and if there’s someone behind Moriarity, that’ll come out here. I have other reasons for believing it’s Moriarity, but for the purposes of this post, it’s because you don’t change main villains in the middle of a story! It could be that Mycroft dies here, as well, possibly in a redemption arc. 
  • Black Moment into Climax. If we haven’t visited The Three Garridebs in S4, then I think they’ll be saving it for the Black Moment, and then propelling that into the Climax of the series. If Mycroft is going to die and doesn’t die in S4, then I think the Black Moment will also include Mycroft’s death after some sort of redemption arc. Note that I don’t think that Mycroft *needs* a redemption arc in terms of he’s not actually a villain - but I believe that Mycroft would believe he needs one. 
  • Climax into Resolution - This is pretty self explanatory, but I just wanted to mention that I think we’ll get some sort of ending with John and Sherlock in the country with the bees, romance firmly established. 

anonymous asked:

if the jedi is religious, should't they worship Anakin or think his existence is a blaspheme of Force? They sure don't treat Anakin like some religion meet a boy who may be their god's baby.

I think that’s one of the interesting aspects of how the Jedi as a religion plays out. Compared to say, AtLA, being the Chosen One is only an implicitly privileged and weighty position. Perhaps it’s because very few of the Jedi actually believe. Anakin, after all, is not admitted on the basis of Qui-Gon’s claims. He’s admitted because Obi-Wan is trying to fulfill his promise to Qui-Gon to train Anakin. Yoda concedes at the end of TPM that Anakin “may be” the Chosen, but continues to voice ambivalence both about what that means and whether it means that Anakin has a place among the Jedi. We don’t get any canon doctrine on that Chosen One, nor on other Force disciplines. It’s entirely possible that the Jedi may believe that a Chosen One, once created, is an actor beyond the scope of the Jedi Order, which has a specific credo and purview in the galaxy. But we also don’t get any firm declaration of belief from anyone, save Qui-Gon in TPM and Obi-Wan in RotS (though I think he’s justifying his feelings for Anakin with a good reason to have those feelings rather than truly admitting to believe).

But I think the key contrast is actually the surety. The Air Nomads know Aang is the Avatar. The Avatar has a clear sequence of reincarnation, a clear sequence of training, and an established role in society. The expectations on Aang are enormous, but the extent of his power is also well known. Anakin, on the other hand, has absolutely none of these things going for him. What should the Chosen One be trained in? Battle, meditation, healing? Why not all? Why not one that focuses his particular strengths towards the challenge at hand? What is the challenge? What is balance? If he was created by the Force in a certain way, who are the Jedi to challenge his natural inclinations? If he is a Jedi of incredible potential, who are they not to shape him?

So, I think there are some viable reasons that the Jedi would not worship Anakin. Even if the Jedi religion seemed to include worship of an entity (which I would say it does not; they respect the Force and believe it is good, but do not act in worship of it), they have little reason to believe Anakin is an extension of that entity more than others. Singling out a person as “chosen” actually seems more heretical than anything, given what we know of the Jedi, but then again, they do not generally have trouble with the idea that some people simply have more inborn ability than others. In that sense, his extraordinary power is so congruent with their beliefs that it’s simpler to deny any possible divinity or special destiny.

nostopgross  asked:

7 19 22 30 36 50 (Our great president, please. I'm sorry I know that's a lot w(:_;)w)

07: Favorite way to waste time and feelings surrounding wasting time?

(Long walks, taking care of his pets, getting drunk at night.
But he would be offended if you called those things ‘wasting time’. Not because these actually are productive activities per se, but because he doesn’t like thinking of his life as dwindling down pointlessly.)

19: What do they think about before falling asleep at night?

(Captain Belorgey. It’s inevitable because they’re often next to each other.
During the nights when he’s all alone, he usually just thinks of the day immediately to come. He takes no real pleasure in thinking existential thoughts deep into the night, so he’s eager to sleep as quickly as possible.)

22: Given a blank piece of paper, a pencil, and nothing to do, what would happen?

(He’d scribble out a message crying out for help, toss it outside (or somewhere) in the form of a paper plane, then vigorously stab his eyes out with the pencil.)

30: Reaction to sudden intrapersonal disaster (eg close family member suddenly dies)?

(His only blood family remaining is his mother and he’d be very distressed if anything of that sort happened to her, that’s for sure. But I think in a more mourning sort of way. Same with his wards and his pets, and also his servants - the latter might be surprising, but he is genuinely very fond of his staff to the extent that it would warrant the label of ‘intrapersonal’, and they reciprocate those feelings.

If disaster fell upon the Captain, though, he’d go utterly berserk.
Heads would roll, to put it simply.)

36: What makes them feel guilty?

(Existing. It’d be easier to count what he doesn’t feel guilty about.)

37: Is this person afraid of dying? Why or why not?

(Sebastian is afraid of being killed.
He’s not so much afraid of dying by his own hand - in fact, he has that as a viable and necessary contingency plan - and he has no belief in the afterlife or any heaven/hell post-death judgement. There is nothing to fear in being dead in his point of view, but he does worry that he will suffer a lot should his death be decided by someone other than nature or himself.

He doesn’t feel this way about the possibility of the Captain killing him.
In fact, I think he would welcome that. His feelings about death are… complicated.)

anonymous asked:

Can you write more of those cpd meta sets? I loved them so much!

Unfortunately, I’m in the middle of a big life transition that involves a hectic school and work schedule so I don’t know when I’ll pick up my writing again.

Until then, I’m really glad you like my drabbles enough to ask for more. 😊