she is going to kill it

If you dislike Gal Godot for her past service in the IDF, that is entirely your prerogative. 

If you dislike Gal Godot for her support of IDF initiatives during Protective Edge, that is also your prerogative. 

I am not going to tell you how to feel about that; you are entitled to make your own judgments as informed by your personal values.

But if you use those judgments as a platform to spread falsehoods—especially ones that rooted in anti-Semitic tropes about how Jewish people are evil child murderers—then you and I are going to have a fucking problem. 

Gal Godot spent her time in the IDF as a fitness instructor, not as a sniper. She never saw combat, never shot any children, and certainly did not have kill notches on her rifle. She did not brag about killing Palestinians. She did not say “I want them all dead.”

She did make a post in 2014 that supported people in the IDF for “protecting my country against the horrific acts conducted by Hamas, who are hiding like cowards behind women and children” and tagged it with a few phrases including #loveidf and #coexistence. Now, again, maybe her support is antithetical to your beliefs, and I’m not here to lecture you on that. But no, she did not post anything about “praying for Palestinians to die quickly” or brag about killing people’s families. 

If her actual involvement with and statements about the IDF are things you find unsavoury, then fine; but if that’s the case, then you shouldn’t need to make up lies that evoke historical anti-Semitism to drive home your points. 

The things you oppose should hold up as they already are—otherwise, you’re effectively conceding that the things you don’t like aren’t bad enough to warrant your reaction on their own. 

For example, I don’t like the football player Luis Suarez because, despite being a talented goalscorer, he has a weird, creepy history of biting his opponents during matches. Now, this is a total valid reason not to like a professional athlete, so I have no cause to gild the lily. I don’t need to say “Well, actually I don’t like Luis Suarez because when he was at Liverpool he ate a Manchester United player’s liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti,” because his actual behaviour is aggressive, unprofessional, and straight up bizarre—meaning I don’t need to embellish the truth in order to be justified in how I feel about him. 

If you think serving in the IDF is bad, then just say “I don’t like Gal Godot because I think serving in the IDF is bad.” Don’t make shit up, don’t exaggerate the truth. Otherwise it looks an awful lot like you’re deliberately going out of your way to insinuate that Jewish people are evil child murderers, which says a lot more about you than it does about Gal Godot. 

On that note, please make sure that you are also holding Adam Driver accountable with equal gusto for serving in the Marine Corps and continually supporting the U.S. armed forces by boycotting the new Star Wars movies. Again, you are totally entitled to dislike the military, especially in relation to conflicts ongoing conflicts that have had horrible effects on the Middle East, but not when it’s only against the j00z and nobody else. 

12x22: Dean Winchester is going to die

Well, when I was new, I wrote a whole post about this, about how early episodes but especially 12x11 foreshadowed that Performing!Dean was going to be deconstructed by the end of the season… Fans self.

The death of Performing!Dean in this episode was BEAUTIFUL. It was EXQUISITE. I couldn’t have asked for MORE! 

I literally grabbed and punched @amwritingmeta in the leg I don't know how many times as I paused it to point and shout.

1. The Grenade Launcher

So, the grenade launcher = performing!Dean metaphor. We had hoped and boy did they deliver! Did anyone else notice, while Dean was *ahem* knocking down the seemingly unpenetrable physical walls, that, maybe it was my weird link, but it seemed to me that the flashing ‘red’ lights in the MoL bunker were decidedly pinky-purpley in colour rather than standard alarm bells red and the flashlights glowed on the blue side of white… (the MoL HQ lights are also brightly pinky-purple to keep the theme going, I mean honestly what self respecting 1950s MoL guy chose this for the bunker instead of the usual red? Please!) Just saying. 

Originally posted by ohh-bloodyhell

“It wasn’t long ago I thought we had it made. We had Cas back, we had mom back. I mean it wasn’t perfect but still…”.  This is it. Dean’s facade has been coming down all season, but at this point now, he just doesn’t see the point in holding it up anymore.

And what does Sam do? HE OPENS UP TO DEAN. He tells Dean how he feels, the reasons why he followed the MoL - that it was “easier than leading”, that he made a mistake. This enables Dean to be truthful himself, in the end, now. Again, they have had many times to reflect on their own deaths but this is another time similar to 11x23 where he can really reflect on what he has lost, and now what is that? Cas and Mary.

Dean uses the grenade launcher, that he’s been dying to do since forever, blows down the impenetrable seeming wall, saves the day. How meta do we need to go? It’s BLATANT. The choice in the colour of the lights, the dialogue, his feelings… the walls are Dean’s facade and the grenade launcher is his way of breaking it down. YES. This has been building all season and much prior to this other meta writers have said that he grenade launcher is associated with Dean’s hidden side, his bisexuality, Destiel etc… this is meta gold, THIS is a meta aspect Dabb was talking about. Toni even then parallels the tearing down of Mary’s mental wall with Dean’s physical use of the grenade launcher, just moments after. It is so well put together :D

Also, I have long believed that the bunker had to go. It represents too much the MoL side of things and the whole ‘living below ground’ thing is way too underground / metaphorically bad. For me they need a real, healthy home which is in between Bobby’s hunter house and the MoL bunker. Hopefully they will find a nice modern MoL home with kit but that isn’t so hidden above ground somewhere next season to take over and make their own :D

2. Sam the MoL leader

“Real hunting isn’t just about killing, it’s about doing whats right… I want you to follow me”. We have wanted this for Sam all season, the MoL story fits his personal arc so well (so did Eileen, still bitter), this is Sam’s endgame. Sam said just moments earlier that he didn’t want to lead, but now he is, because it is necessary and because he is good at it. I believe he will now see that this is what he wants and will work towards this for his endgame.

This then leads to…

3. Dean and Sam - ending the brodependency and Dean as Sam’s parent

Dean lets Sam go, the dialogue is amazing. “You’re ready for this… you got this” paralleled with an actual mom/daughter conversation between Jody and Alex. 

Originally posted by bridget-malfoy-stilinski-hale

Dean literally talks to Sam like a parent letting their child go off to college and I had to pause this for a long long moment to process and scream “they’re actually going there!” not even knowing what was coming next… man…

Then comes the Mary / Dean scene.

4. Dean and Mary

This was always going to be what Mary led to for Dean’s arc. After Amara had started this addressing of Dean’s facade in season 11 and Mary is basically an extension of Amara this season re: Dean (in the same way that she still has to influence Sam’s arc re: Lucifer, that is for next season). I LOVED how BLATANT and textual they made this, the actual lack of subtext because it was all in the ACTUAL TEXT! 

Firstly, Dean considers letting Toni go, which I had expected, to show the difference between our boys (morality) and the MoL as monsters.

Then… “Dad was just a shell…I had to be a father and a mother to keep him safe, and that wasnt fair, and I couldnt do it, and you wanna know what that was like? They killed the girl that he loved, he got possessed by Lucifer, they tortured him in hell and he lost his soul…But I forgive you, for everything.” MY HEART!

Ok, yeah, they did the thing, they brought Jess up 30 mins before killing the guy that Dean loves after not mentioning her for…. A DECADE? And paralleling one of the few scenes we ever saw her in with Dean/Cas too? After we already had the parallel with Dean seeing Cas when driving along, same as Sam did? So, only the scene of Sam and Jess in the bar and the scene where Dean actually meets her haven’t been paralleled now with Dean/Cas? I’M LIVING!

But seriously. The rest is exactly what we, the audience needed to understand Dean and to show casual viewers Dean’s inner angst in order to understand the facade coming down, this is exactly what Dean needed. He has come full circle, this is the start of the culmination of the end of Performing!Dean (which Jensen has no said at Jibcon will be furthered in season 13!).

Dean actually TELLS Mary in his mind that he hates her, but that he loves her. That he had to be Sam’s mother and father, and that it wasn’t FAIR. This is so important, that he didnt just say that it happend and that it sucked, but that it wasn’t FAIR and that he did not DESERVE IT.

This is Dean addressing not just his mother but how HE feels about it, how he feels about HIMSELF, that he is saying that he DESERVES MORE and has SELF WORTH. 

These are all the words I have been using since 12x01 re: Dean . I’m so happy!

5. Ketch kills Toni, Mary kills Ketch after Dean beats him to a pulp, PERFECT, Jody kills Hess, again perfect.

This had to happen to keep our boys on the ‘don’t kill humans unless they HAVE to’ side, especially after Dean considered letting Toni go. Thank you.

6. Winchester family reunion 

Sam’s forgiveness of Mary, Dean’s reaction to the happy family hug (it’s great but someone is missing…). “Who we are… we kick ass. We save the world” 

Originally posted by fangirlingtodeath513

SAM AND DEAN ARE ACCEPTING THEMSELVES THIS SEASON. In 12x09 Sam said it, now Dean says it. After all the angst this episode and for Dean all season…

This whole episode was for me the culmination of the deconstruction of Performing!Dean this season, which has been the main theme carried through on the character - driven side of things, it was beautiful.

In many ways I view this as the character - led season finale and 12x23 as the plot - led season finale (which I will post my thoughts on right up next).

I cannot WAIT to see the result of this episode come across next season. 

We have not only now Performing!Dean pretty much dead or on his way out, the Dean Winchester is going to die metaphor was fully used and was fantastic, but coupled with Cas being brutally taken away from Dean, the parallels with 2 key canon romantic couples (Sam/Jess and Cain/Colette) in this within SECONDS of each other, plus the Jibcon revelations that we will see more of Dean’s reaction to this in season 13, apparently crying (and Jared not even hiding Destiel jokes now) make me pretty much 100% convinced Destiel is really endgame now.

Aside from this we now have Dean accepting himself, his internal self acceptance arc coming to a close, Sam’s MoL arc coming up and I will touch on the other aspects of the story for Sam in the next post as they are relevant to Lucifer / Jack, and Cas’s arc too…

Season 13 is already set up for exactly the endgame I am wishing for!

Tink’s Endgame Wishlist :

- Mol! Sam (and Eileen, Chuck I’m still bitter about that though, I really hoped her death would turn out to be a misdirection). Pretty much CHECK.

- Hunter / Mol collaboration with Sam and Dean as leaders. Pretty much CHECK.

- End of the brodependency, Dean acknowledging he was Sam’s parent and letting him go. CHECK.

- End of Performing!Dean. Pretty much CHECK.

- Human!Cas and self worth and belonging for his arc. TBA probably next season, what happened this season makes no sense if not to lead to this.

- Destiel. Pretty much CHECK. (And now after seeing Jibcon and the boys just joking about it all the time? Yeah, I don’t think they have an issue with this!).

- ALL THE RAINBOWS

We Are Young: Chapter 1

Throne of Glass High School AU

Summary: Senior Rowan Whitethorn is new to town. It doesn’t take him long to get use to a new school, make new friends, even join the local hockey team. But it also doesn’t take him long to meet sophomore and figure skater Aelin Galathynius. And it doesn’t take him long to realize one thing; he can’t stand her.

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“Coach is going to kill you.”

Aelin had to resist the urge to roll her eyes. She glanced over at Nehemia, but the dark skinned beauty was too busy backing into a parking spot of the school parking lot to pay her any attention.

Uncle Orlon,” The car came to a stop and Aelin sent Nehemia another pointed look - “Isn’t going to kill me for added a little extra sugar in my coffee.” A pause. “Uncle Weylan might though.”

“There are several things wrong with your statement,” Lysandra spoke up from the back of the car. She leant forward to look at herself in the rearview mirror, fixing her hair as she spoke. “One, you got a gingerbread latte and added three extra packets of sugar. I wouldn’t call that ‘a little’. And two,” Lysandra turned, sending Aelin a deadly smile. “Coach Weylan will definitely kill you when he finds out.”

If he finds out.” Aelin smirked, taking a big sip of her over sugared drink.

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anonymous asked:

Did you catch the Samurai Jack final? If so, what did you think?

Hmm…  I was talking with @snowflake-owl about this earlier.

I enjoyed it, but I think it was rushed.  I’m also a little disappointed in the ending.

Basically, I’m torn about the pacing. Tartakovsky only had 10 episodes to tell the ending of his magnum opus with, so I’m willing to cut him some slack about weird pacing… but the fact of the matter is that TOO MUCH happened in just 10 episodes, and the pacing for it all was odd.  Character relationships didn’t have the chance to grow like they ought to have. If he knew he only had 10 episodes to work with, I genuinely think he should have altered the story of this final season (including cutting certain things) to better suit the format he was given.  It would have made for a stronger piece as a whole.  As it is, though, it feels like he tried to cram too much into too small of a space.

As for the ending itself, hmm.  It was… predictable.

And I mean that; it was predictable in every sense of the word.  One of the issues with classic “good vs. evil” stories like this is that you really need something to spice it up and make it unique.  But everything that happened in the end, from Ashi turning on Jack thanks to Aku’s influence, to Jack finally getting to the past… even Ashi’s disappearance… all of that was predictable.

If you ask me, Ashi’s death was unnecessary.  Did it make sense?  Yeah, sorta.  But Jack should have seen it coming.  Not to mention, if she was going to disappear thanks to Aku no longer being there, it should have happened right when Aku was killed… not during a deliberately-and-obviously-staged-specifically-for-heightened-drama-wedding-day-scene.

Plus – and hear me out on this – I don’t think Jack should have gotten back to the past at all.

Yes, it’s what he’s been aiming for this entire story.  But how many stories can you recall where the hero’s wants were exactly the same as his needs?  And of those stories, how many of them really stuck with you?  The fact of the matter is, Jack getting exactly what he wanted… is boring.  Now, say he didn’t get back to the past, but he did kill Aku.  What then?

Why, you’d have a samurai who thinks he’s misplaced in time, who thinks he’s failed his mission… but you’d also have a samurai who has an entire world that’s grateful to him, friends who care for him, a woman who owes him her life, and a whole lot of good left behind in the rubble after a terrible tragedy.

In life, we don’t really ever get to hit that reset button and go back to the way things were.  Sometimes, tragedy happens, and you really can’t undo it, no matter how much we’d like to.  You just gotta pick up the pieces and move on with what good you still have, and rebuild from there.

That would have, I think, made a much more powerful message for the ending of the series.  As it is, though… I’m not entirely sure what message Tartakovsky was trying to share.

Dates Gone Absolutely Wrong in Eerie Crests

  • Poppy and Parker once went on a nature trail and a couple birds flew down and Poppy was feeding them, was very cute and all until Poppy looked over and Parker was smiling through a swollen face and loud heaving with a bird on his shoulder (If you didn’t know Parker is allergic to birds)
  • Malek took Ben on a date to the beach once and it was going perfect and they saw a huddle of baby turtles running to the ocean and Ben was Living™ until a seagull came and picked one up by the head causing a crying fit for about an hour and thirty minutes from Ben
  • Anyone going on a date with Noah is just A Mistake™
  • Once Greg agreed to go on a Thriller Throwback movie date with Noah and it was already awkward being that Greg is Greg, but then the title of the first movie comes on, The Birds, and Greg quite literally has to sit there with his eyes closed for 2 hours hoping Noah doesn’t look at him and at one point he peaks out to see if it’s over and he literally lets out a high pitched shriek (Noah never lets him live it down for the rest of their lives and yes, Greg is canonically afraid of birds)
  • Ari and Phoebus went on a date to the aquarium once so that Ari could go touch the Manta Rays in the big open tank they have where the rays come flooshing by the sides and you can pet their flappy wing things. Well, Phoebus saw someones service dog walking by and accidentally bumped into Ari to go pet it, causing Ari to fall into the Manta Ray tank as they had been leaning down to touch one
  • Poppy and Sara were just snuggling one morning as a breakfast date and Poppy promised to make breakfast for the two of them, so after 20 mins of fumbling in the kitchen Poppy comes out with her toaster strudel concoction and Sara loves her too much to not eat it, but after about 5 mins Sara is barreling to the bathroom and proceeds to vomit
  • Charlie asks Paulina on a date once and they go and have a great time and the Mood For Romance™ is ripe all up until they run into the baseball team hanging out and they absolutely embarrass the shit out of Charlie despite the many signals she sends them to Go. The. Fuck. Away. and while Paulina is laughing and not looking miserable, Charlie is just dead inside because of course these Heathens would come kill her chance for romance kms kms
  • Blake and Tyler go out for ice cream and to talk about soft gay boi literature things and it’s all sweet and Blake is actually smiling and Tyler is loving it all up until Blake spots Dallas and Malek across the street, heading into the ice cream shop like THEY’RE on a DATE TOO? The mood is completely killed, and of course they come over to talk to them and Blake is 10/10 the Worst™ and just keeps trying to one up Dallas every chance he gets 
    Later Tyler agrees with Malek that they will preschedule any future dates to avoid ever seeing each other during said date time
  • Malek and Dallas once went on a camping date in The Forest and it was absolutely great and all until Malek went missing and was never found again

LMAO I’m not sorry at all these are hilarious (was the last one too soon???) honestly I’m gonna have to think of more as time goes on because these high school misfits aren’t gonna stop fucking up and acting foolish anytime soon kms Lord save them 

So here’s how I would have preferred the ending of samurai jack if they still were going for a sad ending. Have two timelines.

Jack and Ashi beat Aku in the future, Ashi realizes she has time powers but RIGHT THEN brings up if she goes back in the past with Jack and he kills Aku she would cease to exist. So they come to the sad conclusion that for her to still exist she would need to stay in the future, and Jack had to go back to save the past in a different timeline. Jack gives his thanks to his friends who came to fight for him and they all have their tearful goodbyes. 

Ashi becomes the heir to Aku’s reign and helps the destroyed world repair itself for the better with her powers. The legend of the time traveling samurai goes on for centuries.

Jack is in the past returned to his parents and people, he reached his goal finally. He is sad he could not share his happiness with Ashi, but is comforted to know that she is alive somewhere and sometime, helping to make things better for the friends he made on his travels in the future, who also get to exist in that timeline.

It’s still sad but we can feel satisfied knowing all the people Jack helped and loved don’t get wiped from existence.

Darkest Desire: One Time Thing

Don’t forget to read previous chapters! Darkest Desire Masterlist

Chapter 20

Summary: Jamie, Simon, and Negan are nearly killed by Sasha. Negan plans to go to Alexandria and you convince him to take you. You and Negan continue to fight about “saying yes” to becoming a wife. 

Word Count: 2,772

WARNINGS: Language, Violence, Smut

Thank you @une-femme-de-lettres for making the gif for me!!!

As always, thank you @i-am-negan-trash for being my beta reader and coming up with the good chapter title! 


“What the hell?” You looked up at Sasha as she pointed a gun in your face, “Sash?”

“Move!” Sasha growled as she pointed her gun towards Jamie and Simon.

“No!” you shouted, blocking her from shooting them.

“What the hell is wrong with you?!” Sasha shouted back.

“You can’t hurt them!” you pleaded.

“They work for Negan. They deserve it!” Sasha replied coldly.

“Are you saying Eugene and I deserve to die too?” You shook your head in frustration.

“Of course not! You guys are Negan’s prisoners!”

“But we’re not. We work for points,” you admitted.

Sasha became frustrated and pointed the gun back at you again. You could tell that it made her angry that you willingly worked for Negan. He was supposed to be the enemy.

“Where’s Negan?” Sasha hissed at you.  

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Magic

As promised my cute little Nessian domestic fic. To hold you over until I finish chapter 10 of Shape of you =)


Nesta was beyond exhausted. Ever since they had come home from the healer their son had been a good baby. He had been an easy baby. On a schedule to eat and sleep around the same time every day. He barely cried, he smiled at her. He loved her and his father. He was a good baby, an easy baby. Everyone was obsessed with how easy he was. So different from Elain and Azriel’s little one.

But then something changed.

When he hit the 3 month mark and his father was called to check on the camps yet again. Cassian went without a second thought, even though he promised Nesta he would be here to help her in the first few months of their son’s life. Nesta hadn’t realized it until he was gone, but their son was more attached to his father than anyone else. They had bonded and now he only wanted Cassian.

He had been gone for longer than a few days. And for the two weeks Kaden wouldn’t stop crying. No matter how hard she tried Nesta couldn’t settle him. She was running on less than 3 hours of sleep.

She had tried everything. Nursing him. Changing him. Bouncing him. She sang to him. She rocked him. She bathed him, she rubbing his wings softly the way Cassian did. She had done everything her tired mind could think of.

And yet he was still crying.

“Please,” she sighed, “please Kaden stop crying. Mommy is tired.”

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The lengths some of y'all would go to stop Palestinians from expressing their feelings and reacting to their opression in the ways they see fit. I don’t think an oppressed people have ever had to be so careful as to not offend their oppressors for our complaints and reactions to be considered valid. Ah yes, she didn’t kill Palestinian children herself, she trained Israeli soldiers to kill Palestinian children. Clearly this isn’t basically the same thing. Anyway, fuck Gal Godot, and fuck all y'all bending backwards to silence Palestinians as per usual. Having her play Wonder Woman is an offense to the character herself.

So yeah anyway, boycott the Wonder Woman movie, and fuck Israel.

kiwimel87  asked:

There's too many awesome prompts to choose from......but lets go with #34 :-)

34. I just want to see you smile again

Aaron looks dejected when he comes down the stairs, rubbing a hand over his face, shoulders tight.

“No joy?” Robert asks.

Aaron shakes his head. “She wont open the door.”

Ouch.

“It’s bad then,” Robert says. “I thought they were past all this.”

Aaron sighs, walks right into Robert’s chest, face buried in his shirt. Robert’s hands come up to rub at his back. “I’m going to kill him.”

“No you’re not. Do you want me to have a go?”

Chances of Liv listening to him are slim, but Robert’s never actually, bodily thrown Ben out of the house, so he normally has better luck that Aaron with these things.

Aaron shrugs in his arms. “Can’t hurt I guess.”

There’s roughly four hundred thing Robert would rather be doing than knocking on Liv’s door right now, most of them involving Aaron and the new rug on the living room floor, but he’s a parent now. Or something. Better to show willing.

“Liv,” he calls when there’s no response. “Let me in.”

She shouts, “Go away,” so, as expected, he’s doing better than Aaron.

He also has nowhere near as much respect for her privacy as Aaron does, so he opens the door anyway.

She’s squashed herself onto the window sill, feet up and she’s twisting a grey teddy between her hands. She looks smaller than usual and it takes a bit of the edge off the viscous look she gives him.

“Fuck off!”

“Oi, language,” he says, closing the door and sitting on her bed, keeps his distance. She’ll flinch away if he gets too close and he doesn’t want to her to have to.

She settles for rolling her eyes, looks out the window.

“Aaron’s worried about you.”

She pulls a face, gives a jerky shrug like that’s not her problem.

Robert’s at a loss. “What’s he done this time?”

“Nothing.”

“Doesn’t look like nothing.”

She looks down at the bear in her lap, he can see her jaw clench from here. “Just go away Robert.”

He braces his arms on his knees, tries to make it clear he’s going nowhere. “It might help to talk about it.”

She shoots him a dark look. “Is that what this is about? You want all the dirty details?”

Robert shakes his head. “I just want to see you smile again. You haven’t been doing much of that lately. And I’m betting it’s down to Ben. Again. So let’s try this again, what’s he done this time?”

He watches her waver for minute, the need to keep that wall up warring with the other half of her, the half that craves comfort. The half that Robert would keep wrapped up safe and warm somewhere if she’d let him.

“He shagged Gabby.”

Robert nods, that’s old news. “I know, yeah.”

“No, I mean. Again. Last week.”

Robert feels his mouth drop open. He was lucky to still be alive after last time, Aaron might actually kill him.

“Seriously?”

She nods. “Please don’t tell Aaron,” she says, voice small. “I don’t want everyone knowing.”

Robert feels exhausted, suddenly. Too old and too tired for all of this.

He gets up, crosses to her at the window. “Come here,” he says, pulling her into his arms.

The worst thing about it, is that she doesn’t even put up a fight.

He presses a kiss to the top of her head, breathes her in. She’s been smoking again, he can’t say he blames her.

“I shouldn’t have had him back last time,” she mumbles against his shoulder. “I’m such an idiot.”

Robert winces, that cuts way too close to home, even now. “Well,” he admits, “You haven’t exactly had the best role models when it comes to that have you?”

“You guys sorted it out though.”

“We were lucky.” They were, it’s taken years to get back even a shred of the trust they had before, months of arguments and distance no matter how many times they promised they’d work it out. It’s been worth it, but it hasn’t been easy. There’s no way Robert could have managed it at seventeen.

He’s probably the worst person in the world to be offering advice about this, so he just keeps holding her.

She lets him.

POTO STOCKHOLM - CAST

PETER JÖBACK: So… I expected to maybe like him better than I did? Cause I like what he brings to the role, how he talks about it, I like so much *around* the actual interpretation and performance. But was kinda underwhelmed. Or, I liked his Phantom. Quite a bit, in fact. But I didn’t *love* his Phantom.

So, OK, his Swedish Phantom was definitely the most solid of the lot. He sounded more comfortable singing in his mother tongue, not forcing an accent, which made him less twangy. A very good thing. Also, he seemed to maybe have more leeway with the acting specifics, which made him add some discrete ad-lib-ing moments. And yet…

Though his Phantom was solid in so many ways, I still had the feeling of seeing more of a caricature? Like, more Phantom Manor than Phantom of the Opera. More how he thought the role should look than what the character is. Everything seemed just a *bit* exaggerated. And frankly, though he probably sung his heart out, I didn’t quite feel he had the voice to nail it. Like, he has the range, but not the booming quality. You can do elements of kitsch if you have the voice to justify it (Ian Jon Bourg, Scott Davies). But with a good voice with pop phrasing, you better keep the acting on the classy or classical side, so there is a balance. But he went for exaggerated hand gestures, lots of bent knees, and not fully justified moments, paired with a good voice with a pop approach.

All that said, I saw two slightly different performances from him. One Friday evening, where he clearly struggled voice wise, shifted way too much between chest voice and falsetto, and rather devastatingly missed the high note in «Down Once More». Also finished MOTN long before the orchestra. I was like «???». I remembered him as vocally much better. Turns out he is. That performance was either an off-night or just low energy. On the Saturday matinée he seemed more secure, with steadier voice, longer notes and also not missing any key notes. Was very happy to see him a second time and see that he handled the score fine.

I quite liked him in the Mirror Scene, the Phantom’s curse, as Red Death and in the Final Lair. Those were stand-out scenes for me. Those are also scenes where you expect the larger-than-life acting. His MOTN in the Saturday matinée was also quite nice, and he did a gorgeous «soooaaaar».

His Final Lair was definitely the most interesting one. He stumbled around stage with bent knees, was quite unpredictable, and displayed some fine acting. I also loved his added «NEEEEJ!!!», pronounced like a small, spoiled child experiencing someone taking his toys away. He did it three times; one after Christine throws the wedding veil at him, once right before letting Raoul loose of the magical lasso, and I can’t remember the third one. It was a good detail.

Yet, I stand by what I wrote above, about his Phantom feeling like a caricature at places, and that he has too much of a pop sound in his voice. Things I thought could be done differently. But all in all a solid Phantom, a good voice, and the sole reason this production came to be, probably. I was very happy to see him twice, to see how he might do stuff differently the second time, and to get a feeling of what his Phantom was all about. And it should be added that he had good chemistry with Emmi Christensson.


EMMI CHRISTENSSON: WHAT. A. GEM!!!!!!! Gorgeous, soaring, clear, bell-like, strong voice. A nuanced and detailed portrayal. So beautiful on stage.

I saw her as Cosette in the Norwegian tour in 2014, and adored her voice. I’ve heard clips from her London run as Christine, and loved it. So obviously I was hyped to see her live in Stockholm. But she was WAY better than I imagined. She had moments of very nervous, distressed emotions - not quite on the level of Anna O’Byrne, but still distressed. Kinda hammering the palm of her hands over her ears in the WYWSHA intro is one example, desperately trying to kill the voices. She also looked so perfectly innocent on stage.

Standout scene for me was WYWSHA - the whole thing seemed so genuine and so in despair. Instead of going for «listen to the grandeur that is my voice», she took it down a notch, displaying Christine’s grief and solitude. It was really nice. A bit similar to Mia Karlsson in Copenhagen. TOM was also a thing of beauty. Such a gorgeous voice, so feather light and pleasant and yet with a strength, especially the upper notes. TOM was a scene I never wanted to end, in large because of her voice, but also because of Anton Zetterholm’s acting, and because of the GORGEOUS World Tour Elissa skirt. Baaah.

Also, the Swedish translation of «The tears I might have shed for your dark fate…» is one of my favourites out there, and was extremely well delivered by Emmi C: «Du kunde fått förståelse och stöd. Men nej - jag kunde se dig DÖD!» (you could have gotten understanding and support (from me). But no (now) I could (happily) see you DEAD). That’s strong words.

All in all, Emmi Christensson really is one of those ultimate Christines. I loved her portrayal, I adored her voice, I loved many of the details, and she totally looked the part. And she’s Swedish too. Can’t beat that combo.


ANTON ZETTERHOLM: Due to a very Copenhagen-esque directing in the Swedish revival, Anton Zetterholm did have moments where he reminded a bit of Tomas Ambt Kofod. And y’all know that will never be a bad thing, as Kofod is probably my all-time fave Raoul.

That’s however not to say that Anton Zetterholm was a blueprint. He had moments where I got the feeling he tried to imagine why Raoul reacted as he did. For example, a more unique detail was exactly HOW bored Anton’s Raoul seemed to be during TOM, tapping his fingers, looking around, mostly looking like he wanted to leave. When Mme Firmin looked through her binaculars, he seemed to get curious and borrow them from her, only to discover it’s CHRISTINE, and then he is on fire, leading up to his sung lines. The change from utterly bored to super exited was more pronunced than I’ve ever seen it before. Really, REALLY good acting. And also kinda justifying the Phantom’s raging «slave of fashion» - this Raoul isn’t really into music, he’s only into Christine. Though not because the rest of Paris is. Rather due to their childhood friendship.

He also had fine moments in «Little Lotte», where he perceived what Christine told him so innocently and so different from what she intended. He wasn’t brushing her off, but appearing to think she was talking allegorically, but then getting down to business - food, catching up over dinner, the joy of meeting his childhood friend again, the joy over her triumph and her success.

Last, but not least, he really REALLY fought that magical lasso in the Final Lair. I was about to write “like his life depended on it”, which I guess is quite suitable for the role of Raoul in that moment…

And on the shallow side: so cool to see a blonde Raoul. Costume design (and slightly Barton) coming alive!

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I’m just thinking that tomorrow we are going to get a clip of Sana in her house and Yousef is going to be there and instead of it being all light and bright like in the beginning it’s going to be somber and muted like today with the lack of sunlight in the clip. She is going to see them in the living room and it’s going to be a whole aura of somberness (maybe except on Elias..) but tomorrow will be total kill for those Yousana shippers… aka me.

Of course they would kill the black woman who’s only inherent purpose was to give the main male character a son. And make him better? But she doesn’t get to be a really accomplished doctor like how she was in the first season? She just exists to further his emotional development and give him a legacy. Ugh *eyeroll into forever* I literally said cut off Quinn’s head, there’s no way he’s dead because that’s how these darkedgy shows go. Oh you think there’s a happy ending? THERE ARE NO HAPPY ENDINGS IN THE POST APOCALYPSE BECAUSE EVERYTHING IS DEPRESSING AND BROODING. Like why bother to write shows like this when all I’m getting is just humanity should kill themselves because there’s no point?? No matter how hard you try or how good you are you just die. Bajie could’ve stayed and surprise attacked Quinn and they’d all be fine but NO. UGHGHGHGH.

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How good does Schneider look here?

It’s interesting to see Schneider as the lead here, or one of the leads(Till obviously being gang leader here)

That shot of them standing by the chair waiting to ‘welcome’ him is genuinely sinister.

There ain’t no party like a Rammstein party.

Paul being an adorable goof as always.

No, it’s fine, I’ll just wait by the car, unarmed.a mere fifty yards away from a gang of murderous mobsters who despise both of us, and whom you’re obviously going in to kill.. No, they won’t be at all pissed off. No, of course nothing will go wrong…

I wonder if this is how that guy they tied to a chair at the festival felt.

At least she got dumped in style.

I know people complain about this song being overhyped, but it’s still a favourite for me. I love how the guitars builds like a wall,, and Till’s deep,soaring vocals in the chorus are incredible. Also who knows how many Rammstein fans it’s created.

anonymous asked:

We can only hope Isak messages Sana later saying that Eva told him she'd left the Bus... and maybe also say that she doesn't need to be sorry about the fight again.

please, i would kill for isak messaging her…or someone else that really cares too whats going on with her rn

Aria's File

Whatever is in Aria’s file, Ezra won’t pick Nicole regardless of what it is because we’re talking about a man here that didn’t care she KILLED someone. What the hell could be worse than that? Please. Let’s be realistic here, y'all are getting your hopes up for something “shocking” when in reality it’s going to be some stupid shit. It will probably be an abortion or a miscarriage (which is more likely) or once again stupid shit. I’m seeing theories where Ezra is related to whole Hastings fiasco bullshit. Like really? OR AD is bluffing and when they mean by Ezra going to jail they might mean he reacts in way where he can end up in jail. Don’t even come at me because it’s my opinion.

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anonymous asked:

Hi guys. I don't know how to go about this but i need to get something off of my chest. I've been questioning my gender for a year or two, and my mom isn't really the most accepting of LGBT+. I tested the waters a bit by asking what she thinks about gay and trans people, and she reacted badly. Told me only feminine men and masculine girls are gay and that being gay is dirty. And that trans people are sick. She also said she would kill herself if i turned out either. Any advice?

Literally? Do not give a single FUCK about your mother. If she’d honestly rather DIE than have a trans child she’s not worth anything. You’re not required to love your mom.

anonymous asked:

So, that was a moon and sun concept right...? I mean... My delusions are going crazy since the whispers of IHQ, I feel like she has lowkey confirmed camren all day long. Also,❤️ Camila!!! ❤️ You're doing amazing sweetie!!! That was awesome and I couldn't be more proud of my baby!!! 🔥🙌🏼

It was definitely the sun and she killed it! So proud 💕💕💕

mugetsu2777  asked:

If you had the chance to rewrite the Samurai Jack ending, how would it go?

Ashi killed Aku using the sword before sending Jack back to his own time with the sword. Jack hesitates for a moment wanting to share one last moment with her but she doesn’t let him and quickly sends him away. Jack defeats Aku in the past, and quietly reflects with some regret that Ashi was unable to come with him.

Then, some time later, as he is helping rebuild his kingdom and the people recover, he bumps into a woman who looks very familiar to him. She was carrying a bowl of fruit that falls as they go to pick it up, their hands brush and Jack looks up into the face of Ashi. Except this is Ashi who was born in the past with her six sisters giggling behind her. Jack is stunned for a moment then smiles, asking for her name and proceeds to have a friendly talk with her as they gather up the fruits. Before they depart ways, Jack asks if he might see her again. Ashi shrugs, saying perhaps they will and it was nice talking to him.

That’s how I would’ve ended it anyways. With the universe righting itself in this timeline and adjusting to changes and ripples made within it. And maybe, it decided to be kind in giving Jack for this one thing. Another chance with Ashi.

(I’m fine with the ending we got but still too bittersweet for my tastes. But eh, I accept it.)