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A CONCEPT

After Figgis has been vanquished (Gina’s words), Terry books the whole Squad in at some average motel overnight with the wad of cash Captain Holt borrowed from his neighbor Ruth. They’re all exhausted, sweaty, bruised up, and in desperate need of sleeping for 48 hours straight. Holt’s leg has been bandaged and hes finally able to lie down, Hitchcock and Scully go looking for food and find them all a bucket of ice, there’s probably a delightful thunderstorm raging outside – the works.

So Jake and Amy are finally Alone in their motel room, peeling off their sweaty clothing, Jake flopping facedown onto the lumpy mattress. He curls onto his side and Amy joins him, and on instinct he reaches his arms out and pulls her to him, curling around her in a hug. They’re still on top of the sheets. They haven’t properly kissed yet, and even their earlier hug was cut short, and now Jake buries his face in Amy’s neck and winds his arms around her, breathing deeply in synch with her as she does the same.

There’s a loud bump outside their room door.

And then, whispered:

“Ow!”

“Charles! Shhh! They’ll hear!”

“Both of you dumb dumbs shut up or I’ll lose this bet.”

(At a much louder pitch)

“WHAT are you all DOIN’ out here?!”

“Sarge!! Shhhh!”

“Charles bet that Jake and Amy were gonna share a tender reunion kiss and Gina had to prove him wrong.”

“Diaz, you /snitch/”

“Everyone, shhh, I think I can see through the door jamb!”

“Shut /up/, Charles”

“This is a HUGE INVASION of their PRIVACY!”

“Yeah, but I’m gonna win this bet”

“Uuuuungh, Rosaaaa”

A pause.

“What did Diaz bet?”

“That they’d fall asleep on the mattress hugging like losers.”

Jake, whose nose is almost touching Amys, looks at her drooping eyelids; they burst into giggles.

And … fall asleep on the mattress hugging like losers.

(The tender reunion kiss happens around seven am the next morning whilst everyone is still asleep, in the filtered sunlight coming through the blinds. So does Gina’s “bangin’ life-affirming sex” concept, which she declares loudly in the car was Completely Correct and Valid.

Rosa takes great satisfaction in collecting her winnings.)

no but consider this: asexual aziraphale and crowley 

asexual aziraphale and crowley viewing sex as just another of those quirky little things that humans do, like touching their mouths together and sending each other flowers

asexual aziraphale and crowley slowly slipping from friendship to something else and losing track of when the line was crossed

asexual aziraphale and crowley moving into a cottage with two bedrooms until the extra bedroom gradually becomes unnecessary

asexual aziraphale and crowley sharing inside jokes that date back millennia 

asexual aziraphale and crowley trying sex and deciding that, while it’s an enjoyable way of passing the time, it’s nowhere near as good as that salmon and watercress mousse they do at the ritz

asexual aziraphale and crowley arguing over whether to celebrate their anniversary on the day they met, or the day they formed the arrangement, or the day they first kissed, or the day they started living together

asexual aziraphale and crowley sharing a kind of ancient, almost telepathic understanding that’s infinitely more intimate than a mere slotting together of body parts could ever be

asexual aziraphale and crowley

A short, bulleted essay about the effect of media on our thoughts and why Brooklyn 99 is a Very Important Show

Howdy folks. As you all are probably aware of by now, I started watching Brooklyn Nine Nine and it sort of … all spiraled downhill from there. No, kidding, that was a joke to break the tension. But yeah, I started watching and couldn’t stop. And, in trying to figure out why, I noticed something. 

It didn’t chafe me. It didn’t set off alarm bells in my head.

Too often, I’ll start a movie or book or show that will be entertaining, enjoyable even - but then, there’s always a line, or scene, or character, or moment that has me doing a double take. That has me cringing internally. Something that’s wrong, something that’s off, something that I don’t think is necessary. It bothers me, it irks me, and it discolours the entertainment experience I’m having. And yet, every time, I push that feeling away because I’ve resigned myself to the fact that these things will appear in the media I consume, and I might as well take what I can get, because it’s either that little irk or a blatant, in-my-face smear of disgusting and (for lack of a better word) problematic attitudes. 

But it didn’t happen this time. And I was so refreshed

While the show itself can be pretty goofy, and at times even childish, I much prefer it to any of the other “more adult” media content I’ve consumed. Why? Because it didn’t have those little irks.

Not only did it not have irks - it had the opposite of irks. It had - has - anti-irks. It actually soothes the irks from the other shows.

That was partially in jest. But no, seriously. A while ago, when I’d first started watching, someone sent me an ask that read “aren’t there so many things to love about Brooklyn 99?”

And so, because you all know my love for lists, I decided to make a list. 

1)      Let’s start with the biggest one: its incredibly diverse cast. We’ve got a cast of seven characters consisting of two black men, one of whom is gay; three women (not counting secondary characters) two of whom are Latina; and two white guys, one of whom is Jewish (Hitchcock and Scully are mostly background, so I’m omitting them from the “main” cast. If their names don’t appear on the little intro, they’re not major characters). Of the seven main characters, four of them are POC. Two of those four are female. But here’s the thing – in each and every case, the audience is aware of the characters’ background without it being a topic that is either a) made the butt/punchline of a joke, b) blatantly mentioned and brought up like it’s something unnatural or strange, or, c) completely ignored. In all of these cases, the race, sexual orientation, ethnicity and culture of each individual character is treated as something normal, natural, and respected. It can be and is part of their motivation as a character, but it isn’t the be-all, end-all of their personality (in the case of Holt, for example, the constant discrimination against him as a black gay police officer is a driving force in his decisions and attitude while not completely encompassing and/or diminishing his complexity as a character in his own right). It is never seen as unimportant, and yet simultaneously it’s made known in a gracefully, bordering-on-subtle way that – and here’s the important thing – normalizes it. This show makes the harmony and love between a precinct full of people from all different backgrounds normal and natural and a good thing.

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Anyway I’m constantly thinking about the fact that Raymond Holt spent his entire life being discriminated against unfairly and treated unjustly because of his race and sexuality - belittled, left out, flat-out discriminated against, disrespected, ignored, dismissed, and held back in his career for years - and he finally gets his own command, finally, and I bet he’s ready to be shat on again, ready to fight to earn his detectives’ respect. 

And instead he gets a precinct full of people who (even at first when they chafe a little at the change in command), despite their weirdness and quirks and screw-ups, not only accept him immediately for Who He Is, but stand up for him with regards to Who He Is, and also hold a huge deal of respect and admiration for him, as a person and a commanding officer. Jake sees him as a father; Amy’s literally over the moon about him always, and is desperate from the very beginning for him to mentor her; Rosa respects him and his leadership and advice without preamble; Charles looks up to him and tries to find ways for them to “bond”/is desperate to draw similarities between them; he’s one of the only people whose opinion Gina genuinely cares about and whose approval and encouragement she seeks; and Terry’s been there for him right from the get-go, loyal and ready to fight on his side, simultaneously respecting and caring for him/his well being a great deal.

Like??? That’s so amazing??? That’s SO WONDERFUL?? That makes me incredibly happy and honestly the worst thing Wunch could have possibly done was to take that away from him so harshly and in conclusion what Jake did for him, bringing him back, fighting to bring him back, was so - such a. Such an important thing to do and it only further proved that love and loyalty and care and devotion and I am so happy that Holt is back because honestly honestly he deserves this love and care he deserves to be looked up to and admired I’m just I’m okay I promise.