simply in season

I need a reminder of all the other times Rumple used magic to make his child love him.

There must be many of them, right? For Mr. “Magic Solves All My Problems”?

Like, there must have been many times just after he became the Dark One. I don’t remember them–I remember him using tons of magic to “protect” Bae more than he wanted, and trying to buy back his affection with gifts. I guess I’m forgetting the part at the end of Nasty Habits where he mind-wiped Bae to make him happy?

(We’ll set aside when Rumple thought August was Bae and made a tearful apology and immediately handed over the dagger, since magic wasn’t an option then–and I guess tricks and manipulation weren’t either, somehow. It’s almost like he wanted to be honest?)

Then, when Rumple found Neal again, he offered to make him fourteen years old so they could forget all the pain and pick up where they left off. But I’m almost sure Neal turned him down? I could swear that happened? And then Rumple never tried anything like it again, even when they were in SB and NL, where he had all his magical means.

Instead he went on a quest (and succeeded) in order to win back Neal’s trust and love. That did happen, right? I’m pretty sure it was in S3? And then Rumple defeated Pan without magic too. 

And then in 3B, didn’t Rumple actually turn down the chance to change time (twice!) because he knew that Neal wouldn’t have wanted him to? (I don’t remember why Neal wouldn’t have wanted to live, but whatever.) 

And then! Rumple palled around with the author, who agreed to rewrite his story even though Rumple ended up not actually doing anything to help him. But…forgive me…I think Rumple actually requested not to have Bae brought back? That he knew he couldn’t raise the dead and just wanted to have the memory that his son was proud of him? 

I mean, from what I remember, Rumple is far more likely to use magic on himself to ease the pain of losing his child (forgetting potion in the past, rewriting his memories in the AU), than to try to manipulate the kid.

But there must be a lot of times I’m forgetting.

@jams-jamming replied to your post: i’m kinda liking that they stopped hypocritically…

And one of their main problem is splitting the season into 2 parts. So they have to move stuff along faster. So the episodes are rushed. If they utilized all the episodes for this season instead of splitting them,they would have more time to explore these story lines.

I don’t think splitting the season into 2A and 2B is really the main issue here tbh. Because they could still take all the time they need to develop the story AND the characters. Which they actually wanted to do in the first place. Like, slowing down the story and concentrating more on the characters. When in fact… this really didn’t work out most of the time.

If you ask me, I think the biggest “problem” right now is: they are trying too hard to please the book fans (the way Clary acts, Jace getting more cockier, the whole angel plot, …) and to somehow still keep the show fans invested. And honestly? This is not really working in my eyes. That’s why it feels rushed and so confusing. Something that I didn’t encounter in season 1 actually.

So yeah, hopefully they will slow things down in 2B and concentrate more on their characters. And stop with ending every fucking episode with a damn cliffhanger. That really gets boring after a while. Siiigh.

The Woman in White, or How the First Three Episodes of Season 12 Redefine Winchester Relationships

You can never go home.

In the very first SPN episode ever, the Woman White’s words painfully echoed Sam and Dean’s reality of having their identities irrevocably shaped by the death of the episode’s other woman in white, the symbolic embodiment of home and safety and family unity, Mary Winchester. Her subsequent absence defined the course of the brothers’ lives as much as John Winchesters’ presence did. Fics and speculative meta have occasionally wondered what life for Sam and Dean would have been like had it been Mary and not John who had been the parent left behind. The closest we ever got to answer in canon was What Is and What Never Should Be. What has always been the most intriguing part of that episode for me was how it started to reshape Dean’s behaviour, his very identity the longer he was there. Or perhaps more accurately, how the deeply caring, and carefree aspects of Dean’s personality were brought to the surface without any Hunter-life induced hyper-masculinity interfering with his emotional expression. In fact, ultimately, it was the deep loyalty and ingrained care-giver role towards his brother that made him choose to leave a false Mary Winchester-shaped reality behind. Dean slid the mask of the hardened, devil-may-care persona back in place.

The Foundry’s monster of the week story-line, directed by Robert Singer, clearly parallel’s and mirrors 1x01 visually and narratively. Apart from the cradle flashbacks Mary has, it is a parent that has killed the children in this episode. While of course symbolically this can be read as a parallel to the way John Winchester’s ghost still has a hold on the boys, there is a more disturbing and intriguing secondary layer at work.

The return of the real Mary Winchester this season has put front and centre the question of the various WInchesters’ identities in relation to their own family; who are Dean, Sam and Mary as individuals now that the context of how they relate to each other has changed. Mary is no longer a new mommy who escaped the hunting life, but a mother of two fully-grown Hunters whose lives she never actively helped shape. She’s no longer a married woman, but a widow trying to fill in the blanks of her civilian-turned-Hunter husband’s identity through his Journal. In every stare out of the Impala window, in every hesitant, less-than-enthusiastic interaction with her boys, the loss of her identity screams painfully underneath. She’s still dressed in white, but season 1 Mary she ain’t, which is narratively underlined by the monster of the week, as mentioned above.

For Sam, having Mary in his life for the first time ever

fills in the biggest blank

Because Sam doesn’t remember Mary in any way before the YED killed her, his relationship with Mary is in many ways a clean slate. There’s no wondering how much she has changed, no comparisons to made when it comes to how she relates to him as a mother. While undeniably his identity was partly formed by her absence and how her death affected his relationship with John, Mary and Sam’s relationship is a story waiting to be written. As Dean said in Mama Mia

Dean: You know when you died, it changed Dad. I mean he was hell-bent on finding out what happened. The hunter life, it just took him over. I guess I was the same. But, Sammy– Sammy, he was different. He wanted out. 

In its fundamentals meeting her, having her in his life again doesn’t change his identity. Her absence was always a given, Of course I am not saying that Sam is not affected by Mary’s return to the living, he very clearly is, but how he relates to her on an interpersonal level is dictated solely by the present and not in the past. After all, she never cut the crusts off his PB&Js. It’s also why Sam can accept her hug at the end of the episode whereas Dean cannot. 

Which leaves Dean, the one who is always left, the little boy who wuvs hugs and refuses the one hug we all know he has craved most his entire life. Because while Mary never cut off the crusts of Sam’s PB&Js, she did for Dean, and Dean in turn, did it for Sammy. It is nothing new to state that Dean took over the caregiver role Mary was shown with as having for Dean. What has shaken me up quite a bit though, is how the first three episodes have shown us that in fact Dean may have taken on many more of Mary’s character traits than we had previously thought. And this isn’t a good thing. In this case, as Sam said, like mother like sons.

Keep Calm and Carry On made it clear Vonnegut - before always thought of as a beacon of Dean’s independent thought- is now connected to Mary as she loved the movie adaptation of Slaughterhouse-Five. One of the reasons she thought John was cute was the fact he knew every Zeppelin song, Mary’s nickname for Impala is sweetheart. Hell, even the fandom given, that Dean’s love for food and specifically pie is connected to Mary was blown to hell

Dean: Your meatloaf was amazing.

Mary: Came from the Piggly Wiggly. Sorry to burst your bubble.

Disturbingly, the first three episodes have left me with the impression that in many ways Mary Winchester’s return has re-invoked the ghost of John Winchester but in the female form. And that given this new information, Dean is as much Mommy’s little soldier as he was John’s. On the surface we’ve seen a Dean much closer to WIaWNSB!Dean these past few weeks. But this time a Mary Winchester shaped reality was taken from without having any say in it. And his mask most likely about to slide back into place

So, I’m curious to see where the season is going to take all this. Winchester identity struggles are nothing new, but this one….I’ve said it before many times, Dean needs to break with his past in order to move on (perhaps on that “nice bike” Jensen has referenced in the past as being his preferred ending for Dean riding it off into the sunset) and Mary’s rejection of him might finally have been the catalyst he needs.

Dean: You’re home now

Mary: No, I’m not

It breaks my heart for Dean, but yeah, the Woman in White can never go home. And maybe it’s not such a bad thing, for it’s the kids that are caught in the spectre of her past.

I think one of the reasons I appreciate Frank so much is that he SEES Karen.

Matt and Foggy are great guys and really do love Karen, but they never seem to notice her struggling. Last season Karen was kidnapped, almost murderered, shot a man, and dumped his body, and nobody noticed. Yes, Matt knew she was anxious and upset, but he never really followed up on it and probably had NO clue just how traumatic her previous evening was.

Karen has been through so much shit in this show. Not only does she have a mysterious dark past, but simply through seasons 1 and 2 she’s been kidnapped, threatened, and almost killed multiple times. And she does it all on her own.

Don’t get me wrong, I am so grateful that for once the “damsel” saves herself and relies on herself. But this show takes that to a whole other level, where everyone internalizes the fuck out of their grief and trauma and cries alone in the shower. I want to see these people rely on one another a little more. To share their pain, to trust each other and be honest. To at least know what’s going on in each other’s lives.

So here comes Frank Castle, who is so honest what he says disturbs people. And he SEES Karen. He knows she’s struggling, knows she has a dark past. She never told him that she killed a man before, but he’s so intuitive he probably picked that up himself by the way she holds a gun and the look in her eye when she points it at him. He can “read her soul” as his commander said. Frank acknowledges that Karen has been through shit and has SEEN her go through shit. And they bond with their mutual traumas (although they never discuss Karen’s past).

It’s just a huge relief that for once there is someone else around Karen that doesn’t think she’s just going to work and then going home all safe and sound. Who knows she’s constantly working and investigating and getting into dangerous shit. He pays attention to her in ways that Foggy and Matt simply don’t (despite caring deeply for her).

Yakai Katagiri Jin episode fan report:

During a photoshoot, when it was other members’ turn, “A-kun, B-kun, put your arm around the other’s shoulder.” In ShoJun’s case (the cameraman is careful), “Is it alright if I ask you to put your hand on the other’s shoulder?”

Sakurai’s excuse is that it’s not their attitude, but it’s because people around them are being careful with them for some reason.

Note: It’s probably lost in the translation, but the word choice for the other members’ case is very casual while for Sakumoto it’s more polite.

Matsujun according to Sakurai’s words. He really likes the team and colleagues he has worked with, a person who cherishes human bonds.


haven appreciation week | day four - favourite season

If I go into that barn when the Hunter Meteor Storm hits Haven, the troubles disappear. For twenty - seven years, they’re gone…   

larz3n  asked:

Do you have any advice for someone who's been writing for a couple years but is starting to lose confidence in their writing/ability to improve their writing?

Hey, larz3n!  Something that always helps me is to think of my creativity and writing as cyclical, like seasons.  There are naturally going to be periods of time where you don’t produce as much or don’t feel capable of improving.  Instead of worrying over it, remember that all living things need rest sometimes, and sometimes for writers that need for rest ends up looking like self-doubt and lack of productivity.  That’s ok.  It could be that you are simply in a season of hibernation right now, and that your “groove” will come back to you in its own time, if you let it.

I’ve been where you are quite often, especially with art.  I love to draw and design my own characters for my stories, but I frequently feel like I’m making no progress and when I look back over what I’ve done, I even feel like I’m worse than I used to be.  What I’ve learned is that usually, when I’m pessimistic about my art, it’s because I’m noticing mistakes and inaccuracies that I wasn’t able to notice before.  That means my eye is actually getting better, not worse, and sometimes it just takes a bit for my hands to catch up to where my brain is.

Improving your writing - or any skill, really - is a long-term journey, not just something you have or don’t have at any given time.  Just relax and have faith in yourself, and keep trying a little bit every day if you can.  Build good writing habits so that you become used to practicing even when you’re not motivated, and eventually what you produce through those habits will help build a stronger foundation for the skills you want.

Good luck, friend!

– Senga

30 Day Anime Challenge: Day 7!

7. Who is your anime crush?

Chitoge Kirisaki (Nisekoi)

Although I didn’t choose her as my favorite female anime character, she deserves to be on here somewhere. Chitoge is a kind person, and although she isn’t reserved when expressing her displeasure, you wont mind her company. She grows onto you. She is simply adorable in season 2, and we get to see her grow. She is all around a fun person to be with, someone more like a best friend than anything else. Conversations with people like her can be the most entertaining.

Who is your anime crush?