it’s been such a long time since i’ve done one of these wtf ?? anyway great way of starting off i guess … . uhh okay so basically this follow forever is a THANK YOU follow forever to all the people who’ve been sticking by my side all this time. personally, i rarely follow back (and me following first happens almost never i’m so sorry djhgbdfhjgd me, a terrible person) and the people whom i’m following i’ve been following for so long i’m just? y’all brighten up my dash tbh. after having my blog deleted not once, but TWICE, while i was feeling down and considered just leaving for good so many of you helped me get up to my feet and that really helped back then.
i’m starting to ramble and that’s no good so without further ado, here i heccin’ go!!!! time to be bamboozled!!!!! / / / BOLD = amigos OR if you see yourself bolded and think ‘wtf we never talked ?? weirdo !!!!” worry not!!! this simply means that i rlly enjoy your presence on my dash - also, some ppl in bold i’ve talked to before and even tho we’re not necessarily friends it simply means that i truly enjoyed talking to u when i did and it left some mark on me and that some day we’ll definitely be in touch again … . . when my Health stops deciding to ruin all my relations dgbdfjgh
*and finally, a lil message to my friends and not only, but to everyone whom i talk to: i’m sorry for not doing so these days. life’s a roller coaster, and i find myself falling behind with each day but once everything settles down (hopefully soon) i’m really looking forward to chatting and just ?? catching up with y’all … . i really miss you and i lov u and i hope you’re all having a great time!!!! me @ y’all: treat yo self
Summary: After months of planning and preparation, the five kings finally embark on their quest to the Nether to retrieve Geoff’s soul. At the same time, worlds are beginning to collide as Midas sets about his mission to return from the End.
A developing relationship promises peace between the kingdoms - but when old fears return to haunt them, it threatens to set the kings in conflict with each other once again.
Ray stepped through the portal into the Plains with practiced ease. His stomach no longer lurched at the transition - he moved as easily as if he was stepping into another room rather than travelling thousands of kilometres into an instant.
He emerged into the throne room of the Plains castle just as Gavin arrived through the Wild portal opposite him. Their eyes met as they appeared at the same time, and they shared a smile.
“Hey,” Ray called out, “I wondered when you were gonna come. You know what Geoff wants us here for?”
“I wasn’t thinking, obviously,” he mutters as he makes his way to the nearest bench. Brooklyn follows him and once he’s seated, she pries his hand away from his face and tries to take a look at his eyes. “It’s bad, isn’t it?”
Brooklyn squints her eyes a little and lets out a sigh. “You’re gonna have a black eye for a few days, that’s for sure.”
As im sure a lot of you know I’m completely unmotivated with the game. But, I think that’s starting to change because having this little posting break made my creative juices flow and I’m actually pretty inspired! I have decided to start a new legacy, which will include Angela from the sims 2 pleasant family.
More updates will come soon! But I want to change my editing style, my sims style and everything in between so most things on my blog will be deleted. I hope you guys understand and are as excited as I am! 💖
Omg I need to start a raffle for this soon… but first I have to finish the prizes of the last raffle qwq
Sorry I’m bad at organising my things and at the moment school doesn’t give me a break to catch up my breath and I will start my projects and drawings, when all my exams will end ;-;
im gonna work on replies a bit later. in a turn of events im goin out to eat in like an hour, but the good news is i have nothing major due this week so i can catch up on replies soon, even if its not tonight exactly. bless tbh
I’m gonna get a bit busy soon because of school, and I’m not sure how much time or energy I will have on my own when I finally get home so until I graduate in november/december I might not be online much outside weekends. You can still catch me on discord though so just hmu if you are interested.
I’m still catching up on Flux Buddies, so here. Remember a billion years ago when they kept trying to do the activation ritual, and they kept failing and having to wait until midnight, and Kim started to talk about the history of Africa while Duncan wandered around in wolf form howling sadly? This is that scene.
Orphan Black and Mass Effect: Weaponized Sterilization
Clearly I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how the themes and narrative elements of Oprhan Black extend to video games. So as I watched episode 6,
“Certain Agony of the Battlefield”, I started think a lot about Mass Effect and the Krogan Genophage.
Be warned, I’m going to discuss and spoil plot elements for Orphan Black up through episode 6 of season 3 and somebrief elements of the Mass Effect trilogy. If you don’t want to be spoiled for either, this is your warning to stop reading. But I suggest playing the Mass Effect series. It’s well written and moving game play that will stick with you long after finishing it.
For the uninitiated, Mass Effect is a video game trilogy that takes place in the future. You play as Commander Shepard, an Alliance military commander that is out to save the universe from a threat known only as the Reapers. This game is very plot driven and complex so I will be focusing on one small aspect of the story: Krogan sterilization. The Krogan are an alien race in Mass Effect that are dwindling in numbers because they are mysteriously unable to successfully repopulate. Through the course of the series, the player learns that the cause of the inability of the Krogan to reproduce is due to a forced genetic mutation, called the Genophage, that causes the number of viable births to drop dramatically. Essentially, the Genophage is a weaponized way of keeping the population “under control”. While the initial goal of the Genophage was not forced sterilization, the long term effect was the same and has left the entire race on the verge of extinction.
In the most recent episode of Orphan Black, Dr. Coady touts the benefits of having a weaponized virus that would sterilize the enemy. “We could end wars in a single generation without spilling a drop of blood”. She says that it could literally “rewrite the very nature of humankind”. While Coady’s intent might be well-placed, her methods and scientific journey to get there is questionable at best and completely unethical.
In both Mass Effect and this story thread in Orphan Black, unethical science has removed the agency of others in order to stem war. In order to achieve that end, the agency of those affected is completely removed and ignored. And for Orphan Black in particular, the theme of bodily autonomy and reproductive agency of women is again highlighted as all reproductive choice is forcibly taken from them. As their humanity and agency has been ignored and removed; these women have become nothing more than a testing pool for a weaponized virus that intends to perpetuate forced sterility for those that are labeled as enemies and outsiders. Dr. Coady justifies this behavior as not only beneficial to the Castor group, but ultimately to humanity as a whole. In her mind, the ability of science to end war trumps the unethical means she takes to achieve it.
While the Genophage storyline for Mass Effect has ended, the transmittable disease that Castor is spreading, has not. There are a range of possibilities that the rest of season 3 and beyond could take us in terms of perpetuating, destroying, or curing the disease that is killing both the Castor and Leda and the numerous women that have sadly become inflicted through contact with Castor. I’m excited to see how the clone illnesses and potential for weaponized viruses play out through the rest of the series.
(Also, I’m not sure how much interest there is in Clone Club, but I’ve been thinking about posting a list of video games with similar themes, plot points, and concepts to Orphan Black. If that’s something enough people are interested in, let me know and I can make that available to everyone in Clone Club. I appreciate everyone’s notes and tags on the things I’ve written. You guys are fantastic!)
reserving my thoughts on Castle’s season 8, despite all indications that it
was going to be very different from the show I know, because I wanted to wait
and see first.
Now that we’re
four episodes into the new season, I can safely say that the show I once loved
that they broke up Castle and Beckett is not even what bothers me. I actually
think breaking them up had good story potential and could lead to an
interesting arc. Castle and Beckett’s relationship had become so “one note” and disinteresting.
There were never any major challenges or obstacles that they had to overcome
together. They were unnaturally happy all the time. There were no fights, and
even if there was any disagreement, it was never really explored and it was
either quickly brushed over or fixed by one of them throwing a corny line. All
the major milestones of their relationship were botched. The first date, the
first “I love you”, the first fight, talk about where their relationship was
going, moving in together, learning to live in each other’s space, merging
their lives together, figuring out how Beckett was going to fit into Castle’s
relationship with his daughter and the other way around, the proposal, the
wedding, conversation about Castle’s previous marriages and how this one was
going to be different, Kate wanting to learn more about Castle, like why he
wanted to be a writer, which is something that was hinted at since season 2,
and so many other milestones of what a realistic relationship would be in these
circumstances that were never really explored on the show. Even when they were,
they were sacrificed in the name of a dramatic cliffhanger, so it either didn’t
make sense or it was tainted by poor timing and bad circumstances. On top of
all this, SK and NF’s chemistry really wasn’t working. Most intimate scenes looked awkward and Castle looked more in love with Kate in s1-s4 than ever since they’d been together.
So, for me,
a shake-up was definitely needed. Breaking them up and rebuilding them from
scratch actually sounded like a good idea.
writers forget that you can’t just hit reset and pretend this is season 3. You
can’t just do a do-over. Castle and Beckett have been together for 3 years and
are actually married. This can’t be like
season 3. Having Castle play the annoying 9-year-old that chases his wife
around against her wishes is not cute or funny when you’re talking about a
grown man that was just dumped by his wife for no reason whatsoever. It just makes him look like a doormat and
worst of all, dumb. You could maybe argue that there was always a hint of a
doormat in him (which I don’t necessarily agree, but I can see the point), but he
was never dumb.