okay but can u imagine ronan waking up to a bouquet delivery service making its way down the Barns' mile-long driveway. ronan thinks its adam and gets all excited, and his expression dips into anger/disappointment when its not. "who the hell are you?" "your house is goddamn impossible to find, did you know that?" says flower guy. "google maps was no help. had to call the sender to give me directions over the phone." which does not explain who the hell he is at all "sender??" ronan asks (1)
“right right gimmee a sec” flower guy says, sliding open his back door and rummaging among like A BILLION bouquets and ronan is already combusting bc shit shit shit parrish got him FLOWERS what a sappy piece of shit and the flower guy pulls out a beautifully wrapped bouquet and when ronan looks down in the wrapping its almost all green. there’s moss and small knotted twigs and braided strands of grass and ferns and the only real flowers are a single pink rose and some puffs of baby’s breath and the entire bouquet screams CABESWATER which is the closest way adam parrish would have to say LOVE and ronan is reeling and his heart is pounding and the flower guy’s like “yeah this is definitely the weirdest bouquet ive delivered all day” and then continues to stand there like waiting for ronan to give him a tip or smthing and so ronan (still in a daze) reaches into his wallet and pulls out a random bill (probably like a 50, that rich asshole) and chucks it at the guy and then ronan says something like “get your fucking phone updated” and practically runs inside bc his face is burning. he’s gotta go dream up a vase to put this tiny ecosystem in and then think of the perfect valentine’s day gift for adam, now.
I feel like people are forgetting how great this show is so I want to remind you all that:
Mystique was literally every new character and every other villain
I’m not kidding. New student? Mystique.The principal? Mystique. That Scottish punk rocker? Mystique.
That bird? Also Mystique. If someone is not a main character then they are Mystique.
Sometimes if someone is a main character they are still Mystique, like the episode where it turns out that Professor X was Mystique for the whole season
Magneto menacingly twirls paperclips in the air in like half the scenes
Magneto refuses to stand and instead floats at all times, even if it’s just an inch above the ground
Magneto is only shown as a helmet hiding in the shadows for the entire first season
Storm is boss as hell and was worshiped as a goddess when she was younger
There was an episode where all of the girls lowkey started a gang and tore shit up and kicked the asses of villains more effectively than the entire X-team did for the whole series???
Wolverine and Sabretooth fought every time they saw each other. In the mall? On top of a parking garage? While on motorcyles? Fight WITH THE MOTORCYCLES? Like they could literally smell one another miles away and they would run through the whole city just to fight one another, it’s ridiculous
The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants crashed a high school soccer game once
Everyone in the Brotherhood is a sassy asshole and I love it, esp Quicksilver
Professor X is completely unfit to supervise children but people keep giving him their children to supervise
Including his own son, whom he, predictably, also failed to supervise
There was an episode where hunters caught Beast because they thought he was Bigfoot
Right before Jean was going to confess her ~feelings~ to Scott Mystique fucking kidnaps him and throws him to wolves in the desert lol. Professor X also refused to believe another fucking telepath when she said Scott was in danger
One of the characters joins a cabal of sewer mutants after he is disfigured by drinking soda that functions as mutant poison
Magneto had some secret headquarters at a ski resort
Blob knows how to make radish roses
The show is surprisingly positive and has great female characters and also some really good commentary about marginalized groups???
It’s also really true to the comics and does a lot of great side characters justice
Wolverine is like two feet tall in the show, just like in the comics, he’s a great angry munchkin tbh
Black history month day 22: Renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson.
Benjamin Solomon “Ben” Carson Sr. was born in Detroit, Michigan on September 18, 1951. When he was eight, his parents separated and he moved with his mother and brother to his mother’s sister’s home. Carson’s mother struggled with severe depression, resulting in several psychiatric hospitalizations and an attempted suicide. She was however very involved with her sons’ education, limiting their time watching television and requiring them to read and write book reports on two library books per week.
Carson had dreams of being a doctor since he was eight. He did well in school and scored very highly on the SAT for the Detroit school district. When it came time to choose a college, he narrowed the choice between Harvard or Yale, but could only for the $10 application fee for one school. He chose Yale after seeing them win a televised G.E. college bowl against Harvard. He received a full scholarship. Later he attended medical school at the university of Michigan and was excepted into the neurosurgery program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Carson was the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Maryland from 1984 until his retirement in 2013. He was indisputably a pioneer in neurosurgery, his achievements including performing the only successful separation of conjoined twins joined at the back of the head, the first successful neurosurgical procedure on a fetus inside the womb, and the first completely successful separation of type-2 vertical craniopagus twins. He also developed new methods to treat brain-stem tumors and improved techniques for controlling seizures. At age 33 he became the youngest head of pediatric neurosurgery in the country. He has written over 100 neurosurgical publications and received numerous accolades, including over 60 honorary doctorate degrees, dozens of national merit citations, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States.
Behind the Scenes of The Poison Sky / The Sontaran Stratagem (Part Five)
Excerpts from the DVD Commentary with David Tennant, Russell T. Davies, and producer Susie Liggat:
RTD: Do you know, I’ve always wanted to ask you, David. When you get a script what do you do? From scratch DT: I read it. RTD: Yeah, but… DT: I just read it to read it the first time. And then I’ll read it and I’ll usually mark it up, which is literally just underlining my bits RTD: Yep yep yep DT: Which is the first stage of learning it, I suppose, and then you just read it again and you go over certain scenes. Depending upon how much time you’ve got, whether it’s a script that you’ve had a few weeks in advance or whether it’s one of the ones that creep in at the last minute RTD: [laughs] Like they do DT: …for whatever reason. Sometimes you have to sort of just buckle down and start learning specific scenes if a schedule is in front of you… RTD: Do you have to learn it according to the schedule DT: Yeah, you do. RTD: Sort of going, “Right, all of the UNIT scenes are first so I’ll learn those first” DT: Yeah, yeah RTD: That’s hard, isn’t it? DT: Well, it’s easier than just learning it chronologically, because you’re just kind of keeping up with the schedule as it comes RTD: Because it always strikes me, and actually everyone always says this, that you come to read-throughs incredibly prepared. Do you, or are you winging it? DT: Weeellll, it’s somewhere between the two, I think. I think probably as the years have gone on, I enjoy winging it a bit more RTD: Right DT: Because I think it can be a bit more… sometimes you can over-prepare things, I think. RTD: Yep DT: and I think when we started I think I probably, sort of, would come to the read-through having practiced [ RTD & SL laugh ] DT: having made some decisions. As time goes on it’s better sometimes to… especially when you’re meeting actors for the first time and responding to what they do for the first time, if you’re less… Because the first read-through, you’re sitting there thinking… and everyone… all the BBC bods come up from London… and we did three scripts! We did The Christmas Invasion, New Earth, and School Reunion in one day and I’d never read The Doctor out loud before SL: [ gasps ] How frightening! DT: …and there’s all these people, all these bods coming up from London to kind of… and you’re just sitting there thinking, “I’m going to get sacked!” RTD: [ big laugh ] DT: That’s all you’re thinking. So you’re very precious about it, and I think as time goes on you begin to feel slightly more confident of your position, and you think, well, it’s more interesting, actually, to maybe be a bit looser with it. A bit freer with it. RTD: And when do you learn the lines? Is it late at night? Is it first thing? DT: Just as you go. Weekends a lot… you know. SL: Because you are extraordinary. I can say, I’ve worked with you now virtually solidly for four years - on Casanova and then on to this… DT: Yeah, yeah. That’s true, that’s true SL: …so I have seen HOURS of television with you [ DT & RTD laugh at how she dragged out the word “hours” ] DT: Hours of it! RTD: Sound a bit happier about that! SL: Hours of Russell’s great writing! [ waiting for the laughing to die down ] SL: No! What I’m going to say is, I think in all that time, in all those days and all those lines, I think you’ve probably fluffed twice. You know, it’s extraordinary, you are extraordinary. RTD: That’s cursed it! DT: Yeah! SL: No! You really are - at learning your lines RTD: You are, that’s true DT: It’s the homework, isn’t it? You’ve got to do the homework. SL: Well, you say that but you know some people don’t. It’s brilliant - you are a great leader by example. DT: I think you’ve got to. I think we’re in such a privileged position, and I don’t want cameramen standing around waiting for me to remember my lines, you know? RTD: But also it is a skill of yours, actually. Actors who have learned their lines, who’ve done all the work, can fluff on the spot DT: Sure, and sometimes we all do, yeah RTD: Yeah, but you do it less than most. Now we’ve cursed it - it will all just go to pot! DT: Yeah! Tomorrow’s going to be a really long day! RTD: Never speak about it out loud.
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phil makes me feel the way i do when i’m on an early morning road trip, comfortably sleepy, the sky painted with pink and orange as the sun’s rays peak through the clouds warming my skin, the world draped with a glow of something new filling me with a sense of calming hope for the moments to come
tumblr is a great website because people either factcheck to hell and back or they do not bother at all. i could say “nagito komaeda licked a duck at age three and this is discussed in his second fte” and most of y'all would ignore this blatant lie while one of you would send me a timestamped video of his ftes, with a transcription
I liked the new episode a lot. At the heart of it was good social commentary. Often when talking about a cause or a movement, there are always attempts to undermine those who are actually in it. Fighting for X? Are you even X enough?
People asking for the same rights granted to everyone else are often discredited, because people think it’s far easier to err on the side of giving no one the same respect because of a few possible “fakes.”
And that’s not great. Because that does make it all about the majority and what they’re comfortable with, rather than the people whose lives could change drastically with every decision made.
I liked how the episode started with Ronaldo telling the gems he was wrong about them, and saying he wanted to champion their cause. A lot of the time, people earnestly believe they’re doing the right thing.
Hurting others isn’t the end goal for the reasonable person; it’s just, they don’t see their actions in perspective, like when Ronaldo kept criticising Steven.
These days, a lot of bias is deep down. It’s harder to root out because no one believes they could be “guilty” of such an abhorrent thing, like discrimination, like prejudice.
But in refusing to acknowledge that some of our actions might be tinged by our contexts, we benefit none.
I applaud the subtlety in the episode. It’s a good springboard to talk to anyone about these issues. But it shouldn’t end there. I mean, the episode is a start, but it isn’t the answer to systematic marginalisation. That requires a lot more effort, just like how picking a gem name, without the love and acceptance, harms and hampers the cause more.
And it was helpful to present Steven as not dismissing Ronaldo. Each time Ronaldo misrepresented the Crystal Gems, such as with the first Ronaphlet and again as Bloodstone, Steven talked to him. And it wasn’t always without opposition, but Steven didn’t just fence of Ronaldo and refuse to educate him.
I feel that’s what made the difference. It’s not an easy thing, to face someone who’s causing hurt and refuses to believe it. It’s not a responsibility forced on everyone, but in choosing to engage and educate, a change happened for the better. I hope we keep getting this sort of slice-of-life episodes.