The fact that Kirk’s last line in his final movie is “second star to the right, and straight on till morning” really rips me up inside.
This is a man who spent his entire time on the bridge quoting Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, the American constitution, and classic texts that would instill feelings of grandeur among his crew. What does he say when Starfleet asks him to return his ship and end the journey that defined his whole life? He quotes Peter Pan. He says it with such playfulness and that same gleam of hope in his eye he had when he first began captaining the Enterprise. Kirk refuses to grow up, just as Peter Pan does, even if he knows it’s inevitable. If he’s too old to keep this up anymore, then Starfleet is going to have to pry his rank and ship from his cold, dead hands. He’s going to Neverland, where he and the crew he’s gotten to know and love with all his heart will never have to end their journey through the stars.
So to retaliate against all my saltiness, my brain brought up something quite pleasant that I hadn’t noticed before.
Sexiness is practically non-existent in the Halo universe.
Like, probably the closest thing we have to sexy is Cortana, and she’s not even portrayed as sexy, she simply has the appearance of a nude, young woman. Yet her nudity is never brought up. She’s considered beautiful, not sexy.
Halo has few female aliens (which they make up with a near-equal ratio of male/female human characters), but those few female aliens we have seen don’t even have breasts or “feminine” traits. We had a book cover featuring a female Sangheili and her chest was completely flat (which is a blessing, considering Sangheili are based off reptiles.)
Armor is completely gender neutral, and it wasn’t until the Spartan VIs that the armors appearances gained more personality. And even then….
One of these Spartans is a woman, can you guess which?
And then there’s my favorite bit: the topic of beauty. Sexiness doesn’t play a role in Halo, but beauty most certainly does. Of course, we all know Cortana’s considered beautiful, but you know who else is considered beautiful?
This is Isabel, a new character to be featured in Halo Wars 2, and this is the commentary given by Craig Drake, who painted the game’s posters:
“I’m elated to contribute my visions to the Halo Wars 2 universe. It was an honor to depict Decimus’ crushing brute power as well as Isabel’s intelligence and beauty.”
By many accounts, Isabel would probably be considered pretty, not beautiful, but Halo says otherwise.
The majority of Halo’s women are not conventionally beautiful; they’re old, they have eye bags, unfull lips, and “too” big noses, all the traits that mainstream media teaches us are ugly. And yet not a single one of these women are deemed ugly by the narrative. They’re all unique with vibrant personalities, all beneficial to the story - their appearance does not define them and yet they are all so beautiful.
Halo has done a quite a few shitty things to their women [side-eyes Halo 3 and Halo 5], but they have such a progressive and natural way of depicting them that I don’t think I’ve seen in any other video game, and it’s why Halo will always be my favorite.
Things you don’t know
i. I only kissed you that night because I thought it might help me get over somebody
ii. It did
iii. I fell in love with you the kind of quickly that I used to laugh at
iv. You were the first boy to ever make me feel beautiful for more than the way I looked on a Friday night in my tightest dress and my reddest lipstick
v. I noticed the way you used to look at me like I was something perfect, like I was something you didn’t even deserve
vi. I noticed when you stopped
vii. I always wondered what I did to make that happen
viii. I don’t regret you
ix. I used to think nobody needed anybody else to be happy
x. You made me change my mind
xi. I have tried my best to move on
xii. I haven’t moved on
xiii. I adored you and I wish with my whole heart that I told you that more
xiv. I had never really gotten it right before you
xv. I’m terrified I’ll never get it right again
xvi. I told everyone about you, you were a character in ever story I told and I talked about you like you painted the sky blue
xvii. It broke my heart that you never talked about me that way, that I was only ever “just this girl”
xix. I hated that you never really loved me as much as I loved you
xx. I want you to be so happy
xxi. I wish so badly it could have been with me
xxii. I’m doing alright without you
xxiii. That last one was a lie
Episode VI Yoda to Luke: “…the last of the Jedi will you be.”
The Force Awakens: “Luke Skywalker, the Last Jedi”
Jedi: Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.
Kanan: (Is afraid that he will fail Ezra because he wasn’t fully trained) (Is afraid to use his real name) (Was afraid to be a Jedi for a long time) (Still somewhat afraid to completely trust the Force after he lost his sight)
Jedi: Attachment and possession are forbidden.
Kanan: (loves Hera) (owns a blaster and a bag of belongings in A New Dawn )
Jedi: Avoid the dark side
Kanan: (values Bendu as his teacher, a creature between Dark and Light) (tries to save the Grand Inquisitor who returns to grant him the rank of Jedi Knight despite turning to the dark side in life) (also is indirectly taught by the Grand Inquisitor, Maul, and the other inquisitors) (has a student who uses the dark side sometimes)
Also Kanan: (is worried but never tells Ezra explicitly to stop using the dark side) (also never calls Ezra evil even when Ezra does use the dark side, only tells him not to act out of emotion and a warning) “Do you know how dangerous this path is?”
Jedi: wiped out during order 66
Kanan: considers Caleb Dume to be another life, a life that was over.
“Caleb, the little Jedi cut off before his date with destiny. His career as a galaxy saving superhero stunted. He couldn’t believe now that he had ever been that person…that boy was a nobody…a never was…” (A New Dawn)
Mais tu sais pas ce que tu veux, jamais d'ailleurs. Un coup tu veux être follement aimée, un coup tu veux ignorer le monde et te renfermer sur toi-même. T'es pas stable, t'es un peu bancale. Un jour tu ferais n'importe quoi pour que les gens aient une bonne image de toi et le lendemain tu renverrais tout le monde balader. Tu pourrais passer une journée entière à rire avec d'autres et le lendemain déprimer comme jamais. Pourtant, y'a rien de spécial qui peut causer ta tristesse. Mis à part la routine, j'vois pas trop ce qui pourrait te détruire. C'est toi, c'est tout. T'es comme ça. T'as pas de juste milieu, autour de toi tout le monde est beau, tout le monde est heureux. Tu réfléchis trop. La vie est simple mais c'est à partir du moment où l'on se met à trop penser qu'elle devient compliquée. Alors vis. Vis, vas-t-en. Fais ce que t'as toujours rêver de faire. On s'en fou des autres. Le plus important, c'est toi, ça le sera toujours. T'es ta propre lumière alors ne te laisse pas t'éteindre.