give me a Hamlet who believes he must be cruel to be kind
a Hamlet whose “I loved you not” is choked out like the lie it is. whose words to Ophelia begin stumbling and contradictory but build to viciousness, tears in his eyes barely in check. Hamlet, whose attacks upon her femininity are calculated and careful, hitting her where it hurts most. a Hamlet who tragically mistakenly believes aiming for her most intimate insecurities, betraying that trust born of a tender love, will make a cleaner break of it all and keep her away from him, away from the doom that he sees settling over Elsinore like a black cloud.
give me a Hamlet who acts, as he always does, from a sense of necessity. Hamlet who protects those he loves by betraying them. Hamlet whose mistake was acting too much on his own, making true the isolation and single-minded purpose he promised the ghost of his father. Hamlet who walks away from Ophelia disgusted with himself, self-loathing and heartbroken but that’s nothing new.
give me a Hamlet whose lamentations and rage at her graveside don’t feel hypocritical. a Hamlet who loved her and hates how he failed to keep her away from all this death, driving her to it instead. a Hamlet who sees that the pain he caused with good intentions only continues to build.
give me a Hamlet quietly begging that, in Ophelia’s orisons, all the sins he is about to commit against her be remembered.
On this day: TLC II breaks down into an even crazier battle than The Hardys, Dudley Boyz and E&C’s previous Ladder matches when Lita, Spike Dudley and Rhyno provide assistance for their respective teams, but ultimately Rhyno’s the difference maker when he helps Christian up the ladder to win his and Edge’s 7th Tag Team Championship. (4/1/01)
On this day: Zack Ryder grabs the leg of Festus and drags him out of the ring with Jesse still on the top rope, which gives Curt Hawkins time to recover, rip Jesse off the top and score the victory in a Fatal 4-Way tag match to win his and Ryder’s first WWE Tag Team Championship. (7/20/08)
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On this day: Shortly after sending Rey Mysterio’s partner RVD out on a stretcher, The Bashams take advantage of a distracted referee by illegally trading spots to land Brain Damage and add the WWE Tag Team Title to The Cabinet’s collection of gold. (1/13/05)
“Come on, Serena, be a bit more into it, too!” “Ah, it’s my first time having an official battle…” “Ehh? Even though you’re a Trainer?” “Yes, that’s how it is…”
“Pokémon Master, huh… It’s not just Satoshi, Citron and Sana too, and Tierno and Trova, they’re all travelling for their dream… I feel a bit bad…”
In retrospect, nothing really big happened but this was still a lot more than what we usually get in XY: dayum, main characters are not entitled anymore.
Satoshi is not the best amongst regular trainers – Tierno and Zenigame beat him and Keromatsu with groove, smiles, happy feelings and teamwork, which was maybe a bit more significant for Satoshi than losing to Corni, who was in training to become a Gym Leader (someone higher, someone whom Satoshi would face as a challenger). First-stage starters, water against water, Tierno’s Zenigame and Satoshi’s Keromatsu both received from Platane, both relying on speed, Tierno having bonded with his Pokémon through dance so sharing a strong bond with him, Tierno having a dream (to create a Dance Unit, like in the games): so the loss was neat and clear even though Zenigame didn’t even have to touch Keromatsu… and Satoshi went back, for me, to having positive reactions while losing (being genuinely impressed at Zenigame’s moves, excited, not angry-face-look-how-serious-I-am; meanwhile, Keromatsu seemed a little more bitter about it). So, in that regard, if a rivalry is formed, it has a good basis to be a friendly rivalry à la Best Wishes!
Serena not battling is finally acknowledged as an oddity: she indeed explained it was her first actual regular battle, and Sana immediately highlighted that it was strange for a Trainer to not have battle experience. And, obviously, while the episode was not explicitly centered on her, the person who was the most unnatural and isolated from the others’ easy enthusiasm was Serena – so, even though Serena didn’t do much, her passivity was a little more meaningful and interesting in this episode, because there were signals everywhere, in her behaviour, that something is on the verge of happening. (Well, we still don’t know if something will happen, but there is a bit more hope?)
On this day: Longtime Hulkamaniac Edge teams up with Hulk Hogan himself on a 4th of July SmackDown! to face and defeat Billy & Chuck with Rico at ringside to win the WWE World Tag Team Championship. (7/4/02)