tell me that i don't have to write this stupid thing

tbh yuri on ice is the only anime (or anything, really) i’ve ever been a fan of that can do the whole ‘miscommunication’ thing in a way that actually feels real and not stupid? i despise fucking miscommunication as a reason for conflict, it’s usually really forced and just an excuse for unneeded drama

but in this case, with yuuri and viktor, it has more to do with not being blatantly honest with tender feelings, mixed signals, and yuuri’s mental illness/viktor’s obliviousness. like, those are real reasons anyone might not be on the same page with someone close to them. it’s not about one character being wrong about the situation, it’s both of them having similar but different experiences and feelings on a subject and reacting to it in a really believable way. 

it’s like… really hard to describe exactly why I’m satisfied with this, why the end of ep 11 makes me more excited than full of dread. it just reminds me that the characterization and writing for the series is so well done. it doesn’t feel set up, not exactly, except when you look back you can see the trail leading to this moment. but it doesn’t feel like a forced plot point, it feels natural. 

like, these are two real people creating a problem out of nothing, not for the sake of drama and angst, but because that’s just a thing that HAPPENS in real life to people who care about each other. 

It really fucking irritates me that Moffat stans are all “god RTD did stupid shit too” and make people criticizing Moffat feel like they have to put down RTD or defend themselves in some way.  But it’s just such complete bullshit, for a couple of reasons.

For one, we all fucking know RTD wasn’t perfect.  I have plenty of issues with his messianic Doctor theme, even if the point was to cut it down regularly, and there’s plenty of ways characterization could have been improved or done differently.  Everyone knows that.  That doesn’t change the fact that Moffat is a complete fucking misogynistic prick and has not problems puking it all over his writing and then trying to hide it in lens flare.  And that’s still a fucking problem.  Cutting down the previous showrunner won’t change that.  Quit fucking whining.

For two, it never ceases to amaze me how much of Moffat’s era is this lukewarm, desiccated version of RTD’s.  Because the things RTD did right you’re now praising Moffat for, even though it makes no sense now.  So much of what he does is really awful self-fulfillment fanfiction.  He takes moments that were innovative or at least original with one Doctor and Companion mix, and then destroys it trying to recreate it.  Even the line in the trailer, “I’m the Doctor, and I save people” is from fucking NEW EARTH.

Maybe we would stop praising RTD’s storytelling over Moffat’s if he a) wasn’t shit and b) didn’t try to make up for being shit by warping everyone else’s creations.