than ever and in season 2 we barely see him showing this side of him

anonymous asked:

Andreil 2

2. “You’re too young to hate the world.”

Neil wasn’t particularly keen on doing talk shows, even though he wasn’t in hiding anymore, and even though Riko was no longer in the picture to make unexpected appearances and ruin everything. There are just some things that one never quite grows accustomed to, and putting on a friendly facade for the media is one of the things Neil knows he will never, ever get the hang of.

The whole lineup of the Foxes had been invited to TV shows all over the country to be interviewed after their historic defeat of the Ravens, and while Wymack got them out of most of them, there were some offers that he couldn’t back out of. Which is why on one particular Wednesday, the Foxes piled onto the bus to head to an afternoon interview with one of the most popular afternoon talk-show hosts in the Exy world.

“Now listen up you rascals,” Wymack hollered from the front of the bus once they had started moving, “don’t you even think about fucking around on this interview. If we want to boost our public image and show that we’re honorable athletes and competitors, be on your best behavior. Dan, you do most of the talking if you can help it. Kevin and Matt, you two back her up. Neil, I swear to god, if you even look like you’re going to be snide I will have you off that stage in three seconds flat.”

Neil, seated in the very back with Andrew at his side, nodded. He thought he could manage to keep quiet for a 20-minute segment, especially if there were eight other people up there with him.

He was wrong.

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Skam Finale Rant

So somehow I ended up writing an essay about the Jonas/Eva/Chris triangle. Wish I put this much effort into other areas of my life…

I really do not understand how people could be so upset at Jonas and Eva getting back together yet want Chris and Eva together. Did people understand season 1? Season 1 was not about Jonas treating Eva badly. Sure, he was not the perfect boyfriend (and Eva’s insecurities made her far from the perfect girlfriend). He did lie about smoking weed with his friends but their relationship was not toxic. Eva felt insecure because of her OWN actions, not because of how Jonas treated her. She betrayed her best friend and lost her group of friends in the process. She felt guilty and terrible about what she did so she clung to the person she had left (Jonas) and became dependent on him. They had problems because Jonas had his own group of friends (which is healthy) and Eva did not. The season was Eva’s journey towards owning up to what she did (apologizing to Ingrid) and realizing that she needed to become her own person, which required taking a step back from her relationship and finding her own group of friends. Eva’s season is my favorite because it showed how a flawed person could become more than his/her mistakes and move past them. 

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Drunj!Der Yells About Outlander

Thoughts on Ep. 305

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That’s it. That’s my thought. I have nothing more to say about this episode.

Obvi kidding. BUT SERIOUSLY, THE END OF THIS EPISODE!

This episode, for me, is like last year’s finale in that I liked it, but it made me dislike the Claire stuff in the prior episodes even more by comparison. Like from now on my own personal headcanon is that Claire’s story goes from ep. 213 straight to ep. 305 and I feel like I wouldn’t really be missing out on anything super important. Except I *do* feel like I’m missing out on super important stuff, but what I feel like I’m missing can’t be found by watching the previous episodes.

Everything in this episode feels like the culmination of things the show chose not to go into. So like we get the destination, but without the depth and meaning that would have come from seeing the journey.

Like Claire and Joe are obviously awesome friends. But we know literally nothing about Joe except that he’s Claire’s friend. We can infer a bunch of stuff about him and their friendship just based on the fact that he’s a black man becoming a surgeon and she’s a woman doing the same, but that’s not the same thing as actually investing in and building that relationship, and showing how they’ve become so close that he’s the only person Claire will talk to about Jamie. Geillis and Mary and Louise all got to be more fully formed characters in prior seasons in addition to being Claire’s friend. And I’m really bummed we didn’t get the same with Joe.

We see Claire being badass as a surgeon, but like none of what it took to get her there. Healing is at the core of who Claire is. To jump over her reaching the peak of her calling seems like a wasted opportunity to really get into how fully embracing that part of herself gave her purpose in her 20th century life when she didn’t feel like she had any.

Bree and Claire have some really intense conversations and we see them bond and Bree manages to not make me hate her. But we are missing 20 years of their relationship. What was it like between them when Claire was in med school? What was it like between them after Frank died but before they went to Scotland? Bree has said she noticed that Claire had walls up or was distant, but we don’t see that as Bree is growing up because we really don’t see Bree growing up.

So yeah. Overall I liked the episode (seriously, the end of it is basically perfect!), but I feel like all the pieces leading up to this episode are missing. And that makes me a bit sad. But what’s aired has aired and fanfic exists so I guess that’s what I’ll be diving into during the week off before ep. 306.

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Much Ado About Episode 33

I’m fascinated by Mikasa’s ability to be the fandom’s lightning rod, especially when it comes to the anime. 

I had a sort of realization as to why there’s a surge of negativity targeted towards her from this episode alone, and from the manga-reader crowd of all people. This is just my opinion, but I don’t believe this is all sudden character hate – this is people still feeling mistrustful of and disliking the anime’s portrayal of her based on past experience.

From what I’ve gathered, season 1 Mikasa did not leave the best impression on fans. Many who compared that adaptation of her to her manga counterpart felt that she was too Eren-centric overall. So when season 2 finally aired, that residual uncertainty bled over. I think the third episode of this season (episode 28) is what fully opened up that old wound again. That’s the episode where an important key to her character development was left out, leaving quite a bit of fans feeling more wary than ever about how the anime would continue to handle her character (I wrote about it here). 

Fans feared that her flaws would be glossed over, and for understandable reasons. But honestly, I’m not so concerned about that cut anymore in terms of her characterization. It was just last episode that Mikasa acknowledged her failure to kill Reiner and Bert when she had the chance. That was also in the manga, and while it feels like such a hollow victory to celebrate the anime doing the bare minimum in that regard, it’s still a promising sign. Overall, I’d say this season is doing a much better job at portraying her accurately. @guyinlovewitheremika put it best in this post.

Bad news is, that mistrust in the anime is tainting fans’ perception of Mikasa altogether. Suddenly it’s like every little thing about her is taken as a sign of the anime team messing up her character or pushing their own agenda, right down to her physical appearance. The thing fans disliked the most about her portrayal last season was that her fixation on Eren was overdone. This is the tricky part, because Mikasa’s attachment to Eren does bring about clear flaws that are undoubtedly part of her character growth. It’s not like her attachment to him is OOC, it’s right there in the manga. But because the anime – according to many fans – exaggerated that part of her character, there’s this knee-jerk reaction to whenever she actually is supposed to show concern about Eren. Instead of recognizing that this is perfectly in character for her, people are taking this as an indication of the anime wrongly depicting her because of their version of the story told so far.

It’s backlash at her for being in character while perceiving it as being OOC.

This episode that was adapted from chapter 45 highlighted that attitude best.

Putting the original flashback aside for a second, she acts exactly the same as she does in the respective chapter. Dialogue and everything. There, she’s incredibly worried about Eren, frantic, and becoming despondent over the realization that he’s gotten so far away. By “gotten away,” I mean she realizes that Eren was just kidnapped by two powerful and dangerous enemies that she blames herself for not killing earlier when given the chance, has every reason to believe they will kill him, keeping in mind that these are the very same people who are responsible for destroying her second home and most of her second family as well. 

And they’ve gotten a 5 hour head start. The prospects are, well, not good for Eren from this perspective.

I’ll admit she’s never been a favorite of mine, but I could always understand and sympathize with her. Eren is the person who saved her, who taught her to fight back instead of accepting her cruel fate, who became part of her new family she was immediately welcomed into after just watching her parents be brutally murdered. Her parents, who were her entire world. Family is by the far the most important thing to her, and she acts on that wish to keep what little of that she has together after losing so much already.

Waking up to the realization that she may very well be losing more of her family again devastates her, and why wouldn’t it? In the flashback, she’s a 9 or 10 year old. Well before any semblance of character development takes place in story. So she, unsurprisingly, is more overbearing with Eren back then. Running to his side the moment she learns he’s off picking fights again, telling him to get back home, and distressed when Eren once again leaves her behind to try to finish a fight he won’t win.

But because this wasn’t written in the manga by Isayama himself, then it’s subjected to even more scrutiny. It makes it easier for people to brush this off as the anime team just failing to understand certain characters and their relationships with others.

Whether you like it or not, Mikasa’s relationship with Eren is a focus for this arc especially. So of course it’s necessary to emphasize that, but I don’t think it’s being over exaggerated at all. This arc just has the misfortune of immediately following the events of season 1 that had fans feeling so uneasy in the first place. If/when we ever get to see the Uprising arc animated, I think there’ll be fewer accusations towards the anime disloyally adapting her character. 

A great deal of her development is about learning to let go, to trust Eren to look after himself knowing he won’t so recklessly put his life in danger, to not let her emotions cloud her judgement and be a more reliable soldier. As of chapter 45, which the anime just showed, she has not fully reached that point. She is still growing. Much of that growth doesn’t happen until after chapter 50.

The lack of faith in the anime team is resulting in some visceral reactions to even the most trivial of changes. 

This isn’t limited to Mikasa either. I’ve seen a lot fans anxious over whether or not certain pieces of dialogue would even make the cut, or if a dynamic between characters wouldn’t be depicted accurately or even severely downplayed.

I’ve been wary of the second season for a while now because of the way characters like Eren were handled in the past (looking you, lava-veined berserk titan), but now I have a lot more confidence in this adaptation than before. Like Mikasa’s attachment isn’t being overdone, Armin’s bond with Eren isn’t being downplayed, and Eren has stayed true to his behavior from the manga even while fighting Reiner. All of them are in character. Some of that worry is still there for when crucial character moments come around, but I’d rather deal with that when the time comes instead of fretting about it so much.

As of now, I’d say most of the manga-readers are guilty of constantly referring back to season 1 to determine how characters will continue to be portrayed. That was 4 years ago. There has been a lot more canon material available for the anime team to use over that time, along with meetings with the author himself. 

This isn’t going to be a perfect adaptation every step of the way, but at this point it’s unfair to say that the anime is completely messing up characters like Mikasa. What was done in the past can’t be changed, but I think they’re doing their best to make up for that and loyally following the source material, at the very least when it comes to the main cast. 

Basically, this isn’t an issue with Mikasa. It’s the fandom having an issue with the anime.

anonymous asked:

Can you please write more about Taehyung? My heart is about to explode. This is exactly why I find him so interesting. I wanna know if maybe I missed some things so I like to read your perception. Sorry don't wanna burden you and please do it when you want to of if you ever have the time. It's just - amazing to read. Thank you.

💖 since i’m sick today & feeling emotional, i’m going to FINALLY do this. so here goes, bout to wax some sick poetic about my man. (instead of answering the 985 analysis things in my inbox) 🎻

Kim Taehyung is my 🌏, and lemme tell u why. This man smiles & loves from the bottom of his soul, way past his heart, way past that meditated place where sometimes we tend to go when people are talking to us, telling us things that we’ve heard before and we hear a lot. Taehyung hears compliments a lot….

“…Everytime he hears compliments he becomes shy and thanks people sincerely.” / “he’s very kind.” / “he [taehyung] is my savior.” / “He’s a very bright person.”  

…he receives a lot of love and dedication, but despite this, Kim Taehyung genuinely comes from a place of such beautiful warmth and kindness, that he never takes a compliment for granted, he absorbs love as much as he can and always repays it with as much as he can and yet he still feels like he’s not giving back enough.

“I think I received more love from you than I ever gave you, so thank you….I want to try my best to give more, more, more, love to you…..I’ll try harder and love you [ARMYs] more and more.” X

Ya know, Taehyung really has so much love to give. Explosive amounts. More love in his heart than anyone I’ve ever known. He cries easily, he feels things so deeply, he’s so terribly sorry to disappoint people, he wants to fill his heart with loved ones, he wants everyone to not just love him but love each other and respect each other. Taehyung is the most beautiful soul.

Taehyung who always tries his very hardest to make fans feel comfortable, make them laugh, make them smile, hold their hand. who isn’t afraid to play around and show vulnerable sides of himself too. Despite the fact that he doesn’t seem to like feeling exposed, and despite the fact that recently he’s stated he really truly wants to become a very ‘cool/manly’ person, and tries really hard to become that person. he still shares sides of himself that are uncool, and he still is willing to be goofy and fun with us, even though it’s always gotten him called things like ‘weird’ and go*forbiD ‘alien’ asjdfkljasf.

He who would give up everything he had for others. Who’s first thought when receiving the gift on the recent guest appearance they did, was to pick the food. Everyone laughed and thought; lol, of course, Taehyung WOULD do something goofy like that. When there’s all these cool things, of COURSE he’d pick the random food basket. And then when asked he said it was going straight to his parents. Or during Now 2? I think? when they did the seasons Kings, and he won the 2nd best food item, but he was so happy because it was the one his parents would like. And what he didn’t send he said he would share with the others. Taehyung who spends lowkey thousands of dollars on birthday presents for the other members, who ALWAYS puts other people first. Always. Without a second thought. Especially family and friends.

Taehyung who when he speaks sometimes gets nervous, has bad public speaking skills, constantly says the wrong words, uses the wrong tenses, sometimes speaks banmal on accident, speaks with satoori when he doesn’t mean to, accidentally uses the wrong words and ‘buffers’ (as in he just kind of stumbles over words, stutters and pauses because he’s thinking). This is because people have said that he’s hard to understand and weird, so he tries really hard and has to think a lot about what he’s trying to say. You can clearly tell when he’s feeling nervous even just speaking Korean. Forget abt it when he’s trying to speak English, which he said he wants to learn and has been practicing. But despite this he’s always trying to relate. Even if he can’t relate traditionally, lots of words and conversations. He tries. His Vapps that people make fun of him for, sitting around, eating, listening to music; this kind of thing…people think that he’s being weird. He’s just being himself. He’s trying to share his time with us without forcing himself. 

People like to think Taehyung is an extrovert. Taehyung is 100% not an extrovert. If anything he’s a fluctuating Ambivert. Taehyung isn’t much of a talker. Taehyung is also a rather physically inclined person (much like Jeongguk and Jimin). He doesn’t often speak much in Vlives (which people sometimes complain or like to say that his vlives are pointless) because it’s not what comes naturally to him, and maybe because when he does talk a lot he struggles. I get tired of people asking him to share himself with us, and when he does that in the only way he really knows how, they just kind of think it isn’t enough.

Taehyung honestly….the point I want people to never forget is that Taehyung really never goes anything less than 150%. 

Yet, people think that he’s a flighty, goofy, air headed guy. Despite the fact that he said he did very well in school. That he reads. That he’s an art, film and music buff who spends his spare time watching abstract, poetic angsty movies like sunshine of an eternal mind and knows how to play saxophone, listens to jazz and blues and classical music in his spare time.

Taehyung honestly…is one of the most beautiful souls I’ve ever seen, and also one of the most misunderstood idols I’ve ever seen. Really truly. It’s like, actually a lil crazy when i think about just how much people refuse to acknowledge in him, his growth, the kind of person he is. I feel like people are stuck with seeing him as the 2013 teenage boy who was a little bit anxious, excitable and goofy, who had an image to maintain who was told to act silly for the cameras and who was just a farm boy who was worried that he wouldn’t fit in, who barely made it onto bangtan as it was and who would have done ANYTHING to stay because he didn’t know it until it happened, but being a star was the life he was destined to have. Who’s parents scrapped up money to get him a fancy jacket so that he’d fit in and who never really planned to have much of any major life besides having lots of kids and a partner and loving his family a lot. But instead his family became bigger and he just embraced all of bangtan, and the staff, and the ARMYs, and random strangers, and random animals. Anything, everything. Taehyung is……..

MaN.. … . . Listen…I really…love…Kim Taehyung. I would cross an ocean to see him smile. Because honestly, he’s a li t e r a l    actual  angel.✨🐯 imma stop, this is literally a novel already. i’ll just continue waxing sweet poetic in the next ask or something. i’m exhausted by my love.

RWBY Musings: Unpopular Opinion: I want Team RWBY to reunite but I don’t necessarily want them to get back together and reform the original group.

I know everyone’s waiting for that carded reunion moment between Team RWBY where the gang is finally back together at long last. However, my opinion is different. Don’t get me wrong, I want the group to meet up and see that everyone is ok (as well as work out any issues. Such as Blake and Yang) but I don’t want them to reform the old group.

I don’t mind if everyone meets up in Haven and fight together to defend the citadel, because we can all tell that that’s probably going to be the objective of Volumes 5 til probably 6: Preventing the Fall of Haven and essentially Mistrel. So I don’t mind if we get a union for that particular purpose.
However afterwards I want them to go their separate ways again and continue their separate stories; only this time, they’ll be in touch and assured knowing that everyone are ok.

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Arrow 5x15 “Fighting Fire With Fire”: We All Got Burned

Originally posted by gameraboy

I’m not quite sure how the Arrow writers are managing this but every single week this show has gotten worse. The issues plaguing the show have only dug in deeper, taking root and I’m not quite sure how Arrow at this point can rid itself of the legacy this season is going to leave in regards to the industry and the fans.

I fully understand that everything is a journey and when you are writing a twenty-three episode series, they tend to draw out plot points that a 13 episode series would conclude rather quickly or smartly avoid. But there is the difference between taking the long way to your destination and setting the car on fire while you’re still driving it.

The Arrow writers have completely forgotten this. Their oft-espoused “back to basics” really meant they were going to erase years of character development. I do not recognize these characters anymore. I do not know Oliver Queen anymore. This isn’t the character that I’ve loved; that I’ve defended like a momma lion; and that I’ve championed a hero even when he wasn’t working with his better angels.

This character is an asshole. I was rooting for impeachment. I’m this close from starting up a Prometheus fanclub. I was once a huge The Vampire Diaries fan. And then Elena Gilbert became a vampire and the show was ruined for me because the show ruined its protagonist. Everything about her character was erased entirely just to perpetuate a love triangle that they had supposedly resolved at the end of the previous season. In doing so, they turned Elena Gilbert entirely unlikeable for me. I just never got over her 24-hr brother swapping or her irritating personality change that was never really explained properly. I never thought I’d see another show destroy its own protagonist as swiftly as TVD managed to do. 

Thus it was funny that I would go on to watch Arrow and root for Oliver Queen, who had his own history of sister swapping. But the difference was that kind of behavior was clearly in Oliver’s past; he was beyond that. He’d grown and learned that he’d been an asshole because karma had kicked his ass something fierce. I’m not saying he didn’t screw up in the present because Lord knows he did. The revival of Oliver and Sara’s relationship was in the worst taste. But it was a little more believable than this push for Oliver and Susan’s relationship in S5.

I thought that douchebag behavior was behind Oliver. Especially once he and Felicity had gotten together. He’d found his light and the one to help him harness it. Oliver had attained a kind of emotional maturity and then the BMD happened. It’s really all been downhill for Oliver since 4x08. It only got worse when S5 started. And yet somehow in 5B they have managed to make all of it worse than 4B and 5A.

Olicity

I am at my breaking point with Oliver. This isn’t a good feeling as someone who loved his character; as someone who loved this show and was rooting for him to come out the end a better, fully-developed person and hero; and as someone who shipped him with my favorite female character. Because here is the hard truth that makes my stomach hurt to even think: Felicity deserves better than this version of Oliver. I think I’ll stick with what I named him last week: Ollie 2.0. And without some sort of magical reversal, I can’t quite see how any kind of reunion between Olicity could be a good thing, let alone believable. I actually have tears in my eyes writing that out. Like a physical pain has lanced my chest. But I feel that defeated after this episode. I am grateful that we have a couple of weeks off before this reel disaster returns.

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Outlander 03x02 Surrender

Last year I was thrilled by the season premiere and then completely disappointed in the second episode of the season. I am so thrilled that that wasn’t the case again this year. The storylines weren’t as well balanced as last week and there were some… distractions within the episode (especially visually) to contend with but on the whole I was thrilled with the episode. Most of what I felt were its weaknesses are really––in my opinion––the result of missteps in Season 2 rather than true problems in Season 3 so far. 

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The North Remembers [Jon Snow x Reader]

Originally posted by thronesdaily

You guys seemed to be intrigued on what I’ve been secretly working on….AND IT’S HERE! In the spirit of Game of Thrones I’ve decided to take up a long and exciting project. This series will follow the events happening thru ALL SEASONS Hopefully, we can make it through! 

PART 2. PART 3.

MASTERLIST.

 What do you guys think? Are you ready?

You gaze at your reflection in the mirror, carefully tracing the outlines of your still somewhat sleepy features as your quick fingers wrap a string of leather around your now finished (color) braid, without a hair out of place. (Color) eyes sparkle in the dim lighting of your room as satisfied you pull away and re-think every single little detail that had already happened and will happen on this very day.

Today you are officially assigned to be Sansa Stark’s handmaiden and are to follow her journey all the way to Kings Landing.

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anonymous asked:

Jon needing to be saved tim and time again Stannis, Crasters wife, Sansa and LF, Sandy, Benjen is too just overdone. Basically like a damsel in distress because it were a woman, people would have been saying exactly this. They always put him in these situations, same as Jon will die or won't die?

I don’t mind the moments when Jon needs other people to help him. I think that he does so much good for others that when people help him it’s just fine. And I couldn’t think of anyone less a damsel than my boy Jon Snow. 

So here we go, you didn’t ask for this but you’re going to get it. All of the times Jon Snow either shows he is a strong ass dude who can take care of himself and/or the times Jon does genuine good for others that earn him a little good karma and assistance.

This will strictly refer to the show!Jon since anon is bringing up some examples of Jon being “saved” that we don’t know will take place in book!universe (Sansa/LF, Benjen, etc).

Jon grows up in a household full of people he can never truly feel a sense of belonging with. He loves his father and siblings so muchbut Catelyn and (we are to assume based on her insistent apology in 6.04) Sansa make sure he is aware that he is one apart from them. So one would understand if maybe Jon turned out to be weak or bitter. But he’s not.

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He is driven from his home as a teenager, sent to live in one of the most inhospitable—and we later learn, dangerous—places in the world. Yes, he’s a bit of a shithead at first when he’s there but he quickly learns his place and makes friends with his brothers. The real reason I bring up his early time at the The Wall is because we get to see the strength of Jon’s character very quickly when he defies Alistair Thorne, putting his own status there in jeopardy, just to defend his friend, Sam. That takes its own sort of bravery.

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At the end of the first season after Ned is killed Jon almost deserts The Wall so he can fight at Robb’s side. He knows the consequences of being a deserter. Our first scene with Jon shows him watching a beheading of a deserter. He knows that he will be on the run forever and will have to hide his identity, but he is perfectly willing to ruin his own life to try to help his brother.

In season 2 when he ranges north of The Wall with his brothers he is separated from them with Qhorin Halfhand and falls upon the group of wildlings. Jon is expected to execute Ygritte but he doesn’t, because he thinks for himself and sticks to his own ideals. He knows early on that it isn’t right to kill someone just because they were unlucky enough to be born north of The Wall. He defies his superiors again, again to help someone else.

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When he is taken prisoner by the wildlings he follows through with Qhorin’s plan to stage a fight, and as Qhorin orders, Jon kills him. This is a man Jon admires, his ally. This was likely incredibly difficult but he does it to keep them both from dying as wildling prisoners so that someone can get back to the Watch and deliver news of what they’ve discovered.

Then Jon manages to ingratiate himself to the wildlings and become one of them. And while to some extent it’s an act so he can get back to Castle Black alive, he also genuinely likes the wildlings and develops real relationships with them and a real appreciation for their spirit and way of life. Even so, he never forgets his duty and almost dies getting back to The Wall to report back to his Brothers.

He doesn’t lie about breaking his vows and sleeping with Ygritte. He could. There aren’t any wildlings at Castle Black to contradict is story. But he is open and honest with Thorne, Maester Aemon, and the others because Jon is an honest person and someone who always takes responsibility.

He takes some men with him back north of The Wall after his return to avenge the mutiny at Craster’s Keep. He is under no obligation to undertake such a task and the party of men to go with him is small. Doing this again signifies Jon’s principles and sense of justice. He does not leave the responsibility to someone else but takes it on himself at great personal risk, and he is successful.

When the wildlings assault Castle Black Jon fights people who were his friends, and he fights bravely. If it wasn’t for his warnings to his Brothers, his battle strategy, and his own fighting prowess, one could argue that Castle Black would have fallen to the wildlings’ greater numbers that day.

He then travels north of The Wall again to face Mance man-to-man and try to treat with him, knowing that to do so is likely suicide. I can’t stress this enough. In what way is this kind of courage indicative of a “damsel” character? 

When Stannis’s men apprehend the wildling forces and attempt to burn Mance at the stake, Jon Last of the Mohicans their sadistic asses and shoots Mance to end his suffering. Once again, what a badass. He has just witnessed firsthand what Stannis and Melisandre are capable of, and still put himself on the line to save his friend from a tortuous death. I mean???

Originally posted by killbilled

Also in season 5, Jon is elected Lord Commander. He has risen through the ranks from being a simple bastard, barely more than a child, to the leader of a force of men that protects the entire realm from the greatest threat it has ever known. He of course, like literally ANY human, had help along the way from others, but no one gave this to him. He earned it, and did the job well—though not well enough to please all of his Brothers (but more on that later).

While serving as Lord Commander Jon brought about the most radical reform in the history of the Night’s Watch. He travelled north of The Wall to Hardhome with Tormund to treat with the last of the wildling forces. This scene shows us the depth of Jon’s courage when he killed a White Walker in single combat and evacuated thousands of wildlings to safety so that the Night King didn’t have a total victory that day.

Originally posted by lifesucka

He actually brought wildlings through the gates and into safety despite intense protest from his Brothers. Once again, Jon put himself in harm’s way to help other people. And of course, as we know, this cost him his life. Literally. Thorne and the others murder Jon for what they consider treason to The Watch.

Originally posted by timelordinaustralia

When he is brought back, Jon is given literally no time to grapple with what has happened to him. He has died and seen that there is no afterlife. He is visibly extraordinarily shaken by this incident and wants nothing more than to leave The Wall and find peace somewhere else. But then Sansa arrives and we get another example of Jon putting his personal wellbeing second to assisting others.

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He even tells Sansa that he has spent his entire life fighting and is tired. But he agrees to help her take Winterfell back from the Boltons and in doing so takes part in an extremely dangerous battle where the odds are stacked soundly against them. This, as we know, starts off with Ramsay’s sick game in which he murders Rickon right before Jon’s eyes. This causes Jon to abandon the battle plan and the pincer maneuver as he rushes headlong into a column of armed cavalry.

Originally posted by thisis-a-mans-world

Is it ill advised? Yes. Is it an emotional decision on his part? Yes. But is it cowardly, inept, or something that makes him a “damsel” who needs saving? No. I believe strongly after having watched 6.09 several times now that even if Ramsay had not pulled his stunt with Rickon and Jon’s men had followed their original battle plan verbatim, they still would have lost to Ramsay’s superior numbers and clearly very well-trained army without the assistance of The Vale.

Originally posted by jonsnownoshow

So I guess you could make the argument here that the men of The Vale had to “rescue” Jon like a damsel in distress character. But I disagree. This is one of the big issues that I have with season 6 and with the relationship the writers created between Jon and Sansa. Sansa knew that she had LF on her side and the Vale’s army at her disposal, but she chose to hide this from Jon. So I feel this is a matter of viewer perspective. You say Jon needed to be rescued because he is a damsel. I say Jon would not have needed any help and thousands of men could have lived instead of died on that battlefield if only Sansa had been honest with him. I know that Sansa has been hardwired not to trust anyone after all that has happened to her throughout the series, but we even heard that she trusts Jon when Brienne asks her about it. In the now famous scene where Brienne hilariously calls Jon “brooding.”

And she had plenty of opportunity to put that trust in Jon and tell him about LF. The writing in this part of the season was very strange to me. We saw scenes, such as the one where Jon receives the letter from Ramsay, where Sansa was treated with respect and allowed to speak freely and say her piece among his men and advisors. When they went around the North asking the Stark bannermen for assistance, Sansa was by Jon’s side, treated as an equal, freely allowed to speak with these lords and try to win their favor. At no point do we see Sansa silenced by Jon or Davos or Tormund, etc. Yet on the eve of battle, their dialogue suggests that Sansa has been given no chance to warn Jon of Ramsay’s trickery or to tell Jon that she’s got an ace up her sleeve, that if they wait just one day, the numbers will be on their side and their chances of victory will be far better with LF’s army.

Originally posted by weasleysweaters

Instead they have a yelling match in the tent during which Sansa cryptically tells Jon not to do what Ramsay expects him to do, and leaves it at that. If she had told him that she has this other force coming their way, then things could have been different and no one would have needed saving in the first place. I don’t feel that the events of 6.09 are the result of Jon’s own failings or something that required him to be saved as if he is a helpless, damsel character. What I think actually happened in that instance was the writer’s doing a huge disservice to Sansa’s character–one of the smartest women and most adept survivors in the show–by making her withhold important information with no real good reason that we can see, resulting in a near-disaster that simply made better suspense and good TV for the viewer because it caused the battle to be more dire for our heroes.

And as far as Benjen is concerned, the wight hunt in general seems, from what we know, to be a very foolhardy endeavor but a necessary one nonetheless. It is just another instance of Jon walking into danger to do what MUST be done. It is conceivable for not only Dany but the rest of the southron lords to need proof in order to be invested in the Great War, and someone needs to get that proof. We have seen at Hardhome just how devastatingly powerful the WW army is, and Jon faces their horde with only a handful of men. That is incredibly brave and yes, I am glad that Benjen intervenes to help him in this crucial moment.

But overall, for every person who has ever come to Jon’s aid, he has helped more people. He is a physically and mentally strong character who still maintains his conscience and kindness in a cruel and twisted world. Jon Snow is by far my favorite character and I will continue to love him forever, and hope that people save and help him, as he saves and helps others. Because he is the glue holding all of our favorite characters together, and without him, we would be watching a very different, and frankly not as interesting show.

Originally posted by casaharington

I think what would be boring and unwatchable would be if Jon never needed help. If he was this impossibly perfect hero figure who not only always saves the day, but is always moral and good, always does the right thing, always looks fuckable, is a sex god who goes down on women unprompted, always treats his family right …  do you see what I’m saying? He has to mess up sometimes to be human We all need help sometimes, even Jon Snow. And I don’t think that makes him like a weak character as you suggest. I don’t think that at all. If anything I think it is more progressive in terms of gender tropes for Jon to need saving sometimes. So I don’t really know what prompted this ask, anon.

late 1x08 thoughts/overall season review

warning: me = pissed

(this is coming from a person who loved/stanned the show hardcore in the beginning)

- well folks, i finally realized what taboo is after all, as a show. it took me a while to grasp it, because i kept hoping it was smarter than it appeared to be. and y’know, some aspects of it were very well done, but the overarching purpose of this show was to serve as a ridiculous male escapist fantasy. that’s fucking it.

- i’d be fine with that if taboo had the guts to admit it. to bask in it, to glorify it, even. instead, it’s still trying to sell me on james delaney’s “damned” existence and his many trials and tribulations as an “underdog”. 

UNDERDOG

BITCH PLS. this is basically a choose-your-own-adventure where tom hardy is the smartest, coolest, bamfest dude in all of london, nay the world. he bamboozles everyone, he wins at everything, he’s the mastermind who can never be defeated and everyone bows down to his incredible talents. nothing, literally nothing, can stop him. superman is his side-hoe at this point. oh, he hears dead slaves singing to him? nah, don’t worry about it, the plot won’t ever explore that, it’s just there to give him surface nuance. see, our “damned” hero is not there just to chew scenery and look cool, he has baggage

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young love; y.s.h

a/n; so @jjeehoon requested an alternate au where jihoon loves doing aegyo, daniel loves dogs(i mean just look at him w the ymc puppy isnt he already) , and seonho not falling for minhyun, and being the shameless noona i am i was like “seonho’s gonna fall for me” and yep here i am!! writing for seonho:-) honestly i think im p much dead i havent started revising for prelims and it has been a really wild week:))) i guess this is gonna be a triology thing about this alternate au? so who knows, next might be jihoon? or daniel? :-)

starting line: “i think i like you better than minhyun-hyung.”

synopsis: seonho comes to visit minhyun, unexpectedly falling for his hyung’s sister

warnings: fluff, young love(?) 

genre: fluff, slight crack

length: | a paragraph | drabble length | your average essay of less than 10,000 words | a fic too long but too short for a part 2|

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Originally posted by 1yjs

“Daebak, is this really what your dorm looks like?” You gaped in awe as Minhyun led you into the Wanna One dorm.

Minhyun chuckled, “I cleaned before you came, it isn’t this clean all the time.”

“Why bother cleaning? I’m not that big of a guest, oppa, as long as my stomach is filled I am happy.” You plopped down on the sofa, crossing your legs.

“Someone else is coming over to have their stomachs filled as well,” Minhyun grunted, putting on his apron, “be nice to him, I don’t want you to scare him.”

“I don’t think Guanlin is scared of me, neither is Daehwi…” 

“The members are all still practicing, they aren’t coming till, like, 7.” Minhyun took out the necessary ingredients from the fridge, then turning on the gas stove to heat up the pan.

“Then why aren’t you at practice? Are you just lazy? Using me as an excuse?” You teased.

“Yah!” Minhyun pointed the spatula in your direction, “I sacrificed practice for my dear sister and this is the treatment I get?”

You raised both of your hands in defeat, “I’m sorry oppa, that’s what it seemed to me.”

“You’d better not come to me if you want to hang out with Guanlin or Daehwi,” Minhyun scoffed as he drizzled oil on to the heated pan.

You rushed to Minhyun’s side, giving him a back hug, “I’m so sorrrryyyyy oppa, I was just joking.”

Minhyun smiled softly, his free hand rubbing your back in soothing circles, “You’d better.”

Just then, the door bell rang, making you shuffle across the apartment to the door.

“Minhyun hyung– W–who are you?” An unfamiliar pair of eyes met yours, melting you into a puddle.

“Oppa, w-who is this?” you stuttered, making Minhyun pause in his activities and greet the unfamiliar guest at the door.

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I have not peeked into my dash AT ALL since the new episode, mostly just scrolled a few blogs to catch myself up on gifsets etc, but I wanna put down a few more thoughts from rewatching 13x01 and 2 today - which was hours ago so I’m not sure how much I have to say -

- in 13x01 *Sam* says that they “need” Jack - thinking of course about his portal opening abilities, and next episode is the one to start poking him about what else he can do, seeming really interested for the teleporting. He also has the conversation with Donsmodeus where he has already been researching what Jack can do and completely misses “Donatello”’s flip on Jack about moulding him because now Donssmodeus is talking his language about that, all of which vaguely worries me. I know there’s a discourse about Dean the Bad Parent out there but only from 2nd hand chat that it exists so I just wanna weigh in. 13x02 hammers home that “needing” people is BAD (which I covered a little more in my notes about the episode about how “i need you” is now a bad phrase and hopefully that loops back around to where it became such a hot subject in the first place and Dean says something more about wanting or loving Cas than needing him when he’s back, but Lucifer said it about Mary and Michael said it about Lucifer, and Sam said it about Jack. So. It’s not all sunshine over there even when it’s adorable and Sam is so supportive and I am loving every moment of him and Jack).

- Sam talks about how Kelly and Cas thought Jack was worth all the fuss, and “so do i”, aligning himself with Jack’s parents etc etc he’s now morally responsible for Jack as a guiding figure. Dean had no such conversation and was not included in this conversation which was started BECAUSE Dean had said horrible things about Jack. I don’t think at the moment Dean’s on the level of “parenting” Jack, at least in the same way I don’t think Mary in season 12 can possibly compare to John for their entire upbringing when having a bad parent conversation. You can condemn her treatment of them and complain about how she should have reached out more or not left or whatever (I mean I’m pretty supportive right up to “lying about working with the BMoL” and then switch to sympathetically understanding while agreeing it’s a mistake but blah blah those power stories and that’s how we learn and grow around here)… But yeah none of it can possibly scar them like their entire youth spent with John’s version of parenting.

Granted literally all of Jack’s issues pretty much stem from Dean, whether it’s activating his memories of Lucifer reaching out to him and getting our first “I’m good” which means “I’m not good” which is SUCH a loaded statement about not just wellness but ethical morality levels (e.g. was that the first chink in Jack’s goodness where he has warring influences on him now - though I still of course think his core is completely good/neutral) and of course saying all the stuff about Jack to make him think he’s not worth it and then be so horrified and confused about his own life and abilities we get that last scene. Asmodeus barely managed to make a dent in Jack’s self-worth except for teaching him trust and wariness, but even then a better pep talk about God and all would have avoided the problem entirely if the Winchesters were forthcoming with their issues with faith and religion and explained the shittiness of this world’s Creation properly instead of being uncomfortable about explaining Lucifer and Chuck and the myriad issues they cause.

But yeah, I think Dean’s fucked Jack up immensely but he’s just not in a place to care or understand and he has not stated Jack is his responsibility in any other way than protecting other people from him, because he can’t see him properly yet. Another thing I caught while thinking about the framing of this all and Jack from Dean’s POV is that Jack looked enraged to see Dean at the police station when he was running from the angel radio, and to Dean it seems like *only* Sam taser-ing Jack avoided Jack attacking Dean again and he has no way to say whether Jack would have or not. We had already seen so much more of Jack’s nice side by that point we can assume he was just scared and running and overloading, but Dean does not know that. He’s also in no place for Sam’s attempts at sensitivity training to work, but Sam has already attempted to call out the problem Dean has a few times, to no avail but at least he’s putting the words out there, bridging the problem between them by making it clear they need to be on the same page, and trying to get Dean to cooperate.

(I haven’t seen the discourse about this but I wonder if the haste we have to assign them all as family members to Jack while the show is taking a slow approach to having Dean own any responsibility for Jack while Sam has dived straight into being the Best Uncle Ever has made this more of a problem because it’s hard to have Sam in one place with Jack and Dean in another and NOT see the connection to Sam and Cas automatically making him uncle or step father to Jack by proxy, while the earned family philosophy means Dean has not chosen any connection whatsoever to Jack except the one he already made clear, that he still sees Jack as a monster and a problem and even with deeper sympathy and understanding after spending time with him, he can’t credit Jack his human side or trust him to control the angel side… the 10x09 mirror conversation between them (or 2x11 if he’s seeing Jack as Sam and putting himself back in the season 2 mindset aka ranked one of his worst ever and proportionately THE worst) just goes to show his problems even more. He didn’t trust himself back in season 10 and wanted Cas as a failsafe to throw him into the sun. He’s probably looking up how to do that right now :P)

- but to get back to Asmodeus and Jack, the big fuck up the Winchesters made in preparing Jack for the world was not warning him that having any sort of destiny was a Bad Thing. Asmodeus made it up completely but it goes in line with Kelly believing there was a higher purpose for Jack and Cas’s utter defeat about the idea saying it was all just random happenstance; though it was a circumstantial lie I find it interesting in the wider metaphorical picture in the same way Kelly praying to Sven for help in the open of 12x23 is circumstantial but fascinating in a wider picture :P Obviously there’s a massive Destiel barrier to communication in the room specifically in the general area of Donatello talking about having a direct line to God or not, because on a better day Dean could have been regular old bitter about that and snarked enough of a warning for Jack to get the idea that no such thing exists and God doesn’t care… And I hate that’s the HAPPY day for them, but there you go, Dean was still so fucked up about that prayer not being answered a couple of days before that he does the thing I saw a gifset pointing out from Sam’s same page speech about just shutting down completely when it comes to the subject of Cas and his death and Sam’s hope and God not helping and all that in general.

I’m pretty sure I’ve mis-explained all of these thoughts horrifically so my inbox is always there for me to get back to this maybe on Monday or something… it’s my birthday then and I love random meta asks from people confused about what I meant about something giving me a chance to write an even longer post. I’m genuinely excited to research up the table post I need to make about the final Bunker kitchen scene on me bday >.>

Still broken, but together - part 2

A lot of people asked for a second part of this fic so.. this isit! Thanks to @sheperdessamelia for the proofread and to @jordan202 for the medical advices!




In the OR, the dance really began. All the people were busy preparing stuff, checking things, walking around her bad in slow motion… the world was literally stopping in front of her, but she wasn’t scared anymore.
She wasn’t scared because she knows she had to fight. She had to fight for the people she loves, she’ll have to fight for Owen.
Meredith, Maggie and Alex were looking down at her from the OR gallery. It was good to see them there with her every steps on the way. Her eyes met theirs and she could see the fear hide behind those little smile on their faces. She can’t stand those looks: she have to prove them she was fighting.

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Game of Thrones Season 7 - Sansa, Jon and Daenerys

Now, there have been a number of leaks ever since they started working on the 7th season.  Most of them have led a lot of people to think that Jon and Daenerys will end up either together or certainly get into a relationship this season. I don’t think that will happen. I’m going to touch upon a couple of things in this post.
1. Jon as King in the North vs Sansa as Queen in the North
2. Jon and Daenerys vs Jon and Sansa vs Sansa and Winterfell
3. Daenerys killing Cersie vs Sansa killing Cersie


1. Jon as King in the North vs Sansa in Queen of the North:

For one, we, the audience know that Jon is a Targaryen and not a Stark. The North is famous for not trusting outsiders and weren’t fond of the Targaryens, considering that they rallied behind Robert Baratheon. Jon’s hold over the North is tenuous at best. Jon will soon find out that he is in fact a Targaryen and not a Stark at all. What could that mean for his kingship? A whole lot of problems especially with people with Littlefinger around, just waiting to stir up trouble. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

First things first, I genuinely believe that Sansa is and should be Queen in the North. For starters, Jon wasn’t interested in heading back to Winterfell. He only decided to come back because of Sansa. Because she realised that so long as they didn’t have Winterfell, they would always be vulnerable. Ramsay signed his own death-warrant when he mocked Jon and Sansa and revealed that he held Rickon. It was the catalyst Sansa needed to nudge him to see her point-of-view. I don’t see this as manipulation on her part since what she was saying made perfect sense, and Jon was just being dense. Jon is also driven by his emotions while Sansa has had to slowly change her way of thinking to anticipate what her enemies might do. She even warns Jon that they don’t have the numbers, to not fall for his tricks and Jon disregards her words again and again. Only to do exactly what she warned him against. If the riders of the Vale hadn’t ridden in, Ramsay would have won. They only won because of Sansa, something everyone conveniently forgot when they proclaimed Jon as King in the North.

For Sansa, Winterfell is home and so much more. It’s her safe place, a place where things were good and they were happy and could go back to some semblance of those long-past times. She is going to fight tooth and nail for Winterfell.

Of course, either Bran or Arya could be king or queen but I don’t see that happening. Bran is the Three-Eyed Raven and I think that will keep him from being the king, he can serve as an adviser but that’s about it. Arya is driven by one thing only, vengeance on those who betrayed their family and as such holds no interest in ruling the North. I see her serve as Hand to Sansa’s Queen. One of the things I’m most looking forward in the new season is the interaction between Arya and Sansa.

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My Review of Teen Wolf  6x20 - Wolves of War

Here it is, the last ever Teen Wolf review I’ll be doing. A bittersweet moment for sure, especially when it comes to one of your favourite shows that’s been with you for 6 years. The series finale had it’s moments and fell short in others, however, it was still memorable. What I think would have made it even better, was if it got extended to even an hour or an hour and a half. I just felt like 50 minutes was not enough time to really make the series finale amazing, and Teen Wolf deserved nothing short of amazing. So I’m really mad at MTV for not giving Teen Wolf enough time to wrap it up, because I’m sure Jeff had a lot more footage he wanted to put in. And it also could of meant that other characters like Deaton, Danny, Morell, Stiles, Derek, even maybe Isaac could of made an appearance. But anyway let’s dive in deeper for the final episode review!


- Favourite Scenes

1. Old Characters Return
Stiles, Derek, Jennifer, Void Stiles/Nogitsune, Oni, etc. My heart was exploding with happiness at seeing all these old favourites. Even though they only had a short amount of screen time, it still didn’t make their appearances any less exciting. I was ready to see all of them, but Void Stiles threw me off guard. I saw rumored photos, but I never thought it would actually happen. Dylan nailed Void back in season 3, he was the villain that Teen Wolf was never able to top. So watching Dylan portray such an iconic villain again really gave the series finale the push it needed to be next level.

Jennifer was also another villain I loved, and her scene with Derek was interesting to watch. There are many things Derek could be afraid of. Losing someone important comes to mind for example, a common one that I’m sure everyone can relate too. But his fear came in the shape of Jennifer. Granted she did have a major impact on him throughout season 3, so her appearing wasn’t a big shock. And even though Lydia’s premonition showed Derek getting turned into stone, I really thought he wasn’t going to open his eyes. Nonetheless, it was nice to see Hayley come back and be Miss Jennifer Blake for at least a few minutes!

2. Library Scene/Scott’s Eyes
Scott deserves all the awards in the world for what he did!. I mean clawing out his own eyes was the most craziest move his done. I liked that it was a little nod to Deucalion (at least I think it was, so don’t take that away from me!). And what I loved most of all was all previous villains re-appearing, and Scott being our beloved hero conquering all of his fears.

I will say that I had my fingers crossed for an Allison appearance. And I honestly believe it would have been more effective to have Allison appear, as opposed to the Nogitsune just saying her name. Maybe it’s just me and my annoying need to see Allison again, but the series finale would have been the perfect option to make that happen. And Jeff really missed that opportunity.

3. Stydia & Scalia
We finally got Stydia as a canon couple and barely got any couple moments. I know it wasn’t the writers fault, and I’m so glad that Dylan’s recovered now. But it is a little bit sad that they didn’t get a scene where it was just them, but I’m thankful that they ended up being endgame and really happy at their story. We have so many amazing Stydia moments to look back on and that’s a lot more than some other couples got.

Moving on to Scalia, that pairing came a little out of nowhere. But my god, did it leave a long lasting impact. We can all agree the moment Lydia told Malia to kiss him after she looked at Stiles, just made out hearts melt (well at least for the people who ship these two pairings). I liked how it was a nice nod to Stydia’s kiss, but also to Scalia and their connection. I know, if Allison was still alive or  if Kira didn’t get written off that maybe one of them would have been in Malia’s place. However, we’ll sadly never know if that would be true.

In the end I did want Scallison to be endgame, because going back and watching season 1 & 2 it just makes you smile at how cute those two were. But, having both Stiles and Scott happy with their chosen ladies is what I wanted regardless of who they ended up with.

4. Theo’s Redemption
We all knew this was coming, I mean what would have been the purpose of bringing him back from hell?. Theo’s come a long way from the power trip villain we met in season 5. And I really enjoyed watching a friendship form between him and Liam (I saw nothing romantic other than friends, but each to their own). I would of liked for him to share a scene with Scott. We all know Scott is forgiving, but hearing him say it to Theo I reckon would have had more of an impact in Theo’s redemption story.

I’m not sure why Theo had so many scenes with Liam, maybe it was to give off the idea that now Theo’s slowly becoming a member of Liam’s pack?. Anyway, we did get to see a more vulnerable side to Theo which is something that I didn’t think would happen.

I always knew, as soon as Mason told Theo that you can’t take away pain if you don’t care would play a part in the finale. I’m actually glad that he didn’t die and his redemption came in the form of Theo being able to take away pain. I thought it brought his character arc to full circle, without drastically changing who he was in order to achieve it. Theo is still Theo, he reminds me of Peter. But now, he is capable of feeling emotion, being sympathetic and that right there is what good character development looks like.

- Memorable Mentions

1. Stydia Finding Out About Jackson
We got Stydia’s reaction to Jackson and Ethan being together, but did anyone actually think we’d get Jackson’s reaction to Stydia??. I vaguely remember Jeff saying that we would, but we got nothing. So do I have a shocking memory, or was Jeff lying again?. I honestly can’t keep track, but what I will say is their faces were absolutely hilarious and classic Stiles standing there confused was icing on the cake.

2. Coach
One word: Coach, two words: Bloody brilliant.

I don’t think this needs to be a long paragraph, every scene the Coach is in ends up being the highlight of the episode, and the series finale was no different.

3. Sheriff Stilinski
Can we get a hell yeah for the bad-ass parents!?. If that was not the most awesome scene the Sheriff has been apart of, then I don’t know what is. The best thing was not only him taking on those 3 officers on his own, but getting them to call him Sheriff and help Parrish - priceless.

4. Clinic Scene
The gang is all together (minus Allison, Isaac, etc). I know some people would take the Stiles and Derek story as “romantic”, but I honestly laughed at the flashback and got all nostalgic at how season 1-3 it felt. I missed Stiles and Derek being apart of the groups plans, helping them even come up with one and throw banter back and forth. It truly felt like old times, and I guess that was the aim Jeff was going for. And well, it worked!.

- Least Favourite Scene

1. Monroe Escaping
The ONE thing I was looking forward too, other than seeing old favourites return was Monroe getting what she deserved!. But, apparently Jeff and I weren’t on the same page. I am so angry that out of all the villains she was the one that ended up getting no punishment for her crimes. Yes, you’ll probably say it’s to keep the door open for a spin off. But the idea of seeing her face again or knowing that she is roaming the world gathering up another army, pisses me off to the extreme. And the fact I’d rather Gerard survive over her tells you how much it gets to me.

Speaking of the devil, I’m glad Kate was the one who “killed” him. I mean we didn’t really see whether she did, she could of just bitten him and turned him into everything he was hunting. But in the end that’s better than nothing. The scene where Papa Argent walked away was such an epic shot. Farewell Gerard, I know you won’t be missed!.

- My rating of the episode (it will be a rating out of 10)
I will rate this episode a 8/10

- Favourite Quotes
LYDIA: OMG, I thought you’d never figure it out

your hair was long when we first met (Pidge/Lance)

Summary: Pidge’s hair grows with the seasons. So do Lance’s feelings.
A/N: feelings are hard, kids. written while listening to “No Promises” on repeat so that kind of explains the last scene, I guess.

Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4

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FALL

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Lance takes a sip of his coffee and immediately regrets it, the liquid scalding his tongue.  His fault—his mug is programmed to alert him of the temperature of its contents, but sometimes he gets too lazy to look at the status bar and decides to risk it the good old fashioned way instead.

The door of the break room opens and Amara enters, blouse perfectly pressed as always.

“Hey,” she greets.

“Hi, Amara.” Lance lifts his mug in acknowledgement.

Amara moves toward the coffee machine, starting it up with a steady whir.  Over the noise, she congratulates: “Good job on bringing in the top numbers again this month.”

Lance smiles, one shoulder pulling higher than the other as he shrugs.  “What can I say? I’m competitive.” He remembers the Garrison, waiting for sim score postings with bated breath.  The very first time he and Keith raced in their Lions, neck and neck.

“You’re going out with us tonight, right? We’re having a mixer with the tech team.”

“Wouldn’t miss it.” Lance winks, and it feels good, to be on top of his game again, to receive Amara’s answering smile and see her tuck a strand of hair behind her ear.

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起:the beginning;l.d.h

a/n; soooo i was watching bts’ highlight reel and a story idea came to my mind,, you guessed it, a daehwi fic loosely based on the highlight reel, do watch it before reading to gain some context! this would be a series on my blog as i watch more/have insp. for it,, not very regular updates as my prelims are literally next week but at most once a week and at least once every two weeks:“)) im so busy why am i doing this

starting line: “We can’t be like this, Y/N.”

synopsis: loosely based off BTS’ Love Yourself highlight reel, in this chapter, where Y/N and daehwi are both BNM trainees preparing for the monthly evaluation. 

warnings: prepare your tissues if needed, and a stuffed toy to squeeze the cringe

genre: fluff, slight angst, heartbreak

length: | a paragraph | drabble length | a short story | your average essay of less than 10,000 words | a fic too long but too short for a part 2|

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26 October 2016

“So, what do you wanna do?” You crossed your arms, fingers tapping your arm impatiently.

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In defense of Bellamy Blake: A response to this post.

“They took all that growth and development and threw it out of the window.” I firmly believe that the writing in season 3 was racist towards Bellamy. I understand why Bellamy did what he did, but him siding with Pike and the way it was done were undoubtedly bad storytelling. He was villainized to prop up white characters. I’ll elaborate more in the next points.

“The writers didn’t even own up to the horrible choices they made: instead, they tried to salvage the situation by backpedaling on everything and by using every possible cheap or awful device to make Bellamy likable again.“ Bellamy isn’t the only character to have done bad things, and I really don’t get why he’s the only one who has to be made “likable” again. I have a lot to say about this and how it all ties into racist writing and double standards from the fandom, but, again, I’ll leave to discuss it further in the next points.

“Which means: to save one character, they sacrificed other characters and cohesive writing. Which is why it’s not Season 3 that made me give up on ever liking Bellamy again, it was season 4, the finale in particular. My issue isn’t with the character, it’s with the writing.” This is where I really started to have a problem with your post, and I think it’s an appropriate section to go into detail about the racist writing I mentioned above. It’s funny how perspective works, because to me it’s clear as day that they brought down BELLAMY to prop up other characters (white characters). For starters, it’s exceptionally racist that Bellamy and Pike, a brown and black man respectively, were chosen by the writers as the faces of xenophobia, while white characters were the voices of reason. According to Jason Rothenberg the storyline was supposed to be a commentary on the US post-9/11. Bellamy, Pike and other characters of color were portrayed as violent racists, Clarke, Octavia, Abby and Kane as sensible and peaceful, and white grounders such as Lexa as victims (black grounders, Lincoln and Indra, were actually the worst victims). The show wanted the audience to hate Bellamy and Pike, and root for Clarke, Octavia and Lexa.

“What I want to say is that I don’t think there is anything really wrong with the idea behind Bellamy’s season 3 storyline. Someone who learned to be a hero but suddenly has a fall from grace. There is potential for great storytelling there. But you have to be careful. If you have decided that you are going to put a beloved character in a tricky situation, you have to be meticulous about everything. The base to justify this turn has to be solid, the character’s reasons must be clear and understandable (understanding is different from agreeing with), there has to be a final intent, whether that being character growth or destruction. All this by staying true to the character(s) and maintaining consistency in the storytelling. With Bellamy, the 100 did none of that.” I understand that Bellamy would feel betrayed by grounders after learning to trust and work with them. I understand that Bellamy is impulsive. I understand that Pike manipulated Bellamy while he was vulnerable. To some extent, I even believe that Bellamy wasn’t completely in the wrong, after all grounders attacked the hundred from the moment they landed, and Lexa sent three hundred warriors to kill them in season 1. In the aftermath of the Mount Weather attack, his past experiences with grounders were at the forefront of his mind and he felt guilty and stupid for ever trusting them despite the warning signs. As a highly empathetic person, he saw each of those deaths as if they were personally caused by him. I GET that. I GET that he wanted to do something about it. He’s a protector, and wanted to make sure that nobody would ever get hurt again because of him. But he decided to support Pike after less than a day. He listened to Pike over his friends. He trusted Pike because he felt alone and scared, and Pike was the only one by his side, giving him a purpose. Why do you think the writers kept Raven away from Bellamy? Because if Raven was there, she would bring him back to reality pretty quick and this storyline would never happen. Raven knows pain. She was Gina’s friend. She understands and inspires Bellamy. Raven would never leave him in that moment. This is another instance of bad writing, and characters being out of character or getting removed from the plot altogether to fit the story they want to tell.

“First, they rewrote the narrative and made Bellamy dependent on Clarke to make good decisions, so that his choice to back up Pike would feel more justified because she wasn’t there to be a positive influence.” It’s racist as hell.

“We’re supposed to root for this character, to understand him and justify him and eventually believe in his redemption.” I already said this, but I’ll say it again: this storyline was supposed to reflect the US post-9/11, and Bellamy and Pike were The 100′s equivalent of “racists wanting to kill every brown person in sight”. We absolutely weren’t supposed to root for Bellamy. He was literally portrayed as a villain. He opposed Clarke, the one we should root for, and ruined the peace she and Lexa achieved.

“But the writing is so downright awful and keeps being so ugly that it has ruined the character for me forever, even now that he has undeniably come back onto the right path again in season 4.” Here’s the thing: bad writing can either benefit or damage characters. On The 100, bad writing props up white characters at the expense of characters of color. A good example of this would be Bellamy relying on Clarke to make good decisions. It’s bad writing, but it paints CLARKE in a positive light (capable of rational thinking, superior person and a good influence for her friend), and BELLAMY in a negative light (incapable of rational thinking, inferior person and dependent on his friend). He’s a victim of the racism of the writers.

“You know how this storyline could have worked? If the writers had truly committed to it. Gone all in and portrayed Bellamy’s actions as nothing other than what they were: wrong. You got your fallen hero who fully realizes the consequences of his action and you follow him in his path towards redemption, real redemption.” As I said before, they definitely portrayed his actions as wrong. In fact, I would argue that they went TOO far in villainizing him. I think you’re being unfair. Why do you have to single out Bellamy, when no other character on this show had a good redemption arc? I honestly think you’re holding Bellamy up to higher standards than other characters. Kane was responsible for the culling of three hundred and twenty innocent people, but he felt bad about it, started being a better person from that moment on, and it was okay. Other characters weren’t screaming in his face about every single bad thing he ever did and he didn’t have to beg for anyone’s forgiveness. We barely saw him struggle with his own morality. Octavia has been physically abusive of her loved ones since season 2 (and we should note that the characters she abused, Lincoln, Indra and Bellamy, are all characters of color), and in season 3 she became a killer. The narrative used her hurt and grief to justify her violence. Throughout season 4, Clarke (who was previously a morally ambiguous character, but clearly had good intentions) was straight up evil: She decided that her “friend” Monty didn’t deserve to live, experimented on grounders, left her “friend” Octavia outside the bunker to die, and kidnapped and shot at her “friend” Bellamy. The narrative didn’t even acknowledge that she was wrong. We’re still expected to root for her. We’re supposed to feel SORRY for her, for "having” to make all these hard choices (despite the fact that she fought to be a leader from day one. Clarke LOVES having power). Throughout season 1, Lexa actively tried to wipe out the hundred, and she was never sorry. She never needed redemption from being responsible for the deaths of dozens of teenagers.

“The massacre isn’t shown, we only see the bodies of the people that were killed, because they aren’t what’s important, Bellamy’s shock and pain is what we should focus on, and it would be hard to bring the audience to root for him if we saw him participating in a cold-blooded massacre.” I’m gonna say it, this makes zero sense. Bellamy’s pain is literally the farthest thing from the focus here. Those scenes barely show him. Instead, the focus is on Kane and Abby’s reactions to seeing Pike’s group return, and Octavia, Clarke and Lexa’s reactions to seeing the result of the massacre. They look shocked and horrified. Clarke and Lexa are enjoying the peace they’re bringing to Arkadia together, when their happiness is interrupted by finding the bodies that Bellamy helped kill. We’re supposed to feel for them and be ANGRY at what Bellamy did. The message of those scenes is that everything was okay due to Clarke and Lexa’s hard work, and BELLAMY ruined everything by starting a war. The writers wanted the audience to hate him and sympathize with Kane, Abby, Clarke, Lexa and Octavia, there’s no question about that.

“And then another thing, possibly the worst in my opinion: Bellamy faces no consequences whatsoever.” He got beaten up by his own sister while chained to a rock. No other character has faced a punishment like this. I honestly don’t know what kind of consequences he should face. At this point people wouldn’t be satisfied with anything but his death.

“Conflict isn’t allowed in Bellamy’s storyline because the characters are reduced to expository devices who are there to tell us we Must forgive Bellamy. His redemption doesn’t work because it comes at the expense of other characters and cohesive storytelling.”

“Every single person Bellamy interacts with (with one exception that I’m gonna touch on very soon) either don’t comment on what Bellamy has done (or has been strategically removed from the narrative/episode when they could have been there to stop him, make him change his mind or simply to tell him what he was doing/planning to do was wrong, e.g. Raven being absent in 304) OR they’re extremely understanding and keep repeating that Bellamy is good and he doesn’t have to blame himself and he has to forgive himself. Kane’s words are the most blatant evidence of what the writers are doing. “Turn the page and don’t look back.” Yeah, he’s talking to Bellamy, but most of all, that’s a message for the audience. We’re supposed to turn the page and forget what Bellamy did.” Have you considered the fact that Clarke, Kane and Jaha also struggle with guilt, and by forgiving Bellamy they’re attempting to forgive themselves for the bad things they also did? Clarke still struggles with the Mount Weather genocide, and Kane and Jaha with their decisions on the council. The kill count between Clarke and Bellamy is extremely close (Clarke at 905, and Bellamy at 1,003), and we don’t know how many deaths Kane and Jaha are responsible for, but, as the chancellor and a member of the council, they certainly executed many innocent people. “If you need forgiveness, I’ll give that to you. You’re forgiven.” - Bellamy to Clarke. “You’re not the only one trying to forgive yourself. Maybe we’ll get that someday.” - Clarke to Bellamy. And why is it okay to forget what other characters did, but not what Bellamy did? What is it about his actions that make them worse than the actions of other characters? When Clarke and Lexa kill, their actions are shown as necessary, and the narrative doesn’t hold them accountable. Clarke and Lexa let a bomb drop on Tondc, killing two hundred and fifty people. Abby initially saw Clarke’s actions as wrong, but Kane actually DEFENDED Clarke and Abby ended up agreeing with him: “Because she grew up on the Ark. She learned what to do from us. […] She made a choice. Like executing people for stealing medicine and food. Like sucking the air from the lungs of three hundred parents so they could save their children.” - Kane to Abby. “Like floating the man you love to save your people.” - Abby to Kane. Lexa sent warriors to kill teenagers because they were a potential threat. Bellamy helped killed the grounder army because they were a potential threat.  If people can understand what Clarke and Lexa did for their people and move on, why can’t they get over what Bellamy did as well? Why do other characters get to be redeemed within a few episodes, or get no redemption arc whatsoever and their actions are simply justified or glossed over, but Bellamy has to spend entire seasons trying to earn his redemption? The truth is that Bellamy will NEVER meet the fandom’s standards. He has to be absolutely perfect or everyone will call for his death, and on the moment he messed up, he started being treated as an unredeemable trash bag. Even now that he’s trying to be better, people are mad that he’s being portrayed as a better person than Clarke. No matter what he does, people will find a reason to hate him.

“And to do this, of course, the nature of the other characters is damaged. Take Clarke. Stubborn, confident, ready to challenge anyone. From season 3 on, she switches between being Bellamy’s punching bag, his emotional crutch, or being obscured and worsened to prop up his character. In season 3 he lashes out at her, sneers at her, belittles her. And she doesn’t react at all, but instead stays there to offer her support when he’s done being angry and needs a shoulder to cry on. In season 4 we even have a role-reversal of sorts, wherein Clarke makes a wrong choice (stealing the bunker) and Bellamy is shown to be the moral compass of the situation, and the season 4 finale is all about Bellamy, with Clarke being relegated to plot tool and deprived of any emotional resolution.” I’m also having trouble with this part. I know that I’m starting to sound annoyed, and that’s because so far I’ve been able to mostly at least understand where you’re coming from even though I disagree, but this right here? It’s the same coddling Clarke while shitting on Bellamy bullshit that I see all the time. Honestly, the idea of Clarke being Bellamy’s punching bag is… laughable, because since season 2, there’s clearly been a power imbalance and princess/knight dynamic between them. Literally what the fuck did he do to her? He handcuffed her once and tried to take her to Pike. This was ONE occasion, but the way you say it makes it sound like it’s some sort of constant abuse where he’s repeatedly lashing out at her. In season 4 she kidnapped him and shot at him when he tried to escape, and he LAUGHED IT OFF. Bellamy has a right to be angry at Clarke, but he’s rarely allowed to be. She often treats him and his sister like shit and he always forgives her because the writers see him as the loyal knight to her princess. The only time after season 1 where I can remember him being angry at her was when he called her out for leaving Arkadia and leaving Octavia to die in Tondc. I also find interesting that you have a problem with Bellamy being the moral compass of the situation as opposed to Clarke. Why should she be inherently morally superior? Why didn’t you have a problem when Bellamy was demonized to prop up Clarke, but you have a problem when Bellamy is shown to be a better person? The show has always put Clarke and her feelings first. What’s so bad about Bellamy, the male lead, getting the spotlight every now and then? Why, even when Clarke makes bad choices, you’re still defending her and arguing that she deserved better writing, whereas when Bellamy made bad choices, you promptly decided that you could never like him again? These are genuine questions.

“Octavia is the only one who feels angry at Bellamy, but the show isn’t interested in exploring her feelings. Or to be more precise, the show is interested in her pain and anger because of the effects they have on Bellamy. Just take as an example that horrifying scene that never should have existed of Octavia beating up Bellamy in the cave. The scene (and the script as well) is entirely from his POV. The center of the scene isn’t Octavia’s grief, it’s Bellamy’s pain. His voluntary martyrdom as he gives himself up to his sister’s rage, bleeding in slow motion and not reacting. It’s a nasty, horrible scene that also has the effect of making Octavia invisible, crushing her character under all this violence and horror that we are forced to focus on, much like the other people in the cave. She has lost the man she loved but instead of focusing on her grief, she is shown in this extremely violent light that makes it impossible to sympathize with her in that moment, while instead it makes the audience feel bad for Bellamy. Same thing in 313, when merely days after Lincoln’s death, Bellamy complains because Octavia hasn’t forgiven him yet. She is shown cold and harsh, while the suffering that is shown and explored is Bellamy’s.” I think it says a lot that in a scene where Bellamy is being beaten up by his sister, you’re more worried about Octavia’s grief than his pain. Octavia’s history of abuse didn’t start in that cave. It started in season 2 when she hit Lincoln and tried to teach him about his own culture. She has had this issue for a long time. Octavia’s feelings don’t mean anything to me and she DOESN’T deserve sympathy. That scene was completely disgusting and unnecessary, and definitely not because of Octavia. I’ll put it more clearly: in a scene of gratuitous violence against a man of color at his white sister’s hands, your priority should be to be concerned about the racism shown, not worrying that this made her unsympathetic or him sympathetic. That being said, according to you this scene made it impossible to sympathize with Octavia, yet I remember distinctly a post with SEVEN THOUSAND notes from Clexa shippers who couldn’t WAIT until Octavia beat up her brother. I remember people celebrating it and laughing about it. I’m also annoyed about people making Lincoln’s death about Octavia. He was more than being Octavia’s boyfriend. Losing him doesn’t excuse her violence. Bellamy didn’t kill Lincoln. Octavia wanted to lash out and targeted her brother, the one person who’s been sacrificing everything for her since the second she was born. He shouldn’t be seeking her forgiveness. SHE should be the one desperate to be forgiven by him.

“Season 4 is even worse when it comes to this, with the writing caging Octavia in this nonsensical storyline centered on her downward spiral supposedly started with her killing Pike. We’re supposed to question the morality of that choice and it’s even used as one of the pieces of evidence of Octavia’s growing darkness by Kane, the same person who told Bellamy to forget his past actions.”

“Nothing about all this is realistic or narratively coherent, these are choices made to heighten the scope of Bellamy’s redemption because now Bellamy not only is subjected to her anger but is also worried about her soul. And eventually, of course, their relationship is restored. With the exception of maybe one scene in 311, we can’t really talk about any actual confrontation between these two when it comes to Bellamy’s redemption storyline, between Bellamy and any character really.”

Bellamy’s bad actions came from a place of wanting to protect his people. Octavia became a killer because she was sad and angry at the world. Of course Kane is able to forgive Bellamy, because he can relate to him, but Octavia’s actions are purely selfish. The relationship between the Blake siblings shouldn’t have been restored, because, again, she was abusive towards him. But, as always, Bellamy is the punching bag of the white girls on this show and HE has to earn THEIR redemption despite them being horrible to him.

“The point of Bellamy’s storyline is that he learns to forgive himself.”

“And when the core of the redemption of a character like Bellamy is based on him letting go of guilt to go party and get drunk, I really struggle with calling it “redemption.”” It’s almost like you want everyone to hate him and constantly remind him of everything he did like this is gonna solve anything. He did bad things. The others did, too. Everyone is dealing with their own issues and berating Bellamy, and Bellamy only, for the things he did, would be hypocritical. I don’t see the fandom demanding the same treatment for Clarke, Octavia, Kane, Abby, etc. Kane did the culling in season 1, and he was redeemed on the same season. As I said before, the narrative won’t even acknowledge that Clarke has been doing some fucked up stuff to her “friends” and grounders. Bellamy’s arc with Pike started and ended in season 3, and in season 4 he tried his hardest to be a better person and make up for his mistakes, but it’s STILL not enough. Him regretting what he did isn’t a bad thing. It shows his humanity. This is exactly what I meant by “holding Bellamy up to higher standards”. Bellamy can’t win. If he makes mistakes, he’s a monster. If he regrets his actions and tries to be a better person, it’s “unearned”. Is the real issue here that Bellamy’s redemption was badly written, or that you see Bellamy as the only character who needs redemption?

I will say this: People’s hatred of Bellamy is directly connected to Clarke. Bellamy calls Clarke out on her shit and handcuffs her, and they lose their minds. Bellamy is shown as a better person than Clarke, and they can’t fathom it. They tolerate Bellamy when he’s a good soldier doing everything for his princess. When he has his own priorities that don’t involve her, though? Then he’s the devil. People hate Bellamy because he dares not to lick the ground Clarke walks on. People are allowed to dislike Bellamy. He doesn’t have to be everyone’s favorite character. But be aware of racist writing, double standards, and how those affect your perceptions of certain characters.