hmm. good question in that it doesn’t have a good answer
on the one hand, i like her more than ~half of the dancestors, as she at least cares about something and makes an effort to be nice. i admire her intellect. she’s very good at what she does, regardless of what that is, which is chiefly why i suspect mindfang was among the better pirates in history. but on the other hand, she has a lot of issues with power.
her actions in the GO timeline, in particular, are why i don’t like her all that much. she makes machiavellian decisions and carelessly toys with others’ lives, but doesn’t have any real … reason for her brutalistic worldview except “personality.” she wants to make life better, in theory, but what lead her to this strict utilitarian calculus of believing in “kill X to save X+1″?
like the obvious counterpart to this argument is “but you like vriska and/or terezi and they also make pretty shit decisions” and you’re right! i like them both even though they make pretty some shit decisions. in part because of it. not insignificantly because they make shit decisions and recognize they do, and what’s more, have reasons for their decisionmaking mechanisms rooted in their childhood or life experiences. vriska is caustic because she had to adapt that persona to survive her mother’s abuse. terezi is manipulative because of her experiences sentencing others to punishment, and her core ideal of justice, which justifies manipulation insofar as it achieves a just end – and she even demonstrates ethical confusion nearer the end of the comic regarding that! aranea is manipulative and occasionally cruel because she’s power-hungry and single-mindedly dedicated to being the one to kill the baddie, which, while not necessarily an unjust goal, isn’t grounded in anything we know about her past.
we’re not sure how similar aranea’s and vriska’s lusii were, so if we got more info on that – or more about Beforus’ culture, its system of ethics, how Feferi ruled it – i might sympathize with her more. but as it is, she faces the same difficulty as the rest of the dancestors, which is that hussie tossed them all into the narrative with a massive expodump and still didn’t tell us enough about their world.
I need a fic where Supergirl and Livewire exchange hate mail regularly…
Kara randomly just receives a postcard from hawaii or new zealand or france saying: Saw you get beat up on the news… your form is off… coming for ya blondie…
Livewire always hangs around long enough to get return mail, usually on the back of a gaudy greeting card that Kara found in some back alley gift shop, filled with a really bad pun and a quip about Supergirl being in top shape…
Then once a year, they meet up… beat the absolute crap out of each other, then part ways…
2 weeks later, Kara receives another postcard from Tahiti… bet you wish you were here instead of in a hospital bed… that was a nasty fall you took… shame you’re bulletproof…
the scene where archie keeps punching something in the ice kept replaying in my head after i watched it and i tried to do some digging, so heres a theory for cheryl:
in the ‘mysteries of riverdale’ trailer there was this really weird part where cheryl was shown to be drowning/suffocating under water
when i first watched it i didnt really pay much attention to it and just saw it as her drowning like jason.
and then the cw went and released this:
there are a lot of things in this poster, like the ice cracking, “everything comes crashing down” and the fact that chery is just on there itself.
so the theory is that she either falls through the ice accidentally (probably not) or is put there somehow after finding out about why her father killed jason (because her family is just fucked up) and that the core four is trying to break her out.
now the good news that from the trailer it looks like she survived without harm and is trying to dry herself off by the fireplace
bad news is that this means an even bigger cliffhanger is coming