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Season 2 Klance and Shallura Analysis

Alrighty so this is another one of those voltron prediction/theory/rant its basically an analysis of some parts of season 2 not all bc that would take me forever but just a few key parts (aka the key to my heart Klance okay bye). So grab a drink because this is an essay folks that I spent way too much time on than I should have. Let’s begin shall(ura) we? (I hate myself)

So I’m gonna start with a very good and very platonic (in my opinion) relationship, which is K//allura. Okay okay, they have so much potential to be bffs its exciting.

First off, I took the whole Galra Keith and Allura tension as a message the creators wanted to convey to the viewers about judging someone merely by their race. Honestly I really love it when tv shows, especially kids shows, integrate bigger ideas like racism into their stories. Its subtle yet satisfying and I really really appreciated this particular scene with Keith and Allura.

Allura is describing her hatred for the Galra which is basically her hatred toward a part of Keith that he can’t even control. He never chose to be Galra, it’s just in his blood. And obviously that hurts him because its a part of who he is:((

Like ugh this is so sweet guys. So as you know from the title of this, I don’t ship K//allura at all, but this scene was very special to me in a much different way than how I feel from a romantic interaction. Like this is a genuine moment between two characters that are haunted by the same group, the Galra. Keith is part Galra, he has a part of the enemy inside of him which is probably causing inner turmoil maybe even self-hatred within him. And Allura as we know hates the Galra for killing her entire civilization. These two have a deep character development from this scene alone. We see that Allura has matured from being bitter toward Keith for being Galra to understanding that a person should not be judged by their blood but who they truly are. Also we see that Keith has accepted the fact that yes he may have a part of the enemy within him, but that does not mean he has to be anything like them. He is also pretty stand-off ish and doesn’t like opening up necessarily. He’d much rather keep to himself (other than Shiro), but he is finally opening up to someone else as well. He forgives Allura immediately despite how offensive her bias opinion was towards him. I just love Keith. 

So these two are super close now or should be? Which is pretty awesome considering… Keith is super close to Shiro too. SO now he’s close to both Shiro and Allura who are both, might I remind you all, much older than would be appropriate for him to have a romantic relationship with. Anywho, this reeks of space parents and an angsty teen.

Which then leads to Shallura and why I believe it is pointing toward canon woot woot love these goobers. Alright so I’m solely focusing on a few scenes in particular where my heart was pounding and my eyes watering and I was clutching my heart while screaming at my computer screen. The feels man the feels. 

I just about swooned at this. Like these underrated moments are what really get me. Like I love the whole Shiro taking Allura’s hand and telling his wife to get some rest, that got me feeling some sort of way. But this scene guys. In the heat of battle, Shiro is concerned for Allura. He’s basically saying “I wish I could be there to take care of her but Coran you have to do it for me.” I cannot guys I cannot.

She could’ve called for anyone else. Was it Keith? NOPE IT WAS SHIRO, PEOPLE!!

Never forget honestly. This is the face of a broken man. I have never seen Shiro more distressed and this pic doesn’t do it justice but when you watch this scene his eyes are glistening like he’s about to cry. The calm, collected leader Shiro is on the verge of tears? omg I can’t. 

Honestly this is my weakness. When a character gets hurt and another character goes ballistic and rages. Like Shiro is so determined to kick ass in this scene and avenge Allura. End me. 

For Shallura, they both have an understanding that they need each other. They are each other’s support especially considering they both are the leaders and are the older ones of the group. They help bear each other’s responsibility which is much different than Klance’s dynamic. For Klance it is much more playful and focused on chemistry. And also because they are younger it is much more naive and afraid. Both Keith and Lance obviously care for each other but they try not to show it especially when the other is present. They are self-conscious and afraid of what the other will think, that the other doesn’t feel the same way. Shiro and Allura, however, both know that they care for each other and they aren’t afraid to express it through calling each other’s name during battle and other small gestures like that.

Which I forgot to mention that everyone is freaking out over a simple hug between Allura and Keith but like have you noticed that both Klance and Shallura have not had a proper hug yet? Ummmm is this a slow burn fic or… Seriously tho, I’ve watched plenty of shows and animes (I’m shameless) to know that usually the canon couple does not have that special hugging and seal-the-deal scenes quite so early in the series because all the anticipation builds up until the perfect scene is created. I swear a tender Klance and Shallura moment is coming I swear. 

Which then leads to my mains, Klance. I just have to admit that one of the many reasons I love these two is because of the fact that Keith and Lance are like my fav characters of all time. And I can relate to both of them at the same time idk. Anyway, back to what’s important: evidence of canon.

So… Do I really need to show these? Like these scenes do not need further analysis it just reeks of dorks-in-love-who-don’t-know-they’re-in-love-with-each-other-and-who-don’t-know-that-the-other-is-in-love-with-them. Man I love Klance. 

So instead let’s over-analyze a few other scenes…

“Babe I thought you would have my back.”

“First you forget the bonding moment now this.”

Look this one is a stretch lol but just look at Keith’s face. When you watch this scene, Keith goes from his signature annoyed and irritated look to a betrayed and frustrated look. Maybe that’s just me, but aside from that, he doesn’t necessarily look pissed off, his face changes from his usual pissy look to something much different. Obviously what Lance says does calm him down enough not to yell back at him, but he also looks frustrated because no one understand him or his secret about his past with the Blade of Mamora and all that good junk at this point. I think it is especially bothering him that he can’t just upfront say what he is hiding, and instead he knows he is looking like a fool in front of them (and especially Lance). 

Body language is important. Keith turns around as not to face them, I think he is hurt because obviously this whole situation is important to him but not even Lance seems to understand him. And I seriously think Keith and Lance have like this weird mutual understanding usually. Like ya they fight I get that, but usually they kinda get what the other is trying to get at I feel, idk maybe thats just me. 

Let’s take a moment to appreciate how blue Lance’s eyes are in this… I love my son…

So like if you look closely at this scene you notice that when Lance is making eye contact with Keith, Keith has his typical “I hate you Lance but really I don’t but I’m gonna pretend like I do” face. But right when Lance looks away Keith actually looks sad and kinda hurt. Out of everyone, he hates that Lance is the one revealing his flaws, and even he knows its true. Lance stop insulting your husband. He’s actually sensitive about what you think of him:(((

Uhhh lowkey I think Keith is just as insecure as Lance is, but he just doesn’t show it… Oh the Klangst!

And another thing we get to see in Season 2 is that Lance is showing ALOT of concern of Keith’s wellbeing which is pretty big if you ask me because season 1 was basically Pining!Keith worried about his boyf. Now we get to see some worried Lance.

Honestly, like I mentioned before, the creators are going for a slow burn. And both Shallura and Klance definitely have their little hints and subtle moments that are very easily missed. But that’s the point. If it’s too obvious then the ending won’t be as powerful, the couples won’t be as special. Also, the development of both of these couples is going slow but very well thought out and I actually appreciate it a lot. I know for a fact K//allura won’t be canon because their interaction is too straight-up(lol) for it to be canon. It could be said as “predictable” but idk I just get a total brotp vibe from them nothing more, plus if they were hinting at canon for them, they wouldn’t have them hug so soon. Also their reactions and facial expressions toward the hugs and touches would be very different. It wasn’t tender like the Bonding Moment™ or the Shallura hand grab™. Facial expressions and reactions are key! Keith looked indifferent when Allura fell into his arms and their hug was sweet yes but it wasn’t hesitant and nervous like a couple who just discovered their feelings for one another would react. It was a hug between two people who recognize their bond. It was a strong bond yes, between two lovers? no I don’t think so. Allura, herself even confirmed how she now viewed the paladins as her family and it just felt to much like a familial bond I couldn’t see anything more to it. If Kallura was to be canon they would have more subtle moments than in-your-face big moments. Little details in the way Keith or Allura would look, or in the background they would be gazing at each other (*cough* like Keith does to Lance *cough*) It’s the little things that count, remember that.

The only ship I was concerned that would be canon was Sh//eith, because they have an obvious bond that is much different than everyone else. But ever since the “Shiro, you’re a bro to me” happened, it basically killed any chance of it happening. Which in my opinion is much better because Klance and Shallura have so much potential and their stories can expand and be written so well. As it is, the creators are doing a really good job at unraveling their stories slowly but just enough as to give the viewers hope which is the goal usually for tv shows. They try to make the shippers suffer sometimes *sigh*. 

Anywho, if you read up to this point thanks for listening to me rambling about space parents and space ranger partners lol! I loved season 2 because it revealed a lot about Keith not only through the obvious backstories and blade of mamora stuff but also through his interactions. And yes Keith is my fav lol. Anyways, I am 99.9% sure Klance and Shallura are gonna be canon but by no means am I saying you shouldn’t ship what you want. You do you, folks. Ship on and enjoy the show!

anonymous asked:

So I've read all your Supercorp stuf on ao3 and if you were going to recommend other fics to read what would you recommend?

okey dokey kiddos buckle up. this list includes fics im currently subscribed to and desperately awaiting an update on and fics i have finished but loved. i did a literal rec bc i wasn’t totally sure what you wanted. if i forgot to mention you or your fic i still love you im just poorly organised pls forgive me.

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AOS 4x16: AKA Role Reversal...Role Reversal Everywhere & NOOOOOO!!!! AIDA HOW DARE YOU!!!

How we doing guys?  Good?  Do you all hate me?   I know that was a lot but now I can really properly meta things out without spoiling and I am on a computer again and not pecking out on my phone.  

I really enjoyed it, I did.  Do I like the Fitz/AIDA stuff, HADES no.  BUT I get where they are going with it and will have more under the cut.  

Please do read this before sending in an ask to see if I address it here.

This time we are under the thing due to length!

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A short, bulleted essay about the effect of media on our thoughts and why Brooklyn 99 is a Very Important Show

Howdy folks. As you all are probably aware of by now, I started watching Brooklyn Nine Nine and it sort of … all spiraled downhill from there. No, kidding, that was a joke to break the tension. But yeah, I started watching and couldn’t stop. And, in trying to figure out why, I noticed something. 

It didn’t chafe me. It didn’t set off alarm bells in my head.

Too often, I’ll start a movie or book or show that will be entertaining, enjoyable even - but then, there’s always a line, or scene, or character, or moment that has me doing a double take. That has me cringing internally. Something that’s wrong, something that’s off, something that I don’t think is necessary. It bothers me, it irks me, and it discolours the entertainment experience I’m having. And yet, every time, I push that feeling away because I’ve resigned myself to the fact that these things will appear in the media I consume, and I might as well take what I can get, because it’s either that little irk or a blatant, in-my-face smear of disgusting and (for lack of a better word) problematic attitudes. 

But it didn’t happen this time. And I was so refreshed

While the show itself can be pretty goofy, and at times even childish, I much prefer it to any of the other “more adult” media content I’ve consumed. Why? Because it didn’t have those little irks.

Not only did it not have irks - it had the opposite of irks. It had - has - anti-irks. It actually soothes the irks from the other shows.

That was partially in jest. But no, seriously. A while ago, when I’d first started watching, someone sent me an ask that read “aren’t there so many things to love about Brooklyn 99?”

And so, because you all know my love for lists, I decided to make a list. 

1)      Let’s start with the biggest one: its incredibly diverse cast. We’ve got a cast of seven characters consisting of two black men, one of whom is gay; three women (not counting secondary characters) two of whom are Latina; and two white guys, one of whom is Jewish (Hitchcock and Scully are mostly background, so I’m omitting them from the “main” cast. If their names don’t appear on the little intro, they’re not major characters). Of the seven main characters, four of them are POC. Two of those four are female. But here’s the thing – in each and every case, the audience is aware of the characters’ background without it being a topic that is either a) made the butt/punchline of a joke, b) blatantly mentioned and brought up like it’s something unnatural or strange, or, c) completely ignored. In all of these cases, the race, sexual orientation, ethnicity and culture of each individual character is treated as something normal, natural, and respected. It can be and is part of their motivation as a character, but it isn’t the be-all, end-all of their personality (in the case of Holt, for example, the constant discrimination against him as a black gay police officer is a driving force in his decisions and attitude while not completely encompassing and/or diminishing his complexity as a character in his own right). It is never seen as unimportant, and yet simultaneously it’s made known in a gracefully, bordering-on-subtle way that – and here’s the important thing – normalizes it. This show makes the harmony and love between a precinct full of people from all different backgrounds normal and natural and a good thing.

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Jet Wolf Summarizes Act 34

The manga and I kind of hate each other. This is unfortunate, but still, I’m determined to come out of this with something. Rather than spend energy on a liveblog that’s increasingly negative, I’m reading each manga act (mostly) silently, and then writing up summaries at the end. I won’t pull my punches. There’s going to be criticism and snark about the manga, either wholesale or in details. If that isn’t a thing you feel like reading, please skip this post!


To say there were parts of this issue that irritated me seems as unnecessary as declaring “my puppy is cute!” or “cheese is important!” Yet I’ll still post puppy pictures and shove cheese in my face, so necessity isn’t a great deciding factor for me, it would appear.

Ye GODS, I got irritated in this issue. But I also was interested for like two seconds. IT WAS WEIRD. The manga quickly reasserted itself and its hatred for me personally, but oh, those seconds.

First though, we have a mountain of crap to dig through.

We open with Chibs at the hospital. A doctor says she’s gone into cardiac arrest, and is dying, and everyone just stands there and looks at each other, which I do not think is the approved method for treating cardiac arrest. I realize I’m not a doctor, but I used to watch a lot of ER, so I feel pretty confident. Mamoru actually tells the doctor to leave, which seems like exactly what you WOULDN’T want in this situation, BUT MAMORU KNOWS BEST I GUESS.

I’m about to jump ahead a bit here, but jesus wept this aggravated me, so you can guess how much I care. Okay, so this is the panel just after Mamoru’s told the doctor to fuck off:

This one is seven pages later, after they’ve moved Chibs to Mamoru’s apartment:

SEVEN PAGES LATER AND A LOCATION CHANGE AND THIS IS BASICALLY THE SAME FUCKING PANEL AND I’M SO ANNOYED BY IT

DO THE INNERS JUST ALWAYS MOVE IN THIS EXACT ORDER ARE THEY LITTLE SOCCER MEN ON A FOOSBALL STICK

AMI EVEN HAS HER FUCKING HAND TO HER  CHIN IN BOTH SHOTS

AND I MAYBE WOULDN’T EVEN MIND SO MUCH IF EVEN A SINGLE ONE OF THE INNER SENSHI HAD A FUCKING LINE TO THIS POINT BUT THEY DIDN’T

THEY ARE BASICALLY BACKGROUND SCENERY AND THEN MAMORU DISMISSES THEM BECAUSE EVEN THAT IS TOO MUCH FOR THEM AND OH MY GOD I ACTUALLY SCREAMED WHEN I SAW THIS I AM A CREATURE OF PURE IRRITATION

Whew, okay. Glad I got that out. Back to the summary.

So Chibs is dead dying. Cardiac arrest is like pneumonia now, who knew? This is of course the perfect time for the Outers to visit and tell everyone they want nothing to do with them! They drop a glut of reasoning and exposition that they really should have no way of knowing, but someone has to do it, and they drew the short straw this episode. They talk about daimons and possession and it not only doesn’t make sense but is boring in precisely the way the worst info dumps always are. Anyway, they have people to kill, later.

Mamoru makes a keen medical decision.

YES A HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT’S SINGLE BEDROOM APARTMENT IS BY FAR THE BEST CURE FOR BLOOD NOT FLOWING

All the doctors apparently agree with Dr. Chiba’s stellar treatment plan as we’re next at Mamoru’s, where he does that life force sharing thing. In the manga, he can just do that now. In fairness, however, in the anime, THE CATS can just do that now. Incidentally, I am delighted to no end that the anime’s solution for a big manga question mark is “THE CATS I GUESS”. Kitty ex machina.

Mamoru tells the Inners to GTFO, and as Usagi is angsting over what to do, he makes out with her over the comatose body of their dying future daughter. AS YOU DO. Making out gives them both a vision because romantic love is fucking ~*~magical~*~ you guys, and Mamoru blah blah I’m still so pissed the Inners were fucking dismissed from even being four lingering worried faces shoved into the same panel THEY CAN’T EVEN HAVE THAT.

Meanwhile, at Casa de Bad Guys, Mistress Nine is trying to cut her hair, and I cannot for the life of me fathom why. OUT OF CONTROL HAIR IS KIND OF YOUR THING. Tomoe and Kaolinite grovel at her feet, functionally no different from any mini-boss and Big Bad exchange we’ve seen so far, just somehow more boring. Mistress Nine brings Chibs’ ginzuishou to Pharaoh 90 (it’s not so much a planet-sized eldritch abomination here, more like a talkative gust of Febreze), and they shave a decade or so off my life by talking about fucking crystals again. Why the manga didn’t just own that it really wanted to be about Mamoru and crystals, I have no goddamn clue. Kaolinite meanwhile resurrects the Witches 5, as they were so effective in their previous singular appearance.

Usagi wanders out of Mamoru’s apartment who the fuck knows how many hours later, to find the Inners all patiently waiting for her outside, like dogs tied to the bike rack. They pledge to go get Chibs’ soul back (BLOOD NOT FLOWING = SOUL) and go to Mugen. Usagi spends the whole time lamenting that the Outers aren’t with them. You know, Usagi, if you could focus on one fucking problem at a time, that’d be awesome. They enter, see the Witches 5 twins, and then everyone gets separated.

HERE’S WHERE IT WAS INTERESTING FOR A COUPLE SECONDS. THE INNERS ACTUALLY GET SOMETHING TO DO I COULDN’T FUCKING BELIEVE IT. AND SEPARATELY LIKE THEY WERE MAYBE INDIVIDUAL PEOPLE IT WAS AMAZING.

Sort of. They each get a couple of pages/panels where they face off against their Witches 5 counterpart. It’s psychological-focused! It actually deals with each of the girls in a different way! The fact that it’s the most basic possible insight into their characters actually doesn’t even bother me because it’s fucking SOMETHING. After 30+ chapters and I don’t know how many hundreds of pages of story where the best I could hope was that they wouldn’t be shoved aside immediately (AND WAS OFTEN DISAPPOINTED), my god, it’s like getting a thousand page character-based novel.

But this is the manga, and it gives, only to cruelly take. What punishment will it dole out to this poor innocent Jet Wolf, trying only to salvage a morsel of pleasure? Perhaps Mamoru will somehow be shoehorned in? Maybe the situation will exist only to highlight how Usagi is the super besty best? Perhaps the arc will steal one more moment to remind us that Haruka is cool, Pluto’s not dead, and Michiru is also there?

WOULD YOU BELIEVE ALL FUCKING THREE

These scenes, where the Inners face a moment weakness and uncertainty exist only to show Mamoru And Usagi Are Connected By Miracle Romance

AND OH NO HOW HARD IT IS FOR HIM TO NOT BE THERE IN THIS FIGHT POOR MAMO-CHAN :( :( :(

That Usagi alone is strong enough to see through this and break free

And that the Outers have to come save them.

So yeah, that character-based moment the Inners got, their first since their introduction? Solely to build up LITERALLY EVERYBODY ELSE.

Fuuuuuuuuuck yooooouuuuuuu

Then everyone powers up Usagi into Super Sailor Moon, she maybe kills Kaolinite? No one really cares. Mistress Nine does something with Chibs’ ginzuishou, but it’s impossible to tell what.

I’m going with her throwing up from that mad kegger last night. Look, you can’t prove I’m NOT right.

Oh, and Chibi-Usa’s glowing now. I checked WebMD, and it says glowing is a side effect of either blood not flowing, meningitis, or cancer. Thanks as always, WebMD!

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THEY’RE EACH OTHER’S FAVORITE TROPE

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SUCH an awesome two parter. And yeah, a hell of a lot to unpack in that death scene.

And unpack it I now WILL! I made it through those episodes alive so now I get to go back, ahaha, that’s how that works, apparently.

And this is gonna be related to Julian & Garak being each other’s favorite trope, because all of it is. Because: the way they express intimacy with each other is nearly always through performance. Oh it goes so deep, and we will follow it.

1. Pretense

I’ve had “the thing about pretense” jingling in my Loose thoughts doc for a while, so first let’s finally do that. The Thing is, Garak and Bashir are pretty unique on Deep Space 9 in how much they appreciate and even respect a good pretense. And we’re talking maybe all the definitions here, the social masking and the imaginary inventions and the affectations, too.

They’re both showy sorts of people on their own, prone to really delivering the full length of their sentences and playfully feigning things. So its no wonder then that as soon as they met they were dancing around “my dear Doctor” and “my dear Mr. Garak”-ing each other, having a grand old time and confusing the hell out of most everyone around them. Because they’re both the type, it turns out, who doesn’t need to trust a person to enjoy them — an outlook entirely foreign to someone like Kira Nerys, or Benjamin Sisko to a good extent. Or Miles O'Brien, which is probably part of why his relationship with Julian didn’t take off until later, after Miles began to realize that this fancy idiot Enacting Friendliness with suspicious cards like Garak, wasn’t himself an untrustworthy person.

But Julian and Garak immediately recognized that they had a shared language of Pretense, and so were able to just step directly into playing some coy elaborate mashup game of Two Truth Or Dares And A Lie. The game was the relationship – and as it would turn out, it would also be the trust.

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The Signs (from a Virgo POV)
  • Aries: you're either super sweet and intelligent or way hardcore, i haven't met an in between yet. you're usually so YOU that people get intimidated by you. some people think you're too hot headed or insensitive, but you're really soft and sensitive deep down. you don't deal with stress so well, but honestly, who does.
  • Taurus: the ones that wear it, wear makeup well. you have a very cool style, and people can be jealous of it. sometimes you don't really get why people get upset at you, and that makes you upset, too. people call you lazy, but when you put your mind to something, you don't give up, and that's really cool!
  • Gemini: even though you're surrounded by people who adore you, you can feel pretty lonely. you fight with yourself about whether you want to be grounded with close relationships or fly away freely, doing whatever you want without "consequences." you're all a bunch of smartie pants, and you tell the best jokes, even though sometimes you laugh so hard you don't always finish them.
  • Cancer: the ease you have with being in touch with your emotions is somewhat intimidating to some other signs. they're afraid of hurting your feelings. getting past that though, you're always a delight to talk to, when you want to talk. so nice and gentle, funny, and i haven't met one yet that hasn't pulled the silliest puns or hasn't said YOLO or swag often.
  • Leo: your sense of staying true to yourself can scare away some people, but also cause many others to flock to you. people are often envious of you for one reason or another. your confidence, whether it be faked or not, is something to be admired. you have awesome senses of humor, and you make your friends laugh so hard they choke on their own spit.
  • Virgo: even though you want to stop most of the time, you're trying so hard. easier said than done, but you guys need to take a day off to relax and have some time to yourself. even when you look like you aren't paying attention, you hear everything, which makes some people wary of you. but when you're over-stressed, your elephant-like memory disappears.
  • Libra: the ones i've met have always been what i can't describe anything other than pure. not in the sense that they don't have a dirty side to them, but in the sense that everything they do is so genuine. if they don't like you, you'll know it right off the bad, and visa versa. they're creative and imaginative and are always impressing someone.
  • Scorpio: you guys are hilarious and usually you know it. your smile is beautiful because your whole face lights up too. people get intimidated by your aura, and although you like watching behind the scenes, you can get really lonely. you're mysterious without really even trying, but others always feel like you're keeping something from them.
  • Saggitarius: not everyone really gets you, so when you find someone who does, you tend to be glued to them at the hip, whether you realize that or not. you have one of the most memorable laughs out of your friend groups. your feelings can be pretty set in stone, so people might think you're a little stubborn or be afraid of you, but don't worry. you can feel however you see fit.
  • Capricorn: people wouldn't think it from first glance, but you guys are beyond funny. you make your good friends laugh all the time, and sometimes you didn't even do it on purpose. it comes naturally to you somehow. you're not as motivated as you let on, but you're always doing your best or trying as hard as you can manage. people envy this of you. most of you are pretty insecure, so you try to hide how you're feeling a lot.
  • Aquarius: not many people really get you. and most of the time, neither do you. all you know if you want to be as different as possible from everyone else so you can have a sense of self. people think it's weird, and you take that as a complement. you notice more things than you let on to everyone else. you have a hard time making connections with others, but when you do, you're sooooo loyal.
  • Pisces: you're all cute in some way. people really like your sense of humor, if you'll let them hear it. sometimes you're insecure to share your thoughts, but as great as your imagination is, you should never hold back. some of you have a way with words, and without meaning to, attract people to you. you're all really in touch with how you feel, and sometimes that makes others nervous of you.
Musketeers 2x10 (Spoilers)

Okay, I am going to do yet another rant because this show’s previous episode was so suspenseful and intense and its finale was nearly perfect in every way.  I only started watching The Musketeers this summer (because the BBC played previews so much during their promotion of Doctor Who’s season eight premiere ).  But in such a short span of time, the show has got me hooked line and sinker and now ties with Doctor Who as my favorite current tv show.  So now, here is the break down of the Season 2 finale of this beautiful, wonderful show:

-Omfg, I was so freaking nervous about Constance and holy shit, what an incredible rescue.  Athos, D’artagnan, and Treville are bosses.  Once again, Constance has shown she is equally if not more tough than the Musketeers by refusing the blind fold before the almost execution. Props for Treville for handing Rochefort’s ass to him and showing that loyalty is far stronger than any manipulation.

-Ah, Porthos and the Spanish ambassador.  That was a western style shoot out  and it was brilliant.  He’s got some serious balls for taking out like ten guards on his own and a great strategy with having guns in specific places on the forest ground.  And lets not forget Constance with her zinger line to the Spanish ambassador: “Perhaps, I bring men to fight for me.”That’s another great thing about The Musketeers is that it says fuck you to sexism.  I mean because Treville is such a dad, he at first shoots Constance down when she days she wants to come with, but not one objects after she says that Rochefort is her enemy too (Lemay was her medical bro).  D’artagnan treats her more as an equal in this episode and only tells her to be careful.  God, the four of them were so awesome together.

-Milady-master of sass: “God works in mysterious ways” when saving Aramis.  It was also very much of a “surprise bitch, thought you’d seen the last of me” moment that made me laugh.  While showing that Milady is a bamf (but we already knew that), the scene also intrigued me.  It shows the contradictions Aramis is made of.  On one hand he is the Don Juan, a great soldier and not bad with charming the ladies.  On another hand, he has a deep respect for God and has a strong sense of what is right and what is wrong (which he may not always act on, but what can we expect, he’s human).  We can see the look/mask of Milady fade when Aramis just punches out the guard (He says she doesn’t have to kill him) and says that she values life too lightly.  The thief, the manipulator, and the chameleon will always be a part of her, but that doesn’t erase the desperate girl (when she was a common street thief) and the desperate woman (the genuine feelings for Athos and her attempt to clean herself up through her marriage) thats also inside.   

-I don’t think BBC ruined Milady’s character by having the scene between her and Athos saying that they are bound together (a fear that some fans have).  It showed a lot of vulnerability on on both their parts.  It in no way, dumbed down their story line.  In fact, it made it much more complicated because she gave Athos an ultimatum.  Deep down she knows Athos will choose the musketeers because its his duty, but she still hopes to have the life with Athos that they were robbed of.  She doesn’t outwardly say she loves him and neither does he.  I had major feels when Athos in his own way said he loved her by saying “It rains a lot in England…”  My Milathos feels, you guys…

-The scenes with Louis and Rochefort were like WTF, but at the same time, gave me more perspective on Louis’ character.  He is so alone in the world (father was murdered, his trusted advisor is dead, he’s been kidnapped (ok that one was more his fault), and he had a psycho play russian roulette with his wife and child).  I understand his feelings of paranoia and since he’s super weak minded, it makes sense he’d latch on to Rochefort.  Louis desperately wants to save his wife because she is the only companion he has had.  Multiple times, he pretty much tells Rochefort to shut the fuck up, because having to execute his wife and give up his son is in no way just a matter of state.  I still don’t excuse him though for giving in and signing Anne’s death warrant.  And OMFG, after the emo-king phase, is he really ready to declare a war with Spain like a day later…Jesus, his character is so flippant.

-The trial scene  for the most part went the way I expected (good for you, Aramis for calling Rochefort out), and, therefore, I was more interested in watching Magritte.  I like the subtleness they put with her character to show how much her guilt is destroying her from the inside out.  She looks so worn out with dark circles around her eyes and the dark gowns.  Her face looks pale and angular.  I know some of you were like she got what she deserved when she killed herself, but I always to a degree felt sorry for her.  She was at the mercy of Rochefort (you have to really understand the time period to understand how much reputation and position meant economically for not only a singular woman/girl, but also for her family). In the end, she is laughed at for having confessed for sleeping with Aramis, which was the thing she was trying desperately to both hide (her reputation) and forget (her broken heart).  Rochefort completely threw her under the bus by doing this and therefore, like Lemay, I’d count her as another victim of Rochefort’s cruelty and ruthlessness. 

-My boys and Constance storming the palace gave me the “hell yeah” feeling and was the centerpiece of the episode.  And Treville was there with them, which gave him an opportunity to dad (he can never not do this) and reclaim his honor (not that it was actually gone, but you know, Louis ruined him).  Man, and the scene leading up to it, showed a huge character growth in Queen Anne, especially with another verbal bitch slap (”know that I did not think a day about you” when Rochefort was being the creepy dude he is).Anne was every bit a queen when she knew/saw what Rochefort intended to do with the chain.  There was no fear in her eyes, just utter bravery (something her husband should really get).  There’s so much coldness when Rochefort looks up at her after being stabbed and she looks back, unemotionally, and does not move an inch.  She’s no longer so naive nor merciful to others who dare threaten her.

-Rochefort, the douche/fuckboy he is, is one tough fuck.  I mean he gets shot in the arm by Constance, stabbed in the back by Aramis, and he’s still able to fight?  And he just pulls the sword out of his back and tries to fight D’artagnan, Athos, and Porthos. As evil as he’s been the whole series, the comparison i made to Rochefort’s last moments was that of a trapped animal.  He knows that Anne despises him, the Spanish ambassador spilled everything, and that Aramis can no longer be executed.  He’s been tortured physically for five years (also lets you know how sadistic the Spanish ambassado is) and now the only thing left to do is not surrender/face execution to gain half an ounce or redemption, but to claw and snarl back.

-On that note, I’ve got to say, I think everyone within the show, was shocked at D’artagnan straight up stabbing Rochefort through the heart.  I mean, I know earlier he said Rochefort is mine, but he had a certain coldness in his eyes and an element of ruthlessness (Rochefort was pretty much done for anyway).  And no, I’m not at at all sympathizing with Rochefort, it’s more on the grounds of the Musketeer’s code of honor.  I think it opens up the gate for a little more darkness for D’artagnan’s character.  Not that I want him to go the opposite direction from the way he already is (love my Musketeers the way they are), but it’s a definite step away from innocence.  Basically, it opens up for more character development for season 3.  

-The wedding was freaking adorable and one that D’artagnan and Constance deserved.  It was so sweet Athos walked her down the isle (he’s so much like Treville).  The only bad thing Treville has done the entire show was cock block Athos from getting to Milady on time by telling him he has to prepare for war.  There’s a sense of grief as he watches the wedding of his friend out of his own broken marriage and it is the trigger that pushes something inside him to say that he wants to fix it. His bros cover for him as he neglects Treville’s orders to go and catch her carriage.  Once again, Milady’s vulnerability is shown through the scenes in between.  She’s dressed in a flowy, blue gown, which was very good symbolism to show that she is bearing herself to Athos and is opening herself up to the feelings of guilt/despair but also hope.  The way she jumped out of the carriage when she heard that random horseman was so heartbreaking.  I wonder if she thinks that Athos doesn’t love her now…NOOOOOOOOOOOO, but we know he does.  So sad that he realizes he’s too late and he finds the singular blue glove. He’s heartbroken…Damn you BBC, she better be coming back.

-Whelp, Aramis learned the moral of the story and that is to control his dick.  But in all seriousness, I think his commitment to live a monastic life shows more about his character and that he truly is trying to fix who is as a person.  He cannot bring the Cardinal’s mistress or Magritte back to life nor can he take back how much fucking danger he put Anne in.  He realizes that and him staying away and living a different life is part of the long road of redemption.  As Porthos said, “That boy is the king’s son.”  I mean, I was heartbroken when he said he was leaving, because he’s my favorite (okay, it’s actually always been a tie between him and Athos because I can relate a lot to Athos and he’s basically the Obi-Wan of the show).  And I didn’t want some random newbie showing up to take his place.  Really glad that it ended with Athos, Porthos, and D’artagnan riding off (of course with dad Treville’s permission) to tell Aramis about the war with Spain and how they’re going to need him.  Most likely, he’ll be back in the game and the perfect team will be united again.

Miscellaneous notes:

-The world of The Musketeers just got ten times bigger with the on coming war with Spain. 

-I’m really hoping Milady will return and part of me thinks she will.  She’s going to England, which leads me to my theory of the season 3 villain.  I think it’s going to be the Duke of Buckingham (the righthand of the king of England).  Pretty sure the book had France and England as allies against the Spanish, if I remember correctly.  Somehow, I think she will be linked to him and it will be a way for her to reunite with Athos.

-Fan girl me says nope Aramis, nope, you’re not leaving your bros and me to go pray. Nope. 

-Really glad Treville is guiding Louis.  Not really happy it’s through war (and neither is Treville), but at least there won’t be another Rochefort running the show.

-Louis is freaking moody and needs to grow up.

-Athos needs to be happy one day and BBC needs to compensate him for his Someone-just-kicked-a-puppy look when he picks up Milady’s glove. 

-The cinematography for this episode was beautiful (when Aramis is walking off on his own with the autumn leaves falling and the other three riding off to go get Aramis).  It was also so well used (the blue of Milady’s dress as well as the emphasis of her left-behind glove in Athos’ hand).

-Louis: “It’s like I’ve woken up from a nightmare.”  Everyone’s like no fucking shit and thinking so have we, so have we…

-Hoping Annamis doesn’t go away.  Their relationship is very domestic, whereas Athos/Milady’s is complex and disfunctional and D’artagnan/Constance is passion/young love.  I like all the ships on the show.

-Constance is awesome and I hope she has no less screen time in season 3 than she had in this season.

-The ladies of the show had all the best lines.  Preach it, ladies…  

One Little Suggestion

Request- Could I possibly get an imagine of like the Ghost Facers episode in season 3 but with the reader added into it and she’s dating Dean and some of the Ghost Facers crew start to like her and try to hit on her and stuff and Dean gets angry and jealous so he keeps her close to him the whole time ? Thanks ! Sorry if this is long & weird !

A/N- Sooo sorry if this didn’t come out as good as you hoped. Let me know! So this one occurs during ‘Ghost Facers’ episode in season 3 episode 13. I watched it a million times while writing this (not that I minded) which is why it took a bit longer. Any who tell me what you think x)

Dean x Reader

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“Hey you guys hear that?” you whisper while you and the boys wander around the Morton house. You all turn towards the sound and see a flashlight pointing your direction.

“Freeze! Police officers! Don’t Move!” Dean yelled, the two men that were there were freaking out.

Sam asked for their ID when the one with glasses remembered them, “I know both of you guys, yeah.”

“Holy shit!” Sam said realizing who the guy was.

“What?” Dean asked wanting to know too.

“West Texas… the tulpa we had to take out. Those two goof balls that almost got us killed.” Sam responded.

“Oh!” you shout “You told me about these guys… The um- hell something or the uh… Oh the hellhounds.” you say.

“Well we’re not hell hounds anymore… it didn’t test out well.” he said while telling his friend that you weren’t cops.

“Ed! Ed, you had a partner didn’t you have a different guy? Where is he?” Dean asked.

“He’s uh running around… chasing ghost” Ed responded.

“Well you and Rambo need to get your girlfriends and get out of here.” Dean demanded.

Ed had continued arguing, “I’ll look for them” you volunteered. As you walked out, you heard Ed call Dean ‘chiseled chest’, you smiled and continued on. You roamed through the house and stopped when you heard a voice.

“Guys… Guys! Guys!” You followed the voice to find some guy with a camera and a couple? The guy with the camera was videotaping a death echo. After it was over they noticed you. The camera man turned the camera towards you, “Who are you?” he asked.

Before you could answer, “We have to go show Ed!” The girl interrupted, still a bit freaked out with what just happened. Everyone ran screaming, heading downstairs. You couldn’t help but laugh a little at their excitement.

They were screaming excitedly telling Ed and Corbett what they had seen. Then Harry stopped, “Hey! Aren’t those the assholes from Texas?”

“Yes” Ed responded.

“Guys let’s have this reunion somewhere else… Come on let’s go” Dean demanded, but they ignore him and continued showing Ed and Corbett the video they just took.

Dean and Sam walked over to you, “Think we were wrong on this?” he asked.

“I don’t know that was just a death echo of someone who got shot but I don’t think anyone was shot here.” You say.

“No one was shot here… At least none that I can find.” Sam said.

“Wait the pretty lady is with you guys?” asked Spruce.

“Pretty lady” Dean repeated looking towards you, you shrugged, “Look buddy, it would be best if your eyes don’t linger on my girlfriend.” Dean told him, taking a protective step in front of you, shielding you from the camera.

“Oh what’s a death echo?” he asked looking at you over Dean’s shoulder, completely ignoring his warning.

“Look we have a problem here and that ghost aint it.” Sam answered.

He ignored Sam and looked back at you, “What’s a death echo hot stuff?”

Dean was getting increasingly more annoyed and you tried so hard not to laugh, “Echoes are trapped in a loop. Okay, they keep replaying how they died over and over and over again usually in the place they got gank’d. It’s about as dangerous as a scary movie.”

“Well maybe the echo is not dangerous but something else is.” Sam said, Dean agreed, “We need to go.”

You all tried to push them out the door. It being too dangerous for a bunch of amateurs. When Ed realized Corbett was missing. A few seconds after, you could hear his screams. The Ghost Facers’ crew scrambled after him.

“Shit!” Sam shouted.

“We should probably go after them.” you said.

Dean nodded as he grabbed your hand, “But you’re sticking with me, I don’t want those creeps making any moves on you.” You nod, you would have usually teased him about his jealousy but this was no time for that.

You all run after the Ghost Facers, when the screams stopped and Corbett was nowhere to be found. Dean, Sam, and you start shouting to go back down stairs. Ed had not only taken you with him but he did so while having a fair grip on your arm.

“Oh my god… He’s gone, he just disappeared.” Ed said looking into your eyes. Dean was none too happy.

He came over, pushed Ed off you, and walked over to Sam while holding your hand. “Well it’s 12:04 Dean. You good, you happy.”

“Yeah I am happy-” he responded.

They bickered about whether this was a good idea or not. “You got two months left Dean. Instead we’re going to die tonight.”

“Guys calm down,” you say. You hated it when the counted how much time Dean had.

Sam grabbed a chair and smashed it against the door. Alarming the Ghost Facers, who then came over to check what the commotion was about. Spruce notified everyone about the camera spritzing again, and another death echo appear. Dean tried to shock the echo out of its loop. Unfortunately he didn’t succeed and the ghost proceeded to repeat its’ moment of death.

You all decided to continue your run through the house, in hopes of maybe finding Corbett. “Stay close” Sam said. You were in front of them, Ed and Spruce slowed their speed to be ‘close’ to you.

“No! NO not you two. You keep walking.”  He yelled, grabbing your hand pulling you behind him, guarding you from them. He continued explaining what death echoes are and where they appear. Maggie then asked what the echoes ‘were doing here’. “Hey! Give the lady a cigar. Alright seriously does looking at this nightmare through that camera make you feel better or something?” he asked, earning him a nudge from you.

“Um… Uh… Yeah I think so.” she responded.

You all enter a room and look through the things. Ed was frustrated and wanted to look for Corbett as soon as possible. Dean had found a box full of the things of the last owner of the house, Freeman Daggett.

“Eww” Dean said “Got three toe tags here. One death by a gunshot, train accident, suicide.”

“Eww” Sam responded.

“Ugh that’s just wrong” you add.

Ed and Harry didn’t seem to figure out what that meant, so Sam explained, “…because their bodies are here… somewhere in the house.”

“He brought the remains from the morgue… to play” Dean added when they still didn’t understand. After their brains figured it out and they were grossed out, Dean noticed that Maggie was missing, and found her shortly after. Told her to stay close. All of a sudden the emf was going nuts, the camera was spritzing again, and Sam disappeared.

Dean yelled for Sam the ghost facer crew called for Corbett. You all split up looking for them, you and Dean then heard yelling. Following it you found Ed and Harry attempting to fight. Dean broke it off. Ed turns and looks at you, “I. I won that right? I’m pretty strong huh?”

“Oh yeah… Super strong.” you answer, nodding sarcastically.

Dean came back, once again taking a hold of your hand, “Don’t- don’t encourage him.” he told you. Then continued your search for Sam. Spruce followed you and Dean down a set of stairs leading into the basement. Suddenly the door slammed behind you, leaving Maggie, Ed, and Harry alone. Dean instructed them to make a salt circle as you continue on down to the basement.

“Hey can I ask something. Earlier… You, Sam, and Y/N talked about how you had two months left?” Spruce questioned.

“Yeah… it’s complicated.” Dean said absentmindedly.

“L-let’s not talk about that and focus on finding Sam and Corbett.” you say as Spruce had the camera on you. You pause, straining your ears, “You hear that?”

“Is that music?” Spruce asked.

“It’s coming from behind this wall.” Dean answered while he moved the metal cabinets and busted open the door behind it. Finding Sam tied to a chair, Dean shot the ghost making it disappear. You and Dean proceeded to untie Sam as quickly as possible. Unfortunately there was no helping Corbett.

Sam explained what the ghost of Freeman Daggett was doing. How he would bring the dead corpses home to celebrate his birthday. While on the stairs to go back to the first floor Spruce’s camera began to malfunction. He turned around, the Daggett’s ghost was right behind him and threw him back into the room. Sam came down and shot it. It disappeared and reappeared behind Dean who came back into the room. Then Daggett’s ghost sent him flying and Sam right after. All of a sudden Corbett’s ghost appeared and talked him and they both disappeared in a big flash.

“Babe! You okay?” you asked holding your hand out to help him up.

“Yeah, I’m fine…”he answered taking your hand and getting back on his feet.

You all walked out of that house. It then cut to a black screen ‘In Memory of Alan J. Corbett 1985-2008 King of the Impossible”

The ghost Facer crew looked at the three of you expectantly. “So what’d you guys think?” Ed finally asked.

Dean turned to look at you and Sam, “I think it was half awesome…” he stood and faced Ed, got in real close. “Just uh one little suggestion” he paused waiting for Ed to answer, he was a bit intimidated and simply nodded “If I were you I wouldn’t have added all those scenes where the camera stays a little too long on my girlfriend.” Ed’s eyes widened slightly and nodded once more.

The three of you headed outside towards the impala, “We clean?” Sam asked. Screams of the Ghost Facers could be heard and the three of you smiled and hopped into baby.

“Electro magnet wiped out every tape and hard drive they have” Dean said.

“World isn’t ready for the Ghost Facers” Sam added.

“That’s too bad… I kinda liked the show.” stated Dean.

Sam smirked, “it had its moments”

“I don’t like being the center of attention.” you declared.

You all laughed as Dean pulled out of the drive way and back on the road.

Hope you like it! x)

YOU GUYS. I SAW HAMILTON LAST NIGHT.

And now I have a long ass train ride home, so I’m going to write all about it. Rambling, spoiler-filled commentary (about the plot, the music, the choreography, and other details from the room where it happens) lies ahead!

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defending lucy heartfilia, part two

Part one is here.

I run across a lot of Lucy-bashing while browsing through FT-related sites/forums. And most of the time I shake it off, because, eh, life’s just too short.

But once in a while I’ll see something that really irks me.

I’m not going to bother to look up and link to this image, but it’s basically a collage of a number of FT mages (mostly women) captioned with each mage’s specialty (so, frex, Natsu would be Fire Dragon Slayer).

Only in Lucy’s case, her caption is Fanservice.

According to the maker of this image–and many other people–Lucy is weak and useless, and only there for fanservice.

Give me a minute to take some deep, calming breaths before I deal with this.

Okay.

Lucy is more than a victim, romantic interest, or purely fanservice character. Much more. 

At the beginning of the manga, Lucy was our viewpoint character and narrator. We learned about the world of Fairy Tail and the eccentricities of its mages through her. And she did important things (including winning battles) even during the early missions, when she was still a newbie and learning the ropes.

(And if you tell me you can’t see that, I’ll be forced to list all the ways Lucy was a help early on. WITH MANGA PANELS. Don’t make me go there.)

As time went on and FT finally got a main plot (that happened around the Tenrou arc), Lucy’s role also became more important and plot-relevant. Many fans strongly suspect that there is a connection between her mother’s death and the disappearance of the dragons. Layla also told Lucy that the One True Magic is actually love. That will be significant later in the story. I can almost guarantee it.

Then the Zentopia incident came around, and Earthland lost most of its Celestial Spirit wizards. Yukino and Lucy might very well be the last of them, and together they have all twelve of the super-rare Zodiac keys. Celestial Spirit magic was needed to close the Eclipse gates. Without Lucy and Yukino, any other wizard–no matter how strong–wouldn’t have been able to prevent hundreds of dragons from emerging. The dragon slayers would have been quickly overwhelmed, almost every wizard would’ve died, and all of Fiore decimated.

That’s the future Lucy and Yukino prevented.

The type and rarity of Lucy’s magic is going to continue to play a big role. In the Tartarus arc, I see hints of Lucy’s importance due to the fact she’s a writer and a Celestial Spirit wizard. The nine demons are known as Gates, they are from the Book(s) of Zeref, and one of them is a story-writing demoness.

Only there for fanservice? I don’t think so!

Moving on to the fact that she gets hated on for being weak:

Let’s just consider where Lucy’s coming from before forming judgments about her strength. Unlike the orphans at the guild who were going out on jobs and subduing monsters at any early age, Lucy had a sheltered childhood where her every physical need, at least, was met. When she joined FT, she had zero battle experience and had been working for a living for less than a year. 

Her magic is not as combat-oriented as Natsu’s or Erza’s. And frankly, she does not have a fighter’s personality. She’d rather avoid physical confrontation if she can help it. She doesn’t love to fight or brawl, unlike several others in her guild.

In terms of experience, magic skill, and attitude, she was behind everyone else from the start.

But you know what? Compared to back then, she’s come a long way.

If you look only at her magic skill, Lucy has: acquired seven more gold keys; learned Forced Gate closure; mastered Urano Metria; dealt with her weakness of running out of magic power; and learned to summon two Spirits at once and combine their powers. Not to mention she now owns the nifty River of Stars whip.

Even more impressive is her change in attitude. She used to be (understandably) a little cowardly. She sweated buckets at the thought of taking on the dark guild Eisenwald, hid in Horologium at the first opportunity on Mt. Hakobe and at Galuna, and was only too happy to let others do the fighting in the Lullaby arc. When faced with Zero at Nirvana, she froze with fear.

Lucy has had to learn to be brave. She went from this:

to this:

Lucy’s always tried her best, even when she faced tough opponents. She was ready to take on Kain at Tenrou, then she determinedly joined the rest of her team to take on Hades. While dragons were emerging from the Eclipse Gates, Lucy was the only one on the scene attempting to do something about them. And lately, she ran after Jackal, an opponent who had already assassinated most of the Magic Council, bombed half the town, and taken down Natsu.

Because she’s learned courage.

It can be hard to see Lucy’s improvement in her fighting skills because she’s with powerhouses like Natsu, Erza, and Gray so much. Also, the villains have gotten tougher as well, so they can be a challenge to the above-mentioned powerhouses. But really, Lucy is stronger than your average Fiore mage.

You can see how good Lucy’s gotten in her fight with Flare, a battle she would’ve easily won if not for Raven Tail’s cheating. I love that fight because Lucy showed calm, courage, skill, and versatility. I very much hope she’ll get a chance to be that awesome again and win.

But Lucy’s role in Fairy Tail has never been to be a powerhouse. Many of her strengths are intellectual and relational.

On the intellectual front, Lucy realized there was a secret behind Daybreak, and restored the memory of his father to Kaby. She was also the only one to figure out where Mavis’ grave was at Tenrou. She had Crux analyze the Eclipse Gates to see what really was going on with them.

But her greatest gift is her ability to form relationships, and her fighting style reflects that. She achieved Unison Raids with Juvia at ToH and Wendy at Tenrou. She and Loke worked together to defeat Bixlow. She won her battle against Angel–a superior opponent–because her love of Spirits turned Gemini against Angel and kept Hibiki from going over to the dark side. Later in the arc, Gemini came to her aid to break the third lacrima for the same reason. She and Yukino took down one of the Hungry Wolves executioners. She joined with Wendy and Flare to beat the three treasure hunters, opponents that even Natsu admitted were actually pretty good.

Lucy’s at her best when working with others.

Lucy saved Loke’s life, so you can thank her for anything major Loke has done since then, such as defeating Zoldeo, helping fight at Edolas and in Mercurius’ dungeon, joining with the other Zodiac spirits to close the Eclipse Gates, getting the addresses of four ex-councilors.

Lucy’s also done her fair share of rescuing and carrying a motion-sick or depleted Natsu, starting from the very beginning when she had Aquarius sweep Bora’s ship back to shore. Her Spirits have come out to save people–Horologium saved Wendy and Arcadios, Virgo came out to help Natsu & Lucy when they went over the waterfall, and Taurus saved Happy, Lucy, Natsu & Macao from tumbling into an icy ravine at Mt. Hakobe.

Lucy told Juvia she’d be welcomed into Fairy Tail. She was the only one Cana confided her big secret to. Not only did Lucy partner with Cana in the S-class exam, she encouraged Cana to reveal her secret to Gildarts. Lucy offered to talk to Makarov on Flare’s behalf. And she comforted Happy tenderly when he felt bad about leaving Natsu at Tartarus.

I don’t expect many feats of brute power from Lucy. Her strength has much more to do with her kind heart.

One way I can see this playing out in the future: In the past, Lucy has restrained Natsu from hurting himself on the wind-wall and going berserk with rage in Edolas. When Natsu starts throwing around reckless and dangerous promises to give up his humanity in order to protect his friends (like he did during Eclipse), it’s Lucy I’m relying on to keep him sane.

Lucy brings kindness and normalcy to the FT world. I often think her relative weakness is a reminder to the monsters on her team that not all humans are like them. And I love the way she’s grown while still retaining her ordinary-girl vibe.

I think I’ve covered all the major reasons people criticize Lucy for. My goal is not to convert everyone into a member of the Lucy Heartfilia Fan Club, but to show that Mashima has done/is doing some really neat things with her character. If I missed responding to any other big complaint about Lucy, let me know and I’ll do my best.

Want to make a movie about Boston? Include these tropes for maximum effect:

-a white guy, probably not super educated, finds strength and courage through things like boxing or becoming a cop
-ensure that no one in the cast moisturizes for like 17 years before being cast
-drop your r’s, even in words that typically don’t have dropped r’s, because who gives a fuck, right?
-have at least five shots of Fenway Park, even if Fenway isn’t featured in the movie at all
-reference a local restaurant or bar that will confuse viewers who aren’t from Boston
-Make sure it seems that everyone in the city is working class and likes to drink to excess. If your title character is smart, you have to have them (read: HIM) come from a really fucked up background. Because smart people with stable families are NOT fun to watch and do not exist in Boston or its suburbs. Clearly.
-reference a sports team; points if you can work in Tom Brady’s name, because we all know Tom secretly giggles like a schoolgirl when Matt or Ben or Mark bring up his name and jizz all over the Patriots
-wicked needs to be dropped at least twice in a scene
-if there’s a woman, she’s gotta be rough and tumble, because no one will believe she’s from Boston otherwise. Does she crimp her hair? Awesome. Does she drink beer out of cans with “the guys” down at Cantab? Does she dress sporty but clean up nice in heels? Does she like sports but also have a pretty good career? Make sure that she’s one of the guys, above all else.

The 100 3x16 - Natalie is dead, part 2

Season 3 is over.

*takes a deep breath*

You know what? I LOVED IT. Yes, there were some less great moments. And yes, Meg and I will totally get into all that when we no doubt devote too much of our lives to assessing the season on the whole. But overall, I loved it.

I think that the choice to tear the delinquents apart in 3A was the right one, and that bringing them back together in 3B has been the truest of delights. I think the overarching themes have been fantastic. I LOVE grey morality because I think it’s a great reflection of the real world. If all of us at all times could stop ‘reacting’ and start 'thinking critically’ about everything - the world would be a better place. But we are human beings, and so we react and we do and we screw up and we try to make things better. No big flashy redemptions, nobody is perfect, nobody is ever completely right or wrong, we are all ignorant of other ways to live and new things to learn.

OOF. Bless you, show. Look where you send my brain.

ANYWAY. What a wonderful finale. I won’t deny that I felt…odd at the end of it and I think that was for two reasons.

1. The episode ends abruptly, because they clearly cut a scene that was meant to follow on from Octavia walking out. BUT I’LL GET TO THAT LATER.

2. THE BIG TWIST WAS THAT NOBODY DIES. Now, you might have noticed this about me but I am absolutely a masochist when it comes to fiction. I like it when fiction hurts me, makes me cry, but keeps me hanging on. So I was ready. I didn’t WANT anybody to die (except Jaha) but I was ready. And then nobody did!!! (well, Pike but ya know) and it kind of…how do I word this…it absolutely was not disappointing, as I am incredibly happy about it…but I was anticipating such a different feeling post episode that I almost didn’t know what to do with myself.

The finale ended with hope. And that shit is beautiful.

Shall I recap now? All right then.

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paleosteno  asked:

Favorite animated film from each of these major animation studios: Walt Disney, Studio Ghibli, Pixar, Dreamworks Animation, Blue Sky Studios, Sony Pictures Animation, Laika, Illumination, AND Don Bluth. (Also any extra favorites from different things for bonuses.)

Walt Disney: The Lion King

If you know like, anything about me, you know that this is my favorite movie and has been basically for my entire life. I’d be hard-pressed to say that nostalgia isn’t a huge factor in my love for this movie, but it’s such a fantastic tale of a young lion who was largely ignorant to the world and felt invincible, only to have the weight of the world come crashing down on him. The pacing of the movie after Mufasa died was so powerful; everything slowed down and became so barren and bleak in an otherwise energetic and colorful movie up to that point. The ability the movie has to exactly capture the tone it tries to set is impeccable. The viewer grows up with Simba. We feel connected and invested in this character and we understand his confusion, his anger, his distrust. We understand his desire to put the world behind him and start anew.

I’ve always kind of hated movies that have the generic love interest just so the main character can have his trophy girl at the end of the movie. But Nala totally isn’t that. She holds all of the qualities necessary to keep Simba strong, young or grown. She is the other half that he needs to refrain from slipping into a vortex of self-hatred and regret. He needs her to take hold of reality – to not be trapped between a state of “no worries” and subconscious agony. Because escaping from your problems doesn’t make your problems go away. It feels like so few movies lately have characters that truly matter and that are so tightly interwoven with the personalities, strengths, and flaws of other characters. I could gush on and on about this movie for probably a good twenty more paragraphs, but yes. This movie is important to me.

Originally posted by expertinawkward


Studio Ghibli: Princess Mononoke

Yeah, it’s probably not super uncommon for this to be a favorite Ghibli movie. But it’s just so… dang… GOOD. The thing I love about this movie on top of its beautifully done animation is the sense that you get that there’s no clear evil side in this story. Everyone is doing what they feel is right and is morally correct. Villains are cool sometimes, but this story just felt so much more believable because of this fact. In the same way as The Lion King, the romance that developed didn’t feel forced and was in fact fairly hostile initially. Add the movie’s good atmosphere on top of some fun-to-watch action and you’ve got yourself a pretty awesome movie.

Originally posted by suitsu


Pixar: Up

I’m actually just now changing this. If you asked me a few days ago, I probably would have said The Incredibles. The beginning of this movie was disturbingly powerful and reminded you that the world is a beast and it can rip happiness from you almost instantly. Riding on the lowered morale of the viewer, it delivers an uplifting story that feels that much more uplifting since you are so down in spirits. I don’t know how they did it, but Russell is probably one of the most believable kid characters I’ve seen in a movie. No deep analysis of his character… nah, none of that. He’s just SUCH A KID. It’s great! That’s totally what they were going for and they nailed it. Kids have this insane ability to be obnoxious 99% of the time. But then every once in a blue moon, they say the realest shit that makes you question your morals and your life. Up capitalizes on this and uses Russell as a vehicle to expand Carl, a very old man, as a character. Everyone can learn from anyone if they sit down and listen to what they have to say.

This is the only movie literally ever that has made me cry. I’d been choked up before by movies, of course, but I’d never cried. It wasn’t at the beginning either like people would suspect. There is something too powerful about the scene where Carl kneels down to Russell at his Wilderness Explorer graduation to say “I would like to award you the highest honor I can bestow: the Ellie Badge,” I couldn’t hold back. I almost had to leave the freaking theater. Watching this kid who has had a not-so-steady parenting experience gain not only an older person who treasures his existence, but a friend as well… Damn.

What a good ass movie.

Originally posted by stars-wisdom


Dreamworks Animation: Kung Fu Panda 2

What a silly movie. Movies don’t have to be super serious to be good and that’s so clear to me with this movie. This dork became the dragon warrior – a position to be revered, and seemingly by fluke. Turns out he’s pretty good a kung fu though.

It has some cool action sequences and some tag team scenes that are enjoyable to watch, but there are two main reasons why I enjoy this movie, as well as the first one. 1) The characters, and 2) the moments where it does get serious. Tigress is a badass. She’s a bad ass. Her ass is bad. Crane’s a nerd, Monkey’s a clown, Mantis is bigger than his body allows him to be, and Viper is savage AF. It’s a wide range of personalities and it’s fun to watch them mesh with each other. Simple as that.

The 2nd point is also the reason why I love The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air so much as well. Comedy is great in my opinion because it makes the serious moments that much more hard hitting. It’s like “woah, where did the happiness go?” Fresh Prince was a master at that and Kung Fu Panda 2 did the same thing with the plot point about Po’s parents. The overall movie was fairly light-hearted, but with this looming dark past that Po repressed. I love Dreamworks because they dare to go darker with their plots than Disney.

Originally posted by modernlyancient


Blue Sky Studios: Rio 2

The birds are cute. I like Jewel and Blu’s chemistry. I don’t like it when characters have kids in sequels, but the kids actually didn’t annoy me too much in this. Strange. I think I liked this movie overall more than the first one because it was more about the birds and less about the humans. Also, the colors are sooooooooooooooooooo good! That’s probably the thing this movie does better than any animated film I’ve seen. Not to mention the music is super enjoyable. If they make a Rio 3, I’ll probably be looking forward to the music the most. I think both movies probably deserve a 7/10, so they aren’t my favorite movies out there, but I would certainly have no problem watching this at any time. It’s just such a fun movie.

Originally posted by cockaspiel


Sony Pictures Animation: Hotel Transylvania

I actually haven’t seen any of the other Sony Pictures Animation movies so I guess I have to default to this movie. I don’t have much to say about it to be honest other that I enjoyed it.

Originally posted by brosoupgifs


Laika: Coraline

ParaNorman is a close second I would say, but I enjoyed Coraline more. Again, don’t have much to say here but it caught my attention pretty early on just because of the art style. The good story held my attention. Got really freaky at the end and that extra held my attention.

Originally posted by good-vibes-goodlife


Illumination: I haven’t seen any of these actually.


Don Bluth: The Secret of NIMH

I love seeing a mother as the protagonist. That’s really rare but strangely appealing. I actually don’t remember much about this movie but I remember enjoying it and I like it more than the other movies Don Bluth has made.

Originally posted by emilianadarling


Extra Movie 1: Wolf Children

God diddly dang, if you ever wanted to get hit by a feels train, here’s your movie. Like I stated above, Up was the only movie that made me cry. But this was probably the closest next to that. I was so choked up and it hurt so freaking much. It has the same kind of thing going on as The Lion King where you watch the characters grow up and you feel like you know them personally. And the mother… Oh the mother. She tries so hard and you really root for her, especially under her circumstances. Whenever anything goes south in this movie you feel horrible and you have this intense desire to just want everything to go right for these characters because you develop so much love for them over the course of the film. In terms of getting me attached to the characters, this movie is top notch. Probably my second favorite film behind The Lion King.

Originally posted by xx4everanimexx


Extra Movie 2: Fantastic Mr. Fox

I. Love. This. Movie. I could watch this movie over and over. It is so dang witty and the characters are all charming. This is my third favorite movie and I feel bad because for a movie that I love so much, you’d think I’d have more to say about it. But I don’t. Just, I love this movie.

Originally posted by mackenziepotter

SPOILERS

First, before the movie there was a message paying respects to those we’ve lost. It was after the ads and people were getting hyped, but you could feel the change. Everyone has had these guys influence their childhood. It was very simple, black background white text, but it was sweet.

It was a damn good movie. I like the others but this had me wanting to jump and go WHAT THE HELL at parts and I cried like a bitch (so did most people lmao). Tri is a character based series and this movie REALLY showed it.

There was a lot of interaction between different people, lots of cool plot stuff LIKE DAMN, art was great, music was great, WHERE IS MY KNIFE OF DAY COMPLETE ALBUM COLLECTION AND CONCERT BLU RAY THE FULL SONG IS GREAT, and Meiko’s dad is pretty hot tbh. (Surprisingly. I’m not into older characters/dads? so yeah. he’s cool. seems kinda rad and hot to boot!)

Also: disclaimer: I’m pretty decent at Japanese but I did miss some things, so excuse any errors.

ALSO ANONS COME OFF ANON AND TALK TO ME LETS BE NERDS AND FREAK OUT TOGETHER

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Fanart Monday!

Another week of precious fanart!

I can’t believe I got fanarts for the stick. I just can’t believe it.

And yeah, sorry if your fanart is not posted here! I can only remember to post those that go to my submission box, and even I don’t see all of them, it seems! Tumblr is just a bigoli baby :C


Fanart of the week by: @mango-dolphin (HOLY COW THE STICK IS IN HEAVEN NOW)

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Okay. So I saw Hamilton tonight. I’d already seen it at the Public, and while I was like holy shit this is amazing blown away at the time, I didn’t yet realize just how much of a thing it was going to become.

Anyway. It’s midnight when I’m sitting down to do this, but I thought maybe tumblr would appreciate hearing a bit about it. Because you’re all obsessing all over these (amazing, brilliantly portrayed) characters and deserve all the juicy tidbits. Sadly, Lin-Manuel wasn’t on this time, which was terribly sad, but it was pretty fucking amazing nonetheless. So I’m just going to go through the soundtrack and write down everything interesting I remember. 

SPOILER ALERT (I guess?) No tw other than those of the soundtrack itself.

EDIT: Act 2 Here

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Agents of SHIELD: What is the Black Pillar of Doom?

“And does anyone have any idea what alien world it came from, or what it even does?” “…” “Well, this new SHIELD brain trust seems to working out brilliantly.”

When you look at the header image for this article, what do you see? A rock. It’s black. Tall. Vaguely ominous. But if you haven’t been keeping up with Agents of SHIELD, that’s all it is–a rock. 

If you have been watching, though, you’ll know that this ebony bastard is responsible for one of the biggest “Wait, WHAT THE SHIT!?” endings in TV history. We have a few vague scraps of info on it (for example, it’s alien and it scares the bejeezus out of powered people), but we won’t have any actual answers until Season 3 rolls around. We still don’t really know what it is or what it wants. 

Yes, you read that last paragraph correctly. The rock wants something. 

A mystery like this is catnip for theorycrafters like me. While I don’t have much to work with, I think I’ve settled on something that might get the mind spinning. Given the nature of theorycrafting in general, I’m probably wrong on some level… but what I’ve come up with is pretty cool, and I think it might hit a mark or two. 

Remember–spoilers and whatnot. Proceed with caution. 

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