I had promised a KiriBaku kid something like months ago, and tbh most of the reason why it took me this long is because I couldn’t pick between these two so?? In the end just have them both I guess - some info about them under cut, in case you wanna know more!!
dad and i watch captain america: the winter soldier
oh god it's starting shut up i've been waiting for this for months
THESE ARE THE BICEPS OF FREEDOM
i don't know what's happening but the french guy fighting cap looks like french macklemore
how do you even know who macklemore is?
i'm hip. i'm cool
don't you do it
i'm gonna pop some tags, only got 20 baguettes in my pocket
(five minutes later)
is that the Falcon? that's totally the Falcon
how do you know?
i used to read the comic books trust me on this i'm an expert. his superpower was that he could talk to birds
i mean in hindsight it probably wasn't the most useful thing ever
if this winter soldier is supposedly a ghost in the machine that nobody's ever seen, and nobody will ever catch, you would think showing up in broad daylight and blowing up cars would not be his modus operandi
how the heck did he laser through concrete??
idk dad it's nick fury he can probably do whatever he wants
i'm sorry attractive nurse who just so happens to live next door, my heart belongs to a seventy year russian dude with a bionic arm
nick fury isn't dead. justice never dies. he probably has a billion clones in some top secret storage facility, just waiting for their organ harvest.
ew dad gross no
i really relate to that apple store employee
we all do dad
oh that's that guy from the first movie! i remember him! he was my favorite, his eyes were so blue, and he loved steve so much. i wanted them to get together
dad good god
he was a little less marilyn manson at that point though
not that guyliner isn't a good look for this guy
when a deadly russian assassin wears eyeliner, it's 'he's so dreamy' and 'wow what a badass'
but when i do it it's 'you're too old' and 'bald guys can't pull off make-up'
dad it was halloween and it was one time you need to let this go
so bucky barnes, aka cute cocky guy who died in the first movie, aka steve roger's best friend/boyfriend, is a top secret super scary brainwashed hydra agent?
do you think single handedly destroying jets is just a common, everyday thing for cap? punch a few tanks, feed a few pigeons, take out a plane, help old ladies cross the street...
captain america is like your grandad minus the booze and the cussing
in all honesty that was a little anti-climactic
i was 100% sure nick fury was gonna descend majestically from the heavens, 'All I do is Win' blaring in the background, and single-handedly save everyone's ass
scarjo and chris evans are two of the most beautiful people in the world and they are both in this movie and i don't know how to feel about it i have butterflies in my stomach i'm a schoolboy again
you know on second thought we should have brought mom
where's hawkeye? where's bruce? where's tony? where's thor? WHERE ARE ALL THE OTHER AVENGERS AS THE ENTIRETY OF SHIELD IS COMPROMISED AND NICK FURY DIES
Sometimes I have to laugh at the galra designs, from a purely affectionate frame of mind, because like. They’re so goshdanged lanky.
When they’re in action or in movement it’s all fluid and streamlined and intimidating looking, like- this species was probably developed at least partially to run down prey in a savanna or comparable setting like a pack of hyenas or a lion pride hunting- they’re built like sprinters, with those long, whippy limbs and big powerful hands.
But just hanging around, they look. Kind of hilarious, honestly, like. there’s just too much limb and shoulder for their head. If Kolivan, Antok and Ulaz didn’t have their fingers curled their fingertips would be on a level with their knees. They’re practically noodle people. Even more sturdy-built ones like Antok, Morvok, and Varkon have that whippy, elongated quality to them- stark with Morvok because he’s not even particularly tall, making his proportionate gangliness even odder-looking to a degree.
And I mean, on a general level, the looking a little silly thing is pretty much par the course for most creatures in nature. A cheetah could sure mess me up but their body and legs look too long for the rest of them. If anything that similarity between cheetahs and the galra might suggest galra are generally built less for endurance and more for sprinting, which would be reinforced because a common tactic in the Blade of Marmora’s fighting style is taking opponents on at a full run. (Keith does this too, even!) Big ribcage for big lung capacity, quite possibly a larger heart, long legs with (generally) well-defined calves and thighs- probably a build for running.
…Now I’m stuck on stuff I’ve said before about prey drives, and if the galra are more adapted to run things down rather than ambush them, they’re probably pretty good at tracking movement. Especially smaller things running in front of them.
the cw….. is out there…… doin some racist ass shit…… and none of yall open your mouths to say it so im gonna say it!! floriana lima is white. yet the cw brought back the POC maggie plotline even with the backlash after the viewers found out (which was well deserved) and responses from fans saying it upset them and again it’s super shitty. but no, they being the cishet white network, they make a whole episode centered around maggie’s heritage, might i mention the actor who played her father is…… also white.
A while back, during book 3, I came up with a theory, but since it was still pretty early into the Freshman/Sophomore series, it just looked like a coincidence I think not, but now that we’ve got 5 books, I’m starting to notice a pattern, and I can’t be the only one.
On the cover of book 1, we have Chris and MC. On the cover of book 2, we have MC by herself. On the cover of book 3, we have Kaitlyn and MC. Book 4 doesn’t matter right now cuz it was just an interlude. On the cover of book 5, we have Zig and MC.
I don’t think anyone has forgotten the cringeworthy “dispute” between Chris, Becca and our MC. Putting everything aside, we all know Chris is the one MC had the most trouble with in book 1.
Initially, I thought James was on the cover of book 2, why? idk, may have had something to do with that Christmas special. And since I thought it was James on the cover of book 2, I also thought James was the one MC had the most trouble with. My MC was dating James so therefor his storyline was more present and interesting to me lmao. But I still clearly remember MC getting blamed by Kaitlyn for outing herself. Tbh I don’t quite remember why Chris and MC were fighting but it happened.
I’m sure we can all still remember the fights with Kaitlyn and her band in book 3. Like I don’t even need to explain this one, do I?
Like I mentioned above, book 4 doesn’t really matter, as it was just an interlude.
Now, book 5, there Zig and MC. Every time a LI was featured on the cover, MC’s relationship/friendship was tested to the point of breaking and to the point of me hating them but I digress. Taking everything said above into consideration, I fear for whatever is coming for Zig and MC.
Why Fans Resonate With Lance So Much and Why We’re Mad He’s a False Protagonist (spoilers I guess)
So Lance has pretty much been my favorite character since about ten seconds after he came on screen, and I’ll try to get right to the point about why I feel that way and why a giant portion of the vld fandom feels that way as well.
Obviously, Lance has been openly shown to have insecurities about his self-worth. I can’t really think of another character from a cartoon show (except maybe, like, Sokka from A;TLA) to have this plotline to this degree, but it’s a very unique and sensitive characterization that should be handled a little more carefully than it has been.
As a recap, Lance doesn’t really contribute much in the way of “hyper-specialized skills” to Voltron (aside from occasional shots of underused Sniper!Lance.) But next to him, we see 1). An ace pilot with special alien heritage and advanced hand-to-hand fighting skills who has been picked as the successor to the team’s leader 2). An Earth hero/veteran with a special prosthetic that gives him valuable fighting abilities, who pilots the oh-so-special Black Lion 3). An engineering genius 4). A tech/ex machina genius 5). A space princess with magical powers, fighting skills, and shapeshifting abilities who can ‘sense’ and ‘channel’ whatever whenever the plot needs her to.
And then, oh yeah, we’ve got…Lance. Who cracks goofy jokes.
He’s NORMAL! And it SUCKS to feel ‘normal’ when everyone around you seems so effortlessly special!
I’ve struggled with that feeling my whole life—that habit of constantly measuring myself against others and obsessing over what I can “contribute”. For the longest time, I thought I was only as valuable as what I could bring to the table. So I was shocked and awed to see a character with that same affliction. It’s odd. I’ve never had a character I resonated so strongly with. I see myself in Lance so much.
Our own insecurities are validated and reflected through Lance’s character. It’s a real emotional issue that many of us struggle with, so to see it on the screen given representation means something.
ANYWAY—Onto why Lance is a false protagonist, and why I’m pissed about it. In fiction, a false protagonist is “a literary technique, often used to make the plot more jarring or more memorable by fooling the audience’s preconceptions, that constructs a character who the audience assumes is the protagonist but is later revealed not to be.”
LANCE WAS SET UP DURING THE BEGINNING OF EPISODE ONE AS THOUGH HE WAS THE MAIN CHARACTER.
Seriously, think about how books typically use their prologue+main story setup. We got our prologue (Shiro and the Holts being taken) and then it opens up to what the viewers assume is the start of the “Main Story” which typically follows the main character-to-be. This is a natural pattern to follow in storytelling because it helps the viewer understand and process what role each character plays overall. Lance is the first character we got a little bit of a read on with that whole “Blah blah remember you’re just a replacement for the dropout so don’t end up like him” Garrison test flight, so that’s another reason for the viewer to latch onto him.
Watching Voltron for the first time knowing literally nothing about it going in, I knew there would be a team dynamic as episode one unfolded but thought that there would be special emphasis on Lance as the main character (think Aang from A;TLA. Yeah, there was a team of main characters, but Aang was THE main character if you get what I’m saying).
Seriously, go back and watch the first episode again if you didn’t notice it the first time. By a writing standpoint, Lance is written in the most “This will be the main character!” way possible.
Which is why it’s so bizarre that he’s been pushed to the back-burner for so many seasons now. God, at this point, his back-burner isn’t even turned on anymore. He and Hunk are just the 3-day old pots of mac n’ cheese congealing by the sink while Shiro, Keith, and Pidge are lit up and ready to go at a moment’s notice, but at least Hunk’s Balmeran arc in season 1 spanned, like, 2 or 3 whole episodes when Lance is lucky to get anything beyond two minutes.
I’ve accepted that he’s not THE main character (I WAS starting to think it was Keith, but then he f’ed off for season 4 and I was like, no, Voltron, when we said we wanted less Keith we just meant we needed a better balance of characters not the entire removal of one) (and anyway how bad is it that even when Keith’s character is finally drawn back a little bit, WE STILL. GET. NO. LANCE (or Hunk). ARC.)
Still, the dynamic from a writer’s standpoint is a little clunky. In my experience, stories are best told when they revolve around a singular main character, or two, like Gravity Falls for example. But things fall apart and get messy, especially in a television format, if you try to sell 5 main characters (six if you count Allura) as equally important (story-wise) right from the start. It just doesn’t work. It’s only natural to latch onto one or two characters and that’s why we keep getting these “Just wait, Lance will get his (3 second, never mentioned again or brought forward into a new season) moment!” promises. Good storytelling just doesn’t evolve well when you try to juggle five characters as all equally THE main character. And it ESPECIALLY feels super-clunky since Lance was introduced in episode one of the whole show as the potential main character and then used mostly for comic-relief ever since.
And when I say I want a Lance arc, I don’t mean “I want a Lance arc where Lance helps Keith learn to lead” or whatever—NO, GODDAMMIT. I WANT. AN ARC. FOCUSED SPECIFICALLY ON LANCE. NOT ON LANCE GROWING AS A SUPPORT FOR OTHER CHARACTERS’ GROWTH.
I was actually hoping that whole “Lance Dies in season 4!” worry going around would be true because 1). Lance obviously wouldn’t die for-real, so I wasn’t even worried about that 2). It would mean we would actually be getting what could have been a very emotional and quality Lance-focused story arc longer than three minutes.
I’m actually starting to think Lance isn’t going to get a story arc that spans across a few episodes that also remains the driving theme of those episodes. I think it will be another tossed-out line regarding his insecurity and that will be it.
I wanted Lance to be the Black Paladin so freaking bad, you guys! It would have been such a twist, such a moment for him to show off the leadership skills he’s been quietly accumulating. AND HOW ANGRY WAS I IN SEASON 4 WHEN LANCE LOGICALLY SAID “HM, MAYBE WE SHOULDN’T STAND UNDER THESE GENERATOR THINGS THAT LOOK LIKE THEY COULD FORM A FORCE FIELD AT ANY TIME” AND SHIRO BASICALLY SAID “WAIT HOLD ON, WE HAVE TO INVESTIGATE WHAT IT IS BY STANDING EXACTLY WHERE WE ARE.” WTF. LANCE, WHY ARE YOU SO IGNORED.
Anyway, it’s late and I’m cranky and kind of forgot where I was going with this but I’m signing off, passively hoping that maybe Lance will one day get his huge “I’m Keith and I get whole seasons dedicated to me” arc.
so let’s set the scene. january 24th, 2014 (keep in mind that this was after the release of twisted so around the time that the fandom had been steadily dwindling but was having a bit of a resurgence post-twisted). someone in the fandom gets wind of the following yahoo answer:
now, some believed it to be the work of a troll. some believed that it was a real person. whatever the root, the fandom was in hysterics. until someone finds this response, which has since been deleted (note the source):
now, is this REALLY someone from the wbc? who knows! but this was even funnier than the original question itself (altho there was some concern about the safety of members of starkid if it WAS the wcb, but alas nothing ever came of it)
so, naturally, the starkids themselves were informed about the matter and went to TOWN
and then of course the fandom went wild as well
the entire tag was filled with posts about the cult
tl;dr once upon a time what was probably a troll turned into a gigantic meme in the starkid fandom cult and it clearly lives on to this day even tho a lot of people probably don’t know where it comes from
who was the female warrior nymeria? is it from some sort of tale/story only or is it some histolical got thing? i read arya named her wolf after her... can you explain this a little for us who've never read the books, please? thanks!
Hi Anon :)
Nymeria is much more than a tale/story, she was a princess of
the Rhoynar, (yes, a historical got/asoiaf thing), and an amazing woman. Bran refers
to her as an “old witch queen from the songs” which isn’t quite right. She
wasn’t so much a warrior either, but a commander.
If I do a keyword search of “Nymeria” in
asearchoficeandfire (ruling out all mentions of the direwolf and Nymeria Sand),
the other entries all appear in Arianne Martell’s chapters because Nymeria and
her people settled in Dorne. Their culture has greatly influenced Dorne, with
Dorne adopting Rhoynish customs (including equal primogeniture-the eldest child
inherits whether they are a boy or a girl).
The more detailed information on Nymeria comes from the World of
Ice and Fire. That sets out the major details of Nymeria’s story. It begins
with the war between the Rhoynar and the Valyrians. The Rhoynar had water
wizards, and some cool water magic, but the Valyrians had their dragons and
they were winning most of the battles. The various princes of the Rhoyne
met, with Prince Garin calling on them to unite to end the threat of the
Valyrians, and there we get our first memorable quote from Princess Nymeria of
“This is a war we cannot hope to win.”
She was the only one to speak up but nobody would listen. She
was right, and the Rhoynar lost and lost badly because the Valyrians brought
hundreds of dragons to fight against them, and they enslaved many of the
Rhoynar. Nymeria knew that her people would be next, so to save them from
slavery she gathered every ship on the Rhoyne. Legend tells that there was
ten thousand ships, and she filled them with as many women and children as they
could carry (the men had died in battle). They set out to sea, under command of
Nymeria, in search of a new home out of the reach of the Valyrians.
The voyage was terrible. They tried to settle in a number of
places in Essos, struggling against enslavement in the Basilisk Isles, disease
in Sothoryos and , Naath, people simply vanishing in Yeen, before Nymeria made
for Westeros. They landed in Dorne.
Most Dornish Kings (there were lots of kings at this time) saw
them as invaders, but Lord Mors Martell chose to unite with them, marrying
Nymeria, and hundreds of his men also wed Rhoynish women From thereon the
two people, Dornish and Rhoynar, were united by blood. There’s a quote linked
To celebrate these unions, and make
certain her people could not again retreat to the sea, Nymeria burned the
Rhoynish ships. “Our wanderings are at an end,” she declared. “We have found a
new home, and here we shall live and die.”
The flames lit the coast for fifty
leagues as hundreds of leaking, listing hulks were put to the torch and turned
to ash; in the light of their burning, Princess Nymeria named Mors Martell the
Prince of Dorne, in the Rhoynish style, asserting his dominion over “the red
sands and the white, and all the lands and rivers from the mountains to the
great salt sea.”
Amongst the Rhoynish both men
and women trained as warriors, so even though the vast majority of Nymeria’s
people were women, a quarter were warriors and thousands of young boys who sailed from the Rhoyne with Nymeria were now men who had learned to fight as well. Nymeria’s people and her Dornish allies
fought against the kings opposing them for years, and Nymeria and her husband
sent six of them to the Wall after defeating them.
When her husband died in
battle Nymeria took sole command of his armies, and in the end the last king
resisting them bent the knee to Nymeria herself, and it was Nymeria who ruled
Dorne, unquestioned, for almost twenty-seven years, even though she married two
more times. She survived a dozen attempts on her life, put down two rebellions,
and threw back invasions from the Stormlands and the Reach.
Tldr; Princess Nymeria was an incredible leader and war
commander, and if one of the spinoffs is about her I’d happily watch every
minute and gif and fic and by the way celia wrote fics about Nymeria and they
are the best and everybody should read them