the critical perspective show

Interviewer: How did we get to [the alternate reality] version of Altea. Because with Allura having been the Empress who sort of established all of this, did it start to go that way when she was in charge? …

Joaquim: I would say it did. Definitely. I think her father was struck down and she went on a, like, revenge-laden swath across the universe. 

Lauren: I think the way we looked at it was, what if they had done Allura’s suggestion, which is stay and fight, versus Alfor’s suggestion of send the lions away. And if they had, if anything had happened–If Allura had gotten the power to take down these Galra, then she would have just, I think, maintained doing that. Been like, this is what we need to do. 

Joaquim: She would have given into it, yea. She didn’t have the perspective that Alfor had.

…so what you’re telling me is that not only is Alternate Reality allura just as bad as zarkon uwu but that our reality allura is also just as bad as zarkon, she just didn’t get a chance to take over the universe because her father made her physically incapable of doing so

yeah okay, cool! gotcha! you just really, really, really hate allura

Growing Pains- From one archetype to another

Aries: The Brash to The Inspiring

Aries can go through this kind of awkward stage where they feel like they are finding their footing, finding that right balance between outright aggression to assertiveness, to being able to wake the people up around them and provoke a reaction. They know how to go from a full, fledged flame to a flickering spark that ignites something in others, yet without that clumsy intimidation. They are the perfect example of a personality whose biggest fall, whose impulsive reactions can turn to something magical in a little more maturity. They are the ones that teach us to stand back up when we fall.

Taurus: The Materialist to The Grounded

Taurus can be people of excess from a personality that loves luxury and comfort, yet add this to their sensual nature, there can become parts of their life that are defined by seeking satisfaction purely in the tangible realm, where they become trapped in this feeling of want yet perpetually dissatisfied when they seem to get it. Yet, when they bloom into something beyond this, they are often a grounding presence in the lives of others, someone that can take a moment to stop and really soak in their environment, to appreciate the simple pleasures of this Earth. They often grow into people that learn how to practice gratitude, thanking the Sun for rising in the morning.

Gemini: The Jumbled to The Teacher

Gemini are never consistent, adding to their cluttered charm and chaotic charisma, finding knowledge and curiosity in everything from the smallest piece of trivia to the most profound study of governing laws. They are adept at being receptive to information in general, yet often they grow into a kind of messenger of sorts, someone that finds themselves in their element while educating others. They manage to deliver information in an interesting, witty, adaptable manner, where no matter the view, ability or learning style of their students, there is a side of them that is compatible with each individual.

Cancer: The Weary to The Open Arms

Cancer can grow to feel that their instinct to often take care of others is somehow a detriment, a weakness perhaps, often through external influences. Yet there is a time when they may just break through this barrier, to take their natural understanding of the human condition and psyche into the service of others, which in return releases resistance they have to themselves and their own nature. They often grow to be compassionate, creative and receptive individuals, where that defensiveness and weariness in themselves can turn to traits that are often missing in this world, to a kindness and care much like those figures in books we feel at home with.

Leo: The Egoist to The Giving

Leo can be very in touch with their sense of ego, with who they are and what they want out of life, maybe even to the detriment of the people around them at times. There is a demanding quality in them, something that wants the whole world and more, yet through growth and maturity, they manage to somehow flip this with the knowledge that if they want so greatly, then others must to, an awareness that goes beyond themselves. With this often comes golden generosity, the ability to take with the expectation that they will also give too. They want to feel like number one, but they grow to understand that maybe so do other people too.

Virgo: The Cluttered to The Healer

Virgo can feel like they have heightened senses, the ability to zoom in on the fine details to the disadvantage to the broad horizon, maybe even leaving them with the knowledge of anything that goes amiss, no matter how small. They are often high strung and process things very quickly, a jitteriness to them at times. Yet this ability to really see and understand the details can give them this natural healing ability, the talent of extending their hand to those that may struggle with daily tasks or living to a high quality in the day to day. This should and cannot be undervalued, and they know this. They often have an intuitive knowledge of the human body, natural remedies and more importantly, simple kindness.

Libra: The Swayed to The Just

Libra can find that keeping the peace feels better that sticking to their own will, that creating a charming atmosphere of compromise is easier than bringing about conflict. Yet, this can be a wonderful trait for diffusing anger or aggression, of being able to unite the left with the right and still be able to smile at the end of it. As they grow however, they often find a value system to live by, a way of judging the world around them but with an open mind and heart, whether this is to do with the law or their own code of morality. They appreciate and believe in a system whereby everyone is treated well and fairly, but ultimately judge things justly too.

Scorpio: The Secretive to The Liberator

Scorpio can be reserved to the extreme, building walls between themselves and the people around them, yet this often comes about because of their empathic nature, of needing a break from soaking in the atmosphere and the emotions of the people around them. As they go through personal growth, they can intuit the motives and the thoughts of the people around them, bringing the darkest and most unappealing aspects of ourselves into the light. They can grow into people that can find beauty in the parts of ourselves that we hide away, teaching us to release resistance to them. With this, they can be our liberators.

Sagittarius: The Irresponsible to The Mentor

Sagittarius find their spirit in living as freely as they can, to losing the plans in place of something that gives them the liberty to live how they want to, when they want to. They don’t do well with too much structure or restriction, yet in others eyes, this can lead to a recklessness, an inability to obey the rules of others and instead live without responsibility. Yet, as they grow older and under the guidance of their home house, the ninth house of higher learning and travel, they often find themselves as a spirit that seeks wisdom in many forms, and beyond this, seeks to give this wisdom to others. Their infectious spirit can fill the pages of books, but also fill the minds of those that admire them.

Capricorn: The Restricted to The Visioned

Capricorn know the struggles of their ruling planet Saturn, the planet of lessons, as they are often a reserved personality that can feel like they have to leap over one hurdle to the next to really get what they want out of life, like they break out of their shell time and time again, or simply outgrow it. Yet, Capricorn are also defined a lot by their dreams, something that we may not at first consider for such a tangible orientated and practical energy. Their striving motion, that moving forward with method, intelligence and wit can have them looking at the top of the mountain, not just the mountain itself. If there is something to win, a title to hold, or a personal goal to reach, then trust Capricorn to achieve this.

Aquarius: The Rebel to The Activist

Aquarius are system breakers, catalysts to change, yet sometimes they can enjoy the pure thrill of destroying the archaic, whether it is for a righteous cause or not. They can flourish in the destruction itself rather than what comes after it. Through their growth however, they often learn how to use this nature in a way that paves the way to something better, that lends itself to those that live without a voice or those that are vulnerable. They learn the art of protest, of holding people to account to proceed into a more just and virtuous society. In this, they are not denying that urge to shake things up, to hold a mirror to society, but are also actively ready for what comes after.

Pisces: The Vague to The Transcendent

Pisces often don’t obey the rules, the norms of this world, not to be actively rebellious, but because they can see so many different ways of doing things. For each person they meet, another idea seems to grow, yet when they wish to communicate this to others, it can seem other worldly, strange, too vague for practical application. Pisces often learn how to transcend these struggles and criticisms, to show us new ways of existing from a higher perspective but with a caring and compassionate heart. Vagueness, nothing of solid form can turn to things we have only ever dreamed of. They often long for utopia, and when they transcend their restrictions or worries, they can introduce a piece of it right here, much the innovator. 

drivingsideways33  asked:

re: your tags on the miranda meta- lbr, I have a problem with how the story eventually played out for almost all of the women? In a story that is fundamentally about resistance (as you rightly said) the space given to the male characters who embody this far outstrips what is given to the women. The only woman who eventually gets any place close to what she wants is Max (and Anne), and that is by *gaming * the system rather than tearing it down. (1/2)

Eleanor, Miranda and Madi, each of whom challenge the system more overtly are ‘punished’ for it, and specifically in two cases by having the men closest to them become the cause of their downfall; and worst (for me), in all three cases, are absolutely ‘fridged’ to further the Stories of those men; in Miranda and Eleanor’s case literally written out; and in Madi’s case by taking away her agency and ending the story there. (2/3)

(3/3) Try as I will, I cannot see this as anything but more of the common disease that affects even the most progressive shows: ultimately the Men are seen as Important, and women are seen as Supporting Characters. What I mean is that the show I want to exist would have had Miranda as the Flint character, and more about Eleanor and Madi, but that show would literally never be written or pitched because apparently we hit the limits of our imagination pretty fast when it comes to women. /endrant

Sorry for spamming your inbox, I just had FEELINGS. :D

Never apologize for inbox-spamming! I too have a lot of feelings on this, and I always love talking about them.

I find Miranda’s death most egregious, I think, because it is such a literal textbook case of fridging: they needed to push Flint’s story in a certain direction, so they killed her. It was narratively not about her, which is really my only requirement for my stories about women. As long as the terrible things that happen to them are in service of their own stories, I am perfectly intellectually (if not emotionally) all right with those things.

Which is I think why I hesitate to name Eleanor’s death fridging, or the theft of Madi’s agency a symbolic fridging. I am more okay with Eleanor’s death (”more okay” being a very relative term) because I can find a way to understand it as the culmination of her own narrative: she dedicated her life to this island, and ultimately her desire to bring it peace and prosperity lead to her own downfall. It is a tragic narrative–tragic in the Greek sense, the Shakespearean sense–but it is her own. Woodes Rodgers, for all the destruction he wrought, is ultimately a footnote in service of her story.

Madi’s story I’m more unsettled by: I do feel that within the diegetic world of Black Sails we’re meant to feel the injustice of it, though, and that it’s meant to be seen as a great betrayal. Her story was not specifically sublimated in favor of Silver’s. She was, however, basically narrative collateral damage to the terminating drama of the show, namely, Silver’s betrayal of Flint, and Flint’s subsequent potential/symbolic death. I can’t term it (symbolic) fridging–the story was in fact her own–but I’m still unsettled by it–it was more important that the story was also someone else’s.

(I also think I see Max’s (and Anne’s) ending slightly differently: to me Max’s success within the system is itself resistance to a system that would have her–in fact requires her to be–a slave.)

Outside of Miranda, then, and to a more complicated extent Madi*, I find myself relatively satisfied with all the main female characters’ individual storylines. What I find myself dissatisfied with is the very thing you mention: ultimately the Men are seen as Important, and women are seen as Supporting Characters. Even in a show with many protagonists who get significant and weighty screentime, and even in a show when a pretty respectable number of those protagonists are women, the show itself is structured around Flint and to an only slightly lesser extent Silver. 

*A lot of my dissatisfaction in Madi’s storyline lies in the broader ways they dropped the ball when it came to all their Maroon or enslaved characters–all their black characters but Max, pretty much. Ultimately she became a narratively passive character, the audience for Silver to tell his story of Flint to, and that’s what bothers me, that’s what bothers me about her ending from a critical perspective: not that Silver took away her agency, but that the show then turned around and did the exact same thing.


The Vague to the Transcendent

Pisces often don’t obey the rules, the norms of this world, not to be actively rebellious, but because they can see so many different ways of doing things. For each person they meet, another idea seems to grow, yet when they wish to communicate this to others, it can seem other worldly, strange, too vague for practical application. Pisces often learn how to transcend these struggles and criticisms, to show us new ways of existing from a higher perspective but with a caring and compassionate heart. Vagueness, nothing of solid form can turn to things we have only ever dreamed of. They often long for utopia, and when they transcend their restrictions or worries, they can introduce a piece of it right here, much the innovator.

theexaltedhiro  asked:

I like Qrow, but he needs to chill and stop being so drunk and being an asshole. I like Jaune but he needs to be focused on way less and he needs to continue to give Weiss her space. Why do some people have such a hard time accepting the faults of characters they like?

I’m totally fine with Qrow being written as a drunk asshole. Not every character is a saint, even if they’re a good guy. I understand that, and I understand that they’re aiming for a theme around how right and wrong isn’t all black and white.

But like, RWBY has this problem where they exceeded their quota of flirty (presumably heterosexual) male characters a LONG time ago (Jaune, Sun, Mercury, Neptune…) And it’s getting old and exhausting as a theme.

And the other problem is the execution. It’s even worse to see that Qrow is a pervert, and tells a disgusting joke to his nieces. This concerns me a lot when RWBY is purposely written to “reach the widest possible audience” and the crew knows that people under the age of 12 and 13 watch their show, and kids of that age range are really impressionable.

And the writing or the narrative of the show isn’t doing very much to convey properly that when people behave that way, it’s unacceptable. That’s what bothers me. Because those kids will grow up thinking that “it’s just a joke” and “it’s not a big deal” just like a bunch of existing gross anime fans.

Yes, it’s Rooster Teeth, but since Rooster Teeth has that audience in mind with this show now, I’m going to call them on their gross shit.

So idk who the fuck thinks to be ~legitimately gender critical~ you have to:
1) have a blanket hate for all TW
2) be ok with using the tr*nny slur….?

Regardless of your politics:
1) at the very least, a portion of TW are technically GNC gay men and experience homophobia and deserve our support and respect, not blanket hostility on our part so we can be seen as ~legit radfems or whatever. Like, we talk about class analysis and we prioritize women and we approach males with scepticism but we don’t attack every single one every time we come in contact with them, that’s just insane.

2) ITS A FUCKING SLUR. If you’re not trans or a GNC gay/lesbian, it’s never been used against you, so shut the fuck up lol. Using it doesn’t only hurt hurt TW (which like why would you be an asshole to ALL TW?) it also hurts female trans ppl and GNC gay/lesbian ppl. Just shut up tbh lol.

If you just wanna be totally transphobic, fine I can’t stop you, but don’t call it being ~gender critical. If you want to actually support all females and not be a homophobic asshole and be part of our community, sit down, shut up and follow some detransitioned women and gender critical trans ppl to gain some perspective and learn to show some respect for your fellow humans.
"TWD Passes up the opportunity to be better"

“…But that doesn’t make the implosion of a once excellent series enjoyable. When The Walking Dead understood the existential breadth it could embrace and nurtured various storylines and themes — hope, desperation, struggling on vs. giving up, what misery does to the soul, how the tearing of the moral fabric changes people in different ways, and so many other dramatic detours — it was at its zenith.

Then it stopped developing characters. It rushed changes. It made characters act in ways they never would. It brought characters together romantically who seemed, just a few episodes prior, to loathe each other. In this season of The Walking Dead, it often felt like you’d missed three or four episodes that explained these sudden and shocking changes — except you hadn’t. Carol changed for no believable reason. Abraham dumped Rosita for Sasha when neither action made any sense or had any pre-history. Characters did dumb things — running off alone — like it was the first season (of course, that has been a damning trend on the show — same as the group meeting up with other groups, trusting them and getting killed for it). It was a season of clearing a low bar with no side effect to the ratings.

When you can’t trust the storytelling, a show is over. At least from a critical perspective. Not killing Glenn was the last straw for me. I stopped caring at that point (and, arguably, I had cut the show too much slack even before that point).

But I watched along every week for entertainment value; the show can still deliver that, even though, for me, it’s just harder to watch through the wincing of what happened to a series I once advocated for strongly.

And then to witness this boring finale, where the road blocks Rick’s group encountered seemed metaphorical rather than real, all leading up to the introduction of Negan (a character comic book fans know but regular viewers do not, so catering an entire season to his arrival was the ultimate in anticlimactic storytelling). And, sure, thanks to Morgan, a likeable, fine actor who has done lots of great work, Negan’s arrival added some much needed pop to the final 10 minutes or so.

Only to have the season — who will Negan kill as revenge against Rick and the gang? — end in a cliffhanger.

Of course. More manipulation. Fans of The Walking Dead are just cows to be milked. To assume this crass puppeteering will stop in favor of better storytelling is, at this point, just sad, wishful thinking.

The Walking Dead might be the most popular show on television. But at one point, it was something better than that”

Please remember that my (current) dislike of Ray/Felicity comes from not liking several key writing decisions regarding Ray and not from not wanting to see Felicity with someone other than Oliver.