the power of the whistler


quiet night

theres just a what-if here about ritsu getting just a bit of psychic empathy and achieving the rest with his writers brain, and theres also a headcanon about mob not being a very good singer or not playing any instrument but being able to whistle very well 

I remember theres a word for that, the very good whistler thing, from a jeffery deaver book Ive read, but I cant find it in my memory anymore

I kinda want it back

The Drawing Room (c.1900). Sir James Jebusa Shannon (American-born British, 1862-1923). Oil on canvas.

Like fellow expatriate Americans Whistler and Sargent, Shannon was a powerful presence in British painting during the 19th century’s closing decades. He enrolled at the National Art Training School (later the Royal College of Art) and began to fashion a complete artistic identity under the tutelage of its reformist principal, the French-trained Sir Edward John Poynter.

Why Angel isn’t Edward: a Meta

First off, Liam and Angelus are indeed different characters and entirely different beings. In addition, Angelus does not have either Liam or Angel in him. However, Angel has Angelus in his head all the time and it does affect him. He’s literally his own worst enemy. Angel is the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde of vampires.

Angel has MASSIVE differences from Edward.

Angel would never dream of letting Buffy become a vampire and they both would rather have her die naturally over that option. Part of this is indeed a critical difference in the mythology. It’s not glamorous to live forever in the Jossverse like it is in Twilight and a major part of that is because the demon isn’t actually you! If you remove this element to the mythology, you’re making it Twilight and there would be no reason to fear becoming a vampire so much. Joss Whedon was emphatic about vampirism not being something you wanted. There is no motivation in his universe to want it as a “gift” if you know what it really entails. Lie to Me collapses as an episode if you view vampirism as immortality for the human, rather than being body-snatched by a demon. Angel will never, ever, ever consider what Darla did to him as a gift; he views it often in very religious terms as damnation.

That time that you see him in Buffy’s bedroom while she slept being creepy? Yeah, that wasn’t actually Angel. That was his murderous, soulless alter ego Angelus, who is the most vicious and effective Big Bad the franchise ever had. It was meant to be creepy. This same scene has turned up with both Edward and Damon, but in an entirely opposite context. He left a picture of Buffy’s mother Joyce as a gift to say that he could have killed them both in their sleep. He then snapped Jenny Calendar’s neck in the same episode and left her in Buffy’s Watcher Rupert Giles’ bed after setting it up to look like a romantic evening. He then enjoys watching everyone cry. Angelus is not a sweetheart and Angel has that dark prince in his head whispering to him, fighting him for dominance and unable to act on those desires as if in a cage (made literal in his own show).

Angel also had the balls to stand up to Buffy and say that he didn’t want her life to be with him and followed through with it. Edward exhibits no such behavior. Angel was very clear right up front with Buffy starting in Angel that their relationship couldn’t be and wouldn’t end well. He may have let Buffy have the reins for a while and gave in (he wanted it so much, but let himself enjoy it only until he got a wake-up call that he wasn’t allowed to enjoy it), but he was never so emasculated that he couldn’t recognize there was more waiting for his existence besides ruining her life.

And that’s another thing… Angel stands on his own as an equal to Buffy because he has a hero’s journey and destiny of his own and is a leader in his own right. This is contrary to Edward and Bella where Edward has complete control of everything and Bella is a doormat. Buffy is not a doormat like Bella and is also a superhero with a journey separate from Angel’s in her own right as well. Neither are subservient to the other. Both save the world from entirely separate apocalypses, fight foes and face trials and tribulations that have nothing to do with the other show. Lilah Morgan writes off Buffy as unimportant when she gives Angel the amulet that defeats her last Big Bad. The First Evil’s apocalypse had a scheduling conflict with Wolfram & Hart’s! Buffy should be writing thank yous!

Actually, this is the one thing that Angel also has over Spike: Spike is still very subservient to Buffy in a way that Angel never was even when he was on her show. Angel’s paternalistic side does come in for criticism, but it’s not like Buffy isn’t capable of being a leader or making decisions. It’s critical that Buffy acknowledges that Angel was right about their relationship when she cries about the breakup to Willow. That’s the difference. And Angel is usually the first to point out that Buffy is physically stronger than he is. Buffy is not Bella, Elena, Sookie, etc… She’s a physically strong, mystical superbeing in her own right.

Angel has the intellectual wisdom of his years, even if he’s emotionally frozen/regressed due to both vampirism having a tendency to freeze you at the age you were and his catastrophic circumstances where he got emotionally shattered with the weight of his soul and lack of human contact. Angel never even attempts to fit in with humans as one of them when he’s courting Buffy. This is distinctly different from both Edward and Stefan attending school and pretending to be a teenager. Angel is too old for that shit and acknowledges it. Angel is also a lot older and more mature than Edward and Stefan and acts it in other ways.

But he’s also had much lower lows and is more of an antisocial basketcase, not because that’s his actual personality (Liam and Angelus are actually quite extroverted personalities and the actor himself is extroverted) and the girls like it (it’s usually them trying to pull him out of his funk), but because of what he’s actually been through. Angel is not “emo” because it’s cool and he’s not mysterious for the sake of women; this image of him shatters when he can’t answer Buffy’s question of whether he knows what it’s like to have a friend. Angel was an extrovert who became an introvert because of circumstances. Between him having a life-altering catastrophic event (regaining his soul) causing him to be a social disaster and the sheer ass-kicking he regularly dishes out, there’s nothing trendily “emo” about the character at all.

This is a character with 145 years of eidetic memories of being one of the sickest mass-murderers known as the Scourge of Europe and a further 98 years of avoiding people (and when he didn’t, it usually went wrong such as the time he made a friend and got hanged in the Hyperion Hotel’s lobby when the paranoia demon there turned everyone against him as a monster). He then added yet another 100 years being reduced to a feral state in a hell dimension and it was mentioned as remarkable for him to ever regain higher brain function at all (he also had a nice summer vacation at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean by his own son). He’s a whole lot older than most of the vampires he gets compared to, did much worse deeds and his life makes theirs look happy.

He’s “the vampire with the big brass testes” who is often willing to sacrifice his own life to save even a syphilitic 400-year-old ex-vampire, sell his soul to an evil law firm to save his suicidal son, give up his own chances at humanity for Buffy’s life and to take out Wolfram & Hart, go on a kamikaze mission to take out the Senior Partners or take L.A. to hell with him when he takes them down. He’s naturally an Alpha Male. He’s a beefy jock. And you can’t help but notice that you could fit several Robert Pattinsons in one David Boreanaz. He’s a big man and decidedly not a boy. Even when he was young, Big Dave wasn’t young-girls-who-prefer-boyish-Betas friendly.

While the Fang Gang goes to great lengths to try to humanize Angel and bring him into the human world, he remains quite separated from the mortal coil in endless ways. No matter how Buffy or Cordy might try again and again to make him more human, he isn’t. There’s only so much he can pretend until he can’t. He learned the lesson that he can’t fully pretend to be human the hard way when being with Buffy and feeling like a normal young man in love meant that he lost his soul. Angel lives in constant fear of letting himself forget that he’s not human.

Angel wasn’t even stalking Buffy just because he liked her or lusted for her. Whistler gave him a mission from the Powers that Be to help her.

He was reluctant to get any closer than he had to, hence why he actively avoids Buffy until she starts getting on him for only showing up once a month (she repeatedly says how she wants to see him around more when he avoids her–that’s not stalking!) and only talking shop. And then Willow starts ragging on him about not having time for a cup of coffee. He was trying to keep it as a professional mission from the Powers that Be part way into season 2 and actually has a conversation with Giles where he says that he can’t be around Buffy because he is emotionally compromised in his mission.

That would be like claiming that Angel is creepily stalking every single person Doyle or Cordy is given a vision about (granted, that’s exactly what does happen with Tina when she finds that he had her name and place of work, which ends horribly). It’s his JOB to help people the Powers that Be tell him to help. Without Whistler, Angel would have been right back in that Manhattan alley eating rats. It’s not Angel’s fault that the Powers that Be chose to have Whistler take him to Hemery High School to see Buffy being called as a Slayer. Angel was not expecting a young, innocent girl with her life falling apart (he empathized with her–that’s where he got compromised) at all by his own admission (see both Fool For Love and Welcome to the Hellmouth where he mentions his pre-Buffy preconceptions of what Slayers are supposed to be–pretty much the bogeyman and “taller, or bigger muscles and all that”).

The parallel falls apart even further.

Angel doesn’t stalk people, Buffy included, merely for his own enjoyment. He does it because he has a higher calling where he’s told to go places and help people.

And one of those Powers that Be who was sending him on all of those missions, Jasmine, tries to enslave humanity some years later, taking credit for most of the miracles and manipulations of his and his friends’ lives. He chooses human free will with the choice to destroy themselves over her offer of world peace that saves more lives (by making them happy meat-puppets hunting down dissenters at the cost of her devouring a few of her devout followers). Wolfram & Hart thanks Angel for ending world peace.

In BtVS season 3, Angel is very much already doing his own thing when it comes to saving Faith. In fact, he is dealing with the situation as soon as Deputy Mayor Allan Finch ends up dead. He saves Xander from Faith because of his detective work, which included smelling Finch’s blood on Buffy’s hand. Angel spends time in BtVS season 3 and AtS season 1 trying to save Faith because he’s the only one who has any chance to get through to her. Buffy didn’t have a clue how to handle Faith, actually gave up on her and continued to distrust her, while Angel never gave up on saving her soul, visited her in prison and Wesley came around even after he was tortured. He infiltrated the Mayor and Faith’s confidence and learned of the Mayor’s invincibility and Faith’s turn to the dark side. He then is the one who discovers the Mayor’s biggest weakness (he told that the Mayor was grief-stricken over Faith at the hospital when everyone else had nothing).

Angel began to see himself as having a mission beyond Buffy when the magic snow miracle saved him. The Mayor specifically also refers to Angel being brought back from hell for a purpose that had nothing to do with Buffy. Angel, vampire detective, was born on BtVS, as was Angel beginning his own separate mission to save souls.

While Angel gets his very own miracle child the same as Edward does, Angel’s is with his murderous demonic ex Darla and she ends up staking herself to bring Connor into the world. While Darla does have a redemption, she doesn’t get to enjoy it. Angel also doesn’t get a happy ending and a child with the actual love of his life either. One of the reasons that Angel broke up with Buffy (discussed numerous times in Bad Eggs, The Prom and Chosen) was that children would not be in their future if she ever grew up and someday decided she wanted them.

The Jossverse is not written as wish-fulfillment. When you get what you want most, it is usually quickly taken away or perverted.

The other vampire lovers don’t have missions or separate journeys beyond being love interests in a romantic plot. The other vampire lovers aren’t endlessly Prophecy’s Bitch. Angel doesn’t get handed everything he’s ever wanted on a silver platter and have it actually end well. His show ends with most of his friends dead or about to die and himself intending to go out in a blaze of glory in a rainy alley against the oncoming hordes of hell. That’s a huge difference.

8bitdemon-deactivated20150915  asked:

What's your favorite art period/art movement?

There was a time in the latter half of the 19th century and briefly into the 20th that’s referred to as the Aesthetic Movement.  In the visual arts it was a decadent and avant garde time of tonalism, ornamentation, and an examination of what could be interpreted as “beautiful” (and it was, by extension, an exploration of what aestheticism indicates about what we gravitate to, how we receive it, and what sorts of determinations we formulate).  I say “decadent” because, for all intents and purposes, the artwork of that period is narrativeless and entirely invested in the (mostly optical) experience of the medium— be it paint, photography, sculpture, et al— and the near-instinctive sensory reaction the receiver has to whatever the artist places before him or her.  Talk about poetic license… that’s the ultimate.  This is quite different from what artists are doing today; principally because we’ve had the luxury of the entire 20th century to flesh out, and to venture beyond, the modernist concerns of art mediums and aesthetics to arrive at art as a conduit for worldly criticism.

James Whistler is credited with powering Aestheticism by way of Europe during that time, and his technical daring gave birth to a series of Nocturne works that I’d classify as my favorite things on Earth.  (See his Trafalgar Square nocturne attached.)

It’s a period in art history that’s easy for academics to shrug off (“beauty”… pffft), for contemporary artists to judge as shallow and trivial compared to the grand ideas in production now; but that’s their loss.  It was a time of distilling emotional impulse and presenting it as self-aware works of art.  That shit makes life worth living.