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My thoughts on what Kendrick said about that Bechloe scene

First the video I’m talking about: http://captainpeachperfect.tumblr.com/post/164376715433/aliciameade-anna-kendrick-responds-to-a-fan

You have to realize what happened there! Basically:

Q: “Who will be Becas love interest in PP3?”

A: “We filmed a Beca+Chloe scene.”

THIS is already pretty clear! What else is that supposed to mean?

Bonus: She explained again that the Trebles won’t be there AND she killed everything related to “Theca”!

And another thing you gotta realize: This is now the 2nd time she talked about THAT SCENE in public. They filmed the scene to make Bechloe canon. Now they are discussing if they will put it into the movie or not.

“It will scare away the homophobes but the Bechloe fandom will love us. What should we do to make the best movie and the most money from all of this?”

They don’t know yet. That’s why they filmed the scene, so that they now have time to decide.

But I am SO thankful to have Anna Kendrick as supportive captain of this ship!

She used her 5 minutes at vidCon to basically say: “Hi, I’m Anna Kendrick and I love Bechloe. And we filmed a scene to make it canon but don’t know if we should put it in or not!”

And now again, on an event that had NOTHING to do with PP, to a question that didn’t even mention Chloe, she talks about Bechloe and that scene AGAIN!

And that just shows how passionate and caring she is for Bechloe herself!

She really stands up for Bechloe! I heard in PP1 she stood up to prevent a “Beca-Jesse-Luke”- love triangle. Now she single-handedly killed Theca and stands up AGAIN to push them to put the Bechloe scene into the movie.

This was incredibly awesome and unique, and makes her my fucking HERO!

And now she is basically asking us to help her. To join the fight and make Universal put in this Bechloe scene.

And if their solution is to put it onto some “bonus features”, I think that’d be the best solution for everybody:

  • Assholes will think: “It’s another universe just to finally shut up those Bechloe-weirdos.”
  • Normal people will have a new angle to look at things.
  • We will see it as a canonness confirmation, hidden to not freak homophobes out.


Anyway, Idk why the fandom seems to sad about this, I think its good news, its definitive news and I think maybe Kendrick now asked us a 2nd time to just say what we want! To convince the Universal to put that scene in!

We controlled that vidCon chat hours before the pp event even started…

We destroyed any competition in the teen choice votings when they were still open and fair!

We are a force to be reckoned with! And Kendrick knows that! She counts on us! Just as we count on her! We need to show them that there are more Bechloe hyping fans than homophobic assholes in this movie world!

Bonus thoughts:

  1. If they put the scene in, the following scenes will be all couplely-ish, right?And if they DONT put it in, the following scenes will still be the same! Like their awesome hug in the final performance for example, probably more!
  2. Do you think we saw that scene already? I mean, any pics from the day of filming? Is it maybe the one with Bechloe and Amy in bed? Did Beca and Chloe come closer? To a kiss? Close to that? And then Amy interrupted? Is it just the hug in the final performance? That would be slightly disappointing but also unlikely…
Theo being a mentor/manager was something most of us guessed correctly. I think Chicago is a ‘distraction’ for Chloe. Let’s hope I’m right a second time.

Also I know Kendrick didn’t want Theca to happen cuz he’s her boss or whatever, but I also think there’s a double meaning to the decision. Anna knows about the shippers out there and I’m not talking about just Bechloe. There are the die hard Jeca shippers too, and Beca getting with a different dude is just as devastating to them as it would be for Bechloe shippers not see Bechloe become canon. So yes, Theo is her music coach but I think Kendrick also made this decision to protect the fandom’s ships. 

Did that make sense? Also, I could have way over thought about it… 

Title: Waynie and the Hood.

Fandom: DCU- Batman.

Rating: PG-13.

Genre: Light humor, crack-ish in parts, romantic in others. Fluff.

Wordcount: 2893.

Characters/Pairings: JayTim.

Warnings: none.

Summary: Maybe it was because he didn’t have time to read the gossip columns; maybe it was because he seriously underestimated the audience’s power to “Ship It”, but Bruce didn’t immediately cotton onto the fact that his scheme made half the country think that his son was in love will, well, his other son.

AO3 link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/6656404


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The first time it happened, it wasn’t planned.

Timothy Wayne was attending a charity event, when a masked man with bombs tied around his waist and chest burst in, screaming threats at the top of his lungs.

It was instant chaos. Panic swept like wildfire through the crowd. People began to run, panicked and directionless, pushing the slower out of their paths and crashing against the locked doors in screaming, begging waves.

Outside, the Police gathered quickly, but unless the madman agreed to talk, there was nothing they could do. Commissioner Gordon was hesitant to move, afraid for the hundred or so people kept hostage. Even Batman did nothing but linger on a rooftop for long minutes, assessing the situation and planning carefully his next move.

And then…

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Breakdown of Baymax’s neurological scan of Hiro in Big Hero Six

Getting the chance to see Big Hero Six for a second time, on my computer, allowed me to pause the screen and check out all the cool details more carefully.  I was especially interested in the scene where Baymax is scanning Hiro’s neurological functioning.  I wanted to see if the writers and animators just phoned this bit in with a bunch of made-up jargon and figures, or if they actually did their research to add an extra level of authenticity.  I was happy to find that it was the later of these two options.  Even more so than I had hoped for.  They didn’t just do the research, they clearly got a real neurologist to consult on this…  It’s a super impressive facsimile of what a real, super high-tech neuro-scan would look like, right down to being gender and age-specific.

Check it out:

On the viewer’s left side of the screen, just below ‘diagnosis’ there is a list of symptoms.  After ‘no physical injury’ it reads ‘GPR54 detected.’ GPR54, also known as the ‘Kisspeptin receptor’ mitigates endocrine functioning during puberty.  Its activation causes the release of gonadotropin hormones.  In short, it is the mechanism that ‘turns on’ the gonads and basically readies the body for sexual procreation.  All of the aches and pains and weird feelings that occur during puberty are a result of the body adjusting to changes in the gonadal system.   The Kisspeptin receptor usually becomes active around age 11 in girls and 12 in boys.  Hiro is 14, which suggests he’s a bit of a late-bloomer in regards to his physical development, but this is not especially uncommon among children who are intellectually precocious.  No one really knows why this is; it’s just a common correlational finding.  

Next it reads ‘High levels of GnRH.’  GnRH is short for gonadotropin-releasing hormone.  This is a peptide hormone that regulates the release of additional hormones in the anterior pituitary gland within the hypothalamus.  These hormones are released in pulses or waves and it’s often different between boys and girls.  In girls, the pulses tend to occur at a varied rate throughout the menstrual cycle, with big surges occurring just prior to ovulation.  In boys, meanwhile, GnRH is secreted in pulses at a more constant frequency.  Detection of high levels of GnRH in Hiro indicates a pulse of the hormone is occurring and his gonads are in a state of spermatogenesis (i.e. his body is creating sperm… which is likely much more information than anyone needs regarding a cartoon character). 

After that it reads ‘increased pituitary activity.’  Again, the pituitary gland is the main generator for these hormones.  Electrical activity generating in the pituitary causes the release of various hormones.  The pituitary is involved in all manner of state and trait-based functioning.  In this case, the heightened activity is most likely connected to the pulse of GnRH. 

Next it reads ‘High Testosterone.’ Testosterone is an androgen steroid hormone secreted in the testicles of males and the ovaries of females.  Higher levels of testosterone during physical development aids in the tissue growth of secondary sexual characteristics, as well as augmenting muscle and bone mass, and the growth of body hair.  Secretion of testosterone from the adrenal glands is also associated with stress, helping to ready muscles tension and blood flow in so-called ‘fight-or-flight’ situations.  Heightened testosterone in Hiro just means that his body is going through the process of puberty; that his body is at an accelerated process of physical development (i.e. a ‘growth spurt’). 

Next, it reads ‘vocal fluctuation,’ which is pretty straightforward.   During puberty, the larynx grows and expands at a fast pace, altering the pitch and vibration of vocal folds.  Similar to GnRH, the hormones that aid in the growth of the larynx also occur in surges or pulses and this is why adolescent voices sometimes seem to ‘crack’ or suddenly fluctuate. 

Finally, it the readout reads ‘emotional instability.’  This is a complex one.  Obviously, a significant portion of Hiro’s emotional issues is related to his morning over his brother’s death.  Nevertheless, emotional instability is highly common during the process of puberty, a byproduct of hormonal fluctuations as well as differential activity in the brain.  Up in the picture, on the viewer’s right side, there are two side-views of Hiro’s brain.  The first is a baseline image, the picture Baymax took when he first met Hiro.  The second is a current image.  These are both imitations of what full side-view brain scans look like on a functional MRI (magnetic resonance imaging). 

Hiro’s baseline shows relatively normative brain activity, with electrical activity occurring in a broad, spectral fashion.  In the second image, however, the electrical activity is more focal, concentrating in the lower mid-brain region.  This is where the hypothalamus is, and the concentrated activity indicates that the pituitary is in the process of triggering the release of all manner of hormones. 

Structurally, the hypothalamus resides right next to the amygdala, part of the limbic system, and a primary component to emotion.  The amygdala is believed to be the part of the brain that connects thoughts and memories to physical sensations.  Put simply, it is what creates emotion.  Being situated so closely to the hypothalamus, an increase in limbic system activity may be merely a byproduct of increases of growth-related hormones during adolescence.  And this often contributes to greater emotional instability tied in with growth spurts. 

Furthermore, the increased activity in the midbrain region often acts to reduce activity in other areas, especially the frontal lobes.  The frontal lobes are the area of the brain most associated with decision-making, foresight, and judgment.  Apparently, there is only so much electrical activity that can occur in the brain at any given moment.  And a concentration of activity in the lower regions can actually reduce such activity in the upper regions.  So, when an adolescent makes a rash decision, acts out, or shows poor judgment, it may often be a result of reduced activity in frontal lobes that occur as a result of heightened activity elsewhere.  And we see this actually occur later on in the movie when Hiro makes a very rash decision and tries to get Baymax to kill Professor Callaghan.  Not only is Hiro still morning Tadashi and feels extremely betrayed by Professor Callaghan, but he’s also at a stage of development where his frontal lobes are at a lower-than-average level of activity… which can lead to rash, impulsive decision-making.  Fortunately, Gogo, Honey and the gang are there to stop Baymax and prevent Hiro from a decision he would ultimately regret.

Finally, the readout also shows Hiro’s heart rate and body temperature, both of which are in the normative range. 

Below the brain scans on the right-hand side is a list of abbreviations of hormones and neurotransmitters.   First is GnRH (or gonadotropin-releasing hormone) already covered above.  Next is LH, which stands for luteinizing hormone.  For girls, luteinizing hormones supports ovarian theca cells in later stages of the menstrual cycle.  In boys, luteinizing hormones helps to activate leydig cells in the testis, assisting in the production of testosterone. 

After that is a figure for FSH.  FSH stands for follicle-stimulating hormone.  FSH is a specific type of luteinizing hormone that activates pubertal maturation.  In girls, FSH is crucial to determining which egg is selected in ovulation.  FSH seems to be able to determine which egg follicle is the strongest and most ready for ovulation (i.e. which egg has the greatest chase of being fertilized and growing into a healthy baby).  In boys, FSH induces sertoli cells to secrete androgen-binding proteins… it helps to activate cells associated with male sexual development. 

Next is T, also known as T3 or Triiodothyronine.   This is a thyroid hormone that plays a significant role in multiple areas of bodily functioning, including metabolism, body temperature, and heart rate.  Elevated levels of T3 is a critical component to adolescent development.  It helps navigate metabolism so to give growing regions the extra energy needed for cellular generation (tissue growth).  For his size and weight, Hiro’s T3 level of 170 definitely suggests he is going through a growth spurt.   

Next is E2, which stands for estradiol.  Estradiol is both a steroid as well as a sex hormone.  It is the primary sex hormone in girls, helping to activate genes whose expression allows further development of the vagina as well as breast growth.  In boys, estradiol acts to help keep nascent sperm cells from dying off prematurely.  Significant heightened E2 levels in boys is a primary indicator of the genetic condition known as Klinefelters syndrome (also known as intersex or XYY syndrome).  At 22, Hiro’s E2 level is a touch high, but well within the normative range for a boy his age. 

And finally, there’s F, which totally perplexes me.  There’s no hormone I can think of that is abbreviated as F. So what’s Hormone F?  I’m still not sure and my best guess is that it’s an in-joke for fans of the anime, Dragonball Z.  

So all of this, this entire business that took me half an hour to write, is detailed in a single scene that lasts maybe ten seconds.  It’s really impressive the amount of detail and research that went into this one scene. 

Are we freaked out about this Theo dude? Yes. But look on the comical side.. Think about how much shit we’ll give the producers/writers.. I will say one thing tho… If “Theca” happens, please don’t spam the Pitch Perfect casts social media accounts. Its not their fault.

Especially Anna K. She signed onto the movie before the script was even written.

Ovary - Corpus Luteum

Histology image shows the ovary in overview, the cortex and medulla of the ovary can be clearly seen.

Corpus luteum (yellow body) theca lutein cells and granulosa lutein cells. These cells work together in the production of ovarian hormones that support the initial pregnancy.

Corpus albicans (white body) lack of implantation and associated hCG will lead to this structure not producing hormones.

Atretic follicles are the degenerating follicles from various developmental stages that did not form the ovulating follicle and do not form the corpus luteum.