TELL ME WHAT U THINK ABOUT THE WAY LANCE IS LOOKING AT KEITH PLEASE!! WRITE THAT SONNET!! PLEASE
ok anon i’ve been at dinner w/ family for like two hours now thinking about this and like
all i can think about is that lance and keith have had the most demonstrable growth in their relationship of like, anyone in the show? you have established relationships, like coran and allura, or pidge/lance/hunk, or keith and shiro, but as far as introduced relationships, lance and keith have come the furthest from where they started, and i can just – i see why they would look to lance to help comfort him. i know that hunk and keith have bonded a little, but it’s not the same. lance and keith butt heads a lot but they’re really alike, and i think lance knows how keith is feeling – i think they know, either instinctively or openly, that they get each other. it’s why they can agitate each other so easily.
so for lance to just step forward and be the one who acknowledges ‘yeah i’m the person to comfort keith right now’ is just!!! it feels really significant!!! it has to be lance who does this because lance is who keith is closest with right now! and the way lance is looking at keith – listen i didn’t see it so i don’t know exactly what they say, but i know that lance is convincing keith that shiro doesn’t want keith to wallow in misery looking for him, that shiro would want them to move forward. lance isn’t trying to cheer keith up, he’s not being the group jokester (which they could have had him do, they could have had him be goofy and try to lighten the mood) he’s being serious and trying to help him in his grieving process. he’s trying to help keith accept what’s happened. i look at that picture of lance looking at keith and i see a person who genuinely cares about keith, who wants to make this easier for him. who wants to help him move forward. i see a person who’s willing to show that he’s a shoulder for keith to lean on, someone he can come to for advice. i see the foundation for a partnership we’ve been told is coming and is realistic and is possible. and i’m really, really excited about that.
I’ve played a little fast and loose with the rally’s
timeline in this part; this year, it took the driving teams and the rest of the
retinue two days to get from the actual finish to Essaouira, where they had the
closing celebratory ceremonies. I plead
particularly how I left things at the end of part 1. Mostly, though, I just
wanted to get them to lovely Essaouira. Because everyone should have some
“Et maintenant?” Driss asks.
And now? It is late in the day, this last day, and he
and Myka are driving their last drive together, towards the finish. The finish
at Essaouira: lovely breezy city by the sea.
“Quoi?” she asks back, as blank a What? as she can manage. He gives her a littletch, adon’t play dumb
noise, so she says, “Je pas.” I
don’t know. Another tch. “Je sais pas ce qu’elle veut.” I don’t
know what she wants.
“Toutes les meufs, elles veulent la même.” All the
girls, they want the same. He’s very confident; his take it easy tone is clear.
“Moi, ouais?” Me, yeah?
That sends him into hysterics, as intended. He deserves some
reward, however small, for having put up with Myka, and for being who he’s been
about the whole thing. She grins at him and says, “Tous les mecs, ils veulent
la même aussi.” All the guys, they want the same thing too. “Les détails.” The
He laughs again and settles in to cajole her into divulging
any and all details regarding what she has got up to with women.
Ok so the more Rollacoaster gets delayed, the less likely it gets that they're trying to line this up with a Loammy release, don't you think? The magazine is losing money, getting really bad publicity for the constant delays etc and I don't think they would risk that just so it could be released around the same time as his single. I really feel like there's opposing narratives here for the cover story that Team Loammy is fighting on, FFS they haven't even gone to print yet!
Magazine print dates are pretty set in stone, so I agree that I don’t think they would intentionally be pushing themselves back for a fourth time, causing them to be a full month late on newsstands ANNNND risking a bad relationship with their advertisers to pacify Team Loammy. We live in a bit of a fandom bubble, so I think its a fair reminder that outside of the fandom, probs Loammy, and the magazine’s advertisers themselves, no one particularly gives a fuck or is writing about the fact this magazine is delayed, so publicity wise its not all that damaging. The BTS Business Hoe relationship with their advertisers and printers is what’s really fucking them.
I think its totally not a reach to say there’s gotta be something going on with the cover story that made them have to halt everything at the eleventh hour. Talking points were already served to the media last month ahead of the original newsstand date, which were basically Trump, being bffs w/ Bieber, X Factor, and a two paragraphs that Cheryl likely wrote about what an icon she is and how they are the epitome of Twu Wuv™ (i can’t even type that with a straight face ohmygiddygod’s trousers). The UK tabloids predictably made it about Cheryl (she’s got them on payroll, natch) and the US focused on Trump & Bieber and ignored Cheryl (weeeeeeee).
It’ll be super interesting to see what that article’s focus and narrative is when it finally does hit newsstands in 2025*.
“They carried the soldier’s greatest fear, which was the fear of blushing. Men killed, and died, because they were embarrassed not to. It was what had brought them to the war in the first place, nothing positive, no dreams of glory or honor, just to avoid the blush of dishonor. They died so as to not die of embarrassment […] It was not courage, exactly; the object was not valor. Rather they were too frightened to be cowards.” ~ “The Things They Carried,” The Things They Carried, by Tim O’Brien.
So the above is a quote from the first short story in Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried, which shares the name of the book and is, of course, the title of spn 10.15.
The story uses some frankly awesome wordplay of ‘carry’ to explore the mental and emotional state of soldiers during the Vietnam war (starting out describing the literal physical things they carry, like guns and backpacks, and moving on to personal items like photographs or letters, then memories of family and lovers, then ideas/stories of lovers and so on - there’s even a line about how they ‘carry on’ at one point, which I enjoyed for the Kansas connection :p).
Though it’s about Vietnam, it seems to me like its descriptions are apt for most soldiers in general, and since Dean is a soldier of sorts I couldn’t help reading with an eye to how the descriptions might fit him.
There were PLENTY of things in the story, and the whole book, that are relevant to Dean imo. But I’ve picked out this ONE thing, because I found it the most interesting. Which is this idea of soldiers being afraid of ‘blushing,’ of being embarrassed about being viewed as dishonourable or cowardly or weak.
It comes up again in a later story, where Tim, the narrator (and author - I assume the book is at least somewhat autobiographical), describes his reaction to being drafted and how he almost travelled to Canada to escape being sent to war. But ultimately Tim accepted the draft because the thought of others thinking badly or him or thinking him weak was too much to bear. He imagines them, his father included, calling him Traitor! Turncoat! and Pussy! and as he describes it -
“I felt myself blush. I couldn’t tolerate it. I couldn’t endure the mockery, or the disgrace, or the patriotic ridicule. Even in my imagination, the shore [of Canada] just twenty yards away, I couldn’t make myself be brave. It had nothing to do with morality. Embarrassment, that’s all it was […] I was a coward. I went to war.” ~ “On The Rainy River,” The Things They Carried
I feel like this fear is Dean’s as well.
Like this relates to his hyper-masculine image that has been discussed a great deal throughout the show and esp. since Carver’s run. ‘Discussed a great deal’ being an understatement :p
But to give a quick summary - Dean too is a soldier concerned with keeping up an appearance. Not necessarily of being honourable, like the soldier’s O’Brien describes, but of appearing strong, manly, macho (all of which seem to have become synonymous to Dean). And to be/appear otherwise is often shown as embarrassing for Dean, he’s continually shown as embarrassed when ‘caught out’ liking anything in the vicinity of being feminine/unmanly eg. liking Dr Sexy or shown to be hiding his like of such things eg. wearing pink panties.
IMO he also considers his time spent as a demon with Crowley to have been in large part feminine/unmanly/weak, hence his terming of that as ‘embarrassing’ (which is what first made me take notice of the comments about soldiers and embarrassment in the book).
Do I have a point - beyond hey this is a cool similarity between Dean and the soldiers in the book?
Good question :p
I guess… what I like about the connection between Dean and the book’s analysis of soldiers’ psyches is that since the episode title points us to the book and its themes it implies, or perhaps confirms, that this idea of soldiers putting on a macho facade, and thus of Dean doing the same, is a theme the show is very much exploring this season.
And since the book is all about deconstructing that facade, in fact SUBVERTING it by suggesting that in putting on a facade in order to appear brave and strong the soldiers were in fact being the very things they were embarrassed to be considered as (ie. cowardly and weak), it implies that Dean’s facade too is being deconstructed this season :)
Something supported by little things like Dean enjoying the fancy coffee in the small cup that he insists ‘real men’ don’t drink, Dean enjoying Taylor Swift and, of course, the ongoing saga of the cake - little shows of Dean’s feminine/unmanly (or at least non-hyper-masculine) side showing through his macho-soldier image.
Is Dean’s desire to stop looking for a cure for the Mark, to hold out against it as long as he can and then ‘go down swinging,’ perhaps comparable to O’Brien’s soldiers going to war? Dean too embarrassed to try the alternative, fearing he will seem too emotional/feminine/weak if he continues to make his own life and well-being and safety his priority by continuing to find a way out of being Marked, just like Tim felt about trying to find a way out of being drafted.
And if so, if the embracing of macho facades and the path that leads to is to be deconstructed/criticised in spn as it is in O’Brien’s novel, then could it be that part of that deconstruction will mean that Dean embracing the parts of himself he’s been embarrassed/ashamed of (Taylor Swift, the cake, the coffee, his emotions, his feelings for Cas…) will end up being key to him ultimately overcoming and/or controlling the Mark?