(spoiler free unless you don’t want to know ANYTHING)
- I’m about to do what I disliked about other reviews, say who I thought was best in the film….sorry other cast members!
- Richie/Finn: Oh my god, Richie was fucking hilarious. I laughed so much, along with the whole theatre. He definitely stole the show, Finn is so talented. Its been a day and I’m still laughing at his lines when they come into my head. His sense of humour has become a lot less offensive and a hell of a lot funnier. It feels like Richie had the most screen time and some of the other Losers suffered due to it, but I just can’t imagine cutting any of his scenes or lines
- Ben/Jeremy: I love Jeremy, but I didn’t expect to enjoy his performance as much as I did. He and Richie were my favourite losers in this film (even though Eddie and Mike were my favourite in the book) and I don’t understand why more reviews aren’t calling out Jeremy for an excellent performance like they are for Finn and Sophia. His introduction scene is probably one of my three favourite in the whole movie- another hilarious scene but it had such heart behind it and Jeremy was just brilliant, as was Sophia
- Bev/Sophia was also excellent. Bev is a really enjoyable character in this movie, she is a love interest and the film avoids making her a sexy lamp or a plot device by really adding to her character and giving her some strong individual scenes. She’s definitely romanticized but she definitely is a lot more than a love interest. There is one scene with the whole ‘everyone is in love with Bev’ schtick but it was funny enough that I didn’t mind. I think the film also avoided the damsel in distress trope pretty well. Bev is a really interesting, well defined character and Sophia did a great job!
- I don’t have much to say about the others but they were all great! Great performances from all, they just didn’t stand out as much as those three
- I really enjoyed the Losers Club and their dynamic as a team and as a friendship. I wish we had gotten just a little more scenes like the swimming one, where they are just having fun (after all, they played games in between fighting IT in the novel) but it was pretty clear that the film was cramped for time…
- the film did feel at times like it was rushing through a checklist of scenes that it had to get through, to set up the plot or characters. The film lacked some stuff (particular losers suffered from a lack of screen time, see next point) Maybe this sounds odd considering IT has such a long runtime, but I got the impression they struggled with actually narrowing it down to that time. They definitely cut a few scenes, one pretty important one that was seen in multiple trailers (I was disappointed to see it go and I’m definitely not gonna be the only one). There was one sequence where it suddenly jumped to a different person nearby and I don’t know whether they cut a scene in between or edited it poorly but I still don’t know how they got there or what they were doing or where they actually were? It’s hard to explain without spoiling but yeah, that scene confused me
- Stan and Mike, particularly Mike, definitely didn’t get enough screen time. Stan probably had more actual screen time then Ben but Ben just felt more present, since he had more importance in the story and an important relationship with Bev. Stan was one of the original 4 losers but he had the least dialogue out of all of them and its a shame, Wyatt is really talented and I would have liked to have seen more. I can tell Stan was the victim of a few cut scenes. I also feel pretty sorry for poor Chosen as Mike, who was under-utilized and just…. joined the losers. There was no scene of him getting to know them, no bonding scene for the whole seven. He just joined the Losers and went with them to kill IT. He did have his own character arch, which I enjoyed but he still had the least screen time, which is unfortunate, especially considering how important he is in the sequel
- As for the horror, I wasn’t scared during the trailers and I wasn’t scared during the film (horror films just never feel real enough to genuinely scare me) The audience members did react to the film positively, to the jokes and to the scares. Personally, I thought the horror was a little lazy because (KIND OF SPOILER) nearly every scare was a jump-scare. It was effective but I guess I just expected more. My favourite scary scenes included the first group trip to Neibolt Trip (probably another one of my favourite overall scenes) and the projector scene
- As for the couples, I’m trying not to be biased here but I think people who exclusively ship Bill/Bev after the trailers might just be swayed by Benverly who have some brilliant scenes, their dynamic is great and I can think of one small, hilarious moment they shared which really stood out. They didn’t have any moments in the trailer but they had plenty in the film. A combination of the two really talented actors and a great dynamic made it the superior couple in my mind (then again, I always preferred it to Bill/Bev. To be fair, they had a good dynamic and Jaeden is obviously also very talented! I’m not a fan of the love triangle in media but I could stomach this one.
As for my other IT ship, Reddie did not disappoint. The banter that we saw in the MTV grey water scene was a gift that kept on giving. We also saw a couple moments which showed the genuine closeness between them (one adorable shot made me want to write a fluffy AU immediately, certain scenes in Neibolt Street made me feel very angsty). I don’t mean to overhype this, they definitely aren’t ‘canon’ and I don’t believe their scenes become so overt it nears queerbaiting, just a well written dynamic which is pretty damn shippable. Also Richie/Bill and Richie/Stan shippers will have some moments to enjoy!
- The movie strays from the book quite a lot, I personally didn’t mind but if you’re a book purist then prepare yourself
- I know I did mention a few negative things but overall I really enjoyed the film! I recommend it completely, I had a great time and I can’t wait for everyone else to see it
Okay. I have a feeling this is pretty much common knowledge but I’m gonna say it anyway because I love ASiB.
Irene is a freaking genius.
And I find the dynamic between her and Sherlock so fascinating, because they’re intellectual equals — with Irene being the ‘right brain/emotional’ genius and Sherlock being the ‘left brain/purely intellectual’ genius.
They really are two halves of a whole. Which I’m sure is brilliant for Mofftiss, because they can say shit like that and have it falsely interpreted as romantic. But I digress.
Irene deduces how to ‘defeat’ Sherlock within the first five minutes of meeting him.
In fact, she technically figures it out before then — the moment she receives the photos of John and Sherlock in the cab together and they’re literally covered in rainbows. And Irene’s expression is just … gotcha.
Step 1) Make Sherlock/John jealous and uncomfortable. Her “battle dress” can do both at the same time.
Step 2) Ask Sherlock to explain how he solved a case, as a trial run for how she’s going to trick him into making the 007 deduction.
Step 3) Flirt a bit with John to make Sherlock more jealous.
Step 4) Watch as Sherlock gracelessly stammers and blurts out everything about how he solved the case immediately, before you’ve even had to do any real work.
PSSFSTINOFTHE CAR. Position of the car.
Step 5) Be vaguely surprised that it’s so easy to trick this supposed genius into laying all his cards on the table.
Step 6) Literally spend like the next 6 months cucking these lads for fun because you’re so confident.
Some days, Nino felt guilty for looking forward to akuma attacks. The implications of Hawkmoth using someone’s pain to transform them into a weapon always turned his stomach, but akuma attacks meant seeing Ladybug. That almost made it worth it.
Of course, it was better when they saw each other outside of akuma attacks. During the occasional press conference or infrequent patrols, they could relax a little and talk without worrying that their miraculous would run out of time. While it was breathtaking to see Ladybug in action, it was even better to see her at rest and smiling beside him.
“It’s a nice night, isn’t it, Chat Noir?”
“It’s nicer when you’re here,” he answered with a small grin.
Ladybug chuckled. “Ready to go?”
“Whenever you are.”
They took off over the rooftops, scanning the streets for any sign of activity. So far, they hadn’t done more than break up a few petty crimes, but they always hoped to catch an akuma or some clue to Hawkmoth’s location. Tonight, they ran into several fans instead, and Ladybug paused to wave down to them.
He did the same, occasionally twirling his baton and showing off for the more enthusiastic groups. One of them must have sent a notice to the Ladyblog, because the longer they patrolled, the more people showed up along their path. Alya probably made an announcement, because they rarely encountered so many fans this late at night.
“Laydbug! Chat Noir!”
They stopped again to greet a particularly large group, Ladybug even dropping to the ground to sign something.
“Can we get some pictures of the two of you?”
“Sure,” Chat Noir answered as he landed beside her.
Ladybug grinned and posed beside him, the two of them moving just as in sync as they did in battle.
“Now kiss!” someone called from the back of the group.
“Oh, we’re not…” Ladybug blushed and shook her head. “We’re not dating.”
“But, aren’t you two partners?” a boy in the front of the crowd asked.
“We work together,” Chat Noir explained. “We aren’t in a relationship.” As much as he regretted it. Ladybug was brilliant and dynamic and amazing. He could hardly imagine a better girlfriend, but despite his occasional flirting, she never seemed particularly interested.
They weren’t sure where the chant began, but it spread through the crowd in an instant. “Kiss! Kiss! Kiss! Kiss!” In seconds, everyone had joined in, and Ladybug took a step back, clearly uncomfortable.
Chat Noir reached out to touch her shoulder. “I have an idea. Mind if I take the lead?”
“Okay,” she murmured, still tense, but willing to trust him to defuse the situation.
“Just one, right?” Chat Noir asked the crowd.
They cheered back a resounding yes.
“Okay, great.” He scooped up her hand and pressed a kiss to the back of it. “One kiss.”
She laughed, and the sound rang through him like sunlight in winter.
The crowd protested, but he slipped an arm around her waist and planted his baton beside them. “You never said where!” He raised them back up to the roof and jumped back to set her beside him.
She smiled and leaned over to press a quick kiss to his cheek. “Thank you, Chat Noir.”
“I want to learn how to cook,” Swan said, staring at her plate.
Killian frowned. “You can cook, as evidenced by the meal in front of us.” Admittedly, it was a simple meal; baked chicken breasts and steamed vegetables. But there was certainly nothing wrong with it.
“Not like that,” she said sadly. “Just … like, for my parents’ potluck this weekend, you know my mom’s gonna make something delicious, and Regina will bring her lasagna. Even Belle and Zelena will bring something great, and they didn’t even used to cook in the Enchanted Forest and Oz or whatever.”
Privately, he thought that Belle and Zelena’s culinary skills were serviceable at best, but he understood. When Emma was tasked with bringing food to an event, she usually either volunteered to bring wine, or she ran to the market for pre-made desserts.
“You know it doesn’t upset me,” he said slowly. “And my own skill in the kitchen isn’t exactly anything to boast about. But if it bothers you, perhaps we should both learn together.”
“You’d want to?” He nodded. “Okay, well … I guess I’ll look into it.”
Killian had imagined that the most difficult part of learning to cook would be actually learning to cook. Instead, it took time to figure out the right way to learn.
Googles provided recipes and so-called foolproof methods, but everything seemed to end a little bit disastrously. Food burned, sauces did not come together, and nothing tasted any better than what they already knew how to make.
Next, they resorted to physical recipe books, which, being old-fashioned, he assumed would be much better than whatever the computer could provide. But if anything, the books were less helpful, and for the first time since encountering a computer, Killian had to admit there were significant benefits to being able to see images and watch recordings.
And actual in-person classes might have been helpful, but after just one down in Augusta, Swan ruled them out completely. He had no qualms with the decision; the instructor had been rude and insensitive (almost certainly unintentionally, but rude and insensitive nonetheless) about Killian’s disability, and it had ruined the entire experience. Neither he nor Emma could concentrate on or retain any of the lesson, and while he would do anything Emma asked of him, he was relieved that she had no desire to put him through such a humiliating experience again.
“I give up,” Emma said the next evening. She was staring at all the cookware and utensils she’d purchased to facilitate the process. “This was a huge waste of time and money.”
He rubbed her shoulder affectionately. “My love, I will not see you defeated in this way.” She snorted skeptically. “I mean it. You’re the Savior, Swan. You’ve never failed before, and you certainly won’t now.”
“What else is left to try, though? I’ve checked every website I can find about learning how to cook, and I am not trying a class again. Not after that.”
“Why don’t we take a break from this?” he suggested. “I’ll see what I can suss out, and we’ll try again then.”
She sighed. “Yeah, okay.”
He’d had to admit that he’d gone to Snow for help, but Emma hadn’t been too upset when he’d passed on the suggestion. In fact, she’d been intrigued and immediately went to the computer to check the Google.
Two weeks later, a box arrived on their front step. Inside were all the ingredients for three meals for the two of them to try, and detailed instructions.
Emma was still nervous, and truth be told, so was he. This didn’t feel much easier than simply finding recipes on Google, and since there was no instructor to guide them, it didn’t seem as though it would be as effective as an in-person lesson. But Swan had done a little research before signing up for the service, and it seemed as though it would be worth a try.
They picked the easiest-looking recipe, set up all the ingredients and equipment, pre-heated the oven, and took a deep breath.
The kitchen was a mess by the time they were done, there were some steps Swan had to take over because they required two hands, and they got in each other’s way more than once, but within an hour, they were sitting at the table to try their meal. It didn’t look nearly as beautiful as the image on the instructions did, but it smelled appetizing.
“Here goes,” Swan said anxiously before taking a bite. He watched as she did, and her eyes widened in surprise. “This is actually good,” she said, mouth still full.
He took a bite of his own serving. It was good. They’d both questioned the seemingly high number of times the recipe instructed them to season with salt and pepper, but now he understood why so many of their attempted meals were so bland. And the clear instructions meant that the meat was cooked perfectly–not underdone or burnt–and the sauce had come together perfectly.
He would have been embarrassed at how quickly they polished off the meal, but it didn’t matter. What mattered was the brilliant smile on his wife’s face.
The other two dishes went much the same way. Without needing to talk about it, Emma set up delivery every other week, for when they didn’t have Henry.
It was enjoyable to work together to make each meal, but as they mastered more and more skills, the dynamic changed a bit. Some nights, Emma would insist on cooking on her own, and it was worth it to see how excited she was that she was making such a delicious meal without assistance. And other nights, he would shoo her out of the kitchen. He’d always been extremely adaptable, and before long, there was not a single step that slowed him down, even with one hand and a hook.
He almost wanted to go back to Augusta and embarrass the cooking instructor, but to do so, he’d have to pay for the privilege. No thank you.
But then life picked up a bit, and they found themselves wanting to return to recipes they’d tried before instead of new ones. And so they went down deliveries once a month, before canceling altogether.
But the skills remained. They had all the recipes from the meal delivery service, but now they each felt confident enough to try recipes from the books they’d purchased months earlier. And now those recipes were easy. As were the Google recipes.
They’d done it.
In November, they insisted on hosting the seasonal holiday, much to everyone’s surprise. When everyone asked what they could bring, he and Emma happily assigned desserts and alcoholic beverages, and politely declined any offers of appetizers or side dishes or assistance with the main course.
As the meal progressed and the effusive compliments poured in, Killian simply looked at Emma and smiled. And at the end of the night, once the dishes had been washed, the leftovers stored in the icebox, and the guests departed, he took her in his arms. “I told you.”
“Told me what?” she asked.
“You’ve never failed before,” he reminded her. “And you certainly haven’t now.”
Molly and I had dinner with my parents per their request. Unfortunately, Mycroft was there as well. Fortunately, he is fond of Molly and wasn’t as annoying as he usually is. Exactly 3 months minus 1 day from today, I will be Molly’s husband; her, my wife. I do not know what I have done to be worthy of her love but I promise to always love and cherish her; to always be there for her. She is my whole world, and though I may never have told her, she has had my heart for a very long time; longer than she realizes.
Mummy and Father adore her; how could they not? Mum gave me a good scolding about not having pursued Molly sooner in which I explained had attempted to when I came back from taking down Moriarty’s network but she was otherwise engaged. Mycroft remarked how it was just bad timing. He has never been more right. Interesting enough, I quite enjoyed the dynamic of Molly and I having dinner with my family. I am usually quite put out with them but over the last few months, my emotional side has been developing much more rapidly than we imagined.
Let me refocus on my
fiancée. Molly Hooper. I love her more than I can truly express. She makes me feel happy and loved; two things I never considered I could honestly feel, but I feel them quite strongly. She looks lovely in that photo, doesn’t she? Of course she does, she’s Molly. She is intelligent, kind, beautiful, brave and strong.I admire this brilliant, loving woman greatly. I am madly in love with her. And that is the simple truth, @mollyhooperxxx.
And when I say now that I ship Frank Castle and Karen Page with all my
heart, I don’t just mean that in the love relationship sense of the
word. I mean it in the mentor sense, in the friendship sense, in the
I-have-got-your-back sense, in the caretaking sense, in the
encouragement sense, in the confidence and confiding sense, and in the
sense where they see the light and dark in one another and run with it
because it’s brutal and relentless and everything they need in their
life right now. A need they both recognised at varying points within
that seasonal narrative – and tried to dissuade and disengage from. But
it’s hard to stay away from someone who just “gets it”, and even harder
to pretend you don’t sense that connection jump every time you get in
one room together.
This is an excerpt of a post I made on my old blog in late March last year. The rest of the post isn’t that interesting.. hence the excerpt, haha.) To me, this is the core of why I ship Kastle. It’s why I haven’t stopped shipping it since S2 aired and why I don’t see myself turning away from the ship in future.
It’s about so much more than love. I have previously argued that I don’t want this ship to become romantic canon. I may occasionally write it in fic as romantic, or relationship-y, or any variant thereof, but I don’t want to see any of that in canon in the foreseeable future. I don’t have to see it become canon that way. Relationships don’t have to be romantic. Ships don’t have to have romance as their centrepiece.
What I want, more than anything, is a continuation of this fascinating dynamic that grew between these two characters in S2.
I want them to care about each other, I want them to be in each other’s orbit, I want them to be both good and bad for each other because that’s the way this really messy thing between them operates, and I want them to just keep winding up in the same coffee-providing place together despite everything else that’s going on in their lives. I want it to be that level of casual, that level of them being a part of each other’s lives in whatever form is most convenient to them at the time, and I want it to be an anchor they’re both trying their hardest to run away from.
When I say “hey, I ship Castle with Page and Page with Castle”, I don’t mean “let’s have them fall in love and live happily ever after”. What I mean is “this dynamic was hands-down the best part of S2 to me and I think it’d be brilliant to have it continue in their future narratives” and what I also mean is “this relationship has got a lot of heart and if I want to write romantic slow burns and character explorations about it nobody’s gonna stop me from doing so”.
Based on your posts, you really want Season 11 to happen. Any thoughts on how it should play out?
Okay, Anon I hope you are ready. You are in for a ride. This is definitely too much to ask for, so let’s just state the fact, that these are my crazy wishes and not my rational demands.😂😂😂
Writers: Frank Spotnitz, Darin Morgan, Vince Gilligan, Glen Morgan, James Wong. Also, I want a woman writer/director! Rob Bowman should direct at least one episode. Chris Carter is only executive producer!!! He cannot write anything. ANYTHING. For reasons…
Sveta: I have alien DNA. For sure.
Scully: Have you had a doctor confirm that?
My Struggle, written by Chris Carter
Anne Simon stays out of this season ‘cause honestly I ain’t scientist but I’m pretty sure this can be done better than season10 was. (And her tweets make me go insane…)
Now, about the stories; I really think that - if there is a news season - it will be the last season. We will see Mulder and Scully for 10 more episodes and then we have to say goodbye. This is how I would prefer to do that:
*I just realised that most of my ramblings are against how CC wrote Season 10. so basically if he will not write, many of these things shouldn’t even come up. Cause the other three episodes from Season 10 were solid….But here we go!*
We need no Miller or Einstein or whoever else they think should steal screentime from Mulder and Scully. NO THANK YOU. I’m waiting here patiently, being supportive for decades and it’s not for you to introduce me to new characters. It’s for you to finally give me what I’m waiting for, for what it seems centuries.
We bring down Mulder and Scully from that damn bridge. No one is being abducted, because that’s just lame, we’ve been there, done that. *Okay, if you really want anyone to be taken by aliens, CSM is good to go. He is dead anyway and we don’t need him*
Scully saves Mulder’s life, they reunite with their son and the plot will make sense. Yes, it is absolutely doable, this fandom’s greatests already came up with scenarios and wrote stories of the ‘How to continue this mess CC left behind’ part.
I need a very solid explanation on why Reyes was working for CSM. She cannot be remembered like this. Her character is so much more and I need an explanation of why she did what she did. Obviously, she was given no choice. Maybe she works for CSM because of William. Give me something good.
More Skinner, Poor guy was barely in the new season. Give him more interactions with his agents. He’s been with them long enough to give him some cool plot-lines.
Could we maybe bring back The Lone Gunmen somehow? They deserved so much better and I want them back and alive. I want them to visit Mulder and Scully in their cute countryside house. They would totally geek out with William and teach him ‘cool stuff’ while Scully would be watching them, smiling and rolling her eyes.
Mulder and Scully are definitely not estranged and they have a big conversation about their past, (Flashbacks) present and future. It can be done with William being there, and asking questions and later on they continue just the two of them. Preferably on the porch of the Unremarkable House. William could be playing with Daggoo.
We’ve been ripped off of so many great and important MSR scenes and I want to see them. (At least some of them)
Scully’s cancer is in remission conversation
The whole IVF plot
When Scully tells Mulder that the little tiny being growing in her belly is his baby, it’s his son. They made him together, it’s their miracle what they were waiting for…
Mulder finding Scully and William, bringing them to the hospital. The three days they spent as family, and the conversation of Mulder going into hiding
Scully - no, not Skinner, damn it - has to tell Mulder that she gave William up
When they working through all the shit while being on the run after so many horrible things happening to them
When they finally buy the house, whey they move in
When they are happy and just adorable, casual Mulder and Scully. Cause, guess what CC, you can write these scenes without them being boring. I mean, not you. But someone else….
I want Gillian and David to play these scenes and I wanna die while I’m watching them. Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny are great actors. You know they will bring their A+ game, given the chance! Let them shine.
Let them do a brilliant job with brilliantly written scripts. Give them the opportunity to show off their talent. Give them the humour, give them the drama, give them the creepy cases, give them their dynamics. Embrace their skills, their strength and use that chemistry!
Listen to them and let them have a word in what is right or wrong to their characters. If they want to touch or kiss on the cheek, you should bloody let them do just that!
HAND HOLDING, KISSES, and SEX SCENES are a must.
*I’m sorry but just like Jimmy Kimmel said: “You two, should have sex. You should. It’s been like 24 years, everyone knows.”*
And one last thing:
I really really want David Duchovny to write and direct the last episode. When I say goodbye to Mulder, Scully, William and Daggoo I want it to be a proper goodbye. And if there is one thing I learnt during these years while being a shipper and a fangirl of this show, is that:
No one knows better, writes better, understands better these characters than David Duchovny. He writes Dana Scully & Fox Mulder in such a unique way like no one else can. And I am so here for it. I’m so here for how David imagines the end of their stories. I trust him more than anyone else with the series finale of The X-files.
*Of course, if it is ‘only’ a season finale, that is totally fine, too*
Random thoughts about characterization in Brooklyn 99
I’ve been mulling this over for a while, and I think one of the things that makes Brooklyn 99 a fantastic show is the way that character pairings work. No matter which two characters you put together, they have at least one thing in common and one major conflict, which leads to fascinating (and hilarious) interactions.
So, for example, Jake and Captain Holt are obviously very different – Holt takes everything incredibly seriously, and Jake jokes about everything. But they’re both obsessive about detective work, which means that when they work together, Holt inevitably buys into Jake’s ridiculous movie-trope enthusiasm, and Jake steps into a more responsible role.
Holt and Terry: Holt is stoic, Terry is emotional. But they’re both strong leaders.
Jake and Amy: Amy follows rules, and Jake flouts rules. But they’re both nerds who care about things way too much.
Rosa and Amy: Amy is obsessed with getting others’ approval, whereas Rosa generally doesn’t give a shit. But they’re both trying to fight the gendered expectations that others have of them.
Gina and Rosa: Gina is obnoxiously girly, and Rosa eschews girliness. But they’re both incredibly confident.
Jake and Boyle: Jake wants to be cool, and Boyle is incredibly uncool. But they’re both effusive and enthusiastic about the things they love.
I could keep going for every single combination of two characters, but that would take forever. My general point is: each pair of characters has its own unique and fascinating dynamic, because a) each character is complex and b) each character brings out different elements of the other characters. And that’s brilliant writing (and acting).
so I wanted to start watching Doctor Who, in order to become a true superwholockian, but I don't know where to start. (idk where to watch it, or what seasons to start watching it from...)
Well I can definitely help you out there anon! Doctor Who is an absolutely brilliant show and if you want to start watching it you have two options:
1. You can start from Classic Who (but I can’t really offer you any more intel on this as I haven’t watched it myself though I really want to! I’ve had a couple of people telling me that it really is good if not mildly cheesy)
2. You can skip Classic Who and start with the Ninth Doctor
The choice is yours!
Also, DO NOT SKIP NINE
The ninth Doctor (played by Christopher Eccleston) was absolutely amazing! If you skip him you miss his dynamic with Rose Tyler (who remains to be my favourite companion till date)
In short don’t skip any seasons and you’re good! But I’m guessing you watch Sherlock so you probably know all about Moffat’s sadistic pleasures when it comes to seeing his fans in pain. Good luck and let me know how your experience goes!!
And welcome to the superwholock family in advance !!!!!
So, rewatched Death Note in honor of the shitty Netflix abomination for the first time since high school. I definitely have been removed from the fandom since then as well, because I determined that I could see myself shipping Lawlight. It is pretty my kind of dynamic, two arrogant and vaguely removed brilliant minds who each think they have discovered the way to save the world put at odds with each other for their differing morality.
Unfortunately, the tag on Tumblr yields some really homophobic/objectifying cringe shit. Is this the burden of shipping a popular pairing?
The secondary characters of Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra
This piece of meta is the result of a fascinating conversation I had with korrastorian about their brilliant essay on the agency of animals in ATLA. It’s such a good essay, that there’s nothing I can really add to its main focus. But they said one thing in passing that I’d like to respond to, because it’s a common attitude in the Avatar fandom, but one that I can’t quite agree with. They argued that ATLA is character driven, whereas LOK is plot driven. It’s a fair point, rooted in the correct assertion that the two shows take a different approach to plot and character, but not one I can fully agree with. We agreed that LOK centres more on Korra than the secondary characters, so while she has a hugely fleshed out arc, perhaps more so than anyone in the franchise, there is less focus on the secondary characters in LOK than in ATLA. Quoting the reblogs:
Me: “I suppose there’s an argument to be made that LOK’s Secondary Cast is less fleshed out than the cast of ATLA”
Korrastorian: “The secondary characters, i.e. the other members of the krew, weren’t nearly as developed as those in ATLA”.
I still didn’t quite agree with this. I feel like the krew are just as developed as the Gaang (with the exception of Zuko, whose arc is, for me, only bettered by Korra’s). I (somewhat imperfectly) defined the difference between the two shows as this:
“LOK centres more on its lead, whereas ATLA is more of an ensemble piece, so it’s perhaps fair to say (though far from scientifically measured) that LOK gives less screentime to the development of its secondary characters than ATLA. I’d also say LOK is more compressed in its storytelling than ATLA, which is a slower paced series, so the character moments stand out more in ATLA, whereas in LOK, the character scenes come hand in hand with the plot.”
This won’t be a deep piece of meta, more an comparison and analysis of the secondary characters from both shows to back up that statement. I’d also like to argue for a more nuanced definition of the differences between the series approaches, as I feel this will help us better understand the two series. To do this, I’m going to explore the approaches of the two shows to the separate “Teams Avatars”, the mentor figures, and the villains.
Leonard: Sorry. I’m having dinner with Penny. I have to get out of here.
Sheldon: And I have flag knowledge that I have to get out of here!
Amy: You okay?
Sheldon: No, I’m a little rattled. But like the flag over Fort Sumter, I’m still here. And, take two. Hello. I’m Dr. Sheldon Cooper, and welcome to the premiere episode of Sheldon Cooper Presents Fun with Flags. Over the next 52 weeks, you and I are going to explore the dynamic world of vexillology.
Amy: Hang on, Dr. Cooper. What’s vexillology?
Sheldon: Vexillology is… why is there a face on that flag?
Amy: It’s Ferdinand T. Flag. I thought he might help bring in some younger viewers.
Sheldon: Confound it! You’re right, it’s brilliant. Let’s take it from the top.
One of my favourite thing about Beyond is that, it explores so many dynamics among the crews.
Jim and Chekov
I always imagine Jim as a brother figure to Chekov. Their journey together is adorable and exciting! I’m so glad they give so much more screen time to Chekov as compared to the two previous movies. He’s brilliant, fresh, genius and undeniably reliable. Thank you Anton for playing this lovable character so well, you will be missed.
Spock and Bones
Ugh these two. I love their dynamic sooo much. It had always been Spock and Jim or Bones and Jim before (not that I’m complaining, don’t let me start on our golden triumvirate but) it’s time to have the goodness of Spones and Beyond gives us just that, thank you! They have vastly different personalities and I love watching them bickering with each other as a façade of their mutual respect. Besides, we can witness Spock’s rare moment of vulnerability (wink wink) and Bones kicking some major asses, so, hell yeah!!
Scotty and Jaylah
You have no idea how much I love Jaylah, she’s AMAZING! Brilliant, strong and independent. Sure she has her vulnerable moment but FUCK IT, WHAT DOESN’T KILL YOU MAKES YOU STRONGER!! Scotty and Jaylah are amazing together (I see them having father/daughter relationship is it weird? anyway) Jaylah is a free spirited lassie with minimum contact with other beings (minus those hostiles aliens of course) and Scotty being as accommodating as he is, just know how to balance out their dynamic, so YAY!
Sulu and Uhura
BROTP! They are so protective of each other, like when Uhura lost her shit when Krall did his sucking mojo on Sulu and Sulu super worried expression when Uhura and Syll was trapped in a room with Krall and Manas. They are super concern of each other it gives me this warm and tingling feeling inside. We saw them working together in the opening scene of ST:ID but this is just another level.
I’m sooo happy to witness their relationship had evolved to one step further, better. Not just as crew members who got stuck together due to the event of Narada but to actually have mutual trust and respect, much like a family. For that, I’m sooo happy and grateful for what this trilogy (reboot wise) had brought to us.
aries: they will seriously take a bullet for their friends and loved ones. they hold so much compassion and love inside of one tiny body, and people still think they’re heartless. but they know who they are, and who they are is a beautiful and strong human being. taurus: they too, like aries, are so loving towards those close to them. they are also so wonderfully passionate, they can’t help but inspire you to be greater than what you are now. they’re headstrong and graceful. gemini: their eyes hold a precious light inside of them that can never be dimmed. they have two sides to them, and while some people fear and try to belittle/degrade them for it, both sides are dynamic, brilliant, and remarkable. they’re also wildly hilarious. cancer: they devote themselves fully to the people they love, and hardly ever put themselves above anyone else. they want to give you their everything in return for little to nothing. all they ask for is your love in return. they have an attractive, magnetic and incredible glow/aura that you can’t look away from. they’re cute as a button, too. leo: though it’s been said a million times, their confidence and charisma is charming and endearing. they are surprisingly very motherly towards their closest friends, and are wonderfully generous. they have an electric and eccentric charm to them that is hard to downright impossible to deny. virgo: their poise and grace is breathtaking, and their stunning looks are bound to turn heads. they have an adorable energy to them, and even if they’re cool and collected, they make you want to giggle like a little kid and hug everyone you’ve ever met just for the fun of it and because life is so beautiful! don’t you love life? life is amazing. libra: they are always multi-talented and pretty easy on the eyes. they are simultaneously stubborn and strong-willed, yet free-flowing and open-minded, you wonder how they balance it all. you want to be them. you know you do. scorpio: they’re ½ adorable cinnamon roll that needs to be protected, ½ angry soccer mom wielding a knife (and angry soccer moms are terrifying as is). despite this, they make great sisterly-type friends and create a bond with those they love that lasts forever. they’ll also cut a bitch when necessary. sagittarius: their love for life and anything in general is cute as heck. their happy and upbeat vibe is contagious and just the sight of them makes you want to jump up and dance! no one can cheer you up like a sagittarius can. while childlike and adorable, they’re also very loyal and dedicated, and will protect those they love fiercely. capricorn: they are secretly and very lowkey super kind and affectionate, but they like to act tough (when everyone knows they’re the biggest dweebs to roam the earth). they select a few people to be close to, and you better count your lucky stars if you’re a chosen one. capricorns are precious and both require protection while they’re also protecting others. aquarius: aquarians are truly god’s gift to the world, if not god themselves. they have an absolutely *infectious* vibe, and they all have stunning looks. they are carefree and excitable and make you want to see everything there is the world has to offer. in fact, they’ll be the ones to show it to you. pisces: the absolute most precious cinnamon roll of them all. while pisces remain to be all signs of the zodiac’s small and adorable fish children, they have a tough core underneath all of their glittery fish scales, and are ready to fight–at the absolute most necessary time. otherwise, you want to pick them up and carry them around in your pocket. adorable.
@tobithekiller: I’m the Hannigram’s shipper, but I agree with you.
I think the fault lies mainly with the producers and the director in paying attention to the small Hannigram fandom and giving them their “canon”, they would have simply refused and so maybe that show would not be canceled due to losing millions of viewers.
OK, I’m gonna be completely honest and level with you here. In the beginning of the show, you get to see the “canon” (to Thomas Harris’ story) dynamic between the two guys. Hannibal is intrigued by Will and Will is completely unaware and uninterested. As the show progresses, you get to see the dynamic develop and transform, which you don’t get to read about in the books but is fascinating to think about in theory. In all, that was a brilliant take on their development. However, at this time, we began to see the silly “Murder Husbands” thing on social media. All cool, chill, funny, understandable. Now, when season two came along and Will was fully aware of Hannibal’s nature, of what he’d done to him and others, of that monstrous character, he became appalled, disgusted. That held to Will’s perception of Hannibal in the books (and films). While he understands Hannibal, and to some extent empathizes/sympathizes with him (because he can’t help it), he is also disgusted by him, and himself for understanding that kind of man. And the fact that Hannibal sees him as being “like” him, terrifies Will because that’s always been his fear. Now, as the show went on, I saw a lot of disappointment from people who didn’t seem to understand this. Yes, there’s a mutual understanding between the characters, yes, they somehow feel a “connection”, whether Will likes it or not. But it was not something to press on, to push further than it needed to go. Hannibal is a serial killer who thinks he has finally found a “friend”, to whatever extent he can use that word, in Will, in someone who can understand him (think of Ed Kemper’s “relationship” with Holden Ford in Mindhunter, where Kemper calls him his friend but Ford can’t stand being near Kemper; or think of David Allen Griffin and Joel Campbell in The Watcher, where this serial killer becomes obsessed with his supposed relationship with a former agent after he’s forced into retirement due to severe trauma caused by Griffin). But from Will’s perspective, this is invasive, this is not something he wants. This both disgusts and terrifies him. When the show decided to slowly but surely begin to romanticize that extremely toxic dynamic, that’s when it began to lose viewers. And I know this had to do with the creators and writers, and so on, interacting closely with that portion of the said “fandom” which wanted that different brand of “Hannigram”; which was a completely illogical response to their dynamic, specially from Will. In every other portrayal of these characters, from the books to the films to most of the show, Will can’t even stand being in the same room as Hannibal, his presence alone makes his skin crawl, he’s revolted (think of that scene in Manhunter where Will forces himself to visit Hannibal and nearly has a panic attack on his way out). This due to great amounts of trauma, caused by Hannibal, and the hatred that carried along. Unfortunately, this went somewhat ignored by some part of season three. Where it seemed more important to have Hannibal and Will bond, and somehow team up and kill Francis Dolarhyde. That final team up was completely absurd, because at this point, originally, Hannibal is plotting revenge against Will, using Francis to complete it. Hannibal is supposed to be insulted, maybe even “hurt” (whether by a sense of betrayal, abandonment or simply due to his ego) by Will for catching him, for denying him his freedom, as he thought Will understood him better than that – a testament to Hannibal’s askew thinking. So, you see, when I started seeing people stop complaining about not having enough “Hannigram” in the show, as the writers and creators decided to cater to them, they began to complain about other characters not getting the development they wanted. Not what was logical, but what they wanted. Even after getting these two to interact in ways which made no sense to what their experiences of one another were, like in past portrayals, they were still unhappy because everything else in the show wasn’t bent backwards for them. It was the general attitude I witnessed, the reason it lost many viewers and was cancelled. I wrote all of this because people don’t seem to understand the illogical idea behind the “Hannigram” they wanted. They don’t seem to grasp it, at all. And because from the very beginning of the show you got a lot more of their dynamic and relationship than you got from any other portrayal or version of the story. Including the books. It was exciting, excellently written, well rounded, developed, etc. Personally, I was excited to see how far they could take the show, how far into the story of Hannibal they could tell. I wanted to see the Red Dragon arch, Clarice Starling, Buffalo Bill, the whole damn thing. But somewhere in season three the focus changed and the fruits got spoiled. Francis didn’t get the spotlight he deserved as a case (though the performances were amazing), and there was nowhere to go from there. Molly’s and Will’s relationship was not explored enough, along with his stepson. And that absurd ending, though it attempted to be somehow artistic or poetic, it was completely unnecessary.
Edit: In short, I liked “Hannigram” in the beginning. When it was about two neurodivergent individuals who found each other and felt un-alone for once. However, after it became intolerably toxic (Will being framed and incarcerated), and the show began to romanticize it (somewhere in season three), I was out.
@bygoneboy asked for some techienician fic recs and i figured i’d make them into a post! these are just a few of my faves but the ao3 tag is full of wonderful things and there’s some delights here on tumblr! so in no particular order, here we go!
okay this is a very big fic but my goodness it has blown me away. a long slow burn but very satisfying in the end. it’s one of those fics where you’re just there with them, you’re in the world, you can feel and see everything, it’s incredible, i have nothing but love for this fic
where do i even begin? a wonderful collection of drabbles and oneshots, i love the sweetness between the two and the way they clearly adore each other. it’s always a delight to see when another part gets posted
words cannot describe how much i love this fic. matt being totally infatuated with techie and having his mind blown by everything he does was just so sweet. i adored the awkwardness of it, how they were learning and exploring each other. a lovely, lovely fic
we all know holly is amazing in every way but this fic just made my entire week when i read it, i absolutely adored the dynamic between them, i love how techie speaks, and the whole thing is just an utter delight! this fic is highly recommended
wow. this fic absolutely blew me away when i read it. i recognise it’s probably for some more than others but nervous shy techie getting really into his kinks? yes. sign me right up. this was brilliant!
You are a slash shipper. You are no longer in denial. You ship slash. You like shipping slash. Most of your main ships are slash.
You’re really into some fandoms. These shows and characters mean so much to you. You ship slash in them and you do it hard. You read/write fanfics about that ship. You look at/do fan art about that ship. You talk to people on tumblr and irl about this ship. About all of your ships, in all of your fandoms.
So you watch/read/listen to something that you love, you watch as it teases the ship, either the creators do, or in the (sub)text. And the more you watch, the more you become invested in this ship. The more frustrating it gets every time the the creators step back screaming ‘NO HOMO’, every time two characters who were previously close seem to never be in a scene together or interact with each other stiffly.
This is considered The Norm. No matter how much you try to believe that this time - this time - they’ll do something, anything. But they never do, and you know it.
One day you start a new tv show. It’s a few episodes into the first season and it’s brilliant. Every expectation you have is just smashed. The plot is amazing, the cinematography is like a fucking movie. The characters are so dynamic and interesting.
And, because you’re you, you start to develop a ship. There are a few little hints, here and there, just like with everything else. You check it out on tumblr and yeah, it looks like that’s the main ship. You join the fandom, you squee over cute moments between the two. You don’t even dare to think it’ll go cannon. You know better by now.
And, yeah, the creators and actors are talking about friendship and ‘platonic’. So you know this will go the way of The Norm. And that’s OK because season 2 is so amazing and wow, are your shipping goggles thick today or what?!
And then, slowly and all at once, they’re not trying anymore. They’re becoming so intense with each other, so in love with each other, so obviously. You watch in awe at the multitudes of little things paint a picture of love, actual cannon love. It’s never overt, but you think this may be the closest to cannon you’ll ever get and it’s glorious. But you’re still weary of The Norm. You know it’s not cannon it’s just what you believe.
And then season 3 comes around and it got better. They are all that matters to each other, they miss each other when they’re apart. And when they meet again the spark in their eyes.
And then. Oh and then it happens. One of them asks if the other is ‘in love with me’. And the answer is YES. It is yes. And the next episode they are embracing.
And you are soaring because finally. After so much fucking bullshit. After entire shows being ruined because the characters suddenly started acting differently around each other. After all the random 2d female characters being created solely as a last minute love interest. After all the ‘OH BRO NO FUCKING HOMO BRO!!’ After feeling like shit, because you’re obviously not valid.
That is what it was like being a hannigram shipper these last 3 years. That is one of the many reasons that Hannibal was such a good show. Because for once we got what we wanted.