Some Shin Godzilla pre-production art depicting an alternate transformation of Godzilla from it’s second to third form from the art book. I haven’t seen a lot of pics from this sequence around, so I figured I’d post it.
You know, after 31 years of Ganon being being a blue pig monster, a beefy bara warlock, or both, I actually like that Breath Of The Wild gives us a third option in the form of a literal cloud of destruction that can unleash the Ganocalypse just by getting pissed off.
At a bar in Athens, watching an England/Australia rugby match, drinking a Danish beer and proofreading a book about Shakespeare while they play Stevie Wonder and Donald Trump is on TV… Cultural mélange strikes again
things i think about more than i should: what if Kravitz has a third form aside from handsome man and dude skeleton and that third form is a giant skeletal monster whose maw, like, drips shadows and whose eye sockets burn bright red and he uses this form for chasing/fighting crafty necromancers or powerful undead demigods
basically what if taako had the ultimate monster boyfriend, really
This is another simple spell and this time for wishes, this can be used to fulfill a range of wishes
Ingredients: 3 bay leaves, a piece of paper and a pen or pencil
During a new moon write on the piece of paper and visualize the wish coming true. Then fold the paper into thirds and for each fold place a bay leaf inside. Again visualize your wishing coming true. Then fold your paper into thirds agin forming an envelope.
After doing all of this keep the paper with the leaves in a dark place while you keep visualizing it coming true. Once it comes true burn the paper and give the ashes to the wind as a sign of thanks.
I’m not sure how long it will take for the wish to come true it depends on the person. But I hope you have an amazing night/day and blessed be 😊
Okay so, that episode Starscream tries to join the Autobots? What if he wasn’t such a clod and didn’t reveal that he killed Cliffjumper? What if he actually got in and started working for the Autobots?
Of course, at first, Starscream would only join Bots because he wanted to use them to get rid of Megatron and become the leader of the Cons, because of course he would. But then he would start to realize something, little by little.
He notices that even though the base in dirty and food is scarce, he feels much more relaxed here than he ever was on Nemesis. There is none of that looming feeling of Megatron beating you senseless, drones disrespecting you, Knock Out and Breakdown laughing at you or Arachnid humiliating you. He is free to do and be whatever he wants to be, as long as he doesn’t piss off the Bots, and that actually seems harder than he first thought. Sure, at first they are all on their toes about Stars, but after few weeks, they treat him like he was part of their team.
Stars goes to missions with Bumblebee, and learns that it was Megatron who stole his voice, and feels sympathy over him, for he too has been hurt by Megatron in the past. He hangs out with Bulkhead and learns that he isn’t just a “dumb big guy” he always though he was, and that Bulk is actually one of the first to accept him and support him. He helps Ratchet out and goes back to his scientific roots before the was and when Ratchet learns that Star used to be a scientist, they start having long debates and conversations about different formulas and eventually Stars helps Ratch make the perfect formula for synthetic energon. Arcee is not as easy, but once Star cracks few jokes about Arachnid, she warms up to her. The two joke around and grow quite close. Eventually he is even let to meet the kids and grows to find them, annoying at first, but later quite entertaining. Miko gets him into music, Raf wants to learn about Cybetronian science, and Ratchet isn’t a very talkative person so Stars makes a great teacher, and Jack is a great listener and supporter, even when Stars in denying his sorrow and inner pain.
But it’s Optimus that finally seals the deal. The two are on a mission together, and Starscream screws up, majorly. It’s nothing deadly or too dangerous, but it still causes him to panic because Megatron has beaten him for less. He gets on his knees and begs for Optimus’ forgiveness, sure that the Prime will beat him otherwise. But instead, Optimus stares at him, confused and even shocked, when he realizes why Stars is acting like this. Instead of hurting Stars, he embraces him and tells him that he is not angry and that it wasn’t Starscream’s fault. Stars doesn’t believe what just happened. Optimus, a PRIME just forgave him for his mistakes, and… comforted him. Starscream starts to re-think his choices and plans for using the Bots. For the first time in centuries, he has found someone he can truly respect and want to call his leader. He has found people who care of him and love him despite their bad past together. He has found something he thought long lost… a family.
So now, he accepts the fact that he indeed is an Autobot now. He keeps his aerial-form, he loves flying too much to give it up, but gets another, third form for himself. A motorbike. A TWO-WHEELER. Everyone know’s his hate of land-vehicles and two-wheeler’s especially so this is a special moment for everyone. Starscream asks for Ratchet to replace his Decepticon-symbol with an Autobot-one. He starts to work full time on taking down Cons. He gets better weapons and learns new fighting techniques. Just so that he can be useful for the bots, just so that he can make Optimus proud.
Under the sharp and cold Con the Bots find a fun-loving, strong, smart and even caring Cybetronian, who just wants his home back. He no longer cares about leadership, now that he has a leader he truly supports and cares about. And who also cares of him.
One time on the battlefield, one drone refuses to attack Starscream. It’s Steve. He begs to join “Lord” Starscream and serve him again like he did before. Stars takes a look at Optimus (who smiles and nods) and then helps the drone to his feet. “Please, call me Screamy. All my friends do.” And Steve joins the Bots.
Wheeljack and Fowler are bit harder, seeing how Starscream did keep them prisoner and tortured them. But both see how he has changed and understand that war is a serious thing and people on different sides sometimes need to do horrible things for their own side’s benefits, and eventually forgive him.
And the Smokescreen happens. Oh dear, does Smokescreen happen. Starscream is so exited to have someone new to join he hasn’t met before. He is no longer the youngest bot! Smokescreen is all confused like “YOU’RE Starscream!? No! That can’t be! You’re supposed to be evil and shit????” but soon they before great friends. Starscream finds amusing how formal Smokes is especially around Optimus, for he knows that the Prime is a kind and caring soul and not a military officer. Ultra Magnus and Stars never truly get along, but they too learn to tolerate each other.
But then, something happens that changes his happiness back to pain. Because of course.
Arcee happens to make a joke about their and Cliffjumper’s past, and Stars remembered. He really did kill part of Team Prime. He had been PROUD of that fact before, but now… Arcee tells him how she felt about him and how she misses him every day, only making Stars feel more bad than before. Stars starts to isolate himself from the others. He can’t bear to look at them or be with them. He killed their friend after all. It was long time ago, but that didn’t make it any better. Stars is in pain and cries every night.
Eventually he comes out of his room, asks for everyone’s attention. He has to do this. He can’t keep it in. Everyone gathers around, worried of their friend. Stars looks at them. “I don’t deserve this” he thinks. The Bots are asking him what is wrong. Stars tells that he has to come clean, for he can no longer live with the guilt. With tears in his eyes and crack in his voice (more than usual) he says it…
“I killed Cliffjumper.”
There is a silence. No-one says anything. Starscream closes her optics and waits. He knows, he just KNOWS he will be killed for that. But he doesn’t care. He is ready. More ready than ever. He is willing to take the punishment.
But it never comes. Arcee walks to him, the boys telling her, panicking, to “not do it”, thinking that she will hurt him. But she doesn’t. She takes Stars’ servos in her own and looks at him in the optics and asks…
“Did you kill him quickly?”
Stars tells exactly what happened, what Cliff said to trigger him and cause him to do it. He tells that Cliff died rather quickly even if not painless. Arcee, instead of being angry, hugs Starscream, for everyone’s surprise. She thanks Stars for telling the truth and being honest with her. Now she can finally put Cliff to rest in her mind. Sure, she will always miss Cliff and wish he wasn’t dead, but she can’t hate the “new Starscream” for the “old” ones mistakes.
Everyone joins in the hug and tell Stars that they forgive him. He was a con back then, his job was to kill bots! He wasn’t himself back then! He was pressured by Megatron! He was not a monster for killing in a war!
Starscream can only cry. Whether it’s tears of pain or happiness, only he knows.
The war is over. Megatron and Unicron are defeated. The well of Allsparks is working again. Kock Out has joined the Bots.
Starscream helps with the rebuilding of Cybetron. He is more quiet than before. He hasn’t forgiven himself for his actions, and he just lost Optimus, the leader he was ready to die for. But he is still happy to be alive to see the war end and promises to protect his new home with all he has.
Then Bumblebee comes to him and asks if Stars would like to become the new leader of Voss.
Whether he says yes or no… well. I let everyone make their own conclusions.
In your Shiizakana recap you touched on Hannibal's "warped finishing school for the damned". In a post S3 world, do you still feel like Hannibal would be compelled to turn out any would-be murderers and watch them go? What would be Will's reaction? Would he be jealous? Annoyed? I guess I've always had a hard time understanding Hannibal's intent, are these just amusements for him to sate his curiosity or on some level does he care about these people?
Compelled is one thing, would he be able to is another! I mean, we know Hannibal must like doing this, because he does it constantly throughout the show, with Randall Tier as at least one pre-series example. As a noted murder cat, he’s curious, and Fledgling Killer Grooming certainly feeds something in his weird dark soul (perhaps Hannibal’s version of collecting strays?). Though whether he “cares” about them in the traditional sense is pretty dubious. Arguable the only person Hannibal truly cares about from 1x01 on is Will, and frankly that’s far from any comfortable definition of the word as well. But regardless, while Hannibal has a definite interest in pushing people toward their ~gruesome glory~, we also know that he can press the mute button on his urges if his security & freedom require it, as seen in the long periods of time that pass without Ripper kills. Whether it’s murder art or his murder protégées, being freshly escapered from a hospital for the criminally insane would be a time to lie low, one would think.
And of course, there’s another mitigating factor: Will Graham. Hannibal once gave up his favorite hobby not for his own continued freedom, but ALONGSIDE IT, all for the sake of his precious biscuit who hates him. There is not a lot Hannibal wouldn’t do to keep Will’s attention! Buuuuttt on the other hand…. there’s not a lot Hannibal wouldn’t do to keep Will’s attention. And bringing other people in for them to play off of/at each other is another thing Hanners has found very rewarding indeed. In fact, the most recent student of Dr. Lecter’s Finishing School For the Damned was Francis Dolarhyde, and in one of the interviews on the S3 DVDs, Mads Mikkelsen #confirmed my feeling that Hannibal was primarily treating (and treating) Dolarhyde as just a means to a Will. Given how VERY gratifying the results of that were, I imagine this would be the arrangement Hannibal would want to keep pursuing, if given the chance.
And if Will doesn’t manage to convince him to [grits teeth] stop it, given how terribly distressed this always makes him. Up to and including the part where he ends up doing just what Hannibal hoped for all along: proving he does love him. Uugh. Roll me into the sea about it, literally.
You’re a force of seventeen wizards and three cats trapped on an island with two incredibly powerful forces you have no hope of taking down: Zeref, the actual Black Wizard aka Most Evil Dude Ever, and Grimoire Heart, a force of wizards all of Wizard Saint strength and beyond who are mopping the floor with you and have already near-fatally wiped out half your members, including all of the strongest ones. You are essentially broken and do not have strength enough to protect your wounded, let alone fight off Grimoire Heart. You also have a third threat in the form of the Magic Council, who in order to take Zeref and Grimoire Heart out of the picture, are planning to fire Etherion, a city-destroying nuclear satellite laser, at the island you’re on, and they don’t give a shit whether you’re still on it when they fire it. The dude who works for these people has a handy teleportation ability that can get you and your wounded off the island without Grimoire Heart or Zeref being able to catch you and before Etherion is fired. He is being a hero right now and extending this offer, which is essentially your only hope of survival.
Instead of taking that offer, deny it against all logic and reason because you’re too stubborn to admit when you’re beat, and when he tries to talk sense into you, respond by threatening the lives of the Magic Council–those dudes that he literally just told you are holding Etherion over your heads and who already don’t like your sorry asses. After all, pride and the ability to flex your muscles even on your deathbed are far more important than actually surviving!
See also: How To Completely Remove Any Ability To Feel Sympathetic Towards You
The Overdue Rant about Civil War (Alternately: Fight me, son!)
I was reading a fanfic and a comment was congratulating the author on Bucky’s portrayal
in the first chapter. That, I had no problem with. My Problem was when the
commenter claimed that Tony in CACW essentially “came out smelling like roses”
To which I started this, a reply that never got posted:
How exactly did Tony come out smelling like roses?
1) His best friend was crippled.
2) He lost his girlfriend
3) Not sure where the story with Nat is going, but he
essentially was betrayed a second time by her
4) The government is breathing down his neck
5) And he was basically left in Siberia to die. It
doesn’t matter that an SOS might have been automatically sent when the suit
deactivates. At no point in the movie is Steve told this. He ASSUMED, which is
a dangerous thing to do when you leave one of the smartest men in the world,
injured, in a base (that is clearly still active) owned by one of the most
dangerous terrorist organizations in the world. Steve is an American soldier.
No man left behind was and still is a motto that’s lived by. He should know
Not to mention the shield. Steve shoves a metal disk
through armor into Tony’s chest. Bucky tries to crush him by pressing on his
chest. This is a man with a damaged chest, and several INCHES of METAL keeping
him alive for several years. Extremis or not, Tony’s chest is still a mess
against a normal fighter, let alone a man with that kind of strength.
I get it. Bucky is a victim, and this story is doing a
good job telling his story. But I don’t believe that Bucky would be so angry
against Tony. Look at Bucky’s face vs Steve’s while Tony’s watching the video.
While Bucky’s feeling guilty, Steve is just closing himself off. He doesn’t
want to deal with the fallout of his own decisions. This is a guy who, if he
didn’t know, at least SUSPECTED Bucky’s part in one of his benefactor’s murder.
Not to mention everything before that. Did we forget that Bucky nearly dropped
a tunnel to escape? Victim or not, Bucky still killed people, or nearly killed
people. He is dangerous, and he knows that, accepts it. What about all those
officers sent to apprehend him? As far as they know, they are being sent on a
dangerous mission to apprehend a legendary super-assassin. Of course they go
in, guns blazing, especially since they encounter not one, but TWO super
soldiers in the apartment, then a third in the form of a car-jumping Black
Panther. What does Cap do? Instead of holding Bucky down, or knocking him out,
and blocking the bullets with his BULLETPROOF shield, he tears through them
like a wrecking ball, hurling his shield at them, throwing them down stairs, and
punching them in the chest. If some of them weren’t crippled in real life, it
would be a miracle.
I’m not trying to hate on Steve. But I do hate it when
people look at Tony and say, “He’s an ass, he’s a failure, he made Ultron, he’s
the villain.” If you acknowledge that Tony’s an ass, you also have to remember
how judgmental Steve can be, because, let’s face it, Steve was totally
comparing Tony to Howard and Bucky in the first Avengers movie.
If Tony has failed, you also got to remember the
questionable judgment calls Steve’s made—who lets a former Hydra guinea pig on
a super powered team without any sort of therapy, or mental screening, or grace
period? The same woman who DIRECTLY unleashes the Hulk on a populated city. The
same woman who OBSESSES about a man because his name was on the missile (that
was probably a dud, because when does Starktech fail)? Tony didn’t push the
button that launched it. That’s like going after the CEO of the Mars Company
because your kid chokes to death on an M&M.
If you remember that Tony made Ultron, you also got to
remember that Bruce was right there with him. BRUCE. The man who KNOWS how
dangerous some untested technology can be, but is right there working with Tony
(not hating on Bruce, because SCIENCE BROS!). And what is the reason Tony is
working so hard to unlock these secrets? Because a little witch tampered with
his mind. The same witch, who again, only bothered to switch sides when it
occurred to her that maybe mass murder wasn’t that great once it’s right in
front of you. So yeah, Tony made Ultron…along with Bruce, Wanda, Pietro and
Thor (who by the way, CHOKES Tony, a mortal…and is stopped by no one), who
considering how often he’s telling the team about how mortals aren’t ready for
the wider universe, and how primitive they are, is still ready to let Tony
tamper with the magical Stick of Destiny. And yet Steve—along with the whole
team—somehow forgets this. And Steve freaks out about how he has to save his
best friend, and go with him “‘till the end of the line”, but everyone ignores
the fact JARVIS, TONY’S best friend (and practically his son) dies, and no one
but Bruce bats an eyelid.
If you think Tony is a villain, you also have to
remember where Steve started from. Steve was desperate to join the army and his
best friend, to do something worthwhile. There’s nothing wrong with that. But
he continually lies to get the army, even though he can barely do exercises
without dying. Now I understand that the condition of Steve’s body is not his
fault and the guys he trains with are hammed up to be jerks and the whole thing
is supposed to an underdog story. But everything Steve does only proves he’s a
danger to himself and everyone around him. He jumps on a grenade, which
everyone else jumps away from. It’s supposed to a moment that proves how good
and self-sacrificial he is. All it does is show how suicidal Steve could be.
Granted, his sense of self-worth is probably full of holes at this point, and
so I can understand how he may feel the best use of his time and body is to
ensure no shrapnel hits his teammates. Okay. That sucks for him, and he really
did need some help. BUT. That suicidal tendency makes him a danger to his
teammates. In a real battlefield, Steve would be the type to stand his ground
against enemy fire while everyone is retreating. That would heroic, except for
the fact that he would not last long at all, and his team would KNOW THIS, and
someone(s) would probably stay behind to either fight with him or try to save
him and get killed themselves because Steve DOES NOT KNOW HOW TO CONCEDE, which
is all well and good, until someone other than himself gets hurt.
Not to mention he doesn’t seem to be able to predict
long-term consequences. He orders the Widow Leaks, and yet we barely see him
mention the fallout later. Not the fallout of SHEILD = HYDRA. I mean the
fallout of hundreds of agents having their covers blown, probably while in
hostile territory, and thousands of people who now don’t have a job, because
they devoted all of themselves to SHEILD, and probably don’t have much in the
way of safe-houses, family or friends. And yet all we seem to get out of Steve
is the fact that HYDRA is active and thus all must be destroyed, even the ones
who worked for them unknowingly. Like, you couldn’t have had it sent to Tony
and his uber AI, and had them separate friend from foe, and not leave a gaping
hole in the world’s protection? This lack of foresight, and unwillingness to
correct it, despite being constantly warned about it, makes him just as much a villain
as Tony will ever be.