K - What character has your favorite development arc/the best development arc?: I see someone else asked this one so I’ll split my answers. Londo Mollari and G'Kar both have amazing arcs that take them far far away from where they are when the story starts (especially G'Kar, who becomes a far different and better person for his troubles).
R - Which friendship/platonic relationship is your favorite in fandom?: Hmm, there’s a lot of friendships I really like (especially in the BIoware fandoms I am primarily a part of). Let’s go with Morrigan and the Warden from Dragon Age: Origins, since it fits so many of the checkboxes I like and doesn’t fundamentally change Morrigan as a person. The conversation where she tells you how much your friendship means to her and calls you her friend made me cry a bit. Not much though, so don’t try to use that against me.
U - Three favorite characters from three different fandoms, and why they’re your favorites.
1. Babylon 5: Londo (trash favorite), G'Kar (magnificent character arc), Susan (complex, flawed, inspirational)
2. Mass Effect: Ashley (similar to Susan, plus I really loved her grounded-ness in the series), Mordin (*cries* a true/proper redemption arc), Kaidan (sweet, sensitive, and like Ashley more grounded than other characters)
3. X-Files: Mulder (goofy and amusing), Scully (taught me that it was okay and good to be serious), Skinner (I liked how he slowly developed into a true ally/supporter of the X-Files pair)
the get down:
entire main cast is poc, lgbtq+ rep, strong girl squad, kickass music, complex and diverse characters with their own arcs and development, amazing 70s costumes and set design, women with their own storylines
All the characters in Rogue One are so amazing and have such great story arcs but omg, the story arc for Cassian Andor though, that is not something we have seen explored in Star Wars film!!
Sure we have had good guys fighting the good fight or bad guys turning good and finding redemption or bad guys just straight up evil or even scoundrels and outlaws joining up to defeat evil, but not a story like Cassian’s! Not a good guy who has to do evil things for the sake of the greater good, not a good guy who literally has to put morality aside and do the job because it means survival for something bigger than himself.
This kind of grey area is something Star Wars has never touched upon so explicitly in the films - it’s always been so black and white, good vs evil, we have always seen the Rebellion as just this good entity. But Cassian’s whole storyline, the existence of the intelligence group who has to do dirty things and shady things and outright bad things just so the Rebellion has a chance to survive, that puts the Rebellion in a completely different light, you start to see the shades of grey, about the price that it takes to achieve the freedom from the Empire, that in trying to do so, they even have to resort to such kind of violence and sabotage that the Empire does.
It makes the Rebellion so much more realistic, because this is what war is like, this is what a rebellion for freedom and survival is like, sometimes you have to do the bad things, sometimes you have to forsake any morality, because the mission, the ultimate goal, has to come first or else all will be for nothing. Because idealism alone can’t win wars, someone has to be the one to put their hands in blood so others can come out of it clean. War is messy, war is never that simple and idealistic and pure good and pure evil as people like to think.
This brings such complexity to the Star Wars universe that the saga films have not done. To see the layers and struggle, to see what it took for that victory against the Empire to be achieved - Cassian’s story and the story of Rogue One, it brings so much more weight and meaning to that final celebration on Endor!!!
I will never get over the fact that in the episode immediately after his transforming illness, immediately following a conversation where Iroh tells him that now is the time to decide between good and evil, in an episode literally called the Crossroads of Destiny, Zuko chooses terribly.He chooses to betray justice and his uncle for Azula. But Zuko is not lost, because it is not the final choice. His failure has consequences, the entire Earth Kingdom is essentially destroyed, but Zuko chooses betrayal in the Crossroads of Destiny and then goes on to learn from his mistakes and fight for justice. Zuko’s arc is a lot of amazing things, but my favorite is its hard rejection of the idea that there is a single time to turn your life around or a single point that damns you forever.
Regular Show Season one:
Aww, this seems like a cute funny series.
Seven seasons later that was full of character development, story arcs, and amazing episodes that ended with a bang and death of a great character:
GOD DAMN IT! Why do every show I love this decade have to end up ending beautifully and making me cry!?!?!?!?!