since day 1 isn’t technically over bc i’m hosting and thus my timezone is the only one that matters, i’d just love to talk about the vandal & rip dynamic.
because imo it’s such an interesting villain / hero pair?
from the first episode, it’s established that it’s personal. rip is humanized, shown as flawed and weak in comparison to vandal. rip is also always one step behind, even though he doesn’t always know it.
in contrast, vandal generally seems to be on top of things. he dies, but he knows it’s not permanent, that he’ll come back—and if rip inadvertently revealed another useful bit of information, like, say, the names of his wife and son, then maybe being delayed a decade or two isn’t a complete loss. because what’s a decade to four thousand years.
and how i just loved what we got in river of time. that flashback that gave us more details about egypt, that plot twist that vandal has actually been working with the time masters this entire time. the first one, an elaboration on something that was only hinted at, yet important to rip as a character, to show exactly what he endured, and highlight that it’s through sheer force of will that he’s still standing. the latter to just really kick him while he’s down.
and in the end? rip’s victory is only that he lives.
he lives, while vandal, the immortal one, dies.
it doesn’t bring back rip’s family, and whatever satisfaction he gets out of being the last thing vandal sees is fleeting, but it’s a goddamn start, and that’s enough.