everyone has that one character in a show they watch where during every ep they’re usually just waiting for that specific character’s scenes to come on and enjoy everything about them from the way they talk to the way they walk and smile whenever that person comes onscreen. a scene without that character in it feels like it’s just missing something and in your eyes they’re the best thing about the show and you don’t want anything bad to happen to them ever
It is this scene that makes the eye-fuck scene later on rather sad than hot to me :-(
Well, I think two things happened before that scene that changed Isak’s outlook again? I agree, he was having really dark and self-hating thoughts that week. When Sonja was introduced, it hurt him far more than just Even being taken. He likely was beating himself up for ever thinking about the possibility of this being something, telling himself he must have been projecting his own attraction onto Even. So, he turns around and he’s ready to give up entirely, he’s going to arrange a new pre-game with Emma and do his best to hook up with her. Be better at being straight.
But then, Jonas reacts so strongly when he makes that remark about the dance instructor being gay. Jonas is one of the most important people in his life and also a source of some of the casual homophobia Isak has absorbed too so I think that moment of being called out by him really sticks with him. But really, the ♪ eye-fucking to Call Your Girlfriend ♪ neverrrr would have happened without Even saying “You don’t think that’s a bit of a superficial generalization?” and having that conversation with Emma. @ravenclawisak already did a great breakdown on just how much that would have meant to Isak, to sum it up: “This is the first time he’s heard that he could say ‘I’m gay’ and not have every other part of himself erased in other people’s eyes. Even if they had never gone further in their relationship Even would still have changed Isak’s life with this moment.”
I think that’s why his eyes first seek out Even, his mind is completely fixated on what he just said and what that could mean. He just cracked open the world again: made Isak wonder it wasn’t just him and offered him something he desperately wants.
I mean, it is fucked up though! It’s hot and sad and conflicted, hopeful and jealous and wanting and wondering. Just singing with tension. That’s what makes it so good though, it’s such a loaded moment. But it didn’t happen with Isak hopeless like he had been before and that question to it makes all the difference imho.
I love this episode because everything builds on the moment before: if Even hadn’t said what he did, Isak wouldn’t have been looking him on the dance floor like that. Then Even looking up and their eyes locking leads right into the almost kiss in the kitchen. Rather than this being a “game” they’re playing, I more think everything they do is feeding more and more into what’s between them. Until they reach that breaking point and… *cue Noora*
I almost died while watching it. I mean it. I had to count to 10 and breathe to calm down during some scenes because they really made me so so so anxious.
It’s based on a true story, and it makes sick to think that things that were shown in this movie really existed, not so long ago. A religious cult in Chile run by a nazi sounds crazy, but it actually existed!!!!
It’s not really fun to watch because it makes you think about the horrors of this world, but, you know, we have to remember those horrors to avoid them happening again.
I don’t even have words for Emma Watson’s beauty and talent. You could see that she really got into the character, and she managed to transmit her desperation to the viewer, I think that’s why this film stressed me out so much. The bad guy (Michael Nyqvist) was also great. Oh, and by the way, if you ever see Daniel Bruhl, please tell him that I have a huge (platonic) crush on him. Thanks.
It’s set in Chile, but we don’t see much of the country, and the characters don’t even speak spanish. I think the director managed to show the revolution and dictatorship atmosphere really well.
The only thing that bothered me was that the characters weren’t developed very well and their actions didn’t always make sense so I was left a little confused. Also, the romantic part was really unnecessary, and it turned the film into the usual blah blah blah love love love kiss kiss kiss.
WHAT THE FUCK IS s2 OMG WHAT IS HAPPENING MAGNUS IS SO PRETTY AND SO DRAMATIC AND SO EXTRA AND THROWING PARTIES AND DID I SAY PRETTY JFC WHY IS HE SO ATTRACTIVE AND WTF IS HAPPENING ICE SCULPTURES MAGNUS WHY YOU EXTRA SON OF BITCH HELP ME IM DEAD
i’m so sorry you sent this in awhile ago and i just didn’t get around to posting it but this is the best message ever i’m as excited and confused as you are about the whole thing. magnus looks so gorgeous in that outfit everyone looks so pretty?? i can’t wait to gif footage from this party oh gosh. what if we get a balcony makeout scene?? i’m gonna die let’s talk more about this party tbh like everything else is irrelevant except how amazing this party is going to be
magnus and alec having a private moment upstairs away from the crowd
magnus telling alec that he’s a good big brother to max
alec telling magnus that he’s really glad he was able to introduce max to magnus
alec saying he owes magnus one for the party that he’s so glad to have had magnus by his side throughout everything
magnus saying he wants to collect on that now and pulling alec onto the bed
This single scene makes each second of my life I spent watching this show worth it
In my opinion, they are the best thing that have happened in the show in a long while.
I seriously love the way they finally got to be happy (both deserved it) and even better, they are happy together.
I don’t know about you guys, but I wouldn’t mind if Elena never comes back so Bonnie and Enzo can get their happy ending.
I can’t explain how happy makes me this specific moment… They look so happy, and they deserve that so much.
I love them.
I really love them ❤❤❤
What have you got planned for experimentation? Btw it's the best piece of writing ever :)!
Oh, you know, stuff. Things. Stuff and things. Really now, if I told you what I had planned, then nothing would be a surprise! What CAN I say… hmm… HMMM…. well, the next chapter will be Beca’s Dad’s party. Some stuff happens there.
I have a vague idea/plan for a chapter set during when the girls are all sightseeing in Copenhagen? And a specific scene in mind involving a balcony.
I also have another very specific scene that I’ve had jotted down in my notes doc for ages that will also take place while they’re over there for Worlds. I think. I think that’s when it’ll take place.
World’s in going to be interesting. I hope. ;)
Oh, I have the climax of the story all planned out, which makes me both excited and nervous. Because I’ve had it planned out since around chapter 5-7? So, it’s just this crystal clear scene in my head and now I’m scared to actually try and put it into words.
Hope that satisfies some of your curiosity! Thanks!
I enjoyed the ep. More than I think a lot of others did.
Maybe it’s the multi-shipper in me, but I rarely get grossed out or angry when my OTP (for lack of an more fitting term) breaks up and sees other people. Almost every time it happens we get some of my favorite moments between the couple I’m rooting for.
I get not wanting to see it. I get it being painful but we got so many other interesting scenes that I feel like, on the balance, we came out on top.
Which isn’t to say that the direction they chose to go with the storyline on the whole makes the most sense to me or that they’re the best writers or that they’re handling other storylines all that well either. These are some of the clunkiest writers on the planet. There are a lot of missteps. But I don’t think I can say that they’re doing any worse, or better than they ever have.
I enjoyed the stuff with Diggle and Rene a lot. I really need them to give Evie something to fucking do. Curtis being the only one to laugh at Felicity’s “you have failed this city” joke amused me greatly, but I wouldn’t mind seeing Paul again.
Lance and Thea were really fucking bad at selling Oliver’s death. Lance was a little better at it, but Thea was just chillin’ at his side like her brother hadn’t just been shot in front of her. Who knows, though. Maybe the constituents will buy it just because they figure she’s see enough fucked up things and she must just be in shock.
On Promotion and the EPs/Actors/Writer’s
As for what Marc Guggenheim said? Eh. Fuck him. He’s been a whiny, defensive ass that expects to be praised when he does things that are the bare minimum of decency and creativity and he’s been lashing out at fans since forever. He did it when people called them out for how the Shado/Slade storyline was handled, he did it when they killed Sara and people pointed out that having her hit a dumpster and then put her in the freezer was…wow. He’s been doing it to KC fans and Black Canary fans. He’s an asshole who thinks he’s a genius when he’s a mediocre storyteller who stumbled into some characters who are close to amazing and a handful of actors who do amazing work together and occasionally make the middling stories sparkle.
The difference? He’s now doing it with Olicity shippers. Some of whom do take way more credit than they should. Or at least, take way more credit than can be proven is deserved.
I made my peace with this show’s quality a long time ago. I still enjoyed the ep for what I think it was. An ending so there can be a new trajectory. More places to grow.
On the Fandom
I saw that a few people are pulling out of the fandom after the combination of the episode (or more likely the past few episodes) and what Marc said. I’ve seen others say they’re taking a break. I think we all get nervous and a little bit of a sick feeling when people we dig stop loving the show we enjoy. That’s normal.
What I will say, is that the current cadre of fic writers for this show are not the same ones from S1 and S2. There are maybe a handful of carryovers that are still around from then. Many of the writers who are popular and prolific right now didn’t even start watching the show or getting in the fandom until S3/S4.
This is the nature of fandom. It comes and goes in waves. Yes, there is always a last wave, but I honestly don’t think we’re there yet. I think that this show probably has two more years to go and we’ll likely see another wave of fic writers and shippers (and maybe new ships!) come in and do their thing.
My point is, don’t feel like because your favorite writer/writers are taking a break or leaving, that the fandom is going to go boom. It might. It might. And it will change for sure. But history tells me that we just wiped out but we’ll probably paddle out to catch another wave.
I think I’m fucking that metaphor up. But ya know what I mean, yeah?
You do what makes you happy. You make your fandom bubble as big or as small as you need to. You enjoy or don’t enjoy the show. You watch because you love or you hate watch because you’re pissed off as fuck. Just maybe also be kind to each other, yeah? As much as we can.
I think it should be said every once in a while, that we’re dealing with distinct critiques here.
There is commentary on characters and plot points…events that happen in canon. Things that end up on our screens.
There is commentary about writing choices.
There is commentary about meta, mostly from the writers and EPs, but also from the fandom side. Mostly what they do and say in interviews and on SM.
These are all different things. I can hate what a character chooses to do, and applaud the writer for having them make that choice. Conversely, I can be able to see a why a character makes a choice they’ve made and why a story goes where it goes and even be okay with it or dig it, and hate that this is the choice the writer made and think it’s a bad one.
I try to be pretty careful when I talk about shows, that I’m specific in what I’m criticizing (I’m less careful about what I’m praising, if I’m honest.) I think sometimes as fans we fall into pitfalls of talking about all of it all at once in a jumbled mess and getting upset when we think someone is criticizing a character’s decision, when we’re criticizing a writer’s decision and vice versa. So many conversations get derailed when we aren’t even talking about the same thing.
There are so many conversations happening around this ep and all the eps this season. It wouldn’t be a horrible idea to stop and really try and figure out what part of the puzzle folks are talking about.
My respect for the EPs and what they say in interviews and SM affect me, because I’m human, but I’ve gotten okay at tuning them out because they aren’t canon. And they’re super flawed people that say a lot of things that piss me off even while writing some of my favorite characters ever. *hands*
Bride and Prejudice is the best! That beach scene will go down in history as one of the best "What just happened?!" moments in film. It has my least favorite Georgiana/Catherine characterizations though.
Catherine certainly isn’t memorable, but taking the casual racism/appropriation route with her smug rich white lady position was inspired.
The Georgiana/Wickham/Lydia thing is always going to present a problem in a modern adaptation where the mores of 18th century England and rigid policing of female sexuality is no longer so much an issue as it once was, (so, as we see in LBD and B&P rather than a scandalous elopement we get the more modern equivalents of a sex-tape and teen pregnancy as ‘similar’ negative potential outcomes to young women having a sexual relationship with a reckless and untrustworthy man–and as our social outlook progresses in decades to come, other adaptations may need to find other ways of signifying the same emotional/social costs to the Lydia/Georgiana-Wickham dynamic…or, if women ever become truly sexually liberated from shame, there may not BE a plausible plot-point to match,) and in a feature-length film they gotta hit certain story notes real quick, so Georgiana’s backstory is kind of always going to be a blip in that context. I think if she’d had more time on-screen she could have been more fun and engaging.