this-season-is-perfect

Emergencies

There are things you learn from being Viktor Nikiforov’s coach, things that no other student will teach you.

“This is an emergency!” A sixteen-year-old Viktor screeches into his ear when Yakov picks up the phone.

“Vitya,” Yakov says, old heart speeding up. “Vitya, are you okay? Was there an accident? Who died?”

“An accident, this is a disaster, Yakov! I told them exactly what to do with my program outfit and they didn’t listen. They screwed up the lace, Yakov, don’t they understand what that’s supposed to represent–”

“Vitya,” Yakov says, “It is 3am in the morning. I am going back to bed.”

By the time Viktor is nineteen, Yakov is an expert in handling Viktor Nikiforov’s “emergencies.” Emergencies that, somehow, he believes only his coach capable of handling.

“Help, it’s an emergency,” Viktor whispers into the phone at eighteen. “Stephane Lambiel is so hot, Yakov, and his program this year–”

Yakov. Is. Done. When Viktor bursts into the rink at twenty, tears glistening in his beautiful blue eyes, dragging a hundred pound Makkachin with him, Yakov does not even blink. “YAKOV IT’S AN EMERGENCY, SHE IS BLEEDING YAKOV–”

“You clipped her nails too short, you fool, we’ll wrap it up and she’ll be fine.”

When Viktor Nikiforov is twenty-four, has two perfect seasons under his belt, the emergencies slow. Yakov does not miss them. He assumes his skater is finally growing up.

When Viktor Nikiforov is twenty-six, Yakov finds him sleeping on a rink bench. When he’s not skating he stares off, almost blank. When Viktor Nikiforov is twenty-six Yakov swings by his apartment to drop off his skating bag because he forgot it at the rink, again, and he finds Viktor crying, sitting straight up on his couch, TV off. When he talks to him, he realizes Viktor wasn’t even aware of the tears.

“Viktor,” he says, as gently as his face and voice can allow, “is this an emergency? How can I help you?”

“It’s fine,” Viktor says. “I’m fine.”

So often, when Viktor speaks, Yakov does not believe him. 

Things change, at the rink. Yakov tries to make sure they do. Things get a little better. There are no emergencies.

Yakov is resting on a chair in the corner at the banquet of the Sochi GPF, exhausted by small talk and schmoozing with sponsors. He is ready to go to bed. 

Then a twenty-seven year old Viktor Nikiforov is sprinting towards him, Armani jacket practically ripped open, blue eyes alight.

“YAKOV, IT’S AN EMERGENCY!”

Here he comes, Yakov thinks. Here we go

some very important Christophe Giacommeti & Viktor Nikiforov headcanons:

shoutout to @lavenderprose who has the same brain as me when it comes to YOI/Viktor hcs

  • Chris and Viktor have been friends for 10+ years. if the scene with Viktor at juniors is his last year as a junior, that means they met when Viktor was about 15 and Chris was about 13. They have almost certainly been through Some Shit together and know the other one better than they know themselves.
  • every year at worlds, the night after the free skate, regardless of the results, the two of them buy 3 bottles of shitty wine and watch whatever movies they’ve been texting each other about throughout the season. The Notebook, Pitch Perfect, The Avengers, whatever it is, they get wine drunk and MST3K the hell out of it after the medal ceremony.
  • (they keep doing this even after Yuuri – actually, Yuuri was invited one time but couldn’t quite get the hang of the banter. you can’t make up 10 years of friendship for 6 months of dating, no matter how in love you are.)
  • They are fully aware of the idea that they’re dating/have dated/are sleeping together/have slept together etc.  They think it’s hilarious. There’s even a ship name for it – Viktophe – and they regularly browse the twitter tag and send each other screenshots of the funniest ideas.
  • they also read the RPF about them to each other in hotel rooms during events
  • that meme where one person bursts into the room like “I knew you were having sex” and one of the pair is like “oh no one told me I would have put down my book”? that’s them.
  • They have biweekly bitchfest skype/phone calls where they just dish on whatever dumb shit has happened to them recently.  
  • When they were younger and Viktor still had really long hair Christophe would fix it for galas and events. He really liked to try out pinterest/youtube tutorials but didn’t have a model so Viktor would volunteer, then show up to a sponsorship event with like a hairbow updo.
  •  you’d think Yakov would hate him considering the both of them 100% are terrible influences on each other re:acting like drama queens, being massive flirts, buying lululemon yogas with “peach” emblazoned across the ass
  • but actually Chris is a really good influence on Viktor in more important ways. i.e. ensuring he doesn’t kill himself and making sure Yakov knows to keep an eye out on him.
  • there have been at least 3 times Chris has called Yakov at an ungodly hour of the morning insisting he go check on Viktor because he was very worried that Viktor was going to do something stupid
  • chris is almost always right about this. yakov has found his star skater on the ledge and had to coax him down and into the shower more times than he’d like to admit. chris knows viktor, knows his tells, knows when he’s starting to get bad again
  •  by the time they’re 20 and 22, yakov goes to chris if he’s worried about viktor’s mental health but viktor won’t talk about it.  no one’s ever said it aloud, but they all know that Chris may well be the reason Viktor is still alive
  • tl:dr – chris has been worried about his best friend for a long time and when he sees how viktor lights up with yuuri, he gets to breathe easy for the first time in a long time

can we just. take a moment to appreciate how amazing yuuri katsuki is? like truly. he is. amazing. can we please talk about how hard he works at maintaining a peak physique for skating? can we please talk about how endearing his love for food is? can we please talk about how amazing and brilliant he is for skating to the victor nikiforov’s free program in his off season to near perfection when he isn’t at what’s considered the ideal physique for figure skating? can we please talk about how he’s the top men’s skater in japan and most likely owned japanese nationals and like. every competition in the junior division? 

and not only that, but yuuri katsuki made it to the grand prix while getting his college degree and studied in america for five years while ranking high enough in competitions and making it to the grand prix final. and the only reason he flubbed was because he went through a lot? his dog died, he binge ate and just… he wasn’t at his best and oh he’s just so scared and anxious of letting people down and blames himself for things he just can’t control and honestly like?? give him?? a hug?? the biggest hug??

and despite all that, he still got back up again, still got himself out of his slump. he trained his ass off, got to work, made the most of his time with victor and is still! making the most! of his time with victor! he’s just so good! amazing! iconic! everything i aspire to be! i love him! i love yuuri katsuki!

Autumn/Halloween Sentence Starters

Feel free to suggest conversation subjects for a part two.

“Autumn is my favorite season.”
“Do you call it Fall or Autumn?”
“I love it when the trees change.”
“Don’t tell me you’re not dressing up for Halloween.”
“It’s the mooost wonderful tiiime of the yeaaaaar~”
“I miss when it was actually warm outside.”
“I’m in pumpkin spice hell.”
“How many caramel apples do we need? Two? Twenty? Four hundred? I’m buying four hundred.”
“I’m having a bonfire tonight. Wanna come?”
“If you don’t carve pumpkins with me this year, we’re not friends anymore.”
“If you don’t carve pumpkins with me this year, I’m breaking up with you.”
“I drank a gallon of cider all by myself. I regret nothing.”
“Let’s do a couple costume this year.”
“Did you know they used to carve faces on turnips?”
“There’s nothing quite as satisfying as stepping on a super crunchy leaf.”
“October is when the creeps come out of hiding. Hence, I am here.”
“Want to have a horror movie marathon with me?”
“You ever realize that the fall smell everyone loves so much is just the scent of dying plants?”
“We need to add more Halloweens to the year. 30 more to be exact.”
“I’m not really superstitious. I think the whole ‘spirits returning to earth’ thing is ridiculous.”
“Whether or not I believe in ghosts, I’m not going to risk it with a Ouija board.”
“Let’s go to the Halloween store.”
“You know, there are a lot of spooky legends about this time of year.”
“Everything just seems more eerie in the fall.”
“Ooh! I like this pumpkin pattern. I’m getting it.”
“Something about Autumn just makes me melancholy.”
“October is the best time for blankets and [hot beverage of choice].”
“Take a walk with me. It’s so crisp and nice outside.”
“Ah, October. The harvest season. Perfect for harvesting souls.”
“Let’s go get lost in a corn maze. It’ll be fun!”
“I want a pumpkin spice latte and I don’t care what anyone thinks.”
“I’m still undecided on my Halloween costume this year.”
“I don’t dress up anymore. That’s for kids.”
“I’m so excited to see all of the adorable trick-or-treaters.”
“I’m decorating the house as terrifying as possible to scare away trick-or-treaters. More candy for me.”
“You give kids apples for Halloween? What kind of monster does that?!”
“If you jump in this leaf pile right after I finish raking, I will spear you with this rake.”
“Tell me the scariest story you have.”
“Do you want to hear something scary?”

4

So was this season perfect? Um, fuck yeah. It was Bitchin’

The beat drops. Taylor Swift clears her throat. The best response to controversy is more music. It’s only fitting that “…Ready for It?,” the second single from Swift’s upcoming album Reputation, premiered last night via a trailer for ABC’s fall season. This is the perfect song for soapy, don’t-call-it-a-guilty-pleasure television, all too appropriate for a woman who named her cat for Meredith of Grey’s Anatomy.

If 1989 was Swift’s attempt to rewrite pop music in her own image, “…Ready for It?” finds her doing Top 40 pop on everyone else’s terms. The ingredients are familiar - a beat borrowed from Sleigh Bells’ “Kids,” her voice channelling Ellie Goulding, Sia, Rihanna. Swift has never sung more expressively, nor sounded more in tune with the way modern pop production uses the voice as an instrument. Some will call it a concession to pop radio - where all roads lead back to Rihanna.

But the lyrics, which tick off a dark list of fantasies, are unmistakably Swift. “Me, I was a robber first time that he saw me/ Stealing hearts and running off and never saying sorry.” Is she confessing that she’s a maneater? Or is she mocking her public image? Unlike “Blank Space”, which was a clear wink at the camera, she might be doing both at once.

Instead of accelerating into an anthemic chorus, her voice floats up into the heavens. “In the middle of the night, in my dreams/ You should see the things we do, baby”. It’s not just a major-key, traditionally Swiftian chorus – it’s one of the prettiest melodies of her career. Deep down, she’s still the same wide-eyed romantic Taylor Swift. Or is she? “I know I’m gonna be with you / So I take my time.” The beat drops; she pulls the rug out from under us: “Are you ready for it?” Is this a dream, or a nightmare?

And how long has Taylor Swift been holding onto that “He can be my jailer/ Burton to this Taylor” line – a reference to Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor that could only be pulled off by a mind-bogglingly famous woman with the same name? Liz Taylor was an acclaimed performer whose fame often overshadowed her art; sounds familiar. Alongside Richard Burton, her most (in)famous husband, she co-starred in 11 films. Were their tabloid controversies a distraction from Liz’s art, or did her whole life – her characters, romances, public image – become one grand performance?

Taylor Swift, like Madonna before her, refuses to let the media control her perception. But Swift’s not asking us to buy into her personal drama here – in fact, she’s never taken herself less seriously. “Look What You Made Me Do” opened with a line widely interpreted as a Kim/Kanye diss – “I don’t like your little games.” On “…Ready for It?”, she responds emphatically: “Let the games begin!” Swift’s playing the villain, and she knows it.

The accepted wisdom is that Taylor Swift uses her singles to strike back at her exes, or fuel feuds with celebrities. But pop songs are about identification. They’re not literal press releases about public figures – or why would we, the listener, find any emotion in them? While the internet speculates over her politics, argues about how likeable she is, Taylor Swift reinvents herself. That’s what pop stars do. It doesn’t matter whether or not you like these singles. If you acknowledge that this is a new Taylor Swift, she’s already won.

Ultimately, “Look What You Made Me Do” and “…Ready for It?” aren’t about Kanye, Katy, or Calvin. They’re about Swift herself, and her lesson to us: you don’t have to give a damn about your bad reputation.

Billboard

Why 2017 is already better than 2016

- Twin Peaks season 3 (after 26 years)

Originally posted by spacecadet

thats it.

oh you need more?

- 2016 will officially be the last dead of 2016

- Snk season 2 (after 4 years)

Originally posted by lady-nounoum

- also new opening composed by ‘linked horizon’

- Possibly the last tomes of snk + snk entire fandom coming back to life

- did I say ‘the year of snk’?

- All the art, skits and memes about Trump

- Wonderwoman’s soundtrack movie 

Originally posted by amazonianhero

- Orphan Black Finale season

- ‘Pitch Perfect 3′

- 5H3 & CC1 ok no stop

- Fifth harmony finally free?

- Legend of Korra Dark Horses’s release (after 2 years)

Originally posted by had-it-coming

- A new Pixar/Disney movie everyone will be obsess with + cute fanarts

- 10th SNSD anniversary + SNSD comeback

- Konosetsu’s wedding


- Eurovision will take place in their country

- 2017 is basicaly cuter

anonymous asked:

how do you mean lotor is a better option for the universe than the paladins? he may be different from zarkon but he basically has the same goal. i don't intend to sound rude. i'm merely curious

to be completely blunt: the paladins have no idea what they’re doing. 

their goal to achieve peace by freeing the universe from the hands of the galra is admirable. their methods, however, are not. as things are now, they’re doing more harm than good. 

now, keep in mind i’m not saying lotor is the good guy here - from an objective standpoint, none of them are. 


we’re being told the story from the paladin’s point of view, which makes us perceive them as “good”, while anyone and anything that gets in their way is “bad”. but protagonist isn’t the same as hero, and antagonists aren’t always the villains - an important distinction to make, in this case. (some examples i can name off the top of my head are megamind, death note & peter pan) 

side note: if this story were being told from lotor’s perspective, it’d be about an exiled prince struggling to reform the empire his father created because he’s sick of his old man’s ways, and voltron would be the “villain” that popped out of nowhere to ruin his plans. badly worded, but you get the point.


the beginning of season 3 was the perfect example of that. the paladins liberated planet puig, got them to join their alliance, and once that was done they had no idea how to further go about their mission. 

i’m incredibly glad the writers made lotor himself point this out - because unless the paladins change their method, it’s always going to be like this. 

they free a planet. the galra strike. and boom - it’s part of the empire again

but lotor has an army at his hand, while the paladins have what? a 10.000 year old castle ship and a robot? 5 mini robots if you will? backed up by the “thinly spread defences” of the blade of marmora? 

this genius may not have a weapon as powerful as voltron yet, but he’s got an army. the amount of time voltron takes to defend one planet, he takes back 50 of them simultaneously. while the paladins may be strong in battle, they’re weak in war. 

lotor aims to integrate the newly conquered planets into the system of the empire while letting them continue to rule themselves (although his methods aren’t nearly as diplomatic as i’d like to believe). meanwhile team voltron practically go “you’re free now, baby. free. do what you want, we’re aware you have no experience managing things on your own whatsoever but you’ll do fine!”

not even taking into consideration that some of these planets have been enslaved by zarkon and haggar for 10.000 years. do they even know how to rule themselves anymore? voltron hands them ‘freedom’ with no outline of how to attain a manageable policy. that path leads down to poverty. famine. civil war. you name it. 

from their individual perspectives they’re all pursuing a “good” goal. but if we’re talking about what’s best for the stability of the universe, lotor’s leadership is way more functional than voltron’s current alliance.

season 2 is perfect. everything I hoped for. the animation is amazing, perfect. the shadows and lighting are beautiful. and so far:

  • Ep 1: PLOT! ACTUAL PLOT!
  • Ep 2: SUPER ADORABLE ADRINETTE + foreshadowing for queen b ;)
  • Ep 3: LADYNOIR PERFECTION AND A ZOOM IN ON LADYBUG’S LIPS AS SHE SAYS “LOOOOVEEEE” (out of context confessing she and Chat Noir are in a relationship) + canon chat noir purrs + RETURN TO DARK CUPID KISS

what a time to be alive. this is everything I wanted.