An addendum to that post about Illya in the writer’s notes

So I’ve noticed a bunch of reblogs of my post about Illya being described as “jealous” of Napoleon’s luck with women in a later version of the writer’s notes by people arguing that perhaps this was the “original” vision for Illya’s character, which didn’t make it to screen because David McCallum chose to interpret the character differently. But that theory misses a bunch of crucial context about the actual quote (which should’ve been implicit in the post as I wrote it, but which may not have been as obvious as I thought, possibly because it required people to click on the links to other posts relating to the subject) which I’d like to try and clarify.

Unfortunately, tumblr seems to be doing something really weird with reblogs of that post, so reblogging with a reply is unlikely to be seen. So I’m making an extra post here and tagging the folks who I’ve seen discussing that in the reblogs: @theparadoxmachinee-blog @aconitum-napellus @vintagetvfan

Alright, to clarify:

  1. The version of the writer’s notes this came from were from season 2 or later. Heitland doesn’t say whether the edition he referenced came from S2 or perhaps S3 or 4, but describes them as “The later writer’s notes” specifically in reference to how the production bible was revised after the first season.

  2. This only gets weirder, because from S2 onwards, we know the writers were also being given explicit instructions not to have Illya show overt interest in girls. You can see quotes from a memo from Norman Felton himself to this effect here (again, this was linked in the original). So this take on Illya’s character directly contradicts not only what was on screen, but other advice the writers would have been getting in the same phase of production.

  3. For comparison, we do actually have much more extensive extracts from the real S1/pre-production notes, and there is no way this was part of any “original plan” for the series. Heitland’s book talks extensively about all sorts of plans for the series that didn’t make it to air, and nothing of the sort comes up. Very little was planned regarding Illya’s character at all – his bio was the shortest in the prospectus, and David McCallum has commented again and again that he wasn’t given anything more than that to go on when he was cast for the role.

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Some interesting First Order facts from the TFA Visual Dictionary

I haven’t seen these around so thought they might be useful, especially for fic writers etc. Some things people will know, but I decided to include everything interesting, just in case. Those in speech marks & italics are quoted directly. 

  • Stormtrooper troop transporters are called Atmospheric Assault Landers (AALs). They carry up to 20 stormtroopers (2 squads).
  • To avoid the treaty restrictions that prevented major galactic corporations from selling arms to the First Order, BlasTech Industries and Merr-Sonn Munitions cynically spun off a subsidiary called Sonn-Blas Corporation, which operates within First Order space.”
  • Standard ten-soldier stormtrooper squads contain a slot for a single weapons specialist. Depending on mission profiles, that specialist may be a megablaster heavy assault trooper, a riot control trooper or a flamethrower.”
  • Common Resistance nicknames for flametroopers include “roasters”, “hotheads” and “burnouts”.”
  • Kylo’s lightsaber design is ancient, “dating back thousands of years to the Great Scourge of Malachor.” The crossguard blades emerge just after the main blade is turned on. 
  • His nickname within First Order ranks (whispered behind his back) is ‘Jedi Killer.’
  • Phasma is in charge of ALL First Order stormtroopers. 
  • Phasma disagrees with General Hux over what it takes to make a soldier. The methodical Hux has developed automated training regimes that simulate battle situations. Phasma believes such programmes don’t test the true heart of a soldier: courage and tenacity.”
  • Phasma’s armour is coated in salvaged chromium from a Naboo yacht once owned by Emperor Palpatine. Its polished finish helps reflect harmful radiation, but it serves primarily as a symbol of past power.” [How cool is this?]
  • A perfectionist, Phasma routinely patrols the areas under her command as a means of keeping her senses keen and her soldiers in line. Even in such an expansive operation such as Starkiller Base, Phasma makes most of the inspection rounds on foot, walking dozens of kilometres in a typical day.” 
  • Hux continues to use the stormtrooper training regimen pioneered by his father, based on ideas the elder Hux hatched as an Academy commandant. Hux has total confidence in his father’s idea that stormtroopers trained through vivid simulations make the most loyal soldiers.”
  • The weird pen-like things attached to the breast of a First Order officer’s uniform are rank cylinders. “Access to command systems and certain areas of FO vessels and installations are governed by coded rank cylinders worn by officers.”
  • The Resistance has limited intelligence of the FO fleet, and many fear that the Resurgent-class is not the largest of the new Star Destroyer designs.” 
  • Each standard day on board a Star Destroyer “is divided into six four-hour-long shifts, divided among three crew sections. Each section fosters a strong sense of unity and team identity.” 
  • The Galactic Concordance prevented the FO from accessing the scattered Academies that had filled out the ranks of the Imperial Navy. Instead, the surviving Imperials created new Academies far from the prying eyes of the New Republic, situating them aboard Star Destroyers built in hidden shipyards on the far side of the galaxy. The young fleet officers produced by these shipboard schools often spend their entire lives aboard Star Destroyers, and many think of these giant warships as their homes.”
  • THE PILOT CORPS: The new generation of TIE fighter pilots undergo rigorous training not unlike the constant and dehumanising drilling faced by stormtrooper cadets. The pilots begin training at childhood, and most grow up within the corridors of Star Destroyers, becoming intimately familiar with starship operations. The FO maintains strict standards of reflexes, visual acuity and hand-eye coordination. Those pilots who fail to measure up are transferred to other roles within the fleet.”
  • Aboard FO Star Destroyers, TIEs are deployed from hangar conveyor mechanisms that carry them up from deeper storage decks.”
  • SPECIAL FORCES: The distinctive flashes of red that stand out from the all-black armour of some TIE fighters and their pilots are the mark of the Special Forces - elite starfighter pilots answerable directly to the upper command levels of the Starkiller operation. The markings date back to the decorated flight barons of the Old Empire.”

In the new year special episode, the voice actors talked about how Irino Miyu (Todomatsu) often laughs during the recording. Apparently one of them could be heard in episode 14, on this scene after Karamatsu said “Ah, it’s coming… it’s coming down to me.”

It sounds like he’s holding back a chuckle, so it’s faint and also a bit camouflaged by the bgm, but you can hear it on headphones.

(From twitter)

19 days (present) trivia

zhan zhengxi has a piercing

jian yi takes up smoking

jian yi rescues an aggressive cat he found at school because it reminded him of zhan 

zhan has a girl nicknamed ‘milktea’ s phone number

jian yi is a lightweight but zhan can hold his liquor 

jian yi stole the key to zhan’s apartment

jian yi bought him a limited edition game but promptly broke it right after

jian yi intends to get into zhan zhengxi’s university 

the sexual harassment is turned up (he seems aware this time?) and jian yi kisses him freely

it might be reciprocated (eventually)

Useless Tonys trivia ahead!

  • Let’s address the elephant in the room first–Hamilton has now become the record-setting show. With 16 nominations, the most of any production in Tonys history, it narrowly beat out the previous record-holders of The Producers (2001) and Billy Elliot (2009). Both shows went on to win Best Musical, just as Hamilton is poised to. What’s worth noting, however, is that unlike both The Producers and Billy Elliot, Hamilton received at least one nomination in every category possible for a musical–all thirteen of them.
  • #YayHamlet indeed–with its sixteen nominations, Hamilton now has more than double nominations to its name than every production of Hamlet that’s been considered for the Tonys (between 1964 and 2010, it’s gotten only six nominations and only two wins–once for Hume Cronyn as 1964′s Best Featured Actor in a Play and once for Ralph Fiennes as 1995′s Best Leading Actor in a Play).
  • George Washington (played by Featured Actor/Musical nominee Christopher Jackson in Hamilton) and Thomas Jefferson (played by Featured Actor/Musical nominee Daveed Diggs, also in Hamilton) have both become the newest presidents to receive Tony nominations. The others are Abraham Lincoln (played by 1994 Leading Actor/Play nominee Sam Waterston in Abe Lincoln in Illinois), Franklin D. Roosevelt (played by 1958 Leading Actor/Play winner Ralph Bellamy in Sunrise at Campobello), Lyndon B. Johnson (played by 2014 Leading Actor/Play winner Bryan Cranston in All the Way), and Richard Nixon (played by 2007 Leading Actor/Play winner Frank Langella in Frost/Nixon). For his portrayal of John Adams in 1776 (1969), William Daniels was nominated for Featured Actor in a Musical, but in true Adams fashion, he declined the nomination.
  • If Danai Gurira’s Eclipsed wins Best Play, she will become the first African-American woman playwright to win that award. She joins the illustrious company of Lorraine Hansberry (A Raisin in the Sun, 1960), Ntozake Shange (For Colored Girls…, 1977), Anna Deavere Smith (Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, 1994), and Pulitzer Prize-winner Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/Underdog, 2002).
  • Young blood: all four of the playwrights nominated in Best Play–Danai Gurira, Florian Zeller, Stephen Karam, and Mike Bartlett–are making their Broadway debuts with their nominated plays. They are also all under 40.
  • Two women have joined the ranks of female Best Score nominees: Edie Brickell (Bright Star) and Sara Bareilles (Waitress). They become the 34th and 35th female composers/lyricists in the category’s history. (I was planning on posting a longer list, but it got unwieldy)
  • By my count, fifteen actors of color are nominated this year. The only all-white acting categories are Leading and Featured Actor in a Play.
  • It’s the first time at the rodeo for a handful of nominated actors this year! Only sixteen of the forty actors nominated have been nominated before. This year’s newest family members are Pascale Armand, Alex Brightman, Danielle Brooks, Bill Camp, Carmen Cusack, Daveed Diggs, Cynthia Erivo, David Furr, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Richard Goulding, Megan Hilty, Christopher Jackson, Jessica Lange, Zachary Levi, Lupita Nyong’o, Leslie Odom, Jr., Tim Pigott-Smith, Saycon Sengbloh, Michael Shannon, Jennifer Simard, Phillipa Soo, Mark Strong, Adrienne Warren, and Michelle Williams.
  • Some roles that have received several nominations over the years, including this year: Fiddler on the Roof’s Tevye (Danny Burstein) received his fifth nomination; James (Gabriel Byrne) and Mary (Jessica Lange) of Long Day’s Journey Into Night and A View from the Bridge’s Eddie Carbone (Mark Strong) all received their fourth nominations; Elizabeth Proctor (Sophie Okonedo) of The Crucible, Brooke Ashton (Megan Hilty) of Noises Off, and James Tyrone, Jr. (Michael Shannon) of Long Day’s Journey Into Night all received their third nominations.
  • Some old Tonys favorites (7+ nominations) who received even more nominations this year are: Andrew Lloyd Webber, who received his 23rd and 24th nominations this year for Best Musical and Best Score for School of Rock; George C. Wolfe, receiving his 21st and 22nd nominations this year for Best Direction of a Musical and Best Book for Shuffle Along; lighting designer Jules Fisher, receiving his 21st nomination for Shuffle Along; costume designer Jane Greenwood, receiving her 19th nomination for Long Day’s Journey Into Night; scenic designer Santo Loquasto, receiving his 19th nomination for Shuffle Along; lighting designer Natasha Katz, receiving her 12th nomination for Long Day’s Journey Into Night; lighting designer Peggy Eisenhauer, receiving her 9th nomination for Shuffle Along; director Scott Ellis, receiving his 8th nomination for She Loves Me; scenic designer Gregg Barnes, receiving his 7th nomination for Tuck Everlasting; orchestrator Larry Hochman, receiving his 7th nomination for She Loves Me; actor Frank Langella, receiving his 7th nomination for The Father; actor/director Joe Mantello, receiving his 7th nomination for directing The Humans
  • Phillipa Soo has joined the (unfortunately) short list of Asian Tony nominees that includes Ken Watanabe, Ruthie Ann Miles, Joohee Choi, Lou Diamond Phillips, Miyoshi Umeki, B.D. Wong, June Angela, Mako, Isao Sato, Loretta Ables Sayre, and Lea Salonga.
  • This year, Best Musical has five nominees, only the fourth time this has happened in Tonys history. The other times were in 1955 (when The Pajama Game beat Fanny, Peter Pan, Plain and Fancy, and Silk Stockings), in 1958 when The Music Man beat West Side Story, New Girl in Town, Oh, Captain!, and Jamaica), and 1960 (when Fiorello! and The Sound of Music tied to beat Gypsy, Once Upon a Mattress, and Take Me Along). 
  • A couple of shows have seriously bumped up their total nomination haul with today’s announcements. Since it’s original 1964 production, She Loves Me has received a total of 22 nominations, with two wins, and eight pending. Fiddler on the Roof also can now claim 22 total nominations since it first shook Broadway in 1965, with ten wins and three pending. A View from the Bridge has 19 nominations to its name since its original production in 1956, with three wins and five pending. Meanwhile, Death of a Salesman has lost its title of Most Nominated Play–its 21 nominations has been outdone by Long Day’s Journey Into Night’s 24 total nominations since its original production in 1957. Spring Awakening can now claim 14 nominations, with eight wins and three pending, and fellow Revival of a Musical nominee The Color Purple has 15 nominations to its name, with one win and four pending. An updated version of this post will come soon!

That’s all I got for now. Happy nomination day!