Griffin giving a perfect rundown of what being a new TAZ fan is like: I see folks recommending this show to other folks all the time and they say like, “You gotta listen to this show, the story goes some places”. I see a lot of people say that it emotionally effects them and, “Oh man I cried so much during this episode”. And then I see *laugh* and then I see somebody else say, “Ah! I’m gunna listen to The Adventure Zone!” and then like a day later it’s like, “I just hit this point in The Adventure Zone where one of them murdered somebody and asked why they got a boner. Are you sure this is the same one?”
Your mom’s fingerprints are all over this story. I wanna tell everybody - the whole “choose joy” attitude? that was Leslie McElroy. That was her defining personality trait. And y'know, I think that rings out through the whole series.
clint mcelroy, making me very sad but also happy at the same time?
Justin confirming in TTAZZ that Taakos self-serving “i don’t need/trust anybody” attitude is entirely an act, that he’s really hungry for connection with other people, and specifically that during Arms Outstretched Magnus and Merle were all he had in the world so of course he would do anything for them.
i’m just thinking about something griffin said in the new ttazz, about how the mcelroys are 4 cishet white dudes, and they didn’t want to only tell stories about cishet white dudes. there’s a post i saw a while ago that essentially said, “write stories with diverse characters, but don’t tell stories that you don’t understand.” like, white people should absolutely have people of color in our stories, but we can’t write about being a person of color because it isn’t our story to tell. and i feel like the adventure zone handled this pretty damn well. taako is a gay man who is dating another man. he doesn’t go through a big emotional struggle because of his sexuality, he doesn’t have a coming out scene, he doesn’t have to deal with homophobic attacks, because justin is straight and he isn’t able to talk about being gay because he isn’t. lup is a trans woman whose gender isn’t talked about- not because it isn’t important, but because griffin is cis and doesn’t know what being trans is like. i mean, they also aren’t wizards and elves and stuff, but wizards and elves and stuff aren’t real people with real struggles. the characters’ orientations and genders are part of them but not the defining part of them. justin and griffin roleplay taako and kravitz just as they would roleplay a dude and a lady who were dating: a little awkwardly, because they’re brothers, but organically and immersively. idk, this post is too long and somewhat incoherent, but i just love these boys and this story and these characters so much
I’m listening to ttazz after 59 and ??????????? let me talk about this for a second since it was addressed by the mcelroys and had a lot of missing context to these interpretations.
folks the reason taako’s ethnicity is important to be mexican (and I mean specifically mestizo mexican) isn’t because justin named his god damn wizard after tacos. in fact his name has zero to do with why I interpret him as mestizo. the reason is that part of taako’s arc is to invent in this world the concept of tacos, which is a traditionally mexican style dish. this was explicitly stated to be part of taako’s development from episode 1.
it’s not that big of a deal (under these circumstances, imo, but correct me if I’m wrong) that a mestizo character is named after mexican food, taako’s a vain character and in the context of the story I can completely see him naming a dish after himself. what is a big deal is having someone outside of that ethnicity invent something from a culture that doesn’t belong to them. that’s honestly worse than having mestizo characters named after latinx food.
[don’t comment on this if you aren’t latinx, ok to rb for everyone | this post has been edited to be more culturally appropriate]
Clint McElroy: Your mom’s fingerprints are all over this story. I wanna tell everybody - the whole “choose joy” attitude? that was Leslie McElroy. That was her defining personality trait. And y'know, I think that rings out through the whole series. Me:
i want a joaquin terrero spinoff series where he becomes our world’s casual superhero. like he’s exhausted 24/7 and still makes tacos and plays overwatch and goes to school and anytime something mildly inconveniences him he’s like “listen i saved the world i do not deserve this”