underrated character is underrated

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so you’ve heard of katsuki yuuri??

then get ready for katsuki “hello single life my old friend” mari

voltron + aesthetics // favorite minor character - matt holt

 "Anyway, the point is, you’re a nerd.“

Hayden Christensen’s performance as Anakin Skywalker is underrated

This post is something that I’ve been thinking about for a long time, and something that I finally need to get around to sharing with other people. I should have done this immediately after re-watching the first three episodes with Nannette while things were still fresh, but instead, I’m doing it almost a year later. I don’t remember exactly all the details or specific examples, but I’ll try my best. Maybe I’ll come back and edit this after I watch them again. Anyway…

Hayden Christensen did an incredible job with Anakin Skywalker. Before you stop reading because there’s no possible way I could be right, hear me out; maybe I’ll change the way you see his acting performance in Star Wars: Episodes II and III.

The biggest complaint I hear about Christensen’s performance as Anakin Skywalker is that he is stiff, delivering his lines awkwardly and playing his role mostly devoid of emotion. It just doesn’t seem good enough or realistic. I think that this could have been a deliberate choice by Christensen because of who Anakin is and because of what life and circumstance has shaped Anakin into being.

Anakin is an incredibly emotional character. He thinks with his heart instead of logic, often following through on impulsive actions brought on by those emotions. Anakin’s intense feelings are prevalent in many scenes: he is worried about and seeks power to protect his mom and Padme, he murders an entire Tusken village after learning about the death of Shmi, he is angered and upset that the council won’t make him a Jedi master, and pretty much any other scene involving Padme, like when Padme falls out of the gunship in Episode II and Anakin almost risks expulsion from the Jedi Council by going after her instead of working to end the war. This emotion is heavily contrasted by Obi-wan’s desire to adhere to their duty and think logically.

In fact, it’s this emotional driving force Anakin possesses that makes most of the Jedi Council worried about him. Anakin is out of place among the Jedi. The literal first line of the Jedi code is: “There is no emotion, there is peace.” This is where Christensen’s acting comes into play. Anakin is uncomfortable under this restriction, and that’s why he seems so robotic at times. Anakin is an incredibly emotional person under serious pressure by everyone in his life (except Padme) to stop being emotional. His humor even evolves into the monotone, deadpan sarcasm that is seen with Obi-wan. He’s working so hard at suppressing his emotions that he’s forcibly correcting his speech tones and gestures. This is incredibly in character and a wonderful performance given by Christensen.

The stiffness and awkwardness with which Christensen delivers some lines and acts some scenes is no mistake. It’s deliberate, and it’s incredibly well done. This is obvious when contrasted with Anakin’s emotional scenes where Christensen acts with passion. It’s even further evidenced as Anakin stops his efforts to smother his emotions and becomes Darth Vader. From his appointment to Lord Vader until his famous duel with Obi-wan he is free from the constraints on his emotions. We see a harrowed man who hasn’t quite realized the extent of his actions wipe out the younglings. We see a caring, concerned and loving man check on Padme to make sure she’s safe and that she isn’t aware of what he has done to protect her. We see an angry man confront his brother and teacher in a blinding rage. We see the emotion that he’s been hiding the rest of the time.

Christensen’s performance is resonating and undeniably impactful during the final moments leading up to the conclusion of Episode III. It doesn’t make any sense that that same conviction and heart wouldn’t appear throughout all of Episode II and III unless there was a reason that Anakin would be forcing himself to hide it. The Jedi Order itself was that reason, and the stiffness and awkwardness that is Anakin (barring the emotional scenes where his feelings come out) has some deep meaning to it. Next time you want to drag Christensen for his performance, take a moment to think why the character would be portrayed that way. Christensen did a wonderful, incredibly underrated job with his role as Anakin Skywalker.

TL;DR: Anakin is an incredibly emotional character forced into hiding and suppressing those emotions by the Jedi Order and Code. This is why Hayden Christensen’s performance may seem stiff and awkward at times. The awkwardness is purposeful and his performance is incredibly underrated.

Disclaimer: Anakin is my favorite character in the Star Wars universe, so this may just be me grasping at straws trying to justify what people say is a subpar performance from Hayden Christensen. However, I feel like I’ve given this analysis objective treatment and truly believe that he deserves more praise for what I consider to be an incredible job portraying such an interesting and deep character.

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Can we talk about how Suki is the most badass character in the whole Avatar universe? Here she is, an unarmed non-bender, and here are hundreds of rioting prisoners and guards, plus four armored firebenders and the guy who runs the whole prison, and she just deals with them all while the (tough warrior) guys who are supposed to be helping her are still arguing about what they should do.

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R.A.B.

Here is my version of Regulus Black for this month’s CDChallenge.

He is definitely an amazing character, and Hero, that needs more attention.

Regulus goes to show that just because you’re Slytherin and a Black, the series’ usual antagonists, being a Slytherin or a Pureblood (not to mention being one of the most notoriously fanatical of the families) doesn’t make you evil.

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There she knelt. Red leaves rustled. Red eyes peered inside her. The eyes of the gods. “Tell me what to do, you gods,” she prayed. For a long moment there was no sound but the wind and the water and the creak of leaf and limb. And then, far far off, beyond the godswood and the haunted towers and the immense stone walls of Harrenhal, from somewhere out in the world, came the long lonely howl of a wolf. (ACOK)

He had a weirwood’s eyes. Red eyes, red mouth, white fur. Blood and bone, like a heart tree. He belongs to the old gods, this one. And he alone of all the direwolves was white. Six pups they’d found in the late summer snows, him and Robb; five that were grey and black and brown, for the five Starks, and one white, as white as Snow. He had his answer then. (ASOS) 

theres a lot to compare and contrast between these scenes where both arya and jon are presented with choices and the answer is found in their wolves and their religion; intertwined symbols of their identities. which means very different things. but when lost and confused they’re both guided by the old gods as well as nymeria and ghost 

when arya is trapped in harrenhal, grieving over the death of her brothers and loss of her home, she prays to the old gods to guide her. and they do. the gods remind arya that she is a stark so her responsibility is to her family and her place is in the north. all the while arya might be far from nymeria but she can still feel her wolf and that connection is enough to give her strength to act. arya makes the decision to escape from harrenhal so she can find her pack and return home to winterfell 

but it has the opposite effect on jon. ghost’s presence reminds him that he was never truly a stark and therefore he feels he has no right to winterfell. which is what stannis has offered him. its a huge temptation. jon deeply wants that future but when ghost returns to him, with white fur and red eyes, jon realizes he cannot accept. it would mean burning winterfell’s heart tree and turning his back on the gods. so jon rejects stannis’ and instead he chooses to stay on the wall. 

they’ve both struggled with feeling like they didnt belong in winterfell but, ultimately, arya is a true born stark. jon is a bastard. their wolves represent this as much as anything. so they make different choices despite their shared faith and missing their home, families and each other. but “different roads sometimes lead to the same castle” and for all the twists and turns arya and jon will be together again like they always wanted. 

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    [25 Days of Outlander]
    [Favorite Murtagh Scene]
    [2x02 | Not in Scotland Anymore]

May I ask, Your Royal Highness, have ye ever been to Scotland?

I regret not having had the pleasure, having spent my early years in Italy where my father was forced to seek exile.

Then ken this: Scotland is a beautiful country. Its glens. Its lochs. Its mountains. We’re a people of the land. A simple people with no great love for outsiders. We will fight - have fought - each other more than not.
But you ask us to shed our blood for what? To put a more sympathetic arse on the English throne? Is that cause enough for a cotter to exchange his scythe for a sword? To leave his home, his crops, and charge into a cannon’s blast?

Each house's favourite: awesome character to claim are from THEIR house
  • Gryffindor: HAGRID bro !! Have a rock biscuit ! Nothing to add he's awesome
  • Hufflepuff: Nymphadora Tonks, Auror, Metamorphomagus, funny as hell and well... 100/100 sweet precious human being sprinkled of cinnamon (also a tough badass witch)
  • Ravenclaw: Moaning Myrtle without whom Harry would have never discovered a) the Chamber of Secrets b) the way to win the second Triwizard Tornament's task c) the emo side of Draco Malfoy
  • Slytherin: Andromeda Black who run away from her sordid traditionalist family with a mugGLE BORN and got burned off the family tree aND IS NOT EVEN SORRY LMAO GET REKT (+ she named her kid Nymphadora you have to appreciate)