Character: Lucifer Morningstar Words: 2140 Warning(s): Injury, blood, some swearing A/N: Okay, besides my ask box got completely cleaned for no reason, I was happy I was able to get this one-shot done. I know the ending is very very crappy, but I thought it might of been cute to have Luci and you banter at each other while being all lovey dovey.
This was a good episode. It was a lot like 5x10 in that it
was a decent episode with a very crappy ending. I had hopeful expectations
during the summer hiatus that we’d return to Russia in the present time; a callback
to 2x06. But then season 5 began, and whatever hopeful expectations I had
started to wither and die. With that in mind, there was a lot more to this
episode that was enjoyable than I thought possible. I mean, except for that one
part. And yes, I’ll get into. I also do not hold back anymore on Suzie Q. I say very not nice things about her. I have no regrets.
I’m going to start with my babies. It’s been such a long
time since we’ve had a decent OTA scene and we really got a couple in this
We start with them in the Bunker. Together. Alone.
I know. Rejoice.
Felicity greets Diggle with, “Welcome back. Hugs, kisses,
warm feelings.” Diggle returned the favor.
RIGHT IN MY DELICITY FEELS.
I loved that Diggle and Felicity were both open with Oliver
about how the mission to Russia was personal for both of them. Diggle needs to
take down Walker once and for all; Felicity needs to do everything she can to
stop another Havenrock from happening. Oliver misappropriates the City Hall
private plane and they all travel to Russia with the rest of the team—save for
Rene and Lance.
My favorite was in Russia when Oliver told them that he
needed them to walk the line for him. They were the ones that brought him back when
he’s crossed the line himself. Diggle is Oliver’s moral compass. Felicity is
the one who harnessed the light inside of him; she’s the one who guides his
way. As Oliver spends another/the season debating about whether he’s a good man
deserving good things, he needs his core to retain their goodness.
And it’s a beautiful moment. Because in that scene Oliver is
attempting to guide them. It’s what I
was hoping for in 4B where Oliver would be the one to lead them into the light
out of the darkness but the writers shortchanged us on it. It’s important to
note that Oliver learned to fight with the light inside of him; and he did it
because of his association with Felicity and Diggle. There is reciprocity to
that; as they affect him, he affects them. He can guide them to the light
because they taught him how to do that.
Living on your own was always
a dream of yours. Having a space to call yours, a space that you could control
and freely roam without thought or hesitation, seemed like one of the greatest
accomplishments you could manage. However, you never quite ended up getting to
By the time you were able to
live on your own, away from your parents and the prying eyes of family members,
you weren’t financially stable enough to do so. In college, rent for apartments
and houses near your university was always way too high for one person to take
on alone, especially with the salary from the crappy café job you managed to
find. Living with multiple other people made the load that much easier to
handle, regardless of your level of comfort with the situation.
And by the time you were
financially stable enough to afford a place of your own you found yourself in a
very serious relationship, one that was very likely headed for something
I get a lot of messages from all you wonderful followers and I always try and reply to all of them. I often get told, as I just have, that I’m very ‘nice for a girl as beautiful as me’. This is very sweet and of course flattering but remember beauty is subjective. Every one has different opinions of what is beautiful. Beautiful people need to remember one very import thing. It fades. It doesn’t make you better than any one else and if you act like it does, when your beauty fades, you’re left alone with nothing but a crappy personality and photos of when you were ‘hot’. All people, beautiful, or otherwise deserve the same respect and attention and to not be made to feel bad about themselves. Remember we are all beautiful to some one.
someone who i thought was one of my best friends has been not talking to me and acting like they hate me because the other day i stood up for myself when they did something mean. in general, they’re not very nice to people and put others down and i hate to admit it, but i’ve let it slide. i hate that. i wish i had said something every damn time they were rude to someone without reason. so yeah, it was an absolutely crappy day.
one of my best friends who i love very very much drove almost 45 minutes to get to my house just to bring me chocolate covered popcorn and watch movies with me to make me feel better. this SIGNIFICANTLY improved my state of mind, but after she left i started to feel bad again and cried a lot (whatever kelsey’s an emotional wreck we all know that tho)
so this whole time i’ve been snapchatting this girl who i’ve known for a couple years, but never really hang out with or talk to outside of choir and theatre. she noticed i was crying and asked if i was ok, then texted me and asked if she could come by my house to bring me something. I was kinda confused but i was like “yeah sure come on over” and gave her my address.
ten minutes later the doorbell rings and i unlock it to see her standing there WITH HER BRAND NEW TINY KITTEN NAMED NOLA.
my day had been so shitty and i felt so worthless that this made me almost start crying. someone gave a shit enough to drive to my house and let me hold their kitten when i was feeling like nobody cared.
this probably seems stupid or like i’m making a big deal out of nothing, but if you take anything from this, please: be kind. be thoughtful. be caring. please.
Shameless bragging ahead – feel free to ignore this, but this makes me giddy with joy, so I have to let it out:
On Valentine’s Day, I did not get anything from my spouse, but one of my students brought me an enormous chocolate dipped strawberry, because she is the most delightful human ever, and it was the the most amazingly decadent thing I have eaten in a very, very long time.
And the very next day, another student came into my office to get a copy of a poem she had written (because she couldn’t find it on her computer anymore – flakey writer problems), and she stayed for 30 minutes and we talked about how much we loved poetry, and how sad it was that there are so many crappy teachers out there, and she said that I was one of the best teachers she had ever had, and that she was really glad that I had talked into taking this class, and
if you don’t think I felt ten feet tall and absolutely weightless after all of that, you are completely wrong.
Awhile ago, I was asked what my favorite cartoon musical number was. Well, I decided to adapt that post and expand it into a top 10 list of my big favorites overall. The rules here are: I can only pick one number per TV cartoon and it has to be in a single episode, not an animated movie. Without further ado:
In the episode “A Very Crappy Christmas,” the ridiculous Christmas icon Mr. Hankey’s wife and kids are introduced. Mr. Hankey’s son Cornwallis confides that he’s having an existential crisis about his bigger role and purpose in life as a sentient piece of crap. From there, Mr. Hankey tries to lift his spirits with a hilariously ridiculous parody of The Lion King’s “The Circle of Life.” Where the Disney song tackles the topic of how the cycle of life affects all creatures in a thoughtful way, “The Circle of Poo” uses drumbeats and rhythmic chanting to make pooping seem grander a spectacle than it should be. Hankey’s high-pitched voice, coupled with his son’s deeper, velvety voice, crown the absurdity of it all. It’s toe-tappingly catchy and gut-bustingly funny.
In the episode itself, Brian has to perform community service. He meets bitter, washed-up jingle singer Pearl. By a mutual love of opera, Brian befriends and endears himself to her and tries to breathe new meaning into her life after so many years of regret and disappointment. “You’ve Got a Lot to See” is his bright and upbeat entreaty to convince Pearl to step out with him and see the larger world and what all has changed. Channeling his Sinatra influence, MacFarlene has a fantastic voice that meshes beautifully with the jazzy instrumentals. It’s a fun, bouncy number filled with playful jabs at the then current political and social landscape from comments about political correctness to hypothetical procedures to cure baldness. Brian’s overall point is to encourage Pearl to get caught up and spend her remaining golden years living it up out in the fast paced world of today.
8.) “Breathe in the Good Sunshine” from the Dexter’s Lab episode “Just an Old-Fashioned Lab Song”
In the episode “Just an Old Fashioned Lab Song,” Dexter’s mother hires a piano instructor to try and get Dexter to branch out into interests besides science. It’s a “pick up this creative venture to become more well-rounded” set up. Dexter is at odds with his instructor until one day, Professor Williams accidentally stumbles into Dexter’s lab. They perform an impromptu number about the power of mixing science with music. It’s complemented by a duet between Williams and Dexter, as well as Williams’ classy piano with the electronic bleeps and bloops of Dexter’s lab equipment. It’s a corny, but well-meaning and fun number. The goal is to show how powerful and harmonious marrying science with music could be. Science can create beautiful music and inspire the optimistic, creative part of the soul. It’s a deceptive moment: Has Dexter learned the merit of exploring other fields dramatically different from his own? Unfortunately, the sentiment is undermined moments later when Dexter decides he wants nothing more to do with music.
“I Ain’t Got Rhythm” from the Phineas and Ferb episode “Dude, We’re Getting the Band Back Together”
“Dude, We’re Getting the Band Back Together” follows the Flynn-Fletcher brothers in their attempts to reunite the band Love Handel in time for their parents’ anniversary. All three band members get their own music number chronicling how Phineas and Ferb encourage them to return to their instruments. Not to mention, the episode’s major number is their parents’ special song “You Snuck Your Way Right Into my Heart.” To me, “I Ain’t Got Rhythm” stands out since it pairs a funky bass riff with drums and Blue Man group brand impromptu moves in rhythmically smacking counters. Drummer turned librarian Sherman swears up and down he gave up music because he lost his sense of rhythm. That he’s okay with a quiet, mundane life as a librarian versus the glitz and glamor of a rock star life. It’s an ironic, but energetic build-up to his triumphant return to his set. It even ends with a “Halleujah!” choir as he reaches his satisfying epiphany.
“Art of the Dress” from the My Little Pony:Friendship is Magic episode “Suited for Success”
This particular number follows a montage as Rarity prepares, designs, and sews dresses for herself and her friends in time for the Grand Galloping Gala. She discusses her process, concerns, and progress aloud to a very snappy, upbeat tune. The electronic beat is steady as a clock tick, with a chipper chime and simple bassline in the background. It’s an interesting way to capture how easy it is to get lost in the ‘zone’ while working. The number starts out mellow and happy, echoing Rarity’s eagerness and excitement towards embarking on a new big project. Echoing harmonies and spoken comments follow and emphasize Rarity’s growing frustration. Yet, she refuses to give up. The steady rhythm further on in the number reflects her determination and persistence; the very traits that make her such a successful businesswoman. In short, this number captures a very astute, admirable quality in Rarity as a character overall.
“Throwdown” from Class of 3000 episodes 1-2 “Home”
Remember the short-lived Cartoon Network toon Class of 3000? The big selling points were that the series was created by the musician Andre 3000 and featured an original music number in each episode. The basic premise follows aspiring drummer Lil’ D as he recruits the talented and world famous musician Sunny to rescue his school’s music department and teach his class. From there, the class goes on crazy, surreal misadventures and the day is saved by an impromptu, toe-tapping musical number. Sunny takes a few notes from Ms. Frizzle: He’s the most fleshed out and developed character in the cast, has unexplained supernatural powers, and a mysterious past. Really, the series is a bit of a self indulgent power fantasy on Andre’s part, but it’s a fun, charming romp as a love letter to animation at large. The series’ charm and creativity shines through most in the unique, clever music numbers and visually striking animated music videos.
My personal favorite number is “Throwdown.” It opens with a blast of trumpets, and segways into a catchy beat as the cast announces and introduces themselves. It’s the perfect introduction to a musically charged series, promising the viewer they’re in for an energetic, fantastical ride.
This is an example of the quintessential villain theme: It captures how cruel and sadistic Lord Dominator is, what horrible atrocities she’s committed, and bringing the protagonists’ expectations of her crashing and burning. Further, the creative team sought to create a more energetic brand of the cold, heartless bully villain. Both the lyrics and the instrumentals paint this thematic clash beautifully. The bright brass captures her zeal and energy, really pushing Noel Wells’ emphatic, cheerful voice. Sometimes guitar riffs peek in, echoed by flares from an organ, weaving together a discordant, unnering vibe. It’s an interesting mix between the classic villain theme with bright, big-band jazzy staples.
This is the musical number that introduced a large portion of animation enthusiasts to Wander Over Yonder, if not what led to some people falling head over heels in love with this character.
This number followed Garnet’s big reveal as a ‘taboo’ fusion and how proud she is of her identity. It’s a driving, powerful, and passionate anthem. The clicks and piano provide a solid beat as Garnet introduces herself and her message. It builds to an ebb and flow of beats as she belts out triumphantly Jasper to come and attack her. There’s a taunting, but satisfying quality to Estelle humming or harmonizing with the bridge as Garnet dodges and prepares to launch back at Jasper. While Steven Universe has many masterful, elegant numbers, this one remains my favorite if only because of the plot reveal it’s paired with. Who Garnet is will always be a big, major part of Steven Universe’s story and overall theme.
2.) “Brains” by Voltaire in the Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy episode “Little Rock of Horrors”
While Voltaire’s “Brains” started out as a separate, stand-alone song, it becomes a driving part of the plot in the Grim Adventures episode “Little Rock of Horrors.” Grim Adventures is already a surreal and horror-themed cartoon. So, it makes sense that this toon would be the one to give striking, iconic visuals to the loose story spooled out in a Voltaire number. Billy’s dialogue is woven in with the number in order to make the story flow more smoothly. It’s done pretty organically, though, making his interactions with the meteor more convincing. The haunting, jazzy musicals add a classy flare to a building montage of Billy roping in more and more unwitting people to their B-movie horror demise. All while he bops and galavants around in a dapper red suit. The overall situation reaches the pique of hilarity and ridiculousness when Billy leads a Thriller flavor dance line of zombies. For all intents and purposes, Maxwell Atoms’ brainchild is a match made in heaven for Voltaire’s music.
1.) “Electricity” from the 3 Dog Band Pilot Episode “Get it Together”
In 2009, Paul Rudish presented a pilot for a music-themed and based series called 3 Dog Band. Viewers would follow the exploits of a bassist, guitarist, and keyboardist in their day-to-day lives and attempts to pick up gigs. “Electricity” shows the band’s powerful retro-inspired, funk-flavored electronic music. It’s in a similar vein to Daft Punk’s recent RAM album or just about any given Chromeo song. The band mesmerizes and excites the crowd with their promise to get them dancing, energized, and partying. Their music is a send-off for a sequence of surreal, fantastical events. They create carousels from bar stools, reanimate dinosaur fossils, and launch everyone into space through the power and force of music itself. Ever since I discovered this pilot exists, I’m disappointed it didn’t lead to a full-blown series. In an era of animation filled with music-driven toons and creative visuals, 3 Dog Band would be a hit with utterly surreal imagery and funk-flavored beats where everyone else shoots for mellow, some shade of hipster, and jazzy.
So my lil sis was watching TMNT 2012 on tele and I asked her what she thought of things lately:
I asked her what she thinks of leo in the current season, and she replied “he’s kind of crappy” in a really serious voice.
she also says “april needs friends” because yeah, april has had exactly one human friend besides casey and then irma turned out to be a robot and casey doesn’t really count because “-he’s crazy.” (her words not mine. but i agree.)
“leo needs to be more chill” - also true. he really does.
“mikey needs to be acknowledged as smart, and that he actively chooses to not be. people need to know this.” - Very true. so very very true.
“shredder needs to die in the first season” - straight for the kill, lmao.
she’s 12 btw. bless my sis.
but seriously, if a twelve year old is picking up on all these things that majority of the fandom and all of the writers for the show aren’t- then something is wrong. excluding the shredder comment, but she’s 12 give her a break, she just wants her faves to be happy
I prepared some photo-sets like this for “the dry season” ^^; there goes batch #1 ! A collection of little somethings all in one place : ) Some of them are edited too, many of them didn’t even bother changing the watermark, lol…. Click for captions