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Finn handles a blaster like no one else

Do you want to talk about how badly The Force Awakens shortcharged Finn’s character? One thing that no one to my knowledge is talking about is his phenomenal skill with blasters. This is LucasFilm’s fault, not the audience’s, because it was shown right on the screen but never properly foregrounded.

I don’t mean the time he picked up starfighter gunning with a ten-second tutorial, then combined that with lightning-fast tactical judgment in a thirty-second firefight to get himself and Poe out alive while still minimizing Stormtrooper casualties. No, that was an amazing scene that blurred by too fast for almost any reasonable viewer to fully appreciate, but it wasn’t… what’s the word… unthinkable.

What’s unthinkable, and what passed right under the audience’s noses because LF filmed it but didn’t emphasize it, is what Finn does with a handheld blaster. As I will discuss, his style at least as shown in the battle at Takodana is very different from the way we’ve seen the heroes use blasters but also different from the way Stormtroopers use them, combining his training with his own astounding skills and strength.

I hesitate to even call this style “good,” because it could be very bad indeed for certain purposes, e.g. survival. It does, however, showcase his athleticism and sheer boldness in a breathtaking way.

This is hard to tell, though, on a casual viewing because it goes by so fast and is treated more as background action to Poe’s aerial acrobatics than a focus in itself. I didn’t realize just what was so special about this sequence until I did a deliberate comparison with how other characters and groups used different types of blasters in different situations. Let me explain below the fold just why Finn’s blaster style shown here is incredible and unique.

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Bye-bye, little butterfly.

(This pic on Twitter) Also bonus samurai Chat in a different outfit because man I love Chat in tradition clothes:

Congrats to Papapillon and all the other hardworking people whose sweat, blood, and tears made Miraculous Ladybug a reality. 

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anonymous asked:

Hi I realize this is late but what is your opinion on the whole Phil-not-discussing-politics-and-not-discussing-moonlight drama? I saw you reblogged from one of the blogs that was super angry about it? Don't you think it's a bit harsh to expect him to talk about every social issue even in the movies he watches for fun? Idk. I feel like people can never be happy with Phil, they're always looking for reasons to criticize him. But I would like to hear your thoughts.

I haven’t seen Moonlight so i don’t feel like I can make a personal comment on the movie or worth of his opinion on it, but I’ll make a few points about the situation in general as I see it: 

- It’s not uncommon for someone to identify with the struggle portrayed in a movie when they see it as representation. To have someone view something you consider representation (of you, or just the kind of struggle you feel strongly about) as boring with little further in the way of explanation can feel like a personal rejection. 

- It’s not that people expect him to talk about “every social issue even in the movies he watches for fun” - it’s that the actual plot of this particular movie was a social issue and he neglected to even glancingly acknowledge that. The fact that Dan spoke about it and did acknowledge the social issue and importance just puts Phil in a slightly worse light by comparison. 

- It’s a sign of a bigger issue people have with Phil. We don’t know that he values the struggle that POC and the LGBTQ community go through, so it’s harder to give him the benefit of the doubt and assume by ‘it’s boring’ he meant ‘I recognize the weight of the film and what it represents, I just found the storytelling slow’. We don’t know enough to cut him slack because he doesn’t talk about it. 

- Phil doesn’t talk about anything he values beyond a shallow surface layer of things that relate directly to himself. To paraphrase @europeansoul in a conversation I was in earlier, we know he’s passionate about his family, his career, his partner. We do not hear Phil talk passionately about anything outside of his immediate life and circumstances. Does that mean he doesn’t care about social issues? We don’t know. Are we obligated to assume the best of him because we’re fans? I sure as hell hope not. Down that way lies blind adoration and I’m not here for that. 

- His channel is about telling stories that make people happy. He’s under no obligation to go any deeper than that. In fact, I generally appreciate that he doesn’t because it’s a nice bit of a mental break from the world. But as much as it is his choice to keep us in the dark about how he feels about social issues and reject using his platform to spread awareness, it is the choice of his viewers to appreciate or not appreciate that. 

- It’s ok to criticize people you’re a fan of.  It’s ok to criticize people you’re a fan of.

15 Things We Love About ‘Band of Brothers’


This September, Band of Brothers will celebrate its 15th anniversary. Can it really be 15 years since Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks breathed new life into the TV landscape with their $125 million 10-episode WWII dramatic miniseries? Using historian Stephen E. Ambrose’s New York Times best-selling book of the same name as source material, Spielberg and Hanks assembled an unparalleled creative team (consisting of talented young actors and a sterling behind-the-scenes crew) to bring their vision to the small screen. Their subject? The heroes of “Easy” Company, part of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division, who landed at Normandy and fought their way in less than a year to Hitler’s Berchtesgaden home in the Alps.

Memorial Day is a time to honor and remember the men and women who’ve died serving our country. Through its understated but eloquent celebration of the men of Easy Company, Band of Brothers pays particular homage to the ordinary citizens who, in all our wars, have been called upon to give extraordinary service to their country.

With that in mind as HBO Signature airs a complete marathon of the miniseries starting at 10 a.m. ET today, we look back at 15 things we love about Band of Brothers.

1. It’s still ranked as the No. 1 TV show on IMDB

That’s a pretty impressive feat for a miniseries that is about to turn 15 years old. What better evidence that Band of Brothers remains relevant and compelling a decade and a half after its debut? To be included on the IMDB Top Rated TV Shows list, a miniseries must have received ratings from at least 5,000 users. To give you an idea of the competition, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, and The Wire are currently in the #3, #4, and #5 spots on the list.

2. Everyone is in Band of Brothers… literally, everyone

No, we’re not exaggerating. While only Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston, Donnie Wahlberg, Scott Grimes (ER) and a few others appear in all 10 episodes, the men of Easy Company are comprised of some remarkably familiar faces including Kirk Acevedo, Eion Bailey, Michael Cudlitz, Jimmy Fallon (!), Colin Hanks, Neal McDonough, David Schwimmer, and Matthew Settle. Oh, but that’s just the Americans. The alert viewer can easily pick out such notable British actors as Jamie Bamber, Michael Fassbender, Dexter Fletcher, Stephen Graham, Tom Hardy, James McAvoy and Simon Pegg. All appeared in Band of Brothers before their “big breaks” elsewhere.

3. Interviews with the real men of 101st Airborne Division bookend almost each episode

While there are 500 speaking roles in Band of Brothers, perhaps the most powerful words are spoken by members of Easy Company themselves who appear at strategic intervals to recount their memories of the war. To maintain suspense about the fates of key members of the 101st, the creative team wisely waits to identify the speakers until the end of the 10th episode. However, the big reveal is hardly a surprise because the actors bear such an uncanny resemblance to their real-life counterparts that they essentially embody their roles.

4. Each episode has a different protagonist within Easy Company

How do you tell a story that encompasses the experience of an entire Company? Miraculously, Spielberg and Hanks pulled it off by using seven different Easy Company men to serve as point-of-view characters for different stages of Easy Company’s trek through Europe. Damien Lewis’s Dick Winters (who works himself up to Major) is at the center of only three of the episodes, though he is a unifying presence in all 10. The other episodes are anchored by soldiers (and a medic) of all different ranks, giving the audience a feel for the collective experiences of the unit and keeping the series fresh.    

5. “Currahee!”

The premiere episode of Band of Brothers arguably provides the greatest military training montage of all time, stretched over 90 minutes. David Schwimmer embraces the role of Captain Sobel, the maniacally demanding commander who appears to enjoy torturing the men of Easy Company (especially Dick Winters). The scenes of their multiple three-mile runs to the top of Currahee Mountain are among the most memorable in the series. Viewers fully appreciate why “Currahee!” later becomes a rallying cry for the unit. Ironically, it is thanks in large part to Sobel’s brutality that the men of Easy Company bond as a unit and are thoroughly prepared for the hardships of the battlefield.

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6. The friendship between Dick Winters and Lewis Nixon

We really would like to think Damien Lewis and Ron Livingston hang out to this day, but we haven’t seen the paparazzi photos to prove it. As Dick Winters and Lewis Nixon, the two actors form a bond so believable you have to think they’ve been through real basic training together, not the Hollywood version. Our favorite moment is when a bullet ricochets off Nixon’s helmet as a horrified Winters looks on. The shock and relief in both men’s faces says it all.

7. D-Day (Brécourt Manor Assault)

While Spielberg showed us one version of the D-Day invasion in Saving Private Ryan, audiences were able to glimpse quite another in Band of Brothers. The men of Easy Company were paratroopers who leaped into the fiery skies over Normandy the night before the invasion. While the recreation of the harrowing parachute jump was incredible, the centerpiece of the second episode is the re-enactment of Easy Company’s attack of a fixed position held by a large force of Germans at Brécourt Manor. Dick Winters devised and led the assault so effectively that the tactics he employed are still taught at West Point. He also won himself the Silver Star.

8. How it deals with PTSD

Of course, we now know it as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, but during World War II, the disorder, if diagnosed, was called “shell shock” and considered shameful. While a number of soldiers obviously suffer from some form of PTSD throughout the series, two examples stand out. One involves Private Albert Blithe (Marc Warren), who becomes increasingly disoriented after the jump at Normandy and finally suffers hysterical blindness during battle. He begins to function again only after Dick Winters is kind to him. McDonough’s Buck Compton, though, is the character who best displays the gradual onset of PTSD over many battles and humanizes the syndrome. The scene in which Buck finally reaches his breaking point (in the episode aptly titled, “The Breaking Point”) after witnessing the dismemberment of his two closest friends, is easily one of the most disturbing of the series.

9. Bastogne

Perhaps the most harrowing sequences in Band of Brothers take place in the forests of Bastogne in Belgium, the focal point of the Battle of the Bulge. The two episodes devoted to this struggle in the freezing, deadly woods not only show the careless brutality of actual combat, but also the agony associated with waiting for the enemy to strike. Inside their foxholes under the towering trees, the men have intervals when they reflect and bond, until the trees start exploding above them and fire rains down. This signature battle, during which Easy Company holds the line against German onslaughts at tremendous cost, is a turning point for the paratroopers — as well as the series. After Bastogne, they are certain only of each other.


10. The Blue Headscarf

Due to its focus around Easy Company, Band of Brothers does not feature many women or children. That makes the appearance of Nurse Renee (Lucie Jeanne) all the more striking. Medic Eugene Roe (portrayed masterfully by Shane Taylor) encounters her at a make-shift clinic in a Belgium church near Bastogne. The two bond by recounting mutual experiences, share a chocolate bar, and form a real connection. She seems untouchable — a beacon of light in the darkness — until the clinic is bombed. A stunned Eugene finds her blue headscarf among the rubble that had been the aid station. He absorbs the fact that no one is safe and continues to deal with a wounded soldier — which is what she would have expected.

11. The legend of Ronald C. Speirs

One of the true gems of the series is Matthew Settle’s complex performance as Ronald C. Speirs, a skilled Captain who understands that, for an officer, it is better to be feared than be loved. Settle expertly conveys the dual nature of Speirs. He is both the man who is believed to have killed a group of German POWs after offering them a smoke and the man who turns out to be the savior of Easy Company when their craven commander is paralyzed by his fear of battle. It’s a gripping performance, which makes you wonder: why isn’t Matthew Settle a bigger star?

12. The 9th episode, “Why We Fight”  

For eight episodes, the men of Easy Company fight the Germans simply because they are the enemy. In this episode, they come to a much deeper understanding of why defeating Hitler is the right thing to do. When they finally enter Germany, they occupy a town called Landsberg where they stumble upon a concentration camp. The sequence that has them liberating starving prisoners while forcing Germans from the neighboring town to witness the horror is remarkably effective.

13. The occupation of Berchtesgaden

The men of Easy Company cap off their long journey by occupying Hitler’s famed holiday home, Berchtesgaden, better known as the Eagle’s Nest. In an incredible, eerie sequence, the men marvel at the castle-like interiors with stolen treasures from all of Europe on display. The surreal fortress is guarded by a dead Nazi officer who obviously committed suicide. Winters and Nixon smoke outside on the balcony, drink Hitler’s alcohol, uncover remarkable souvenirs (including Hitler’s photo albums), and admire the views of the Alps. It’s fitting that it is at this moment that they receive the news of the German army’s complete surrender.

14. “We salute the rank, not the man.”

Maybe the most satisfying line in the entire series. After working his way up to the rank of Major, Dick Winters encounters Schwimmer’s Captain Herbert Sobel, the man who tormented him and the men of Easy Company and even attempted to court-martial him. Now that he is out-ranked, Sobel averts his eyes to avoid Winters, but Winters can’t let him get away with it. It’s a glorious moment of comeuppance when Winters forces Sobel to acknowledge him.

15. The ending baseball sequence

What better way to end the chronicles of Easy Company than with the survivors indulging in America’s favorite pastime? In this tasteful slow motion sequence, Damien Lewis’s Dick Winters narrates the fate of each featured member of this extraordinary unit. While Buck Compton went on to become the prosecutor who convicted Sirhan Sirhan, others found success in ordinary endeavors: they became construction workers, postmen, a cab driver, writers, and even handy men. It’s true when Winters says, “how we lived our lives after the war was as varied as each man.”

anonymous asked:

I grew up with the 1985 version. whats the new series of 'Anne' like? is it good?

absolutely amazing.

(at least so far) 

i may be biased because i’ve been excited about this show since they announced it. moira walley-beckett is the creator/showrunner and she is such a good writer. and she’s a fan of aogg too!

honestly it’s more gritty. it’s a more realistic take. anne is still the same idealistic girl but the show tackles on some serious issues like child abuse and bullying. it’s something that’s always been there, just not front and center. it’s rather faithful, they go totally off-book in the second episode but it makes sense storywise and it never feels wrong or ooc

there are some additional scenes that modern viewers should appreciate. i know i did. marilla’s shenanigans in ep3? it was SO GOOD

the actors are just brilliant. geraldine james as marilla is basically straight from my imagination. p e r f e c t. and rachel lynde. i love their dynamic so much. amybeth mcnulty as anne is just great for someone her age. i was so unsure about gilbert but he stole my heart in his very first episode. ‘any dragons around here need slaying?’ PLEASEEEEEEEEE I WAS SOLD ON THE SPOT

GO WATCH IT NOW or wait and marathon it on netflix

oh and they just released a new trailer:

Did Delena Sink The Vampire Diaries’ Ratings?

So I watched Vampire Diaries from the very beginning in 2009 all the until the finale last month and though I had been with show that long I’d still call myself  a casual viewer – there are quite a few episodes I willfully decided not to watch, all of which are in season 5 – but anyways over the years I’ve noticed how much the viewership dropped dramatically, and I wanted to know just how much and which season was the worst. So I looked up the rating for each seasons did some math and here’s what I found. 

Disclaimer: The conclusions I draw from the numbers are my opinions, and not to be taken as fact. I’m being as objective as I can be but bias is there whether I want it there or not.    

So to determine the worst season the usual route is the simplistic view and see which season had the lowest overall ratings. Now I did the math myself based on the numbers from Wikipedia because the some of the season averages made no mathematical sense (season seven′s average was at 1.49 when not a single episode that season had a rating that high) – I checked the numbers three times to make sure I was right. Also because the numbers are from Wikipedia they’re only the US ratings.

So according to that approach season six, seven, and eight are the worst seasons which isn’t surprising since with most shows the rating gradually drop – but are those seasons actually the worst? No, because you can’t satisfy an audience you’ve already lost – meaning only the people that watched the season can determine it’s quality. So using purely the numbers the best way to determine the worst seasons was to look at how many viewers were lost between each season and assess how well each season kept it’s audience within the season – basically the one that drove the most people away.

So with that in mind I looked at the amount of viewers lost between one season to the next. Instead of just looking at the raw numbers I took the percent as I felt that it would more accurately represent how much was lost because using percents would determine how much of their existing audience they lost.

So the reason why I’m looking at the numbers lost between each season is because I’m going off the logic that the season before determines how many viewers will or in this case will not come back for the next season. According to the numbers the worst performing seasons are five, six and four. Why didn’t people want to come back for the next season? 

It’s commonly viewed among most people that TVD had a drop in quality. Most people say season 1-3 or 1-4 were there best seasons with the quality dropping in seasons four and five which the numbers support and I can see why. For me personally I noticed the drop in season three, but it was minor and the show continued that trajectory into season four which led to them basically jumping off the cliff in season five – their gas leak year. That explains why seasons five and four lost the audience going on to the next, but what about season six?

This is probably more of a personal opinion, but season six was a step up from season 5 and mildly more entertaining than season four. It’s the season that brought me and a lot of people I know back to the series, but still wasn’t enough to bring the show back to it’s former status – why? Well, the lead actress, Nina Dobrev, left the show at the end of the season. There are a lot of people who’s hearts weren’t into watching after Elena was gone (despite how much they complained about her), so a lot of people didn’t continue onto season seven. Also, though the quality had gone up just not that much – the better quality was mostly dependent on a brand new character, Kai, and character development for a main character who should have had that kind of development years ago, Bonnie, and by the end of that season the brand new character was gone and that character development was up in the air whether it was going to stay. On top of that there were still the same problematic elements in storytelling from season five in season six there was just something more to latch on to. There wasn’t really much to hang onto going into the next season besides the Heretics (rip-off Originals) and not enough was known about them to make them an exciting plot line to follow into the next season. Bottom line was that it was low expectations for season seven that didn’t have much to do with how well season six did as a season.  

What about the ratings within the season?

I did that by calculating the percentage of viewers lost from the premiere to finale each season.

Season five lost the most amount of viewers within the season and just after that are season four and season one. Season one can easily be attributed to the show just starting to get regular viewers, but what’s season four’s excuse? Also you’s note that season 8 didn’t lose any viewers from the premiere to the finale they gained 17.35% more, but that’s because of the series finale – more people tuning in for the final episode to say their official goodbyes to the show even though they stopped watching years ago.

What was going on during these seasons (4 & 5)?

  • Damon and Elena had finally officially gotten together much to some shippers enjoyment, but a lot of others dismay and that shows in the ratings. There are a lot of vocal Delena shippers, but they’re just that – vocal – they nowhere near represent the entire fan base. But what made this ship a nightmare was the way their relationship was written. They were the on and off again couple that put Ross and Rachel to shame in terms of annoyance – they would be happy for a short sex filled time and then something that should be inconsequential would happen and they’d start the “I’m not good for you“I don’t care about that”obstacle and break up then Damon kills someone, Elena forgives him and they do that all over again. Every time I think about their relationship in this specific season I hear Phoebe from Friends in my head singing “and lather, rinse, repeat, and lather, rinse, repeat, and lather rinse repeat” on a reoccurring loop never to get to the “as needed” portion of the song because that’s all they do and their relationship is as arbitrary as that song. They ruined everything that could have been good about that ship within those two seasons and I’m not just saying that because it’s a personal opinion – there are a lot of former Delena shippers that hate them as much as I do because of what we had to endure from their relationship season five. However, a simple ship getting together shouldn’t cause such a drop in viewership because there are a lot viewers that were flexible or indifferent as to who the main character ended up with and there’s more to a show than ships, especially one ship.
  • Fan Pandering: Any show you watch will have things in there that aren’t there specifically for the plot, but for fans to enjoy. When show do this it’s usually something of no real consequence and TVD so far had been doing this, but season four and five had the largest amount of retcons, characters that should have stayed dead coming back to life, and too much focus on the romantic subplot of the main ship and most of that was mainly due to vocal fans which again don’t represent the majority and because of that fan pandering became alienating to the point that these things were only enjoyable to the fans that they were pandering to and in some cases not even them. However why was this so alienating?
  • Convoluted Plot Lines: TVD has always had convoluted plots each seasons, but they were ones people could still follow. Seasons four and five have things so complicated years later the writers are still having issues explaining things. The Travelers – what even? Oh and don’t get me started on doppelgangers – before they were mildly confusing, but after season 4 they were incomprehensible. Anyways, the plot got so convoluted that the only things you could follow with accuracy was the fan pandering making that pretty much the entire show and if the number say anything it’s that viewers didn’t appreciate it and jumped ship, many to never come back again except in fanfiction.

So there was a lot going on in seasons four and five and most of it not good – sure it’s teen show on the CW with a ridiculous name, but it wasn’t until then they they officially started living up to that ridiculousness that was set in before the show even started.

Overall which season was the worst?

Season 5.

While I personally would actually say season eight based on the series finale alone, season five consistently had the worst writing – so much so that I’m pretty sure if you jumbled the episodes it would make the same amount of sense – and lost the most viewers both within the season and going on to the next. 

Did Delena Sink their ratings?

I personally think yes. Season five not only is the most prominent season for Delena, most of the issues in that season are because everyone of those fan services and convoluted plot lines revolved around them. They were inescapable to the point that you couldn’t ignore them in favor of focusing on other characters, so people chose not to watch at all.

Am I 100% Right?

No. I could be make a correlation as inaccurate as ice cream causes murder, but I honestly think that there was too much of a coincidence between the loss of viewership and Delena. 

Modern Fairytale

Summary: You felt it was love at first sight, akin to those fateful meetings described in fairytales.
A/N: AU romantic and hopefully realistic sort of oneshot filled with cute sweet moments. Yes, this is the oneshot I mentioned some time ago. I’m just glad it’s finished x.x
Ship: YouxRiko
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Recycled Motor Oil Pool Reflects The Stunning Architecture of Switzerland’s Bellelay Abbey

Switzerland’s Bellelay Abbey is featuring two enigmatic pools of recycled motor oil, which reflect the stunning architecture of the grand, ornate chapel. A contrast to its white-washed environment, the glassy black pools mirror in detail the building’s beauty The juxtaposition lends itself to the purity and prestige of the building. Unlike water reflects, the oil pool allows viewers to appreciate a vivid, clear image with no glare. Along with its aesthetic value, the oil pools offer Bellelay Abbey a serene and poised atmosphere. 

eb 91 was so emotional honestly… ngl i teared up a bit near the end. it ended up focusing less on entertaining listeners and more on just… talking? there’s nothing bad about that at all, though it is for that same reason why i’m sort of glad that that episode didn’t end up the first of the season. i feel like it might’ve been too personal for more casual viewers??

Friendly reminder that Sam Winchester still had faith and kept fighting when even Castiel, angel of the Lord, was ready to get drunk and wait for the end, when even his own brother had lost faith in him. He fought with all he had even though hell had told stories of its Boy King and heaven of the great battle between the archangels for longer than human minds can even fathom. 

Friendly reminder that Sam defied destiny before he even knew his role in it, and that–despite manipulation and plans set in motion before his birth, despite demon-possessed friends and teachers whispering in his ear since he learned the meaning of words–Sam peeled off these dark prophecies like an ill-fitting piece of clothing and chose to be good.

Friendly reminder that the person who played the biggest and most instrumental role in saving the world is one of the only people who has never once claimed credit for it in any way, never flaunted his sacrifice, and yet continues to try to do what’s right with every bit of strength left in him.

The viewer can appreciate the work of art but the work of art cannot appreciate the viewer. One can gaze on it for hours in a gallery, analyzing its intricate lines, colors, and details.  Appreciating the brushstrokes of the painting, or the carving of the sculpture.  But the art is stagnant.  It is not aware that it is being appreciated.  It is completely unaware of its beauty, of the feelings that it can evoke from merely a glance.  No matter how much time the viewer spends gazing at the art, the art will never notice.  So what can one do but admire the craft from a distance, in hopes that someday, it might just gaze back?
—  E.T.

My November project, entitled, “It’s A Jade Thing,” is a favorite of mine. Aside from being a photographer, I share the love and admiration for makeup and art, I wanted to combine the two to create an image that possessed a sense of wonder. My model, Jade, a fantastic makeup artist and artist, shares my same passion, and from there we combined our powers. I want viewers to appreciate art and the beauty of bewilderment through my visions and passion. There is emotion in the contrasting colors, the patterns of darkness and the crackling reality of the light.

My Reason to Revive Primeval

Primeval as a concept for a series was something totally unique to anything that has ever appeared on television in my lifetime. For many British viewers, Dr Who was the big show on the block. For Americans, it was the X-Files. Unfortunately, the good Doctor, Mulder and Scully were all eaten by Future Predators in my eyes when Primeval arrived on the screen. 

It is the first show I’ve ever seen that was such a brilliant mix of scientific fact and research along with drama and character development. Arguably the best bit about this show isn’t just the brilliant special effects brought to us by the people behind the Walking With series but the down to Earth and realistic take to the series. The creatures are seen as animals that have lost their way through time rather than antagonistic monsters. Naturally, most of them are predators and are dangerous but the strong sentiments of the principal characters help the audience to care for the creatures as much as for the characters. 

Primeval, much like the Jurassic Park films, was also educational. Most of the creatures that appear are animals that have existed at some point in the Earth’s history and rather cleverly, they avoided having too many dinosaurs. As impressive and as captivating a T-Rex skeleton can be, seeing one come alive on screen will always capture the imagination of children and adults alike. 

Not only does the show educate people on the existence of these creatures but also the many varied time periods that they lived in, providing the viewer with a greater appreciation of our world as it was, as it is and as it will be. 

The icing on the cake is the idea of future creatures. For me, as a zoology student, the question of what wildlife could evolve in the future just sends my imagination rocketing off. 

For all of this to be convincing, it also requires the talents of some of the best actors in the British film industry and Primeval has been fortunate to have many of these great actors. 

The concept is one thing but the writing is another. The stories have to be interesting and emotionally appealing, something that the combination of writing and acting achieves brilliantly. 

Primeval is a show unlike any other I’ve ever seen or probably ever will see. I could tell a great deal of thought, time and effort was put into it and for us to lose it when we were about to discover the answers to so many questions just doesn’t seem fair. 

You can have as many crime-dramas as you want on TV but until one of the detectives is eaten by a Gorgonopsid I won’t be interested in watching it. 
Not only is Primeval something totally different, it is a fantastic example of the professional level of the British film and television industry. Something that should be taken pride in instead of cancelled because too many people would rather watch Coronation Street. A street that I’d personally love to introduce a Smilodon to. 

My last reason to revive Primeval is to simply allow it to finish. Let the writers plan out and execute the story they originally intended to tell. Allow the show to reach its conclusion before you decide to leave it in the past; extinct. The past has a habit of coming back these days ;)

anonymous asked:

Any tips for someone beginning streaming on a low (no) budget? I'm using my PS4 to stream

make sure you can find a way to interact, make yourself stand out maybe.. try advertising through social media and also make legitimate content for people to give people tips and stuff. Or if you have another strong point that you think work on highlighting that.

Also another huge thing is just consistent schedule and frequency of streaming. My streams not even that big yet, around 1k followers, and i get around 10-20 viewers per stream, but the way i did it was just 1 viewer at a time, and i built a community around those people and just constantly interact with the viewers , appreciating them that they are there and just most importantly don’t focus on it too much whether your stream is doing good, just have fun! :)


Oh Martin, you rescue your brother from becoming fish food and what do you get in return? Being scolded for goofing off instead of helping wit the mystery. It’s okay honey, the viewers appreciate your efforts! Also not sure why he made a second minnow unless he wanted to be ready in case the Bass came at Chris again… or he got bored waiting for Chris to check the worm. Either one is plausible.

But yeah, Chris is unconvinced that he was that close to death. I think with Chris, it’s very easy for him to get invested in a creature-related adventure. Enough that there are times he either throws priorities out the window more than usual (Octopus WIldkratticus) or just becomes oblivious to everything else because his focus is aimed on the objective (this episode). Mind you I haven’t watched a lot of episodes more than once, so this could be an isolated incident,but from what memory serves… yeah.

But anyways, with the revelation that worms can’t drown, the investigation continues. They go back into the tunnels with Chris once mroe attempting to climb aboard Pinky. Once mroe, he gets the slip. Haha, karma for your obliviousness Chris! 

At least he take sit in stride.

The Only One ~ Phan

Prompt: Phil being sad/jealous that other big YouTubers want to collaborate with Dan more than with him and he is scared that Dan eventually will leave Phil and Dan finding out about all this and let’s Phil know that he is the most important person in his life and that he loves him etc (all fluffy and romantic) + maybe some kissing and hugging :)

Thank you @howsweettobeacloud for this prompt! (I love writing about insecure Phil and comforting Dan sos Phil) Btw I’m not hating on any of the  ‘big YouTubers’ I mentioned, I’m sure all of them are very nice to Phil.

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Warnings: some swear words, a brief mention of self harm

“Dan?” Phil shouted from the office. “Can you come up here?” It had been a while since they’d done a gaming video. Their gaming channel had taken a bit of a back seat, since they wanted to get some normal main channel videos out now that the tour was over. Phil had just downloaded Shelter 2 and even though he’d played shelter 1 on his own, he thought the viewers would appreciate them playing the game together. 

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I’ve had this Hardy/Hannah plot bunny in my head all day.

Hannah does a boudoir photo shoot. Soft, sensual, romantic poses. She sends the digital proofs to Hardy for his opinion. Should I mention that they’re just friends at this point? Anyway, so he opens the email on his mobile phone at work, not expecting it (her “which one do you think?” subject line seems innocuous enough). 

He’s overwhelmed. Not by arousal really. He’s a grown man who can look at sensual photos of a woman without boners all over the place, ok? But he’s compromised more by his emotions. The poses are intimate, private. Like she’s reliving the sensations of love and touch and tenderness from her memories. It’s her experience to revel in, and does not cater to the viewer.  Yet he appreciates the poise and composition like a masterpiece. Chiaroscuro brought to life with her skin. The soft, close-eyed smiles. Her hair trailing over champagne satin sheets until they seem to meld. Black lace, white lace, sheer silk chiffon. He could almost hear her sigh in bliss or happiness or whatever–it wasn’t his place to infer.

His office, the entire world, is silenced, stoppered up by the revelation that she entrusted this moment of hers to him. Of course he imagines feeling her tremble like this from the touch of his hands. Wonders if she’d smile like that to feel his kisses on the freckle between her breasts that he knows is there despite trying so hard not to notice. Then his heart aches for her to love him like he does her, and he goes to reply so he can move on to finish out the rest of his work day without this weighing on his mind.

God’s sake, Han. Did you mean to send this to me?
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