So after spending way more of my life than is probably healthy looking at and analyzing every single shot from this episode that could possibly be construed at Destiel-related, even a TINY BIT, I realized that there is one shot people seem to not discuss very much…
Now. I know what you’re saying–”but we’ve TALKED about the hand-holding!” And yes, my friends, hands touching are always worth discussing (and discussing…and discussing…), but what I want to talk about is Dean’s OTHER hand…
Now…I am a theater child. I grew up doing shows. And I know that actors tend to be touchy-feely people, even when they are just friends. It’s what they do. My friends and I had no problem treating one another like armchairs half of the time, sitting in one another’s laps, leaning our heads on each others’ shoulders. So whenever people start pointing at some of these touches as evidence of Destiel, one part of me gets very excited, while the other part says “now hang on, you and your friends totally did this same stuff and it didn’t mean anything other than that you were friends.”
In this shot, Dean doesn’t JUST touch Cas’s hand, or even his back. From what I can see of this shot, he puts his hand on the lower part of Cas’s neck. Now even I, my touchy-feely-theater-person-self, would never have touched the back of a friend’s neck. That is just getting a little bit too intimate for friendship. That is not what friends do, even the most lovey ones.
That is what my boyfriend does.
Note, too, how Dean’s hand lingers on Cas’s neck (or upper back, as he does seem to slide it down slightly after the initial contact). He maintains contact until Cas breaks it to turn around, a gesture of comfort both for Cas and himself, of reminding himself that Cas is here and is really okay.
Folks, this is not the touch of someone who is just a friend, nor is it an unintentional gesture made by actors who are just doing what touchy people do. This is the gesture shared by two characters who are much, much closer than just friends. And it, even more than the hand-clasping, set my heart to fluttering :).
Hurley and Sloane mackin it after some sweet-ass race. You bet those smoke clouds are from some battle wagons they blew up the fuck. You bet that’s a giant mounted crossbow on the back of that car. You bet there are crossbow bolt holes in their car. This is the most romantic thing I can think of, basically, please just let these girls be happy.
This was my favorite part of this episode. Here’s why:
So here comes Daesung, trailing after Seungri, hands full with bowls of washed lettuce and whatnot. He’s taking his sweet time and,
in typical introvert fashion, complaining about how he isn’t ready to return to camp yet (“I don’t feel like going back”)… but the second he sees TOP tending to the fire his demeanor changes.
He’s all, “Whoa, look at that fire! You okay over there?” There’s a teasing note to it, yes. Because he’s already been on TOP’s case once today about the importance of washing his hands before handling meat that they’re all going to eat, come on, hyung.
But just underneath that there’s genuine concern, too. Because Daesung cares. And TOP is Big Bang’s big baby, after all. Someone’s gotta look after him. Daesung doesn’t call himself his nanny for nothing; one look at TOP dutifully manning the grill and he knows he’s having a hard time.
At Daesung’s voice TOP turns and– finally, someone who will listen to him! “The tongs are too short,” he complains, though by now he’s laughing at himself a little too. He knows his problems are trivial, but he just… he needs to unload on someone. The fire is hot! It hurts his hand! Why won’t anyone acknowledge that he’s struggling?
Poor TOP, the others all shot him down when he made a fuss about the heat from the fire burning his hand: “What do you want! Leave me alone!” They were so done with him right from the start; they had work of their own to do and no patience for his whining. But then along came Daesung, offering him an ear and an opportunity to vent his frustrations a bit. And really, sometimes that’s all TOP needs to keep going: someone who recognizes that, above all, he just wants to be heard.
Ground control to Captain Andor, AKA the Rebelcaptain Astronaut AU no one ever asked me to make
The year is 2032. It’s the end of construction to extend
the International Space Station with a top-of-the-line rotating habitat, bringing the old station into the new age of
space travel. Captain Cassian Andor has been on a solo mission to the
ISS to install the Key To Station Operations, an AI more commonly known as
K-2SO, whose job it is to manage the newly expanded station, as well as assist
the crew when necessary, enabling the entire station to be run by only one crew-member
at a time.
To put the new features to the test, Cassian is to leave
the station in the hands of Jyn Erso, a British astronaut send in from the ESA.
She arrives two days before Cassian’s planned departure to earth, and the
widely different pair take an immediate dislike to each other.
Unfortunately for them both (or perhaps fortunately), due to a critical error in
K’s programming, he accidentally ejects Cassian’s return pod five hours too
soon. The capsule is sent floating off into space unmanned, and Cassian is
stuck on the ISS with Jyn. His only option is to wait out Jyn’s two-month
mission and take the planned descend back down with her. Suddenly, they need to
somehow find a way to get along for a total of 64 days.
There’s room enough on the station for them to avoid
each other most of the time, but for some reason they never do; instead they
get in each other’s space, his hand on her elbow when he drifts by her, her
eyes always finding his as the first thing when she enters a room. Cassian
isn’t sure when the feel of her loose hair tickling his throat as she floats by
stopped bothering him. Sometimes he’s not even sure if it ever really bothered
him at all. Jyn doesn’t remember when she started thinking of Cassian’s
discarded jackets left in her workspace as an annoyance and started seeing them
as signs of the kind of life she tried to leave behind on earth, but now longs
Without realising it, they’ve both started closely orbiting
each other as surely as the station itself is orbiting the earth.
By day 17, they’ve both privately begun to understand that
maybe they aren’t as different from the other as they first thought. By day 34
nothing’s been done about it, but even two people as repressed as Jyn and
Cassian will have to snap at some point when pushed together in such close quarters…