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anonymous asked:

Im laughing so hard seaformers tarn needs to fuckin chill.. Tarn: its not a human fetish, nickel. Its a power play. You know, a display of dominance. Nickel: fuck you tarn you know damn well thats one massive lie you tell so youre not up at night realizing you bring shame to primus himself

( Melly’s Mod Notes: I’M SO GLAD TARN’S THIRST IS FUNNY. I’M TRYING VERY HARD TO MAKE IT SO.

AND I LOVE THIS DIALOGUE IT’S GREAT BUT HEAR ME OUT ANON: WHAT IF THIS HAPPENED DURING A RAID BETWEEN THE LOST LIGHT AND THE DJD? CAN YOU IMAGINE IT? BECAUSE I CAN.

Have a scenario because I love your dialogue. )


“Tarn!” Both the liaison and Tarn look over to see a small white and blue jellyfish mer swim towards the sea stump the liaison had been cornered at. “There you are!”

Nickel, the liaison realises as the little seaformer gets closer and closer. This must be their medic. The one from Prion Reefs. The one with an actual reason to hate humans considering what the BBC had done to her home.

Their stomach churns in anxiety while doing everything in their power to make them small as possible. There’s nowhere to run. There’s nowhere to hide. They’re at the mercy of Tarn and Nickel and their odds don’t look that great.

What sort of nefarious things will she ask Tarn to do to them? What terrible things will happen to them in place of all the humans who’ve done her wrong in the-

“What did I say about flaunting your disgusting human fetish in public?”

What the fuck what.

“It’s beneath you! It’s beneath us!” Nickel beings to gesticulate with both her arms and her stingers, impressing the confused and horrified liaison with how synchronised the angry and rude gestures were. “I’ve told you, time and again, to get over your stupid crush over the human but noooo. Of course you don’t listen to me, to common sense. Here you are, all but presenting your shaft for them to consider sticking in their fleshy body.”

Silence descends on the battlefield as Nickel continues to berate Tarn of all seaformers for having an inappropriate attraction towards a human.

Tarn. The Terror of the Depths. He Who Shall Tear the Flesh Asunder. That Tarn.

Ultra Magnus stops his bitter duel with Kaon, the pair staring at the direction of the shouting in wonder and horror.

Helex’s arms slacken in shock, his attempt to vore Ratchet momentarily forgotten. Ratchet uses this chance to get out of Helex’s grip and swim to Drift’s side for safety.

Megatron is suffering and not just from the poisonous wounds he received from Vos while Velocity tries (and fails) to only focus on tending Megatron’s wounds.

Nothing is said while Nickel continues, in equal measure, berate and sold and fuss over Tarn over his ’weird human phase’ for all to hear. Besides an occasional wheezing giggle that could be coming from either Rodimus or Vos, of course.

What isn’t helping matters is Tarn attempting to justify himself to the unimpressed medic.

“-Its not a human fetish, Nickel. It’s certainly not a crush!” Tarn must be grateful for his mask of possible bone with how his fins are pinned back in a display of embarrassment and submission to the little jellyfish. He gestures to the liaison and is that a sulky tone to his words? It is. It fucking is. “Its a power play. A display of dominance. An assertion of my authority.”

“You know damn well that’s one massive lie you tell so you’re not up at night realising the amount of shame you bring upon Primus himself.” Nickel’s stingers extend and wrap around Tarn’s wrist now and somehow she summons enough strength to tug Tarn along as she swims towards the only entrance/exit of the cove. “We’re going home this instant. If I have to give you all a primer on why seaformers and humans relations are bad, by Primus’ Breath I will.”

“Nickel! Ow! You stung me!”

“And that was a mild dose of my poison too, you slag-for-brains. Helex! Kaon! Tesarus! Vos! We’re going home this instant..”

“Aaaaaaw,” goes Helex, both pair of his arms thrown up in the air in frustration.  “But we’re still fighting, Nickel!”

N O W.”

The Lost Light pod can only watch as the tiniest member of the Justiceers leads the murderous inquisition away, the merpredators’ heads hanging low and fins pinned back like scolded pups.

The liaison, meanwhile, is burying their face in their hands as every thing comes to place. The kidnapping attempts. The weird speeches about keeping them as a pet. The really intense stares if they’re hiding behind Megatron.

Tarn has a crush on them.

They wonder, for what feels like the millionth time, why they hadn’t become a seaformers lawyer like their family suggested. Surely it’ll be less stupider than this.

Surely.

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Star Trek + Social Commentary (context in the captions)

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i don’t really have any commentary beyond ‘why do mc shader creators think it’s good to have the sun punch you in the eyeballs’ and also have it so NOTHING is visible at night

i think i ended up using chocapic’s (with clouds turned off and sun eye punch settings lowered)

they’re all very pretty, and some of them let you customize more details than others so. go make your minecraft look nice. then you, too, can enjoy an 80°c gpu to heat your room up in the winter

anonymous asked:

most insects have something going on to attract mates psychically. like ornate coloring or crests or what have you. what if the liaison was totally obliv to the social implications and casually complimenting bugformers on things that get them mad flustered. "you know, starscream, your wings look absolutely iridescent tonight :)"

( Melly’s Mod Notes: AND WE’RE SUDDENLY BACK TO THE BUGFORMERS AU HEY GUYS. Oh my gosh these poor horny bugs. Let them bust a nut in peace, traveler.

For this one I’ll be doing this as a sort of who’s who on how certain characters will react to it. Let it be known that Starscream will make an appearance here since the example compliment is amazing I’m giggling here anon. )


Who will be flustered

While he knows his antennas are very fluffy and cute and his colours are striking, having the traveler taking the time to actually say his antennas are fluffy and his colours are cute causes Tailgate to become very flustered. He immediately hides his head against Cyclonus’ abdomen; Tailgate’s wings fluttering about in bashfulness and a subconscious attempt to show off more of his features to a potential mate. He can’t even speak. At least in a language the traveler understands. All he does is chitter and chirrup in what the traveler thinks is thanks. (Cyclonus, later one, pulls the traveler aside to explain they basically made a pass to Tailgate and should clear that up if that’s not what they intended. Just in case.)

His appearance is intimidating for most due to the colouring of his armour and how sharp his horns are. Never once has Fort Max heard a sincere (and flirty) compliment being paid to him when it comes to his looks. He can’t help himself but mark them with his scent when they approach him and gush about how they think his colouring is fantastic and wonderful. The traveler has no idea what he just did but everyone else around him - mainly Red Alert and Cerebros - look at him in shock for the bold move. The poor beetle has to retreat and comes back out to apologise and explain what he had done. The traveler, for their part, apologises for the misunderstanding and it’s back to normal after an awkward day or two. (Though the traveler now notices that Max can’t help but show off his strength and build if he’s helping with activities at the Luna-1 colony and they happen to be around to see him.)

Poor Ambulon is not used to anyone complimenting his looks. No one has ever said anything about his looks unless it was meant to make a point or to hurl an insult at him for switching his major colony some time ago. He’s not the flashiest looking bug around since he’s a simple worker ant and is a little unsure if the traveler is being sincere with their words or not. When it’s clear by their sweet smile and kind eyes that they are he’s… he’s very flustered and shy? Like?? Oh no does he attempt to court them now or…??? He manages to blurt out a thank you and a maybe compliment - w-well i think you seem positively divine today - before he opts to abscond back to his hill. This poor little ant needs time to process what happened okay?? Leave him be.

Who will be suspicious (but horny)

This is absolutely Starscream’s first reaction to the traveler when they note aloud how pretty his wings are. Of course his wings are iridescent in the glow of moonlight and bonfires! Only a fool wouldn’t notice the delicate, gossamer-like details of his wings thanks. They must be a fool since this is the first time they so much as mentioned it to him. Oh he doesn’t want to but he might as well show off his wings and the patterns off so they have better things to say than just iridescent. The traveler wonders what on earth they got themselves as the comet/Io-like moth begins to preen in front of them. All the while Starscream’s trinemates, Skywarp and Thundercracker, look at each other and sigh in exasperation. By the light of Primus is Starscream thirsty for the human.

Ratchet narrows his eyes and shoo them away ASAP before the traveler makes a bigger fool of themselves. After that he sequesters himself in his nest to fight off the urges to track the traveler down and try to make with them. He’s been around them long enough to know they don’t get the intricacies of how courting rituals work here on Cybertron. He knows that but you try telling his biological processes that as he vividly remembers their scent, their softness. Of all the days for them to make an accidental come on to him is the day his mating season kicks off. Why is this his life.

Knowing that Optimus has the traveler under his protection and is very protective of them, Megatron wonders if the human is trying to tempt him as some cruel prank or bait him into a trap of some sorts. Surely the Prime has taken time to explain to the traveler about the social norms of Cybertron… right? He simply squints at the human, giving them a long and hard stare while trying to keep his wings from buzzing from excitement at the praise and ignoring the intrusive thoughts of how he could repay their sweet words. The human now regrets saying anything about his horns goodness gracious it looks like he wants to eat them or something.

Who will be determined, more than ever, to bang the human

Having made his feelings clear for them the first time they met, Rodimus is over the moon to have the traveler finally respond to his little mating dances and extravagant lightshows. So what if they only said they thought of his displays as ‘impressive’ and nothing more? It means they’re paying attention to his attempts! That’s progress! He’ll give back compliments in return, flirting with them outrageously and making his interest in them very clear. If they ever need a place to bunk when they’re at the Lost Light colony, his nest is alway open wink-wink nudge-nudge flick-flick. (Similarly to Tailgate and Cyclonus, Drift will pull the traveler aside to explain what’s going on.)

Shocked that they’re so forward, but pleased all the same, Swerve will be extra charming after they call him ‘cute’ and actually reach out to try and pinch his cheek. He’s very shy but my goodness does he give it his all to impress the traveler. He goes out of his way to get them cute little gifts like sweet berries and medicinal herbs when they drop by his bar, paying them compliments that he hopes will make them smile. He goes as far to learn how to make lemonade or iced herbal tea, whichever the traveler likes more, when recalling the traveler’s stories of their home and how they missed that drink a lot. Since Swerve’s courting is the most obvious, and hands down the most charming, he’s the most likely one in this category to actually get together with the traveler. What a lucky Bugbot we have here.

Starscream is back on this listen. Listen. He’s just not used to anyone being sincere in their compliments when it comes to his wings. In fact that’s usually the first thing the other Insectitrons go for when making an insult at him. So having the human admit his best features are his best features is a shock. Then it makes him (grudgingly!!!) admit that they are pretty in their own fleshy way and it wouldn’t hurt to see if the rumours of them being a potential broodmate is true. It’s kind of unfortunate that his version of courting is mostly insulting the human’s friends to show he’s a better mate for them and making comments about how their hips indicate a fortunate ability to carry his future hatchlings. Starscream what the fuck that isn’t cool on Cybertron what makes you think that’s cool to them??

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Welcome, friends. Here’s where I’m going to include a bunch of obscure and also a bunch of probably more popular photos of Cold Sprouts and comment something lovely about him in between because he’s a very lovely person, both inside and out. Please feel free to join in on the commentary, since that’s really why I’m doing this!
Find parts 1 & 2 here.

Okayyy let’s get started!

Such a soft boi. He looks like he’s trying not to laugh, but with the lighting the way it is and his posture with his smiling eyes… He’s dreamy.

Such an edgy boi. This one is from a Rogue photoshoot and it’s beautiful. His jawline could cut glass and his eyes are piercing. I’m squirming, y’all.

HIS SMILE. Also, where has this shirt gone? I miss it a lot.

Oh, Hank. We’ve really missed you.
I don’t think any of his shirts will measure up to Hank.

Also his little smile dimples just fuck me up.

WHyyyyyYYYYY does he look like he should be part of a Backstreet Boys video? I love it. Whatever it is, I love it.

I don’t really have much to say about this one except the fact that it takes a special man to make an outfit like this look good, and also I really dig those boots.

I love everything about this. His expression, the toothpick, his hands, his arms, his swoopy hair, his eyebrows… I love it. 

Can I just say that this guy rocks a pair of ripped jeans so well. 

Y’all wanna add any more? What’s your fave image of this babe?

Monsta X - Playing a Horror Game with Them (Minhyuk, Hyungwon, Jooheon)

Think of playing games such as Outlast, Five Nights at Freddy’s, Emily Wants to Play, Silent Hill, Resident Evil, etc.

Originally posted by iamonstax

Minhyuk - [BOI STOP LOOKIN’ SO SEXY] He’d honestly have so much fun with you. Even more if you enjoyed playing horror games, too! He doesn’t get scared easily and from his experience with haunted houses, playing a game wouldn’t be that different. He’d get so excited playing in the dark with you and giving you the fake jump-scares that you’d think would happen but doesn’t. Whenever the monster started chasing behind your character, he’d start telling himself, “It’s okay, it’s okay…! NO IT’S NOT OKAY KEEP RUNNING HAMSTER LEGS!” The thrill of a chase and the terrifying jump scares complimented by the occasional objectives, Minhyuk might consider this to be his favorite kind of games. Games that have new things in store (like new objectives and obstacles) and a solid plot. Minhyuk would ask you to keep playing, even if you don’t like it because when he gets sulky, the other members say to play games with him. 

Originally posted by starboychae

Hyungwon - Literally almost every jump-scare, he’s going to make that “Yap!” sound (like when he acted “angry” for those few times). He’d toot his own horn when it came to escaping the villains and doing parkour to avoid them as much as possible. He isn’t as skilled as Minhyuk, but he’s sure that he could do better than Jooheon. When he lets you take the controller, he might be a bit of a backseat driver but he’s only giving opinions of what to do. Hopefully. He’d make funny commentary, like why the designers made that villain look like his manager or if it’s even possible to survive from a two-story fall. Hyungwon likes to play rather than understand but he’d freak out when you fall down or get so many close-calls. He’d be like, “This isn’t some white people movie! Get your a** off the ground and get movin’!” 

Originally posted by timetoemptythetrash

Jooheon - He’ll just let you play through the game, he couldn’t even bring himself to the game play, much less the title screen. He doesn’t do well with horror and so maybe playing with Minhyuk would make such a funny gaming duo. Anyway, when it’s with you, he’d ask for you to play for most of it and when you complain that he doesn’t play, he’ll grab the controller and just start sprinting wherever and whenever because dealing with the ghosts aren’t his thing. Yelling left, right, and center, try your best to bear it and let’s just say that the game is going to take longer to complete than usual. Lots of jumping and throwing of the headphones is something he’d definitely do.


Admin Mochi

  • Miguel: Sophie at the next like seemingly appropriate break would you eat a piece of celery really loudly?
  • Sophie: Absolutely Miguel it would be my pleasure.
  • Miguel: Can you do it right at the beginning of the battle sequence when everyone is being really silent and you can just hear the wind?
  • Sophie: Yeah absolutely I will gladly - I've got it ready to go.
  • Miguel: It's coming now I’ll give you fair warning.
  • Sophie: Is it coming now?
  • Miguel: I'm going to count it off for you.
  • Sophie: We should have like a good 20 seconds of awkward silence before I eat the celery though right? Just so it makes it thrice as effective.
  • Miguel: I’m glad we’re talking so much -
  • (Kit crunches loudly on a piece of celery)
  • (cackling all around)
  • Sophie: OH KIT!
  • Miguel: That's too early!
  • Sophie: That's Kit! Kit's got it! You b@st@rd. Sabotage!
  • Kit: Aww I f*cking hate celery. Why did I do that? Yuck.

anonymous asked:

headcanons for Nautica, Tailgate, and Rodimus watching their human friend take out their contacts for the first time?

( Melly’s Mod Notes: This is such a cute prompt aaaaaah. I would love to write these headcanons for you, anon! )


NAUTICA

✦ Her reactions is just: Whoa!!! Are those literal stars in her optics? Those might be literal stars in her optics as she sees her friend take something out of their eye without any discomfort at all. Before they know it, Nautica’s face is inches from theirs, a big smile stretching across her lips.

✦ She’ll ask her friend if they can do that again to their confusion. Please? Pretty please? She wants to record this and see how this goes down. Will ask endless questions about what contact lenses are and why they need them as the human indulges her and try to answer her questions to the best of their abilities. I hope they weren’t planning to do anything after this because they’ll be here for a while.

✦ On the bright side she hangs on to every word they have to say on the matter. Finds it fascinating that some eyes are okay, some eyes aren’t, and some eyes aren’t but can be fixed with SCIENCE but some humans prefer not to do that. The human biology never fails to amaze her. Will ask if she can help improve the lenses somehow and will understand if they say no. The offer still stands though!! She already has a few ideas on how she can make them help the human see in the dark and identify friend from foe. Nautica no-

TAILGATE

✦ Tailgate actually got a heads up from the human when they were taking out their contact lenses. He has no idea what they meant by that and turned to see what they were doing and he see them poking themselves in the eye and… wiggling it around?? Trying to tap it even??? He panics because nO FRIEND WHY WHY WHY YOU’RE NOT SUPPOSED TO POKE YOUR EYE. YOU TOLD HIM ONCE THEY WERE SOFT AND DELICATE AND FRAGILE WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT.

✦ Will calm down when the liaison explains what that was all about. They try to do a demonstration at first but stop when they see him tense up in worry. Only after they explain, in great detail, what lenses are and why they use it will Tailgate feel comfortable enough to see them pluck the contacts back in. The human has to promise several times this doesn’t hurt them.

✦ After the explanation and thinking about it, Tailgate decides this is weird but not gross. The human trying to improve their vision with enhancements doesn’t hit his top twenty of weird and gross things he’s come across since joining the Lost Light. In fact he tries to be supportive of them! Will automatically help his friend if they accidentally drop their contact on the ground by running around, picking up all the ‘bots that are around so no one steps on the contact lens.

RODIMUS

✦ Okay to be fair to the human- They were doing this in their rooms since they were resting themselves from wearing the contacts all day. It’s not their fault Rodimus does not believe in the concepts such as ’knocking’, ‘asking permission to enter’, or ‘making sure the person the other side of the door is cool with you barging in’ and stuff like that. He just barrels in and the human is lucky they didn’t poke their eye out when he yells out their name in excitement.

✦ What on earth is he here for? The human doesn’t know and never will. Because whatever brought Rodimus in their habsuite is gone from his mind when he sees a weird cover come off their eye. What the slag? They can put optics over this optics? The human, unsure of what to say, shrugs and goes yes and no. It’s hard to explain. Cue Rodimus narrowing his optics, sitting on the floor, and stubbornly saying, ‘Explain.’ Why does he want to know? He probably won’t even listen to half of what they’re saying.

✦ And they’re right. He spaces out, talks over them, and asks ridiculous questions but his enthusiasm when it’s there makes up for it. Becomes excited by the idea of changing his optics to different colours when informed by his friend that contacts can also be used for cosmetic purposes. Really? That’s so cool! Ratchet is not amused when Rodimus bursts into the medbay a day later, yelling about how he wants orange and red optics.

look this was basically inevitable

jack “soldier 76″ morrison: the conflicted supersoldier stares over the horizon as he smokes a cigarette. “war is the most fucked up thing ever.” he takes a sip of beer
lena “tracer” oxton: seems like nowadays are more like nowadays than they were thenadays and thenadays were less like nowadays than they were thenadays, nowadays
gabriel “reaper” reyes: ((SPILLING BLOOD ALL OVER KEYBOARD) THIS IS WHAT U WANT. THIS IS WHAT U FUCKING BASTARDS WANT RIGHT (1 WEEK LATER) WHY ARE THE KEYS STICKING
genji shimada: upgrade my ass to a human’s ass
fareeha “pharah” amari: i will protect you and all girls frrom roughousers
jesse mccree: #e3rumors some meme guy will walkout on stage twirlin two pistols and begin kicking cans of Gun Flavored Mountain Dew into a screaming crowd
SST laboratories siege automaton “bastion” E54: i’m going to beat the shit out of asimo. im gping to knock it on its ass while its trying to use a staircase at a trade show. dreadful beast
hanzo shimada: DAD: your baby brothers missing, please put down the controller. help us find him
ME: Did u read the news. Gaming is a legitinmate hobby now
jamison “junkrat” fawkes: the jduge orders me to take off my anonymous v mask & im wearing the joker makeup underneath it. everyone in the courtroom groans at my shit
mei-ling zhou: THIngs other people like: being bastards, being Uniformly tasteless THINGS I Like: Being reasonably kind, and trying to help, when i can
torbjörn lindholm: Imagine.  A world where guns come out of the ground like plants.  And all the water is replaced by Bullet’s.  This is Gun World.  It’s real
amélie “widowmaker” lacroix: i just want to find the optimal bra for sniper operations,  but everoyne here is so rude, and pieces of shit
hana “d.va” song: cmon peopl now/smile on your gamers everuybody get together/try to do good with your Gamers right now
reinhardt wilhelm: if you have a problem with my mouth, i’ll be swniging a sledgehammer in circles outdoors for the rest of my life, so come try do crap to me.
mako “roadhog” rutledge: well i was going to climb mount everest but this yelp review says theres a nude man at the summit swinging chains around and yelling “fuck u
winston: at first i thought Science was a shit waste of time. then somebody did a meme of it,. and now… hooboy…now i like it
aleksandra “zarya” zaryanova: AS THE GUILLOTINE SLIDES TOWARDS MY NECK, I PRODUCE A TINY BARBELL I’VE BEEN HIDING IN MY MOUTH AND LIFT IT WITH MY TONGUE. ONE LAST REP
lúcio correia dos santos: ah.. why is it that computers can send hateful commentary thorugh the modem… but weren’t designed to send something nice.. like a Song
angela “mercy” ziegler: Q: Dear @Dril, friend to all online. Do Good people die?
A: Good people absolutely do not die, and you have bveen blocked for asking me this
satya “symmetra” vaswani: which programming language should I learn if I want to transform myself into an enormous 3d wireframe head that spits out flashing cubes
tekhartha zenyatta: Welcome to the citadel of eternal wisdom.  Behold, this crystal contains the sum of all human knowledge – Except Rap And Country

anonymous asked:

Hey I was just reminded of talalay's tweet and I know she might not know of a special or the writers' intentions but her words annoyed me... it makes me feel like they dislike us, but if she thinks so i don't understand some of her directing in tst (like sherlock being revealed in the chair and mary=thatcher smashed). How do you interpret this whole thing, if you don't mind me asking? P.s. I loved your the ring meta!

Hi!

Thanks so much for the compliment about my meta! <3 Glad you enjoyed it. 

I only just learned about Rachel Talalay’s comment. I’m guessing you’re referring to this

I would say it’s worth disregarding, as is anything any creator has to say about work they’ve released into the world. 

Before I explain further, I just want to say that this in no way reflects any feelings or thoughts I have about Talalay’s skill as a director. I’m rewatching tst right now, and I think it’s very beautiful in many ways, despite the reservations I have about its reality status / the script / that wife / how we’re supposed to understand the episode. There’s nothing, I think, in the way it’s directed that gets in the way of the story that’s being told, and it has its own gorgeous qualities (that shark transition at the beginning is just…wow, really lovely.)

As for her comment, ugh. It was offered, it seems, spontaneously, in the context of answering a much more straightforward question about how a particular scene was filmed in Doctor Who, so it was unnecessary, to say the least. Now, I don’t know, I have no idea what has been said to her. I don’t know how much she’s had to deal with people coming at her for things over which she has no control, like the overall direction of the show. I don’t much care, tbh. Because I think that if you’re going to engage in social media interactions with people, you need to be cool about it. You should try to be gracious. Understand that people are excited about what you’ve made, which is, like, the point of making it? Isn’t it? 

The main thing for me is, I’ve been on both sides of the creator / critic spectrum, professionally as a writer (on a really small scale), and academically as a literary scholar (at the highest level one can go). So I’ve thought about literary interpretation a lot, and thought a lot about its role, relative to literature itself. Here’s what I know: 

When people make a thing, a creative thing, they pull on all kinds of stuff of which they may or may not be aware. It’s an art. There’s planning, and there’s purpose, and there’s the story they know they want to tell, and then there’s serendipity, and the intuitive ways in which symbolism builds, and there’s the mass of art and literature that came before yours, there’s the direct source material (acd canon) and there’s indirect source material (the tons and tons of Holmesian pastiche); there’s tradition (like the Gothic); there are brands (Hammer horror, Bond, and, weirdly, the Muppets). It all goes into the mix, and out comes a thing that works, or doesn’t. 

This is why authorial intention is garbage as a concept: because literary texts are made from a combination of conscious and unconscious content.

And this is why all creator commentary about what they meant to do, or didn’t, is rubbishy bullshit at best. Ideally, I think, a creator should ask, “What did you think of it?” Rather than, proclaiming, “Oh, that’s not what I meant.” 

(I know, I know. We want there to be a plan. We want johnlock to be part of the consciously crafted content of the show. I obviously do. I want mofftiss to be good. I want them to be clever. I want the clearly inferior quality of s4 to be part of a meta-level Reichenbach arg. I hope it is. But even if it isn’t, even if they meant tfp to be a totally straightforward end to s4 and possibly the series as a whole, there is still much we can do in terms of reading it, interpreting it, enjoying it. This is not reaching. The subtext is practically hanging off the text like ripe fruit, begging to be picked.)

It is up to the critic, the literary analyst, the audience, to decide what the thing they’re consuming means to them. The symbols, tropes, character arcs, plots, etc., etc., which the creator has put together–all of this interacts with you, your personal experience, the other texts you’ve enjoyed, the symbols, tropes, plots, etc., that are part of your cultural experience, and there, in you, is where they make meaning. 

You can emerge from the experience of a text and say, this is what it means, and interpret it in light of what you know, and what you’ve felt, and back it up using the textual evidence that made you think what you did, and no one–that is to say NO ONE–can tell you you’re wrong. They can tell you they think there’s a better reading. They can tell you they think yours has holes in it. You can, if you wish, engage in discussion about it. But you don’t have to. Above all, you should do what makes you happy. This is supposed to be fun–which, it seems, is something that Talalay, with her snarky comment about “rationality,” seems to have forgotten. 

Nonetheless, for those of us who do choose to craft arguments out of our favourite readings of this, or any literary text:

There are good interpretations–ones that really hold water when you interrogate them and subject them to argumentation. There are less valid interpretations–ones that fall apart if you so much as breathe on them. 

Johnlock is a valid interpretation. It is as solid as granite. It has a metric fuckton of evidence backing it up. The only thing it doesn’t have, right now, is an explicit confirmation from the text that satisfies much of the audience who supports that interpretation. (Right now, there’s sort of a johnlock light reading we can glean from the most superficial level of the text. In my opinion, there’s a much more intense johnlock reading possible via the subtext.) 

There are, of course, other readings. Of course there are! But let me tell you, having had a run-in or two with the dude who made that anti-tjlc blog, WELL, he is far from rational. He transforms into a squalling infant if you so much as push on one of his ideas. And then tells you you’re bullying him. Methinks he enjoys being fighty. 

THE BOTTOM LINE IS: Once a creator has released something into the world, their role is done. It’s then up to the audience to take the thing and run with it. I am so glad–SO GLAD–to be part of a fandom that voraciously consumes, analyzes, critiques, and otherwise shakes the thing we love until all the best bits and pieces fall out. That’s the fun of it! For a creator to turn around and say, NO! You’re loving the thing I made in the wrong way–well, that is really small.

So: thanks for this ask, sorry to go on for so long but I have LOTS of feelings about this, clearly.