arright so ive seen a lot of shock and outrage (honestly standard at this point) and just general disapproval of raven and bellamy’s reactions to finn this past episode
[note: i am not going to talk about clarke because she has clearly not forgiven him. she never said anything remotely close to that. despite the fact that she cares about him deeply and is a naturally protective person, she is now uncomfortable and scared around him. if you think everything is hunky-dory in flarkeville rn you are twisting the events of the show so you can be more outraged at finn than you already are and honestly i dont care about u bye
im also not going to talk about murphy because he was his regular old insensitive jerkass self. love ya murphy, never change. kill some more people soon, ok? cool. kisses.]
ANYWAY. im sure its difficult to see through the haze of your hatred, but let me tell you a thing
you may hate finn collins, but raven and bell love him, and they have just as much blood on their hands
lets start with raven
ravens brace is not her only battle scar
she has (debatably) the highest body count of the delinquents: 300 using the dropship, about 100 between the bomb on the bridge and the landmines, maybe more (and i dont think shes ever shown remorse for this. KILL HER!!!)
raven has never given much of a shit about grounder lives (see above)
finn is ravens best friend, first love, and her family (her words)
he saved her life as a child
he has saved her life twice on the ground (risking his own life both times)
there is a theory that raven took the spacewalk, or at least did it with finn or helped him, and that he took the blame (think about it: raven had access to the equipment and knowledge of how to do it. do you really think that pre-pilot finn would have been able to pull that shit off on his own? doubtful) [credit for this theory goes to rebelleleader]
if that is true, he also saved ravens career and reputation by keeping her out of space juvy
(sidebar: do you think raven would be persecuted for the spacewalk the same way finn has been? also doubtful. moving on)
she literally plummeted to earth from space to be with him again
she has forgiven him for the one very shitty thing he did to her
(seriously ravens over it, clarkes over it, im over it. yall need to catch up)
she was the one who sent him to the village in the first place (do you think she meant ‘go get them, but dont kill any grounders in the process’? nah. raven dont care. on top of the deaths i mentioned above, remember how she showed the least reluctance to torture lincoln? she just stormed up there, took one look at bellamys weak ass torture, and was like 'let me show you how its done’. raven. dont. care.)
if you were expecting raven to go to sass level 10 and bitch finn out over some grounder lives, you have not been paying attention. someone else, maybe. if hed killed arkers, maybe. but she cares more about his mental health than the villagers and honestly that is completely in character and in line with their relationship
ok now bellamy
bellamy cares about finn a lot ok
remember that time he carried an unconscious finn back to camp like a fucking disney prince? remember how when he tortured lincoln, it was for finn?
ive said it before, and ill probably say it again: the line bellamy told finn cant be uncrossed, he crossed for finn
finn gave up the safety of the drop ship (and committed his first murder that wasnt in self defense) to save bellamys life
in ssn 2, they are constantly protecting/defending each other and show a huge amount of trust in one another
they have not said one word against the other since this season began
even when they disagree, they listen to each other and seriously take the other’s opinion into consideration, usually giving in to it (ie bringing murphy, the girl on the cliff side)
bellamy doesnt chew finn out when he 'disobeys’ him, even when he doesnt understand it (ie untying murphy, shooting the one-eyed grounder) he sees him as an equal
(remember when atom and murphy showed insubordinance and were literally strung up and lynched?)
(the only other people who get this treatment from bellamy are clarke and octavia. js.)
bell has been visibly concerned for finns mental state for this whole season
“i’ll sleep when we find finn”
and bellamy doesnt give much of a shit about grounder lives either. he is the military leader of the 100 and they are the opposing army.
he has killed many himself, and as the military leader, is arguably accountable for all blood spilled by the kids
he let finn go to the grounder village with an automatic rifle and a murphy, knowing full well he was not in his right mind
he gave the man he banished, and then tried to murder him a gun so that finn would have back up
seriously, i dont think bellamy has any moral high ground to stand on and even if he does, he wouldnt use it to judge finn. just like raven, he cares more about his friends mental health than grounder lives. in fact, hes more likely to blame himself for letting finn go in the state he was in than to blame finn. thats kind of his whole deal
and tbf, you cant see your crazy from the inside. bell could see how irrationally finn was behaving, finn could not.
there was a time (early ssn one) when both of these characters may have condemned finn for his actions, but not over grounders. and at this point, im sure they both feel theyve been forgiven for unforgivable things
(which is not to mention that the arkers need every soldier they can get atm, and theyve made it clear that they dont give a shit about grounder lives since they landed. finns punishment was never going to come from them. his pardon by the council says more about the council than about him.)
i am NOT condoning finns actions. i am NOT equating theirs to his.
fuck, im not even saying their reactions were rational, healthy or morally sound. im saying that their reactions were in character and in line with their relationships.
these kids number one priority is each other. the bond theyve all formed is one of my favourite parts of the show. it sucks to see people belittle it by saying that finns best friends should be punishing him. his punishment will come from elsewhere, let his friends support him in his time of need.
Chocolate Chips (for dipping, I used bittersweet chocolate here)
Preheat the oven to 200°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mat.
Grind freeze dried strawberries and sugar in a food processor until powdery. Set aside.
Place the egg whites in a large bowl and with an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat on medium until frothy. Pour the Jell-O, and strawberry mixture into the bowl in a slow, steady stream. Turn mixer on high and continue to beat until the egg whites are stiff and shiny, about 5 minutes. Add vanilla extract until just combined.
Scrape the meringue into a pastry bag fitted with a medium star tip and pipe the cookies onto the lined baking sheets. Starting in the middle and make 2 full circles, about 2-inch in diameter and 1 ½-inch apart.
Bake the meringues until they are firm, about 2 hours. Turn off the oven and leave them in there overnight.
In a microwave heated bowl, melt your favorite chocolate chips on high. Stirring chocolate in 30 second interval until chocolate chips are just melted. Slightly cool melted chocolate before dipping the bottom of the meringue roses and place them on a lined baking pan. Refrigerate for 15 minutes or until chocolate firmed up.
Eton Mess with Dark Chocolate Strawberry Meringue Roses
2 pounds fresh strawberries, divided
1 cups sugar
Juice from 1 lemon
1 teaspoon of fresh thyme leaves
2 tablespoons framboise liqueur
2 cups heavy cream
6 tablespoons of powdered sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
a dozen of Dark Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Meringue Roses
In a medium sauce pan, heat 1 pound of the whole strawberries, sugar and lemon juice on medium-high heat. With a potato masher, crushed the strawberries until there’s no big chunks.
Add the fresh thyme leaves now (take the leaves off the stems or simply tie the whole thing with a kitchen twine for easy removal of the stems). Bring the mixture to a full boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is syrupy.
While the mixture is cooking, sliced the remaining one pound of strawberries. Remove from heat and add the sliced strawberries. Then, stir in the framboise liqueur while the mixture is still hot. Let cool completely and chill in refrigerator.
To assemble the dessert, spoon a couple tablespoons of strawberry syrup into a tall glass. Top with some freshly whipped cream, then crush some strawberry meringues on top.
Spoon more strawberry syrup on the meringue, follow by more whipped cream. Top with some more meringue (crush or not). It’s easier to eat if you crush them, but it makes a more beautiful presentation if you leave the meringue roses whole.
Since I’m in the holiday spirit… How about a short Q&A? #Outlander
How long has it been since you’ve read the whole series? A:
I read the books as they were published #Outlander
Are you going to South Africa, Matt? A:
Yes, I’ll be in South Africa the whole time…
I love your photography. Will you every publish a book with your photographs?
One day I’ll do a book or exhibit of photographs but right now I’m just too busy with #Outlander
Hi Matt, it’s my birthday today and it would be a real gift if you could share your favorite quote from Voyager
“Is that you Geordie?” #Outlander
Hit Matt. Is it difficult when you have to change the storyline a little for tv? Besides people complaining lol
It’s a challenge to fit all the juicy parts of the books into 59 mins. And as you know there’s a lot of juice in these books
Did you have to work the entire holiday? A:
Most of it. My guess is you want to see #Outlander S3
Whoa! I’ve never been on here when one of these starts. Where to begin? My mind is blank! #Outlander A: What a time to have writer’s block Arrgh!
Somewhere you and your camera want to go that you haven’t been before? A:
Iceland, New Zealand, Australia, Norway… and the list goes on
Matt what do you do when you have writer’s block? or do you get writer’s block?
A: Reading and research is the best cure for writer’s block (for me).
Q: How many months in advance a location need to be chosen latest to start prep on time? A:
It depends on how complicated the scene is but at least 6 weeks some even more. #Outlander