Guys I love Sad-ist’s animations so much. They are amazing and they were so important for the fandom too.
Like the CCs saw this stuff and got super inspired to do even more cool stuff. They all started trying to throw in more cool lines in the hope of them getting put into a climactic animation. The whole ‘it was never meant to be’ theme? That line got so much attention because of Sad-ist’s animatic and so many other characters have echoed it. That line has so much power because we remember the animatic.
Tommy first watched it while at Tubbo’s house for the first time! He watched it live on stream and accidentally kicked Tubbo’s computer in excitement, shutting it off suddenly when it got to that line.
And it brought so many new fans over. Her original animatic is one of the most watched Dream SMP videos in the whole of youtube and it drew a lot of people into it, realising how cinematic the story really was or could be.
It inspired tons of other animators to try out stuff too. There were others before her too of course, but they certainly started to really explode in popularity after Warriors.
It’s because of the animatics that Tommy avoids playing music during climactic moments, its why they all throw in such awesome lines and really want to make the SMP good, more than just a regular old roleplay, but a story with a proper narrative.
They are short but such perfect instances of just how cool the SMP can be. I love all her animations and she’s only gotten better over time. I remember when each one came out and the sheer excitement that goes through the fandom every single time. She has a keen eye for details and some scenes are simply epic. My favourite is probably the Fall but if there’s one I’ve looked forward more than any, it would be a disc saga finale.
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You ever think about how much damage Maul did to the galaxy as one lone rogue Force-sensitive? All the people he hurt and killed? The places he was able to go because of his abilities? That he was able to rip minds apart, read people’s thoughts, easily kill them, take over the entire crime syndicate of Crimson Dawn because who was going to stop him, hell, take over an entire planet because he won a battle for it? That he was able to practically waltz in there and set himself on the throne because who was going to stop him?
Do you ever think about the crazy amounts of damage he did even after he was captured by Ahsoka? Once she let him out of his cell to be a distraction, do you ever think about how he ripped that cruiser apart, how he just mowed down all those clones in his wake without so much as a weapon in his hand, just his own connection to the Force?
Maul left huge swathes of damage and death in his wake because his abilities made him borderline unstoppable to most people and even the Jedi had difficulties in catching up to him, given that they were in the middle of a war and it’s a big fucking galaxy, it’s not like he was somewhere in the same city as them.
You ever think about how much one person was able to hurt the galaxy because of their Force-sensitive abilities and go, shit, maybe the Jedi have a point about how they really really need to get themselves under control because otherwise people are going to die if they don’t?
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Since everyone's airing out tommy appreciation rn, let me hop in quick and just copy n paste a thing from discord:
What gets me about c!Tommy quotes is that. They're never theatrical.
Like, you think of most other dsmp iconic lines and they're all done with this sort of... gravitas, with dramatic pauses and top performances, it feels like a stage (in a positive way). But with tommy, his most powerful quotes can, and often do, come out of nowhere. Just in a casual moments, just said to himself, just slipped in, just clumsily rambled.
He has no audience.
He's just a boy with many thoughts.
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On a critical failure on an investigation check, instead of finding what you want to find, you instead find a box set of all 12 seasons of The Big Bang Theory.
The game now stops as everyone has to watch all 12 seasons of The Big Bang Theory
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okay, let’s just recap.
three years ago, little kakashi came to the third hokage and said “your second-in-command is plotting to assassinate you. i know this because he encouraged me to steal confidential documents about your whereabouts so he could ambush you on your next journey.” danzo made the predicted attempt on sarutobi’s life; it failed because of kakashi’s intel; and then when sarutobi got back to his office and saw danzo sitting in his chair prematurely celebrating his supposed death, sarutobi did...nothing. the most powerful man in the village looked away, and danzo retained all of his power and suffered no consequences.
three years after that, teenage kakashi comes to the third hokage again - beaten, bleeding, poisoned - and says “your second-in-command just tried to kill me. i’m afraid he’s going to retaliate against the child who refused to finish the job.” when he begs the most powerful man in the village to do something about this, sarutobi is almost...TAKEN ABACK at being asked to act. he hesitates, sighs, and eventually, finally, sends yugao to the foundation with a note for danzo to come see him.
so kakashi - who knows that danzo got away with this shit before, who knows that the foundation’s sentries are just going to brush yugao off, who knows that a note is not going to save yamato in time - takes matters into his own hands. the third hokage tells him to go to the hospital, and kakashi lies to him, saying that he will. “yes, sir,” he says, and then he goes straight to the foundation, where he breaks into the forbidden facility, incapacitates danzo’s guards, rescues yamato from the lab where he’s lying shackled to an examination chair, and attempts to fight all of danzo’s forces AND danzo himself on his way out the door. he literally confronts konoha’s equivalent of the vice president (a man who just tried to have kakashi killed), after lying to the actual president, while trespassing in bowels of the cia. he commits TREASON. he breaks every rule on the books, because THOSE WHO BREAK THE RULES ARE SCUM, BUT THOSE WHO ABANDON THEIR FRIENDS ARE WORSE THAN SCUM.
and then, when sarutobi finally does show up (at which point he witnesses danzo attacking two young teenagers, when he already knows that danzo tried to have kakashi murdered for as-yet-unclear reasons), the most powerful man in the village once again does NOTHING. he uses the situation to leverage yamato out of the foundation, and once the valuable wood-style user is in his own hands (how convenient for him), he lets everything else go, saying “we’ll consider this settled amicably.” he doesn’t hold danzo accountable for a single thing. there are NO consequences to anything danzo did. sarutobi KNOWS yamato is a product of orochimaru’s experiments, and he doesn’t ask danzo a single thing about that. he KNOWS danzo ordered a hit on kakashi, and he lets him walk away with all of his power and resources intact - while kakashi is right there watching! danzo tried to have kakashi killed, and the third hokage knows he did that, and it doesn’t matter.
what does that tell kakashi about how little his life is worth? how expendable is he, how insignificant is his suffering, that one of the village’s leaders can just make an attempt on his life without fear of reprisal? how unimportant is kakashi, ultimately, if the village’s second-in-command can try to have him murdered, and the first-in-command can just handwave it away and tell kakashi to forget it happened?
the fact that kakashi in the present day continues to suffer for this man’s sins (and the fact that i suspect he’s also going to end up being the person responsible for cleaning up this man’s mess) makes me so frustrated. kakashi, when he was just a CHILD, gave the hokage everything he needed to put a stop to danzo’s misdeeds long before his crimes culminated in the uchiha massacre. kakashi came to the third hokage again and again with proof of serious abuses; he sounded the alarm, once, twice; he gave the third hokage all the information necessary to stop this train before danzo drove it off a cliff. the third hokage knew - because kakashi told him so - that danzo ordered kakashi to steal confidential documents, that he tried to have sarutobi assassinated, that he tried to have teenage kakashi killed, that he was secretly in possession of a wood-style user who had been kidnapped by orochimaru as an infant and experimented upon. it’s not like sarutobi didn’t believe these accusations - he knew they were true. he just actively chose to let all of it slide. he kept danzo at his side, kept looking the other way, until his leniency (his cowardice) led to a genocide.
sarutobi is the hokage. he’s the most powerful man in the village. he’s the one with the ability and the authority to stop his subordinates from hurting other people, and when it’s brought to his attention - multiple times, by a child - that danzo is, in fact, hurting other people, it’s sarutobi’s responsibility to DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. kakashi is just a teenager, one whose own life is in such a shambles it’s a miracle he’s even functional enough to take this amount of action; and he’s been targeted by danzo specifically because he’s so vulnerable - when a foundation ninja tells danzo that attacking a member of the uchiha to steal the sharingan will be high-risk, danzo responds, “there is one with the sharingan who is not an uchiha, who has neither parents nor teachers” - ie, there’s someone out there who is all alone. kakashi has no parents to take care of him, no teachers to protect him, no clan to back him up. he’s targeted because he doesn’t have the power or the connections of the uchiha clan, and because danzo thinks no one will kick up a fuss or ask inconvenient questions when he “accidentally” dies in the field. kakashi is the injured antelope separated from the herd. he’s what danzo sees as an easy mark. it’s easier to murder an orphaned, sensei-less teenager than it is to take on one of the the most powerful clans in the village, and danzo, expecting that sarutobi will avert his eyes from most of his dirty work, is not afraid to attempt to kill a child and loot his body for parts.
it’s infuriating to me, how right danzo is about this. kakashi begs the third hokage for help, and sarutobi responds with the absolute least amount of assistance possible. he’s worse than useless. he’s worse than danzo, even, because he’s so self-deluded. danzo is evil, but he doesn’t lie to himself about who and what he is - whereas the third hokage, on the other hand, genuinely sees himself as a benevolent patriarch who loves his people and “takes care” of the village’s children, when really he’s a coward who lets orochimaru and danzo get away with murder.
kakashi, as a child, goes far beyond the scope of his own responsibilities in order to stop danzo from hurting people, long before things get to the point where we’re at now. he does everything within his limited power, and whenever he takes his concerns to the person who’s truly responsible for dealing with the situation, the third hokage is like “thanks for bringing this to my attention; don’t worry; i’ll handle it from here.” but after the crisis, behind the scenes, sarutobi’s version of “handling it” just looks like letting danzo continue to do whatever he wants, up until the moment when danzo exterminates an entire ethnic group, at which point it’s too late. AND THEN SARUTOBI COVERS FOR HIM, EVEN THEN.
kakashi has spent his entire life picking up messes that the third hokage made, and i do mean his Entire Life - sarutobi was hokage during the previous generation’s time, too, and he clearly was just as unwilling to intervene when one of his most respected jonin was being publicly harassed and driven to suicide as he is about everything happening in the present day. sarutobi has spent decades declining to act when the situation called for courage, and his legacy is precisely what kakashi describes to tazuna in the land of waves arc: “to know what is right and choose to ignore it is the act of a coward.”
i hate the idea that kakashi is probably going to have to spend even more of his life cleaning up after this man, but he’s the only person i trust to do it right. and that’s a sentiment i suspect will be shared by the “wood-style user” whom kakashi rescues immediately after the end of the above gifset, because - and i say this with full offense intended to sarutobi - sending a NOTE to someone who just tried to murder a child doesn’t cut it.
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Thinking about Grian's "You wouldn't kill Etho... you couldn't kill Etho" in the aftermath of him losing a life to Bdubs.. because Grian almost definitely meant it as "you couldn't take him in a fight because he's better than you".
Having said that, how did Bdubs interpret it? Because he agreed with Grian, but I don't think he meant it in a "I couldn't take him in a fight" way- I think he interpreted it more as "you couldn't kill Etho because he's your friend". After all, Etho provided Bdubs with plenty of opportunities to kill him without much of a fight. Bdubs actively went out of his way to give Etho extra armour and supplies so he could survive should Bdubs target him. Bdubs knew right from the start he didn't want to kill Etho, and that had he had to find someone else.
But then, one issue remains- Etho himself's response, "I'm not so sure". So the question is- how did he interpret it? He's not so sure that he could hold his own in a fight agains Bdubs- or he's not so sure that Bdubs would be able to resist killing him, despite their friendship?
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Arguably one of the funniest and best bits about Wei Wuxian in how he totally fits the villain aesthetic and yet is firmly heroic is how his defense on how it’s Not Me This Time twice is just if it was me you would be dead.
Like, hot damn! This guy is actually genuine about it too! He subverts the villain arc but hell if he firmly fits a lot of the tropes people associate with villains. But MXTX is clever to show how this can be a firmly heroic trait.
Wei Wuxian does not mess around. If he needs to take someone out, he does. He is highly empathetic but also turns that into why he knows when people must die because they are too dangerous alive. Understanding does not equal agreement after all.
So yeah, Wei Wuxian is just like so casual about those kinds of things.
Rando: You did blahblahblah to me!
Wei Wuxian: You are still alive, so no it’s someone else.
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Hi! I've been in the Hannibal fandom for two years now. Rewatched the show many times and yet Will Graham still confuses me like no one else. Hannibal's design is complex but somewhat understandable after watching the show again again. But Will's design is like a loophole. He can empathise with the killers. That means he can understand them. If he can understand them then why does it feel good for him to kill them? How does it work for him exactly. Does he feel for the killers? If he felt for the killers then what about his violent tendencies towards them?
I've always thought that he is like a God. A God of the killers. The killers offer him their design and he takes sacrifice in return of understanding. But how does his psyche work exactly?
Hello! Oh yes, Will is a very confusing character - it’s his defining trait, and I think that’s because he lies to himself, to others, and to us as an audience. He wants one thing, wants to want another thing, does the third thing, and making sense of it is a complex process.
I think Will’s empathy is a big red herring. I agree with Freddie here: he understands killers because he’s one. He has an almost supernatural gift that helps him recreate the situations almost exactly as they happened. He understands what motivates killers, he might sympathize with them, but I think he might also envy them their freedom to be what they are. They are a reminder of what he is and what he can’t allow himself to have. But most importantly, they are a way for Will to find a compromise with himself and feel better about his true self. Killing bad people is an excuse to justify his darkness, but I don’t think it’s a part of his design per se.
I agree with you that Will is like a God - he and Hannibal both are. That’s one of the things that separates them from others and elevates them above everyone else. Let’s make an overview of Will’s victims.
1) Hobbs. Hobbs was a monster and Will killed him. But it wasn’t about justice and righteousness, not according to him. Killing a person and feeling pleased that you saved someone versus liking the act of killing itself are drastically different things. Many police officers have to kill in their line of duty. Very few of them get off on the act of murder. Those who do are killers, and they are especially dangerous if they immediately try to follow it up with another murder. Will never once says he liked killing Hobbs because he made this world better. When asked, he says that he felt a sense of power. This is a motivation of many actual serial killers. If Will was just glad that he saved Abigail, he would know it's normal. He wouldn't have been almost on the verge of a break-down and haunted by Hobbs. So it’s not about helping others, it's about murder, even if the victim was a monster.
2) Stammets. Will had no reason to try to kill him (which he admits to doing). Based on his and Hannibal’s talk, he understands that he just wanted to feel what he felt after killing Hobbs, and this makes him panic. So again, no someone. He’s chasing the high of killing someone, and Stammets is the most appropriate victim.
3) Ingram. On the surface, it looks like Will wanted to avenge Peter and himself by proxy, hence pulling the trigger on Ingram. However, after Hannibal manages to stop him, days later, Will complains about losing a chance to feel how he felt when killing Hobbs. Murder high is his main motivation again - everything else is background or an excuse, depending on your reading.
4) Randall. Will threw away the gun on purpose to make the murder more intimate. This is not about justice and this is not about protecting himself because by doing this, he reduced his chances. Will also beat Randall up until he wasn't moving. There was no reason to snap his neck. Mutilation, cannibalism that followed, keeping his suit, admitting he enjoyed the murder and calling it his design - this is about murder and WIll’s love for it primarily. The design part is especially important: based on it, we can conclude that Will loves a performance just like Hannibal.
4) Chiyoh and her prisoner who Will set up. Chiyoh was innocent and didn't deserve to die. Her prisoner might not have been guilty - in fact, Will was the one to suggest that, and yet Will still set him up. It was a game and he was an observer - he lied in waiting for Chiyoh’s scream. He then turned the body of a losing party into art. Very creepy and very like Hannibal.
5) Chilton. Will clearly explained his motivation: he wanted Chilton to pay just because he wanted to be famous and messed with Hannibal by writing his ridiculous book. Will showed no remorse and admitted he did it on purpose.
6) Police officers he set up to be killed by cooperating with Francis. The ones he stepped over without a second look. They were innocent and they were a collateral damage. Will is a cruel God who doesn’t bother with mere mortals as long as it fits his purpose. In this case, his purpose was freeing Hannibal. Everything else was still a blur in his mind.
7) Francis. Enjoyed the murder, admired the blood, called the situation beautiful.
8) Bedelia. She's innocent in comparison to Will and his body count. If Will faced no repercussions and continued getting more and more people killed, she had every right to go free. But God doesn’t have to be fair, and Will proves it by targeting her.
What does it all say about Will’s design and philosophy? Apart from Godlike attributes and indifference toward collateral damage, I think Will is led by his bloodlust - he just tends to control it and direct it at specific targets.
Will might prefer to kill “bad people” in the first two seasons, but it’s the process of murder that excites him. So I see his righteous choices as a preference that helps him justify his dark nature partly, not the core reason for his violence. Hannibal seems to be moved by his interest in human nature and his hunter instinct, but Will, I think, is a truer killer because he actually feels drunk on murder. Unlike Hannibal, he looks downright euphoric when/after he kills Randall and Francis. In TWOTL, Hannibal is more focused on the fact that his dream came true and he and Will killed someone together, but Will seems primarily caught up in the murder after-shocks themselves. Hannibal thinks about Will, Will thinks about how beautiful blood looks under the moonlight.
So, post Fall, I believe that at first, Will will stick to killing bad people like murderers, but once some times passes, his need for justifications will fade. He’ll move on to rude people, only his rude will differ from Hannibal’s. Hannibal doesn’t differentiate between genders and ages, but I think Will will. He’s interested in a feeling of power, like he himself says, in a sense of dominance, so he’ll look forward to a fight. He won’t be interested in attacking a teenager like Cassie, for instance, because the power imbalance is too prominent. But as soon as someone more equal does something Will heavily dislikes, something that wakes his bloodlust (a personal insult, physical or verbal abuse toward other people/animals, etc.), he’ll attack. He’ll be careful - he knows how to avoid being caught, but it will still be unpredictable and passionate. Will is a storm to Hannibal’s calm.
Then there is unpredictability. Hannibal tends to plan everything methodically. The only times we see him being impulsive is in Europe, where he’s descending into self-destructive mode, so it’s not a norm for him. For Will, though? Will consists of unpredictability, and Hannibal is fascinated by it.I think Will is going to kill when an impulse strikes. For example, he might go shopping, without having any dark plans, and end up murdering someone because the circumstances pushed some unfortunate soul onto his path. Will might or might not display the body depending on his mood. Today he can be in an artistic mood, but tomorrow he’ll be in a violent and impatient one, wanting to destroy the body entirely and leaving a total mess behind.
How Will would prefer to kill? In my opinion, in an intimate way. It doesn’t mean he’ll be weaponless, but something like a knife would fit his tastes well. He’d be able to feel it plunge into his victim’s body, tearing through skin and muscles, etc. - personal and intimate. Akin to what he did with Francis - his feral half-snarl, the way he paused after stabbing him before opening him up - it was dark and mesmerizing. Will might get into strangling, too, because it takes a lot of time and it is even more intimate. It might end up being his favorite. So, I can see him using his hands or small weapons to fully sense what he’s doing to a victim. This is something that he has in common with Hannibal because from what we saw, Hannibal also enjoys more intimate and prolonged murders that give him a glimpse into a person’s pain and struggle for life.
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911 made Eddie single for a long time after Shannon’s death. He took a long time to be ready to move forward, and then they introduced what appears to be a wonderful match for him. A sweet and beautiful catholic Latinx woman who is a teacher and someone who Christopher already likes. So Eddie finally starts dating again midway through s4. Now this is what a show would do when they’re making a couple endgame. The fact that they waited as long as they did, the fact that Eddie spent all that time healing from Shannon’s death, the fact that they bring in someone who on paper is an ideal love interest, and then...we see nothing of it. We barely see them interact on screen together. They don’t get any kind of development like any of the other couples even though Eddie is a main character. There’s no effort to make Ana a series regular or even have her be a more prominent guest star. Then they immediately make it clear that Eddie is forcing things. Carla tells him to follow his own heart and not Christopher’s. Eddie has a literal PANIC ATTACK when someone thinks Ana is Chris’ mom. And the thing is, they both know this. Ana does too, she knows Eddie is going through the motions.
The question is WHY? (We know why.) Why spend 2 years watching Eddie slowly let go of Shannon and be ready to move on only to bring in someone he doesn’t actually want to be with? Why, in season 5, do they still not only have no endgame love interest for Eddie, but the one they bring in that could be one is clearly not someone Eddie wants? That’s the thing...introducing Ana as a love interest after Eddie has let go of Shannon would’ve been a perfect opportunity to make her his ultimate endgame if that’s what they were going for. Think about it- he finally is able to meet the one after he opens himself up to it and lets Shannon go. And YET. Emotionally he is going the opposite way when it comes to Ana. He doesn’t want to be with her. He isn’t following his heart. And it has nothing to do with Shannon, not anymore. It has to do with something else. With SOMEONE else. With whatever Eddie has been repressing.
I just have to say, if this is going where I think it’s going, this setup is DELICIOUS. Like...I couldn’t have written it better myself.
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here’s a really simple way to describe my feelings about the prison arc:
it’s completely understandable if dream ends up taking one of quackity and sam’s lives because of what they’ve put him through, but narratively this would be a signal that he’s flipped from a passive role to active role rather than cathartic “hero rises above their antagonist” moment. it’d be a sign that he’s returning to power as a Villain and would almost certainly be preceded or followed by him hurting other people.
narratively this would be comparable to quackity’s torturing of dream in the first place (an antagonistic character that has previously been without power asserting themselves As powerful by hurting a powerful character who has wronged them) rather than, say, the disc war finale (characters freeing themselves from the power and influence of another character who has wronged them).
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there's something interesting about all the posts i see telling eddie to 'go to therapy' because he............................................. did. like he really, really did. and it didn't work.
i've been consumed by contemplating this and i think there's two reasons why it didn't work for him.
1) he doesn't trust easily. and...
2) he doesn't know how to apply the stuff he's learned to himself.
eddie has been hurt. kind of a lot. every time he starts to trust someone he's been hurt again, with one or two exceptions. now, the thing with therapy is that you have to be receptive to it--it usually doesn't work when someone else is forcing you to do it or you're holding back. so the fact that he has a hard time trusting people with the soft and vulnerable bits of himself is definitely going to make it difficult to talk to a complete stranger about everything that's going on. also not to bring up helena and ramon but his relationship with his parents must feed into this a LOT. the two people who are supposed to love and care for him THE MOST, the two people who he should be able to trust more than anyone in the world, have forced him to be self-sufficient to a fault because they couldn't let go of his past mistakes and did nothing but doubt him when he came back from afghanistan. like... no wonder the boy has trust issues.
additionally, helena and ramon (i'm guessing mostly ramon) have made it VERY clear how eddie is supposed to act. it is INGRAINED in the boy to push through things. the one time we ever saw eddie ask for time or space to deal with something was in the eddie begins flashbacks with shannon, when he asks for time to deal with coming home from an active warzone, and he's rewarded for that moment of weakness by shannon picking up and leaving. it was a messy situation and everyone was struggling but it always makes me think about buck and chris on the firetruck during the tsunami. you guys remember that? when chris says he complained once and it didn't work so he didn't complain again? yeah. eddie admitted he couldn't handle something one time and the world said 'you have to, sorry not sorry' and he took that to heart. and the thing is, like....... he was angry at shannon for leaving, but he never blamed her. he always blamed himself. there are SO MANY instances where he is kind and compassionate and forgiving toward someone who is struggling, but every time he finds HIMSELF in a situation like that he brushes it off, gets angry at himself, blames himself, etc etc etc. so it's not that he doesn't know how to cope with these things--clearly he knows the words and the advice you're supposed to follow. he just.... can't apply it to himself. like look at this gifset and tell me it's not a pattern.
(interestingly................................... there is one glaring exception to the above paragraph. the ONE TIME i can think of that eddie tells someone else to suck it up the way he tells himself to suck it up is the fight with buck in the supermarket during the lawsuit. this is, notably, before his therapy with frank, but i don't think that's all it is. i think it's an intersection of the two issues above--buck is one of the only people eddie has EVER trusted, and also one of the only people who never made eddie feel like he had to take on the world by himself. until the lawsuit happened, and both of those things were pretty much thrown back into eddie's face. eddie didn't have the one person who always had his back; his trust was fucking SHATTERED. it was another reminder that he isn't allowed to be vulnerable, and he dealt with it by lashing out at buck.)
so what do i think the solution is here? if eddie isn't ready for therapy and it's not going to help him much? well... the answer is buck. eddie has been telling buck for years now to take care of himself, to be kind to himself, to give himself worth. he literally came out in the s4 finale and said that buck acts like he's expendable but he's NOT. if there is anyone who can convince eddie to do the same for himself, it HAS to be buck. and honestly, thematically and arc-wise.... it would be a really beautiful inversion of where their relationship started in s2, with eddie being super put together and buck being this kind of punk-ass kid still. it would show how they're still teaching each other things, still growing together and changing together and that they still have each others' backs.
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Hey guys, I wanted to check on that scene where Dream explained his plans to Punz. (Fun fact: Dream never says the words ‘one big happy family’! He says “One giant family”).
And aaah I forgot he mentions Tommy’s exile. Look at this quote:
"I visited Tommy everyday and one day I found he had a secret bunker where he had items and stuff and was trying to revolt against me so I blew everything up... and you know I realised about an hour later that I had probably made a mistake and that I needed to go back and make sure that he still was under- that he still was okay."
he still was under-
what were you gonna say there? He was still under my control? I think he realised he was sounding too evil and quickly backtracked. Also yes, Dream basically had a temper tantrum at the very idea of Tommy revolting. xD
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“It is our duty to help him. Bring him back into the light. That is the doctrine I adhere to.”
#WE STAN MACE WINDU IN THIS HOUSE
#SOMEONE TRIES TO KILL HIM AND HE JUST BUSTS OUT THE COMPASSION AND EMPATHY
#MACE WINDU IS A BEACON OF LIGHT AND I WILL HEAR NO MORE ARGUMENTS ABOUT IT
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My one fix for S4 would be this: Riley becomes Adam.
That's not an I-don't-like-Riley thing. I just think that it would've been fascinating. Imagine this character who devoted his life to this organisation that's all about collective obedience at the expense of individuality, being subsumed by this organisation and literally losing his individuality, becoming just one part of this creature made up of disparate beings but lacking any true identity of his own. That's so tragic.
Part of the reason Adam doesn't work is that we have no reason to care about him. We don't understand or empathise with his search for who he is because we know nothing about him. But if that's Riley coming out of 314 and meeting the boy in Goodbye Iowa? Now being identified as a monster after always being the perfect image of a hero? That's some good shit.
Maggie Walsh makes so much more sense with this too - her twisted maternalism towards both Riley and Adam becomes one and the same, and we understand that she is trying to mold her "son" into this image that she has for him. And finally, this puts the emotional focus back on Buffy in the finale, where she will have to fight this symbol of conformity and normality that she was tempted by.
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The entire party is sixth level paladins who max out their charisma and travel in a tight square. Good luck getting them to fail any save ever again!
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How Water Is Used In Relation to Hyejin and Dusik and How it Narratively Unifies Them in Their Emotions
Hometown Cha Cha Cha uses Gongjin as a seaside town part of its narrative, so much so that the story feels like it would be incomplete without it, however, in addition, the drama also employs the use of water in other ways, especially during emotionally resonant scenes. Not only do both Hyejin and Dusik each go to the water when they want to go to find solace by themselves, but also, water holds significance when they are together, as its presence seems to be the equalizer in their relationship, washing away any artifices they may have put up and revealing them at their most basic emotional cores.
Hyejin and Dusik are their most carefree with each other when they are in the water together. Both in the beach rain scene and then later when they are washing the blankets together. It's those times when they, for at least a few brief moments, forget the pretenses they built their tenuous denial of attraction to each other on, and just allow themselves to be together. When they are splashing around in the water together, they are simply two people happy to exist in the presence of each other. They bask in the joy of being unencumbered by any of the supposed societal obligations, life philosophies, or whatever other baggage they usually carry with them as shields against showing their true selves. Of course, eventually, real life and their personal hang-ups come barging back in, but when the story has water involved, their dual attraction manifests at its most basic level.
Not there aren't other times they are attracted to the other person, like when Dusik was filling in at the supermarket and stared after Hyejin, or when Hyejin was looking at Dusik as he lay "asleep" while sick, but those incidents were more one-sided and didn't convey mutual attraction in those specific moments. Conversely, water seems to be often present when their attraction is mutual and sparks fly between them. It even happens during their drunken night. I doubt the kiss would have happened had Dusik not used the water from the condensation from the ice bucket as a way to cool his hands, and had he not used those water-cooled hands of his to cup Hyejin's face. That moment (with water in between them) indelibly brought them closer. Even how they met at the beginning of the drama had to do with her losing her shoe to the sea as she was alone, and then they were brought back together in a moment of unadulterated joy after he found the shoe while fishing and gave it back to her. Again, the story uses water as a catalyst for something more.
However, water is also used in isolating ways as well. It's when they are in or near the water by themselves that their individual melancholy hits the most. Both Hyejin and Dusik were each alone at the beach, both with pensive looks on their faces right before they first met as 30-something adults. They were at the beach to be alone in their own wistful thoughts, staring at the sea, lost in their own introspection before the sea brought them together via Hyejin's lost shoe. And a similar feeling was conveyed when they were at the waterfront at the same time (yet still separately) as teenagers as well. Even as children, Hyejin could feel the bittersweetness of an imminent goodbye to her mother at the seashore.
Also, remember the rain Dusik told Hyejin to find joy in because of its unexpected presence? How interesting that it is the next time it is raining, while Dusik is on a neighborhood patrol and he finds Hyejin and Seonghyun sharing an umbrella, that Dusik feels the most disconnected from Hyejin. Because this time with water present, he is separated from her. While she stays dry, he is the only one being drenched by the rain shower, alone, by himself. Even when Hyejin and Seonghyun invited him under the umbrella with them, he refused, keeping himself an outsider once again. He purposefully disconnected himself from them, and the water he said to embrace is the same water that he used to (at least subconsciously) wallow in his loneliness and distance from Hyejin in. And it's also the same rain that he insisted on not taking cover from that gave him the fever Hyejin worried about. His physical isolation in the rain literally made him physically sick, which dovetails in nicely with the emotional isolation they both have felt in their indivudual ruminations by the sea.
The closer the water is coming to them, the more acutely they feel their emotions, as the water itself moves from something they use as a tool for internal contemplation to a tool of external manifestations of feelings that can no longer be ignored.
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I did say I was gonna unpack the stuff I mentioned in this post about the episode "This Side of Paradise" so here we are.
Let me start with Leila Kalomi's introduction but before I proceed, let me just say that I wasn't deliberately trying to read into the scenes. I started only with the knowledge that this was supposedly some love story involving Spock. The reason I got caught up in these details was because Kirk kinda subverted my expected behaviors from him.
Take the intro scene. Leila is introduced then Kirk smiles his charming smile. They even do a cute little nod of acknowledgement from each other.
So far as expected. Prior to this episode, we've had Kirk meet at least two past love interests from his crewmates, Bones and Nurse Chapel. In both cases, he was all smiles and even gave the impression of being a bit of a romantic.
He also never fails to amuse himself or be teasing whenever Spock displays anything that could even remotely be associated with being human or emotions. So I was expecting an amused or curious glance.
But this is what we get:
Ok. Neither. He looks like someone just asked him to hug a Klingon. Alright, it's all strange and he doesn't know their history and the staring is getting awkward and Spock's not looking away and...
He interrupts. Which, fair, it might have been getting uncomfortable. Not like he doesn't like it when Spock stares too intensely at things and ignores everything else. Right?
Except how he does it is strange as well... In the previous gif he says, "Mr. Sandoval, we do have a mission here..." But he's clearly looking at Spock, hasn't taken his eyes away, emphasizing the word 'mission' with a tilt of his head as Spock finally turns away from Leila to face him.
Ok by this point, I felt that I could compete with Spock at the whole eyebrow lifting thing... And it doesn't end there...
As Mr. Sandoval replies, Kirk has somehow shifted his gaze towards Leila. At one point we have this weird tableau where Bones is looking at Sandoval, Sandoval at Kirk, Kirk at Leila, Leila at Spock, Spock at Sandoval. Like a real bad game of connect the dots.
And Kirk's gaze glare lingers. Like really lingers. His whole body turns even before his head starts facing the guy currently talking to him.
Also for comparison, here is the same image of him smiling at Leila. See the expression of his face before and after someone bats their pretty eyes towards Spock who remains unusually silent and more importantly who stared right back.
Hmmm... You guys see what I mean, right? This was already a bit hard enough to dismiss as nothing but strange but I really wasn't looking so I was still able to. Until the rest of the episode happened. I'll maybe do a follow up for each of the item in my previous post so stay tuned if you're interested. :)
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Zuko's attitude in The Southern Raiders is "selfish" in the same way that any desire to earn friendship and forgiveness can be said to be focused on a personal quest for inner peace. He perceives Katara as someone whose good opinion is worth having, so he naturally wants it, and is proactive about earning her trust.
Still, it blows my mind that people try to reduce or vilify his actions in The Southern Raiders just because he happens to have wants and needs as well. While he wants to be forgiven and liked, Zuko’s aim to help Katara takes precedence over his own stake in the matter, and he consistently puts her needs first. This aligns with what we saw of him before (also in relation to other characters) and with his portrayal afterward.
For that reason, I wholly reject the interpretation that Zuko was being self-serving and a bad influence for Katara during the course of The Southern Raiders.
For starters, it would be really hard to argue against the notion that Zuko’s repentance is 100% genuine. He honestly regrets his actions and the harm they brought upon, is indisputably committed to his new cause, and has cast his pride aside when he humbled himself in front of the Gaang (most notably during The Western Air Temple). We’ve spent the four previous episodes delving deep into Zuko’s redemption and his mission to be useful to Aang and the others, often acting in self-sacrificing ways for their sake. The audience should already understand that Zuko is highly imperfect, but that his heart is in the right place.
This is his starting point in The Southern Raiders. He has some more to grow, but he’s intent on doing the right thing. This need for growth is emphasized early on in the episode, when he confronts Katara over her hostility toward him.
Zuko: This isn't fair! Everyone else seems to trust me now! What is it with you?
This line comes pretty much right after he claims “not deserving” the group toasting in his honor, but here he begrudges Katara’s attitude and implies that she’s wrong for feeling the way she does. He’s being petulant, hypocritical and invalidating, and while his outburst happens out of frustration and lack of understanding, he’s acting as if he’s entitled to her forgiveness (whether he intends to or not).
However, that sense of entitlement doesn’t last long and is something Zuko immediately rectifies with very little prompting. That’s the point of this moment of weakness. We needed to experience his wounded pride so we could see him humbled when proven wrong, and this speaks volumes about his true character and intentions regarding Katara. She explains herself, and... that’s it, Katara doesn’t need to do more than literally just tell him for Zuko to internalize the source of her anger. Katara tends to bottle up her innermost feelings when she perceives them as a weakness, so her finally snapping and being upfront about the source of her anger is an important moment of vulnerability for her.
Without further prompting, Zuko quickly adopts a proactive outlook (”What can I do to make it up to you?”) which signifies a complete turnaround from his earlier attitude. Zuko lets go of his pride and places himself in Katara’s hands. Katara still shuts him down, though, in saying that he should maybe reconquer Ba Sing Se or bring her mother back. Zuko can realistically do neither, and they both know it. But while the fall of Ba Sing Se is totally on Zuko, Kya’s death most definitely isn’t.
This is where a more self-focused person would still begrudge Katara. How dare she bring up something that has nothing to do with him? Isn’t it unfair that she’s setting such an impossible bar? But Zuko doesn’t do that. Zuko remembers what she said in Ba Sing Se and makes the connection. Instead of making up excuses, Zuko listens. His frustration is still evident (and understandable), but he stops forcing it on Katara and focuses on getting to the heart of the issue. He wants to know about Kya’s death so he can understand why Katara’s anger at him, which he fully accepts and honors as its own entity, has become tangled with her grief over losing her mother.
Now, he doesn’t want Katara to be angry at him. He certainly wishes she would stop (and can anyone seriously blame him and vilify him over this?). But this desire is secondary to Katara’s feelings, and this starts becoming apparent when Zuko no longer demands answers from Katara. He goes to Sokka instead, and at this point, Zuko doesn’t have much of a plan beyond listening to the story of their mother’s death to understand Katara’s anger better. The idea of taking Katara to Yon Rha only comes up to him while Sokka is telling his side of the story. It pops into Zuko’s mind because of what he has gone through in facing Ozai, and learning that Ozai was directly responsible for the loss of his mother.
He’s been there. He thinks he can help. And on that end, Zuko goes too far in empathizing and falls into the trap of outright projecting. He assumes Katara would want precisely what he himself would want (and to be fair, Katara did act in ways that suggested that). However, this projection is never forced onto her. When Katara doesn’t act in ways Zuko would expect her to, he observes, internalizes and learns instead of resenting her for it, and this is how we know he’s being genuine. He’s not too caught up in his own wants, or his own assumptions of right and wrong, to trample over her ability to determine what’s right for herself.
Moreover, he gives Katara space all throughout the episode. Zuko is not a bad influence for Katara because he’s not trying to act as an influence to begin with. Quite the opposite, he keeps his distance. He waits for her to wake up to talk to her, though it’s blatantly implied that he has a strong desire to do so (he does wait up all night!). During and after the mission, he doesn’t even address her unprompted, only with mission-related things. He never passes judgment on her actions or desires. Zuko is too respectful of Katara’s anger at him to push his presence or ideals onto her.
(Interestingly enough, the only time we see Zuko nudge Katara toward an action, he... realizes she’s tired and tells her she should get some rest. This is an act of genuine and selfless care on his part, and Katara opens up to him as a direct response to his worry).
In any case, Zuko is being guided by what he believes Katara needs. This is emphasized in the text. Not only is this his only argument to Aang when the mission is first brought up (”she needs this”) but once she forgives him, he is able to admit he was wrong... not about his motives, or his outlook, but her needs (and so was Aang, for that matter, which is pretty much the point: The only one who can determine what’s right for Katara is Katara herself). Whatever his mistakes were, Katara’s needs were Zuko’s motivation and the thing he sought to cater to when offering to help, and he did that in a way that prioritized her agency over his wishes and assumptions.
This is not him just speaking empty words or fooling himself. The subtext backs it up. He sets out to help her (his words) and help her he does. Zuko shows it with his actions. He does all of the heavy lifting in regards to the mission. He’s taking care of logistics and strategy. He’s monitoring her emotional state. He’s doing much of the “dirty work” including threats, intimidation, and neutralizing bystanders, to ensure Katara’s journey is as smooth-sailing as possible. Katara takes the reins whenever she wishes to, and relies on him whenever she needs to.
Similarly, his support of her is not a front or a pretense to influence her decisions. Zuko is constantly characterized as earnest and socially awkward beyond this episode; the idea of him being selfish, underhanded and opportunistic is blatantly antithetical with all we know him to be already. He can be sarcastic and aggressive, but he doesn’t have a deceitful or manipulative bone in his body (which is explicitly what set him apart from Ozai and Azula). Zuko’s help isn’t transactional or conditional, and his actions don’t have ulterior motives. He’s offering support because he thinks it’s the right thing to do, and while he hopes that doing the right thing will eventually speak for itself (which is a natural thing to hope for in his position) this isn’t something he expects, demands, or acts entitled to.
Bottom line is, Zuko helps Katara even though he has no guarantee she will forgive him afterward. He would have helped her even if he’d had nothing to prove because this is bigger than his ego. He’s considerate of her afterward, too, because his consideration isn’t dependent on what he gets in return. This is consistent with his attitude toward everyone else (including the other two “field trips”). If you believe he’s being self-serving when going on this mission with Katara, then the same should apply for everything else he did for the Gaang. Zuko does want to prove himself, but he proves to the Gaang he’s trustworthy by being trustworthy, not by pretending to be. His attitude toward Katara is no different on this end.
Lastly, and perhaps more of a sidenote, another point to consider is that portraying Zuko as a bad influence who was acting solely on his selfish desires is denying Katara’s agency in all of this. Katara was far beyond anyone’s influence, be it Zuko, Aang, Sokka or anyone else. Zuko does state his willingness to help as a fact, but we see Katara instigating the trip right then and there out of her own free will - it’s not like Zuko kidnaps her and forces her to face Yon Rha to atone for his sins, or that he begrudges her acting in ways he wasn’t expecting. Similarly, forgiveness is Katara’s choice alone, and this episode goes to great lengths to portray it as a deeply personal matter. It’s not something that’s imposed or demanded of her; Zuko doesn’t even bring it up again after their mission.
So in the end... yes, Zuko made errors of judgment over the course of The Southern Raiders and corrected when proven wrong (it’s called growth). His wants and desires impacted his actions, but this admission can, should, and does coexist with the fact that he prioritized Katara’s needs before his own, and his behavior toward her was a genuine display of support.
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Can we please talk how about Buck immediately is sussing out who Eddie is trying to reach in 2x02?
And Buck’s facial expression!! That man looks/sounds super jealous over a girlfriend/boyfriend that doesn’t even exist.
Buck sees his new crush friend Eddie intently focused on his phone, and our poor bi boy Buck’s heart drops at the thought of Eddie being in a serious relationship with someone else.
Eddie, our savvy king, then quickly reassures Buck he’s single 😉
[above gif credit goes to @theedorksinlove]
Doesn’t look like this is the last time we’ll be seeing this kinda dynamic... 🤭😏
[above gif credit goes to @samsbarnes]
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hallucinationNora: Your father’s hatred is stronger than your capacity to love
I might be wrong, but what I took from this line is that Alex is not afraid to turn evil but that no matter how much he loves and do things to keep the most important person in his life safe, no matter how much effort he puts through his so sincere, all-in love, it will never be enough to put his father hateful actions behind.
His love could never beat them.
Alex has been doing everything to make sure whatever Jesse did was undone. But his fear says: Do you actually believe you can do this? His hate is stronger than your love, it’s just not enough.
And if we think about it, things really took a turn for Malex after Caufield.
“He knows everything. His family is involved in the conspiracy that tortured and killed the other aliens. He’s tangled up in all these terrible memories in my life, and ... I love him. I probably always will. But lately that love just hurts”.
Jesse took a lot from Alex.
Even in death, Alex is the one that has to deal with the consequences because those consequences are all connected to the person he loves.
Alex’s fear is so understandable and heartbreaking.
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