It genuinely saddens me to see people talk about their dislike of ML canon. Of course people don’t have to like it, and of course there are flaws. But I would not bother to have written over 40 fics or make fanart for something I didn’t love
ML is a good all-round show. Lots of humour, lots of depth, and the lovesquare is a genius concept. I love all of the characters — yes even the villains because they’re still interesting. (Also how can you not appreciate Mr Ramier and Kim? Or the bodyguard! Or Rose! The characters have so much life)
Sometimes I feel like people are expecting the wrong things from ML. It isn’t gritty, it’s not trying to appeal to older teens. It’s a kids’ show, and it just happens to be fun for older people to watch as well. It’s also formulaic — villain of the day and all — so you know, maybe just accept that instead of thinking it should be different. It’s been this way from the beginning🤷♀️
I don’t know. I’m just always a bit disappointed when people act as if ML canon is bad. I’ve watched 3 seasons and 4 episodes from s4 (episode 5, when you gonna show your face huh??), and my love for the show has only grown. Definitely can’t imagine staying in the fandom if I didn’t like it, no matter how good fanon content can be
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Right, so I know this is controversial, but: I actually really liked Alya, Nino, Rose, etc. being so worried and down about Luka being heartbroken about Marinette seemingly not wanting to be friends anymore, not talking to him anymore, that they tried to do something to fix the situation. Marinette wasn’t going to be ready to do anything about it on her own any time soon - it’d been quite awhile since “Truth” from the sound of it - and the situation wasn’t great for anyone.
Mostly though, I was happy how the episode really emphasized that they were all Luka’s friend too, separate from Marinette. He’s a fellow band member and friend.
And when it went wrong, I liked seeing everyone talk to and comfort Luka.
It may not have worked out super well, at least at this point, but they really do just want their friends to be happy and okay. And to comfort them if things go wrong.
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Caline Bustier is a Good Teacher and Here’s Why
Okay, so I’m not going to argue that Bustier’s actions are ALL good. One of the major strengths of this show is that everyone has very human flaws, even the side characters. Caline Bustier is, in particular, terrible at conflict resolution… but that doesn’t make her a bad teacher. In fact, she has one particular skill that sets her far and above most teachers—real or fictional—that I can name.
Hear me out.
Okay, so we know her conflict resolution toolbox is extremely limited—her tendency toward cooperation and compromise is great in some instances, not so great in others. Chloé in particular is a big sign of this not working so well…
Though, one thing we do have to keep in mind is that Kim was a bully before joining Bustier’s class and now he isn’t.
That’s a huge accomplishment on her part, and we need to acknowledge that!
Bustier’s main conflict response seems to be “fawn.” I wouldn’t be surprised if she was abused as a child, resulting in a conflict-avoidance strategy. However, I’m not hear to talk about her approach to conflict, but rather her approach to something else.
Caline Bustier is the most encouraging teacher I have ever seen.
This is huge. See, Bustier’s class is a tight-knit group of overachievers who show up for all of each other’s accomplishments. Alix’s and Kim’s race? Not only do they all show up, they make banners. Myléne’s protest? Yep, they’re there too. Anything that’s important to one of them, the rest of the class is there at the sidelines, cheering them on.
That doesn’t just happen.
And, importantly, looking at Origins? They weren’t like that at the start.
In Origins, the class was a bunch of separate cliques/friend groups that barely interacted. They were all uncomfortable around each other and fairly isolated. But by the next chronological episode, Bubbler, they’ve gotten much closer, and that only increases throughout the course of the show. That’s not a thing children can do on their own—that’s top-down. A lot of viewers think that’s Marinette at work, but that doesn’t make a lot of sense—it starts happening long before Marinette has become a major social force. Bustier is bringing her class together. How does she do it?
Well, her entire class is made up of overachievers to an almost comical degree. Each of them has skills and talents that would be out of place among high schoolers. But—and this is extremely important—a lot of the episodes show these talents as being the first time someone has displayed/demonstrated it.
Caline Bustier is identifying her students’ talents and passions and finding ways to encourage them to pursue them.
Think about it. How many grade schools get a fashion competition judged by a major fashion CEO? How many grade schoolers get on a citywide TV competition, alongside adults, for their DJing? The Ladyblog, Kitty Section, the horror movie contest, the list goes on. Never once has any member of her class shown that they felt like they couldn’t or shouldn’t pursue a particular interest, except for instances of internalized anxiety.
Caline may be terrible in a conflict situation, but she absolutely shines when it comes to encouraging and supporting her students’ skills and passions, as well as having them support and encourage each other. She is a fantastic teacher on a scale I don’t think any of us understand, and we need to acknowledge that more often.
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