The thing about Skye trying to emulate Melinda is not that I don’t want female mentorship and friendship in this show, because I do, desperately. But it’s not about how Melinda is “changing” Skye. The blame here doesn’t rest on Melinda’s shoulders when it comes to who Skye is turning into, trying to be.
She’s emulating Melinda because she doesn’t understand how Melinda has become who she is. She doesn’t understand the choices Melinda has had to make to become the person she is today. And she doesn’t understand the things about Melinda and who she has become that weren’t choices at all.
That’s not Melinda’s fault. Asking her to divulge her traumatic background after ten years of silently dealing with it is a feat. She’s a combat veteran with probable PTSD. Skye doesn’t understand that because Melinda has yet to communicate it, and that’s all right. Melinda needs to gather her own strength to explain something like Bahrain to Skye.
But it is important, I think, that Skye is making the choice to become this way for the sake of the team. Because Melinda notices. Melinda’s not unaware. She just doesn’t have the right words to explain how her change into this hardened, stone-cold soldier wasn’t a choice.
She’ll find them. For Skye’s sake, she’ll find them. Because she’s going to do everything she can to keep this girl from ending up the same way she did. Not because Melinda regrets who she is, or what she’s done. At this point, she has no room in her life for regrets.
But she’s going to do it because who she’s become is not a choice anyone should make willingly for themselves. Especially not someone like Skye. The heart of the team has to stay empathetic and kind and Melinda is going to do her best to keep it that way.
Rogues characters coming to the Flash/Arrow-verse.
- Wentworth Miller- Leonard Snart/Captain Cold
- Dominic Purcell- Mick Rory/Heatwave
- Chad Rook- Clyde Mardon/Weather Wizard*
- Nick Tarabay- Digger Harkness/Captain Boomerang**
*In the comics, Clyde’s brother Mark Mardon is the Weather Wizard.
**Tarabay’s appearing in Arrow as Harkness/Boomerang, while the others will be in Flash.
This is potentially life saving information everyone should know.
No you guys this post helped me find my cat. He was missing for almost a month and I’ve had him for over 12 years. After seeing this I put his favorite blanket he always slept on outside hoping he would smell mine or his scent and he was back the next fucking day asleep on it.
When my cat got out, we called and called for him, and then, later that night, I remembered similar advice to this, and so put his little scratching pad, which he adores, on the front porch. Not even half an hour later, I heard a thump, opened the door, and there was his big butt, meowing at me.
Important and vital
Some pointless colour things that may or may not be relevant
So we all know that colours are written in the format #000000 and a while ago I saw a thing about how #246010 is this colour and this happens:
So then, because I’m investigating juxtaposition, I wondered what colour ‘246010’ is backwards, and I am so angry right now because #010642 is:
And you’ll never guess what the goddamn costume department did
YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW ANGRY I AM
That is a+ costume design and I am slightly in awe.
Peter Quill is a huge fan of the thrilling adventure hour’s Sparks Nevada will sometimes take everyone to Mars to try and recreate some of the episodes (and will sometimes make Drax be Croach the Tracker).
James Gunn said he wouldn’t write Carol Danvers into a Marvel movie because he wants to steer clear of “earthlings”.
(Despite Peter Quill, the central protagonist, being from Earth.)
Kevin Feige said he wouldn’t make Black Panther, Captain Marvel or Black Widow movies because there was “no place” in the current timeline.
(Despite Captain America’s shield needing repaired, opening up the possibility for Wakanda, despite Guardians of the Galaxy already opening up the opportunity to introduce characters like Captain Marvel, and despite there already being three movies with Black Widow as a side character.)
Edgar Wright wrote Janet van Dyne out of the Ant-Man script because she wouldn’t appeal to the audience.
(Despite having the same powers as Ant-Man, despite being arguably even stronger than Ant-Man, and despite having formed The Avengers.)
No sign of a Miles Morales movie being made either, despite Andrew Garfield stating that he would love to see one (meaning the death of Peter Parker) and despite Donald Glover making it public that he would gladly play Morales in a film adaptation.
I know Marvel fans give DC a lot of shit because sometimes their comics can be problematic, but Marvel seriously need to own up to the fact that they are blatantly ignoring requests for female-led/black-led films.
This little scene broke my heart. The girl who believed in nargles, in wrackspurts and blibbering humdingers, has become the girl who believed no more.
i tHINK IM GOING TO START CRYING NW
See, the thing that nobody understands, is that Luna believed in things that had proof. She’s a Ravenclaw, a genius, an expert in the unseen but proven. I mean, if she’d started talking about Thestrals before Harry had been able to see them, saying that there was an invisible winged horse pulling the carriages that only people that had witnessed death could see? You’d have thought THAT was crazy, too.
Luna knows Nargles and Wrackspurts are out there. As far as she knows, there’s proof of it.
But seashells hanging in a door? Those don’t do anything, nothing but give you a false sense of security.
It’s not that Luna doesn’t believe. It’s that now, as always, she’s frank and straightforward. Seashells can’t keep the evil at bay. Nothing can.
Thank you. She is not a naive little kid who believes everything you tell her. She just knows some things we don’t. Because she looks harder.
actually can we just stop with the theories/headcanons/interpretations where the children of female characters who have canonically been pursued by and repulsed the affections of the villains are actually the villain’s children, thanks
#christine + erik in LND#maddie + vlad in Danny Phantom#mina + drac in Dracula#lily + snape in Harry Potter#it’s not clever and it’s not ~deep~ it’s just skeevy#these women have all pointedly chosen not to sleep with that guy#and in many cases not to have anything to do with that guy at all#I just find it incredibly disrespectful and invalidating to have someone come along afterwards and be like#’okay but actually’#like no#she said no#repeatedly#you assuming she would do it anyway says more about you than her
Also, just so we’re clear: can everyone stop writing Dracula sequels that imply that Mina ever had romantic feelings for Dracula/imply or outright state that Quincey Harker is not Jonathan’s child/generally do to Dracula what Love Never Dies did to Phantom of the Opera, and start writing prequels focusing on the brides, please and thank you
#dracula#this is all i really want#stories that claim that Mina did actually become a vampire are acceptable#so long as she keeps on kicking monster butt and Jonathan follows through on his promise#(heck even if they end up thoroughly evil just…keep them together please)#(this is a man who would give up every chance at a peaceful rest in Heaven in favour of a cursed eternal existence#just so he could be with his wife)#(let them be an evil power couple)
Due to the whole “Vampires lose their soul, feel no emotions, and generally just try to be as selfish as possible because they can not feel any virtues or apply them” I’d rather Mina NOT be a Vampire, but I agree with the rest of it.
the brides are so important to the narrative of Dracula, for all that they’re only present as bookends, and they’re the least explored part of the story and I care so much about them. The very fact of their existence belies every single adaptation and criticism that claims that Drac and Mina have ~something special~, whether or not that involves reincarnation bullshit, and speaks volumes about what kind of a monster Dracula is.
He has a collection of beautiful women who are dependent upon him (for…some reason? I mean, they are all vampires, presumably they could go out and steal babies on their own if they wanted to, but instead they’re confined to the castle and even to only one wing while Jonathan is around and only venture out when Drac is away, which means that either he has some power over them to command them or that they respect him as a leader for equally opaque reasons) and yet, the only emotional responses he has for them are boredom and anger. There’s no suggestion that he particularly cares for any of them, or even any suggestive nature to their interaction (and while I see where the critics who write them as symbolic of Victorian terror of female sexuality are coming from, I feel that’s not their only purpose in the text). The brides are merely a collection, like dolls, perhaps (given his grudging and prickly attitude when he gives them the baby) even a burden, and he deliberately leaves them behind when he journeys to London, like the rest of the relics of his past. Clearly they must have once have had some significance for him - everything in the castle is connected to the Prince of Wallachia and his glorious history - but to suggest that they still do would be absurd, and to suggest that he loves them, unthinkable.
And upon reaching London, Dracula wastes no time on finding another young, lovely woman to fixate upon. With the brides in mind, it’s all too easy to imagine Lucy’s long nightmare as only the latest in a series of predations. This is a creature who views women as conquests, prizes to be won and collected, and once he has won his game against them, once he has collected them, he has no further use or desire for them. He easily abandons Lucy to wander graveyards on her own, not even affording her the courtesy of a coffin in Carfax abbey at his side. Again, these are not the actions of a monster who loves.
There could still be enough wiggle room to read Dracula as capable of love, to read his pursuit of Mina in a romantic light or as somehow ‘different’ from the other games he plays, if it weren’t for the fact that the little band of vampire hunters are so clearly marked by their love for one another, and for lost Lucy. Most importantly, Jonathan and Mina’s love for one another, which is so strong that he would willingly sacrifice his immortal soul and all hope of heaven if it meant being with her, if it meant she wouldn’t have to face that fate alone. And in the scene where Mina has the group read the funeral rites over her, Stoker places huge emphasis on how much these men would do for her, out of love. This is a massive contrast to Dracula’s calculated, manipulative behaviour in turning Mina, and, I believe, shows a fundamental weakness in him. He cannot change, yes, cannot move forward with the ever-moving present, but also, as he cannot feel the kind of pure love and devotion that unites the band of vampire hunters, he has no one at his side, no one and nothing to rely on. The vampire is incapable of human connection, human feeling, and in the end, that is what makes him most monstrous.
Dracula is my favorite book. Mina Harker is my favorite character in all of fiction. THIS is why I rage at every “Dracula and Mina truly love each other!” idea.