if video games arent art then explain this
Wtf spiders do it too?!
Now I know how to lead a spider out of my house. Noted for future reference
He did the thing!
thoughts on season nine, Dean Winchester, and the process of individuation.
From outpastthemoat’s meta: “What does Susie represent about Dean? If Dean sees women in two shades, then Susie is the whore. Sexually promiscuous, willing to throw away her moral code just to please a man. Robin, on the other hand is the virgin, yet another person in Dean’s life in line for sainthood. Dean has cherished, innocent, sweet memories of his two months with Robin. … Robin and Susie are flat, shallow characters because they’re not really characters. They represent two sides of a coin: Dean’s polar-opposite views of womanhood.”
It does work if you see it that way. And maybe cardboard!Suzy was very deliberately juxtaposed in this episode with the very real, fleshed-out female character Jody. Jody was great in this episode, a complete contrast to all the caricatures of womanhood (because it was not just Suzy, far from it). Jody had a sensible, well reasoned and grounded view of church and chastity vows (she doesn’t make promises she can’t keep). Jody had agency and strength and brains. When she got stabbed I thought Ezekiel would have to come out and save her, but instead she pulled the stake out of her own shoulder and saved both herself and Sam. The same writer wrote both Suzy and Jody in this episode, let’s not forget.
The episode before this was Bad Boys, where we got to see Dean before he took on this persona, a young Dean who was sweet and non-swaggy around girls. For that episode to be followed by this, the contrast has to be intentional. For that young man to turn into this creeperDean? Would be completely tragic if it was taken at face value.
I’m not sex-shaming here, and although I’m a little too well informed about the sex industry to be able to accept it easily, I can suspend disbelief for the sake of the narrative enough to suppose that this former porn star might have been okay with her career and take some pride in it. And they both like sex and they’re attracted to each other. No harm in that. But. This scene is rigged to make Dean look creepy, to make us dislike him. It makes me personally actually afraid of him. He goes with her expressly to make her go against who and what she’s trying to be now. That’s his starting point – he knows he’s going to have to break her, in a sense, to get her into bed. When she started crying for her missing friends and asked him to pray with her, I was actually afraid he was going to try to use that as an opportunity for comfort-seduction. Then he violated her space by creeping through her drawers, used what he found to manipulate her, and looked at her in a way that I never want to have anyone look at me.
This was SPN taking Dean to his most extreme potential as sexual predator – directly after Bad Boys, where they showed him at the complete opposite end of the spectrum, as the caring, open young man he was before he took on the macho persona (the burden of codependency and the emotional dissociation that came with it).
The low point in the narrative of season 8 imo was Torn and Frayed, where both brothers sacrificed outside relationships – Amelia and Benny – for the sake of their codependency. The final scene of the episode showed the brothers, together again, outside “threats” removed, having a beer. And it was very bleak. There was no celebration. It was them hitting rock bottom, the last ugliest victory of codependency, showing exactly why it’s not working and why it has to go. I felt sure that after Torn and Frayed, we will never see them do anything like that again. The family they have now will not be rejected in that way. (Cas was turned away, yes, but not in the final way that Amelia and Benny were – more… geographically.)
And I think Rock and a Hard Place is doing the same with Dean’s emotional dissociation – taking it to rock bottom, displaying its last ugliest victory, showing exactly why it’s not working and why it has to go. If I’m right, we will never see Dean do anything like this again.
Sometimes people cling to things they’re trying to let go in one final exaggerated, desperate act. Like a spouse-to-be having one last fling before the wedding when they’d never even been with anyone else. It feels hopeless at the time but it can be a good thing.
I’m a little disappointed in how little credit a lot of the fans give to women in general. As if we’re just weak and vulnerable victims, too stupid to think for ourselves. We have to think and act exactly as they demand or else a man somewhere is to blame, our actions aren’t our own. If we do something wrong, a man made us do it. A woman is written in a way that is not 100% the way they want, the writer is a misogynist (a word so watered down it’s lost all meaning). Then they complain that female characters are not diverse enough, because they vehemently protest anything they do not approve of and send hate and death threats to the writers.
All the posts I’ve seen praising writers for “writing women as people” have been celebrating the same characteristics, one template for all female characters, all others are inaccurate. Meanwhile we have all manner of different kinds of men and no such treatment. Nearly every crime on screen is committed by men and despite the inaccuracy, no one seems to care. Not every female character is going to be everything you want, in my case, Ripley and Bones are the only ones I’ve ever identified with. Praise the ones you like, don’t seek to destroy the ones you don’t or it’ll be very boring for the rest of us.
Giffing this because I want the Capaldi-Davison hug back on my dashboard again and I just noticed that THEY DIDN’T LET GO OF EACH OTHER’S HAND EVEN WHEN TURNING AWAY TO TALK TO OTHER PEOPLE. LIKE THEY WERE BOTH FANBOYING OVER EACH OTHER TOO MUCH TO STOP TOUCHING STRAIGHT AWAY. HOW ADORABLE ARE THESE TWO.
Useless - Hosted by Jack Dee and Richard Osman
Starring: Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden, Tim Brooke-Taylor and Victoria Wood
It’s a parody of Pointless. And it’s beautiful.
XD XD XD
I am pretty sure there has never been an episode of a show with more people playing the same character in the history of television.
PBS Promo for saving DW
- Save The Doctor -
4 Doctors, 1 producer and 1 (drunk) companion
My new favorite BrOTP is Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy.
I just remembered where I had seen this guy before:
he was from Wingin’ it!
In which basically, he is in love with an Angel;
OMG AND HE’S EVEN WEARING PLAID AND THE ANGEL IS WEARKING BLUE AND WHITE AND I
I can’t stop seeing these two as an AU!Rimmer and Lister…
I thought that!