Smooth, Barry, very smooth
Using addition to solve a subtraction problem.
Welcome to American public education.
WTF that sounds confusing as hell. If you have to explain that to children, my sympathy is with you.
So I started reading ‘Batgirl: The Darkest Reflection’ by Gail Simone. It’s a New52 thing, but it was the only one of her books I could find at BAM. (I plan to get more of stuff though even I have to order it in.)
I searched tumblr and apparently her New52 Batgirl isn’t liked. However, nobody seems to have anything positive to say about New52 so I’m too not reading too much into it. Also, the critiques were interesting and different from the usual critique. They weren’t this was a bad plotline per se, but rather “Barbara Gordon isn’t her kickass self that was when she was Oracle. Of course, I have nothing against her resuming being Batgirl now that she can move again [Barbara became Oracle because the Joker injured her. She was wheelchair bound for several years.] but she’s weak again. I miss her sassy outgoing self.”
But the “chapter” (technically an issue, but it’s 6 issues combined into one arc, but chapter for you non-comicbook fans who happen to be reading this) I just finished reading made it clear that Barbara has PTSD. That being back in action, being mobile, has revived triggers she didn’t know she still had/have. And that’s not being weak.
Also, not every heroine has to be a Natasha Romanoff.
Lastly, I got Arrow feels reading the first chapter cuz MCKENNA HALL!
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Charles II. I’m “Loved by all, philanthropic, and committed to a good time.”
I got the same
Henry VII apparently….
I also got Charles II
I’m Henry VIII omg!
I got Henry VIII?!
Edward VIII. I FUCKING KNEW IT!!!!
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Former Academy President Frank Pierson: "I don’t see any reason why the Academy should represent the entire American population. That’s what the People’s Choice Awards are for. We represent professional filmmakers, and if that doesn’t reflect the general population, so be it."
Dear Jennifer Cruisie,
You raise some good points on your blog, but your extreme shipping of Olicity is ruining whatever good insights on the show you have. The show is not All About Olicity. Also, it may be overly plotty and badly paced recently, but your shipper glasses are blinding to you the many wall-placed hints about this arc and where it is going.
A former fan of your blog
I went to find a cure. And I found one, sweetheart. I found it.
Lois, dear Lois. I loved you most of all. And no matter how dark it seems, there’s always a way.
— All-Star Superman
burningletter- replied to your post “burningletter- replied to your post: See, here;s the thing that bugs…”The entire Shado/Slade side of things (which is really just Slade developing what turns into a creepy obsession with a woman who spent 99% of the time they knew each other romantically involved with Oliver) creeps me out to no end.
For reeeeeeeeeeeeaaaal. Like, before the Mirakuru? It was sad, but almost sweet. He wasn’t pushing himself at her. He had feelings for her, yeah, but she was happy with Oliver and he was appropriately handsfree from that whole thing.
Then Oliver is snatched aboard the Amazo and Shado’s nursing Slade back to health, it’s like Slade suddenly deludes himself into believing this thing with Shado might actually go places (it was never going places, it just wasn’t.)
And then the Mirakuru and Shado is killed and Slade’s idea of her and his feelings for her morphed into this scary as fuck obsession where him having feelings for her makes him the ultimate wronged party in her death, instead of, you know, SHADO. He even had a moment of clarity when he gave Oliver the hood and acknowledged Shado’s feelings were fondness for him but love for Oliver.
And then it later didn’t matter anymore and these days he’s just… built backwards in his head to her being his Ultimate Perfect True Love? That Oliver somehow willfully robbed him of? It’s creepy and fucked up and batshit insane, and maybe it’s supposed to be that way because the Mirakuru fucking shit up in his brainpan, but the show could stand to enforce that “no seriously, he is out of his mind, listen to how he talks about her” tone, rather than upping the tragic romantic music every time Slade looks sad and mentions Shado or looks murderous and mentions Shado.
This was not his tragic love story, it was an attraction in desperate circumstances that evolved into a creepy and terrifying obsession that has steered his psychopathic life choices.
She is not his excuse to glory in being a monster. Shado deserved better than that.
I just feel it’s really important to make that distinction more clearly.
I feel torn. It feels like they gave Slade the backstory comicbook canon Shado has. For those unfamiliar with the comics (FYI: I haven’t read them, but wiki and a few other places have turned up good info), when Oliver get marooned on the Island that makes him a hero, in some incarnations he is rescued by Shado, who gets obsessed with him. She even dates rapes him and gets pregnant with his child (who he doesn’t find out about until years later). I LOVE what they did with this Shado. She is his mentor and love interest, but mostly his mentor. (Note, not all incarnations of comicbook GA feature Shado obsessed and unhealthily controlling Oliver, but her first canon appearances were just that.)
Slade Wilson is, by all accounts, a villain. Who, if one goes by the various Wiki pages on him, always has a twisted logic and little need for actual truth for his villainy or actions. Even when he’s anti-hero, he does unrootable things for unrootable reasons. So, this backstory while extremely problematic, does fit his comicbook characterization. It also points to the fact that he has these disturbing core qualities in him BEFORE becoming Deathstroke. (Let’s note that Roy is injected with mikuru too but hasn’t resorted to his worst demons and beliefs about people.) Also, comicbook Slade is about protecting his family at all costs. Which, in show, Slade considers Shado his family, so the characterization is correct.
*more informed DCU people please feel free to correct any of information
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