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61 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'I Shall We... · 0 replies · +5 points

Bless you, Mark.

105 weeks ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Babylon ... · 0 replies · +10 points

Apropos of absolutely nothing, I'm doing a Skyrim replay right now, and hearing Claudia Christian every time I turn around at the same time as I'm watching B5 is disconcerting. Sometimes I have B5 in the background *as* I'm playing Skyrim, and I lose track of which one I'm hearing.

105 weeks ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Babylon ... · 1 reply · +16 points

After watching this, I tripped and accidentally kept watching well into season 2.

109 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'The Book o... · 0 replies · +6 points


110 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'The Book o... · 0 replies · +8 points

From chapter five:

"For a while, Its words were true: the great lizards strode the world and devoured what they would. But it was little more than an eyeblink in terms of geological time before, without warning, the hammerblow fell from the sky. The skies darkened with the massive amounts of dust thrown up by the initial meteoric impact and the earthquakes and volcanic eruptions that followed... Not all of them had died, of course. Some had found refuge in other worlds, places more central. One of those worlds was the one where the Old Downside lay. Down under the roots of the Mountain, the descendants of the survivors of the Wise Ones had found their last refuge."

I read that as saying, yes, they're direct descendents of Earth dinosaurs who found a way Downside in the wake of the meteor strike.

111 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'The Book o... · 1 reply · +7 points

What, like Filif?

(I know what you mean, but it doesn't seem like a very reliable curse.)

113 weeks ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Steven U... · 0 replies · +15 points

White Diamond (and White Pearl?!!?!) are voiced by musical theatre actress Christine Ebersole, who appears to be BFFs with Yellow Diamond VA Patti LuPone.

115 weeks ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Steven U... · 0 replies · +10 points

- The family pushing on the shield! And Steven's little smile as he realizes everyone's with him, together!
- Everyone fighting Blue together!
- Peridot's cutely ineffectual barrage of soda!
- Everyone starts considering Bismuth/Peridot as a ship for the first time.
- I...honestly love the "everyone comes out of the waterball in their battle poses" sequence.
- ...holy shit, she's *down.* They *could* do it together.
- ...and the beach is covered in the wreckage of armships, yet again!
- Greg is okay! Cat Steven is okay! And oh, thank god, Pumpkin is okay (you can see her hiding behind the intact stairs)
- Thanks Cluster!
- Nice job, wedding planner.
- More Bismuth/Peridot ship material. Is there a ship name yet? Bisdot? Perimuth? Probably Perimuth.
-, we're not done. Uh. Hi, Yellow.
And Blue's not down enough to be *down.*
- are very cute, furiously running up to Yellow and shouting at her in your dress, but you are just a bit out of your league.
- And oh god, she's poofed. (Though...expectation spoilers: abj fur pna ersbez jvgu n fgne... uggcf://jjj.qrivnagneg.pbz/zbetnshe/neg/Jurer-Fubhyq-V-Chg-Gur-Fgne-583226104)
- what the fuck what's going on "what the hoo ha?"
- aaaaaaaa lapis aaaaaa (same expectations: gubhtu fur trgf gur punapr gb ersbez jvgu gur PT fgne gbb)
- Connie is completely disarmed now, but she's still got this.
- The sequence of Steven giving everyone a psychic pep talk is...pretty great, and reflects each of their character growths so wonderfully.
- "I do it for ME!" makes me cry everytime.
- I love Bismuth being included in this sequence and getting her character growth honored. She's back with her friends, and they're *not* fighting a desperately losing war this time: she believes they can do this.
- Yellow and Blue's internal monologues are...actually pretty interesting. For both of them, this is about Pink...and their own grief and responsibility.
- The psychic effort to just *talk* to Yellow and Blue is very thematic. This show is about emotions, communication, and love, not fighting.
- "It's you?! Pink!" (Again with the stellar voicework, Lisa Hannigan.)

115 weeks ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Steven U... · 1 reply · +9 points

- No, Ronaldo. It is not your time.
- SURPRISE PUNCH! I didn't see that twist coming....
- can keep Yellow under control. Now, we just have to handle Blue...
- Greg "I Fucked My Way Into This Mess, And I'll Fuck My Way Out" Universe.
- Lisa Hannigan's voicework as Blue Diamond is phenomenal here.
- Bismuth doesn't want to shatter her! She wants to bubble her! I'm...really pleased by this development, even if it's not super elaborated. (I'm guessing Bismuth's reasoning is that "shattering" Pink went...really, really, badly.)
- Steven is a precious cinnamon roll who's going to try talking first.
- SURPRISE ALEXANDRITE. She's as big as Blue!
- Garnet stays continuously intact as Alexandrite separates! Unlike last time...
This is Garnet's day.
- Bismuth and Peri crying is heartbreaking ;_;
- Connie is going to do the thing! All by herself, if she has to! SO BADASS.
- Rose's sword shatters! End of an era...
- The Stronger Than You theme wrestling with Blue Diamond's discordant buzz.
- Lapis and Peridot's reunion...interrupted by Steven, who has no chill.
- "I've felt worse." Lapis's battle with her depresson and her PTSD *is* what makes her strong.

115 weeks ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Steven U... · 2 replies · +15 points

Also, let's talk about how *packed* this episode was. This was a *ride* from beginning to end, not a minute wasted. I'm going to...recap the entire thing, because there's so many moments big and small.

- The orchestral opening. I don't know what that's called, but it definitely gave the feeling of a curtain lifting on a final act of a Broadway musical.
- Big Boy's 1st Shaving Cream!

- Together Breakfast wedding cake!
- Bismuth's armor!!
- Steven makes so many starry eyes at everything.
- ...the hole where the barn was
- those smooth callbacks to all the bits that'll come back: Lapis and the Cluster
- Zach Callison hitting those high notes AMAZINGLY, especially since his voice has dropped so hard since he started the show!
- The wedding theme Greg is playing is an instrumental Stronger Than You.
- Sapphire has literal cold feet.
- Ruby's appearance is so WONDERFUL and she just runs up to the dais because she can't wait!!
- Gems! Humans! Lions big and small! Living gourds! ...And Onion. (Who is eating?!)
- The BEAUTIFUL wedding speeches
- Bismuth crying too hard to deliver the rings <3
- "And Sapphire, do you -- " "YES."
- GARNET'S WEDDING OUTFIT IS SO GENDERIFFIC AND SO FABULOUS (genderiffic is a word now, I declare it so)
- The dancing at the party! Especially Garnet dancing with herself. She is SO HAPPY.
- Garnet appreciating and adapting for herself human marriage traditions.
- Those tears...
- Peridot just calls the Diamonds clods now.
- Greg Universe, Level 10 Bard, casts Sleep and rolls a natural 20. (Or just all natural 8s?
- Uh-oh...
- The super spooky ghosts of the Cluster form one big...fleshy...awful looking hand.