Alterego 9

Alterego 9


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15 weeks ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Jane the... · 0 replies · +9 points

I really enjoy how the show portrays Jane's writing as these floating words out of context. It's a great way to give an impression of what she is writing about, without falling into either traps of the writers not necessarily being able to write amazing prose that lives up to how good it's supposed to be in-universe.

This is especially true for erotica, that is impossible to quote out of context in a way that doesn't sound cringe. It's ALWAYS either too purple, or too mechanical. The only good sex scene is that which gets you so horny by the time that it comes, that you forget to notice this.

"Wnar Crgen fuvc"

29 weeks ago @ - The Black Market · 2 replies · +4 points

32 weeks ago @ - The Black Market · 2 replies · +5 points

48 weeks ago @ - The Black Market · 0 replies · +1 points


50 weeks ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Monster'... · 0 replies · +3 points

What I found strange, was the parallel with the bird nest.

As I was rewatching this episode, vaguely remembering it's plot, I expected to be uncomfortable with the colonialist implications, but I was surprised by how self-consciously that bird nest parallel addressed them, but still in a confusing way.

So, Tenma taught the girl that the hatchling is best returned to it's mother's nest... and THAT'S what helps the girl open up to the soldier? Why?

I guess she started to emphatize with him wanting to "help" her the same way she instinctively wanted to "help" the hatchling? Him acting in good faith, even if misguidedly?

53 weeks ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Steven U... · 0 replies · +12 points

One more interesting observation:

Steven thought that "Disobedient" by Sadie Killer, (which was btw written by Mike Krol), would work to shake up Pearl's memory, but it didn't work, because it wasn't really just about rebelliousness, or about hating her service job, but about anger at a person who didn't deserve her loyalty, and about grief at the wasted years in their service, which Pearl still doesn't really feel towards Rose. On the other hand, Spinel does towards Pink, so it might have actually had an effect on her starting to remember.

Compare and contrast:

"I've been good, Sir
So very, very good for what?
And I've given you
Every single thing I've got"

"I used to be just not good enough, just not good enough for Pink, but now, now I'M NOT GOOD AT ALL!"

"It's feeling strange, man
This whole arrangement
Is gonna end with
Me totally deranged
When I think about
All the wasted time I've spent
I wanna be disobedient
I stood awake
Wondering where my summers went
I wanna be disobedient"

"You keep on turning pages
for people who don't care about you
And still, it takes you ages
to see that no one's there
Everyone's gone on without you
Isn't that lovely?
Isn't that cool?
And isn't that cruel
And aren't I a fool to have
Happily listened
Happy to stay
Happily watching her
Drift away"

53 weeks ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Steven U... · 0 replies · +3 points

It seems to me that the story is starting to tie itself into knots around trying to teach too many mature, woke life lessons deconstructing traditional children's stories, while the writers (Sugar?) essentially still having a fairly old-fashioned romantic sensibility. The result is a show that FEELS nice in every individual scene, but doesn't add up to a coherent message.

Love at first sight doesn't exist... Except for Ruby and Sapphire, but that's because they are an amazing destined ultimate Power Couple.

There is no such thing as a Happily Ever After... But we still need to wrap up the story on a high note, so let's just say that our declaration that we can always face future dangers together, doesn't REALLY count as a happily ever after.

You can't put your self-worth on your relationship with other people... But Spinel just walking away at the end would be too bittersweet, we still need to hook her up with the diamonds.

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

"Is that something the show is going to commit to in further seasons? I imagine they have to, especially since Zach Callison and Grace Rolek are getting older and their voices must be changing. (Zach did sound different here, but I don’t know if that’s all performance or because he’s now in his early twenties.)"

Zach has been doing a pretty amazing job so far in the later seasons, straining his voice to still sound prepubescent, but yes, the time skip was in a large part necessitated by him physically struggling to keep it up any longer.

54 weeks ago @ - Weekly Shenanigans · 1 reply · +3 points

It's the anime.