Alterego 9

Alterego 9

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1 week ago @ http://markspoils.blog... - The Black Market · 0 replies · +3 points

2 weeks ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Person o... · 0 replies · +4 points

More likely the creators just forgot that one scene :P

2 weeks ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Person o... · 0 replies · +8 points

Genrika the Spy and Darren the Samurai are DEFINITELY teaming up eventually. Caleb can be their eccentric hacker-billionaire.

2 weeks ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Person o... · 10 replies · +5 points

Fun fact: Actually in season 1, we have already seen Barack Obama's first inauguration being watched on TV by John in a flashback scene.

So, that's weird.

2 weeks ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Person o... · 3 replies · +2 points

I disagree.

If you personally feel happy about Root being "ascended" that's great for you, but at the same time, that plot development is not that much of a unique move in it's context of media history.

The Bury Your Gays trope is closely related to the trope of Star Crossed Lovers.

Some of the earlier examples of the way the trope was formed, genuinely tried to make a brave, progressive point with this. A story of "Romeo & Juliet but gay", could have once made a radical, subversive point by presenting a gay couple in the recognizeable roles of the Ultimate Romantic Tragedy, and challenging the audiences to admit that their suffering and their short-lived, barely consummated romance felt as cathartic as any other couple's.

Anyways, the point is that since those stories' whole goal was to imitate bitersweet classic romantic tragedies, many of them DID in fact make it a point that the gays are happily together in the afterlife, or reincarnated, or that one of them is dead and the other one is peacefully waiting for the distant day when they can be together again. That's just another traditional part of the classical literary tragedy's catharsis: Earthly suffering, but moral vindication.

The problem is of couse that it's 2018, gay marriage is legal, yet we are stuck with the old-fashioned trope, as it is becoming pure tradition, and artists are thoughtlessly aping their predecessors, automatically associating gay characters with trying to make some cathartic point that is completely unsatisfying to people who just want to see some normal human gay people be together like normal people for once.

When Lexa and Root got uploaded into the Cloud in the same year, and then they both got to melodramatically say goodbye to their lovers from the techno-afterlife, that's starting a lot like the writers just secularized a mystical element, but kept all the rest.

3 weeks ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Person o... · 1 reply · +4 points

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5 weeks ago @ http://markspoils.blog... - The Black Market · 0 replies · +1 points

Izetta: The Last Witch, Episode 10:
http://markdoesstuff.fetchapp.com/get/c100ceaa

6 weeks ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Person o... · 0 replies · +2 points

The moment this episode mentioned brain implants, I was suddenly SO WORRIED that Shaw will turn up as an evil brainwashed zombie!

Also, yes, I love Dani Silva, but her presence here as if she would be set up for filling an incoming opening in the show's "badass woman of color" role, wasn't comforting AT ALL.

6 weeks ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Person o... · 2 replies · +13 points

Fun fact: The little story that Harold told about Queen Isabella and the history of chess, is not *literally* true, the way was told as if it were a specific dialogue between the queen and her counselors, but it is true in spirit.

The Queen was known in early chess forms as the Vizier, and it was a weak piece. It was renamed to the Queen sometimes in medieval Europe, and it was given it's powerful moves during Queen Isabella's reign, almost certainly somewhere in Spain. Given how unique the situation in Aragon-Castile was at the time, with two regnant monarchs in marriage and dynastic union with each other, ruling as a power couple, it's probable that the chess piece's elevation was a reflection of the national sentiment at the time.

Which is a detail from the episode that I LOVE. I love the way Harold is actually considerate of what the game that he is playing MEANS. He dislikes the feudal moral implications of chess, but also amused by this little anecdote about female representation. Which this absolutely is an example of. Conservatives in the 15th-16th century were ABSOLUTELY BUTTMAD about powerful female figures interrupting their gaming. In Italy and France, they mockingly called the new rulesets as "the Madwoman's Chess", or the "Chess of the Maddened Queen".

The point is, representation matters. And if the writers really DID think that it was a great idea to kill off a queer woman ten seconds after confirming her relationship, then maybe they should have just let Finch write the episode instead.

7 weeks ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Steven U... · 0 replies · +7 points

Yep, sure.

Plus other than all that, there is the shipper subtext, with Amethyst telling Peridot after a bad breakup that maybe she should try to plant her seed in more fertle ground, i.e. "there are plenty more fish in the sea".