Confession: I started this post shortly after Warehouse 13’s season 4 finale and I was so caught up in feelings I couldn’t think properly, and even now, I still can’t think properly but I just…ugh. THIS SHOW. THESE CHARACTERS. I love everyone so much. SO before you read, just know, most of this was me spastically feels-vomiting everywhere and even this doesn’t do it justice. The end.
I remember reblogging a post on here shortly after the finale aired, about how a newer generation of Warehouse agents is gradually filling the shoes and roles of those before them, and it was said that Myka would be like the new Artie, the brains of the Warehouse.
So as much as I love Claudia and Artie’s dynamic I equally love Myka and Artie’s dynamicbecause Artie is the father figure Myka neededand Myka is the daughter Artie would have been proud to call his heir.
Willow and Warren come from similar beginnings, two kids branded as nerds and bullied until they crave control, crave power over people after years of powerlessness- and they find that in magic and in technology, in their ability to create facsimiles and alter the things they want. It’s in wiping Tara and Katrina’s minds, forcing them to be perfect only in their approval of their [ex-]lovers, it’s in how they resent Buffy when given a taste of power, it’s in how that power is a drug that brings them to greater and greater extremes until they’re willing to rape and kill without giving it a second thought.
And that’s why Warren is the perfect warmup band to Willow’s main act in Season 6, because contained within him is the same dark resentment for past injustices and the same gleeful embrace of disregard for those who care about him. Willow becomes Warren as the season progresses, Willow gets in touch with that same power and is drunk on it, and Willow’s reproof of Warren’s treatment of Katrina is a commentary on the wrongs she herself had committed re: Tara.
It’s vital to her arc that she recognizes this darkness, that she comes into contact with it again and sees that she isn’t all that different from Warren after all. And that’s what The Killer in Me does, more than anything- Willow literally turns into Warren and faces her own demons there and the person she’d very nearly become. And only once she can actually come to terms with those similarities can she overcome them at last.
#it wasn’t just season 6 too - you could see her selfish/manipulative behavior popping up far before #like in s4 with willow’s my-will-will-be-done spell and also s3 with the delusting #other moments too where you see willow seize power and use magic to suit her wants #because she’s been without power for a long time and then she had it and it was easy #easier than handling things in a grown-up way #don’t get me wrong - i love willow #only thing i don’t love is that her s6 arc has a focus on magic as the source of her addiction #rather than a focus on her own controlling personality #where magic is just the mechanism that lets her use power #i don’t like it because it externalizes her problem #so yeah i think there was some missed opportunity there for a stellar interesting terrifying arc #and then a hard wonderful redemption arc in s7 which sadly we only got bits of because of the season’s focus on other characters #imagine how fantastic that would be!
The 5 times Sokka forgot Toph was blind and the 2 times he didn’t.
See, this is another thing I love about this show. They do an ace job with Toph, treating her blindness as just another facet of her character, but they also show how the rest of the gang learns to adapt around her.
By framing it in the act of forgetting, they make a couple major statements. First is that Toph is so capable, the others actually forget she cannot see. Her blindness is far from a disability; it is actually the reason she is BETTER than everyone else. Second, by making fun of Sokka or Katara or even Aang for forgetting that she is blind, they’re saying that sometimes, even good people, people we love, can say and do hurtful things without meaning to, and it is their fault for not checking their privilege. Sure it is couched in humor, because Toph is freakin hilarious, but it is always the others’ fault for forgetting, and the writers always allow Toph to call them out on it, from overt actions to passing comments about the dark. Finally, by eventually turning the joke around by letting characters grow and Toph be wrong about assuming they have forgotten, the show is saying that, hey, you can all learn to deal with those differences. You can be cognizant of the limitations of others have that you don’t, without being assholes about it. And no, you aren’t too young to learn that now.
And that is one of the coolest things this show has ever done. Toph’s blindess is never something that makes her any less capable than Suki or Sokka. Instead, sight just becomes an ability not all people have, the same way element bending is an ability not all people have. Toph, Suki and Sokka grow to recognize the opportunites that come with each person’s set of abilities and work together to maxmize what they can do and let others compensate for what they can’t, and because of that, mere children are able to take down a huge Fire Nation fleet bent on mass destruction. For any kids watching, both the ones with physical and mental disabilities and the ones who don’t know how to act around them, that is a huge fucking lesson to learn.
i don’t accept any of this. i don’t accept that helena would ever try for a normal life. i don’t accept that helena would ever want to settle down with a man and a child. i don’t accept that helena would be that cold to myka. i don’t accept that helena would care more about saving a kid than she would myka. i don’t accept that helena would care more about a guy she’s only known for six months than a woman she’s known for years, a woman who has literally saved helena from herself. i don’t accept that helena could willing let the woman who knows her better than anyone else go. i don’t accept that helena would let myka walk away from her. i don’t accept this. i can not and i will not accept it. fuck all of you in the writers room.
I DO NOT ACCEPT THAT HELENA G WELLS - WOMAN SUFFRAGIST WHO LOVED MYKA BECAUSE SHE IS THE KIND OF WOMAN IN THE PRESENT THAT HELENA WANTED TO BE IN THE PAST - WOULD GIVE UP HER DREAMS OF WOMEN DOING AMAZING THINGS [WAAH, WORDS ESCAPE ME] FOR THIS LIFE OF DOMESTICITY
Except that its NOT H.G. Wells. You guys she is literally NOT HERSELF. Its more than just the need to hide her initials. She could have been “Helena Wells” and not raised suspicion. She chose the name that was IN NO WAY HER.
The thing people keep forgetting I think is that HELENA IS STILL NOT OK. She is STILL not over the death of her daughter and SHE AND MYKA HAVE NEVER ACTUALLY FUCKING DISCUSSED WHAT THEY ARE TO EACH OTHER. So here is this connection between these two women, strong enough TO STOP ONE FROM DESTROYING THE WORLD, and then again, to get her to SACRIFICE herself to save Myka (and the world) again, but she never has any time to deal with that connection, to come to terms with what it means.
The last time Helena felt that strongly about someone that someone was murdered and HELENA KIND OF TRIED TO BLOW UP THE WORLD.
So now we see “Emily Lake.” And Emily Lake is boring and normal. Emily Lake loves a safe man and has a daughter and a boring job and she gets driven to work every day. BECAUSE THAT IS AS FAR AWAY FROM THE WAREHOUSE AND MYKA AS SHE COULD GET. It is SO far away from a love that probably scares the shit out of her, a relationship that - as much as I think Helena WANTS it - is STILL in her mind tied up with TRYING TO (but being talked down from) ENDING THE WORLD.
And remember, Artie may have TOLD her about sacrificing herself to save the Warehouse but she didn’t LIVE it. FOR HELENA G. WELLS, STRONG EMOTIONS STILL MAKE HER DANGEROUS TO THOSE AROUND HER, ESPECIALLY THOSE PEOPLE SHE LOVES.
So yeah. H.G. Wells would NEVER do the things we saw in this episode.
BUT as far as I’m concerned, that WASN’T H.G. Wells. That was Helena, trying SO VERY HARD to run from herself.
And she’s going to fail.
And she’s going to go back to her truth. Which is the Warehouse and Myka.
And until the final episode airs I refuse to believe otherwise.
Oh, okay, wow so this quote is basically amazing and here’s why:
“The whole sad point is nobody would notice if I died.” That’s it. That’s Sarah and what she thinks of herself at the beginning of the show. No one would notice. That’s why she left [insert fictional city name] at the drop of a hat - she thought so little of herself that she figured leaving wouldn’t affect anyone. And, I suspect, she went with Vic because she thought he was the only one who did care, and put up with a lot of his shit because of this belief.
But people did notice, a fact that comes crashing back down on Sarah when she sees Felix, Kira, and Mrs S again. She’s cast herself as a loner, but she does have people who love and care about her, and it’s in incurring the wrath of their anger/hurt/disappointment that she finally starts to figure this out. Her existence does matter, it is unique to the universe and there are people out there who would notice if she disappeared.
AND THEN. AND. THEN. (this is where the show starts to blow my mind)
IT TURNS OUT SHE’S A CLONE.
“Nobody would notice if I died.”
If you’re a clone - one of god knows how many - it’d be so easy to come to this conclusion. What’s tragic about Sarah is that she decides this before she finds out she’s a clone (Alison, on the other hand, comes to this after, “I’m not even a real person!”)If Sarah dies, someone else who looks exactly like her could theoretically step into the void. No one would notice.
Except people do notice when Sarah’s clones try to take her place. Look at Kira. She knew right away that Alison wasn’t Sarah. And though it seemed the wool had been pulled over Mrs S’ eyes, she noticed too.
Sarah believes her life’s interchangeable with any other human on the planet. Orphan Black has set out to prove the exact opposite, by giving Sarah foils who are literally interchangeable with her. Even though there are maybe hundreds of people who share her face, the world would notice if Sarah Manning disappeared. It has before, and every interaction, every time a clone impersonates another clone, it becomes clearer. No one is like Sarah and everyone knows it. This show is proving Sarah wrong by using people who are genetically identical to her. Holy shite.
And now for something tragic – let’s take a look at Beth. Oh, my dear Beth. No one notices that she dies. Paul. Art. Cosima. Alison. None of them notice that Beth isn’t Beth right away. These are arguably the people closest to her and they don’t have a clue. Yes, they do catch up eventually. The fact that they don’t notice might be more of a testament to Sarah’s mimicry skills than anything else; then again, Alison did a pretty great job mimicking Sarah and it still didn’t fly. Sarah’s Beth ruse doesn’t end because people notice – it’s because she gets tired of it, or she messes it up in a way. Mind you, the way she messes up isn’t related to not being Beth. It’s related to being Sarah. The Clash. The accent. Fingerprints. For fuck’s sake, Helena walks into the precinct pretending to be Beth and no one can tell. At most, they think she’s had a bad day.
Whereas Sarah thinks no one would notice if she died, for Beth it’s actually true. Ow. Ow ow ow.
It’s a specific choice to have Sarah slip into Beth like this, then. Because as the show’s trying to prove to Sarah that, yes, people would notice if she died, it’s also presenting the opposite scenario to her. She’s the one proving that no one noticed Beth leaving. So can you blame her for thinking the same of herself?
TL;DR This show isn’t about clones at all. It’s about wondering if your existence matters to the world.
I felt that Rumpelstiltskin’s relationship with the women in his life and in the show deserved its own entry.
Although I do not wish to discount the evil that Regina has indeed done—she has killed, manipulated, stepped over and devastated many, many people—it is getting to be ever-more clear that…
There has been quite a lot of debate lately in the “Once Upon A Time” fandom about the way the show touches upon issues like rape, abuse, murder etc, or the way that adoption is portrayed. However, in most discussions it becomes clear that the female characters in OUAT are subject to much more criticism than their male counterparts.
Okay but can we also talk about how Gold’s attitude towards Henry proves once and for all that his motivations in finding Nealfire were purely selfish?
He did not want to reunite with his son for the sake of his son’s happiness, well-being, or redemption. He wanted to reunite with him for the sake of resolving his own daddy issues.
I mean, not only is Henry his grandson (biologically speaking) he is the son of the person he has been desperately searching for, supposedly to make amends. To right his wrongs. As much as I hate that this is an actual storyline, Nealfire is obviously enamored with his newfound offspring. Henry’s existence makes him happy. So Gold should, in theory, be happy that Neal is happy, so he should be happy that Henry exists.
The thing is, that theory is based on Gold actually wanting Neal’s happiness, not just his own. What he actually wants from Bae is not love and redemption, it’s an outlet to deal with his issues about his own father being absent. That’s why he wanted to make Neal fourteen again. He wanted to raise a child to be the father he never had, and to escape the consequences of his actions in choosing power over his son. It’s All About Him, never about anyone else.
The amount of fictional men who see their children as tools to deal with their own daddy issues, instead of their own people with their own needs and desires, is staggering. And yet I’m supposed to sympathize with them.
A lot of people are saying that Liu should’ve been Sherlock instead of Watson. And they’re right, it would’ve been awesome for all the reasons they list. But here’s my two cents about why I’m super happy that she’s Watson instead.
“And for me, it’s so much more important that she’s Watson instead of Holmes because of what Watson represents as a character. Watson is the one of the most famous literary examples of the every-man, the audience surrogate, the person meant to be identified with. Because of the rich literary history of the character, there’s an immediacy and cognitive understanding of how the audience is fundamentally supposed to relate to the character. For an Asian-American to be cast in the role as the “ordinary American,” as sad as it is, for me is ground-breaking and means a lot.”
After re-watching “The Cricket Game”, I feel the need to defend Snow White and her attempt to redeem Regina. I’ve seen a lot of criticism around Tumblr of the chance that she gave Regina, calling it essentially a shallow and seriously flawed attempt at rehabilitation. This is a totally true statement. However, I’ve also come to the conclusion that Snow did the best in this situation that she could with the resources available to her.
Snow, in this episode, is much like a little girl who has broken her mother’s favorite vase, a gift from a late loved one. She didn’t mean to break it, but she did, and she’s desperately trying to put the pieces back together so that Mommy won’t be angry anymore, but she’s a little girl, and she doesn’t have any glue. She’s not equipped to put anything back together.
We’ve discussed in the once upon a meta tag about how what Regina really needed after Daniel’s death was therapy, or some kind of other professional psychological help so that she could work through the abuse that she’d suffered and heal and become healthy again. The problem, though, is that it would appear that psychology, therapy, and rehabilitation do not exist in Fairytale Land. I mean, this is a realm ruled by absolute monarchs who can have anyone executed if the whim strikes them (see: George and Charming). If you piss off the monarch, you get executed; there is no system of rehabilitation set up here. And the closest you can get to a psychotherapist is Jiminy Cricket, but in this world, he’s just a conscience — he hasn’t gotten his Ph.D. from the curse yet, and it shows. In Storybrooke, one of the first things that Archie does after the curse breaks is to go to Regina and offer her his services. In FTL, though, he tells Snow and Charming that “I fear the queen will never change.” Whereas Archie believes in Regina and her capacity for change, Jiminy does not; to him, as to virtually all others, she is a lost cause.
Can I just take a moment to spam this post with how important I find Ruby’s character to be—she’s the Charmings’ right hand.
When Snow, Charming, and Emma are all incapacitated who did Grumpy run to with news? Red—because she’s the leader in their absence, because she would take action, she would do her best to make things right. We’ve seen how close she is to the Charming family; she’s the kind of friend who would take on an entire fleet of knights by herself to give Charming a chance to get away and save Snow, she’s the friend Emma and Snow trusted Henry with when they went to banish the Wraith, she’s at every single FTL strategy meeting back when they were first pitted againt the Evil Queen and acting as a militia group, and she stepped into a leadership role after the curse was broken by helping set up the find-me flyer board and using the diner as a gathering point (it even looked like she had a better handle on things then Charming himself).
Ruby is a key player in the Charming hierarchy, she is one of their most trusted allies, and when there was trouble in the New World, what did she do? She looked for counsel from Henry because he’s the heir. In that moment he was the last member of the royal family and she respects that so much. Look at the way she’s regarding Henry in this gif set, I implore you. She will serve the Charming family, Snow’s family, until she dies. She would give her life for these people, because Snow gave her a reason to believe she has a life worth living.
And when they go back to FTL, the kingdom will be ruled just and fairly by the Charmings, and they will appoint a new guardian of the Enchanted Forest, one who sings to the moon and wears the boldest colored cloak; she will be the Red Huntress.
Anyone who thinks that Gold deserves ANYTHING should watch this scene over and over. Because what this scene is about is the following:
1) Gold asserts his power once again. He uses the word “control” to Henry, harnessing magic for his own gain. In a way, it’s a diluted version of what he said to Regina when he was teaching her magic. And he veils it all underneath the notion of displacing fear. He preys upon Henry’s terror and knows that not only will Henry do anything to make the nightmares stop, but so will Regina. Because if Gold knows anything, he knows Regina’s weak point: her heart. Her capacity to feel love. And remember, “nothing is innocent”. Not even Henry. Maybe ESPECIALLY not Henry, as far as Gold is concerned. Henry’s a pawn that he can use to reassert himself over Regina, to establish himself in her life once more, to remind her that HE holds the power now, not her. And the saddest thing is that Regina never DID hold the power, because she was a pawn herself.
2) Gold’s language is specifically designed to widen the gap between Henry and Regina. He uses the word “victims” when talking about the sleeping curse. And yeah, you know, Regina DID see them as victims and never cared one jot about them. ”Until now”. And Gold seizes that opportunity to drive it home to her again that she’s “bad”, that she’s “evil”, that she’s all the things she’s desperately trying NOT to be anymore in order to earn Henry’s love. But how is she supposed to do that when Henry - a child who believes in fairytales and true love - hears himself defined as another one of Regina’s “victims”? Children are susceptible to the suggested images of themselves given by adults and even though Henry has his own mind and his own belief system, there’s no doubt that Gold’s words will sink into his subconscious somewhere along the line.
3) This entire scene is about Gold make sure he belittles Regina. But not in the way he’s done before. No; this scene is about him doing it in front of Henry - the one person that Regina NEEDS to believe in her. Gold previously told Regina that she had nothing of any value to him, and he repeats the same sentiment here, but it’s somehow worse that he does it in front of Henry. Regina has absolutely no emotional currency to Gold anymore and he rams that point home by telling her that she “couldn’t afford it”. He then compounds that removal of worth by appearing magnanimous - “this is for Henry; this one’s on me”. Oh Gold, you’re SO gracious and giving and kind, aren’t you? Especially when you just took that emotional sword and shoved it into Regina’s chest in front of her child.
I love scenes with Lana and Robert; I really do. But I’m wondering just HOW far they’re going to demean, humiliate and punish Regina before enough is enough. Of COURSE I’m on her side; I’ll ALWAYS be on her side. But honestly, this scene disgusted me for the undertones of misogyny and a sheer lack of respect for Regina as a woman, a mother and someone whom Gold has consistently used for his own selfish reasons, destroying her life and the very essence of the person she was.
He tells her, flat out, that he’s not afraid of her. But he frames it under the guise of helping Henry and frankly, I find that repulsive. The smirk on his face when he talks about control stopping fear is offensive - he’s directing this at Regina. Henry is just a convenient excuse. And the fact that Regina ASKED for his help shows just how desperate this woman is to do WHATEVER IT TAKES to help her son. Because she LOVES him.
I’m not sure Gold loves anything more than power and winning and elevating himself above everyone else, but especially Regina. And I find that makes him morally bankrupt to me. It’s a phrase I’ve come to associate with him quite a lot this season so far, because the more he pulls this sort of crap with Regina - continuously and relentlessly and HEARTLESSLY - the less inclined I am to believe that he’s even capable of redemption, let alone deserving of it.
And you know what, I just realized that Gold does to Regina and Henry in this scene what was done to him and Bae. He belittles Regina in front of her own child, much like Hordor and his men did to Rumplestiltskin in “Desperate Souls”, and he subtly indicates to Henry that he is not safe with Regina and should flee, much like how Bae left him (which, Bae didn’t leave so much as he was DROPPED into a fucking swirling green vortex of doom, but Rumple still seems pretty irrational in that regard).
And it’s just like Gold is SO angry that he lost control of Regina, even for a moment, that he’s determined to make her suffer the way that he suffered. He lost his son, the most important person in the world to him, and he wants to make Regina suffer in kind by taking her child away from her. It’s sickening, really, because Rumple is the one who MADE Regina this way, but his control issues are just ridiculous.
We really, really need to sit down and have a serious talk about your misogyny, Gold.
It totally breaks my heart how Regina is talking to/about herself here. The saddest thing about abused children is how much they blame themselves, and that’s a huge part of why Regina blames Snow and not Cora. Even then, something that could be a reason to bond with Snow—a fellow victim at this point—is warped and twisted beyond recognition into a reason to punish her.
Regina is taking her place in the cycle, even as she fights it tooth and nail. She just needed one person to help her instead of helping themselves; one person to listen to her when she dared confess what her mother did to her, how it made her feel, but nothing. No Blue Fairy, no noble suitor to sacrifice himself, no band of dwarves to seek a cure for what ailed her. Just Regina, all alone, with her feelings of pain and worthlessness.
Cora is invincible in Regina’s mind (until Rumple, until magic, and even then she’s reluctant, even then she loves her mother), but Snow is just as weak as Regina, just as deserving of punishment and suffering. But neither of these gorgeous girls deserve that. Oh Cora, look what you’ve done (and who did this to you, to make you this way?)
I hope Princess Cactus Flower takes out you, dragon-style, with a sword to the throat.
This essay is bound to be incredibly unpopular in several corners of the fandom, but I really feel the need to point out a pattern that I’ve noticed of late with Rumplestiltskin. Control is a big part of Rumplestiltskin’s character: he never had it as a human, then he got it when he became the Dark One, and it completely corrupted him. Any chance he has, he seizes power over others and his surroundings, but there is an especially disturbing pattern in which Rumplestiltskin seeks to control women (and their sexuality especially) and manipulate them to his liking — and if they fight back, and he loses control over them, he rains violent retribution down on them.