Enough explosions for a superhero movie
Too much ~symbolic speech~ on Clark Kent’s journey of ~~self-discovery
The sheer volume of dead people and property damage makes me wonder if the whole battle was even worth it
Science is important
/insert gif of NO CAPES here
[Personally I don’t think the West has any right to complain about colonialism, even if it’s a former colony AHEM given acts of aggression and neocolonialism but that’s just me]
Reasons Navis Haddson is the Best Character in Dalemark*
*bear with me; he doesn’t get enough fanart appreciation so he at least deserves a list
- you know how there are favorite characters you call “baby” and want to cuddle warmly and protectively and snarl at anyone mean who comes near them, and then there’s the sort of favorite character who’s hand you want to shake and heartfeltly tell them, “Thank you” and then hurriedly leave before they somehow kill you? Navis is the second sort.
- he really loved his wife and he really loves his children and he just rarely shows it because, particularly after his wife died but I suspect his whole life as a defensive mechanism to his family and his life he’s cut himself off from his emotions as much as possible and retreated behind sarcasm and feigned apathy
- yet somehow he managed to raise Hildy and Ynen to be at least ten times better people than anyone else in the family, so idek sorcery
- and the emotional cutoff ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY because he’s always been pretty decent, deep down, so just imagine what it must be like growing up as a decent person but the son of Hadd and younger brother of Harl and Harchad and seeing everything wrong with Holand. you can’t. he’d have broken. got to compartmentalize.
- he also deliberately lets everyone underestimate him and not realize how politically brilliant he is because that’s how you survive in Holand until you’re ready to make your move i.e. flee then return in a couple years with an army
- (I get very emotional about Ynen and Navis because Ynen is also an inherently decent person but he’s been able to preserve that without going all cool because a) Hildy always looks out for him, aggressively, and b) they all left the South)
- we know he’s decent because Mitt trusts him on sight the first time they meet, and Navis sends him home for no political reason whatsoever; just because he sees Hildy in Mitt and it’s the right thing to do
- but by the next time we meet him, his wife has died and he’s smushed the decency and emotions deep down so that almost EVERYTHING he does, even the best things, are a little bit political?
- (The Crown of Dalemark, a.k.a. In Which Keril of Hannart Tries to Play Silly Buggers with Navis Haddson and Loses Very Badly)
- example: Navis has housing built for people forced out of the torn-down tenements because it’s the decent thing to do and it takes the edge off Hadd’s ridiculous selfishness, that the Earl (sort of) is still providing a place for those dispossessed people. And it takes some of the moral high ground away from the Guilds who offered the people room to stay.
- and he pointedly throws Old Ammet and Libby Beer into the water, just as they should be, because he knows otherwise Holand really will rise in revolt, particularly with all the rumors flying about what would happen if the festival didn’t go on. I mean, that’s fucking brilliant PR, that is. Navis is going to handle the press so well, once Alk gets his printing press running.
- also, you know, if Ammet hadn’t been in the water for Mitt and Hild and Ynen to pick up, they would all have died. so. Navis is one of the least mystical people in the books (I can just imagine him and Mitt and maybe Moril running around Dalemark putting out metaphorical and literal fires and sometimes Mitt and Moril have to do Stuff and Navis is just like “don’t even try to explain; I’m fine) But without that politically-motivated finishing of the ceremony, EVERYTHING would have been screwed up.
- and then just all of Crown of Dalemark, from coolly shooting the horse to stealing the cup without touching it (not that it matters; it only shocks Mitt I think) to literally everything he says to Keril in the post-battle scene, like, I cannot pick out a perfect moment of snark because it’s every line.
- he and Mitt treat each other as equals throughout Crown even though Navis is old enough to be Mitt’s father, and that bodes so great for them working together in the future?
- he’s in North Dalemark for ten months and he’s sleeping with an earl’s wife yeeeea
- and they’re really in love too; don’t look at me I have emotions
- Navis is like 500% more competent at everything than anyone else, seriously. Southern efficiency! Often mistaken for ruthless, calculating, coldness!
- JK it’s totally ruthless, calculating coldness, but mix that with a spark of decency and you get a man who’ll help build a fair, just Dalemark because that’s what works best, long-term.
- TL;DR: “That nervous, freckly look of [Maewen!Noreth’s] made you want to do things for her. So you did them. And then trusted to Navis to get them all out of the consequences, Mitt added to himself” (142).
modern day shakespeare adaptions that should exist
- southern gothic macbeth. the bloody, brutal themes of the play in the suffocating atmosphere of the genre. the imagery of lady macbeth’s hands dripping with blood! the witches! macbeth’s madness when he believes the swamp has actually come to life to kill him! it’s like it was made for this play
- political othello. make him secretary of defense or state. imagine a house of cards like environment. addresses issues of current racism and misogyny in politics, and Iago’s jealous/obsessive love for Othello with very clear homo-erotic undertones. like extremely explicit and how that translates in such a masculine setting to understand Iago’s intent.
- police hamlet. hamlet senior as the deputy in nyc. his mysterious death draws his son home from stanford/harvard/what-have-you. a modern day noir-like detective mystery. emphasis on ophelia’s depression and subsequent decent into madness by popping too many pills. the way the “respectful” upper-class tear themselves apart splashed all across the media.
- the tempest as lost.
- titus andronicus as a proper horror movie, set in the current war in the middle east.
- college midsummer nights dream. the fairyland is a popular night club. lots of dubstep music and drugs slipped in dark corners of the dance floor.
how big of a problem is butt dialing in starfleet given how often commanding offers sit their asses right on top of consoles though
butt photon torpedoing
It’s the future, they’ve fixed that problem by now.
There you go!
could this be applied to combadge calls too? Because you know there are multiple people with the same last name on the ship and the brainwave scanning could interpret who you’re meaning to call?
There’s a sad transition period where Ensign Butt-Hands has to use some analog technology.
I am really happy to see that this turned into a discussion, and one that brought the combadges in, even~
Random Symbolic-ish Dalemark Things which are Mostly Plot-Irrelevent but somehow Make Everything Even Better
- Holand’s annual Sea Festival involves al those awful-sounding instruments and traditional songs because it is, at heart, a magical ritual, and magic in Dalemark frequently involves music.
- Maewen travels the Paths of the Undying from Aden mouth to Kernsborough TWICE with Wend, though he doesn’t make it all the way the second time. The first time is by train.
- Hern travelled the length of his realm-to-be before he was crowned, from the Sea to the River’s source. Mitt did the same thing, and mostly by ship, too: from Holand the southernmost city and mark to Adenmouth, the northernmost.
- Mitt call’s Libby Beer’s stronger name in the middle of water, and she raises an island; he calls Old Ammet’s stronger name in the middle of land and he raises a mighty waterspout. I DUNNO, GUYS, SIMPLE, PARALLELISM IS JUST SO GREAT.
- Speaking of parallelism, the first book is about Duck’s heir, the second about Hern’s, the third about Tanaqui herself, and then EVERYONE, Undying and descendants, are in the fourth (with Maewen implied to be descended from Tanaqui because of the similarity between Tanaqui and her mother!!)
- I’m just going to make an entire other post about the roles and responsibilities of all the separate Undying because they’re so great.