This text accurately describes my weekend after taking a week vacation from work. Whoops.
Go big or go home??
Mako pulled him upright and hugged him, remembering how he had cradled her in the terrible aftermath of their first Drift together.
Captain America v5 #49
There’s a tendency in comics, and all fiction really, for women in notably male-dominated vocations, ie punching people, to attribute it to male influence. She grew up with four brothers, or her dad wanted a boy, her boyfriend was into it, etc. It’s rare for a female character to just up and do something you usually perceive to do a man’s thing to do.
One reason I like the Carter girls is that Sharon became a SHIELD agent because her aunt and idol was a French Resistance operative. Her aunt. Not her dad, or uncle, or whoever. Her hero and idol is a woman.
Why’d Peggy join the French resistance? Because fuck Nazis, that’s why. She wasn’t involved with a French lover who was killed by the Nazis, her father wasn’t a soldier, she was studying in Paris when the Nazis rolled in, and Peggy Carter would have none of it.
Similarly, in the movie, Steve questions why a beautiful woman would choose to join the Army, but he’s just being a dork and never gets an answer. He never repeats the question and we never do learn, just like we never learn how Falsworth, Dugan or Bucky joined up. Because you don’t need to know, you kind of figure they did it because that’s what they chose to do. It isn’t much of a mystery why the men would take up arms for their country, and the screenwriters don’t treat Peggy any different.
I love video games. I love video games a lot.
I am terrible at video games.
Upon second viewing, I have definitely concluded that Guardians of the Galaxy is even better when you imagine it as a tabletop campaign with an increasingly frustrated DM who’s sick of being interrupted.
GM: “Roll 2d10.”
Peter: “Red high. Twelve.”
GM: “You have 12 percent of a plan.”
The entire prison break scene was just Rocket’s player rolling knowledge checks on every turn until something worked.
- When Drax’s player said, “I go into the phone booth and call Ronan to Knowhere”, the DM stared open-mouthed for a minute, then called break time. The rest of the party was speechless.
- Pretty much just in general, Drax’s player is one of those people who thinks Chaotic Neutral means “throws self at shit for the lulz” and is really fortunate he didn’t have many other opportunities to derail the campaign.
- Gamora’s player gets really exasperated by the entirety of the campaign. They rolled a character with a tragic backstory and clear hooks to the villain to expand on, and had no idea that everyone else was going to be so silly. It leads to begging the party to just once execute a normal plan because look at Gamora’s stealth bonus, this min/maxed assassin needs a chance to use her abilities, please.
- Rocket’s a skill monkey who, if not for Drax’s grand display of idiocy, would have gladly derailed the campaign with absurd plans.
- Groot was a joke idea someone came up with that people ended up liking too much.
- Ronan’s confusion when Star Lord began dancing was the DM’s confusion verbatim.
- The DM now vetoes Chaotic Neutral characters on principle.
GM: Ronan raises the hammer, preparing to slam it into the earth.
Peter: I dance to distract him!
Peter: I dance. To distract him.
GM: …roll it.
Peter: *rolls a nat 20*
GM: For fucks sake.
- Drax’s player couldn’t make it to the first session, but it was Groot’s player’s first time and Rocket’s player wanted to make sure they got some experience with the system, so they spent the whole time messing around with the combat rules. When it was time to go, the GM made a joke about them all getting arrested, and someone suggested they make that the actual beginning of the campaign.
- Groot’s player being a rookie is also the reason they rolled a Strength check while everyone was still planning out the prison break. The GM just started grinning and told the party to roll for initiative.
- Rocket’s player actually did have a plan for that prosthetic leg, but the GM ruled against it being feasible after Peter’d already retrieved it.
- When Drax shot Ronan, his player rolled minimum damage. Dice were punished for that.
- By the rules, Groot was irrevocably killed. Everyone just decided him regenerating worked better than a statistically identical tree creature showing up at the next planet.
so many potatoes in the world are waiting for me to eat them
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love is for souls, not bodies.
Haven’t you heard Mr. Beckett? The world is coming to an end. So where would you rather die? Here? or in a Jaeger!
Before people start praising Moffat for the change in the Doctor’s attitude towards his companion, remember that Capaldi absolutely refused to participate in the established flirty relationship dynamic and Moffat resisted him until he realized Capaldi was dead serious and never going to budge.
WHY SO SERIOUS: WARNER BROS. REPORTEDLY ORDERS ‘NO JOKES’ IN NEW DC COMICS MOVIES
Comics fans have become well acquainted with the notion that sometimes, creative people learn the wrong things from successes. It’s why certain comics have been dominated for going on 30 years by a “dark” and “mature” sensibility that often comes off as grim, self-serious and overcooked.
Well, get ready for that way of thinking to make its way to movie theaters very soon. According to a report at Hitfix, Warner Bros. has a strict rule for its upcoming DC Comics movies: “No jokes.”
What’s particularly surprising is that the rule — which itself is kind of a joke, when you think about it — is that it stems from a failure more than it does a success, at least, according to Hitfix writer Drew McWeeny’s thinking.
Really?!? Part of what made The Avengers great was the humour in dark places. This is just another reason why DoJ isn’t going to work.