I’ve been thinking about Bucky’s robot arm a lot (hi have we met), so I figured I might as well collect all my thoughts in one place, since they might be interesting/useful to other people. I organized this as a q&a, because these are things I ask myself a lot, but obviously these are just my answers based on what we’ve seen in the MCU. I’d be really interested in what other people think, or if anyone has other questions, because I just love thinking about the synthesis of organic and synthetic life.
Edited 18 April 2014.
BUCKY’S ARM: A HEADCANON
how much of the chantry’s suppression and control of magic is really an attempt to control the one possible weapon elves have at their disposal to rise up against humans?
why are elven magical traditions arguably the most unknown aspect of the lost elven culture, even with what the Dalish have pieced together?
"they say we all had magic once", Merrill said
He had not been dead when she left the throne room. He had been on his knees, though, clawing at his throat, tearing at his own skin as he fought to breathe. The sight of it had been too terrible to watch, and she had turned and fled, sobbing. Lady Tanda had been fleeing as well. “You have a good heart, my lady,” she said to Sansa. “Not every maid would weep so for a man who set her aside and wed her to a dwarf.”
A good heart. I have a good heart. Hysterical laughter rose up her gullet, but Sansa choked it back down. The bells were ringing, slow and mournful. Ringing, ringing, ringing. They had rung for King Robert the same way. Joffrey was dead, he was dead, he was dead, dead, dead. Why was she crying, when she wanted to dance? Were they tears of joy?
- Sansa, ASOS
Just~ As a Sansa fan I wanted to remind everyone that the book leaves Sansa’s reaction to Joffrey’s death ambiguous at best. Rather than a consistent feeling of joy or relief or satisfied vengeance, Sansa experiences a disconnect between what she thinks she feels and how she is actually physically and emotionally reacting to the death.
Her instinctive and initial reaction to the cruel and unsightly death that Joffrey suffers is to “turn and flee, sobbing” because “the sight of it had been too terrible to watch,” not to feel any form of positive emotion. It is only later, when she has time to reflect on the course of events that she begins to think about how she should feel and what Joffrey’s death actually means for her.
And even after concluding that, logically, she should feel joyous about Joffrey’s death, Sansa continues to weep - no longer for Joffrey, but for Robb and for Margaery. Because this is the kind of person that Sansa is - not someone who dwells on the satisfaction of seeing a hated enemy dead at her feet, but someone who instinctively recoils from the suffering and pain of others and, even when she can no longer find it in herself to feel compassion for the victim, is still much more concerned with the effect of Joffrey’s death on “poor Margaery, twice wed and twice widowed” than she is with the vengeful satisfaction that the death should afford to her.
I’ve just been seeing quite a few posts about how Sansa would be celebrating or extremely happy over Joffrey’s death in the Purple Wedding so I wanted to take a moment to remind everyone about the actual text of her reaction in the series :D
ok, idk how easy this is to read but since everyone is discussing dates, i went to the movie to check. this is steve’s rejection from the beginning, his birthday is in the upper right corner and there’s ANOTHEr date in the lower left which I think is supposed to be a today’s date kind of thing and it looks to be June 14 1943
so there we go, steve enlists in mid 1943
How interesting that you would mention this, because I’ve recently been thinking he didn’t enlist. His serial number, which he’s heard muttering when Steve comes to rescue him, starts “32557.”
According to this fabulous WWII serial number generator, an enlisted man from New York should have a serial number starting with the numbers “12.”
A New York man with a serial number starting with “32”? Drafted. What we may be dealing with here is a Bucky who didn’t choose to go to war but was instead compelled to do so versus a Steve who is desperate to get in. I think it opens up a lot of different and interesting storylines for the two of them.
There’s been some great meta/discussion about this in the last couple days, which I think is great.
Makes you wonder if Bucky got the draft, and then, knowing how Steve felt about things, told his best buddy he was “enlisting.” Because how do you face this skinny, brave idiot who just won’t stop trying to volunteer that you wouldn’t be going if you didn’t have to?
And on that subject we should probably talk about how Anders is essentially a one-man Planned Parenthood providing healthcare for poor women. For free.
I mean, he provides medicine for everyone for free but the game does go out of its way to mention that he
1) Clearly has helped deliver babies safely for refugee mothers.
2) Probably provided medicine and a safety net for pregnant, virtually homeless mothers.
3) Apparently can cure STDs and does so. Again for free.
So based on this I’m headcanoning now:
4) I’m willing to bet he knows something about contraceptives (I imagine mages would have some sort of magic or enchanted item that does the trick)
5) There’s no evidence of this but sure let’s double down and say he’d help with abortions for poor women, young women, and abused women no questions asked. Yeah, I’d headcanon that maybe a lot of poor Kirkwall women know to go to him for help in that regard and they know he won’t question their decisions, won’t charge them, and won’t tell anyone.
I just feel it’s worth talking about. The fact that when Hawke is asking questions about how to find him that the Ferelden refugees were basically like “if you fuck with him you fuck with all of us” was a great introduction to just who we were about to deal with.
That’s who Anders really is. He’s a doctor first and foremost and he very much carries that mentality with him through the game. And it doesn’t contradict his revolutionary nature and his cause. In fact I’d argue it’s integral to his radical views. He wants to fix a “sick” system, heal the damage that’s been done to his people. But sometimes cures take time. Sometimes cures can ravage a body before they heal. It doesn’t mean the medicine isn’t working and it doesn’t mean it’s not good for the body overall.
Bilbo was very rich and very peculiar, and had been the wonder of the Shire for sixty years, ever since his remarkable disappearance and unwanted return. The riches he had brought back from his travels had now become a local legend, and it was popularly believed, whatever the old folk might say, that the Hill at Bag End was full of tunnels stuffed with treasure. And if that was not enough for fame, there was also his prolonged vigour to marvel at. Time wore on, but it seemed to have little effect on Mr. Baggins. At ninety, he was much the same at fifty. At ninety-nine they began to call him well-preserved, but unchanged would have been nearer the mark. There were some that shook their heads and thought this was too much of a good thing; it seemed unfair that anyone should possess (apparently) perpetual youth as well as (reputedly) inexhaustible wealth.
"It will have to be paid for," they said. "It isn’t natural and trouble will come of it!""
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, J.R.R. Tolkien
So here’s the Blanket Fort Tolkien Canon Fact Check of the Day:
Did you guys know that we were never meant to see an old Ian Holm Bilbo during the Baggins’ birthday party of the FOTR movie?
That’s a direct quote from the LOTR books. The moment Bilbo became the Ring-bearer, he was apparently frozen in time as well.
“At ninety, he was much the same at fifty. At ninety-nine they began to call him well-preserved, but unchanged would have been nearer the mark.”
So Gandalf, upon coming to Bag End, would have seen this Hobbit:
This is why Gandalf’s surprised: "You haven’t aged a day" makes so much sense in context and rouses his suspicions. What sort of “magic ring” can prevent a Hobbit from aging? And while it clearly has its benefits, Gandalf can tell that it’s not good for the old Hobbit. Bilbo himself confirms that he’s begun to feel “stretched, like butter spread over too much bread.”
And as for Frodo? Frodo received the Ring at the age of thirty-three and this is what the book says:
"As time went on, people began to notice that Frodo also showed signs of good ‘preservation’: outwardly he retained the appearance of a robust and energetic hobbit just out of his tweens.
'Some people have all the luck,' they said; but it was not until Frodo approached the usually more sober age of fifty that they began to think it queer.' “
So Frodo would have looked even younger, looking essentially like a 33 year old Hobbit as a fifty year old.
The first time we would have seen a visibly aged Bilbo would be at Rivendell, where his correct age would have finally caught up with him. From all appearances, Bilbo clearly thought he would have been able to make it past the Misty Mountains and perhaps go back to Erebor again to visit with the remaining members of the Company, because he still looked and felt like the fifty year old Hobbit he actually wasn’t anymore.
It’s a little heartbreaking to consider that Bilbo may have felt the first signs of his true age on the journey, which was why he stayed at Rivendell ever after. While he probably didn’t suddenly get white hair and age spots overnight - a fact that would have alarmed Elrond and Gandalf - we know that there was a considerable period of two decades before Frodo set out on his journey (at least, that was how it happened in the books. Frodo was fifty years old, just like Bilbo, when he went on his Quest). So Bilbo had all that time to look more like the elderly Hobbit we would be expecting at that advanced age.
"I want to see mountains again, Gandalf. Mountains!" - Bilbo Baggins
(I’m going to try and not to think of any Bagginshield implications in that statement because that’s just going to break my heart even more, that perhaps Bilbo wanted to pay his respects to the lost King Under the Mountain and his beloved sister-sons, for one last time….)
Vocally political and liberal Steve Rogers
Fox News has no idea how to handle it because he’s Captain America and he’s literally from the 40’s like how do that handle that
He refuses to go on half of the news shows because they lie
Mostly ends up on the Daily Show, the Colbert Report, and the Young Turks
Starts charities that focus on kids and the poor
Donations to veterans charities go through the roof
Treatment for PTSD in veterans suddenly gets addressed after he admits to being diagnosised with it
Steve Rogers starting a twitter specifically for linking people to horrible news stories and calling news stations out on their lies and scare tactics
Using his twitter to complain about the state of public news and how it should be a space of change and value and honesty for the American public, and how he’s so ashamed of it all
He accidentally becomes like public face for the new generation of politically savvy people
They make of shirts like WWCD “what would Cap do?”
Tony is thrilled and proud and hires of team of lawyers exclusively to handle the news stations screaming about Steve
Fox news gets slapped with so many libel fines and law suits
No, but really. This is a Steve characterization that actually makes sense.
Steve who finds himself 70 years later surrounded by so many of the same politicals fights he remembers from his youth, Steve who finds that the country has lost ground in terms of progressive policies from the days of the WPA, who finds that the SSA is weaker, who finds labor unions that have been rendered toothless or are themselves stumbling blocks to worker’s rights, who — well, Steven Atwell covered Steve’s progressivism p well a while ago. He’s not gonna be some caricature of mid-20th C. “my country is always right/my country right or wrong” patriotism. He’s gonna be from the Sen. Schurz school of thought: “Our country: when right to be kept right; when wrong to be put right.”
#working-class kid from nyc who grew up during the depression studied fine art at a public university and volunteered to fight at a time when#the war was still v much percieved as about politics — as a fight between liberty [the right of people to determine their own destinies] and#tryanny — breeds of socialism that were about top-down control and conformity; facism#steve who brokes rules left and right#steve who lives the best ideals of his country#of course he’d be at odds with conservative jingoistic patriotism and its politics
I do believe the Blue Fairy is the master puppeteer in this whole story. She IS the Reul Ghorm, the “Blue Star”, The great evil that even the dark one fears, the one who possibly controlled or instigated the Ogre Wars, the one who manipulated and set up everything so that Rumple is called to help Belle’s kingdom, who obviously had a history with Cora (ie why Cora used Blue’s body to trick snow); Who lied about being able to lie, who made is so that Snow would have her horrible ending, who set everything up so that she would come out on top. Through all this, The Blue Fairy has only strengthened BELIEF. If that is what helps fairies keep their magic, then belief in true love, in great evils, in overcoming hardships, in NEEDING FAIRIES TO OBTAIN THEIR HAPPY ENDINGS, will bring about more power. If that is all true, then the Blue Fairy is doing one helluva job orchestrating everything to make that happen.
She’ll sacrifice anything any anyone to get what she believes is the ultimate good: Belief in magic, and the belief that True Love is the be-all end-all of the different realms. Because she gets unlimited power and influence that way, with no one the wiser.
I see that as the biggest con in the book. And EVERYONE is falling right into her hands.
What if Pan, despite all his twisted, horrible ways, is CORRECT? That Magic is being corrupted? Blue, if she IS the Reul Ghorm, and the greatest darkness to ever step foot in FTL, has tainted magic. We just don’t see it, because she is BELIEVED IN. (which would be why Maleficent lost her wings. Blue said “I don’t believe in you”, like she did with Tinkerbell. And then Maleficent turned to dark magic to substitute her loss and protect herself and what little self respect she had left)
Blue also uses Fairy dust, which means she isn’t using her OWN magic. She’s using a pure, unadulterated, ‘good’ source. But she CAN use her own dark magic to influence pixie and fairy dust’s outcome, manipulating events, true loves, etc…
Because if the population believes that once fairy dust shows you your true love, that you fight for them no matter what, I can see that result in REAL true love. Because they learn to see past faults, and love the person for who they truly are. The belief that true love exists could be the very reason it exists in the first place. And Blue is merely exploiting this for her own ends.
She needs a “villian” for there to be fear, and trust in the fairies, and a greater NEED for them. It got her a place at Snow White’s side. It made her the “good, sweet, powerful” alternative to Maleficent’s ‘wickedness’. It allowed her to manipulate Rumpel, who everyone assumes is the greatest manipulator, and in turn, manipulate Regina.
Who forged the Dark One’s dagger? Fairy dust, and Fairies, can seem to create or ‘find’ anything and anyone they need. What would there be to stop the Reul Ghorm from finding the person who could forge that dagger and get her a powerful general to lead her ogres in a war?
She also rarely steps in to stop anything unless asked. She merely plays behind the scenes, and watches it unfold, then steps in to be the ‘hero’, who helps out those ‘brave’ enough to ask.
I call that manipulation by a master.
I will always believe that Blue is the ultimate evil in Fairy Tale Land. And I believe that it would be one of the greatest plot twists on the show if I am proven right. I just don’t think that A&E realize what a gold mine they have here, to show that the entire struggle and journey on the show was one great web of lies and puppeteer strings by the demon hiding in plain sight.
THAT would be a fitting end to OUaT’s final season. And that way, Pan, Rumpel, and Regina can get ‘redeemed’, while still having a big baddie over it all, who’s crimes are too ‘unforgivable’, and who must face all the creations she has made. All the very, very POWERFUL creations she has made, in the forms of Snow, Emma, Regina, Rumpel, Pan, Neal, Hook, and Henry.
Let’s see how she wins against the one time ‘greatest villians’ and ‘greatest heroes’ that the realms have to offer."
no but galaxy quest is legitimately the best movie ever
- it’s a love letter to fandom — it totally subverts the “gross man-child in the basement” perception of a fanboy and it’s the fans’ dedication to the show that saves the day
- i repeat: the fandom saves everyone’s lives
- the omega-13 is such a cool idea like it tosses out the paradoxes involved in time travel by so sharply limiting the amount of time you can go back: it only gives you enough time to undo one terrible mistake, and only if it’s so bad and so huge that you realize immediately how bad it is
- like no this is a parody movie but it has a smarter plot and more interesting characters and more genuine emotion than like ninety percent of serious sci-fi movies
- tony shaloub spends the whole movie high as balls
- the aliens are actually, you know, aliens and the reason they look human and speak english is actually addressed and justified
- it’s absolutely hysterical like guy fleegman is one of the funniest characters ever filmed i just
- alan rickman gives me life
- SIGOURNEY WEAVER
- the hero that comes in at the last second to save the ship and the thermians and the whole crew is a teenage fanboy who succeeds because he’s a fan do you understand how amazing that is like patrick stewart initially refused to watch the movie because it looked like it would be cruel to the fans but then he was almost in tears when he actually saw it because it got fandom right and it’s all about the fans
- no but the whole plot is centered around people (and aliens) being inspired by fictional heroes and believing in them and using that belief to give them strength and hope and going to great lengths to create amazing things or work up beautiful, accurate theories out of nothing more than love that’s amazing
- this movie is freaking perfect okay