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Literally All The Feelings I Have About Voltron December 13, 2018

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Final season is about to drop, so…

I’ve actually been watching the whole time, but pretty sure I’ve never talked about it anywhere? Because I don’t have enough feelings about it to be worth venturing into the massive wankpit that is the fandom.

But I do have some feelings, and may as well put them down somewhere.

In no particular order, general thoughts:

  • First-season setup was good!
  • Classic dramatic “we form Voltron for the first time out of friendship+panic” scene, good comedy “wait, how did we do that? will it help if we stack all our lions on top of each other? …and I’ll form the head?” follow-up.
  • Pidge is cool. Yeah, my fave is the Velma/Nenene mashup, no surprise there. (I was unspoiled for the twist, and didn’t see it coming, which was nice.)
  • Fans who try to treat Pidge as Canon Representation of anything other than a standard “girl dresses as a boy to sneak into something” plot arc are…tiring.
  • Allura is also cool. Elegant space-elf princess who’s secretly a dork and turns out to be awesome at martial arts? Nice.
  • Favorite side characters: those two Galra henchwomen. Can’t keep track of their names (or what they’re doing most of the time, tbh), but if I say Purple Jasper and Purple Ty Lee you’ll know who I mean.
  • There’s a little too much “we can’t take Voltron into battle, the supervillains might get it!” angst, at least in the early seasons. What’s the point of having a legendary battle mech if all you can do with it is hide it?
  • The plot could be really all-over-the-place. I would watch a season, then come to the internet later and see people having deep discussions about a whole chunk I had totally forgotten, because it was so disconnected from the rest that it just dropped out of my mind.
  • Feels like that got more pronounced as the seasons went on, but I couldn’t swear to it, and I’m not rewatching them all to check.
  • Special note: that handwavey game-show filler episode, in the most recent season? That kind of thing is designed to be a recap, refreshing casual viewers on all the salient plot points and where the different factions stand, before diving into the finale. And this one was just…random. There were funny jokes, don’t get me wrong! But not much else.
  • Also, the clone subplot in particular was rough. Every twist seemed to come out of nowhere, and leave no broader worldbuilding consequences in its wake.
  • I’m sure Shiro will be happy with his shiny new battle mech, but it’s still kind of a bummer that he’ll never really be reintegrated with Team Voltron.
  • In spite of all this griping, I’m tuning in for the final season. It has its funny moments, and some good character stuff, and I’m sure we’ll get a heartwarming ending full of the Power of Friendship.
  • Also, gotta get the firsthand look, so when the wankbomb explodes I’ll have some idea what everyone is yelling about.

And, on their own special list, thoughts about shipping!

  • I figured Lotura was gonna crash and burn when Lotor was revealed as evil eventually, but the execution was really good. Lots of “wait, this thing he’s doing is actually helpful, and has no obvious ulterior motive” buildup. You can believe the characters were won over.
  • Allura sucker-punching him into a wall afterward (or was it a floor? or whatever) was Good Content.
  • Klance was never gonna happen.
  • Sheith had more plausible “romantic tropey setup” moments, but if it was gonna happen, TPTB never would’ve included things like “you’re my brother” and “here’s an on-screen shot of them meeting when Keith is 12.” (Note: this does not make it OMG Terrible for fans to ship it.)
  • Holtcest had…uncomfortable amounts of canon chemistry. It’s like someone decided “okay, everyone knows these two aren’t going to be a canon couple, so nobody will feel shipteased if we play them like they’re in a Folger’s commercial.”
  • Allurance is fine. Standard setup, the general tropes aren’t my thing and the execution isn’t doing anything new, but it’s not rushed or obnoxious, either.
  • Shiro having a male ex, in a serious relationship, was an awesome reveal.
  • The discovery that TPTB had secret backup “no homo” alt-scripts for their conversation highlights how precarious our representation still is. The team must’ve had to fight up to the very last minute to get it in.
  • Pulling a Bury Your Gays with the ex was a poor choice, but I have a hunch it was because didn’t have the stamina to fight with management for a second scene with him and Shiro, even a post-romantic “we’ve both moved on, but I’m glad you’re okay now” scene.
  • If Shiro is getting married off to a random new bf in the final credits? That’s cool bu me. More would be great, but when it comes to “m/m content in Western kids’ cartoons” this already is more than usual, and will raise the bar for whoever comes next.

(December talking meme.)

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Good things. (Pool parties, Medicare, ocean cleanup, gay stuff in media.) October 1, 2018

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“Remember the teenage girl who got dragged by police at a pool party? Well, she’s getting her money and her own pool party. […] Cole said that her client plans to use a portion of the money to start a business and that she hopes to become a dentist.” I’m so relieved and happy for this nerd.

Koch-backed study finds ‘Medicare for All’ would save U.S. trillions. An estimated cost of $32.6 trillion over 10 years is less than the US would spend over the next 10 years under the current system.”

Engineers on Saturday deployed a trash collection device to corral plastic litter floating between California and Hawaii in an attempt to clean up the world’s largest garbage patch in the heart of the Pacific Ocean.”

“I was just learning about how The Answer book, which was also very difficult to make and I only just now found out that a big part of why it was made was that one of the big champions of the book was an ally for her sister. We’ve had allies at all these different stages, people for whom this is very personal and they understand the personal toll that can be taken.” Rebecca Sugar on breaking ground.

“The truth is they’re scared of getting emails from bigots and they’re cowards. So they’re letting the bigots control the conversation. My response was basically, ‘Let ‘em complain,’ ‘they’re wrong,’ and ‘they’re just gonna have to live with it.’ Unfortunately, it got so contentious that [the network] essentially told me that if I didn’t cut the scene they would cut the episode and they strong-armed me out of it.” More on representation, with Voltron, Gravity Falls, and SU.

“Arnie as a film editor—if you thought of Bert with a job in the world, wouldn’t that be perfect? Bert with his paper clips and organization? And I was the jokester. So it was the Bert & Ernie relationship, and I was already with Arnie when I came to Sesame Street. So I don’t think I’d know how else to write them, but as a loving couple. I wrote sketches…Arnie’s OCD would create friction with how chaotic I was. And that’s the Bert & Ernie dynamic.

Monday Works Roundup, 7/2/18 July 2, 2018

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But I’m A Cat Person
Dragon Sword (art | Jany | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
#GothPrideProblems (art | Angelica, Hyacinth, Hazel, Vine | worksafe)
Character Height Chart IV (art | a bunch of the men | NSFW-ish)
Lettuce Quartz (art | Gem!Leachtric, Mistel | worksafe)
Garden Parry (art | Leif, Thorn | worksafe)

Home
Boov-Human Fusions (art | Tip, Oh, Pig, DieAnne, OCs | worksafe)

Read or Die
Mini Wire Master (art | Maggie | worksafe)

Sailor Moon
Future Princesses (art | Chibiusa, Nehellenia, Kakyuu-Seiya kid | worksafe)

Voltron
Prince Carry (art | Lotor/Allura | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Lesbian Pride Flag (stripes with symbolism)

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Rowan is on bed rest, and his sister is “helping.”

Monday Works Roundup, 11/13/17 November 13, 2017

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My computer needed some expensive maintenance last week. Click for more details & what you can do to help.

But I’m A Cat Person
Starlit Fights (wallpaper | Poe, Kara Lynn, Patrick, Reseda, Cybele | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
Deleted scenes 2017 (extra panels, worksafe)
A Mouthful of Leif (art | Leif, vampire!Thorn | worksafe)
Two Years of Leif and Thorn (art | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)

Harry Potter
Doe-Eyed (sketch | Lily/Snape | worksafe)

Hellsing
Ultimate Sailors Rip + Laura + Helena (art | Rip, baobhan sith, Helena | worksafe)
Ultimate Sailor Integra x Alucard (art | Alucard/Integra | worksafe)
Integra-Seras Role Swap (comic | Integra, Alucard, Seras | G)
Highland Lady (art | baobhan sith | worksafe, shockingly)

Sherlock
Cute in a Coat (sketch | Sherlock/Molly | worksafe)

Steven Universe
Out Of This World (comic | Ronaldo/Peridot | G)

Voltron: Legendary Defenders
Let Me Show You Why They Call Me Loverboy (art | Lance/Lotor | worksafe)
I’m Following You Now (art | Keith/Lance | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Doctors and Diamonds (commissioned art, worksafe)
Hands and feet (life drawing, worksafe)
Trial of the Century (commissioned art, worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Miranda’s lurking in graveyards again. This time she has company.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Violet drops off her assignment, and asks about her sister.

Monday Works Roundup, 7/10/17 July 10, 2017

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But I’m A Cat Person
True Patriotism (art | Bennett, Sparrow, Miranda, Cohen, Bianca | worksafe)
Infinite Scroll (art | Cybele | NSFW-ish)

Leif & Thorn
Squicks vs. Triggers (comic | Juniper, Rowan, Violet, Birch, Leif, Thorn, Annie | worksafe)
Dressed Up Violet (art | Violet | worksafe)

Fake News
I Intend To Hold You For The Longest Time (fic! | Jon/”Stephen” | T)
The Eagle and the Anchor (art | Jon/”Stephen” | worksafe)
53 Fake News Icons (100×100 icons | Jon, “Stephen”, Olivia, others | G)

Madoka Magica
Ghosts In The Fog (mix | Walpurgisnacht, familiars | PG)

Splatoon
Spangly Squid Shipping (sketch | Marie/Callie | worksafe)

Voltron
Just Us Girls (sketch | Allura/Pidge | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Figure drawings 7-9-17 (figures, NSFW)
New York Evening (Dreamwidth layout, worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
“Oh, sure, NOW it’s weird.”

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Our heroes check out the view from a bridge. Get comfortable, folks, they’re gonna be up there a while.

Monday Works Roundup, 6/12 June 12, 2017

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But I’m A Cat Person
Shadows and Glow (art | Poe, Kara Lynn, Reseda, Cybele, Patrick, Ilsa, Blake | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
Central City Gems (art | gem!Kale, Olive, Magnolia, Gerri, Woman in Black | worksafe)
Armful of Thorn -AI ver.- (sketch | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)
Snowflake Obsidian Fusions (art | gem!Leif, Thorn, D, Woman in Black | worksafe)
Seeing Things (Seeing Wings) (art | Kale, Thorn, Leif | worksafe)
Magical Star Knights (art | Rowan, Birch, Juniper, Violet | worksafe)

Doctor Who/Muppets
Muppet Doctors – Twelve (art | Uncle Deadly as Capaldi | worksafe)

Hellsing
Transylvania, Douze Points (fic | Alucard/Walter | G)

Mob Psycho 100
Romance Level 100 (sketch | Mob/Reigen | worksafe)

My Little Pony
Learning to Harmonize (art | Twilight/Discord | worksafe)

Undertale
Undertango (sketch | Frisk/Chara | worksafe)

Voltron
Learning to Lead (sketch | Keith/Allura | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Figure drawings (NSFW sketches)
Cloud Quilt (abstract wallpaper, worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Bonus content where everything is new and shiny and queer.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Leif learns a bit more Iuilic history, and we’re all glad Thorn won’t sing.

Monday Works Roundup, 4/24/17 April 24, 2017

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Leif & Thorn
Spring Festival Ribbons (art | Ragnild, Sigrún, Iona, Sven | worksafe)
I’ll Let You Whip Me If I Misbehave (art | Kudzu | worksafe)
Ruby Bracelet (sketch | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)
A Bit of Hedge and Grassie (art | Hedge, Grassie, co-stars | worksafe)

Hellsing
Two Cats (art | Alucard/Integra | worksafe)

Marvel
Black x Green (sketch | Bruce/Natasha | worksafe)

Sailor Moon(/Precure/Madoka Magica, /Steven Universe)
Lovely Idols (art | Mimete, Minako | worksafe)
Candy Girls (art | Royal Candy, Luna, Nagisa | worksafe)
Dead Gem Circus (art | gem!Nehellenia, Amazon Trio, Amazoness Quartet | worksafe)

Voltron
The Princess and the Pilot (sketch | Shiro/Allura | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Figure drawings 4-15-17 (sketches, NSFW)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Have You Seen This Cat? Reseda takes a flight through the mountains.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Grassie’s linguistic mishaps keep getting wilder…and Hedge might get deported before she can sort it out.

Tuesday Works Roundup, 10/18/16 October 18, 2016

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But I’m A Cat Person
Pumpkin Spice Beings (art | Cybele, Patrick, Reseda, Poe | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
Fancy Peach (art | Peach | worksafe)
Sexy Waiters (sketch | Leif, Katya | NSFW-ish)
Fancy ???????? (art | Woman In Black | worksafe)
Weak…ankles? (art | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)

Maleficent
True Love’s Revolution (art | Aurora/Maleficent | worksafe)

My Little Pony
Your Future (art | Luna, Sunset Shimmer, Starlight Glimmer | worksafe)

Sailor Moon
Tairon Crystal’s Court (art | gem!Mistress 9, Kaorinite, Cenicienta, Eudial, Mimete, Tellu, Viluy, Cyprine, Ptilol | worksafe)

Steven Universe
101 Dalmatian Jaspers (art | Jasper, corrupted Jaspers | worksafe)

Voltron: Legendary Defender
Gives the best hugs (sketch | Shiro/Hunk | worksafe)
Right between the ears (sketch | Shiro/Sendak | worksafe)
So much for the height difference (sketch | Pidge/Hunk | worksafe)
The veteran and the hotshot (sketch | Shiro/Lance | worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Unexpected hiatus, then unexpected Bennett eyeing the door of his closet.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Thorn has some good therapy, and a healing chat with his sister.

Monday Works Roundup, 10/3/16 October 3, 2016

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But I’m A Cat Person
Business Mom, Research Dad, and Shouty Big Brother (art | BICP ensemble | worksafe)
Sigils (wallpaper | magic symbols | art)

Leif & Thorn
…that sounds fake but ok (sketch | Thorn, Leif, Sigrún | worksafe)
Big Buff Quartzes, plus a Ruby (art | Sigrún, Peach, Juniper, Marula, Annie | worksafe)

Big Hero 6
Gonna kiss that gum right outta your mouth (sketch | Hiro/GoGo | worksafe)
Satisfied with your care (sketch | Hiro/Baymax | worksafe)

Fake News/Politics
Unconventional candidate (art | Hillary | worksafe)

Sailor Moon
Diamond Rage Face (art | Prince Demand | worksafe)

Steven Universe
My sassy lemon secretary (art | Yellow Diamond/Yellow Pearl | worksafe)

Voltron: Legendary Defender
Lighten up, soldier (sketch | Pidge/Lance | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Anti logic (comic, T)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Cohen and Bianca both try to figure out what they’re doing with their lives.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
President Romarin, a crack team of experts, and a mysterious shadowy figure gather to discuss the Thorn situation.