Zephon Cos as Commander Shepard from Mass Effect
I’ll be the Kaidan to his Shep any day.
So far, Steven’s powers have been:
A bright pink shield
A bright pink bubble
Magical healing saliva
And he is always STOPPING fights, usually peacefully and in nonviolent ways, trying to get both sides to get along and understand each other. Suffice it to say, he is not your typical superhero. In fact, he’s really not that super yet. He’s still on training wheels. And yet he often manages to end conflicts WITHOUT powers or weapons that destroy others.
And I love what this show is doing with him and all of his friends. Especially in a pop culture that is overpopulated these days with “save the world” shenanigans and focusing on powers and shock value instead of being “strong in the real way.”
I’m already proud of this little guy and the small steps he’s made. His journey isn’t one of leaps and bounds but baby steps, like real people.
This week’s wonderful two-parter has set up what the show has been foreshadowing for some while: that Steven, being half Human and half Gem, will forge a path that unites both kinds of beings — a path paved by acts of non-violence, understanding, and compassion. Where his merit and strength as a hero isn’t defined by his powers (which, BTW, completely fly in the face of typical superhero and gender role BS), but instead by HIS CHOICES.
And THAT is the kind of hero story we need these days, IMO.
I’m sick of watching characters save the world from evil.
I want to see characters saving themselves, saving each other — personal journeys about making choices and resolving conflicts, not just slapping “evil” around. Even SU’s plot twists don;t feel cheap. They feel rewarding, because they are always foreshadowed and always recontextualize earlier events that maybe didn’t make sense. They feel planned, thought out, CARED for, just like the characters who populate the world.
Steven’s story, especially given the moral ambiguities brought to the table recently, really has a lot of potential to do these things — to be a personal journey more than typical “destroy evil” stuff — and in many ways, it has already.
I believe in Steven.
APE Attendees: There’s a very limited number of free Oaf Collection posters at our booth #815! Get em while they last! #APE2014 (at Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason)
Some cute gays got engaged on the set of the USS enterprise at the excel exhibition centre and isn’t that just cute and nerdy and nice all at once.
Look at em, the chubby nerdy wonders. You fight the power.
WIZARDING SCHOOLS AROUND THE WORLD: NEW ZEALANDThe New Zealand Academy of Spellcraft is situated in an undetectable location in the bush lands of South Island so incredibly difficult to find due to its surroundings’ constant changes in appearance that even repeat visitors often have trouble finding the school. Many muggleborn students are raging fanatics of the All Blacks, and they have slowly converted the rest of the student population who used to thumb their nose at the mention of rugby. However, quidditch remains immensely popular, with students often sneaking out under the cover of night to play matches in the dark because it is “more challenging, and therefore, more fun,” despite the drastic increase in the number of injuries and dents in trees due to rogue bludgers growing slightly panicked in the dark. The school prides itself on its large and prestigious herbology department; international witches and wizards often take on extended environmental studies at the academy, so students are always on the lookout for lost foreigners stumbling around. Often times when they graduate, students of distinction are gifted with Pounamu ornaments that are embedded into the handles of their wands as a reminder for them to always be at peace with their surroundings.
Te Kura Aotearoa (yes, crappy name. Couldn’t think of anything better) is located in the mountainous regions of Fiordland where few people live, and well hidden by lush forests grown by the magic of the school. As one of the youngest official institutions, Te Kura was originally a place used by the native Maori to learn the ways of magic. After the European wizards exterminated them in the 1800’s, the grounds were declared a certified magical learning academy as an act of apology, returning to the native magical community a place that had been taken from them.
Te Kura is famed for its studies in both Herbology and Magizoology, particularly involving birds and reptiles. The plants around the school grounds have developed strange properties, and some have been specifically grown to provide camouflage to outdoor students. One particular incident involving an ambitious student led to a small colony of living Moa inhabiting the area, which has caused a bit of a stir amongst muggles following the odd sighting.
Despite being an ancestral place for the Maori people, any New Zealand citizen can attend, although Polynesian families often choose to have their children educated in institutes closer to their culture and several systems have been set up to facilitate large amounts of students travelling to their home of origin for teaching. Several unique wand woods are used by New Zealand magic users, including Pohutikawa, which is known to be flashy and good for transfiguration; Silver Fern, which is supple and hard to fashion but very resilient and adaptable; and Kauri, hardy and powerful wood that is highly sought after.
The school mascot is modeled after a Taniwha, some think it may be the one that lives in the rivers on the grounds.
The Crown of 14 Towers
Everything about this is perfect.
I want to learn how to do this
Keep on the Tightrope….
Every villain has a reason.
Except Ozai, he was just an asshole.