Actor, Writer, Jedi, Singer,

Actor, Writer, Jedi, Singer,
You were my brother, Anakin. I loved you

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Supernatural Review Part 1: The Kripke Era




(found on tumblr; made by 'savedean'.) 

BEWARE! SPOILERS! 

If you follow me on tumblr, you've probably seen how much I've been posting about Supernatural. Well, that's because I've been really obsessed with the show, especially since I've been watching the seasons regularly over the last few months. I finished season 10 (and I'm currently caught up), so I thought I'd start my three-part review of the show. I'm breaking it up into reviews over the different show runners the show has had (Eric Kripke, Sera Gamble, and Jeremy Carver; Robert Singer worked on all of them as well). 
Each show runner brought something new to the table with the show and the change with each one is one of the main reasons why the show is still up and running after 10 years (and we're getting an eleventh season! :D). 
Eric Kripke- the guy who created the show- starts the show with an eerie, dark tone. The show was a lot bleaker and scarier when he was in charge (while with Sera Gamble, the  show gave off an epic tragedy vibe, and with Carver the show gives off a bleakness with rays of hope, which the show lacked in earlier seasons). 
The show also has a lot going for it in general. The acting is phenomenal (seriously, the main actors are super freaking talented), the characters are very well developed, the show has great world building, as well as pretty good continuity (it's not perfect, but it's better than most shows that have less seasons). The show does have it's problems, of course, which it needs to work on, but the show is good enough that I would still definitely recommend it (for mature viewers, of course, due to the level of violence/gore and the inappropriate scenes that crop up a few times).

The show, basically, is about two brothers named Dean and Sam Winchester who are 'hunters' , which are humans who know about the supernatural (monsters, demons, ghosts, witches, etc) and save people from the things that go bump in the night. The world has since expanded and has grown to include things such as angels, heaven, purgatory, leviathan, knights of hell, the mark of Cain, etc. Along the way, they make their own family since they lost their first one, and learn that 'family don't end with blood.' 



Season 1 of the show has a pretty simple premise which is strong enough to hold the viewer's interest until we get to the more complicated seasons that follow. The season (after showing the fire which launched their dad on a  'revenge' mission to kill the thing that killed his wife (and the boy's mom) ) starts with Dean showing up at Stanford, Sam's school, to help him in finding their dad (who had taken off and appears to be missing). The search for their dad, and later them working together, is the overarching plot for the season, as well as the emotional states of the two leads. 
One of the great things about this show is that it balances the world building and the mythology with the character development. While the characters appear one way at first glance, the farther one gets into the season the more wrong about the two boys- and their father- the audience is proved. Dean Winchester is far from the devil-may-care ladies man that we meet in the pilot. Sure, he is silly and is attracted to women (I also believe him to be bisexual and I will get to that later), but he's also got a ton of empathy, cares about people, is very good with children, loves his family and will do anything for them, is very intelligent and good at his job, and is actually a very emotionally driven person (and very emotional in general). Sam, while a very good 'kid', is also much more confident in some areas than his older brother (I've always felt he has a stronger confidence in who he is as a man than his brother), is much more like his dad, has a darker side that we don't expect, and while he is very book smart he is by no means a bad fighter and is excellent at all kinds of combat.
The show also gives us a variety of in depth looks at a variety of topics, one of my favorites being the beginning of looking into what exactly 'faith' is. It- and praying- is brought up throughout the show at various times (even before the Angels arrive!) and each time it gives us many a thing to ponder and think about. The show has a depth to it that many do not and- beneath the surface level- their lies an excellent wealth of meaning. I also appreciated the look at racism, the subtle analysis of classism, the underlying damage children with abusive/neglectful parents experience (not only with the effects of this abuse on Dean and Sam, but with others as well; this story-line gets more explicit in its telling later on), the beginning peeks at the effects of effemeniphobia on men in an overly macho culture (this is a good, subtle story and I love it so much since I identify with it so much), the complexities of bullying, and even more.
Plus, it's just a lot of fun and there's lots of cool action scenes and monster hunting and who doesn't love that?! :D (well, some people don't, but I'm being silly here, so there XD). And that fact that Dean Winchester is extremely pretty doesn't hurt. 


As I said above, the acting of the main cast is superb, with both Jensen and Jared giving us Oscar-worthy performances. Each has a talent every actor should aspire to and I look forward to seeing what these two guys will do in the future. 
They make you really identify with and feel empathy for their characters and you start caring about them pretty early on. I especially felt close to Dean, who I feel is similar to me in a lot of ways. We're both the oldest sibling, we have a similar personality type, we both have effemeniphobia, and there are just a bunch of little things I see in him that I also see in myself (such as getting snappish when people tell us what to do and saying things like "I know, I'm not an idiot", our awkwardness at comforting someone and preferring to try and fix the problem, our empathy for kids, etc).


Favorite episodes of season 1

Faith 
Devil's Trap
Phantom Traveller
Dead in the Water
Bloody Mary
Scarecrow 
Salvation




Season 2 starts off with a bang and is definitely one of the show's strongest seasons. 
It continues to widen and develop the world, gives the story a opened scope, and introduces new characters into the mix. Dean and Sam both get excellent character arcs and both grow tremendously. Sam's purpose and connection to the demon who killed their mother is finally revealed (to an extent) and his story this season is excellent and exciting to watch unfold. Dean's story- a quieter but no less powerful narrative- shows him struggling with his father's final command (to kill Sam if he were to go dark side, which is something he can literally NOT do) as well as beginning to lose hope in not only his job but in the meaning of his life.  Both brothers also have to struggle with their father's death (Dean especially, since his father's died in a deal to bring him back and he now views himself on borrowed time). 
Not only do the brothers get more development, but we meet new characters. Bobby Singer- who appeared once in the season 1 finale- appears several more times throughout this season and his integration as their father figure is cemented pretty quickly (and he is a much better father to them than John Winchester). We also meet Jo and Ellen Harvelle, a daughter and mother duo who run a road house for hunters (Jo ends up becoming a hunter herself, later on) and are both badass ladies and I love them both so much ! (they beat Dean and Sam in their first entrance..hahahahaha XD :D ). Ash is another important character this season, as he helps them with information, as are Gordon and Victor (who have good roles in the show, though I wish they'd been expanded upon). This enlarging of the cast and of the world really helps to give the show a stronger, grounded feel which makes it even more enjoyable. 
Funnily enough- even though (according to what I've heard) Mr. Kripke hadn't decided to use Angels in his show at this point-, the show makes another excellent episode exploring faith (I know, it's random to bring up, but they just did SUCH a good job with this topic that I have to mention it again). I especially like how Dean- unlike Sam- has little to no faith and doesn't pray (compare this to him in season 8, just saying ;) ), but him and Sam almost kind of change places here. Dean sees a miracle happen and while Sam looses some of his faith when what he thought was an Angel was just a ghost, Dean starts getting an inkling that maybe there is something possibly good out there. This show is just so deep sometimes and you really have to watch it to get the full impact. 

This season ends with another huge bang with a great circling of themes-  John sold his soul to hell to save Dean in episode 1 (of season 2), while here Dean sells HIS soul to hell (only getting 1 year instead of the usual 10) to bring his baby brother back to life (seeing Dean's low value of himself is so heart breaking :( I'm really glad he's got Sam and Bobby now and that he'll get Cas later to be good emotional support). Then the gates of hell are opened, more demons walk the earth, their father is freed, and Azazel is finally killed in a badass scene.
Definitely what you want in a season and in a finale. 

Favorites episodes of season 2
All Hell Breaks Loose part 1 and 2 
Houses of the Holy
What Is and What Should Never Be 
Croatoan 
In My Time of Dying 
Everybody Loves a Clown
Tall Tales 
No Exit
etc (since I love pretty much all of this season, to be honest)






Season 3 continues the epic story by developing our already ongoing characters, adding some new badass women (Ruby! Bela! YAY! :D), and giving us an excellent story with Dean struggling with his fear of going to hell in a year ( :( ) and the rise of Lillith: a powerful demon who becomes a major figure for the next two seasons. 
One thing I really appreciated this season was the cool female characters that were introduced. Our first character is Ruby, a demon, who is a very important character for the next two seasons (she is played by two different actors). And she's SO COOL. She's an awesome fighter, is capable, and has a non-romantic part in the story (this gets a little derailed in season 4, but it all makes sense in the finale, so all's good); also, she gives them her demon killing knife, which has been a great help throughout the show :D. Another character I appreciated was Bela. She is a bit of a con and she is so smart and sneaky! On several occasions she tricks and cons the brothers and it is absolutely hilarious and fun to watch! I love Dean and Sam, don't get me wrong, but it's always so nice to see competent women in fiction (especially those who aren't of the supernatural). 
One of my favorite parts of this season was how well Dean's desperation and fear were handled and how in character it was. He tries so, so hard to be strong and to appear all right but it's obvious the poor baby is scared and doesn't want to go to hell/die :( Sam continues to have a 'destiny' surrounding him- this time it being that he can defeat Lillith- a danger who is rising in the wake of Azazel's demise- with the powers he has due to the demon blood in him. 
Bobby Singer continues to be a welcome presence in the series and I'm glad he was included in the series for as long as he was :) Those brothers needed a good father :) 

But then the season ends with Dean going to hell and Sam crying and Dean being in hell screaming and just NOOOOO :( :( :( 


Favorite episodes of season 3

No Rest For the Wicked
Dream a Little Dream of Me
A Very Supernatural Christmas 
Mystery Spot 
Jus in Belo
Bad Day at Black Rock 
Bedtime Stories
Ghostfacers


Season 4 is probably one of my least favorite seasons (there was some stuff in the early episodes that squicked me out a bit- nothing that bad, but it still rubbed me the wrong way), but I still love it and it's a good season, because we finally get ANGELS and CAAAAAASSSS!! :D (Castiel). 
If there is one thing in the theology of the world I'm glad the show did it was them bringing Angels into the mix. Most stories with the supernatural or magical beings never include Angels and if they do they aren't anything like the ones found in the Bible (and God is never really brought up). Here, however, the Angels are used in an excellent way and God has an actual presence in the narrative, even if he hasn't been seen in a long time (and there is a certain character who has SOMETHING to do with God *squints at Chuck and leans forward in suspicion*). 
I especially love the introduction of Castiel, played by the fantastic Misha Collins. He brought a new, fresh aspect to the show which just added to the overall enjoyment of it. He provides a great contrast to Dean and Sam and, to be honest, I find him to be very relatable. Him and I are very much alike (he comes across as having aspergers like me- Misha Collins has even stated that he believes the character to be on the spectrum-, as well as being ace like me; we have a lot of the same personality traits and we're just so alike it makes me happy! :) ). Castiel also ends up being such a good things for the Winchester boys- and vice versa- and I love their little family and I just want everyone in this show to be happy by the series' end :( 

The character's arcs this season are also, again, fantastic. With the few episodes touching on faith and angels and heaven in previous seasons in mind (as well as Dean and Sam's reactions), the both of them interacting with Angels is definitely a treat. The Angels are definitely not what they were expecting (Sam thought they'd be all morally upstanding while there was a lot of corruption in the upper ranks; Dean thought they didn't exist, so he was more receptive- I think- to Castiel and how the Angels, in reality, were). 
The story of preventing Lucifer from walking free is an eerie and good one and was played with just the right amount of hidden menace to feel like it was a viable threat. The twist at the end was also very good and exciting and leads well into the next season and the apocalypse! 


Also, for my fellow Abrahamic religious followers, I want to give a warning. While I personally don't mind most of the uses of my faith in the story, I know others could possibly be offended. So, if you want to watch it and you are sensitive about certain things in your religious beliefs, I'd look up about what happens in the show and see if it's something you are okay with or not. 



Favorite episodes of season 4

Lucifer Rising
On the Head of a Pin
When the Levee Breaks
The Rapture
Lazarus Rising
Criss Angel Is a Douchebag
Death Takes a Holiday
It's A Terrible Life

Destiel
One of my favorite pairings ever is Destiel, the pairing between Dean/Castiel. Since this is the first season in which Castiel appears, I will have a little segment at the bottom of each season's mini review, explaining how I view the relationship at this stage.
In season 4, I do NOT see there being a romantic angle. At this point, they aren't even really friends. Castiel, I feel, gains a lot of affection for Dean over the course of season 4 (starting with when he pulled Dean Winchester from hell)  and begins- when he sees the corruption of heaven- to put a lot of faith in Dean. Dean dislikes/distrusts Castiel at first, but by series' end he has a strong respect for the Angel and it looks like the two might be on their way to becoming friends. They have a lot of great scenes and I am currently writing a fanfic about these two which explores their relationship and this season has been a treat so far :) 

(for a good understanding of their 'profound bond', definitely read this awesome meta from one of my favorite tumblr bloggers, charlie-minion - Go here ). 



Cas Healing Dean - damon-and-alaric-dean-and-castiel Fan Art

Ah, season 5. Probably my most favorite season (along with 2, 9, and 6) of the entire series' run. It has got an epic feel to it what with the apocalypse coming to a head and the Devil walking the earth. This season is one seamless story in a lot of ways and this strong, overarching narrative does many a great favor to its storyline.

Now that Lucifer is free (thanks to Ruby's manipulation of Sam into thinking he was doing the right thing), Dean and Sam both find out that they are Angel vessels- particularly, the true vessels for Michael and Lucifer. Not wanting to be forced to fight the other and pretty much wipe out the world, Dean, Sam, Bobby, with the help of Castiel and later Jo and Ellen decide that they chose Free Will instead of predestination and won't let themselves be ruled by fate. 
This is Eric Kripke's last season and he definitely goes out with a bang. Had this been the last season of the show, I would have been content, since everything was wrapped up nicely (well, except for the HOW DID SAM GET OUT OF THE CAGE?! :O That, thankfully, got answered in season 6) and it had such an emotional impact. When the show finally does end it needs to be as good as Swan Song.
Seeing everyone work together towards their goal of saving the world- with everything hanging in the balance- was a lot of fun and I hope we get something like this in season 11 :D

 "So, what's it all add up to? It's hard to say. But me, I'd say this was a test...for Sam and Dean. And I think they did all right. Up against good, evil, angels, devils, destiny, and God himself, they made their own choice. They chose family. And, well...isn't that kinda the whole point? No doubt -- endings are hard. But then again...nothing ever really ends, does it?" (this is why I think Chuck has something to do with God- either he's God's vessel or he's God but he wiped his memory and doesn't exactly remember who he is; I'm going with the former, since in Swan Song he seemed...very aware and more sure of himself than he had before. What I do know is that he wasn't a prophet like we were lead to believe). 


Favorite episodes of season 5

Swan Song
Abandon All Hope
Point of  No Return
Two Minutes to Midnight
Changing Channels 
Dark Side of the Moon
Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid
The Song Remains the Same
Sympathy for the Devil

Destiel
By the point of season 5, I believe that Dean and Castiel had reached the point of being friends. I  didn't sense any romantic feelings between them during this time, but I still loved their interactions and it was clear that they cared greatly for the other. I don't think Dean ever really had true friend before Castiel and the same can be said for Cas (everyone else seemed to have been more familial in nature to Dean, except Jo, but even they weren't really 'friends'), so seeing them bond and grow closer was especially nice. As I stated, they do love each other, but it isn't romantic (Castiel, especially, seems to have a very close emotional attachment to Dean). As charlie-minion stated in her excellent meta, Castiel views faith and love as interchangeable, since how he showed love to his father was through faith. By the end of the season, Dean has not only his friendship, but his faith and love which will prove to be both a positive and a negative for the world and for their relationship as a whole (and for the rest of the show!).

So endeth the review ;) 
Supernatural is definitely an amazing show and- if you can handle the subject matter- one that I'd recommend greatly. :) 
On to the Sera Gamble era! :D (and the Carver era! :D)



Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The Avengers: Age of Ultron review


I finally got around to watching The Avengers: Age of Ultron a few weeks ago. Since I watched it around a week after its release, I sadly heard some spoilers as well as the many complaints. Luckily, I avoided anything too spoilery and managed to go in to the theater without too many preconceived notions. 

It sadly wasn't the strongest Marvel movie to date and it wasn't as good as the first Avengers film, but it was still a great movie and I definitely enjoyed watching it. 

The plot was mostly strong. The villain- Ultron- could have been better (he was no where near as strong as Loki in the first Avengers film), but the character interactions and the climax (and denouement) were all very strong. I especially enjoyed the focus of the Avengers on protecting the people caught in their crossfire. In some stories (which I avoid anyway), it seems like the heroes don't really think about the people around them, so this was nice (especially since most superhero/superhero groups don't do this). The humor was also as perfect as ever and I laughed a LOT in the movie. I especially loved Iron Man going "go to sleep, go to sleep!" and Vision picking up the hammer and everyone being all "WHAT!!??" 
The ending was especially powerful, what with showing of Black Widow and Captain America training the new Avengers team- which awesomely consisted of a very diverse group (a woman, two African-American men, and a human/robot entity). I can't wait to see this new group in action! :D



Characters (I'm going in an order of who was in the movie the most, not in my order of favorites).

Iron Man

Tony Stark had some great moments in this film and I enjoyed how his character continued to develop. Even though he was wrong in creating Ultron without consulting the team (except for Banner, who shouldn't have gone along with it), I can understand WHY he did it- he was scared that the world would get screwed over if a treat came up that they couldn't deal with alone (which, considering how he used to be a selfish jerk, is really quite impressive). He needs to learn that the fate of the world is not solely on him, but I think by film's end he's started learning that lesson. 
I also really liked his relationship with Captain America and it should be interesting to see how their new-found closeness affects them in the upcoming Civil War film (where the two are pitted against each other). 


Captain America
Can I have some of your super strength, Steve? Please!? :) 

Captain America proved even more in this film that he's a good leader and why he's one of the two chosen to train the new group of Avengers. He also did a great job in handling the evacuation of the town. I feel like his good leadership qualities are one of the reasons he was nearly able to lift the hammer. He also had some great humorous moments, like when he says "language" at the beginning of the film and everyone keeps giving him grief about it XD (not sure why language would bother him- he was in the army after all, so he probably heard it all before) Didn't get why he said "if you die, walk it off", since that is logically impossible (I guess it was supposed to be funny? I just don't see the humor. Oh well). 

Black Widow

Black Widow was still awesome as ever! While I had a couple of complaints about things 'involving' her character, her character overall was awesome and it was nice to see an awesome, kick-ass female in a superhero movie again (it's been getting better lately, of course, but still- not where I want to be yet). It was great to get a glimpse at her past (though we got more from Agent Carter), and now I think we really need a Black Widow movie (like, seriously). I did have one issue with the film that was a bit sexist. In one scene where she is talking to Bruce, she pretty much acts like she's a monster because she was sterilized (and was forced to kill people, but the sterilizing seemed to be the part she was most upset about- at least, in my perspective). This in of itself isn't a problem- often times, victims do blame themselves for what happened to them, and this actually would have been a very interesting topic to delve more into with her character. The problem is that Bruce didn't contradict her and say "no, that doesn't make you a monster." Because, being sterile in NO WAY shape or form makes you a monster (seriously, women aren't just their uteruses). For a longer description on why I don't like it, go here (one of my favorite bloggers explained it well). 
Really, that was my only issue in regards to the film's presentation of her. The more important issues with sexism in Marvel and in the industry in general are much more pressing (such as Black Widow and other female characters being left out of merchandising for the movies, the EXTREME lack of female-led works, whitewashing of certain characters, the fact that female characters/characters of color/LGBTQA+ characters- when they appear- always die first -_-). So people, don't blame Joss Whedon, he's at least TRYING (and we've seen that he actually cares about his female characters and gives them agency). The problem is much larger than one person. 


Hawkeye

Hawkeye gets much more screen time in this installment and it's definitely appreciated since we got very little of him in the first Avengers film. We learned a lot more about him, and seeing his family was a very nice touch; he seemed devoted to them, and I'm glad his wife and children knew everything and weren't kept in the dark (in fact, the scenes where the Avengers were at his home were some of my favorite). He definitely had some great moments and I liked how he related to Scarlet Witch (more on that in her section), as well as his funny running gag with Quicksilver (which turned out quite sad). 

The Hulk 

While I really liked his character in the first Avengers movie, I just didn't find him as interesting this time around. He seemed a tad out of character and for some reason more uncontrollable than in the first movie(at least, that's what I took from it). He did have some good moments- and I will always love Mark Ruffalo's performance-, but I felt like some things could have been done better with his character. Though, I did enjoy his friendship with Tony and I liked the idea of his romance with Natasha in theory (just wish it had been implemented into the plot better). As my friend James from JandJ Productions pointed out, it made sense for them to get together (both have something about themselves they don't like and since Natasha is a warrior, she probably needs someone who is unlike her to help her see other sides of the picture; just like Bruce needs someone to control him if he get out of hand). 


Thor


Sadly, my favorite Avenger didn't have as much to do this time around. He did have some funny parts- and I loved seeing how proud he was of his girlfriend (it was so cute and endearing :) ). He had some cool action scenes through out the movie, his interactions with Vision were priceless, and the running gag with his hammer was a lot of fun. 
One thing I didn't get was why Maria Hill made the testosterone comment when Thor and Tony were going on about how cool their girlfriends were. Like, they obviously think a lot about their girlfriends and are bragging about them. Isn't that what everyone wants from their spouse/significant other?(if they have one). For them to be proud of them and their achievements? Aw well, it's her loss if she can't see that she's being silly :p .
Looking forward to seeing more of Thor in his upcoming film :) 

Scarlet Witch


I LOVED HER SO MUCH, YOU HAVE NO IDEA!! 
Like, I think she was one of my favorite parts of the movie. Finally, we have a girl with superhero powers in a major superhero movie. She has a great character arc and I look forward to seeing more of her in the upcoming film (just wish they'd cast actors of the right race- from what I've heard, they weren't; of course, I could be wrong).
One thing about her that really stood out to me was her scene with Hawkeye before she goes out to help (where he says "if you step out of that door, you'll be an Avenger"). Usually, this kind of talk is given man to man, but here it was given to a woman and I just loved that. It takes the stereotype, turns it on its head, and it turns out so very well. I really wish we could see more of this in fiction- more times where women are treated just as competently as men. In most films, Hawkeye would have encouraged her to stay in room and be safe- here, he lets her decide what she wants, giving her the agency to make her own choices. And it pays off- with her becoming the hero he knew she could be. 
And that is beautiful. 

Also loved how she ripped Ultron's heart out. >:)

Quicksilver


Quicksilver isn't in the film too-too much, but what scenes he does have are good ones. His running gag about Hawkeye not seeing him coming was funny and ended in a tragic enough way. I just wish his death had been given more gravity than it was. 

Vision


I hadn't known too much about Vision before this movie, but I really liked him. He was naive, but poised in a way that is relatable. I thought it was cool how he was created, how he could lift Thor's hammer, and I'm interested in seeing if his romance with Scarlet Witch plays out like it does in the comics (from what I've heard). I mean, to be honest, it was Scarlet Witch and Vision who ultimately defeated Ultron so they're MEANT for each other XD. 

Overall, another good installment on Marvel's awesome run of new films. Not as good as The Avengers, Thor, Iron Man 3, or Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but it tells it's story right, is exciting, and is just a, plainly, a whole lot of fun. 
Looking forward to Civil War! It's just going to be awkward, because I'm pretty sure I'll agree with Tony, while we're supposed to be on Steve's side. Oh well. :P


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

My Second Semester of College (and finishing my first year) + Top Ten Favorite Screen Characters


            (since I did English Composition, this picture is me writing papers O_O).

       So I've been back from college for a bit, and I thought I'd talk about my second semester and how everything turned out :). Also, since I've finished my second semester, that means I've finished my first YEAR at college, which is just awesome! :D Can't believe it's already been a complete school year since I went to my first class (to read about my first semester go here)

Overall, this semester was a lot more difficult than last semester. My classes were a bit harder and I had to learn to study for Spanish (which is different than how I studied other things). However, I managed to figure everything out, which I'm very proud of :) I also got straight A's on my finals again- President's Honor Roll TWICE! :D I teachers liked me, which was good, and we did fun projects in all of them :) Also, I GOT CAST in a show! :D It wasn't a main stage show, but it was a LOT of fun (I'll go into more detail later).

Sadly, I had a TERRIBLE roommate this semester (she was a BITCH). She was awful and I hope she goes back to where she came from. She wrote "hoe" on the bottom of one of my drawers and I'm guessing it was because I didn't help her break the rules and hide her against-the-rules light/burner thingy. Like, seriously, she got all pissy-ass at me because I didn't hide it before the RA came to the door (I didn't KNOW it was the RA- I didn't check the door's hole, plus I'm not going to break the rules, especially for someone I don't even like all that much). She was also surly, unfriendly, loud, obnoxious, perpetually-sniffing, and just plain rude (plus, her taste in music was disgusting; seriously, I don't play my music out loud, so she shouldn't either). Hopefully I won't see her ugly mug again (and if I do, I shall be mean to her; also, yes, she was ugly, inside and out). Guess whose name is going on my 'mean people' list? >:D


(it's been decided- he'll be my roommate next semester! XD).

But I did have nice people to talk too- such as people in my major and a girl on my hallway I enjoyed talking to (we both attended the same, nearby, church), as well as some girls in my dorm who were nice as well :). My teachers were also nice, as were other kids/adults in my class :) I even met some former homeschoolers! :) I also worked out a lot this semester (using machines for arms and legs, crunches, stretching, and some cardio), which was great, and I ate even better than I did last semester (for the most part- still had gluten when I shouldn't have had any).

Like I said last semester, I'm an acting major and a creative writing minor.




                                 Got a cool Supernatural calender to hang up in my room :) This was the January pic.



My housing department kinda sucks (the rest of the school is awesome). I had the room to myself for a week and I thought I would for the whole semester. Sadly, the little brat showed up (without warning, I heard the key in the lock, I went to open it, and there she was with her family -_- ). I really wish they'd let me know before hand! Grr.... Tried to be friendly to her, but she obviously didn't like me right off the bat. She only ever talked to me if she needed something (stupid military girl who thinks she's oh so superior -_-). She was also a sexist who said crap like "physical work out/using physical strength is harder for women than men and that their bodies can’t ‘handle’ as much as men." Like, SHUT UP! I'll show YOU! Grrr.... (okay, sorry for the whining/complaining, I won't do much more in this post).




Another shot of my room when I had it to myself.


The wall above my bed


My little snowman :) 


My name card thingy :) I got the same room for next year (but thankfully a different roommate; hopefully this one is nicer like my first one).


The theme for my hall this semester was movies, which- as a movie lover- was awesome! :) Here's "Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark".



                                                                "The Godfather"



"The Karate Kid"


"Jurassic Park"...er...Party. 


great quote.



"Batman"


"Toy Story" 


"Avengers" ! :D


"STAR WARS!!" :D ("The Empire Strikes Back").


Funny LOTR/Mean Girls picture XD 


another funny image


and another one.


On our first month, there was this little thing where we could fill out what we wanted accomplished by the end of this month. Here was my entry (yes, I'm basically Thorin Oakenshield :) XD ;) ). 
I actually did work more on my Spanish and do my work out routine, so there's that :) 




My February image.
The two fandoms I obsessed over this semester was "Supernatural"(which I got through several seasons of; review will be upcoming fairly soon, once I finish the current season) and "The Hobbit trilogy". And Star Wars was still the main one, of course :) Also watched a little Doctor Who and Torchwood for fun and watched Agents of SHIELD, Agent Carter, Downton Abbey, and Once Upon A Time on TV. 


                                                   



One chilly evening



Some trees and such



Trees


AND MORE TREES! 


                                                  One of the places I had a class.



Valentine's Day decoration in the cafeteria. I spent Valentine's Day with my family, thankfully (otherwise I would have been alone at college! :O :( ). 


One day the weather was nice, and I wanted to eat outside- so I went and grabbed some chick-fil-a and some apple juice and sat by the little pond. 




Nice day. 


Looks like the White Witch has been here. 




Our first project in my costume class was a design project; our goal was make costumes for a superhero Broadway musical. We broke up into groups, drew 3 designs, and picked one. This one is MINE! :D (and the one my group and I picked). It's based on a character I played in superhero games with my sister and my cousin when we were little :) 

 For this class, we also had to go see all of the performances on campus (a play, an opera, a dance performance, and a musical), write reviews for them all (though I klept out of one), and work wardrobe crew for one of them (I did it for the musical, and I'll go more into it later). 



Eating alone at the cafeteria :( 


Our second major project in the costume class was a historical research project. Here are all of the books I checked out from the library. The time period I picked out of the hat was the "Middle Ages". I loved this because this is one of my favorite time periods! :D I had a lot of fun with this project and I learned a lot. Sadly, I was disappointed how western-centric the choices were.  


Working on the project. Here's a good idea of what it looked like (I had to give a presentation, with a slide-show). 



 SNOW DAY! We had a lot of cancellations this semester. Some days they'd cancel classes and then it didn't even snow til later! There was snow EVERYWHERE and they kept cancelling class! At first it was nice, since I got to work longer on my homework and such, but I started realizing that losing so many class days would cut back on our time to learn and do everything O_O.

The snow was kind of nice, of course, and I got some good pictures. Also had a friend throw a snowball at me :)




Some Chinese New Year decorations in the cafeteria. 


Since I'm born in the year of the Boar/Pig. 



More snowy days. I wore my snow boots a LOT, as well as my winter coat, hat, and gloves.



Good quote from Mulan


Some geese. We had a lot of them this spring. There were even some cute, little baby ones :) 




Some friends swimming together




My English classroom. 




My Spanish classroom. 




Costume classroom. 


Painting




One evening, we had a tornado warning nearby so we all went to the library's basement. When we came out, we were greeted by a double rainbow in the clouds :)




So, as I mentioned above, I was cast in a smaller-stage show. It was a compilation of scenes/skits/monologues sent in by students. I even had a cool scene in the show! :D (it was sci-fi and it was the COOLEST of them all!! :D ). I had two large parts and lines/parts in pretty much all of them. I had a LOT of fun on the show and it was great being involved in a show again. I did feel left out at times (and some people were bossy)- and I disagreed with some changes- but overall it was a great experience and I can't wait to do a main stage show (hopefully I'll get cast in one or two next year! :D). 


A candy bar my director (also one of my professors) gave me :) 


Pretty clouds




Spring time in college! :) 










Our last assignment for the costume class was for us to make a shirt. He's me tracing patterns onto the fabric. 



flower in a bathroom. 


Buildings at sunset



March calender pic


April calender pic.




I attended church much more regularly this semester, which was really nice. I especially was glad to attend Holy Week services (I spent Easter with my family). 


Our third project for the costume class was a sample book where we showed how to do various sewing techniques. Here are my various ones. 










This was one SO HARD!!! :O 


Cool painting I saw at an event I went to. 



My patterns for the shirt. 


My collar with interfacing. 



Before sewing all the pieces together, we had to do surging on everything. Here are my surging samples. 




Basting thread.


My POCKET! :D


Back piece with the yoke attached. 


The front piece


Collar. My teacher said I did a very good job on this part! :D



Sleeves



Flower. 

While I liked all of my teachers, I did have one problem and that was some sexist talk I had to hear; plus, I was made to cry in some of my classes (I hid it, though).
Here's one of the things that upset me

Teacher: men thinks about only two things! beer and s-x (or seeing someone naked!) And they think about it ALL THE TIME!
Me: I don’t like that (because it isn't true and is a stupid statement)
Teacher: well, that’s just how it is
Me: Well, I’ll find one who isn't like that.
Teacher: Good luck with that.

I kind of stopped talking in the class that day afterwards, because it really hurt my feelings (and I was trying not to cry). :( Thankfully, one of the guys in my theater production said he was sorry I was sad and my teacher was nice to me too, so then I felt better. The teacher did say more crap later (like, men are shallow and don't feel as much emotions as women, which is bull), but I just rolled my eyes (and wrote an paper on something feminist >:D). 


Some treats I got for working backstage as wardrobe crew for a show (they were quite good). I had to work there everyday for a week (from 5-10ish). It was a good experience, for the most part, and it really drove home for me that acting is definitely what I want to do with my life (along with writing, singing, and Taekwondo...and being a geek/friend/family member of course ;) ). 

I got to help with quick changes, which was fun, and the actors were all quite nice :) One of the guys I helped change would come over to me and talk to me for a bit, which was good. The show itself was a good one and I really liked the costumes for it. I also got to study and do lots of homework and read while waiting for everything, which was also great. :) 

Sadly, the people I was working backstage with (crew and actors) talked about s-x ALL the TIME (like, that was what 80% of their conversations were about). The also kept playing Cards Against Humanity (which I played with them once because they invited me to, and since they were nice enough to acknowledge me, I thought I should; I've played the game before and I HATE IT! I'm gonna do this to it-

Funnily enough, even though they viewed me as childish because I'm a prudish demisexual/asexual person (in fact, most people I'm around view me as immature and childish...it's annoying), I was the one actually doing homework and such while they talked dirty and played the bop it game (which is a little kiddt toy) and played cards. 
Whose the immature one now? >:D 



The back and front of my nearly completed shirt. 



Me wearing it.


Birdie


Clouds




My completed shirt!! :D I worked really hard in it and I'm very proud with how it turned out :) Making the button holes was hard, though :'( 


The Winchesters (Dean and Sam) approve :) 


some flowers around campus. 




Ducky



One finals week, the theater department held a Star Wars themed end of the year party (since it was Star Wars day). I felt left out for a while, but I did get to talk to one of my teachers and I won best costume (lots of people liked it! :) Yay! One of the guys in the show I crewed even saw me and thought it looked cool. The stage in the above and below photo is actually the main stage where a lot of the shows are done! :) Can't wait to perform on it.
Sadly, had to deal with some annoying guys. The first thing was they got all pissy-ass because I said The Empire Strikes Back was my least favorite Star Wars movie (why does he care?! I don't have to follow the crowd, you know!). He got all high and mighty and 'superior' acting, but then I asked him who Siri Tachi was and he was like "who?"; he also didn't know the name of the Jedi Exile.
So dude, stop acting like you are a better fan than me. You obviously know NOTHING.
Also, another dick was all "the books don't count anymore!". ARGH! I'm gonna fight him, later! -_- >:( 



Little chapel I practiced my final monologue in :) (and studied for a test).

Overall, I had another great semester and I also had a very great year! :) I worked hard, did my homework, and it all paid off! :) Can't believe I have finished my first year of college and that when I go back next fall I will be a sophomore. 
So, to my past self on that first day of college, don't worry. You are gonna have a really great year :) 

Now, like I did last semester, I shall do an overview of my classes and say what I thought of them all.

Acting class (a higher level one)
As with last semester, my acting class was probably my favorite class of the semester. We learned a lot of techniques from such acting teachers as Meisner and Hagan. We also learned how to mark scripts for beats and write a character analysis. Besides these and games, we did a scene (which was from "Five Women Wearing the Same Dress"; I played Frances) and a monologue for the final (mine was from "Joan of Lorraine"). We did a lot of coaching for the scenes and for the monologues, which was very helpful, and I feel like I've improved even more in my craft. YAY! :) I also got mostly positive notes after my final, which was great! :) 

Second semester (on three semester course) class on Arthur Lessac
This class is helpful, but still a bit abstract. I think it's one of those things where you take what you can use from the course and ignore the rest. I did very well in this class (I think I have perfect marks :) ). I did well in all of my assignments and I turned in all my journal entries! We also got to have a master teacher of the work come and visit (he taught several well known actors, such as Ty Burrell who is in Modern Family! :) ). I especially enjoyed the Body Project and the structure assignment (where I taught one of my TKD forms). Overall, still enjoyed the class. One semester of this class to go! :) 

Costume class

One of the cool things about the theater department is that, even though our focus is acting, we are still required to take crew-related courses. For this semester I chose a class about stage costumes (I have to do ones about sets/props, lighting, sound, and make up as well; also, directing and other such classes). The class was a lot of fun and I liked all of our projects. I especially liked how visual and hands on the projects were (so that I could take pics). The teacher was quite nice too, which was good :) And it had the easiest final ever XD.

English Composition

Since I'm a book writer and not an essay writer, I was dreading my English class a bit, but I ended up really liking it. The teacher was cool for the most part, and very helpful and available, which I appreciated. We had to write 3 papers (and two short little things), which I actually did quite well on (apparently he thought I had excellent analysis, and that he really liked my writing and having me in his class! :) ). Also really cool was the fact that he was homeschooled, as was another girl in my class! :) :D (another girl who worked in costume shop was also homeschooled, as was a girl in my major). I learned a lot about paper writing and I feel a lot more confident in that area than I did before. Though, the book we had to read and analyze wasn't the greatest (the author was a big jerk). 

Spanish

I had done Spanish a bit in homeschool high school (via Rosetta Stone), but I still didn't know everything (especially the grammar stuff), which is why I'm very glad I took the first class (even though I technically could have done the second one). The class was definitely the most challenging, the main reason being because studying for Spanish is a lot different than studying for my other courses (also, the teacher was very vague about what she wanted on some things). However, I worked very hard and studied and yanked my grade up and I had an A at the end :) I went to the tutor a lot and studied and wrote and spoke in it on my own; in class, we did exams, quizzes, in class paragraphs, an oral exam, written papers about the culture, etc. On the last day we had a party! :) (with a special Spanish dish :) ). 


Now here's a fun post I made - 

In Which Castiel is me in my college adventure! :D
(before I begin this, I DO really like college! :D It’s awesome; there are some issues I have at it, of course, but overall I do enjoy it). 
gifs not mine (and not ALL are of Castiel). 
Castiel is literally me at college sometimes

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Me when I have to go to an event, when I go to student organizations, when people talk to me when I want to be alone, or when I’m ready to be alone but I have to do stuff. 
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How I feel when people are like “let me explain to you how the world works because apparently you are a naive child!" 
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Me(when I work up the courage to talk to someone and I actually feel like talking): Hi! :) *asks about interests)
Person: (talks, but often times acts uninterested) (seems weirded out or annoyed) (sometimes I even get ignored) (it’s partially my fault, of course, I could try harder, but still). (Doesn't ALWAYS happen, but it happens often enough).
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How I feel when I have to pair up or do an activity with a group of people or I flub up and say something awkward that I regret saying later. (I hate the phrase "find a partner” O_O) 
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When people talk about inappropriate stuff, public-school related stuff(I’m homeschooled and I can’t relate to it), or things I don’t know about in pop culture(I know a lot, but there are areas I am unaware of). 
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When I ace a test, when I’m done working out, while I’m working out(and I’m listening to music), when I do something awesome, when someone gets my reference, and when I’m thinking about being an awesome fighter. 
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When someone talks to me and acts interested :) 
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When someone talks over me(or someone repeats what I said and THEY get the credit), or I try to join in a conversation/discussion and get ignored. 
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When I get a bad grade or someone embarrasses me. 
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Me when I am sad about not finding someone to marry, ever(and everyone is talking about their boyfriends/girlfriends)
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Me when I’ve had a bad day.
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HI ONLINE BESTIES, FAMILY, AND FICTIONAL CHARACTERS! :D
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Me when I’m feeling cute and happy :) And I’m skipping around thinking about my book series, singing to myself, and listening to the music stuck in my head. 
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How I inwardly feel when I’m angry(or when I’m pretending to fight- which I love doing- while waiting around). Or when people get me into trouble because they don’t do their job or don’t make things clear to me(also how I feel inwardly). That is also kind of how I look when I fight, to be honest(well, I kick more). 



Instructions: For this quick, fun blog hop, you just name your 10 favorite characters from movies or TV, then tag 10 friends (if you can) to do the same!

Obi-Wan Kenobi/Qui-Gon Jinn/Anakin Skywalker



ATLA cast



Rose Tyler


Buffy Summers



Eowyn


Samwise Gamgee and Frodo Baggins



Thorin Oakenshield and Bilbo Baggins

Kili and Tauriel

Dean Winchester/Castiel/Sam Winchester


The Doctor



Also, soon be looking for my review of Avengers: Age of Ultron and my three-part Supernatural review! :)