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For the John Winchester anon, I’ll answer your ask tomorrow. It’s one I don’t just want to answer without properly thinking about it, ‘cause you raised a lot of issues, and issues I want to address well.

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Anonymous said:

My best friend recently revealed, after this recent ep., that she hopes they aren't really going to go through with Destiel bc she thinks it'll ruin the show. She laughs and jokes about Destiel, and thinks it's cute, but thinks it would ruin everything and that it needs to be left open to interpretation. This ep. made her feel "uncomfortable" about their relationship, and I guess it made me kinda sad, and made me think about all the ppl who wouldn't want it to happen. Thoughts?

neven-ebrez:

Your friend sounds like she hasn’t been exposed to enough queer stories, nor has she really took a look around her lately. The fact that she laughs and jokes about it, simply deeming it “cute”, says a lot.  I’m very curious as to what parts made her uncomfortable though… as opposed to something like 8x17?  There are definitely people that are going to say “What the fuck?” if textual acknowledgment comes. No doubt about it.  That’s what heteronormativity DOES.  Subtext can be ignored by the ignorant or disgusted.  Text?  Visual text?  Not so much… A lot of people undoubtedly share your friend’s opinion for various reasons:

  • shipping preference for Wincest or Dean with ladies on the side driving off into the sunset with Sam
  • they are genuinely uncomfortable with queer story lines (with reeks of homophobia)
  • fear that the narrative will focus on the gayness at every turn allowing Dean to forget to hunt monsters or care about Sam (which is fucking ridiculous honestly)
  • annoyance at romantic storylines of any kind on such a “manly” show (laughs)

There’s more, but those are some of the big ones.  I don’t know what to tell you about people like your friend.  Networks (though mostly premium ones) are grabbing up queer characters and looking to break storyline ground in our current entertainment/social climate, which has been putting an emphasis on gay rights and issues.  It’s the current “hot button” thing. That’s usually how pop culture and art works.  However many people will call it quits is about the amount that would start watching just for the controversy.  

There’s no reason to feel sad about your friend.  Some people are gonna get what they want with the Dean/Cas relationship and some aren’t.  No matter what happens.  Carver knows that.  The writers know that.  I personally believe they’ve come too far for anything less than textual acknowledgement given all the subtextual crafting that has gone into the relationship for the past two years.  The question is: What do the writers believe?  What makes the “better” story?

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larinah:

chargetransfer:

messier51:

dustydreamsanddirtyscars:

Can we talk about Sam standing in front of a cauldron with the print “phosphor(ic)” on it though?
Because - as far as I can remember from chemistry class (which might be wrong, because I was horrible at chemistry - so if any of you know for sure that this is wrong, please tell me and I’ll delete this post) - phosphor as a chemical element basically translates as ~light. Quite telling I think, if I remember correctly…
Especially because we had countless shots of Sam in the light (because he is in a slightly healthier mindset atm than Dean) contrasted with Dean being in the dark. Which reminds me that last season Sam wanted to take Dean to the light already. I think now he needs to do that more than ever before - show Dean the light at the end of the tunnel.
And in that regard it might actually be a nice companion to THIS shot of Dean, which might be quite telling of where Dean might be headed…

A phosphor is something that luminesces, which isn’t quite light in general. Luminescence is a cold glow (just sayin’). However, in a factory like that it’s more likely to be phosphorus or phosphoric acid. The former’s used in fertilizers, and the latter in many things including household cleaners and your food. 
Phosphoric acid is an interesting metaphor for Sam though, since in it’s common diluted form it’s nontoxic—but it’s got all this potential to break down bones and iron oxides. 
(chargetransfer—you got any thoughts on this?)

Yup, I’d read it as phosphoric acid, especially with the “DANGER” written on the tank as well.  What also makes phosphoric acid interesting is that it’s a triprotic acid - there are three protons that come off.  It’s also one of the most common buffer systems and is quite important as a biological buffer.    
And the phosphate group is vital for life - ATP (adenosine triphosphate) - is the molecule that is used most to perform work in the body, driven by the energy liberated by removing a phosphate to make ADP, then the energy it takes to pop one of those phosphates back on.
Phosphates are essential for life, so if something fucks with phosphorylation, you are out of luck.  
So if phosphate or phosphoric acid have something to do with Sam, I think of it as the way he has to maintain balance.  

There is actually another way to take this.  (I have no idea if show is going for this interpretation, I just found it kind of interesting so I thought I’d share.)
One of the items up for sale in the auction on What’s Up Tiger Mommy? was something called the Amulet of Hesperus.

As far as I can tell, show made that up and there isn’t any actual/legendary amulet by that name.
But, Hesperus is a figure from Greek mythology.  He’s the evening star or the planet Venus in the evening.  (Which might call back the “reborn” Abaddon looking like Venus in the painting.)  His brother is Phosphorus, or the planet Venus in the morning, the morning star.  According to that wiki page I linked, Phosphorus is translated to Lucifer in Latin. 
This kind of goes along with all the duality stuff since Hesperus and Phosphorus were originally thought of as brothers but were actually the same entity seen at different times of day.
In the episode, someone bought it, but we don’t know who or where it is now.

larinah:

chargetransfer:

messier51:

dustydreamsanddirtyscars:

Can we talk about Sam standing in front of a cauldron with the print “phosphor(ic)” on it though?

Because - as far as I can remember from chemistry class (which might be wrong, because I was horrible at chemistry - so if any of you know for sure that this is wrong, please tell me and I’ll delete this post) - phosphor as a chemical element basically translates as ~light. Quite telling I think, if I remember correctly…

Especially because we had countless shots of Sam in the light (because he is in a slightly healthier mindset atm than Dean) contrasted with Dean being in the dark. Which reminds me that last season Sam wanted to take Dean to the light already. I think now he needs to do that more than ever before - show Dean the light at the end of the tunnel.

And in that regard it might actually be a nice companion to THIS shot of Dean, which might be quite telling of where Dean might be headed…

phosphor is something that luminesces, which isn’t quite light in general. Luminescence is a cold glow (just sayin’). However, in a factory like that it’s more likely to be phosphorus or phosphoric acid. The former’s used in fertilizers, and the latter in many things including household cleaners and your food. 

Phosphoric acid is an interesting metaphor for Sam though, since in it’s common diluted form it’s nontoxic—but it’s got all this potential to break down bones and iron oxides. 

(chargetransfer—you got any thoughts on this?)

Yup, I’d read it as phosphoric acid, especially with the “DANGER” written on the tank as well.  What also makes phosphoric acid interesting is that it’s a triprotic acid - there are three protons that come off.  It’s also one of the most common buffer systems and is quite important as a biological buffer.    

And the phosphate group is vital for life - ATP (adenosine triphosphate) - is the molecule that is used most to perform work in the body, driven by the energy liberated by removing a phosphate to make ADP, then the energy it takes to pop one of those phosphates back on.

Phosphates are essential for life, so if something fucks with phosphorylation, you are out of luck.  

So if phosphate or phosphoric acid have something to do with Sam, I think of it as the way he has to maintain balance.  

There is actually another way to take this.  (I have no idea if show is going for this interpretation, I just found it kind of interesting so I thought I’d share.)

One of the items up for sale in the auction on What’s Up Tiger Mommy? was something called the Amulet of Hesperus.

As far as I can tell, show made that up and there isn’t any actual/legendary amulet by that name.

But, Hesperus is a figure from Greek mythology.  He’s the evening star or the planet Venus in the evening.  (Which might call back the “reborn” Abaddon looking like Venus in the painting.)  His brother is Phosphorus, or the planet Venus in the morning, the morning star.  According to that wiki page I linked, Phosphorus is translated to Lucifer in Latin. 

This kind of goes along with all the duality stuff since Hesperus and Phosphorus were originally thought of as brothers but were actually the same entity seen at different times of day.

In the episode, someone bought it, but we don’t know who or where it is now.

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Anonymous said:

Can I just... It has occurred to me that all the people that hate this season really only do so because they can't see deeper than the surface of the story. All they see is Cas and Dean separated and Dean and Sam not getting along. They don't care about the deeper story, they just want things to be the way they were. They don't seem to understand that there is something big happening here. Something that takes more than an episode or two to sort out.

I wouldn’t necessarily say that everyone who hates this season only does so because they can’t see beyond the surface nor care about the deeper story. I can imagine that for some the separation of Dean and Cas and the rift between Sam and Dean is genuinely reducing their enjoyment of the season despite the fact that they see the deeper layers. The kind of dark story-telling we are currently seeing isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, plain and simple. You can be the most skilled, caring meta-er in the fandom and still hate the season.

BUT, and here is where I agree with you 100%, anon, when I see posts shouting about bad writing, awful characterization, the show-runners not caring anymore. When pitchforks are brought out before an episode airs, then I do sigh deeply. In fact, I went on a bit of a rant a little while ago in this post, which basically says it all. The crux of it is that there is a distinct difference between a series being badly written and not enjoying the story being told and people should acknowledge that.

Season Divine has certainly not been perfect, but as you rightly said, anon, the current story simply isn’t one for quick resolutions, because it’s big and it spans three years. To be honest with you, when during 8 I found out about the 3-act structure, I was skeptical, but the way everything is already slowly starting to be pulled together…man, I can’t wait for season 10.

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#anon asks #season 9 #Anonymous
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that’s just awesome!!!!!!!!!! :D

I know right?!? I actually started laughing when I came across this.

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#dustydreamsanddirtyscars
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4persephone:


I actually find it very interesting at the end of Meta fiction that he tears the angel related research materials off the wall (his hunter style approach to his Angel related problems)  and  then he takes off the trenchcoat (his angelic identity) and puts up the sigil in his suit  - which is a very deliberate adoption not of a hunters technique but of hunter’s ATTIRE, perhaps with his human objectives as his new priority.

So technically he didn’t reject either world entirely.  Instead he blended them…taking from each world as he needed to in reevaluating and planning out his new objective.  Because what he now knows require a massive change in strategy.

Cas isn’t choosing to be just an Angel or a just hunter, he’s making himself into BOTH.  He’s establishing his own distinct identity in a time of great need.

Also important to note: while he began blending his various aspects/selves he started by casting off his angelic signature in favor of the garb of humanity, perhaps indicating what he is most comfortable as or what he most wants to be.  (Or perhaps who he really is when no one else can see.  I’d be saying Nephalim here, but we know he’s not one in the technical sense of the word.)

 The scene cuts away with him still in the suit and we don’t see him in the trenchcoat again until the next morning, when he’s going out to greet his siblings, with whom he’ll need that aspect of his identity.

There is a wealth to be said about EVERY MOVE HE MAKES in that scene.

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Forgot I had taken this. We seem to have had similar thoughts, dustydreamsanddirtyscars :)

Forgot I had taken this. We seem to have had similar thoughts, dustydreamsanddirtyscars :)

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#ugghhhhh #i'm a freaking idiot #sorry for bad info peeps #it's been edited #clearly I need some fresh air #be back in a while
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dustydreamsanddirtyscars:

sleepsintheimpala:

dustydreamsanddirtyscars:

sleepsintheimpala:

sleepsintheimpala:

I just realised just how big the implications are that Metatron gave Cas the knowledge of every single book he has ever read…

Knowledge is power and Cas has…

Oh absolutely!

Metatron messed up big time! And it’s gonna be his undoing I think

edited: cause I’m an idiot who can’t read dates properly

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sleepsintheimpala:

dustydreamsanddirtyscars:

sleepsintheimpala:

sleepsintheimpala:

I just realised just how big the implications are that Metatron gave Cas the knowledge of every single book he has ever read…

Knowledge is power and Cas has got to have a gameplan now,…

OMG. Shatner as God would be… OMG!!

Which so wasn’t the point ;-)Totally agree with what you and larinah said there.

That being said, no, no author, artist, writer or whoever would just lean back and be okay with someone stealing their work. being inspired by something is one thing and saying that, but plain out stealing without giving credit is just… shady.

Let alone pretending to be the author! Hubris. If there is one thing SPN has shown is that hubris will always cause a character to fall/fail.

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dustydreamsanddirtyscars:

sleepsintheimpala:

sleepsintheimpala:

I just realised just how big the implications are that Metatron gave Cas the knowledge of every single book he has ever read…

Knowledge is power and Cas has got to have a gameplan now, because he knows what Metatron knows. He knows the effects of the spell. He knows how…

Ah, good and reassuring points.

I wondered about Sam’s “we’re half way there at least” comment and in this context it makes perfect sense. Like with Kevin and the tablet, they have the texts, but don’t know how to read them yet. And doesn’t that fit neatly into this season of stories and their interpretations. And isn’t that yet another meta wink from Robbie, particularly regarding subtext.

Did I mention how much I love this season :-)

Yup yup yup. :) And you know what’s also important to think of here? I think Metatron actually might have given himself away and vulnerable with multiple things in this episode. One being the transfer for all the things he read and the other being his ~arrogant line of

"being an entity of his word"

Maybe in order to defeat Metatron they’ll have to re-write him in some way???

Or find ambiguity in his words and mould them their advantage.

For example, when he writes that Cas goes out to join his flock, that can be interpreted as joining them as an equal or as a leader, depending on how you interpret his.

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sleepsintheimpala:

I just realised just how big the implications are that Metatron gave Cas the knowledge of every single book he has ever read…

Knowledge is power and Cas has got to have a gameplan now, because he knows what Metatron knows. He knows the effects of the spell. He knows how…

Ah, good and reassuring points.

I wondered about Sam’s “we’re half way there at least” comment and in this context it makes perfect sense. Like with Kevin and the tablet, they have the texts, but don’t know how to read them yet. And doesn’t that fit neatly into this season of stories and their interpretations. And isn’t that yet another meta wink from Robbie, particularly regarding subtext.

Did I mention how much I love this season :-)

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electricmonk333:

F**king love it when they do this.

Doesn’t that just neatly sum up codepency.

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I just realised just how big the implications are that Metatron gave Cas the knowledge of every single book he has ever read…

Knowledge is power and Cas has got to have a gameplan now, because he knows what Metatron knows. He knows the effects of the spell. He knows how to get back into Heaven. He knows all about the Gates of Heaven and Hell. He knows about the Mark of Cain. Knows how it will all end. So, he summons the angels.

In his own way, the scribe of God has just monologued himself into defeat.

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#god I hope they didn't write themselves into a corner here #if they didn't #man then I am even more excited than I thought I could be #supernatural