My Easter egg theme this year was Mass Effect. So here are my dreadful looking Easter eggs. Can’t get the photo to turn.
can you imagine elrond as your dad
u would misbehave and all he would have to do is look at you like
so my mum told me that as a kid she would peel an apple and throw the peel over her shoulder, and the peel would take the shape of the first letter of her future spouse. naturally, i decided to do it and
i’m fucking crying
it says ‘no.’
it literally says NO.
oh my god
with a period, end of story.
WHY ISN’T IT TAGGED, WHYYYYY. I shall feex eet.
This is from “A Gathering of Cats” by Makoto Shinkai. It’s a one-minute short, and you can watch the whole thing here.
Truest shit I’ve seen since Chi’s Sweet Home, y’all. Truest shit.
TIE the knot or else they might end up becoming your X.
Artist: Paul Michael Design
I was watching the movie and thinking about this part. We’ve speculated about it before, but I think it’s very interesting to consider what goes on between Herc and Chuck in this scene, and what they might have been discussing in the background.
Chuck was told to suit up, but knowing his father was injured, he didn’t even bother. Piloting with someone else was unthinkable.
(It would have been risky to send him off with someone who had never been in a Jaeger before, but Raleigh was doing trials with potential copilots only days earlier, and he and Mako only had one test run - which failed - before they took on Leatherback and Otachi. So the idea of Chuck piloting with one of the “candidates” isn’t totally unreasonable. In fact, they would have had enough time to test for compatibility in the Kwoon immediately following Herc’s injury, but Stacker must have already decided that he was going to pilot Striker with Chuck and so he didn’t make any arrangements for that to happen.)
I kind of love that Stacker makes a joke to break the tension when he comes out in the drive suit with Herc by his side, since he’s hardly the type to make jokes normally, and because the tension is sort of unbreakable. Chuck is just staring at Stacker in alarmed disbelief, but you can see Herc studying Chuck the whole time, gauging his reaction.
When Stacker walks away the opposite is true - Herc is watching Stacker (or avoiding Chuck’s gaze?) and Chuck’s eyes shift over to his father. His frown is almost petulant at first, as if he is being wronged. But then it softens into more of a concerned look (even scared?). It fascinates me because I see Herc and Chuck at the same time as both eager to consult with each other and eager to avoid the awkwardness/pain of the situation, aka continue their policy of not discussing anything.
The focus of the scene follows Mako and Stacker and their conversation, but in the background you can clearly see Herc and Chuck migrate into their own bubble, with both Herc and Tendo withdrawing. (Granted it’s a more important scene for Mako and Stacker, and they are primary characters, but this is an important scene for Chuck and Herc as well and it’s really a shame they’re never at the center, not even for a few nonverbal seconds.) It’s hard to tell exactly what the nature of their conversation is - in my opinion it doesn’t look like an argument, per se, but in the very last gif Chuck does appear to be distressed/displeased.
I’d love to ask Max and Rob what they were actually saying during this part because I feel like in order to act it out well they would have needed to improvise some general dialogue. (Unless they were just talking about lunch.)
There’s really only a couple of things Chuck and Herc could reasonably be discussing here. After Chuck learns such a big piece of information it’s hardly likely they would discuss something unrelated. (Though given them, who knows? I can totally see them having the habit of immediately changing the subject to avoid discussing anything too serious/personal. The proverbial “So how ‘bout them Yankees?”)
Given what they say during their goodbye scene, I think it’s pretty clear that they didn’t broach anything too heavy prior to that.
It’s my headcanon that Herc is reassuring Chuck. I see Chuck as being unsure 1) about Stacker’s competence. (In the novelization he says in a different scene, “Pentecost may be a good man, but he hasn’t seen combat in, what? Ten years, maybe? More?” And given his disdain for Raleigh’s five years of construction work, it seems like he has a low opinion of the ability of long-retired pilots. Though I’m sure that changed a little after Raleigh and Mako’s success against Leatherback and Otachi.)
But more importantly I see Chuck as being insecure 2) about his ability to drift and pilot with anyone other than this father. He talks big with his “my bomb run” and “I’m the only chance we’ve got” (novelization), but I think that’s just posturing and overcompensation for his many insecurities. (And possibly a bit of a savior complex born of his survivor’s guilt.)
Obviously this isn’t a gushy sentimental conversation, but the way Herc was studying Chuck’s reaction made me feel like he came out prepared to buffer/counter Chuck’s response. And I see Chuck as being mostly afraid. (Not afraid to die, exactly, but afraid of dying in a way that is unnecessary or different from what he had imagined - like without his father by his side. And afraid of failing, of course.) So I see Herc as, in the end, mostly giving reassurances and affirmations to him. But, of course, I don’t think Chuck would freely admit that he was afraid to pilot with someone other than his father.
Ugh, I would kill for this to have been an actual scene between them and not just some body language going on in the distance.
it is a difficult and emotional scene. IMHO Herc and Chuck are aware of the realities of having Pentecost first attempt to drift with Chuck and second that the man hasn’t been involved in actual combat in years. After years in each other’s heads, seeing through each other’s eyes even, I can just see them having whole conversations in those first gifs. A part of Chuck knows what’s coming but he needs his dad to confirm it. At this point it hasn’t hit either of them exactly what is likely to happen.
Herc remains stoic, he’s no fool, he knows they’ll either fail to drift or he’ll likely lose his son- and how can he want the former when the latter might mean the end of the war? His expression barely changes because he’s holding on so tight- before he would show some slight emotion at what was going on but here he’s blank and distant.
The last one looks like Chuck trying to put on a brave face, like he’s saying ‘gonna kick some kaiju ass with another old man, same old thing’. What really gets to me is that Chuck never blames Herc for this, despite their relationship, and by the end I think he’s greatful- he always expected to die beside his father but when he knows he’s going to die, when there are moments to plan his own death, he realises he loves his dad too much to die with him.
Then again, the whole Chuck and Pentecost drifting is just poor writing.