What if…?

What if Benny’s portal out of Purgatory had been a bust?  What if they’d been stuck there until the angels went to get Castiel?

But Naomi’s people didn’t want Dean.  Just Cas.  So Cas finds himself back in the real world, with no idea how he got out of Purgatory, feeling like he still deserved to be there as punishment, and certain of only one thing:

He’d left Dean behind.

You know what kills me about how quickly Dean admitted to seeing Castiel to Sam?

He legitimately thought that he might be going crazy.  It seemed plausible enough to him that, after everything that had happened, he might be broken enough inside to just hallucinate Castiel on his own.

Look at the expression on his face when Cas turns up in the bathroom.  He’s not quite sure if he’s really there.  He’s waiting to blink, and open his eyes to an empty space.

Leaving Castiel in Purgatory was hanging so heavily on Dean’s heart that he told Sam about it as soon as he asked, because if he was cracked in the head then Sam would need to know.  For his own safety, if nothing else.  And when Sam told him that he needed to get past it, Dean didn’t tell him that something more had to be going on, or try to minimize its affect on him, or discard the situation.  

Dean figured that losing Cas yet again just might have been enough to break his mind.

And let’s not forget, Dean is intimately familiar with what it feels like to break, or stand on the brink of breaking, too.

I wonder if Naomi’s angels influenced Sam’s ‘idyllic’ life with Amelia in order to try and keep him from interfering with some stuff?  Like if they wanted to keep him from finding Kevin, or trying to look for Dean and Castiel?  Naomi apparently has some mad brainwashing skills going on.

I can buy that Sam really did just sort of panic flail and then go with the whole ‘ordinary life’ thing, but something does seem pretty off about it.

Maybe Dean and Cas aren’t the only ones with unreliable memories?

sobeyondrepair:

vivier:

scribes-and-scrolls:

What is so interesting about this scene is, if you look at Cora’s face, she truly believes she is delivering her daughter the most brilliant life lesson. Her thought bubble would be “Parent of The Year: Me”. Poor Regina having her as a template.

But really, Cora is … not wrong? I mean in general, but definitely in what we’ve seen of fairytale land, where things are pretty much shit unless you’re born royalty (and not always then, even). And certainly this would be her experience, if she’s the miller’s daughter for whom Rumpelstiltskin spun straw into gold. Being powerless here is dangerous—your autonomy is basically forfeit unless you can forcibly defend it. Of course, she doesn’t realise that she is collaborating with fairytale hegemony rather than helping her daughter actually navigate that, but. Cora is awful, so that’s not news.

It’s interesting that, for how quickly both these women default to physical (well, magical) force, Regina’s understanding of absolute power (the power she secures for herself with the curse) is in controlling the narrative. And that she exercises this control with less interest in punishing those she has subjugated (honestly she … hardly does anything to them?) than in establishing absolute, unassailable control of her own circumstance. That is, even at her most ~evil, Regina remains less interested in having power over others than in ensuring no one else ever has power over her. They go hand in hand though, even in our fairer world.

(Also Emma is sort of the deconstruction of this—or the foil, I guess? in desire for freedom and response to disempowerment.)

^This^This^This^This^THIIIISSSSSSS. 

Cora’s A+ Parenting?

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Meta: How to Bear the Vastness (according to Kirk and Spock)

aldora89:

So I was thinking a little about TMP earlier.  I know, big surprise.  One day I need to do a long-form essay on this beast.

I think it’s fair to say one of the most prominent themes in this movie is connection.  Completion.  The search for meaning in a random, uncaring universe. 

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paelmoon:

sobeyondrepair:

magicalzonbi:

lucylockett:

I am a little slow… but do people who ship Regina and Emma not realise that they’re step-grandma and step-grandaughter? I know it’s not relatable by blood but EEWWWW!!

Henry is Snow’s stepbrother/grandson. Emma’s uncle is her son. EEwww!!!

lol’d

All the relationships on the show are pretty fucked up - get over it!

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paelmoon:

sobeyondrepair:

buffykitty:

It seems that while everyone else in a fairy tale, Regina is in a tragedy. For the other characters, as long as they choose “good” and keep fighting for true love, they get their happy endings. Regina chooses to be good and fights for true love, and all of her love, hope, and happiness are ripped away from her. While other characters have help from friends and fairies along the way, Regina is alone with no one to turn to. She has an abusive mother, a father who doesn’t stop the abuse, a man she doesn’t love but was forced to marry, and the girl who betrayed her trust. I truly hope that Regina can find redemption and the happiness that she has never gotten to have.

^Young Regina in a nutshell.



Undoubtedly, this is why Regina finds our world to be much more fair than FTL.  At least here, she’s not alone in having good intentions rewarded with misery.

paelmoon:

sobeyondrepair:

buffykitty:

It seems that while everyone else in a fairy tale, Regina is in a tragedy. For the other characters, as long as they choose “good” and keep fighting for true love, they get their happy endings. Regina chooses to be good and fights for true love, and all of her love, hope, and happiness are ripped away from her. While other characters have help from friends and fairies along the way, Regina is alone with no one to turn to. She has an abusive mother, a father who doesn’t stop the abuse, a man she doesn’t love but was forced to marry, and the girl who betrayed her trust. I truly hope that Regina can find redemption and the happiness that she has never gotten to have.

^Young Regina in a nutshell.

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Undoubtedly, this is why Regina finds our world to be much more fair than FTL.  At least here, she’s not alone in having good intentions rewarded with misery.

I love the Sabriel tag

Every time I look at it, I’m not sure what I’m gonna get.  Sam/Gabriel, or the Garth Nix book.

And I like both, so it’s totally cool either way.