I know Neo being a Mary Poppins allusion is like not totally confirmed (or is it??) but I was rewatching Mary Poppins and
I LITERALLY could not stop thinking of the shoes
Okay but listen I’m obsessed with Raven’s characterization as this coward who is only out for herself but is actually this woman who came from this place of distrust to a place of trust and then, upon learning that trust is tenuous and breakable by outside forces (a truth the tribe likely tried to teach her but she rejected and then after an inciting event concluded they were right), turned inward to protect herself and fled from the potentials of what she could do with a unified team and I honestly think her cowardice isn’t just due to fear of death but rather a fear of loss in all it’s capacities: loss of friends, loss of hope, loss of love, and obviously loss of life and I find that absolutely compelling for an evolution of narrative because even though I kind of imbue her with my own headcanon she feels wholly real and I just think that’s neat. Also totally revamping it soon so it’s a little more focused and connected and actually ends but it’s my take on STRQ’s backstory from Raven’s, and occasionally Qrow’s, perspective, and I will shamelessly promote From a Once Great Unkindness on AO3. You like Raven? You’re not alone!
Yang’s Character Breakthrough in V7
While Ironwood dominated this Volume, he wasn’t the only one who had character development. Yang reached a pretty impressive milestone as well.
Except for the Yellow Trailer and enrolling at Beacon, every single action we have seen Yang take has been at least partially motivated by Ruby. She talked Blake into coming to the dance partially to cheer up Ruby. She went to Raven’s camp to reach Ruby. She agreed to follow Ozpin on Ruby’s recommendation. She confronted Raven a second time and fought Adam as part of missions led by Ruby.
But in V7 Yang starts to step away from Ruby. First there’s spending more time with Blake, but her big breakthrough comes when she decides to tell Robyn the truth. This is the first time we see her take such a major action without Ruby as a direct motivator. And while she might have asked herself “What would Ruby do?”, she still did something that risked Ruby’s disapproval, however slight that risk might be. That’s a major step forward for Yang in her character development.
somewhere on a rooftop in atlas
- when The council meeting™ was underway-
Joanna looking through the binoculars: who had robyn throwing a chair on their card
Fiona: bingo :)
May: damn it, i just needed her to call Jacque an ass to his face, is that too much to ask?
I think we all understand that Team RWBY’s victory came not from them being particularly stronger or better fighters than the Ace-Ops, but rather through better teamwork and coordination brought on by far closer personal bonds and experiences, as well as quite a bit of guile and subterfuge, which is what I now find particularly interesting:
The fact is, Team RWBY effectively took the Ace-Ops apart piece by piece with some fairly ruthless precision and subversive tactics. We see Team RWBY exploiting personal character flaws in the individual members, like Ruby baiting Harriet’s competitive nature with her opening zinger, Yang needling Elm by mocking her ‘following orders’, Weiss exploiting the limitations of Marrow’s semblance by flanking him with her summons and Blake taking advantage of Vine’s attempts to restrain her to deliver Yang’s grenades right to his face.
We also see Team RWBY execute a pretty effective Divide-and-Conquer strategy, on both a Team and Individual Level: Ruby keeps Harriet occupied and unable support her teammates, Ruby, Blake and Yang all make sure their fights stay OUTSIDE the office so Marrow has no backup against Weiss. Additionally Weiss herself takes down Marrow by dividing his attention with her summons, and Blake and Yang beat Vine/Elm by isolating them and taking them each 2 on 1.
Now here’s where things get interesting: Where have we seen these exact kinds of tactics before?
Preying on and exploiting the weaknesses of your enemies? Keeping your enemies divided and separated so they cannot face you united? These are the very same tactics Salem has been using against humanity for centuries. Hell, they’re the tactics Salem just used to turn our heroines’ allies on each other in the previous episode AND in this one!
To be honest, I am not sure at all where this could be leading, but DAMN is it interesting.
It could be a way to show just how much Team RWBY understands the threat posed by Salem, more so than basically anyone aside from perhaps Oz himself. They understand her game so well that they can play it themselves. We could even see using Salem’s own tactics against her in future volumes!
Hell, just look at Ruby in the previous episode and how she speaks to Salem: A calm, low and deliberate tone that conveys absolute assurance in what she’s saying. When Ruby says “We don’t need to kill you to stop you. And we will stop you,” she speaks with the same complete confidence that Salem has always spoken with. And for good measure, Ruby dropped some ‘we know your secrets’ shade with her line about the lamp.
Basically, Ruby threw Salem’s rhetoric right back in her face. Is it any wonder Salem dropped pretenses at that point and just threw a ‘your mom’ retort back at Ruby?
Again, I’m not sure where exactly CRWBY could be going with this or if it was even an intentional reference, but WOW does this raise some very interesting implications for Team RWBY’s fight against Salem in the future.