I’m new to Star Trek but have been deeply enjoying Discovery and especially Amanda “I did the logical thing… and stole his medical file” (flagrantly breaks the law) Grayson and would truly love a series that is just
No spoilers here, but there is something VERY distinct about the episodes of The Mandalorian directed by Bryce Dallas Howard and after thinking about it all morning I think it boils down to pacing. Her episodes in both Season 1 and Season 2 have had some of the greatest “Star Wars hell yeah” action sequences but there are also these little atmospheric moments that remind me the most of the OT.
All those little in-between scenes with puppet-monsters and droids and cantina bands are no one’s favorite moments but they matter because they let the audience breathe in the atmosphere for a few seconds and then everything else feels more real.
She’s just present in the universe and because of that she gets great character moments AND great action. Please let her direct more episodes!
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so lets talk about Leia who’s met Vader before ANH, Leia who was a
member of the galactic Senate, Leia who must have met the Emperor, who’s
been in the same buildings as inquisitors, who routinely lived on a
planet with sith who were actively hunting force users. Leia who’s met
and helped force users, Leia who’s been running missions for the
Rebellion for years, Leia who managed to lie to Vader’s face without
flinching, who resisted the torturebot, who managed to swallow her pain
and terror and lead the Rebellion to victory after victory after
Alderaan. And throughout it all not a single person who didn’t Know
somehow managed to miss the fact she’s force sensitive.
she somehow innately shield herself? Did she receive force training? She
clearly doesnt think she has The Force when Luke tells her in ROTJ so
did someone manage to sneak in some training while she was a kid without
letting her in on it? Did someone put a block on her? Whats stopping
Leia from being found out the first time she stands up and speaks out in
the Senate about something she’s going to passionately fight for? Or
when she picks up a blaster in the field and shoots and shoots and
outshoots everyone else?
I think its a combination of innate skill
and training. She needed to learn control, how to be a spy, how to live
embedded with the enemy. She had to come as non sensitive, a regular sentient.
Someone just like everyone else. And clearly it worked, she’s
noticeable in the way that all living beings are noticeable in the
force. Alive and present and thats is. Shes just another joe in the
force nothing to look twice at.
And yet shes the biological
daughter of Anakin Skywalker the child of Shmi Skywalker who birthed a
child of The Force. Anakin must be unsettling even to force users,
something big and different and not quite human. And Luke, who
grew up on a death world? who didnt hide himself like Leia had to, who
learned how to shoot by way of 2m long womprats, taker of incredible
shots, who takes impossible leaps of faith like they are something
everyone should be able to do.. he’s like Anakin, a supernova made
What about Leia, who held back the tide, who stood in the sun and cast no shadow of doubt of her lack of force sensitivity
Jonathan, like Phryne Fisher, clearly hasn’t taken anything seriously since 1918.
And, I would suspect, for similar reasons.
^^^This. Jonathan being in World War I makes total sense. It’s
almost impossible for him not to have been. Given his age and background, he probably
volunteered in 1914.
Of course he’s going to not take anything seriously. Of
course he can shoot. The drinking, the skittishness, the recklessness, the
sense of ‘keeping your head down’, the scepticism about traditional heroism….
The one with more actual experience of death, carnage and
fighting is Jonathan. Not Rick. Not Ardeth Bey. Jonathan.
When Rick says ‘I’ve had worse (situation/odds)’ and Jonathan replies “ Me too”. That’s probably true.
Drop The Mummy
into the real world context and that’s a character who’s going to have seen a
lot of his school friends die, along with the myths and tales of heroism they
were raised on. Sort of makes the line where Evie’s scolding him for drinking/messing
about a lot darker…
Evie: Have you no respect for the dead? Jonathan: Of course I do, but sometimes I’d rather like
to join them.
I HAVE SO MANY FEELINGS RIGHT NOW
Wait a minute. Why is it being assumed that Rick and Ardeth wouldn’t have fought in WWI, as well? Johnathan isn’t that much older than any of them–in fact, there is a good chance that he, Rick, and Ardeth are all of an age. Just because Johnathan’s hair is thinning doesn’t mean he’s a decade older.
It was a LOT easier to lie about your age back in the day. So much easier.
Johnathan is the soldier who fought in WWI and became disillusionsed with pretty much everything except wanting to live (most of the time) and live well–and where is the shame in that? He would have seen some of the darkest shit humanity has to offer, and he kept going. And the thing is, though, archaeological digs at that time were DANGEROUS. Not from curses (usually) but from assholes who would turn up with guns to try and steal anything you discovered. Johnathan never really STOPPED having to deal with dangerous pricks, it was just less dangerous than death raining down from the sky in bomb, bullet, and mustard gas form all the time.
Rick grew up in Egypt as an orphan. What paperwork? He joined the French Foreign Legion, which fought in World War I in some seriously critical battles on the Western Front in Europe. Rick is the soldier who quickly grew disillusioned with everything, but he didn’t know how to stop being a soldier. Johnathan had a career and schooling to fall back on. Rick had guns, the talent of not dying easily, and not much else. When the army finally left him behind because he was literally the only survivor of his last FFL battle, he literally didn’t know what to do. At all. “Looking for a good time” was code for “Please someone give me a fucking purpose.”
Ardeth grew up in the desert. He probably never enlisted…but if you think his people didn’t fight against invading forces during WWI, think again: that region of North Africa was swarming with soldiers on both sides, and they alll tried to claim everything they stumbled over even while in the midst of fighting each other. Ardeth spent his entire life fighting to protect what belonged to him, what belonged to his people, and trying to keep assholes from stealing things that didn’t belong to anyone (for good reason). By the time the war was over, Ardeth was disillisioned in everyone except his own people, and seriously fucking done with stupid idiots who stole in the name of archaeology. He is completely (justifiably) resigned to the worst when Rick the Magic Survivalist returns to Hamunaptra.
This has been another episode of “Actual History adding context and depth to character behavior”
I love when “The Mummy” fandom comes out to play. But it’s even better when the history side of tumblr is also in “The Mummy” fandom.
Every time this post comes around I am compelled to watch The Mummy again.
There is an explicitly nihilistic ‘old soldier’ in the movie too, just to drive home the point.
The comedic nature of The Mummy misleads people into thinking it’s just a jokey movie but it’s got a lot of stuff in it that hits Hard when you pay attention. This is set post First World War. It’s set in a country that has finally began to kick British rule (although, as usual, the British still occupied Egypt) in 1922. It’s set in 1926, so that freedom is brand new and makes everything very charged politically.
Jonathan is a rich kid who was raised on stories of heroes and the honour of war, shoved knee-deep into the trenches and learned first-hand that his teachers were liars, the stories untrue, and that the honour of war was for the generals not the soldiers in the trenches being taken out by mortar and mustard gas.
Rick wasn’t raised like Jonathan and knew there were no heroes to start with. No grand stories to share and believe in the wonder of war. Life is a constant battle and if you don’t keep fighting, then you die. So he joined the French Foreign Legion and he kept damned fighting.
Ardeth is the outlier in that his entire culture differs to Rick and Jonathan’s. He’s an outsider to the world that places Rick and Jonathan as above him because of their skin colour, their nationality, whatever. Ardeth knows that heroes aren’t always easy to find but they’re out there. They just happen to be people who don’t give up, who fight and fight, and do what’s Right even if it means their death. Ardeth and his people saw war and it’s impossible to not be drawn into it somehow, either as victims or allies to one side or the other. He learnt that war has a cost and that the growing industrialisation of the West made that cost So Much Higher. Swords aren’t the primary weapon now, you don’t fight your opponent up close. Now war is distant and bloody and the crack crack crack of broken silence.
None of them have lived easy lives, either from the beginning or through events greater than any of them. But The Mummy shows very damned well that you can cope with what you see, what your experience.
You either try and pretend it didn’t happen, joke and laugh and hide how you really fear (Jonathan). Or you keep going, surviving from day-to-day and fighting because that’s what you know keeps you alive (Rick). Or you put your damage aside and focus on what needs to be done for the Greater Good because you can’t give yourself the time to break because people need you now (Ardeth).
This movie shows the trauma of war and how little support was given post WWI to survivors because the idea of soldiers having trauma was a shameful, alien concept. Not when single rifles and swords, bows, and arrows, were the way of war, coping was known how to be done. But with machine guns, mortars, and gas designed to kill or drive you mad… how do you cope with that when you’ve never really been taught how to cope with weakness? How do you be vulnerable, admit it, and let yourself heal when you’ve never been taught how?
The Mummy makes it laughy and jokey and keeps it light, but there’s a very real thread of the Cost Of War woven throughout it. Intentionally or otherwise, it’s a damned good representation of the fact that the First World War was a war like no other that came before.
I think I’ve reblogged a version of this before but there’s been A LOT added since.