“I lean against the fence, my back to the paddock, fingers worrying the scrap of paper as the Darkling murmurs softly to the horse, low words I can’t make out.”
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they finally fucking made crab rave: the game
I don’t know if you think this is a joke or not but this literally is crab rave- the game, it is developed by noise storm the original creator of crab rave
inej ghafa lives a largely hopeless, violent life and turns into a creature of blades and shadows in order to navigate it but abstains from murder in the hopes of achieving some semblance of holiness, as if her faith could offer her some reprieve from the filth she’s been forced to live in, as if her family dead or living could feel her devotion and be called to it, and she was born to hold knives but hates it about herself because it opposes everything she believes in, and the most important person in her life currently is a man who represents absolute and utter faithless brutality which she fights against despite her bond with him because she refuses even to let kaz brekker make her something she doesn’t want to be. but then he’s in danger with no way out, and the only way to save him is to bury a knife in someone’s skull in a church, a direct collision of faith and reality, and the guilt torments her. how will she reckon with her sin? how will the saints ever forgive her? what hope of redemption now does she have from a life that she didn’t choose? and then she sits down next to a living saint, who is whispered to be a woman of purity and sunlight, who is the opposite of inej’s grime and shadows. and the saint smiles and gives her a knife.
Thinking about the fact that in the video analyzing the first Darklina kiss, Jessie says that Alina is at a point where she’s ready to move forward and rely on herself rather than waiting around for Mal. And that we really do see her at her most independent in episode 5. She’s laughing with friends, embracing her power, settling in and deciding she wants to be a part of something greater. And she’s taking what she wants with the Darkling
None of Darklina is framed like her growing reliant on the Darkling or her being under his control. In her romantic scenes with Kirigan SHE is the one calling the shots at all points in time. She’s in control of the first kiss, she approaches him during the winter fete, she is extremely open to his advances and then he asks her for explicit consent and she gives it. There is no doubt about what she wants in this moment.
Up until episode 5, Alina has been holding onto the idea of not just Mal but her childhood and her trauma and her feelings of isolation and her ultimate belief that she will never fit in. But in episode 5 she leaves that behind and steps forward which is an incredibly hard thing for someone to do when they’ve been through so much.
And the narrative frames that as WRONG. Baghra calls her naive. Stupid. Chastises her for falling for Kirigan. And because Baghra is meant to be the correct party and the Darkling is evil, ALINA is framed as wrong and her episode 5 journey invalidated.
The problem isn’t that Alina walks away from Kirigan. The problem is that the narrative takes her character growth and decides to punish her for it. By linking her road to independence with her relationship with the Darkling (the very terrible, evil guy, shame for liking him SHAME) her road to independence is invalidated by the narrative. It says that not only is she wrong for liking the Darkling, she’s wrong for trusting Grisha, for wanting to be a part of the Grisha, for wanting to be a part of something bigger, for wanting to move forward.
And I know people will say ‘yeah, but the Darkling is bad so she needed to leave’. But I’m talking on a bigger picture here. Its not about whether or not the Darkling is a good person. Its not about whether Mal is a good person either (because I think he is in the show). Its because ‘Darkling bad, Mal good’ that Alina’s emotional growth is undercut and shamed. Because the good guy is attached to where she came from and the bad guy is attached to the future and therefore moving forward is villainized. And that’s what gets under my skin.
I think there’s something to be said about what happens after Baghra reveals she’s the Darkling’s mother, though? Because Alina doesn’t go and wait like a good little girl where Baghra told her to, she gets the hell out of dodge. And when she meets Mal again she’s not ashamed of her power.
The problem was that the Darkling wasn’t trying to make her be her true self, he was trying to make her into what he needed her to be. And are we gonna ignore that he was actively cutting her off from Mal, her best friend, making her feel alone so she would HAVE to make friends in the Little Palace? Lying to her and trying to relate to her, all while hiding his true goals and identity? Red flag behavior! This was not Alina at her most independent at all.
Alina is a girl from Keramzin who loved Mal and worked as a mapmaker. Alina is also a powerful Grisha who can summon the sun. Her character growth is not about learning to think for herself, she could already do that (think about how many times she disobeyed rules or defended Mal before ever learning she was Grisha). Her growth is about reconciling two parts of herself that she once might’ve thought were at odds. As she comes to realize, though, the part of her that is Grisha, and the part of her that is an orphaned girl fighting in a war both have one thing in common.
They don’t like bullies.
I really cannot stress enough how this is not about ships. Its not about whether or not I think Alina is better with the Darkling. It is about the narrative framing. In the first few episodes, nearly every action Alina takes is caused by/dependent on Mal. She burns the maps to stay with him. She decides to cut her hand so she isn’t seperated from him. She spends the first few episodes apart thinking about him. Writing letters. And it is shown that her being unable to let him go is what’s holding her back from her power. I’m obviously not saying Mal himself held her back. I’m saying that latching onto him was holding her back. That is the framing. there is a reason that she doesn’t get control over her power until after she moves on from him.
Episode 5 is the first time she’s making moves/decisions that have nothing to do with Mal. Some of them are Darkling related. Some of them aren’t. The problem is that because her decisions with the Darkling are framed as bad, most of the rest of her development in episode 5 is also framed as bad. And at the end of the day, maybe she doesn’t wait around like Baghra told her too, but she also does trust Baghra pretty instantly.
I do like the fact she doesn’t listen to baghra. But I still think they should have given Alina the agency and let her discover the Darkling’s lies herself without having to be told. I dunno, have her find the letters he’s been keeping back or something. Make it a decision she makes based on HER OWN INFO.
When I talk about narrative framing, I’m not talking about ‘what was the best decision for the character to make?’ I’m not talking about the characters world. I’m talking about the character choices and plot points the directors/writers chose to line up. The way the writers decided to construct the arc. And the way the writers try to construct the arc undermines Alina’s journey to independence quite a lot–because almost all of her decisions and development are tied to the men in her life.
The even more confusing thing is he said he hoped the show would continue for 4 seasons(in another interview)so WTF is he going to do with the Ravka plotline if he kills off Aleksander or is he going to wait until s4 for the SOC story to finally happen?!Fire this man already he's proven to be incompetent at his job!
I guess he wants to either drag CK long and then put KOS and ROW. It’s clear that he and Leigh thinks that her self-insert and the Crows re the future of the show with that.
i think that the “i do not control the ____” memes are generally tame and do not lend enough credence to the genuine absurdity of the original line that is
I saw this and remembered that I had this thread saved in a folder and figured this would be a good time to bring it out
READ THE WHOLE THING. I cannot garuntee that you will be pleased, but I can guarantee that it is one HELL of a rollercoaster.