So first things first, I don't think smiling and laughing was the intended reaction for the 1st episode's after credits scene, which is what I learned after seeing other people react to it and realizing, "Oh. People are screaming and gasping. That is not what I did."
The thing is, I knew Omni-man was a villian before watching the show(but I didn't know why or how though, just that he was), I kept comparing the Guardians of the Globe to other superheros I've seen, and I'm good when it comes to animated gore, so I guess the last scene was more of a fun surprise then a terrifying tragedy, and I continued to be that way until the last episode when I realized "Oh shit, this is horrible and a completely unnecessary killing of innocent civilians on Omni-Man's part". Specifically from the building with the mother and daughter scene and *THE TRAIN SCENE*
Besides the blood and gore, the show was really fun and though some of the writing didn't really fit sometimes,(Amber knowing Mark was Invincible) it was still a super cool binge and if you haven't watched it, it's fantastic, it's on Amazon Prime(and other places if you look hard enough)
I don't understand why people villainized Amber. She was clearly worried sick and terrified for Mark. Also, she is a teenager ffs of course she will say some dumb stuff. Guess what? Mark is a teenager too and he was pretty dumb with how he handled the whole situation and used his secret identity as a last minute resource to not get dumped. William said the same thing. Eve said the same thing. Even worse, because he was feeling shitty, Mark didn't want to actually go with Eve to help people.
Out of all the characters people could have criticized *cough* Omni-man *cough* they chose the girl that builds houses for the homeless and volunteers in soup kitchens, the girl that kicked a guy in the balls in her very first scene to help Mark, the girl that inspired Eve to do better and be better.
The best way to describe Mark's love interests in the Invincible comics is with the following songs
Amber Bennett: Taylor Swift - You Belong With Me
Eve Wilkins: Avril Lavigne - Girlfriend
#amber is basically the naive girl next door #eve is the popular girl #and it's literally canon that eve got in the way #i don't think mark and amber would have worked because with the cosmic scale of the story #mark needed someone that can travel in space and stuff #also amber was doomed from the beginning #no specific hate to eve #just to kirkman for being a shit writer that doesnt know how to write women #invincible#mark grayson#amber bennett#eve wilkins #samantha eve wilkins #atom eve#invincible amazon#invincible comic
I actually just realized that Eve doesn't have any female friends. In the show she is at least friendly with Amber and somewhat close but in the comics Eve hated Amber. She started talking with Kate about 80 issues after the Rex incident happened but Kate was written to be a bitch to Eve, so naturally Eve had no reason to keep being friends with her. It sucks because now that I think about it more, none of the female characters in the comics develop any meaningful friendships with each other. The only time they interact, they are catty and shady and just fight over some man's attention. Further proof that men can't write women characters.
Mark's rapist has her own slew of faithful fans and you expect me to believe Amber would get as much genuine hate if she were as blonde and average as she is in the comics?
#Hell debby grayson gets so much love primarily because she puts up with Nolan's bullshit #and doesn't have the agency to fight against her circumstances #She can't do anything but cope #But Amber's mere refusal to not be lied to is such a threat it warrants entire dissertations on why she's worse than Nolan #Because Mark's baggage means more than her's by default so drawing a line in the sand isn't worse than outright raping him #Nah man fuck this fandom #Fuck these cop flag punisher avis that think Nolan was never in the wrong #invincible#amber bennett#mark grayson
I actually regret reading the Invincible comics after the show because I basically hate every character in the comics and now whenever I see the show's characters, I just think about how stupid they are in the comics and how much stupid shit they are going to do
Literally every conversation Mark and Amber have in the comics:
Amber: You disappearing all the time for months on end makes me really worried and scared for you, and I feel lonely and I miss you when you’re not around.
Mark: Oh my god Amber, you’re being so dramatic, I’m saving the world.
Amber: I guess... Anyway, I’m glad you’re back and I love you.
Mark: Nice. Hey remember my friend Eve?
Amber: Oh yeah I always kinda thought there was like something between you two...
Mark: What? Oh god no, she’s just this amazingly gorgeous superhero babe that I have a lot in common with but I totally don’t find her interesting or attractive in any way. Anyway, wanna go visit her halfway across the world?
Amber: Okay, let’s have sex.
Look i'm not one to totally shit on Amber, but her going to Mark's house and before saying anything KISSING HIM????? Dude you know his dad died (ya know thats what she knows in canon) and you don't think 'maybe i should be a good friend and be there for him', no instead its 'im going to use this emotional vulnerability to mold him into a better boyfriend asap'
I don't hate Amber, but this feel so fucking gross... Y'all already tried twice, broke his heart over something he literally couldn't have done any better, and now that he's depressed and mailable you wanna try again????? Toxic red flags everywhere if I've ever seen 'em
Amber Mark - Competition - the latest opinion in our series on new releases this week covers #Competition by @Amb3rMark.
It’s Friday, which means it’s new music review day! Huzzah! Today, we look at Competition by Amber Mark. Never heard of her, never knowingly heard any of her stuff, definitely never heard this one before (even now, as I write this intro while Spotify loads up!)
Let’s do this thing.
I’m on like issue 25 of the Invincible comics but I read ahead a little and I’m so disappointed 😐
Mark is kind of a dick, Eve is kind of a bitch (I HATE calling women bitches but what I hate more is women being petty and rude to other women for NO REASON other than jealousy over a man) and I just don’t care about Amber but I do feel bad for her. Debbie is probably the least irritating character and even then I shake my head at her sometimes. I’m already annoyed that she’s gonna take Nolan back. I just hope the show does all of this better. ESPECIALLY Mark and Eve’s relationship. They’re both messy idiots and they deserve each other. Hopefully the show can do all of this so much better.
IMDb Summary: In this conclusion of the long running series it finally happens: Kelly and Zack will marry. Zack's parents are against the early commitment and Kelly's parents can't afford it, so only the gang travels to Las Vegas for the wedding.
By now, I think it’s pretty obvious that I love the entire Saved by the Bell series, for all of its silliness and crazy plots. But for some reason the fun and campiness of the show just does not translate over well to full length movies.
First off, like the Hawaii movie, it had a different vibe than the regular episodes. The cinematography reminded me of a mid-90’s CW teen drama - specifically, the scenes where the guys revisited Bayside High and where Zack was at his house with his parents had the look and feel of a 7th Heaven episode (by the way, that was NOT Zack’s room).
Secondly, there was just way too much happening in this movie than there needed to be. There were a bunch of schemes (naturally) attempted by Zack to try to earn back his money that he lost, which he needed in order to pay for the wedding. There were the sub-plots, one involving Slater, a girl and the mafia, and another having to do with Screech as a male escort - both of which seemed to serve no ultimate purpose other than to give Slater and Screech something to do. Then there were things that just didn’t make sense; Kelly and Lisa ended up picking up a random hippie in the desert who happened to also be going to the Vegas to the EXACT same hotel that The Gang was staying in - I mean, what are the odds!? Also: 19 year olds aren’t technically allowed to be running around Vegas casinos. And how were they able to throw together and organize a wedding AND invite all the guests that they did all within the span of (I assume) a couple days? Were all of these guests just sitting around doing nothing, just waiting be invited and make the 3-4 hour drive to the Morris-Kapowski wedding? I mean, I guess so. And of course there was the cheese factor - the cheesiest being the Zack and Kelly montage of all of their moments together over the years. Needless to say, the ending is as predictable as you would expect.
Despite all of that, though, I really enjoyed this movie - a whole lot more than the Hawaii movie, for sure. I loved the fact that it was set in Vegas, that it involved (most of) the original Gang, and that they brought back a bunch of familiar faces - Zack’s parents Melanie (Melody Rogers) and Derek (John Sanderford), Mr. Belding, Mike the R.A., Alex, and of course Jessie! And you know, all’s well that ends well.
This movie was definitely made for people like me who grew up watching The Gang and are familiar with all of the crazy mischief they get into - those who have never watched or liked the show probably wouldn’t appreciate it as much. As a fan of the show, I was so glad that this movie happened. I think it was such a great way to tie up the series, give closure to the main characters (especially after the cliffhanger ending of The College Years), and to give the fans what they want to see. I mean what true fan wouldn’t want to see Zack and Kelly end up together? (Ugh, they are so cute.) In the end it was bittersweet - as Slater said in one of the final scenes of the movie, sadly “It’s the end of an era” - but it was an awesome era - and this was a great ending to a fun series, which certainly made the 8 year old in me very happy.
Tagged by the lovely @deadpoetsmusings, to share what I’m up to!
Last Song: “1894″ by Amber Mark
(A+ song about trying to have a fantastic time with your friends being sexy as shit at the club, and all the guys trying to make this about them and hit on you, but this is not about you so don’t touch and get out - lyrics here)
Last Movie: Caberet
(Finally showed this classic to my boyfriend. Such a great film and musical about the Nazis, about a culture slowly dying out, about contrasting the people often labeled ‘dirty’ or ‘subversive’ with the ‘clean’ and ‘sunny’ world of the Nazis. Also about looking away, about not wanting to face truth, about evil and darkness hiding behind other things. Just brilliant.
Next movie up is In the Heights!)
Currently Watching: NWSL soccer & baseball
(Honestly primary watching women’s soccer, including the Chicago Red Stars games coming up and the USWNT friendlies as they prepare for the Olympics later this summer. And my boyfriend is a huge White Sox fan, so we watch most of their games together, as I read on the side.
I always love Master Chef—Aarón Sanchez and Gordon Ramsey are both such absolute icons. And recently we’ve gotten really into LegoMasters, which is a really fun, creative show that really highlights all the things that people can accomplish and create.)
Currently Reading: Lost Luggage by Jordi Punti, translated from the Catalan by Julie Wark; also a book I’m reviewing for Booklist
(I last read poetry by Ada Limón; next up after Lost Luggage is likely a few more books in translation from Catalan.)