Tumblr Character Breakdowns

Now on a much lighter note, (more or less),

*One of the aspects at which Tumblr excels is the Character Breakdown. There’s  something about it that really lends itself well, to analyzing characters in movies and shows.


Finn and Kylo:


Final Dual at Starkiller Base | Script to Screen
Finn vs. Kylo Ren | Rey vs. Kylo Ren

Of note:

  • Despite his fear, Finn raises his blade in welcome.
  • Kylo Ren turns, attacks, cuts – amazingly Finn blocks, counter-attacks – clearly impresses Kylo Ren
  • Kylo Ren…attacks with a primal savagery–Finn blocks, turning defensive hits into offensive ones. And he actually gets a hit in!
  • Kylo Ren pushes Finn back, attacks with pure ferocity – Finn is stunned – unprepared for this fierceness.

Finn is courageous and brave and impressively skilled with a light saber, a Jedi’s weapon, though he lacks formal training and is in a battle for his life with someone trained in the Force. That Finn was able to injure Kylo is a huge deal. The only reason Finn was overpowered is because he was unprepared for an opponent to be so fierce and cruel because even throughout his indoctrination under the FO, Finn maintained his fundamental beliefs that fights and battles should be fair and that one fights with honor, respect, and out of necessity and not pure hatred or thirst for power. Finn is good and thus was unaccustomed and unfamiliar with the kind of evil he was up against. He knows now. Kylo better get ready. Because as John said, “Finn ain’t playing no more.”

Source: vivelareysistance rebelfinn finn meta my Finn meta tfa scriptmy son is so good and bravehe’s been introduced to an evil he underestimated precisely because he’s so goodi’m crying and you’re crying we’re all crying
Eve Moneypenny:
I knew there were several reasons why I loved this character, but just couldn’t articulate it beyond her being one of the best reasons to watch Skyfall. Then again, Naomie Harris is a phenomenal actress who excels at playing these types of women.

Eve Moneypenny:  How She is the Most Effective Subversion of the “…Black Woman Don’t Need No Man” in Pop Culture.




I racked my brain trying to think of a current black woman character in entertainment media who has managed to be pushed as a high-profile, mainstream visibly desirable, and emphatically pursued, without any of the typical soft swerves that can be interpreted any other way in order to placate a bigoted mindset.

In this case, even internationally (I exclude Shondaland, because she’s a black woman. It’s to be expected that we get to have rich complete black women’s lives in her programming).

The only name I could come up with off the top of my head is Eve Moneypenny.

Why Eve?

Well, let me list the ways:

  • She’s not safely black: she’s got a halo of straw curls, -not the typical and expected stick-straight weave and decidedly brown, not beige skin (I’d love to ask Naomie if that was a deliberate choice on her end, if so BRAVO!)
  • There is an obvious attempt at seduction, that cannot be interpreted any other way.  Bond’s desire to do so is made clear. It is in no way oblique or up for interpretation, which is the usual standard.
  • Bond being a ladies man a “raging misogynist” as Daniel Craig puts it, means that he is placed at the epitome of cultural iconography for peak masculinity.   He’s smooth. He suave. He’s gets EVERY woman he wants. Except for Eve, but and THIS IS IMPORTANT. It’s not because he lacks initiative or desire, but because she sees him for what he is and does not choose him.  Eve marks Bond as a dog and chooses not to sleep with him.  She has the power and chooses “Haha, you’re cute, but no.”
  • That facet of Eve’s personality has been changed for the better (originally she was the one pursuing Bond while he flirted and dodged her). Now, now a black woman is the ultimate Bond girl, precisely because she is the only one who chooses not to fall for the schtick. Win-win.
  • Her image is used to push luxury brands associated with Bond, i.e.:

in a world where blackness is often associated “ghetto” and “ratchet” to see a black woman, as the iconic character be the international face pushing these brands? Welcome progress.

  • She’s not depicted as too busy, too strong, too anything, but smart, for sex with Bond. That I give a lot credit to Naomie for her portrayal. In that gorgeous and sexy shaving scene.  She’s cheeky.  She smiles, the flirts, she plays the game, but she doesn’t leave the room because she lacks the time or the desire.  She leaves because cute as he is, he’s fucking messy.  …Not because he can’t love her, because he could and would but because she’s not willing to risk ending up like Vesper.  Bond is the one who you can’t just kick out bed.  The point of the scene, and what makes it so much sexier than most full-on sex scenes, is Bond’s complete surrender. He gives her a blade, with which she could easily slit his throat (especially if she had turned out to be a double-agent!) and gives himself over to her devices. She is clothed, he is half-naked eye-candy for the viewer.

That’s a rare mainstream onscreen depiction of  grown-up, het sexuality, PERIOD. and for it to be in a film this popular and successful and with a black woman?! Unprecedented. Talk about a turn around from the disposable, dead and forgotten a scene later, Jezebel plaything shit that was pulled in To Live and Let Die between Roger Moore, who is hot steamy garbage, and Gloria Hendry. whose toe-clipping is better than Roger Moore’s entire being.

  • She gets the show-stopping “cleans up nice” entry scene in that gorgeous golden gown. She gets the full body camera pan reveal, the jawdrop, and vocal acknowledgment of her beauty:
  • And finally, she is the ONLY Bond girl who gets to endure. To continue from film to film, being not only the one who got away, but also the ONLY one who Bond got to save from himself. Bond suggested that she take a desk job, not because her mind is sharper than her sniping, but  because she’d be protected from danger.  Eve, went after that job, because she agreed, not that she wasn’t a capable field agent, but she’d also like to protect the beautiful brain of hers and she’d be good at it. She’s the girl, among the many; the revolving door of all matter of Bond girls that will come and go.

Moneypenny is the ultimate desirable Bond woman, too good for Bond not in the off-hand “this is how we get out of dealing with a black woman’s sexuality” Hollywood bullshit way, but genuinely, the ever pursued, always-protected, perpetually out-of-reach.


A few more points:

Her name is Eve. …Which has a lot of symbolic connotations and wasn’t a name canonically given to her until Naomie Harris was cast.

Moneypenny had no first name until that point.

On Bond’s surrender… The essence of sex, is trusting someone with your body. Bond at his essence (at least Craig’s Bond) is about throwing his entire self, sacrificing his body and soul for two “women”, Mother England and M (which could be interpreted as one in the same, one as personification of the other).

Bond’s true sensual preferred self is submissive, IMO. To be vulnerable and reveling in being able to give that to someone. …But it’s the mask of dominance that he shows in his work out of necessity, lover and enemy alike.   Giving himself over completely is something he doesn’t have the luxury of doing because of who he is.  He grew up rich and privileged, is now an elite trained spy, -a damaged one at that.

Everything about him has been trained to be the man in control and he ran because in a split second that choice, his illusion of control; of choice and trust was taken away. …At M’s will and Moneypenny’s hand.  Eve is the only woman to have taken out (penetrated) Bond.

So, two things about Moneypenny that are unique. Bond gets her being that instrument, that “hand of death” of M and England, and she is the only character who is shown to get that about him; to have experienced that same aspect of the work as Bond has.

She wasn’t quite damaged in that, but it was a close thing and he didn’t want that for her (another reason to get her out of the field). Despite having had his control (and his life nearly!) taken by her hand, and his whole conflict with M and the entire motivation for enemy’s arc being about trust and violation of that trust, twisting and perverting it…

HE STILL SURRENDERED to Eve in that scene demonstrating complete trust in her.

Make of that what you will.

*This was in response to one of the fan-theories, running around Tumblr, that it would be Michonne who would be “Lucilled.”This post  postulates why it should be Daryl. I’m not saying I agree, but if you’re gonna make an argument  for “the black girl gets it” then you better be ready to defend your white fave from Michonne’s fans:

Anonymous asked:

Just curious! Why do you want Daryl to get lucilled? Who do you think will?

Oh, nonny.  Let bullet point the reasons. 😀

  • It’s Daryl’s fault Negan got his hands on everyone in the line-up. Daryl was emotional over Denise, because he blamed himself for her getting killed.  This was done by his own weapon and by the man Daryl gave mercy to and allowed to live earlier.  I know that pre-apocalypse, he’s not used to anyone caring enough to go after him when he makes dumb-ass choices, but he has been in Team Family since season one.  He should know by now, that making any kind of decision like the one he made would endanger those who loved him, who would surely go after him.
  • His stans. I think its refreshingly fantastic that Norman truly understands how fleeting and precious his fame and work with such outstanding co-actors and crew truly is.  I really enjoy his easygoing nature, curiosity, and desire to be that artist.  But my goodness, his stans, with their cries of “If Daryl dies we riot.” as if he is any more important than any other character. Their pedestaling of a character type we have no shortage of film and TV is annoying.   Yes, the character has an interesting back-story and arc, and Norman has done a terrific job of giving him humanity and nuance, but he should not be invincible from danger nor consequence.
  • There is no place left for his character to go.  Daryl lived a life of neglect and horrific abuse. Intimacy for him is not a thing that comes easy. He is aggressively introverted.  Possibly the only two characters who rival that are Enid and Michonne.  He has attachments yes, he protects the group, has hunted and tracked for them.  He is one of the best warriors on hand as well, but socially/sexually (and I know Caryl shippers are gonna come down hard on me for this), I headcanon Daryl as either ace or demi.  Sexually intimate pursuits of any nature, serious or casual just aren’t among his priorities.  Remember, he was the only person indifferent to Richonne, had no opinion about going to Alexandria except perhaps that it would be good ”for the boy”, and was incredulous to the idea of settling down (”You think shit’s settled?”).  He is a loyal, honorable, and beloved servant to his family, but that’s really it.
  • …Which is why Negan would logically pick him. He is essential and beloved enough that it would hurt really bad to lose him. But he’s not a husband, lover, or father.  No one would be likely to seek vengeance. Strategically, it would be Negan’s best bet.  If Daryl had existed in comic canon, he is who would have made the same impact as the character who was chosen there.  But he didn’t exist in comic canon, which makes him a bit more expendable.
  • We have a new bearded white man who’s good at being out in the woods in Jesus. Yes, the characters are very different, but they are similar enough in function and appearance that one is that much more expendable.
  • Finally… any other character who would be chosen, makes less sense. Those attached to others?  Fuck yeah, you best believe those left behind would get revenge or render themselves useless immediately  (getting themselves killed) if Negan even tried to swing once.  Eugene appears to be weak (Negan has no notion of the value of his mind). So, the person who would make the point without him having to worry as much about getting hurt or killed himself right away, is Daryl.  This is assuming that Negan has intel about who is important to who and what function people serve. Daryl for sure could cause the most immediate damage since he has the least to lose.  Dwight I’m sure told Negan about him striking out on his own to hunt them down, which proves he’s a risk.  So, he checks all the boxes.  Important enough, no wife or husband or kid who would lash out at him, and he has already proved himself a risk. Negan has the loyalty of a lot of men despite his brutal rules. That’s not for nothing. It’s because he’s strategically competent.  And strategically, Daryl makes the most sense for Lucille.

I feel like there was more depth and feeling and untold story in these few moments showcasing their relationship than in half the relationships among the avengers and they’ve had so many freaking movies together….

also, can we talk about how cool and svelte and smooth and skilled black panther is because

damn. Plus, he’s the one who ends the madness. He’s the one who steps above revenge.

“Vengeance has consumed you. It has consumed them. I won’t let it consume me.”

honestly, no rendition of batman or spider-man’s origin has elicited any emotion from me whatsover

but I was crying when this happened

I always pictured King T’Chaka as tall, imposing, formal, and clearly strict. To cast him as a warm, friendly, stout, charming, kind man with so much love and wit was brilliant and it hurt that much more to see him die.

The influence he had on this movie was astounding as was the juxtaposition between he and Howard and their relationship with their sons.


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