“I read your Winter Soldier analysis, and I have a question : you say that "There’s a reason his code name is drawn from an investigation into one of the ugliest chapters of American history." Please help a non-American understand what you meant? I mean I obviously see the Cold War reference in the movie, but from what you've written it seems like something more subtle *within* the Cold War... shit, I mean just "Cold War" seems too evident and I can't find the deeper meaning?”
Oh gosh, don’t feel bad, there are plenty of Americans who have never even heard of this.
The Winter Soldier Investigation was a 1971 veteran-organized media event intended to draw attention to the war crimes that had taken place in Vietnam. Directly inspired by the exposure of the My Lai Massacre (the mass murder of over five hundred unarmed civilians by American troops) in 1969, Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW) brought together discharged servicemen from every branch of the military to discuss the atrocities they had seen and committed during their time in the war. They hoped bring these tragedies before the public eye, and to prove that American military policies led directly to the death and torment of civilians. Eventually a transcript from this conference made its way before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during the Fullbright Hearings.
When Ed Brubaker, the author who wrote the original Winter Soldier arc, chose the name, he wanted something that would call up both cold Siberian winters and the atrocities of war. This fit the bill.
But the term itself, the idea of “winter soldiers”, was coined by VVAW as a response to the writings of Thomas Paine, who described the men who deserted at Valley Forge during the American Revolution:
These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country, but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.
A winter soldier is someone who will warm their hands over a meager fire and weather the cold. Someone who refuses to abandon their country and its potential, no matter what the personal cost.
So how’s that for a weird little twist? According to Thomas Paine—activist, political philosopher, and revolutionary—the real winter soldier is Captain America.
#plant yourself like a tree beside the river of truth
“"Dark siders need to make Derek the bad guy, and they need to emphasize that he “knows his place” because Scott’s true alphaness relies on Derek’s, not vice versa." *slow clapping in the distance* That’s pretty much the problem I have with Scott stans (and whit the show to be honest) , they do all they can to degrade Derek, because without Derek as "the bad one", Scott part as "the good one" is almost non-existent.”
Reblogging as quote since my inbox isn’t working properly.
Glad I’m not the only one who thinks so. Season 3a made that so obvious - it was the huge problem, imo, of Scott’s arc. And because the writing of Scott really hasn’t improved all that much, it’s still a problem for those clinging to him as the One True Alpha (TM).
In a literary sense this is done in a triumvirate with Stiles as well, the three of them shift roles, and it’s actually more complex than simply Derek=villain=good=Scott, but when Derek is a villain is Scott is a hero and Stiles is the “victim” these terms are highly simplified for the explanation. But when Derek takes the role of victim, then Stiles becomes Champion and Scott villain, and when he is hero that means Scott becomes the victim.
(seriously, I have to look it up every time)
So for their fave to be the best werewolf in the world they have to reduce the narrative from drama (where these roles change) to melodrama, where they don’t, and ignore 2/3 of the narrative.
actually it’s about 85% of the narrative because Scott doesn’t take the hero role very often at all.
The narrative takes all three roles, Derek as victim being most often, and it’s a lack of comprehension or wilful blindness to the alternative.
Instead of promoting those moments where Scott is a hero to present how he will rise they spend their energies exaggerating Derek’s behaviour until it comes to the point where they might as well watch another show.
It’s why I’m glad that they are a small minority, because dealing with them is exhausting.
And the argument that the steering wheel incident is the proof that DEREK IS AN ABUSER OMG is a prime example of how they’re ignoring the majority of canon, because everything after season 1 shows that Derek is anything but, but that doesn’t support their argument, so it doesn’t count. Puh-LEEZE.
Wow. What a way to canonize Destiel would this be:
Metatron has been working with Crowley all this time to shape Dean into the new Judas. The Mark is the metaphor for Satan entering Judas.
Metatron and Crowley make Dean an offer: Abaddon on a silver platter if he gives up Castiel, the new Messiah. They have Dean and all of Castiel’s followers convinced that Cas is the great evil, that he is the source of the devastation of the angels and one thing standing between them and Paradise, on Earth and in Heaven.
Castiel will know that his crucifixion is destiny at the hands of the New God and will succumb, if only to pay his penance for his past transgressions and accept this as humanity’s last chance at being saved.
Dean kisses Castiel, as Judas kissed Jesus, as his final act of betrayal.
But Dean knows. And Castiel knows. And Team Free Will knows how to rip up the pages of any story long foretold.
"Close your eyes…"
Are you seriously quoting Becoming? You’re awful! That hits right in the feels!