I feel very naive. Infinty War started rolling along and I got so excited– they were finally giving me the Gamora arc I’d been waiting for! Her backstory! Her complicated emotions about her upbringing! Her desire to live but also her absolute willingness to die to protect the universe! Nebula! This is what I wanted.
And then we got to that scene on that cliff and I could just feel it all sinking in my gut
Because that whole time, they hadn’t been writing that arc for Gamora’s sake, they’d been writing it for Thanos.
And you know how you can tell? Beyond just that her end was to further his plot, beyond just that she was fridged at the bottom of a long fall for Thanos’s grief and Quill’s rage, it’s this–
The Soul Stone asks you to give up that you love most. If this scene was about Thanos then it reads like this: he did. He made that trade, sure-footed but heavy-hearted. It’s a scene intended to complicate him, to humanize him, and to show his utter devotion to his goal. It makes him a more comprehensible but also more powerful villain.
But if it was a scene about Gamora AND IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN, then it reads like this, and this is what proves it was never about her journey:
Gamora turned to her toxic, abusive father and told him no, this isn’t love, and the narrative murdered her to prove her wrong.
In lieu of the idiotic fridging of our beloved character here is a proposal for a protest campaign: let’s send Marvel, Feige, Russos and everyone involved HORNS. Photos of horns, drawings of horns, cheap plastic Viking horns, just the word HORNS… You name it.
I love this idea
Can’t fridge someone who already comes from an arctic climate!
I made a difference in the world!
sometimes i forget how straight people won’t jump at the chance to watch a show with gay rep in it. i literally said to my straight friend today “oh you should watch this show, it has lesbians in it” and she stared at me for a good few minutes in confusion before asking “uh?? okay??? but what’s the plot”
ok but like when did self-sacrifice become synonymous with death? writers seem to have forgotten that people can make personal sacrifices for the greater good without giving their lives. plots about self-sacrifice and selflessness don’t always have to end in death. suffering doesn’t have to be mourning. you can create drama and emotional depth on your show without killing everyone. learn to explore the meaning of living rather than dying
Death. Is. NOT. The. Only. Way. To. Advance. The. Narrative.
Fun things to sacrifice for your loved ones in your free time that don’t include death and actually set up for a whole new season of high level drama:
– humanity (mostly applicable to sci-fi/supernatural genre)
– memories (mostly applicable to sci-fi/supernatural genre)
– love for that special someone (mostly applicable to sci-fi/supernatural genre)
– emotions (mostly applicable to sci-fi/supernatural genre)
– yourself/your brain/your skills (give yourself over to bad guys and become their brainwashed agent so your loved ones live)
– years of bloody ruthless traditions to make way for peace (hi lexa and fuck jroth tbh)
– freedom (includes that of speech/mind/will)
– your grandpa’s fortune
– hell even material possessions have that girl sacrifice her goddamn house so they can pay off her gf’s student loans or whatever juST STOP KILLING CHARACTERS TO FURTHER YOUR PLOT
Other things to sacrifice:
– your most sought-after goal
– a strongly-held belief or conviction
– your own chance at happiness
other fun things to sacrifice:
-10-20 years of your life
-some of your vitality or dexterity
-your ability to magically see in the dark
-your proficiency in battle axes
-your good looks
-your memory of the man who killed your wife
-everything but your head
Found on Facebook.
I really like what Ms. Chastain said because it articulates what bothers me about those shitty plots.
I’m on a kick of catching up on SFF tv that I haven’t bothered to see and right now I’m watching the pilot of Millennium.
New writing rule: don’t open with a prostitute being murdered. No, just don’t.
The show comes highly recommended so I’ll at least finish watching the pilot but everyone, please don’t do that.