It takes several feedback sessions before Jack musters her courage to ask Kahlee leisurely, once they are done talking the students: “So… if I may ask…”
"You and Shepard… how did you two meet?"
The woman blinks, once. “I’m afraid I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting the Commander.”
Jack eyes her from head to toe: the blonde mane, the pretty face, the slim figure, the sparkling eyes, nothing showing her age. “You haven’t?”
"No. Why – ah, I see. When I said that a friend had asked me, I meant David Anderson. You know Anderson?"
"Uh, not in person. Shepard – Shepard mentioned him a couple of times." More than a couple, in fact. Jack never saw the man in person as she always stayed on board those few times when the Normandy docked on the Citadel. Anderson. Shepard’s CO, mentor, friend… and the Councillor. Soooo…
Embarrassed how relieved she feels, Jack nearly overlooks the obvious.
Seeing her frown and narrow her eyes, Kahlee produces a small smile – a bit warded, and a little bit mischievous. She taps her fingers on her table. “Me and David go back a long time. We sort of bumped into each other when he was being tested as a Spectre candidate, and never really let go, I suppose. - Never really pursued anything much, either,” she ends on a somewhat pensive note, looking past Jack for a moment, but as her eyes focus again, she raises her brows and tilts her head. “Did you?”
Did what? Pursue? Let go?
Jack’s throat tightens.
The mischief is gone in an instant, replaced with concern as Kahlee leans forward. “I’m sorry, Jack. I shouldn’t have pried. Sorry.”
Jack nods stiffly, unsure of her voice, and angry with both Sanders and herself, for giving away so much of… what? Sanders knows, or has figured out, anyway. “What did Anderson tell you about me?” she asks bluntly.
"He gave me your dossier – your past and your psychological profile, and said that you deserve a chance, that you have earned it and that a trustworthy friends has vouched for you."
The implication is obvious and Jack doesn’t bother to confirm it.
Startled, she looks up, and Kahlee looks straight in her eye. “I understand why he didn’t tell me, and that this is strictly confidential. If the media got wind of this…” She shakes her head, disgusted, but then her eyes sparkle briefly. “Though I’m not going to pretend that I’m not curious.”
To her surprise, Jack finds herself reciprocating the smile. “You wouldn’t believe.”
A raised brow. “I might surprise you.”
For a while, they grin at each other just like some teenage students.
Light chatting about one’s love life turns out an unexpectedly pleasant experience.
His abilities are amazing.
Delenn, describing the human race:
"They do not seek conformity. They do not surrender. Out of their differences comes symmetry, their unique capacity to fight against impossible odds. Hurt them, and they only come back stronger. The passions we deplore have taken them to their place among the stars, and will propel them to a great destiny. Their only weakness is that they do not recognize their own greatness. They forget that they have come to this place through two million years of evolution, struggle, and blood. They are better than they think, and nobler than they know. They carry within them the capacity to walk among the stars like giants. They are the future, and we have much to learn from them."
—Delenn, Babylon Squared
Can someone explain me why Oliver keeps pining for Laurel when he has this brave, beautiful, intelligent, witty and devoted woman who trusts in him unconditionally, right under his nose?
My first official post on my official tumblr page!! Every so often, I’ll post my ramblings….mostly so my husband doesn’t have to keep listening to me! Twelve years with me and he suggested a tumblr…The issue was Oliver was almost too dark. He was too tortured. There was no levity, no light in him - except for the times he was faking it as “Ollie”. He kept anyone he cared about at arms length to protect them, but it isolated him entirely. Buffy The Vampire Slayer was a show known for it’s heavy themes. One of my favorite quotes is when Buffy says “My life happens to on occasion suck beyond the telling of it.” It could be an intensely dark show. Yet, the character of Buffy had a levity to her. She could slay demons & vampires and make quippy remarks. That IS NOT Oliver Queen. He is the proverbial example of stoic. Often, showing little to no emotion at all.When your lead isn’t allowed any real levity of their own it is left up the supporting characters to do it. Oliver had Thea, Moira, Laurel, Tommy….all people who at one point or another told him what an awful person he was. The problem was, Oliver didn’t need to be told that - he already believed it fundamentally.When Felicity Smoak appeared on screen in 1x03 in was truly an exceptional scene. As a viewer, you just knew something special had happened, but you had no idea what. Honestly, it was one of the first times Oliver was shot in a scene that was BATHED in light. From her perky hello, to her babbling, right down to her soft pink shirt….Felicity was the warm against Oliver’s cold, so much so that she melted that exterior and for the first time ever….Oliver smiled.What we’ve seen from Oliver & Felicity from S1 & S2, is that yes…she is the levity in the dramatic. Often the comic relief, the one person that can make Oliver smile or laugh in any circumstance. However, she’s intelligent, with a strong sense of self. Oliver can be quite the bully when he wants to be and nobody puts him in his place better than Felicity Smoak.One thing that truly swayed me to the Olicity camp was that Felicity could always see the hero that Oliver/The Hood was…even in S1, when being a hero was the farthest thing from him mind. She challenged him that he could do real good in the city in S1 and was the first person on the show to call him a hero when she told Detective Lance “But, it seems to me he’s willing to sacrifice an awful lot to help the people of city. That kind of makes him a hero, doesn’t it?” In S2 she never strayed from that belief. Dragging Oliver back (with Diggle of course) from the island, telling he has to “find another way”. Her belief in him never faltered, even when his belief in himself did. It was her belief in him, her demand that he honor the dead by fighting, that ultimately spurred him onto his victory against Slade. Maybe on the island Laurel gave Oliver the will to live. But it’s Felicity that’s shown him HOW to live.In contrast, Laurel & her opinion of “the Hood” and Oliver, was simply too confusing to keep up with. In the early stages of S1, Laurel was the vigilante’s champion and partner. Yet, in later episodes she called him a murderer with “no remorse”. Finally culminating in her need to blame the vigilante for Tommy’s death. Yes, Felicity had the upper hand because Oliver was truthful about who he was. Maybe he did that because he knew he’d find acceptance there. If we are to believe that Lauriver is the epic romance of the show….shouldn’t Laurel be able to see Oliver for who he is? Even if he’s keeping her at arms length? I’m not trying to lay the blame entirely at Laurel’s feet, but as a viewer you are rooting for Oliver. You would expect that the supposed love of his life would be doing the same - but sadly she didn’t. When I ship a couple, I want them to believe in one another, to be each other’s champions….even when they are apart. That’s where the Lauriver history really works against them. The hurt is so bad, so painful….that it’s difficult for Laurel to see past it.When she finally does see the change in Oliver at the end of S1 it comes at the price of betraying Tommy. Even when these two make moves in the right direction, they are immediately slapped down in anger, loss, pain, betrayal. It’s why their “break up” in episode 2x1 was so honest. They finally recognized that while they loved each other, the stronger motivation for reuniting was a desire to go back, to undo the past. Thus, they began two very different trajectories….Laurel’s alcoholic downward spiral and Oliver’s journey to becoming hero…with Felicity standing by him.Oliver doesn’t pull Laurel out of her spiral. If anything, Oliver makes it all the harder by actively screwing Sara again (nice one Ollie). Anytime, he did try to help her, it either backfired or continued to show Laurel in an unflattering light. In the end, Laurel pulls Laurel together. The fact remains, that Laurel is a more interesting…more relatable , more sympathetic character, separate from Oliver.So, what are we the viewers left with? I call it the Pacey problem. Dawson’s Creek was one of the few shows where I didn’t ship the “Plan A” couple Joey & Dawson. Yes, the show was built around their epic love in the pilot…yet more often than not Joey & Dawson brought out the worst in one another, too hamstrung by their past together to allow the other to grow into the person they needed to be. Rather, it was Josh Jackson’s character Pacey that ignited the fire in Joey and the chemistry was off the charts. He challenged her and she made him a better person. Kevin Williamson WISELY realized that soul mate doesn’t necessarily mean romantic partner (Are we paying attention Arrow writers?) The finale definitively answered that Dawson was Joey’s soul mate, but Pacey was the love of her life. It takes a wise writer to realize that the place you started off in the pilot, the story you intended to tell, isn’t the one you ended up telling. It’s called organic story telling.To me, Laurel & Oliver aren’t the epic romance of Arrow. We’re only in Season 3, but I am FAR more interested in seeing Laurel develop into the Black Canary. The fact that Oliver had a romantic relationship with Sara, as the Black Canary, hopefully means that the writers checked off the comic canon box of Green Arrow + Black Canary = romance. I hope that means Laurel can become the comic book heroine separate from romance with Oliver. Or is Oliver meant to sleep with every incarnation of the character? God I hope not. I hope that the writers are wise and realize that canon, pilots and plans don’t make a tv show. The characters do. Sometimes when you put pen to paper the story arrives in a completely different place than you intended, but the great writers don’t stand in the way of it.The bottom line, Felicity balances Oliver, challenges Oliver…she is the one who can harness the light that’s still inside him. Oliver’s “I love you” to Felicity at the end of S2, (more on that some other time) was a ruse…but also a profound realization. He loves her. More than that - he NEEDS her to become the man, the hero he’s meant to be. That’s not Laurel’s role anymore. Laurel can have Oliver’s past. Felicity can have his future. The key for Laurel is that she has to love Oliver enough to let him go. Only then, will she be able to become the person she’s meant to be.
Confession: I’ve played the Fade enough times I can do it in 20 minutes, so it doesn’t bother me. I can compartmentalize the Deep Roads by area, so I don’t hate that. What I hate most of all in Origins is the constant running back and forth in the Brecillian Forest. I am constantly getting lost no matter how many times I play
The wolves will come again