Made an icon from this picture of Howard Charles
, who has excellent eyelashes.
Rewatching The Musketeers
, and the whole thing with Athos' almost Reform morality is interesting. Good people do good things, therefore Porthos, Treville and d'Artagnan are good and anything they do is good (or, in d'Artagnan's case, fundamentally not a good idea
, but coming from a good heart). Bad people do bad things, therefore Milady, the Cardinal and he himself are bad and mostly what they do is bad. And you're watching this going, Oh, sweetie, no,
because narratively, he may be right, but it's such a terrible idea. It's this kind of thinking that got you fucked up in the first place.
Similar to Joe Dawson from Highlander
's knee jerk defence of his friends, and but you tend to see more how poorly that works out for him, in that he makes some pretty unfortunate friends over the years, and really should step back when they... turn into international arms dealers and/or start murdering people. Joe usually eventually did
sort out his feelings, but the loyalty stuck until he was pressed pretty damn hard.
I have a loyalty kink, which I tend to sum up with the line from Christopher Moore's Fluke: Or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings
: "I have pretty strong feelings about loyalty.
" And I tear up at that bit in the Star Trek
vid "Long Live
" when they hit the line "Take a moment and promise me this: that you'll stand by me forever" over Picard and Guinan, Janeway and Tuvok, Sisko and Dax, couples who were friends across time and space and generations, no matter what (all inter-racial, inter-species, cross-gender friendships that we don't see the start of). And I love that, the idea of an unbreakable bond, though life and death and life beyond death. If you give me a story that's that straight up, I'll be a happy pumpkin.
But I also love stories where someone has that kind of loyalty and is wrong
. I was just showing Nenya random bits of Les Mis
2012, and the whole Javert character is a study in misguided loyalty to... something (the state? the law? god?). Look at Joe's death count for believing in the wrong person at the wrong time, which he only periodically deals with. Look at Gunnar from Sinbad
, who used to murder civilians as a way of life, and didn't question it, until the day he did.
Usually, a character is introduced the week they turn out to be WRONG (see Marsac or Charon in The Musketeers
, anyone Riker ever previously worked with on TNG
), so the conflict of to whom Our Hero will remain loyal isn't super drawn out. However, there can be this perfect moment in fiction where an entire character's life falls apart because they realise that they were absolutely dedicated to the absolute wrong thing (then usually die "redemptively," which I hate with the burning fire or burningness).
I love watching someone rebuild after that. It's some of my favourite character development: someone who trusted absolutely, learned that trusting absolutely was a bad idea, and now has to figure out if it's ever safe to trust again, and if so how much and who.
It's probably why I'm enjoying Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
as much as I am this year, tbh. Skye is my baby, and she's not learning the right lessons in there somehow.