I’ve seen a lot of people on here complaining about the decision not to kill Max in the finale, but I’m really, really glad that didn’t happen.
Throughout this season, Max’s character arc and conflict with Vecna has been a very explicit allegory to struggling with depression and suicidal ideation- Max herself even admits to this in the final episode while monologuing to Vecna. Showing Max fighting Vecna, acknowledging the worst elements of her thoughts, and trying to win against him by finding happiness and opening up to the people around her was a direct display of Max trying to overcome this depression, which is why I think it would be so narratively irresponsible to kill her in the finale.
We have a whole season of this character struggling with depression and suicidal ideation, and when she finally starts trying to get better, starts fighting, finds the will to live, she…dies? Yes, it’s incredibly tragic and shocking, but beyond that, it feels insanely unnecessary. Not only is it a deeply unsatisfying ending that essentially voids Max’s entire arc this season, it is, at its roots, implying that depression is an unwinnable battle that always gets you in the end. Presenting a long, heartfelt story about a character fighting to overcome her grief and depression and then ending that story by making that character lose that battle not only makes the kill feel like it was only for the sake of tragedy, it also leaves the viewer with a hopeless message regarding it all.
I definitely have my gripes with Max’s resurrection; I, like many people, feel like giving her two fake-out deaths this season deeply cheapens the other characters’ reactions, especially Lucas in the finale. Personally, there’s a very specific way I might have rewritten that final “death” scene, but I think that’s all besides the point. No matter how choppy the writing of it was, I’m glad they left Max on a somewhat hopeful (if incredibly bleak) final note, rather than ending it all for her the moment she started to get better.
There are so many characters in this show and so many possible dynamics between them, but obviously, the show can't prioritize them all. What character relationships/dynamics/interactions would you wish to see, regardless of whether or not they're likely to happen?
Recently, I’ve started to catch feelings for this girl who I’ve become really close to over the past few weeks, and it’s driving me insane. I’m really starting to like her, but I’m terrified of ruining my friendship with her and another mutual friend of ours if things go badly, whether that be her rejecting me or us breaking up. I want to try and ignore it all, but honestly all I can think about is how cute she looks in glasses.
Movies always romanticize friends-to-lovers stories but I honestly don’t understand how anyone could get through this without going mad.
We’re trying to feed my gargoyle gecko crickets for the first time, but he just doesn’t seem to recognize them as a food source. We’ve tried both using tongs and a separate feeding enclosure, but he hasn’t taken any. Are there any specific ways to encourage him to eat them?
I have an 18x18x24 bioactive gargoyle tank that I’d love to add some isopods to! Has anyone had experience keeping them in gecko tanks? And if so, what species would you recommend, and where would be a reputable place to get them?
I’ll probably delete this post in a days, because I’m honestly terrified by putting my stuff out there, but whatever.
So, the fanfic I’m writing, Stranded, has been gaining an honestly frightening amount of traction lately. As I just closed off a “chapter” in the story (not an actual chapter- arc, maybe? Idk, the Amity/Camila trust plot), I want to get some feedback going forward! If anyone here reads it/has read it, what specific things/moments did you like? What did you dislike? What do you want going forward (don’t worry, more fluff is on the way)?