Popular Post Nashville June 3, 2022 Popular Post Share June 3, 2022 Playing catch-up here: On 5/27/2022 at 10:17 PM, LittleIggy said: It’s so sad to see El bullied and powerless. ☹️ You just described at least 50% of every high school student body ever. On 5/28/2022 at 11:54 PM, Chicago Redshirt said: But there's no reason to think that Erica's 14-level half-elf rogue was so off a level from the rest of the party or that Eddie didn't/couldn't adjust things to accommodate Lady Applejack being new/different. Judging from Eddie’s reaction I’d guess Erica’s L14 character was at the very least on par with the rest of the group’s characters, if not one or two levels above. On 5/30/2022 at 8:23 AM, krankydoodle said: There's also the moment in the classroom where the girl sitting next to Will tries to play footsie and he pulls away. It could just mean that he's not interested in her specifically or that he didn't want to do that in front of other people, but I also thought it was interesting that Will is seen as a socially acceptable romantic prospect despite associating with the class's favorite bullying target. Purely MHO here, but I think these incidents - coupled with some of the Will-centric bits from S3 - go much deeper than a facile glance at Will’s potential sexual identity issues; they imply a much deeper (and sadder) look into Will’s psyche. Aside from El, Will has spent more time (and was exposed to more shit) in the UD than any other character - a week, at the very least - and unlike El, Will had no “superpowers” to support his survival; he was simply a little kid struggling to stay alive with next to no training or resources. To an ADULT, this would be traumatic as hell; to 12yo Will, I expect its psychological impact was MUCH more profound. *I* think Will’s experience basically crystallized (for lack of a better term) his ability (and/or desire) to mature emotionally. Will’s first 12 years of life were, if not stellar, at least comforting and sane - and relatively speaking, everything since 6 Nov 1983 has been one long slide of variable suckage. Will’s psychological coping response as a result has been to desperately try hold onto (and, whenever possible, attempt to replicate) the safety and security of his 12yo pre-abduction life; the rest of the world, however, obstinately refuses to cooperate. This quote from S3 sums up Will’s desire - and frustration - pretty succinctly: Mike: I’m not trying to be a jerk, okay? But we’re not kids anymore. I mean, what did you think, really? That we were never gonna get girlfriends? That we’re just gonna sit in my basement all day and play games for the rest of our lives? Will: Yeah. I guess I did. I really did. Will faces an irreconcilable conflict: he wants himself - AND his environment, including his friends - to stay rigidly in their pre-UD states forever. Now, that simply will not happen - they’re all growing older and their lives continue to evolve (and diverge) - but Will still steadfastly resists growth or change of any sort; he maintains his 12yo self’s soup bowl haircut, and recoils from any situation with sexual connotations. In short (I know - too late), I don’t think Will at this point is necessarily straight OR gay; psychologically, he’s still locked in in a relatively asexual prepubescent state. The physical changes in Will’s body present a conflict which will be difficult for Will to resolve, if not impossible. I’m curious how the show will (attempt to?) resolve this irreconcilable conflict, but I have to admit I’m more than a little worried about what the future holds for Will in this respect - assuming he DOES have a future. 😕 1 1 1 5 5 21 Link to comment
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