Discussion in 'Fan Town' started by GlassesBlu, Sep 23, 2018.
I don't go here but I laughed at this and the poster says there's no outright spoilers for ep 161
Wow, final season is just going balls out on the political subtext, huh?
The progressive leanings were always there but they don't need or want to be subtle anymore. The Corruption's village explicitly linked to anti-immigrant politics, the poppy in the lapel of the Slaughter tearing out the soldier's heart... Jonny Sims really said "fuck Tories and fuck Brexit"
I ammmmm only getting into this like I'm literally just passed ep23 and I LOVE it so much
It's the first series in a while I've found that strikes the right balance of horror and compelling. Like I feel brave for listening but at no point does it cross that line where I'm too uncomfortable and want to turn off? Like it came close in the first worms ep because I fucking HATE worms but
i feel you on that! i genuinely love horror stories, but am very sensitive to depictions of gore and torture. so i can't handle a lot of horror media, particularly movies.
but i love tma because it is genuinely creepy and darkly compelling in the way that good horror is--you have to know what happens next, because the story is pulling you inexorably forward. but i was never overwhelmed.
(the closest i got to feeling overwhelmed was 'desecrated host,' but the real gory shit was brief enough and the hilltop road stuff so fascinatingly creepy that i still enjoyed it anyway)
part of my deal with 'desecrated host' may also have been because i was raised catholic, and so have many memories of receiving the eucharist and the thin waxiness of the wafers on my tongue. so.......NOPE
Hey everyone I arrive to say I have about ten different AUs all of which feature jon, elias, peter, and martin in various combinations.
I love TMA because it made me from being meh about horror to loving it a lot.
This is where I pop in to gush about my spouse and how talented they are and how they wrote a goddamn novel of TMA fic that was like all we read in this house for a solid week.
The Reverb In These Holy Halls has everyone being some kind of monster and it's a+ and full of murder and time travel and tea.
sibling and I started listening last weekend, just got to episode 53, I want to put ALL OF THIS SERIES IN MY EAR HOLES SIMULTANEOUSLY
I never thought I was a horror fan but apparently I very much am when the horror is in podcast format
already been spoiled to hell and back but will still be avoiding further spoilers as much as I can. I want a "mundane" AU where Jon is a regular librarian because For Want Of A Nail he never got into paranormal research, and Martin is an irritating library patron, and it starts out seeming like an actually mundane AU where the entities don't exist and there's no supernatural weirdness but then strange things start to happen and Jon and Martin are somehow thrown together into a mirror version of the investigations they do in canon except without all the information and resources and connections of the Institute and it is probably not actually much more dangerous than in canon but involves a lot more sneaking around horrifying places at night and a lot less knowledge of what the fuck is going on. also Tim and Sasha still work at the Institute and they end up meeting with a lot of mutual suspicion but eventually working together. I have no idea how plausible something like this actually is because like I said I'm just on episode 53, I don't know anyone's backstory yet, but I Want it
Spoiler: spiilers for 166
god, to be a worm gently wiggling in the moist expanse of the buried
I just finished 66 and I am studiously avoiding all spoilers for this show and have blacklisted everything about TMA I can. I must finish this so I can participate in fandom, I need it. aaa the podcast is so good.
I don't want to be a downer but I have had Experiences in this fandom so:
It's horror. There are queer characters but it is first and foremost horror and that means any "fluff" comes at a cost.
oh yeah no I’m ok with that, I am here for the Suffering
also I had some weird dreams last night after listening to tma with my sibling for about... 9 hours straight. I don’t plan to stop doing that so I think I better get used to weird dreams lol
i listened to the whole thing over a few days it was awesome
SAME I want to read the fanfic so badly! I've already been spoiled to hell and back but I think diving into the fic halfway through season 2 would still be a bit premature.
that said, if anyone can rec me some fic that was written long enough ago to be spoiler-free... ah nevermind, I just checked and there are 14 fics on ao3 written before July 2017 :/
informative and also witnessed
if any are good tho link me? I crave interaction with the fandom I just am only on ep 70 now
I’ve only read this one but I liked it! a short but cute Jon/Martin 5+1. I read it last night mostly as an attempt to avoid more weird dreams lol (and it worked!)
shipping/shitpost, i domt know how much this spoils as i am only here via fandom osmosis
Spoiler: vague spoilers up to 98 for those like me still catching up
reached episode 98!! Jon coming into his power and learning how to use it and how it works (and realizing how much he already subconsciously knew how it worked) is SO MUCH MY SHIT, I cannot CONVEY how much this is my shit oh my god
and the other people at the Institute? everyone experiencing that same sort of revelation/release, finally outright acknowledging everything that’s never made sense there now that they know why, Jon’s powers and the strangeness of his obsession with recording going from unacknowledged and denied to matter-of-fact common knowledge so quickly that no one has time to process the change and it just combines with everything else to hang over everyone like a lead fog while they still struggle to even talk about what they all now know and the sickeningly abrupt transition to a new normal that feels like a storm about to break... good!! good!!!!! this hole was made for me!!!!!!!!
this show really makes you think about your vulnerabilities. which of these things would I be most susceptible to? how, exactly, would it get me? would I be lucky enough to walk away and make a statement? and which - if any - would like me?
my big new fandom before this one was a bunch of youtubers, and while I was neck deep in binging their content I found myself mentally narrating my life in the way they narrate their episodes. now I’m doing a little bit the same thing in the style of TMA and it’s a bit creepier lol. I find myself noticing the sorts of tiny details the statement givers often linger on, like the specific amount of mold on my shower curtain or how comfortable I am walking barefoot in the hall of my apartment building. the sorts of insignificant things a statement giver might describe thoroughly so that they can then tell you exactly how they changed one day to introduce something horrible to their life. it is just unsettling enough to be delightful :D
further thoughts that will probably all be jossed
Spoiler: further spoilers
so far the Eye seems like the least overtly powerful of the entities, but the most able to use subtlety and long term thinking to increase its power rather than the brute force methods of the other ambitious entities. some of them don’t seem that invested in actively increasing their influence at all, perhaps because they’re naturally more powerful and enduring? the sky one, the claustrophobia/underground one, the End, probably others... or maybe I just haven’t met their respective cults yet. it makes sense that the End at least wouldn’t feel the need to amass an active following. like how Death was different from the other Horsemen in Good Omens.
the ones that are actively engaging in competition are the Desolation (Lightless Flame), the meat one (People’s Church of the Divine Host), the Stranger (the Circus of the Other), and the Filth (if that’s what it’s called?) which isn’t using a cult like the others afaict but was still being very active via the Hive. also obviously the Eye which is playing the long game through the Magnus Institute. the Spiral seems at the moment to be involving itself in events for fun rather than for ambition. I know there are some more I haven’t been able to pick out - for a while I thought the claustrophobia one and the sky were both just manifestations of the Spiral.
the Eye seems like the most benign of the entities so far, both in what it does to its victims and what it takes from its servants. the worst thing I can remember it doing to anyone off the top of my head is that newscaster woman with the feeling of being watched. not good, definitely, but also not pulling your bones out through your skin or turning you into a living bait shop. and Jon is definitely weird, but he is also definitely not like Michael or Agnes, and neither was Gertrude, who got much further into her role as an avatar than he is right now. maybe its malice is a long-game thing, though, like its ambition.
Spoiler: i know who id jump ship for
i fuck with the spiral and the flesh and the vast so hard
i feel like being some sort of fucked up triple avatar would be a bad idea, but
would that even be possible?? none of them seem very... good at sharing nicely lol. fucked up would definitely be the right way to describe that situation :D I want to ask what appeals about them, but I also don’t want spoilers lol
based on what I know (and I haven’t identified them all yet, so no spoilers pls!!) I’m not sure I’d be a great avatar for any of them. but I’d probably be easiest prey for the Flesh, the Spiral, and the buried one. the latter two because the thought of being trapped, either in a place or a situation, is horrible to me, and the former just because the episodes that have left me with the most viscerally (lol) upset feeling have all been Flesh episodes. oh, and also the Stranger, because the idea of permanently forgetting things and losing parts of my past/myself forever is even more horrible!!
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