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wlw-in-a-forest · 6 hours ago
ive seen so many caswen hcs that say they're not really big on pda but.......
do y'all remember when ej and nini were dating? he was not afraid of pda
mans constantly had an arm around her or was latched to her side (he's touched-starved okay <3)
and now that episode one of the new season is out we've all seen that rini is that couple. the one that is literally so disgustingly in love and they make it everyone's problem
so i don't think ricky's shy about pda either
the only reason i think he would be is bc he might not be out yet,,,,
but i feel like ej would be the type who's very open about being bi (or. the exact opposite. because he feels like he has to be the golden boy and this will change people's perspective of him. there's no in between. (sorry my brain is always looking for ej angst xx))
anywho this brings me to my conclusion that ricky would be a little uncomfortable with pda at first, but ej is always pulling him closer and reaching out first (not to make ricky uncomfortable. he just doesnt realize why ricky isnt as affectionate in public and he's used to showcasing his love to everyone)
ej's always complimemting him and fawning over him and hugging him and ricky's like ejjjjjjj. my reputationnnnn
and then the first time ricky pulls him in for a kiss first ej gets so happy which only makes him more affectionate because omg i just love my boyfriend so much and he kissed me this time :DDDD and it's a whole cycle
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biqherosix · 6 hours ago
yes i am on a writing hiatus, yes i am asking you to send me ej caswell requests. i’m actually begging i’m simping so hard for the man i need inspiration and material to work with rn. even if i may not post them, please bare with me 🥺
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jealous-kippen · 6 hours ago
the way ej is so proud of ashlyn makes me so happy
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jealous-kippen · 6 hours ago
ok but look at ej and then look me in the eyes and tell me that man is not so gay
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mackmeta · 7 hours ago
HSMTMTS 2x01 Review
New Year’s Eve was a great way to return to HSMTMTS especially after such a long gap. Let’s dig in!
Vladimir Lenin once said that, ‘’ there are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen". It’s been almost a year and half since S1 ended but this past week has seen revelation after revelation as the fandom has resurrected itself and promotion for S2 kicked into high gear: Joshua Bassett came out, Frankie and Joe confirmed that they are a real life couple, Larry seemingly confirmed that S2 will only have 11 eps rather than the 12 initially ordered, and perhaps most importantly Olivia revealed that she and the main cast are under contract for 4 seasons and made clear that she’s leaving the show as soon as her contract is up.
I really enjoyed this premiere, it felt like picking up right back where we left off. I’m guessing that S2 was originally supposed to premiere around Christmas or New Year’s but the holiday decorations and real Utah snow add a charming aesthetic to the ep. Tim Federle deserves credit for giving HSMTMTS more of an ensemble feel which is no easy feat with a cast as large as this show has. It likely won’t last due to covid restrictions  but at least for tonight we got to see all the characters hanging out together acting like a real group of friends.
The dialogue tonight really reminded me of Glee and I think I mean that as a compliment. Miss Jenn in particular seems to be doing her best April Rhodes impression minus the alcoholism. 
The rini scenes tonight were lovely. Perfect gift was a great song and I loved the rini duet during the music in me as the world faded around them leaving just the two of them. The Harry Styles reference is funny in light of Josh’s coming out interview. Of course, it’s hard now to separate Nini and Ricky and Olivia and Josh. Their chemistry shines through as 2x01, 2x02, and possibly parts of 2x03 were filmed pre Jolivia breakup which seems to have happened around summer 2020. Whether they can keep that same chemistry later on in S2, not to mention future seasons, remains to be seen.
A major theme tonight was communication and clearly Rini need to work on theirs. Poor Ricky had to learn that Nini’s moving to Denver the night before she leaves town which has to remind of him of his mom effectively abandoning him. Ricky saying that he’s never gonna breakup with Nini ever again sure sounds like foreshadowing for a disaster though the odds that this time Nini initiates the breakup are pretty good. 
I’m glad that the show is continuing to delve in the Bowen’s divorce story with their house being sold and Ricky and his dad having to move into an apartment. Divorce is expensive and the division of assets typically leave people less well off. Mike Bowen needs to work on his communication skills but he’s rocking that beard; it takes him from depressed divorced dad to depressed divorced daddy.
Seblos was cute and in a nice change of pace Disney doesn’t seem to be cynically teasing them then cutting their scenes. It was refreshing to see them just being a couple and to hear Carlos casually refer to himself as gay. In that regard tonight’s ep didn’t seem like it was a Disney show at all and it’s major progress that there are now two main gay characters on HSMTMTS. We learn that Carlos is rich which seems likely to be a source of conflict with Seb who comes from a large farming family.
Bet on It was really fun and I liked that Ricky apparently couldn’t stop singing it. The medley of HSM 2 songs was fun but I’ll be real with you wildcats, I never thought HSM 2 or 3 were nearly as good as the first movie so I’m not sad that they’re doing something else this year.
Wild that Big Red’s mom also calls him Big Red. Salt Lake Slices seems poised to be a big part of S2 both as hangout spot and work location for some of the characters. Redlyn are sweet together but sometimes Big Red comes off as a closeted gay guy which isn’t ideal for a het pairing that is supposedly a big part of S2.
Nice to see Gina so excited to have sleepovers with Ashlyn. We know from 2x03 that Gina contends with being single on Valentine’s day and from her glances at Ricky tonight she’s clearly not over him. Tim’s playing with fire and I can only hope he knows what he’s doing. I liked the little detail of Kourtney having AOC on her vision board, it feels true to the character (hopefully AOC gets elected president one day if the USA doesn’t collapse into a fascist dictatorship or civil war before then). EJ’s beard has got to go but I like that he seems committed to being a better version of himself; very doubtful his plan to go straight to Duke like his forefathers doesn’t change by the end of the season. 
Derek Hough did a good job of playing Zach as a subtly condescending man who managed to swiftly undermine Miss Jenn’s confidence, we’ll see what he and North High bring to the table.
Looking Ahead:
Next week are auditions for Beauty and the Beast, we know Ashlyn gets the role of Belle and EJ has conveniently removed himself from the running for Beast which presumably clears the path for Ricky to take the lead. There’s been some controversy over the casting choices and I’ll save my comments about it for the 2x02 review.
We get to see Lily who looks like a meaner version of season 1 Gina, we’ll see how much depth she actually ends up getting. Howie is introduced in 2x03 and Antoine likely shows up later on. Jack likely shows up towards the end of the season.
Howie seems to have a connection with Kourtney though the character synopsis does say he gets close to a wildcat or two which certainly leaves room to slide him into Gina’s plot. We know Antoine is into Ashlyn so that’s another love triangle to look forward to. Jack was described as having wanderlust and most of the cast seems not to have filmed with him so I think it’s likely that he plays a role in convincing EJ to take a gap year rather than head straight to Duke. 
A translation leak on TikTok reveals that in 2x03 Gina is sad that she’s only gotten a Valentine’s Day gift from her mom. A brief clip from the promo shows up her on her porch at night holding a heart shaped box of chocolates. If that’s supposed to be from a secret or semi-secret admirer than it has to be from either EJ, Ricky, or Howie. If it’s a platonic gift then it could be from anyone, we’ll see what Tim has up his sleeves.
Nini moving back to SLC is a question of when not if. It’s going to be very difficult to bring her back in a way that’s justified and also doesn’t leave the time she spends in Denver looking like a total waste. Frankly, I’d rather the show just bite the bullet and bring her back with as little fuss as possible.
We’re possibly around a quarter way through HSMTMTS given that the mains have 4 season contracts and presuming that the show is not cancelled earlier. At the very least the show will be radically different after S4 if they try to continue it as Olivia has made very clear that she’s going to leave asap to pursue her burgeoning music career full time (notably she’s only done the bare minimum of promo for S2). 
Looming over the remaining seasons of HSMTMTS is what the professional relationship between Olivia and Josh looks like especially since in many ways the show is built around Ricky and Nini. Off screen relationships have often caused on screen problems and dating a co-worker is rarely a good idea since even clean breakups leave lingering resentments. Obviously the Jolivia breakup was not clean, Driver’s License, Deja Vu, and Good 4 U (which is a certified bop) were clearly written from a place of hurt and in some ways were written to hurt. It’s no surprise that Joshua has dropped his duet with Sabrina Carpenter from his EP; someone on his team at least is trying to stop the damage to his reputation. There’s a decent chance that Olivia’s songs becoming such hits has irreparably damaged Joshua Bassett’s reputation among the same pool of largely young women that he’s targeting his music towards thereby cutting off his music career at the knees. If nothing else this behind the scenes drama should keep things entertaining for a while.
Until next week Wildcats 
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hohslop · 7 hours ago
i might officially become an ej stan this season
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random-nerd-3 · 7 hours ago
HSMTMTS fic bingo!
This was just something fun I did to hopefully drum up some new HSMTMTS fics on ao3! Lmk if you want another one, I'll make it for you guys!
Tag me if you try and complete a bingo! I wanna read all the fics!
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sunset-bobby · 9 hours ago
someone said it on tik tok and it’s kind of tru but
Bet on It is lowkey the new A Billions Sorry
which like Big Red watching Ricky attempt parkour
is literally Ashlyn watching EJ sing a billion sorrys
we love couple parallels
but like if you aren’t aggressively twerking to both of these songs ur not doing it right
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cursedlovlttrs · 9 hours ago
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while i do not adhere to anything about hsmtmts after season one; there is some slight spoilers but nothing that hasn’t been out for months [like the musical as that is in my canon] but this is to note about my divergences and other things like that.
ej caswell is a gay cis man, which took a lot of courage to be able to figure out and fully admit. he did care about nini deeply, but the romantic aspects of that were him trying to force him to be what he thought was best. she was perfect on paper for him; but nothing deeper than that.
he is also constantly working on trying to be a better person, knowing that his actions regarding nini’s phone were very bad and his attitude as a person wasn’t the greatest in general.
most of his viewpoints of himself can easily be described with the lyrics ‘’i think i’m the worst, so i act like i’m the best.’’  fake confidence and arrogance is easily used to ignore the already bad looming thoughts in his head.
though this goes against the canon of the show, in my version of his backstory; his parents end up divorced. his mom reacts kindly and well to him coming out. his father doesn’t and their relationship mostly ends post that.
his main ship is ricky [ @nocategcries​ ] but he is open to tentative shipping with others, long as it’s respective to his sexuality and not forced. though he’s vastly unlikely to be able to attach to someone other than ricky. but give him friendss.
to note, even with ej’s sexuality /he would not view gina as more than a sister to him/ and does act towards her in an oler brother manner.
the first time that they did beauty & the beast; he did play gaston as it worked with his character at the time, showing a stop in growth and feeding into thinking he needed to be the bad guy. for this time’s b&b, he does play beast to symbolize his growth and inner struggle with himself to be a better person.
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jessconte · 10 hours ago
any gifs of ej would be greatly appreciated (although that one scene with carlos yelling and ej being like ‘…okay’ in the kitchen would be Amazing)
surprise! here’s that funny scene between ej and carlos. 
i’ll be doing much more gifs of ej later on in the day :) if you have any more requests, send them in!
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jessconte · 10 hours ago
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“Wait, have you seriously not heard what musical we’re doing?”
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litrallytyrus · 10 hours ago
the fact that ej is a second semester senior is so heartwarming 2 me ... baby boy i am right there with u ❤️
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nini-ricky · 10 hours ago
first off i’d just like to say, i can’t fucking believe season 2 is finally here. after what was it 16? 17? months without this show, we finally get to see what’s coming next. admittedly, it is a little strange considering i’m so used to the characters that we as fandom have concocted over these last couple months. but i’m incredibly excited to see what this season has in store for us. 
since last season some of you liked whenever i posted my thoughts on the episode, i figured i would do it for season 2 as well! plus, i think this is super fun and i like to see your thoughts as well hehe anyways, here are my thoughts on season 2 episode 1 !!!!!
- even though we’ve already seen something in the air i was still so excited to watch it all over again!!!!! each character truly shined in this scene, and i absolutely loved it!
- rini is really that gross/cutesy couple that no one wants to hang around with and that warms my heart and their little montage during the perfect gift i’m CRYING they are all happy and in love and together and i love it
- ricky is truly what so many au’s i’ve read have portrayed him out to be (and i’m not mad about it) but for the love of god, nini needs to communicate with him we’ve done this no communication business before and we already know how that turned out
- i am so excited to see kourtney’s journey this season, of course as well as all the other characters we didn’t quite get a chance to explore last season
- gina and ash as roomies makes my heart swell they both look so happy and gina finally getting a chance to build proper friendships and relationships it’s all i want for her
- i can’t believe ricky’s moving, like i know it’s practical with just mike and him but still, it kinda pokes at your heart
- i will take this to my grave but i think nini would be the best gift wrapper of all time, but yk whatever (also the HSM stickers on the skateboard made me cry PLEASE)
- “you’re my home” it speaks louder when you know the news of what ricky has just learned, and we all know that it goes both ways with them
- “why are you hiding from a handsome man who isn’t wearing a wedding ring” IM CRYING THATS SO FUNNY also loved the introduction of Zack, i’m excited his character and his storyline this season
- the bet on it season i could not for the life of me take seriously !! but props to Big Red for being the supportive best friend (i love him)
- also Red ofc the kiss counts - i am alsoe looking forward to Big Red blooming this season, i want to see him shine and gain confidence in himself and i’m hoping it’s not just for his relationship with Ashlyn but for himself as a person
- ricky was so fucking funny this episode and i’m looking forward to more comedy from him and all the other characters of course
- EJ’s already showcasing how much his life is about to change and i just i sympathize with him in that aspect. its difficult to think that in just a few short months you’ll be leaving it all behind and you really want to embrace every last second of it. EJ’s storyline, with college and finding out who he is, is definitely one i’m REALLY looking forward to seeing
- as it’s obviously evident by blog i am rini shipper, however, that doesn’t mean that i hate on the other ships that get in the way of mine. so, when i saw gina’s reaction when ricky and nini came in together, my heart broke for her. i’m sure many of us have on gina’s end and it’s not fun. and i just hope that she gets to find love this season both in friendship and possibly a relationship
- the hsm2 medley was so cute i loved it !!
- the way nini kinda just dropped the bomb about denver in front of everybody i was shook and not at the same time. i completely saw it coming, but was still quite unprepared! looking forward to the reactions towards it next episode!
WOW that was long lmao i’m so sorry friends hahhaha
but, let me know your thoughts too about this episode or any theories you have going into this season. whether it’d be about who’s playing who or the storyline in general. drop an ask in my inbox and i’ll be sure to answer them hehe
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charlotte-h · 10 hours ago
pls just let’s explore an anxiety storyline w ej, thanks.
bet they’re gonna have him not get into that college and yet still not give him a decent plot :/
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did-i-just-join-a-cult · 10 hours ago
is it just me or did episode 1 feel off? the last like 5 ish minutes were okay but idk it just felt weird. the random camera zooms? the complete disregard for character consistency considering it's been only a few weeks since the end of the first season? the dialogue?? something about it all just seemed so forced... maybe i just had my hopes too high after having to wait so long but i'm still excited to see where it goes
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billiejs · 14 hours ago
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litrallytyrus · 14 hours ago
I had to go to school so I can't see the rest of the episode but I'm angry where is my himbo 😡
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