A Thought on Threads of Power
This is all wishful thinking here, but one of the things I would love in Threads of Power is for Lila and Osaron to interact. Hear me out:
These two have such an interesting set of parallels in ADSOM because they’re practically the same character- an extremely powerful individual who grows bored easily to the point of travelling through worlds, who is capable of forming close relationships but is unable to keep them due to an inability to settle, who frequently runs over others in their haste to get what they want because they have no grasp of consequences and no impulse control. Osaron wasn’t kidding when he showed Lila the whole mirror thing; whether or not she actually took his power, he is the example of what Lila looks like on a grand scale. Powerful, erratic, and reckless, with the strength to do great good or great evil.
Schwab has said that an “unkillable king” will return for Threads of Power (Also, she said every character who survived ACOL is gonna make an appearance). While this could in theory be Rhy, he isn’t actually unkillable, and with the likelihood that somehow the world gates are going to split/be messed with in this series (it seems the next logical step up in stakes), Osaron’s probably going to show up as the maguffin/goober/magical object. I highly doubt he’ll be the main antagonist again, since that was already his role in two books. Wouldn’t it be neat if instead, he and Lila kinda... teamed up?
Consider: Lila and Osaron arguably haven’t started any huge character arcs yet (this isn’t a criticism, Holland didn’t really have one either); their situations have changed, but they are largely the same as when they started mentally and emotionally. But, what if Lila started to feel bad about how the final fight ended? Kell lost half his magic, Rhy lost his family, and Holland died. She didn’t really lose anything; she instead got everything she wanted. Lila’s relationship with Kell is largely “I take, you give,” (again, not a criticism of Lila, this is an interesting way for a character relationship to start out), but if she realized this, it would not only improve the pair’s relationship dynamic- it could also put her in place to make some cool plot points happen.
What if she started to wonder if she could get Kell’s magic back? She’s had the least direct contact with Osaron, so she probably isn’t as afraid of him as the rest of the group. She wouldn’t like him, but would probably assume working with him is a necessary sacrifice. Maybe she tries to release him in order to have Kell’s magic return to him or to have Osaron repair the damage. It’s a decision that’s still perfectly in character (Lila does a thing impulsively without telling anyone or completely thinking it through), but it could help kick-start some other plot points. Osaron likely wouldn’t be at full strength yet (he seems to take a while to “start up” in the series), so maybe Lila tries to negotiate with him in return for not re-Inheritoring him or something.
IDK, there’s obviously some logical issues in the idea that would need to be ironed out, but the idea of a Lila and Osaron plotline that sort-of paralleled the Kell and Holland one sounds like a lot of fun, especially if both characters end up growing through it. Bonus points if there’s a fight scene where the two are teamed up, and they just tear through the enemy while Kell and the rest of the cast watch in disapproval/horror, and at the end Lila and Osaron just kinda look at each other and shrug.
Man, now I want to write this.
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Should I watch Deadly Class?
hi nonnie!! i've been thinking a lot about what to tell you because. idk much but!! i can tell you few things if you want to. my take is that yeah, if you think it might be your cup of tea, watch it!! i have very similiar relationship with the show just like with, for example, true blood or the l word. i mean, you can say i like show, i definitely binge watched it and there are characters i care about a lot. however, there are many many issues with it you should be wary of. i'm going to talk about them under "read more". i'm only going to speak about the things regarding racial/ethnic stuff in regards of not wanting to ignore them, because it's super important to keep it in mind and i know many fans of color have been having issue with these. but if you would like to know more about them, i advise you to ask deadly class fans of color or read dc crit posts!! i just don't want to ignore them because it's a big part of what's done badly both in the show and comics and it's connected to other things. trigger warning for things mentioned and there are spoilers so. you might read it later after you watch the show to make your opinions of it. maybe read like the first paragraph under read more and keep the rest for later.
so, where to start. the thing is, deadly class is gross. there are many disgusting scenes starting with inappropriate jokes, things involving bodily fluids and waste, gore scenes, murder, and so on. if you're easily grossed out, that show isn't for you. many times it came of as using the scenes for shock factor, which was pretty annoying at times because. yeah they wanted to go for the grunge 80s messy aesthetic and all that, however it was... a lot. at times it felt forced, unnecessary, dumb and something out of edgy 12 years old boy's head. and like, don't get me wrong, i'm not a prude, i swear a lot and can be inappropriate. and i get that teens are like that, i mean, me and my friends made lots of gross jokes. but the thing with deadly class is, that it, as i said, feels forced and it's wayyy too frequent. ok, kids are making dick jokes, sure. but when every other sentence contains a dick joke, it gets old very quickly. there were moments where i just told myself please, no more dick or dildo joke for five minutes, i beg you 😭 many of them weren't even remotely funny and this is coming from an unfunny bitch herself. there are constant jabs at b*stiliaty and inc*st so be careful, please!!
i also hated the constant ableism against maria, who is canonically bipolar and has very deep trauma. yeah, you might argue that literally every deadly class character has some kind of trauma, and they do. however, maria is the most affected by it, considering she literally had to watch her pregnant mom be set on fire and her dad having long and slow, super painful death over stealing food. then she was kidnapped by murderers of her parents only to be pressured to do dirty work for them, be groomed since she was a little kid and ended up in abusive relationship with son of that guy that ordered her family to be killed. maria's trauma is probably the most extreme and complex, especially considering she might be murdered as well for the tiniest mistep. and how she made chico (that abusive motherfucker) angry because she talked to another dude in friendly, in his eyes flirty, manner only for him to shoot the guy and maria ended up covered in his blood while chico tells her how he owns her and how she owes his family. like, i feel bad for other characters as well but maria definitely had it the worst. and as someone who's both bipolar and bordeline she comes off as bordeline to me, but. it doesn't matter all that much, the important thing is that she's mentally ill ok. other characters constantly call her "crazy", "insane", and other ableist names, many times weaponize the mental illness against her. there are moments where she has every right to be upset and they just call her a "crazy bitch" and don't pay any attention to her. she asks for help and they just go "ohhhh insane maria right haha the usual". this is especially upsetting when it comes from saya (her supposed "best friend") and marcus ("boyfriend"). maria was clingy, at times difficult to handle, manipulative and even toxic, yeah. however keep in mind what i have said about her. she's a teen with extreme trauma, trapped in abusive relationship and household knowing she might be killed any given moment, especially considering chico's aggressive nature. people hate her for manipulating marcus but really?? can you blame her for doing that?? yeah, she put him in danger which was horrible, but i don't blame her for going to extremes just to escape it. while marcus was constantly lying to her, knowing she suffers from psychosis, made her question her own sanity when she had the right to be upset, just to get in on with her "bestie". they knew she has nothing and suffers from deep abandonment issues, and saya just went behind her back to be dicked down by marcus because she's a selfish idiot. just to tell maria she needs "something to make others feel sorry about" and all that shit, but that's another thing. and you see NO ONE calling out the characters' ableism. not to mention this is literally on her wiki page:
"one-minute maria is an extrovert exhibitionist, and the next she's murderous, feral and crippled by rage. at king's dominion, her instability is treated like a superpower."
like. it's so fucking ableist to treat this trauma victim's mental illness as some kind of superpower to the point of willingly triggering her during action scenes just to make her more "powerful". but i will talk about maria more later.
another thing is classism. yeah, marcus is homeless kid and many characters are from poor families. however, they still take those gross jabs at poor people painting them as "inbr*d", inc*stuous, with no manners that don't ever wash, are overall absolutely disgusting (the whole bathroom scene), unkept, dull and dumb. you may argue those are mostly white characters but still, it's a very classist take on poor people. if i'm not mistaken, the comics are written by two white men, so they don't really have the place to say "haha dumb white people am i right" because. they're still white themselves. i'm as well, but the whole supposed "critique" of white people starts and ends with classism, there is no actual conversation about white privilege, because whiteness is always just brought up in jokey manner that adresses nothing. this also goes to the characters of neon*zis. like, the biggest take on them is that "yeahhhh brandi is a cunt", which, again, challenges white supremacy in literally no way. calling this character of n*zi girl a cunt is where it starts and ends, which brings nothing to table when it comes to critiquing such behavior and ideologies. not to mention most of those neon*zi white people are, again, poor and from south and they are portrayed in such weird, bizarre way, that has very little common with actual white supremacists. it's dumb to do because they are just these surreal creatures of actual n*zis which almost aims to make them comical. it also came of as demonizing of poor people, because come on, we all know there are rich and well-mannered neon*zis, which only makes you ignorant towards them, because they don't fit the cookie cutter stereotype you always see.
then you have this #girlboss thing which is also annoying because. people always say how female characters in deadly class are amazing but this is just this whole facade of supposed feminism which starts and ends with girls fighting and killing people, but having little to no actual personality and story arcs that don't revolve around guy(s) they want to fuck. i have big problem with this fake feminist something that is just a pass for lazy writing, because those characters have no substance and you mostly see them arguing and fighting over, again, dick. like, take for example maria, saya and petra. what is most of their episodes about?? guys who they are or aren't going to date and sleep with.
sexualization and substance abuse is very big issue in deadly class. you may argue it's the reality for many teens and i mean, i agree. sadly, many teens and young adults struggle with addiction and i'm not going to play prude that believes everyone has their first sex experience after the age of 18. also considering the show takes place during the 80s. however... big however. again, it's too much and to the point of being unrealistic. i'm exhausted by how grown up writers act as if any teenager only fucks around and does drugs nonstop. as a recovering addict i found it even insulting at times with how they portray substance usage. i've seen many people in the comments on that czech website where i watched it complaining how it feels like a drug advertisement at times. and it really does. there is nothing wrong with acknowledging some people has had sex during their teen years and some struggle with substance abuse in itself. it's the way how writers and showrunners portray such things. substance usage and risky, even dangerous sexual behavior isn't something that should be so recklessly portrayed and sometimes even promoted by media, because there are impressionable teens thinking this is how people their age behave and then they feel the weird urge to do the same in order to not be "boring" and mimic their favorite characters. but that isn't just a deadly class thing, right, but i had to mention it. and the whole scenes showing people how to obtain and use drugs, it shouldn't exist, because you basically give kids a step by step guide how to do it.
and the biggest issue here that, as i've said, am only going to mention because it wouldn't be right to ignore it. it's very important to keep this in mind. however, i'm still white and i'm mentioning stuff i've seen people of color having issue with when it comes to deadly class. again, i advise you to ask fans of color for more insight. there are many things that are on the nose, though. for example, i will start with maria again. maria is a teen mexican girl, which apparently struggles with hypersexuality, considering she, as it seems, sleeps with chico for quite some time and it might be part of her mental illness. see, deadly class kids have sex in general, but maria is the most sexualized one. many call her the "spicy sexy latina" trope, because she talks about sex the most, constantly flirts with guys and tries to sleep with marcus at any given chance. i do think her sexualized behavior may stem from her trauma and mental illness, however you can clearly see that her portrayal is at least to some extent tied to the general oversexualization of latina women. then you have this kid called shabnam. he's jewish and comes from very rich family of bankers that are tied to some big company or something, which is... hello. i don't think jewish fans had issue with shabnam just because his parents are rich, but because the characters are overall based on many racist and other harmful stereotypes i will mention as well. so like. it comes off as if the writers don't even properly think about what personality and career they will give their characters and just go with the most generalized thing. and basically shabnam is this liar that snitches on his friends in exchange for money and success and his ultimate goal is to manipulate everyone and take over the school. it really does reek of anti-semitism, because this isn't just about him being a coward and his parents being rich, but every tiny little detail that forms into harmful stereotype. especially given the fact you either have one character representing group of people (shabnam with jewish people) or you have group that is literally full of characters that are the same (yakuza kids with east asians, they are literally all the same).
then you have another generalization which most probably goes way deeper than just lazy and bad writing. the character of principal is very different in tv show, but it still has this weird undertones, especially in comics. where he is basically painted as this sneaky old chinese man that is essentialy evil and his chinese heritage is many times very orientalized. idk it reminded me of those late 90s and early 2000s movies about chinese martial artists, you know which ones i'm talking about right. another thing is that there is this "yeah we have. racist white people from south. asians. latinos. black kids" whichhh... i've spoken about the demonization of poor people and weird potrayal of neon*zis. but basically "asians" are japanese kids from yakuza. "latinos" are mexican kids from c*rtel. "black kids" are from street gangs. they went with this racial/ethnic coding and giving everyone affiliation based on it and many times even personality traits and background and such. i won't speak more on it, because i'm sure you will find articles and posts about it written by people of color. these are like the absolute basics. you may see them using racial stereotypes a lot which is very obvious. like you have maria who's mexican and she always has the time to put on full santa muerte makeup on her face before classes and scenes where they are supposed to be sneaky and insuspicious.
anddd i think this is everything i and others found issue with apart from bad writing and pacing in general!! feel free to tell me how you liked it or not after you watch it if you choose to do so!! hope it helps bestie!!