‘only 90s kids remember the 90s <3’
This phrase, a common propaganda slogan in the early 2010s (which referred, of course, to the 1990s), may seem nonsensical in isolation, but when viewed in its proper historical context the subtle nuances of its true meaning become clear.
During the second half of the twentieth century, excessive consumption of alcohol became much more socially acceptable than it had been in previous decades, and by the 1990s there was a definite culture of ‘binge-drinking’ across much of the US and Europe. Although it would only come to be acknowledged as a societal problem at the turn of the new millennium, this binge-drinking epidemic did indeed cause memories of the decade to be hazy at best in the cases of most adults (those over legal drinking age). There is, therefore, some truth to the claim that only those who were children at the time could really recall it with any degree of accuracy over twenty years later.
The pride those children took in their clarity of memory only really developed as, upon reaching their adolescent years and young adulthood, they found themselves casualties of a severe economic downturn prompted by first the unethical practices of, and then collapse of, several trusted banks. The resulting unemployment hit these ’90s kids’ the hardest, and their generation was left with little to cling to, often crippled by debt and discriminated against by the employers of the day. It may have brought them some comfort, then, to turn to one another and be reminded that they did indeed have something nobody else could claim: a clear recollection of the decade in which they grew up.
Just watched Edge of Tomorrow and can I say how much I love how Rita Vrataski (played by Emily Blunt) subverts the traditional roles set by a female lead in an action movie:
1) She is the mentor character to the male lead instead of the other way around.
2) She starts off being more badass than the male lead and ends up still being more badass in the end. Her abilities and status as “The Angel of Verdun” is NOT an informed ability. She is skilled in combat both in the training arena and in warzone.
3) She is a career soldier who wants to save the fate of mankind. She is tough, and does not take kindly to the male lead character attempting to protect her at the cost of their entire mission. She firmly established that it does not matter whether she lives or dies as long as the world is saved.
4) She is the one to calm down the hysterical male character, instead of the other way around.
5) She is merciless on the battle field.
And not to mention. That fucking wardrobe. No tit cups. No strategic belly showing. Just fucking badass.
we need to talk about Scott Smith, who started out as more or less the token nerd, and not in the hot way. He made socially awkward comments and crushed on Delphine. For a while, I thought they were going to have him take the pouty friendzoned geek route and use him for comedy to huff and puff in the background of all the Cophine lab scenes this season out of jealousy that he wasn’t smooching Delphine because lol, male entitlement.
but no, not Scott.
Instead he expresses nothing but enthusiasm to work with Cosima and Delphine despite having no information. Even when he is the butt of the joke, he remains sincere and takes it in stride.
Most importantly, his initial attraction to Delphine is never brought up again and he treats Cosima with immense respect and compassion, becoming one of her closest friends rather than resenting her as a romantic rival. He and Cosima understand each other in ways even Delphine can’t because of Cophine’s tumultuous history.
She works with him until she can’t physically stand and he immediately cradles her in his arms and reassures her that he can handle the situation.
The guy who started out as a background nerd drooling over Cosima’s girlfriend became her strongest ally who helped her save her family. If Cosima/Scott isn’t your brotp, you’re watching this season wrong.
Scott Smith is so incredibly important, as a model for “friendzoned” guys, straight guy/queer lady dynamics, and just friendship in general.
We need more men like Scott Smith on television.
remember this post? Someone told Josh Vokey about it and he messaged me and said it made him tear up. Character development and analysis is important!