parvenuewealth:

    I’ll admit I’m not very good at doing an analysis on a character, specifically one from the Bebop universe, but she is one of my favorites so I’ll try as much as I can.
    The first time we see the famous Poker Alice on the move, we are immediately struck with some first impressions:

  • that she’s a gambler who very well knows the ropes
  • that she is cocky and confident at what she does
  • that she’s a skillful con artist that can handle a machine gun 
  • that she dresses provocatively

     Along the way we are also greeted with the image of her eating all of Jet and Spike’s food, demolishing their hangar and stealing their money. This pretty much seals the deal on the fact that she’s selfish and puts herself first before anyone. Now, a lot of fans have found this character to be extremely likable, because well, she’s pretty much one of the most bad ass characters they’ve ever come across. Others may be slightly annoyed by her constant sneakiness and bravado, some even going so far to say that she’s only made to be used as fanservice. But still, like it or not, Faye Valentine’s here to stay.
    As the episodes roll on, we are met with the first duo of sessions or a sort of mini film called Jupiter Jazz, where her presence has taken a sudden turn from the Bebop to Callisto. There, we get to see a glimpse through a small crack of her facade. What’s this?! Faye Valentine actually admits that she cares? Well, it certainly is a bit off from her usual persona, but what struck me the most during her “confession” was the sarcastic tone that she used to say that she was “such a prize and all that”. All at once, I feel like I’ve finally managed to see her true form, even though I still know nothing about her. With this she openly admits that she knows the real reason so many men decide to “pursue” her, and that despite the attitude she often gives, she’s the one most aware of it’s consequences. Just like in Mish-Mash Blues, she states that she very well knows that people will run from her if she continues like this, but she’s also very aware that she doesn’t have a lot of choice in the matter. 
In session 15 we finally get to hear about her origin, and all the while I’m pretty sure the most common feeling about this was surprise. Surprise at how this gambling-addicted, smoking, drinking, gun-toting femme fatale is actually a relic lost through time, having no origins, relatives, or even a memory to go with them. And then, of course, as one of the most tragically common scenarios, she’s fooled by none other than a con artist who just wants to load off his dept to a girl already drowning in them. Even though she didn’t realize the truth, this put her in such a position where she learns that being naive will set you on the prey list, and everybody will just make empty promises. So she toughens up. She learns how to use a gun and carve her own path, even though it’s not a righteous one. 
But she’s also desperate. She knows she’s got a past, and really she’s just looking for something, some lost piece of herself that she’s unconsciously searching for. I suppose that really she’s commonly ordinary, just another person looking for a family. She says the most cynical and negative things about everything: romance, friendship, but that’s only because that’s all she’s ever known. 
Fast forward onto session 24. After a hefty search and a quiet silence and even quieter desperation in session 18, we soon learn that she’s been going over the beta tape constantly, looking for some sort of trigger that may unlock her memories. After a somewhat comical interlude, when coming back from the ship, we are greeted with this:
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This, my friends, is a face of a person who’s lost, a person who’s witnessed an old woman recognizing her as a classmate, and at the same time refers to her as ghost. With this, she is struck with the sudden realization that even though she might have a past, one that’s connected to people who are still alive, most of them have grown old, living stable lives, and having a family to take care of them, something that she lost at the age of 20. Later on, we see her still trying to find something, by running to her old house, only to find that it’s been wiped away by time.


Now I’m going to fast forward onto another scene: the somewhat ordinary and forgettable airport scene:
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Some of you may question what the point of these pictures are. Well, it’s simple. After finally regaining her memories and finding her origins, even though there’s little traces left of it, even though it’s highly possible that her family might be completely gone, she’s alright. She’s content, because after all that searching, she’s finally found the missing piece to her life, and she now knows that she was cared for. And it’s obvious to say that after all the cynicism I’ve often associated with Faye Valentine, this is a refreshing turn. 
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One of the other scenes that define her for me is this: when she says that Faye Valentine is a very common name, all the while using a dismissive tone, as if it’s the most mundane thing out there. This pretty much mark her personality after regaining her memories: she’s tired of acting as if she’s one of the best out there, and her attitude is much more relaxed with Julia, openly revealing that she’s planning to take a break from all that. With this, I believe, she has finally put all her searching to rest, and maybe, hoping for a new start. 

Now I know that a lot of you might not agree with me on this, but from my point of view, this is what happens. 

I would also like to take some time to say that what definitely remains my favorite part is her polarity: she’s a woman who acts all high and mighty, who’s pretty much the “most unstable” when compared to her partners, and yet she’s also the most closed off person of them all. Spike and Jet, although not sharing their tragic pasts over a bottle of whiskey and hidden tears, have told each a part of their pasts, and have gained trust from one another. Faye, on the other hand, is the complete opposite. She goes into a deal with one hand outstretched and the other concealing a knife. 
But that’s because that’s how she was taught. She woke up in a world she knew nothing about, and everywhere she turned, every promise ended in disappointment. I suppose it could be said that the outside is the opposite of the inside: for a woman who wears revealing clothes, she’s the most concealed person, never letting anyone in because she might start to care too easily and too much.

And that, ladies and gentleman, is why she’s one of the best there is. 

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violentwavesofemotion:

The Hours (2002) dir. by Stephen Daldry: Nicole Kidman (with the word “Oscar” stamped on her forehead) delivers a performance of a lifetime playing a rather difficult role while disguising everything that is usually so associated with her. With a fake nose, a cold, dark and distant attitude and above all a rough change to her voice, Kidman portrays Mrs. Woolf exactly as the writers wanted us to grasp her and manages to be the most outstanding of the three despite getting the least screen time. Absolutely amazing.”

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Crocodiles are easy. They try to kill and eat you. People are harder. Sometimes they pretend to be your friend first.
Steve Irwin (1962 - 2006)

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saltandsteel:

"As our souls fill, there is more of us to offer." Roger W. Thompson

Salt&Steel

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By Stuart C. Wilson

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solar-citrus:

You would be surprised with how many people in your life could be going through depression at this very moment.  People hide it like a paper bag over their heads out of fear of being judged, made fun of, seen as weak, or just not taken seriously.  Depression should not be taken lightly, it holds us down from our purpose and potential in life.  Those who tell you that it doesn’t exist have never experienced depression in their life, therefore not understanding the symptoms and how it’s something that cannot be fixed in a day!  So if you think you are depressed or if you think you know someone else who is, please talk to a friend, a family member, or anyone else in your life that you trust - never overlook the possibility of seeing a doctor for more professional help!!  Your feelings are real, your feelings are shared upon millions.  Don’t hide it, talk to someone about it.  With the right help, you can rediscover your confidence and begin life anew with our undying love and support!

We are right here!!

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sixpenceee:

Displayed in the Saint-Étienne church in France is the figure of René de Chalon, Prince of Orange. The prince died at the young age of 25 during the siege of Saint-Dizier in 1544. 
Rather then memorialize him in the standard hero form, his wife requested (or René himself requested, or possibly both) that he be shown as “not a standard figure but a life-size skeleton with strips of dried skin flapping over a hollow carcass, whose right hand clutches at the empty rib cage while the left hand holds high his heart in a grand gesture.” (Source)

Goth power couple

My bad, I thought it was some artist making a statement about people taking selfies.

febricant:

sixpenceee:

Displayed in the Saint-Étienne church in France is the figure of René de Chalon, Prince of Orange. The prince died at the young age of 25 during the siege of Saint-Dizier in 1544.

Rather then memorialize him in the standard hero form, his wife requested (or René himself requested, or possibly both) that he be shown as “not a standard figure but a life-size skeleton with strips of dried skin flapping over a hollow carcass, whose right hand clutches at the empty rib cage while the left hand holds high his heart in a grand gesture.” (Source)

Goth power couple

My bad, I thought it was some artist making a statement about people taking selfies.

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thefingerfuckingfemalefury:

kvotheunkvothe:

gamzeemakara:

an exciting trilogy of wolves eating watermelon

Fun fact: berries make up about 6% of a wolf’s diet. This is why your dog can taste sweet things but your cat (pretty much a strict carnivore) cannot.

The wolf in that last picture though

"I AM GONNA EAT THIS WHOLE THING OF WATERMELON

ALL OF IT”

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beben-eleben:

Japanese Food Porn

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Weekend drive to Malaysia, only to be hindered by weather.

thekimonogallery:

Image taken about mid-20th century.  Photographer unknown

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Little Cheung, 2000

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