Original French Production of Les Miserables
HOLD THE FUCK UP
ARE THOSE CHAINS??? DO THE ENSEMBLE MEMBERS HAVE CHAINS ON THEIR WRISTS THE WHOLE TIME???? BECAUSE IT LOOKS TO ME LIKE THEY DO
OR IS IT SPECIFICALLY WHILE THEY’RE PLAYING THE POOR/OPPRESSED?? WAIT LET’S GO BACK AND LOOK AT WHO DOESN’T HAVE CHAINS.
- THE RICH PEOPLE IN THE FIRST PICTURE(IS THAT COSETTE’S WEDDING? I’M NOT SURE)
- THE FOREMAN (IT LOOKS LIKE FANTINE DOES HAVE CHAINS)
- THE THENARDIERS, LITTLE COSETTE, AND MAYOR!VALJEAN (ALTHOUGH IT KINDA LOOKS LIKE HE MIGHT STILL HAVE THE MANACLES HIDDEN UNDER HIS SLEEVES)
SO YEAH I’D SAY IT’S DEFINITELY A PHYSICAL MANIFESTATION OF OPPRESSION
AND LES AMIS HAVE BROKEN CHAINS WHEN THEY’RE DEAD ON THE BARRICADE (ALTHOUGH THE CHAINS SEEM INTACT IN THE ONE WITH JAVERT SO PRESUMABLY THE CHAINS BREAK WHILE THEY’RE DYING OR MAYBE DURING ONE OF ENJOLRAS’ SPEECHES THAT WOULD BE APPROPRIATE)
NOT TO MENTION THAT THEY’VE ALL GOT CHRIST POSES HAPPENING HOLY FUCK I CAN’T EVEN THE SYMBOLISM HERE HUGO WOULD BE SO PROUD
WHEN I INVENT TIME TRAVEL I AM GOING BACK IN TIME AND SEEING THIS PRODUCTION BECAUSE THIS IS AMAZING
Why In the Flesh should be saved:
- Its portrayal of discrimination is one of the most realistic I’ve ever seen in a piece of media (specifically when it comes to homophobia & mental illness)
- Even when dealing with such serious subject matter it manages to strike a balance between tragedy and comedy so it’s not a continuous bombardment of depression & darkness
- Several well written female characters. This seems like a baseline requirement for any show but it’s ridiculous how many shows and movies never achieve this. But on itf we have Amy; who is given her own narrative that doesn’t revolve around the main character, Jem; who we clearly see struggle with PTSD but is never seen as weak because of this, Maxine Martin; who could have been portrayed as 100% evil with no redeeming characteristics, but instead is a charismatic, complex woman who won’t let anything get in the way of her achieving her goals, and several other characters with memorable personalities.
- A main character who is queer. LGBTQ+ representation is increasing in the media but all too often these characters are merely token secondary/minor characters or their entire character revolves around their sexual orientation. This is not the case with this show!
- There is too much that can be covered in this show and so many questions that need answered for it to be cancelled now. It’s done so much good with just a mere nine episodes, think how far it could go with double that amount (or even more). We could discover more about the lives of other undead people, the changing opinions of the public, watch Simon & Kieren’s relationship evolve, FIND OUT WHAT IS GOING ON WITH AMY DYER.
- BASICALLY I’LL PROBABLY GO MAD IF I NEVER FIND ANY OF THIS OUT. THERE IS JUST TOO MUCH POTENTIAL IN THIS SHOW AND IT WOULD BE TRAGIC IF IT WERE WASTED.
to be honest i get confused when people talk about how great Orphan Black is in terms of representation
like… this is the show where ALL of the characters of color are some combination of marginal, dead, tragic, absent, abusive, or subservient to the white characters (post doesn’t include Alison’s friend Meera, played by Priya Rao). like i’ve said before, this show has truly made casting only white people for the significant roles into an art
but then i remember that for queer white fangirls, good representation never includes people of color. it’s all about white queerness, and we don’t just cast everyone else aside but actually stomp them down so that we can get higher up
you only have to look at how the most beloved character in the fandom seems to be Cosima the anti-black little shit. and her appropriation of a Black hairstyle is part of the REASON people like her (because “it’s so sexy and edgy and just looks so good on her” -___-)