WALLPAPER: Apollo (Lost)

Desktop wallpaper featuring Suliet from Lost

So I just finished watching the entirety of Lost for the first time (it took me about a month and a half with a detour in the middle to binge The Handmaid’s Tale and The Path on Hulu), and what a ride it was! I have very mixed feelings about this show. I love the psyche of the characters and all the little ways everyone is connected to each other like constellations. The flashbacks and flashforwards and flashsideways map this all out brilliantly. It’s the more action-packed scenes on the island that give me pause. There are only so many times people can go running around the jungle encountering inscrutable people with inscrutable motivations before it gets old. I don’t think this series is meant to be binged. It works better as a slow burn.

Admittedly, I started out a fan of Sawyer & Kate. After season 1, which seemed to last forever at 25 episodes, I had decided to quit the show as 5 more seasons of that didn’t feel too promising. I thought: maybe I’d just go through and watch the episodes that were centered around those two (as well as Locke, who is my favorite). When I found out they don’t end up together, I was kind of pissed. But I decided to at least watch Nestor Carbonell’s episodes since he was one of the main reasons I wanted to watch the show in the first place. He shows up halfway through season 3, and that’s when the show starts getting really good. So I started watching for real again. I just wish now I hadn’t watched it all out of order so I could’ve gotten the full impact. Anyway, I love Juliet. She is my favorite late addition and my favorite female character from the whole series. That vending machine scene in the finale is one of the most touching and emotional scenes in 6 seasons of the show. Who knew I would eventually ship Sawyer with someone else? I wasn’t even completely sold on this romance until that “reawakening” encounter. Anyway, enjoy this Suliet wallpaper. Sorry for the long, meandering, and completely unnecessary introduction.

Next: Orphan Black, Bates Motel, Better Call Saul, possibly more Lost.

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WALLPAPER: The Half I See (Breaking Bad)

Desktop wallpaper featuring Gus Fring from Breaking Bad

Okay, so I’d intended to make a Breaking Bad wallpaper featuring Gus Fring before season 3 of Better Call Saul began airing, because I wanted to do something to celebrate his return. As you can see it took me so long to get to it that not only is the season actually over, but it’s been over for over a month. The good news is his storyline is just beginning so I imagine he’ll probably continue to have a large role in season 4. So far I haven’t been disappointed with what they’ve given us. I know some people complain about it, but I personally enjoy the slow-burn of BCS very much. With this wallpaper I wanted to reference the circumstances of Fring’s eventual demise, which I won’t describe fully in case there are people who still haven’t finished watching the series (what are you waiting for?) lurking around here.

Next: Bates Motel, Better Call Saul, Lost, A Series of Unfortunate Events. Those are my best guesses.

WALLPAPER: The Story of Your Life (Arrival)

Desktop wallpaper featuring Louise Banks from Arrival

I completely forgot that I finished this Arrival wallpaper and never posted it. Possibly because I’m not fully happy with it, which is too bad. It looked so awesome in my head! Anyway, I adore this movie. It’s definitely one of my favorites of the year along with Paterson, Melancholia, The Lobster, and 20th Century Women. So many incredible films I’ve seen in the past 7 months. I also read the short story it’s based on afterwards, and it’s brilliant, but I think the screenplay takes to the concept to new heights. The way the narrative ultimately unfolded, the way the flashfowards initially seemed like flashbacks, the way you’re just always on the edge of comprehension until the very end when all is revealed… I’m so impressed by this adaptation to screen. And the heptapod language is incredibly beautiful. I want to learn it!

Next: Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad, Bates Motel, probably some other stuff. I don’t remember what I mentioned last time.

WALLPAPER: Blue Skies (The Leftovers)

Desktop wallpaper featuring Nora & Kevin from The Leftovers

I apologize for basically making two The Leftovers wallpapers in a row. It wasn’t my intention, but I was inspired to make my contribution for the series finale series while the episode was still fresh on my mind. Don’t worry, updates for other fandoms will be coming soon. Once again, this show has been completely snubbed in all major categories with the latest Emmy nominations. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised at this point, but I hoped with it being the final season, things would be different. As I said in my previous post, I could go on and on about how brilliant the series is and how much it means to me, but I’m going to spare you my meandering thoughts about life, love, and the universe. This final scene was an exercise in the beauty and simplicity of the art of storytelling, and it encapsulated all the best that this show has become over 3 seasons.

Next: Arrival, Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad, Bates Motel, others.

I think I’ve now fixed all the broken Photobucket links on my wallpaper pages. The ones on the icon/avatar pages will take a lot longer to straighten out, and I’m not sure it’s worth it at this point. I don’t think anyone visits my blog for the icons anyway. I’ve temporarily removed those pages from the main menu and I’ll put it back up whenever I have time to update them, I suppose.

WALLPAPER: I Woke (Friday Night Lights)

Landry & Tyra

I’ve been wanting to make a Landry/Tyra Friday Night Lights wallpaper for a long time. While I love Kyle & Connie too, Jesse & Annie (who I knew previously from Breaking Bad and Supernatural, two of my all-time favorite TV shows) were actually the main reason I wanted to watch the show in the first place. I guess you could say I was rooting for them before I’d even seen the pilot and knew who their characters were. I love the series finale “Always,” I do. It’s a beautifully crafted ending to a powerful series, and Jason Katims absolutely deserves all the accolades he received for writing it. However, I will never agree with how they left things with these two. I never expected their romantic relationship to last, but their friendship was something special, and to see Tyra blow Landry off in season 4 and then not get any closure between the two in the finale was wrong. Instead, Tyra has suddenly been in love with Riggins since kindergarten, even though they’d barely had any scenes together since they broke up in early season 1. And Landry shows up at the beginning of the finale only to disappear completely afterwards. In fact, Landry was completely gypped all around. Not only did he never get the girl, but he never got a ring either: He wasn’t on the team yet in season 1 when they first won the state championship, and he’d already graduated in season 5 when they finally won again. But I guess fans can take comfort in the fact that Jesse’s career has really blown up since then. And I’m also really excited to watch The Orville this fall.

This wallpaper is a reference to one of their most pivotal episodes, “The Giving Tree.” The reason it took me so long to make is because it was hard to find good images. I also hated Tyra’s haircut in seasons 2 and 3, which are the main seasons they were together. But in the end, these pics worked for the story I wanted to tell. I like the idea of them burying the past between them and moving on from that. And maybe one day when they’re ready, they can be close friends again. Those roots are there, and they go deep.

Next: Arrival, The Leftovers. Also, I just noticed last night that Photobucket is now requiring users to upgrade their accounts in order to hotlink on a third party site. Obviously I’m not going to do that. So I’ll be moving the last of my thumbnails over to WordPress ASAP. Please bear with me.

WALLPAPER: The Bravest Girl on Earth (The Leftovers)

Matt & Nora

It is virtually impossible to put into succinct words what The Leftovers (both the book and the TV series) has meant to me during these past 6 years. But this is my blog and I’m going to try my best. Ever since the first season, Nora and Matt have been my favorite characters. It’s ironic because Matt gets only a passing mention in the book, and at my first reading Nora seemed out-of-place in this story about a biological family. But for TV, Tom Perrotta and Damon Lindelof managed to create another family, even more compelling than the Garveys. (Meanwhile, Tom and Christine, who were the best part of the book for me, didn’t really work on screen.) The “Matt Libs” obituary scene depicted above is probably my sentimental favorite in a series finale that was full of gorgeous and fulfilling scenes. It featured the last interaction between a fascinating sibling relationship that was too often ignored during the course of the show. Not only was it beautifully executed, but I had a strong emotional connection to it as well: My older sister also used to write me custom Mad Libs when we were younger.

This is likely not my last The Leftovers wallpaper. At some point, I’d like to make one with Kevin and Nora for my series finale series. I have to admit I never really shipped those two as a couple during the show’s run. I didn’t dislike them together either, I just never really connected to their romantic relationship. That finale made a believer out of me though. It was the perfect way to end their story, and I loved every minute. There will never be another show quite like this. I’m okay with that. It makes me appreciate how special it was. Also, it would be a damn shame if Carrie Coon never wins an Emmy for this role. Just putting that out there.

Next: Arrival, Better Call Saul, Friday Night Lights, Bates Motel, Breaking Bad… You know, all the stuff that’s been in progress for the past 4 months. (I really need a new computer!)

WALLPAPER: Not Today (Melancholia)

Melancholia: Justine

At this point, I’m just going to pretend I didn’t say a bunch of other, unrelated wallpapers were coming. I’ve been meaning to watch Melancholia for a while but kept putting it off because it’s a bit long and I was afraid it would be enormously depressing. But it expired on Netflix earlier this month so I was forced to finally get it over with. It turned out to be one of the best movies I’ve seen so far this year (The Lobster and Paterson are the two others). Not only is it visually stunning, but it also captures the essence of depression in a way that is very honest but quietly subtle. I’m completely floored. As you can see, I’ve used some of the other lines from the song “Cover Me” in this wallpaper because they just fit so well. As I mentioned, I can’t get this song out of my head. I think it’s Depeche Mode’s best since “Precious,” at the very least. Also, in case you haven’t noticed from my long history of arts, I really love me some triangles and circles, and this film delivered them in spades.

Next: Well, I really am working on the various things I mentioned earlier this month, but I don’t blame you if you don’t believe me anymore. I think Bates Motel and Breaking Bad are my priorities right now. I’m also working on something new for Better Call Saul.

 

WALLPAPER: In the Northern Lights (Gilmore Girls)

Rory & Jess

I know, I know… Once again, I’m not delivering on what I promised in my previous post and have instead made something completely different. In my defense, I’ve been wanting to make a new Literati wallpaper based on the Gilmore Girls revival for some time; I just didn’t know where to begin. I was kind of upset about the lack of screen time between Rory and Jess, so suffice to say the inspiration wasn’t there. But I’ve been listening to the new Depeche Mode album on repeat, and I can’t shake the lyrics from “Cover Me” out of my head. It could probably fit any of my ships that weren’t endgame, but for some reason it made me think of Rory and Jess first. The best thing about it is, while I was making this, I stumbled upon this stock photo of a bride and groom sitting on a little bridge overlooking a lake. Completely by chance! It was fate. (And it already looks like the two of them from behind, so I didn’t even have to make a manip or anything!)

For the record, I still believe they end up together eventually. It’s just too bad we’ll never get to see it.

Next: The same stuff I mentioned last time.