Chocolate is good, but rocks and puddles are better ;)
This phrasing in particular makes me think that my theory has some credence, they’re going to reconstitute as SWORD, no longer just the last line of defense.
James Buchanan Barnes
OH MY GOD YOU GUYS. How have I never, ever seen this before?!
(hat tip to bethbethbeth01 for pointing this out!)
THIS IS THE PHIL THAT FURY RECRUITED!!!
Phil knows he’s not going to college. His mama wants him to but he’s seen the bills before she manages to hide them and he knows they can’t afford it. He’s got good grades but his reputation as a troublemaker won’t get him any scholarships. He’d tried to keep out of trouble for his mom’s sake but he couldn’t stand bullies and as a massively dorky short kid who was possibly a little indiscreet about his preference for kissing boys he saw more than his fair share of them. If he sometimes ended up with a black eye for his trouble it was worth it if next time they’d rethink picking on somebody who couldn’t defend themselves as well as Phil could. The point is he’s not going to college so he needs a job. His dad was in the army before he joined the police and so was Captain America; he’d be serving his country by following in their footsteps and if he could cover the rent for a couple months so much the better. So he goes to a recruitment office and they look him over and he’s a good candidate but the officer looks over his records and listens to Phil and thinks he might know of a better place for him. Phil’s driven to protect people, he thinks outside of the box, and he clearly has some leadership skills. So he calls his old army buddy Nick Fury who’s a senior agent at an intelligence agency and tells him to come look at this kid. Next time Phil shows up at the office Nick’s there. Now, Nick isn’t the director yet, he’s a senior agent, he’s got both eyes, and a leather jacket instead of a leather coat. So Nick gives his pitch tailored for Phil and although he’s given it a dozen times he knows that this is the right place for the man. Phil’s wary of this dude who seems to know everything about him (which is a good quality for a secret agent) and he’s a bit of a little shit but Nick can also see him trying to hidehow impressed he is that SHIELD is what the SSR became. Nick likes him immediately and is also aware that should he succeed in recruiting him he will be giving him headaches for the rest of his life. So Phil takes his card and tells Nick he’ll think about it but he’s already thrumming with the idea of following in Cap’s footsteps in a different way, in really doing some good in the world with his talents, of taking down bullies of a different sort. Six weeks later he’s unpacking his bags in a dorm room at the Academy he shares with a skinny boy named Felix and he sees that Nick (who he found out from his fellow cadets was tapped for assistant deputy director) had requested to be his SO and thinks that he’s finally found his place.
can we talk about how this fucking pbs show aimed at little kids easily talked about how anxiety is stressful but normal
Ok no but can we talk about this entire episode?
It was called April 9th, and it was actually a response to the 9/11 attacks. It didn’t talk about the attacks themselves, but rather focused on teaching kids to deal with the all of the emotions that they might be feeling as a result. They set up a situation that might evoke similar emotions in children: a massive fire at the school.
Arthur’s dad was in the fire, so (as you can see above), Arthur is constantly worried about his dad’s safety.
Sue Ellen is grieving because her journal, which contained a huge amount of precious memories, was destroyed in the fire. Muffy is confused why she can’t just cheer Sue Ellen up by giving her a new journal.
Buster wasn’t at school that day, and feels confused and guilty that he isn’t sad about the fire like the other kids. He then befriends the school janitor, who has to retire due to an injury that, at his age, is pretty serious.
Binky actually saw the flames, and is constantly traumatized by the event. He doesn’t tell anyone because he feels like he would lose his tough-guy reputation if he admitted that he was scared.
The episode teaches kids that all of these emotions are perfectly normal and natural, that there’s not one right way to feel, and that even if it takes a while, things are going to be okay.
The thing that makes this show so great, in my opinion, is that it knows that kids are intellegent and strong enough to deal with these things if you present them in the right way. It doesn’t hide them, it doesn’t sugar coat them, it just presents them in a way that children can understand and shows them how to deal with them.