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hella-enchanted:

I'm not sure we're interpreting that scene with Grace growing that flower correctly. There's nothing that says the faeries are Irish-style sidhe, so the air/fire/water/earth understandings of magical ability don't necessarily apply. I think they might be doing something East Asian?? Anyone getting a kind of cyberpunky feel even though it's definitely a Western monster-of-the-week show?

acunningplan

am not up to date on my cyberpunk literature! Can you elaborate?

hozierthecar

There's this thing in cyberpunk where they took older East Asian models (primarily originating in China but used elsewhere) of understanding magic and grafted it onto technology for their worldbuilding. You see it a lot in Gibson's early work like Neuromancer, and Professional Alan Turing Fetishist Neal Stephenson does it a lot.

The general gist of it is that there aren't four elements but rather five, and that they have an underlying dualistic aspect of yin/yang (dark/light, female/male, nurturing/generative, broadly speaking) which is itself underlied by something nondualistic (this is one of the reasons why Unifying Thaumatic Theories are so fraught in China, by the way, if you follow any Chinese media fandoms).

I want to add on to @hella-enchanted's commentary in this vein by pointing out that I'm pretty sure we saw Grace's companion in the background of Episode 12's coffee meditation scene reading a book in Korean.

hella-enchanted

I definitely had not noticed the book! Good catch!


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hella-enchanted

I'm really loving whatever they're doing with Tony's shirts this week. Serious old-school Kirk clothing damage vibes.

urmomfriend

ikr? Beefcake for Garrett.

acunningplan

(A gif screencap of Garrett and Tony making eye contact despite Tony's shirts being so torn they reveal most of Tony's chest.)

Garrett's a total gentleman. It's respectful!

urmomfriend

"Respectful thirsty" sounds like something from an alignment chart.

pppyourboat

It's a good thing that Tony's canonically got water-related magic then!

hella-enchanted

He's the quenchiest.


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The Phases of the Town

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Summary:

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So nobody's ever just...accepted that I can't reliably do magic before. It was a whole thing in school, I had a remedial magic program and everything. In the end they put me in the "nonmagical" magic class. That was okay, I guess? Nobody was asking me to do anything that I couldn't do, or which I could do some days but not others. I liked that. It was simple.


acunningplan

oh wow did they just do what I thought they did?

hella-enchanted

THEY DID

birdnetwork

2/2 FOR @HELLA-ENCHANTED BOOYAH *DOES A LITTLE VICTORY DANCE*

acunningplan

Ella, are you secretly working on the writing team???

hella-enchanted

I solemnly swear I am uninvolved in the making of Selkirk!

pppyourboat

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urmomfriend

The Five Phases in Selkirk: An Analysis in Retrospect

So since @hella-enchanted called the use of the Five Phases instead of Aristotelian approaches to magic, here's some meta about that thing now that we have canon confirmation, and why it matters!

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birdnetwork

HEY A READING LIST ON THE FIVE PHASES THEORIES OF MAGIC FOR SELKIRK FANS

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