Spoilers for Campaign 1 through episode 85 and Campaign 2 through episode 76 One thing I really love about Critical Role from both campaigns is the way they show that the seemingly happy, jokey, funny, delightful people are really using that as a mask for a lot of pain and insecurity that they're either hiding … Continue reading Analysis: The hidden pain of Jester and Scanlan – CR C2 Ep76 and CR C1 Ep85
I really sympathize with Fjord right now. As someone whose had their abilities and their old life taken from them, who thinks every day about what they cost their loved ones, this is a powerful and intensely real narrative. That denial and shame are horrible. It's awful and terrifying feeling like everything you've been working … Continue reading Analysis & Transcript: Fjord is ashamed of losing his abilities – CR C2 Ep62 1:56:49
Caleb’s recent change of appearance shows how far he’s come. It’s as important as any new magic item or ability. It’s not just an aesthetic change, it’s full of subtext about how he’s started overcoming his trauma. Scruffy, dirty hobo Caleb with arm bandages represents the traumatized place he started from, but he’s moving past … Continue reading Analysis: What Caleb’s appearance means to him – CR C2 Ep61
Doing something a bit different. Instead of a full transcript this will be a body language read of Fjord after the analysis. I highly recommend rewatching the scene and just watching Fjord. He takes an epic face journey throughout that gives off a lot of his emotions while trying (badly) to mask them. All of … Continue reading Analysis: Fjord’s reaction to Wursh – CR C2 Ep058 0:29:14
We're seeing Caleb buy new clothes and clean up. He had them buy the razor, but it's not until he sees Nott in a dress and free from her bandages that he commits to shaving. Part of why he removed his bandages may have been that she removed hers. Nott's felt like she had to … Continue reading Analysis: Nott and Caleb remove their bandages – CR C2 Ep58 2:43:15
The two flattering exchanges between Caduceus and Caleb caught my ear as much as anyone. There's clearly some stronger, closer relationship forming there. Maybe it will come to something else one day, but on review, I'm not reading it as romantic overtures so much as two socially awkward people trying to communicate kindness.
I’d like to address a question in my comments so it gets more viability, and I can elaborate on power dynamics a bit better. It’s a good question that gets to the heart of why this is an issue I am so firm on and persistent about. Question: Just curious, how do you feel about … Continue reading QA: Power dynamics of queer headcanons