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Being Alone, Chill, and Chris Evans: potofsoup: rainnecassidy: cynics-and-romantics: chris-evans-and-his-pizza: shanology: verysharpteeth: I have to comment on the fact that when it comes to the serum, Bucky is souped UP on that stuff. Steve probably tones back how much he鈥檚 hitting normal humans, but GOOD LANDS. Bucky鈥檚 not just knocking someone down, he鈥檚 getting them air borne. With a kick. We know the cyborg arm is really strong, but BUCKY is insanely strong. Reminds me of the comic where he throws an arrow through someone鈥檚 face with his good arm, not even the cyborg one. Bucky is scary ramped up in the strength department. This is why when people talk about Bucky having received an 鈥渋nferior鈥 version of the serum, I kind of raise my eyebrows. The overall effects of Zola鈥檚 serum might have differed from Erskine鈥檚, but it certainly doesn鈥檛 seem to have left Bucky physically weaker. There are a lot of fics that assume Bucky would not be a match for Steve if Steve were actually willing to fight him, but Bucky more than proves his strength in Winter Soldier. This should also make people realize that he isn鈥檛 some lost puppy. He can take care of hisself, even if he doesn鈥檛 have memories. He got the Smithsonian by himself right? He got those clothes himself right? He can take care of himself. He was manipulated to be a predator. He is strong enough, swift enough to take down prey. He is intuitive enough to find who or what he wants. Even before The Soldier, Bucky was smart as a whip and could hold his own in a fight. But now? Now he is the perfect weapon, whether or not he wishes to be. He adapts, he fights, he wins. You know what else bugs me? When people act in fics like he鈥檚 just going to snap and kill everyone around him. 聽Bucky is not a violent person. 聽I don鈥檛 think the Winter Soldier is a violent person either. 聽He killed because he was聽ordered to, but if he wasn鈥檛 ordered to? 聽TBH I think the Winter Soldier would probably be pretty chill and quiet. 聽Like, you wouldn鈥檛 want to startle him or whatever, because yeah, scary ninja personification of death, but if you were just, like, sharing a train car? 聽Or sitting in a waiting room? 聽Not a randomly violent guy. 聽No homicidal urges. 聽Probably largely just wants to be left the fuck alone to, like, contemplate Dostoevsky or something. I recently re-watched Cap2, and this scene 鈥 it鈥檚 basically Bucky鈥檚 equivalent of what Steve did on the Lemurian Star 鈥 he takes out a whole squadron (???) of pilots single-handedly.聽 And it鈥檚 鈥 stunning how brutallly effective he is.聽 No fancy Cap parkour.聽 Just straight up killing machine. Which I think gets at the above meta/commentary 鈥 WS is not just a soldier, he鈥檚 a highy trained Super Soldier.聽 He can go toe-to-toe with Steve on basically everything 鈥 hand-to-hand combat, leading a team (he leads a team when he鈥檚 tracking Nat/Steve), and taking down a large # of machines/men single-handedly. The difference, then, is the drive.聽 Which is that WS has none.聽 He is a ghost that simply follows orders (and when he doesn鈥檛, he gets wiped.)聽 Bucky has no direction, so he goes where he鈥檚 pointed.聽 One thing I find so interesting about mcu!WS is how neutral he is.聽 There鈥檚 no Soviet brainwashing (we see Pierce giving him The Talk, but he doesn鈥檛 seem to actually care), no misguided sense of right or wrong.聽 Just 鈥 nothing. Of course, Steve was like that, too, at the beginning of the film 鈥 just following orders and muddling through life.聽 But Steve knew enough to be dissatisfied by that, to Want Out.聽 Which is why he鈥檚 Steve. And this is one of the larger themes of CA:TWS 鈥 it鈥檚 about a bunch of highly skilled people who no longer find satisfaction in following orders, and want to find meaning outside of their jobs.聽 Sam did it, Nat and Steve are looking, and Bucky is just starting.
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Bad, Children, and Fire: IS HE DOING IT ON PURPOSE? When a client of mine tells me that he became abusive because he lost control of himself, I ask him why he didn't do something even worse. For example, I might say, "You called her a fucking whore, you grabbed the phone out of her hand and whipped it across the room, and then you gave her a shove and she fell down. There she was at your feet, where it would have been easy to kick her in the head. Now, you have just finished telling me that you were 'totally out of control' at that time, but you didn't kick her. What stopped you?" And the client can always give me a reason. Here are some common explanations "I wouldn't want to cause her a serious njury. " "I realized one of the children was watching." "I was afraid someone would call the police." "I could kill her ifI did that." "The fight was getting loud, and I was afraid neighbors would hear." And the most frequent response of all: "Jesus, I wouldn 't do that. I would never do something like that to her." The response that I almost never heard-I remember hearing it twice in fifteen years-was: "I don't know." These ready answers strip the cover off of my clients' loss-of-control excuse. While a man is on an abusive rampage, verbally or physically, his mind maintains awareness of a number of questions: "Am I doing something that other people could find out about, so it could make me look bad? Am I doing anything that could get me in legal trouble? Could I get hurt myself? Am I doing anything that I myself consider too cruel gross, or violent?" A critical insight seeped into me from working with my first few dozen clients: An abuser almost never does anything that he himself con siders morally unacceptable. He may hide what he does because he thinks other people would disagree with it, but he feels justified inside. I can't remember a client ever having said to me: ""There's no way I can defend what I did. It was just totally wrong." He invariably has a reason that he considers good enough. In short, an abuser's core problem is that he has a distorted sense of right and wrong. sergle: i鈥檓 reading why does he do that and this last part has been ON FIRE, i am hollering in my house.
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