Ok so I watched TMR in theaters again today so I’m just going to go through all the Gally scenes I remember and explain why he is tragic and precious and important
- "DAY ONE GREENIE RISE AND SHINE" APPARENTLY GALLY IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE GLADE WELCOME COMMITTEE?? WOW GALLY
- Gally pushes Thomas to keep him from going into the maze because holy crap Thomas why do you have to walk directly and willingly into deadly situations, and when Thomas freaks out Gally tells him to “CALM”
OH MY GOD HE JUST SAVED YOUR LIFE PLEASE STOP FREAKING OUt
- Literally right after Gally and Thomas beat each other up, the maze starts moving and Thomas, again, freaks out and Gally says, WORD FOR WORD "You’re safe here with us"
- So basically he just had a literal fight with this newbie and he still wants him to know that he’s safe and protected WOW. wow.
- After Thomas/Minho/Alby come back from the maze, Gally has a completely valid concern that the Grievers (aka the INCREDIBLY VICIOUS AND HIGHLY INTELLIGENT MONSTERS that have probably killed multitudes of Gally’s friends) will want revenge on them now that Thomas has killed one of them
- AND NO ONE LISTENS TO HIM
- Teresa’s arrival. “The last one ever”???? basically a death omen. Completely understandable concern from Gally here.
- Thomas wants to go back into the maze; Gally wants to keep him out of the maze. What is the maze again? Oh right, a death trap. Who is in the wrong here I ask you
- The grievers leave after killing off about a quarter/half of the Gladers and Gally punches Thomas in the face because “holy crap, i saw my friends die in front of me because of what you did”
- "LOOK AROUND THOMAS", and then something along the lines of "he’s destroyed everything we’ve created"
- Can you imagine that? You’ve built this community, you have your bed and your belongings and these people that you love and in one night, one fell swoop, it’s all gone, fire.
- And then Thomas stabs himself with that griever stinger/syringe and everyone panics because oh my god, poor Thomas and Gally looks GUILTY. He becomes less anger and more worry because “he just gave himself a griever sting because of what I said”
- Basically Gally blaming himself for things that aren’t really his fault. Spoilers: This kind of happens a lot. Like a lot.
- Gally then takes charge because to him everyone is losing their mind and he needs to keep them in check so they don’t freaking die
- Gally plans to offer Teresa and Thomas to the Grievers. You can smell the desperation.
- "He’s just trying to scare you" Gally says because the only thing that’s kept them alive for so long is staying calm
- "We are home" unbelievable
- Gally is abandoned by the majority of the other Gladers. He loves them and they leave him. He wants them to stay safe and alive and they walk past him basically into hell. Ouch.
- Thomas asks Gally to come with them ((because the two of them SECRETLY CARE A WHOLE LOT ABOUT EACH OTHER)) and poor Gally has absolutely no way of knowing if they’re all committing suicide or not, so of course he says no
- But he still says “Good luck against the grievers” and it sounds bitter but he obviously he means it.
- He may doubt that Thomas is right, but he still sure as hell hopes Thomas is right
- Final scene: “i belong to the maze”
- (And then that event that shall not be mentioned here occurs, which is not at all Gally’s fault although in the back of his sad wrecked mind he’s blaming himself for it. Again.)
- Tl;dr Thomas may have been what WCKD wanted, but Gally is what WCKD created. Paranoid. Scared. Trapped. Manipulated and so, so, blind.
- But he was also loyal and caring and logical; a little abrasive, but he loved the Gladers all the same.
- It’s all very unfair.
On this day in 1805 the Royal Navy under Admiral Nelson smashes the combined French and Spanish fleet off Cape Trafalgar.
Leading eventually to the Pax Britannica and one hundred years of unchallenged British dominance of the seas, the expansion of the British Empire to include nearly 400 million people, and the creation of an “informal empire” of business hegemony.
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For people who are actually interested in how viking music might have sounded, “Drømde mik en drøm i nat" (/I dreamt a dream last night) is the earliest music (and lyrics) known in Scandinavia preserved on the last page of the (~1200-1300) Codex Runicus as rune notes.
The song and melody is still known and used today in most of Scandinavia, as a sort of folk-standard. This version, deceivingly slow in the beginning, is presented as close to the original sound of the years 900-1000 as historians think they can come.
This song might have survived because it was a gigantic hit, like the viking’s very own “Billie Jean”. A total pop slayer that stayed around long enough for music notes to be invented.
The more you know.
Cool as hell
↳ 21 October 1805 AD - A British fleet under Admiral Lord Nelson defeats a combined French and Spanish fleet at the Battle of Trafalgar. Nelson is shot in the shoulder and chest by a French sniper, he is taken below and dies about 30 minutes before the end of the battle.