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  • ladyluscinia
    18.05.2022 - 23 minutes ago

    izzy is white and participated in colonial violence against his indigenous friend/co-worker/whatever. he actively executed that colonial violence for his own means so he could have ownership over ed. how is ed cutting his toe off any worse than that?

    I assume this is referring to this post?

    So first, anon, I want you to take a second and reflect on why you feel like the logical response here is to rationalize how a man could morally deserve his boss permanently mutilating him and feeding him his own toe.

    And then I want you to stop asking yourself that because it's insane, it's absurd, and mainly because this is completely the wrong show for either of us to be taking that question seriously. Or your original "how is this worse than that?", for that matter.

    The point of the toe scene isn't to prompt us all to start digging into the nitty gritty of every interaction and implication and power dynamic present between Edward and Izzy and try to figure out who the real victim / bad guy is here. It's a shocking escalation that makes doing that ridiculous, and lampshades it if you try anyway. We were already skipping around the absurd situation line when Izzy's betrayal was undone in 24 hours by mugging a guy for a dinghy, and that just puts us firmly past it.

    And in this kind of show it can be a really good decision to make a situation too absurd to approach realistically.

    I'll put this under a cut because it got very long, but I am actually trying to explain how in-universe handwaviness is a good and fascinating thing, and why you might want to excuse a character from narrative consequences (and how that's different from excusing them from character growth).

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    So to start, handwaviness is normal in OFMD. This is because some narrative consequences are fun and interesting to play out - Izzy's rising frustration and tragic drama playing out in the background cumulating in a great raising of stakes and proper arc set up for Edward - and some narrative consequences suck and / or are boring - actually making Stede and Edward get stuck working for the King of England. So if you do it right you can explore the good bits and drop the bad ones without the audience going "Hey wait a second! That was way too easy." And adding a character level just makes things more complicated.

    Outside of Edward and Izzy's everything, the character situations are a mess if we start bringing in consequences. Stede's entire crew save Buttons, Oluwande, and Jim wanted to murder him in episode 1. Jim tried to kill Lucius in episode 2 (while Stede wasn't very concerned by his potential loss), and Edward pulled off a much better attempted murder in 10. Buttons and Roach were actively trying to murder and cannibalize The Swede after Edward abandoned everyone but Jim and Frenchie to die, and the whole crew including Fang and Ivan also tied Izzy to an anchor and were seconds from murdering him. Given all that, how many of these people should honestly just never be in a room together again? For personal safety if nothing else?

    Hell, even if your defense is that most of these situations were played for laughs - which they were and I love the mutinies in particular - there's still a glaring exception in Edward trying to kill Lucius. That was right in the middle of the "serious" set of actions that showed Izzy's scenes, so we're going to have to treat it similarly if we don't want the bad kind of dissonance... which you also get if the toe scene gets handwaved but Izzy threatening Edward is treated as serious harm. All three of these are linked. Either being sorry is enough for them all or it isn't, and I would not want to be the writer who had to figure out how to reckon with the long lasting effects of traumatic harm committed by someone you thought was a friend while in a romcom.

    If we treat all of these things as serious, are amends even possible? Much less amends that can be carried out with destroying the lighter tone of the show? What about the people around them? What kind of person does it make Stede if he forgives / accepts Edward's treatment of Izzy and Lucius even if they don't? Even if Izzy doesn't realize it was fucked up in the first place (which is now less a funny masochism joke and more a giant red flag for abuse)? And Edward's marooning of the crew wasn't treated as seriously as the rest at the time, but can we really keep stretching handwaviness to cover that if Lucius is being treated as an actual victim right next to them?

    And while I'm sure plenty of people would say that Izzy's situation is different because he's the antagonist, he's also an antagonist who has been treated with a lot of nuance and caution. If he becomes the sole member of the cast who is actually considered guilty of his own actions it will be fucked up, and that has some yikes implications too seeing as our main protagonist is a rich white guy who is getting to benefit from handwaviness around race. (Check the notes on that 2nd one too because there were multiple interesting threads.)

    Protagonist centered morality gets very unfunny very fast if your protagonists start becoming hypocrites with wildly unpleasant implications.

    For all of these reasons, it is a far better decision for the show to continue its policy of excusing unwanted narrative consequences as soon as it's reasonable - via keeping situations absurd enough to pull it off - and that includes letting Izzy off the hook as soon as he learns his lesson. Because this deliberately written and genre embedded handwavy approach is not the same thing as just blanket excusing a character.

    I mentioned this in passing in my original post (to keep it short lol) and elaborated in the tags so I'll just pull those here:

    Narrative consequences that lead to character growth are the fun and interesting kind. You don't wave those off. You want to explore them.

    This is why despite the extensive collection of fix-it fics, fanart, jokes, etc. I doubt most fans would be satisfied if Stede shows up next season, kisses Edward, and all the events of episode 10 are forgotten. That would be a retcon, not a resolution. Edward has to face the narrative and go through the character arc that they've set him on, and he needs to get the development out of it. He just doesn't have to keep facing the consequences once they've done what they needed to.

    He can regret throwing Lucius overboard, Lucius and the crew can forgive him, and they can all go right back to hanging out and shipping him with their captain. Hell, the comedy is dark enough they can make jokes about the attempted murder. But it won't make much sense to keep haunting him with it for the rest of his life, so I don't think they will.

    Izzy? Is in a very similar boat.

    He has to face first and foremost the toxicity in his relationship with Edward, and this will almost certainly necessitate addressing the racial elephant in the room if they do it right. That's the part where he figures out he fucked up and earnestly gets sorry about it.

    The thing is after that bit, the logical progression is just making him behave better in the future. It would be weird and inconsistent if Izzy gets the character development but is still deemed "beyond forgiveness" somehow (ex: Edward being unwilling to mend their relationship while getting along with Lucius, or the writers never letting him out of the apology phase). They could maybe present it like racism is a special form of evil, but for Stede reasons that is a dangerous play on a thematic level (and also a bit fucked on a real life level, since they put so much effort into making Izzy nuanced presumably to make attaining racial awareness and growth feasible in the first place).

    So yeah... I will very easily excuse Izzy's actions if he gets the "I fucked up" arc right alongside Edward's, because I know I'm going to very easily excuse Edward's actions and it does not make any sense for me to hold these characters to different standards. The show can still explore themes and character growth despite the handwaviness - in fact in part because of it giving them a way to cleanly exit a serious tangent without having to be completely serious about it. This is deliberate. This is fascinating. And this is fun.

    (And tbh I have already excused specifically the Navy plot both because of the toe thing and because it very rapidly dropped in significance as soon as Edward signed the Act of Grace. It no longer matters as a specific thing that was done so much as just one of the steps in the collapse of Edward and Izzy's relationship.)

    Also, as a final note... As with literally anything in fiction, people are going to react to things differently. Just like there's people who can't watch this show at all because Stede Bonnet was a real slaveowner, there are people who will not consider Izzy redeemable or who will be unable to handwave his actions to the extent they will other characters'. And if the show does go through with character growth, there is a good chance they won't be satisfied with what they get. It happens. There's not really anything to be done about it.

    #our flag means death #this is specifically about genre conventions and how fascinating they can be while playing with narrative consequences #i've been trying not to say *too* much on racism as it is not my lane and as such i'm not getting into details of izzy's stuff in the ask #i don't really have to anyway. it comes down to knowing they have left him capable of a growth arc and consistent treatment matters #izzy hands ofmd #blackbeard ofmd#edward teach #what the hell. i will add #lucius ofmd#lucius spriggs#genre#my meta#meta#ladyluscinia#ask#anon #(though i pretty much just bounced this into a meta post)
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  • the99thfanboy
    18.05.2022 - 1 hour ago

    Just dreaming of Izzy right now and I hope you are too 🖤

    #our flag means death #ofmd#izzy hands
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  • charmingpplincardigans
    18.05.2022 - 1 hour ago

    It is here! Part two of the Harness series! In which Izzy Hands tries to set things right, and by right I mean he goes about it all wrong. || 5,709 words / Explicit / Masturbation / Touch-Starved / Toxic Relationship / Pining /  Izzy Hands does not yearn so much as he is constantly standing in the presence of lust and sometimes it spills over onto him.

    This has been the last decade of Izzy’s life–pulling the intimacies of Edward Teach together and building the story of Blackbeard up into something that could save both of their hides. It’s not as if he’s done it alone, it’s just that sometimes he feels more invested in it than Blackbeard himself.
    As a younger man Ed was the hungriest person Izzy had ever known. Fierce, fearless, charismatic, inspiring loyalty in many and instilling fear in the unloyal. Izzy had fallen for everything about him immediately and pledged his life to acquiring wealth enough so that the both of them could have the things they were never meant to have.
    But ‘meant to have’ is an immovable object and their combined wills are an unstoppable force and Izzy watched as Ed burnt himself out against it all. Then he was forced to watch as another man rekindled the fire. Every day Izzy wishes Ed had just let him go that morning after the incident with the Spanish. Sure, he would have been adrift for a bit, but it wouldn’t have felt anywhere as horrible as this.
    #our flag means death #ofmd#izzy hands#edward teach#stede bonnet#blackbeard #this is blackbeard/izzy #and stede/ed #literally someone give ed a hug #and maybe toss izzy into the sea
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  • valentino-belladonna
    18.05.2022 - 1 hour ago

    Izzy is really that kind of character I do not know if I want to hug, slap or stab.

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  • old-deuteronomy
    18.05.2022 - 1 hour ago

    “That was… private for you, wasn’t it?”

    #ok I’m sick of drawing this I can’t get it right #read an unkindness though #guns tw#stizzy#Izzy hands
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  • rebellaliance
    18.05.2022 - 1 hour ago

    thinking about karaoke night aboard the revenge; tell me izzy hands would not sulk in the back all night drinking and absolutely refusing to have any fun until reaching a point of inebriation where he crashes onto the stage and puts on the most risqué performance of ‘lying is the most fun a girl can have without taking her clothes off’ and passes out halfway through

    #ofmd #our flag means death #izzy hands
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  • prideandprejudicks
    18.05.2022 - 1 hour ago

    hey guys I made this for izzy hands out of pure love and contempt and you should listen, also for the sake of pure life and contempt - thanks love you bye

    #our flag means death #izzy hands#Spotify
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  • frnkieroismydaddy
    18.05.2022 - 1 hour ago

    I need to talk about my transgender Izzy fic right now

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  • prideandprejudicks
    18.05.2022 - 2 hours ago

    Cool Fact! Izzy Hands ghostwrote You Oughta Know for Alanis Morissette. It's true don't look it up.

    #our flag means death #Izzy Hands #it's about Ed babe #it's all about hin
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  • ijustliketoedit
    18.05.2022 - 2 hours ago

    ofmd bts pt 5

    #ofmd #our flag means death hbo #our flag is death #our flag meets death #our flag means gay #our flag means death #our flag means death finale #our flag means death spoilers #David jenkins#con o'neill#izzy#izzy hands #izzy hands ofmd #ofmd fang#ivan ofmd#ofmd ivan#frenchie ofmd#joel fry#roach ofmd #wee john ofmd #lucius ofmd#nathan foad #the swede ofmd #swede ofmd#samba schutte#nat faxon#guz khan#david fane#ofmd bts #ofmd behind the scenes
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  • midnightwings-pirates
    18.05.2022 - 3 hours ago

    just learned that the first use of the word “namby-pamby” was in 1725. my guy izzy hands was being so izzy hands that he used it before it was invented

    #i could not think of any other suitable description for izzy than izzy #mine#ofmd #the things you learn while haphazardly googling #izzy hands
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  • karuinekom
    18.05.2022 - 3 hours ago

    ouizzy modern au ideas (pt.2)

    buttons real job is a mystery by now (and that's not me trying to avoid making up a story at this moment), no one in the band really understood it because the story keeps changing: once, buttons had been a sailor and met the love of his life, a mermaid, and he followed her blindly before stranding on a deserted island, one another time he said that he's been a famous flautist before having to leave the country, and another one, he said that he simply works in a pet shop, where he can talk with birds as much as he wants. buttons started playing the bass after he watched bohemian rhapsody at the cinema with wee john, a friend, and frenchie, who told him that they were definitely searching for a bassist. i also want to think that he got his skills basically in one night, simply magically 

    jim are a spanish drummer that worked a lot as a bartender before focusing full time on music. that's why they are a great listener. jim and olu met in spain when they both were just teens, and the foreign kid really stuck into his memory, and when they met by chance again, it didn't take long for them to recognise him. they have been helping out ed with the restaurant, and were the one suggesting to invite band and singers for live performances in the bar

    still, i don't really have big plans for ivan and fang but i love them too much to not include them ever, so for now, ivan is a regular at ed's restaurant and a biker as well, while fang works in a pet shelter and has like 5 dogs at home. are they in a relationship? who knows, maybe yes, maybe not

    now, for the more plot things i planned, i don't wanna say too much, but the first dynamic between that clumsy guitarist and the grumpy, sad headmaster has to be fucking stupid: on his first day, that same day where he arrived late for class, and he probably did something else totally extra, he got locked into the music classroom because he forgot the custodian told him the door is actually kind of broken, and without the keys, from the inside, it was almost impossible to open. and guess who forgot the keys outside the door, in the outside keyhole? you guessed right, it was frenchie. So his last hope, since it's pretty late and the students just went home, is that someone is still around, maybe the janitor or some other teachers, and that whoever is it could hear him sing and play the guitar and possibly rescue him. doing so, a pretty tired izzy hands walk into the corridor and hears a fucking loud noise coming from one of the classes. annoyed and upset that someone was still in the school, he unlocked the door, and a bright smile starts thanking him, energetically shaking his hand, not even realising he was talking with the headmaster. and said the headmaster is utterly dumfounded in front of this kid, not caring at all about his position and the fact he's just a teacher, moreover, a new one. and his blackened, stony heart may be cracking a little- just a little crack for now. but what if izzy hands, confused by what happened, barge inside his ed's restaurant, ending up talking with jim. and that week was even worse because the two kept crossing each other without even realising it and in a blink of an eye it's friday, and again izzy goes to that bar where a certain band is making a concert

    #yeah probably asking for an happy ending is beyond canon :/ #ofmd #ofmd modern au #our flag meets death #izzy hands#frenchie#frenchizzy #izzy x frenchie #frenzzy#ofmd izzy#ofmd frenchie
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  • karuinekom
    18.05.2022 - 3 hours ago

    ouizzy modern au ideas (pt.1)

    i've been dwelling on the idea of a modern ouizzy au fanfic (embracing the new name with all my body and soul), just to have a less grumpy and gloomy izzy, without that much trauma and maybe with his little pinky still at his place, attached at his foot. and also, I just wanted fewer troubles figuring out how those two could've interacted at the end of season one. so well I'm finally writing down headcanons about the characters and just like some plot lines ;)

    frenchie just started teaching as the music professor in a secondary school (that thingy won't have a name until the very last second), and even on his first day, he arrives late for his own classes, as the goof and the unorganised guy he is

    izzy is the school headmaster of said school, and he is planning to quit his job because he's worn out and doesn't really like his current position, longing for the times when he was just a teacher. right, because to be a headmaster, he requires at least 5 years of teaching, but no one except edward knows what subject he taught

    edward is an old friend of izzy. the two have been together since elementary school, even if they had to part when ed decided to become a chef and open his own restaurant (the modern version of the bar and grill and other delicacies and delights and fishing equipment and gift shop). he did actually manage to open his own restaurant, but instead of selling fishing equipment, he sells motorcycles gears, being a biker himself

    stede is part of the teaching staff in the school, teaching history and philosophy. he has a "secret" affair with ed, without realising that everyone knows about them, considering he always goes back home riding the motorcycle of this "unknown" leather-covered centaur

    lucius is the school doctor, actually knowing very little about actual medicine but being the greatest psychologist in the school, giving the best relationship advice ever

    pete is the PE teacher, that kind that seems strict at first glance but ends up making the students do whatever they want, letting them play without stretching, just to flee and go flirting with his hot boyfriend, that has his doctor's room right near the outside courtyard

    oluwande is the spanish teacher who fell in love with Spain during an erasmus and met a person who initially didn't talk at all, but showed him the city and some of the most beautiful places around the neighbourhood. indeed he may have fallen in love with that person - who happens obviously to be jim - far more than just spain. years later, he found them once again, by accident, at a concert and recognised them right away and started chasing them down until they remembered oluwande as well

    beyond the school faculty, frenchie has a band with a couple of friends: wee john, his roommate, plays the electric keyboard player, buttons plays the bass, and Jim the drum. swede joins them occasionally and does the background vocalist, and just some times because swede is a musical actor and he's often busy even at the weekends. and then i'm not forgetting my boi frenchie, the lead guitarist and main singer and they will need a name for the band- but i'm still thinking about it and, in any case, will keep it secret for now

    roach is the chef in the bar and grill and other delicacies and delights and whatever else, firstly starting as ed's sous-chef and then becoming the one in charge considering his unusual recipes made the restaurant unique and making him a very in-demand place. also, ed decided to step down from being the chef and work more like the restaurant owner, and he's actually pretty good with math and being the management accounting (comeback of Jeff the accounter) of the bar

    wee john, other than playing the electric keyboard and knowing something about songwriting, has a garden shop and, actually, he's very good at gardening. he's frenchie's roommate and best friend, and despite being his close friend, he was one of the latest ones joining the band because he wasn't sure he wanted to be also a musician

    #is it too much to ask for a happy izzy #ofmd #ofmd modern au #our flag meets death #izzy hands#frenchie#frenchizzy #izzy x frenchie #frenzzy#ofmd izzy#ofmd frenchie
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  • awholebunchobananas
    18.05.2022 - 3 hours ago

    The missus gave me a prompt, wanted to see fry cook Ed, of Blackbeard’s Bar and Grill (& Other Delicacies and Delights and Fishing Equipment w/ Gift Shop)

    So naturally this is where my mind went

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  • correctbutnotquotes
    18.05.2022 - 3 hours ago

    izzy: you make me so angry so quickly, it’s remarkable

    stede: i haven’t even said anything yet

    izzy: and here i am seething with unyielding rage

    #ofmd meme#ofmd #they strongly dislike each other #ofmd izzy#ofmd stede#izzy hands#stede bonnet #izzy hates stede so much #ofmd incorrect quotes #incorrect quotes #our flag means death #renew our flag means death
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  • shiplessoceans
    18.05.2022 - 3 hours ago
    'Cause I'm a Primadonna girl, yeah ♥ All I ever wanted was the world.
    #izzy hands #our flag means death #ofmd#ofmdedit#** #i will apologize for nothing.
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  • correctbutnotquotes
    18.05.2022 - 3 hours ago

    frenchie, with a knife pressed to his throat: sorry babe, didn’t mean to scare you

    izzy: well then, you shouldn’t be sneaking into my room in the middle of the fucking night 

    #they then fuck <3 #ofmd meme#ofmd#ofmd frenchie#ofmd izzy #ofmd incorrect quotes #frenchie#izzy hands #izzy x frenchie #frenchizzy#frenzzy #i will not stop i love these two sm #incorrect quotes#gay #our flag means death #no i will not shut up about them #renew our flag means death #can you tell i love this show?
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  • correctbutnotquotes
    18.05.2022 - 4 hours ago

    ed: i have no fears

    lucius: what if you woke up one day and izzy was taller than you

    ed:

    ed: ...i have one fear

    #ofmd meme#ofmd #ofmd edward teach #ofmd lucius spriggs #ofmd izzy hands #eheh #ofmd incorrect quotes #incorrect quotes#edward teach#lucius spriggs#izzy hands #our flag means death #renew our flag means death
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  • enrcyorm
    18.05.2022 - 4 hours ago

    A sad repressed man

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  • taraiel
    18.05.2022 - 4 hours ago

    As a lesbian I am genuinely attracted to Con O'Neill

    #i love being a lesbian #i think this is very sexy of me #our flag means death #ofmd#izzy hands#con o'neill
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