Which leads me to: non-ranty Rodney & Jeannie meta that covers some of what I ranted about. You can read my original thoughts, plus my friend's response here. You can read the rest of our conversation here (since the first part was cut off).
All of this culminated in a fierce love for Rodney, which brings me to:
“Do I contradict myself? Very well, then, I contradict myself. I am large, I contain multitudes.” - Walt Whitman, Song of Myself
What I really love about the picture is Rodney holding the gun. This is a scientist who is not and never has been a member of the military (unlike Sam). I just loved the idea of scientist + gun + "I contain multitudes". Rodney can be so contradictory, but I love it.
To finish this up, some lovely tags written by georgiesmith:
#yes rodney mckay is a complex character #who changes so dramatically over time #he’s not always lovable #i’m sometimes disappointed in him #but underneath it all he’s a good man #who is trying to better himself #atone for past mistakes #and sometimes he tries too hard #but that just makes me love him all the more