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Fringe has been kind of yo-yo-ing with my emotions lately. Well okay, Fringe ALWAYS yo-yos with the emotions so maybe this isn't anything particularly new, but it is significant enough for me to make a post about, so take that as you will.

Anyway, I wanted to take a page from [personal profile] hollywoodgrrl's book and her highly excellent (and far more articulate than I'll likely be) post on her Complicated Peter Bishop Feelings™ and try to sort out my own complicated Peter/Olivia feelings.

Overthinking TV Relationships Since the Early 90s. At Least. )

hjea: (fringe-the peanut gallery)

ASTRID: That was Agent Broyles. There was another radio tower break-in. It was unmanned, so nobody was hurt, but they found another cube... the one that must have downed the aircraft. They're sending it over right now.

WALTER: Wonderful. Another cube I can't make any sense of.

ASTRID: Well... maybe this will do us some good? Alright, let's get back to work.

So today was the kickoff of the [livejournal.com profile] womenlovefest, a project that celebrates all the female characters that fandom hates. (Which tends to be all of them, sooner or later. :( ) But! This is an awesome idea that I support wholeheartedly. And I unfortunately totally missed the boat until today, and therefore didn't have the chance to submit a character. But I decided to do one anyway because, hey! There can never be too much fictional lady love, amirite?

Lots of words! )

I'll try to post at least one thing a day this week about the venerable Astrid Farnsworth. I have a handful of good recs saved up, the aforementioned great insights of Jasika Nicole, and god knows I may even manage to fic a little (no promises--I also have to move this week). But please, share any thoughts and ~feelings~, personal canon, or whatevers on Astrid. Or link me to your own [livejournal.com profile] womenlovefest entries. I want to see them all!
hjea: (chuck-a spy and her nerd)
I'm going to take this opportunity to talk about Chuck. Because I have a MASSIVE AMOUNT OF LOVE for this spy-dramedy-fest, and I really do not talk about it much. (Usually because my reactions to an episode are delighted giggling. I'm an adult. Shut it.) But now I AM going to talk about Chuck, and it's going to be totally awesome. Or at least mildly amusing. Well... I added pictures.

Spoilers for Chuck - 3x08 - Chuck vs the Fake Name )
hjea: (lots-kahlan's hair is epic)
Yay, time again for a few initial thoughts on this week's Seeker instalment.

2x03 - 'Broken' )
hjea: (lots-stop: it's seeker time)
Well, most of my ongoing thoughts were made part of a CHEPIC COMMENT SPAM over at [livejournal.com profile] xtinethepirate's (for which I'm sure she's very grateful), but here's the sum up.

Legend of the Seeker - 116 - Bloodline )

hjea: (lots-an undoing (aka voyeurism ftw))
Yes. I'm still talking about it.

Legend of the Seeker - 1x13 - 'Revenant' )

Definitely a better use of my time than school work. *G*

*drums fingers*

So where's the fic, guys?
hjea: (misc-kiwi xmas (pohutakawa ftw!))
You know what's a really bad show that I have no business reccing because it is SO CHEESY, and SO RIDICULOUS, and uses EVERY cliché in the book, and, worst of all, takes itself SO SERIOUSLY? Legend of the Seeker.

Yeah. I kind of love it.

And maybe love isn't the right word, because I haven't yet been able to watch an episode without rolling my eyes and skipping through the bits that look boring, but I'm... intrigued? Curious? Fascinated? And it's a classic fantasy/hero's quest trope that's been done to death, with the hero coming from humble beginnings, then a girl comes and reveals his DESTINY (yes, caps necessary), and he takes up his swords and vows to destroy all evil in the land, and blah de blah de blah, but it almost always gets me anyway.

Okay, the good parts. I mean, I have some standards:
1) REALLY, REALLY FRICKEN PRETTY. REALLY. The show is filmed in HD, and even with the sketchy quality of streaming videos, it shows. And check out this picspam by [livejournal.com profile] _jems_. Even if you never watch the show (and I'm not really suggesting that you... should) look at this picspam AND THEN AGREE WITH ME ABOUT THE PRETTY.
2) FILMED IN NEW ZEALAND. My home and native land! Okay, not really, I only spent a year there, but I still love seeing the familiar settings, and hearing the (badly disguised) accents, and recognizing actors from like, Shortland Street or whatever. Besides, right now NZ is beautiful and summery and warm, and Canada is cold and wintery and really bloody miserable. Where do you think I'd rather be?
2) An OTP! YAAAAAAAAAAAAAY, nothing will suck me into a fandom faster than a twu wuv pairing. And the two leads, Richard and Kahlan, really belong up there in the pretty category. REALLY. Especially Kahlan, who sort of reminds me of a mix between Anna Friel and Lucy Griffiths with really awesome hair. And Richard wanders around a lot without a shirt. Check and check. But the best part here is the obstacle they've come up with to keep these two love birds apart. Some background )
4) The big evil villain is played by the same guy (Craig Parker) who played Haldir in Lord of the Rings! THEY HAVE AN EVIL ELF!!! And maybe this is only funny to a huge geek like me, but... THEY HAVE AN EVIL ELF. HAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!!!!

Okay, time to get off the crack.

Anyway, I think I've seen about five episodes since... yesterday (oh god, that's sad) and I've no intention to stop yet. If you feel that an intervention is needed, then I won't stop you, but I'd also be perfectly happy if someone else started watching (or already is) so we could make fun of it, and gaze upon the pretty, and flail over how NZ is the best place ever, and giggle over the OTP, and enjoy it all.

Now I just need to find the fic. Of which there is none. Internet, you have failed me. Do not MAKE me write my own.

hjea: (robin hood-robin/marian forest!otp)
Toronto is rainy and vaguely warmish, so pretty much like Halifax. I'm driving to Ottawa tomorrow with my cousin (we'll be there for about an hour, see my friend, pick up my other cousin and the baby, and then drive back, oy gevalt) so I hope that I'll at least get to glimpse snow there! But there's still 10 days until Christmas, so I'm optimistic that some fluffy white stuff will show up before then. This is the only time of year I'm partial towards snow, winter! Don't disappoint me now.

You remember how nearly a year ago now, the Robin Hood writers decided to be "shocking" and kill off Marian? Yeah. Well, every time I feel I've pretty much come to terms with it, I let myself go and watch old episodes, and read fic, and then get really irrationally upset again. IT WAS SO GOOD (especially all the fic). AND IT WAS FUN. AND REALLY, REALLY ROMANTIC AND HOT AND LOVELY (cuz have you seen Jonas and Lucy?) AND THEN THEY RUINED IT. AND I STILL DON'T KNOW WHYYYYYYYYYYYY.

And now it's got me wondering if it's why I'm so reluctant to watch Merlin. Because I've been burned by cheesy, horribly anachronistic, retellings of British legends before, and oh yes, they start all sweet and innocent and we-would-never-do-anything-see-how-fun-and-non-serious-we-are-here-have-a-unicorn AND THEN THEY BREAK YOUR HEART. (Not to scare off any Merlin fans, I really hope you keep enjoying it. And I'm sure the BBC would never take another something silly and fun and effervescent and then... You know this totally doesn't work 'cause y'all are Who fans too. YOU KNOW HOW IT IS. BE PREPARED.)

So Robin Hood heartbreak still in place? Check. Tried to turn to Life on Mars for a balm, but then of course you have the Ashes to Ashes Spoilers ).

So I could turn to American television, except The Office has been kind of disappointing of late, and Chuck is sweet and fun but nothing too substantial and Pushing Daisies is WONDERFUL and is better and better with each episode but I can't watch it now without constantly reminding myself that its expiry date is completely un-cheeto like and is instead fast-approaching.

SO... Robin Hood breaks my heart, Life on Mars just makes me wibbly, American tv is a wash, Slings and Arrows is over and done so let's not get into the Canadian options, and REALLY IS IT ANY WONDER I CONSTANTLY CYCLE BACK TO MINISERIES AND YES THAT MEANS OH, MR. CLENHAM, I MISS YOUUUUUUUUUUUUU! Yeah that whole "I'm not going to talk about Little Dorrit anymore after it finishes" was a total lie.

The obvious solution would be to give up on tv all together but... pfft. Like that's going to happen. ;) No, I'll just read more fic, and watch Robin/Marian scenes of awesome super-spyness, and remember that when it was good, it was good.

(And fervently hope that Jonas and Lucy have future projects together, with 100% more hot make-outs and 100% less stupid death. *G*)
hjea: (dw-she calls herself noble)
You know it's funny, this is my fiftieth post about Doctor Who. And okay, maybe that's not a lot for someone who's been watching the new series since it began (yes, I will brag about that forever), but it seems appropriate. ;)

Doctor Who - Journey's End )

I have been going back and watching some of the first season since saturday, to try and get a little distance from this finale. And I love Nine - he still really feels like my Doctor. I also started watching The Sarah Jane Adventures because seeing her in Doctor Who made me curious. *g* And they're REALLY cute, I'm enjoying the episodes immensely. Elisabeth Sladen can pretty much be queen of everything whenever she wants.

Also, I got new house plants (as apparently, when you leave for two months, things... die). So in the tradition of naming my potted herbs after characters from children's television, meet Mr. Smith and Sarah Jane:

I make my own fun. *G*
hjea: (life on mars-sam and annie)
In a somewhat selfish and shallow way, I'm mad at the Life on Mars fandom for not having more Annie/Sam fic.

And maybe not even the really shippery stuff (though I would NOT say no), but just some more general exploration of the characters and plot as seen during the show and after episode 2x08 - I would REALLY like to read some of that.

Now granted, I've only actually been looking through this fandom for about a week, so obviously I haven't found everything, and there's always the case to be made to "stop whinging and write it yourself" but I'm just kind of discouraged that in most of the fic that even involves Annie, she suddenly becomes an evil in-league-with-the-TestCardGirl person, forcing Sam into the waiting arms of Gene, or you know Sam doesn't actually like her (all evidence in almost EVERY episode to the contrary) it's just a ruse, or whatever, for his throbbing desire for Gene bloody Hunt.

So yeah, this is getting ranty, but I think I've just got to lay it on the line that one of my problems with a lot of slash (other than my obvious canon!obsession reason) is that it comes about at the expense of the female characters. Now OBVIOUSLY this is NOT the case for all slash - I have in fact read and enjoyed the odd slashy fic ([livejournal.com profile] xtinethepirate, you can stop looking so shocked) and I know there's a lot of slash fic I haven't read that doesn't abuse female characterization at all - but it's still scarily prevalent. WHY does Annie have to be evil, or an idiot, or simply not there for this fic to come about? And why is it not just Annie in Life on Mars, but so many other characters in other shows as well. And in a media that is still largely dominated by male characters (how many shows and movies can you think of that really only have one female lead?) isn't it just a bloody waste to throw out the few women we do have?

I know I'm not the only person to notice this, right? And again, this isn't my attack on slash itself, but just in this off-handed shoving aside or twisting of these characters in a form of fic that's, let's face it, I'm guessing 98% written by women.

Anyway, I do apologize if I've offended - obviously this is just my opinion - but I wanted to say it. Now, I think I'll go dream up some fic where Annie is sweet and kickass and opinionated, and Sam is just crazy about her, in his confused sort of way. Because I love Annie. And Sam.

And even Gene Hunt.
hjea: (bones-playing detective)
I've been watching a lot of Bones lately, curled up in my bed, waiting for my last exam to be over so that I can finally go home. (Realized recently that it's been seven months. Seven months! That's... not a short amount of time.) Anyway, in renewing my Bones love, I've decided that it's actually the perfect kind of show for times like these. I watched season one all in one whirlwind-go during reading week last year and have kept more or less on top of the show since then. Above all else, it's just fun, (not withstanding all those dead bodies and grisly murders and all) and doesn't take itself too seriously, and is silly and dorky and campy at times, but the characters are still real and human and what they do matters to me. And of course, there's the fact that (*ducks*) David Boreanez is hotter in it than he was in Angel! Might be the hair. ;)

I know some people however, some people like [livejournal.com profile] xtinethepirate (<3), would rather I be watching the Supernatural DVDs that she so kindly lent me, oh say a month ago, instead of episodes of something I've already watched many times over. But everyone time I contemplate that DVD box adorned with two admittantly very pretty men, I kind of just go "meh" and find something else to do. And I think I've put my finger on why.

I've been so lucky to have grown-up with the generation of television that I have, to the point where I think I've been spoiled by my need to watch strong women. Buffy and Aeryn and Laura Roslin and Rose and Pam and Marian and Temperance Brennan and Zoe, Inara, Kaylee and River (one thing I will always be grateful for, and that I regret that I'm no longer really participating in the fandom for, is that Joss gave us a myriad of these strong women in such a brief show as Firefly. They're all completely and utterly wonderful). And it's not that they're all physically strong, though that's obviously a part of it for a number of them, but it's just something in the way these women are presented (confident, independent, loving, kind, merciless, flawed, kick-butt), giving me someone to relate to and to aspire to, that I expect that now, out of any program I spend my time on. So without any comparison to that, I find myself unmotivated.

SO. Tell me why I should watch Supernatural. Is it the writing? The characters? Does it scare you? Make you laugh? What connects you to it emotionally? Tell me how awesome it is. Alternatively, tell me about your favourite kick-ass character and what you love about them. The kind of character you'd like to thank the creator of many times over for inventing and sharing them with you. :D

(Also, thanks to everyone who entertained me by participating in my little drabble meme. It was fun! I should do those more often.)
hjea: (dw-rose sunburnt)
Okay, not really, because I still watch and enjoy the show post-Rose. But on the other hand... it actually is kinda true.

So maybe I shouldn't be so hung up. But here I go anyway.

Rambles of the 'my problem could be solved so easily! *hands Billie Piper a contract for LIFE*' variety )

On a slightly different note - [livejournal.com profile] goldy_dollar and my crossover, Lending a Hand is really ridiculously close to being finished and we've left it for SO long and I really just need to get myself writing. Now.

Oh - and I got a new job. :D


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