elaby: (McCoy - Doctor)
Rachel and I have a habit of getting into older TV shows on Netflix and watching only that for weeks. Right now, it's Star Trek: Voyager. This was the first Star Trek show that I watched while it was actually airing, and I was very fond of it at the time. I love it even more now <3

I've grown super-fond of all of the characters, even the ones I wasn't that interested in before. The Doctor and Harry Kim were my favorites back in high school (predictably) but now I don't know if I could choose, except that Janeway is at the top of the list. She is SO AWESOME and such an sterling example of a strong, fully fleshed female lead. I love that she started her career as a science officer and still has a hard time letting anything but science dictate her decisions. I love that she doesn't have to justify her authority - she's earned her rank and nobody questions her for it on the basis of her gender. I love that she treats her crew like her family, while keeping the necessary distance from them when she has to. I love that she has no qualms about partying with her subordinates and that she struggles with the ultimate power she has as the highest ranking Starfleet officer in the entire quadrant (and sometimes loses and makes poor decisions, which are usually acknowledged and questioned - unlike Kirk, who made poor decisions all the time but was always shown as being right).

I haven't lately sought out fandom stuff on the internet, and with Voyager, it aired so long ago that I don't come across it easily. I did look up one episode the other day, and what I found - I should have expected this - was a lot of criticism of Janeway as too cocky, too arrogant, too sentimental, a shameless self-insert of one of the writer-producers… people tore her apart, in ways they would never ever do to one of the male captains. It was so incredibly frustrating. There was one comment in particular that really made me angry: someone criticized her for, at one point, putting her arm around the shoulders of one of the younger officers. They said "Can you imagine Picard or Sisko doing that? Does she have to be so touchy-feely?"

Here's a newsflash, folks: Janeway is not Picard or Sisko. She's her own distinct character. She's extroverted, laid-back, and emotionally available. No, I can't imagine Picard acting like she does - because Picard has his own personality, one that's very different from Janeway's. All of the captains have their own style. That's why Star Trek is so awesome: it shows that people who are very different can command in their own ways and still all be effective. Every captain shouldn't have to be Picard or Sisko in order to be seen as a good captain.

Janeway's situation is also vastly different. She has responsibility for an isolated group of people who are so far away from home that they'll likely never get back in their lifetimes. She's the single authority responsible for making decisions about situations for which there are no regulations. For better or worse, she doesn't have Starfleet breathing down her neck. Of course she has to handle things a little differently.

I can't help but feel that this particular criticism of Janeway is especially rooted in her being a woman. Our society has taught us that women are (allowed to be) more openly affectionate and emotional. The validity of that aside, the problem here is the assumption that a captain can't be affectionate and emotionally open without compromising their authority and effectiveness. I really feel that Janeway's open affection for her crew and her emotional availability make her a better captain in her situation. It's generally "uncool" nowadays to say "Janeway's a bad captain because she's a woman," so people find ways to say the same thing and make it sound like a legitimate criticism of her character.

There's no mistaking that some episodes of Voyager are badly written, clunky, and sacrifice character continuity for ease of plot. But all Star Trek series have those episodes. If reading those criticisms have done anything for me, it's to convince me further not to seek out fandom stuff on the internet :\
elaby: (X-Files - Mulder and Scully guns)
I suppose one of the reasons that Rachel and I get along so well is that SHE IS FREAKING HILARIOUS and she sometimes says things that have me in stitches for the rest of the evening, and then induce fits of the giggles whenever I think about them afterwards. We've been watching the X-Files, okay, and we're in the early episodes of Season Four at the moment (just saw Home - I can't say I'm sorry I haven't seen that one since high school! ^^;; - The Musings of a Cigarette-Smoking Man, and Tunguska/Terma) and we were talking about Krycek as we were falling asleep night. In particular, we were discussing his dramatic downfall and how harsh his comeuppance has been; sure, he did a lot of stupid things and followed a lot of morally abhorrant orders, but, uh, I'd say he's paid for them by now what with the oil aliens and the silo and the beatings and the arm, etc. etc. etc. Mulder just seems to punch him for fun (GOOD LORD it's no wonder all the main slash pairings involved Krycek!). I said something to the effect of "I told you his character arc just keeps spiraling downward," and this conversation ensued.

Me: He's in that episode I watched at the end of the seventh season.
Rachel: He's still alive?! What, does he have no arms or legs by then?
Me: He still has all of them except the arm XD
Rachel: I don't believe it! He must be a psychic projection of himself while he's just a few cells on a popsicle stick in a jar.
Me: *SPORFLE*

Right now, we have Star Trek: TNG on.

Title: Who Watches the Watchers?
Me: ... Vimes?
Rachel: XD That's what I was going to say!
elaby: (X-Files - Bathtubs)
Rachel and I have been watching The X-Files like whoa, a couple of episodes a night. It's Rachel's first time, and I haven't seen it since the first time it aired. We're in about the middle of the second season, a couple of Monster-of-The-Weeks after "One Breath". It's kind of a game for me, seeing the Netflix episode title appear before each one starts and trying to remember what happens and whether it's a good one. I can generally remember which ones are really good, but not so much when they're average or bad. So far we haven't skipped any of them (although we were REALLY tempted halfway through "3", good lord e_e). It's so much fun watching this with Rachel, who hasn't seen it before, when I remember lots about it but not quite enough to remember what happens in most episodes *laughs* The nostalgia and my ability to remember vague things, like "I know there's going to be a really good scene or line coming up but I don't know what it is", plays a big part in my enjoyment, I think, even aside from the fact that the show is so good. It's also interesting because the last time I saw all of this, I was 13 or 14, and now that I'm almost thirty, I feel differently about a lot of this. Then again, I also feel the same about lots of things XD

Impressions after a season and a half )

I didn't even remember which episode the scene from my icon comes from until I googled it, but OMG I had to have it XD XD XD Bathtubs!
elaby: (Holmes and Watson - L&S Baskerville)
Apparently I really need to see the BBC's new modern-Holmes show Sherlock, because numerous people I respect have squeed over it already. And I have only seen the outside of cut tags, because I don't want to spoil myself even for details! I'll just have to find it online or wait until I can get a DVD of it :3

I'm SO glad they keep bringing out awesome new Holmes media that really respects the canon. According to my personal definition of respecting the canon. \o/
elaby: (Gackt - Alone)
We finished watching Ultraman last night! I'm so sad that there isn't any more XD Wouldn't you know it, in the last DVD-and-a-half they really started focusing on the characters and having major developmenty awesomeness. And, like, continuity. They kept going "You remember the time we fought *insert monster name*? Why don't we try that tactic!" They also had a complete parody episode, where they were all extremely silly and adorable and even Ultraman got his share of fun poked at him. This was of course followed up by SUPER SERIOUS episodes of super seriousness. *pets Arashi*

Sooo. I wrote a fic. I don't know why this fandom isn't bigger! It's like--! It could engender Star Trek-level fannishness! Maybe all the fandom works are in Japanese.

Fandom: Ultraman
Characters: Arashi, Ide
Words: 921
Categorization: Friendship, slash-if-you-like, sap
Summary: After the episode "The Snowy Mountain of Illusion," Ide is still troubled. Arashi isn't troubled; he's just trying to get some sleep.

Quick summary of episode for everyone besides [livejournal.com profile] caitirin and [livejournal.com profile] coastal_spirit (and anyone else who happens to have seen this show): Under here )

--

After 'The Snowy Mountain of Illusion' )
elaby: (Spock - Reboot Spock "?")
Thanks to a certain [livejournal.com profile] anonymous_greg, we've had the pleasure of watching a crapton of this 1960's Japanese television series called Ultraman. It's classified as a tokusatsu ("special effects")/sci-fi/kaiju ("monster")/superhero series, which boils down to guys in rubber monster suits crushing balsa-wood sets and setting things rather impressively on fire while a band of trusty human heroes try to stop them, aided by giant almost-invincible otherworldly beings. It's exactly as awesome as it sounds XD

The premise is basically this: In the near-future (1993! Hee!) the Science Patrol fights off giant monsters that menace the populace. Well, I say menace, because the monsters are always shown to be extremely destructive, but "annoy the populace" would probably be closer. I mean, they have to deal with something stepping on their homes/workplace/ski resort several times weekly, and they never seem surprised. Half the time they recognize the monster and call it by name. This is old hat for them! Into this setting comes Ultraman, a giant space guy. I can't exactly remember why he showed up on Earth in the first place; he might've been chasing an escaped monster he was supposed to be transporting to prison. Anyway, his spaceship crashes into the plane of Science Patrol member Hayata, killing him, and Ultraman in atonement joins his body with Hayata's to resurrect him. Thus, Hayata can transform into Ultraman using a sailor senshi make-up pen stick thing called a Beta capsule. Ultraman then defeats the monster du jour, with varying degrees of help from the rest of the Science Patrol. Rinse and repeat for every episode.

At first, the draw of this show was the monster wrestling matches, the rubber costumes, the toy airplanes and model spaceships, and how ridiculously bad they all are. But the reason I'm still watching it after 30-odd episodes is the characters. In spite of their relative one-dimensional-ness, they grow on you like crazy. I'm surprised there isn't more fic (I've done some checking, and I can find hardly anything!) Maybe I'm just looking in the wrong places. Anyway, the cast goes like this.

Squee, etc. )

I have no Ultraman icons, so Reboot!Spock with a vaguely quizzical expression is going to have to do XD
elaby: (Minako - SQUEE!)
Man, did I ever have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.

On Saturday, we ran around to a bunch of antique shops so I could look for Victorian things, and it was really a lot of fun. For all that everything else at antique shops is really expensive, old photographs are cheap. And don't take up much space, which is always a good thing. All evening we watched The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi, which seriously just keeps getting more interesting, and more Princess Tutu, which is adorable and crazy and full of things that make us think of Utena and Tenshi ni Narumon (little red shoes, what?).

Sunday we did a scavenger-hunt type geocache in Portsmouth in the rain. We found all of the clues, saw bagpipers, and went to the Loaf and Ladle for lunch. The Loaf and Ladle has moved into the space where this wonderful deli I used to go to with [livejournal.com profile] coastal_spirit was up until I went to college. There were several restaurants in there in between, and they were all very much unlike Goldi's, but the Loaf and Ladle is an acceptable substitute :3 And Monday, we went to look for another geocache (which we unfortunately didn't find) and I got my new pocketwatch.

In between I played Wind Waker and on Sunday and Monday evening we had Starsky and Hutch marathons. The wonderful [livejournal.com profile] _melisande_ lent us the first season, bringer of all things awesome that she is, because [livejournal.com profile] coastal_spirit recommended the series to me. I imagine her thought process went something like this: "My daughter likes detectives. My daughter especially likes physically affectionate detectives. ...Why hasn't she seen Starsky and Hutch yet?"

Yeah, okay, I love it.

On I go )
elaby: (Rochester)
Ahahahahaha I KNEW IT!

Ciarán Hinds, who I've seen most recently playing an incredibly kickass Caesar in the HBO series Rome (er, I liked him a little better before he slapped around Servilia), was Edward Rochester in the 1997 Jane Eyre miniseries I mentioned about a million years ago when I was watching a bunch of Jane Eyre movies to see how they compared. My verdict at the time, not having seen the Toby-Stephens-as-Rochester BBC version yet (which is my favorite), was that while Ciarán Hinds is not so pretty to look at, his energy and presence and passion made the perfect Rochester. Considering that Rochester-in-my-head is way more physically attractive than he's supposed to be, I imagine that Hinds probably played him as close to the book as anyone has yet. I need to see it again, now that I recognize him, because I've really gotten to like him in Rome and that would make his Rochester even more awesome.

Aww, the Jane Eyre he's in isn't the one with Colin Jeavons. Bummer. *goes to see which one that is* Bwah, it's the one with Timothy Dalton O_o I haven't seen that one. Mostly because it's the one with Timothy Dalton. I should, though, because, well, Colin Jeavons, and maybe Timothy Dalton would surprise me.

Also, Rome = WIN, and I'll tell you why in two words: "Vorenus" and "Pullo". I mean, aside from the costumes and the political/personal machinations and the historical accuracy (so I'm told by the wonderful [livejournal.com profile] _melisande_ and my wife, who should know). So it's really made of all-around win, in fact. I need some icons.

GIP!

Feb. 7th, 2009 10:29 pm
elaby: (Holmes - Livanov smile)
Gratuitous icon post :3

I had the great fortune of watching all of the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson (the Russian series) that I own with [livejournal.com profile] _melisande_ today, while [livejournal.com profile] caitirin knitted socks under the tutelage of [livejournal.com profile] _melisande_'s mum. It was such a wonderful day! We had chili, and watched an episode of Leverage, which was HOLYCOWSOGOOD.

Livanov Holmes and Solomin Watson are love.
elaby: (Watson - Hah!)
My wife is wonderful and saved the CSI episode with the guy who recreated 221B Baker St. in his basement until I got home so I could see it again :3 I haven't watched it since I turned into a Holmes dork.

But it was awesome XD 7% solution! Shag tobacco in the Persian slipper toe! Of course Grissom knows about all this.

I find it infinitely brain-breaking/amusing that the group who gathered together were comprised of Holmes, Watson, Irene Adler, and Moriarty. I guess they had to stick Moriarty in there because nobody would know who Lestrade was, even if he would be a lot more likely to hang around deducing things with H&W than Moriarty would be.

But the coolest part!

The solution to the crime (the guy who played Holmes was shot in the head, apparently a suicide) involved the murder weapon, a pistol, attached to the inside of the chimney with a piece of surgical tubing, where it snapped back after "Holmes" was shot in the head. The conclusion they came to (at first) was that he shot himself and made it look like a murder to frame the guy who played Watson. Greg found the gun because a chip of mother of pearl from its handle had come off when it ricocheted off the edge of the fireplace.

Sound familiar to any of you Holmes canon geeks out there? Thor fucking Bridge, yo.

In "The Problem of Thor Bridge," a woman framed her governess, who she was convinced had designs on her husband, by standing on a bridge and shooting herself with a gun which she had attached to a rope and a rock. The rock was hung off the edge of the bridge, and when she shot herself, the gun flew over the edge, making a chip in the stonework as it went - the clue Holmes used to solve the mystery.

Extra lit geek points for you, CSI!

In other news, look, [livejournal.com profile] _melisande_! [livejournal.com profile] glockart posted more A Song of Ice and Fire art! See the prettiness! Also in that post is art from an Arthurian show that apparently I need to see.
elaby: (Minako - SQUEE!)
Yes, I should be working on my novel, but we turned the TV on during dinner and M*A*S*H was on!

Early-season Hawkeye got his social indignation on, and it was a marvelous thing. It's not such a marvelous thing when he does it toward the end of the series ¬_¬ He turned down sex (early-season Hawkeye, mind you!) because his girlfriend was a bigot.

The next episode was the one where Margaret and Frank try to get Henry court-martialed, and it goes through all the wacky things he lets the hospital get away with (gurney races!). Hawkeye and Trapper got... I dunno, put into confinement, bread and water and, for some reason, no clothes (I was trying to discourage the cat from climbing our tower of baking-material tupperware at the time). This dialogue ensued:

Hawkeye: I can't think here! There's no booze, the place has been cleaned to within an inch of its life... and your knees are driving me wild.
Trapper: Don't get smart with me, soldier. I'm cheap, but I'm not easy.

*comes back ten minutes later after getting distracted reading M*A*S*H quotes while trying to make sure she had the above quote right*

There's nothing I like more than a show where the guys have no compunction about affectionately kissing each other.

Writing now!

[Edit: Have any of you ever had your icons randomly replaced by another icon that isn't yours? Like... I just posted my icon with Sano and Saitou being all antagonistic, and it was the right icon for a minute or two... and then I refreshed, and it was some random icon that I don't have. With somebody maybe from Bleach? I changed the icon, but anyone know what's up with this?]
elaby: (Rochester)
I should post more about all of these later, but:

Things that have been giving me great joy lately!

OMG, I forgot how incredibly much I love Horatio Hornblower. He could not be more adorable. Captain Pellew pwns the seven seas, and Robert Lindsey is so one of my favorite actors ever. He does these things with his eyes, and they're so dark...

The Dresden Files TV series is really growing on me. I liked the first episodes I saw, but I really like it now. Bob. Oh, Bob. Spoilerythings ) Also, WTF was up with them suddenly deciding in one episode that Murphy's name is Connie? I KNOW they called her Karrin in earlier episodes!

Have I gone on about the BBC Sherlock Holmes radio adaptations by Bert Coules? They are SO GOOD. I can't even fathom how good they are. I'm hopefully getting the collection for my birthday, but I have a few samples, and hoshit, they're incredible. Clive Merrison as Holmes took some getting used to, because he... well, he doesn't sound like Jeremy Brett, and while Holmes-in-my-head doesn't look exactly like Jeremy Brett, he does sound like him. Clive Merrison has a rougher voice, with somewhat more passion, and I was kind of like O_o when I first heard him, but MAN. Did he ever grow on me. The second I heard Michael Williams as Watson, I thought he was perfect (and I still think so, pretty much), but Clive Merrison might be surpassing him in my estimation of good voice acting. The man can convey such a range, and I've never heard anyone who can put as much meaning into a single sound that isn't even a word. I never knew "Mgh" could have so many nuances. I just listened to The Sign of the Four, and ohgod. The cocaine scenes. I was floored.

Hey, that ended up being pretty long for a meant-to-be-short post! Oh well :3 Poor Mr. Rochester, I never use his icon! *uses it*
elaby: (Jericho - brown)
Last night I finished watching the first season of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (the Jeremy Brett one), which [livejournal.com profile] _melisande_ so kindly lent me :) I want it for my own, and I want to see more seasons! Even if it is a different Watson from now on. I haven't seen tons of Holmes movies or shows, but I do believe that for me there is no other Holmes than the sofa-jumping, flawless-line-delivering, sometimes-practically-giddy Jeremy Brett. The adaptations are for the most part word-for-word, as _melisande_ said they'd be, and the embellished bits that fill in where the story stays silent are delightful.

Side effect of reading Holmes during lunch at work: You come in, start reading e-mail, and start typing a response with something approximating "My dear Mr. [Sales Rep], I'm quite sure the RFP requested that the formatting not be changed, hence the differing font colors." Luckily I realized that my tone might come across as snotty before I sent it ^^;;

Need Holmes icons! I do have detective icons I forgot about, though.

Anime!

Jun. 18th, 2008 09:45 pm
elaby: (Usagi - Yaoi)
We had to go down to Boston today, so we stopped by the anime store. I wanted to buy something really superhypercute, but they didn't have the first volume of almost ANYTHING, let alone something fitting that description. So [livejournal.com profile] caitirin found me a one-shot DVD of bishounen with wings and I was mollified. I also got a copy of the Strawberry Panic manga (as they didn't have the first DVD of the anime), which has cute girl love. The next time I have fun money to spend, I'm going to order the first DVD of Lucky Star, which looks REALLY CUTE. Caitirin posted a very odd YouTube video featuring a lot of clips from it recently.

We walked around Cambridge for a while, after a great deal of Boston driving (yeesh, people are INSANE down there) and then went to the gym for an hour. So tired!

And I totally forgot about the huge moon illusion tonight -_-;;

Eeeeee, watching a scary episode of Criminal Minds on TV and it doesn't even have Mandy Patinkin in it o_o *attaches to Caitirin like a limpet*

OMGOMG!

May. 1st, 2008 09:26 pm
elaby: (Van Helsing - brain)
Adam and Jamie from Myth Busters were JUST on CSI! OMGOMG!

*SQUEEE* XD

They didn't have lines or anything, but they were standing there taking notes while something in testing was made to burst into flames. *giggles* And they gave the thumbs up!

I'm so glad we just watched that XD
elaby: (Anthy - gone)
We've got the first DVD of Ghost Hunters from Netflix! It's really awesome :) Has anybody seen most of the episodes, or do you guys generally catch ones here and there? Since I don't have cable, I never know if they show new ones on a schedule or if they repeat them at weird times or what.

The thing is, we've only seen two episodes and we're wondering if it's just that it's only getting started... but there's a lot of bickering that goes on between crew members O_o Does this continue? I figure it's because sometimes they don't find anything in their investigations and they need to fill the screen time with something, so they show the behind-the-scenes tension and... plumbing! That part's kind of funny, actually XD

So for people who have seen a lot of episodes - is the show pretty much half-and-half crew interaction and paranormal investigation?

We also got a DVD of Mythbusters :D YAY 'SPLOSIONS. Adam and Jamie rock XD
elaby: (Anthy - adieu)
I have more Who fans on my f'list than I thought!

This was on Chaucer Hath a Blog today XD

This is one of the television shows Chaucer has pitched.

Doctor Hwaet: Thys showe doth chronicle the aventures of a solitarye one who must wander the wayes of water on the rime-cold waves, mindful of miseries, yn a large device ycleped the TOWAERDES (the which ys a grete magique ship disguised as a burial mound) that alloweth hym to travel in tymes to come and also yn the places that ben past and the far landes of fantaysye. Alwey he sercheth out and protecteth a poem ycleped Beowulf the whiche he saveth from a fyre and also turneth yn to several filmes in order that the beautee of Angeline Joly may drawe newe rederes to thys tale. “That ys fanTASTick,” he saith yn the rare tymes whan he ys of good chiere. He fighteth many enemyes, includinge the Cybermonks, the Daneleks, and folk who thinke that “Geats” is pronouncid “geetz.”

*feels like part of the club now!*
elaby: (Gordon - bitchplz)
Okay, so we don't watch* America's Next Top Model, but.

Today, the girl they sent home - they sent her home NOT because of her talent or because of any performance she gave in a video/picture/shoot/etc. They didn't send her home because (like another contestant) she didn't listen to the coaches' advice or because she was arrogant.

They sent her home - get this - because she was admitted into the contest as a plus size model and she LOST WEIGHT.

She was no longer fat enough to be plus size (and seriously? This is the model. It's a horrible outfit and hair, but it shows her size better than the other's. And she looks like what, a size SIX?). She's not thin enough to be a regular model. So instead of sending home one of the contestants who, say, didn't pay any attention to their lessons or didn't perform well for the camera or is a total jealous bitch and picks on the others, they kick HER off. For not being thin enough, but not being fat enough. Their reason was that "models are either way thin or plus size, and you're in the middle."

AAAARRG. I don't know why I think mainstream TV would ever try to promote healthy self-images for women, especially in a show like this, but nonetheless this makes me enraged.

*And by "don't watch," I mean we watch it whenever we remember but we don't admit it.

In other, less irate news, we spent a wonderful weekend with [livejournal.com profile] _melisande_ at her Nana's house, writing and playing with doggies and watching lots of Doctor Who (the fourth doctor)! It was really awesome and very relaxing. And I passed 19,000 words!

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