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21st-Jun-2018 09:13 pm - movie update
International flights now come with a dizzying array of movie choices. Which is all for the best; I'm not scared of flying, but plenty of people are. Movies can be an excellent distraction. (I do dread long flights, though. The incredible discomfort of SITTING FOR HOURS in the same position, ugh.)

Anyway! Sitting on the airplane, I tried watching the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie, and decided after 30 minutes or so that I would rather watch someone stab Peter Quill repeatedly than continue to watch him be the most dude-bro protagonist of any Marvel movie that I've seen. So I stopped watching it.

I did make it through Edge of Tomorrow in spite of Tom Cruise. It was enjoyable enough, and Emily Blunt was amazing and I love her. Didn't like the hints at romance, but I've decided to firmly ignore them. Anyway, if you want a time-bendy action movie with bonus "Emily Blunt wearing armor using machine guns", this is a good film.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is still a favorite. Probably the best Avengers ensemble pic, given that the actual ensemble Avengers films are so often heavily focused on Tony Stark, and/or on villains that don't interest me.

And finally, the 2015 film The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is glorious ID crack. I have never seen a movie so determined to ride on the charm of its leads and the slickness of its visuals.

Armie Hammer has never appealed to me before, but make him a giant Russian spy who is the total sub to a tiny* dommy German/English spy, and suddenly I'm weak at the knees.

*Tiny is relative. Alicia Vikander is 5'6", but next to Hammer's height of 6'5", she looks like a wee little thing.

Alas, the fandom has failed to present me with the "Gaby doms Illya and he loves it" fic that I now want. Granted, I've only started the hunt for it today, but still... IT SHOULD BE RIGHT THERE FOR ME TO FIND.

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31st-May-2018 05:17 pm - May media update
Incantation by Alice Hoffman - a haunting glimpse into the life of Spain's Ladino Jewish population in the 1500s. This was a fast and easy read, in spite of the eccentric narrative style and the heartbreaking subject.

I'm in the middle of C.J. Archer's Freak House series. It's historical & paranormal romantic mystery, I guess? I've read two of the three books, and while I wouldn't say I'm a huge fan, I do find the narrative interesting enough to read book three off and on, in between other books.

Three Weeks to Wed by Ella Quinn is possibly one of the worst romance novels I've ever not finished reading.

Courtney Milan's After the Wedding, on the other hand, was lovely. Not quite as delightful as a few of her other books, but definitely an enjoyable read. Solid escapist fiction with romance, plot, and fun dialogue.

Mastering the Art of French Eating, by Ann Mah, is my second "American goes to France and writes about food" book in the last year. It gave me serious France-envy. And foodie feelings too.

Y.S. Lee's A Spy in the House was a promising debut for a historical detective series, and I'll probably read more of them sooner or later. Biracial protagonist (Chinese-British) who just barely digs at her mixed feelings at 'passing' for white in a racist society.

Connie Willis continues to explore (mis)communication and romance in Crosstalk, which I liked but didn't love. But even mediocre Willis is worth a read by almost any standard.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah delves into the lives of two sisters in France during World War II, and the repercussions of their choices in the late 20th century. Solid storytelling even though I question a couple of the narrative choices.

Without venturing into spoilers, I'll say that Solo: A Star Wars Story was enjoyable enough that I wouldn't mind seeing it again, but not so amazing that I absolutely must see it again.

The dismal box office (dismal for a Star Wars film) shouldn't be blamed on the film's lack of quality; it was... fine? Not great but good enough. I'd say the terrible marketing and the timing (between multiple blockbuster stories, only five months after The Last Jedi) are more to blame than anything else.

I really liked season two of Jessica Jones. No, it didn't have the star power of David Tennant as a creepy villain throughout the season, and our heroes made multiple thoroughly unlikable choices, but those choices were believably in character and leave us with an interesting setup for season three.

JJ is an obvious heir to Battlestar Galactica's style of feel-bad TV with a young female lead. No one should watch Jessica Jones with the expectation of fluffy or hopeful entertainment. But I think season two was a very solid follow-up to season one, and the women have so much agency... even when they're horrible in how they use that agency.

The huge caveat to JJ: characters of color do NOT fare well. Women of color die almost as fast as they get a name and a memorable scene or two.

Brooklyn Nine Nine finished its fifth season, was cancelled, and quickly uncancelled. Which makes me happy; I thought the finale showcased just how strong the writing and characterization have become. To think that I once dreaded - DREADED the possibility of any romance between Jake and Amy. And now I'm happily anticipating Jake and Amy as newlyweds, because if Mike Schur and company do one thing well, it's disproving the myth that a steady romance loses interest and appeal over time.

I'm behind on both Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Timeless. Both have had a somewhat lackluster season, but I'll catch up sooner or later.

A Series of Unfortunate Events has a second season on Netflix... and I'm just not interesting. I enjoyed season one, but honestly, there are things I will enjoy watching more. Especially when the show is really more about aesthetic appeal than anything else.

Lost in Space is another Netflix offering, and I like the first two episodes. They stressed me out (child in peril always stresses me out), but they were interesting. Fingers crossed that the storyline does some justice to its many possibilities.

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I've been expecting this from the #MeToo movement for a while: the famous person whose misdeeds would be a blow to me personally because I loved something they created. It's happened before the Weinstein accusations, when Bill Cosby's accusers finally made a big enough noise for national news to pick up the story. I used to love Cosby's comedy routines, but I just can't listen to them anymore.

Anyway. Sherman Alexie is a poet and novelist. One of his stories from the book The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven was turned into the film Smoke Signals. He wrote an award-winning YA novel. And he's apparently a serial harasser.

Dammit. I am sad that a movie and books I love won't feel the same now. I'm angry for the native women whose voices were drowned out because of fear of reprisal, whose works never got the attention because of Alexie's de facto status as a gatekeeper for other native writers.

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26th-Mar-2018 07:56 pm - predictable tv is predictable
Timeless is full of shortcut writing tropes. Fortunately I enjoy it anyway, but I mean... was anyone really surprised when spoiler for 2.03Collapse )

Brooklyn Nine-Nine might have finally made it past my limit of Doug Judy episode shenanigans. Not that I'm upset or anything; it's just that the character should really be a limited commodity on the show and I didn't think this most recent foray was the strongest.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has managed to go even darker than last season, both literally and figuratively. It's an impressive feat.

Year of Wonders, written by Geraldine Brooks, is set in a plague-ridden village in the 1600s, and it is--in spite of its premise--a story with more hope than despair. The protagonist is the key; I'm impressed with the strength of Anna as a narrator and actor in the tale.

Rachel Hartman's Seraphina delves into dragon-lore and human/dragon hybrids in an interesting debut novel. Intriguing enough that I'll probably read the next book in the series at some point.

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So how are y'all doing? Any good books or new shows?

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A Wrinkle in Time is getting mixed reviews for a reason, but I enjoyed it. The Murry family was the strongest element: the relationships between the parents, between the siblings, between the siblings and parents were the best moments.

In many ways the original story is a very internal with Meg's own struggles, so I think they had a real task to bring those out in a more cinematic fashion. That was hit and miss, but more hit than miss (at least eventually, after a rocky start), so yay for that.

I went to a 3D screening. After watching Black Panther for a second time in 3D and thinking that the digital animation actually worked better in that format, I decided that this movie was worth the extra two dollars or whatever for that.

TV: Timeless is back, hurrah! Season two started this week.

Season three of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is finally on netflix, so I'll be starting that soon. Still waiting for The Good Place's second season to make it there, because I want to rewatch the first three episodes.

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25th-Feb-2018 09:22 pm - and two more things (media log)
I'd forgotten to mention: I have Amazon Prime now, so I've slowly started picking through movies and shows free on prime.

Arrival (2016) has the stellar Amy Adams as a lead. It's a lovely unfolding of story that I really enjoyed; "hard sci-fi" always does its best when it reveals things about humanity.

What We Do in the Shadows (2014) is New Zealand's offering in the mockumentary genre, with vampire house buddies and their adventures in modern life. Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement wrote, starred and directed the film. It was a slight but fun watch, as mockumentaries often are.

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So I have succeeded at changing the email address on my livejournal account, which means I'm actually reading the notifications of comments there at least twice a week. Yay, me?

I saw Black Panther and it was awesome. Non-spoilery thoughts:

- this was the movie that Last Jedi should have been (I have a whole list about that, but it has spoilers).
- Winston Duke was fantastic as M'Baku, and a smidge of my bitterness about how Person of Interest treated the character he played there has disappeared.
- Did you know that they 3-D printed at least one of Nakia's dresses as well as parts of the Dora Milaje's costumes? Cool, yeah?

- I could watch Danai Gurira in choreographed fight scenes all day long.
- Nakia is just so gloriously effective at her job; it's awesome.
- T'Challa! Erik! Shuri! Everybody!

I'd write more but I'm hungry. It's time to find something for dinner.

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21st-Feb-2018 09:41 am - user fail
FYI: at some point I stopped checking the email account I had linked to my livejournal. (It's an old email address, and livejournal comments are pretty much the only thing going there that might be of any interest.) Anyway, this means that I missed some comments there.
I haven't successfully pried myself out of the Star Wars pit of despair. So have some links:

Rey at Risk. This post points out the potential problems for Rey as a leading woman within the Star Wars franchise, both with storylines and the marketing for The Force Awakens, and with LucasFilm's history of undermining its female characters. Written in early 2016, the writer successfully predicted (no doubt to his dismay) a lot of the problems with Rey in The Last Jedi.

Follow-up post Rey at risk revisited.

That's two posts about Rey and the problems with her story within LucasFilm. So here's one about Finn: Finn as an everyman? How about no? (Connecting thought: my entire family thought that episode 7 was hinting at Finn being force-sensitive.)

Tying this back to my own thoughts: I'm rewatching the Star Wars prequels with a new fan, and it occurs to me that some of the racism in episode 1 was mostly invisible on the page; the biggest problem I can point to (as a very white person, to make that clear) were the accents in conjunction with character design. The Gungans (especially Jar Jar Binks) and their broadly cartoonish "comical negro" sound, the Yellow Peril Asian accents and appearances of the Trade Federation aliens, and Watto's big nose and Yiddish accent.

In contrast, episode 8's most noticeable "this is a bad idea in part because of race" moments were within the script: Finn getting zapped with electricity twice, and Finn's recovery from his physical injuries being framed as a comical series of moments.

To clarify: taking the man who was established as the male lead in the previous movie and then framing his recovery from heroic injuries as comic relief (hitting his head twice, falling out of his bed in sickbay, running around the base in a leaking bacta-suit) is an absolute insult; electro-shocking characters for the alleged comedy within those moments is also insulting and foolish; and those choices are even worse considering that Finn is played by a black man. The script was written in 2016 and there's just no excuse for it.

And let's not forget the writing mess for Poe Dameron in episode 8.

On a lighter note, here's a short (7 minutes) video: How Star Wars The Last Jedi Should Have Ended. There's apparently a whole series of these videos for various popular films; they use the initials HISHE (how it should have ended).


Book rec: The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish is fascinating. I have a feeling that Ester Velasquez is going to be a sticky sort of character - the kind of character you remember long after details of a story have slipped away. I had various amounts of frustration with the present-day narration of Aaron and Helen, but Ester - a Portuguese Jewish woman living in London in the 1600s - was endlessly interesting, and the way her story unfolded was gorgeously done.

TV: The Good Place ended its second season with neither a bang nor a whimper but with a "Hot diggity dog!" I'm looking forward to season three.

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20th-Jan-2018 06:12 pm - more recent-ish media
Movies first. Thor: Ragnarok was a visual delight, a solid story, and genuinely funny and fun. I was so pleasantly surprised, especially since the second Thor movie was a bit of a slog and a downer. The few problems I had with this one are mostly residual from the narrative in Thor 2, so I did some hand-waving and we're good!

The Greatest Showman has a paper-thin plot gluing a bunch of really fun and showy music videos together. I'm not sure if the real P.T. Barnum would be proud or appalled (he was not a pleasant man), but the real Jenny Lind would be upset. Since she's been dead for more than a century, I'm gonna let it slide.

The music is catchy and upbeat enough that I might buy the soundtrack at some point. Or at least some individual songs.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is one of those films that doesn't stand up to the next day test: when your brain has had enough time to digest the film, pick apart some of the plot holes and other problems, and you weigh that against the enjoyment of the overall experience. Put it this way: I haven't seen the movie a second time (I watched The Force Awakens twice in the theatre), and I won't buy the movie later either (I own The Force Awakens on blu-ray).

In fact, the more I think about The Last Jedi and the bone-deep problems it has, the more I'm angry about it; not just for this being a movie that could have done better, but also because it makes The Force Awakens worse in retrospect. Some of the "let's wait and see what they do in the next film" moments from episode VII are wrecked by episode VIII.

I'd say more but I'd start capslocking in rage. You can ask me in comments if you want to know more of the reasons I'm deeply displeased about this film, but there are plenty of them. *sigh*

edited to add: this entry now comes with bonus capslocky ranting in the comments on dreamwidth

I got Wonder Woman on blu-ray for Christmas, so I've rewatched that a couple of times now, and I still adore it.

Books! Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham delves into the Tulsa race riots of 1921. (A lot of white people rioted through Tulsa's thriving black neighborhoods, destroying them and resulting in dozens? hundreds? thousands? of deaths; there's not an exact toll, because the entire event was quickly buried.) The book flashes back and forth between the past and present. I thought it was well-researched, thoughtful, with a solid story and well-intended, but there are definitely moments, plural, where the author's experiences as a white woman make for a slightly off feel for the past and present-day narrators, who are both mixed race.

Margot Shetterly's historical narrative Hidden Figures was published in 2016. It delves into a larger time frame than the scope of the film, and has a more nuanced view about lots of events. There's also a lot more science, but it was still a clear enough read, even for me.

Uprooted is my first Naomi Novik novel in several years. I read the first three (?) of her Temeraire series before my interest fizzled out. I think she's a capable writer who often chooses narratives that prioritize men, and I just got worn out, I think. So many men! So few women! So little free time to read have I, so why am I going to keep reading a series that only grudgingly gives time and space to women in the story?

Oops, that was a bit of a rant. Anyway, Uprooted was solid enough. There's a surprisingly graphic sex scene at one point; surprising because the narrative wasn't built in such a way that I wanted or expected it. Also, I'm rather done with much older man plus young woman who saves him from his curmudgeonly ways with her magical vagina. But if you're a Novik fan, it will probably fill the gap nicely before her next Temeraire book. (Heh. Fill the gap. *wink wink nudge nudge*)

I finished Bitterblue, by Kristin Cashore, and while it doesn't replace Paladin of Souls and my beloved Ista, it does satisfy my desire to read about women of political power dealing with magical elements.

TV!!!! All the exclamation marks because I'm swooningly in love with season two of The Good Place. What a show. I'm amazed that this season is just so solid, and so much fun. The way season one ended was a blast but I wasn't sure they'd be able to pull off a good second season with that finale. I'm happy to be wrong. And I would say more about how this season has been so great, but it would be massively spoilery and I think anyone who jumps into this show now should have the chance to try it unspoiled.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s fifth season isn't quite as strong as season four, but it's definitely entertaining. While season four was almost everything I could have asked for with this specific show, I'm satisfied enough with the current direction to be glad that it's still on air. Even if it's also a shame to have some of television's most gorgeous actors covered in blue makeup to play the alien Kree overlords.

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21st-Dec-2017 06:27 pm - Winter Solstice
This season hasn't given my area much cold weather yet, so even though it's the first day of winter, I'm not really feeling it.

Some recent-ish books:
Someone Knows My Name, by Lawrence Hill. (Published under the title The Book of Negroes in Canada, in honor of a historical document by that name.) I had to split my time reading this book with other things; it's a heartbreaking narrative from the point of view of Aminata, from her childhood in Niger to being captured and eventually sold into slavery in the US, to freedom at a great cost in New York and then England.

This is a "someday I'll re-read sections of this... but not just yet" sort of book. It's amazing.

The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher. Fisher's thoughts about her time filming the first Star Wars movie ever made work better using her perspective now. There's a VERY long section quoting directly from the journals she kept back then; I finally starting skipping those pages.

The Night Counter by Alia Yunis. Scheherazade's time-worn ghost gets her turn hearing stories instead of telling them. An uneven book, with some fascinating characters.

Magic for Nothing by Seanan McGuire. Book 6 in her InCryptid series, and possibly my favorite. These are the well-crafted novel versions of a popcorn movie, so this "franchise" has managed to make a sequel even better than the original.

Lost and Found in Harlem by Delia C. Pitts. Some of y'all have read the Person of Interest fanfic by blacktop. She and I co-wrote a Carter/Reese babyfic together, and she has a whole slew of her own stories. Well, writing stories about John Reese and Joss Carter led Delia to this - a series of vignettes about a fledgling New York private eye. I'm looking forward to where her original character will take the narrative next.

Currently reading Bitterblue, book three in Kristen Cashore's Graceling series. I liked book one but couldn't even finish book two. So far this one is much more enjoyable.

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8th-Oct-2017 07:26 pm - the eighth of Halloween
My own Person of Interest rewatch is up to the halfway point of season one. That was a good run of episodes for the show: getting Carter as part of their vigilante crew made things a lot more interesting.

Mark Watches PoI is midway through season two, and barreling ahead at a much faster rate. Just two and half weeks until the Terrible Thing happens. I wonder if he'll throw any shoes at the wall, like I did? Probably not, since he films himself watching the episodes, and decorum would probably rule shoe-throwing right out. (Cussing is apparently allowed; I've seen one of his reaction videos, and he's a regular cusser.)

Fic-writing: I've actually written a few things down on paper, and transferred them to google docs. So there's progress. Right now it feels like everything I write is TERRIBLE, but this is still first draft territory. Terribleness is basically built into the bones of it, especially given how long it's been since I actually wrote fic of any kind.

(This is a Carter lives AU of several vignettes from Fusco's POV. Just for the record.)

Real life: I have a roommate, for now. Or rather, a person who rents a bedroom from me. This is a 'help out someone who could use a low rent situation' sort of thing. She'll be done with school in the spring, and will move out shortly after that. I probably won't see her much, thanks to her classes and my job.

Speaking of which, work is moving along at a too-fast pace. We were given a new curriculum over the summer, so I'm trying to adapt to that. Currently it's more frustrating than fun, although my students are a good bunch this year, so there's at least that.

I'm behind on watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine, although part of that is my disinterest in prison as a setting for episodes. WAY behind on Marvel shows on Netflix; I don't plan to watch Iron Fist, but I do want to finish season one of Luke Cage before watching The Defenders. I've managed to avoid most spoilers for both of those shows, to my astonishment.

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22nd-Sep-2017 05:19 pm - like a chicken with her head cut off
Unlike my mother, I never had to slaughter chickens in my childhood. Or adulthood, for that matter. But her eyewitness account is that they do indeed run around after you cut off their heads. So there's a reason for that expression.

It's applicable to how I feel right now: running around in what feels like an increasingly incomprehensible mission, wondering if I'm missing something absolutely essential to this whole life process... probably I just need a nice nap and someone to clean that kitchen for me.

Anyway! Shows are coming back to TV. I finally gave up on This Is Us. I enjoyed all five episodes I watched from season one, and I adored seeing Sterling K. Brown onscreen, but I just didn't think about the show when I didn't take deliberate steps to watch it. Instead I whiled away my time with frivolities like The Good Place--and apparently that started last night, so I think I'll go watch 2.01 before I get completely spoiled by the internet for any/all juicy details.

Inspired by Mark Watches, I've been rewatching Person of Interest season one. This is partly in the hope that I'll feel inspired to complete one of those unfinished fanfics I have on the computer. No show since then has brought that level of fannish inspiration. I literally haven't finished a new fanfic on my own in, er, three and a half years? Which, not so coincidentally, is two months after the departure of a character from PoI, so... hence the hope that watching the parts from before that exit will inspire me.

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17th-Aug-2017 07:28 pm - resurfacing, at least for a moment
Between the addictive nature of tumblr, my summer travels, and an ongoing resurgence of reading fiction (and not the fan-written type either, *gasp!*), I haven't posted on LJ/DW in aaaaaages. Now I'm trying to update my DW reading list to include anyone I followed on LJ who is active here. Which probably means posting a note on tumblr. Ah, the irony.

Anyway! TV: I'm still catching up on season three of The Flash. The season has very mediocre reviews, but so far I still like the characters enough to give it a shot. I need to finish Luke Cage season one, and since The Defenders will be available soon, it's time to rush a bit more.

After some hesitation I finished both seasons of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and I recommend it. It never undercuts its own premise, which is a pretty breathtaking accomplishment for a show that seems to be so sunny and happy on the surface.

FX's Legion has one short season, and it is... trippy. That dude who played someone snooty on Downton Abbey and the Beast in the live action remake of Beauty and the Beast (which I still haven't watched) is the male lead. It's an interesting show; not at all what I would expect from a comic book adaptation, but apparently the comic series itself is very unconventional, with an exploration of mental illness.

Still Star-Crossed is a summer show, and not one I'd say was brilliant (the writing could be better), but it's well-acted enough and the costumes are gorgeous so I'm enjoying it anyway. Oh, and everybody is so pretty, and Anthony Stuart Head is ambiguously evil. What more could you want?

Most of my fannish energy has been focused on Star Wars lately, but movies apparently aren't compatible with my abilities to write fanfic. Or even with my interest in reading fanfic. So mostly I reblog tumblr posts about Star Wars and admire the talents of the gif-makers.

Books: my favorite read this year so far is The Opposite of Everyone, by Joshilyn Jackson. Gah, I love it a lot. Sharp leading woman, a heartbreaking mother-daughter relationship, an eyes-wide-open look at another character with alcoholism... and yet it's still incredibly hopeful.

Second place book: hm, probably Crescent, by Diana Abu-Jaber. If you like tracking people's reading lists, I'm on goodreads. Send me a message and I'll let you know my username there. (Not posting it here because it includes my actual first name.)

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19th-Feb-2017 08:51 pm - time is what you need
Oh, hey there.

TV: Supergirl is off my watch list because 1) it was too hard to stay caught up without episodes on hulu.com, and 2) bad treatment of James Olsen. I may binge-watch on Netflix after season two ends, but it depends on the final result of #2.

The Flash has the same problem in terms of accessibility, but it hasn't yet sidelined an important character of color and swapped his/her romance for a white character yet, so I probably will watch it on Netflix when season four is done.

I finished The Good Place last night and I'm still laughing over some bits and mulling over others. It was a wild ride.

NBC's Timeless is absolutely precious to me. If you're curious, give it two episodes, because the pilot is solid, but some elements really need a second episode to pull together. Fingers crossed that it gets renewed. (Season finale tomorrow night, I think?)

Superstore lost me early in season two. Too many resets on previously-established characterization.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine is still good, although there's a mid-season hiatus right now.

Oh! Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has actually been interesting enough for me to watch as it airs this season! Usually I binge-watch during the summer.

Emerald City is kinda trash, but it's gorgeous trash. Tarsem Singh (The Fall, The Cell) directed all of the episodes. It's worth a watch just for the visuals. I think the season finale was last night? Haven't had a chance to watch yet.

I've seen four episodes of This Is Us, and I'm absolutely planning on catching up on the rest soon. Which should be easier now that Timeless and Emerald City are done/almost done with their first seasons.

Undecided about Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. It teeters on that line between funny and squirming in embarrassment for me. (I think it's on season two, but I'm in early season one.)

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31st-Oct-2016 08:59 pm - TV I guess?
I mentioned a TV update, so here we go:

I haven't started season two of Supergirl yet, mostly because of a spoiler from 2.01 that annoyed me. I think we've had three episodes so far? I'm willing to bet I'll cave soon enough and watch, mostly for J'onn J'onzz and Alex Danvers.

Brooklyn Nine Nine had a clunky premise to start season three four (???!!!), but we finally got past it without too much pain. Their Halloween episode was a delight, and I think I'm going to rewatch it soon for the lovely character interactions.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. started off strong in its fourth season but has fizzled a bit for the last two. My opinion on this miiiiight be directly tied to the amount of screentime given to Elena Rodriguez, though. Maybe. Possibly. (Okay, totally.) I do enjoy Ghost Rider so far, and hope to see him throughout the season.

The Flash is still very much what it's always been: far too focused on Barry to give the other characters much attention. It's frustrating, because I like the other characters, and it's easy to resent Barry for hogging all of the screen time. *sigh*

Alas for Jane the Virgin, somebody wasn't actually dead (and is still in the same narrative spot as before) and therefore I'm still not watching.

I think Superstore is back? I need to check out its second season.

And finally: the first two episodes of Stranger Things (netflix original show) were interesting enough for me to keep watching in spite of jump-starts and too much suspense for this wimp. So... no watching right before bedtime for me, that's for sure.

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16th-Oct-2016 06:22 pm - whoops
Apparently my brain decided it had too many things to track, so livejournal/DW got pushed over the edge. But I'm still around! Just not... here.

I do use tumblr. More than I should, in fact, although that tends to go in spurts. I was internet-free for a month this summer, more or less. And some days I'm too busy to do any social media of any kind.

Anyway! I've been reading books lately. Or least attempting to do so.

  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children was a bust. I didn't finish it, and don't care enough to try again. (I didn't know about Johnny Depp's film adaptation until later, so his ridiculous comments weren't a factor in liking or disliking the book.)

  • I did at least finish Magic Bites by Kate Andrews, but I didn't care enough about any of it to keep reading the series.

  • Seanan McGuire's tenth book in her series with October Daye came out last month: Once-Broken Faith. It was an enjoyable foray into her fae world. As usual, McGuire has nicely competent prose ad plotting.

  • McGuire's other pen name is Mira Grant, and I read her three zombie books that started with Newsflesh. Mixed feelings on one element, but it was still an interesting series.

  • E.K. Johnston's A Thousand Nights was gorgeous; highly recommend this retelling of Sheherazade.

  • The Memory Keeper's Daughter was a compelling look at America's recent treatment of people with Down Syndrome. Kim Edwards clearly did her research in creating this compelling fictional family.

  • Justin Cronin's vampire(ish) trilogy ended with The City of Mirrors. I still rec the first book (which I loaned to someone, but I don't know who?), but the other two... eh.

  • More post-apocalyptic narratives! Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel, gets an enthusiastic thumbs up from me.

ETA: Whoops again, I forgot to mention Discount Armaggedon by McGuire. Fine pulp fiction, I'd say. Very pulpy: monsters, competitive dancing, enemy/love interest boy, etc.

Also, I'm reading Taraji P. Henson's memoir Around the Way Girl, but I have a long way to go in that. Oh, and I haven't even mention the four or five re-reads I've done, but now this is getting way too long.

So... TV catchup post soonish? First I have to actually watch the TV that I'm behind on. Yikes. (Mostly I've been rewatching Parks and Recreation while grading papers, because my beloved Law & Order isn't on Netflix anymore. It was such a perfect grading-papers show!)

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10th-Apr-2016 07:58 pm - tv: bad romance
Shipping is messing up my TV shows. Or rather, my changed perceptions of romantic pairings has altered how I enjoy (or don’t enjoy) certain shows. I used to go along with whatever canon ships were presented, and that was that. At least for the most part. Now I’ve gotten more picky, and certain ships have become deal-breakers if the writing does nothing to call out / fix the problems in the ship.

I’m gonna blather about Jane the Virgin and Agent Carter and the ships I dislike on those shows, AND how Brooklyn Nine Nine managed to win me over. This goes behind a cut. Spoilers, obviously. B99, JtV, and ACCollapse )

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16th-Mar-2016 09:21 pm - another super-fast media update
Beware typos.

So I had a real problem with Jane the VirginCollapse )

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. continues its uneven writing, but I'm currently fairly pleased with the villain currently inhabiting the body of Grant Ward. Mostly it's schadenfreude, I'll admit. And I'm okay with that! Lance Hunter annoys me SO MUCH, but actor Nick Blood is so gorgeous that it's... confusing at times. Heh. Mostly I'm here for the May and Daisy show, though. Oh, and Bobbi. I love Bobbi.

Relatedly, Agent Carter finished season two, and aie. That was not the season I'd hoped for. I've already complained about the show's treatment of Jason Wilkes, the show's one and only addition in the name of diversity. The writing for him didn't really improve overall. *sigh*

Need to catch up on Supergirl (only one episode behind, but it looks like it's a very good one). The show itself has generally trended better since the beginning of this first season. The fandom is terrible, alas, but I mostly stay in my little corner of the internet.

CBS is going to burn through the short fifth season of Person of Interest, starting in May and ending in June. Two episodes a week, apparently. Honestly, I'll be relieved to have it done. The actors and writers have mostly moved on, since filming ended in December, I believe. Sarah Shahi is going to be the lead in a contemporary update of Nancy Drew, which we all know I'll watch even if it's terrible. (Maybe not all of it, but I'll certainly give it a try.)

Book update in a few days? Maybe?

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