swatkat: (merlin: team evil)
+ My week of doing nothing at home is nearly over, alas. I'm trying not to think about it, though - or the sheer amount of work I have to do once I get back.

The last time I was at home, my sister had taken to obsessively watching The Big Bang Theory, which I didn't mind because it is funny a lot of times (and rather offensive on other occasions). This time she has taken to watching Grey's Anatomy (season three), and so far I have learned that Christina Yang is awesome, Patrick Dempsey is annoying but oh-so-prettily-rumpled, Bailey is awesome, and I really do not like George. Also Addison, I like her too. I don't actually intend to watch the show beyond the glimpses I catch from my sister's viewings, but I'm gleaning a lot of amusement from it at the moment.

+ This is a very interesting analysis of the Kalinda scenes in the TGW season opener by [personal profile] sophia_gratia. Fempop has a similar, very interesting analysis here, and I agree on both accounts. I couldn't quite put my finger to why certain elements in the storyline were making me so uncomfortable, but these posts illustrate the point very eloquently.

+ Tumblr has been shamelessly bombarding me with hot images of the Merlin cast. In this one they look like they've walked out of 'Drastically Redefining Protocol'. I can't even!

+ Speaking of Tumblr, I do love Tumblr, but I hate what it has done to fannish conversations now. Sigh.

+ I'm full of a lot of HG Wells feelings, and in the absence of A LOT OF FANFIC WRITTEN TO CATER TO MEEEEE I have been rewatching bits of S2, which has been the cause of even more feelings. I also really want a Warehouse 13/Avengers crossover now, mostly because I want HG to ~bond with Steve, and also because I want to witness Mrs F take on Nick Fury (she wins).
swatkat: wonder woman in the hiketeia (dcu: diana is always on top)
+ I watched the Utena movie, which I think makes perfect sense if you treat it as a direct sequel to the anime—as Utena's fever dream, which Anthy helps her rescue herself from. I have no idea why Juri hits on Miki in it, however, although I must say that if Juri ever were to consider dating boys Miki is the first person I'd ship her with. Also, a TRAGIC lack of Nanami in the movie—TRAGIC and UNPARDONABLE, because Nanami is the best and my favourite (well, apart from Utena herself. And Juri). Nanami is the Queen Cordy to Utena's Buffy, the comic mirror and the tragic foil, and the ONLY other character who gets an arc that long (even if some of them are filler episodes—but the Nanami filler episodes are the best, Cowbells of Happiness is probably my favourite episode in the entire show apart from the finale itself).

+ It occurs to me that a lot of the problems in the Merlinverse would be solved if someone introduced Morgana to Utena, who could tell her that her that she doesn't have to be either a Princess or a Witch.

+ In a recent Newsrama interview, Brian Azzarello said:

Azzarello: Of course not. I don’t care. It’s not important to the story. Listen, if it were my choice? She’d be wearing that skirt!

Nrama: Wait a minute. Is that a hint? Why the skirt?

Azzarello: Because it looks good! Like her original costume? I think that’s great.


This is a man after my own heart. Also, guh, have you SEEN Cliff Chiang's pages from Wonder Woman #2?

image under cut )

That flirty smile? That's the Diana we know and love, the one I dearly miss. I want her back now. *grabby hands*

I also approve of Diana gaining her own Gabrielle, since the Wonder Girls seem to be off-limits in the main Wonder Woman book for reasons incomprehensible to me.

+ The Ivy Crown by [personal profile] briar_pipe, Merlin, Gwen/Morgana, ~75,000 words, "Late one night, several prisoners escape from the dungeon, Arthur disappears, and fate takes a left turn. Morgana and Gwen are dragged along into a new world of intrigue, magic, and war." This is the kind of Gwen/Morgana I've always wanted to read - long and absorbing, with an absolutely fabulous warrior queen!Morgana.

Archimage by Jude, Revolutionary Girl Utena, Utena/Anthy, ~140,000 words, "What happened to Utena after the end of the series?". Epic post-anime story, featuring the entire cast and doing justice to ALL of them while weaving a twisty tale that would make the creators of the anime proud. PS: GROWN-UP POLICE OFFICER!JURI FTW!!!1!

Roses Grow by sharnii, Revolutionary Girl Utena, Utena/Anthy, novel length. Wonderful post-anime story featuring the entire cast, with romance, intrigue and surrealism. It also has a sequel in progress featuring a fantastic Anthy voice.
swatkat: knight - er, morgana - in shining underwear (merlin: ever so evil)
+ Lately I find myself at a loss for words. I mean, even more than usual for this year, which has been oddly demanding and intense - not bad, really, except for a few occasions that best remain forgotten, but odd and demanding. I start LJ posts and I don't finish them. I write fragments, but sentences are hard.

Tumblr has been a blessing in that sense, because it's easy to just look at pretty pictures, without having to talk, but my engagement with fandom has always been more verbal than visual and I miss that. I want to be able to talk about stuff. /whine


+ Meanwhile, watching Merlin is growing injurious to my health. Merlin 3.08 )

Uh. What did I say about not having words? *facepalm*
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My enjoyment of Merlin episodes is x100 more when they involve Pendragon Family Drama. Needless to say, I really enjoyed this episode, GENERAL BLINDING STUPIDITY that is now par for the course notwithstanding. You have to hand it to Capps&co., it takes real genius to make a show that makes Legend of the Seeker look like a well-crafted modern masterpiece. who is related to whom now? )
swatkat: knight - er, morgana - in shining underwear (house and cuddy)
3:56: Tabrett Bethell offers her thoughts on yaoi. Well, on Cara and Kahlan if you're going to be nitpicky now.

embedded under cut )

The entire clip is lovely, and did I mention lately that I really miss Cara?

Meanwhile, among other fannish things:

Things I have watched: Merlin 3.02, Hellcats 1.03, Warehouse 13 2.12

Things I will watch: House 7.01. It's ready and waiting for me, but I told A. I'd watch it with her and we haven't managed to hang out after that, and TBH, I'm a little afraid of the character assassination that might happen. Feel free to reassure me, guys.

Things I will probably skip: Merlin 3.03, because no, really not my thing, I could barely watch 2.05-6.

Things that are KILLING me with anticipation: OLIVIA DUNHAM FRINGE 3.01 YAYYY
swatkat: (merlin: team evil)
Merlin 3.01 )

I'm trying to switch off my brain. It helps. Mostly.
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+ OLIVIA DUNHAM, DEFENDER OF THE UNIVERSE. ♥



Dear [personal profile] hibernate, I believe this Fringe video to be Relevant To Your Interests. Especially the bit around 1:20, wherein they discuss 'part man, part machine' creatures designed Over There.


+ Apparently, a JLA movie is in the works, which may not feature Batman and Superman in favour of 'introducing' WW, MM and Aquaman to the general audience. I can't see a JLA movie without the two of them, and neither do I understand why Diana needs to be 'introduced' in a JLA movie instead of a movie of her own, but that's not what I want to talk about right now. Fans are speculating about who will play Diana, and one name that frequently comes up in discussions is none other than our very own Bridget Regan (who, if I recall correctly, once mentioned that she grew up worshipping WW). It's just fan speculation, obviously, but I absolutely love the idea of B as WW. She's got the height, she's got the figure, she's got the blue eyes, and most importantly, if anyone can sell Diana's particular combination of sweet, wise and scary, not to mention a kick-ass warrior, it's her.

I offer Proof. large images under cut )
Also check out Nigel Halsey's gallery for a few more manips, all beautifully done.


+ I am slowly gearing up for the return of Merlin. I haven't looked at spoilers or any of the trailers, let alone fan reactions to the screening of the first two episodes, because I think not reading fan reactions is the key to enjoying ones shows. I think I am more or less prepared for the inevitable Evil McEvil Morgana, but I still don't how I'll cope when her relationships with her friends fall apart. Sigh. And maybe they'll tell Arthur things this season? A girl can hope.

+ I wrote 100 words yesterday. It was hard. Then I gave up and rewatched Legend of the Seeker. BTW, it's hilarious how Kahlan has Cara (and Richard and Zedd) wrapped around her little finger, without even trying.

+ I'm still waiting for my copy of Mockingjay arrive so that I can talk about it, and the other two books. I also read Unseen Academicals, which was great fun, and then re-read a bunch of other Discworld books. The Sister seems to have misplaced my copy of The Fifth Elephant, humph.

Speaking of Discworld, [personal profile] roga drew Death putting on nailpolish! Go tell her how cute and awesome it is. <333
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From the Merlin folks in the flist:


Let’s make a magical wave throughout LJ.
When you see this entry, post a picture of the show to your own journal.




Because that's my girl with her sword, being awesome.
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Levarage is back! I have nothing spoilery to say about the episode except that it was fun, as always, and I just love how they all love each other and how each and every member of the team is respected. okay, a little bit spoilery here ) It's such a relief, coming after a lot of other things. *glares at Merlin*

Meanwhile, I've been watching The Legend of the Seeker. I'm only up to the third episode of the first season. It's... very pretty, cheesier than Merlin and possibly as incoherent (I haven't watched much, so I wouldn't know yet), and has women who get to do things. Richard is adorably noble and dim, Kahlan is fabulous and Zedd is insane but scarily competent. And did I mention that Kahlan gets to do things?

I'm quite charmed. (Morgana would fit very well into this universe. Zedd could teach her a thing or two about magic, for instance. I'm just saying.)

*

Past in Present: This is a [community profile] festivids entry, based on the movie Chak De! India. It's an underdog sports movie, featuring a women's hockey team and their coach, and I don't have words for how much I love it. This vid does justice to the movie, to the spirit of the characters - please watch it. ♥
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+ You should read [profile] sarahtales' thoughts on S2 Merlin now. It's best if you're not drinking anything. Sample:


ARTHUR: My new contract states I must be shirtless at least once an episode.
GWEN: Now I am going to be a love interest, I am looking extremely foxy in several new gowns. I am never shirtless, because this is the BBC.
MERLIN: Nobody fed me over the summer, and I am feeling weak.
MORGANA: Nobody gave me any lines for the upcoming season, and I am feeling evil.


+ Pride and Prejudice in emoticons.

+ Some of you may have also noted my recent, ahem, enthusiasm for Morgana/Morgause. It's like being back in 2003 once again and discovering that the only way you get to read about the Black Family Drama is by dipping into Blackcest -- only this time, I actually ship it (Gwen/Morgana will always remain the Morgana ship of my heart, but). Like burning. *facepalm*

Let me show you why: spoiler-y picspam for 2.08 | spoiler-y picspam for 2.12 | general women of Merlin picspam

And then you must also watch this vid: Bad Romance, by [personal profile] such_heights. Lady Gaga + Morgana/Gwen&Morgana/Morgause = WIN.

I hope people are writing a lot of fic.

+ Meanwhile, I watched Avatar. It's like The Last Samurai. In space. spoilers )
swatkat: knight - er, morgana - in shining underwear (Default)
Merlin S2 finale )

+ Now that it's over, maybe I can have my brain back again, and my capacity to write. COME BACK SOON, SILLY SHOW. I WILL MISS LOVING/MOCKING/HEADDESKING AT YOU. ♥
swatkat: knight - er, morgana - in shining underwear (Default)
+ The other day, the Slasher Professor introduced me to his wife saying, 'This is [livejournal.com profile] swatkat24. She's the one who's always going home.'

I ignored him, and came home anyway. All this commuting is getting to be expensive, but whatever.

+ Light-hearted thoughts on Merlin 2.12, because the heavy stuff makes me want to weep and write EPIC FANFIC, sometimes with HEARTBREAK AND ANGST AND DESTINY and sometimes with LALALA AU-NESS WHERE THEY ALL LIVE HAPPILY EVER AFTER.

Merlin 2.12 The Fires of Legolas )

+ Speaking of AUs, I really want this NAUTICAL ADVENTURE AU discussed at [community profile] camelot_fleet, featuring LE FAY, PIRATE QUEEN and a lot of SWASHBUCKLING. There would be adventures featuring angry sea gods, whom Morgana annoys by being cocky. Gwen, who tries the long distance thing initially, is fed up and joins LE FAY's crew, and ends up learning navigation (Le Fay is not very good at it)and the Art of Conversing With Self-Important Gods Without Offending Them. Somehow they end up offending the gods anyway, and then Gwen has to do an Orpheus to rescue Morgana from Hades. There is also the time when Aphrodite makes a pass at Gwen, and Le Fay is not pleased, despite her own complicated - ahem - history with the said goddess.


+ Everyone has seen the new Leverage trailer, right?

+ How are you, flist? Long time no see. *g* I still owe people comments. Which I will get to, I promise.
swatkat: knight - er, morgana - in shining underwear (pander to me)
+ Bradley James and Colin Morgan go on a road trip. LOOK AT THEM, OMG.

+ I just went outside to discover that a crow had stolen my sister's black sock from the clothesline and was very busy examining it on a branch of what we call the 'christmas tree'. The Cowardly Dog is sad that she was not allowed to intervene.
swatkat: knight - er, morgana - in shining underwear (pander to me)
Okay, that was Merlin 2.09 )

EEE!

Nov. 15th, 2009 11:26 am
swatkat: knight - er, morgana - in shining underwear (other: swatkat)
+ ARCHIVE OF OUR OWN! I haz account! \0/

+ MERLIN 2.08, or DAYS OF OUR CAMELOT. STUCK ON CAPSLOCK )
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+ Castle 1.05: Totally bowled over by the lovely backstoryness. Castle&Beckett(&Ryan&Esposito) are ♥. I love, especially, the respect Castle has for Beckett's story. He's a smartass, but he knows where the lines are.

+ Merlin 2.07: Easily the best episode of this season, although I'm partial to 2.03 for obvious reasons. witch-hunting )

Trollage

Nov. 2nd, 2009 03:25 pm
swatkat: knight - er, morgana - in shining underwear (flowers)
+ Castle continues to be endearing. I love that his ringtone for Beckett is the Addams family theme.

+ Merlin 2.06 Troll! In the Dungeon! V.2 )

+ Angel Coulby and Bradley James did a signing together, where Angel showed up with a flower in her hair and Bradley showed up with a beard. Pictorial evidence shows that Colin Morgan's facial hair >> Bradley James' facial hair, so the [community profile] camelot_fleet people had a discussion on what would happen if Arthur tried to grow a beard.
swatkat: knight - er, morgana - in shining underwear (Default)
Because [personal profile] roga is a demented genius, she made this:

macros under cut )
swatkat: knight - er, morgana - in shining underwear (Default)
+ What do you know about Sirens, flist? I do know of the ones in Greek mythology, and the ones in contemporary depictions as mermaid-ish creatures, but I'm trying to find out a bit more on Sirens in folklore and how the Greek half-woman/half-bird creatures came to be pretty mermaids, but Google isn't helping at the moment.

+ Speaking of writing, blah blah blah )

+ Bye bye, Geocities! You will be missed. Sort of.

+ Also, the latest Merlin episode was just begging for this: macros under cut )

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