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May. 21st, 2013 04:15 pm
swatkat: (w13: hearts for hg wells)
Watson for Batman!

Because Sherlock would play an excellent twitchy little Tim Drake and Gregson IS Gordon.

Have I mentioned how much I'm enjoying Elementary? (Shh, you may not discuss episodes beyond 1.14 with me.) I may also have developed a slight Gregson problem, in that [personal profile] tanndell and I have taken to squeeing in an unseemly fashion whenever he is on screen and shipping him shamelessly with Watson, because unf.

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I still have to watch the new Warehouse 13and the OUAT finale (although, going by Tumblr gifs alone: show, your gay is showing). What is my life. :/

I had many thoughts about the last few episodes of TGW, but then I forgot to talk about it and right now it all boils down to spoilers )
swatkat: (w13: hearts for hg wells)
I only have a trillion episodes of everything to watch, but at least the semester is over. I might be allergic to excel sheets at this point. *keels over and dies*
swatkat: knight - er, morgana - in shining underwear (Default)
Sometimes I entertain myself by thinking of alllllll the Legend of the Seeker tropes as applied to other fandoms. For instance, what would happen if Bruce Wayne found himself split into two like Kahlan in Torn*? Would it be Weepy!Feelings!Bruce vs Stone Cold Villain!Bruce? What would happen Emma Swan found herself split in two? Would she be torn between Angry Drunk!Emma who cannot take the trauma of all of this at once and Lost Puppy!Emma who just wants a family of her own? And Regina would probably be Really Evil Queen!Regina and Feelings!True Love!Regina, but I admit my thoughts here are coloured by fan fiction. And how about a character like Dick Grayson, who does not have a lot of ~inner pain or conflict, regardless of how much trauma he has been through? I suspect Dick 1 and Dick 2 would get along like a house on fire and mostly just hang out and make fun of Bruce.

Etcetc.

[* Basically, Kahlan is torn between ~duty and ~desire, powerful magic goes wrong and she ends up being split into two halves - one that is duty with no conscience and the other one full of feelings.]
swatkat: (dcu: scary batperson)
Let this be known, flist - and [personal profile] tanndell will stand witness - today I wore a Bat-badge in honour of You Know Who (Batman Inc #8).
swatkat: knight - er, morgana - in shining underwear (other: crow blacker than ever)
Ash Wednesday

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Because I do not hope to turn again
Because I do not hope
Because I do not hope to turn
Desiring this man's gift and that man's scope
I no longer strive to strive towards such things
(Why should the agèd eagle stretch its wings?)
Why should I mourn
The vanished power of the usual reign?

Because I do not hope to know
The infirm glory of the positive hour
Because I do not think
Because I know I shall not know
The one veritable transitory power
Because I cannot drink
There, where trees flower, and springs flow, for there is
nothing again

Because I know that time is always time
And place is always and only place
And what is actual is actual only for one time
And only for one place
I rejoice that things are as they are and
I renounce the blessèd face
And renounce the voice
Because I cannot hope to turn again
Consequently I rejoice, having to construct something
Upon which to rejoice

And pray to God to have mercy upon us
And pray that I may forget
These matters that with myself I too much discuss
Too much explain
Because I do not hope to turn again
Let these words answer
For what is done, not to be done again
May the judgement not be too heavy upon us

Because these wings are no longer wings to fly
But merely vans to beat the air
The air which is now thoroughly small and dry
Smaller and dryer than the will
Teach us to care and not to care Teach us to sit still.

Pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death
Pray for us now and at the hour of our death.

(The rest is here)

video embed under cut )
swatkat: (korra: lin's last stand)
The other day my phone was pickpocketed (I suspect) at the bookfair. It was somewhat traumatizing, but it did lead us to spending about half an hour in the surveillance room reviewing footage from surveillance cameras, thanks to the generous offers from the policemen on duty. It was not particularly of any use in recovering my phone - the camera angles were bizarre and we are no experts at this sort of thing - but it did give us the pleasure of imagining we're in some crime show, intrepid detectives in search of Clues! I was cautioned on various occasions for smiling too much by my friends, who were of the opinion I was not being appropriately upset.

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Hansel and Gretel was really ridiculous fun, and I now wish to see crossovers with every universe, including one where Hawkeye and Kate Bishop are hunters, and the one where Hansel and Gretel are the Hansel and Gretel of OUAT universe.

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[community profile] scans_daily claims S2 of Korra may or may not premiere on March 29. Discuss.
swatkat: (the good wife: kalinda wins)
I love The Good Wife's unshaking commitment to making the audience flinch spoilers for 4.13 )
swatkat: wonder woman in the hiketeia (dcu: diana is always on top)
The Good Wife has now had TWO fun episodes in a row, which can only mean that something DREADFUL is going to happen shortly. Je Ne Sais What? )

Once Upon a Time meanwhile was The Outsider )
swatkat: (korra: lin's last stand)
The last OUAT episode was pretty much straight out of Swan Queen fanfic: spoilers for 2.10 )

TGW is always good, and this episode was no exception spoilers for 2.11 )

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The first week of being back at work after a break is strange - I fell asleep early a lot (no matter what [personal profile] zorana says, I did not read fic till two - on most days), got handed a lot of new responsibilities (which are not bad, in fact), and generally have no idea where this week went.
swatkat: wonder woman in the hiketeia (dcu: diana is always on top)
Your main fandom of the year?

A main fandom? I haven't had that in a while now, but I suppose the honours go to Avatar/Legend of Korra and Warehouse 13 in terms of time most spent in, with DCU and Legend of the Seeker (yes, always) as honourable mention.


Your favorite tv show of the year?

It's a tie between Warehouse 13 and The Good Wife (again, always), followed by Legend of Korra. Had I watched OUAT all throughout the year, it would have been a part of this list, too.



Your best new fandom discovery of the year?

ff.net and AO3 - a rediscovery. The Importance of LJ Conversations, because I miss them.


Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year?

Legend of Korra finale. My issues with it are well-documented, and while there are things that I enjoyed about it, it will be my eternal regret that they went from 'Turning the Tides' to that. The second biggest disappointment is of course the Batbooks post-reboot. I miss my Batfamily. I miss them. I think Scott Snyder, despite his best efforts, was better in that stellar 'Tec run. I think Gail Simone was just beginning to hit the right notes in BoP. I think Batgirl had it in itself to give many, many issues full of unadulterated JOY.

Your fandom boyfriend of the year?

I was going to say Batman, but I don't WANT him to be my fandom boyfriend of the year so I will go with Sokka and comics!Hawkeye (Fraction-Aja Hawkeye, that is).


Your fandom girlfriend of the year?

Lin. HG. Alicia. Kalinda. Myka. Diana, as written by Brian Azzarello. Diane Lockhart.

Your biggest squee moment of the year?

Legend of Korra, episode 1.10. If by squee moment you mean rip my heart out and shred it into tiny pieces moment.

The most missed of your old fandoms?

Merlin. I met some of the best people I've *ever* met in that fandom, and I still have a lot of feelings for the characters on that show. It's just the show I have difficulty watching now, and I miss that engagement (one day,
[livejournal.com profile] tanndell  and I will sit down and watch S5. with copious amounts of alcohol and cursing).

The fandom you haven't tried yet, but want to?

I'm going to watch Borgen at some point. Also Elementary. I will also read Captain Marvel at some point.

Your biggest fan anticipations for the coming year?

Warehouse 13 4.5 and the wrapping up of Artie's story, as well as the dangling HG plotlines; The Good Wife, which never fails to please; OUAT S2, which I'm oddly excited for now. More Korra, whenever that comes. Avatar: The Search, because AZULA.
swatkat: (avatar: azula bends lightning)
Things you should never have to hear, ever: "[Your baby cousin brother]* needs to develop better kissing skills on-screen."

* He is 22, and an actor.

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I watched the HIMYM special two-parter, and spoilers for 8.11-8.12 )

I'm not much of an actor fan, but I have to admit, every time Alexis Denisof shows up as Sandy on the show, my heart grows three sizes. Sandy is SUCH a sleaze, and AD plays it with SUCH gusto. ♥

The Ruby/Red backstory episode (1.15) of OUAT was pretty great, even if the CGI wolf was hilariously bad. I also fail to feel much sympathy for spoiler )
swatkat: (korra: because i love lin bei fong)
+ This story about Cliff Chiang drawing Black Canary for a fan is the cutest thing ever*. Even if I generally want comics!Ollie to be far, far away from my Dinah.

* Except today's Gunnerkrigg Court, which is beyond adorable. <33333

Speaking of which, I have seen the second episode of Arrow, and it is still quite fun. Ollie is still very pretty, Stephen Amell is still hilariously bad most of the time (his angsty voiceovers, my god), his inappropriate chemistry with his sister is still inappropriate but also gripping (the only scenes where his acting works, as far as I'm concerned), and his Hamlet backstory is still ridiculous and cheesy (he cannot be the man his mother wants him to be! because he has to be the man his ~father wanted him to be). I do like the actor who plays Dinah Laurel a lot, and her relationship with her father has excellent potential, I think. I hope they tell us eventually that her mother was the first Black Canary - followed, obviously, by her taking up the mantle.

+ I continue to make my way through OUAT S1. It's great fun, and spoilers till 1.13 )

+ HIMYM 8.10 )

+ ribbonspooncat's thoughts on Bering and Wells (there is a moving gif in the link - I used Readability for better reading)

ladyshinkicker's thoughts on Bering and Wells:



So, HG Wells is actually a woman – she provided the ideas, her brother provided the moustache, but who wrote the books? Each of them bears Helena’s name, but we know that she was bronzed before all of HG Wells’ books were published. Her exact status – author or muse – is ultimately an ambiguous one, and I know that this is a plothole which some fans like to criticise the writers for, but I honestly think it works. Helena isn’t quite a muse, she isn’t quite an author, and she isn’t quite a character: her presence queers the narrative (many of her lovers were men; many of her characters were men; many of her authors were men) but it also deconstructs the act of narration itself. She’s introduced before she’s ever introduced – Myka read HG Wells’s novels, Pete’s seen the movies, and Myka spots ‘Edward Prendick’ in the guestbook. Pete’s Genre Savvy, he knows how this works, but he’s still thinking in terms of actors and performance and guesses; Helena can’t quite stay away and the pseudonym she uses is her real name. When she introduces herself as Helena, that’s an implicit admission of her identity as HG Wells as well as a denial. They’re looking for Charles, the one with the moustache, but they’re calling him HG – she is HG, but she isn’t, too. Identity is never that simple for her.


ladyshinkicker's thoughts on HG Wells:

I think that she works brilliantly within the narrative as a sort of ghostly presence, lurking in all of the dark places and threatening to huff and puff and bring down the narrative around them – and, through that haunting, serves to shore up the narrative itself. Helena is the act of deconstruction and she is constantly deconstructed – what else is left, when the story tears itself apart, begins again, and rips that one up too?
swatkat: Batgirl! (dcu: smiley batgirl babs)
So I watched the first episode of Arrow with a friend - and this might have something to do with the fact that we were both tired and somewhat under the influence - and found it a rather charming take on Green Arrow. Now, to be honest, I was naturally predisposed to find it charming, in the sense that there is no possible version of Oliver Queen who is not more charming to me than DCU's Oliver Queen, but! He is sad! He is pretty! He was shipwrecked! On an island! He has ~changed! He's on a mission for revenge! Because his daddy told him to before dying, and also because he wants to clean up his city! He's practically Hamlet (we said yesterday, while being mesmerised by Stephen Amell's physique)! And then of course there's Dinah - I'm not sure I'm going to be able to call her 'Laurel' right now - and you know my feelings about Black Canary, right? ♥

So I'm going to watch more of that.

The Good Wife never disappoints, spoilers for the latest episode )

I'm also sort of making my way through Once Upon A Time S1, and while I'm enjoying it, spoilers for the Hansel and Gretel episode )

I am also still watching HIMYM, and spoiler for the latest episode )
swatkat: knight - er, morgana - in shining underwear (Default)
I'm mostly internetless for a variety of reasons, flist, but I hope everyone in the way of Sandy is safe and sound. ♥
swatkat: wonder woman in the hiketeia (dcu: diana is always on top)
spoilers till TGW 4.04 )


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Wonder Woman #13 )


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Homestuck )

I'm not entirely sure what's going on with Jones' backstory in the most recent Gunnerkrigg Court story, but I do love all the pretty art.
swatkat: knight - er, morgana - in shining underwear (Default)
Via [personal profile] silveronthetree:

Pick a trope from this list and provide a fandom/pairing and I'll tell you something about the story I'd write for that combination (i.e. write a snippet from the story or write not!fic or tell you the title and summary for the story I would write)

1. genderswap
2. bodyswap
3. drunk!fic alternate universe shenanigans
4. huddling for warmth
5. pretending to be married/arranged marriage
6. secretly a virgin Hogwarts
7. amnesia XYZ made them do it
8. cross-dressing
9. forced to share a bed
10. truth or dare
11. historical AU time travel
12. accidental-baby-acquisition
13. apocalypse fic
14. telepathy crossovers! what if
15. High School/College Band AU


Er, I crossed out tropes I don't particularly care for with ones I do care for.
swatkat: wonder woman in the hiketeia (dcu: diana is always on top)
I realise this does not merit a LJ post by itself (a tweet or two perhaps), but god, spoilers for Warehouse 13 season 4.0 )

I'm sorry, I just have a lot of feelings about HG Wells. I also want to read fic in which she hangs out with Mrs F and they talk about what it feels like being loved by the Warehouse, among other things.

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