trinityvixen: (fangirl)
Between trips to the bathroom, I managed to complete Mass Effect 3 this weekend. (I typed "4" there by accident at first. Alas, never to be.)
Absolutely no spoilers, just my opinion on the tenor of the ending, but just in case. )

I am more upset that the franchise is over. I suppose it isn't, really. If I want to try and get different endings, apparently I have to play multiplayer. Or one of two iOS games, which, yes, I've already bought and will put to use with my Renegade Shepard to see if it does diddly or squat. There's always something more you can do, given the way the game has been marketed--more you can buy to get at the cheap thrill version of the fun you had actually playing the game. I've never subscribed to that, which is why I'm annoyed that you can alter your results with things that feel completely extraneous to the game. Multiplayer? Come on now. Are you going to give out codes for reading the comics as well? Might as well, seeing as multiplayer is going to get fuck-all attention from me.

I don't like the necessity of having to pull on more and other media or different genres of video gaming within the same universe in order to achieve within the game you love. If you want more from the game, by all means, have at the comics and the extra missions, but, call me old-fashioned, I believe, for all the choosing of my own adventure within Mass Effect, there was a core story and very little extra was needed or improved it where it was added. It's nice that they are something else I can have if I get too depressed that the story is over. I'm a little depressed, not gonna lie, but it feels cheap to go for those tie-in stories as if they'll satisfy in the same way. I'd almost love to see a trilogy of games that takes place centuries after the ending of Mass Effect 3. Where will the universe be then? That, to me, is more interesting than all the stories of what various folk are doing while Shepard is saving the goddamned galaxy.
trinityvixen: (blogging from work)
I think someone accidentally dosed Shepard with sex spores.

Absolutely no specific spoilers, but just in case. )

On the other hand, Bastard Male Shepard is TOTALLY going to pretend to love everybody and sleep with them.

In other news, my colleagues are squealing over Diane Von Furstenburg's (I should be worried that I spelled that completely right, shouldn't I?) new line for GAP. Meanwhile, I am watching this at work, totally spellbound:

I also read this entry on a blog and cracked the fuck up at the entries "John Carter of Dune" (oh God, I'm still laughing) and "The Punisher and Batman debate the death penalty." There are some better conceptual ones (Ferris Bueller's Day of the Living Dead" was pretty inspired) but those two were especially hilarious. I'd actually pay money to see Paul Dini make the Marvel vs Capcom one.

I don't think I have anything in common with these people.
trinityvixen: (Four)
No, that's not a fanfic prompt, that has been my life this week. In convincing [ profile] moonlightalice to read some Discworld this week and trying to explain Terry Pratchett's sense of humor and the way he has adapted his worldbuilding as it's started to have continuity, I told her that it was, in effect, much like Good Omens minus all that Neil Gaiman-y stuff. I could not, for the life of me, explain it better than that. Although Pratchett's work can be meaningful and sincere, it is, at the same time, irreverent. He has a sense of humor about everything, even things he and his characters believe in--if you love it, you should be able to laugh at it. Neil Gaiman, in my limited exposure to him, is very not that person. His work Has Meaning. The difference is perhaps most stark in the two writers' Deaths: Pratchett's Death is the ultimate straight man who may just be in on a joke you'll never get (but that's okay, you're privy to one he'll never know either); Gaiman's Death is personable and relatable and all the more tragic for it, however cute and playful she may be. I really felt like all the funny from Good Omens comes from Pratchett lightening Gaiman the fuck up.

Last night, while pulling out movies I own to suggest that [ profile] moonlightalice watch with her sister and mother this weekend, I pulled Stardust, which is adapted from a Gaiman work. I find the movie, though completely ludicrous, entirely charming. It's silly, it's fun, it's an adventure story with a happy ending. The book it's based none of those things. It's very Gaiman-y. Things are Serious Business, Usually Involving Magic. The ending is the one that The Story Deserves, Not The Ones That Coddle The Reader. It gets credit for being different, but for something so insubstantial, book or movie, I prefer the confectioner's sugar. He is very much a fantascist who believes in the old school Grimm's fairy tale.

Given my assessment of him so far, you might be surprised to learn that I found the episode of Doctor Who, "The Doctor's Wife," written by Gaiman, to be utterly endearing and really heart-warming. Though there is some of the pervasive, persistent melancholy about it that I associate with all of Gaiman's works, "The Doctor's Wife" threw in a lot of screwball romance that was genuine and sweet and funny. It helped that the episode confirmed some of my own opinions about the relationship between two characters that had, heretofore, never been able to be voiced on the show itself. (Though fanfiction, in what little I've read in Who-fandom, has covered.) So I was predisposed to like it as it agreed with the way I see things, but what I really loved was the setting placing the Doctor at the center of the story. New-Who, more than classic-Who, focuses on the companions, which is fine since that's the audience entry into the fantastic journey. The Doctor moves through most episodes on the periphery of the plot (despite always being in front of the actual action), showing up to poke at things and deliver exposition about why he can/cannot defeat whatever the monsters are. "The Doctor's Wife," on the other hand, manages to get rather close to the Doctor himself, his life, his choices, while simultaneously revealing nothing about him. (This is also a very good summary of the season as a whole.) The episode flirts with exposing secrets without really ever doing so, and it is one of the best teases ever because you really don't care. What matters is the relationship at the center, and it's adorable. Gaiman. Wrote. Something. A. Goddamned. Dorable. I tell you, the world, she is topsy-turvy!

it was one of the most charming episodes of Doctor Who I've seen in a good long while. It was an episode that managed to focus on the Doctor versus his companions. Instead of his moving through a story and mucking about in it, he was the story.  Well, he and someone else.
trinityvixen: (somuchlove)
The internet used a fan syllogism to freak me the fuck out last week. That syllogism:
1) Clark Gregg's Agent Phil Coulson is a much beloved character that ties together the disparate Marvel fim franchises.
2) Joss Whedon, who is directing Clark Gregg (among others) in The Avengers, is known for brutally killing off beloved characters in franchises.
3) Ergo, Joss Whedon will kill off Clark Gregg's character.

Now, it is possible that some of you don't feel the Agent Coulson love. You're wrong, but I acknowledge your existence. (Unlike, say, my willingness to acknowledge those of you females in denial about Thor's hotness. You are all faries, unicorns, trolls, whatever, far as I'm concerned.) Clark Gregg is nothing short of adorable and is a breath of fresh air and pragmatism grounding the otherwise fantastical movies in which he has appeared. (Which is saying something given how literally sky-high Thor and Iron Man can get.) He's smarmy and fun and smart, and, besides that, he serves a useful and practical role without usurping movies away from their respective stars. Joss Whedon is smart enough to love that about his character, which doesn't necessarily mean he wouldn't then immediately kill that character off, which is why I was freaking out.

Luckily, however, Clark Gregg is easily as (if not more) charming as his fictional counterpart and has reassured us all that he's going to be around at least until The Avengers 2: The Search for More Money. In this interview, he manages to a) sound like a fanboy of the actors with whom he works, b) present himself as SRS AUTEUR, c) pretend to spoil you for events that probably won't happen in The Avengers (OR WILL THEY?), and d) completely make me love him even harder than I did before. That's it, Clark Gregg, I'm buying all your movies. I didn't even like Choke that well, but you have sold me. (Plus there's a chance he'll get residuals on that. Not so likely for the Marvel movies, I'm guessing.)
trinityvixen: (Default)
The movie-watching plans I made last week have, save for a trip to see Priest tonight, mostly fallen apart. I went to visit U Penn's vet school--lovely campus!--and used that as an excuse to drop in on [ profile] feiran and [ profile] ecmyers for the weekend. Alas, it was not the best weekend for poor [ profile] feiran but I had a good time. I ate some truly excellent Korean BBQ for the first time, and that's a pleasure I hope to have repeated often. So tasty! Alas, the incredibly poor performance of Dylan Dog, coupled with no new releases of note being released that weekend meant we missed out going to the movies.

We did, however, finish Smallville. I have surprisingly little to say about it. But not SO little it shouldn't still go behind a cut. (No spoilers!) )

I also caught up on Supernatural on my way down to and back from Philly. The direction this season has gone is interesting. I didn't really think there was any point to continuing a show past the literal apocalypse, but they found a credible enough way to examine the aftermath. It's actually really funny because minor spoilers for end of season five ). I'm not sure I buy that this was evident from the beginning--the twist that was just revealed before the finale seems a little more sudden than reveals in seasons past--but I actually don't mind the direction it has gone.

One thing that intrigued me: nerd rage over the season finale teaser. No spoilers, just some venting. )

Tonight, Priest! I'm so excited you guys. I have only been this enthused so far this summer about Thor, though I haven't got half the expectations for Priest as I did Thor (and, if you recall, my expectations for Thor were decidedly sublevel). I just want to glory in the badness and then go read, finally, [ profile] glvalentine 's review that will make all the badness even funnier. I may also be in it for Vampire Cowboy Karl Urban. Not gonna lie, that's a draw for me.
trinityvixen: (blogging from work)
[ profile] feiran started this ridiculously fun and challenging meme, and despite the fact that, at first glance, I appeared to be hopeless at it, I've come to love it. So I wanna play from the other side and I'ma stealing her meme!

The way it works is that I pick ten fictional characters, you invent ridiculous scenarios for the characters (e.g. 1 and 3 are trapped in a trash compactor, what happens?). I give the outcome, and you guess who the characters are. Interested?

I'll make a list of guessed characters here:

5) Trinity (The Matrix)
8) Stephen Colbert (The Colbert Report)
10) The Dark Phoenix (X-Men)

There are no repeats; every character is from a different work/fandom. Let's play!
trinityvixen: (epic fail)
It looks like I was right. I blogged about this before, but this really slam dunks the case I was trying to make in a much, much shorter format.

I'd also like to point out the disproportionate loss of women of color from that map. Every season, you lose at least one female character, usually the non-white female character. They tried to compensate, it seems, by putting in two new female characters in, but one of them always leaves and the others are now all white.

The issue of women on this show is a sore one for me. Every season has, in a list of 11-13 central characters, only 4 female characters AT MOST. Of those four, only two have been around since season one, if you fudge the matter and count Ali Larter as being continuous even though her characters have not been. That's a serious imbalance before you begin to consider how marginalized the women in this list are. The three remaining in the fourth season play the very definite roles of maiden, mother, crone, too. Which helps immensely, let me tell you.

Someone remind me why I watch this again?
trinityvixen: (science!)
And now that that test is over! I can post about the trivial things that are much more interesting to me! Woo!

My weekend was lovely. Ah, family. )

While I was in San Francisco, I finally got to see G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. I can't say that it was better than, say, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Certainly, it was shorter, so it has that in its favor. There's also some tangential stuff that's fun. )

But still! Fanboys! Shipping wars! We can all get along. :D

Let's see, anything else? Nope. I just finished that stupid practice test, I have to get my lab in some sort of recognizable shape before tomorrow, and I've got work to do at actual work. Better get to it then.
trinityvixen: (thinking Mario)
I assume most of the Supernatural fangirls I know have heard something about an upcoming episode where Sam and Dean go tonot really a spoiler, but just in case ) (I'm still behind on Supernatural, so I dunno if that's the next episode or later down the line or what. Hence, spoiler tag.)

How do we feel about that? I'm not convinced fans will come out the better for this. )
trinityvixen: (fangirl)
I lack this thing you call sub...subtle...something about not blaring one's opinion, loudly and often. So this is a perfect meme for me because I will be unfailingly honest. My hand to the Great Noodly One's appendage.

Name a fandom, and I'll give you the scoop on at least three of my unpopular opinions related to that fandom.
trinityvixen: (squee)
This is the most adorable Wall-E poster ever. It's not even so much the picture, which is as adorable as all the Wall-E images are. It's the tagline at the top. It says, in French, "What are you doing for the next 700 years?" ::SQUEEEEEEEE::

(And, to be fair, this one is pretty damned cute, too.)

I also just received one of the most thoughtful and sweet commentaries on an old Batman Begins fanfic I wrote. It's really nice to be appreciated. I wish the umpteen-odd thousand words I wasted on Blade: Trinity were as good or as worthy of such commentary. A little smile to brighten my day. Which I need after the dream I had this morning about driving to a motel at night with my parents and listening to Condolezza Rice campaigning to become a Senator in some Balkan country. ('Cause she missed the election cycle in the states, dontcha know.) Members of the former president's administration are not welcome in my dreams, thankyouverymuch.
trinityvixen: (gay)

I'm beginning to hate this so much I love it. Who was supposed to be gay on Stargate: Atlantis??? Inquiring minds want to know, if only to be sure that this doesn't interfere with their OTP OTP OTP!!!

It's a two-fer today: guess who's not as queer as previously believed on BSG?


If you're going to do "Queer out of nowhere!" can you at least have the courage of your convictions and either go for it or not? None of this left-on-the-cutting-room-floor, we're-not-sure-how-gay-that-character-really-needs-to-be shit. Yes, it's great that that BSG character is bi. It fucking sucks who he/she sleeps with to qualify as a switch-hitter, though. Because that IS SO MUCH MORE IMPORTANT than the genitalia of the person with whom he/she is sleeping.

And this is why this shit bugs me. What people sleep with is really 100 million times less interesting than who. You can get your hetero boning on. But is it more shocking that you do that with, say, a robot (looking at you, Helo) or that you get some homo boning on? According to the Sci-Fi Channel, it's the latter. And that's what's fucking wrong with all of this being "news." Even if the people IN THE SHOW don't make a big deal out of it, the show/channel runners are and that's painting how we see it, damn it.
trinityvixen: (cylons)
I agree with one of the comments on this posting about the latest BSG gay romance: if the friggin Sci-Fi Channel does a godsdamn PRESS RELEASE saying "ZOMG Xxxxx is A GAY!" how the hell can you really say that mentioning it somewhere else is a spoiler?

Of course, I link to my own announcement of that news from some weeks ago, and I realize I did give a spoiler warning, so clearly there is some expectation that even news that is announced and given out to the media is still somewhat sensitive. But really, people: if you're at all plugged in and you're at all behind in a series, you just sort of have to get used to being spoiled. Most magazines will warn you (UNLIKE FUCKING ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY) for anything major. The fact that the Sci-Fi Channel isn't bothering to hide this means this gay romance will probably be as significant to the story as the last one. (Read: not at all.)

It's not like they announced who the last Cylon was. (HA HA HA, IT IS GOING TO SUCK WHEN THEY DO, THOUGH AND I KNOW IT AND I DON'T CARE, A-HA HA...sigh)
trinityvixen: (squee)
#172 FTW!

Goddamn, that's even one of my favorite pictures of that fabulous bitch, too. No fooling, I LOVE THE DARK PHOENIX. Some day, when I lose half my current body weight, I'm doing a Dark Phoenix costume for Halloween. If I ever get down to a reasonable size ever (note: hasn't happened yet in my life time), I'm totally going whole hog and paying to get that shit made custom. True story: were it not for my serious lesbian crush on the Dark Phoenix, [ profile] feiran and I might never have been friends. Eight years later, that's still hard to imagine.

#103 understands me! Grrrrrowl.
trinityvixen: (Default)
And I'm 2/3 of the way done with this last season of Doctor Who! ::cheers::

I watched "Silence in the Library" and "Forest of the Dead" and all I could think was, "Jesus H., why didn't they let Stephen Moffat write the last three seasons entirely!?" Seriously now, he scripted a tense, well-paced thriller of an episode that kept me absolutely riveted. His Doctor keeps David Tennant in line, too, which Ohthankyoufuckinggod, because that man is about three xanaxes short most days. I like wild and crazy Doctor. I'm pretty sure, however, that Ten has rabies. Stephen Moffat writes him so brilliantly that you don't forget he's the Doctor--he's still funny and silly and full of self importance. But he makes him so much more.

Just some thoughts on this and other seasons. )

Still not finished though! Four more episodes to go. NO SPOILERS!! However, if I don't stop reading fandomsecrets, I might get spoiled out of enjoying it. I've nearly done it to myself already. Stupid LJ com. I should stop reading it if only to avoid hearing twenty times in one post about The Dark Knight. Listen you crazy-obsessed freak fucks: THE JOKER DOES NOT WANT TO HAVE SEX WITH YOU. The fact that they are fantasizing wildly over a fictional character? Fine. Over one played by an actor who is now deceased? Doesn't bother me. (Ask me about my Brandon Lee crush some time.) REPEATEDLY TALKING ABOUT HOW A PSYCHOPATHIC, DISEASED, HOMICIDAL CLOWN MAKES YOU CREAM YOUR SHORTS IS THE QUICKEST WAY TO MAKE ME KILL YOU. Actually, second quickest. The quickest way to death-by-stupid-fangirling is to be this person.
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-While the Indiana Jones-themed Pinchbottom burlesque was not the greatest (truly, it was worthy of the trademark declaration that it was a flimsy premise for striptease), Johnny Porkpie's number was funny enough to kill--both in and of itself and for the tribute to the subject matter. Well done barely dressed ladies (and man)!

-[ profile] dotsomething, whom I saw for the first time in far too long this Saturday, has issued a challenge to me to identify her in Iron Man fandom. Apparently, she has noticed me reviewing stuff (I'm being good, I swear to Christ, I'm not on a bad-fic tear again), and this means she's looking around and participating, too. If you know of her super secret identity, please, do not tell me. I shall have to work about discovering it on my own. MYSTERY!

-Get Smart was very fun. It provoked a lot more belly-laugh hilarity than I anticipated given some of the reviews. I still don't think they should make a sequel. Steve Carell was brilliant, the movie was enjoyable, but he deserves better. His timing is flawless, don't get me wrong, but he shouldn't be hamstringed into a nostalgia comedy. Let him do his own characters more. If you've not seen Dan in Real Life, remedy this. He's wonderful in it, even if it's not The 40 Year-Old Virgin humor. He's actually mega-talented at heartbreak humor. And go see Get Smart in moderation so it makes money and they keep employing him forever but not so much that they are tempted to make another. (I just don't trust that the fun would survive a sequel.)

-[ profile] darkling1 is in! [ profile] moonlightalice and [ profile] wellgull assisted him and movers getting his stuff into the apartment Sunday and it only took two hours and they beat the downpour. Amazing. We've spent most of the day rearranging to the best of our abilities. The office is going to take more work, but a surplus mattress and bed set needs taking care of before that's ready. I busied myself rearranging the kitty room, which is now the multipurpose room as it will contain my desk and the elliptical machine.

-Season Two Venture Bros is still made of win.

-The more I think about the responses to this post, the more I think I need to watch all the movies that people said were the worst of the worst and find some way to determine the worst-worst-worst. I'm reluctant only because I would have to include my personal vote for worst-worst-worst, Ang Lee's The Hulk (like anyone had forgotten after my ranting) in the watch pile to be fair. And that's pretty much a deal-breaker for me. It's easier to watch something reputedly bad because I won't have seen it so at least there's a possibility of surprise. The only thing that could surprise me about The Hulk is if the DVD spontaneously combusted in mid-play. Perhaps I will shamelessly copy [ profile] glvalentine's "Bad Taste Theater" and relive an experience I wouldn't subject Hitler to using snark to deflect the evil for you all. AREN'T YOU GLAD?


May. 29th, 2008 10:53 am
trinityvixen: (cylons)
Amidst my shame for having had [ profile] ivy03's DVDs forever, I started to watch the second season of Supernatural, so far to greater success than my trip through the first one. I maintain that the ending of the first season was damn funny, yet I was still pulled into the drama of the season opener that built on it. Well done, show. It helps to conference with [ profile] viridian about these things, too.

Ah, girls. )

Through completely legal means (I swear I live in Canada), I have seen BSG 4.08 "Sina Qua Non," which will air in this country on Friday. My reactions are basically "Um?" Most of the episodes this season have had a profound "WTF!?!" level to them, usually because they startle me with the awesome or at least the harshness. I have disliked a lot of developments--(spoilers) )--but on the whole, I've swallowed my objections in the name of the great things that would happen immediately after. Yay show!

But this? This is not happening. I'm fairly sure that everything that happens in this episode is going to be revealed as an alternate universe episode or something. Every bad fanfic decision that could be made about any character, any development is made. And, godsdamnit, ARGH, SPOILER ) Worse, The spoiler that makes TV want to die. )

What puzzles me is that awards for which BSG wanted to be nominated all picked performances out of this one. I didn't see too many overtly fabulous performances other than the one put in by Lee Adama's hair. Dude looks like he walked off the set of a Pantene commercial where his fluffy, shiny, sleek hair got expertly blown around. What the F? Remember your stupid faux-hawk in the miniseries, Lee? I won't forget that now that you seem to have discovered conditioner. I WON'T.
trinityvixen: (balls to that)
Explain to me what is fandom to other, normal people. I have this idea that I am insane. It's probably a correct appraisal of my behavior, but all the same, I'd like to know that I'm not alone.

[Poll #1192336]

I just needed to poll. I realize I'm currently fascinated and frustrated by fandoms for two works that really are problematic to be fannish about aside from just enjoying the canon product. One is Battlestar Galactica; the other is Iron Man. The former is hard to enjoy the fan off-shoots because NOTHING is as good as the show. Reading the scripts from the show isn't as good as the show because the show flies less on the words and plot than it does on the acting that makes it happen. The latter is problematic because, gosh darn it, it's pretty near perfect and there's hardly a thing to add or subtract from it, dramatically. (Which makes me very scared for the sequel prospects, but we'll see.)

This is really annoying, in case I haven't made that clear. Stupid fandoms. They're eating my life and giving almost nothing back. And, on top of that, I have trouble mustering interest in anything else. I have friggin' Doctor Who--AND IT'S GOOD!--that I'm not watching because I'm moping around waiting for next Friday (and the inevitable DVD release of Iron Man since I am too po' to go back to the theater again). I thought maybe I'd decompressed after a couple of days with no BSG on the horizon. Nope. I'm back to refreshing TWoP every hour in hopes of a recap update. GAAAAhHHHHH.

How do other people get un-obsessed with fandom? HELP ME!!
trinityvixen: (dib worm)
I apologize for the posting of incredible seriousness just now. I make it up to you all, okay? Have a new Iron Man trailer!


Seriously, great trailer, with even new stuff from the last one! Only concerned that they're giving too much away at this point, but a lot of Robert Downey Jr.'s lines still crack me up and I've watched the trailer a hundred times. I can only imagine the things I'm not seeing will also be awesome. Jon Favreau has proved to be nearly bulletproof with his marketing technique for this. He gives the right amount of suggestion, promise, and awesome in everything he's put out for this so far. His marketing guys better be really, really well paid, too, because their work has been stellar.

Also, how cool is it that on the homepage, they have a section devoted to fan art? That's love, baby. Fan-love. It's an example of what I would call the Rowling Principle--show your fans respect, and they will love you. Mega-love you. I already do. At this point, I'm pretty sure the film could be at least as bad as Spider-Man 3 and I'd still like it.
trinityvixen: (Default)
[ profile] jethrien reminded me that I haven't opened the holiday fic gifting for this year yet. Ahem, let me correct this oversight.

2007 Holiday Fic Gifting!
So, fic, c'mon an get it. Here's what you have to do:

1. Pick a fandom that you and I both like (helps if I know it well enough to write in it, so consider that). Some hints: Firefly/Serenity, The Shadow (the movie), The Matrix, LOST, Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Torchwood, Buffy, Heroes, House, Smallville, Red Dwarf, Dexter. Suggestions are welcome, and I love a challenge. I can't promise I'll be able to do it, but I do promise to try.

2. Name a few characters you'd like to see show up in the story.

3. Provide me with a prompt. It can be a word, a phrase, a theme, a bit of dialogue, whatever. It will show up in the fic or be the motivator behind it.

Come one, come all!

2006's fics: The Wassailing Dead (Buffy; a personal favorite, also thanks to [ profile] jethrien), Veritum dies aperit (Torchwood), The Tension Between Mortality and Morbidity (Doctor Who/Torchwood), Escapes Touching (Doctor Who series and movie).

2005's fics: A Practical Approach (Firefly), Making Strides (The Matrix), Bah Humbug (Harry Potter), All the Good Little Children (LOST), Rumor Has It (The Shadow), Getting Lucky (Firefly).


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