aria: ([misc] batman)
( Oct. 4th, 2013 08:31 pm)
I have been watching some television! Specifically I have been watching SHIELD, Person of Interest, and Elementary.

SHIELD! Speculation and disgruntlement. )

Person of Interest! Cheerful but not deep. )

Elementary! Shruggy but willing. )

Besides watching television, I'm also in the middle of an excitingly busy couple of weeks. Last Tuesday was the Vienna Teng concert; I went with friends and met up with more friends and started crying nearly right out of the gate when she played Recessional as the very second song. Mostly she did the new album -- quite possibly everything off the new album except Never Look Away, which is a bit of a shame as it's my second-favorite from that one -- and the most gorgeous rendition of Gravity ever. I just. I can't express how much I love Vienna Teng.

(And then Housemate A, who couldn't concert-go with us because she has a work conference this week in Connecticut, sent us an increasingly hilarious series of texts which read "So my friend just informed me that Vienna Teng is playing at the casino I'm in tonight" followed by "Missed Vienna Teng's concert twice but I did get to play blackjack with her ^^" so I think someone is in for some serious excited interrogation when she gets home tomorrow.)

This next week I have a county fair tomorrow (COUNTY FAIR, I haven't gone to one of those since I was in my early teens, yaaay) and Night Vale in NYC Thursday night and then a Friday ticket to ComicCon, so adventures await! Amidst all this I am also trying to finish the damn Avengers fic (72k and counting; I have resigned myself to the fact that it's going to hit and surpass 100k, sigh) and having a slow ridiculous breakdown because of the increasing bits of Thor 2 footage. I will get it done! And have work and a social life and all such good things, yes.
aria: ([doctor who] van gogh tardis)


( May. 22nd, 2013 12:38 pm)
Okay, I'm going to be at WisCon for the next five days (!!!) which means if I don't make this television post now, it's never going to get made. And so! TV I have watched & have feelings about!

Community, spoilers through the finale, shruggy but positive )

Doctor Who, spoilers through the finale, kind of ambivalent )

Elementary!! spoilers through the finale, unmitigated joy )

In addition to these, Polaris and I have also been watching Person of Interest, Polaris because a friend highly recommended it, me because now that astolat has moved on from Thor/Loki porn to Finch/Reese porn my life has been a barren wasteland and I wanted to be able to read her porn again. (I do things for good serious intellectual reasons.) We love it a whole lot?? We're only at the beginning of season two, and the beginning of season two hit me in the face with MACHINE FEELS, which will now live with my Fiiinch feels, and my John-Reese's-stupid-face feels, and my Caaaarter feels, and my ongoing dedication to Amy Acker and Enrico Colantoni. So uh that's been great? And I'd totally write the dystopia-with-robots AU, or the Batman AU, except I don't even need to.

All of this actually fails to be a rundown about what I'll be yelling about at WisCon, because what I'll be yelling about at WisCon is Avengers, as always. I don't think I need to do a Care & Feeding post, if only because I haven't done one in years past but have managed just fine, but: Amiel and I will be arriving tomorrow noon! If any of y'all are already in the area, hit us up and we'd be happy to do pre-con hangouts. :DDD
I feel sort of like I'm doing the mental equivalent of that Unfuck Your Habitat thing -- my physical habitat is super unfucked! I brush the cats, I sweep and dust! I'm really excited for warmer weather because soon I shall fling open all the windows and do a deep-clean of the apartment! -- but I keep feeling massively stressed. Some of it is stuff entirely outside my control, of course, but I'm getting better at identifying the stressors and taking care of those, one thing at a time.

For example, this morning I registered for WisCon and got a room! Right now the going plan is to room with my sweeties and [personal profile] such_heights, so exciiiiited. (I also bought a dessert ticket, because Jo Walton. ...I should perhaps read some of her stuff besides Among Others before the con.) I even called up the hotel and registered by phone, by speaking to another human being and everything, and it was okay. Somehow in the last five years I've become the sort of person who does not panic every time she needs to make a phone call, oh wow my endless relief.

Also, I have finally figured out the answer to my tumblr problem. (My tumblr problem, in this case, being that there is no way I can actually manage to keep up with it given the other more important commitments in my life and the fact that I don't have job that involves downtime in front of a computer.) The answer to my tumblr problem: don't even try to stay caught up! Just look at some stuff, reblog some stuff, wander off, and then go back to the new first page next time! It is less freeing than I want it to be, because I'm still a bit OCD about completing things, but this still seems like the wisest choice.

Meanwhile I have also been watching some TV? I'm very bad at keeping up with most of it! Plus Polaris and I are watching every Bond film ever (ALMOST DONE!) and I'm showing Housemate K all of Buffy (halfway through s2 now!) because she's never seen it. Even so, I have been watching:

Community! Spoilers do a quick overview of the season so far. )

Elementary! Spoilers mostly just gush about Lucy Liu. )

White Collar! Spoilers are mostly me nattering about whether Neal is sleeping with the Burkes yet. )

Also, the Buffy rewatch is DELIGHTFUL. Housemate K adores Spike and Dru intensely, as well she should; meanwhile I'm mostly just really excited to watch her reaction faces, as we're about ... three episodes from Innocence right now. GOOD TIMES.
aria: ([doctor who] van gogh tardis)
( Sep. 5th, 2012 12:43 pm)
+ Back from Dragon*Con! It was loads of fun; particular highlights included seeing fan buddies from far-off climes, witnessing [personal profile] tenlittlebullets' Simm!Master dancing with a Loki at the Heroes & Villains Ball, and the perfection of the panel with Juliet Landau and James Marsters. If I never have to be in crowds like that until next year's con, though, I will be very happy about it.

+ Stupidly exhausted. The weekend away was fun but not very recharge-y, and I have about a million obligations right now, and mostly I want to just sleep and write Avengers fic and never change out of this stupid oversized t-shirt I got at con which features a '60s Journey Into Mystery cover image with Thor and Loki being ridiculous.

+ I watched the Elementary pilot! I am ... weirdly having trouble reading it as a Holmes adaptation? Like, aside from their names and the thing with the bees, there was very little that pinged me as uniquely Holmesian. Which is not to say I didn't like it, because in fact I did! It was really refreshing to watch a Holmes who is making an actual effort to not be an asshole despite not doing social interaction in ways most other people do, and I like them both as characters and am intrigued by their dynamic, and yep, probably giving it a watch, as I'm not committed to too many shows at the moment and this one looks like an enjoyable procedural.

+ White Collar continues lovely this season! I ADORED last week's and was only normal levels of charmed by this one, but sfdkjsdfkjfds seriously show of my heart.

+ And Doctor Who is back! I ... man, I am so neutral about Who at this point. Mostly I feel like Moff really loves his cool set pieces but is content to let the character stuff happen off screen, and obvs Matt and Karen and Arthur are doing lovely things with what they're given, but they're not being given much. Probably I will end up writing Amy Pond frustration fic.
aria: ([holmes] molly hooper)
( Mar. 10th, 2012 10:32 pm)
Here are two fics about Molly Hooper! I find myself with the great desire for fic that saves Molly, that follows her out of a room when Sherlock's done with her, that gives her motivations and passions and desires that have nothing to do with Sherlock. And wow do both of these fics deliver. Beyond that, though, they are ... not like one another.

The Anatomist by [ profile] rosa_acicularis. When they are children, Moriarty is a game. A story they tell only to each other, in whispers.

This one was written in late 2010, and thus has no canon from second series in it. I find it mildly unfortunate that I didn't find this fic back when it was first posted, because I can't unsee the character development of second series, and it makes me wish desperately for a version of this fic that knows everything there is to know so far about the Sherlock universe. This is not at all a complaint about the fic, though; on the contrary I loved everything the author did and wanted more. It is, however, a perfect horrifying coda to first series. Because this is the story of Jim and Molly as siblings, and it's just as awful and satisfying as I could have hoped for. No one should be surprised, of course, but I love Molly as an evil overlord.

And then, incorporating second season canon as well, and making Molly a complete character in a totally different way:

An Avalanche of Detour Signs by [ profile] gyzym. In which Molly Hooper gets a job, gets a degree, breaks a heart, has her heart broken, falls in love, keeps a secret, saves a life, runs a morgue, falls apart, pulls it together, and finds exactly what she didn't know she was looking for--not necessarily in that order.

What it says on the tin, naturally, but oh my god, I cannot stress enough how delightful it is. Molly is entirely well-meaning and a bit trodden upon and she gets all tongue-tied around Sherlock, but it's only a fraction of what's going on with her. Far and away the best thing about this fic is how it recontextualizes all of her interactions with Sherlock, making the reader properly acknowledge what he's like to her, but other highlights include pitch-perfect Moriarty, oh my goodness, a hilarious friendship with Anthea, and all the reasons anyone would ever need to adopt Lestrade/Molly as a new OTP. This fic will remain my headcanon unless and until show canon does away with it.
Last night, I dreamed that Sherlock was going to be canceled. Unlikely, self! Obviously I was projecting my ongoing Community anxieties.

In any case, here, have a Sherlock vs Doctor Who meme beneath the cut )
aria: ([bomb girls] betty/kate)
( Feb. 22nd, 2012 06:15 pm)
i. This week's White Collar: it's a good thing I care about the characters, because oh man I do not care about baseball. Tim DeKay's fanboy face is really great, though! And we are now approaching finale time anxiousness. WHAT ARE THEY GOING TO DO.

ii. As everyone who cares about Community probably already knows, it returns March 15! I am way too ridiculously excited about it considering that I need to remember the show is not actually about Troy, Abed, and Annie's roleplay-heavy threesome adventures in their apartment. Whatever, I'm also excited for legitimate reasons such as I unconditionally love at least 85% of what that show does.

iii. I finally had a legit fucking nightmare about Supernatural. Apparently my mind can conjure a way of dragging Dean to Hell that's significantly more horrific than what the show gave us? Now that I'm awake I can't remember it very well, and I'm sort of fascinated by the wailing Bosch-esque horrors my mind conjured, but it wasn't very fun to wake up in the middle of the night gasping with terror.

iv. I still care about Sherlock? I'm trying to beat these feelings down to manageable levels by writing fic, but as I can't seem to decide whether I'm writing reunion fic or if the reunion bit is just an establishing shot so I can write about John's sexuality crisis and Sherlock kissing for science, my feelings continue at absurd levels.

v. BOMB GIRLS. It's a six-part (so far; it's been renewed for a second season) series about the women working a Canadian munitions factory in 1941. I noticed some corners of the internet being excited about it when it first started airing, but I waited to give it a go until I could watch it all at once, which turned out to be a good move; I couldn't stop. I love love love the characters, who are all complex and flawed and doing their best, and the women are fully-realized people in a way I would love to see on every show, and it's full of girl friendships and this amazing queer relationship that is currently all sorts of tragic but that I am holding out for endgame and ship SO HARD, and I just. Watch this show! Or if you have, talk with me about it! I am in starry-eyed love.
Re: this tumblr thread on how Valentine's Day was originally "a pagan festival involving werewolves, blood, and fucking" and how this means it is probably well celebrated by watching Bram Stoker's Dracula:

aria: oh man though Gary Oldman's Dracula face
filiabelialis: YES
aria: ...I know people have apparently written the Sherlock werewolf AUs but has anyone ever written the awful vampire AU?
filiabelialis: I feel like I've seen that somewhere
aria: quite possibly!
filiabelialis: UNF
filiabelialis: I mean, no, that is an intriguing interpretation
aria: sadly this is not the plot of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
aria: would proooobably be lots hotter than Cold War spies, just sayin'

aria: ([holmes] three-patch problem)
( Feb. 13th, 2012 08:39 pm)
Ever since the last Sherlock episode aired I have been somewhat desperately searching for good post-Reichenbach fic. There was a really specific itch I was trying to scratch, for something canon-compliant, in-character, plotty, that made good use of the ensemble, addressed all the sexual and personal complications that Sherlock/John would entail, and contained a good reunion. This is ... a pretty tall order, and there are definitely a few charming reunion fics out there that I quite enjoyed.

This fic, on the other hand, does every single one of those things and has basically ruined me for not only any other post-Reichenbach fic but quiiite possibly with whatever Moffat and Gatiss come up with.

the sensation of falling as you just hit sleep by [ profile] greywash. Love is a much more vicious motivator.

This has excellent ensemble (my particular favorites are Molly and Mycroft, but everyone's pretty great), a wonderfully creative version of Moran, made me yell lots of advice at the screen and claw at my couch with feeeelings, and does Sherlock and John perfectly. The author also wrote some accompanying meta (spoilery for the show but not for the fic beyond basic conceptual things) re: how the fic is about the aspects of the show they found most frustrating, specifically "Sherlock's really sort of adolescent understanding of love, Sherlock's deliberate and methodical deceit of John, and the massively overcomplicated and convoluted nonsense that Moriarty and Sherlock (especially Sherlock) seem to think is necessary to do pretty much anything." Which is to say, this is also a fic about awful people learning to communicate. I don't know if you guys know this, but basically NOTHING makes me weak in the knees more quickly.

So um yes! That is your enthusiastic fic rec for the evening.
It seemed about time for another round of Softer World comics! BBC Sherlock, this time.

These come with an apology for any subconscious osmosis of other iterations of Sherlock Softer Worlds; I did my best to not duplicate any of the ideas I've seen around (there are so many Sherlock Softer Worlds, guys, and they are so great) but I may have slipped up, and for that I preemptively apologize. I think these should also come with a warning label for the levels of disturbing easily reached by the combination of Sherlock, Moriarty, and Softer World text. Which is not to say there aren't also a few silly ones! There is, however, a tragic lack of Mrs. Hudson.

35 Sherlock Softer Worlds, spoilery for everything. )
aria: ([lord of the rings] minas tirith)
( Jan. 29th, 2012 03:43 pm)
Aten't dead! In fact I have been posting to both tumblr and twitter with reasonable frequency, but my life in 140 characters or gifs with capslock commentary is not ... particularly in depth. So: hello! I am here to warn you all that Martin Freeman's face has hypnotic powers of suggestion, because my recent fannish activities have fallen into one of these two categories:

1. rewatch Sherlock/rewatch the Granada Holmes series/desperately seek post-Reichenbach fic/reread the Paradox series & all of Katie Forsythe's fic in a fit of madness/gaze upon Sherlock vids/curse the heavens that I have to wait so long for the next series

2. reread the Hobbit/flop about and make joyful noises about how fucking perfect Freeman's Bilbo is going to be/watch the Hobbit teaser trailer about a million times/rewatch all the cast bits in the Extended Edition Lord of the Rings DVDs/read all the Mark Reads entries of the Hobbit & what he has so far of Lord of the Rings/accidentally trip and fall into the first few chapters of Fellowship, which is fair enough as I haven't done a proper reread in three years

I am combating this White Dudes Doing Stuff thing by working on my novel that has basically one white dude doing stuff, and plenty of ladies and nonwhite dudes doing stuff, which is great! But the fannish channel is all hobbits and detectives right now. (Although no hobbit detectives! There seems to be a pretty low crime rate in the Shire, but I really hope there's a hobbit detective in Bree or something.)

Meanwhile I want to pull out something that I posted last time I was reading Lord of the Rings, because it was SUCH FUN, and it is the One Ring game! The One Ring game basically goes: think of (a) character(s) from a fandom other than LotR, and figure out what would happen if they were given the One Ring and charged to destroy it. So, for example: Neville Longbottom would destroy that sucker; Andrew Wells from Buffy would hide in a dark room with it and call it his Precious and be totally useless; Benton Fraser would TAKE OVER THE WORLD. &c. Give me characters! I will tell you what they do! Epic quests and evil overlords for all!
aria: ([holmes] three-patch problem)
( Jan. 19th, 2012 10:01 am)
Good morning, internet!

Presented without additional commentary, the latest edition of Reasons I'm Looking Forward to Dragon*Con:

[personal profile] srevans: do i want to be fem!lock or irene adler, they'd pretty much involve the same coat and maybe just different hair
[personal profile] srevans: how do i make either/both happen
[personal profile] srevans: i guess i probably couldn't go as nude!irene that's a bad idea at a con
[personal profile] srevans: aria do you want to be my fem!john or my lupin or something
[personal profile] aria: oh god do I have any jumpers that are awful enough, probably not. TO THE THRIFT STORE.
[personal profile] srevans: IT'S DECIDED I have to look at all the fem!lock fanart of all time to find a suitable look :D
[personal profile] srevans: we are going to be the sexiest Holmes and Watson in the place.
[personal profile] aria: we will be the sexiest. I will rock the horrible jumpers!
[personal profile] aria: I should find a fake gun in order to sharpshoot any evil cabbies who try to murder you in adjacent buildings or whatever.
[personal profile] srevans: And there are just so many evil cabbies. just everywhere.
[personal profile] srevans: you're a bro, Jane Watson.
aria: ([aria] dancing)
( Dec. 21st, 2011 01:41 pm)
It is pouring rain, which is not the midwinter snow I always desire but is still comfy sweater weather, and I have painted my nails gold, just cos. Today I think is a day to curl up and talk about fandom things!

i. HOBBIT TRAILER. I love everything about it! I love all the dwarves (distinctive enough that I have tried to resolve to learn which is which by the time the film comes out, although I'm fairly sure that as long as I can keep track of Thorin, Fili, Kili, Balin, and Bombur, I'll have my important bases covered). I love the clear determination to tell the dominoed events that culminate in Lord of the Rings, because that's apparently everything I've ever wanted from an expansion of the Hobbit; WHITE COUNCIL, PLZ. And I love Bilbo so, so much. I loved him more than anything when I was four, and I don't think I've ever managed to stop. This time next year I'm going to be a delighted sobbing mess of Hobbit emotions, I suspect.

ii. Four new Sherlock trailers, while we're on the subject of Martin Freeman In Everything. Despite having felt tetchy with Sherlock ever since Blind Banker was made of fail, I am quite willing to be excited. Mostly because cut for spoilery trailer things. )

iii. End of the year fandom meme! My ability to remember what fandoms are from what years is terrible at the best of times, but I'll give it a go. )

And now LUNCH. Also, I will attempt to not be too amused at everyone's alarm over the latest LJ debacle. Come to the Dreamwidth side, guys, it's nice here and you don't even need an invite code right now.
Here are some things that are making me happy:

i. A Sherlock Holmes 2 casting spoiler of JOY AND SPARKLES. )

ii. I am now officially going to the East Coast for an alarmingly long stretch of time in October. I plan to use my time there well, ie keep doing my internship, take long rambling walks of campus, spend obscene amounts of time with friends, and plan The Future. I am very excited about all of this, and stupidly relieved at how excited I am.

iii. [ profile] sophia_sol made me a podfic! by which I mean she recorded my Slings & Arrows Geoffrey/Darren fic high on a stage be placed to the view. I am learning to adore podfic -- for one thing, how I read something is very different from how another person does, which leads to fuzzy feelings of egocentric fascination when I hear my own fic read. But it is equally awesome when it is other people's fic! I don't know why I don't listen to podfic all the time, honestly, because I love being read aloud to, and I have enough of a daily commute now to justify tracking lots down and listening to it. I guess this is me asking for podfic recs! D'you have any favorite fics, or even favorite readers? I would love to hear about them!

iv. Remember how yesterday I linked to Diane Duane's fic about Five and Nyssa making pizza? Today there is A Dinner in Belgravia, wherein Five fails to locate pasta, Tegan makes a horrible pun about the Master, and they and Nyssa pay a visit to Sherlock Holmes. I made actual flappy hands of joy. Yep.

v. The ridiculous charming thing about living with a nine-year-old boy (for the sake of argument let's call him Zack) is that he is just now, for the first time, reading Harry Potter. This leads to some pretty great exchanges. Two of said exchanges! Bless. )
aria: ([firefly] shiny)
( Sep. 13th, 2010 10:26 am)
Today is I think a good day for many YouTube links!

Joseph Gordon-Levitt sings 'Bad Romance'. And suddenly, without warning, I find him attractive! I have pretty much no idea why, although it is very possible that the joke about Hitchcock references and the willingness to sing Lady Gaga with great enthusiasm have something to do with it. Anyway, I have seen the light! Now, apropos of nearly nothing, I want all the Arthur fic. ALL OF IT.

How Inception should have ended. I usually kind of hate the 'how it should have ended' cartoons, but this one had me wheezing with laughter all the way through. I think it was because it actually used dream logic? Um, obviously, spoilers like crazy all over this.

A Study in Time, or, the trailer for a Sherlock/Doctor Who crossover. It's quite clever, and since I've only seen Sherlock once, I didn't remember most of the context, which made it about ten times more awesome. I'm a bit worried about Sherlock and the Master facing off, though, mostly for the Master's sake.

The Eleventh Doctor at the Proms. It is quite silly, but it is still miles better than that Grask nonsense, and more importantly, it made me clutch my face and shriek a bit about how adorable Matt Smith is. Seriously, adorable. Also, still lovely with children.

Kylie Minogue's All The Lovers. I never would have come across this on my own, but I was linked to it, and it is one of my new favourite things ever. It is the happiest, most beautiful, and casually queerest spontaneous surreal orgy I have ever seen! And then for no good reason a white horse gallops through the streets! I want my whole damn life to be like this music video.

Trigger, Bruce McDonald's new film about lady rockers who happen to be played by Tracy Wright and Molly Parker; Daniel MacIvor wrote it, and IMDb tells me that the other actors with top billing are Don McKellar and Sarah Polley, as you do. And, as the cherry on top of the tiny incestuous Canadian awesomecake, CKR is Billy Tallent again. I may have screamed a bit with joy, and that was before I got to the clip with Billy. I am semi-seriously considering a road trip to Canada to catch this in theatres.
aria: ([holmes] three-patch problem)


( Aug. 2nd, 2010 09:09 am)
This week's Sherlock: it still felt unquestionably like a Sherlock Holmes story to me, but ... oh my god, it was like all of Conan Doyle's bad bits (the leftover imperialism! *writhes*) and almost none of the good bits. I do like it when Euros Lyn directs things, because it feels comfortingly Whovian to me and also he somehow managed to make Cumberbatch look wildly attractive at all times, but after that I start groping for nice things to say. I guess the moral of the story is that I only want this Holmes if Moffat is personally writing him? I am not overthrilled about next week's, either, because I love watching Gatiss do absurd things onscreen, but at best I just find his writing passable.

I guess I'll just ... read the fic or something.