( Cut for those who don't want spoilers for the current season of SPN or don't give a fig about the show, which is wise of you, keep that up! Those who care, or enjoy reading about dumb fanwank, continue...Collapse )
In conclusion -- SPN continues to be the oddest fan experience in that, as frustrating and flawed as the show is, it still delivers to my id far better than the fandom...
Cross-posted at http://xparrot.dreamwidth.org/178157.ht
If we're lj mutuals and you're on dreamwidth but I'm not friends with you there, give me a poke? (I'm currently watching both my lj and dw flists to see if there's any that don't overlap...)
Now let's see if this crossposting thing works... (edit: it does! ...but does it crosspost edits too?)
Cross-posted at http://xparrot.dreamwidth.org/177183.ht
(I'm afraid I don't have anything less stressful to offer! Fannishly speaking I'm still deep down the Supernatural rabbithole, with the fanfic and sideblog to show for it - I forgot how inspiring and yet agonizing fanning on an on-air TV show can be - but right now I'm mostly just biting my nails and trying to avoid the news for as long as I can hold out for...)
I didn't quite have time to grab my phone to snap a pic...especially what with hyperventilating from excitement. I know bobcats are pretty common everywhere, but all growing up in rural New England I never caught a glimpse. Definitely never thought I'd see one here - we're in the suburbs, a more wooded neighborhood to be sure, and there are forested parks nearby, but there are houses or driveways on all sides here. One of our neighbors saw a coyote in the common drive earlier this summer, but no one's mentioned wildcats.
We've had a lot of (very tame though technically wild) bunnies around here, but haven't seen many in the past month or so...guess I know what's happened to them!
Now I can't stop peeking into the backyard, just checking...
I can now call it - 11 seasons in and Supernatural just had its best season. Not a single terrible ep in the entire run and several of my all-time favorites, including the finale, which had everything I wanted and a couple things I didn't know I wanted but now totally do, in particular a potentially major game-changer that I did not see coming. [Spoiler (click to open)]There was a casting spoiler that Samantha Smith might be in the episode, but we were assuming ghost, not that after 11 years Mary Winchester would return from the dead...!
(Not to mention, Dean doesn't actually kill a female this season. And given the various character introductions, and how the finale passed the Bechdel test twice, they really do seem to be trying to turn over a new leaf...)
Also I totally called it!
Plus, you know:
I feel sorry for the kids growing up on this. Anyone who sees SU as one of their first formative TV shows is going to have far too high standards to enjoy most adult TV - they'll be expecting thoughtful, consistent world building, with coherent character development and nuanced conflicts with satisfying resolution. It's setting them up for a lifetime of entertainment disappointment (or else, gnine and the bro argue, it will lead to a demand for better TV writing...)
Seriously though, great stuff, and I love how much pleasure the show takes in being a kid's cartoon, in telling its story in that format.
( A couple spoilery thoughts - I went into the show mostly cold and absolutely loved the reveals, so I'd recommend not reading if you might watch in the future.Collapse )
The other problem with the fic is that I'm out of step with a large part of the fandom - and particularly with the Dean-fan side of the fandom. I adore Sam, I really do (especially the character he's become - he's developed quite a lot over the seasons, more than Dean, in compelling ways. And Jared Padalecki is made of adorable and has gotten a lot better as an actor.) But while Gnine is a Sam-fan, Dean was always my favorite and apparently always will be. Even if I spend large chunks of the show wanting him smacked...that's part of his charm. I do love the assholes. And that always puts me in an odd place in a character-fandom, as I'm often inclined to side against my favorite - I'll take Sam's side over Dean, or Thor's side over Loki. This doesn't seem like a contradiction to me, because it's still all about my favorite, just from another angle...
But more than that, I don't fit with the Dean-fan side because I'm not, as it turns out, a Destiel shipper. ( Which is weird because I love Castiel...Collapse )
So, any recs for gen SPN fic?
The problem - or, maybe not the problem, because in a way it's a strength as much as a weakness? - the thing about Supernatural is that it has maybe the tightest character focus of any show. Which makes it an all-or-nothing proposition, at least for me, when it comes to fanning. Because if you buy into the basic conceit, that the Winchester brothers and their relationship is the most important thing in the show's universe and the reason to watch, then it's one of the most fannishly satisfying series ever made, bringing the angst and melodrama and smarm and love like no other TV I've ever seen. Even Starsky & Hutch, while it might beat out SPN on pure physical h/c (and not by that much), can't measure up to the emotional revelations and mutual sacrifice of brothers both figuratively and literally selling their souls for one another.
( More nattering, no s11 spoilers, cut because I can feel most of my remaining flist rolling their eyes and sighingCollapse )
...Also, the real-life factor doesn't help. Way back in first season Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles said that they hit it off from the start and were becoming great friends and all, bonding the way casts often do, and that was sweet, and translated well to the fraternal chemistry of their characters. Eleven years on when they still say they're best friends, and their wives are best friends, and they talk about how their kids play together - in the same preschool, as JA moved cross-country to live within a mile of JP...I am not into RPF, at all, but they make it hard! Possibly worse because I'm not slashing them at all (their families are far too cute), but the friendshipping is harder to resist when as far as I can tell it's 'canon'...
So we're getting a season 12. And after our
( Spoilers for season 11 so far; anything beyond already-aired eps is pure speculationCollapse )
That's not the surprising thing, if you know us. For all the many flaws that eventually drove us from the show, SPN has some of the most blatantly fanservicey h/c and angst ever put on TV. And Jensen Ackles is still a pretty, pretty man. So we decided to do a speed-watch, fast-forwarding through anything that wasn't Dean & Sam being stupidly codependent, or meta comedy, or the less irritating Castiel and Crowley storylines because I have a thing for angels and demons and even if SPN repeatedly fails to deliver the goods there, it's got just enough for me to keep trying. And for the most part it was what we expected, and we've been having fun, where 'fun' is fifty percent mockery and fifty percent shameful fangirl indulgence.
Then we reached the current season - eleven for those counting, because CW doesn't know when to quit - and were in for a shock. Because, at least as of last week's ep, season 11 is actually...um...good. No, really. Like, it's not the best thing on TV; but if you liked the first couple seasons of the show, you'd probably enjoy it now. Not only that, but it's explicitly dealing with some of the things that made the show so bad to begin with.
( Some spoilers, if you care for details. Also a little squee.Collapse )
So yeah, eleven season on, I'm back into Supernatural, actually looking forward to more. Did not see this coming...(now if only there were some fic that wasn't AU...) And honestly, if you're looking for something to watch and ever enjoyed the show way back when, it's worth checking this season out.
* The primary reason being this vid (which was extra hilarious to us because our 21-month-old housemate is obsessed with "Shake It Off", to the tune of asking for it several times a day, such that we all have it memorized.) Once we saw it, we kind of had to know what was going on. If you were ever a fan of SPN past s4 you should see it - technically it's massively spoilery for s9-10, but in practice most of it doesn't make sense unless you actually watch said seasons, which I wouldn't especially recommend, so. Also Osric Chau really needs to be cast on a better show for me to watch.
Star Wars is one of my first and core fandoms, it's got a bunch of tropes that I honestly don't know if I loved them all along and Star Wars was the first place I saw them, or I love them because I imprinted on Star Wars. (I'm talking about the original trilogy here of course, the movies I still have mostly memorized - if not to the extent I had as a kid, in which my sibs and I once recited the entirety of Empire Strikes Back during a long car ride.)
As for the latest outing - I've been wary about it, but I still had to go opening night. And...
( Spoilers!Collapse )
My general thoughts so far align with sholio's in that I'm enjoying the show but wish its crimefighting to interpersonal interaction ratio tipped way more toward the latter. (Arrow and its ilk have spoiled me for that...) But this ep finally delivered on the interpersonal goods and they were so delicious, just about worth the wait. The crying, oh, boys...how are you going to work through this?
...There is this issue that I kind of think Foggy should just go and make better friends, because oh my god Matt is terrible. It's not keeping the vigilante business secret, but the whole superpowers thing, when those superpowers are as invasive as Matt's can be, with his lie-detection, and how much he can actually 'see' - Foggy's sense of betrayal is so justified. And Foggy is a great guy, he could make new friends!
On the other hand, as their whole backstory makes abundantly clear, Foggy is, not just Matt's best and only friend, but pretty much his only human connection, period (especially since he's driven Claire away, and even then she barely knew him, she only got glimpses of his human side.) Matt loses Foggy, and he puts on the mask and never takes it off and is dead in a month. Maybe two if he's lucky, which he is never. (Matt Murdock is such a baby elephant, he can't do anything right. I still love the fight in the second ep in which he's falling over as much as the guys he's punching out ahahah Matt you suck. And then he nearly gets taken out by a ninja. A ninja! In New York! With no mutant turtles in sight! Superheroes, never change.)
(Also, I don't really slash Foggy/Matt but I really hope the fic exists that their first meeting in the dorm room, when Foggy remarks on how good-looking Matt is and then says because it'll attract girls, that Foggy is actually bi and backpedaled because he noticed Matt's reaction to his line. And Matt would perceive Foggy's attraction of course and as a good Catholic boy it would've bothered him, except he's in college now and is not going to be an asshole like that, though it'll take him a lot longer to acknowledge his own feelings...there must be fic like that. Right? Right? Fandom don't fail me.)
Meanwhile poor Karen is going to get back to the office, see the sign in the trash and not know what the hell is going on. I suspect Foggy is going to avoid her. Otherwise he's just going to tell her everything, I can't see him keeping this secret. Or else things will go to hell before she sees anything, and ahhh I wanna know what happens next!
--I admit, I'm mostly invested in the plot only insofar as its personal impact on the characters, like, Kingpin, whatever, he's weird but I don't find him that compelling. And I'm annoyed if Vanessa's whole purpose was to be fridged here, she was given enough story that I was really hoping there was going to be more to her than that.
Looking forward to watching more tomorrow~!
...Though gnine and I are freaking out the brother because we keep going, "Oh, this is so much more cheerful than Jessica Jones!" (...but it is!)
( More review, minor spoilersCollapse ) Flawless entertainment, four stars, would recommend to everyone!
Was in a particularly good mood for it because on naye's recommendation we've been watching the anime Space Brothers, which feels like it could be in the same universe (except there's no Japanese astronaut on Mars, but maybe Mutta was on an earlier mission!) I also recommend that to anyone interested in space exploration, or who'd like a story about someone in their thirties going ahead and pursuing their crazy childhood dreams - it's a slice-of-life anime about a salaryman who loses his job and enters the astronaut application and training program, following his younger brother who stayed committed to their childhood ambitions and is already a successful astronaut. (I admit, the running theme of being an older sibling surpassed by their younger sibs as adults plays very close to my heart, and it's not someone there's a lot of fiction about. And Mutta and Hibito have one of the most normal and healthy sibling relationships I've seen in anime or most other fiction, they're close but not dependent, competitive but loving even if they're both bad at staying in touch.)
The show is set in the near future and the space and technology details are meticulously researched; they consulted with NASA and it even featured the first voice acting ever done in space (a Japanese astronaut recorded a few lines on the ISS for the show.) It has that particular sort of pacing that most eps feel, if not slow then sedate, sweet and low on drama, and yet just enough happens that it's hard to stop watching - you get so wrapped up in the characters' lives that you want to know what happens next. And occasionally it will get unexpectedly intense. We've been burning through episodes and I'm going to be sad when it's over (onto JoJo's next, I suppose~)
Check 'em out! Sadaharu is especially adorable. :)
From the Ground Up (157104 words) by Xparrot
Fandom: Welcome to Night Vale
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Carlos/Cecil Palmer
Characters: Carlos (Welcome to Night Vale), Dana (Welcome to Night Vale), Original Strex Characters, Kevin (Welcome to Night Vale), Cecil Palmer
Additional Tags: Drama, Angst, Drugs, Dystopia, Strexcorp, Present Tense, Memory Alteration, Canon Divergence
"The colloquial name is bloodstone," says the man from StrexCorp's Acquisitions division. "Heard of them?"
Carlos shakes his head. "No, but I'm not a minerologist. Are you certain this wasn't intended for the geology department?"
Carlos is a loyal company employee, who has never been to any place called Night Vale and never met anyone named Cecil…which doesn’t explain the mysterious woman appearing in his lab, or these dreams he’s started having…
( a bit of rambling on the writing of it, mostly for my own recordCollapse ) ...Actually, according to my stats, I've written more words for WTNV than any other fandom (the majority in this fic.) Wow, how'd that happen? (Don't kill me, gnine! *hides*)
Now it's time for the regular sit-here-and-compulsively-check-email-fo
--I got a comment! They liked it! \o/
In the end I can't honestly recommend it, though I really enjoyed a lot of it. The concept (adapted from a seinen manga I might have to look up) is compelling - two orphan boys witness the murder of their teacher/foster mother and vow to get revenge; twenty years later, one of the boys has become a police detective, the other is a rising yakuza lieutenant, and they're still working together towards their vengeance. The plot spirals out from there into government conspiracies, secret agendas, and conflicting loyalties; the story has more turns than a Boston street, constantly leaving you guessing who's on what side and what's really going on. The violently codependent bond between the two main guys, with the added identity porn of their shared secrets, is pure fan catnip and milked for all its worth as only a drama can - it's often campy and cheesy and always over the top, but man do they deliver on the angst and h/c. Also I've finally gained an appreciation for Oguri Shun - never quite got the appeal before but apparently all it took was putting him in a pair of cool glasses and three-piece yakuza suits (and then repeatedly shooting him and beating him bloody. Mmm yeah Japan knows fangirls.)
...Then there was the end. ( Massive spoilers for the series finale; general content warnings that would be spoilery to specify.Collapse )