selenak: (Cosima by Karlsefni)
( May. 27th, 2016 10:43 am)
Show, we’re good again. You did well after last week’s meh-asco.

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selenak: (The Americans by Tinny)
( May. 26th, 2016 08:26 am)
In which more revelations happen, and not always those I expected.

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Aka the one with the inevitable compare and contrast. Not only did I watch various versions of the play throughout my life, but I had to write a paper on it decades ago in school, so.

I am determined to play the villain... )
selenak: (Vanessa Ives by Sakuraberries)
( May. 24th, 2016 06:14 am)
In which it's the Eva Green and Rory Kinnear acting hour, and it's marvelous.

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selenak: (Cosima by Karlsefni)
( May. 21st, 2016 07:26 pm)
The first episode this season I’m really dissatisfied with.

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Not the Agent Carter story I'm supposed to be working on, but it wanted to be written, not least due to a certain movie. Also, it's another of my meta-disguised-as-fanfiction efforts, this time on Howard Stark.

The dreams in which I'm dying (3348 words) by Selena
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Agent Carter (TV), Captain America (Movies), Iron Man (Movies), The Avengers (Marvel Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Major Character Death
Relationships: Howard Stark & Maria Stark & Tony Stark, Peggy Carter & Howard Stark, Steve Rogers & Howard Stark, Howard Stark & Tony Stark, Nick Fury & Howard Stark, Howard Stark/Maria Stark, Howard Stark & Joey Manfredi
Characters: Howard Stark, Peggy Carter, Maria Stark, Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, Joey Manfredi, Nick Fury, Edwin Jarvis, James "Bucky" Barnes
Additional Tags: Backstory, Character Study, Non-Chronological, Non-Linear Narrative, Bisexual Male Character
Summary:

Past, present, future: fourteen memories Howard Stark experiences in the minutes before his death.

selenak: (The Americans by Tinny)
( May. 19th, 2016 03:19 pm)
In which Pastor Tim pulls a classic Pastor Tim, and things, they are changing, indeed.

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selenak: (Norma Bates by Ciaimpala)
( May. 18th, 2016 07:20 pm)
In which the show decides it's not a melodrama, but a tragedy.

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selenak: (Werewolf by khall_stuff)
( May. 16th, 2016 11:57 am)
In which Victorian travellers make air planes look like suckers in terms of speed, and several people make their pitch.

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In terms of actual plays part 3, of course. In which young Will Shakespeare gets to bloody business, and creates both a female and a male supervillain.

Spoilers for Shakespeare and altered history )
Specifically, wrong in the choice of "Best of B5" episodes on their list. Which is here.

Look, I know such lists are completely subjective. And as someone who loves the first season, too, I’m always glad to see it defended. But some of the other season picks and more importantly episodes NOT chosen are frankly baffling. Geometry of Shadows in season 2, but not The Coming of Shadows, THE pivotal episode of the season (and the one which won the Hugo)? (And why, because of the stupid, stupid technomages. (Insert my usual “hate them, hate Galen most of all” rant here.) Even leaving aside my Londo and G’Kar bias, any “best of B5” list which does not have The Coming of Shadows on it is just wrong. And Great Maker, why no In the Shadow of Z’ha’dum, aka the one which first fleshes out Sheridan as a character, one of the few where he’s depicted as wrong by the narrative in how he acts?

As for season 3, are you kidding me, Voices of Authority? Because of the lame “Sheridan has to fence off sexual advances?” subplot? Instead of such episodes as Dust to Dust (superb and important in all its storylines – G’Kar hits rock bottom and has an epiphany here, and it’s the first Bester episode that breaks with the “Bester comes to the Station, is foiled in evil plan” formula and uses him as a wild card instead)?

Season 4: No argument about Into the Fire, but at the very least one more of the six episodes early on that conclude the Shadow War - my choice would be either Falling Towards Apotheosis (for the intense Londo and G’Kar on Centauri Prime scenes and Sheridan moving against Kosh II on the station) or The Long Night (VIIIIIIIIIIRRRRRR! Seriously, though, one of the best Centauri episodes ever).

As for the second half of the season, while Between the Darkness and the Light and Endgame are good episodes to wrap up the Earth Civil War storyline, I’d go with Face of the Enemy above either, for the way it brings the Telepath storyline to a head, answers the season long “what happened to Mr. Garibaldi?” question and delivers arguably Jerry Doyle’s best performance on the show, and in an entirely silent (for him) sequence, too. (Oh, yeah, and something important happens to Sheridan, too, she says evilly.) Lastly, why none of the Minbari episodes? I’d pick Moments of Transition for the powerful ending of the Minbari Civil War and Neroon’s story, plus that one also has the great Bester and Lyta subplot.

Season 5: No, no, no. You do not pick only Objects at Rest and Sleeping in Light. I mean, again, Sleeping in Light is a given, but Objects at Rest isn’t even that good, it’s merely okay; the Lennier stuff is done clumsily. Whereas The Fall of Centauri Prime is painful perfection, and again, any “Best of B5” list which doesn’t have it on it is just plain wrong. And you could do worse than list Day of the Dead (aka the Neil Gaiman one, for my money the best non-JMS written one of the show, though I also have a huge soft spot for season 2’s Soul Mates because of Timov), which manages to be funny and poignant at the same time, brings back the past and also fleshes out a character in the present (Lochley). Also, I’d include The Corps is Mother, The Corps is Father as the one episode which successfully attempts to depict station events from an antagonist pov; the s2 journalist episode tried this but suffers from “but how can you be mean to Delenn?” syndrome, and of course the s3 journalist episode has them as evil propagandists.
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selenak: (Cosima by Karlsefni)
( May. 13th, 2016 02:40 pm)
Featuring the return of a clone, some new combinations and some answers.

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Just because I've currently two mega fandoms (MCU and Star Wars) on the brain, and am trying to stop myself from writing what would basically be a bad issues fic (consisting of Rhodey venting at Steve; self: character A giving character B a "The reasons you suck" speech is just the type of fanfiction you don't like as a reader! Don't do it!), doesn't mean I love my tiny fandoms less.

Black Sails:


Time covers everything: This is the Miranda story I wanted to have for Yuletide, and which someone just happened to write completely unrelatedly, describing her entire adult life. I loved reading it.

The Windmill Knight and the Meditating Emperor: in which tiny Abigail Ashe comes across Lt. James McGraw when he and the Hamiltons visit her father. Funny and touching at the same time, with great glimpses at James, Thomas and Miranda in ye olde days.

Penny Dreadful.

Inevitable Spoilers for season 2 and 3.02. in the story description )
selenak: (The Americans by Tinny)
( May. 12th, 2016 10:47 am)
Which was one long "I remember the 80s!" sensation for me, I mean, more than usual on this show. Not surprisingly, the title of this one was The Day After.

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selenak: (Norma Bates by Ciaimpala)
( May. 11th, 2016 11:13 am)
In which the show creators prove that the road to hell is truly paved by good intentions.

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Or rather, part 1 and 2 mixed up, emphasis on part 2, since the producers made the York tetralogy into a trilogy. I haven't read the Henry VI plays more than once, and that was many years ago, but even my vague memories tell me the most obvious cut - the entire Jack Cade rebellion. Which means no scenes not involving the nobility, which fits with the entire production trying to lure the Game of Thrones audience in.

Cutting just in case someone minds being spoiled for Shakespeare and tv alterations of same )
selenak: (Holmes and Watson by Emme86)
( May. 10th, 2016 04:43 pm)
In which the show proves it has the reverse of the TOS movies curse. For non-Star Trek fans, there used to be a joke that the uneven numbered movies were the bad and the even numbered movies the good ones. With Elementary's seasons, the opposite is the case so far: the uneven numbered seasons - 1 and 3 - are the superb ones, whereas the even numbered seasons, 2 and 4, while still having great individual episodes, fail at their overall narrative.

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selenak: (Malcolm and Vanessa)
( May. 9th, 2016 04:48 pm)
In which there are lot of Bram Stoker homages going on, and also background infos.

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selenak: (Tony Stark by Gettingdrastic)
( May. 8th, 2016 09:47 pm)
Spent the weekend at home to be with the APs for Mother's Day, was otherwise very RL busy as well, so, just a few Iron Man fanfiction links. Both featuring Pepper because she's still on my mind, so I was looking for her in fanfic. (Neither of them has to do with the subject of my recent post, though, I hasten to add.):

Still under a spoiler for Civil War cut to be safe )
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