selenak: (LondoGkar)
Obviously more of them in days past when I was less genre wise, starting with the granddaddy of pop culture plot twists, so to speak: when I was a wee [personal profile] selenak sitting in the cinema and hearing Darth Vader say "Obi-Wan never told you the truth about your father, did he?", I had no idea. I also thought that was a fantastic twist and never doubted it for a second. Only a few years ago did I learn some viewers thought Vader was lying until Return of the Jedi was released, because Obi-Wan = hero and Vader = villain. That never occurred to me. Once I heard it, it suddenly made so much sense, put a whole new light on everything and galvanized my interest into the whole Star Wars saga to no end. The equation for young me was simple. Hero avenges dead father whom the audience has never met and hence doesn't care for on villain in their eventual showdown which of course the hero will win = predictable and boring. Dead father is not dead but villain himself? Previously ultra good dead mentor a liar about a key fact? INTERESTING.

Of course, that particular plot twist was so often repeated in other media and is now so well known that new watchers can't ever experienc e it in the same way. (It's good to have been born in 1969, sometimes.) Let's talk about some lesser known twists which still surprised somewhat older (but unspoiled) me in a good way.

Twisty spoilers for Alias, Farscape, Babylon 5 and The Sixth Sense )

The other days
selenak: (The Doctor by Principiah Oh)
Day 27 - What would you cross over with Star Trek?

Somewhat late, because I was away from any internet yesterday until late at night, but here we go. Well, considering I've already written the crossovers in question, obviously I would cross over Star Trek with Torchwood and Doctor Who, just Doctor Who, Babylon 5, Farscape, Battlestar Galactica and Star Wars.

The advantage with Doctor Who especially is that between all the various Doctors and companions on the one hand, and all the various incarnations of Star Trek on the other, you have such a rich, infinite variety of combinations for encounters to choose from, so the two DW crossovers certainly won't be my last. It's also the crossover that's currently do-able on screen, technically (if the BBC and whoever owns Paramount now - Sony? - could ever come to licence terms), and I dimly seem to recall that there was a fannish rumor in the RTD era that a plan for such a crossover existed.

But an on screen encounter would probably not include the character interaction I'm interested in, so never mind that, and let's stay hypothetical and fanfiction minded entirely. Since time travel exists in the Star Trek universe, you can even cross it over with historical fandoms. (Fandoms with immortal characters can bring these into the ST future, of course.) So basically there's no fandom I wouldn't cross over with Star Trek. Infinite variety in infinite combinations, after all.

The other days )
selenak: (Jimmy and Kim)
I thought the old matriarch in Mad Max: Fury Road looked somewhat familiar. Turns it was Melissa Jaffer, who played Noranti in the fourth season of Farscape!


And a quick fanfic rec, a lovely missing Better Call Saul scene for Jimmy and Kim:


There Should be a Trophy (1700 words) by laliquey
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Better Call Saul (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jimmy McGill & Kim Wexler
Characters: Saul Goodman | Jimmy McGill, Kim Wexler
Additional Tags: Ambiguous Relationships, Friendship/Love, Manicures & Pedicures, Cooking
Summary:

After Kim gets fired by the Kettlemans, Jimmy does what he can with the limited resources in his office & the salon to cheer her up.

selenak: (Chiana by Ruuger)
Farscape newbies: this icon isn't showing Aeryn Sun, but Chiana. I don't have an Aeryn icon; she's one of those characters who always make me feel slightly guilty because they ought to be my favourite, and they're not. But I do like her a lot, and am happy to ramble on about her.

TV character wise, Aeryn Sun is in many ways a direct descendant of Susan Ivanova on Babylon 5 and Kira Nerys on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Not just for the general warrior woman archetype; Ivanova, Kira and Aeryn are all basically female Byronic heroes. They're the ones haunted by their part (and past guilt, in the case of two of them) while in the present presenting an every day cynicism, complete with sneer disguising inner vulnerability, being sexually attractive to many, when (except in Kira's case) in swoops a male wide eyed idealist who is openly emotional and cheerful in the way they are not. Of course, this is where the reversed gender Gothic novel pattern breaks down in all cases. Marcus Cole on B5, well, those are spoilers for another entry, and John Crichton while playing the wide eyed vulnerable duck out of water to Aeryn's tough warrior woman early in the show, he then proceeds to get broken in as many ways as the show can figure out to do (seriously, Farscape has to set some kind of record for male lead getting put through rape and torture tropes) and emerges, not surprisingly, a very screwed up if also very interesting being (most definitely not a wide-eyed naif anymore), while Aeryn gets more openly emotional by the season. By the time The Peacekeeper Wars, a two part film that thankfully got made after the show got cancelled abruptly, wraps up their story, they're in balance re: their degrees of past guilt, present toughness and vulnerability.

Aeryn is also, with the lamentable exception of season 4, a character with a rich set of relationships other than the one with John Crichton. Her being the product of a fascist society and adjusting to a different life while never losing part of what originally shaped her is very much part of her characterisation (insert here, as in many other things, "with the lamentable exception of season 4"). She starts out her story on the show being stuck on a ship with people who have every reason to resent her, to put it mildly, considering she used to be part of the force that imprisoned and maltreated them, and is now on Moya not because she wanted to leave but because they kicked her out. It's not an easy place to be in, but she starts to make it her place. Other than the one with Crichton, Aeryn Sun's main relationships on Moya are with Pilot (if you never watched the show: he's the one everyone is thinking of when saying "the Muppets will make you cry" to people who don't want to get into Farscape because two of the regular characters are created by Jim Henson's people - Pilot is the symbiotic being with multiple arms who steers the ship), with whom it turns out she shares a breathtakingly tragic backstory (that directly involves what Aeryn used to do in her fascist past), and with D'Argo, whom she bonds with on a warrior-to-warrior level that's delightful to watch and never has a breath of UST. Her most interesting relationships outside of Moya, the sentient, living ship she travels on, are with her former superior officer, Bialar Crais, and with a character who like Pilot is not human but no less a person because of that: Moya's child (yes, another sentient space ship - they're leviathans, deal) Talyn. Crais spends most of s1 as the main villain before we get to meet the guy who takes over that position for the next two seasons, which benefits no one as much as Crais, from a Doylist pov, because Villain!Crais is your avarage crazed bad guy, whereas after Scorpius shows up he becomes Morally Ambiguous!Crais who might or might not be on a path of redemption (you'll find out when you watch) and whose actions are often a wild card because you can't be certain of his loyalties.

More detailed spoilery talk under the cut )
selenak: (The Doctor by Principiah Oh)
Bonus, the requester said, if I specify the regeneration. Well, let's see.

Historical people:

Lucrecia Borgia & the Seventh Doctor: which is an idea I couldn't get out of my head since this bit of silliness. Seriously, though. She's clever, enterprising, witty, charming and despite pop culture reputation actually not into killing people, though undoubtedly capable of doing so if she deems it necessary. He's the most Machiavellian of Doctors behind a deceptively harmless facade, very good at outhinking the opposition, also into mind games and co-dependent relationships with young women. They're made for each other.

Annette von Droste-Hülshoff & the Sixth Doctor: Annette oder die Droste as German professors also refer to her was one of our most important nineteenth century poets and had a horribly constricted life coupled with a longing to escape and travel, which is why a few years with the Doctor would be ideal. Seriously, when you read a biography or just some poems of the woman and consider how she's been treated by a lot of people in her life you just want her to run away. Also I want to read the poems space travel would inspire in her. Why Six? Because of his audio canon, which proves that travelling with an argumentative intelligent middle-aged woman with health problems but very firm convictions is good for him, and he for her.

James Hemings & the Second Doctor. True, Two already has a Jamie around, Jamie McCrimmon, but they could handle the name confusion, and the two are even contemporaries, which could be helpful for some initial adjustment. James Hemings was hot-tempered, brave, intelligent, loved travelling (once he was free to do so; there is a reference in Jefferson's letters to James maybe visiting the moon next), and getting away from his era (and his entire family's situation with Jefferson) might have saved his life. (Then again, if he travelled with Two, the Time Lords would do to him what they did to Jamie and Zoe, so maybe not.) (But still: James Hemings for Companion! And he'd be just the Second Doctor's type.)

Fictional people:

Well, Yahtzee has already convinced me that Scarlett O'Hara should have an adventure with the Tenth Doctor and Martha Jones, and Rheanna that the Third Doctor and Sydney Bristow are made for each other. Some additional suggestions:

Chiana from Farscape & the First Doctor: Because a Doctor who is bound to treat her as a replacement granddaughter is better for Chiana than one she'd try to have sex with, which is all the others. (Depending on wen she'd join One, she would, of course, have a fling with Steven, a threesome with Barbara and Ian and at least flirt with Ben and Polly.) She could handle One in grumpy mode and have him eat out of the palm of her hands in no time, while he would draw the line at changing history for her, which sooner or later she'd try (at least to ensure certain spoilery tragedies in her life don't occur).

Jesse Pinkman fromBreaking Bad the Third Doctor(after Three regains his ability to travel through time and space, of course): Jesse is prone to be mentored by older men with a huge ego and a chip on their shoulder who can get into lecturing mode quite easily. Sadly, the three guys who do that in his own fictional universe are all criminals, so who knows what would happen if someone into world saving takes his turn? Moreover, you just know that Jesse would want to learn Venusian Karate and while making a crack about Three's opera cloak secretly it's cool and ever so super-hero-ish. As for the Third Doctor: he's probably react to Jesse not dissimarly to how he responds to Jo Grant at first (not least because Jesse is bound to make his entrance ruining a lab experiment as well) , and as with Jo, the combination of bravery, loyalty and innate charm would make up with the clumsiness and surface ditziness soon, winning him over. What the Brig would make of the Doctor adopting a former drug dealer, though, is anyone's guess...


....and then there are Sarah Jane's kids from The Sarah Jane Adventures, all of whom would make great Companions, but I'm rooting most for Clyde and Rani going on a few adventures with either the Tenth or Eleventh Doctor. They've met both, he likes them a lot in both regenerations, and he knows Sarah Jane would kill him if he doesn't bring them home for supper so the TARDIS would actually be punctual for once when it comes to returning them. And Clyde and Rani have such a great rapport that it would be a shame to split them up.
selenak: (Companions - Kathyh)
Day 18 - Favorite title sequence

Impossible to narrow it down to one, but I shall try. Before I discuss the various top candidates under a cut because I shall use the vids to demonstrate, let me explain about one candidate which isn't there: the Dexter title sequence, which is witty and clever (making what turns out to be Dexter simply going through his morning routine of breakfeast, cleaning his teeth, getting dressed, leaving his apartment look incredibly sinister). However due to my increasing disaffection for the show I can no longer enjoy it as I used to. It's not the title sequence, it's me! Now on to the others.

Share the wonders that I've seen )


Trying to decide between these is really hard, you guys. With a pistol pressed at my head, I shall say that artistically I admire the Carnivale intro most, am most mushy about the B5 season 5 intro, and in its mixture between the stylistic and the emotional appeal love the Farscape s3 intro best.




The rest of the days )
selenak: (Sternennacht - Lefaym)
Being with the Aged Parents for August is great except for the technological disadvantage part (Dad's computer is an old model, and my trusty Ipad is splendid but not equipped for certain things.)

Yesterday I came across a couple of death notifications. One was for Jonathan Hardy, whom I know nothing about except that he voiced Rygel in Farscape, thus co-created one of my favourite characters on the show, and thus I'm sad he is gone.

By far the most famous person whose death became news yesterday was Gore Vidal. I read a couple of his essays. Never made it through all of his novel about the Emperor Julian, which surprised me because Julian is so deeply intriguing in history (he was the Emperor who tried to bring paganism back). I also was in Los Angeles at the time The Cellluloid Closet came out containing Vidal's claim that he doctored the Ben Hur script to include gay subtext between Messala and Ben Hur, something the actor who played Messala, Stephen Boyd, was aware of but Charlton Heston was not because the director thought he couldn't handle it. That was Vidal's story, anyway, it's hilarious and it led to an exchange of fiery letters to the Los Angeles Times between Charlton Heston and him, because of course Heston firmly denied this had ever happened or would have happened etc., text book reaction. Old Chuck was hopelessly outmatched in the verbal fencing department by Gore "Master of Aphorism" Vidal, of course.

But. Precisely because Vidal tended to produce good one liners in interviews, I read a couple of them. And a few years ago, back when Roman Polanski was arrested in Switzerland, I also came across this exchange, in this interview:

Q: In September, director Roman Polanski was arrested in Switzerland for leaving the U.S. in 1978 before being sentenced to prison for raping a 13-year-old girl at Jack Nicholson’s house in Hollywood. During the time of the original incident, you were working in the industry, and you and Polanski had a common friend in theater critic and producer Kenneth Tynan. So what’s your take on Polanski, this many years later?

A: I really don’t give a fuck. Look, am I going to sit and weep every time a young hooker feels as though she’s been taken advantage of?


He then goes on to explain that it was all about anti-semitism ("Anti-Semitism got poor Polanski. He was also a foreigner.") and hypocrisy. But it's this sentence - "Look, am I going to sit and weep every time a young hooker feels as though she's been taken advantage of? - that killed any sympathy for Vidal as a human being in me. He was a great essayist and a witty man. But if you ever need an illustration of someone on the left utterly emersed in rape culture, then, going by this particular interview, he was that as well.
selenak: (SydSloane - Perfectday)
Over at [community profile] fanficrants there was a recent post where the poster complained that her story, which describes a clear and thus labeled non-con scenario, got feedback describing it as a happy marriage situation. I would sympathize, except the description of said story in the post and in the comments makes it very clear it's yet another woobie!Loke/Thor the evil rapist tale. Now, rather than bore the lot of you with groans about victim!Loki tales complete with bizarre ooc Thor (and Odin, while we're at it, who in this story apparantly decides the ideal punishment for Loki is being given to Thor as a sex slave), I decided to be more multifandom and creative about this. Of course nearly every fandom has its share of tales in which the morally ambiguous or villainous characters end up as victimized sex slaves of the now clearly evil "good" characters (or third parties, so the good characters can rescue them from their predicament and all impediments between them, such as the formerly ambiguous' character's behaviour, is immediately forgiven); well do I remember a fanzine advertised as a "great Methos hurt/comfort story" which I acquired in my first flush of Highlander fandom and Methos adoration and which introduced me to the dubious joys of endlessly raped Methos, Cassandra bashing and, of course, Duncan grovelling. However, it's by no means just any ambigious and/or villainous character who gets the sex slave treatment. Popularity isn't really a criteria, either. I mean, Scorpius on Farscape, Bester on Babylon 5 and my darling Arvin Sloane from Alias were all much appreciated villains in their canons, but did they get to be abused sex slaves of the heroes in fanfic? They did not.

Scorpius: I briefly did get to be an abused slave forced to watch Crichton have sex in canon, though. Maybe this acted as a detriment to writers.

Bester: Words cannot express how profoundly grateful I am. Undoubtedly Mr. Garibaldi's idea of having a sex slave would include torture by Warner Brothers cartoons.

Arvin Sloane (steeples fingers): This sounds like a plausible scenario for Sydney and I to use on the next field mission I shall assign to her. I thank you for the idea.


Now, not being new to the ways of fandom, I am aware that the most likely explanation is that none of these fascinating gentlemen showed up as as (relatively) young and pretty in their canons. However, this isn't a problem when we're talking Shakespeare (much on my mind these days), since his plays can cast in an endless variety of ages. So, I present several Shakespearean villains and ambigious, who should not miss out on getting what every Methos or Loki is given, complete with summaries from yet to be written stories.


Macbeth: after Macduff defeated Macbeth, Malcom steps in before the beheading. The only fitting punishment for Macbeth, he declares, is to be Macduff's sex slave. Macduff having always secretly fancied Macbeth, he readily agrees. 21 chapters of torture and rape ensue. Someone dares to bring up that pesky murder of Lady Macduff & kids on MacBeth's orders. and is properly smitten down for being so judgmental. In chapter 22, Macbeth is rescued by his lady who just faked her death, with the help of the witches; Malcolm and Macduff are demasked as the sadistic hypocrites they are and killed in gruesome ways. Happy ending!

Othello: Investigating the events on Cyprus, the Venetians find out Iago's true motivation: all this time, he was abused by Othello on a nightly basis as his sex slave, which Desdemona, Cassio et al were aware of and encouraged for a laugh. Everyone is horrified and disgusted at hese sadistic hypocrites and gratified one is dead and the other demasked; Iago is exonorated and has sweet hurt/comfort healing sex with male or female oc who was the only one to truly understand him.

Richard III (Shakespeare version, not real one, remember): Richard starts out his life sexually abused by older brother Edward and occasionally pimped out to Marguerite d'Anjou while Henry VI, not so crazy as not to being a secret sadist, enjoys the show. After all this comes to light via Buckingham who at some point also abused Richard and boasted of it, everyone realises this explains everything, and it's hugging and forgiveness time all around by by anyone still alive in the last act of Richard III (i.e. mostly Elizabeth Woodville and Elizabeth of York). Complete with apology and grovelling from Elizabeth Woodville for not having stopped the abuse after marrying Edward, who thus is also to blame for the dead kids, because in Richard's place, wouldn't you?

King Lear: Oh, this is shooting fish in a barrel. Of course Edmund (being a bastard) is abused on a nightly basis by his father and his half brother. (Goneril and Regan only get abused by their father in pro fic by Jane Smiley because they're not male characters.) Instead of dying in the last act, he' s condemmed to be Edgar's victory trophy and sex slave. Cordelia (whose death was a ruse because Edmund would NEVER have given that order, the poor woobie) eventually rescues him and kills the abusive Edgar, making Edmund king.

Much Ado About Nothing: speaking of bastards. That word Don Pedro announces he'll have with Don John at the end of the play? That sinister announcement by Benedick that he'll device a punishment for Don John? Of course, what Benedick means is that Don John will be made a sex slave. This is what Don Pedro has secretely always wanted, and he glories in finally getting it. Still a WIP as the author hasn't decided whether the gang bang should end with Don John's death or liberation.

Titus Andronicus: Aaron... dammit, Will. Did you have to go and make it canon?
selenak: (Companions - Kathyh)
Name the five moments in canon that made you believe your favorite pairing belongs together.

First of all, I don't have just one favorite pairing, and secondly, the whole belonging together part is tricky, as several of my favourite pairings are actually better off apart (Doctor/Master, Xavier/Magneto) with only intermittent reunions, or have make that friends-with-benefits-package really work for them, which means sometimes they're together as friends but not romantically because one or both is with other people, and they're fine with that (Duncan/Amanda), and some have too many moments to count (Londo/G'Kar) but the definition of "together" changes for them throughout canon, so.

However, it occurs to me I need to polish up my status as the world's only Crichton/Rygel shipper. Ask [personal profile] hmpf, who introduced me to Farscape; while other people fell for John/Aeryn and came around to John/Scorpius, I not only went for the Dominar as my favourite character (this is me, DS9 veteran who deserted Garak for Quark in this capacity) but also shipped Rygel with the show's hero from day 1. Well, almost. Anyway, scenes proving that TheirLoveIsMeantToBe.

1.) Family Ties, season 1: Crichton takes Rygel's betrayal and change of mind in stride, as part of the package that is Rygel, and kisses him on the head while making that clear. Look, this kissing on the head thing is part of one of my favourite Buffy/Faith scenes as well. (Buffy and Faith aren't the pair for this meme because they're in the Doctor/Master, Xavier/Magneto category of better-off-separate-with-the-occasional-reunion.)

2.) Won't Get Fooled Again, season 2: Rygel shows up as part of Crichton's sexual hallucination together with Chiana and Zhaan. And a whip. We're not blaming Harvey and Scorpius for that one, are we? It's all part of Crichton's subconscious desires. *veg*

3.) Fractures, season 3: in the middle of his dead-alter-ego-and-Aeryn angst, Crichton takes the time out to rescue Rygel from a femme fatale and cheer him up afterwards. So to speak. I was touched!

4.) Crichton Kicks, season 4: this time, Rygel is the one giving Crichton the matter of factly pep talk, succintly analysing the John/Aeryn relationship and offering a handy (bad pun intended) list of Crichton obsessions to boot: "Wormholes, Aeryn, Earth, Aeryn, Scorpius, Aeryn." John doesn't listen, but what else is new? He does admit Sparky has a point. Sort of.

5.) Kansas, season 4: Crichton and Rygel get high together. On sugar, but still. They have a great time and enjoy themselves without making anyone else miserable, which, frankly, is more than John Crichton manages by s4 of Farscape with most people, especially Aeryn.

All this, and I didn't even mention the fact Rygel ends up pregnant by Crichton in The Peacekeeper Wars. In conclusion: They're meant to be.
selenak: (uptonogood - c.elisa)
1.) Gaius Baltar (Battlestar Galactica). He's so many things, but annoying is certainly one of them. (Especially to several of the other characters.) Not all the time, but some of the time. And yet even before it became apparant he had arguably the best individual storyarc of the show, I moved from "like" to love.

2.) Annie (Being Human). She, too, can be annoying at times. Also brave and compassionate, or conversely overlooking the bleeding obvious because of what's going on with her; it contributes to making her very real. Annie is the type of person who'd drive me crazy on a regular basis if she was my friend, but whom I also would go to if I needed a shoulder to cry on, or if I had a moral dilemma to wrestle with.

3.) Rygel (Farscape). Definitely annoying. Also wily, greedy, a great survivor with an iron core of resilience (let's see how you'd do if Durka had a go at you for a few days, never mind years, as in Rygel's case), and surprisingly good with not self interested advice once in a while (ask Aeryn in The Choice, where he was the only character who talked to her for her sake, not because of an own agenda, or John in the season 4 opener, not that John listened, but still). Also the smartest person on the show other than Scorpius according to the producers, and I'm cool with that.

4.) Lwaxana Troi (Star Trek: The Next Generation). I love her to bits, and think she's magnificent, larger than life, full of joie de vivre yet also very much aquainted with grief and loss. Yet I can't deny she can also be annoying. Does this matter to me? No one bit.

5.) Andrew Welles (Buffy the Vampire Slayer). I completely get what fans mean when they call him annoying, starting with the voice and ending with the fact that some of his screentime is spent being a whiny murderer determined to see himself as the maligned hero. On the other hand, he: can coin phrases with the best Sunnydalians ("I'm a guestage"), endearingly never fanboys the obvious favourites (I mean, if you go for Timothy Dalton in your Bonds and Jonathan Archer in your Starfleet Captains, nobody can accuse you of catering to majority opinions!), and is such an unabashed shipper and storyteller. (Also? Spike letting Andrew hug him in front of the amused AtS gang without mocking him or pushing him off, and later answering his questions like what blood actually tastes like is what sold souled Spike to me.) I'm not sure I'd trust more-or-less-redeemed Andrew, but I'd definitely hang out with him. He could bake cookies.
selenak: (Six by Nyuszi)
I'll go for characters, and it's a trickier question than it appears to be at first glance. Because sometimes the unhappy ending is the RIGHT ending, no matter how much your love for the character makes you hurt for it. Prime example: Londo Mollari, who is my favourite tv character of all time. But a happy, or even happier ending for Londo would have been completely wrong for his story. So instead of picking a bunch of my darlings whom regardless of story necessity I wish to be happy, I'll try for characters who could have gotten happier endings in their respective universes without compromising the story told.

Spoilers for Lost, Farscape, Merlin, BSG and Twin Peaks )
selenak: (Puppet Angel - Kathyh)
1.) Angel the Series: Smile Time.  Pure genius. Not least because in addition to all the hilarity, they didn't forget to make what the puppets do genuinenly scary. Also, writer David Fury playing the puppet-played puppeteer is one of the best inside gags around. But the crowning achievement of the episode is of course puppet!Angel, having the best Angel/Spike fight ever, finally asking Nina the werewolf for a date and vamping out. GENIUS.

2.) Augsburger Puppenkiste: Jim Knopf und Lukas der Lokomotivführer. The puppeteers of the Augsburger Puppenkiste are responsible for many an enjoyable dramatisation of German children's books, but this one, of Michael Ende's first novel for children, is a well deserved classic of classics. Ende, who disliked or downright hated the movie version of The Never-Ending Story and had mixed feelings about the rest, nonetheless adored this one as did and do many children watching it on tv or dvd, including yours truly. And I can still sing the songs, too. *intones* "Eine Insel mit zwei Bergen...."

3.) Farscape. The entire series, obviously. The short version of the conversation one keeps having with mundanes always goes like this: "But muppets! How can I take sci fi with muppets seriously?" "The muppets will make you cry.". The longer version involves sitting the mundane in front of the episode The Way We Weren't.  Counter arguments are invalid.

4.) The Empire Strikes Back: Yoda. And one more for Jim Henson. It's easy to forget these days, but in the early 80s Yoda was pretty revolutionary as far as aliens go, definitely not a man in a suit anymore, and never less than entirely believable. Also: I'm pretty much indifferent to most issues that get the classic SW crowd upset; I couldn't care less whether Han shoots first, and I dig that look at all the other planets celebrating the Emperor's downfall at the end of RotJ, etc. However: GCI Yoda never did it for me. There's nothing to be done about the late Frank Oz' demise, alas, but still: next time George L. gets the urge to reedit the films, he should insert puppet Yoda in AotC and RotS, I tell you. Because puppet Yoda is the best. 

5.)  With puppets like that, you know you should be glad!.  Yeah. Yeah. Yeah.
selenak: (Tardis - Hellopinkie)
Five favorite ships - sailing ships, spaceships, etc., not relationships.



1.) The Liberator (Blake's 7). While the B7 budget was tiny to nonexistant, the Liberator was a splendid ship anyway (and for a glimpse of how it would have looked like with GCI, see the Excalibur from Crusade, with the ship not being the only thing in the B5 spin off - or B5 itself - used in homage to B7). It was the first but not the last "living ship" I fell in fannish love with (see below) and Terminal is as sad an episode as Orbit or Blake for me for that reason.

2.) Moya (Farscape). Moya the leviathan, a living ship in which the majority of the show's action takes place never says a single word on the show, but the series manages to convey her personality distinctly nonetheless, and she's as much a cast member as the ones played by human actors. Spoilers for Farscape and Doctor Who's sixth season ensue. ) Visually, the brown and golden organic colouring and all the curves instead of sharp angles really sell you on Moya as grown instead of built, and it's part of the unique Farscape world.

3.) The TARDIS (Doctor Who). One of many reasons why shipping wars in this fandom are so very superfluos is that the true OTP was always and without question Doctor (any regeneration)/TARDIS over forty years, and thank you, Neil Gaiman, for devoting an entire episode to this fact. :) (Well, there was that fling he had with Bessie the car , but other than that...) Seriously now, the idea of a blue police box being really the closet to Narnia a ship to traval through time and space with encapsulates the "wonderful nonsense" (lovely quote from The Next Doctor in one of the best verbal reactions to the TARDIS ever, uttered by David Morrissey) that is Doctor Who, and they who do not care for the TARDIS probably can't care for the show, either. Also?



4.) The Enterprise D (Star Trek: The Next Generation). Yes, I'm thoroughly fond of the original Enterprise, and get misty eyed when it explodes in ST III. But I still love the D best, with its bar Ten-Forward, its holodeck, its beige colours, Data's cat Spot and the ready room with Picard's goldfish Livingstone. It had a cosiness and home-iness the other versions lacked, which is of course why it later was disdained by certain fannish quarters. Maybe it's a sign of me getting old, but I like cosy. Space is cold enough anyway.

5.) Serenity (Firefly). Also a ship that feels like a home, despite coming from the other franchise tradition (aka it was obviously and acknowledgedly inspired by the Millennium Falcon). The show in its short life not only gave us one episode which showcased how Mal came to find her (Out of Gas) and why he's as in love as any other captain, but also a River-centric one where Serenity is both an invaded home and one that fights successfully back against the invasion (Objects on Space), and where she's paralleled to River, while the Big Damn Movie in its opening sequence manages to reintroduce the entire cast via a long uncut trip through the ship, thus reintroducing it as well, and ends with a direct Serenity/Zoe equation, and this last one is the one that struck me as most apt. If Moya, the Liberator and the Enterprise are more the motherly types of spaceships and the TARDIS is the Doctor's fellow traveller (or rather he is hers), Serenity is the war veteran of ships, battered, but still flying, and splendidly so.
selenak: (Chiana by Ruuger)
22 – Have you ever participated in a fest or a Big Bang? If so, write about your favorite experience in relation to one. If not, are there any you've thought about doing? And if not, why not?

The first one I participated in was a Babylon 5 one called [profile] babficathon, and since then, I've been taking part in Multiverse (every year since the beginning), Yuletide (the last two years - I felt too intimidated before and also, it helped that they allowed my two shiny space stations as rare fandoms in), Remix (since four years now, I think), Matrithon, and a few other B5 related ficathons (anything for the Third Age of Mankind). I enjoyed and am continuing to enjoy the experience enormously, starting with the fact that a few of the prompts gave me ideas I otherwise wouldn't have had or made me deal with characters I had previously neglected or just not been very interested in. (As I mentioned before, in B5 fandom that would be all the human characters; if you, like myself, come from the Centauri and Narn part of the fandom, these are naturally the characters you first write about.) And they proved very much fun to write.

Of course, sometimes there is considerable fannish angst as well. Poor [personal profile] kathyh had to soothe my nerves about Nowhere Man (and of course she was right and [profile] astrogirl2 was fabulous about it), and then there was the time I remixed my regular remix and did a pinch hit and neither of the two original writers provided feedback, which was due to the fact that one had dropped out of the ficathon and the other had been travelling with rare opportunities to get online, but it was an unfortunate coincidence of the type that makes you fret. But like a corny Hollywood movie, there always was an happy ending. :)

My favourite ficathon experience: being told by [personal profile] andraste a few years after the ficathon started that the reason she invented the Multiverse was because she wanted to to make me write Londo/Chiana... and then never dared to ask. So naturally I wrote it for her anyway. Flattery will get you very far.*g* Just in case you're planning to start a ficathon for the purpose of making me write your prompt.) (Also it's one of the nicest compliments I've been paid as an author.)



The rest of the questions )
selenak: (SCC by Monanotlisa)
As with the fathers, I'm going with mothers who actually raised their children. Mothers who died giving birth or very early on, sacrificing their lives, might be very praiseworthy indeed but unfair as it is, they never got to prove themselves much in the ways of day to day interaction and, to quote Alicia Florrick, in parent-teacher conferences.

1.) Alicia Florrick from The Good Wife. In addition to all the other stress in her life, she has two teenagers on her hands. Which she handles admirably, coping with manipulative girlfriends and religious streaks alilke. Also, she doesn't ridicule her children's enthusiasms, which makes her very cool indeed.

2.) Sandra Bennett from Heroes. I stopped watching around ep 10 or so of season 3, but when I left her, Sandra was fabulous. Overcoming obstacles such as regular mindwipes and being partronized by husband and daughter alike, she's loving, fiercely protective, and, once she's finally let in to the secrets, brave. (Also, she's a great proof for adoptive mothers being terrific.)

3.) Sarah Connor (Terminator/ T: The Sarah Connor Chronicles). In other circumstances, training her son as a soldier from toddlerdom onwards would count against her, but in her circumstances it's life saving. Also, talk about someone who gives their life for their child; Sarah does this not by dying heroically but by transforming herself into a warrior and trying to change history so there won't be a need for any messiah. She also fights the good fight because that's what she believes in, I don't want to put down her insight and heroism. But being a mother set her on this journey, and it is a quintessential part of her.

4.) Joyce Summers (Buffy: The Vampire Slayer). Joyce isn't perfect and for the first two seasons suffering from Denialitis Sunnydalonia. But even in this state, she's ready to defend her daughter with an axe (ask Spike). She copes with being divorced, living in a town with a high deathrate, one daughter who is the Slayer and during the last year of her life another who has a crazy hellgod after her and is an entity for whose sake Joyce's and everyone else's mind got altered. (She also copes with having dated a robot and her daughter's vampire boyfriends who may or may not go psycho at any moment.) (And with finding herself replaced as the supreme parental authority figure by a sexy British librarian.) In conclusion: Joyce rocks!

5.) Moya from Farscape. Moya is a Leviathan who spent years being imprisoned, traumatized and basically raped before gaining her freedom, and still manages to mother all her passengers (who are the most difficult lot this side of the Liberator crew) and her doomed offspring Talyn. All the other mothers mentioned here go through a lot, but I think Moya wins for sheer trauma anyway - and she still comes out kind, caring, and despite not being able to do anything to defend herself but run away a Leviathan to be reckoned with. And those she mothers love her forever. In conclusion: Moya wins!
selenak: (Claudius by Pixelbee)
This year's Remix ficathon is online, which makes me very happy indeed. Like every year, there are a lot of great stories, plus on a personal level I'm gratified my remixee liked mine, because it was one of my fanfictions that also serve as meta and those can be risky if one has different character interpretations. I myself received Convent Mouse, which was sparked by one of my earliest efforts in fanfiction altogether (and only the second story I ever wrote in English), a Highlander story called Waiting which was an Alexa Bond point of view during the events of Something Wicked/Deliverance.

I'm very real life busy, but at a quick glance, here are the stories by other people that captured me immediately:

Buffy the Vampire Slayer:

Not Really Here: one of Dawn's fictional memories, from the time she was 11 years old and Drusilla's imaginary friend. Uses the canonical fact mad people can see Dawn for what she is and the inserted memories concept brilliantly, and Dru is superbly written.

Doctor Who:

Ecce Medico Donnaque!: I will never tire of geeking out about Latin-written Doctor Who fanfic. Eheu, mihi placet.

A bad habit: the Master and the Doctor for each other, naturally. A multi-Doctor tale, capturing each regeneration very well through the prism of the Master.

Every day a journey: Barbara and Ian Chesterton through the years, occasionally running into later regenerations of the Doctor and some of his companions and living their lives wonderfully well.

Le Donne Che Piangono (The Weeping Women) : in which a hinted bit of backstory from End of Time - just how did Rassilon silence the opposition and who were those women? - gets explored, as we find out what became of Romana, the Rani and Susan's grandmother.

Falling down to midnight: the Doctor during the Year That Wasn't. Uses the Archangel Network, and what the Doctor did during that year with it, in a way I haven't quite seen in any of the other (many, many) takes on Ten during that year.

Sartorial Differences: how Six lost his multi-coloured coat and re-aquired it. It's the Master's fault (achievement?), naturally. With bonus Evelyn!

Doctor Who/The West Wing

They've all gone to look for America: in which the (Eleventh) Doctor takes the staff members of the Bartlet administration out for an occasional vacation. Let's face it, these people need it now and then! Their destinations are all very aptly chosen.

Farscape:

Tell Me: an exploration of Bizarro!Chiana from the canonical AU we get to see in two season 4 episodes. Great Chiana voice (which includes the way she's different due to being also partly Aeryn); the relationship with Crichton is written so well, and gutwrenching, considering what happens in the episode Prayer.

Star Trel: DS9

F is for Ferengi: in which Jadzia goes to Ferenginar in search of adventure and a story to tell. It has Dax playing tongo, explores the Ferengi (specifically the female ones) and contains a great Ishka. You bet I liked this one!

Torchwood:

These are the stories: the ones Jack tells himself after Children of Earth, specifically, but the incidents covered, where Jack imagines other outcomes, are from all Torchwood canon. Still, the life he imagines for Alice, Steven and himself hit me hardest.
selenak: (DarlaDru by Kathyh)
Name five characters who would love to attend a family reunion.

1.) Jenny (Doctor Who). Mind you, she doesn’t know anyone she’s related to other than the Doctor yet, and all other family members appear to be timelocked/dead. But you know she’d hit it off with Susan if they ever had the chance to meet, and she definitely would enjoy meeting Amy and Rory if she runs into the Doctor again while he’s Eleven. (Though she’d ask him where Donna and Martha are.) As for stepmom River – the mind boggles in a delightful fashion. Moffat, you lobbied for Jenny’s survival – please bring her back!

2.) Rom (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine). He’s that kind of guy. Of course, he’d know Quark and their mother are bound to start an argument within five minutes of being in the same room with each other, Zek is probably senile enough by now to goose Leeta, Nog would be fine as long as there aren’t any humans around (with humans around Nog would have an attack of embarrassment for being a Ferengi), if cousin Gaila would show up at all it would be with a scheme to kill Quark… but Rom would still enjoy attending that family reunion. He’d work non stop to smooth feathers, praise Nog’s Dominion War heroics and make Quark tell everyone about the time the magnificent Ferengi outwitted a Vorta and several Jem’Hadar. At the end of the event, he’d say “wasn’t it great” whereupon Quark would be torn between wanting to kill him and wanting to kiss his forehead again.

3.) Drusilla (Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel the Series). Dru being a masochist helps with that, undoubtedly, but it's still true. She'd enjoy any combination of Fanged Four family reunions (this is canon), and would only miss them if the stars told her that the Slayer would show up as well. (And probably even then.) Beyond Darla, Angel and Spike, I have no idea what she thinks of the extended family, but the Master is dust, so that's not an issue, ditto Penn the creep and the poor submarine engineer, and sadly also Holden. (Holden the psychologist would have a field day, pun intended, attending those family reunions, one assumes, but only once. Then he'd stay the hell away for self preservation. If he weren't dust already.) Connor? She'd so go for Connor. Depending on whether she'd meet him with or without his real memories intact, this could get iiiiinteresting.

4.) John Crichton (Farscape). Unless said family reunion takes place inside his mind and features hallucinations that have his dying mother come on to him, of course. But real life family reunions, while not without their angsty aspects, generally went well, and I think post-Peacekeeper Wars, if it was possible, he’d love to introduce his sister, nephew and father to Little D.

5.) Merlin (the version that’s currently running around in Merlin the BBC series). Granted, last season’s unexpected!reunion started of badly, but it got better until a certain event, and he did dream of engineering another reunion out loud. Plus he loves his mother, who is one of the most endearing guest roles on the show. Merlin would definitely love to attend a family reunion as long as it’s his own family that’s doing the reuniting. Otoh, given how Pendragon family reunions go on this show (and, err, most versions of the legend), one can’t blame him for being extremely wary of those.
selenak: (Locke by Blimey)
Name five characters who would hate attending a family reunion.

Ah, dysfunctional families. One of my favourite things to read, listen and watch.

1) Tiberius, as portrayed in I, Claudius. Not that Tiberius in any version and as described by any historians doesn't strike me as hating family reunions, but I assume the meme goes after fictional characters, so Gravesian Tiberius it is. Doesn't matter which era we're talking about, young Tiberius with his extremely awkward relationship to stepfather Augustus and mother Livia or very old Tiberius (at this point responsible for various family deaths himself) in Capri - family reunions, he loathed them.

2) John Locke of Lost. Not for nothing did he win in the evil daddy stakes in the poll I posted a few months ago, in a show with an overabundance of bad fathers. Meeting his mother didn't turn out too great, either. Let's just say that canonically, family reunions for John Locke went from bad to worse and I can't imagine him respond other than going macro and yelling DO NOT WANT at the prospect of more.

3) Aeryn Sun (Farscape). Aeryn's canonical family reunion party is called The Choice. Otherwise known as the angstiest Aeryn episode ever. Fun times, these were not, even if she hadn't been grieving for other reasons in that episode already. I don't think Aeryn would want a repetition of that experience any time soon.

4) Kara "Starbuck" Thrace (Battlestar Galactica). And then there is Kara. As many a viewer has said, she could talk with Aeryn about Mommy issues. With the mothers in question far, far away. There's also a psychologically torturous family situation she would not want to repeat from early s3. No, can't see Kara signing up for family reunions any time soon.

5) Heidi Petrelli (Heroes). I checked out of the Heroes canon during s3, but however it went down afterwards (no, don't tell me), I can't imagine Heidi really enjoying a Petrelli family reunion, between her mother-in-law indulging either in put-downs or come ons, Arthur being a creep, and Nathan and Peter doing their co-dependent arguments/hugs act.
selenak: (Camelot Factor by Kathyh)
This week's fannish5 wants to know about five characters who are too good for their canon, who are the only thing to make an otherwise dreadful canon (book, film, tv) palpable. And that is one of my anti-concepts, anti-kinks, whatever you want to call it. It's not that I don't have canons where I love one character more than any other. Or shows, or book series, where I fell out of love and stopped watching/reading - but one of the steps towards realising "I don't like/love this anymore" was the realisation that I only liked one character, or one aspect, and disliked everything else. To me, watching or reading for one character alone while actively resenting everything else - the other characters, the fictional universe itself - is a guaranteed recipe for misery, and not the inspiring kind (being disturbed or grieved by fiction can be a powerful experience if the fiction is good). It's the kind of thing that causes people to go on and on and on how much they loathe canon x, everything in canon x, except character y, how unworthy canon x of character y. Considering there are usually people around who are fond of canon y, and not just because it contains x, this means they're making other people miserable in addition to themselves, and come off as condescending to boot.

If I like only one character in a fictional universe, I stop watching/reading. For me to really experience fiction, I need to be able to love more than one character. So, instead I decided to list five canons where I don't have a clear favourite but love too many characters/stories/whatevers about it it to single out just one. I find this far more fun.

1.) Farscape. I sometimes joke Rygel is my favourite and not entirely joke about being the only John/Rygel 'shipper and prefering this to John/Aeryn, but all jokes aside: I like the entire ensemble. And the recurring characters (hello, Braca!). And the ships (Moya! Talyn! Poor half eaten Leviathan in season 3!!!!!). There might be some characters who work less for me than others (and there are definitely disliked episodes and storylines), but that doesn't change the overall fondness. Farscape was wild. And I really couldn't tell you whom I love best.

2.) Merlin. Aw, newest fannish love, let me hug you. I adore three of the six main characters and like the other three (well, some of them in a "wouldn't want to meet" fashion but that's true for many a fictional character I'm fond of), there are some great guest stars, and with all the flaws and cheesiness and whatnot, I'm just ridiculously fond of the show and its charming mixture of fun and melodrama. I even hum the theme tune when the credits roll.

3.) Firefly. I was never a Browncoat in the sense that I campaigned or burst into tears when it was cancelled, though I certainly quoted Wash on the subject ("curse your sudden and inevitable betrayal, Fox"), but again, flaws and all, I really liked the show, and its characters. As opposed to other Whedonian ouevres where I definitely have characters I love far more than others, I never had a Firefly favourite. (Though I can hum the theme tune there as well.)

4.) Doctor Who, overall canon (i.e. Old and New Who together). Sure, I have some companions and regenerations I like better than others. But in the vast, vast DW canon, there are so many of them that I really can't say about a single companion "THIS ONE CHARACTER IS MY FAVOURITE". Ditto about one single regeneration. Or even one single guest character. Thankfully, in 31 seasons and counting, there were too many of those. The universe is. just. that. rich.

5.) The Sarah Connor Chronicles. See above, re: Wash quote, re: Fox. But for the two splendid seasons it lasted, I never had a favourite character. Even the one I felt least warmly towards (Derek), I wouldn't have wanted to miss for anything. I liked the ensemble, I liked the way the show never downtalked to its audience but went for complicated narration and character exploration, I loved the stunning use of imagery and music. I loved that universe.

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