...with the caveat that there are a great many characters whose love life I couldn't care less about, independent from how much or little I like them otherwise. But hey, I do have a few whom I ship romantically, too, so here we go:

Give me a character and I will tell you...

* How I feel about this character
* All the people I ship romantically with this character
* My non-romantic OTP for this character
* My unpopular opinion about this character
* One thing I wish would happen / had happened with this character in canon.
* Something about them I consider true, even though it's only my head canon/fanon
The characters on my list were:

1. Alex Millar (Being Human UK)
2. Hank Schrader (Breaking Bad)
3. Jamie Moriarty (Elementary)
4. Cora Mills (Once upon a Time)
5. Felix Dawkins (Orphan Black)
6. Lix Storm (The Hour)
9. Guinevere "Gwen" (Merlin)
7. Bruce Banner (MCU)
8. Ichabod Crane (Sleepy Hollow)
10. Lucas Buck (American Gothic)
11. Jo Grant (Doctor Who)
12. Ray Carling (Ashes to Ashes, Life on Mars)
13. Andrew Wells (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
14. Cameron (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles)
15. Jack Harkness (Torchwood, Doctor Who)

Now for whacky adventures caused by questions under the cut! With spoilers for the shows/films these characters are from )
selenak: (uptonogood - c.elisa)
( Jan. 18th, 2014 08:12 pm)
It's been a year or so since I last did it, and I aquired a few new fandoms, and thus new characters, so:

1) Make a list of fifteen characters first, and keep it to yourself for the moment.

2) Ask your f-list to post questions in the comments. For example: "One, nine, and fifteen are chosen by a prophecy to save the world from four. Do they succeed?", "Under what circumstances might five and fourteen fall in love?", "Which character on the list would you most want on your side in a zombie invasion?"

3) After your f-list has stopped asking questions, round them up and answer them using the fifteen characters you selected beforehand, then post them.
selenak: (Norma Bates by Ciaimpala)
( Jan. 1st, 2014 04:03 pm)
How better to begin the new year than with a look back at the last? :)

1. Your main fandom of the year?

I'm a fandom polygamist, always was, always will be. However, I think the fandoms that occupied me a bit more than the others this year were Breaking Bad and Once upon a Time.

2. Your favourite film watched this year?

Wadjda, my review of same linked, which was absolutely amazing and would have been even if it wasn't a) the first Saudi Arabian big screen movie, b) the first Saudi Arabian film directed by a woman, and c) all about a girl.

Runner-up: Iron Man III, which broke the curse of the third movie in a popular franchise being weaker than the previous ones, was highly entertaining and provided a good wrap up to the Iron Man films while leaving Tony and friends available for Avengers shenanigans.

3. Your favourite book read this year?

It's a tie between Steel Blues, which is just the kind of ensemble adventure with great character stuff I love, and the first volume of Mark Lewisohn's monumental Beatles biography.

4. Your favourite TV show of the year?

It was a very good year for tv, both new (how so awesome, Orphan Black?), and recurring/finishing, but this, too, is a tie of the two named in 1). Though if you push me: Breaking Bad. Because it is complete now and thus one can say it really remained and ended as one of the most amazing accomplishments on tv.

5. Your favourite online fandom community of the year?

I loved the disussion of The Charioteer which [personal profile] naraht was hosting on her journal, but as far as communities go: 2ceuponatime, which will resume its s1 rewatch now that the show proper is on hiatus. It makes think of b5_revisited a few years ago.

6. Your best new fandom discovery of the year?

Considering I didn't discover BB this year but did start to marathon Once upon a Time after Christmas last year, it's the fairy tale show, together with Orphan Black which I marathoned in the summer, and Bates Motel (ditto). Of these three, Orphan Black wins in sheer quality, but Once upon a Time in terms of my emotional investment.

7. Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year?

Homeland. Alas.

8. Your TV boyfriend of the year?

Tricky. I don't really have one in the sense the meme means, I suppose, and in terms of my male tv loves of years past (and forever - Londo Mollari, I will never quit you *g*). Not that I didn't like various male characters, sometimes a lot, but never in the sense of crushing on them. Although, you know, if I had to pick one to have an affair with, well, err, I'd probably go for Rodrigo Borgia, him being Pope not withstanding, in the hope I'd get a graceful exit like Giulia and not a bloody demise courtesy of general scheming in Rome.

9. Your TV girlfriend of the year?

Norma Bates. As she's ever so doomed by narrative, I'm trying to steel myself for the inevitable. But Norma is such a vivid, rich character, impulsive, loving, controlling, repressive, resourceful, mamma bearish, hopelessly damaged, helplessly damaging.

10. Your biggest squee moment of the year?

The Day of the Doctor was everything I'd hoped the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special would be. Also, in April I saw Helen Mirren and Judi Dench both on stage in London. Don't make me choose.

(The amazing last bunch of Breaking Bad episodes, particularly Ozymandias, certainly left me breathless, emotionally wrung through and pulse racing, but squee is the wrong term for what I felt.)

11. The most missed of your old fandoms?

You know, I always go periodically back to my old fandoms like Star Trek or Babylon 5 or Highlander, so I can't say I miss them. Writing a Torchwoodstory for this year's DW remix made me rewatch a lot more TW than was needed for the story and made me miss the show, but most certainly not the fandom, the majority which I always remained at a cautious distance from due to my utter lack of Jack/Ianto shipping.

12. The fandom you haven’t tried yet, but want to?

Other than Slings and Arrows, which the "this year I really will do it!" show to marathon, I'm now tentatively eyeing Sleepy Hollow and The Americans.

13. Your biggest fan anticipations for the New Year?

Orphan Black, season 2: will it keep up the quality or have a second year downfall? Also, seeing MCU Natasha Romanov again in Captain America II, and watching the third part of The Hobbit.
Which TV show did you start watching in 2013?

Borgen, Once upon a Time, Orphan Black, Bates Motel, Hannibal. I also marathoned my way through the entire Wire.

Which TV show did you let go of in 2013?

Hannibal; it simply wasn't for me. Also Homeland, which got ever more questionable ideologically while losing the characterisation that had made me interestedin the first place.

TV shows which ended anyway which meant their mixed quality last seasons didn't make me drop them: Merlin and The Borgias. There was enough in both that I still loved to keep me watching but also a lot that ticked me off, and if the shows had continued, I'd have been seriously torn whether or not to watch or whether to do stop. As it is, I loved the Merlin finale, and the last but one Borgias episode was superb. (The last one had some good stuff but also plenty of what had annoyed me in the season.) (It was still better than the ending otherwise planned, though.) (But, as I said: LOVED the last-but-one episode, which is my series finale.

Which TV show did you mean to get into but didn't in 2013? Why?

Slings and Arrows. Why not - err, availability? Time? Lack of same? All of the above? But it's still on my must see list. One day. Also, as mentioned, I tried Hannibal following everyone's reccomendation and decided it wasn't my type of unrelenting dark fic with screwed up relationships at its core. My serial killer prequel show of choice for 2013 became Bates Motel instead.

Which TV show do you intend to check out in 2014?

I'm undecided on whether or not to check out Scandal. On the one hand, the heroine is supposedly a female Walter White and it supposedly deconstructs team and romantic narratives, which could be interesting. Otoh, I don't think I can take several seasons with a toxic romance in them getting plenty of screen time where the male part sounds eminently hateable.

Slings and Arrows as mentioned remains a long term goal. Once the BBC series based on the Three Musketeers broadcasts, I'll at least watch the first few eps, because it has Peter Capaldi as Richelieu.

Which TV show impressed you least in 2013?

It's a tie between Homeland and Hannibal, for different reasons. Homeland because it lost the plot, see above; Hannibal because, well, it should have been tailor-made for me, and instead the most intense thing I felt was a gigantic squick at both the aestheticization of the various murder victims and the relentless Will torture. Also I feel absurdly resentful that this is the Brian Fuller show to get a mass audience, because it should have been Dead Like Me. *sulks like George Lass at her sulkiest* *admits, though, that AU!George Lass cameo in Hannibal was twistedly brilliant*

Which TV show did you enjoy the most in 2013?

Orphan Black's first season was the most flawless mixture of narrative quality and being emotionally gripping for me as far as new shows were concerned; Elementary is the one for character love and often comfort viewing, but I'm also aware of its weaknesses. The Good Wife had left me cold through much of its fourth season only to end on a high note that kept me watching, and I'm glad I did because the fifth season so far is so very, very good, and I love it. Breaking Bad ended this season, but enjoying is perhaps the wrong term for the breathtaking final ride it was which was also a relentless emotional pummelling and slack-jawed experience of awe.

...when it comes to "enjoying" in the sense of sparking my writing imagination and finding people to discuss it with, though, it has to be Once upon a Time, multiple crossover of fairy tales and children's books and horror films that it is. Not that it always does what I want, far from it, but it managed to make me ridiculously fond of most of its characters and keeps surprising me (in a good way) with how it treats its narrative twists and tropes. I'm just very, very fond of it.
snagged from [profile] itsnotmymind:

Pick a date below and give me a topic and I'll ramble on. I'm good at talking. It can be anything from fandom related to life related to Belgian chocolate to WHATEVER you want. :)

They will probably be brief, or not, depending on the subject.

Also, I reserve the right to decline prompts that I don't feel equipped to meet.

Topics: you can get an idea from my tags.

The dates: )
- Bold all of the following TV shows of which you've seen 3 or more episodes.
- Italicize a show if you're positive you've seen every episode.
- Asterisk * if you have at least one full season on tape or DVD
- If you want, add up to 3 additional shows (keep the list in alphabetical order).

I watch too much tv )
AO3 meme from [personal profile] ruuger, though I have no idea how to access the "avarage x per story" stats:

Account created: 2009-11-16
Total stories: 189

Total wordcount: 687600
Average wordcount:
Longest story: Incubus (Highlander) (29647 words)
Shortest story: Cold Heaven (ST: DS9)(369 words)

Total kudos: 1483
Kudos per story:
Story with most kudos: Let It Be (ST: DS9) (41) A Yuletide one. I'm happy with it (it's an ensemble story and I wrote several DS9 characters I previously had never tackled, which made it a satisfying challenge to have mastered), but still slightly baffled why it got the most kudos; it's more a series of little vignettes than a story.

Total comments: 371
Comments per story:
Story with most comments: Lebenswerk (Sunset Boulevard) (32) : another Yuletide one, Max and Norma and their folie a deux, and yay for movie lovers commenting!

Total author subscriptions: 24
Total story subscriptions: 0
Story with most subscriptions: None (I usually post my stories in totem)

Total bookmarks: 479
Story with most bookmarks: Spinning Fate (Ovid & Greek Mythology) (16) Yep, Yuletide again. Arachne versus the Gods, The Sequel: Revenge of the Spider.

Stories with no comments or kudos: Err, lots? When I opened my account, I transferred all the old stories I had, and many of them didn't get later comments, though some did.
...spotted at various places. Bear in mind that just as I don't 'ship that many pairings in the romantic sense (though of course if I'm familiar with the fandom, chances are I like some of the relationships therein, be they friendly or adverserial), I don't have that many DO NOT WANT anti OTPs, either. Some, but not many. So I'll have to default on that option a lot of the time.

Give me a show/movie/fandom and I'll tell you:

my favourite female character
my favourite male character
my favourite book/season/etc
my favourite episode (if it's a tv show)
my favourite cast member
my favourite relationship
a character I'd die defending
a character I just can't sympathize with
a character I grew to love
my anti otp
selenak: (Claudius by Pixelbee)
( May. 23rd, 2013 04:09 pm)
Borrowed from everyone:

I currently have 188 works archived at AO3.

Pick a number from 1 (the most recent) to 188 (the first thing I posted there), and I'll tell you three things I currently like about it.
selenak: (BeastBrand by Stacyx)
( Apr. 25th, 2013 07:24 am)
Meme, copied from various places:

Name a character in any of my fandoms, and I'll answer these questions:

1. Do you love/hate/don’t feel strongly about this character?
2. What’s your favorite trait of this character?
3. What’s your favorite moment/event involving this character?
4. If you could have one power/attribute/etc. of this character, what would it be?
5. Have you ever pictured this character naked?
6. When did you fall in love/hate with this character? I you don’t have any strong feelings toward them, why not?
7. Who’s your OTP for this character, if any?
selenak: (Default)
( Apr. 20th, 2013 02:43 pm)
Something else I couldn't do while housesitting in Venice were memes. And thus, taken from [personal profile] likeadeuce and others, here are the 21 last lines of my 21 stories, which takes me all the way back to 2011 because apparantly I've slowed down with the fanfiction, and includes my yet to be revealed [profile] rarewomen story. (I know the first version of the meme had the 21 first lines, but the last lines were more varied. My 21 first ones involved the word "when" far too often. *facepalms*)

21 endings )

Hm. It seems I like statements of one sort or another at the end of my stories. Which can be a statement given in dialogue, or as part of the narration. 15 and 21 were the two briefest examples of this, and 9 the longest, despite the fact it's from a short little Citizen Kane vignette. Sometimes I went for ominous foreshadowing, like in 13, but that only works in context. Ditto for ambiguity and bittersweetness, like in 2 or 17. Oh, and also: still a multifandom girl at heart, but that's not recognizable from most of the endings, as only a few include names.
selenak: (Claudius by Pixelbee)
( Mar. 17th, 2013 06:38 am)
From various people in my circle/friends list, last spotted at [personal profile] kindkits:

Give me a number and I'll answer the question.

1. Which is your favorite of the fics you’ve written for [name of fandom]?
2. Favorite piece overall?
3. Which was the hardest to write, in terms of plot?
4. Which has the most “you” in it, however you’d define that?
5. What is an image/set of images that you’re particularly proud of?
6. Idea that you always wanted to write but could never make work?
7. Least favorite plot point/chapter/moment?
8. Favorite plot point/chapter/moment?
9. Favorite character to write?
10. Favorite line or lines of dialogue that you’ve written
11. If I’m showing off just one of your pieces to someone, which one should it be?
12. What WIPs do you have going now? Are you excited about them?
13. Are there any things that might have happened in any of your stories, but you changed them at the last minute? (So-and-so dies, they don’t actually kiss, main character has long extended ballet-based dream sequence, etc.)
14. Would you want to write canon for any of your fandoms (like be hired by showrunner to do an episode)? Which one?
15. Does font matter to you when you’re writing a draft? - the answer to that is NO.
16. 3 favorite comments ever received on fanfic. A comment or several on fanfic you remember particularly well?
17. Any mean comments? How’d you deal with it? Who laid the smackdown?
18. If you could go back and revise one of your older stories, which would it be?
19. Do you make up scenes at work/on the bus/at the gym? Who are the characters that pop up the most? Do you write them down?
20. Go nuts, and talk about writing. Or write me a little ficlet-whatsit using a character/image/line I shall now specify—
Day 29 - Current TV show obsession

I don't think I have one. That is to say: I've several open canon shows which I love to watch. My old, closed canon shows are still dearly loved. Several of the shows I marathoned over the last months I like or even love as well. But there isn't one single show which captures me more than any other does right now, which drives me to write meta post after meta post, fanfiction after fanfiction, that kind of involvement which I'd say qualifies as "obsession". It doesn't help that the open-canon shows I currently follow either don't have much fanfic or meta at all or do have a lot of fanfic, but not on subjects I'm interested in. Of course, l could apply the "do it yourself" principle here and write it myself, instead of just reviews and a the very occasional fanfiction, but that's just it: were I truly obsessed, I'd do it, despite the lack of real life time, you know?

Then again: with some canons, it takes a while. I loved Babylon 5 dearly when it was first broadcast, but it took me almost a decade to write fanfiction about it, and then it came in a veritable of explosion of stories. With other canons it happens immediately (independent of quality): during the first two seasons of Heroes, I did the whole enchilada, busily writing fanfiction and discussing the show left right and center. (Then, um, season 3 happened, I quit half way through and never looked back.) I think the last show that sort of qualifies for "tv show obsession" was Merlin - until season 5 ; though I was really glad the last three episodes were good again and enabled me bid the show farewell with fondness and some still niggling plot bunnies to feed at some point. Of the shows I'm currently following, Breaking Bad is the one I think about most (but alas, just one fanfic came out of that, and my excuse is the old fannish one of the fantastically well written canon being less inspiring than flawed canon), Once Upon A Time provides me with the "I enjoy this way more than I thought I would, but I seem to be watching a different show from the fanfic-writing part of fandom (which reminds me of Lost and Merlin both)" type of fannish experience, Elementary (which has this weird mini hiati, and why, show, why? I miss you!) gives me my current favourite female-male friendship but doesn't really inspire obsession, and my absolutely favourite current historical show isn't back yet, i.e. The Borgias.

In conclusion: I don't have one right now.

The rest of the days )
Day 28 - First TV show obsession

Leaving aside cartoon shows watched as a little kid and described on day thirteen, Star Trek, which entered my life when I was a somewhat older kid. I watched every episode. I bought the tie ins; those that were published in German, anyway; this was of course years before I spoke a single word of English, and btw, yes, like everything else imported, Star Trek was dubbed and known as Raumschiff Enterprise. (Which means I heard the voices of the original actors for the first time when I was in my mid-20s and discovered that the local video store also carried ST tapes in English. To this day, though, the dubbed German voices are those I associate first with the TOS crew, sorry, can't help it. Also Bones is Pille, not Bones.) Now Star Trek was actually shown in the late afternoon as part of the programms for kids, and this meant there was an infamous example of censorship to prevent the young 'uns asking questions about the Vulcan mating cycle. To wit: the dialogue for Amok Time was completely rewritten so that in the German version, Spock gets mysteriously sick, McCoy is racing against the clock to find a cure, Spock in his feverish delirium has a bizarre dream about going home to Vulcan to marry his fiancee which ends up with him killing Kirk, McCoy finds the cure, Spock wakes up, has a bit of trouble sorting out fever dream from reality and overreacts when meeting Kirk again. The end. You can imagine that when some of the media tie ins referred to the whole business with T'Pring, I was confused because hadn't that been a dream? Also, what was this Pon Farr everyone was talking about? Ah, the troubles of being a German first Generation fan.

(The other instance of censorship was that Patterns of Force didn't get dubbed at all until a few decades later. I first saw it, undubbed, at a convention and decided I hadn't missed much. It was exceedingly dumb and one of the worst examples of American tv using the ever popular Nazi trope.)

When the movies came, I was just the right age to see them in the cinema. This meant being unspoiled for Wrath of Khan, which no one will ever be again, but I think I already suspected Spock wouldn't remain dead despite sobbing as one does. And overidentified with Saavik who I decided was totally me in space. (Then I read the tie-in novel where Vonda McIntyre hooks her up with Kirk's newly discovered son, David, and went eeeeewwww, because Mr. Curly Blond Hair wasn't my type at all. However, the tie-ins later delivered the romance free Saavik backstory The Pandora Principle, which I read so often that my copy practically falls apart.) But I didn't make the ultimate fannish step of looking for fanfiction, going to conventions, debating with other fans, and being so impatient for new episodes that videos from England were imported until TNG times. Not only did I fall in love all over again (not at fist sight: as was said a lot by me in these reflections, the first TNG season was, err, not the falling in love type, but it had just enough to keep me watching), but this time I had this overwhelming wish to talk about what I'd seen and about the people, and how much for a convention ticket and train fare to Bonn again?

Space, I tell you. The final frontier. These were the voyages...

The rest of the days )
Day 26 - OMG WTF? Season finale

Star Trek: Enterprise, season 4: These are the voyages... comes immediately to mind.

Some background first: I had watched the first few Enterprise episodes when they were broadcast and then decided the show wasn't really for me. Not that it was staggeringly incompetent or something like that, but it came at the tail end of the production team having more or less written Star Trek in various variations for sixteen years, and it showed. Especially since Enterprise had the bad luck to come at a time where there were several other good sci fi shows around. Give it a rest for a while, thought I, meaning both myself and anyone producing Star Trek. The fact that fannish rumour told me subsequent seasons reflect 9/11 happening and Star Trek suddenly going all gung ho (and not in a self critical way, unlike, say, the relevant DS9 episodes where Sisko & team are confronted what the Dominion threat has made of them and Starfleet at large) didn't encourage me to tune in again.

However, the show did have its champions. And I often have a soft spot for the fannish underdog. (By which I don't mean the in-story underdog, I mean those characters unpopular by fandom at large.) So when I began to hear, from [personal profile] bimo and others, that Enterprise offered some genuinenly good stuff, like fleshing out the Andorians the way TOS had done the Vulcans, TNG had done the Klingons and DS9 had done the Cardassians, Bajorans and Ferengi, that the fourth season in particular was eminently watchable, other than the finale, which everyone hated (including, as I heard at FedCon from Jolene Blaylock, the actors), I thought, come on, why not? So I watched the fourth season, which I was assured I could do without having watched the previous ones, and didn't regret it. But boy, could I ever see what the complaints about the finale (which wasn't just the season but the series finale) had been about. I didn't hate it, I just thought it was the most misguided idea ever for a series finale. If it had been a mid season inter-Trek crossover episode (which TNG, DS9 and Voy had all done), it would have been not stellar, but okay.

Here are the spoilery reasons why as a FINALE, it is my choice for the WTF? category above all other candidates )
Day 25 - A show you plan on watching (old or new)

Well, I fulfilled various resolutions I had in this regard over the winter (Borgen, Once Upon A Time, The Wire), and one of the shows I had been casually eying because it's supposedly a modern genderbent version of The Count of Monte Cristo, Revenge, appears to have gone down hill in its second season already if fannish osmosis is to be trusted (which it isn't always, I grant you). So now I'm considering Person of Interest, mostly because it has light side Ben Linus the always amazing Michael Emerson in it.

I'm also still catching up with Old Tricks (the last season I watched on BBCiPlayer was the fifth, so there are several more to go).

The rest of the days )
Day 24 - Best quote

"There are worlds out there where the sky is burning, where the sea is asleep and the rivers dream; people made of smoke and cities made of song. Somewhere there's danger, somewhere there's injustice, and somewhere else the tea is getting cold. Come on, Ace, we've got work to do."

(Last lines in the last episode of Old Who, Survival, added in post production when it became clear the show would not get renewed and was, as far as anyone knew back then, over. No other dialogue before or since captured the essence of Doctor Who so perfectly.)

The rest of the days )
Day 23 - Most annoying character

Disclaimer first: like so many things, annoyance is in the eyes of the beholder. One person's much beloved character is another person's well of irritation, and I know I sometimes feel absurdly hurt reading my favourites torn to shreds by internet friends, so I apologize in advance. Another disclaimer: to me, there is a big difference between characters designed to be annoying and who are recognized by their narrative to be - where it's a deliberate part of their characterisation - and characters whose irritation factor is heightened (imo, as always) by the fact that their annoying qualities while for me glaring are either ignored by their narrative or even declared to be virtues. I may sometimes be irritated indeed by the former, but never so much as by the later. Which is why you won't find, say, Ziggy Sobotka from The Wire as my choice. To quote Jessica Rabbit, he was written that way. :)

The characters whose annoyance factor was out of all proportion to me weren't. They were not supposed to be irritating. But they still managed to push every one of my irritation buttons, and then some. Step forward, Galen from Crusade, Byron from Babylon 5 and Bill Adama from Battlestar Galactica, so that I may choose between you. You are relieved, Michael Vaughn from Alias and Jack Shephard from Lost, by virtue of having reached the peak of your annoyingness several seasons before your show ended and having improved subsequently. You didn't exactly became favourites, but I made my peace with you and occasionally even felt for you, when I had only wanted to strangle you in your respective third seasons. So, you are not my choice.

On the other hand, it's really hard to pick one of these three gentlemen:

1.) Byron from Babylon 5. I feel a bit like beating a deceased equine, because Byron is probably going to be topping a lot of replies to this question. I won't say he's universally loathed, because I actually met a Byron fan in person and another in othe internet, but... he's the closest thing to universally loathed I've known a B5 character to be. The best in show thing about Byron is that he brought Bester back to the show several times, and the best fandom thing is the hilarious filk titled I am the very model of a maudlin telepath, but neither really justifies his existence. It's... well, everything about him. He's supposed to be a charismatic cult leader, and I'm sorry, but the actor doesn't have charisma, at least not in this role. (He's okay as a Minbari in In the Beginning.) Also, he has speeches that are JMS in over the top rethorical mode, and you need to be Andreas Katsulas to make these come across as wise and profound. Alas, the actor is no Andreas Katsulas. Then there's the long golden shampoo commercial hair when he's supposed to live in poverty and on the run, and the awful love speeches ("you are my willow").... he's just the very model, you know?

2.) Galen from Crusade. As opposed to Byron, Galen is really popular in fandom. 99% of what exists of Crusade fanfiction is about him. So unless you've been following my ramblings since years, you may be surprised I find him so annoying. Here's why: For starters, he's the third example of JMS' tendency of casting a British actor in the role of black-clad, brooding man with a mysterious past (after Marcus and Byron), and at the time it was getting old. Secondly, he's also an example of JMS' Tolkien fanboying, not just because he's a technomage, but because he does the Gandalf thing of mysteriously coming and going and delaying explanations. But it sometimes irritates me even when Gandalf does it, and Galen is no Gandalf. Thirdly, his narrative does not chastize him for endangering everyone else in a gratitious and reckless way to soothe his mourning soul. I think if I had the impression that Path of Tears meant me to be furious with Galen for the stunt he pulls, I would not mind. After all, my beloved Londo does a great many infuriating things, but in his case, the story means us to see this as wrong. (Or, to remain in the same show, Max Eilerson does a great many selfish things, and I adore him. The difference is of course that the show points out to Max and the viewers alike when he's being a pain in the butt.) But in the case of Galen, I thought the show wanted me to go "awww, poor woobie!", and I most certainly did not. Fourthly, with all my fondness for manipulative characters, female and male alike, I still didn't like what Galen did with Dureena. And I absolutely can't stand his voice, which I have to hear during the credits in every single Crusade episode. And did I mention that 99% of the existing fanfic is about him? In conclusion: bloody Galen!

3.) William Adama from Battlestar Galactica. You know, there was a time when I liked Adama, and I've written the fanfiction to prove it. Also, just recently I rewatched, for the first time since the original broadcast, the first half of season 4 of BSG and went "hm, this is tighter written than I remember... I really like these eps... maybe I was too hard on Adama, these scenes when he reads to Roslin are actually sweet, and Eddie Olmos doesn't overact, he's conveying great warmth here"....and then my rewatch arrived at the episode Sine Qua Non. At which point not only my Adama annoyance but my Adama hatred came back in full force and all my zen disappeared. I wished Adama had been rejected and spat into the eye by every single of the few characters he cared about. I wished he had been retconned out of existence by a time travelling Romulan. I wished... well, you get the picture. Seriously, there is nothing like Sine Qua Non to sum up every bad trait Bill Adama ever had and put it to its worst effect. If you wish to know the gory details, here is the review I wrote at the time, and rewatching gave me only more, not fewer things to complain about. (One annoyance I did not mention in my original review: our hero Adama, informed that his XO got a Cylon prisoner pregnant, not only telling the man that it would have been preferable if Tigh had tortured the woman, but also adding "what would Ellen have said?". I mean, seriously. Adama despised Ellen. (And vice versa.) That the news of Tigh having sex with a Cylon isn't bad to him because it could have been rape (that doesn't even seem to occur to him) and that he declares torture to have been a better alternative is awful enough without adding the hypocrisy of "what would Ellen think of you?" as if Adama had ever had a moment where he didn't wish Ellen to disappear from the universe. And it's very satisfying to me that Ellen, not Bill, gets the ever after with Saul Tigh, oh yes, it is.) To get from Sine Qua Non back to Adama in general, here is why he wins over Byron and Galen in the degree in which he annoys the living hell out of me: his hypocrisy, self-righteousness, self-pity and complete lack of empathy for anyone outside his very limited circle grew and grew and grew over the course of the show, but unlike at the start this was neither balanced by a display of his good qualities, nor by in-show criticism from sympathetic characters; instead, everyone insisted on admiring him despite the show not giving us any longer reasons for this to be the case. And they let Eddie Olmos go completely overboard with chewing the scenery, severely overestimating my patience for scenes where we see Adama cry, rage, or monologue. And, worst of all, one of the best, most interesting female characters in the last decade, Laura Roslin, was reduced to simply being his love interest, having no virtually no scenes which weren't about Adama in the last ten or so episodes she was in. Byron and Galen at least got neither of them even a complete season to bother me. Adama? Is still getting webisodes.

Most annoying (to me) character ever.

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Day 22 - Favorite series finale

Even these many years and many other beloved shows and some excellent finales later: All Good Things..., the series finale of Star Trek: The Next Generation. It managed to accomplish so many things: clever use of the "three different time lines" macguffin, allowing the audience which had followed the show both a look back to the start (oh, and for departed crew members to come back, not just Denise Crosby as Tasha Yar, but also Colm Meany as O'Brien, who at this point already had clocked two seasons of DS9 as a regular but made the time for an appearance on his old ship, the Enterprise), at the present and at a possible future. It used Q and the Q/Picard relationship well. (Much later I discovered it also managed to upset a certain branch of Republicans, because of the short scene where Q takes Picard back to prehistoric earth, shows him various amino acids in the primordial soup and casually remarks this is the origin of life on earth. Apparantly creationists took expection to that. Here's to an additional bonus!) It allowed the entire ensemble to shine, playing two, sometimes three different versions of themselves. It wrapped up the show yet also reassured us there were many more adventures for our heroes to come. In short, it was TNG and Star Trek optimism at its best, without coming across as preaching or blind.

And here is the very last scene, which still reduces me to fangirl mush no matter how often I watch. The sky is the limit!

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