1. Your main fandom of the year?

As in previous years, I remain a multifandom woman. An old fandom I got somewhat back into was Star Wars, but not due to The Force Awakens, due to finally marathoning The Clone Wars. Of shows with an open, not yet concluded canon, I continue to love The Americans, Better Call Saul and Bates Motel, but Black Sails is probably the one I feel most intensely for. However, due to tumblr aversion, I’m not exactly in the fandom, as not many Black Sails fans seem to be on dw or lj.

2. Your favourite film watched this year?

Slash. I watched it at the Munich Film Festival in summer, attended the Q & A with the director, and have not changed my impression, which was: I loved and adored this movie. It filled me with joy the same way Galaxy Quest did for a lot of similar reasons. Currently, there are some people badmouthing it on the internet, usually people who haven’t watched it, and that irks me the way it always does when people shit on something you love, especially at a time when fandom is my escape from the horrors of the real world. But such is life, and thankfully the movie will still be there when the haters have moved on to the next subject.

3. Your favourite book read this year?

I read a lot of non fiction this year, the most impressive of which was probably The Pigeon Tunnel by John Le Carré. But the one I loved best was probably fiction, to wit, Oath Bound by Jo Graham and Melissa Scott. Oh, and I did a reread of the Angelique series I’d loved as a child and teen, and enjoyed those novels as much as ever.

4. Your favourite TV show of the year?

See above: Black Sails, which had a fantastic third season and keeps getting better and better. I’m ready to get my heart broken by the fourth and final season, and am confident it will be done in a narratively satisfying way. Incidentally, all my shows except for Elementary had great seasons in 2016, and I didn’t give up any the way I did in 2015.

5. Your favourite online fandom community of the year?

Still [profile] the_americans.

6. Your best new fandom discovery of the year?

Very unexpectedly, this was Class, the Doctor Who spin-off which premiered this fall. As far as DW spin-offs are concerned, Torchwood had had a very rocky first season, and while I adored The Sarah Jane Adventures, I went into it because of Sarah Jane, and all the Class characters were new, so I had no idea what to expect. Certainly not the strong first season and ensemble-tastic tale I got. Go show! May you get many seasons more.

7. Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year?

None so great that it drove me to abandon the show, but Elementary’s fourth season, with the exception of the Paul Cornell episode, had been a let down, and season 5 alas hasn’t pulled off the season 3 trick yet of coming back strong. It’s still enjoyable, though.

8. Your TV boyfriend of the year?

In terms of “who would I actually date”, still pre-Saul Jimmy McGill. In terms of “whose ongoing adventures was I most emotionally invested in” , John Silver. In terms of “who would I definitely not date, not even for a one night stand, but good lord, am I emotionally invested, as evidenced by the fact I’ve been writing him again: Anakin Skywalker, human disaster extraordinaire. I had never lost my fondness for Anakin, of course, but The Clone Wars brought back the urge to write him in a big fashion.

9. Your TV girlfriend of the year?

Kim Wexler from Better Call Saul was the core of the second season and a Queen among women, and I adore her, I completely fell for Ahsoka from The Clone Wars, but this year, there can only be one choice (not least due to what happened): Norma Bates, the most doomed mother ever, antiheroine of my heart, so flawed, so passionate, so human, so capable of utter joy and utter rage.

10. Your biggest squee moment of the year?

It’s a tie between John Silver deciding the way to win James Flint’s respect is to tell him Silver has managed to screw him over re: the Urca gold while they’re en route to some shark fighting, and that this tactic works, in Black Sails 3.03., and Norma Bates in Bates Motel 4.06. responding to perceived blackmail with one of her extraordinary raw emotional outbursts, laying her past wide open, and the thought to be blackmailer instead actually repairing her window while the guy she was sure she’d lose by this honesty instead responds with “Where are we going?” Which is the most romantic line you’ll ever hear on this show, in context.

11. The most missed of your old fandoms?

Class made me nostalgic for Buffy. But not for the ship wars. Good lord, not for the ship wars. Also, Highlander.

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

Mr. Robot, with the eternal “if I find the time” disclaimer.

13. Your biggest fan anticipations for the New Year?

Black Sails season 4, American Gods the tv series, and Arrival, of which I have heard very good things but which I haven’t managed to watch yet. I hope it’ll stick around in the cinemas until I can.
Spotted this meme, and did it for one of the few OTPs I actually have: Londo/G'Kar 4eva!

Here are some winter-related questions about your OTP! Enjoy!

1: Who makes the other hot chocolate?

Neither. The correct answer to this question is, of course: Vir!

2: Who knits the other a seasonal sweater?

No, not Vir, and don't even dare to ask Na'Toth. Londo, being a fashion-conscious Centauri, wouldn't inflict something on himself that either he or G'Kar manufactured. However, he considers scarfs to be an Earth origin article with suitable aesthetics and warming quality for both Narn and Centauri. He therefore ordered several (for himself, G'kar and Vir) and billed the whole thing to Centauri Prime claiming it was expense to promote Human-Centauri trade relations.

3: Who’s family hosts a bigger holiday gathering? What’s the gathering like for your OTP?

G'Kar doesn't have biological family, because they were all killed by Centauri, if you care to ask. And he'd never inflict Londo on those Narn still alive he feels somewhat close to. Londo, otoh, would like to point out that nobody throws bigger (or better) parties than the Centauri, regardless of the occasion. As for his family: on Centauri Prime, there are Timov and his dead friend Ursa's children whom he adopted into House Mollari as promised, on Babylon 5, there's Vir, and though Timov declares him to be madder than usual, he did invite everyone to the Centauri feast of the new year between seasons 4 and 5 - on the station, not wanting to push his luck since his reconciliation with G'Kar was still rather recent. As for what it was like for them: the three way snark between Londo, G'Kar and Timov still sells as a recording, because someone who shall remain nameless had the bright idea to tape, err, crystal-conserve it, making a small fortune of the result. Londo later declared it to be one of the most stimulating nights of his life. Make of that what you will.

4: How would your OTP react to having a snow day?

G'Kar isn't too keen on snow until he's introduced to the concept of snowball fights. A part of him wants to comment that the waste of water is a very Centauri thing to do. The other part is busy throwing snowballs at Londo.

5: Who offers the other one their jacket?

Londo's jackets would not fit G'Kar, and besides, there's a whole pyschological minefield there because during the occupation, the Centauri used to dress their "decorative servants" up somewhat. Otoh, if the two of them were, say, trapped in a cold place together, G'Kar would declare that "if it means your incessant prattling will stop", Londo could have his coat, and upon Londo's refusal would add "the sound your chattering teeth make is even more annoying than the sound of your voice, Mollari, so take the coat!"

6: Who makes a snowman that looks like the other member of your OTP, or do they both do this?

They both do that, long before they become an item, in those climate zones on the station that feature snow. The mocking potential is enormous, after all. "Leave it to you to find a way to get your hands on Londo that doesn't get you in a cell", was Michael Garibaldi's comment.

7: Does your OTP ever have snowball fights?

See above. Of course they do.

8: What gifts would they get each other for the holidays?

Londo has prepared a very special edition of the Book of G'Kar. One with his footnotes and comments on G'Kar's wise utterings. G'Kar observes that since this means Londo actually read his book, Londo already has received a gift. That he happens to have prepared a meal he's cooked himself that can be consumed by Centauri as well is sheer coincidence.

9: How do they spend their winter holiday? Do they even celebrate the same holiday?

On the one hand, no, since the Narn made it a point of pride not to accept Centauri calendar years, and their belief systems are completely different anway. HOWEVER, on Babylon 5 they got into the habit of celebrating their New Year's days when the humans did. It was one of Sinclair's earliest brokered compromises, and it stuck.

10: What sort of seasonal treats does your OTP like to eat?

Since they can never agree on flarn, and human sweets are tricky for Centauri, they stick to fluids, or to be more precise, to the fine holiday brivari enjoyable to both of them.

11: How do they spend New Year’s Eve?

See above. Definitely in a verbose way. Whether Londo's tentacles also get involved, not even Galaxy Gaby knows, though they claim to.

12: Who initiates the New Year’s kiss?

G'Kar. He says it's only to shut Londo up, of course.

13: Who tries to get a secret gift for the other one for Valentine’s Day?

G'Kar found out about this human holiday because it was an excellent opportunity to hit on human women; Londo found out about it when stationed on Earth as part of the Centauri delegation because Mariel always had some beautiful jewelry afterwards that he hadn't paid for. Neither of them would consider this holiday to apply to them... but Delenn, being the fiendish matchmaker she canonically is for these two, sent gifts in their names to the respective other.

14: Would your OTP take a walk together in the snow?

Yes. G'Kar says it's just to ensure nobody other than himself kills Londo Mollari. Londo does it in the happy certainty that snow didn't feature in a single one of his ominous dreams, which means that as long as he strolls through it, he's destiny-free.

15: Which one gets more excited over the first snow of winter?

Londo, because: see above.
I must get into a better mindset, or I'll end up snapping at everyone on the internet because this year's awfulness has rubbed me raw by now. Also, I'm stuck on a train for six more hours. Therefore, meme. Give me a character from one of my fandoms, and I'll tell you (if I can, because there are characters on which I have no opinions whatsoever):

First impression
Impression now
Favorite moment
Idea for a story
Unpopular opinion
Favorite relationship
Favorite headcanon
With the new year impending: some slots at the January meme post are still free, so if you want to read me rambling on the topic of your choice, and I'm familiar with it, go ahead and ask there.

In Yuletide news, the recipient of my assignment story still hasn't commented, and doesn't seem to have an lj or dw (at least not under that name) one could check to verify whether he/she is busy, not/still online, or just plain displeased by the story. On the bright side, both the assignment story and the treat were recced by at least one person whom I don't know, which is very cheering.
selenak: (James Boswell)
( Dec. 22nd, 2015 07:16 pm)
I wasn't able to do this for the December, but I'll try to do it for January, starting the new year with lots of posts. Consider this the announcement where you can request topics:

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 (specific characters, actors, storylines, episodes, etc.) to life-related to pizza preferences 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/from the stuff I usually ramble about/from things you maybe wish I talked about more but don't. Also, please feel free to check out last year's posts, i.e. the topics I've already written about.

January 1:The best travel story: Carnival in Rio
January 2:(Some of)My favourite historical novels
January 3: Where would you like to see Elementary take Morland's story?
January 4: The Hunger Games and gender politics
January 5: Dealbreakers in published or fan fiction
January 6: Plot twists which genuinely surprised me, and what made them work
January 7: Five favourite heroines
January 8: Five fascinating historical figure(s) from the early middle ages (500-1100ish)
January 9: Fun and comedy German movies
January 10: Breaking up with fandoms and remaining on good terms: a how-to guide
January 11: Characters who anchor shows with large ensemble casts (not necessarily the leads): discuss
January 12: Most fascinating historical figure(s) from the high/late middle ages (1200-1500)
January 13: Companions and Doctors: what makes particular combinations work (for me), what doesn't
January 14: Five of my favourite female characters
January 15: Why I don't use the character of colo(u)r tag
January 16: Family dynamics in The Borgias
January 17: Depiction of work relationships on Merlin and DS9
January 18: Depiction of Germans in US and British media I'm familiar with
January 19:
January 20:
January 21:
January 22:
January 23:
January 24:
January 25:
January 26:
January 27:
January 28:
January 29: Leadership styles of Jean-Luc Picard and Emma Snow
January 30: relationships between women in Agent Carter and Buffy the Vampire Slayer
January 31: Themes, tropes and/or characteristics which almost shout 'this work is by an American'.
selenak: (Hitchcock by Misbegotten)
( Oct. 31st, 2015 10:25 am)
Yuletide assignment: more generic than most I got - basically it amounts to "more of what canon does so well" (which I sympathize with, since I have fandoms where I want just that, too). I can work with that, since I love the canon in question (obviously) and it leaves me ample manvoeuvring room. But because there's no specific prompt, I'm currently at sea as to what the plot might be...

Meanwhile, I did a meme and fed it some of my stories in various fandoms. Fitting the day, the first result I got was this:

I write like
Edgar Allan Poe

I Write Like. Analyze your writing!

What surprises me about this is that the story in question was a Breaking Bad one, Blood Ties, about the relationship between Marie and Skyler. Mind you, I love Poe, but he's not the voice that comes to mind when thinking of either Breaking Bad in general or this story in particular.

Next, I tried one of my adventures into RPF, to wit, the one where Mary Renault meets Alfred Hitchcock, Saving Mrs Fleming. This led to vile slander:

I write like
Dan Brown

I Write Like. Analyze your writing!

Were it the real life prominent names? Hitch trying to lure Mary to the cinema side at the British Museum? I protest, anyway.

Still reeling, I tried a Once upon a Time story next, the one about Snow and Regina. Which had this result:

I write like
Anne Rice

I Write Like. Analyze your writing!

As long as it's early Anne Rice, when she still had an editor, I'm good with this. (And suspect the result came through all the fairy tale related words.)

Anyway, it seems I write differently for every fandom?
Picked up from various sources: Ultimate Fanfic Trope Showdown, which had these results for me:

1. Enemies to Friends to Lovers
2. Found Families
3. Rivalmancy
4. Trapped in an Elevator/Snowed-In Cabin/etc
5. Hurt/Comfort
6. Friends to Lovers
6. Loyalty Kink
8. Royalty/Arranged Marriage
9. Fake Dating/Fake Marriage Accidentally Turns Into Feelings
10. Adopting/Raising a Baby
11. Incest
11. Reincarnation/'25 Lives' AU
13.'Groundhog Day'/Karmic Time Warp
14. Espionage AU
15. Seemingly Unrequited Pining
15. Actually Unrequited Pining
15. Amnesia
18. Age Difference (possibly due to time travel)
18. Vampires/Werewolves AU
18. Magical Connection (telepathy, etc)
21. Sex Pollen
21. Fake Out Make Out
23. Role Reversal AU
24. Coffee House AU/Food Service AU
24. High School/Uni AU
24. Soulmate Identifying Marks: Tattoo, Red Thread of Fate, etc
24. A/B/O
24. Selfcest (possibly due to time travel)

Thoughts: Yep, that's me, alright, though there are some tropes here which I downright DISLIKE; they're duly placed at the bottom, and the only reason unrequited pining (actual or imagined) doesn't fare worse is my dislike for coffee house/high school AUs, ABO etc. burning brighter. I actually don't have anything against amnesia. As with so many things, it depends on the execution.

As to the top tropes, thankfully, canon provided for me No.1 in the unsurpassable Londo/G'Kar of Babylon 5. No.2 is most shows of the last ten years or so that I've watched, while 3. is covered by Doctor/Master (also Pattie/Ellen from Damages). My favourite example of 4 remains Beast/Brand when I started to suspect Joss Whedon wasn't just teasing and was actually shipping them. (Though Londo/G'Kar thoughtfully covered that trope, too. *g*)

(What surprised me was that "Friends to Lovers" made it above "Incest", but that's probably due to the fact the last decade or so soured me on the fannish execution of incest pairings, and in some cases the canon execution as well. (Looking at you, Deb's therapist, oh worst ever! And at you, season 3 of The Borgias!) I mean, I AM the Flowers in the Attic generation, I used to go for this stuff with far more interest. But no more, apparantly.

As to the strange numbering, don't blame me. That's the result I got. Possibly because my dislike for the lower half burned so equally. :)
Day 29 - If you could tell Gene Roddenberry one thing, Star Trek related or not, what would it be?

I have an aversion against this type of question, because it seems to be aiming at two possible extremes: adulation and deconstruction. Now I don't have an urge to lecture a dead man I didn't know, and whose creations I enjoyed a lot, about various of his 'isms - that feels presumptuous to me. And the urge to praise someone dead for their efforts is something I get in the case of, say, Van Gogh - the episode Vincent and the Doctor is one archetypical wish fulfillment in that regard - i.e. an artist who died without knowing his creations ever amounted to something. Whereas Gene Roddenberry got all the praise he could have wanted while still alive to enjoy it, and then some, so there's no need.

As this is the last day of the meme, though, and I had to tell the man something, I shall resort the a classic: Live long, and prosper. And he did.

The other days )
Day 28 - Your favourite friendship in Star Trek?

I have to separate this into incarnations again.

TOS: the trio, inevitably. And I do mean all three, not Kirk/Spock plus McCoy, but Kirk-McCoy-Spock, with Kirk's friendship with McCoy and McCoy's bickering friendship with Spock as important as the one between Kirk and Spock. Together with the good ship Kirk/Enterprise, this three way friendship is the emotional heart of the show, and the reason it survived that long.

TNG: I was certainly most intrigued by Picard & Guinan. We never got an episode that was all about them, but there were enough scenes to show the depth of the relationship - Picard's complete trust in Guinan's judgment in Yesterday's Enterprise, the way he confides in her in Measure of a Man, while there were also lighthearted scenes (Guinan's wry reaction to Picard's archaelogical geeking out at the start of Rascals). And of course there was the mysterious origin of that relationship. (Shame Time's Arrow, which showed how it started from Guinan's pov, wasn't a good two parter, but they never showed Picard's first encounter with Guinan from his timeline, so that's left free for the imagination.)

DS9: Quark & Dax, and I've written the fanfiction to prove it. Jadzia was the first among the regulars to hang out with Quark socially, not because she was a customer at his bar, and to unabashedly enjoy his company. (This, btw, was when her character clicked for me. The first season had played Dax serene and wise, while the second introduced the Dax who had a flippant sense of humor, loved playing Tongo with Ferengi and flirted with aliens that had open skulls. Not surprisingly, the later version was the one who stuck around.) But it wasn't all having good times together, there was a line to be crossed, which came when he did the weapons of mass destruction dealings with Cousin Gaila, and her reaction was key to giving Quark the courage to go up against Gaila and his psycho client.

Voyager: Janeway & Seven of Nine. This made me from a lukewarm Voyager watcher into, for a while, an avidly interested one. It was a prickly relationship with a great paradox at its start - Janeway forcing individualism on Seven who didn't want it (but whether or not Seven was in a state to make such a decision immediately after being cut off from the Collective was an unanswerable question) -, and their frequent clashes kept me as hooked as their moments of understanding.

Reboot: Kirk & Pike. Reboot!Pike pushed just about every fatherly mentor button I have, and whether he was supportive or chewing Kirk out, he just knew how to handle Jim K., and became apparantly the first person whose opinion really mattered to young Kirk; his inspiration, too. (I'll never fail to regret the reboot wasn't radical and had Christopher Pike remain Captain, with Kirk and Spock serving as his officers.

The other days )
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 )
Day 26 - Lots of Star Trek Parodies out there. Which do you dig?

The sinister Federation in Blake's 7 just happens to have the same insignia as the one in Star Trek, turned sideways, and in the s3 episode Deathwatch there's even a direct parody of the "space...the final frontier..." speech. More than one B7 fan has speculated that Star Trek is simply government propaganda produced by the Blake's 7 Federation. As amusing as this is, it makes it only just that my (and probably most people's) favourite Star Trek parody makes fun of B7 as well. By Graphtar's Hammer, what a parody!

Yes, of course I dig Galaxy Quest most. Both because it's hilarious and because it's made with such obvious love for the subject. It laughs with, not about the fans. Which is why it rules.

The other days )
Day 25 - How has Star Trek changed you?

It taught me the ways of fandom, pure and simple. The only reason why I don't phrase this as "it made me into a fan" is that I fell in love with fictional worlds before Star Trek came along. But it was the first fandom where I actively participated in - as in, discussed the characters and stories, discovered fanfiction, sought out fanfiction (writing fanfic happened in another fandom first, though). Checking out other projects by actors and writers involved with something I'd loved, that was an ST thing first. That sensation that C.S. Lewis describes both in his memoirs and his essay on friendship - the first time you discover more than a common interest, a common joy, one's eyes lighting up at the thought of "you like this, too?" - that was definitely something Star Trek did for me, too.

It also changed me from a "there must only be this one version of a story, and there shall never be another" person to someone who learned that a fictional universe got richer, not poorer, through various additions, even if not all were to my taste. (On both an in-universe level - i.e. several shows - and thinking of fanfiction.)

It was the first fictional 'verse that made me feel protective; I had never felt called to defend anything else I liked before, but come the mid 90s, just about every nonTrek Sci Fi show as labelled "the anti Star Trek" when the reviewers wanted to praise it, and thus it went on for the next decade, and then some. Falling in love with a couple of those other shows as well, I had the constant urge to snarl "no, it's not all reset button and technobabble, and if you'd actually watched, you'd know!", and kept trying to phrase that more politely.

And it definitely shaped me as a fan who, while appreciating dark scenarios and shades of grey, definitely prefers to have a silver lining on that horizon somewhere . In conclusion, it shaped the [personal profile] selenak you know.

The other days )
Day 24 - Is there anything about Star Trek that has disappointed you?

Pfff. I don't think the phrasing of the question can get an accurate answer. Or rather: of course there are individual episodes in every single show which I found dissapointing. Or entire storylines. Or lack of storylines and representation (see yesterday). Or movies. But even the movies I didn't like usually have some scenes I enjoyed (the wedding at the start of Nemesis was fine...). Even the storylines I wish they hadn't done (Dukat becomes one dimensional mustache twirling crazy) at times have aspects that spoke to me. (Dukat/Winn; especially the scene where he's temporarily blind and she kicks him out with the pointed reminder of how merciful the Bajorans are).

So has Star Trek, that vast, vast amalgan of so many different creative efforts disappointed me? Not really. Individual aspects, yes, but there was so much more which gave me something, captivated me, spoke to me, that the occasional disappointment was very much outbalanced.

The other days )
Day 23 - Is there anything you'd want to change about Star Trek? Why?

Very apropos current news: LGBT representation. TNG tried to do it once metaphorically, and it misfired badly (The Outcast), and there was the probably unintended misfire that was the end of the Beverly/Odan affair in another episode. Neither of which would have been a problem at all if, say, we'd have had a recurring character like O'Brien or Ro with same sex preferences, or the occasional crew member showing handholding or embracing someone of the same sex, etc. (First Contact had the redshirt bridge officer who was meant to be gay - the novelization still has Picard notifying his husband - but guess which dialogue didn't make it on screen?) DS9 did somewhat better with Reunion because while we still got the metaphorical approach via the reassociation taboo, we also got nobody blinking at the fact that both Jadzia and Lenare were female. Indeed Dax has probably the claim of being the first ST on screen, not subtext but textual bi character. (Well, positive character. The Intendant over the Mirrorverse was on screen bi as well, but evil alter egos being other than straight isn't exactly an improvement in the representation department.) But otherwise: zilch. I don't recall anyone from Voyager, either, but then I didn't watch all the episodes. The reboot movie Into Darkness has a bridge officer sitting next to Sulu (when Chekov is doing Scotty's job) who looks like he or she could be meant to be a trans or intergender person (very "masculine" body build but pronounced breasts), and the character doesn't die, so I'm cautiously optimistic in assuming they were going for something other than cis with this crew member.

But still. All the way back when, in the 60s, the fact that the Enterprise had bridge crew members like Sulu (Asian), Chekov (Russian, i.e. from the 1960s American tv audience pov the Cold War enemy) and Uhura (black) was supposed to signal humanity being less prejudiced and more equal in the future. It's a few decades later, and ST spaceships and space stations are still lacking in openly acknowledged LGBT characters in the future, while in the present in the country where ST was/is produced has just become advanced enough that the Supreme Court has decided same sex marriage is legal in all 50 states. In other words, the present got there first. And it could easily have been the other way around, if only the production people had shown more initiative and courage in that direction.

The other days )
Day 22 - Which Star Trek world would you want to visit at least once?

Well, let's find out by filtering out the non-candidates. Not a planet, but the Q Continuum is canonically a plane of existence which is such a bore that it it drove at least one Q to suicide. ("We've all done the scarecrow!") Ferenginar, which is a planet. has the a lot of rain (the Ferengi evidently don't believe in wasting gold pressed latinum on climate control technology) and isn't good for female visitors anyway (at least until Rom's become Grand Nagus). Vulcan has a lot of deserts (duh), which may be gorgeous to look at but would definitely demand my tourist self trains some more before going on a hike. In my current shape, I'm up for mountains but not weeks in the desert.

Planets in the "maybe yes, maybe no" category: Cardiassia Prime, according to Gul Madred and Jean-Luc Picard, has some archaeologically impressive beautiful ruins along with its current neostalinist architecture. However, if I go there before DS9 ends, I might say the wrong thing to the wrong person and end up interrogated by an Obsidian Order expert, which is no fun. If I go after the end of the show, that wouldn't be a problem, but otoh given all the devastation as a result of the Dominion War would make me feel a disaster tourist. Romulus has a similar problem. A kinder environment than Vulcan but the whole "say the wrong thing, and..." problem during the TOS, TNG, DS9 and Voy era. And then the planet explodes. I'd have to time a visit carefully, but the Romuilans are space Romans and I have a thing for Romans, so I might risk it.

Definitely holiday worthy: Risa is canonically THE holiday planet, but it doesn't seem to offer anything a Club Med on Earth hasn't already in the late 20th century/early 21st one, and, well, been there, done that. Can't do it for a longer time, anyway: I need to do some sight seeing along with my gorgeous nature and spa treatments. Betazed seems to have some nice scenery, definitely has history and has no hang-ups about the human body, but living in the early 21st century has made me paranoid re: privacy due to the NSA already, and I'm not sure whether I'd relax all that much in a planet full of telepaths and empaths. Bajor has great architecture, lots of history, and beautiful scenery, and while at times it comes uncomfortably close to a theocracy, it usually has a civilian government and freedom of speech if we're talking show era. I'd have to avoid the eras where it's either brutally occupied or just recovering from being brutally occupied (that disaster tourism thing again), but ca. season 4 or 5 of DS9 era Bajor would be on my visiting list.

...yes, all in all, Bajor it is!

The other days )
Day 21 - Which Star Trek food would you want to try at least once?

Not Klingon Gagh, that's for sure. Bajoran Hasperat, otoh, sounds delicous. Bring it on!

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Day 19 - How did the Star Trek reboot affect you?

It sent me on my most recent (as in, several years ago) TNG, DS9 and Voy rewatch binge. Which sounds as if I didn't like it, but actually I did. Not without complains, but that's certainly true for any ST incarnation. I enjoyed the first movie, and while I had some problems with the second, I didn't hate it the way a lot of vocal online fandom seems to have done. (My original reviews of the reboot movies, each written before I read anyone else's review, are here and here. ) I like the new cast, and since ST is an old hand in going for the multiverse concept of time lines - i.e. there isn't just one - when Nero and Spock Prime arrive in the past, a new time line starts, but the old one still exists, and isn't blotted out of existence - , I thought the reboot concept as done in ST IX was a clever way of on the one hand avoiding the decades of continuity burden for new watchers without, on the other, insulting old ones by declaring the stories they've been following and are attached to don't exist anymore.

However, one thing the reboot movies reminded me of and clarified for me was that Star Trek, as a concept, simply works best on tv, and isn't really made for the cinema. A tv series doesn't have to end in a big space battle or a hero/villain showdown of another type in every single episode. In a movie, unfortunately, producers seem to believe this has to be the case. (With the glorious exception of ST IV: The Voyage Home, where the big dramatics at the end are they save the Earth by having saved the whales.) In a tv show, you can give the spotlight to different characters in different episodes. You can switch between dark episodes and comedy episodes, and in a 90s onwards series, you can do long term character development, not within two hours but within many more. There are some villains show show up for dramatic showdowns, yes, but recurring ones don't have to be defeated in a final way 90 minutes after they've shown up, and you can even investigate their pov thoroughly. All of this is quintessential Star Trek to me.

The movies - and here I'm not just talking about the reboot movies -, otoh, are going for the big Defeat The Bad Guy/Save The Planet/Federation formula in every installment, with the above mentioned exception (oh, and also ST: TMP). The reboots are reasonably good in giving all ensemble members something to do at different points (just compare how poor Beverly Crusher fares in the TNG movies!), but there won't be a Chekov and Sulu centric reboot movie. There can't be. There'll never be a movie equivalent to a "day in the life" episode like Data's Day, or a "breath of air before the storm/feel good" episode like In the Cards. What's more, the demand for dramatic combat scenes at least in executive minds has grown rather than lessened, so I doubt something as charming yet utterly ST like as whale saving will be on the agenda of any Reboot movie any time soon. And then there's the part where the production team all have a Star Wars complex: Star Trek is different from Star Wars, and should be. (There is room for both franchises.)

All this being said? The first reboot movie got a lot of people watching who never were into Star Trek before, and this in turn led to a lot new fanfiction. It revitalized some old school fanfiction writers, too. And I loved reading a lot of those stories - one about Uhura and Gaila, Lunch and other Obsceneties, immediately became one of my favourite ST stories. And, as mentioned earlier, the reboot inspired a massive rewatch on my part, which led to posts on various episodes, which led to discussions with other fans. So as a fan, I definitely benefited from the reboot in various ways.

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Day 18 - If you could be any species in the Star Trek universe, what would you be?

Boringly, I'd be a human. Not because humanity is so great, but because it seems to offer excellent possibilities for the average citizen. The money problem has been solved somehow, so you can travel through the galaxy for free, meet all kinds of fascinating people, and enjoy a comfortable life at home. (Where the environment has been saved as well.) Vulcans, Cardassians, Romulans etc. are wonderful to watch, but being one? Nah. I like my creature comforts and my freedom to speak my mind and to travel. I'm staying human.

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Day 17 - Have you read any of the books? If so, which ones?

In the 80s and early 90s, I actually used to read a lot of them. This being before I discovered fanfiction. It started with Vonda McIntyre's movie novelizations, which were fully fledged out novels, adding a lot; her Wrath of Khan novelization on the one hand introduced Saavik's half Romulan background and mentor/protegé relationship with Spock, which Carolyn Cowles later fleshed out in what is still my favourite TOS novel, The Pandora Principle, but on the other also added an affair with David Marcus, which, no. Other novels from that time which stuck with me were Margaret Bonnano's Strangers from the Sky, and of course the big Vulcan novel, Spock's World.

Later on, TNG novels started to get published, and I remember liking those of Peter David best - Q Squared, Imzadi, etc. I probably would read them differently now, not least because I got jaded about some of David's writing quirks, not to mention that there's a scene in Q Squared in which character A taunts character B with how a woman A used to be with and B is now in love with smells and "the little noises she makes" during sex which shows up again in the David written B5 episode Soul Mates. (It happens to us all. Last year [personal profile] londonkds made me realise I have a fanfiction habit of letting the Master (Doctor Who edition) end up in the wrong bodies and get outwitted by people he thinks he manipulates. Until he commented on it, I truly hadn't realised I'd done this repeateadly.) However, back then I certainly loved those novels.

DS9, alas, did not produce memorable tie in novels early on, and by then I'd gotten into fanfiction which had the advantage of not being restrained by editorial fiat to stick to certain tabus. Also, this was still the era when no novel was allowed to be a sequel to another. Currently, the DS9 novels are all i none continuity, but alas I tried a few of the post show series (two or three) and didn't care much for them, so I didn't continue. However, I did read The Never-Ending Sacrifice by Una McCormack, which is basically a Cardassian I, Claudius starring Rugal (from the season 2 episode Cardassians), and a splendid one, too. I also read the Dax anthology (liked it, some stories more than others) and a couple of the others.

Let's see, what else? I treid a few Voyager novels but none stuck with me, and haven't read an Enterprise or Reboot novel at all.

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Day 16 - Are you involved with Star Trek fandom?

Irregularly. It's been many years since my last convention. Or even my last rewatch. (Which was when the fist reboot movie was released. For some reason, that made me rewatch not TOS, but DS9, TNG and some Voyager.) Or my last episode discussion. But every now and then, I come across a meme like this one. Or I take part in a fanfiction challenge, and one of the offered/asked for fandoms is a Stark Trek one, which results in a ST story from me. Or someone is wrong on the internet about something Trek related. Or someone squees on the internet about something Trek related!

It's a pattern for all my old fandoms. There are always stretches in which I don't do anything actively, but I never stop loving them, and sometimes it only takes a small thing to be active again.

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