selenak: (Alicia and Diane - Winterfish)
( Oct. 23rd, 2014 03:35 pm)
Due to having been on the road, I only got to watch this one now.

Well now... )
selenak: (Alicia and Diane - Winterfish)
( Oct. 14th, 2014 01:41 pm)
In which the creators of The Americans have a cameo which is distracting for me and makes crossovers difficult (and here I thought Alicia could represent Henry and/or Paige when they try to sort out their citizenship issues decades later), but also made me smile. Oh, and the episode continues to prove this show is just sublimely confident in itself, and justly so, in its sixth year.

Reporters don't like irony )
selenak: (Alicia and Diane - Winterfish)
( Oct. 1st, 2014 11:33 am)
I had the chance to watch one more tv episode before hitting the road again, and thus:

it's the first time we did this, isn't it? )
selenak: (Alicia and Diane - Winterfish)
( Sep. 29th, 2014 09:32 am)
Operation Catching Up With TV continues with last week's episode of The Good Wife.

Now that's how you do a season premiere! )
selenak: (Malcolm and Vanessa)
( Sep. 23rd, 2014 07:53 am)
Alas, I won't be able to watch The Good Wife or Manhattan for another week (don't spoil me!), but I can get a hold of the Sleepy Hollow season opener; watch this space. Meanwhile, the weather is splendid, meaning the Aged Parents & self spend most of this week outdoors, and thus there isn't much internet for me. But there is some.

Since the Yuletide nominations are open now, Penny Dreadful fans, shouldn't we coordinate our efforts to get as many characters as possible nominated? (However, I'll have to drop my Vikings intentions since this year you can nominate three fandoms, no more. I definitely want Penny Dreadful and The Americans, which leaves me with just one slot for one of my cracky historical RPF ideas.

Also: it's always a pleasure when a poster you appreciate discovers an old show of yours for the first time. [personal profile] local_max is watching Twin Peaks, and has been writing Twin Peaks meta already. The owls are not what they seem!

Lastly: for some reason, I can't copy a link to The Guardian anymore on this iPad since the latest update, so, without links: you may or may not have heard about the current kerfuffle that unfolded when Hilary Mantel's short story The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher and an interview accompagnying it in which she mentioned having carried it with her for thirty years got published. Now on the one hand, as Lisa Appignanesi points out in one of the commenting articles I can't link, either, given that assassination plots against public figures who did in fact not get assassinated have a long tradition in fiction, both of the written, tv and movie kind (she mentions The Day of the Jackal for Charles de Gaulle, and Nicholas Baker's 2004 take on the assassination of George W. Bush, which didn't get him called "sick and deranged" or in need of a therapist or a visit by the coppers). But on the other, the interview with Mantel that went with the publication of the story contained something I objected to as well, and it wasn't the idea of killing off Margaret T. in fiction. (Or for that matter, anyone in fiction. I mean, were it a public figure I actually care about, like, say, Patrick Stewart, I certainly wouldn't read it, but I wouldn't call the pitchforks, either.) No, it's Mantel something I also recall Antonia Fraser saying once, and several others when commenting on Thatcher: calling her a "psychological transvestite" (or, to give the context: The idea that women must imitate men to succeed is anti-feminist. She was not of woman born. She was a psychological transvestite. (Mantel) or "honorary male" (Fraser, who also called Elizabeth Tudor this when comparing her to Mary Stuart), in other words, a woman who isn't really a woman, not entitled to be treated as a woman. Which, just: no. "Woman" isn't a title you can deserve or can be discarded of.

Speculating, I would guess where this comes from: if you're a woman seeing yourself as a feminist, and loathe a female politician, you're unconformtably aware that there is an eons old misogynistic tradition there of vilifiying any woman in power. On the other hand, this politician truly does do and say things you can't stomach, and which you'd have no problem attacking were they voiced and done by a male politician. So your psychological and emotional out is to declare that this woman doesn't deserve any type of female solidarity because she's not truly a woman. I get the mechanism of that, but that doesn't make it less objectionable for me, because, to repeat: nobody gets to decide who is or isn't a woman. Margaret Thatcher did a great many things which left lasting damage to British society. She also was beyond any doubt a woman. (And let's not even get into the use of "transvestite" as a negative.) And it should be possible to hold forth on why her policies were objectionable without feeling the urge to strip her of her gender.
I watched these directly after another, so the reviews will be intermingled.

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selenak: (Alicia and Diane - Winterfish)
( May. 6th, 2014 09:04 am)
In which Veronica is back, and it seems so is either the Mayor of Gotham or Richard post-Lost. I'm pretty sure it wasn't Sheriff Romero.

Read more... )
selenak: (Alicia and Diane - Winterfish)
( Apr. 28th, 2014 02:46 pm)
In which Colin Sweeney is back, and so is Owen.

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selenak: (Alicia and Diane - Winterfish)
( Apr. 22nd, 2014 10:49 am)
I had mixed feelings about last week's episode which I haven't sorted out yet which is why you won't get a review about it from me, but this week's I unconditionally loved.

Read more... )
selenak: (Alicia and Diane - Winterfish)
( Mar. 31st, 2014 04:35 pm)
I can't make a spoilery Buffy comparison above the cut, so let's just say: powerful episode.

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selenak: (Alicia and Diane - Winterfish)
( Mar. 24th, 2014 05:53 pm)
In which one of my key assumptions about this show turns out to be wrong. I am impressed.

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selenak: (Alicia and Diane - Winterfish)
( Mar. 17th, 2014 06:22 pm)
In which one is tempted to sing the Veronica Mars theme song.

A long time ago we used to be friends )
selenak: (Alicia and Diane - Winterfish)
( Mar. 10th, 2014 01:40 pm)
In which the Grand Nagus is back, and so is the NSA, who never left.

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When does Elementary start again? I miss my favourite Holmes & Watson!

In other news, a few links:

The Good Wife:

An interview with Archie Panjabi about playing Kalinda

Disney movies:

An interesting bucking-the-trend reading of Frozen's Anna and The Little Mermaid's Ariel respectively

Once Upon A Time:

Simon Says (1601 words) by deemn
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Once Upon a Time (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Henry Mills & Emma Swan, Evil Queen | Regina Mills & Henry Mills
Characters: Henry Mills (Once Upon a Time), Evil Queen | Regina Mills, Emma Swan
Additional Tags: Character Study
Summary:

Henry's perspective of pre-canon, Season 1 and part of Season 2, told in drabbles.



Stories that focus on Henry's shifting perspectives on his two mothers are still rare, given these are two key relationships of the show which arguably motivate more actions on said show than most others. I love this one, though I wish the author had continued it beyond the first third of s2.
selenak: (Alicia and Diane - Winterfish)
( Jan. 13th, 2014 06:09 pm)
In which Jack Bristow Victor Garber guest stars, and Cary's orientation hasn't changed.

This is a bad idea )
selenak: (Alicia and Diane - Winterfish)
( Jan. 7th, 2014 06:17 am)
This one was a bit silly, until the ending, but I didn't really mind.

That's low )
selenak: (Alicia and Diane - Winterfish)
( Dec. 3rd, 2013 10:01 am)
This is such a great season. I love it to bits.

The hundreth episode awaits )
selenak: (Alicia and Diane - Winterfish)
( Nov. 25th, 2013 01:33 pm)
In which there are guest stars I probably should know but don't, and also I'm wondering about the behavioral code of judges.

That's how we started )
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