selenak: (Kitty Winter)
As you can imagine, I was, for the most part, a happy camper due to this episode's guest star, even more so when discovering it was apparantly part 1 of a two parter.

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selenak: (Holmes and Watson by Emme86)
In which Elementary continues to educate me on things I didn't know in its case of the week.

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selenak: (Holmes and Watson by Emme86)
In which we find out what can happen when Holmes & Watson keep turning down a client for lack of time and for convenience, and it's not pretty. Also, good episode!

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selenak: (Black Sails by Violateraindrop)
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.
selenak: (Holmes and Watson by Emme86)
Best case in a good long while.

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In conclusion: I really liked this one.
selenak: (Holmes and Watson by Emme86)
5.07: Meh. Which is why I didn't review it last week. The case of the week was an illustration of "if you really want to tackle this topic in this day and age, don't do it in the space of eight minutes while devoting the rest of the episode to red herrings". And the ongoing arc story was well played, actor-wise, but I'm withholding judgment until I see what comes out of it because if nothing more happens, it sucks.

5.08. Now we're talking. Enjoyed the case of the week, enjoyed the character interaction. It gets spoilery from there. )
selenak: (Holmes and Watson by Emme86)
In which we get the return of Clyde, and Joan quoting Shakespeare.

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selenak: (Kitty Winter)
I spent the last few days distracting myself from the ticking clock of potential US voterdoom by writing the ambitious Yuletide story I've been planning on writing ever since Certain Events in one particular canon happened. It worked; I was so focused on my tale that I had all my emotional energy there. But now the first draft is done and off to the beta reader, and I'm sitting in a train en route to a v.v troublesome region in Germany where the Orange Menace would feel right at home, so the fretting is back.

Therefore, as further distraction: uneasy complaining about the latest Elementary episode.

Did no one ever watch TOUCH OF EVIL on this show? )
selenak: (Holmes and Watson by Emme86)
The hundreth episode - congratulations, show! - but alas also the first this season I'm feeling meh about, save one scene.

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selenak: (Holmes and Watson by Emme86)
In which Sherlock's affection for Gregson is given a heartwarming outing, he turns out to share Norma Bates' way of thinking on at least one issue, and we get continuity on Joan's Mafia geekness, but the true question of the hour is: did Joan just hint she'd be okay with a Sherlock/Marcus/Joan threesome?

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selenak: (Obsession by Eirena)
In which Holmes meets Another Mr. Sloane, and Watson does seem to get the arc I was hoping for after the premiere.

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selenak: (Holmes and Watson by Emme86)
Previously, on Elementary: loved the first season, had mixed feelings about the second one, loved the third season, had mixed feelings about the fourth one, am hoping for the reverse of the Star Trek even numbered movies curse and thus a good fifth season.

As season openers go, this was a low key but good one; no cliffhanger situation from the previous season to resolve for our heroes. Instead, it mixed the case of the week with good character stuff for Joan and the Holmes-Watson partnership, and introduced what looks like a new recurring character.

It gets spoilery from here. )
selenak: (Holmes and Watson by Emme86)
In which the show proves it has the reverse of the TOS movies curse. For non-Star Trek fans, there used to be a joke that the uneven numbered movies were the bad and the even numbered movies the good ones. With Elementary's seasons, the opposite is the case so far: the uneven numbered seasons - 1 and 3 - are the superb ones, whereas the even numbered seasons, 2 and 4, while still having great individual episodes, fail at their overall narrative.

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selenak: (Holmes and Watson by Emme86)
Okay, show, that was a really dumb bait and switch which I'm still hoping against hope wasn't one.

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selenak: (Holmes and Watson by Emme86)
In which Sherlock or the Elementary writers pick the wrong royal allusion, can't yet decide, but otherwise it's a nifty episode where lot threads come together.

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selenak: (Lucy Liu by Venusinthenight)
In which Joan's newfound career as a SPOILER hits the trope such careers do. Some case of the week also happens.

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selenak: (Lucy Liu by Venusinthenight)
No, you didn't miss my 4.19 review, I missed the episode, and only now have caught up with the show.

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selenak: (Holmes and Watson by Emme86)
From the heights of the Paul Cornell episode to the merely okay. (Which doesn't mean bad! Just not splendid.)

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selenak: (Henry Hellrung by Imaginary Alice)
Comics related icon in honor of the episode's case of the week, featuring not one but two Henry Hellrung-esque characters, and Paul Cornell, who wrote it.

And the award for geekiest Elementary episode ever goes to... )
selenak: (Holmes and Watson by Emme86)
Aka Elementary adapts the one with the Baskervilles.

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