Erin Rewatches: Enterprise s4, plus wrap-up thoughts April 19, 2017Posted by Erin Ptah in Erin Watches.
Tags: Star Trek: Enterprise, T'Pol
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Had very little to say about most of this season. But it did have four really good episodes, so there’s that! And there’s a full How Much Of The Show To Watch guide at the end of the post.
I might post a T’Pol Appreciation Watching Guide later. With screencaps.
Erin Watches: Enterprise season 3 April 15, 2017Posted by Erin Ptah in Erin Watches.
Tags: Star Trek: Enterprise, T'Pol
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Still watching, still liveblogging.
As of this posting I’m a little way into s4, and it has some eps I’d recommend, but part of my prediction was right: you could reasonably skip this entire season, minus “Twilight.”
Erin Watches: Star Trek Enterprise, season 2 April 2, 2017Posted by Erin Ptah in Erin Watches.
Tags: Star Trek: Enterprise, T'Pol, T'Pol/Archer
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Second verse, same as the first! Which means lots of good episodes, some fun aliens and wibbly space things, a running theme of the writers being extremely straight dudes, T’Pol being consistently amazing, and the T’Pol-Archer friendship getting ever stronger via the magic of good writing and character development.
The first episode concludes with Archer showing up in T’Pol’s quarters, to thank her for defending them to the Vulcan High Command. They’re BOTH in pajamas. Not even in a sexual-tension way, just a “we have such a level of mutual comfort and respect that we can have a chat in our jammies without any self-consicousness about our professional relationship” way.
Multifandom Recommendations, 3/29/17 March 29, 2017Posted by Erin Ptah in Recommendations.
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Sailor Moon | Minako, Setsuna | G | Operation FMD
http://archiveofourown.org/works/3629322Setsuna’s been single for a long time, and Minako just wants to help out. Setsuna and Minako friendship.The Hobbit | Bard/Thranduil | T | The latest dream I ever dreamed on the cold hill’s side
http://archiveofourown.org/works/3177055“I like the idea of Thranduil courting Bard, like a lot. But I imagine being old as dirt, the sass king’s idea of flirting has been out of style for centuries.”Homestuck | Roxy/Calliope | M | big mating party
http://archiveofourown.org/works/716081TG: callie callie callie
TG: i WILL be satisfied
TG: no matter what!Hellsing | Integra/Alucard | M | Rules and Restrictions
http://archiveofourown.org/works/10460643Integra Fairbrook Wingates Hellsing shares an intimate moment with her vampire. If only it were intimate enough…Hellsing | Heinkel/Yumiko | G | Proposal
http://archiveofourown.org/works/9660665Yumiko makes an observation.Hellsing | Alucard/Integra | M | Naptime
http://archiveofourown.org/works/9494999Integra Fairbrook Wingates Hellsing rarely took naps, but when she did, she preferred the couch in the main drawing room instead of the bed. Reason being that if an emergency required her—which happened often, much to her annoyance—she could immediately be ready for action and retaliation. Plus, this room had an enormous fireplace and she loved to read by firelight before slipping off into slumber.Hellsing | Heinkel/Yumiko | G | Home
http://archiveofourown.org/works/9914174Heinkel and Yumiko stay at the orphanage, prompting Heinkel to think of their relationship.Phineas and Ferb | Perry/Doof | M | Teil das Bett mit mir (das ich nicht so frier)
http://archiveofourown.org/works/9712931Doofenshmirtz is transformed into a stunningly handsome platypus and Perry can’t resist taking him home.DCU | Clark/Lois, Bruce/Lois | M | Third Wheel
http://archiveofourown.org/works/6918955/chapters/15784000It isn’t quite a love triangle. For one thing, Clark’s the only one romantic enough to even think the word ‘love’. For another, Clark and Bruce would be beating the holy hell out of each other even without Lois’ involvement. And if Lois was aware of the secrets they were keeping, she’d be beating the holy hell out of the both of them. Overall, Bruce’s visit to Metropolis has been a mixed bag for everyone involved.DCU | Bruce, Diana, Clark, the Kents | T | Christmas in Kansas
http://archiveofourown.org/works/6663184/chapters/15238855Clark Kent invites Bruce Wayne and Diana of Themyscira to his parents’ house for Christmas. It goes, in general, pretty okay.Batman | Bruce, Tim Drake, other Robins | G | Anti-Social
http://archiveofourown.org/works/8019937/chapters/18361021Batman needs a Robin. (trans!Tim, told in texts/tweets)Don’t Trust the B—- | Chloe/June | M | Don’t Trust The Oui
http://archiveofourown.org/works/5680069“Wait, you’re saying you want to use our fake marriage to pick people up?”Don’t Trust the B—- | Chloe/June, Ellen Page | T | ‘Til You Make It
http://archiveofourown.org/works/9615839“I ran into Ellen Page yesterday in a Duane Reade condiments aisle,” Chloe says. “Gave her this long sob story about my girlfriend and her tragic medical condition that makes her eyes really big and forces her to wear ugly sweaters, and she invited me to her birthday party.”Puella Magi Madoka Magica, House | Wilson, Madoka, House | G | Drops of Jupiter
http://archiveofourown.org/works/10460379/Of all the medical mysteries he’s dealt with, the mystery of the girl with pink hair and gold eyes who appears in the hospital on two separate occasions right before a patient dies might be the toughest one yet, or three times Dr. James Wilson meets with Madoka Kaname.Sailor Moon | Prof. Tomoe, ensemble | T | Forgotten
https://www.fanfiction.net/s/43661/1/ForgottenWhatever happened to Souichi Tomoe after Setsuna/SailorPluto took Hotaru away at the beginning of SailorStars?Good Omens | Horsepersons | G | Repeal and Replace
http://go-exchange.livejournal.com/204326.htmlWhen one of the Four Horsepersons of the Apocalypse decides to retire early, the other three find it difficult to accept, and are a little miffed at having their fortnightly brunch-drinks-and-trivia-games disrupted by the weird newcomer.Good Omens | Aziraphale/Crowley, Horsepersons, humans | PG | Apocaparty
http://go-exchange.livejournal.com/201321.htmlFive years have passed since the Earth’s Close Call, and Adam is hosting a party to catch up with everyone. Everyone involved was invited…well, almost everyone….When the Horsepersons gatecrash, things get a bit messy.Jeeves & Wooster | Jeeves/Bertie | M | A Little Light Reading
http://archiveofourown.org/works/8504365/chapters/19489498Jeeves has an unfortunate accident which leaves him bedbound . . . and unable to read to himself. Bertie, as always, comes to the aid of the party.Harry Potter | Harry, Dumbledore | PG | A Little Behind the Times
http://www.fictionalley.org/authors/akissinacrisis/ALBTT01.htmlA foray back in time to retrieve a Horcrux means that Harry has an unexpected encounter with someone he didn’t intend on seeing. Suddenly, Hermione’s rules about not meddling with the past become a lot harder to keep.Sailor Moon | OCs | G | Negaverse Plumbing
http://saintseiyafan.com/stayka/dkhome/eliddell/elid-div/dko-plum.htmlAnyway, it *really* all started at the Negaverse immigration offices.Sailor Moon | Mimete, team | G | Mimete Steps Out!
http://www.oocities.org/tokyo/courtyard/3008/counterclockwork.htmA Counterclockwork Orange, being the story of a day in the life of a professional agent of pure otherworldly evil and her complete and utter lack of interpersonal skills.
Erin Listens: the Magic Tavern and other podcasts March 28, 2017Posted by Erin Ptah in Erin Watches.
Tags: Dan Savage, Hello From The Magic Tavern, ILLUSIONOID, Kakos Industries, Sailor Moon, The West Wing, Welcome to Night Vale
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Hello From The Magic Tavern just got so intense. There was an epic battle in episode 100…then a bunch of interludes, including one from the Cowboy Dimension that had me dying of muffled laughter at work…and now it’s officially designated Season 2, and, yowza.
If you’re not already listening (and if you’re not allergic to shows with a whole lot of butt jokes), you should start.
Deep into the backlog of Love and Justice. It’s kind of…uplifting?…to hear about how much they love Crystal. Like, I can listen to them gush about the things that were emotionally affecting, and don’t have to see the actual animation, so I can imagine they’re podcasting from an alternate dimension where it didn’t make me sad.
They’re too hard on the ’92 anime — by which I mean, they complain about things it objectively can’t help. Of course the first season doesn’t have much sense of “shared past” between the senshi and the Dark Kingdom. The animators didn’t know about it! Naoko hadn’t written it yet!
On the other hand, I regularly feel like Sailor Business (which I’m all caught up with now) is too easy on the ’92 anime. So it kinda balances out nicely.
I’m listening to both of those at 1.2x speed, because the hosts tend to meander. Same with Yo, Is This Racist? — it’s just too slow otherwise.
…also, it talks a lot about the awfulness of current politics. I kinda have to psych myself up before listening. And/or say something like “once I get through one of these, I’ll reward myself with the next Magic Tavern episode.”
More-polished and better-edited regulars on my MP3 player: the Savage Lovecast, and The West Wing Weekly. Those get played at regular speed. Both make references to the political awfulness — it’s an inherent side effect of their premises — but in measured and relatively-contained doses.
Still listening to Illusionoid, and Kakos Industries, although I stopped saving the episodes afterward. Neither one is so absorbing that I’d want to do a re-listen.
…in fact, the only series on this list where I’m holding onto the episodes is Magic Tavern. Did a re-listen just a few months ago, in preparation for Yuletide fic. It’s highly re-listenable.
Related, a couple anons on FFA were talking about Republic of Heaven Community Radio, and one mentioned the weaknesses in book 2. I stepped in with this:
Honestly, I’d go back and give it a full-body rewrite if canon hadn’t been such a painful kick in the teeth.
I can see the soft spots, can feel when the pacing sputters, I know there are ways it could have more consistency and stronger throughlines. I just…don’t have the stomach to go near it.
That’s not an empty promise — anyone who knew me from fake-news fandom might remember that I did a full-body rewrite on a longfic there. But, yeah. Not in the cards, not this time.
Erin Rewatches: Star Trek: Enterprise (season 1) March 22, 2017Posted by Erin Ptah in Erin Watches.
Tags: Star Trek: Enterprise, T'Pol, T'Pol/Archer
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I’m rewatching Enterprise for the first time since its original run. Have some liveblogged reactions.
T’Pol was my first One True Character — followed very shortly by Integra Hellsing, who I discovered about a year later — and T’Pol/Archer may have been the first ship I had serious Feelings about. (There are other pairings, like Dorothy/Ozma or anything in Sailor Moon, where I was already familiar with the characters by then, but didn’t start actively shipping them until later.) So this is a pretty big milestone in Personal Fandom History.
(Content note: talks about the canon mindrape, and other sexual skeeviness.)
Erin Watches: Home, Season 2, the thrilling conclusion March 3, 2017Posted by Erin Ptah in Erin Watches.
Tags: Dreamworks Home, sex & gender
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Wow, the back half of this season is loaded with gender stuff.
So many references to specific Boov characters being not-male-or-female! Sharzod being a boyboygirl keeps getting referenced. A giant greenish-teal Boov we’ve seen a couple times, Traffic Cone Larry, is identified as a boyboyboyboy. Krunkle’s gender still isn’t specified, but when they reappear in 10B, Tip congratulates them with “You go, girl!” — and then remembers, and self-corrects: “Or whatever gender you are.”
Episode 9A is Sharzod-centric. Pronouns (in Boov-to-English translation) confirmed as “himhimher.” (When the writers remember, at least. In 10A, Kyle use both “heheshe” and “she” two minutes apart.)
…btw, Larry thinks Tip’s pronouns are “it.” Although that was a Boov-only conversation, meaning he could’ve been using a Boov pronoun for Things Without Genders. I bet there are a lot of traditional Boov who think only magnificent genders “count.”
The Seven Magnificent Boov Genders appear to be a septinary system, so I dither about how to frame all this in human terms. Trans readers, what would you go with? All these are technically canon nonbinary characters, but not necessarily trans characters, because it’s easy for Boov to be nonbinary-cis.
Still! Just going by what’s confirmed so far, it’s cool.
And Krunkle’s ambiguity leaves the door open for them to be non-septinary trans, which, uh, might be my new headcanon. (Oh did say Krunkle’s gender is “the rarest”….)
Sidebar: Sharzod has been gendering Tip as a boy (did we know this already?), not like an insult or anything, but like a sincere belief. The joke plays as Wacky Misunderstanding via Clashing Cultural Gender Norms…until Sharzod makes a statue of Tip (for important plot reasons) and the statue is not “Tip’s normal appearance, which Sharzod perceives as male.” It’s “Rule 63 Tip.” It was sculpted with masculine-by-human-standards features that the actual Tip does not have.
The Doylist explanation is that the writers were poking fun at Tip not performing her gender to Earth-US-human standards, and didn’t consider that this makes no sense coming from a septinary-gendered alien. I…may have to write a fixit for that.
And finally: episode 8A opens with a game, where Oh is playing a human woman (we know “human” because of the balloons stuffed in his dress) and Tip is playing as a Boov gender (“I bet you say that to all the boyboygirls”).
It’s not something the show is likely to go anywhere with, but I could get kinda attached to a nonbinary!Tip headcanon. I’ve talked before about wanting fic that explores how the human trans community interacts with the seven magnificent Boov genders…wasn’t thinking of Tip specifically coming to identify with one of them, but now? Bring on the boyboygirl!Tip.
In non-gender observations….
There’s a “we bought a pet without reading the fine print, and it turned into Little Shop of Horrors” storyline in 8B. It’s executed really well for something so tropey…but one of the tropes it invokes is a Mysterious Old Blind Chinese Salesman stereotype. No, show! Bad! They’re aliens, you don’t have to racialize them at all, and you definitely don’t have to do it for things like this.
Two separate incidents of humans crashing their cars, nearly injuring Boov, because they were watching cat videos on their phones. Is that a thing now?
Along with the episodes that focus on Sharzod and Krunkle, there’s a Kyle-centric film-noir parody, and a Smek-centric quest for friendship in which he gets a whole song. Solid material for fans of everyone in the beta cast.
Episode 13A reveals that the Boov have invented hammerspace. Tip runs around stuffing random things into Oh’s “cloud storage,” starting with the junk in her room and escalating all the way to a shuttered building.
It’s all very Homura. (Until she breaks hammmerspace, anyway.) Who wants to write me that crossover?
Disappointed in 13B. The theme is one we’ve seen before — Oh going through some alien life change (meeting “the one”, getting the flu, etc) that threatens to displace his friendship with Tip — so obviously at the end of the episode it turns out nothing changed. Not that you can’t repeat themes, and a fresh twist on this one would’ve been a worthy season finale…but instead Oh is going through “booverty,” and they blow the whole thing on icky puberty jokes.
Overall: happy with season 2! Would mostly rewatch. Especially the one with DieAnne.
Burns & Allen Transcript: Gracie Adopts Mickey Rooney (1949-05-19) February 26, 2017Posted by Erin Ptah in Fandom.
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The year is 1949. The Republicans are the left-wing party; Hialeah Park is doing a booming horse-racing business; and Mickey Rooney is best known as the adorable fresh-faced star of the Andy Hardy movies.
Also, Gracie Allen is Tumblr. This adult male actor is her son now. She adopted him, he is her child, sorry folks but she doesn’t make the rules.
Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh s2 is out! February 11, 2017Posted by Erin Ptah in Erin Watches.
Tags: Dreamworks Home
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I’m torn between wanting to binge the whole season overnight, and wanting to savor it one episode at a time. At this point I’m halfway through.
The good: References to book continuity. References to season 1. DieAnne is back! The Tip-Oh friendship is strong as ever, shattering some egregious tropes along the way. Lots of good lines, and the occasional bursting into song.
The bad: Some wince-worthy gender politics. Lots of bodily-function jokes. I can’t tell if there have been more in general this season, or if I just blanked the last round from memory. In specific, all of episode s04B is an extended fart joke. Was that necessary, show?
Any reference to the seven glorious Boov genders is catnip to me, and episode 01A gets right to it: Boy Boy Girl Band, featuring a singer named Boy Boy George.
“Their Boov hearts are breaking from disappointment!” “That’s a THING?!” “Yes! It totally is.”
In other noncishetero news, Oh gets a crush on a human boy in 02A (in the process of trying to flirt on Tip’s behalf). The boy doesn’t return it, and is pretty weirded out, but it feels like that’s because Oh is an alien — there’s no reference to gender being the weird part. I mean, very likely they kept it vague for the sake of plausible deniability, but. The lack of no-homo’ing is nice.
Oh’s impression of Tip with a crush: “I am going through human puberty emotions!”
When it turns out the boy only likes Tip because she’s cute, she gets a great outburst: “Cute is an accident! Personality is hard!”
I think the animators have gotten bored with drawing the standard Boov shape all the time. They’re going really wild with exaggerated body shapes, nostricle styles, and random colors and features.
Time loop in 02B! With bonus rips in the fabric of spacetime, temporarily fixed with duct tape.
Okay, background: the original novel has a sequel, in which Tip sneaks off to visit the Boov colony on a moon of Jupiter, and Oh struggles to invent a time machine which can retcon all his mistakes from the Gorg invasion. Here, there’s a time machine, but it doesn’t reference anything else in the books — Oh whips it up overnight when Tip has a bad day.
Lovely continuity with s1 in 03A. PomPom the pageant contestant reappears, as does the magnificent DieAnne from the Angerdome, with more muscles than ever. Tip becomes DieAnne’s peace mentor! It’s a tough job! DieAnne still tries to solve everything with punching! This is 100% going to be Jasper in a few seasons of Steven Universe, you watch.
Bodyswapping in 03B, with an impressively solid plot reason why it takes ages for people to notice that a cat brain is in Tip’s body. And then it plunges into horrifying chimera territory when the cat starts talking. Not okay!
More book-references in 05B, which features a group of Boov-hating preteen boys. Softened from the original, though. Instead of being an angry resistance in an underground hideout because the Boov invaded their planet and kidnapped their families, this is far post-invasion, and they’re mad because a Boov broke one kid’s bike.
Okay, you know the trope where a villain tries to sabotage a friendship by telling the people lies about each other, and it drives a wedge between them for long-term angst, even though the whole plan would fall apart if the friends just had a five-minute conversation about what was going on?
The boys try that on Tip and Oh. And it fails miserably, because they always talk to each other, and sort out the problem within like thirty seconds. This is great.
“Slushious is kind. She would never use baby ducks for evil!”
Slushious gets an AI voice in 07B. Cool! …It’s a female voice, and it exists for the sake of a plot about her becoming murderously jealous of Tip’s friendship with Oh. Less cool.
So it has a couple episodes that are incredibly skippable, but the good bits are excellent, and I’m excited to binge and/or savor the rest of the season.