Fic recs, 6/29 (Moon Knight, sometimes with other Marvel crossovers)

  • Moon Knight | Marc/Steven/Layla | M | devil’s advocate
    “I just think,” Layla continues, even as Marc dramatically rolls his eyes (at both of them), “it’s sort of rude to leave poor Stevie out.”
    series:moon knight,pairing:marc_steven_layla,trope:polyamory,fic:one-shot
  • Moon Knight | Marc/Steven/Layla | M | we breathe together
    Taweret cleared her throat. “And will you be able to…complete your…transaction in five minutes?”

    Steven reddened. “I believe so, yes.” It made Layla’s heart beat a little faster as she watched his anticipatory flush.
    series:moon knight,trope:polyamory,pairing:marc_steven_layla,fic:chaptered

  • Moon Knight | Layla/Marc/Steven, Khonshu | T | The Glimpses of the Moon
    Layla El-Faouly is just a girl, standing in front of a boy, and another boy, who is, for certain purposes, the same boy, and a shouty moon god, asking most of them to love her. Sometimes, they all do it at once.
    series:moon knight,pairing:marc_steven_layla,trope:polyamory,fic:one-shot
  • Moon Knight | Steven/Harrow, Ammit | T | To Set an Example
    In the aftermath of Ammit’s victory, her avatar deserves reward for his loyalty and labor. It is Harrow’s desire to bring new life into their peaceful world— with Ammit’s approval.
    series:moon knight,pairing:harrow_steven,kink:mpreg,fic:one-shot,trope:non-con,trope:trauma
  • Moon Knight | Marc/Steven | M | Dream Run
    They escape the psychiatric ward on a Thursday afternoon. The sky is downcast, and there’s a cool breeze in the air.
    series:moon knight,pairing:marc_steven,fic:one-shot,trope:hurt-comfort
  • Moon Knight | Marc/Steven | M | So it’s sex, then?
    “Nothing’s changed, Steven,” Marc said. The bastard almost sounded amused. “Don’t torture yourself. I’ve always been here.”

    Steven comes to terms with his lack of privacy.
    series:moon knight,pairing:marc_steven,fic:one-shot,

  • Moon Knight | Marc/Steven, Marc/Khonshu | M | Can’t escape your desire.
    Khonshu silently watches over his avatar, this one in particular, the last of the three that he has not defiled, sleeping restless with a guilty lust, his mind yearning for Marc and only Marc, a need so potent that he can’t even fantasize about anyone else. Steven Grant has a hidden desire that no one can fulfill.
    series:moon knight,pairing:marc_steven,pairing:khonshu_steven,fic:one-shot,trope:non-con,
  • Moon Knight | Jake, Khonshu, fish | G | One Condition.
    Jake had to front in that final battle, since everyone else were getting their asses kicked. Khonshu was impressed by him and so asked to take up the Moon Knight mantle. That worked for him, so Jake agreed.

    That was, once Khonshu fulfilled one condition for Steven.
    genfic,series:moon knight,fic:one-shot

  • Moon Knight | Gus & MK team | G | Life Has Differents
    Gus 2.0 is a goldfish. Goldfish are not smart, but he likes to think he can think. He gets adopted by a man with differents and has some philosophical thoughts about life.
    series:moon knight,genfic,fic:one-shot

Fic recs, 6/22 (yep, it’s all Moon Knight again)

  • Moon Knight | Marc, Steven, Khonshu | T | with roses red come lilies white
    Marc originally sets up the phone line to help keep tabs on Steven whenever he was too tired to crawl his way into consciousness and pay attention–but he can only listen to Steven beg for his Mum to talk back for so long until he has to do something about it.

    OR: Marc Spector takes “reparenting yourself” literally.
    series:moon knight,genfic,pairing:marc_steven,trope:hurt-comfort

  • Moon Knight | Layla(/Marc), Frenchie | G | moments from a voicemail box
    Hey Marc, uh—I’m starting to worry? You said you would be out of contact for 2 weeks, and that you’d be back on the 16th. It’s been two days—it’s not like you to not check-in. If you’ve gotten yourself killed so help me I will murder you.

    Please call me when you get this.
    series:moon knight,pairing:layla_marc,fic:one-shot,amazing,trope:hurt-comfort

  • Moon Knight | Steven, Layla, Jake | G | Better Than I Know Myself
    Steven and Layla have a conversation about where he’s been for all that time, but digging into Steven’s own distorted view of his life brings out a whole new side of his personality…[Written between episodes 3 and 4]
    series:moon knight,fic:one-shot,genfic,trope:amnesia
  • Moon Knight | Layla/Marc, Layla/Steven, kid | T | with you (both)
    She hasn’t been home in ten years, and she misses Cairo’s summers, as hot and humid as they are. It’s a welcome change from gloomy London, and, in any case, she’s needed here.
    series:moon knight,pairing:layla_marc,pairing:layla_steven,trope:kidfic,fic:chaptered

Fic recs, 6/15 (I’d say multifandom but it’s all Moon Knight)

  • Moon Knight | Marc, Steven, Jake, Khonshu | T | a moment of peace
    In which Steven tries to make good on his promise to never give Marc a moment of peace for what he did; in which Marc attempts to explain their DID to Steven; in which Khonshu ominously perches on airplane wings; in which Jake Lockley makes a brief cameo as head of the Steven Grant Protection Squad; and in which Marc reflects on his history at least a little bit.
    series:moon knight,genfic,fic:one-shot,trope:amnesia
  • Moon Knight | Steven, Jake, Marc, Ammit | M | The White Room
    Jake glances over at the passenger seat to make sure Steven’s buckled up before hitting the accelerator. He keeps one hand on the wheel, one hand on the emergency brake to keep from drifting too much in the sand. His trusty cab had seen a lot in Marc’s headspace, but filling Chicago to the brim with sand was asking almost too much.
    series:moon knight,genfic,trope:hurt-comfort,fic:one-shot
  • Moon Knight | Steven, Marc, Khonshu | T | How To Care For An Egyptian Moon God
    He watched as Marc roughed the criminal up, stomping his face repeatedly but not killing them. Not carving a crescent moon onto their flesh so their body would be sacrificed to him. So he could feed on it.

    “Feed me” he whispered, watching as Marc continued to ignore him.

    “Ill give you a sandwich when we get home” Marc replied sarcastically, dodging a bullet.
    series:moon knight,genfic,fic:one-shot

  • Moon Knight | Khonshu, Marc | T | The killing moon
    When it comes right down to it, Marc believes in Khonshu. He might not like him, might not always agree with him, but there is faith there, between the two of them, on both sides. It’s not the worst thing he’s ever tried to believe in.
    series:moon knight,fic:one-shot,genfic
  • Moon Knight | Marc/Steve/Layla | G | Some Assembly Required
    “So . . . why does Steven have all these postcards from his- well, your mom?”

    In which Marc finally opens up, even the littlest bit, and finds it’s not as hard as he’d thought it would be.
    series:moon knight,trope:polyamory,pairing:marc_steven_layla,fic:one-shot,trope:hurt-comfort

Erin Watches: Yurikuma Arashi, The Last Ship, Moon Knight

RL news is awful, feel free to recharge with this low-stakes post about TV problems.

I finally watched Yurikuma Arashi, the infamous “you all loved my smash-hit Utena, now come watch my show about lesbian bears” anime.

Tried to watch it in 2015 when it first came out, got through 3 episodes, and thought “I can’t tell what’s going on, I’m having a hard time telling all these characters apart, I’m not sure how seriously to take any of these metaphors, and it’s not convincing me to care about any of it.”

(How many people in this picture are secretly bears? The answer may surprise you!)

So this time, before tackling it again, I did some prep:

  • re-upped my paid Funimation account, apparently for the last possible time before they merge with Crunchyroll, so I could watch the dub instead of splitting my focus with subtitles
  • saved the Imagine Me & Utena episodes where they watch Yurikuma, and listened to them every 1-2 episodes to explain all the things I missed
  • opened the SailorMoonSub commentary on each episode (currently only through episode 10) for bonus insights, and also jokes

…and it worked! I got through the whole thing, understood it (you know, as much as you can with an Ikuhara show), and enjoyed it.

Still wasn’t super emotionally invested in most of the characters. Or the main romance. But it had a lot of fun details, and I’m glad I made the effort. (Also glad [spoiler] got to be happy at the end.)

The Lost Ship, episode 1: we are something bigger than the US Navy now, our duty is to the world

Episode 2: meet some evil Middle Easterners, no alliance possible, firefight to the death

Episode 3: meet some evil Russians, no alliance possible, firefight to the death

Episode 4: in transit all episode, don’t meet anyone new…

Episode 5: meet some evil Costa Ricans, but also some good ones! And the evil ones are conveniently unambiguous about it. Firefight to the death with the evil ones, then our heroes left the good ones in charge.

Episodes 6-8: meet one (1) non-evil Jamaican…a teenage girl, retrieved from a boat where everyone else died. So she’s immune, which is magic in Hollywood virology. They rescue her once they deduce she’s useful to them. Our heroes!

Yeah, it’s a “post-apocalyptic-pandemic” show. Aired 2014-2018, so the medicine is awful, in a ton of “now we all know it doesn’t work like that” ways. Once somebody says “nobody here is sick”, everyone instantly believes it (also, asymptomatic carriers, what are those?) and is happy to take off their PPE! The current strain is “stable” and will never mutate! A vaccine takes all of 3 weeks to develop!

But after 2+ years of COVID, the “our duty is to the world” speech in the first episode had me genuinely tearing up. We need so much more of that kind of leadership.

…then I kept watching, and the show seems to have 0% interest in living up to it.

Episode 10: season finale took us back to the US, and I was all set to be annoyed at how (comparatively) well it’s doing. But don’t worry, it’s also run by evil people — they’re Surprise Twist Hidden Evil, not Conveniently Obvious Evil.

It’s also the stupidest kind of cartoon evil. The US city’s power plants are now run on plague victim bodies! Because, as we know from the Matrix, those are the most efficient kind of fuel. And the leaders are killing extra people on purpose, because I guess the fictional pandemic that killed 4 billion humans didn’t provide enough bodies.

…yeah, I’m not going back for season 2.

Okay, it’s official: episode 5 catapulted Moon Knight up my rankings from “pretty good MCU TV” to “top-tier MCU TV, on par with WandaVision.”

I just. I love it when you get people in a fantastical world going through all kinds of magic/alien/mutant/shouty-pigeon trauma, and actually being reasonably traumatized by it, you know? And it’s not just a metaphor for real-world kinds of trauma, it exists alongside them, and interacts with them. And their coping methods involve both believable IRL strategies, and dealing with the magic/alien/mutant/divine stuff on its own terms.

Also, I love a good “headmates learning to work together” story. (And they finally got to hug.)

It’s got me writing fic again, for the first non-Yuletide time in…oooh, a long time. I’m on tenterhooks waiting for this finale.

My family has been keeping up with it week-by-week and talking about it. We’re all fannish in different ways, and in this case I’m the one checking out the comics and reading the online discussions and reporting back with interesting tidbits.

So here’s my mother’s very serious prediction for Episode 6: “It’ll be a recap of the whole series so far, but from Jake’s point of view, showing all the things he experienced that we skipped over. Then there will be a secret Episode 7 that’s the finale.”

(…Maybe next week I’ll regale them with the story of Apple Tree Yard.)

98 days and 40 minutes behind schedule

Spent the weekend at the CWRU Film Society Marathon 47.

Traditionally they hold it in January, over MLK weekend, so in 2020 it went off without a hitch. 2021, they postponed it to May, and ended up holding a version that was “restricted to current students, with special exceptions for people who haven’t missed a single once since 1976.”

This year they decided to let the riffraff back in. With extra safety rules, and a warning that “if this becomes a superspreader event, we won’t be allowed to do it next year.” The crowd was still awfully thin, and we were good about masks, so I think it’ll be okay. (Knock wood.)

Dune (2021) definitely benefited from the big screen. The story was just okay, same as I’ve always found Dune — but they clearly had truckloads of money to spend on sets/props/CGI, and took full advantage. You could’ve watched most of it with the sound off and enjoyed it purely for how pretty it was.

Disaster Squad 2: Dawn of Armageddon (the first Surprise) was a wild ride. It’s a 2-hour movie made by four guys in 2000 while they were in high school. They have borrowed cameras, props made from cardboard and/or bargain-bin Halloween costumes, settings based on whatever buildings around town would let them in, all the effects they could hand-draw in Windows 98 editing software, and incredible dedication.

Also, their eye for visual gags and comic timing is genuinely amazing. (Fair warning, they’re not all winners — it has a few of the unfortunate jokes you’d expect from, well, four straight white teenage boys in the early 2000s.) The whole thing is on YouTube, treat yourself to a watch.

The Iron Giant is amazing, but you knew that. Paired with Howard the Duck and Muppets From Space, it almost made a running theme — “lone misfit from space tries to fit in with humans, while the military-industrial complex almost ruins everything.” Lawnmower Man was sort of a tangent to that — “human misfit from Earth tries to fit in, then goes down the path of becoming less human, while capitalism tries to ruin everything.”

And then there’s the absolute contrast of the Iron Giant to Pacific Rim. Giant robots, they even have similar weapon placements/designs, embodying “I am not a gun” versus “I am SO MANY GUNS and I am going to blast the giant monsters with ALL OF THEM and it’s going to be AMAZING.”

…don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t expecting anything out of Pacific Rim except high-budget robots punching monsters and smashing up cities. And it delivered! No complaints.

Okay, one complaint: Mako Mori deserved better. (I was expecting that too, but still.) The last movie before this one was Moon Zero Two, a 1969 film with exactly the same aesthetic/budget as Star Trek TOS but none of the compelling writing or likeable characters, and it was very notable how the One Female Character spends most of the movie having men send her places and tell her what to do. Then we jump forward to 2013, and get…One Female Character who spends most of the movie having men send her places and tell her what to do.

I always keep an eye on how many of the movies pass the Bechdel Test, and this year — not counting the ones I slept through — was a dismal two (Dune and the Muppets). Anyone know offhand about Lifeforce (1985) or Space Battleship Yamato (1977)?

It’s still a novelty to do the whole Marathon and then just…be home, basically instantly, no plane ride or 8-hour drive still to go.

Wasn’t fast enough as far as the cats were concerned — I’ve left the Fluff alone for a bit before, but this is the longest I’ve left him and Fiddlesticks alone together. Both investigated me pretty hard when I got back. Good news, I passed their tests. And it looks like they didn’t fight, or run out of food, or destroy anything! Which means they passed mine.