Tag Archive | Glee

Tuesday Works Roundup, 4/16 (Doctor Who, The Muppets, Glee, Sailor Moon, Warrior Cats, more)

But I’m A Cat Person
Forget regret, or life is yours to miss (cover art | Bianca/Emma, Bennett/Cohen, Sparrow, Miranda, Timothy, Jany | worksafe)
Sweater pets (sketch | Kara Lynn, Patrick, Reseda | worksafe)
Revolutionary Being Patrick (cover art | Patrick, Ilsa, Blake | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
Laurel with her hair down (art | Laurel | worksafe)
Magical Lineup (draft | all the mages | worksafe)
Fancy waltzing (sketch | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)

Culture Shock
Comfortable Sunny (art | Sunny | worksafe)

Doctor Who/The Muppets
The Muppet Solitract (art | Robin | worksafe)

Glee
The Blaine-Sebastian Wedding (art | Blaine/Sebastian | worksafe)

Sailor Moon
Mars and Eureka (art | Rei, Baba Nanako | worksafe)

Warrior Cats
FireSpotted (art | Firestar/Spottedleaf | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Webcomic Woes 28 – Canon responsibilities (comic, G)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Henriette’s part of the Great Being Rescue may be a little harder than anticipated.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Surprisingly tender frenemy bonding with the Agents D.

Erin Watches: Glee, Elementary, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, Black Rock Shooter

Last night I dreamed my computer was stolen. Was fine the instant I woke up and realized it hadn’t been real, but while it was ongoing it was terrifying. (The thought of so many WIPs lost forever…)

The last time I had a really bad dream was after watching Dollhouse’s “Epitaph One”. Makes sense. Losing your memories and losing things you wouldn’t be able to reconstruct without perfect memory are of a kind :/

And speaking of TV, some things I’ve watched more recently…

 

Glee

Finally managed to kick it.

The episode that did it was the one where Ryder opens up to his teammates about his childhood molestation, and everything about it is badly handled or not resolved or not even addressed, and it just hit me that, wow, this show is never again going to tackle anything in a way I want to watch. Will keep up with canon via the Autostraddle recaps for the sake of reading fic (some of which is actually worthwhile!), and that’s it.

 

Elementary

This show is really pretty good.

I enjoyed the BBC’s Sherlock, mostly (and I still haven’t seen The Blind Banker, which probably helps), but Elementary has been offering up a lot less flash for a lot more substance.

 

Doctor Who

Speaking of flash and no substance! Most of this season has been depressingly thin. Lots of dramatic speeches, very little of the action and effort that makes those speeches earned. Lots of talking up the Great Mystery of What’s Going On With Clara, taking up time that could be used to investigate the mystery, or to develop Clara as a character who’s engaging in her own right beyond being an object of unusual time phenomenon. An episode with a ton of running around in the depths of the TARDIS where we get one or two cool scenes…and then a lot of generic scary being-chased-around-by-monsters.

And then came The Crimson Horror, and it was more fantastic than it had any right to be. Humor! Action! Jenny being fantastic. Strax being adorable. (“Horse! You have failed in your mission!”) A good old-fashioned megalomaniac of a villain. Teamwork! A mystery where the clues came together in meaningful ways, without leaving things hanging to be un-addressed for the next couple of seasons (are we ever going to find out why the TARDIS exploded?). Plus that one poor proper Victorian dude fainting every couple of scenes.

Granted, Clara doesn’t have much to do besides be in trouble, get rescued, and inspire a couple more people to ask about the Great Mystery, but in such a team-heavy episode (with lots of other female characters having significant and well-written interactions, no less), it’s forgivable.

[ETA: No, wait, I completely forgot! Clara did get a moment of awesome. Things needed to be broken, and the Doctor was all “I have my sonic screwdriver!” and Clara was all “yeah, well, I have a chair.” Spoiler alert: the chair worked.]

Can we have a Vastra/Jenny spinoff yet? And can all the episodes be like this? Please?

 

Game of Thrones

For the most part I have no idea what’s going on in this show. I just watch for a handful of characters being awesome. Particularly Dany.

 

Black Rock Shooter

I have no idea what’s going on in this show either, but in this case there’s a chance I might actually put it together.

It’s gripping and dramatic and visually stunning, and I’m going to be a solid fan whether it comes together at the end or not. (Though hopefully it will.)

More detailed reviewing here.

Erin Watches: Glee (still), Red Dwarf X, Political Animals, presidential debates

Glee

By the end of season 3 I was really only watching this for the schadenfreude of seeing it get torn apart in reviews. For season 4 so far, a lot of that hasn’t even been fun. They’ve thrown a bone or two (Rachel telling off Finn for being patronizing and trying to monopolize her away from her dreams? YES PLEASE, this was long overdue), but I’m starting to think it might be time to give up on the episodes and just watch Hulu’s videos of the songs, already.

…still, even with all the terrible excuses for story development leading up to it, when Santana sang “Mine” to Brittany? I can’t lie: there were some tears.

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Red Dwarf X

The Boys from the Dwarf are back! And so far it feels like something straight out of the classic series. Hard to tell what the continuity is — they haven’t bothered to explain how the characters got from their situation Red Dwarf VIII to the one in Back To Earth to this. I hope there’s a clever backstory coming, but honestly, if there isn’t one and they just plan to proceed as if nothing happened between the start of “Stoke Me A Clipper” and the start of BtE, I would be okay with that.

It’s funny. Very funny. The first episode hit high notes over and over. The second one wasn’t as perfect, but still plenty solid.

I love how the atmosphere with the group has changed. They’re visibly older (well, except Kryten, thanks to the rubber head), and it works. They’re still bickering and snarking and being ridiculous at each other, but it feels like they’ve solidified as a family over the years. In the first episode Rimmer wants to look impressive in front of [spoiler], and the others are completely on-board for playing along. (To the point of Cat wearing a plain grey jumpsuit!) And when you compare and contrast it with “Kryten”…it’s so beautiful, you guys. Glee could learn a thing or two from this show.

Bonus points: they’re two for two so far with having their one-shot characters be women! Half bonus points: the women keep being [spoiler]. At least they’re still well-drawn individuals…and we have another four episodes to go.

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Political Animals

The six-episode miniseries that is thinly veiled RPF about not!Hillary Clinton, if she had twin boys instead of a daughter and divorced not!Bill after the 2008 election, and also not!Obama was white Italian. (He’s played by Nathan Petrelli from Heroes, which is a very trippy crossover.)

Loved it. Hope they make more. It was sharp, it was rich, it was heartfelt and absorbing. There was a lot going on, but you never got lost or felt jerked around by it.

Also, the portrayal of journalism was approximately 1000% better — more professional, more realistic, more involved — than on The Newsroom. Just wanted to put that out there.

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The second 2012 Presidential Debate

Oh, look! Someone decided to make sure the President was awake for this one! And citing numbers and specifics and everything, even.

And the moderator was awake too? Gosh, they spoiled us.

I will say this: I appreciate the idea of looking at a pool of applicants, saying to yourself “hey, this group is disproportionately male/white/straight/Christian/whatever — let’s actively seek out some qualified people who aren’t, and make sure they feel welcome and invited to apply.” So it would have been genuinely commendable if Romney had ever actually done that.

Fannish things of note (Stargate, Glee, bingos and bigbangs)

What I’ve been occupied with on the fannish side of things…

1) Stargate SG-1. Picked up while raiding my roommate’s (stellar_dust’s) DVD collection for background viewing. I started with kribban’s list of worthwhile episodes, then I showed stellar_dust the list and she was scandalized, and is currently in the process of making me go back and watch all the episodes she can’t believe the list skipped.

I’ve heard people talk about watching shows where they’re not deeply invested in the plot or the characterization, just taking them as light no-thought-required background entertainment, but this is the first time I’ve managed to experience it firsthand. It’s a weird feeling. Normally my completist impulses are really strong, and now they’re just…off.

I think I would have enjoyed Torchwood more if I’d watched it this way, rather than trying to care like I do about Doctor Who.

2) Glee. I’ve only seen the first season (it was all Netflix had), but I finally made the decision to stop caring about being spoiled, in the name of seeking out femslash.

This fandom has so much femslash. It has tropey, id-ficcy femslash. It has epic multipart femslash. It has canon femslash. It summoned enough femslash interest in one place for an entire bigbang. Stars in my eyes, folks. Stars.

3) Speaking of bigbangs. I signed up for femmeslash_bang, a multifandom f/f challenge with a 20K word minimum, with a Homura/Madoka plotbunny in hand.

Here’s the thing. I’ve only written fic that long in two fandoms, ever. And I haven’t written fic that long that didn’t feature character!Colbert since I was in middle school. (My golden age of Sailor Moon epics.) And I’ve never written fic that long on demand at all.

But I think this series, and this pairing, has grabbed me enough that I can pull it off. (And I better not have jinxed the whole thing by saying so.)

4) And speaking of fic challenges. My hc_bingo output is puttering along nicely. One hiccup: I had a fill for “poisoning” that would have completed a straight-line bingo, but took it out because it fit one of the complicated bonuses, and ever since I’ve been at a loss for how to replace it.

So, uh. Anyone around with a character!Colbert poison-related plotbunny they’ve always wanted someone to write?

(Or maybe I’ll just fill it by chronicling The Epic Saga of Stephen Versus The Jellyfish.)