Tag Archive | The Newsroom

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.

Monday Roundup, 9/17

But I’m A Cat Person
Fashion Plates (art | Patrick, Bianca, Sparrow, Miranda, Poe | worksafe)

Fake News
Someone Has A Tiny Jon Fetish (comic | liberal!”Stephen”, tiny!Jon | PG)
A Bird In The Hood (art | wolf!Jon, “Stephen”, bird!Olivia | worksafe)
Bangles (art | Jon/”Stephen” | NSFW)
I’ve Got 99 Problems, But The Truth Ain’t One (ongoing compilation of one-sentence fics | anyone and everyone | through PG-13)
All Under The Same Big Sky (art | tiny!Jon, Neil Degrasse Tyson | worksafe)
Concubindecision 2004 (fic | Sam/Jon, Jon/”Stephen”, Rob Corddry/Ed Helms, Sam/Jason | R)
Doin’ the Fact Check Jam (art | Jon, Herman Cain | worksafe)

Puella Magi Madoka Magica
One More Shot… (AO3 Mirror) (fic | Homura/Mami | NC-17)

The Newsroom
A Lot Of What’s Going On In This Story Has To Do With The Economy (AO3 mirror) (fic | Sloan/Mackenzie | R)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Karen Park and Ann Walker have a recreational face-off in DC.

Monday Roundup, 8/27

But I’m A Cat Person
Hanging On (art | Miranda, Poe | worksafe)
Wing Sketches (sketchpile | ensemble | worksafe)

Fake News
Sweetness Personified (sketches | Sweetness, the Word, Jon, “Stephen” | worksafe)
And Then There Were Nine (harem fic | Wyatt & Jessica, Jon/”Stephen”, Olivia/Kristen, others | R)
Harem Hugs (art | Jon/”Stephen” | worksafe)
In Vino Veneum (fic | Jon/”Stephen”, Olivia/Kristen, Sam, ensemble | PG-13)
Tiny Jon Is The Best Pony (art | Jon, “Stephen” | worksafe)

Sailor Moon
Memory and Oblivion (art | Lethe and Mnemosyne | worksafe)

The Newsroom
Episode 8 reaction post

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Let’s check in with Arthur Bennett, in his Washington office…

Monday Roundup, 8/6

But I’m A Cat Person
Jany & Kara Lynn sketchpile (sketches | Jany, Kara Lynn | worksafe)

Fake News
These Winds And Tides (fic | Jon/”Stephen”, “Stephen”/OC | R, warnings)
Tiny Man Walking (art | Jon, “Stephen” | worksafe)

Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Read The Fine Print (art | human!QB | worksafe)

Sailor Moon
The Xyll Saga (epic fic from 2002, with illustrations, profiles, and other backstory | a teamful of OCs | let’s say whatever rating you would give to BSSM)
The Star Crystal Four (art | the Xyll saga senshi | worksafe)
Messiah (fic | Hotaru/Usagi, sort of | R)
Osiris Descending, part 1 (fic | original characters, Galaxia | T)

The Newsroom
Episode 5 reaction post
Episode 6 reaction post

General/Miscellaneous
Celtic Tattoos (commissioned figure, slightly NSFW)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Jany finds out just what Kara Lynn has been up to at night.

Monday Roundup, 7/23

But I’m A Cat Person
Sunshine and Moonlight (art | Bianca, Miranda | worksafe)

Fake News
Pride Wear (art | liberal!”Stephen”/Jon | worksafe)
What Do You Wear To A Geek Wedding, Anyway? (fic | Olivia(/Kristen), Aasif | PG)
Ten Roads Converged (fic | variations on Jon/”Stephen” | PG)

Puella Magi Madoka Magica
But The Din In My Head, It’s Too Much, And It’s No Good (fic | Homura, others | R)

The Newsroom
Review & reaction post for episode 3
Review & reaction post for episode 4

General/Miscellaneous
The Zombies Are Coming (commissioned artwork: cosplay zombie hunters)
Bikini Cutie (commissioned art: bikini girl)
Sun and Moon (tile background)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Poe and Patrick attempt to have a non-violent conversation, and Sparrow’s mother makes her appearance.

Anderson Cooper, Jigglypuff, serious stuff about copyright and sexism, and Red Dwarf

Or, “miscellaneous fannish links of neatness.”

Buzzfeed compiles fanart of Anderson Cooper. Oh, hey, some of those are awfully familiar. (#15 is one of mine.)

“A Whole New World” as sung by Jigglypuff and Professor Oak. Or at least, fans doing solid impressions of them. The Internet: it’s a thing of beauty.

Q&A with Rebecca Tushnet about copyright and transformative works. A good overview of the subject.

“….during the teens, 1920s, and early 1930s, almost one quarter of the screenwriters in Hollywood were women. Half of all the films copyrighted between 1911 and 1925 were written by women.” Our forgotten film history.

Media monopolies: why “Mrs. Robinson” has been played enough times to air for 32 years back-to-back nonstop.

The high-tech digital makeup used to get one (originally buff) actor playing both pre- and post-superserum Captain America.

And the most awesome thing to break in the past few days: the new Red Dwarf trailer is out! A shot-by-shot breakdown, for anyone who wants to get as much mileage out of the tiny clips as possible. (*cough* Such as myself.)

Monday Roundup, 7/9

But I’m A Cat Person
Kara Lynn Attacks (final) (art | Kara Lynn | worksafe)

Fake News (/Star Wars, /Avatar: The Last Airbender)
Gauzy and Golden (sketch | Jon/”Stephen” | borderline NSFW)
Princesses Leia (art | Olivia, “Stephen” | borderline NSFW)
Republic City’s Best Fake News Team (art | Jon, “Stephen”, Wyatt, Sam, Jason, Aasif, Kristen, John Oliver, Larry, Jessica, Olivia | worksafe)
Not Sure If Breakthrough + Snowflake + Pulpit (ficlets | Jon/”Stephen”; “Stephen” and family | through PG-13)
Homecoming Queens (FINALLY FINISHED FIC | Jon/liberal!Stephen and family | soft R)

Mina And The Count
There’s Always Room For Jell-O (art meme | Mina/Count, Lucy, Nick, others | worksafe)

Puella Magi Madoka Magica (+ Hellsing)
Homura + Integra (sketches | Homura, Madoka, Integra | worksafe)
…and she glows (sketch | Madokami, Anthony | worksafe)
Erin Watches Madoka Magica…With Friends! (The Sequel) (rewatch, with spoilers)

The Newsroom
Review & reaction post for episode 1
Review & reaction post for episode 2

General/Miscellaneous
Monkey King (art | Son Goku | worksafe)
Running and Jumping (art | Olympic chibis | worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Following a long night of work, Kara Lynn wakes up with Jany. Cuddling and secrets to follow…