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 Ugh, I've had too much sugar so I'm all headachey and unfocused at the moment.

But yeah, thought I'd write down some thoughts on TV I've been watching lately. I'll try to avoid any big spoilers, but be warned in any case if for example like me you're embarrassingly late on the bandwagon with BSG. But anyway:

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- Battlestar Galactica. I'm like six years late with this mostly because when something is hyped up to heavens I tend to get annoyed and start avoiding it on principle. Childish, I know, but damn, that hype has been driving me crazy. :p
Anyway, the boy had Caprica so I watched it with him out of curiosity (not really worth it, btw, unless you really want to learn that Cylons were basically created by a crazy, annoying religiously fanatical teenage girl, and that Adama's family background is like the Greek mafia. I was impressed by the family likeness though, so casting's good in that department.) so it was sort of natural to follow it with BSG, especially since I pretty much had nothing else to watch while waiting for Being Human's return.

And it is good, I'll give you that. It's also one of those shows that should come with a warning label: "CAUTION: This will break your heart and drive you crazy." I've only watched up to 2x07 but I already know it's going to stomp gleefully all over my heart. I thought I could watch it as kind of idle quality entertainment and distraction from BH but damn, they managed to get me invested by hitting me in my weak spot. Damn you, Katee Sackhoff and Jamie Bamber.

Semi-shippy mini rant. Ugh, I'm such a girl. )

Okay, that ended up being quite a mini-rant. O_o Better put it behind a cut, even though I suspect I could just as well be talking to myself because the problem with being late to bandwagon with something popular is that everyone else either has already discussed it to death and couldn't really talk to you about it without spoiling you somehow, or they haven't seen it and therefore don't give a damn/know what you're talking about. Oh well.

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- Anyway, 6 episodes in I'm still not impressed with The Pacific. I mean, I completely realize it's supposed to be different than Band of Brothers. But I think they tried too hard to take it to a different direction, structure-wise and in general. The flow of the episodes suffers from random cuts back to the States where Sledge or Basilone or someone is doing something, especially as there's like one random cut per episode that has nothing to do with the general plot of the episode in question. And while anyone would probably suffer in comparison to Winters as a central figure, Leckie is just not a very sympathetic main character. Of course war is hell, but he just whines and aggro-emos about everything constantly as if he has it worse than any of the other guys. Which he doesn't. Ugh.
It has impressive production values and is probably a very realistic portrayal of the WWII Pacific Theatre, but I can't just bring myself to care very much, which is sad.

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- Being Human 3x02. Not as good as the season premiere, but that was to be expected. A very decent episode nonetheless, even though some things confused me a little continuity-wise. Namely the prospect that vampires need blood for sustenance. I'm not sure if it was a genuine continuity error, a retcon (I hope not) or if it was just handled not that well. I can understand how Adam would think that, and even Nina and George, but it was quite clumsy if it was supposed to be just that.
I really loved how Nina took control of the situation and didn't allow Adam or the Hargreaves to scare or bully her. She'll be a great mother, and she's been a good influence to George as well. Unfortunately that's probably gonna mean that the house will grow more and more divided into two parties with Mitchell brooding around and being conflicted and secretive and Annie, bless her soul, probably sticking with him through it all.
And that's another thing: I love Mitchell and Annie's dynamic, I do. But this episode showed exactly why Lia's little matchmaking was a bad thing. Annie's acting like a clingy schoolgirl with a crush, which confuses Mitchell and is probably making him want to take a little distance. I mean, I completely understand why she's doing that: she's traumatized and in denial and clings to him because he was the one who saved her. And she has probably always lived for others, not valued herself enough and been a bit of an easily manipulated pushover. Which is why she's now dead. And which is why I'm worried. Ugh, this show. I really hope Mitchell will put an end to it if she starts acting all Stepford wife when they get together. Preferably even before that. I realize he (and Nina and George) is all she has in her life, but really.

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And that's it for now, I guess. Expect that rec post at some point soon, and again, I'm interested in hearing your comments and opinions. :)
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So much for the New Year's resolution, huh? Ugh, I suck.

I've been thinking, though. Maybe I would learn to write my thoughts down more often if I posted something at least once every week. A Top 5 list. I already have many thought out.
But I'm not gonna start today because first things first:

I finally managed to get around to watching SyFy's Alice.
For those of you who don't know, it's a modern cyberpunk/steampunk/magitek/psychedelia twist on Alice In Wonderland.

More thoughts under the cut. Some spoilers in the last paragraph. )
darnaguen: (freedom)
Bleuh, I'm ill again. Fuckin' fantastic.

Remember when I told you about the pickpocketing incident in Dublin? Well, today when I got home I found a small brown envelope bearing the harp of Ireland and Dublin stamps (they'd written my address wrong, though :p). Inside was an official letter signed by the Superintendent of the Pearse Street Garda Station concerning said incident. I guess it was just a routine thing, letting me know that "progress has been made in this investigation and a person has been made amenable" etc. But it also said that I "may be required to attend court, if this happens you will be contacted and given the appropriate information and support". Now that would be an interesting excuse to go back to Ireland. :D
Got to give those guys respect again, they seem to be doing pretty effective work. \,,/

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Anyways, I did some town-hopping over the weekend, main destination being Jyväskylä in order to offer some support and solace to one of the recent victims of this so-called "Breakup Season". We also bonded a bit more, which was lovely. :)
Because the public traffic between Turku and Tampere is fucked-up, I had to hang around in Tampere for two hours waiting for the train to leave. But it was okay, I just padded (I was forced to walk barefoot because my Docs are killing my feet) over to O'Connell's (my second Irish pub within three hours and 150 kms :D) where I predictably found Perttu and Sandi. So I hung out with the boys for two hours, drinking my second lonkero within three hours and 150 kms (I'm such a drunkard nowadays :D) and feeling very much at home. I'm so peeved that there are no decent Irish pubs in Turku. There's The Castle alright, but a) the age limit is bloody 24 b) no self-respecting Irishman/-woman would name their pub "The Castle" anyway. :p

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On a completely unrelated note, I've just rediscovered my love for Farscape. Frell, it was some awesome dren. ;p
And when I earlier said how I rarely root for the canon OTP? Well, I apparently had forgotten that Aeryn and John pretty much blow every other pairing in the history (of television, at least) out of water.
Main part of it must be the absolutely amazing chemistry between Ben Browder and Claudia Black, how completely natural they are around each other and how well they play together. Whenever they share a frame, the screen all but melts. They could be sitting there crocheting or something and it would be exciting simply because they'd be there together.
But homage must also be paid to the writers of the show for their unusual romance that never in the course of four seasons and a mini-series became boring. And they didn't even have to add any love triangles (well, not in the traditional sense anyway...) there to spice things up.

One of the things that made the Farscape romances and friendships feel so realistic was the fact that the characters touched each other regularly, the casual way couples and friends and family members normally do. I guess it also tells something about the comfort level the cast had amongst themselves, because usually it shows on screen if the actors aren't entirely comfortable around each other.
And Ben and Claudia, they're entirely in a league of their own, they can't keep their paws off each other even off-screen! Not in particularly sexual way, mind, both are happily married to other people, but a good example was this Q&A session in some sci-fi convention where they first greeted each other with a funny little friend-kiss as a homage to their characters' passionate relationship after which Ben proceeded to drag his chair and microphone right next to Claudia's, and during the whole session you didn't even need to hear them say that, you could see from their body language (leaning towards each other in their chairs, Ben -upon noticing it kept falling on her eyes- pausing mid-sentence to affectionately brush Claudia's hair off her face etc.) they are close.
They acted like really close siblings or childhood friends or old marrieds. It was such a blessing to watch. :) Here's the first part in case someone's interested.

But as a conclusion: go watch Farscape, it's frelling awesome. \,,/
darnaguen: (f/e)
Mmh, during the past week or so I've had so much going on in my head I've been dying to write down but haven't had time, strength or possibility to do so due to a) spending the Christmas at my mom's place b) falling once again mysteriously ill (another of those strange and unexplainable muscle cramp spells plus a high fever, this time I even had to spend some time at the medical center under surveillance, oh joy) c) probably as an after-effect of said illness, being generally lethargic and tired.

But anyway. Rant time.
I bought the second book of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series, New Moon, for myself as a Christmas present and realized something a bit surprising while reading it. In case there's someone who wants to read it and hasn't yet reading this, I'll put the spoilery parts under a cut.

Beauty and the Beasts )

But yes, what I actually realized was that I once again rebelled against the canon "main couple" and rooted for the underdog. When I started to think about it, I do that quite a lot.
It's actually very rarely that I support "the good ship" if there is an interesting alternative available.

Let's see...
Arwen and Aragorn? Boring! Éowyn and Faramir all the way.
One of the biggest faults of the otherwise brilliant movie trilogy was what they did to Faramir, including his beautiful romance with Éowyn which actually is the only visible romance there is in the book. They walk together in the garden and on the city walls, they talk, they confess to each other their dreams and fears, they even banter. What's not to love?

Jean and Scott? Well, pretty much anything involving good ol' Slim is enough to bore anyone into tears.
Plus, while I know perfectly well that by a long run the whole idea of Jean and Logan is completely absurd, his undying, unrequited love and devotion for her is something truly amazing. But well, my main ship in that fandom is Gambit/Rogue anyway. They're way too fucked-up and complicated to probably ever become boring. :D

Jack and Kate? Jate is fate, my ass. They don't even bore me, they make me cringe.
Jack makes me wish he would die a painful death every time he's on screen, and every time Kate is with him, I want to slap her. She completely forgets she's a competent badass bitch and becomes a sniveling, simpering wuss who practically grovels for his acceptance, and he doesn't help by patronizing her. What a great romance. *rolls eyes* And I don't say this just because I'm a so-called Skater, I'd be completely pleased if she ran off with Sayid or something, as long as it isn't Jack. But I hope beyond hope that she would stick with Sawyer. *sigh*

Will and Elizabeth... well, don't even get me started on them! Because that would never end.

In Harry Potter I could never care less about the relationships between the protagonists, it was always the side characters I found more intriguing anyway.

Actually, I think that out of all my 'ships, only Buffy and Angel have been a "good ship", and them I started shipping when I was 14 or something. Drizzt and Catti-brie are generally accepted as the main couple now (after years of indecisive on-offness, thoug), but they weren't that originally and Wulfgar was still around for a long time even after their relationship started to develop.
Shipping is pretty illogical business, and not all of my ships follow the same pattern, but most of them do. I've come to the conclusion that I usually root for relationships that are based on good companionship and/or some kind of deeper connection, mutual understanding. Which probably isn't all that surprising, considering that's the kind of love I would like to find one day. *chuckle*

Mmh. I had much more to write/rant about, but my brain's apparently not functioning properly again. Could be my screwed-up sleeping pattern, I woke up at midnight so I'm starting to feel a bit dizzy. I can't go to sleep yet, though, otherwise I'll never regain a normal pattern.
New Year's Eve tomorrow. I have no idea where I'll be. Possibly in Laitila, possibly in here. With Tommi I'm apparently at odds again at least. He saw himself justified to get mad at me because I couldn't answer the phone when I was at the med center. Pshh, whatever. He's not my pack leader.

I somehow don't want this year to end. Or actually, I don't want year 2008 to start.
I don't know why, I just have a strange, uncomfortable feeling about it.
darnaguen: (awe)
I don't have much time, so I'll just post this short meme thingy:

We all have things about our friends that make us slightly envious.

Not in a bad way, but in a "Wow! I wish I had that person's hair/eyes/money/relationship/toenails/whatever."
So tell me what about me makes you envy me. Then if you feel like it, post this in your LJ and see what makes me envious of you.

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Hehee, the tickets to At World's End will come to pre-sale online tonight. I guess that means I have to stay another night here at my mother's place. Gods, I wish I'll get an internet connection to my own flat soon.
But the good side about not having the access to internet whenever I want is that it prevents me from spoiling myself rotten about Pirates and LOST. I already think I know more than I should about AWE. Not the final outcome of course, very few do.
But from what I have read I think I will severely dislike Will. The boy just doesn't get it. *sigh*
And Jack and Elizabeth are so gonna end up together. C'mon, they have to. Pirates, peas in a pod, birds of a feather and all that. *crosses fingers and toes*


Okay, enough fandom rambling I think. Wish me luck in getting internet soon, kittens.
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Learned my lesson: anti-depressants are NOT for me.

All it took was one tiny little pill to make me feel like shit for almost 24 hours now, and of course my hands started cramping again in the middle of the city. Thank goodness I was expecting it to happen so I didn't panic and it passed quite soon.
I'm actually starting to wonder if there's something wrong with my nervous system as well and that's the reason why those meds have that effect on me.
Oh well, at least I really would have a reason for that sick leave then...

Another lesson I should learn: Don't read/watch spoilers.
And especially stay away from YouTube. Only confuses you more.
Why oh why must we be a whole season behind in Lost? *grumble*

Meh, I once again had lots to write about, but I'm too tired.
Rough day. *chuckle*

EDIT: Couldn't help my curiosity, it bothered my mind too much to not to check.
And actually I'm quite glad I did. Sad scene my ass, go Skate! \,,/
(yes, I'm a shameless shipper, sue me)

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