dangermousie: (Buffy: BA swords by cinzia81)
I have just developed an interest in watching Angel:



Yes, I clearly need an angsty doomed love story in my shows to be interested, I am so predicatable.

Since I know people get very keen on their ships and might not want to see MVs for ships they don't ship, the vid above is Fred/Wes. It's also very very spoilery.

I loved Wesley even when he was the geeky inffectual adorable dork on Buffy, and I know on Angel they gave him AAAANGST, darkness, and having his throat slit (S3?) I approve.

I am oh-so-very-predictable.

A couple more MVs )

And yes, I am as spoiled for Angel as it's possible to be. That's how I like it :)
dangermousie: (Buffy: BA swords by cinzia81)
I have just developed an interest in watching Angel:



Yes, I clearly need an angsty doomed love story in my shows to be interested, I am so predicatable.

Since I know people get very keen on their ships and might not want to see MVs for ships they don't ship, the vid above is Fred/Wes. It's also very very spoilery.

I loved Wesley even when he was the geeky inffectual adorable dork on Buffy, and I know on Angel they gave him AAAANGST, darkness, and having his throat slit (S3?) I approve.

I am oh-so-very-predictable.

A couple more MVs )

And yes, I am as spoiled for Angel as it's possible to be. That's how I like it :)
dangermousie: (Buffy: BA swords by cinzia81)
I have just developed an interest in watching Angel:



Yes, I clearly need an angsty doomed love story in my shows to be interested, I am so predicatable.

Since I know people get very keen on their ships and might not want to see MVs for ships they don't ship, the vid above is Fred/Wes. It's also very very spoilery.

I loved Wesley even when he was the geeky inffectual adorable dork on Buffy, and I know on Angel they gave him AAAANGST, darkness, and having his throat slit (S3?) I approve.

I am oh-so-very-predictable.

A couple more MVs )

And yes, I am as spoiled for Angel as it's possible to be. That's how I like it :)
dangermousie: (Legend: hands on armor by alexandral)
In a little vacuum after Legend (and before it took over, as well), in-between watching the airbrushed angst of Beautiful Days (seriously, Hero. Just ditch the family and move to Canada, Australia, or Brazil. You’ll be much happier), I have also tried watching/reading various things that I haven’t posted about before, with various degrees of success.

WATCHING

1. Angel the Series: I did start AtS and watched the Pilot. While a little clunky, it was nonetheless quite fun, whether because David Boreanaz looked quite good, I was amused by Doyle, or because of coat-billowing scenes. I like Cordelia much better than I did when I was younger (she is amusing on my screen) but I’d still sic a pit bull on her if I had to deal with her in RL.

2. I have watched Tricky Master, a made in 2000 Stephen Chow movie. The plot made no sense and was there just for very very lowbrow gags. Regrettably for my claims to taste, I LOLed throughout.

3. Me and Romeo x Juliet anime just don’t gel. It’s beautifully animated, has a cool concept and nice enough characters, but I find it a struggle to get through more than one ep at a time. I think I’ll be waving it buh-bye.

4. I have tried Legend of Hyang Dan, a two-part ‘special’ (i.e. short) drama, which is yet another reinterpretation of the famous classic Chunhyang story (you know: she is virtuous courtesan, he high official/righter of wrongs, star-crossed love blah blah). In this two-parter, the take on the story is comic and light-hearted, and largely similar to the classic tale but also with a twist. Our hero, Mong-Ryong, is a useless upperclass lamo by day but a daring Robin Hood by night. Or something. One day, running away from the law, he crosses paths not with Chun-Hyang, but her practical, sweet servant Hyang Dan. And that is who he falls in love with, not Chun-Hyang. Ergo the twist.

It appears cute enough, but trying it after the Legend is about the worst timing for it. It’s like having chips after a fancy French meal. I like chips a lot, but you have to admit, this would really not work. It also suffers in comparison both with the amazing arthousy movie Chunhyang, that came out a few years back (and was a serious, classic treatment of the story) and the adorable and sharp Delightful Girl Chun-Hyang drama from two or so years back, with its modern twist on the story. Of course, comparing an enjoyable if unearthshaking special with an arthouse film and two of the best kdramas out there is a bit unfair. It does appear a pleasant way to spend a couple of hours and I will be finishing it soon. Still, when a character made a Hong Gil Dong reference, I caught myself checking for more subs of HGD instead :)

5. By far the best of the bunch of ‘new’ things checked out is the currently airing Robbers. Robbers is a drama which involves a character played by Jang Hyuk (mmm, quite hot!), a handsome, unscrupulous conman who makes his living by preying on women and getting their money, and his interaction with a clear-headed, adorable single mother, played by my kdrama favorite, Lee Da Hae. Something tells me he will fall for her instead.

I am only 15 or so minutes into it, but I loved it. LDH is, as usual, irresistible. Unlike in her previous drama Hello Miss, she also doesn’t have to play a high-strung character, which helps. Jang Hyuk is handsome and unrepentant and while his character is not nice by any stretch of the imagination, he is incredibly fun to watch. I can’t wait to see sparks fly. Plus, the colors are pretty and other characters appear cool too. First five eps have been subbed so I foresee a pleasant catching-up.

I have also fallen behind on 1 Pound No Fukuin (and need to catch up) and can’t wait for more Hong Gil Dong.

READING

1. Heyday by Kurt Andersen. Set in 1840s USA, it’s a good read, a sort of novel Dickens might have written if he was a contemporary author. The author is a bit too fond of ‘oddity’ but it’s a good book overall. There is a love story, adventure, and a murder or three.

2. A History of the World in Six Glasses by Tom Standage. A fun and poppy (if too Eurocentric for my liking) read about the influence on human civilization of beer, wine, liquor, tea, coffee, and soda.

3. Cygnet by Patricia McKillip. Based on a post by queenofthorns. It’s a collection of two different fantasy novels. It seems good so far but I haven’t read enough to be sure.
dangermousie: (Legend: hands on armor by alexandral)
In a little vacuum after Legend (and before it took over, as well), in-between watching the airbrushed angst of Beautiful Days (seriously, Hero. Just ditch the family and move to Canada, Australia, or Brazil. You’ll be much happier), I have also tried watching/reading various things that I haven’t posted about before, with various degrees of success.

WATCHING

1. Angel the Series: I did start AtS and watched the Pilot. While a little clunky, it was nonetheless quite fun, whether because David Boreanaz looked quite good, I was amused by Doyle, or because of coat-billowing scenes. I like Cordelia much better than I did when I was younger (she is amusing on my screen) but I’d still sic a pit bull on her if I had to deal with her in RL.

2. I have watched Tricky Master, a made in 2000 Stephen Chow movie. The plot made no sense and was there just for very very lowbrow gags. Regrettably for my claims to taste, I LOLed throughout.

3. Me and Romeo x Juliet anime just don’t gel. It’s beautifully animated, has a cool concept and nice enough characters, but I find it a struggle to get through more than one ep at a time. I think I’ll be waving it buh-bye.

4. I have tried Legend of Hyang Dan, a two-part ‘special’ (i.e. short) drama, which is yet another reinterpretation of the famous classic Chunhyang story (you know: she is virtuous courtesan, he high official/righter of wrongs, star-crossed love blah blah). In this two-parter, the take on the story is comic and light-hearted, and largely similar to the classic tale but also with a twist. Our hero, Mong-Ryong, is a useless upperclass lamo by day but a daring Robin Hood by night. Or something. One day, running away from the law, he crosses paths not with Chun-Hyang, but her practical, sweet servant Hyang Dan. And that is who he falls in love with, not Chun-Hyang. Ergo the twist.

It appears cute enough, but trying it after the Legend is about the worst timing for it. It’s like having chips after a fancy French meal. I like chips a lot, but you have to admit, this would really not work. It also suffers in comparison both with the amazing arthousy movie Chunhyang, that came out a few years back (and was a serious, classic treatment of the story) and the adorable and sharp Delightful Girl Chun-Hyang drama from two or so years back, with its modern twist on the story. Of course, comparing an enjoyable if unearthshaking special with an arthouse film and two of the best kdramas out there is a bit unfair. It does appear a pleasant way to spend a couple of hours and I will be finishing it soon. Still, when a character made a Hong Gil Dong reference, I caught myself checking for more subs of HGD instead :)

5. By far the best of the bunch of ‘new’ things checked out is the currently airing Robbers. Robbers is a drama which involves a character played by Jang Hyuk (mmm, quite hot!), a handsome, unscrupulous conman who makes his living by preying on women and getting their money, and his interaction with a clear-headed, adorable single mother, played by my kdrama favorite, Lee Da Hae. Something tells me he will fall for her instead.

I am only 15 or so minutes into it, but I loved it. LDH is, as usual, irresistible. Unlike in her previous drama Hello Miss, she also doesn’t have to play a high-strung character, which helps. Jang Hyuk is handsome and unrepentant and while his character is not nice by any stretch of the imagination, he is incredibly fun to watch. I can’t wait to see sparks fly. Plus, the colors are pretty and other characters appear cool too. First five eps have been subbed so I foresee a pleasant catching-up.

I have also fallen behind on 1 Pound No Fukuin (and need to catch up) and can’t wait for more Hong Gil Dong.

READING

1. Heyday by Kurt Andersen. Set in 1840s USA, it’s a good read, a sort of novel Dickens might have written if he was a contemporary author. The author is a bit too fond of ‘oddity’ but it’s a good book overall. There is a love story, adventure, and a murder or three.

2. A History of the World in Six Glasses by Tom Standage. A fun and poppy (if too Eurocentric for my liking) read about the influence on human civilization of beer, wine, liquor, tea, coffee, and soda.

3. Cygnet by Patricia McKillip. Based on a post by queenofthorns. It’s a collection of two different fantasy novels. It seems good so far but I haven’t read enough to be sure.
dangermousie: (Legend: hands on armor by alexandral)
In a little vacuum after Legend (and before it took over, as well), in-between watching the airbrushed angst of Beautiful Days (seriously, Hero. Just ditch the family and move to Canada, Australia, or Brazil. You’ll be much happier), I have also tried watching/reading various things that I haven’t posted about before, with various degrees of success.

WATCHING

1. Angel the Series: I did start AtS and watched the Pilot. While a little clunky, it was nonetheless quite fun, whether because David Boreanaz looked quite good, I was amused by Doyle, or because of coat-billowing scenes. I like Cordelia much better than I did when I was younger (she is amusing on my screen) but I’d still sic a pit bull on her if I had to deal with her in RL.

2. I have watched Tricky Master, a made in 2000 Stephen Chow movie. The plot made no sense and was there just for very very lowbrow gags. Regrettably for my claims to taste, I LOLed throughout.

3. Me and Romeo x Juliet anime just don’t gel. It’s beautifully animated, has a cool concept and nice enough characters, but I find it a struggle to get through more than one ep at a time. I think I’ll be waving it buh-bye.

4. I have tried Legend of Hyang Dan, a two-part ‘special’ (i.e. short) drama, which is yet another reinterpretation of the famous classic Chunhyang story (you know: she is virtuous courtesan, he high official/righter of wrongs, star-crossed love blah blah). In this two-parter, the take on the story is comic and light-hearted, and largely similar to the classic tale but also with a twist. Our hero, Mong-Ryong, is a useless upperclass lamo by day but a daring Robin Hood by night. Or something. One day, running away from the law, he crosses paths not with Chun-Hyang, but her practical, sweet servant Hyang Dan. And that is who he falls in love with, not Chun-Hyang. Ergo the twist.

It appears cute enough, but trying it after the Legend is about the worst timing for it. It’s like having chips after a fancy French meal. I like chips a lot, but you have to admit, this would really not work. It also suffers in comparison both with the amazing arthousy movie Chunhyang, that came out a few years back (and was a serious, classic treatment of the story) and the adorable and sharp Delightful Girl Chun-Hyang drama from two or so years back, with its modern twist on the story. Of course, comparing an enjoyable if unearthshaking special with an arthouse film and two of the best kdramas out there is a bit unfair. It does appear a pleasant way to spend a couple of hours and I will be finishing it soon. Still, when a character made a Hong Gil Dong reference, I caught myself checking for more subs of HGD instead :)

5. By far the best of the bunch of ‘new’ things checked out is the currently airing Robbers. Robbers is a drama which involves a character played by Jang Hyuk (mmm, quite hot!), a handsome, unscrupulous conman who makes his living by preying on women and getting their money, and his interaction with a clear-headed, adorable single mother, played by my kdrama favorite, Lee Da Hae. Something tells me he will fall for her instead.

I am only 15 or so minutes into it, but I loved it. LDH is, as usual, irresistible. Unlike in her previous drama Hello Miss, she also doesn’t have to play a high-strung character, which helps. Jang Hyuk is handsome and unrepentant and while his character is not nice by any stretch of the imagination, he is incredibly fun to watch. I can’t wait to see sparks fly. Plus, the colors are pretty and other characters appear cool too. First five eps have been subbed so I foresee a pleasant catching-up.

I have also fallen behind on 1 Pound No Fukuin (and need to catch up) and can’t wait for more Hong Gil Dong.

READING

1. Heyday by Kurt Andersen. Set in 1840s USA, it’s a good read, a sort of novel Dickens might have written if he was a contemporary author. The author is a bit too fond of ‘oddity’ but it’s a good book overall. There is a love story, adventure, and a murder or three.

2. A History of the World in Six Glasses by Tom Standage. A fun and poppy (if too Eurocentric for my liking) read about the influence on human civilization of beer, wine, liquor, tea, coffee, and soda.

3. Cygnet by Patricia McKillip. Based on a post by queenofthorns. It’s a collection of two different fantasy novels. It seems good so far but I haven’t read enough to be sure.
dangermousie: (Bond by svilleficrecs)
...but I am going to start Angel: the Show watch.

[livejournal.com profile] morwen_peredhil's posts finally pushed me to do it. Before that I've only seen one AtS ep (I Will Remember You).

This Fred/Wes vid sort of pushed me over the edge, for who knows what reason:

dangermousie: (Bond by svilleficrecs)
...but I am going to start Angel: the Show watch.

[livejournal.com profile] morwen_peredhil's posts finally pushed me to do it. Before that I've only seen one AtS ep (I Will Remember You).

This Fred/Wes vid sort of pushed me over the edge, for who knows what reason:

dangermousie: (Bond by svilleficrecs)
...but I am going to start Angel: the Show watch.

[livejournal.com profile] morwen_peredhil's posts finally pushed me to do it. Before that I've only seen one AtS ep (I Will Remember You).

This Fred/Wes vid sort of pushed me over the edge, for who knows what reason:

dangermousie: (Farscape: JA wedding b&w by icequeen3101)
I have watched some Moonlight clips.

They make out in the shower? (For plot related reasons of course :D)

And she has him bite her to save him? And he is so ashaaaaaaaamed because now she will see him as a monster?????? Eleventy. Even if Buffy did it before, you can never have too much of a good thing.

THIS ROCKS. My inner twelve-year-old is wallowing like mad.

Heh. Their lurve is soooooo emoooooo. It's like a kdrama dubbed into English :P



Something like Buffy you glee over and analyze with your friends, and eventually there are slim volumes in the book-store about how relevant/hip this is. With Moonlight, you squee madly in a half-embarassed way and instead of pop psychology volumes, there are you and your friends teasing each other over the OMG!Soulmates!eleventy vibe, as you can't stop watching at the same time.

You know, if Buffy* and Angel were the clever modern fantasy novel** take on the vampire genre, Moonlight is that cheesy romance novel that you hide in the back of your bookshelf*** but totally refuse to give up.

And oh boy, since I love cheesy romance novels now and then, this so hits the spot. It's my new Roswell, the show whose plots often made me go 'whaaaaa?' but I stayed mesmerized because of all the totally shamelessly romantic OTP stuff.

* Oh, this is so making me want to rewatch Buffy. I started a rewatch way back but then got sidetracked after S2's first ep (even though s2-3 are my fave). Definitely rewatch.

** The one you bring up to read at Starbucks when you are between boyfriends and want to seem trendy and cool just in case. Don't forget the boots with chunky heels and a bag with Chinese characters on it.

*** My posting about it to 250 people clearly demonstrates the lack of shame though :)
dangermousie: (Farscape: JA wedding b&w by icequeen3101)
I have watched some Moonlight clips.

They make out in the shower? (For plot related reasons of course :D)

And she has him bite her to save him? And he is so ashaaaaaaaamed because now she will see him as a monster?????? Eleventy. Even if Buffy did it before, you can never have too much of a good thing.

THIS ROCKS. My inner twelve-year-old is wallowing like mad.

Heh. Their lurve is soooooo emoooooo. It's like a kdrama dubbed into English :P



Something like Buffy you glee over and analyze with your friends, and eventually there are slim volumes in the book-store about how relevant/hip this is. With Moonlight, you squee madly in a half-embarassed way and instead of pop psychology volumes, there are you and your friends teasing each other over the OMG!Soulmates!eleventy vibe, as you can't stop watching at the same time.

You know, if Buffy* and Angel were the clever modern fantasy novel** take on the vampire genre, Moonlight is that cheesy romance novel that you hide in the back of your bookshelf*** but totally refuse to give up.

And oh boy, since I love cheesy romance novels now and then, this so hits the spot. It's my new Roswell, the show whose plots often made me go 'whaaaaa?' but I stayed mesmerized because of all the totally shamelessly romantic OTP stuff.

* Oh, this is so making me want to rewatch Buffy. I started a rewatch way back but then got sidetracked after S2's first ep (even though s2-3 are my fave). Definitely rewatch.

** The one you bring up to read at Starbucks when you are between boyfriends and want to seem trendy and cool just in case. Don't forget the boots with chunky heels and a bag with Chinese characters on it.

*** My posting about it to 250 people clearly demonstrates the lack of shame though :)
dangermousie: (Farscape: JA wedding b&w by icequeen3101)
I have watched some Moonlight clips.

They make out in the shower? (For plot related reasons of course :D)

And she has him bite her to save him? And he is so ashaaaaaaaamed because now she will see him as a monster?????? Eleventy. Even if Buffy did it before, you can never have too much of a good thing.

THIS ROCKS. My inner twelve-year-old is wallowing like mad.

Heh. Their lurve is soooooo emoooooo. It's like a kdrama dubbed into English :P



Something like Buffy you glee over and analyze with your friends, and eventually there are slim volumes in the book-store about how relevant/hip this is. With Moonlight, you squee madly in a half-embarassed way and instead of pop psychology volumes, there are you and your friends teasing each other over the OMG!Soulmates!eleventy vibe, as you can't stop watching at the same time.

You know, if Buffy* and Angel were the clever modern fantasy novel** take on the vampire genre, Moonlight is that cheesy romance novel that you hide in the back of your bookshelf*** but totally refuse to give up.

And oh boy, since I love cheesy romance novels now and then, this so hits the spot. It's my new Roswell, the show whose plots often made me go 'whaaaaa?' but I stayed mesmerized because of all the totally shamelessly romantic OTP stuff.

* Oh, this is so making me want to rewatch Buffy. I started a rewatch way back but then got sidetracked after S2's first ep (even though s2-3 are my fave). Definitely rewatch.

** The one you bring up to read at Starbucks when you are between boyfriends and want to seem trendy and cool just in case. Don't forget the boots with chunky heels and a bag with Chinese characters on it.

*** My posting about it to 250 people clearly demonstrates the lack of shame though :)
dangermousie: (Default)
Finished ep 3 of Return of the Condor Heroes. [livejournal.com profile] crumpeteer is right, that kid was incredibly annoying. But I don't particularly care as now he is grown-up and incredibly beefcakey. Moral of the story? Be kind to stray children for they will grow into prime rib :P

Or something.

No angst so far, which is disappointing. I neeeeeeeed hot people angst.

In news of other violent hotties, Fair warning: I plan to embark on a rewatch of my favorite movie of all time: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (yes, I do think they are one movie). I discovered the books when I was 12 and fell in love with them. When years later I discovered movies would be made out of them, I was both excited and terrified. Best Friend and I would talk about it for hours.

But they turned out perfect, like someone reached into my imagination and plucked it down on the screen. It’s the kind of feeling you get when you walk out of the theater and the world feels less intense and real. Total dream-state.

If I had LJ at that point, it would have been a scarily fixated LOTR zone.

Yeah, I am the geek who took time off work for Trilogy Tuesday (Mr. Mousie and I both agree it was the best movie experience ever).

And when we were in New Zealand around Queenstown four or so years ago, yeah, we totally geeked out and took a tour of whether they filmed.

I am a fangirl.

So rewatch probably means a lot of posts.

Also, Aragorn? Hottest, most awesome movie hero ever. Yeah. Not that I don’t adore the hobbits or Legolas or Faramir or Eomer but you know. Girl’s got her priorities.

Also, I realized that while I watched and loved Buffy I never really watched Angel even though Best Friend was a huge fan and she is a good indicator of what I’d like. Should I give it a try?

Also, people have been going back and forth about VM’s last night ep being a series finale with no closure. Some (like me) being annoyed like heck and other saying ‘it’s noir’ or ‘he didn’t know he wouldn’t be renewed.’

OK.

It’s not the fact that it has no neat tidy ending that bothers me. Farscape’s last episode was ‘Bad Timing,’ the ending of which literally had me scream and scream and scream at the TV (Mr. Mousie went for the earplugs). At that time, they didn’t know they’d be able to get $$$ together to film the miniseries. And all they needed to do to have tied it up more or less was to snip off the last two minutes or so.

Yet?

I thought it was one of the most brilliant things I’ve ever seen, even as it broke my heart.

Why?

Ending it the way they wanted, and no tinkering was no ‘I am bargaining with the network because if it’s a cliffhanger, they’ll have me come back’ was the modus operandi. This is the way they saw the ep end. Close of story. And because David Kemper and Co. went out with guns blazing (second half of S4 is my favorite FS ever), because they didn’t do everything and anything, ditch their core concept, dumb down to get more viewers? To me the jaw-dropping end of BT came across as in line with their desire to do the story their way, and not patheticness.

And also? Because if the end of BT was the end, it would have been a great place to end in, narratively speaking. Yet another empire (even more powerful) out to hunt them down. Earth protected forever. And John and Aeryn finally resolving everything, no need to hide, and this time refusing to be separated in death. They tried it. It sucked.

That desperate last kiss, the blast, and that last shot of their intermingled ashes with the engagement ring sticking out? And D’Argo screaming? It was the perfect Farscapian end: bleak and super-romantic at the same time.

None of the above can be said of VM. The episode wasn’t interesting, nothing was resolved, or left at a place where it could proceed from. And there is no defense of artistic integrity from RT.

So…Buh-bye, disappointing show.

But this reminds me. I am putting ‘Look at the Princess’ eps into DVD player now as it’s where I left off my Farscape rewatch. I really shouldn’t let so many weeks go in between viewings because FS is such a heavily serial show that it dilutes impact to have it interrupted like this.
dangermousie: (Default)
Finished ep 3 of Return of the Condor Heroes. [livejournal.com profile] crumpeteer is right, that kid was incredibly annoying. But I don't particularly care as now he is grown-up and incredibly beefcakey. Moral of the story? Be kind to stray children for they will grow into prime rib :P

Or something.

No angst so far, which is disappointing. I neeeeeeeed hot people angst.

In news of other violent hotties, Fair warning: I plan to embark on a rewatch of my favorite movie of all time: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (yes, I do think they are one movie). I discovered the books when I was 12 and fell in love with them. When years later I discovered movies would be made out of them, I was both excited and terrified. Best Friend and I would talk about it for hours.

But they turned out perfect, like someone reached into my imagination and plucked it down on the screen. It’s the kind of feeling you get when you walk out of the theater and the world feels less intense and real. Total dream-state.

If I had LJ at that point, it would have been a scarily fixated LOTR zone.

Yeah, I am the geek who took time off work for Trilogy Tuesday (Mr. Mousie and I both agree it was the best movie experience ever).

And when we were in New Zealand around Queenstown four or so years ago, yeah, we totally geeked out and took a tour of whether they filmed.

I am a fangirl.

So rewatch probably means a lot of posts.

Also, Aragorn? Hottest, most awesome movie hero ever. Yeah. Not that I don’t adore the hobbits or Legolas or Faramir or Eomer but you know. Girl’s got her priorities.

Also, I realized that while I watched and loved Buffy I never really watched Angel even though Best Friend was a huge fan and she is a good indicator of what I’d like. Should I give it a try?

Also, people have been going back and forth about VM’s last night ep being a series finale with no closure. Some (like me) being annoyed like heck and other saying ‘it’s noir’ or ‘he didn’t know he wouldn’t be renewed.’

OK.

It’s not the fact that it has no neat tidy ending that bothers me. Farscape’s last episode was ‘Bad Timing,’ the ending of which literally had me scream and scream and scream at the TV (Mr. Mousie went for the earplugs). At that time, they didn’t know they’d be able to get $$$ together to film the miniseries. And all they needed to do to have tied it up more or less was to snip off the last two minutes or so.

Yet?

I thought it was one of the most brilliant things I’ve ever seen, even as it broke my heart.

Why?

Ending it the way they wanted, and no tinkering was no ‘I am bargaining with the network because if it’s a cliffhanger, they’ll have me come back’ was the modus operandi. This is the way they saw the ep end. Close of story. And because David Kemper and Co. went out with guns blazing (second half of S4 is my favorite FS ever), because they didn’t do everything and anything, ditch their core concept, dumb down to get more viewers? To me the jaw-dropping end of BT came across as in line with their desire to do the story their way, and not patheticness.

And also? Because if the end of BT was the end, it would have been a great place to end in, narratively speaking. Yet another empire (even more powerful) out to hunt them down. Earth protected forever. And John and Aeryn finally resolving everything, no need to hide, and this time refusing to be separated in death. They tried it. It sucked.

That desperate last kiss, the blast, and that last shot of their intermingled ashes with the engagement ring sticking out? And D’Argo screaming? It was the perfect Farscapian end: bleak and super-romantic at the same time.

None of the above can be said of VM. The episode wasn’t interesting, nothing was resolved, or left at a place where it could proceed from. And there is no defense of artistic integrity from RT.

So…Buh-bye, disappointing show.

But this reminds me. I am putting ‘Look at the Princess’ eps into DVD player now as it’s where I left off my Farscape rewatch. I really shouldn’t let so many weeks go in between viewings because FS is such a heavily serial show that it dilutes impact to have it interrupted like this.
dangermousie: (Default)
Finished ep 3 of Return of the Condor Heroes. [livejournal.com profile] crumpeteer is right, that kid was incredibly annoying. But I don't particularly care as now he is grown-up and incredibly beefcakey. Moral of the story? Be kind to stray children for they will grow into prime rib :P

Or something.

No angst so far, which is disappointing. I neeeeeeeed hot people angst.

In news of other violent hotties, Fair warning: I plan to embark on a rewatch of my favorite movie of all time: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (yes, I do think they are one movie). I discovered the books when I was 12 and fell in love with them. When years later I discovered movies would be made out of them, I was both excited and terrified. Best Friend and I would talk about it for hours.

But they turned out perfect, like someone reached into my imagination and plucked it down on the screen. It’s the kind of feeling you get when you walk out of the theater and the world feels less intense and real. Total dream-state.

If I had LJ at that point, it would have been a scarily fixated LOTR zone.

Yeah, I am the geek who took time off work for Trilogy Tuesday (Mr. Mousie and I both agree it was the best movie experience ever).

And when we were in New Zealand around Queenstown four or so years ago, yeah, we totally geeked out and took a tour of whether they filmed.

I am a fangirl.

So rewatch probably means a lot of posts.

Also, Aragorn? Hottest, most awesome movie hero ever. Yeah. Not that I don’t adore the hobbits or Legolas or Faramir or Eomer but you know. Girl’s got her priorities.

Also, I realized that while I watched and loved Buffy I never really watched Angel even though Best Friend was a huge fan and she is a good indicator of what I’d like. Should I give it a try?

Also, people have been going back and forth about VM’s last night ep being a series finale with no closure. Some (like me) being annoyed like heck and other saying ‘it’s noir’ or ‘he didn’t know he wouldn’t be renewed.’

OK.

It’s not the fact that it has no neat tidy ending that bothers me. Farscape’s last episode was ‘Bad Timing,’ the ending of which literally had me scream and scream and scream at the TV (Mr. Mousie went for the earplugs). At that time, they didn’t know they’d be able to get $$$ together to film the miniseries. And all they needed to do to have tied it up more or less was to snip off the last two minutes or so.

Yet?

I thought it was one of the most brilliant things I’ve ever seen, even as it broke my heart.

Why?

Ending it the way they wanted, and no tinkering was no ‘I am bargaining with the network because if it’s a cliffhanger, they’ll have me come back’ was the modus operandi. This is the way they saw the ep end. Close of story. And because David Kemper and Co. went out with guns blazing (second half of S4 is my favorite FS ever), because they didn’t do everything and anything, ditch their core concept, dumb down to get more viewers? To me the jaw-dropping end of BT came across as in line with their desire to do the story their way, and not patheticness.

And also? Because if the end of BT was the end, it would have been a great place to end in, narratively speaking. Yet another empire (even more powerful) out to hunt them down. Earth protected forever. And John and Aeryn finally resolving everything, no need to hide, and this time refusing to be separated in death. They tried it. It sucked.

That desperate last kiss, the blast, and that last shot of their intermingled ashes with the engagement ring sticking out? And D’Argo screaming? It was the perfect Farscapian end: bleak and super-romantic at the same time.

None of the above can be said of VM. The episode wasn’t interesting, nothing was resolved, or left at a place where it could proceed from. And there is no defense of artistic integrity from RT.

So…Buh-bye, disappointing show.

But this reminds me. I am putting ‘Look at the Princess’ eps into DVD player now as it’s where I left off my Farscape rewatch. I really shouldn’t let so many weeks go in between viewings because FS is such a heavily serial show that it dilutes impact to have it interrupted like this.

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