dangermousie: (Three Kingdoms: Lu Bu)
1. A little squee about ep 10 of 49 Days )

2. I continue to be obsessed with K.O. 3an Guo. It's hilarious but also knows how to tug at me. Also, my crush on Guan Yu is sort of insane now. I basically ship him with Diao Chan because I think the boy should have everything he wants, though my interest in Diao Chan herself is pretty much nil. She's tough in her own quiet way, but compared to Xiao Qiao or the recently appearing Shang Xiang (who is all sorts of magnificent), she sort of fades into the background.

Caps caps caps )

3. A quick bit about New Tales of the Gisaeng.

A few caps and thoughts here )

4. So, Romantic Red Rouge.

Here here here here )

5. So yes, I had these Jade Palace Lock Heart caps forever. I confess I haven't finished the drama yet, for the oddest reason. I am hoarding - I don't want it to end!

Some caps and thoughts )

6. So, more Legend of the Condor Heroes here here here here here )

7. I've only been able to watch the tragic parts of Young Warriors of the Yang Clan sporadically because - tragic. But this scene just might be one of my favorites, because I am in awe of Six's ability to forgive and his grace to PM's awful daughter. He's is amazing - under these circumstances, with his family dead, with her trying to kill his soldiers and trying to force him to kill his OTP. He can still forgive and find good in her.

Scene here )

8. So, Doctor Who first ep of new season. Quick thought )
dangermousie: (Three Kingdoms: Lu Bu)
1. A little squee about ep 10 of 49 Days )

2. I continue to be obsessed with K.O. 3an Guo. It's hilarious but also knows how to tug at me. Also, my crush on Guan Yu is sort of insane now. I basically ship him with Diao Chan because I think the boy should have everything he wants, though my interest in Diao Chan herself is pretty much nil. She's tough in her own quiet way, but compared to Xiao Qiao or the recently appearing Shang Xiang (who is all sorts of magnificent), she sort of fades into the background.

Caps caps caps )

3. A quick bit about New Tales of the Gisaeng.

A few caps and thoughts here )

4. So, Romantic Red Rouge.

Here here here here )

5. So yes, I had these Jade Palace Lock Heart caps forever. I confess I haven't finished the drama yet, for the oddest reason. I am hoarding - I don't want it to end!

Some caps and thoughts )

6. So, more Legend of the Condor Heroes here here here here here )

7. I've only been able to watch the tragic parts of Young Warriors of the Yang Clan sporadically because - tragic. But this scene just might be one of my favorites, because I am in awe of Six's ability to forgive and his grace to PM's awful daughter. He's is amazing - under these circumstances, with his family dead, with her trying to kill his soldiers and trying to force him to kill his OTP. He can still forgive and find good in her.

Scene here )

8. So, Doctor Who first ep of new season. Quick thought )
dangermousie: (Three Kingdoms: Lu Bu)
1. A little squee about ep 10 of 49 Days )

2. I continue to be obsessed with K.O. 3an Guo. It's hilarious but also knows how to tug at me. Also, my crush on Guan Yu is sort of insane now. I basically ship him with Diao Chan because I think the boy should have everything he wants, though my interest in Diao Chan herself is pretty much nil. She's tough in her own quiet way, but compared to Xiao Qiao or the recently appearing Shang Xiang (who is all sorts of magnificent), she sort of fades into the background.

Caps caps caps )

3. A quick bit about New Tales of the Gisaeng.

A few caps and thoughts here )

4. So, Romantic Red Rouge.

Here here here here )

5. So yes, I had these Jade Palace Lock Heart caps forever. I confess I haven't finished the drama yet, for the oddest reason. I am hoarding - I don't want it to end!

Some caps and thoughts )

6. So, more Legend of the Condor Heroes here here here here here )

7. I've only been able to watch the tragic parts of Young Warriors of the Yang Clan sporadically because - tragic. But this scene just might be one of my favorites, because I am in awe of Six's ability to forgive and his grace to PM's awful daughter. He's is amazing - under these circumstances, with his family dead, with her trying to kill his soldiers and trying to force him to kill his OTP. He can still forgive and find good in her.

Scene here )

8. So, Doctor Who first ep of new season. Quick thought )
dangermousie: (Dr Who: snog closeup by likestarlight)


(It was almost impossible to find a non-spoilery shot to put outside of cut)

SQUEE MAD SQUEE.

Loved it to bits. Overall, uneven season but so awesome in the second half.

Because I am a shippery shipper, largely shipper caps caps caps )
dangermousie: (Dr Who: snog closeup by likestarlight)


(It was almost impossible to find a non-spoilery shot to put outside of cut)

SQUEE MAD SQUEE.

Loved it to bits. Overall, uneven season but so awesome in the second half.

Because I am a shippery shipper, largely shipper caps caps caps )
dangermousie: (Dr Who: snog closeup by likestarlight)


(It was almost impossible to find a non-spoilery shot to put outside of cut)

SQUEE MAD SQUEE.

Loved it to bits. Overall, uneven season but so awesome in the second half.

Because I am a shippery shipper, largely shipper caps caps caps )
dangermousie: (Dr Who: Rose by miss_strawberry)
The Dalek in WW2 ep of this seaon of Doctor Who is the first time I didn't dislike this season. Figures - it wasn't written by Moffat.

I still find Amy completely not interesting - more like a TV fantasy of what a quirky girl should be than a relatable human being (compare to Rose, Donna, and to a lesser degree Martha). Even her prettiness is perfect-actress prettiness. She is a construct, not a person. But then Eleven isn't particularly working for me emotionally either. When he was doing his Dalek-related meltdown, I was very much not interested. I suppose I don't want to throttle him, the way I did in the first ep with his shenanigans about food. That's something.

The reason I loved Russell T. Davies' Who was because these people and their relationships and reactions felt real. Sure, aliens taking over London or planets being towed, or the very existence of a near-immortal time traveller are not realistic. But the characters' reactions to these impossibilities, their emotions, were. I was invested. I cared for Nine/Ten's happiness, I cared for what happened to companions and other people he came across. I keep hearing that RTD's years weren't very Who. But I was never a Who fan to start with. RTD was the first time I have ever felt even slightly motivated to check the show out. For all I know the fandom is right and Moffat is a lot more on track with what classical Who is. But if that is the case - he may be in line with what classic Who was or what fandom wants. But it's not what I want, not what works for me. What I like is the RTD version. If it's not much like classic Who, all that means is that classic Who and I aren't meant to be buddies. And neither am I and Moffat's show apparently.

I will likely keep watching the season - Mr. Mousie enjoys it and it makes a nice together activity. But if it wasn't for that, I wouldn't even think twice about it because what this new show is, for me, is utterly and completely forgettable.

I thought RTD's first season was the best science fiction can be - explore what it meant to be human and the implications of trauma and time travel and everything. S2 continued that even if not as brilliantly, but still remarkably well. S3 and 4 were uneven but when they were good, they were amazing. Specials (i.e. truncated S5) rather bored me. But sadly, Moffat's reign looks to make those specials wonderful to me in comparison.

From the previews for next week it looks as if they are bringing back River Song. *groan*
dangermousie: (Dr Who: Rose by miss_strawberry)
The Dalek in WW2 ep of this seaon of Doctor Who is the first time I didn't dislike this season. Figures - it wasn't written by Moffat.

I still find Amy completely not interesting - more like a TV fantasy of what a quirky girl should be than a relatable human being (compare to Rose, Donna, and to a lesser degree Martha). Even her prettiness is perfect-actress prettiness. She is a construct, not a person. But then Eleven isn't particularly working for me emotionally either. When he was doing his Dalek-related meltdown, I was very much not interested. I suppose I don't want to throttle him, the way I did in the first ep with his shenanigans about food. That's something.

The reason I loved Russell T. Davies' Who was because these people and their relationships and reactions felt real. Sure, aliens taking over London or planets being towed, or the very existence of a near-immortal time traveller are not realistic. But the characters' reactions to these impossibilities, their emotions, were. I was invested. I cared for Nine/Ten's happiness, I cared for what happened to companions and other people he came across. I keep hearing that RTD's years weren't very Who. But I was never a Who fan to start with. RTD was the first time I have ever felt even slightly motivated to check the show out. For all I know the fandom is right and Moffat is a lot more on track with what classical Who is. But if that is the case - he may be in line with what classic Who was or what fandom wants. But it's not what I want, not what works for me. What I like is the RTD version. If it's not much like classic Who, all that means is that classic Who and I aren't meant to be buddies. And neither am I and Moffat's show apparently.

I will likely keep watching the season - Mr. Mousie enjoys it and it makes a nice together activity. But if it wasn't for that, I wouldn't even think twice about it because what this new show is, for me, is utterly and completely forgettable.

I thought RTD's first season was the best science fiction can be - explore what it meant to be human and the implications of trauma and time travel and everything. S2 continued that even if not as brilliantly, but still remarkably well. S3 and 4 were uneven but when they were good, they were amazing. Specials (i.e. truncated S5) rather bored me. But sadly, Moffat's reign looks to make those specials wonderful to me in comparison.

From the previews for next week it looks as if they are bringing back River Song. *groan*
dangermousie: (Dr Who: Rose by miss_strawberry)
The Dalek in WW2 ep of this seaon of Doctor Who is the first time I didn't dislike this season. Figures - it wasn't written by Moffat.

I still find Amy completely not interesting - more like a TV fantasy of what a quirky girl should be than a relatable human being (compare to Rose, Donna, and to a lesser degree Martha). Even her prettiness is perfect-actress prettiness. She is a construct, not a person. But then Eleven isn't particularly working for me emotionally either. When he was doing his Dalek-related meltdown, I was very much not interested. I suppose I don't want to throttle him, the way I did in the first ep with his shenanigans about food. That's something.

The reason I loved Russell T. Davies' Who was because these people and their relationships and reactions felt real. Sure, aliens taking over London or planets being towed, or the very existence of a near-immortal time traveller are not realistic. But the characters' reactions to these impossibilities, their emotions, were. I was invested. I cared for Nine/Ten's happiness, I cared for what happened to companions and other people he came across. I keep hearing that RTD's years weren't very Who. But I was never a Who fan to start with. RTD was the first time I have ever felt even slightly motivated to check the show out. For all I know the fandom is right and Moffat is a lot more on track with what classical Who is. But if that is the case - he may be in line with what classic Who was or what fandom wants. But it's not what I want, not what works for me. What I like is the RTD version. If it's not much like classic Who, all that means is that classic Who and I aren't meant to be buddies. And neither am I and Moffat's show apparently.

I will likely keep watching the season - Mr. Mousie enjoys it and it makes a nice together activity. But if it wasn't for that, I wouldn't even think twice about it because what this new show is, for me, is utterly and completely forgettable.

I thought RTD's first season was the best science fiction can be - explore what it meant to be human and the implications of trauma and time travel and everything. S2 continued that even if not as brilliantly, but still remarkably well. S3 and 4 were uneven but when they were good, they were amazing. Specials (i.e. truncated S5) rather bored me. But sadly, Moffat's reign looks to make those specials wonderful to me in comparison.

From the previews for next week it looks as if they are bringing back River Song. *groan*
dangermousie: (HYD: Rui book)
1. I checked out the first episode of the British show Being Human (about a vampire, werewolf and a ghost being rommates - sounds like a start of a very bad joke) and I really really loved it. Shall watch more.

2. I am obsessed by one of the books I am currently reading - North of the DMZ by Andrei Lankov. It's the best nonficition book I've read in months. Lankov writes about every day life in North Korea - if you want to read about nukes and politics this is not the book for you, but he goes into everything from market operation to wedding customs to texbooks. (Sample math problem involves having the children count how many "wolf-like imperialist bastards" did the "brave uncles" of the North Korean army managed to kill).

This book is impeccably researched and written but what really appeals to me is that Lankov is a former USSR citizen (currently working in Seoul) who studied at the Kim Il Sung university as an exchange student in the 1980s - he brings a perspective I haven't seen in books about NK before - as someone from a communist country he is able to see the distorted twisted taken-to-extreme parallels with other communist regimes and lacks the sense of shock that I see in so many Western accounts. Maybe I love it because his attitude is closest to mine (I grew up in the USSR too and my best friend's father worked in North Korea - she lived there for a time. I remember Soviet people thought N.Koreans were insane too). Plus, his information on relationship between USSR, China and NK is fascinating. I was especially interested in defectors from NK to Soviet Union in the 1950s - NK allowed a bunch of NK students to study in Moskow and Moskow was paradise compared to NK. A large number defected, Khruschev took them in, and NK clamped down on studying abroad. (I particularly liked the story of a Korean War hero who led the defectors and whom the NK forces tried to kidnap back in Moskow but he escaped, became a journalist and wrote accounts of NK defectors in the 1970s - I want to get my hands on that book).

I cannot recommend this highly enough.

3. Watched the second ep of this season's Doctor Who. I am OK with Eleven and Amy - I am not invested in them but at least they don't bore me. The ep had plotholes the size of Titanic though (really, all the other countries had tech to leave earth but not England? And none of them would share? As this was what was implied as they were the only ones floating on a whale. Bleh). Also, it got so OTT sentimental, I was ready to claw the screen. Still, at least it kept me mildly amused.

4. Ep 8 of Oh My Lady was cute - favorite part being MW buying Ye Eun all those toys and ruffling her hair or watching the tape of her performance and getting all melty and then seeing a little boy pull her hair and getting indignant. And of course his offer at the end to finance the musical so Gae Hwa will have a job. OML isn't a masterpiece or anything but it is enjoyable.

5. They cast Lee Ji Ah as the secondary female lead in Athena. I was so happy for the male cast but their female casting decisions are wrecking this. Don't misunderstand me - I am a rabd Le Ji Ah fan - I've only seen her in Legend but Sujink, the character she played, was arguably my favorite female character ever. That's the problem. They case boring as dirt Soo Ae as the female lead (whom I don't care for at the best of times) and my darling Sujini as the secondary? WTF? If they expect me to root for Soo Ae over LJA, they are insane.
dangermousie: (HYD: Rui book)
1. I checked out the first episode of the British show Being Human (about a vampire, werewolf and a ghost being rommates - sounds like a start of a very bad joke) and I really really loved it. Shall watch more.

2. I am obsessed by one of the books I am currently reading - North of the DMZ by Andrei Lankov. It's the best nonficition book I've read in months. Lankov writes about every day life in North Korea - if you want to read about nukes and politics this is not the book for you, but he goes into everything from market operation to wedding customs to texbooks. (Sample math problem involves having the children count how many "wolf-like imperialist bastards" did the "brave uncles" of the North Korean army managed to kill).

This book is impeccably researched and written but what really appeals to me is that Lankov is a former USSR citizen (currently working in Seoul) who studied at the Kim Il Sung university as an exchange student in the 1980s - he brings a perspective I haven't seen in books about NK before - as someone from a communist country he is able to see the distorted twisted taken-to-extreme parallels with other communist regimes and lacks the sense of shock that I see in so many Western accounts. Maybe I love it because his attitude is closest to mine (I grew up in the USSR too and my best friend's father worked in North Korea - she lived there for a time. I remember Soviet people thought N.Koreans were insane too). Plus, his information on relationship between USSR, China and NK is fascinating. I was especially interested in defectors from NK to Soviet Union in the 1950s - NK allowed a bunch of NK students to study in Moskow and Moskow was paradise compared to NK. A large number defected, Khruschev took them in, and NK clamped down on studying abroad. (I particularly liked the story of a Korean War hero who led the defectors and whom the NK forces tried to kidnap back in Moskow but he escaped, became a journalist and wrote accounts of NK defectors in the 1970s - I want to get my hands on that book).

I cannot recommend this highly enough.

3. Watched the second ep of this season's Doctor Who. I am OK with Eleven and Amy - I am not invested in them but at least they don't bore me. The ep had plotholes the size of Titanic though (really, all the other countries had tech to leave earth but not England? And none of them would share? As this was what was implied as they were the only ones floating on a whale. Bleh). Also, it got so OTT sentimental, I was ready to claw the screen. Still, at least it kept me mildly amused.

4. Ep 8 of Oh My Lady was cute - favorite part being MW buying Ye Eun all those toys and ruffling her hair or watching the tape of her performance and getting all melty and then seeing a little boy pull her hair and getting indignant. And of course his offer at the end to finance the musical so Gae Hwa will have a job. OML isn't a masterpiece or anything but it is enjoyable.

5. They cast Lee Ji Ah as the secondary female lead in Athena. I was so happy for the male cast but their female casting decisions are wrecking this. Don't misunderstand me - I am a rabd Le Ji Ah fan - I've only seen her in Legend but Sujink, the character she played, was arguably my favorite female character ever. That's the problem. They case boring as dirt Soo Ae as the female lead (whom I don't care for at the best of times) and my darling Sujini as the secondary? WTF? If they expect me to root for Soo Ae over LJA, they are insane.
dangermousie: (HYD: Rui book)
1. I checked out the first episode of the British show Being Human (about a vampire, werewolf and a ghost being rommates - sounds like a start of a very bad joke) and I really really loved it. Shall watch more.

2. I am obsessed by one of the books I am currently reading - North of the DMZ by Andrei Lankov. It's the best nonficition book I've read in months. Lankov writes about every day life in North Korea - if you want to read about nukes and politics this is not the book for you, but he goes into everything from market operation to wedding customs to texbooks. (Sample math problem involves having the children count how many "wolf-like imperialist bastards" did the "brave uncles" of the North Korean army managed to kill).

This book is impeccably researched and written but what really appeals to me is that Lankov is a former USSR citizen (currently working in Seoul) who studied at the Kim Il Sung university as an exchange student in the 1980s - he brings a perspective I haven't seen in books about NK before - as someone from a communist country he is able to see the distorted twisted taken-to-extreme parallels with other communist regimes and lacks the sense of shock that I see in so many Western accounts. Maybe I love it because his attitude is closest to mine (I grew up in the USSR too and my best friend's father worked in North Korea - she lived there for a time. I remember Soviet people thought N.Koreans were insane too). Plus, his information on relationship between USSR, China and NK is fascinating. I was especially interested in defectors from NK to Soviet Union in the 1950s - NK allowed a bunch of NK students to study in Moskow and Moskow was paradise compared to NK. A large number defected, Khruschev took them in, and NK clamped down on studying abroad. (I particularly liked the story of a Korean War hero who led the defectors and whom the NK forces tried to kidnap back in Moskow but he escaped, became a journalist and wrote accounts of NK defectors in the 1970s - I want to get my hands on that book).

I cannot recommend this highly enough.

3. Watched the second ep of this season's Doctor Who. I am OK with Eleven and Amy - I am not invested in them but at least they don't bore me. The ep had plotholes the size of Titanic though (really, all the other countries had tech to leave earth but not England? And none of them would share? As this was what was implied as they were the only ones floating on a whale. Bleh). Also, it got so OTT sentimental, I was ready to claw the screen. Still, at least it kept me mildly amused.

4. Ep 8 of Oh My Lady was cute - favorite part being MW buying Ye Eun all those toys and ruffling her hair or watching the tape of her performance and getting all melty and then seeing a little boy pull her hair and getting indignant. And of course his offer at the end to finance the musical so Gae Hwa will have a job. OML isn't a masterpiece or anything but it is enjoyable.

5. They cast Lee Ji Ah as the secondary female lead in Athena. I was so happy for the male cast but their female casting decisions are wrecking this. Don't misunderstand me - I am a rabd Le Ji Ah fan - I've only seen her in Legend but Sujink, the character she played, was arguably my favorite female character ever. That's the problem. They case boring as dirt Soo Ae as the female lead (whom I don't care for at the best of times) and my darling Sujini as the secondary? WTF? If they expect me to root for Soo Ae over LJA, they are insane.

Newest Who

Apr. 6th, 2010 12:04 am
dangermousie: (Dr Who: Nine/Rose 'plus one' by shootmef)
I am not sure I care for the new Doctor Who or the new Doctor himself, character-wise or looks-wise (Matt Smith is less hideous in motion but still, that face takes some getting used to).

But being shallow I think I can ship them - they have oodles of chemistry and this being Moffat, I see make-outs in their future :P



If I bother to watch more eps, that is. I really didn't care for the pilot - awfully uneven (some good bits and some complete junk) and pretty grating in places. Basically, if Mr Mousie wants to watch more, I'll watch with him but if not - am not sure.

The good thing is - I don't feel at all as if it's a connection of the Nine/Ten seasons so it doesn't bother me, not seeing familiar faces or tropes. I don't really care what they do with Eleven because it rather feels like an AU, emotionally, to me.

Newest Who

Apr. 6th, 2010 12:04 am
dangermousie: (Dr Who: Nine/Rose 'plus one' by shootmef)
I am not sure I care for the new Doctor Who or the new Doctor himself, character-wise or looks-wise (Matt Smith is less hideous in motion but still, that face takes some getting used to).

But being shallow I think I can ship them - they have oodles of chemistry and this being Moffat, I see make-outs in their future :P



If I bother to watch more eps, that is. I really didn't care for the pilot - awfully uneven (some good bits and some complete junk) and pretty grating in places. Basically, if Mr Mousie wants to watch more, I'll watch with him but if not - am not sure.

The good thing is - I don't feel at all as if it's a connection of the Nine/Ten seasons so it doesn't bother me, not seeing familiar faces or tropes. I don't really care what they do with Eleven because it rather feels like an AU, emotionally, to me.

Newest Who

Apr. 6th, 2010 12:04 am
dangermousie: (Dr Who: Nine/Rose 'plus one' by shootmef)
I am not sure I care for the new Doctor Who or the new Doctor himself, character-wise or looks-wise (Matt Smith is less hideous in motion but still, that face takes some getting used to).

But being shallow I think I can ship them - they have oodles of chemistry and this being Moffat, I see make-outs in their future :P



If I bother to watch more eps, that is. I really didn't care for the pilot - awfully uneven (some good bits and some complete junk) and pretty grating in places. Basically, if Mr Mousie wants to watch more, I'll watch with him but if not - am not sure.

The good thing is - I don't feel at all as if it's a connection of the Nine/Ten seasons so it doesn't bother me, not seeing familiar faces or tropes. I don't really care what they do with Eleven because it rather feels like an AU, emotionally, to me.
dangermousie: (Dr Who: snog closeup by likestarlight)


So, I watched Doctor Who's "The End of Time" and my feelings are decidedly mixed.

Some caps and thoughts )

Honestly, I am not sure I will tune into S6 (or whatever number it is). I think every season has been not as good as the previous one and I have been left cold by this one and its ending. I mean, I think S1 is some of the most brilliant scifi I have ever seen, I loved S2 and it was excellent even if it wasn't as brilliant, S3 was uneven but had some amazing amazing eps, and S4 was not as good as S3 even when you factor in that I liked Donna more than Martha - it was basically tolerable for most part. And I really was bored by S5 (or the specials which were de facto S5).
dangermousie: (Dr Who: snog closeup by likestarlight)


So, I watched Doctor Who's "The End of Time" and my feelings are decidedly mixed.

Some caps and thoughts )

Honestly, I am not sure I will tune into S6 (or whatever number it is). I think every season has been not as good as the previous one and I have been left cold by this one and its ending. I mean, I think S1 is some of the most brilliant scifi I have ever seen, I loved S2 and it was excellent even if it wasn't as brilliant, S3 was uneven but had some amazing amazing eps, and S4 was not as good as S3 even when you factor in that I liked Donna more than Martha - it was basically tolerable for most part. And I really was bored by S5 (or the specials which were de facto S5).

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