grassangel: (yeah...)

No advertising for the second series of Sherlock? I almost missed it if it weren't for my friend and her mother. And I really hope you don't have the US cut. 


And Avengers blather, because I can't be bothered opening another tab to ramble. )

Read more... )
grassangel: (yeah...)
So a week ago I watched the new X-men movie.
Which is supposedly bad if you follow the comics at all, but I've only really seen the first and third movies and a sizeable chunk of the animated series in 2005. So to me as a person not too invested in the series, it was fairly shiny and explody but not BAD even though there wasn't quite enough focus on the parts I wanted.

I still tightened my slash goggles though, you know, just in case it was bad as people had been screaming on the internet and I needed some hilarity.

As a result, I kinda ship Darwin/Havoc and of course Erik/Xavier. The latter of which had a similar amount of subtext supertext the level of the Doctor/the Master.
I assume you don't want a whole lot of rambling about their subtext clogging your flists. And me going on about other stuff in the movie too. )

THE MORAL OF THE STORY IS:
Go into a movie expecting it to be crap and with your slash goggles strapped on very firmly and a movie will be HILARIOUS. Even when it isn't bad and actually kind of fun because you don't care too much about the canon anyway.
grassangel: (team tardis)
Whoo! My bi-yearly icon change around. I still need a few more I think. Something slashy, switch around the Pokemon one, another cute thing and maybe either something shiny and sciency.

ANYWAY. The episode.

Which had gloriously Neil Gaiman-y music even. )


Things that I am glad for from this episode. )



As a consequence of the TARDIS being put into a human, I now kind of ship... well, what I said in the title. Also, my hair can do crazy. We all know what that means. )



Tangentally, if I were to have a ride in the TARDIS... )


The unrelated bits at the end:
I keep hearing dubstep in TV programs. This is somewhat disconcerting, as it's a very NOT mainstream kind of genre. Except it kind of is, but not... it's somewhere between popular and obscure and bits of it float through and those floating through bits mystify me. Especially because they're original bits of dubstep, not dubstep mixes of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory songs or the lines the turrets say or Nyancat.

There should be a "I Want You Gone" and a "The Humans are Dead" mashup. I keep listening to the former and partway through singing "Binary solo! Zero zero one." during an instrumental bit.
grassangel: (my other ship let me show you it)
I am talking of course, about the rather frightening level of subtext displayed between Maria and Sarah Jane in the first/second season of The Sarah Jane Adventures.
If you know the story of how I got into slash (namely I realised that there was something going on between Touya and Yukito (but with their English names) in Cardcaptor Sakura when I was eleven) then you should assume that I have no problem with such a thing as slash in children’s programming. I’m all for subversive messages that promote liberal thinking, especially if they’re a bit of a parental bonus.

There is just something creepy with the way that Maria is apparently the person Sarah Jane trusts the most... (a minor diversion about the role of Maria and Rani) )

... which gets derailed by me talking about shipping. )

Shipping isn’t probably what you wanted to hear about the Sarah Jane Adventures though, right? So I'll talk about the show itself. )

BECAUSE I actually managed to watch all of the episodes released thus far, you get some nice episode commentaries. )

So yes. My general opinion is that this is FUN. )
grassangel: (GwenIanto)
My parents and I had the most TERRIBLE luck when Children of Earth ran on TV2. It was on a 10:30 at night on a Wednesday, which is a bit too late if one intends to wake up at 6 the next morning, so we taped most of them.

First episode we completely missed, either to the fact I mis-read the day or that they changed the day at the last minute.
Then for the next two episodes, the video recorder chopped off the last five minutes because it ran past the time it said on the digital schedule thing.
For the fourth episode, my dad had left the TV on mute, so there was no sound. (Luckily, the episode had been subbed for the hearing impaired.)
And for the final one, we decided to stay up late, but if we hadn’t, the timer would have worked WONDERFULLY as I had figured out how to alter the digital schedule thing.

I almost ended up paying $50 for a Blu-Ray disc of CoE that I might not have been able to watch as well, except I nicely asked the lady behind the counter, and there was a regular version, so luck was with me then, fortunately.
So… it’s kind of pointless for me to do an episode by episode thing, seeing as I still haven’t gotten around to watching the DVD and what I did see was compromised in someway.
Thusly, in vaugely chronological order:

Warning, spoilers. But you know, mostly vague ones that are comments really and not too specific. )

All in all, I'm kind of glad that the current season of Doctor Who means that maybe Children of Earth never happened... )


Hilarious ETA )

The entry on The Sarah Jane Adventures should be up in a couple of days? Hopefully.
grassangel: (Donna)
So, End of Time and the start of a new season. Be warned, spoilers and opinions ahead.

End of Time, part one. )

End of Time, part two. )

On Matt Smith as the Doctor... )

TARDIS and other technical stuff )

On the episode itself )

Yes, EoT write up horribly late (and the Sarah Jane and Torchwood ones shall be done eventually I promise) but first episode of the new season... a bit less so.
grassangel: (GwenIanto)
Straight forward commentary this time on things I found funny or liked or otherwise found noteworthy. I can’t be bother with anything else.

There are quite a few of these moments in Bay of The Dead. I assume this is because it’s pretty much Torchwood + zombies. Of the non-Owen kind.
Other points of note is that it is very Ianto/Jack and Gwen/Rhys. Also, Rhys gets to be a hero and is very much a pseudo team member. Which is always fun, as he is my third favourite character in the entire series. (And second favourite post-S2)

Onto the real commentary... )

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grassangel: (Torchwood)
So, I saw this a while ago. Not so long a while ago that I saw it when it was recently released but enough that I am very thankful to have typed down points of interest to me.

Firstly, the 3D was kind of really awesome.
It was awesome because it made a movie that was mostly constructed using polygons on a computer so much more immersive. Secondly, it allows the film makers/directors/etc COMPLETE control over what people focus on. Because you know how you always want to oogle a secondary character or someone’s tattoo while completely ignoring the main dialogue? Well, now you won’t be distracted in such a manner!
Unfortunately, this also means you’ve got to bear with the twenty second long kisses.

And that’s where the praise ends for 3D. Because I love world building and while 3D did make Pandora ‘pop’, it looks equally good in 2D. Because yes, I did take off the 3D glasses for a couple of minutes to see exactly what they did to achieve the 3D effect. (And to see how good it would look in 2D.)
It was pretty much how they’ve always done 3D, offsetting images. Except this time they were ‘layered’ and blurred; like how you learn to draw mountain ranges by draw the mountains in front in sharp relief before making them smudgier and smudgier.
It also REALLY made my eyes hurt (new glasses eyehurt) during the 3D previews as my eyes got used to it. To be fair, the first trailer was ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and probably not the best choice to start newbie eyes off with.
The cinema I saw the movie at also had anti-theft tags on their glasses. Which was kind of stupid, as the lenses (i.e. the things you’d want if you were to steal ‘em) were simply held in by plastic clips. They also didn’t fit nicely over my glasses, and I had to perch those plastic clips on the top rim of my glasses to make them comfy.

ANYWAY, onto actually talking about the movie… )
grassangel: (GwenIanto)
Which it isn’t, really. Graphic novel just sounds better than ‘the collected strips from the official magazine’. Which is what this is.
It’s a crack up really, even if I have heard/recognise the name of one of the contributing artists (D’Israeli). Except there are no proper title pages for the chapters, so I don’t know which chapter they drew.

The reason why it’s a crack up is because… Rift War is a very weird little story. )

Whereas ‘Jetsam’ was kind of fantastic in comparison. )

So er… ‘Jetsam’ is awesome and would take someone only ten minutes at the most to read in a bookstore or at the library.
The rest, Rift War… well, if you do have 30 minutes up your sleeve and don’t mind being confused as to whether that person is Owen or Jack, you could read the rest as well.

Now… I wonder if they’ve done any compilations of the fiction in the magazines aside from Consequences….
grassangel: (my other ship let me show you it)
For the facts that K-9 from Doctor Who (and The Sarah Jane Adventures) is ridiculously cute, that Elisabeth Sladen has NOT changed much at all in the last thirty years and that I am finding everything vintage absolutely hilarious (oh eighties, oh seventies) I post this video.



Behold the line trace graphics, the just-out-of-the-seventies fashion, the clipping together of limited shots, the random drinking of wine and the obivious fanservice that is the aforementioned female actor runnning in a tank top and short skirt and... the observation of gravity upon such an object.

*can't help but giggle at this*
grassangel: (Torchwood)
I could swear that the title of this book is also the name of a song that I had. Except it’s not.
Anyway, it’s from the first shiny new batch of novelisations set after season two. (I don’t think they’re going to do post-CoE, mostly because… these look to be tiring enough, what would it be like with an even more reduced cast?) And… I think I already see a pattern. Jack is Jack and tries to solve everything on his own, because he doesn’t want his precious people™ to die. Gwen is ~helpful~, or at least tries to be. And Ianto is left being the person everything happens to. No. Seriously. In Almost Perfect he was the one body-swapped and in all the other ones, it appears as if he’s the one who falls sick/is in a coma/picked on because he’s still, somehow, the teaboy.
I’d almost forgive this if, you know, everyone got vaguely decent attention and characterisation paid to them, like the other novelisations did. The authors loved Owen and sometimes Jack and the stories would be based around them and would be so much better for it.
Except this book and Almost Perfect try to concentrate on all three of them at once and T3 ends up having all the charisma and interest of a slug. The story itself is affected too, which is the really horrible bit. They kind of bumble along in a Simpsons’-like manner, the beginning only marginally related to the end.

Anyway, going back to the pattern. Ianto, of course, gets treated according to this pattern. Well, perhaps not quite as woobieish as falling sick, but Gwen does volunteer him to sing and put himself in the line of danger. Because, as everyone knows, all Welsh are good singers. *can only name two off the top of her head, which is not any great number* Although, earlier, he does admit to having done some singing before.
BUT Gwen does that weird trying to be helpful but just ends up being awkward and I never thought I’d see that characterisation of her outside of fanfic.
I’ve already mentioned the horrible characterisation, haven’t I?
I do have to admit though, all the sequences where Ianto does sing makes me smile and snigger. I know the not eating dairy (or having red wine or coffee) and the Italian terms because of all my friends who are musically inclined and sing.

But there are funny things... )

...and OT3 moments... )

...and luckily the bad characterisation doesn't affect Rhys and Gwen's relationship... )

...but it does to the one-shot character, for a certain value of 'bad characterisation'. )


Also of issue is the end. )

But the book adverts in the back for upcoming novelisations and info books is fun. One of the Victorian members has been unfrozen and everyone has to follow the 1901 edition of the Torchwood handbook. I’m hoping this means Gwen in a dress.
There’s also a short story collection ‘Consequences’ which looks really interesting. It’s not so much about Torchwood, but, as you may guess, the consequences of their actions. I so, so, so want to read/get that.
grassangel: (OT3)
Yeah, I got this one and Border Princes out at the same time. I went to go and pick up one about Ianto have to join a men’s choir a few weeks after. (Why yes, some of the summaries of these are so loltastic I HAVE to reserve them.)
Anyway, this is possibly one of my favourite novelisations. Everyone is decently characterised and Rhys gets involved. Not as much as say… Meat or Almost Perfect, although Almost Perfect does reference this particular novelisation in a kind of parallel/in joke kind of way, but Rhys does come startlingly close to Torchwood. And this book is set pre-Cyberwoman so it’s all the more fun and ‘yay!’ because FIRST SEASON INTERACTION.
It also seems to fit into canon fairly consistently as well.
Well, nothing contradicts it, it doesn’t contradict anything else and doesn’t have too close a resemblance to any episodes. I have noticed that the novels tend to like having people being affected by aliens and that sometimes this means they take chunks out of other humans but… not too similar to any episodes. ;)

Since I have so many book marks in this though, I won’t bother with telling you exactly why I like this novel so much because it’ll be evident in my commentary. (Which is completely out of order.)

And so I start )

And... that's it. Late I know but I'll post up the choir boy YATN installment next.
grassangel: (Torchwood)
This is one hell of a weird novelisation. And another one that should probably be shelved in the “not canon” part of Torchwood media. Because, basically, it’s Adam 1.0. There’s a mysterious sixth member of the team who apparently has been there since forever and we play along with that until it’s revealed that he’s actually an alien.
Except there’s not retcon at the end and there isn’t any Jack!angst or goggleboy!flashbacks. Except there is a temporary split up between Gwen and Rhys and kind of makes it seem she really sleeps around in the first season if you do shelve this under “canon Torchwood media”.
Also, there were several odd phrasings that totally threw me off. Or maybe it was poor characterisation. IDK, especially as there was one scene where Ianto was playing basketball with Owen. Which is pretty blink, what? As is Tosh accompanying Jack on most of the excursions.

Not to speak of the other plot threads either. I know a lot of shows like using rather contrived Chekov’s guns, but… the two big alien tech threads have very little to do with the greater plot aside from ‘oh noes, the team is in danger!’. Then the plot thread that did relate to the main one was rather weak. Although it was kind of fun pointing and shouting loudly when very obvious hints were dropped.
But er, anyway, comments on little bits that happened in the book which I haven’t already mentioned.

It’s set pre-Cyberwoman, so Jack’s all srz, which is kind of painful, yet hilarious. )
grassangel: (my ship let me show you it)
Firstly, have a link about how commuters read on trains. It is not why commuters do not read as the title states, but it is kind of neat to read through. And wonder why people don't finish books.

This week in course was stocks and sauces. Do you KNOW how long it takes for some sauces? SIXTEEN HOURS. PLUS.
Thankfully, tomato sauce doesn't take that long... only about an hour, maybe.
This coming week is about stewing. The next couple of assessments seem as if they'll be a bit difficult in terms of timing... (2 hours cooking in a three hour window?)

Yesterday, [livejournal.com profile] shadowsinfire came over and we watched the first six episodes of Torchwood. [livejournal.com profile] dawnduskdancer will watch them and we shall watch them again in a few weeks time.
It's fun times, but you do realise that the actual stories in season one are horrible and absolutely silly, but at least it doesn't have delusions of plot. Because I do love season two, except for the three episode arc where they decided it was time for plot, but the stories weren't as silly. And I happen to understand that season 3 is filled with plot but no silly at all.
Rewatching also makes me want to write that Ianto/Gwen AU fic that's been lurking around my head. But then I'll remember Ianto/Tosh is also kind of cute and then wander off track with how Jack is such a father and it's a shame he can't have a name like Kuro-papa. And Gwen's kind of mother-y except not and then I'm back to giggling about how obvious the Jack/Gwen subtext is.

Off tangent again, I go on about Farscape and 'Calculating God', the latter of which is a book. )

Now, off to get clean~

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