shallowness: Kira in civvies looking straight ahead (DS9 Kira Nerys)
Gave Electric Dreams, The Impossible Planet a try. Out of the cut: stupid episode. Under the cut: spoilers and rationale. )
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I last posted about Smallville in May. I’ve found it’s best to leave a good long while between watching each episode, but I have finished disc 2.

Season 5, episodes 5 'Thirst' to 8 'Solitude'. spoilers )
shallowness: Beautiful blue alien in front of colourful background (Zhaan Farscape wonders I've seen)
I have mixed feelings, a lot of which are of the frustrated variety, about this film. I can understand why reviewers gave it middling ratings because some aspects are brilliant and others are not good. If you like your science fiction weird and wonderful and colourful, go see Guardians of the Galaxy 2 first this but be aware there are problems.

details but not too spoilery )

Basically, if nobody vids this source, I will be gutted.
shallowness: Movieverse Rogue leaning against a blank wall. (Rogue X-Men Films)
I tried watching Top of the Lake: China Girl, but dropped out less than half an hour in, and I won’t be trying to go back. I was dubious about the change of location, because even as you were watching horrible things be implied and then happen, you had this astounding scenery. This continuation has…Sydney.

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I am sticking with catching up on Fearless and I'll post about the whole caboodle when I'm done.

I caught up on Poldark 3.7

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Jan. 26th, 2017 06:27 am
shallowness: Movieverse Rogue leaning against a blank wall. (Rogue X-Men Films)
I tried watching the National TeIevision Awards, but a lot of it made me cringe, so I channel hopped a great deal.

As for the Oscar nominations, my main take out is that it's great Arrival got so many, but not Best Actress for Adams? I'm not the only one who thinks this is wrong. Yes, I do have to caveat it by saying I haven't seen all the nominated performances, although I hope to see most of them - a decision made because I want to see the films or not. Of the two that I've seen, I have no problems with Stone and Streep getting nominated, and even if there's a little voice that thinks that a certain speech and a certain tweet made the latter a cert (though Stone's the favourite to win, right?) what Streep did to produce Florence Foster Jenkins's terrible singing was a technical tour de force.

But, Amy Adams was outstanding in Arrival - its heart and soul. It's not a showy part, but the character carries the film. I did wonder if having that and Nocturnal Animals (which I didn't see) out in the same awards season hurt her.
shallowness: Margaret Hale of North and South adaptation sitting at desk writing (Margaret North and South writing)
I posted three ficlets on Sunday:

Paterfamilias, Scorpion, U, Cabe Gallo & ensemble.
Summary: Cabe Gallo has three sons, two daughters and one grandson who he isn’t related to and never officially adopted.

It’s All About the Chemistry, Sky High, PG, Warren Peace, Layla Williams, Boomer, Medulla (Layla/Warren, canonical relationships)
Summary: Layla Williams doesn’t attend her school reunion with Will or Larry.

A Long Time Coming, Marvel Cinematic Universe RPF, U, OCs and A-listers.
Summary: Welcome to the red carpet for the premiere of the long-awaited Black Widow movie!

Apart from all being fills for comment-fic prompts, they’re all future fics. Two are new departures fandom-wise – this is the first time I’ve written RPF! Obviously, I expect every word I wrote about a Black Widow movie to come true! This is also the first Scorpion fic I’ve written. I drafted it back in the spring when I first saw the prompt, but was hesitant to post even this ficlet because I haven’t seen the first season and a half. Returning to it last week, I decided I could live with that.

I also drafted a fill for the ‘any high school couple, are they still together at the 10-year high school reunion fic?’ prompt back in the spring, which obviously had to be about Sky High, and left it unfinished, wondering if perhaps I could expand it, but after some polishing decided to post it as was.

I saw the ‘red carpet’ prompt on Saturday, so it's not just a case of polishing and posting old drafts.

There is some Pacific Rim 2 casting news. here.

Feelings. Spoilers. )

I am cheered, though, by today's news about Channing Tatum potentially playing a spoiler ).
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Oh look, another film review.

Considering I was excited when I heard there was going to be another Bourne movie, that Damon, Greengrass and Stiles were returning and that Vikander was joining the cast, I am disappointed, and this is in a year when there have been a lot of disappointing sequels several years after the first film in a franchise got me invested.

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I posted Fancy Hotel, a Person of Interest/The Night Manager ficlet. Zoe and John were the focus of the prompt and remain the focus of the fic, but I had TNM on my mind and it was the spark for me. I wish I could have come up with a better title, but at least I managed a summary.

I caught up with B99 3.14 Karen Peralta

Itsy-Bitsy Spider )

Of course, I’m now behind again because I chose to watch Scorpion (post to come).

I went to see a double-bill of films yesterday for the first time in ages. First was Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Yes, I know. One word review: ponderous.

more words ) There were lots of problems, but I’ll focus on the most relevant one, which is that you’ve seen the trailer(s), and who hasn't given the promo push, most of the film will not come as a surpise.

And before this film a new-to-me Captain America: Civil War trailer aired and I think that contained a major development that made me clap my hands to my mouth in disbelief that they’d show that now. What is wrong with the people behind cutting these trailers? Stick to the first third, show glimpses of the main characters, give a flavour of the mood...people are going to go see films featuring Captain America, Iron Man, Batman and Superman!

Having said that, The Lego Batman Movie trailer filled me with glee.

What I wasn’t spoiled for in BvS:DoJ was Read more... ) Roll on the Wonder Woman solo movie, which seems like the only thing DC is doing that Marvel seems to need to worry about.

The second film I saw was Eddie the Eagle, which is thoroughly entertaining. It has also had a huge promo push in the UK, and benefits from being a sporting underdog dramedy based on a true story that I'm about old enough to remember, but I don't think they used the last third in the promo material.

Finally, I've caught up on Parks and Rec

5.11

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5.12

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I am miffed that E4 has lost Nashville to Sky Living, which means I won’t be able to see whether spoilers for s3 ) (and other things I care less about). Grr.

I then caught up on some E4 shows last night.

B99 3.12 Nine Days

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Agents of SHIELD 3.10 Maveth

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I’m also mildly worried about whether there will be major crossovering with Captain America 2, because we’re so out of sync in the UK.
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The BAFTA nominations are out. I'll just make the usual disclaimer that I haven't seen all these films and have no intention of doing so - a couple of them haven't come out on general release in the UK yet, and I'm having my annual think about how many worth but depressing award contenders I can cope with. BUT WHERE'S SUFFRAGETTE?
shallowness: Five panels featuring pictures of different female characters based on my interests at the time. (Community Shirley disbelieving laughter)
I've been a bit miffed the past few days, because I thought Pitch Perfect 2 was out on DVD already, so I rewatched the first film and was looking forward to picking up and enjoying the sequel, but I'm going to have to wait a week and a half.

Furthermore, although I tried not to, I managed to catch up on these two Parks and Rec episodes in the wrong order. Again. I’m blaming Dave’s webdesign.

4.13 Bowling for Votes

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4.14 Operation Ann

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine 2.05 doesn’t seem to be available on 4oD!?!? I didn’t realise and watched the next episode anyway. There was one plot thing I was confused about, but mainly I’m miffed about losing out on the laughs. (And episodes three and four are available so I don’t understand why.)

2.6 Jake and Sophia

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TV series meme, lifted from someone on my Dreamwidth reading circle.

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shallowness: Five panels featuring pictures of different female characters based on my interests at the time. (Community Shirley disbelieving laughter)
Brooklyn Nine-Nine 2.01 – It’s back and...Read more... )

I haven’t talked about the BAFTA nominations, but in brief, I think Mr Turner was robbed of quite a few nominations (best actor, best director, best British film...) and The Imitation Game was given too much attention (fine, give it the acting noms, certainly for Cumberbatch, but the script wasn’t outstanding and the film itself was disappointing, I thought Mr Turner and Under the Skin were much better if we’re limiting ourselves to British films).

As for the Oscars, again, I applaud the PR team behind The Imitation Game, or were voters seeing a different film to me? Biggest thing, though, was that The Lego Game wuz robbed. It should be up for best animated film with all its detail, imagination and wit. Please tell me this was because of that one scene and not because the Academy thinks comedy is easy.

Obviously, I haven’t seen all the films in contention (because I have a limit on important but miserable films that are mainly about men) – Selma is yet to come out here and I will try to see that. I think.
shallowness: Five panels featuring pictures of different female characters based on my interests at the time. (Avengers Natasha/Bruce)
I planned to catch up on the last two episodes of Agents of SHIELD last night, but I forgot that the episodes don’t stay available for longer than a week on 4OD. So the internet tells me that in 2.4 Face my Enemy an enemy was faced ) Stupid 4onDemand. Stupid Channel 4 – Friday night isn’t necessarily a good night for me, and this show still doesn’t come at the top of my list of shows to watch, so I need as much help as possible.

Anyway, a bit grumpy and a lot tired, I caught up on 2.5 A Hen in the Wolf House

metaphorically speaking )
shallowness: Five panels featuring pictures of different female characters based on my interests at the time. (OB s2 Sarah as Cosima)
I’ve finished Arrested Development season 4, but I’m not sure that I’ve got much to add to what I said here which is in short that it’s very clever, but not as funny as it should have been. (I did think Queen B. was funny.) I got spoiled for one of the last things to happen in Blockheads, the episode they put last in the DVD running order. I wasn’t expecting it to be THE apogee of the season. I would probably be fine with that if I hadn’t been spoiled. (Although I do think I’d get more out of a rewatch of this season, we’re talking chuckles and understanding, not laughter.)

I thought I had plenty of time to catch up on the last two episodes of season 2 of Orphan Black, but by the time I got around to it (about a week after the last episode aired) the comparatively long window for watching episodes while it was on air was shut.

So, I rewatched Introduction to Statistics and Modern Warfare from season 1 of Community instead. There’s about four episodes of season 2 I want to rewatch soon – I’m being strict with myself – before going on to season 3. All the Community news has made me want to watch it more.

(That depends on my relatively new DVD player working like it’s meant to.)

The Honourable Woman - Episode 2

It’s good, but it’s not quite as good as it thinks it is.

spoilers )
shallowness: Five panels featuring pictures of different female characters based on my interests at the time. (POI Zoe and John at work)
(or...I visited Den of Geek yesterday)

Orphan Black is coming back next week to BBC Three (this was almost the only thing I felt strongly about the news that BBC Three will soon be an online only show, I’m the tail-end of Gen X, too old for the channel). There’s no way it’ll be airing in double bills if it’s following so closely on the heels of the American airing, which I think is a good thing, as they packed so much into an episode that anything extra was too much of a good thing for me. (See, too old.)

That's the good news, the bad news is that The Bletchley Circle appears to have been cancelled. Ugh. To lift a quote from Twitter referenced in the article : "There are obviously already too many women geniuses being awesome on TV".

The Good Wife 5.13

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Utterly, utterly gripping.

POI 2.14 One percent

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