Monday, January 19, 2009
My mom's response to seeing these commercials/spots/things the department of homeland security put on tv? "There used to be laws against inciting to riot." My response? "Oh, there still are, but the government doesn't have to follow them. Apparently."
In other, happier news: Friday's Psych.
...Guh. That was...wow. Former lovers. Former lovers. Former lovers. That's just...sweet harp of Rassilon, that's...there are no words. Except: I <3 you, Psych writers. Also: Shawn. Was wearing. Lassie's shirt. That's...Oh! I know! The words for this episode are:
Subtext: Ur doing it wrong.
Fanservice: Ur doing it right.
Seriously, I've watched this episode about 25 times. At least. And I've made about ten wallpapers today. Most of them were shassie, but there were also a couple revolving specifically around Lassiter's trenchcoat.
And in other, entirely different news:
Twilight rant! If you actually like Twilight, feel free to stop reading now. Or not. Whatever. And please take note that I have only read the first five and a half chapters or so. And that I loathe Bella with a deep and abiding passion. Or I would, if i found her interesting enough to loathe with a deep and abiding passion.
Right, so Edward's just spent the first four chapters telling Bella, "I'm dangerous," "it's dangerous for you to be around me," "it's dangerous for us to be friends," "danger, Will Robinson, danger," and finally, fifth chapter, he says "what if I'm not a superhero, what if I'm actually a bad guy?" and what does Bella say? Or think, or internally monolouge, or narrate, or whatever you want to call it? "He was dangerous. That's what he had been trying to tell me." No duh. I mean, she was already annoying me with all her talk of how cryptic Edward was being, mostly due to the fact that he wasn't being particularly cryptic. Also: WTF is up with everyone admiring Bella? I mean, she goes over to sit with Edward, and then Edward's all "I think they're mad at me for stealing you." Why are they mad about it? She doesn't contribute anything to the conversation! In fact, the only times she actually has a conversation with somebody who isn't Edward, it seems to be to show how distracted she is by Edward. Failing that, it's her complaining about how these two boys asked her out! Oh, and what's with Edward being all scary and 'what if I don't give you back'? Does she not realize that this is bad?
Okay, rant done.
I want it to be Friday now. Failing that, I'll take Tuesday. Which is...tomorrow, so...yay. Inaugaration! \o/
And, in conclusion, I offer this:
Apparently, there was a line that got deleted from Lassie Did a Bad, Bad Thing. A line that would have made it even slashier. According to the writers (see the commentary for the episode on the usa network site, near the end) there was originally a line right after 'former lovers' in which Shawn made it very clear that it was Lassie who pursued him, not the other way around. Unfortunately, it got cut, though one of the writers really wanted it to stay in. Sweet random object of Rassilon, I really hope that guy stays on for season four. Even excluding the slash, this episode was amazing. And classic!vision! Woot! \o/
Monday, January 12, 2009
Anyway, after I helped her with this she showed me her table of Doctors, which is much more straight-forward. I asked if she had a table of Masters, and she said no, but agreed that this was a good idea. So now I have to help her with that, as she has no idea what information to include or who played any of the Masters. She's going to include such information as the name of the actor, any alias the Master takes, and which episodes the Master was in. I said I'd make a list of the actor names, aliases, and episodes each Master is in tonight, as I woke up at five this afternoon and therefore have no chance of getting to sleep before about four in the morning.
First of all, I've got to say, IMDBs list of Masters is...questionable. I mean it's very good, and very thorough, but there are a couple of things I noticed that bug me. Firstly, the Master in the Mind Robber is listed as being the same character as the Master in... every other episode with the Master in it, which I'm pretty sure he isn't. Also, the Master isn't listed in the Keeper of Traken credits. Just Melkur. Now, due to the fact that it takes the Doctor a ridiculously long time to actually realize that he's the Master, this is understandable. And I can't really complain, since Keeper of Traken is on the Master's character page. As I said, the list is very thorough and very good. I'm just ridiculously...obsessive compulsive, I guess, about this stuff.
And so I present: my list of the Masters, their aliases, and their episodes. First, a table with each Master's actor.
0.5 (The War Chief)
2 (Crispy!Master 1)
2 (Crispy!Master 2)
Child!Master (brief appearance in SoD)
A note on that: First, I included the War Chief, even though it's never stated that he's the Master, and as I'm pretty sure the Master hadn't been invented yet there's no reason the writers would have wanted him to be the Master. I've always thought of him as the Master, and he'll be included on the table (I actually made my mother create a column for 'confirmed' just so I could make it clear that he wasn't canonically the Master).
And now a list of the Masters and their episodes. Sweet Rasillon, this post is really long. Anyway. I've put the aliases in parentheses next to the episodes. Some of them are a bit tentative, and I may update this later with slightly more accurate information. If anyone can make some of these a bit clearer, please tell me.
The War Chief:
The War Games (the War Chief)
Terror of the Autons
The Mind of Evil (some guy that the people at the prison listen to. I think. That or he used hypnosis on them, I'm not actually sure.)
The Claws of Axos
Colony in Space (Adjudicator)
The Daemons (Satanist Leader Guy. Possibly a vicar?)
The Sea Devils
The Time Monster (a science professor)
Frontier in Space (colony leader)
Crispy Master 1:
The Deadly Assassin
Crispy Master 2:
The Keeper of Traken (Melkur)
Logopolis (While not technically an alias, the Master does steal Nyssa's father's body. He also pretends briefly that he is her father.)
Castrovalva (the Portreve)
The King's Demons
The Five Doctors
Planet of Fire
Doctor Who: The Movie (I think he briefly pretends he's the guy who's body he stole. It should be noted, also, that at this point the Master's body snatching is bordering on kleptomania.)
Utopia (Professor Yana)
The Sound of Drums (Harold Saxon, P.M.)
Last of the Time Lords
The Sound of Drums
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Now, I think it is probable that during the Time War, the daleks were upgraded so as to be in top fighting condition. Or something. So it's not entirely unlikely that the levitation mechanism would have gotten an upgrade, but the problem I'm having here is this: There doesn't appear to be any noticable difference between how well the two levitation mechanisms work. There's no noticable difference in speed or anything. This should mean that it had some effect on the power used. Or something. Either that, or the upgrade was not the result of the Time War, but rather some other unknown event. For unknown reasons.
In conclusion, I have no life and have spent entirely too much time thinking about this.
And now, in the actual conclusion to the post, rather than the conclusion to the ramble thing above, a comment on something from somewhere in the Logopolis commentary:
Yes, when in crisis you should always put on your scarf. It's only slightly less important than your towel.
The thread that I adopted this fanon from was this: http://community.livejournal.com/best_enemies/65083.html?thread=646203#t646203
It's very interesting. If you're me. Or find this sort of thing interesting. Or whatever.
It's entirely possible that I spend far too much time thinking about alien sexuality. Or not. Whatever.
And Tom Baker's just said that some people thought of him as some sort of modern messiah. I find this amusing for several reasons. One, the whole 'the Doctor is portrayed as a messianic figure' complaint I remember from LotTL, and second, I found a fic in which the Doctor actually is the messiah. I'm not sure which is more amusing: that fic or the two I've seen in the Harry Potter fandom.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Terror of the Autons. Delgado!Master just said "...to assist in the destruction of humanity" totally straight-faced. And sort of cheerful. Yay for the ego-maniacal Time Lord murderer of awesomeness. He is awesome and hypnotizes folk. Also, you've got to love a guy who will say "I'll kill you, Doctor!" one second, and the next is all "Doctor! You're hurt! I MUST SAVE YOU!" or "Doctor, help me with my science project," or "Doctor, rule the galaxy with me." Really, Master, the Doctor might be more inclined to rule the galaxy with you if you didn't threaten to kill him every time you see him.
Is it weird that I think the troll doll thing in Terror of the Autons is adorable? Also, I've been trying to imagine what a TARDIS would look like when not disguised as something else. Like if the outside was the right size for the inside, I mean. Also what the TARDISes on Gallifrey look like. Trying to picture a TARDIS that is the size of it's inside is kind of fun, because after a second my mind decides that it's too big and sprawling and really not ship shaped. But seriously, I really want to know what they look like while they're on Gallifrey. I mean, do they disguise themselves as something from the environment just like they do anywhere else, or what?
Also, I just realized how incredibly appropriate it is that I'm watching Terror of the Autons, since I was planning on watching Rose later tonight. I've worked out how long I can last doing one NuWho story per week, and I figure I can go at least a year, especially if I include Torchwood and SJA. I'm planning on doing this to cut down on my withdrawel, as I have no idea when Scifi will air the specials and even less idea when they will air SJA. Or even if they will air it, actually, which annoys me. So I actually took the time to make a Dr. Who 2009 calendar, though I've so far only done the scheduling for January. I'm going to try and start the February scheduling tonight.
Oh, and I found Twin Dilemma! It was on a tape marked Logopolis. I'm thinking I'll watch Caves of the Androzani and Twin Dilemma tomorrow. Am I the only person who is really annoyed by Peri? I think it's partly her accent. Also her whining. She just bugs me. A lot. It's possible that Caves of the Androzani and Twin Dilemma are not the best examples of her character. Still, having watched part of both of these episodes, I'm can't really blame the Doctor for trying to strangle her. I can blame him for that coat, though. I'm just not inclined to, because I find the desicion to wear what I have dubbed "The Coat of Clashing Colors" an admirable one.
Monday, January 5, 2009
I just got my Hannukah present from my grandparents, which I figured would be a Doctor Who dvd. It wasn't.
It was six Doctor Who dvds. One third Doctor, three fifth Doctors, and two seventh Doctors.
- Carnival of Monsters
- The Visitation
- The Caves of Androzani
- Remembrance of the Daleks
- The Curse of Fenric
I'm currently watching the Three Doctors. After that I had planned to try and find Mind of Evil, but I reckon I'll put that off until sometime tomorrow and watch my dvds. Glee! Excessive glee!
Also, the sentence "It's not helping having the Doctor bickering like a pair of schoolboys." amuses me. I was trying to figure out where the plurals would go in this sentence, and I find this result amusing.
Also, there's a possibility I broke my grandma's ears. I sort of squeeled "thank you" really loudly into the phone a bunch of times, while jumping up and down. I also somehow managed to knock the phone's base off the end table.
Saturday, January 3, 2009
His fingers intrigue me. They wiggle. I keep trying to get my fingers to do that, and they won't. They won't wiggle, damn it, they just won't wiggle!
*is very excited*
I can haz Doctor Who nao?
I looked him up on IMDB, just to make sure there was nothing I'd seen. There isn't, I really have never seen this guy before. So why does he look so familiar? This is really annoying me, and I think it's squashing my glee at finding out who the next Doctor is.
I am gleeful though. Very gleeful. I can haz knowledge. Yay! I have faith in Moffat, because he is awesome and brilliant and I still get creeped out by statues, so there. Seriously, watching Blink at 4:00 in the morning? Really scary. Couldn't sleep for hours.
*waits impatiently for Doctor Who*
Seriously. I've watched all of the new Who dvds about a hundred times, and as much as I love the Five Doctors, Black Orchid, Logopolis, The Keeper of Traken, and Castravolva, I'd really like to watch a Doctor Who I haven't seen. Preferabbly before I'm forced to go out in the cold and hunt for old vhs tapes in the garage. Which I'll probably do anyway, but if I could put it off until Spring I'd be really grateful.
*attempts to wait patiently for Doctor Who*
Yeah, that's not gonna work. I give up. Ah well, back to the fun surprise of watching Doctor Who on unlabeled vhs tapes it is.
- Okay, so at the end of episode one, Cain gets shot, falls out a really high window, falls through the ice, and is pretty clearly on his way to the bottom of the sea. At the beginning of episode one, Glitch looks out the hole in the castle and sees a large hole in the ice down below, the same hole Cain fell through. Then he goes downstairs to where Cain fell, and there is no hole. There is Cain, looking amazingly not-dead and not-at-the-bottom-of-the-ocean. I mean, I know they have continuity problems, but there's like one scene between these! That's a little extreme.
- What exactly is the witch's plan? I mean, she wants permanent darkness, but why? What's in it for her? Does she draw her power from darkness, or what?
- The horse. The little toy horse Cain has. Okay, so Cain takes it out from the box of stuff that was apparently left underneath the cabin, and it's supposed to be something that was Jeb's when he was little, right? And then when they meet the resistance fighters at the crack in the OZ, the guy has a horse just like it. He says Jeb made it. So did Jeb make the first horse when he was little and then just go on making horses in the exact same style with no variation at all?
- How much of Glitch's brain got taken out? Was it all of it or just half of it?
- What is with the Queen's plan? Seriously, it's more convoluted and unlikely than Dumbledore's plan.
- So DG's parents were going to explain at some point all about the OZ and how DG had to go back there, right? But when the travel storm comes they're like "This wasn't the way it was planned!" Seriously guys, you have seven days until the eclipse, how long were you planning on waiting?
- Tutor was locked up for fifteen annuals. Now, let's assume that annuals are years. I'm pretty sure that this means Az locked him up shortly after she killed DG. How did that work? She was like eleven. This gives me a weird image of an eleven year old kid waving a gun at Tutor and telling him to get in the cell. Or possibly an actual hole, because even if she was able to lock him up, I have no idea where she'd get a cell.
- How come Tutor is the only one who knows what Ahamo looks like? Shouldn't most people at least have some vague idea?
- Okay, Queen Who Has Convoluted Plans And No Name, you couldn't stop an eleven year old? Seriously? That's just sad. And what is your name? Because Queen Who Has Convoluted Plans And No Name is way too long to be used in anything that isn't crack fic, and Lavender Eyes is not a particularly Ozian name.
- So, do the tattoos call the mobats, or do they live in her boobs or what? There's no reason Scifi should have made this clear, I'm just curious.
- Ambrose, sweetie, you're supposed to be smart. Why are you trying to slow down the suns? You know that's a bad idea, right? Seriously, I think Scifi made a disaster movie or something about it.
- Um...what happened with the Grey Gale? I mean, she had this flashback thing, but it was obviously sort of real because she got the emerald, but it was pretty clearly not actual time travel, so is it a combination of a ghost who can hold things and a hallucination/illusion?
- DG, I know she just used a forcefield or telekinesis or something to push you back, and I know your now collapsing in a fit of coughing, but the fate of the world is at stake! Couldn't you try more than once to grab it? Seriously, your lack of determination to stop the world from ending annoys me. Although you are right, green really isn't her color.
On a side note, I really like the Realm of the Unwanted. It's shiny, in the Firefly sense of the word, not the normal, look-the-metal-is-shiny sense of the word. Although the lights shine, so I suppose it could be said to be shiny. I like Central City, too, it's really pretty. And the Doctor would totally hang out in the Realm of the Unwanted, cause that's how he rolls, man. I mean, he was so very happy to be in the slums in Gridlock. Although, if he went to the Realm of the Unwanted, he'd probably get mad about the boxing and try to get them to stop. Also, Dorothy having silver shoes makes me gleeful.
I want Glitch's coat. It is made of even more awesome than the tenth Doctor's coat. And the sixth Doctor's, which I want just so I can wear it to the mall along with my angels have the phonebox t-shirt and completely out of season holiday accessories. Like reindeer antlers in April or something. Also, Glitch's curls. They bob! This makes me happy. Ambrose's curls do not bob. They just sit there, looking really bad. Seriously, Glitch, even if they manage to put your brain back in, please don't change your hair. I like it. Ambrose had awful hair. Speaking of Ambrose, if they ever do make a series, they could do some really interesting psychological examination of the characters, particularly Glitch and Az.
As much as I love Raw, Glitch, Cain, and the Mystic Man, my favorite character has got to be Az. I mean, she's so childlike and scared and sad and I just want to hug her. And she's so strong, too, I mean she was possessed by that witch for fifteen years and yet she still manages to have enough control over her actions to take DG's hand. I also have a theory that Az was using what little control she had over the witch to keep her from killing her mother and father. And Kathleen Robertson and Alexia Fast both do a fantastic job. So do Alan Cumming, Neil McDonough, and Raoul Trujillo. Almost everyone does, actually.
Friday, January 2, 2009
So, is Crazy!Todd more like Pathetic!Evil!Spike or the crazy dalek from Dalek? I think he's like a cross between the two, because Pathetic!Evil!Spike was funny, but Crazy!Todd isn't, he's just sad. The dalek from Dalek is also sad, but I don't want to hug him. I wanted to hug both Crazy!Todd and Pathetic!Evil!Spike.
Also, I watched the first ten minutes of Sanctuary. I'm really behind because, well, I don't actually like Sanctuary. Amanda Tapping's accent bugs me, as does her hair. Yes, I realize that's not a good reason to dislike the character, and it's not. It just makes it worse. I don't like Magnus because, from what I've seen, she seems kind of...Okay, so she's all "Let's help the abnormals, keep them safe by locking them up in cages! It's right." And I get the whole "protect them" thing, because I'm sure people would hurt them, but she...okay, so episode two or so she goes to talk to this sort of mermaid type abnormal, right, and it just...it looked way too much like she was being kept in a tiny fish tank. And then there's the whole "they are wild animals thing" which I may have misinterpreted. There are actually two characters I like, Big Guy (who's name we may have learned at some point, but if so I missed it) and Henry. I don't particularly like Will, because he just seems sort of...Daniel Lite to me. Like brand name cola, except way worse. The fact that I'm a big fan of actual Daniel probably isn't helping with that. And then there's the CGI, I mean, I was under the impression it was supposed to be really good, so what's with the plastic!werewolf and the mutated furbies?
Okay, done ranting now. I'm going to avoid talking about the vampire blood thing for two reasons: One, I don't really know much about it, and two, it could lead to a Twilight rant.
Vampires. Don't. Sparkle.
Question: I'm kind of coming in in the middle, but why did they give Anakin a padawan? I mean, he beats out Wesley for the title of The Council's Biggest Mistake, why are we giving him a padawan? Also, if she's Anakin's padawan, why is she training with someone else? And why hasn't Anakin made an appearence in the half hour or so I've watched?
Seriously, this is worse than Episodes One, Two, and Three.
I just looked up James Marsters on IMDB. That explains the voice thing. This makes me sad.
Anyway, since I got the plotbunny about Az after they get rid of the witch, I've been thinking a lot about how that would affect her psychologically. My theory is that she'll have the mentality of a severely traumatized child, having not aged much mentally since the witch possessed her. There's also a possibility that she would use her childlike mentality as a coping mechanism to deal with her severe trauma. I'll have to do some research on psychological disorders, I have an idea of the one I want to use, but I have no idea what it's called. Or anything about it that wasn't mentioned in that episode of Law & Order SVU. So these thoughts about what psychological state Az would be in spawned thoughts about what psychological state Glitch would be in. Now, I'm pretty sure that, magic or no, after such a long seperation from his brain, he's not going to go back to just being Ambrose. I mean, he's developed this whole other personality as Glitch, once you put his brain/half brain (which half of the brain? how does that work, anyway? and is it the whole brain or just half of it?) back in, he's not going to go back to being the perfectly sane Ambrose. My theory's on this are:
- He could end up with a sort of multiple personality thing, with Ambrose and Glitch remaining as two separate personalities. From what I can tell, this seems to be a pretty popular theory.
- He could end up with most of his memories, but be even more forgetful then before, possibly even losing certain motor functions.
- He could end up with a sort of Alzheimer like condition.
- It could be that putting his brain back in would do much more harm than good, thus causing them to opt out of the surgery.
Also, what's with the Raw neglect, fandom? Not cool. Raw is awesome, and there's so much to explore, so much to think about, so much left unsaid. Actually, that's probably the cause of the neglect- he was pretty sorely neglected in canon, leaving us with very little to work with. Darn. Oh well. And now for an updated Tin Man ship list:
- Ambrose/the Queen
- The Witch/Az
Wow, I made it through the entire post without referencing Doctor Who, Torchwood, or SJA. *scrolls up* Wait...darn.
I'm going to have weird thoughts next time I watch Bab 5, aren't I?
Thursday, January 1, 2009
- Jeb/Raw fic. At least one. Still have no ideas about plot, but I really have to write it.
- Az/someone fic. Very angsty.
- Az fic. Very angsty, explores what psychological state she might be in after the eclipse. My guess? Not an entirely sane one.
- Young Az/Young Ambrose fic. In which Az has a crush and Ambrose is embarrased.
- Jeb/Raw, Jeb/DG fic.
His singing makes a charming sound,
But what to do with the maiden fair,
For all that she will do is stare."
Listening to the girl sing, the woman wondered again where the songs came from. She had certainly never heard them before, not in this world, but the girl seemed to know them from memory, and they rolled off her lips with the sort of familiarity that comes when you have listened to something a great many times since your youth, when the lyrics were ingrained into your young mind. The rhymes spoke of blood and stars and demons, of darkness and monsters. This would not have been so bad, the woman thought, for she knew of monsters and demons and knew they were not real. Even when the girl spoke of terrible things that the woman would do, even then the woman was not particularly frightened, for she knew she would never do them, indeed could never do them, so strongly was she governed by her moral code.
What frightened the woman was when the girl came to her, covered in blood. The girl would have a knife with her, and she would look at it for hours, watching as the shining metal caught the light. The woman would close her eyes and look away, and the girl wouldn't notice. Sometimes she would sing, but more often she would sit, silent except for the occasional mutter about blood, the occasional murmur about screaming. Sometimes the girl wasn't alone. She would get angry sometimes, frustrated by the woman's refusal to do as the girl said she should. Those times she would bring someone with her, do her work there, in front of the woman. The woman would look away, closing her eyes and her ears, trying not to hear the screaming. She would yell, then, yell at the girl to stop. But the girl in the mirror never listened, and the girl in the mirror never stopped.
The girl wasn't afraid of anything. She made monsters cry out in pain, made demons beg for mercy. Everyone and everything cowered before her, and she was afraid of nothing. But she didn't like the woman in the mirror. The woman in the mirror didn't understand, and she didn't cower. She would tell the girl things, tell her to stop. The girl didn't want to stop. She liked it when they screamed, it sounded high and clear and beautiful, and it made her tingle with pleasure. The woman was wrong, the girl wasn't evil. She was doing what she had to. She had to hurt them, she had to know, she had to, she had to. She would wish for the woman to go away, but she never did. She was always there, in the mirror, always talking and smiling and saying...saying awful things. She would tell the girl it would be over soon, that she would win and the girl would go away. It was too bad, really. She would have made a nice friend. The girl didn't have many friends. People said they liked her, but they didn't. The girl knew this, knew they were lying. She didn't like liars. "Lying is wrong," she would say, and then she'd make them scream. After all, they had to know. They had to understand that lying was wrong. The woman lied, she said she wasn't afraid when it was quite clear that she was. But the girl could never make her understand. She tried, she did. She couldn't hurt the woman in the mirror, so she showed her, showed her what happened to liars.
The girl didn't like the woman in the mirror, but she would sit there all the same. She would watch the woman, talk to the woman, tell the woman what she'd done. She would listen to the woman's whimpering, listen to her little gasps of shock and horror. She would sit there, listening, looking at her knife, watching the light, her shirt soaked with blood. This was what the girl in the mirror was doing now, watching her knife as she sang under her breath.
His singing makes a charming sound,
But what to do with the maiden fair,
For all that she will do is stare."
From what I can recall, the second and third dreams were about running through a pet store, either chasing or being chased by something.
The one with the aliens was still better.
I'm actually a lot more bi than I thought I was. Like a 4 or so, provided I'm remembering correctly how that scale works. I'm also a lot more comfortable with my sexuality than I was, mostly because I now fail completely at understanding what people's problem with it is. Actually, I failed at it before, too. Don't know why I had trouble coming out...I mean, I have an idea, and I get why other people would, I just...don't. I don't understand why people have a problem with it. Of course, I also don't have a problem with polygamy between consenting adults, and it didn't register that Gus was black until someone online actually pointed it out. They were all upset because they though that some people didn't ship Gus and Shawn because Gus is black. I was all, "Gus is black? Huh. That...has nothing to do with why I don't ship him and Shawn. I don't ship him and Shawn because their relationship strikes me as more of a brotherly one. I do however ship Gus and Juliet, which is a sadly neglected ship. Kind of like Mickey and Jake. And Luke and Clyde. And almost certainly Jeb and Raw, though that last one is really quite understandable.
Blimey, I got a bit off topic there, didn't I? Especially since I originally made this post with the intention of postin a poem...
My mind is nonsequitorial. Of course, seeing the words 'hobo' and 'bagpipe player' in the same sentence struck me as really funny. Especially after Rod Sterling referred to the characters in that episode as 'a collection of question marks' or something like that.
A cookie to whoever gets that joke.