muccamukk: Peggy, with briefcase, entering a room, the light of the hall silhouetting her. (AC: Silhouette)
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens by Alan Dean Foster
I got half way through and decided that life is too short to finish this. I adored the movie, but the writing is sucking the life out of the fun parts, and adding weird sexual assault subplots, and generally being kind of terrible. No way worth slogging through for little bits of missing scenes, or Poe being a woobie.

I remember the Star Trek one by him also being terrible, but at least that was narrated by ZQ, which improved it slightly.

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley
I'm having a difficult time articulating why I disliked this book so much. I really feel like I'd be down for the gay steampunk adventures of the Japanese in London.

Part of it was that it was pretty awful at female characters, as in there was one, and she spent her whole time disliking other women because she was masculine and therefore smarter than them, and then acting like an idiot about everything. I think it passed Bachdel only because she mocked some suffragettes.

Part of it might be that it felt too constructed for its own good. Because of the nature of the title character, there had to be a lot of careful balancing of moving parts, but honestly the end felt less like a Xanatos Gambit and more like a Xanatos pile up, with the author just flinging plans at the wall for no reason, and then setting the resulting chaos to the music of Arthur Sullivan. Maybe I'm not smart enough to read this book, but I didn't get what was going on, and I didn't care.

Mostly I guess the characters were jerks; I didn't care what happened to them, and the romance was underplayed to the point where instead of making me root for the characters, I just made me more tired of them.

I know people who adore this book, but it didn't work for me at all.


Nenya and I also rewatched Avengers: Age of Ultron, which I still think is great, and very much enjoyed, even if the fight scenes were a bit long. Then we watched the Reconstructed fan edit of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, which had less Jar Jar and no midichlorians but was otherwise mostly the same. I hadn't seen that since it came out, and liked it a lot more than I expected to. It dragged in places and some of the acting was wooden, and the CGI had aged terribly, but mostly it was interesting and fun.


Agent Carter 2.04. I'm continuing to enjoy this season, although, they seem to have taken all my women away. Rose got name checked, but otherwise it's down to Peggy and Whitney, which is actually fewer women than last season, because there's no Angie equivalent. Jason is also in stasis in more ways than one, and I'm sure someone could write meta about taking away the physical body of a black man, but I think I'll wait to see how it plays out.

That aside, I did like Peggy and Daniel working on their working relationship, as in her sort of habitually running rogue, and him naturally taking that personally. They also more or less know what they're up against now, which will be interesting to see.

They're pulling pretty hard on Mary Sherman Morgan's backstory for Whitney, though with a dash of Hedy LaMarr, but of course both of those women helped the US, and didn't turn into supervillains, so far as I know. I'm a little bit :/ about using that as the backstory of someone with such casual disregard for human life. The women they're drawing from overcame their awful backstories, and so saying, "Like them, but more evil" doesn't sit well with me, I guess. Still, it's reasonably easy to sympathise with a woman that badly screwed over. She's basically got the American version of Dotty's backstory.

I didn't get a hell of a lot out of Peggy's flashbacks, though they're nice to see. I wonder where Sharon came from if Michael died young. Maybe a cousin? It is nice that Peggy had a supportive and inspirational figure to help her out, and I continue to be amused that all her tragically dead loves are men (save for Colleen the Dead Room mate, I suppose). Apparently Peggy is from a universe where the Official Secrets Act didn't exist. Which might be why they needed superheroes to win the war?

Raise a glass to Edwin's hilaribad American accent, and thumb down to Mr. Edwards dodgy English accent. Also, this episode brings the Truth about koalas.

Date: 2016-02-07 12:22 am (UTC)
nenya_kanadka: Bag End, looking out the front door (LOTR Bag End)
From: [personal profile] nenya_kanadka
At least the watchmaker book had an entertaining mechanical octopus? :D? If it sucks otherwise I'll probably give it a pass, though.

AoU: so much better than the Internet had led me to believe.

I feel like Whitney and Jason are sort of the opposite sides of a coin, with their connection to zero matter (and possibly with their backstories of both having a shit time of it as non-white-male scientists). So I am expecting that since last week's episode focused on Whitney, we'll soon get one with a lot of Jason in it. At least that is what I hope!

I would love it if Sharon Carter was not as closely related to Peggy as she is in comics, or like, not related at all, especially if Steve is going to date her. Guess we'll see.

Anyway, still loving it a lot, and basically dragonslaying child!Peggy was totally me fifty years later and with a less epic cape. :D So yay. Also loving her and Sousa's mutual eyerolling at the "zomg commies" speech.

Date: 2016-02-07 06:13 am (UTC)
nenya_kanadka: Agent Peggy Carter in red hat (MCU Agent Carter)
From: [personal profile] nenya_kanadka
More books need a clothes-stealing mechanical octopus, really.

Definitely hoping for some all-Jason all-the-time stuff. The UST with Peggy is more fun when they can touch, anyway.

Oh like in canon Sharon is her great-niece? That's not so bad.

They have real grounds to be worried, but do they KNOW that yet? Did anybody know how bad it was going to get at the start? In any case, I really enjoyed the "fuck you" there. McCarthyism doesn't actually deserve respect, even if it can inspire legitimate fear. I wonder how that's going to all shake out on the show, or how much they're going to address it.

Date: 2016-02-07 01:50 am (UTC)
st_aurafina: Agent Carter holding a walkie talkie (Agent Carter: Peggy walkie talkie)
From: [personal profile] st_aurafina
Also, this episode brings the Truth about koalas.

Right? So true. And also, I miss Dottie and Angie and need more Rose and Violet. Definitely more Rose.

Have you seen this incredible crack theory, that Jar Jar was meant to be the super secret bad guy, but it got written out? I was rolling my eyes at the start, but it got (disturbingly) more and more plausible:

Jar Jar Binks was a trained Force user, knowing Sith collaborator, and will play a central role in The Force Awakens

(I still haven't seen TFA, but soon. I hope. Things are annoying out here, access wise.)
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