Pirates 4

May. 22nd, 2011 12:02 am
muccamukk: Spiral staircase decending multiple levels inside a tower.. (PotC: Battle Mad)
Went and saw it with friends (I wanted to watch Thor again, but was out voted). I dunno. I liked the running about and stuff; it was fun. Mostly, I miss Elizabeth. I hope that Angelica has more agency in the next movie, but I really couldn't find it in my to care about her past the level of Penélope Cruz is really stunning. Which more or less went for all the other characters, save perhaps Barbossa.
muccamukk: Han Solo, Leia Organa, C-3PO, Chewbacca watch from the bushes. (SW: We're Watching You!)
List the first ten series that come to mind. Your friends will comment with the character from each series that they think you are most like. Remember this is who I'm most like, not necessarily my favourites!

1. Doctor Who (New Series)
2. Torchwood
3. Stargate: SG-1
4. Stargate: Atlantis
5. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
6. The Lord of the Rings
7. Firefly
8. Pirates of the Caribbean
9. Harry Potter
10. Star Wars (Original Trilogy)


I think I picked series that I know that other people reading this are familiar with, and ones with big casts, rather than my favourites.

Of course, only answer the series that you know! :-)
muccamukk: Starsky and Hutch looking at each other with mischief in their eyes. Text: "Two's trouble." (S&H: Two's Trouble)
I remember a while ago that I fic meme was going around wherein some would write a popular pairing like Sam Carter/Jack O'Neill from Stargate, only crossing over fandoms, so it would be Sam Winchester/Jack Harkness or something equally silly. The idea amused me greatly at the time, and though I never actually did it. I've been mentally compiling a list of names.

It's possible that I have too much time on my hands. Not that I'm avoiding dishes, or anything.

Here's what I could think of off the top of my head. )
muccamukk: Iolaus laughing. Text: "Adorable me-sized warrior friend type" (H:TLJ: Me-Sized Friend Type)
List twelve characters! Don't read my answers until you've listed your own characters if you’re wanting to fill this out later:

1. Donna Noble
2. Jack Harkness
3. Buffy Summers
4. Teyla Emmagan
5. Elizabeth Swann
6. Vala Mal Doran
7. Cameron Mitchell
8. Aragorn
9. Bob (from Dresden Files)
10. Djaq (From Robin Hood)
11. Benton Fraiser
12. Dr. John Watson

Read more... )
muccamukk: Spiral staircase decending multiple levels inside a tower.. (Politics: Face of Peace)
And liked it much better the second time (not that I didn't like it originally).

Spoilers )

Gah!

Jun. 15th, 2007 09:57 pm
muccamukk: Spiral staircase decending multiple levels inside a tower.. (Doom)
So I've now been spoiled as to the final episodes of this series of Doctor Who by fandom_wank of all places, and the end of PotC: AWE by someone's icon. I really should just stay off the Internet, shouldn't I? -sighs-
muccamukk: Spiral staircase decending multiple levels inside a tower.. (Doom)
Funny how I enjoy watching wank, right up until the moment that it shows up on my own flist. People frequently suck, and hey, it's hilarious to point and laugh at them in their worst moments. Then they do something that hurts someone close, and it's not funny any more. Also, jumping to conclusions does far more harm than it ever does good. Which is all I have to say on that topic for now. ETA: Except that there's a certain satisfaction to be had in watching the offender publicly eviscerated, so really, I'm probably just a bad person.


I was moving files over to Teyla the Laptop, and looking at names in the stories folder and thinking, "Wow, I have absolutely no idea what that is."

Often I would open it and find only a couple of lines and some research notes. For your amusement, or not, snippets from the depths that have received no editing, and which I will probably never finish, or even start properly. I will also spare you the really horrible romance I outlined when I was fifteen.


Pirates of the Caribbean

"Beginning Again"

He had never expected to see her again.In fact, he had journeyed halfway around the world to ensure that he never would. Contrary to popular opinion, James Norrington did not enjoy suffering.

But here she was. He knew her instantly, even after ten years, even with her back turned on the other side of a crowded room. He stared, catching glimpses of her though the milling guests, straining to hear a snatch of her voice over the music and chatter. He could feel his muscles tense, as though in expectation of battle.


Sherlock Holmes

Terai Tea )


Stargate: Atlantis

"Environment"

The Jenevi were in fact very polite and entirely courteous, nor had Lorne been exaggerating when he said that Jenev was a “closed society.” However, as a Jenevi politely and courteously hosed him down with scalding not-water, John reflected that he wouldn't have minded too much if this particular race had stuck with wanting nothing to do with the 'Lantians.


"Everett"

Colonel Everett staggered into the embarkation room soaked to the skin, a spear tip embedded in his calf and an archaeologist slung over his shoulder.


Supernatural

Mamawawa (Season One Spoilers) )


Nightmare (Spoilers for the Episode of the Same Name) )


Hercules: The Legendary Journeys/Andromeda

Underworld )
muccamukk: Spiral staircase decending multiple levels inside a tower.. (Squee)
GLEE! GLEE! GLEE! YAY! OMG! HAPPY! BOUNCE! BOUNCE! SQUEE!

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

More coherently: This movie is going to be unspeakably cool, whether it's any good or not.

-wanders off to watch it many more times-

ETA: There are now trailer spoilers in the comments.
muccamukk: Spiral staircase decending multiple levels inside a tower.. (Indugence)
Since the crew didn't come in because of dubious weather conditions and a lousy forecast, of course it was good flying weather for last two days. Now that they're supposed to try again tomorrow, it's pissing buckets and blowing a gale, with no visibility to speak of, and the swell's picked up. I'm sure that Mom will get in, but I don't see anyone slinging supplies in this muck. Perhaps it will blow through.

I made a sort of Thai fried rice for dinner; I'm looking forward to fresh groceries on Thursday. Cooking Without Ingredients is getting old.

I see that the movie that I hated the other night scored 94% on the Rotten Tomato Meter. There's no justice in the world, clearly. On the bright side, there's links to some hilarious negative reviews of 300, which really make my world a better place (especially the Village Voice one).

We watched the last of the we-have-to-see-before-Mom-gets-back-because-she-won't-watch-it-again films tonight. So far I'm 2/4 on liking that selection. The ones I did like were Schindler's List and Vera Drake. Then there was the Movie that Shall Not Be Named, and The Machinist (tonight's fare), which I found predictable, tedious, unsympathetic, and generally lacking in point.

I have decided that I won't spend any more time being pissed off at Ron Moore after this. He's so not worth the effort. However, one last spew: spoiler for 316 Malstrome )

Writer's Meme: Sometimes it's okay to pimp yourself out. Post a list of your top five favourite fics you've written, regardless of fandom or the reason you love them.
I'm enjoying everyone else's responses immensely, and it's kind of pathetic to respond when I only have maybe seven fics to my name, but since [livejournal.com profile] linaelyn tagged me (and everyone else on her flist) here it goes. In chronological order:

To Walk in Dark Places Lord of the Rings, gen, PG-13. Forty years before the Fellowship, Denethor is captured by the forces of the Dark Lord. Aragorn must journey into the Land of Mordor to rescue him. My first fic that wasn't Original Series Star Trek Mary Sue, and my only finished long story. I am thus absurdly fond of it and it's connection to my early days of the 'Net and the Tolkien boards (even if it seriously needs revision, doesn't really get going for a few chapters, and ends rather abruptly). I still stand by my characterisation, and I loved writing Denethor and Aragorn sniping at each other. Also, I think this is one of the few LotR plots that no one else ever thought of.

The Splinter Master and Commander, gen, PG. A drabble. I originally got my LJ to participate in the M&C fandom here, which I did by writing quite a lot of drabbles. It's where I met most of the core member of my flist. This is, I think, the best of them, capturing a tiny moment in the movie, and reflecting on what might have been.

One Last Time Pirates of the Caribbean, gen, PG. Norrington visits Governor Swann's house, and Elizabeth, one last time. Hey, I kind of sort of predicted the second movie (what's the opposite of getting Jossed?). I seem to be a fan of repression in my writing, which is odd as it tends to annoy my in RL, but this is the very best of British Repression, from me, for you -g- I am very happy with how I managed to capture James' bitterness without over doing it.

Awakenings Sherlock Holmes, slash, PG-13. Holmes wakes up to a surprise, and for the first time in his life he has no idea what to do next. I wrote this for [livejournal.com profile] bronzelionel while trying to write something else. He beta'd it into coherence, and it has some lovely tender Holmes/Watson moments. I think this is the most romantic of my stories.

Lost and Found Supernatural, het, PG Ten years down the road, Dean's not the only one who's having trouble letting go. I married off Sam! This is more of a fragment than anything else, a little snapshot of life-that might-have-been I wrote during the first season (which definitely shows). I had a lot more back story and even forward story figured out, but it never could work itself out on the screen. I think that the outsider's POV worked, as did the rather subdued relationship between the boys.

Consider yourself tagged, if you like. If not, don't.
muccamukk: Spiral staircase decending multiple levels inside a tower.. (H:TLJ: Romance)
I find that I am particularly sensitive on some points of characterisation. It's funny, I used to feel a little superior to the OTP crowd. Then I realised that I'm just as bad if not worse in some of my older fandoms. I really can't handle breaking up some of my established pairings, or portraying them as unloving or unhappy. It the members mutually decide for polyamorous relationships in addition to the original pair, I'm fine with that, but the core must remain. For the record, my OTP ships:
  • LotR: Arwen/Aragorn, Éowyn/Faramir (and Éowyn was a hero, and was generally happy in her post-war life, and these points are so beyond non-negotiable)
  • PotC: Elizabeth Swann/Will Turner
  • Firefly: Zoe/Wash
  • Star Trek: Voyager: B'Elanna Torres/Tom Paris (in later seasons, anyway)
  • Hercules: The Legendary Journeys: Jason/Alcmene
Yeah, all canon het. I know, I know.

I think a lot of my defence of these pairings is backlash against people who feel that they are ill matched, or that one half is not good enough for the other (since when has that had anything to do with love?). This is especially strong when the female half of the pairing is written off so the man can go bang his boytoy. (And no, killing them off is not better than breaking them up).

Part of it is my firm belief in the existence of functional long-term relationships (it's not my fault, I blame my parents). In fact, not only do they exist, but they can be interesting. They need not be broken up or plagued with incessant bickering just for there to be a story. Seriously, this is what did me in with BSG: that one bar scene where Lee Adama and Galen Tyrol are sitting together bitching about their marriages.

There is lots of conflict to be had, lots of couples facing problems, but you know what? Having them all bickering, sleeping around, breaking up, and being unhappy? That's about as realistic as stories that pair off every single character in an entire universe and make them live happily ever after, no questions asked. (Granted, the members of several of my listed couples did bicker quite a lot, and it's partly the TV writers that this is aimed at).

I suppose I should add that -- given that my first two pairings only have a couple of paragraphs of canon backing them -- my choice of which relationships get to be the together and functional ones is a bit on the arbitrary side.
muccamukk: Spiral staircase decending multiple levels inside a tower.. (Troy: Smegheads)
Remember when I was pissed that the only poster of Elizabeth Swann from Pirates of the Caribbean: Dean Man's Chest that I could find in a store or anywhere on the Internet was actually just a copy of the one from the first movie featuring her passively pouting and looking at the necklace, only with new titles and a different coloured background? Never mind that there were six different posters of Jack, Will, and Will and Jack in active positions with sword and guns whatnot.

So today, I'm poking around looking for Pirates of the Caribbean publicity photos and finding some great ones, especially of Elizabeth, who has a totally awesome outfit and gets a sword, and generally YAY (I've linked to some of these before, but notably here, here and here [SPOILERS in the text on that last one]). And this is making me feel good.

Then I found the action figures (SPOILER warning in regard to Norrington). First picture: Norrington, yay! Second picture: Norrington, yay! Third picture: buzah... what? Which one of these people is not like the others? (Clue.)

I don't mind her wearing a mini-skirted bathrobe as part of the plot in part of the movie. But WHY would they choose that outfit, out of all the many outfits they will doubtless have her in, to make the action figure out of. As [livejournal.com profile] acaciaonnastik says, "The whole point of an action figure is, you know, ACTION. The only action she could get up to in that is not appropriate for children!"

Now I know a little of the pain Supergirl fans feel every month.

On the bright side, the her action figure from the last movie is pretty cool. They seem to get it half right each time.
muccamukk: Spiral staircase decending multiple levels inside a tower.. (Politics: Face of Peace)
The following may come off as bitchy and unreasonable, but it's my journal and I can post what I want. I'm not cutting it for the same reason. This is not directed at anyone on my flist in particular, and I don't mean to offend any of you (except for you over there -points and laughs-).

Some of you may have noticed that I'm getting more twitchy in relation to fandom of late. The reason for this is that I'm changing my outlooks on life, have been over the last few years, and fandom is not changing with me, and I'm suffering separation anxiety of sorts. My problem with fandom is that I'm tired of men, but I don't know how to get rid of them. Wow, that came out really '70s feminist, which is good and bad. I'm not a man-hater. I can and do relate to male characters. It's not that I want to get rid of men in fandom all together. I just want to read more about women, for a change.

I find it very frustrating that the part of fandom that I participate in is written by women and for women and about men. Yes, you can blame canon. The women on sci fi and fantasy shows tend to be less detailed, more inconsistent, and somewhat overshadowed a lot of the time. However, I've been noticing more and more that shows respond at least somewhat to fanish demands. TPTB what to give us what we want, because then we'll keep watching. I don't think that fandom wants more strong women. They don't.

Case point, Andromeda: the cast has an equal number of men and women, with a range of personalities. The women are generally as well written as the men. Basically the entire fandom concentrates on one male character. Except for a little het (which is still about that male character, really). All women are resoundingly ignored.

Case point, Ginny Weasley is a slut.

Then there's the whole issue of Mary Sues. Now I know I've rallied against them in the past (though more the sueification of canon characters), and I still don't like a lot of the bad writing that often goes with them, but the more I think about it, the more I'm in favour of them in principle. If for no other reason than it adds women to male driven canon or fanon. Shooting them down is beginning to seem more like attacking women than bad characters.

I remember reading a female fan commenting of Supernatural that she liked her shows to be a "sausage fest," and thinking, "Wow... freedom of opinion and all... but how can any woman say that?" I avoid more male populated areas of the 'Net like boards, but there seems to be this alarming patriarchal slant to even woman-dominated LJ.

I haven't talked about this a lot before because it makes me look like such a hypocrite. I mean, I look over my own sad few stories, and it's Aragorn and Denethor, Holmes and Watson, Jack and Stephen, Captain Jack Harkness, Commodore James Norrington, Bors and Lancelot, Logan's POV on Marie, and a OFC's POV on Dean and Sam. The last perhaps being the more woman-centric of the lot, and the most recent. And even if I changed that, I don't write much fiction. I'm lousy at meta. I watch shows like Hercules: TLJ and Supernatural, which are pretty much entirely about men. I'm not about to start a super awesome website like [livejournal.com profile] monkeycrackmary's Girl-Wonder.org (which is great to read and always makes me feel somewhat better, but isn't really about one of my fandoms). So it's not like I'm making a huge contribution to the feminist revolution here.

Put up or shut up, right?

The option of just deciding not to read things that are going to piss me off, and leaving fandom (though not LJ, of course) altogether, is beginning to seem like a good one. It seems like quitting, but I'm not sure what else to do.

It's just that keep hearing V -- of all people -- saying, "The truth is, there is something terribly wrong with this country," and it won't let me be.

Posting this publicly, because it'll be fair warning for any poor shmuck who stumbles in.
muccamukk: Spiral staircase decending multiple levels inside a tower.. (Troy: Smegheads)
I have a love hate relationship with this show.

Right now I hate it beyond coherent words.

ETA: Look, my mood icon has Jack. Jack is shiny. I will look at Jack about to hang and feel better.

ETA2: Clearly I need a brain scrubber, because even Jack isn't making the bad taste go away.
muccamukk: Two stuffed bears looking at a star chart. (M&C: Stars)
Okay, new layout which is pretty and home like.

Also, following in [livejournal.com profile] kitakatzz's footsteps once again here, after a fashion. I'm trying to determine when I go blithering on about fanish things, how many people understand me, so this is not a poll about which fandoms you belong to, but rather, about which of these books/shows/movies you have read/seen at least some of and not disliked and wanted to scrub your brain.

[Poll #868834]

I'm not including obscure Canadian stuff, because, really, what's the point, or The Lord of the Rings which I sort of assume most people have read or at least seen (and if you haven't, you should have).

ETA: Oops, I forgot Firefly somehow, and Andromeda. Oh well.

Odd Quirks

Nov. 8th, 2006 03:47 am
muccamukk: Iolaus laughing. Text: "Adorable me-sized warrior friend type" (H:TLJ: Me-Sized Friend Type)
Every once and a while, I become obsessed with a line of dialogue, one that I keep thinking in all circumstances, and really can't get out of my head. It's usually entirely random, vaguely amusing, but not remarkably funny, even though it makes me grin at the oddest times.

Examples:
Last spring, it was from Supernatural
-About how research into a local Bloody Mary is going-
Dean: A few local women, a Laura and a Catherine, committed suicide in front of a mirror, and a giant mirror fell on a guy named Dave, but no Mary.

After about month two on Egg Island, I took to muttering "Aye, Sea turtles" to myself. Though that has more obvious cause than most others.

Currently, it's from the Hercules episode "Medea Culpa" which is one of the ones about Hercules, Iolaus and Jason when they were teenagers. Iolaus and Jason are sharing a bed on one of the lower decks of a ship. Jason, being in a bit of a snit, keeps tossing and turning, rolling into Iolaus, who smacks him every time he does, finally snapping, "Jason! You know why the boat rocks back and forth? So. You. Don't. Have. To!"

I have no idea why I find that as funny as I do.
muccamukk: Spiral staircase decending multiple levels inside a tower.. (DW: Decendent of Trees)
Gacked from somewhere or other

Post 15 of your favourite shows/books/movies/plays/whatevers.
Have your friends list guess your favourite character from each.
When guessed, strike out the fandom, mark in your favourite character and who guessed it.


In alphabetical order:
  1. Babylon 5 Susan Ivanova [livejournal.com profile] culurien
  2. Battlestar Galactica Laura Roslin [livejournal.com profile] culurien
  3. Doctor Who The Doctor [livejournal.com profile] rohan_lady
  4. Due South
  5. Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Jason of the Argonauts [livejournal.com profile] culurien
  6. Horatio Hornblower Lt. William Bush [livejournal.com profile] bronzelionel
  7. The Lord of the Rings Boromir [livejournal.com profile] culurien
  8. Pirates of the Caribbean James Norrington [livejournal.com profile] bronzelionel
  9. The Sentinel
  10. Stargate: Atlantis Teyla Emmagan [livejournal.com profile] culurien
  11. Stargate: SG-1
  12. Star Trek: The Next Generation Geordi LaForge [livejournal.com profile] culurien
  13. Supernatural Dean Winchester [livejournal.com profile] culurien
  14. The Three Musketeers Athos [livejournal.com profile] culurien
  15. Torchwood Captain Jack Harkness [livejournal.com profile] culurien

Note: characters that exist in my head occasionally do not match those in the original text.

ETA: And looking at my interests in my profile is totally cheating -g-

ETA: I'm avoiding really obscure stuff (Slings and Arrows, Starhunter and so on) and texts where I don't have a favourite (such as Aubery/Maturin and Sherlock Holmes).
muccamukk: Iolaus laughing. Text: "Adorable me-sized warrior friend type" (H:TLJ: Me-Sized Friend Type)
Everyone in the world should go watch all of these vids immediately!

Especially "Maid on the Shore" because it's Stan Rogers and Pirates of the Caribbean and I've been trying to figure out how to use this song in this fandom since the first time I saw this movie, and I even had fic half written, but this is way better and absolutely perfect really.

Especially "Smooth" because it's so very incredibly pretty and is entirely shots of Paul McGann and a young Jamie Bamber, and they are oh so very hot. Also "Numb" for similar reasons.

Especially "Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Othello)" because it's a Stage Beauty vid set to Loreena McKennit inspired by Ann-Marie MacDonald and that's three of my very favourite things on earth in the same place. And it's about strength and beauty and pride and identity.

Especially "51st Century Guy" because it's about Jack being Jack and everyone else just having to deal. And Billy Bragg!

How did I not know about this?
muccamukk: Iolaus laughing. Text: "Adorable me-sized warrior friend type" (H:TLJ: Me-Sized Friend Type)
Mine honourable father did not especially like the second movie. He gave the first one a 10/10 and the second one 4.5/10 (I gave them both 8/10). He felt Jack wasn't as strong or assertive and should have swashed more bucklers, but mostly it just wasn't as new and shiny as Curse of the Black Pearl. Been there, seen that, moving along now.

This for me illustrates the joy of being in fandom. One take something new and shiny, gets really involved in what each character and situation means in relation to one's life, builds theories of what will happen next and what that will mean, and therefore doesn't mind the loss of new and shiny in the sequel, so long as the writers meet some expectations. Rinse and repeat. Yay!

Of course, that can backfire if TPTP screw around with people's expectations too badly. It seems that the non-fan critics generally enjoyed X3 more than the fan viewers.

Oh, and not related, but Spoilers for PotC: DMC )

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