muccamukk: Doc Holliday in a swirl of smoke, coat and drama, face hidden by hat. (WE: Melodrama)
I know I complained about no one posting about WE, then stopped posting about it myself! Be the change fail right there. I've mostly been hanging out on the relevant Discord.

Anyway, the back half of the season! I basically got everything I wanted, with a few exceptions. A list. With spoilers )


Finally got around to listening to Kesha's new album Rainbow, and ended up staying up a bit late so I could run through my favourite songs two or three times each. I'm looping "Woman," "Hymn," Boots" and "Spaceship" right now, but I like most of the songs. I hope someone vids the whole damn album, possibly more than once. There should REALLY be a Guardians of the Galaxy vid to "Boogie Feet." For starters.

(As with most people, I'm appalled by how the court cases came out, but I do like that she seems to have more creative control of her music now, or at least has been allowed such? The album sounds good? Ugh. I'm happy she's getting some of my money, but unhappy that certain other people also are. *sighs*)
muccamukk: Wynonna makes a disgusted face. (WE: Ugh)
I need to rewatch season one, probably. I should get the DVD.

I'm just really invested in the OT3.

Normally with a show, I'm fairly come and go on canon ships working out, obviously it's very nice when there's gay ones and they go well, and it's even nicer when there's gay ones and it's troup soup with a happy ending. But normally I'm like, will they get together? I hope so? I guess? (Phryne and Jack being a possible exception for canon ships.) Mostly I just hope for a minimum of aggressive stupidity.

And then my usual response to love triangles is A Plague on Both Your Houses! Become a Lesbian!

But this show, man. I'm going to be REALLY upset if Dolls turns out to be a jerk and Wynonna picks Doc, or if Doc dies and she picks Dolls by default, or whatever stupid reason is brought up to shuffle one dude off and make her choose the other one. Not because I'm tired of stupid love triangle logic (which I am), but because I really want her to end up with both of them. There's no reason she couldn't. They're both hard core into her enough to be okay with it (Doc certainly, Dolls... needs work but I can see it). Wynonna publicly does not give a shit for conventions, and is nuts for both of them. I FAIL TO SEE A PROBLEM.

(Plus Dolls and Doc seem to have taken up flirting, and when their backs aren't up about the stupid love triangle, they genuinely get along.)

I know I won't get an actual triangle, but we could at least have a Dolls\Wynonna/Doc? Right? That's a thing you can do on weirdo horror westerns set in Calgary?

This show is going to break my heart, isn't it?
muccamukk: Wynonna makes a disgusted face. (WE: Ugh)
Well, that was definitely an episode I watched.

Spoilers in the comments probably.

Oh, hey, my [community profile] fandomgiftbox is posted! Go here for B5, Marvel, LotR, Murderbot, Wonder Woman, Wynonna Earp, and a bunch of obscure movies starring a surprising actor (okay, one of them has Willem Dafoe)!

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Jul. 2nd, 2017 08:48 pm
muccamukk: Text: Did I mention that my nose was on fire? That I have 15 wild badgers living in my trousers? (B5: Nose on Fire)
If anyone were looking for Wynonna Earp icons.

[personal profile] timetobegin has a set here and another here.
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muccamukk: Kate looking like she's going to shoot someone (Marvel: I Will Shoot You)
Title: Nobody's Dream Girl
Fandom: Wynonna Earp (TV)
Characters: Dolls/Wynonna/Doc
Length: 1,500 words
Rating: Mature
Content notes: Canon typical violence, graphic imagery, and dysfunctional relationships.
Author's Notes: Set after 2x02 with minor spoilers.

It's the morning after the night before, but Wynonna has her boys and can't bring herself to care. Or that's what she keeps telling herself. 
muccamukk: Kate looking like she's going to shoot someone (Marvel: I Will Shoot You)
Title: Would Teach My Feet to Fly
Fandom: Wynonna Earp (TV)
Charactesr: Wynonna & Doc
Length: 1,000 words
Rating: Teen
Content notes: Canon typical mental health issues and dysfunctional relationships, some theology.
Author's Notes: Set after 2x02 with minor spoilers. Title from "River" by Joni Mitchell.

Wynonna had used to say, "Make your peace." She'd even said that was going to be "her thing."
muccamukk: Uhura sitting at her station, her self in colour, everthing else in grayscale. (ST: Uhura)
I made eight episodes of Luke Cage before I got too busy to focus and set it aside for later. As of that far in, I was very much enjoying it. I wasn't as utterly sucked in as I was with Jessica Jones, as LC seems to be a bit more of a standard superhero story, though I am enjoying the Harlem setting, and of course Luke. Luke it totally the ultimate woobie. Endless terrible things happen to him, and he angsts beautifully. I'm a little disappointed that it's not more punch in the face political like JJ was, but on the other hand having a show that is majority PoC cast is in and of itself political, so there is that (it was just billed as sort of being about current race relations in the US, and from my admittedly limited perspective, it's not deeply engaging there). ANYWAY! Beautiful angsty Luke! And a really great cast and a really great sound track. I'm very well content on those counts.

Watched the first and last episode of Prison Break for Mick/Snart context. I enjoyed the brothers and Strong Feelings About Loyalty, but wasn't that invested in the arc or things set in prisons.

Watched the first three (I think) episodes of Grace and Frankie, which was cute, had a great cast, and my teen crush on Sam Waterston was not invalidated, but which was a bit too embarrassment squicky for me to invest in.

Oddly, the first two episodes of Don't Trust the B— in Apartment 23 didn't ping me the same way. I'd happily watch those terrible people forever!

Found ALL of Star Trek, and randomly watched "Dagger of the Mind" and "Devil in the Dark" which were both pretty great. I'm all for Kirk h/c and Spock running around yelling, "Jim!" while quietly panicking. I also really like the sort of mode of the setting. I always forget how polite Kirk is, or if not polite than perhaps formal. I kind of like a future where everyone is called, "Sir" or "Mr. Surname." And there are massive amounts of h/c and strong feelings about loyalty. And, for that matter, Kirk pointedly not sleeping with junior officers of his own crew. I just really like original Star Trek. Also watched the Spock/Bones bits of "Bread and Circuses," which was a BS episode, but had lovely moments.

Watched Zootopia, which I hadn't seen, and which we both enjoyed quite a bit. Also Men in Black 3, which I hadn't seen, and Nenya had. I have questions about the time travel mechanism, but otherwise liked it quite a lot. Could have used more Emma Thompson, which is so often the case.

Randomly watched the really angsty bits of The Incredibles, which underlined how much I disliked the character design and gender politics, but how much I liked the angsty bits.

Ditched Nenya and went to a subtitle-less version of Star Trek Beyond, which I want to watch again! I want it now! Tyranny of DVD releases! Anyway, yes, good. First thing that's felt like Star Trek in a while. I loved making Sulu gay (FINALLY!). I loved all the friendship and family and being about what Starfleet means. I loved Jaylah, and her interactions with Scotty, and how you could see her watching the bridge crew like Jean Valjean staring at that loaf of bread. Needed more Idris Elba. Great Uhura and Sulu solving mysteries. Great Spock/McCoy h/c. Great Anti-Militarisation of space spiel. Yorktown was GORGEOUS. Too much of it was shot in the dark, so in 3D I was left a bit lost. Just loyalty and family and exploring space, and I'm very happy. More like this please.
muccamukk: Porthos laughing victoriously. (Musketeers: I Win!)
Title: Whiskey Cupcakes and Flustered Heroes
Author: Anon
Fandom: Legends of Tomorrow
Characters: Ray Palmer/Mick Rory
Words: 3,800
Rating: Teen
Summary: Making the kid blush has become one of his favorite pastimes, right after burning stuff and stealing things.
Notes: Sweet series two speculation (including some SDCC spoilers), with growing intimacy and poor communication skills. Basically everything I want from these two. Also! Someone made art for them.

Title: The Difficult Path
Author: Anon
Fandom: Agent Carter
Characters: Jack/OMC, Peggy
Words: 4,200
Rating: Teen
Summary: Jack tried to pretend that this was something close friends did.
Notes: Let's add gay and in denial to poor end of season one Jack. It's probably a little softer take on the character, but really hits all the notes and has some great Peggy scenes.

Title: The Feeling of Freedom
Author: Anon
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe
Characters: T'Challa/Thor
Words: 1,100
Rating: G
Summary: “I am still not quite sure how to treat you,” Thor confesses the night of the day of the marriage, leaning heavily on an outside balcony wall almost as if he’s drunk.
Notes: Lovely vivid snapshot of an arranged marriage AU. I really like Thor's characterisation here.

Title: Degrees Celsius
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] Veldeia
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe
Characters: Steve/Tony, OC
Words: 300
Rating: G
Summary: A tale of Steve's captivity in the cold, the difficult life of an evil scientist, and the eventual wrench thrown into their plans by Tony.
Notes: My favourite fill for last week's trb prompt (the gorgeous one with frozen captive Steve and rescuer Tony).

Title: Having a Ball
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] Navaan
Fandom: Legends of Tomorrow
Characters: Mick, Sara
Words: 1,100
Rating: Teen
Summary: Stuck at a ball in 18th century France there is nothing to do for the moment than drink alone.
Notes: I'm pretty happy to read all the fic about Mick and/or Sara picking themselves up from the ruins of season one, and more than one of them doing so is doubly fab. Really nice characterisation here, and a bit of costume porn.
muccamukk: Supergirl determinedly flying forward. Text: "Here we go again!" (DC: Here We Go Again)
(Haha, this is the DC channel again. Enjoy!)

So, someone must have written the AU where Kara didn't get knocked off course got to Earth at the same time as Clark, and is this dorky pre-teen possibly being raised by the Kents, trying to fit in, but also trying to be strong and protect her bb cousin and teach him all about their lost planet.

The downside to this would obviously be that she got to Earth like twenty years earlier, so that there would be no adorable Supergirl team. ALTHOUGH I suppose Clark could have also been pulled off course and, and Kara could have somehow landed at the Danvers with a baby in tow and... the entire history of the Earth would have changed. Hnmm...

Anyway, someone's written that, right?
muccamukk: Maxima looks on in horror as Jayna gleefully builds a tower of random food. (DC: Food!)
So I didn't realise that Wentworth Miller actually WAS gay. I'm not sure if I should double down on my assertion that some of his turn as Leonard Snart was deliberately camp or not. Probably, yes?

There's some great filming pictures of part of the LoT gang doing season two.

I still want all the Sara and Mick and Jax&Martin fic, and not really much in the way of ship stuff for any of them, though I'll read Sara/Lady, and Mick/Whoever. Not super into the Snart pairings, save maybe Mick, and that tends to be really domestic, which isn't really what I'm there for.

We also finished Supergirl. I'm excited that the full cast will be back next year, even if Cat will be reduced a bit with the actor flying in from LA, but yay! More show! I really hope that they don't run the canon love interests through the CW love triangle of horror mill, or do the whole Lois & Clark We Can't Write Couples That Are Together And Must Constantly Generate Cheap Drama route. But mostly I want more canon just as as it was, with feelings and optimism and people working together to get shit done, even though they don't agree, or even like each other.

So I'm REALLY interested in J'onn's backstory from Supergirl. He's basically Moon from the Raksura books, with a lot of failed attempts at assimilation and trying to fit in, follow by being on the run and living in the woods, then finding his True Family (well, sort of, Moon actually eventually does find his family, whereas J'onn will likely be either the last or the nearly last of his people, but set up a found family). One thing I'm curious about is a spoiler for 1x17 )

I took a swing through the J'onn/Alex tag and didn't really find anything that rocked my boat, though there was some okay porn, I guess. There was also more teeth-rooting curtain fic, which isn't what I want from that pairing, even if they've both really, really earned it. Am tempted to write sex pollen.

Using my Maxima icon because I can.
muccamukk: Rebecca and Amanda hugging and laughing (HL: Fun Femslash)
Title: Left Turn at Harmony Falls
Author: [personal profile] muccamukk
Fandom: DC's Legends of Tomorrow (Lindsay Carlisle/Sara Lance)
Rating: Teen (some homophobia, some mental health issues)
Word Count: 10,000
Notes: Written for margottenenbaum's Wish Fulfilment Ficathon, for the prompt: Sara Lance/any female character, Sara re-discovers closeness and trust and learns she's not a monster.
Summary: Instead of rejoining the League of Assassins in "Left Behind," Sara hooks up with Lindsay again, but even falling in love for the first time this life doesn't solve Sara's emotional problems, and the 1950s still suck.

Tropes

Jul. 27th, 2016 09:43 am
muccamukk: Joe raising a glass and looking sardonic.Text: Sure, pal. Whatever you say. (HL: Whatever You Say)
I like that in two shows I've watched recently, the by now expected use of torture by the heroes or their allies against the villains didn't go as planned.

In Legends of Tomorrow, it's set up that a main character of ambiguous morality needs to get information from a villain the team has captured, but he ends up going and talking the other character around to their side by showing them his perspective.

In Supergirl, team hero's asshole ally tortures a captured villain for information, uses the info he gets and leads everyone straight into a trap that gets almost everyone killed.

Of course over in the fucking Flash, the hero from another show tortures an extremely minor bad guy for information, which turns out to be accurate, the heroes use it, and everyone who has a stated quibble about that is Wrong because hero from other show is a stand up guy.

Though also on LoT we had:
White guy: The 1950s were awesome.
Black guy and Bisexual woman: NOT FOR US, THEY WEREN'T!
White guy: Okay, good point.

Two episodes later:
Other white guy: Oh, hey the wild west! Go 1870s!
Yet another white guy: Yes this period was the most awesome!
Everyone else: *either agrees or says nothing*
Me: *muttering* genocide, genocide, genocide
muccamukk: Supergirl determinedly flying forward. Text: "Here we go again!" (DC: Here We Go Again)
and I would like to post this without comment:

muccamukk: Close up Apollo and the Midnighter leaning in to touch foreheads. They look sad. (DC: Forehead hugs)
So there's this scene in the original Ellis run of The Authority where Apollo is going off on this totally suicidal mission to save the day (and this from a team that wasn't hyper-invested in the saving of days), and the Midnighter (who has certainly been close to him, but it's not made clear in what way) tries to talk him out of it:



Which is about when a lot of people figured out what that relationship was, exactly. But I was thinking of it today in context of how massive the Captain Canary ship is in Legends of Tomorrow fandom, and what a great moment they got towards the end there, with a kiss like that (if on the mouth, which is honestly how I always remember the Apollo/Midnighter scene anyway), and how I would have DIED if that kiss had been between two men or two women. Like, can you IMAGINE if it had been Coldwave or AtomicHeat? Christ. Why can't I have nice things?

Speaking of AtomicHeat, I'm quite surprised that it's not a bigger pairing. There's only a handful of fic, on what is pretty solid canon ground for a ship. They are one of the major relationship threads in the series, and the (platonic) couple that ends up together at the end.

However, in that it's a pairing that does not involve Leonard Snart, pickings are thin, and the only fic I've liked so far has been this one (there's another long fic, but it's contaminated by un-tagged Rip Hate, which is a thing in this fandom):

Title: Madmen Who Remember, Madmen Who Forget
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] NewEyes
Fandom: Legends of Tomorrow (& Arrow)
Characters: Ray Palmer/Mick Rory
Words: 3,300
Rating: Not Rated (deals with mental illness and injury)
Summary: Ray uses the holo room to recreate memories of his time with Anna. Mick just uses it to burn stuff.
Notes: A definite uncompromising look at both of them that I like because it's compassionate without being woobie, and lets them be flawed while still loving them. Interestingly written before the big Mick arc.
muccamukk: The silhouette of Sam as the Falcon cutting across other pictures of Sam. (Cap: Falcon)
What I Just Finished Reading
Captain America and the Falcon: Nomad by Steve Englehart and a variety of artists.
I think this is the second time I've read this, and it mostly underscored my abiding dislike of Englehart's Steve. There is some unintentional hilarity to be derived by Steve's gay porn pirate costume, but for the most part Steve is whiny and self-involved, and basically throws a tantrum every time something doesn't go his way, all the black characters are racist caricatures, especially given the art, and most of the women are mocked. The Peggy Carter plotline is especially appalling. I will admit to enjoying the Namor cameo.


Superior Iron Man by Tom Taylor and a variety of artists.
Well, the art was lovely. I actually enjoyed this more than I thought I would, though I can see how if it were the ONLY Iron Man story out there, I'd be pretty put off.

As it was, I rather enjoyed the adventures of Mildly Evil Tony, and the various efforts of the rest of the characters to foil him. I'd have liked to see more of Jen, but the Pepper and Matt bits were well done (with a lovely Matt/Foggy moment). The story highlighted everything Tony regularly isn't, and shouldn't be, and the sure pettiness was pretty funny at times. However, then it got stepped on by an event and retconned into oblivion, which didn't really make for a very satisfying ending.


Farthing (Small Change, #1) by Jo Walton, narrated by John Keating and Bianca Amato
Very effectively written alternate history that was serious without being ham handed. I liked both main characters, and how their aims didn't always meet but how their stories fit together. I'd probably be more interested in a book about her than him, but I guess that's not what the rest of the series does. Most of the minor characters were also well-drawn and interesting.

The mystery part was pretty obvious from the start, though the details not as much, but it was more a structure for the commentary on fascism within British society which really didn't pull any punches, and the bucolic country estate setting worked well to set up the contrast for the Who Knows What Evil Lurks in the Hearts of Men bit.

I've been warned off the sequels, so may let the series lie here. Would like to try other Walton though.


What I'm Reading Now
Working on Gay Revolution as an audiobook, which is interesting, but a pretty sweeping overview given how much space it's trying to cover. I've heard that it leaves rather a lot out.

Still reading Ghostly.


What I'm Reading Next
Def Voices from Chernobyl and maybe Lisey's Story.


Meanwhile, almost done watching all the Captain Cold and Firestorm episodes of The Flash, which has been good for those characters, but I kind of want to set most of the arc plots on fire. Also going slightly deaf from Nenya screaming about the science. Next up, Supergirl.
muccamukk: Jeff and Delenn sitting quietly together, background of starcharts. (B5: Constellations)
Title: Boys Town
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] sholio
Fandom: Legends of Tomorrow
Characters: Young Mick Rory, Young Sara Lance, team
Words: 3,100
Rating: G
Summary: Missing scene for 1x12, because leaving a baby with a couple of juvenile delinquents is a great idea.
Notes: Having read pretty well all the missing scene fic for this episode, I must conclude that this is my favourite. It has great bb!Mick PoV, and digs its nails into the inherent crackiness of the show. Plus it's really funny.

Title: All Worn Down That Lonely Road
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] RedHead & [archiveofourown.org profile] tempest_sonata
Fandom: Legends of Tomorrow
Characters: Mick Rory & Leonard Snart
Words: 6,600
Rating: Teen
Summary: An episode coda for Legends of Tomorrow 1x10 “Progeny”. Mick takes exception to Len’s stubborn refusal to deal with his injuries properly, and they both find themselves unsure how to deal with the fact that they actually care about one another.
Notes: Having ALSO read all of the coda to this episode, this is my favourite. It hits a perfect balance of stoic ass holes, emotional insecurity and fatigue. Lovely h/c for the boys. No Rip hate.

Title: Ghosts of Tomorrow
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] DarkestSight
Fandom: Legends of Tomorrow (& The Flash & Arrow)
Characters: Mick Rory & Rip Hunter, Sara Lance
Words: 2,500
Rating: Teen
Summary: Mick confronts Rip about why he won't save Sara's sister and learns some things he didn't expect.
Notes: A really nice follow up to 1x16 that doesn't make Rip the bad guy, makes sense, and isn't just "We don't want to retcon a whole season of Arrow, just because its sister show has time travel and is willing to wield it. (Even if Arrow had it coming.)"

Apparently the theme of the day is missing scenes from Mick's PoV.

I'm also starting to watch the Captain Cold and Firestorm episodes of The Flash. So far it's fun, but the love story is THE WORST! OMG!

4 Recs

Jul. 16th, 2016 06:02 pm
muccamukk: Natasha lowering her sunglasses to see over the top. She looks alarmed. (Marvel: Shades)
Title: Inconveniences Rightly Considered
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] susanowa
Fandom: Marvel Adventures: Avengers
Characters: Team, Steve/Tony
Words: 5,100 (so far)
Rating: Various
Summary: A series of adventures, inconveniences and embarrassments in the lives of the Avengers, with a particular focus on Steve Rogers and Tony Stark.
Notes: Starts with Avengers watching a porn parody of themselves, ends with Tony's birthday, is generally super cute and in character for all, and absolutely makes me laugh.

Title: Tentacular Spectacular
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] Sineala
Fandom: Marvel Adventures: Avengers
Characters: Steve/Tony, Jan, Ororo
Words: 9,100
Rating: Explicit
Summary: When Amora the Enchantress lays a peculiar curse on Tony, its effects are not at all obvious... until Tony gets home and sees what's happened to Steve. And as for breaking the curse -- well, that happens to be Tony's number one fantasy. (Or: Tony never turns down a good tentacle. Or several.)
Notes: Really, really cute tentacle sex, which I had the pleasure of beta reading. Also this makes me feel better about writing MA:A kink fic the other day.

Title: Fragments
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] katydid3145
Fandom: Legends of Tomorrow (& The Flash & Supergirl)
Characters: Mick Rory, everyone else.
Words: 18,900
Rating: Not rated (but teen)
Summary: Mick always figured the universe didn't really like him all that much. More likely, it just didn't care about what happened to him. He was just a speck of dust, not something to ever really think about. Not something that anyone would ever care about.
Notes: So I read through basically the whole LoT section of the archive, and then circled back and found my favourite fic on the first page. Basically it's the 19k angst wallow I always wanted, with Mick learning how to fit in with a team of superheroes and trying really, really hard not to care, and assuming that no one loves him. <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 Oh, and no Rip hate, which is a bloody rarity in this fandom. (The author kind of sucks at tagging, which is too bad as everyone should read this fic.)

Title: Various
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] icarus_chained
Fandom: Legends of Tomorrow
Characters: Jefferson Jackson & Martin Stein, crew
Words: Many
Rating: Teen - Mature
Summary: Various
Notes: So the other thing I found archive diving was an author largely devoted to Jefferson&Martin smarm, where Martin is usually the physically hurt one, and it's pretty awesome, and very sweet.
muccamukk: Maria looks extremely unsatisfied with this turn of events. (Avengers: Disgruntled)
We finished last night, and are planning to rewatch bits, for sure. If you want a good feel for the show, [personal profile] such_heights did a recruiter vid: For Your Entertainment, which doesn't have serious spoilers, but does give you a solid feel for it cracktastic excellence.

Unfortunately, I'm on a bit of a post-binge low right now, almost entirely because I looked up to see if there would be more, and the wiki section on season two was all the producers talking about how it was going to be more serious and a lot more closely tied in with Arrow and The Flash, which is the opposite of everything that I want. So now I'm feeling like I did after The Musketeers series two, before this has even aired!

And partly some of the ending was kinda a downer. Spoilers, some negative )

Which is a bunch of whining, really, as I generally loved the show, but somehow I'm not feeling as bouncy about it as I was before I finished.

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