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Fish
21 September 2014 @ 01:05 am
This is a list of all the stories I intend to read this year. Because I never manage to keep track of anything and forget about what I *do* read. I hope this will allow me to be more organised when it comes to fanfiction. The stories I've read are in green.

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Fish
13 October 2021 @ 11:21 am

Stories are public, and so is everything of general interest. The personal stuff is locked.

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Fish
28 July 2014 @ 08:36 am
This last episode of Masters of Sex, S02E03 "The Fight" absolutely blew me away. This was no doubt the best character driven episode I've seen on television this decade. And boy, it was SO HAWT! There was one scene in particular, well -- let's just said Spontaneous Human Combustion is an understatement to describe that one. Wait, actually, there were two. Oh. My.

You know that feeling, when you're watching something so perfect, you get goosebumps and your stomach is doing little flips of "Oh my God I can't believe they just went there!" IT WAS LIKE THAT!

And the layers of characterizations, THE LAYERS!!! It was an absolutely outstanding study on what 'getting naked' really means.

Lizzy Caplan and Martin Michael Sheen deserves a truck load of Emmys and Oscars for this performance - a huis clos in a hotel room.

I could write pages and pages of review about this, sadly, Mulder, there's no time.

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Why yes, Bill, I liked it very much. Thank you. *lights cigarette*

ETA: Time said the show hit a "narrative G-Spot" and it's exactly what it was.
 
 
 
Fish
19 July 2014 @ 11:31 pm
Masters of Sex is doing it right. Observe:

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Sadly, Mulder and Scully never did a photoshoot like this one:

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Fish
19 July 2014 @ 08:51 pm
Privacy no longer means a thing on the Internet. Whatever you do on the web can and is monitored, controlled, analyzed, categorized and easily referenced. Describing yourself as a 'private person' means shit if you're online. The platforms we use know exactly who we are, our likes, dislikes, where we travel, how long we stayed there, how many siblings we have, if we're on speaking terms with them, the state of our love life, our political and religious leanings, etc... and soon with those connected watches and eye-wear, Google, Apple & co will know our heart rate, sleep patterns and physical health as well.

But it's all in the name of progress, for the good of mankind, right?

Right.

I am old enough to remember the cold war, my parents were in their late teens during WW2 and my uncle was involved in atomic matters. As a kid I thought I would never make it to my 18th birtday because a nuclear war was going to kill us all. My dear brother kept telling me so, and I worshipped him. So, of course, I believed him. I was going to take refuge inside the well in the cellar, I had it all planned out.

Of course, the world didn't end, but I guess growing up this way meant I never took peace for granted the way people do in our part of the world. I studied French collaboration with Nazi Germany, 'normal' people settling scores with their neighbours, selling each other over minor feuds. Can you imagine WW2 with Twitter and Facebook? "I didn't know Mrs. Martin had so many nephews! The littlle darlings are real shy and won't get out of the house, though." (Pierre Laval likes this)

If the shit ever hits the fan again, it will be real easy for a modern Vichy government to get rid of the voices of dissent. Because they'll know exactly where to find us.

And yet, when Edward Snowden revealed the extent of government spying on all of us, the world barely shrugged. Our government's Big Brother ways were nowhere as scary as the lethargy of the public response. Google and Facebook are monitoring everything I type and the government has acess to all of it? Whatever.

They may have access but they can't control what we say or think just yet, although they are giving it their best shot, things still filter through. For example everybody knows these days that Monsanto and the FDA do not have the general public's health or best interests in mind, in spite of their million dollars advertising campaigns.The Internet made this possible.

The Internet, this big, unruly, chaotic machine that brings out the worst and the best in us. It also makes one hell of a case for freedom of speech. Like minded people can fight for Just Causes together, raise funds for charity together, it brings information and comfort to millions of souls all over the world. And the great thing is, no corporation or government has control over it. Yet.

It might change though.

In America, cable companies are in the process of hatching an Evil Plan (TM) to control the web. This is how it starts guys. Please inform yourself.



End of rant.
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Fish
13 July 2014 @ 07:07 pm
Season 2 of Masters of Sex, which, in my opinion, was hands down the best new show to grace our screens last year, starts tonight. If you have Firefox with the Adblock Plus addon, to get rid of all those pesky ads and pop ups, you can watch it on Solarmovie.tl Just google it.

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Just watching the trailer gave me little butterflies I haven't experienced since S3 of the X-Files. That show is gorgeous, the fashion of that time period is gorgeous, Lizzy Caplan is fucking magnificent (and is nominated for an Emmy, because even those old coots can't ignore that much talent) Martin Sheen is a tad short but so intense. Beau Bridges and Alisson Janney are superb. Caitlin Fitzgerald looks like Grace Kelly. And all this wonderful cast plays wonderfully complex characters with great story arcs. If there is ONE show you should catch up with this year, it's this one. Forget it was given the worst show title in history of televison, and give a go to what is without a doubt the most feminist high profile show on screen.

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Isn't this cover strangely familiar?
They're work partners too, you know... *grins*

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Fish
04 July 2014 @ 12:26 am

The 100 CW TV Show

Months ago I watched the Pilot and promptly dismissed this show as the new Revolution, Terra Nova and similar sci-fi series, i.e. the ones full of improbably good looking and bland youth with the acting abilities of the mould behind my fridge - paper thin plots, soapy romance and really cheesy pseudo sci-fi attempts.

Then I read one too many praises on TV Com and thought I'd give it another go. I suffered through the Pilot again and the second episode and then, well, it got better, much, much better.

100 kids, who comitted various felonies on a giant space station that was built after a nuclear war destroyed life on Earth - are sent back down to find out if life is possible there.

The start of the show is like any other teen show on telly. There's the clever blonde kid, the rebel teen, the dark and tortured kid, the funny kid...etc. But then people start dying left right and centre, on the planet which is not as empty as they thought - on the space station, where people are running out of air and hard choices have to be made.

Man, that show gets dark and brutal real fast. This is more Hunger Games or BSG  than Twilight, let me tell you. You think things are going to turn out for the best, because on these type of shows, that's how it goes except that here, the cavalry doesn't always arrive in time, when it arrives at all.

The 100 is a bit of a wolf in teen's clothing.

The characters are layered and well crafted, both adults and teens. People you hated at the start grow on you and the 'bad guys' have good reasons for acting the way they do.

Yes, there are teen love triangles because hey, this is the CW network after all, but the romantic shennanigans pretty much come second to the need to survive in a hostile environment.

There are a few familiar faces, the chap who played Gaeta on Battlestar Galactica - in more or less the same role. "Dr. Burke" from Grey's Anatomy runs the station. "sierra" from Dollhouse plays a "grounder" leader.

It's not perfect, far from it, some plot lines could do with not being there such as some of the teen romance stuff, but for what it is or trying to be, it's pretty good.
 
 
Fish
21 June 2014 @ 08:57 am


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Mini-rewatch June 21-27

"Live Journal is not dead Scully, I will prove it to you."
"You can ply me with beer all you want, Mulder. I still need proof."
 
 
Fish
15 June 2014 @ 08:16 pm
I was rummaging around my stuff, and realised I never got round to posting this little thing I wrote for scully_fest on my own LJ. Better late than never, uh? You can also listen to it because the wonderful idella recorded an anthology of all the 'Scully in 155' written for this challenge.

This scene takes place after Wetwired, where Scully accused Mulder of having killed her sister.

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REWIRED

The chill of the stone seeps through her gloved hand. She leaves it there. She deserves that cold. Her body should be the one still and decaying in that hole in the ground. She shouldn't be the warm one.

I miss you.

She doesn't say it out loud but the words fill her head. The emotion they carry take too much space within her chest. She breathes in deeply, painfully. Some visits are easier than others.

A warm hand closes on her shoulder.

She straightens up but does not turn around.

“I didn't mean what I said,” she tells him.

“I know. That's all right, Scully.”

No. None of this is all right. Her paranoid meltdown gave voice to the ugly things between them they never address. He didn't pull the trigger. Neither did she, and yet -

Her hand leaves the tombstone.

She catches his arm. “Let's go home, Mulder.”

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