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23 October 2006 @ 09:44 am
Being Random...  
I've been cutting down the amount of time I spend online at the weekends lately for various reasons and I can't believe I missed this. I am a horrible, horrible friend....

Happy Belated Birthday emeraldswanEmmy!!!

I'm so sorry I missed it - I suck, clearly.

I'm in the process of coming up with some guidelines/not-quite-rules for the SlayerVerse 'athon' which I really need to come up with a name for - I've been half-calling it "Street Spirit" in my head 'cause of the Radiohead song but it's (like so many of my titles) randomly obscure so better suggestions please? Once I've compiled the guidelines I'll stick 'em up here in a wide open post for people to register interest if they like - although there's going to be no required sign up since it's an open 'athon' with no individual assignments. Timing wise, I was half-thinking the end of December since I know a lot of people will be NaNoing next month (myself included) but would January work better for people? How about have posting start on the 1st of Jan and run through to the end of the month?

Random segue #4,397. So Torchwood started last night on BBC3 (I imagine the torrent's up by now). I liked it, mostly, although I am a little narked that Rusty isn't even trying to hide his fanboy crush on Whedon now. Seriously, you have an angsty character getting his own spin off and you spend the first couple of episodes establishing that he can't die, that he's disconnected from humanity and have him stand on top of high buildings surveying the city around him. (And let's not even get into the fact that the second episode was a complete re-write of the Angel episode where Kate first appears - except here the phallic parastitic demon is replaced by the ultimate in Freudian nightmares - the Vagina Dentata.) nostalgia_lj has had the same thought I did about the 'hand in the jar' and Jack's *attachment* to it - I give it maybe three more hours before the first NC-17 fic appears based on it. And how long do you guys give it before the first Torchwood/BtVS s4 Initiative crossover fic appears? Hell, I even thought of writing one before the first episode even aired... *g*

What next? Will there be a ragtag team of beings who were on the losing side of the Time War just trying to get by on the fringes of space society whilst smuggling someone whose brain has been altered to turn them into the ultimate psychic weapon? Oh... wait... he wouldn't. Would he?

Really, really, really hope Sister listened when I told her Torchwood was too adult for my nephew to watch...

Oh! Oh! Just sent this in an email to smileawhile and thought "Huh, that's actually kinda LJ worthy... so... ETA Owen's a bastard, right? Morally unsound potential date-rapist who needs a good kicking (and his mouth is too wide - or is that just me being weird?) so... Since Rusty is 'borrowing' from AtS how cool would it be to: "horribly kill of the rapist-bastard Owen mid-season and bring in Mickey in a way that in no way parrallels that Joss Whedon show at all..."

And my boss ain't here today, which means I get a good run at all the *stuff* I need to do - sorry thedothatgirl, I didn't get that banner started for you - hopefully tonight. Definitely you'll have a proof copy by Wednesday at the very latest. (As well as those light filters I'm going to be sending you!)

SPN thoughts coming later in another post, again I want to rewatch it and get my brain together first. What I will say right now is this: Oh, Dean! *g*
Current Mood: refreshedrefreshed
smhwpf on October 23rd, 2006 10:51 am (UTC)
End of December sounds good to me.

Ah, loved Torchwood. What I find interesting is just how incredibly scary the Torchwood crew are. They have access to this huge amount of power which they totallly don't understand, not to mention the fact of being accountable to no-one. Even apart from psycho-girl - Suzy? in ep1 (was she in The Impossible Planet/Satan Pit?) you've got that guy using the magic perfume to pull women/torment happy couples or whatever. I thought Suzy's thing with the fly was interesting... are the TW crew coming to see people as flies to be played with and experimented upon? And yet, they're people who are basically good-intentioned, and likeable. Could make for some very interesting development.

And good grief, is RTD a Whedon fan. Hadn't picked up on everything you mentioned, but apart from that you've got the alien entering Carys just after she makes a wish against her no-good boyfriend? And the wish makes her a destroyer of men? And the praying mantis gig. Just how many Buffyverse episodes were squeezed into one there? But I like it. Makes me feel at home. :)
the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: tw//captain jack - martoufmartywhiskyinmind on October 23rd, 2006 11:05 am (UTC)
nostalgia_lj's discussing the possibility that Owen (the guy with the pheremone perfume thing) could be being set up to be a Spike like character, morally unsound, a right bastard in fact, but who will ultimately sacrifice himself in some world-saving way thereby earning redemption for the fact that he was about to rape that woman. It's a little creepy that the scene was played as comic, but that was GHB, rohipnol, whatever the latest date rape drug of choice is - and he wasn't called on it. He's not in the least bit remorseful, and in the next episode he's *still* taking things out of the office without permission (the portable-cell thingy). Owen is one scary little man and yet he's one of the good guys?

Shades of grey abound in this organisation.

(I edited my post just as you replied with a potential Whedonesque way of dealing with Owen by the way!)

I'm looking forward to seeing where they take the show from here, it could be really derivative or it could strike out and be something really cool on it's own merit. I want it to be the latter!
smhwpf on October 23rd, 2006 11:16 am (UTC)
Ah, yes, that's another interesting angle. Bring in Mickey. Hah! Like it.

Oh, and there's the 'struggle to have a normal life while saving the world' angle already flagged up - admittedly hardly unique to Buffy, but a major trope.

It seems that Jack and Eve are both aware of the danger of isolation, if perhaps not the enormous moral risk they're all in. Will Eve be the person to save Torchwood from themselves, or will she be pulled in in the same way?

Ah, the possibilities are endless!
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thedothatgirlthedothatgirl on October 23rd, 2006 01:52 pm (UTC)
*Note to self* read Sho's first post before the second*

Have whizzed past all the Torchwood stuff as we only watched the one ep last night - John had a really really early flight this morning so I taped part two. I enjoyed the first ep though - I need to catch up DrWho though as I feel I am missing much.

Also now worries with the banner, 'as & when' my dear. I've been shuffling stuff round but stopped to make a silly halloween ep vid that I have to get finished before it eats my brain. I'll be emailing you about the words for the vidding site thing sometime this week.

thedothatgirlthedothatgirl on October 23rd, 2006 01:53 pm (UTC)
oops freudian

No worries with the banner

not 'now' worries.
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(Anonymous) on October 23rd, 2006 02:39 pm (UTC)
Hey Mara! I like the thought of letting posting for the stories start the first of January and running to the end of the month for the Slayerverse Ficathon. December would be kind of hard for me because of all the holiday craziness involved in that month. You know? Theres alot of getting ready for Christmas and going away to see family and stuff. The month of January sounds good though.

the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: scoobies - mewhiskyinmind on October 23rd, 2006 02:45 pm (UTC)
The more I think about it, the more I like the January idea myself. I think that may just be the best option.

(BTW, I've validated your account on INAP so when you repost New Possibilities it should appear on the archive straight away!)
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the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: vm//veronica/wallace/friendshipwhiskyinmind on October 23rd, 2006 05:27 pm (UTC)
**huggles you**

I've got a longish fic idea which I've been developing for a couple of months now (without, y'know, actually writing it) and the plan is for that to be my NaNo project this year. I'm looking forward to it actually - tragically enough I've actually taken time off at the end of November so that I can concentrate on it! Since I crashed and burned on it last year I don't think I'll be too upset if I don't manage the 50,000 in the month - so long as I get the story told.
tessarintessarin on October 23rd, 2006 07:06 pm (UTC)
Torchwood Ep1
Well just got round to watching it myself. Liked it a lot more than Dr who, much more adult in tone. Only real downer the over loud music. Plotting in this ep seemed tighter than Dr Who, liked the wpc's realistic reactions.

As for the Whedon influences specifically Angel and Buffy absolute multitude. I mean a space/time rift where things just slip through all sorts if Aliens and beasties. A hellmouth by any other name. Others you have mentioned.
the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: tw//captain jack - martoufmartywhiskyinmind on October 24th, 2006 11:15 am (UTC)
Re: Torchwood Ep1
I actually didn't notice the music to be honest - I may just rewatch it again to see if I pick up on it. All in I'm pretty impressed with the programme, although it is clearly borrowing from (mostly Whedon) shows, it does have that little spark of originality which will hopefully shine through it all.
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velvetwhip: Non Canon Compliant by lilbreckvelvetwhip on October 23rd, 2006 07:26 pm (UTC)
I love that Radiohead song!!!!

Please make it January!!! PLEASE!!!! Because if you make it December, I can't participate. I have way too much ficathon stuff going on then,

the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: willow/xander//embrace (pack) - mewhiskyinmind on October 24th, 2006 11:17 am (UTC)
I think what I'll do is go for that month-long posting schedule throughout January. That way it gives people more time to prepare something and hopefully shouldn't clash with many other 'athons'
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Mary: Jared cutefresleyforever on October 23rd, 2006 10:27 pm (UTC)
Oh Dean indeed! *sob*

Also your mood icon?


Nekkid Sam works for me!
the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: spn//sam - mewhiskyinmind on October 24th, 2006 11:19 am (UTC)
*cuddles Dean*

Didn't manage to rewatch it last night - was a little distracted by Scarecrow and The Benders for some reason - so the review/reaction post is probably going to be tomorrow. But "Oh, Dean!"

(nekkid Sam, although it makes me feel like a cradle snatcher, definitely works for me too...*g*)