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06 April 2009 @ 03:17 pm
Have a Jelly Baby  
So I have an admission to make, I didn't watch Doctor Who when I was a kid because I really did hide behind the sofa. Not at the show, but at the closing credits. I don't even really know which era it was, but I remember there was a POV of spinning through space with stars and other asterological *things* flying past the camera. It freaked me the hell out. So much so that when I started using a computer (Windows 3.0...) I couldn't even look at that particular screen saver because of the childhood traumas!

But now I'm a fan, and I'm going through and watching old episodes when I can find them.

Yesterday I spent a huge amount of time watching season 17. The Tom Baker and Romana II era.

Even with the dodgy special effects and some of the more interesting mysogyny going on in the scripts, that show rocked.

I even got a hold of the unaired episode Shada which is incomplete. The version I have has an older Tom Baker filling in the gaps where footage is missing with narration and some voiceover work. It's fantastic. And not just because it was written by Douglas Adams.

So my Whovian nature is coming back, nice timing for the new episode due on Saturday!

In other fandom news, I have some reactiony things for SPN 4.16 & 4.17 which I 'composed' whilst watching them at the weekend. Unfortunately they're on my pen drive which is currently plugged into the USB port on my computer. That's in my house. I'm in the library. I'll post 'em when I get a chance later this week!

Sweet Charity rocked - I didn't get any of the people I bid on because my budget was so limited but the people who won me have given me awesome prompts so far. One Dark Angel fic, one Angel fic and as yet undefined graphics. *mock glares at graphics buyer* *realises she hasn't responded to emails about the prompts from any of the winners* *looks suitably ashamed*

Dollhouse gets better - I'm definitely a fan now, not hard core yet. But I like it.

Speaking of things of which I am a hardcore fan - Leverage. Rocks. LOVE that show. (although, I've been having conversations with myself about the pronunciation. I automaticaly say it to sound like 'leave-arage' but shouldn't it sound like 'lev-erage' (as in 'left')? How would Sophie say it? *g* Could still live without the apparent need the writers have to pair off the characters with each other, but it doesn't detract from the awesomeness so I can deal!

Please to be remembering that I'm a little behind others in the rate I watch the shows and I don't want to be spoiled. I'm not expecting you to feel guilty about using icons or whatever from an episode I haven't seen because that would be ridiculous of me, but my current rate is:

Supernatural: 4.17 It's a Terrible Life
Dollhouse: 1.07 Echoes
TSCC: 2.13 Earthlings Welcome Here
Leverage: 1.13 The Second David Job (season finale)
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
frogfarm on April 6th, 2009 02:45 pm (UTC)
Leela Best Companion Evar.

Also, I read about the latest SPN wank and giggled my arse off.
the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: dw//utopia master (JS) - mewhiskyinmind on April 6th, 2009 02:50 pm (UTC)
Hee! I haven't gotten to see any of the Leela episodes yet - I've seen vids and read fic around her character though so I can't wait to actually get to meet her in canon!

There was SPN wank? I missed wank. Guess the fandom's still going through that difficult puberty stage then!
JGjgracio on April 6th, 2009 03:13 pm (UTC)
It's funny wank.

You'll found out why when you see the next episode. :D
the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: no spoilers smiley - speakfreewhiskyinmind on April 7th, 2009 01:54 pm (UTC)
Ooo - now I'm all intrigued! You're trying to convince me to spoil myself for the episode aren't you?

JGjgracio on April 7th, 2009 03:04 pm (UTC)
Not really. :D

It's funnier if you watch it. Reading about it is funny enough, but watching it is better.

It's just that the episode ruffled some feathers in fandom, you'll understand why when you watch it. I found it terribly funny, and thought the people taking exception really shouldn't.

The episode made me see Kripke as someone who really loves the fans, unlike say Whedon. :)
velvetwhip: Bare Angel & Willow by angelstoyvelvetwhip on April 6th, 2009 03:36 pm (UTC)
Good luck writing those fics!

the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: ats//lindsey/faith lost - mewhiskyinmind on April 7th, 2009 01:54 pm (UTC)
thedothatgirl: angellightthedothatgirl on April 6th, 2009 06:04 pm (UTC)
Woohoo!! Waves from the corner. You're ahead of me in SPN, Leverage - I must try and watch and catch up.

I think Dollhouse is improving every episode. Don't know if it will get a pick up next season.

Anyhoo I sent you a mail. And Leverage - Lev as in Left, that's how I'd say it.
the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: lvg//parker really loves moneywhiskyinmind on April 7th, 2009 01:56 pm (UTC)

Don't know if it will get a pick up next season.

It's on Fox. It's a Joss show. I hope it does but...

Got your mail - will reply as soon as I remember that my psychic email scheme still isn't up and running yet!
thedothatgirlthedothatgirl on April 7th, 2009 03:57 pm (UTC)
I love that you answer me with brain waves..... Shame I can't pick them up.
tessarintessarin on April 7th, 2009 09:20 am (UTC)
Dollhouse has me intellectually and has done since the beginning. I have not got that emotional connect yet, although I can feel the claws starting to dig in. I think they’re doing something quite clever to address the identification issue in the last few episodes, which subverts the whole I cannot identify with Echo complaint. I’m not entirely sure it’s intentional.

I still think some of the acting is slightly off, mainly Fran Kranz and Dichen who is better than I expected her to be. It’s definitely the most challenging and adult of all Joss’ shows and I can only applaud the attempt to do something different.
the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: dh//echo has a gun - mewhiskyinmind on April 7th, 2009 01:58 pm (UTC)
I like the lack of identification with the 'lead' characters actually. It lends a whole new means of 'reading' a TV show. (I may be regressing back to my textual analysis days there - sorry about that!)

I'm definitely going to keep watching - and like I said in the post - it gets better, in fact each new episode adds a new layer to it which is intriguing to me.
JGjgracio on April 7th, 2009 02:55 pm (UTC)
I tried watching it. Didn't like it.

IMO, Whedon is going for the "smart" without passing through the entertaining.

I disliked Buffy S6, and found S7 just plain bad, but they were both attempts at being smart, doing more than just telling stories to entertain.

Dollhouse, for me, is a similar attempt at being smart. With characters I don't care about. Or characters I think should be shot.

And I just don't trust Whedon's storytelling abilities to make it a story I care about, other than in a sense of "this disturbs me, I'm going to go watch some other show".