joiedecombat: (teasing)
Shockingly, I've gotten behind on the meme again. Oh well.

Day 13 - What is your favorite television pairing?

Okay I'm getting a little lazy on this one. )

Day 14 - What is your favorite book pairing?

And this one, too. )

Day 15 - What is your favorite real life pairing?

I really don't do this, so I'm clear for today, and that catches me up. At least for the moment.

The questions. )
joiedecombat: (ncis)
Otherwise known as 'Tony, framed for murder again? Really?'

Cut for spoilers and natter. )
joiedecombat: (ncis)
So [livejournal.com profile] yang_wenli got me hooked on NCIS, and now that I've finished mainlining seasons three through five on DVD, I am once more in the position of keeping up with a current TV show as it airs.

This never seems to end well, but it's too late, I'm hooked now!

Some preliminary thoughts about the series as a whole and how I got hooked. )

Episode 6.15, 'Deliverance' )
joiedecombat: (mockery)
Caught the premiere of Moonlight just on the off chance it might be decent and because Alex O'Loughlin is not bad-looking.

Verdict: unintentionally hilarious.

Okay, it wasn't all bad. O'Loughlin is easy on the eyes, and I was amused by the fact that his Vampire Buddy is an uptight, suit-wearing businessman, which is a version I don't think I've seen before.

But the mystery-of-the-week was laaaaaaame, and the two leads sort of went through half a season's worth of relationship development in fast-forward, jumping from 'this guy I've run into a couple times who looks kind of familiar but acts kind of suspicious' to 'partners!' to emotional hugging at the end of the episode.

The backstory: similarly lame! Mick (because his name is Mick St. John, wtf) saved Intrepid Human Female Lead Whose Name I Already Do Not Remember from his Vampire Femme Fatale Ex-Girlfriend (played by Shannyn Sossamon, last seen as Jocelyn in A Knight's Tale and lacking any appreciable improvement in wardrobe - she had kind of a Bride of Manos thing going on with her diaphanous white gown over considerably more opaque white underwear) when she was a little kid and for some reason this changed his unlife and ever since he's been stalking her "in case she needed me." I'm an admitted sucker for unhealthy obsessive devotion, but it doesn't work here, sorry to say... probably because the episode gives absolutely nothing to indicate why exactly the little tow-headed moppet had such an effect on Mick as to engender said obsessive devotion.

Did Mick really claim to be able to smell the past? I really think he did. Bwah.

Also, I'm pretty sure you can't actually use Evanescence in an unironic dramatic context any more. Even in a Vampire Detective Show. Possibly especially in a Vampire Detective Show. So when "My Immortal" started playing over the Dramatic Rescue Of The Little Girl (plus a look back at the Femme Fatale Undead Ex-Girlfriend in the flames as though she's totally not going to show up later and make trouble), my reaction was to crack up laughing, which is, I can only suppose, probably not the effect they were going for.

The 'stay tuned' montage afterwards looked more interesting than the episode itself, although I fear it's the result of all the good material being compressed into a single music montage.
joiedecombat: (recommendation)
Today was a pretty good TV day.

Legion of Super-Heroes s2 )

Heroes )

Journeyman )
joiedecombat: (Heroes)
Fell behind on meta due to missing an episode while I was out of town, but after last night's episode, I just have to say...

Read more... )
joiedecombat: (Nathan)
Heroes has come back from hiatus and made me a happy fangirl.

Spoilers and rambling. )

Mar. 9th, 2007 11:25 pm
joiedecombat: (Batman mocks you)
I ♥ Nathan and Hiro. Not in a slashy way, just in a ♥ way. Because they are made of ♥.

Cut for embedded youtube dorkiness. )

I'm glad they didn't actually put it in the episode, 'cause they already went there with the "biran"/"villain" ad lib bit earlier in the series and there's no need to take a great joke and beat it into the ground, but they are still so cute together that it burns.
joiedecombat: (info)
Some links for the new Heroes fans on my flist, just 'cause. )
joiedecombat: (smile)
It took me a while, but I am finally officially on the Heroes love train, and after yesterday's episode (1.17, "Company Man") I am dying to see where the series goes next. In retrospect, I am not sure what took me so long. Burned by Lost catching the stupid, perhaps.

But oh, wow, last night's episode was some great TV - not just because of investment in the characters after sixteen episodes, either. The structure and pacing of the episode was great, and unlike some other, similar TV series (LOST), they actually delivered the payoff they promised on several plot threads which have been building over the course of the season. Stuff happened, and some questions were answered while other questions were raised, the status quo for several characters was decidedly changed, and I can't wait to see what happens next. That's good TV, y'all.

So, I have a new fandom, and we all know what that means: tl;dr meta!

Thoughts on the characters etc. Spoilers through Company Man & next week's promo. )

FYI:

Jan. 21st, 2007 05:59 pm
joiedecombat: (yay!)
The Dresden Files premieres on the Sci-Fi channel tonight at 9 EST/8 CST, and airs again at 11 EST/10 CST. Yay Harry!
joiedecombat: (Dyrk Magz - Very Puzzled)
Second post because the first one ended up being so ridiculously long, dammit.

Actual Lost Theories )
joiedecombat: (Aya: Deranged Fandom)
It doesn't involve bunnies. At least not directly.

I've become a Lost fan. It's all [livejournal.com profile] ahumblepen's fault. This is my first experience in a twisty complicated backstory fandom, so those of you who've covered this kind of ground already with other fandoms don't get to point and laugh. Too much.

So, I have a theory. Or, well, the beginnings of a theory. It doesn't lead much of anywhere yet, but I have hopes.

Spoilers and a lot of disjointed text beneath the cut.

Baby, I am tied to a tree in the jungle of mystery. )

Ever get the feeling you're putting way more thought into a work of fiction than its actual creative team? Yeah. But it's fun.

And ingenius, you have to admit. Scatter weirdassed clues, sketch in enough connections to make it seem like There's A Plan, work in some mathematics, and watch the fans go apeshit trying to figure out the Deeper Significance of every last little thing. It's like a jigsaw puzzle, but one of those zillion-piece puzzles where they put extra pieces into the box just to be jerks. And no edge pieces.

Also, Sawyer is totally my new TV boyfriend. Absolutely nobody is surprised.
joiedecombat: (Default)
I've recently picked up Rogue #6, the final issue of the first arc of the Rogue ongoing. It's been pretty underwhelming thus far. I am not impressed by Richards' artwork; the heavy outlines make it stiff. Worse than the art, though, is Rodi's writing and his poor characterization. The story depends mostly on everyone involved behaving as though they've been brain-damaged, and over the course of six issues not a whole lot happens... yet for all that nothing much happens, they managed to wrap up Rogue's family history so that it doesn't seem like there's much room to expand on it further - and what was established is pretty piddling after over twenty years of secrecy on the subject. Not much of a big revelation.

On the bright side, both Rodi and Richards are off the title. The new team is Tony Bedard writing and Karl Moline penciling, and judging from what Bedard has said, the outlook is a little more promising. Bedard at least seems to think of Rogue in terms of her potential as a powerhouse, and the issues he names as favorites are old classics like UXM #172 and #173, when Rogue was rampaging around Tokyo with Wolverine beating up Yakuza. His first arc is supposed to involve Rogue's history with the Brotherhood, and he's promising some new developments with her powers - of course, we've heard this before. But I am hopeful.

I'm also going to pick up X-Men #166 to check out the new writer, Peter Milligent, and the start of his arc "Golgotha." I love Salvador Larroca's art, and since Rogue and Gambit are both actually in this issue, I'd like to see how it turns out.

And, on an even brighter note, there's Quantum Leap. My brother, smart boy, gave me season two on DVD for Christmas, and I am struck once more by how excellent the series really is. I don't think I appreciated just how good it was when it was airing. I just teared up watching the episode "Jimmy," in which Sam leaps into a mentally handicapped man. Seriously teared up. It's amazing how well it holds up; it doesn't look over twenty years old. Anyone who hasn't seen it, my God, people, you have no idea what you're missing.

I also picked up X-Men Legends, which is also good stuff. Finally, an X-Men video game that's more than just two characters beating up on each other. It's not perfect, but it's very good. I had a great deal of fun tromping around the Sentinel factory as Rogue, throwing trucks around and breaking everything that would break, which was pretty much everything. When Cyclops announced, "X-Men, it looks like we're going to be putting in some overtime," I felt like the game had succeeded. My only complaints is that the enemies, aside from the bosses and the Sentinels, tended to be too generic... some characters you unlock too late to make much use of them, and though there are fourteen to choose from by the end, they're not evenly balanced. Cyclops, Storm, Jean, Wolverine, and Iceman have skills and advantages that make them almost necessary to whatever team you try to put together, while Gambit, Jubilee, and Beast wind up being pretty superfluous. And both Gambit and Colossus had terrible, terrible accents. But I'm looking forward to Legends 2 and, with luck, a few new playable characters. In the meantime, it's got at least one more play in it; I want to see how I make it through with Storm instead of Cyke for my leadership bonus and some other alternate characters.

Edit to add: Something else that is awesome is Robin McKinley's Sunshine. [livejournal.com profile] funwithrage was very right. McKinley has, of course, never let me down yet.

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