afterthree: (typewriter)
By doing this in my own journal instead of in [profile] penny_lane_42's comments I'm probably turning this into a meme, but it's kind of awesome and I think deserving of meme status.

The idea is that we all watch different shows, even when we all watch the same ones. BtVS and Joss fan [profile] penny_lane_42 posted about the shows she's watching, and got my thinking about the ones I watch.

When it looked like I was watching Gargoyles I was actually watching Blond, Bland Gentlemen Have More Fun Serving Amoral Megalomaniacs, and The Magnificent Seven was absolutely The Con Man with a Soft, Mushy Centre he Resents.

What appeared to be a book about a boy named Harry Potter was in fact The Baggage of Severus Snape and A Werewolf Tries Very Hard Not To Be Happy, For Everyone Else's Sake. The last could of books were also Dumbledore Plays Wizard Chess and You Are All His Pieces.

From the beginning, The West Wing was Lemon Lyman and his Quirkily Brilliant and Impervious Assistant Fall In Love with the occasional CJ Is Awesomer Than Pretty Much Everybody, Bitter, Angry, Sad Toby Tries to Save the World with Words, and Jed and Leo: It's Good Friends Who Keep Us Sane spinoffs. The first two seasons are definitely Dialogue That Plays Like Music, and that show was the first one that made me realize dialogue can be just as flexible and brilliant and god-damn evocative as narration.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer was primarily I Love Allegory and Metaphor Like You Cannot Even Believe and Important Stories in Dark Places. Season Two became A Librarian Was Not How I Thought I'd End Up, But Somewhere Where I Was Always Headed, while Season Three was The Mayor and Faith Need Each Other, and Are Good People Gone Astray, Really. Season Four was, to my surprise, mostly When Did Xander Become So God Damn Brilliant, and Why Didn't I Notice Until Now?. Season Five was definitely My Sister is More Important than the World Entire, and That Is Just Fact so Live With It, and Season Six I watched Buffy Learns to Feel Again after getting Really Good at Not. In the end, it turned out I was also watching A Girl Who Forgets How To Be a Girl Because she Has To Be a Man the whole time.

When I watched Doctor Who with David Tennant I was watching The Loneliest Man in the Universe Searches for Distraction That Usually Makes it Worse. When Season Four started it absolutely became Donna is Awesome and the Doctor Needs Her More Than Anyone Else in the Universe. I also admit to watching the Unashamed Sci Fi Crack is Cracktastic Win show on a regular basis and loving it the most.

Torchwood was mostly Torchwood Makes Everything Worse, But In a Good and Often Hilarious Way but also sometimes Sex and Love and All the Awkward, Strange, Niggly Spaces In Between Make Us Human. CoE was, by and large, Gwen Finds Her Awesome.

I watch Criminal Minds for Garcia Is My Hero In All Ways, but also for Women, Even When They're Victims, Are Not Just Victims and Playing With Gender Roles and Identities in Smart Ways.

Dollhouse started out as Victor and Sierra and Nothing Else Matters, but then suddenly and wonderfully became Topher Doesn't Want to Hurt Anyone Else But Can't Help It Because That's Who He Is.

There are others, of course. I could go on forever, but these are the ones that leap immediately to mind. What shows within shows have you watched? What tinted glasses do you wear when you watch or listen or read the stories you do? I'm intrigued by this discussion and by discovering other people's points of view.

afterthree: (wtf doctor)
I am very, very late with this reaction post. The only defense I have is that I only just watched Day Five this afternoon, and it's difficult to have a reaction to something I haven't seen yet. Um, beware typos. I haven't spell-checked this and they could be rampant.

Spoilers, All Kinds )

I think that was everything. I may have missed something. But the Weekend of Busy beckons, so if I did it'll have to wait until Monday.

afterthree: (looking consumptive and tragic)
Download is up on CoE, lemmie know if any of 'em are broken.

It's late and I haven't run this through the spell-checker. Sorry about that. Beware of rogue typos/my crappy spelling.

Cut = Spoilers )

Last day tomorrow. Should be exciting!

afterthree: (dr who alien threat of the week)
Day three is already up on CoW. Day Four may not be up until tomorrow morning, mostly because I may not be home to download it until late tonight.

Spoilers up to Day Three )

Wow. Long post is long. Um... sorry about that?


afterthree: (you with the handcuffs)
Day Two is uploading now, should be done in a few hours. Might be able to post it on CoE later tonight if the speed keeps up. Anyone needing a download of CoE leave a comment saying so, and I'll make sure you have access to it when it's done uploading.

Spoilers )

afterthree: (whoa!)
Am uploading. Will post to CoW in AM.

Pile o' Spoilers )

So far, I'm enjoying it. Torchwood, you may be crack, but you are delicious crack. I just can't quit you or True Blood, which wasn't on this week, oh woe is me. How do I not have a Torchwood icon? Or a True Blood icon? Obviously I have to fix this.

afterthree: (we are stuck in your icon)
I'm officially in possession of only one apartment again, thank goodness. I did the move-out walk-through this morning, and happily am getting my damage deposit entire returned. *cheers* Keys have been returned. The last thing left is to change my driver's license over (which sucks, because I just got a new one a year ago) and to set up mail forwarding at the post office.

New apartment is lovely. Cat-ownership is lovely. I am learning that living with a cat is less a question of who's in charge of whom as it is a negotiation of behaviors. Also, Lex snores. It's amusing.

Still need to hang pictures on the walls, which has been put off because I need to get a couple of my art pieces re-framed (or rather, properly framed instead of just thrown in cheap Ikea frames). It's been an expensive couple of months, so re-framing will likely get put off until August. I'm also still on the lookout for just the right sewing desk; unfortunately the kijiji gods are slow in delivering. Patience, I have little of you.

Listening to the Torchwood radio plays while I work because there's no good Ted Talks. So far they're pretty good. I like radio plays. I used to record television shows on cassette tapes and listen to them in my walkman, especially when I was working cleaning guest rooms at the ranch the summers during high school. I keep thinking I should download more books on tape. I listened to HBP on tape and thoroughly enjoyed it.

afterthree: (hilarrible)
This is mostly for [livejournal.com profile] callmepatsy , [livejournal.com profile] bazcat89 , [livejournal.com profile] _thirty2flavors , and probably also [livejournal.com profile] christycorr . Torchwood, Season One EPIC FAIL Recaps. I like Torchwood, I really do. But there's no getting around the serious amounts of lame that occur in season one, and these posts by [livejournal.com profile] shadydave  clarify the point with mathematical evidence (and various macros). Aside from [livejournal.com profile] cleolinda 's Twilight commentaries and the fourth season West Wing recaps on Television Without Pity, these are probably the funniest episode summaries I've ever read.


afterthree: (omg yay trelawney)
Naked hide and seek. "He cheats. He always cheats."

Yes!



afterthree: (snap master)
Wow.  Morning of first episode of the second season of Torchwood, Ianto started to take his Suddenly Sassy tonic.  I like!  Also, James Marsters kissing John Barrowman is right up there on my list of most favourite TV kisses ever.

Someone tell me we get to see more than kisses between Jack and Ianto this season.  Or at least that we get to see post-coital naked kisses.  Please?  Pretty please?

ETA: Also also, awkward Owen in the episode Adam is adorable.

ETA MOAR: It's nice to have snarky, flirty not-broody Jack back.  In season one I sometimes felt like Jack was trying to impersonate David Boreanaz's Angel.  Snarky!Jack + Sassy!Ianto = Yummy!

 

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