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I'd watched the first half of last season more-or-less in real time and as a result have forgotten most of it that wasn't carried through the back half. I caught up with the rest mostly by just listening while stitching, since S3 has started, and now I'm actually, shockingly, up-to-date on that as well.

indiscriminate spoilers for S2 )

and now for S3 )
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Got to watch "Step Nine," this season's opener!

very short reaction spoilers )

Still in the queue: Korra, Agents of SHIELD. I'm nearly caught up on the silly Face Off, though!

two links on Elementary

Thursday, May 30th, 2013 12:06 am
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I have not yet re-watched any of the season finale, as I still fully intend to do (having concluded a major work thing today, I planned to finish my WisCon writeups, re-watch the key bits of that episode, and possibly booklog; instead, I went to bed). But here are two posts that I came across today that may interest some of you:

Watson, I Need You: Thoughts on Elementary's First Season by Abigail Nussbaum ([livejournal.com profile] abigail_n), which particularly talks about Sherlock's addiction.

Watsons, Hudsons, and Invisible Labour by [personal profile] thingswithwings, which approaches Elementary as an adaptation through the kinds of work the canon characters are shown to perform.

And now, the Pip appears to be back in a state to be put back to bed, and I should follow suit.

Elementary (SPOILERS)

Thursday, May 16th, 2013 11:15 pm
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Spoilers for last week's Elementary ("Risk Management") and tonight's two-part season finale (which Wikipedia tells me is "The Woman" and "Heroine", but which Twitter tells me was shot as one thing).

First, Risk Management )

And now, SPOILERS for tonight:

SPOILERS )

kate_nepveu: Wendy Watson and The Middleman pointing dramatically into the distance (Middleman)

I have spoiler thoughts about last week's Elementary, but I'm just going to combine them with a reaction to tonight's season finale, so in the meantime:

Con or Bust generally runs a bracket-style challenge at Wiscon's Gathering, thanks to the heroic efforts of [livejournal.com profile] popelizbet, which pits characters of color from SFF against each other in a light-hearted "who's more awesome" way. Nominations for this year are open, and anyone can nominate online.

Anyway, in a fit of absent-mindedness I nominated Joan Watson, forgetting that Elementary cannot really be considered SFF. Later, in one of the nominations for Wendy Watson of The Middleman, the nominator left a note saying, "Can we do Wendy Watson vs. Joan Watson?"

Well, sadly we cannot, because like I said, Joan is not eligible. But now I desperately crave a crossover fic in which they are cousins of some degree, meet up at a family reunion, compare notes about their situations, and kick some butt.

Someone make that happen, please? *puppy-dog eyes*

random thought

Monday, May 13th, 2013 09:47 pm
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This thing where I watch TV in semi-real-time is kind of stressful. The last show whose season finale I was eagerly/nervously anticipating was Korra, and it's not like that went well.

Brought to you by watching Elementary from two weeks ago ("A Landmark Story") last night, starting the run to this week's finale, and my principal reaction being "please don't screw this up!" Well, okay, and also

spoilers )

And now, back to this brief. If I'm productive enough maybe I can catch up on last week's episode in time to watch the finale in literal real time . . .

TV roundup

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013 07:52 pm
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This is what happens when I am ridiculously busy: I have all these things I want to talk to you all about, and then when I have a little time, it all comes flooding out (I even wrote a booklog post!). Another post written on Amtrak: TV catchup.

I should say that I watch TV mostly with the Pip in the same room, so anything violent or scary is out--not that those are really to my taste anyway. (At this point in SteelyKid's life I'd ditched The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, but though the Pip is acquiring language right now, comprehension at that level is a long way away, I was too cautious before.) Mostly what I want is something with people I like that doesn't make me angry.

Leverage: I would have watched the hell out of the season six they were setting up, so I'm bummed it was canceled. spoiler )

Face Off: the SyFy reality show that's a makeup artist competition. I liked this season better than last because (1) no audience vote determining the winner and (2) it shifted the "win your way back on" to a web series for the next season. Also it made more sense logistically that they didn't bring back all the contestants for the finale, just enough for two helpers each.

Elementary: because the first episode opens with a murder, these episodes kept scrolling off the DVR until I picked it up with the episode with the safe, which turned out to be very low-violence indeed (and, with a couple notable exceptions, much more like the rest of the show). I've since seen all the subsequent episodes except "M.", plus the ones that CBS has re-run. This was probably a good place for me to pick it up, where Holmes and Watson are already more firmly into their friendship/partnership. I enjoy the two of them a lot, and I find it ridiculously refreshing to watch something that is actively opposed to the "Holmes as lone super-special genius" idea and (gasp!) cares about its female lead's agency and choices and life. I saved this past week's episode as a treat for myself because spoiler )

The mysteries are, unsurprisingly, not very good, but I don't watch TV for mysteries so I don't really care; I like hanging out with the characters and watching Watson learn to be a detective and their friendship.

Edit: I meant to link to these two gen Joan-Sherlock friendship fics that I enjoyed:

The Art of Negotiation (6767 words) by language_escapes
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Elementary (TV), Sherlock Holmes & Related Fandoms
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Sherlock Holmes, Joan Watson (Elementary)
Additional Tags: Boundaries, Negotiations, Male-Female Friendship
Summary: For them, negotiation is less about boundary setting and more about upping the ante.

waltz across naïve wood floors. (4101 words) by paperclipbitch
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Elementary (TV), Sherlock Holmes & Related Fandoms
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Sherlock Holmes & Joan Watson, Irene Adler/Sherlock Holmes
Characters: Sherlock Holmes, Joan Watson (Elementary), Marcus Bell, Alfredo Llamosa, Clyde the Tortoise (Elementary)
Additional Tags: Slice of Life, Platonic Relationships, Platonic Female/Male Relationships, Platonic Soulmates, My First Work in This Fandom, written at least partially during accidental medication withdrawal
Summary: "You're wearing my underwear again, aren't you," Joan says.

(There are, right now, five fics that list Clyde the Tortoise as a character. Sometimes I love fandom.)

Farscape. A few weeks ago I decided I was going to watch this to keep myself awake when the Pip woke up at night (as opposed to sitting down with him and waking up in the rocking chair three hours later with a stiff neck). I've only seen the first episode and half of the second at this point, but more SF shows should use puppets and non-CG effects for their aliens. I've already been warned about the fourth season, and I seem to have lost some momentum, but I really like Browder and Black from their SG-1 run and do intend to go back to it. (I almost immediately abandoned my vague plan to keep up with the AV Club's watch when I realized it was doing two episodes a week after the first episode, but those of you who've already seen the show, they usually do a pretty good job, though I don't know if the comments on this are the quality of those on--of all things--the Korra coverage.)

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I have not seen the episode with Joanne the ladybug, but nevertheless this ficlet (which follows this post) is the very best thing ever.

You're welcome.

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