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Sep. 29th, 2012

rose/10 end of time

Doctor Who: Angels Take Manhattan thoughts...


I think this is the first time I ever watched a Doctor Who finale and felt absolutely nothing. I wasn't happy, wasn't sad. I was just sort of "oh, well, so that's all over with. I'm going to go watch some Futurama now."

It was that underwhelming.

And it shouldn't have been, it had all the trappings of a grand, sweeping tragedy complete with a suicide pact.

I suppose after the hot mess that was season 6, the problematic writing, and that I could not muster any sort of emotional connection to any of these characters that have been around for a few seasons already....

I think it's safe to say that I am officially indifferent to this show.

Which really sucks.

In other news, Tumblr is the land of madness and fandom wars. I know, shocker, right?

Jun. 11th, 2012

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Hearts may be broken. But not yours

The Borgias 2x09: In which terrible people die and I feel oddly conflicted about it.

I saw it coming but I'm still sort of gobsmackedCollapse )

In conclusion, next week is this:

Because after this ep...she does kinda owe him.

Jun. 6th, 2012

natalie shau sweet tooth

Avoid if you hate violent spoilers or like Sean Bean

My advice to fictional characters?

Do not be played by Sean Bean if you can help it.

Chances are, it will not end well for you.

Gotta say though, I like the part where he gets shoved off a cliff by a herd of cows. Because someone apparently thought that wouldn't look ridiculous.
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The Borgias 2x08: this family continues to be screwed

Rodrigo. Its hard for me to see him as anything other than a flawed, misguided but ultimately good person when between him and his two Cardinals, he's the only who's not laughing in glee when he hears about the death of one of  his enemies and actually scolds the other two for being assholes over someone's death.

Oh Lucrezia, I understand that when it comes to arranged marriages, you tend to get the short end of the marital abuse stick and that getting engaged to one guy and banging his brother is just your way of having both slices of cake and eating it too. But has it ever occurred to you that maybe your bit on the side wouldn't appreciate being the other man, especially when it concerns his brother and the girl he's engaged to.

I did like Vanozza laying down some tough life lessons a' la desert as metaphor with Vanozza telling her that as a Borgia, she can have whatever or whoever she wants and that some part of Lucrezia is still trying to hold on to what's left of her romantic ideals. To any one else, what's selfish and indulgent is just pragmatism and the privilege of power on Planet Borgia. Just look at her father, Cesare, Juan- infidelity and and promiscuity are almost to be expected. In a perfect world, she would be free to wed someone she was actually compatible with. But in a perfect world, that person in all likelihood would have been her brother, so so much for perfect worlds. Here, she's a bird in a gilded cage. Her latest conquest wasn't the first, he won't be the last, and she knows deep down that this fling is just something to sweeten the pill of another loveless marriage.

But enough of Lucrezia, how about that Juan and his encroaching, syphilis-ridden insanity? I actually feel sorry for him at this point. He's a screw-up, everyone knows he's a screw-up, he's probably thinking "Well, I'm boned anyways, might as well take as many people down with me as I can at this point." I loved the scene where Rodrigo, Cesare, and Juan are sitting in front of the fireplace and Juan is looking like death warmed over while Cesare beams in his own STD-free superiority. All he really has is his title as general and without those, he's just the useless black sheep, so I really do believe he would kill himself if he lost that.

Anyways, it looks like my previous theory concerning the reason why Juan gets offed (it's not a spoiler if you read the history books) is because he threatens Lucrezia actually looks like it comes true in next week's episode. Which..a part of me hopes doesn't happen because despite the unsavory characterization and bad hair, David Oakes is really good looking and a great actor. It would be a shame to see him go.

I miss you already,

May. 27th, 2012

natalie shau sweet tooth

Honestly, the last fictional character I thought I would ever crush on....

After watching the trailer for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, I have come to the conclusion that like my newest fictional crush is going to be the 16th president of the United States. How weird is that?

Trailer #1

Far more awesome Trailer #2

And you sir,

I can't decided whether I find you physically attractive or not.

But you shoot vampires, so I find myself drawn to you. I'd ask you to take care of the Cullen problem, but it appears time, common sense, and the gradual return of sanity will take of that for us.

Speaking of ridiculous YA paranormal romance, I just finished reading "The Girl in the Clockwork Collar" which is the second book in the Steampunk series by Kady Cross, which began with "Girl in the Steel Corset" which revolves around Finley Jane, whose a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde, one side of her personality being a sweet girl next door and the other being a danger junkie who loves bad boys and getting into brawls.
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In conclusion: next up on my reading list- Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter!
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May. 22nd, 2012

arthur gwen so impossible

Hatfields and McCoys: Its like Game of Thrones..but classier I can only assume

I can't wait to watch the History Channel's: Hatfields and McCoys

And chica, I don't know who you are,

but I adore your epic bitchface, so as of now, you are my favorite character. I look forward to our future love-hate relationship.

May. 21st, 2012

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So the best thing about The Borgias 2x07 was...

Caterina Sforza....

Now, let's get one thing out of the way....this woman is not going to get any mother of the year awards any time soon. In fact, if social services existed back in the Renaissance, I would ask that they send someone over and take her son away and put him in therapy post haste. Because if your warlord mother's response to watching you get tortured is lifting trou in front of the Papal Army and proclaiming: "Go ahead and kill my son, bitches! There's more where that came from!" Although I do love that they were faithful to that particular legend about her.

That is going to make for some awkward dinner conversation though. "So, Mom...are we ever going to talk about the whole siege of Forli thing where you let someone cut off my finger and nearly kill me?"

But I have mad respect for a woman that committed to her principles. Her defiance was balls to walls FIERCE and I can admire that. The way I can admire Cersei Lannister but at the same time, want to hurl her off a cliff. Thank you, creator of The Borgias. At least I know that if Moffat keeps continuously disappointing in the anti-heroine department, I will always have you and your bevy of badass babes to fall back on.

OTOH, the rest of the ep was sort of just ok for me. Juan is back and ridden with syphilis which surprises no one. (although I'm wondering why Juan seems more like the Cesare of history than Cesare does. He gets the pox, the seige of Forli, the all around douchiness) Cesare hangs around Florence and is generally boring for most of the episode which is a shame. Lucrezia continues to explore her inner vixen. I am convinced that this girl can flirt the pants off anyone whether it's her would-be suitor's brother or her baby's wetnurse. But I find her latest love interest sort of dull. At least she acknowledges that it probably isn't love, just a longing to sow her wild oats. And since she's young, I'll let it pass.

And no Giulia Farnese. At all. WTH show?

May. 17th, 2012

sherlock bbc

....Sometimes it's ok to say 'no comment'

Here's an article about Moffat's thoughts about the upcoming series Elementary:


Moffat, I say this with all love and respect. You are a gifted and talented writer.

So why is that nearly every word that comes out of your mouth during an interview makes you sound like an utter tit?

Look, if it sucks, it sucks. If that's the case, keep your mouth shut and let it hang itself on its own rope. You adding your own vitriol just makes you sound like a bitter troll and gives this show more publicity.

Sigh, I'm going to have to watch "The Doctor Dances" and "Blink" again to remind myself that I actually do/did love this man or at the very least his writing.
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I think I was indoctrinated by my own subconscious...how does that even happen?

You know what? I'm actually looking forward to watching "Elementary" in the fall.

I will make an honest effort to like this show. Because:

* I actually like Johnny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu, and I love shows that feature an intrepid, might be romantic, but it's really more co-dependent male/female duo, a 'la Scully and Mulder from the X-Files. And there were a few moments in the trailer when JLM and Lucy Lui looked sort of sweet together. Fingers crossed.

* This show is getting so much hate from the BBC Sherlock fandom and Moffat really isn't helping with his 'I just hope it doesn't damage the brand' and make his show look bad attitude. Ya know what Moffat, you just let the creators of Elementary do their thing and you work on how to make a decent female character that I don't want to punch in the face. SMUGLYSMIRKINGSEDUCTIVELY AND GRATUITOUS FANSERVICE DOES NOT EQUAL CHARACTERIZATION!!! JUST STOP IT!!

So yes, a part of me is going to watch this just out of petty spite. Judge me not.

* I had a dream that I was watching this show and even though I haven't watched one episode of it, I remember enjoying it in my dream and when I woke, I was actually looking forward to it. So some part of me really wants to watch this and who am I to argue with my subconscious?

Essentially, I'm just going to think of it as it's own show and not really hold it to any previous canon standard. Yeah, some of it looks awkward and a bit too "this is a srs crime drama, everyone angst" but whatever.

It's Sherlock Holmes. I am obligated to watch it, come hell or highwater.

May. 15th, 2012

cesare/lucrezia 2

In which Lucrezia realizes just how effed up her life truly is...

Can we just take a moment to appreciate Cesare’s facial expressions?

Oh yeah, that’s the face of one of the most blood-thirsty men in history. I swear, he has the best “Uh, dad, I sortafuckedupandstartedawar” face.

Cesare's manic "pls love me face"

His "I secretly adore you face"

“What does it say of us, brother, that you promise me this and I would accept?”
"Do you accept?"

What does it say about either of you that he can give you

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make it sound like a marriage proposal? Weirdos.

He actually stares at her mouth in the first shot! You guys are killing me, for realz. I don't know if that's what's written in the script or it's the actors but, jeeez... also, I love how in this shot, she's lit pale and luminous and so delicate it hurts while he's this dark, shadowy figure that looms over her. The two of them could be the characters in a gothic romance. They are the characters in a gothic romance only it takes place in decadent Renaissance Rome.

But oh God, the way Cesare asks her- he sounds hopeful that’s she’ll be happy for what he’s done and at the same time, apprehensive that she’ll go off on him the way Rodrigo did. Lucrezia for her part remain wisely ambivalent- she’s not angry or horrified but she’s not exactly condoning his being so knife-happy. Oh Lucrezia, just wait until Alfonso of Bisceglie comes along. I for one cannot wait for Cesare to lose his shit.

And the way he hides the knife from Rodrigo as though he knows that Rodrigo could never understand and accept Cesare the way Lucrezia unconditionally does.

BTW, I wonder if any of the other Borgias look at Lucrezia and Cesare and think "What is up with those two?" I mean, did Rodrigo walk in and think, "Oh look, it's my son and daughter looking deeply into each other's eyes in a darkened room and looking like they're about to start Frenching? Nothing weird or inappropriate here."

In conclusion, this has no relevance to anything but here's Cesare in leather pants and being Byronic.

Did they even make leather pants that tight during the Renaissance?

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