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Apr. 8th, 2017 10:31 pm
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It was the first really lovely day of the year where I've been off, so I decided to take the dog and go properly hiking for the first time since last autumn. And, eesh, I'm wrecked. That diet of sad cakes and scotch I've been on since early November (...for some reason) has not been good for me. At least I'm not alone; the dog is pooped too, and probably one opposable thumb away from calling the RSPCA to report me for cruelty to excessively lazy dogs.

Anyway, now that I've proved my point that I do sometimes go outside and get some fresh air, honest, lets talk about telly.

Doctor Who starts next Saturday and, eh. I've mostly enjoyed Capaldi's run, and I really liked Twelve and Clara together, but I kind of wish I'd properly bowed out when Clara got to run off in a TARDIS of her own. I was unimpressed with the last couple of specials, even by the standards of Christmas specials. Also those seasons where the current Doctor has a run of episodes with his successor's companion, so that we're not replacing two beloved characters at once, are rarely among the show's best work. Exhibit A: Eleven and Clara, which accomplished little more than making me hate Eleven, and giving Clara a lot of work to do to redeem herself as a character. But I do wish, for when they start talking about the show's ratings, because they always do, that there was a wee form letter that you could send to the BBC:

Dear BBC, I have stopped watching your Saturday evening show, Doctor Who, this is not because you have included a lesbian companion, which I think is awesome, but almost entirely because you have included Matt Lucas as a backdoor companion, which I think is cheating and shite.

Oh, well. Speaking of time travel shows: Legends of Tomorrow finished its second season this week, and I am genuinely shocked by how delightful I've been finding it. It's my favourite show of 2017, easy. If you're like me and you noped out of the pilot because of how silly it was and how seriously it seemed to take itself, I recommend checking back in with season two; it's gotten sillier, and better yet, it knows it. I recommend the episode with the confederate zombies, or the one where the team travels back to an anachronistic Camelot seemingly solely so that the show can make a Lancelot pun out of the fact that their bisexual female protagonist's name is Sara Lance.

I am such a hypocrite about Sara, because I like that she's bisexual, and I love that the show calls her bisexual. But, really, all I want from her is her fuckboy adventures through time kissing historical ladies and single-handedly causing the witch trials by fucking all the girls in Salem. It's part of the reason I'm glad that Captain Cold's not on the team any more, because I thought maybe they were going to do that thing with bi female characters where she can kiss ladies, sure, but only ever have meaningful relationships with dudes; the other reason is that something about Wentworth Miller's delivery as Leonard Snart grated on me for some reason, and it's not that he was chewing the scenery; everyone is, and it's brilliant.

I actually really liked the cast shakeup in S2, and that Rip wasn't in a lot of it; there was something about the casting of Arthur Darvill and the costuming with the long brown coat that was a bit how close to Doctor Who can we go before we're edging onto copyright infringement? Plus, Captain Hunter's enforcement of minimum standards of competency was kind of ruining all the fun. The Legends are at their best when they're both the cause of and the solution to all of time's fuck ups.

I have lots of oh captain, my captain feelings about Sara, and lots of feelings in general about Mick; but mostly I just love everyone in this bar.

I am quite a few episodes behind with Supergirl, and will probably wait till the end of the season to catch up, if I do. Part of the reason I'm thinking of noping out of the show is that I read that they want to make season three even more easily crossed over with the rest of the Arrowverse, and I don't watch Arrow or the The Flash, I don't want to watch them, and I kind of resent the feeling that she showrunners are trying to foist all of them onto me as a job lot. The other reason is, yes, there have been things I've liked about season two...

Alex's coming out story, and everything about her relationship with Maggie, has been perfect; I really appreciated that they did a coming out story with a (relatively, I suppose) older character, when they could quite easily have said that Alex was always gay and it just wasn't mentioned n S1. Winn, also, is delightful.

But the pacing has been iffy to say the least; and I'm, er, not sold on the Kara/Mon-El romance. It's irksome because Mon-El is a perfectly charming tertiary character, and whenever he's not being written as a love interest he's funny and lovely, and if their relationship had been written with that humour and lightness of touch I would have been fine with it. But their romance is stilted and awkward and written with a weirdly heavy hand. I don't know if they're going for some sort of star crossed Romeo and Juliet thing, but what's coming across is the network is making us do this; it doesn't help that Chris Wood is one of the most CW looking actors I have ever seen; it's the jaw line.

And while I'm not enjoying the relationship, I'm also not enjoying the fandom hate of it. There's been a lot of trying to match their scenes up against those 'how to know if you're in an abusive relationship' checklists thing that people do. And sometimes those people are making valid points, and a lot of the time it's like they're trying to score points in some never ending fandom slugfest that no one's ever going to win.

It's my least favourite part of tumblr fandom; you can't just not like a show, ship, or character; you have to armchair psychiatrist why no one else should like it either.

On a happier note, I am watching Grace & Frankie, and wish to know why no one told me how delightful it is? I am going to ration the third season because I'm hoping it will see me through until Brooklyn Nine-Nine comes back from the war. Does anyone know when that's going to be?

Date: 2017-04-08 11:26 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] adafrog
I hated Clara completely, and stopped watching about half way through that. I tried to watch twelve, but, Clara.

Date: 2017-04-10 03:12 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] adafrog
Yeah, some of those story lines were crap.

I didn't like that she just wanted him to act like a human. Um, he's an alien, guys.

Date: 2017-04-09 01:23 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] saturnofthemoon
This is actually Chris Wood's fourth CW show.

I liked Mon-El just fine until the whole Mon-el/Kara thing started. I still do sometimes. Somehow, the show has made Mon-el's progression as a hero its central arc this season and I can only see it ending with his return to Daxon.

Date: 2017-04-09 01:09 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] blueswan
It's like you read my mind about both LoT and Supergirl. I had such fun watching LoT. Brandon Routh's looney smile is so delightful to see. Everyone seems to be having so much fun even as everything around them falls apart. It's kind of the reverse of a competency kink. *G*

And I have five unwatched episodes of Supergirl on the pvr. I'm sure I'll watch them sometime. (And it has nothing to do with Mon-El and a whole lot to do with missing Kat and how James has been moved from the main-frame of the show.)

Date: 2017-04-10 05:36 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] selenay
I'm right there with you on Legends. I adore Sara way too much and all I want is for her to travel through time kissing ladies. And if they have to give her an epic romance (which I doubt they will, because all romance is doomed on LoT), let it be with an equally ass-kicking lady :-D

I'm up to date on Supergirl, but it's almost entirely due to Alex/Maggie, which may be one of the best portrayals I've seen on TV. I find it helps to watch the episode, and then hit up Youtube for the Alex/Maggie-only supercut of the episode after.

I don't hate the Kara/Mon El romance the way some parts of fandom do (I avoid Tumblr these days due to this kind of OTT reaction), but I can't say I love it. There's no chemistry! Kara has way more chemistry with Lena. So much chemistry. Very sparks. Much wow.

Oh god, what is with Katie McGrath playing characters like this?

Anyway, my main issue is the lack of chemistry, so all the Kara/Mon El stuff feels forced. He's a perfectly likable character outside that relationship, his hero arc is...predictable but not awful. It's just the lack of spark.

Plus, I came to this show to watch ladies kicking butt and taking names, so stop with all the dude focus! Please! How have they managed to make Winn feel like a more well-rounded, interesting character without sacrificing screen-time with the women I want to see, but they fail so hard on doing that with Mon El?

Wow, I have way more feelings the Mon El stuff than I realised.

tldr: gimme more Alex/Maggie, more Kara/Lena, more Kara's hero arc, and cut back on Mon El, and I'll be a happy bunny again.

Date: 2017-04-11 12:56 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] selenay
some of the reactions to it over there have been... let's not get hysterical, you know?

Hysterical. Extreme. A wee bit OTT. So many ways to express it! That's a big part of why I rarely peek at Tumblr any more. I'm mostly flitting about on Twitter and trying to remember to use DW, because at least there is sensible adult talk in those places.

but she has subtext all over the place with her female co-stars and she can do the thousand yard stare of ambiguous evil better than almost anybody else, so it's good that the show's playing to her strengths.

Honestly, when she has that going for her, who cares whether she's the greatest actress ever? The show knows what she does, they're working it, and my goodness does it ever work. I just need some recs for actually good Kara/Lena fic.

I've been saving the last couple of eps of B99 for when the show returns. Guess I can watch them now! :-)

Date: 2017-04-11 02:38 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] selenay
It's like we're cursed. There's only good fic when the femslash pairing of our hearts is unpopular.

Date: 2017-04-10 05:38 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] selenay
Oh, in case anyone hasn't told you. B99 is back *this week*. In two days. Squee!

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