May. 30th, 2017

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In life it is important to always read any and all signs posted. For example, there is a sign in one of the parks that the dog and I occasionally frequent saying that all dogs must be kept on their leads around the pond; this is for the eminently sensible reason of stopping dogs from picking fights they can't possibly win with parentally enraged swans. I did not heed this sign, and guess what the dog did?

Yup. Charged barking at a swan with two cygnets. The worst of all possible swans to antagonise. The swan reared up to what, I swear to god, seemed like twelve feet tall with a wingspan that would have put those eagles in The Lord of the Rings to shame. The dog quickly realised that she'd made a huge mistake and bolted behind my legs, shaking and whining to be protected. The swan charged, and I did what anyone would have done if called upon to defend woman's best friend from a vengeful proto-dinosaur; I abandoned the dog and dived sideways through a hedge.

The dog was located twenty minutes later mooching around the ice cream van, presumably shopping for braver owners. There have been no sightings of the swan.

You know, if it wasn't for Freya I might give this whole 'outdoors' thing up as a bad lot.

The annual telly renewals/cancellations hoopla happened, and I was bummed to see Pitch and Sweet/Vicious go, both because I was really enjoying them, and because it felt like part of some sort of one step forward, two steps back, anti-representation backlash. But maybe I'm just projecting like whoa? Pitch is the one that really irks, because I read an interview with the showrunner where he said that the show only ended on that cliffhanger because they were that sure of their renewal prospects. And I can't help thinking that if they'd ended it with Ginny pitching a perfect game it would have worked perfectly as a self-contained mini-series.

I was super relieved that Brooklyn Nine-Nine got renewed, because, boy, would that have been a sucky note to end on; also, it's awesome. And I saw that Elementary was renewed, but only for a half-season, which I'm guessing means it'll be the show's farewell outing (I watched Person of Interest, I've been here before.) If so, I'm actually less bummed by this than I would have expected. The Shinwell arc never really worked for me, the Kitty reunion fell flat, and the last couple of episodes with Sherlock hallucinating his dead mum seemed symptomatic of a show fatally short of ideas.

The only thing I'm really excited for in the new glut of shows is Star Trek: Discovery. My new litmus test for stuff I really should check out is: are sexist eejits screaming about it on the internet? If so, hard yes.

I stopped watching Supergirl at the S2 hiatus, because my tumblr experience was naught but relentlessly negative on it. But after the finale I caught up with the back half of the season over a couple of days, and, unpopular opinion: I don't see any real difference in quality between seasons one and two.

It probably helps me that I don't miss Cat Grant. What can I say, corporate feminism does nothing for me. But by the same token, I can't get in to Kara/Lena either; I get stuck somewhere between 'what accent is Katie McGrath actually trying to do?' and 'I'm sure there's good fic for this pairing somewhere, but I can't find it for the dreck.'

I don't know, the pacing was borked, with too many competing storylines (Cadmus, Daxam, did we ever do anything with the fact that the president's an alien? or that Jeremiah's still alive?) The Kara/Mon-El romance couldn't have been any more generic without actually being a Nicholas Sparks novel. Actually, I've decided the perfect role for Mon-El in S2 would have been as Winn's love interest; that way Winn could still have been having quite a lot of sex with someone who doesn't understand Earth ways, and Mon-El could have had mentor-student shenanigans with Kara when the plot called for it. The show obviously doesn't have the foggiest what to do with James Olsen now that he's not the designated love interest in a way that's borderline offensive. And while I frickin' adored Alex's coming out and the slow burn of Alex and Maggie getting together, I was less sold on them as a couple; they were by turns too twee (the prom episode) and dysfunctional (Maggie's secrecy and Alex's total lack of boundaries) but I can't tell if the show was doing that on purpose or not. I would actually be open to Alex having a different love interest in S3 having learned that spontaneous proposals of marriage to people you haven't actually been with all that long are not the way to go.

S2 had it's problems, and it was definitely a soft reboot from S1, so that probably sucked for people who loved the first season more than I did. But, surprise surprise, tumblr was being hysterical when people were screaming about it having turned into some sort of misogynistic hellscape.

I liked it; I thought it was, by and large, fun and cute.

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