Fashion Friday :: Westerosi influence on prom style (part 1)

27 May

The David’s Bridal edition.  Once again,  top 5 most egregious, not taking into account all of the cap sleeves, pleats, halters, criss-cross bodices, embellished necklines, blue-and-gold or shell-pink, etc.

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A Long Lace Cap Sleeve Dress with Keyhole Back for your slightly more formal Daenerys needs.

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A Cap Sleeve Dress with Beaded Waist for your other formal Daenerys needs, I guess.

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A Westerosi-style Halter Lace Prom Dress with Beaded Cut Outs in Tyrell colors with Margaery cutouts.

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A season-one-Daenerys-wedding-dress-style Halter Mesh Prom Dress with Beaded Waist with criss-cross bodice in shell pink.

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A Crystal Encrusted Cap Sleeve Bodice Prom Dress for all your slightly bolder-colored House Tyrell needs.

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Things in Print Thursday :: a pointed haiku

26 May

Hey! The written word
Is more powerful than you
Fucking realize.

So next time maybe
Think before publishing that.
#CapIsNotHydra

–your fangirl heroine.

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Whimsy Wednesday :: in which Minako gets terrible advice from a photographer and someone let the boyband do an 80s musical.

25 May

Using sailor communicators for creppy stalky voyeurism isn’t great, sillies.

Wow, Minako.  Wow.

“If I’m with them round the clock as their assistant, love with grow naturally!” Or they’ll walk all over you.

You don’t even know they like teenage girls Minako

“That’s why we’re posing as pop stars.”

HM

Why did you circle her picture like it was a catalogue and you wanted to buy her?

Because obviously, Sailor Iron Mouse actually does want to buy people.  For harvesting of their ~star seeds.

This has become no less hilarious/disgusting.

“She has a bad vibe.”  Welll

Is it Saturday?  I think it must be Saturday, or else they’re just skippers.

I mean, that’s not out of the realm of possibility.

Usagi crying about not getting to eat at a reasonable time is me

“You can’t count on flashiness or admiration,” Saki says to Minako after Minako complains.  This seems… not entirely matching with what I know of fandom tbh.

HAH

Why did Saki’s star seed flower out of her cleavage

“I am the Pretty Guardian who ate a rice ball and is now at full power.”

SAME

Sailor Gekisha is like a sexy Ninja Turtle slash tadpole.

No no, she’s a tutant meenage neetle teetle!

Star Sensitive Inferno!

These are certainly some 1980s outfits they’re working with.

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The other Lights are not being very nice.

I like that Rei keeps appearing out of nowhere to creep on them, though.  That’s hilarious.

Are they putting on…. Flashdance?

“She bitches about every little thing! She has it out for me!” Well, she is being complaining-y without really giving concrete answers, that’s frustrating.

Sister Angela?  Is this supposed to be meaningful, Rei?  Oh, because Rei goes to Catholic school  She recognizes the lady.

Incidentally, her name is Nezu because “nezumi” means mouse.

Why would the school get mad at a nun for moonlighting as a stage director?

“I do.  Far away across the ocean,” Usagi describes her boyfriend. “Then I have a chance,” Seiya says.  No, stop.

Why is he the worst?

He really has terrible hair, too.  They all do.

Ooookay!  So the Star Lights’ transformation… feminizes them.  Okay then!

“You don’t understand the pain we’ve endured… the sadness of staying alive after leaving our home world behind.”  But Mars and Moon are going to heal the phage whether Sailor Star Fighter likes it or not.

So they’re like sexy Time Lords…okay…

Everyone on this show needs to practice their hair-related detecting skills.

–your fangirl heroines.

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Television Tuesday :: personal favorites of the DC TV ladies

24 May

By drift partner, as always re: this subject, because I have… not seen any of these things.

DC TV has been somewhat iffy at best in its treatment of its female characters, much like DC comics themselves. However, that doesn’t mean that I love them any less, or that they don’t deserve love, especially the ones who have gotten their own arcs. So I’ll take some time to discuss some of my favorite ladies and my favorite things about them.

  • Sara Lance (Caity Lotz) is the patron saint of queer girls, long may she live. She started out on Arrow, as the younger sister of Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy), who was presumed dead after Oliver’s boat crashed on the island. But because this is a comics show and no one ever truly dies, she resurfaces in season 2 under the moniker of “The Canary,” having been a fully trained member of the League of Assassins. Then there was some bullshit where she slept with Oliver Queen because Arrow sucks and Oliver can’t get within ten feet of a woman without putting her under the spell of his penis or something, it’s so gross. Anyway. So Sara works as her own vigilante for a while, then joins Team Arrow fully as Black Canary, and her ex Nyssa from the League of Assassins comes back and tries to get her to rejoin them, and these were the most interesting episodes of Arrow, obviously. She goes with her eventually, then returns to Starling City in the season 3 opener only to get shot with an arrow.
    • You have to understand something about me and Arrow. I was really only watching it because I felt like I had to give every superhero show a chance, and I clung to every girl because Oliver is the actual worst, and Sara and Felicity were my only reasons to stay in season 3. Somewhere in season 2 I actually started to enjoy myself, so I sat down to watch 3×01 pretty excited about where it was going to go. And then they shot Sara and I said FUCK THIS and have never gone back since. Arrow has earned my hate forever.

Anyway. So I swore off Arrow and thought, that was that. Then I guess they brought her back for a while, and I still said, nope, not watching that shit again. Then she got confirmed for a new show called Legends of Tomorrow which was spinning off of both Arrow and Flash and I said “hmmmm.” I ended up actually loving it, but in the beginning it was complete trash and I was only watching for the ladies. Sara was a particularly bright spot in the early days of the show, getting into bar fights with her new best friends Leonard Snart (Wentworth Miller) and Mick Rory (Dominic Purcell) and flirting with everyone she came across and becoming good friends with Kendra (Ciara Renée). In one episode, she is responsible for the sexual awakening of a lesbian played by Ali Liebert. She also takes no shit from their captain Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) and is generally up for any fight at all and I love her so much. Unfortunately she left in the season finale, so I’m not sure what the next season will be like, and I’m sure as hell not going back to Arrow again, but I had a glorious 16 episodes of her again and that was enough.

  • Iris West (Candice Patton) is a miraculous character and she honestly deserves better than The Flash, which is a show I love with all my heart but which needs to learn how to write its women better pretty much all of the time. But despite that, Iris is a star. She is a tough, hard-working journalist who originally broke the stories on the Flash and she is unwilling to take shit from anyone, even Barry (Grant Gustin) or her dad (Jesse L. Martin). She has had a life full of heartbreak, after her mother abandoned the family at a young age and then her fiance died at the end of season 1, but she doesn’t allow this to make her bitter or angry. Or rather, she channels her negative emotions into her work and she is allowed to have a (albeit small) emotional arc when her mother resurfaces in season 2. Despite her anger towards her mother, she accepts her brother Wally (Keiynan Lonsdale) into the West family even though he is initially hesitant and distrustful. And she loves Barry, even when Barry is quite frankly being an asshole and needs to get it together. I do wish that the show had allowed her to be more angry at him, because I think that at times he was a dick to her and he needed some anger directed at him, but I love their friendship and relationship all the same. Frankly, it’s easy to see why Barry’s been in love with her since he was a kid. Oh, and did I mention they racebent her in the show? She’s black, which caused a bunch of racists to be very angry, and they cast Candice Patton who is a hilarious badass and takes absolutely no shit from anyone. Iris is, I suspect, the “safest” of the DC girls who aren’t technically the stars of their own shows – they wouldn’t kill her because she and Barry are endgame. And I’m so glad of that because I never want her to leave.
  • Kara Danvers (Melissa Benoist) is a living sunbeam. Supergirl in the comics has always tended toward the lighter side of things, from what I’ve read, and she could be seen as a female version of Superman, but I think her story is more complex than that. As a teenager, she was sent in a separate pod from her cousin Kal-El to protect the child when they both reached Earth, but her pod was lost in space and she was in cryosleep for something like 30 years. When she finally landed on Earth, she was a teenager and her cousin had grown into Superman, and she found herself unsure of what to do next. In the comics, she’s much more involved with Clark and the rest of the Justice League, but in DC’s weird hands-off approach to TV, she communicates with Clark through IM exclusively, and has her own team of not-so-superpowered friends. Kara struggles to reconcile her inherent faith in the goodness of people with the terrible things she sees happen every day, and her need to help people with her own emotional and mental health. It’s weird, because I think a lot of people find it frustrating that Kara is so unfailingly good (and there is an episode where she becomes a Bad Girl due to red Kryptonite, which the show doesn’t shy away from showing the consequences of), but I don’t think that’s fair at all. First of all, the show does address that she struggles with self-doubt and with wanting to just take a break and be normal sometimes, and second, I don’t think inherent goodness means a character can’t be complicated. Kara is good-hearted and kind, but she is also reactionary, often anxious, and headstrong. She’s not a pushover, she’s a well-rounded character. I’m so glad she’s getting another season because I need ten more seasons with her.
  • Kendra Saunders (Ciara Renée) was introduced in The Flash as a barista who Cisco (Carlos Valdes) had a vision about. It turned out that she was actually the reincarnation of Chey-Ara, an ancient Egyptian warrior priestess who was in a doomed romance with Khufu, a prince, reincarnated as Carter Hall (Falk Hentschel). The less said about him the better, because he is the worst. Kendra is great though, because she is not having any of this reincarnation-past lives bullshit, and most of that episode and the followup Arrow episode is about her coming to terms with the fact that this is her fate and accepting her identity as Hawkgirl. Then they both went to Legends, where Carter lasted four episodes and promptly died and I laughed and laughed. The rest of Kendra’s arc was partially about her coming to terms with her dead lover – which I did not understand why she was so sad because he was literally the worst, but I guess fate or destiny or whatever – and also being a reincarnated rage goddess, basically. The best moments were when she just let herself rage at her target because those were just so gratifying to watch. As mentioned before, she and Sara struck up a friendship that I wish they’d gotten to explore more, but which was pretty touching (Sara, too, struggles with inner rage and with vengeful feelings). But yes, she is a ball of rage and love and hope and I love her. She got to kill the guy who killed Carter and who had been stalking them throughout lifetimes too, which was deeply satisfying. I’m sorry she won’t be coming back for Legends season 2, but I guess if her and Hawkdouche are happy, that’s fine by me.

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Marvel Monday :: on season 3 of Agents of SHIELD

23 May

So.  This is a list of our favorite things about Agents of SHIELD season 3, because this is an important list for us to make always.

5. Skimmons.
Honestly, we can sum it all up in “you can call me whatever you want.”  Daisy (Chloe Bennet) and Jemma (Elizabeth Henstridge) continue to be wonderful, although their interactions are sparse.  But consider:

  • Daisy keeping the portal open for Jemma in 3.02 despite risking her own health and waiting until she saw Jemma was out to sit down
  • Daisy bringing Jemma daisies and telling her “do whatever you need to get better. We need you.”
  • The way Jemma’s pleased about getting Daisy’s name right and then later in that same conversation Daisy says “thank you Jemma”
  • Daisy hugging Jemma immediately upon Jemma’s return from being kidnapped by Nazis (again)
  • Jemma looking so emotional when she caught Daisy and Lincoln (Luke Mitchell) sexy-sparring
  • Jemma literally masterminding a mission to Romania in hopes of saving Daisy
  • Jemma and Daisy’s insanely fraught conversation in the penultimate episode

4. Language stuff.
Namely:

  • Bobbi (Adrianne Palicki) and Melinda (Ming-Na Wen) doing the “I totally don’t speak your language, random person!” -> “completely comprehends and talks smack on the random in a different language” trick in Chinese
  • Joey (Juan Pablo Raba) and Elena (Natalia Cordova-Buckley) speaking Spanish together, and in some cases when non-Spanish speakers were in the room. I saw a lot of Spanish speakers being really excited about this on Twitter, and I know that Juan Pablo Raba mostly tweets in Spanish, so I’m sure that was really great for him to use his native lanugage.
  • Bobbi proceeding to get indignant that nobody else could apparently speak Russian, then reminding Daisy she could totally figure out a Cyrillic keyboard and calling her “sestra” later, to which Daisy replied “da”

3. My weird-ass sense of humor is here!
As I’ve said before, I have a very Tumblrish sense of humor, which not everyone (my dad) recognizes as a sense of humor at all.  It’s predicated on a few basic tenets, including humor about names and accents and language that isn’t bigoted, dry sarcasm, and things reminding me of other things.  Most of these happen sometimes, but I have never once in my life seen a television show make a name-related joke of my kind before but BOY HOWDY.

  • Hunter (Nick Blood) getting on Fitz’s (Iain de Caestecker) case for spelling it “Katelin,” which is definitely not one of the normal ways to spell that name (I verified this today by mentioning that spelling to someone with that name spelled otherwise and she made a face, so yes, it’s weird)
  • Hunter and his acquaintance having that conversation in extremely slangy British that was so thick it had to be subtitled
  • Hunter wearing camera glasses and hacking a computer because Daisy was telling him what to do, all the while Bobbi was just throwing mad shade
  • Coulson (Clark Gregg) letting Rosalind (Constance Zimmer) boss him around because he obviously missed Melinda bossing him around
  • This was only funny if you’ve seen Arrested Development, but when Lincoln started whining about how he was a MONSTERRRRRRRR all I could see was this clip of Buster Bluth with his hook-hand.

2. Ladies.
Well.

    • I’m still processing how I feel about Daisy’s arc this season (I don’t think it’s a particularly positive feeling), but some things I liked:
      • She has total control over her powers now and it is awesome. My favorite scenes were the one where she threw Hive all over the room, or when she saved her stepmom Rosalind (not really, but I thought of the joke and it made me laugh).
      • I like that she got her own team to work with, and I think that was really good for her. What we saw of them together involved her being a leader, which was pretty cool.
      • I like that she’s literally the fucking Avatar now and basically everyone exists to either keep her safe or do what she says. I hope all the people who hate her are very upset and stopped watching.
      • Also if Chloe doesn’t get any awards for the finale, so help me god.
    • Guess who has two thumbs and doesn’t believe in romantic FitzSimmons it’s THIS GIRL, so a large chunk of my feelings about Jemma’s scenes this season were uncomfortable embarrassment, but I still love her and she’s still brilliant and she’s still criminally underappreciated both in canon and on the internet.
    • Melinda continues to be a character whose most memorable moments are still largely with others, acting and reacting, so here:
      • The episode with her dad giving interesting, non-tragic backstory elements
      • Teaming up with Hunter and being much better at her job than him (and then kicking all those guys’ asses)
      • Teaming up with Bobbi and having meaningful conversations with her and kicking asses in tandem
      • Teaming up with Jemma to do things at the base and sharing some of their intense guilt and having conversations that were painful but cathartic
      • That emotional conversation she had with Daisy in the finale

 

  • Bobbi Morse come back to us.  I literally cried during her exit scene, literal tears that made my dad look at me funny, but I just love her so much and miss her and I could (and will eventually) write an essay about her batons and the way she sciences but is too restless for the lab and the fact that Mack called her brain weird and she knows a billion languages and she has no time for bullshit and she had a small but visible recovery arc and I just need her back yesterday.
  • I’m not even sure if we were actually supposed to like Rosalind or if I just have hilariously dramatic reactions to scary mean women with short hair, but I kind of loved her. Coulson became instantly bearable in every scene with her! And she was so morally ambiguous and interesting! Also everyone else’s reactions to her as the evil stepmom were weirdly hilarious to me. (I also started watching unREAL after she died, which I highly recommend, because it’s basically the same character.)
  • I want Elena to stay forever and ever and be second-best friends with Daisy (because Jemma has to be first-best it’s important) and make fun of everyone in Spanish with Joey and I guess she and Mack can date that’s okay. I love her.
  • We had really intensely strong feelings about Agent Piper (Briana Venksus) despite her only being in one episode.  She was clearly important and her first name is obviously Tegan.

 

1. Grant Ward dies twice.
I have been waiting for 966 days (I haven’t been counting, just did the math online) for Grant Ward (Brett Dalton) to die and/or leave the show. The midseason finale cruelly dangled this in front of my face by killing him, and then had his body get possessed by an Inhuman. So close. But I knew he would die for real, and I waited. And then I made a cake.

–your fangirl heroine.

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Superlative Sunday :: the 2016 Billboard Music Awards and my thoughts on them in haiku

22 May

The same few artists
Win every award so much
And I just don’t care.

–your fangirl heroine.

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Fashion Friday :: Westerosi influence on wedding style (part 4)

20 May

Tonight, just going through bridesmaid dresses for the top 5 most egregious examples I can find. Which does not take into account the abundance of more randomly dispersed light blues and coral pinks, cap sleeves, halter necklines, and crinkle-pleated skirts.

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Classically, the Long Crinkle Chiffon Halter Dress.

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This Long Metallic Bridesmaid Dress with Lace Bodice… just smacks of Margaery. Maybe because the photo is in blue, maybe because of the way the lace is arranged?  I’m not sure.

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This Long Tulle Convertible Versa Bridesmaid Dress… come on now.

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Even more classically, this Long Matte Charmeuse Dress with Y-Neckline.

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And the most egregious… the Long Mesh Dress With Halter.

–your fangirl heroine.

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