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Marvel Monday :: Broken Code [an AIDA fanmix]

29 May

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1. Like This (Marian Call)
I’ve brought a limited set of regular expressions in your size, so use these icons for your feelings so that I can more precisely empathize, so engagement’s optimized. The resolution is so high in here, surround sound is so crisp and clear just like in the montage where we met. How it glows! And no one knows if we’ve felt our feelings yet, if we’ve felt our feelings.

2. Just a Book (Bitter Ruin)
Call, call them out from under the decks of wrecks and I’ll bet you all they’ll be loud, louder than thunder but silent in slumber. These words, nobody ever hears. Just a book to be read, waiting on the seabed under the weighty waves for years.

3. I Am Not A Robot (Marina and the Diamonds)
I’m vulnerable, I’m vulnerable, I am not a robot. You’re lovable, so lovable, but you’re just troubled. Guess what? I’m not a robot, a robot. Guess what? I’m not a robot, a robot. Can you teach me how to feel real? Can you turn my power off and let the drum beat drop?

4. Dollhouse (Melanie Martinez)
Places, places, get in your places, throw on your dress and put on your doll faces. Everyone thinks that we’re perfect, please don’t let them look through the curtains.

5 Borrowing (Halsey)
Your eyes meet mine, the lights are playing shadows right down to your collar. Tonight I’m borrowing a perfect man, I’m borrowing a broken love. Your love is calling, I’m praying you’ll do anything to stall her. Tonight I’m borrowing a perfect man, I’m borrowing a broken love.

6. Sweet Ophelia (Zella Day)
Singing like it’s a full moon, careless now that he has you. Turns you on to the right songs, promises that you’re hooked on. Oh… Sweet Ophelia, when young blood escapes vows that break go up, up away.

7. Free (Ryn Weaver)
My compass may be broke but you follow where I go and you never really seem to mind it. Sun, stare it in the eye, now I’m blinded by the light that seein’ you with eyes wide open.

8. Diamond Days (Cruel Youth)
Madness is my old friend. We don’t need fancy drinks and penthouse suites to run a riot. The diamond days are done, the diamond days are gone, and I would be a fool to carry on.

9. Green Light (Lorde)
All those rumors, they have big teeth, hope they bite you. Thought you said that you would always be in love but you’re not in love, no more. Did it frighten you how we kissed when we danced on the light up floor? On the light up floor? But I hear sounds in my mind, brand new sounds in my mind, but, honey, I’ll be seein’ you ‘ever I go, but, honey, I’ll be seein’ you down every road, I’m waiting for it, that green light, I want it.

10. Monster (Meg Myers)
You said forever, now you look right through me. You said forever, did your words fall short like you? What have I done? I’m a fucking monster when all I wanted was something beautiful.

11. How Does It Feel? (MS MR)
Pleasure in panic, just seize and hold tight, my body will follow if you hold my mind. How does it feel with my teeth in your heart? Don’t back down again, no one leaves a scar quite like I can. How does it feel when you’ve played your last card? In this together now, come this far won’t let you down.

12. Dead to Me (Melanie Martinez)
I need to say sorry, that’s the only thing you say when you lose someone. I used to say I’m sorry for all of the stupid shit you’ve done. So now I’m really sorry, sorry for being the apologetic one, but if I told you I cared, if I told you I care, you would think I was crazy.

13. Terrible Things (April Smith and the Great Picture Show)
I know that I’m inflected, but who could have predicted that monster that I’ve become? I keep things carefully covered so no one will discover that I could be the culprit, I’m sorry I can’t help it.

Broken Code at YouTube.

–your fangirl heroine.

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Marvel Monday :: our thoughts on Agents of SHIELD season 4

23 May

Bullet-pointed for… something.

  • So, Daisy’s arc sort of got shoved to the side for most of this season, which. Alright. But she did have some great scenes with Ghost Rider (Gabriel Luna), including the scene where they fight and she begs him to kill her (the spirit refuses, as it only kills those who have done things worthy of punishment). Daisy and Robbie had great chemistry together, and watching them work together in the season finale was a real treat. She also (along with Jemma [Elizabeth Henstridge]) was spared the uploading into the Framework (more on this in a minute), and together they worked to break everyone out. Some jackass decided Grant Ward (Brett Dalton) should come back in the Framework, and though she made it clear she wanted nothing to do with Ward anymore, the one misstep in her character development was when she said something OOC about how she “didn’t fully understand” the real Ward. Frustrating, but my only huge issue with her this season. They’re heading towards making her director of SHIELD, which I really hope is how the show ends.
  • Ultimately the main antagonist of this season was AIDA/Madame Hydra (Mallory Jansen). Yeah, it threw me for a loop when they announced that she’d be taking that role on in the Framework, but ultimately it made sense (more on this in a minute) and damn if Mallory Jansen is not just the most fun to watch. Over the course of the season she goes from being an amiable, if sometimes unnerving, android created by Radcliffe (John Hannah) for the purpose of protecting and defending agents (allegedly), so in effect a bulletproof lab assistant, to a thoroughly deranged character in the Framework, to a gosh darn real girl with all sorts of anger issues and raging hormones for Fitz. Who’s also got, thanks to the Framework and the Darkhold and other sinister things, most of the superpowers we’ve seen now-gone characters on the show have. She also adopts the name “Ophelia,” which I read too much into like a smarty, and turns on her creator for “demeaning” her by treating her like a robot. There kept being interesting little threads of possibility with her, some of which were followed through on and some of which were too damn meta for a television show to touch, but the true joy of this arc is Mallory Jansen’s performance. Part of me misses the bulletproof lab assistant because robot girls are fun, but also, AIDA was the most delightful antagonist we’ve seen thus far and also contributed to the undoing of… well.
  • Leopold James Fitz (Iain de Caestecker) – James, because there weren’t already twenty of those in the MCU – is on a downward trajectory. That’s putting it mildly. The beginning of the season saw Fitz lying to everyone and helping Radcliffe to build and program AIDA, despite a two-minute flash of conscience in the season premiere where he pointed out that after things like, y’know, Ultron, it probably wouldn’t be a great idea for a criminal scientist already in hot water to build a freaking robot. But all it took was a calm, pleasant explanation from AIDA and suddenly he was all aboard the robot train. As the season develops, he does such super-awesome things as guilt Daisy about her running away from SHIELD, expect his girlfriend Jemma to shoulder the burden of all of his emotional problems, save the decapitated head of the first AIDA model despite everyone including Jemma saying to destroy it but he thinks he can do something to help… and then in the Framework, he’s a sadistic torturing Nazi who happens to be fucking the same robot he’s gotten into so much trouble with already, but it’s okay because there she’s real, and using Darkhold tech he makes her a real body, which I don’t think I have to explain is the worst possible idea.
  • The Framework, as designed by Radcliffe and implemented by AIDA (the degree to which the design was modified by AIDA is somewhat unclear), was based on the premise that everyone whose consciousnesses were originally plugged in deserved to live in a nice happy digital computer world where their greatest regret was taken away. Or what Radcliffe perceived as their greatest regret. Some of these were totally reasonable – May (Ming-Na Wen) still regretting Bahrain, Mack (Henry Simmons) regretting that his daughter didn’t live past infancy, Mace (Jason O’Mara) regretting that he lied about being an Inhuman – and some were… something else. Coulson (Clark Gregg) regretted not living a “normal life” (since when was this a thing of his? Since about the episode before the Framework was revealed) and Fitz regretted… not growing up with his father. These daddy issues entered into play this season as well, and I’d previously been under the impression that he was content to have grown up with his mother, especially since according to exposition from Jemma his father was at the very least verbally abusive, but apparently not. And apparently growing up and remaining very close with his father, a class-A douchebag, led to Fitz… being a sadistic torturing Nazi. One who was nicknamed “the Doctor” no less, because that’s totally not sinister in this context. “I’m just like Ward,” he said after exiting the Framework, reflecting on the situation. Yes, yes you are, my ex-buddy, and here is why: not only did his daddy issues then shape the entire Framework into a totalitarian fascist hellscape where Inhumans were hunted and SHIELD, having been successfully taken over by Hydra, was a scrappy band of underground resistance fighters, but he…
    • Tortured (avatars of) Inhumans, several of which he later realized he’d known IRL.
    • Shot Agnes, who was the RL woman Sandwiches had modeled AIDA’s likeness on and whose consciousness and life, after she passed away IRL from a brain tumor, was uploaded to the Framework – ergo, he killed a woman.
    • Tortured Daisy, which didn’t actually harm Daisy’s RL body but if he had killed her it would in fact kill RL her because if your consciousness was plugged into the Framework if you died there you died IRL, so that was a near miss.
    • Ordered an op that ultimately killed Jeffrey Mace.
    • (As mentioned) plotted to build and then did build tech using the Darkhold, the spoopiest book of all time, to create an actual human body in the real world that would also be endowed with superpowers from all the Inhumans he’d tortured to death, so she could in effect take over the world that had done her wrong. (Even now I’m not entirely clear on how much of what ~Ophelia did in the Framework was actually AIDA and how much was a program, but either way – not great.)
    • After Jemma shot (the avatar of) his father in self-defense after trying to get him to cooperate with their goal of rescuing everyone from the Framework, Fitz tracked Jemma down and despite her screaming that IRL they were together and blah blah love blah blah he shot her (avatar) in the leg and very nearly shot her in the head and killed her. Would have likely done had Radcliffe’s avatar not intervened.
    • Oh, and I forgot to mention: while Daisy had been doing the non-terrigenesis’d totalitarian equivalent of what she does now in the Framework, Jemma was literally dead to begin with. When she awoke in the Framework she clawed her way out of a shallow mass grave. In the Framework, she and Fitz had never known each other. Despite the way that a robot version of Fitz tried to consentingly lure Jemma into the Framework with promises of happiness and marriage.
    • And the real kicker of this is: while the other people plugged into the Framework had grand revelations that either it was not a real place (Coulson) or their actions there were bad (May) or some other knowing moment of oh, shit… Fitz did not. Multiple times Fitz was given a chance to go oh, shit and repent. He did not. Also, several other characters had moments of ~knowing each other~ from RL contexts despite not knowing each other (Coulson remembered Daisy, May remembered Coulson, there was an implied flash of deja vu between Mack and Elena [Natalia Cordova-Buckley]) but Fitz looked Jemma in the eye and said that she meant nothing to him.
  • Ask us about our anti-Fitz feminist agendas.
  • In happier news, there were very good moments for the other members of the team! Coulson was a giant nerd in the Framework, which was sort of endearing; Trip (B.J. Britt) was still alive in the Framework and I miss him already; despite being the first to be replaced with a robot and hooked into the Framework, May still kicked some ass and was good; Mack and Elena are actually completely adorable together even though we all thought Mack was probably gay and we can’t even be mad that he too got roped into heterosexuality because they’re actually wonderful together; Mack was adorable and tragic with his daughter Hope (Jordan Rivera) in the Framework, even though they named her Hope when there’s already two different other Hopes in the MCU; Elena and Agent Piper (Briana Venskus) were precious and capable protecting Jemma and Daisy while they were in the Framework; Jemma my beloved was forced to sit through a lot of compulsive heterosexuality but nonetheless she was strong and badass and very good at what she needed to do.
  • But romantic FitzSimmons is dead. It needs to be dead. It needed to be dead before it even began, but it especially needs to be dead now. If any time is expended on any of the women, but especially Jemma, assuaging Fitz’s guilt complex next season, I will scream. He deserves to be guilty because he Did A Bad and while he seems perfectly capable of admitting IRL that he Did A Bad and that he was responsible for AIDA’s less than stellar changes, he never once said “I’m sorry.” He did say “I think I’m a bad person” and that’s pretty accurate. Sorry, ex-buddy.
  • The finale ended with everybody being arrested in a diner because everyone thinks SHIELD are bad guys again. And then it flashed forward an indeterminate amount of time to show Coulson on what appeared to be a spaceship, looking out at the vastness of space before getting up and “getting to work” in what seemed to be some kind of prison. I’ve seen buzz that this is leading up to SWORD, basically the intergalactic version of SHIELD, but nobody’s confirmed that one way or the other. We also have no idea if what Coulson is seeing is actually real or if he’s been put back into some kind of virtual reality or simulation to serve his punishment in. And we don’t know where anyone else is either. (We have awhile to think about it, since the show won’t be back until January 2018. Because ABC and Marvel are still trying to make Inhumans happen. It’s not going to happen.)

–your fangirl heroines.

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Sundry Sunday :: Comicon 2017.

6 Mar

It’s been a convention weekend. I have pictures, but they’re just of me and drift partner ’cause while I compliment the heck out of people I’m getting worse and worse at asking for their pictures. Whatever.

Thursday, in which drift partner pulled out her Red Lantern getup and I… went as Columbia from last fall’s Rocky Horror production on Fox. I couldn’t help myself. Finally a chance to be Columbia without booty shorts! Which are fine for other people, but not for me.

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(I will also brag: I spray-glittered the hat, hand-studded the bustier, and personally patched/drew on the back of the jacket [not seen in this picture] and the boots.)

Friday, we were blessed Princess Leia Organa and her gal pal Evaan Verlaine from the Princess Leia comics, which you should read if you haven’t.

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Saturday, drift partner was the fabulous Jillian Holtzmann and I was big ol’ robot Aida of SHIELD, circa 4.08 when she got shot and had science gloves.

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(Those science gloves, while definitely a first draft [I’d like to make them over, possibly from scratch], were a whole slew of fun modification adventures. And yes, there are tiny LED lights on there.)

And today, as before, Dany and Nym.

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Anyway, it was nice and Vincent D’Onofrio and Evangeline Lilly and Terry Dodson of aforementioned Leia comic and Kate Leth of Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat are very nice. And we are now dead.

–your fangirl heroines.

 

Marvel Monday :: Lie for a Living [a Bobbi Morse fanmix]

23 Jan

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1. Run (Delta Rae)
“I wanna run to feel again, to be no one, to run under the stars of Orion, and all my life I’ve been burning by the dreams I’ve had, now I want to run, I want to run.”

2. Reckless (MS MR)
“Hunt or be hunted on the ground beneath the fuss, corrupt chemistry, that got the best of us. Want and be wanted on the ground beneath the fuss, cool complexity that got the best of us. There’s no one left to deceive, there’s nothing more to discuss.”

3. Runaway (Ryn Weaver)
“They tell me temper, temper, little lady, better bite that tongue, it is not becoming. My blood boils rapids to break the levy and let it keep on running, running. And maybe I’m crazy for claiming my freedom, for loving and leaving, I secretly hear them.”

4. Bad Things (Meiko)
You say that you want all of my love but let’s be honest, we don’t need all that. I like it better with no strings attached. Good girls do bad things sometimes but we get by with it.”

5. Generals (The Mynabirds)
“Calling all my generals, my daughters, my revolutionists, we got strength in numbers and they’re gon’ to pay.”

6. Instigators (Grace Potter)
“Shoulder to shoulder, we blow on the coals in the cold of our souls and we’re ready to fight. You, me, together we’re gonna be the instigators, revolution loves company, we are the revelators.”

7. Proud (Tegan and Sara)
“Freedom’s rough so we take our stand and fight for tomorrow. Finally we got something, something we can bring down the house with.”

8. Haunting (Halsey)
“‘Cause I’ve done some things that I can’t speak and I’ve tried to wash you away but you just won’t leave. So won’t you take a breath and dive in deep ’cause I came here so you’d come for me.”

9. The Outlaw Josey Wales (Zella Day)
“Lived forever, stripes of gold, took the living, reflect your face in every window. There’s nothing, to hold you down, it’s like no one, no one knows where you came from, it’s like no one, no one knows where you came from.”

10. Daughters (Lissie)
“We are the daughters, we are the damned and doomed. Give us your violence, we won’t be silent.”

11. White Flag (Joseph)
“I could surrender but I’d just be pretending, no I’d rather be dead than live a lie, burn the white flag, burn the white flag.”

12. You Can’t Outrun ‘Em (Jenny Lewis)
“And will your mama pull you through? I wouldn’t wish it on my enemy now that I am living proof that history repeats.”

13. Heroes and Songs (Brandi Carlile)
“Some rights and some wrongs, some heroes and songs are much better left unsolved. Between fiction and fact, Illusion and pact where we’ve been into what we’ve become.”

Lie for a Living at YouTube.

–your fangirl heroine.

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Television Tuesday :: 2016 and the No Trope Bingo cards

27 Dec

Ah, our old friends.

Disclaimer: I have watched maybe like… eight different shows this year because I literally can’t be bothered to undertake a lot of things that people tell me I should because I know they’ll fail me eventually and I’ll be sad.

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Bechdel fail: Agent Carter was again 100% on this, of course. (This season was far from perfect, but I’m still going to miss you, my Peggy my darling.) Agents of SHIELD‘s 2015 efforts put them above 90%, including a couple episodes that were just “smack the Bechdel test in the face,” so that’s pretty damn good; Game of Thrones also stepped it up this year, coming in around 70% I believe (the document I was keeping track in, very scientifically, got lost when I switched phones this week, oops). At least in my shows, this year did better at this than other categories.

disregarded logic: I mean, The Librarians always disregards logic. That’s kind of its thing. But again, I did not do too much screaming at my television going “THIS MAKES NO SENSE,” unlike years prior.

underused/invisible POC: Agent Carter… managed a whole one POC character this year, Jason Wilkes (Reggie Austin), so that was still not great but one is at least better than none. Game of Thrones did not know what the hell to do with Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) and Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson) this year, which was annoying, nor did it give the Sand Snakes a lot to do although what little they did was still, in my opinion, delicious. Penny Dreadful racebent Dr. Jekyll and Dracula, so that was kind of cool? And then meanwhile Agents of SHIELD ran a glorious parade of POC characters and killed two white guys, while Luke Cage was beautifully black all the time and deal with it if you don’t like it. I feel like statistically this is a decent picture of television at large. A lot of things not really succeeding, a few standing much farther out.

dead family manpain: the Tower of Joy, which only halfway counts. Dead daughters came up sometimes, but usually from women. I’ve managed to cut most of the dead family manpain out of my television life, I hope.

invisible lesbians: no, this year was just full of dead lesbians and Sapphic ladies, in outstanding number but mostly not on my own shows. Game of Thrones instead gave us Yara Gayjoy (let’s be real, probably more like Yara Female-Leaning-But-Pan-joy, but the pun is too good) and let her shine. Penny Dreadful had a Sapphic army. And all the women of SHIELD continue to be outstandingly queer together, though it goes unsaid, but it’s not like it’s been said and it’s not being shown. It’s just implicit and I have a lot of feelings about it (also, Jemma Simmons is in the narrative closet and I will passionately argue this point based on my own real life experience).

vicious female rivalry: the demon possessing Kate (Madison Davenport) and Kisa (Eiza Gonzalez) got pretty scrappy. But considering that the paradigm of this category is Cersei vs. Margaery, it’s not quite the same thing. Cersei (Lena Headey) did in fact get way too vicious on Margaery (Natalie Dormer) and I mourn but also, narratively, at least we finally got Feast for Crows Cersei.

ho-yay: there’s none I’m explicitly recalling, which means if there was any it at least wasn’t overall detrimental.

infectious diseases: thank the gods, no.

dead prostitutes: there was a passel of them on Preacher, but Tulip (Ruth Negga) made her opinions abundantly clear and that was sort of justice for them. On the other hand, Lily (Billie Piper) led the above-mentioned army of prostitutes who murdered men for abusing them, and though poor Justine (Jessica Barden) willfully went to her end, they took revenge and it was beautiful.

dead little girls: see above re: families. Again, nothing egregious, thank the gods.

sexualized violence: eh. There’s a fine fine line, which is always tread by television and film. Nothing egregious, but also could be avoided more.

Madonna/whore: there was a bit of a play with this with Margaery’s religious conversion, but it wasn’t narratively sanctioned so much as acknowledged as a game she was playing.

Oedipal undertones: Cersei’s always a little cesty with her family members, including baby Tommen (Dean Charles Chapman), but with Cersei it kind of just is what it is and you move on.

fridging: aside from the 10001 dead Sapphic women, many of whom I cannot speak to personally, and beloved Barb (Shanon Purser), poor Margaery passed, but I don’t know it was a traditional fridge; Vanessa (Eva Green) met her end but it was of her volition; Emily (Lucy Griffiths) was among the dead of Preacher but, eh, that was a whole town, it could be worse; Candace (Deborah Ayorinde) was more vaulted than fridged; but Lincoln Campbell (Luke Mitchell) died in a literal fire and took the corpse of Grant Ward (Brett Dalton) with him and that was justice.

gratuitous sex: I mean, nobody needed to see Grand Maester Pycelle all postcoitus but at least he died and it was also justice. A lot of sex scenes were awkward but not singularly space-fillers.

inappropriate male attention: as I cast disapproving eyes on Hive. As I cast disapproving eyes on anyone who ever looked at Nancy Wheeler, ever. As I cast disapproving eyes on Uncle Asshat Greyjoy. As I cast disapproving eyes on Dracula. Etc. This will be a problem for all eternity.

pedophilic Stockholm: mm, Sansa (Sophie Turner) basically told Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) to fuck off in the most ladylike way possible so that was satisfying.

infidelity: see also, the Tower of Joy. Etc.

custody battles: no, thank the gods.

conscious irresponsibility: Jesse (Dominic Cooper) was irresponsible, but he was also possessed, so that kind of makes up for it. Etc.

narrative neglect: see above re: Missandei, Grey Worm, and the Sand Snakes. That would be my largest complaint.

uneven f :: m ratio: technically, this is true basically everywhere. SHIELD‘s main/main supporting cast is fairly even, and Agent Carter‘s wasn’t bad; overall, more ladies, though.

narratively excused sociopathy: plenty of sociopaths but the narrative fully knew how they were sociopaths and said it.

love triangles: eh. Ehhhh.

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window dressing: mm, not in any particularly gratuitous circumsance.

narratively excused intolerance: see also: Preacher is set in a small town in Texas. It’s excused, but also it’s a picture of just that things are bad.

lack of POC: see above.

general male brooding: the only thing Lincoln Campbell did before he died, really.

lack of queer people: much much. I will observe that apparently Supergirl (which I’m still not watching, I admit) has done some cool coming-out stuff so that’s nice to hear.

narratively enforced gender policing: what of it I’ve seen has mostly been called out.

compulsive heteroeroticism: see also, romantic FitzSimmons. Jeepers.

crazy inbred hillbillies: none of those I’ve dealt with this year.

slut shaming: I’m sure there’s been but aside from the Margaery situation I’m blanking.

children as plot devices: Tommen is a plot device but honestly, that’s just how it is. Most of the kids this year were human props.

police brutality: requisite “I hate the Sokovia Accords and everything that comes from them even though a lot of it isn’t even on the TV shows” mention. Also, Luke Cage, but that was calling that out.

love interest syndrome: ah, my poor Jemma (Elizabeth Henstridge). It’ll be nice when this mess is over with. For example.

pseudo-incest: hm. I could have done without Mike (Finn Wolfhard) and Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown). That’s kind of in this category.

vaulting: see above re: Candace, for the biggest example.

gratuitous consequenceless substance abuse: mm, nah, I think there were pretty well consequences.

excused unwanted overtures: and most of these were unexcused, at least.

forgive your abusers: one interesting thing about the unfortunate Hive situation was, at least, Daisy’s (Chloe Bennet) stages of grief regarding her abuse, so that was the opposite of this… but then, this is another reason I’ll drag romantic FitzSimmons, though it’s obviously to a lesser degree. So.

compulsive motherhood: not really?

“don’t do the brave thing”: a fair amount of “I am doing a brave thing but you should not because you don’t deserve to get hurt,” which isn’t the same.

(evil) white guy redemption arc: mm hey, remember how Grant Ward died twice?

narrative double standard: catchall because always, often in critical reactions.

women as plot devices: again. Sort of always.

narratively excused non-con: this year was much better.

past non-con as cheap plot device: also better.

I’m less angry this year, but I watched fewer things. So.

–your fangirl heroine.

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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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Sundry Sunday :: Emerald City Comicon 2016

10 Apr

Friends, this is the longest I’ve been away from my blog… ever.  Convention was 4 days this year (and the night before was spent heavily preparing) and things got away with me, so in the interest of keeping this somewhat quick I will just post our group’s pictures.

Thursday, wherein drift partner and I were Gogo Tomago and Honey Lemon and our other friend was Maria Hill!

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Acquisitions/mods, and the disc is her doing (a painted frisbee).

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The purse is by other friend and the rest was acquisitions and already-haves (the sweater is that) and also those heels are in fact like 4 inches tall and destruction.  Thursday was the short day and we did this then for a reason.

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Sewn by her.

Friday, in which friend, not pictured, repeated her Orange Lantern costume and drift partner and I were Isabelle Hartley and Victoria Hand because look how alive.

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Acquisitions.  Look at that awesome rubber knife she found ’cause Isabelle doesn’t like guns.

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Acquisitions and already-haves (the purple blouse is the latter).  The pink bits are extensions that are separately pinned in.  Also, that lipstick shade is called As You Want Victoria.

Saturday, in which friend was Rey (and how do we not have pictures? It is a mystery) and we were Nymeria Sand and Daenerys Targaryen once again, this time with modifications.

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This one was overhauled.  Notable updates include the belts and the buckles (hand-done by myself with clay and paint).

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Modifications include the wig (extensions were sewn in for braids) and the ring (because now that there’s been a notable closeup I felt compelled).

Sunday, today, wherein friend was Bucky, drift partner was Natasha, and I was undercover-at-Hydra Bobbi.

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A new tactical suit for Natasha! Also a new wig.

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So.  I have low-key been actually teaching myself escrima moves over the last few months.  My batons are actual practice batons (foam, but they’d hurt if I hit you properly with them), although I added the caps with foam and duct tape (they also have taser jewels on the tops).  The boots and jeans were already had, the tank top was acquired, the jacket was one I already had that we sewed the leather onto, and the wig is the same one I used above for Victoria and at Halloween for Wanda.  And I’m really freaking proud of this one, guys.  There’s also a baton holster on my back, not that you can see it here.

Con notes: childhood heroes (Christy Carlson Romano of Even Stevens, Linda Ballantyne [who is not Emily Ice Tits, but was Sailor Moon in the latter seasons] and Susan Roman of the original Sailor Moon dub) were wonderful, Nathan Fillion was a sweetheart, Elden Henson was also a sweetheart.  Other people were charming, though I know less about them and feel less qualified to comment.  Fun was had, many a thing was purchased.  All the usual goodies.

–your fangirl heroine.

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