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Television Tuesday :: a devil’s bargain?

25 Jul

Spoilers for Game of Thrones weeks one and two ahead.

You guys, I really want to maintain my passion for this canon. I’m sure you know that. For the most part the first two episodes have been perfectly fine! Sure there’s been a fair bit of “yes, but…”

  • Jon (Kit Harington) and Sansa (Sophie Turner) coexist and have some modicum of mutual respect for each other, and he gave her leadership credentials while he was away on business, but also they disagree openly and at least once per episode and the potential conflict between them is a major talking point of what’s to come.
  • Sansa and Jon have both essentially told Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) to bugger off, but he still hasn’t.
  • Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) is there, supporting the hell out of Sansa, but she hasn’t actually done all that much (nor have the circumstances of Brienne’s last scene in s6 been discussed, which isn’t that big of a deal but should probably happen at some point in some context).
  • Lyanna (Bella Ramsey) has been kicking everyone’s asses verbally, but I really want to see her take up arms dammit.
  • Arya (Maisie Williams) had a very nice moment with some Lannister-military randoms, but one of them was Ed Sheeran and I am opposed to that on principle.
  • Arya also ran into her direwolf Nymeria, but Nymeria is a damn wolf and wanted to stay in the Riverlands doing wolf stuff. Arya understood this, but it was still sad.
  • Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) has people around her and that’s really cool, but nobody seems to be 100% on the same page of how to handle things.
  • Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson) and Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) had an absolutely beautiful love scene that was honestly revolutionary and I’m kind of shocked it even happened because it was so beautiful and also given the particulars it was not really like love scenes on anything, but now I’m worried about both of them because of it.
  • Euron (Pilou Asbaek) is more like he is in the books, but that means he’s actually the worst terrible curse word and has already done things that rank him with being as heinous as Ramsey Bolton. Things that are so heinous I didn’t even watch them, just read about them because I am bloody furious. Expect, by season’s end, an essay on the mishandling of my Dornish babes. Because Anger is happening.
  • We’ve finally seen the alliance between Dany, Yara (Gemma Whelan), Ellaria (Indira Varma), and Olenna (Diana Rigg), and while contentious in part (as mentioned above) it’s a bunch of badass ladies being badass, but we’re only two episodes in and everything has already gone to hell for them.
  • Yara and Ellaria kissed, but now they are both at assface Euron’s mercy.
  • Obara (Keisha Castle-Hughes), Nymeria (Jessica Henwick), and Tyene (Rosabell Laurenti Sellers) had an actual scene with lines and conversation and sister banter and the actresses have such a good dynamic with each other even though I wish they’d get to show the non-banter aspect of their sisterhood too, but Obara and Nym are now dead and Tyene is also at assface’s mercy. Did I mention how mad I am?

It’s a devil’s bargain. You get some things and have to give up others. You’re so happy about beautiful things but then Euron exists. Etcetera.

–your fangirl heroine.

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Fashion Friday :: truest lady knight.

18 Nov

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Truest knight period. Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) is fabulous.

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LOOK. I love this because the sheen looks metallic, like her armor. Fine and Sandy Velvet Blazer in Black, ModCloth.

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What I am doing with this year is functional party Brienne. Hence the dress. Playlist Professional Dress in Black, ModCloth.

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Practical. Simple and Sleek Leggings in Black – High Waisted, ModCloth.

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These are formal but also badass. Passionate Protagonist Boot, ModCloth.

–your fangirl heroine.

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Television Tuesday :: a season 6 wrap-up.

5 Jul

Game of Thrones‘ season six was… well, it was pretty all right. I mourn my sweet gay babies Margaery (Natalie Dormer) and Loras (Finn Jones), bless them, but overall I am not disappointed and after last year’s mess that’s something, anyway? The requisite list of positives.

11. Davos (Liam Cunningham) finding out about Shireen (Kerry Ingram).
As y’all know, Shireen being murdered was my least favorite thing to happen in season five, and that’s saying quite a lot. So I guess it was a form of catharsis to see Davos finally find out what happened to his favorite girl and get really, truly mad about it. (I also liked that when Jon [Kit Harington] found out he didn’t have Melisandre [Carice van Houten] killed immediately but instead sent her on her way with a warning.)

10. Lyanna freaking Mormont (Bella Ramsey).
What a brilliant, scene-stealing kid. I had never seen her before in my life but my reaction after her first scene was “I’m so proud of her!” Boy howdy I love Mormont women just about as much as I don’t give a damn about the most prominent Mormont man.

9. Sam (John Bradley) and Gilly (Hannah Murray).
I actually quite liked the Horn Hill scenes, just overall; I liked how nice Sam’s mom and sister were, I liked how awkward Gilly was changing her clothes for the first time ever, I liked how Sam and Gilly both stood up to Sam’s jerk dad, I like how the power of love prevailed. And I really liked the Citadel library, sidenote.

8. Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) and Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson).
I just really like these two. I was not a big fan of all of the treading water that Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) had to do or how pointless most of his scenes felt, and in turn many of Missandei and Grey Worm’s, but Missandei and Grey Worm themselves are always wonderful. I really like how Missandei had no time for Tyrion’s bullshit plans and made no secret of that. I really like how the two of them spent most of the season dressed like dominatrixes/the male version thereof. I also really like that Missandei always calls him by his name in Valryian. That makes me smile a lot.

7. The Dornish matriarchy overhaul.
We had a beautiful moment with Ellaria queen (Indira Varma) and the Sand Snakes (Keisha Castle-Hughes, Jessica Henwick, Rosabell Laurenti Sellers) in the first episode, one cursory mention around 6.03 or 6.04 of the fact that they’d taken over Dorne, and then treaty negotiations with Olenna (Diana Rigg) in the finale. We didn’t see much of this matriarchy overhaul, but I support it fully. This puts me in the minority and I don’t give a single damn.

6. Sansa (Sophie Turner) and Jon.
Sansa and Jon really didn’t have a relationship before they went their separate ways in season one, but their reuniting was beautiful and their relationship development has been fascinating. The obvious thing to say is that it’s an indicator of Sansa’s increased maturity; it’s also giving her a chance to finally be volatile in productive-to-the-plot ways. Fucking Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) is not looking to make this a happy ending, but it’s really interesting right now.

5. Sansa and Brienne (Gwendoline Christie).
Yes. This did not disappoint, Brienne’s loyalty is overwhelming, and I’m glad they at least still have each other.

4. Sansa and misandry.
One of the most brilliant moments this entire season was just Sansa’s facial reactions to Ramsay (Iwan Rheon) being killed by his dogs. Another thing I liked was when she yelled at Jon for not involving her in battle plans even though she knew about Ramsay more than any of them did. I also really liked her reaction to fucking Littlefinger’s completely unsurprising but nasty fantasy scenario: hand on the chest for stop, don’t touch me there, then “it’s a pretty picture” dripping disdain as she walked away. Sansa Stark is done with men and it’s beautiful.

3. Feast for Crows Cersei (Lena Headey).
Otherwise known as: I have been waiting for the Cersei I know from her POV chapters to finally get to show up and that Cersei is insane. Unfortunately, Benioff and Weiss seem too concerned with making the Lannisters sympathetic at times to allow them to be as interesting as in the books, so it was a long time coming for the full reveal. But now, after doing some horrible things and having some horrible things happen as a consequence, the Iron Throne is sat by completely bonkers Cersei, Darth Cersei, Mad Queen Cersei. I’m thrilled and Lena is going to do a great job.

2. The Targaryen-Greyjoy-Martell-Tyrell alliance.
I mean, I’m not keen on the fact that it had to come partially because of Margaery and Loras’ death, but “so Yara goes to Meereen, right, and she hooks up with Dany, and then Varys goes to get the Martells in on it because they have a thing with the Targaryens, and then the Tyrells come too because they’re awesome” sounds… not unlike some of my personal ideal scenarios. The show has less lady-kissing in this alliance (because Margaery is dead now and never confirmed queer, because they haven’t mentioned Nym being bisexual in the show yet, etc.) but it’s still happening.

1. Dany (Emilia Clarke) and Asha-Yara (Gemma Whelan).
But there might be lady-kissing here! It’s now canon that Asha-Yara likes girls (and she didn’t die!) and both actresses have mentioned that there is some definite flirtation going on between these two. They bantered about why Dany should accept these Greyjoys’ offer of ships and alliance, which is because Euron’s offer would come with marriage demands. “And I imagine your offer is free of any marriage demands?” Dany banters. “I never demand, but I’m up for anything really,” Asha-Yara declares, in a conversation that does sound just as Sapphic as my fantasy endings. I don’t know how this is going to go but dear gods let it go right. Because, quoth poor lost Doreah, “love comes in at the eyes,” and those two were making significant eyes at each other. (Also, Dany broke up with Daario [Michiel Huisman] spectacularly.)

–your fangirl heroine.

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Television Tuesday :: my Westerosi dumpster isn’t on fire yet

3 May

So I came into season six of Game of Thrones pretty much like “well, I’m stuck here.”  Because, in a way, I am.  This show has done so many things that would make me ragequit another show (Sansa and Shireen last season being among them) but, because of my furious passion for the women and because it’s a thing I do With People and because I’ve committed to much of my energy and honestly my love to it, I can’t do that.

I’m here.

I’m going to grit my teeth and suffer for the small moments of beauty.  Here are a few from the first two episodes.

5. The explanation that no man can lay with a dead Khal’s wife.
This is literally the lowest freaking bar possibly set.  But considering that uh, this show and also Khals as a rule have a whole lot of rape, I was afraid that the Dany (Emilia Clarke) storyline this season would devolve into rape.  At least it (probably) won’t, given this canonical rule.

4. Dolorus Edd (Ben Crompton).
I love badass Eeyore.  That is all.

3. Asha-Yara (Gemma Whelan).
No, you guys, I don’t think you have any idea how excited I am about what’s to come with her (hopefully).  On two fronts.  And I’ve missed her.

2. Sand Snakes.
So my mom is on a message board, which led her to the conclusion that we are about the only people who’ve read the books who liked the bloody coup de grace that Ellaria (Indira Varma), Tyene (Rosabell Laurenti Sellers), Nymeria (Jessica Henwick), and Obara (Keisha Castle-Hughes) pulled.  Then again, she used to lurk on a different message board, where we were the only ones who cared about Dorne at all.  I keep telling her there’s a really easy way to explain this.   Apparently it’s “not like the books” well, at this point the show isn’t. Apparently (according to my dad) they’re all evil because they murdered their uncle and that sweet little girl (I am still sad about Myrcella, but y’know) and that nice young man.  They kinslayed, therefore they “have it coming.”  My dad also thinks that Oberyn dying was his own fault and apparently doesn’t remember that the Lannisters were (as Ellaria explicitly pointed out?) responsible for the rape and murder of Oberyn and Doran’s sister, not to mention the deaths of said sister’s children.  I don’t think that the Sand Snakes are evil.  I think they got fed up with the fact that the person in charge was out of touch, wasn’t doing anything to seek rightful justice for his family, was just going to sit back and do nothing in general, and they took matters into their own hands in a way that was extreme but also my mom and I couldn’t stop grinning because oh my god and also (in my case) fuck the patriarchy a little bit.  Also, I just love them and they’re beautiful.

I haven’t talked to my dad about episode two yet, but he sure didn’t walk into the room tonight when he got home from the gym and interrupt my mother’s and my conversation to tell us firmly that a certain Iron Islander kinslayer was evil and had it coming.  Just saying.

1. Sansa (Sophie Turner) and Brienne (Gwendoline Christie).
This scene was so beautiful my mom cried.  This scene was so beautiful I made drift partner go find me gifs of it (because I’m afraid to go into GOT tags on tumblr).  This scene made me so happy.

–your fangirl heroine.

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Fashion Friday :: lady knight of one glorious moment.

2 Oct

So Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) got to do one really awesome thing this season, the thing at the end.  Because fuck Stannis.  But she spent the majority of the rest of the season……. staring out the window.  And that’s lame.

Let’s start with a leather jacket because hell yes.  Berlin There, Done That Jacket, ModCloth.

Layer on a turtleneck because warmth and practicality.  Speciality Chai Top, ModCloth.

Jeans because moving around kicking ass.  Seamingly So Pants in Black, ModCloth.

Boots because also kicking ass.  Meandering Standards Boots in Ink – Wide Calf, ModCloth.

A watch because she needs some way to pass the time while she stares out the window for hours.  Teacup and Running Watch in Silver – Midi, ModCloth.

–your fangirl heroine.

Television Tuesday :: here we are, four weeks in.

5 May

Now, usually I talk about Game of Thrones a week or two after the season starts, and then again when it’s over.  You might be wondering why I’m waiting so long to do it this year.  Well, I said to myself, “I’m going to write about Game of Thrones once the Sand Snakes have arrived.”

This took… four episodes.

And mind, we got barely a taste of them.  But there they were.  I’m fairly sure that show!Tyene (Rosabell Laurenti Sellers) is going to be… essentially a creature of B&W’s own invention, which sucks because book!Tyene is my favorite (she’s got that cadence I gravitate toward) but I could be proved wrong, I don’t know.  She’s cute, though.  So far though, Nymeria (Jessica Henwick) and Obara (Keisha Castle-Hughes) seem true enough to book.  Obara’s monologue was pleasingly familiar, and they both have their proper weapons.

On the subject of monologues, I will say that that has been one of the things about the season so far that I’ve generally liked.  It’s as if B&W were like “oh, we’re five seasons in, better shoehorn in as much exposition as we can really really fast so we fill the show-watchers in on things they’re going to need to know that we’ve skipped in previous seasons.”  Or conversations-that-are-basically-monologues.  There have been multiple monologues per episode, the likes of which are more akin to Jaime in the baths in season three than anything else.  To wit, a list of veritable monologuers, in no particular order and doubtless incomplete:

  • Mance (Ciaran Hinds)
  • Melisandre (Carice van Houten)
  • Stannis (Stephen Dillane)
  • Shireen (Kerry Ingram)
  • Brienne (Gwendoline Christie)
  • Podrick (Daniel Portman)
  • Barristan (Ian McElhinney)
  • Daario (Michiel Huisman)
  • Obara
  • Ellaria (Indira Varma)
  • Daenerys (Emilia Clarke)
  • Baelish (Aidan Gillen)

And that’s to say nothing of the conversational exposition.  Which has been… basically everybody, and I am not going to list it all off because it would, basically, be a list of everybody in various configurations.  I’m perfectly comfortable with this.  I would probably watch an entire show that was just lengthy expositional conversations.  Sure, it’s a little jarring to go from a roundtable about Meereneese nobles to “so, Your Grace, about your father,” but I like it.  I don’t mind it at all.

Minor plot changes (having it be not-Jaqen [Tom Wlaschiha] at the House of Black and White, for example) I’m all right with.  Major plot changes (Sansa’s [Sophie Turner] line, which has elicited reactions such as “NO NO NO NO” and “nooooo, they can’t” and “Sansa just can’t catch a break” from my people who are show-watchers; the elimination of certain key characters) have been… less well-received.  But I’m not going to talk about my rage until it’s all over and done and I have concrete details to rage about.

–your fangirl heroine.

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Fashion Friday :: just ’cause.

26 Dec

Or more accurately, because I told my mom to suggest someone for tonight’s post and Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) was her first suggestion.

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And in the spirit of Brienne’s new swank armor, I present: not-really-that-comfy-in-high-society modern Brienne trying to fit in in this weird celebrity culture AU world I’ve been working in this year.

my gleam job blazer (modcloth)

This is a blazer.  Blazers aren’t scary.  Blazers are businesswear.  Brienne can do businesswear.  It’s just also fancy because of that shimmer, so it belongs here, too.  My Gleam Job Blazer, ModCloth.

picture window top (modcloth)

Which has enough structural detail up top to be interesting, but will still mostly blend under the glitzy blazer.  Picture Window Top, ModCloth.

carefree cresdendo pants (modcloth)

My initial impulse had been leggings (preferably leather) and a black short skirt, but these pants have enough interesting detail at the waist to do too.  Carefree Crescendo Pants, ModCloth.

especially splendid boot in black (modcloth)

And these?  These say “playing the game but not sacrificing comfort.”  So.  Especially Splendid Boot in Black, ModCloth.

mismatched sword and shield earrings (etsy)

And these are just awesome.  Mismatched sword and shield earrings by MandaLynnCreations at Etsy.

–your fangirl heroine.

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