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This week's [livejournal.com profile] fannish5: Every bad movie or series seems to have one character that's too good for it, or even makes an otherwise dreadful thing worth sitting through. Who are your five favorite characters from things you otherwise hated, or would have hated without them?

mild spoilers for The Postman, Wing Commander, Forgotten Realms, Boondock Saints and Jumper )
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Today's [livejournal.com profile] fannish5: Name 5 characters you like but that you wouldn't hire to work with you.

Man, most of the characters I like would be horrible employees. It would be a much shorter list if I tried to figure out who I would hire.

Like Donna Noble. I would absolutely hire Donna, no matter what the business. She would be a ridiculously efficient office manager and I would never have to worry about the other employees embezzling to abusing sick time.

Ooh. Donna working for a company that had Thrawn as the CEO. There would be no stopping that monopoly.
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I'm watching an episode of Monk on demand right now, and this guy is the most jovial murderer I've ever seen.

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I confirmed the other day that my car CD player can play mp3 CDs, and let me tell you, it is glorious. My Zen is ancient and won't sync up with Vista (and I've lost the disc for it, anyway) so for the past few months I've been doing without. This is almost like having my Zen all over again. Nothing improves a dark commute like belting out "Holy Diver" at the top of your lungs. (Has anyone actually listened to the lyrics of that song? They're gloriously nonsensical. "Ride the tiger/You can see his stripes so you know he's clean/Oh don't you see what I meeeaaaaaaannnnnnn?" That is just wonderful nonsense.)

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From last week's [livejournal.com profile] fannish5:Five canon moments that turned a casual fandom into a hardcore fandom for you.

Heroes: Peter goes to rescue Claire in "Homecoming." I love comics, so obviously I was a fan of Heroes from the beginning but Peter going in to rescue Claire even though he had no powers, no plan and was very sure that is was going to get him killed won my love. I can never resist heroes who do the right thing because dammit, someone has to do it, especially when doing the right thing can cause the hero nothing but trouble. Claude going back to rescue Peter from Mohinder's apartment a few episodes later provoked the same reaction (Is it really any surprise I shipped them?)

Doctor Who: "Dalek." "I saw it happen. I made it happen." And then Rose saving him at the end, just by standing there and not letting him fall. Oh, Doctor. That episode ripped out my heart and danced a tango on it.

Sherlock Holmes: "The Norwich Builder" (Granada TV series) There's a scene in "The Norwich Builder" where Jeremy Brett's Holmes is examining a crime for clues and steps up on a narrow railing with such grace that I remarked that if D&D elves were real, that was how they would move. I don't know why it struck me so much, but it did; it helped that TNB is one of those few cases where Holmes is at a loss which makes his solving the crime all the more satisfying. And then the next episode was "The Blue Carbuncle," where Holmes looks at a hat for a few hours and deduces that a man's wife no longer loves him. I never had a chance.

Kushiel's Legacy: There's a scene in the first book where Phedre gets kidnapped and her sworn bodyguard is forced to creep underneath a bridge to be able to rescue her undetected. And he didn't even like her, but dammit, he'd sworn vows. I have a big weakness for Knight Templar types and Joscelin hits a lot of those buttons; that scene was when I finally forgave him for being Phedre's love interest and not the childhood friend I'd been shipping her with.:) And I was already enthralled with the book, but that was when it tipped over from, "Oh, this is cool!" to "Well, no going to class for me today."

Watchmen: The Handshake. Have I mentioned that I am helpless before unlikely yet passionate friendships? Or that Rorschach and Nite Owl remind me of a deeply crazy version of Wyatt and Doc from Tombstone?
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I just started Splinter of the Mind's Eye and man, it is uncomfortable hearing Luke rhapsodize about Leia. Obviously the book came out in 1978 and Alan Dean Foster had no way of knowing that ROTJ would fill his book with creepy subtext, but still. I'm justifying it to myself as the Force trying to tell him that there's a connection between he and Leia and Luke is just hilariously misinterpreting.

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This week's [livejournal.com profile] fannish5: Name 5 characters you initially found appealing, but eventually came to hate.

1) Kyp Durran (Star Wars EU): Seriously. When I finished the first Jedi Academy book I turn to Fiance and said, "I don't know why everyone hates Kyp. I kind of like the kid." He pretty much grinned and said to read the rest of the series and report back. Yeah. The honeymoon period ended real quick.

2) Lyta Alexander (Babylon 5): This is kind of a cheat, because while I liked Lyta well enough in the pilot when the series proper started and Talia showed up I remember thinking "Oh much better." And I can't put my finger on why; believers and fanatics are usually characters I'm all over (see John Locke), so I don't know why Lyta leaves me so cold. Part of it is irrational (I wanted Talia back, not a Token Telepath replacement), but even putting that aside there's a brittle neediness to the character that's a turn off. And I hated her jealousy towards Sheridan and his relationship with Kosh (Interesting? Yes. Likeable, not so much.) Then came the Mind War and Byron and I was pretty much done with the character.

3) Sam Rappaport (One Life To Live): This was a combination of character derailment and an actor change. Sam came on the show as a former mentor of Todd's and a stabilizing influence, and I liked him right off the bat. Kale Brown was fun to watch and had great chemistry with the rest of the cast, and it helped that he was older and not generically soap opera handsome. Then Brown left and the role was recast with Laurence Lau and it all went downhill.:) Lau wasn't a bad actor but he was miscast; he was a good ten years younger and Sam's relationship with Todd turned combative and weird. It didn't help that for a while the writers had him romancing Blair, Todd's love interest, which just turned everything vaguely incestuous. When they finally killed him off I cheered.

4) Niki Sanders (Heroes): Oh, Niki. Niki was actually my favorite female character at the beginning, but as it progressed I thought the DID backstory was tired (and very OLTL!) and her arc never matched the scope of everyone else's. Then she got DL killed and later told Micah that trying to be a hero was what got his father killed and that was that. I'm glad I like Tracey, because I always thought Niki was well played, just not interesting.

5) Meldrick Lewis (Homicide: LOTS): This is another irrational one. The aftermath of the Mahoney shoot gutted me and I never saw Lewis the same way after, even though looking back I can't say any specific thing he should have done differently. It's an emotional, gut reaction that he didn't do right by Kellerman and I still have a hard time rewatching episodes that focus on Lewis.

Ugh.

Feb. 20th, 2009 10:31 am
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Open letter to Dunkin' Donuts:

Look, you know I love you, right? That my work day doesn't start without a big cup of your caffeine goodness? Good. Now, I appreciate that you're trying to be slightly more healthy, but I have to tell you that angel food cake is nothing like a muffin. Not even if you make it muffin shaped. Really. That was not a happy breakfast.

And I hate your new slogan. The last thing I want to be reminded of when I'm in a caffeine-deprived haze is Rob Schneider. Change it, please.

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This week's [livejournal.com profile] fannish5: Pick a reality tv show and list 5 characters you would like to see compete on that show. Bonus question: who would win?

I can't decide who I'd want to see on Project Runway more, the cast of Torchwood or the cast of Bones. I think they would need to compete for maximum awesomeness. Brennen would make something comfortable and practical and be completely flummoxed when she got low scores. Angela would take Tosh under her wing and the two of them would turn out the best team challenges in the history of the show; meanwhile, Owen would hit on all of the models while Jack would set his sights higher and flirt like crazy with Tim Gunn. And Booth would be really, really good at this, for reasons he would refuse to get into.

And one of the judges would turn out to be an alien, because that's how Torchwood rolls.

ETA: OMG guys, Amazon marketplace has the B5 series 5-pack for $131.49. Someone talk me out of this.
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That frakking song has been stuck in my head for two days now. I think they put some kind of addictive contact poison in the DVD casing.

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This week's [livejournal.com profile] fannish5:Name five non-canoncial couples that you would like - or would have liked - to see get together in canon.

1) Gambit/Iceman X-Men comics): Remy/Bobby was an extremely popular slash pairing for a while, especially when Kaylee's Kinda Mooks series was in full force, and I shipped them pretty hard. Harder than I even realized --- before Northstar came out there was buzz about who the gay mutant would be and I was sure it would be Bobby.

2) Gambit/Storm (X-Men comics): I have issues with the way Remy/Rogue unfolded.:) It used to be my OTP, but now I'm pretty much done with it unless it's an AU. I love the idea of Ororo and Remy getting togehter; she's known him longer than any other X-Man (technically since she was a kid:) and even just as friends they complement each other, her steadying him while he loosened her up and brought out a little of the street thief she used to be.

3) Jack/Martha (Doctor Who/Torchwood): It would be a terrible, unhealthy idea (after all, one of the things they have in common is that they're in love with the Doctor) and certianly wouldn't be long term, but I love the way they play off each other.

4) House/Cameron (House): Yeah, yeah, I know.:) It doesn't really work anymore, but I really shipped this pairing around S1. It hit my broken cynic/young idealist button hard.

5) J'onn & Renee Montoya (DC comics): Okay, obviously this isn't a romantic pairing, but what I wouldn't give for these two to have a book together. Take J'onn back to his detective roots, keep him away from the Justice League morass for a while, and have him open up a PI agency with Renne in Hub city. It'll give him a base city and her a foil and a big gun for when it's needed.
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I realized something hilarious about the new Doctor. Follow with me:

Cut for those who want to know absolutely nothing about 11 )

This week's [livejournal.com profile] fannish5: What 5 fannish things are you looking forward to in 2009?

1) G.I. Joe. I'm a big fan of the comics and there's no reason this can't be an kick-ass movie. Add in Chistorpher Eccleston playing Destro (my favorite character) and this is a movie I could potentially lose my fannish mind about if it's even close to competent. Even if the just get the Destro/Baroness dynamic right and screw everything else up I'll probably see it three times, just to bask in one of my all time OTPs.

2) Dragonball. This is going to be awesomely bad, people.

3) Wolverine: Origins. Yes, yes, epic Wolverine vs. Sabretooth smackdown, Deadpool, Weapon X, that's all great but I've been waiting half my life to see Gambit in a movie. Everything else is just a bonus.:)

4) Watchmen. I don't think this really needs explanation.

5) Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes. And not just the movie, but the epic wankplosion between new fans and classic-flavor fans if the movie's a hit, especially as slash-happy fangirls blunder into areas of fandom where slash is Not On. Holmes fandom has had over one hundred years to perfect ship wars and wanking about minutie. It's going to be kind of glorious.
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This week's [livejournal.com profile] fannish5: List five characters who are best equipped to survive in alternate universes, and why.

1) Claude (Heroes): Talk about being able to blend. Unless he's stuck in Everyone's-A-Telepath World or Super Infrared Vision Land he'll have plenty of time to learn the lay of the land before anyone even knows he's there. Even putting his power aside, Claude's smart, resourceful and used to living off the grid.

2) Jack Harkness (Doctor Who/Torchwood): Now Jack's terrible at blending, but he is adaptable and able to be at home anywhere. He's had centuries of bizarre experiences to prepare him for pretty much anything and his con man past would serve him well in sliding into a new universe. And it he does have any trouble, he'll just seduce his way out of it. (Hey, it's worked pretty well so far, right?)

3) Jack Carter (Eureka): Compared to an average day in Eureka, an alternate universe would probably be a vacation. And anyway, going from mundane life to Eureka's sheriff isn't all that different from falling into an alternate universe.

4) Batman: Even without his money Bats is insanely resourceful and an excellent judge of people, and he's used to sliding in and out of identities to suit the situation. Besides, he probably has a contingency plan for just such an occasion.

5) House: I'll be honest, I don't know how well House would do in an alternate universe. I do, however, want to watch him wreak havoc in one. The very instant he figures out what's happened he would search out the alternate versions of everyone he knows and start tormenting them.
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[livejournal.com profile] fannish5: Five favorite (or most memorable) lines of dialogue.

1) "A man like Ringo has got a great big hole, right in the middle of him. He can never kill enough, or steal enough, or inflict enough pain to ever fill it."
--Doc Holliday to Wyatt Earp, Tombstone

Wyatt is trying to figure out Johnny Ringo right before the climactic duel and asks Doc for some enlightenment. What's clear by the way Val Kilmer delivers this line is that Doc has this insight into Ringo because he believes he has his own empty hole and that deep down he and and Ringo are the same. The wordless dismay on Wyatt's face as he realizes where Doc's going with this is just fantastic, subtle acting. It's my favorite scene in the movie, even topping the death bed scene that makes me teary every time I watch it.

2) "You can tame a dog with food and you can buy a man with money, but no one can tame a wolf of Mibu."
--Saitou Hajime, Rurouni Kenshin

Saitou's my favorite anime character and is easily on my top ten list of favorite characters, period. He says this line after the corrupt official he's investigating tries to bribe him, believing that because the new government as largely abandoned the samurai code, Saitou has too. Three guess how that works out.:)

3) "We can't stop here! This is bat country!"
--The Duke, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

This line has me falling off the couch laughing no matter how many times I see the movie (or read the book, but Johnny Depp's delivery is perfect). I once downloaded a song solely because it was titled "Bat Country."

4) "Evidently I think you're a better man than they do."
--Claude to Noah, Heroes

Oh, Claude.

5) "YOU WOULD MAKE A GOOD DA-LEK."
--Dalek to the Doctor, Doctor Who

Before this scene Doctor Who was a pretty nifty show that I liked. Then this episode aired and I lost my mind, and before I knew it I had two shelves of DVDs and was writing fanfic again for the first time in years. This line was the tipping point, mostly due to the way you see the Doctor visibly break immediately after.
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This week's [livejournal.com profile] fannish5: Name 5 characters you didn't like at first, but eventually learned to love.

1) Sawyer (Lost): I spent the entire first season desperately hoping Sawyer would get eater by a polar bear. He was an aggressively unlikeable bully who enjoyed making people grovel for things like medication, and every time he came up with a new nickname I wished someone would push him off of a cliff. And yet during the finale I actually found myself saying "Poor Sawyer" out loud, and meant it. His striking up a genuine friendship with Hurley and Jin was the turning point (notice that he never uses a nickname for Hurley anymore?), I think, as was his rather selfless attempts to protect Kate, as well as him was almost comically bad at it. And I admit, the first half of S2 being one long Sawyer beatdown also helped.:)

2) Saul Tigh (Battlestar Galactica) At the beginning Saul is pretty much a stock hard-ass officer who's there to show what a good leader Adama is and to give Starbuck someone to but heads with, but somewhere along the way he's become one of my favorites. His confession to Adama in the midseason finale just about killed me.

3) Nyssa (Doctor Who): I didn't really dislike Nyssa; she's such a passive character that at first I barely noticed her. That is, until she pulled a gun on the Time Lord High Council to try to protect the Doctor. That's my girl.

4) Joscelin Verreuil (Kushiel's Legacy series) When we meet Joscelin he's a humorless bore who's not only openly repulsed by Phedre, but kind of whiny about it. Moreover, I was rooting for Hyacinthe and Phedre to get together at the time, and he was clearly being posited as a love interest. Well, you know what they say about first impressions.:) By the end of the first trilogy he may well have been my favorite character.

5) Todd Manning (One Life to Live): One of the more fun things about soaps is that the storylines are flexible. A good percentage of beloved characters were introduced as short-term villains or better yet, foils for now-forgotten characters who were supposed to be the next big thing. Todd was introduced as a stuck-up frat boy and in short order instigated the gang rape of another character, which is usually a one-way ticket to villainy. However, the way Roger Howarth played the character struck a cord and the writers found ways to keep him on the show, kicking off one of the most grueling and successful character rehabilitations in show history. He's still not that great a guy and his past isn't glossed over, but he's a great character who keeps me coming back to OLTL just when I think I'm over it.
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I have no idea how to make vids. For all I know, vidders actually control vast faerie legions that live in their hard drives and assemble all of the clips in proper order.

But were I to control my own vidding faerie army, this very first vid I would make would be a Jackie POV vid to "Daughter" by Danzig. (The second would be a Ninth Doctor/Rose vid to "The Dolphin's Cry" by Live. Listen to it and tell me it's not their song.) That's exactly how she sees the Docter for most of S1: as an out-size boogeyman who's come to steal away her daughter.

Mother
Tell your children not to walk my way
Tell your children not to hear my words
What they mean
What they say
Mother

Mother
Can you keep them in the dark for life
Can you hide them from the waiting world
Oh mother


The second verse even has the line, "Tell your children not to hold my hand.":)

Switching gears, this weeks [livejournal.com profile] fannish5: What are five favorite comic book adaptations?

I'm limiting answers to Western comics, not manga, and to comics I've actually read a decent amount of (otherwise Sin City would be on the list.)

1) Iron Man: Best comic movie ever. Full stop. I don't even like Tony Stark in the comics, but man do I love this movie.

2) Batman Begins: This (to me) is the first of the Batman movies to have both a credible Bruce Wayne and Batman. And I loved the Ra's al Ghul twist at the end.

3) Batman: the Animated Series: I don't think Batman Begins would have been made without the influence of the animated series. Mark Hamill voices the definitive Joker, and it's easy to forget that Harley Quinn wouldn't exist without this show.

4) Smallville: It's been kind of shaky the past few seasons, but man, do I love my Big Gay Show. "Zero" and "Jitters" still rip my heart out, and this is another DC series that's so good it's started to bleed into main continuity: noticed how the Kents have dropped about twnty years since Smallville aired? And did anyone else see how Lex's dad is being drawn now?:)

5) X-Men: the Animated Series: This is a cheat, because I watched this before reading X-Men, but this show is the reason I started reading X-Men. I'll always consider the core team from this show to be my team, changes to actual continuity be damned.:)
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This week's [livejournal.com profile] fannish5: What are the five most depressing episodes/chapters/scenes? (I'm limiting myself to depressing things I actually liked, because otherwise this whole post would be me ranting about The Bridge of San Luis Rey.) Spoilers for Trigun, B5, Chicago Hope, and Doctor Who )
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There is absolutely infuriating real life drama going on right now, and I need something happy and fannish to distract me.

[livejournal.com profile] fannish5: What five events or storylines do you want to see happen (or wish had happened) in canon?

1) Heroes: For some reason (massive trauma, overload of powers, what have you) Peter's powers short circuit and completely stop working, forcing him to start over again from the ground up. This would eventually force him to track down Claude, since he would figure, Hey, he's the guy who helped me figure this out in the first place. I really, really want Claude to come back, even though I'm certain that showing up again will get him killed. I also want to know he was hiding, but I think everyone wants that.

2) Heroes: (again) Last season, my favorite fantasy storyline was that something would happen to Niki and/or DL and Micah would have to go on the run. While hiding out in Vegas, he would run into Claude, who would be similarly on the run, and they would form the most awesome team ever. At the time I was extremely frustrated with Niki and wanted to rescue Micah from her storyline, and no possibility entertained me more than Claude mentoring him in the fine art of felonies. Those two would rule Vegas.

3) Torchwood: The team is investigating some kind of alien plot when they run into trouble with a reporter who knows just a little bit more than she should --- a reporter named Sara Jane Smith. Mostly I want to see how long it takes Sara and Jack to figure out just how much they have in common, and the look on Jack's face as he puts two and two together when someone asks how seems to know so much, and she responds, "I learned it from dear friend of mine. We traveled together for a while, when I was younger." Jack needs someone to grab him by the shoulders and give him a good shaking, and I think Sara's the woman to do it. Also, he would mack on her, which would be a thing of beauty.

4) Doctor Who: I want Jamie to show up (obviously, he would have recovered his memories somewhere along the way.) Nothing would make me happier than for the Doctor to get into trouble in Scotland and have this grizzled old Scotsman come from nowhere and save his life. It would be like when the Doctor saw Sara again several times over, because Jamie isn't even supposed to remember him.

5) Deadwood: The very second Wyatt showed up I was waiting for Doc Holliday to join him. The interplay between Wyatt (the natural lawman trying so hard not to be one), Bullock (another natural lawman coming out of a very dark place in a very dark town) and Doc (chaos on two legs) would have been gold. GOLD, people.
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From [livejournal.com profile] fannish5: You are given the opportunity to erase from existence five episodes, scenes, or lines of dialogue from canon. Which five get the axe?

1) Star Trek: TNG, "The Q and the Grey"

If I could erase Q's entire Voyager arc from existance I would, but this would be a good start. I love Q. He's by far by favorite Next Gen character. I was so happy when I heard he would be appearing on Voyager, since at the time I liked the series. Then he actually started appearing on Voyager. Oy.

The entire arc is problematic, but "Q and the Grey" is just a perfect storm of bad writing. It has the hamfisted Q/Janeway pairing, bad metaphors for war, and best of all, a conclusion that only works if you ignore prior canon. (So, the Q have gone so long without sexual reproduction that it happening again would be revolutionary? But wait, wasn't Amanda Rogers...oh right. Voyager.) In retrospect, this was when I gave up on the series.

2) The Doctor Who movie: "I'm half human on my mother's side."

No. No, no, no, no, no. Just no. No.

3) The Kitty Pryde S.H.I.E.L.D. miniseries

Again, if I could erase Ben Raab's entire Excalibur run, I would, but this series literally made me angry. I don't get rabidly OTP often, especially not with comics, but Pryde & Wisdom were My Couple (second only to Rogue & Gambit, and well, see #4), and having them blown apart like this actually hurt. I would have been upset no matter now Kitty and Pete were broken up, but having Kitty get a crush on some young SHIELD himbo and out of the blue decide that the age difference between her and Pete is too much? No. That's not Kitty Pryde. I don't remember if she actually cheated on him, but there's no way I'm going back to look. I can't remember the last time I was so disappointed in a fictional character. Well, except for...

4)Uncanny X-Men #350

Marvel excells at blowing apart my couples. I could have dealt with Rogue dumping Gambit, even thought the big secret wasn't all that bad (really, being tricked by Sinister is a hanging offense now? Do tell!), but abandoning him in frakking Antarctica? That's a bit much. I never really bought the retcon that it was Gambit's memories that forced Rogue to do it, and I never got my squee for the pairing back.

5) Astonishing X-Men #4

Oh, Joss, why do you hurt me so?

I hate Colossus. I literally danced around the room when he died. And I really hate Colossus/Kitty, not just because I like Kitty/Pete but because I think they bring out the worst in each other and that Kitty regresses to fourteen every time she comes within twenty feet of Piotr.

*Sigh* Of all the Rasputins to bring back, too.

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