Log in

Oct. 7th, 2015

Behind The Scenes Casting Secrets From “Gossip Girl,” “Arrow,” And More

David Rapaport has helped cast Gossip Girl, 90210, Arrow, and The Flash. For the first time, he talks about auditioning the actors who became iconic faces of The CW

Well I dunno how many people on my flist are even still interested in Gossip Girl at this point lol, but I thought I'd share this anyway as I found his recollections on casting Serena, Blair, and Jenny pretty interesting

Oct. 5th, 2015

I don't really have a ton to say about Doctor Who this week, tbh the ~base under siege~ episodes with the guest cast just aren't really my thing. I mean I don't want to sound negative about it, it was definitely a good episode still and actually one of the stronger example of that format (I didn't care for The Hungry Earth or The Almost People two-parters at all, this was definitely a step-up from them for me), but at the same time it's just not the type of episode that I get particularly excited about :shrug:

I've been trying to catch up with season 6 of The Good Wife so that I can watch season 7 live, so far I'm caught up as far as 611

Zip your pants, shut your mouth and stop banging the helpCollapse )

And I should really stop gossiping about this lol, but Julianna Margulies says there's no feud with Archie Panjabi She basically says that "There's no animosity on my part...It was shot the way Robert wanted to shoot it", and she suggests that there were scheduling conflicts because of Archie filming The Fall. But then Archie tweeted in response to the article, saying that The Fall wasn't in production at that time (I didn't think it was because I knew that Gillian Anderson has been busy filming Hannibal so far this year), and that she was in New York and ready to film that scene at the time. Umm oops

Oct. 3rd, 2015

New clip for The Vampire Diaries upcoming season:

Sep. 30th, 2015

I've dropped my phone in the toilet, it just slipped straight out of my back pocket when I sat down :( I got it out as fast as I could, then I managed to switch it off after several attempts with the screen flickering and not responding at first, I guess that all I can do now is hope for the best? All of the advice online insists that you must remove your battery if it gets wet, but that doesn't seem super helpful when how many phones these days even have removable batteries? My Htc One doesn't anyway, so I'm not sure what else I can do but leave it turned off long enough to hopefully get all of the water out. It wasn't in there for long at all, I don't know if that might make a difference? It did get completely submerged in those brief seconds though...

Dark Angel seasons 1 and 2

I'm really enjoying Dark Angel on re-watch, I know that it had its cheesy moments, but I just really enjoy the world-building and the characters I suppose, especially Max, Logan, Original Cindy, and Lydecker from the first season, then Alec and Joshua from the second. I enjoyed that the drive of each episode in season 1 was usually always about Max resolving her past and tracking down her siblings, and of course the flashbacks to Manicore. I always get much more emotionally invested in shows that keep most episodes focused on their main characters emotional journeys, rather than on a case of the week format

Lots of rambling thoughtsCollapse )

And now I'm off on holiday for this week, will be back on Friday!


Doctor Who


The 100

I've taken a break from my X-Files rewatch to do some streaming on Amazon Prime instead, I've been feeling like I've really not been getting enough use out of it considering the cost of it. (This is why I don't have Netflix lol, I always just end up stressing myself out over am I watching enough to make use of my subscription!) I've just finished the first season of The 100 now

The 100 season 1Collapse )

At the moment I'm not sure if I'm going to watch the second season or not. I liked that The 100 only had 13 episodes, so it was pretty quick-paced and easy to get into with some good twists, but sometimes it felt like the character moments were a bit lacking? I just never got really invested in the show tbh, so can't see it being a big fandom for me. I'll think about watching the second season when Amazon Prime puts it up, but at the moment I have no plans to go looking for it to watch right away or anything. It has put me in the mood for another post-apocalyptic show though, I'm really tempted to have a Dark Angel re-watch now!


313 spoilersCollapse )

My only wish is that it was easier to find some discussion on the episode! I did attempt to navigate the tumblr tag and found some nice gifs, but I was mostly left utterly baffled at Supernatural fandom making parallels with Dean/Castiel, even though I don't see that they have anything in common at all with how Bryan Fuller saw and developed Will/Hannibal? But oh well, it's a case of YMMV I guess :P


Friending meme for the X-Files fandom!

And please share this link so that more X-Files fans can find us :)


The X-Files season 2 rewatch

I appreciated how much Gillian Anderson's pregnancy forced more serialisation on the show, Little Green Men, The Host, Sleepless, Duane Barry, Ascension, 3, and One Breath all seemed much more tied together than you usually get with the X-Files, and I get the feeling that the show would have returned to the status quo pretty soon after Little Green Men if not for having to work around Gillian's pregnancy and not having Scully available as a full-time partner for Mulder. I really enjoyed having several episodes early on with Mulder and Scully dealing with their loss of their partnership, and for me the show loses something when we get to Firewalker with Scully's abduction already being brushed over with just a couple of lines of concerned dialogue from Mulder, and there's barely any attempt to get Scully talking about her abduction and her feelings on it.

Scully's feelings barely seem to come up in the abduction arc really, it's all about Mulder falling apart over the possibility of losing her. I know that Scully had to be side-lined early on because of the actresses pregnancy, but the narrative did seem to shift hugely to focusing on Mulder as the lead character and Scully as there to support him. To be fair it would probably have been difficult to work around that with Gillian's limited availability, but the abduction arc certainly could have given Scully more to work with, you'd think that it would have been something that she would have wanted to look into upon her return, but there's never any mention of hypnotic regression therapy or ANYTHING for Scully to try and regain her lost memories of what happened to her after she was kidnapped and nearly died. Instead it's back to business as usual in the very next episode, and if there is any focus on her abduction, it's again more from Mulder's PoV with him worrying about her safety and whether she's ready to return to work. I know that's mostly a consequence of 90's television not wanting to be too serialised, but it is frustrating these days to watch characters just shrugging off such major events once the episode is over with, I wonder how The X-Files would have handled it if it was airing today for the first time?

Read more...Collapse )

And is there anyone who would be able to advice me on html for a friending meme? I'm rubbish at things like that :sheepish: I've been thinking that it might be fun to have an X-Files friendship meme and see how many fans are still out there on LJ, especially now that we have brand-new episodes coming out next year, but I'm not sure how you set up the little box of questions that you can copy and paste :P


The Good Wife

Ausiello asks the King's about the final scene of Alicia and Kalinda being shot separately with green screen, and why those characters have been deliberately kept apart on-screen. They keep trying to sidestep the question but Ausiello doesn't let up

The Good Wife Creators Break Silence on 'Kalicia'-gate, Insist 'There Was No Attempt to Dupe Viewers'

I thought that Ausiello handled it very well actually because the King's seemed very defensive and were pretty rude at certain points IMO when they were acting like Ausiello was just after sleazy backstage gossip on why Archie and Julianna dislike one another, but in fact he was always putting it in terms of how it affected the show that Alicia and Kalinda's character couldn't be in a scene together, i.e "As showrunners, how much of your energy got devoted to keeping these characters at arms’ length — and were there specific instances where it may have hurt the storytelling, like Will’s death and Cary’s imprisonment?"

The King's were constantly side-stepping the question with comments like, "We’re writers and we love writing these characters, so we were thrilled at any chance to have new dynamics." Then when Ausiello keeps bringing up that the issue was in not having the actors film in the same room for the much hyped-up Alicia and Kalinda scene, their response is "we’re making the show every day using tricks, like if you’re in a car and there’s green screen and it looks like Chicago out the window but that’s not exactly where we are" and "Just so we’re clear, Josh wasn’t really killed. We faked those gunshots. We fake everything in the show" Because necessary special effect shots are the same as having to use green screen to get two actresses in a scene together? And your "trick" obviously didn't work if most of the audience immediately picked up on there being something off with the scene

I'm really starting to lose respect for the show, I can't decide whether to catch up on season 6 or not at this point :( And also it's so inaccurate when everyone keeps protesting that the lack of scenes make sense because of Alicia and Kalina falling out in season 2's finale. That would only track if their lack of scenes happen after season 2, instead season 3 sees them gradually repairing their friendship (Alicia was inviting Kalinda to drink in the bar with her again in the season 3 finale!) They weren't besties again of course, but in season 4 they were back on friendly terms, indeed their phone calls in season 5 were always civil enough, so it makes no storytelling sense how all on-screen interaction completely ceased in seasons 5 and 6


Give me a show/fandom and I'll tell you:

- The first character I fell in love with:
- The character who is my ‘baby’:
- The character who I do not understand:
- The character that I think the show ruined:
- The most attractive male and female character:
- The character death that was the worst for me:
- The character that is the most like me:
- The character I think the writer(s) love:
- The character that I just want to be happy:
- My four favorite characters, past or present:
- My four least favorite characters, past or present:

Catching up with season 3 of Hannibal!

Nothing happened to me. I happenedCollapse )

Also I've changed my LJ style completely now, I thought that it was time for a change. It will take a bit of getting used too, especially when I'm scrolling through my friendsfeed (everything looks so different!), but I'm really liking this style at the moment. I will miss my old banner though...The current banner with just my name on it makes me think that I really need to come up with a more interesting name for my LJ, but I can't think of much at the moment


Aug. 3rd, 2015

Thanks to petzipellepingo for linking this :)

The 15 best 'Vampire Diaries' episodes

I would have chosen the season 1 finale Founder's Day over Bloodlines from season 1 personally. Bloodlines was a cute road-trip episode for Delena, but Founder's Day was way more epic IMHO. Haunted was definitely one of the more memorable season 1 episode's though and I agree with including that, I would have also considered adding Let the Right One In and Miss Mystic Falls as the original Stefan ripper arc really worked for me

Masquerade from season 2 again definitely deserved a mention, but no love for Return? I thought that was one of the strongest premieres they ever did and a great set-up for Katherine, I would have definitely picked that one (or Katrina for Katherine's backstory!) over The Descent, but then I was never such a big of that episode quite honesty, it felt really forced and maudlin for Damon to suddenly care *that much* about Rose that he was all torn up over her death

Agreed with The End Of The Affair, The Reckoning, Do Not Go Gentle, and The Departed all being there from season 3. I would probably have considered adding The Birthday as well (season 3 premiere), but maybe that would have been one too many episodes from season 3 *g*)

I would NOT include My Brother's Keeper from season 4 in my best episodes list, I'm really confused at it being included when the only mention of why is because of the sex scene at the end, but the episode as a whole isn't one that stands out to me? The Memorial or O Come, All Ye Faithful are episodes that would come to mind over that one, although I do agree on Graduation and Stand By Me's inclusion from that season

And from season 5 and 6 I'd agree with the inclusion of 500 Years of Solitude, Gone Girl, The Downward Spiral, and I’m Thinking of You All the While, but I need to watch seasons 5 and 6 again I think before I can pick out other favs from those seasons (it feels like there should be more than two episodes from season 6!) In fact I find it pretty tough in general to choose favourite episodes from The Vampire Diaries when so much of it is all one continuing narrative, I had to visit the episode list at wiki to jog my memory for some of the titles *g*

Aug. 2nd, 2015

Doctor Who legend Sylvester McCoy says only a MAN can play the Time Lord

Obviously there's been a backlash against his statements in fandom, but can I be super-unpopular and admit that I'm not sure how I feel about a female Doctor either? Not that I'm agreeing with Sylvester McCoy reasoning though, "If they changed it to be politically correct then it would ruin the dynamics between the doctor and the assistant” doesn't even make sense as an argument when the dynamic between the Doctor and his Companions changes all the time? It's hardly an established dynamic that shouldn't be touched, they all relate to one another differently depending on differing individual personalities?

But anyway, it seems like the popular thing these days in fandom is to root for a female Doctor, and I'm just not sure how I feel about it. The canon suggests that Time Lords have some control over their changes, so why would the Doctor suddenly choose to regenerate as a woman when he has kept a male identity through 12 regenerations, and seems to have always identified as male? I mean I'm not entirely opposed to a female Doctor by any means, but I guess that's why it's a little bit of a sticking point for me at the moment. The argument seems to go that the Doctor is a Time Lord and can easily choose to regenerate as female without it being a big deal, except that he hasn't through 12 regenerations so far, nor have other Time Lord's like River and Romana, so clearly Time Lord's still must have some basic concept of gender and whether they identify as male or female?

Obviously the intro of Missy has changed things by opening up Time Lord society dealing with gender identity differently, but that still all seems a bit vague to me at the moment when this is the first time that we know of (I think?) that a Time Lord has chosen to change their sex, and we don't yet know if the Master had any particular reason for switching. I guess that I'm just stuck on, whatever regeneration they go through, it's always seemed like Time Lord's still keep the same basic core personality in the past, so wouldn't the Doctor (and the Master too I guess) continue thinking of themselves as male? I feel like the lone voice in fandom when it comes to this debate, because it always seems to get painted as only someone really old-fashioned and set in their ways could not want a female Doctor. And Idk, there's definitely some interesting casting choices out there that I could see myself enjoying as the Doctor, but at the same time it does feel to me like it would be kind of a simplistic message if the show did go with "oh we're hired a biological female to play the Doctor, that means that the character is suddenly a woman now and thinks of herself that way". I mean I assume anyway that part of wanting an actress to play the role of the Doctor would include that incarnation of the Doctor starting to identify as female?

I'm certainly not opposed in any way to changing the gender of established characters for reboots, I'm just not sure how to feel about it when it comes to a character from an ongoing television series. I'm a bit of a hypocrite I guess though lol as I have been enjoying the portrayal of Missy as the Master so much that they could probably make a female Doctor work for me just as easily with the right casting, but still is there anyone else out there who also feels a bit unsure with how a female Doctor would work when he's always been portrayed as male? (The Master choosing the female form for this latest regeneration just doesn't cancel out to me the way that it's always been shown to us as working in the past for the Doctor)


Jul. 27th, 2015

10 episodes of Angel that show how it was more than Buffy redux”

Episodes listed are To Shanshu In L.A from season 1, Are You Now Or Have You Ever Been from season 2, Fredless, Birthday, Waiting In The Wings, AND Forgiving from season 3, Soulless from season 4, and finally Smile Time, A Hole In The World, and Not Fade Away from season 5.

To me that that list is seriously failing when it comes to season 2, what about episodes like Darla and Reunion?!? Home from season 4 also deserves a mention IMO, as well as You're Welcome from season 5. Fredless is a cute episode and all, but is it really comparable to the best episodes of the series?

The writer of the article talks about season 3 clearly being the overall best season, "As with Buffy, fans of Angel argue over which is the best season. Is it the second, which properly begins the larger story and gives it scope? The fifth, which wraps up that story with some hard but inspiring lessons? Or the third, which… okay, there shouldn’t really be any contest here. It’s the third. Most of Whedon’s top-shelf writers were heavily involved in season three (including Greenwalt, Minear, Noxon, and Fury), as the plotting became more complex and sophisticated, with the characters making crucial decisions that didn’t always pan out. Most importantly, the third season properly introduces Fred, who soon becomes the clever, sunny, quirky fan favourite

I don't remember season 3 being a particular fan favourite, but then I was thinking about it and I'm not sure that Angel does have universally (well more or less) agreed "best seasons" like Buffy does? Some people really love season 4 and the heavy serialisation there, while some absolutely hate it for what it does to Cordelia's character. Some really love the darker moments of season 3 with Holtz and Wesley, but then I saw a lot of dislike for "Soap Opera elements" at the time when season 3 was first airing, the Angel/Cordelia romance, dorky Angel, and the birth of Conner were by no means universally popular. With Buffy it's generally pretty easy to point to seasons 2, 3, and 5 as the clear favourites, but every Angel season seems to get a LOT of debate between love or hate from what I've seen.

To go off on a tangent for a moment, it seems like most of the hate for season 4 is because of Cordelia's character being lost that year, but I'd argue that already started happening in season 3. The first half of season 3 was great for portraying a more mature Cordelia, but the more they pushed the Angel/Cordelia romance, the more they started writing Cordelia as a Saint and Mother figure for Conner which just didn't work IMO and rang really false. Again at the time I remember a ton of controversy at how Cordelia was being written, especially all the fan jokes on the season 3 finale when she's carried off to the Heavens with twinkly lights, so it's interesting that season 4 takes all the blame for "ruining her character". Technically season 4 was not Cordelia any more, so there's actually more of a justification for the writing of her that year, in comparison to the saintly blonde that Double Or Nothing introduced to us. I remember speculation at the time was that it was down to David Greenwalt getting too carried away with seeing Cordelia as perfect, but I'm wondering now if it was more about fast-tracking Cordelia character arc to becoming a higher being, and thus wrapping up her journey? I remember at the end of season 4 that Joss said something to that effect of having nowhere else to take Cordelia's character at that point

It seemed that Joss allowed behind the scenes drama to affect the writing for Cordelia in quite negative ways unfortunately. I've noticed that posters on ohnotheydidnt get super-defensive if you imply that the treatment of Charisma was about anything other than Joss firing her for getting pregnant, but I would argue there were a lot of weird vibes in season 3 as well, there was definitely speculation at the time as to whether the Ascension was a way of writing Cordelia out. It's just a shame that Joss allowed whatever BTS drama there was to make its way onto the writing of the character

And this entry is starting to get really O/T, so maybe I should stop there :P But here's a poll anyway for favourite Angel season!

Favourite season of Angel?

Season 1
Season 2
Season 3
Season 4
Season 5


Jul. 24th, 2015

Well evidently it's not just us anyway, even tumblr fandom are missing what they once had with LJ! http://thetacriterion.tumblr.com/post/124601213146/reblog-if-you-had-a-live-journal


Jul. 23rd, 2015

Urgh I just don't get why ALL of fandom activity pretty much is happening on tumblr now, not just gifs and fan art. Old complaint now I know lol, but it's so hard to communicate there. Why can't people use LJ still for discussion and meta :pouts: Also there's no way to collect anything on tumblr because it all seems here today/gone tomorrow, whereas if say Hannibal fandom was on LJ you know there would be different communities for collecting together fan vids, recommend fics etc, instead you can't really find anything on Hannibal unless you commit to scrolling through the tags every day and seeing what you come across

Has anyone ever actually made any fandom friends on tumblr?


Jul. 21st, 2015

Cool, looks like the slight wonkiness of LJ from the past few days has now been fixed! I think it was an issue that was just affecting people using the old LJ format? It was starting to bug me because the tracking feature was really messed-up for quite a few days, and I rely on that a lot of the time to keep on top of comments

And I've just finished my rewatch of X-Files season 1!

Read more...Collapse )


Jun. 26th, 2015

The Ultimate “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” Poll

1. Which is the Best Season of Buffy?

The most popular seasons in order were 3, 2, 5, 6, 1, 4, 7. I am surprised that season 3 beat season 2, it's usually season 2 that's always brought up as the classic season, otherwise the results are about what I'd have expected. Season 4 deserves to be higher though :(

I voted season 3, although half of the people discussing the poll are confused at all the love that it's getting lol, it seems to be a real love it or hate it season with a lot of people not getting what's the big deal about that year? I dunno, I just always think of it as the classic high school season when they were really hitting their stride, it's so much more polished than season 2 when it comes to balancing MotW episodes with the central arc, and there are a TON of classic episodes that year (The Wish! The Prom! Lover's Walk! Earshot! Doopelgangland!) Plus it had Faith of course <3 My own order of favourite seasons would probably be 3, 5, 6, 4, 2, 1, 7.

2. Who is the best character from the original Scooby Gang?

Buffy, Willow, Giles, and Xander in again about the order that I'd expect. Buffy and Willow are actually tied very closely, Giles is quite far behind, and then Xander even further. I voted Buffy as my fav :)

3. Who is the best recurring female character?

Results were Anya, Cordelia, Faith, Tara, Dawn. Nothing too surprising there, although I did wonder if Cordelia would be placed higher as she seems to have a huge tumblr-based fandom, but Anya was actually ahead by quite a significant margin. I was torn between voting for Anya or Faith, but ultimately went with Anya

4. Who is the best recurring male character?

Spike had that one in the bag shockingly enough, then Angel, Oz, and finally Riley with just 1% of the votes lol. And I'm sure my flist doesn't need to ask who I voted for :P

5. Who is the most underrated male character?

Results were Andrew, Wesley, Jonathan, Robin Wood, Warren. I mean for me it was hard to see any of those characters as underrated as I wasn't that crazy about any of them really? Wesley would be a good candidate I suppose as he developed so much on Angel, but just looking strictly at his Buffy appearances, I wouldn't have voted for him. I ended up voting for Robin Wood, but I don't really know why at all lol. I just couldn't vote for any of the trio, and as I said, I don't think that Wesley's season 3 appearances are particularly underrated. It's a pretty hopeless selection to choosen between, but Robin Wood did at least have an interesting tie-in to the main arc I suppose

6. Who is the most underrated female character?

Sooo much easier *g* The votes go Drusilla, Joyce, Harmony, Jenny Calender, Kendra, Kennedy. Nothing too surprising about those results, although Kennedy did pick up a few more votes than I would have predicted at 3%! I voted for Drusilla cause I LOVE her, otherwise I would have probably gone with Harmony as my next fav as she was always a lot of fun IMO

7. Which character is your least favourite?

Dawn headed that list booo, she's really least favourite next to characters as widely reviled as Riley and Kennedy?! Meh. Anyway the vote goes Dawn, Riley, Principal Synder, Kennedy, Veruca, Parker, and Kathy Newman. I'm surprised that Synder got as many votes as he did, the whole point of his character was that he was supposed to be annoying, as opposed to the usual unpopular names that come up because viewers didn't see them how the writers intended to portray them. I voted for Kennedy anyway

Read more...Collapse )


Jun. 18th, 2015

Okay I really really really loved season 5 of The Good Wife, it's definitely the best season yet IMO (with season 2 being my next fav).

I really liked how the splintering of the firms was handled, I ended up so torn between wanting F&A to be a success, but at the same time I couldn't not cheer for L&G as well! It was interesting how much the characters flaws were laid out there, especially with Alicia and Will. Will seems to take betrayal VERY personally, he was already very unfair with Diane earlier in the season, granted she gave that interview trashing him, but his response seemed really out of proportion when he was immediately determined to drive her out and forget their friendship. Ditto the shock of Alicia leaving with their top clients really brought out a ruthless side of him. His imagining bringing Alicia to tears on the stand was especially creepy to witness, I'm surprised that they were willing to bring him down that low considering what they had planned in episode 15 for his character...

And this season really saw Alicia drop that façade she always had of wanting to be good, or wanting to be perceived as good, even though she is getting as dirty as everyone else at this point. Sometimes I look at you and wonder if you"ve changed, or if you were always this wayCollapse )

Latest Month

October 2015



RSS Atom
Powered by LiveJournal.com
Designed by yoksel