I don’t usually blog about Mad Men, in large part because I find that other people usually say whatever I might have said and more, but I just have to comment on Mystery Date, episode 3 (or 4, technically) of season 5.
I first read of Brandon Sanderson in the context of The Wheel of Time books, and how he was the one that would complete series since Robert Jordan’s death. I used to be really into WoT, and although it’s been awhile since I stopped following them (around book 8 or 9, I believe… I always meant to go back and finish someday) I was interested in what would happen, and more specifically in what kind of a job the new writer would do. By all accounts, Sanderson is said to be doing a good job, and although I’m not quite up to the task of playing catch up with WoT, I decided to start reading his Mistborn Trilogy.
How long has it been since Regional Holiday Music? Almost exactly three months, right? Way too long in any case, but Community is finally back. I’ve missed these characters and this show so much.
Urban Matrimony and the Sandwich Arts was one of the more “normal” Community episodes, and while I do think that you need episodes like this to balance out blanket forts and zombie apocalypses, I also find it really amusing that this episode also contained an entire subplot about how if weirdness is in your nature you should embrace it and not try to be normal (hard not to take Troy and Abed’s subplot as meta commentary, isn’t it?).
I love stories about spies. Any kind of spies, really. The first two seasons of Alias are among my two favorite seasons of TV, ever. It’s a hell of a lot of fun, no matter how much suspension of disbelief is involved. But I also love Spooks, or a story like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (both the book and the movie), where espionage isn’t a game to be played with wigs, high heels, explosives and high tech gadgets. Stories that ring more true to what a life working in intelligence must actually entail (not to self: get around to watching Rubicon).
All of this has been on my mind because recently I’ve been rewatching season 2 of Alias, and I also went back to watching Spooks, and watching both shows so close together really highlights the contrasts.
I thought that my first post of the year would be Sherlock, since it’s back on and I’m just loving it (I’m completely obsessed with Lestrade), but I watched Ryuki’s first episode for the first time in a long time, after recommending it to a friend, and I ended up having things I wanted to say about it.
Word of warning for anyone that hasn’t seen Kamen Rider Ryuki through to the end: several of my observations relate directly to the very end of the series, so this will be spoilery. Very spoilery.
Fandom: Kamen Rider Ryuki
Characters: Kitaoka Shuichi, Yura Goro
Summary: Goro lost track sometimes of how long he'd been with Kitaoka.
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The fact that being the Doctor’s companion quite often is a curse disguised as a blessing is something that has been explored before in Doctor Who. Moffat has been toying with it all along, and I really like how it all comes to a head in this episode, how the 11th Doctor has to face that truth and do something about it.
I was going through Google Docs and I found something I meant to post long ago but somehow never got around to. It was a little over two years, about a week after the final episode of Kamen Rider Decade. The caveat is this was before the 2010 movie, when those few seconds of teaser footage that were never actually used in the movie created a lot of false expectations about what the movie would be like. Basically what that timeframe means is that some of my opinions were rendered moot points once the real movie came out, and the movie did force me to change some of my perceptions (reluctantly, I might add). But I don’t know, it’s interesting to read this and put myself in that mindframe again.
Kamen Rider Decade had a lot of faults, but I did love it. I have to love any show that makes me overthink it as much as this one did.
Notes: Vaguely spoilery for the first 7 episodes of season 4.
A lot of people have felt that Fringe has not been at its best this season, for various reasons. One specific complaint has been about spending time in a world in which the fact that Peter Bishop drowned in Reiden Lake rendered everyone slightly different from the versions we know. Not radically different, as in Earth 2, but still not quite the same.
When introducing Fauxlivia and Walternate’s world, Fringe had the advantage of stepping into a world that was very clearly, very obviously, different from ours. Blimps in the sky. The World Trade Center still standing. Olivia’s red hair. Everything about the world said, this is different, and the audience could approach it as such. The problem facing Fringe this season is that we have no clear indicators of how to approach the reality we’re watching. Neither Here Nor There indeed. The problem has been, I suppose, that we weren’t quite sure whether we were supposed to take this as OUR Earth, rendered different enough for it to be unfamiliar after whatever Peter did, or as an entirely different timeline. I think the writers definitely knew all along, but we didn’t, and I think it’s caused a certain unease.
In my previous post I mentioned how I love Pirate Sentai Gokaiger, it’s insanely fun, but it doesn’t usually inspire me to actually write about it on here. So much of it is “stupid awesome” pirate shenanigans that it’s really easy to forget that it can touch deeper topics, and that, in fact, most of the main characters have had fairly dark backstories revealed.
Work happened. Then vacation happened, and I just got back to my regular routine a week ago. In any case, quick rundown of what I’ve been watching:
The stuff I’ve gotten into in the past 3 months, and that I’ve been playing catch up with…
Community – I’d watched Advanced Dungeons and Dragons last year and always meant to watch more. Took advantage of long plane flights to watch the first season and wow, how have I not gotten into this show before now? Best. TV show. Ever. My favorites are Abed and Troy. I’m more than halfway through season 2 and have already caught up on the new season; and I know this is just echoing what everyone else has been saying, but Remedial Chaos Theory was amazing.
Mad Men – I’d been watching the 4th season as it aired earlier this year, and about 2 months went back to the first season. Love it. I love how seeds planted in an episode bear fruit 10 episodes later. I love the characterization, and I particularly love the female characters, and how each navigates the male-dominated world they live in in their own way… some better than others, obviously.
The Good Wife – Watched the second half of last season and then went and watched what I’d missed in the summer hiatus. I’ve already caught up on new episodes. Kalinda and Eli are one fabulous team, and I’m really enjoying seeing Lisa Edelstein play a character so different from Cuddy.
Downton Abbey – I still have a couple of episodes left from series 1, and have been really enjoying the soapy period drama. I understand things get darker in series 2…
The Hour – Was also about halfway through when I went on vacation. It’s not Mad Men, but I like it a lot. Loved the episode where everyone was invited to Hector’s in-laws’ country estate. Love Freddie Lyon.
Summary: There had never been any expectations or illusions about this thing between him and Luka.
Notes: Happens after episode 28. This whole thing is because of Joe's epic reaction to seeing another man hitting on Luka. An older, attractive man.
( In which Joe works out his issues the best way he knows how )
Author: Mura (gekidasa )
Fandom: Kamen Rider Ryuki
Summary: The first time she met him, she felt like she knew him already.
Spoilers: Only if you already know how the series ends. But then you can't be spoiled.
( In which Reiko meets Super Lawyer... again? )
The one that was your first: Kabuto
The one with the best theme song: Ryuki
The one that made you laugh the most: I don't know, but Ryuki has the funniest scenes to me (Shinji in jail, Shinji putting out an iamginary fire in the OreJournal offices, etc etc). Den-O is obviously much more of a comedy series as a whole, but really, those Shinji moments are hilarious.
The one that made you cry the most: Oh. Hmm. Blade. (I'm judging this by the finale, and to be fair, I was too shellshocked by Ryuki's end to even think about crying)
The one that surprised you: Agito, right around the Akatsuki-Go episode it made an unexpected turn and became so much more than I expected it to be.
The one that didn't meet your expectations: Amending this response, because the single thing in Kamen Rider where the fact that my expectations and the actual story put on screen were such different things that my ability to be objective about it was completely compromised is the last Decade movie. The caveat is that I really enjoyed Decade the series for what it was, so I'm talking especifically about the last movie.
As an overall series, it's W, because it didn't seem particularly interested in classic Rider tropes to the point where it was almost more like live-action shounen anime, and the Rider tropes are a huge part of why I like the franchise. I did actually like what I saw of it, with the exception of Akiko. Admitedly I also lost interest early on and never actually finished watching, so... yeah. :Dv
The one with the best relationship: Depends on what kind of relationship? Best bros = Ryuki (Ren & Shinji). Best ship for slashy tinhattery = Kabuto (Hoppers)*. Best canon romantic ship (as these things go in KR) = Ryuki (Kitaoka/Reiko)**. And as for most interesting relationships between the various characters... well, Faiz.
*Actually, I tend to NOT be into slash for Kamen Rider. There's only two slash ships I actively fangirl in Kamen Rider (Hoppers and Daiki/Yusuke), and a couple more that I think are cute but that I'm not that invested in (Takumi/Kiba and Kenzaki/Kotaro).
** I know that Yuuto/Airi is like this very romantic, sad, two ships passing in the night thing, so Den-O should be more of a contender... but I haven't actually FINISHED Den-O. And well, the Kitaoka/Reiko dynamic is a pairing trope I've always been a sucker for.
The one with the best fight scenes/action: Kabuto.
The one with the best suit design/transformation scenes:
ETA: Kabuto for suit designs, but Ryuki for transformations. It's not that I think the Ryuki transformations are ~the awesomest shit ever~, necessarily, but the Mirror World element was something that caught my interest early on, so there you go. I do wish they'd developed that aspect more.
The one that you compare all the others to: Amending this response also. If the question were backwards, OOO is the one I compare to all the others, in the sense that it borrows rather liberally from a lot of Heisei series. (On the other hand, if the question is which series set the bar for me, which is not the same thing as 'what I compare all others to', then that's Ryuki).