lyssie: (Clara Oswald)
1. Flist, I have a very important question that I almost posted to twitter but forgot about. Did Jonas Quinn ever wear a bandanna a la Daniel Jackson and his do-rag of shame? (and why do I think I've asked this before? I don't even know WHY I wondered about this one my way home today).

2. It has come to my attention that I've not talked comics in, like, ages. (probably because I subsist on trades these days; holy shit it was back in 2014) And

  • Rat Queens is currently on hiatus (and reading up on it, there has apparently been a quagmire of drama over the book for the last two years that I didn't even know about). This makes me sad. Although perhaps there is hope?
  • Phonogram: The Immaterial Girl was everything I ever wanted in a story about Emily Aster. I love that woman, even if she's an asshole.
  • Amazon keeps suggesting comics to me, which is why I've picked up:

    • Copperhead - it's a gritty space-age western with a badass female sheriff who is the quintessential cranky John Wayne type. Plus there's alien tensions, kidnapping, the heroine has sex, and bad things are on the horizon. (I totally loved it, ok, I can't help that I am weak for confident women having sex)
    • Paper Girls TOTAL 80's nostalgia trip, it's Twilight-Zone-influenced and hilarious and amazing. Plot? A group of paper girls on bikes vs what might be aliens in their sub-division. I love it.

  • I continue to buy Saga, Lazarus, Sex Criminals, Ms. Marvel & Captain Marvel, but I haven't actually read all of them yet (I think I'm three trades behind in all but SC).
  • I keep waiting for the new Velvet & Saucer Country trades in the vain hope they're not actually finished.
  • I did read The Wicked and the Divine and, like Phonogram, it is a delight.
  • Things I am not reading: most of Marvel, all of DC, and I may have accidentally broken up with Ghostbusters (but the movie may fill the hole in my life).
  • Also not reading any of the new Doctor Who stuff out of (probably) loyalty to IDW. And also because I am not made of money.
  • Where is my Painkiller Jane move, Mr. Palmiotti? Where? (I know, Emanuelle Vaugier and Kristanna Lokken are hard acts to follow)


3. Speaking of media, I am aware that there is new space opera on tv. However, I'm also sure none of you are surprised that I watched the first two episodes of The Shannara Chronicles the other day instead of Killjoys or Dark Matter. And unlike Legend of the Seeker I did not spend the entire thing going "please die, leading males, please fucking die as you are annoying and dull and boring." Instead, I mostly went "Oh, Wil, you're not that bright." and "I'm sorry, Allanon, that people are stupid and childish." and "What the fuck is Amberle wearing. WHY." (although, the thoughts were actually in reverse order). Idk. Epic fantasy apparently has hold of me right now? I liked Mr. Long-Suffering Druid and Amberle and Eretria, and Wil is adorable like a puppy.

3a. I think I'm terrified that all of the Who audio I listen to will make me super-critical of space opera (I mean, the Tricia Helfer thing from last year was probably amazing, but I couldn't last twenty minutes because dead girls and too many sexist males, but). Which is why I didn't try the other two.

3b. I also need to watch Wynnona Earp. And The Living and the Dead. (because creepy Victorian Gothic Horror; also, I'm pretty sure that if someone did a gothic horror series starring Romoloa Garai and Mia Wasikowski I would be all over that)

4. I did recently re-watch the Marple version of The Sittaford Mystery with Zoe Telford and Carey Mulligan. As always, it was excellent and I love Emily and Violet (and ship them so violently it's sad). And it made me want to work out more of a plot and finish the Emily/Violet fic I started the last time I watched (because Emily follows the money, but she can't help loving Violet, and Violet dislikes being used for her money but Emily is exactly what she needs now). Possibly there were Russian spies involved (shut up, I like spies and it was the 50's, and the Red Scare was a thing then. Besides, they were in South America. or maybe Prague)

5. So, my grand re-read of the Virgin NAs hit a snag as I realized that I would have to actually read Falls the Shadow. I certainly didn't manage it my first time through, and my completist brain wants to not skip. Sigh. But it's so long and full of dull torture, ma. */whines* Which is to say I haven't actually read anything since finishing off St. Anthony's Fire.

5a. Though, to be fair, I don't think I've managed to read an actual book this year. Perhaps I should break that curve.
lyssie: (If we told you what it meant we'd have t)
I was watching Poirot last night.

As always, a delight. I don't remember what I started with, but I did discover that The Hollow annoys me. Or rather, Gerda annoys me. I tried to like her, but she was that sort of self-effacing stupid caricature woman. And ugh. Couldn't stand her.

This morning, I discovered, while half-asleep, that I apparently ship Katherine Grey/Derek Kettering from The Mystery of the Blue Train. At least in a sort of, she thinks he's amusing and tells him to do something with himself, he goes off and becomes a spy then recruits her just as the war is starting way. With sex and "I don't really love you." "Why ever would I think that?" conversations and Katherine traveling everywhere and learning languages (and writing Poirot in French and Belgian).
lyssie: (Miss Marple has opinions)
Still not reading the flist, flist (I wouldn't be reading Tumblr if I had one, either)

Here, have the fic round-up meme thing.
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I finished off 2013 with yet more regencies (I really should start counting books)
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I rang in the new year with a re-read of Reforming Lord Ragsdale (Emma Costello, she owns my heart) (the author is the redoubtable Carla Kelly).

I also watched some tv.
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lyssie: (Claudia doubts your commitment)
I've been bingeing on Leverage. And Leverage commentaries. But then I got tired of them and moved on. (IT HURTS THAT THERE IS NO NEW SEASON)

So then I watched other TVs.

1. Two new ITV Marples. a. A Caribbean Mystery. I appreciated the lack of, um, Crazy Scary Other People And Their Voodoo. There was still voodoo in the story, but it wasn't... um, gross. Then again, my ability to detect this stuff isn't always great. Also, hello Hermione Norris's boobs. much appreciated, itv (I was also pleased to remember some of the story from the earlier version!) b. Greenshaw's Folly. According to wiki, they blended in bits of another short story for this. I quite liked it, even with all of the added "wasn't there originally" bits. Also, the pairing I wanted to win out did. (as always, for both, it was Brit actor bingo)

2. The last four episodes of season one of Elementary. I should confess that I'd managed to spoil myself about Moriarty--not on purpose, mind, but this IS the internet, and I can't avoid all of the spoilers. That said, I think I might still have cottoned on to it, if only because the idea that Irene would fake her death was something I have loved from the moment they told us she was dead.

I deeply appreciated the skewering of Helpless Refrigerated Women, though.

ALSO. CAN WE TALK ABOUT HOW AMAZINGLY CLEVER WATSON IS? Because she is fantastic, and I seriously cannot believe that CBS is churning out a procedural with a lead female character like her. Especially not with her partner detective being fucking Sherlock Holmes.

I really really REALLY like what they've done so far, and I look forward to more of their wacky adventures (I want Alfredo and Ms. Hudson back, too!)

ALSO. Watson calling them all on their protective bullshit (except for Sherlock, who hasn't had any outside of "WATSON, I shall now endeavour to annoy you until you're trained in self-defence.")


3. At some point, I re-watched the second St. Trinian's movie. MY HEART, IT GOES ON. I need another movie. and possibly a group to cosplay with um. Except for the part where I'd need to be some sort of Trinian's reunion, as I am so not that young.

3b. And Empire Records. (there is that one scene where Gina almost kisses Corey, and I want femslash for that moment. all Gina's sleeping around is because she can't have Corey, obvsly)

4. And then I wanted some murder in my life, but Scott and Bailey is too.. dry? idk. It wasn't what I was in the mood for (despite being, like, four episodes behind). So I watched some of series 14 of Midsomer Murders. The new Barnaby (Neil Dudgeon) does not grow on one. I tolerate him because Ben Jones don't judge me, he's adorable (and possibly the new pathologist [byebye Georgie Bullard. *sniffle*], who is Dr. Betty from Motive's twin sister, minus the heels and occasional sexual harrassment of her male co-workers)

The first episode (Life in the Slow Lane) of the series has Clare Paget in it, and a St. Trinian's joke (I think I watched this prior to St. T's 2). Susan Engel was also in it, being evil and amazing (ok, not evil, this time. Sadly. LAST TIME SHE WAS A SPY, ALL RIGHT. My bar is set high). um. also, Samantha Bond (hotter every time).

The second episode (Dark Secrets) was entertaining and full of surprise!incest (this is Midsomer Murders, I would be disappointed if there weren't incest).

Echoes of the Dead was a newskool Who reunion (Jennifer, the adorably lost Flesh person. And Sophie from The Lodger/Closing Time). With gratuitous women whacked up and put in baskets (I was eating dinner at the time and almost regretting it).

I may have skipped almost the entirety of The Oblong Murders.

The Sleeper Under the Hill was a bit disappointing, but Jones was still there.

And then there was The Night of the Stag. Reading the summary, I knew that I was already going to be making jokes. It was like that X-Files episode about Chaco Chicken, to be honest. Stranger tax guy gets looooost. And, um, is found in a barrel of cider (that people were drinking, so, gross).

BUT THEN ABOUT A THIRD OF THE WAY THROUGH, there's a line from someone about the children being absent from school for a specific week every year, and I was already a bit expecting something from the way it was set up, and my natural reaction was to go, "I hope this isn't going to turn into Countryside."

And, uh. It sort of did? At least in the village leader dudes are gross assholes way. (seriously, there's a tradition where they run over to the village over the hill and rape all the women while the men of that village are doing the same. Christ. I almost wish it had been cannibalism)

so gross

Er, and there I stopped--but not for that reason, I've just run out of episodes.


All of which is to say I MISS LEVERAGE, and I WANT ANOTHER HEISTY SHOW. And while we're at it, some shows with SPACE SHIPS. And women, if possible.
lyssie: (Miss Marple is more evil than you)
One of these days, I will organize my thoughts enough to write up another commentary on old vs new Marples. But until then, I will giggle about how Jill Hyem wrote the screen-play for the initial adaption of At Bertram's Hotel and went on to create and write a great deal of Wish Me Luck (a series about WWII lady spies), and then the new version of At Bertram's Hotel included a sub-plot about WWII spies (one of whom was a lady).

It's one of those ridiculous coincidences that make life fun.

Also, apparently there was some sort of election here in Wisconsin yesterday. I did vote, but as I didn't know who anyone was (aside from Tom Barrett and Scott Walker), I sort of went "eenie-meanie-miney-moe". Which doesn't help, as I don't know whom I voted for. Oh well. I just know it wasn't Walker.

However, it does mean there's going to be a re-match of the 2010 election. Here's hoping Walker's managed to annoy enough people to get unseated.
lyssie: (Miss Marple is more evil than you)
After my dislike of the Hickson Body in the Library, I sort of lowered my expectations for the Hickson version of AMiA. Happily, it was a much better and less "Men do lots of things" storyline. (I should note that I liked A Pocketful of Rye, too, but both versions have Miss Marple in a very active role)

It's a bit sleepy and slow, and there's lots of characters who seem to have little, if any, bearing on the plot (the colonel's wife, for instance, who has a mystery that never seems to get solved). But it is rather delightful (and also had surprise!Samantha Bond, who makes me think very shallow thoughts), and I rather enjoyed the side characters of Hinch and Murgatroyd.

For curiosity's sake, I watched the more recent version afterwards. And while it is more colorful (again, production values and digital coloring make a great difference), I actually found the changes they made pointless. While the first is a bit meandering, there is a nice sense of cohesion to it. The newer version is all over the place (and it has even fewer characters! You would think it would be more succinct).

The newer version also cast very attractive people for the roles. I'm not saying the Hickson version was filled with unattractive people, but, they were less attractive than today's standards, and the newer version felt a bit shallower (also, replacing Samantha Bond with Sienna Guillory didn't particularly work so well; Guillory felt too pretty for the role, if that makes sense).

(also, the removal of Julia's history as a member of the French resistance was sort of silly)

otoh, there was a lot less... prejudice in the newer version. If that's the right word for "Oh, dirty foreigners are always crooks"

It also gave Miss Marple one more bit of background in that she drove ambulances during the first world war. *cackles*

I think I'd prefer to smush both versions together! Miss Marple as an ambulance driver, Julia as a member of the French resistance, and the first versions of Hinch and Murgatroyd can stay. (not that the newer versions weren't adorable, they just were a slightly different type of adorable)
lyssie: (Miss Marple is more evil than you)
I've been getting the older versions of the Miss Marple series--the ones with Joan Hickson. And while I like Hickson (and I think I was perfectly fine with the other ones I've seen), I really found her version of The Body in the Library flat and dull.

The Hickson version (from my understanding) follows the original story very closely, which means 90% of the actions, impetus, focus and conversations are amongst and filled with men. Lots and lots of men, some of whom I'm not entirely certain I could tell apart. Miss Marple occasionally shows up, sounds like an old biddy and eventually solves the crime. Dolly Bantry worries about her husband and doesn't really do much.

The McEwan version, otoh, keeps the narrative very firmly propelled by Miss Marple and Dolly Bantry. The male detectives are still there, but they get far less focus. There's still a bit of "Miss Marple is sort of dotty, lol", but as she's no longer a background character, the narrative is at pains to mock the concept of her being inept.

They don't really differ much--the latter is a bit more streamlined, there aren't as many male side-characters, they cut the entire "let's mock the retard" thread, and some of the classism seems to have disappeared. There is more sensationalism, though--we get flashbacks to the crimes, and there's more...fanservice (half-naked men displaying their wares at poolside). There's also more color in the sets and backgrounds, though I suspect that has more to do with modern filming techniques and digital coloring than anything else.

They both suffer from repetition of scenes as various people relate the events, though.

So. I've now seen the McEwan version three times. I don't think I'll watch the Hickson version again--at least not without judicious fast-forwarding.

(And McEwan is my favorite Marple, though I like Hickson and Mackenzie, as well. All for slightly different reasons: McEwan is EVIL and awesome; Hickson is cold and calculating; McKenzie is Sophie's great-aunt, the grifter who TAUGHT HER EVERYTHING.)

on another subject, entirely, OH WINAMP WHY.
lyssie: (Default)
Poirot, Taken at the Flood: Are they finally running out of Christie to mine?
Bionic Woman 1.3: Improvement, but IW needs to get dropped, soon. Ugh.
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hrm...

Sep. 27th, 2004 12:02 am
lyssie: (Buffy last straw)
This inspector is an idiot.

*sad* I hit the nc17 list earlier this night. Someone's already written briefing room table smut between Sam and Jack (and it's close enough to what I've been writing to, well... *sigh*). So. My smut is now tabled for now (furniture puns aside).

Now, if I could just finish something longer than a thousand words....

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