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01 February 2013 @ 10:40 pm
catching up  
So finally I spent how many hours watching all of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, and except for the unfortunate side effect of wanting to punch Sofia Vergara for that incessant commercial, it's so cute and well-done. I was pondering fic and then I realized I had put it into the same slightly awkward box in my brain I have for RPF, so WELL PLAYED SHOW. except fuck now I have to wait, just like everyone else. boo.

Speaking of shows that have Diaries in their names, I am NOT actually caught up on TVD, though Tumblr gave me the highlights. OF course, Tumblr also gives me the impression that 80% of fandom are comprised of asshats yelling at each other, which may have something to do with my reluctance to watch the show. ugh. People, stop sucking.

Person of Interest was awesome, though. I did watch that.

Not sure I have much coherence.

That scene with Bear! *DEAD*

KARA STANTON HBIC. Wow what an amazing sociopath. I love how they gave her "Hair of Unhingedness". Sad that it looks pretty definite (given the Machine's pov) that she's not coming back, but after Annie Parisse got her new show, I figured they'd write Stanton out, so I'm not really surprised. And that was quite an excellent send off setting the clock for (presumably) the season finale, as well as planting the mystery that Harold was involved with Ordos. MIND BLOWN. I'd always figured the hard drive had to have some connection with the Machine given Alicia's involvement, but not Harold directly. (and then Harold's GUILTY FACE when John was all "You saved me" and Harold's thinkgin "well... only because I almost got you killed, so you know. you owe nada.") So I will guess that Conspiracy Dude will end up telling John at some point (or Harold confesses, maybe?) but otherwise we have a lack of people left living who know that.

Speaking of dead folks, good job, Snow. at least you went out like a hero, even if you were a horrible person most of the rest of the time.

I... liked the scene in the hall with Reese, Carter, and Fusco, but I thought it was a little overplayed, tbh. Maybe because this show (and Taraji especially) is usually so subtle, it really stuck out. But other than that, the interplay between the three there, and then Reese and Finch on the roof was great.

(though no, show, YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO USE OO7 as the countdown. Bond pulls that, NOT YOU. except maybe next week when we get REESE IN A TUX.)

And also Nikita! First time I've seen it live in forever! awwww. *flail*
a lanky brunette with a wicked jawintrikate88 on February 2nd, 2013 07:37 pm (UTC)
hen I realized I had put it into the same slightly awkward box in my brain I have for RPF, so WELL PLAYED SHOW.

Haha, you're not the only one. The whole context everything is put into, with all of the story happening in the middle of Lizzie and Charlotte trying to get careers in communications started and ending up in completely different areas than they thought they would and a whole bunch of other stuff, I KNOW that world, I'm in that world, Lizzie's totally a real person, right? So when some of the creator stuff goes around tumblr I'm like NOPE NOPE DON'T WANT TO SEE IT YOU PEOPLE GET OUT OF THIS AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL DOCUMENTARY THING I'M WATCHNIG

As for TVD, the most recent ep was actually the first one in a while I didn't get super bored with? Because everything has been LET'S FAIL AT DAGGERING AN ORIGINAL for every episode for the past million years, and this one had that too, but... it ended with something that looks like they might be moving forward from that, and a lot of their other drama? I'm cautiously hopeful.
lizardbeth: TVD-Katherine - no ruleslizardbeth_j on February 3rd, 2013 12:48 am (UTC)
yes, totally, LBD, stop mixing your "writing" and "acting" into MY REAL LIFE, actual creator people! LOL

ah, good, then I'll have to watch the tvd EP. MOVE ON. and I LIKE the Originals, and I actually have some hope for their show, but it's so ridiculous having them around Mystic Falls and the constant attempts to get rid of them.

patron saint of neglected female characters: Procrastinate!rose_griffes on February 3rd, 2013 12:36 am (UTC)
The Lizzie Bennet Diaries will TAKE OVER THE WORLD, MWAHAHAHAHAHAHA... (I quite like it myself.)

... planting the mystery that Harold was involved with Ordos. MIND BLOWN. I'd always figured the hard drive had to have some connection with the Machine given Alicia's involvement, but not Harold directly.

IMO there still isn't confirmation that it was Finch's direct involvement. Just that Zeus wanted Stanton to think it was. Although I'd be okay if Finch actually was directly involved in some way... maybe he started having doubts about keeping the Machine restricted to just the US government, for example, and chose to let another government have a modified version? IDK, but it's certainly an interesting line of speculation. FIVE MONTHS! (In show timeline, anyway.)

Oh! About Stanton: if you look closely at that last bit of Machine POV, there are a few seconds missing between Stanton getting in the car and the explosion. Sneaky way of the writers leaving themselves an option for later, maybe.
lizardbeth: PofI - Reese  - amberlizardbeth_j on February 3rd, 2013 01:05 am (UTC)
I WOULD BE OKAY WITH THAT (except for the part about how I'm unable to tell fiction from reality, with that show, but it's pretty awesome)

mm. yeah, that's true that it could be someone trying to go after Finch by sending Stanton after him (and wow I wrote Kara and it makes me think of Kara Thrace even now and I CAN'T DO IT), but the question of course is how ANYBODY knows the name, since it's not even his real name, anyway. But it seemed that Harold was a little too "Yeah, actually this IS my fault" with John, when John was trying to be all "this is my problem, not yours". Plus it recasts the whole reason for why Harold picked him in the first place in an interesting way, so I hope it's true. But that whole Ordos thing has always been weird, anyway. So there's definitely room.

and with Stanton - Snow - my first instinct is to say they had to cover for the brief delay inside the car, but I suppose there's a teeeny bit of leeway, just in case The Following tanks and/or kills her off, so she could come back (at which point the Highlander crossover will pretty much write itself, lol)
entertaining in a disturbing waylyssie on February 3rd, 2013 01:39 am (UTC)
(and wow I wrote Kara and it makes me think of Kara Thrace even now and I CAN'T DO IT)

This may be why I keep calling her Cara, despite having checked and checked and checked that it starts with a K. My brain just can't conceive of another Kara with a K who isn't Starbuck.

(well, and I also like Cara Stanton, it just looks better. idek why)
entertaining in a disturbing waylyssie on February 3rd, 2013 01:41 am (UTC)
I was a bit irritated by that scene in the hallway--it honestly felt like it didn't need to be there. I guess if we put it in the context of "Carter and Fusco just climbed 21 floors worth of stairs..." it helps a little, but.

(I also might have been a little annoyed that Carter didn't even get a chance to look at the mechanism and go "you're right, I can't do anything with this.")
lizardbeth: PoI - Carter Reeselizardbeth_j on February 3rd, 2013 06:57 am (UTC)
I think they needed something - and I can get some of Carter's desperation - she did just put her ass on the line for him, and now he's gonna blow up. but it also felt a little... pandering? OTT? dunno.

But the bomb thing didn't bug me, since her expertise isn't explosives. Like, if she'd been wth the bomb squad or something like that, then sure. But she's a street/homicide cop and she was an interrogator in the army. Between her and Reese, he should have more bomb training as a former Delta Force.
noybusiness: Leoben/Anders/Starbuck threesomenoybusiness on February 3rd, 2013 04:30 am (UTC)
Nikita is interesting. I'll confess this is the first time I've heard of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. One of my other lj friends is upset about the protagonist-centered morality on The Vampire Diaries recently.

Have you worked on that "too late" Sam AU lately?

Edited at 2013-02-03 04:31 am (UTC)
ellestra: tigerellestra on February 5th, 2013 05:43 am (UTC)
the protagonist-centered morality
This is exactly the phrase I was looking for. It's becoming almost unbearable and makes me hate almost all the characters. From all the people that have to die just so Elena would feel better to Bonnie whining about a party being cancelled so noone dies during it like it happens every time - the way thy treat everyone outside their intermediate circle as completely expendable is repulsive. This kind of shit made me quit Supernatural and TVD is becoming even worse then that.
noybusiness: capricaboomerwarheroesnoybusiness on February 5th, 2013 05:52 am (UTC)
I got the term from TV Tropes Wiki.

Yeah, that bugged me about Supernatural too in later seasons, although it was instead the senseless deaths of Ellen and Jo that made me quit.
ellestra: bsgellestra on February 7th, 2013 05:20 am (UTC)
I just started to hate the Winchesters and want them to die. So many lives would be saved if they'd just died. I just couldn't get over it. I'm getting to the same place with TVD.
noybusiness: WolfCubsnoybusiness on February 7th, 2013 01:56 pm (UTC)
It's annoying how easily they come back to life now, but no one else can.
lizardbeth: Anders-Thealizardbeth_j on February 5th, 2013 05:52 pm (UTC)
aw, LIzzie Bennet Diaries is a cute webseries, modernizing P&P across various media (esp YouTube, of course, but Twitter and such too).

I actually opened it over the weekend thinking I'd have time to work on it, but lol no. But I'm quite a magpie so don't, like, hold your breath. :)
noybusiness: Leoben/Anders/Starbuck threesomenoybusiness on February 5th, 2013 05:59 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I've read about it on Wikipedia now. Sounds interesting.

Magpie? Doesn't that usually mean someone who collects things? Anyway, I kind of wish you'd just email me your rough scribblings so that I know something about it, 'cause the suspense is killing me.
ellestra: charlie jadeellestra on February 5th, 2013 05:25 am (UTC)
It's really easy to forget that LBD is scripted - it just mimics the real vlogging/social media stuff so well and makes caring for the characters so easy.

I need to take a break from TVD as I did at the end of last season (still haven't watched those episodes) - I spent previous episodes frantically hoping someone would kill Damon (even though I know it won't ever happen) and I spent last one hoping Kol would survive (he was actually making sense and being responsible so obviously he had to die). I just can't take it anymore - I'm starting to hate all those people. At least Rebekah didn't get daggered this time.

I also knew Stanton was leaving when I saw The Following. Although I was hoping to see her trying to get Harold (or maybe becoming anti-team with Root). I loved that she got her mission accomplished - she knew them too well and they couldn't stop her. I kind of already miss her. I think that whatever they implemented will try to destroy or take over the Machine. I hope Root gets to save it (she's already in love with it anyway).

Nikita continuous to be awesome. I'm so unused to women saying and acting this way on TV I always feel weird when they say thing like Alex said to Sean on TV instead of in my mind when I fix it.
lizardbeth: PofI - Carter Finchlizardbeth_j on February 5th, 2013 06:32 pm (UTC)
I didn't mind the Save Elena For ALL quite so much when she was human and positioned as the key to everything ever, because that was irritating but at least there was some sort of reasoning, but now that she's a regular fledgling vampire, WHATEVER, show - I'm expected to be okay with Damon slaughtering a dozen people just so Elena can be human again? SHE'S NOT THAT SPECIAL and it makes me mad that the show is making me hate Elena, because I can't stand the whole sirebond thing either, which is THE WORST. Not only is it squicky, which is bad enough, but it's also a narrative cop-out, get-out-of-jail-free card, besides, which is gonna act like a reset as soon as she's human again. FEH.

And the idea that a bunch of Vampires and Werewolves and Witches think Kol's warning about Silas is a fairy tale, boggles my mind. So quickly they've forgotten that they ddin't even know Werewolves existed a couple years ago...

Yeah, I think Harold may try to get Root to help (of course that's assuming Root didn't write the code in the first place). But Stanton definitely made her presence known for as little as she was actually around - and it's also kind of sad that without her or Snow, we don't have anyone left who knew Reese before.
ellestra: wingedellestra on February 7th, 2013 05:16 am (UTC)
I can't stop feeling like everyone would be so much better off if Elena would just really die. So many lives would be saved. Everyone could move on. This is what I felt about Sword of Truth books and Supernatural and I hate quit both so it's not a good sign. Especially that there is less and less characters I actually care about.

Root fangirls Machine so hard I can't believe she would let any harm to come to it. Humans - sure, but not Machine.