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 PSA that both youtube and hulu have the unaired episode of Powerless that gueststars Adam West, for other fans of the show. or the actor.
meganbmoore: (parker and sophie)
Last weekend I watched all the available episodes of Lookout, and this weekend I’ve watched 7 episodes of Bad Thief, Good Thief (I had already seen and enjoyed the first 3 episodes well enough, but wasn’t invested yet.) For other kdrama fen who got over-invested in Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People, both of these series are pretty good followup series, though neither is a sageuk.



Neither series is perfect, but qualify for “Korean Leverage of my heart and soul” status. Bad Thief, God Thief, IMO, should have held off on various revelations until later on, and Lookout is...very clearly by a newbie writer at times-the male lead is over-complicated ( as opposed to complex) in that way where “morally ambiguous” becomes “convoluted and will anyone buy redemption at this point?” (the right actor could pull it off, but while this actor does smarmy well, he doesn’t have the screen presence and charisma to quit pull it off) and things don’t always come together the way the writer thinks they do. Bad Thief Good Thief has the more expansive and complicated plot tied to current and past politics (and almost 4 times as many episodes) but takes a few episodes to get going. It has a lot of narrative similarities to Rebel, and a few spoilery things actually had me looking to see if the two shows shared and production members or writers, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. They do share several actors, though. Lookout is much more fast paced with action scenes and a heroine who regularly is a gallant knight in shining armor rescuing other women.



They both get the “It” that Leverage had* but most shows of the type miss. That “It” is that it isn’t just cool people being attractive and witty and competent. It’s a wish fulfillment fantasy that there is someone who will see to it that the people who the law can’t or won’t punish will still be punished, an justice will be met. This is also the general “Robin Hood” fantasy, though the dynamics play out differently when it’s in a historical setting than when it’s in modern times.



Unsurprisingly, both shows, like Rebel before them, are from MBC. While SBS is floundering all over the place to figure out how to still mostly depend on an international audience when they’ve lost their biggest outlet (China) and KBS is...doing something (Like, I dunno. They aren’t the mess that SBS is, but they seem trying really hard to make their mark different kinds of dramas this year more than usual, with mixed results.) MBC is pretty much running around yelling “VIVE LA REVOLUTION” at the top of its lungs. (Ruler: Master of the Mask is also pretty heavy on the political commentary, but it’s much more focused on “Puppet ruler under the control of unseen master, BAD IDEA” while Rebel, Lookout and Bad Thief Good Thief focus more on widespread corruption and abuse of power and social standing.)



As an aside, Lookout might require trigger/upsetting stuff warnings beyond what you’d expect for these kinds of political thrillers.



*ok, Leverage had several “It”s that other similar shows lack, but I’m talking about a specific “It” here.
meganbmoore: (hwajung: jeongmyung revealed)
See this poster for the newly-airing sageuk, Seven Day Queen? This poster is very pretty, and makes me very angry.




Park Min Young may be in the center, and she may be playing the title character, but she isn’t the POINT of the poster. She’s demurely looking down and away, and almost seems incidental to the poster. See Yeon Woo Jin and Lee Dong Gun there? they’re both looking directly at the viewer, and their eyes are ALMOST level. Not quite, and noticeably not actually level with each other, but close enough that, with both looking at you, THAT’s what demands the viewer’s attention, with Park Min Young conveniently positioned well below that focal point. The message the poster sends is perfectly clear regardless of if you know anything about the plot: The men are the point, their relationship or conflict is what’s important. The woman is there as the love interest for one or both, but not the point. or the show. (To be fair, while this is the poster for the show I’ve seen the most, it isn’t the only one. The other posters are better in that she’s more of a focus, but they’re also very clearly focused on the romance, and don’t give her the gravity or import that this poster gives the men.)



This has been aggravating me since it first showed up, and the previews (after the first with all the quick cuts and the white color scheme) only furthered the impression. I still held out hope (and still do-it was my most anticipated of the current crop of kdramas) despite the steadily increasing unease the promotional materials gave me, but the first episode seemed to reinforce that impression, with most of the gravitas of the episode of the conflict between King Yeonsan and Lee Yook/future-King Jungjong and their issues with each other and Yeonsan’s daddy issues. Our Heroine was endearing and plucky, but almost incidental to most of the plot in the episode, despite supposedly being the main character. As I said when I watched the first episode over the weekend, I’m hoping that the focus readjusts itself once the childhood parts are over and it ends up the show it could be instead of the show I fear it will be.



more sageuk babble )

ETA:

Compare that poster to this poster of MBC's Hwajung (another drama about a female historical figure who rarely gets used in dramas set in her time period) from two years ago:



Once again, we have the female lead (and the series actually was originally titled Princess Jungmyung) centered between two of the male leads, and standing in front on them.  However,  Lee Yeon Hee is roughly eye level with Cha Seung Won and Kim Jae Won, and she is looking directly at the viewer.  Despite being outnumbered two-to-one, she is clearly the focus of the poster, and there's no doubt she's the lead and that this is her story, with the men playing parts in it.  Mind you the relationships are different-while there is romance and a romantic triangle (tough very one-sided) in Hwajung, neither of these men are involved in it.  One plays Jungmyung's older half brother, while the other plays her nephew (who is older than her, because, I mean, Korean Royals...) but the point and difference remain the same.



meganbmoore: (ec: dorothy: red dress)
 128 x Emerald City



here ) 
meganbmoore: (yuya/mahiro)
I am home safe and sound from WisCon (as of around midnight Monday) but got called in to work yesterday before I even finished my laundry because of a scheduling issue, so it looks like anything resembling an in depth writeup isn't likely to happen, at least not this week.  As always, I had a great time, though some absentee people were sorely missed.  I wasn't on any panels this year and I felt it in both good and bad ways.  Despite a few audience attempts, all the panels I went to were pretty good.  It took me until sometime Saturday to completely recover from having to get up at 4 am on Thursday to catch my flight, and I was pretty much ordered to go to sleep both Thursday and Friday nights due to increasing levels of incoherency.

Hopefully next year I'll be on panels, preferably a kdrama one and an anime/manga one.  We'll see.

I watched and greatly enjoyed the pilot of Still Star-Crossed (and am SO BITTER that it didn't air on Thursday like other Shondaland shows, because then I could have watched it with people.)
meganbmoore: (girl k: training)
12 Monkeys: How to write a season finale with a brilliant and unexpected twist that adds layers to character and reinforces your ongoing themes and leaves your fandom going “Whhhaaaaaa.....?

spoilers )

Into the Badlands: How to write a season finale with a twist guaranteed to piss off the majority of your fanbase, displays bad and lazy writing, and tosses themes that you get praised for and season long character arcs into the garbage for shock value, leaving your fandom going “WTF HATEHATEHATEHATEHATE.”

spoilers )
meganbmoore: (eah: cerise)
86 x Ever After High: Way Too Wonderland
 

here )


meganbmoore: (beneath)
 I really have no idea why SyFy thought it was a good idea to air the entire 3rd season of 12 Monkeys in one weekend. (I also thought it wasn't airing until June for some reason.)  They're calling it an "event" which I guess it qualifies as, though that terminology is usually saved for miniseries an TV movies, not the latest season of a show that used to air one episode a seek. I mean, it's definitely a bingeworthy show.  I just finished last night's episodes, and it was definitely written to be a single storyarc and watched together, so there was that, it just seems to be an odd decision.  Then again, SyFy pretty much cancelled it and renewed it for a 4th season simultaneously a few months back, so who knows what they're thinking.

Mostly the episodes were good, however...

brief spoiler )
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 Thursday:  arrive around 12:30, no actual plans beyond staying the night with [tumblr.com profile] sophygurl .  Feel dead the whole time because my plane leaves at 6: 30 am and I can barely get up that early, much less at least 1 1/2 hours earlier to get to the airport on time.

FridaY;  Move to my room at some point and wait for [personal profile] lyssie to arrive.

4-5:15: Love Love Peace Peace: What Makes a Fun Story? 

Saturday:  Farmers Market in the morning, must find people to go with.

8:30-9:45 am (assuming I actually get moving and finish at Farmer's Market by then, which isn't likely)  Rebel Scum: Finding Hope In Resistance 

10-11:15 am (even though I didn't watch the show)  Yuri on Ice! Skating on Love! 

1-2:15  Red As Blood: Women and Gothic Horror 

Sunday:

1-2:15 (if I manage to watch some of it by then)  The Women of Luke Cage 

2:30-3:45:  Hidden Figures 
or
Moral Ambiguity In Fiction 

Monday:  No panels, I don't think, leaving sometime in the afternoon.

I'm not on any panels this year, so they're all pretty tentative and can be dropped in favor of hanging out with people, which is how I intend to spend most of my time, if anyone wants to schedule anything.
meganbmoore: (covert affairs: gimme tv)
kdrama:

Bad Thief, Good Thief
Chicago Typewriter
*Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People
Ruler: Master of the Mask
Suspicious Partner
*Tunnel

anime:

Granblue Fantasy
Grimoire of Zero
Sakura Quest

Indian drama:



Razia Sultan


US TV:

*Brooklyn 99
*Elementary
*Into the Badlands
iZombie
*Madam Secretary

*=Series/season that ends in May

I don’t think any of my summer US shows start until June, aside from Still Starcrossed, and there are a couple kdramas that start this month that I plan to check out, but who knows. Maybe I’ll finally get to put a dent in my Netflix queue.
meganbmoore: (covert affairs: gimme tv)
 Shows I lost in the May upfronts:

Rosewood
Emerald City
The Catch
Powerless (technically not in the upfronts, but...)

Shows that got renewed:

iZombie
Brooklyn 99

Still in limbo: 

Elementary
Underground (Not one that would be covered in the upfronts, but it's still in renewal limbo)

It-got-cancelled-and-then-it-got-uncancelled:

Timeless  (NBC is making it a summer show with shorter seasons, so its joining most of the other SF shows I watch.)
meganbmoore: (crossroads)
here )

The May upfronts sure have been depressing so far. I've already lost Rosewood, Powerless, Emerald City, and Timeless, with Elementary, iZombie, Brooklyn 99 and The Catch all up in the air.  My shows that are getting another season -Madam Secretary, Into the Badlands, Star Was: Rebels (planned final season), Feud, and The Librarians were all announced a while back.  Pretty much everything else I watch is a summer SyFy show.  (I know that list is long, but the bulk of those are sort seasons.)
meganbmoore: (hwajung: jeongmyung revealed)


First teaser trailer for Seven Day Queen, about King Jungjong's first queen, Queen Danyeong, who was deposed and sent into exile only seven days after becoming queen because of her family's attempt to overthrow King Jungjong.

Probably my most anticipated of the upcoming sageuks for May (Ruler: Master of the Mask is the most likely hit of them, but only really on my list for the leads, and My Sassy Girl looks bad and everything I've read supports that, but I might check it out for Jung Da Bin if reviews aren't too bad) but i do worry that I, South Korea, and fandom in general might have a bit of a burnout with 3 sageuks set in the same basic period (7DQ is set in the overlap period between Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People and Saimdang: Light's Diary) in the first half of one year.

WisCon

May. 3rd, 2017 01:15 pm
meganbmoore: (Default)
 I'll be at WisCon from Thursday the 25th through Monday the 29th, with a 6:30 am departure and getting back home at 11:05.  I had planned to be there from Friday-Tuesday with at least semi-reasonable flight times, but this was almost a $400 difference in airfare.  I think my roommate is still working out her work schedule, so you may or may not get a message asking if you have room for an extra person Thursday night

I don't have any particular plans yet.  I'm not on any panels this year  and I don't recall seeing any "must attends" when I looked at the signups, but I'm sure that will be different once I'm actually there.

So who else is going, and what kind of plans do you have?  I haven't really had time to make any plans beyond making sure I get there and have a room at this point.
meganbmoore: (swr ahsoka)
I went into this completely spoiled. Not on purpose, but because it was impossible to not be spoiled by the time I got to it. I liked it, but I feel the animated universe has made it so I feel a bit unsatisfied by the movies. It happens On the off chance someone hasn’t seen it, and has managed to avoid spoilers…

spoilers )

I also watched Moana and Hidden Figures recently.  Hidden Figures was obviously highly dramatized, but most of it worked.  I say "most" because the white characters are obviously there to make white people feel better and like THEY would stand up against racism in the same situation.  There' this one much-discussed scene with Kevin Costner's character where you can practically FEEL all the middleaged white men in the audience sitting up a little bit straighter, certain that they, too, would have taken a dramatic stand against injustice and segregation if they.  Moana was lovely and wonderfully mythic and definitely worthy of the "classic Disney musical" label, though, like Tangled and Frozen, it's a little TOO aware of Disney Princess tropes and cultural standing, and wants to make sure you know it knows.  People talk a lot less about Moana's lack of a love interest than they do Merida's in Brave, but I think it actually worked a lot better in Moana.  Brave reminded us every chance it got that Merida didn't have a love interest and didn't want one.  Moana never brings it up.  It treats Moana having her on adventures without a boyfriend as the norm, not as an exception to the rule that should be applauded.  It simply never comes up at all.


I watched 3 movies in April, which is 1 more movie than I watched in the previous 3 months combined.  I also removed one movie from my backlog-The Phantom of the Theatre (no relation to Phantom of the Opera, as far as I know)-but got bored.  

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