This...I mean...there are elements in it that could be good? And it looks like if they ditched the King Arthur aspect, this could be an entertaining if unoriginal (and way to dude-centric) fantasy movie. But this actual movie looks like a terrible mess. Also, needs more color. Of more than one variety.
Timeless wraps up the first season tomorrow. It's not brilliant SciFi, but it is very entertaining SciFi, and is pretty good at calling out how much US history has erased and persecuted POC.
Star Wars Rebels continues to be great, but I wish it would fully commit itself to the Mandalore plotline that’s been building up instead of the endless build up. I’m very much looking forward to some things in the trailer that haven’t happened yet.
I still enjoy Emerald City despite its problems, and I have so many questions about the past that can’t possibly be answered in the last two episodes without putting the main plotline on hold. At least it looks like my questions about Jane might be answered next episode, though.
The only new show I’ve checked out (or really plan to) is Powerless, which is a sitcom set in the DC universe about the employees of a security firm who work on inventions to keep people and possessions safe from superhero battles. It also falls into the realm of “really like but don’t feel fannish about” but really is a delight. Of the shows I’m watching, it’s also probably the one most blatantly anti-Trump.
I haven’t watched How to Get Away With Murder since it returned from hiatus and I haven’t watched any of this season of Jane the Virgin (I’m spoiled about That Thing in JTV, though). I’ll probably watch both when Netflix gets them this summer.
Right now, I’m mostly waiting for Underground, Into the Badlands and Brooklyn 99 to return from hiatus, and wondering if Still Starcrossed will ever make it to my screen. I think all my other shows are summer/late spring shows.
2. For a few US shows I’ve completely recently:
Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events was a delight, due in large part to excellent casting and the actors’ ability to maintain an almost impossible pace for something so dialogue heavy. It’s hard to make something that requires that much dialogue and whose humor requires the narrator to step in so much to work, but they did it. My favorite character was Jacqueline, who had maybe 10-15 minutes screentime total throughout the season.
LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures is a TV show set between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi about a trio of scavenger siblings who come across a woman claiming to be a Jedi who survived Order 66, and help her look for the pieces of the kybersaber, a weapon that pre-dated the lightsaber. It’s an irreverent comedy that spends a whole lot of time mocking Palpatine and Vader, and the Empire in general. I kind of wish it was pat of the main Star Wars animated Universe canon, because there’s some good stuff in there.
I finally got around to watching the back half of season 5 of Haven now that netflix has it. I appreciated how fully it committed itself to its gothic horror roots and its devotion to the new mid-apocalyptic setting. I did not appreciate hoe it still felt th need to kill off any plot-important women who weren’t Audrey. It also somehow took an ending that SHOULD have been perfectly satisfactory to anyone and made it be awful and make no sense. Sigh.
3. I have been fairly fannish about kdramas and cdramas lately, though, but most of that portion of my friend’s list has migrated to tumblr, or are both here and there, so I forget to also talk about them here. Surprisingly, I’ve been fannish about Hwarang, which has been an admittedly fairly-average sageuk, but an enjoyable one, and utterly harmless. For an idol-heavy youth drama sageuk, it’s actually pretty decent, despite the almost universally-awful promotional material and trailers. It’s Silla-era and has enjoyable characters, and I’m easy there. It also has the worst fandom possible, largely due to stans of certain actors and their characters who believe the universe has horribly wronged them by not making the show and all the characters revolve around their favorite.
I’m also really enjoying Saimdang: Light’s Diary and Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People, but despite the split-timeperiods aspect of Saimdang, both are being fairly old-school in their approaches, and so things are really just getting started. (Unlike Hwarang, both are also excellent sageuks by any standard right now, but not to the tastes or the more vocal parts of kdramas fandom. As in, there are no idols, and they’re busy being Serious Business Sageuks.)
4. Slightly related to the above, I’m glad Moon Lovers brought a lot of people to sageuks last year, but frankly, that drama was mediocre. Entertaining and with some bright spots, but mediocre both as a sageuk and as a drama in general. It’s popularity was because of the popular idols in the cast, Lee Joon Ki fans, the fact that it wasn’t set in the Joseon era, and because it hit a lot of fandom’s buttons for character overinvestment, none of which are actually related to quality. I didn’t bother finishing it when I learned that the final episodes literally killed off every single female character except for the one history said that it absolutely could not kill off. But it got a lot of younger viewers interested in sageuks, and also got some not-so-young viewers in that didn’t typically watch sageuks, but now I can’t go to any drama sites with seeing other sageuks and popular ancient cdramas compared to Moon Lovers and somehow being found wanting, with people going out of their way to find ways to compare them. Hwarang fandom is probably the worst about that. But every drama I’ve seen compared to ML in the last 6 months or however long its been has, IMO, been a better drama.
5. Completely unrelated to TV, I’ve been checking flights for WisCon and the prices are almost double what they were two years ago. Hopefully they’ll go down in the next month or so, but I’m not holding my breath. (I also have no idea yet if I have roommates or need to start asking friends if they have room. I know one of my regular roommates isn’t going, but I haven’t heard back from the other yet. I don’t think most people start worrying about roommates in February, though…)
January 23 - talk to me about cdramas you think I'd like! (daughtersofthedragon @ tumblr)
Unless I’m misremembering, you’ve already watched some or all of Love020, all of The Princess Weiyoung, and some of The Legend of Hua Mulan, or I’d rec those. These aren’t necessarily the absolute best cdramas ever, but they’re accessible (both in terms of content and ease in finding with English subtitles), dramas I liked, and have good actors and characters and no bad writing/terrible endings.
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Does anyone happen to know what those websites might have been?
Dramafever trailer (spoilery, because cdrama trailers and credits always spoil a lot of stuff):
I haven't started the book or the drama yet, but I've heard good feedback on the first few episodes of the drama.
I get asked this a lot and I never understand how other people get asked can answer! Like, I have plenty of books I love and plenty of books I feel were very influential to my adult tastes, some of which I enjoy as much revisiting as an adult, and others less so (Both versions are largely childrens’ and what’s now considered YA fantasy series*, as well as things like Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden.) but narrowing it down to just one or even a few isn’t something I can ever really do. Sometimes I can’t even do that for authors! I think the last time I could state a favorite book above all others was in high school with Elizabeth Marie Pope’s The Perilous Gard,” which I read several times a year for all 4 years. (Then I wanted to read it again a few years later and couldn’t find it because I couldn’t remember the title or author-I knew exactly what shelf it was on in the school library and what the binding looked like-and couldn’t find it for years [for a while I had it in my head that it was by Charles deLint. I dunno…] until someone recommended it to me back during the LJ days.)
*Including but not limited to: LeGuin’s Earthsea series, Robin McKinley’s The Blue Sword and The Hero and the Crown, Susan Cooper’s The Dark is Rising series, and Lloyd Alexander’s Prydain and Westmark books.
(I assume no one is surprised that it'll be well into February before I finish even though only about half the slots were filled.)
Hmmm…I didn’t read a whole lot in 2016 (for me) and the bulk of what I did read was light mystery series, which is comfort reading for me. Amanda Carmack’s Elizabethan Mysteries (about a musician in Elizabeth I’s court) and Victoria Thompson’s Gaslight Mysteries (about a late 19th century midwife and an Irish cop who’s less corrupt than the norm) continued to rank high for me, and Maia Chance’s Victorian fairy tale themed mysteries about an actress actress/semi-conartist were also pretty good, and I read the first 3 books in Sarah Zettel’s YA series about a female spy in the court of George I. The latest of Seanan McGuire’s October Daye books was a big hit for me, but like Carmack and Thompson, it was a continuation of something I was already into. Jessica Estevao’s Whispers Beyond the Veil (historical mystery about a female conartist who is a real psychic but fake medium working in her long lot aunt’s hotel for believers in the supernatural) and Cheryl Honigford’s
This is the part where I confess that I know very little about parasols! I made “Swords and Parasols” be the titl of my livejournal about 10 years ago when I was first really falling headfirst into both British period dramas and Chinese wuxia and xianxia dramas. “Parasols” could be applied to both categories, and swords to one and sometimes the other. Anyway, I liked it enough that I’ve kept it all these years, and it does remain reflective of my tastes in fiction.
But I suppose my favorites are the Victorian-to-Edwardian ones that look like lethal weapons and sometimes get wielded as such by ladies in fiction.