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 AMC renewed Into the Badlands for a third seasons almost simultaneously with NBC pulling Powerless from its schedule, with no date for the completed episodes that haven't aired yet, which pretty much means it was already cancelled.

Do I be happy or sad?  I can't tell.

Unfortunately, all the Freshman shows whose renewals I'm antsy about-Powerless, Timeless, and Emerald City-are NBC, and it doesn't look goof for any of them.
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I wrote this for tumblr, where I've been writing about Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People a lot, and decided to crosspost this one here.

At this point, it’s actually a little sad that Saimdang: Light’s Diary and Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People are airing at the same time. Mind you, it’s not because one is easily one of the most hyped sageuks in years and isn’t performing well, while the other seems to have just been thrown out there as an afterthought and is pulling in good ratings, as well as better critical and popular response, it’s the content and themes. Personally speaking, I spent almost 2 years impatiently waiting for Saimdang, and was pretty sure it was going to be the best sageuk of the year when it did come out, something that I thought would hold true after watching the first two episodes. In contrast, Rebel was barely on my radar, and on my “watch now” list instead of “watch if people say good things while it airs” primarily because I liked Hwang Jin-Young’s previous sageuk (and only previous writing credit aside from a special) King’s Daughter Soo Baek Hyang. Halfway through their runs, Saimdang was moved to “I really like it but it could be better” status (with a lot of anger for how SBS execs screwed the show and LYA over, and now they’re taking their screwups out on the show, but I’m not going to dwell on that today) while Rebel has become the sageuk I just can’t see another sageuk surpassing it for a while. (Particularly since they all seem to at least partly center around the tropes and worldview that Rebel critiques.)

this ended up over 2500 words so here's a cut )
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January 31 - tell me about your favorite element(s) from Warehouse 13. ([personal profile] umadoshi )

I really like SyFy’s “quirky community” shows which this one falls into, though it’s more in line with Killjoys than with Eureka or early seasons-Haven in that it has the insulated feel even though it’s a smallgroup that travels instead of an actual community. Found family is a big thing, of course, and I liked that thee were no canon pairings among the major characters, even if they took that from us at the very end. I mean, I like canon pairings that are good in my shows, but sometimes it’s nice to take a break from that. My favorite episodes, though, tended to be the ones with previous agents, or that talked about previous agents/previous versions of the Warehouse. It’s never happening but I’m still holding out hope for SyFy to eventually have some TV movies or a prequel miniseries about the past agents.
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I came home from Easter travel to Star Wars Trailers.

The Last Jedi, which I would be more excited about without fandom's obsession with a certain character for the last year and a half, which is no doubt returning fullforce:

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January 30 - I remember you used to read a lot of comics in the past. What were your favorites and least favorites? What drew you to the genre?( [personal profile] saturnofthemoon  )

I got into comics through the 1992 X-Men TV series (and Cadillacs and Dinosaurs about a year later) when it first aired, though I think it took me a while to realize that the cartoon was based on something. So, I mean, pretty much 12 year old me liking cartoons drew me to the genre. Can’t really say there were particular trends or fictional needs involved, though there was most likely some escapism from things going on with my family at the time involved, not that I was remotely aware of that aspect at the time.

I was mostly an X-books girl, my favorite being Generation X, though there are also some Excaliber arcs that were dear to me, and I loved the original Age of Apocalypse storyline at the time. Outside of the X-books, aside from the first series of New Warriors, the Busiek and Nicieza runs of Thunderbolts, and certain Captain America things (the run where he was partnered with Rachel Leighton/Diamondback, the Nomad spinoff and what I read of Ed Brubaker’s run before drifting away) I never really got into things outside of the X-books, though there were various things I liked along the way. I never really meshed with DC, despite being really into various parts of Wonder Woman and Birds of Prey, and early Fables, plus a few short-lived books over the years, like the Manhunter series starring Kate Spencer.

Outside of The Big Two, I was really really into Crossgen before it crashed and burned, love Usagi Yojimbo despite being horribly behind, and also loved a few indie titles, particularly Castle Waiting, Xenozoic Tales and Thieves and Kings. I dabbled here and there with Image comics , especially Top Cow, where I had a very tumultuous relationship with the Witchblade-related titles for several years.

I honestly can’t say what the me-of-today would think if I first encountered any of those now, given how long ago I first encountered them, especially given how tied many of them were to the time they were released. (Except Usagi Yojimbo and Castle Waiting. I feel safe saying I would still find them excellent if I first read them now.)

Anyway, aside from sometimes picking up X-books that have Jubilee in them, I haven’t read a superhero comic in years (I do fully intend to read the new Generation X series, though) but am reading the new Star Wars books and Saga off and on, along with the occasional non-mainstream comic, usually a standalone GN. I actually started drifting away right as a lot of friends started getting into-or being more vocally into-cmics due to the popularity of the Marvel movies. (Though my losing interest in something around the time people I know are getting into it has become a bit of an accidental trend. It also happened with The Vampire Diaries, Person of Interest and The 100. No idea what that says about me.)
meganbmoore: (covert affairs: gimme tv)

The Legend of Zu


Chicago Typewriter
Mystery Queen
Perfect Wife
Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People
Saimdang: Light’s Diary


Granblue Fantasy: The Animation
Grimoire of Zero
Sakura Quest


The Catch
Feud: Bette and Joan
Into the Badlands
Madam Secretary

*Hopefully I'll break my trend from the last 12 months and actually stick with one or more for more than a few episodes.

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January 28 - Heroines with unusual, unfashionable personalities in general. ([ profile] snowdropsandtigers )

Speaking for myself, bring them on! Variety is great, as is being creative and original with your characters. As much as I will use my very last breath to continue insisting that there are plenty of interesting and compelling female characters out there if you bother looking, there’s no denying that, across the board and regardless of what country, there’s far more attention given to male characters, and that includes a greater diversity of character types, and a greater willingness to try out characters that would normally be considered unusual or would normally be expected to be unpopular. And, of course, this greater diversity and focus results in both canons and fandoms typically focusing far more on-and making excuses for-male characters instead of female characters. (Including the more common run-of-the-mill male characters, but that’s another matter.)

When we do get unusual and unfashionable heroines, however, they seem to fall into two narrative categories. The first is that they’re “weird,” with their unconventional qualities used to make them stand out and not be accepted by other characters. At best, they often become a running joke used to make the other characters (and possibly the audience) feel uncomfortable, or they’re just strange and quirky girls. At worst they’re torn down for those qualities, and possibly villifed. They don’t “fit,” and so there’s something “wrong” with them. This wrongness either has to be “fixed,” or the characters is Othered and the core group must try to free themselves of her.

The second category is the unusual or unconventional heroine who is held up as superior to the more conventional female character. She isn’t like those NORMAL girls, she’s DIFFERENT, she’s SPECIAL. She’s, you guessed it, NOT LIKE OTHER GIRLS. “Normal” girls are ok if they wholeheartedly embrace this girl, but any ho don’t are, of course, villains. This one sounds problematic but better than the first, and it is, but it’s usually used to pit girls against each other, and to say that one way of being female is better than another way. And, of course, half the time, this girl becomes “normalized” and just a bit quirky isn’t of actually being allowed to remain unusual.

It should also be noted that unusual characters, both male and female, are usually coded-sometimes outright diagnosed-with a milder form of one kind of mental disability or another, most often reading as “mildly autistic,” with those traits emphasized as being abnormal.

So, pretty much, I want them, but what I REALLY want is to have them without being surrounded by sexist narratives or Othering.
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 129 x 12 Monkeys

here )
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 Even post-apocalyptic Wuxia manages to jump on the anti-Trump political commentary train.

spoilers )
meganbmoore: (covert affairs: gimme tv)
Star Wars Rebels spoilers )

For other Spring TV shows:  Feud, about the rivalry between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, is very good.  I'm still suspicious of Ryan Murphy every step of the way, but given that leads and the subject matter, he probably couldn't get away with much in the way of his usual antics.  I hope both Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange  get best actress noms.

Into the Badlands had, IMO, and excellent return.  It was mostly setup for the season, but unlike most shows that skip a large amount of time between seasons and have everyone positioned drastically differently than the first season, I can't actually complain about where they seem to be going with anyone.  I have concerned for a couple characters in regards to their fates, yes, but not with what the shows is currently doing with them.  We caught up with everyone from season 1 but Waldo and Lydia.  Based on previews for the season, I'm not worried about Waldo, but I am a bit worried about Lydia.  My only complaint is that I don't care for Tilda and The Widow's new hairstyles, and that's pretty shallow  (Though Tilda's does suit the changes to her character and her current role, even if I'm not fond of it.)

The Tangled TV series is very cute and enjoyable, based on the TV movie and first episode, but I don't have a lot more to say about it than that so far, aside from that there's an excellent rejection of 100 years of toxic masculinity in the movie.  The Catch is still a very Shondaland show in both good and bad ways, but I like it.  Powerless is a delight but appears to already be on hiatus after 5 episodes.  Making History is a cute comedy about a time traveler who accidentally messes up the American Revolution, but it isn't holding my attention, so I might save it for a slow TV period.  Season 3 of Grace and Frankie has dropped, but I've only watched 2 episodes so far.  Season 2 of Underground is proving that you can improve on perfection.

I appear to have dropped both How to Get Away With Murder and Supergirl, something that I never would have thought possible in their previous seasons.  HHTGAWM sounds like the Terrible Decision they made in the mid-season finale was, indeed,a truly terrible decision that they didn't recover from, and Supergirl just...has largely ignored or sidelined most of what made season 1 good.  There are still good parts and I probably will catch up eventually, but it wont be soon.
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(for snowdropsandtigers @ tumblr)

This is actually the only Austen novel I haven’t read! (I haven’t read her shorter stuff yet, either.) I’ve watched both the Billie Piper and Frances O’Connor movies and liked both, though, despite some issues. I liked Fanny in the movies and am sad that she’s apparently so hated. (And sideeyeing the fact that Austen’s least popular heroine is the one with the most terrible background.) Fanny’s rejection of Henry Crawford and his “why don’t you devote your life to redeeming me” filled me with delight in both versions. (Fix yourself dude!) I tried to find a youtube clip of that, but it’s all shipper vids because fandom. In general it seems to be a bit darker than most of Austen’s work, and definitely a departure for her other novels, but I can’t really make any deep analysis or comments since I haven’t read the book, or watched either movie in a few years.
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Recommend me a good Kdrama for beginners. ( [personal profile] coffeeandink  )

Limiting myself to kdramas I’ve seen that are also on Hulu or Netflix (I know you have Netflix from comments made in the past at your DW, and I’m just guessing as far as Hulu goes), though both have taken down most of their kdramas (both that I’ve watched and otherwise) over the last year or so.:

On Netflix: Hello My Twenties (previously Age of Youth, don’t know why Netflix wanted a new name) which is a slice of life series about 5 female college students who are roommates, except in this case, one or more MIGHT be murderers, there’s at least 1 Secret Lifestyle and 2 Secret Pasts between them, plus one who can see a ghost that may or may not be the ghost of a murdered person. A few others that netflix has that I liked but didn’t exactly love are Descendants of the Sun (romance between a doctor and a soldier, pretty straightforward and simple but enjoyable, but sometimes prone to pro-military propaganda), Goodbye Mr. Black (modern day retelling of Count of Monte Cristo), and Be Arrogant (webdrama about 2 women who open an online shopping store after their mutual cheating boyfriend robs them and runs off.) Go Mrs. Go is a drama that I’ve heard good things about, but haven’t watched. White Nights (previously Night Light) is a recent drama that Netflix has the first half of (I think they can’t add the second half until a certain amount of time after the international broadcast finishes, or something like that). What I’ve seen is a good thriller about a businesswoman with huge schemes and plans and a parttimer who she brings into her inner circle and starts grooming as a bit of a mini-her/femme fatale. I can’t actually recommend it though because I don’t actually recommend things until I know whether or not they have good endings.

On Hulu: Most definitely Healer, a thriller/romance about a mercenary, a spunky reporter, and 80s underground radio station, political corruption, and spunky journalists. Sungkyunkwan Scandal, which is a revolutionary youth sageuk about a crossdressing girl, political conspiracy, and feuding political factions at Sungkyunkwan, the school for scholars and future government officials, is a drama I loved and would normally highly recommend (despite it having a lot to do with more serious sageuks becoming less popular and fusion youth sageuks that are heavy on idols and lighter on sageuk pros and historical veritas largely taking over the genre, but that’s another matter), but shortly after I finally got around to watching it, the lead actor was involved in a rape scandal where multiple women accused him of rape over a longish period. He was found not guilty, but with Korean rape laws, it largely meant “we can’t convict him under the current laws, but he probably did it.” (That said, the rest of the cast is wonderful, and the only bad thing I’ve ever heard about any of the others was that one time he got in a fight with police when drunk-which was worse for his career than exposure as a possible serial rapist was for Park Woochun.) For “liked but didn’t love,” hulu also has another thriller, Liar Game, about a reality show where people have to con each other out of millions of dollars. T’s on the absurd side, but fun and the leads were pretty great. Oh My Venus is a romcom that I liked in spite of it being a makeover plot, but the leads more than made up for it. The Master’s Sun is a romantic dramedy about a woman who sees ghosts and a man who keeps them from bothering her because she can’t see them if she touches him. I Hear Your Voice, Empress Ki, and Tree With Deep Roots are dramas hulu has that have been highly recommended, but I haven’t seen them yet. W: Two Worlds is a metafiction fantasy drama that was really really popular last ear. I started out really liking it but lost interest about 2/3s through, but most people I know who watched it loved it till the end. Hulu used to have a huge selection of kdramas but lost most of them a year ago when DramaFever’s license expired (this might be changing, as ive noticed a couple dramas on hulu have been moved to the DramaFever channel, which had been deleted before), so I think everything else I’ve seen that they used to have was taken down.. They still have the best selection outside of Viki or DramaFever, who hold licenses for most kdramas and cdramas that have been licensed.

[personal profile] skygiants has pretty good rec posts for Healer, Sungkyunkwan Scandal and Age of Youth at their dreamwidth, along with several other kdramas, so that’s also a good place to look.
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General and I


Ms. Perfect
Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People
Saimdang: Light’s Diary


The Catch
Feud: Bette and Joan
Into the Badlands
Madam Secretary
Making History (a bit on the fence about continuing)
Star Wars Rebels
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 Are any of my WisCon friends still in need of a room?  I have a room booked but one of my roommates isn't coming this year, and the other hasn't made a final decision yet.
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For [ profile] snowdropsandtigers 

A hard one!

In theory, I am all for suffering for heroines within reason and as far as it forwards her character arc and the plot. More often than not, though, it ends up being gratuitous and far exceeds what is needed. One of the reasons romance novels used to feature so much rape was because it was effectively a “condition” of their having sex and adventures and stories centering around them (and many earlier historical romances were effectively female takes on previously male-centric historical sagas and adventures) was that they couldn’t just SEEK OUT adventure or ACTIVELY WANT sex, both had to be forced on them, either completely or partially. The romance novel publishers may have finally been forced to back off from that due to extreme backlash in the 90s, but fiction in general still has a pervasive idea that women have to suffer to have a place in stories, and that their suffering furthers men’s tales.

A good example of gratuitous suffering that that doesn’t help further HER plot is Lan Shang, a secondary heroine in Ice Fantasy. (Because I’m still seething over this however many weeks it’s been later, and because the actress is in another drama I’m watching now, General and I, and thankfully not endlessly suffering.) If I step back and compare Lan Shang’s experiences to those of some other female characters, Lan Shang has it bad, but not the worst ever. However, Lan Shang’s suffering is constantly used to tear her down, humiliate, and hurt her. It doesn’t contribute to her character growth and doesn’t further the plot in her favor at any time. It does, however, further the plot for Ka Suo and Ying Kong Shi, and contribute to Ying Kong Shi’s character arc. Once she can’t contribute to those things any more, she’s set aside and only brought back for more suffering.

In contrast, over the course of 13 books, Seanan McGuire has put October Daye through every bit of torture and torment she can think of short of sexual assault, and often exceeds my own comfort level for reading in doing so. At least half the October Day books pass the point where I would normally “nope” out for gratuitous torment and pain for female characters, but I don’t nope out of the October Daye books. The reason for that is that most of those things I nope out of have pain and suffering for the sake of pain and suffering, and if it’s to actually further a character’s plot, it isn’t hers. In contrast, October’s suffering rarely feels gratuitous, and it’s about her and her story, not those of Tybalt, Quentin, Etienne, Sylvester, etc. (I mean, I’m pretty sure Sylvester thinks at least half of it is about him, but he doesn’t count.) It might AFFECT the men in her life but it isn’t ABOUT them or their stories.

Seanan McGuire actually has a really good post about the expectation of suffering for female characters from a few years back here. (It’s specifically in regards to rape due to a fan asking when she would “finally” rape one of her heroines, but can be applied in broader scope too.)

So basically: Good idea within reason and context, but usually with bad execution that negates the potential.
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