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May. 9th, 2011 04:19 pm
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These are all the vids I have released. All of them are currently available in zipped files that you'll need to download and unzip before you can watch them.

Vids await you below the cut )

18. All I Want For Christmas

Fandom: There are sixty-eight of them (!) which are listed on the AO3 page.

Music: Olivia Olson

Summary: Three minutes and thirty seconds of unadulterated multifandom sappiness.

File: This vid is now available on the AO3 with streaming and download options.

19. Drive My Car

Fandom: Heroes

Music: The Donnas

Summary: "Our life of legend begins!"

File: This vid is now available on the AO3 with streaming and download options.


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The people I went to the midnight screening with last night will attest that the first thing I said when the credits started rolling was 'man, film critics are weird.'

I mean, I can see why many critics - or, indeed, many other people who are not X-Men fans - might not enjoy this movie as much as I did. But phrases like 'franchise-destroying disaster' have been thrown around in reviews, and I ... do not get it. Sure, it's a bit of a mess, in much the same way Avengers: Age of Ultron was a bit of a mess. There are probably too many characters, and too many things going on. There was also one part of the plot that I actively disliked. However, I am not sure why anyone would walk out of this thinking that it was actually falls short of what its aiming at - it moves along at a good clip, the action scenes are exiting, the cast is uniformly good and everyone looks great in their new costumes. What, precisely, were critics expecting? In what way is this remotely as bad as Wolverine: Origins? (If that did not destroy the franchise, this certainly will not. Disney/Marvel is not getting the mutants back any time in the next decade.)

But then, I always qualify my opinion by pointing out that I am that one weirdo who likes X3 more than X1. (It turns out I like badly-made films about things I find interesting more than competently-made films about things I don't.) For the record, I'd probably rank the films like this:

Days of Future Past
First Class
X-Men 2
Deadpool
Apocalypse
The Wolverine
X-Men 3
X-Men 1
Wolverine: Origins


So Apocalypse is right in the middle for me. (If pressed I would admit that The Wolverine is probably a better film, but it doesn't have nearly as much of Charles Xavier getting shackled to things.) The new Nightcrawler, Cyclops and Jean Grey are all delightful, and we finally have a Storm worthy of the name!

Possibly because I saw the film after midnight, after too little sleep the previous night, while drinking (we went to the luxury session where you can get them to bring you a Cosmopolitian half way through) I spent much of the film distracted by Charles's shirts. Or maybe it was because we were in the front row and the screen was giant. Or maybe that's just how I roll.

They're not quite as instantly hilarious as the seventies ones in Days of Future Past, but they are AMAZING when you look closely. At least I thought so. I spent the entire second half of the film wondering if the second one was cashmere or some kind of silk blend, and wanting to rub my face against it. (Look, it was late, I was tipsy, and it was on James McAvoy playing my favourite fictional person. And it looked really soft.)
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Several years ago, I started keeping a list of Marvel characters that might show up in the cinematic universe, purely for my own curiosity. What can I say, I enjoy lists and the making thereof. Post-Civil War seems like a good time to update it, and I thought I'd post it here so I can look back at it in a few more years and see how wrong I was about who they'd put on film. (Because let me tell you, I would not have guessed that Scott Lang would make it.) The previous version of the list has been quite reliable, though.

I used comicvine's list by appearance function to compile a list of the fifty most frequently appearing Marvel superheroes and villains that haven't made the transition to the MCU yet. This only takes volume of appearances into account, and while that's a reasonable guide to popularity over the long term, it's a metric that breaks down for characters invented more recently. I think it's safe to say that Ms. Marvel would be a more popular addition to the MCU than, say, Speedball. But Speedball has been around decades longer and thus had more time to build up the numbers.

This list does not include people Marvel Studios clearly do not have the film rights to - all X-Men and X-Men adjacent characters belong to Fox, and so do the poor Fantastic Four. (I am actually fine with Fox keeping the mutants. I like what they've done with them from the most part, and I don't think that they would benefit from being included in the MCU or that the MCU needs them. I do sincerely hope that they stop abusing the FF, Doctor Doom, Galactus and the Silver Surfer and hand them over to people who might have some idea of what to do with them. Surely this has to be cheaper and less humiliating than making movies that bomb just so they can keep the rights?)

There are a couple of Civil War spoilers below the cut, and also casting spoilers for a bunch of MCU stuff that isn't out and in some cases won't be for several years. I also mention a couple of rumoured characters for Thor: Ragnarok, but who knows if the rumours are accurate.

Like I said, spoilers below the cut. )
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Well, that was about nine million times more fun than the comics event of the same name.

They certainly could have billed this as Avengers 3, but in the end I'm glad they didn't, as it puts the focus on Captain America, and that works for the narrative. (It also gives them a reason to leave out Hulk and Thor, and the film already has plenty of characters. Besides, they would have raised the level of unfortunate property damage even further.)

Reasons why under the cut. Also spoilers. )
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Another remake of a vid that was sorely in need of it! I only have eight more to go now. (Hey, it used to be ten. I'm making progress.)

Drive My Car by Andraste
Fandom: Heroes (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Ando Masahashi/Hiro Nakamura
Additional Tags: Fanvids, Embedded Video, Download Available

Summary: "Our life of legend begins!"



I picked this one to remaster next because I'm keen to get my Heroes DVDs out of the house. (Since I have Netflix and Hulu now, I'm downsizing my collection a lot, and there's no way I was keeping those.) Going over it again actually settled a lot of my negative lingering feelings about the source material - turns out I still have a lot of positive emotions about these two and their dorktastic adventures.
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Thanks to the wonders of geo-block dodging, I have just finished watching the Galavant finale! It was a unique, funny and surprising show - so of course it rated even more appallingly after its unlikely renewal and is probably never coming back to television. Naturally it ends with characters singing about how they'll probably have to look for work on a crummy cable network.

Fortunately, while the door is left open for a possible Season Three in case ABC take leave of their senses a second year running or they get rescued by Netflix, there's no horrible cliffhanger like the one we got last time. (Well, there are actually plenty, but not at the end of the season.) Season Two wasn't perfect, but it was mostly great and I'll miss it sincerely.

Spoilers still burst into song for no reason. )

All in all, here's hoping the Cancellation Bear somehow overlooks it again, but if it doesn't at least it went on a (literal) high note.
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Within the space of an hour, I found out that David Gaider is leaving BioWare and Steven Moffat is leaving Doctor Who. While I wish them all the best in whatever they do next, I am also going to take a moment to be sad :(.

Gaider has been my favourite BioWare writer for a long, long time - ever since Baldur's Gate 2, really. (I am one of the five people on the internet that loved Anomen Delryn and enjoyed his romance, even though I agree that Anomen was a jerk and there should have been more options for female characters.) He created many of my favourite DA characters - Alistair, Morrigan, Zevran, Fenris, Dorian and Cassandra - and was instrumental in building the world they inhabit. Also, he wrote Deekin Scalesinger and Valen, the two characters that make the NWN expansions so much better than the original campaign <3.

I'm interested to see where he goes from here - we know that it was his decision and that he's parting with BioWare on amicable terms, so I wonder whether he's going elsewhere in the games industry or planning to write novels full time. He'd already handed off Dragon Age to Patrick Weekes, and I'm sure the Sekrit New IP is in good hands between Mary Kirby, Sheryl Chee and Lukas Kristjanson. Still, I will miss having him create new BioWare characters!

It's probably time for Steven Moffat to move on from Doctor Who - by the time he actually leaves at the end of 2017, he'll have been responsible for six whole series. On the whole, I've loved his run. It wobbled a bit for me after Amy and Rory left and before Elven regenerated, but outside of that I've consistently enjoyed it. Here's hoping Series Ten is also great and he goes out on a high note.

I've got mixed feelings about Chris Chibnall, who's taking over - on the one hand, he wrote some mediocre episodes of Doctor Who and some downright awful Tochwood. (Everyone is talking about how bad Cyberwoman was, and it is awful, but for my money Countrycide is one of the worst episodes of anything I've ever seen.) On the other hand, he improved at Torchwood as he went along, his more recent episodes of Doctor Who were OK, and I liked the first series of Broadchurch. (Haven't seen the second one yet.) So I guess we'll see how that turns out, come 2018.
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I thought I was going to binge watch this with everyone else, but actually I ended up drawing it out as long as I could stand because I loved it and did not want it to be over. I'm sure everyone already said anything I wanted to say about it over the last month and a half. I do have two thoughts:

1. You know you are a real comic book nerd when someone says technically this is a spoiler ) and you start waving your arms, swearing and saying 'noooooooooo!' at the television. All of which I literally did. The character has such a generic name that I missed who they were until that very moment, but there's, um, precedent for what happens to them in the comic universe.

2. I really, really want a Hellcat Netflix series, like, yesterday. Because that would be awesome, and somehow I am not tired of 'It's Patsy!' jokes yet.
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A mere six years after the last version and ten after the original: it's done! Well, pretty much. Still a couple of things I don't have DVD source for, but I wanted to post it now rather than waiting twelve months until it's relevant again.

All I Want For Christmas by Andraste
Fandom: There are sixty-eight fandoms here, all listed on the AO3 page.
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Additional Tags: Fanvids, Embedded Video, Download Available

Summary: Three minutes and thirty seconds of unadulterated multifandom sappiness. Merry Christmas!


(Man, I am so glad this is finally done ... almost. Since this is the almost-final-but-not-actually version, I would take it as a great kindness if anyone reading this pointed out stray frames, aspect ratio issues or anything else that's obviously wrong with it.)
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Dear Yulegoat,

First of all, thank you for offering to write in one of my fandoms! I hope you have fun.

Second of all, this letter is really long. Feel free to ignore it. You don't even have to read it! I just wanted to give people lots of options in case they wanted them.

I'm pretty easy-going as far as content goes. I like gen, slash, femslash, het and whatever other genre or combination of genres you care to come up with. I love all of the fandoms and the characters I requested. The only thing I really don't want to see in your story is animal harm.

I am equally comfortable with any rating from G to NC-17. I don't mind angst and/or unhappy endings. Fluff is fine. Character death is fine. Violence is fine. Sex is fine. Christmas stories are fine.

You can ignore everything here and just write me anything you want with the characters I requested. Optional details are optional, but I know most people like to have prompts to bounce off. Feel free to combine prompts.

This year's theme: tiny video game fandoms. )

Entirely Optional Yuletide Things: Crueltide, IF Challenge, Yuleporn, Crossovers, YuMaDrIn )

And now, at last, the actual prompts:

Baldur's Gate )

Grim Fandango )

Pillars of Eternity )

Shadowrun: Hong Kong )

Star Wars Legends: The Old Republic )

The Walking Dead )
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AAAAAAH JOHN HURT IS WORKING FOR BIG FINISH AND WE'RE GETTING TWELVE NEW WAR DOCTOR STORIES!!! PLUS A TIME WAR PREQUEL BOX WITH PAUL MCGANN!!!

(Details here with slightly less all-caps flailing.)

I think I'm even more excited by this than I am by the rumors about a Tennant & Tate audio reunion, partly because I've always assumed Tennant would return to Big Finish when time and licensing allowed, and partly because this is officially announced and at least partially recorded. (Although, this also explains why Big Finish haven't put out a press release to squash/confirm that story. Clearly they have a plan for how they're timing the post-2005 series news.)

I'm not generally a fan of Nicholas Briggs as an author - I don't think he's bad, we're just interested in very different things about Doctor Who - but having Hurt back is so delightful that I don't care if Briggs ends up writing most of it. And we already know John Dorney, Phil Mulryne and Matt Fitton are writing the second box, which is likely to be much more my speed.

My greatest wish for these (beyond their mere existence) is that we finally get to hear what happened to Romana, Leela, Narvin, Brax and the rest of the Gallifrey cast during the Time War. I'm sincerely hoping that the answer is 'they're all frozen in time waiting for the Doctor to find and defrost them' but I'd love to hear the details.

Also: more Rassilon! Even if they can't afford Timothy Dalton and John Hurt at the same time, there's nothing to say he didn't regenerate some time between his resurrection and when we saw him.
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So, I've been working slowly but steadily on my remaster of All I Want For Christmas. I've redone some sections, cutting stuff and adding other stuff, and I'm about half way through replacing the source I can get out of my own DVD collection. (Next up: stealing from friends.) I'm pleased with how much I'm managing to improve it, and not just on a technical level.

I mean, it's still a Lord King Bad Vid - it's a completely sincere and literal vid to a cheesy Christmas song. Moreover, the links between clips are generally purely thematic, with no attention paid to how well the styles harmonise or to the flow of movement or the colour palette or the lighting or anything else I would normally pay attention to while vidding. But over the years since I first made it I've gotten a lot better at working our which parts of a scene to use, and at least I've constructed a much clearer thematic structure for it this time. I also think it's funnier now.

At the moment, this is my vid plan:

Hurt/Comfort Is My Favourite Kink
Brief Kissing Interlude
At Least Somebody Here Is Happy
I Don't Even Like You But We Sure Have UST
No Pants Friday
INCEST MONTAGE!!!
Who Said Dating Your Co-Worker Was A Bad Idea?
(twenty seconds or so of white void oh god i don't know what goes here)
I'm Bad At Feelings But FYI I Love You
Ladies Dancing
Let's Have A Threesome!
All I Want For Christmas Is You ... To Come Back From The Dead
Well, This Is Awkward
More Kissing
This Clip Means Whatever You Want It To Mean

Other than the one half a verse I've deleted and not yet replaced, it's shaping up pretty well, and I sorted out what should be at the climax of the song. As for the blank space, well, who knows what I'll start shipping between now and December? I may end up happy that I left some room.

I'm also doing pretty well with aspect ratio, although it hurt me to do violence to Lawrence of a Arabia by ruining David Lean's perfect visual composition with cropping. On the other hand, I'm ridiculously proud of myself for figuring out what to do with Singin' In the Rain, which is not in 4:3 or 16:9 because Old Hollywood was not like New Hollywood.

At this rate, it will be done in time to be thematically appropriate!
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One of the effects of Vividcon is that it always makes me want to vid more. One of the things that slows me down is that I have this pile of ten vids I need to remaster, and I always feel faintly guilty about working on a new, non-Vividcon project when I should be doing that. So, I have this crazy plan to re-make my All I Want For Christmas Is You vid by, well, Christmas. I know I'll never be able to leave it alone until I go back and fix its many, many tech problems, and of course every time I look at it I think of another six couples I want to somehow stuff in there. In aid of this project, I thought I might try grabbing one clip for it every day.

This is going to be interesting, since I don't have all the source on DVD - a lot of it was borrowed to begin with, and a couple of things I used to own but don't any more. (I don't have enough cabinet space!) I also have no idea which episodes of their respective sources some of those clips come from.

Naturally, things became technically interesting on Day One. As some of you may recall, it opens with a clip from X-Men. Getting aspect ratio right can be tricky at the best of times, without factoring in using Australian DVDs that have had the source resized already. But this takes the cake: when I went to fix the footage, I discovered that it has been unevenly letterboxed. What is this sorcery?! WHY WOULD ANYONE DO THIS?!

I ended up having to make four successive iterations of the clip to get the resizing and cropping correct. Thank goodness for lossless codecs. Truly, aspect ratio is the devil's work.

At least I will be able to grab most of the rest of the clips without being distracted by Patrick Stewart's face. (I can move right along to being distracted by Alexander Siddig's face tomorrow ...)
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Bad Moon Rising by Andraste
Fandom: The Secret World
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Additional Tags: Fanvids, Apocalypse, Bees, Vividcon, Embedded Video, Download Available

Summary: Our wisdom flows so sweet. Taste and see.



Fresh from Vividcon! Watch out for bees!

This is the first video game vid I've ever made, but I don't think it will be the last. Clipping takes a lot longer, but it's also a lot more fun.
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Rating: G

Warnings: None, unless you have a deathly allergy to female dwarves.

Word count: Circa. 850

Summary: When Harding met Dagna.

Author's Note: This is actually a teaser for something longer, so not posting to AO3 yet.

See, I saw a Dagna/Harding prompt on [community profile] areyougame and anime hearts appeared in my eyes as I said 'THAT WOULD BE THE MOST ADORABLE THING EVER.' I figured I could easily knock out a drabble or ficlet in the week and a half I had to produce something. Only then I started, and after a few days I had three thousand words of dwarf femslash that showed no signs of being done. It had even developed something with a suspicious resemblance to an actual plot. Anyway, it became obvious that there was no way I was going to get it finished, edited and betaed by July 6th when I was meant to be posting.

So here is the first bit! I am going to try to finish the rest by the end of the month, but I think this stands up fine on its own as a scene from life at Skyhold. It is not actually very slashy yet, alas.

Things exploding below the cut. )
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So, northern summer means a break in TV for those of us in the Magic Land of Downloadia, too, even though it's freezing outside and watching television from under a blanket is one of the only sensible activities. (I didn't make the bed today because I had to keep climbing back into it.)

I've already used the time to catch up on Season Three of Orphan Black - say what you will about the plausibility of some of the twists, but I never get to the end of an episode without being desperate to know what happens next. Thirty episodes in, I still regularly forget that Tatiana Maslany is not five people, and I love the characters.

Now, there's plenty of TV for me to watch or rewatch during the break - especially now I have Netflix! - but I was thinking I should use at least some of the time to catch up on all of something relatively short. Hence this highly scientific poll, in case someone has an informed opinion:

Poll #16819 TV Poll
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 12


What should I watch first?

View Answers

iZombie
6 (50.0%)

Penny Dreadful
3 (25.0%)

Black Sails
2 (16.7%)

Something else that I will tell you about in the comments.
1 (8.3%)



I know very little about any of these options. I've just heard the distant buzzing sound creating by happy fans, and avoided spoilers as a result. (My knowledge can be summed up with 'zombies and David Anders, sort of like The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen only Billie Piper is involved somehow and, um ... there are presumably pirates in it?')

Help and advice in the form of poll responses appreciated!
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So, in recent months there have been indications that Big Finish have got their hands on at least part of the new series Doctor Who license. (Not that it's all that new after a whole decade back on TV, but you know what I mean.) We're getting UNIT with Kate Stewart, Torchwood with Jack Harkness and now ... RIVER SONG!!! With the Eighth Doctor! Somehow! She's showing up in the second Eighth Doctor Doom Coalition box set next year, and then getting her own box set later in 2016, for which Paul McGann will be making a guest appearance of some kind.

The publicity is making a big deal out of how River and Eight can interact when she can't meet him in his pre-Ten incarnation, but I think we all know the right answer: amnesia-inducing lipstick. I mean, this is Eight we're talking about, so she could just wait for him to hit his head and forget everything, but amnesia lipstick would make sure.

We're also getting a Churchill box set read by Ian McNeice, and an Old Doctors, New Monsters box where Five meets the Weeping Angels, Six meets the Judoon, Seven meets the Sycorax and Eight meets ... um, the Sontarans. But new ones. Apparently. (Well, I guess he's meeting River. But still, it seems a little unfair. They couldn't use the Silents, which can induce convenient amnesia even without lipstick? Evil clockwork robots? Heck, I'd take the Slitheen.)

Now they just need to make my real dream come true: a Paternoster Gang series that crosses over with Jago & Litefoot. Come on, Big Finish, this HAS to happen! Until it does I'll keep worrying that one of the actors will be hit by a bus without you having done the perfect crossover.

Speaking of which, someone on Gallifrey Base pointed out that this leaves the way open for UNIT vs. Torchwood vs. the Forge vs Countermeasures. I think they should go the entire hog and throw in C19 and Wonderland. (Everyone should be tripping over each other investigating the same alien invasion ... which then turns out to be a stray weather balloon.)
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So, it took me six days to go from 'well, this is interesting ...' to 'WHY ISN'T THERE MORE ALREADY???' I could sit here the rest of the night and nitpick plot details and pacing issues, and not all of the eight character storylines were equally strong. However, the show's visual beauty and amazing character interaction firmly outweighed its weaknesses for me. Some dot points about why:

- While the details didn't always work for me, the plot always dragged me along. I never finished watching an episode without desperately wanting to know what happened next. (Including, unfortunately, the last one. I know this went up less than a week ago, Netflix, but please put me out of my misery and renew it.)

- I love the way they explore how the relatively low-level superpower of sharing a psychic connection with seven other people changes the lives of the people involved and makes so many impossible things possible.

- Most of all, though, I just loved watching the characters interact. Some of my favourite moments were the ones where they just talked quietly. (I will admit to crying through all of what I will always think of as Nomi's Big Gay Pep Talk.)

- A quarter of the main cast are LGBT (sorry, Nomi, I know you want to get rid of the letters ...) Half are women. Around half regular characters are people of colour. Because they shot in the actual locations, the Kenyans are largely played by Kenyans, the Icelanders by Icelanders, the Koreans by Koreans, the Mexicans by Mexicans, the Indians by Indians and the Germans by Germans! (Seriously, that last one surprised me the most. Hollywood German accents are usually relentlessly awful.)

- The cast is fabulous. I have favourites, but they're all charismatic and likeable.

- In addition to the above, there are a whole lot of completely shallow reasons to like this show. For starters, I don't think I've seen such a collectively attractive cast since Heroes. And the writers and directors are clearly enjoying the freedom from the constraints of network TV to bring us lots of nudity and sex, gratuitous and otherwise. I already mentioned the rainbow dildo, but I'm especially happy to report that they don't follow that enraging trend of showing women naked constantly while all the men mysteriously keep their pants on. Close-up, full-frontal male nudity ftw! (It's totally relevant to the plot. Really.) There is also a bisexual psychic orgy that has to be seen to be believed.

- Speaking of shallow reasons to watch: Naveen Andrews! (Who has remained depressingly clothed so far. Dear show: my crush dates back to The Buddha of Suburbia, and he wasn't shy back then. So please make sure Jonas is in the next bisexual psychic orgy, kthnx.)

- It's given me an excuse to use the phrase 'bisexual psychic orgy' multiple times.

- I am both amused and pleased that when we talk about the time on that JMS show where all the telepaths sang together, we now have an example where this was heart-warming and glorious as well as one where it was terrible. I have to wonder if JMS has been thinking about fandom's reaction to Byron's protest song for all these years, trying to work out where he went wrong and how to fix it ...

- Miguel Silvestre gets my vote for the actor who can deliver any line of JMS dialogue, no matter how potentially stagey or corny, and make it sound completely convincing. (Naturally Peter Jurasik and Andreas Katsulas shared it on B5.) It probably helps that this is an ability his character has in universe, too. I think the part where he talks to the bartender is my favourite example. People who have watched already will know the speech I mean.

- I desperately need to see these characters knock over a casino or perform an improbable bank heist, in fanfic if nowhere else.
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Seams and Scars (1621 words) by Andraste
Fandom: Dragon Age: Inquisition
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Blackwall/Cadash
Summary:

After, during, before. Blackwall and Cadash try to keep things together.

andraste: Still The Prettiest (Starscream)
So, finally finished Transformers: Prime! It doesn't edge out Animated as my favourite iteration, but it was pretty great.

Unfortunately, I think I would have preferred the ending we got in the last episode of Season Three to the one presented by the movie :(. There are a few reasons for that.

Spoilers. )
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So, JMS and the Wachowskis have teamed up to make a show for Netflix. I approve of this, since it means the Wachowskis teaming up with someone who can actually write and JMS teaming up with people who will hopefully make him finish his superhero story this time. I mean, I have nothing but affection for the first The Matrix film and Supreme Power, but ... well, I am hoping they will cover for each other's weak points.

It's too early to come to any conclusions - the first episode is clunky in places, and might have been less appealing to someone who doesn't regard JMS's dialogue quirks with as much affection as I do. (At one point a character unironically says 'if the streets are a jungle, they can only have one king!') However, the premise is intriguing, the cast are engaging, and I'm interested in all the characters. You can't say fairer than that for a first episode.

Mostly, I am wondering what kind of sex we might have seen on screen if the network hadn't been holding JMS back all those years ago during the production of Babylon 5. Because if you have ever wanted to watch Freema Agyeman fuck another woman with a rainbow dildo, then wow, have I got a show for you.

(That's not sarcasm. Or exaggeration. Or a spoiler, since it's an introductory scene for one of the characters. Which involves Freema Ageyman and a rainbow dildo.)

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