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I seem to be having this conversation about once a month now, and I figured I might as well make a post about it. If nothing else, I may enable [livejournal.com profile] irony_rocks instead of vice versa. There has to be a first time for everything...;)

I should probably point out here that of any fandom I've ever encountered, Doctor Who is the craziest. It could eat both Team Edward and Team Jacob for breakfast, tackle McShep and Spuffy for elevensies and still have enough room left to devour itself for lunch. It's a terrifying place, really, but also worth it. So I encourage you to watch, make your own opinions, and then join me hiding under the bed and just agree never to talk about it. Suffice it to say, everything that follows is my own opinion, and when it comes to Doctor Who, I am something of an outlier.

The other thing about Who is that it's been running FOREVER. You probably already know that. The length of the show, and the changes in the actors who play the various incarnations and the companions, are a large part of what contributes to the craziness of the fandom. Some people really hate Martha. Some people really hate Donna. Some people really hate Stephen Moffat. None of these people are afraid to share their ideas with you. This is inescapable.

(Note: I have, for the most part, been as vague as possible, but spoilers are probably inevitable. I have said NOTHING about the big twists of seasons five and six, though. So you're probably good. And honestly, if you're not expecting spoilers, you should just disconnect from the internet, plug in "Rose" and come back when you're all caught up. Still, I will give you a spoiler warning, because I am like that.)

As the [spoiler] with the blue [spoiler] says: Spoilers! )

To recap then:

Everything that everyone ever tells you about this show, including what you just read, is next to useless, once they finish telling you it's good and you should watch it. That said, my suggested episodes are:

Rose
The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances
The Girl in the Fireplace
Blink
The Silence in the Library/The Forests of the Dead
Season Five
Season Six

After you do watch the show, find people who agree with you. Failing that, find people who don't bite and agree to focus on things that you happen to nearly agree on. Don't worry if you can't pick a favourite character (heck, I can't pick one and I've developed an entire flow chart about it...and I even cheated!). Don't worry if you can't pick a favourite episode. There's a lot to love. This is a show that's definitely bigger on the inside.

(But I swear, if you ship Ten/Rose, I may never speak to you again.)

(Kidding!)

(sort of...)

BONUS TARDIS CAKE!


ETA: In the comments there are spoilers and discussions of Shakespeare (and, on occasion, both at the same time).
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So.

I used to watch a lot of cop shows. I used to watch pretty much exclusively cop shows. Um, and Angel. Because we didn't get the Space Channel.

But anyway, I'm sort of over them. Even Criminal Minds, which I loved, has fallen by the wayside (except reruns!). That style of story-telling, the darkness and despair, the complete disregard for protocol, the sensationalism (most especially the sensationalism); all of these are things that I have come to not enjoy. For the most part, I can watch the early seasons on Spike TV, but after a certain point, I just can't.

Except for Flashpoint.

Flashpoint is, in a nutshell, the Little Canadian Cop Show That Could. It was the first show ever made and set in Canada to air in Prime Time on a major US network. Its stars range from Canadian stock actor Hugh Dillon to Veronica Mars' Keith Mars to the Pink Power Ranger (I'm not even kidding). The theme song really tells you everything you need to know about the show: it's subtle, friendly, even, but there's this edge to it that I can never quite describe (and yes, I have a mini heart attack on the last note every time).



It's character driven, somehow all six of them at once, and even though there is no such thing as the Strategic Response Unit (Major Crimes/Guns and Gangs would probably be the closest equivalent), the show still feels like Toronto (and here I will reference my sister, the Forensic Biologist, who hates CSI almost as much as I hate Bones...and freaking loves this show because of how true to the spirit of Toronto and to the ideal of the Toronto Police Force it is).

Now, you all know that I am picky about certain things. Like how "the girl" is written. Flashpoint doesn't have a lot of female characters (fair, if unfortunate, given the breakdown of the Toronto Police Department), but the ones it has are really kind of awesome. Jules, the only one in the credits, is phenomenal at her job (which she has had to earn twice, thanks to being shot on duty), and remarkable in her social life (which is a WHOLE SEPARATE ESSAY that I will not inflict on you at this time). Donna (played by the fabulous Jessica Steen while Jules was recovering from being shot) was fantastic, and has moved into her new role after Jules's return because it was business, and is a total pro about it. Winnie, the dispatcher, is excruciatingly competent. And then of course we had Ed's wife Sophie, who recently gave birth after issuing Ed an ultimatum.

I hate the ultimatum. (You know the one..."You pick the job, or you pick this family". hates)

I dislike this trope for a lot of reasons, but mostly I hate it because it always makes the female look bad. Always. I am trying to think of an example (outside of Flashpoint) where it hasn't, and the closest I can get is Buffy, but that's only because it was Riley who was a jerk about it. It didn't work on Criminal Minds, it didn't work on Without A Trace, it never works. It's cheap, it invariably sets up a fridging, and it bothers me, so when it became clear that Flashpoint was headed in that direction, I got really frustrated.

It just resolved itself in the episode I finished ten minutes ago, and I could not be happier. GOOD WRITING, you guys. CONSISTENT and RESPECTFUL and I LOVE IT.

Aside from the brilliant individual characters, there is also the team. The dynamics of each strike, who plays which part depending on the situation, and complete communication (between each other and to us) is just awesome. Even though I think there was only one "scorpio" (which is their kill order...in theory all members of the SRU are snipers, but I think only two of them are true snipers and the rest have talents in areas like entry, profiling, negotiation and tech, on top of being marksmen/women) in the whole of season three/four (thanks for making that awkward, CBS!), the fallout was not ignored. In fact, every time there is a scorpio order, the shooting officer is immediately cordoned, investigated, profiled, etc. It's a procedural, yes, but it's also kind of a love letter.

It's also a love letter to Toronto, and Canadian events. But it's never patronizing (though it is on occasion over-written), and it always manages to lay in a twist that makes the incident less about The Event and more about The People, which I appreciate.

And because I'm me, I feel I should also point out that a) I adore Spike (because he is pretty), and b) 90% of my love for this show is based on the fact that when the team does an entry, the front person (armed) is held by the negotiator (unarmed) via the shoulder strap on his or her tac vest, and for some reason I LOVE THAT (you probably can't make a "bulletproof kink" joke that [livejournal.com profile] rj_anderson hasn't already made).

In an era when summer TV is suddenly really good (I think I have more summer shows than regular season shows currently), Flashpoint holds its own, my fierce nationalism aside. It's not original per se, but it is an original take on something we already see a lot of, and the way it's written, paced and filmed really makes it a compelling watch. It's not perfect, of course, but its down to earth sense and its sparse style are enough to set it apart, and the acting, writing and concept do the rest. It is primarily episodic, so you don't have to watch all the episodes (but you should!), and season four has only just started...so now's as good a time as any to watch Toronto play itself.
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This is my "go to" list for converting people to Sanctuary. You don't really need to read it. Unless you are not watching Sanctuary, in which case you need to read it and then go and watch the episodes.

No real spoilers, just cut for a list.

Season One )

Season Two )

Season Three )

Yes, I am recommending four episodes I haven't seen yet, based on my assumption that they cannot possibly suck.

+++

A Few Notes )

Did I forget anything?
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I wrote a Nikola Tesla Ship Manifesto for the latest round of the [livejournal.com profile] het_reccers Ship Manifesto thingy. It's not entirely complete, because I couldn't rec slash or threesomes (not to mention my own stuff), and at some point I'll probably expand the whole thing into my Character Meta for him, but I think I managed to be reasonably funny, even though I had a kind of limited selection of authors, and I'm pretty sure I set some kind of posting record at the comm. :) Not to mention I discovered the fic "Golden Apples" by [livejournal.com profile] artaxastra, and it might have broken my brain until at least the weekend.

(Plus, I get to make fun of [livejournal.com profile] lone_pyramid again, 'cause that's not getting old for a while!)

Anyway, The Nikola Tesla 'Ship Manifesto. Have fun! Review what you read! And so on!

Oh, and if you want to sign up for your own manifesto:


grav_ity: (because I needed a tesla icon...)
I wrote a Nikola Tesla Ship Manifesto for the latest round of the [livejournal.com profile] het_reccers Ship Manifesto thingy. It's not entirely complete, because I couldn't rec slash or threesomes (not to mention my own stuff), and at some point I'll probably expand the whole thing into my Character Meta for him, but I think I managed to be reasonably funny, even though I had a kind of limited selection of authors, and I'm pretty sure I set some kind of posting record at the comm. :) Not to mention I discovered the fic "Golden Apples" by [livejournal.com profile] artaxastra, and it might have broken my brain until at least the weekend.

(Plus, I get to make fun of [livejournal.com profile] lone_pyramid again, 'cause that's not getting old for a while!)

Anyway, The Nikola Tesla 'Ship Manifesto. Have fun! Review what you read! And so on!

Oh, and if you want to sign up for your own manifesto:


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It's [livejournal.com profile] bsg_remix time, and in trying to decide if I want to sign up this year, I decided to compile a list of my ten favourite moments in BSG canon. Because all Sanctuary and no play makes [livejournal.com profile] grav_ity go slightly (more) insane.

Spoilers, ahoy! )

I'm sure I missed something. Please feel free to add.
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It's [livejournal.com profile] bsg_remix time, and in trying to decide if I want to sign up this year, I decided to compile a list of my ten favourite moments in BSG canon. Because all Sanctuary and no play makes [livejournal.com profile] grav_ity go slightly (more) insane.

Spoilers, ahoy! )

I'm sure I missed something. Please feel free to add.
grav_ity: (women and geeks first)
Oh, Sanctuary! I wasn't really expecting to find the Best Show Ever when I started watching you, and I didn't...but I did find a Really Good Show, despite my initial doubts. What it lacks sense-making properties it makes up for in prettiness, costumed flashbacks, creative name dropping, great acting and a really, really excellent premise. I've come up with 10 things that I usually hate about other shows, but for some reason love to death about Sanctuary. I even almost know why I feel that way. :)

1. Helen Magnus is NOT a Mary-Sue. )

2. There's a SPOILER who is in love with the female lead. )

3. The immortal characters don't whine about how much they've lost (much). )

4. There's a very violent man who is not that far into his redemption arc. )

5. Sometimes the writing is really dumb. )

6. There isn't really a Big Bad. )

7. Everyone is in love with Helen. )

8. There's a love triangle. )

9. There are other characters on the show who take away screen time from The Five. )

10. Sometimes the show is really smart. )

The real achievement here is that they gave me about 10 people to love, and I love them all. Some of them I love more than others, obviously, but whatever plot, special effect and continuity issues I have with the show, it comes down to the part where I adore the characters (even though sometimes their development suffers from the aforementioned shortcomings of the show).

In conclusion, some fic recs. Because I've had all of 12 hours to find good fic. ;) (I haven't copied the warnings here, but they are all available at the top of each fic I recced. Assume darkness, considering the source material.)

Recs Under the Cut )

And now I think I will take a brief fandom vacation (nothing new, anyway) and maybe try to get some writing done...
grav_ity: (women and geeks first)
Oh, Sanctuary! I wasn't really expecting to find the Best Show Ever when I started watching you, and I didn't...but I did find a Really Good Show, despite my initial doubts. What it lacks sense-making properties it makes up for in prettiness, costumed flashbacks, creative name dropping, great acting and a really, really excellent premise. I've come up with 10 things that I usually hate about other shows, but for some reason love to death about Sanctuary. I even almost know why I feel that way. :)

1. Helen Magnus is NOT a Mary-Sue. )

2. There's a SPOILER who is in love with the female lead. )

3. The immortal characters don't whine about how much they've lost (much). )

4. There's a very violent man who is not that far into his redemption arc. )

5. Sometimes the writing is really dumb. )

6. There isn't really a Big Bad. )

7. Everyone is in love with Helen. )

8. There's a love triangle. )

9. There are other characters on the show who take away screen time from The Five. )

10. Sometimes the show is really smart. )

The real achievement here is that they gave me about 10 people to love, and I love them all. Some of them I love more than others, obviously, but whatever plot, special effect and continuity issues I have with the show, it comes down to the part where I adore the characters (even though sometimes their development suffers from the aforementioned shortcomings of the show).

In conclusion, some fic recs. Because I've had all of 12 hours to find good fic. ;) (I haven't copied the warnings here, but they are all available at the top of each fic I recced. Assume darkness, considering the source material.)

Recs Under the Cut )

And now I think I will take a brief fandom vacation (nothing new, anyway) and maybe try to get some writing done...
grav_ity: (because if I have a tesla icon then I ne)
I'm all up to date on Sanctuary. And I'm not running off to read fic right now because I totally cracked on my lunch break today and found a few links on AO3, and now I am just waiting for my weird finale feelings to wear off before I go back to read them all again. Since the finale made me all "Really? All that build up and THIS IS WHAT YOU LEAVE ME WITH?", I am instead going to write my manifesto about why Helen Magnus has in the last two weeks taken the top spot on my Best Female Character EVER list (and, if we're being honest, probably the list where I'm not gender specific as well).

Pomegranates are so delicious, it's hardly a trial to eat a few seeds )

There might be another post later, if it turns into something beyond "OMG, I LOVE THE FIVE!", but for now I am going to read FANFIC because I can no longer accidentally spoil myself.

And in case I haven't said it lately, THANK YOU FOR TELLING ME TO WATCH THIS SHOW!

ETA: Turns out I'm not the first person to go to the Persephone place! [livejournal.com profile] artaxastra has an excellent meta on Helen (and the rest of the Five, and even a bit about Will). Here there be monsters
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I'm all up to date on Sanctuary. And I'm not running off to read fic right now because I totally cracked on my lunch break today and found a few links on AO3, and now I am just waiting for my weird finale feelings to wear off before I go back to read them all again. Since the finale made me all "Really? All that build up and THIS IS WHAT YOU LEAVE ME WITH?", I am instead going to write my manifesto about why Helen Magnus has in the last two weeks taken the top spot on my Best Female Character EVER list (and, if we're being honest, probably the list where I'm not gender specific as well).

Pomegranates are so delicious, it's hardly a trial to eat a few seeds )

There might be another post later, if it turns into something beyond "OMG, I LOVE THE FIVE!", but for now I am going to read FANFIC because I can no longer accidentally spoil myself.

And in case I haven't said it lately, THANK YOU FOR TELLING ME TO WATCH THIS SHOW!

ETA: Turns out I'm not the first person to go to the Persephone place! [livejournal.com profile] artaxastra has an excellent meta on Helen (and the rest of the Five, and even a bit about Will). Here there be monsters
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I had my doubts about this movie. And then I decided to just see what happened. And I'm really glad I did, because this might be my favourite Disney movie since Mulan, and definitely one of the best movies of the year. So in place of a review, I have ten reasons why Tangled is a great movie to love.

1. Rapunzel is kind of kick ass. In adorable ways. Which will require a spoiler cut to explain fully ).

And that's without even mentioning the part about the frying pan! I'll admit, I was worried about this girl and her story, but it was very, very much her story, and she was a player in it, and I love her.

2. Flynn is voiced by Zachary Levi. Shallow, I know, but REALLY. Also, there are a couple of scenes that are pure Levi, and they are HILARIOUS.

3. Mother Gothel is an amazing villain. As far as I could detemine, she's not magical at all, she just knows how to exploit people, and MAN, does this woman exploit people! Her manipulation of Rapunzel deserves several gold stars for expert villainry. Not only is the woman smart enough to lie by telling the truth, she's also (relatively) nice to Rapunzel for her entire life. She's a clever villain, and Disney often so lacking that (hence the term "Disney Villain"). Psychological Scarring FTW!

4.


Seriously, you guys. And the scene was stunning too.

5. Actually, the "I See The Light" scene gets its own entry. BECAUSE IT WAS AWESOME. Just pretty and heartwarming and for about five seconds I thought the eels were going to tip them over and then I realized I was thinking of another movie. ;)

6. Maximus and Pascal. I realize that non-talking animal friend is a Disney staple, but these two were AWESOME. Maximus has a character arc and everything, and Pascal is just HILARIOUS. Maximus actually has two of my favourite moments of the whole picture!

7. The Back-up Thug Chorus is actually pretty funny. And bizarre, of course, but genuinuely amusing.

8. There was a moment in the movie when I thought to myself "Okay, happy ending! WHENEVER YOU'RE READY!" because a Disney movie sort of hoodwinked me into thinking that it might end with something OTHER than happily ever after.

9. Spoiler for the Denouement )

10. I had exactly one reservation with the climax of the movie, and I will need another cut to tell you about it ). I think the best part is that I'm actually okay with how it turned out, because it's still her story and she still does most of the saving and he needs something to redeem him beyond "not leaving" and preferring spoilers! ).

So there you have it. Disney made me like a movie in spite of myself. And yeah, there were underlying messages I'm not sure how I feel about, but generally speaking? 10/10.

(And I didn't even talk about the score and how it managed to be reminiscent without being a complete rip-off, or the animation which was just lovely, or the part where the plot actually sort of made sense!)

How is it, by the way, that the tagline for this movie is NOT "It takes two to tangle"? I swear, the fic is writing ITSELF.

(Though I will allow that "taking adventure to new lengths" is funny.)
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I had my doubts about this movie. And then I decided to just see what happened. And I'm really glad I did, because this might be my favourite Disney movie since Mulan, and definitely one of the best movies of the year. So in place of a review, I have ten reasons why Tangled is a great movie to love.

1. Rapunzel is kind of kick ass. In adorable ways. Which will require a spoiler cut to explain fully ).

And that's without even mentioning the part about the frying pan! I'll admit, I was worried about this girl and her story, but it was very, very much her story, and she was a player in it, and I love her.

2. Flynn is voiced by Zachary Levi. Shallow, I know, but REALLY. Also, there are a couple of scenes that are pure Levi, and they are HILARIOUS.

3. Mother Gothel is an amazing villain. As far as I could detemine, she's not magical at all, she just knows how to exploit people, and MAN, does this woman exploit people! Her manipulation of Rapunzel deserves several gold stars for expert villainry. Not only is the woman smart enough to lie by telling the truth, she's also (relatively) nice to Rapunzel for her entire life. She's a clever villain, and Disney often so lacking that (hence the term "Disney Villain"). Psychological Scarring FTW!

4.


Seriously, you guys. And the scene was stunning too.

5. Actually, the "I See The Light" scene gets its own entry. BECAUSE IT WAS AWESOME. Just pretty and heartwarming and for about five seconds I thought the eels were going to tip them over and then I realized I was thinking of another movie. ;)

6. Maximus and Pascal. I realize that non-talking animal friend is a Disney staple, but these two were AWESOME. Maximus has a character arc and everything, and Pascal is just HILARIOUS. Maximus actually has two of my favourite moments of the whole picture!

7. The Back-up Thug Chorus is actually pretty funny. And bizarre, of course, but genuinuely amusing.

8. There was a moment in the movie when I thought to myself "Okay, happy ending! WHENEVER YOU'RE READY!" because a Disney movie sort of hoodwinked me into thinking that it might end with something OTHER than happily ever after.

9. Spoiler for the Denouement )

10. I had exactly one reservation with the climax of the movie, and I will need another cut to tell you about it ). I think the best part is that I'm actually okay with how it turned out, because it's still her story and she still does most of the saving and he needs something to redeem him beyond "not leaving" and preferring spoilers! ).

So there you have it. Disney made me like a movie in spite of myself. And yeah, there were underlying messages I'm not sure how I feel about, but generally speaking? 10/10.

(And I didn't even talk about the score and how it managed to be reminiscent without being a complete rip-off, or the animation which was just lovely, or the part where the plot actually sort of made sense!)

How is it, by the way, that the tagline for this movie is NOT "It takes two to tangle"? I swear, the fic is writing ITSELF.

(Though I will allow that "taking adventure to new lengths" is funny.)
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This was mostly supposed to be fangirling the crap out of the seventh episode of season 2, but I watched it a few days ago, I've watched a few episodes since, and I've had all this time to develop thoughts, so here we go.

1. What, exactly, is Warehouse 13?

Warehouse 13 is a SyFy original show in its second season. It's pretty much Eureka's second cousin on its mother's side. I believe there was once a show about a cursed antique shop and a dude who had to track down the evil stuff the Devil made his uncle/brother(?) hand out? [livejournal.com profile] cereta mentioned it, anyway. It's a bit like that.

In terms of Procedural Drama Bingo, W13 covers the Secret Service which makes, um, NO SENSE AT ALL, but whatever. We can't all be shows about the FBI or the Federal Marshals or...some secret branch of the CIA, and W13 handles it's total lack of reality with aplomb.

The Main Agents are Myka Bering and Pete Lattimer, who saved the President and got "promoted" to South Dakota, where they pose as IRS agents (which makes everyone in the small town they live near HATE them, which is kind of funny). They are directed by Artie, senior agent, and assisted by a couple other [plot spoilers] that I adore to pieces and you will too.

The directive of the Warehouse agents is to find, recover, neutralize and store Artefacts from all over the world (but mostly the US). These artefacts range from the predictable (Excalibur, whose exact powers I forget, but I think it'll cut through anything) to the unusual (Mata Hari's stockings allow the woman who wears them to completely control the man who touches them) to the ABSOLUTELY HILARIOUS (the Baylor Dodgeball, the original Disco Ball from Studio 54, Timothy Leery's glasses....etc).

All of the artefact have mystical powers that are usually really dangerous and occasionally result in ferrets. Or fudge.

2. Why should I watch Warehouse 13?

We're all busy people, I get that. But Warehouse 13 is awesome and so far there are only 26 episodes. Also, the ratio of male to female characters is currently 2:4. And the guest cast is AWESOME.

3. Please be more specific. Tell me about the characters.

Well for starters we have Myka Bering. Myka is uptight, ridiculously over educated and so detail oriented it's nearly incapacitating. She's also on occasion a bit whiny, but it's in the adorable way, if that makes sense. She has read and memorized pretty much everything, including the Warehouse Manual (kind of like Hermione Granger, now that I think about it, and "Hogwarts, A History") with often funny results. Pete Lattimer is basically a puppy. Hilarious, adorable, loyal, and typically just what you need when you need him. Pete has not read the manual, with often funny results. Together "She looks, he leaps", and they make a perfect team.

ASIDE: In a somewhat dramatic break with tradition, I do not ship them. AT ALL. Well, once for a moment during the supermodel episode, but aside form that: nada. AND IT'S WEIRD. REALLY, REALLY WEIRD. But I kinda like it.

Next we have Artie, the boss, who sends Myka and Pete out on missions and occasionally goes with them if it's particularly bad. Artie has A Backstory that I find a bit contrived, but it works as long as you suspend your disbelief COMPLETELY, which, lets face it, is probably a good idea anyway.

Rounding out the credited cast we have Claudia, junior Warehouse agent and tech geek extraordinaire (and believe me when I tell you that the description I just gave you is so much of an underselling that I can't even BEGIN to apologize for it, but anything else would be spoilery), and Lina, who owns the B&B everyone lives at and occasionally shelves things insightfully.

As I said above, the supporting cast is great. The recurring character of Mrs. Frederick is fabulous, Mark Sheppard is his typical creep, and the townies are more than just stereotypes. Plus, it's nice to see that Tia Carrere is still getting work. In addition, the show features The Only Nine Actors In Canada, which means the entire cast of Stargate Atlantis is bound to show up eventually.

4. How is the writing?

Seriously, do you think I'd direct you to something with crappy writing? ;)

There are many tiny things about the show I love. Pete's luggage still hasn't shown up, for example. The running gags are brilliant. The audience gets a lot of credit in terms of remembering what things are and what they do. The plots aren't exactly EARTH SHATTERING, but they're solid and watchable. And HILARIOUS about 99% of the time.

Also, they deal with sexism in a fairly upfront way without demolishing the story or sounding preachy, which I kind of love to pieces.

5. Are there characters of colour?

This is, unfortunately, the show's weak spot. Two of the characters are black, but I don't think they've had more than a couple of episodes together, and one of them is recurring.

6. Please tell me your closing arguments.

Remember that feeling of wonderful joy you had at the beginning of your SG-1 fixation? Subtract the 'shipping (and the 'shipper wars), and that's pretty much Warehouse 13. Shadowy extra-government agency? Check. Hilarious team? Check. Thin basis in history with fantastic results? Check. This show is by dork for dorks, and I love it. I think you will too (if you aren't already).

Also, because it can never be said too much: STEAMPUNK FTW!
grav_ity: (warehouse 13)
This was mostly supposed to be fangirling the crap out of the seventh episode of season 2, but I watched it a few days ago, I've watched a few episodes since, and I've had all this time to develop thoughts, so here we go.

1. What, exactly, is Warehouse 13?

Warehouse 13 is a SyFy original show in its second season. It's pretty much Eureka's second cousin on its mother's side. I believe there was once a show about a cursed antique shop and a dude who had to track down the evil stuff the Devil made his uncle/brother(?) hand out? [livejournal.com profile] cereta mentioned it, anyway. It's a bit like that.

In terms of Procedural Drama Bingo, W13 covers the Secret Service which makes, um, NO SENSE AT ALL, but whatever. We can't all be shows about the FBI or the Federal Marshals or...some secret branch of the CIA, and W13 handles it's total lack of reality with aplomb.

The Main Agents are Myka Bering and Pete Lattimer, who saved the President and got "promoted" to South Dakota, where they pose as IRS agents (which makes everyone in the small town they live near HATE them, which is kind of funny). They are directed by Artie, senior agent, and assisted by a couple other [plot spoilers] that I adore to pieces and you will too.

The directive of the Warehouse agents is to find, recover, neutralize and store Artefacts from all over the world (but mostly the US). These artefacts range from the predictable (Excalibur, whose exact powers I forget, but I think it'll cut through anything) to the unusual (Mata Hari's stockings allow the woman who wears them to completely control the man who touches them) to the ABSOLUTELY HILARIOUS (the Baylor Dodgeball, the original Disco Ball from Studio 54, Timothy Leery's glasses....etc).

All of the artefact have mystical powers that are usually really dangerous and occasionally result in ferrets. Or fudge.

2. Why should I watch Warehouse 13?

We're all busy people, I get that. But Warehouse 13 is awesome and so far there are only 26 episodes. Also, the ratio of male to female characters is currently 2:4. And the guest cast is AWESOME.

3. Please be more specific. Tell me about the characters.

Well for starters we have Myka Bering. Myka is uptight, ridiculously over educated and so detail oriented it's nearly incapacitating. She's also on occasion a bit whiny, but it's in the adorable way, if that makes sense. She has read and memorized pretty much everything, including the Warehouse Manual (kind of like Hermione Granger, now that I think about it, and "Hogwarts, A History") with often funny results. Pete Lattimer is basically a puppy. Hilarious, adorable, loyal, and typically just what you need when you need him. Pete has not read the manual, with often funny results. Together "She looks, he leaps", and they make a perfect team.

ASIDE: In a somewhat dramatic break with tradition, I do not ship them. AT ALL. Well, once for a moment during the supermodel episode, but aside form that: nada. AND IT'S WEIRD. REALLY, REALLY WEIRD. But I kinda like it.

Next we have Artie, the boss, who sends Myka and Pete out on missions and occasionally goes with them if it's particularly bad. Artie has A Backstory that I find a bit contrived, but it works as long as you suspend your disbelief COMPLETELY, which, lets face it, is probably a good idea anyway.

Rounding out the credited cast we have Claudia, junior Warehouse agent and tech geek extraordinaire (and believe me when I tell you that the description I just gave you is so much of an underselling that I can't even BEGIN to apologize for it, but anything else would be spoilery), and Lina, who owns the B&B everyone lives at and occasionally shelves things insightfully.

As I said above, the supporting cast is great. The recurring character of Mrs. Frederick is fabulous, Mark Sheppard is his typical creep, and the townies are more than just stereotypes. Plus, it's nice to see that Tia Carrere is still getting work. In addition, the show features The Only Nine Actors In Canada, which means the entire cast of Stargate Atlantis is bound to show up eventually.

4. How is the writing?

Seriously, do you think I'd direct you to something with crappy writing? ;)

There are many tiny things about the show I love. Pete's luggage still hasn't shown up, for example. The running gags are brilliant. The audience gets a lot of credit in terms of remembering what things are and what they do. The plots aren't exactly EARTH SHATTERING, but they're solid and watchable. And HILARIOUS about 99% of the time.

Also, they deal with sexism in a fairly upfront way without demolishing the story or sounding preachy, which I kind of love to pieces.

5. Are there characters of colour?

This is, unfortunately, the show's weak spot. Two of the characters are black, but I don't think they've had more than a couple of episodes together, and one of them is recurring.

6. Please tell me your closing arguments.

Remember that feeling of wonderful joy you had at the beginning of your SG-1 fixation? Subtract the 'shipping (and the 'shipper wars), and that's pretty much Warehouse 13. Shadowy extra-government agency? Check. Hilarious team? Check. Thin basis in history with fantastic results? Check. This show is by dork for dorks, and I love it. I think you will too (if you aren't already).

Also, because it can never be said too much: STEAMPUNK FTW!
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[livejournal.com profile] irony_rocks, this is not aimed at you. Well...mostly not. ;)

It took me a long time to fall in love with Criminal Minds.

I remember sitting down to see the pilot, getting about fifteen minutes in, thinking "Hey! It's Inigo Montoya!" and then deciding I didn't need another cop show. I also had night class on Wednesdays every year after that, so it wouldn't have worked out very well. In hindsight, the pilot lacks many of the elements that make Criminal Minds so great, but it got the job done.

The second time I tried watching Criminal Minds, I got very upset when a whole room full of police officers and FBI agents couldn't identify a human rib on sight. Because...they look exactly like you think they look, and...just...well, you know.

The third episode I watched was called "Scared to Death". And even though I sort of was, I knew I was hooked.

Cut for length and very vague spoilers )

Recommended Episodes )

Links

Synecdochic's Manifesto
Matociquala's Manifesto
My Criminal Minds Tag
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[livejournal.com profile] irony_rocks, this is not aimed at you. Well...mostly not. ;)

It took me a long time to fall in love with Criminal Minds.

I remember sitting down to see the pilot, getting about fifteen minutes in, thinking "Hey! It's Inigo Montoya!" and then deciding I didn't need another cop show. I also had night class on Wednesdays every year after that, so it wouldn't have worked out very well. In hindsight, the pilot lacks many of the elements that make Criminal Minds so great, but it got the job done.

The second time I tried watching Criminal Minds, I got very upset when a whole room full of police officers and FBI agents couldn't identify a human rib on sight. Because...they look exactly like you think they look, and...just...well, you know.

The third episode I watched was called "Scared to Death". And even though I sort of was, I knew I was hooked.

Cut for length and very vague spoilers )

Recommended Episodes )

Links

Synecdochic's Manifesto
Matociquala's Manifesto
My Criminal Minds Tag

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