itsnotmymind: (rick & louis)
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Duck Soup )
itsnotmymind: (buffy crying)
I re-watched Innocence yesterday. Still a powerful story. It really brings home to me, though, how Angel coming back to life in S3 undermines the story. She kills him, and the very next episode he's in the credits? I know when the show first aired there was a few months in between seasons where viewers thought he might stay dead, but even still - that's not that long a time. We only see a few episodes of Buffy trying to grieve and move on before he's back, for a whole season of pointless on-and-off romance. And while I was never huge fan of Jenny or Kendra, I am bitter that the white male is in the credits the episode after he dies while the women of color die and stay dead.

And think how powerful it would be if Angel had stayed dead, or if he had come back after a few seasons instead of right away. Yeah, I know, we would have missed out on AtS. But for Buffy's story, it would have been a vast improvement. What if Buffy really did have to enter adulthood having killed her great love? Not temporarily, but permanently (or apparently permanently)? It would have rendered his death and the S2 story line so much more meaningful.
itsnotmymind: (dean/cassie)
One of the downsides of woobifying a male character is that the claims made about the character can too easily have sexist implications. Two examples involving arguments from fans of one Dean Winchester:

Cause endless understanding is the sign of a healthy relationship )
itsnotmymind: (daredevil)
During my first watch of Luke Cage, I noticed not long before he died that Cottonmouth had become a pretty pathetic villain, always on the run. I thought Mariah should replace him as the arch-villain. I felt vindicated when she killed him. In some ways it was a shame, since their relationship was just starting to get interesting to me, with the flashbacks to their upbringing.

But Mariah did not become the arch-villain. At least not this season.

It's a little over halfway through the season before we even meet Diamondback. Plenty of time to spend trying to suss out who, exactly, is supposed to be our biggest bad.

And the reveal of Willis Stryker was, I felt, ultimately disappointing.

I am your brother )
itsnotmymind: (owen)
The copy I read of Lionel Shriver's novel We Need to Talk About Kevin has a quote from the Boston Globe on the cover, praising the book. The reviewer is quoted as saying: “Who, in the end, needs to talk about Kevin? Maybe we all do.”

I am the context )
itsnotmymind: (sam & dean & john)
A response to a common interpretation of the Sam and Dean argument in Scarecrow:

I did not see an SPN episode called “Scarecrow” where "Sam leaves Dean (again)" (paraphrase of common fannish description, not an exact quote from anyone).

You're a selfish bastard, you know that? )
itsnotmymind: (buffy 1)
Sorted using the links here.

Warning: It takes awhile to sort all your favorite episodes and characters.

Favorite Buffyverse characters and BtVS episodes )
itsnotmymind: (dru)
Patricia McKillip's Riddle-Master Trilogy is my favorite fantasy trilogy. Don't get me wrong: I love The Lord of the Rings. But I found parts of the book to drag terribly. While the Riddle-Master Trilogy has a few confusing, hard-to-read sections, it never got as dull as, say, The Road to Isengard (Nothing happens in that chapter!). And on an emotional level, the McKillip's trilogy spoke to me completely, in a very personal way.

So I will write meta on this trilogy. I I know it is unlikely that anyone will read it or understand it. But this is a public livejournal - who knows who could stumble upon it.

I want to write about Raederle.

The second most beautiful woman in the three portions of An )
itsnotmymind: (buffy & dawn swing)
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13 Icons from Spiral-The Gift )
itsnotmymind: (buffy/spike as you were)
Re-reading [livejournal.com profile] gabrielleabelle's old meta posts in good for inspiring BtVS meta from me.

Gabrielleabelle argued that the Buffy/Angel relationship subverts itself. This is what I picked up on - on a less articulate level - the first time I watched Buffy. I was disappointed when Angel got his soul back and seemed immediately and magically transformed into his good self (when he gets back his soul in Becoming 2, he doesn't remember his soulless period). It shoved the subversion back in the box.

Vampires with and without souls )
itsnotmymind: (sam and ruby)
I just finished re-watching Repo Man. I've always thought it a strong episode, one that really takes a harsh look at how Sam and Dean treat possessed people. But nonetheless, I've always felt the making Jeffrey turn out to be so evil undermined that harsh look. It makes it harder for us to care, to empathize with Jeffrey, to fully feel the effects of Sam and Dean's actions.

Yet somehow, I never noticed how the exorcism of the demon Nora's son completely undermines any argument for the Winchester brothers' near-constant murders of countless possession victims. Some fans have argues that demons should be killed rather the exorcised because otherwise the demons will return to kill others. Well, here is a demon who is especially dangerous - he not only kills, he possesses people planning to teach them how to be serial killers, so they can kill on their own after he leaves. Yet, because they have sympathy towards the victim's mother, Sam and Dean choose to exorcise him.

Dean even kills Jeffrey to keep him from killing the demon. Don't get me wrong - the Winchester brothers had no feelings of mercy towards Jeffrey at this point, nor should they have. There's a reason Dean shot him instead of making an attempt to disarm him. Nonetheless, I don't think Dean would have killed him directly accept to save another person - even if saving another person means saving the demon inhabiting that person. So much for the "No matter what meat suit he's in, I should have knifed him," argument that he gave a season later, after trying to kill Linda Tran.

(Also, so much for the fanon I've encountered that Sam cares about people he knows more than people he doesn't know, but Dean has no such prejudice...)

If killing Nora's son would have been wrong, why is it okay to kill so many nameless people who had the misfortune to have demons shoved inside them?
itsnotmymind: (sam & dean metamorphosis)
I spent this morning thinking about hurtful lines from my favorites TV shows. Things that characters say to the people they love that are devastating. I picked out my current favorites from each of my favorite TV shows (Torchwood, Buffy, Supernatural, Jessica Jones). I'm sure there's particularly devastating lines that I've forgotten, but here's what I have now:
Ow )
itsnotmymind: (buffy & faith)
Still re-reading [livejournal.com profile] gabrielleabelle's Buffy polls, and I've gotten to her poll on This Year's Girl.

Her third question jumped out at me: "Looking back at events up till this episode, do you think Buffy had done everything that could be reasonably expected of her to reach out to Faith?" There's a lot of discussion in the comments about whether Buffy did enough to help Faith, and what should realistically have been expected of her, Faith-wise.

The question itself demonstrates for me a problem with how fandom talks about the Faith/Buffy relationship. Because no one ever asks, "Did Faith do enough to help Buffy?" Buffy can be condescending with Faith, and she is the senior slayer - but the end of the day she's Faith's equal and peer, not her superior. It's not even clear if she's older or younger than Faith. Buffy isn't Faith's watcher, mother, or therapist. It's not fair to either girl to expect Buffy to take responsibility for Faith as if Faith were a wayward child (which, I mean, she kinda is, but not in relation to Buffy). Buffy had her problems, too, and if she is responsible for Faith, shouldn't Faith also be responsible for her?
itsnotmymind: (buffy/faith kiss)
I've been re-reading the comments on [livejournal.com profile] gabrielleabelle's episode polls for season three, and stumbled on a tumblr post about the season, and that's got me thinking about why Buffy S3 is tied with S7 for my least favorite of the full-length seasons. On an episode by episode basis, I would say S3 is stronger (I LOVE Earshot), but S3 is the season where I temporarily lost my emotional investment in the show, and here's why:

Nothing happens.

You'd think stabbing someone into a coma would change something )
itsnotmymind: (candy cane)
https://patdavid.net/getting-around-in-gimp/

As an icon maker, this site (aimed for people using GIMP for photograph editing) has providing me with the most interesting and helpful tutorials.
itsnotmymind: (jack profile)
“A riddle is a tale so familiar you no longer see it; it’s simply there, like the air you breathe, the ancient names of Kings echoing in the corners of your house, the sunlight in the corner of your eye; until one day you look at it and something shapeless, voiceless in you opens a third eye and sees it as you have never seen it before. The you are left with the knowledge of the nameless question in you, and the tale that is no longer meaningless but the one thing in the world that has meaning anymore.”

- Raederle, Heir of Sea and Fire by Patricia McKillip
itsnotmymind: (Default)
I just finished re-watching Out of Gas, my favorite Firefly episode, for the first time in years. Some thoughts:

One thing I really appreciate about Firefly as a show is that it's about a bunch of nobodies. Most of my shows are about special people: the one girl in all the world, outside the government and beyond the police, the people who know the truth about the supernatural while most of the world is in the dark. But in the show, the crew of Serenity have no particular importance to the world. They're outsiders, perhaps, but at the end of the day, just regular folks

Kaylee's backstory in Out of Gas is, for me, one of the most feminist moments in a Whedon show. When I first saw the episode, I just assumed the the woman Bester was sleeping with was not important, and would likely be hustled off the scene to make room for the important drama between the men (I love you, SPN, but...Lazarus Rising & Clap Your Hands If You Believe, ugh). Instead she was...Kaylee! Bester's claim that engines make her hot suddenly seems less sleazy and more...Kaylee! It's a great moment of humanizing a woman who on another show would have been nothing more than a sex object. Kaylee, not Bester, is the important character whom we have already gotten to know.
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We almost certainly don't see Faith's first murder. I even see fans who take for granted that Faith only ever murdered one person (the volcanologist), but in fact we see Faith murder on camera for the first time in Choices. She seems very cool about it, giving the impression that this isn't the first time she's intentionally ended a human life. Even looking at Graduation Day Part 1 in isolation, there's no reason to believe this is Faith's first murder, and plenty of reason to believe it isn't. Again, she's very cool, and she tells the professor "I'll make it quick," as if she knows what she'd doing. When Buffy see the newspaper article about it, she immediately knows Faith committed the murder. She explains that the murder is "One of her pieces. I recognize the brush work." "Pieces", as if Faith has had a few of them. Later in the episode, during their fight, Buffy says to Faith, "All that killing, you afraid to die?" The line certainly implies that there was more than one murder and one accidental kill. The assumption of some fans that Faith only murdered one person has no basis in the text.

It is interesting to me that Faith's first accidental kill is a huge deal - a whole episode devoted to the immediate fall-out - but her first murder is possibly not even referenced or shown on screen. When did Faith cross that line?
itsnotmymind: (Default)
I’m skeeved out by how dehumanized the two villains are in in Family Remains. I've only once heard this talked about in fandom, and in a very limited sense: A fan (a Dean fan, of course) rightfully criticized Sam for describing them as barely human. But it goes beyond Sam. The narrative itself portrays them as subuman animals.

I find this disturbing, because incest and abuse are things that happen in real life. They are topics that are already wreathed in shame. And here we have a story about children conceived from incest who are subhuman. I am not OK with that.
itsnotmymind: (Default)
Some thoughts on See Your Sunshine, a solo Paul McCartney song that he has states is about his relationship with his second wife.
I'd love to be the guy who gets to walk off with the girl )

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