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2011-07-14 03:44 am

Inconveniently circumstanced

We'll make this a quickie and hope for the best. The image to the left was drawn by Fireball of Kagerou fame, and the quote is from Colin Ferguson (which reminds me: I need to see "Eureka"). It is very, very apt. I have been devouring "Doctor Who"; just watching the Christmas special capping off season 3, and then it's back to "Torchwood" for Season 2.

Still haven't finished up "LotS" Season 2. I am truly falling behind in my fannish duties. I have been studying more WoW than anything else (and I mean that truly - I'm part way through My Life as a Night Elf Priest which is a sort of ethnographic study of World of Warcraft). Oh, I have spent some time with Dreadnought, too. So you can parcel some blame out for Cherie Priest.

Real life and guild leader duties have eclipsed the duty to fandom. I may be forced to get gainful employment soon, which is a terrible thing to have happen to anyone. I've also been working on my game and (gasp!) working out. Jobs and exercise at the same time? If I didn't have the Doctor and Captain Jack, I don't know what I'd do.

I hope all is well wherever you may be, scattered across the World Wide Web (remember when people used that term?). I wish you lots of vanilla coke, chocolate almond bark, and tasty crusty bread.
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2011-02-23 12:52 pm

No, delicious friends, I have not forgotten you

...nor have I given up on my quest. I've been...*ahem*...distracted.

However, I have recently finished the first season of "Torchwood" and have begun upon the second season of "Legend of the Seeker" (Good news for those still wanting to see the first season: it seems to have returned to the Netflix Instant Queue!). This should give me some excellent grist for the mill, as it were.

The last few eps of "Torchwood" nearly all made me cry. A prime exception: episode 1.12, where spoiler-tastic things happen ). Okay, so maybe I did cry a little for that.

Wherein I ponder spoilers )
So yes, I'll watch more "Torchwood" - I just about have to now - but I'm not sure it'll ever occupy the same place in my heart as "Doctor Who." Then again, I'm not sure it's meant to.

I'm about to start in on the 3rd season of the new Who, and looking forward to it, but I decided a break from the British was in order, so I went with...well, Australian, which is so much better. Besides, I've been meaning to watch more "LotS." I really like that show; I thought about buying the DVDs, but I'm sure if I wait a bit, a "Complete Series - Both Seasons in ONE!" pack'll come out. ...probably just after I buy them individually; that's usually the way it works.

Also, it takes my mind off of this week's cliffhanger episode of "Castle" (because how could you doubt that I'm still watching it?). ARGH! And, of course, the end of season 1 of "Torchwood" decided to hang me on a cliff a bit as well. So, yes, cliffs galore for me to hang off of. It's nearly my bedtime (don't ask), and no doubt I shall go to bed with dreams of Captain Jack dancing *coughwithacertainsomeoneelsecough* in my head.
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2010-12-19 11:53 am
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Who's that then?

Spent this morning working on Christmas preparations, and what better accompaniment to holiday provisioning than the good Doctor and Rose Tyler. I'm in the middle of "The Age of Steel". Ahh, how I have missed this show! "The Girl in the Fireplace" made me tear up a little. And I want a daft tin dog of my own now! K-9!

I am a sucker for character development. It's part of why I loved "Firefly" so much: most episodes were focused on the adventures of these particular characters. And "Doctor Who" is much the same. I mean, I love a good overarching plot (thanks, "Babylon 5"!), but ooo interesting characters are The Best in My Book.
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2010-12-17 04:00 am
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Legacy systems update

So, I just got back from Tron: Legacy midnight showing (in IMAX 3D, no less). Well, maybe not "just" back - there was a stop at Denny's and a quick grocery run.

So, here's the thing: I was never a big fan of Tron. I felt like it was honestly pretty boring; the best part was the games, and that lasted almost no time at all. I really only watched it because my social identity (geek) demanded it.

But the previews for Legacy looked interesting, and I'm always up for more Bruce Boxleitner (yes, I know Jeff Bridges is the main character). So okay, off we went.

When the lights came back up, I sat there in amazment: I liked it. I really liked it. I watched it like a hawk, waiting for it to disappoint me, and it failed to do so. I am not going to evangelize it; I will not inform you that you must, at all costs, go see this movie. I will not trumpet it to the heavens as the next best thing or demand it get Oscar recognition.

Disney always swings for the fences. It always wants the solid gold home run, out of the park, to the moon. It doesn't always succeed, but it has a decent batting average overall, and everyone has off days.

Tron: Legacy didn't clear the fences (I'd say the original Pirates of the Caribbean did that), but it is a solid home run in my book. It is a fun movie. Unlike PotC, the characters in the movie aren't having fun. It's a bit different that way. You're along for the ride with the creators, not the characters. But it is a fun ride and it is very well executed.

The pacing is good, the story is good, the acting is good, and the effects are wonderful. It would've been so very easy for this movie to fall into the trap that many big budget spectacles fall into: where the effects BECOME the movie. Here, the effects are very well-played, and they're used appropriately to help TELL the story, not BE it.

Here there be Spoilers; bitcheth not, for ye were warned )

The references and in-jokes back to the first one are a nice touch, but if you have spared yourself from Tron the original, you can still enjoy Tron: Legacy. Any necessary backstory is explained succinctly (and, really, very little of it is necessary). In a lot of ways, Legacy is what I wanted Tron to be. I guess it - like both the Flynns - just had to grow up.

~*~*~*~*~


In other news, no, this blog isn't dead. Consider it "On Hiatus" until after the holidays though.
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2010-10-28 02:11 pm
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Hisashiburi desu ne

Research and schoolwork have eaten my time. Well, and WoW. There has been drama, there has been strife, there have been wounds of the soul!

I'm also reading Hamlet for class at the moment: it is my very favoritest play of all time.

I'm still watching Castle. Still enjoying it. Mondays are Castle days, make no mistake. But I recently came into possession of a Blu-Ray player with the capability to stream my Netflix instant queue on my computer room television.

Do you hear my evil laughter? Does my maniacal cackling fill you with dread? Still, Thursdays are raid nights, so I gotta get back to prep work.


Little bit of pimping: if any of you play video games and wish to help me with my research, I'd appreciate you taking a few moments to fill out this lovely survey of mine.
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2010-10-06 06:01 am

Under the Gun

AKA, "Castle" Ep 3.03
ALSO AKA, my life

Okay so it's not quite that bad, but it seems like no matter what, I end up doing things last minute. It's...working so far? It won't stay that way. It's cut into my TV watching time, but I always make time for "Castle" (and "Judge Judy" but we aren't here to talk about that).

I didn't post on last week's ep, but then I don't feel a need to comment on every single ep as it airs. Some people do, and that's fine and dandy for them; just not my thing. But 3.02 was a good episode and I liked it. The reason I'm commenting on episode 3 though?

I SO CALLED THAT.
I'm not saying what I called or anything, so there should be no cries of "Spoiler Alert!" I'm just saying, I called it, early on, and I have witnesses to back me up. I have MSN logs with my prediction and I was, in fact, proven correct.

And part of me struts around, showing off my pretty feathers, and the rest of me sits here and pouts at the realization that if I can figure it out that quickly, how good is that plot? Because I normally don't figure things out, and certainly not that early.

Which isn't me saying I'm dumb. Not to stroke my own ego too much, but I have tested at a 120 IQ. When I watch shows though, I very easily suspend disbelief and usually shut down what deductive faculties I have because I Want The Ride. I want to be astounded, I want to sit up at the end and go "Oooooooooooooooo!" And, even if I were keenly paying attention and intent on figuring everything out along with our main character? I SUCK AT DEDUCTION. Anything above basic level 1+1=2 usually ends with me in tears.

I am an analyst. Give unto me data and let me analyze it: this follows this pattern, this is comparable to this other thing, this is the effect of that cause. But do not ask me to look at fact 1 and fact 2 and give you fact 3 from them. I am not a fact generator usually; I require facts. It's like asking a plant to make carbon dioxide for you; you've got it backwards.

So yes, while part of me is singing, "We Are the Champions" and jumping around, hands in the air like Rocky, the rest of me is going, "Damn, that was really easy to figure out. I like it better when I'm surprised at the end." Does it impact my enjoyment of the show overall? Of course not. Does it impact my enjoyment of this particular episode? Eh, a smidge.

However, combined with certain other, completely obvious (even to me) moments, it worries me for the future of the show. And, of course, there's the recent departure of Mr. Cannell. RIP, man. I bet when he got to Heaven, God was like, "Dude! A-Team rocked so hard! Come sit by me."

So we'll hope I'm being unnecessarily paranoid.
Now if you'll excuse me, I intend to take a test drive of this new innovation in sanity-preservation. I believe it's called "sleep"?
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2010-09-20 10:25 pm
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Castle S3.01

Warning: I am a Nathan Fillion fan. If you expect me to be objective about "Castle", you are out of your goddamn mind.

Cut for 'spoilers' though they're honestly really vague or nothing you don't see in the first few minutes. )
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2010-09-12 06:26 am
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Walt Whitman was apparently a little pervy

*Ahem*

So. Hi again. It's Rusk-san, remember me?

No, I haven't been watching anything worth posting about. I know, I know. But see, this thing called "school" started again, and I'm still trying to herd these cats lead this guild I've got going. Plus, I have 2 fics on my plate, one of which has an actual DUE date (but it's crack!fic as a birthday present, so it has lower standards).

"Dr. Who" and "Torchwood" are still on the top of the list, as is season 2 of "Legend of the Seeker." Of course, once Sept. 20th rolls around, THERE WILL BE "Castle" because of my unhealthy obsession with all things Nathan Fillion.

Keep on hoping, dreamers.
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2010-09-02 03:27 pm
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My safe word is "Apples"

One of the few fandoms I have managed, by dint of sheer obsession, to stay on top of is "Castle" (admit it - you want to be on top of Castle too). The latest Season 3 promo is naughty fun in all the very best ways.




September 20th is too far away.
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2010-09-01 01:55 am
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Okay, so introductions are apparently in order.

Once upon a time, a long, long time ago it seems *significant cough*, I had a Muse. Said Muse would drag me out of bed at 3 AM, at gun point, and make me write. I would get story ideas and scene concepts and all kinds of things at all kinds of hours.

She's been very silent the last few years until a few hours ago, when I was at dinner. I was watching the hibachi chef cook my shrimp when I felt the press of a familiar gun at my back. "You're going to write Arthur/Eames fic. Now, I hope you're paying attention because it starts like this..."

I don't even know. I had 0 plans to start writing slash fic again. Hell, I had 0 plans to start writing FANFIC again; I'm happy with my OCs and my own story worlds.

That having been said, I'm working on the damn fic. Not right now though, 'cause I'm about to end up drooling into the keyboard at this rate. So, anyway, Internets, consider yourself introduced to the gun-wielding, chain-smoking Muse, who will probably send me off to sleep with more fic ideas tonight and will want me to work on this again tomorrow when I should be doing classwork. *sighs*
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2010-08-29 05:24 pm

To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield

Just wrapped up season 1 of "Legend of the Seeker." And it's safe to say I enjoyed it. I really like this show, so it's little surprise it got cancelled. (Seriously: "Firefly." "Wonderfalls." I could go on, but I shall show some self-restraint.) At least there's one more season to console myself with.

As a brief warning: I will mention certain things about the shows, but nothing that's overly spoilerish. No major plot details. Still, if you don't want to know ANYTHING, you might want to just skip the whole entry. ;)



In addition to the rigid black/white morality I mentioned last time, there's a lot of worry over free will and the various ways it can be stolen from someone. In this world, both the good and the bad guys have the ability to turn someone into their thralls, and both sides use this ability often. The only real difference is the good guys handwring over it, and bemoan the loss of a person's free will.

I'm not sure how much good that does, in the grand scheme of things. The lesson seems to be, "Taking someone's free will from them is bad...unless you're a good guy, and you're really sorry about having to do it." Which is odd from a show that had an entire episode devoted to understanding your enemy and being better than they are (in the sense of "Just because THEY slaughter innocents, doesn't mean WE should"). I thought that was a great episode, where Richard gets to visit a D'Haran captain's family, and where the Resistance fighters are little better than the D'Harans themselves. Richard got a real lesson in the fact that every man he kills is someone's father or son or brother.

...and then next episode, it's back to slaughtering those nasty D'Harans, left, right and center. Which, y'know, combatants on the battlefield, blah blah blah. But still. TV writing.

More TV writing shows up in the next to last episode: "I am going to be perceptive and figure out this obscure but obscenely helpful clue! And now I will be needlessly stupid with this information, just to draw out the drama. Also, when I DO finally clue in the Only Person Left who can help me with this? I will do so in the worst possible way, in a way that I KNOW will cause them to react strongly and negatively to the idea!"

But, yeah, drama. And TV writing is TV writing, so I can't really hold it against the show.

One thing I don't get though: he's the Seeker of Truth. I'm not really sure what truth he's supposed to be seeking? Maybe we find out in Season 2. In the meantime? Pretty boys with swords and magic, hot chicks with daggers and magic, and...well, just lots more magic! And the occasional Aussie accent, which I love.

Y'see, the show is populated with Australian actors. In the beginning, everyone sounds American. But as the show goes on, and more and more extras are needed, their ability to shed their Aussie starts to drop. Oh, the main actors are fine, and Darken Rahl, as the big evil baddie, is required to sound Foreign (though he doesn't ever sound Aussie). But the extras we get in are really starting to slip; it wouldn't surprise me if, by the end of season 2, some random villager comes up to Richard and says, "G'day, mate! Ah, Sword of Truth is it, eh? Bonzer!"

And fanservice? I could do with some more of that. Though there's not exactly a dearth: both Darken Rahl AND Richard seem to enjoy walking around in shirts that are slit nearly half way down their torsos, to reveal those rippling pectorals. Hell, getting Richard out of his shirt is as simple as having him practice with his sword or making him go for a swim. Drop a pin, he'll take his shirt off. (I'm not complaining.) Kahlan walks around in outfits that barely restrain her ample bosom. It seems to be a requirement for her to show off cleavage at all times. So, yeah. I'm just saying, I hope season 2 drops more pins for Richard and gives us more pretty outfits for Kahlan. Also, more explosions. Zed does this great sort of circle blast in one ep that he really needs to do more often. Magical explosions FTW.

I am not exactly kicking myself for missing out on this, but I'm very glad to be catching up on it. I'll probably start mixing "Doctor Who" and "Torchwood" back into the viewing mix though; since LotS had such a limited viewing window, I wanted to be sure I didn't miss out. I'd've gone NUTS if the streaming had ended before I'd seen the end of the season.

Also? That one D'Haran guard who wanted to get in Richard's pants? I'm STILL laughing about that. And we're not talking flowers and chocolates here. We're talking the skeevy way most prison guards look at female prisoners in bad pornos. The look on Richard's face...

Here's to more adventure, more comedy, more romance, more magic and, L-sama willing, more shirtless Richard in season 2!
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2010-08-28 09:07 am

Strong in will

I've just started episode 11 of the first season of "Legend of the Seeker." So just about half way through.

Gotta say, I like it so far. I was discussing it with a friend yesterday:

[13:56] Me: I think I'll drink my Italian Lemon Ice and watch more "Legend of the Seeker"
[13:57] Friend: heh
[13:57] Friend: I saw the first ep of that, maybe the second? Wasn't something I stuck with tho. I'd read some of the books you see :-P they kinda ruined it for me
[13:58] Me: yeah I know they're different. but I haven't read the books yet, so.
[14:00] Friend: keep it that way
[14:00] Friend: the series sounds like it might actually be good!
[14:00] Friend: the books turned quickly to drek, however
[14:00] Me: I'm enjoying it so far.
[14:01] Friend: waaaay too much emphasis on bondage and S&M for my taste by the second and third books. I think I got partway through the 4th and said "I'ma done here!"
[14:01] Friend: the first was ok though
[14:01] Me: lol well, from the vid I saw there's still some of that in the show.
[14:05] Friend: yeah, it was present in the first...just not as, erm, 'front and center' as it became


So I may or may not pick up the books. We'll have to see. The show has a very rigid morality, in that "Right is right and wrong is wrong" sort of way. It doesn't like gray areas and won't abide them. I'm not saying that I disagree with any of it, by the way. So far, my stance on things is in line with Richard's/The Seeker's/the Author's.

Edited to Add: Hello, Death Penalty episode! Again, I doubt I'm going to disagree with their stance, but it's like I can go down the Moral Hot Button List. Anyway, back to the entry.


But I also know that growing up with morality like this has led me to do questionable things. Things that are no one's fault but my own and what was, for me at the time, a rather twisted psyche. And I know that real life doesn't work out like it does in books. Richard runs risks that he perhaps shouldn't, because he's not just risking himself but everyone else who depends upon him as well. In the show (and in the books?), that works out in the end. Life isn't always so accommodating. But then, I guess that's why it's called fantasy.

Also? Though that vid I linked in the last post (and referenced above) is, quote, "hot like burning," I'm going with the hetero ship here because they went straight for one of my buttons.

Spoilers )

Though, while I'm thinking about it, the Mord-Sith? Yeah, bondage-tastic. Doesn't stop Bridget Regan from looking smokin' hot while dressed up as one though. Yikes. Also, Mord-SITH? Lucas fanboy much?

*coughs* Anyway, I'm enjoying it. I start classes on Monday, so this weekend I'll be spending with the Seeker of Truth.

...and occasionally that vid, because whether I support that ship or not? HOT. OVEN MITT HOT.
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2010-08-27 05:25 am

One equal temper of heroic hearts

"Doctor Who" and "Torchwood" have been put on hold for "Legend of the Seeker" for two very good reasons:

1) The first season of "Legend of the Seeker" is only available streaming via Netflix through Sept. 1st, and,
2) [personal profile] montanaharper sent me this, which is nothing but pure sexy in vid form.

I'm only on the second ep, so more when I've seen more. Oh, my reason for not watching this in the first place? I'd heard it was based off a series of books, and I tend to get tetchy about seeing the adaptations before reading the original source. Same reason I haven't seen the Harry Potter movies. *waits for the shrieking and hissing and screaming to die down*

Shut up, I've read the first book. It's on my list. Why do you think I'm DOING this? Honestly, Fandom, settle.

So no, I still haven't read any of the "Sword of Truth" series, but...but it's easy to watch NOW while it's streaming, so I'm taking advantage of it. Also, pretty boys are pretty. :3

Ulysses
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2010-08-25 11:01 pm
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Captain Jack Hawtness

Yes, okay, I already knew he was hot from "Doctor Who" but I love, love, LOVE his coat. And his eyes. And his smile. And his voice. And everything he says. And...well...*ahem*...we'll be here all night if I make a list.

Btw, the silly British-ness in my tone should have subsided, as it's been a few hours since my last taste. This is a bit more like me, though I couldn't think of any poetry I wanted to link to. *pout*

So three eps into season 2 of "Doctor Who" and 2 eps into "Torchwood". Things are still preliminary and I wasn't going to post but (A) I wanted to record an initial impression while it was relatively fresh and (B) I wanted to remember to mention something I was afraid I'd forget.

So, let's go in reverse order.

(B) "Torchwood" addressed the awareness of aliens. I rather liked it. Gwen says that her boyfriend thinks it's terrorists and/or hallucinogens when Jack brings it up with her.

I like that some people try to rationalize it out of existence, try to make the universe be the same way they thought it always was. That seems like a very human response to me. But the way Jack brings it up (which must be discounted, since he's drugging her to forget anyway) and, in turn, the way Gwen talks about it, that's one response to the problem, not the universal one. It's "our take on it is XYZ" which implies that there are other takes on it. I'm sure somewhere in that universe, UFO conspiracy theorists are jumping out of their skin in glee.

and,

(A) So far, despite Captain Jack Hawtne...er...Harkness, I still like "Doctor Who" better. Which isn't to say I don't like "Torchwood" because I do! I like police/crime procedurals, and the shows that play with the standard setup. "Law & Order" in its various incarnations, "Castle," "White Collar," etc. "Torchwood" is sort of like a police procedural with aliens. And Captain Jack. So, yeah, I like it; I think I'm genetically incapable of NOT.

But "Doctor Who" is something so different from most of the standard television fare. At least, I haven't seen another show where a time traveling humanoid alien gathers up a hot female companion (yes, okay, I think Billie Piper is hot, shut it; hotter in the current season than last even - love her hair) and travels around to various places and times, getting into trouble while do-gooding. If there's another show that has a similar premise, please tell me about it?

Dude, they were just FIGHTING WEREWOLVES IN VICTORIAN SCOTLAND. By the way, Queen Vicky kicks ass. But yes, "Doctor Who" pushes nearly every giggling, childlike button I have, and so the good Doctor gets a leg up on our dear and sexy captain. (And THERE'S a nice mental image...*cough*)

Granted, things could change. I initially preferred "Babylon 5" (I still haven't seen the fifth season...) over "Firefly," but that opinion reversed itself, did a u-turn, then screeched off into the Serenity sunset. So we'll see.

My eternal thanks go out to the Internet and to Netflix, for streaming all of "Torchwood" and most, if not all, of "Doctor Who" at the moment. For now, I require food before I dive back in.
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2010-08-25 03:41 am

Earth clear of years that wrong her

It's rude to just enter a conversation, unannounced and unintroduced. Emily Post would have my head if I interrupted (though I suppose violence is rude as well), yet the Internet is so full of idle chatter. We have this marvelous creation at our fingertips and what do we use it for? Eh, rant for another time, another day.

So, we'll hedge our bets: dip our toe and then dive in. I hear the water's fine.

Hello, you grand series of tubes! And a special Hello and a Monocle Smile to the fandoms with whom I have flirted shamelessly yet to whom I have rarely committed myself. There is so much out there I want to see and read and know about, so many references that zoom over my head. I have friends who know these things and say, "You HAVE to see this!" And it isn't that I don't want to, so much as I haven't had the...no, I haven't made the time.

I will warn you now: I am terrible at follow-through, at perseverance. I will trust in my friends to bark and nip at my heels here, as they have been doing.

Toes dipped? Right, in we go. Backstory: a dear friend sat me down and showed me Season 1 of the new "Doctor Who" (Ninth Doctor) some time ago, but as he was fond of Eccleston, he dropped the show when Tennant came in. So, for years now, I've not seen anything else of "Doctor Who".

I am aware of Fandom's collective SWOON over Tennant, but more than that, the whole "Doctor Who" concept struck me as being...well...Fantastic. Yes, I heard him say it in my head when I said it then said it out loud myself. FanTAStic! So, after much badgering, I started in on Season 2, with our new Doctor (yes, the old one now - I've actually seen a bunch of the Newest Doctor, just skipped everything in between somehow): "The Christmas Invasion."

There's little point in reviewing it, because most of you have already seen it, and everything else is opinion. But this is my little elbow joint of the series of tubes, and so my opinion is what you get. I will gladly open the floor to respectfully-voiced disagreements and devils' advocates; everyone else gets locked in a closet with a particularly choleric badger (read: ignored).

By the by, there is one thing you should know about me: I tend to pick up the timbre, inflection and slang of whatever I've most recently ingested, media-wise. So if I sound British and a tad silly, you'll have to excuse it, as I have just been watching "Doctor Who". Not that there's anything WRONG with being British. I'd make off with Harrod's if I could. The Hall of Chocolates, at least. The giant clock is pretty and all, but it'd be awfully loud in my apartment, and nursery rhymes have taught me nothing good about that bridge. Back to the point.

It's too soon to get into Tennant vs. Eccleston; I'm only one episode in, and I was so used to Eccleston (though I do still sort of think of him as Norfolk in Elizabeth; watching that movie post-"Doctor Who" is always sort of odd), so I'll need more time to adapt. But I wasn't in raging man-heat for Eccleston like SOME (who shall not be mentioned - and remember, if you're reading this, that the lady doth protest too much), and Tennant does have a sort of rumpled cuteness about him.

I like that each regeneration of the Doctor is a slightly different variant, with different emotions and different reactions. I'm vastly amused that the new Doctor is dismayed at not being ginger (it's not all that, really) and can quote "Circle of Life." And I knew, as soon as Harriet Jones, Prime Minister said "Fire" that he wouldn't be pleased. I love that the show is goofy sci-fi action with this huge heart (or two of them) that says it's wrong to just kill someone if you don't really have to, but does say...yeah, sometimes you have to (he DID say no second chances, after all).

And, of course, there is Torchwood, or, more properly, "Torchwood" - as I'm going to have to start in on THAT now, aren't I? Not that I don't want to. Captain Jack Harkness. Really that's all that needs to be said there. I'll have to figure out how best to weave the two shows together, as I'm watching "Doctor Who" via Netflix's streaming Instant Queue.

More to the point, the show has taken a very definite Departure from real life at this point. As in, before now, you could plausibly pretend to be living in the "Doctor Who" universe, blithely unaware of aliens and the TARDIS and everything else that existed beyond your own little life. Now, that illusion is gone; humanity in the "Doctor Who" universe is aware of extraterrestrials. This version of humanity has proof that we don't have (and, I'm not sure, ever will) that we aren't alone out there.

I don't know whether I like that better or not. Not that I was ever in danger of confusing real life for a fictional setting, mind. But whether I like it or not, I applaud the decision. As a writer someone who writes, I know that was probably not an easy choice. It doesn't completely change everything about the show, just alters the background a little. A slight shift, and in a direction I like pondering on: if we, as a planet, as a species, knew there was another species out there in the universe, how would we react? We're a messy lot; bringing us together under one utopian government, and all dedicated to peace and love probably won't happen anytime soon. 'S nice to think of though.

Fandom is flights of fancy built upon others' flights of fancy. If you've seen Inception, your brain will go where mine does there and add "a dream within a dream." (And if you've seen Princess Bride, your mind will hear it said as "a dweam wiffin a dweam.") We are, if nothing else, a creative species - which only adds to the messes we get ourselves into - and we are fond of our fantasies. But sometimes we can learn from our dreams, and sometimes we can grow from what we learn.

I'll be interested to see what I learn as I go through the various fandoms I've meant to keep up on and lost touch with, or never started. I'm excited at the prospect of traveling through so many other people's dreams.

And, last but not least, I'm looking forward to shutting up all my well-meaning friends who tell me I simply MUST see this show or ELSE.

Before Dawn