bagheera_san: (OMG)
I've got only one comment regarding this week's Doctor Who episode:



You know what would have been AWESOME to infinity? Including this song as an Easter egg in "A Town Called Mercy".
bagheera_san: (OMG)
I've got only one comment regarding this week's Doctor Who episode:



You know what would have been AWESOME to infinity? Including this song as an Easter egg in "A Town Called Mercy".
bagheera_san: (coyote)
I'm sorry. The title is very appropriate (you'll see) yet very misleading. I see you thinking now: ah, this must be a cracky, light-hearted romp! Possibly with musical interludes! That's because I didn't come up with it: Erin did. If I had come up with a title, it would be something earnest and overly serious, like this fic. Well, at least it's not a pun containing the letter Q.

Title: Jean-Luc and the Technically-Navy Dream Coat (No Really It's Made Of Thought Matter)
Fandom: Star Trek: Next Gen + Star Trek: Voyager
Pairing: I ship P/Q with the power of a thousand suns... in an entirely platonic way
Rating: some canon P/Q scenes have higher ratings than this
Length: 4528 words

Beta-read by [livejournal.com profile] x_los. This is set between the first Next Gen movie (the one with Kirk) and VOY: "The Q and the Grey", in which he wore a different uniform, but that was clearly for Janeway's benefit. Written for [livejournal.com profile] xparrot. The prompt was "learning/teaching", which turned out to be more difficult than I thought at first.

But this wasn’t a hypothetical encounter with your average god-like alien. This was Q on his couch close to midnight. Whether Picard wanted it or not, it was already personal. )
bagheera_san: (coyote)
I'm sorry. The title is very appropriate (you'll see) yet very misleading. I see you thinking now: ah, this must be a cracky, light-hearted romp! Possibly with musical interludes! That's because I didn't come up with it: Erin did. If I had come up with a title, it would be something earnest and overly serious, like this fic. Well, at least it's not a pun containing the letter Q.

Title: Jean-Luc and the Technically-Navy Dream Coat (No Really It's Made Of Thought Matter)
Fandom: Star Trek: Next Gen + Star Trek: Voyager
Pairing: I ship P/Q with the power of a thousand suns... in an entirely platonic way
Rating: some canon P/Q scenes have higher ratings than this
Length: 4528 words

Beta-read by [livejournal.com profile] x_los. This is set between the first Next Gen movie (the one with Kirk) and VOY: "The Q and the Grey", in which he wore a different uniform, but that was clearly for Janeway's benefit. Written for [livejournal.com profile] xparrot. The prompt was "learning/teaching", which turned out to be more difficult than I thought at first.

But this wasn’t a hypothetical encounter with your average god-like alien. This was Q on his couch close to midnight. Whether Picard wanted it or not, it was already personal. )
bagheera_san: (11 and Amelia)
Before posting my newest invitation to give me prompts, I checked whether there were any old prompts waiting to be written, and unearthed a half-finished draft for a prompt given to me by [livejournal.com profile] dragonofmemory

Title: All Been Done Before
Pairing: Eight/Jacobi!Master, Ten/Simm!Master, Eleven/original Master
Length: 3278 words
Rating: I was too lazy to write porn
Spoilers: general Eleven era spoilers
Prompt: D/M and a song by the Barenaked Ladies - this is proper songfic, guys, with lyrics and all

Alone and bored on a thirtieth-century night Will I see you on The Price Is Right? Will I cry? Will I smile? As you run down the aisle? )
bagheera_san: (11 and Amelia)
Before posting my newest invitation to give me prompts, I checked whether there were any old prompts waiting to be written, and unearthed a half-finished draft for a prompt given to me by [livejournal.com profile] dragonofmemory

Title: All Been Done Before
Pairing: Eight/Jacobi!Master, Ten/Simm!Master, Eleven/original Master
Length: 3278 words
Rating: I was too lazy to write porn
Spoilers: general Eleven era spoilers
Prompt: D/M and a song by the Barenaked Ladies - this is proper songfic, guys, with lyrics and all

Alone and bored on a thirtieth-century night Will I see you on The Price Is Right? Will I cry? Will I smile? As you run down the aisle? )
bagheera_san: (tiger woman)
I've got a prompt game still running, so if you want to give me a prompt, please go here!

This is for [livejournal.com profile] aralias. It's very short, Katy, but if you give me a different prompt, maybe I can write you a longer Benny fic...

Fandom: Bernice Summerfield
Characters: Benny
Spoilers: This is set at some point after S11.
Prompt: "Fandom: Bernice Summerfield", "souvenirs/mementos"
Length: 323 words

Souvenirs )
bagheera_san: (tiger woman)
I've got a prompt game still running, so if you want to give me a prompt, please go here!

This is for [livejournal.com profile] aralias. It's very short, Katy, but if you give me a different prompt, maybe I can write you a longer Benny fic...

Fandom: Bernice Summerfield
Characters: Benny
Spoilers: This is set at some point after S11.
Prompt: "Fandom: Bernice Summerfield", "souvenirs/mementos"
Length: 323 words

Souvenirs )

prompt me

Sep. 10th, 2012 12:01 pm
bagheera_san: (sun)
Hello from France. The weather has turned less beach-y, and there's only so many medieval cities like Carcasonne you can go sight-seeing in, plus I feel like I could write something. So here's a little prompt game I cooked up.

List A is a list of Pairings, Fandoms or Characters I'm feeling in the mood to write. List B is a list of prompts. Pick one item from A and one from B and I'm gonna write you something :)

List A:

1) Pairing: Doctor/Master (any version)
2) Fandom: Bernice Summerfield
3) Pairing: Xavier / Magneto (X-Men Movieverse)
4) Fandom: Game of Thrones / A Song of Ice and Fire
5) Pairing: Picard / Q (ST: Next Generation)
6) Character: Data (ST: Next Generation)
7) Fandom: Journey into Mystery*
8) Pairing: Clark Kent/Lex Luthor (any version)
9) Fandom: Avengers - Earth's Mightiest Heroes
10) Character: Loki (any version)
11) Fandom: Star Trek – Voyager
12) Fandom: Star Trek – Deep Space Nine

*I’m only up to Manchester Gods, so no spoilers for Everything Burns in comments, please!

List B

1) souvenirs / mementos
2) learning sth / teaching sb.
3) blind faith / doubt
4) stealing / giving gifts
5) old age / long distance
6) harm sb. / help sb.
7) revenge / redemption
8) giving orders / serving
9) playing games / deadly serious
10) freedom / captivity
11) alternatives / experiments
12) art / artificial
13) shadows / mirrors
14) strangers / meetings
15) magic / childhood
16) power / force
17) wild / tame
18) saint / dragon
19) betrayal / proof
20) disguise / revelation

prompt me

Sep. 10th, 2012 12:01 pm
bagheera_san: (sun)
Hello from France. The weather has turned less beach-y, and there's only so many medieval cities like Carcasonne you can go sight-seeing in, plus I feel like I could write something. So here's a little prompt game I cooked up.

List A is a list of Pairings, Fandoms or Characters I'm feeling in the mood to write. List B is a list of prompts. Pick one item from A and one from B and I'm gonna write you something :)

List A:

1) Pairing: Doctor/Master (any version)
2) Fandom: Bernice Summerfield
3) Pairing: Xavier / Magneto (X-Men Movieverse)
4) Fandom: Game of Thrones / A Song of Ice and Fire
5) Pairing: Picard / Q (ST: Next Generation)
6) Character: Data (ST: Next Generation)
7) Fandom: Journey into Mystery*
8) Pairing: Clark Kent/Lex Luthor (any version)
9) Fandom: Avengers - Earth's Mightiest Heroes
10) Character: Loki (any version)
11) Fandom: Star Trek – Voyager
12) Fandom: Star Trek – Deep Space Nine

*I’m only up to Manchester Gods, so no spoilers for Everything Burns in comments, please!

List B

1) souvenirs / mementos
2) learning sth / teaching sb.
3) blind faith / doubt
4) stealing / giving gifts
5) old age / long distance
6) harm sb. / help sb.
7) revenge / redemption
8) giving orders / serving
9) playing games / deadly serious
10) freedom / captivity
11) alternatives / experiments
12) art / artificial
13) shadows / mirrors
14) strangers / meetings
15) magic / childhood
16) power / force
17) wild / tame
18) saint / dragon
19) betrayal / proof
20) disguise / revelation

Dinosaurs

Sep. 9th, 2012 06:20 pm
bagheera_san: (Ten - traveller)
You know how there are kids' shows that are every bit as profound and complex and interesting as adult shows, and then there are kids' shows that rely on rainbow colours, cardboard cut-out characters, emotional manipulation and cheap jokes? The former will sometimes stick with you for the rest of your life, beloved and revisited, whereas the latter is a dime a dozen. The former is made by people who want to make good entertainment that also happens to be appropriate for children, whereas the latter, I guess, is made by people who think, "Oh, it's a kids show, we've got a formula for that."

Doctor Who isn't always a children's show at all - in much of Classic I think the creators didn't distinguish between sci-fi, adventure and fiction appropriate for children and young adults. It's true that monsters, spaceships and weird stuff appeal to many children, but they do so without being specifically tailored for them. Here's a case in point, another story about Dinosaurs on a Spaceship: there's a third season episode from ST: Voyager, "Distant Origin", in which the Voyager encounters a race of space dinosaurs who just happen to be the descendants of intelligent dinosaurs who left Earth after the comet struck. As a kid, watching it for the first time, I found this endlessly fascinating, even though the episode is a thinly veiled parable about religious dogma vs. science - only with dinosaurs instead of Galileo Galilei and the Catholic Church. Which is how much of good children's entertainment (and fantasy as well) works: adult topics in fancy costumes. It's still a good episode, we only just watched it in our Voyager rewatch, and I remembered it clearly from the first time I watched it.

"Dinosaurs on a Spaceship" is the other kind of children's TV. Don't get me wrong - it was quite funny (Arthur Darvill esp. did a great job), a good comedy show, and it actually had one or two good serious moments for the Doctor, but the dinosaurs? The dinosaurs were a gimmick used as a gimmick,* just like Nefertiti - Kids like candy, don't they, here, have a lollie, and hey, the grown up fans like strong yet sexy women, don't they, here, have a queen. It doesn't really work that way.

The fantastic needs space to breathe in order to become fascinating, otherwise it's no more than a cheap theme park.



*This isn't really a Classic-is-Better rant: Three's dinosaur episode wasn't much better in that respect, and the plot made rather less sense, although at least there you had the juxtaposition dinosaurs roaming the streets of modern day Britain, which is a lot more fascinating than dinosaurs in a nondescript, zoo cage-like spaceship.

Dinosaurs

Sep. 9th, 2012 06:20 pm
bagheera_san: (Ten - traveller)
You know how there are kids' shows that are every bit as profound and complex and interesting as adult shows, and then there are kids' shows that rely on rainbow colours, cardboard cut-out characters, emotional manipulation and cheap jokes? The former will sometimes stick with you for the rest of your life, beloved and revisited, whereas the latter is a dime a dozen. The former is made by people who want to make good entertainment that also happens to be appropriate for children, whereas the latter, I guess, is made by people who think, "Oh, it's a kids show, we've got a formula for that."

Doctor Who isn't always a children's show at all - in much of Classic I think the creators didn't distinguish between sci-fi, adventure and fiction appropriate for children and young adults. It's true that monsters, spaceships and weird stuff appeal to many children, but they do so without being specifically tailored for them. Here's a case in point, another story about Dinosaurs on a Spaceship: there's a third season episode from ST: Voyager, "Distant Origin", in which the Voyager encounters a race of space dinosaurs who just happen to be the descendants of intelligent dinosaurs who left Earth after the comet struck. As a kid, watching it for the first time, I found this endlessly fascinating, even though the episode is a thinly veiled parable about religious dogma vs. science - only with dinosaurs instead of Galileo Galilei and the Catholic Church. Which is how much of good children's entertainment (and fantasy as well) works: adult topics in fancy costumes. It's still a good episode, we only just watched it in our Voyager rewatch, and I remembered it clearly from the first time I watched it.

"Dinosaurs on a Spaceship" is the other kind of children's TV. Don't get me wrong - it was quite funny (Arthur Darvill esp. did a great job), a good comedy show, and it actually had one or two good serious moments for the Doctor, but the dinosaurs? The dinosaurs were a gimmick used as a gimmick,* just like Nefertiti - Kids like candy, don't they, here, have a lollie, and hey, the grown up fans like strong yet sexy women, don't they, here, have a queen. It doesn't really work that way.

The fantastic needs space to breathe in order to become fascinating, otherwise it's no more than a cheap theme park.



*This isn't really a Classic-is-Better rant: Three's dinosaur episode wasn't much better in that respect, and the plot made rather less sense, although at least there you had the juxtaposition dinosaurs roaming the streets of modern day Britain, which is a lot more fascinating than dinosaurs in a nondescript, zoo cage-like spaceship.
bagheera_san: (Three)
Surprisingly:

- there was a new episode of Doctor Who DAYS AGO and my flist failed to alert me of this
- it was a Moffat episode with Daleks and the Doctor being Moffaty, and yet I kinda enjoyed it*
- I think I'm really going to like the new companion. As in, I can't wait for another episode with her.


*It was an extremely Moffat-ish episode, but at some point I caught myself thinking, "Okay, there were other eras in DW I don't enjoy that much, and Moffat is just another era like that, not a capital offence". Either I don't care as much as I used to, or this era has stopped being new, or in this episode it seemed more like a matter of style than a matter of being essentially different from the Who I like. Also, there were quite a few Old Who continuity references, and it reminded me of some Big Finish serials (notably "Jubilee" and some of the Charley and Six serials, plus Seven era as a whole) so it just... wasn't bad. With a few small changes, it would have been a rather excellent episode.
bagheera_san: (Three)
Surprisingly:

- there was a new episode of Doctor Who DAYS AGO and my flist failed to alert me of this
- it was a Moffat episode with Daleks and the Doctor being Moffaty, and yet I kinda enjoyed it*
- I think I'm really going to like the new companion. As in, I can't wait for another episode with her.


*It was an extremely Moffat-ish episode, but at some point I caught myself thinking, "Okay, there were other eras in DW I don't enjoy that much, and Moffat is just another era like that, not a capital offence". Either I don't care as much as I used to, or this era has stopped being new, or in this episode it seemed more like a matter of style than a matter of being essentially different from the Who I like. Also, there were quite a few Old Who continuity references, and it reminded me of some Big Finish serials (notably "Jubilee" and some of the Charley and Six serials, plus Seven era as a whole) so it just... wasn't bad. With a few small changes, it would have been a rather excellent episode.
bagheera_san: (sun)
I very very spontaneously decided to go on a hiking trip to Sweden! A friend asked me last Saturday, and we have plane tickets and everything now. I've always wanted to do a longer trekking/camping trip like that, otherwise I wouldn't have done it because I'm already crazy busy and spontaneity of this sort tends to make me mega-anxious for days, but I'm starting to look forward to it :)
bagheera_san: (sun)
I very very spontaneously decided to go on a hiking trip to Sweden! A friend asked me last Saturday, and we have plane tickets and everything now. I've always wanted to do a longer trekking/camping trip like that, otherwise I wouldn't have done it because I'm already crazy busy and spontaneity of this sort tends to make me mega-anxious for days, but I'm starting to look forward to it :)
bagheera_san: (flower on book)
Regarding the Hollow Crown (which I've watched):

Tom Hiddleston is good (and good-looking) and Hal is a great character, but Richard's still my favourite.* And that was one awesome Richard II. I think from now on, Richard is always going to look like Ben Wishaw to me. Also, why in the world would you switch Bolingbroke's actors? Both of them were good (okay, Jeremy Irons is probably better, but I liked the other one, too) but it's kind of difficult to adjust to the sudden change.

*I realize this is stupid, because clearly Hal is one of the most deliciously ambiguous characters in all of Shakespeare, but I'm just fond of Richard, okay? I wouldn't like him for a king, yeah, but I'd like to watch him from a safe place and maybe give him a hug.
bagheera_san: (flower on book)
Regarding the Hollow Crown (which I've watched):

Tom Hiddleston is good (and good-looking) and Hal is a great character, but Richard's still my favourite.* And that was one awesome Richard II. I think from now on, Richard is always going to look like Ben Wishaw to me. Also, why in the world would you switch Bolingbroke's actors? Both of them were good (okay, Jeremy Irons is probably better, but I liked the other one, too) but it's kind of difficult to adjust to the sudden change.

*I realize this is stupid, because clearly Hal is one of the most deliciously ambiguous characters in all of Shakespeare, but I'm just fond of Richard, okay? I wouldn't like him for a king, yeah, but I'd like to watch him from a safe place and maybe give him a hug.

Teen Wolf

Jul. 22nd, 2012 03:37 pm
bagheera_san: (Default)
I'm still surprised that I haven't written any Avengers fic (except a few short kink meme fills that weren't anything special) and I'm already losing my interest in that fandom. I dunno what's changed, but these days I don't seem to form lasting fannish attachments the way I did with Harry Potter, Smallville or Doctor Who. Instead, I keep going from one source material to the next.

My newest discovery is Teen Wolf, which has been on my radar as "that show with the gay gifs" for a while, but I only started watching it after reading some favourable things about it in the comments to a post by [livejournal.com profile] selenak. And my own reaction? Also very favourable!

[Attention, ex-Smallville fans: this might be a show for you. Attention Buffy fans: yep, this might also be a show for you.]

So Teen Wolf is a show about Scott (16) who, after becoming a werewolf, has to keep his secret, figure out pack dynamics and not kill anyone while falling in love with the daughter of a werewolf hunter. He does all this mainly because his future girlfriend is cool and his best friend is really, really smart.

Teen Wolf - spoilers up until S2 )

So, in conclusion:
- not quite as funny or innovative as Buffy
- relatively little diversity in the cast
- sometimes a little cliched
- Derek is no Lex and no Spike (sorry, Derek fans)
- the Argents aren't the Luthors (not quite)

+ cool female characters, and the show does good things with them (passing of the Bechdel test and such)
+ fast-paced, connected episodes
+ interesting minor characters
+ a lot of good music, although sometimes it seems a bit like a music video
+ I like how it deals with sexuality: girls and women are shown to like their own sexuality, it has a lot more female gaze than male gaze (unless it's a gay male gaze... I don't think there is a show with more locker room scenes and naked male chests than Teen Wolf) and there's no silly "no sex until marriage" or any of that ridiculousness, plus there is an openly gay guy on the sports team and the show deals fairly well with that, too (although sometimes it's used for comic relief, like when Scott dances with him at the prom to escape the wrath of the coach)
+ teachers and parents are shown to be real people: vain, silly, sad, cruel, stupid, clever, kind - there are all shades of them
+ Colonel Tigh as grandpa-werewolf hunter is gold

So if you'd like a supernatural romance/action/teen show that doesn't induce massive rage each week, try Teen Wolf :)

Teen Wolf

Jul. 22nd, 2012 03:37 pm
bagheera_san: (Default)
I'm still surprised that I haven't written any Avengers fic (except a few short kink meme fills that weren't anything special) and I'm already losing my interest in that fandom. I dunno what's changed, but these days I don't seem to form lasting fannish attachments the way I did with Harry Potter, Smallville or Doctor Who. Instead, I keep going from one source material to the next.

My newest discovery is Teen Wolf, which has been on my radar as "that show with the gay gifs" for a while, but I only started watching it after reading some favourable things about it in the comments to a post by [livejournal.com profile] selenak. And my own reaction? Also very favourable!

[Attention, ex-Smallville fans: this might be a show for you. Attention Buffy fans: yep, this might also be a show for you.]

So Teen Wolf is a show about Scott (16) who, after becoming a werewolf, has to keep his secret, figure out pack dynamics and not kill anyone while falling in love with the daughter of a werewolf hunter. He does all this mainly because his future girlfriend is cool and his best friend is really, really smart.

Teen Wolf - spoilers up until S2 )

So, in conclusion:
- not quite as funny or innovative as Buffy
- relatively little diversity in the cast
- sometimes a little cliched
- Derek is no Lex and no Spike (sorry, Derek fans)
- the Argents aren't the Luthors (not quite)

+ cool female characters, and the show does good things with them (passing of the Bechdel test and such)
+ fast-paced, connected episodes
+ interesting minor characters
+ a lot of good music, although sometimes it seems a bit like a music video
+ I like how it deals with sexuality: girls and women are shown to like their own sexuality, it has a lot more female gaze than male gaze (unless it's a gay male gaze... I don't think there is a show with more locker room scenes and naked male chests than Teen Wolf) and there's no silly "no sex until marriage" or any of that ridiculousness, plus there is an openly gay guy on the sports team and the show deals fairly well with that, too (although sometimes it's used for comic relief, like when Scott dances with him at the prom to escape the wrath of the coach)
+ teachers and parents are shown to be real people: vain, silly, sad, cruel, stupid, clever, kind - there are all shades of them
+ Colonel Tigh as grandpa-werewolf hunter is gold

So if you'd like a supernatural romance/action/teen show that doesn't induce massive rage each week, try Teen Wolf :)

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