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So I'm watching the Emmys, and with regard to Generation Kill, spoilery discussion of the Emmys follows... )
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I'm still high on life after my amazing evening last night: I went to see Stark Sands in a play reading of Tennessee Williams's Fugitive Kind, and it was fantastic! My flatmate (aka Best Flatmate Ever!) surprised me with tickets because she knows how much I love Generation Kill.

Stark Sands = more talented in person, though still as gorgeous )
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Clothes Make The Man, by [ profile] orangesparks (Father Gill, Peggy Olsen; PG-13)
Summary: He prays for her because no one else does.

Father Gill on Peggy; spare and lyrical, like the show itself.
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I just came back from a watching Madam Butterfly with some clients at the English National Opera, and it was GLORIOUS! )

Check out the video, which gives some hint of the gem that was this production:

What a splendid evening! And, as the cherry on top, I secured another meeting with the clients! Go me!

And now, on to the fic rec:

  • Smallville: Repent at Leisure, by [ profile] rivkat (Clark/Lex; NC-17)
    Marry in haste...

    Clark and Lex get married, and it's exactly as fraught and hot and all-around awesome as you'd expect it to be. Bonus points for actually smart and competent!Clark and perfectly characterised!Lois.

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So. Star Trek.

Saw it, loved it, but it's too long ago now to do an extended post about it, except to say it's like pairing bingo! Kirk/McCoy! Kirk/Spock! Spock/Uhura! Anyone/practically everyone!

So anyway! In lieu of long-winded blathering, have some recs instead:

  • Break: Parts 1, 2, and 3, by [ profile] yahtzee63 (Spock/Uhura; Rated: R)
    During their final semester at Starfleet Academy, two people who have no intention of ever changing transform each other.

    This is, hands down, the best Spock/Uhura fic you will read: come for the linguistics porn (Phonology! Morphology! Semantics! The use of semantic bleaching! It's all there, and it's glorious), stay for the perfect characterisations of both Spock and Uhura. The story seamlessly shows how their relationship could have developed, and is now part of my personal canon for the the characters. And as a teaser, here's a tiny fragment of the fic itself:
    “What purpose does the surface grid serve?”
    Want to know what that's all about? Go read the fic, then run and tell [ profile] yahtzee63 how fantastic it is when you're done!

  • You'll Get There in the End (It Just Takes a While), by [ profile] seperis (Kirk/Spock; Rated: NC-17)
    "Spock. Just say 'I don't trust Starfleet not to mess up the only captain in the fleet who I can train up to my expectations and enjoys running into danger wearing a blindfold as much as I do'."

    Among the many, many joys of this fic: the word 'krupenta', importance of essay questions, and the Kobayashi Maru.

    Oh, and pon farr.

    ...Did I not mention that? I can safely say that no other Kirk/Spock fic had me quite as gleeful or as enthralled as this one. The story's 100% awesome; go and read it now, then go and beg/plead/blackmail her for another, as I plan to!

  • I'm Just a Jealous Guy, by [ profile] londondrowning (Kirk/McCoy; Rated: PG-13)
    Who Jim is and what he means to McCoy, it’s shaped him, it’s made him someone new. This has been the defining friendship of his life. Is it so goddamn much to want to be the defining friendship of Jim’s in return?

    What about Bones? [ profile] londondrowning's got the answer to that, and her Jim's a guy who's paying attention. In fact, go and check out all her Kirk/McCoy fics, which are all great, but first don't forget to leave her some feedback.

  • Art rec: Would you look at these GQ motherfuckers?, by [ profile] glockgal. (Bones and Kirk; Sulu and Chekov; Spock and Uhura; All rated: G).
    More importantly, would you look at these GQ MFs as depicted by the inimitable [ profile] glockgal?

    I could blather on about the dynamism of Kirk and McCoy painting versus the minute detailed rendering of the Spock and Uhura artwork, but check it out for yourself. Go, bask, then leave feedback.

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So. I have this career-changing exam that I have to take in less than four weeks.

Naturally, this is the most opportune time to talk Grey's Anatomy

Spoilers for Grey's Anatomy 5x23: Here's to the Future, and 5x24:Now or Never )



Mar. 16th, 2009 11:32 pm
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Kings 1x01 - Goliath )

Is it next Sunday yet?
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Hell is other people )

A very dense, information-heavy episode, but really great, and they managed to do the one thing I didn't expect: resolve several dangling threads of the myth-arc rather elegantly. The writers of BSG have always been upfront about the fact that they're making the myth-arc up as they go along, and one would expect that to mean botching the mythology sooner or later, but damn. I think they might just pull it off.

[ profile] tzikeh has a very interesting post on the literary antedecent of the episode's title. (Spoilery, obviously, so read only after you've seen the episode.)
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I had my doubts. Season Six was... not good, to say the least. [Poll #1329559][Poll #1329559]

Chuck rec

Dec. 24th, 2008 10:28 pm
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On Christmas Eve, I come bearing gifts!

  • Chuck: Off the Clock, by [ profile] seperis (Chuck/Casey; NC-17)
    Twenty-four hour gaming tournaments have predictable ends, and Casey doubts Chuck's eaten anything without processed sugar since Ellie brought him dinner last night at work.

    The heartwarming tale of John Casey, Thai food, gaming and a grenade. Utterly charming, oddly sweet considering the pairing, and very, very hot.
    Don't forget to tell [ profile] seperis tell her how awesome she is when you're done!
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Coordinated terror attacks struck the heart of Mumbai, India’s commercial capital.

I have extended family there. This is horrifying; to have such a coordinated attack, and the military called in... It's a nightmare.

LJ profile

Nov. 7th, 2008 02:09 am
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What is this horrendous new LJ profile? And how can I make it go away?
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I was up till five in the morning (UK time) watching the election coverage, flipping between MSNBC, CNN and Sky News for the latest information. And then watching Obama's victory speech, I choked up. And it was great: presidential, hopeful and humble; note-perfect.

I think it's such a great thing that he inspired so many people, both in the US and around the world. Congratulations.
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I cannot get over how much I've been enjoying Season 8 of Smallville, and particularly the deepening of Lois and Clark's snarky, sexy relationship (seriously, guys, how did this show get so good again? It's so much fun! Clark? All grown up and still gorgeous! Tess? Eeeeeeeeeevil and deliciously complicated! Lois? All professional and awesome and so abrasive but totally adorable. Chloe? Still the heart. I just... MY CHEESY SHOW IS BACK!).

I'm in the mood for some Smallville-verse Clark/Lois fics, so rec me! Long and plotty, short and porny, and everything in between; friendship stories, partners-in-crime stories, just anything with the two of them. Bring it!

edit: And icons! Guys, I have no Clark/Lois icons! And, for that matter, all my Smallville icons are out of rotation, and I can't find them. So rec me some icons as well!
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Gossip Girl: This Won't Be a Sad Song, by [ profile] londondrowning (Nate/Vanessa; PG-13)
The thing is, Nate likes Vanessa. He likes her so much.

Very sweet look at Nate and Vanessa, and why they work. Props to [ profile] londondrowning for making sense of Nate's actions with regard to Catherine, even though he still has feelings for Vanessa.
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The Frost/Nixon trailer's up, and it is AWESOME. I GOT CHILLS. Go watch it now!

I remember watching this at the West End, and it was utterly brilliant. When it was announced that they were turning it into a movie, I was really skeptical; the format seemed particularly suited to a play, not a movie, but all my doubts are gone, because MY GOD. BLOWN AWAY. Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

I heart my political movies!
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Help me, o all-powerful f-list!

I recently got an iPod shuffle for my birthday, and while I am completely in love with it, there's also something that frustrates me. Every time I try and fill it, I add some podcasts at the top of the playlist, the iPod syncs up with iTunes and adds them, but never in the order that I want! They're all out of order, and this is a huge problem, as I'm listening to an audiobook in podcast format: Part 3 always comes before Part 2, etc. etc. It's very distracting!

Has anyone else ever had this problem? If so, what did you do to fix it, or is it simply something I have to live with?


Sep. 3rd, 2008 02:56 am
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Fannish Misogyny Bingo, by [ profile] esorlehcar

Because, as [ profile] esorlehcar herself says, god knows we need it. A look at all the nonsensical reasons put forward for the continuation of misogyny in TV shows.

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