a thought.

Wednesday, 27 February 2019 21:50
lea_hazel: Neuron cell (Science: Brains)
fanfic fandoms are like watching an adult try to color with crayons.

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Saturday, 22 December 2018 17:59
lea_hazel: The Little Mermaid (Genre: Fantasy)
The division of chapters for Trollhunters is pretty weird. It took me a bit to get used to it. But I'm into the third season, now, and it's starting to make more sense.

Funnily enough, the sequel series premiered yesterday. Nice to know that when I run out of episodes, I'll have something else to watch.

TV and such

Saturday, 15 December 2018 13:11
lea_hazel: The Little Mermaid (Genre: Fantasy)
I mostly watch stuff on Netflix so that I can have something on while I'm eating dinner, or catch up on stuff at my mother's because she has satellite and gets a lot of the shows that Netflix doesn't stock in Israel. So I'm often not even up to date with shows that I do follow, because streaming is frankly more trouble than it's worth, most of the time. And my total inability to keep track of time means I never know what's coming when unless my brother keeps me up to date.

That said...

Two weeks ago I accidentally watched the entire run of the new She-Ra in the course of a single Saturday. And then this Wednesday I somehow watched the entire run of The Dragon Prince in a single evening. Apparently I watch cartoons again? And it's cool, because it works for me right now. So now it's Saturday afternoon and I'm gonna start watching Trollhunters, because why not.
lea_hazel: I am surrounded by tiny red hearts (Feel: Love)
I don't know what is up with me but the year's end is approaching and things seem to be mostly kind of okay. I'm behind on a lot of things as usual. I'm fighting with medical issues as usual. I'm worried about work and about writing. Small measure of progress: I did some reading today. I go through long periods of drought when I can't seem to get any reading done or finish a book for the life of me, so anything that gains me even a little bit of momentum is welcome.

My last attempt to kickstart my reading didn't go great. I went for a fluffy adventure type romance from an author whose work I had enjoyed several times before, but at a certain point the characterization took a turn. I was reading in fits and starts, determined to just finish the book and be done with it, maybe write a quick review to vent my spleen. But a certain plot turn was just more than I could handle and I gave up.

Today I took a longish walk and then a longish nap. I didn't do much of anything else. I did spend some of the day trying to catch up on the fourth season of The Librarians but my internet connection was having none of it. Too much stuttering to buffer properly. And I read [twitter.com profile] smallweed's thread about secondary characters, and wondered about the personal journeys of the supporting cast in my newest project.

Tomorrow is a work day and a new work week. And then the week after that things will start getting real. *shudder*

TV

Friday, 1 December 2017 13:39
lea_hazel: Don't make me look up from my book (Basic: Reading)
I watched most of Punisher in a few days and it wasn't half bad, but I think I sort of... forgot... to watch the very last episode.

After seeing Shohreh Aghdashloo in Punisher and being delighted, I discussed it with my brother and he mentioned that she was also playing a major role in The Expanse. Which he'd been encouraging me to start watching for a while now. Since Shohreh Aghdashloo is the actual love of my life, and since I developed a mystery virus that laid me low for a day and a half, I ended up marathoning most of the first season. Fast enough that I had trouble distinguishing between the episodes (thank you, Netflix autoplay). And despite the fact that the first few episodes are so dense and complex I alternated between watching them and reading the (extremely detailed, slightly analytical) episode breakdowns on the fandom wiki.

The Expanse is like Killjoys, except it's wearing a suit and tie instead of jeans and a tube-top. That is, TEX is ostensibly hard sci-fi, and lends huge weight to things like the effects of gravity on bone density (even if it's still trying to convince me that you can wave a magnet at someone and turn them into a sociopath). Meanwhile Killjoys leans pretty hard space opera, at least the way I see it. But the commonalities are more important (to my eye) than the differences: terraforming as a vehicle of social inequality, space miners as a pervasive blue-collar underclass, lots of parallel approaches to social issues.

Not to mention the seemingly sudden introduction of a genre-shifting plot twist, which in retrospect appears highly foreshadowed.

I feel like there's more to dig into here. Not sure I'm well-equipped to do the digging, though, and both shows have been around long enough. I can hope that someone smarter than me has gone and done that analysis already, so that I can simply bask in its glory instead of breaking my head trying to figure out what I'm looking at.

My thoughts are too disorganized for a proper blog post.

Other shows that I am still following: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Jane the Virgin, The Good Place, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency.

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Thursday, 26 October 2017 18:21
lea_hazel: The Little Mermaid (Default)
I've started watching The Good Place. I think so far it's as good as people say, and I find it surprisingly funny. It's hard for me to tell whether I'm taking it too seriously or not seriously enough. That might be part of the appeal, though.

Bless YouTube

Wednesday, 19 April 2017 11:29
lea_hazel: Don't make me look up from my book (Basic: Reading)
Time to find out whether the Biblical satire I watched as a kid is actually still, you know, funny. Or if it ever was. I'm not sure I trust kid!me's taste.

Israeli TV is weird.

Edit: This is gayer than I remember (most things from my childhood are).

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Saturday, 28 January 2017 12:30
lea_hazel: The Little Mermaid (Default)
It's amazing how some shows can be, like, not even about politics at all. And yet there are all these deeply ingrained assumptions, and they're buried so deep if you even mention them people look at you like you've grown a second head.

I watched one episode of Limitless. I'm not sure why, I was just looking for something mind-numbing and it happened to be there. I can't even put a finger on what pisses me off about this show. Rather, I'm not sure I could trace out every last thing about this show that so, so irredeemably messed up. And I'm not even talking about the broken facts, or the infuriating repetition of the whole "100% of your brain" myth.

Still, it's much more comfortable than being angry about other things, and it is the weekend.
lea_hazel: Don't make me look up from my book (Basic: Reading)
  • Supergirl - it's cute and charming despite the uncomplicated plotting and often clunky dialogue.

  • Elementary - its main flaw right now is that it interacts badly with my auditory processing, and I miss about 1/5 of the dialogue in each episode.

  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend - there's a lot that's messed up about this show but it also offers things that no other show on tv does.

  • Jane the Virgin - someday its adorableness might fail, but there's always Petra.

  • The Librarians - all the wacky hijinks I need, plus Ezekiel Jones.

  • Timeless - I'm not 100% sure why I'm still following this.


Shows I'm no longer following:

  • Hos to Get Away with Murder - and I'm not even certain why, but maybe one season was all I could really stomach before things went too off the wall.

  • Once Upon a Time - I mean, really.

TV

Wednesday, 3 August 2016 22:22
lea_hazel: Don't make me look up from my book (Basic: Reading)
I watched the whole of Stranger Things over the course of the last few days. My brother has been bugging me to see it. Not that he gave a plot synopsis or anything like that. He's gonna want to know what I think about it and I thought it was pretty meh. The only character I cared about was one, and I cared about them specifically because (without giving any explicit spoilers) the narrative seemed to dismiss their very existence.

How do I explain to my brother that this show was literally made for him?
lea_hazel: Neuron cell (Science: Brains)
This is a story of how Person of Interest worked three long seasons to earn its surveillance dystopia, when other shows of the genre failed to show their work.

This week, Person of Interest returns to the screens for its fifth and final season. After a four season emotional roller-coaster, fans are eager but understandably apprehensive about the conclusion. No one promised us a happy end. In fact, as the show wore on, it became clear that its premise, which initially relied on crime drama with a thin dusting of ambiguous sci-fi, had become radically transformed. Viewers entering the fourth season now knew that the show's world presents a freshly budding dystopia dominated by a conscious and independent artificial intelligence.

Read more... )

Crossposted to hazelgold.net.

Chill

Saturday, 23 January 2016 17:48
lea_hazel: The outlook is somewhat dismal (Feel: Crash and Burn)
I slept away the morning, spent the afternoon eating "breakfast" and catching up on TV, and now the early evening is dedicated to talking down my stress levels. There's a lot going on. I'm not very good at dealing with so many things in parallel.

Next week it's supposed to snow in Jerusalem. It's an inconvenient time for me because I need to get to Tel Aviv and back twice this week, and while I do have the option of staying in Tel Aviv that might be... complicated. Also, I have open university assignments due tonight and tomorrow, after having put them off far more than was reasonable -- because there was so much going on.

But hey, the premiere of The 100 was great.
lea_hazel: Neuron cell (Science: Brains)
Answer: Nothing. Everything is on hiatus.

Shows that are actually around between now and March )

Shows that will be back with the hares and the hatters. )

And, well, yeah, I should probably possibly catch up on the last bits of Haven. Or not? Maybe not.
lea_hazel: Wonder Woman (Genre: Comics)
Poor Supergirl. She never can seem to settle on a proper supporting cast of her very own. Sure, all comics superheroes go through endless permutations -- power changes, costume changes, forgettable one-off villains -- but always there is some sort of baseline to come back to. Always there is at least a mentor, or best friend, or love interest that recurs in every incarnation. And always, always a nemesis. A hero that doesn't manage to establish a proper rogues gallery is bound to falter.

Read more... )

The core idea behind the TV show, aside from Supergirl's ongoing efforts to achieve an independent reputation, seems to be that Kara, unlike Clark, actually remembers Krypton. This, I think, is a good start. How it progresses remains to be seen.
lea_hazel: Neuron cell (Science: Brains)
The best thing about How to Get Away with Murder is Viola Davis.(1) The second best thing about HTGAWM is that it is a show about smart people making stupid decisions. I might have mentioned this is one of my favorite characterization themes. Annalise is brilliant from the start, shown to be both creative and ruthless in her problem solving abilities. She habitually takes the most difficult cases and prides herself on being able to turn around desperate situations.

Read more... )

(1) I may have teared up just a little when I found out she would be playing the incomparable Amanda Waller for DC's Suicide Squad movie.

Crossposted to hazelgold.net.

Results

Wednesday, 25 November 2015 09:44
lea_hazel: Arthritis: It does the body bad (Health: Arthritis)
The results on my thyroid-related things are not encouraging. Therefore I am going to do two things, the first of which is to go to the pharmacy and buy some 1000mg vitamin D gel caplets (and a hot water battle because it is terribly cold in my hobbit-hole). Then I am going to make an appointment for an endocrinologist, by phone, which will be very fun. So much fun!

No, I have not gotten around to watching Jessica Jones yet, although I am confident from reactions that it will probably meet 80-85% of my expectations. Roughly. I have also not yet watched the midseason finale of HTGAWM. And I have not finished reading Baru Cormorant.

In fact, I exited Sunless Sea hell only to immediately dig myself a chest-high ditch in 7KPP alpha hell. Yes, there is a new alpha update and I am flipping out every which way. As usual, with a branching storyline the new content is scattered across multiple playthroughs and so unlocking everything I want/need to see is taking some time. I have had a hard time resisting playing the game late at night on my laptop, which has done my circadian cycle no favors.

Meanwhile writing is proceeding sort of apace with 3-4 stories running in parallel. And writing in Hebrew now, because I'm doing a workshop. And thinking of gathering a local writers' social group for chatty meetings twice a month or so.
lea_hazel: The outlook is somewhat dismal (Feel: Crash and Burn)
Feeling low-key worn down for a few days and wondering if it's a discipline problem, a motivation problem, or the weather getting to me. Then I receive some incontrovertible evidence of legit physical illness. In an unpleasing phase of matter. Most likely just an upper respiratory tract infection, best dealt with by taking hot showers and some OTC meds. If on Sunday I'm still feeling lethargic or have other symptoms, I'll make a doctor's appointment.

Meanwhile I want to talk about Blindspot. I have no idea whether any of my mutuals watches this show which I am still trying not to call "the Lady Sif show"* so I might be shouting into the void here.

See, the meta-plot of Blindspot, which used to be a two-bit sci-fi cliche revolving around amnesia and mysterious shadowy organizations (and maybe time travel)... is now about wire-taps. And illegal surveillance. And high-ranking members of named organizations having moral crises about whether the good they do outweighs the bad, and changing their minds, and then changing their minds back. Three characters struggling with the same choices in different ways, and none of them easy with the decisions they made.

I don't know where the hell the whole tattoos-predict-future-crimes angle of the show is going, and I'm not sure I (need to) care. Blindspot is now a show about power, and the people who abuse it, and whether or not they can believe that they're doing it for the greater good. I just... need to know where they're taking this. There are two more ultra-drama cliff-hanger type episodes followed by a long hiatus, and then the second half of the 22-ep season. And it's been renewed for season 2.

It's now officially more interesting than it has a right to be.

*I called Person of Interest "the Ben Linus show" for years.
lea_hazel: Neuron cell (Science: Brains)
I feel the need to flex my meta muscles but my brain has a hard time narrowing down ideas without external intervention. There are a lot of things I've been thinking about lately and I know that my thoughts won't settle until I put them into words. Isn't that how I started writing to begin with?

I want to write about Killjoys but have a sneaking suspicion that I have very little to add to the conversation.

I still want to write more about The 100, specifically about what it means to have a bunch of teenagers constantly putting themselves in mortal danger, and how their parents and responsible adults handle it.

I do intend to write a review for God's War, sometime once my churning mind settles a little. This is the peril of being five years out of date with my reading.

I would have liked to write a critical 7KPP post but I'm not certain I'm up to it.

Of course, there's also the Dark Parables games, several of which I've replayed lately for varying reasons. I have plenty to say on that. Or I could dig further back and write reviews for some other games I've played (semi-)recently, but that doesn't really capture my interest quite as much.

If there a Killjoys comm on DW?

Blogging

Thursday, 4 June 2015 11:37
lea_hazel: Typewriter (Basic: Writing)
I had excellent intentions for this morning and then ended up spending several straight hours reading blogs.

I completed my [community profile] jukebox_fest story and I don't know if I'll ever be happy with it. I feel like it needs to be torn to shreds by an editor and pieced back together over a month. My impulsive writing habits are starting to get me down and I want to spend part of this month working specifically on that.

Monday morning I made a big spreadsheet with writing goals for June. The spreadsheet has a category for blogging, with two specific meta subjects that I want to get around to. One of them is about The 100, which I have been overdue to write about since I glommed the whole series in amok.

Even though my mind is constantly churning with ideas and reactions to things, I feel like I actually bring up almost none of that. I want to change that, but I'm not certain where to start. My own fanfic? Characters that I find myself writing over and over again? How long it's been since I've even remotely kept up with contemporary SFF?

One of the items on my agenda is making a list of recent books to read and (possibly) review.

The 100

Friday, 17 April 2015 20:57
lea_hazel: I am surrounded by tiny red hearts (Feel: Love)
Look, I'm sick and I have therapy and travel plans and money issues and chores, but I just came in here to say that The 100 is officially now the show I didn't think I deserved. Like, I must have done something right in a past life to have gotten this show.

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