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Posted on August 28, 2014
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Listener’s Buffy/Angel Rewatch (A4.02)

Angel 4.02: Ground State

  • Oh, this is the one with Alexa Davalos. I liked her story arc. She came back in the comics, too, and was pretty cool.
  • This landscape is super-bright. Clearly they went outside somewhere in California that’s supposed to look like Wisconsin.
  • That is a very red, very puffy outfit.

  • How many co-ed private boarding schools exist in Wisconsin, anyway?
  • "Errrrrt!" The sound of kids everywhere putting on the brakes. I made that very same sound.
  • I can’t buy that the headmistress would be out there supervising recess. But this saves money on actors.
  • I can’t figure out what the scenery is behind Connor’s title card. Got 20 more episodes to see it in, though.
  • "Dust sperm whales." Now there are three words you don’t often hear concatenated.
  • Phantom Dennis!
  • Where’s Cordy’s bed? The apartment came furnished, remember?
  • Angel’s gotten a haircut between the last episode and this one.
  • I think this might be the last time we actually “see” Phantom Dennis.
  • Did they not consider the whole “ghosts inhabit a part of the place they’re haunting, so let’s bring back a stone or something from the apartment so Dennis can live with us” angle?
  • Awww… Wesley and the Wesleyettes.
  • Alexis Denisof’s voice sounds odd when he’s projecting like that.
  • Could there possibly be an apology for trying to kill Wesley while he was in the hospital? Maybe?
  • "No living thing." Well, Angel’s not living.
  • Why not check “Demons Demons Demons” for a tip?
  • Nothing with wings that big makes such a quick fluttering when she flies.
  • "Do you see a nipple?"
  • What happened to Alexa Davalos, anyway?
  • The Axis of Pythia looks like a very large butt-plug the way Fred drew it.
  • "Boo!"
  • Angel has always been a good artist. They established that back in the Buffy days, I think.
  • "I’m really strong, if that helps."
  • Fred is not “teensy-weensy”. She’s five-eight. Skinny, but not teensy anything.
  • Apparently Wes gets the H&H after a big fight too.
  • Oh, Lilah, you have NO idea what you just foreshadowed.
  • Um… pretty sure Lilah still had her pants on as Wesley went down. Not that he can’t do something about that, but still.

  • Angel just knocked out the power (as evidenced by the lights going out in the parking garage), so why does the keycard reader still work?
  • Seriously? No gloves, Fred?
  • Even allowing for Gunn’s ability to fight and his great strength, sometimes the one-punch knockout doesn’t work. It always seems to on these shows.
  • That means… it’s time for a quick zoom!
  • This was after Whedon killed off Joyce and Tara, so the actual threat of Gunn being dead had some power here.
  • 27 minutes in and we finally see Connor. Could we possibly have not seen him for a little longer?
  • "I’m still evil. I don’t do errands unless they’re evil errands."
  • Was that the specific amount he mentioned last season? I don’t recall.
  • Shirley MacLaine was kind of a dated reference even in 2002.
  • So Fred is season-six Buffy now? And Angel is her Giles?
  • I know Amy Acker is naturally skinny, but still… hipbones, girl.
  • Why wouldn’t Gwen use her natural abilities — that is, take off her gloves and use full power — from the get-go.
  • The little spark FX between their lips was cute.
  • Her lipstick looks awfully good after a kiss that full.
  • The watch reference was pretty good, actually.
  • Nice to know vampires are conductive.
  • So all three henchmen come after Angel all at once, but then take turns at getting him? Why don’t they teach coordinated fighting at henchman school?
  • I’m not sure why they upgraded to HD on Angel, but not on Buffy.
  • Wait for it…

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Posted on August 27, 2014
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Weird Al handed George R.R. Martin a typewriter at the Emmy’s. TAKE THE HINT, GEORGE.

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matt-douchene:

do u ever do something mildly impolite like not give a nice goodbye or not hold a door and spend the rest of the day thinking about it

All the time.

Posted on August 26, 2014
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4-week-old Golden Retriever puppies who are all future Leader Dogs for the Blind.

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Posted on August 25, 2014
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Sing a Song of Ice and Fire, #23

Though you wouldn’t know it because I carefully schedule these posts, it’s actually been almost two weeks since I’ve read this book. Probably because I knew I’d be coming back to a Catelyn chapter.

Spoilers abound from here on in for a book published in 2000. Also, I’m not putting pictures in these posts because I don’t want to expose myself to spoilers.

Book Three: A Storm of Swords
Part the Fourth: from Lord Karstark’s “treason” to Davos’s meeting with Melisandre

Catelyn — I’m not sure how I feel about the opening to this chapter. On the one hand, the North is fighting the Lannisters, so they have every right to kill anyone who is on the Lannister side, but on the other hand, killing kids is a dick move. Plus, Robb is right — these boys didn’t actually kill Lord Karstark’s children. But Robb goes too far and actually kills Karstark, I guess hoping that by saying “I killed him for killing your people” he can smooth things over.

Little late for that, Your Grace.

This chapter also has a bunch of annoying political stuff in it that I can’t go back and read again. Basically, it’s Robb and Edmure trying to find a way to smooth over relations with the Lannisters and the Freys.

Anyway, Robb kills Karstark (learning from his father that if you need to kill a man, you do it by your own hand) and goes off to brood. His new wife, Jeyne, comes to see Catelyn and get advice on how to deal with men such as Robb. Catelyn knows the secret, because Ned was much like Robb. Catelyn counsels Jeyne to be patient, to let Robb come to her… and she hopes that Jeyne (who has good hips, apparently) will eventually give her grandchildren.

Oh, yeah, and Catelyn’s father is still alive. Somehow.

Jaime — Cleos, Jaime, and Brienne continue toward King’s Landing. Just as Jaime decides that he’ll have Sansa returned to the North unharmed, the little party is attacked and they emerge victorious. Cleos doesn’t survive, however.

Then Jaime and Brienne have a little battle, and Jaime realizes that she might actually be better than him. But, unfortunately, just as they start to kind of see eye to eye, they’re captured by the Bloody Mummers — including Rorge and Biter, and under the command of Urswyck the Faithful — who now serve Roose Bolton and, by extension, the North.

Luckily for Brienne and Jaime, they’re brought to Vargo Hoat, who knows their value. However, those who remember Arya’s time at Harrenhal will remember that Vargo Hoat enjoys having other people’s body parts removed. A lesson that Jaime learns quickly.

Arya — I feel as though Arya has lost her agency. She tries and tries to keep it, but it’s just not working out for her. At this point she’s little more than a lens through which we see other parts of the story.

The party comes upon Acorn Hall, and is welcomed by Lady Smallwood, who thinks Arya should be treated more like the highborn young lady she is instead of like the young human being she wants to be. Arya hears that Jaime Lannister is free, set free by her mother, and she doesn’t believe it. She has a brief fight with Gendry, the result being that, the next day, she gets boy’s clothes. That at least makes her happy.

And they ride on.

Daenerys — This part drags on as well. The short version is: Dany has to buy slave warriors who are reportedly unstoppable. Her advisor, Arstan Whitebeard, is not fond of this idea, but Dany is the khaleesi and her word is law.

After visiting the slave markets, Dany returns to the ship and realizes that her body misses Drogo. (I miss him too, Dany. I miss him too.) When she wakes Irri, her handmaid who shares her bed, Irri has sex with her. Or, really, has sex at her — she wakes, gets Dany off, and goes back to sleep. That in itself is kind of sad, though Dany, as a queen, assumes this is normal. Or that it was a dream.

It wasn’t, though. Irri offers again, saying it’s a great honor, and Dany declines.

Dany decides she’ll buy the Unsullied — the slave warriors — because sellswords only fight for money but if she owns an army who absolutely obeys her every word, that’s much better.

Bran — Can I skip this chapter, please?

No?

Alas.

At least this one doesn’t spend much time in Summer’s head. Bran, Hodor, Osha, and Meera continue onward, and there’s a story told about a crannogman.

That’s about it.

Davos — And, finally, we return to Davos Seaworth, in his cell… where he is fed twice a day and kept warm, and his pail is slopped out fairly regularly. As prisons go, it’s not so bad — for Westeros. But a prison it is.

Melisandre comes to confront Davos, and Davos is honest with her about his desire to see her dead. In exchange, she lets him live — because of his honesty — and imparts some of the lore she believes.

Finally, Stannis’s Hand, Alester Florent, is thrown into the cell with Davos on the charge of treason. Florent gives Davos the skinny on what’s happening with the war and explains why he’s here: he tried to treat with Lord Tywin, to save Stannis’s life and lands. He asks Davos if he would not do the same, and Davos says he wouldn’t, that he’s Stannis’s man through and through.

Looking Forward

This wasn’t a terribly interesting chunk of chapters, unfortunately, and it comes on the heels of me taking a few weeks off to read something else. Robb is basically screwed, making enemies of the Freys and now the Karstarks; Arya is getting farther from Riverrun by the day; and I have no idea what’s happening with Jon Snow or Tyrion Lannister — though I’d certainly like to find out what’s going to happen with Tyrion and Sansa soon enough.

And Then There’s This

I had thought Jaime actually lost both hands, but I checked with a friend of mine today. He said it’s just the one. I guess I wasn’t looking carefully enough at that one episode of GoT that I watched back in the first part of 2013.

Stark Ranking

  1. Jon
  2. Arya
  3. Robb
  4. Sansa
  5. Catelyn
  6. Rickon
  7. Bran

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Posted on August 24, 2014
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Olaf, by Alyssa

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Posted on August 23, 2014
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ndnickerson:

COLLEGE FIRST.

I love how the Addams Family has ZERO slut-shaming. Like… honey you can dance naked and enslave someone with your womanly charms if you want to, I don’t fucking care, but so help me you’re going to get a college education first.

A+ PARENTING

The Addamses are what every family should aspire to be like (you know; without the dismemberment and electric chairs as play time).  Honestly, have you ever seen more unconditionally loving and supportive parents than Gomez and Morticia?  And not just with the kids, but with each other.  I think what’s especially unique about them is how open they are with everything.  They don’t treat their children like children.  They treat them like they treat everyone else; direct, and to the point. 

It’s creepy how many good examples of parenting and romantic relationships there is in these characters, especially considering they are supposed to be the antithesis of the stereotypical American nuclear family.

They are the antithesis of the stereotypical American nuclear family. They are good parents, good partners, and good people. They are honest, they are faithful to the people they love, and they will never, ever BS you.

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Posted on August 22, 2014
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