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Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 01:14 am
miss_s_b: (Fangirling: Arachnia Janeway)
Well I'VE got a new favourite character! )

Oh yea, there was plot and stuff as well, wasn't there?


*waves hand*
miss_s_b: (Mood: Kill me)
I didn't make any predictions last year. I should probably have more sense than to do so this year, too. However, I am willing to sacrifice myself on the altar of entertaining you all with how horribly wrong I am about all this.

click here for politics predictions )
click here for fandom predictions )
Click here for personal predictions )
miss_s_b: Mindy St Clare from The Good Place, hiding her nakedness behind very large sunflowers and looking shocked (Default)
Your main fandom of the year?

As in the one I've spent most time in/on? Probably Dexter, given that I mainlined all 8 series, although I've never been so angry about ANYTHING as I was about the end of that show.

Your favorite film watched this year?

Wonder Woman. No, Moana. No, Wonder Woman. No, Moana. Argh.

Your favorite book read this year?

I've got a few I gave five stars to:

- The Distant Echo by Val McDermid
- Out Of Bounds by Val McDermid
- Windwitch by Susan Rennard
- several of the Doctor Who Mr Men books
- Alice by Christina Henry
- Dead Corpse by Nuzo Onoh

… out of those it's probably Alice? Alice is horrible and beautiful and amazing.

Your favorite album or song to listen to this year?

Here is my Spotify "most played tracks" playlist. I don't tend to listen to albums very much any more. As you can see, I went through a bit of a musicals phase after seeing Moana. Oh, and the Birdie Song is only on there because I've been trolling my daughter with it.

If I were to rec one song off there?
Thelma & Louise by The Horrorpops

Your favorite TV show of the year?

The Good Place. Or Santa Clarita Diet. One of those two.

Your favorite DW/LJ community of the year?

[community profile] weekly_food_challenge has become a pleasure not a chore. And food is a fandom, right?

Your best new fandom discovery of the year?

Fanny Cradock

Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year?

Straight from Lizbee's post: I knew it was coming, and I see why it was important to the narrative, but Spoilers for Star Trek Disco )

Your fandom boyfriend of the year?

Hatcher from Alice.

Your fandom girlfriend of the year?

Philippa Georgiou.

Your biggest squee moment of the year?

Jodie Whittaker's reveal (and Colin Baker's reaction to it ♡♡♡My Doctor♡♡♡)

The most missed of your old fandoms?

Probably HP. I made so many good friends through that fandom. But JKR being TERFy AND supportive of the casting of Johnny Depp? I just can't any more.

I might have said Top Gear here, but 1, I really liked series 2 of New Line-up TG on BBC2, and 2, the reasons it has soured for me are all on Amazon Prime now. Fucking homophobic misogynist twats Hammond and Clarkson. Trying really hard to not let May go down in my estimation with them… :/

The fandom you haven't tried yet, but want to?

I don't know, because if I want to try a thing I do it straight away.

Your biggest fan anticipations for the New Year?

Copying from Lizbee again, but I'm torn between the second half of Star Trek Discovery season 1 and Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor. It's SO GOOD that we have amazing Trek TV again, but a lady Doctor? A lady doctor with a Yorkshire accent? Oh hell yes, with bells on. pleaseChibbersdon'tfuckitup… pleaseChibbersdon'tfuckitup…
miss_s_b: (Sci-fi: McCoy)
First new Trek series in more than 20 years! And I'm happy to report I really loved it, although I had a couple of niggles:cut for Spoilerphobes )
All in all, a solid start and I am actually excited to see how it goes from here.
miss_s_b: (Sci-fi: McCoy)

1, It's not perfect. People who are more important to listen to on racism than me have some issues with Patty as a character; I can see those issues, and think that they could have been solved better (& could be solved in sequels). I do think, though, that Patty was not treated anywhere NEAR as badly as Winston was in the original.

2, I actually liked the gross-out jokes; in a film starring four guys those wouldn't even be commented on.

3, Holtzmann getting to do the slow-mo BadAss Action Hero shooty bit actually made me fill up. How many times do women get to DO that? And it was SO perfect, and there were no Male Gaze "this girl's doing it for you boys" tits'n'arse close-ups while she did it; she got to be the power fantasy that's usually reserved for men, but for ladies. I can only think of two other characters in recent years who have done that: Furiosa and River Song. There are countless, COUNTLESS male versions of this.

4, I loved that the film took all the pre-release criticism it recieved, and incorporated it into the film, every time with a big finger in the face of dudebro sexist arseholes everywhere. From characters reading internet comments to Slimer and Lady Slimer getting a Thelma and Louise moment, each bit was pitched beautifully.

5, Like Andrew says, it was fabulous to have a movie about a group of people where none of them are on the arsehole-with-a-heart journey that Bill Murray always plays. In fact, none of the four leads are arseholes, and none of them is a sexy lamp either. They're PEOPLE. Yep, it is 2016 and the fact that a film with four female leads doesn't make any of them into a total cliche is worth commenting on (note: while elements of Patty's character can be argued to be cliched, she's bookish and a history nerd; those things do not fit the stereotype).

Genuinely, while it's not perfect, I think this is the best film I have seen in ages. It's fun, it's funny, it's got a heart the size of New York, and you should all go see it.

See this film if:
  • You're alive.

Don't see this film if:
  • You're a sexist dudebro, or a gamergater, or otherwise an example of a person who has no humanity.

Scores: Acting: 9/10, Script: 9/10; Technical 10/10, Feels 10/10. Overall 9.5/10

If you liked this you should watch: it again. I did. And I very, VERY rarely see a film more than once in the cinema on initial release.

Star Trek Beyond

1, I liked that the script gave all the characters something to do, and that none of them felt incompetently handled, or incompetent at their jobs, both of which accusations could occasionally be levelled at Original Trek. Also, Scotty actually using Scottish words (I nearly typed "sounding like a Scotsman" then, but Pegg's accent is... variable) was grand.

2, I loved how they handled the death of Leonard Nimoy. The fact that the one thing Spock Prime brought with him from the alternate universe was a publicity shot for The Undiscovered Country photo of himself with all his friends, that he must have carried everywhere with him... that was just adorable.

3, I loved Jayla, and hope she will appear in future films. Given that they have said they are not going to recast Chekhov, and that she is now in Starfleet Academy, this could be an organic way of helping the gender balance a bit - they still need to bring back Chapel and Rand as well, mind.

4, Spock calling McCoy "Leonard", and his heartfeltness when he thinks he's going to die. Just... Oh the feels. Karl Urban continues to excel as McCoy, and Zach Quinto's Spock is pretty effing awesome too. I loved McCoy in all his crotchety grumpy glory, and he got to be the wise old bird a lot here, which is a role he fits well.

5, Idris Elba is his usual stunning self both in and out of his face-obscuring make-up.

6, I was one of the many people in the cinema clapping with sheer delight at the Beastie Boys saving the day. And yes, it was a bit of a cheesy thing referring back to the first Abrams film like that, and calling it "classical music", but I don't care. And choreographing the explosions to the music was beautiful, and totally fits with the excuse the plot uses for the music being there.

See this film if:
  • You're a fan of original Trek or Voyager or both, and you want to see Trek on screen actually be what it has always been in your head.
  • You want to see what Spock and McCoy are like together without Kirk as a buffer zone (adorable!).
  • You like the idea of Chekhov's gun being the Beastie Boys.

Don't see this film if:
  • You don't like things going kaboom lots.
  • You like your scifi incredibly cerebral.
  • You can't handle Simon Pegg's "Scots" accent.

Scores: Acting: 8/10 (but 10/10 for Karl Urban), Script: 9/10; Technical 10/10, Feels 10/10. Overall 9/10

If you liked this you should watch: Star Trek II & III & IV as a set, or VI
miss_s_b: Captain Kathryn Janeway (Feminist Heroes: Janeway)
I read this tumblr post and the ensuing discussion with [personal profile] matgb was very interesting. Our conclusion boiled down to that the writers (especially in original Trek) were trying quite hard (but failing due to their own ingrained "benevolent" sexism) to envision a post-sexism society. And, you know, total blind spot for LGBT stuff, but that's a tangent for this post, as is the undoubted and well-documented actual sexism of the studio and production team.

Mat mentioned the oft-cited canard about Uhura:
all she did was answer the phone! She was just a receptionist, not anyone important!
and I'd like to unpack the sexism in just that statement for a moment.
  • All she did was be the receptionist - no she didn't. She gets left in charge in several episodes when the boys go on a redshirt-killing away team lark.

  • All she did was be the receptionist - you mean she was the signals officer? Because my brother is a signals officer in the British army, and let me tell you they are pretty well respected. The first thing any smart enemy tries to do is take down communications. Signals officer is both dangerous AND highly skilled.

  • All she did was be the receptionist - except for all those times she fixes the consoles, and goes on away teams (admittedly this is more common in animated and film eps, but still).
Even if all she did was be the receptionist was actually true, do you know why we sniffily dismiss the people who negotiate with external agencies on our behalf, answer queries, let people know what we're doing, make our appointments, arrange our diaries and generally sort out our shit? Because it's women's work. And that's the biggest indicator of sexism of all.

OK, I'm getting off my high horse now. Laters ;)
miss_s_b: (Fangirling: not doctor)
We geeks might be kicking against the pricks over here in the UK, but in the US we've actually infiltrated the White House. Pictorial evidence:

(image via DC Women Kicking Ass)

Live Long and Prosper indeed, Mr Obama.
miss_s_b: Mindy St Clare from The Good Place, hiding her nakedness behind very large sunflowers and looking shocked (Default)
miss_s_b: Mindy St Clare from The Good Place, hiding her nakedness behind very large sunflowers and looking shocked (Default)
miss_s_b: Mindy St Clare from The Good Place, hiding her nakedness behind very large sunflowers and looking shocked (Default)
miss_s_b: Mindy St Clare from The Good Place, hiding her nakedness behind very large sunflowers and looking shocked (Fangirling: Roslin/adama)
Finally getting around to doing last week's [community profile] fannish5: Name your five favourite fictional marriages.

  1. Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart and Sgt Benton (Doctor Who). Nobody is ever, EVER going to convince me that Doris is not a post-op Benton. Right from Benton's first appearance in The Invasion she is clearly in love with the Brig, and there are LOADS of bits of body language throughout the UNIT era between the two characters which suggest at something a lot more than a professional relationship. And then in Battlefield, where you get Doris with lots of screentime, the Brig actually refers to her as Benton in the garden centre. It's a very sweet relationship, and a victory for trans acceptance.

  2. Lady Sybil Ramkin and Sam Vimes and Carrot and Angua (Discworld). These two are one entry because they are essentially the same relationship dynamic, just with different specifics. Both feature a strong, powerful woman, and a man who is empowered, rather than emasculated, by having a relationship with a strong, powerful woman. Hollywood scriptwriters, take note.

  3. Bill Adama and President Roslin (new Battlestar Galactica). Shipped them from Season 1 of BSG, and my ship came in. Despite my issues with the ending of BSG, the relationship between these two characters is beautiful, complex, and well-realised.

  4. Sarah-Jane Smith and Peter (The Sarah-Jane Adventures). Although it was set up as a sham by the Trickster, Sarah-Jane and Peter's love for each other was very real, and Peter's moment of self-sacrifice at the end of the story is so quietly, understatedly noble... And, you know, Nigel Havers. I would.

  5. Spock and James T Kirk (Star Trek TOS). This is totally not just an excuse to post this (NSFW) video again:
I was trying to think of a Batverse one, but apart from Animated Series Harvey Dent and Pamela Isley (which only got as far as engagement) there isn't really a Batverse relationship that I don't have issues with for one reason or another...

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miss_s_b: (Sci-fi: McCoy)
Will Howells has just made a comment on twitter that reminded me of one of the things that struck me at conference.

Cleggy is Captain Kirk.

No, seriously, stay with me on this one.

Kirk has a kind of gung-ho charm, and his heart's mostly in the right place, but he ain't all that as far as captaincy goes. What he has got, in Spock and McCoy and Sulu and Scotty and Uhura and Chekov and even Nurse Chapel, is a top notch team. He also has the management skills to deploy them where their talents are best suited, even if this means bending the rules a bit sometimes. I also suspect that Kirk's had at least 30 ladies.

The problem we have, as a party, is that we have a Sulu in Chris Huhne, and an Uhura in Jo Swinson, and a Janice Rand in Lynne Featherstone, and a Nurse Chapel in El Presidente... But the whole rest of the party is stuffed full of Spocks, and much as I adore the Spockster, we really could do with a McCoy or two to balance things up.

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Tuesday, May 12th, 2009 09:41 pm
miss_s_b: (Sci-fi: McCoy)
Cinema Tickets for two adults and one child: £18
Popcorn: £2.50
Bottled water: Free (we brought it from home)
[personal profile] amazing_holly's first trip to the cinema being such an amazing film? PRICELESS.

So, yeah, we spent our lottery winnings on going to see the new Star Trek film. And at some bits Holly had to hold my hand. And at some bits we hugged. And at some bits we giggled. And when SPOILER! ) she said SPOILER! ) But best of all was at the end when SPOILER! ).

Oh man, that was amazing. And as the credits rolled she started sniffling, and tears rolling down her face, and I asked her what was wrong. She said I'm sad it's over, mummy!

That's my girl.

Oh yeah, [personal profile] matgb and I really enjoyed it too. Might be a proper review later when I come down from my high.


Stuff and thingies...

Saturday, May 9th, 2009 01:03 am
miss_s_b: Mindy St Clare from The Good Place, hiding her nakedness behind very large sunflowers and looking shocked (Default)
Tonight was the Greetland and Stainland branch quiz night. click here for fascinating Lib Demmery )

Other stuff:
  • There was an amusing bit of advice for Jobseekers in the local rag today. It said that 9/10 jobs are now advertised online, and if you don't have access to the internet you can get free access at your local UK Online centre. To find your local UK online centre, log on to www.ukonlinecentres.co.uk

  • The Geeka Chicas poll is on Trek captains this month. Look to the right sidebar of the linked page and VOTE JANEWAY!

  • Stephen Tall wants me to do a meme. He wants me to name seven reasons why I joined the Lib Dems. There's only one, really. I was drunk, and Mat signed me up, after months of trying to persuade me. I'm bloody glad he did, though. Before I joined, I felt the way a lot of people feel - there's nothing I can do to change things, they're all the same, we'd have been better off if Guy Fawkes hadn't been so cack-handed, etc. etc. et bloody cetera. Now I know I can make a difference, because I have done. I've helped to formulate policy. I've met and spoken to and argued with national political figures. I've helped a winning presidential campaign, and I've become a press and communications officer. None of it has made me any money - the gravy train doesn't seem to stop at Lib Dem stations - but that doesn't matter, because this isn't about me. Well, it is, but it's about you as well. It's about making life that bit less grindingly sucky for ALL of us. And I have a fire in my belly that I can do something about that. So yeah, there was only one reason why I joined. But there's a multitude why I RENEWED.

And now, it's definitely time for bed. I need to digest all this rhubarb. TTYL, lovely bloggy people.


Friday, January 25th, 2008 11:05 pm
miss_s_b: Mindy St Clare from The Good Place, hiding her nakedness behind very large sunflowers and looking shocked (Default)
.. I are sat in bed, having walked the dogs under a clear-as-a-bell starry sky, wiv my Mat, watching old Trek. My belly is full of rm and raisin ice cream, and I can has snuggles. It doesn't get any better than this. Sure, there are people who are richer than me,or have more stuff than me, or are more approved of by society than me, but I don't think there's anyone happier than me.

Star Trek

Monday, January 14th, 2008 01:26 am
miss_s_b: Mindy St Clare from The Good Place, hiding her nakedness behind very large sunflowers and looking shocked (Default)
Continuing the Old Trek Marathon started here tonight, with a nice glass of G&T and Somnus on so that I fall straight asleep after this episode. It's the one with the giant condom in space.

Weirdly, Mister Mat hadn't heard the Captain Kirk's Ears joke before tonight. I don't think he'll forgive me for relieving him of his blissful ignorance...

click for terrible joke )

Anyway, Commodore Decker has just been relieved of duty, so I shall see you all tomorrow; I'm going to watch the exciting conclusion and then go to sleep.

Night night.

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