Agents of Skye

Oct. 6th, 2015 11:21 am
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I took a break from the Marvel rewatch project because I had vague hopes that I might get in another viewing of Age of Ultron before wrapping up Season 2 of Agents of SHIELD. But when it became clear that Ultron wasn't going to happen before the premiere of Season 3, I went ahead and watched those last few episodes, then never got around to writing them up on their own. So my commentary on them is included below. Note that the following post includes spoilers for the first episode of Season 3. Content note, cut for spoilers. )

One of the common complaints about the first season of Agents of SHIELD was its focus on Phil Coulson as its main character. I had my own reservations about whether the character could or should anchor the show, and during the original broadcast airing I felt that at least some of my fears were realized. As a secondary character, I enjoyed Coulson very much -- he would walk on from offstage, be competent, and walk off again. It hurt when he died, but it was only a twinge, not a mortal wound. When word came down that he would not only come back to life but be the lead character on AoS, I was actively annoyed. For one thing, I'm not a fan of the "death is never forever" meme that permeates comic book stories, because death has no meaning when we know that it can be reversed with the stroke of a pen, and I was disappointed to see the MCU play this card so early in its run. But I was also frustrated because, in an extended Marvel universe with so many opportunities for diversity, they were chosing to make yet another media property centering around a middle-aged white guy. It wasn't surprising, I suppose, but it still disappointed me.

Except not really, because on rewatch, it becomes clear that Coulson wasn't the true focus of the show after all. The first two seasons of AoS tell the superhero origin of Daisy Johnson (aka Skye aka Quake), and almost everything that happens to Coulson in Season 1, and many other major plot points along the way, are in service of her story.

Cut for S3 spoilers and length )

A few more thoughts on the final episodes of Season 2:

No spoilers for S3 in here. )

September 2015 Newsletter, Volume 95

Oct. 6th, 2015 10:31 am
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Banner by caitie of a newspaper with the name and logos of the OTW and its projects on the pages.

OTW was celebrating in September - Journal's 20th issue, Legal's victory & turning 8! Catch up on what you missed:
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FANDOM: Robin of Sherwood
FIC LINK: Three Sisters
AUTHOR LINK: [ profile] Xenon
RATING/WARNING(S): General Audiences
WIP?/WORD COUNT: 52,779|Complete
MAIN CHARACTERS: Marion of Leaford, Robin of Loxley, Nasir, Little John, Will Scarlet, Much, Tuck.
FIC SUMMARY: This time it's Marion's turn to save the day.

RECCER'S NOTES: An absorbing, well plotted, chunky missing adventure of a fic. An ex-resident of Loxley arrives in Sherwood and Robin and the Merries agree to escort him and his daughter to London. On the way the Merries face an ancient force of evil from folklore. An ensemble fic that makes good use of the weather, which explores Herne’s power and limitations.
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Fandom: Narnia
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Digory Kirke and Polly Plummer in the Wood Between the Worlds
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: coloured pencils & soft pastel pencils
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [ profile] felt-heart

Why this piece is awesome: As usual I'm starting with yet another illustration of the Wood Between the Worlds. This time the focus is less on the wood and more on Digory and Polly and the effect the place is having on them. I think the artist has really managed to convey the mood of the scene. And I love the golden greeny colours, it makes the place look just as rich as Digory describes it.

Link: The Wood Between the Worlds

OTW Fannews: Unearthing Slash

Oct. 4th, 2015 10:06 am
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OTW Fannews banner by caitie~ with the text Unearthing Slash along with stylized images of the members of One Direction with slashes between them

Vice speculated on why adults read One Direction fanfic, and discussed the appeal of slash. "The appeal of One Direction homoeroticism also seems related to how physically comfortable and genuinely playful the boys are with each other... It seems related to the fact that they are boys who sing songs about feelings and look like they mean it. It seems, unfortunately, related to Louis's irreverent-shading-into-dickish personality, which fans... wish to understand and explain away. Perhaps most significantly, it seems related to taboo and tragedy: how impossible to fall in love with your best friend, while the whole world watches, and also how beautiful."

What do you know about slash and its history? What do you think the media knows?
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Fandom: Harry Potter
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley
Content Notes/Warnings: None
Medium: digital
Artist on DW/LJ:
Artist Website/Gallery: [ profile] polyminthe

Why this piece is awesome: I love the style and the character design. All three of them look so much like themselves. I love their expressions, I can imagine a story behind this picture.

Link: Night at the Library.

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I got the chance a few days ago to enjoy an episode of EQ, and Shadowplay was next up on my rewatch-Control-episodes list. I didn't remember it very well; he's not in it much. I had forgotten how awesome Sgt. Alice Shephard is in it.

(Season 3, episode 8, aired 11/11/1997, for the imdb page).

Shadowplay is an Oliver North type episode. Andrew Banks has the Ollie North role. He's testifying in a hearing and stonewalling and lying all the way. Turns out Sgt. Shephard is also Banks' friend. She notices when his police protection is pulled, and raises heck about it, both onscreen and off. She defends herself and him when the bullets start flying, though there is a bit of damsel-in-distress. She stays cool under fire, and tries to get him to reconsider, as do a few others. They seem to lean towards a relationship, but she never loses her head over him, and by the end, she's not heartbroken. She's realistic, and unfortunately, he fulfills her expectations.

She's not a stereotype.

Shadowplay isn't Shephard's only appearance, but it's the one I remember seeing her the most. I'll probably add to this when I watch her other appearances. Ms. Redding also worked as a major guest star on the show as a reporter, in the episode "Pretenders." She was great there as well, but I like her as Alice the most.

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FANDOM: Robin of Sherwood
FIC LINK: The White Stag
AUTHOR LINK: [ profile] rusty_armour
RATING/WARNING(S): General audiences, very mild hurt/comfort
WIP?/WORD COUNT: 1408|Complete
MAIN CHARACTERS: Robert of Huntingdon, Herne the Hunter, Nasir, Will Scarlet, Little John, Much, Tuck.
FIC SUMMARY: When Robin struggles to decipher his latest vision, he receives help from an unexpected source.

RECCER'S NOTES: A sweet story where Robert worries about his loss of contact with Herne. The fic largely focuses on Robert, but the loyalty of the Merries to Robert and Herne is shown too.

[Photos] Banksias

Oct. 3rd, 2015 08:13 pm
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Glen's currently on a 4 hour flight home. (No wait, he's been delayed more).

I've been playing Dragon Age (...I'm going to be playing it forever, you can't stop me).

Also it took me like 50 hours to finally find Rifts less scary. *sighs at self*

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[Photos] Clouds

Oct. 3rd, 2015 08:06 pm
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It's been an interesting weekend.

Glen went to Melbourne to see the Eagles play in the Grand Final, and I stayed here and Mum stayed over with me (I'm not so good on my own at night). It was good, a little stressful just because my routine was thrown off so much, and I feel a bit ill now. So I'm sharing some clouds. Cloud therapy! :)

Do you know how much cirrocumulus we get here? Do you? ALL THE TIME.

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FANDOM: Chronicles of Narnia
FIC LINK: White Lady of the Eastern Sea
AUTHOR LINK: [ profile] edenfalling
RATING/WARNING(S): G/no warnings apply

FIC SUMMARY: In the third year of her conquest, Jadis locked Aslan out of Narnia and plunged that country into endless winter. But there are other powers in the world, and not all of them are pleased at the sudden changes.

RECCER'S NOTES: I received this in the recent Narnia Fic Exchange. However, I'm not biased when recommending this. Jadis is fascinating: driven, violent, vindictive, and the way this fic looks at how she bent the magic of the land to her will is excellent.

Subject: Cap!Peggy by RomanImp (SFW)

Oct. 2nd, 2015 07:39 pm
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Fandom: Captain America, Marvel Movieverse
Character: Peggy Carter
Content Notes/Warnings: AU
Medium: Digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: RomanImp Artblog on Tumblr
Why this piece is awesome:Agent Peggy Carter as Captain America. I love how much of Peggy's personality comes through in the style of this drawing, with its strong, bold lines, as well as her confident pose and challenging gaze.
Link: Cap!Peggy

OTW Fannews: Celebrating Fanart

Oct. 2nd, 2015 10:23 am
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Banner by doughtier reading 'Celebrating Fanart' with the OTW logo as a balloon and its string looping around the letters

The Daily Dot directed readers to a Mad Max: Fury Road fanart piece "in which the entire story is retold as an Egyptian hieroglyph." The amazing thing about these is not only does the hieroglyph feature actual Egyptian cuneiform, but that even if you're not a fan of the film, you can still get a sense of the story from this design: the great mythic city with its powerful ruler and citizens desperate for water, the escaping wives, the pursuing warboys, and the savior Furiosa."

Fanart can be found everywhere online & in many news stories-but what about the artists themselves?

Fandom First Friday!

Oct. 2nd, 2015 11:22 am
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Welcome to Fandom First Friday! What is #FFF? The first Friday of every month, the OTW celebrates one aspect of fandom. This month’s theme is shapeshifting!

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September update; October goals

Oct. 2nd, 2015 12:40 am
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Don't want to look at writing goals. Do not want.

Days written: 17/30
Words written: 7,868
Words of fic written: 3,925
Stories worked on: One and some ficlets
Stories posted: Just the ficlets

Chart of doom. )

Specific goals:

1. Write an average of five days per week. Nope.

2. Work on Marissa Hawke fic, and hopefully get far enough to start posting. Didn't even open it. I don't know whether it was going back to Malika or finishing her game by playing Trespasser, but my motivation to work on this story has been completely zapped. Unfortunately, nothing else really rose up to take its place

3. Post at least twice a week. Seriously. If nothing else I could start reviewing books again. Suggestions for post topics from the peanut gallery are also very welcome. Not even close. It's been a week since I even posted anything at all. So much for setting the bar low.

As little as I wanted to look at September's goals, you can imagine how much less I want to think about my progress for 2015, but it is the end of the third quarter so...

1. Continue tracking wordcounts and monthly goals. Check in with [ profile] ushobwri at least three times a month, and share with the weekly workshop at least twice a month. I continue to track goals, even when I don't want to ;), but I'm participating at [ profile] ushobwri less and less. It's been over a month since I even checked in. Now that I look at this, I wonder if my lack of participation there has helped drive my lack of motivation to write, or if it's the other way around? Either way, it can't hurt to get back on the horse. I'll try.

2. Finish with all current WIPs and owed fics by the end of October. Make progress on Wardens of Ivalice. Well. That's a pretty big no so far, and absent some amazing spurt of inspiration and free time, it's not going to happen. Maybe by the end of the year. Maybe.

3. Participate in at least one Big Bang that's not the DABB. Successful, thanks to [ profile] wipbigbang.

4. Post or crosspost to DW/LJ at least three times a week. Archive all Tumblr and flashfic on AO3 on at least a quarterly basis. I actually did archive a bunch of flash this month. So that happened, at least. How to make it a habit, I don't know. Posting, well. I guess I'll just keep muddling through.

All right. Let's wipe the September slate clean and start fresh with October, shall we?

1. Write at least five days per week.

2. Work on Wardens of Ivalice (and buy new Worlds of Thedas book for background reading and self motivation).

3. Pick an owed gift fic and finish it to final draft stage. No matter how lousy. Then send it to a beta and make it better.

4. Post at least twice per week and participate in [ profile] ushobwri on a weekly basis.

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