Kathleen
22 May 2016 @ 11:08 am
All my fanfics.

Days turned into weeks, weeks turned into months. And then, one not so very special day, I went to my typewriter, I sat down, and I wrote our story. A story about a time, a story about a place, a story about the people. But above all things, a story about love. )
 
 
feeling: working
calliope tune: "The Gallant Shearers"-Tannahill Weavers
 
 
 
Kathleen
The Musketeers is on now and it's absolutely wonderful, capturing not only the time period but the characters's personalities perfectly. D'Artagnan is wonderfully sassy, Aramis is stunning, and my heart bleeds for Athos already. I love the characters' friendship, and Milady is already an intriguing villain. I love how the series retains the flavor of the books, not shying away from ships between married characters. Constance is wonderful, the first version of the character I've liked, and she and D'Artagnan are perfect together. Thankfully, I absolutely detest her husband which makes the shipping easy. "Sleight of Hand" was even better than the pilot with an intriguing spy plot and plenty of explosions. Aramis and Anne were surprisingly adorable, and even if I know it's doomed I can't help shipping it. I loved that she gave him the necklace, and that he kissed it after the bomb failed to explode. Still it saddened me to think Aramis believes Adele abandoned him when her last thoughts were of how much she loved him. I assumed the Cardinal would be plotting against Aramis by now but it hasn't come up yet. D'Artagnan was fabulous as a spy, getting whumped and yet still saving the day. "Commodities" was excellent, deftly handling the Athos/Milady backstory and allowing Athos to discover she survived. I love how dangerous Milady is compared to some versions, and Athos continues to be more and more tragic. Aramis was hilarious, especially with how proud he was of his stitching, and he even got to speak some Spanish. The scene of him reverting to the role of priest was touching. Porthos got a chance to shine, lending a haunting touch to the scene where he derides a slave trader. I love the way the show uses social issues. "The Good Soldier" gave a glimpse of Aramis's past, focusing on a tragic massacre that only he and his friend, now an assassin and wanted man, survived. While the episode was somewhat weaker than the others it was wonderful to see Aramis featured as well as the attention to past details such as him wearing the cross Anne gave him. "The Homecoming" gave Porthos a chance to shine, as well as give a glimpse of his past. I found the Court Of Miracles fascinating, as well as the insight into his character. "The Exiles" was the best episode so far, perhaps because I went into it only expecting baby!fluff and was pleasantly surprised to find so much more. The plot was perfect, featuring political intrigue with the royals - a hidden twin, a plot to usurp the king, a scheming Queen, and a baby being used as a pawn - alongside the Musketeers and Constance trying to protect the infant and his mother. Constance was back to being fabulous again, helping rescue the child and even sword-fighting to protect Aramis and he. Aramis was wonderful - I think I fell in love with him even more than before - with a poignant lost love revealed, as well as his protection of Agnes and her son. He was adorable with the baby and even got to sing to him, something I never knew how badly I wanted. "A Rebellious Woman" played into my fascination with the 1600s' witch trials while presenting more reasons for me to adore Aramis. I loved all his lines, and the comment about him "cherishing women". Athos's explosion at seeing his wife was stunning, with Tom Burke pulling every emotion possible out of that scene and even scaring me a little in the process. Also the scene of Aramis fighting with books was epic. "The Confession" was a weak plot but made up for a lot of it by enough shiny sword fighting to make even me content. I loved seeing the tournament, especially Athos training D'Artagnan, who showed so much growth in this episode, by finally rejecting MiLady and seemingly growing up. The moment where he finally becomes a musketeer was beautiful, and I loved his hugs with Aramis and Porthos. D'Artagnan and Constance's romance was adorable followed by heartbreaking and while I can see her husband's point of view, I can't help but loathe him for hurting her and threatening to kill D'Artagnan. Aramis was strangely out of character, and the writing seemed shaky, but I enjoyed the continuation of the characters's story arcs and the new twists. "Knight Takes Queen" finally explores the tale of Aramis's lost love and brings him closure, even if I was quite disappointed with who she turned out to be. Aramis/Anne are finally canon, but I feel worried to be shipping it, since it can't go smoothly. Still they're lovely and sweet together, and I liked the parallel of Aramis's lost child to Anne's. King Louis got to show the two different sides of his often childish personality, and the Cardinal continues to grow more evil. The nuns were fabulous, especially Mother Superior, and I loved them defending the convent. "Musketeers Don't Die Easily" was a wonderful finale, neatly tying things up while leaving me looking forward to next season. The romantic relationships were the best: Athos finally got closure over Milady, Constance and D'Artagnan have found each other again but in a bittersweet move, Constance chooses to remain with her husband, and most poignantly, it's heavily implied that Anne's expected child is Aramis's. I loved their final scene together when Aramis pledges to protect the child for the rest of his life, a beautifully acted and touching moment as his eyes show barely constrained happiness mixed with sadness. D'Artagnan was wonderful, pulling off the scheme brilliantly, and I adored the group hug and the "one for all and all for one" finally being spoken.

In brand new shows there's Star Crossed which is lovely so far, a sci-fi reimagining of Romeo and Juliet which will hopefully have a less tragic future. Roman is a wonderful character with a perfect blend of sweetness and snark, and I really like Julia so far. I love the first meeting between Roman and Emery and how most of the aliens seem more human than the humans. The ending of the pilot with Roman saving Julia and his father dying was deeply poignant.

I'm on season two of Once Upon A Time now. The way the characters are all related and the constant recasting of the same character in many roles - crocodile!Rumplestiltskin being the worst - continues to make my head spin, and sadly there's even more focus on the female characters to the expense of the much better written male characters, but there are bright spots in the mess. New this season is Killian, and I love him even better after getting to see his introduction, while Emma's betrayal of him only serves to make me hate her more. Her constant whining and complaining about being an orphan when she's found her family and her son gets old quickly and her personality flips between annoyingly aggressive and so bland she sets my teeth on edge. New also is Phillip, and he's lovely, a perfect mix of sweetness and bravery that makes me only wish the writers would use him more often, and preferably without Aurora, definitely the most useless princess in the series so far, and Mulan who keeps looking like she'll betray everyone and never does - a pity since it might actually make her interesting. I adore the backstory of Phillip being cursed and Belle saving him, and I hope the writers explore that curse more in the future. I was looking forward to Lancelot and was sadly disappointed as this version lacks much of the nobility and depth of the character and seems like more than a means to an end for the writers to correct a short-lived twist for Snow White that might have been more interesting if they'd only explored it further. Regina's lost love Daniel returns in one of the saddest episodes of the series as her relationship with him is the few times I feel pity for Regina. I teared up when she was forced to kill him. Jefferson is back for a few episodes and I couldn't stop smiling when he finally is reunited with his daughter; their relationship is my favorite on the series and it made me so happy that he finally found her again. Dr. Whale finally gets backstory, and despite my original skepticism at how the show would handle a non-fairytale and difficult, iconic character, I was thrilled to see they did a beautiful job. The idea of the Land Without Color, and Rumplestiltskin appearing in color in it is brilliant, and Frankenstein's monster being his brother adds a poignant layer, making me tear up when his brother seemingly begs for death after finally speaking Viktor's name. I loved the parallel of Dr. Whale saving the stranger and finding some atonement for his actions. I was far less pleased with the writers's handling of Jack and the Beanstalk, though, reducing Jack to a girl - who annoyed me every bit as much as I'd suspected she would - and making Charming's brother evil. I did like the giants being good and the humans evil but the story lacked heart. I loved seeing Rumplestiltskin leaving Storybrooke to find his son, along with his endearing confusion at the outside world. His injury and phone call to Belle were heartwrenching, and Belle losing her memory and breaking the little cup broke my heart completely. The origin of Rumplestiltskin's injury was revealed in a way I hadn't expected, as well as how he attained the ability to see the future. The seer was an interesting character that I'd love more background on, and I adored seeing Rumplestiltskin with baby Bae. Neal annoys me, and I find it nearly impossible to consider he and little Bae the same person. Cora is dreadful, unquestionably the most horrible character on the show yet, and the flashback romance with her and Rumplestiltskin makes me both cringe and gag. I've never been so grateful to see a character killed off, and for the first time Snow White gets some depth with the twist of her heart being blackened by killing Cora, even it makes little sense seeing as how evil Cora was and how killing her saved more than just Rumplestiltskin's life. "Welcome To Storybrooke" was fascinating, showing the endless timeloop of the 28 years along with bringing Graham back for the episode. I was so thrilled to see him again, if only in the flashbacks. August's story finally gets an ending after being dreadfully underused and all but forgotten by the writers. Eoin Bailey is one of the most talented actors in the series and I adore August, for his deeply human flaws and attempts to do right. He made my heart hurt in the scene where he lays in the alley, and the poignancy of him turning to wood and finally giving his life to try to save the others had me in tears. I was thankful the fairy brought him back to life but heartbroken that he became a child again, seemingly having forgotten being August and thereby erasing all those beautiful flaws that made his character so wonderfully complex. "Lacey" broke my heart as Rumplestiltskin falls back into evil and Belle ends up with cursed memories, but I adored Robin Hood and his magical bow, even if his role was all too brief. I enjoyed the storyline of the curse failsafe and the beans even if it felt rushed, and I loved seeing Belle finally get her memories back, and Killian showing his good side by returning to help the others and finally giving up his revenge. As evil as Greg is his grief over finally finding his father's fate was poignant. "Second Star to the Right" was lovely, and surprisingly, as much as I usually dislike Neal, I actually liked Bae in his interactions with Wendy, an adorable and wonderful version of the character. I loved the whole Darling family, them taking Bae in, and the twist on the shadow coming to the nursery, as well as Bae ending up with Killian. It saddened me to see them turn against each other in the end, though.

Once Upon A Time In Wonderland is also back from hiatus with 90% more Cyrus and "Nothing To Fear', a tale that finds the Knave rescued from his bottle by Lizard. As much as I ship Will/Anastasia, they're cute together, and Lizard's unrequited crush on him is all the more poignant when he transforms her into a beautiful woman whose dress is suspiciously like the last one he saw Anastasia in before she became the Red Queen. In any event, Lizard didn't deserve her fate, and my heart broke for the Knave, trapped, and unable to do anything but feel the pain of her last wish. Cyrus and Alice are as adorable as always, and the marriage proposal scene, complete was fireworks, had me grinning ear to ear. Alice seemed somewhat out of character, and a tad selfish, but understandable, and I loved that she came around in the end and realized Wonderland needed them. The Red Queen's story arc and Emma Rigby's acting continues to impress me, and I teared up when she realized no one would pay her ransom, then cheered when Cyrus and Alice came to her rescue. The Jabberwocky is creepy but nothing like what I'd imagined and I'm still not sure what to make of her, as much as I enjoy Jafar being intimidated for once by someone more powerful than himself. "Dirty Little Secrets" finally reveals Cyrus's origins, and I was both pleased and disappointed with the backstory. By the summary, I was braced for an evil version of Cyrus and was happily surprised to find him just as charming and good at heart, just more reckless and a bit of a card shark. I liked seeing his brothers, who oddly enough had no names but were every bit as handsome as Cyrus, and Peter Gadiot got a chance to shine - on a shallow note he cries very beautifully. However, I was a little disappointed that his crime was so minor. I suppose I was expecting something larger than simply stealing water to save his mother, even though the guardian of the well was delightfully mythological and creepy. I'm not quite sure what to think of Amara being Cyrus's mother. I'd guessed she was going to be someone we'd already seen in the series but I was sort of hoping for Jafar's mother, since I thought it would have been a poignant and fascinating twist to have Jafar and Cyrus be half brothers. Also considering Amara was involved with Jafar - a little squicky in itself considering she raised him - it's even a little icky. On the bright side I loved Cyrus and Alice finally having a heart to heart talk about their pasts and separation from each other, and I loved Cyrus's doubts - he's still so doubtful that anyone could accept and love him, poor baby - as well as Alice's beautiful reassurances and promises to "be his bottle" and keep him good. The torture scenes of Anastasia broke my heart, and I was glad that at least the Tweedle came to comfort her and help her, I never fully appreciated him before, and now I love him. "Heart Of The Matter" was flawless, finally exploring why the Knave has no heart in a poignant backstory. Cyrus was adorable and hilarious at the beginning, and I adored him in Storybrooke, fascinated by the light switches while Alice was hilariously intrigued by the ice maker. She finally said her "curiouser and curiouser" line, too! I loved the return of the Lost and Found, and Cyrus finally figuring out the fate of his mother, as well as Amara fighting back when Jafar tried to use the staff to kill Cyrus. Anastasia was wonderful, surprising me once again how talented Emma Rigby is - the contrast between the three versions from innocent sweet girl to Red Queen to broken and defeated woman was stunning - and my heart broke when she was so grateful to Cyrus and Alice for returning. The Tweedle was as fabulous as last week, and the White Rabbit was more endearing than usual. Michael Socha had the hardest role, from heartbroken young thief to his usual sarcastic self and everywhere in between, and he nailed it beautifully, making me ache for the Knave when he finally got his heart again. The scene where he finally sees Anastasia and says her name before kissing her brought tears to my eyes followed by complete heartbreak as she's murdered in front of him. "To Catch A Thief" finally reveals Alice and the Knave's first meeting, and it was wonderful and perfect. I adored the funny bits with Alice controlling his heart and him trying to politely murder her, and their friendship was lovely. The fact that she reminds him of his lost sister was touching, and I adored their last flashback scene, taking her right up to the moment she finds Cyrus's bottle. I loved how, even desperate to bring back Anastasia, he couldn't hurt Alice, even jumping into the water to save her. His short scene with Cyrus where he offers to let him get a free punch was amusing, making me wish again the two had more scenes together. I loved the Sultan standing up for the Knave and knowing instinctively who Alice was - I'm so happy they finally met - and since I have no sympathy whatsoever for Jafar I adore his character. The ending tore me up, though, with Cyrus killed and Alice feeling his pain as he died. "And They Lived" was a packed but gorgeous finale, giving me everything I'd hoped and more, all tied up into a beautiful, fitting package. The Knave and Anastasia's love story finally finds their happy ending, and I loved that they became the White King and Queen and ruled Wonderland. Anastasia never seemed to stop smiling once she found him again, and the Knave's love speech and true love's kiss as well as the "sleeping beauty" comment were adorable. He's even more loveable with a heart, and the smile he gives Alice after their last, bittersweet hug was the first genuine, non-pained one in the series, making me grin back in response. The White Rabbit, always a delight, was more fabulous than ever, making me laugh with his comments about Cyrus and Alice and what they'd done to his house, as well as making me tear up a bit at his parting with Alice and his spying on her years later in England. I never could warm to Amara, despite a nice scene where she properly meets and accepts Alice, and a nice cameo by the Flying Carpet, so I wasn't saddened by seeing her make the sacrifice for her sons. I loved that Cyrus's brothers were freed, and I wish there would have been a little more of them, or at least what became of them in the ending. Surprisingly, I was a little sad about the Jabberwocky's uncertain fate, since, despite my first thoughts, she'd become an intriguing character, and I was very sad about the Sultan. Maybe it's my hatred for Jafar, but I've loved the Sultan since the beginning and he was always so kind to Cyrus, so it broke my heart to see his ultimate and somewhat unexpected fate. Jafar showed a rare flash of humanity here and there, but not enough to make me stop cheering when, true to my theory, he became a genie himself, a perfect finish on his story. The dear Tweedle happily got a cameo, and I loved seeing his adorable interactions with little Millie, as well as his happiness at the wedding. Cyrus, thankfully, was brought back, and happily through healing magic rather than the spell, and his scenes with Alice, especially when he lifts her up at the well, were as adorable as usual. Alice and he finally get their much deserved and long-awaited happy ending, and their wedding was gorgeous. I adored everything about it, especially the Rabbit's words, and Alice's stunning dress. I loved that her father finally believed in her, and that she and Cyrus stayed in Victorian England. The ending with them having a tea party with their own daughter - an absolutely adorable little child - made me tear up from happiness, and the inclusion of the book was the perfect cherry on top of the wonderful treat that was this series.

I finally got to see more episodes of The Ponderosa and even more than before it saddens me how quickly the show fell apart. In many ways, as much as I love Bonanza, it had the potential to become better, especially with it's brilliant versions of Hop Sing and Adam who were given far more depth than in the original series. But the townspeople, who I grew to love, were quickly shoved aside, killed off, or sent out of the series, most horribly Carlos, but even dear Frenchy. The brothers's relationships remain the one truly beautiful thing about the series.

I'm up to the episode "Saturday" in Coronet Blue and it's a gorgeous and haunting story of a little boy forced to grow up too quickly. I loved the way he changed Michael's views, and how Michael helped him. More than ever I think it's such a shame how there was no proper conclusion for the series.

In other new/old shows I've been rewatching Emily of New Moon, a childhood favorite. I always shipped Perry/Emily, but I'm warming to Teddy.

I gave a try to the 2000s version of Battlestar Galactica and by considering it a different show instead of a remake I'm managing to enjoy it quite a lot. I love their names being call signals instead of just names, which lets me think the names are passed and these are different people instead of just a different version of the same character. Apollo, never my favorite in the original, is strangely more appealing here, helped along by Jamie Bamber's portrayal of him. As much as I hate Starbuck being a girl she has awesome chemistry with Lee; I adore how she saves him in the miniseries. Boomer, despite being a girl, is a likeable character so far, and Boxey is cute.

In other new shows I've started Teen Wolf, a surprisingly entertaining series. Scott is an appealing protagonist, and strangely enough I love Derek. I also really like Jackson, even if I already know he's the Whitney Fordman of this series, aka the character everyone hates who leaves the show early and I develop an attachment too and mourn him for the rest of the series. I also love the visuals of the werewolves, both their look and their powers, and I'm curious to see where the series goes.

In new movies I saw the 2005 version of War Of The Worlds. I'm usually not fond of remakes and was less than impressed with the original so I was shocked to discover how much I adored it. The filming, acting, and photography were stunning, moving me to tears countless times, and the character growth was amazing. It not only improved on the original film but also the book, making something fresh, believable, and heart-wrenching. I grew to love the characters despite my first impressions and the ending was beautiful and perfect. Next was Saving Mr. Banks, which, while it failed to live up to my hopes and I had many issues with the portrayal of Walt Disney - not the least of which that he looked and sounded nothing like him - I enjoyed. The story behind the making of Mary Poppins was both fascinating and poignant as was the recreation of Disneyland back in the day as well as the premiere of the film. My favorite part was when they finally get her dancing. Colin Farrell was excellent as the writer's loving but troubled father, and I cried at the scene where she drops the pears and goes in after his death. Next was the flawless The Sorcerer's Apprentice which managed to be both hilarious and deeply poignant with equal parts romance, magic, and friendship. I loved every moment, helped along by the fabulous cast, and adored the ending. Then was the intriguing and both fun and poignant Season Of The Witch, a fantasy-drenched look at the days of the Black Plague. Behmen was a tragic hero, and I loved Kay and how by saving him Behmen found his redemption, as sad as the ending was. After that was the haunting and heart-wrenching A.I. Artificial Intelligence. The acting was stunning, and I sobbed at the poignant ending. Jude Law was fabulous as Gigolo Joe, I loved his character and his friendship with David. The parallel between the fairytale and David's quest to be real was heartbreaking, too. Next was the 2009 live-action Mulan which I tried out of curiosity due to my love for the Disney film and was blown away by. It was hauntingly beautiful and achingly sad, and I cried over Wentai and Mulan's tragic romance. Next was the lovely and unusual Winter's Tale, a surprisingly poignant and beautiful story with more than a few unexpected twists. The settings were gorgeous, the acting flawless, and the plot was deeply moving in a bittersweet fairytale-like way. After that was the hauntingly sad true story Changeling which was often brutal but deeply moving, reducing me to tears multiple times. Next was Civil Love, a lovely Civil War era romance between a widow and the wounded soldier she finds in her barn. Daniel was wonderful, sweet and gentle, and I fell in love with him instantly. I liked that Rachel and his love came slowly instead of love at first sight, and how she ended up saving him. My running a little low on new films has led me to giving a try to remakes which I don't usually do, and which has been a combination of the surprising good and unfortunately annoying. I started with the 1999 version of Great Expectations, one of the few films I watch every version of, even though the 1940s one remains my favorite. Miss Havisham was sadly the weakest spot, lacking the madness or invoking the pity of other versions but giving a strangely flat performance. Estella, by contrast, was flawless, both as a haughty child and as a twisted woman incapable of love. The casting, too, was perfect; I had no difficulty whatsoever believing the child and adult were different versions of the same person. Little Pip was a more jaded, world-weary version of the character than I'm used to; fitting, perhaps, but surprising. The child was an excellent actor, though, and I loved how he starts to skip when Miss Havisham tells him to play instead of automatically wanting to play with Estella. Ioan Gruffudd was a very different Pip than I'm used to, but his performance was fascinating and layered, not always likeable but always intriguing. His final scene with Miss Havisham gave me chills as it was the closest I'd imagined to the book. The tune running through the film was poignantly lovely, and I liked the beautiful location shots as well as the bittersweet, more realistic ending. Next was 3:10 To Yuma, which, while failing to live up to the beauty and depth of the original benefited greatly from it's actors. Christian Bale was, in many ways, far more appealing than Van Heflin as Dan, with a tragic backstory and determination to be a hero for his son. The twist at the end by having him die shocked and saddened me. Russell Crowe did a fine job as Ben, but lacked the gentleness that made me fall in love with Glenn Ford, and although I loved the music it wasn't the hauntingly lovely tune from the original. Still the man alone theme found in so many westerns such as High Noon and Sitting Bull and always portrayed best here managed to shine through despite the years, and the characters were still as fascinating as in the original. Next was the intriguing The Invasion which surprisingly manages to be as good as the original with appealing characters, a new twist of certain people being immune, and more than a few creepy moments. Carol attempting to blend in with fascinating, and I loved her relationships with both Ben and Oliver and was grateful that they all got their happy ending. Then was The Lone Ranger, a peculiar mix of the surprisingly good and the terrible. The film seemed to be unable to decide if it was a comedy-parody, a western drama, or a steampunk action flick, and veered so quickly between the genres I got mental whiplash. Red was a quirky and appealing character who was poorly underused, Tonto was given a tragic and fascinating backstory ruined by the clownish and sometimes mean-spirited actions (the worst being hitting John in the head when he realizes he's not dead yet, only badly wounded) and always dreadful "acting" of Johnny Depp. Despite my dislike of Armie Hammer, he managed to do fairly well with what he was given, especially toward the end when he gets to actually be a hero. The story within a story format was well done, and I found a few of the nods amusing. Still the gruesomeness of Cavendish and the squirmingly obvious racism made it far less pleasant than the original series, despite the few flashes of brilliance. Next was Return to Treasure Island which was cute and a nicely done sequel. Dean O'Gorman made a perfect older Jim.

In new animated films I finally saw Wall-E which was very cute and actually somewhat inspiring. Wall-E and Eve's relationship was adorable, especially their dancing in space scene, and I also loved the two humans who found each other in the ship. Next was The Road To El Dorado, a greatly entertaining and random adventure with lovable characters. Next was Finding Nemo and I adored both the title character and the richly detailed world, as well as Nemo and his father's relationship. Next was Rio, a cute and colorful story with an adorably quirky romance between the human characters. Then was The Nightmare Before Christmas which was imaginative and far cuter than I'd imagined, with both towns a lot of fun. ext was the darling Oliver and Company with the cutest animated cat ever and some lovely moments and catchy tunes. Next was Kung Fu Panda which was random but enjoyable. Next was Big Hero 6 which was a little strange and sad but featured the most precious and unique robot ever. Next was the Ice Age series which I laughed my way through and completely fell in love with. Next was Quest For Camelot which was sweet but also featured the first disabled hero I've seen in an animated film which delighted me. Last was a childhood favorite, the beautiful and heartwarming The Snowman.
 
 
calliope tune: "I Started A Joke"-Bee Gees
feeling: depressed
 
 
Kathleen
I managed to watch the first episode of Atlantis the same day it premiered and while it scrambled mythology, I completely adored it. The settings, costumes, and soundtrack were gorgeous, the cast is quite attractive (I'm loving Jason's dimples!), and the story is very fun so far. Pythagoras is completely adorable, and I love the friendship starting between Jason and he. The humor struck a good balance with the more serious moments, and even if the pace was a little fast, I thought it was a great start for a pilot and very promising. Onto episode two which wasn't quite as good as the pilot (and no Jason and Pythagoras friendship, sadly), and had me cringing at the dreadful imagining of satyrs, but still gets points for including the maenads. I love Medusa and am mourning her fate already, since against my better judgement I'm slightly shipping her with Jason - she did save his life after all!. I only wish they'd cut back on some of the fate and simply let Jason and Pythagoras get into all sorts of fun, mythological adventures before they start in on future tragedies. "A Boy Of No Consequence" was fun, and thankfully toned down much of the humor of the first two episodes. Ariadne was somewhat less bland when she stood up to the queen, and I could tolerate Hercules a little better, but the witchcraft bits were unnecessary. The hurt/comfort parts were lovely, and I adored how Jason got everyone to work as a team, and his gymnastics, as well as Medusa saving the day. I'm a little sad to see the writers trying to pair her up with Hercules though, since I'd hoped for her to be matched up with Jason. "Twist Of Fate" was superb, mixing adorable moments with more serious. I adored the trio being so cute with the baby, and even Hercules grew on me this week. Jason was fabulous as always, using his gymnastic skills to full advantage, and the baby's mother was a fascinating character and superb actress. I hope to see more of the king and she in the future. I love the show's rare continuity of having Jason's arm bear a scar from the arrow wound in the pilot. "White Lies" had too much Ariadne but I loved Minos finally getting screentime. He's quite a tragic character, and I love his relationship with Ariadne. Jason was awkwardly adorable through the whole episode, and I couldn't stop giggling over Hercules and his pet beetle. "The Song of The Sirens" threw a new spin on things as Jason, desperate to save Medusa and Hercules, makes a rash pact with Circe the witch to kill Pasiphae. I loved Pythagoras and Jason's friendship in the episode, along with the character growth of the Oracle, who, while still mysterious, obviously cares deeply about Jason. The final scene between them when she takes his hand was especially touching. "Rules Of Engagement" was little more than fun, flawless fan service for 99% of the show as Jason does gymnastics and is soundly whumped all while forgetting his shirt at home (why am I not surprised by now?), but it still offered a cute moment where Hercules and Medusa patch things up, and the first glimpse of future darkness as recurring character and palace servant Korrina is needlessly murdered. Poor Korrina, I'd hoped for a bit more from her in the future, but I can't say I'm surprised as I already guessed she wouldn't last forever on the show. Still it only makes me hate Pasiphae more. "The Furies" was an uneven episode consisting of an intriguing premise poorly executed against some stunning acting by Robert Emms and beautiful moments of friendship between not only Jason and Pythagoras but also Hercules and the two; I especially loved the part where Hercules starts to crawl away to deter Pythagoras from giving himself to the furies. "Pandora's Box" brings back the show from hiatus, and I love seeing everyone again, even if it's the most heartbreaking episode yet. Medusa's transformation wasn't unexpected, but I'd hoped it wouldn't be so soon, and the final scene with Jason cursing the gods was stunning and foreboding for the rest of the series. "The Price Of Hope" was mostly a filler full of running but it gave some lovely h/c moments as Pythagoras cared for an injured Jason, a beautiful friendship moment between Hercules and Pythagoras, and a strange twist as Jason is able to look at Medusa. "Hunger Pangs" was hilarious, a wonderful breath of fresh air after weeks of sad episodes, and Jason was adorable as a werewolf who frequently ends up devoid of clothes in strange places. I'd love to see hints of it pop up in later episodes, even if the silver did cure him. "Touched By The Gods" was a "royal episode" as I call it, which means less fun for me than the trio-focused ones which are my favorites, but still the plot offered some resolution to earlier stories as well as a new depth to Jason. I was secretly wishing he'd kill Pasiphae, and I found it odd that he couldn't bring himself to kill her yet killed Circe, who seemed less evil to me of the two, without much of a thought. Still he did selflessly offer himself to her to be killed, showing how much he cares about his friends, and the trio had some wonderful moments that were both funny and heartwarming as they try to help Jason fulfill his vow and then join him battling the living skeletons - a nice nod to Jason and the Argonauts. Jason and the gang's rescue of Ariadne was fun, complete with the always enjoyable bonus of flaming arrows, but I was saddened by the servant's death. On the bright side Heptarian is thankfully gone now, in a strangely quick way, unless the writers are planning to bring him back. The leper colony intrigued me, as well as Jason's long-lost father being among them, and I loved seeing the brief father-son interaction even if Jason isn't aware of who he is. The twist of Pasiphae being his mother made me happy, since, unlike the rest of the fandom it seems, I'd considered it at the beginning but doubted the writers would go that way no matter how much I hoped, and the revelation finally opened up some explanations as to Jason's mysterious gifts. My other favorite parts were Hercules finally admitting he cares about Jason and Hercules nearly crushing Pythagoras by attempting to hide him from the soldiers.

In other brand new shows I've started watching Sleepy Hollow against my better judgement, and quite surprisingly ended up obsessed with it. The premise is creative and incredibly fascinating, and I love Ichabod. I've always been interested in the Revolutionary War and the overlap with history to fantasy is amazing. I'm also liking Ichabod's friendship with Abbie. The writing is brilliant so far and the bad guys, especially the creepy Sandman, are well done against some stunning filming. "John Doe" was superb and my favorite episode so far, with an awesome tale of Roanoke, Ichabod's modern day confusion and old-world gallantry when he takes Abbie's hand to cross the water, and some delicious hurt/comfort and heartwarming moments. Plus Ichabod speaking Middle English and interacting with the boy made my heart melt. "The Sin Eater", drawing from a fascinating Welsh tradition, was brimming with wonderful moments from the hilarious baseball game scene, to Ichabod's swoon-worthy bow, to the poignant and gorgeous exchange as Ichabod prepares to give up his life to defeat the Horseman. Despite my best efforts I've fallen off the wagon and started shipping Ichabod/Abbie hard so I teared up when he finally called her by her first name and later when they hugged. I also liked understanding Katrina's backstory better with the intriguing parts where Ichabod first learned of his gifts and part in the war. "Sanctuary" was a fun haunted house story with a shocking twist as it's revealed Ichabod has a son, born after his death. While on one hand I love it - daddy!Ichabod could be adorable, and even if his son is long dead there still could be a great+ grandchild somewhere, I have a bad feeling about the tragic directions this storyline could take. A darker side of Ichabod has surfaced, too, especially in the scene where he kills the tree creature. "The Golem" was haunting, exploring the fate of Ichabod's son Jeremy - I can only hope the writers will bring him back to life or at least include more flashbacks in the future - as well as Katrina's coven - an extremely creepy set of four women. I loved seeing the Sin Eater again, and Ichabod's Christmas confusion made me giggle as usual, especially the adorable scene where Abbie gives him a stocking, but the ending has me barely able to wait for the show's return.

Despite not planning on it I took a peek at Once Upon A Time In Wonderland and completely fell in love with it's version of the tale. Cyrus and Alice's romance is beautiful and I hope so badly that it has a happy end. Also the Knave of Hearts is wonderful, I just adore him. "The Serpent" was the most heartwrenching episode so far as Jafar's evil origins are revealed, and Alice is finally forced to make a wish to save the Knave's life, tying her life to his in the process, but sadly all for nothing as the Knave is turned to stone. The ending left me in tears, despite the hope of Cyrus beginning to escape, and the lovely wishbone legend, and I can only hope next episode will have more light at the end of the tunnel. "The Cell" was another step forward as well as a step back as Alice uses her second wish which broke my heart, but she and her father managed to mend their relationship even if the ending implies that her father won't remember anything, indicating another sacrifice Alice has made that goes unrealized. It finally occurred to me that every character is motivated by love in some way, and each love is contrasted from Knave and Anastasia's lost love to Jafar's pining for his father's love, to the true, beautiful love between Cyrus and Alice that motivates everything she does. Sophie Lowe was stunning in the episode as usual, bringing out all of Alice's emotions and pain, especially in the scene where she talks about her childhood to her "father", and the Knave and her friendship was as lovely as always. Cyrus, sadly, had the smallest part ever, speaking only one line and in two scenes, out cold except for a few seconds. The final pieces of Jafar's childhood was revealed, and while I understand him a lot better now, and even feel a little sorry for him, I still side with the other prisoner. He saved Cyrus, after all. "Home" was stunning, with Cyrus and Alice finally reunited, Cyrus getting far more screentime than usual, and a shocking twist ending The opening flashback of Cyrus and Alice beneath the stars was gorgeous, and I loved the creation of their little home, with Cyrus giving up his only treasure to protect Alice. Also I guessed right about genies once being human, so I'm looking forward to flashbacks of Cyrus's history. Emma Rigby impressed me the most, going from an unlikeable, overly done character to a compelling, tragic one, and I loved how she slowly reverted to her Anastasia accent and mannerisms, even as my heart broke when the Knave rejected her. The end twist was incredible - I'd forgotten about Alice promising the Knave a wish - and I'm both thrilled that Cyrus is free and Alice is well and also saddened by the Knave's fate, even if I know he'll be a hilariously fun genie.

I've also become very fond of Reign which more than makes up for it's lack of historical authenticity with beauty and endearing characters, especially the gorgeous Bash whose blue eyes take my breath away. I love his relationship with his half brother Francis - I've always been a sap for brothers - and Mary: I ship them against my better judgement, and little Charles is adorable. The castle is stunning, too, and I'm intrigued by the mysterious Clarissa. Plus the series is slowly introducing some more complicated twists and delightful whump so, for now at least, it makes me happy.

I've started watching Almost Human and completely fell in love with it. Both Dorian and John are realistic, far from perfect characters who are easy to relate to, and I love their odd friendship and hilarious banter. Plus, it's been ages since I've seen a sci-fi that could pull off such a far-fetched, seemingly emotionless premise with so much heart and feeling.

I've finished season two of Stargate Atlantis and there's something of a different feel so far as Atlantis is now commanded by military - complete with an alien - and Sheppard gets more reckless than ever in his heroics. I'm iffy on Teyla's ability to now communicate with the wraith as the result of her genes and preferred when it was simply her sensing their presence. but she's still one of the few female tv characters I consider awesome and she finally gets to share more scenes with Sheppard to my shipping delight. I'm getting more used to McKay now, mostly because of his humor and bravery in going after Sheppard in "Aurora", and I laughed through the hilarious "Duet" which forces him to share a body with a woman. Much to my sadness Ford has vanished from the series in one of the worst and most tragic write-outs ever as the result of wraith enzymes from surviving a feeding which makes him violent and unstable. He winds up fleeing through the stargate and, despite another appearance which got my hopes up to his return, then escaping again when Sheppard finally tracks him down. He turns up once again but the series leaves his fate hopeful but hanging as he's last seen aboard a wraith ship. Yet the episode was a bittersweet memory of the first season toward the end with Ford risking his life to let Sheppard escape, and Sheppard finally calling him by his first name. Filling the gap left by Ford, but thankfully not replacing him, is Ronon, a runner hunted for sport by the wraith, who they discover when searching for Ford. While a little hostile at first, he's so far a complex and fascinating character with good chemistry with Sheppard, a strong devotion to the team, and a staggering array of fighting skills which promises some fun in the future. The season's best episodes include the intriguing "Instinct" which provides a new, almost human side to the wraith in a tragic story of a man who rescues and raises a wraith child as his daughter, and "The Long Goodbye", which despite focusing so much on Elizabeth who I still don't like, had some fascinating moments. I liked Ronon going after Sheppard himself, but he worried me when he was so badly shot, even if watching Carson operate with the power out was awesome. Also Teyla's scene where she agonizes over whether to kill Sheppard and save the people was stunning. Onto season three now and it's fascinating so far, picking up where the finale left off by continuing the somewhat tragic storyline of Michael, a wraith turned into a human by Carson's retrovirus. That's followed by the stunning episode "Sateda", a team story that finds Ronon again at the mercy of the wraith. It was filled with beautiful moments that had me tearing up, especially Sheppard admitting how he cares about his friends and Ronon willing to cut his own throat to force the people to let Teyla and Sheppard go. My heart bled for Ronon during the backstory moments, and I completely fell in love with him when he hugged Carson in the adorable ending. Other excellent episodes include the intriguing "Phantoms" where the team begins to hallucinate from a wraith device. I found Teyla being unaffected and Sheppard's vision being attempting to save a soldier he lost to be interesting insights into their characters. More is revealed about the ancients in the episode "Progeny" which features one of the most haunting closing scenes so far, as well as the wraith in the fantastic "Common Ground" in which Sheppard finds himself working with a wraith to escape from prison, an agreement which results in the wraith restoring the life he drained from him. McKay's best of the season is the funny and heartwarming "McKay and Mrs. Miller" featuring a parallel Rodney (I would have loved to see his team!) and McKay's sister. Ronan's wonderful friendship with Sheppard continues to delight me, with highlights including a hilarious scene where Sheppard teaches him to play golf. Happily the pop culture references are even more frequent now, and the team friendship is even better than last season. The last episodes of the season take a startling and incredibly tragic turn with Carson's death which turned me into an emotional wreck. I loved Carson dearly, and even though his death was heroic and poignant, I still hated that he was written out of the series that way. I'm on season four, now, and there's several changes so far. The somewhat annoying replicators storyline has finally found a good plot point in allowing for the removal of Elizabeth from the series; in her place is Sam, and I'm already loving her as the leader, which I'd hoped and supposed I would after enjoying her guest appearances. Ronan gets to shine, and finally has his place in the team cemented, in the excellent "Reunion" which forces him to choose between Atlantis and a trio of survivors from his old home, complete with a poignant twist ending. "Doppelganger" is a fascinating study in nightmares in which Sheppard confronts his deepest fear - himself. Everyone had some wonderful moments, especially Sheppard - the fight scene between his double and he was a delicious guilty pleasure - and McKay, plunging back into the dream machine after nearly dying just to save Sheppard. I loved the beautiful team moment at the end, as well as the awkward but adorably sweet hug between Sheppard and Teyla. "Tabula Rasa", in which a mysterious virus wipes the memories of everyone but Teyla and Ronon in Atlantis, is a fascinating, stunning episode. I loved how Ronon was able to talk Sheppard into trusting him, as well as McKay saving the day. Ive finally learned to adore McKay and my heart hurt and then was so happy for him at the beautiful ending. I love his sweet romance with Katie and hope they have a happy ending. "Miller's Crossing" was an unusual episode which highlighted how much McKay has changed when he offers to sacrifice himself to a wraith to save his dying sister, as well as showing a strangely dark side to Sheppard in which he convinces another man to volunteer in McKay's place. I loved McKay and Jeannie's relationship, though. The downsides to the season are the ever dull replicator storylines, Teyla's odd personality change in "Missing", going from a deeply caring character to a harsh and cold person who's willing to abandon a wounded stranger to die, and Dr. Keller, a tolerable but sadly lacking so-called replacement for Carson who I miss terribly. "The Kindred" both warmed and completely broke my heart by bringing Carson back - as a clone but so Carson I was tearing up within seconds of hearing his Scottish accent. I loved how the team grew to accept him, tried to save him, and were finally forced to keep him asleep until a cure can be found in one of the most tear-jerking goodbyes ever. On top of that was the season finale, the utterly stunning "The Last Man" in which Sheppard, returning through the gate, finds himself in a desolate Atlantis and is forced to return to the past and prevent his friends' deaths. Ronon and Todd, who I grew to love through the season, dying together broke me, as well as McKay spending twenty-five years trying to change the past, and then dying alone like that, leaving a hologram to wait for Sheppard. I sobbed when he wanted to help him when Sheppard was half-dead from the storm and he couldn't even touch him because he wasn't real. The cliff-hanging finale left me biting my nails, and I know I'm going to be a wreck next season.

The Doctor Who 50th was better than I'd been expecting. I was bracing myself for a letdown, and while a lot disappointed me, on the whole I really enjoyed it. Ten seemed mostly in character, I was so happy to see him again, and I was able to cope with my dislike for Eleven for the most part. I really liked the girl with the scarf, especially in the adorable scene where she makes friends with the alien. My favorite thing was the nods to classic!who: the B&W opening, Four's scarf, Kate being the Brigadier's daughter, Jack being mentioned, the pictures including Martha, Kamelion, Tegan, Nyssa, and others, and the "round things". I laughed so hard at the comment at Americans, history, and movies, as well as the "midlife crisis" comment. I shrieked when they had all 13 Doctors turn up twice; if they weren't going to include the old actors it was the next best thing, and it made me so happy to catch a glimpse of Five in the 50th. I also loved Tom Baker's cameo. The story was odd; I loved seeing the Time War, Gallifrey, and all the Time Lord children, but it felt like cheating since destroying Gallifrey shaped Nine and Ten's characters so much - they're so different from the old Doctors because of what they've done, and it cheapened the impact of all they'd done to change it all. I enjoyed The Five(ish) Doctors even better, though. Peter Davison and the others were delightful and parts made me giggle while other scenes had me tearing up from nostalgia, especially the comment about the Tardis no longer "wobbling", and Peter Davison saying his typical "must dash", just like Five again. "The Time Of The Doctor" had more human, personal elements than is typical of Eleven's era, and while I'm not at all sad to see him go I did get a little emotional at the Doctor growing old defending the little town of Christmas, as well as his friendship with the child. I disliked the dig at Ten's so-called "vanity", the messed-up plot jammed with too many aliens to make sense, and I hate the constant reset button that follows every bad event; at least in the original show and Nine's and Ten's eras there were severe, deeply tragic consequences whereas now the Doctor can do pretty much whatever he wants and just rewrite it all. I also don't really care for Clara, although I think I could learn to tolerate her with a good Doctor. I'm willing to accept the new regeneration cycle, though, as random as it is, if only in the hope that future Doctors, and, oh please, runners of the show will get things right again, as well as the fact that I don't think I could bear to watch the Doctor truly die, for the sake of all he was. Twelve, though, in his few moments, was wonderful, both hilarious and instantly appealing, and I'm happily looking forward to adventures with him.

In absence of new OUATIW I've started watching season one of Once Upon A Time which both frustrates and gives me intense bursts of wistfulness for OUATIW while managing to make me come back for more. I love the fairytale world and the unusual, often clever twists on common fairytales, as well as all the characters from different stories existing in the same world. I like Prince Charming and all the flashbacks to his story, although I don't care for David or Storybrooke, oddly enough. I also liked Graham, and was shocked and saddened by what happened to him, since he was just getting depth and emotion. The best episode so far is the stunning "Skin Deep" which made me fall in love with Rumplestiltskin/Belle, as well as seeing Rumplestiltskin in a different light. I loved all the Disney parallels, and for the first time the Storybrooke part tied in perfectly with the fairytale ones, in a beautiful, haunting way. The ending was shocking, but I loved the poignancy of Rumplestiltskin keeping the chipped cup, as well as the twist that he remembers his identity, and thus Belle, too. August is one of my favorites so far, and I adore both his character and storyline. Jefferson is also wonderful and deeply tragic, as is his attempts to reunite with his little daughter Grace. The season finale was unexpected but I loved that the curse is broken and the characters are reunited. I teared up when Rumplestiltskin saw Belle alive for the first time, and again when she remembered him.

In new superhero films I finally saw Thor: The Dark World and it was wonderful, quite different than what I'd expected but very good. I adored the concept of the gaps between the worlds with the characters falling in and out of them, as well as the intriguing backstory of the dark elves. Thor has grown up so much since the first film, and I love his character even more now. For the first time I felt sympathy for Loki, as well as liking him just a little, and it was wonderful to see Thor and he fighting side by side again instead of fighting each other, as well as getting to see so much of Loki's magic. I was saddened by Frigga's death, but I loved that she believed in Loki right until the end, and died heroically. Loki's reaction to her death, and the scene they shared before that were heartbreaking, adding depth to Loki's tragic nature. Thor and Loki's banter during the escape was hilarious, as was Loki's response to everyone threatening his life, and I laughed at Loki turning into Captain America. Thor and Jane's relationship was less appealing to me than last time for some reason, but I did love her risking her life to try to save him toward the end of the battle. Darcy and Ian kept me giggling and I ended up shipping them. The end twist was jaw-dropping, leaving me both happy Loki survived his "death" as well as concerned for the future with him up to his old tricks.

In other new films I saw the beautiful and touching Remember Sunday. I loved the characters and the actors who played them; they were perfect, and Gus and Molly's relationship was believable while still being sweet. I giggled at some parts - like Gus's constant shock over his friend's divorce - and teared up at others, and the comet bits were so lovely. I liked the hopeful, if somewhat bittersweet ending, too. Next was the surprisingly excellent Snow White and the Huntsman, the best version I've seen of the fairytale yet which brought emotion and true personality to the characters where previous versions have failed. Chris Hemsworth was superb as the troubled, yet good-hearted Huntsman, a character I've long adored, and I loved his accent, as well as the hints of romance between Snow White and he, as well as the fact that his kiss and not William's saved her. William was a somewhat fun character, even if his role felt limited in places, and I enjoyed the flashbacks to his childhood with Snow White. Kirsten Stewart was shockingly good at the role, making me change my mind about her acting, and the visuals were gorgeous. I liked the dwarves actually doing something instead of simply comic relief, and the Queen was even more evil than usual, meeting a more fitting end than most versions. Next was Love's Christmas Journey, a sweet, and thankfully more improved installment in the Love Comes Softly series. I liked the characters, as well as seeing little Aaron all grown up and being a wonderful father, and the end was lovely. After that was The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler, an inspiring true story of a woman who risked her life to save Jewish children during the Holocaust. I loved actually seeing the real lady at the end, and that her story managed to have a happy ending after all she endured, and I loved that she and Stefan found each other in the end. The subplot of the man and his son was poignant and deeply sad, too, and the entire story and filming reminded me a lot of my beloved Hidden In Silence or Miracle At Midnight. After that was The Magic Of Ordinary Days, a lovely, old-fashioned film with a slow-moving plot and slow-growing love story that captivated my heart. The characters felt real and the ending was beautiful. Next was the fun western adventure American Outlaws which, while playing fast and loose with history, was action-packed and a treat to watch, especially with Jesse's shooting tricks, the heroic rescues, and multiple explosions. Then was the heartbreaking and beautiful romance The Lost Valentine. I cried more than I have during any film but I loved it, especially Neil and Caroline's love story. Next was the lovely Heaven Knows Mr. Allison, a moving and poignant mix of love story and war drama with a very human aspect.
 
 
feeling: drunk
calliope tune: "Some Memories Just Won't Die"-Marty Robbins
 
 
Kathleen
11 May 2012 @ 10:54 pm
Title: Amrit
Fandom: Once Upon A Time In Wonderland
Summary: Genies never dream. They don't have to.
Genre: romance
Characters: Cyrus, Alice
Pairings: Cyrus/Alice
Warnings: set in episode one, before Cyrus's capture.

When you really love someone you don't need proof. You can feel it. )
 
 
feeling: jubilant
calliope tune: "Like The Seasons"-Turtles