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Buffy isn't everything, I guess

There are many, many entertainments!

I'm up to date with (USA airings) and eagerly awaiting new episodes of these:

Agent Carter, The Americans, Castle, Downton Abbey, Elementary, iZombie, Mozart in the Jungle, Mr. Robot, The Muppets, Orphan Black, Sherlock

The Golden Globe wins for Mozart in the Jungle and Mr. Robot? Totally deserved, IMO. iZombie is fun, and based on a friend's comic book, whose drawings make up the credits and the scene transitions, so that's nifty. We finally got around to getting a DVR a couple years back, and so we mostly watch everything in a couple of TV party nights with the neighbors, who have no TV. When Downton is done, we'll be back to once a week.

I'm somewhere in the middle of these, so I probably won't comment elsewhere until I get caught up:

The Bletchley Circle, Call the Midwife, Fargo, How to Get Away With Murder, Jessica Jones, Outlander, Sense8

Yes, I know some of these are old news.

What I'm planning to get to, any day now:

Man In the High Castle, A Young Doctor's Notebook

Movies I saw in the last couple of weeks, thanks to "for your consideration" discs:

Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Dope, The Martian, Mr. Holmes, Trainwreck, Spotlight

I liked them all, although Trainwreck sort of devolved into predictability toward the end. I've still got The Danish Girl to watch.

For some reason, I've got a lot of ex-pat English, Welsh, Irish, and Scots friends in town. One of the cool things about that is the annual Robert Burns Night Supper, complete with haggis! This year's event ended up turning into a David Bowie tribute toward the end, with some really terrible sing-alongs, and also some not-so-bad ones.

But after listening to all those delightful Scots-accented readings from earlier in the evening I was in the mood to watch more Outlander, but it ended up being an episode with which I had some problems. Both Sides Now, the 8th episode of the first season, kind of went off the rails for me, which you would think would have happened earlier in a mystic time-travel romance. But in this episode, the heroine is nearly raped not once, but twice in the same day. By different men, miles and miles apart. Admittedly, she was so attacked back in the first episode and I get that life in the old days was nasty, brutish, and short, but really? And why is it always the redcoats (English) who try to rape her? The Scots are all on best behavior — except when they are so drunk that she can essentially push them away if she's not interested. It's ridiculous. I guess this is some sort of common romance trope and I was fooled by the time-travel into thinking we were in a different kind of story. But now I'm wondering if it's anything I want to spend more time with. I was already sort of poo-pooing the conceit of Diana Gabaldon, author of the books on which the show is based, for cooperating with this project while disallowing ANY fanfic because her characters are so close to her heart. Close to her pocketbook, more like. /rant

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Feb. 2nd, 2016 01:48 am (UTC)
But in this episode, the heroine is nearly raped not once, but twice in the same day.

If it's upsetting you now, you might want to give the show a pass. :/ Unfortunately, rape is a recurring subject in the (book) series with multiple characters. Which makes her attitude toward fanfic even more galling because she once explained her dislike of fanfic by comparing it to rape of her characters. I was like, have you READ YOUR OWN BOOKS, WOMAN. I'm sure fic authors are much kinder toward her characters than she is.

Edited at 2016-02-02 01:48 am (UTC)
Feb. 2nd, 2016 03:42 am (UTC)
I don't know if I'm upset as much as annoyed. It seems like lazy storytelling. I also cannot for the life of me understand why she keeps getting arrested. For what? Taking a walk? I guess I'm disappointed that something with so much potential is already falling apart (for me).

It sounds like that writer has just got rape on her mind, and it pops up literally and metaphorically in her work and her discussions. At least I know I can give the books a pass.

Edited at 2016-02-02 03:43 am (UTC)
Feb. 2nd, 2016 03:18 am (UTC)
Outlander is incredibly rapey, and it only gets worse. But yeah, it seems like Claire can't take a walk without running into someone who wants to rape her.

I get that life in the old days was nasty, brutish, and short, but really?

Yeah, that's kind of how I felt. I'm still watching it so far, but I have no intention of picking up the books.
Feb. 2nd, 2016 03:43 am (UTC)
it seems like Claire can't take a walk without running into someone who wants to rape her

Raped or arrested by the crown. It's weird.

Will definitely not be reading the books.
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Feb. 2nd, 2016 03:52 am (UTC)
Regarding the fanfic controversy?

I think you are right that novelists have a pretty good reason to see fic writers as competitors. That's a valid argument for them to make, IMO. Especially if you're planning to write the same type of work, as in Rowling's case. Where DG loses the high ground is arguing that her characters are so precious to her that she doesn't want anybody to touch them, and then selling them off to a production company. Yeah, no. You don't get to have it both ways. OTOH, it's her prerogative to change her mind.

I do think that many creators are coming around to the understanding that fanwork is free advertising. Those people are the most dedicated apostles for the work.
Feb. 2nd, 2016 08:02 pm (UTC)
I recommend "A Young Doctor's Notebook" which is hilarious, but you also have to stomach some gross medical stuff (I don't know if you find medical issues upsetting). It's worth it though.
Feb. 2nd, 2016 09:02 pm (UTC)
It seems great, and the medical stuff is usually okay with me, but sometimes my skin crawls for a moment.

Downton Abbey had a pretty gruesome scene in the last episode I watched. Not what you expect from Downton, unless they are showing trench warfare or something, but this was the dining room! So you just never know...
Feb. 2nd, 2016 08:59 pm (UTC)
I loved Mr Robot. WAAAAY more than I ever thought I would, which was a lot.

Also, A YOUNG DOCTOR'S NOTEBOOK is totally fun.
Feb. 2nd, 2016 09:15 pm (UTC)
Mr. Robot had real stakes right from the start. It reminded me of The Americans in that way. So good!

Are you up for a pact? I'll watch Doctor's Notebook and you watch Mozart and we'll discuss! *\o/*
Feb. 2nd, 2016 09:18 pm (UTC)
I'll give Mozart a try.
Feb. 2nd, 2016 09:33 pm (UTC)
It is also totally fun! Funny and beautiful with an entertaining ensemble, which is something I like. A season is about the length of a movie, FWIW.
Feb. 2nd, 2016 09:19 pm (UTC)
Indeed, the character-building on MR ROBOT was on par with THE AMERICANS -- and terrific acting. I want to rewatch it at some point.

God, there is TOO MUCH GOOD TV. I keep wanting to watch stuff again, but there's always also new stuff!
Feb. 2nd, 2016 09:35 pm (UTC)
So true. I have to brutally reject semi-interesting things or I'd never get enough time on the internet! Heh.
Feb. 2nd, 2016 09:39 pm (UTC)
I haven't even finished BOJACK or MASTER OF NONE yet.
Mar. 7th, 2016 06:57 am (UTC)
Sounds like you've been busy getting entertained! :)

My life has just returned to a point where we dare ask, "Maybe we can find a show to watch?" It's only Netflix-able shows, but I think Agent Carter may be on there and if you're watching it, well, I take it as one more vote in its favor.
Mar. 7th, 2016 07:28 am (UTC)
Oh! We just added one that's been a hoot! "You, Me, and the Apocalypse". It's got multiple story lines and is a very amusing look at the end of the world. Probably not entirely for kids, because some people are not behaving very well and the humor can be darkish, but it's sooooo fun. My favorite bit changes, but I love the storyline with Rob Lowe as Father Jude holding the "Devil's Advocate" job in the Vatican — he's supposed to cast shade on any claims about miracles and whatnot. Adorbs.

Probably not on Netflix yet...
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