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Eobard Thawne’s personal timeline was logically impacted by the Legends when they got the Armageddon virus released five years early, in 2147. That meant it’s before instead of after his birth. Mass casualties would decimate a different set of people, potentially killing his parents, definitely removing people he would otherwise know.

Per Degaton’s reign was accelerated and if his reach was truly global Eobard grew up under his rule, or rather Savage’s, after the betrayal. He’d have been 15 in 2166, when the Legends took out Savage. He’d be 24 in 2175 when the Time Masters say the Thanagarians invade.

... do they still do that?
I have no idea how that end of time is meant to look now.

But what could it have looked like before?

Read more... )

Still, the future the Legends fought to change might have very little resembled the one Thawne came from.

Or it might have all the clues to piece together a number of interesting personalities for him...

Scary hot

May. 26th, 2017 03:24 pm
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Today's daydream: lady demonstrates superpower, gets reaction like 'wow that's hot'

and I know that sounds like it happens a lot but I was just looking at gifs on tumblr and it's like women with power are scary and hot, but because they're wearing tight whatsits and doing wiggly walk. And like it's their power that is scary and their body that is hot.

I want a lady to be dressed like Winter Soldier and doing the stompy boots murder walk
demonstrate power
and the power is hot.

It feels quite distinct.

Read more... )

I just wanted a guy who'd look at me like Gomez looks at Morticia, specifically because I'd just demonstrated I could kick his arse.

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May. 26th, 2017 06:29 am
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It has reached that time of the year when leaving my windows open at night makes my flat much more pleasant
but
means my neighbours back from the pub drama doesn't even need to raise voices to keep me awake, and then neighbours start getting up and having loud cars around six.

not much sleep yet
but it's lovely weather.

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May. 25th, 2017 08:06 pm
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I did not go to dancing, because headache and nausea do not go with dancing, boo.

I did not go to Asda, because employee has been once already today and the five alive isn't there and they've closed the space on the shelf where it ought to be. Arse.

I did go to Sainsburys, where I found wuite a nice spring coat, on the sale rail, on a day with 25% off. And they had my food and I got a bunch of fizzy water and that will have to do for drinks. So that was pretty okay.

Continuum season three

May. 25th, 2017 03:27 pm
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Continuum is really good
Read more... )




Good thinky stuff, with the usual caveats.

I've liked seeing what they're doing with their setup and I want to see how it ends.

Meditate and ASDA

May. 24th, 2017 10:25 pm
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I was not keen to meditate today, being in a blah mood, but I knew I'd be in a better mood if I did go, so I did, and it worked. Much more cheer on the way out. My back was less cheery about the whole thing. I cannot get the hang of sitting, You'd think thqt would be the easy part, but somehow no.

Then we went to ASDA because they didn't have my juice last week and I'm out of drinks, but they didn't even have the label for my juice this week, and their website says unavailable. If they stop selling five alive anywheres I'll be very stuck. Trying new things is difficult and does not tend to work. But they might just as easily have more in tomorrow. You never know.

But on balance a nice evening.

Torchwood: Outbreak

May. 24th, 2017 01:18 pm
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Soooo... that's messy. Warnings... Read more... )

Also, several strands of plot are about breaking into or out of quarantine.
Quarantine is serious business and the story shouldn't expect us to side with breaking quarantine.
And I cannot be having with the whole secretly evil vaccine plot at all.

Sooo... not liking any of the parts here.

Also, I remain puzzled who they think their audience is. Read more... ) Shippers aren't looking for that particular brand of angst, right? That's a bit much even for Torchwood.

Do they just not like Jack/Ianto? Then why focus on them?

Though to be fair things go equally poorly for everyone else too, albeit more briefly, including Gwen/Rhys.

But okay, actual specific thoughts: Read more... )



Okay, so, I found it unpleasant and wasn't entirely concentrating, but I still feel like it didn't quite stick together.



All the familiar characters got something to do but that something was quite a lot be ill and get shot. Also some running around and seeing things happen. The solving things part... well that needed the skills of Tosh and Owen, and got the skills of Jack and a random. Somewhat unsatisfying really.

Not that I'd want to put Tosh and Owen through this plot. Dark enough as was.




I feel a bit like I disliked it too much to review it fairly. Maybe it made perfectly good sense and I just didn't like the topic. But I disliked it quite a lot.

The bit in the middle did have a bunch of feels, relationship angst, Read more... )



This was not what I wanted from a story.

But I can't say dark is tonally inconsistent with canon.

Maybe I don't want Torchwood.

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May. 24th, 2017 12:43 pm
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... Torchwood has issues...

Torchwood: Outbreak

May. 24th, 2017 11:50 am
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Just finished listening to the first disc of this. Characters thoroughly up a tree, bad things happening, all the usual.

But it's using phones ringing and ringing to indicate the level of chaos, so I just missed a phone call because it took me a few rings to notice it wasn't on CD.

It's always ages between calls on my landline anyway, it's always a bit of a surprise.

And they didn't leave a message.

Still, onwards to next disc of Torchwood...

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May. 24th, 2017 10:34 am
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I tried to think of a minor superpower
but everything I came up with was technically just side effects of being neurotypical, able bodied, and physically healthy.

Ability to interpret emotional states by simple observation!
Ability to digest all human foods without ill effect!
Ability to go anywhere, even parks and gardens, and handle anything, even cats, without any ill effects!
Going up and down stairs of any angle!
Crossing the road even when cars might be around!

... I'm just saying, a fuck of a lot looks like superpowers from here.
Which is basically why I like F&SF and superheroes and so forth: the character point gap between a regular person and these super types gives them roughly the experience of feeling disabled, except the whole world is set up for them, and the story is designed to value their contribution equally, even if it does not involve shooting lasers out of their eyes.
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Antimony Price, youngest sister, has to deal with the consequences of her elders actions, by going undercover, while already having an identity crisis. Layers of secrets unravel and the stakes are life and death on a large scale.

Read more... )


I stayed up until midnight trying to read this all in one go, despite my sleep cycle currently thinking 0500 is a luxurious lie in. And then I read it all morning. It's a good involving read.

If you liked the others in the series then Antimony's anger towards their point of view characters might be a bit of a speed bump to liking her, but she seems plenty logical to me.

I liked this.

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May. 21st, 2017 05:56 pm
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It’s one of those days where the sex bits in fic don’t make much sense to me.

Like oh, now they are bumping bodies. That appears to be nice for them. Okay.

I guess today I’d rather read something with intense feels about partnership but that’s about, like, liking each other? And deciding to like each other for the forseeable future? Possibly with cuddling? Or back rubs? And food?

So much stuff gets labelled romance but seems mostly about liking their body parts.

Maybe I should go find stories about forming superhero teams together. ... except those seem to involve mostly fighting, and the fic has to fill in the liking each other later...

Doctor Who: Extremis

May. 20th, 2017 08:17 pm
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Great big giant recurring trigger warning for suicide, since it's pretty central and many many people.

Also I can't trigger warning the other bit without giving away the ending : Read more... )



So there's a lot of aspects of this one I'm not keen on.
Some I'm even hoping I've plain misinterpreted or misremembered.



Flip side, there were many good bits, and I actually liked Nardole. Which takes good work on their part. Read more... )



So there's interesting stuff, but it was ... diluted rather, by stuff I just... don't see why they put it in there. Why they want us to buy it even for the length of a story. Why it belongs in family viewing.


I want an edited together version of That One Good Bit, and then to not touch the rest of this ep again.

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May. 20th, 2017 04:27 pm
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Now the piano is gone I have Space in my living room
so I can move around
so I did an exercise sheet :-)

... it says repeat five times but I suspect one times was too many if you're me and I should have chosen a different set. So I am having a sit down.
But small steps is still steps.

Later I shall still have space, and also sheets of exercise, and I can choose a whole different one to do.
:-)


ETA:


Two! Two exercise sheets!
... I like the pillow workout. like, the shops try and sell these huge great weights and all, but the nhs is like, no, we know you haven't moved since you left school, just try lifting a pillow.

I don't think the mat I bought is appropriate to this task set. Oh well, it was cheap.


ETAgain:

Three! Three exercise sheets!
I win!

... I do not fit on the exercise mat lying down, even though I am not a very long human. This does not seem optimal.

Also I need to vacuum more better. Even though I did vacuum.



Some tasks are not going to work best even in the newly spacious living room.


Is cool to be able to swing my arms around and lunge though.



Imagine a fancy house with so much room I could learn swords too.
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Somewhere past the end of the great and bountiful human empire, lost in space, there is the Torchwood Archive. And it's having a theme week.

Someone arrives with an alien item and a whole lot of questions about Object One. They find holographic ghosts of the Torchwood we know, still being themselves, together after thousands of years. And they get a tour of Torchwood from the very beginning.

Trigger warnings for the usual: murder, murder of friends and family, suicide, homophobic violence, things being darker and twistier than they seem.

And it's in a whole lot of little sections. They weave together. But it felt to me like a lot more plot than character, just because there's so many characters there's hardly any time for each particular one. We learn lots of neat and interesting glimpses but it's not like we can hang around to have feels.

It gives lots of answers to long running plot arcs. What the little locket was that got opened on new year's eve of the new century. What's even up with the Committee. What would Toshiko even do if she managed to be happy for a couple of days.

Spoilers, though predictable: Read more... )


Okay story. Lots of neat bits. Interesting way to pass the time.




But whatever I'm looking for in my media consumption, this leaves me still looking.

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May. 19th, 2017 07:07 pm
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Continuum season three is getting tediously predictable in the specific area of dead women.
It is not a plot twist.
It is ongoing evidence of a failure of imagination, giving all the plot and emotional mileage to men, letting them cry over women's corpses.

How the hell does culture end up here?

How did it happen that half the human race can't seem to imagine the other half is people?

Hopefully random thought

May. 19th, 2017 01:56 pm
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Thing I can't stand when people write poorly about disability: using disability as a metaphor, or physical representation of a moral quality.

Thing I have seen in multiple screenwriting textbooks actually assigned by colleges: the instruction to only use disability if it's a metaphor and a physical representation of a moral quality.

For instance, if willful refusal to acknowledge facts, then physical blindness.
Ablist as all hell, but somehow considered a tool to use in fiction.

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May. 18th, 2017 02:32 pm
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It is a bit frustrating that I aspire to be some sort of writer
and yet
the part where I send my words to other people routinely makes me want to chew on my wrists.

that sort of complicates the endeavour.

ah well, for as long as this blog endures, the world gets a record of my tiny life
which is something.
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Now the piano is gone I can move my chair back. The TV looks so much better now I'm at a different angle and not so close I need to worry about kicking it. I moved some other stuff around though and I definitely need a blackout curtain or blind for the living room window if I want to watch TV in the daytime. The old TV is ninety degrees away sitting in front of a bookshelf, which is more practical except for not having the wires available. new curtain is easier than new wires and new bookshelves.

Now the chair has moved the lighting is all wrong. Right in my face. And again, easier to fix the light shade than all the other parts and pieces, but, I had chosen a good one I like, so I currently want to fuss with the chair until it somehow becomes acceptable.



Continuum 3.1 finally chooses some laws of time, but they're harsh and I don't see how they're internally consistent. Interesting to see how that will play through though.

I feel like a lot of stuff in tv could be fixed by a proper bit of communication. And that's always frustrating. But dramatic.

It continues interesting.

Big Finish: Torchwood: Made You Look

May. 18th, 2017 10:37 am
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Well that was nothingy.
It's trying to be scary but there's nothing about it that makes it a Torchwood story.
It's just a spooky voice trying to get you to look at it. Except that's a stupid conceit for an audio play because you can't get the audience involved. There's never any danger we'll see something, so, no visceral involvement.
Read more... )


There's no point doing a scary thing isolates your character story unless it reveals things about your character. The Nightmare Man did a good scary thing. This might be any attempted spook story on the radio, but not a very competent one.

Don't bother.

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