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I'm still fannish. Really.

It's mildly inconvenient that half my Friends page today is taken up by people gleeing about their Yuletide assignments. On the other hand, half my flist is gleeing about their Yuletide assignments. And glee is always a good.

Once again, I seriously considered signing up, but came to the conclusion that it would be Unwise. After the amount of stuff I ended up writing last year for fandom_stocking, chances are I'd be able to do it without much problem, but Murphy's Law dictates that I'd make the commitment and then have something come up to make it a problem.

Hopefully medie wasn't completely burned out by running fandom_stocking and will do so again, because that was pretty much a perfect fit. I <3 commitment-free exchanges. And really, after all the headaches I've seen with pinch-hits and such in more traditional exchanges/ficathons, I'm not even sure the risk of ending up with nothing is that much higher. If it doesn't go again, of course, this is the part where I say Yet Again that maybe I'll check out the pinch-hits/stocking-stuffers for Yuletide.

Decided I'm not crazy enough to do a full-blown costuming project for Chicago TARDIS -- though I did briefly consider the Soothsayer from "Fires of Pompeii," and still might do it later on. I did, however, succeed at the third thrift store in obtaining a reasonable approximation of Grace's opera gown from the TV-movie. I might or might not go through with the silly masquerade-show idea I had a couple years ago (depends on whether I have the time and/or will to learn a certain aria that I have no business tackling seriously just yet), but it'll at least serve well as a hall costume, hopefully with the addition of optional surgical gown & cap if I can get hold of them by then. Figured with Paul McGann, Daphne Ashbrook, AND Yee-Jee Tso as guests, this was the year.

The dress is Jessica McClintock, which makes it a good thing that I want to rig it to lace in back, since they apparently don't believe in women with back muscles of any kind. Only explanation I can think of for the fact that, even though I have a quite narrow ribcage, I've never been able to zip any of their dresses without sizing up until the waist is too loose. Also, I get a giggle out of the "Millennium 2000" label.

Watching and enjoying a few shows, but nothing is really hitting at the eat-my-brain primary fandom level. Dollhouse probably comes closest, warts and all. Thorny questions of identity get me every time, I think. I'm not really upset that Fox isn't ordering beyond the thirteen eps, since I really didn't expect them to. I'm still scratching my head that they renewed it at all, so *shrug*. I'll be annoyed (if not particularly surprised) if we get to December and they don't show the rest of them after all, but I'll get hold of them eventually. There's just nothing on right now with that "WANT MORE NOW!!" urgency. Which, on balance, is probably just as well.

Sanctuary is second closest. It might still achieve that urgency, now that they've backed off (and hopefully will remain backed off) from the Cabal arc. I hope that got the conspiracy bug out of their systems; it's way more fun in the small-team-exploring-a-big-mysterious-world paradigm. I do hope Agam Darshi starts showing a little more nuance. Kate isn't necessarily a bad character, but... I think brainiacfive is right that she might be fine in a different cast. Right now she just sticks out as shallower than I think they intend. It makes me miss... er, the missing, to avoid spoilers... more than I otherwise would.

SGU is more watchable than I expected, but I don't see ever getting very attached to it. Actually, it's more watchable than when it started, thanks mostly to Rush's transition from imperious, hostile sociopathic douchenozzle to wry, sardonic sociopathic douchenozzle.

Defying Gravity had a reasonably interesting mystery, and the characters started to become something other than bundles of quirks in the last episode or two. Worth watching if you have the time, but far from unmissable. Bonus: Parriott couldn't break anyone, because (a) there really wasn't time in one short season, and (b) they mostly came pre-broken.

The Vampire Diaries had a reasonably strong pilot, fell down on the next ep, and then sprouted a decently intriguing mytharc. I also appreciate that even Caroline, the flakiest and most damsely of the three primary girls, has agency and definite opinions.

Eastwick... I want to love as much as several of my friends do, I really do. The characters are delightful -- even through my exasperation at Joanna for being too easily sidetracked from her investigating -- but it's a little too stingy with the breadcrumbs. The pace at which they're finding things out just makes me think there's too little to find out to support a series. And the pleasure of just watching the friends be friends doesn't go quite far enough.

New coast and new evil network notwithstanding, Project Runway is still Project Runway. I don't think it's coincidence that the first season on Lifetime is also the first season when the final three are all women (check the fine print in the closing credits - the producers do have a say in the eliminations, for all that they do a good job of making it look like the judges are entirely independent), but it's interesting to see nonetheless. And knowing the pressure they're under for eight or nine weeks, it's pretty amazing that we haven't seen more designers get really sick. But yeep, poor Carol Hannah, barfing left and right as they go into Fashion Week! :-(


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Nov. 15th, 2009 08:24 pm (UTC)
I am absolutely addicted to Sanctuary right now. ;-) Mostly because I've become addicted to Nikola Tesla. :-D

Happy happy is that we will finally get more of him in Ep 11! Squee!!!

Btw...I'm writing agian. :-D Writing a Tesla centric fic set in the time of The Five when he first became a Vampire. Hee!
Nov. 15th, 2009 08:28 pm (UTC)
Re: Sanctuary...
Noticed that, yes. *g*

I appreciate Tesla in limited doses. He came close to wearing out his welcome for me in the Cabal arc, but he is entertaining.
Nov. 15th, 2009 08:32 pm (UTC)
Re: Sanctuary...
You know me and snarky guys...Dean Winchester...McKay...Rush...Tesla... Somebody's gotta love the snarky disfuctional ones. :-D
Nov. 15th, 2009 09:47 pm (UTC)
I wish you liked Supernatural. The Chicago con just finished, and I'm sitting here waiting for videos of all the panels to go up.

Eastwick is... fun. I love Paul Gross like crazy and wouldnt' be watching if he wasn't in it, though.

If you haven't tried White Collar, you should give it a go. I don't know if it's MUST SEE, but I find it at least as entertaining as the other things USA Networks has put out. (Burn Notice and Psych)

The Vampire Diaries is better than I was expecting, really. It's got more general plot than I figured it would. Damon is more complicated than I thought he'd be. And the introduction of the town's mytharc was completely unexpected. Although I am left wondering where they intend to take it from here, given the latest episode.

Castle? Have you been watching Castle?
Nov. 15th, 2009 10:21 pm (UTC)
I have no idea whether I'll like SPN, although it seems reasonably likely. I just haven't gotten around to it. And, what, five seasons now? Is a little daunting.

I see people raving about White Collar, but I haven't really seen anything to lure me about it. I'm not exactly in the market for anything new. *wry g* I've never even finished the first season of Burn Notice, even though I was enjoying it quite a bit.

Castle! I knew I was forgetting something! Castle is fun in a handy economy pack. I'm not fannish about it in the way of wanting to meta or fic or anything; it's just FUN.

I should have clarified that I'm not really looking for anything to be the "OMG MUST HAVE MOAR NAO!!11!" fandom. It's fun if/when it happens, but I'm not seeking it out.
Nov. 15th, 2009 10:46 pm (UTC)
Hee. I know you aren't. I guess I just recommend on instinct or something. ;)

I know what you mean about Castle. I don't want to write fic either. I just really enjoy seeing Nathan Fillion on my TV screen, playing Guitar Hero and making espresso. =)

I ended up watching White Collar simply because of the buzz. I knew it was coming out and was like "what do I need another show for?" But then folks I know in the SPN fandom were falling all over themselves, so I thought I should try it. Of course, they're cutting it all up into slashy little bits that I just... am not seeing the chemistry for. But more power to 'em.
Nov. 15th, 2009 11:47 pm (UTC)
. I just really enjoy seeing Nathan Fillion on my TV screen, playing Guitar Hero and making espresso. =)

And being a ginormous dork underneath the cocky celebrity routine. Not much under it, either. He should be obnoxious, but between that and the relationship with Alexis, he's just too much fun.
Nov. 16th, 2009 05:21 am (UTC)
I actually really like that he's a single dad who isn't a screw up. Other than being crazily meta, that was one of the first things I noted about the show.

Nov. 16th, 2009 01:58 am (UTC)

If she runs it, and if you do decide to play it, please clue us all in to it, too, when the time comes?

In other news, the third episode of Lost in Austen is coming up later tonight...
Nov. 16th, 2009 10:29 pm (UTC)
Definitely! I found out about it last year just in time.
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