rhoda_rants: (gerard)
Hi! A lot's been happening! And I wrote some stuff! Have a buncha links!!!

My Werewolf Pride series over at [personal profile] glitter_n_gore is . . . gonna go over Pride Month, actually, but screw it these things never work out how I expect them to. Here's the one on Lupin, and here's the one on Ethan Chandler from Penny Dreadful.

At the library, I wrote a thing about Wonder Woman and another thing about American Gods.

I also wrote a thing for the paper about Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology, which I'm NOT linking elseweb because it's got a huge picture of my damn FACE. I'm cool with you guys seeing it, but what the hell. I dunno who took over their web master duties, but guest reviewer photos go on the BOTTOM. And are very small. The header should be an image of the actual book. Like, nobody knows who I am, that image is going to draw in zero readers. Also I dunno why some editors somehow make the grammar and spelling WORSE but I assure any mistakes you see in this article aren't mine this time. Pfft. /rant

Other things I did not write include: WAYWARD SISTERS!!! THAT LADY-CENTERED SUPERNATURAL SPINOFF THE FANDOM HAS BEEN BEGGING FOR!!!! IT IS HAPPENING!!!!!!!! Here is one of many "OMG FLAIL FLAIL FLAIL (pleasedontfuckitup)" speculation/wishlist think pieces out there so I don't have to write one myself.

But I do have a few provisos to add to it. Putting these under a cut so they don't take up too much space....

Rhoda's Personal Wayward Sisters Wishlist )

MOVING ON:

Sense8, while still cancelled, is not ending on a cliffhanger as folks feared when the cancellation was announced. Lana Wachowski released this open letter describing a two-hour wrap up finale/followup type thing that will satisfy viewers' curiosity and give them some closure. It's not quite like bringing back the show altogether, but it's better than nothing. More importantly, this, along with the Wayward Sisters spinoff, proves that fans can get shit done. Network heads don't entirely ignore us and that's important to remember. I....just wish I actually *liked* Sense8 so I could share in this victory with you. I'm very happy for fans of the series that this is happening, but I uh, still haven't watched Season 2. (There are reasons for this, but seeing as this is a Happy Joy Yay Good Things time for the fandom, I'm not going to talk about them today.) I will say that announcing the cancellation of the most unapologetically queer show on Netflix at the beginning of Pride Month was a shit thing to do, so I'm glad they "fixed" it (sort of) while we're still in June. It's a small favor, but still.
rhoda_rants: (scarlet witch)
AND YOU GUYS IT IS SO GOOD!!!


GIF of Gal Gadot smashing into a German war room and KICKING SO MUCH ASS.
Source.


I will NOT darken this post with any of the stupid knee-jerk crap churning around from the butthurt doofuses who don't want to see this make money. BECAUSE IT IS ALREADY MAKING SO MUCH MONEY! Last I heard, it has already passed the $95 million mark and IT IS ONLY FRIDAY!

Short, spoiler-free review first:

Origin story! This is Where Diana Came From and What She Did during WWI. Lots of really cool stuff with the Amazons in the beginning--including Princess Buttercup herself, Robin Wright-Penn, which I did not know about beforehand--and then more cool stuff in London and the German front. Lots and lots of fighting, very messagey in places, but in a "Siddown, child, and allow me to lay some truth bombs on ya!" kind of way, which was IMMENSELY satisfying. The first actual, proper, war zone fight scene actually made me cry. It was overwhelming but in a good way.

SPOILERY VERSION INCOMING! )
rhoda_rants: (sam)
Of course I'm still punning. Don't judge me.

Sometime last week, I dunno quite when, I realized that we had a couple more Buck-Leming episodes in the can before the S12 finale. On top of that, I realized we have another "fan favorite" character who was introduced by Robbie Thompson, and who was brought back on for a couple more episodes. Cue me going, "Oh fuck, Eileen's gonna die, isn't she?" Not JUST me, mind you. And I'd much rather have my increasing cynicism subverted and thrown in my face than have it validated. Seriously, this is not the kind of Told You So I enjoy.

SPOILERS if you need to know that, but know also: I’m done here. Fuck this show.


GIF of Loki whacking a plebian upside the head
w text reading “Not Today Peasant”

Source


I should just catch up on Sense8 instead. )
rhoda_rants: (loki)
Unpopular opinion time: I do not like Neil Gaiman’s American Gods. Finally watching the Starz adaptation that began airing this week confirmed all my previous feelings about it: while the ideas and imagery are arresting and will get your mind spinning in a good way, the delivery and characterizations left me cold. Also Shadow Moon is a very passive protagonist, the kind of character things happen to, rather than the kind who takes charge of his own storyline. I will say that Ricky Whittle does a fantastic job bringing pathos and empathy to very little meat in the way of action or dialogue, and I already like him better onscreen than I did on the page. It’s an original story with a black lead character and a substantial amount of media buzz. We should be glad it exists. Also I can’t WAIT to see Orlando Jones as Mr. Nancy, who is my favorite character in the book and so awesome he got his own spin-off novel, Anansi Boys. So at the same time I’m fascinated by it and want to watch / read it again? I dunno, it’s weird, and it’ll probably always feel that way to me.

Why even bring this up? Well, the central conflict in American Gods is one that stuck with me, regardless of how distancing I find the source material: the idea that gods need belief and regular worship to exist. The old gods of ancient civilizations are dying out because people either don’t believe in them anymore, or don’t even know about them anymore. The gods of old need believers much more than the general populace needs them, and the general populace needs to see themselves in their icons if they're going to invest any spiritual energy into them.

As you can probably tell, I’m revisiting that “evolution of hero worship” post I hinted at here. But I’m not here to talk about American Gods. Not yet. Instead I’m talking about the Thor movies again, Norse mythology in general, and Loki in particular.


GIF of Loki taking over Hall H at Comic Con
w text reading “Say My Name”

Source


Trust my rage. )
rhoda_rants: (sam)
This recap/rant is brought to you by my upcoming recap of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azakaban, subtitled “Werewolves Are People Too;” my previous rant/recap of SPN Episode 2.17, “Heart”; and the larger repercussions of writer Robbie Thompson’s palpable absence from Season 12.

SO. I'm caught up, more or less, and while Season 12 has been quite enjoyable for the most part (I love Mary, and I REALLY love Mr. Ketch, if you aren't following me on Twitter), some aspects of the way this show is going are bothering me.

Let's talk about that.


GIF of Sam at a table tossing back a drink with a grimace.
Source.


SPOILERS up through Ladies Drink Free )
rhoda_rants: (hermione)
Once upon a time, I decided to do a Disney Princess retrospective. I got stuck after Aladdin because Pocahontas comes immediately after that one and I hated it, BUT. I did review 1991's Beauty and the Beast before I cashed out. (Side note: One day I am going to go back and fix all the dead links and filtered image uploads in my port over from LJ, but today is not that day.)

In the ongoing trend of Disney swallowing its own tail, I mean going after nostalgic cash grabs, I mean creating live action reinventions of their most beloved animated features, the next one in the queue is my mother's very favorite Disney movie. I also have a strong amount of personal fondness for it, and Belle is probably my favorite Disney princess after Elsa in Frozen. (Tiana from the criminally under-appreciated Princess and the Frog is tied in that second-place slot, by the way.) It's been on my list since I found out it was happening. Regardless of the stellar cast and gorgeous trailer, there was no way I was going to not see this movie in theaters, with Mom.



But here's why I'm talking about it today: They are making LeFou gay. Let the overreactive pearl-clutching begi--WELL DAMN, THAT DIDN’T TAKE LONG.

Read more... )
rhoda_rants: (spn pride)
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a television series in possession of good ratings must be in want of a queer ship.

Somewhat less universally acknowledged is the fact that queer shippers are the most hated sub-category of any given fandom. Even *less* well known is the fact that, according to the Ao3 census from a few years back, the creators and consumers of fanfic and fanart revolving around slash are overwhelmingly queer women. I’ve been in fandom for over twenty years. These criteria do not change. Ever.

Hi!

I’m officially caught up on Supernatural, and I’ve spent the past few days wandering through the “Dean Winchester Is Totally Bisexual” corners of Tumblr and YouTube. Quick by-the-by for the new kids in the room: I came to the same conclusion around the midpoint of my binge-watching journey, but held off on reading other meta supporting this theory. And since diving into the rabbit hole OH MAN. There is SO MUCH MORE that I didn’t even notice.



Four Part Gif Set showing
1: A woman’s legs framing shot of Dean looking on and ogling.
2: Same as 1, with Sam coming into the shot to steer him away.
3: Dean smiling sheepishly at a male police officer, who smiles sheepishly back.
4: Same as 3, with Sam coming into the shot to steer him away.

Source: http://theplushbear.tumblr.com/post/37195228750


That sound you’re hearing is my head asploding with the implications of the subtext that’s been there THE WHOLE TIME. This is what y’all do between seasons, isn’t it? Go back through every single episode digging for nuggets of queerness? I’m so there. Also, I learned a new word: Polysemy. Read this discussion. It is utterly fascinating, quite brilliant, and an excellent example of what I love best about fandom.

Aaaaaanyway, shall we talk about what happened last week? Because it was kind of a big deal. But first I need to back up a smidge: I need to talk about Chuck Shurley.

Read more... )
rhoda_rants: (Default)
I haven’t talked much about Dean in these recaps. Let’s do this.

A couple basics first:

1) I’m hardly the first Supernatural fan to pick up on Dean’s probable bisexuality. I’m not even the first bisexual female slash shipper to pick up on this. But I am interested in exploring this on my own before digging into the other meta.

2) I’m starting not from a “One could interpret things this way if they so choose” perspective, but more “Holy shit, this is blindingly obvious, you’d have to wear heavy-duty straight-blinders NOT to see it.” I am playing my Death of the Author card somewhat, but . . . keep this in mind.

3) There are people who refer to this sort of thing as “queerbaiting.” I am not one of those people. Let me tell you why.


It’s good to be the Queen


Read more. . . )
rhoda_rants: (Default)
Me: Um, waiter? There seems to be a Lifetime Original Movie in my Monster Show.

Waiter: Ah yes--that’s the Amelia Special. A bland, unoriginal montage of soft-focused flashbacks served on a bed of pure apathy and irrelevance.

Me: Yeah, I didn’t order this.

Waiter: You don’t have to! The Amelia Special comes as a side-order to your main course. No extra charge.

Me: . . . Why?

Waiter: Well our new head chef thought our customers might appreciate something easily digestible to go with our usual fare of extra-rich, heavy melodrama.

Me: Why would anyone think that? Why do you think we come here?

Waiter: I can take it away and bring you something else if you like.

Me: How about french fries? I always liked the french fries here.

Waiter: You mean the Ruby Special? Sorry, we didn’t bring those back after Season 4. Can I bring you another side?

Me: Do you have another Designated Love Interest Special?

Waiter: Oh no, it’s just the Amelia Special. We just turn the plate 20 degrees counterclockwise and pretend it has different ingredients this time.

Me: Whatever, forget it--I’ll work around it. What else do you have?

Waiter: Well we’re mid-season now, so can I interest you in a stir fry of blatant racist stereo--

Me: No.

Waiter: Okay. We have a Continuity Casserole. It’s a bit burnt on top, but with a sharp enough meta analysis you should be able to get through to the seasonal plot line.

Me: Eh, not in the mood. Maybe next time. Let’s skip to dessert.

Waiter: Well we still have the All-American, your basic apples-and-hypermasculinity comfort food. And then there’s Angel Food--always a favorite, but it does run out rather quickly, and I can’t predict when we’ll have more. It just sort of disappears and shows up again pretty much at random.

Me: No worries, it’s been doing that for years. What else?

Waiter: We do have Subtext Strudel this year. We’ve been testing it out over the past couple seasons really, but I do think the recipe’s improving. Some people find it bittersweet, but it really depends on your palate. I recommend ordering it with the Rainbow Sherbet.

Me: Okay, yes. Bring me that. In fact, bring me two. What do I owe you?

Waiter: Just a little more of the time you should be spending working on your novel.

Me: . . . Crap.
rhoda_rants: (Default)
OKAY ENOUGH. This is a wall-to-wall squee post. Because I want one. Apologies to anyone who follows me on Twitter and has heard/seen some of this stuff before. Not going terribly in-depth here. But yeah--squee post. I need it.

Let's Talk Season 7!


Exploding black goo. They had WAY too much fun with this one.


This is where the show became slightly less awesome. Meaning, the Big Bad is interesting in several ways, but just not terribly compelling? There’s some acidic social commentary that I really appreciate--like warning against the dangers of complacency, how letting one dude control all the things is a terrible idea, the risk involved in doing the right thing when the odds are stacked against you, how impossible it is to take care of yourself mentally and physically without a support system--all good stuff. Just got real tired of the Leviathans real quick. Look, I’m all for monsters that are organized, intelligent, and damn near impossible to kill. It’s just an entire season of said monster and I’m relating to the Winchesters’ exhaustion in dealing with this crap a little too well.

That said! There was some pure, undiluted fabulousness happening in Season 7, and I’m gonna squee about it.

I'm walkin on sunshiiiiine, whoooaaaa-ooohhh! )

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