frayadjacent: Steven Universe: Pearl sadly clutching Rose's sword and scabbard (SU: pearl with roses sword)
I've really enjoyed all the Festivids I've watched so far. I've mostly watched vids for sources I'm familiar with, which is more this year than previous years thanks to things like Bunheads and Bedknobs and Broomsticks and (once I catch up with canon) Supergirl.

But of course I want to give a special shout out to the vid made for me, because it is awesome. I received Your Mother, a Saga vid focusing on Alana and Hazel, and it is gorgeous. I am pretty unfamiliar with comics vidding, and what the vidder did with visual effects was stunning. They also made fantastic use of the rhythms of the source, spoken word. And the vid has so much heart and determination just like Alana. I love it dearly.

Alas, I dropped out of Festivids due to a back injury. So I didn't make a vid.

I watched Frozen for the first time a few weeks ago, on an airplane. It was great fun and I regretted not having seen it in the cinema. I have hangups about the way Pixar et al draw people -- I like a lot of other things about their animation, but I think the people look weird and it bothers me and when I see previews all I can think about is how I wish their faces were hand-drawn. But Frozen made me think I ought to try and get over that, because I enjoyed it a lot and wished I hadn't watched it for the first time 2 years late on an itty-bitty screen.

On that same flight I also watched the first episode of iZombie. I dunno, maybe it was the delirium of being 13 hours into a 14 hour flight, but I liked it a lot. I read the comic for quite a while and enjoyed it at first, when it was "zombie uses brain-eating telepathy to solve murders". But the comic quickly became an apocalypse story that I found over-the-top and excessively plotty and incredibly boring. I'm thinking the tv series is unlikely to go down that route. The characters played off each other well and I found Liv and Ravi to be very compelling. Also Ravi is a rare example of a television character who is physically My Type. And he's a kind person which I find very attractive. So I enjoyed that as well. I haven't managed to watch any more but I hope to.

I'm slowly catching up on Supergirl. It's reminding me of early Buffy and most of Xena, in that I love the character interactions and yawn at the plots. But the characters are great. not so much spoilers as vague references to spoilers for the first ~9 episodes )

The latest Stevenbomb, from a few weeks ago, was possibly my favorite yet. This show just keeps knocking it out of the ballpark.
frayadjacent: Steven Universe: lion snuggling up to Steven (SU: lion cuddle)
Mr. Adjacent and I recently watched the Cartoon Network miniseries Over the Garden Wall. It is lovely and sweet and cute in a good way, and at times surprisingly dark. It's fairly complex in its themes, though it's not as deep as Steven Universe. The animation is gorgeous.

If you're interested, here's a song from one of the episodes. There are no spoilers and it showcases how endearing one of the characters is. Though there's a lot more to the show than that.


I'd give Over the Garden Wall 8/10, which in my mind is a good score; I don't practice television grade inflation. It loses points by not having enough female characters and by using a couple of overused tropes, though it puts a fun twist on one of those in the end.

Also it's comprised of ten 11-minute episodes. Which is so manageable!

I'm thinking this will be a Festivids nomination for sure.

frayadjacent: Buffy laughing, text says "LOL" (!LOL)
Mr. Adjacent and I watched Season 3 of Inside Amy Schumer. It was pretty funny, and I liked it. He liked it a lot, but he's generally more into comedy than I am. We then realised that we were watching S3 and not S1, so we started from the beginning.

Season 1 started OK but declined steadily and then precipitously.  Lots of racist and classist stereotypes, lots of "LOL I said something offensive" humor, lots of ablism. There's some of that in S3 as well, but much less than S1 and also mixed in with quite a bit of really good comedy. The last episode or two improved a bit.

We would have given up a few episodes into S1, but since we knew it got better eventually we persevered. We're now starting Season 2 which seems...better than S1 by a wide margin, but not yet as good as S3. We'll see.

Anyway, if you like women comics and can tolerate white lady feminism, I'd say watch S3. It's got some pretty great comedy. Probably avoid S1.

frayadjacent: Buffy and Willow, who's the only part of the image in color and is wearing a silly outfit. Text says "adorkable". (!Adorkable)
I was pretty disinterested when The Mindy Project came out because I'm not usually drawn to stories that focus on romance (no disrespect to those who are, it's just not my cup of tea), and the whole "professional woman succeeds in work but fails in love" added an extra layer of unappealing. However, I read an interesting interview with Kaling in a waiting room magazine a couple years ago, and I adored Kaling's character in The Office. In December we finally got around to giving it a try.

At first I had mixed feelings. I loved Mindy Lahiri almost immediately. Her boisterous charisma, her love for her job, her romanticism, and most of all her confidence and unwillingness to apologize for herself, are all my fannish catnip. Also, Mindy Kaling has incredible comic timing and writes and performs her character so well. But everyone else was completely unfunny and uninteresting, the Dianne/Sam thing with Danny left me cold (that trope usually does) hot with rage at what an asshat he was.

But the show evolved, something with the writing or acting gelled and it started to work better for me, maybe mid or late S1. Though Mindy is still the center of it for me, I enjoy the show as a whole more than I did at first. I'm not thrilled about recent plotlines and I maintain that spoiler for season 3 ). But really, as long as she keeps being a badass gynecologist and eating doughnuts and making me laugh out loud more than most things on television, I'll be fine with whatever this show does.

In February we watched Empire and fell under the spell of Cookie Lyon. There was a lot to like, but Cookie and Porsha's dynamic was my favorite. The finale was so upsetting though! I just want everyone to unite against Lucious and support each other. (Actually I'm not sure I want Andre in on that.)

One thing I liked about it was that despite having an ostensible anti-hero main character, the show avoided the things I hate most about that trope by giving it a strong ensemble with all the characters having agency. I never feel manipulated into rooting for someone I detest because the show actively encouraged me to root for Cookie, or Jamal or Hakeem, often against Lucious.

Also, I have never seen a show that appeared to be written not just about, but also FOR, Black people, to the extent that Empire is. Like I feel like this show really doesn't care much about its white audience and is very interested in Black points of view. To the point that the show even employs a Black stereotype of a scheming, manipulative white woman. It's refreshing to see (not so much the stereotype I suppose, but the rest of it).

After mourning the season finale of Empire and the series finale of Parks and Recreation, we watched all of Broad City. I predictably fell in love with Abbi and her goofy face and their friendship. It has an unrequited lady-love thing that for some reason doesn't bother me. The show is fun and adorable and I liked it a lot. The season 1 finale -- directed by Amy Poehler! -- was my favorite episode.

I recently started watching Bunheads with a friend -- I haven't had a tv date with a friend since I left Seattle, so I'm really happy to be doing that. I spent the whole pilot going "WTF is happening I hate this trope why does [personal profile] chaila like this show well I guess I better trust [personal profile] chaila not to lead me astray oh the lead is having sex she likes and now she's dancing with Emily Gilmore things are looking up WAIT DID I HEAR THAT PLOT TWIST RIGHT IS THIS SHOW MADE SPECIFICALLY FOR MEEEEE?????". I spent the next two episodes basking in the glory of those last few minutes of the pilot and delighting in the general absence of men *anywhere*. And adoring Bunheads!Emily Gilmore. And the teenage girls who are all very cute. I'm looking forward to more.

Finally, we've recently started Steven Universe and it's super adorable and fun. I would like it to spend more time with all the Crystal Gems, I don't enjoy the scenes with Steven without the Gems as much as I do the whole group. I'm like 6 or 7 episodes in so no spoilers!

I'm still watching and mostly enjoying Elementary, but I don't have anything to say about it. At all, ever, lately, now that I think about it. :/ I do enjoy reading fannish interpretations on Tumblr, and I always love Elementary fic.

I stopped watching Sleepy Hollow after the episode early/mid S2 spoiler ). I didn't hate quit (though if anything were to get me to, that'd be high on the list), I just lost motivation, especially when I kept hearing general fannish unhappiness at it after that. I heard the finale was good. I still intend to watch it, it's just a matter of carving out the time and motivation.

Mr Adjacent and I started a Buffy rewatch about a year and a half ago, and we stalled out on season 6. Which used to be one of my favorite seasons, but lately I don't have it in me to watch characters I love suffer like that. Anyway, we finally pushed through (I watched the last 4 episodes without him) and are enjoying S7 quite a bit. I'll never be a S7 detractor -- though I do tire of Buffy's speeches.

I can't wait for Orphan Black to start up again!

frayadjacent: Willow frowning, text says "meh" (!meh)
Day 03 - Your favourite new show (aired this TV season):

Seriously?  I've only watched one: Agents of SHIELD.  So I guess it wins by default.  But, even though I haven't seen a single clip of it, I've heard so much good stuff about Sleepy Hollow, and I really do intend to watch it.  So I bet once I do, that would beat Agents of SHIELD.

30 Questions )

If you want me to answer a question or prompt of your making instead of posting on this meme, prompt me here!  I still have plenty of days left.
frayadjacent: Connie Maheswaran in cosplay with a black cape. Text says, "fangirl". (!fangirl)
Which TV shows did you start watching in 2013?

Parks and Rec, Elementary, Person of Interest, Orange is the New Black, Breaking Bad, and Freaks and Geeks )

Which TV shows did you let go of in 2013?

Parks and Rec, Person of Interest, Community )

Which TV shows did you mean to get into but didn't in 2013? Why?

Lost Girl, Farscape, Sleepy Hollow )

Which TV shows do you intend on checking out in 2014?

Same as above )

Which TV show impressed you least in 2013?

Once Upon a Time, Doctor Who )

Which TV show did you enjoy the most in 2013?

Elementary, Xena )
frayadjacent: Buffy looking to the side in black and white (OUAT: Mulan)
I've been watching Once Upon a Time and Agents of SHIELD this season but feeling pretty meh about both.  Yesterday I caught up with the two most recent episodes of each, and they totally worked for me!  Maybe it was just my mood.  But I don't think it was that entirely.

Spoilers for OUaT through 3x10 )

Spoilers for Agents of SHIELD through 3x09 )

I usually try to avoid even the vaguest of spoilers, including casting spoilers.  (I am still bummed that I was spoiled on Irene Adler's appearance in Elementary because people were excited about the casting.)  But there is one OUaT casting spoiler I just learned via Facebook and I'm actually a bit glad I did, because it has me more excited for the rest of the season:

OUaT S3 casting spoiler, plus more cast-related info that is also a bit of a plot spoiler )

frayadjacent: Buffy looking to the side in black and white (!TV)

 

Elementary -- through 2x09 )

Person of Interest -- through 3x09 )

Agents of SHIELD -- no spoilers )

Once Upon a Time -- through 3x08 )

Doctor Who -- through the 50th Anniversary special )

I also watched S6 of 30 Rock on Netflix, and liked it a lot more than I thought I would. I stopped watching at the end of S5 because I thought the show had seriously degraded in quality. Now I'm not sure if it improved again in S6 or if my expectations just went down, what with the early seasons fading to a distant memory. I was particularly enjoying Jenna, and especially Jenna/Paul. They're a fabulous couple and so much fun to watch.

In the future: I kinda want to check out Northern Exposure? It's in that fuzzy realm of shows I saw sometimes as a kid, as my dad regularly watched it. Sometimes I wonder if I'd enjoy it as an adult. Also, after four years of badgering, Mr. Adjacent finally agreed to re-watch Buffy with me. At which point I immediately decided I wanted to watch something else...

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