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Comment with one of my fandoms, and I'll tell you:

the character I least understand
interactions I enjoyed the most
the character who scares me the most
the character who is mostly like me
hottest looks character
one thing I dislike about my fave character
one thing I like about my hated character
a quote or scene that haunts me
a death that left me indifferent
a character I wish died but didn’t
my ship that never sailed
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This one is for [personal profile] endeni! I'm so sorry it's late.

I carry on about my love for my primary ship, Xena/Gabrielle, fairly often, at least for my level of dreamwidth talkiness. So I'll just say a few things that I love about this ship.

The first reason is that it's femslash, which I tend to go for more than het or guyslash (with the general acknowledgement that I'm not super shippy generally, and also the hopefully obvious caveat that I'm not criticising het or guyslash, just saying that it doesn't usually hit my buttons). Another reason: the characters have great chemistry together.

But the bigger reasons have to do with the kind of epic love story that Xena: Warrior Princess tells. Xena and Gabrielle's relationship is built on the kind of trust that comes from years of fighting alongside each other, seeing the best and worst in each other, and changing each other.

I also love that, while things like jealousy and insecurity exist in their relationship, it's not the primary source of drama in it (they're much too good at communicating for that, plus, like I said: years of trust). Their drama mainly comes from the ways that Xena's past comes back to haunt them. From their need to constantly negotiate the tensions between their love for each other, what kind of people they want to be, and what kind of people the world requires them to be.

I'd love to find an ace reading of Xena/Gabrielle, that presents their relationship as a powerful, emotionally strong and deeply committed asexual one. I think that would be cool. I think some of the Xena/Gabrielle "friendshippers" are probably homophobes and some of them are probably coming from a perspective like that one.

Other ships I like:

Root/Shaw from Person of Interest, my only antagonistic ship. Those two have amazing chemistry. (I stopped watching mid-S3, but [personal profile] goodbyebird's cap posts of Root/Shaw sometimes make me want to start again).

Buffy/Spike, but ONLY in season 7, and I like it as much as a non-sexual partnership as anything else. Their "I've seen the best and worst of you and fought at your side" thing is somewhat similar to Xena/Gabrielle in its appeal, though to a much lesser degree for me.

Mulan/Aurora in Once Upon a Time. I haven't watched since the mid-season hiatus last year, so my most recent thoughts on this one are that they disappointed me, but for a while there they were the butch/femme ship of my heart.

Willow/Tara, in seasons 4 & 5.

M'Lila/Lao Ma, in an AU where they both live. My only ship that isn't canon or super strong subtext, and entirely born out of vidding Become You and realising they'd be awesome together.

I feel like I should note that Tammi/Eric in Friday Night Lights would be my ship, except their ongoing conflict about how they prioritise Eric's career over Tammi's hits me way too close to home. It's well-handled by the show, but their relationship is often painful for me to watch.*

All in all, I'm a pretty boring shipper. I don't like relationship dynamics that seem unhealthy to me, I'm generally not into hateships, I am mostly delighted by loving, supportive, long-term (would not need to be monogamous, but usually are) partnerships. Especially if they are between women. I think this is related to why I have so few ships. ;)

*For the record, this is not an issue in my current relationship. I am one of the very few women scientists I know with a male partner who prioritises his career after mine.

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 (!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...

frayadjacent: Buffy looking to the side in black and white (!Fuck)
I don't have anything to say about this week's Person of Interest (3x09) that other people haven't already said, but I'm saying it anyway. )

frayadjacent: Buffy looking to the side in black and white (!TV)
We finished Season 1 of PoI.  Needless to say, I'm looking forward to S2 once we can get a hold of it.  I'm not sure I'll ever be super fannish about it, but assuming that S2 doesn't suck, I'll likely keep watching it regularly.

tl;dr version: <3 Carter, meh on Reese/Finch, on board with the plot arc. )

frayadjacent: Willow frowning, text says "meh" (!meh)
I've slowly started watching PoI -- on S1E08 -- and . . . I don't like it as much as I expected.  Actually it often leaves me longing for Elementary, or Orphan Black. I'm sort of puzzled by the casting choice for Reese, as I don't care for the actor (as in, I don't like his acting, I've got nothing against the guy) and there's not exactly a shortage of good looking white dudes out there to play the role. But it's keeping me entertained enough, and the last episodes' villain reveal pleased me immensely, even if it didn't surprise me.  There was also a 1-off character -- the fixer -- who I liked a lot and I really hope returns.

Uh, that's all I have to say about that.

(I'm being vague because I'm writing on my phone and I'm too lazy to make a cut. Assume comments, if there are any, will have spoilers for the first bit of S1.)

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