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arctic air picspam
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Adam Beach as Bobby Martin in Arctic Air.


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Kaleidoscope: A Multimedia Fanwork Exchange


kaleidoscope has gone live!

I defaulted because I am a failbot and panicked about the deadline, but I still got two excellent fics! Thank you, writers!

Strategic Planning (2491 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Scandal (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Olivia Pope & Mellie Grant, Olivia Pope & Edison Davis, Olivia Pope/Edison Davis
Characters: Olivia Pope, Edison Davis, Mellie Grant
Summary:

Olivia redefines her organization's mission, strategy and resource allocation. Post-ep to 2x03 "Hunting Season," and an immediate AU.



This is how I want the show to go. (I have no appreciation for Fitz Grant.) This AU should totally be canon.


A Branch in the Wind Cannot Find Peace (1700 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Dí Rénjié | 狄仁傑之通天帝國 | Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame (2010)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: Major Character Death
Relationships: Wu Zetian/Zhang Changzong | “Liulang”, Wǔ Zétiân | 武則天/Shàngguān Jìng'ér | 上官靜兒
Characters: Shàngguān Jìng'ér | 上官靜兒, Wǔ Zétiân | 武則天
Summary:

Wu Zhao knows what they say about her.



This is a really great character study of Empress Wu and her relationship with Jing'er. ♥

ugly betty, season one
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*______* ALL THE FEELINGS.

I've tried watching this show before, but it kept hitting my embarrassment squick. This time I managed to get past it by not actually watching certain scenes. Also, I think finding out how much heart this show has mitigates a lot of the embarrassment factor. The way the characters are written, even when they do terrible things, like make bad decisions and hurt other people in pursuit of their ambitions, they're still very human and sympathetic in some way. It makes me trust that while the writers will put them in awkward or painful situations, they won't outright humiliate them and will give them a chance to redeem themselves or shine somehow. I feel like this is a show with a lot of empathy for its characters (most of them), without excusing their bad behaviors or ignoring their privileges.

Tone-wise, it reminds me of Pushing Daisies (or maybe that should be the other way around. I don't remember which show came first), with the bright, vibrant colours contrasted with some grimmer plotlines involving murder and deceit and revenge. But instead of being set in a pie shop, it's set in New York, in the fashion industry where everyone is judged by how they look and at Betty's home, which is not glamorous or wealthy. Betty herself is hired at Mode Magazine for her appearance, but not for the usual reasons. She's hired because of her lack of sex appeal, because she doesn't look anything like a supermodel, to be Daniel Meade's assistant, so he won't sleep with her like he has with his previous assistant(s). It turns out Betty is actually good at her job too and at poking at Daniel's conscience. The other characters are great too. I LOVE THEM ALL. Well, almost all of them. I love how they're given a lot of emotional depth, even if some of them choose to stay on the shallow end of it.

I've probably annoyed everyone who follows me on tumblr with the picspams. I would apologize, but I'm not really sorry, so. :)?

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fic: with her killer graces and her secret places (joan watson/kalinda sharma)
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title: with her killer graces and her secret places
fandom: elementary/the good wife
characters: kalinda sharma, joan watson, sherlock holmes, javier abreu
rating: g
summary: If I were a better writer, this would be a long, plotty, complex fic about some clients of Lockhart & Gardener being involved in some crimes (like maybe Sweeney has disappeared, LG need him for something or rather, and the last person to see him alive was his wife, Isobel Swift, who currently resides in NYC and is the victim of a robbery, but it’s sort of looking like an inside job, so the police are wondering if she’s in on Sweeney’s disappearance, did she make him disappear, etc) that fall under Gregson’s jurisdiction and Holmes & Watson’s purview, with Kalinda being sent to investigate what’s happening and maybe (definitely) using her relationship with Joan to get more info, but instead, I have 5 Joan/Kalinda ficlets.


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Alice Wu, Joan Chen, Michelle Krusiec and Lynn Chen talk about Saving Face at a 2012 reunion screening of the movie.

Joan Chen: “I was always this tragic woman and Alice gave me the opportunity to actually play a comedy. In a lot of movies that I did, before Saving Face, I had a period, a sort of dark period, I played a lot of awful roles. [...] I immediately felt I wasn’t being authentic. Saving Face came along and gave me the authenticity I was craving for.”

Alice Wu, on being asked about the film being an ‘Asian American’ movie vs a ‘mainstream’ movie: “For me, I couldn’t really see the story as anything but, you know, having an Asian American lesbian as the main character, and a specific type, like born in a specific place. When I wrote the script, I didn’t even think it was going to get made. It never occurred to me to cater to a mainstream audience. Later, I started to try to get it made and I got approached by some producers who said -- you know, people would say, “If you make this white, we’ll make it” or “If you make it not gay, we’ll make it”. And to me, that just, it felt like it cut out the entire heart of it. [...] It’s kind of like if someone told me, “You can’t be Asian American. You can just be, like, human.” I would be like, “What are you talking about? This is who I am.” It’s so much a part of my core identity that I couldn’t imagine being anything else."

fic: nothing but tired (elementary/saving face)
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Title: nothing but tired
Fandom: elementary/saving face (2004)
Characters: Joan Watson, Sherlock Holmes, various Saving Face characters
Rating: g
Summary: Joan receives an unexpected wedding invitation.

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this is not an elementary post
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this is about a different show! I've finished Little Mosque on the Prairie. I think all 6 seasons are available on Hulu, even though in my head S4 doesn't exist because Thorne is just that awful. He sucked all the awesome out of the show like a big black hole of terribleness.

Anyway. Seasons 5 & 6 were an improvement over the 4th, but I think its best seasons were 1-3. It never really went in the direction I wanted it to go, which was basically a lot more time and story arcs for Fatima and Layla and Baber.

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...Instead, what I watched was a show that, in the later seasons, introduced more and more white characters and gave them more screen time than POC who were already there or still in the background. Instead of finding new themes to explore, it rehashed the same arguments between Thorne and Baber, focused too much on Thorne (still; I don't care about his redemption) and limited the character development to a select few (which I guess is how most shows work, I just wanted other characters to have a chance to grow too). It was still entertaining and had enough forward momentum to propel me through the series, but I think it could've been so much more. At the same time, I wonder when we'll get another show like this.

unpopular elementary opinion
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I don't want Lucy Liu to play Holmes. I like her as Joan Watson.

Before the pilot leaked, I might have thought otherwise. But, now? No. I don't want her as Elementary's Sherlock. Because I LIKE that the show, via Watson, does not put up with Holmes' bullshit.

And if you think Liu!Watson is 'problematic', imagine if their roles were reversed, so you have an Asian Am woman who is strange, abrasive, off-putting, calculating, unable to connect with people -- which, maybe if you're a white woman would be a more 'diverse' role; for poc... I see a lot more pitfalls, or ways in which this feeds certain racialized stereotypes -- and a white guy telling her to behave and apologizing for her and explaining her actions. That's not what I want to watch.

I'm not opposed to two women of colour playing the lead roles -- because, you know, if a white woman were playing Holmes, while that too is awesome, that does not automatically reassure me that it would treat Liu!Watson well. In fact, I could see it do the exact opposite and focus mainly on the white woman Holmes, because, hey, that's how feminism works on US tv shows, right? I don't want to watch that either.

The show isn't called Sherlock/Sherlock Holmes. It's called Elementary, which I gather isn't even part of Conan Doyle's stories. I'm fine with that. The first main cast member we see is Watson. She's on screen for a significant amount of time, with Holmes and on her own. I have a lot of recognition glee when I watch her on screen. I like that she's the more empathetic and quieter (except maybe when watching baseball games or yelling at Holmes) one; that her softness is strength. I don't know if I would react the same way if she were Holmes, but I don't think her being Watson, on this particular show, makes her lesser than him; I don't think her being in a caretaker role demeans her (a lot of woc are caretakers...). I don't think the narrative supports that.

If she were Watson on BBC Sherlock or the recent movies...well, I don't even want to think about the mess that would be, given how both those adaptations are highly racist/orientalist, which is sexist too (think about that for a minute).

But, in its pilot episode, Elementary has managed not to do that. It could be better. It could have more POC in the cast (and has plans to have 2 more POC that I know of; IDK if they're going to be recurring roles, though, or who else is guest starring). It could be more diverse on other fronts. But Lucy Liu's Watson -- as they've portrayed her in the pilot, I mean, not just her being cast in the role -- is pretty amazing, to me.

(I reserve the right to change my mind if the show ends up being awful, but I'm kind of bothered by all the 'I'd watch if Liu were Holmes' comments I keep seeing. I don't believe you. I feel like there'd be other reasons not to watch. Or, I mean, I don't care if you don't want to watch the show, just don't say it's because Liu/Watson doesn't meet your feminist standards, especially for stuff that hasn't happened. If you don't want to watch because the pilot opens with a woman-in-peril, then, yeah, I totally support that reason, for feminism!! There are a lot of reasons not to watch the show, but I don't think Lucy Liu as Watson is one of them.)

elementary, again
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so, i've learned that trusting writers of tv shows only leads to heartbreak, but i am just so relieved that the pilot episode of 'elementary' didn't throw anything racist at watson. SO GLAD.

not that i think she should be in a 'colourblind' world, but i am really glad holmes didn't 'deduce' anything about her because she's an asian am woman. because then i would've had to hate holmes and the writers, but that didn't happen! if they never say anything about racism overtly, i am ok with them sort of ignoring it/not being wrong about race and not putting watson in the position of siding with whiteness (because i've seen how you tackle race, usian tv shows that are not hlots).

and basically lucy liu is great and watson is not made up of stereotypes of asian women (this is the exact opposite of bbc sherlock's 'the blind banker'); she has a lot of screentime and a backstory and parents and kind of a tragic past. no one mentions she became a doctor because she's asian, or failed at it because she's asian/has pushy asian parents that she became a doctor for. she's sensitive and connects to people on an emotional level, which is pretty far from an 'inscrutable/unfeeling asian' (dragon lady, etc) stereotype. and she can feel for people without her emotions compromising her competence. i am amazed.

this kind of positive, nuanced portrayal of woc, in lead roles, is so rare and much needed. if you're going to talk about this show from a feminist perspective, please don't forget that this watson is asian-am (you really can't and shouldn't separate her into 'woman' or 'asian'). that's important. probably more than you realize if you're not poc. like, if you thought i was excited over joan chen's ONE episode in hlots... it's only just starting to sink in that liu has a WHOLE SERIES, however long it lives (six seasons and a movie).

so, don't screw up, writers.

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[community profile] help_for_ephemere  is a fundraiser to benefit ephemere, with the aim of supporting her in the wake of her losing her job, home, and good relations with her family due to homophobia. The idea of this fundraiser was conceived by friends of ephemere, and is being run with her permission. Funds will go to rent, utilities, food, and medical bills.

The auction ends Sat, July 21, 21:00 GMT. Here's a post for the auctions with no bids and only one bid. People are offering crafts, books, reviews, fic, art, etc.

michael ealy makes faces and cuddles a tiny cat
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There might've been a plot, but IDK what happened.


six degrees of david simon
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Greg Rucka in an article, "Why I Write 'Strong Female Characters'" (which is a good read, and so is this interview about women in Hollywood & comics), mentions Laura Lippman, who is married to David Simon... So, when do we get Rucka and Simon writing a Gotham Central TV series? Rucka for the focus on women characters and Simon for the intra-agency politics and broken social institutions. This would be the best series ever.

put your shoes on! (but the shirt is optional)
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[personal profile] marina reminded me that Common Law is an actual, on TV (or Hulu, for me), show now. Starring Michael Ealy, who gets more character development in the opening scene than his entire run on The Good Wife (yes, still bitter about that), and some white dude whose name I don't know but he kind of reminds me of Mike Kellerman/Reed Diamond but that could be because they're both just kind of white and blond in a similar way?

She has a picspam of Ealy, mostly, because, you know, his face. With spoilers for the pilot.

I think USANetwork is running out of ideas because this show starts out with Travis (Ealy) and Wes (um...the other one) going to couples' group counselling to work out their partnership issues (they're both homicide detectives) because their lieutenant? captain? someone in charge? thought that would be better than partnering them with other people and much more neatly/easily/cheaply solving the problem that way. Anyway. Like, I said, Michael Ealy's face. Why do you even need a plot?

Travis is cheerful and charming and unable to sustain a relationship. He has a lot of one night stands, which upsets Wes because it gets in the way of the slash they're often with women they work with, so it can make things like autopsies rather awkward. Wes is grumpy and straight-laced and hasn't been on a date since he split up with his wife either 9 months or 1.5 years ago (I've totally forgotten the plot). I like that they've been partners for a while (5 years, iirc, but have known each other for 7) and that Travis is friends with Wes' ex-wife. Travis also hugs dogs and gets babies to stop crying. Wes has manpain and an awesome ex-wife.

There are other women on the show (woc even!), but as secondary characters and I'm pretty sure it does not pass the bechdel test. I hope that changes, but I do like how many poc have shown up, even as secondary characters. I would also like Travis' brother to be a recurring character; I like their relationship.

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korra icons
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or a mini-picspam, really.

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-I was thinking that it might make for a more interesting or at least different Sherlock, if he were shown to be out of his element in a way where his upbringing and who he is (class, race, etc) limits his deductive ability because he lacks cultural context. But then I realized, no, this is Sherlock Holmes and with the story centered on him, he HAS to prevail and be right, and it will probably be hugely appropriative and terrible. And the world doesn't need any more stories like 'The Blind Banker'. (But if anyone has fic recs that does deal with this...?)

-Rewatched the first episode of Luther S1. Still think the plotting is not great and I don't always understand the choices they make about Luther's characterization (like when he gets explosively angry, though the show does treat this as a problem). I really like Rose Teller, Luther's boss, and realize I've forgotten what happens to her at the end of S1 (I'm pretty sure she doesn't die, right?), but I like her relationship with Luther much more than Luther and whatshisname who replaced Rose in S2. And Zoe and Alice... I wish they were in S2 too.

And then it occurred to me that John Luther is a lot like Jimmy McNulty from The Wire. Luther even says, more or less, that it's him "giving a fuck when it ain't [his] turn to give a fuck" that gets him into trouble. And he breaks the law and stuff when it doesn't fall in line with his moral code or when he thinks the justice system doesn't work. But, I like Luther more than I like McNulty. I don't think it's just the Idris Elba factor, though McNulty's privileged white dudeness is one reason I don't like him and I probably am predisposed to liking Luther because of Idris Elba (see my feelings about Roque). I think maybe one difference between them is that McNulty slides into having no limitations about how far he'll go and not giving a fuck about consequences, but Luther (the show) checks this impulse by having Rose question him: "what do you need to prove more, that Alice Morgan is guilty or that you're right?" And so far I don't think Luther's crossed the line into not caring about the consequences of his actions, even if he has a disregard for the rules.

he looks like a slapped mackerel
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I've seen all of Luther S2 and BBC Sherlock S2 in the past few days (this is what happens when work is cancelled), and it's interesting to me that in both these shows the only WOC in the main cast is set up to be an antagonist of sorts of the eponymous character.

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I kind of want Sherlock/Luther fic now. Crossover of the shows, I mean, not necessarily character slash.

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nothing feels better than blood on blood
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The Wire, season 3. Where to start? this is very tl;dr and flaily. If you've been following me on tumblr, this is probably repetitive (also, spoilers)Collapse )