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16 March 2009 @ 10:20 am

This is the first part of my new fic, Fated.

Disclaimer: All characters belong to Joss Whedon, praised be his dark name.
Rating: Same as the show itself.
Spoilers: Up to "Ted" for now.
Series Teaser: What if Joss had been a Buffy/Angel shipper?
Episode Teaser: Joyce's new boyfriend forces Buffy to consider telling her mom about Angel.
Author's note: Two things.
1. The episodes "Ted" and "Bad Eggs" switch places, so we are days away from Buffy's 17th birthday. She is no longer grounded, incidentally.
2. Everything up to "What's My Line" and "Bad Eggs" is canon. Nothing else is.

Teaser:

Buffy, Xander, and Willow walked along the street towards their house. Xander and Willow were having a heated discussion which Buffy was ignoring.

“Well, that was her genius. He didn’t even know he was playing second fiddle.” Xander turned to Buffy. “Buffy.”

“Huh?”

“Who do you think was the real power – the Captain or Tenille?”

Confused. “Uh, who are these people?”

“The Captain and Tenille?” Xander got that look he got when people didn’t understand his pop culture references. “Boy, someone was sure raised in a culture-free environment.”

Buffy sighed. “I’m sorry. I was just –“

“– thinking?” Willow completed.

“No. Not thinking. Having a lot of happy non-thoughts.”

“Yeah, with Spike and Drusilla out of the way, we’ve really been riding the mellow…” Xander got a guilty look on his face, “…and I’m really jinxing the hell out of us by saying that.”

“Eh, I’ll let you off this time,” Buffy dismissed his concerns. She pulled out her keys as she arrived at her door. She put her key into the lock – and the door swung open.

Buffy tensed up. She knew that a door ajar at night was a bad sign. “Wait here,” she warned her friends as she stepped inside, stake in hand. From the kitchen, she heard her mom cry “No!” followed by a crash. She rushed into the kitchen, and saw a horrific sight.

Her mom was wrapped in a deep kiss with a big, slightly portly man Buffy had never seen before. There was a bottle of wine on the counter.

They broke the kiss. Joyce stepped away from the man as Buffy hid the stake behind her back.

“I thought I heard…” Buffy started.

“I broke a wine glass,” her mom explained. “You’re home early.”

“Hi,” the man said.

“Hi,” Buffy replied.

“Oh, uh, this is my daughter, Buffy,” Joyce hastily introduced her. “And Buffy, this is… Ted.”

End Teaser

Credits:

Sarah Michelle Gellar
Nicholas Brendon
Alyson Hannigan
David Boreanaz
Charisma Carpenter
And Anthony Stewart Head as Giles

Created by Joss Whedon

 
 
16 March 2009 @ 09:37 am
By now, I have seen pretty much the whole of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and I own the first six seasons on DVD. I agree with the bulk of the fanbase that the show wasn't as good in later seasons. I rank Season Four as the worst (though Season Six was the least enjoyable), with Five and Seven being decent. The ending was awesome.

I've also seen most of Angel, and liked it. A part of me wonders if the reason for the decline in quality on Buffy was the fact that Joss was also working on Angel. It certainly contains some of the best character development I've ever seen - watching Cordelia and Wesley evolve is quite a pleasure.

I've also gotten heavily into fanfic. Right now, I have two giant series in the works that will likely take years to finish.

The first is "Immortal Girl", a crossover with "Heroes" where Claire moves to Sunnydale and joins the Scooby Gang. The first few chapters are already posted on fanfiction.net, I intend to repost them to a few other sites (including here), and the series itself has been pretty much outlined for the first six seasons of Buffy.

The second is "Fated", which I can best describe as "How BtVS might have turned out if Joss was a Buffy/Angel shipper". I intend to publish each installment here.

I'm going to ramble a bit about fanfic, specifically Buffy/Angel fanfic. I was surprised to discover that Buffy/Angel is not a particularly popular pairing - many noncanon pairings are far more popular. For instance, Mystic Muse has a category devoted to Tara/Spike, but Buffy/Angel is listed in "Other Pairings".

Eventually, I discovered Land of Denial, a site devoted to Buffy/Angel fic. I've noticed a few common themes:
1. Buffy/Angel shippers seem to have a pathological hatred for Riley, and they don't really like Kate Lockley either. Personally, I don't mind either, and would sooner pair them up than write hatefic.
2. A very common fic alters events at "I Will Remember You" to have Angel remain human at the end.
3. Xander gets a rather negative portrayal - he tends to react badly to Buffy and Angel getting back together.
4. The claddagh rings often feature prominently, since the manner in which Angel put the ring on Buffy's hand in "Surprise" actually signifies marriage.
5. Many fics that have Angel turn human give less and less attention to slaying, and focus on Buffy and Angel's domestic life.

The last theme is one I intend to subvert in "Fated". Buffy and Angel will be together, but they will not be able to ignore the world around them. They will be fighting, and there will be pain and suffering for the cast.
 
 
16 October 2008 @ 06:12 am

Recently, I have become a fan of another show: Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I am able to watch episodes thanks to www.surfthechannel.com, an awesome site. And having watched Seasons 1 & 2, and part of Season 3, here are several thoughts:

1. The Buffy/Angel romance
I am a big fan of Television Without Pity (www.twop.com), but I have to disagree with the recappers on this subject. I liked the Buffy/Angel romance. It worked for me, as did the character of Angel. If nothing else, Angel is a second protagonist who can get into a fight with multiple vamps and be expected to win. This allows someone other than Buffy to save the day.

And while it's rare these days to find a vampire story without a good vampire, Angel gets points for being the exception that proves the rule. He has unique circumstances which restored his soul and conscience. I've been a little spoilered, so I know that Spike gets some sort of chip that makes him into a protagonist, but that only reinforces the point here - vampires cannot become good on their own. It has to be done to them.

The one thing that bugged me a little was how the characters never really hit on a concept that I did - the concept that Angel and Angelus aren't really the same entity. Giles and Buffy have it down that a vampire is not the same entity as the person it took over, but they never considered that with the restoration of his soul, the pre-vamp Angel had been effectively resurrected. Angel may suffer remorse for his actions as Angelus, but I do not hold him responsible for them. Hell, I would have loved to see an Angel-Angelus showdown, though it would have been difficult to work in creating a second body.

What I enjoyed was the peak of the Buffy/Angel romance - the "What's My Line" two-parter. I know the Buffy/Angel romance is due to end, but I think Spike was right about them - they can never stop loving one another. They can break up their romance, and perhaps even find other partners, but Buffy and Angel will always love each other. Each would die for the other in a heartbeat.

2. "The Wish"
This is the latest episode I watched, and it scared me in a way few things do.

I don't scare easily. I honestly do not have any phobias. But the "Wishverse" created such a palpable sense of fear - a world where the good guys are losing. I'm surprised that they didn't simply abandon Sunnydale to the vampires.

 
 
22 April 2008 @ 07:39 pm

OK, I haven't posted in ages. I'm not going to go into what's happening in my life, but I read another post on LJ, and wanted to do an extended response, so my own account sounded like a good place to do so.

http://users.livejournal.com/_allecto_/34718.html

I can't believe this. The thing is, most of these character interactions could have been done just as easily by reversing the characters' gender (with the exception of Inara). As a fan of the show who really doesn't like it when people read all kinds of messages into what is supposed to be good entertainment, I will now issue a point-by-point rebuttal.

First of all, when Zoe calls Mal "sir" it's because he's her commanding officer. Zoe's deference to Mal is that of a private to a sergeant - their original relationship in the war. That is the only reason she defers to him. I have a better way to describe Zoe than an Amazon: infantrywoman. She's not just a soldier, she's infantry. Front lines, boots on the ground, you get the idea. That she's female, yet dominates her husband, is a feminist twist - it shows that a woman can be in charge of a relationship. As for the racial part, I can't see how that plays in. It isn't a major part of Zoe's character that she's black. While Joss may have decided that having a black second in command would balance out nicely, I have an alternate theory as to why Zoe is black: Gina Torres is black. Moving on.

The "duct tape" comment. Mal is joking here. Kaylee's humor and cheer can be so annoying at times (from there perspective) that you want to "duct tape her mouth shut and throw her in the hold for a month". It's a rather offhand comment anyway.

Next, Inara. OK, first, I take issue with the whole "most sex is rape" thing. It assumes that women mostly have sex due to pressure from the man, for one thing - as opposed to having their own sexual urges. And it's quite clear that Inara does consent to sex - otherwise, she wouldn't have become a Companion.

As for why she would become a Companion, that's worthy of some discussion. Assume, for the moment, that you are a young woman living on an Alliance core world. Why would you want to become a Companion? I do agree that the constant sex can't be an attraction - otherwise, a lot more women would be prostitutes. But the glamour and money would attract people. Why do so many girls want to become movie stars, or models? You might argue that this objectifies women in Alliance society. I'd agree with you. But that's a problem with Alliance society, which is hardly shown in a positive light. If anything, that the corrupt, moneyed culture of the Alliance glorifies Companions might be a feminist point Whedon is making - if the bad people do it, it must be bad.

I do admit that it doesn't make so much sense for Inara to become a Companion. She clearly has business smarts - she could make a decent living as a businesswoman in a more "conventional" field. My best guess is that as a Companion, she makes a lot of money. In "Shindig" Mal comments that Atherton must be rich to afford Inara's rates.

And then there's Mal's treatment of Inara. Throughout the show, he calls her a whore, intrudes upon her personal space, etc. There is a very simple reason: Malcolm Reynolds is an asshole. He isn't perfect, he's an anti-hero. It's part of his character. I imagine that Jayne would act the same way, though we don't see much of Jayne and Inara together. Probably because Inara avoids Jayne if she can. Wash, Simon, and Book, on the other hand, treat Inara with the respect she deserves. Because they're not assholes.

Finally, there's her "servicing" of the crew. When people come to Inara for emotional support, that's not her servicing them. That's her helping them because they need help, and Inara is a nice person who knows a lot about human psychology, and can often provide helpful advice. And her "servicing" of Kaylee is simply two women playing with their hair, just having fun.

And while it is unfortunate that you have not known a healthy relationship between a white man and a black woman, that doesn't mean they don't exist. But more to the point, I cannot imagine Wash abusing Zoe in any fashion. There's the slight problem that Zoe could easily kill Wash if it came down to it. Not to mention, Wash is something of a pacifist (he always suggests the nonviolent approach).

I'll also try to cover a few things you didn't go into, but that seem logical for you to cover in your mind. If you didn't have problems with these, I apologize. "Our Mrs. Reynolds", for one. I can see where you might think that Saffron is basically a caricature of strong women as lying, cheating, conniving bitch. But I don't see that. I see Saffron as a lying, cheating, conniving bitch. Basically, she's an evil seductress, a well-known villain archetype.

And finally, there's River. One possible train of thought you didn't mention was how River, the helpless little sister, needs her big brother to protect her. This was the situation at the start, but I think that there were signs that River was a changing character - had the show continued, she would have become a strong person, and regained her sanity. Most notably, in "War Stories" River kills three men with her eyes closed, and in "Objects in Space" she outwits the bounty hunter.

You didn't make it clear if you had watched Serenity. In Serenity, this transformation, which was probably intended to be a slow one, taking a season or two, was accelerated, and made the focus of the film plotline. The climax is where River Tam, previously the helpless, tortured, insane girl, goes toe-to-toe with a horde of Reavers, and kills them all in a beautiful fight scene. If you wanted to interpret that in a feminist perspective, I'd say that the Reavers, bloodthirsty and savage, are the masculine, while River, graceful and strong, is the feminine. And then the feminine side goes and kicks the masculine side's ass.

 
 
20 November 2007 @ 04:29 pm

Last night's Heroes episode, Cautionary Tales, kicked ass. I'm going to declare that HRG is capable of rivalling Beowulf in badass. Also, the West supporters were vindicated as West showed his stuff. And George Takei is an awesome actor.

 
 
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17 November 2007 @ 12:14 am
OK, so I just got back from seeing the movie "Beowulf." Beowulf is, as you may or may not know, based on the oldest story in the English language - the saga of Beowulf. It dates from the Dark Ages, and was originally an oral tale. It is about the warrior Beowulf, and how he kills a bunch of dangerous monsters. Good fare for a skald to recite while everybody sits around a fire drinking mead.

The movie itself? Badass. Totally badass. It's an action flick, similar in many respects to 300, except 300 is based off of historical events, which Beowulf is not. Also, Beowulf features more focus on the main character and his flaws. It isn't quite true to the legend, but that's to be expected. Beowulf, played by Ray Winstone, kicks some serious ass. Frankly, he makes most action heroes look like wimps. Angelina Jolie makes a stunning entry as a nude, gold-covered demoness (who has been show in enough previews that I can feel safe giving that away), but she's not just eye candy. In fact, the real eye candy is Beowulf himself, so you guys can lure your girlfriends to this movie with the promise of muscular heroes going shirtless - and even completely naked.

You may have heard that Beowulf is done in 3-D. The main problem this brings is that a lot of CGI is involved, and the characters frequently look like they're from a video game - one with the latest graphics, that is. Still, it looks awesome. I give it 4 stars.
 
 
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11 November 2007 @ 02:42 pm

OK, so, yesterday was my 19th birthday. I spent about half of my birthday sleeping, and the other half hanging out with my friend Elizabeth (NOT girlfriend). Not a whole lot to report.

In news regarding the WGA strike, the writers have obtained the support of awesomeness incarnate: ninjas. The Ask A Ninja has posted a video in support of the strike, and giving a few tips. Personally, I think that if the writers were to wear Viking costumes while striking, it would be totally awesome. Spartans would work too. Or SPARTANs.

Yay for Free Association!

And now for some Bizzare Linkage: How to Destroy the Earth

 
 
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08 November 2007 @ 07:57 am
Well, I have this livejournal account, I guess I should start posting entries on occasion.

My first entry will be about the WGA Strike. For those not in the know, the Writers' Guild of America is on strike. This union includes writers of scripted TV shows and films.

Rather than attempt to summarize the details myself, I'm going to post a link:
http://unitedhollywood.blogspot.com/2007/11/short-version.html

This is a blog run by the WGA. Good source of information.

Now for my opinion:

GO WRITERS!

I am a fan of a few scripted shows (OK, really just Heroes). I also support the WGA 100%. As far as I'm concerned, they're right, the AMPTP are scumbags, so I support the strike. There are only two things that are stopping me from going out there and marching with the writers:
1. I have classes to attend. And the concept of skipping class if I really have a choice is anathema to me.
2. I live in Florida. The picket lines are in Los Angeles and New York. I do not have the money for a plane ticket.

As these are insurmountable obstacles, I won't be joining them. However, I will be supporting them in other ways. I had a few ideas, and it seems that others had the same ideas. Here is a big one:

DEATH TO REALITY TV! At the moment, the only show I am a fan of that could be described as reality TV is Mythbusters. And as that's on the Discovery Channel, it is not in competition with scripted shows. However, if the strike goes on for a while, scripted shows like Heroes will be replaced with new reality shows. Eventually, these will be the only shows on apart from reruns. I will not watch a single one, and I encourage everyone who supports the writers to do the same. If you can, stop watching any existing reality shows. If you know anyone who is a Nielsen family, tell them to stop watching reality TV, since they have a big impact on ratings. By boycotting reality TV, we can attack the networks' wallets without hurting the writers.

One idea I have had that is more malicious would be to blast the new shows, and impact viewership. I have a feeling that the new shows will be garbage anyway, but if they are, spread the word as much as you can. I might even suggest that we all watch the premiere, and never tune in again.

Anyway, I've joined the wga_supporters community.
 
 
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