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[Day 21 - Make up your own question!]

Vids you love that have really unusual or unexpected song choices.

Bale Out Christian Bale Remix, by [livejournal.com profile] kiki_miserychic. Dollhouse. Just the idea to use this for a vid at all is amazing - but then to make it work so incredibly well leaves me awed.

Supernatural (In My Pants), by [livejournal.com profile] deirdre_c. SPN. Brilliant mining of the source for perfect clips, and possibly the funniest vid ever made.

The Fifth Circle, by Luminosity. SPN. The music is striking and haunting and eerily perfect for Sam.

Rest of Days )
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I got two wonderful gifts today and because I am just that awesome, I am willing to share them with y'all!

First, [livejournal.com profile] dreamlittleyo wrote me Sam/Dean for [livejournal.com profile] help_haiti. It's a shamelessly self-indulgent AU where it turns out that Dean - but no! I shall not spoil the surprise. Anyway, it's just what I wanted. Schmoop and angst and boys who are protective and badass. \o/!!

Second, as a total surprise to me, [personal profile] thuviaptarth made a stunningly gorgeous Festivid treat. It's a character study of Rebecca Locke from The Inside, and it's absolutely perfect in every way. Ideal song choice, fantabulous deconstruction of her world and her deeply dysfunctional and creepy relationships with Web and Paul. It's an absolute thing of beauty. Oh, my show! (Also, her notes compare Paul/Web/Rebecca to Ballard/Boyd/Echo of Dollhouse, and jesus, that's exactly right except that The Inside did it way, way better and Rebecca is far more compelling and complex than Echo ever was. But man, yes, that's exactly right!)
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Let me explain.

No. There is too much. Let me sum up.

Read this, and the comments.

So, umm...

Sep. 21st, 2009 09:49 am
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This happened.

And now, I never, ever want to talk about Dollhouse again. kthxbye.
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I lied, I'm commenting on the SGU thing.

There are many, many things wrong with this defense of the episode (including the bullshit claim that they're raising questions which is so obviously an after-the-fact justification it isn't even funny; they may be raising questions but they aren't questions about sexual orientation, or real-life consent, etc. - they're building other questions on the bodies of women, people of color, and gay people, and ignoring that their "fantasy" scenarios bear very close resemblance to real-life dangers for particular groups of people) but mostly, I'm fascinated by the many comments by people claiming it isn't rape.

And, of course, this is the same creative staff that brought us SGA's Irresistible, about the hilarious guy who drugged women into servicing him in his own personal harem. Good times.

(Which is exactly why Dollhouse can't work, why Dollhouse's refusal to use the word rape is absolutely inexcusable, despite the claims of the show's defenders that Dollhouse isn't endorsing the rape. The problem is that we're not working from a blank slate or even a common definition. People don't recognize rape when they see it. They don't recognize it without the name, and even then they work very very hard to define the word as narrowly as possible. Dollhouse makes this kind of rape look slightly more sinister than every other instance of it on TV ever, and then offsets this with constant rape, 2 to 4 instances per episode - and still spends an inordinate amount of time on the rapists' good sides and their philanthropic ambitions. And I keep trying not to rant about Dollhouse again, except that this sort of casual portrayal of rape is so very, very common, and when it comes up it's hard to talk about it in a vacuum.)

I should add - [livejournal.com profile] sheafrotherdon is blogging this whole thing extensively.
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I still haven't even watched everything that's been posted, but here's what I've got so far--

Lotsa recs! )
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The VVC vids are starting to get posted. I'm not only pulling them from my FList, but I'm also haunting the FList of the VVC community for other postings. I've only just barely started diving into them and I will eventually have many recs, but I wanted to drop a link to [livejournal.com profile] kiki_miserychic's Bale Out Christian Bale Remix. It's a Dollhouse vid set to that mix of Christian Bale's freakout, and the insane thing is it works. Like, not on a comedy level - but, like, the song is actually ideal. It's so awesome.

Have fun at the rest of the con, VVC people. I promise you're having more fun than I am...

*goes back to work*

(PS: The movie Australia is so awful that not even Hugh Jackman could keep me watching past the first forty-five minutes. Why didn't anyone warn me?)
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Two companion vids by [livejournal.com profile] aycheb. Gorgeous - she's so amazing at using layers and using effects to vary the images - but incredibly painful to watch. Spoilers for Epitaph One (and I think? the Unaired Pilot)
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... this is killing me. In Joss's words:
What’s your answer to those who are queasy with the idea that the Actives are basically prostitutes raped (ed. note: fixed that for you) since they have no power over who they sleep with?

I never thought of that! No, I did. I think it’s a little more complicated than that. But there is that element of they have sex with people sometimes. We always deal with what it does to them psychologically. What good can come of it and what terrible can come of it and how are the people who are manipulating them feeling about what they’re doing. You get into the area of sex at all in America and it’s a touchy subject. Our response is to come at it head on and so we’ll see a lot of the consequences of what’s been going on with the Dolls over the next 13 episodes.
I'm glad to know that he plans on dealing with the consequences to the Dolls in the second season, but the rest of this paragraph as a description of the first season... I don't even know where to start.
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For anyone like me who was mourning the renewal of Dollhouse in the face of T:SCC's cancellation,this post explains the economics. Basically, Fox owns Dollhouse but not SCC, which allows Fox to profit from a wider variety of items.

Edit:. As [personal profile] elz points out, they keep using that word "feminist.". I do not think it means what they think it means.
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I found a really fascinating NPR story about It Depends On What You Pay and the changes to the lyrics over time, featuring an interview with the lyricist.
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It appears that some of the commenters are specifically arguing for a conception of the imprints as separate personalities, and the original personality as essentially obliterated, so that the show will not be interpreted as being about rape.

Check out the views of Alan D.

He's making this argument despite the fact that in the very first scene, Caroline says that you can't erase a slate - something is always left behind - despite the fact that in Echoes it was canonically established that the original memories aren't removed but merely suppressed, and despite the fact that pretty much everything worth watching on the show concerns how the dolls' memories surface despite the wipes and despite the imprinting.

In other words, some commenters appear highly invested in an interpretation of the show that does not (in their view) require what's happening to be viewed as rape.
giandujakiss: (Dollhouse)
Song: It Depends On What You Pay from The Fantasticks
Artist: Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones

Fandom: Dollhouse

Summary: You've come a long way, baby.

Spoilers: Through "Haunted"

Sizes: 30.8 MB (540 x 360 .avi), 13.3 MB (420 x 280 .wmv)
Length: 2:48

Download: Monsters from the Vids

Download from Sendspace: The .avi file is here and the .wmv file is here.

Notes and Warnings:

I'm really not sure if a warning is necessary here, but I'd rather err on the side of caution and say that the song may be a bit ... triggery? Possibly.

It Depends On What You Pay is from the 1960 off-Broadway musical The Fantasticks. The original production of The Fantasticks ran continuously for 42 years, making it the world's longest running musical. By 1990, however, for reasons that will be obvious when you see the vid, It Depends On What You Pay had been largely excised from the show. Recent productions of The Fantasticks either include the song with a different set of lyrics, or delete it entirely and substitute a new song in its place.

The version used in the vid is from the original cast recording, and is performed by Jerry Orbach. It has been edited for length.

Embed under the cut )

Thanks so much to [personal profile] cathexys, [personal profile] danegen, [personal profile] sol_se, and Thuvia Ptarth for their comments. Any flaws are entirely my own.

Comments would be appreciated. Cross-posted to LJ.

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