SPN 12x08

Dec. 9th, 2016 08:54 am
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That was a bit on the nose, wasn't it?
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Who has been really uncomfortable with SPN's recent noncon BDSM Lucifer/Crowley storyline?
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So here I am at my second Vividcon. My first was 3 years ago; I still consider myself a newbie. And they let me do a vidshow! My show was "You're My Best Friend," dedicated to BFFs. Designing the show, I was graced with an embarrassment of awesome choices - it was actually kind of painful to narrow things down. I quickly learned that my choices were less about vid quality - there were many excellent quality vids to choose from - than about constructing the right mix. Like, a mix of buddies in different settings, with different relationships to each other, different song types, different moods - it meant I couldn't include a lot of really wonderful vids because they didn't fit with the mix. In a couple of cases, I had to choose among several excellent vids to the same song, each about a different buddy pairing. (hey, that could have been a whole 'nother show!).

But anyway. Here's how the BFF Vidshow turned out:

From Here on Out by Mithborien. Teen Wolf. Buddies have your back.

Strength in You by Here's Luck. Gilmore Girls. Buddies give you strength to endure.

We Are Gonna Be Friends by humansrsuperior. Life. Sometimes buddies have different ways of doing things...

Do My Thing by Laura Shapiro. The Heat. ...but buddies still fit together.

My Best Friend by Killa. Lost Girl. Buddies inspire lots of feelings.

Ain't No Easy Way by Danegen. Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid. So sometimes you get into bad situations with your buddy.

Shine by Eunice. Thelma & Louise. But your buddy stays with you until the end.

Thick as Thieves by Charmax. Dead Like Me. And even beyond.

Motown Philly by Jarrow. Psych. Buddies can be playmates.

King and Lionheart by cosmic llin. Star Trek: Voyager. And comrades.

I Do The Dumbest Things For You by Purplefringe. Stargate: Atlantis. And poor influences.

My Secret by Such Heights. Elementary. Buddies can teach us about ourselves.

Gimme Shelter by Thandie. Starsky & Hutch. You can shoot people with your buddy.

Never Always Getting Back Together by Ash. Supernatural. Even though you don't always get along, you and your buddy will still find a way back to each other.

And that was the show! Thank you so much to everyone who made suggestions and everyone who allowed me to use their vids!
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This is something I posted to tumblr and am reposting here.

Apparently, Bob Singer apparently spoke at a convention and excused Charlie's death on the grounds that the writers just were not thinking about her gender and her orientation - as though that's an excuse. Fozmeadows argues that given the history of treatment of gay characters, they are not excused from thinking about these issues.

I have a slightly different take - I think they're lying.

This is how they’re lying: Of course they don’t say, “Oh, she’s gay, let’s kill her.”

What they do say is, “I’m making a show about two people who travel the country killing monsters. And of course those characters: (1) will survive, and (2) will be white; and (3) will be male; and (4) will be straight.”

And then they say, they want to introduce someone to be the ruler of hell, and the angel who saves Dean. And of course those characters have to be white males, too - who are portrayed as straight even though there’s no reason why they would be, given that they aren’t even human and are borrowing bodies anyway.

So at some point, someone thinks, well, we can’t populate our entire show with straight white men, can we? So you get people of color (Kevin) and gay women (Charlie). Except they’re marked for death, right from the get go - because it’s fundamental to the show’s premise that people of color and gay people and women aren’t even in the class of characters who are untouchable by virtue of the narrative.

So when the creators say, “We didn’t think about whether Charlie was gay when we killed her,” that’s true. Because the decision was made much earlier - when they decided that gay people don’t get the kinds of roles that make them so critical to the narrative that they are functionally invulnerable. And that’s why “we didn’t think about her orientation” is not an excuse.

You know when it will be an excuse? When gay people get to be Sam and Dean. Then they can kill off the semi-regular gay characters and I promise not to raise a peep of protest.

SPN 10x23

May. 21st, 2015 12:16 pm
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Oh, show. You could have done so much better.

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[personal profile] rivkat attended a symposium at DePaul that was all about Supernatural and its relationship to fans. You can see all of her panel notes here.
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So awesome. It's genderswapped Steve/Bucky, and you can see it here. Starring the same actress who played Sam Winchester in Counteragent's Supernatural fan film, The Other Side.
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the internet provides helpful warnings.

By the way, in my Supernatural rewatch, I just got to relive my rage about how Ruby was tortured naked, but Alistair was tortured fully clothed.
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And rereading some of my favorite fics from the early days ... and then I rewatched Killa's vid Little Lion Man, which was made after season 4. (I think the vid is no longer on line, otherwise I'd link...)

Anyhoo. It's really ... depressing. Because I feel like back in the early days, there was hope for a happy ending for Sam and Dean. At first, all the curtain!fic is about Sam and Dean finally killing the yellow eyed demon and then finding some kind of peace. Later, after Season 2, the fic is about Sam finding a way to get Dean out of his deal - and then they go off and live happily ever after.

But so much has happened since then. The stakes have become so high and so vast that it's impossible to imagine them ever being able to retire. And there's been so much pain and betrayal - some understandable (Dean allowing Sam to be possessed by an angel), some not (Sam deciding to leave Dean in purgatory, because... why, exactly?) - that it would take several novels to convincingly reconcile everything. It feels like hope has been leeched out of the series, and that's particularly apparent when I go back to the early episodes.

Sigh. Now I'm sad.


Feb. 4th, 2015 12:28 pm
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Helping to spread the word:
Call For Collaboration-Textual Analysis of Supernatural

I am looking for a collaborator with computational linguistic skills for a project mining the dialogue of the U.S. television program Supernatural (CW Network, 2005-present). My goal is to demonstrate, through textual analysis, the originality of the dialogue, the breadth of words and phrases used by the writers, the way language is used to distinguish characters and reveal character traits, etc.The product of this project will be an article for publication in a peer-reviewed venue. Presentation at an appropriate conference is also a possibility.
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I've seen a lot of panic (mostly on Tumblr) about how the show isn't getting very high ratings, and everyone should spread the word and tune in so that we can show Marvel our support.

Leaving aside the fruitlessness of that kind of campaign, the basic problem is, I don't think Agent Carter is a very compelling show. I'm watching, I'm mildly enjoying, but it's not very good. And if it had more time it might - like a lot of shows - hit its stride, but it really isn't there yet.

Mild spoilers for the general arc, nothing more )
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I feel like I just watched an hour long apology and sincere promise to do better.
giandujakiss: (Evil Men 2)
...was the Supernatural season premiere actually - good?
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...which meant I wasn't able to check LJ/Dreamwidth for days. So imagine how happy I was to finally get a minute to scroll back through what I missed, and to find this awesome Sam/Dean (or Sam&Dean) all-9-seasons vid by [livejournal.com profile] deirdre_c.

Okay, back to work.
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I have kind of a thing for OTPs where there's this smaller weaker kid who is angry and who wants justice, and he's protected by this older kid who is sure the weaker kid is better than him and it's his job to protect the weaker kid, because he may not be as smart or good as the weaker kid but physically he can do something - and of course the stronger kid is kind of brash and a player, while the weaker kid is sensitive and honorable - and then they grow up, and now the weak kid is so much stronger, and the strong kid ends up being tortured for decades because of choices he made while trying to protect the once-weaker kid, and he ends up being forced to do terrible things that he now feels guilty about, and the two kids end up with their roles reversed.

umm... also? If you have any fic recs where Dean Bucky had to engage in acts of prostitution as a kid in order to support Sam Steve, they would not be unappreciated (happy endings necessary, natch, which pretty much means modern day).

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