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This is ridiculously belated. In my defense I've been suffering from both con plague and computer problems, and also trying to get a paper finished. But I should post something about the Baltimore Comicon, so here it is:

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Dear Bones:

I sincerely apologize for my dark suspicions that this was going to be a painfully embarrassing comedy episode about a) those funny Amish people or b) wacky misunderstandings as our heroes attempt to interact with those funny Amish people. Admittedly it's not like you haven't given me cause for suspicion, and the trailer didn't help, but instead you delivered a mostly serious and genuinely moving episode that treated everyone involved sympathetically. I don't know if you got it right, because what I know about the Amish you could write on a postcard, but you at least seemed to be making an effort. And you kept focus on the victim and his loved ones through the whole episode, all the way to that heartbreaking close. I was honestly worried last season that you'd forgotten how to write your murder victims as real people who we should care about (and you used to be really good at that) and I am so happy to be wrong. (Also I'm sniffling, but that just means you did it right.) Even the subplot with Cam and her adopted daughter, while overly sitcom-y, kept everyone in character and had some genuine laugh-out-loud moments, like Bones' reaction to Cam's book. And you didn't spend any of the episode hammering us with tortured UST. (I don't object to the UST existing, mind you; this show runs on the stuff. But it's generally been a lower-key version than explicit "will-they-or-won't-they??" teasing, and the first episode had me worried they were going to spend the whole season doing that. Now it looks more like they're just going to ease back to the level of "it is pretty obvious that we are in love, but we don't really seem to have noticed." At least until sweeps.)

In short: oh, show, keep it up. I am liking you a whole lot better this season.

That time

Sep. 26th, 2009 05:26 pm
greenygal: (Phoenix)
I just realized the Baltimore Comic-Con is only two weeks away. I'm looking forward to it; they have an impressive list of guest creators (including some guy named Claremont, which makes my inner thirteen-year-old bounce in her seat), and I'm pretty sure I'll come home with all manner of useless plastic figures. (They are taking over my apartment. Someday I will come home and find that they've staged a revolt.) So, anybody else going to be there?
greenygal: (grin)
Yesterday was my birthday, and I had a pretty nice time. I took off work (ruthlessly leaving my coworkers to the mercy of the new timecard system) and had a successful bowling outing with my mother and stepfather, by which I mean I beat them (in the first game, but we don't have to discuss the second). I also got a couple of calls and some nice presents, including an Arthurian murder mystery I've been wanting to read for a while now.

Plus, quite unexpectedly, I found myself a pirate sword. For being plastic and (very) cheap, it's surprisingly pretty (engravings all down the blade! real fabric strips on the hilt!) and I've been hugely enjoying brandishing it at imaginary enemies. I'd only vaguely started to think about Halloween costumes, but this may be a sign that I should go find myself a three-corner hat and a gold earring. I can always work out the details of being Jay Garrick next year...
greenygal: (Jade)
So the very first thing that happens in Green Lantern: First Flight is Hal Jordan being inappropriate with Carol Ferris in a workplace setting. Some things will never change, apparently.

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From a random episode of G.I. Joe:

GI Joe double agent infiltrating Cobra: What frequency are you using to transmit [this week's weapon]?
Cobra guy: There, that's it, but what's it to you?
GI Joe: No reason. I just love to see the flashing numbers on the screen.
Cobra guy: *is not even a little suspicious*
Me: ...you know, I think I can see why Cobra never got to rule the world.

!

Jul. 14th, 2009 12:36 pm
greenygal: (Phoenix)
An entire trade of Mary-Jane Watson? Prior to the Retcon Of Which We Do Not Speak? Complete with ''Parallel Lives'', the awesome MJ backstory GN? Sign me up for that, no question.

(I do find the opening of the solicit amusing, sort of. I thought we were meant to have forgotten all that...?)
greenygal: (Phoenix)
I've just noticed that the Crystal City area is in the middle of running an outdoor superhero film festival, every Monday night until the end of September. X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Batman upcoming. (Yes, all the Batman movies. Yes, even that one.) Definitely want to go see the first two X-Men movies, at least. (The third, um...maybe? I mean, the effects are pretty?) Anyone else interested?
greenygal: (Phoenix)
So this weekend I went out with [livejournal.com profile] smittywing to see Wolverine, which I thought was very enjoyable in a popcorn & eyecandy sort of way (and most of the actors were very good), and also now I really, really want Cyclops fic, because he was kind of awesome. (Okay, I always want Cyclops fic, but right now I really want to know what happened after the end of the movie.) Then, after dinner, I dragged her back to my apartment to watch episodes of the '90s X-Men cartoon (I have shiny new DVDs, because I watched it as a kid and really couldn't resist now that they've finally come out). Some of our reactions:

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greenygal: (Casey Jones)
So I've been rewatching the TMNT cartoon all week, and it's a lot of fun, really, but I think I need to ratchet my suspension of disbelief up a little higher. I'm sitting here watching these emotional scenes where Leo's all depressed because he got beat up and lost his swords, and Raphael's going, well, hey, I bet you'd feel better if we made new ones, bro, and they do and it is all very triumphant and brotherly. Or it would be if I could turn off the part of my brain going, yeah, you're going to make a really good sword--two really good swords--out of scrap metal that has been rusting in a barn for who knows how long. With the extensive sword-smithing skills that you presumably learned living in a sewer. Where I am totally sure you had a forge to practice with! It's not the most improbable thing in TMNT by a long way, even discounting the bipedal ninja turtle thing, but for some reason I really notice this one. I mean, the damn things even shine when he's done with them. Maybe it's an extra ninja power.

(Also I am kind of amused at the idea of the exchanges this would probably lead to later on.
RANDOM WARRIOR: My family has carried this sword for generations on generations, since it was first forged by the hand of the most famous of swordmakers, and in all that time it has never known dishonor or defeat. Face my steel, turtle!
LEONARDO: Well, I made my sword myself a couple of months ago. Out of farming equipment. So you might be a little embarrassed when I beat you with it. Fair warning.)

And of course this just raises the question of where the weapons came from in the first place. Which might have been handled somewhere in canon, but I can't think of it offhand, and okay, bo staffs and nunchuks are presumably homemakable if you can lay hands on the raw materials and some tools, but sai? Katanas? (Okay, I hear they're not actually katanas, but that's what Leo always calls them and whatever they actually are is probably not any easier to make.) Do they actually have a forge down there? Does Splinter have some sort of discreet understanding with a weapons shop? Or just an Ebay account? "My son, I present you with these swords. Bear them proudly and care for them well--I had to win a most vicious bidding war to get them."

...okay, yeah, that's probably not it. Probably.
greenygal: (Lyle)
Will you marry me? )

In other news, I actually turned Heroes off in the middle of a scene that had Ando in it. I think this probably means we are finally broken up for good.
greenygal: (Raven/Kory)
Last night's Bones was not bad, particularly by the standards of season four--I didn't find the setup real plausible, but a lot of the character interaction was good--I even liked Sweets--and this week's intern was very sweet. (I assume he is Annoying Girl's replacement in the rotation. Good call.) And hey, a musical montage! I'd forgotten how sniffly those things can make me.

But the main thing I'm thinking is that Angela and Bones really ought to get together. I haven't shipped them since first season, but after their conversation this ep I'm feeling the urge again.
greenygal: (Casey Jones)
Okay, so I've been moderately into Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles since the CGI movie came out a couple of years ago and I discovered the second cartoon and got sucked in. (Yes, there's another cartoon, and it's excellent, at least for the first four seasons.) So recently I was poking around Ebay in that area, looking at the action figures, and, well. You know how action figure lines go; you can't expect the customers to keep buying the same figures over and over again, and if you don't have a huge cast or they don't change costumes often enough, you're liable to come up with some pretty weird variations just to keep selling the things. And the original TMNT cartoon ran for ten years and most of the main cast didn't even wear clothes, plus it was already pretty silly, so the action figure line? Is totally insane. Apparently "ninja" was not a satisfying enough career choice, because the turtles are out there getting themselves all kinds of jobs. Cavalry soldier, rapper, stage magician, Green Beret, hockey player, caveturtle, dwarf, triceratops, Dracula, anything. I admit to boggling a little at Beachcomber Michaelangelo, who apparently spits for justice. If you say so, Mikey. Or Jim Lee's Raphael, which is the '90s in purest distilled form. And at the other end of the spectrum, the turtles as troll dolls. That's really kind of adorable.

The best, though, is definitely this: Mutant turtle Star Trek! They're all hysterical (there's something particularly bizarro about Leo with Kirk's hair), but the one I really love is Science Officer Donatello. He has pointy Vulcan ears! And a Pon Farr Battle Bo! No, I swear, that's what it says. Were the people doing the writeup not totally clear what that meant? Or am I supposed to be envisioning torrid turtle mating rituals? With Don and Leo fighting to the death over Venus de Milo? I am just not sure!

More fandoms should have this kind of canon crossover crack.
greenygal: (clone)
Also, while there's a lot to enjoy about the Bronze Tiger episode of Brave and the Bold (GIANT BAT!!) I think I get the most actual glee from the teaser. Why is Batman teaming up with Jonah Hex in the old West? Because, that's why! Explanations are for the weak! Also, "Bat-Hombre" gives me so much joy I can't tell you; somebody definitely got into the Haney issues that day.

(Yes, I am parked on the couch spending my Sunday with Cartoon Network.)
greenygal: (Lyle)
"When have you ever known me to do anything rash or irresponsible?"
"I keep a list. It's alphabetized."

"Hey, anytime you want to see my terminal velocity, just ask."
"What? That doesn't make any--even your threats have bad science!"

"So we're holding a stethoscope up to a volcano to see if it has indigestion. Is it always this exciting?"

"Your fancy technology is a hose?"
"No...two hoses!"

"If it helps, I think you won the pointless macho contest."

"See, that would be from my half of the DNA. Your dad's chromosomes are the ones that just sit there and yell 'we're not gonna reach it!'"

"I am also sorry."
"For what?"
"I don't know, I just thought that's what you wanted me to say."


Yeah, I could definitely get attached to the Secret Saturdays. I mean, a functional family of Adventure Zoologists chasing monsters around the globe, with banter! And flaming swords! What's not to love? Plus Will Friedle voicing a cocky redhead with a jetpack; Doyle is really total fangirl-bait...
greenygal: (Default)
This week's Batman: Brave and the Bold was all kinds of awesome. )

Also, the season (series?) finale of TMNT made me happy. It wasn't a stellar episode, but I'm a sap and I love big fluffy wedding stories that bring back everyone ever (Usagi! With lines, even!)--and hey, after twenty years Casey and April more than deserved their Big Day. There were some cute character moments ("I'm the maid of honor!" is vintage Mikey) and now I really want backstory on how Casey gave the Ninja Turtle Talk to his mom...
greenygal: (Default)
So, this evening I'm heading into a shopping center with the aim of purchasing a Watchmen T-shirt, because it's getting to be about that time and I can always do with another comics T-shirt. (Although it's kind of hard to top the one the fabulous [livejournal.com profile] caia_comica just sent me, declaring "Mark Waid Is Evil." Truth in advertising! Well, okay, promotional thing, but still.)

Anyway, so I'm going towards the entrance when I see a kid dressed up as a giant smiley-face.

Me: *blink* ...I know the marketing is getting a little weird, but surely that isn't actually--
Kid: Girl Scout cookies! Girl Scout cookies!
Me: ...that did not help! Images, bad images!

I think this may not have been quite the ideal time for that particular sales tactic. Now all I can think about is Rorschach choking drug dealers with Samoas.
greenygal: (Piper)
Leverage is AWESOME. )

Also, this week's NCIS cracked me up no end (peacocks! campfires! wrong phone!) except for the parts where it was really intensely sweet and...surprisingly dark. Oh, Tony.
greenygal: (Phoenix)
So I haven't posted in...yeah, it's been a while. So, a random entry of shiny things in my life:

* My shiny shiny new laptop, which this entry would certainly not be an excuse to play with. No. I've never owned a laptop before, and I am enthusiastically charmed (and also happy to have, you know, a decently working computer again....) *cuddles laptop*

* Discovering that Emma Bull's old bands Cats Laughing and the Flash Girls have all of their music either available for free download or for sale. And I finally get to hear "Signal to Noise" after fifteen years! (Or whenever it was I read War for the Oaks. Which possibly I need to go reread right now. Or maybe the Bordertown books instead. Decisions, decisions...)

* Minimates. My comic book shop has started selling them (Cloak and Dagger! So many of Marvel's sins are forgiven for getting those into my fangirl hands) and thus encouraged I may have gone slightly overboard on their tiny cuteness. I amuse myself by swapping all their accessories around; movie-Mary Jane as a member of the Nova Corps is surreal but satisfying.

* Leverage. I came in a little late, but now that I've caught up I can say definitively that this is so cool. A team of ultra-competent con artists! Stealing and cheating to defend the needy (and enjoying themselves thoroughly in the process). Schemes and counter-schemes! Super-special comlinks to facilitate the schemes! Teamwork! Emotional issues! And a really excellent geek; I love everyone on the show, but I love Hardison just that much more, especially when he's talking about downloading Doctor Who or being intensely sweet in Parker's general direction. Also, next week looks awesome. *bounces*
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