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Ugh, New South Wales is catching on fire. Be safe, my NSWelshfriends.

We are not currently on fire. Fingers crossed that we remain so - the hot weather has abated, for Victoria, anyway.

Things I have watched, most of which are Netflix while I crocheted approximate 1,000 hats:

Legion 1.01
Well, that was certainly something. It was beautiful. It was weird. It flipped genres right at the end. I generally like mental landscapes and time jumps and playing around with perception, and I liked the way the show handled it, so I think I'd watch another episode at least. I hope that Aubrey Plaza continues to be in it (I just checked - she's down for at least four episodes.) I'd like to know more about all the characters we met at the end of the ep.

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (almost all of it, I'm saving the finale for later):
This grew on me! I wasn't going to like it as much as I did - the pilot started with a lot of really violent stuff happening to women, especially a woman of colour - but then I fell pretty hard for Bart (the holistic assassin, she's played by Brad Dourif's daughter who is, I have learned, awesome), Farah (the bodyguard) and Amanda (Elijah Wood's character's sister), and by then, the weird twisty plot had me hooked as well. It's fun, and the soundtrack is super. And I hardcore ship Amanda/Farah. Amanda has such a crush on her!! Me too, actually!!

River

I bounced hard off the pilot - I think I'm sensitised to the standard pitch of 'non-neurotypical but brilliant man somehow does all the things while treating people like crap and yet is inexplicably lauded', after I ditched House MD in later seasons. But his partner, Stevie was too amazing not to go back for. Even if she's dead. (Which you find out very quickly into the first episode.) I did not know I was in love with Nicola Walker but I am. Totally. *adds her to the list of women who should play the Doctor*

Anyway, the reason River worked for me, besides Nicola Walker, is that the title character is non-neurotypical and it doesn't give him an automatic win in life. Actually, it sucks, and he has to tread a careful line to keep his job, and it's really fucking hard. I empathise. It also helps that Stellan SkarsgÄrd imbues River with compassion and makes him a really likeable character. IDK, I don't usually go for that character.

Stevie, his partner (my new crush, Nicola Walker) is amazing and complicated and full of joy and sorrow and I love Stevie, why does she have to be dead? (You know from the start. It makes things very sad sometimes. I'm trying not to be spoilery because I'm rewatching with [personal profile] lilacsigil who hasn't seen past the pilot yet.)

And the way River's new partner, Ira, integrates himself into River's system of thinking is brilliant. All the characters in this are brilliant and nuanced. It makes me both sad and happy that there's only six episodes, because I both want more, and doubt that this level of storytelling and character development would be sustainable.

Anyway. Tl;dr: Good show. Sobbed at the end. Nicola Walker = new crush, I love her.


Ascension

Five minutes into the pilot, I said to myself "This ship is totally still on Earth, isn't it?" and it was. It was still a good watch, and they played with the concept in ways I didn't predict: like framing the story as a whodunnit, when they've never had a murder on their spaceship. And hiring someone to solve the crime from the outside without any contact with the crew of the ship, like solving a murder inside an ant farm from the other side of the glass.

I would have liked more insight into the weird way that their society diverged from the actual 1950s that they had attempted to preserve on board the ship, like their creepy-as-fuck fertility ceremony, and this psychological milestone they all pass in adolescence when they realise they're going to live and die on the ship while it travels to their new planet. I was more interested in that stuff than I was in the psychic/teleporter evolutionary bottleneck storyline.

Also, kudos for having a lesbian character as the external investigator, but she still ended up dead, IJS. *takes back kudos*

But Tricia Helfer was amazing. *gives back kudos*

Date: 2017-02-11 12:10 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] falena
Nicola Walker is the reason why I even gave River a try and knew I was going to like it.

Have you seen Last Tango in Halifax? She's one if the two main characters and it's one of my fave British family drama/comedy. The cast is awesome, I mean Nicola Walker, Sarah Lancashire, Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid. And of course it's wtitten by Sally Wainwright, who's one of the few writers who can write women reliably well.
Edited Date: 2017-02-11 12:10 pm (UTC)

Date: 2017-02-11 12:43 pm (UTC)
sharpest_asp: Nate Ford sitting on a bench, Sophie Devereaux resting against his lap (Default)
From: [personal profile] sharpest_asp
I do hope you all stay safe!

Date: 2017-02-11 02:53 pm (UTC)
vass: A sepia-toned line-drawing of a man in naval uniform dancing a hornpipe, his crotch prominent (Default)
From: [personal profile] vass
*crossing fingers for no fire*

Date: 2017-02-11 06:53 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lbilover
OMG, I didn't realize that's Brad Dourif's daughter! Glad Dirk Gently grew on you. It was the same for me.

Date: 2017-02-11 09:15 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dhampyresa
Stay safe!

Are there any LGBT characters in Ascension who don't die?

Date: 2017-02-12 04:14 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] rattfan
I wasn't sure about Ascension when I started watching it. Also figured out fairly early that the ship was still on Earth, but got fascinated with it anyway and was hugely disappointed when they ended it the way they did. It didn't end, that was the problem; one could see a dozen ways it could have spiralled out into something really unique. I was more intrigued with the shipboard society than anything happening on the 'outside' and wished we could have seen more of that. How could you live with no new *books*? You could never know the anticipation of waiting for an author's new book....[ok, so that's the geek speaking].

Haven't tried River; might give that a go. I recently learned that Outlander had a second season out so started watching that, but I find that's not so good for binge watching, for some reason.

Date: 2017-02-12 04:56 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] king_touchy
Sobbed at the end.

Me, too. The grief that permeated this show was beautiful, aching.

Date: 2017-02-14 10:55 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lyr
I had much the same experience with Dirk Gently; I wasn't sure at first, but it rapidly grew on me. It turned out to be a lot more fun than I expected.

I did like River, too. I really did love the way the characters felt fully real and human, and I completely adore Stevie. You can tell so much of who she was and how deeply vital she was to River by the way he imagines her, and by how much he still needs her there.

Date: 2017-02-28 09:51 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] batmarg
Helping you hope you stay not on fire.

All of these shows are on my to-watch list. Spoiler free: what did you think of Ascension & River?

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