rionaleonhart: the mentalist: lisbon, afraid but brave, makes an important call. (it's been an honour)
I haven't touched Doctor Who for a few years; I realised early in the Twelfth Doctor's era that I'd stopped enjoying it, and I didn't want to end up grumbling constantly while everyone else was trying to have fun. (The Twelfth Doctor never stood much of a chance, to be honest, because Matt Smith is the Doctor in my heart. Perhaps even more so than Christopher Eccleston, who was the Doctor who introduced me to Doctor Who.)

But I thought it might be interesting to watch the new companion's debut, because 'it's a new companion!' episodes tend to take someone living an ordinary life and plonk them down in the middle of intense weirdness, which is something I enjoy watching.

So I watched 'The Pilot'. And it was fun! I enjoyed an episode of Doctor Who! I'm excited about this!

Notes on Doctor Who, 'The Pilot'. )

Maybe I'll give the next few episodes a try. Even if Peter Capaldi continues, inconsiderately, not to be Matt Smith.
rionaleonhart: final fantasy versus xiii: a young woman at night, her back to you, the moon high above. (nor women neither)
Poor The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet. It only had half a year as my favourite book before it was, well, uprooted.

THE BOOKENING TITLE #11: Uprooted, Naomi Novik.

I read this book alongside a handful of other people on my flist, which was sort of hilarious because they were going 'nooooo, why is this happening, none of this is what I wanted' while I was going 'oh my God, this is INCREDIBLE, this is EVERYTHING I COULD EVER WANT.' Apparently this book is rather divisive!

One chapter into Uprooted, I stopped and scribbled down an excited list of all the things it contained - just in that one chapter! - that I loved:

- close relationships between women
- a person being thrown from her familiar life into an entirely new environment where she doesn't know any of the rules
- people who don't really like each other forced to spend an extended period of time around each other
- weird uncomfortable sexual tension between people who don't really like each other

This book won me over very, very quickly. I also love that the blurb gave so little away; one chapter in, you're already past everything that the blurb describes, and the rest of the plot is a complete mystery. It was a lot of fun to read with that sense of 'anything could happen! I have no idea where this is going!'

In order to preserve that mystery for future readers, my other thoughts on this book are under the cut! Spoilers, but not for anything past chapter 11.

Spoilers for Uprooted, up to chapter 11. )

What a great book. It's really nice to read a single, self-contained story, too, when everything seems to be part of a series.
rionaleonhart: friendship is magic: rarity looks horrified. (oh no no no)
I don't often post audience participation entries these days, simply because there's not much of an audience left to participate; Livejournal and Dreamwidth are very quiet places! But I'm fretting about various things at the moment (nothing insurmountable, things are probably going to be fine), and I could do with a distraction, so it's worth a try:

Ask any fictional character you think I might be able to manage a question, and I'll reply in-character as them with an answer (or possibly reply as myself going 'WHAT THE HELL, I CAN'T DO THIS'). Feel free to ask either as yourself or as another character.

You may, if you wish, ask multiple questions (perhaps of multiple characters) or attempt to engage the characters in extended conversation. I've attempted to answer as real people in the past, but I'm specifying fictional characters this time, I'm afraid!

(Alternatively, or in addition: name a canon you know I have at some point enjoyed, and I'll dig up and post an extract from the unfinished fanfiction I've almost certainly got lying around.)

Feel free to comment even if we haven't talked in six years! If you're not sure of my fandoms (I have approximately a billion fandoms), my tag list should give you an idea. Although for some reason I have a 'buffy' tag? Don't ask for Buffy; I've seen about four episodes and you'll be disappointed.

To avoid duplicates on the 'unfinished fanfiction' question, below are links to the different versions of this entry (and the list of fandoms I've thus far posted snippets for in each one):

Livejournal: The Mentalist, My Little Pony, Harry Potter
Dreamwidth: The Last of Us, Uncharted, Top Gear, Assassin's Creed, The World Ends With You, Dangan Ronpa, Ghost Trick, Supernatural, Doctor Who, Prison Break
rionaleonhart: final fantasy xii: fran glares; tremble with fear! (don't cross me)
I'm becoming increasingly frustrated by a tendency amongst gamers to go 'there are implications that this character may not be straight, but I personally believe that this character is straight, THEREFORE ANYONE WITH A DIFFERENT INTERPRETATION IS WRONG'. It's something I've seen a few times, but it was the GTA Wiki article on Trevor Philips that finally made me snap:

Many of his sarcastic [sexually suggestive remarks towards men] have been misinterpreted as sincere statements by players.



Someone in the article's talk page said, 'Hey, do you think we should mention the possibility that Trevor might be bisexual?' and got the response, 'I think you take what Trevor says far too seriously.' Look, I haven't played much of Grand Theft Auto V (I am the world's worst Grand Theft Auto player; I attempt to play it as law-abidingly as possible, which doesn't really work), but I've seen enough to be fairly certain that 'Trevor has a sexual interest in men' is not an unreasonable conclusion. Still, perhaps I'm wrong! It's not like you ever see him in bed with a man, after all.

All right, sometimes you do see him in bed with a man (who then starts sobbing and apologising to his girlfriend), but perhaps I'm just misinterpreting.

Do heterosexual male gamers try to dismiss this possibility because they feel it'll make it harder for them to identify with Trevor? Trevor Philips is an incredibly horrible person. If that's the point at which you start finding it hard to identify with him, I don't ever want to meet you.

This isn't the first time I've seen this. In The World Ends With You, is Joshua actually gay or does he just flirt with Neku to fuck with his head? Either is possible! If you don't think Joshua is gay, that's absolutely fine, but don't try to claim that people who do think he's gay are deluded. In Final Fantasy XIII, I don't personally interpret Fang and Vanille as lovers - their relationship feels more mother-daughter to me - but I can absolutely understand why people do see them as lovers, and their interpretation isn't any less valid than mine. Different character interpretations can coexist! So long as canon doesn't contradict it, anything is fine. Can't we all get along without dismissing perfectly valid possibilities in supposedly-factual wiki articles?

(If you think Trevor Philips is as straight as y = x, to be honest, I do think your interpretation is slightly less valid than mine. But it's not quite on the level of the 'why are you writing Doctor/Jack/Rose fanfiction? Captain Jack Harkness is straight' review I once got.)

This goes the other way, of course. It's valid to think that Enjolras of Les Misérables shows no interest in women because he is gay or asexual, but it is also valid to think that he shows no interest in women simply because he's busy planning a revolution. Some odd sections of the Les Mis fandom try to claim that 'shipping Enjolras with a woman is morally wrong. It really isn't! (I don't personally feel that thinking 'hey, these two fictional characters could hypothetically make an interesting couple' is ever a moral issue, even if canon leaves no room for interpretation - you can 'ship Kurt Hummel/Santana Lopez if you really want to - but I find the Enjolras/Éponine controversy a particularly perplexing case.)
rionaleonhart: friendship is magic: rarity looks horrified. (oh no no no)
I have now seen My Little Pony: Equestria Girls twice, which is probably two more times than any self-respecting adult should see it. For those unfamiliar with the premise of Equestria Girls: it is a film about Twilight Sparkle, the main character of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (who is, as you may have suspected, a pony), travelling through a portal to another world. In which she is a human. In high school. And meets human versions of all her pony friends. And there's a shoehorned-in light romance plotline, involving an alternate-world teenage boy and Twilight Sparkle. Who, I might remind you, is a pony.

It is astonishingly stupid.

Perhaps inevitably, I love it.

No, you don't understand how severe this is. I even find the romantic subplot genuinely cute. Developing a crush on a human when you are secretly a pony seems (a) a bit weird and (b) ill-advised, but apparently I don't care.

I've had this song from the film stuck in my head all day. I find cheerful, catchy songs about friendship impossible to resist, which is probably part of the reason Friendship is Magic has me so thoroughly in its clutches. Oh, dear.

I've had a rocky relationship with Doctor Who for... more or less the last seven years, but the fiftieth-anniversary special was a lot of fun! More than just being a fun hour or so, it reminded me of two things: firstly, that Doctor Who was once something I really enjoyed, and secondly, that I really miss Nine (I was pretty heartbroken that Ten and Eleven were hanging out and Nine was nowhere to be seen).

Therefore, in the ongoing bizarre nostalgia explosion that my adulthood is turning out to be, I've rewatched the first two episodes of the Ninth Doctor's series! And oh, I still love the Ninth Doctor. He's just fantastic. And also quite a bit scarier than I remember. That thing he did to Cassandra in 'The End of the World': wow. (That thing he did to Rose, too; it never really hit me before, but he comes back from the Time War and finds a companion and the first thing he does is show her the destruction of her planet.)

I also seem to be falling in love with Nine/Rose all over again, which I wasn't expecting! There had been pairings I'd enjoyed before I saw the 2005 Doctor Who series (Squall/Zell, Satoshi/Daisuke), but the Doctor/Rose was the first pairing I fell in love with in a MASSIVE EMOTIONAL INVESTMENT, READ ALL THE FANFICTION, WRITE ALL THE FANFICTION sort of way. No, hang on, I've just remembered all the slightly worrying James Sunderland/Mary Shepherd-Sunderland fanfiction I wrote. But I do think I 'shipped the Doctor/Rose quite a lot harder than anything preceding it.

(Sudden revelation: all the het I 'ship is really messed up. If they're the same species (see Doctor/Rose, Mitsuki/Takuto, TWILIGHT SPARKLE/FLASH SENTRY I HATE MYSELF) and there's no massive age gap (er, Doctor/Rose and Mitsuki/Takuto again, plus Jeff/Annie, Rogue/Logan and Katniss/Haymitch), I'm not interested, unless it's something like James/Mary or Naegi/Ikusaba, which have a whole host of alarming issues surrounding them. I'm surprised I love Nate/Elena so much; it's so much healthier than most of my 'ships!)

Anyway! Let's push my worrying taste aside for a moment. My interest in Doctor/Rose absolutely plummeted after the Ninth Doctor regenerated; I felt that the Tenth Doctor's dynamic with Rose was very different, and the new dynamic didn't really appeal to me. And I'd assumed that I wouldn't really care about Doctor/Rose on this rewatch, whether because I'd moved on or because my dislike of Ten/Rose would have somehow tainted Nine/Rose for me. I'm delighted to discover that I'm wrong!

When I think about it, maybe it's for the best that Eccleston didn't come back for the fiftieth anniversary. We may only have had thirteen episodes with the Ninth Doctor, but they were, for the most part, a pretty great thirteen episodes. I don't know if he'd ever be able to make a return that would match my expectations.
rionaleonhart: final fantasy x-2: the sun is rising, yuna looks to the future. (hope is all we have)
Who wants to read an amazing work of Super Dangan Ronpa 2 fanfiction? I'd like to point you towards just looking at you i enjoy myself by suitablyskippy, who writes such a good Komaeda that I'm a bit worried about her. It centres on Hinata and Komaeda but features a lot of the other characters as well, and it's got a really wonderful sense of atmosphere and pace to it; Skippy is the sort of writer who fills me with ferocious why-can't-I-write-like-that envy. I haven't loved a work of fanfiction this much in a very long time. No spoilers beyond the first chapter of the game.

(Also amazing for completely different reasons: The Darkest Despair, The Brightest Hope!, a work of Hinata/Komaeda written by Komaeda himself and hosted by [personal profile] acrossthefloors. If you like exclamation marks, you're in for a treat.)

I've started up a new game of Final Fantasy VII! This is going to be the playthrough in which I try very hard to get a proper feel for the characters and the story, and to stop resenting this poor game which has, through no fault of its own, inspired people to be fantastically irritating in the comments of every Square-related online article.

I'D FORGOTTEN YOU COULDN'T USE THE ANALOGUE STICK IN FINAL FANTASY VII. AND THAT YOU HAD TO HOLD DOWN A BUTTON TO RUN. AND THAT CIRCLE IS CONFIRM AND X IS CANCEL. ALL OF THESE THINGS ARE TERRIBLE THINGS. (I remember being extremely confused when I first tried to play this game; I was pressing X repeatedly on the 'new game' option and it wasn't doing anything at all.) In a weird way, using the directional buttons to move makes me feel like I'm playing a 2D game, even though I can clearly see that this game is three-dimensional.

How does Tifa feel about Barret driving away all her customers by charging into her pub and shooting his gun-arm everywhere? Surely she must be a little ticked off.

The main thing that's struck me so far (I'm not very far in; I've just broken into Shinra HQ, bursting in through the front door for the first time rather than running up three million goddamn stairs) is what an incredibly passionate person Barret is. It's no wonder he clashes with Cloud; Cloud presents himself as cold and uncaring (at the beginning, at least), whereas Barret cares very, very strongly about everything. I suppose this was the first Final Fantasy that really allowed for full-body gestures - previously, characters were largely limited to 'surprised', 'laughing' and 'looking down sadly' (this isn't a criticism; the limitations of sprite art don't make Final Fantasy VI any less excellent) - and the animators certainly took full advantage of their newfound freedom with Barret, who's making big dramatic gestures all over the place.

(I find it very strange that at one point Barret says '&$#%!! You lucky ^$#$,!' and then, literally two lines later, 'Shit! The hell you so calm about?')

Aerith (I NEVER KNOW WHAT TO CALL HER. Her name is 'Aeris' in the original translation but 'Aerith' in official things nowadays, so I suppose 'Aerith' is the current official spelling? I renamed her 'Aerith' in this playthrough, but I wasn't sure about it) has such a sense of mischief. She's pretty great. I don't read much Final Fantasy VII fic, but I get the sense that she's often portrayed as very demure and angelic, and she's just not. She feels very human to me. She's not a saint; she's just a young woman.

Also pretty great: the music. I really, really like the battle theme. I like Midgar as well, actually; it's a very cool setting. There's a part of me that's always a little disappointed when the characters get out into the wider world.

I'm very sorry to hear that Matt Smith is leaving Doctor Who. I've had my issues with Eleven's run, but exactly none of those issues have had anything to do with Smith's portrayal of the Doctor. He is perfect. In my eyes, Smith is by far the best thing about Doctor Who at the moment; I've occasionally considered giving it up, but he's always kept me watching. I wish him the greatest success in his future, even if I wish he could stay on for another couple of years.

Nagito Komaeda for the next Doctor.
rionaleonhart: okami: amaterasu is startled. (NOT SO FAST)



Spoilers up to episode 25, 'A Request to Wakaouji-sensei'. )

In less conflicted news: I haven't been posting much about Doctor Who lately, but I'm pleased with Clara Oswald so far. Coleman was very good in Waterloo Road (yes, people are sometimes good in Waterloo Road), so maybe I'm biased, but I feel there's something very likeable about Clara. I certainly identify with her more than I did with Amy already, perhaps because Amy was so fearless and I'm so very not. We're still getting to know Clara, though, so we'll see!
rionaleonhart: friendship is magic: rarity looks horrified. (oh no no no)
Whoops, went quiet for a month and a half there. I'm still around! Not a lot's happened, though; I've mostly just been working. I hope there are still people here.

To my surprise as much as yours, I finally finished the answers to that character-number meme: the one where I picked fifteen characters and you asked questions like 'would Six and Eleven make a good couple?' without knowing which character corresponded to which number. The one I posted more than a year ago. That one. Whoops.

Previous answer instalments are here and here. Fandoms represented below the cut are My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Final Fantasy VIII, Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy XII, Final Fantasy XIII, Uncharted, The Mentalist, Red Dead Redemption, Phineas and Ferb, Portal, Peep Show, Silent Hill and Pokémon.

I was going to say 'It's stupid crossover time!' before remembering that, in this journal, every time is stupid crossover time. )

rionaleonhart: final fantasy versus xiii: a young woman at night, her back to you, the moon high above. (nor women neither)
On a strange whim, I ordered a few volumes of DN Angel, as I loved the anime in my teenage years and used copies of the manga are available incredibly cheaply on Amazon.

What a great whim. I remember being frustrated when I tried to look up discussion of the anime and all I could find was people criticising it for not living up to the manga, but the manga really is a delight.

The third volume contains a little 'day in the life of Satoshi Hiwatari' feature, and it is just the saddest thing; it boils down to 'he wakes up at seven and goes to school without having breakfast and watches Daisuke and eats bread for lunch on the roof and goes home and eats dinner alone and does research until one in the morning'. His life is so monotonous and empty. No wonder he's so fixated on Daisuke and Dark; they're the only sources of spontaneity in his existence.

Satoshi is even more painfully in love with Daisuke than I remember from the anime. If you insist that Satoshi has no romantic feelings for Daisuke, and I've no doubt there are people who do (someone once commented on one of my Doctor Who fics to insist that Captain Jack Harkness was completely straight), you're wrong. You are factually wrong. It's as simple as that.

(I like that the mangaka seems determined to include them in a minimum of three homoerotic scenes per volume.)

The manga occasionally seems to hint at a future Satoshi/Risa pairing. I really hope it doesn't go in that direction; I'd be fine with them as friends, but the two of them sit somewhere below absolute zero on the metaphorical romantic chemistry thermometer. I'm generally quite relaxed when it comes to pairings; I'll happily accept most canonical couples, even if I don't 'ship them myself. Satoshi/Risa is one of the very few pairings I viscerally dislike.

I wonder why I have such an adverse reaction to the idea of Satoshi/Risa? It can't just be because of my fondness for Satoshi/Daisuke, because I like Daisuke/Riku. I think perhaps it's because some part of me is convinced that Satoshi needs to be alone forever. Giving him an attainable love interest uproots everything that makes Satoshi Satoshi. Sorry, kid. I do love you; I just... also happen to want you to remain trapped in your lonely, unhealthily obsessive life for ever.

I'd forgotten how ridiculously endearing Daisuke was. He's just so sweet! If the characters of DN Angel were ever locked down inside a school and instructed to kill each other to escape, à la Dangan Ronpa, he would be the Makoto Naegi of the group. (That scenario wouldn't really work, though; everyone in DN Angel is in love with everyone else, so it's hard to envision any murders actually taking place. It's almost a shame; Daisuke would make a great Naegi and Satoshi would make a great Kirigiri. On the other hand, it's probably best not to think about this crossover for too long. My money's on Risa offing Takeshi.)

Any DN Angel fans out there? Or people on the lookout for manga featuring endearing characters, magical transformations and massive ridiculous love polygons? (If you like massive ridiculous love polygons and you're not familiar with DN Angel, you need to rectify this right now.)
rionaleonhart: the mentalist: lisbon, afraid but brave, makes an important call. (it's been an honour)
It's been a long time since I last made a Doctor Who reaction post! Here are my thoughts on 'The Angels Take Manhattan'.

Doctor Who, 'The Angels Take Manhattan'. )

In other news, Dangan Ronpa persists in being the most amazing thing. It has shocked me, it has made me cry, it has caused me to burst into uncontrollable horrified laughter. If you like murder mysteries or bizarre Japanese videogames, I strongly encourage you to check the linked translation out.
rionaleonhart: final fantasy xii: fran glares; tremble with fear! (don't cross me)
This Revolutionary Girl Utena AMV to 'Brick by Boring Brick' is perhaps the best fanvid I've ever seen. I'd never heard the song before, but it works so well. Major (if confusing) spoilers for the entire Utena anime. I get a bit teary every time I watch it.

(I've realised that I have a big, big weakness for female characters who belong in Gryffindor. Utena, Yuna, Korra, Lightning, Elena Fisher, Donna Noble: all favourites of mine, all - in very different ways - Gryffindors. I'm not guaranteed to adore a Gryffindor girl, but it certainly helps. Not sure what to do with that knowledge. Write a giant Hogwarts AU?)

I'd love to be able to say that this second fortnight-long posting hiatus in a row was because I was having a second lovely holiday, but in fact it's because I've done almost nothing but work since I got back. The curse of the freelancer: you never have the right amount of employment. 'Too much work' is preferable to 'no work', but surely there must be some sort of balance between the two extremes?

I did find time for something non-work-related yesterday, though: I've had a replay of Final Fantasy XII saved just before the final area on my memory card for ages, so I decided to play through the ending. (The PS3, it turns out, has ruined PS2 graphics for me. I was really aware of the pixellation at the edges of the character models. I'd never noticed that before.)

Regarding the ending itself: it made so much more sense this time! The first time I saw the ending, I had absolutely no idea where Balthier and Fran had gone or what they were trying to achieve by endangering themselves. I was aware that they were doing something awesome, but I did not know what that awesome thing was. Now that I know, it is a lot more awesome!

I've also realised that I really, really love Larsa. I wish I'd been that centred and good-hearted and intelligent when I was twelve. Frankly, I could do with being that centred and good-hearted and intelligent now.

Final Fantasy XII is fairly far down in my personal ranking of the Final Fantasy games, I have to admit, despite scoring high on actual gameplay. This is in part because the plot is even more incoherent than I generally expect from a Final Fantasy (possibly this is just because there are great swathes of gameplay between cutscenes and by the time I reach the next scene I've forgotten what happened before), but it's mostly because the party never really felt like a group to me. They were always Balthier-and-Fran, Vaan-and-Penelo, Ashe-and-Basch: three duos (or even two duos and two individuals; Ashe and Basch seemed to stand apart entirely at times), not one... sixio. Sextet. WHATEVER THE WORD IS, THEY DIDN'T FEEL LIKE ONE. At the end, Vaan says to Ashe, 'You'll make it; you've got good friends,' which struck me as odd because they never actually felt like a group of friends to me. I think that's a great shame.

The other problem with XII is that Larsa is not a permanent party member. This is simply not acceptable. I was thinking recently about what I would do if I had the power to replace any one party member from each Final Fantasy game with any one non-party member; I would definitely replace Vaan with Larsa. (I'd also swap Beatrix in on Final Fantasy IX, incidentally. Possibly in Amarant's place. What would you do?)

Oh, hey, the Olympics are almost over! Better share the best fact I've learnt in a while: during the torch relay for the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, at the Sydney changeover, a student ran along the route with a fake torch consisting of a pair of flaming underpants in a plum pudding can on top of a chair leg. He managed to hand it to the mayor of Sydney and escape before the deception was noticed.
rionaleonhart: harry potter: extremely poorly-drawn dumbledore fleeing and yelling NOOOOOOOOO. (NOOOOOOOOO)
Just over a week ago, [ profile] culf posted an entry speculating on how some of her favourite characters would fare in the Hunger Games. I found this idea interesting, and so I used a random number generator and a numbered list of characters from various fandoms to generate a set of tributes. The results:

Madeleine Hightower (The Mentalist)
Rin Tezuka (Katawa Shoujo)
Candace Flynn (Phineas and Ferb)
Teresa Lisbon (The Mentalist)
Rainbow Dash (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic)
Grace Van Pelt (The Mentalist)
Oerba Yun Fang (Final Fantasy XIII)
Applejack (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic)
Donna Noble (Doctor Who)
Mulan (Disney's Mulan)
Samantha Carter (Stargate SG-1)
Allison Cameron (House)

Tidus (Final Fantasy X)
Jeremy Usborne (Peep Show)
Squall Leonhart (Final Fantasy VIII)
Sam Tyler (Life on Mars)
Professor Layton (Professor Layton)
Finn Sharkey (Waterloo Road)
The Master (Doctor Who, John Simm incarnation)
Brett Aspinall (Waterloo Road)
Dr Perry Cox (Scrubs)
Bobby Singer (Supernatural)
Iroh (Avatar: The Last Airbender)
Josh Stevenson (Waterloo Road)

(One of the characters the random number generator fell on was actually the Aperture Science Weighted Companion Cube from Portal. I didn't include it. Those things are hardy; nobody else would have stood a chance!)

I'm going to envision the arena here as the actual arena in The Hunger Games. Characters are stripped of any special abilities they might have (the Final Fantasy characters can't use magic, for example, and Iroh can't Firebend). Below the cut are some thoughts on what might transpire. [ profile] culf detailed how and in what order everyone would die. I haven't done that here; there are some vague thoughts on who would kill whom, but these are really just scattered ideas about how each character would cope.

The 74th Fandom Hunger Games. )

I've just realised that I haven't mentioned Applejack or Rainbow Dash at all. I JUST CAN'T PUT THE BRIGHTLY-COLOURED TALKING PONIES INTO THE HUNGER GAMES ARENA. I CAN'T DO IT. I don't want them to be killed. I thought at first that perhaps they could kick the Master to death, but I don't want that either. It's just wrong. They do not belong in the Hunger Games world.
rionaleonhart: final fantasy x-2: the sun is rising, yuna looks to the future. (i'm here now)
Regarding The Mentalist: I had no idea how much I 'shipped Cho/Summer until the end of 'At First Blush'. TURNS OUT I 'SHIP CHO/SUMMER QUITE A LOT.

I like Summer! I think she could be Santana Lopez's cousin; they have very similar faces, expressions and attitudes. After her first episode, I actually tried to find out whether Summer was played by Naya Rivera. You can't trust me on these matters, though; I'm terrible at telling faces apart. There was one point when I thought more or less every actor in North America was Neil Patrick Harris. It's entirely possible that they look absolutely nothing alike and I am a lunatic.

I thought I'd try rewatching Waterloo Road from the beginning, but it turns out that I find the early episodes really difficult to endure because I'm so distressed by what an awful person Tom is in series one and two. NOOOO TOM I'M SUPPOSED TO LOVE YOU.

So I rewatched Josh's coming-out story instead and spent the entire time brimming over with love for Josh's relationship with his father. I love it when they tease each other, and I love that, no matter how difficult Tom finds a situation, he will try to fight through it and do what's best for Josh. He doesn't always succeed, but he always tries.

I'd forgotten how jealous Finn is when Josh gets a boyfriend. 'Look, I don't care that he's gay. He can go out with every lad in the school for all I care; it's just... when you like girls, it's different 'cause you have your mate and then you have your girlfriend. If he's with another lad, then he's gonna be like his new best mate. Where do I fit in?' Bless you, Finn.

I must have completely missed this before, but Josh mentions Chlo! When Tom is reluctant to allow Nate to stay the night, Josh points out that he probably didn't make a fuss when Chlo wanted to have boyfriends over. Tom must have told Josh about her! Maybe they've met! I DEMAND FANFICTION ABOUT THEIR FIRST MEETING.

And then Tom gets over himself and goes 'yes, of course he can stay, why not?' and I just love their relationship so much, you guys. It's by no means perfect, and they both slip up sometimes, but they try so hard.

Favourite father-son duo ever. ♥!

I'm so pleased that Josh has let his curls grow back. Josh's hair is my favourite character.

I love Waterloo Road so much. It's quite possibly my favourite thing on television in all its ridiculous, melodramatic glory, and it's so strange to think I'd never have discovered it had I not, finding myself alone and without Internet access one night, turned on the television at exactly the right moment for it to catch my interest. Seriously, had I switched it on sixty seconds earlier or later, you probably wouldn't be suffering all my endless entries about it now. Sorry about that. Nobody else is posting about it! I feel the need to make up for the deficit!

(The person who has been cast as the Doctor's next companion was in Waterloo Road, incidentally. Excellent. I am going to take this as an invitation for stupid crossovers.)
rionaleonhart: final fantasy xv: prompto, the best character, with a touch of swagger. (looking ahead)
I have now finished Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception! Spoilerless thoughts:

- I find it really endearing that Nathan Drake constantly talks to himself when he's in a dangerous situation on his own.

- I love the tweaks that have been made to the hand-to-hand combat system. In the previous games, I was constantly shooting; in this one, PUNCH EVERYONE ALL THE TIME. In addition to conserving ammo and preventing the enemy you've engaged from shooting you in the face: kind of hot! (Amazing fact: you can get a trophy called 'He's Gonna Need a Sturgeon' by knocking three people out with a fish.)

- The credits felt about as long as the game itself, bloody hell. On the plus side, they were absolutely gorgeous. (I've just looked up how long the credits are. They are fourteen minutes long.)

- What a fantastic game.

Spoilerful thoughts below the cut:

Spoilers right up to the end of Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception. )

Has - has anyone written Nathan/Elena/Sully? Can't lie: I'd probably read that.
rionaleonhart: twewy: joshua kiryu is being fabulously obnoxious and he knows it. (is that so?)
Does Merlin have some sort of shirtlessness quota? I'm not sure there's been a single episode in this series of Merlin without any male shirtlessness.

More spoilery thoughts on today's episode under the cut!

Thoughts on episode 4.09 of Merlin. )

I apologise if anyone feels spoiled by the uncut implication that this episode of Merlin contains shirtless men. In other news, I suspect the next series of Doctor Who may involve an alien or two.
rionaleonhart: kingdom hearts: sora, riku and kairi having a friendly chat. (and they returned home)
Here is a story that illustrates what an incredibly cool person I am:

This morning, in Pokémon White Version, I caught a Rufflet and named it Canton, after the Doctor Who character from 'The Impossible Astronaut'/'Day of the Moon'. I quite wanted to have it on my team, but I didn't really fancy its nature; it turned out to be Bold, which is great as a description of Canton but reduces the Attack stat.

So I went out in search of another Rufflet. And I found one, and I caught it, and I paused.

And then I caught another one, because he is Canton Everett Delaware the Third.


So now I have a Rufflet named Canton III on my team! He has a Sassy nature. The Speed reduction is a bit of a shame, but still: Canton is sassy even as a Pokémon this is perfect. (I didn't check Canton II's particulars before catching Canton III, but when I looked at it afterwards I found that it had a Serious nature, which wouldn't have been at all fitting. Clearly being a massive dork was the correct decision to make.)

I think this is the first time I've ever recaught a Pokémon based on its nature. My Seismitoad is Bold, but I don't think the Attack stat is as important for her as it is for Rufflet, because she generally uses special attacks. Do you take Pokémon natures into account when forming your team? (Or do you favour particular individuals of a species for any other reason? For example, the first Bellsprout I ever raised (in the original Gold) was female and I became quite attached to her; it took me ages to catch my Bellsprout in SoulSilver, because male ones kept leaping out at me but NO, MY BELLSPROUT HAD TO BE A LADY.)

On the subject of Pokémon White: there's a house in Icirrus City, and if you go in the inhabitants will ask you a quiz question. You can take the quiz once per day.

The question today:

'What do you attach to your Pokémon to send letters: Mail or Marill? Hint: it's not Marill.'

It was a tricky one, but in the end I managed it.

Well, as this seems to be a Pokémon-themed entry, have a video of some Wooper. It is fourteen seconds long, and I have watched it many, many times. Enjoy.
rionaleonhart: harry potter: extremely poorly-drawn dumbledore fleeing and yelling NOOOOOOOOO. (NOOOOOOOOO)
So! Doctor Who.

Thoughts on 'The Almost People'. )

In other news, a moment from Pokémon White I can't believe I previously neglected to mention:

'This is bad! Badbadbadbadbadbadbad! Bad for Team Plasma! Or Plasbad, for short!'

I love this game.
rionaleonhart: kingdom hearts: sora, riku and kairi having a friendly chat. (and they returned home)
I almost didn't watch Saturday's episode of Doctor Who ('The Doctor's Wife'), because I was feeling so unwell, but I'm glad I did because it was amazing. I love Doctor Who, but it almost felt like an episode from a different, better show. And it focused on my absolute Doctor Who OTP, which was nice.

Also watched the Eurovision Song Contest with [ profile] reipan and a group of her friends. Weirdly, I felt quite a lot better by the end of it. Eurovision is the best medicine?

Afterwards, we switched over to live soft-porn phone-in television, as you do, and watched women jiggling their unclad bums in the air. We became quite concerned by the woman on one of the channels; she was rolling around on a bed whilst looking like the most bored person in the world, and we started wondering whether we should call in just so she could have a nice chat.

Riona: We could ask philosophical questions.
Rei: 'What is the meaning of life?' 'Is it really worth it? If you're alone at the end of the day...'
Riona: 'What's your favourite Pokémon?'
Helen: 'I like a Slowpoke.'
Riona: I hate you.

One of our party began reminiscing about SM:TV Live. Lea, who did not grow up with SM:TV and was probably confused by the context, assumed that SM:TV Live was live footage of couples engaging in S&M practices. It gave me terrible mental images of Ant and Dec.

I've also been watching more My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (the title confuses me a bit; 'is' should generally be capitalised in titles, because it's a verb, but when the title is displayed onscreen it clearly doesn't have a capital letter, so I suppose it's correct to write it lowercase for this specific series), and it is a joy of a cartoon. The 'Winter Wrap Up' song brings nostalgic tears to my eyes, which is odd because a week ago I'd never watched anything My Little Pony-related in my life.

Idly trying to sort the ponies into Hogwarts houses. Tentative assignations: Twilight Sparkle is a Ravenclaw. Fluttershy and Applejack are in Hufflepuff, although the latter is borderline Gryffindor. Rarity is a Slytherin. Rainbow Dash could fit into Gryffindor or Slytherin; she's definitely not a Hufflepuff, which is slightly odd because she's meant to represent loyalty. I don't really know what to do with Pinkie Pie; Hufflepuff, maybe?

I'm trying to settle on my favourite pony, but I can't. They're all so wonderful!

In more legitimate nostalgia news, I've now bought Pokémon White! But this entry is getting a bit long, so I'll post about it later. For now, suffice it to say that I'm enjoying it very much and, although rarely do I have a pure Normal-type on my main team, my Herdier is a fantastic scrapper who carried me through the first two gyms and I refuse to give her up.
rionaleonhart: final fantasy x-2: the sun is rising, yuna looks to the future. (...really?)
Oh, my God, this was such a headache to write. So many paradoxes! Remind me never to attempt anything with more than a passing mention of time travel again.

I hope it isn't as confusing to read as it was to write, but I can make no promises. (But, hey, it's got Canton Everett Delaware III in it!)

Title: Operation Juliet
Fandom: Doctor Who
Characters: Canton, Eleven, Amy, others
Rating: PG-13
Wordcount: 4,700
Summary: In which Canton Everett Delaware III finds his way onto the TARDIS and into quite a lot of trouble.
Warnings: Spoilers for 'The Impossible Astronaut'/'Day of the Moon'.

Operation Juliet )