Tags: life on mars

hrm doctor

'terrible us life on mars' is its official name until it stops being terrible, which seems unlikely

Hey, Terrible US Life on Mars has apparently cast a Ray--so Annoying Older Mustached Guy isn't a replacement for him and Chris? Does that mean they're kicking him out? Please, let that mean they're kicking him out. On the other hand, I haven't heard anything about a Chris, and you really need a Chris to balance out Ray, and I'm kind of terrified of what this show would do with Ray anyway, so...it is quite possible that this is in no way good news. Still, y'know, it implies some kind of Change, and that is what I am desperately hoping this show will get.
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oh god, i don't want to have to write gene's dialect, i really don't

A re-watching of Terror of the Autons and then, later, a re-reading of a DW/LoM crossover makes me think about something and then look it up--and, yes, Delgado!Master did make his exit in 1973. I have no idea how the Master's personal chronology could be twisted to make that as interesting as it should be--

except

wait

oh god

I mean, if meeting himself gave the Brig a nervous breakdown--

--and we know something epic must have happened to get the Master into the position he's in in The Deadly Assassin--

--CHRIST ALMIGHTY I'M ALREADY WRITING A TOO-DAMN-LONG OLD WHO/NEW WHO CROSSOVER FEATURING THE MASTER, WHY DO I NEED ANOTHER ONE
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i heard they were going to reshoot this. i rather hope that's the case.

TERRIBLE US LIFE ON MARS PILOT IS TERRIBLE.

...unfortunately, it's not terrible enough to get immediately canceled, unless the US television-viewing public displays a sudden and astonishing burst of scruples. I wouldn't say it's good--oh, lord would I not say that--but it's not quite OH DAVID E KELLEY NO material, and people who haven't seen the original would probably think it was okay. Admittedly, that would be because the okay bits were directly copied from the original. And because they wouldn't have been spoiled by the glory of John Simm and Phillip Glenister. There is at least one bit of good news--the new Annie ain't half bad, even if she is conventionally attractive, and she appears to be inexplicably redheaded rather than inexplicably blond, which I consider to be acceptable for some reason. Aside from that? It's meh. I had only a couple of genuine "wait, what?" moments; the rest of it was just a general field of annoyance.
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There is a moment in here that, I think, perfectly encapsulates why this pilot irritates me. In the original, when Sam first hears the TV talking to him, he's still dressed--he's unbuttoned his shirt, but there's an undershirt underneath that. In this, he's completely shirtless. To show off his manly, manly muscles. And that, in a nutshell, is why I didn't like it.
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they don't even use the lyrics of the song. what, do they think we don't know who david bowie is?

Oh god, they've released the trailer for the US version of Life on Mars.

...he's too muscular.

And he doesn't wear the hair nearly as well.

And Colm Meany, I'm sorry, you're trying very hard, but you're no Phillip Glenister.

And the voiceover and the background music just make me wince.

....and is Annie blond?

*sighs and goes back to Doctor Who, which has already gotten over its thankfully brief bit of Americanization and will never suffer from it again*
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i am solving my 'i need an icon for this show' problem by, in fact, making an icon for each show

You know, I was going to say "man, that actor looks a lot like Sam, doesn't he", but then I remembered which show I was talking about and I had to clarify Sam Oliver; there are way, way too many damn Sams. (And all of their names end with -er. No, seriously. Oliver, Winchester, Tyler, Carter...it's a conspiracy of something, I'm sure.) Also, AHAHAHA I CAN'T BELIEVE THEY DID THAT.
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Tagged by shizuka_blooms : List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they're not any good, but they must be songs you're really enjoying now, shaping your spring. Post these instructions in your LJ along with your seven songs. Then tag seven other people to see what they're listening to.

Oh, gosh. Let's see. Music, music, music...*ponders*

1) Fiona Apple - "Tymps (The Sick in the Head Song)"
Those boom times went bust
My feet of clay, they dried to dust
The red isn't the red we painted
Its just rust
And the signature thing
That used to bring a following
I have trouble now

Even remembering

I get the majority of my music off of fanmixes. This came from one for Mylar. I like it! It is surprisingly bouncy. Also, I totally did not know it was Fiona Apple; her name does not appear anywhere on the file, so I thought it was by some band called Tymps. I fail at knowing things about music.

2) No Doubt - "Bathwater"
I still love to wash in your old bathwater
Make me feel like I couldn't love another
I can't help it... you're my kind of man


I can't remember where I got this, but it's another sneakily bouncy song. I like bouncy! I also like sneaky.

3) Garbage - "The World Is Not Enough"
The world is not enough
But it is such a perfect place to start, my love
And if you're strong enough
Together we can take the world apart, my love

Moar Mylar. I think. Maybe. Or maybe I just associate it with Mylar, which would make sense. And I am being sneaky and combining this with Chris Cornell's "You Know My Name", because 1) they are both Bond movie songs and 2) I associate both of them with Sylar. (And also the Master, but we're going to get to him next.) "You Know My Name", incidentally, is the song that inspired a particularly nasty part of the still-unfinished WWII AU. It's mean. Actually, it was originally going to be used in a Victorian stage magician AU, where it would have been even meaner, but it shifted into something a little more bearable. Dammit, one of these days I really need to get back to that story.

4) Pink - "Cuz I Can"
So I'll cash my checks and place my bets
And hope I'll always win
But even if I don't I'm fucked because
I live a life of sin
But it's alright
I don't give a damn
I don't play your rules I make my own
Tonight
I'll do what I want
Cuz I can
(ice cream, ice cream, we all want ice cream)

I associate this song with the Master. In fact, I sort of want to vid him to it. It's just so...him. (And yes, I have a few ideas as to what the ice cream would be.) Also, bouncy!

5) The Feeling - "I Love It When You Call"
Oh, I-I-I-I-I-I
I'm flipping with a coin that’s got a tail on either side
Oh, I-I-I-I-I-I
I'm gonna be the one who makes you stop and realize
You could have it all
We should have it all

I love it when you call
I love it when you call
I love it when you call
But you never call at all
So what’s the complication it’s only conversation
I love it when you call
But you never call at all

Guess what kind of fanmix I got this song off of? A Master fanmix? Why, yes! I love this song to an unbearable degree. I really, really do. It is probably not even worth mentioning the bounciness at this point.

6) Lemon Demon - "Knife Fight"
Let me tell you something-- I can't be beat
Oh yeah?
Yeah, cause I'm the king of the street
Well guess what man, I'll pin you to the wall
Oh yeah?
Yeah, your knife is way too small
Hey, my knife is super sharp, and that's what counts, I'm gonna make you bleed copious amounts
Yeah, well I'll be sure to thank you right after I shank you

This song, like all Lemon Demon songs, is so ridiculous, and so awesome, and by God, the moment I have enough material for it, I am so making a multi-fandom vid set to this. Knives! Fighting! CAN'T YOU PICTURE IT? (Probably I am the only one who can picture it.)

Man, it's so hard to pick a final song, so I'll just go with something relatively at random:
7) Aqua - "Freaky Friday"
Freaky Friday, things ain't going my way
Everything is gone, my life is a country song
Freaky Friday, go play on the highway
Everything is wrong, what the heck is going on

I, uh. May have originally planned to use this as my Life on Mars vid, and in many ways I think it could still work, but the lyrics repeat too often, and there's really only so many times you can use the clip of him getting hit by the car. So I picked something else. I do love this song, though. Also, I will upload any of these at your request, should you be so interested. And, one last time: BOUNCY!
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i'm still waiting for an explanation on the bracelet, by the way

I realize most of you are probably sick of my endlessly talking about Due South--and yes, I realize I haven't talked about Heroes, since, oh, January, what with my sudden obsessions with, respectively, Torchwood, Psych, and Life on Mars, so maybe some of you have been skipping past my posts lately, which is fine, 'cause I do that too; I just want to make some vague acknowledgment that I am aware of how increasingly off-topic I've become. I have no doubt that the Heroes mojo will return in full force once the show does, it's just that there's so much other shiny stuff I've never seen before, and, well, shiny.

I could get all flaily plot-wise with Life on Mars, which is nice, because, y'know, it's cohesively good, and Heroes...somewhat less so. Psych was just fun, and Heroes never really was, except for the odd Hiro moment. (I miss those moments.) Torchwood had both fun and some surprising awesome character stuff, even if overall I think Heroes is the stronger show. Due South is fun, pretty (CKR and Paul Gross for the win, of course, but I'm kind of grooving on Ramona Milano too), and has moments that just make you stare and go "okay, I am 95% positive they would have made out in the next scene if they hadn't gotten distracted", and also it has scarily huge amounts of really great fanfiction all over the internets, which does not help at all. There's nothing quite like a ten-year-old fandom for accumulating stories. (Except, of course, for a fandom that's been around even longer than that; I'm kind of afraid of classic Trek fandom in that regard. I mean, I bet they could fill libraries.) Whereas I have read pretty much 80% of all the Heroes fanfiction I would be interested in. Also, Due South stories are happy and largely angst-free (although I have read a couple short, excellent and rather similar stories that made me want to 1. cry my eyes out and 2. write my own story along those lines, horrible person that I am), without all the problems that come from incest and all that. Why can't Heroes be happy? Oh, right. Drama. We've discussed that.

So, uh, this is my obligatory late-night rambling post; join me next time, when I dive fully over the cliff and post a comprehensive character analysis of Ray Kowalski. What, you think I'm kidding? I'm not kidding. Jesus Christ on a pogo stick. *hangs head*
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now they know how many holes it takes to fill the albert hall

Scads of free time + itch to do something that will not deplete precious levels of Due South fics before DVDs arrive + sudden burst of determination = oh hey I finished that vid I started like two months ago. You know, back when I was obsessed with the other randomly supernatural fish-out-of-water cop show. (Due South is randomly supernatural too. Ghosts, mostly. In closets.)



Summary: Sam Tyler is having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.
Contains spoilers through the end of the show.

Download here at Mediafire (.wmv, 75 MB)
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the background would have to be in some kind of rainbow pattern

Speaking in a purely theoretical manner, mind you, were there to be some sort of ridiculously large picture featuring all the major slash pairings I can think of, 1) would femslash be included, because really I can only think of Buffy/Faith and they'd be very lonely if they were the only ones, and 2) would Captain Jack Harkness have to be there with Ianto, or could he just be there on his own? I mean, I wouldn't really say Jack/Ianto is one of the largest pairings out there, but it would be unforgivable to not include Jack.

(This is about 80% theoretical, mind. I'm not nearly comfortable enough with my art abilities to do it yet, and also I've kind of never drawn, oh, almost all of them. Still, I've actually got quite a good list so far: Kirk/Spock, Starsky/Hutch (let it never be said that I cannot go old-school), Jim/Blair, Fraser/RayK, Mulder/Krycek, Angel/Spike, Jack/Daniel, John/Rodney, Doctor/Master, Clark/Lex, Sam/Gene, Sam/Dean, Nathan/Peter, House/Wilson, and wasn't there some Highlander pairing or another? I would prefer not to leave things out just because I'm utterly unfamiliar with them. It must be comprehensive. So, if there's anything I've missed, feel free to chime in.)

Oh, and: no, I haven't forgotten about the latest episodes of Torchwood; I've been a bit incredibly busy, so I haven't bothered to write anything up about them, but I shall make a post combining all of them probably sometime in the following week. Let me just say that I loved 'A Day in the Death', was pleasantly surprised by 'Something Borrowed', thought 'Out of the Rain' had so much more potential than what they gave it, don't actually have very much to say about 'Adrift' at all, and am torn between quite liking some parts of 'Fragments' and narrowing my eyes at others. Don't you fucking do that to UNIT, Chris Chibnall. I barely know them and I'm still defensive of them.

Right. Off to go read more porn about a character I haven't met yet. Ta!