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Amy ([personal profile] such_heights) wrote2009-10-26 12:57 am

sunday night miscellany

+ Briefly on Merlin: I, yeah. 'Underwhelmed' springs to mind. That is not what I watch this show for! Which, you know, it's not all about me I know, but in the absence of Morgana and Gwen to distract me with pretty it does give me lots of time to reflect on how much the writers hang plots on everyone being stupid, which is annoying. Also, how I long for continuity about just about anything, but particularly Merlin's powers, over and above him being as magical as the plot requires. Sarah Parish is so fantastic, however, I do love her.

+ I have had a charming weekend. It consisted of going to see Eddie Izzard (OMG I LOVE HIM SO MUCH I CANNOT EVEN) and also the new RSC production of Twelfth Night, which was really wonderful. Hilarious, suitably gay, and really fresh and vibrant - particularly, the best Olivia I have ever seen. And, not that this is a new revelation to me, Olivia/Viola OTP! Everyone/everyone OTP, really. :D

+ I also had the opportunity to hang out with [personal profile] lorannah, and we roamed second-hand bookshops and sat in a cafe and chatted about fandom and writing and upcoming projects. ♥

+ Oh my, I was transcribing my audio viewer commentary for Marble House earlier (coming to a [livejournal.com profile] vid_commentary near you first thing tomorrow, honest!), and I realised something. For anyone frustrated by my run-on sentences in posts and stories - I know, I know, I'm working on it - IT'S SO MUCH WORSE WHEN I TALK. D: I can't punctuate myself! I speak in paragraph-long phrases! Also, the commentary is nearly three times as long as the original vid. ALSO, I have done some seriously dorky things with text and annotations and such. Well, it's the point of no return now, it'll go up when I get up in the morning no matter how embarrassed I am about it.
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[personal profile] lefaym 2009-10-26 01:43 am (UTC)(link)
This week's Merlin was just REALLY REALLY WEAK. And I'm the sort of person who usually loves the mindless squee and doesn't bother much about the plot... but honestly, a FARTING TROLL? I don't even want to go into all the misogynist implications of that...

And the way that Morgana and Gwen were marginalised -- it just makes NO SENSE! Obviously they must both have opinions about what's going down, so why don't we know about them? Why aren't Morgana and Gwen either working with or against Merlin-- especially since this would be a great opportunity for Morgana to explore her newfound powers in some way (I can't believe that Morgana would accept this easily, I JUST CAN'T).
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[personal profile] builtofsorrow 2009-10-26 01:50 am (UTC)(link)
Yes, I definitely agree with you re. Merlin. I mean, Sarah Parish was amazing, and Uther was suitably awkward and also somewhat adorable (also if I didn't believe before that Gaius is totally Uther's Merlin, well. -gestures at episode-). But this episode was far too lacking in um, the people I watch the show for. (Actually, the whole season has been a bit; someone's always missing. But this episode especially.)

EDDIE IZZARD OMG. I pretty much need to watch him in everything ever I can find, but gah I LOVE HIM AND AM JEALOUS.

Also jealous re. Twelfth Night, as I want to see it especially of late. I shall have to make do with my She's The Man DVD, apparently.

Haha re. talking in run-on sentences: I refuse to give them up in writing and speech. You can take comfort in the fact that you, unlike me, don't go all valley girl when you speak. That is embarrassing (like, totally! :P)
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[personal profile] gorgeousnerd 2009-10-26 01:59 am (UTC)(link)
I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought that about Merlin. As far as Merlin's powers go, I really really want someone that isn't Gaius or the so-called Bad Guys to learn about them. Anyone would be fun! Gwen, Morgana, Arthur...you name it.

EDDIE IZZARD OMG JEALOUS. What was he wearing?!
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[personal profile] kel_reiley 2009-10-26 05:35 am (UTC)(link)
so with you on merlin - man, that was one boring episode
also? i did not need to see her snarfing down rottem food full of maggots - DID NOT
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[personal profile] lorannah 2009-10-26 09:22 am (UTC)(link)
*waves*

Mostly spent Merlin distracting myself with how wonderful Sarah Parish is - but yes, not a great episode. I really wish they'd recognise that something like Uther getting married is going to have consequences for all of the main four and it would be nice to see their reaction to it. Or that given that last episode Gwen had all that emotional turmoil and the week before Morgana found out that she can do magic and that both those things should also be having repercussions still. Everything's too neatly packed away until they next decide the issue's interesting. Grrr...

As for Twelth Night - yes, yes, yes on the everyone/everyone (I fear this has become my default ship now). And love that it is such a big damn gay play. Actually during the Greg Doran talk somebody mentioned (just before his Antonio=gay 4ever speech) that they felt this production focused less on the sexual confusion of the main characters than normal and that for example Orsino seemed much less interested in Cesario than normal. At which point this happened:

Doran: Well he does spend part of the play surrounded by partly naked young men.
Woman in front row (loudly): Excellent
Doran: *cracks up*

I love Greg Doran :D And there definitely must be Twelth Night-ing at Yuletide. :D

Rhian
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[personal profile] lorannah 2009-10-26 09:24 am (UTC)(link)
Also meant to say that I sort of adore that they used Byronic Illyria as the inspiration for the setting.
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[identity profile] sunnyrea.livejournal.com 2009-10-26 03:02 pm (UTC)(link)
I HATE YOU BECAUSE YOU GOT TO SEE EDDIE IZZARD YOU LUCKY BASTARD BEAUTY!!!
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[personal profile] la_esmeralda 2009-10-26 06:22 pm (UTC)(link)
Merlin plots are so non-existent, it doesn't work if the characters are hanging around making silly comments and being themselves all abount it. :P

Also, OLIVIA/VIOLA = ♥. With Sebastian and Antonio on the side, all in one big Illyrian lovefest.

(Anonymous) 2009-10-26 11:56 pm (UTC)(link)
I did a queer theory type essay at uni last term on Twelfth Night, and concluded that Shakespeare made Olivia/Viola the most viable relationship of them all because his pairing them with other people is so unsatisfying at the end. Also their names are almost anagrams of each other, and he loved that shit. And Viola saves Olivia from her mourning, and she only starts to become obsessed with the Duke because he's obsessed with Olivia... Seriously, they were Shakespeare's OTP too!

God I love that play!

Char xxxx