So that episode happened.
Most definitely spoilers ahead… and yes, feedback and "nonono, Mel… you’ve missed something…" is definitely appreciated here.
(spoilers for both episodes below the cut)
Non-spoilery… liked the ep, warming to Eleven.
Spoilery thoughts under the cut…
Where the HECK did February go?!?
(oh yeah… I spent them in front of the TV watching the Olympics and stitching…)
Ready for a long post? I haven’t done one of these in a LONG time. It feels good, actually.
that I find myself now watching Utopia on BBC America. The timing is epic.
And door!sex? Still kills me every time.
Folks looking for a “this episode was awesome” conversation? Come on in. I’m mourning Ten, but I’d like to think of it as one of those wakes where there’s a lot of good stories and laughter among friends to celebrate a life now passed.
and spoilers, oh yes there will be. And measi!squee
(and I apologize for any horrid grammar here… I’m running on a hangover and three hours of sleep, and am getting to “about that point” before I crash).
I adored the episode – and was very relieved that it pulled part one back into some semblance of “oh, okay then” after part one was so weirdly paced.
the Millennium Falcon Starbug BIG LAZER GUNS = awesome.
The Master staying true to himself, yet also helping the Doctor = also awesome.
HOLY SHIT, NOT ONLY THE GAUNTLET OF RASSILON… BUT THE BODY OF RASSILON, TOO!
(last week I jokingly turned to Erich and said… I wonder if Timothy Dalton’s playing Rassilon. I seriously had no idea and was shocked to see it true).
Weeping Angels were mentioned – and the two Time Ladies were oddly standing like them. I wonder who the woman was? Ten’s mom? Romana? Clearly someone he knew…
Ten’s cause of death – heartbreaking. I did not expect Wilf to be the one knocking, and gasped when I heard those four thumps. And Ten knew IMMEDIATELY – oh, god that look when he heard it.
Finishing off by doing right by each of his companions in some way – <3. That’s so Ten.
I foresee some ficcing with Jack’s bar scene. I’m going to rewatch that scene in slow motion JUST to see all of the races stuck in that shot. I would not be surprised if a majority of them are in there. And the music killed me.
“His name is Alonzo.” HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. *pop*
Seriously? that bar scene alone was epic fanfic girl heaven. Because of it, all I really could do was smile the rest of the way through the ep. I had a little catch in my throat, but that helped me from meltdown into sobs. I can’t guarantee I won’t cry instead when I watch it again on BBC-America.
I’m very glad that no further companions died off. I’m also glad that Gallifrey appears that it won’t be back permanently. While yeah, it may be cool to have Gallifrey there – I prefer the mystique of it being “lost.”
The bookstore with Verity? Such a beautiful scene and a wonderful little surprise. The fact that she just instantly accepts him for who he is – the family story that’s been passed down and accepted. Perfect. And so heartbreaking when he doesn’t answer her when she asks if he was happy. *sob*
I know it’ll be a mixed opinion – but the scene with Jackie and Rose was pitch perfect to me. Telling Rose that she’s going to have an incredible 2005? To me it just brings everything back full circle… and Ten’s adventures will go on in a blissful loop forever. Just wonderful. I can swing back to my Doctor/Rose ship anytime with that. Just beautiful.
I’m a happy little geek girl, and already the writing thoughts are churning.
And I was surprised – I was really prepared to just break down as Ten regenerated… but all of a sudden, I see Matt Smith’s face, and went “OMG… David’s done!” yet… it was somewhat okay.
I’m going to miss him, though.
*waves to new f-list people* Welcome guys! Nice to meet you all… hopefully we’ll have some great chats via LJ in the future. I’ll toss a new intro post up later this morning once I have some coffee… I don’t think I’ve updated the thing for about three years anyway.
Thoughts on the holidays will probably be a project this afternoon. I have a bunch of things on my mind, but I’m not yet awake enough for them.
I’m at work this morning – it’s dead quiet here, both at our office and in downtown Boston in general. Sometimes I wonder why companies are open at all during this mini-week between Christmas and New Years. Only half of the people go to work – and let’s be honest, it’s because they have to. It’s bitter cold outside, there’s really not a lot of work to do (when the “I’ll make myself look busy” plans clear through on the first day of four, there’s a problem)… ugh, I’m just… bored.
If I weren’t weirded out by the idea, I’d scribble fanfic at my desk. Maybe I’ll pull a notebook and do that longhand. I dunno.
But two more days of it… *groan*
I started skimming my friends list this morning, and I’m wondering what’s up. Out of the first 20 friends posts? Eight were “I’m doing a friends cut” thing. Instinctively, I replied to a couple, and got a nasty feeling in my stomach. I decided not to read anymore at that point. Rather than deal wtih what essentially are roll call posts, I think I’ll just state this: If you decide to cut me from your flist, yes, I’ll be a bit bummed about it. But it’s your journal and your decision regarding who you want to read. I’m not going to grovel to stay on someone’s friends list, though.
Some quick non-spoilery thoughts on the recent Doctor Who episode…
I’m not quite sure how I feel about it. I did laugh at times. I gasped a couple times. But mostly I just feel “meh” about it. I felt the pacing was odd. I felt like there’s a lot of stuff thrown into the story that as of now makes no sense. BUT… it’s the first of a two-parter, and there’s lots of extra time in the second part of this thing, so hopefully it all comes together. So mostly I’m just reserving judgment until I see the conclusion of it this weekend.
Can I say, though – that BBC-A is awesome? Not only are they airing them the day after they broadcast in the UK, but they’re airing the episodes uncut on the first broadcast and just expanding the air time to fit our stupid American commercial blocks.
Even better? Erich and I now have BBC-A in HD. Which is glorious.
I seriously hope this quick turnaround continues with the new episodes for series 5.
And oh my god… a project at work. I’m shocked and stunned.
So, to help me once I’m bored again… toss me some fic prompts and I’ll tinker with them. I’m open to Doctor Who, Torchwood, X-Files… hell, I might even attempt some West Wing or Star Trek (TNG or DS9). Maybe I’ll have some drabbles or fic later this week, if you don’t mind unbetaed drafts.
Honestly? Things are pretty good. I’m having some usual depression that occurs around the holidays (mostly dealing with the obnoxious folks who argue against saying Happy Holidays and who shove “Jesus is the Reason”). But other than that, it’s been good.
Stitching has helped me reground myself. I’m feeling more relaxed and on top of things. I’m finally breaking out of the leftover cough from whooping cough that slammed me in late September (seriously… three farking months. UGH).
I’m starting to tinker with writing again. Before I get deep into completing my Support Stacie obligations, I’m going to run through some other ideas. Some may just come this week – I have the entire week off from work, and I’m feeling the need to play.
I’m celebrating Yule tomorrow. With the snow outside, it may make an outdoor ritual a bit cold… but I may go out anyway. If not, a cozy evening in my office is in store for me now that the support for my altar table has been found.
Erich, Matt and I are heading to my Mom’s for Christmas, so I’m very, very happy that BBC-A is showing the Who episodes on only a day delay. I’m back in geek fever again, and it’s taking a much happier, healthier track this time.
So stay tuned. I’m expecting to be posting a lot more come 2010.
I have two four day weekends in a row. So. Happy. And I need them badly.
So a couple things…
If you’d like a card from me and haven’t dropped me a line, please go [HERE] and drop me a line on the form. It’s private and only I’ll see it, but in years past I had stuff all over the place. This will keep me better organized this year. And my address will pop up after you fill it out – or just let me know that you have a signup on your journal, and I’ll go find it.
And yes, I send internationally. In years past, I was a queen of penpalling. (I just may have sent a postal worker’s child to college with what I spent on stamps). Overseas postage and I are quite familiar.
It’s a semi-working vacation this week for me. Mostly just little errands and chores to do around the house. I’d like to keep Thanksgiving weekend as work-free as possible, since I’m cooking.
I’m also getting an ornament finished up and mailed to my secret-swap partner (who is overseas… so I need to do it quickly to give it mailing time before Christmas). The stitches are done. Tomorrow morning will be adding beads and sewing it together into the little mini-pillow shape it will take, and then adding some decorative braiding and such to finish it off. I’m already proud of it, and I’ll probably make another for myself later.
Since I’m certain that my swap partner’s not on LiveJournal, I’ll post a finished photo of it here under a lock, just to make sure it stays a surprise. I’ll do an open post once I know she’s received it.
Other stuff this weekend… on Friday night we’re going up to see A Christmas Carol being performed by a Catholic girls’ high school in the area. Our best man is directing the show and his mom is the musical coordinator. The school’s drama department is very solid – they do impressive productions. So that’ll be fun.
Immediately after, we’re driving down to Brewster, MA on Cape Cod for the annual Cape LAN – only it’s not really a computer LAN anymore since no one can afford to keep updating computers. Now it’s a weekend for Erich to run a session of his d20 campaigns with the guys and gives me a chance to do a trial run-through on some of the food for Thanksgiving.
Of course the biggest goal for me this time around is… to not get sick. Every year – and I mean EVERY YEAR – I’ve managed to get sick during the Cape LAN weekend. By about mid-day Saturday, I have the sniffles and I’m curled up feeling miserable up in the bedroom to keep myself away from everyone else. After dealing with the aftermath of whooping cough now for two months (that hit me for my LAST vacation days) ? Yeah… not really enthused to go through another round, particularly since I’m still getting the occasional coughing bout out of nowhere.
I’m looking forward to it, though. I’m going to bring my stitching and my laptop and do some tinkering with both crafty stuff and some fic (and rewatch Who, and see where the weekend takes me.
So finally – I need a catch up. I have days to read fanfic. I have a piece from wendymr that was written just as I got hit by whooping cough that I need to catch up on. But what else since like… July… do I need to catch up on?
That’s it… going off to get stuff done now.
Thoughts under cut…
FYI for anyone in the Boston metro area who might be interested. I’m honestly much more tempted by the Tom Baker offerings this round. Decisions, decisions…
Hooked On Who III
Continuing our new tradition of offering fans and their friends a chance to see some classic DOCTOR WHO episodes on the big screen, we offer our third installment in the HOOKED ON WHO series! This time we’ve added a special matinee time for those among us who might want to share some of the Doctor’s unique charms with a younger generation. Once again we divide our attention between the ‘classic’ Tom Baker years and the contemporary revival of the series starring the irrepressible David Tennant.
Friday, May 29th
Tom Baker as The Doctor in
THE TALONS OF WENG-CHIANG at 9:30
Saturday, May 30th
Tom Baker as The Doctor in
THE PYRAMIDS OF MARS at 1:30
David Tennant as The Doctor in
SILENCE IN THE LIBRARY and FOREST OF THE DEAD at 9:30
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