caffienekitty: Dean sitting slumped in a chair. "Will kill for coffee" (fandom)
I haven't really ever been a part of the Harry Potter fandom proper, though I do like the books/movies/world, but I saw Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them today and found I have some things to meta/theorize/speculate.

Contains spoilers for film )


So anyway, there's my thoughts. Other people have probably had similar or entirely different thoughts and that's absolutely fine too. I'm not here to convince anyone of anything, I'm just here to babble. :-)
caffienekitty: Dean sitting slumped in a chair. "Will kill for coffee" (fandom)
I haven't really ever been a part of the Harry Potter fandom proper, though I do like the books/movies/world, but I saw Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them today and found I have some things to meta/theorize/speculate.

Contains spoilers for film )


So anyway, there's my thoughts. Other people have probably had similar or entirely different thoughts and that's absolutely fine too. I'm not here to convince anyone of anything, I'm just here to babble. :-)
caffienekitty: (fidgets)


OH HELL YES.



So. Very. Yes. All the yes. Possibly my new favourite movie of the MCU. I have read some Doctor Strange comics in the past and know a little bit about the characters from playing the late lamented Avengers Alliance iPhone game. This movie. Yes.

Seriously, I'm finding it hard to calm down enough to type. I've been ricocheting around my apartment with glee. SO awesome. If you see it and can handle 3D, go to the 3D version. Benedict Cumberbatch's American accent stopped being weird for me a short way in (he sounded a bit like House at times) and it's like AAAAAAAAAAA!!!! He can be Doctor Strange for as long as RDJ has been Iron Man please. I'll wait a few extra years for more Sherlock if he can do more Doctor Strange, like, right now.

So, yeah. I liked it. A LOT.
caffienekitty: Dean sitting slumped in a chair. "Will kill for coffee" (fangirl)
Live-Bloggish Picspam Reaction/Recap for Sherlock 2015 Christmas Special
PART ONE
PART TWO )
PART THREE
PART FOUR



(PLEASE, NO SPOILERS OR RUMOURS OR REFERENCES TO ANY INFORMATION FOR SERIES 4 OF SHERLOCK IN COMMENTS)
caffienekitty: Dean sitting slumped in a chair. "Will kill for coffee" (fangirl)
Live-Bloggish Picspam Reaction/Recap for Sherlock 2015 Christmas Special
PART ONE
PART TWO )
PART THREE
PART FOUR



(PLEASE, NO SPOILERS OR RUMOURS OR REFERENCES TO ANY INFORMATION FOR SERIES 4 OF SHERLOCK IN COMMENTS)
caffienekitty: Dean sitting slumped in a chair. "Will kill for coffee" (jakku)
I've just finished reading the novelization of Star Wars: The Force Awakens by Alan Dean Foster and wanted to post a little review, and also a bit of meta about a character arc I think is likely in future films.

Review and Blithering Meta-Speculation )


ANYWAY. That's my scrambled blithering take on the novelization and some meta for The Force Awakens. Only about 6 months after the fact. :-P
caffienekitty: Dean sitting slumped in a chair. "Will kill for coffee" (Default)
I've just finished reading the novelization of Star Wars: The Force Awakens by Alan Dean Foster and wanted to post a little review, and also a bit of meta about a character arc I think is likely in future films.

Review and Blithering Meta-Speculation )


ANYWAY. That's my scrambled blithering take on the novelization and some meta for The Force Awakens. Only about 6 months after the fact. :-P
caffienekitty: (yay)
I don't remember if I posted about it when it happened, but the European Space Agency landed a probe (Philae) on a comet back last November, which was amazing considering it was like throwing a pea from Paris and landing it in the eye of the Statue of Liberty or something. However, due to some difficulties on landing it bounced into a shady spot where it could not receive solar power to recharge and had to go into hibernation, losing contact with the ESA. While it was on though, it got all the main science things they were hoping to get done done so it was a roaring success at the time but still, it landed and within a few days lost power and went to sleep.

The satellite it came from (Rosetta) which is still orbiting the 67P comet and (sending back pictures as the comet starts to change as it approaches the Sun) has been looking for the landing spot for months without much luck (try spotting a washing machine tucked into a shady nook somewhere in an area the size of Los Angeles when you're flying several kilometers above it and can't hover) and there's been a kind of heartwarming/wrenching #WakeUpPhilae twitter campaign going on, and school classes making models and kids having Comet Lander themed birthday cakes and so on. The ESA has cute anthropomorphized cartoon versions of the satellite and lander, each with their own Twitter feed and a narrative storyline about them which has definitely helped boost and maintain interest in the mission. XKDC's live comic coverage of the landing didn't hurt either.

To be honest, I figured it had already been a successful mission and that the little probe would likely never be heard from again. Space is big, comets are tiny, space probes are tinier and the universe is under no obligation to enable all real world events to have a satisfactory narrative arc. And that that was fine, even though it would be nice if it woke up and could do some bonus science and make a whole lot of people on Twitter happy.

Today it woke up.

And I am surprisingly emotional about it! It's like a happy ending! \o/

Philae has already sent back more data and will send back more when the satellite is in correct position to relay data to the ESA. Here's a news article outlining what's going on.

There are a lot of really excited scientists in Europe right now, and a lot of happy people on Twitter. And me. YAY! \o/
caffienekitty: (yay)
I don't remember if I posted about it when it happened, but the European Space Agency landed a probe (Philae) on a comet back last November, which was amazing considering it was like throwing a pea from Paris and landing it in the eye of the Statue of Liberty or something. However, due to some difficulties on landing it bounced into a shady spot where it could not receive solar power to recharge and had to go into hibernation, losing contact with the ESA. While it was on though, it got all the main science things they were hoping to get done done so it was a roaring success at the time but still, it landed and within a few days lost power and went to sleep.

The satellite it came from (Rosetta) which is still orbiting the 67P comet and (sending back pictures as the comet starts to change as it approaches the Sun) has been looking for the landing spot for months without much luck (try spotting a washing machine tucked into a shady nook somewhere in an area the size of Los Angeles when you're flying several kilometers above it and can't hover) and there's been a kind of heartwarming/wrenching #WakeUpPhilae twitter campaign going on, and school classes making models and kids having Comet Lander themed birthday cakes and so on. The ESA has cute anthropomorphized cartoon versions of the satellite and lander, each with their own Twitter feed and a narrative storyline about them which has definitely helped boost and maintain interest in the mission. XKDC's live comic coverage of the landing didn't hurt either.

To be honest, I figured it had already been a successful mission and that the little probe would likely never be heard from again. Space is big, comets are tiny, space probes are tinier and the universe is under no obligation to enable all real world events to have a satisfactory narrative arc. And that that was fine, even though it would be nice if it woke up and could do some bonus science and make a whole lot of people on Twitter happy.

Today it woke up.

And I am surprisingly emotional about it! It's like a happy ending! \o/

Philae has already sent back more data and will send back more when the satellite is in correct position to relay data to the ESA. Here's a news article outlining what's going on.

There are a lot of really excited scientists in Europe right now, and a lot of happy people on Twitter. And me. YAY! \o/
caffienekitty: Dean sitting slumped in a chair. "Will kill for coffee" (fandom)

*KEYMASHING EVERYWHERE*

*randomly blurts single plot and character-relevant words and flails around like an electrocuted octopus*

OH MY GOD. And the foreshadowing!? Will kill me. Stone dead. Oh my god. I'm already freaking out about the finale now. Which is not that far away since this first season is so short. Why does this show not have a full season pickup yet??? *KEYMASH*

(Seriously, at some point, there will be fic for this damn show. Also at least one icon, although really, this one covers most of the bases.)

GAAAAAAAAAAAH!!! \o/

(Oh and! I've got the voice of that one character we've only heard the voice of (who I know I recognize) narrowed down to two possible actors (one far more possible than the other after tonight) and if it turns out to be either of them, the crossover potential will be utterly unreal. I've resolved not to even look at the names in the credits to check though, not until I see a face. Eeeee!)
caffienekitty: Dean sitting slumped in a chair. "Will kill for coffee" (Default)

*KEYMASHING EVERYWHERE*

*randomly blurts single plot and character-relevant words and flails around like an electrocuted octopus*

OH MY GOD. And the foreshadowing!? Will kill me. Stone dead. Oh my god. I'm already freaking out about the finale now. Which is not that far away since this first season is so short. Why does this show not have a full season pickup yet??? *KEYMASH*

(Seriously, at some point, there will be fic for this damn show. Also at least one icon, although really, this one covers most of the bases.)

GAAAAAAAAAAAH!!! \o/

(Oh and! I've got the voice of that one character we've only heard the voice of (who I know I recognize) narrowed down to two possible actors (one far more possible than the other after tonight) and if it turns out to be either of them, the crossover potential will be utterly unreal. I've resolved not to even look at the names in the credits to check though, not until I see a face. Eeeee!)
caffienekitty: (dunno)
-I have accomplished about half the cleaning I intended to, but didn't get much else done either. Blah.

-[livejournal.com profile] mini_wrimo sign ups have begun for November, and I've signed up for 100 words a day. I was hoping to go for more this year, but RL shows every sign of being horrendously soul-sucking for the next several months and onward, so 100 it is.

-Lots of season premieres next week. Murdoch Mysteries on Monday, Supernatural retrospective Monday and season 10 premiere Tuesday (will save those for later, I won't get through all of season 9 by then. I will be catching up as I can and not starting on season 10 or watching the retrospective until I'm caught up, arg. However, I won't be doing any full-on crazy reaction posts for season 9. There may be a separate post about this later, just in case anyone cares. :-P). Flash premiere also Tuesday. Doubtless more things but those are the ones that made my calender.

-Of the new shows I've started watching/have seen:
--Scorpion is so far a fun popcorn mini-spy movie with geniuses that I like but I am not yet avid for.
--How to Get Away With Murder turned out to be not my thing, really, since we now know who did what to who and who put them up to it, and the rest is going to be psychological manipulation, backstabbing and sex, and really not much real mystery. Also I misread the commercials and thought the instructor would be a very different sort of character, far less of an adversary. In the end, it all goes more soapy than mystery, and while that's great for what it is, it's just not for me. I also rather loathe Grey's Anatomy, so I probably should have realized this would have a similar mien given it's the same creator. Anyway, I'm going to need that block clear for when Elementary starts up again.
--Forever. Forever. Holy crap I'm into this show. There may even be fic at this rate.
--Gotham, which hadn't been on my watch list but I caught part of an episode while doing dishes may yet get my attention, as the whole Gordon and the PD dynamic is giving me Life on Mars flashbacks, and that's a good thing. I don't know if I'll be seeking it out in future, but it's probably going to gt a second look if it's on when I'm looking for a distraction.

-Of the new seasons of shows I was watching previously:
--Agents of Shield continues to be made of solid golden yay.
--Criminal Minds team changes are being handled a little more deftly than previously. Still a disturbing gore-fest, but that's Wednesdays for you.
caffienekitty: (dunno)
-I have accomplished about half the cleaning I intended to, but didn't get much else done either. Blah.

-[community profile] mini_wrimo sign ups have begun for November, and I've signed up for 100 words a day. I was hoping to go for more this year, but RL shows every sign of being horrendously soul-sucking for the next several months and onward, so 100 it is.

-Lots of season premieres next week. Murdoch Mysteries on Monday, Supernatural retrospective Monday and season 10 premiere Tuesday (will save those for later, I won't get through all of season 9 by then. I will be catching up as I can and not starting on season 10 or watching the retrospective until I'm caught up, arg. However, I won't be doing any full-on crazy reaction posts for season 9. There may be a separate post about this later, just in case anyone cares. :-P). Flash premiere also Tuesday. Doubtless more things but those are the ones that made my calender.

-Of the new shows I've started watching/have seen:
--Scorpion is so far a fun popcorn mini-spy movie with geniuses that I like but I am not yet avid for.
--How to Get Away With Murder turned out to be not my thing, really, since we now know who did what to who and who put them up to it, and the rest is going to be psychological manipulation, backstabbing and sex, and really not much real mystery. Also I misread the commercials and thought the instructor would be a very different sort of character, far less of an adversary. In the end, it all goes more soapy than mystery, and while that's great for what it is, it's just not for me. I also rather loathe Grey's Anatomy, so I probably should have realized this would have a similar mien given it's the same creator. Anyway, I'm going to need that block clear for when Elementary starts up again.
--Forever. Forever. Holy crap I'm into this show. There may even be fic at this rate.
--Gotham, which hadn't been on my watch list but I caught part of an episode while doing dishes may yet get my attention, as the whole Gordon and the PD dynamic is giving me Life on Mars flashbacks, and that's a good thing. I don't know if I'll be seeking it out in future, but it's probably going to gt a second look if it's on when I'm looking for a distraction.

-Of the new seasons of shows I was watching previously:
--Agents of Shield continues to be made of solid golden yay.
--Criminal Minds team changes are being handled a little more deftly than previously. Still a disturbing gore-fest, but that's Wednesdays for you.
caffienekitty: (musing)

</scorpion>

Awkward setup with a lot of tell, don't show, and a few "You're going to do WHAT? Are you a CARTOON?" level plot contrivances, but a lot of fun with quirky genius badasses, a main character with angst issues visible from space (who's child self needs to have been Sherlock and Mycroft's childhood BFF from Ireland, seriously), decent tension and pacing (in the pilot at least) and some nicely quippy one-liners. In a way a bit like the movie Sneakers with far less social aptitude. The show has also already skipped the later jump-the-shark issue by introducing the super-genius child character right in the pilot along with his mom.

I liked it, I'll watch it again. So far I like all the characters, though I don't know if I'll like them as much when they aren't just a rag-tag bunch of independent social misfits and are instead a bunch of social misfits with a lab and a bankroll. Also contains Robert Patrick (who played the T2 liquid metal Terminator, though not now, though that would be a heck of a twist) and Ernie Hudson (who played Winston Zeddemore in the Ghostbusters movies) which was cool.

They may have blown most of the budget for the entire series run on the stunts at the end of this first episode though. But golly that was fun.


Forever

Voiceovers everywhere, but I'm thinking that's mostly because it's the premiere and this guy has a ton of backstory. Also Ioan Gruffudd is using something close to his normal accent instead of mimicking an American one so I find I don't mind him doing a lot of talking.

References! POCKET WATCH (Doctor Who), SCARF (tied exactly like Sherlock does), at the end of this episode (which is the first one of a two parter that ends tomorrow apparently but if it's on the same time as Agents of Shield it's S.O.L.) the female police officer character comes to ask for the main character's help with a MURDER COMMITTED WITH A RARE AND SPECIAL OLD SWORD (Highlander). Lots more I'm sure I'm missing. They appear to have very few issues acknowledging who they are borrowing from. There is also a nice bit of coat action here and there.

Bonus surprise Judd Hirsh! Whose character may be a part of the whole run of the show, or might be tragically killed off tomorrow, but I hope he sticks around. I loved him in Independence Day.


Both shows

So. Much. Sherlock-scanning. Glance at a person and give them their life story stuff. Without the floating text, but seriously, super-genius men need to stop doing that to people who are being obviously introduced as potential love interests. Though it's a handy method of exposition.

Also, all of these people need to get together with all the characters from Sherlock and, I dunno, save the world or genius each other to death or something. The Homeland Security and NYPD people can hang out at the bar with John, Lestrade, Sally and Anderson while the rest of them technobabble and snark at each other.

caffienekitty: (musing)

</scorpion>

Awkward setup with a lot of tell, don't show, and a few "You're going to do WHAT? Are you a CARTOON?" level plot contrivances, but a lot of fun with quirky genius badasses, a main character with angst issues visible from space (who's child self needs to have been Sherlock and Mycroft's childhood BFF from Ireland, seriously), decent tension and pacing (in the pilot at least) and some nicely quippy one-liners. In a way a bit like the movie Sneakers with far less social aptitude. The show has also already skipped the later jump-the-shark issue by introducing the super-genius child character right in the pilot along with his mom.

I liked it, I'll watch it again. So far I like all the characters, though I don't know if I'll like them as much when they aren't just a rag-tag bunch of independent social misfits and are instead a bunch of social misfits with a lab and a bankroll. Also contains Robert Patrick (who played the T2 liquid metal Terminator, though not now, though that would be a heck of a twist) and Ernie Hudson (who played Winston Zeddemore in the Ghostbusters movies) which was cool.

They may have blown most of the budget for the entire series run on the stunts at the end of this first episode though. But golly that was fun.


Forever

Voiceovers everywhere, but I'm thinking that's mostly because it's the premiere and this guy has a ton of backstory. Also Ioan Gruffudd is using something close to his normal accent instead of mimicking an American one so I find I don't mind him doing a lot of talking.

References! POCKET WATCH (Doctor Who), SCARF (tied exactly like Sherlock does), at the end of this episode (which is the first one of a two parter that ends tomorrow apparently but if it's on the same time as Agents of Shield it's S.O.L.) the female police officer character comes to ask for the main character's help with a MURDER COMMITTED WITH A RARE AND SPECIAL OLD SWORD (Highlander). Lots more I'm sure I'm missing. They appear to have very few issues acknowledging who they are borrowing from. There is also a nice bit of coat action here and there.

Bonus surprise Judd Hirsh! Whose character may be a part of the whole run of the show, or might be tragically killed off tomorrow, but I hope he sticks around. I loved him in Independence Day.


Both shows

So. Much. Sherlock-scanning. Glance at a person and give them their life story stuff. Without the floating text, but seriously, super-genius men need to stop doing that to people who are being obviously introduced as potential love interests. Though it's a handy method of exposition.

Also, all of these people need to get together with all the characters from Sherlock and, I dunno, save the world or genius each other to death or something. The Homeland Security and NYPD people can hang out at the bar with John, Lestrade, Sally and Anderson while the rest of them technobabble and snark at each other.

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