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: (musing)
I have some thoughts about the midseason finale of DC's Legends of Tomorrow that I want to post. I saw the episode a while back, but it's taken a while to get my thoughts into words, and they still aren't very coherent words.

SPOILER WARNING: if you have not seen the episode and are avoiding info for it, this contains spoilers up to and including 2.08


SNAAAAAAAART!! \o/

I wasn't expecting anything going into this episode because I don't watch the promos or ads, and had no idea this return was in the works. I saw Wentworth Miller in the credits and literally screamed. I had no idea how much I had missed Snart. (Rick Hunter was a nice surprise too.)

Rory and Snart talking to each other made me realize how their speech patterns were in a sort of sync, and still are despite Snart having been gone for so long. And Rory's "I'll be dead like you" is haunting with the sense of how deeply Mick truly misses his friend and partner in crime.


Now, the theory: I think Snart was not a hallucination. Here's my thinking.

The way Snart died, it likely spread him throughout all time and space. Initially I thought it might be a Clara Oswald sort of thing where he exists in multiple periods of history, etc. But this occurrence makes me think he's been slowly coalescing. Pulling himself back together across time and space, and becoming a sort of temporal ghost in the interim.

Leonard's not dumb; he'd realize pretty quick after regaining the capacity to realize things that no one he was around was reacting to his presence, and since he knew he was going to die when he died, he'd probably assume he was a regular ghost. Maybe he's been trying to communicate and maybe he's just been sitting back and snarking. Maybe Mick's said something before that seems like he's responding. Not sure. Needs brain.

The thing is, Mick has never moved on from the loss of Leonard. Nothing shows that more than that quiet little 'I'd be dead like you'. He tried to make Ray be Snart-like. Rory carries that Snart-shaped hole with him everywhere. They were each other's best and practically only friends, the only ones they could get close to really trusting for so long. With that level of personal attachment housed on a ship that travels through time, it seems to me Mick Rory would act like a sort of Snart magnet. Gathering up bits of Leonard Snart wherever they land, taking them back into the ship to form a concentration that could begin to manifest as a hallucination or ghost.

Also, Mick was in the hands of the Time Masters for a while, and they made him into Chronos. This probably involved modifications that improved certain temporal senses. I think Mick is Leonard's focal point due to their personal attachment, and that Mick has begun to see/hear/sense him because he is closest to Snart and thanks to the Time Masters' interference, he is now the most sensitive to this sort of thing. Gideon may not be as attuned, or not have the same emotional connection, or it could be that Snart is on her cleared personnel list, so the Snart-like trace that has started appearing on board doesn't ping her radar, and since he has been accreting gradually, not appearing suddenly or entering through any of the Waverider's doors, so any trace Gideon may have detected has been waved off as background noise or minor interference.

So, yeah. That's what I think. As the Waverider travels through time, Mick Rory is acting as a magnet to bring wayward Snart particles/energies/hoody-hoo onto the ship, which have now conglomerated enough to be aware and snark at Mick for turning slowly into a hero.

Or something like that. It'll do for me until the series gets around to bringing Snart back in full. Because they'd better.
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Live-Bloggish Picspam Reaction/Recap for Sherlock 2015 Christmas Special
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Live-Bloggish Picspam Reaction/Recap for Sherlock 2015 Christmas Special
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Live-Bloggish Picspam Reaction/Recap for Sherlock 2015 Christmas Special
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Live-Bloggish Picspam Reaction/Recap for Sherlock 2015 Christmas Special
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New Sherlock! 10 Months Ago! Have a reaction picspam!


WARNING: CONTAINS IMAGES AND DETAILS OF THE SHERLOCK 2015 CHRISTMAS SPECIAL . If you have not watched the Sherlock 2015 Christmas special yet and are avoiding finding anything out about it before you do, this post is FULL OF SPOILERS. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.


CONTAINS: random live-blog-style babble, snark, episode details and spoilers, pointless comments, meta, speculation, capslock, brief references to other fandoms, and squee. There are also 530 not terribly great (and mostly very dark) screencaps which may kill your bandwidth or overcharge your data plan to smithereens, so beware.


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New Sherlock! 10 Months Ago! Have a reaction picspam!


WARNING: CONTAINS IMAGES AND DETAILS OF THE SHERLOCK 2015 CHRISTMAS SPECIAL . If you have not watched the Sherlock 2015 Christmas special yet and are avoiding finding anything out about it before you do, this post is FULL OF SPOILERS. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.


CONTAINS: random live-blog-style babble, snark, episode details and spoilers, pointless comments, meta, speculation, capslock, brief references to other fandoms, and squee. There are also 530 not terribly great (and mostly very dark) screencaps which may kill your bandwidth or overcharge your data plan to smithereens, so beware.


Things I know/theorize about this episode before starting to watch it. )


Live-Bloggish Picspam Reaction/Recap for Sherlock 2015 Christmas Special
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caffienekitty: Dean sitting slumped in a chair. "Will kill for coffee" (50)
I got it posted before the Christmas episode aired, yay.

Warning: Contains meta and heavy speculation based on events and references in the original series which may be considered spoilery to some.


Series 7 Prequel -"EIGHT! The Night of the Doctor"

-I would do a whole hell of a lot of things to have not been spoiled for Eight's return. But what can you do, right?

-Awesome to see McGann Doc again, awesome to get the non-televised Eight adventures acknowledged into Who televised canon with the listing on his companions from the novels and Big Finish series.

-Sisterhood of Karn was perfect and I didn't know they were in the prequel until I heard the voice, so that was a nice surprise.

-Eight's regeneration being deliberate and intended to become someone who could deal with the ugly things that get done in war was called by quite a few fans in fic, and having, finally, the connection of Eight's regeneration to formally connect the old continuity to the new was a much needed ceremonial 'Last Spike' so to speak.





Series 7 Prequel -"The Last Day"

-I was wondering what the heck a sky trench was, now I know. I think.

-The thing about any war storyline is that regardless of the actions the protagonists take to eventually end it or what have you, lots of people die. Innocent people, old soldiers, new recruits, and civilians. Having the opening salvos of the Daleks' supposed final attack on Gallifrey seen through the eyes of some of the people who die otherwise unremarkedly in a conflict that killed millions just like them... I find it poignant and important, and a personalizing note to a conflict that like so many fictional conflicts has many faceless people dying very fast, yet only the protagonists and antagonists mentioned or remembered. The Last Day gives the average soldier's viewpoint of the last battle at Gallifrey. That is a rare thing and personally, I think very commendable.






Doctor Who 50th Anniversary episode -"Day of the Doctor"

-Classic intro, duplicated first shots, Coal Hill School, all the little call backs all through are wonderful, and I won't be listing them all, but they are fantastic. Though I will note this. On the Coal Hill School sign it says, "Chairman of the Governors: I. Chesterton." Ian Chesterton, one of the very first companions and a former teacher at that school, has gone home. :-)

-The Tardis responding to Clara's finger-snap would seem to indicate that the Tardis have REALLY gotten over its issues with Clara. My guess would be that the Tardis had been aware of all the Clara echoes through time and had been unwilling to work with her until the Tardis figured out why. After Trensalore, and finding out that whole Clara jumping into the Doctor's timeline to fix the changes the Great Intelligence was trying to erase him from time with, I figure the Tardis became more than okay with the enigma of Clara Oswald.

-I like the fangirl scientist. I really do. We've had the fanboy scientist (Malcolm) in Planet of the Dead, so it's not like it's a new thing.

-So much grinning at them having flown a Tardis over downtown London with a helicopter for this. Also "Nice scarf." Hee hee.

-Ramming speed! Flying the Tardis through a wall and knocking Daleks down like ninepins was quite awesome. Although I had been thinking the Time War was much less of a shooting and ground-pounding war, but it could be tricky showing a war that consists of two species strategically altering each other's history so that the other is in a more vulnerable position, or at least tricky to show in a single episode clearly enough to be quickly understandable even by viewers who might not have seen the previous seasons (because I imagine a lot of people who don't usually watch tuned in for the fiftieth just because). That said, I am going to handwave both as the Daleks having done something to Gallifrey's past to reduce their tactical capacity to hand held weapons and laser turrets just before the Time Lock went on (keeping them from reducing the military tech levels to bow and arrow, but not before the Time Lords' tactical time attacks (say that five times fast!) reduced Dalek weapon capabilities so they couldn't immediately nuke Gallifrey from orbit) preventing further time attacks, and leaving them both with a ground-based shooting war. *timey-wimey handwave*

-Oh, the High Council is definitely in emergency session and has plans of their own. They're currently getting kicked back from materializing the planet right next to Earth, and also dealing with a sudden influx of really pissed off Master in the High Council chambers. Ooo. Must remember that for later in this...

-Things I noticed on re-watch: The War Council table.
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It's not just the planet of Gallifrey under attack. Those all look like star systems. Dozens of them. Some of them look like they're shooting at each other directly, eek (although those could be transport jumps (I wonder if that yellowish stuff it the Time Lock or the Transduction Barrier?)). I suppose it could just be a 3D view of Gallifreyan writing, but I really don't think it is with all the explosions and little things zipping around. I'm guessing the Daleks had a broader attack going on over several friendly or allied systems, but when Arcadia fell and it looked like Gallifrey was vulnerable, the call went out for all Dalek ships to converge on Gallifrey and take them out. Which one of the guys in the war room essentially says: "All Dalek fleets surrounding the planets now converging on the capital." So. Heh. If that's the case, Arcadia had to at the very least appear to fall to get the Daleks all in the position to be eliminated. So, OW.

-An ultimate weapon that has a conscience and stands in judgement of its user. Sounds like a really good idea. I had a thought about the Moment, and looking back at the episode, I think the idea that the Moment is more than a weapon fits and patches a few questions later on. Which I'll address when they come up, if I remember.

-So I don't think the people I was in the room with watching this noticed but somewhere around when the Doctor was carrying the Moment out into the desert, I had a bit of a brain go 'splody when the math caught up with me, and I realized that technically this Doctor is Nine, which makes Nine Ten, Ten Eleven, and Eleven Twelve, meaning that the Valeyard regeneration is next. But then later I thought about it and this Doctor (who I gather is generally being called the War Doctor, though I think the Hurt Doctor fits well too) is his Ninth life which he got to after his eighth regeneration. Nine(10th life) would come after his ninth regeneration at the end of the War Doctor's life, Ten(11) after his tenth regeneration, but then Ten used one of his regenerations mid-life and fired the remaining energy off into the severed hand to make the Metacrisis Doctor, meaning that was his eleventh regeneration and twelfth incarnation. So, when Ten(12th) turned into Eleven, that was actually his 12th and final regeneration, and 13th life. Assuming they count that mid-life regen for Ten and the Sisterhood of Karn didn't start him up with another full set, either when he was Eight or when he was Four. SO. That makes what might happen in the Christmas episode even more interesting, because by counting regenerations, he's already on his last life (although Day of the Doctor says he's got another one coming from somewhere), and therefore the Valeyard who is supposed to happen in the Doctor's 12th incarnation already exists... Soooooo.... What's the Metacrisis Doctor really up to in that alternate dimension...? O.o

-Oh well. Heheh. "Don't sit on that!"/"Why not?"/"Because it's not a chair, it's the most dangerous weapon in the universe."/"Why can't it be both?" See? Not just a weapon XD. The opening windows to the future is a not-just-a-weapon too possibly, except Time War, so a weapon capable of creating temporal rifts would be practically standard issue.

-Elizabeth I made him the Curator of the Undergallery. Back in some time before she wanted him beheaded. Hehehe.

-The Doctor's phone number as seen on McGiller's mobile is exactly the same number as was used in "The Stolen Earth" when the whole planet was phoning the Doctor to boost the signal. I wonder if it's an actual number set up in the UK with some kind of cool message on it relating to current episodes. Because that would rock.

-I'm quite happy that we got what happened between the Tenth Doctor and Queen Elizabeth the First, because the way it was put in the End of Time made him sound like a leeeetle bit of a scumbag, and it was uncomfortable. This needing to track down a Zygon and spurious marriage proposals business makes much more sense.

-"It's a machine that goes 'ding'." The very serious way he delivers that line. And then threatening the rabbit. Oh I miss Ten so frigging much.

-Ten and Eleven together seem like a pair of bickering brothers and I love it.

-"We're confusing the polarity." ALL THE WIN. "Why are you pointing your screwdrivers like that, they're scientific instruments, not water pistols!" Oh wait there's more win left.

-Heh, you know, since that fez they were chucking through the time portal got left behind in the woods when they were arrested, and since Elizabeth set up the museum Eleven got it from, that was the same damned fez, and since nothing made it and yet it exists in its own closed loop, the fez is a perfect ontological paradox.

-UNIT having offices in the Tower of London would really have complicated Moriarty's attempted heist of the Crown jewels in Sherlock. It also tremendously complicates a crossover WIP I may never post but such is life.

-Visitors to the Black Archive include:
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Rory, Amy, River, Sarah Jane, the Brigadier, Wilfred Mott, Brigadier Winifred Bambera and Ancelyn, Ace, and then it gets too angled for me to make people out. Also Martha and Kamelion from the second shot and a far earlier visit by Sarah Jane, and possibly Peri a few others top left, Tegan maybe judging by the possible airline uniform. There must be a better shot of that full wall. If not in the episode, then in some bonus material.

-I've been trying to figure out what Eleven carved into the Tower dungeon wall because that had to be a reference of some kind, and it looks a little like 231163 with a few extra bits at the front. 23/11/63 being the date the first episode aired.
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The first bit looks like it could be 1716, and I'm not sure, but I think that might have been the original air-time too.

-"What is it that makes you so ashamed of being a grown-up?" And then a verrrry loaded silence. Owww.

-"The man who regrets and the man who forgets." Perfect summary of the two regenerations, and something that makes some of Eleven's actions make a lot more sense to me.

-Ten also apparently has Zygon-blindness or something. *facepalm*

-And so Ten does actually marry Queen Elizabeth the First. Hope River's not the jealous type, ha ha. It could be argued though that when Eleven married River it was a pocket-dimension that subsequently collapsed, and also that it wasn't really the Doctor, so even if the marriage was valid after the pocket-dimension collapsed, she actually married the Tesselector. But I wouldn't argue that to her face. However Eleven did call her his wife and she's called him husband I think, so it's valid as far as they're concerned and that's the main thing. Hm. Does regeneration negate prior marriages, or is marriage more of a 'come one, come all' sort of thing on Gallifrey? Not that any of that would prevent River Song from being jealous.

-"I will be right back." Yeaaaaah that never goes well.

-"Desktop is glitching!" ROUNDELS! \o/ There have to be roundels.

-Meanwhile in the Black Archive of really dangerous alien crap... Are those River Song's shoes?
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Lots of stuff in there looks familiar, but I can't quite place it, but just. Heh. Random shoes.

-"Are you sitting comfortably?" That's a reference of some kind.... Ah. It's a quote from an old BBC radio program, and was also used in the Series 2 Doctor Who episode "The Idiot's Lantern".

-Ah, more of the visitor wall:
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*squints* Adric, Peri, Mel... too blurry.

-Oh and of course:
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Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart. Not blurry at all.

-"This is not a decision you will ever be able to live with." Kind of irrelevant for Kate as she'd be at the epicenter of a nuclear explosion and not terribly likely to have to live with anything after that, but there's some heavy silence and intent looks going around that console that mean once again, we're not really talking about the person we're talking to at all, are we, hmm?

-Whoever decided to reconfigure the Tardis so the phone was on the outside wasn't being terribly practical. Although it could be some sort of metaphor for Eleven being hard to communicate with? *shrug*

-One group badass hero strut. As one does.
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-Love the little bit between the two fangirl scientists. They now know which of them is which, but neither of them says anything about it. In a way, that's kind of awesome and hopeful.

-Visitor Wall:
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Susan (who let's face it had to be here somehow), Ian and Barbara, Ben Jackson, Polly, possibly Vicki and Steven Taylor, though I'm not as familiar with the First Doctor's companions as I should be.

-And then Clara talks to the War Doctor and does her thing of being Clara, because the echo Claras that spread through time probably didn't get to him, since she didn't recognize him. And yet, she's still there, doing some small thing to give him a nudge to see the direction he needs to go, just like a little anonymous girl on a swing set telling a sad man to find a quiet place to think rather than roaming the universe looking for someone.

-"How many worlds has his regret saved, do you think?" Yep. That too. Ow.

-That whole bit with the sound of the Tardis and hope and all that and the others showing up just EEEEE! But then you think, well, the war is Time Locked, and all that handwavey stuff that kept the Doctor from going back and changing what happened before now. But now is when the Moment wants them there, after the War Doctor has seen the results of his choice, and after Ten and Eleven have met and remembered their former self that they'd been in denial of, and are all in a space to see what's really happening, and find a way around it that doesn't break the observer effect. They're there because the Moment brought them there. Definitely more than a simple one-function galaxy bomb.

-And again, Clara is there when they get all wrong-headed about why they're there and says the right thing to let them figure their own way out.
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Normally, something like that in a character would get really annoying to me, like a permanent deus ex machina, but for some reason, I don't mind that at all about Clara. I really don't.

-"Be a doctor." And the promise. And that whole statement of character elements and just such flailing everywhere, though I don't think it showed in the room while we were watching.

-"Sorry, did you just say Bad Wolf?" Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Poor Ten.

-And Ten's demented gleeful grins. Really miss those.
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-"Dear god, three of them. All my worst nightmares at once." Hehehehehe. Wait for it.

-"Using our Tardises, we're going to freeze Gallifrey in a single moment in time." Or was that 'Moment'. Heh he he. Yeah, that silly drabble I wrote didn't come out of thin air.

-"I started a very long time ago." And I know this isn't really a screencap type reaction, but I have to. Because.
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-"I didn't know when I was well-off. All twelve of them."/"No sir. All thirteen." And then this.
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Commencing the biggest simultaneous worldwide freak-out over a split second shot of one person's forehead there has ever been, or I would venture to say, there ever will be.

-"Geronimo!"/"Allons-y!"/"Oh for god's sake. Gallifrey stands!" Hee!

-I do love that they had the one Dalek ship spinning off and surviving to preserve the continuity of them turning up later.

-Tardises. Hee!
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Also a bit of a giveaway to have the 3D painting of Gallifrey in the room with the roundels on the wall, but there are a considerable number of people who have been inside the Tardis over the years who UNIT either has working for them or has been in contact with who could have suggested the motif as appropriate, and that painting can hardly be on open public display now can it?

-The whole idea of the post-war Doctors having rejected the part of themselves that fought in the war and that, they thought, made the decision to destroy Gallifrey, and them saying he couldn't be the Doctor because they couldn't face that the capacity to choose that option as being part of themselves at all is very intriguing and compelling. It makes me wonder about Gallifreyan psychology too. Every Time Lord has in essence, not a multiple personality, but a serial personality. What happens when there's a break in the line? I get the feeling this scenario is a 'best case' for that.

-"Wearing a bit thin." And that, for those who might have missed it, was also what the First Doctor said shortly before regenerating.

-"I don't wanna go." Now, Ten saying that in reaction to being told that eventually he's going to Trensalore, where he's buried, and saying it now, when the next thing he's doing is probably going off to meet up with the Ood and carry on into End of Time adds a different spin to him saying that during his regeneration. It's a spin that fits better, as far as I'm concerned. He knows on some forgotten level that in his next life he's going to the one place a time traveler is never supposed to go, and it's adding extra dread to his imminent regeneration into possibly his final life. I think anyway, so yeah. I liked it.

-And then Tom Baker shows up and I don't think the screaming was out loud, but if it was I do apologize. Now. The thing that worries me about this revisiting old faces business is... what if the Valeyard is doing it too? Because much as the Curator has all of Four's mannerisms he's got a slightly unsettling air too. Not that Four didn't have that as well. Hm.

-Going home the long way around. And that suits too, because right from the start he said someday they'd return. He did now and then through the years but it usually wasn't his idea, and it wasn't for long. So, going home, the long way around. Given which life he's apparently on, it's probably feeling very appropriate to him too, to restore Gallifrey and go home. Somehow, I don't think it's going to be that easy, but it never is. (Particularly considering when Gallifrey is restored, there's going to be a huge mess in the High Council chambers after that 'emergency session', with either Rassilon or the Master (and any allies they have surviving) standing in the center of it. OH GOODIE!)

-And then this.
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-And this.
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*applause*


So, that was about the best 50th anniversary episode I could have wished for. The Christmas episode has a few big hurdles to climb to get to the next phase, and I'm looking forward to seeing how they handle it.

caffienekitty: Dean sitting slumped in a chair. "Will kill for coffee" (mollysad)
Title: Thicker Than Water
Fandom: Sherlock (TV)
Rating/Content: PG-13. A missing scene from "The Reichenbach Fall"
Spoilers for 2.03, drawing blood, needle, discussion of death.
Word Count: 1400-ish
Disclaimer: I did not originate and do not own these characters or their world.
Notes: This is one of several short WIPs I have started involving events in 2.03 (and in many cases, meta and speculation masquerading as fanfic) that are grouped under the unbearably pretentious name 'Stratagems and Interstices'. This one is a Stratagem. Whether any of the others ever see daylight remains to be seen. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] mini_wrimo for the excuse to poke this into some kind of shape.

Summary: Molly was helping spill Sherlock's blood. She felt ill.
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Warning: Contains profanity.

Spoiler and Theory Summary )
Picspam Reaction, with speculation and randomness for Supernatural 9.02 )

**ADDITIONAL NOTE**: I'm taking about a month hiatus from doing Supernatural reaction posts, or keeping up on any of the other current season TV I'm watching, starting now. November 23rd is the Fiftieth Anniversary special for Doctor Who and I am still over a series and a half behind on that, so I'm going to be frantically catching up for the next while. I'll continue reaction posts later, and hopefully figure out some way to do them so each post isn't taking nearly two weeks to get a one hour episode done because this is just silly. :-P
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(I got done the season before the new one starts! \o/)
(Oh, right, there's a character limit on Livejournal. *tweaks image code until it squeaks* Here's hoping!)


Warning: Contains serious actual profanity.


Spoiler and Theory Summary )
Picspam Reaction, with speculation and randomness for Supernatural 8.23 )
caffienekitty: Dean sitting slumped in a chair. "Will kill for coffee" (fangirl)
I've seen the Star Trek: Into Darkness in 2D at a matinee showing with about 20 people in the theatre. Yay ticket under $11.


Non spoiler reaction

AWESOME. If you like Star Trek, Benedict Cumberbatch, sci-fi, or just special effects, etc, go see it. *twitches to add something but it would be spoilery so*



Random order thought-dump reaction (followed by semi-linear 'notes while watching' reactions) with Spoilers, and capslock, and meta, and profanity, and...

I am really not kidding around about the spoilers, last chance to back out. This includes reference to events on the Original timeline, so spoilers for that too if you're concerned.

Okay, I did warn you...



After watching initial thought dump.

-CAROL MARCUS IS THE BIGGEST RED HERRING. If you've seen the original series/movies. Because in the original Wrath of Khan (which this is in part a reboot of) she was the scientist in charge of the Genesis Project, which was a terraforming torpedo. Detonate it on a planet, it rebuilds the entire planet's surface to be earth-like, even if the planet already had life on it. I'd caught in passing that Carol Marcus would be a character, and did the automatic jump to the Genesis device. This lead to Khan (he was either going to be Khan or Gary Marshal after those filming shots of him shaking off a neck pinch from Spock surfaced and splattered unavoidably everywhere, and Khan is far more well-known an original Trek persona than Gary Marshal (Was Carol Marcus using the last name of Marshal at one point there? I don't recall(just found my note, it was Wallace, so never mind))) and the thought that Khan's endgame might be an intention to detonate one over Earth and wipe humanity out that way. But then the special warheads get loaded and Carol Marcus finagles her way on board (seriously, between that and Scotty flying that shuttle in, Starfleet internal security protocols are absolute shit) to be with the torpedoes, there's a whole cascade of "oh crap, they're Genesis torpedoes, her dad the Admiral is insane and out to eradicate the Klingon homeworld with the Genesis device." And then it's none of the above. THE PLOT HAD ME FOOLED FOR A BIT THERE.

-Part of the awesome thing about the way this was promoted is the trailers were crafted to suggest a certain sequence of events, leading to assumptions that people who knew the original series would make. The first Japanese trailer had a split second shot of hands on either side of a glass wall, and that is such an iconic moment for the original series, there was no denying what was going to happen for people who knew the original. So it became an issue of how they'd do it, because in the original, the Enterprise crew first meets Khan and his crew in a very different way, long before the Wrath of Khan. The backstory for Khan wouldn't be there. And since Reboot!verse is more militaristic and darker than the original due to the actions to change history taken by Nero in the first movie, the Genesis device would not have been developed to the stage it was originally because the technology would have been co-opted for military purposes far earlier than in the original. Although the Nero influence has put the Federations technical development into a higher rate of development simply from the need to develop defenses against attack and rebuild damages done by Nero. This was also far earlier in the timeline of Kirk's career than Wrath of Khan.

-TOUCHBACKS. So many touchbacks. "The needs of the many." The Katra-like moment with Pike and Spock. McCoy's bomb surgery. Sulu being in the Captain's seat. Knocking out Scotty. "Ship, out of danger." "Because you are my friend." "KHAAAAAAAAAAAAN!"

-I will be honest that I didn't call Khan's blood as being the way Kirk would come back from the radiation room incident until he punched Scotty. It was cute though: in the theatre while Kirk was getting irradiated and dying and whatnot, there was a little kid's voice down front that would pipe up every so often with things like. "He's gonna be okay, right?" "Kirk's not gonna die, right?" And then when Kirk wakes up afterward, there was an adorable little "Yee Haw!" and the whole theatre cracked up. I thought for a bit it might be a flashback from wee!Kirk driving the car in the first movie mixed into the muddle of sounds as he's waking up, but I checked and those were all 'Yaaaah!' shouts, and this was a very clear, very little "Yee Haw!" :-)

-Khan crashes the ship into Starfleet HQ, jumps out and slides down the saucer section, lands, gets in amongst the crowd and immediately picks up a long coat. Boy either has bonus ranks in Longcoat acquisition, or they follow him around, meeping softly, awaiting a chance to be used.

-Also, Benedict, HOLY SHIT WITH THE ASS-KICKING EVERYWHERE. I love his interpretation of Khan. Like a human bomb. Perfectly silent and still until there's violence exploding everywhere. It's perfectly meta that he's put his people into torpedoes if they're all like him.

-Speaking of them being all like him, and McCoy insisting Khan's blood is the only way they can save Kirk when they have 72 other people onboard and a lot easier to control, I say there's no way they can be certain the other genetically modified people have the same modifications as Khan, and they did have proof Khan's blood could bring something back to life, so rather than risk 72 quiescent unknowns, hang on to the one known sure thing with all four feet.

-Khan and his crew will definitely be back. Freeze him, stick him in a tube? HA. That didn't work so well last time.

-It is so appropriate to the Reboot that some faction in the Federation powers-that-be decided to try to use Khan's ruthlessness and genius to help the Federation. This is a Starfleet gone defensive and pragmatic to the extreme, which translates into incredibly dumbass missions into Klingon space and covering up their own dirty business.

-Uhura and the Klingons. I think if Harrison hadn't come in shooting (which, holy crap! Man-portable gun that can take down a D4? O.o) and she'd faced down the Klingon who was strangling her (tricky but feasible), she might have got them on-side. Would have helped if Reboot verse had had more of a diplomatic arm to the Federation rather than a paranoid defensive get-them-before-they-get-us arm to lay any sort of groundwork for cooperation though. She argued the point well in a way that showed some understanding of the Klingon culture, I thought anyway.

-McCoy's extracted a cure for recent death out of Khan's blood, which as far as I'm concerned might bump the medical development of the Federation up an entire tech level. That's not going to change the social structure of the Federation at all. Or have Federation scientists analyzing every scrap they can get off Khan and his cohort while they're in cryogenic suspension. Which they might have to stay in since the one they decanted to free a pod for Kirk was ordered to be kept in a coma (I think) and they wouldn't have decanted him if they had stasis technology available on board. It's really interesting, the gaps and overfills in technology in the Reboot versus the original, and so far it's not hard to see reasons for each omission or overdevelopment based on Nero's activities changing history.

-Spock talking to Spock. "I swore I wouldn't give away knowledge about what happened, events must unfold, blah blah blah. That said, fuck causality, let me tell you all about Khan." AWESOME.

-In the end... I'm still kind of rooting for Khan? Except for the killing lots of people and planned mass genocide and whatnot. His case was better presented and explained, and less of the 'who's doing what to who and why' dog's breakfast jingoistic scramble that Admiral Marcus presented.


Semi-linear random notes and comments made scrawling in the dark in the theatre:

-They stopped the volcano from exploding, yeah, but that doesn't solve the underlying tectonic pressure issue, so it'd just erupt harder in a bit, or cause other eruptions and earthquakes. (Handwave - They did some seismic phasering in an unpopulated area of the planet to relieve the underlying pressure.)

-The capacity of a Constellation class starship to operate underwater is new. And a little lol-tastic, but what the hell. Getting the ship under the ocean and then maneuvering it into range without the locals seeing it to that point must have been a heck of a lot of fun.

-Stardate structure, which has always been a source of puzzlement in the original series, seems to be simplified down to YEAR.NUMBER OF DAYS INTO YEAR. I like.

-OH HI MICKEY. I FORGOT SOMEONE SAID NOEL CLARKE WOULD BE IN THIS IN SOME WAY. Holy crap though. He does some good intense and tortured doesn't he?

-As further evidence of the increased military focus of Starfleet vs exploratory, the dress uniforms have hats. Very serious hats. It took a while to stop snickering.

-Pike talking to Kirk. Kirk has needed that particular talking to for about, oh, forever.

-USS Bradbury. Aw.

-OH HI BUCKAROO BANZAI. Peter Weller is in this too apparently. I think I knew that but managed to forget.

-Hm. I have a large FUCK here in my notes. I suspect that's the detonation of the research centre. That ring bomb was cool, but again, Starfleet internal security is shit if the scanner gate isn't checking for undeclared quantities of chemicals that can take out a city block when dropped into tap water. Also, Mickey's daughter needing a miracle cure so he can be manipulated into doing this is very much not a coincidence. Harrison arranged for whatever happened to the guy's kid to happen, and then let him and his family marinate in agony so that he'd be desperate enough to do this, so the Captains and FO's would be called to convene to make a nice fat target to blow the crap out of. Cold, calculating tactically smart bastard. LOVE THAT.

-Kirk losing Pike, who is realistically the only effective father-figure he's had, and one who's backed him despite him being a dumbass who thinks rules are for suckers, and one to whom he didn't get a chance to prove that his belief in him and his support weren't misplaced. Aw Kirk.

-BENEDICT AND LONG COATS FOREVER.

-Portable transwarp transporter capable of transporting a person across the galaxy. YES, THIS IS A DIFFERENT UNIVERSE.

-Scotty (and his little buddy) quitting. After the brief reassignment of Kirk and Spock to different ships and roles, the crew dynamic being threatened is a kind of powerful source of plot tension here.

-KIRK AND UHURA GOSSIPING IN THE ELEVATOR ABOUT SPOCK OH MY GOD. XD

-Making Chekov the Chief Engineer. At what now, 18? Dude.

-Generally engaging warp drive while that close to a space station would turn the space station to orbital confetti, but I'mma handwave that as another Reboot tech development. Sharper transwarp field focus makes for better tactical maneuverability and so on. Yeah. *handwave*

-Here's where I noticed (possibly again) that the flocking pattern in the tunic fabric is lots of little Starfleet insignia. Also re the insignia itself, they've got the divisions correct. Command insignia have the star in the middle, sciences have two circles interlinked. Didn't have enough spare attention to note whether Engineering had the lightning whorl or if medical was first aid crosses or if it was circles and under sciences.

-They brought a couple red shirts along. Never leave the ship without a few red shirts (did they all make it back? I lost track of them.)

-OMG THE TIFF IN THE SHUTTLE! XD

-D4 ships! With some fascinating flexing wings that make for some interesting possibilities for maneuvering and thrust vectors.

-BENEDICT JUMPING OFF THINGS. IN A LONG COAT. WITH BIG FUCKING GUNS. HELL YES.

-Large scrawly letters filling the page: "OF COURSE HE'S SURRENDERING! HE WANTS ACCESS TO THE TORPEDOES AND THE STARSHIP!" I have so little faith in Kirk's strategic capacity.

-Beating the hell or attempting to beat the hell out of a prisoner whose surrender you've accepted is not exactly polite there, Kirk. Is there no Geneva Convention in 2259? (See also: Rules that don't apply to Kirk I guess?)

-Scotty going to the coordinates and finding a big squarish technological installation of some kind elicited a big "OH FUCK, BORG???" in the notes, as I am sure was the intent of whoever decided the secret construction base should be big and seemingly cube-like.

-"Well, shit, you talked to him." HAHAHAHAHA. And now Kirk knows too much and must die. Good to know the Starfleet Admiralty still has the capacity to churn out some decent Evil Overlord material. Probably even better capacity in Reboot verse since aggression and ruthlessness isn't considered as much of a detriment.

-FOLLOWING THEM INTO WARP SPACE. CATCHING UP TO THEM IN WARP SPACE. COMBAT IN WARP SPACE. HULL BREACHES IN WARP SPACE. PERSONNEL GOING FLYING OUT UNPROTECTED INTO WARP SPACE. GETTING KNOCKED OUT OF WARP SPACE. WARP SPACE OPERATES VERY DIFFERENTLY IN REBOOT VERSE, I THINK. And sometimes looks a bit like the Time Vortex off Doctor Who. Hmm.

-"Spare my crew." Um. Kirk, honey, they all know too much too. There's no way he's going to let any of you out of this alive, and if he says he will he is lying his ass off.

-GIANT PHASER CANNONS that have like, little glowy bits inside and kind of looked a little like toasters according to my notes. Hee!

-AND EVERYTHING STOPS BECAUSE SCOTTY IS AN EPIC FUCKING BADASS Y'ALL!

-Tribble, while it's a little displaced in when its discovered, makes perfect sense to be used in Reboot Verse as a lab animal aboard ships. You'd only ever need to carry one. Also TRIBBLE!

-I have a note here that just says "Holy crap, Benedict." and I do not know what that's referring to. This is why, among many other reasons, I wish I had this available for rewatching.

-There was a prominent 42 on the wall of the Dreadnought somewhere.

-Of course Khan has stun resistance you fools.

-Spock doesn't lie. "The torpedoes are yours." Just with a different payload. That is definitely another Wrath of Khan callback.

-GRAVITY FAILURE!! \o/ I had a character in a Star Trek game get the Captain's approval to stage an unannounced gravity failure drill once on a training ship. The other players had all put the bare minimum into standard "I live and work in space and this skill might help me survive" skills and put everything into weapons and tactical skills or sciences. It was a glorious disaster.

-I loved how Chekov was the one saving them from falling, because in the original series, Chekov was usually the one who needed the most rescuing. Also, in the original Wrath of Khan Chekov was mind-controlled by brain worms for a significant portion of it, so Reboot verse is being very kind to him in comparison.

-Kirk fixing the warp core by kicking the crap out of it is just so damned Kirk I can't stand it. XD

-Mid-combat mind meld attempt shows just how pissed off Spock is, doesn't it.

-And here I have 'DUDE DUDE DUDE SHIT SHIT SHIT OW OW OW' in my notes, and I really want to rewatch to figure out what that's about.

-And at the end: "Space, the final frontier." There were at least two people in the theatre whispering it along with him. I wasn't one of them, but yeah. That was good.



So yeah. *nods*

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