Triangle Review
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I wrote a review of Triangle for BuffyForums and I'm posting it (edited for LJ) here! First, I responded to some board comments on Into the Woods because it sets up the Triangle dynamics

I'm less on Anya's side or at least, less ANTI-Xander/Willow than most fans in Into the Woods. Xander and Anya don't have a typical boyfriend-girlfriend relationship. They have a rather *spoken* agreement that Xander is supposed to teach Anya how to interact socially like a normal person. Xander and Anya are trying to form a middle-class life together, beyond Anya's criminal gang days and Xander's poverty. Because they have to swim together which requires two paychecks and decent social immersion in their small circle since they're necessarily socially isolated from the wider world because of their evil fighting activities (and frankly, Anya's abrasive other-worldly personality), Xander and Anya have an understanding that she particularly needs coaching to make her a career and social swimmer. So, Anya takes his lists of Employer/Employee no-nos or rules on how to interact with customers as a saleswoman. It's actually a little like how Anya thinks that she needs to push unambitious, "lazy", push-over Xander to make commitments to her or stand up for himself at work or get the apartment to make him a swimmer.

I expect us to accelerate! (jams foot on the gas)Collapse )

Reign Thoughts and Mad Men Rec
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This is an awesome video description of a number of the Vietnam War metaphors in S6 of Mad Men, focusing on Chevy as Vietnam. Let's hear it for Slate Magazine. Mainstream outlets rarely do this kind of creative TV meta; usually the people WHO ARE PAID TO WRITE ABOUT TV merely write an article only a few evolutionary steps removed from a TV guide summary.

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So, I just finished S2 of Reign. A bunch of scattershot thoughts below the cut, focusing on Greer and the Conde/Francis/Mary love-triangle.

If we die, it is at her hands. And if we live I will never forgive her for this.Collapse )

2015 Fandom Meme
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I did the 2015 Fandom Meme, inspired by frelling_tralk. I mostly speak in generalities for a lot of forms of media but beware of specific spoilers for Mad Men, House of Cards, Transparent, and Homeland.

Fargo: You"re a little touched...Collapse )

Wesley, Fred, Sexism, and Lineage
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Is it just me or has there's been more asinine character-bashing of Wesley Wyndam-Pryce on Tumblr lately? I'd formulate a response but I'm not seeing a coherent (albeit wrong) series of metas on what's wrong with him so much as....tantrums so incoherent or tag-line so snidely empty that I....don't even know what to say.

Maybe, I'll take a stab later at some incoherent messes but I thought I'd refute some conventional wisdom- "Wesley was being horribly sexist and condescending to Fred in Lineage by (a) not giving her a weapon and (b) telling Fred that he should have done a better job protecting her from injury." I've been so ticked off at vaguely worded, incoherent Wesley-bashing that this discussion was on the tip of my tongue enough to take a break from The West Wing/Mad Men meta escape to say that It's Pearl Harbor Day! Have some respect!. It's also the second night of Hannukah- but I still couldn't start drinking at precisely 7:55 A.M.

At any rate, my discussion on LinerageCollapse )

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Mad Men: Season 5 Unpopular Opinions: Don/Peggy Edition
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I wrote a REALLY long piece of my UOs for S5 Don/Peggy. I just decided to make it it's own post. I'll come back (probably much later) with my other Mad Men S5 Unpopular Opinions.

Sometimes they drag the secretaries in for focus groups to try things and I was discovered. Like Esther Blodgett.Collapse )</i>

The West Wing Season 4 Unpopular Opinions
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I could only come up with two UOs for Season 4 of The West Wing, even though I'm trying for 3+ opinions per season. It's not a lack of interest. I love TWW S4, but I think I'm pretty mainstream for Season 4. To some extent, it's a credit to the season. I follow where the meta-narrative points through much of S4 and I like it.

I mean, I can certainly enjoy a series where I disagree with the obvious meta-narrative. (Hence, this series of UOs on TWW and Mad Men.) However, S4 is a fun season and partly, I agree with the straight-forward narrative. Even when it's wacky. Like, I know that Debbie met Jed high one time and then, snarked that she'd like to put arsenic in his drinking water so he could learn to care about the World Bank. BUT HIRE HER, SHE'S SO MUCH FUN. SECRET SERVICE, SCHMECRET SCHMERVICE, amirite?. Or, AWW, I miss Sam. But hey, now I like Will Bailey! It's that kind of ride for me.

Except on these issues:

I wanted to say I"ve never been a part of a street gang before, and that"s basically what we are – a pretty well-financed one – but anyway, I wanted to say it feels good, and I think when we"re done with this meeting, I think we should go out and get girls, and I don"t know, maybe knock over a fruit stand or something.Collapse )

Mad Men Season 4 Unpopular Opinions
Fired Up Betty
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Here are my Mad Men Season 4 UOs. My UOs came out easier for early West Wing and later Mad Men....

”For over 25 years, we devoted ourselves to peddling a product for which good work is irrelevant because people can"t stop themselves from buying it.Collapse )

The West Wing: Season 3 Unpopular Opinions
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Here are my unpopular opinions for The West Wing S3. I'm gearing up for Mad Men Season 4 UOs- because I know that's going to be a monster-post. This one is pretty short and sweet...by my standards.

If I cook the stuffing inside the turkey, is there a chance I could kill my guests? I"m not saying that"s necessarily a deal-breaker.Collapse )

Mad Men Season 3 Unpopular Opinions
Fired Up Betty
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OK- continuing the UO Mad Men/The West Wing Unpopular Opinions series- but I need to put more thought into my West Wing S3 UOs. (Hmm, the choices I use for the LJ cut tend to be...ahem, Sterling's Gold. Sounds about right for my taste in sound bites.)

Let me put it in account terms: Are you aware of the number of hand jobs I’m going to have to give?Collapse )

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