OUaT meta

Oct. 17th, 2012 09:47 pm
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I can't with Downton Abbey this week, so instead here are some links.

[livejournal.com profile] arduinna has posted a series of awesome picspams for Once Upon a Time.

Part 1: Some utterly kickass observations on the set design in Once Upon a Time. I had noticed some of this, but certainly not all of it. The bit about Archie's office astounds me.

Part 2: A comparison of Regina and Rumple's castles, both in Fairytale World and Storybrooke.

Part 3 and Part 4: Analysis of costume/clothing choices.

Part 5: A short one on Disney references.

Part 6: Various and sundry things in the background that bring some insight into the way the curse works and give us character hints.

Seriously, I LOVE THIS SHOW.
castalia: (OUaT - Snow/Charming by hewontgo)
I should post more about this show, b/c it's where the bulk of my squee lies lately.

General spoilers for the new season as aired so far )
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[livejournal.com profile] beccatoria has done another marvelous Once Upon a Time vid, again to a Symphony of Science song. I love these more than I can say.

Bite of the Great White

Regina is indeed a fantastic shark.

Yay!

May. 11th, 2012 10:30 am
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Once Upon a Time renewed for second season (Okay, for some reason LJ won't let me post the link to the actual announcement, so here's the Gateworld article that links to it instead. Stupid LJ.)

It was a mostly sure thing, considering the ratings, but it's still nice to see it officially announced. Keeping my fingers crossed that the season finale this weekend is awesome and doesn't ruin anything.
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Gah, disorganized bosses lack communication in huge ways. May have to express concerns to bigger boss tomorrow, which should be fun.

For now, though, I'm going to rewatch some Once Upon a Time and relax. Might have a cuppa, though I wish I could try some of these blends:

OUaT inspired tea blends

They have Mary Margaret, Emma Swan, Charming, Henry, Madam Mayor, Red Riding Hood, and Rapunzel blends (though we haven't seen Rapunzel yet on the show). Several sound yummy, especially the Emma one. Want!
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Quantum Theory by [livejournal.com profile] beccatoria for Once Upon a Time

If you like either OUaT or Symphony of Science, check out this vid! It's a terrific look at the show and how its two worlds are connected. Such a great thing to see pop up on my flist while I'm waiting for the new ep.
castalia: (Downton Abbey - Mary/Matthew by holypota)
I had meant to type up thoughts all sorts of things this week, including long overdue thoughts about the S4 Merlin finale, but it's taking longer than usual thanks to some kitchen stupidity I engaged in last weekend.

The good: two new kitchen knives, actual decent ones to replace the utterly useless ones I was gifted with by family as a starting out sort of thing. I'm starting to replace several of those types of things with quality items instead now that I'm branching out more with cooking. Hurrah for restaurant/chef supply stores.

The bad: the 8-inch chef knife doesn't fit in my old knife block. I stuck it in there anyway as a short-term thing until I could go buy something more suitable, but was dumb and let the edge face outward. I realized a bit of it stuck up out of the block, but I figured I could be careful enough for a few days.

The worse: Nope, I couldn't. My knife block has side compartments for utensils, and when I went to pick one up it had gotten stuck a bit in the wire frame. I tugged on it to pull it out, and when it finally jerked free my hand flew up and sliced right up the edge of the exposed knife. Didn't even realize it at first and thought I'd just hit it on something, and then of course there was all the lovely blood.

So, yes, typing with a splinted pointer finger. I didn't feel it was bad enough to go to the ER over, but the slice is a bit deep and right over the middle knuckle and I've seen what can happen when that isn't allowed to heal properly (my father did this one and went to use the hand anyway, then promptly tore the tendon he'd nicked, which meant microsurgery rather than a bandage and time). So I have a butterfly bandage and a homemade splint fashioned out of some cardboard and it seems to be doing the trick so the cut can heal without tearing open every time the finger bends. It's damned annoying doing just about everything, though, especially typing.

Since doing everything is now so annoying, I've spent most of the weeknights and this weekend discovering new fannish loves. I'm highly enjoying Once Upon a Time - so, SO nice to have a fantasy series to watch again! Especially while Merlin is in hiatus and MLP is being tainted by ablism fail.

After ages of hearing about it, I finally tried out Downton Abbey three days ago and since that time have totally mainlined both seasons and the Christmas special. It has its issues (the first few eps really gave me pause as to what sort of message the show would be peddling), but I still seem to be hooked. The cast is excellent, the costumes utterly gorgeous, and the soapish elements quite addicting. Plus there's Dame Maggie being brilliant as usual, with Penelope Wilton right alongside. I've enjoyed Michelle Dockery since Hogfather, so it's wonderful to see her shine in such a complex role. With such a large main cast, there are so many women and they're all so different, and most eps have passed the Bechdel Test with flying colors.

I do have a few criticisms; as usual with period dramas, the diversity of the cast is just about nonexistent, and the one gay member of the main cast is a rather slimy antagonist. One of the forefront underlying plot lines is very questionable indeed regarding the misogyny of it all. It feels very predictable at times, in both good and bad ways. Some inaccuracies and anachronisms, but also some nice attention to detail. It feels like a guilty pleasure, tbh.

Strangely enough, I have a het OTP for both series, a rarity for me. I usually don't care for the main pairing of any show (Farscape being a rare exception), but am shipping both Snow/Charming (not Mary Margaret/David, though) and Mary/Matthew like burning, especially the latter. Is anyone else watching either of these? Thoughts?

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