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I've been reading reactions to the last episode of Breaking Bad, and it's obvious that the audience is pretty much divided in two teams: the viewers who root for the good guy aka Hank, and those who love cool villains and root for the bad guys.

I have never been that intrigued by "cool villains" because I see them as tv tropes most of the time (my favourite villain this year was a mature woman in Justified! She was not "cool" but she was one of the greatest villains ever), and as much as I adore Hank, I find myself rooting for Walt these days.cut for length not for spoilers )

Now I'm back to reading stuff on inquisition...

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Does anyone remember the last Desmond-centric episode from season 6? The one titled "Happily Ever After"?

I rewatched it tonight, this time on French cable, and it was very different because of the big flat screen but also because I already knew the finale...

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Pour info

May. 29th, 2010 06:03 pm
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Here is an insightful article on Lost. Whether you loved the finale or not, you might be interested in reading it

Oh well...

May. 24th, 2010 04:04 pm
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I wasn't a big fan of the BSG finale but Lost finale makes me think that BSG finale rocked big time!

Damnit, it even makes me enjoy Dollhouse finale which says a lot!

I knew they would disappoint me in the end, I knew it! Okay I probably need time to process it, but this isn't a satisfying finale for me; :-(

I did enjoy the ride and there was some really brilliant stuff over those six seasons but I've always thought and said that Lost had flaws, more flaws than other shows I loved (BSG for instance), and that the writing was uneven and could be lame sometimes, and unfortunately it ended that way.

Don't get me wrong, there were nice things in it, especially in the smaller moments (grace is in the details!), but, even though I wouldn't say that the finale ruined the whole show, I think that the resolution kind of sucked.

Read more... )

Well, at least we got a really decent finale last week for Ashes to ashes.

ETA: because I always manage to find redeeming qualities to the finale of the shows I love. Read more... )

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I'm pretty sure that I am in the minority, but even if there were flaws and heavy dialogues here and there in the last episode of Lost, I liked it.

Here are a few thoughts. 

Should we trust Mother Island? )

chani: (medieval demons)
But thanks to an Internet friend I found this clip which made me smile:

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Something made me giggle in the last tvgasm Recap of Lost:

Read more... )
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There are so many things we forget with the passing of time. For instance, I had forgotten how special John Locke was since the day he was born...

Read more... )

A quickie

Apr. 14th, 2010 07:55 pm
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To wish the happiest birthday to [ profile] stormwreath  and to say that I have watched Lost, "Everybody Loves Hugo", and completely agree with Noel Murray's review. He wrote my thoughts exactly, better than I could.

The Show-Not-Tell phrase/rule is something many tv writers should ponder...

Also here's an interesting clue from "Happily Ever After".

And you should read the whole recap by Tvgasm because it's priceless!

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Reading my flist or trying to post an entry has been difficult for a couple of days. Anyway I had a busy weekend so not much time to spend online.

So as I seem to be allowed to post at last, here's some reviews on Lost, Ashes to Ashes and Doctor Who.

Lost )

Ashes to ashes )

Doctor Who )
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Lost is still playing with its poor characters and with us and there are only 9 episodes left before the grand finale!

Last episode, "Ab Aeterno", solved part of the mystery about the Man Who Doesn't Age and Wears Black...Khol, that is Richard Alpert.

Read more... )
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I did enjoy "Dr Linus" despite a certain lack of subtlety here and there. The Father figure has been a recurring theme on Lost, and that episode focused on it through Ben's journey. As usual, if you have not seen the episode and don't want to be spoiled by my review don't click on the LJ-cut!

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Spoilerish thoughts on "Sundown" under the cut...

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The story started 8 years ago, as I began to post on the Buffy Cross and Stake Spoiler Board. BtvS was in its 6th season and there was a shippers war, and it was just so fun. I had never been part of any fandom until then, and suddenly, a new virtual world opened before my eyes. A world in a foreign language! It was like a big game based on spoilers and specualtions, and discussions and arguments, and silliness too(the twister threads or the Daily Shipping News were not a serious place!) and it went in English. It took me some time to dare to post and play on the board because my English was so clumsy (still is, so imagine at the time!). A few people that are on my flist might remember it. Sadly most of them have been missing in action for a while. Where are you, old friends?

Fanfiction became part of the game; Spuffy fanfiction mostly because I found myself to be a Spike/Buffy 'shipper. Jane, if you read this, it was totally your fault, you had me read naughty fanfictions. Part of the appeal was that the stories in question were in English and I learnt a lot of pornographical vocabulary! Fanfiction was educational. My knowledge in the tongue of Shakespeare expanded.

Kantayra, nautibitz, herself, and all the big names of the time, have been my guides and teachers!

Reading fanfiction was also like being a little girl again and playing with dolls. It's an analogy I have often used and I still think it's relevant(and I guess that fanfiction writer play with dolls too). And I loved my Spike doll and my Buffy doll so much. I adored their epic, complicated, angsty and sexy romance. With the passing of time, my English improved; I came to enjoy the writing, to acknowledge the talent that certain fanfiction writers truly had, I even became picky...while still playing with my favourite dolls. I even joined a fanfiction club in which we gave marks! Later I found new authors thanks to LJ. Just check my flist!

I also found out that fanfiction helped to make up for what the show couldn't or hadn't put on screen. It filled up the holes (and not necessarily thanks to porny sessions); it went paths that open doors had only hinted at; some fictions tried to fix things sometimes, a bit like Willow using magic in season 6. Fanfiction was addictive. I stayed away from All Human fictions because I was attached to the show and my dolls had to remain a slayer and a vampire. I was rather a canon suppporter too. I remained faithful to my OTP (how funny that the acronym is so natural now!)concerning the characters of Buffy and Spike, but I indulged in reading Giles/Ethan fanfiction because the pairing was intriguing and sexy, and the show never made it obvious ––even though it's totally canon (Robin Sachs and Jane Espenson said so)! Spuffy was my passion and Githan was my péché mignon*. The thing is that I'm neither into nor against slash per se, but the Githan porn was simply magnificent. And we had so little of Ethan on screen that it was always a pleasure to meet him again in fanfiction. Dear Ethan...

It's funny because as much as I loved certain pairings in other tv shows––Helo and Athena on BSG, Desmond and Penny on Lost, Sam and Gene on Life on Mars, Pullo and Vorenus on Rome–– I have never been really compelled to read fanfictions about them (it may have happened once or twice concerning Helo and Sharon, out of curiousity), to carry on the story outside the tv show. I guess that it's because there was no frustrations to work on. Helo/Athena is a sort of Spuffy that overcame the obstacles in the show, a complete Spuffy on screen; Penny/Desmond is an obvious uber romantic pairing that endows Lost with an infinite grace; Sam/Gene or Pullo/Vorenus were perfect the way they described on screen, their love story––although non sexual and non romantic––was lovely and poignant; and above all, it was the core of the show so I didn't need them to have steamy sex in fanfiction (Vorenus/Mark Anthony that's another matter I could be tempted to explore!).

BtVs is still my favourite show, the best tv work I've seen so far, and I'm glad I own all the episodes on DVD so I can immerse myself again in the Buffyverse any time, but I don't play wih my dolls anymore. Perhaps I had read too many Spuffy fan fictions over the year and I ended up having an indigestion, I don't know. Besides, having spent years speculating on spoilers, parsing the episodes of Buffy and writing essays on boards, I hardly feel the need to join current discussions in the LJ fandom. LJ is for writing about my current interests/obsessions and for chatting with friends. It's great that there's new blood and enthousiasm about all things Buffy, but I don't want to repeat myself ad infinitum and ramble on as if I were in some sort of time loop and my matrix would experience a permanent déjà-vu bug. I guess that, when it comes to my reflections and contributions on Buffy, well,  missa est.

So, I thought that fanfiction was history, that I had quit for good, that I was cured. That ship has sailed and stuff like that. But two days ago I read a fanfiction and I did enjoy it. It was a Caprica fanfic, filled with angst and sex, based on Joseph/Daniel pairing. I doubt that anything like that will ever happen between the characters on screen despite the chemistry, the bonding/antagonism and the (sexual) tension, and I don't even want it to happen on the show for I do love Amanda and Daniel together. I know that I could read again a Daniel/Joseph fic though. To a certain extent, Spuffy was a serious affair to me, hence my sticking to canon and avoiding the comics, but now, I understand that fanfiction can be a pure fantasy corner that leaves the "reality" untainted. Reading it is like putting the holoband on, or playing a game.

Also, if some talented person were to put online a very good Giles/Ethan fic (you know, like the onesTrekker used to write!)I might read it...

Maybe I am not cured after all.

*ETA: For [ profile] stormwreath  and other English speakers, a "péché mignon" is a French expression meaning a weakness...a bit sinful, but not a capital or deadly sin, rather venial hence "mignon".
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The rerun of season 3 on French cable showed "Enter 77" tonight in which Mikhaïl compared himself to a lighthouse keeper! When Sayid, Locke and Kate reached the Flame, Danielle denied having ever seen the place before just like the lighthouse Jack was surpised that they had never seen before!

Games were very important, once again, on the episode, either chess in The Flame or ping-pong on the beach. Also Mikhaïl told Locke that his computer game that played chess had been programmed by 3 masters and that it cheated! And John Locke was so happy when he thought that he had won! Terry O'Quinn's face is really wonderful when he smiles.

At the end of the episode the station exploded ending any chance of communications with the outside. This time it's Locke who broke the lighthouse mirror, although unintentionally, by entering 77...
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I watched "The Lighthouse" in the evening and I almost fell from my chair when watching the opening scene: in the alt-verse (or sideverse whatever)Jack has lost all his chest hair!

Read more... )
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I'm still a bit feverish but feeling less exhausted today so here's my review of Lost's latest episode.  A great episode.

The reasons The Substitute rocked )


Feb. 11th, 2010 11:49 pm
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I'm still following the reruns of Lost on the cable (3 episodes a week) and it's quite interesting to watch season 6 and season 3 at the same time. This week the parallels struck me even more than usually.

What Kate does and season 3 )

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I'm still processing the double episode of this last season of Lost.
I guess I need to rewatch if I want to post something articulate, but I have  a lot of work and I'm invigilating a three hour essay tomorrow afternoon so I won't be able to rewatch it before a while. And there's a new episode of Caprica tomorrow evening!

Sometimes I think that I should be paid to watch tv and review my favourite shows...

Anyway here are my first reactions about LAX part 1 and 2 )


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