kangeiko: (atia of the julii)
I managed to slice my finger open on bread. On bread, people. I do not appreciate being defeated by my lunch.

In less fail-worthy areas, I want to talk about some of my favourite characters. You will notice that they are neither 25, nor male. This makes them the exception when it comes to be characterised as 'awesome' by the majority of fandom. (Much as I love K/S, fifty-eight of the new Star Trek communities that have recently formed could wink out of existence and the young, gorgeous and male characters in the cast would still get plenty of love. But I digress.)

So here's my love-song to all those women who managed to hit forty and still remain smart and gorgeous and made of awesome.

1. Atia (ROME)
When I think of awesome, I think of Atia. She single-handedly made ROME for me. She's smart, she's petty, she's beautiful naked. She's not a size 0. Best moment: when she's beating the crap out of Octavia and Octavian for sleeping together. Or when she turns up at Mark Anthony's wearing all those furs.

2. Servilia (ROME)
Ah, Servilia. Realistically, having Atia go up against a man would have been pointless, as she would have eaten him alive. Servilia, on the other hand, counted Julius Caesar as a lover, and Atia as an enemy. She was magnificent in her rage; even though I loved Atia, I would sometimes be traitorously wanting Servilia to win. Best moment: scratching a curse onto a bronze mirror and, of course, her final scene in front of Atia.

3. Irina Derevko (Alias)
Spymommy rules! Let's get over the fact that she also looks like my first grade teacher, which confused the smaller parts of my brain. Let's also ignore the last part of S5, as it upsets me beyond words. In all other respects, Irina rules. She is an Evil Overlady (who pretend to be an Evil Overlord, because men are stupid and wouldn't think of it - see, even the spellcheck can cope with Evil Overlord but doesn't recognise Evil Overlady!) and she manages to turn most of the Alias world upside down on a regular basis. Also, she's stunningly gorgeous, and isn't afraid to use that sexuality to her advantage. Come to think of it, ALL the women on this list still continue to use their sexuality, which must be confusing for those who think that a woman can't be a sexual being after 40. Anyway, best moments: getting changed on the train and catching Jack looking at her, helping deliver Isabelle, "no, I'm going to let him do it" and the whole Elena interaction.

4. Lwaxana Troi (ST:TNG & ST:DSN)
I recently rewatched Lwaxana's first visit to DSN with [livejournal.com profile] queenspanky, hence the resurgence of my love for her. She's played for comedic effect generally, but she also has such an air of pathos about her that she can reach quite impressive depths. I love that she has different hair for every occasion, and she can seduce a Ferengi just as convincingly as she can make a play for Picard. I love that she loves her daughter unreservedly, and Dark Page broke my heart. And her wedding 'gown' - priceless! Best moments: turning up for her wedding dressed traditionally, sitting in Picard's lap after being rescued from the Ferengi, catching the melting Odo in her skirts.

5. Iris Crowe (Carnivale)
Speaking of unreserved, unconditional love: witness Iris Crowe's not-entirely-appropriate love for her brother. Iris seriously blind-sided me in Carnivale; I honestly didn't think she would have been the one to do that with the orphanage. She struck me as too soft (can you believe that??), and so it was a real shock. Of course, listening to her reasons made it clear that she was anything other than soft, and after that I think I was more afraid of her than of Justin. Best moments: leaving the door open when bathing, explaining about the orphanage.

6. Laura Roslin (BSG)
The only reason I might decide to actually give BSG another chance is because of the awesome scariness of Laura Roslin. She had me when she shoved that guy out the airlock, and I know he was a bad guy, but she seemed to - well, not precisely enjoy it, but not be cut up about it, either. And I guess we're so used to seeing female characters feel at everything, that watching her do that so composedly really shook me. Best moments: not going bonkers when Tigh comes to visit her in her cell in S1, shoving the Cylon out the airlock, telling Baltar what she thinks of him when she thinks she's dying. I've only watched up to the middle of S2, so doubtless there are others.

7. Sally Jupiter (Watchmen)
This is the bit where everyone wonders what the hell I'm smoking, because I think that Sally is awesome. If nothing else, she is an immensely complex character to end up spoilering a spoiler with spoiler. I think that it's a shame that the entire fandom seems so focused on the second gen heroes at the exclusion of the Minutemen (and what little Minutemen stuff there is seems to be almost entirely slash. What about the awesomeness of the female heroes??). Best moments: telling Eddie to stay away from Laurie, and then telling Laurie why she couldn't hate Eddie. AWWWWW.

8. Joyce Summers (Buffy)
Joyce is, in fact, an excellent mum who is just trying to do her best. Her kid has announced that she's a superhero, and will be killing nasties regardless of what mummy wants for her (and mummy is quite certain that 'college' rather than 'decapitation' is what she wants for her daughter). Plus then Dawn turns up. I, I just - for a few brief episodes, before everything goes wrong, there's a real family at the beginning of S5, and they're happy. Which just makes what comes later that much more heart-breaking. Best moments: Valentine's day with Buffy - Thelma & Louise sounds like an excellent idea - and when Buffy comes back in S3. Hitting Spike over the head with an axe, And - this may not count - but The Body. Because that makes me cry every single time.

9. CJ Cregg (TWW)
I've decided that she counts because she is over 40, and is not little, cute or blonde. Not that little, cute and blonde can't be intimidating in its own ways. How do I love CJ? When I grow up I want to be just like her. The beginning of S6 - while upsetting - also makes me happy with the CJ-centric episodes, especially where we see her hit the ground running. Because she is made of awesomesauce and could pick it up like *snaps fingers* that. Plus, she has a fantastic body. And is amazing in bed. (What? She is.) Best moments: WHERE TO START, well, being amazing in bed, having root canal, the women of Qumar, kissing Danny, visiting Toby in S7, getting drunk with Abbey, smacking down the Joint Chiefs.

10. Narcissa Malfoy (Harry Potter)
I read a fic somewhere that describes the Malfoys as 'an army of three', which I think is amazingly accurate. Narcissa is on her family's side. Yes, she wants them to be successful, and yes, they have allied themselves politically to a particular side, but that doesn't mean that she's going to sacrifice her family on the altar of principle or political expediency. And, when you think about it, she's the reason that LV was defeated - and she doesn't regret it, not a single bit of it. Best moments: the dinner with LV and silent support for her husband, asking whether Draco's alive.

11. Kai Winn (ST:DSN)
Kai Winn should get her own section, entitled 'scary villains'. I'm rewatching DSN, and it's hitting me all over again just how much she freaked me out. She reminds me of Martha Stewart, if she decided to join the KKK and run for office. I won't spoil by mentioning her best moments, even though I am vaguely spoiled myself for S7. But her early appearances are awesome still: the bombing of the school, letting Minister Jarro stand alone, telling her mole that her semi-suicidal bombing was the work of the Prophets.

12. M (Bond films)
Judi Dench as M makes my knees weak, particularly in Casino Royale. The Brosnan Bond was too powerful, really, for us to see her as an effective control of him (which was always one of my pet peeves with Bond - he's an agent, he's disposable - he doesn't get to dictate terms to M!), but when we had the relaunch it all clicked for me. This M wouldn't hesitate to throw Bond at something guaranteed to get him killed. He's a tool for her: sometimes a precise, effective tool, sometimes a jack-hammer. Sometimes (very expensive) cannon fodder. But she's the one who makes the decisions, and he's the one who implements them. Best moments: that entire scene in her apartment in Casino Royale.

13. Livia (I, Claudius)
akjdfghfkghdfkgj, Livia. I have only read the book, not watched the series yet (I AM A BAD FAN; I am taking it to Zambia with me to watch in peace and quiet...), but in the book she is pant-wettingly awesome. She's the mind behind the throne, and when that throne is Augustus bloody Caesar, you get an idea of the sort of mind she is. Best moment: painting the bloody fruit!

14. Frau Totenkinder (Fables)
She interrogates BABA YAGA. Case closed. Plus, she's totally up to something... er, else. Best moments: young!frau exacting her revenge on her former lover, being rescued by Red and Snow, and, oh yes, INTERROGATING BABA FRIKKIN YAYGA. (Maybe you had to grow up with tales of Baba Yaga as a kid to get how inhumanly awesome and terrifying that is as a concept, I dunno. Baba Yaga was guaranteed to make me wet my pants as a kid, though, I find her scary beyond words.)

15. Kathryn Janeway (ST:VOY)
Star Trek seems to be doing remarkably well here, WHUT. Anyway, Kate Mulgrew was in her 40s as Janeway, which makes Janeway in her 40s - and that logic is good enough for me. And while Voyager sucked abysmally a lot of the time, some of the time it was totes awesome, and that was mainly because of Janeway and her forbidden love relationship with Seven. Best moments: going all Die Hard and hunting down giant microbes, facing down the skeezy Kashyk, Borg Queen face-off!!, telling Seven to date in a totally 'come hither' way.

So, there we are. 15 women too awesome for words. (Although I clearly found some.) Give 'em some love, they totally deserve it!
kangeiko: (Default)
You can get an Arvin Sloane action figure!!!

I'm torn between a need to stay far, far away, and a desire to produce my credit card and plop it on the table. help.

Also of interest is Volume 1 of Doktor Sleepless, which I haven't read, and which is guaranteed to bring the Warren Ellis!happy. But does it? Flist, you've all kept up with your comic book reading far more diligently than I. Thoughts and comments on Doktor Sleepless? Should I bother? Should I invest my energies/money in Ennis' The Boys Vol. 3 instead? Should I sit tight until 2009?
kangeiko: (atia of the julii)
Tomorrow, I am writing my dissertation. For real, this time, as it's due on 1 September and I have *counts* 10 days off work in which to write it. The research is done, and I've mostly planned it, so it should just be a case of sitting down and writing it until it's, well, written. Then sending it to people to rip to shreds, and re-writing it until it doesn't suck. Then having a ball. An actual ball, will ballgowns and everything.

In the meantime, we have [livejournal.com profile] fannish5 asking us to name five times that a character you like did something wrong -so I did, with spoilers for S2 Buffy, S1 Rome, S4 Babylon 5, S3 Alias and S3 West Wing. )
kangeiko: (Default)
As requested -

For [livejournal.com profile] selenak, who wanted to know how I'd write the psi corps trilogy, if I'd been given the timeline for it:

bear in mind I didn't like them at all... )

For [livejournal.com profile] yahtzee63, who wanted to know my top 3 bad-ass women of Alias:

cut for S5 spoilers )

exams

Jun. 8th, 2006 10:07 pm
kangeiko: (Default)
my very scary exam is tomorrow. going to bed. yep, slightly freaked. this is the biggie, the hard one, the one with the scary calculations and earnings-per-share and dividend-yield-ratios and deferred-taxation-tables with scary dongles stuck on the end.

*clutches index cards to chest*

also, I tried writing a S5-finale-compliant Sloane fic, and it was dire. It was so dire I'm not posting it here. See, even my Sloane voice refuses to cooperate with those final character assassination moments! Someone fax JJ a clue, stat.
kangeiko: (sydney bristow)
Wow.

That, um, sucked. It was 1) predictable, 2) it borrowed from the big finales of practically every show I've ever seen, and, and, and, look, I wasn't affected by it (i.e. did not cry or wail or anything) other than thinking they'd wasted some really nice character development.

spoilery )

Jossed

Jun. 7th, 2006 05:59 pm
kangeiko: (Default)
Or, you know, JJ'ed.

It suddenly occurs to me that I've been writing a particular bit of fanon as, well, fanon, despite being given evidence in canon to the contrary. Dang nabbit. To wit: Sloane did not have a one-night stand with 'Laura' Bristow. Instead, he must have been sleeping with her before Sydney's conception up to and probably past Nadia's. Bumsticks! I wrote 'Bound' with their first encounter happening during Sydney's childhood, but this makes things much more complicated. Either Sloane must have suspected 'Laura' from the get-go, or he really was willing to carry on an affair with his best friend's wife. Which, you know, ruins my image of his as an almost-wonderful husband somewhat.

Bumsticks, I say. Do we know whether the S3 talk with Dr Barnett and the subsequent suspicions that Sloane is Syd's dad was him making it all up, or is it likely to be the truth? Because, well, bumsticks.

Also, in non-bum related news )
kangeiko: (Default)
I watched these one after the other so I don't know what bit falls where.

Not much to say other than I like Rachel, and everyone else is starting to annoy me a bit, but Jack & Sloane are still my boys, oh yes. So, erm, I'm watching this season, it appears. NOONE SPOIL ME FOR THE ENDING ON PAIN OF DEATH.

that is all.
kangeiko: (naked)
To clarify -

I am not dead. Not even a little bit. If it was anything as serious as that, it would have happened before now. In the words of the immortal Guide - Don't Panic.

In non-health related queries, is S5 of Alias any good? I have seen the season opener. I was not impressed, and have failed to watch more. Hmmm. Maybe I should remedy this...

Creepy

Apr. 21st, 2006 01:25 pm
kangeiko: (Default)
I realised this last night.

Look at Lilah when she's being particularly smug. Then look at Irina Derevko in S2, during "The Passage", maybe, when she's half-naked and catches Jack staring at her. Look at Irina's smile. Look at Lilah's smile. Look at Irina's smile again.

Lilah Morgan is clearly a long-lost Derevko.

I nominate everybody on my flist to write this. Immediately.
kangeiko: (Default)
There is nothing more lovely than being woken up by the postlady delivering you Christmas gifts. Mmmmmmmm. *glows* A very big thank-you to [livejournal.com profile] erykah101 for being so thoughtful, precious - I am exercing a modicum of self-control and have not yet opened my gift, but rest assured that there shall be major squeeing come Xmas time. *smooches you*

I also want to thank wee guinea-pig K, who likewise sent me pretty things, *smooches you*, and [livejournal.com profile] weaselator, who turned up with gifts and hot Thai soup and made me not so lurgy-d.

*loves my friends*

In fandom news, can I say that my BSG ship has much to squee over? Go over here for a spoilery picture from 'Resurrection Ship Part 2'. Put any spin on it you like, I'm squeeing!

I'm also researching my [livejournal.com profile] spy_santa fic like a .. researching thing. I sort-of kind-of maybe know what I want to do with it, but I want to get it clear in my head first before committing anything to paper. In the process of researching, however, I came across this fantastic poem that completely encapsulated Irina's attitude to Sydney for me.

For a Five-Year-Old

A snail is climbing up the window-sill
into your room, after a night of rain.
You call me in to see, and I explain
that it would be unkind to leave it there:
it might crawl to the floor; we must take care
that no one squashes it. You understand,
and carry it outside, with careful hand,
to eat a daffodil.

I see, then, that a kind of faith prevails:
your gentleness is moulded still by words
from me, who have trapped mice and shot wild birds,
from me, who drowned your kittens, who betrayed
your closest relatives, and who purveyed
the harshest kind of truth to many another.
But that is how things are: I am your mother,
And we are kind to snails.

Fleur Adcock


On that note, ladies and gents, I'm off to hang out the washing. Having turned up at work yesterday and been summarily dismissed by a senior partner for sounding like death, I am sat on my tod all day today, tidying the house and easting all the perishables I can manage. Tomorrow, I am off to be pampered at my parents' house.
kangeiko: (jack/sloane gunpoint)
001.Beginnings. 002.Middles. 003.Ends. 004.Insides. 005.Outsides.
006.Hours. 007.Days. 008.Weeks. 009.Months. 010.Years.
011.Red. 012.Orange. 013.Yellow. 014.Green. 015.Blue.
016.Purple. 017.Brown. 018.Black. 019.White. 020.Colourless.
021.Friends. 022.Enemies. 023.Lovers. 024.Family. 025.Strangers.
026.Teammates. 027.Parents. 028.Children. 029.Birth. 030.Death.
031.Sunrise. 032.Sunset. 033.Too Much. 034.Not Enough. 035.Sixth Sense.
036.Smell. 037.Sound. 038.Touch. 039.Taste. 040.Sight.
041.Shapes. 042.Triangle. 043.Square. 044.Circle. 045.Moon.
046.Star. 047.Heart. 048.Diamond. 049.Club. 050.Spade.
051.Water. 052.Fire. 053.Earth. 054.Air. 055.Spirit.
056.Breakfast. 057.Lunch. 058.Dinner. 059.Food. 060.Drink.
061.Winter. 062.Spring. 063.Summer. 064.Fall. 065.Passing.
066.Rain. 067.Snow. 068.Lightening. 069.Thunder. 070.Storm.
071.Broken. 072.Fixed. 073.Light. 074.Dark. 075.Shade.
076.Who? 077.What? 078.Where? 079.When? 080.Why?
081.How? 082.If. 083.And. 084.He. 085.She.
086.Choices. 087.Life. 088.School. 089.Work. 090.Home.
091.Birthday. 092.Christmas. 093.Thanksgiving. 094.Independence. 095.New Year.
096.RPF/FPF 097.Writer‘s Choice. 098.Writer‘s Choice. 099.Writer‘s Choice. 100.Writer‘s Choice.
kangeiko: (Default)
hee!

Aaah, he doesn't mean it. Look at this pic. *points* He's clearly very comfortable with kissing Ron. *g*

Bollocks!

Jun. 25th, 2005 09:57 pm
kangeiko: (Default)
So I was writing a short&sweet answer to the [livejournal.com profile] alias500 challenge of 'letters', then did a word-count. I'm about two-thirds of the way through.

947 words.

*headdesk*

ETA:

I have Alias questions. Someone help meeee! *wibble* These are pretty much all Jack-centric (and I shoul know them, but I fail. *trembly lip*)

1. Was Jack's dad military (or CIA)? Or do we know anything about him other than 'he left a lot'?
2. Do we know which universities Jack went to, either for his undergrad or his postgrad?
3. Do we know whether he did his PhD on game theory, or is that fanon extrapolation from him being a game theorist on the show?
4. What was Laura's maiden name?
5. Do we ever know how / when Jack and Arvin meet?
6. Did Jack go straight into field agent training, or did he do strategy work for the CIA first?
7. Did he ever have a job before the CIA, or was recruited much like Sydney?
8. What was Laura's cover job? And where was she supposed to have got her doctorate in literature from?
9. Ages (because I am shallow and lookist, and tend to age down quite a bit) - backwards work, how old is Jack in S4 (or any other season)? Or, better yet, when was he born? Where? Brothers? Sisters? Pet dog?

Er... beta? *hopeful look*
kangeiko: (Default)
[livejournal.com profile] selenak has outdone herself again. She wrote me fic! Best of all, she wrote me fabulous Sloane fic for the exact moment I needed fabulous Sloane fic. It's like telepathy or something.

"Symmetry" is just so blissfully perfect, it gives me goosebumps. Set during/after S3 'Hourglass', Sloane wakes up. Mmmmmm. Go read right now.

Jack recs

May. 23rd, 2005 08:37 pm
kangeiko: (Default)
Mmm, Jack!love has been strong these last few days. There have been two fabulous Jack slash fics in the pipeline for a while now - [livejournal.com profile] andrastewhite's Jack/Sloane and [livejournal.com profile] eliade's Jack/Vaughn. Both arrived on my flist this weekend. Go. Read. Marvel.

Get Me To The Church On Time by [livejournal.com profile] andrastewhite.
Pre-show Jack/Sloane, with experimental!Jack and almost!lovely!Sloane. Just how I like my villains *cough*OTP*cough*.

Then we have:

Untitled by [livejournal.com profile] eliade, which is shaping up to be one hell of a WIP. Jack/Vaughn, wherein they maintain cover a little too diligently. The link above is to part one only, the rest is on [livejournal.com profile] eliade's lj, just clicky through.

There. Now don't ever say I never gave you anything.
kangeiko: (Default)
Understudy by Jackfan is absolutely hilarious! Go read it, right now. J/I. Mid S3. Jack goes on a raven mission. Mmmmmm, naked!Jack...
kangeiko: (Default)
Week from hell (tm) is over. Again.

Well, more or less. I am predictably sniffling and sneezing and coughing up a lung, but there is still the Torture Garden Easter Ball tonight, and Easter Sunday itself tomorrow, so I need to hang on a while longer before keeling over. It's all gonna be fine. *stressed look*

BUT! The [livejournal.com profile] comica_obscura challenge is over (yes indeedy), and I have fic recs, and other recs, too. I obviously can't reveal what fic I wrote, but suffice it to say that I was happy on all sorts of over-the-counter medication at the time. There, that should narrow it down.

RECS:

Not A Sparrow Falls by /unknown/
Jack Hawksmoor has a word with Jeroen after they deal with the rogue Doctor. Poor Jeroen! *sniffle* There's nothing like watching someone you despise do your job - but better - to make you feel like shit.

Going Fishing by /unknown/
The Earth's fish have been kidnapped. Can the Doctor save the day? It also has snarking and joking and fluffy bunny love. This is all true. Except for the fluffy bunny love.

Who Is Like God by /unknown/
Wherein we have Lucifer/Michael slash, the way it was meant to be. And it was good.

Four Times Arvin Sloane Fell In Love, And One Time He Didn't by /[livejournal.com profile] selenak/
Not a part of the [livejournal.com profile] comica_obscura challenge, obviously. I have now learnt that when I beg and plead and whine, [livejournal.com profile] selenak writes such good Arvin Sloane it makes me tingly in all the right places (those places might be wrong places in other circumstances, it's all about the circumstances, isn't it?). So, so good. Go read it now.

___

I had other recs, but [livejournal.com profile] athena25 is making me dress because I am catching my death of cold. Or somesuch. Back later.

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