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Remember at early Supernatural conventions when Jared Padalecki's spoiler filter adorably/annoyingly kept failing? It's happened again.

Look away if you don't want spoilers for Supernatural Season 13. Like, seriously. )

I like convention panels, but I do miss the seemingly endless, excruciating wait between seasons to see what will happen. Those months were filled with fan-theories being written in LiveJournals and developed in the comments, or through fanfic set in possible futures for the series.

Then again, those were the days when Supernatural retained some textual intergrity. Things (some, not all) written in one season were often remembered and elaborated upon a couple seasons later. Now, the show is more like bingo, where a randomized writing-room machine generates a number that the writers mark, sometimes sloppily, on a pre-printed card. Some seasons string together enough of a storyline to call BINGO! Others, not so much.

A spoiler drop so soon after the season finale hedges the most fun fandom has had for a while. The Season 12 finale set up some exciting possibilities for Season 13 -- but we are reminded of the chances of inconclusive bingo.
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A Dreamwidth user put together a great primer for who have found LiveJournal (and/or Facebook) limiting or downright objectionable:
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I used to link to my LJ photo gallery. Of course, I don't want to do that now.

What sites do you use to host images?
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I decided to return to personal blogging as a quiet, contemplative alternative to Facebook. I was surprised to see that I was moving back into a major LJ privacy issue!

Actual footage of me returning to LJ.

Here are some links that have helped me understand what the heck is going on and what to do about it:

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Yesterday, [profile] kadymae and I co-moderated a panel about live action adaptations of comic books on TV, which is a huge trend that shows no sign of slowing.

All four major English-language networks are airing or have commissioned comic book shows. Cable, Netflix and even the Playstation Network are developing comic book shows.

We looked at a list of current and upcoming live-action shows based on comics:

and a liist of all TV shows based based on comic books:

We found many differences between earlier TV shows, which are more serialized and produced by people who are producing comics today, have previously worked in the comics industry, or are longtime fans of comics and familiar with the canon.

Some points that were raised:

  • As the Comics Code Authority loses its cachet, changes in what comics can show reflected in what TV can show.
  • The Feels: you used to watch TV for episodic plot, and movies for emotional resonance, but now TV shows convey that sense of intimacy
  • The technology has improved for special effects and costumes.
  • New shows produced from a place of love and respect for the material, not from a place that is just using the brand.
  • Shows are remixing the source material and they are conscious that audiences are aware of the remixing.
  • This remixing adds a Shakespearan dimensionality to the shows: we're watching how these characters are being interpreted by this particular production.
  • There are now shared universes on TV and also with movies, whereas older shows were stand-alone.
  • There is a seriousness to the characters, as we take comics seriously -- in contrast to campier interpretations in the past.
  • Television producers are now expanding out to feature lesser known characters, like Arrow and Agent Carter.
  • Agent Carter was great at showing attitudes to women in the 1940s, but it missed out on commenting on the whiteness of the office.
  • Comics and shows based on them can help us look at things that make us uncomfortable, such as sexism and the long-term effects of PTSD.
  • You get families on TV, much more than in the comics.
  • You now see consequences of actions, even several seasons from the initial incident.
  • There are a lot of ensemble shows.
  • Some stories deal with how we relate to veterans: we say they're heroes, but we ignore them.
  • Heroes can be something other than purely good. Sometimes they're rat bastards, creating complexity in the characterization.
  • There is more diversity now.
  • Diggle is good with being Diggle, wasn't impressed with being Arrow
    Defenders will be diverse and slashy

Hopes for the future
  • Hoping they don't all copy each other.
  • Hoping they continue to reflect the diversity source material.
  • Hoping the Netflix series are more arc-oriented.
  • Hoping the shows on cable, Netflix and smaller networks can survive because they don't need huge Nielsen numbers.


    [profile] kadymae wore a t-shirt that says "I read banned comics," which is from the Comic Book Legal Defence Fund. For information about the CBLDF banned comics, visit:
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    At Escapade this morning, [personal profile] devilc and I combined the panels we proposed for Supernatural into one. One half the panel was about the show; the other was about J2 fic. Here are my notes:

    Season 10
    • The boys are back to dealing with their own shit, and they are dealing with it together.
    • Back to saving people, hunting things.
    • Not at odds with external forces.
    • The conflict are not manufactured (as in Season 8 and 9). They work through things.
    • Like the idea of the angels, but the theological plot overtook the show and does not seem to be planned out.
    • The writers have simplified the overall plot and can handle the smaller scale stories this year.
    • The emotional trust between the boys is back, but they still have disagreements over the methods and means.
    • The show is getting back to other supernatural beings, which is interesting for people who are interested in mythology and folklore in general.
    • A good angel story was Hannah's, though it wasn't perfect.
    • There should have been more episodes with Demon Dean.

    The 200th Episode: Olive Branch or Pacifier?
    • It was a love letter to fandom, with reservations.
    • Line drawn, as if the show was saying, you do your thing, this is our thing.
    • It was not like the previous fandom-focused episodes that alienated fans.
    • Message: there is power in fanfiction.
    • Message: it is what you make it.
    • The show is still willing to push the envelope.
    • The casting was perfect, especially the stage manager.
    • Appreciated that the musical an all-female cast.
    • Great songs.

    • One participant says she reads Wincest for unhappy endings, J2 for happy endings.
    • Why is there a renaissance? #boathouse
    • Like fics that are about a life they might have had or might dream for themselves.
    • Like fics where the J2 characters are similar to their real life personalities.
    • Has there been a change in how J2 are characterized? From being like Sam and Dean to being like their public personas?
    • Character bleed stories were popular in the early years.
    • Wife bashers seem to be out of the fandom by now: they've moved on.
    • Fic draws a distinction between having fun with J2 as characters and objectifying the actual actors.
    • Early on, the most popular fics were Gen and Wincest. Now, on A03, it's J2, Destiel and Wincest, in that order.
    • It seems like the first five years of vids are all gone from the Internet.
    • One participant contributed to [personal profile] poisontaster's A Kept Boy universe.

    General Stuff
    • A good spin-off would be hunter school, perhaps with Jody and Charlie as instructors.
    • Men of Letters needs more exploration, including Judah Initiative and famous historical figures who might have been hunters.
    • The bunker allows them to have access to resources previously provided by Bobby. The show had relied too much on Bobby to solve things.
    • They need to go back to Vegas, where they are supposedly visit every year. They should go to the Neon Boneyard to find a case.

    There was a call for J2 recommendations. If you have some links, please add them to the comments!
    tartysuz: (Supernatural)
    I just finished reading what’s described by Daily Script as the final network draft of Supernatural’s pilot episode (

    Chunks of it made it to the screen: Mary's discovery of the man in the nursery, dialogue between Sam and Dean when they reunite, when they hit the road and when they wrap the case.

    But there are major differences, too. The ones that stood out for me:

    1) In the opening flashback, blood drips on a Sesame Street blanket, not on baby Sam directly. The aired version amplifies the irony and the horror of a murdered mother's blood dripping on her smiling, happy baby. Having the blood touch Sammy directly opens up the reading that Sam was infected by that blood. It is also an extention of the blood = infection = AIDS metaphor that dominated horror in the 1980s and 1990s.

    2) Sam takes more of the positive action (finding things on the Internet, persuading people to cooperate, deducing things about the case, scamming his way to see a prisoner in a scene that did not make it to the aired pilot). So all the "action" is of the intellectual kind. Yet, he doesn't actually solve the case. Constance's entire backstory is told to him.

    3) While Sam's intellectual skills are shown, Dean's physical prowess is only hinted at. This is the reverse of what most shows do: it's easier to show badass punching than badass research. At one point, he only acts when Sam tells him what to do, but Sam only knows what Dean should do because someone told Sam. Passivity begat passivity! Also less dynamic was the scene where Dean reunites with Sam. There is no fight. The fight showed both boys' prowess and introduced Dean as a man of action.

    4) Sam and Jessica are just dating, not living together. Their negotiation about how to take the next step (meeting her parents) overburdened the script. The decision to show Sam and Jessica together in the apartment they shared created a parallel to John and Mary's home. Sam is shown to be making a family of his own. So the episode began with the loving, protective Winchester family, then the loving soon-to-be Winchester-Moore family, then questioned John's decisions as a father, then introduced Constance as an example of a protective parent who went overboard. As a result of her somewhat justified obsession, she physicall killed her children. As a result of his somewhat justified obsession, John was stifling his children.

    5) Constance's interactions with the first victim in the episode and with Sam in the car later on are very close to what aired. However, her entire backstory is different. It is not tied to any specific myth or urban legend, although at one point Sam says there are a lot of legends about ghost hitchhikers. Because her actions aren't tied to any particular myth, she is like a character from Criminal Minds, a psychopath whose story doesn't have a lot to say about anything else. (Her story could have been tied to LIzzie Borden, though.) Giving Constance a backstory rooted in myth reinforces the show's premise. It also reinforces the underlying theme of what parents will do, however twisted, to protect their children.

    Obviously, I'm biased because I've seen the pilot many times, and I've seen the stories that were developed from details in it. But I do think all the changes made the script better. They made the characters more active. They introduced additional layers of story. They drew direct connections between the Winchester family melodrama and mythic stories. This allowed Supernatural to use the procedural format, but to transcend procedural stories. It was the beginning of the epic story of Sam and Dean Winchester.
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    A science fiction fairy tale melodrama? Sign me up! Here's my take:

    "A friend asked me if Jupiter Ascending was any good. This was a hard question to answer! Its imperfections have been noted to the point of exaggeration. There is a lot of world-building exposition, there are long chase scenes, and there are characters that could be more realistic. But those downsides (some are really a matter of taste) are less than the sum of the parts in this big, bright, ambitious mash-up of space opera, science fiction, fairy tales, and romance."

    Read more from me, [profile] kadymae and Erin, another member of Sequential Tart, at
    tartysuz: (Jupiter Ascending)
    I loved Jupiter Ascending! It's a science fiction/fairy tale mash-up. I wrote about it in the Sequential Tart article that [ profile] kadymae mentions here:

    Originally posted by [ profile] kadymae at Jupiter Ascending
    Jupiter Deconstructed -- A tart round table about Jupiter Ascending.

    Jupiter Ascending is a great sprawling beautiful amazing mess of a movie, and I'm not surprised that most mainstream (male) critics of it have no idea what to make of it, for it is a female power-trip fantasy.

    Jupiter Ascending is the novel that every woman who loves speculative fiction has written in her head at least once. The one where she's an intergalactic space princess who's romancing a really nice hot guy who's fine with her being the center of attention.

    And let me be up front about it -- the fantasy of Jupiter Ascending is no more or less ridiculous than male power-trip fantasies such as The Fast and The Furious. (And like that franchise, for all of its kick-'splode popcorn, Jupiter Ascending has also got a lot of Capital F Film going on.) Jupiter Ascending also beats the pants off of movies such as Sky Captain and The 5th Element.
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    Great film. It's hard SF -- so hard it resulted in an academic paper about black holes!

    The sound scientific base is a crucial part of the amazing world-building done by the film, but the focus is really on the characters.

    I went in with zero spoilers. I only knew the director and the two top-billed stars. While knowing the cast doesn't really spoil the plot, I was delighted with the surprises.

    There is one gen fic in Archive of Our Own. I'm hoping there will eventually be fic about my OTP, Read more... )

    Here are a couple of articles to read after you've seen the film or if you want spoilers:

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    Yes, this.

    The most common complaints I've heard about Facebook over the years were about the lack of straightforward privacy settings and poor audience selection options. LiveJournal has had good solutions for years.

    Meanwhile, Ello is barely usable right now. It has zero privacy settings and doesn't actually seem to be conceived to be a Facebook replacement. For now, Ello is more like Tumblr with no features.

    Originally posted by [ profile] fengi at Serious Suggestion: instead of chasing Ello, why not push LJ?
    I'm going to go all pitchman/cheerleader for a moment:

    Instead of joining the stampede to half-baked ello, let's encourage people to join the Livejournal. It's far from perfect, but it's more viable than most other options.

    It has the features ello testers and disgruntled Facebook users want now. After 15 years of experience, it has slowly learned from drama and errors. It survived the original dot bust and seems ready for the next one.

    The free-to-paid membership model has provided ad-free, adult-friendly options for a decade plus, something earnest manifestos usually don't (see tumblr's broken promise).

    So why deal with more inflated startup promises and fumbling? Say goodbye to Facebook and hello to Livejournal -- a customizable global social network that doesn't require real names and provides an easy, logical way to avoid ads. [Forgive me for the infomercial language.]

    As a longtime user and occasionally harsh critic, I think LJ is flawed but less adversarial and predatory towards users than Facebook, Google and others. Yes, it has an "old meme" image and notorious past service dramas, but in the long term it's become a solid product.

    It's a viable alternative to Facebook which is ready to serve users immediately. Click here for their new promotional video, which you can post to Facebook.

    *Recently when an error appeared to override my preferred friends display, a complaint ticket received a polite response and a fix in less than 24 hours - from what appeared to be an actual human. Even in the worst days of LJ, my tickets were handled in a relatively coherent and timely fashioned compared with the inscrutable silence of bigger networks.

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    I can't say it better than this:

    Originally posted by [ profile] kadymae at Help a fellow fan
    Fangirl and Sequential Tart Wolfen Moondaughter needs our help. She's got no health insurance, she's having problems controlling her blood sugar, and now she's having some retinal bleeds.

    She's an artist. She depends on vision to make a living.

    She's got an illustration of the problem and a link for donations.

    I've known her for 14 years and can vouch for her. She's a kind and generous person.


    While you're checking out the illustration of how Wolfie's eyesight is deteriorating, please explore her portfolio. Her fan art is beautiful, including this one of Iron Man/Tony Stark:

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    Co-moderator devilc and I are expanding the topic of our panel at Escapade.

    Have you ever been part of a fandom where the main character dies in canon? Or a star dies in real life? How about a bandom where the band splits up? Or a sports fandom where your ship is torn apart by a trade?

    Join us on Saturday at 2pm in California C to talk about how fic readers and writers handle real life events and canon decisions about how to deal with them.
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    Yesterday was a brutal news day: Harold Ramis, Norman Yates and a local fancy stationery shop, Notables, all gone or going. Harold Ramis has influenced taste in comedy and views about TV since SCTV. I see Norman Yates’s grand painting on campus every day. So many of my ideas and so many gifts I’ve given were put into notebooks and gift packages from Notables.

    Notables’ announcement:

    Harold Ramis on the metaphors different people find in Groundhog Day:

    Norman Yates remembered by the University of Alberta:

    Many moons ago, I did a massive cover feature on Norman Yates for the Edmonton Bullet. I’ll try to post that in the next couple of days.


    Jan. 27th, 2014 08:16 pm
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    Ahhhhhh! Dream band at the Grammys last night:

    • Trent Reznor and NIN
    • Josh Homme and Queens of the Stone Age
    • Lindsay Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac
    • Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters

    I seized the opportunity to see NIN and QOTSA in 2013: they were both great concerts. I've long been a fan of NIN, and this was the first time I'd seen them live, so that concert was particularly gratifying. I saw Buckingham with Fleetwood Mac on the Rumours and Tusk tours, so pretty much the Mac at their peak. I missed seeing the Foo Fighters at Edgefest by a year (I went the following year; Hole was the headliner).

    This clip is only a few minutes long, but it is grand.

    Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age with Dave Grohl and Lindsay Buckingham by Bear1966

    Fast Five

    Jan. 12th, 2014 09:40 pm
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    Faith Erin Hicks understands.

    By Faith Erin Hicks
    I watched Fast Five while working tonight. They loved each other so much but it could never be because Dom lived OUTSIDE THE LAW

    …. might be working a bit much lately.

    Source: Faith Erin Hicks's Tumblr
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    That confirmed what I'd suspected. Season 3 is not comprised of three episodes; it is actually one jumbo-sized film.

    The case-per-episode formula yielded one howler in each of the two previous seasons. That's not the case with this season, when the showrunners have figured out how to use the limited format to their advantage.

    Can't wait to see what they'll do with Season 4.
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    Warning: some gory scenes.

    Some spoiler free thoughts:

    I'm living in the midst of a deadly outbreak of H1N1 (there is also one case of H5N1, the first case of bird flu in North America) and a controversy over whether immunization for health care workers should be mandatory.

    So for me, the most chilling scene in the new Syfy show Helix was Billy Campbell's speech about how pathogens can be unwittingly transmitted from individuals to health care workers to the general population. That's the pattern SARS took in Toronto; it's the pattern everyone wants to avoid now.

    Helix isn't primarily commenting on specific health care issues. Its canvas is larger, and does a good job of converting societal and personal fears of pathogens, advanced technology, corporations and mortality into horror/sci-fi scares.

    Campbell and co-star Kyra Zagorsky are excellent, and the remainder of cast is very good. Hopefully, they'll all get better dialogue in future episodes.

    There are three women in principal roles -- Zagorsky, Jordan Haynes and Catherine Lemieux, who all play scientists (go geek girls!) -- which is great. I only ask that the show be less self-conscious about that and let the characters be characters, not merely tokens. Two of the women are vying for the attention of the male lead; at one point, the greater-than-size-2 woman calls attention to her own weight for no reason.

    And maybe the inscrutable villainous Asian character won't always be inscrutable and villainous?


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