Feb. 28th, 2012 03:02 pm
jayes_musings: (Banksy -- Flower hooligan)
I haven't done a post where I've gone over my newest fandoms for a looonng time, and as I'm sitting her at the coffee shop waiting to head to the airport, and it's way to noisy to concentrate on writing...I might as well find something to occupy my journal.

BEING HUMAN (UK): Okay, so I've been a fan since the first season, and now that I can watch BBC iPlayer, I can now watch S4 the day after broadcast, I am more hooked than ever. To be honest, I wasn't sure how I would like this season with three lead cast members leaving the show, especially Aidan Turner who plays Mitchell, but I think that the PTB have done a good job of dealing with that. I even like the 'replacement' characters. Yes, they've set it up the same, but Tom and Hal are so totally different to George and Mitchell (despite being a werewolf and vampire, respectively) that the interactions are fresh and interesting. I love Annie always have, always will and I'm liking watching her grow as well as deal with her grief over her friends and forging new bonds (or not?) with her new housemates. There are plenty of interesting supporting characters as well, and I'm curious to see how they will develop and what side of good vs. evil they will fall on. The only weak spot that I can see is the baby, Eve and the whole "War Child" prophecy. I'm hoping they will do something completely surprising with it, and not turn it into a typical prophetic child trope.

SHERLOCK: I've only just started watching this, and only a couple of episodes at that...but it sucked me in immediately. It is just so clever (which I would expect from the subject) and an original take on ACD. While I don't find anything greatly physically attractive about Cumberbatch or Freeman, I absolutely love their chemistry together. They work so well together. It's unique and fun.

THE TUDORS: Yes, I'm late to this particular party, but hubby bought the complete series when he was deployed and we are slowly getting through them. I've never been a fan of the actual Tudors (Ricardian here!)...but with it's loose historical accuracy and great acting, I'm really enjoying it. Of course, watching JRM so much is hardly a bad thing...nor is Henry Cavill.

GAME OF THRONES: This really shows how bad I've been at updating my journal. LOL I had never heard of ISOIAF before hearing that Sean Bean was in the series. Hearing the premise, I got interested, and the local used bookshop here had the first novel. That first novel was quickly followed by the rest. And now I'm waiting impatiently for the DVDs and also the second season (which I'll miss the first ep as I'll be in Ireland!). As is typical for me, my favourites aren't the fandom favourites, and I find those that are annoying. I love Tyrion, hands down my favourite...he's a wonderful mix of grey that I love, and you can understand how he got to be like he is. Also those who I know I'll enjoy when I get to their chapters are Cersei, Petyr, Jamie, and Dany (although I hope she stops wasting time soon). Theon and Sansa are both growing on me slowly, and I do love seeing how they are going to develop. And while I'm sure that Jon Snow will be key to how this all plays out, in some way or another, I really hope not. I've been 'meh' over him since the start, and after everything that has happened (and still will happen?) it just seems all rather predictable. Please George R.R. Martin, surprise me like you have so often!

ONCE UPON A TIME: I heard a lot of people talking about this, and when it came on here, I checked it out. First network US show I've really got into for a long time, and what's more, hubby enjoys it as well. Rumplestiltskin makes it (okay, long time Robert Carlyle fan here, since Begbie and the guy he played on "Cracker" whose name eludes me right now), and I love the Queen/Mayor. But the best thing about the show is seeing the "before and after" of the fairy tale character and their real world counterpart. Sometimes it's a little predictable, but I like figuring out who is who. Also, Nick Lea was in last night's episode here! And although I'm not a big fan of the actress, Emma Swan is a strong female character and carries the show well.

And a fandom that I've fallen out of love with )
jayes_musings: (HL -- Kronos chains)
Day 12. An episode you’ve watched more than 5 times

Oh, there's lots.

Highlander: Comes A Horseman/Revelation 6:8 and a few others.

Blakes 7: Orac, Star One, Rumours of Death, Terminal, Orbit, Blake and others.

Robin of Sherwood: Robin Hood and the Sorcerer, The Greatest Enemy, The Sheriff of Nottingham.

The Professionals: Mixed Doubles, No Stone, Operation Susie, Discovered in a Graveyard and others.
jayes_musings: (staring contest)
Day 11. A show that disappointed you

One show that I tried and tried to get into, but each time it has disappointed me is Robin Hood (the recent BBC series). This despite -- or perhaps partially because of -- my love for Robin of Sherwood, and the wonderful evilness of Keith Allen as the Sheriff, Sam Troughton who I adore from HEX, and especially because of the total sexy moodiness of Richard Armitage as Guy of Gisbo[u]rne.

But it is sooooo bad that even those positives are wiped out for me!

Forget all the historic inaccuracies, of which there are many...they do bug me, but I can watch the even less accurate (and deliberately anachronistic) Merlin without being annoyed as much.

When it first aired, my mum recorded several episodes for me...I only managed to get through, probably, the first fifteen minutes of the first episode before I had to turn it off. Since then, I had only watched a few minutes here and there...mostly to catch a glimpse of Guy. Coincidentally, I did watch a full episode yesterday (where Guy and Marian are to be married)...and I spent most of it just laughing at the awfulness of it. The inaccuracies and bad writing just compound on each other and make it just about unwatchable for me.

Yes, for my Richard Armitage fill, I shall stick with Spooks/MI-5. And for my Robin and Merries, I shall definitely stick with RoS (that was far from perfect, but Kip Carpenter did it so much better).

Such a shame because I was hoping for a series that would be an updated RoS...and it falls so much below.
jayes_musings: (Leverage -- Go steal blogging site)
Well, had a busy weekend with my son's Junior ROTC dinner on Friday evening, which was pretty good -- he didn't get any awards he's only just joined, but the dinner was good, and I get to see him all dressed up.

Saturday was a day trip to Ghent in Belgium, a very nice medieval city with canals, castle, and a fine arts museum, but having been to the smaller city, Brugge, before...I have to say it didn't have nearly the charm of there. (And if you want to see what Brugge is like, I highly recommend the Colin Farrell film, In Bruges (yes, it's spelt several different ways :D)).

Yesterday was spent with more unpacking and finding homes for things while the hubby put together a grill and a desk.

So, it's Monday....still without Internet at home (Wednesday is potentially the day, but I'm not holding my breath), but I have some time to myself again. Anyway, on with the meme"

Day 10. A show you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving

Leverage. For one, it's not my typical kind of show. Second, I had tried to watch the British version, Hu$tle and never really got into it, so I didn't think this would be much better. And third, I've never been much for Tim Hutton, and as previews showed mostly him, I didn't get to see what the other characters were like. And then, I happened to catch an episode! Hutton still doesn't do a whole lot for me, but I do like him in this...but it was the others, namely Eliot, Hardison, and especially Parker that got me hooked within minutes of seeing them interact. For me, those guys make the show...they are original characters and have great chemistry together and are written very well (and not to mention portrayed excellently by their respective actors). And now I am hooked.

There's also, to my shame, America's Next Top Model that [ profile] manda_muses got me is a very, very guilty pleasure.
jayes_musings: (Pullo -- hugging Vorenus)
Day 09. Best scene ever

So hard to decide between two. Both from Highlander.

In "Comes A Horseman" the Jimmy scene. It's just perfectly played by Peter Wingfield and Adrian Paul, and it was a stunning scene when I first watched it (and enjoying seeing part of the 'real' Methos) and it still is.

My second best once is in "Revelation 6:8"...and really the whole episode is worth it, but while I love the sword fight between Silas/Caspian/Duncan and Kronos/Duncan, and I love when they free Caspian from his cell, and many favourite is when Kronos tells Methos he sent Silas and Caspian after Duncan. They're standing above Cassandra's cage and just the way Valentine Pelka changes from fake empathy to smugness to cold blooded really sums up why I love Kronos so much, plus at the end, you see Methos shaken, but he still covers it.

But really nearly every scene between Methos and Kronos are wonderfully acted...great chemistry.
jayes_musings: (Gerry -- feather face)
Well, back again...all our furniture and stuff got delivered yesterday, and I'm still buried in boxes, so need a break.

Day 08. A show everyone should watch

I don't have one. Really, I will tell people about shows I like but I don't go around saying that everyone should watch them. If they want to watch it fine, if not, fine.

Yeah, I'm a great salesperson!

However, everyone should watch every film Gerard Butler has ever made! *ggg*
jayes_musings: (LiW -- Eleanor family ups and down)
Day 06. Favorite episode of your favorite TV show

Okay, so I'm cheating on this and picking three four TV shows.

Blakes 7 My favourite episode is "Blake" the final episode of the series. While there are many other great episodes ("Orac", "Star One", "Rumours of Death" and "Terminal" among my favourites), "Blake" was one hell of a way for a show to go out...and it has made the series memorable for many people. It ends with an infamous shoot out between our heroes, the Federation, with the appearance of the long missing Blake triggering it all. Blake is killed by Avon (our lead hero -- a term used VERY loosely), gunfire erupts and by the end four of main characters are killed...ending with Avon surrounded by Federation troops. He raised his gun, smiled....credits roll to the sound of blasters going off. BRILLIANT!

Robin of Sherwood...because I've neglected this show in previous mentions, and it is one of my favourites. The best episode is "The Greatest Enemy" where the Sheriff finally catches up with Robin...he's surrounded and down to his last arrow. After shooting it deliberately high, the Sheriff's soldiers shoot him down. But that, as memorable as it was, is not the reason it's my favourite. It's the first, and only one of two, where my favourite character...Nasir...gets any real character development, and after seeing him take down at least seventeen soldiers before being captured, we learn that he was once a member of the radical Islamic sect, the Nizari Ismaili...more commonly known as the Assassins.

The Professionals...yes, another show I wanted to mention. My favourite ep is "Discovered in a Graveyard" where Doyle is shot in his flat and very nearly dies. Meanwhile Bodie is hunting down whoever did this to him. If you haven't noticed, my favourite episodes nearly always involve one or more of the main characters being killed or nearly killed However, Torchwood SO over did this!

But my very favouritist episodes is a two-parter...from Highlander. I wonder if anyone can guess! *g*
Of course, it's "Comes A Horseman"/"Revelation 6:8"...we learn Methos' past, and it's very, very cool. We are introduced to the best and baddest K'Immie of them all, Kronos. And two very lovely and endearing K'Immies, Caspian and Silas, to round of the Four Horsemen. Really, easily the two finest episodes of the entire series. Methos, playing as only he knows go with the winner. Kronos and his virus and monkeys...and just wonderful menace. The best sword fight, EVER! The only dubious bit is the SFX for the double Quickening, especially the spirally bit...a bit wtf? but excellent.
jayes_musings: (Text -- history channel)
Day 05. A show you hate

Well, as I've been discussing with [ profile] beccadg, I've gone right off Torchwood because of the way "Children of Earth" turned out.

While I do like some reality shows, usually the job related ones, I do hate the ones that involve competition, as for the most part they are so contrived. Like American Idol, sure it gives someone a chance of being a successful singer, but it is so managed, and IMO, they are then owned lock, stock and barrel by AI and forced to produce bland music. I do, however, enjoy watching the audition portions...just for the lulz.

Then again, it might also have something to do with the fact that I know I could easily find myself sucked in by such what happened with America's Next Top Model.

On the whole, though, there aren't any shows I can think of that will make me change the channel immediately because I hate it so much. Shows have more of a tendency to annoy me more than active hate. I don't care for most US sitcoms, finding them mostly just unfunny.
jayes_musings: (B7 -- trust me I'm a minion)
Day 04. Your favorite show ever

Tough question. One show that will always be dear in my heart is Blakes 7; it was, really, my first fandom...even before I knew what fandom was. I wrote fanfic for it and with my friend [ profile] gmnoonie fangirled discussed every episode. Yes, it had hokey special effects, wobbly sets, often dubious acting, and a budget of 5.49 GBP, but the storylines and writing were wonderful. And Avon was my first fannish crush.

However, when it comes down to it, my favourite show ever, has to be Highlander: The Series. I loved the original movie (and the less said about the subsequent ones the better), but it was with the series that I really became hooked into it and the fandom, despite the fact that I never had any great liking for Duncan MacLeod. The entire mythology of the show, as well as the history elements, have long inspired me, and now...more than, what?, twelve years since it ended, it is still my primary fandom. I RP OCs that have grown and grown well beyond what I could have hoped from them. It's just stuck with me, and I still love it.
jayes_musings: (LiW -- Henry I've known)
Day 03. Your favorite new show (aired this TV season)

There are two, even if I've only seen three episodes of one of them. Spartacus: Blood and Sand was great and I was really getting hooked into it before I left the US. Given it's content, I doubt they'll show it on AFN here (but I can hope)...if not, I'm definitely getting hold of the DVDs when it comes out.

The other one took me a little by surprise as it's not my usual watching fare. White Collar was absolutely brilliant, and I quickly found myself loving all the regular characters, and not just Neal. It has such smooth charm and great writing, giving great development between them nice little surprises which turn tropes on their heads. And I love that. Plus, of course, Neal is very easy on the eyes...which never, ever hurts. *g* And I just saw that AFN are going to be showing I get to see Season 1 again!
jayes_musings: (Leverage -- Parker 20lbs of crazy)
Day 02. A show that you wish more people were watching

Hmmm, this is a tough one because I'm very much of the opinion that people should watch what they want rather than do it because everyone else is.

That said, I do like pimping certain shows and though I don't expect any one to listen to my recommendations, it's nice to share what you like. So, the shows that I like to share my fangirling of are Being Human and Leverage. Being Human is just the coolest, and I'm in total lust with Mitchell *g*...although I have heard an American version is planned, which makes me nervous. And I just have so much love for's not my typical kind of show, but the characters just work so well together that it's addictive!
jayes_musings: (Gerry -- srs bznz)
And so to begin.

Day 01. A show that should have never been canceled.

This is actually a fairly difficult one for me, as with many shows that I like, I still find they end at the right time...before they get past their prime and/or jump the shark. So I don't get too upset when a favourite show is cancelled. Maybe it's being British when even the best shows are sometimes given a limited run.

That said, I do wish there had been more of Blake's 7, and I wish the production company for Robin of Sherwood had not gone bankrupt, and there would have been more episodes of that. While I was sad to see the last of Farscape, I do wonder how they might have pulled another full season out of it. Even my perennial favourite, Highlander, had IMO gone as far as it probably should have...and even then, maybe a little too far.

No, one of the only shows I can think of that shouldn't have been cancelled (or given the ending that it had) was Life on Mars (UK), and I'm not even in the fandom. While I do like Ashes to Ashes...I think LoM could have easily gone on for one more season before tying up Sam's loose ends.
jayes_musings: (Gerry -- got muscles)
I'm hoping that this will get me back into the habit of posting at to my journal regularly again. So I plan to post nearly every day -- I know already that posting on weekends is difficult for me.

Day 01. A show that should have never been canceled
Day 02. A show that you wish more people were watching
Day 03. Your favorite new show (aired this TV season)
Day 04. Your favorite show ever
Day 05. A show you hate
Day 06. Favorite episode of your favorite TV show
Day 07. Least favorite episode of your favorite TV show
Day 08. A show everyone should watch
Day 09. Best scene ever
Day 10. A show you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving
Day 11. A show that disappointed you
Day 12. An episode you’ve watched more than 5 times

Day 13. Favorite childhood show
Day 14. Favorite male character
Day 15. Favorite female character
Day 16. Your guilty pleasure show
Day 17. Favorite mini series
Day 18. Favorite title sequence
Day 19. Best TV show cast
Day 20. Favorite kiss
Day 21. Favorite ship
Day 22. Best pilot episode
Day 23. Most annoying character
Day 24. Best quote
Day 25. A show you plan on watching (old or new)
Day 26. OMG WTF? Season finale
Day 27. Favorite series finale
Day 28. First TV show obsession
Day 29. Current t.v show obsession
Day 30. Saddest character death
jayes_musings: (LiW -- Philip invade my Vexin)
1) Post a list of up to 20 books/movies/anime/TV shows/video games/bands [fannish etc.] that you've had an obsessive fannish love or interest in at some time in your life.
2) Have your f-list guess your favourite character/member from each item.
3) When someone guesses correctly, strikethrough the item and put the name of your favorite character next to it.

1. Highlander -- Kronos (by [ profile] time_lord)
2. Sharpe -- Richard Sharpe (by [ profile] time_lord)
3. HEX -- Azazeal (by [ profile] fannyfae and [ profile] time_lord)
4. Being Human -- Mitchell (even if I do have an Annie muse)
5. Blake's 7 -- Kerr Avon. The quote says it all.
6. Doctor Who -- Vislor Turlough
7. Torchwood -- Bilis Manger (by [ profile] time_lord
8. Top Gear -- Richard Hammond aka Hamster.
9. Gerard Butler (fave role) (tie) -- One is Attila (by [ profile] time_lord) and the other is Terry Sheridan (also by [ profile] time_lord)
10. Black Jewels series -- Daemon (by [ profile] fannyfae and [ profile] time_lord)
12. Robin of Sherwood -- Nasir (by [ profile] fannyfae and [ profile] time_lord)
13. The Prisoner -- tie between Number Six and Leo McKern's Number 2
14. Heroes -- Sylar (by [ profile] time_lord)
15. Bones -- New fandom and a tie between Brennan and Angela...yes two girl crushes.
16. Farscape -- Bialar Crais
17. Snatch -- Another muse from way back... Mickey O'Neil
18. Michael Fassbender (fave role) -- STELIOS! (by [ profile] fannyfae and [ profile] time_lord)
19. Conn Iggulden's Conqueror series -- Again not the muse I write, but his younger brother, Khasar.
20. The Professionals -- William Andrew Phillip Bodie

Most are probably fairly easy to guess, but there might be a few surprises!
jayes_musings: (RoS -- sheriff why always me)
Comment to this entry and I'll pick up to three of your fandoms. You must then update your journal and answer the following questions:

1. What got you into this fandom in the first place?
2. Do you think you'll stay in this fandom or eventually move on?
3. Favorite episodes/books/movies, etc?
4. Do you participate in this fandom (fanfiction, graphics, discussions)?
5. Do you think more people should get into this fandom?

Eastenders )

Sharpe )

Robin of Sherwood )

[ profile] fannish5

Oct. 10th, 2008 09:34 am
jayes_musings: (Cuddles)
List five characters you think need a hug.

Aside from one, you'd have to be very brave to give these characters hugs, but that's why they need them!

Altaaf Khan (Mission Kashmir)...orphaned, betrayed, manipulated jihadist.
Kronos (Highlander) in need of a hug desperately.
Brick Top Pullman (Snatch)...erm, I'd sooner give Kronos the hug. The man feeds people to pigs!
Azazeal (HEX)...c'mon, who'd not want to hug him?

and lastly, one of my own...because he really does need one, even if he'd never admit it...
Hsu Danmei.

*runs from own muse*
jayes_musings: (LoG -- This is a local shop)
I don't do these ones too often, so why not!

However many people feel like commenting on this post get to request a drabble. In return, they have to post this meme in their journal. Post all fandoms you’re willing to write for:

The Professionals
Robin of Sherwood
Blake's 7
Phantom of the Opera
Dick Turpin (70s series)
Ardeth Bay (from the Mummy films)
Top Gear
League of Gentlemen
Doctor Who (I'm rusty on classic Who, so probably new Who)
Attila (TV movie)
Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (specifically Terry Sheridan)
Black Jewels Trilogy
Historical/Historical RPF (Roman Empire, Attila, Crusades, Richard III, am willing to attempt others if I know enough about them, just ask.)

CONDITIONS: It may (er, probably) take me a while to get these done, so please be patient. :D
jayes_musings: (tw_jack)
...with the old username after four years on LJ and using it elsewhere for several years before that, so I changed it. No need to do anything, just an FYI

Also, I got a new fandom as the icon indicates! *looks at the many others, most lying neglected and forgotten* But this one is nice, new and shiny.
jayes_musings: (Flash)
We've just started getting a new (to our cable provider anyway) channel, and they have Queen of Swords!

Know what I'm doing Monday nights! Gettimg me a Val fix!

(And what's more amazing it was hubby that found this out...and actually told me!)


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