carmen_lj: (sarah; sarah's brainy specs)
I forgot how quick it is with SJA two-parters. I expect there will be capslock. Lots of capslock. Ahem.

SJA, The Death of the Doctor, part two )
carmen_lj: (eleven; sonic in your mouth)

Also, watched The Vault of Secrets, which failed to inspire squee but, despite being a sequel to the abysmal Prisoner of the Judoon, turned out to be a decent enough action/adventure. The Vault of Secrets )

carmen_lj: (sarah; sarah's brainy specs)
What a difference to last year's season opener! This is a seriously gorgeous children's horror story, tightly written, tense, claustrophic, marvellously directed, wonderful character stuff, and since he's now written three of my favourite SJA stories it's almost, almost enough to make me forgive Joseph Lidster for the fucking travesty of a Big Finish that is Master.

SJA: The Nightmare Man )
carmen_lj: (sarah; sonic lipstick ahoy)
Merlin decided to have an episode I LOVE UNEQUIVOCABLY, hurrah! Helped in no small part by being a HORRID BROKEN VERSION of my favourite episode, The Moment of Truth, the plot took second place to some immensely satisfying character stuff. I wasn't even judgey at Merlin! For this week his motivation was perfectly sensible The Castle of Fyrion )

Elsewise, I watched a lot of Sarah Jane. First, there was The Eternity Trap which decided plot was for losers and it should rely on Atmosphere and Cheap Scares instead. Happily, having a bunch of characters I love wander around a haunted manor for an hour is the sort of non-story I can totally get behind. The Eternity Trap )

Then there was Mona Lisa's Revenge. I assumed her revenge would be mostly about being bloody annoyed that some eejit had written This Is A Fake on her canvas in felt tip, but noooooo. (There was, however, a Chinese puzzle box, thus yayfulness at City of Death shout-out.) Mona Lisa's Revenge )

On to the finale, The Gift! )

In conclusion, a none-too-shabby season at all, with two stories I loved madly (Wedding of SJ, for sheer fannish glee, and Madwoman in the Attic, for being bloody good), one story I enjoyed immensely (The Eternity Trap, for shiny atmospheres), two stories that entertained pretty well (Mona Lisa's Revenge, The Gift), and one that was pretty rub, but I failed to properly dislike (Prisoner of the Judoon). Also, K-9 was back! Which was awfully nice. To season four!
carmen_lj: (eleven; sonic in your mouth)
Just seen a picture for next week's SJA that makes me RIDICULOUSLY GLEEFUL:

pic shows next week's guest stars )

And here is an absurdly cute moment from the one I was watching last night:

In other Doctor Who news, there be more lovely casting news for the new season. This dude has been in most of my telly shows over the past couple of years and every single time he is never less that Pretty Damn Awesome, thus hurrahs for a Doctor Who guest spot.

And if SJA is indeed spoiler for throwaway line in SJA that is kinda important to teh mythology o the Whoniverse )
carmen_lj: (ten; me & my tardis)
SPN has just done the most awful thing it could ever do to me: A WHOLE EPISODE ABOUT BOBBY. Supernatural 604 spoilerish )

Ugh, I'm ten minutes in and I don't think I can keep watching. SO BORED. Oh no, now they're talking about Scotland. STOP THAT. YOU'RE BEING WRONG. In trivial ways, but even so.

Where is lovely SJA? I shall go watch that instead. The Doctor is in this one! Ten, but still. He can't not be lovely in SJA, surely.

The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith )
carmen_lj: (sarah; sarah's brainy specs)
Apparently Doing Things gets in the way of Telly, who knew. Anyway, I'm determined to see the RTD SJA ep properly on the telly, so I must watch quickety. Also, there is Merlin, which I missed last week due to cunningly being at shiny Connotations.

So, yes, telly:

SJA: The Mad Woman in the Attic )

Merlin: The Crystal Cave )
carmen_lj: (sarah; sonic lipstick ahoy)
Doing a rewatch of SJA season three, since season four is imminent, and by rewatch, I may mean mostly a watch, because somehow I've seen over five years of SPN but failed to watch most of s3 of Sarah Jane. I LOSE. QUITE A LOT.

Anyway, I have seen Prisoner of the Judoon before, and seem to remember defending it, by the cunning argument of waving my hands a bit and saying "yeah, but I liked it." It's not a very convincing stand, and that's because it's not a terribly good episode.

prisoner of the judoon )

Unequivocably awesome, however, is this nifty wee teaser for the new season. No spoilers. ::HUGS THEM ALL::

And yet even that is not Geek Moment of the Day, no, that illustrious award belongs to this Sherlock post, for on Sherlock's bookshelf is a copy of Telelogical Response of the Virus, by Lavinia Smith. That would be Lavinia Smith, aunt of Sarah Jane Smith (her book's mentioned in The Time Warrior, and you can see the lady herself in K-9 and Company.) How ridiculously marvellous is that? Geeky injokes, FTW!
carmen_lj: (uhura; original awesomeness)
I made a list; I like lists:

  • Plato's Stepchildren is making me ALMOST CRY. Yeah, TOS's Plato's Stepchildren - no running away till you've heard me out! Channel One, formally Virgin One, is doing a promo for their TOS reruns and they've taken Uhura's speech to Kirk when she's forced to kiss him and OMG, Nichols' delivery is so good which oddly, since it's surrounded by PLATO'S STEPCHILDREN, I never noticed before. But strip all that awfulness away, and combine it with a nice montage and suddenly it's kinda awesome. Her voice is so beautiful and she says "and I am not afraid" and I may have FLAILED SLIGHTLY THE FIRST TIME.

  • It is one of my favourite things about Uhura that she is allowed that emotional vulnerability and it works for me pretty much wholly because of how Nichols plays it: not as "omg, I am so scared," but as a woman who has enough confidence and self-knowledge that she's comfortable admitting when she's afraid and when she needs emotional support.

  • Everyone has seen this Sherlock/Doctor Who crossover vid, yes? If not, it's pretty goshdarned good. FEEL FREE TO MAKE THIS BEEB!

  • I am Backing Stuff Up. It's very dull.

  • Getting a smidgen excited about the return of SJA because I saw a wee clip and OMG clip spoilers )

    Also, from an interview [ profile] selenak linked to is this frankly awesome quote from RTD: “We talked about it a lot beforehand,” says Davies. “I know there’s a feeling that she’d have got divorced, and there was a theory that she’d be living on her own in Wales in a little cottage – some of the novels did this – and you think, ‘Nice idea, but actually that’s absolutely betraying the way we left her’. We left her with the promise of happiness, of adventure, of love and joy, and you can’t be cynical and undercut that by saying, ‘Oh, she’s a drug addict now! Her husband left her, she’s lonely, her life is bitter’. That’s just interfering with classic Doctor Who and rewriting what we were promised. So I was absolutely strict about that.”

    Which is not exactly how I feel but it's PRETTY DAMN CLOSE and more-or-less the main reason that I so very Do Not Like so much the the NAs.

  • I sort of inhaled The Thick of It after reading this post of [ profile] meddow's. It's Yes, Minister twenty years later with the swearing - there is an awful lot of swearing - left in and, basically, it's brilliant, brillianter and then, omg, BLOODY BRILLIANT. I did have a bit of a problem with the first season as I recgonised the name Chris Langham but couldn't remember from where and looked it up and, uh, yeah, that. I remember that being in the news, though I had no idea who actor was as an actor at the time and, WEIRDLY, knowing someone was downloading child pornography did slightly interfere with my ability to enjoy the show. Mostly I scrunched up my eyes when he was onscreen and tried to pretend he was Bill Nighy.

    Anyway, then Langham went off to have a trial and go to jail and there were the specials and, oh, SO GOOD. The Opposition are AMAZING. It is possible Peter Mannion is my favourite character; I do love them all really, but he's exactly the sort of vaguely competent politican who has zero time for pandering to his media image that means I end up liking him even if I find his politics appalling and Roger Allam is so gloriously deadpan and CONSTANTLY LOLARIOUS. (Randomly, I keep getting Allam mixed up with Kevin McNally.) And then there is season three and there is a political comedy where EVERY EPISODE gets to pass the Bechdel test which is like Extra Bonus Points on top of the marvoulessness that is Nicola Murray MP. And my very favourite bits are, I thinkit is 304 and 305, where there is Nicola and her dudes and Peter and his dudes and there is GLORIOUS COMEDY LOLS pay-off for so much character stuff it makes me utterly glee.

    And I haven't even mentioned Peter Capaldi, who is AS MAGIC. Sweary magic.
carmen_lj: (morgana; rockin the magic)
Yeah, still well judgey at whoever's making the titles up. Also SJA spoiler, cause a trailer ran straight after.

Beauty and the Beast )
carmen_lj: (sarah; sarah's brainy specs)
Sarah Jane came back, which is obv awesome. And now suddenly there are two episodes in no time at all. Like that time in the eighties when Davison got stuck on the telly twice a week. Probably we will not get an Adric though, so it's okay.

Prisoner of the Judoon )

In order to judge the merit of this season's stories, I've an exciting new system of judginess. I call it The Clyde. Every time I'm compelled to exclaim, or type, about the awesomeness of Clyde, a Clyde is awarded to the story. By this Highly Skientific Process, I judge Prisoner of the Judoon to be a v impressive eight Clydes good.


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