abby82: (Hannibal--Hannibal tie closeup)

I'm not really into Star Wars. I've seen the original trilogy. I've seen the prequels and that's pretty much it. The new ones don't hold any interest for me. However, I did see and enjoy Rogue One. Of course the only reason I set foot anywhere near that movie was because of Mads Mikkelsen, but it was a thoroughly entertaining movie that I would definitely recommend to any non Star Wars fan. And as for Mads...well Mads was Mads. Awesome as always and look! Playing a good guy in an English language movie. The last time he did that was like 10 years ago.

So now I've got a few Rogue One recs that have managed to slip onto my radar.

First up is a beautiful Rogue One vid by Vanity Sin which focuses on the Erso family and Orson Krennic.

Fic Recs:

The Best of All Possible Worlds by [ profile] TigerPrawn

A secret experimental device. A means of escape. A new world with a familiar face. Galen Erso is a man displaced who needs to get home. Wrangled into helping. Persuaded by his Hippocratic oath. Held by his fascination. Mortimer Granville is a man on the verge of great things, greater than he could possibly know. They are both optimistic.

Notes: It's a curious thing. In Rogue One, Mads Mikkelsen plays scientist Galen Erso. Felicity Jones plays his grown daughter Jyn Erso. In 2011 Felicity Jones had a supporting role in the Victorian romantic comedy Hysteria. A movie about the invention of the vibrator. Seriously, check it out. It's a hidden gem. Anyhoo, said movie also starred Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen's Hannibal and King Arthur costar. Dancy's Mortimer Granville romanced Felicity Jones' Emily Dalrymple in the movie. So naturally someone decided to take that coincidence and run with it. The result is a charming crossover in the grand Hannigram AU/Rarepair tradition. Let the shy awkwardness and Victorian sexual tension between Galen and Mortimer commence. If you ask me Mortimer doesn't really get his due in Hannigram AU fic and this story lets his character shine.

The Speed of Light by [ profile] Magical_Destiny

"My favorite children's book is about a little prince who came to earth from a distant asteroid. He meets a pilot whose plane has crashed in the desert. The little prince teaches the pilot many things, but mainly about love.”

Notes: I get so emotional with Spacedogs stories. They are my favorite Hannigram AU pairing. Nigel and Adam make me smile. They make me cry. They are the best pick me up when you want to lose yourself in a story. Magical_Destiny is a beautiful writer and she deftly melds Star Wars with the world of Spacedogs. Nigel crash lands in Tatoonie and makes his way to a cantina in Mos Eisley where he runs into Adam. Adam is trying to commission a pilot to take him back to Alderaan. This story takes place during New Hope so I think you know what they're not going to find. If you're in the mood for a thoughtfully planned out crossover give this Spacedogs in actual space story a gander.

Scattering Stars Like Dust by [ profile] hesterbyrde

Two years before the events of Rogue One, Galen Erso is hard at work devising a plan to weaken the Death Star. He is joined on the Eadu Research Station by Adam Raki, a brilliant navigations specialist. A relationship is born from their abiding lonliness, their passion for science, and their belief that the stars are for everyone.

Notes: Adam and Galen fit perfectly together. To steal a line from Hannibal, they are "identically different" and hesterbyrde brings out their personality with panache. There's such a small window for these characters and not a single moment in this story feels wasted. Their time together is well lived in. God knows these two need it.
Dust to Dust by [ profile] Magical_Destiny

Galen Erso: a life.

Notes: Galen Erso is an extremely fascinating character. There are the obvious Robert Oppenheimer parallels in which scientific pursuits led to the creation of weapons of unspeakable destruction. In this short and potent story Galen's life is told in short burst before and after he's taken to work for Krennic. It's so incredibly sad but at the same time hopeful. Galen has lost his wife and he doesn't know of Jin's fate but he can persevere.

May the 4th be with you!
abby82: (happy)
[ profile] festivids  reveals will be later today. I'm on pins and needles to find out who did several of my favorite vids from the challenge but especially my gift, the spectacularly awesome Forever Knight vid "Cemeteries of London". I've got two guesses on the vidder and in a few hours I'll find whether or not I was correct or way off.

I know that there were several people on my f-list who were unable to see the vid, but I'm sure download links should remedy the problem. :-)

The vid I created is currently in a locked post and it'll go live as soon as the moderators for the comm finish updating the 2009 Festivid Master List. This is the link to watch for all those curious.

Lately, LJ has been eating my posts and throwing them up half complete. It also ate several unfinished posts that I had saved, so a listing of my favorites from the challenge will go up eventually. Hopefully my 2009 Fanfiction Meme will go up before the end of today. It's one of the posts that disappeared into the LJ ether (twice), so it won't be as detailed as my first attempts.

I'm finishing up my second month of reccing Forever Knight fic on [ profile] crack_van . It's a funny coincidence that I ended up doing two months in a row. I requested the opportunity to do FK recs back in the summer and when I saw that December was Small Fandom Month, I figured it would be a nice way to bump my request to the front of the line. Apparently, it didn't negate my original request to be one of the monthly featured fandoms and my request made it to the top of the list for January. Sadly, I only posted sporadically during the month but I want the fandom to have a healthy number of recs for any potential newbies. I pretty much spammed the comm last night and I'd like to get in five more before midnight.

Now that Forever Knight has been introduced to [ profile] crack_van  I hope other fans will consider throwing in some of their favorites. I've personally used the comm when sniffing around new fandoms and their fic and [ profile] crack_van  is highly regarded around fandom in general.

Tomorrow, February 1st is the deadline for porn battle. gnosticdiva has contributed three Forever Knight ficlets (two of which were based on my prompts. She has kindly compiled a post with links to all her contributions. The challenge ends tomorrow at 9PM UK time so that'll put the end at 3PM central standard time for me. I've got my own contribution to play with but time is an issue. Thankfully, it's short and relatively painless.

[ profile] halfamoon  starts tomorrow and runs for two weeks. I'll be leaving some Forever Knight prompts soon but there is no need to follow any of them. As long as you celebrate the awesomeness of women in fandom, it's fair game.

abby82: (FK--vamp trio)
OMG! You guys! [ profile] festivids  has gone live and I was gifted the most awesome of aweome Forever Knight vid.

Rush over there and give copious amounts of praise. It totally deserves it. I am over the moon excited and in love with this vid.

It's Forever Knight in all its beautiful glory, covering all three seasons. The music, "Cemeteries of London" by Coldplay is so hauntingly perfect. Spread the word fellow FK fans! Oh, I love my show! I love my vid! And I especially love that extremely talented vidder.

More later when I've recovered and gained control of my ability to formulate words.
abby82: (SV--S1 promo (S on chest))
Two more days until the season 9 premiere of  Smallville!

The show's been pretty much Lexless so walk down memory lane with this expertly crafted vid that explores the Clark and Lex relationship complete with comic book motifs.

"Intergalactic Friends" by [ profile] bananainpyjamas

"Just remember me when." Clark & Lex.
abby82: (SV--Tess)
Smallville season 9 premiere this Friday. Just doing my part to get the word out. :-)

"Velvet Revolution" (Tess Mercer) by [ profile] talitha78
The bomb of the season is a velvet revolution.

"James Bonde" (Kara) by [ profile] talitha78
Kara Zor-El: Super-cool Kryptonian cousin.
abby82: (FNL--Panther jersey)
Sometimes good things happen to good shows and it looks like Friday Night Lights is one of them. According to the Hollywood Reporter, NBC and DirecTV have agreed to continue their partnership in producing the show for two more 13 episode long seasons. The two seasons will shoot back to back. Certain cast members won't be back but producers hope to do send off arcs like they did during season 3.

I think this really one of the best ways to handle this. FNL has got to be one of the most consistently well written and well acted shows I have ever seen. Yes, they did have that rather ridiculous arc during season 2 but heck even that was carried out with more care then most other shows would have done.

Had the series ended with season 3 I would have been content. Yes, many of the characters were starting out new phases of their lives and I would have regretted not being able to see those new phases explored, but I was grateful for the episodes I did get. Many shows don't make it out of their first season and for some reason I tend to get into show that only last 3 seasons. However, with this renewal comes the opportunity to see where my favorite characters are headed as well as what new characters I'll be introduced to. I have no doubt that next two years will be phenomenal.

Now, I've recced the two following FNL vids before. They both premiered at VividCon 2008 but I can't help but rec them again. If you're at all curious about checking out FNL give these two vids a try. I promise you that you won't be disappointed.

Let the Sun Fall Down by [ profile] chasarumba  and New Slang by [ profile] obsessive24 

abby82: (Default)

Feeling a bit icky this morning so I called in sick. However now I'm feeling better (medicine finally kicked in) so I'll be heading in after lunch.

24 was all kinds of awesome last night, especially the second hour. It's been a great season but last night really upped the stakes. Can't wait for the next episode.

"Infamous" still were finally released and they are gorgeous. They're up at K-site. This one is my favorite. I'm so getting an icon once the episode passes. I don't want in inadvertedly spoil someone. The sunlight streaming in behind Clark is amazing.
Cut for spoilerly SV pic )

Drive by vid rec for [ profile] kiki_miserychic's SGA vid Fiddle and the Drum. Stunning doesn't even begin to describe it..the song selection, the editing, the clips used. I don't even watch SGA but this vid is just so captivating that I want to know more. It's a John Shepherd character vid. Breathtaking.

So after watching that vid I'm even more tempted to set my Nick/Nat vid aside yet again in favor of a Nick vid. Not the Moby song vid but perhaps Johnny Cash or even the Mirah song but I won't. After the intenseness of Burn I need happiness and fun and that's Nick/Nat not Nick contemplating his "beast" or all the people he lost. That's a major downer.

Therefore I'm spending the rest of my morning clipping season 2 Nick/Nat cuteness. Then it's off to work.
abby82: (Default)

Drive by Yuletide recs before the family heads out for the day. Merry Christmas to all and please be safe.

Forever Knight )

She-Ra )

Bonus: A Yuletide vid! )

:::Updated with a few more recs:::

Friday Night Lights )

Murdoch Mysteries )

New Amsterdam )

Saved by the Bell )

abby82: (Scully hair)

The X-Files: I Want to Believe was released on DVD and Blu-Ray today. That was supposed to be the big news of the day but over at xfilesnews they posted this wonderful bundle of love that I can barely contain my excitement. It's glorious! It's charming! I'm in love!

The weeks leading up the release of the movie have brought so many goodies that rivaled the wonderful press tour that David & Gillian did to promote IWTB but this is my favorite IWTB feature and it's not even official.

It's a fanart fanvid but it's not just any fanart. It's the whimsical art of worrynet who has charmed fans for years. She lamented the lack of official music video to "Broken" by UNKLE and Gavin Clark so she decided to put together her own music video complete with performance drawing intercut with her art of IWTB. Run, do not walk and check this out.


abby82: (FK--Nick at piano)

Over the Thanksgiving holidays [ profile] tv_elf  a longtime member of the Forever Knight community and friend to many passed away.

I didn't know Abby but if there is anything that has become clear as I went through my f-list and their f-list, is that she was truly a remarkable person who touched a lot of lives.

I first became familiar with Abby via the birthday Forever Knight fic she wrote [ profile] brightknightie  last year called "Things Unsaid". There were so many elements in that story that were incredibly satisfying. There are so few sources of FK fic nowadays, 12 years after cancellation, but here was a story that took the events of "Last Knight" and ran with it in a truly unique way. I loved the visual she presented of the long deceased Schanke selling Nick boxes of candy bars so that his daughter Jenny could pay for a school trip. Here also was big, bad vampire LaCroix serving as a father figure to Jenny as she grew up, but at the same time "Uncle Luke" never lost the edge that made LaCroix such a memorable character. Abby weaved all that complexity and more in such few words. Not only was it a gift for [ profile] brightknightie  but excellent fic is a gift to everyone who reads it.

Forever Knight has such a small presence on livejournal. Many of those on LJ may have known [ profile] tv_elf  via her quirky penguins Vividcon 06 vid entitled "I Walk the Line" It's cuteness a plenty!

A memory post has been set up at [ profile] horsechicks[ profile] horsechicks . Friends have suggested donations to the Muscular Dystrophy Association in her memory.
abby82: (Mulder & Scully--partners)
As I mentioned in an earlier post, today is the 15th anniversary of The X-Files' first episode. So much, good and bad, can be said about the show but the true foundation for the show--Mulder and Scully--have always been the perfectly flawed heart. Together they stood at the center of  a maelstrom filled with weekly run-ins with mutants, monsters, aliens, government conspiracies, ardent campaigns of misinformation, family tragedies, and personal losses to name just a few. That's why this vid by [ profile] giandujakiss  is so powerful and all consuming.  She categorizes it as a shipper video and while I am a shipper I don't think of this vid in that way. At least not in the strictest sense of the world. It's about the MSR but not necessarily in an "I love you" sense, which Mulder and Scully never did. It's Mulder and Scully as partners in arms, comrades in the field and watching each others backs. Forever united and forging ahead, together at all costs despite the emotional toil their journey has taken on them. The MSR is epic in every way imaginable. It's romantic without being saccharine. It's tragic without completely falling into despair but most's life affirming. These are two people you want to follow and revisit again and again and she captures this beautifully in this vid.

Ramblings on all my favorite parts )

abby82: (I approve!)

So for a few weeks I've had this post I was preparing full of vid recs for tons of fandoms. It had links and lots of commentary on why I loved them. It was under the saved draft thing that LJ does. But last week I had a total brain lapse and when I was prompted on whether I wanted to retrieve the draft I pressed cancel instead of yes. Doh! Sometimes I copy/paste the text onto a text document just in case but apparently I didn't in this case.

So this time around to avoid any accidental stupidity on my part I'm simply going to post this list of Vividcon recs and I'll add thoughts later on.

I've compiled this list from the helpful postings at the [community profile] vividcon community.


Special Death by [personal profile] kiki_miserychic

Doctor Who

Handlebars by [personal profile] flummery
Don't Give Up by [profile] millylicious
New Dawn Fades by [personal profile] obsessive24
Shut Up and Drive by [personal profile] laurashapiro

Friday Night Lights

Let the Sun Fall Down by [profile] chasarumba
New Slang by [personal profile] obsessive24

Gilmore Girls

Strength in You by [personal profile] heresluck

Gossip Girl

Into the Groove by [personal profile] darlulu


Try Not to Breathe by [profile] gwyn_r
Be Kind to My Mistakes by [personal profile] wolfling


Sorry  by [personal profile] darlulu


Woman's Work by [personal profile] sisabet and [profile] sockkpuppett


To Touch the Face of God  by [personal profile] destina
Girl 4 All Seasons by [profile] foomatic
abby82: (Whoa!)
I've been browsing a couple of journals and f-lists and I've noticed quite a proliferation of femslash posts. Apparently Saturday was International Day of Femslash and I missed it. I'm not really a slasher but I have been known to enjoy the occasional femslash offering. So in albeit late honor of the event, here are a few of the femslash fan creations that I've really enjoyed. A handful are explicit but most are very subtle and merely suggest.

Forever Knight

[fic] What Makes a Mortal Interesting by [profile] dknightshade  

I could probably count on one hand the number of FK femslash fics I've come across. So it was rather unchartered territory when I came across this particular story and the suggestion of potential Natalie/Janette in the wake of  "A More Permanent Hell." The sensuality and fluidity of Janette's gestures are perfectly captured, as is Natalie's fascination with the world of the vampire. It's a great read which builds wonderfully, for me anyway, from the delicious amount of tension between the two women from earlier in the season in "Faithful Followers".

[fic] untitled crossover, Kate/Fleur by [personal profile] havocthecat  

I'm unfamiliar with Stargate: Atlantis but I am aware that actress Claire Rankin, who played Fleur on FK, played a a recurring character on the series. Given the different natures of the characters' time, at first glance a crossover seemed unlikely but the premise is really inspired. The details in this story are wonderful and anything that further explores Fleur is always much appreciated. This story doesn't disappoint.

Gossip Girl

[fic] Guilt by Association by [profile] gespawcho  

This is just hot. Plain and simple. I love the glimpses of S and B in the future.

[fic] In Bloom by [profile] jengrrrl   

This is Blair and Serena the girlfriends, not the enemies. Everything between them is so casual and seemingly effortless even as Blair begins to embrace Serena's penchant for spontaneity.

[fic] Shed by [profile] jengrrrl   

So much perfection in so few words.


[fic]The First Kiss by [personal profile] pervyficgirl   

This story isn't long but it's potent. I love how through the different encounters Adora has had with the women in the Rebellion, it is simultaneously telling us the story of their quest for freedom. It's both beautiful and bittersweet.

[fic]The Death of Myth-making by [profile] jengrrrl  

It's hard to pinpoint what exactly it is about this story that I adore. The Masters of the Universe world has the misfortune of being mostly remembered as an 80s cartoon and therefore given very little regard. This story gives the reader a disciplined, complex view of the Horde, Etheria and all the characters that inhabit it. This story is a prime example of what the fandom, at its finest, can produce.  


[vid] Faster Kill Pussycat by [personal profile] talitha78   

I've mentioned that I'm not much of a slasher but this video really made me sit up and take notice. I love everything about it. The song choice is wonderfully pulsating and sexy and the clip selection and editing compliment each other perfectly. Also available to stream at youtube

[fic] Seule et Amoureuse by [personal profile] mskatej  

One thing about Smallville fandom is that there isn't much Lana fic. Sure there's Clana and Lexana fic or stories in which Lana is Clark's whiny girlfriend or the scorned ex. However stories in which Lana is the main protagonist are sorely lacking.  Then along comes [personal profile] mskatej with this sexy, provocative, and insightful character study through porn. Every encounter tells us more about the person Lana is, not the person people choose to see her as. This is a highly recommended read. It's also one of my all time favorite Smallville fics.
abby82: (I approve!)
Count' em up! 20 different vid recs for [personal profile] svgurl  's Lois Love Week. These are a couple of my favorite Lois Lane, Erica Durance, Clark/Lois, and some miscellaneous videos.

WB promo )

Other )
abby82: (Nick & Nat)
I continue my search for Forever Knight vids and in the process I've come across [personal profile] astolat and [personal profile] hafital's Janette video "Hunter"  It's a strong video that explores a theme that I've been thinking a lot about lately.

abby82: (Default)
So a few days ago I was lamenting on what appeared to be a major dearth in Forever Knight videos. I noted that [profile] kristin1228 looked to be the only person out there currently making videos for the fandom. For the most part I still think it's true but not long after writing that post I stumbled upon the most awesomest of awesome FK video and I couldn't help but just sit there and grin like an idiot. And of course watch it over and over again.

Now I've always enjoyed the trinity of Nick, Janette and LaCroix.  It's a great balance and contrast to the Nick, Natalie, Schanke trio but as I watch the video for the umpteenth time I can't help thinking to myself, "Boy are these three beautiful together."


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