tellitslant: (good wife - alicia/kalinda - office)
Home sick today, I caught up on the last three weeks of The Good Wife, about which I mostly have "WHAT THE CRAP" to say.

I really gave up on speculating about this show a long time ago, because I don't think I've ever been able to call a major plot point on it (which is why I love it, of course). Therefore I am trying to remind myself that I assume this casting spoiler is know, but maybe not )

I am also resolutely refusing to make guesses about the Cary storyline or the state's attorney race, though okay so maybe a tiny guess )

I have also been watching The Fall, with Gillian Anderson, which is another notch on my list of interesting contemporary post-modernist, post-feminist UK crime dramas, aka 'my current favourite things.' (You'd think this would be a tiny list; I'm pleased to report that it is not nearly as small as one might expect.) It's very different from Scott & Bailey and Happy Valley (which are from the same creator, Sally Wainwright, while The Fall has a male showrunner), but very, very good.

...although I would like to invite you all to listen to Panjabi's mysterious 'Canadian'-plus-whatever accent on TGW and then her brought-up-in-Croydon accent on TF and then chip in to get her a good accent coach, eh? I'm just saying.

One of the things that I particularly like about the show is that Stella is allowed to be a woman of appetites. And yes, of course I include sexually, because that's the one facet that becomes a plot point. I think it's notable too that we see her eating - a big, thick hamburger once, and I think pasta, and chocolate in the most recent ep - all solid foods. She drinks whisky - not a subtle drink.

This could easily have tipped over the edge into overly-masculine caricature - she eats red meat and drinks hard liquor and fucks around, no wonder she makes it in the man's world, ho ho - but what saves it is that more than anything, Stella seems to be a sensualist. This comes out in the way she cuts through the water swimming, the way she holds her head under the shower, the clothes she chooses. I see an appreciation for those sensations, those experiences - even though she seems closed off emotionally, she's determined to express her desires for things that don't necessarily fit a 'proper' view of her.

And thinking on that, and thinking about it appreciatively, positively, started me thinking about Katie. I'm pretty... critical of? easily-frustrated by? stressed about? Katie's insistence on pursuing Spector. Obviously this is about audience-knowledge rather than in-show-knowledge, but it's also that sort of cringing vicarious embarrassment of watching a young teenage girl do the sort of things that young teenage girls can do, you know?

But how does what the show says about Stella relate to what it says about Katie? Of course what Katie does is a problem largely because Spector is a serial killer, but in a lot of ways she mirrors Stella. Katie too gets to eat pasta and drink red wine, to (attempt to) make sexual demands, to be confident (as much as she can). We're meant to worry, to wonder what will come of it and how it will allow Paul to use her, but really, the problem doesn't necessarily lie in what she does and what she wants as much as it does in the fact that a predator uses her desires and her actions to ensnare and endanger her. Sure she does stupid teenage things, but she's a stupid teenager!

And that the show doesn't, actually, mock her for that... it definitely gave me pause, and then I gave myself a swift kick in the pants for being so judgey about Katie myself. I think the world could do with a lot more overly-confident sixteen-year-old girls.
tellitslant: (sugar rush - brighton)
Title: Saturday Night and Sunday Morning
Author: [personal profile] tellitslant
Fandom: Scott & Bailey
Characters/pairing: Gill Murray, Julie Dodson, Janet Scott; background Gill/Julie
Rating: General
Word count: 4400
Notes: Many thanks to [personal profile] soupytwist for her keen Mancunian eye. This was originally begun as a prompt for [personal profile] sophia_gratia's birthday and finished for mine, so, thematic! As this was begun before s4 aired, it plays fast and loose with the show's timeline - but then, so too does the show, in places.
Warnings: None.
Summary: "I don't want to run the risk of getting drunk like someone I know did at her fortieth and run up and down the back garden topless at midnight in front of her few remaining guests singing 'I Am Sixteen Going On Seventeen.'" In the aftermath of Gill's birthday, Janet and Julie have a heart-to-heart.

Read it on AO3!


Oct. 30th, 2014 12:08 am
tellitslant: amanda tapping being a dorkface at the camera (Default)
A brief addendum to my Dear Yuletide Writer letter, which is spoilery for the s4 finale of Scott & Bailey, under the cut )


Oct. 29th, 2014 10:23 pm
tellitslant: (tos - uhura - smiiile!)
dear Scott & Bailey, I'm sorry I ever doubted you, thank you for making up to me all the horrible things that Warehouse 13 did, mwah mwah mwah love you forever, xoxo kk
tellitslant: amanda tapping being a dorkface at the camera (Default)
My plans for the evening got cancelled on me, thank goodness, which meant I had time to eat dinner and wade through most of my inbox and, oh yeah, rewatch last week's Scott & Bailey ep. :P How is there only one left? I am not okay with this!

4x07 )
tellitslant: (renee - home with daria)
Title: dust under your mouth
Author: [personal profile] tellitslant
Fandom: Scott & Bailey
Characters/pairing: Gill Murray/Julie Dodson
Rating: Explicit
Word count: 3500
Notes: Written as a [community profile] femslashex treat, because I didn't sign up and then felt quite bad about that. Thanks to [personal profile] soupytwist, my favourite tiny Mancunian, and [profile] sophiagratia, my favourite head-canon-encourager, for beta and assorted duties.
Warnings: None. Set early s3; no spoilers.
Summary: At the end of a long and impossible day, Gill finally finds what she needs.

Read it on AO3!

*zooms in, drops belated link, zooms away*
tellitslant: (good wife - alicia/kalinda - office)
WOW this ep of The Good Wife was cinematographically a love letter to their first season, wasn't it? That final scene - Alicia at the podium - was framed and cut perfectly to echo her standing there with Peter in the first episode. I love how smart this show is, I love it.

Also: Elsbeth. That is all.
tellitslant: amanda tapping in a field of flowers (sanctuary - a-tapps - flowers)
My dear Yuletide writer!

I’m so excited that we’ve matched on one of the tiny fandoms of my heart. I already know you have impeccable taste, so I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with. ;) I’ve tried to give you some sense of the things I like about each canon as well as some potential jumping-off points. If you have other ideas, though, go for it!

If you want to see what I’ve written lately, you can check out my fic on AO3 under kathryne. You can also follow me on tumblr at sapphoshands if the urge strikes.

general likes and dislikes )

Some fandom-specific comments and suggestions:

Killers Kill, Dead Men Die - Annie Leibovitz  )

Lumberjanes )

Scott & Bailey )

Hopefully this has given you some ideas without being totally overwhelming. These fandoms are all very new to me, and I'm really looking forward to having a fic of my very own in one of them. Thanks!
tellitslant: (lfn - madeline - ooh shiny gun)
My strategy this week was to finish the last of my Thanksgiving leftovers before Scott & Bailey, thus anaesthetizing myself with tryptophan so I could get through the ep unscathed. It kind of worked?

This is not a full ep review, but just a brief digression off the first line of the ep, or at least what I think that line is )
tellitslant: Helen Magnus walking away from an explosion with a gun (sanctuary - helen - walk away from)
It may be time to admit that my concern about Gill Murray is overshadowing my ability to be thoughtful about this show. :P Note: behind the cut are some predictions for the future of this season, based on minor casting spoilers that I also discuss.

ep 4x05 )

I asked [profile] sophiagratia, somewhat in jest, why we watch this show, and she responded so eloquently that I have to put it here for future reference.

we watch this show because it has never once backed down from its very basic premise which is that you can make beautiful, intelligent television in traditionally masculine genres and center it entirely on the lives of women, their relationships to each other and to their work, and make it real, and vivid, and succeed. you can make beautiful television by taking an unapologetic stance on abuse and its consequences. you can make beautiful television by showing how important survival relationships are, and how hard-won, and how fragile. we watch this show because it doesn’t let go of these women no matter how damaged they get, because it shows how it is possible to watch someone suffer and never stop taking her side.

So, yeah. Us and Gill against the world, eh?
tellitslant: (good wife - alicia/kalinda - office)
My favourite shot in this week's The Good Wife (4.03, "Dear God") ...

(side note - I just noticed that this season's episode names are back down to two words. I wonder if they're actively working towards a seven-season arc?)

...anyways, my favourite shot is a shot in which we don't even see Alicia - in fact, I don't think we see any named characters. It's a nice long take, a beautiful tracking shot that runs us through a corridor at speed for nearly ten seconds. We know we're in Alicia's pov not just because of the way the narrative is set up, but also because we get to watch the way everyone else responds to her, leaping out of the way of the camera, literally recoiling from what we can only imagine the expression on her face must look like. This is who Alicia has become - she is a force of nature, or damn near.

minor spoilers )

I still want to be Eli when I grow up.


Sep. 24th, 2014 09:41 pm
tellitslant: (sugar rush - brighton)
So, that was the first ep of Scott & Bailey written by a man! Hm hm hm. :P

S&B 4x03 )

Also, now I really want a jacket potato, and also a good local queer bar or fifty. And to answer comments on last week's post...


Sep. 24th, 2014 05:42 pm
tellitslant: (renee - home with daria)
In the midst of my weekly Scott & Bailey-induced freakout, other telly things, briefly:

The Good Wife 6x01 )

Gotham 1x01 )

Agents of SHIELD 2x01 )
tellitslant: helen magnus with a big gun (sanctuary - helen - carry a big gun)
I thought, oh, I'll have a beer, that'll make it much easier to watch this week's Scott & Bailey


(good beer though)

I'm a fetish! )

Also if you took the brother in this, Anthony, and added about a hundred pounds or so to his weight, you'd have one of my DPhil supervisors. It's a bit eerie.
tellitslant: (sugar rush - brighton)
So, here's my problem: I watched the first three seasons of Scott & Bailey on [profile] sophiagratia's rec, meaning that she'd watched them all and I knew that even though terrible things happened, none of those things were things that would make me want to stop watching the show. And now that s4 has started and I'm watching it blind, I am really stressed out that something is going to happen that will destroy the show for me forever.

(I, ah. Upon reflection, I may have some slight trauma from the end of Warehouse 13. OH GOD I WILL NEVER TRUST TELEVISION AGAIN *ahem*)

Anyways so apparently I should just plan that my Wednesday nights for the next two months are going to be completely taken up with this show, what with the pausing and the whimpering and the hiding-in-my-hoodie breaks that meant I just spent nearly three hours watching the 45-minute ep. And now I'm going to re-watch it, like, of course I am, because now I can enjoy it without stress. Commentary behind the cut; also includes some stressing about a point that has not yet been revealed in the show but was teased in the trailer. I'll put that behind an extra cut on DW, but if you're on LJ you'll just have to deal, now won't you.

no bombs, no lunatics )
tellitslant: amanda tapping in a field of flowers (sanctuary - a-tapps - flowers)
It occurs to me that having written fic where Franklin's hand shows up in Warehouse 13, I've basically set it up for a long and involved due South crossover. :P
tellitslant: (bond - bond/m - i miss the cold war)
I am in a war of attrition with a squirrel.

Here's the thing: it is not wrong to say that this is a conflict that has spanned generations, because I clearly remember my grandfather fighting this fight nearly two decades ago, and I feel it's pretty safe to say that I'm not battling the same squirrels today. So it's an enduring antagonism passed down upon death. And I admit that I'm coming from a place of weakness, since because my grandmother didn't plant flowers this summer we've pretty much ceded the front flowerbed to the squirrels. But.

Outside my kitchen window are two birdfeeders. I had been filling them both until about two or three weeks ago, when one of them suddenly started emptying out practically the day I filled them. I was starting to wonder if I had a prowler, but I think it's the squirrel. So I stopped filling that one.

The other one... suddenly started getting filled up with leaves. Not falling leaves, either; fresh leaves that something was pulling off and stuffing in there. Which is kinda creepy. So I have been pulling the leaves out, sometimes multiple times a day.

I'm pretty sure you can see where I'm going with this.

The squirrel, I think, believes he is burying the seeds in the feeder for his winter cache. He's shoving them all back into the box part and layering leaves to 'keep' them. I, on the other hand, would like the birds to be able to still get in there. So I leave the house in the morning, clean out the feeder. Come home after work, clean out the feeder, have an exchange of opinions with the squirrel (yes, out loud, what?). Have dinner, clean out the feeder.

Eventually, one of us will get tired, right?

Alternately, ideas for how to scare off a squirrel but not the birds gratefully accepted.
tellitslant: (sugar rush - brighton)
If you don't follow me on Tumblr, you may have missed my precipitous and complete descent into the Scott & Bailey fandom. If you do follow me on Tumblr... I'd say I'm sorry about the massive pic- and gifspams, but really, we all know I'd be lying.

Scott & Bailey is a Sunday-night-drama buddy-cop show off ITV; I've seen it described as a more realistic, Mancunian Cagney and Lacey, which given what I know about some of the original feminist undertones of C&L seems fairly apt. It'd been on my radar for a while, but then [profile] sophiagratia started writing fic for it, and that so often spells my downfall. :P What really did it for me, though, was that I put on the first ep, watched the opening credits, and noticed that all the names (save a few actors) were female: creators, producer, director, writer. Not to mention the characters! By s3 (s4 starts airing... soon... ish), we have: two main characters, detective constables (DC), female; one main character, detective chief inspector (DCI), female; one regular character, detective superintendent (DSI), female; one recurring character, forensic pathologist, female; one minor recurring character, assistant chief constable (ACC), female; several recurring characters, male, who pretty much never get the POV position.

...they do whole long, important scenes in the women's toilets. !!! <333

It's also very well made and beautifully shot (I didn't know Manchester could look so pretty... kidding, kidding, I love Manchester *g*). The direction is fabulous, especially in some of the most recent episodes, and while occasionally some of the stories are a bit heavy-handed, the dialogue and the character interactions are always just golden. They're extremely good at building up narrative arcs that sweep through not only multiple episodes, but multiple seasons, often surprising me by bringing back something that I hadn't realised was going to be important.

The Scott and Bailey of the title are Janet Scott and Rachel Bailey, our two detective constables - best friends, brilliant coworkers, competent and capable and occasionally really fucked up (and who occasionally really fuck up, which is different). The marketing sells them as the competent mum (Janet) and the wild child (Rachel), but that's far too simplistic and superficial. Their DCI is Gill Murray, who is this tiny ambitious force of nature and who I kind of want to grow up to be. This holy trinity is occasionally expanded by Gill's bestie, Julie Dodson, also a DCI, five foot ten and still wears fuck-off-high heels to work but is horribly afraid of the ACC. :P I want to squish them all.

I'm particularly amazed just how much I adore Janet, because that sort of... steady... character is rarely my forte. Like so many of the rest of the characters, though, Janet is much more than what we originally see, and the way she (and everyone) develops is realistic and brilliant. I feel a lot of occasionally uncomfortable, occasionally pleasant sympathy with Rachel, and want to smack her about equally often. And like I said, I want to be Gill in a lot of ways; despite being nominally the third-billed character, I just love her arc, from what we learn of her background through the second season to how we see her excelling - and failing - in the DCI job.

The full trailer for the fourth season just came out and I am slightly worried about some of what it shows, but I am trying to trust that the showrunners who gave us such an incredible show so far, with almost no emotional slips, will be able to keep that up. (I'm also considering suggesting it for teevee club, because I would like to a) share it and b) be forced to watch it in a more measured way).

It's interesting - I'd been thinking lately that I haven't been reading nearly as much crime/mystery fiction as I used to, and then I read the S&B tie-in novels and now I'm full-on back into yessss, mysteries, yessss. Recs appreciated! The nice thing about this hiatus, though, is that loads of the series I used to read have published multiple books in the interim. :P
tellitslant: (sugar rush - brighton)
Title: Beating the Bounds
Author: [personal profile] tellitslant
Fandom: Scott & Bailey
Characters/pairing: Rachel Bailey & Janet Scott
Rating: G
Word count: 1800
Notes: Written in response to a prompt by [personal profile] chaila for a fic where Rachel takes care of a drunk Janet for once. Thanks to [ profile] featherxquill for beta and titling assistance.
Warnings: None. Set late s2; no real spoilers.
Summary: Role reversal: the changing of positions between the protagonist and a significant other.

Or, another night out, another pub, only this time it's Rachel's turn to be the responsible one. Set late season two; no major spoilers.

Read it on AO3!


tellitslant: amanda tapping being a dorkface at the camera (Default)
queen of analogue

November 2014

2324 2526272829


Style Credit

Expand Cut Tags

No cut tags
Page generated Dec. 22nd, 2014 07:01 am
Powered by Dreamwidth Studios