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Television

Saturday Night Live, “Melissa McCarthy/Kanye West”

This might be my favorite Leslie Jones piece so far.

Project Progress

Parks and Recreation: 0% (0/7)
Sailor Moon: 23.1% (3/13)
Saturday Night Live: 20% (8/40)
Star Trek: 32.5% (13/40)

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Film

Funny Or Die Presents Donald Trump's The Art Of The Deal: The Movie

I just super-needed something silly and dumb this week, and this fit the bill. Depp does great weird comedy, so it’s nice to see him apply himself to this. Also, that theme song is great.

Music

Selena Gomez, Revival

I accidentally listened to this entire album on Spotify, and it’s really… good? Like, very minimal, very coherent, and very her. “Hands To Myself” is pretty fun.

Project Progress

Parks and Recreation: 0% (0/7)
Sailor Moon: 23.1% (3/13)
Saturday Night Live: 20% (8/40)
Star Trek: 32.5% (13/40)

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Film

Hail, Caesar! (2016)

My first Coen brothers movie in a while, and—it was kind of like gossamer? Like gorgeous and well-shot and very well-cast, but the story just wasn’t there.

Television

Saturday Night Live, “Richard Dreyfuss/Jimmy Buffett”

I do love it whenever they do sketches that are just long slices of life without any hard jokes.

Project Progress

Parks and Recreation: 0% (0/7)
Sailor Moon: 23.1% (3/13)
Saturday Night Live: 20% (8/40)
Star Trek: 32.5% (13/40)

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Film

Humpday (2009)

Well-executed… but very much navel-gazing white dude indie shenanigans.

Music

AWOL Nation, Megalithic Symphony

Hostile and earnest in equal measure, which certainly appeals to me. Stand outs: “All I Need,” “People,” “Jump on my Shoulders”, and “Wake Up.”

AWOL Nation, Run

Second verse, similar to the first, but more scattered on the edges. “Hollow Moon” is obviously the purest and most danceable distillation of this attitude, but “Woman Woman,” an otherwise lovely song about loving someone, is still dotted with melancholy and promises of a better future.

Television

Agent Carter, “Better Angels”

How is this show so aggressively good? Like. Criticizing it only makes the showrunners thoughtfully reevaluate and organically tool it to be better. All the characters are interesting (or have interesting hooks, like Jack, who is trying to do the right thing—in the power structure that rewards men like him because I’m assuming daddy issues), the dialogue is snappy and great, Dr. Wilkes and Peggy are amazing together, and somebody eats a Sklar brother. The hits just keep on coming.

Saturday Night Live, "Rhonda Rousey/Selena Gomez"

This happened, I guess?

Project Progress

Parks and Recreation: 0% (0/7)
Sailor Moon: 23.1% (3/13)
Saturday Night Live: 20% (8/40)
Star Trek: 32.5% (13/40)

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Film

The Princess Diaries (2001)

“Lilly, you are a terrible friend!”

Music

Asia, Aqua

“Crimes of the Heart” feels like the platonic ideal of soft rock anthem about crying over a girl. I like it.

Asia, Phoenix, XXX, Gravitas

…I definitely listened to these this week.

Television

Agent Carter, “The Lady in the Lake”

The greatest show on television is back and they actually listened to the fans when they said they wanted more diversity!

Agent Carter, “A View in the Dark”

I love Peggy and Violet being instant friends (because I’m so sick of women competing against each other for dudes); I think Wendy is going to be a really fascinating villain; and Dr. Wilkes is awesome. And ugh, Peggy and Jarvis’ perfect banter.

Saturday Night Live, “Adam Driver/Chris Stapleton”

…well, I guess I’m on the Adam Driver train now.

Star Trek: The Next Generation, “The Drumhead”

A politically very interesting episode, with Admiral Norah Satie using a saboteur onboard the Enterprise to further her xenophobic goals. Jean Simmons crushes it.

Project Progress

Parks and Recreation: 0% (0/7)
Sailor Moon: 23.1% (3/13)
Saturday Night Live: 20% (8/40)
Star Trek: 32.5% (13/40)

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Film

The Princess Diaries (2001)

“Lilly, you are a terrible friend!”

Music

Asia, Aqua

“Crimes of the Heart” feels like the platonic ideal of soft rock anthem about crying over a girl. I like it.

Television

Star Trek: The Next Generation, “The Drumhead”

A politically very interesting episode, with Admiral Norah Satie using a saboteur onboard the Enterprise to further her xenophobic goals. Jean Simmons crushes it.

Project Progress

Parks and Recreation: 0% (0/7)
Sailor Moon: 23.1% (3/13)
Saturday Night Live: 20% (8/40)
Star Trek: 32.5% (13/40)

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Fanfiction

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Finn/Poe, “one hell of a mess” by noelia_g

UGH THIS IS TOO CUTE AND PERFECT. Great feel for the universe—Kire! Jess! Snaps! Snaps’ wife!—and fabulous amounts of our boys sweating about whether or not they like like each other.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, “Late Night Call” by hellotailor

This is so pitch perfect—just the trio, talking.

Film

Hackers (1995)

“That’s not how the Internet works.”

Music

Asia, Alpha

LET IT BEGIN.

Television

Star Trek: The Next Generation, “Identity Crisis”

How refreshing to see a past relationship that was “just” a super-important friendship between a woman and Geordi.

Star Trek: The Next Generation, “The Nth Degree”

Oh my God, I forgot how much I love and adore Riker and Deanna, because they really love each other no matter their dating status. Riker finding it hilarious and being delighted that Barclay successfully hit on Deanna is just so sweet.

Project Progress

Parks and Recreation: 0% (0/7)
Sailor Moon: 23.1% (3/13)
Saturday Night Live: 20% (8/40)
Star Trek: 32.5% (13/40)

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Technical problems last week.

Fanfiction

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Finn/Poe, “Just Call Us Superstars” by partypaprika

Finn and Poe work it out after Finn wakes up. Amazing how quickly tropes develop these days.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Finn/Poe, “better stand up straight” by middlecyclone

Finn and Poe work it out after Finn wakes up, now with Poe telling Finn that he doesn’t want weird sexy thanks if he feels obligated.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Finn/Poe, “(Mis)use the Force” by Ptolemia

Rey uses the Force to help Finn out with his Poe problem. Very cute and cracky, with bonus Luke and Leia.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Finn/Poe, “Coupling” by Mamalazzer

Everyone thinks Finn and Poe are dating; Finn has a hilarious crisis over this.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Finn/Poe, “Awakenings” by beetle

Poe waits for Finn to wake up.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Finn/Poe, “just like it should” by fabrega

Poe’s fellow pilots encourage him to DO SOMETHING about his feelings for Finn. This might be my favorite Jessika Pava so far.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Finn/Poe, “crooked on my chrome” by dansunedisco

BB-8 plays matchmaker and tries to be real smooth about it.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Finn/Poe, “No other exile” by queerly_it_is

This is much more about Phasma getting captured and dealing with the fallout of that, but there is a side slice of Finn/Poe.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Finn/Poe, “the coat thief” by Gretahs

Details BB-8’s journey over the course of the film, with a Finn/Poe coda. Adorable.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Finn/Poe, “The Lightness of Feeling” by aesdiac

Rey and BB-8 play matchmaker. Unfortunately, Finn is pretty thick when it comes to this stuff.

Film

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)

(banshee shriek into the night) It was so good! IT WAS SO GOOD!

Television

Saturday Night Live, “Tina Fey and Amy Poehler/Bruce Springsteen”

Not one of the best Christmas episodes and a little lackluster for two HUGE alums coming back. Still, “Meet Your Second Wife” is dark and hilarious, and seeing Kate McKinnon’s and Amy Poehler’s Clinton impressions together is fun.

Project Progress

Parks and Recreation: 0% (0/7)
Sailor Moon: 23.1% (3/13)
Saturday Night Live: 20% (8/40)
Star Trek: 32.5% (13/40)

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Film

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)

(INARTICULATE R2D2 SCREAM ABOUT HOW GOOD IT IS.) Expect tons of Poe/Finn fic to be read and rec’d soon.

Television

Saturday Night Live, “Chris Hemsworth/Chance the Rapper”

People picking on Colin Jost is never not funny to me, but the standout for me is the “Our Friend Claire” sketch. It takes the “hur hur men in dresses are inherently funny” conceit and actually makes it funny by making it about Hemsworth trying to infiltrate a ladies’ brunch to make himself feel better about his looks; all the cast members overselling this bit—Cecily Strong especially—make it really perfect.

Project Progress

Parks and Recreation: 0% (0/7)
Sailor Moon: 23.1% (3/13)
Saturday Night Live: 20% (8/40)
Star Trek: 32.5% (13/40)

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Fanfiction

Hannibal, Hannibal/Will, “knife and fork” by disenchanted

A breathtaking soak that is at the same atmospheric pitch at the show itself. Marvelous. (Also, I’m a monster, because that thigh prosciutto sounded SO. GOOD.)

Television

A Very Murray Christmas (2015)

Too cynical and grumpy and indie for my tastes. Miley Cyrus can still SING, though, and George Clooney affably popping out behind a tree to talk about Santa’s love life is both great and traumatizing.

Saturday Night Live, “Ryan Gosling/Leon Bridges”

Aidy Bryant wins this episode with Morgan, the overexcited thirteen year old, and almost not breaking in that alien abduction sketch. (Love that misplaced confidence.) And I kind of adore the Kinky Elves? It’s such a silly sketch, but Kenan and Vanessa’s little excited physical ticks are hilarious. As was Gosling’s elf losing all interest as soon as he realized no shenanigans were to be had. It was also good the first time. And then Taran pulled out a George Clooney impression? Is he just king of impossible male impressions? Magnificent.

Project Progress

Parks and Recreation: 0% (0/7)
Sailor Moon: 23.1% (3/13)
Saturday Night Live: 20% (8/40)
Star Trek: 32.5% (13/40)

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Film

Knightriders (1981)

WHAT A GOOD MOVIE. The motorcycle action sequences still drag, but it’s so homey and warm and loving, despite its downer ending.

Television

The Great British Bake-Off (2014)

This is all I could muster last week; just nice British people making nice British pastries in a tent they have to take the bus to on weekends. I can’t find anything analogous in American food television, so I eagerly await getting my hands on another season.

Project Progress

Parks and Recreation: 0% (0/7)
Sailor Moon: 23.1% (3/13)
Saturday Night Live: 20% (8/40)
Star Trek: 32.5% (13/40)

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Fanfiction

Star Wars, Obi-Wan Kenobi/Qui-Gon Jinn, “Hour that is mine” by randomalia (spilinski)

Looks like my sci-fi ships are all about the tragedy of surviving your beloved and living on a desert planet. Obi-Wan contemplates what he’s lost in exile, and I cry a thousand buckets.

Star Wars, “Hope’s Worth is Written with a Golden Quill” by akathecentimere

A fic about Obi-Wan rediscovering his purpose during his first year on Tatooine. Delicious feels.

Star Wars, “Reunion” by Nix (CrimsonQuills)

Force ghost kisses and Luke’s blessing. The only kind of fluff I will allow for this ship.

Fanvid

Agent Carter, “1941” by rhoboat

Snappy, fun, and features a honk sound for Peggy honking Steve’s pec. FLAWLESS.

Star Wars, Obi-Wan Kenobi/Qui-Gon Jinn, “My Immortal” by sian1359

Tripping over this while rifling through the prequels fandom’s corpse’s pockets was monumental, to say the least. Oh, does this take me back.

Film

Carol (2015)

Pitch perfect and lush, but Blanchett’s choices as Carol reminded me too much of my mom to be comfortable.

Television

Star Trek: The Next Generation, “Night Terrors”

A pretty meh episode to ease back into the project, although Beverly in the morgue is a truly effective frightfest.

Project Progress

Parks and Recreation: 0% (0/7)
Sailor Moon: 23.1% (3/13)
Saturday Night Live: 20% (8/40)
Star Trek: 32.5% (13/40)

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Film

The Star Wars Prequels

I watched a fan edit of the prequels that was about four hours, which was a fun way to revisit the prequels. And Ewan McGregor's Obi-Wan Kenobi. I am now poking around at this dead ship, which means wandering through fic archives that have been inactive for years. Magical.

Project Progress

Parks and Recreation: 0% (0/7)
Sailor Moon: 23.1% (3/13)
Saturday Night Live: 20% (8/40)
Star Trek: 32.5% (13/40)

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No update last week because I didn’t consume anything last week.

Film

The Comeback Kid (2015)

John Mulaney’s greatest bits are the long, intricately woven stories he often tells at the end of his acts—like the Salt and Pepper Diner or “The One Thing You Can’t Replace.” And The Comeback Kid has an amazing story about Bill Clinton that is perfect. Also, Petunia shows up!

Television

Saturday Night Live, “Donald Trump/Sia”

The less said, the better.

Project Progress

Parks and Recreation: 0% (0/7)
Sailor Moon: 23.1% (3/13)
Saturday Night Live: 20% (8/40)
Star Trek: 32.5% (13/40)


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Film

The Addams Family (1991)

We don’t really make living cartoons like this anymore, do we?

Project Progress

Parks and Recreation: 0% (0/7)
Sailor Moon: 23.1% (3/13)
Saturday Night Live: 20% (8/40)
Star Trek: 32.5% (13/40)

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Television

Saturday Night Live, “Christopher Lee/Meat Loaf”

“Howard, don’t hang back! You two are going to work together in the future!”

Saturday Night Live, Tracy Morgan/Demi Lovato”

A 30 Rock reunion (JOYOUS), Larry David as Bernie Sanders (and kind of glowingly happy about it, which is very sweet), and Astronaut Jones’ amazing theme song? Yes, please.

Project Progress

Parks and Recreation: 0% (0/7)
Sailor Moon: 23.1% (3/13)
Saturday Night Live: 20% (8/40)
Star Trek: 32.5% (13/40)

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Film

Crimson Peak (2015)

A luxurious but straightforward gothic romance for the cinema.

Television

Sailor Moon, “Shadow of Evil: the Trio's Last Chance”

WAIT, WHAT? The Amazon Trio learn that they aren’t, technically, people, sending Fish’s Eye into an identity crisis over whether or not he even has a soul. This is some dark stuff.

Sailor Moon, “Mirrors of Dreams: the Amazon's Last Stage”

And it gets darker… until all three are redeemed, despite their rampage of assault across Tokyo for the last few weeks. I really do love Fish’s Eye trying to negotiate his humanity, though.

Saturday Night Live, “Amy Schumer/The Weeknd”

I’ll be real: that Weeknd update bit was amazing.

Project Progress

Parks and Recreation: 0% (0/7)
Sailor Moon: 23.1% (3/13)
Saturday Night Live: 20% (8/40)
Star Trek: 32.5% (13/40)

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Film

The Phantom of the Opera (2004)

“Man, this is the best Slayer video ever.”

The Raven (2012)

“How do you fuck up having Luke Evans shirtless in your movie?”

Television

Sailor Moon, “Juban Holiday: The Carefree Princess”

Sailor Moon does Roman Holiday.

Sailor Moon, “Destined Partners? Makoto's Innocence”

Fish’s Eye gets distracted by a beauty pageant and Makoto and Ami dance (like, complete with Dirty Dancing lift) at a dance known for generating couples.

Saturday Night Live, “Miley Cyrus”

Well, hey there, friends! I have missed this show, its cast, and its uneven quality. Cyrus does able work and interesting songs—although for the love of God, please stop appropriating dreads—and it’s a good way to ease back into the show.

Project Progress

Parks and Recreation: 0% (0/7)
Sailor Moon: 23.1% (3/13)
Saturday Night Live: 20% (8/40)
Star Trek: 32.5% (13/40)

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Television

Sailor Moon, “Protect Mom's Dream: Double Moon's New Attack”

Hawk’s Eye’s predatory trait: going after older women. I do like that we get to see how Chibiusa interacts with her grandmother.

Sailor Moon, “Catch Pegasus: The Amazon's Trap”

Naru, having learned after her first disastrous relationship, rejects Tiger’s Eye’s story of being terminally ill.

Sailor Moon, “The Perfect Couple: Usagi and Mamoru's Love”

Okay, I like that Mamoru is getting more to do this season, because there’s more character comedy and less end of the world, but this means we get to look the fact that this twenty-two year old is dating a fifteen year old pretty hard in the face. After getting creeped out, however, we find Chibiusa in a Back to the Future subplot, as well as the victim of the week having the possibility of being the Commissioner Gordon to Sailor Moon’s Batman.

Sailor Moon, “Artemis Is Cheating? Enter the Mysterious Kitten”

Tiger’s Eye goes after a nun and we meet Diana, who is honestly great? Formal and polite but just as aggressive and weird as Chibiusa.

Sailor Moon, “Makoto's Friendship: The Girl Who Admired Pegasus”

The Twilight of the Sailor Moon universe is about a Pegasus and a mortal woman.

Sailor Moon, “Connecting Hearts: Chibi-Usa and Pegasus”

Focusing on the different dreams of women means that this season gets to show that women are people, too, even more than usual. I really like this because it features a teacher whose dream is to have a really easy, loving class, but whose reality is different, and that’s okay. Her dream motivates her to be a better teacher. Awww.

Sailor Moon, “Protect Mamoru: Ninja Usagi's Jealousy”

The girls destroy Mamoru’s apartment (HA HA HA) and then Usagi goes full ninja mode to make sure Mamoru and Rei don’t hook up while he stays with her.

Sailor Moon, “Forest of Illusion: A Beautiful Fairy's Invitation”

Fish’s Eye is deployed for the first time. I’m fascinated by Fish’s Eye—as I am with all queer sea monsters—and there’s plenty of room and evidence to read him as genderfluid to some degree. There’s never any “IT’S A MAN, BABY” reveals for his victims, even when he’s out of “drag”, and there’s a later episode where he chooses what gender to present as to his victim.

Sailor Moon, “Drive to the Heavens: The Dream Car Fueled with Love”

This is the point during my marathon that I fell asleep—DAMN YOU FLU!—but cars, yay?

Sailor Moon, “Aiming for the Top: the Pretty Swordswoman's Dilemma”

Chibiusa befriends a tiny samurai. I like this one, because it ends with Chibiusa and Usagi having a mother/daughter moment, which they don’t usually get.

Sailor Moon, “We Love Fashion: The Stylish Guardians”

Fish’s Eye straight up Yokos a fashion studio, breaking up a perfectly happy gay couple in the process. They recover and Usagi gets a (hideous) wedding dress out of the deal.

Sailor Moon, “Storm of Love: Minako's Grand Two-Timing Plan”

Minako running around trying to have two dates at once—BECAUSE SHE CAN HAVE IT ALL—is hilarious.

Sailor Moon, “The Secret Mansion: a Menu of Love for You”

Diana is hilarious in this episode.

Sailor Moon, “Believe in Pegasus: The Four Guardians' Super Transformation”

Oh, yeah, of course the only recurring gay character is also a pedophile. Although I do find it ironic that Hawk’s Eye and Tiger’s Eye give Fish’s Eye well-deserved shit when, not a few episodes ago, they picked up an eight year old. UGH.

Sailor Moon, “Shining Summer Days: Ami Under the Sea-Breeze”

Is it time for the annual beach episode again? I’m not crazy about Shingo’s crush on Ami, but since this is the last episode he ever appears in, WHATEVER. I do like that Fish’s Eye and Hawk’s Eye have just accompanied Tiger’s Eye to the beach. MAYBE THEY’RE FRIENDS?!

Sailor Moon, “Become a Prima: Usagi's Ballet”

Fish’s Eye! YOU COULD BE THEIR FRIEND IF YOU COULD FEEL HUMAN KINDNESS! But no. Fish’s Eye, who is a great ballerina because I guess fish are great at dancing, attempts to Yoko a local production of Giselle, but can’t. Also, there’s fat-shaming of Usagi, which is bullshit.

Project Progress

Parks and Recreation: 0% (0/7)
Sailor Moon: 23.1% (3/13)
Saturday Night Live: 20% (8/40)
Star Trek: 32.5% (13/40)

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Fanfiction

Hannibal, Hannibal/Will, “There’s a Hole at the Bottom of the Sea” by longwhitecoats

Soft and beautiful and just sharp enough. Hannibal reads Will Dante.

Film

Ravenous (1999)

"AMERICA WAS THE WENDIGO THE WHOLE TIME!"

Television

Sailor Moon, “Believe in Love: Ami, the Kindhearted Guardian”

I would watch an entire series about Haruka and Michiru, teen detectives.

Sailor Moon, “Shadow of Destruction: the Messiah of Silence Awakens”

Ah, the old Twinrova maneuver… a few years before that game came out… huh.

Sailor Moon, “ The Coming Terror of Darkness: Struggle of the Eight Guardians”

Oh, Pluto.

Sailor Moon, “The Shining Shooting Star: Saturn and the Messiah”

That shot of Moon returning from the orb, her eyes just dead? Oh, man. Shivers.

Sailor Moon, “A New Life: Parting of the Stars of Destiny”

THIS IS SO UNNECESSARY. Also: nobody is asking enough questions about that baby.

Sailor Moon, “A Guardian’s Realization: Strength Lies Within a Pure Heart”

And Chibi-usa gets to stay! I do love how all the Guardians get Chibi-usa super personal and meaningful gifts, while Mamoru gets her… a pressed rose.

Sailor Moon, “Meeting of Destiny: The Night Pegasus Dances”

…does Fish Eye wear a puffy blue jumpsuit? And Tiger’s Eye, he is honestly wearing a pair of razor blades as earrings? Holy cow, we’ve found the worst dressed people in a nineties shoujo anime.

Saturday Night Live, “Art Garfunkel/Stephen Bishop”

Art Garfunkel’s eyes lack empathy.

Project Progress

Parks and Recreation: 0% (0/7)
Sailor Moon: 23.1% (3/13)
Saturday Night Live: 20% (8/40)
Star Trek: 32.5% (13/40)

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