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Star Wars: The Force Awakens, “try growing on for size” by imochan, Kylo/Hux, AU

I’ve never been into high school AUs, but for some reason the Kylo/Hux ones give me life. And this one is particularly gorgeously written, with spot-on characterization and lovely moments.

Film

Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

I thought I was prepared for how awful this movie was, but I wasn’t. There are baffling choices to laugh and giggle at, but it’s mostly an endless, grey, wet, nihilistic slog that will destroy your faith in humanity.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)

Which is why I had to go home and watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens just to regain my will to live.

Zootopia (2016)

As adorable and socially conscious as advertised!

Project Progress

Parks and Recreation: 0% (0/7)
Sailor Moon: 23.1% (3/13)
Saturday Night Live: 22.5% (9/40)
Star Trek: 32.5% (13/40)

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This week's notes include Saturday Night Live, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, and all the Kirk/Spock!Prime fic I could get my grubby paws on.

WEEK TWENTY-FOUR )

Project Progress

Bond Movies: 100% (23/23)
Saturday Night Live: 10.5% (4/38)
Star Trek Televisual Canon: 22.5% (9/40)

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I was rereading this the other day after complaining to a friend about how I loathe the new Harley. (DC, if you’re doing that, Nicki Minaj is my new Harley Quinn.) I was putting away my comics (she’d been browsing through them) and came across its unfortunately lit cover. 

But this—a short story about Harley trying to get to Joker on Valentine’s Day—really captures a lot of what I love about Harley. Her zaniness, her capacity for absolute cruelty, and her relationship with control. Batman, as a hero, is all about control—especially controlling the line between good and evil. That’s why Joker is his primary antagonist; he’s an agent of chaos, and why Selina is his most iconic love interest; she’s ambigious. But Harley represents an especial threat to that control by being a woman who happily gives up control, although she often takes it right back.

For instance, in this story, Harley goes on a rampage as she tries to find Joker, pounding every obstacle she meets into the dirt. When Batman shows up, she stomps her foot, rolls up her sleeves (so to speak), and is completely prepared to pound him into the ground too. But as soon as he offers her her goal, she’s happy to go back into custody. 

This also gets Harley’s voice down; the “ditz” act, her weirdly and delightfully ‘50s turns of phrase, and her whining voice. Can’t have her without that.

But most of all, and it’s a little thing, ultimately, but I’m so starved for it it’s important—Harley looks like an actual human being here. A cute woman, nonetheless, but a real woman built like an athlete, with strong legs and wide hips. Her pigtails hang down, and her facial contortions take her from cute to ugly in a flash. 

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What is this crap?

Look, I know some might think that Clark wearing his red underwear outside his clothing is just one of those silly holdovers from comics. But there's a very real reason they're in the costume—they break up the solid blue of his costume, link the red of his cape and sigil to the red of his boots, and draw attention to his waist. Without it, Clark looks, well, chunky.

Even in the comic books.

His abdomen looks enormous. The problem here is both the lack of the red at the abdomen and the fact that they're keeping the belt in the same spot it needs to be to support the underwear, at his natural waist. But there's nothing to hold up. If the belt were being used for more decorative purposes, awesome, but it's not. The logic of having such a plain belt being the only adornment to break up all the blue is just plain silly.

What makes it worse is the material. It looks like molded plastic. I mean, I realize we're quite used to Batman in his Kevlar, but this is Superman. He doesn't need a protective layer of clothing. (…suddenly, this is becoming a very different movie in my head and I'm walking away from it.) I do like the fact that the texture is aerodynamic, but again, Superman doesn't need to be aerodynamic. He has superpowers! It's in his name! The colors are also pretty dull—why can't we have nice things, guys?—and the neckline looks like it could bug me. I just… I want to have faith in Synder, I really do, but Superman is a fundamentally optimistic character, you know? Here's this kid, with superpowers, who could have turned out horribly (Red Son, anyone?), but because he's raised by good people, he becomes a good person and fights crime not because he's Superman, but because he's Clark Kent, and that's what he should do with the gift he's been given. And to see the costume go pretty wrong makes me doubt that, although, of course, it might be brilliant for all I know.

In conclusion, Dean Cain is Superman and that is that.

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