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Television

Black Mirror, “The National Anthem,” “15 Million Credits,” and “Be Right Back”

Unrelently dark satire, which is much needed at the moment. “Be Right Back” turned out to be my favorite, because it showed technology interrupting a woman’s grieving process—who wouldn’t want to see their loved ones again after their death? I was particularly fascinated by the fact that the synthetic Ash is TOO good at being kind and open and receptive, which is what makes him so unreal to Martha. She would have to fight for his attention, so to have the Ash-bot patiently await her every need? Spooks her.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars, “Overlords,” “Altar of Mortis,” and “Ghost of Mortis”

Anakin nearly breaking down completely on seeing what, at first, appears to be Shmi’s ghost broke my heart.

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Star Trek: 32.5% (13/40)

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Film

Ex Machina (2015)

So atmospheric, unsettling, and original.

Television

Star Wars: The Clone Wars, "Hunt for Ziro,” "Heroes on Both Sides,” "Pursuit of Peace,” "Nightsisters,” "Monster,” and "Witches of the Mist"

Holy crow—Sy Snootles the assassin, Padmé’s former mentor as a separatist, and Asajj Ventress returning to the Nightsisters? SO MANY LADIES!!!

Project Progress

Sailor Moon: 23.1% (3/13)
Star Trek: 32.5% (13/40)

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Television

Star Wars: The Clone Wars, “Corruption,” “The Academy,” “Assassin,” “Evil Plans”

“Assassin” might be one of my favorite episodes; Ahsoka and Padmé bonding? Padmé mentoring Ahsoka referencing her experience as queen? I’m not crying you’re crying

Project Progress

Sailor Moon: 23.1% (3/13)
Star Trek: 32.5% (13/40)

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Television

Star Wars: The Clone Wars, “Clone Cadets,” “ARC Troopers,” “Supply Lines,” “Sphere of Influence”

Anakin is teaching Ahsoka to break rules. Padmé thinks this is cute, which is probably why she ends up married to Darth Vader.

Project Progress

Sailor Moon: 23.1% (3/13)
Star Trek: 32.5% (13/40)

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Film

Coming to America (1988)

A sweet, if uneven, romantic comedy with the faintest leanings towards being generally pro-immigrant, that nonetheless heralds Eddie Murphy’s nineties shlock peak.

How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)

Sharp, interior, and gorgeous, but quickly loses its sharpness in favor of something shaggier and slapstickier.

Labyrinth (1986)

Definitely holds up—except for that CGI owl and the fiery gang (???)—as an exploration into the mental landscape of a young fantasy-obsessed woman.

Television

Star Wars: The Clone Wars, “R2 Come Home” and “Lethal Trackdown”

I will never get tired of people crapping on droids and Anakin having faith in them, because droids are the only people he can trust (besides his secret wife). I will, however, always get very tired of baby Boba Fett.

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Sailor Moon: 23.1% (3/13)
Saturday Night Live: 22.5% (9/40)
Star Trek: 32.5% (13/40)

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Film

X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

A hot mess of a film with too many characters doing too many things, great character moments, and a less than able grasp on things like plot structure—so, an X-Men movie. Definitely fun, definitely silly, and I definitely enjoyed myself.

Television

Star Wars: The Clone Wars, “Bounty Hunters,” “The Zillo Beast,” “The Zillo Beast Strikes Back,” “Death Trap”

Here’s why Palpatine is the best: he’s flexible in his nefarious deeds! When he can’t kill the Zillo beast on his own in his secret evil lab, he allows it to be set loose so the Jedi can murder it for him. Whatta guy.

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Sailor Moon: 23.1% (3/13)
Saturday Night Live: 22.5% (9/40)
Star Trek: 32.5% (13/40)

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Television

Grace and Frankie, “The End,” “Credit Cards”

“I heard she once punched a service dog in the face” made me laugh so, so hard.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars, “The Deserter,” “Lightsaber Lost,” “The Mandalore Plot,” “Voyage of Temptation,” “Duchess of Mandalore,” “Senate Murders,” “Cat and Mouse”

Ah, Satine! I’d heard of her, beforehand, and I quite like her, although Obi-Wan being SUPERCHILL about the fact that he would have left the Jedi Order for her feels weird. (They were playing that up for the moment, right?) What I do love, however, is Anakin’s reaction to this, from twigging onto what went down immediately to calling her his girlfriend to totally murderizing that dude because some people have moral objections to this stuff. Anakin, you hot mess.

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Sailor Moon: 23.1% (3/13)
Saturday Night Live: 22.5% (9/40)
Star Trek: 32.5% (13/40)

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Television

Saturday Night Live, “Brie Larson/Alicia Keys”

That mom haircut sketch is GOLD.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars, “Senate Spy,” “Landing at Point Rain,” “Weapons Factory,” “Legacy of Terror,” “Brain Invaders, “Grevious Intrigue”

Okay, three things I want to talk about. First, Padmé having to seduce—they say friendship, we know what’s up—another senator for the Jedi and Anakin reacting PERFECTLY CALMLY about that. (Although Anakin sort of callously throwing that senator to the wolves to save Padmé? This is why this ship is fucked up. And also great. AND ALSO FUCKED UP.) Second, Barriss!!! Like, Teen Girl Padawan Squad! I love seeing Ahsoka have a friend her age to talk to, I love them talking Jedi morality, I love their rapport. Lastly, oh my God, I thought Obi-Wan’s banter with Asajj was flirty. He needs to… calm down in regard to Grevious. Heavens.

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Sailor Moon: 23.1% (3/13)
Saturday Night Live: 22.5% (9/40)
Star Trek: 32.5% (13/40)

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Music

Electric Six, Señor Smoke

An album that makes the refrain of “Backstreet’s back, alright” poignant and tragic. WIZARDS.

Television

Star Wars: The Clone Wars, “Innocents of Ryloth,” “Liberty on Ryloth,” and “Hostage Crisis”

Anakin and Padmé are in perfect idiot form in “Hostage Crisis”, from Anakin making it really clear he is WAY MORE into her than she him to Anakin giving her his lightsaber to prove his love to Bail Organa wondering why Padmé has a Jedi lightsaber and Padmé being like “IT DOESN’T MATTER.”

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Sailor Moon: 23.1% (3/13)
Saturday Night Live: 22.5% (9/40)
Star Trek: 32.5% (13/40)

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Music

The Bangles, All Over The Place, Different Light, and Everything

“In Your Room” is so adorable.

Crystal Castles, Crystal Castles

I meant to get through all of Crystal Castles’ discography, but the second album is too clashy for me. But “Crimewave” sounds perfectly elegant to me: a nightmare of a video game soundtrack, played in the dark, digital light flickering over you.

Electric Six, Switzerland and Fire

I usually try to listen to discographies in order, but this playlist got messed up. “Night Vision,” “Rubber Rocket,” “Infected Girls,” and “Slices of You” are all great, like The Ark but darker. I was surprised to find that Electric Six is American—I’ve always enjoyed their weird, seemingly secondhand English lyrics.

Oh, and “Danger! High Voltage” is a goddamn classic.

Television

Saturday Night Live, "Russell Crowe/Margo Price"

Unbearably dull. 

Star Wars: The Clone Wars
, “The Hidden Enemy”, “Blue Shadow Virus”, “Mystery of the Thousand Moons”, and “Storm Over Ryloth”

“Anakin, you have to let me die.”

“NOT AN OPTION.”

Ugh, Anakin and Padmé are going to be the death of me, I love those morons.

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Sailor Moon: 23.1% (3/13)
Saturday Night Live: 22.5% (9/40)
Star Trek: 32.5% (13/40)

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Fanfiction

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!

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Saturday Night Live: 22.5% (9/40)
Star Trek: 32.5% (13/40)

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars, “Downfall of a Droid,” “Duel of the Droids,” “Bombad Jedi,” “Cloak of Darkness,” “Lair of Grevious”

Obi-Wan telling Anakin that he’ll just get another droid is so—like, it’s the only time I’ve ever wanted to punch Obi-Wan in the face.

I’m appalled that “Bombad Jedi” made me like Jar Jar Binks for a second (when he kisses that giant sea monster he made friends with). I am delighted, however, that the show is devoted enough to Anakin and Padmé being idiots that Anakin just leaves his clothes on her cruiser. YOU IDIOTS. <3

Kit Fisto has an amazing voice. Good Lord.

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Sailor Moon: 23.1% (3/13)
Saturday Night Live: 22.5% (9/40)
Star Trek: 32.5% (13/40)

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Television

Saturday Night Live, “Ariana Grande/Ariana Grande”

The return of the greatest musical impression sketch of all time was not as good as the first, but we cannot all be Bruno Mars featuring Jason Sudeikis.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars, “Ambush” and “Rising Malevolence”

Even as the rest of fandom starts preparing for Captain America: Civil War, I am lost to my Star Wars feelings. (This is why I can’t stop writing Star Wars fic, by the way.) Thus, The Clone Wars, although I belatedly realized that I need to watch the movie first. I was mightily confused by the “pilot” being about Yoda. I’m enjoying it so far, despite the existential dread the droids’ self-awareness fills me with (THEY ARE SO CAVALIER ABOUT DYING!!!). Also: Dooku using a hologram in a hologram? Silliness.

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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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.

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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.

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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.

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Saturday Night Live: 20% (8/40)
Star Trek: 32.5% (13/40)

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Television

Sailor Moon, “A Bewitching Flower That Steals Hearts: Tellu, the Third Witch”

Kaolinite’s life just sucks, doesn’t it?

Saturday Night Live, “O.J. Simpson/Ashford and Simpson”

Yes, as a child of the nineties, it is weird to see Simpson host Saturday Night Live. But I’m also reminded of how comedically dark the seventies were—Franken and Davis do a bit where the joke is that a terminally ill Franken is telling terrible jokes, made darker by a tearful Davis hovering over him—and that’s always unsettling. Not unsettling: the stink eye Newman throws to the camera when Simpson mistakenly calls her “Jane” during Weekend Update. She’s such a genius.

Star Trek: The Next Generation, “Galaxy’s Child”

FUCK I missed this show. Princess Deanna! Riker being a little shit! Beverly’s eternal poise! Picard’s authority!

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Sailor Moon: 15.4% (2/13)
Saturday Night Live: 20% (8/40)
Star Trek: 32.5% (13/40)

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Film

The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl (2005)

“God, I played a shitty build of Doom like this in the nineties.”

Music

Halsey, Badlands

Consistently haunting and spare. “New Americana” is rightfully a single, but “Gasoline” and “Young God” are my stand-outs.

Melanie Martinez, Crybaby

Aggressive lolita darkness over spare beats and sung with a phenomenal voice. I love Martinez’s aesthetic—it makes me remember running around with alternative kids in the early aughts—and I would love to see her tackle gender moreso than she already does. “Pity Party” is great, of course, but so are “Dollhouse” and “Carousel.”

Television

Sailor Moon, “Battle Inside the Demonic Space: The Sailor Guardians’ Gamble”

“I should have never been born!” Hotaru, take it down a notch, sweetheart. You are dark.

Sailor Moon, “The Messiah of Silence Awakens? Stars of Destiny”

I love that this is a show where you can have silly hijinks but also seriously talk about the morality of killing one person to save the world.

Sailor Moon, “An Invasion from Another Dimension: Mystery of Mugen Academy”

Someone pokes the Guardians on their butts; they immediately blame Mako. (Also, Makoto has this bitty crush on Ami that’s really, really cute.) And farewell, Mimete!

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Sailor Moon: 15.4% (2/13)
Saturday Night Live: 20% (8/40)
Star Trek: 32.5% (13/40)

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Television

Hannibal, Season 2

ENDLESS SCREAMING. Seriously, this show is so good that I feel drunk on it.

Hannibal, Season 3a

MORE ENDLESS SCREAMING. Weirder visuals (yeah, that’s possible), and a bizarre (not) resolution to Will and Hannibal’s perfectly fucked up relationship. Delicious. Also, Laurence Fishburne is so good in this show.

Hannibal, “The Great Red Dragon”

We’ve skipped ahead three years, and it is somehow… even more the eighties than usual (even though it’s set ~nowish~). DELIGHTFUL. Aw, look at Will, king of Wolf Trap, where people bring him animals and he fixes things and he has a wife and a kid, drawn back into this horrible, horrible life. I do appreciate that Hannibal looks a little unsettled to see Will.

Sailor Moon, “Higher and Stronger: A Cheer from Usagi”

“You’re not going to give him your letter? BUT WE JUST BROKE IN HERE SPECIFICALLY FOR THAT!”

Project Progress

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