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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.

Project Progress

Sailor Moon: 23.1% (3/13)
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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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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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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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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Fanvid

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, “Friction” by Studio Sagittarius, Kylo/Hux

I’ve been writing increasingly filthy Kylo/Hux fic for the last three months and this animated fanart fanvid still makes me go red in the face, it’s so good. AAAHHHH.

Television

Saturday Night Live, “Fred Willard/DEVO”

Ah, at last, the future.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars, “Rookies”

…did one of those clones have an American accent, or did I black out? Also: take a drink whenever a clone mentions “our home world of Kamino” instead of “home” or “Kamino” like a real person.

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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

Leap Year (2009)

“Please, God, just let her be playing Sweet Dee in this movie.”

Television

Saturday Night Live, “Jonah Hill/The Future”

Real rough episode, with the racism of the auction sketch and the sexism of the Inside SoCal sketch. (The latter seems like it wants to be more self-aware about teenage boys badgering a girl who is getting a breast reduction, but never gets there.) But I am very much a fan of that drawing room murder sketch.

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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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Television

Saturday Night Live, “The Rolling Stones”

Watching Mick Jagger torment Ronnie Wood onstage is magical.

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Star Trek: 32.5% (13/40)

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Film

Dredd (2012)

A midnight movie fit for tumblr that plays like the little sister of Mad Max: Fury Road and The Raid. Extremely solid and also features Lena Headey almost knifing Domhnall Gleason in the belly. I am a simple woman of simple tastes.

Television

Saturday Night Live, “Buck Henry/Sun-Ra”

That Sodom Chamber of Commerce sketch is everything I like in a historical sketch. Perfect.

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Star Trek: 32.5% (13/40)

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Television

Saturday Night Live, “Melissa McCarthy/Kanye West”

This might be my favorite Leslie Jones piece so far.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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