Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Steve/Bucky, “Steve Rogers at 100: Celebrating Captain America on Film,” by eleveninches, Febricant, hellotailor, M_Leigh, neenya, tigrrmilk
GENIUS. From the casting to Ron Livingston’s dark mutterings to Steve and Bucky’s reactions… it’s hilarious. And Steve and Bucky getting together is nicely done.
Oh, honey, this was in production forever, wasn’t it? The voice over speaks to a lack of footage, despite the film’s fleet runtime, and its attempts to adhere to the original film feel like railroading. But when it does its own thing, finally, it tells a really interesting story about Maleficent and Aurora becoming a unique family, female power, body horror, and how dudes are basically just bonuses. Shame that’s only twenty minutes.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
A flawless adaptation is not the same thing as a pure adaptation. Never broadcasts its time period, but oh, Charlie. Perfectly captures Charlie’s blend of social isolation, trauma, and attempts to deal with it, and his journey from wallflower to fully realized human being. I wept.
(Also: this features Ezra Miller in a corset. You are welcome.)
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
Never successfully marries together the timelines to the degree it thinks it does, and the ending does require you to have really, really liked the original X-Men films. (Which I did, but I just liked First Class so much more.) But the character stuff, despite being a little truncated due to its CAST OF THOUSANDS, holds beautifully: witness Erik roaring at Charles for abandoning everybody but Hank, because they’re dead without him. Erik and Charles making up in the future. Logan (despite his overuse) struggling with playing mentor to Charles. And, surprisingly, Quicksilver as a little kleptomaniac shit. The “Time in a Bottle” sequence is golden, as is his careless but quick defusion of an inherently tense situation between Erik and Charles. I wish we’d gotten more time with him (although we undoubtedly will).
Sailor Moon, “Learn How to Be Skinny from Usagi”
This does go hand in hand with the show having the villains exploiting what our culture considers feminine concerns, as Jadeite preys on the girls’ fear of being fat. This one, though, does take a crack at Usagi, with Luna tossing sketches of a chubby Usagi at her to motivate it. Even the mostly good-natured joke—Usagi takes to combat as soon as she realizes it totally counts as exercise!—feels mean when we end with Usagi crying over her weight. Not my favorite of the first four.
Saturday Night Live: 13.1% (5/38)
Star Trek Televisual Canon: 32.5% (13/40)