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Firefly, Hard Sun, by [ profile] bradcpu  and [ profile] laurashapiro 

You don’t have to be a Firefly fan to appreciate this video about the relationship between fans and their fandom. The song, “Hard Sun”, is about the love of a good woman. In the video, she’s the good ship Serenity and the fandom. I don’t know if it’s intentional, but the verse that starts with “Once I stood to lose her” reminds me of the Firefly fandom banding together to fight for the show, as it uses a funeral scene that functioned as the show’s funeral. It's beautifully done to a perfect song. Even my non-fannish dad enjoyed it.


The Italian Job (2003), “Holding It Together” by Livia

After watching the 2003 version of The Italian Job, those with slash-tinted goggles will have noticed how very well Lyle and Handsome Rob play off each other. This fic marvelously explores that chemistry, giving us a story that runs alongside the main story of The Italian Job, occasionally overlapping scenes. The characterizations are great- Livia has nailed everyone from Lyle to Left Ear.The relationship between Lyle and Rob is impulsive and almost instinctive- there's a great bit where Rob, seeing Lyle after a few years, feels awkward until he realizes Lyle smells like the interior of his favorite car in the world. It made me squeal in delight. And, of course, it’s smokin’ hot.

Yu-Gi-Oh!, “Written In The Stars”, by [ profile] technicolornina 

I found this almost immediately after wading back into Yu-Gi-Oh! fandom, looking for Yami/Yuugi fic. (Or puzzleshipping. Man, remember when fandom named pairings like that? Good times.) A novel-length fic that won my heart the moment it quoted American Gods. After Yami crosses over into the afterlife, Yuugi is dealing quite well... until he tries his hand at translating a few panels from Yami’s tomb, and promptly curses himself into a life as a slave under the Pharaoh he just bid farewell to. Yuugi dealing with losing his life as he knows it is fascinating, and while the fic mostly focuses on Yuugi’s life in Atem’s court, it also deals a surprising amount with Yuugi’s normal life and backstory. It's also really addictive. Seriously, do not read unless you have time to read a novel. I kept reading it well into the wee hours of the morning.

Yu-Gi-Oh!, “A Thousand Paper Cranes”, by [ profile] technicolornina 

After Atem has crossed into the afterlife, Yuugi spends a year in Saqqara on a dig. More excellent fic from this author. It's a very satisfying coda to the end of the series, hopeful, sweet, and realistic. And it also sets up...

Yu-Gi-Oh!, “Enchantment Passing Through”, by [ profile] technicolornina 

...the sequel, which turns into a horror story that showcases Yuugi's friends and is thoroughly satisfying.
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I rented Serenity because I finished Firefly, basically, and I wanted to see the further adventures of the crew. After being accidentally spoiled, I decided to watch it as soon as I could, to cut down on such unsavory encounters with canon.

Serenity is the story of the crew of Serenity, a worn old ship with a ragtag crew, led by Captain Malcolm Reynolds, a veteran of a recent civil war- on the losing side. Eking out an existence as far away from the Alliance as possible, the crew takes on any work it can. Along the way, they’ve picked up Simon Tam and River Tam- a pair of fugitives. Suddenly, they’re now being targeted by the Operative, an assassin sent by the government, and the Reavers, barely human savages from the edge of space, have been showing up more frequently.

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Bottom line: Serenity is a thrilling introduction to Joss Whedon’s Firefly universe for newcomers, and a thoroughly satisfying coda for Firefly fans.
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The Serenity film has been lined up on Netflix, so it should come after I finish the series. Oh, this show is so good. I'm getting retroactively furioous about the cancellation.

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The more I hear "The Ballad of Serenity", the more I love it, for some reason.

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I'm really enjoying this, I have to say.

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I, in my ignorance, watched this instead of the pilot that was aired, "The Train Job". I don't know if "The Train Job" retcons this unaired pilot, but I guess I'll find out later.

Anyway, for those that don't know, Firefly is Joss Whedon's space western television series, that was cruelly canceled after eleven episodes (although fourteen were produced). Wikipedia sums it up thusly: "The show explores the lives of people who fought on the losing side of a civil war who now make a living on the outskirts of the society, as part of the pioneer culture that exists on the fringes of their star system. In addition, it is a future where the only two surviving superpowers, the United States and China, fused to form the central federal government, called the Alliance, resulting in the fusion of the two cultures as well."

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I'm quite enjoying it so far. I'll probably try to watch "The Train Job" this evening.


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