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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.

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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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.

Television

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.

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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Fanfiction

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Finn/Poe, “one hell of a mess” by noelia_g

UGH THIS IS TOO CUTE AND PERFECT. Great feel for the universe—Kire! Jess! Snaps! Snaps’ wife!—and fabulous amounts of our boys sweating about whether or not they like like each other.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, “Late Night Call” by hellotailor

This is so pitch perfect—just the trio, talking.

Film

Hackers (1995)

“That’s not how the Internet works.”

Music

Asia, Alpha

LET IT BEGIN.

Television

Star Trek: The Next Generation, “Identity Crisis”

How refreshing to see a past relationship that was “just” a super-important friendship between a woman and Geordi.

Star Trek: The Next Generation, “The Nth Degree”

Oh my God, I forgot how much I love and adore Riker and Deanna, because they really love each other no matter their dating status. Riker finding it hilarious and being delighted that Barclay successfully hit on Deanna is just so sweet.

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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Fanfiction

Star Wars, Obi-Wan Kenobi/Qui-Gon Jinn, “Hour that is mine” by randomalia (spilinski)

Looks like my sci-fi ships are all about the tragedy of surviving your beloved and living on a desert planet. Obi-Wan contemplates what he’s lost in exile, and I cry a thousand buckets.

Star Wars, “Hope’s Worth is Written with a Golden Quill” by akathecentimere

A fic about Obi-Wan rediscovering his purpose during his first year on Tatooine. Delicious feels.

Star Wars, “Reunion” by Nix (CrimsonQuills)

Force ghost kisses and Luke’s blessing. The only kind of fluff I will allow for this ship.

Fanvid

Agent Carter, “1941” by rhoboat

Snappy, fun, and features a honk sound for Peggy honking Steve’s pec. FLAWLESS.

Star Wars, Obi-Wan Kenobi/Qui-Gon Jinn, “My Immortal” by sian1359

Tripping over this while rifling through the prequels fandom’s corpse’s pockets was monumental, to say the least. Oh, does this take me back.

Film

Carol (2015)

Pitch perfect and lush, but Blanchett’s choices as Carol reminded me too much of my mom to be comfortable.

Television

Star Trek: The Next Generation, “Night Terrors”

A pretty meh episode to ease back into the project, although Beverly in the morgue is a truly effective frightfest.

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, “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!

Project Progress

Parks and Recreation: 0% (0/7)
Sailor Moon: 15.4% (2/13)
Saturday Night Live: 20% (8/40)
Star Trek: 32.5% (13/40)

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Film

This is Us (2013)

Liam is such a dad, Zayn is perfect (godspeed, kiddo), Harry is a weirdo, Niall is a sweetie, and Louis is an eighteenth century child thief.

Television

Sailor Moon S, “Premonition of the Apocalypse: the Mysterious New Guardians Appear”

I’m really excited for this, because I have no idea what happens after Sailor Moon R beyond the existence of the outer Guardians. Our villains and MacGuffins for the season are established and we’re off to the races. And we’re introduced, briefly, to Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune.

Sailor Moon S, “The Rod of Love Is Born: Usagi's New Transformation”

Wait, Mako lives alone? Like Batman? Mako is nice Batman.

Star Trek: The Next Generation, “First Contact”

A fantastic twist on a first contact story, especially because there’s not an easy answer and because the Federation respects their decision. Also: the doctor who has always wanted to have sex with an alien is marvelous.

Project Progress

Sailor Moon: 15.4% (2/13)
Saturday Night Live: 17.5% (7/40)
Star Trek: 32.5% (13/40)

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Film

The Court Jester (1955)

The most adorable Technicolor medieval musical ever made. Filled with sparkling performances, good humor, and witty visual gags. I ADORE IT.

Television

Sailor Moon, “The Beach, the Island and a Vacation: The Guardian’s Break”

It’s nice to have an episode where there’s not really an antagonist. And Makoto just gets to show off that she’s great at everything. (“You can pilot a boat?” “I CAN DO ANYTHING!” Sailor Jupiter, my queen!) Although that dinosaur was a straight-up Lapras. WE ALL KNOW IT.

Star Trek: The Next Generation, “The Loss”

A solid episode for Deanna that also explores the role of the Ship’s Counselor, especially because Troi is the rare counselor who is an empath.

Star Trek: The Next Generation, “Data’s Day”

A day in the life of Data, so it’s a little wacky and mostly sweet. The best moment may be Data and Worf attempting to purchase wedding gifts for humans, with Worf wielding his knowledge of humans over Data and Data wielding his knowledge of social mores over Worf. ADORABLE.

Star Trek: The Next Generation, “The Wounded”

Next Gen deals with PTSD and the fallout of war. Very human of them.

Star Trek: The Next Generation, “Devil’s Due”

A lady devil comes to collect; Picard discovers that CHRISTIANITY IS A LIE BECAUSE SHE WAS PRETENDING TO BE SATAN. Kidding aside, this is a fantastic episode: the characterization is strong, Ardra is a great, funny, and engaging villain, and the conflict is self-contained. SOLID.

Star Trek: The Next Generation, “Clues”

Another fantastic self-contained episode! The conflict is solid and the xenophobic aliens are never presented as wrong—they have a right to be as private as they want. The build is slow and the structure is solid. Are we finding our stride, Next Gen?

You're Welcome America (2009)

I’m not sure where to slot this, because it’s a theater presentation shown on television, so television it is. It’s only five years old, but it’s such an artifact of that specific political climate. Ferrell is clearly aware of the power satire can have over politics, driving home Bush’s decisions as president at every turn. (Although the more surreal stories, such as Barbara Bush rescuing the Bush men from an abandoned mine, are delightful.) It’s an angry piece, and it’s so weird to see Ferrell at the end, being himself. It’s kind of spooky, actually.

Project Progress

Sailor Moon: 7.7% (1/13)
Saturday Night Live: 15.3% (5/39)
Star Trek: 32.5% (13/40)

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Film

Ghostbusters (1984)

I love the eighties. I love Saturday Night Live. I love sf. You’d think this would be a slam dunk… but there are just pieces here and there that I like, because young asshole Bill Murray’s charisma has no access point for me and actively repels me at times (see: trying to get Dana to agree to a date by being an awful human being). But Ray, Egon, and Winston are darlings. I’m interested to see what the all-lady reboot will do with it.

Nosferatu (1922)

Silent films are best appreciated with live accompaniment and a live audience. It’s certainly aged, but it’s fascinating from a historical perspective, and the deathship sequence is still terrifying. And, of course, Max Schreck’s Nosferatu is an amazing creation.

Shadow of the Vampire (2000)

To the point that a biopic positing he was actually a vampire exists. Shadow of the Vampire doesn’t have the budget to execute its dreams, but when it does, in fits and spurts, it’s amazing—creepy, bitingly funny, and sharp. Willem Dafoe is astonishing as Schreck.

Music

Haim, Days Are Gone

I’ve been listened to this a lot lately. I have trouble with music sometimes, because I can’t quite grok albums versus singles—there needs to be a balance between the consistent atmosphere of an album and tracks that have their own merits. Haim does that on this album. So my top three favorite albums at the moment are Night Work, Ta-Dah, and Days are Gone. Yeah. That’s the ticket.

Television

Sailor Moon, “Moon Returns: The Mysterious Aliens Appear”

I actually remember this arc from childhood! All I really remember is Ail, An, and the parking garage they live in, but that’s delightful. I do have a history with this show!

Sailor Moon, “For Love and for Justice: Sailor Guardians Once Again”

Here’s why Sailor Mars and Sailor Jupiter are great: even without superpowers or the knowledge that they possess superpowers, they will still beat the crap out of monsters.

Sailor Moon, “For Whom Is the White Rose? The Moonlight Knight Appears”

So he’s Mamoru?

Sailor Moon, “Usagi’s Crisis: The Tiara Stops Working”

So he’s not Mamoru. Is he Mamoru from the future? This is my first unanswered question in the show, and I am excited to learn the answer.

Saturday Night Live, "Jim Carrey/Iggy Azalea"

Carrey is such an engaged performer that it's always great to see him on the show. 

Star Trek: The Next Generation, “Reunion”

No, K'Ehlyr! You were so wonderful…

Star Trek: The Next Generation, “Future Imperfect”

Has The Next Generation done a hideously powerful alien storyline yet? They must have, four seasons in, but this feels a little more like a The Original Series episode—which makes sense, because Riker is Kirk for a new generation. Love the double twist.

Star Trek: The Next Generation, “Final Mission”

Wait, Wesley leaves? I only get to give him guff in five more episodes in the whole series? This was the last time I used my awful Picard impression to make fun of him?

Well, goodbye, sweet prince. Try not to let your science experiments eat the Academy.

Project Progress

Sailor Moon: 7.7% (1/13)
Saturday Night Live: 15.3% (5/39)
Star Trek: 32.5% (13/40)

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A double header, due to spotty Internet access.

Fanfiction

The Thick of It, Malcolm/Jamie, “it ends where it begins” by postcardmystery

Love a good time spanning fic, as well as any The Thick of It fic that manages to accurately capture a part of the show’s tone and the characters’ voices. It’s quite hard to do, but the fandom is so dedicated that it’s admirable. This threatens to be part of a series, but it works well just as it is, tracing Malcolm and Jamie’s relationship from its beginnings to Jamie’s last appearance on the show.

Film

Frank (2014)

This should come with a trigger warning about your impostor syndrome, seeing how it’s about a man who loves music so much but can’t be a part of it because he DESTROYS IT. (Or tries.) Melancholy, darkly funny, and slightly hopeful.

Lucy (2014)

Bonkers and racist. But ScarJo is fantastic.

Funny Face (1957)

Despite the deeply creepy age difference, a delight. And Kay Thompson is a goddess.

Television

The 66th Primetime Emmys

MOFFAT HAS AN EMMY FOR THE WORST EPISODE OF SHERLOCK. I AM RAGE ITSELF.

Star Trek: The Next Generation, “Remember Me”

Sometimes I feel bad that Beverly’s son is Wesley.

Star Trek: The Next Generation, “Legacy”

The wonderful thing about Data is how inhuman he is. I like the darker flashes—like Data being capable of murder—but this one, where he’s attempting to process human friendship through his unique perspective, works. And I really love how Tasha has a presence in the series after her death and isn’t just thrown away.

Doctor Who, “Into the Dalek”

Any episode of Doctor Who that focuses on how fucked up the Doctor actually is is good in my book. Plus, Clara starting to be a real person! With a love interest and a ready fist!

Project Progress:

Saturday Night Live: 15.3% (5/39)
Star Trek Televisual Canon: 32.5% (13/40)

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Film

The Muppets Most Wanted

Less satisfying than The Muppets; does not feel theater-sized.

Television

Doctor Who, “Deep Breath”

Capaldi is, as expected, goddamn magic on the mike, bringing decades of fandom and talent to Twelve, who is, by turns, vulnerable, sweet, cruel, and alien. The script, less so, but it’s a miracle what not having a massive arc can do for an episode: it’s self-contained and thoughtful. The comedy plays beautifully, from the slapstick of the Paternoster Gang (an interspecies queer married couple and their genderblind butler) to Twelve discovering his Scottishness in an alley. (“I’m Scottish!” he declares, before immediately menacing a tramp for his coat.)

Lady problems abound, however: Clara spends much the episode fighting with Vastra about Clara’s struggle over the regeneration. The premise works—Clara is frightened by the fact that her friend has just regenerated into a strange old man—but, of course, it’s framed as Clara being so shallow that she feels weird about not being attracted to the Doctor anymore? Or is she? It’s not very clear. (Also, Capaldi’s ANIMAL MAGNETISM makes this not an issue. EVERYONE IS INTO HIM, CALM DOWN, CLARA.) And then the ending, after Clara and the Doctor appear to have decided to forget about Eleven and Clara flirting completely, featuring a sexy feisty evil lady in love with the Doctor? GO AWAY, MOFFAT.

I’m looking forward to the rest of the series, but Moffat must be stopped.

The Ventures Bros, Season One

Watched on a spectacular Netflix binge after being warned the pilot was rough. But it’s not? It’s incredibly specific in its satire but broad-ranging in its subjects, mostly just landing in the sixties and seventies. Gutbustingly and darkly hilarious.

Star Trek: The Next Generation, “Family”

SPACE FRANCE! And Worf’s parents are adorable.

Star Trek: The Next Generation, “Brothers”

Oh, hey, Lore.

Star Trek: The Next Generation, “Suddenly Human”

Solid exploration of an interesting topic.

Project Progress:
Saturday Night Live: 15.3% (5/39)
Star Trek Televisual Canon: 32.5% (13/40)

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Film

Robot and Frank (2012)

A very sweet (and slightly bittersweet) portrait of a man going senile befriending his robot helper and returning to his life of crime. I think this would do well in a double bill with Her, not having seen Her.

Television

Star Trek: The Next Generation, “The Best of Both Worlds: Part 2”

Riker struggles with an emergency captaincy while trying to save Picard—by outsmarting Picard. Or is that outdumbing? Outbrazening is the word he’d use. As a pair of episodes—whoa.

Project Progress:

Saturday Night Live: 15.3% (5/39)
Star Trek Televisual Canon: 32.5% (13/40)

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Fanfiction

Captain America: The Winter Soldier, “untitled” by stele3

An itty bitty cute ficlet that will, nonetheless, make you tear up. I just need all the fic of the Winter Soldier attempting to reconnect with his past life.

Television

Elementary, “The Man With the Twisted Lip”

Joan and Sherlock struggle over boundaries, which I always appreciate, especially Joan’s laser-focused takedown of Sherlock’s heartfelt apology. And I am pretty okay with Joan and Mycroft getting together—they like each other in a nonromantic context as well, and they discuss boundaries! I assume this is part of Mycroft’s larger play, however, so boo.

I am not one hundred percent on Joan getting kidnapped. I think they’ll pull it off well—hell, Liu directs the next episode!—but it could go wrong. The teaser seemed to focus on Sherlock attempting to function with Joan, which I kind of like. But I hope that Joan rescues herself.

Star Trek: The Next Generation, “Transfigurations”

Fair enough story, but, of course, I particularly adored Worf’s love advice.

Star Trek: The Next Generation, “The Best of Both Worlds Part I”

Man, the summer of 1990 must have been insane, waiting for this to resolve. That ending? Riker finally showing his true command potential in this awful, awful situation? Harrowing. I also really enjoyed Riker trying to get to the bottom of his own insecurities about taking the captaincy because Shelby—who is girl original flavor Riker—is there to remind him of where he’s come from.

Project Progress:

Saturday Night Live: 13.1% (5/38)
Star Trek Televisual Canon: 32.5% (13/40)

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This week’s notes include Once Upon a Time and Star Trek: The Next Generation.

WEEK SEVENTEEN )

Project Progress:

Saturday Night Live: 13.1% (5/38)
Star Trek Televisual Canon: 30% (12/40)

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This week's notes include Elementary and Star Trek: The Next Generation
 

WEEK THIRTEEN )

Project Progress:

Saturday Night Live: 13.1% (5/38)
Star Trek Televisual Canon: 30% (12/40)

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This week’s notes include Once Upon a Time and Star Trek: The Next Generation.

WEEK TWELVE )

Project Progress:

Saturday Night Live: 13.1% (5/38)
Star Trek Televisual Canon: 30% (12/40)

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This week's notes include Clueless and Star Trek: The Next Generation.
 

WEEK ELEVEN )

Project Progress:

Saturday Night Live: 13.1% (5/38)
Star Trek Televisual Canon: 30% (12/40)

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Alright, so I’m very, very behind. It’s been a pretty rough month, I’ll be honest, but now I’m back on track. So instead of doing the daily log, which I do prefer, I’ll just list what I’ve watched over the last month that is of note, organized by medium, because Lord knows I can’t remember the order I watched them in. Back to normal next week.

WEEKS FIVE TO EIGHT )

Project Progress:

Saturday Night Live: 13.1% (5/38)
Star Trek Televisual Canon: 30% (12/40)

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This week’s notes include Saturday Night Live, Sleepy Hollow, and Star Trek: The Next Generation.

WEEK FOUR )

Project Progress:
Saturday Night Live: 13.1% (5/38)
Star Trek Televisual Canon: 30% (12/40)

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This week’s notes include Twelve Years a Slave.

Wednesday

Twelve Years a Slave

Literally and viscerally stunning. Nyong’o and Fassbender particularly stand out in an amazing cast.

Star Trek: The Next Generation, “Booby Trap”

…so Geordi’s literally in love with the Enterprise? (Also, you have to love Star Trek fashion. Check out those green nylons!)

Project Progress:
Saturday Night Live: 13.1% (5/38)
Star Trek Televisual Canon: 30% (12/40)

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This week’s notes include Star Trek: The Next Generation and Pure Heroine.

WEEK TWO )

Project Progress

Saturday Night Live: 13.1% (5/38)
Star Trek Televisual Canon: 30% (12/40)

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