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...when Torchwood is no longer available to protect the planet from Rift activity.

Weird Creature Measures 6ft Long

"A mysterious creature horrified holidaymakers after it washed up on a beach on the Gower Peninsula in Wales. The writhing mass of tentacles, which measured at least 6ft from end to end. "

Cut Gwen some slack for this slip up. It's tough being a working mom. The saddest bit of this scenario is there will be no snarky commentary from the Captain :(
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My wonderful routine I had established for this semester has been shot to hell in a matter of a week. It is SO freaking hard to get back into it. It also doesn't help that I got scheduled to work 'till Midnight tonight instead of opening. There, again, is something ELSE to ruin my morning routine. /sigh At least my icon is overwhelmingly appropriate ;) lol

I have 10pages of script due Thursday. I have 2 written (in theory). It will get done, but oi again.

I'm also going to blame NCIS for wrecking my schedule. How can a show be so awesome and silly at the same time?! No wonder it's dominated this TV season's ratings for the last FIVE weeks. Grats NCIS! I went back and, accidentally, watched all of season 1. Then watched half of season 2 skipping around 10 episodes to get to the finale. I think it was a good formula considering the epic amounts of episodes there are. I got to know Kate and love her over the course of all of season 1. Then when the inevitable happens at the end of season 2 I was still hit in the gut. I even knew since starting the show she died! Why was I in tears!? 

That is the magic of NCIS's writers. I felt like I was watching a TV movie, a good TV movie, for all 3 eps it took to tell the story. BTW, watching Gibbs pace a bit scatter brained in a dark office while McGee and Tony watch nervously, then have Gibbs ask in a slightly broken voice: "I'm going for coffee. Can I get you boys anything?" about damn near killed me. I think it about near killed Tony too as his reaction was a bit priceless to McGee. Also, nice touch Epic!writers by showing Ghost!Kate to all the cast in varying outfits. It really made the story more than just sad coworkers on a vendetta. Although, watching Gibbs on a vendetta is damn entertaining, even if it's briefly thrown out there he was suicidal in his attempts to take down Ari. Subtle. Nice depth.

This, is the way to handle a beloved character death. Maybe because I'm American and it was our system's way of hand holding to accept a new character replacement in Ziva, but Christ. There was closure at least! Gibbs as the Team Dad(tm) was allowed to do something instead of being so emotionally broken he ran away. Yes, unless you're totally ignorant of the way I think, I just swung around to rant more about CoE. Which I'll stop now because it's pointless at the moment.

Moving on back to topic. Schedule=wrecked. I think this was also aided in the fact all last week was repeats of the shows I follow or just weren't on. NCIS, Bones, Fringe ... I think Heroes was the only one not a repeat but I still missed thinking it was. Now it's catch up with my entertainment, but I don't have time because the semester is still moving on. Argh!! I'd like to return my Grown-Up Passport for my older and well loved Childhood one, please.
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I find it personally amazing that MONTHS after Torchwood's third season has aired's still haunting me. It has nothing to do with being an abnormal fan or the like. It was just a brilliant piece of entertainment/tv history that *got* to me and won't let me go. I mean this as sincerely as I can, it was an amazing piece of television.  Now. That being said, there is a major part of me that is conflicted with it and kinda hates it. No, it's not because someone in the cast dies, it's because after it was all over (hindsight's forever perfect) I was left feeling betrayed and wanting my proverbial money back. I felt cheated! This was NOT Torchwood. CoE may have paraded Gwen, Ianto, and Jack around in a shiny new format, but in the end... CoE was it's own universe where TW just happened to poke their noses in the wrong places.

I wish TW: CoE was minus the TW. )

Ok, now that I've babbled.

[ profile] thaddeusfavour has eloquently said everything that I felt about CoE. Really, you should read it if you want to understand what the hell I just spewed into this LJ.

This is exactly what I felt but was afraid to say after thinking everything over:

"Simply put, three and one half hours of brilliant television, followed by one and a half hours of complete crap."


Sep. 23rd, 2009 09:46 pm
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I've been watching this series since it premiered. It has it's ups and downs, some really, really, bad scripting, but it's a fun family show I don't mind spending an hour watching. Although, I do admit one reason I've watched it is because it's like an American Torchwood....just no aliens exist, and the plot line is flimsier. [profile] dj_copperhead and I have repeatedly made the Torchwood jokes with Warehouse 13 and add that Eureka is the Doctor Who for America. What do you want? It amuses us. So  much in fact that I almost choked on my Ianto-coffee when I read an LA times article that compared the show to Torchwood. Really? Has Torchwood really gotten that big that us American's are comparing it to *our* television? I love it.

I'm totally calling it now... )

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So my mind pretty much needed a vacation after CoE. I'm still settling my *exact* viewpoint on it. It's tough being a film student and a hardcore fan of a show. However, my film classes this semester are turning into therapy lol! I'm 100% serious about this too.

It's been just about a full month since classes started and I've managed to (somewhat) stick to my schedule I designed. I had a bit of a hiccup because of Labor Day throwing my week out of order on top of getting a bad sinus infection that knocked me out of the running for a few days. But! I'm back on track this week.

I've started biking to campus now. 1) Because I am trying to be a green-thinker 2) Because I really need the exorcise 3) Because I'm too flat-ass broke to buy a parking decal for campus. It works out well for me. I save money and get healthy all at the same time. I have no excuses to be lazy, I can make it to campus in 20 mins by biking.

So! Classes I am taking: Yoga, American Film Artist, Images of Women in Film, Film History, and Writing for T.V. and Film. Yup, that's 5. I love this semester though. Yoga is such a great thing to have first thing on Monday mornings (7:30a! @_@) and I am really learning a lot about my body and how much it's changed since high school. I used to be able to handstands and other postures that I am failing at now in class. It's nice to know I've retained most of my balance though, it's the muscles that have left me. American Film Artist is a fun class to end Mondays. We're studying 4 different directors this semester and are currently on Fosse! I also got to watch Chinatown again, which for me is love. Jack Nicholson was a handsome man in his day. On Tuesdays it's Images of Women in Film. Ula Stoeckle is my professor. She's from Germany and has directed many great movies of her own so she has TONS of information to pass on to the class. I really love her. She's a riot too! She's not afraid to say what she thinks and honestly wants us to tell her our opinions. Great teacher. Which brings me to Film History. My teacher is a European Ben Stine. He is a good prof, really he is, but I think he's missing the mark when it comes to what he's teaching us for 'Film History' ... if I didn't already have a grasp on the history of my chosen profession I wouldn't have a clue what this man is telling me. He shows us films with no clear idea of why they are important or progressive to the time line of motion pictures. He's making it into a Theory and Critique class (which he actually teaches as well....) I hope I pass with my paper that is worth the ENTIRETY of my grade!! Urgh.

My last class of the week deserves its own paragraph from the rest of the babble. Writing for Film and T.V. is my favorite class I have ever taken at UCF. My teacher, Peg O'Keefe is a nutcase. I love her. She makes the 3 hours we have to get through fly by and get this: I actually am learning useful things! No, really. I am. Unheard of until now at UCF, but really, she's making me learn important skills. Story, characters, just general writing and thinking are all being looked at and *taught*! Which ties me back to what I first said in this post. This class is therapy to me after CoE. It's honestly helping me figure out what I hated, loved and all that to really understand my reaction (and understand other's opinions) to it. We talked about Egri's "Moral Dilemma" yesterday. This single handedly gave me an epiphony about what was wrong with CoE. It wasn't Torchwood. I won't babble about this now, and I know people have already come to this conclusion while the show was airing, but to me, it finally hit me. To the basics of storytelling and characterization, CoE wasn't Torchwood. It used the characters and sets (*rolleyes*) but the base of the show wasn't Torchwood. So my class...we're working on our own film scripts as a overall semester project and final grade. It's our own stories and characters with our own writing that will hopefully turn into something I can show off if people ask for a sample of my work. Not that I'm dreaming of being a writer or anything. I'm just a sucker for creating stories and living with the characters.

Ignoring my stress-levels about how much money I owe, etc, etc, life is great this semester. Dadius is visiting tomorrow to go tailgating and beer tasting with me all day, ending with the UCF football game at night. I've missed him and me time. It's really needed. HE really needs it. I am so much more organized too! I have an organizer and everything! There are sticky notes with lists of crap I have to do. STICKY NOTES!! Oh god... I'm really growing up aren't I?


(I heard that whispered 'about time' from somewhere :P )
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From my own personal reactions, not to mention witnessing the fan community explode and implode at the same time, I think it's safe to beg for therapy now. This last week has been an amazing experience. I usually feel like Donna with events like this ("What have I missed now?!"). Not this time! I got to be a part of this roller coaster and I don't regret a single moment of it. Even the parts where I had to play mediator and be a babysitter to some very immature people in a chat box, oi!

Now, I watched CoE like everyone else did. One episode as it aired per day. It's now Saturday as I write this, and I fully plan on doing a full re-watch all at once. I just may be insane. Yes, there will be large amounts of alcohol consumed to get me through it. But I must do it. It's how I deal with traumatic events. Not to mention that the film student side of me is sobbing in pure joy at how brilliant CoE was. With that said, I plan on doing a little highlight by day reaction now, followed by an individual post for each episode with the pros and cons.

Oh, and have I mentioned I want to have Euros' babies? The man is a fucking genius!!!

Day 1
Note to self: I never want to be an alien hitchhiker. )

Day 2
Note to self: Be terrified of concrete. )

Day 3
Note to self: Baked beans =/= stopwatch. )

Day 4
Note to self: Make sure to rig an 'in case of emergency break glass' feature to any requested alien tanks I may receive in my lifetime. )

Day 5
Note to self: Never strip off your protective gear before rushing head first into a military riot beat down. )

So there you have it. A somewhat brief overview of my thoughts on the week. Like I said, not everything is mentioned as I plan on being oh so detailed later. As of right now? I have a grief nest to go build on the couch out of every soft blanket and stuffed animal I can find (including dog toys) while I prepare for the CoE marathon.

Depending on how badly I'm pissed later, will determine if I can get another reaction post up.

MegaCon '09

Mar. 1st, 2009 01:29 pm
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So, the big event as of late happened yesterday. The convention seemed smaller than ever this year, though the amount of people in the dealer's room seemed to have grown. I have to say, this was the BEST Megacon I've ever done. Mainly, because, well, there was no drama to worry about. No stupidly annoying friend's boyfriends, no scary fangirls to put up with, no drama of friends fighting with each other. All the stuff that you generally just lump into the 'it's a Con Weekend' category didn't happen. We left a little later than I would have liked, but hey, lunch was fun and casual, the drive was hardly nothing, and picking up tickets was so easy I could have cried. I can't say it enough, it was such a great, drama-free Con.

I also had more fun because I felt like I was actually there to 'fully' experience the event. In the past it was always just for certain Anime shows I was going to find merchandise for. This time, I had Doctor Who things to hunt down. I could look for comics, action figures, videos, cosplayers ... a whole other side of the dealer's room opened up to me since I had this new interest in something live action (that wasn't Star Trek or Star Wars). I'm so happy to be a Doctor Who fan!

The loot I swaggered away with was mostly DW related. I finally found some action figures on the far side of the room. The price was really fair as it was 1 figure for 10, 2 for 15. Being the fan that I am, I got the Doctor in his SB6 spacesuit, Martha Jones, and one of those French Clockwork monsters. I went to pay and the guy 'hummed' for a second at all three then goes "How about 16 for them?" I had to blink and smile before shrugging and accepting. I can't believe I practically got one of those for just a dollar!! Later I found a brown-coated Doctor, and I was satisfied. Though, that same booth had these collection boxes of all the series of figures. God!! They were so expensive. The one with Sarah-Jane and K9 was 90 bucks. I can understand why though, I mean it IS Sarah-Jane Smith after all.

I really felt part of the nerd herd when I found a couple comics of the Doctor Who: The Forgotten (4 and 6) then discovered from the guy selling them a ton of DW things! For starters, there's going to be a Doctor Who convention in October. Kick ass! Then, the guys who did the pencils and ink for #4 of The Forgotten were at the convention and I could get them to sign the comic. The last thing he told me was the best, Gareth David-Lloyd was at the convention for autographs and such. Really?! I was so excited! There was actually an actor from Torchwood in Orlando, FL. Being the film student I am, I had an obligation to find him. Really, strictly for the betterment of my education. I swear. K and I wandered the celebrity area for a bit until I spotted him in the back middle. There was only 45 mins left before the room closed and the poor thing looked totally worn out. I bit down on my nerves and walked over to his table and made the comment he must be exhausted after the full day of the con. "I'm completely knackered, so make this quick." Was the response, he gave me, but it wasn't mean, just an honest, teasing answer. He really looked like he was about to drop! There was a whole slew of photos to choose from. I was trying to be polite and professional (training you know, for when I actually get to work with successful people like him), so I asked him what his favorite photo of the group was. I was amused that he picked the one I liked the best haha! So, I paid for an autograph, made it quick with a couple questions of no importance really, shook his hand, and let him be. I now have a beautiful autograph framed and on my desk at home. It was my first autograph of its kind. I'm very proud of it.

Other loot I snagged was a little figuring of a Bleach character I associate with Reuh, and *drumroll* a Bunta plushy!! I have my very own Pig-mole from Gurren Lagen now. The whole group loved it. I have to give all the credit to C though, as he tracked it down for me. He's so awesome. :) Maybe if I can get my body back into shape like it was before Christmas holidays, I'll cosplay Yoko. Not sure, but who knows. Oh! Speaking of Cosplay, there was an amazing variety this year. It didn't seem like there was just that 'one' group of anime characters walking around. I even managed to find a Four (Tom Baker Doctor), a Ten and 50's!Rose (thanks to K spotting Rose) a Brigadier-General Armstrong, and an amazing Kenpachi with accompanying Yachiru. K and I didn't bother with dressing up this year. We did however accidentally where matching outfits. I had my Saix shirt, and she had her Axel shirt I got at Otakon from Kingdom Arts. No big deal until I realized later that I had my blue jacket that matched the blue lettering of Saix, and K was wearing her red jacket that matched the lettering of Axel. It made us laugh so we just went with it. This was the absolutely best part to me; getting to hang out with my best friend again. I was really happy when she would fangirl with me over DW, I'm glad she likes it as much as I do and I'm not driving her crazy with my lone raving of the show. I love you K! <3

There were lots of little things that made the whole day fun, not worth putting down in detail. Lots of laughs and "omg-ing' etc. I'm really looking forward to the next Con, which I believe is going to be Otakon. Exciting!


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