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03 March 2013 @ 06:50 pm
The leave of absence  
It's been far, far too long since I've updated my journal. I disappeared from the online world, basically, and I apologize to everyone on my friends' list that I haven't been around to comment. I sort of disappeared from the world in general for a while, but I'm kinda skirting around the edge of it again. I've started taking an interest in things again.



As far as the personal goes, I've had to start making more active attempts to improve my life, and my health, which deteriorated a bit due to my general misery/black hole I've been in for a long time now. The job situation is a temporary thing because there's an actual high chance of something very awesome coming my way in the future. My boyfriend and I are now taking steps to ease my living situation as well and the future looks a bit brighter.

And a trip to Universal Studios is in the cards around New Years, and I'm really, really excited about that.

I'm the maid of honor in my best friend's wedding this summer. First wedding I'll have been to since I was around twelve years old. My dress is black. She's going with a white, dark purple and black theme.

I'm still watching Vampire Diaries consistently, but I've grown to have a love/hate relationship with the show. I've not forgiven them for killing Alaric and dragging the love triangle out until I'm sick of it, and this sire thing leaves me cold......but I'm still sticking around. I'm still invested in some capacity, even when I sometimes can't figure out why.

I've fallen head over heels for Once Upon a Time. I've been watching since the premiere of season two after missing some episodes in season one and purchasing the DVD and catching up. Regina is my favorite character. In spite of all the horrible things she's done, I just feel for her, and I think it's all Lana Parilla's acting. She's just so damn fabulous. It's been a while since an actress has left that impresson on me, but I love her. I also like Rumpel, Snow, Belle (even though I think they've misused her this season), Emma and Neal. Not sold on Hook.

I've also been rereading Harry Potter, and I just recently watched all of the movies with the BF, who insisted for a long time he wouldn't like it (he did). I wish I could get him to read the books because I think he would like them even more, but he's not much of a reader when it comes to a long book series. We have so much in common with our interests (shows and movies and games), but I'm the reader/writer for sure. We have been playing the Lego Harry Potter games together on the weekends. They're so fun!
 
 
Mood: hopefulhopeful
Music: Icon for Hire - The Grey
 
 
 
Kay: hp tonksiron_kat on March 4th, 2013 09:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks for thinking of me!

OUAT has a super solid cast, from the main to the recurring.

I love the look of that HP blu-ray set, but I've held out wondering if they're ever going to release extended editions in a set like that. It's awesome that he likes HP.

I've read the first few books a couple of times, but this will be my first time rereading DH, when I get to it.

TVD is really weird. I don't know if I can say it's gone downhill, but at the same time the decisions they've made with the characters (who they've killed, how much they're dragging their feet with the triangle)...it's not as strong as it used to be. I'm pretty hardcore Damon/Elena and have been since season one, but I'm not satisfied with how they're handling them now. And a part of me got burnt out due to the wheel spinning for so long.

Merlin went downhill? Crap. I've always thought about picking that one up to watch on dvd, like I did with the BBC Robin Hood series.

I tried to get back into Supernatural, but it's just a struggle. :(
noybusiness: never seen an elephant flynoybusiness on March 4th, 2013 09:55 pm (UTC)
They released the extended editions of the first two movies in The Wizard's Collection, and those are the only two that have extended editions on DVD/Blu-Ray. I doubt that will change.

I haven't actually seen more than the first season of Merlin, but everyone on my flist or whose blog I read who has seen the later seasons has complained about Morgana going straight from well-intentioned anti-heroism in her opposition to Uther to turning completely against all her friends without a real reason to hate them and losing all regard for innocent life and morality. Also, Arthur apparently never really unifies Albion onscreen, making that whole constantly-mentioned prophecy thing pointless, and Merlin being a warlock is a secret until the very end of the series, which is too long. You can certainly watch it and make up your own mind.

I gave up on Supernatural after "Abandon All Hope" and have never tried to get back into it, although I still hear what's going on. Killing off Jo and Ellen was a huge mistake.

Edited at 2013-03-04 09:58 pm (UTC)
Kay: hp snape shadowsiron_kat on March 4th, 2013 10:53 pm (UTC)
Why do shows usually end up being disappointing? It's like they can't sustain the writing over seasons.

I pretty much gave up on SPN around that time too. I loved Jo. I also loved Ruby. I liked a lot of the female characters and the treatment they got never sat well with me. SPN lost a lot to me when they started getting rid of all the interesting supporting characters. I loved Dean and Sam, but they need characters to play off of, otherwise they get boring (and outright annoying, which is how I tend to feel about them now).

I've watched on and off, but the love I had for it is entirely within those dvd sets of the first four seasons.
noybusiness: never seen an elephant flynoybusiness on March 4th, 2013 11:44 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't say that. There are several shows that never disappointed me. Although a few of those were cancelled; but others did run long.

I agree. And it seems like they were pandering to some fans who want it to be all Sam and Dean all the time. I'm a fan of ensemble shows. I've also gotten annoyed by the hypocritical, self-contradictory morality and the marring of mythology in recent seasons. They should have stuck to urban legends (with a touch of Christianity like angels and demons), that was their bailiwick. I liked the first four seasons, but I sold my DVD sets of them as part of the yard sale when my family moved a year ago. When we're downsizing, there's no room for anything I can live without, especially if I can make money off it.

Edited at 2013-03-04 11:47 pm (UTC)
Kay: hp dumbledore's armyiron_kat on March 5th, 2013 01:40 am (UTC)
When I think about some of my older favorites, like Buffy and X-Files....they did manage to stay stronger for a longer period of time.

Agree whole-heartedly on the fan pandering with Sam and Dean. I also hate how the show started mocking itself in the comedy episodes. It just became too much and took me right out of the show. I've always liked an ensemble as well - I think character dynamics are important, and I didn't care for how isolated Sam and Dean became.
noybusiness: never seen an elephant flynoybusiness on March 5th, 2013 02:33 pm (UTC)
For me, Buffy, Babylon 5, Angel, Dollhouse, Angel, Firefly, Crusade, Gargoyles, Caprica, Dark Angel and, on the much younger side, Fraggle Rock, never had any bad episodes. Battlestar Galactica only had one, "Black Market". Unfortunately, of the above, only Buffy, Babylon 5 and Battlestar Galactica (which I call the three big "B"s) were allowed to come to their natural conclusions. I hope for better for Once Upon a Time and the upcoming Syfy series Defiance, in April, which looks really great. There's also Young Justice, a top-quality show that I'm afraid is going to be cancelled after this season.

Oh yeah, the self-parody episodes got to be too much. I hated that. "The Monster At the End of This Book" was good, but "The Real Ghostbusters" was a wretched episode, and "Wishful Thinking" and "I Believe the Children Are Our Future" weren't very good. The audience has to be able to take the show seriously (though not too seriously).
Kay: hp luna magiciron_kat on March 5th, 2013 10:13 pm (UTC)
I didn't watch all of those, but I agree completely on Battlestar Galactica and Gargoyles.

Firefly (I enjoyed Serenity) and Caprica I need to check out at some point. I also really want to watch Blood and Chrome.

Dark Angel was another favorite of mine. It got cut way too short. I had mixed feelings on the drection in season two but it was still a strong show that had a lot of potential to me.

Edited at 2013-03-05 10:15 pm (UTC)
noybusiness: Platypusnoybusiness on March 5th, 2013 10:26 pm (UTC)
I've seen Blood and Chrome, yes. I highly recommend that and Caprica and Firefly, and the others I mentioned (Crusade is a short-lived spinoff of Babylon 5).

I agree. Dark Angel wasn't quite as strong as the three big "B"s (though the early episodes and some others were in that ballpark), but it didn't have any really disappointing episodes. The closest would be "Boo", and that still had good points. It's criminal how the show was cancelled after initially being renewed. I've read the three continuation novels, and they're good.
Kay: hp harry/lunairon_kat on March 5th, 2013 10:34 pm (UTC)
I want to say that several late season one episodes of Dark Angel impressed, but I honestly need to watch it again. It's been years since I've seen it. I remember the season one finale the most, I think. One of the more disappointing things with season two for me was Lydecker disappearing. I hate that he never showed back up.

I was always more into the prospect of Blood and Chrome over Caprica, mainly because Adama was my favorite BSG character, so the focus on him with B&C is what made me interested.
noybusiness: capricaboomerwarheroesnoybusiness on March 5th, 2013 10:56 pm (UTC)
Yes, those as well. "Pollo Loco" and "I and I Am a Camera" especially.

Lydecker is found near the end of the last novel, so unfortunately we don't get much of anything more with him.

B&C is a good movie. I prefer Caprica because there's more of it to tell a consistent story. It's ridiculous that it was cancelled. Caprica has a very distinct feel from that of BSG, but it's of excellent quality. It does require a bit more patience, but I tend to like that. The same could be said of Once Upon a Time. I really like world-building and character development in shows and books, that's why I'm a big fan of A Song of Ice and Fire (the book series that Game of Thrones is based on), and Caprica expands on that element of BSG. Blood & Chrome appeals more to the action-focused parts of BSG fandom.

Edited at 2013-03-05 11:00 pm (UTC)