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Finished watching season three.
That was weirdly bland.
... also I'm still not happy with the color settings on my new TV and it keeps bothering me.

A properly absorbing story shouldn't leave me room to get distracted by the colors.

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I don't think any character was well served by this season.

Angst with no way out and no good choices is just... boring.



I'm bored now.

To watch season four I have to plug the old recorder box back in, and I am not currently motivated to do so.




Also, I feel like they duck their own question about how to treat Inhumans by introducing all this mind control stuff.

The more Marvel I watch the more I feel mind control is a story killing choice for a universe. I mean, I had feels when it was Hawkeye or the Winter Soldier, but it creeps me out when it keeps being central. There's always a choice.



I'm not really feeling it as parts either. There was just too much of the season that didn't give me anything I'm interested in, just people not trusting each other and getting mind controlled.

I want something else. Very else. Not with these parts.
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I have watched Agents of SHIELD season three up through Singularity.
I'm still not having as many feels for the characters as I used to. They're having big emotional stakes, I'm watching plot. It's annoying when you fall out of feels with a show.

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I was watching Agents of SHIELD season three last night and it got up to the episode where Bobbi and Hunter left
and it's supposed to be this big emotional moment
and
I just
How am I supposed to be sad that their actions had consequences at last?
I was just left shocked that they basically walked away from it.

I mean since SHIELD fell as an official organisation they've been just a bunch of private citizens illegally detaining other private citizens.
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And yes, this is exactly the superhero problem. A superhero is someone who decides only their own moral judgement is relevant to who to punch.

And yeah, this is exactly the CACW problem, who gets oversight and how.

But the answers in these stories keep on being undemocratic, and acting like there's no good precedent to work with, and it's just... creepy.



There has to be some middle ground of accountability. Same reasons we need courts as well as police, and police to wear their unique identifiers where we can see them. Stories that don't want to deal with that have ducked into might makes right territory.

And that's not where I want to be.
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I watched a bunch more of Agents of SHIELD season three
and this whole 'HYDRA is secretly older than nazis' bit is just... ridiculously stupid.
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I am trying to watch Agents of SHIELD
and I am kind of aggressively bored.
I started fast forwarding through specific subplots and now I'm just going through whole episodes.
I know I've seen these eps before but I don't remember where I left off and also things ought to have some rewatch value.
But this set of characters aren't giving me feels any more.
Don't know why.
Possibly it's the thing where they aren't allowed to make their world better and things always turn out worse.
Maybe it's that team how about we treat people like people is not synonymous with team good guy in this world
and the whole human rights rule of law thing is... really not happening.
Dystopia with supervillains isn't grabbing me.

I know I quit because of the racism with all the dead black guys, but I used to care about the characters, and that seems to have worn off.

Even though Melinda May is dreamy and wonderful and kicks all the arse.
Not sufficient.



It's sad and annoying.


Maybe if I watch more it'll get me again?

... probably not.
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I have rewatched Agents of SHIELD season 1 up to the end of Yes Men.
It's less fun that I'd hoped. My feelings for the characters have mostly fallen out.

It's fun to see how fair they played it now I know the end of the season. Everyone's reactions were right there to be read different once you know.

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Yes Men pisses me off because of the utter stupidity of the setup. A woman who can control men with her talking, okay, fair enough, comic book rules. But once SHIELD has been told that, and May has confirmed they really do mean only males, then why in any 'verse would they send men after her? Read more... )

Neat how they switched the ICERs to that darker more 'realistic' version in time for a major change in tone. I liked the glowy cartoony weapons better, but, scarier time next.
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One thousand words on the topic of…



So we have a secret organisation, like SHIELD. Or Torchwood, though there’s only so many compartmentalised secrets you can have with all of five people. Jack and Ianto managed it, but still. The organisation is secret, and as I pointed out yesterday that severely restricts their data flow. But then the data that goes in goes up, only, and only orders come down.

There are some serious weaknesses built in to this model.

Most of all, there’s no feedback possible. Dude at the top says an order, everyone else either jumps or doesn’t jump.

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Smartest thing Tony did was go public as Iron Man, and he may not have even known it. Secrets would put him in SHIELD’s control, and the system would have done its level best to swallow him and redistribute the good bits.



For the agency to be using all of the brains it technically holds? They need data. They need to be a bunch of curious and interested people. They need to know that exonerating people will still get them promoted. And they need to know they can refuse orders, change things around in the field, or plain old fuck up and still survive it. Without all that they system skews to keeping decisions and therefore risks small, and nobody is giving their best work.


Makes you wonder how Hawkeye, who made another call, who was starting to root for the other guy, managed to survive and thrive in the paranoid and HYDRA inflected SHIELD. How long he managed it and how. Cause if Hand was the boss of him she’d have shot him long before we met him, HYDRA would know they didn’t own him so likewise, and pretty much only Coulson of the people we met would have even put up with him. Must have been more and different going on than we saw. Or Hawkeye was just that lucky or that good.
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It's interesting what fanfic does and doesn't soak up. Clint/Coulson came out of pretty much nothing and is still going strong, but it's mostly ignoring Agents of SHIELD. When it does acknowledge AoS there is a really obvious big problem in suggesting any outside relationship for Coulson is super important. Mostly fic just has 'Fury made me do it' and a lot of anger and apologies. But it has reached the point where I'm wanting to talk back at it, because there is in fact logic much stronger than that, and clearly the internet needs to know. Read more... )

It's four in teh morning and I'm not sure how much of that made sense in English. Or who would want to read it. But hey, OTP thoughts.
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I watched last week's Agents of SHIELD.
I forgot I hadn't until now. Which is a bit of a turn around after waiting expectantly between seasons.
It was quite good. Which is sort of a problem. Because it was quite good if I decide to not care about the things they don't care about, and to care about a lot of straight white men the story has decided are important. Plus the playing along with the baseline politics and solving things with violence.
So I'm interested, but in a bad aftertaste sort of way.


this is likely another show I'll stop reviewing until I can say something nice about it.
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There was a lot in that ep that could be interesting. But the recap and the start reminded me of how I felt at the end of the previous episode, and I just don't see why I should get over that.
Someone looked at the cast of Agents of SHIELD and thought, 'you know what we need? another white guy!'
and to get him they Read more... )
That kind of thought process all over a show I was looking forward to? Kills any remaining enjoyment I had.
I am bored. I am angry and I am bored. This is not a good combination.



... and yet after a couple years of reading/watching Phil Coulson, I ended up watching this week despite deciding not to.

I do kind of tentatively like Read more... )

The stuff I like is not sufficient reason to stick around though. Because that season opener pretty much promises they're going to burn it all and expect us to like it.
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Good start. Read more... )


I'm very annoyed at that ending.

I could write a fixit given those parts but I do not believe the series writers intend to.


They've kept what I didn't want and done bad things with it.
I'm ... okay I know me so if I watched this long I'm likely to keep going, but I'm going to feel bad about it and try and talk myself out of watching next week.
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Take Away Day achieved. I like HabitRPG, I got some armour for doing Take Away Day. I did all my daily tasks, and bonus points for Go Outside and Be Social. And I leveled up to where it starts dropping stuff, so I got a wolf egg and a desert potion so now I have a pet desert wolf. This is much more rewarding than simply having clean and tidy and a life that functions.

It's too hot to actually eat all the food but I already know the little triangle things taste just as good tomorrow so that'll be fine.



The house we were going to view tomorrow cancelled and rescheduled for Thursday instead. Houses are difficult. The other one that mum was enthusiastic about even though I pointed out it had an EPC E rating and said it couldn't be improved, she phoned up and found when there's a viewing, but then she looked at the pictures more carefully and there's the round things on the side of the house that are to hold the wall on, and also places where a wall has been built right next to the wall, also to hold the wall on, and basically that would explain how it's not insulated, if the wall is falling off. So we're not going to go see it after all. Which is what I said in the first place. And then there was another place mum wanted me to send her the link for, and I was explaining how it's Not Good, but she just wanted the pictures of the bathroom. Okay then.


We watched Agents of SHIELD, the episode with Akela Amador. Read more... )



So now I have to decide between going back to sleep and thinking of something to do. The weather forecasts have a lot of lightning on them so I'm not going to go play on the big computer cause any power flicker makes it turn off. Laptop batteries are better. I'll see if they can make the big one better that way next time I get it to a shop. In the meantime I'll probably just go read a book. I have a whole stack still.

Also reinflate the air mattress. It got better once I figured out how to stop the squeaking problem (use it upside down compared to the instructions), but mostly deflated it's not much use at all.
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weather gets hotter, dreams get weirder. personally I could live without quite so many nightmares in one scenario.

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So after we escaped and I woke up and determined it was far too early to call it awake and stayed in bed trying to rewrite the dream, I fell asleep and had merely been filming all that previous, for a Marvel universe TV show. This involved meeting many pretty actors. There was a Leverage xover and the OT3 was there. That was much, much nicer dream.


It also featured Audrey Nathan the cellist, only in the dream she was a cellist kind of like Rodney McKay is a pianist, because music is maths and maths is music, Read more... )



The dream wrapped up with Christian Kane kissing me and giving me his number, so that was a fairly successful fix it sleep.



I look forward to the kind of sleep that doesn't need me to get some sleep immediately after.
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I've noticed that fanfic versions lag loooooong behind canon twists. Which, given how long it takes to write anything, fair enough. But it's also that we get attached to a fanon version, for instance the Coulson that mixed in 616 canon to get ex-Ranger best friend of Fury, and then when things get Jossed we just like our guy better. But the recent big organisational changes seem least likely to show up. It's not as bad as Torchwood, where people kept writing season 2 team fics and ignored the existence of everything after that, but there's a tendency to try and pull everything back to status quo ante that reminds me of comics more than TV. Comics are cyclical, everything that falls will always rise in familiar form. Television? Sometimes trashes all before it and revises the paradigm. Sometimes.

So, how hard would it be to just get SHIELD back?

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Seeing as I've never been the boss of even a quite small team, have no military or law enforcement experience, and get all my learnings from reading the internet or RPG rulebooks or watching TV, this Grand Plan right here is the sort of thing that makes sense from my recliner this morning and probably not very practical at all.

But I like to think it would make good story.

Each week the core team would go somewhere new, meet new people, and help them. And then leave with the understanding they can call on their help in return in future. In a friendly way.

Different, but nice.
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Hrmmm...

Okay, so, more than any episode before it, I was spoiled for this via tumblr. I'm glad so many people liked it so much, but it did mean that as soon as it finished broadcasting in America, every scene was on tumblr in gif form. So, I think I had most of my initial reaction a piece at a time, and while that reaction tended to be :-D , it... diluted the impact of the episode this time.

So, this episode was cool.

Could have been cooler.

Before next season, I either need to get off tumblr or discover some magic way to block spoiler posts which haven't been tagged.

That said, my thoughts: Read more... )


I'd like to love this show more, but I like it plenty.
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Hmmm. Read more... )

This show is fun now cause I can sit down thinking I have not much to say and then use bits of it to mull over the nature of evil for like an hour.

I'm looking forward to seeing more.

Only one more episode of this season (so heavily spoiled on tumblr I can tell it got everyone excited), and the next season on its way. Could be very cool.
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"Huh"
That was best. That was best.
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I love this show. This version of this show? So awesome.

And it got renewed for a second season :-) :-) :-)
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Had fun bits. As I had seen them in tumblr gifs some weeks ago, they didn't quite grab me, but they are fun.
... tumblr sucks. It's not even particular people I could ignore, tumblr itself has started dropping 'recommended' posts onto my dash, and they've included untagged spoilers.
Yet Dreamwidth involves much less talking. Maybe I should just read people at random until there's some noise around here...

ANYway, SPOILERS for up to this episode: Read more... )


I like this show now. I'm glad it got renewed. :-)
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Boom. Read more... )
The Cap 2 movie goes right in here, between 1.16 and 1.17, so I'm just going to talk movie stuff mixed in with Agents of SHIELD. I'm curious though, do people who haven't seen the movie reckon the series makes sufficient sense without it?
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They've done an interesting thing to the premise of the show.
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so I eagerly await the new Agents of SHIELD next week and thereafter.
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Well finally. Read more... )

I look forward to next week and finding out what this show thinks it has been building up to.
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I wanted to like it. Read more... )



I want to see what happens next, now. The character stuff is super twisty and hopefully the plots get better than this.
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still wanna see it again.

did you know there are international differences? Read more... )

spoilers of course
(don't read spoilers, tis much more fun if you don't know spoilers)
for Winter Soldier and Agents of SHIELD together again. and the trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy, which I saw right before the movie, Read more... )




I want to watch the movie again and have big thoughts.
... watching will lead to having more whoosh boom thoughts, I know, but possibly also big thoughts.
... maybe.



[ETA for those linked here: My first reaction to Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Agents of SHIELD 1.14 TAHITI have related thoughts]

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