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That was a mess.

That was a caricature of Snart. Read more... )

So after that season I'm a bit borderline on if I like the show. I like Mick, and how much meaty emotional story he's been getting. But I don't like what happened to his partner, or how they mess us around with all the signs and signifiers of a love relationship, the ring, the saying love you, and then just hand us that as an ending. They retcon his whole relationship to be something we're meant to cheer him walking away from. I don't see why they want to do that. The end of last season gave us a problem of Mick being sad, but making like he shouldn't have been is not a solution I'm willing to swallow.

Still, Mick says Leonard becomes a better man. He still believes in them. After all that.


There's potential plot bunny in how they left him. Read more... )

The first season had a pretty good plot made of closed time loop.

... although logically the Hawks could never have killed Savage in their own past without making themselves not be born, but, they didn't, so not noticing that was on Rip and part of the cunning predestination plan.

But the whole first season was about breaking away from predestination and building better lives.

Second season is about keeping everything the same while team evil tries to save their families and their own lives.

Why were we meant to change sides on that issue?

So I am not sold on this show.

And the entire ethics of it depend on laws of time that just don't stay still to figure out.

But they do find new and interesting ways to break them, so hey, that could be interesting.

:eyeroll: *sigh*

I am looking forwards to the fanfic far more than to the next season.
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That was not Leonard Snart. The 'good boy' stuff sucked and seemed ooc compared to all else we've seen, but it wasn't the most fundamental part. Captain Cold is, in this episode, scared of going up against a speedster.

What do the writers think he does for a living?

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Last but by no means least
if the new plan is to go time travel to before the Spear was broken
what exactly was the point of chasing around after broken pieces all season?

All they'd need to do is get the Spear from slightly before it was broken, use it for whatever, and put it back where Rip was going to find it, and time wouldn't even notice you'd been there.

If the Spear doesn't have some special power to write protect its own history then the entire season plot is a bust.

OTOH I can see the Spear still being indestructible, just all its component atoms are either streaming in the atmosphere or hanging in the middle of a super hot reactor.

... but Mick's gun reaches absolute hot, so should have been able to do the exact same thing to it.

... I hate it when comics can't keep track of their own made up physics.

Didn't like the episode, don't see how it told us much interesting about the characters, mind controlled into humiliating situations isn't exactly revealing, Snart was so far out of character and Mick either didn't wish for anything or
only wished for Leonard.

... :(

... okay, that's pretty sad.

And then he couldn't kill him even after he'd seen him kill.
But that goes both ways, Len tied himself to serving Eobard just to keep Mick alive, and he didn't ice him or even threaten him back after stopping Amaya.

Even ooc they're a tragedy.
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This whole celebrity history thing is not my speed. This week they explain that Tolkien was secretly mostly quoting? There's a lot about the whole setup that didn't work for me.

On the other hand: Mick and Len.
Finally, more or less actual Len.
... the more or less being the frustrating part.

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That was ridiculous.
And not in a way I personally can roll with and find funny.
Humans doing those jobs do not work like that, so the whole thing is just... no.

The Heywood strands of the story are obviously emotionally affecting, but any noble sacrifice that could be fixed with a basic safety precaution like seatbelt or safety line is on I can't feel the way the writers meant me to.

Also, whoever wrote this understands physics even less than comic books usually do. Including comic book physics.

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Episode was made of interesting parts that just didn't grab me.

... I like Legends of Tomorrow, but I'm thinking I increasingly like it as a lego kit.

... not least because I know which parts I'm not going to like at all...
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The story clearly respects Mick. He keeps coming up with relevant knowledge, in this case knowledge of Time Master procedures that calls back to his Horrible Trauma, and reaching out emotionally to help other people and especially help them maintain their partnerships. Even after repeated rebuffs and being treated like trash by some of them.

The story respects Mick, the Legends do not, and man I want to see them all slapped for it.

Which makes it difficult to care about the other threads of the story. Read more... )

I like Mick a lot more than I like his friends, but Mick also needs to stop drinking and threatening people, so I can see where they're coming from.

If this ship had a Counsellor then like 90% of the plot would be fixable with 2000% less drama.
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I think I liked all the episodes Camelot parts if I don't think about them too hard.

And I love the bits with Mick.
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That was very American. Like, *very* American.

And a reminder that Rip and his accent never do read the same way both sides of the pond. Colonial oppression and part of him being Lawful Evil Slytherin. Which is difficult to remember when he's the one who sounds closest to normal.

Rip's brainwashing was most storyline effective when most plausible. His summary of the miseries of history and conclusion you might as well burn it all down, his pitch about dead relatives being returned to them, that's plausible without the machine. Which makes it frustrating the machine is involved. It's all very well splitting him up into heart and dark side, but it's all going to go away because shiny lights tech, so then it's blah.

Mick got some respect this time. And a speech about real Americans, as if any of that is uniquely American. Outcasts as a good thing for yaays. Congratulations from a founding father. And a statue of his own. :-)

... Sarah listing his statue as one of the ungood things they've just dealt with? References to Rory as the drunk uncle of the family, while continuing to ignore it outside of jokes? It's just niggly dripping bullying and I want to slap them all. All the 'it was implied' about saving Rory too, it's affecting their work, adversely.

Nate and Amaya have no excuses and might have borked all of history because they took time out for sex. I just... they are utterly incompetent, and I didn't think Amaya was incompetent before. Maybe Nate has a field. Why would they even? Ugh.

Also this show has a wonky idea of how long it takes to grieve and move on. All these shows actually, people don't stay single long. Well, women don't.


Jax was win. I have no complaints about Jax.

Mick, Ray and the rat was a fun thread. Ray poking Mick and Mick just twisting his arm around and Ray being "I have overstepped" is... like, yes he had, but Mick was also a teensy too violent. Just a bit. So I can see why people still have a problem with him. His behaviour is problematic, even if it has an internally consistent ruleset. ... but it was kinda satisfying. Why was Ray even blaming Mick? How much time has Mick been spending in Ray's room to drop crumbs there?

... er, atomwave goggles are kind of easy again...

Mick making faces at his new rat friend is the cutest. Best pet, best faces.

I'm not especially keen on the 'family' xmas meal because they seem to forget characters religions, but it was the least religious it could be, I guess.

Episode did good things with Mick and interesting things with Rip.

Think I liked it.
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Grand name for these bickering bastards.

I kind of like how petty and easily divided they are. But Merlyn and Dark fighting just reminded me of Captains Harkness and Hart, and it therefore lacked a certain something in comparison.

Read more... )

The story is not doing what I wanted it to and the rules aren't as clear as I want them to be
and I purely don't understand why the crew makes a distinction between altered and unaltered and calls it fake and real.

I mean none of them have ever lived in an unaltered timeline. Do they not get that?

So it's all emotionally unsatisfying because they have a reaction I can't grok.

But the dead looking speedster is scary cool.
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I mean, don't get me wrong, the idea that the work of one man can inspire a generation to great heroism has obvious emotional appeal, I'm a writer and I get exactly why they wanted to write this.
But it's just... ugh.
The way they did it has too much of the self congratulatory back pat and I got bored.

The only bits of this I listened to with actual sound were the Mick story.

... many of us have been wanting to hear Mick say "I love you" to Len but not like this.

Read more... )

Why is brain injury and emotional trauma being used as a punchline?

Read more... )

It's frustrating me how the story is giving us all these heartbreaking pieces but seems to think it makes Mick frightening and funny. I just... I don't get what they think they're doing. And I don't like it.

Everyone's getting a lot of character stuff and emotional mileage, Sara and leadership and trying to live up to the past, Martin and his arrogant judgemental self making changes, Ray and Nate losing and finding themselves repeatedly, but Mick's is the most emotionally charged.

... and I know how it ends, and am not looking forwards to it.

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I'm kind of glad I saw so many spoilers and knew not to get my hopes up
because that was kind of a gut punch
what we wanted, in a way we'd never want.

Which is the temptation time travel dangles over all of them.

Read more... )
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Well. That was... a lot of threads that came from nowhere and went who knows where.
As a stand alone it was lumpy and oddly paced, so it's probably only readable as a piece with the rest of the crossover.

Read more... )

So I can see there will be chewy stuff for all the characters when I get the other sections of this story, but as of right now, all I can say is it's nice to see Mick get appreciated

and weird through annoying the writers undercutting it by the whole 'hot' remark, much as Mick does appreciate hotness, and fun as it is to see Sara right there with him.
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Mick, Sara, and Nate all had their own strands of this episode.
... I'm paying most attention to Mick, kind of 'of course' about Sara, and not enthralled about Nate.

Also I ate the rest of my birthday cake while watching and wow is that a lot of chocolate goo.
A Lot.
I maybe might have been distracted with chocolate crumb and dawning suspicion I shouldn't have has the last few bites.

This episode divides weirdly between things that are plausibly in character but I'm annoyed at the characters for them, and things that I'm annoyed at the writers for... though I guess those are plausibly in character too.

Both sets are about how people treat Mick.

Read more... )

There's a lot of threads and layers going on in here, and mostly I like it and want to see how it plays through.

I'm just annoyed at the Legends because if they're so anti Mick why are they keeping him around to risk himself? If they don't like him, why work with him? Do or do not, dudes. Be a team.

The whole Mick misses hanging out with criminals who appreciate him thread is getting well established.
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I think I like the character beats, but the plot logic... even by superhero standards, surely thy shouldn't have been the only ones dealing with any of that?

Read more... )

So yeah, Amaya inconsistent, Martin and Sara and Ray self centered and emotion driven in drama ways, Mick needing a hug in his inimitable fashion, plenty good chewy character stuff.

I'm just a bit :eyeroll: how it's meant to fit together with their being anyone else at all who could be doing a thing.
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I think I liked it.

Read more... )

So that was watchable with feels and team stuff

... the atomwave Ray/Mick people got a lot to work with early on, too.

... anything not coldwave Len/Mick makes me sad, but, I can see it.

Onwards to more episodes...
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Two white guys fall out of the sky and think they can fix everyone's problems?
Which Nate and Ray kind of created in the first place.

Read more... )

And all that said I didn't hate it especially, I just... get tired of the ways it failed.
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This episode had many good qualities, adventure, excitement, Martin getting his arrogant assumptions knocked back
I kind of want to hit something.

Read more... )

Story had a lot of moving parts and kind of mostly juggled them.

Reverse Flash gets more annoying when he's killing JSA but only bribing nazis. I mean it ought to be just as easy to kill nazis and a lot more morally satisfying. But he is a bad guy.
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The episode was pretty okay, though it bounced along a bit too fast to have much heart.

Read more... )

One thing that did amuse about the new sets - who put a TARDIS console on the bridge? That is a very familiar design and Jax should cite his sources.

The whole interior of the shop seemed to get bigger. They said Jax was building stuff but it kind of doesn't explain the changed proportions. Which made me vaguely wonder about temporal anomalies already having changed the Waverider and how much what we've seen is still what happened.

But that's a plot bunny that's not going anywhere.

I shall watch a second episode and see what happens...
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I just rewatched Destiny

... I would not have believed I'd be actually upset at the Read more... )

I still mostly want to go write fixits. Except everyone has already, and canon... did what it did, and I can go watch that.

But not at one in the morning.
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This one says DC UNIVERSE REBIRTH across the top, and also Volume One, which apparently means it just sort of stops when things are getting ominous.

But the magic words on the cover were Ted Kord.

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I won't say I'm hooked, but this is an angle that could work, and what with everyone being more alive than when I quit reading there's all sorts of possibility in it.

But comics are so sloooooow. I don't know if volume two even exists yet, and if it did it would be more likely to put characters further up a tree than to resolve bits yet.

Also, still won't be primarily about Ted.

And never has been about his obvious partnership.


I may read the next bit but may also be tempermentally unsuited to reading an art form that's pretty much the world's longest and most complex WIP.
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Pondering the emotional beats on Legends of Tomorrow
I can see how the writers are dragging us around by the feels
but I don't quite see why.

Maybe it'll make more sense after the finale.

But I just vaguely thought it also makes sense if they think their bad guys are bad guys, no matter what they do. Read more... )
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Do you ever stop to think how utterly terrifying it would be to live in the DCU?

... it's nearly four in the morning and I have a headache, I have been thinking many things...

But like, all the things that we can argue about and treat as vague philosophical discussion? They live with.

Read more... )

But then, right, there's the fact we do have these discussions and ideas here. and people for millennia have wondered and been pretty sure all the gods and other sorts are for reals. and everything in the DCU is only meant to be a regular problem dressed up. so then there is entirely too much thinking, starting with how people can indeed entirely screw over someone else's existence without knowing or noticing. and then it's just...

four in the morning.

entirely too four in the morning.
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Ra’s al Ghul is a goa’uld.

His waters of life, where people go in ill and come out healthy, are the pond he keeps his snake offspring in; meaning he’s technically a goa’uld queen.

He selects hosts for their skills because he’ll learn them when he takes them over so it’s efficient.

This does not explain Sara, she was a bit long in the grave for goa’uld technology, but coming back with a bloodthirsty snake in her head would be an interesting take on her early difficulties. And if they’re new parasites, no maturing in a jaffa host, then maybe a human host could fight them for control.

What the SGC would think of superheroes I don’t know, but goa’uld have been looking for hok’tar a long time, and metahumans certainly fit the bill.
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Keep Every Home Fire Burning

(18368 words) by Anonymous

Chapters: 1/1

Fandom: Justice League International (Comics), Blue Beetle (Comics), Booster Gold (Comics)

Rating: Teen And Up Audiences

Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply

Relationships: Michael Carter/Ted Kord, Michael Carter & Rip Hunter

Characters: Ted Kord, Michael Carter (DCU), Rip Hunter, Barbara Gordon, Beatriz da Costa, Ralph Dibny, Sue Dibny, Mary Batson, Maxwell Lord

Additional Tags: Kid Fic, Alternate Universe - Canon, Super Buddies, Reconciliation

Summary: Booster looked as young and bright and matinee-idol gorgeous as he had when Ted had last seen him, and for a heart-stopping moment it was as if the past three years had never happened, as if the concentrated effort Ted had made to excise Booster from his life and his heart had never taken effect, and Ted could walk up to him, throw an arm around his shoulders, and tell him his latest idea for a prank to pull on Guy.

Then he saw the baby.

*** *** ***

I was so wrecked by this fic, but the good way. The middle was so sad, so the end was super happy. I feel like I’ve always wanted this story but wouldn’t have understood this version when I was younger, so it really got me now.
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(Trigger warnings for Lewis Snart, child abuse, that continues into adulthood, and the violence in this episode.)

I think I am not reacting to this one scene in The Flash quite as the writers intended
cause Barry tells Cold there is good in him and he knows he wants to be better
and I want to punch him in his smug little face.

I mean, I slept on it,and I'm still feeling mostly that.

Read more... )

TL DR I have a lot of feels about abused kids trying to grow away from their parents, and their parents, and addiction which got brought up in this episode, and Barry and his lack of shades of grey just... keeps putting his foot in it as far as I can see.

Feels rollercoaster.

But writers maybe know that, so okay, punching in the smug face may even be one of the layers of react in there.

And I can stare at Wentworth Miller having feelings for really a lot.

Bad guy still did bad things though.

You know if the whole justice and prisons system worked properly in comics universes they'd end up with hardly anything to do. Vigilante action from both sides of the line only happens because they're convinced the courts and law enforcement officers won't save them.

I prefer those stories where the heroes notice they're breaking the law though. I mean, Barry is so wrong in season one saying the difference is the good guys do it to help people. Bad guys got their people too. But I guess it is why Barry is so smug face thinking it makes a difference now Snart has a 'good' motive.

Heh, look at that gigantic meta trying to pick a fight with one scene I actually really like from an episode where only the science is cringeworthy. Me being fannish again, how I have missed it.
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Am nearly done transcribing The Flash episode Rogue Time (as in putting in descriptions and names and stuff, most of the words are in another transcript file already)

I had to take a rage break to sputter about 'lightning psychosis'
because at some point the writers decided that faking a mental illness was a get out of plot consequences free card
and something a hero would do.

Also, while googling for 'lightning psychosis' only gets you the Flash, and is a bad phrase, googling for 'lightning symptoms' will quickly show you there are in fact psychological and neurological consequences to being struck by lightning, which often acts pretty much like a traumatic brain injury and has consequences that are *very* real and real people have to deal with them.

So we have several layers of fail at once. Using a wrong phrase when a right one is available, faking brain damage just to get out of consequences of hitting on your sister again, and the writers thinking that mental illness only gets you good and ignorable consequences. I mean, Barry's a CSI, does he have to testify in court sometimes? Could lawyers say he has a mental illness and is making things up? Like, that wouldn't be fair, but. Might his coworkers think his mental illness makes him less reliable than his already flaky fortean public image? Might people, you know, care at all, ever, after this one minute conversation?

But no, the writers decide to fake a mental illness so Barry just gets hugs instead of having to apologise.

Rage isn't a precise description of the ongoing frustration of use of mental illness in the media, but, sputtering and sighing ensue.

I can't figure out if they didn't do the research or didn't care.
Well either way they didn't care, but, you know.

Okay, this topic is done, I have like three minutes of episode still to type names on, I'll go do that.


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