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05 January 2016 @ 02:31 pm
Fandom Meme of 2015  
Better late than never! Some mild spoilers for Agent Carter, Elementary, Daredevil, and Hannibal below the cut.


Your main fandom of the year?
I’m going to go with Agent Carter and Elementary. While no one will rightfully believe me, I have a lot of random fics related to both shows on my laptop. However, every single one is incomplete and while my Word Fairy is often game, my Responsible Adult Self keeps shackling her to my dissertation and wearing her out.

Your favorite film watched this year?
While the movie itself came out awhile ago, I only watched it this year: The Double directed by Richard Ayoade. I really enjoyed this movie. Based on the Dostoevsky novella, it features all the psychological symbolism, stark visual imagery, and strong performances which I love. A person meeting their double is one of my favorite story lines because it’s so ludicrous and frightening. Jesse Eisenberg’s performance as Simon James and James Simon do not disappointment.

Your favorite book read this year?
Again, I didn’t get to read as much as I would have liked this year thanks to the mental anchor that is graduate school. But I really liked Tara Ison’s short story collection, Ball. It features humans at their absolute worst but realistically so. It’s not a lighthearted, fun read but I think I was just in a certain place when I started it and it was very satisfying.

Your favorite TV show of the year?
In terms of new shows of 2015, it was a tie between Agent Carter and Jessica Jones for very different reasons. But to start where they are similar: both are Marvel-based shows and both feature a female hero/anti-hero. Agent Carter is a significantly more fun, humorous show. And Peggy Carter is a BAMF who is written to be a smart, competent, dedicated, all around awesome person who must be celebrated. In contrast, Jessica Jones is a BAMF who is smart, flawed, conflicted, frustrating, all around complicated person who should also be celebrated. Not to make Peggy sound uncomplicated (she’s not) but her character is clearly modeled after the more straightforward Hero Type that is often given to male characters. Her place in media is absolutely important because there needs to be better gender representation in this area. However, Jessica is probably closer to what “real” women might be like in the “real world.” I say this in the sense that she struggles with choices and skirts away from burdens and challenges the way most of us as humans would. She can be a questionable person sometimes the way humans (women included here) are. We don’t often seen female characters like that as female roles often suffer from the Simple Stereotype Syndrome. All in all, I loved both shows for giving us female characters (and female relationships!) that were incredible for differing but equally important reasons.

Your best new fandom discovery of the year?
This isn’t a new fandom technically but thanks to some gloriously evil memes, awanderingbard and I ended up creating a strange and wonderful crossover between Elementary and Captain America that features the children of the canon adult characters. Sometimes we throw in the daemon-verse as well because THERE CAN NEVER BE ENOUGH CROSSOVERS. Anyway, I love it because it’s so bizarre and yet I love thinking about the lives of these people who don’t exist, not even in the fictional canon world.

Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year?
While not terrible by any means, Welcome to Night Vale in its podcast form has really slowed down for me. Their novel was pretty interesting but the podcast seems stuck in a rut of telling somewhat repetitive, weird stories which don’t amount to much. I keep wanting the creators to do another story arc of some sort but so far it hasn’t happened. I’m sure the increase in their touring schedule plus the novel has put a huge dent in their time so I’m trying to be patient. But it was a bit of a disappointment.

Your fandom boyfriend of the year?
While I don’t actually want him as a boyfriend, I had many fond feelings toward JLM’s Sherlock this year. He’s made such nice strides in being able to people. I’ve loved watching him be a better functioning person while still being a good detective.

I also want to give a mention to Foggy Nelson from Daredevil. My expectations for this character were low given that sidekicks in these kinds of shows tend to be annoying and caricatured. However, A+ to the creatives for writing Foggy as someone who is a great foil to Matt Murdock. As much as Matt is secretive, reserved, and wallowing in conflict, Foggy is genuine, outgoing, and straightforward. He’s in general just a nice guy and a good friend to have. I’d be Foggy’s friend. And I’d reassure him our friendship was built on real things (I’M LOOKING AT YOU, MURDOCK).

Your fandom girlfriend of the year?
Peggy Carter. Because she’s a BAMF who must be celebrated as detailed above.

Your biggest squee moment of the year?
1) I might have wept the tears of overwhelmed emotions when Jarvis gave the vial of Steve’s blood back to Peggy.
2) Joan and Sherlock having a conversation about how they were going to deal with the fallout of Sherlock’s relapse in the season 4 opener was pretty amazing. I love their friendship and hearing Sherlock apologize to Joan for getting them in the mess they were in was really satisfying and endeared him that much more to me (ARE YOU LISTENING TO THIS, MURDOCK?). Also Joan stating very clearly that she cares for her relationship with Sherlock more so than any job and that wherever he goes, she goes was also really, really heartwarming.
3) While I didn’t exactly squee, I found the finale of Hannibal ENORMOUSLY satisfying. Not because I necessarily ship Will and Hannibal but you can’t deny they are forever entwined in each others' lives and having the show take it all the way to near canon in terms of true, twisted, ugly, consuming love was quite something to watch.

The most missed of your old fandoms?
Hannibal. It only ended this year but I already miss it. I didn’t read or write fics but I was involved in lot of postings on Tumblr while watching episodes. I miss the wacky, amusing, lovable stuff that came about when interacting with fans online while the insanity of the show unfolded before our eyes.

The fandom you haven't tried yet, but want to?
Despite the fact that I have not finished one goddamn fic all year, I began to write a Daredevil fic. So I guess that counts as sort of not having tried a fandom but are thinking about it? The fic idea came about after xparrot and I went back and forth about how Matt is kind of a lousy friend without actively meaning to be. Like you feel bad for him that he struggles this much with human relationships. We were trying to figure out under what circumstances might Matt actually apologize to Foggy about all the mess that came up after the latter found out about the whole Daredevil thing. But it was like a flow chart where all arrows kept going back to "Matt Feels Guilty and Pulls Away." So instead this fic just became about the people surrounding Matt being better humans and sort of dragging his Catholic angst-ridden self along.

Show that I continued to watch despite frustration:
I had a couple of these:
1) Sleepy Hollow: This is a show I’ve quit at least three times so far. I keep stopping halfway into a season, noting that it’s a ridiculous show with bizarre shenanigans that should not be put up with. But then I inevitably have a day where I want to procrastinate and I end up binge watching all the episodes I’ve missed and I’m back in it again. I just did this like a month ago! I'm actually waiting for Feb to roll around so I can see what happens next! I can’t really pinpoint why I keep coming back to the show. I do like Abbie Mills and her close friendship with Crane is reminiscent of Joan and Sherlock in some ways. However, this show always seems to veer into stories that make zero sense and aren’t that good rather than keeping the focus more on the relationships between characters. We need more stuff between Abbie and her sister Jenny as well. Those two are actually the true backbone of this show in many ways.

2) Minority Report: Another show from FOX. I really wanted to like this show. I liked the movie and I liked the concept of one precog wanting to help while the other two wanted to stay out of the whole murderer catching game. But yikes, some of the one off stories were bad. Even the overall arc about whether or not Dash, Arthur, and Agatha would be caught again felt like it was strangely over detailed and shallow at the same time. I wish the show had focused more on the precogs themselves rather than Dash and Vega’s crime solving. Or…maybe if they had integrated the two things better? I don’t know. The season felt very choppy. But there were moments I really liked which is probably why I kept watching until the bitter end.

 
 
 
aelfgyfu_mead: Peggy Carteraelfgyfu_mead on January 8th, 2016 01:36 am (UTC)
I was very into Minority Report. I really liked the characters. I liked that the premise could shift: it was unrealistic to think they could keep Dash's ability a secret. I liked that Blake looked like he was going to be a bad guy but turned out to be on their side. I loved that most of the characters were women, people of color, or both, and that every episode passed the Bechdel-Wallace test. sigh I miss it a little.

The season might have felt choppy in part because they originally got an order for 13 episodes—and then it was cut to 10. They had an arc going, and I had to wonder what was thrown overboard when they lost three episodes to get there.

I watched Daredevil for a few episodes. I didn't like Foggy at first, but he ended up being very likable! I liked Matt Murdoch less the more I watched, and between that and the violence, I quit.

But Agent Carter is coming back, and Elementary is going strong—and I fell into iZombie (as a show, not a fandom), so I've got plenty to watch.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on January 8th, 2016 01:54 am (UTC)
I loved Minority Report for all the POC visibility and yes, to it passing the Bechdel test every episode. I feel like my expectations for this show remained maybe a little too high and I kept waiting for it to get better which it never did. Maybe because of the 13 to 10 episode cut. Something felt missing for me with this show but I haven't quite figured it out.

I watched Daredevil for a few episodes. I didn't like Foggy at first, but he ended up being very likable! I liked Matt Murdoch less the more I watched, and between that and the violence, I quit.

I feel I'm in the minority when I kind of wanted this show to be more about the lawyering than the vigilante fighting. I also just liked watching Matt Murdock more when he was part of the lawyer office trio with Karen and Foggy than when he's off, daredeviling.

My frustration with Matt Murdock is that his tendency toward guilt is so overpowering you can't help but feel a bit bad for him while also really, really, REALLY annoyed that it's this wall he refuses to budge from to interact with people who deserve better than this. I constantly get caught between wanting Foggy and Karen to just ditch him to find better friends and hoping if they drag Matt along enough, he'll one day come to his senses about what it means to people.

How are you enjoying iZombie? I watched the entire first season but kind of lost track of the 2nd season.
aelfgyfu_meadaelfgyfu_mead on January 11th, 2016 11:12 pm (UTC)
I reached a point where I stopped feeling bad for Matt and started feeling only annoyed, and that was about the episode where a guy drove a spike through his own brain. I decided it was time to stop watching.

I'm enjoying iZombie; it's right behind Elementary for my favorite right now. But parts are hard to watch! Things do not get easier for poor Liv! Well-intentioned people make bad choices! Then there are some just plain bad people. . . .
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on January 12th, 2016 05:08 pm (UTC)
I reached a point where I stopped feeling bad for Matt and started feeling only annoyed, and that was about the episode where a guy drove a spike through his own brain. I decided it was time to stop watching.

Oh you stopped pretty early in the game. There were a lot more violent scenes, although none quite as visceral as the spike through the brain. Episode 10 featured flashbacks of Matt and Foggy in law school, meeting each other for the first time. I think I rank that as my favorite episode because you at least briefly see Matt functioning as a sane person. However, for the rest of the show, he never made non-annoying choices ever again.

But parts are hard to watch! Things do not get easier for poor Liv! Well-intentioned people make bad choices! Then there are some just plain bad people. . . .

I really liked the first season in terms of all the characters. And I liked the low key, but close friendship between Liv and Ravi. The only character I had issue with on some level was Major. And that was only because I found him a little dull.
aelfgyfu_meadaelfgyfu_mead on January 12th, 2016 11:00 pm (UTC)
Major gets interesting in the second season. You may not like him, but I doubt he'll bore you as much!