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 Ok so I completely failed to make notes for a few episodes, and then I knew I had to rewatch but didn't have time, blah di blah, but now I have rewatched! And made notes! And have no excuse not to write fic! 

Spoilers for episodes 7 - 10 below. 

Four episodes in one day, whoops )
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 So much good in this episode! And then wtf was that ending? 

Spoilers )



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 Bit late with this update, so let's see what I can remember. 

spoilers )
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Forgot to post about Killjoys last week so here are some rambly thoughts on the last two episodes. I'm loving this series SO MUCH, and am overjoyed at how some of the worldbuilding is being filled in.
Spoilers )

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TV has been good to me this week :D. Just hope I can write some decent fic from all this.

So Killjoys came back and it was AMAZING and did basically everything I wanted.

Spoilers below

Killjoys )

In other news, there's a show called New Blood which is on BBC One and iplayer which EVERYONE SHOULD WATCH. It's a crime procedural with an odd couple and it's ridiculously charming.

The premise is as follows:

He (Stefan) is a Polish guy working undercover for the Serious Fraud Office! Other he (Rash) is an Iranian guy who’s a trainee detective in the Met! They fight crime!

There are spoilers below, including one for a really tense scene, so I don't recommend reading on if you haven't seen the first story yet.

New Blood )
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Reposted from FB. 

So. There’s a little black cloud following me round today.

 Today is the 20th anniversary of my mum’s death. I don’t talk about it online every year, but twenty years is a really, really long time (yesterday I found a comment from 2005 where I said nine years felt like a long time!) and I felt like I needed to mention it. It’s been on my mind all week.

I miss her a lot, and it has been such a long time that these days I am mostly just sad that she didn’t get to see how Bex and I grew up, she didn’t get to see what we’ve done with our lives, she didn’t get to see her grandchildren. I know she would be proud of us, though.

It’s an odd anniversary to have at our ages, it’s not the kind of thing that people expect, and it’s difficult to know what to say about it (especially to people who don’t know, which will include some people reading this, because there is no subtle way to tell people that your mum died when you were 14 and your sister was 10). It’s a heavy thing to bring into a conversation, even if you’re mostly okay because it has been years and years and years.

It’s also difficult because it changed everything, it wasn’t expected and if she hadn’t died when she did, our lives would look entirely different today. So different I can’t even guess where we would be.

I’m not going to go, but I just wanted to say that her death was devastating, but one thing it taught me was not to take people for granted. Make sure that the people you care about know that you care, and be kind. The world is a miserable enough place as it is, and you don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow, so sometimes all you can do is try to improve the lives of the people around you.

Love to you all xx

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Emmerdale thoughts from yesterday:

OMG I HATE EMMA AND DR BAILEY SO MUCH.

God, Emma is the WOOOOOOORST. I was quite amused by Bailey dropping Emma in it, but he's still fucking awful. And so is Emma.

God I hope James leaves her properly.

However!  Lawrence and Ronnie flirting over a digger being in gear was great. I don't want Bernice to be sad but it is so cute. 

Also, Chas' bed is amazing. 


And today:

Fucking Emma. Literally why does anyone in Emma's family ever, ever trust her with anything? Oh boo hoo, Emma, just fuck off. 

Oh, poor Chas :( (don't go to Emma for help! She's the WOOOOOORST!)

Oh, Bernice :( :( :( 

Oh, Lawrence, DUDE. Duuuuuuuuuuuude. 

WHY DOES ANYONE LET EMMA DO ANYTHING????

How are Joanie and Zac going away on holiday when they have zero money and this has recently been a plot point? Why/how can they just dump Kyle on Cain when he has basically no relationship with the kid??? What is wrong with the people in this soap??

I have literally no clue why James even likes Emma, let alone reckons he loves her. 

"I'll do anything for my family." REALLY, EMMA?

Jesus, and I thought I couldn't hate anyone as much as I hate Dr Bailey.

WHYYYYYYYYYYYYY?? Why is she staying, OH GOD? What is wrong with James? 

Fucking hellllllllll, Emma.

OH FUCK OFF, LAWRENCE. Bloody hell, I am trying to be sympathetic, stop being a shit to Bernice.



In other TV news, Killjoys is back on the 1st of July, OH MY GOD. I can't wait (although I am not on board for at least one of the developments). I have yet to find any mention of Fancy even though the end of s1 clearly suggested he would be involved, and now I am quite worried he will just not be back and then I will be very, very sad. Pleeeeease don't let him be killed offscreen. I did read something today that said there is a bit of a time jump in the new series, so maybe he's just off back out in the world or something. 

Oh bugger it, just found out I've missed New Blood, I'll have to get it on iplayer. 
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Another Killjoys fic, woooooooooo!
 
 

I'm not going down on my knees begging you to adore me
archiveofourown.org/works/7079803

 

Fancy took the shot so Dutch didn't have to.
Johnny Jaqobis/Fancy Lee, post 106
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I'm having some terrible trouble with internet updatey things this week. 

Anyway! Emmerdale happened. Rhona can fuck right off (and has terrible taste in rebound relationships), Dr Bailey has suddenly jumped to the top of my list to become THE WORST THE WORST THE WOOOOOOORST, Lachlan is still a shit and a creep, Emma is still awful, Charity is amazingly awful, the set up in David's shop makes no sense and Dr Bailey is awful

And finally: DR BAILEY IS THE WORST. Daaaaaaaaaaaamn. 

TV

30 May 2016 21:03
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Quick update: enjoying Mum, a sitcom about bereavement with a sweet core. It's not hilarious funny but I love the characters. 

Finally finished Scott and Bailey (loved it) and Line of Duty, which is possibly the best thing I've watched so far this year. I have still not finished Happy Valley, or started Penny Dreadful (Shazad Latif is in it this series, so I am VERY excited). 

Emmerdale update, as I've just got up to date:

1) CAIN STOP BEING A DICK
2) HOLLY STOP BEING A DICK
3) JIMMY STOP BEING A DICK

Still really annoyed by Jimmy's failure to take Ashley's condition seriously, and it makes NO SENSE.

I was seriously rooting for Cain and then he started being a dick again. HOWEVER I do not have any sympathy for Holly given that she was essentially emotionally blackmailing her mum by going 'I know I did the horrible wrong thing, but now I've bought some drugs and if you don't call back I'll take them.'

I'm confused by Aaron and Robert apparently being on speaking terms (or back together). Did I miss a day somewhere? 

Not massively impressed with the writing over the last week, tbh. There's a lot of plots coming out of nowhere. 


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It has been a ridiculously stressful week, but most of the things causing me trouble are over. We have now booked our flights for Japan, OH YES (did I mention this? I'M GOING TO JAPAN NEXT YEAR). Lots of faff getting them sorted but oh my GOD, it's done now!

I've not been doing much else but working and stressing, and I am mainly posting this because I need to talk to someone about Emmerdale (I looked on Tumblr again; mistake!). [livejournal.com profile] girlofprey, TALK TO ME SO I'M NOT JUST SHOUTING AT MY TV. It's so weird, why is Jimmy taking Ashley's illness 90% less seriously than everyone else? I am reconsidering my position on Lawrence, although his treatment of the people around him still drives me mad. Still not here for whatever nonsense Holly is pulling. 

I am just sitting down to the last episode of Marcella, which mostly has not lived up to potential. Interested to see how it resolves. I am still yet to finish The Tunnel S1, Line of Duty S3 or Happy Valley S2 (!!). 
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I HAVE POSTED A THING.

Let's not talk about how long it has been since I posted fic, ok? But here is my first Killjoys fic:

 

We don't measure the blood we've drawn
archiveofourown.org/works/6851467
 
 
He has nothing to do but wait for Fancy Lee to wake up.
Gen, post 1x10
 

Apart from Killjoys stuff I've been writing terrible Emmerdale drawerfic in my head, so just be glad I've posted something half-sensible.

I have also posted an ad on fivenights.com, but it hasn't been moderated yet. However if anyone's looking for a room to rent Mon-Fri in London, check out the Greenwich listings on the website from next week :D I am renting my spare room out to fund a trip to Japan which will be taking place next year. \o/ \o/ \o/ SUPER exciting but also very expensive.  
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So there was going to be an entry here about High-Rise buuuuuuut my browser crashed and swallowed it so it will have to wait until I can type it up again (short version, I really enjoyed it). 

In the meantime, here are some things I have recently watched:

The Night Manager - glossy, big budget spy thing with Tom Hiddleston and everyone ever. Good but nothing really new in the spy genre, and Olivia Colman straight up acted everyone else off the screen. 

The Goldbergs - cute and silly 1980s sitcom based on Adam Goldberg's experiences growing up. The mum of the family - played by Wendi McClendon-Covey - is fantastic. One nice touch is that at the end of the episodes you see footage from the writer's own home videos that they've recreated in the show.

The Aliens - odd, no-budget SF drama on E4. Yes, there are aliens in the UK, but funnily enough they look exactly like humans. It's a bit heavy-handed with how the aliens are treated but there are some interesting elements and Michaela Coel plays the most ruthless female character I have ever seen in anything. She is amazing. 

Deadpool - very funny comic book film, although I was so late seeing this I think everyone else who wanted to see it saw it ages ago. This did not stop me having a great time in the cinema.

Trapped - Fortitude but done properly. Icelandic murder mystery set in a town cut off by the weather, really interesting characters and a really satisfying conclusion. 

Line of Duty - Intense as usual, I expect to regret watching it sometime in ep 4 but will be unable to give it up as usual. 

I'm sure there was something else but I can't think of it right. TBH I've been listening to a lot more stuff than I've been watching this week as I have mostly been painting the hall.

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A couple of weeks ago I went to Paris with a friend and then completely failed to post photos. However I'm just at the start of 10 days off work (booked off the week after Easter!) so let's try and get some things cleared from the to-do list :D

As per usual I wasn't taking loads of organised photos so this is a random selection of things that caught my eye while we were there.

Lots of pics! )
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Someone talk to me about Deutschland 83, because I accidentally got a terrible pile of feelings when I watched it and I'm currently expressing them through angsty drawerfic. 

Spoilers abound, obviously. 

FEELINGS )
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So this week I thought I would pass on some links, as recently I bought a sd card for my tablet and then discovered that you can't just stick it in the tablet and have it work (NB think this depends on the device as pretty sure the one on my phone went in just fine).

I did a LOT of searching and tried a lot of apps and faffed with a lot of different things, but eventually I found that this sequence worked out.

Apols to [livejournal.com profile] delgaserasca, who as usual has seen this already.

So first off, you will need to root your device, I followed this and all was fine:

http://www.cnet.com/uk/how-to/how-to-easily-root-an-android-device/

DISCLAIMER: obviously there is a risk with rooting that you will kill your device, proceed at own risk etc etc.

Second, you will need to partition your sd card if you haven't already. You can get apps for this but I would recommend downloading minitool partition wizard to your computer and following these instructions:

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php

NB Windows only recognises one partition so on Windows it will look like you've lost space - when you mount the sd card into the tablet again you'll see the whole lot.

Thirdly, you will need to install link2sd

play.google.com/store/apps/details

Then it is pretty self explanatory. Technically you will be linking the apps rather than moving them (there are explanations on the interwebs of what difference this makes, but it clears space either way) so often the 'move to sd' function won't actually work.

It will also move apps to the second partition but give you the option of where to move data/caches etc. This only matters depending on the size of your sd card.

After the first one it will lock the link function until you buy (Idk if this is permanent or one a day or what, I didn't have the patience to wait it out!) but it is a good app and does exactly what you need so I think it is worth the £1.45. It can also set it up so new apps go automatically to the sd card.
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No proper update this week, as on Thursday I was grumpy from dealing with Tesco customer service and Southeastern being useless, and then on Friday I had the day off to paint. I painted my bedroom this weekend and I looooooove it. I did purple (as in my last flat; I really love purple) but this time I've done the wall behind my bed in a bright purple as a feature wall and the other walls in pale purple. 

However due to this I have either been a) painting or b) worn out, so I haven't really watched anything or been able to think about things to write or whatever (although I have been working on my Killjoys fic, little by little). I fully expect not to be able to lift my arms properly tomorrow. 

I have helpfully just discovered that I didn't set Call the Midwife to record this week so I'll have to get it on iPlayer. :/ Excitingly, Vera is back this week but I haven't watched it yet. Oh and Jericho is actually turning into something quite intriguing, and has managed to wrongfoot me a couple of times. 

This is quite a boring entry, but hopefully next time I'll have managed to get some pictures with a bit of daylight, so maybe next time will be more interesting!

 

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 I'm so fricking tired, people! The weather and Southeastern being shit and being suuuuper busy at work is just adding up to me being wiped out by the time I get to dinner. Oh also the sodding foxes that think it's great fun to have a fight in my garden, they can fuck right off. 

ANYWAY. For this week's update, I am going to talk about the latest episode of Call the Midwife, because it was great. There are lots of CTM spoilers in this entry and a spoiler for the last series of Last Tango In Halifax. 

spoilers )
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Bit late this week as I was too knackered after work to put things into words and this entry would have just been me going BUT JOHNNY 80 times.

In other TV news, the second episode of Jericho was much more interesting than the first, and it may actually be doing something interesting.

I watched War and Peace earlier and Tom Burke turned up. This was the whole reason I was watching, so hurrah. However the rest was dull and I'm not carrying on with it.

Call the Midwife was back tonight and it was excellent, and terribly sad, and lovely, and I'll probably talk about it on next week's entry.

As usual with TV recs I don't want to give too much away so some of this may seem a bit vague.

So, my sister has a pretty good run of getting me into things, and she mentioned Killjoys to me AGES ago, and then gave me the first three episodes on USB, which I duly watched and enjoyed. I then got hold of the rest of the episodes (starting from 5 because ????) and watched them in quick succession a couple of weeks ago. THEN I realised I'd missed an episode so still had one left (HURRAH!) so I got hold of 4 and watched that too. And then I wrote 6600 words of fic in the last two weeks (although some of that will have to be rewritten as my memory is faulty and I'd forgotten some fairly important details because that's just what I do, SIGH). Basically, it's been a blast. I'm literally rewatching episode 1 as I finish this off and it is a very good starter episode.

The basic setup of Killjoys is that the main characters are bounty hunters IN SPAAAAACE, and there is political intrigue and civil unrest and all that fun stuff so there's an arc plot as well as fighty chasey bits. And there's a lot of fighty chasey bits. It's SO GOOD. It also feels a lot like someone made the show in about 2002 and then just held onto it for 13 years because it is a big old throwback in a lot of ways (this is a good thing, there need to be more SF shows with people doing fun things in space, it's all getting a bit boring and grim).

The main characters are Dutch and Johnny, who are both Reclamation Agents (Killjoys) working for the Reclamation Apprehension Coalition (R.A.C.) and are best friends and basically platonic life partners. Their relationship is such fun (soooooo satisfying) and the backstory that gets revealed is great too. The other main is D'avin, who is Johnny's brother and who they pick up from a slaver ship in episode 1 and who then becomes a Killjoy as well. Everything in their area of space is run by The Company, who are clearly no good at coming up with interesting names (although the RAC is an independent body somehow). There are dynasties fighting for control and nationalist factions and revolutionaries and class issues and all sorts.

They mostly operate in the Quad, which is made up of a planet (Qresh, where the aristos live) and three moons (Leith, where the middle classes live), Westerly (where the plebs live) and Arkyn (dead moon due to being stripped for resources, well done everyone). 

Dutch is basically the boss of everything, and she is played by Hannah John-Kamen, who has been in a few UK things including The Hour and Happy Valley. Dutch is really fascinating as she is instantly super-cool and then the more her past gets revealed the more interesting she becomes. Also she's really good in a fight, and sometimes all I want out of life is to watch attractive people fighting, so this show really delivers on that front.

Here is a long list of evidence in gif form (spoilers): www.buzzfeed.com/katangus/dutch-killjoys-yas-kween

D'avin originally looks to be just muscle (quite nice muscle tbh) but he does quickly become a useful member of the team. He's a soldier who hasn't been in contact with Johnny for 8 years, and I really liked the way they dealt with what happened to him and what they did with him and Johnny (I could have happily had it go on a bit longer but they did only have 10 episodes in total). D'avin is the audience proxy in a lot of ways as he is learning about the Killjoy stuff as he goes along, and actually one of the fun things about the show is the worldbuilding and working out what's going on in the Quad.

Okay, and Johnny [deep breath]. Look, I am basically guaranteed to fall for any character who is loyal, supportive, caring, not usually the main character etc etc. It happens every time. EVERY TIME. I can literally think of one show where my favourite character has been the main. ONE. Most recently before this it was Pythagoras on Atlantis, and for the past few years my OTC has been Justin Ripley from Luther. So I had a vague idea going into this that I was going to like Johnny. Did I know how much? NO I DID NOT. He's just so kind and so supportive and so lovely and good at fixing things and probably a bit too soft to actually be a Killjoy, and I don't even know what to tell you. Just. Johnny Jaqobis <3. Dude literally starts the series getting beaten up. There was no way I wasn't going to love him. Sigh.

There are some really cool recurring characters as well, including dodgy aristo Delle Seyah Kendry (who has a thing for Dutch, which is just sensible really), bar owner Pree (who I think is the character who fulfils 'this person needs a better job than listening to these idiots all the time' function in the show) excellent AI Lucy and Level 5 Killjoy Fancy Lee (who is awesome and needs to be in it more next series pls, preferably in scenes with Johnny AHEM).

There are so many interesting little details that I've skipped here, but the choice is either short and posted or long and never posted, hahaha. There are only 10 episodes so it is easy to catch up on, and so I would recommend just watching the whole thing (although my faves are episode 6, because Fancy and episode 7 because of fallout from D'avin's past and I am UNDERSELLING THIS LIEK WHOA to avoid spoilers). Also there is bugger all fic (EIGHTY FOUR WORKS on AO3. EIGHTY FOUR!) which is a damn shame, so preferably people should watch it and write more (I am working on it myself, so if anyone wants to beta some Fancy Lee/Johnny fic let me know, lol).

Happily there is a season 2 coming, which I am SUPER EXCITED about, especially as the first season ended in a really interesting place and on a big old cliffhanger. I neeeed to know what happens! However right now I need to go to bed so I am going to end there despite having only said about half of what I could say. And tomorrow I'm going to rewatch episode 2, yay!
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 I've been meaning to update about Luther since it was on, so here's a quick run through of some other stuff first:

a. 100% obsessed with KIlljoys at the moment, update coming soon, I LOVE IT. 
b. Silent Witness came back last week and was SUPER DUMB.
c. Gave up on Jericho 20 minutes in, was boring. 
d. Endeavour is ok but just background noise. 
e. Have yet to try out War and Peace. 
f. Watching The Last Panthers (Sky Atlantic); enjoyably international but generally a bit daft, taking itself very seriously. 
g. Did I mention Cordon? SO DUMB, but I enjoyed it. Sooooo dumb. 
h. Deutschland 83 is excellent, and it's nice to be able to watch something in German. 
i. And finally, Musketeers will not be on until some time after March W T A F. 

With that out of the way, East London Misery Hour Season 4!

Luther )

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