So Killjoys came back and it was AMAZING and did basically everything I wanted.
( 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 )
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!). 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 (!!).
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
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.
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.
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! )
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 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:
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:
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
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.
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!
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 )
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-y
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!
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 )
I listen to a lot of podcasts, not necessarily on things I am actually even interested in. I've recently started listening to fiction podcasts after ages of only listening to non fiction.
The Bugle - the best. the beeeeeeeest. THE BEST. Has been on a hiatus for a few months but should be back soon, fingers crossed! The Bugle is a satirical nonsense podcast (it's really difficult to describe it any better) hosted by Andy Zaltzman and John Oliver. It's over 5 years old and there are an awful lot of back episodes, hurrah!
Episodes 1 - 178 gamesplusone.com/thebugle/
Episodes 179 - present soundcloud.com/the-bugle
Answer Me This! - podcast hosted by Helen Zaltzman (sister of Andy) and Olly Mann, where listeners send in questions and Helen and Olly try to answer them. The show's been going for a long time and given that the questions come from whoever's written or called in, each episode is different (usually funny though).
The Allusionist - another one hosted by Helen Zaltazman, this podcast is all about words and etymologies. The episodes are pretty short so it won't take long to listen. I particularly liked the one on Toki Pona, a language invented by Sonja Lang in 2001.
The Media Podcast - Presented by Olly Mann (yes I do tend to follow people from podcast to podcast), this is a podcast about the TV and radio industry, which I am not in, but which is pretty interesting anyway (for example, there was an interview with someone from Mind about mental illness portrayals in River, which is what got me to give the show a look).
Watch What Crappens - this is a podcast about Bravo shows - Real Housewives of wherever and that ilk. I do not actually watch these shows or care about them, but the hosts (Ben Mandelker and Ronnie Karam) are hilarious and I don't know exactly why I like it so much given that half the time I don't have a clue what they're on about. Maybe it's the accents (particularly funny recently with Real Housewives of Cheshire starting up on Bravo).
Deep Thots - This is a pop culture podcast hosted by someone who I really liked as a guest on Watch What Crappens (NB they also do a podcast on Empire which is on the Soundcloud page). The episodes are usually themed discussions (scary movies, musicals, Christmas music) and I enjoy this one enough that I can get past the sound effects (I find sound effects really distracting on non-fiction podcasts for some reason).
This Dummy - hosted by one of the guests (or hosts, I'm not too good at distinguishing one American accent from another) from Deep Thots, this is another pop culture conversation show. I haven't been listening to this one for too long so at the moment it's still mostly background noise for me, but it's engaging enough to keep me downloading episodes.
How Did This Get Made? - this podcast is a classic by now, I think. It's an incredibly funny podcast about bad movies, and that's it really. What puts it above all the other bad movie podcasts is June Diane Raphael who is super funny. Oh, also they had Tatiana Maslany on a recent episode!
Bitch Sesh - This is another Housewives podcast, and it has only been on for a few episodes. It was introduced via How Did This Get Made? and it is pretty funny so far, although if you were going to choose one I'd go for WWC.
Criminal - Criminal is a factual podcast presented by Phoebe Judge, each episode dealing with some aspect of crime or the criminal justice system in great detail. Because there isn't an arc, each episode can really dig deep into its subject, for example police dogs or rare books or a catfishing case.
I Was There Too - I've only listened to a couple of episodes of this (and it's currently on hiatus) but it's about people who had minor parts in big movies, and it gives a really interesting and usually unheard point of view on filmmaking.
Liar City - this is a podcast about lies and liars, which is actually allows for a huge range of subjects. Some of the episodes can be a bit tough to listen to (spoiler: people are horrible) but overall it's worth it.
Limetown - Limetown is a fictional podcast which recently ended its first season (I think a second season is coming). The podcast is done in a documentary style, with the main character investigating what happened to a place called Limetown that was conducting research before all 300 of its residents were apparently killed. What happened to the residents and what was being researched in Limetown is revealed over the course of the season, and the script is very well done, with some properly creepy moments.
Mom On Pop - This is a podcast where the senior editor of the AV Club talks about pop culture with his mum, which does give a really nice twist on the 'people chatting about tv' theme present in so many of my podcasts.
No Challenges Remaining - This one is about tennis, a sport in which I have verrrry little interest. However the two hosts are so enthusiastic about their subject that I find it really enjoyable to listen to anyway.
Thinking Sideways - this is a podcast about unsolved mysteries, and my opinion on this changes almost from episode to episode as the mysteries can be silly, creepy or really fucking depressing. I know now not to listen to any that involve missing children or women because the most likely answer is that someone murdered them. Cheerful! Having said that, the creepy ones are great fun. I particularly recommend the Lake City Quiet Pills episode.
You Must Remember This
This a podcast about classic Hollywood, and every episode I've listened to has been really detailed and really interesting. Also usually really sad, because classic Hollywood was a very very strangely run place.
We Hate Movies - Another bad movie podcast. This one's been going for ages and is really funny, and some of the movies they watch are terrible.
The Message - The Message is a fictional sci-fi podcast which has finished its first season (not sure if it will be back), dealing with the research into an extra-terrestrial audio message that causes a horrible illness in those who hear it.
One True Podcast - This is a relatively new podcast about fandom, and I've only listened to a couple of episodes so far but I've really liked what I've heard. Enthusiasmgirl (enthusiasmgirl.tumblr.com/) is the moderator, and there are different guests each time (I think), discussing a different fannish topic, including Yuletide, OTPs, new fandoms etc etc).
We're Alive - We're Alive is a fiction podcast about a zombie uprising. It exists, therefore I must consume it. It has been going for about five years, I think, and so far it is pretty standard zombie story but I literally on part 2 so it has a lot of development to come.
Ru Paul's What's The Tee? with Michelle Visage - This is a podcast by Ru Paul (clue's in the name) where he and Michelle Visage talk about anything and everything and then have guests on and chat to them about whatever they're doing.
THIS HAS TAKEN ME ALL EVENING. I didn't even realise I listened to this many podcasts! However I am always looking for more and as mentioned above it doesn't necessarily have to be related to something I'm interested in for its own sake, so if you have any recs please let me know!