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Oct. 22nd, 2016 11:18 am
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I'm at my parents' and Fox News and it's on mute but Donald Trump is making a speech and I can still see him waving his hands around out of the corner of my eye and there's helpful text to tell me what garbage he's spewing. (I mean, they probably just broke out the same text as his last speech. Same stuff.)

what I'm watching in October

Oct. 21st, 2016 03:03 pm
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here )

A lot of stuff ended (or stopped getting subbed thanks to viki changes) so I'm actually current on everything except Moon Lovers, so hopefully I'll get to check out Pitch this weekend and maybe get to something in my backlog.

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Oct. 18th, 2016 08:25 am
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So, CW and Hulu broke up for whatever reason, Quantico isn't on hulu this season, The Fosters and Dramafever left hulu a while back, and hulu barely adds any anime these days (not that there have been many anime I wanted to watch lately anyway). Much more of this, and I'll be throwing my money away by keeping a subscription to hulu.

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Oct. 16th, 2016 04:19 pm
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 I really need to watch Nirvana in Fire soon. It's been The Cdrama for over a year (and like kdrama fen, cdrama fen tend to move on the a new Big Series every season, but not this time) and now even people I follow who I don't think typically watch cdramas are watching it.  (And are commenting on things the cdrama fen usually don't? I think mostly things that we're just used to in context. Like awkward hugging, which is usually the ancient drama equivalent of a make out session on US TV, though some ancient dramas are having ACTUAL kissing scenes the last few years.)

Thankfully, all my airing kdramas and Ice Fantasy end in the first half of November, barring extensions (please no extensions!)  with only one more starting around that time, so hopefully I'll make a dentin my backlog before the Onslaught on sageuks between I think December and February. (No more airing cdramas for me after the viki debacle. Back to waiting until they're fully subbed and can be acquired elsewhere if the viki channel disappears.)


Oct. 15th, 2016 11:08 am
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 Supergirl, Madam Secretary and Elementary have all aired their season premieres, but haven't aired anything else.  Like everyone else I know, I hated that one thing Supergirl did, but otherwise thought all 3 had good premieres.  

Rosewood is clearing the slate of last season's dangling subplots pretty fast, which is good, but makes me wonder about their season-long plans.  (One thing hasn't been resolved, but I assume they're going for a big payoff there.)  I can't say I'm enamored of the new captain, but I don't hate him, either.

Star Wars: Rebels is playing pretty heavily into building up to events in A New Hope, and has started incorporating a bit of the no-longer-canon EU into the current canon.  I doubt they'll incorporate a large amount of it (a lot can no longer be canon) but I think it's a good idea to bring some of it in.  I do wonder how much longer the series will continue? We're getting closer and closer to the OT, and while they theoretically could simply continue following the crew of The Ghost as doing things for the rebellion separate from the events in OT, Leia knows about Kanan and Ezra as of last season, and I can't see how they'd work things out so that she doesn't tell Luke about them if they're still around.  (I loved Leia's appearance last season and hope she shows up again, but it did not bode well for the crew of The Ghost in the long run, I don't think.)

How to Get Away With Murder
is doing pretty well with adjusting the big mystery of the first half of the season to being about finding out who died, not who the culprit is (hopefully the answer isn't the same).  Everyone in the show except Michaela and maybe Asher and Bonnie is on a terrible self-destructive trajectory right now, if at different speeds, and I fear for them.  Except Frank.  Frank can completely self-destruct and die and make me happy, though I will admit that this week's revelations about what he's actually up to right now is the first thing to make me just very slightly interested in the character.

For whatever reason, hulu doesn't seem to have Quantico this season.  I think I'm just going to wait for Netflix to get the full season, unless that changes.  Empire I just...kind of forgot to watch.  It's always been a show where the actors and characters were stronger than the show itself, but it lost me a lot of the time last season.  I also deliberately spoiled myself about whether or not someone died after the finale and was not pleased.  I'll probably wait until the season is over and streaming somewhere and see if I feel like watching it then.

The only new series I've tried out is Timeless, though I hope to watch the aired episodes of Pitch before hulu takes the pilot down.  I am enjoying Timeless but don't have a lot to say, aside from sideeyeing tumblr A LOT for all the people who are effectively saying that a black man pointing out how much US history has sucked for black people is comic relief.  Matt Lanter, who voices Anakin in The Clone Wars plays one of the main characters and it is SO WEIRD for him to not be animated.  (Also, cartoon!Anakin somehow looks just like both him and Hayden Christiansen.)

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Oct. 12th, 2016 12:25 pm
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I love how some people act like referring to Donald Trump as Donald isn’t much different from referring to Hillary Clinton as Hillary, when it’s actually the compete opposite.

We refer to Hillary Clinton as Hillary for multiple reasons. One, much like referring to the second President Bush as “Dubya” helps us to easily differentiate who we’re talking about from his father, a close family member who held the same office, referring to Hillary Clinton as “Hillary” helps us differentiate between her and her husband, who previously held the office she is currently running for. At this precise moment, referring to her as “Hillary” also helps create a presumption of victory precisely because of the “Dubya” comparison. Second, whether she intended to or not, “Hillary” has become a brand and and institution all her own. If you live in the US, it’s very unlikely that that the name Hillary makes you think of someone other than Hillary Clinton, unless you know a Hillary personally. Third, it reminds us that she became known as “Hillary” to the public because of her political career, and that she holds multiple official titles and has been awarded many honors. Like what do we call her? Former First Lady? Former Senator? Former Madam Secretary? NEVER MIND LET’S JUST GO WITH HILLARY IT’S EASIER. Love her or hate her, the name “Hillary” immediately tells you who we’re talking about, and that she’s been in politics for decades.

On the other hand,we have “Donald.” Donald who, Donald Duck? That’s the “Donald” most Americans know, and he certainly isn’t running for president. When Hillary referred to him as “Donald” during the first debate, it served two purposes. It pissed him off because he’s so obsessed with his deliberately created “Trump” brand, and it reminded us that there is no “Donald” public face. He’s held no public office and has no political experience to refer to. Expecting her to refer to him as “Mr. Trump” as if he were her political equal is ludicrous. It’s not a preference or politically allegiances thing, Donald Trump is not Hillary Clinton’s political equal, and expecting her to refer to him as such at such a major debate is absurd. Donald Trump’s entire public identity, though, is tied up in “Trump,” not “Donald.” “Donald” is no one. “Donald” is an animated duck, or that nice old man down the street who asks how school is going for your kids even though they graduated 5 years ago. The last thing Donald Trump wants anyone to be calling him on TV or in debates is “Donald,” but it’s what’s happening now.

Hillary robbed him of his brand and has his supporters and some of the media calling him “Donald” as if it’s the same as calling her “Hillary” and it has to be eating him alive.


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