potentiality_26: (castle)
My thoughts on The Blacklist finale, at last.

Read more... )

Also I'd like to take this time to reccomend Crossing Lines to anyone looking for something new to watch.  I'm almost done with S2 and I've heard the quality really drops in S3, but I've loved the first two seasons.  It isn't a perfect show, but it's a crime series that's actually very innovative, the characters are great, and for someone as weak for team-as-family tropes as I am it really hits all my buttons all the time.
   

Question 3

Feb. 8th, 2016 08:21 pm
potentiality_26: (heroes)
Since I now have multiple questions from two people, I thought I would alternate between them to change things up a bit.  So, from [livejournal.com profile] verdande_mi:

Which is your favourite Red speech/monolouge in The Blacklist?

This is such an interesting question!  I always love it when he tells stories, so it's a little hard to single one out.  The one I feel most strongly about isn't quite in the same vein as most of them, but it's what springs to mind.

It's the time toward the end of "The Mombasa Cartel" when he basically explains Dembe's backstory.  It was so moving and emotionally charged (I've always found the times when Red goes after someone for personal reasons really fascinating, especially when it's because of Dembe), but at the same time, I originally thought it was a little bit out of nowhere, and so I spent a lot more time thinking about it than I have any of Red's other monologues.  I could probably do a whole post just about how much I came to love it and how perfect I figured out it was, and it's definitely one of the moments that resonated most with me overall.

It's a really good example of the writers giving James Spader actually very little to work with and him just bringing it across so incredibly well.  I think that's true of Red and Dembe in general too.  There's not much ultimately spelled out, but for me it's still one of the most important relationships on the show.

On an unrelated note, I went to the movies this weekend instead of watching the Superbowl.  I saw Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.  The short version is that I enjoyed it immensely, but I'll try to do a reaction post about it at some point.
 

New shows

Oct. 2nd, 2015 09:12 pm
potentiality_26: (sleepy hollow)
I watched The Blacklist premiere but I don't have much to say other than I'm glad it's back and it was awesome.

Has anybody been watching Sleepy Hollow?  It kind of lost me last season and I'm wondering if I should give the new one a try.

Is there anything new you guys are excited for/enjoying?  I'm thinking about checking out Quantico, but otherwise I'm not too excited by the look of anything.
 
potentiality_26: (profit)
(Oh boy did I ever have a "fuck, how do you spell 'eighth'" moment there.  I did it right, right?  Spellcheck has ruined me and for some reason LJ isn't doing it for me anymore)

Also from [livejournal.com profile] verdande_mi: Do you have any theories as to what the fulcrum is/contains and why it means to much to Red?

I won't see the latest episode until tomorrow, and for all I know this will be explained, although it's way more likely that it won't be until the finale, if that, so I need to get myself together and take a stab at this.  But I want to say, before I do, that when theorizing about the Blacklist, I rarely want to be right.  I always want the answer to be some mindblowing thing I've never thought of.

Anyway.  I think it's basically a blackmail file.  It has something to do with the big secret international organization, but I'm not sure if it's information about them, or information that they had about other people.  On the one hand, it seems pretty clear to me that whatever it contains would, if made public, also reveal them to the world at large.  But on the other hand, it seems to me that they want the fulcrum back as much because it contains information that they want as because they don't want Red- or whoever they believe has it at the moment- to have it.  So maybe it's both?

But what it actually technically is?  No idea.  It could be information on really powerful government officials, who allow this organization to exist because that information cannot get out (that seems plausible to me), but I'm really not sure, and it could be something else entirely.  The main thing is that these people, whoever they actually are, need to either have it or know for sure who does.

*shrugs*  That's about all I've got.  It's a very interesting concept, though, and I can't wait to learn more.
   
potentiality_26: (justified)
From [livejournal.com profile] a_phoenixdragon: Who is your favorite character from The Blacklist and why?

It's Reddington.  You know it's Reddington.  I think everything about this season has been really good, and if the episodic plotlines were a little weaker than in S1, it's still absolutely living up to it's promise (unlike other shows I could name *coughs*)- but I have to say: I would probably put up with a whole lot for Reddington.  He's just... the best.

I love how badass he is.  I'm not going to lie, my single favorite trait in a tough and/or scary character is to just do what he says he's going to do, and Red always does.  He never makes a threat he won't carry out, he never points a gun he won't fire, and he usually starts small to make sure people know that he means everything he says.

I love how he kisses basically everyone he knows hello.

I love the jokes he cracks.  It's so much fun watching the Blacklist with other people, because there'll always be this great delayed reaction.  Violence will usually have just occurred, he'll say something funny and there'll be this moment of Did he say that? He did.  Was it funny? It was.  And then laughter, usually in the commercial break as we all process.  

I love the stories he tells.  His random anecdotes about the women of his acquiantance.  The stories that seem like they don't relate to anything at all but actually turn out to be really significant.

And I love how he acts like he doesn't care but he really, really does.  How protective he is of the people he's actually let in.  How terrible he is at expressing himself emotionally, at telling the truth when it really matters.  And it's so amazing to watch him try.  Seriously, when he actually alludes to his past, even when I understand that I now know only a tiny fraction more than I did before, it still breaks my heart.  

Anyway, that was my novel.  I also love Dembe and Aram a lot, and I always want more Mr. Kaplan.  I'm done now.

No, I lied.  I'm not done.  In this last episodeRed said "you may have given up on us but I haven't" or something like that.  I don't remember the exact words but I remember the "us" very clearly.  I made raptor noises.  And his lines at the end killed me.  It seemed pretty unequivocal to me that he was telling Lizzie that this is what he did with her, and it's everything I hoped for.  Now if Dembe can just convince him to actually go into specifics I will be very happy indeed.


Okay.  Now I'm done.
   

My shows

Feb. 12th, 2015 10:39 pm
potentiality_26: (musketeers)
I'm caught up with Britain on The Musketeers because the BBC keeps having hiatuses and so far BBCA hasn't- who knows if that will last.

I was all caught up on The Blacklist until today, and I should watch the new episode tommorrow.  I missed Forever and Agent Carter last week because for whatever reason I could not get reception on that station for anything.  I watched both this week and went back and watched the episode of Forever that I missed.  I haven't been able to get up the energy for Agent Carter, though.  I just don't love it, and the kind of militant "watch this show or it will be your fault it failed" attitude I've seen over the internet about it is making it even harder to watch, frankly.  I don't even really have much to say about it.

The Blacklist )

Forever )

The Musketeers )

I also watched Death Comes to Pemberley recently.  Could it have been much more like fanfic?  I mean, I knew it was.  I knew it was a mystery P.D. James wrote with characters from Pride and Prejudice- but I don't mean the general premise.  I mean all the angst and the unnecessary romantic misunderstandings (which I assure you I ate up with a spoon).  Fanfic, I tell you.

Has anyone been watching Sleepy Hollow?  How's it doing?  
   
potentiality_26: (daniel + vala)
I had to sit through fifteen minutes of dudes talking about the superbowl and generally screwing around, but I'm pretty sure it was worth it because it was SO good.  OMG I missed this show so much.

Some thoughts )

How excited am I for next week?  So excited.  We might be getting closure on certain plotlines at long last.  *dances*
  
potentiality_26: (heroes)

THE BLACKLIST
Fic Masterlist

    

Auld Lang Syne (Elizabeth Keen/Raymond Reddington) PG-13 | 437 words | Fake/Pretend Relationship, First Kiss, New Year's Eve | Not one of Liz's better ideas.
  
potentiality_26: (heroes)
Title: Auld Lang Syne
Fandom: The Blacklist
Pairing/Characters: Elizabeth Keen/Raymond Reddington
Summary: Not one of Liz’s better ideas.
Rating: PG-13
Length: Very short (437 words)
Disclaimer: Just borrowing these characters.
Notes/Warnings: I’m not saying that Red is Liz’s father in this story or that I believe he is, but I’m not completely closing the door on it either, so if you need that extra cushion you might want to give this one a miss. Though I doubt many people reading will recognize it, I want to mention that this fic was inspired by a scene in the first episode of a show called The Big Valley. In it, a woman tries to prove that a man who claims to be her half brother isn’t by seducing him, based on the notion that he wouldn't kiss her if he really believed they were related. Anyway, my brain decided that this + The Blacklist would be magic. I wanted to get it off my chest before the series came back.
Excerpt: There was a moment where all Liz could do was ask herself if she was really doing this: playing incest chicken with a master criminal at the beginning of the new year. Did she think he’d hesitate at the last minute? Peck her awkwardly on the cheek against his character, who was meant to be deeply in love with his younger girlfriend? Did she intend to shout ‘aha!’ as soon as they were out of that room and force him to finally give her a straight answer?

On AO3
  
potentiality_26: (profit)
I am most proud of my fortitude.

I don't have a lot to say about it otherwise, except that I think it's been a better year for films than previously.  Often the Oscars are coming and none of the movies I know will be nominated look at all good to me; this year there are quite a few that I think look great, which is encouraging.

Also, I saw a lot of promos for The Blacklist.  I'm so excited for it to be back!
  

My shows

Nov. 13th, 2014 09:20 pm
potentiality_26: (agents of shield)
Okay, so, I've liked the last few episodes of my shows, but haven't had a lot to say recently, but I've had some thoughts perculating for a while about the main ones, so here we go:

Agents of SHIELD )

The Blacklist )

Sleepy Hollow )

I've been watching Forever and Castle too, but I don't have a whole lot to say about either of them.
  

Yay!

Oct. 1st, 2014 08:19 pm
potentiality_26: (agents of shield)
I already caught all my shows this week!  I have... somewhat mixed feelings- general good impressions jumbled up with some meh.

Agents of SHIELD )

The Blacklist )

Sleepy Hollow )

My Tuesday watching was especially busy.  I only caught some of Selfie- essentially the same ep. I already saw, so no worries there- but after Agents of SHIELD I did watch Forever, mainly because the couch was comfy and why get up when I could just... stay.  I didn't dislike it, and I do so love Ioan Gruffudd, but I'm very, very tired of the same 'immortal dude' plotline by writers who never take any risks.  I need to not do this to myself.  He's not gonna be bi, I need to not hope, but goddamnit it's nearly 2015!
    
potentiality_26: (agents of shield)
*flails*

Mainly, I want to say that I haven't seen any kind of promo for Agents of SHIELD yet, which is weird.  I haven't gone looking for promos, but usually I'll catch one watching Jeopardy or something, but so far nada.  What's up with that?

I watched the Selfie pilot and I'm looking forward to that show.  It captures the cadance of internet speech in very cool way, and I find the premise- kind of a reversed My Fair Lady- quite interesting.

Of course, I'm most excited for Sleepy Hollow and The Blacklist.  In fact, I rewatched S1 of The Blacklist in preperation, and I'd definitely recommend that to anyone who can.  I didn't notice a lot that I hadn't before, but it does come together in a really cool way when you know what to look for.  I do have an observation, though:
I was really hoping to get my is Red supposed to be Lizzie's father or not thoughts together completely, but the fact is I still don't know.  On the one hand, the he's using a kind of Obi-Wan Kenobi logic "I abandoned you as a child and became a different man, therefore I am not your father" theory actually holds water, as much as it pains me to say it.  However, if he is her father, Lizzie will find out the truth eventually, and I doubt it's a distinction that she will appreciate, so he has to know that he will lose all his "I never lied to you" cred if that is the case.  On the other hand, there are a lot of little details that just don't go with that theory.  Red's daughter would have been old enough to remember him, and in general the flashbacks to the fire make Lizzie seem like she was very young, whereas Red's daughter struck me as a bit older.  Lizzie's childhood home obviously burned down, but Red visited the house he raised his daughter in.  Then there's the fact that a gazillion people- from Berlin to the FBI- have been trying to find out what connection Lizzie has to Red.  Am I honestly supposed to believe that none of them tried a DNA test?  Really?

Also, at this point it will be the least surprising "twist" in history, and it would be much more interesting if something else had happened.  I like the idea that he saved her and has been sort of transferring his protective instincts for the daughter he couldn't save onto her.

We shall see.


What shows are you all most looking forward to?
 

My shows...

Jun. 1st, 2014 11:47 am
potentiality_26: (agents of shield)
So, I ended up watching four shows premiering this year from beginning to end, which is really sort of unprecedented for me.  Anyway, some of them finished their seasons quite a while ago, but I wanted to post on them all at once.

So, without further ado:

Agents of SHIELD )

Almost Human- warning: my opinion was not always favorable )

While I'm on the subject of SF, though.  I want a sci-fi show, you guys.  Specifically, I want space ships.  I want aliens and ships in space.  It's part of why I'm so unenthused by this Stargate reboot news.  For one thing, I'm tired reboots, but mainly- I didn't like early Stargate all that much.  When I think of Stargate, I think of the huge world they built over the seasons, with the Asgard and the Wraith and the Ancients.  I love all the cool tech they accumulated.  I love the fact that these characters started out as regular 20th centuries humans and became part of this giant universe.  How can anyone expect me to be excited about them taking it all away again?  In the movie, the universe was tiny, and it's not what I want to see.  I want them add more to what they built, not knock it all down again.

Anyway, moving on.

The Blacklist )

Sleepy Hollow )
  
potentiality_26: (agents of shield)
I'm moving on to a shiny Shipping Meme, which should be fun.  I'm going to try to post every day this month, but we'll see how that goes.  But first, two brief spoilery things from my shows.

Agents of SHIELD )

The Blacklist )
 
potentiality_26: (daniel)
Also from [livejournal.com profile] verdande_mi, Reddington

How I feel about this character: I think he's really awesome- perhaps the most awesome new character on TV this year.
My het ship: Again, I'm sort of withholding judgement here, perhaps until we're clear on who is related to whom here.  It amuses the heck out of me that though there are plenty of people who aren't really shipping anything just yet, there's a big Red/Lizzie shipping camp, and a big "Red is Lizzie's father" camp.  I'm not sure I especially want either to come to pass, unless I could be a fly on the wall of the opposing group when one of the two happened.  Does that answer this question?  Probably not.  I do find the way Red talks about women very un-obnoxious, which is refreshing.
My fem/slash ship: There isn't much happening here fannishly, but Red/Ressler has totally had potential since "Anslo Garrick" happened.
Any OTP? Nope.  I'm waiting to see what transpires.
My non-romantic ship for this character: I really enjoy how things have been progressing in his dynamic with Lizzie.  I hope he isn't her father, but I also hope they keep getting closer.  They're wonderful when they work as a team.
Any unpopular opinions? Except that I am firmly in the not-Lizzie's-father camp, none.
My favorite plot-line for this character: I'm really enjoying how his relationships with both Lizzie and Ressler have been developing. 
Something I wish would happen/had happened to this character: I'm not sure.  This is a show where I very much feel along for the ride; I can't begin to guess what's next.
A crossover ship or interaction I would love to see for this character: This is a tough one.  I can't think of one in particular, but I think a lot of crossovers would certainly be interesting.  Having Red interact with another cast of characters would be so much fun.
A head canon fact: I got nothing, at this point.  I'll get back to you when we have a more solid picture of his past.
 
potentiality_26: (daniel)
Red and Lizzie working together makes my heart sing.  Keep it up, show.
 
potentiality_26: (daniel)
I liked it, and I'm excited that we're finally going to get into the Tom storyline- but I've got to say I was hoping the judge plotline would go a little differently.

Spoilers )
 

"Day 9"

Jan. 23rd, 2014 09:58 pm
potentiality_26: (profit)
Best scene ever

This is a pretty terrible question.  I mean maybe- maybe- I could put together a list with my favorite scene from every show I've ever loved, but then we'd be here forever, so I won't.  I do not have an absolute favorite scene, so I'm just going to do a favorite scene from the five shows I've already mentioned, and call it good.  These might not really be my number one favorites from those shows, and they certainly aren't really my top five scenes ever ever, but hey- what can you do?

Best scenes )

Now, I also wanted to add a question: Best story arc

It's also hard, but I have a couple that I wanted to highlight, and looking ahead I couldn't find any question that could give me a good chance to.  I'm tagging it onto the scenes question because some of the favorite scenes I'd thought of initially were only as good as they were because of the build of the story arc around them.

Best story arcs )

The rest of the meme )
  

"Day 3"

Jan. 17th, 2014 07:45 pm
potentiality_26: (daniel)
Your favorite new show

This one is a little bit tough, because I love several new shows this year- but The Blacklist definitely wins.  At first I liked it, but didn't think I'd be as likely to remember to watch it and invest time in it as, say, Sleepy Hollow, but it's quickly become my favorite.  The characters are great, the acting is amazing, and it's chock full of brilliant twists.  May it have many seasons.

While I'm on the subject- hows about the first episode since the hiatus?  Red is so awesome, I lack words.

The rest of the meme )
  

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