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WiPs and TV and Rafa
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innie_darling
Hi, everybody!

I've been thinking idly for a few days about posting something about the TV I'm watching, and then I decided to take a page out of [personal profile] musesfool's book and do the WiP meme (share 3 random lines from 3 WIPs) while I was at it.

(1) "Do you wanna go over our schedules for this project?" he asked, picking up a tray and getting behind her in line. He made it sound like he didn't know where her locker was, like if she slipped out of his sight now, he'd never find her again, and he'd be left raising their egg as, like, some unshaven single dad. [from a collaborative high-school AU of The Mindy Project]

(2) And, ah, she'd known he would be good, but it surprised her, how readily he trusted her; when she pleaded, 'Harder,' into his shoulder, he didn't ask if she were sure but simply increased the force of his thrusts, upgrading the rattling of the headboard into a storm. He didn't treat her like she was breakable and didn't seem to expect delicate handling himself, so she let herself go and dug into the meat of his arms, tugged at his hair, and pulled him into her heat with the intent to bruise. [from the second half of Answered with a Question Mark]

(3) "Because she's got legs from here to here" - Charmonique's full wingspan, including inch-long lacquered nails, was impressive, and indicated an intern roughly the size of the Abominable Snowman - "and you really can't miss her. I don't know how you have." [from a college/internship AU of Selfie]

I find it interesting that writing in sitcom fandoms means I'm writing mostly het, not even gen with a little romance thrown in. That Sherlock WiP has all sorts of pairings (m/m, f/f, m/f) but I chose to excerpt an m/f pairing because the m is John, my very favorite, world without end, amen. Once these three fics are finished, I won't have any WiPs on my plate, which is already making me feel bereft, stupidly, since there's plenty of work to be done on all of them.

And in any case, by that time, surely Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries will be back, and I'll have gotten more of the rest of my shows. Man, even with a shortened season, I cannot wait to see what sort of shenanigans Phryne Fisher will drag Jack Robinson into. All I really want from the third season is more Jack and Mac bonding, more of the weirdly competitive relationship between Jack and Bert, Dot and Hugh making progress on their relationship, and a way to up the Jack/Phryne tension without demonizing Rosie.

I'm still so disappointed that Selfie was yanked off the air just as it was getting into some really amazing stuff. Seriously, people - John Cho has long been the MVP of whatever TV show he's been in, so what more does he have to do? He can't be any more handsome or charming or thoughtful or talented. I went back, because of him, to rewatch Go On, that sitcom that I wrote off as NBC's attempt to remake Community while trying to boot Community off the air. It doesn't rise to the consistent heights of early Community, and is much clumsier in deploying its characters, but when it hit, it was really good, and John Cho's character Steven was a big part of that. I had given up watching by the time he started to be used more consistently, and so only realized now that the will-they-won't-they couple that had been promoted (Matthew Perry and Laura Benanti) was given up on, and the show pushed for her and John Cho to get together, which was much more interesting. Ah, but that show was canceled before they could get together for real.

I might rewatch Flash Forward - the one-season show that paired John Cho (it is impossible not to say/type his full name - try it) with Gabrielle Union - next, though I remember it being a drag, only livening up whenever John Cho was onscreen. Hmmm. Maybe he needs to pick his projects better. If we can't get more Selfie (PLEASE let us get more Selfie!), I'd like to see him on a show that at least has the strength of great writing, though perhaps not the best track record with respect to race: The Good Wife.

(As an aside, I don't really have a stake in the Star Trek films, as I never watched any of the previous incarnations, but I did watch the rebooted films for John Cho and Simon Pegg. I am SO excited that Simon Pegg is writing the third film, and hope that he and director Justin Lin will give Sulu's story a little more weight, particularly since JL and JC have collaborated on several previous projects.)

(Aside the second: if someone does take up my idea to make a TV show based on The World's End - there's more than enough relationship stuff to give us at least one season - I would love to see John Cho cast as one of the five leads. GET ON THAT, SOMEBODY.)

I did think, going on last week's weird ep of Sleepy Hollow, that all the talk of Andy as a precedent for Frank's return after death might be paving the way for John Cho's triumphant return to the show, but I don't even know if I wish for that anymore, as this season has been such a mess. There is still a lot of story for Andy, though, and it wouldn't be the worst thing in the world to see how and why he made his choices, and what he might be up to now that Purgatory has been emptied (right? it has, hasn't it?).

My other Monday show, Jane the Virgin, is far less problematic. I love Rogelio, love the Latin Lover Narrator, and adore Jane. (It's nice to love a main character the most again!) I think Rafael is too dumb for Jane, and am firmly on Team Michael, though of course the LLN's last words on him were ominous in the extreme, so he's probably not got long to live.

Other shows that I am unabashedly enjoying this year: Brooklyn Nine-Nine, New Girl, and Agent Carter. blackish has been a little hit-or-miss, and it steams me that it got all of the coddling that Selfie could have used, but I do enjoy it very much when it's clicking. I had to give up How To Get Away with Murder because it was so very stupid. I lost my interest in Elementary, though I heard this season is better than the last. Galavant (which ends tonight) has been fun without being very deep - I thought I'd have the songs stuck in my head, but that hasn't happened. Karen David is a real find, though, and Timothy Omundson is hilarious.

And The Musketeers just started back up! Howard Charles continues to kill it as Porthos, who is my favorite character (though Constance is a close second). I do wish that they'd give him more to do than he's getting, and that all of his storylines didn't center on his parentage, but just getting to see him shaking his head with mock-solemnity in the background when Aramis swans in to say things like, "A Musketeer doesn't kiss and tell" is worth it. Plus, he has an amazing smile - let him show that off, show! I'm a little peeved with the second season, for (a) not getting rid of Milady de Winter, who is SUCH a drag in the same way Sherlock's Irene Adler was - a beautiful woman who thinks she's clever and brave and outrageous when she's really just irritating. Constance actually is clever and brave and principled, and I want to see more of her. My other gripe with the second season has to be the introduction of Rochefort as a regular. Bad enough that he's apparently the big bad for the season, with his cheesy lines and clumsy plotting. But it's made worse by the fact that he's played by the same actor who was Kalinda's awful died-on-his-way-back-to-his-home-planet husband, and I just want to not have to see him anymore. Please, show? Please?

What's up with you? What are you watching?

(Keep your fingers crossed for my boy Rafa to keep advancing at the Australian Open and to stay healthy and uninjured, please?)

This same entry also appears on Dreamwidth, at http://innie-darling.dreamwidth.org/449489.html.

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Oh, god, I love Porthos so much. I need more of him, too. And while I haven't adored the new season yet overall, I am forgiving a LOT for the gorgeous Anne/Constance that keeps happening on my screen. It was near the top of my wants for this show, and I'm basking in it.

I have to admit to liking Marc Warren, probably because I saw him first on Highlander and second on Hustle, in which he was half of my slash pairing/one third of my OT3, and was mostly charming.

I just finished catching up on Sleepy Hollow, and am rather "bzuh?" about this season overall, but it keeps me coming back for more.

Porthos is so fantastically good - like, I really believe he has the brute strength to get away with some of the stuff he does, plus there's the humor, the loyalty, and that smile. I was convinced that the sister they rescued in 2x01 would end up in his arms, and was absolutely dumbsquizzled when she kissed D'Artagnan instead. Also, I never once considered Anne/Constance, but now that you mention it . . . (I cannot believe Anne has let Aramis get away with skulking around her son's chamber and asking totally obvious questions. Lock that down, Anne!) Plus, Anne/Constance would be a nice inverse to the Aramis/Porthos dynamic - they clearly have helped each other out plenty of times before, when Athos was off plumbing the depths of his epic manpain and D'Artagnan was just a wee lad out in the country.

I've only seen Marc Warren in bad/dumb guy roles, so I've never enjoyed having him on my screen, but I'll take your word for it that he can be charming.

Sleepy Hollow's descent in quality has been dizzying, which is dismaying, because it was so reliably bonkers and fun last year. I could not possibly care less about Hawley or Katrina, and so much of this season has been given over to them. Plus, the writers seem to have no idea how to incorporate Frank (and, to a lesser extent, Jenny) into the main action, which, again, they've messed up by making it Abbie-Ichabod-Katrina instead of just Abbie-Ichabod.

I watched the first four or so episodes of this season of Sleepy Hollow and have sort of drifted away and not found myself interested in catching up again right now - and it's so sad, because the show was such a wacky joy for me last year.

I should really check out Go On sometime...

Yeah, it really hasn't been good this year, which is such a bummer after it stormed our hearts last year with insanity like "GEORGE WASHINGTON'S BIBLE!"

If you do get in the Go On mood, let me know, as I can help you out.

I'm waiting with increasing impatience for the third season of Vikings. I have given up Supernatural as a lost cause, and I have since the 7th season. I am sort of waiting to see what Better Call Saul will be. There will be no more Selfie, for which I am mourning. Constantine just couldn't make it either.

I gave up on Supernatural in the sixth season, but I've been hearing enough good things about it that I might, when it's all finally over, go back and do a rewatch from the beginning. I never started Vikings, which seemed like a big hit with a subset of my flist, so I might try that too, most likely after I finally watch Breaking Bad (!). As for Better Call Saul, I'm just amused that Bob Odenkirk, whom I had a crush on from his shenanigans on The Ben Stiller Show is now a household name! What did you think of the last series of Sherlock - are you planning to watch the special and series 4?

SELFIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I only watched the first two episodes of the third season of Sherlock. I didn't hear great things about the final episode. I will definitely watch the special. And perhaps season four.

I was not a fan of the third series - it turns out that the writers didn't show the cast the third script until after the first two were shot, and that made a tremendous difference, given the revelations about various characters. Still, if you've watched everything else and plan to watch the future ones, I'd say give 3x03 a shot.

Yay, Charmonique! I will totally read that Selfie college AU.

Aw, thank you! I wanted to include her in my last fic but couldn't, so in this one she's Henry's BFF and the primary matchmaker for him and Eliza. I love her.

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