shah_of_blah: (kara sunshine)
Continuing with the "30 Days of Awesome Women" list that I began yesterday, here are 11-20.  You can read the first part here.

Fandoms include: Doctor Who, The Simpsons, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Alien, His Dark Materials, The Hunger Games, A Song of Ice and Fire, The Poisonwood Bible, Howl's Moving Castle, Discworld, Pushing Daisies, Arrested Development, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dexter, Terminator: the Sarah Connor Chronicles, Battlestar Galactica, Firefly, Farscape, Lost, Angel, and Bionic Woman.

26 awesome women )

Alright folks, I'll see you tomorrow with the third and final part!
shah_of_blah: (martha)
So here's the thing.  I'm not really into criticizing women (with a few exceptions).  There's far too much of that in the world, and I don't like to add to it.  Last week, I was reading this thing about some female characters in sci-fi, and it reminded me of the flowchart thingy that got linked all over the place a couple months ago.  Long story short, while I certainly see the value in speaking critically about the way women are written (and hell, I do it all the time) I feel it's detrimental to dismiss those women.  So I got the idea to do this post.  And I was going to post it on More Joy Day, which is today (Thursday) but I forgot and have only just remembered.  It will most likely not be Thursday anymore by the time I finish all the coding, so just know that I did start the post with a few minutes left in the day!  

Anyway, I have been waiting for the opportune moment to post the "30 Days of Awesome Women" meme.  All in one day.  Or maybe three.  That moment may have been a couple of hours ago, but points for effort. 

Behind the cut, you will find the first ten categories and LOTS of pictures.  Fandoms include: Battlestar Galactica, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, X-Files, Veronica Mars, Doctor Who, Dexter, Firefly, Community, Angel, 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation, Chuck, Wonderfalls, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Farscape, ...and I think that's all of them.  There will be more fandoms in the later parts.

Also I cheated and listed multiple characters for just about every category, so there are far more than ten women behind the cut.

22 awesome women )

Okay, that's all for now.  I'll be back with 11-20 tomorrow.  Probably.  And by "tomorrow" I really mean "later today" because it's not Thursday anymore.

In the meantime, feel free to chime in with other awesome women!
shah_of_blah: (mutant enemy)
Awesome article about River Tam, Buffy Summers, and Ellen Ripley.  There's a bit of love for Kara Thrace in there too.  Sady Doyle on The Awl: Ellen Ripley Saved My Life

I'm not sure how I feel about her comments on Sarah Connor.  I've not yet managed to sit through a Terminator movie from start to finish (I've seen bits and pieces of the first three), but I disagree with her take on the Sarah from T:SCC.  Although she may be overshadowed by Cameron in the fans' eyes, I don't think that she bows down to John or Derek or Cameron.  Quite the opposite, actually.

Also, Community:
Troy and Abed in stop motion! )
shah_of_blah: (mutant enemy)
Day 26. OMG WTF? Season finale

For this category, we have a tie for first place.  You can't talk about "OMG WTF?" without talking about Lost.  That's kind of their specialty.  Here be spoilers for Lost season 4.
 
lost )
The other "OMG WTF?" season finale is the series finale of Terminator: the Sarah Connor Chronicles.  t:scc spoilers )
 
 
Day 27. Favorite series finale

Do we still need spoiler alerts for something that aired seven years ago?  Anyway, look away if you don't want spoilers for the series finale of Buffy.

 

Honestly, I think "Chosen" is as close to perfection as possible.  Joss has so much love for these characters, and this episode is suffused with that love.  I love it from beginning to end, from Buffy slicing and dicing Caleb to the good old "Welcome to Sunnydale" sign tumbling into the crater.  The episode is chock full of that brilliant combination of funny and heartwarming.  I mean, it's got "Oh my god, are you twelve?" and "I'm drowning in footwear" and the cannon fodder and "What would be the surprise?"  And that's only, like, the first 15 minutes.  I mean, seriously, they play D&D in this episode on the night before stopping ultimate evil.  Not to mention Anya and Andrew being hilarious and awesome, and Willow going all white witch and Spike with the amulet, et cetera et cetera.  

But more than all that, there are two things I really love about this series finale:
1. "The Earth is definitely doomed."  This callback to the very beginning was so perfectly executed.  As soon as Giles opened his mouth, I knew what he was going to say.  I think I cheered.  It just showed so much care, so much respect.  Like this was the perfect bookend to a frakking amazing show.
2. Well, you know.  "Are you ready to be strong?"  Joss has said that he knew where he wanted to go from early on in the series, and it shows.  Instead of just saving the world, they changed it.  Buffy is one of the few shows I've really cared about that ended on its own terms, with no threat of cancellation.  It was such a graceful ending that a part of me almost wishes they'd never resurrected the series in comic book form.  I've been reading season 8, but I might not read season 9.  I just don't think they'll ever be able to top this series finale.  It's the only ending I ever wanted for the show.  And even though I was heartbroken that the show was ending, I felt nothing but complete satisfaction with the way it ended.
shah_of_blah: (sierra)
I finished T:SCC.  Frakking hell.

I want fic.
shah_of_blah: (kara sunshine)
I'm sure you are all asking yourselves this question.  Fear not, for here is the answer!

1. Dollhouse.  I am caught up! )

2. Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
I will be brief, as I am not done.  I did not achieve my goal of watching the entire second season in just under a week, though I did try very hard.  I did watch three discs in three days though.  But now I know what people were talking about when they said that T;SCC did the pigeon thing better (and I also know that my sister was not joking when she said it was a recurring character).

3. Doctor Who
I saw Waters of Mars.  And...I didn't like it )

4. Chuck
I am loving it.  Last night's episode was great.  That is all.

Status of my pilotsbigbang fic: I have about 1200 words written (including the ending, actually) and one very shoddy outline.  Very shoddy.  I don't think I will be signing up for bsg_remix this year (because bigbang is probably going to take me down to the wire, and I don't think I can turn around and pop out a remix fic immediately after that).  But all of you writers out there should!

And in other news, apparently my new callsign is Sunshine.  Can't complain.
shah_of_blah: (jon stewart)
Guys.  You all know the old illustrated five-minute miniseries, right?  (If you don't, this must be fixed RIGHT NOW).  Well, I dug up the link to send to a friend, and lo and behold there are more five-minute episodes!  More!  From February and March!  How did I not know about this? 

Go read them and be merry: 33, Six of One, and Deadlock

P.S. I finished the first season of T:SCC today and I have no thinky thoughts but I do like it quite a lot.  Cameron is, naturally, my favorite (she dances!  and lies!  this thrills me).  I like John too.  Sarah leaves me apathetic so far, but whatever!  The show is good.

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