fajrdrako: ([Tarot])

I was online, browsing for Tarot cards - specifically for good images of The Magician. I was amused to find the Buffy Tarot deck.

Yeah, I know, there's every sort of Tarot deck you can imagine. I myself have concocted (in my imagination) a Lymond deck and a Torchwood deck. In which, of course, the Doctor is the Magician and Captain Jack is the Fool.

Do any of you have favourite tarot decks? And links to them?
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[livejournal.com profile] abrakadabrah sent me a link to this blog in which Joss Whedon says what he feels (sort of) about a remake of Buffy the Vampire Slayer being done without his participation. I have to admit I flinched when he implied Buffy was "a childhood favourite". Made me feel old.

Why didn't they want him to do it?

I have somewhat mixed feelings. Despite some wonderful work I've seen from him, I've seen so much now from Joss Whedon that I absolutely hate, that I'm not sure it doesn't enhance my thoughts about the movie to have it not be his work. On the other hand, without the Whedon style, what's the point of Buffy - doesn't that make it just another vampire movie? Are they going to do it in the style of Twilight? (I've been paying no attention to this.)

I'm curious about what his version of The Avengers will be, and more personally invested in that than Buffy, but I know it will have Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and an injection of humour, so I'm not sure anything else matters. And you won't often hear me say that "an injection of humor" is a good thing in a superhero movie.

Looking at Whedon on IMDb, I'm surprised how little he has done that isn't Buffy or Firefly or Dollhouse - and I'd rather forget that one.

What's happening with the Wonder Woman movie now? A quick look online presents me with confusing and contradictory information, and not much of that. Can't say I care either way, but my goodness, I'd certainly love a Black Widow movie. Especially if Scarlett is available for it...

fajrdrako: ([Torchwood] - Captain John Hart)

On Saturday afternoon, James Marsters appeared at FanExpo 2010 in Toronto, at the Convention Centre. The room was packed full and the panel started early - it's the first con I've been to where things often started five to ten minutes before the scheduled time.

I apologize for my fuzzy photos, but I wasn't close to the stage! This account is partly quoted, mostly the gist, depending how detailed my notes were at any point. (For actual footage of it, you can look at it on YouTube.)

I transcribed as much as I could, but I tell you, I was distracted because I was entranced by the Marsters voice. No account of mine will do justice to the man's charisma, or his ability to express himself with intelligence and style.

First off, in the intro, the moderator promised to ask about the Torchwood kiss, if no one else did.

Marsters walked onto the stage, a dramatic presence in black jeans and top. His hair was brown (Captain John Hart style), and he started out, "Hello, my fellow Americans!" Everyone laughed. (Canadians laugh at that sort of joke.) He went on to say that he likes Canadians, and he likes Canadian manners. "I have better conversations with Canadians than with any other nationality."

He then sat on the back of the chair, in order to be able to see the audience, and to be seen. Asked why he went from stage action, which he loved, to television acting, he said... )

To be continued...

fajrdrako: ([Fringe])

Visited [livejournal.com profile] maaseru this morning and we watched the final three episodes of Fringe season 2, so now I'm up to date. Loved the way the season ended. Can hardly wait for season 3.

Then we watched the second half of episode 15 ("Jacksonville") because [livejournal.com profile] maaseru hadn't seen it.

[livejournal.com profile] lunacy_gal came over and we watched Fringe episode 1, and then Inspector Lewis "Allegory of Love". And had some really delicious Chinese food.

After she left, I watched Buffy the Vampire Slayer 6x13, "Dead Things", and Doctor Who 5x13, "The Big Bang".

Have I gone stir crazy yet?

fajrdrako: ([Buffy] - Spike)

I spent most of the day dozing in front of the television and watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer, season 6.  I watched "Once More With Feeling" twice - once alone and once with [personal profile] fairestcat  - and then, suitably, the Tony Awards.

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[personal profile] commodorified and [personal profile] random made me watch this. It made me laugh mightily.

fajrdrako: ([Supernatural] - Castiel)

[livejournal.com profile] explodedteabag invited me, [livejournal.com profile] maaseru and [livejournal.com profile] lunacy_gal over to watch Supernatural today. [livejournal.com profile] lunacy_gal seemed to enjoy it, and to appreciate the slashiness, and she borrowed some of [livejournal.com profile] explodedteabag's DVDs for some happy catch-up watching. We showed her:
  • "Lazarus Rising" 4x01
  • "On the Head of a Pin" 4x16
  • "The Monster at the End of the This Book" 4x18
  • "When the Levee Breaks" 4x21
  • "Lucifer Rising" 4x22 (which brought her up to date for season 5), and
  • "Tall Tales" 2x15 for a change of pace
Then I napped, and talked to Lillian and to Beulah by phone, and watched Buffy season 5 episode 20, "Spiral". (Why was it called that?)

fajrdrako: ([Buffy] - Spike)

Went for a long walk with Lisa at lunchtime. Then went to the Silver Snail and picked up all the comics on subscription that came in while I was away.... Rather a lot of them. Did I really subscribe to that much?

Ran into [livejournal.com profile] explodedteabag with her father on Bank Street.

Came home and read comics.

Watched Buffy episode "Intervention". Oh, Spike. He makes me laugh and breaks my heart at the same time.

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Doesn't everyone fantasize about living in palaces and castles?

This is not that. It is even better. I am living in Beckford's Tower in - or rather, above - Bath. Decorated in Regency style, but with all the mod cons - except net access. Funny how William Beckford in 1822 didn't think to have that included in his splendours. (I am writing this where we are having lunch at the Ship Inn in Newnham. Moussaka with chips.)

Just saw Chepstow Castle.

We're off to Berkeley Castle now, having just been through the charming village of Blakeney. They seek him here, they seek him there...

And I am almost halfway through season 5 of Buffy now.

And tomorrow I fly home.

fajrdrako: ([Shakespeare])

Castle of the day: I have a few choices. Well, I could say "The Virgins and Castle", which is the pub (est. 1777) where we had supper. Delicious roast duck with mashed potatoes, fresh peas and carrots, and a green salad with tomatoes and cucumber.

Or I could cite the castle in Sunnydale California that I saw in the Buffy episode "Buffy vs. Dracula".

Or I could pretend that we actually saw a castle in the beginning of As You Like It, which I saw in Stratford-on-Avon at the Courtyard Theatre. And enjoyed very much indeed. And will have things to say about.

Watched quite a bit of Buffy today: "Buffy vs Dracula", "Real Me", "The Replacement", and "Out of My Mind". Loved the Spike scenes - do I sound like a broken record there yet? Loved the way Giles seems to have metamorphosed from librarian-teach-watcher to a sensei or guru. In the first episode there, I thought Sarah Michelle Geller as Buffy was showing the body language and look of Eliza Dushku, but seemed more like herself later on. And Spike and Harmony make a very funny combination.

fajrdrako: ([Buffy] - Spike)

I have now installed wallpaper on my new Aspire, a sort of baptismal rite I hadn't got around to yet. The subject? A beautiful portrait of Spike.

So I should make a few comments on my reactions to Buffy the Vampire Slayer season four, while it's still fresh in my mind. Ahh, the joys of season four... )
fajrdrako: ([Buffy] - Spike)

Saw Kenilworth Castle from the outside. In the rain - from the dry comfort of a car.

Then went back to [livejournal.com profile] gillo's place and, among other wonderful adventures at least partly involving Shakespeare, watched several episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, one of New Tricks, and the Ian McKellen episode of Extras.

Tomorrow I will see Kenilworth Castle properly.

fajrdrako: ([Buffy])

Now back to Buffy... a nice break from all the new stuff I've been watching.

Ah, brings back memories of undergraduate years... )

fajrdrako: ([Buffy])

Buffy goes to university. She's a big girl now.

After the high intensity of the last few episodes of season 3, this was a bit of a letdown. But that's true of every season, right? Fun to see Buffy's approach to education. )

fajrdrako: ([Buffy])

My comments on part 1 of "Graduation Day" are here.

So, part 2... such a powerful beginning.Love the way... )

fajrdrako: ([Buffy])
Buffy 3x20: The Prom

Loved this one - for many reasons. Well, not counting the absence of Spike.

I must say, though, that proms... )

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I skipped over two episodes of Buffy and didn't even notice I'd missed them. My excuse: I seem to have a case of flu that is meddling with my brain competence. Or something.

Blush. Okay, skipping back two episodes: "Choices".

More Adventures of Faith... )

fajrdrako: ([Buffy])

A lot of this is set-up for the season finale. Fun, anyway.

I like the idea of Cordelia as 'a lone fashionable wolf'. )

fajrdrako: ([Buffy])

Did you think I'd never talk about Buffy again? I was worried, myself. But here I am, with "Earshot".

A bit of a letdown after "Enemies", which I loved so much; and I don't like the growing rift between Angel and Buffy. But otherwise... fun. Definitely many good bits. I'm still a little confused as to exactly what a demon is, though. )

fajrdrako: ([Buffy] - Spike)
Buffy - 3x17 - Enemies

We're on a roll. This is another favourite. I love it on a lot of levels; it's a wonderful game of slight of hand and deceptive points of view. It's also an interesting study in the personalities of three of the most interesting characters in season 3: Buffy, Angel, and Faith. AddAngelus as a ghost-image forth. And the structure of the episode - far superior in its pacing, layering, characterization and nuance than most television, including Buffy. And the suspense. Add in the tug on the heartstrings in all the best ways. Everything - whether deception or truth - was based on knowledge we already had, and understanding of the plot and characters. A major twist, with no cheating. Maybe I should try remembering DouglasPetrie's name? I see that his other work has been unmemorable, but he was "Professor Normal". As Faith would say: "Huh."

So many twists of relationships here.... Interrelated triangles. )


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