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Well, I've read all the Longmire Walt/Henry slash on AO3. There is a shocking lack thereof, which I feel I must rectify by writing some. I'm really surprised how little there is, though there is tons of Walt/Vic -- which, while I can certainly see the chemistry (but then who wouldn't have chemistry with Katee Sackhoff, really? lol), is a whole bag of tricks I'm not into as much, mainly because canonically she's kind of a trainwreck in terms of relationships, and Walt is so not... so I see that as being a volcano that would destroy everything in its path (including both of them)...

...and also because, damn, I just find the Walt/Henry chemistry to be the constant glowing embers of a fire that burns hot and then maybe simmers down for a while and then flares up again in a kind of "we don't talk about it BUT IT'S THERE" kind of way.

So if anyone knows of any Walt/Henry Longmire slash that isn't on AO3 and which I should read, by all means -- please let me know.

Also: recently saw a Spanish language film called "La isla minima" (aka Marshlands), a disappearance/mystery set in the Andalusian marshlands in 1980*.

Interestingly it pinged me like S1 of True Detective, with the same kind of desolate, isolated rural swampland horrors-beneath-the-surface vibe, but without the supernatural or philosophical stuff (and only slight slashy twinges). Apparently I'm not the only person to have felt the True Detective S1 vibe from it, though apparently it was in production before TD S1 was.

It is really good. I recommend it, if you don't mind subtitles. It is suspenseful and thought provoking.

*with all the textual and subtextual post-Franco dread that implies

Date: 2016-06-09 03:40 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lucifuge5
Wow, V. you really like rare-ish pairings, huh? I mean, I totes get you. Like, there are ships that seem SO OBVIOUS and yet there simply aren't enough fic for them.

I like to think that, sometimes, it's because the source material was so fulfilling that people don't feel any need to add fanworks. Other times, I feel like fans of rare pairings believe that they are the only ones in the world who like ABC/XYZ ship. So, maybe they feel discouraged because their fic won't have an audience.

The sad!trombone part is that, of course other people are interested. #Sigh

As much as I liked S2 of TD, I find it eyebrow-raising how less atmospheric it was from S1. Yes, partly it's due to the different location, but still.

Date: 2016-06-20 11:20 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lucifuge5
It's OK, V. I really don't mind having these kinds of convos with you. :) My notifications from both DW and AO3 tend to lag a bit. Dunno why. (I use gmail).

Sometimes, there is media that has a lot stacked against it when it comes to fanworks potential. Whether closed or open canon, it can be super intimidating for fans to create things. Like I've mentioned before, perhaps Yuletide's the answer. :-/

Alas, it seems that two seasons is all we'll ever get regarding TD. I've yet to hear anything about a third season (predictions, potential casting, etc.) Now would be the time where HBO would be waist-deep into pre-production. I think that the backlash (unnecessary, imo) against S2 dampened HBO's desire to film a third season. Unless they're prepping it in secret--which sounds a little too bizarre to even consider.

Both seasons had their great things and their wonky ones. I do wish we'd gotten a third one if only to make the series more complete and hopefully well-rounded. #Ohwell

Date: 2016-06-21 04:03 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lucifuge5
Based on what you've said, it sounds like a combo of 1 and 2. Sometimes, the kind of fannish activity that happens is totally unsatisfying. :(

As for what to watch, yes, sometimes there are too many choices. I don't have cable (haven't even had a TV for literal years), but I've been a Netflix member for over a decade. Somehow, I've managed to keep my To Watch list at a reasonable length (I've also stopped getting upset whenever Netflix takes a movie or TV show out of the streaming rotation 'cause, eventually it'll be added back).

Recently, I finished watching S1 of The Flash (which began rather silly and light-hearted, but totes won me over). I've somehow ended up in a Person of Interest watching mode (halfway through S2) even though I've been spoiled for a lot of plotlines. PoI has a super ridiculous premise and can be slashy between the two male protags in a v. low-key, truly unintentional way. That said, I also enjoy the main het ship (which isn't canon) as well as an F/F one that didn't get a happy ending (as per spoilers for the latter seasons).

PoI is a total procedural in some ways and totally OTT in the fantasy department (like the silent ex-military assassin dude who basically pwns everyone in S1 and tends to speak in a deadpan/kinda whisper-y tone for no reason at all.) TBH, I don't know why I'm so charmed by this show, but there we are.

Aside from that, I'm enjoying S6 of Game of Thrones and a couple of Korean soap operas. There really isn't much that grabs my attention TV wise. Like you, I sometimes end up watching TV shows or movies that I've watched a million times. It's definitely comforting a lot of the times.

*gentle hugs*

Date: 2016-06-22 03:08 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lucifuge5
PoI works for me because the dynamic between the two dudes is familiar in that way you'd find in other buddy cop series. I truly believe that Jim Caviezel's acting against the guy who plays Harold is totes unintentional as far as it being shippy. BUT IT IS. Their queerness by episode 3 is what made me go "OK, let's see how far down the rabbit hole I can go." OTOH, my awareness of slash began in the 90s so there's room for the argument that my slash goggles make me biased af.

Yes, the whole "there's no such thing as absolute privacy unless you're ridiculously off the grid" thing is unsettling at times. Considering that the two dudes and the rest of his team are using the surveillance to help and/or save people is what keeps me from being too creeped out. From what I know, there's an evil counterpart to the good guys, but I haven't gotten that far into the series yet.

For whatever reason, I managed to avoid the hype about PoI. As a matter of fact, I didn't hear much about it until the way a specific episode went down in S3.

I have an extreme case of hype backlash. Like, the WORST way to make me check out a fandom or media is by telling me it's the BEST THING EVER AND THAT I'M MISSING OUT, ZOMG! Mainly because, just like you, my instinct is to shut it down.

It's funny, I never heard about GoT or the books. The first 'cause I don't have HBO and the latter 'cause I don't read much (if any) fantasy.

My intro to GoT was during the middle of its first season and it happened because my A/C broke down. I was trying to cool off one afternoon, eager to wath something while eating an ice pop when I saw a link for a GoT episode. By this time, I knew the BIG SPOILER about the first season. Not having much to do, I downloaded it and then I watched the next 4 episodes and was super into it by the end of the season. A lot of the first season took place on a winter-like atmosphere so I drank in all the snow-covered settings and fell for the show right then and there.

TBH, the first 3 seasons are good in that morally complex way. S4 was ~just OK~ and S5 was almost unwatchable. This season, however, the show's bounced back in a way that's made me happy to be watching it again. *hands*

Moving on. I first watched Magic Mike XXL at the movies during a matinee show. There were several things I liked: the dudes not being assholes, lots of focus on female sexuality (done in a way that was slightly OTT, but still), and the most random plot ever. Personally, I like Channing Tatum a lot (he's that kind of guy who's super charming without being swarthy?) and everyone seemed to be having a great time in the movie.

Sadly, there really aren't that many fics for this movie. I'm not sure if it's because people don't feel the need to write about the characters or something else I haven't been able to figure out yet. I do recommend it. There's a lot of eye candy. ;)

I knew Mr. Robot was solid when they had that one episode where they were talking about Raspberry Pi and did it in a way that wasn't cheesy. Even though I'm very *____* about the show (and, somewhat shamefully, I ship Elliott/Tyrell), I've only watched the first 4 episodes. LOL!

FTR, I do have the entire first season on iTunes. Since I didn't start watching it until close to the end of S1 airing, I chose to stop until S2 was closer to airing. I'd already known that USA network had renewed it by, like the third episode or so.

Mainly because I knew I was going to get even more obsessed than I already was. Having to wait a whole new year for new episodes was going to feel like torture to me. I'm rarin' to finish S1 before the new season begins on July 13. :)

Have you watched Sense8? 'cause I think that show would really be up your alley. I finally got around watching it and deffo ended up rolling in feels.
Edited (Had to clarify something.) Date: 2016-06-22 03:11 pm (UTC)

Date: 2016-07-02 02:47 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lucifuge5
Mind you, V., PoI is quite generic (especially the first ten or so eps), but I can't help finding the dynamics appealing af. I'm watching it on Netflix.

The first Magic Mike movie wanted to have it both ways: show a lot of beefcake and then, have the characters, but particularly Mike, be ashamed that he was a stripper. I kept eyerolling at the girlfriend who kept Muppet!facing at Mike and his job.

Channing Tatum is a total sweetie in real life.

As for Mr. Robot, I'm (re)starting it tomorrow. So I won't have to wait too long for the next season. :P

I hope to hear your thoughts on Sense8 once you get around watching it. ;)

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