shinyjenni: Steph eating popcorn and wearing 3D glasses (does it have a bat on it?)
I finished season two of Supergirl! What a mixed bag this season was.

The bad:

no point for guessing what the first of these bullet points is )

The good:

no points for guessing here either, let's be honest )

So overall, I'm cautiously optimistic for season three? I feel like second seasons can often be a bit rocky, and this one also had to accommodate network and casting changes too, so I'm hoping it improves on some of the above next year now that that's all settled down a bit.
shinyjenni: Alicia from The Good Wife, seen from behind, wearing a red coat, in front of a wall of bookshelves (alicia books)
I did a "things I have loved this year" roundup post last December, but I don't want to wait until next December to do another one, so I am doing one now instead. Here are some things I have loved since last time I posted about loving things:

- Knights of the Old Republic 2. Friends, I loved this game so much. I was worried that my ongoing Force Awakens misery would get in the way, but thankfully I appear to have successfully partitioned my Star Wars feelings, well done me. I've been thinking a lot about why I loved this game so much even though it is very definitely an example of "let's make the sequel DARKER", which I am not often here for, and this is what I have come up with: spoilers both vague and specific. Wait, no, only general, I forgot to mention to specific one /o\ ) A caveat: this is in no way a finished game; even with the restored content mod it is still effectively KOTOR 2, part 1, and I still ran into several game breaking bugs, but that aside, I really recommend it and found it an incredibly satisfying experience.

- SUPERGIRL SUPERGIRL SUPERGIRL. I love that we have a superhero show where our heroes solve problems with honesty and bravery and kindness. I love that Kara is sweet and kind and also allowed to be angry and have the show validate her right to be angry. I have never watched The Flash and yet the crossover episode was the greatest gift that TV has given me in a long time. I am weirdly fond of Max Lord chaotic neutraling all over the place. spoilery things I loved )

- The Blue Castle by LM Montgomery. I talked about this when I read it, but what a glorious book. It made me so happy.

- The new Mockingbird comic! I love how this is funny and unusual and unflinchingly, explicitly feminist. I'm really excited to see Chelsea Cain making such a bold and confident comics debut, and I can't wait to see what she does next. (Hopefully more Big 2 superhero stuff, as that is, let's be honest, where my heart lies.)

Those are some things I loved in the last six months (ish) that I remembered about when I came to write this post! \o/
shinyjenni: Steph eating popcorn and wearing 3D glasses (does it have a bat on it?)
Title: Start As You Mean To Go On
Fandom: Supergirl
Music: Thea Gilmore
Content notes:
Summary: We're gonna start by aiming higher.
Notes: Festivid for [livejournal.com profile] way2busymom. Thanks to [personal profile] purplefringe for betaing!
Spoilers: up to 1x08
Download: here (3.35 minutes, 155MB) | subtitle .srt
Also at: Youtube | AO3 | Tumblr

streaming and lyrics under the cut )
shinyjenni: Janeway sitting at a table, smiling (janeway)
Cut down (and somewhat rewritten) version of the fandom meme, because I didn't feel like doing the whole thing:

Biggest fannish surprise of the year: How much I loved Supergirl! I was always planning to watch it, but I wasn't terribly enthusiastic, since I've never particularly connected with the character, and DC is really not doing much for me at the moment, but then the sneak peek came out and I fell for it completely. ♥ ♥ ♥ I love how it's unafraid to be silly or earnest, I love how Kara can be sweet and kind and also a complete powerhouse (I love her confident superhero walk), I love how much it seems to like its characters and how much they like each other. I love its cheerfully unsubtle feminist anvils. Watching it just makes me happy.

I was also... pleasantly surprised isn't quite right, but something like that, by Jessica Jones. I wouldn't call this paragraph spoilery at all but just in case )

Not quite a surprising thing, per se, but an honourable mention goes to Steven Universe for consistently living up to the hype. ♥

(Also, there was some musical about American history or something, idk.)

Biggest fannish disappointment of the year: Clariel and Convergence: Batgirl #2 were strong contenders, but for the sheer magnitude of the drop from the heights of excitement to the depths of despair, it has to be The Force Awakens. :(

Biggest fannish anticipations for next year: New stuff wise, I think it's just Luke Cage? Oh, and Sarah Rees Brennan's Tell the Wind and Fire! Probably there is also stuff happening that I don't know/have forgotten about. Otherwise, it's mostly more of what I already love: Supergirl, Agent Carter, Brooklyn 99, the last Raven Boys book, the new Captain Marvel comic (which is going to have ABIGAIL BRAND IN IT YESSSSSSS). And catching up on stuff from this year that I haven't got round to yet (Ancillary Mercy, your time is SOON). And going to see Hamilton! :DDDDDDD

Vidding meme:

under the cut )
shinyjenni: Black sihouette of a man wearing a frock coat pointing in the air, standing on top of a star shape, on a gold background (like you're running out of time)
Since it is nearly 2016, here are some things that made me happy in 2015, sorted vaguely by category. There were probably more, but I can't remember what they were right now.

SUPERHEROES
- Peggy Carter, punching people so pleasingly, and realising that trying to win the respect of her male colleagues is trying to win a rigged game. If they don't value her, that's THEIR problem.
- Kara Danvers, dorky ray of sunshine and superpower.
- Jessica Jones, bruised and cynical and fundamentally heroic.
- Kamala Khan, noblest of dorks.
- Carol Danvers, punching the sky. The last issue of her comic made me cry; I am looking forward to seeing her have space adventures with Abigail Brand next year.
- Possibly stretching the definition of "hero" a tiny bit, but Loki: Agent of Asgard was one of my favourite comics of the year, despite the endless crossovers it got tangled up in, and I am sad it's over.
- Age of Ultron gave me NATASHA and WANDA and MARIA and HELEN, and also some boys, some of whom were also quite good, and it was GREAT. And then [personal profile] purplefringe made Wolf Like Me, a beautiful Natasha vid, and everything was excellent.

SPACE DORKS
- I played Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and fought a lot of lightsaber battles and lost a lot of money playing Pazaak and it was GREAT. Also this one time I found a gong and I clicked on it and it went bong. (I ask for very little in a computer game.)
- [archiveofourown.org profile] kathkin's lovely Second Doctor era fic made me very happy this year.
- seeing "The Trouble With Tribbles" and "Trials and Tribble-ations" (aka "Kirk Is Super Done With Everything About Today" and "Jadzia has the best day ever") with many excellent humans.
- reading Una McCormack's The Crimson Shadow and still wanting to draw hearts around it months later, for reasons of GARAK, and also spoilers )
- my gaming group is slowly starting to work its way through Mass Effect. I AM EXCITE.

BOOOOOOKS
- Sarah Caudwell's Hilary Tamar mysteries, recommended to me by [personal profile] raven, are a gem: witty and delightful.
- I read Katherine Addison's The Goblin Emperor the other day and, oh, my heart. People trying to be kind and to act rightly in difficult situations. ♥
- I followed Tansy Rayner Roberts's Musketeer Space, a retelling of The Three Musketeers, but with lots of women and queer people and brown people, and also set in space, as it was being serialised, and I loved it SO MUCH. Highly recommended! I want to read a million more things like it.

OTHER
- Hamilton! I feel like I have nothing to say that hasn't already been said at length elsewhere, but I really love it and am so excited about the fact that I'm going to see it next year. :DDDD
- Sense8! I didn't talk about this anywhere, but I really enjoyed it. I loved that it took its time and really immersed us in the characters, and I liked (almost) all the sensates and their associated humans a whole lot.
- Person of Interest's Sameen Shaw. PRECIOUS VIOLENT WEIRDO. <3
- KORRA. The last two seasons were SO GOOD.
shinyjenni: Steph eating popcorn and wearing 3D glasses (does it have a bat on it?)
Friends, I really love Supergirl. Here are some reasons why, plus a few things I love less about it.

spoilers up to 1x08 )
shinyjenni: Steph carries Cass in her arms (she was my friend)
Lovely Festividder, thank you for making me a vid! ♥ I am so excited to see whatever you make, and I hope you have fun making it. :D If you already have an idea, hurray, but if you are looking for more guidance, this is the post for that! But rest assured that whatever vid you make, I will be happy. ♥

general likes and dislikes )

specific fandoms: Batgirl (2000-2006), The Batman, Borgen, The Five(Ish) Doctors Reboot, The Sapphires, Scott and Bailey, Supergirl, Vixen )

Thank you again, lovely person! I hope some of this wittering was helpful to you. ♥

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