shivver: (DT absolute radio)
I just wanted to post what my husband said about the episode last night as we were talking about it.

"The more I think about it, the more I think it was a great episode. This probably isn't the best recommendation, but I didn't get angry once through the whole thing! That hasn't happened for two seasons now. This might have been the best episode since Capaldi started. Yeah, I know, Mummy was great, but even with that, oooo, Clara just completely ruined it. Thinking about it still makes me mad now. It could be that this episode was wonderful simply because for the first time, she wasn't there, but I don't think that's the only thing. The Doctor was fantastic. Maybe one of Capaldi's best performances. And that guy, Nardole? He was great! You know, with the new season, we're going to have to go through all of the teaching the companion about the universe, but this guy, he already knows the Doctor and worked with him perfectly. That one line, where he goes, "Oh, that smile! I don't like that smile!" He knows what that smile means. Yeah, the romance plot, that was pretty meh, but the superhero part was fine. Oh, but the Doctor was awesome and it just made the episode. And that Clara wasn't there making it all about her. But the Doctor!"
shivver: (DT Red Nose Day)
It's kind of sad that my husband came in my room today after my nap (I have a cold) and said, "Hey, let's go watch the Doctor Who Christmas special. It's available now, isn't it?" because I had completely forgotten. So we went and watched it, and here are my thoughts on it.

The tl;dr version is that it was pretty good. It was certainly better than any of the last three years's offerings, but it doesn't rank among the best. I will certainly watch it again sometime, though I don't know when.

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shivver: (Ten with specs)
A friend of ours who we haven't seen in a while contacted us on Facebook and asked if we wanted to go see Doctor Strange last night, so we did.

The tl;dr version is that it was a decent movie, but disappointing in a lot of ways, and while we eventually will buy the blu-ray, it won't be until the price comes down. (That's how you can tell how much we enjoy a movie - how fast we'll buy the blu-ray and how much we'll pay for it. Deadpool was on pre-order. Thor: Dark World was purchased after the price came down. We'll never buy Iron Man 2 or Iron Man 3, and probably will never buy Doctor Who series 8 and 9.) But I'd say see it - you'll probably like it more than I did. Be sure to stay for BOTH post-credit scenes.

Spoilers behind the cut.

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shivver: (Rory)
After having really no interest in watching DW for the past two weeks (well, new stuff, to be honest), we finally watched "Sleep No More" and "Face the Raven" yesterday. Part of the reason was that we didn't want to have to interrupt watching Jessica Jones to catch up with DW, and I also got spoiled on "Face the Raven" by a very poorly obscured email from a friend, so I needed to get that done.

Spoilers behind the cuts. (My cuts don't seem to be showing the episode titles. First is "Sleep No More", and the second is "Face is the Raven".)

Sleep No More )

Face the Raven )

Nope

Nov. 10th, 2015 01:51 pm
shivver: (Hardy)
I tried. I really tried. I wanted to like "The Zygon Invasion"/"The Zygon Inversion", but I couldn't. And I've been thinking for days now what to say about it, because I'm aware that my posts about this season have been bitchy and that's just not fun to read, but on the other hand, I don't feel I can sugar-coat this story.

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shivver: (DT snarl)
I did start working on NaNoWriMo, but didn't get very far. One of the problems is that yes, I do play an MMO, and yes, my husband loves to tempt me with "So-and-so and his girlfriend are logged in. Let's go do some dungeons!" especially since he cannot remember from day to day that I am actually trying to do this very difficult task. No, it's not his fault at all that doing the dungeons is so appealing; it's certainly my fault for caving in. I just need to learn to say no.

I have found that two of my friends are NaNoing, too. They are real authors, not a hobbyist like me, and they do original works, not fanfic. I've done a virtual fistbump with them.

As I write, my story seems kind of stale and bland. Hopefully it's just the first chapter though, and I have to remind myself that the first chapter is meant to seem stale and bland - the point is that hopefully the reader will note the inconsistencies I've written into it and realize that something is very wrong.

I was going to write a review of "The Zygon Invasion", but though I'm on the fence about the episode (really need to see how it turns out to judge), there was enough terrible in it that if I do write, it'll sound like I just hate it. I don't.

I will say a couple of things, though. First, I'm disappointed with Osgood. I loved her because, in "The Day of the Doctor", she was the timid scientist who was very observant and plucky when she needed to be, and I agreed that she could be a great companion. Now she's this mystical, wise, maybe-human maybe-Zygon, and what was great about her is gone. Second, I'm just going to headcanon that Clara has been a Zygon since "The Day of the Doctor", because that would explain her wild character shifts, bizarre obsessions with the Doctor's character flaws and (oddly) wanting to be the Doctor, and her unbelievable, inhuman attempts to manipulate Danny and the Doctor since that episode. Third, I'm hoping that the non-rebellious Zygons are going to appear - perhaps the Kate we saw is one of them (which would explain her rather extreme reaction to the rebellion and would make me happy, since I already have been disappointed in the character since her introduction in "The Power of Three" and was upset that she's fallen even further here), and she managed to overpower the woman in Truth or Consequences and has now taken her form.

Uninspired

Oct. 25th, 2015 12:27 pm
shivver: (Daughter of Mine)
I think that's the word I'm looking to describe "The Woman Who Lived": the episode was uninspired. It wasn't bad - I didn't get distracted by inconsistencies in character and plot, and it didn't make my husband ragequit as the last couple have done - but it simply wasn't interesting.

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shivver: (Five in Ten's TARDIS)
While the episodes this season have so far made me much happier than all of last season, "The Girl Who Died" the first truly engaging and enjoyable. That said, it did have its problems, though not enough to make me feel bad about it at all.

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Meh

Oct. 11th, 2015 03:54 pm
shivver: (Five in Ten's TARDIS)
Maybe the problem was that I wasn't particularly convinced of the dire situation from the first episode. Or maybe the episode was just weak? I can't tell.

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shivver: (Five)
The tl;dr summary is "meh". It wasn't great, but it wasn't bad.

Spoilers, of course.

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shivver: (Rory)
Episode two. It wasn't bad - it wasn't nearly the letdown that "Death in Heaven" was after "Dark Waters".

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shivver: (Hardy)
Season premiere come and gone. After all of it, I'll say that I enjoyed it enough. It had its good moments and cool moments, and some bad moments. I'll reserve judgment until seeing the rest of the story, but so far, I liked it more than most of Series 8.

As non-spoilery as I can be behind the cut.

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Meme!

Aug. 15th, 2015 11:33 am
shivver: (Five)
All right, I'll bite. This is ganked from [livejournal.com profile] flowsoffire, [livejournal.com profile] a_phoenixdragon, and [livejournal.com profile] rumpelsnorcack.

I currently have 33 works archived at AO3. Pick a number from 1 (the most recent) to 33 (the first thing I posted there), and I'll tell you three things I currently like about it.
shivver: (Five)
It's kind of funny that the busy weekend started out with taking a half-day off from work on Friday. That wasn't even my choice - the entire studio had the half-day off because they took us to see Ant-Man! It's a bit of a tradition for our studio to go see opening-day Marvel movies, as well as some other highly-anticipated non-Marvel geek movies. We used to be a Disney studio, and one of the Disney perks was that they'd rent out a theater for the company on opening day for the Marvel movies. (Being a gaming company, that was the major draw; there wasn't much interest in other Disney movies among the employees.) Well, they'd do that for the locations in the big cities. For a small studio in a small town, they'd buy a bunch of tickets at one of the local theaters. Anyway, though we're no longer working for Disney, it's still a tradition and Ant-Man is the newest one.

Bottom line: Go see Ant-Man. Despite my reservations (Ant-Man? Really? And it's not even Hank Pym as Ant-Man! Who cares?), I really enjoyed it. Don't expect a heavy, meaningful movie: it was a hell of a lot of fun!

Slightly longer review behind the cut, for those of you who don't like spoilers (like me).

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Yesterday was a parade, and this time, the snare drummer was absent, so I had to step up and play snare drum in the parade and in the following concert. Yikes. But I have to say, I'm pretty pleased at how I did. Parades are pretty easy, as all I have to do is keep up the marching cadence between songs and then during songs, just kind of make things up. I don't know why, but I had a bit of trouble keeping step with the songs - I had to do this last year and didn't have a problem then - but we're an informal marching band and there are quite a number of people who don't even step in time to the music, so no one's watching me and I don't have to be so self-conscious.

The concert was much harder. There were a couple of songs with snare drum solos, and you have to understand, I'm not a drummer. I'm a terrible musician in the first place, I only play drums during the summer band, and I don't practice, and I've only been doing this since last summer, so that's about four months of playing drums without practicing. I managed to muddle through the solos just fine, happily enough. The most fun songs, at least for me, were the rock and swing songs, and I did a great job on "Big Spender" (the director told me so afterwards!), but at the end of one of the songs, during the big finale, I lost one of my sticks. But I was having so much fun that it was just funny - the director nearly lost it when he saw what happened - and I managed to grab the stick back and finish the last couple of measures in time. This is the kind of thing that creates wonderful memories.

The only problem with parades and concerts is that they just blast me for the rest of the day. The marching harness for the drum is bloody heavy, and I have bruises on my leg where they hit the drum every step. I'm better now after a night's sleep (one of the best sleeps I've had in a while - a whole seven hours!), and happy to relax for the day.
shivver: (Much Ado)
Considering that What We Did on Our Holiday debuted in American theaters this weekend, I decided it was high time I finally watch the British blu-ray that I bought months ago. It's part of the huge pile of DT works that I have yet to watch. Huge pile. Including the entire series of Blackpool. I am such a poor fangirl.

The movie was surprisingly good.

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So, short answer: I recommend this movie. It's fun and entertaining, and heartrending in the right places. Go catch it while it's in the theaters. If only to find out why this is the poster for the German version.

shivver: (Ten with specs)
This latest story, "This Night", was an interesting exercise specifically because of the prompt. It was not easy trying to find something to say with a bunch of random, unconnected words. I'm not really sure why it made me think of "Colditz" - probably because of the words "dictator" and "propaganda" - but once that appeared in my mind, I definitely wanted to use it.

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shivver: (Ten with kitten)
Though I'm building up my library of DT works (except The Decoy Bride, which was horrible enough to make me want to voice my opinion by not spending money on it), I haven't actually watched much of it. I'm kind of finding the same problem with classic Doctor Who: I've got tons of episodes we could watch, but it seems I prefer to spend my time writing or playing Guild Wars. However, two nights ago, it was an hour and a half until bedtime, I was bored, and I noticed that "Einstein and Eddington" was 94 minutes long. Perfect!

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