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* I've got two loaves of pumpkin bread in the oven. I have no real excuse for this, other than misty rain. So, yeah. Also, I'm going to make a gingerbread pound cake for Sunday because my folks are coming up for a dinner to wish Kidling2 and gf a safe and fun trip to Mexico next week. D and I have a week off! But no Mexico. We were invited but D is still maintaining his no-fly status. For life.

* Doll bodies ordered. Now the wait. THE WAIT for Asian BJDs is insane really.

* Going stir crazy with this rain. I mean, I'm still all into the hygge but I miss walking. We walk ALOT. I will walk in a light shower, but it's been raining. And today it's thunder-storming.

* So, two TV shows.


tsuki_no_bara here are some thoughts. Not sure who else is watching?!

Damn, but Zilpha is simply NOT working. I cannot imagine what impressed the casting director with this actress. She's terrible. The eye-popping is just incredibly off-putting. She's about as exuding of sexiness as a rain-soaked 2x4. I keep wanting to give the director room to show us why he has this actress in this role, but so far it's just an abysmal miss in an otherwise hard-hitting cast. I do wonder if coming off of Penny Dreadful, I'm wanting to see Eva Green in this role. Or if its the lusty chemistry Hardy had with Theron in Fury Road or with Riley in Wuthering Heights that has me so terribly disappointed with this cold fish romance.

But Hardy DOES have chemistry, in spades, with Atticus and Cholmondeley. These guys are fresh and wild and full of sass and vinegar.

The costuming should win awards. My gothic-loving heart can barely take it. The hats, especially, are rocking it so hard that I wish we could wear hats like that today. Why aren't we wearing those hats today???

The show continues to be a bit of a peacock but the dialogue has grown far more interesting. Hardy has a gift for delivering a hackneyed line with a deft and delicious originality.

So far the fic is bland. And oh so naive. This is a mature show and not a darker Pirates of the Caribbean.

Once Upon A Time

I am really, really loving this show! And I have to respectfully disagree with spotzle about it going plaid and with those who disliked it because of a too-literal reading. Season 2 is fantabulous!!! So much more interesting and twisty than the set-ups of Season 1. There is such a glut of characters and 90% of them are well-acted and well-written. I'm relieved that Henry has now pointed out that some of these characters are NOT fairy tale characters and I'm willing to buy this new canon they want the audience to accept. Carlyle's Rumplestiltskin is far more nuanced and enjoyable now. There are so many beautiful people on this show that it also is enjoyable just to watch. And they have the "mature" actors as well which puts it into distinctly different country than say, The Vampire Diaries. I've been hit with a few plot bunnies but mainly for the lesser characters because the main cast is pretty well realized story-wise.

I absolutely wriggled with the Baelfire reveal!!! OF COURSE!!!!

* We have migrating sandhill cranes and you can't step outside without hearing the gorgeous harmonics of their calls.

Still listening to this -


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Feb. 17th, 2017 02:08 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you're liking the show! Sadly a lot of the amazing side characters are completely sidelined in the next seasons and they completely dropped King George after setting him up as the big bad once the showrunners got the rights to Peter Pan.

I love that you were surprised with Baelfire's reveal because we we'd all had it figured out ages before the episode aired so it was like yeah that's old news, let me show you the reams of fic we've written for it. ;) Michael Raymond James is an amazing actor, but I won't say more for fear of spoilers.

I'll just say, I have a shoulder you can scream on should you need it.
Feb. 17th, 2017 02:12 am (UTC)
Hahahahaha - you are such a tease!!!

Wow, I did NOT see that coming at all and I usually call those early, too. Huh. Wonder why I missed that one. I have such a girl hard on for MRJ...totally my "type" or at least when I was a young hipster. Trying to figure out where I've seen him before because if I google him I will get spoiled. So thanks for avoiding that!

The Peter Pan arc sounds dull. I LOVE this Hook, he's saucy...but just feels really out of place.

Aaack! When will the screaming commence?????

Edited at 2017-02-17 02:13 am (UTC)
Feb. 17th, 2017 02:21 am (UTC)
The screaming will commence either directly after season two or at the end of the first half of the third season. Possibly at the start of the fourth depending on your tolerance for... things...

MRJ was in the Walking Dead briefly before he was on Once.

Collin O'Donohue is a brilliant actor given crap to do sadly.

There was an incredible fan theory that had Milah as the real Hook and Killian Jones as her first mate who took her name once he decided to seek revenge on Rumplestiltskin.

God the things this show makes me write. But lemme go find that post for you because I think you'd love it.

Feb. 17th, 2017 06:18 am (UTC)
michael raymond-james was on terriers, which i loved, and the first season of true blood, which, uh, well, i gave up after s2. but no spoilers for ouat. :D

as for taboo, i totally agree about zilpha. she's stiff and she and delaney still don't really have any chemistry. she's starey in a weird way that just makes her look garden-variety crazy, rather than the dark kind of crazy that the show should be demanding. her stabbing her husband to death is the first time she's showed any oomph.

tom hardy on the other hand is still fabulous. he does have good chemistry with atticus, but i can't watch cholmondeley in any scenes without remembering the actor in the night manager, and it throws me off. he's a good actor, it's just that his voice and the cadence of his speech are so distinctive. he's an interesting character, tho.

oh my god, the clothes. zilpha might be disappointing but the costumes and the general visuals are great.
Feb. 17th, 2017 06:12 pm (UTC)
A-ha! That's where I know him from - TWD! Thanks, bb. That was making me cuckoo. I love his sly face!

I LOVE Hollander! He's a scene chewer and I just adore watching him work. I think he's stealing Taboo everytime he's onscreen. I will have to queue The Night Manager.

I'm hoping for more from Taboo...they might have to drop Zilpha out of the main narrative.
Feb. 17th, 2017 02:36 am (UTC)

We love once Upon a Time here too! Rumple/ Mr. Gold is my fave character.

Feb. 17th, 2017 06:13 pm (UTC)
I am so glad I gave it a second chance!
Feb. 17th, 2017 02:50 am (UTC)
I so want to see Taboo!

Pumpkin bread! Gingerbread pound cake! I've never even heard of that!

What are the dimensions of your bdjs dolls? I've always wondered because I can't tell from the pictures.

Okay, there is some Haagen-Dazs Coffee ice cream calling to me from the freezer. Talk about seduction! (Wink)
Feb. 17th, 2017 06:14 pm (UTC)
I think you would like Taboo!!

These dolls are pretty huge! 70cm! I should take some pictures to put them into a size perspective. Will put that on my to-do list, M!

Hope that you had a great date with your ice cream! ;)
Feb. 17th, 2017 06:38 pm (UTC)
70cm! That is big! You're going to have so much fun with him when you get him. Can't wait to see all the photos.

I always have great dates with that ice cream! LOL!
Feb. 17th, 2017 04:38 am (UTC)
Pumpkin bread - yum!

Have no idea what going plaid means. Have a feeling what your "too literal" thing is referencing and we'll definitely have to disagree on that if I'm correct. Glad you're still enjoying it. Season 2 was when the show slowly started to lose me.

Feb. 17th, 2017 06:15 pm (UTC)
Not sure how I'm liking this recipe - it called for Canola instead of butter....jury is still out.

Yeah, several of you guys mentioned the adoptive arc....but I think that's too literal a reading. I think one has to look at the fairy tale trope of "evil stepmother" and OUaT is working that trope and trying to reform it. It's working for me!
Feb. 19th, 2017 03:50 am (UTC)
Oh, that's not what I was talking about. I was talking about Regina's rape of Graham.

But, yeah, the whole attempted reformation of Regina doesn't work at all for me and is my main irritation with the show.

Feb. 17th, 2017 06:23 pm (UTC)
That music is awesome. Gingerbread pound cake sounds young. Hope you have a good time with kidling.

I really need to watch the later seasons of Once upon a time.
Feb. 18th, 2017 07:55 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you like this guy! I just love him!

I would love another fan! Especially to bounce ideas and some fic off of. Wow, J, I am just seriously missing LJ fandom. :(
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Feb. 18th, 2017 07:55 pm (UTC)
What else has she done, R? I don't think I've seen her before, but yeah, she is just absolutely tanking in this.

Hahahaha! Indeed!
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