nausicaa83: (<avengers> peggy carter)
And here it is, the long-awaited post about the 10th Supernatural finale.

Remember when I said that I was going to drop this show if they wouldn't fix the horrible mess they had written themselves into three weeks ago? Well, it's happening. I deleted my icons, re-wrote all my bios, and officially closed that chapter. I'm not going to keep watching a show that glorifies selfishness, that makes heroes out of assholes, and dresses it all in a pretty box. That finale was like the second season all over again. Except that was 8 years ago, with a different showrunner and characters that were in their early twenties. Now it's simply unacceptable. I have no idea why they decided to spend two seasons building a whole network of characters, on expanding Sam and Dean's world, only to jump back on the same trite bandwagon all over again. The Winchesters are the most destructive force in the world, and that's painted as a good thing, as family love overcoming difficulties? Nope, I'm outta here.

Frankly, I thought it would sting more. Well, we'll always have season 8.
nausicaa83: (<kingsman> in the mood)
The picture of the day is my dad's old guitar, back from the music store. It had been in storage for fifteen years, but surprisingly it was all right, except obviously for the strings. I had them put new ones on, and it only cost me fifteen euros. They told me the little bone thing at the top (always at hand with the mot juste, aren't I?) will probably need replacing in the near future though. Me, I'm still shocked it wasn't eaten by termites or something like that.



I'll try and play a few chords on it later. Seeing as I've been learning the ukulele for more than a year now, I'll have to re-learn all chords and where my fingers are supposed to go. It's going to be fun. My therapist told me I need to learn to accept and let my anger free, so this is probably going to help with that. :D

In fandom news, we've had some great season finales: both Person of Interest and Once Upon A Time blew my mind, and I'm very excited to see where they're going next. I finally dropped The Vampire Diaries: it's not that I didn't like it anymore, but it was getting really boring, and I hadn't been looking forward to it for quite some time anyway. And with me having a Netflix subscription now there's a lot of shows I want to see and a very limited amount of time to do it, I have to cut my losses. That's why I decided to drop Sleepy Hollow as well: I loved the first season, but never got around to see the second one. I noticed how most reviewers didn't like this new season at all, and then I read an article that they're going to change the show even further next season, and give it a more procedural feel, with the monster of the week and all. That was the end of it for me.

Yesterday's Supernatural episode was kind of meh. Mostly just a bridge to the finale next week. I'm still cautiously trusting them to do the right thing and fix that horrible mess they wrote themselves into with the last episode, but if they don't, and they're actually planning on reversing to the same tired tropes from the first two seasons, well that's it for me, I won't be back for the next season. Again, lots of great shows, too little time to stick to the ones that've disappointed me. But still, there's one episode left, I would be very happy to be proven wrong.

And while I was typing this entry the mailman rang with this little package from Singapore:



It's Eggsy's necklace from Kingsman The Secret Service, and it's amazing. Way better than I dared hope. It's a perfect replica, sturdy, and it looks incredible. Plus it arrived just in time for the release of the movie in digital hd tomorrow. I only watched it once in the cinema two months ago, and ever since I've been dying to experience it in the original language. And now I have my necklace to wear while watching it too! Tomorrow can't come soon enough! ♥
nausicaa83: (<supernatural> the road so far)
So, about that Supernatural episode. I was not expecting them to do that, at all. Right now, I'm mostly very confused. I have a dozen theories about what will happen next, and we still have two episodes left this season, which is usually when they shuffle all the cards and do something completely unexpected. Falling angels, let's go howl at that moon, you know what I mean. But I'm still very confused as to why they did this particular thing this week, knowing full well they'd alienate most of the fans. Plus on twitter it's radio silence all over the cast and crew. We'll see.

Loved that literary reference though, at least there's that.
nausicaa83: (<supernatural> let's jam)
I literally just finished watching the latest Supernatural episode, The Book of the Damned, and now it's official, this season just reached season 8 levels of greatness. I had this feeling for quite some time, but holy shit, with this episode, these storylines, where they're taking them, they sealed the deal. Amazing.

I also would like to point out that the new music supervisor is insanely good. I've always liked the original soundtrack, but this season I love it. It has more personality, it's different and bold. I love it.

Also, this morning I had my last dental surgery for the year, and I'm very, very happy. I asked him to use less anesthesia than usual, considering that last time my face kept sleeping for 12 hours, and it was definitely too much. Now it's only two hours later and my lips are already feeling normal. Perfect timing too, because I'm getting hungry. I'll get some ice cream from the fridge and watch the episode again. ^^
nausicaa83: (<kingsman> galahad)
I'm back! My aunt came to visit, and I was very busy enjoying family time. My back gets better and better with every new day, and I'm finally able to pick Sakura up and cradle her in my arms. I have a new entry for the Reading Bingo ready, but I have to update the card on photoshop, so it'll have to wait until tomorrow because I'm lazy. :D

Moving on to fandom, the latest Supernatural episode, Inside Man, was incredible. I loved every single thing, every scene, every piece of dialogue. Amazing. And the music! I spent the whole day humming The Gambler, I love that song, and the significance it holds in the SPN universe. I really can't wait for the next episode, especially considering who the guest star is. ^^

I'm currently playing Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. Man, that's a mouthful. :D I really love it so far. It reminds me a lot of Crisis Core, especially in its saddest moments, and I love how they used the l-Cie mythology. It's always been one of my favourite things in the Final Fantasy XIII universe. So far my favourite character is Queen, but I surprisingly like all of them equally.

I'm also sort of in the Kingsman The Secret Service fandom back on tumblr. I say "sort of", as I actually skirt along the edges, avoid actual conversations, and just leave happy comments on fics and fanmixes. That's how I participate in fandoms now: avoid confrontations and quietly enjoy only the good parts. To be fair, as it's a very young fandom, there haven't been any problems yet (except for one hilarious day when they all started fighting over which Hogwarts Houses the characters belong in), but I've been burned before.

And now dinner! My aunt left me heaps of delicious food, I'm covered for a week at least, but I'm also on my first day of period, and perpetually hungry. :D
nausicaa83: (<supernatural> shiny happy people)
So, news from the last few days!

First, I had another attack of migraine which compromised my sight a bit. So with that and the other problems I've been having recently with my eyes, using a keyboard is a bit harder and very annoying, and that's the reason for the hiatus this week. Sorry for that. I'm getting used to it and powering through it, though, so cheers for me!

I've finished my first playthrough of Dragon Age Inquisition, playing as a female elf warrior romancing Solas. Obviously I won't post any spoilers here, so here's the quick review: at the end of the day, I loved this game. But it has its problems. Mainly two: choices do not affect the story at all, and the ending is very rushed and disappointing. The after-credits scene blew my mind and I loved it to pieces, but it did make me feel like I'd just been playing a long prequel to the real story. Other than that, I loved everything. The open world was amazing, and the characters were so well-done and realistic I wish I could have spent the entire game just talking with them and playing Wicked Grace. They managed to merge the political storyline with the fantasy story in a way that felt natural and realistic. I love DA2 to pieces, I do, but the political story always felt little and claustrophobic to me, especially after the Blight. This time, they managed to do both storylines perfectly, in a way that made it feel like they belonged to the same world.

Next, I'll be playing as a male Inquisitor just to romance Dorian. I want to shower him with love. But I also want to romance Bull at the same time. I wish there was a happy polyamory option. *wishful sigh*

Yesterday I had another anxiety attack, but I recovered from that one quite quickly. In fact, today I was feeling so much better that I went downtown and did all my xmas shopping! The weather was sunny and crisp, a wonderful winter day, and I found myself humming along to the xmas carols in the shops. I'm so proud of my stupid brain today. ^^

I also finished a Bob's Burgers marathon I started on Netflix a while back. I loved it. It's got a weird sort of humor that's never mean or offensive, and all the characters love each other and take care of each other. It's a very positive show while being really funny, and the social commentary is very sharp without it being depressive. Definitely recommended!

And I just finished watching the Supernatural midseason finale, which I loved to pieces. Really amazing, every single scene. And so many beautiful dialogues! Plus, it is now official, every Supernatural episode this season has passed the Bechdel's Test. I'm so proud of them! I hope they'll keep doing it next year too! \o/
nausicaa83: (<supernatural> let's jam)
Obligatory entry for Supernatural's 200th episode. Which I absolutely loved. It was done with great love for the fans, and it never once was mean or cruel. It was a big act of love to the show, but most of all to the fans. I wanted to hug everyone.

Also the songs were great. And everyone was cute and adorable. Can we talk about how cute that Castiel was? She was the cutest Castiel ever! And that ending made me scream like a banshee with happiness. And I definitely need an mp3 of that cover, it was so beautiful I got teary-eyed a bit. And did anyone else scream when they referenced season two's final shot? *____________*

Seriously, it was done with such love and care, and at one point I had this weird flashback of how Sherlock's third season was the exact opposite when it came to talking about fandom. And then I got sad a little. And then I got happy again because it felt like getting a big hug from the Supernatural writers. Thanks, guys, we love you too. ^^
nausicaa83: (<supernatural> L is for the way you look)
New Supernatural entry!

Good god, that episode was such an adrenaline rush, I need way more time to digest it. So much stuff happening, so many important lines, so much pain, and oh boy was that a The Shining reference?

Spoilers in the comments, as usual. I probably won't do an entry for every single episode this season, at least not for the fillers. But these plot-heavy episodes are so awesome they need their own entries!

(The mood refers to the fact that I have that important check-up in a few hours. I'll write an entry about it when I get back!)
nausicaa83: (<supernatural> L is for the way you look)
New entry for the new Supernatural episode, a bit late because I've been feeling under the weather today. I absolutely loved Reichenbach, and if it keeps being so amazing I think this season could even beat season 8 as my favourite SPN season. Never thought it could come to this! *_____*

My personal favourites: the soundtrack, the scene at the bar (good god that scene was incredible), the fight outside the bar, every scene with Dean in it, every bit of Crowley's dialogue, Sam's glorious puppy eyes, Crowley's phone, Hannah's storyline even if I think it'll only end in tears, the return of a certain character from last season, and that scene with Cass. You know which one. ;)

Spoilers in the comments, go nuts. ^^
nausicaa83: (<supernatural> let's jam)
And here's your entry to discuss the new Supernatural episode!

Which was absolutely awesome. And it had everything I wanted and more. And it broke my heart so many times and I still loved it. And it also had new and old wonderful female characters that were the icing on a mindblowing cake of everything that I wanted.

Spoilers in the comments, obviously. ;)
nausicaa83: (<supernatural> the road so far)
If you want to talk about the Supernatural finale, here's the place to do it! All your comments, all your theories, go nuts. I had to watch it while having breakfast because I have the rest of the day booked, but I'm not sure it was such a great idea, because now I can't stop thinking about it and I fear I'll be useless for the rest of the day.

Don't be fooled by the blank tone, it's just that I don't want to spoil anyone even about how it makes you feel. Just know that I really, really loved it. ^^
nausicaa83: (<supernatural> L is for the way you look)
Feels like I haven't written a Supernatural entry in ages. The funny thing is that I'm actually really enjoying this season (it's no season 8, but I love the main storyline and the character development is great), I'm just lazy. :D That being said, I thought yesterday's episode deserved an entry, since it was the pilot of a possible spin-off.

To be fair, I came in with low expectations. I couldn't see how a spin-off with new characters could work, and I was pissed they wouldn't use characters we already know and love (like Jody Mills, or Charlie), instead of two random dudes. And yet surprisingly I liked it, to the point that I might actually watch Bloodlines if they make it. I liked the fact that it was really different from a SPN episode, especially the direction. I liked the plot, and surprisingly I really liked the two main characters, and Violet. They went for two of the most overused tropes in the genre, but they're kind of the stepping stone in SPN, and they did a good work with them. Plus the main actors were really good, and added a lot of depth to their characters. Couldn't really care for Margo, although every time she was on screen I had to throw Godfather quotes at her, and it made me giggle a lot. *heavy italian accent* "You don't understand, David, we are going to the mattresses! Leave the gun, take the cannoli!"

I amuse myself. :D

And what really surprised me was how they referenced a certain Dean/Castiel scene in a very romantic way. Boy, was I not expecting that at all. It's not the first time they've done that, but I always love it when they do!

Also, whoa, Nathaniel Buzolic looks a lot like Andrew Garfield. How come I never noticed it when he was playing Kol? And the fact that he wasn't doing his usual British accent was very confusing. Loved to see him in a different role, he's really good.

And next week, we're finally back to the main plot! Only three episodes left! Nooooooooo!
nausicaa83: (<ashes to ashes> and when she wakes up)
I had a great weekend! Tati and I went to the Mantova Comics convention, a tradition of ours. She went as genderbent Dean Winchester, I went as myself because I stopped working on my cosplay when I thought I couldn't go anymore because of the tooth. Next time, definitely. ;) We had a wonderful time, took a lot of pictures of brilliant cosplayers, talked to a lot of great persons, bought some wonderful things, and even attended the last half an hour of a concert.



A picture we all agreed deserved the front page. It's Sherlock and John making out while Tumblr exults. I love cosplayers. :D

More pictures under the cut, including yours truly with an idol of hers! )

While at the convention we saw some people playing Just Dance 2014, and I fell in love with it. I bought Just Dance 4 yesterday (I'll buy the 2014 one from Amazon, it's cheaper there), and spent the whole afternoon dancing around. Today my muscles feel all sore in that wonderful way they do after a good hour at the gym. Also, it turns out I got the moves, who knew? :D
nausicaa83: (<literature> marilyn)
Time to update the Reading Bingo again. I put the book I was going to read next on the back burner (small font=evil), and continued with a little marathon I started a couple of months ago after watching "Slumber Party", the Supernatural episode that got me into a Wizard of Oz mood again. After re-watching the 1939 movie, I realized I hadn't read any of the books but the first one, which was one of my favourites as a kid. I downloaded the whole lot from Project Gutenberg into my Kindle, and started on learning everything there was to know about Oz. I hit a bump with the second book, that reminded me too much of Return to Oz, a movie I saw when I was a kid and that still gives me nightmares, but after that it's been a nice experience.



For the "A Book that is More Than 10 Years Old" square I chose L. Frank Baum's The Road To Oz, first published in 1909 and the fifth book in the series. The title also reads "In Which Is Related How Dorothy Gale of Kansas, The Shaggy Man, Button Bright, and Polychrome the Rainbow's Daughter Met on an Enchanted Road and Followed it All the Way to the Marvelous Land of Oz" which covers most of what it is all about. After the first one, all the Oz books tend to follow the same structure, and are quite predictable. The new characters are fun, although have mostly just one distinguishable characteristic (Button Bright being dumb, for example), and nothing else really worth saying. In the preface the author says he's writing the books as a secretary to children who ask for beloved characters to have new adventures, and while it's supposed to be a cute joke, it is exactly what it feels like. It's getting harder to tell the individual books apart, as they're so similar in everything except the names of the new characters.

That being said, it is nice to keep meeting beloved childhood characters again and again, and while the whole thing is getting repetitive, it is a lovely reading to do in waiting rooms or other places where one doesn't have to concentrate too hard. I'm not sure I'll manage to read all of them, though, considering I'm already bored by number five.
nausicaa83: (<supernatural> shiny happy people)
And that's two brilliant Supernatural episodes in a row. This episode was bloody amazing. Great mythology, fantastic character development, and a lot of scenes I've wanted for years. There was a lot of cheering and squealing, and a new character that I can't wait to see again. *________*

Seriously, nothing makes me happier than when the writers go all Old Testament on me. \o/
nausicaa83: (<supernatural> home)
Supernatural is back! With a brilliant episode indeed. I'm really loving this year's main storyline, in terms of both Heaven and Hell. And the awesome rock music is back, double yay! We were just complaining with Tati the other day about how it feels there's been less music than usual in this first half of the season, so those first five minutes were very much welcome. And I loved all the character development, it all flowed perfectly. Had to close my eyes during a certain scene (it's quite easy to guess which one), but I get it was necessary, so no hard feelings. ;) And if Jared doesn't win some awards for this season I'm going to be pissed. He's jaw-dropping amazing.

So now I have to do some clean-up, shopping, and then it's therapy time, yes!
nausicaa83: (<supernatural> a sin & a lie)
Supernatural entry for the midseason finale, which can be summed up with a very heartfelt WHAT.THE.HELL! I still feel sore because during a certain scene I was so shocked I got my first coughing fit in days and now my throat hurts and I have a headache. What the double hell. While I think the plot twists were genius, and managed to tie a lot of things up, it was still quite the traumatizing episode.

And I checked the promo for the next one. Pretty straightforward, I bet they're hiding something. Now I'm going to make myself a mug of hot cocoa, and I don't care if it's only 10 am. I need it.
nausicaa83: (<supernatural> home)
Health update! I'm taking some cortisone-based meds and the coughing fits are slowly going away. When it happens, I still sound like a chain smoker since the age of 12, to the point that even my cat gives me the side eye, but it's getting better. I haven't had an infection like this since before high school, it's really weird. And my sense of smell is coming back at random, abrupt times, like I can suddenly smell ORANGES for a couple of seconds, then nothing for hours, then SHOWER GEL, then nothing again. Super weird.

Yesterday's episode of Supernatural was another little masterpiece. And one of those times when, as great art always does, it told a good story while telling me, the viewer, a lot about myself, and choices I made when I was younger. It came into my life exactly at the right moment. And it also made me want to sing Bryan Adams' Summer of 69 at the top of my lungs all morning, but since my bronchi still won't allow that, I settled for putting it on the stereo on loop.

Standin' on your mama's porch
You told me it would last forever
Oh the way you held my hand
I knew that it was now or never
Those were the best days of my life
Back in the summer of '69!!!


*rocking air guitar solo*

So yep, I'm doing better. Not out of the woods yet, but I'm being a good kid, resting and taking all my meds, so I'm going to give myself a good pat on the head and go back to my chores. ^^
nausicaa83: (<assassin's creed> jump!)
Here it is, the promised update! I went to see my doctor this morning, and he was amazing. He prescribed me some drops (which he said were a bland tranquilizer, but I believe were unicorn tears), and I took them right after lunch. Two hours later, my heartrate had dropped to normal, I was breathing at a steady pace, and I was finally hungry again. I ate a sandwich, a banana and a cup of yogurt, and I'm still hungry! And yawning like crazy, because I stopped drinking tea yesterday and it's taking its toll. I also managed to watch the new episode of Supernatural because my brain could finally focus again. Awesome! Plus, it was an awesome episode, so double yay!

And John Finnemore announced he's writing the last episode of Cabin Pressure, which will be broadcasted early next year, and it'll be 45 minutes long. I'm still riding the endorphins here, so I'm super happy we're finally getting Zurich, even if I know the minute it'll be over I'll dissolve in a puddle of tears.

And at the doctor I got to meet a super nice old lady who lives across the street, and we became friends. So all in all, it's been a great day! Now I only have to be good, rest for a week, take my drops for six days, endure the stupid medical exam, and then I'll probably throw a party to celebrate. ;)
nausicaa83: (<supernatural> shiny happy people)
Okay, Supernatural, you have to stop being so awesome. First The Hobbit, now this? My favourite movie AND book as a child? My childhood heroine? I don't think my heart can handle all this. Plus fantastic character development, Bechdel Test passed with flying colors, another brilliant use of CGI, a new awesome ship jfldsfjsdghklfdjgklj, this is too much. ♥

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