Brain Food – Episode 27!

Wow, it’s been a good while, hasn’t it? But here it finally is, episode 28 of Brain Food, wherein I review Daniel H Wilson’s book, Robopocolypse!

A special thank you goes out to Sparkindarkness for his contribution to this video, and I highly encourage you all to go and read his reviews over at Fangs For The Fantasy.

And especially check out his article on What Will You Do In A Dystopian?

[On a side note, please ignore the number at the start... this is episode 27, not 28... I just got a touch mixed up there. >_>]

Critical thoughts on “Once Upon A Time” and fandom

Over on Tumblr, I’ve been carving out a niche in the Once Upon A Time fandom for a place where we can critically analyze the show and the fandom, with a special emphasis on the messages it sends and what people take from it.

For the most part, I kept a lot of that stuff over there because my Tumblr is the place where I can really relax and let my freak flag fly. That said, I do want to start bringing some of my OUAT stuff over here because it’s relevant to Ars Marginal.

Keep coming back and bring some friends because it’s going to get pretty interesting now.

Game of Thrones: A Review

“Winter Is Coming.”

So last week I finished watching the first two seasons of Game of Thrones based on the popular George R.R. Martin novels. I was then informed by several friends that I was obligated to write a review.

Be careful what you wish for.

I’ve had other friends hype this show up like it was the second coming and more often than not, HBO consistently produces quality television.

This show right here? *SMDH*

I’m debating whether or not I’ll even watch season 3 but as a buddy and I agreed, there is a certain shiny train wreck factor to the show that simply cannot be denied.

Before I begin the review, let me put up the disclaimer. I have not read the books and at this point I have no intention of doing so. As a number of my friends have pointed out, quite emphatically I might add, there are certain plot elements that are handled far better in the book than it is in the tv series. Having not read the books, I will not argue that point.

So I am only reviewing the television series only in this review.

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Open discussion: Things I learned from TV

Over on Tumblr, there’s a great thread going on about what we learn about life and people by watching TV. Since this is Ars Marginal, and this is the sort of thing we talk about, why don’t we continue the conversation here?

Here are a few things I learned:

  1. Bisexual means lesbian until the straight White guy comes along.
  2. Only 2 types of people talk about race: neo-Nazi skinhead KKK mofos and paranoid militant Black people with chips on their shoulders.
  3. All lesbians want sperm donors to make babies. Failing that, adopting a Chinese girl would do.
  4. Disabled people don’t have lives like the rest of us. They exist to be symbols of the human spirit.
  5. Everyone in NYC has glamorous media jobs that pay enough to live in huge Manhattan apartments that don’t have mice or roaches.

What did you learn from TV?

DC And Diversity

Greetings and Salutations everyone!

I am very pleased to be here contributing to this fine blog, having been referenced here by Neo-Prodigy and encouraged to contribute as well. I’ve been a fan of comics and pop culture since I could read and watch the TV, and some of my fondest memories of superheroes belongs to watching the old, 60s animated Spider-Man series (all voiced by fellow Canadians from CBC).

However, while fiction can be an escape from some of the prejudices and bigotry of real life, it appears that not only has this been not the case, but such prejudices and bigotry has been kept firmly in place and in such a way as to not use the language that most of us keep a keen eye and ear out for.

Today, I am posting two videos I’ve made about DC Comics, and how they’ve been dropping the ball as of late with regards to diversity not only along gender lines but racial as well. Everyone knows about the upcoming reboot called Flashpoint coming up this year, in which 52 new titles are being released, and out of all the people working on the books, only 1 percent, 2 white women, are working on it.

I hope that everyone enjoys the videos and that if I’ve missed anything, then please feel free to point it out. I do my best to catch myself and watch my own privilege, but there is always room for improvement.

Comics Rant #1 – Flashpoint

Comics Rant #2 – DC Hates Diversity

Illness and entertainment

Tell me if this sounds familiar.

You’re watching a movie, TV show, or play. After you’ve spent a little while with the characters, getting to know them (and love – or hate – them), suddenly you’re smacked with a revelation: one of the characters is revealed to have a chronic illness of some kind, rendering them more noble and tragic than they otherwise would be.

If I took Hollywood’s word for it, living with a chronic illness not really a big deal. It might be inconvenient at times, especially when you haven’t had your meds, but otherwise it’s just a matter of managing your condition and going on with life. People who are open about the difficulties they face, they’re just whining. They need to shut up and go live life to the fullest. Because that’s what a chronic illness is – a motivator! Be bold and daring! Do all that stuff you said you always wanted to do but didn’t because your lack of illness made you take life for granted (because, obviously, you never knew anyone who dealt with the shit you’re living with now). If you admit that you feel fear and pain, you’re a loser who doesn’t have their priorities straight.

But there are perks, though! You don’t get your health, but people will find you sympathetic and endearing no matter how much you fucked up before. Being sick frees you from being a moral agent. Actually, it frees you from being any kind of agent at all. You just get to hang around and be a symbol of the strength of the human spirit or some shit. Granted, in real life you’d probably be a symbol of how fucked up our health care system is here in the USA (hahaha – good one!). But seriously, fuck your life. We’re making movies/TV here.

And if you die – oh, MAN! Do you have any idea how much pathos you’ll give the friends and family who survive you? What’s that, you say? What about your happiness and well-being? Fuck you! This ain’t about you or what you need or want. We’re talking about the attractive leading actors playing your friends or family. If you don’t die of a painful disease, how can we prove that they’re deep and sensitive and all that jazz?

You really don’t expect us to treat you like a complex human being with complex problems that can’t be solved with a soundtrack and a gimmick, do you? Heheheh! Hey, Bob, this one wants us to treat sick people like real people!

My Bitter Case Against Glee

Let’s talk about Glee, which for the moment is almost everyone’s darling show.

I hate Glee. I watched the screening of the second episode at Outfest 2009, when it was not on anyone’s radar yet, and I thought it was moderately offensive but extraordinarily campy and funny. So, I decided to watch the new season on Fox. Unfortunately, the episodes got progressively more problematic, and by episode 7, Throwdown, I decided I was done.

That episode really made me detest Glee. But normally, I’d just accept that it was a problematic show glumly, like much of television, and move on with my life. The problem was that my friends wouldn’t let me move on. Many of my friends adored the show unequivocally, many of my other friends saw problems with it but treated it as their ultimate guilty pleasure. Many of my online friends had a total obsession with the show, to the exclusion and abandonment of other fandoms. As a result, I still managed to learn most of the drama going on Glee even after I stopped watching. I couldn’t understand the fervor. Why? WHY?!

Read more about why Glee ain’t so gleeful

Representing heroism

I love fantasy. I love magic and elves and dragons and shit. I’m the girl who would love to spend a weekend watching entire extended edition Lord of the Rings trilogy. I know Red Sonja is a piece of shit but I’ll watch it whenever it’s on TV anyway (when I have access – which is only when I’m visiting my family in Virginia). I love the fuck out of Willow.

Eragon and the D&D movie can kiss my ass for being fantasy movies for people who hate fantasy.

It’s funny that I bring up Willow too, since it touches upon something that, as a fantasy genre buff and a roleplayer, has been a concern of mine for a while: the overwhelming straight White cis maleness of heroes.

We want to be heroic too!!!