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I grew up on Star Trek: The Next Generation.

These are childhood memories I have: Drawing a picture of Captain Picard which my parents put on the refrigerator, practicing the Vulcan salute, trading quotes with my family members like they were as integral a part of conversation as things like "hi, how was your day?"

The Next Generation ended, and that was sad but it was sort of okay, because there was Deep Space Nine, which was glorious. But then there was Voyager, and somewhere along the line, the Star Trek universe became disappointing.

There were the Next Generation movies, of course, but they ended up becoming disappointing, too. I think it's telling that when my favorite character died, I didn't think "Oh, God, Data," I thought "So Brent Spiner finally got out."

By the time Enterprise aired, my mindset was basically "They're still trying to milk this franchise?" Which is exactly what I thought when I learned that they were making a new movie. A prequel, no less, with new actors for the original characters.

I thought, why won't you people just let it stay dead?

Lately, I've been having more fun with nitpicking scifi movies than just watching them. I will happily tell anyone who will listen that The Remake With Keanu Reeves was not The Day The Earth Stood Still, and that Keanu Reeves' acting abilities were wasted on it (yeah, you heard me). And while I liked the Watchmen movie, I'm pretty much incapable of saying that without adding something I liked better about the comic (minor characters, the use of bloody imagery, Veidt's characterization, the pacing of the ending...).

I thought the new Star Trek movie would be fun to complain about.

I laughed about the casting. I decided to hate the director based on what I've heard about his TV shows, though I haven't seen any of them. I started watching the original Star Trek series, which I'd only seen a few episodes of. Not just because I've been meaning to get around to it, but so I'd know exactly what the movie was doing wrong.

But over the last few days, I've been hearing that it's good. That was annoying, because I thought my only hope of even remotely liking it would be to go in with low expectations. But then Wil Wheaton liked it. And then [personal profile] darlas_mom liked it. And I guess I wasn't as entrenched in my bitterness as I'd thought, because I went in thinking it'd be good.

It was perfect.

There wasn't a single moment I wasn't thrilled to be in that theater. (I'm agoraphobic, my eyes are very sensitive to light and I have chronic earaches that sometimes get worse with too much noise- I do not go to theaters lightly.) The plot turned everything I thought they flat-out couldn't do well into something that made it better. It was heartwrenching, it was funny, it was surprising, it was familiar, it was thrilling, and even with my high expectations, it was something I didn't think it could be:

It was a good beginning. I want more.
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Title: He Could
Fandom: Criminal Minds
Characters: Morgan
Rating: PG-13/FRT
Word Count: 400
Summary: Morgan wants to tell his mother about Carl Buford.
Warnings: Vague references sexual abuse.

Derek didn't say much as Carl Buford drove him back from the cabin. )


Mar. 9th, 2009 12:40 pm
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My favorite Rorschach line is "Existence is random. Has no pattern save what we imagine after staring at it for too long. No meaning save what we choose to impose."

It wasn't in the movie. This makes me sad.
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I told myself I'd work on one of my fics that has an actual plot, and try to actually finish something that has more than a thousand words.

But then I was sad, so I wrote this.

Title: Where Were You At Midnight?
Fandom: Criminal Minds/Watchmen
Characters: Reid
Rating: PG-13/FRT
Word Count: 200
Summary: Reid's memories of November 2, 1985.

Not many people Reid's age can answer the question, 'Where were you when you found out about New York?' )

Basically, what I'm saying here is that CM/Watchmen fic would be awesome, and people should write it. And why is it not Friday yet?
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My subconscious is awesome for giving me a dream where Penelope Garcia and I were in an Avatar-like universe, on the run from bad guys who were almost identical to Darth Vader and the Emperor.

Life was awesome. Charlie minor spoiler ) was priceless.

I caved in and watched Dollhouse. I'm not impressed. I wasn't impressed with this week's Sarah Connor Chronicles, either. I did, however, enjoy the Watchmen and Hulu commercials.

Bad day overall. I'm PMSing hard, and I'm not sure if my drowsiness was caused by that, or by my recent medication change. Plus, an earache I've had on and off for months is back. >:(

But I proved to myself that I can still do some writing while having a bad day, and that's always a plus.
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Today sucked.

Good things: Watchmen clips. Chocolate cookies. New episode of Criminal Minds.

Criminal Minds 4x15, Zoe's Reprise )
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Title: Something Rare
Fandom: Criminal Minds
Characters: Gideon, Hotch
Rating: G/FRC
Word Count: 350
Summary: Gideon and Hotch go birdwatching.
Author's Notes: Written for the Gen Battle prompt "Gideon and Hotch - birdwatching."

'I can't believe I let you talk me into this.' )
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It is so incredibly good to be back home where I have a constant internet connection and don't have to have my anxiety triggered every day.

Liked the new Life episode. I'm still baffled by how little I hate Tidwell. I still haven't forgiven him for the incredible jackass he was earlier this season, though.

Also liked the new Criminal Minds. Especially since Reid's purple scarf made an appearance. I have an unreasonable love for that scarf.

I don't think I'll be watching Dollhouse. It sounds squicky, and this is coming from someone who recently enjoyed a Criminal Minds episode that involved necrophilia.


Feb. 10th, 2009 03:15 pm
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Having almost no internet access sucks. It's worth it, to see a truly awesome gem and mineral show, but it still sucks.
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Re-Entry )
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Title: Obvious
Fandom: Criminal Minds
Pairing: Gideon/Reid
Rating: PG-13/FRT
Word Count: 100
Summary: A moment between Gideon and Reid.

'It's a little obvious, don't you think?' Reid murmured sleepily against Gideon's chest. )