Something CorporateBeam Me Up
Logic ColdplaySpace Girl
The Imagined VillageIridescent
Linkin ParkThe Hymn of Acxiom
Jason MrazTiny Light
Grace Potter and the NocturnalsTime of Our Lives
Tyrone WellsListen.When you're in trouble, you can call DW.
They always focus on the electronic aspect of SHIELD's record-keeping, but there's got to be a physical Archive somewhere (because paper backup that's why)(also because digitization will never quite capture the mud and blood and wrinkles and notes and drawings all over the Howling Commandos' "official" map of France).
And when SHIELD falls to Hydra, the Archive does not fall. Because you do not fuck with a Librarian. Or an Archivist. Or any library staff, really. Like, people who have dedicated their lives to the preservation of knowledge are not going to let Nazis destroy and/or corrupt that knowledge. (And the Preservation Department has lots of sharp objects in it, I'm just saying.)
And then when the info gets dumped on the internet, the head librarian is like, finally
, I've been saying this for years, can we open the Archive to the public now?
Now I've just got to figure out what A.R.C.H.I.V.E. should stand for...
(Archival Resources Collective & Headquarters of Internally Verified Ephemera?)When you're in trouble, you can call DW.
Okay, so I haven't actually made it to that Highlander
episode yet but it seemed appropriate for the first season of 12 Monkeys
that I've been watching instead.
[Now that I think about it, I don't think there's actually been any live monkeys onscreen just pictures and drawings.]
Anyway, with all the Nikita
overlap casting, there's a part of my brain that keeps expecting Maggie Q to show up and fix everything.( Spoilers for Season 1Collapse )
Unfortunately, SyFy does not have a great track record with making their series easy to watch online. I think the only reason S1 was available all at once on hulu was to hype S2 (and I definitely found it helpful to watch it all over the course of a week because that made it easier to keep track of the time travel shenanigans).When you're in trouble, you can call DW.
A Highlander: The Series
fanvid set to Metric's "Help, I'm Alive" (or possibly the Vitamin String Quartet instrumental cover) showing immortals coming back to life contrasted with the mortals who don't.
(Also I feel like pretty much any song by P!nk would be appropriate for an Amanda fanvid and/or playlist, but particularly "Bad Influence" and "Raise Your Glass".)When you're in trouble, you can call DW.
And wondering if they're not just doomed to be sort of awkward.
Because there are certain things that need to happen (and are thus unsurprising), and then there are other things that can't happen (which sorta kills the suspense). And inevitably there's going to be a continuity error.
And sometimes, you wind up in this sort of limbo state where X needs to happen, but it can't happen yet
, so they just wind up resetting themselves.When you're in trouble, you can call DW.
The Other Wind
by Ursula K. Le GuinTales from Earthsea
by Ursula K. Le GuinImajica
by Clive Barker [trigger warnings: rape; dubious consent; more rape; even dubiouser consent]Lionboy
by Zizou CorderLionboy: The Chase
by Zizou CorderLionboy: The Truth
by Zizou CorderOne Hundred and One Dalmatians
by Dodie Smith [re-read]The Hunger Games
by Suzanne CollinsCatching Fire
by Suzanne CollinsMockingjay
by Suzanne Collins The Princess Bride
by William Goldman [re-read]Acceptable Risk
by Robin Cook [I don't know that it's triggering as such, but the author's "anti-depressants are evil" attitude actively pissed me off. Like, if it were just the characters' opinions, or they were choosing for themselves not to take medication, it would be one thing, but the narrative actively backs them up by having anti-depressants that turn you into an atavistic murderer, and uses that to basically be like "and therefore all anti-depressants are bad and you should bootstrap yourself into mental health with therapy and no drugs".]Robopocalypse
by Daniel H. WilsonThe Dark Half
by Stephen KingThe Circus of the Earth and the Air
by Brooke Stevens
Right now I'm in the midst of Matter
by Iain M. BanksWhen you're in trouble, you can call DW.
All of the episodes were new to me because they tend not to show the hour-long ones in the marathons, though I think I did see part of Jess-Belle
at some point because I have vague memories of a woman turning into a big cat (my faulty memory replaced the leopard with a panther for some reason).Valley of the Shadow
had transporters, replicators, and force fields in small town America. It also had James Doohan, appropriately enough. He wasn't one of the main players, but he gets more lines than Nimoy in the Dean Stockwell/Yellowface episode.He's Alive
was very relevant to current events in terms of the influence of Hitler and his ilk. Like, I can totally buy that Donald Trump communes with the ghost of Hitler. (I had actually been thinking when I was watching various "Christmas Carol" adaptations that the 3 spirits deal wouldn't work on Trump because he's too terrible.)Printer's Devil
allowed for geeking out over a linotype machine that the devil rigs such that what you type into it occurs. Meredith Burgess always seems to show up in the book geekery episodes. I mean this was a newspaper technically, but printing press stuff is bookish, and then he's a Librarian in another episode, and the guy who just wants to read all the time in yet another episode.No Time Like The Past
wasn't a highlight, per se, but it's worth mentioning because of incompetent time travel shenanigans. This guy goes back in time to try to stop major tragedies, but he goes about it all wrong. Showing up in Hiroshima on the day of when you don't even speak Japanese isn't gonna help anybody. Nor is showing up on a ship just before it's about to be torpedoed. No one is going to believe you when you try to warn them about these things. The botched Hitler assassination at least felt more like the point they were trying to make about the past being unalterable. So finally, he goes back to 1881 to stay because he thinks it's simpler times or whatever, and okay. So you know that a fire is started by a kerosene lantern thrown from a runaway carriage. Therefore your focus should be the damn lantern and putting it out (he literally could have just grabbed it and blown it out). Not once again trying to convince someone to do a weird thing (unhitch the horses) that they're never going to do. And definitely not trying to unhitch the horses yourself because that's what leads to the runaway carriage in the first place. So basically they undermined their point about the past being inviolate by having the time-traveling protagonist be a complete and utter dip.
Ended with The New Exhibit
wherein the curator of murderous wax figures becomes a murderous wax figure, as you do.
Only 11 episodes total, but since they're hour-long ones that's actually about how many I usually watch.
Next year will start with Of Late I Think Of Cliffordville
.When you're in trouble, you can call DW.
So far I'm thinking "No Gringo" by Vienna Teng and "Creepy Doll" by Jonathan Coulton because they're basically Twilight Zone
episodes in song form. And then probably "O, Death" because death and the personification thereof show up a lot. And maybe "You're The Devil In Disguise" because that's also a common theme.
But now to watch actual episodes!When you're in trouble, you can call DW.
*title stolen from the poem by Don McKayTracklist:Rescue Me
by Fontella Bass
[Pararescue]The Marching Line
by Vanessa Carlton
[Leaving the military + "There's no Captain to call out your name"]Keep On Keeping On
by Travie McCoy (ft. Brendon Urie)
[wing imagery + PTSD recovery]The Way You Do The Things You Do
by The Temptations
[Sam Wilson: actual Ray of Sunshine, Disney Prince, etc.]Lean On Me
by Bill Withers
["Everyone we know is trying to kill us." "Not everyone." + "When do we start?"]Parachute
by Ingrid Michaelson
[Sam/Steve: one of the times Steve literally jumps without a parachute, Sam literally catches him]Mercy Mercy Me
by Marvin Gaye
[gotta have Marvin Gaye on a Sam mix + "Things ain't how they used to be"]Icarus
[Flying is dangerous, but maybe that's part of the appeal]Fly
by Nicki Minaj (ft. Rihanna)
[This works as a more general Captain America: The Winter Soldier
song, but it's specifically Sam because flying]Listen on 8tracks.When you're in trouble, you can call DW.
And I'm really disappointed in my younger self for disliking her and not appreciating her awesomeness. She is so fucking brave and caring and understanding.
(This post is brought to you by my second attempt to watch all my Highlander
DVDs from start to finish. First attempt was in 2006 which was 9 years ago [not an immortal but that still makes me feel old]. I think part of the problem last time was that I was forcing myself to watch/read all the DVD extras, but I have since come to realize that the majority of DVD extras don't really interest me [and when they do, they're only available on blu-ray *cough*Agent Carter One-Shot*cough*].)When you're in trouble, you can call DW.
The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul
by Douglas Adams [re-read]Foundation
by Isaac AsimovFoundation and Empire
by Isaac AsimovSecond Foundation
by Isaac AsimovDragon's Egg
by Robert L. Forward [re-read]Starquake
by Robert L. ForwardWelcome to the Monkey House
by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. Dark Water's Embrace
by Stephen Leigh [re-read]The Left Hand of Darkness
by Ursula K. Le Guin [re-read]A Wizard of Earthsea
by Ursula K. Le GuinThe Tombs of Atuan
by Ursula K. Le GuinThe Farthest Shore
by Ursula K. Le GuinKraken
by China MiévilleMonster Island
by David WellingtonKindred
by Octavia Butler [re-read]Monster Nation
by David WellingtonMonster Planet
by David WellingtonTehanu
by Ursula K. Le Guin
Starting out the new year with more Earthsea: The Other WindWhen you're in trouble, you can call DW.
With 4 new to me episodes and 2 classics (The Dummy
and I Sing The Body Electric
Then started in on the first two episodes of season 4 which were both an hour each. They were good, but the extra time led to a loss of tension/urgency. Not surprised to learn that network interference/douchebaggery is to blame for the length change.
(and then I couldn't write this post last night because of internet interference-- maybe it doesn't like being routed through the Twilight Zone)
Next year starts with Valley of the Shadow
.When you're in trouble, you can call DW.
there were 6 episodes I have never seen before.
Including the last one The Trade-Ins
, which had a book metaphor in the intro because Rod Serling just gets me, okay?
"Mr. and Mrs. John Holt, aging people who slowly and with trembling fingers turn the last pages of a book of life and hope against logic and the preordained that some magic printing press will add to this book another limited edition."
To be continued tomorrow/next year.When you're in trouble, you can call DW.
What are you doing New Year’s, New Year’s Eve?A:
Watching so many episodes of The Twilight Zone
that by the time midnight rolls around, Rod Serling will be narrating my brain.
Starting off with One More Pallbearer
.When you're in trouble, you can call DW.
Hulu has been playing a "last week to watch the first episode of the season" ad with a clip of Sam torturing a woman (who is presumably possessed by a demon) and asking "Where is my brother?" all urgent-like. Which on the one hand, kudos to whoever chose the clip because that's it, that's the show. But on the other [evil] hand, that's it
the show. I feel like if I knew for sure that this was the last season, then I could keep watching, but if there's more, I'm not sure I can make it. And the fact that I'm thinking about it in those terms is sort of an answer to the "should I keep watching?" question in and of itself.When you're in trouble, you can call DW.