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She woke up, and that was a surprise.
 

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The first two minutes are How You Do Worldbuilding Right. The Pearls are fascinating if also a horrible example of exoticizing the Noble Savage archetype. The CGI is trippy as shit… Besson must’ve seen Jupiter Ascending and vowed to one up the Wachowskis. The anti-colonialism message is heavy-handed but not horrible. Rihanna was great but tragically, tragically, TRAGICALLY underutilized. TRAGICALLY.  GIVE RIHANNA ALL THE SCI FI MOVIE ROLES EVER.  The movie did not pass the Bechdel Test, or the Mako Mori test. The side characters on Alpha were fascinating, I would watch a series about the General and his multi-culti staff running a city of a thousand planets, because give me all the interspecies misunderstandings and wacky alien hijinks plus shipboard life stuff 5eva.

Also: Valerian was annoying as shit (and Not Attractive), Cara Delvigne was (like Rihanna) tragically underutilized (and not to thin-shame anyone, but my personal opinion is Cara needs a sandwich and some seven layer dip, stat) and the heterosexual love story was so cliched and disruptive of the actual plot that I might go back just to hate watch and throw tomatoes at the screen.

Seriously. SO BAD. SO MUCH FRENCH MALE CHAUVINISM. VALERIAN IS A MALE MARY SUE. SO MUCH BULLSHIT FAUX LIBERAL STORYTELLING. Go in expecting the #patriarchy but stay for the opening scene, Bubble, and the Alpha personnel. Some talented vidder, please splice me just those scenes.

I am also hereby starting the hashtag #bubblelives.  Fic to come.

Bubble lives, damnit.

Problematic

Jul. 16th, 2017 09:53 am
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Look.  I know that General Hux from the new Star Wars movies is a space nazi and murdered a star system.  I KNOW.  But.  But.  I, too, am surrounded by temperamental idiots who impede my doing my work, and am too surrounded by ineffective syncophants and a boss who is erratic and cannot be relied upon because all their directions are vague declarations.  Just.  Look.  I can kinda sympathize with the dude just tryin' to achieve his dreams of galactic dominion  without being ok with his space nazi tendencies.  (This problematic confession brought to you by the new Last Jedi behind-the-scenes looks with the Domnhall Gleeson bits.)
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I have been poking away this week on a hockey rpf fic that will probably not see the light of day, not unlike the several hundred other stories I've started and not posted or finished in the last several years.  I have been hesitating over thinking too much about where the hesitation to post is coming from, other than that I disconnected myself a lot from fandom and now am having a hard time even keeping my toes in the water.  Maybe I'm worried about too much of a good thing-- or maybe the opposite.  I actually deleted a fic for the first time after continuing to get wank-filled comments from Steve Rogers stans who were hyperventilating about my refusal to accept Our Lord and Savior, Captain America--  I didn't have the interest in finishing the story after all the hate I was getting on my tumblr for daring to reblog content about Tony Stark.  (Not about Steve Rogers, or anti-anyone.  Just, merely about Tony Stark.)  

I sort of wish that I felt compelled to write Wonder Woman (2017) fic, or something in Mad Max: Fury Road, or even to continue on from the one story I started in The Martian fandom... but I think I'm mostly just content to reblog fanart and picspam and write a bit of meta in Wonder Woman tumblr about what a great story it is.  I have no fic ideas, or no prolonged ones-- I think in large part because I feel like there are no "gaps" in the stories as told on screen.   There are no significant plot holes, underdeveloped characters, or dissatisfying endings that I feel compelled to fix, and it's interesting to decide that that's why I write.  

MMFR generated a lot of wonderful stories, and so did The Martian.  I haven't stepped foot in any of the WW fic tags, and haven't been curious to. I guess I don't want to spoil the enjoyment of the movies qua movies because I was so thrilled walking away from them on first viewing that I don't want to go back and purposefully run a critical eye over things to try to find problems I'd then want to write about to fix.  All three movies have wonderful, wonderful world-building, though, and I am very happy for the people for whom those stories have created a playground to write next chapters or what-ifs.  For my part, though, I don't want to poke at the canon too hard.  

I even haven't gone back and watched Star Trek Beyond-- it was so very good, compared to Into Darkness and even the first movie that I don't want to find out I was wearing rosy-colored goggles and missed some real problems; which made me realize that not long ago I was recommending two books ("A Country Year," Sue Hubbell, and "A Month in the Country," J.L. Carr) to someone going through her own divorce/midlife crisis-- but I also haven't reread those books since the first time I read them and they saved my life. 

I probably should talk about this with my therapist, hmm?  Being afraid to make things up on my own, or re-embrace something important and meaningful because I am afraid I will just mess it up again?  Urgh, fandom, this is why you're a problem.  You make me think too much.

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