ALL SPOILERS, ALL THE WAY DOWN, FOR THE WHOLE SERIES.


I hated, hated, hated the end of series 3 of Sherlock—so much that I couldn't bring myself to post on it. I read fic a little while longer, except for that by a very few writers that I read a lot longer, but the third season really soured me on Sherlock. Here's why )

Onwards

The Abominable Bride )

This episode had basically no redeeming features for me. I don't even remember any moments I enjoyed.

So why did I watch series 4? Am I a masochist? Or just too much an optimist, hoping they'll get better? I think I'm an addict hoping this hit will be as good as the first one was. Nope.

Series 4 )

Tag to The Final Problem )
Happy New Year, everyone! May 2017 be kinder to you than 2016—even if you had a good 2016!

My New Year's Resolution, carefully formulated mere days before I heard rumors of LJ's impending demise is . . . drum roll, please . . . to post more on LJ!

If the worst happens and LJ goes kaput, please look for me on Drnamwidth instead: http://aelfgyfu-mead.dreamwidth.org. I've backed up my whole LJ there, and we can hide there, as in a bunker.

I am optimistic, however, so I will post here.

I've been around, and I'm sorry I haven't been more visible. I've been reading posts and generally replying, but things got away from me early this year, and I kept feeling as if I couldn't post to LJ until I posted more to LJ to explain where I'd been, but some of these will be friends-locked entries, and . . . and . . . and. . . .

There will be posts.

There will be more posts about the tv I'm watching. Brief version, with more to follow: just a taste )
aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Twelfth Doctor)
( Dec. 30th, 2016 09:34 pm)
We saw the Doctor Who Christmas special and enjoyed it. It was pretty silly even for DW, but I loved the characters (well, not sure about Nardole, but certainly Grant), and I had forgotten what a wonderful face Peter Capaldi has. A lot of DW is people reacting to one another, and this Doctor is so much fun to watch reacting! "Some situations are just too ridiculous to be allowed to continue" has been filed for future reference. I'm sure it will come in useful often.

We've also started "The Power of the Daleks." We TiVo'd it off BBC America, but it was wiped from our TiVo! Apparently the machine decided we'd hit our limit of five items, but in fact we hadn't; the folder had nothing in it. A friend pointed out that we can still watch on BBCA's website, so we've been doing that, despite the very painful repetition of the same two commercials at each of the frequent commercial breaks: one for the show we are watching, which seems quite beside the point, and one for s1 of Dirk Gently, which we already watched in full, and if one ad per episode didn't convince us to watch, why would five?

So my longings for real seasons are back. Have you all already seen this little Radio Times article with a two-minute scene with the new companion, Bill (played by Pearl Mackie)?? I just ran across it today looking for an update on when the new season will start.

I didn't find any reliable update, just a quote from Peter Capaldi that he thinks it will start up again in April. Now I want to see more of Bill! And the Doctor!
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[livejournal.com profile] delphia2000 posted a link to LJ PSA: time for DW, which I in turn share here. If you follow the links there, from [livejournal.com profile] dr_tectonic, you see a recent entry with what is known and hypothesized. Short version: LJ servers are in Russia, where hackers and/or the Russian government could access them, so be careful what you're sharing. Also, between political trouble and financial trouble, LJ could go into sudden crisis.

[livejournal.com profile] dr_tectonic's post gives you a quick guide to opening a Dreamwidth account and importing your LJ.

I hope LJ will be around for a good long time—but I've also just imported my whole LJ into Dreamwidth again. I do it periodically anyway, just in case.
aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Daniel)
( Dec. 26th, 2016 10:20 am)
Happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] hestia8! I hope you're enjoying it!
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aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Aelfpark)
( Dec. 25th, 2016 04:53 pm)
To all who are celebrating Hanukah or Christmas: a blessed day to you and your families!
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aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Arthur)
( Nov. 24th, 2016 08:34 pm)
Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends who are celebrating it. May your tummies be full (but not too full) and your family conversations animated (but not too animated)!
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aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Samwise Gamgee)
( Nov. 23rd, 2016 05:47 pm)
Happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] rhymer23! I hope it's a good one!
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aelfgyfu_mead: (Rodney&Carson)
( Nov. 15th, 2016 07:37 pm)
Happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] greyias! I hope you're doing well!
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Happy belated birthday to [livejournal.com profile] delphia2000! I hope it was a good one!
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aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Daniel)
( Oct. 21st, 2016 05:58 pm)
A happy, happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] a_phoenixdragon! I hope you're enjoying it!
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aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (John Watson)
( Oct. 18th, 2016 05:47 pm)
Happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] innie_darling! I hope you've been enjoying it!
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aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Daniel)
( Oct. 16th, 2016 12:23 pm)
Happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] lydiabell! I hope you're enjoying the day and that all is well with you.
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aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Daniel)
( Oct. 1st, 2016 08:24 pm)
Happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] aurora_novarum! I miss seeing you around LJ; I hope all is well!
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aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Sam and Daniel)
( Sep. 15th, 2016 05:20 pm)
Happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] sg_fignewton! I hope it has been a good one!
Happy belated birthday to [livejournal.com profile] lmichelle599! I hope you enjoyed it!
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aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Daniel)
( Aug. 31st, 2016 09:17 pm)
Happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] sg_wonderland! I hope it has been a good one!
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aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Daniel)
( Aug. 26th, 2016 07:44 pm)
Happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] nialla42! May you have an excellent year.
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aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Daniel)
( Aug. 22nd, 2016 08:40 pm)
Happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] beanpot! I hope you're enjoying it.
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Last October, I finished the Imperial Radch series by Ann Leckie (Ancillary Justice, with my brief review here (third item); Ancillary Sword, reviewed here; and Ancillary Mercy, about which I raved here, but couldn't say much without spoiling). I was so sad to be done with the universe that though [livejournal.com profile] astrogirl2 gave me links to two short stories Ann Leckie wrote in the universe, I didn't read them until late this summer so that I wouldn't be finished.

I've read them now and have to pass on the links. There's "She Commands Me and I Obey", which doesn't really mention the Radch empire and certainly doesn't refer to events taking place in the novels, but it's really good and has some of the same feel. A young monk on a world where leadership is decided by winning a ballgame likes to go to the statue of a long-dead ballplayer named She-Commands-Me-and-I-Obey in a garden full of such statues for worship, but he doesn't find peace there. (The link takes you to part 1 of 2.)

"Night's Slow Poison" is more obviously set in the Radch universe and should not be read until after the second book in the trilogy. It's shorter but, like the first one, packs a wallop.

In the fan world, the book trailer for Ancillary Justice by bironic at AO3 offers a lovely look (or look back) at the book and made me want to see the movies used to make it too.

And, like [livejournal.com profile] astrogirl2, I'm still hoping Leckie isn't quite done with this universe. If you're not following her on Twitter, why not? She's here, and at least Aug 17–20, she's sharing cool stuff from Worldcon, some related to her books!
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