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    The argument “Were-Monster” is making about The X-Files is a bit revisionist, but refreshing nonetheless. Thanks to Chris fucking Carter, watching The X-Files replicates modernity’s loss of faith in transcendent meaning. We follow the mythology episodes, we wait and wait for the signs and omens to resolve themselves into something coherent which will give our experience meaning, but in the end that promise of revelation turns out to be nothing but a cruel hoax. You want hope?, says “Were-Monster.” You want zest for life? You want a reason to live? Forget secret scripture and grand narratives. Come to the Monster Of the Weeks. We’ll take care of you.

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    “Founder’s Mutation” appears to be a deliberate attempt to puncture some of the most damaging and infuriating aspects of Chris Carter’s treatment of both sexuality and reproduction. And that it is partly because Wong is taking a few jabs at his own Founder (i.e., Carter) with “the devil’s pitchfork” that “Founder’s Mutation” is exactly what we all wanted this revival to be: just like the old X-Files, only better.

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    This was my first response to TAB, before I started in on "Sherlock's Dreamwork." It discusses, among other things, that the episode is so structured that it is actually impossible.

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    Having gifted everyone with my preliminary thoughts on “The Abominable Bride” as palimpsest playtime, I’m now watching it again with my eye what I think is the second most fruitful way to approach “The Abominable Bride”: as a dream in which Sherlock’s subconscious attempts to cope with the traumatic and turbulent events of Series 3.

    There's chapters. It got long.

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    I’ll tell you the short story up front: this episode was a huge disappointment to me, and it really doesn’t make any kind of sense. It doesn’t make logical sense; it doesn’t make emotional sense; it doesn’t make psychological sense; it doesn’t make dramatic sense. I haven’t seen a whole lot of Classic Who. But I still feel safe saying that Twelve’s return to Gallifrey must be the biggest anticlimax in this show’s 50+ year history.

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    Steven Moffat loves a pastiche. That’s why there’s Sherlock. So don’t look at me like I’m crazy when I say that “Heaven Sent” is basically an Endgame AU. It’s kind of a fix-it in which, after Nell and Nagg die and Clov walks out, Hamm is left alone to face his last million last moments in gray rooms full of gray light. But instead of dying, he works up the grit and determination to punch his way right out of the trap. Twelve doesn’t do the running and the leaping and the combat so much; that’s the price we had to pay for Peter Capaldi, who cannot be expected to do the kind of physical work that Eccleston, Tennant, and Smith routinely did in that part. “Heaven Sent” makes a feature out of this bug by turning Twelve into a kind of existentialist action hero, a Beckettian badass who resists the temptation to, as Sammy B put it, “lose and have done with losing.” Instead, Twelve fights his way right out of that box, one punch at a time.

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    These* are not the tags you're looking for! (Probably)

    * Loki: Agent of Asgard; Loki (Agent of Asgard)

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    So the last four weeks have been:

    1) The Zygon two-parter, which I am still planning to write up when I get the time, but let me just say that although I was at times entertained by both episodes, that doesn’t balance out the massive problems built into the whole premise.

    2) Giant dust creatures made of sleepy sand from the corners of a million eyes kill everyone. Or maybe they don’t. It’s hard to say. It’s really hard to say exactly what happened in that episode, except that the Doctor never said a truer thing than “None of this makes any sense.”

    3) And now…an episode set in Diagon Alley.

    Let me just say, before venturing into the spoilers below, that given that some pretty significant shit goes down in this episode..they sure made some weird choices about how to do it.

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    I’m sorry, younger self, that I read up on endometriosis again and again and talked myself out of it because that couldn’t be happening to me.

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    Martin Crieff and the weight of the world.

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    Советы для авторов, как правильно описывать в текстах травмы, чтобы читатели не косплеили Станиславского с его знаменитым "Не верю!".
    Написано для команды Полиции на Фандомной Битве - 2015 на основе советов Sabrina

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    As fans, we know that fictional characters impact our lives in countless, very real ways. But is it possible that the lives and deaths of certain characters have an impact that reaches beyond the subjective realm of our immediate lives and emotions and into what we generally think of as "real" life? The answer, at least in Starscream's case, would seem to be yes--and in fact, his G1 death and resurrection appear to have been written in the very stars themselves.

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    The OTPodcast is a meta round table podcast where fans discuss all things fanfiction.

    In Episode 3, the mod and contributors provide some insight and advice on the beta reading process. We talk about the necessity of beta readers as more and more fanfiction is mined by publishers, how to make your criticism constructive, and why you may want to check if there's a cream for that before you have a character kill themselves melodramatically over an illness.

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    The OTPodcast is a meta round table podcast where fans discuss all things fanfiction.

    In Episode 2, the mod and contributors take on the extremely broad topic of gender and fanfiction. We muse on why so many women write fanfiction, their obsession with gay romance, trans characters and the language we use to refer to gender in fanfiction, and the pros and cons of A/B/O and genderswap fics.

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    The OTPodcast is a meta round table podcast where fans discuss all things fanfiction.

    In Episode 1, the mod and contributors take fanfiction back to it's very basics and discuss Star Trek's place in it's history, defend Mary Sues, weigh the pros and cons of AO3, FF.net and Tumblr, and generally explore what fanfiction is and who it's for.

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    I am about to talk about some of the things about "Children of Earth" that make it simultaenously very good and really horrible. Top of the list, of course, is Jack/Ianto. Some of that has to do with universals like life, death, and time. But all of that is closely related to the heartbreakingly true, wrenchingly told, and utterly horrifying story that "Children of Earth tells about what is specifically hideous about life in the nation-state in the post 9/11 era. It's going to get long.

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    Despite all the ways in which death misbehaves in the Torchwood universe–Jack’s invulnerability/immortality, Suzie and Owen’s reanimations, all the activity in that morgue, the resurrection gloves, whatever the hell was going on with Eugene–it remains real and (in the long run) inevitable, and familiarity with it doesn’t make it any less terrifying. So in the end, “It’s OK” turns out to be, really, just about the bravest thing a Torchwood team member can say about his or her own death.

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    I have decided, in my “Day in the Death” headcanon, that this whole case was a put-up job organized by Tosh and Jack, in collusion with Gwen and Ianto, solely for the purpose of showing Owen that he has a future.

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    Back when I started writing slash in the 1990s, none of us ever believed we had a shot at seeing an actual m/m pairing actually become canon on a major network TV show. Torchwood, whatever else might be wrong with it, was not afraid to go there. In fact, Torchwood, being I suppose basically RTD’s Doctor Who fanfic, appears quite willing to realize slash–oh, call them tropes, not cliches–right before our very eyes. And behind the cut tag, I will ask myself the question: Well, do I like slash better when it’s produced for me, or would I really just as soon roll my own?

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    I recently lost a friend to suicide.
    This is my way of remembering them, and reminding anyone who stumbles across this...if you ever left this world-you would be dearly missed, I promise you that.

    This is my story, and the story of an amazing person, who changed my life when they entered it...and when they left it.

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