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2011 in Fandom

I did this Year in Fandom meme last year, and it was really fun, so I decided to bring it back this year. And, well, I thought it might be interesting to see the evolution of my fangirliness.

Your main fandom of the year?
Yeah, it'll be Doctor Who again this year. I'm pretty sure it's the only thing I've followed with any regularity in 2011, and while I have my gripes, there were some good times in there, too.


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Rarity knows how it is

I'm a child of the 80s. Deal with it.

It's snowing outside and I am most seriously displeased. We're not talking a little bit of flurries, either. This is a few inches of snow and it's staying. It is May, I should not have to deal with snow! I shouldn't be surprised, since this is not the first year we've had a May snowfall but I will still sulk about it. I'm so sick of winter. First snowfall was in October, people. Do you have any idea how long winter seems when it stretches across eight months?

In other news, I have become addicted to My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. It's charming and colourful and intelligently written. Plotlines are surprisingly complex for what is allegedly a children's show and the main characters are pretty well fleshed out. They've had episodes about racism and puberty and other issues you wouldn't expect. And it's something I can watch with my seven-year-old daughter. We appreciate it on different levels sometimes, but we both glee over it unashamedly. And, well, it taps into the nostalgic part of me, since I was of the right age to get swept up into the first generation of My Little Ponies back in the '80s.

PONIES PONIES PONIES PONIES

Yes, it's obvious I watch this show from a mature perspective. *cough cough*
book 1

Battlestar Galactica

With no internet or cable, I had to figure out something to do with myself during late nights when the baby wasn't sleepy but I was. It's hard to read when you're out of it, and a house that's too quiet drives me up the wall, so usually I watch weird scifi stuff or bizarre youtube videos. Last week, though, this was obviously not an option, so I took my husband's box set of the first season of Battlestar Galactica off the shelf.

I'm not sure why I'd never seen it before. I meant to; it's always seemed like the type of show that would appeal to me. And since it became pretty recognizable in geek culture, well, I can't even claim to have been unaware of it. Then again, I'm often behind the times.

So basically, Battlestar Galactica is a soap opera. In space. Lots of politics and relationships and angst acted out by a bunch of very pretty people. They did some interesting things and some infuriating things and it became very addictive. I got to the end of season one and wound up renting season 2.0. Then the husband took that as his excuse to rent season 2.5, since he missed most of it when it first ran, so I've seen to the end of 2.5 at this point.

I found some parts of it really hard to watch. When Six broke the neck of a baby for no apparent reason (an act that was never explained or even referred to again), it bothered me enough I wasn't sure I'd keep watching. And I ranted for days when they took a woman's newborn baby from her, told her it died, and gave it to someone else. Eventually, when I turned to the husband to say once more "they stole her baby," he kind of patted my arm and reminded me it is, in fact, fiction.

Granted, this is coming from a woman who just had a baby. These scenes are a lot harder to watch while you're feeding your own sweet little infant, or while she sleeps not a foot away from you.

On the flipside, I really love that men and women are truly equal in this series. Both genders play powerful and important roles with a wide variety of representatives. Although it was a controversial move, I love that they made Starbuck a woman. I think that simple change added a whole new dimension not just to the character but to the show. Katee Sackhoff is wonderful in the role, adding a twist to what would otherwise have been a cliché character (although admittedly I prefer season 1 Starbuck to the more "emotionally developed" version in late season 2).

In the end, Battlestar Galactica is a very watchable show. It's not going to be my new obsession, but I'll watch and enjoy the rest of it. Also, I'm having a lot of fun accusing people of being Cylons.
Dr Horrible

Avatar: The Last Episode

Dear Mike and Brian
Dear Mike and Bryan
Dear guys who created Avatar: The Last Airbender:

First of all, you'll have to forgive me. I'm not quite enough of an Avatard to remember how to spell your names.

I'm a relatively new convert to the show, my introduction coming through your ludicrously huge fanbase. (Some of the fans scare me a little, but I think that could be said of any fandom.) Most of my knowledge of the first two seasons comes from paying attention to the constant and enthusiastic fan discussions, as well as countless pieces of fanart. I caught the odd episode on rerun, but most of what I've seen is from the third and final season of the show.

I caught the series finale last night, and I have to say guys, not impressed. A lot of it kind of felt like you'd written yourself into a corner and had no idea what to do next, so things started happening randomly. A pinch of inconsistency, a dose of "let's ignore all the character development we've done so far," and a huge wallop of deus ex machina is pretty much what the final episode seemed to consist of. I'll admit I don't have a thorough knowledge of the show, but if someone like me, coming in near the end, can smell the dodgy ending, I can't even imagine how annoyed some of the long-time fans must be.

I was disappointed at the lack of character development for Aang, who was supposed to be the protagonist, but never really had to sacrifice anything or do any growing at all. The Fire nation, which have been a warring people for generations, are suddenly content to begin an era of peace because they have a new king who says they should stop fighting? What, seriously? And is Zuko's mother actually alive or was Azula just having an insane hallucination? Most of all, what was up with the sudden and awkward tacking on of the romantic "resolutions" at the end? There was no lead-up to either one, and as a result they felt forced, as if the two of you had previously decided this was the way the show must end, no matter what. I'm not speaking as a die-hard "Zutara" fan, either, since I didn't have any particular preference as to which way the romance went, but the way things wrapped up not only felt awkward and unnecessary, but a step back in character development all around. Poorly done, fellows.

I'd continue ranting for awhile, but I think I've given up quite enough spoilers as it is. Suffice it to say I found this finale a thoroughly disappointing end to a promising show.

At least the special effects were good.
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