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Amy R.
05 July 2014 @ 08:12 pm
Yes, I am marathoning third-season FK episodes on-and-off across my holiday weekend. :-)

So: ah! relief! "Night in Question" is still when the third-season pumpkin turns back into FK. With Nick sidelined, the others manage to become themselves and we're all talking again about Nick not wanting to be a vampire. No more cringe-inducing Lacroix Lite and his underdressed Raven. No more "good cop" or "babe cop" posing of Tracy. No more... well, you know that I blame Natalie and Nick's past third-season behavior on the shocking losses of Schanke and Cohen (and Nick's future third-season behavior on amnesia and demonic possession). We're back! More or less. It's third-season, after all.

:-) It just today struck me to wonder whether Natalie has a stack of forms from every hospital in Toronto, half filled in with the various ways in which Nick might wind up in their hands, such that she could sweep in the way that she does in NiQ. She must have been preparing for this all along... or at least since the first time that she had to dig a bullet out of him. There's another story for someone to write! (I don't recall ever reading one before, but even if someone else has written one already, there's more than enough room for your own angle.)

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Amy R.
05 July 2014 @ 05:07 pm
By the end of "Trophy Girl," Tracy shoots — and kills — two criminals. Both cases are just about as clear-cut as they come; neither will trouble Internal Affairs. Tracy robustly protests that she "can handle it" and claims she doesn't need time off to reflect or a shoulder to cry on (although Schanke did in "Close Call," and Stonetree almost retired over "Fatal Mistake," for comparison). She "keeps busy" by going undercover unauthorized, and perceives the normal, required, "cooling off" period as a suspension.

That aftermath could make a really nice post-ep/between-the-eps fanfic for someone: Tracy reacting to those deaths at her hands. Read more...Collapse )

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Amy R.
Rewatching "My Boyfriend is a Vampire" last night while re-ripping my oldest CD albums from WMA to MP3, I found the silliness of the talk show still very silly, the flashback still disconnected, and the third-season-ness on every level unmistakable at any range... but... barring the ending, it dawned on me that this is one of the smarter and better executed episodes of early third season!

The parallels in the present-day story really do work. Maggie, Charley, Tracy and Natalie. Four women in four very different but comparable frustrating relationships that mix personal and professional involvement, hopes and facts, understandings and misunderstandings. "Wellness and unwellness love," if we must.

First, Tracy and Maggie. Then, Natalie and Charley. Finally, that dratted card.Collapse )

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Amy R.
03 July 2014 @ 09:45 am
By now, I'm sure that everyone else knows that Kristin Lehman has starred in Motive (CTV in Canada, ABC in the US) for two 13-episode seasons now. I didn't know until Amazon recommended it to me a few months ago; I just don't see remotely as much TV as I used to!

I watched an episode for the first time last night, and the series seems to be a high-quality police procedural somewhat in the style of The Closer and the structure of Colombo. The focus is almost entirely on the case, with allusions to the characters' personal lives only where they intersect with the work. Lehman and Louis Ferreira, who plays her character's partner, did good work with the script that I happened to see. Lauren Holly plays the ME.

Because of 1996 SD Urs in my imagination, seeing 2014 HD Lehman gives a little "time!" jolt, but her character here is so utterly different from Urs, and her acting as always skilled, that soon there's no perceived resemblance at all. Similarly, I recognized Holly's voice long before I could place her face; I haven't seen her on my screen since NCIS, and her character here seems wholly unlike Jenny Shepard.

As a taste of the show, the episode told me to treat this series something like a cross between The Closer and the L&O smorgasbord. If you tune into those, tune into this.

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Amy R.

Happy Canada Day and US Independence Day!

For the month of June, in Forever Knight, in my corners of social journaling, here are the items that I spotted:

Ficathons, Fests and Communities

Fanfiction

Meta (Discussion, Essays, Actor Updates, Etc.)

  • 6/06: [personal profile] greerwatson discussed her design for displaying her latest FK fanfic on her website.
  • 6/13: wiliqueen observed that Anaïs Delva, an actress/singer in that Frozen "Let it Go" multi-language video, reminds her of Deborah Duchene.
  • 6/22: [personal profile] pj1228 noted that Nigel Bennett appears in season 5, episode 5 of Rookie Blue and shares a scene with Ben Bass (who is a regular on that show, of course).
  • 6/24: [personal profile] pj1228 observed that Nigel Bennett briefly appeared again in season 5, episode 6 of Rookie Blue.
  • 6/25: [personal profile] pj1228 reviewed the play The Last Confession (Royal Alexandra Theatre, Toronto), in which Nigel Bennett is performing.
  • Addendum: 5/17: [personal profile] skieswideopen, in [community profile] iconitis, entered 8 FK userpic icons in a "first fandom" challenge.

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Amy R.
29 June 2014 @ 09:37 pm
Over a leisurely dinner tonight, eaten in my comfy chair before the 40" television that I purchased late last summer (replacing my 15-year-old 13"), I watched "Black Buddha, Part 1" straight through, all the way through, even the Vudu scenes, for what may be the first time in years. I'm afraid that I generally dip in and out of third season for canon references (and Urs) only; it's first season that I rewatch endlessly for sheer joy in the stories and characters. Tonight, I wavered between aching nostalgia for how good the episode seemed to me the very first time that I saw it, on the USA network, before I knew better (so to speak), and how, now, still... third season hurts. (Good golly, Mr. Parriot! Poke, poke, poke. So many lines, pokes! at your characters, at us, at yourself... if only you hadn't been the one to write/rewrite/dictate the season premiere and finale.)

That all aside, this is the very first time that I've ever seen BB1 on such a large screen, and wow! so many details of props, costuming and sets are visible at this scale! Amazing! I can distinguish individual tattoos on the Raven patrons! (Look down that woman's blouse. Is it a serpent or a dragon?) Some prompts and sets that looked entirely real on a small screen are obviously mock-ups at this size, but it only makes FK look the more like stage theater, an implication that happily emphasizes the actors' good work.

At this size, I noticed something for the very first time...Collapse )

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Amy R.
17 June 2014 @ 11:01 pm
Last year, I disappeared from fandom for several months almost immediately after [community profile] fkficfest/fkficfest . This was for unavoidable Real Life reasons, but it meant that I didn't recap all the game's stories here on my own journal as I usually do. I still feel bad about that. I've been pondering trying to do some form of that now, during the writing phase of this year's game, perhaps reviewing one-by-one last year's stories written by people who are playing again this year, or some other way of making it not too big a job, and yet also not such as might perhaps hurt feelings through cherry-picking, say, only stories written for my own prompts, or only starring my own favorite characters, or whatever other self-indulgence. :-)

As I thought about this, it occurred to me to post — on [community profile] fkficfest/fkficfest itself, not here on my own journal — an introductory "team line-up" series: one post per 2014 player per day for nine days, with "stats" including in which past FKFicFest(s) she/he has played, and links to all previous FKFicFest stories she/he has written.

Would that be interesting to see on the community, and perhaps help keep the game in mind and build momentum? Or would it be intrusive, unappealing or unpleasant? What do you think?

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Amy R.
15 June 2014 @ 02:20 pm
Last week, [personal profile] skieswideopen was generously chatting with me about FK characters, and she asked whether I had ever read the Yuletide story about the Cohens. "The Cohens?" Yep. "Rondeau" by [archiveofourown.org profile] tolakasa (2012; ~2.4K words; G, gen; Cohen, Nick, Schanke, Natalie, OCs). Well, I hadn't. I'd missed it.

You shouldn't miss it. It's completely unexpected and yet completely within canon's borders. It's both surprising and thoroughly in character. Most importantly, it endows Captain Amanda Cohen with some of FK's main themes — secrets, guilt, identity, starting over — in ways that could have bound her intimately into the core storyline. And while I'm no expert, the author seems to me to handle the Jewish-Japanese-Canadian stuff (which intimidates many of us from writing Cohen, I suspect) with authority and panache.

(This is only the second "Cohen's personal life" story that leaps to my mind just now. The other is by lisamcdavid , many years ago, and very different in every way.)

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Amy R.
14 June 2014 @ 09:13 am
I read an article in the New York Times yesterday that may offer the seed of an idea for some FK stories, if anyone has the inspiration to run with it.

"Anti-Overdose Drug Becoming an Everyday Part of Police Work" (by Goodman and Hartocollis) discusses naloxone, an anti-overdose ("antagonist") medicine: "Once the exclusive purview of paramedics and emergency room doctors, administering lifesaving medication to drug users in the throes of an overdose is quickly becoming an everyday part of police work amid a national epidemic of heroin and opioid pill abuse."

While Nick and Schanke or Tracy are the "ex post facto guys," as Schanke protests in "Stranger Than Fiction," and therefore not as likely as uniformed officers to be on the scene as first responders and involved in administering such a does to save a life, and, more, this didn't even begin spreading as a police practice (at least in the US) until 2010, naloxone was invented in the 1960s, so it was absolutely available in FK timeframes, especially in the hands of doctors (so, Natalie), and, in the course of investigations, Nick and FK's other officers do often end up in subsequent encounters with troubled people as suspects and perpetrators make various choices.

Naturally, addiction is one of the most prominent of FK's assorted uses of its vampirism metaphor. (Some fans love this metaphor; some hate it. Such is FK. ~grin~) But for those of us who enjoy this metaphor, have we ever considered: is it possible for an FK vampire to overdose? What would that mean? And what if there were an "antagonist" for the effects of blood on an FK vampire?

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Amy R.
The [community profile] fkficfest/fkficfest prompts went out very late last night, and, just a little sleep deprived, all day I've been alternately giddily hopeful and heartburningly worried about the matches. If anyone received prompts that she would really rather not write, I hope that she reaches out. We're just so diverse in FK! The only taste that we all share is for this extraordinary show and its phenomenal fandom. Mystery, history and horror; adventure, romance and metaphor; dark, bright and red all over ;-) ... you'd hardly know that we were watching the same series!

In that spirit, I wanted to share a happy mistake that my MP3 player made recently, and what FK reflections it brought. For some reason, the gadget piled all of my many assorted "Greatest Hits" albums into one giant playlist, alphabetical by song title. I would never have put Bruce Springsteen, Simon & Garfunkel and Bing Crosby together on my own, but it's actually the most delightful playlist ever! I'm loving it. By coincidence, however, alphabetical chance spins Springsteen's "Badlands" (1978) and "Better Days" (1992) right together, nothing between, and I keep hearing them as one song in two chapters: an anthem for first-season Nick and all of first-season FK. (Or perhaps it's first season and then the original hiatus that I think I hear?)

Part of my reaction comes straight from a "Badlands" FK fanvid that I'm very, very lucky to have on a VHS tape that I really need to dub to digital somehow before it goes the way of all celluloid. I'm sorry to say that I don't know who made the lovely vid. Dubbed and redubbed and passed around, if it ever had a title screen, it had lost it by the time it reached me. But I love it, and I imagine you would, too. While its raw materials and editing standards are of course VHS vintage and might not pass muster today, it indelibly makes its case for a Nick determined to live now, to live forward, to know and count the true terrible cost but to never stop pushing. Clips of him on the beach over Elizabeth's ashes. Clips waking sweating blood. Clips with Janette. Love, hope and faith... someday. Clips of him with Natalie, with Schanke, with Joan. I haven't actually watched the vid in a few years (the VCR is in the closet), but it unforgettably showed me Nick through that song and that song through Nick. For me, that's the sound of first season. (No offense to Mr. Mollin.) That's the sound, even more than Mr. Mollin's, that reminds me how much I love this story and everything it promised.

Playlist of that VHS Fanvid AnthologyCollapse )

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