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11 May 2011 @ 02:43 pm
Enjoying Recent HL Gen  
I don't talk about it as often, but I am very much a Highlander fan, too.  These days, I read HL mostly via the hl_flash bulletin.  Here are some gen pieces from there that I've enjoyed recently:

  • "Fight Another Day" by [personal profile] sholio (PG, ~1K words, Duncan and Methos and Amanda).  Duncan loses a hand (as Xavier St. Cloud did) and holds on to his honor.

  • "Watcher" by [personal profile] elistaire (G, 320 words, Joe, implied Duncan/Tessa).  It's the '80s.  As Joe watches Duncan, he also gets to know Tessa.

  • "Next Time, Buy a Ferrari" by [archiveofourown.org profile] medie (PG, ~2K words, Methos and Connor and Heather, implied Connor/Heather).  What if Methos, rather than Ramirez, had taught Connor?

  • "Convent Mouse" by [personal profile] elistaire (G, ~2K words, original character, Methos, implied Methos/Alexa).  This predator and this prey... are both survivors.

  • "Spring" by devohoneybee (G, 69 words, Methos).  A poem.


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skieswideopen: FK: Janette close upskieswideopen on May 12th, 2011 07:00 pm (UTC)
I'm noticing a certain pattern in your taste in shows...historical flashbacks, redemption arcs... :D

Did you happen to catch a Canadian show called The Collector that ran about five or six years ago? It's the story of a man who used to work for the devil collecting the souls of people who have made deals, and who now spends his time trying to help people make amends for damage done by the deals. When he succeeds, they live. When he fails, they go to hell. It wasn't a brilliant show...and occasionally it was very frustrating...but it was often interesting and wasn't predictable in who succeeded and who failed. Plus, since the main character is about six hundred years old, we got a decent number of historical flashbacks, although not in every episode. It might appeal to you.
Amy R.: Historybrightknightie on May 13th, 2011 05:34 pm (UTC)
>"I'm noticing a certain pattern in your taste in shows..."

I am consistent. :-) Actually, I'll happily take my historical fiction straight -- e.g. Young Blades, Doctor Quinn: Medicine Woman -- as well as via flashbacks, and future fiction is nice, too, but the moral component is imperative. I love sincere good guys faced with big challenges.

No, I'm afraid I have not seen The Collector. I hadn't heard of it before you told me about it. I believe, forgive me, that this is actually the second time you've shared your enthusiasm for it. :-) This time, you nudged me to go look and see whether it's available on Hulu! Success to you! ;-) And, happily, it is there. It looks like they have fourteen episodes. I will give it a try as soon as I catch up on the UK Being Human season three, which I've just recently gotten a crack at, as I don't receive the BBC America channel. Thanks!

(Hulu does not, unfortunately, have Young Blades, however. And YB hasn't been released on DVD. And the production company didn't reply to my letter asking to buy a copy. ~sigh~)
skieswideopen: FK: Nick & Janetteskieswideopen on May 13th, 2011 05:41 pm (UTC)
Did I mention it before? I apologize--it's not so good as to warrant mentioning twice. Truly. Please don't watch it because of that.

I haven't tried the UK version of Being Human, but I did enjoy the US version. Have you seen both? How do they compare in your opinion?

I really, really wish we got Hulu up here.

Amy R.: Remote Controlbrightknightie on May 13th, 2011 06:41 pm (UTC)
Because I'm so consistent about some things, I tend to inspire consistent responses. :-) No worries!

>"Have you seen both?"

No, only the UK version. What about the US version appealed to you? Should I check it out? I understand that they're quite different after the initial set-up, in character as well as action.

The first season of the original UK version blew me away. It was the best, most compelling television I'd seen in years. I eagerly watched it a second time, after the first run, picking up the subtle foreshadowing. It was even-handed among its three leads, but I admit having George (the werewolf) as a favorite character (he's the moral center). Overall, loved it. This was the first TV show I really fell for since YB.

The second season seemed to me to go a little astray. While the acting remained utterly superb and the characters compelling, the story wandered off into some cliches and mistakes that I particularly dislike. However, I still found it highly involving, and it had some magnificent moments.

The third season so far... I've seen only the premiere. It is as well made as ever, and shows promising signs of escaping the second season's problems. Fingers crossed, hopes high! :-)
skieswideopen: FK: Janette close upskieswideopen on May 13th, 2011 07:19 pm (UTC)
I found the US version entertaining, and it did some things with the plot that I wasn't expecting. My favourite part of the show was generally Aiden, the vampire, who I found to be very much an adult, able to put aside his own problems to listen to those of his friends, and making difficult decisions because he thought they were right. Not that he always makes the right decision, but he was genuine about trying. And the vampire politics--especially the set-up for the second season--are very interesting.

Josh--the werewolf in the US version--annoyed me. Incredibly. But I suspect that's partly my reaction to the actor, so that may not be your experience. He wasn't a bad guy--I suspect they probably intended him to be the moral centre on this version too--but I found him whiny and he had a tendency to act in ways I thought made little sense.

I have friends who have seen both who preferred the US version, on the grounds that it was more interesting and compelling. I believe they stopped watching the UK version early in the second season, when they started finding it a bit dull. Although whether their tastes line up with yours, I don't know.

Edited at 2011-05-13 07:20 pm (UTC)
Amy R.: Faithbrightknightie on May 14th, 2011 06:41 pm (UTC)
Thank you for sharing your experience of the US show!

>"early in the second season, when they started finding it a bit dull. Although whether their tastes line up with yours..."

I found the second UK season upsetting -- because of the arrogant religious ignorance, anti-religious sentiment, and poorly imagined metaphysics -- rather than dull, so no, possibly tastes do not align. :-)

I don't actually enjoy vampires, so I may give the US version a miss. On the other hand, I understand that it did get good ratings, so perhaps it would be a wise thing to be familiar with. ~shrug~
skieswideopen: Star Wars: Pilot Leiaskieswideopen on May 14th, 2011 06:48 pm (UTC)
My friends weren't specific on why they didn't enjoy the second season, but I do think it was loss of interest rather than a matter of being offended or upset by it, so I suspect your tastes don't line up.

Vampires and the politics of the vampire world end up playing a rather large role in the US version, especially toward the end of the season, so if you don't really care for vampires, then I'm not sure you'll enjoy the show. Of course, the other two characters also have plot lines of their own, so you might be able to focus on those instead, but there are more vampire characters than any other type of character.