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In case anyone is checking here for updates on s1, just wanted to make a post to say that I want to put the fic on a brief two week hiatus so that I can have a little breathing time to beat an entirely different fic into submission, to maybe give myself the chance to get a little ahead of my posts for Buffy, and to dig myself out of the homework hole I've already managed to bury myself in. I plan to resume posting around the 23rd of September.

Not that I think anyone's day is made or broken by continual updates of this fic (well, except possibly mine), but sometimes I like it when authors give updates, especially when posts stop, so I figured I'd give one. It'll end up being a month by the time I update again, so...yeah.


Not to worry, Buffy; I'll resume torturing you soon.

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I Care

I just got back from a week away and was looking for some S1 Buffy. I'll check back.

Re: I Care

Thank you! Always nice to know that people care.
I've just gotten my internet access back and haven't had a chance to resume my re-reading habits! Thank you for the update! I actually do appreciate it when authors let us know they are not dead.

That screencap - OH BUFFY. I love that episode so much because it is SO FUNNY and yet it is SO DAMN DARK and icky at the same time. Sarah is just first-rate all the way through it.
Glad you appreciated the update. Sometimes I feel like I leave too many author's notes.

And I love that screencap. It was one of the first I ever took because I thought it was hilarious, and maybe just a little metaphorically resonant (then again, I read into everything...).
I like your notes! I guess it depends on the author and on the story in question? I have a tendency to want to "explain" things. And I enjoy author's metas on their own stories - I'd never seen a fanfiction author's commentary track until I got into Buffy fandom (I think beer_good_foamy's were the first I read.)

But maybe that's why I mostly write nonfiction anyway.

And I love that screencap.

In my photobucket I have WAY too many screencaps from that episode saved, pretty much all of them of Buffy. (I am obsessed, yes.) I made some icons from it before the fire, but I think I only ended up liking one, which I haven't posted yet - Buffy pulling the cork off the tequila bottle.

I did try to make a screencap of the scene here, with the mummy hand, but I don't have sophisticated editing suite (Photoshop) and I was never happy with the results.
Photoshop is nice, but I honestly thought GIMP was great for photo editing. I only switched to Photoshop when I became more familiar with it from doing digital painting. I assume you use GIMP?

And, yeah, I love author commentary. I feel like my metas are basically just writer's commentary without the audio, or, I'd like them to be, but I held back the impulse to go over all the little details...
I love author commentary. I feel like my metas are basically just writer's commentary without the audio,

Any updates on seasons in the pipeline? (Not that I'm in any place to talk at the moment, alas - have been ridiculously slow on posting anything myself.)

How are things going with you at the moment?
Hi! Things are going pretty good (except that I'm now officially broke thanks to Comcast being all "Hey, for some reason we didn't charge your card for the past two months, and now here's a giant bill that you have to pay today or we'll suspend service!" and so now I'm like "Oh god, how am I going to last until the end of the month?" ... you didn't need to know that but I'm headless chickening right now, so...). How're you doing?

Anyway, Seasons is on temporary suspension, but I'm hoping to get back to it (my Castlefic is also on suspension), mostly because my classes were sponging most of my time and then the moment I found free time I discovered the joy and wonder that is Nikita and I haven't been able to concentrate on another character in my headspace since. (have you watched that? everyone should watch that; I am so excited over that show right now that sometimes I can't even contain myself; like, on Monday, instead of studying for my final in an hour, I was sitting there going "Oh my god, what if THIS happened to Nikki...")

But, I mean, NKaBotFD is still outlined and I'm almost on break, so once I can stop myself from fangirling over Nikita every six seconds, I plan to get back to it. I might end up jamming in a brief action!Buffy sequence though, since that is where Nikita put my brain...
(can you tell I'm riding the fangirl high right now? am I talking way too much?)
Too much? Nonsense! Esp since you're busy with classes your brain no doubt needs some playtime.

I haven't seen Nikita but I googled and the adverts emphasized a tall, thin, ultra-sexy white woman in revealing clothes, which is a turn-off right there for me (on a feminist level anyway) because the body is emphasized instead of the person. (I know btvs advertising indulged in some of this esp in the early seasons. Still - I think Buffy has spoiled me for life.)

Does the show itself reflect the marketing?

Oh and I hear you about bills - ugh. My partner and I had a fire in our apartment in August; I did a journal post about it I don't know if you saw. No tragedy ie no one was killed, my sweetie suffered second degree burns on left hand and right foot that have completely healed; but we've had to move into another apartment while they work on the new one. Her bedroom was where the fire was and was totally destroyed as was everything in it, including the desktop computer, external harddrives (she saved the laptop) and of course all those documents and links (ugh again.) She had renters insurance so she got something out of it though.

I recommend getting renters insurance if you're renting btw - best $100 dollars she ever spent. Really quite reasonable considereing. Our landlord originally estimated four months but he just got the check from the insurance company, so it's going to take a while, I think.

The new place is a lot smaller, esp in the kitchen, on the third floor of an old house and the heat works when it decides to. (we were used to adjusting our own thermostat.)

But on the upside, we've got a brand new iMac = pretty! And it loads videos faster so, yay!

Does the show itself reflect the marketing?

What's interesting is that (without going into it too much/spoiling it) the show deals a lot with the fallout from sexualization/objectification (ironic given the marketing...I feel like Nikita herself would be disgusted by it). I dunno if you ever watched Alias, but I know there were moments on that show where I was going, "Why aren't you bothered that you're essentially being whored out by the people you're working for -- SD-6 or CIA?" and Nikita deals with that exact sort of issue. I think the reason it gets advertised the way it does is because it's on the CW and that's what CW does. The CW would sexualize mashed potatoes if it thought it could get an audience...

I mean, Nikita does somewhat often wear stuff that's revealing, but what I think is interesting about it is that the way she wears it is so...matter-of-fact and she's not sitting there posing, she's just...sitting there. The way I sometimes sit in my apartment in my underwear. The rest of the time, she's pretty much always wearing multiple layers and stays pretty well covered. And the other lead (Alex)...besides short dresses, I can't really remember a time when she wasn't wearing either a tracksuit or normal clothes.

Bottom line, it way passes the Bechdel test; it deals with a lot of interesting/really dark themes (which I've been dying to discuss with someone, and I think you'd be exactly the sort of person I could have those conversations with); Nikita is unbelievably kick-ass, like, crazy insane kickass (she's like reckless Buffy, only against men in black instead of demons); the main ship is awesomesausages; the stunts are amazeballs and some of them are legitimately unique (best fight stunts/choreography I've ever seen, movie or show); and, I mean, Marc David Alpert and David Solomon (both from Buffy) and Craig Silverstein (from when Bones was good). It's just...oh my god, I love it. The plot gets a little ridiculous sometimes, but as long as you're okay with spyfy. Seriously, I haven't loved a character (Nikita) this quickly since Jordan Cavanaugh, and the only other character who claims that right is Buffy. And I'm so into the main ship, which is something I haven't been able to say since Willow/Tara.
And oh my god, Nikki is so tortured and self-loathing and self-righteous and has the biggest messiah complex... I'm telling you, she's got a lot in common with later seasons Buffy (and Jordan) and I LOVE IT AND WANT TO DROWN MYSELF IN ITS SWEET BITTERSWEETNESS. And did I mention she is ridiculously cool?

Dude, if you're like me, you'll be hooked by mid episode 1. I think I was two scenes in with Nikita and I was like "Yep." XD

And, yeah, you told me about that fire, which completely sucks. I'm moving out in May to go abroad (if everything goes as planned), so I'm just holding out till then. But I'll keep your insurance advice in mind when I come back Stateside. I definitely don't want to deal with something like that, yeesh (though at least you had no serious injuries).
The CW would sexualize mashed potatoes if it thought it could get an audience...

Oh come on! Mash potatoes are WAY sexy in the right situation...ok, maybe not. *lol*

I think you've got me sold on this thing. Passes the Bechdel test? Hello! Deals with objectification? (Nowadays Joss claims that's what he's doing with Dollhouse but based on viewer reactions I'm not so sure - it's the like spacefrak in the comics; exploiting the very thing he's pretending to critique.)

the way she wears it is so...matter-of-fact and she's not sitting there posing, she's just...sitting there.

I remember Jordan's clothes were something you would NEVER see in that particular setting (my partner is in the medical field, trust); and sometimes I'd think ok, do your tops have to be that low cut? But mostly there was something about the way Jill wore the clothes that went along with Jordan's casual "hey man..." attitude. Like, this is me, no big. Like, it's the one thing in the world she doesn't obssess or overthink about are her clothes.

And I've seen video footage of Jill on her website performing in the studio and that's pretty much what she wears in real life.

Damn it, I miss Jordan and Garrett. Of course in my headcanon, Jordan is definitely bi, and she eventually hooks up with that radio talk show host she had a brief connection with; and they're like Buffy and Spike in that they constantly argue and disagree and jockey for control and have amazing sex; and of course Renee and Garrett end up together. \

Damn I miss those people. (Don't miss Woody however. That last minute "I love you Woody"? PUH-LEEZ.)

Re: Bones, I have finally given up and so has my sweetie. They have gone so far overboard in making Brennan the butt of the joke, someone who is frankly just dumb and is beyond socially awkward to completely clueless that it makes me sick. I don't recognize the woman I first met in S1-2; she has no self-awareness, cannot self=evaluate (and one thing about Brennan originally was that she had no false modesty but she was honest about the areas she wasn't knowledgable.) She's almost a child - and Booth is with her and they have a child together and it's almost icky, to be quite honest. Not even my love of Cam (and her finally hooking up with Arishtoo - yay!) can overcome that.
exploiting the very thing he's pretending to critique

I mean, the line between exploitation/complacency and done for critique can often be a thin one (I can think of a lot of examples in the game industry, where they're like "it's the same mechanic that you hate, but we're acknowledging that you hate it, so it's okay!" and it's like, um, no; acknowledgement does not equal acceptability), but I don't feel offended by Nikita and I'm usually pretty sensitive. I think the way she dresses and how she views herself ties in a lot to her past, and I can really get why she makes certain choices. (I'm so tempted to write a long meta about this, you don't even know)

Damn it, I miss Jordan and Garrett.

Ugh, I do too. If there was an audience for that show, I'd write my post-series fic so hard. I know exactly how I think Jordan's arc would go and I'd love to explore it. (I'm really into the idea that after their rescue, she never does end up doing any of those things she said she'd do (traveling, letting go, etc.) and Woody and her end up having another bitter separation)

Re: Bones, I have finally given up and so has my sweetie.

I saw about six seconds of it the other day when I was trying to find something on another channel, and even just those six seconds were enough to make me want to send a boot through the screen. That show is such a disaster area, I can't even... ugh, well, you know. I don't know how it's stayed on air this long.
I don't know how it's stayed on air this long.

Right? There's playing to the pit and then there's playing to the gum on the floor. And the fact that Emily Deschanel is one of the executive producers makes it even worse - she has some power and say in the direction of the character. (At one point Brennan orders a veggie burger anbd explains why she's a vegetarian - I don't recall if this was before or after the ep where she invited everyone over to her apt for a chicken dinner. ED is a vegetarian and animal rights activist, so that was clearly something she wanted to insert.)

And she is NOT a dumb woman - I've seen her on talk shows and she's very smart, very witty, in contrast to her sister (who either isn't all that smart or just plays her "character" in talk shows as well as in her roles.) She gave a wonderful performance as Kathleen Turners lesbian daughter, about to marry her partner, in the movie A Perfect Family.

Meanwhile Bones is a freakin' Gary Stu, the perfect devoted partner, just like in the fan fics I abhor; apparently how David sees himself or wants to be seen. His perfection comes at the cost of her intelligence - I mean WHAT IS THIS EVEN?

And don't get me started on the Toyota commericals within the show itself. I'm just - I'm done.
At one point Brennan orders a veggie burger anbd explains why she's a vegetarian - I don't recall if this was before or after the ep where she invited everyone over to her apt for a chicken dinner. ED is a vegetarian and animal rights activist, so that was clearly something she wanted to insert.

Oh my god, I'm laughing. I'm torn between being glad I didn't witness it and wishing I did.
ED and DB both became exec producers in s4, which was the season where everything noticeably and immediately began falling apart. And it was hilarious(ly horrible) how rapidly they took advantage. I'll never forget the dog fighting episode that had ED's hands all over it (coincidentally, that's also the season when her wardrobe changed drastically). And then Brennan/ED had that rant in s3 about meat, and then declared her vegetarianism in the same episode...(and then promptly forgot she was a vegetarian like four episodes later, because Bones wouldn't know the definition of continuity if you stapled it to the writers' foreheads)

I mean, I totally agree, every interview I ever saw with ED indicated that she's a smart, witty woman, and she's in-line with a lot of my own politics; but whether they agree with me or not, a TV show is no place for political grandstanding. Whenever L&O spiraled into one of those things, I'd immediately start zoning.

And DB... I haven't seen a ton of stuff from him, but I've always gotten the impression that he's kind of...narcissistic. I'm still not really sure of the context of why he took a shot at Nathan Fillion recently, but I feel like it's one in a line of incidents that make him seem not so great. I dunno what his influence on Bones has been, but I'd wonder if part of Brennan's dumbification stems from him...

Oh, Bones. Just... why.
ED and DB both became exec producers in s4, which was the season where everything noticeably and immediately began falling apart.

I noticed that too. Things that make you go hmmm....

Isn't that also the time we suddenly learn that Booth's ancestor was John Wilkes Booth? Wait, hadn't Booth himself been a top-level government assassin? WTF? (Or how about the JFK episode, where they don't tell Booth the truth because he "believes in our government". Ok - he was an assassin. He knows DAMN WELL that our government is corrupt and dishonest. WTF?-squared.)

And then Brennan/ED had that rant in s3 about meat, and then declared her vegetarianism in the same episode...(and then promptly forgot she was a vegetarian like four episodes later, because Bones wouldn't know the definition of continuity if you stapled it to the writers' foreheads)

I know the chicken dinner was in S6 - "The Woman in the Photo" as a matter of fact. (S6 of Bones seems to have been Brennan's "depression arc" season. And as much as I hated the idea of Brennan being all weepy over having missed her shot with Booth, the episode itself worked pretty well; it achieved what AYW was supposedly trying to do - reflect the distorted perspective of the female protagonist about her own life).

a TV show is no place for political grandstanding. Whenever L&O spiraled into one of those things, I'd immediately start zoning.

Oh exactly. The Arab intern pretending to be a Muslim version of the old-fashioned Stepin Fetchit stereotype; the intern from the Appalachians who grew up in trailer park, killed his stepfather to protect his mother and speaks in the most bizarrely exaggeration notion of "southern" dialect I can imagine; it's all very much "here's a teachable moment!" bullcrap.

And it's a horrendous combination of morality and commercialism - I mean, lengthy 3-minute scenes where one character explains the benefits of Toyota's new parking system to the other characters. I kid you not.

But - the one female intern they had, Daisy, was one of the most irritating characters I've ever seen on tv, silly and childish. And it's horrible considering the show is capable of creating smart female characters; (Angela and Cam) and that there are so few women in the sciences. But they got rid of her and now we're back to five male interns. Lovely.

And Daisy was played by Carla Gallo, who gave a tremendous performance on Crossing Jordan as a lesbian whose pregnant wife has been murdered and who Jordan accuses of the crime. Her sadness and rage were perfect; there was nothing "stereotypically lesbian" about the character. (Which admittedly was a bit of political grandstanding in its own right on the part of CJ.) So knowing that the actress is capable of so much more is disappointing.

but I've always gotten the impression that he's kind of...narcissistic.

Someone told me that DB enjoys working on Bones more than on Angel because he has more clout and the character is closer to himself. Um....he must mean the idealized version, because the real one has cheated on his wife (and said later that it "made their marriage stronger". Yeah. I've heard that one before.)

</i>I'm still not really sure of the context of why he took a shot at Nathan Fillion recently</i>

Hadn't heard anything about that.

Oh, Bones. Just... why.

Remember the S1 Christmas episode? Yeah it was silly and sentimental and playing to the mainstream, but it ended with a lovely shot of Brennan opening a Christmas gift she should have received from her parents when she was 15 (when they disappeared), and we don't see what's in it, just the look on her face. That was GREAT because her reaction was the important thing, not the gift itself. Or the episode where she tells a mother who killed her disabled daughter thinking she herself was dying "What you did was wrong, but you did it out of love." The show used to be capable of those grace notes.

Damn I miss that.
Isn't that also the time we suddenly learn that Booth's ancestor was John Wilkes Booth? Wait, hadn't Booth himself been a top-level government assassin? WTF? (Or how about the JFK episode, where they don't tell Booth the truth because he "believes in our government". Ok - he was an assassin. He knows DAMN WELL that our government is corrupt and dishonest. WTF?-squared.)

Wait. Wait a second. Just hold on.
Booth was a top level government assassin?
Hahahahahahahahahahaha
Oh my dear lord, this must've happened after I stopped watched. The whole John Wilkes Booth thing I saw (and that was retarded), but that? Oh my god, I don't even... I... I've got nothing. I literally thought that that show couldn't have gotten more stupid. Clearly, I was mistaken.
Oh my god, that is so funny. I don't even...Booth? What?

I mean, lengthy 3-minute scenes where one character explains the benefits of Toyota's new parking system to the other characters.

I mean, I can understand a little product placement, especially in modern shows, since it seems like TV as a platform is going under and they need to finance the damn things, but that level is just ridiculous.

But - the one female intern they had, Daisy, was one of the most irritating characters I've ever seen on tv, silly and childish.

My hatred of her knew no bounds. And combine her with Sweets to form literally the most annoying thing that has ever happened on TV. I hated the interns already (and you hit on a few of the reasons, since they represented ridiculous stereotypes), but Daisy was unfathomably annoying. I was *shocked* when I saw her on CJ and realized she was a good actress. It's not like that ep was subtle in its messaging, but I really enjoyed it, and I really thought her character was good. To know what she was on Bones after that? Oi vay.

it ended with a lovely shot of Brennan opening a Christmas gift she should have received from her parents when she was 15 (when they disappeared), and we don't see what's in it, just the look on her face.

My Christmas tradition is to watch the Christmas episodes of things, and that's been the only episode of Bones I rewatch for years. Was it cheesy and ridiculous? Yes. Was the editing stunningly horrible and the worst I've ever seen? Yes. But I love the tail end of the episode, and when she opens those presents (admittedly, I ask myself, why was she keeping them in her desk at work instead of in a box at her apartment? but, whatever, Bones logic). And I actually really liked that story about "Careful" Lionel and Ivy Gillespie. s1/2 had several legitimately good episodes, but then everything went wrong...

I'm glad I have other characters who are far, far better, on shows that are far, far better...
Oh my god, that is so funny. I don't even...Booth? What?

Wasn't that there in the story from the beginning? That's why Booth is such an expert marksman. It actually worked pretty well for a little while; then one day he shot an artificial clown off the top of an ice cream truck because he was annoyed by the sound and he hates clowns, and they brought in Stephen Fry as a psychologist and Booth had to attend mandated sessions (not as much fun or as honest as Jordan with Dr Stiles, trust me. Is there anything Bones didn't steal from CJ?) Which explored the reasons for his angst over his past, and why he wore brightly colored socks and a flamboyant belt buckle as release values.

And then Fry's character shows up a couple of seasons later as the master chef of a swanky restaurant, because he decided on a mid-life career change and OF COURSE you can drop psychology and become a master chef in just a year or two. Riiiiiiight.

And then they seemed to retcon that and we had an ep of Booth flashing back to his time in the army and his career as an assassin was minimized - I assume because "soldier" is respectable, patriotic and all-american, and "assassin" isn't.

See? It just gets more and more fun, as long as you don't actually WATCH IT.

And combine her with Sweets to form literally the most annoying thing that has ever happened on TV.

WORD. My partner and I were like, you took away our beloved Zac Addy and replace him with THIS GUY? And hey, want to hear it get worse? At the beginning of S8 Sweets and Daisy buy an apartment together and are about to move in but he gets cold feet and breaks up the relationship. Not just "I don't want to live together" but "We're over" for no particular reason other than she wants more of a committment than he does. (HELLO? What the hell else does "moving on together" mean.) It's like Xander in Hell's Bells. But he gives Daisy the money for the first month's down deposit so she has time to "find a new place to live" (what a fucking prince!) crashes on Booth and Brennan's sofa, and then Brennan tells him that someday he will find someone who "appreciates the gift that is you."

EXCUSE ME????? He HAD someone who adored him, & HE broke off the relationship. STFU dude and get real.

It was the "undercover ep" where Booth and Brennan pretend to be ballroom dancers for a competition that broke me; Brennan was certain she could just watch other people and learn their moves but she was horrendous and embarrassing and had NO idea that she was making a fool of herself. (Remember the year she insisted she was a good singer and it turned out she was?) I just can't do it anymore. Not even for Cam, or Angela, who are pretty much consistent with their original characterizations.

I was *shocked* when I saw her on CJ and realized she was a good actress.

My thoughts exactly!

I love the tail end of the episode,

The S6 ender is another undercover ep (a bowling alley this time - WHY do those episodes exist?) but it ends similarly Brennan quietly tells Booth that she's pregnant and he's the father, and instead of some outburst of laughter or joy or hugs, we just watch the smile spread across his face, and then cut to black. Perfect.

The only ep I watched twice - ok, three times - was "Aliens in the Spaceship", when Hodges and Brennan are buried alive, Damn that ep was tight, taut, great character work; and one of my favorite Zac moments "I don't know why I'm right I just know I am."
That's why Booth is such an expert marksman. It actually worked pretty well for a little while; then one day he shot an artificial clown off the top of an ice cream truck because he was annoyed by the sound and he hates clowns

Er, no. At least by my memory, something else triggered that shooting (which was...s2, right?). Oh. I think it was because Booth was feeling sexually frustrated because Brennan was with Sully. "Government assassin" was never in his bio for me, and I'd definitely remember something that stupid. As far as I can remember, the flamboyant stuff was apparently to release his annoyance at the world (and Booth apparently hates Brennan's world).

And then Fry's character shows up a couple of seasons later as the master chef of a swanky restaurant...

I don't even have words.

But he gives Daisy the money for the first month's down deposit so she has time to "find a new place to live" (what a fucking prince!) crashes on Booth and Brennan's sofa, and then Brennan tells him that someday he will find someone who "appreciates the gift that is you."

I...continue to be rendered speechless.
The gift that is you? Sweets? What? You mean in the same way that my cat leaves me "gifts" in her litter box...?

pretend to be ballroom dancers

I am WTFing so hard right now, you don't even know. These three pieces of information taken together... oh my god, what?

Who writes that shit? More to the point, why are people watching that shit? Ugh, jeez, my grievances with Castle seem so, so much less important now...

"Aliens in the Spaceship"

Now THAT is a legitimately good episode. I'm really not a huge fan of the end, where Booth is pushing his Catholicism for some random reason (seriously, she just almost died, she's an atheist; your way of comforting her is to be all "God saved you" instead of acknowledging that, you know, they saved themselves and risked a hell of a lot to do so (sending the text, pulling "a little thin air out of thin air," blowing the hood up)...and I still maintain Brennan would've made it to the surface even if Booth hadn't gotten there, though Hodgins would've died). The fact that they then bastardize and retcon the ep (in...s4, if memory serves), my favorite ep, was one of the final nails in the coffin for me. I mean, seriously, who the fuck was that chick? I know they couldn't get back the actual actors who played the killers, but, come on, then you just don't do a fucking followup episode if you don't have the fucking actors. As far as I can remember, that's why they dropped Jordan's mother's case on CJ, because Ken Howard didn't want to come back.
(ugh, I could rant for ages...and it says something I still have this many feelings, I guess XD)

Bones... I just don't even know.
("The gift that is you" ...seriously, what?)
Thank you for letting us know! Author updates are always nice.

Good luck with homework (I know that feeling.)
Thanks! I'm already so ridiculously buried I'm only just going with the wave. Every time semester starts I always feel like the day doesn't have near enough hours...