Monday, 16 January 2017

30 Days of Gotham

30 Day Fandom Challenge

To celebrate the return of Gotham - seriously US TV is so weird, one season is like the length of 3 or 4 combined but they don't even have Christmas specials! - here is the 30 Day Fandom Challenge. Consolidated into one post, because that's how I roll.

Day #1. First Encounter With This Series

Anthony has made me watch all the DCTV. Unlike Flash, Arrow, etc, I actually got into this one because it didn't take itself too seriously. It's so over the top and melodramatic, but it just revels in it.

Day #2. The Moment That Made You Fall in Love with this Series

Probably about the time Ed Nygma was introduced as the ME's assistant. I'm a huge sucker for police procedurals and murder mysteries, and 'kooky forensic pathologist' is my absolute favourite character trope.

Edward Nygma

Day #3. Favourite Female Character

Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle, the future Catwoman. She's very cool!

Selina Kyle in Gotham

Day #4. Favourite Male Character

It has to be the Penguin. He's a great character - evil and scheming, but still kind of tragic. You feel sorry for him even when he's murdering some innocent bystander for a sandwich, and that's a pretty difficult feat to pull off.


Day #5. Favourite Romance

Jim Gordon / Penguin. It's totally real.

Day #6. Favourite Quote

"I never lose sleep over my enemies. It's my friends that keep me awake." - Falcone.

Day #7. Best Plot Twist

Gotham isn't really very subtle about what it's doing, so this is a difficult question to answer. I'm hoping it will turn out Isabella's existence was more complicated than random doppelganger of the ex Ed murdered, but time will tell.

Ed Nygma and Isabella

Day #8. Least Favourite Romance

The literally neverending saga of Jim Gordon and Lee Thompkins. They just need to get together or get over it, seriously.

Jim Gordon and Lee Thompkins in Gotham

Day #9. Funniest Moment

I dunno, but it probably involved Victor Zsasz.

Day #10. Saddest Moment

Penguin's mum getting killed in front of him. :(

Day #11. Something You Wish Hadn’t Happened

Ed turning to the dark side. It had to happen, I know, but I wish he had fought it longer. That would have made for interesting TV.

Edward Nygma aka The Riddler

Day #12. Something You Wished Would Happen But Never Did

Kind of like the previous point, it's more that I wish we had seen more of something. Namely Jim's time in Blackgate. Being a cop in prison is never easy, and mostly I would love to have seen it break Jim down over a few episodes rather than the few minutes of screen time it actually got before Harvey busted him out of there.

Jim Gordon in Blackgate

Day #13. Favourite Location

The Sirens, Barbara's nightclub is very swank with lots of deco styling. I hope Penguin is taking notes for the Iceberg Lounge.

The Sirens, Gotham

Day #14. Favourite Villain

Fish Mooney is my fave villain in the show. Jada Pinkett Smith is always awesome, and the character is way more hardcore than most of Gotham's villains. There's no way you'd catch her crying over an unrequited crush.

Fish Mooney in Gotham

Day #15. Predictions for the Future

It all depends whether they get renewed for a fourth season, really, but... the introduction of Babs (Batgirl) and / or Jim Jnr. Come on, Jim, you ain't getting any younger! Or, Jim could meet the real love of his life:

Day #16. Best Fandom Promo

I loved the Cobblepot for Mayor posters! Penguin got fake tanned, teeth whitened, and pancake foundationed to within an inch of his life.

Vote Oswald Cobblepot

Day #17. The Character You Love To Hate

Sal Maroni. He was a great character and reminded me a lot of Tony Soprano, playing the fool then flipping the tables in a moment and becoming your worst nightmare.

Sal Maroni

Day #18. The Top Three Things on Your To-Do List if You Suddenly Found Yourself in the Series

1. Talk to the GCPD about remodelling the station. Villain shoot outs in the bullpen? This is why the front desk doesn't (shouldn't) give easy public access to the rest of the building, duh.

2. Ridding the city of mutant reanimated corpses is always going to be a vote winner, but it's hardly a comprehensive manifesto. I want to see Mayor Pengy put to task over Gotham's real problems; even Jim Gordon goes around littering the city's sidewalks.

3. Talk about what Gotham really needs... Not a hero but some better regulated forensic psychiatric services. Let's say in 15 years time Batman has 99 problems, funneling some more cash into this could solve 94 of those right now. (The rest are just what you get when you wear your y-fronts over your tights, fyi.)

Penguin in Arkham

Day #19. What Is Your Fandom Talking About Right Now?

The Penguin falling in love with Riddler.

Penguin was heavily coded as gay right from the beginning but I had doubts they would ever raise it from the subextual to the actual. I'm glad they took the plunge though, and 'Nygmobblepot' - what a name! - is proving every bit as dysfunctional as you might imagine.

Day #20. A Moment That Made You Question Whether You Would Continue Watching… 

When Alfred - of all people - punched Cat. Batman has been through so many iterations you can't really argue anything is less canonical than anything else but, still. I maintain that no version of Alfred would be cool with punching a fourteen-year-old girl in the face. Ugh.

Day #21. Your Favourite Episode

S1:E15 'The Scarecrow'. Dr Gerald Crane has been working on a serum which will cure people of their fears. Unfortunately he is also batshit and doesn't care who dies along the journey - he injects his own son with a huge dose towards the end of the episode, leaving him to endless hallucinations of terrifying scarecrows. (Worzel Gummidge on steroids, peeps.) Seriously though, it's actually quite scary.

The episode also features Ed being an adorable geek, some father figure - son bonding between Bruce and Alfred, Fish acting like a badass, Jim freaking out about Lee's propensity for PDAs, and the Penguin being hopelessly transparent in love...

Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light

Day #22. The Character You’d Want as a Drinking Buddy

Harvey Bullock, of course. I mean, if there's anything Bullock is good at, it's drinking.

Harvey Bullock in Gotham

Day #23. The Best Fandom Merchandise

Diamond Select do a range of 1/10 scale action figures. The actor likenesses aren't the best, but they're not totally off the mark either and do come with some cool backdrop accessories. Here are Harvey, Alfred and Ed - if the latter's desk had opening drawers you can bet I'd be all over that!

Diamond Select Gotham action figures

Day #24. The Character You Find Most Relatable

Jim Gordon, I guess. He's the good guy, the main character, and the one you're supposed to be relating to, after all. He's also a glass half empty kind of guy. If something isn't going to make you miserable, Jim Gordon doesn't think it's worth doing.

Not quite as sure why everyone in the show finds that so irresistable though...

Day #25. Favourite Object / Prop

Uniforms. Perhaps I just answered my last question.

Jim Gordon in Arkham

Day #26. Favourite Costume

Late S1 Penguin had it going on. The crossover tie is clearly due a comeback.

Penguin in Gotham

Also, Lee's wedding dress was very pretty in the mid season finale:

Lee Thompkins and Carmine Flacome

Day #27. Rec a Fanvid

Some really cool editing in this vid by Studio Sagittarius - their summary is: 'What happens when a psychopath falls in love with you and won't take no for an answer? Nothing good.'

Day #28. Favourite Plot Climax 

Butch and Penguin killing Galavan (again) with a rocket launcher was kind of a highlight...

Day #29. Favourite Screencap

Look, the Mad Hatter made himself a hat! <3

Jervis Tetch

Day #30. Will Anything Ever Replace this Series for You?

I'll move on to the next shiny thing eventually, I'm sure.

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Friday, 13 January 2017

Friday Frivolity: Things You Shouldn't Say

Friday Frivolity

Things you shouldn't say... to a pregnant woman!

Monday, 9 January 2017

Multifandom Events and Exchanges

Multifandom Events and Exchanges

Mostly for my own reference, here is the big ass list of multifandom events and exchanges likely to run in 2017. Most are based on Dreamwidth or Livejournal, the former fandom bases of choice, though some have an increasingly large presence on Tumblr. These are listed in roughly chronological order, in terms of posting dates, and I've tried to split the months up with sections on other fandom things to check out like Big Bangs and Bingo communities.

When it comes to the exchanges, etiquette is pretty standard across all of these. If you don't want to sign up yourself, most welcome additional treats - you can go through the requests and the 'Dear Author' letters (if the exchange has them), find something you feel like writing, and just gift it to the relevant recipient. Low pressure and you know that you're making somebody's day. :)

Friday, 6 January 2017

Friday Frivolity: Pregnancy Announcements

Friday Frivolity

As we plan on stopping at one baby I kind of regret not going for a big pregnancy announcement. We just went totally lowkey and posted a scan picture on Facebook, trusting the power of social media to disseminate the news among our friends and relations. Luckily, there are some people out there who went above and beyond to tell the world they were welcoming a new member of the family, so the rest of us can live vicariously...

(Pictures from Daily Mail who appear to have ganked them straight from Imgur.)

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

The Ballad of Roly Bear

Roly Bear

This is Roly Bear, the favourite toy of my parents' dog, Bracken (aka Roo-Bear). They made up a jaunty little ditty for him. This is The Ballad of Roly Bear...

He ain't got no arms.
He ain't got no legs.

He haven't got no eyes.
He haven't got no face.

All he got is his ears, his mouth, his nose and his body.

That's all he got.

He's Roly.

Roly Bear for Roo-Bear.

Monday, 2 January 2017

Happy Birthday with Party Bags and Supplies

Happy Birthday Marianna

Marianna turned two yesterday! I don't know where the time has gone, it feels like it's only been a few weeks since we were at the hospital, staring at her through the incubator. Now she's walking and talking and has her own independent personality. I'm so proud of everything she has achieved already. In a year of darkness and misery, Marianna was our shining star in 2016. This is possibly the cheesiest thing I've ever written, but I'm sure she will only shine brighter in 2017!

Buffet Table

Anyway, to celebrate her birthday we had a little tea party yesterday with lots of family and lots of food. Being the household of sci-fi geeks that we are, I was excited to bust out the Star Wars partyware we were sent to review by Party Bags and Supplies. The pack is for a party of eight and includes a tablecloth, 8 cups, 8 plates, 20 napkins, and 8 party bags.

Star Wars Party Bags

Marianna has been given no choice but to love Star Wars, so was very impressed to see the table all laid out ready for the party. Her favourite bits were the seriously cool stormtrooper napkins and, of course, the party bags. They all contained a little pack of Haribo Tangtastics, a 'Finger Fright' (those little rubber finger monsters!), a space fact card, and - best of all - an inflatable lightsaber. Party Bags and Supplies offer a huge range of pre-filled party bags starting from just £1, along with all the necessary bits and pieces to put your own together - check out their party bags and fillers.

Marianna with a lightsaber

In fact, everybody was pretty taken with the inflatable lightsabers, and an epic battle commenced between Marianna, Anthony and his dad. Who knew that Snow White was so well versed in the ways of the force? All in all, we had a really great day, Marianna had lots of fun, and we want to say a big thank-you to Party Bags and Supplies for helping to make it extra special. :)

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Sunday, 1 January 2017

This Week #63

Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much
Life This Week

Today is Marianna's birthday! I can't believe she's two years old already. We had a nice little party this afternoon and Marianna is now busy playing with her new toys and avoiding bedtime.

I've been so full of a cold this week - streaming eyes, streaming nose, the whole lot. Luckily there hasn't been much on because of the holidays so I've mostly just stayed in and felt sorry for myself, watching as Marianna systematically destroys the house around me...

Photo of the Week
Marianna as Snow White
I Have Been Mostly...

☆ READING: Check out my December book reviews which I posted this week, and my Yuletide Recs List.

☆ WRITING: My New Year's Resolutions.

☆ WATCHING: Take a look at my December Film Reviews.

 LISTENING: The sound of battery operated toys. Why???

☆ WEARING: Pyjamas.

☆ EATING: Junk. I think we've lived on nothing but crisps, cake, and mince pies this week.

☆ REVIEWING: I did the End of Year Fandom Meme, looking back at things I've liked this year.

On the Blog

I've been working on the formatting of some of my regular posts, and drafting a bunch up to keep me going over the next week or so. I'm hoping to post every day this year so organisation will be key!

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