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28 November 2015 @ 06:02 am
It's finally starting to look like the season...  
++ Thanksgiving was lowkey, which is pretty normal. We don't have elaborate family gatherings during the holidays like we used to when I was younger, which is understandable considering how far away most of my relatives live nowadays and how expensive it is to travel and all, though I have to admit I miss having some of them close for at least a get together around this time of year. Regardless, I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving, and a safe Black Friday.

++ The Captain America: Civil War trailer dropped recently, and while I'm not well versed of this universe I do know that the Civil War era was a huge deal in the comics, and people have been anticipating and dreading this being included in the MCU. Of course, not being familiar with any of it, and only seen a couple of the films of the Marvelverse myself, I'm just sitting on the sidelines observing the kerfuffle that fandom will give out. Alternatively, there are new Agent Carter season two promos and it makes me very happy because Peggy is amazing, plus a new trailer for Legends of Tomorrow, which I'm mostly looking forward to because of Sara Lance and seeing Arthur Darvill being in this particular role. Also, it's being rumored that Constantine may join the cast of Legends of Tomorrow should it be picked up for a second season. I didn't watch Constantine when it was on, and I know that many were disappointed when it was cancelled, but I think it's pretty awesome that, because it exists in the same universe, they're able to keep him around by popping up in different shows, first with Arrow and now this possibility.

++ Since my latest obsession now is Jessica Jones, I've been reading all the interviews and this particular interview with Melissa Rosenberg, the showrunner, is absolutely wonderful and perfect, and it further solidifies my love for the show. She addresses the problem with rape storylines in mainstream media and why it was important for Jessica Jones to not go in that horrific direction we often seen depicted, specifically the gross desensitizing and normalization of the brutality of rape scenes and senseless violence against women just for shock value (looking at you, Game of Thrones). It's just so refreshing seeing someone calling out how disturbing it is. I'm thankful that she is in control of the show, and that it's on Netflix.
Current Mood: okayokay
Current Music: Missy Elliott - WTF (Where They From)
noybusiness: Leoben/Anders/Starbuck threesomenoybusiness on November 28th, 2015 04:09 pm (UTC)
I recommend checking out Constantine if possible! Not only is John a well-realized character, but also Zed and Chas.

I wonder, if John Constantine is joining Legends of Tomorrow in Season 2 and the cast is changing every season, will Season 2 be a version of the Justice League Dark comic and thus feature Zatanna, Deadman, Enchantress, Shade the Changing Man, Madame Xanadu, Black Orchid, Frankenstein and Swamp Thing as well?

Edit: For some reason, I called Chas "Manny".

Edited at 2015-11-28 04:11 pm (UTC)
Renée: Agents of Shield. Skye.rogueslayer452 on November 29th, 2015 04:19 am (UTC)
I wasn't that interested before, but after seeing his guest appearance in Arrow I'm intrigued by his character, or more accurately in Matt Ryan's portrayal of John Constantine.

I'm not exactly that familiar with the comics, but if they're planning on changing up the cast each season then I'm sure that they'll work something out if they add him for the second season.
noybusiness: Leoben/Anders/Starbuck threesomenoybusiness on November 29th, 2015 04:44 am (UTC)
You should check the series out. Even in the occasional less good episodes (and there are very good ones), Matt Ryan nails the character from the comics. He is John Constantine. There's no comparison to that Keanu Reeves movie.
R.: turned out to be the howling of a dognemophilist on November 28th, 2015 09:15 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you had a good Thanksgiving!

I'm looking forwards to Legends of Tomorrow, and I'm nearly done with Jessica Jones. The lack of rape scenes makes me so happy. I'm so tired of it, honestly.
Renée: Pretty Little Liars. Spencer Hastings.rogueslayer452 on November 29th, 2015 12:47 am (UTC)
It's seriously disturbing how often rape is used as a plot device, and rarely it's done with the sensitivity and respect it should for such a triggering subject. Way too often it's done to tantalize the audience, and that is beyond gross. The fact that certain people will often defend and justify rape/assault scenes in movies or television is also disgusting.

But there are a few things out there, like Jessica Jones, which takes responsibility of handling this particular subject with care, and just acknowledging straightforward that resorting to unnecessary sexual violence is just lazy writing. We need people to step forward and say this more often, because mainstream media just doesn't understand.
Julie: Original ★ impending duskragnarok_08 on November 28th, 2015 09:25 pm (UTC)
She addresses the problem with rape storylines in mainstream media and why it was important for Jessica Jones to not go in that horrific direction we often seen depicted, specifically the gross desensitizing and normalization of the brutality of rape scenes and senseless violence against women just for shock value

Yes I agree with you there - it's very important to acknowledge how disturbing it is and I am so glad that Melissa Rosenberg is in charge.
weaselettweaselett on November 28th, 2015 11:07 pm (UTC)
The lack of the rape scenes was a relief, and the choices of what was shown of her with him was really good (though there is a hedgey moment when stuff gets backed down from in the house but that's the only downer re: that aspect)

I just literally finished ep 13 - it was so nice to have a female run, female driven, multiple female characters and gay people in a marvel series <3 (Agent Carter having a still majority male cast)
Renéerogueslayer452 on November 29th, 2015 07:17 am (UTC)
It's sad when we have to be relieved when a story doesn't have sexual violence, but it is refreshing when someone like Melissa Rosenberg just gets it, demonstrates that through the writing and direction of the narrative within the show, and furthermore comments about the lack of responsibility many writers have for handling this particular topic.

I loved how Jessica pulled no punches when it came to Kilgrave, particularly with her calling him out on his bullshit, repeating what he did to her and other people and wanting him to admit his crimes. Krysten and David did a marvelous job.
anandrine on November 29th, 2015 02:24 am (UTC)
i've heard SO MANY good things about jessica jones. i might give it a shot. especially since i heard there were two lesbian characters! tho one is bad i think? anyway, yes, from what i've seen it looks like a really good job of handling the subject and trauma.
Renéerogueslayer452 on November 29th, 2015 02:40 am (UTC)
Not necessarily bad, more like morally gray. And I have to admit it wasn't my favorite storyline of the season, but that's because what was happening with them could have been settled much earlier, imo.

And yes, definitely check it out! It's totally worth it. :)
Say what?: Tinie 145sometimesartist on November 29th, 2015 09:12 am (UTC)
I can't wait for Agent Carter to come back! It's gonna be so much fun.
Renéerogueslayer452 on December 1st, 2015 01:43 am (UTC)
That show is always fun, just seeing the previews for next season makes me all happy. :)
Chelsea: Christmas → Ornamentssictransits on November 29th, 2015 08:11 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you had a nice Thanksgiving! =)

I'm looking forward to Legends of Tomorrow even more after seeing the trailer. It looks like it'll be great!
Renéerogueslayer452 on December 1st, 2015 07:12 am (UTC)
I'm rather curious to see what they plan on doing with the show. I mean, as I'm mentioned I'm only going to be in this for Sara Lance and seeing her character develop and grow even more as the White Canary, but I'm honestly curious about the other characters as well and how it'll do overall as a show.
Avox in Arcadia: Jessica: see you soonperpetual on November 30th, 2015 05:39 pm (UTC)
I've been nervously avoiding Jessica Jones spoilers, successfully so far, but I clicked that interview and it turned out to be safe, which is great because it was also a really neat thing to read. Melissa Rosenberg sounds like an absolute jackpot as a producer for this show, same as pretty much the entire cast.
Renée: Elementary. Joan Watson.rogueslayer452 on December 1st, 2015 02:10 pm (UTC)
It's honestly so refreshing that we have a producer who knows what they're talking about and how to handle storylines and subjects like this, and that not only is this show run by a woman, but it primarily focuses on these women and their stories. I'm just so pleased with everything so far, and when the show gets picked up for a second season I can't wait to see what else is in store.
Avox in Arcadia: Jessica: orangeperpetual on December 1st, 2015 03:48 pm (UTC)
Fingers crossed this is a turning point for genre television - the only thing more exciting than a show that gets stuff right is a show that gets stuff right and is successful.

Kind of wondering why it hasn't had the greenlight for a second season already. The stuff that Rosenberg said in the interview about not having a say in everything going forward made me a little concerned.
giallarhorn: Olivia Specs!giallarhorn on December 1st, 2015 05:50 am (UTC)
Happy post Thanksgiving!

Afaik, Civil War in the wider scheme of MCU is meant to be the start of their phase II plan for the universe? Most of what I can tell is that it's Tony vs Steve, and a lot of people are commenting on how AoU was an awful lead in to it. On the other hand, DC is really weird with their universe? Not only do you have DC shows across different networks, but they seem to be by and large distinct from the movies as well? And the choice to put Constantine in is...an interesting choice. Mostly because recognizing Constantine opens a lot of doors to the weirder elements in DC.

I keep going back and forth about Jessica Jones. Like, it is qualitatively good television, and good television for tackling stuff that doesn't get looked at too often, ie the aftermath of abuse, rape and trauma, as opposed to the lead up and act itself. On the other hand, what makes it good also makes it hard to watch to a point? Not to say that it shouldn't have it, because it should. But it's definitely not a show I'd be likely to rewatch on a whim, or even think about binge watching, which might be a discussion more of narrative than anything.
Renée: Agents of Shield. Skye.rogueslayer452 on December 2nd, 2015 11:44 am (UTC)
Admittedly, I don't know much about the comicsverse nor am I that fannish about the films, but it is interesting some of the creative choices both the movies and shows have made for either universe. I know some people were dreading the Civil War storyline, but it definitely looks like they're setting up that next phase of the MCU.

Jessica Jones is certainly not a family show, that's for sure, simply because the entire concept of the first season tackles a heavy subject that many be too triggering for certain people. Already I know some people have mentioned they can only watch a few episodes at a time rather than binge watch since that's all they can handle, which is understandable. As difficult as certain moments of the show are though, I deeply appreciate that this show manages to handle these subjects with such responsibility and respect, which you don't see depicted often on television. The show itself is dark and heavy, but with amazing characters and brilliant storytelling, and I can't wait for what the future of this show may bring us.
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Renéerogueslayer452 on December 8th, 2015 06:03 pm (UTC)
I highly recommend it since it is really good, although do take caution because it does feature some pretty dark subject matters. So be prepared for that. But overall, it is handled wonderfully on the show and it is so rewarding after you watch it. I think you'll like it. :)
Danikoyaaniisqatsi on December 8th, 2015 04:55 pm (UTC)
Yaaaaas Melissa Rosenberg is a queen!
Renée: Inara Serra. Smile.rogueslayer452 on December 9th, 2015 08:16 am (UTC)
It makes me happy I can read an interview and have it be so refreshing, so on point. ♥