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ROBOTECH REWATCH 23: Fastest Wedding Plot Twist Ever

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

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THIS episode, people. THIS episode. Even knowing what happens, it blows me away every time. Of all the Robotech WTFery, and there’s a whole bunch of super uberWTFery still to come, this is the WTFest of them all.

And yet.

I ship it so hard.

Max and Miriya, you put the “whuh” in whirlwind romance and I love you to bits.

Episode 25 – Wedding Bells

Once Ms9 saw the title of this one, it was all I could do to make her watch it – and thanks to the spoilery Next Time announcement from last week’s episode, she knew whose wedding it was gonna be. Thanks for that, overly-invested and weirdly precognitive narrator. I only dragged her back to the show (words cannot describe how much she hates kissing and romancey stuff) with the promise of a knife fight.

Her eyes lit up. “With the happy couple?”


“Well all right then.”


Musketeer in Pink (2009)

Monday, October 27th, 2014

It’s Musketeer Media Monday! This month, I’m reviewing Barbie and the Three Musketeers (2009), a direct-to-DVD computer animated feature which was already on our shelf because Ms5 loves it kind of a lot.

I’m not even sorry.

Barbie_and_the_Three_MusketeersI have a ridiculously soft spot for this particular movie, because I watched it with my daughters multiple times before I started this whole Musketeer Media project, and once you’ve seen all the Barbie movies about princesses and fairies and surfer girls and so on, the idea of one that’s about swords and adventure feels pretty progressive.

Also, how can I complain about the movie that did gender-swapped Musketeers long before I started my story? Hell, this movie is the reason that the shops were full of Barbies with swords for a while there.

Corinne (daughter of D’Artagnan though she never uses a surname) is a fairly standard Barbie avatar – sweet and blonde and determined to succeed at whatever she tries her hand at. This time around, she opens the movie practicing her swordwork, and then convinces her mother to let her leave home to become a Musketeer. All we are missing is a surreal slow-mo fencing shot like in the opening to Musketeers Crack Me Up Seventies Style (1973).


ROBOTECH REWATCH 22: Video Game Romance

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

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We’re up to one of my favourite subplots, the Max-Miriya romance. In my head, it always takes a lot longer for the two of them to, uh, settle things between them. But this episode is one of my favourites, and the game duel between them may have inspired an early scene in Musketeer Space…

Team Miriya all the way!

Episode 24 – Showdown

Lisa is off on her secret mission to convince the top brass on Earth that it’s a good idea to let the Zentraedi deserters integrate with their own society. Sami is taking her temp gig seriously, and she’s on fire with new confidence – so much so that she ends up chiding Captain Gloval for interrupting her. It’s adorable the way he lets the bridge crew scold him.



Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

This was going to be the preliminary ‘catch up on what Tansy’s doing’ message before today’s Musketeer chapter, but then that felt weird and tacky and there was too much to say. So I’m saying it here. The chapter will go up later this morning.

While I was away in Perth, my dear friend Rowena Cory Daniells sent our writing group an email with great news – her eldest daughter Raphael, a teacher and talented jazz singer who has been going through chemo all year for her advanced bowel cancer, was finally showing very positive signs of recovery just in time for her wedding. Rowena has been keeping us up to date regularly as she supports Raphael through all this, and I was so glad to hear things were finally looking bright.

Sadly within the week the situation went very rapidly downhill. Raphael’s cancer is no longer responding to current treatments, and her last hope is a medical trial of a new drug in Melbourne. Raphael’s partner Clint has set up a GoFundMe campaign to help raise money towards the expenses of them relocating for the duration. The generosity of donators has been amazing so far, well beyond their expectations, and they have extended their target accordingly.

Rowena Cory Daniells is not only a wonderful fantasy writer but one of the kindest and most generous people in the Australian SF writing scene. So many of us have had our careers or our creative spark encouraged by her one way or another, over the last several decades. She is one of those people who always helps others above and beyond her own needs My heart hurts for what Rowena and her family have been going through all year, supporting Raphael through this battle. Please donate if you can.



ROBOTECH REWATCH 21: Breaking into the Asylum

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

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I think I just had my first day off in about three years, not counting that time I got pneumonia. And I shouldn’t count that, right?

Regardless, at a quarter to midnight I only just remembered my Robotech post should have gone up. Whoops! Here it is, better late than never.

Episode 23 – Reckless

The battle is still going on inside the ship, carried over from the previous episode.

To Khyron’s confusion, the pilots of his Battlepods all start fanboying about Minmei instead of concentrating on the opportunity to shoot Micronians. His own men stage a mass revolt against him, squeeing and waving their metaphorical autograph books.

My daughter Ms 5 (who doesn’t normally pay a lot of attention to what is going on in this show but is on Team Minmei) notes that the fleeing Battlepods look a lot like running chickens. She’s not wrong.


Friday Links is a Small Business

Friday, October 17th, 2014

wonder-woman-aloneYes there will be a Wonder Woman movie. Still thinking through my thinks about this one. But it’s well overdue, so…

Hark! a Vagrant has updated this week with a great piece on the noir trope of the Femme Fatale.

Kameron Hurley has written some great pieces this week. Here, she talks about the importance for writers of treating themselves like a small business, and being cautious about the rights they sign away. She also addresses the recent Requires Hate controversy with a beautifully-constructed personal essay looking at the complexities and consequences of reinventing yourself on the internet.

Leigh Sales interviews Annabel Crabbe about her new book, The Wife Drought. It’s a lovely, casual piece between two women who obviously know each other very well and share strong feelings about how difficult it is to be a working mother. I particularly liked what Crabbe had to say about the different but equally unfair expectations placed upon men and women in the workforce once they start their families. I’ll be buying her book!


ROBOTECH REWATCH 20: Old Songs For New

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

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This is the one where the aliens think Kyle is magical, and Minmei sings a song.

Episode 22 – Battle Hymn

Dolza catches up on the Micronian kung fu movie via Netflix – and once again, Kyle’s magic powers and anti-gravitational kicking ability impress him. He’s a teeny bit concerned that all Micronians will have these skills. Meanwhile, the rest of the Zentraedi soldiers are melting at the heart about the tinny voice of the Minmei doll that Konda, Bron and Rico have been showing off behind the bike sheds.

Soldier: This singing really makes me feel funny.
Konda: Just wait until you hear the next song.
Soldier: Oh there’s another song?
My daughter: Nope.


ROBOTECH REWATCH 19: Make Movies, Not War

Saturday, October 4th, 2014

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This one has a film premiere, a love square and an extra blog commentary by my nine-year-old co-conspirator in this rewatch.

Episode 21 – A New Dawn

Minmei’s movie Little Green Dragon is about to be released, and her drunken agent promises her anything she wants since she’s such a big star. She asks for a front row seat to be reserved at the premiere as a surprise for Rick.

Remember Jan, the “famous” Hollywood actress who thought she was going to win Miss Macross? She turns up in a bitchy cameo, attempting to pour red wine over Minmei’s “quaint” dress. Hilariously, because Minmei is made of diamonds and lucky unicorn glitter, the wine gets nowhere near her. Don’t mess with the Minmei, you cannot win!



Saturday, September 27th, 2014

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It’s all hotting up this week – and we’re getting closer and closer to The Big Plot Twist. Meanwhile, Minmei finds new and interesting ways to present Stage Fright, the song with a thousand meanings.

Here are the full lyrics of Stage Fright, for those who have missed out on the poetry of the ultimate song of war, peace, the meaning of life, and humanity in general.

robotech-the-macross-saga-1-20-paradise-lost-300x228Stage lights flashing,
The feeling’s smashing.
My heart and soul belong to you.
And I’m here now, singing.
All bells are ringing.
My dream has finally come true.

Stage fright, go away,
This is my big day.
This is my time to be a star!
And the thrill that I feel
Is really unreal.
I can’t believe I’ve come this far!
This is my time to be a star!

I think there’s something in that for all of us.


Friday Links is Still a Feminist in case you were wondering

Friday, September 26th, 2014

un-women-1024x817So this has been the week of Emma Watson, who gave an impassioned speech at the UN (full transcript here) about the responsibility of men to support and promote gender equality. The #HeForShe campaign launched by Watson gained plenty of traction with many celebrity men making public statements about being feminist allies.

“When I was 8, I was confused about being called ‘bossy’ because I wanted to direct the plays that we would put on for our parents. But the boys were not. When at 14, I started to be sexualised by certain elements of the media, when at 15, my girlfriends started dropping out of their beloved sports teams, because they didn’t want to appear ‘muscle-y,’ when at 18, my male friends were unable to express their feelings, I decided that I was a feminist. And this seems uncomplicated to me. But my recent research has shown me that feminism has become an unpopular word.”

But of course as with any public stance on feminism, there were the detractors and the attackers – that’s the depressing thing about the world we live in. Threats were made – though this later appeared to be a hoax, which makes it no less problematic – to expose nude pictures of Watson as had happened with Jennifer Lawrence and others in recent weeks.


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