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ROBOTECH REWATCH 26: Whole New World

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

Picture 2Robotech Will Be Rewatched After These Messages.

We’ve entered a new phase of the story – and the one that I really think of as mine. I was a sporadic watcher of Robotech when I first discovered the show. Hey, remember the days when if you missed an episode you couldn’t just jump online for a catchup? It was years before I saw a lot of the early parts of the saga. But the New New Macross era (no it’s not called that) marks the stage where I was watching religiously and, let’s face it, obsessively.

Later when I got into the novelisations, the first one I owned was a collection of books 4, 5 and 6, which is the second half of the Macross-Rick-Lisa-Minmei story, and gave me an even more intense familiarity with these particular scenes and storylines.

So it’s this world-weary Lisa and shellshocked Rick who first made a strong impression on me, not to mention drunk and abusive Kyle, and the older, sadder version of Minmei.

Jack McKinney’s novelisations, by the way, are some of my favourite space opera novels of all time. They’re based on a cartoon, and yet he invests them with a great deal of gravitas, building up the storylines into something that feels tailored for an adult audience. I particularly love the chapter headings which are matched with snippets from “historical” documents, giving a larger sense of the history that these characters are making, and the story still to come. This includes academic texts, pop culture essays, and snippets from Lisa’s memoir.

The fact that she’s gonna be an Admiral someday doesn’t make the thing where she does Rick’s dishes any less weird.

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Watching New Who: The Doctor’s Wife

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

David is coming to New Who for the first time, having loved Classic Who as a kid. Tehani is a recent convert, and ploughed through Seasons 1 to 6 (so far) in just a few weeks after becoming addicted thanks to Matt Smith – she’s rewatching to keep up with David! Tansy is the expert in the team, with a history in Doctor Who fandom that goes WAY back, and a passion for Doctor Who that inspires us all.

We are working our way through New Who, using season openers and closers, and Hugo shortlisted episodes, and sometimes a couple of extra episodes we love as our blogging points. Just for fun!

Find Tehani’s post here, and David’s post here.

wife2“The Doctor’s Wife”

Series 6, Episode 4

The Doctor – Matt Smith

Amy Pond – Karen Gillan

Rory Williams – Arthur Darvill

Suranne Jones – Idris/The TARDIS

TEHANI:
So, much as we could happily talk all day about different episodes, we’re going back to our original remit of Hugo Award nominees, season openers and closers and specials. That means we’re skipping “Curse of the Black Spot”, which most conventional fandom wisdom will have you believe is a really rubbish episode, a condemnation I actually quite disagree with, but we’re not TALKING about that one, so that’s okay! :)

DAVID:
Pirates and swords and sirens, what more can you ask for? I quite liked “Curse of the Black Spot”, which just goes to show I continue to be completely out of touch with conventional fan wisdom!

TEHANI:
Say it with me: “Conventional fan wisdom can bite me”!

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Musketeers Break My Heart Seventies Style (1974)

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Spoiler warning: sure the essay spoils the entire film, that’s pretty much how these Musketeer Media Monday posts go. But if you’ve been enjoying Musketeer Space without any knowledge of how the second half of the book turns out, this review might reveal a little too much simply because the Richard Lester films represent the most comprehensive adaptation of the original book in all its many fractured glories.

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THE FOUR MUSKETEERS (1974)

So the first half of The Three Musketeers was adapted by Richard Lester into the film I like to call Musketeers Crack me Up Seventies Style (1973), and the second half screened a year later as The Four Musketeers (1974).

Famously, the actors did not find out that their gruelling marathon shoot was intended for two movies instead of one, and were very unhappy when they found out! It didn’t stop many of them (including at least one whose character dies in this film) signing on for a sequel in 1989, but that’s long in the future.

Things that happened in Musketeers Crack me Up Seventies Style (1973): pretty much everything that usually happens in Musketeer movies, up to and including the matter of the Queen’s diamonds, Buckingham being a fancy clothes horse who can’t keep his lips to himself, D’Artagnan being a D’ork, the Musketeer meet-cute, and a happy ending. If you’ve never seen it and the words ‘Spike Milligan as Bonancieux’ don’t convince you to do something about that, I just don’t know what to do with you.

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ROBOTECH REWATCH 25: Ships Fall, Everyone Dies

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

EPS_40_4_9928Robotech will be rewatched after these messages.

Try not to cry as the world is destroyed.

Even my hardboiled, steel-coated nine-year-old was slightly distressed by the death toll in this episode.

Episode 27 – Force of Arms

So this is it, the big battle is about to happen. Space is “literally stuffed” (thanks, narrator) with Dolza’s ships. After Rick sends lovebirds Max and Miriya off to their ships, he catches sight of Kyle and Minmei. On the grounds that he’s probably about to die, he confesses to Minmei that he loves her, salutes and leaves.

Minmei runs after him after shaking off that jerk Kyle, who tries to stop her.

Gloval is still wrapping his head around the fact that he is fighting alongside Zentraedi now. It’s a headspin.

Minmei catches up with Rick during his important pre-battle glove-putting-on ritual and they do the awkward pause thing a lot despite time being distinctly of the essence. She tries to apologise about the whole Kyle thing but is basically having a panic attack about feelings while Rick is noble and self-sacrificing. Nothing is resolved.

Before Rick can even get in his ship to make a smooth exit, Dolza’s forces open fire on the Earth, razing it across the entire surface. Everyone, like EVERYONE on the Earth is killed (with only a few exceptions to be revealed). Minmei mourns her parents, and Rick whispers Lisa’s name. He pulls himself together quickly, asking Minmei to sing. He has a plan.

Because yet another rendition of Stage Fright is going to put a bandaid on this apocalypse? Okay, then.

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BOOK LAUNCH: Drowned Vanilla

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

drowned vanilla cover

WHERE: Hobart Bookshop, Salamanca Place, Hobart Tasmania.
WHEN: 5:30-7pm, Thursday 20 November

Kate Gordon, author of Thyla and Writing Clementine, will be launching Drowned Vanilla by Livia Day at the Hobart Bookshop. Please come and join us! There will be wine, and books, and THIS BOOK IN PARTICULAR WHICH FEATURES MURDER AND ICE CREAM.

We’d love to see you there. No RSVP required, just bring yourselves.

It’s the beginning of a hot, hot summer in Hobart. Tabitha Darling is in love with the wrong man, and determined to perfect the art of ice cream. Playing amateur detective again is definitely not on the cards—not even when her friends try to lure her into an arty film noir project in the historical town of Flynn.

But when a young woman goes missing from a house full of live webcams, and is found drowned in the lake outside Flynn, Tabitha is dragged into the whole mess— film crew, murder victim, love life and all.

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The Contents are on the Table

Monday, November 10th, 2014

Uncanny_Issue1_FINAL_large1-340x510Several exciting Tables of Contents were released in the last week, that I’m invested in one way or another.

Uncanny Magazine #1 is available for purchase now! Some free content has been released on the blog this week and some will go up in December. But you can read the whole thing now as a complete ebook.

Featuring new fiction by Maria Dahvana Headley, Kat Howard, Max Gladstone, Amelia Beamer, Ken Liu, and Christopher Barzak, classic fiction by Jay Lake, essays by Sarah Kuhn, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Christopher J Garcia, plus a Worldcon Roundtable featuring Emma England, Michael Lee, Helen Montgomery, Steven H Silver, and Pablo Vazquez, poetry by Neil Gaiman, Amal El-Mohtar, and Sonya Taaffe, interviews with Maria Dahvana Headley, Deborah Stanish, Beth Meacham on Jay Lake, and Christopher Barzak, and a cover by Galen Dara.

All of that plus two podcasts!

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ROBOTECH REWATCH 24: Provocative Pairing Rituals.

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

orange juiceIt’s all kicking off in Robotech – within an episode or two, the entire premise of the show is about to change. This one’s all about a meeting of the minds, and military secrets.

Episode 26 – The Messenger

The Zendraedi are approaching again, and so the humans on the SDF1 get their big gun ready, same as always. To their surprise, they get a message that the Zentraedi want a ceasefire and to actually… talk. Peacefully.

Naturally, Khyron takes this opportunity to try to attack, but Breetai’s Zentraedi fire on him until he behaves himself.

Rick is seriously weirded out at having to escort a Zentraedi pod ship directly to the SDF1.

On the podship, Exedore has been Micronised and is ready to visit the SDF1, though his guard is still super big.

Exedore introduces himself as Minister of Affairs upon arrival. His giant-sized pilot is asked to remain at the ship, and to their horror, a couple of human soldiers are asked to bring him a snack. They’re left trying to figure out how to acquire the world’ biggest sandwich.

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ROBOTECH REWATCH 23: Fastest Wedding Plot Twist Ever

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

Picture 3 (1)Robotech will be rewatched after these messages.

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?”

“YES, RAELI.”

“Well all right then.”

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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).

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ROBOTECH REWATCH 22: Video Game Romance

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

24-miriya-not-amusedRobotech will be rewatched after these messages.

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.

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