What I Wish I Had Time For

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Dear Emmy’s.
I’m so excited about your nominations.  I only got to look at them for a few minutes, but I’m excited to find out who wins.  Don’t get me wrong, there were a few snubs, but overall I think it’s going to be a good awards night.
See you in September,
Rachel

Dear Comic Con,
I went to you.  Just for Friday.  And you were both overwhelming and underwhelming at the same time.  There was so much happening on the floor that I started to block it all out.  But I loved the panels I got to go to and I and still loving the footage of all the things in Hall H and Ballroom 20.  I can’t wait to go back.
Much Love,
Rachel

Dear Second Post on Dollhouse,
Will you please write yourself?  Just take the notes I took when I finished the series and write yo… hey, come back.
Dangit,
Rachel

Dear Newsroom,
I love you.  In my crazy week of insanity I still make time for you.  And you are gearing up for a fantastic second season.  I can’t wait to see what you have in store for Maggie and Jim, and Mac and Will, and Slone and Don.  Yes, I’m a shipper, so sue me.  No, Will, don’t actually sue me.  Please.
Love, love, love,
Rachel

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Dollhouse: The Serious

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Dollhouse depicts an underground organization where people go when they are out of options.  The “dolls” sign a five year contract to allowing the company to program their brains with different personalities, after which they are released to continue their lives.  The show aired in 2009 and 2010.  It was canceled after two seasons, despite it being absolutely fantastic television.

The way I see it there are two sides to Dollhouse: the serious, moral side of what can be taken from it and what it implies about our society and culture, and the fan side in which I fangirl over how awesome the characters and their interactions are. We’ll start with the more serious side, because I think Dollhouse is a show that can be hard to be a fan of it you can’t get past the serious side.

On first blush Dollhouse is very, very wrong.  They are programming people to be whatever their customers want, taking away the choices that the original people had and using them as shells to fulfill selfish desires.  Objectification of women (majority of dolls are female).  Taking away freedom of choice.  What kind of world are we living in here?

But that question is exactly the point.  Because the stuff that exists in Dollhouse, does exist in real life.  You don’t see it on the streets or in the newspapers, but all over the world, women and girls, men and boys, are being bought and sold as slaves.  The world as is shown in Dollhouse isn’t quite there yet, but the technology could exist, and added to the framework of human trafficking that we know of, it’s a scary thought to think of all the things that could go wrong.

Dollhouse shows us that world, and then shows us people who, even while being a part of it, don’t want the extreme.  Adelle DeWitt is one of my favorite characters on the show because, not only is she a badass lady, she also cares deeply for the dolls under her command.  When she discovers that Sierra is being raped she finds and kills the attacker (“Man on the Street”) without a second thought.

Dolls that get out of hand are sent to “The Attic” where they are basically turned brain dead.  The Attic is actually a virtual world where the minds of those the corporation doesn’t want to deal with are trapped.  It’s not really death, it’s simply stasis that cannot be broken out of.  Unless you’re Echo, a doll who used to be a woman named Caroline, dead set on bring the Dollhouse down.

While the dolls are frequently set up on romantic engagements a lot of the cases are to solve a problem in the least intrusive means possible.  A security guard for a star who refuses to have a security detail (“Stage Fright”), being an example for a young girl in a bad situation (“Briar Rose”), and stopping a virus threatening to wipe out a whole university (“Echoes”).

Echo starts to remember what her old life was and remember the other people she has been imprinted with.  This knowledge begins a mission that starts with her and Paul, her handler, and eventually encompasses the whole dollhouse to stop this thing before it’s too late.

Epitaph One” and “Epitaph Two: Return” show the world after it’s become too late.  The two season finales show the world of the future in which doll technology has gone wireless and taken over society.  A world where being an “Actual”, the person you were born as, makes you not only a rarity, but a target.  This is the world that we cannot become.

For even with everything that this world has become, we are not immune to the way things should be.  We see the Dollhouse, in all it’s fictional glory, and understand that we can never stoop to that.  Meanwhile those who are victims to human trafficking know that we already have.

I Ship It

Oh fandom, how I love thee.

By the time I realized that ‘shipper was short for relation-shipper I was already in too deep.  I probably got sucked into fandom around the age of twelve or thirteen.  In retrospect, I was much too young to be there, but there I was anyway.  It started with CSI, then House, NCIS, and all the procedurals.  I watched for the characters, and stayed through the changes.  Ships may come and go, but shipping itself is forever.

A note: some of these contradict each other.  I don’t care.  I ship it.  Shipping is not rational, it is completely based on my whims, and this is how I feel damn it.

Books
Harry/Ginny – Harry Potter
Luna/Neville – Harry Potter
Jessica/Marcus – Jessica Darling Series
Nancy/Ned – Nancy Drew
Nancy/Frank – Nancy Drew
Mary/Bert – Mary Poppins

Movies
Jack/Elizabeth – Pirates of the Caribbean
Jack/Rum – Pirates of the Caribbean
Jack/Jar of Dirt – Pirates of the Caribbean
Captain/Maria – The Sound of Music
Rapunzel/Flynn Rider – Tangled
Tarzan/Jane – Tarzan
Jessie/Buzz – Toy Story
Tony Stark/Pepper Potts – Iron Man

Television
Josh/Donna – The West Wing
CJ/Toby – The West Wing
CJ/Danny – The West Wing
Donna/Sam – The West Wing
Gabby – NCIS
Tiva – NCIS
Harm/Mac – JAG
Chuck/Sarah – Chuck
Nine/Rose – Doctor Who
Rose/TenToo – Doctor Who
Eleven/Idris – Doctor Who
Two/Jamie – Doctor Who
Liz/Bailey – The Good Guys
Casey/Dana – Sports Night
Jeremey/Natalie – Sports Night
Spuffy – Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Willow/Tara – Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Angel/Cordelia – Angel
Fred/Westley – Angel
Victor/Pria – Dollhouse
Topher/Adelle – Dollhouse
Sybill/Branson – Downton Abbey
Anna/Mr. Bates – Downton Abbey
Snow/Charming – Once Upon A Time
Cora/Rumple – Once Upon A Time
Emma/Hook – Once Upon A Time
Leslie/Ben – Parks and Rec
Parker/Elliot – Leverage
Sophie/Elliot – Leverage
Parker/Nate – Leverage

Mini-series
Glitch/DG – Tin Man
Alice/Hatter – Alice

Web
Penny/Billie – Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog
Cheeks/Brady – Husbands
Dizzie – The Lizzie Bennett Diaries
Cereal Guy/Faux Fur Girl – Hipsterhood
Jack/Mitchelle – The Outs

This Has Been: February Edition

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How quickly this month has gone!  It seems wrong for time to have gone so quickly even though I wasn’t doing much.  Seriously, what did I do for the past month?  The past two months even?  I spent so much time pondering that question that I created a straight up list of things done to share with ya’ll today.

This month I:

  • became a better climber and a stronger yogini
  • kept up with the blog
  • made my first vlog
  • Mythbusters exhibit
  • created a journaling and quiet time habit
  • written some fanfic
  • started a list of possible LA contacts
  • mom and me road trip
  • saw 2 performances from my old high school
  • made a dent in Dollhouse, Leverage, and Luther
  • checked out 10 new web series
  • drank LOTS of tea
  • curated my wardrobe
  • plenty of knitting
  • joined zipcar
  • babysat a newborn
  • saw Warm Bodies with a friend
  • watched the Ocsar Nominated live action and animated films
  • nearly finished the Up series with my mom
  • Girl with the Pearl Earring exhibit

Looking back on this month includes mostly memories of TV watching and internet derping.  I don’t even know what happened half the time, but looking at the list reminds me of some good that came from it.

It should also be noted that I did not move to Cambodia, I did not file to transfer to Eurythmy school, and I did not run away and hide on friends couches all over the globe.  In that sense I consider this extended break to be a massive success, because these are all things I have considered at least once since Christmas.

There are a few things that I would have liked to do and wasn’t able to get to, so it wasn’t a total win, but what I didn’t get to this time around can be saved and better planned for next round.  I hope that I do get to have a friends road trip sometime soon, and I am still looking to connect with other writers (but I suppose that’s what school is for).

Whedon Wednesday: Kickoff

The pen is mightier than the sword.  A cliche that rings remarkably true when looking at the work of Joss Whedon.  For years characters in television, movies, and web series have feared their lives under the direction of Mr. Whedon.  The writer, producer, and director of various projects ranging from the cult favorites, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly, to Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog, and most recently to Cabin in the Woods and The Avengers.

Motives run the gambit from senseless killing of favorite characters to deaths necessary for the growth of other characters and plots.  The average death fits somewhere between the two reasons.  And with just over twenty characters on the list, there is certainly room for an average.

From now until mid-December, I will be contributing to a group effort to bring these characters the recognition they deserve.  My friend Laura, and her sister Megg, are carrying the bulk of the project, with contributions from myself and another friend, Elspeth.  Together we are writing a series of Eulogies for all the characters who have fallen victim to Mr. Whedon’s pen.  In keeping their memory alive we hope to share the love that we feel for these characters and the universe’s they are a part of.

Starting now, and continuing nearly to the end of the year, there will be a Whedon Wednesday Eulogy posted on one of our blogs each week.  Since we all have different styles and formats, they will be archived in different ways depending on the blogger.  I for one will be creating a page under the new tab of television where I will link up to the post of the day.  I will also be re-tweeting and linking up the week’s post on my Twitter page and in that day’s post respectively.

Even though I’ve only just finished Buffy, I am wildly excited about his project.  I can’t wait to share with everyone.  Next week I’ll kick of with the first post, and in the coming weeks I’ll be talking about my feelings on Buffy and some of my favorite casualties.  I’ll also be linking up to the other posts in the series in the months ahead.