Madness

Mar. 29th, 2013 11:25 pm
starzki: (MM Peggy Joan phone)
Oh, this week.  I have a couple of things to get in to, but let me start with Mad Men.

[livejournal.com profile] scribefigaro and I have been about 2 seasons behind since we watch the show on Netflix.  Well, we caught up to only one season behind not too long ago and the new season is out on April 7.  Then, great news happened.  We discovered that Comcast is doing a thing where they're giving away seasons of episodes for free to advertise a particular service this week.  One of the shows of which they were giving away seasons is Mad Men[livejournal.com profile] scribefigaro and I have been mainlining at least 2 episodes a night to catch up before the promotion is out and before the new season starts.  We'll soon be caught up.

Well, I don't know if it's because I couldn't handle the awesomeness or what, but the last episode we watched tonight, "The Other Woman" (Season 5, episode 11) just wrecked me.  I watched the end completely sobbing.  It helped that my two favorite characters, Joan and Peggy were featured and it showed how Don can be a dick, but still do right by them.  Oh, my girls.  Tonight they both broke my heart.

Joanie is just gorgeous and Christina Hendricks who plays her with such integrity (when she could so easily be played as a dumb cliche).  Her decision in this ep (I won't spoil it) annihilated me.  She did what she had to do, and it may be for the best, but still.  My Joanie.  I love you and you shouldn't have done it.  You deserve so much more.

And Peggy.  I feel like I could have been her in the early 1960s.  Her non-romantic "break up" with Don was far and away the saddest, most touching moment I've seen on this show where numerous marriages and friendships have dissolved.  She was so brave, though.  And I don't think I could have done what she did in spreading her wings.  Like Joanie, she deserves so much more, but she's actually going out and getting it.  Part of my sadness, and Don's I'm sure, is that I don't know when I'll be able to see her again.

This show.  Ugh.  It's a kind of perfection you rarely see on television anymore.  I am looking forward to next season like I cannot even explain.

*collects myself*

In other news, the college I interviewed at last week told me that they'd make a decision this week.  I haven't heard anything.  The chances of me working there are slim (their pay scale is not what I had hoped for), but I was still expecting to at least be able to try and negotiate.  Now I'm wondering if they're going with another candidate.  I was so sure I had this offer.  Again, not that I would take it (it's not quite right, in any case), but I still wanted to be asked.

Now, I think I'll go wreck myself with some more television series pathos.  Maybe I'll watch the commentary on FMA episodes. :)

Update-ish?

Apr. 9th, 2012 01:11 am
starzki: (MM Peggy Joan phone)
I realize I haven't posted in a while.  This is for a number of reasons:

1. The semester is winding down.  This is good.  While I'm slightly more busy trying to get all of my students doing what they need to do to pass, everyone is happy that things are almost over.  Nightmare student is being cool enough not to bother me.  Soon she will be out of my life forever.  *twirl*

2. I'm ridiculously re-invested in Mad Men.  [livejournal.com profile] scribefigaro and I watched season 2 on Netflix and it's as good as (if not better than) season 1.  I won't even come close to fanfic-ing this show (the desire to do time-traveling self-inserts would prove too tempting), but it's really fucking good.  Peggy Olsen is my new hero.

3. [livejournal.com profile] scribefigaro and I watched the anime Soul Eater.  It took a hell of a lot of episodes, but I finally got into it.  The writers/animators finally pushed my shipping buttons (sacrificing body and life for your partner: YES PLEASE).  I've spent the better part of the last week reading Soul/Maka lemons (shut up, they're at least older teens in my head canon), some of which are insanely good.  (Fanfic author rec: Marsh of Sleep. I promise to eventually get around to commenting to tell her how much I love her smut.) 

4. I love Twitter.  I don't know how this happened.  I scorned it for so long.  But I love it now.  It's kind of like drabbling.  You have a word/character limit and you have to pack the biggest punch you can.  AND CAPSLOCK IS AWESOME THERE. I try not to abuse it with all of my random thoughts/rants/complaints, but I love reading everyone's tweets.  Posting there also makes it seem redundant to post here, too.  I will try and figure out a happy medium for both.

5. What else? Life and marriage is great.  [livejournal.com profile] scribefigaro starts his new job next week and it's been terrific having him around so much.

6.  Easter is awesome if for no other reason than Cadbury Eggs.  OM NOM NOM.

7.  It is late and I should go to bed.  Really.  I'm so lazy and slept in too late today.  This will probably be bad later.

8.  G'night!
starzki: (BVS This is war)
We've finished discs 2 and 3 of Mad Men this week.  It's still a great show and I'm being highly entertained by it.  I want to punch pretty much every character in the face, or at least tsk at their poor decision-making abilities, but they all have some redeeming qualities and are all trapped, in their own way.

I, of course, love Peggy.  Joan rocks my socks.  I thought she'd be the office bitch, but she's actually quite sweet.  Yes, she can be awful at times, but it is genuinely coming from a good place 90% of the time.

The guys on this show, ugh.  If I were to fanfic this show, it would be a self-insert of me going back in time and lecturing to all of them about the proper and professional way to treat women in the work place, their racism, and their general intolerance of non-WASPs.  Then I'd punch them in the face.  It comes from a place of love.

In other news, it's Friday!  I turned in my latest draft, all of my errands have been run, and I can just fiddle around for the rest of the evening!

HAPPY FRIDAY!
starzki: (Brick)
Last night, [livejournal.com profile] scribefigaro and I started watching Mad Men.

It's quite good.  However, since I've been somewhat interested in the show since it started winning tons of awards, I've been majorly spoiled to quite a few things.  That makes me a little sad, because I'm sure some events would have been great surprises.  But nope.  Spoiled.  It's still a good show and I'm really liking it (even though I'm only three episodes in).

What's also interesting is that I wouldn't watch Game of Thrones without significant spoilers.  I need to know who dies where and when and how before I feel comfortable watching it.  I like a lot of the characters (especially the direpuppies), so their sudden deaths would upset me.  If I ever gather the courage to watch Angel, I'm sure I'll be the same way.

But yeah, Mad Men.  I think it's great that it shows that women were not only expected to tolerate constant sexual harassment, but that they were to do so cheerfully, without complaint.  It reminds me of stories my grandmother tells.  She was a nurse during the same time period and, apparently, doctors were just as bad as ad men.  She said that if she complained about any of the groping, ogling, and just rude comments about her appearance, she would have been fired.  I am so very thankful for the women's movement.

The women on this show are impressing the hell out of me.  Especially the secretaries.  Peggy Olsen is just wonderful and the redhead (I call her Saffron because I can't remember her character's name and she played Saffron on Firefly) is killing me with the sheer amount of her awesome.  Looking forward to watching next next set of episodes.  :)

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