kaydeefalls: s1 mulder/scully posed shot (the good old days)
Can't get my brain to focus on anything today. Ugh. Sounds like a good excuse to keep playing catch-up with the December meme!

From [personal profile] theladyscribe: What was your first fandom and how did that experience affect your future fandoms?

X-FILES! Fandom of my heart! OTP of my soul! All of the original fanfiction tropes! I started watching X-Files at the end of the third season, when I was...eleven, and okay, I can apparently still do X-Files math. My mom got into the show when it still aired on Friday nights, and she let me watch with her. (Props to my parents: I was never told any TV show, movie, or book was "too mature" for me -- they let me decide that for myself. If I chose to give myself nightmares watching the X-Files, that was my choice to make.) When Fox switched the airtime to Sunday nights at 9pm, it posed a dilemma, since that was still my school night bedtime. For a few months, my mom would spend the Monday morning get-child-to-school routine explaining the plot to last night's episode to appease my obsession, before finally giving up on the whole bedtime thing so that I could just stay up and watch the damn show when it aired. (My mother's life would have been a lot easier if DVR existed in 1996.)

I was totally obsessed. When the season ended, I watched all the reruns. I tracked down the VHS box sets in local video stores. I bought all the episode guide books to catch myself up on the previous seasons. At some point the FX channel came into existence, and they aired ALL the X-Files reruns, and it was awesome. Look, there was no easy way to catch up with the full run of a show back then, okay? There were a good handful of S1 and S2 episodes I never actually found until the full season DVDs came out while I was in college (and I promptly purchased S1-6, obviously). And even when the show started nosediving in season 7, I stayed loyal, and tuned in every single week right until the bitter end. Watched the "Lone Gunmen" spin-off, too, and mourned its early cancellation. (I maintain that the actual finale of the X-Files should have been the "Two Fathers"/"One Son" arc midway through season 6; that's where the mytharc reached its natural conclusion. There were good standalone episodes after that, but it became obvious very quickly that Carter et al had never expected the show to be a hit or last for this long, and had no idea where they were going anymore.)

I found the online X-Files fandom pretty early on in my personal obsession -- I was maybe twelve. There were AOL chatrooms for specific discussion topics, and there was an X-Files chatroom, and I fell in love. While I had a couple of friends at school who also watched the show -- it was super popular at the time -- no one seemed to want to dissect every second of every episode the way I did. Finding that online fannish community meant EVERYTHING to me. And, of course, someone in the chatroom must have started talking about fanfiction and linked to some site -- likely Gossamer, still the biggest XF fic archive out there -- and, well. Not only did hundreds of other people want Mulder and Scully to hook up as badly as I did, they were writing stories about it. It was super awesome. I wrote and posted my own first fanfic ever at age thirteen -- it was a character study of Agent Pendrell, of all things -- and, well. There we go.

In some ways, X-Files fic really did create all of my bulletproof trope kinks: long, plotty casefic with slow burn romance that combined drama with lots of witty banter, and tons of h/c. (It also exposed me early on to all my least favorite tropes: torture porn, kid!fic, and death!fic.) I also read slash for the first time, but it didn't do it for me then -- primarily because I didn't understand how anyone could ship Mulder or Scully with anyone but each other. Mulder/Krycek baffled me. I get the appeal now, obviously, but that did set a particular pattern for me: I'm always gonna fall in love with a fandom through an OTP, and while I may read or write outside of it, it all comes back to that one ship for me. (I feel guilty about this sometimes, and make an effort to read gen as well, but the heart wants what the heart wants, I guess. I can fall in love with a canon in which I don't particularly ship anything -- right now I'm totally loving Arrow and Agents of SHIELD, for example -- but I'll almost never get involved in the fandom without an OTP.)

Also, I will forever maintain that every single common fanfic trope can be traced back to an episode of the X-Files. (With the one possible exception being A/B/O, but even then -- "Alpha", season 6.) Seriously, all of season 6 of the X-Files is basically the writers saying fuck it, let's just give the fans what they want. Everyone else thinks they're a couple? "Rain King." Undercover married? "Arcadia." Actual fanfiction? "Milagro", jesus fucking christ.

So...yeah. X-Files! I still love that show, cheesy and outdated as some of it has become. "Pusher" is still one of the finest episodes of television ever written, dammit. And once a year or so, I'll still get a hankering for some good old-fashioned MSR casefic and go trawling for fic.
kaydeefalls: "please explain to be the scientific nature of the whammy." (slightly skeptical)
I did that "who do you write like" meme, and apparently I write like Chuck Palahniuk. Tried it twice, same result. Um, okay.

I could still use a beta for the Amy & Bad Wolf fic. Which I don't think is particularly Palahniuk-y, but what do I know.

I have fallen drastically behind in the TV meme. Not that anyone cares, but still. Catch-up time!

Day 24 - Best quote

There are so, so many. I love catchy quotes. And there's no way to logically narrow it down -- Whedon or Sorkin? Who could possibly choose? -- so I'll go with a perennial favorite:

"Please explain to me the scientific nature of the whammy." -Dana Scully, X-Files

Day 25 - A show you plan on watching (old or new)

I've seen the first two episodes each of M*A*S*H and White Collar, respectively. At some point I will actually sit down and work my way through them. (I have the first three seasons of M*A*S*H on DVD, I really don't know why I keep putting off watching them when I've really enjoyed what little I've seen.)

Day 26 - OMG WTF? Season finale

In the good way, I'll assume. The first time a season finale ever made me go all OH HOLY SHIT YOU ARE SO NOT LEAVING ME LIKE THIS ALL SUMMER was the end of X-Files season 4, "Gethsemane". Now THAT was a whammy of an ending. Scully telling a panel of FBI investigators that Mulder committed suicide that morning. WHAT. I was like twelve. Waiting through that summer was NOT fun.

Runner-up would be West Wing S1 ("What Kind of Day Has It Been?"). Now that I think of it, those both follow the classic Dallas cliffhanger model (who shot J.R.?), though with some variation. And both X-Files and West Wing tended toward fantastic cliffhanger season finales, just about every season.

Day 27 - Best pilot episode

Most shows don't start well. Most good shows aren't particularly great until halfway through the first season, at least. But there seems to be a running theme through this post, because again, I'm going to go with a tie between X-Files and West Wing. The X-Files pilot was a bit cheesy, but it did a fantastic job of introducing us to the characters, format, style, and themes of the show as a whole. "Nobody down here but the FBI's Most Unwanted!"

Likewise the West Wing. It's a bit more madcap -- well, there are a LOT of characters to introduce -- but it's a pretty brilliant introduction to the show:
C.J.: Is there anything I can say other than "The President rode his bicycle into a tree?"
Leo: He hopes never to do it again.
C.J.: Seriously, they're laughing pretty hard.
Leo: He rode his bicycle into a tree, C.J. What do you want me to – "The president, while riding a bicycle on his vacation in Jackson Hole, came to a sudden arboreal stop." What do you want from me?
C.J.: A little love, Leo.

And I'll leave the rest for another day.
kaydeefalls: nixon proffers flask (i need a goddamn drink)
Okay, I'm going to knock out a few of the TV meme days, since I've been so lax about it.

Day 16 - Your guilty pleasure show

At the moment, True Blood. Although I don't feel particularly guilty about it. I read all the Sookie Stackhouse books over the winter, because my roommate is a fan of trashy vampire fantasy. And okay, the books are NOT GOOD. This should be emphasized. They're remarkably addictive and utterly ridiculous and 100% trash, and yet I defy you to put them down once you've started.

Unless, of course, you've seen the show first. Because True Blood, the show, somehow takes the interesting and addictive bits of the books, and then adds in things like CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT and EMOTIONAL ARCS and doesn't have Sookie obsessing over her outfits every five pages. Also, the show made me like Bill. I don't think you understand quite how much of an achievement that is, because Bill is by far my least favorite character in the books -- which is difficult when he starts off as the romantic lead.

The show is still a bit trashy, but it's also GREAT fun, and really well produced. I only started watching it on Netflix fairly recently -- I'm only midway through the first season -- but I'm pretty addicted already.

Also, Lafayette Reynolds and Tara Thornton are pretty much the greatest characters in anything ever. (Well, okay, clearly I have other favorites, but still.)

Day 17 - Favorite mini series

Band of Brothers. Hands down. There is no competition whatsoever.

Day 18 - Favorite title sequence

OH LIKE I CAN CHOOSE. Actually, yes, I can. Or at least, I can narrow it down to two: X-Files and True Blood )

remaining days of the meme )


Jun. 25th, 2010 09:53 pm
kaydeefalls: CJ looking fabulous in sexy red dress (CJ love)
To complement yesterday's picspam:

Day 15 - Favorite female character

THIS WAS EVEN HARDER TO NARROW DOWN THAN BOYS. Shows: BSG - Doctor Who - Firefly - HIMYM - Life - Merlin - QAF UK - Sports Night - Torchwood - True Blood - West Wing - X-Files.



Jun. 24th, 2010 10:25 pm
kaydeefalls: s1ep1 ianto looks like he's twelve, jfc (ianto looks so goddamn young)
What I planned to do this evening: finish the last remaining scenes in my Big Bang fic. (Seriously, there are, like, three scenes I still haven't properly written. And I have failed to finish them ALL WEEK.)

What I did instead: TV MEME!

This is not a big picspam, but I couldn't resist. Shows: Band of Brothers - BSG - Doctor Who - Dollhouse - Firefly - HIMYM - QAF UK - Sports Night - Torchwood - True Blood - West Wing - X-Files.

Day 14 - Favorite male character

Even narrowing it down to one per show -- and not including ALL of the shows I like -- THIS WAS HARD.

kaydeefalls: eleven/tardis, "you sexy thing" (doctor/tardis OTP)
Oh, Doctor Who, how are you so awesome? *draws big sparkly hearts around that episode*

Seriously, excited though I am by the promo for next week (which I assume will be a two-parter -- it's finale time!), I am SUPER SAD that this season is coming to an end. Because it has basically been perfect the whole way through.

At least I know casting spoiler for future, I guess )

Didn't make it to Pride today. But making good progress on Big Bang. I'm much more optimistic about it now, even though getting the draft finished by tomorrow night will still be kind of hectic. But I no longer think the fic sucks, so that's good. Apparently sleeping for twelve hours straight really improves my perspective on life in general. (SLEEP. It does a body good.)

TV meme:
Day 07 - Least favorite episode of your favorite TV show

Still X-Files, so...I should pick something from seasons 8 or 9, which sucked, but I only ever watched any of those episodes once, so I can't remember which one in particular sucked the most. So instead I'll go with a more controversial one: I really can't stand "Jose Chung's From Outer Space". It's kind of a fan favorite, and I've rewatched it several times thinking, oh, this time I'll get what everyone else sees in it, but nope. Hate it. It's supposed to be quirky and funny, and I have a pretty quirky sense of humor, but it just irritates the everloving fuck out of me. I get what he's trying to do with the storytelling, and it's a narrative device I usually like, but I just don't enjoy it at all. I'm not a huge fan of any of Darrin Morgan's episodes, to be honest, but the others at least make me laugh. This one, not so much. Ugh.
kaydeefalls: chihiro/spirit sitting on train, text "and miles to go before i sleep" (miles to go)
I'm in a weird blank mood today. I just want to turn off and not interact with anyone. Of course, I have work all morning and rehearsal all afternoon and I'm supposed to go out with some friends tonight. The friends I can cancel on, though I'll feel bad about it because my fucked up theater-centric schedule means I never see them.

DC Pride is this weekend, and I'm worried I'm going to have to pull out of plans to go to the parade and events and things because I need to have the complete Big Bang draft sent out Sunday. I am really not feeling the fannish love right now. Using my free time for fic is one thing -- I wouldn't be doing it if I didn't love it! But having to cancel doing stuff I was really looking forward to, that's not so much fun. That starts feeling a lot like work. I know it's my own fault for not budgeting my time better earlier on, but there we have it. Ugh. I'd already been stalling and sticking on this fic for months before I decided to Big Bang it out -- it's just not coming smoothly at all, and that's intensely frustrating. I'm worried that I'll wind up with this huge 50k-word monstrosity that just isn't any good. Blah.

Again, weird mood. Nothing has gone wrong today, but nothing feels right.

Here, have a TV meme.

Day 06 - Favorite episode of your favorite TV show

Sticking with X-Files as the favorite show, this is easy. "Pusher". Oh, man. That was one of the episodes I had on tape, back in the day, and I rewatched it more times than I can count. The MSR UST is through the roof and the villain is genuinely chilling. Oh, Robert Patrick Modell, you creepy sadistic fuck. Cerulean blue is like a gentle breeze. Plus, timid little Holly kicking twelve kinds of shit out of Skinner is kind of hilarious. And it holds up well even now -- it's more psychological thriller with a sci-fi twist than monster-of-the-week. The stand-off at the end with Modell and Scully basically competing for control of Mulder is just damn good television. And Scully saves the day! Good times. I still love that one.
kaydeefalls: s1 mulder/scully posed shot (the good old days)
So. Torchwood.

cut on the off chance any speculation on the future of Torchwood is considered spoilery )

And on a TV-related note, shit, I've already fallen behind in the TV meme. But it's not like I've got a real deadline, so I'll just pick up where I left off:

Day 04 - Your favorite show ever

I AM PHYSICALLY INCAPABLE OF ANSWERING THIS QUESTION. Favorite to watch right now? Doctor Who. Favorite to participate in fandom (which, yes, has a lot to do with my enjoyment of a TV show)? Torchwood. Favorite to rewatch with new people a billion times? Firefly. Favorite comedy? Coupling. Favorite in that I think it's technically the best? West Wing.

But I'm going to interpret "favorite ever" as the show that I loved the longest, that still makes me giddy with nostalgic glee, that I can still happily revisit -- read fic, rewatch episodes, reread meta -- and it puts me in a sheer unadulterated happy place. The X-Files. I started watching it at age eleven, right in the middle of season 4; I devoured earlier seasons in reruns, dove into the internet to try to piece together the chronology of the mythology. It was my first fandom, my first fanfic to read and write, my first OTP (Mulder/Scully). I stuck through it all the way until the bitter end (and, yeah, the last couple of seasons were kind of shit, but I still loved it unconditionally). That show, more than anything else, shaped the person I am today. It gave me Dana Scully, a short, beautiful, fiercely intelligent, deeply loyal, ass-kicking female role model. And oh, god, even with cheesy 90s effects and the ridiculously convoluted mytharc and the inevitable downward spiral, I still love it to bits.


The truth is out there, dammit.


Oct. 29th, 2007 09:05 pm
kaydeefalls: s1 mulder/scully posed shot (the good old days)
X-Files movie 2 is actually happening.


Dear Chris Carter: plz to be making more like seasons 1-5 and less like the abomination that was seasons 8 and 9.
kaydeefalls: "please explain to be the scientific nature of the whammy." (slightly skeptical)
GIP. Just because.
kaydeefalls: s1 mulder/scully posed shot (the good old days)
I am in such a Mulder/Scully mood tonight, you have no idea. And since all of my X-Files DVDs are back in the States, I've been watching every last damn MSR fanvid on youtube.com instead. And reading old fanfic. Oh, my very first fandom, how I still love thee...
kaydeefalls: s1 mulder/scully posed shot (the good old days)
It occurs to me that it might be detrimental to my future happiness that my ideal for true love in my formative early teenage years involved six plus years of UST and unspoken devotion and multiple near-death experiences leading up to one kiss and then an inexplicable pregnancy.

I'm just sayin', it's a tough model to follow.
kaydeefalls: s1 mulder/scully posed shot (the good old days)
Boyfriend and I finished watching X-Files season 4. So of course, I'm on another XF fandom kick. Ah, the cancer arc. You know, the X-Files fucking CREATED the hurt/comfort genre of fics. Not to mention ANGST.

Already ordered season 5 + the movie. And there we stop. I counted: there is a grand total of 8 episodes from seasons 6 and 7 combined worth owning. Mostly from season 6. Not worth buying the whole seasons for, that's for sure. Oh, Chris Carter, why did you go batshit insane?
kaydeefalls: s1 mulder/scully posed shot (the good old days)
...because sometimes, when the nostalgia hits, you want to be able to go back and rediscover all your old favorite fics. And when you do that, you do NOT want to find that the fic archive you trusted most back in the old days is still technically a website but NO LONGER ARCHIVES FIC. And when you find an excellent links site, you realize that it hasn't been updated since 2001 and most of those links are now dead. And while Gossamer is still Gossamer, that means it's STILL GOSSAMER, which means that you have to sift through a hell of a lot of crap to find anything worth reading -- which is even harder than ever, because back when you were IN the X-Files fandom, you were THIRTEEN and had either a much higher crap tolerance level -- or, shall we say, slightly less refined tastes.

By which I mean, I'm craving old school post-ep X-Files fic from no later than season 5, and I can't. I just can't.



Jan. 23rd, 2005 05:42 pm
kaydeefalls: s1 mulder/scully posed shot (the good old days)
SNOW OMG. I frolicked in the snow on the main quad for a bit late last night. Some people laughed at me. Silly people, not understanding that snow is meant to be frolicked in.

Also, I now own X-Files season 1 on DVD. I showed my boyfriend (who has never seen XF) the Pilot and Squeeze, and now I have serious nostalgia issues and must restrain myself from going back to amazon.com and buying seasons 2-5. Because I should NOT throw my money around like that anymore. But X-Files omg.


Jul. 23rd, 2004 09:25 pm
kaydeefalls: s1 mulder/scully posed shot (the good old days)
Just went to the video rental place and rented a couple of X-Files episodes. 'Squeeze' and 'Tooms.' Old school, yo.

*settles down contentedly*

Mulder/Scully: my original OTP. So cute and UST-ful!


Jul. 16th, 2002 11:55 pm
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I just figured out why Brad Dourif (the actor playing Grima Wormtongue in TTT & RotK) looks so familiar. He played a psychopath on the X-Files once.

Woot! ::bounces around happily::

..."When Obsessions Collide"...


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