wiseheart: (Valinor by Ted Nasmith)
I read the books back in the early 1980s and were of two minds about them. I'm the kind of fangirl who likes her genres unmixed. So, sci-fi, fantasy, post-apocalyptic stuff, all in their own places. Shannara is fantasy built on a post-apocalyptic background, and in the places when that becomes obvious, I was always alienated. But aside from that, it was an enjoyable read.

Now, when the TV-series came to Hungarian TV, I gave it a try. It took about 20 or 30 minutes - the horrible dubbing certainly didn't help. Finally, today it started on German TV, too, so I thought why not give it a second try? Perhaps I'd like it better for the second time.

Well... I didn't. The scenery is pleasant, and the young actor who plays Wil Ohmsford I could easily accept, but that's basically it. I found the rest of the casting as horrible as for the first time. I remember Amberle Elessedil being a dignified character from the books - in this, she isn't. Neither is anyone else in the elvish court, for that matter. And John Rhys-Davies as an Elf, even as an old Elf, is ridiculous. Especially in the role of Eventine Elessedil. Granted, the first book I read was The Sword of Shannara, in which Eventine was a young, heroic and dynamic Elf King, so the contrast was probably too great, but still...
wiseheart: (Sherlock)
My DVD finally arrived yesterday, and I stomped through the rain to the other end of the city... well, almost... to fetch it. Of course, as soon as I got home, I just had to watch it. These are my thoughts, what little they may be worth.
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wiseheart: (Merlin magic)
As I generally like crossovers, I was browsing the Merlon crossover section the other day and discovered that there were about three Merlin/Camelot crossovers... none of them very good. One of the reviewers (yes, I like to check out the reviews first sometimes) reflected upon this fact, mentioning they thought there would be a great lot of such fics.

Since I have been nurturing a vague plot idea for such a crossover for some time, I gave the question some thought. I think I know the reason - or, at least, one of the reasons - now.

Aside from the fact that the two versions seem to take place in vastly different times (Camelot in the Dark Age and Merlin in the time of chivalry), I think the main problem who le trying to match the two is the ethical one. In Merlin, people are generally trying to do the right thing. Unless they are evil, of course, in which case they get beaten, sooner or later. In Camelot, people just want things: the crown, a sword, other people's wives, power... whatever. And they aren't particularly quesy about the way they get it.

Camelot's Merlin is of questionable morale. He doesn't hesitate to help Igraine's bastard son to the throne, even though in these settings Morgan is the only legitimate heir. Arthur is an annoying little snot who fiends it okay to screw the bride of his most faithful vassal on the day of their wedding. And said bride is sly enough to produce false proof of her virginity, too. So, why is everyone (the characters, I mean) harping about Morgan's evil while they aren't one bit better? And the viewer is expected to identify with them? At least Morgan had a legitimate claim and was cheated out of it, thanks to Merlin.

Of course, BBC Merlin has more to do with a medieval romance than with actual historic facts. But I prefer their moral message.
wiseheart: (Valinor by Ted Nasmith)
Yeah, loooong title, but not (only) because I've got little to say. In fact, I've got a few thing to tell right now.

So, we were to Vienna. It was great. Nice weather, smooth trip, good founds and all. Mum's legs aren't what they used to be, but she soldiered on bravely, the poor thing. She loves Vienna as much as I do.
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Speaking of different interpretations, I had an interesting realization lately. I watched the two versions of "The Murder at the Vicarage", with Joan Hickson and Geraldine McEwan in the role of Miss Marple, respectively. Now, the McEwan version is supposed to be a modernised one, pushing the event into the 1950, instead of the 1930s, as the original supposedly took place. And yet it smelled a great deal more of mothballs to me than the one with Joan Hickson.
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The only good aspects of the newer adaptation of "The Murder at the Vicarage" were the guy who played Lawrence Redding (he definitely had more personality), Derek Jacobi as Col. Protheroe and, of course, Mark Gatiss as the Vicar's nervous assistant. Having met him first as the omnipotent and slightly sinister Mycroft Holmes, seeing him in such a vasty different role was great fun.
wiseheart: (Federation)
As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, I finally broke down and gave "Enterprise" a second chance and the so-called "reimagined" BSG a first one. Just because there was nothing else to watch.

Well... I must say that "Enterprise" is the same crap at the second time as it was at the first one. The only episode worth watching was the one with the Andorians, and even that only because Jeff Combs is so good an actor, no matter what role he gets to play. The main cast is still boring and one-dimensional and the stories are flat like Eastern Hungary - and that is saying a lot.

Now, as for the so-called BSG, I can't say much else than it is abysmally bad. The only episode I could sit through was the one where Michelle Forbes played Admiral Cain - and I was firing on Cain because the main cast couldn't wake the slightest sympathies in me. They truly and thoroughly deserved to be annihilated by the Cylons - a shame that the stupid robots failed to do so. The ships are boring and ugly and everything is just grey and disgusting. "The Dirty Dozen" in space. Bleh.

The original "Battlestar Galactica" - the one and only deserving that name - might have been naive and preaching at times. But the ships were beautiful, the costumes were amazing, the good guys were likeable, and here and there you could even enjoy some plot twists. Not many, granted, but some. And they had fantastic actors like Lorne Greene and John Colicos playing the two main antagonists.

My greatest regret is that the PTB never gave Richard Hatch's "Second Coming" a chance. It would have been a continuation of the series, not twisting it beyond recognition, and he'd have brought back the original, liozard-like Cylons we never got to see for budget reasons. I'd have paid good money to see that one.

So, it's back to the reruns of DS9 and Voyager for me. A shame. I'd love to see something new once a time. Some truly classic sci-fi, with aliens and alien planets, and cool tech and stuff.
wiseheart: (Centaurus)
I'm deeply ashamed to say, but I've caved in. Telly programme is so much of a shit - save for the zoo reports in the early afternoon when I'm at work anyway - that I've actually caved in and will be watching "Enterprise" tonight. Unless German TV changes their programme in the last second as usual.
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wiseheart: (Mycroft_smoking)
On a slightly less whiny note, I've been watching TV-versions of the Miss Marple stories lately. And it has been fun, in more than one note.
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wiseheart: (Merlin magic)
Because, contrary to common belief, reruns outdated German court shows, decades-old German zoo reports and Tele5's ongoing Stargate and Star Trek marathons aren't the only things I watch on TV. No, I occasionally watch Hungarian TV, too, and sometimes even new programmes. Below are my impressions of said new programmes, in no particular order.
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And that was it, basically. I'm going to watch the reruns of Eleventh Hour tonight. It isn't a very good show, but Rufus Sewell is my idea of eye candy (those eyes!), and I'm shallow.
wiseheart: (harper2)
In which I complain about still being sick and snipe about "Elementary" and gush about "Sherlock BBC". You've been warned.
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Busy day

Dec. 3rd, 2012 05:48 pm
wiseheart: (radek_working)
I wanted to type up some more recipes today, but I'm afraid it must wait. I've dramatised a Christmas story for a colleague of mine (yes, the others regularly put my writing skills to good use, than you very much), and that must be typed up and printed first.

Then I'll have to watch the 1st part of "World Without End" on German TV. It's the continuation of "The Pillars of Earth", in case you aren't familiar with it. Now, I'm not a particular fan of Ken Follett, but he did his homework well for the first novel and I kind of liked the TV-adaptation (mostly for the absolutely fantastic Rufus Sewell), so I'm giving the continuation a try. At least it's the Middle Ages.

Other than that, I've corrected some essays for another colleague, and pre-sticked 30 pieces of stitched cards (with the help of 4 6th-grade girls) for a third one. Oh, and we stitched some more cards with other 6th and 5th-grade girls for next week's charity fair. I mean, I like being helpful, but today was a tiny bit more than what I call comfortable.

BTW, I got my first Christmas card from the most generous [livejournal.com profile] songfire3 - and with an autographed photo of John Barrowman, too! Thank you, [livejournal.com profile] songfire3! *hugs* So it was a good day, after all! :))
wiseheart: (Merlin magic)
I finally got around to start watching the series - took me long enough since July, but, well, sometimes you just need to be in the right mindset for a particular programme. Watched the first 3 episodes in one go, and I found them - well, not bad, but not particularly good, either.

What I liked: the fact that they were slightly closer to the actual legends than BBC's "Merlin", and that they seem to have an ongoing storyline, instead of the Silly Adventure of the Week (TM).

What I didn't like was practically the rest of it. Starting with the cast. With the exception of Sir Ector aka Sean Pertwee and Sir Kay, everyone was off-putting. Even Eva Green, whom I usually like. There was much gratutious nakedness and much gratutious sex, brat!Arthur is annoying like hell, the female characters - except Vivian - are downright horrible and the male ones aren't a tad better. I hope the indeterminate magic thing will be going somewhere eventually, because right now it's just stupid.
wiseheart: (Tosh_flowers)
It's been some time since I last posted anything about daily life. But again, this summer has been fairly busy. Not with outside activities - aside from the trip to Hamburg and the two weeks when I had to escort the kids to summer camp, I've been mostly at home. But yeah, the indoor activites were rather packed.

Summer pico lasted two months this year, and I organized most of it, the first two weeks while school was still going on. I know it sounds strange, but yeah, it could be stressful at times, to get the daily posts online early enough, so that people on the other side of the globe can still get their excerpts up. Nonetheless, I enjoyed it immensely. That's what I miss from my life most: the continuous exchange with other writers, the inspiration that discussing plot twists and characterization and writing methods mean. I so envy those writers who are part of a writing group. I miss pico during the rest of the year something fierce. *sighs*

So, I decided that due to the lack of such a writing group, I'll post progress reports and excepts to my journal. If no-one is interested, fine. It will still help me keep track on my own progress. And who knows, a few people actually might get curious and check out the finished stories.

In that spirit, a bit of progress report. The 4th installment to "Sleeping Dragons", my AU/crossover version of Torchwood's Season 2, is going along apace. I'm up to writing Chapter 4 - only Ch 1 has been posted so far. I decided to post one chapter a week; that way I might keep up with the writing. If I can't, well, people simply will have to wait.

Excerpt from Chapter 4:

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Unfortunately, I only have about a week of leave left. I wanted to do something about the Elfhelm story - hopefully finishing it during the summer holidays, as only a couple of chapters are left to translate/rewrite... whatever. Then the Olympics interfered. I only watched athletics and the canoe runs, but even so, too much time was spent in front of the telly. Ah, well, at least we won 8 gold medals, 4 silvers and 4 bronzes, if I'm not mistaken. Not bad for such a backward little country as ours.

Recently, I also bought "The Silver Throne", the last installment of the Narnia Chronicles. Wasn't very happy with it, I must admit. I loved the films, they were gorgeous, but the cheap TV-series version was very forgettable. The only thing I liked in it was Tom Baker as the Marsh-wiggle. He was absolutely hilarious. I hated the kid actor playing Eustace in this version, though. He was flat and boring.

Currently, I'm taking a break from Sherlock and watching Season 3 of Heroes, one episode a time because I can't take more of it at once. This is the most ridiculously idiotic premise I've ever seen, but some of the characters - and the actors playing them - are fantastic. My favourites are Nathan and Mohinder - so wonderfully failed. I hate Hiro, though. He gets on my nerves with his stupidity. I'll have to go back and re-watch Season 2, which I only skipped for the parts with Nichelle Nichols. I'll never become a fan of the series itself, I'm afraid, but I like the charcters - well, most of them - so it isn't a complete loss.
wiseheart: (Tosh_flowers)
It's been some time since I last posted anything about daily life. But again, this summer has been fairly busy. Not with outside activities - aside from the trip to Hamburg and the two weeks when I had to escort the kids to summer camp, I've been mostly at home. But yeah, the indoor activites were rather packed.

Summer pico lasted two months this year, and I organized most of it, the first two weeks while school was still going on. I know it sounds strange, but yeah, it could be stressful at times, to get the daily posts online early enough, so that people on the other side of the globe can still get their excerpts up. Nonetheless, I enjoyed it immensely. That's what I miss from my life most: the continuous exchange with other writers, the inspiration that discussing plot twists and characterization and writing methods mean. I so envy those writers who are part of a writing group. I miss pico during the rest of the year something fierce. *sighs*

So, I decided that due to the lack of such a writing group, I'll post progress reports and excepts to my journal. If no-one is interested, fine. It will still help me keep track on my own progress. And who knows, a few people actually might get curious and check out the finished stories.

In that spirit, a bit of progress report. The 4th installment to "Sleeping Dragons", my AU/crossover version of Torchwood's Season 2, is going along apace. I'm up to writing Chapter 4 - only Ch 1 has been posted so far. I decided to post one chapter a week; that way I might keep up with the writing. If I can't, well, people simply will have to wait.

Excerpt from Chapter 4:

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Unfortunately, I only have about a week of leave left. I wanted to do something about the Elfhelm story - hopefully finishing it during the summer holidays, as only a couple of chapters are left to translate/rewrite... whatever. Then the Olympics interfered. I only watched athletics and the canoe runs, but even so, too much time was spent in front of the telly. Ah, well, at least we won 8 gold medals, 4 silvers and 4 bronzes, if I'm not mistaken. Not bad for such a backward little country as ours.

Recently, I also bought "The Silver Throne", the last installment of the Narnia Chronicles. Wasn't very happy with it, I must admit. I loved the films, they were gorgeous, but the cheap TV-series version was very forgettable. The only thing I liked in it was Tom Baker as the Marsh-wiggle. He was absolutely hilarious. I hated the kid actor playing Eustace in this version, though. He was flat and boring.

Currently, I'm taking a break from Sherlock and watching Season 3 of Heroes, one episode a time because I can't take more of it at once. This is the most ridiculously idiotic premise I've ever seen, but some of the characters - and the actors playing them - are fantastic. My favourites are Nathan and Mohinder - so wonderfully failed. I hate Hiro, though. He gets on my nerves with his stupidity. I'll have to go back and re-watch Season 2, which I only skipped for the parts with Nichelle Nichols. I'll never become a fan of the series itself, I'm afraid, but I like the charcters - well, most of them - so it isn't a complete loss.
wiseheart: (Buliwyf)
Or, if you want a more matching subtitle, The Evolution Of The Evil B*tch. Meaning sweet little Danaerys, of course. You think I'm too harsh to her? Well, let's see.
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Other than that, one of my two favourite characters was killed off, the other one - the dwarf - got promoted (although I had the impression he'd rather be dead), and there was much gratutious nakedness again. I found particularly disgusting the Grand Maester in translucent nightgown. Oh, please! The only thing even more disgusting than that was King Hrotgar in Beowulf, clad in a piece of bedlinen only. But at least that was not the actor himself. I still wonder how they talked Anthony Hopkins into that role.

Oh, and the Lannisters were being evil, of course. Both the legitimate and the illegitimate ones. Or insane. Or both. So, why should I care, unless waiting for them to meet accordingly brutal and evil ends? Unfortunately, considering Martin's nihilistic worldview, they may even live happily ever after.
wiseheart: (Buliwyf)
We were given 4 episodes in a row today. Even less impressed than by the first 3. More gratutious nudity - just how did two whores performing for evaluation in front of the brothel owner move the plot forward?
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All in all, the only things worth watching are Sean Bean as Eddard Stark and Tyrion Lannister. They I great fun. I wish we had a ten-episode-series for each of the LotR-books, though, instead of 3 big films. I'd have enjoyed slower pace there
wiseheart: (Alagos)
German TV showed the first 3 episodes yesterday - which is about as far into S1 as I've gotten in the book. Note that I found the book flatly written, in places boring and generally confusing, so you can imagine how low my expecations were towards the series. But it had Sean Bean, and I'd watch Sean Bean stand in an empty room, reading out loud the phone book, so...
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Other than that, so far it's a pretty well-made series, close enough to the original. I'm looking forward to the rest of S1, which will come tonight and tomorrow, in two huge blocks of 4 and 3 more episodes, respectively. On the one hand, it's good to get to see the whole season in three sittings, at least I won't accidentally miss an episode. OTOH, it's a bit exhausting to watch it for 3 or 4 hours. But I'm recording it, so I can get back later and re-watch it in smaller doses.

Now if I could only get my hands on Camelot...
wiseheart: (Buliwyf)
Mum and I went to Vienna yesterday. It was long overdue for our mental health - Vienna is the place where we can truly relax, even if we only go for a day and do nothing but walk around in the old town and absorb the atmosphere. Aside from that, it is the place where I can sometimes buy DVDs that I like. Not often, but sometimes, yeah.

In any case, it was a beautiful day, and while I did not find Camelot or A Game of Thronesor any Classic Who that I would have liked, I did find Ivanhoe. The original has been one of my favourite books for many decades, having read it before Tolkien even, and once, back in the Stone Age, I saw a TV series starring a very young Roger Moore in the title role. So, I was understandably curious, and as it was a boxed edition for a reasonable price, I bought it.

So far, I have only watched the first episode. It is... interesting. Certainly a great deal more down-to-earth than I would have expected, after all that fantasy stuff I've seen lately, and many of the characters look differently from my imagination after reading and re-reading the book uncounted times, but I think I like it. I would have imagined Ivanhoe a little more gracile, Bois-Gilbert more exotic-looking, Rowena a great deal more beautiful and many other characters, especially Gurth and Wamba, a lot younger, but I think Prince John was a good choice and Rebecca is fantastic. Some of the changes irked me a bit at first, but I understand that the creators wanted to put in a bit more excitement.

I'm curious what the rest of the series will be like.

What a day!

Nov. 4th, 2011 12:46 am
wiseheart: (blueplanet)
I watched lotsa TV today. The newly acquired "Primeval" DVDs demanded to be watched - Season 2 yesterday and Season 3 today, basically.

You know, I thought I'd hate the series after they killed off Nick Cutter. Guess what - I did not. I actually liked Danny Quinn and how they worked on getting him into the team gradually. I was a bit sad to see Jenny go, but I liked Sarah and Captain Beckett, even though they were clearly chosen to raise the prettiness factor.

The ever-popular government conspiracy was bleh, and I really, really found obsessed!omnipotent!Helen Cutter boring to the tears. I was whooping when she finally got killed. Not because she was evil but because she was stupid and boring.

My 3rd season favourite was the episode about the king and the dragon. That was cute, and Sarah's visit in the past well done.

I was also at the dentist's today - groan - and wrote some Merlin stuff by hand. Typing up comes tomorrow. Jaw aches from the aenesthetic shot, and I'm tired.
wiseheart: (harper)
Thank you all, friends, for the good thoughts - Mum and I had a very nice trip. The weather was fine, aside from the fact that we were clad a bit too warm for it (especially the shoes), but that was truly the only sour drop in the whole thing.
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All in all, it was a very nice day, and we brough home a few things we like, including Laugenbrezeln and Almdudler, which are very Austrian things, so I can't really explain them. Now everything is ready for the Big Baking Orgy(TM), which will start at the weekend with the producing of a honeycake house (Knusperhäuschen for the Germans among us). Which I'll make of a Dr. Oetker Backmischung - that might be blasphemy, but it makes things a lot easier. *g*
wiseheart: (harper2)
Heat wave! How I've missed you - NOT! I mean, the arctic summer we used to have up to a few days ago was a little strange, but definitely preferable to cooking in my own skin. Ah, well.

Not much's happened lately. I worked in the early morning hours last week - just escorting kid to summer camp, nothing terribly exhausting - went to see various doctors, and we finally paid the last rate for our England-Wales trip in August. Yay! I'm so looking forward to that!

Wrote a few disjointed pieces for "Vox Angelica" and finished another chapter to "A Big Fat Torchwood Wedding". Strangely enough, not being under constrant stress isn't as helpful as one would think. It makes me a lazy git. *le sigh* OTOH, I was so drained when school term finally ended that I probably need to recharge. Which usually eats up the holidays entirely, and then the stress begins anew. Life is badly organized, I tell ya!

Got Mum hooked on "The Murdoch Mysteries", which is nice. We don't have many shows we'd both enjoy, aside from "Castle" and the reruns of "The Sentinel", so it's kinda nice to watch TV together. We both enjoy Detective Murdoch and the charming atmosphere of the series very much. It's a good thing that Hungarian TV shows it each day from Monday to Friday; if I'm lucky, I'll have most episodes recorded before our trip.

So, that's it. Oh, have I mentioned that it's HOT here?

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