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Hello, and welcome to another bout of safe, sane and consensual swashbuckling, with some thoughts on The Musketeers 2.03: The Good Traitor.Collapse )
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Cheers to everyone who said nice things about my first Musketeers review last week! I shall endeavour to keep hammering 'em out for the rest of the series. Here are some thoughts on episode 2.02: An Ordinary Man...Collapse )
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Gosh, here's a turn-up for the books. Several people* have asked if I was planning to write recaps for series 2 of The Musketeers, in the style of my long-ago Merlin reviews. I didn't review series 1 of The Musketeers, mostly because it aired on a Sunday evening, which is not the best night for staying up late and typing nipple jokes. However, a few folk expressed disappointment about this and wondered whether series 2 moving to a Friday night meant I would change my mind.

Well... apparently it has, at least for now. I can't promise I'll recap every episode this season, but I'm going to start optimistically with some thoughts about episode 2.01: Keep Your Friends Close...Collapse )

* Well, three. Does that count as several?
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10 December 2014 @ 04:35 pm
If you recall my mini-Doctor Who icons from years ago, you may be interested to know that I've revised, updated and extended the whole mini bunch of them in order to create this poster design, featuring all the TV Doctors and all their TV, book, audio and comic companions. Click on the picture to see my Tumblr post about it, or here to view it in greater detail.

The poster is now on sale in my Redbubble store and if you're swift and Santa-like, it can still be ordered in time for Christmas delivery...
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Goodness knows why, but I've been feeling a little nostalgic about Torchwood lately. Maybe it's because it seems so far in the past that all the really stupid bits have faded away and left only the entertaining parts? Or maybe I'm just getting sentimental in my old age.

Anyway, I've finally got around to turning my ancient mini-Torchwood icons into a collection of stuff for my Redbubble store, as follows.

Mini Torchwood tote bag by redscharlach Mini Jack and Ianto card by redscharlach

The following things are now available:

If anyone would really like to buy a sticker of another Torchwood character (Rex, Esther, Rhys, Suzie, Captain John?), just let me know and I'll work on adding them to the set.

In other news, I'm currently working on expanding my mini-Doctor Who collection to include companions. Rassilon only knows how long this task will take (rough guess: quite a while), but watch this space. Or better yet, watch my Tumblr, because many more silly things happen over there...
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I'm currently rather enjoying the BBC's swashbuckling Sunday night series The Musketeers. True, it's not quite Merlin, but it's got plenty of eye-candy, quite a few laughs, some rousing action, and I'm getting fonder and fonder of everyone in it by the week.

So fond, in fact, that I decided to draw some mini-Musketeers in all their leather-clad glory.

The Musketeers

Tumblr link

I've also added a Musketeers section to my Redbubble store, in case you'd like to emblazon them across your chest or indeed anywhere else that needs a bit of leather-clad emblazoning...
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17 February 2014 @ 06:04 pm
Alongside the great rhetorical question "Is anyone still on Livejournal these days?"*, I sometimes ponder a second great rhetorical question: "Does anyone still use icons these days?" Although I do see people using them as avatars on Tumblr and Twitter as well as here, it's my quandary over this issue that prevents me from making as many mini-icons as I once did.

However, since I recently redrew all the Doctors to make merchandise for my Redbubble store, I've had a couple of requests to make icons out of the new-and-improved mini-Doctors. After all, the old ones are from way back in 2006, and I think my skill at coaxing a likeness from a teeny cartoon with no nose has improved a lot since then.

So this is me making Doctor Who icons, for the first time in ages. Help yourselves if you want to use any!

01. Twelfth Doctor 02. Clara 03. Counting to 12

There are 51 more icons under this cut...Collapse )

If you'd like a particular Doctor with a specific quote that I haven't provided, feel free to ask and I'll see what I can do.

Be aware: I have vague intentions to redraw the companions too (maybe to make a big poster with EVERYONE on it, possibly in time for sale next Christmas?) but it's going to be a looooong-term project, so I won't be drawing any more of them right now, even if you ask me very nicely. Sorry about that! But when I DO do them, you'll be the first to know. Watch this space....

* Although, if you're reading this question, I suppose that's the answer.
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As the world and its half-human mother probably know by now, the Twelfth Doctor has an official costume at last. This means that I’ve finally been able to update my Redbubble store to include mini-Twelve products! The following stuff is now on sale:

The Twelve Doctors poster

All the other Doctors are also available as individual stickers or t-shirts; feel free to rummage through my full Doctor Who collection and see what you can find...

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For the benefit of those who don't habitually look at my Tumblr, here are a few items that have been recently added to my Redbubble shop:

The Eleven Mini-Doctors on a t-shirt

There is a TEENSY bit of time left to order before Christmas (please check here for last ordering dates). Alternatively, buy something at a randomly chosen time of the year, and prove that you're an independently-minded person untouched by social marketing pressures...
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30 September 2013 @ 10:58 pm
This autumn seems to have brought a bumper crop of daft fantasy television. But never mind the quantity, is any of it any good? That, dear viewers, is a very good question indeed....

What: Atlantis
When: BBC1, Saturdays

Now, some folk have asked me whether I'm going to be writing Atlantis reviews, in the style of my Merlin reviews. This is a reasonable enough question, since Atlantis really, really wants to be the new Merlin. If there was any doubt of this fact, 4 minutes into the show, we get thisCollapse ) and 8 minutes in, we get this.Collapse ) However, as The Great British Bake-Off regularly proves, the presence of the correct ingredients does not necessarily guarantee a delicious outcome. And I'm disappointed to report that, in the case of Atlantis, the results did not titillate my taste buds in any significant fashion. Its major issues for me were:

  • Lack of women: So far, there's a mother, a pouty love-interest, and a mystically muttering oracle, and that's about it. No sign of pro-activity or ass-kicking of any kind. Yes, I know this was also true of Merlin but it would have been such an easy area to improve on in a remake, and yet it hasn't happened. Depressing, innit.

  • Eye-candy failure: To make sure you please everyone, you need to cast a RANGE of hotties. Merlin got this very, very right, of course. But Atlantis has only one ostensible hottie - Jason - but his two facial expressions and Hasselhoff haircut do precisely nothing for me. So what have I got to gawp at, BBC? Eh? I don't expect you to be deep, but it looks like you can't even be shallow properly. Sheesh.

  • Mythological mushiness: Now, as a long-time appreciator of Merlin's anachronistic vegetables, I could happily live with the mashing together of bits of past and present, Greek and Roman, myth and history, if only I could see where it was leading or that there was some benefit derived from doing it. But it's hard to get any sense of epic destiny when the guiding sentiment seems to be "yeah, I've heard of that, stick it in".

More than Merlin, Atlantis actually reminds me of Sky One's cancelled Merlin-substitute series Sinbad, which had a similarly sunny setting and a lot of shirtlessness and jumping off buildings where all its charm and wit should have been. Sadly, this makes Atlantis feel like not merely a lacklustre copy, but a lacklustre copy OF a lacklustre copy.

So, in answer to the original question: no, unless it starts to be become a LOT more interesting than it currently is, I'm not going to write Atlantis reviews. I will, however, watch a couple more episodes, on the off-chance that things perk up a bit.

What: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
When: Channel 4, Fridays

A secret organization that isn't very secret at all, run by a man who's come back from the dead and staffed by people who wear little leather jackets and bicker a lot. Gosh, I miss Torchwood! But enough about that.

Confession time: I find Joss Whedon's output rather hit and miss*, but I was very fond of The Avengers so in theory, I'm game for a spin-off. The first episode was entertaining but a bit unmemorable, so I'm not yet sure if there's a source of long-term interest for me here. For that to happen, the characters will need to develop proper personalities and relationships with each other, rather than simply being snappy one-liner machines.

Mark me down as not totally sold, but relatively optimistic about the future. If all else fails, they can always buy a pterodactyl.

What: Sleepy Hollow
When: Coming to the Universal Channel from Wednesday 9th October

He's a swashbuckling Revolutionary soldier who climbed out of his grave in the 21st century and is surprised to find that everything he knew is now a Starbucks. She's a plucky modern-day deputy sheriff in a small town full of weird happenings. They fight crime the forthcoming apocalypse!

This show hasn't actually reached British TV yet, but it's already caused a flurry of squee on Twitter and Tumblr, which inspired me to summon the internet fairies and check it out early. The underlying concept is never going to be very sensible or original, no matter how much you jiggle it, but as long as your handwaving skills are well-honed, there's plenty of silly fun to be had. It also has a few advantages that the previous two shows in this post do not possess:

  • Some proper totty, in the dashingly lanky form of Tom Mison (way back when, I named him as one of my Top Ten Men of 2008 so I can claim to have spotted his promise early). As well as a dodgy haircut and legs that don't quit, he also has an appealing element of puppy-dog silliness that stops him from being a Twilightesque cliché.

  • A great female lead, in the no-nonsense yet adorable form of Nicole Beharie. As a pair, they have great comedy chemistry and I already ship it with the blazing shippiness of a thousand shippy horsepersons of the Shipocalypse. It might never happen, but hey, there'll hopefully be some giggles along the way.

So what conclusions can we draw from this round-up? Basically, that I'll watch any old rubbish if there's an attractive bloke in it. This comes as a surprise to precisely nobody. Hooray.

* I am the only person I know who didn't like Firefly. Yeah, I know, blasphemy, blasphemy, burn the witch.