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Ponderous
27 December 2007 @ 07:21 pm
 
 
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Ponderous
01 October 2007 @ 01:24 pm
Wanna guess? It's not the controversial treatment of Martha's world-saving and departure, it's not Tinkerbell, it's not the giant reset button, it's not Martha's fam and their inability to do anything interesting, it's not geriatric!Doctor, it's not itty-bitty!Doctor, it's not the BSG rip-offery, it's not the trite political satire, it's not the tragic absence of John Barrowman, it's not the amateurish production design, and it's not the off-putting anti-humanistic message that mankind's seemingly irreversible destiny is to transform themselves into killer Magic 8 balls.

God, what's even left?

The Master, that's who.Collapse )

 
 
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Ponderous
24 August 2007 @ 09:15 pm
Because the only way to come to terms with Deathly Hallows is...to write Doctor Who fanfiction. Apparently.


Title
: Pendulum
Characters
: Ten, Martha, Rose, Master
Rating: PG
Disclaimer: Doctor Who is not mine.
Word Count: 2,398
Spoilers: Through end of Series 3
Summary
: He may travel in a police box, keeping order, or what passes for it in these timeless times. But inside his own mind, order is exactly what he’s out of.
Author’s Note: A character study. The Doctor, his companions, out of time and out of place. Lightly shippy across the board for everyone, and hence a little unclassifiable.

Thanks to ohvienna  for encouragement and hollywoodgrrl  for the extensive beta-ing and all the ensuing arguments!      

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Humans must insist on marking time, counting time, spending time as if it were a currency.Collapse )
 
 
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Ponderous
05 August 2007 @ 04:16 pm
There are plenty of things I want to say about Deathly Hallows, and I think I've finally given myself enough quiet time to ferment some thoughtfulness. So while beginning to put together a review, I thought I'd better work off some of my excess silliness by doing a drive-by post dedicated to SHAMELESS GLOATING. Because I may have failed rather spectacularly with my Chapter-A-Day analyses, but I can totally retcon my original mission statement and claim that what I really wanted to prove was that the entire seven-book plot, its thematic significance and moral weight, is entirely contained within the pages of Sorcerer's Stone, hence I restricted myself to examining only that one book. So ha. My failure looks clever in retrospect, much like Dumbledore letting Draco disarm him on the Lightning-Struck Tower.

So below you can find excerpts of some of the things I got right. Ah, the value of hindsight -- I get to leave out my theories on the Ford Anglia's return, the boa constrictor from the zoo in Book One taking on Nagini in a snake duel, and, well, anything I may have said that cast blame on Snape. And as for my chief theory and fannish call to arms, I leave that for my icon to memorialize. No more strikethroughs for when I talk about Harry-being a Horcrux, hooray!

From Chapter One:


From Chapter Five:


From Chapter Twelve:


And my real coup, I think, which is the entire analysis of Chapter Fifteen, "The Forbidden Forest":


Holy cow did I get that one right! So much so, that Rowling heeded my advice and pointed everyone back to Book 1, Chapter 15 by naming Book 7, Chapter 34 "The Forest Again." I ROCK!  

 
 
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Ponderous
22 July 2007 @ 11:37 pm
No spoilers, promise.


The deed is done.Collapse )

 
 
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Ponderous
03 July 2007 @ 10:05 pm
The New Companion.

You Must See To BelieveCollapse )

My faith is restored. Thank God/Floaty Blue Doctor. Now I can go read Deathly Hallows in peace, without having to worry about my show going on the short bus to nowhere.
 
 
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Ponderous
02 July 2007 @ 10:13 pm
Dear World,

Doctor Who is over, having ended with a whimper instead of that other thing. But at least I have made a startling discovery that needs to be shared -- Doctor Who's storytelling strategy has been cracked by yours truly! Well, you know how this series has basically been a long hard slog through misery, total goofiness, more misery, emotional perversion, actual perversion, miserable buckets of liquid misery, wonky moral gray zones, ambivalent religiosity, and all those miserably sad bits that made David Tennant dissolve into miserable tears of woe? Well I've figured out why we keep on watching besides the obvious reason that we all be masochists.

The reason is as follows: every few episodes, we, the long suffering audience, are appeased by getting to watch David Tennant cuddle an adorable creature.


See? You may have just watched a series about how love is dead, sanity is dead, good people go unappreciated, and lonely people must either enslave crazy people to be their friends or else be lonely forevermore -- but all you remember is that DAVID TENNANT CUDDLES CUTE STUFF.

Next series: David Tennant cuddles a Welsh corgi! Move over Russell, I can run this show!
 
 
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Ponderous
Today we're covering the first three chapters of Chamber of Secrets: "The Worst Birthday," "Dobby's Warning," and "The Burrow" are their names, victimizing Harry and then gloriously rescuing him is their game. Sound familiar? Well it should. It's the plot of the opening of Sorcerer's Stone.


79 days remain in our countdown! Next up, Weasley on Malfoy violence, Lockhart impresses us all with his dazzling teeth, Harry and Ron steal a car for no reason that makes actual sense, and Snape gets to have a very good day for at least a little while...
 
 
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Ponderous
Well look at that, with 84 days to go, I have finally finished Sorcerer's Stone. This only puts me two-and-a-half books behind. Does this mean that when the Potter Apocalypse® rolls around and judgment day dawns, I am doomed to be grouped with the throngs who weren't as into Potter as they should have been?  I'd better behave myself from now on, or the Hogwarts Express (of Doom!) may  leave me behind...

Anyway, I make it up to you with a massive post on Chapter Seventeen, "The Man with Two Faces." In which Voldemort reminisces about Godric's Hollow, Dumbledore redefines the word "lie," and Neville comes through in the clutch (not for the last time either).



So that's it! Now we've passed our exams and we move on to second year. And take note, I'm going to change the way I handle these recaps for later books -- instead of chapter-a-day posts it's going to be more like three-chapter posts, so that I can get this runaway train back on track. So stay tuned: next time we're going to be taking Harry through his miserable summer at Privet Drive, getting him into hot water courtesy of Dobby, and then depositing him safely on the doorstep of The Burrow -- all in one go!
   
 
 
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Ponderous
24 April 2007 @ 06:33 pm
Domestic

International


So you're interested in hearing my well-reasoned thoughts on what these trailers indicate the filmic experience of Order of the Phoenix may be like? My remarks are as follows:


GUCCI SUIT AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!
 
 
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