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16 December 2015 @ 09:52 am
Tis the Season...  
The adult education semester is finally coming to its close. With only three classes left to teach, I can virtually feel my brain sliding into holiday mode. There are cards to write, presents to wrap, letters to write and also a somewhat intimidating twelve pound goose to roast next Sunday. Thankfully, I'm enough of a self-assured and experienced cook to at least assume that all will go well with that bird as long as I stick to the recipe.

As for looking back on my fannish interests, well, apparently 2015 has turned out a year of wonder and second chances. Re-watching The X-Files, getting enthusiastic again about Doctor Who. Not that I didn't enjoy the previous two seasons after almost quitting the show during s6 (River issues, don't ask ;-)), but the current season really struck a cord with me due to its themes, its open embracing of the surreal, and last but certainly not least the brilliant performances by Peter Capaldi, Coleman, Williams and Gomez.

It seems that during the past twelve months I've talked quite a bit about fannish disenchantment with various people. What I had not expected, however, was that one of these conversations, the one I had with [personal profile] selenak, to be precise, would eventually lead to the biggest surprise of 2015, a phenomenon I'd like to describe as the big "Once upon a Time paradox". Getting warned about season 4 and thus refraining from viewing it probably was exactly what enabled me to enjoy the first half of season 5 as much as I did, once that astrogirl2 's lovely episode reviews had made me curious enough to give the show another try.

And good grief, am I glad that I watched, and not only because the two episode half season finale gave me the Hook backstory of my dreams. There also were quite a few sense-making character developments and a surprisingly original and fun-to-watch take on Arthurian legends. Knowing this show and having been exposed to season 5B promos, however, I must admit that I'm not really sure if 5B will live up to the quality of 5A.

This entry was originally posted at http://bimo.dreamwidth.org/68434.html. Comment there or here, as you like. I'd be glad to reply to your comments over on DW.
 
 
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AstroGirl: OUaTastrogirl2 on December 16th, 2015 02:07 pm (UTC)
I'm almost not surprised you had that kind of weird, paradoxical experience with OUaT. Something about that show just seems to lend itself to such things. Regardless, I'm so glad giving it a fresh chance this season worked out for you! Despite a few issues -- like the timeline making no sense whatsoever -- it really is amazing to me just how well they've pulled things back together. I haven't seen much in the way of promos for the second half of the season, myself, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed for it.
Bimo: Best_of_Timelordsbimo on December 16th, 2015 02:59 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, the timeline! *g*

Having Merlin and his unnamed companion hunting for the Holy Grail roughly about five hundred years too early (at least if you stick to Biblical and Arthurian mythology), plus far too many Dark Ones in what seemed a far too brief timespan? Oh OuaT, how could you?

When the respective episode aired, my husband tried to come up with a nifty little theory about how time passes differently in different realms, but soon had to realize that even Einstein would not have been able to find a sufficiently coherent explanation for this mess.

(The only timeline-related aspect which made sense in my opinion was the big "Camelot Countdown". Six weeks earlier, five weeks earlier, three weeks earlier...)

Apart from the timeline fiasco, however, there were so many things I was rather impressed by, not just the big storylines but also minor aspects like the amount of character growth that Henry was allowed to experience, and a wonderfully snarky Regina.

As for season 5B, I guess my biggest concerns are whether the show will be able to resolve the remaining Camelot threads and whether we'll get a halfway convincing take on Rumple and Belle.
AstroGirl: Rumple/Belleastrogirl2 on December 17th, 2015 07:55 am (UTC)
This show is just eating everybody's nifty little theories on how to make sense of the timeline for breakfast. It certainly did that to my theory that time travel was involved. I'm mostly just trying not to think too hard about it now. :)

But, yeah, there've been a lot of little things that have worked very well, and that have made me happy.

I admit, I'm worried about the Rumple/Belle thing, myself. I'm feeling like they've done this "she breaks up with him, he shows some vague sign that he's changed, she runs back to him, he continues to be a bastard" thing one too many times now. I'm really wishing her breaking up with him when she threw him out of town had been allowed to stick, because they can't go on like this, and she's probably never going to top that moment. But I'm willing to try to reserve judgment and see where the writers are going with it, for now.