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Continuing the LJ walk down memory lane tonight: I came across a long long post about why I loved Wesley so much. Written post 5.19, so it doesn't cover the last few eps of the show. Interesting to re-read it, though, in spite of the blatant abuse of smiley faces and other such annoying writing quirks. (Also, seeing comments to and from my old high school friends is vaguely unsettling).

I'm continuing the rewatch - I was partway through 4X05 tonight, then I got distracted. I still have much love for 'Deep Down' - the Wes/Lilah scene, dark!Wes, Justine (wtf, Wes, so wrong...), the boat scene (so slashy!)... and that speech that Angel gives to Connor at the end, which I still have partially memorized and am rather fond of, largely because Space used to use part of that speech in their promo for Angel when it aired at 10pm on weekday nights. And I watched a LOT of Angel that particular year.

The Wes/Lilah scene in Ground State remains one of the sexiest most glorious scenes ever. Holy shit, the ear-nibbling... and when he runs his hand over her face and she grabs his thumb in her teeth. Everything about those two is just SO hot, still.

(And The House Always Wins is better than I remember. It's really quite a fun episode, though sadly lacking in Wes other than the one brief phone sex scene)

In other news: I bought a Kobo! Yesterday after work. Chapters has them on sale right now, and it's great for reading fic on since I can just download EPUB files off AO3. I can't read for long on my iPhone, really, since it's too small and also it's backlit. After spending all day on a computer, my eyes get too tired. Plus I want to read Game of Thrones and I find the font in the real book too small. So now I'm waiting for it on hold at the library... upwards of 80 people have it on hold and there are only 20 copies. Sigh. This is a drawback of getting ebooks from the library!

ALSO: ONE MORE WEEK TO BITCHIN' PARTY! WOOOOOOOO!
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Still working my way back reading and tagging old LJ posts. And finally came across a post made at 1:35am on May 20, 2004. The night that the last episode of Angel aired, or rather technically the morning after. Evidently I was still awake several hours later, trying to come to terms with it and writing a long long post.

I re-read the post, and though my 18-yr-old self makes me wince a bit, a lot of it still rings true to me. I talk about the way the show ended and how I thought it was the perfect ending for the show's themes (even as a lot of people hated it), I talked about the differences between Buffy and Angel (the respective themes of both shows, and how their endings reflected those differences), I angsted a fair amount. ^^ It made me a bit choked up to read it, in part because I'd forgotten some of those details. It's going to be hard to watch that episode again. No episode of anything has ever been as emotional for me as that was. (Except possibly Sleeping in Light in B5. I was sobbing so hard first time I watched that.)

Anyway, if anyone's curious what I thought about the show a few hours after it ended, then check it out - http://ria-oaks.livejournal.com/209287.html Massive spoilers goes without saying. Just remember that this was 8 years ago and I was a lot younger. ;)

Also my cousin finally guessed/figured out my AtS canon pairing tonight. I messed with her for awhile ("guess some random pairings! I'll just say no to all of them anyway" "Wes/Lilah?" "No" (smirking inwardly), "[a bunch of other random pairings]" "Nope" "I bet it's Angel/Lilah!" "Nope". Finally I said that if she really wanted to know she could go into the Angel pictures folder on my computer and she'd figure it out from there (there are a few pics of them, and they're clearly not photoshopped). Which she did, and so now that secret's out and I can stop hiding it. Oh well, she's only a couple of episodes away from it, anyway, and I've been needing to squee out loud.

(another result of reading old LJ posts is I found an old fic rec I posted of a Wes/Lilah fic by [personal profile] jennyo, who was pretty much the main BNF writer for that pairing. It's here if anyone's interested, and is still damned sexy and awesome.)
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Continuing the Angel walk down memory lane today with my cousin.. watched, in fairly rapid succession, Waiting in the Wings, Couplet, Loyalty, Sleep Tight, and Forgiving. Oh the pain... watching those still rips my heart out a bit. It's been years since I was heavy into Angel, but this is making me nostalgic. This show meant more to me and broke my heart more than pretty much any show ever has, mainly because I probably never loved a fictional character like I did Wesley Wyndam-Pryce. Supernatural is probably the closest, though I'm a bit burnt out on it now. (And of course Babylon 5, which will forever be the show of my heart). But yeah, Sleep Tight is still kinda not a great episode (I mean, it's pivotal, and Wes breaks my heart in it repeatedly, but the actual writing is a bit iffy. Too many plot devices), but Forgiving is damned fine. That last scene still gives me the shivers.

Also, today was the first time I'd seen Waiting in the Wings since I saw Firefly, and I watched Firefly in summer 2005. Holy shit. It was fun to see Summer. :) And seeing it reminded me that it actually is a very good episode, even if I hate the love triangle stuff and Wes/Fred. Then we went and watched that ridiculous deleted scene with Wes and Fred doing ballet and LOL I'd forgotten how amusing it is. Alexis is a giant dork.

Just gotta get through the last few eps of s3 (and wtf I don't even remember what happens in those eps, other than the obvious big things), then it's season 4 time! Even with the issues I had with parts of s4 (if you've seen it, you can probably guess), I am still super hyped because of Wes. And my AtS canon OTP (Angel/Wes was my AtS fanon OTP, and then I also had my canon OTP), which I shall not spoil here in case my cousin is reading this. ;) I'm so excited to see those eps again. Good times.

Was going through old Angel stuff on my computer and found the post 'Origin' ficlet I wrote. Lol it's kinda not that good, but it's not TOO awful. It's basically 2000+ words of Wes angst, and me dealing with the many many ~feelings~ I had after seeing that episode. I might post it here later. Maybe. I'm now poking through old LJ posts trying to find if I ever posted it or not. I checked my Angel tag but it only goes back to 2005, and I think I wrote this fairly soon after the ep aired in 2004.

So now I'm going back day by day just for kicks, and tagging some posts appropriately. I'm reliving my 2nd year at university, which is... odd. Lots of comments from my old close high school friends, none of whom I talk to anymore. Found my post celebrating my 19th birthday. Damn, where did the past 7 years go?? Mostly I'm just glad to be done with school and that time in my life. Reading posts about last-minute essay writing made me shudder.

Ok it's midnight now, so I should prob get to bed... so far this week isn't sucking like last week did. Last week really sucked at work. But this week's ok, and we have a new person who just started Monday so it's fun to have someone new to talk to in the office. No plans for tomorrow, then Thursday is NEW COMMUNITY EPISODE. WOOOOO. Then Friday is the Caffe as always, then not much in the way of weekend plans. Just a few more weeks until Pacificon, though, and I can't wait for that!

Dug out an old Wes icon for this post. Funny looking over my old Angel icons - I haven't seen them in ages. God this is all making me nostalgic.
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Yeah, everyone in dS fandom is doing it as usual, but it still needs to be said...

They have called this day the Eleventh of March! And whomsoever of you gets through this day, unless you are shot in the head or somehow slain, you will stand at tiptoe when e'er you hear the name again, and you will get excited at the name March the Eleventh!

We happy few, we few, we band of brothers. Our names will be as like household names. And those who are not here, be they sleeping or doing something else, they will feel themselves... sort of crappy. Because they are not here to... to join the fight, on this day, the Eleventh of March!


Oh Buck Frobisher. <3 Oh SHOW. I still love you. :)

Speaking of due South, I was going through all my old TV magazines yesterday (mostly looking at my Angel magazines - I'm on a bit of a kick because my cousin is watching it and she's almost caught up to where I am on my rewatch (3X10), and I'm remembering how much I loved that show), and I came across an old (1998) issue of Cult TV that I bought at a used comics/books store a few years ago because it had a big "The End of Babylon 5" article. And then I promptly noticed that on the cover it says there's an article of Due South and I went !!!!!!!. :)It was an interview with Tony Craig, and talked about season 3 and the changes with RayK and such. It was neat to so randomly come across an article about one of my newer fandoms in an old magazine, since I would never have looked twice at that article when I first go the magazine.

Speaking of Angel - I was actually up late last night reading Angel fic, LOL. Oh nostalgia. I was just going through [community profile] crack_van and clicking on Angel/Wes fics and occasionally, because it was always my secret pairing, Buffy/Wes. Read an old fic by [personal profile] thebratqueen, who was my favourite Angel/Wes writer back in the day... and I have a few fics sitting in tabs now waiting to be read. ^^ Sadly quite a few of the fics I came across are broken links now. Oh well.
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*miniflail* Alyson Hannigan and Alexis Denisof with their newborn daughter Satyana Awwwwwwwwwwww... I don't normally get excited over celebrity marriages/births/etc, but when it comes to my favourite TV stars... and I've always loved them. :) So happy for them!
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Just found out why Angel was airing on the TV at the bar I was in on Saturday night... evidently it airs on one of the main channels here at 1:10am every Sunday morning. Next ep is Sanctuary, sure enough, and the ep that was on at the bar was Five by Five... omfg that's so sweet, but it's so late that I probably won't be able to watch it... STILL. ANGEL. On free television! WTF if hasn't aired in Canada in YEARS. ;_;

Also, I was just watching some Australian comedy show and WTF Jensen Ackles showed up. I think it was a 'best of' episode so his appearance is from awhile ago, but OMG Jensen. Crazy. XD One of my new roommates stated categorically that "wow he's hot!" LOL. Indeed.
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Wrote this up yesterday while the Internet at the hostel was down, intending to actually post it when the Internet was back up. Which it is now, thank god...

While standing in line for my free pasta at the hostel (while the Internet was still working and I was on my iPod) I was checking my FList and saw that Andy Hallett (Lorne on Angel) passed away the other day. Age 33, from heart failure. God, I can't believe it... it was so sudden, and he was so young (and I had no idea he was so young, either - he would have been 24 when he started on Angel. Always though he was in his late 20s/early 30s at the time... anyway, doesn't matter I guess). He was great as Lorne, and I have so many fond memories of the show and his part on it. And he seemed like a great guy from what I've heard, and what I've seen in interviews and such. What a tragedy, my heart goes out to his family and friends... we're all going to miss him. :( He's the first major Angel actor to pass away since Glenn Quinn all those years ago.

RIP Andy Hallet.

(will make another post later, prob, about the walking tour I went on today, but wanted to post this first...)
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Got Dad to pick up Angel season 6 issue one today. It was pretty shiny. I suck at following what's going on in comic books, and the iffy likenesses didn't help, but I enjoyed it mostly. Got super nostalgic for the show and am now sitting on my bed with my laptop watching "City Of". :) Fuck, ya'll, it's been way too long since this show ended. Three and a half years! And at least two years since Space stopped airing it. I forgot how much I missed it, and how brilliant it is... and hee, how awesome Doyle is. And how young David looks. o.o And squee at vampire!Josh Holloway, who Angel was totally checking out then he got all disappointed looking when he realized that Josh was a vampire. Lol. Poor Angel.

Aww, the music is making me nostalgic... everything is... ;___; I might just end up rewatching the show during the upcoming strike-induced TV hiatus. :) Own the first four seasons, and have been looking for an excuse to pick up s5 for ages... course, me being a crazy completist, I want to have the old version of s5, you know, the bigger one - like I have for the first four. If I get the thin one then my collection will look all wrong. :(

*giggle* Oh Angel, you're so dorky and hopeless... and I still love you after all these years. :)

On season 6... spoilers )

*giggle* Love this show, ya'll. Still do, even if it doesn't feel quite the same as it used to.

Cordy! I miss you too. :( Hell, I missed her as far back as when s4 was airing, sooo... but s1-2 Cordy, man, she was awesome. :)
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I should really be studying right now... *cough*

I've see this meme floating around for awhile, and have been meaning to do it...

I) I'll post ten things I'm a fan of.

II) You will attempt to guess my favourite character from each.

III)
Upon your success, I'll put that line in bold, append the correct
answer, and write a sentence or so about my affection for that
character. (well, may or may not do the sentence...)

1. Angel Wesley, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] garran. And this comes as a surprise to who? XD I don't even know where to start in explaining why I love him so much; I suppose it comes down in part to my fascination with seeing how he changed and developed over the years, compounded by Alexis's brilliant acting. I loved him when he was bumbling around and falling over things in season 1, and when he was dark and broody and scruffy in season 4, and I love that his character development between those 2 points (and beyond) was completely organic.

2. Lost Sawyer, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] garran. Sex appeal aside (*ahem*), I find him a fascinating and multi-faceted character, and I'm looking forward to see where they go with his character development, especially in terms of his relationship with Jack (and Kate, I suppose). And he's one of those characters who can make you go from laughing to angsting in a moment...

3. Harry Potter Severus Snape, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] bk635. I find him one of the most intriquing, 3-dimensional characters in the books, possibly even the most. I love the ambiguous morality about him, and the idea that he can be a nasty son-of-a-bitch but still be on the side of good. And I remain optimistic even after HBP. :)

4. Firefly Mal, half guessed by [livejournal.com profile] garran, because his guess made me realize that I really have 2 favourites... so, there's still one more to guess. :)

5. Buffy (not sure that I really have a favourite, actually, but I'll choose the closest answer. ^^) Spike, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] garran. He's the closest I have to a favourite, anyway. As least until s6/7.

6. Lord of the Rings (it's actually a tie for this one, so either answer will count) One of them's Faramir (book!Faramir, that is), guessed by [livejournal.com profile] bk635 after a not-so-subtle clue. ;) Copy-pasting my explanation about why I liked him from my comment below: I'm not sure how to explain what I liked about him... in part it's because I admire his strength of character in not being tempted by the ring, which is why the changes to his character in the movies (TTT, anyway) irritated me. I liked the contrast between him and his brother; both how Boromir was tempted by the ring while Faramir wasn't, and the contrasts in their personalities (Boromir as the strong, proud, ambitious warrior, and Faramir as the quieter, gentler, and more peaceful man who was constantly being overshadowed by his brother). Also his relationship with Eowyn. Although admittedly it's been quite awhile since I've read the books, so I'm a bit iffy on that assessment...

7. Naruto Gaara, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] bronzejarith.

8. House House, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] bk635. Yeah, pretty typical answer, but he really does steal the show... and kudos to BK for also guessing my second favourite, Wilson. ^_^

9. Smallville Lex, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] garran. What can I say, I like morally ambiguous characters...

10. Full Metal Alchemist Roy, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] bk635.

Babylon 5 is notably missing from the list because there is no way that I can choose between them... I love pretty much everyone on it equally. ^_^
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In each of your fandoms...
1. Who would you have a one-night stand with?
2. Who would you marry?
3. Who would you party with?
4. Who would be your Best Friend Forever!!1!?





I have a lot of fandoms... ^^;; )

*sniff*

May. 19th, 2005 11:42 pm
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Wow, I just read online that today was the 1-year anniversary of the Angel finale airing... I'd forgotten it was May 19th last year. *puts on extended Angel theme and raises glass to her dead gay show* Feels like just yesterday...

/random nostalgia
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PUPPET!ANGEL'S HERE!

*bouncebounce* He just came a few minutes ago. He's so cute and cuddly and omgsquee! ^_- He's not an actual puppet (nor does his nose come off ;p), but he's a good size (1.5 feet, maybe? It's supposed to be a 1/2 size replica of the original. And I just realized that I can make his mouth open and close manually. Hee! Looks like I can take his shirt off, too... I'll try to figure out if I can take the pants off later. *smirk* Gotta find out if he's, erm, "anatomically correct". *hides* Sorry, too many Wes-Angel puppet!porn stories back when Smile Time aired...

Okay, now that I'm done traumatizing you guys... I'm going to take pictures later on, and he's coming to rez with me next week. Looking forward to showing him to some of the girls on my floor who are fans. And [livejournal.com profile] rainbowpegacorn, as soon as we're done exams we need to get together and reenact scenes! ^__^ I'm thinking now that I should really make that Wesley doll this summer - poor Angel needs some company.

No idea how I'm going to concentrate on studying today, heh. I still have a ton left to do... well, better go shower/dress/eat now; it's getting late. I'm really worried about English, since I haven't even read some of the stuff and I need to make posts on each week to get all the marks... no idea what to say. Oh well, maybe I'll finally get down to it today. If it were just Soci and Astro next week I wouldn't be so worried, since I just have to read/memorize the textbooks and go through the Soci study guide. But for English I really have to understand the themes etc behind each of the works, how they relate to each other, etc... Week after is Film and Theatre, neither of which I'm touched, but I'm not too worried. I have a lot of reading to do for both, but I have the questions for the Film one already and the Theatre midterm was really easy. I'm hoping Theatre will really get my average up, since if I do well on the exam I should be able to get 85-90%. The others I might be looking at the B-range again, unfortunately. :(

*cuddles puppet!Angel* I'm so happy. ;p Piccys later, soon as I can find my mom's digital camera and figure out how to use it.

*checks* And damn, I don't think his pants come off. :P

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