July 28, 2012
This episode is a little of the ol’ rough and tumble through the pages of fanfic turned “mommy porn” sensation, Fifty Shades of Grey, with fan-favourite co-host, Kathie (What Introduced Mandi to Fanfic, Apparently). She’s back and ready to dominate us as we delve into fifty shades of tangents while putting our hard limits to the test. All without agreeing on a safe word before hand, mind you.
Unless you’ve been under a rock for six months, you will have noticed a lot of chatter on the interwebs about a Twilight fanfic turned international best-seller. Some call it sexually liberating, some call it misogynistic drivel. Most just make reference to the tampon scene. (Of course, there’s a long history of menstrual sexiness. The fanfic writes itself in these ads from the 1950’s).
As with any book that so divides public opinion, there must be something to it, right? Well… there’s certainly a lot of ellipses. We were actually a little surprised to discover how little there was to get upset about. In some ways, less then in Twilight. Sure, it’s the old girl meets boy, girl is emotionally controlled by boy, girl decided she can change boy story. But there’s a distinct lack of substance. It’s sort of like getting angry with marshmallows for lacking nutrition.
If you still don’t know what all the fuss is about, this tells you pretty much all you need to know.
And if you like the sounds of this…
…then you’re going to want to stick around for the easter egg where we’ve uncovered the encrypted holodeck logs of a certain Starfleet Captain.
And before you ask, no, we didn’t know about this video before naming the episode.
February 28, 2012
We’re at the end of Season 2 already. I think it took us a year to get this far in our TNG rewatch. Just sayin’.
Episode 17: The 37’s
A group of humans from the 1930s is found in stasis on an abandoned planet, including the lost Amelia Earhart.
And the fanfic writes itself. I guess they were tired of trying to insinuate some UST between Chakotay and Janeway so they decided to pull out the stops with some of the most palpable on-screen sexual chemistry on any Star Trek show. Janeway and Amelia Earhart never get it on—except with their eyes and hungry, quivering lips—but you can see their imaginations racing. Tackleberry from Police Academy guest stars and, not to speak ill of the dead, puts in a crap performance. The set up for this episode is pretty much the same as “Space Seed”. I think it starts with Janeway’s Turn of the Screw holodeck novel but I can’t remember because I think I’m willfully ignoring these bits.
Fun fact: This episode was meant to be the finale for Season One. It wasn’t for some reason I can’t be arsed to look up.
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January 27, 2012
Since Ro Karen of the Starbase 66 podcast has been micro-blogging her foray into one of our favourite fandoms (the Buffyverse) on G+, we thought we’d do the same for one of her’s, Star Trek: Voyager. We update these mini reviews on our G+ about once a week—whenever we finish off a disc.
Episode 1-2: Caretaker
On a mission to the Badlands, the USS Voyager, along with a Maquis ship, is stranded in the Delta Quadrant, more than 70,000 light-years from home by an incredibly powerful being known as “Caretaker.”
I’d never seen this episode so I’d never really understood what the Maquis were doing on board. Things make a little more sense now and the Chakotay/Janeway dynamic is kind of interesting at this point. Though you can tell he’s too much of a “nice guy” to ever really plot a mutiny—so what’s the point of his character then? If this had been made post-BSG, there’d have been more a Machiavellian power struggle between the two.
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