[0923] Larisa Is Changing

Sep. 24th, 2017 10:00 pm
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Posted by Novil



  • Larisa: Ultimately, the continuous existence of living beings is an illusion.



  • Larisa: The body grows. Cells die and are replaced by new ones. After a while, not a single atom in your body is still the same.



  • Larisa: This raises many philosophical and legal questions.



  • Jelena: You set fire to the neighbor’s lawn gnome yesterday!

  • Larisa: I’m only 99.7% guilty!





Sunday 24th September

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Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Fake Keith, Jean Riddler, the Real Keith Dunn and Scott Fuller compare TV’s Doctor Who: Dalek and Big Finish’s Doctor Who: Jubilee, play a game, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically:

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The day has come, friends. Paste Magazine has the HUGE reveal: Title! Cover! Release date! AN EXCERPT! Y’all, I have a book. A book! With my name on the cover!

Your announcement here is much shorter because this release does not affect any part of the Mark Reads schedule. We will still be pushing forward with Young Wizards and Discworld! Splits for Lifeboats are nearly done, too, so I will post those when they’re ready!

Otherwise: thank you. Thank you for supporting me and being such wonderful fans. As a reminder, I post announcements in my newsletter and all exclusives/secrets are posted to my Patreon. (They found out about the announcement in the vaguest of terms earlier this week.)

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In the eighteenth episode of the third season of Enterprise, I genuinely did not expect this to be so horribly messed up. Intrigued? Then it’s time for Mark to watch Star Trek

WELL. W E L L. THANKS FOR THAT MID-SEASON CLIFFHANGER WITH NO “To Be Continued…” ENDING. WHAT HAVE Y’ALL DONE TO ME.

The Plan

I’m realizing how much of this season is about this crew entering a previously unexplored area of space and then MAKING EIGHT TRILLION MISTAKES IN A ROW. Perhaps more so than any other season, this really feels like the show is depicting a ragtag crew learning how to do deep space exploration by doing it the hard way. Without the more intensive Starfleet and Federation rules that come later on, they’re constantly breaking new ground. But they’re doing so with their flaws on display! A lot of the time, Archer’s improvisation or boldness keeps them ahead of their foes, but I’d argue that what he does in “Azati Prime” is just downright foolish. I’d also say that’s a major factor in his decision to change his mind about Daniels. If he hadn’t screwed up so badly, would he have tried diplomacy?

Lemme back up a bit. Even from the start, I felt like these characters were flying by the seat of their pants. That’s not a bad thing! This whole seasons has largely been thrilling because of the great big unknown that surrounds them at every single turn. It makes for compelling storytelling. So when Travis and Tucker headed down to the planet where the weapon was being built, the tension was unbearable. It was hard NOT to assume the worst. They’d get captured. They’d never make it to the weapon to take scans. And even if they did, what if they couldn’t discern any weakness in it?

And by gods, that underwater sequence was INCREDIBLE. It beautifully portrayed the sense of awe and terror that those two men felt while staring upon the thing that had been built to guarantee their people’s demise. So when the scans of the Death Star – er, sorry, the Xindi weapon revealed a way to destroy it, and then we found out it would be a one-way trip, I was again floored by the awful plan that Archer had come up with. And make no mistake: it’s REALLY bad. Did no one think to scan again as they got closer to it to even see if it was there? Even if the defense perimeter prevented Enterprise from scanning on the planet, surely they all realized that if they destroyed the weapon, the Xindi would just build another one in a more secret location, right?

But Archer’s terrible plan had a separate motivation behind it: it was an act of penance for all the awful things he’d asked of others and himself since entering the Expanse. Y’all, THIS WAS THE THING I WAS WAITING FOR. I desperately needed to know if the show would address Archer’s shifting ethics, and LO AND BEHOLD, he was going to sacrifice himself to save humanity… for a few more months.

Daniels

It’s a spectacularly bad plan, so that’s why I love that Daniels LITERALLY PULLS ARCHER INTO THE FUTURE TO TELL HIM THIS. I had hoped that the sheer drama of this act was enough to get Archer to abandon this bad idea. Yet let us not forget the power of the certainty of misguided men! Despite being shown the eventual war between the builders of the Spheres and LITERALLY ALL OTHER SPECIES, Archer refuses to budge. Can we just all sit here and acknowledge how FOOLISH that is. Archer got handed the answer to the mystery of the spheres and he STILL DID NOT CARE. Gods grant me the overconfidence of white men, I swear.

Hearts & Minds

And so “Azati Prime” escalates. And escalates. AND ESCALATES. The second Archer leaves his ship on his one-man kamikaze mission, each horrible moment is followed immediately by another one. T’Pol had an emotional breakdown over the imminent death of her friend, which I need ALL PARTIES INVOLVED to apologize to me for since it’s one of the most gut-wrenching things in this whole show. Then T’Pol finds it difficult to be the captain because she’s distraught, and then Archer finds out that the weapon was MOVED and he’s too late, and then he’s captured, and then NOTHING GOES RIGHT AT ALL.

A funny little thing happens at this point, though, and I’m convinced that this is a huge turning point for season three. Archer changes his mind. Faced with his failure to destroy the weapon, he tries a tactic that honestly should have been attempted a long time ago: he talks. It is literally what T’Pol suggested earlier, isn’t it? (Though I admit I may be remembering this wrong.) Now, this is not an easy task, especially since Degra does not remember the events of “Stratagem.” I am also curious how Archer is going to justify killing those Xindi on that lunar base, but we’ll have to see. It’s a tall order. How do you convince these people not to kill you after everything that’s happened? Even more daunting is the challenge of convincing the Xindi that the sphere builders lied to them about humans. Why would any of the Xindi ever believe Archer?

It was astounding to watch Archer chip away at the certainty of the Xindi, first at Degra, then at the primates. He introduces doubt into their minds, which is a hell of a technique. He doesn’t need them to believe him 100%. He just needed them to question what they’d been told, even a little bit. It sure makes the reptilian look incredibly suspicious, doesn’t it?

I’m guessing that this doubt is what Archer is going to capitalize on, though it’s not like he has many options. Enterprise is… look, no words feel right in describing the devastation that was rained down upon that ship. WHAT IS WITH THIS SHOW AND VENTING CREW MEMBERS INTO SPACE. IT HURTS. NO MORE. But the ship is a sitting duck, and Archer is too far away to do much of anything. It’s a hell of a cliffhanger, and I still can’t believe we’re only three-quarters of the way through the season. If the writers are committing to this now, what the hell do they have planned for later?

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The day has come, friends. Paste Magazine has the HUGE reveal: Title! Cover! Release date! AN EXCERPT! This is a huge deal, and I’m so happy that I can finally talk about this. I’m going to be a published author! HOW IS THIS REAL.

Aside from finally being able to announce my debut, this serves as a chance for me to talk about the upcoming schedule for Mark Watches. If you check the Master Schedule, you’ll see I have updated everything through January. There’s no change until November, when my Star Trek journey will be replaced with my continued watch of Person of Interest. One thing I’ve been aching to tell y’all is that my deal with Tor Teen is for TWO books, and I have a deadline for Book #2 (currently still untitled) right before Anger Is a Gift  comes out. On top of that, I have other projects I cannot talk about yet that are in the pipeline, and it’s become very, very hard for me to maintain fifteen reviews/videos per week and write books at the same time.

So! We’ll finish off Person of Interest as a main feature, then switch over to Alias. I apologize for delaying Alias for a couple months, but this will allow me to work on my fiction and still pull off my annual Holiday Cards in November/December. I also plan on folding Jane the Virgin into regular features, too, most likely after I get a few of the shorter shows done!

Otherwise: Mark Watches isn’t going anywhere, and as long as y’all still support me, I am going to scream and cry on camera for all of you. Thank you for supporting me as long as you have, and I hope you’ll stick around. As a reminder, I post announcements in my newsletter and all exclusives/secrets are posted to my Patreon. (They found out about the announcement in the vaguest of terms earlier this week.)

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Prompt for 2017-09-22

Sep. 22nd, 2017 11:55 pm
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Today’s prompt is “long time no see”.
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In the eighth chapter of The Science of Discworld, I an enjoy thinking that I am made of stardust. Intrigued? Then it’s time for Mark to read Discworld.

Wow, this was a DENSE chapter. I had one initial thing that I absolutely responded to, but this was the first Roundworld chapter that truly challenged me. I did have flashbacks to sophomore year chemistry from high school, which was a class I generally enjoyed a great deal. There was a lot of math and formulas and memorization, and I tend to do that kind of learning better than, say, the more theoretical intensity that came with AP Physics. (WHICH SHALL HAUNT ME UNTIL THE END OF MY DAYS.) There was a point in my life around the age of 15 or 16 where I could recite the entire periodic table from memory, and I was deeply pleased with this reality. In hindsight, I feel like my attachment to things like math and science came from the certainty they made me feel. Which I know is like… completely not in line with the point the writers are trying to make in this section. While there are “rules” that govern elements and the make-up of atoms, the big thing I’m taking away from The Science of Discworld is that dogma and certainty ultimately work against the pursuit of knowledge.

What I mean, though, is that it was comforting when “rules” always made sense. Formulas, at least as I learned them, never changed. The goalposts weren’t shifted constantly. And I’m still really, really good at math these days, and I wonder what it would have been like if I had stuck with that realm in terms of my education.

I’m glad I’m doing what I’m doing, don’t get me wrong. But chemistry class always made a satisfying sense to me. What little friction I felt in regards to science was due to my upbringing. There was this constant war going on in my head about the world I was learning of in school and the world that had been taught to me at home. Look, if it’s not clear yet, I grew up in a home where the notion that we are made of stardust was viciously offensive. To me, it’s beautiful. Poetic. Inspirational. It makes me feel more a part of this vast, uncaring universe. But that wasn’t necessarily something I was ready to accept at that age. I still loved science, and I still loved learning how the world worked, but until I graduated high school, I found a way to filter all of it through the lens of God.

Which is not a bad thing, for the record! I don’t think they’re incompatible, nor do I find it silly or ridiculous for someone to be invested in the pursuit of scientific knowledge while being religious. (If you haven’t figured it out yet, I find hardline atheists to be The Worst in many respects, and this is one of them. I admit that for a brief period of my life, I was a pretty obnoxious atheist. But I also read Ayn Rand and thought her stuff was cool for like a month, so???? We all have our bad periods, and I am glad to have grown from them.)

The point being: for me, God was a barrier. It is not that way for other people, but God (or my understanding of that deity, supported through my parents’s fundamentalism and my later conversion to Catholicism) prevented me from understanding large parts of the world and humanity. Ironically enough, though, I was an atheist by the time I started college, and you’d think that would have renewed my interest in the sciences and pushed me to explore it more. It did, but I had to take Marine Biology THREE TIMES in order to pass it. It remains the only class I have ever failed in my entire academic career, and I failed it twice.

I’d like to explain that, but OH WELL. It was at 8am three days a week! I kept sleeping in!!! DON’T JUDGE ME!!!!

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In the eighth episode of the second season of Person of Interest, this is one of the strangest things this show has ever done, and I LOVED IT. Intrigued? Then it’s time for Mark to watch Person of Interest.

Trigger Warning: For brief mention of a miscarriage and discussion of trauma.

So remember earlier this week when I complimented this show’s willingness to have a sense of humor? Good lord, THIS WAS NOT WHAT I EXPECTED FROM PERSON OF INTEREST. And yet? It works. Weirdly, this works so well. It’s a chance for the writers to play with the nature of perpetrator and victim (AGAIN!) while allowing these characters (except Reese) to reflect on the possibility of romance.

It’s just so absurd. Not initially, of course, and I thought I was in for a tense ride as Daniel Drake sought to kill his wife Sabrina in order to guarantee a publishing buyout went through. That was a fucked up story, but in hindsight, there was no need for the Machine to spit out two numbers if only one of them was going to die. It’s possible, but now it feels like foreshadowing for the eventual reveal: that both Drakes were trying to assassinate the other one. So how do you choose who to protect if both of them are awful people? Should they even be protected, or should Reese and Finch just let this follow its natural course?

I’m glad they considered the collateral damage here, because honestly, that was my only concern. Both of these people seemed so consistently terrible, so it’s not like I felt a whole lot of sympathy for their predicament. It’s through this, though, that Person of Interest takes the story in a surreal direction. There’s a satirical element to this marriage, especially since it pokes so much fun at two rich, white, heterosexual people who should be happy, but have allowed miscommunication and frustration to build to an intolerable level. There’s still a serious edge to this, and I respect that amidst the humor, the writers give the Drakes a genuine reason for their ridiculous marital spat: Sabrina had a miscarriage and then believed that Daniel blamed her for it. So even if there’s a lot to laugh about here, trauma is at the root of their problems. They never truly dealt with it, and, in Sabrina’s words, she dove into work instead of processing it. WHEW, IT’S ME, Y’ALL. That’s literally what I did after my father died!!! I took like one whole day off and thought that was enough??? Spoiler alert: it wasn’t.

Another spoiler alert: dealing with residual trauma by taking out a hit on your partner is a really bad idea. Perhaps epically bad. But my god, IT WAS SO FUN WATCHING THIS. Finch got to be the marriage counselor! Which was funny until we saw why he was so good at getting Sabrina and Daniel to talk, and THIS IS UNFAIR. I was glad that Finch didn’t use the Machine to get any more information on Grace and instead got to know her by being with her. But what we see here is early in their relationship, and there’s a tragedy hanging over it all: at some point, Harold “dies” and leaves Grace behind. After Nathan warns him about keeping too many secrets, and after Grace tells Harold that she will stick by him no matter what secrets he has, what the hell convinces him to abandon her???

I’M SCARED.

I also admit to being worried about Carter and Beecher, as well as Fusco and Rhonda. That’s mostly because NOTHING NICE HAPPENS TO PEOPLE. Oh, nice things happen in this episode, but y’all, one of the major threats of this show is that as people learn about the truth of the world, their loved ones are at risk. That means Rhonda and Beecher are now possible collateral damage, which HURTS ME TO SAY. I mean, I’m just trying to prepare myself, okay? It’s all I can do at this point.

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