16 September 2011 @ 06:53 pm
Zombies in bow ties
This is my third attempt at writing something about Torchwood and I have just decided that I can't be bothered. It wasn't bad enough to rant (although the whole blood thing made no sense at all) and it wasn't good enough to praise it and it wasn't shocking or anything either. It just was and now it's over. And that's that. Kind of like this summer.

Reading: Spies and Zombies ... not together though. But now that I'm think about it, it's actually not such a bad idea. Has a "Cowboys and Aliens" ring to it, doesn't it? It could be called "You only live twice" ... ehem, before I start to imagine a Zombie Bond, let's get back on track.

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy ... the movie trailer looks awesome. It has this bleak cold war atmosphere that makes "Das Leben der Anderen" (Can't remember the English title ... The life of others? Something like that) so intense. The book is very slow though. I keep glancing at my pile of Agatha Christies, thinking "she would have killed off at least one character by now".
Warm Bodies is written from a zombie's POV and I'm not sure where this is going but I'm enjoying it a lot.

I really need to learn how to sew because I just came across an instruction for bow ties!!!! I would love to have some in different colours and patterns, but they are quite expensive and don't feel like spending 50 to 100 Euros for something I'll only wear once or twice. It doesn't look too complicated to make one, but I think you have to sew very straight to make it look good, especially since it will be very visible when I'm wearing it.
how: indifferent
12 July 2011 @ 04:31 pm
Why isn't Rory in Torchwood?*
First of all - thanks a lot for the LJ-gifts! :D

Any thoughts on the first Torchwood episode? I'm not feeling too excited ...

I don't know if it was the episode itself or the fact that Torchwood has been ruined a bit by the crazy fandom. The same thing happend to me with Supernatural, before the series managed to disqualify itself by pushing the reset button for the millionth time. That only works in Doctor Who, and only because they aren't so dead serious about it.

*because he can't die in it! :p
how: indifferent
13 July 2009 @ 10:56 pm
Who you gonna call?
- We've spent the last half hour in full Ghostbuster mode, we even had the theme playing in repeat ...
Who you gonna call? )
... we had a flying ant invasion in the house, so we got brooms to get them from the ceilings, ant spray and face masks and a car vacuum cleaner (runs on battery and is more mobile because of this). For a strange reason that was a lot of fun. I know, ant invasions are not meant to be fun, but since they don't seem bothered by people who are in a bad mood we decided that we could as well have some fun while we clean the place.

There's a litte side effect though. I have that music stuck in my head now.

And some fun stuff from the Torchwood fandom: a) Russel T Davies has been called homophobic by fans (yes, this is the man who wrote "Queer as folk" - heavily inspired by his own experiences in the gay scene, no less ...) and b) there's a campaign for sending coffee to BBC Wales. I guess it's a bit late to start a rumour that I've been magicay involved in COE day 4 ... I wouldn't mind free coffee ... ;-)
what: something to delete the ghostbusters theme from my brain
how: accomplished
location: ghostbusting
11 July 2009 @ 11:54 am
Post Torchwood depression ...
Most likely one of my last entry on this subject ... I'll be back with random unimportantness soon. Promised. But it has to be said ...

After a good nights sleep things look different? Mmmh ... maybe ... but I came to realize that my problem with the way the series ended isn't the story. I think that was brilliant actually. For a stand alone 5 parter it would have been one of the best things in SciFi.

But the problem is, it wasn't a stand alone thing. It was series 3 of Torchwood and that's why people are so upset. Because these are the people who made Torchwood a sucess, the ones who watched from the very first episode when it was still an obscure little Doctor Who spin off on BBC3, when no one knew what to expect (other than John Barrowman's return and a "more adult" theme) and if it would last at all or go the "K9 and company" way. Yes, at that time it seemed to be a popular opinion that Doctor Who spin offs don't really works because they are missing the Doctor.

So, I'm still pretty conflicted, because on the one hand there's a great story while on the other hand I'm one of these fans from day one ... I understand that RTD wanted to make a big impression (or go out with a big bang if this should be it for Torchwood) and of course the best way to do that is to create something controversial, something that people talk about, something that is almost crashing Twitter. And I also understand that he doesn't want to "suck up" to fans but do what he thinks is the right thing to do.

I think  sucking up to fans is the certain road to the dark side in fact, because you can never please everyone and by pleasing one group you'll upset the other one (Lost fans might remember the early days when there was the whole Kate/Jack vs. Kate/Sawyer thing going on) and it could certainly get in the way of a good story too.

But I can't help but wonder if it couldn't have been done in a slightly different manner, because all the upset fans just leave a bitter taste. Maybe I'm just a terrible harmony freak but I don't like to see people sad.
what: tv
how: numb
location: -
10 July 2009 @ 09:16 pm
Welcome to the hotel California
I don't have time for long Torchwood random thoughts reviews but I couldn't stay away from Day 4 ... watched it on a little Ipod. I guess everyone who's into Torchwood has noticed by now that Day 4 was very controversial due to certain events (more talked about on Twitter than MJ's death last night, btw ... the world is returning to normal ) ... but other than that I actually loved the episode.

The scariest part for me in this episode was, that I found it way too realistic. Not the alien stuff, but that I can imagine how the government would act exactly like that. It's never the stuff that is meant to be creepy that scares me, it's the stuff that makes it so easy to imagine that this could happen somewhere right now.

And since I was avoiding spoilers I had no idea that Nicholas Briggs is in Day 4 and no, surprisingly, this doesn't mean there was a random Dalek attack ...
Dalek: Exterminate!!1!
456: *vomits*
Dalek: "This wasn't in the job description ..."
what: !
location: ?
how: busy
08 July 2009 @ 02:45 pm
Who needs fanfiction when there's Torchwood?
I shouldn't be amused that my mum's luggage was put on the wrong plane or on no plane at all at Heathrow

... however, she always tells me that I have no reason to hate that airport and that my two cases of lost luggage were just bad luck and that this could happen anywhere really. Now, when I told her the same thing she was all "don't go 'I told you so' on me!". Which is usually what I say when she goes "I told you so" on me *rofl*

Torchwood / COE / Day 2 / write along  )
location: running from aliens
how: impressed
what: -
07 July 2009 @ 06:57 pm
Random thoughts about one of the biggest media events of all time!
... ok, that's not actually true, I'm just very very tired of the media hype surounding Michael Jackson's funeral and how the media make it sound like the moon landing combined with the french revolution and the opening of the Berlin wall - all for the price of one.

Which is why I'm making Torchwood MY biggest media event this week. No MJ funeral coverage on 20+ channels for me. Nope. "Children of earth - day 1" rewatching it is for me.

Torchwood / COE / Day 1 / write along )
location: the tv
how: accomplished
what: torchwood theme
06 July 2009 @ 04:45 pm
I just want your extra time and your kiss
On today's list of obscure holidays: International kissing day aaaand Torchwood day (which isn't really a holiday of course ... more of an unofficial fan squee thing)

I hope that Torchwood will pay tribute to this special day with ... say ... Jack making out with Ianto ... or Ianto ... making out with Jack ... or Jack and Ianto making out with an alien. Oh and Gwen, please keep your tongue to yourself, k?

And you know what DW really needs? A random subject line generator! I was thinking of a script that pics words from your entry and turns them into a subject line. Kind of the same thing that google does with the ads.
what: -
how: cheerful
location: in the sun
03 July 2009 @ 10:38 pm
The dead line asylum of the golden age of Torchwood ... and a bit of vampire in your cleavage
Hey, an actual review of the Torchwood audio plays ... well, it's more of a collection of random thoughts, but let's call it review because that sounds so much better.

Asylum )

Golden Age )

The Dead Line )

Also, a "contains adult themes and language" warning on an audio book looks a whole lot like a "may contain nuts" warning on peanut butter. Yes, what they probably do mean is adult themes and adult language, but my first thought when reading that? "Oh, it contains language. What an unusual thing to find on an audio book ... "

Oh, and I almost forgot that promised vampire bit. True Blood of course. I'm starting to like Jessica. I care more about her than I care about Sookie and Recycling Bill combined. Is that an unpopular opinion? (I'm trying hard to get some unpopular fandom opinions, since the Lost fandom has failed me with all that recent Ben love)
location: the seaside
how: geeky
what: Fields of the Nephilim