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Deficiency weekly

Dept. of My Loki Feelings, Let Me Show You Them

Goodness, It's Hot

The headline really says it all, since we're hovering in the high 80s and low 90s in Chicago, but I suppose I can find a few other things to say. Or maybe just one?

BB and I watched the first episode of "Loki", and were pretty happily impressed.

It didn't shy from the fact that movie Loki, at least the one from 2012, was a charming but murderous asshole. heavy on the murderous part. In fact, it kind of rubs this Loki's face in it, thanks to the character of Mobius, played very well by Owen Wilson.

Age has given Wilson's physical presence a little gravitas, and I think that's allowed him to step ever so slightly out of the Owen Wilson box he's been in. He plays the character as unexpectedly tough, and very likeable. And what he does with Loki allows the writers to immediately address Loki's murderous past. They don't woobify Loki - at least not in the first episode - but they do hint that perhaps this version (the "variant" Loki from 2012 who hasn't gone on a voyage of self-discovery and at least some minimal conscience growth the  the way our main timeline Loki has) might do a little self-discovery himself. 

So yes, impressed, even if I laughed to see the 1960s-Madman-era feel of the TVA so closely resemble the headquarters of our villains from "The Umbrella Academy."

Right now, I'm going to sit down and watch some more anime. Thursdays are the days that my current fave anime, "Zombieland Saga Revenge" drops, and I hate the fact that there's probably only three more episodes in this cour. I loved the first cour, which dropped in 2018, but which BB and I only saw this year, and I'm hoping that they get another cour, and one that arrives a little more quickly than 2.5 years. 

Why do I love Zombieland Saga? Maybe I'll talk about that in another post but for now I'll just say "Zombies! Japanese Idol Groups! Zombies who start an idol group!" and leave it there. God, I love it ....
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Adulthood? It's fanfic

Dept. of Fandom Snowflake



You Want Recommendations? I've Got Recommendations!

Challenge # 8 Rec at least three fanworks that you didn’t create. Recs are such an important part of fandom. They're an awesome way to find new things to love and they're an equally awesome way to share what we already love with others.

One of the things the 
[community profile] snowflake_challenge mods remind participants of is the fact that there are no set deadlines for these challenges, even though all the challenges are set in January. I'm so glad about that, because I am such a turtle-sloth creature when it comes to these things. This challenge really threw me - not because I didn't know what to recommend, because I had too many things in my head, begging to be recommended. 

But I finally figured out what to do, and how to do it.  I've come up with a baker's dozen recommendations. Here we go!

"And Sleighbells in the Snow," by DachOsmin. This is a wonderful story in the fandom for The Goblin Emperor. Csevet-centered.
"The Way We Live Now," by Zlot. This is in the Whoniverse, and imagines an AU in which Rory saved the older Amy. Calm, beautiful and sad.
"The War Was in Color (First) by 
[personal profile] such_heights . My first vid rec, from one of my favorite vidders. Her technical and artistic skills are awesome, and she's put them to use in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Captain America focused, with a healthy hatred of war.
"The War Was in Color (Second) by 
[personal profile] such_heights . The creator revisited the song at a later point in what we knew of the MCU. It's just as good, so I included it. 
"Glosoli" by 
[personal profile] purplefringe  and [personal profile] such_heights . Doctor Who fandom, created by a tag taam of superlatively gifted vidders. Watch and be awed by their command of imagery, their understanding of Who, especially Eleven, and their grasp of pattern and context in Moffat's Who
"Welcome to the New Age," by 
[personal profile] promethia_tenk . I love this Doctor Who (Eleven-centered) fanvid so much, especially the opening. 
An ancient list (as in, wow, this was created in 2010!) of fic recs, almost all in the Whoniverse, so it lacks Eleven (or doesn't have much as far as I can tell), my beloved Twelve, or Thirteen. But the stories are still eminently enjoyable.
"To a Home on God's Celestial Shore," by GlitterDwarf. An OT3 fic based on a 1940 comedy, starring Katherine Hepburn, Jimmy Stewart and Cary Grant? Yes, please. It works so very well. 
"Valerie, For Forgetfulness," by 
[personal profile] clocketpatch . From the Whoniverse, but taking an amazing, an amazingly apropos, detour into children's television. It's wonderful.
"Bring Biscuits," by 
[personal profile] faerymorstan . From Sherlock. If, like me, you insist that they can so still be an OT3, hush, then this ribald short is for you. 
"Give My Hands True Purpose," by nooziewoozie. Another one from The Goblin Emperor, which examines Csethiro and Maia's slowly growing love. I've read it repeatedly.
"On a Cold Planet," by 
[personal profile] a_t_rain . This is in the Vorkosiverse and focuses on Byerly, post Captain Vorpatril's Alliance and it's plot-heavy, world-buildingly intriguing, and very satisfying in the romance and character department. 
Finally, Just One Cookbook is a blog site run by Namiko Chen for people who want to learn about Japanese cooking. 

I hope you enjoy some of these!

p.s. Apparently one of my favorite fanvids, "England" by [Unknown LJ tag] , is no longer online. I downloaded it years ago, so I still have it, but it's not mine to upload. If you've seen it, you know how good it is. 
p,p.s. There are a couple of fics and vids I wanted to rec, but this post is already long and link heavy.
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Impish Bill and Twelve

DW/MCU Fic: Favor for a Friend

Title: Favor for a Friend
Author: 
[personal profile] kaffyr 
Fandom: Doctor Who/Marvel Cinematic Universe
Characters: Twelfth Doctor, Natasha Romanov, Bill Potts
Words: 3,840
Summary: The blandly bureaucratic alphabet soup acronyms attached to the hulking St. Petersburg building didn't disguise its ominous history. Natasha Romanov knew that intimately. Perhaps that's why the Doctor turned to the Black Widow to rescue a friend caught in its depths.
Author's Note: Not only is this a delayed 
[community profile] fandom_stocking  2018 gift for [personal profile] trobadora  (who shares my fannish attachment to the Twelfth Doctor, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Natasha Romanov) I forgot to post it here, after posting it on AO3 last April. Lawsey. Anyhow, for those who pay attention, this isn't their first meeting; that took place during "Encounter at the Rembrandt Hotel."
NOTE: For those among my readers who live or have lived in or near St. Petersburg, I hope my use of the original Bolshoy Dom, and its history, as a building block of the story does not come off as thoughtless or flip. It felt very possible that the Russian government, in a world where most governments think of the TARDIS and her Doctor as potential tools, might seek a way to capture her. It also felt right that Natasha, as a survivor of The Red Room program, who want to rescue someone from that building.
Edited by: My Best Beloved, who I thank for catching a couple of really bad mistakes before they could embarrass me.
Disclaimer: I own nothing in the Whoniverse or the Marvel Cinematic Universe. All characters belong to the BBC, Marvel and Marvel Studios, Paramount Studios, ABC, and their respective creators. I intend no copyright infringement and take no coin.
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Bruce doubts that

MCU/Buckaroo Banzai Fic: So What. Big Deal

Title: So What. Big Deal.
Author: 
[personal profile] kaffyr 
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe/The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai
Characters: Natasha Romanov, Bruce Banner, Tony Stark, Buckaroo Banzai, Rawhide
Words: 3,509
Summary: "Why do I feel like a kindergartner with a bad attitude when I’m trying to talk to a man whose first name comes straight out of Romper Room?" The teamwork of Tony Stark and Buckaroo Banzai, as witnessed by Natasha Romanov ... and one or two others.
Author's Note: Written belatedly as a fandom_stocking 2018 gift for 
[personal profile] rathany  /Mangotea, who is not only a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but someone who shares my love of one of the most quirky fandoms out there: Buckaroo Banzai. Although they indicated they are rarely fans of fusions, I am throwing myself on their mercy with this crossover between the two fandoms, in hopes that it might tickle their fancy.
NOTE 1: Much of the feel for the Buckaroo Banzai side of this story comes from Earl Mac Rauch's novel "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension!" The novel's style is a loving pastiche of the old "Doc Savage" stories. I hope I've done well by both the movie and Rauch's book.
NOTE 2: Tony's and Natasha's language is pretty salty, at least partly in comparison with B. Banzai.
NOTE 3: Āgerachini is Amharic for "Our Homeland," at least per Google Translate. I apologize to speakers of Amharic if I misused the word
Edited by: my beloved dr_whuh (aka [personal profile] buckaroobob ), who is also a fan of B. Banzai)
Disclaimer: No characters are mine. They are solely the property of Earl Mac Rauch, MGM, Marvel, Marvel Studios, Paramount Studios, ABC, and their respective creators. I intend no copyright infringement and take no coin.

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Nat and the sky

MCU Fic: Conversation on the Verandah

Title: Conversation on the Verandah
Author: [personal profile] kaffyr
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe
Characters: Natasha Romanov, Lila Barton
Summary: Peace and self-forgiveness can start on a country verandah, especially if you have the right guide. Aunt Natasha Romanov discovers she has an excellent one.
Author's notes: I wrote this for
[personal profile] such_heights for the 2016 [community profile] fandom_stocking fun; she is a fan of the Marvel Cinematic universe, as I am. Although she didn’t mention it,  I think —   I hope — she would enjoy my interpretation of one of the two relationships mentioned in this story.  I hope she also enjoys the other relationship. Chronologically, this takes place between the events of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and "Captain America: Civil War.” One further note: the two bits of Russian I include roughly map out to "dangerous beloved," and "Oh, my God." I apologize to Russian speakers for my Google Translate imperfections.
Edited by: the most excellent
dr_whuh. Thank you, beloved.
Disclaimer: No characters are mine. They are the sole property of Marvel, Marvel Studios, Paramount Studios, ABC, and their respective creators. I intend no copyright infringement and take no coin.


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