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February 14th, 2016


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06:24 pm - The Fine Art of Shipping, Post #10
Let us draw a veil again over my work week, and think about something else.

Although I've been so slammed at work, I've managed to catch up with Sleepy Hollow, Lucifer, and Agent Carter, and last night I took time for myself and read Lois McMaster Bujold's latest release, a Vorkosigan-verse book focusing on Cordelia and a newly prominent character, Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen. I found myself having some Thoughts about 'shipping, and what works for me and what doesn't.

In reverse order of the TV shows:

I have no preferred 'ships in Agent Carter, not even the mostly canonical ones. I mean, go Peggy it's your birthday, four for you, Peggy Carter, and I hope she finds a partner by the end of the season* if she wants one. Jason Wilkes (the scientist played by Reggie Austin) is an adorable beta hero even when screwed up by zero matter, and it'd be sweet if they ended up together; while I've been side-eying Enver Wotsit's Daniel Sousa for not coming clean on certain matters, he and Peggy have lovely chemistry. To be honest, however, I'd be in favor of just Peggy and Jarvis on the road together having platonic adventures over any romantic 'ships (Howard can stop by occasionally. Also, Rose, and possibly Jarvis's wife). This is, I agree, unlike me.

*Word has it that Hayley Atwell just signed for another show, which suggests no renewal for Agent Carter.

Regarding Lucifer, trash show of my heart, I am a fervent anti-shipper when it comes to the female lead Chloe and the Prince of Darkness. I mean, let's just change the words to that Dreamgirls classic: "And I am telling you, DO NOT SHIP THEM!" What's worrisome is that the show appears to be playing with the tried-and-true partners-become-romantic tropes, which, NO. No. Chloe's fine, if a little bland, but she's no match for Lucifer, and his story is much more intriguing than hers. (And no, although I regard Dr Linda as someone Living the Dream, I don't ship her and Lucifer either. I am here for all sex-therapy scenes between them, however.) I have no ships for the show a'tall, although I'd not be averse to any steamy flashbacks between Lucifer and Maze the show might care to offer....

[deletes multi-paragraphy panegyric on Tom Ellis as Lucifer, and how surprising it is that Miranda's Gary is a fabulous camp Old Scratch]

So, Sleepy Hollow. Here's the thing: in this show EVERYTHING points to Crane and Abbie as endgame. They are Booth and Bones, they are Castle and Beckett, but they are much, much MORE than those shows where the central pairing became romantic: with Crane and Abbie it's fate, it's their work together as Witnesses, and it's absolutely insane chemistry between Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie. The show's writers, however, despite their shameless use of romantic tropes and their willingness to indulge/'shipper-bait "Ichabbie" fans on social media, are on record as not planning anything but platonic friendship between the two.

In the most recent episode, then, Abbie has gotten out of purgatory, mostly by herself but with a handy astral-projection of Crane to help her. Crane has almost been lost to nothingness in the process, but she wills him back to her. So there they are, standing together, eye to eye (because she is on a box, hee), and he caresses her hand whilst staring into her eyes -- and then makes a joke deflating the moment. The writer of the episode hopped on Twitter to crow at 'shippers' discomfiture, too.

This is extremely not good. And when Sleepy Hollow is (as I fear) canceled at the end of the season, the writers must claim most of the blame.

And now, the Bujold book... well. Okay. 1) I like the Chalion books more than the Vorkosigan books, 2) I really wanted one more Cordelia/Aral book (despite what happened at the end of Cryoburn, and since 2) was out of the question because of Reasons explored in this book, 3) I needed to see how/why the Cordelia/Aral relationship worked with a third party before getting to this particular story. In other words, I found it mostly unsatisfying. (I mean, I was sort of with Miles in reacting to the main event. Me. With Miles. That's just wrong.) Having said that, I think it's a fine book, in character, etc etc. It was just not what I was wanting to see.

And now I'm caught up, and now back to work! Cheers to all, and may your week ahead be filled with the culture you like best.

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From:gwynnega
Date:February 15th, 2016 12:55 am (UTC)
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I'm with you on Agent Carter--not super-invested on her ending up with any particular guy or not, though I enjoy her interactions with all of them.

I thought recent writer interviews said they were going to do an Ichabod/Abbie romance? They really need to get on it soonest!

Have a good week!
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From:laurawise
Date:February 16th, 2016 01:20 pm (UTC)
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The current showrunner gave pre-season interviews that suggested Ichabbie would be a thing, but a couple of staff writers have disavowed that. There's been no publicity from Mison or Beharie so no word there, but Lynndie Greenwood has been publicly arguing against Ichabbie. So...

Hugs and cheers for you!
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From:anne_d
Date:February 15th, 2016 02:04 am (UTC)
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I'm enjoying Agent Carter enormously, but what happens, happens, I guess. I wish I could get Aged Mum to watch, since she grew up in LA during the period (born in the late 1920s), but it's not her thing.

I'm on the list for the new Bujold at the library. I'm sorry to hear that it didn't please, but I'll still read it whenever it finally shows up. She isn't one of my buy-in-hardcover-on-release-day authors anyway.
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From:laurawise
Date:February 16th, 2016 01:21 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, with Agent Carter I'm just here for the fun. And power-walks to "Pistol Packin' Mama." :)

Hugs hugs, and happy day to you!
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From:stateless82
Date:February 15th, 2016 04:19 am (UTC)
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Peggy & Jarvis having adventures would be my preference.

I've just read three YA's- one contemporary, one written in the 70's, and one in the 40's. The essentials of first love don't seem to have changed all that much. The description and degree of parental involvement on the other hand...
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From:laurawise
Date:February 16th, 2016 01:22 pm (UTC)
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Peggy and Jarvis should have ALL the adventures. :)

How fascinating to read three eras' YAs in a row! What happened differently with the parents?

[hugs hugs]
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From:paratti
Date:February 15th, 2016 03:39 pm (UTC)
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Definite jerk move by the writers.

I thought Agent Carter had been not renewed for another series?
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From:laurawise
Date:February 16th, 2016 01:22 pm (UTC)
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I haven't heard definitively re Agent Carter, but the ratings aren't very good, so this is probably it.

Hugs hugs!
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From:kathyh
Date:February 15th, 2016 04:11 pm (UTC)
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Tom Ellis was fabulously camp in Merlin so I'm not surprised he's having fun in Lucifer.

Hope your work week is less busy.
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From:laurawise
Date:February 16th, 2016 01:24 pm (UTC)
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I had to go look up his turn in Merlin! The picture alone is promising. :)

Hugs hugs, K, and a happy week!
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From:freixenet
Date:February 15th, 2016 04:49 pm (UTC)
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So, Lucifer...I would not want Chloe as his partner, no. no. no. I would not be averse to Maze, though, as you say--

I got nuthin' else except cross county hugs for you and the loooong hours you're putting in. Hugs!
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From:laurawise
Date:February 16th, 2016 01:25 pm (UTC)
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Boy, I love Maze. That scene between her and DB Woodside's Angel Whose Name I Can't Spell last night was great.

Hugs hugs, and healing!
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From:janus_74
Date:February 16th, 2016 03:42 pm (UTC)
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Peggy and Jarvis Adventure Time would be the best show ever! With guest appearances by Howard Stark because he amuses me.
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From:laurawise
Date:February 17th, 2016 11:40 pm (UTC)
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How much fun would such a program be! SO MUCH FUN.

Cheers for the slide into the end of the week!
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From:laurawise
Date:February 17th, 2016 11:40 pm (UTC)
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Cheers and hugs for you, and cheers for Peggy Carter!
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From:roguedemon
Date:February 25th, 2016 12:22 am (UTC)
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I'm with you on AC. I just want to see Peggy kick ass while looking fabulous and keeping her hat game on point. :)
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From:laurawise
Date:February 26th, 2016 01:32 am (UTC)
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We are easy to please, are we not? :)

[hugs]

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