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aragarna
18 July 2016 @ 04:48 pm
Jet lag seems to be getting the best of me, so to keep me awake, here is that little meme I saw floating around my flist when I was away.

Rules: Go to this website and enter 14 characters from any fandom or fandoms (or whatever you’re into) and match them to the order of the following questions.

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aragarna
15 July 2016 @ 05:35 am
Nice  
I don't even know what to say anymore. I'm sad. I don't want to switch on the radio. I don't want to live yet another cycle of terrible news. Is it really the world we're living in now, with a terrorist attack every freaking 6 months in France and bad news all over the world every other week?

I just got back from vacations, yesterday was our National Holiday, I took the day off (because I was a tiny bit jetlagged...). Today's my birthday. I'm supposed to be happy. But I'm sad, and I'm tired of it.
 
 
aragarna
14 July 2016 @ 06:20 pm
oh vacations are tiring... Not that I really complain because I love travelling. Well, visiting different countries. Not the travel in itself. 13 hours flights are no fun. When are they going to invent teleportation?

But anyway, I had a great time in Japan. Japan is a country so full of contrasts of tradition vs. modernity. And hot. Also, apparently Japanese can't stand silent. There's always something bipping somewhere. Except in temples. Temples are so quiet and peaceful. And beautiful.
I'll try to sort out my pics and post some soon. But in the meantime, you can see some on my Instagram account. I've posted a pic a day for the 18 days I've spent there.

In other news, first, a very happy birthday to my buddy joy2190 !! :)

Also, I've watched Batman v Superman on the plane. Boy that was terrible. I can't believe they turned Batman into a psychopathe. And the whole thing was just a stupid mess....

I also finished the new season of Orange is the New Black. I watched it in chunks, and I got interrupted - because those Shinkansen trains are so fast - at the 47th minutes of episode 11. So on the plane on my way back yesterday, I watched the end of episode 11 and the last 2 episodes.

[big spoiler included]
And apparently I had stopped right before everything went South. In the 10 last minutes of episode 11, we have the end of the flashback on Crazy Eyes, Healy ready to take the plunge, and Lolly sent to the psych yard....
But that's not even close to the real heartbreak of episode 12... I CAN'T BELIEVE THEY KILLED POUSSEY!!! *cries* She was such a sweet girl. One of my favorite characters. This is so unfair. I knew something had to go wrong, she and Soso were way too happy for too long. But NOT THIS !!

And I was stuck on a plane in the dark, crying my eyes out...


There's a lot I missed in 3 weeks, so my apologizes if I miss your posts, birthday or fics. Please, let me know if I've missed something that I would have been interested in.

And this is just in. There's been another attack in France, in Nice, tonight. Dozens of dead. On Bastille day... The world is going to hell...
 
 
aragarna
26 June 2016 @ 12:23 pm
Hello there!
Just a quick note that I'm in Japan for 3 weeks. And because I've been very busy preparing the conference, I haven't had a chance to anticipate anything. So I'm sorry, I'll likely miss posting on TDK Daily for the coming few weeks and will probably be mostly AWOL until mid July.

And also, happy belated birthday leesa_perrie! I'll write you a little something when I get back I promise.

I've been travelling West, crossed the Pacific Ocean for the first time, though as a European, Japan is Eastern to me. The country of the rising sun. So, that's officially the farther East I've been. And I can now say I've reached both sides of the Pacific Ocean :D
Jet lag is difficult though. It's 14 hours of difference with Madison... (Or 10 hours minus a day)

Finally, it's too bad I'm in Japan, I've heard it was the moment to go shopping in London. :-P
(More seriously it makes me very sad...)
 
 
aragarna
22 June 2016 @ 02:43 pm
Next time I get too obsessed with a TV show, please remind me "what happened with WC and POI".
Damn I had forgotten how hard it was to say goodbye....

[SPOILERS! And feels! and tears! and very disordered ramble...]
*Sigh* I'm sad. I'm so freaking sad.
This finale episode was everything I was hoping for. It was intense, and yet mostly full of human moments. And we had this big Finch/Reese farewell. And it turned out not to be too much of the bloodbath they had been teasing about.
Samaritan is gone, the Machine survived. So did everyone.
Except John. *cries*
Strangely enough I think it would have been a little less painful if it hadn't been only John.
Don't get me wrong, I'm glad for each individual who survived and it did feel right for each of them. The Machine lives on, watching over us. and Shaw is now in charge of saving the numbers (with the DC team, and whoever the Machine recruited). Fusco made it out, because Fusco makes it out of *every* situation. And if I could have had only one left, it would have been Fusco. And Finch got to see Grace again. He sure has a lot of explaining to do, but she'll probably understand him. And that was cute. And Root isn't really dead since she lives on in/as the Machine.
And this is exactly how John would have wanted it, too.

John did die a hero too. Which, if really he had to die, is exactly what I was expected of him. Saving the world, one person at a time. A heroic and meaningful death.
I knew it was coming. I knew I shouldn't have gotten to attached to John. Because it hurts.

And I like the open and hopeful ending. But it's not going to be the same without John. I mean, when I see a surveillance camera, I smile, because I know the Machine is watching me. And the Machine will continue to watch me. And I was so pleased to get my very own US social security number, because I knew that if I got into troubles, John will come to the rescue...

Sorry, enough with the tears. Because I did love this finale. For all the series finales I've seen (that's not that many actually), this one I think is the best one. It was perfectly in line with the whole show, and very emotional, and not without humor. I loved all the little bits between the characters. Fusco and Reese, Finch not able to say goodbye in the subway. Shaw crying! God her *face*. And of course the whole rooftop sequence. Finch and the Machine, Finch and Reese. Finch trying to save Reese, Reese actually saving Finch.
And really everyone ended exactly when they wanted/hoped for. Even John.

Not sure where Bear had disappeared when it all went to hell in the subway, but glad he got out safe. :)

All in all, it was a great conclusion to a great, engaging, though-provocating show. And it was satisfying. I don't feel the urge to go and write any "fix it" because everything seemed so fitting (yes, even John's death.)

Ah John Tal- .... by the way. ;)

Damn I'll miss this show. *snif*


 
 
 
aragarna
18 June 2016 @ 03:13 pm
snagged from veleda_k :)

Give me two characters with:

1. “vs.” for who I think would win a fight
2. “or” for who I like better
3. “+” for how I ship them (platonic, familial, romantic, not at all)

And I’ll give you my reasons for why!




Suggestions of fandoms: White Collar, Person of Interest, Castle, Sherlock, The Good Wife, Second Chance, Limitless, The Americans, NCIS, NCIS LA, Zorro, Carnivale, Harry Potter, In Treatment, House, Modern Family.

And it didn't actually occur to me at first but you can totally mix the fandoms!
 
 
aragarna
17 June 2016 @ 09:04 pm
I had been waiting a long time for finally something with Matt that I could watch and appreciate. And that pilot looked pretty damn good. It sure has quite some potential for a full season, and Matt is awesome. Plus, he definitely rocks the 40's suits.
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aragarna
17 June 2016 @ 10:22 am
So it's about a cop who catches red-handed a conman and offers said conman a deal to work together. Rocky at first, their partnership soon turns into a real friendship (and maybe more?). It's called Zootopia. *grin*

Yay! Finally got to see it! And I really liked it. And thank you, Disney, for dropping the princess thing. The heroine wants to become a cop, becomes a cop. She's strong, and badass, and not girly. And not a freaking princess. She's modern. This is the kind of heroine I wish were more common when I was growing up. Because it's okay not to want to be a princess.

Also, the movie deals with surprisingly complex/serious issues for a kid movie. Racism, the difficulty to live up to your ideals of acceptance and tolerance, how fragile it all is.

And since I had finally seen The Godfather 2 months ago, I was really happy to be able to catch the reference. :D
 
 
aragarna
15 June 2016 @ 04:18 pm
Only one episode left *sigh* I'm going to miss them....

[Spoiler (click to open)]
Well, except for Greer. Mouahahahah Greer's dead!! *happy dance*
I'll admit it was kind of a little stupid... There was absolutely no reason in the world for Greer not to get out of this room. But I do like the poetry of Samaritan killing Greer. And at least he'll stop talking now. Why oh why do the bad guys always have to talk so much?

I loved the little glimpses of where would our heroes be in a world without the Machine. Nathan and Carter would still be alive (not sure *why* Carter would be alive...) but John would have ended killing himself despite saving Jessica. Which I actually found terribly tragic. The fact that he doesn't even appear in his own AU, just a number on a stone, added to his blatant absence in a world with no Machine.
No Machine, but still Samaritan, so it's probably just as well that the Machine is out there. If only for only a few more days...

Harold having to kill The Machine to destroy Samaritan was my idea of how it would come down since the beginning, so no surprise here. Though not sure why Harold had to voice-password protect the virus...

Bonus point for Harold speaking French and John's Willy Wonka reference. :)

But Fusco, oh Fusco... He gave me the scare of my life there! Apparently Samaritan doesn't recruit based on intelligence, cause really, not checking if the Detective was wearing a vest... It seemed a bit odd that they're only bringing up those dead bodies from the tunnel now, but at least there's hope we'll find out the end game of this plot next week.

And then we all go back to the opening scene of 5x01. The Machine calling, a deserted subway station... So something tells me Samaritan isn't going to go down without a fight.



 
 
aragarna
15 June 2016 @ 01:04 pm
Title: You Are Being Watched
Fandoms: White Collar, Person of Interest
Author: Aragarna
Characters: Mozzie, Neal, John Reese
Genre, rating: humor, fluff, crossover, gen, G.
Spoilers: none.
Summary: Mozzie spots a man talking to a camera - or Mozzie's worst nightmare proving true.
Author's Note: When you only know how to write White Collar, but your mind is all focused on POI, this is what happens... I wasn't sure if I should do a manip or a fic, so I did a comic. :)


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