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Now I can't stop thinking about that song, you know, the whiny 'City of Angels' one... 
6th-Jan-2012 02:44 pm

We start with stars, because, you know, Matt's not actually super subtle at all. All subtlety in LoM is completely accidental. Trufax.


Who is this actor, because he is gorgeous and I want to fangirl him wildly.


I've always been a bit quiet about my massive crush on Samuel of Westington, which started because Hornblower. Also how I came to love Philip of Glenister. Yes. Pattern forming.

"Give it a day or two. You'll change your tune."

"I'm in the choir. I'm good at changing tunes."


Why do I feel Tom/Zak fic in my future? Why does Matt continually name his characters after his relatives?

Ah, yes, the dreaded GPS. Mine's a bit like that.

The wings are properly ridiculous, guys. Ludicrous. Why do I like them so much?

Pretty worried girl is pretty and worried (also pretty worried.)

I am loving this music.

Awesome credits are awesome.

Ukweli Roach? Yes, please. Fangirling about to commence.

Ash's name is first in the credits... ? Did he come up with the initial idea, then? OH, OH, THIS IS AN ASH EPISODE, TOO. I maybe should have noticed that, but it seemed very Mattish, clearly.

I take it all back. Everything's coming up Ashley.

Tom is adorkable.

Oh, Zak is in love with Hannah. And she won't recognise him because, as we were told in a not obvious way at all, he's changed bodies. Poor darling. Oh well!

Plot stuff I don't really care about! (To be fair to MASH, I very rarely care about ALL THE PLOT you get in first episodes. Didn't care in LoM either.)

"What happens if we get shot in this world?"/"Hurts to buggery." ♥

I like the fact that, already, "don't intervene" has made no impression on Tom at all.

"He's a delusional psychopath with breath like a dying warthog. But he's our dying warthog and we will do the best for him." ♥

... did he just say Mantovani? As in this? Why do I get the feeling this is in line with Ash's Roger Whittaker joke? At this point, I really want to see his record collection, you know it's full of hideous 'music' that Ash claims he likes ironically, but actually finds sort of wonderful.

"I'm not one to complain, as you know" --- MORE TELLING THAN ANY OTHER LINE, OMG.

I am actually enjoying this episode Quite A Lot.

"Zak, I should tell you that I hate and despise negativity."

"Please don't make the mistake of thinking I give a rat's fart what you think, you pompous little singing twat." ♥ ♥ ♥ Oh, Zak, you'll learn to appreciate him one day.

Well now, we have a villain. He is evil. And smug. Sam West and Tobias Menzies seem to be trying to out-toff one another. So far, Menzies is kind of winning. I think it's his jaw-line.

Hannah's rather lovely.

Guys, I kind of love Tom. He's SMRT.

INAPPROPRIATE TOUCHING. EEEE. Oh, Ashley, you do love the fangirls, don't you? There was so little reason for that moment. So little reason.

Bad Zak, no biscuit. Free will, dude.

Well, this is sweet and creepy at once. I wonder if Hannah thinks he's dead? :(

I find myself sincerely hoping that if Richard has wings (he's a fallen angel, so unlikely, but who can say?), they're JET BLACK.

Oh, Lucy. Oh, Sean.

Yes, Tom, it's the oldest plot in the book, of course he knew.

Zak's already corrupted him, HAHAHAHA!

"If it's Jehovah's Witnesses, tell them they're completely wrong." ♥ ♥ ♥

Really? Really, now? I have a feeling I'm going to be saying that a lot at this show.

"Sometimes you will be sickened, sometimes you will be enraptured, but --- and I give you my word on this --- you will never be bored." OH ASHLEY. YOUR SHOW MOTTO IS SHOWING, DARLING. ♥

Conclusions: Tonally, more A2A S1 than LoM, but that is not a bad thing. The only real reason A2A S1 felt so wrong was that it came after LoM. I would have enjoyed it on its own merits most likely if I'd never seen the predecessor. Very much not as over-the-top ridiculous as Bonekickers, which is also good. It was silly, though, and I enjoyed that about it. It wasn't all doom and gloom, it was the fluffier side of the pillow. Read: GIGANTIC FEATHERY WINGS OF OMGWTF. It had enough complexity in its characters that my interest was sustained. It looked and sounded great --- good production team. Plus, Ashley's dialogue, you guys: always worthwhile.

And, knowing me, we're about to have fic in 3... 2... 1.

6th-Jan-2012 04:35 am (UTC)
I am now Very Excited to see this--slashy touchings? Yes please.
6th-Jan-2012 04:38 am (UTC)
It was blink and you'll miss it, but no less lovely.
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6th-Jan-2012 04:45 am (UTC)
*pets you*

Sorry! Wishing you lovely telly soon.
6th-Jan-2012 11:23 am (UTC)
Eeeeep! Brilliant show is brilliant. ♥
6th-Jan-2012 11:25 am (UTC)
I wouldn't say brilliant, but enjoyable as hell? Yes. Agree.
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6th-Jan-2012 03:22 pm (UTC)
It was basically One Big Cliche, but I am sure we've had this discussion --- there are some cliches and tropes I actually love. Like, buddy [cop], and star-crossed lovers, and 'I was only confessing to protect them!' So, I didn't mind. There was enough in the episode to entertain me.
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7th-Jan-2012 12:55 am (UTC)
Oh, I like cliche phrases too. I mean, yes, there are some that get my goat (intentional cliche-ery), but there are many I quite like. And I enjoy playing with cliches and puns and wordplay --- I like how they can be a kind of shorthand (case in point --- "I'm not one to complain, as you know" -- classic yet detailed character information all in one neat line.) I was more put off by some of Sam West's more theatrical acting on occasion, then realised that was The Point.
6th-Jan-2012 04:39 pm (UTC)
Loooooooooooooooooooz. ♥

As you may know (if you went anywhere near my Twitter recently) I kinda loved this show. (In an Ian Wylie interview Matt says they wanted to show to be light and airy and to make people feel better. Hope and stuff, y'know?)

You may also already know that in the same interview I mentioned (I can't remember where I found it now) they told us that in the first draft everyone was bisexual. ITV said 'it's bit much, isn't it?' so the rolled it back (though, personally, I don't think they rolled back on Richard at all because Tobias Menzies was definitely playing him as checking Tom out and he blatantly has ~history with Zak) but Matt said if they get a second series they want to 'push some of those buttons'.

Basically I am full of squee for this ridiculous show. Which I wasn't entirely expecting because I really thought I'd just be about SAM WEST and TOBIAS MENZIES (my second favourite Toby, dontchaknow) but I am not and thus run-on sentences are ensuing when I try to write about it.

If you've got the Zak/Tom covered then I'll get to work writing ALL the Richard fic. Gods but I love a fallen angel.

(The only reason I didn't write a bunch last night was because I'm also watching The Thick Of It at the moment and I don't quite think that the styles will mesh somehow. *cough*)
7th-Jan-2012 12:50 am (UTC)
JenJenJen! Why am I not at all surprised we join each other in actually really liking this one? (Well, maybe because you ended up liking A2A more than me and you have a thing for SPN? But, still!)

I just checked out your comments on twitter, and, haaaaah. It also doesn't surprise me that I was all "TOM AND ZAK TOTALLY ADORABLE" and you were "Richard forever and ever."

Then again, this could be another Psych, in which I want ALL THE PAIRINGS.

I am trying to ignore anything and everything Matthew says, because I actually sort of miss him incredible amounts and I realise this is not healthy. But, HAAAAHAHAHA, of course Matt would say that. The one thing he's learned about fandom this that if you bring the gay they will come.

I - um - I kind of want fic with Richard channelling Malcolm, now, just so you know. And, of course I have Zak/Tom covered, I have already written my 'manifesto' fics. The ones I always seem to write when I am trying to find my characters. I don't know if I'll ever write anything more. This could be another Being Human. But! I enjoyed writing these, so that is of the good.

(It had been a while since I'd felt properly fannish, so I was Very Pleased with EL yesterday. Very pleased!)
7th-Jan-2012 01:05 am (UTC)
Because for the 1/10 times where we hate something to other loves there are 9/10 times we love the same things? I think that makes us, in the fandom parlance, "brain twins". (I was so surprised that I enjoyed that last series of A2A so much. I can't even really point to why I did. And Lol I 'have a thing' for SPN. I like that you make it sound like a passing infatuation. Which it mostly would've been if it hadn't been for Misha Fucking Collins.)

Man. I was so aflail on Twitter. I really needed a ridiculously joyful show to add to my schedule. I grinned so much during that episode. Also, yeaaah. Richard is so massively my type, isn't he? I think most people that know me well would look at that and say "Richard will be Jen's favourite". I am all for TOM AND ZAK TOTALLY ADORABLE as well, though, because I basically want to ship all the people with all the people.

(But mostly Richard with EVERYONE.)

Aww. Your love affair with Matt is sort of adorable really. And, hey! at least you didn't move to America to follow him. (Um. Which makes more sense if you've seen this evening's Graham Norton and you know that Gerry Butler has a fan who, well, moved to America to follow his work.)

*dies* Oh. That's an idea and a half. I was already thinking of putting Malcolm into the Five Times Richard Slept With A Human And One Time He Didn't fic. Because a) HIARIOUS and b) Jamie would be so. jealous.

I hope you do stay - it would be lovely to properly share a fandom with you again. ♥♥♥♥
7th-Jan-2012 04:24 am (UTC)
Oh, everyone has 'a thing' for SPN, according to me ;) I am a bit awful when I don't understand why something's popular (see also: me and SGA McShep --- I never saw it in the show beyond 'The Shrine' and that amazing clip of John flouncing, and was constantly baffled that it was such a huge ship. Ways in which Loz Fails Fandom.)

But back to EL: I get the sense that Richard wants to be with everyone, so I am down with that interpretation! Please tell me you are writing that Richard fic?

My love affair with Matt is one of those semi-abusive ones. Where I keep going back to him even though he's no good for me. I find his ridiculousness hideously endearing, whilst simultaneously shouting "you can do better!" at the screen.

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