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Six Feet Under marathon update.I've only got four episodes left to go in S3. Do I ship Ruth/Arthur? Um. Yes, yes I certainly do. I ship every awkwardly charming second of Ruth/Arthur. It feels exactly like the sort of relationship Betty Draper and Glenn might have had if they had been around 15 years older. It is so creepy and adorable and it probably won't work out but I'll love it as long as it lasts. *happy sigh* On a less happy note, Nate/Lisa have been painful to watch this season. I can understand the perspective that Lisa herself is ruining their marriage by being so nagging and paranoid. But in the last episode when Lisa suggests separation and Nate is just like "Um. Sure. Whatever." it does reveal how half-arsed he is about their marriage. I feel bad for Lisa because I think she was prepared to be a single mother and Nate proposing gave her false expectations. But I really missed Brenda in the early episodes of S3 and wow, I've been loving the epic interactions between Bren and Lisa. I'm not always a fan of love triangles but I love two women sort of bonding over their embittered feelings for the same guy. Personally I'd rather have a husband like Rico than Nate. Rico may rant and moan a lot, but he seems far more sincerely devoted to his wife through unhappy periods of their marriage. Plus, Rico is cuter :) I'm still enjoying David/Keith through all the ups and downs of their relationship. Gay paintball! Where can I go to play? It looks so fun. And Claire...I'm thinking that her new boyfriend Russell really is sleeping with their art teacher and I'm waiting for it all to crash and burn. Like every other Claire relationship. Poor Claire.

Real life update too. I'm adding to my own exhaustion levels by getting involved in TWO local plays. In April I'll be playing Willie in The Curious Savage and in May I'll be playing June in The Forsyte Saga. I think I underestimated how big a commitment these plays would be, but I guess it's fun to be acting again.

I just hope I'll get time to write my novel soon. That and I have another Breaking Bad fic in the works. I might try to finish the latter today in between SFU marathoning.         

Date: 2013-03-16 03:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hanfastolfe.livejournal.com
Yay for being in plays! \o/

I'm really regretting not having gone in for Drama class when I was younger. :(

Date: 2013-03-16 07:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] falafel-musings.livejournal.com
I did mostly drama subjects for my A levels and used to do local plays all the time. I haven't acted for years so it's nice to get back into it.

Date: 2013-03-16 03:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] selenak.livejournal.com
Oh, you have a Claire icon! And an adorable one, too.

A warning: should you check my six foot under tag, avoid the poll I made about Ruth's and Claire's various boyfriends, as it has spoilers for the entire show.

I loved the Bren and Lisa bonding, too (and was very cheered to see Brenda having dealt with her issues, I remember thinking when I first watched the season). And yes, Lisa nags, but as you say, Nate isn't really invested, plus she herself is under a lot of pressure (s3 is the one with her ghastly landlady/boss, right?).

Generally, SFU does good in showing us how relationships develop beyond the giddy first falling in love stage, which is one of the many interesting aspects of the show. You mentioned Rico & Vanessa, who are another long term relationship throughout the seasons. We even, in addition to Ruth's current day status quo, get a good idea of what her marriage with Nathaniel was like even though he dies in the pilot. And of course the show presents various important friendships and family relationships. Your current marathoning has inspired me to start my own rewatch, btw. I just did the first two episodes and thought often, wow, such and such is already set up here - well done, writers!

Once you've reached mid season 4: I did write a pretty big SFU ensemble story set at that point, which is my fictional love declaration to the show; it's also crossover with Angel (the Buffy spin-off) in its fifth season. As both shows take place in Los Angeles and, err, someone dies in s5 of Angel, the premise of that person getting buried by Fisher & Diaz made for an ideal crossover excuse, and because the usual Six Feet Under episode deals with a death and the fallout featuring clients of the week whom we mostly haven't met before, I think one can read it even without knowing all the AtS folk.

Date: 2013-03-16 07:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] falafel-musings.livejournal.com
It's from one of my favourite Claire moments! Whatta little moonlight can do for you :)

Yes, OMG! Lisa's boss lady was horrific. I don't blame Lisa one bit for quitting. Poor Lisa. (I'm up to 3x12 by the way. Lisa is missing and chances of her showing up alive are really not looking good. *sniff*)

Oooh, you're rewatching? I've a feeling I'll want to rewatch this show too eventually. Look forward to your your rewatch reflections. I've been trying to do a rewatch of BSG but that's been halted for SFU.

Good crossover concept! I'm afraid I never watched Angel (I only know Buffy). I'll take a look anyway though. I have read some of your earlier SFU reviews already.

Date: 2013-03-17 01:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] falafel-musings.livejournal.com
PS. I finished S3 last night. Feeling so gutted about Lisa. Is it ever revealed how she died? I'm assuming she drowned but was it an accident or suicide or is it all left a mystery?

I'm feeling gutted about Rico and the stripper too. I didn't think he'd let off steam in that way.

Date: 2013-03-17 01:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] selenak.livejournal.com
Yes, we find out how and why Lisa died. Season 3 was actually my least favourite - not that I dislike it, but in terms of ranking the seasons if one has to: whereas I love, love, love season 4. (This, I'm told, is not a universal view, but it's mine.) The fact that Lisa's death isn't just brushed under the carpet in order to get Nate and Brenda together but has a long after effect (not just on Nate) is one of the reasons for that; it makes Lisa very much a part of the overall SFU story in her own right instead of a temporary relationship impediment.

Rico: that's why I didn't say anything to whether I'd pick him or Nate as a husband. :) More seriously, like everyone, he's flawed. But as I said - Rico and Vanessa are one of the long term couples of the show.
Edited Date: 2013-03-17 01:26 pm (UTC)

Date: 2013-03-17 01:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] falafel-musings.livejournal.com
Good to know there is more to be revealed about Lisa. I was worried for a moment that they had closed the book on her death. I hope that (like Nate Sr.) Lisa will continue to appear long after her death.

Thinking about it, every major character apart from Claire has cheated on a partner at some point in the show. David cheated on Keith in the same episode and their relationship was actually in better shape that Rico/Vanessa's has been lately. I just always saw Rico as a very committed family man so it shocked me to see him turn cheater more so than other characters.

Date: 2013-03-17 01:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] selenak.livejournal.com
Let's just say it's not the last time you've seen Lisa on this show, though of course she remains really, truly dead. Also, the manner with which the immediate aftermath is handled foreshadows something very important towards the end of the show.

Incidentally, speaking of Claire as an exception to the general behavioural rule: one of the things that, looking back and knowing more about the overall American tv show context, strikes me as unusual is that here you have a regular female character, a sympathetic one, who has an abortion. Not because she got raped or something as dramatic, but because she doesn't feel she can handle having a child at this point. And she goes through with it, and the narrative doesn't punish her for it. (Though I must say: I was really relieved she had Brenda with her so she wasn't alone!)

Lastly: it's at the end of s3, isn't it, where we get that scene where David and Claire show up while Nate is waiting to hear about/ or has just heard about Lisa? I always wanted someone to make an icon from that scene of the three siblings together.

Date: 2013-03-17 11:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] falafel-musings.livejournal.com
I was so glad Claire asked Brenda to take her to the abortion clinic. Even before it happened I was thinking Claire should turn to Brenda. As much as I love Ruth and her clumsy overbearing mothering, she's probably better off not knowing.

Yes! David and Claire showing up to support Nate was one of my favourite moments so far. That and the scene with Keith telling David he thinks he's beautiful and he can't understand why David doesn't know that already.

BTW, thanks so much for your answers on your fic meme. I'll be over on your LJ to discuss soon. *too sleepy now*

Date: 2013-03-16 04:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cylune9.livejournal.com
I didn't know you were acting! That's great. :)

Good luck with your novel and I can't wait to read that Breaking Bad fic! yay!!

Date: 2013-03-16 08:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] falafel-musings.livejournal.com
My new BB fic has been half finished for a while now. I'm keen to get it done and out of the way. That said, today has got away from me. Maybe I'll find time next week.

PS: Love your new BB graphic referencing my Walt/Jesse meta. *hugs* It's so great to have your illustrating my BB thoughts.
Edited Date: 2013-03-16 08:01 pm (UTC)

Date: 2013-03-16 09:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cylune9.livejournal.com
Is it the '5 times Jesse & Walt...' one? Can't wait to read it!!

As for my graphic, it won't be the last. ;) I hope one of them will get noticed enough that you'll get additional comments on your meta. It deserved to be read by the whole fandom! :)

Date: 2013-03-17 11:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] falafel-musings.livejournal.com
Yes, the 5 times fic is the one I'm working on. Only...I've been kinda ill today. So no progress. I know what I wanna write I'm just not finding the time.

Aww! You are so good to me. I'm excited to see what else you come up with. I love your BB graphic work.

Date: 2013-03-21 10:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lenina20.livejournal.com
you're acting again! that's so awesome! and you're playing two months of the year?

sorry i'm mostly away these days - i seem to have only free time for fic writing and tumbling :/ and i do feel awful about it but the friending meme that i took part here in lj turned out not so good as i was expecting and uggh, basically. :/

Date: 2013-03-21 08:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] falafel-musings.livejournal.com
Only one month of the year (I realised only afterwards that I phrased that weird!) June Forsyte is a pretty cool character as jilted widowed heartbroken aristocrats go. I don't like my character Willie in the other play. She's boring. I only did the play as a favour to one of my mum's friends but I wish I hadn't. The director is an asshole.

I'm glad to hear you're getting a lot out of fic! Looks like your VD story is really popular. Good for you.

Miss you though! How are your Edinburgh plans going?

Date: 2013-03-21 08:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lenina20.livejournal.com
It's popular isn't it? What pressure ;) But you know, it's like writing for klainers. don't make me talk about it. nah - that's mean, i've met a couple of girls with a lot of talent and who are really great. but then the hordes of fans... they're like klainers.except they don't know they're shipping a ship of mine, which means it's gonna end in blood and tears ยด- as opposed to, you know, fucking klaine.

you heard glee cover creep? for real. rachel and her ny non-entity boyfrined. as in, you know - not karofsky singing that to the wedding cake topper, as it should have been. i hate everything.

:/ sorry about the asshole! also - hey, you're acting, and one of the characters you love and it does sound awesome, to squeeze every bit that you enjoy it!

Date: 2013-03-21 08:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] falafel-musings.livejournal.com
Look on the bright side. When you end everything in blood and tears you get to crush the spirits of klainer type fans. Won't that be fun?

not karofsky singing that to the wedding cake topper, as it should have been.

:D I've just laughed for about a minute over that image. Can I live in your head?


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