Evil Plotbunny (hhertzof) wrote,
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That was the week that was

It's been one of those weeks with more ups and downs than usual. Under multiple cuts for this will be long. Note that the SJA section is long and contains spoilage for the most recent episodes. The White Collar section has no spoilers, just squee.


Fly invasion :(
My building had a fly problem earlier in the week. They seem to be controlling it now, but at its apex, I killed 10-12 flies one evening. I think there's one left in my apartment that I haven't managed to kill yet. I hope it's not more than one.


It must be bunnies!
I finally bunnyproofed the living room and the bunnies are starting to pick out their favourite spaces.

Wintergreen's favourite place is the stack of boxes under my desk and Peppermint's is the little space between the back of my desk and the sewing machine stool. It's very cosy. Peppermint also comes round and nips at my slacks sometimes. They love dancing on the rug. :)

I also discovered I can't leave out my knitting because Wintergreen will hop on the sofa and nip through whatever strands he finds.

I've got the puppy pen folded and use it to block off my bedroom at the moment. I will eventually replace this with a proper baby gate.

The fly problem meant that I dealt with the bunny cage sooner than I would have otherwise. I got a sheet of plastic from our local hardware store and put it under the cage and then made pillowcase type things and tucked those puzzle piece cushions inside. This will make the cage easier to clean (I'd had a blanket and more cushions, but the bunnies were nibbling at both, and I couldn't move them without moving the cage).


Knitwittery
Going back to the knitting, I've pulled out some of the stagnant projects and have been working at them all in turn. This includes the Dalek for biichan which I've now been working on for over a year. Other projects are the shawl, the test socks for sabdhyl, a scarf for the gift exchange at work, another project for another gift exchange, the fair isle sweater I broke down and started after Rhinebeck, and another lace sweater that I've been knitting on and off for years.

Someday I will take pictures.


Car woes
I had a flat tire on Wednesday when I got home. Finally got the bolts off Thursday morning (by standing on the lug wrench) and was going to take it in to get it repaired or replaced when I realised that I'd forgotten to renew my car registration, despite having it sitting right in front of me for the past month. I've now renewed the registration online and my car can sit until I get the new sticker.


Sarah Jane Gets Married
SJA was lovely in the same way as The Stolen Earth/Journey's End and The Five Doctors were lovely, which is to say the plot falls apart if you look at it sideways, but I love the character interaction so much, it almost makes up for it.

Problems:
I wish they'd been more flexible about the format. This was a story that would have benefited from being 4 parts (even if David Tennant didn't show up in all of them).

I wish Tommy Knight hadn't been doing exams and had been a greater part of the story.

No mentions of Harry or comments on Rani's name. At least they didn't state that Harry was dead.

I wish there had been more Doctor/Sarah interaction as opposed to separating them for most of the story.

I wish they'd spent time in the previous four episodes setting the whole story up. I have to say that this sacrifice was flawed in the same way that Torchwood: Children of Earth was flawed. Introducing a character in the first episode of the story, showing a very superficial representation of the character's relationship with the main character, and then expecting us to care when said character is sacrificed, even though we never really knew them. There are ways to do this story that don't feel quite so manipulative.

Apparently the theme this year is Sarah being mind-controlled.

Squeees:
Yes, they deserve an extra e.

Sarah pegging the Doctor as unreliable. And mentioning Metebelis 3. Was she hoping that the Third Doctor showed up?

The Doctor shouting "Stop this wedding".

The Doctor being a Sarah Jane fanboy.

The Trickster being all "Sarah is my goal, you're just in the way, Time Lord"

Key to Time reference.

"Don't you forget me."

The Doctor in the attic. The kids in the TARDIS.

The whole thing where the Trickster only makes deals with people who are going to die - and Sarah knowing this despite a limited sample. I have to believe she's done her research.

Thoughts:

I'm with everyone who thinks Sarah and the Doctor must have talked to/seen each other since Journey's End, because he knew Rani's name and at that time Maria was still with the team.

They are not doing much to discourage Sarah/Doctor shipping are they.

Sarah has never shown much confidence in her own abilities as world saver either in the SJS audios or here. I think she was so used to the Doctor knowing what to do she never realised how much she picked up working with him. It was good to hear the Doctor stating outright that she was significant and hinting that she will do even more important things. Watching them at the end, it felt like they captured the world-weary comrades-in-arms thing perfectly. She can't go with him now and he can't stay and neither of them can heal the other's wounds. Also it's a nice tie-in to the audios and her wondering if he left her on Earth for a reason.

One of the things I like about this series is the way they show her having knowledge from adventures we've never seen - either with or without the Doctor (like recognising the time trap in this episode). I also like the fact that she clearly has some gift for science or at least tinkering, and clearly picked up a lot while she travelled in the TARDIS.

This is the third story of three where stopping the Trickster involved self-sacrifice. This and Sarah's wariness about letting people in are what really tie this Sarah to the SJS audios for me (though there is a more direct tie in in one of the recently released SJA audios). Sarah's spent a lot of time making hard choices (like the Doctor), and I don't blame her for fearing that this will fall apart.


Thieves Like Us
Not only is White Collar made of win, but this week, TV Shows on DVD reported a rumour that It Takes a Thief was coming to DVD, presumably because people were comparing the latter to the former. Now if only USA would get its act together and release Counterstrike, I'd be happy.


Writing, more or less
I have started NaNoWriMo. Got to about 1000 words last night before I went to bed. At the moment, this isn't anything I'd be willing to post, but it may turn into a proper story or it may be mined for stuff. At the moment it's just me throwing a bunch of story ideas I've been working at into a blender. It's sort of a sequel to my Sarah & Harry ficathon story, sort of a "Sarah's exes story" and may well involve the Trickster rewriting history.

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Tags: bunny, knitwittery, life is like that, nano, peppermint, sja, the state of the plotbunny, tv what i watch, wintergreen
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