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Title: Mercenary Medicine
Fandom: Transformers: Prime
Rating: PG-13
Summary: Knock Out is a freelance medic-- he works alone and he likes it that way. But when he finds a corpse that isn't as dead as it ought to be at the bottom of a pile of bodies, it puts his entire careful operation at risk.
Chapter: 01 || 02 || 03 || 04 || 05 || 06 || 07 || 08 || 09 || 10 || 11 || 12 || 13 || 14 || 15
Notes: Set way before what we see in the show and nowhere near Earth. Contains copious amounts of worldbuilding and headcanon. Many thanks are due SixthClone and Elemental for beta-reading this for me!


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Title: Mercenary Medicine
Fandom: Transformers: Prime
Rating: PG-13
Summary: Knock Out is a freelance medic-- he works alone and he likes it that way. But when he finds a corpse that isn't as dead as it ought to be at the bottom of a pile of bodies, it puts his entire careful operation at risk.
Chapter: 01 || 02 || 03 || 04 || 05 || 06 || 07 || 08 || 09 || 10 || 11 || 12 || 13 || 14 || 15
Notes: Set way before what we see in the show and nowhere near Earth. Contains copious amounts of worldbuilding and headcanon. Many thanks are due SixthClone and Elemental for beta-reading this for me!


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Chapter two coming soon!

Originally posted on Dreamwidth. Head over there and follow the tags to find more!
Trophy Girlfriend Syndrome:
Relationships as Rewards in Action-Adventure Movies and Why it Pisses Me Off


Recently, my roommate and I saw Captain America. It was a fairly entertaining action-adventure movie, and I didn’t regret having spent my time on it. When the roommate and I were discussing it after the fact, I really only had one major complaint: it could have done without the romantic subplot.

This is something I’ve found myself saying about action-adventure movies a lot recently. My otherwise positive perception of Thor was significantly impacted by the unnecessary and awkward romantic sub-plot, and my strongest reaction when I walked out of Transformers: Dark of the Moon was “Fuck Carly.”

Now, I could rant on and on about the dearth of respectable female characters in action-adventure movies. I could rail about how you can have a strong, interesting, complex character as a star or co-star of an action-adventure flick and have her be female. This is fertile ground for that sort of anger, and I have no doubt I’d be recapitulating sentiments expressed a thousand times by a thousand people more eloquent and educated than I. It’s a very real problem in Hollywood, this perception that only guys can be badass action stars, and it needs to stop.

But I was talking to my roommate about my reaction to Captain America and I realized that as much as I could rant about the female presence in these movies, there’s something else that bothers me just as badly as lackluster female characters, and that’s gratuitous and poorly written romantic subplots.

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Thanks for reading.

Originally posted on Dreamwidth. Head over there and follow the tags to find more!

Dark of the Moon reaction/review

So I went and saw the midnight premiere of Transformers: Dark of the Moon last night. It was.... it was something else. It was not what I expected at all-- I'd made a point of studiously avoiding plot spoilers-- and it left me with a lot of thoughts and feelings jouncing around in my head. S-so many feelings.....

So here's my first-impressions TL;DR what I saw last night. Enjoy?

Why I enjoyed Dark of the Moon:
Okay, I'm not going to lie. I had a damn good time watching this movie in the theater. I know part of it is just that I'm really susceptible to movie tricks-- all the tricks they use to make you jump and squirm get me, even if the movie's crappy-- but I think it was more than just that. Dark of the Moon was, in my opinion, a better movie than Revenge of the Fallen. Why?

Because it didn't make me cringe.

Like Michael Bay promised, the juvenile humor was cut almost completely out of this movie. There were no anatomy-based jokes, no potty humor, not much in the way of slapstick or sight gags, and I appreciated that a lot.

On further reflection, I think the lowest-common-denominator humor is just a symptom of something that RotF didn't have, but I feel DotM did: respect. I'm not going to go as far as saying DotM had respect for the source material, because even I'm not that crazy, but I do feel like it respected its audience. It respected the people watching it enough to try and tell a decent story, even if it didn't necessarily succeed. I don't feel like RotF even bothered.

So I enjoyed DotM. I'm probably going to see it again, maybe even in theaters. But does that mean I love it unreservedly? Oh hell no. While there was a lot of stuff in it that I liked, there were also a lot of flaws and a lot of things I didn't like. I'm going to break down the things that made the biggest impact on me after the cut, and there will be spoilers, so consider yourself warned.

Here there be dragons, and by dragons I mean DotM spoilers and fan opinions. Proceed with caution.Collapse )


Would I recommend it?
Well, that depends on who I was talking to. Would I recommend Dark of the Moon to a hardcore, long time Transformers fan? Probably not. This movie continues in the exact same vein as the first two in terms of the way it runs roughshod over what most fans have come to expect from their various Transformers fictions. None of the robots on either side get much in the way of serious screen time and consideration, and the Autobots, Optimus included, are still brutal, violent, and vicious. If you came out of TF2007 and/or RotF hating everything and everyone, DotM isn't going to fix anything for you.

If you're a fan of the movie franchise in particular, however, like I am? I'd recommend it. TF2007 was my first experience with any Transformers canon ever, and I liked it a lot. DotM feels a lot more like TF2007 than RotF to me, and for that I'm grateful. I don't think it was as good a movie as the first one, but I enjoyed it, especially because a lot of the stuff that made RotF embarrassing even for dedicated fans of the movie-verse is gone from this one. It may still be "raping the childhoods" of long-term G1 fans, but at least the movie franchise has been (relatively) internally consistent in the way it does it.

Would I recommend it to non-TF fans? Probably. As far as science-fiction flicks go, it's no better and no worse than a lot of the stuff that's come out recently. Sure, the story is fairly predictable and it's not the most well-written or well-plotted movie in the world, but I think it's solid enough that it's an enjoyable watch. Certainly the effects and the action make it a decent popcorn movie for the summer. I know that's not the highest recommendation in the world, but it's a pretty fun movie over all, especially if you're not going in there already predisposed to hating it, everything in it, and everything it stands for.

All in all, I don't regret seeing it. I won't feel embarrassed to admit that I'm a TF fan the way I was for a while when RotF came out. (Don't look at me that way, Transfans, you know what I'm talking about.) Hell, I'd be willing to go see it again, although I probably wouldn't spring for the 3D. IMAX, maybe....


Final Thoughts:
It wasn't a particularly good movie. It definitely wasn't a good Transformers movie. But it was a movie that had some cool and fun things, and I really enjoyed it while I was in the theater watching it. That was good enough for me, but I have low standards when it comes to movies.

Your mileage will almost certainly vary.

Thanks for reading.
Title: Exercise in Futility
Fandom: Transformers
Rating: PG-13 for mentions/implications of unsavory activities
Summary: A captive Starscream contemplates his fate as an unwilling sparkbearer; Barricade contemplates the folly of all this nonsense.
Word Count: 1,477
Notes: A selection from a larger AU-'verse fic I am currently working on~ Not set in any specific canon, but closer to Primaxian than anything else.

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Originally posted on Dreamwidth. Head over there and follow the tags to find more!

[Egypt] Boosting the Signal

Letters from an American on the ground in Egypt right now: First and second.

I've also been following Al Jazeera English's liveblogs of the protests (Friday 1/28, Saturday 1/29, Sunday 1/30, and Monday 1/31), which have been almost as illuminating as these letters. It's a great place to start to get more info on this, if you want to know what's going on.

There may not be much more I can do from here than watch this unfold and keep myself informed, but by god will I ever do that.

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