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Winter has come
Stockholm, November 1:

November snow November first

Yeah. Snowstorm. In November. I'd forgotten how much I never really cared for November in this country... This being the first day of winter, there were huge traffic problems too. Public transport was a mess - busses couldn't get anywhere because of the bad roads, and the trains and subways still have half their cars in for repair after leaves on the track messed up their wheels. Private transport was almost worse, because the roads where in complete chaos. Out in the country, trains further than about an hour and a half north of here stood completely still all night.

It's completely surreal. First the "leaves got on the track" which apparently wrecks the wheels of every other train. Happens every fall, without fail. And then winter happens, and this is reported for days in advance - "big storm coming in, we'll get lots of snow" - and responsable parties everywhere react as if they've never heard the word "winter" before. What, SNOW? Here? Now?! ...sigh. It's the same thing every damn time. I'd laugh if I wasn't so grumpy about it.

I would've posted this sooner too, but apparently winter now means I get our lovely winter vomiting disease. Kind of like a 3-day stomach flu, which is flying around here for November - April, hence the name. If you haven't got it where you are - good for you! You don't want it. It's nasty and disgusting and all around a bad idea... though the hallucinations where kind of interesting. (I suddenly saw connections to everything I had never seen before, I was one with the world, and somehow this involved very complicated cubes. Don't ask, I have no idea.)

I was sick, then I got vargen sick, and now we're both much better, but still kind of wrung out and pathetic, and so sitting around on the couch watching MASH all day. Not a bad way to spend a November day, actually...

We also watched Supernatural, somewhat later than usual.

Okay, so. Am avoiding the fandom, because I'm afraid. Jo in an entire episode? I could hear the screams of rage at the diminished Sam-Dean screen time from a continent away! Personally, I still have issues with the writers. They're trying, but - why bait? Why the screaming? Why... oh well. Like I said. Trying. I can cut them some slack.

As for Jo, I kind of like her. No, really. She's got no experience, but she's smart, she's capable, and she really wants to learn - wants to do a good job, and for a good reason. She's not running around in heels worrying about her hair or anything, and she pulls herself together admirably in an intensly terrifying situation. I also like her attitude much better now - bratty little sister. It works! It's kind of cute, on all parts. Much better than random mooning over Dean.

The most interesting revelation here was the John/Jo's dad failed partnership deal. Thank Kripke they didn't pull the half-sister thing. I'm still vaguely worried they will, at some point, just because they can. But hinting at it something going on with Ellen and John and then having it be this? Much more interesting than an affair!

My thoughts - okay, so John letting Jo's dad (apparently his name's "William") die. Hm. Probably wasn't as simple as that. It could have been, but I doubt it. For one, I don't think John would have let a partner down, but also - it makes for pretty boring storytelling if this is the whole of it! I don't doubt that they went out together, and that only John returned... But something more must have happened. Something else that made it impossible for John to face Ellen (though why were they on seemingly good terms again only months before he died?). Something like - William got taken, or turned, and the only thing John could do was to kill him. A warewolf or demon or some other ghoulie got William in a bad way. He either asked to be killed before it went to far, or John decided for him - possibly after waiting for too long, and letting what used to be William wreak some real damage somewhere.

All very vague, I know, but something like that... John would have wanted to keep it from Ellen and Jo, to protect them. Taking the blame for letting John die might be easier than taking the blame for killing him - or for failing to stop him. (Which would also mean he'd have to explain what he'd needed to stop William from. Not a pleasant way to remember your loved one, I imagine.) This would also leave room for Sam and Dean to explore what really happened, and face the same threat their dad did - maybe they'll even be put in a situation where one of them thinks he'll have to make the same decision. (Mm, I would like that, yes.) Angst could ensue over whether to tell Ellen & Jo the truth, or keep it to themselves, but at least they would know their father wasn't a right and utter bastard who abandoned his best friend. All good things in my book!

...I've seen the preview, and now I want the next episode. Badly!

ETA: Ooh, more Supernatural - today's the day Swedish TV 1 starts airing the series! Couple of random observations from re-re-watching the first ep.

Sam, is that you? So young, such nice hair, and that voice! No, really - Sam's voice is different! I'm guessing it's Jared's acting lessons paying off again. In the pilot, Sam's voice is... It's hard to define, but it's... got less presence? It's more reedy. It's possible I'm just hallucinating again, or it's the sound quality of the ep airing, but whatever it is, it was enough to get my attention. At one point I swear I heard more of his accent too, but that's not a steady thing. No, the voice feels like it's something - now he owns the character; then he was just getting into it.

Or it could be that parts of the dialogue is halting enough that it needs a wheelchair. Poor guys - that exposition... It's painful. But it's still a fun pilot, shows a lot of the promise of the show. ♥

Good translator, too! Quite impressed with their grasp of colloquialisms and slang, and ability to grasp what's really important, and then translate it in a way that still sounds like the characters. Usually the people doing subtitles for TV are overworked and underpaid, and their work suffers from it. So I'm way impressed with the quality of this work. So glad to see the show in good hands! ♥

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Listening to: Hagalaz' Runedance - Wake Skadi

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fluffpudel From: fluffpudel Date: November 7th, 2006 09:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Jag. älskar. utsikten. från. er. lägenhet. utropstecken.
ex_naye320 From: ex_naye320 Date: November 7th, 2006 12:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Den är fin! Särskilt om man gillar träd. ♥
xparrot From: xparrot Date: November 8th, 2006 04:45 am (UTC) (Link)
Glad you got over your bout with what sounds like one of the nastier common diseases around...yuck. (hallucinations?? not good...!)

SPN. Heh. Agree to disagree? I still don't like Jo. The actress just makes my teeth grate. Her look doesn't fit the char..."I'm a freak and don't fit in with the kids at school and all I care about is hunting like my dad! --and my makeup and hair, because I might as well look pretty doing it." Seriously, I know it's TV, but why the heck wasn't her hair tied back? That drove me nuts. You do not go wandering around ghosthunting inside walls without tying your hair back! It's a small thing, but it makes her feel less like a viable char and more like a BOTW chick. At least at the end her hair was lank and flat and looked more like one would expect, but...
Though you're right that the bratty little sister thing was kinda cute. And Dean's whole thing about having nothing against women hunters, just amateurs was very him. Maybe if she takes it to heart and starts training seriously (It occurred to me recently that one of the things that tends to annoy me about the fighting femmes who kick ass so hotly is that most of the time, they seem to be able to do it without paying any price. Male chars, other than Superman, you see training constantly, pushing themselves - a woman, to keep up physically with a man, has to work out *harder*, because fundamentally we're just not as strong. But it's rare to see women ever training - unless they're just doing it to show how much ass they already kick - you don't see them suffer for their skills. Nor do they usually have to pay with things like smaller breasts and unattractive-by-modern-standards musculature...)(and no, I'm really not expecting SPN to be groundbreaking in its presentation of females! It's just that I'm spending a lot of my time now anaylzing why I don't like so many femme chars, and SPN is a good basic example, being not too terrible, but not too great either...I'll stop now.)(I do still like Ellen though. And Dean's fear of her. She's no-nonsense awesome. And she called Dean "hon" which is too dang cute!)

Regarding their past and John...yeah, I liked that. I didn't think it was going to be something as commonplace as an affair and it was nice to not be disappointed. I didn't think beyond that, what actually happened...I'm sure there is a bit more to the story, and we'll probably get it sometime. Maybe near the end of the season to go after the same monster. Though...really, I have no trouble believing John might've let down his partner, depending on what was at stake. Not to speak ill of the dead but John did not work well with others. It kinda depends on whether John saw William as family or not...
ex_naye320 From: ex_naye320 Date: November 8th, 2006 07:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Need to go work, but - I'm sorry, I'm not quite getting the logic in this. So, the chick, because she's blonde and petite with her hair out (which bugs me too, but EVERY SINGLE FEMME IN ACTION has her hair out, pretty much) and we haven't seen her lifting weights or running laps is annoying you by not being enough of a "real hunter"? But Dean, with his unscarred, oh-so-pretty face, and Sam, with his hair long enough to constantly dangle in his eyes and Greek-god smooth body, they pass without comment because... what? They're guys? I'm sorry, but none of the Winchesters have the "look" of a real hunter. They're really good at pretty, really good at Jello-eyes, really good at looking built, too, but everything you say bugs you about Jo could be applied to one of them, except possibly the boobs. We don't see them working out - we do see them eating junkfood. We don't see them working to be hunters, not even Sam after his years of college life - they just are, and because they're guys, that's okay. But the pretty? The fact that they can crawl though sewers and still come out looking hot (and less mussed up than Jo, I might add) - I've never heard you complain about that. In two words - not fair!

I think it's been established that John cared deeply for Jo's whole family, or Ellen would never have had that line about "he was like family once". That alone makes it really... set up to be not John just being his usual bastard self. And remember - he used to be a Marine, and my impression of them is that they don't let their partners down... Even if the demon changed John - it was war, William was his fellow soldier, and I really can't see John letting William die because it was the easiest thing to do...
xparrot From: xparrot Date: November 8th, 2006 07:43 am (UTC) (Link)
...ah, I was writing a long reply, but then realized I didn't want to fight about this! Agree to disagree? All I want to say is that, in all fairness - maybe I haven't complained about the Winchesters looking Hollywood-pretty, but I've certainly laughed about it enough...I complain about it in Jo because I don't like the char. And yes, that's partly 'cuz she's a chick and I think they're handling her pretty poorly (no more poorly than a thousand other shows before, but there you go, a thousand wrongs don't make a right...and most of the shows I've been watching lately, the femmes do tie their hair back before battle, so maybe I'm biased now) but I'd be picking, justly and un-, on any boy char I didn't like, too (you should hear me go on about the faults of all the chars of Heroes, except the couple chars I do like, one of which is a highschool cheerleader...)

...agh, dammit, gotta go!! I'm sorry if I'm upsetting you with the Jo-dislike...I'm not in on any SPN fandom so I haven't seen any of the vitriol that might be out there, this is just my own opinion....
ex_naye320 From: ex_naye320 Date: November 8th, 2006 08:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Obviously it's a good thing I'm staying away from those other thousand shows. I watch so little western tv now that it doesn't feel like the same old annoying thing to me. Sure, I have issues with how the writers are handling the character, but I don't think they're doing a terrible job. So, yeah, agree to disagree.

...I want to see the Death Note movie. Meep.
xparrot From: xparrot Date: November 8th, 2006 02:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ahh, I had to run out in the middle of last reply...let me try again? ^^; I worded my original reply poorly. My primary beef with Jo isn't that she doesn't look like a hunter, that's just one element that irritates me, and it's the one I was thinking about at the time, so it's what I answered with. The comment about femmes not working for their bad-assed-ness wasn't aimed at Jo in particular so much as many femme chars in her position - actually with Jo they seem to be making the point that she's not really as equipped for hunting as she thinks she is, which is somewhat of an interesting place to bring the char, will see where it goes.
I do argue that the Winchesters, whether they look the part of hunters or not (it's arguable - I mean, no scars, they don't get dirty except for comic relief, but Sam at least definitely has the body of a guy in shape. The trouble is that guys with muscles are considered sexy, so most young actors got 'em and are therefore halfway convincing when they get physical; while as actresses are supposed to look like toothpicks by current beauty standards and thus most of them don't look like they work out a whit. Which is why BSG is so refreshing. But anyway.) it is established in their backstory that they've trained and trained hard...getting guns at 5 years old and such.

I bitched about that, but fundamentally my problem with Jo is less with the char (though I don't care for the actress; that's purely subjective on my part, but there you go. Not in an I hate her and want her to die way, I'm sure she's a very nice girl, I just don't find her especially compelling to watch) and more with the writing of her. That making her major in this episode seems to have cancelled any Dean&Sam interaction, which is the whole reason I'm watching this show! Not to mention Jo and Sam had almost no interaction. Part of the trouble I'm having especially is that Numb3rs just introduced a new love interest for one of the brothers, and managed in two episodes to set up a pretty appealing char - not one of my favorites yet, but one I wouldn't mind seeing more of. And part of that was because they were careful to establish relations between her and all the team, not just her and her future lover boy. Now, Numb3rs as a team show is better equipped to handle new chars than SPN's 2-man format, but...Jo could be better. I agree that she faced a lot of undeserved prejudice from the get-go, and I admit that I myself am biased against her. And I get illogical when I'm biased ^^ But the char hasn't done much to change my mind. I guess...I could find things to like about her if I made the effort. But I'm a bit resentful that I have to make the effort. That someone decided what this show needed was a chick for romance, when I liked it just fine the way it was...

Anyway. Am glad to know that you can enjoy the show as is! I'll try to be more accepting...or at least I'll drop the Jo thing now, promise ^^;

In other news - have you heard that there's gonna be a live-action movie of Mushishi? We went to Death Note 2 tonight (not bad, not bad at all!) and that was the first preview...
xparrot From: xparrot Date: November 8th, 2006 02:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
--um and apologies for spamming, just realized I didn't mention the John thing. Ellen's line about him being like family - I was wondering if the trouble was that she and her husband did see John as family, but John didn't. Because John might've just tried to pull the go-it-alone thing, and William might've gotten in the way...I agree, I don't see John just letting another hunter die out of laziness. But John was way too willing to die for the cause, and if he and William came up with a dangerous plan to defeat some bad thing, John at least wouldn't flinch at attempting it...
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