TV show rant

Rewatching He’s Coming to Me and reveling in the wonderfulness of episodes 4 and 5 (fan dee nah!, cheating the test *g*, figuring out Met’s name, the birthday date!, Thun’s struggle with his sexuality, Met’s heartbreak, the entire fucking rooftop scene, and of course the KISS!) as I try to mentally steel myself for the Shadowhunters series finale. I refuse to watch it by myself, so I’m waiting for @rebelqueenss​ so we can suffer together.

Because I’m sure we will suffer – and let’s be real, probably not in the “I can’t believe it’s ending!” way, because unfortunately I haven’t been very happy with 3b in too many ways to count. Often, when I really love a show, I never actually finish watching it, so it won’t ever be completely over – it’s why I still haven’t seen the end of season 2 of Agent Carter.

While with Shadowhunters, my love is for the potential it had (and sadly squandered way too often), for the characters I’ve come to love and of course most of all for the beauty of the parabatai relationship and my beloved OTP. So in a way I’m actually glad it’ll be over, because then we can go ahead and fix canon in whatever way we want – that’s what fanfic is for, after all.

(I’m very much hoping my inspiration will return to me, because I’ve been so disillusioned, I haven’t even wanted to write my missing parabatai scenes drabbles… Ironic, considering that the sidelining of their relationship is one of my biggest pet peeves – just like all relationships that aren’t romantic have been sidelined.

Lazy weekend

I, umm, didn’t leave my house this weekend. Oops? 🙂 I did, however, do lots of inside stuff:

  • set up my “new” phone (my Sony’s been crapping out on me, although it’s barely 2 years old, so I bought a refurbished Samsung). They always say how easy it’s supposed to be, but in the end I updated stuff for most of the day.
  • signed up for the Guardian Reverse Exchange.
  • did some exercises the trainer at my gym showed me on Friday. After such a long break I’m seriously out of shape, it’s very frustrating, so I’ll try to do them at home, too.
  • edited and posted the next Shipping (Pod)Cast episode to Patreon: Connor Murphy x Evan Hansen (Dear Evan Hansen) with Nich (public release April 5).
  • recorded the episode after that, giving me a well-appreciated buffer before the next deadline.

I also watched the next episode of my current Boys Love addiction – He’s Coming to Me is cute, warm-hearted, and hitting ALL the emotional beats. Although we’re only 4 subbed episodes in, I’ve already added it to my recs list (which I’ve been updating, btw). Met and Thun are totally adorable and have such sweet chemistry, plus I’m actually invested in the plot: Met is a ghost, and Thun is the only person who can see him. So they a) can’t touch, for extra feels, and b) have to figure out how Met died. And above all of this reincarnation looms… Usually I’d worry about a tragic ending, but the whole show has such a positive spirit overall, I think it’ll be hopeful in some way, even if I can’t see how. Well, only four more episodes, apparently…

Oh, and I finally watched episode 30 of Guardian – things are definitely coming to a head!

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Boys Love recommendations

*Updated July 4, 2019. I’ll keep this as a sticky post on me.shirasade.net.

As you might have noticed, I’ve been on a kick for Asian gay-themed movies and tv shows (aka Boys Love) recently and figured some of you might appreciate a recs list. Here are some of my requirements:

  • happy ending
  • good chemistry between the leads
  • no rape-y vibes

The latter is unfortunately incredibly wide-spread, making many of the most popular shows unwatchable for me (looking at you, Addicted…). Even in some of the shows I mention below there are side-pairings that squick me out, but that’s what the fast-forward button is for.

With all shows, the subtitles often leave a lot to be desired, but I’m just grateful people go to the trouble to translate. Also, don’t watch especially Thai BL shows if you want high quality filming and acting – very often the actors are inexperienced and the sound quality is horrible. For me, a show lives and dies with its main couple – I usually go back and only rewatch their storyline, ignoring everything else.

If you have any recommendations for similar movies/shows, please don’t hesitate to share, as my obsession doesn’t seem to want to end any time soon… 🙂

Warning: There will be mild spoilers below.

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My free time’s coming to an end

Starting Monday I’m back at work. It shouldn’t be a problem, but I am glad I was still on sick leave this week – not so much because of the hysterectomy, which has given me few problems, but because of the stupid infection in my arm pit.

They cut it open on Tuesday, to drain it, and I’ve had to go back to hospital to get it cleaned twice since. I’ll likely still have to undergo another operation to have it cut out, but I’m hoping I can postpone that so there’s a bit of a larger gap between round of full anesthesia. Overall, it’d have sucked having to go to work, as it was definitely noticeable.

Anyways, in other news, today I also succeeded in making my first Chinese tea eggs, courtesy of a recipe by asya.

A peeled Chinese tea egg, showing the marbling.

While doing this, I watched Borgia (Fear & Faith, not the Showtime version), which is not normally my cup of tea – I’m not usually into politics and intrigues and unpleasant people, all of which the show has aplenty. Yet somehow, I find myself binging it. Here‘s an interesting article by a historian comparing the two Borgia shows.

Also, much to my chagrin, I found out that I’d somehow overlooked the last episode of my favourite BL show, Love by Chance. MORE AE/PETE, YAY!!! Unfortunately, also a rape subplot, including gaslighting that made my skin crawl. So naturally, I drabbled:

  • Change of Perspective (Ae/Pete, 200 words, demisexual Ae)
  • Fix-it (Type & Techno, 300 words, canon divergence of the horrific Kla/No plot)