uh huh.

Feb. 26th, 2010 10:09 am
very_improbable: Dana Scully (scully)
Showrunner Hart Hanson on Bones:
The two main characters are timeless. Basically, it’s Spock and Captain Kirk, for those of you who are old enough for that. Aubrey and Maturin, for those of you who are older. One is a scientist and thinks very rationally, and the other is an extremely emotional, intuitive person. Little tricks, we swapped the roles, so the guy is the girl and the girl is the guy.

1) Oh! You had a clever idea to make the LADY the RATIONAL one and the DUDE the INTUITIVE one! Congratulations. You've invented THE FUCKING X-FILES.

1a) I mean, it's bad enough that this wacky gender switcheroo was presented as a clever twist in the first place, back when XF first aired, seventeen years ago.

2) ...as the transcriber points out, Spock, Kirk, Aubrey, and Maturin are all men. Even if we are giving a lot of leeway for tongue-in-cheek-ness in his tone (a lot of the talk is a sorta cheeky commentary on how being on network TV in America means not doing a whole lot that runs counter to what the broad audience finds comfortable), there is no reading of this that makes sense.

3) Which brings me to, though, the question that this now inspires: What are all these shows where there's an unpredictable emotional intuitive lady having adventures or solving mysteries or whatever with a hard-headed scientist dude? Besides the last two seasons of XF, in which Doggett and Reyes, I guess, "swapped" the "gender roles" back to intuitive-woman-skeptical-man in contrast with Scully and Mulder.

Anyone? I have been turning this over in my head and I've kind of actually got nothing.
very_improbable: Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect (Default)
Ooh! Fic challenge at the Harem!

But also for some reason it made me really happy to see this dry administrative post show up on my flist today (at the end of the Day of the Project Make Women Uncomfortable Wank, coincidentally), adjacent to the challenge:

The complete list of X-Files "other women" appearances by episode, compiled and reposted by Maidenjedi.

You know that FUCK YOU, SHE'S AWESOME meme? It kind of makes me think of that. Even though the "Harem" isn't so active anymore, I remember how influential it was on me back in the mailing list days, when I was starting to look in a new way at various characters who just happened for some strange reason to be very unpopular with fandom at large-- Marita "Unablonder" Covarrubias, say, or Diana freakin' Fowley.

Actually, I remember being a wee bit surprised myself when I first signed up to the Harem list and discovered how many fans Agent Fowley had; I think it hadn't yet quite occurred to me that not hating her was a truly viable response to the text. But in short order I realized that FUCK YOU SHE'S AWESOME.


Also Cassandra Spender.


(Jeffrey Spender eventually became an honorary woman for our purposes, I recall, but I don't think I'm awake enough to say anything clever about that.)

Baa

Feb. 21st, 2006 10:28 pm
very_improbable: Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect (Default)
From everybody:

If you make up titles for stories I didn't write, I will respond with details of those non-written stories. Just think of the possibilities! (If you'd like to include details you'd like, pairings or fandom or something, you can do that too.)

Also--

House )

Spoilers, kind of, for an upcoming West Wing, apparently. Something to do with promos? I don't watch that show anymore )
very_improbable: Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect (Default)
My entry, late though it may be, for the Worst-Case Scenario Survival Challenge.


Title: How to Survive a High-Rise Hotel Fire
Fandom: X-Files
Summary: Krycek and Marita on assignment. Things like this don't happen to normal people.
Rating: PG-13 for language.
Scenario: Guess.
Notes: Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] doorrepairgirl for making it better. No real spoilers, since it's pre-series; I think I just picked this plot so that I could write two-armed Krycek. The setting of this story does not correspond to any actual city that I know of. Think of it as one of those X-Files places that serve whatever purpose you want them to.


Somewhere in Eastern Europe, 1993 )
very_improbable: Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect (Default)
Got my Worst Case Scenario Challenge prompt. It's a get-the-prompt-then-see-which-fandom-inspires-you type deal.

Oh, Krycek, how I've missed you.

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