June 27, 2015

I SAW HALESTORM LIVE!!!!- Something Awesome II

This is gonna be a bit of a curveball for me as I don't normally talk about music on this blog (except for when I do), but I do just have to get this out of my system because holy shit, tonight was absolutely incredible!

If you don't know, I'm a big Halestorm fan. They're one of the few rock bands that I listen to regularly and have probably the best frontwoman ever, Lzzy Hale, who is absolutely amazing. There's just something about their sound that really clicks with me, the way Lizzy grabs your attention with her no-nonsense voice, how the lyrics of whatever song of theirs you're listening to resonate and actually mean something... it all coalesces into a great experience, and that's just on the CD (or on your phone, if you're like me). But to see them live is a totally different story, as it often is with any band. I don't go to a lot of live stuff, rock concerts I mean. I go to symphonies and classical stuff all the time, but tonight was only my second foray into hard rock live concerts, and so I'm coming at this whole thing from an extremely limited perspective.

I have a bit of hearing loss right now because I foolishly didn't think to wear earplugs, but it doesn't really matter because fucking hell, tonight was an experience that I won't soon forget! Lzzy has great stage presence, and it really feels like she's giving it her all, even on a night like tonight where it was plain to see that the technical side of things was... well, frankly shit, as they had us standing and waiting for an hour after opening the doors while they sorted everything out, and when the band finally did come on (no pre-show acts, thank god), the tech was still a bit finicky. They made the most of it though, and with my eardrums blasted out, it didn't make much difference to me!

The first thing I noted about this experience (besides how crap the venue treated both us and the band), was how down-to-earth the band members were, engaging and interacting with the audience in a way that was more than just a token's sentiment. In fact I'd say that "authentic" is the name of the game when it came to tonight, as Lzzy graciously let her fellow band members each have a turn to shine, and all of the acts lasted more than a minute! Lzzy herself was no slouch either; after a few shaky starts here, she found her stride and totally owned it through and through! Her powerful voice and bitchin' attitude totally carried over to the live stage in a great way too; she just grabbed hold of the audience and didn't ever let go when she was performing! And she's a sick guitarist! Her energy made this night awesome and as soon as she waltzed on stage and started singing, my face just lit up, because here I was seeing her live in concert and like, that's just so cool!!!

While my first live non-classical concert was back in 2012 with Lindsey Stirling, which also luckily had me as a VIP visitor, this one had me up in the second row behind two giant guys who sadly obstructed my view for a good portion of the concert, and that could potentially be a negative, but it honestly didn't bother me a whole lot because there was so much going on just in the atmosphere alone to keep my attention. And while the crowd up in front was a bit rude, videotaping the whole thing instead of actually immersing themselves in the experience, everyone else was laughing and clapping and cheering and singing along in a way that wasn't obnoxious as these things can sometimes seem. It was just a great atmosphere and a pretty good crowd.

The set list was mostly stuff from Halestorm's newest album which I think is their strongest one to date. They've only done three, and like any good band, the keep improving with each release in my opinion. Into the Wild has some awesome tracks, and they thankfully played a good portion of my favorites, including "Dear Daughter", "Apocalyptic", "Sick Individual"- my personal favorite. In total, they played about two thirds of the album, including "Bad Girls World", "Scream", "I am the Fire", and "New Modern Love". They also had an awesome rendition of "Freak Like Me" and "Mz. Hyde", and for an encore they played "Here's to Us", and "I Miss the Misery"! So yeah, a pretty kick-ass set list (and apologies if I'm forgetting anything; it's all a bit of a blur with vivid bits sticking out if that makes sense). While my ears compensated for the loudness of the concert (not helped by those damn technical difficulties), my brain and my inner fan were just in overdrive with how awesome this whole thing was. Lzzy's hard rock attitude was also balanced out by how visibly happy and bubbly she was with the audience too! It never felt like she was trying to be edgy or whatever; her entire performance was genuine and so clear in its agenda of just saying "fuck it" and having a good time!

I went with a good friend of mine which made the experience all the sweeter because he's actually been to several rock concerts, so he kinda knew what was going on and warned me about all the tropes and such beforehand, so thanks buddy! We had quite a lively conversation after the show about how awesome the band was, so that was fun as well. Having a friend with you when you go to one of these things is really the way to go I think; it's like going to the movies with friends, except better because it's FREAKING HALESTORM, MAN!!!!!

Was this concert better than seeing Lindsey live? Well, Lindsey was my first concert, and she really was my first musical idol, so on a sentimental level, I'd say no. And really the two experiences are totally different from each other anyway, so I don't think it's really fair to compare them. However, I will say that there was a lot more going on at this concert than the Lindsey one. Anyway, this whole thing was just a memory-maker for me. It really was something special; seeing Halestorm live has always been a dream of mine ever since I first became a fan, and so naturally this experience was a real win for me! A truly epically fun night was had by all, I think, and this is one that I'll certainly cherish for a good long time!


As I said, I was behind two giant people who were really tall and obstructed a good portion of my viewing space, but even so I did manage to get a few shots! (No video sadly, as I didn't trust myself to hold the phone up above my head and film without dropping it.)

June 26, 2015

Prime, Kim Possible, Jurassic World, and General Goings On

Hey, all!

Okay, so this post was actually all written up on Tuesday and put in the queue because I'm apparently now even prepackaging my spontaneous write-ups, but I just have to add this little interjection and just offer my sincere congratulations to all the same-sex couples out there in the US, as now marriage equality is legal in every state. I actually woke up pretty late this morning, so everything had pretty much happened already, but there was still quite a bit of buzz on the Facebook and Tumblr of course. And I just think it's so incredible... the legalization of gay marriage everywhere, not the buzz on FB; that's nothing new. This serves as a reminder that an optimistic future might not be as far-fetched as we thought, or as impossible as the cynics would have you believe. Anyway, I just wanted to throw in my recognition of this wonderful news; it seems that the Supreme Court of late has been shot in the arm with a mixture of common sense and optimism, and it's fucking fantastic.

Well, I have four episodes of Transformers Prime left, and then I'll have reviewed the whole show! That's kind of exciting, isn't it? Only took me like five whole years to do it. Anyway, I've been giving some serious thought as to what I could review next or even if I should continue doing that. A number of animated works are under consideration, including Justice League, Madoka Magica, Spectacular Spider-Man, and of course Robots in Disguise, the new 2015 one. I'm sticking strictly to animation right now because it's a fun medium for me and having attempted covering hour-long shows and failing quite miserably at it, I figure I'd better stick to twenty-two minute shows and five-page reviews.

The first two on that list generated a ton of buzz upon their respective releases, so I'm tentative on covering those because so much has been said about both of them already that I honestly don't know if I would have anything new to say. The latter two are also pretty popular (especially Spider- Man), so again, I'm not sure what I have to say on it will be a whole lot different than what other people have stated. Anyway, I'm mulling it over. If you have suggestions on what series you'd like to see, please leave a comment- I always like to include that little invitation even though I know no one ever comments on this stuff; helps keep my imaginary street cred in tact.

There is the other possibility that after finishing up Prime next month (probably) that I simply drop reviews altogether. Statistically speaking, the Reviews category on here is generally one of the lower viewed sections. Mini-Views and Overviews tend to be the heavy-hitters when it comes to view counts, so I don't know. I'm mulling it over. It also doesn't help that Prime is now a good two years out of date, having ended in 2013, and so interest on that has wained quite a bit. And while I'm sure reviews of Justice League or even Spider-Man would do okay, it does seem a bit odd that I'm going back further in time and covering stuff that's already happened. I could do a retrospective personal take on it; I don't know how many people would be interested in that, but that's an option.

Point is, I'm in a bit of a quandary here, so I'm letting you all know what's up and also mostly trying to get this all down on paper just to have it out of my system. That is what blogs are for, no?

Also, I recently found out that Disney has all four seasons of Kim Possible online free to watch on their website, and so I've been just binge watching the hell out of it and it's been just such a joy! I remember watching this as a kid, and as soon as I picked a random episode and it started playing, I instantly got a huge grin on my face as childhood nostalgia swept over me. It's a lot of fun watching old cartoons that you used to watch as a kid! I'm really loving revisiting the old memory lane here. It's kind of amazing how childhood memories and nostalgia can have such a powerful effect on people.

In other news, I saw Jurassic World! I really enjoyed it! I was gonna do a Mini-View on it, but I found that I didn't really have a whole lot to say about the film, so I just let it be. I'm seeing Inside Out tomorrow, though, and I'll definitely have stuff to say about that, so look forward to that! But yeah, Jurassic World, it was alright. I certainly wasn't bored. I did appreciate all the little easter eggs they stuck into the film, and I had just seen the first one again the day before seeing World, so everything was fresh in my memory and I caught a good chunk of homages in the movie.

So yeah, I've got a Mini-View of Inside Out scheduled, plus tomorrow night I'm going to a concert and I'm sure I'll be back here telling all ten of you all about it! The Buffy stuff is doing extremely well! July will consist strictly of that and probably one review of Prime per week, just to give you an idea of what the schedule's gonna be like (I still haven't mapped out when the Prime reviews will fall; I have a class going on, so they might be a bit scattered). Anyway, just wanted to give you all a heads-up on what's up in my very mundane world as of late.

June 25, 2015

Shadowcon Overviews- Buffy and the Strong Female Character, Part IV

The Buffy Solution

"I walk. I talk. I shop. I sneeze. I'm gonna be a fireman when the floods roll back. There's trees in the desert since you moved out, and I don't sleep on a bed of bones.”

-Buffy to the First Slayer in “Restless”

So, where does that leave me in addressing the problem that I have recognized, that of the only criteria one need fulfill to be a “strong female character” are not be a “traditional” female character and also have one’s only trait be that they are good at beating people up? Thus far, I have examined how the “strong female character” is weak, but also how this model might very well be able to work in the right circumstances. The latter treatment of the model is certainly an improvement, do not misunderstand, but I would much prefer a complete reexamining of what the focus and goals of these characters are. McDougall states that she’s heard a number of propositions that intend to help the majority of women characters be recognized as more than “strong”. “What about ‘effective female characters’, for instance? But it is not enough to redefine the term. It won’t do to add maybe a touch more nuance but otherwise carry on more or less as normal.” To do this would be to neglect that spark of humanity that I think every writer wants to put into their character, be they male or female. With our current treatment of female characters and their roles in stories, I think we run the risk of losing the humanity that was attempting to be represented through them.

Goldenberg suggests an actual dualistic approach when looking at gender, pointing out that there is the A category, but that there is also the B category: “we need two subjectives, A and B, instead of only one and its negation, as it is the B category, existing in an A:B gender relationship, that adequately captures the type of category of ‘woman’ that feminists should be working toward constructing.” This solution seems obvious when put in those terms, and indeed it is. Having women have as much agency and character as men, and have them be their own person, is an obvious solution that I believe the “strong female character” in the beginning was trying to strive for. As previously stated, I think that it got lost along the path to this goal, but the goal itself is a worthy one. In succinct answer to the question of how to write a female character right, the answer lies with Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the titular character with all her foibles and flaws and ups and downs, Buffy Anne Summers.

June 24, 2015

Shadowcon Reviews- Inside Job

Shadowcon Reviews: Transformers Prime Season 2, episode 23, “Inside Job”

Alright, I’m just gonna come out and say this bluntly: I love this episode! Prime has always been solid on the action front; even when episodes are bad, rarely are the visuals poor or the fights not engaging, and this episode has plenty of visual spectacle going on in it. It also helps that the plot of this thing is fairly strait-forward and the pacing is excellent. Simply put, if all the relic episodes had been like this, I honestly wouldn’t have had a problem with them, because there’s not a whole lot of character stuff or intricate plot, the momentum and power of the work is enough to keep me engaged and certainly more than enough to keep me entertained.

June 22, 2015

Shadowcon Reviews- Hard Knocks

Shadowcon Reviews: Transformers Prime Season 2, episode 22, “Hard Knocks”

I’ve mentioned several times before that Season Two is Prime’s weakest season, nad unfortunately this episode only reinforces that statement. I said in my look at “Armada” that that episode might have been the worst episode of the show, but that it wasn’t the most boring. Well, this isn’t the most boring either, but it comes damn close. There are a couple of good moments in here, but really I just can’t get much enjoyment out of this one. It feels very pat. I don’t have much to say about this one, and I really want to look at “Inside Job”, so let’s get right into it.

June 19, 2015

Shadowcon Reviews- Alpha/Omega

Shadowcon Reviews: Transformers Prime Season 2, episode 21, “Alpha/Omega”

“New Recruit” saw the introduction of a new character, Smokescreen, and while the plot of that episode was a bit bland, the character stuff in there was pretty good. Smokescreen is a character who I’ve gone from being indifferent about to being oddly intrigued and charmed by, I think because of his arc throughout Season Three. In this season, he comes off more as just another body to throw at the ‘Cons than anything, but there are a few moments in here where I actually do enjoy his presence on screen. The episode right before this one, “Legacy”, had Arcee reprimand him for putting Jack’s life in danger, and it was good to see his rash actions actually have consequences and be called out by the other members of the team. Far too often in this type of television, everyone will go along with the new character’s stupid or common-sense-defying actions on the grounds that the writers think this kind of thing is cute. It’s not, or if it is, only to the most low-brow kids. I tell ya, I was infuriated as a child whenever a character did something like that, and to think that kids will be entertained by this type of thing is selling your target audience short. So, I’m very happy that Prime decided to own up and admit that, yeah, maybe Smokescreen was acting like a bit of a dick. This episode sees Smokescreen move more into a supporting role as we now have his character firmly established in the series, and that makes for a surprisingly unwelcome change back to what we had before he arrived, which is more relic-hunting and more plot exposition.

June 18, 2015

Shadowcon Overviews- Buffy and the Strong Female Character, Part III

Is the “Strong Female Character” Inherently Bad?

“Starfleet captains don’t easily succumb to fear.”

-Captain Kathryn Janeway in “The Thaw”

The “strong female character” in principle is not a poor idea. The problem merely lies in how this is being handled in practice. Indeed, many people use the phrase “strong female character” to define many well-rounded, engaging, three-dimensional women characters, so it is not as if the phrase itself is in poor taste. Buffy has been labeled as this too, so to the public eye, this label is seen as endearing. I will admit that the label used in this way to address characters as complex as Buffy is problematic for me, because it means that the label is able to branch out and cover more superiorly written women characters than those presented above, and I think this threatens to clump them in with their poorly written sisters, and serves to make the poorly written women characters the mascots for the entire group. There are plenty of counterarguments to my claims made above, however, and my goal with this section is to address them to the best of my ability.

Arguments against my understanding of the “strong female character” up until now boil down to the following statement: Your argument and understanding of such a model precludes the very real idea that women do feel empowered by these women on television and film that you have criticized, that these characters are sometimes considered role models for women and that female audience members might find a woman punching a man in the face to be exciting and satisfying because that is something that most if not all women at one time or another have wanted to do. Maybe these “strong female characters” and their obviousness are needed to push against an equally obvious− and indeed far more developed− trend of having women there for male consumption. Other arguments assert that I am arguing a similar point to what self-proclaimed “equalists”­­­− a group I absolutely despise− say in the face of feminism, in that I am erasing woman empowerment by suggesting that writers focus on character first and gender second, as though representation should, according to some interpretations of my argument, be seen as something that we are past and do not need to address.  I will address these concerns after first analyzing some specific counterarguments with regards to the examples I have already discussed. Here, I will try to address criticism of my reading of Black Widow; I will also tackle the other women characters of Voyager, focusing on Janeway for the majority but also touching on Torres and Kes; and I will examine Peggy Carter under the lens of her own show.

June 17, 2015

Shadowcon Reviews- New Recruit

Shadowcon Reviews: Transformers Prime Season 2, episode 18, “New Recruit”

“New Recruit” is an episode of introduction and one of slight transition. This comes right before “The Human Factor”, just to give you some idea of where we are in the series, and it introduces us to Smokescreen, who I’ll talk more about as we get further into the episode. This also features one of the dumbest secondary plots that this series has ever done, indicative of the T-Arc, but without the drive that made a few of those episodes work. This episode will lead us into another scavenger hunt, actually, but for now, let’s just jump in and see what’s what.

June 15, 2015

Shadowcon Reviews- Armada

Shadowcon Reviews: Transformers Prime Season 2, episode 8, “Armada”

Oh boy.

This is the worst episode of Transformers Prime.

I’ve been putting off reviewing this ever since it first aired, knowing as soon as it was over that I’d need to re-watch and review it. I actually haven’t seen this one since it aired, which should tell you how much I either despise it, or at the least suggest that I forgot that it happened (which is also probably just as accurate). While it’s definitely not the most boring, this one has several problems that drag it down and make it just a dull ride all the way through. And the real stinger here (for me, at least) is that this is essentially a microcosm of Season Two’s problems: poor follow-up to established plot points, the substitution of action over character at the least appropriate times, a script that is overstuffed but lacking any meat to it, and ret-cons across the board that make previous episodes’ content worse or at the least now out of place. It’s an impressive clusterfuck of ideas that go nowhere, and that is such a shock because the writing credit for this episode goes to none other than Matt Wayne, someone who churned out some pretty memorable Justice League Unlimited episodes (memorable in the good way, obviously); and from what I’ve heard, his run on the comics of the same name was very well received. So where did he go wrong here? I have no idea. It’s not as if the director’s to blame for this; Vinton Heuck is a series regular in the director’s chair for Prime.

I’ve tried searching for background info on this episode with minimal success. There’s no commentary for it, no interviews with either Heuck or Wayne on the subject, so I don’t know really why things went so bad as they did here. When I realized I only had a handful of Prime episodes left to review, I specifically put this one in the middle of the pack for June just so that I had other stuff to come after it, y’know, so that I didn’t end my look at the series on a bad note. (Then again, we do still have “Patch” to get through, so no promises there.) Let’s get started, I guess; can’t put this off any longer.

June 12, 2015

Shadowcon Reviews- The Human Factor

Shadowcon Reviews: Transformers Prime Season 2, episode 19, “The Human Factor”

Transformers Prime gets a lot of hate, not all of it undeserved. People point out that it never seemed to give good payoffs to its setup, that it had weak or “safe” character development, that it was trite, or that it was repetitious. Those are all valid and debatable points. I certainly can at least meet the critics half way regarding the first point, especially considering that the episode we’re covering today is in the latter half of Season Two. Personally, I quite enjoyed the character development on the show for the most part; sure, by the end of Season Three it was more about plot than character, but there were definitely some good nuggets of good in there too. Regarding the third point, again, I have to say that I agree somewhat with those who say that this show was repetitious. All of these points are important for today’s episode, because while not as bad as “Armada”- an episode that I am so dreading to cover, you have no idea- this serves as a fairly weak payoff to MECH’s story; it definitely offers little in the way of Silas’ character development, preferring to put much of the attention on Bulkhead instead; and it revisits what “Nemesis Prime” tried to do, which was make to MECH a credible threat to the Autobots, however, this one has a more interesting premise if a less than satisfying implementation of that premise.

June 11, 2015

Shadowcon Overviews- Buffy and the Strong Female Character, Part II

The Strong Female Character Model

“You’re a big man in a suit of armor. Take that away, what are you?”

“Genius, billionaire playboy, philanthropist.”

-Steve Rogers and Tony Stark in The Avengers

So, in a total coincidence, I came across this news from Variety yesterday about how Buffy the Vampire Slayer will be re-broadcast on the air thanks to ABC picking it up. I shit you not, this project was not planned by me to coincide with that... but damn, if I had any doubt fortune was smiling on me, this has wiped that doubt away!

Daniel Swensen, author of science-fiction novel Burn and regular blogger, says of writing female characters that the stereotype of being scantily clad and badass seems to “reinforce the idea that ‘violence=strength’. Not that I mind ass-kicking characters, but groin-punching is a behavior, not a personality trait.” This is exactly what so many writers do when they want to write a female character and make her relevant to the story: they take a man’s character and transplant their traits onto a woman’s body. Many science fiction shows follow precisely the line that female characters are breaking out of traditional roles by being “strong”, and worse yet, equating that with being “masculine.” In fact, Maya J. Goldenberg says in her article, from the pages of Journal of Gender Studies in 2007, that society “[fails] to take seriously women’s interests, identities, and issues, as well as failing to recognize women’s ways of being, thinking and doing as being equally valuable as those of men.” She also outlines in her paper the idea of the “A/not A” categories, that everything is based around A, and anything not resembling A is seen through the lens of A as not being A. Also note that “feminine” is included in the traits that carry with them a connotation of being bereft of power, so that femaleness is ingrained in society as also being without power or influence.

It seems apparent to me that to be a “strong female character” in a typical “progressive” show, one need only not be a stereotypical woman. A traditional female character on television will be “weak, feminine, irrational, immature, uncultured.” She is without agency, submissive, passive, graceful, self-critical, and materialistic. In most cases, the traditional female character is defined by these qualities, possessing no personhood to speak of, and thus her character comes off as less of a person and more so as a representation of traits and characteristics. becoming a symbol for the weaknesses of women. Goldenberg notes that “gender essentialism is the thesis that there is some property (or properties) necessary to me being a woman and definitive of a generic category of ‘woman’,” and by default extension implies, based on societal implementation and observation, that those properties are in accordance with how women are viewed through the lens of men, that women are seen as “not A” because they aren’t men. The “A/not A” dichotomy persists with the typical female stereotype, but also and especially when the “strong female character” comes into play.

A “strong female character” would be a character who shuns all of the traits of womanhood that are often seen as stereotypical of women on television, and so a female character who is attempting to be progressive is distancing herself from these traits. A typical example of this in science fiction is a badass, knife or gun-wielding, crop top acrobat with a thing for leather outfits. Sherrie A. Inness outlines in her introduction to Tough Girls: Women Warriors and Wonder Women in Popular Culture the four core traits of what she calls “Tough Women” or what I identify as the “strong female character”: “body, attitude, action, and authority,” and her elaborations on each criterion fit into what I have outlined as well: the weapons, body type, and clothing are all geared toward moving away from femininity while also keeping the traits that fit nicely under the male gaze.

Examples of the “strong female character” model in science fiction range from The Avengers’ gun-wielding sexy acrobatic Black Widow, to cyborg logical no-emotions Seven of Nine in Star Trek Voyager, who also occasionally uses guns, to the all-guns, no-nonsense Ripley in the Alien franchise. (Evidently, women using guns is a sign of strength and sexiness in the action movie genre.) All three of these women are classified as “strong” by the majority of their fans, and while they certainly do contain aspects of woman empowerment, particularly Ripley, their characters are simply nothing more than archetypes, and are certainly nothing more than “strong", and I will be taking a look at each of them in turn with this section. To quote G.D. Anderson on his tumblr page in a response he gave about feminism and male leads, “feminism isn’t about making women stronger. Women are already strong. It’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength,” and that is what Buffy is able to understand whereas the “strong female character” is not.

June 10, 2015

Shadowcon Reviews- Nemesis Prime

Shadowcon Reviews: Transformers Prime Season 2, episode 8, “Nemesis Prime”

We continue our look at the MECH arc that I actually started with my first Prime review ever and then promptly forgot about- I ditched it to cover Arcee’s episodes in Season One. But here we are, four years later and I’m back to it with “Nemesis Prime”, one of only two episodes this season to be about MECH specifically, and is certainly an enjoyable outing. What really helps this episode is the pace, as it starts off with Agent Fowler leaving his military base and getting chased down by what appears to be Optimus Prime in vehicle mode.

June 8, 2015

Shadowcon Reviews- Operation: Breakdown

Shadowcon Reviews: Transformers Prime Season 1, episode 16, “Operation: Breakdown”

Alright, so I’m finally going to be taking a look at the incredibly loose MECH arc that runs throughout the first two seasons of the show, and we begin with this episode, coming right before “Crisscross” to give you a time frame. This is the second appearance for the human villains, offering up our first real look at how they operate when not in the field. Let’s jump in and see how things play out.

June 4, 2015

Shadowcon Overviews- Buffy and the Strong Female Character, Part I


The first time I watched Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I did not love it. I liked it a lot, but compared to shows I had seen before it, I was admittedly underwhelmed. I was introduced to the Whedonverse- the catchall term for the various Joss Whedon-created television and film projects- in 2009 when I sat down with my mom and watched Firefly. I was a teenager then, and that show made such an impact on me that for a long time I did in fact consider it to be my favorite television show I had ever seen, even after having watched Buffy. Firefly had a consistently tight focus, smart and witty writing, intriguing mysteries and hints of darker times to come, bolstered by an ever-present undercurrent of philosophical and religious subtext that made the show full to bursting with theme and motifs- the tight focus of all of this helped, ironically, by the fact that the show was cancelled after only thirteen episodes, with an impromptu film being drawn up after Fox decided to rein in their vendetta to seek out good television everywhere and grind it beneath their heal, providing Joss Whedon the chance to give some closure to his masterpiece. After watching Firefly, I think I was expecting something equally special with Buffy, not just in terms of good writing, but in terms of feeling: atmosphere, tension, camaraderie amongst the crew, a sense of on-the-fringes adventure.

June 1, 2015

Arcee Mayhem IV

Here's chapter four of the Arcee Mayhem story that I actually ended a whopping two years ago! This story is also published on FanFiction.net if you want to favorite it over there!