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Who? - Suffering From Elation
A Survivor's Tale
I had to get up at 6am this morning to get some files in order for brother-boy-Chris, as I'm seeing mum tonight and she can play messenger girl for him. Unsurprisingly this meant I started the day sleep-deprived and in a foul, paranoid mood, which lasted until I got off the train at Taringa and fell in walking beside a group of high school students, who started quoting 'Charlie the Unicorn' at each other. All attempts to maintain aforementioned bad mood failed in the face of an impossibly geeky private school boy singsonging "Chaaaaarlieeee... we're going to candy mountain, Chaaarrrlieeee!" right behind me.

I'm beginning to get interested in Doctor Who. And for me, "beginning to get interested" is step one of a two-step process, of which the second step is "a period of addiction spanning at least two months, during which episodes are downloaded, marathons are had, articles are read, everything there is to learn about said show/creator/story is learned, and (most sadly of all) wardrobe is influenced".

It's going to happen. There is no avoiding it. I know this feeling. It's the nausea before the vomit. The piqued interest before the short-but-intense obsession.

You bastards. Yes, you. You know who you are. There's at least three of you on my friends list who are partially responsible. Joe's parents take the rest of the responsibility, as they kept having us over on Friday nights, getting us wasted and then plonking us down in front of New-Who (the second-latest Doctor, the smarmy bloke with the short hair). When drunk, that show is AMAZING... holy crap, the episode with the gas-mask-kid? Best thing EVER! It's just so much fun and so completely terrible... Joe actually OWNS the FX program they're clearly using for most of their particle/smoke effects! I sort of fear that Who won't be anywhere near as good when viewed properly sober.

I mean, it IS crap. But it's GOOD crap. It's enjoyably bad. I love the 80's, my entire psyche is geared toward enjoyably bad entertainment.

In conclusion: you really are bastards. I'm still getting over my Jhonen Vasquez phase! I'm going to regret admitting that I had an Invader Zim dream last night... actually, that whole dream was really fucked up, I might write about it (briefly, to spare you, because generally dreams are about ten times less interesting when they're not your own).

To make matters worse, when Rosa and JB turned up to work today they started trying to get me into "Avatar: The Last Airbender" and based on their descriptions, I'm bloody well going to enjoy that too.

Screw you, fandom! I'll go, but I'll go kicking and screaming all the way!
35 have fought ~ fight the power!
reaperfox From: reaperfox Date: May 26th, 2008 11:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm sorry. I'm so sorry.

(But ohhh, ooh it is worth it. It really is!)
tania From: tania Date: May 27th, 2008 12:03 am (UTC) (Link)
YOU. =_=
almalthia From: almalthia Date: May 27th, 2008 12:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Just wait until you get a chance to see the episode 'Blink'!

Who is my absolute crack and I simply adore it! Welcome to the obsession!
tania From: tania Date: May 27th, 2008 12:07 am (UTC) (Link)
jesskat has been talking about Blink a lot lately too - my curiousity is way piqued, but I'm going to watch in order from the beginning of New Who, and not skip ahead, even with such temptation. ;)
jemshed From: jemshed Date: May 27th, 2008 12:10 am (UTC) (Link)
The crap-ness of Dr. Who only adds to the awesome. The crap is a crucial element to the awesome!
tania From: tania Date: May 27th, 2008 12:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Indeed! Joe and I were giggling over just how many times the creators felt compelled to unnecessarily show us the aliens slipping out of their human-skin disguises in that episode where alien traders take over parliament. :D It's like someone in charge said "Hey, that special effect is awesome - let's flog it to death!!"
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: May 27th, 2008 12:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Re: Avatar...

Joooooin uuusssss 8D~
tania From: tania Date: May 27th, 2008 12:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Haha, your icon is the most appropriate thing ever. :D
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tania From: tania Date: May 27th, 2008 02:29 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm not sure if I'm quite ready to face the massive Who backlog just yet. o_o Which one was William Hartnell? The dude with the awesome scarf? Because that guy seems pretty cool. I also want to see the movie that had the steampunk doctor, Joe keeps going on and on about it. :)
pegasus316 From: pegasus316 Date: May 27th, 2008 01:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Aahhh yes. Jhonen Vasquez. A friend of mine actually got to know him pretty well at one point when she was living out in California. At that point, he'd moved on to his indie comic, "Johnny the Homicidal Maniac". So, this was after his Zim days.

Apparently, he's not the most stable of people. o_o Which must make him a blast to hang out with. ;)
tania From: tania Date: May 27th, 2008 01:32 am (UTC) (Link)
Ah man, I LOVED JTHM. More so than Squee or I Feel Sick, despite the relative sanity in the latter two. But I always thought he did Johnny before Zim? I quite enjoyed Zim because they managed to reign in his insanity a little... I know that's sort of harsh, but sometimes his work can be unpalatable. And I say that in the most admiring way... between JTHM and Zim I seem to prefer both the most and least extremes of his work. Go fig.

I figured either he was slightly unstable or very good at playing the role from his intros to JTHM. To be honest I tended to skim those - he's an entertaining writer when he's telling the story, but I find lengthy self-reflection a little tiresome.
scoutlostthewar From: scoutlostthewar Date: May 27th, 2008 01:19 am (UTC) (Link)


tania From: tania Date: May 27th, 2008 01:32 am (UTC) (Link)
If I were drinking milk I'd have snorted it. :D
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tania From: tania Date: May 27th, 2008 01:32 am (UTC) (Link)
All Your Base!! Dude, that's so old-skool! <3
uniformgrey From: uniformgrey Date: May 27th, 2008 01:34 am (UTC) (Link)
Welcome to the Doctor Who fandom and thumbs up for Avatar as well.
thaily From: thaily Date: May 27th, 2008 06:30 am (UTC) (Link)
This is off-topic but I submitted a post to artists_beware 5 days ago, could any one of the mods keep track of these?
sigmoidal_suseq From: sigmoidal_suseq Date: May 27th, 2008 06:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Lol, you're already a bit late on the avatar wagon. I think they've already begun filming the live action movie.
jesskat From: jesskat Date: May 27th, 2008 12:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Since I've already spammed this entry enough with Whovianism, I'll just chime in to say Avatar rocks. You must obey the dancing prince of angst!
stardustshine From: stardustshine Date: May 27th, 2008 01:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Avatar FTW!
35 have fought ~ fight the power!