Fanvid: Wild Child by calapine (PG-13)

  • Jun. 30th, 2013 at 6:20 PM
Squeezing in one last entry for Alternative Media Week!

Title: Wild Child
Fandoms: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Doomsday, X-Men, Battlestar Galactica, Merlin, The Last Legion, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Robin Hood (BBC), V for Vendetta, Lord of the Rings: the Fellowship of the Rings, Doctor Who, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, 28 Days Later, Children of Dune, Legend of the Seeker, Blake's 7, Star Wars: A New Hope, Terminator: Salvation, Babylon 5, Farscape, The X-Files, Torchwood, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Smallville, Superman II, Pan's Labyrinth, The Sarah Jane Adventures, Peter Pan, Star Trek: First Contact, Enterprise, Underworld, Terminator II: Judgement Day, Aliens, Survivors, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Star Trek, Stargate: Atlantis, Batman Returns, Resident Evil, The Matrix, Star Trek 09, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Ashes to Ashes, Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, Children of Men, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Star Trek: Voyager.
Pairing: Gen
Categories: Action/adventure, women being awesome!
Length: 3:48 minutes
Warnings: None

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] calapine
Author Website: Unknown

Author's Summary:
A multi-fandom vid for [livejournal.com profile] halfamoon's celebration of female characters.

Review:
calapine makes an unconventional but beautiful choice with her song, and for something so epic in scope, she makes it impactful on a personal scale as well, and deeply uplifting. This tribute is amazing not only for its subject matter, but also for its diversity. Women are not just awesome when they are gorgeous and kick-ass and come out with both guns blazing, but they're also awesome when they're doing science experiments, or being brave, or making difficult decisions.

Women can be some of the most harshly judged characters on screen -- because often, women are their own harshest critics. This vid highlights some unexpected choices, and reminds us that every single woman is more than just the few seconds we see them on screen -- they each have their own stories.

Wild Child

Fanvid: Starships! by bironic (PG-13)

  • Jun. 27th, 2013 at 6:27 PM
A day late and a dollar short, here's my entry for Alternative Media Week

Title: Starships!
Fandom: 2001: A Space Odyssey, Alien/Aliens, Apollo 13, Archer, Battlestar Galactica (2004-8), Cocoon, Community, Doctor Who (2005-), Dune, Farscape, The Fifth Element, Firefly/Serenity, Forbidden Planet, Futurama, Galaxy Quest, Independence Day, The Muppet Show, Odyssey 5, Planet of the Apes (1968), Spaceballs, Star Trek (TOS, Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager; movies II, IV, VII, VIII and XI/Reboot), Star Wars IV & V, Stargate: Atlantis, Stargate SG-1, Sunshine, Superman (1978), Toy Story 2, Virtuality, WALL-E
Music Used: Starships by Nicki Minaj
Pairing: gen
Categories: sci-fi, fluff, happiness?
Length: 3:36 minutes
Warnings: n/a, except the author's warnings: "sci fi action, swear words and makeouts. *Physical note for camera movement (shaking, spinning, tilting), flashing lights and some fast-cut sequences."

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] bironic
Author Website: unknown

Summary:
A celebration of pilots, captains, engineers, crew members, and the spacecraft they love to fly. (And race, and crash, and fix, and play in, and fight in, and...)

Review:
This is one of my favorite vids ever (no lie). It's a perfect combination of music and content, and as a life-long sci-fi fan I adore the love and care the vidder shows to the genre and joy the vid gets across. There are great little character moments, and I particularly liked how Bironic wove together similar situations in the INCREDIBLE HUGE amounts of fandoms into coherent sequences (wormholes, crashes, ode to engineers, and my favorite the spinning/crashing sequence).

Starships!
with bonus Lyrics + Breakdown of clips

Going Native by Rap541 (PG)

  • Apr. 10th, 2013 at 9:10 PM
Title: Going Native
Fandom: Battlestar Galactica (2004), Star Trek: The Next Generation (with references to Star Trek: The Original Series)
Pairing: gen, with Felix Gaeta/Anastasia "Dee" Dualla (and background/slight Lee Adama/OFC, Reginald Barclay/Racetrack, Saul Tigh/Lwaxana Troi)
Categories: AU, Crossover, Drama
Length: Super Epic (156,591 words)
Warnings: n/a

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] rap541
Author Website: Rap541 (on FF.net)

Summary:
What do you do when you're a lost Starfleet officer in the Beta Quadrant? You blend in and hope for the best.

Review:
It's been ages since I visited either the The Next Generation or Battlestar Galactica fandoms, and the fic totally hits my id for both fandoms and for crossovers. The author fuses the two canons together cleverly, and includes elements of the Star Trek: Original Series episode "Who Mourns for Adonais?" to help reconcile the otherwise conflicting canons and their mythologies. I must admit to spotty familiarity with later seasons of BSG, but it seems to be a post-Season 3 AU.

Felix Gaeta, a member of Star Fleet, was transported via a freak wormhole (a la Farscape's John Crichton) to the Twelve Colonies a decade ago, and blended in to the society there for survival and to avoid breaking the Prime Directive. Deeply undercover, he'd given up on returning home when the events of the early seasons of Battlestar Galactica occur. Eventually, the fleet make it to Federation space, and Gaeta's varied loyalties and history are revealed.

What ensues is a long, engrossing tale focused primarily on Gaeta, but that also deals with the complexities of the Twelve Colonies survivors first contact with the Federation (through it's flagship, the Enterprise and her personnel), the culture clashes between them, and the stress and PTSD of the refugees, and bonus Romulans! Gaeta, in particular, is put through the wringer; the stress and guilt from canon events combined with his conflicting loyalties and years of living in fear of discovery all taking a toll, and the first contact situation requiring his continued input despite the need for a break. He also gets to see his (original character) family members for the first time in a decade, which is both joyful and stressful. Gaeta may be over-woobiefied and perhaps overpowered, but it worked for me within the parameters of the fic's fusion of canons and within the context of the plot.

Most everyone gets great character moments, with sections that show both crews perspectives of each other; I particularly liked Picard and Bill Adama's POV sections, which really gave great perspectives of the clash of cultures and on the other characters around them. My favorite character interactions of all may have been between Bill Adama and Worf, and Barclay and Kara Thrace. Many character are given a chance to shine, including Barclay and Lwaxana Troi, Dee, Lee, Bill Adama and President Laura Roslin, and Gaius Baltar. Complex interpersonal issues with the BSG characters are resolved, and the author took me from a place of complete frustration with Kara Thrace to really enjoying her character again. The Cylons, too, appear later in the fic, and some aspects of their culture and existence are resolved in a way that totally works for me (more so than in canon).

The various romances, though not central to the plot, were fun and sweet, especially between Gaeta and Dee and I got a real kick out of Ambassador Lwaxana Troi and Tigh as well.

I did have a hard time getting into the story in the first chapter or two since it starts in medias res; the author did add the earlier scenes of the initial meeting of the crews as a sort of epilogue, so if you prefer to start at the chronological beginning you can skip to Chapter 65 and read through to Chapter 67, and then go back the Chapter 1.

Click here to read an excerpt. )

Going Native

[Note: there's also a pretty awesome sequel Going Forward that is sadly a WIP, last updated November 2011. Check it out if you like the Going Native'verse and don't mind reading unfinished fic, but the first story can stand on it's own. The fic is strongly rooted in Trek'verse events--the Dominion War--shown in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.]

[ETA: to fix ~many~ spelling errors and add in a few forgotten details, such as a mention of the Cylons]
Title: To Catch a Falling Starbuck and Father’s Day
Fandom: Original Battlestar Galactica/Xena
Pairing: Starbuck/Apollo, Ares/Joxer, Strife/Cupid
Categories: Angst, Crossover,Drama, Established Relationship, Family, Friendship, Romance,
Length: Epic (41,000)
Warnings: Past child abuse, war, poisoning, attempted murder


Author on LJ: n/a
Website: Kerensa’s WWOMB Page

Review: This story starts out with Starbuck and Apollo in bed and their relationship in trouble. Things only get worse after that. There is a new fruit on the Galactica and Starbuck is horribly allergic. The allergy sends Starbuck into a coma and forces Apollo to realize how much Starbuck means to him and his family. After that To Catch a Falling Starbuck becomes a sweet and fluffy hurt/comfort story.

The second story in the series, Father’s Day is a mystery and a crossover with Xena. I absolutely love the romance between the reincarnated Ares and the reincarnated Joxer. It is sweet and fluffy and oh so good. I also love the way that Starbuck is portrayed. The problems he experienced in the first story are still very real and the consequences are still seen.

All together the series is a sweet and fluffy, feel good fic with just enough mystery and suspense to keep it interesting.

To Catch a Falling Starbuck
Father’s Day
Title: I Enjoy Being a Girl
Musical Artist: Sandra Allen
Fandom: Alias, Battlestar Galactica, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Veronica Mars
Pairing: Zoe/Wash, Starbuck/some guy I don't recognize because I don't watch BG
Warnings: n/a

Vidder on LJ: [personal profile] absolutedestiny
Master List Link: http://www.absolutedestiny.org/

Review:
The second of my girl power recs. Five of the best female characters in the last five years (Sydney Bristow, Starbuck, Buffy, Zoe, and Veronica Mars) demonstrate that you can be powerful and feminine at the same time. Not to mention hot. Damn, these are attractive women. And they certainly don't need a man to protect them. Hell, they'll be the ones protecting their man. And that's why we love them.

I Enjoy Being a Girl

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