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adventures in watching SPN people

I was in need of some over-the-top silliness, ideally with eye candy, so I got Stonehenge Apocalypse from Netflix. It delivered on both accounts. I got to spend a lot of time objectifying Misha Collins - which I can't do on SPN, because I simply cannot read Castiel as a sexual being - and it was indeed very, very silly.

For example, did you know that there is a global energy grid, at the intersection points of which ancient peoples built their monuments? You should never, ever detonate a nuclear warhead at one of these intersection points, because if you do, the radiation will spread all over the globe. Via the energy grid. Obviously.

The SFX were quite bad. We got a lot of mileage out of watching concrete blocks tearing up turf (because the stones of Stonehenge were moving, doncha know). The writing was abysmal. The acting was not bad - Misha made the best of his material, and I really liked the gal playing the dissenting scientist who ends up teaming up with Misha's character to stop the apocalypse.

I would recommend it on the power of Misha Collins' face, basically, plus ridiculous cheesiness. Also, there's a reveal about 3/4 in that I actually quite liked and would have worked as the seed of a much, much better movie.


Then, of course, I went to AO3 and read all the fic. (Well, all the marginally interesting-looking fic that didn't involved Jimmy Novak/Jacob Glaser twincest.) And found Ride the Lightning by [archiveofourown.org profile] ratherastory, which is a little bit about Jacob and a whole lot about Claire and Castiel, which suited me fine. There is never enough Claire+Castiel fic. And the author has a very light touch. I recommend!


So now, in my SPN obsession, I've seen Ten Inch Hero (with Jensen and also Danneel), New York Minute (with Jared), an episode of Wildfire (with Genevieve), and this. The only one of those that was even remotely good was Ten Inch Hero, which, although deeply flawed in its themes, had good characters, quirk, and a lot of heart. New York Minute had Jared being ridiculously hot and not much else. The first ep of Wildfire wasn't awful, but it seemed to be leading directly into teen romance triangle shenanigans that I couldn't stomach, and also the casual, entirely unproblemitized misogyny bugged.

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Jun. 27th, 2013 04:04 am (UTC)
I have been watching a lot of movies of questionable quality due to my The Walking Dead and it's associated actors obsession. The things we do for love!
Jun. 27th, 2013 11:00 pm (UTC)
Ain't it the truth. :D
Jun. 27th, 2013 04:24 am (UTC)
I feel the same way about Castiel--Misha Collins is hotter than the sun but I have trouble seeing Cas as sexy. I think it's because Misha plays the otherworldy, untouched Cas so very well...
Jun. 27th, 2013 11:02 pm (UTC)
He really does! I always end up thinking about how it hurts to punch him, and yeesh, that is not not a very sexy image. :)
Jun. 27th, 2013 04:40 am (UTC)
If you want to continue with the other works of the spn people.... Jared did a movie with Peter O'Toole. It is called the Christmas Cottage. and Misha did a web series. Thought you just might be interested. Keep up the great writing!
Jun. 27th, 2013 11:05 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I didn't realize Peter O'Toole was in it. And Marcia Gay Harden, too! Those are all good people. That should be my next stop on the SPN actor tour.
Jun. 27th, 2013 04:51 am (UTC)
Dangit, I didn't take advantage of Wildfire while it was on Netflix and had it in my Instant Queue (I'll-watch-it-whenever/TV-and-movie-purgatory) until they took it off. D:

I did, however, watch Ten Inch Hero, and I think I was enjoying Jensen and Danneel a little too much to cringe at a thing or two, though I know it came off (especially at the end) as a little misguided.
Jun. 27th, 2013 11:07 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the ending in particular of Ten Inch Hero kind of broke all the themes they were trying to develop. But I really enjoyed all the characters.

Heh, I know what you mean about instant queue purgatory. :D
Jun. 27th, 2013 05:53 am (UTC)
Jared used to be on Gilmore Girls. It's one of those shows I kind of enjoy in moderation, but it's the first place I remember seeing him!

I may have to check out Stonehenge Apocalypse . Every now and then OTT silliness is a good thing. I just enjoy Misha!
Jun. 27th, 2013 11:11 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's right! The roommate showed me a few eps of GG, but we kept missing the ones with Jared in them. I would probably be willing to watch more if he were in them, actually.

Fair warning, SA was very, very silly. We kept using 'electromagnetic field' in approximately the same verbal context we would use 'magic'. I no doubt would have found the whole thing even sillier if I actually remember any of my high school physics class. :D
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