argentum_ls: (Perry)
Dear 5K Writer-

Hi! I'm so happy you signed up and matched with me in the exchange. I'm very excited for whatever you choose to write. There's a lot of info below for you, should you be the kind of writer who will benefit from that, but please don't feel like you have to study it. If you already have a story idea, you don't like long letters, or you don't like my kind of prompting, then do what works for you. As long as you avoid my DNWs, I will enjoy your work.

Should you want to run an idea past someone who knows me, there's no one better than htbthomas, who has had to listen to me flail about every request here at some point.

Also, I'm LadySilver on AO3 and argentum_ls just about everywhere else (if the underscore doesn't work, try a hyphen).

Info )

Highlander: the Series )

Highlander: The Watcher )

Crossover Fandoms )

Travelers )

Again, I very much look forward to the work you're going to make. Thank you for signing up!
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This has been an interesting exchange season, in part because of Real Life drama that has been going on a lot longer than it should, and because, for some reason, my requests keep going to pinch hit at the last minute. My [community profile] crossovering request went to ph three days after assignments were due and my [ profile] yuletide_admin request went to ph the day before assignments were due. (I feel I must have gotten a reputation somewhere as a difficult assignee. How do I fix this?) I also did [ profile] hlh_shortcuts and didn't go to ph, which is good because I wasn't available this year to pick up any pinch hits. ;)

The consequence, oddly enough, has been some really enjoyable gifts.


I Left My Heart in 1990 by [ profile] flukeoftheuniverse - Highlander/DC's Legends of Tomorrow - 3390 words - The Waverider crew picks up a guest after an unsuccessful trip to the 90s to find Vandal Savage. Vandal Savage does not appear in this story.


Beyond Metropolis by [ profile] setcheti - Beyond Metropolis (Song) - Shriekback - 2223 words - The world outside the walls of Metropolis had blue skies, just like in my mother's stories.

Metropolis, My Love by [ profile] foxtwin - Beyond Metropolis (Song) - Shriekback - 1234 words - A canonically conceptual view of Metropolis from the outside.

In This Darkest Closet, Tryin' to Figure It Out by [ profile] htbthomas - My Secret Identity - 1544 words - Andrew, Kirk and Cassie are trapped in a closet, and Kirk only has one question: why won't Andrew use his powers?

and I got an NYR

Pack is Home, Home is Pack by [ profile] mercybuckets - Wolfblood - 2771 words - Maddy juggles exams, applications, diplomacy and plans for the future. On top of everything, Rhydian is acting weird and her powers are acting up. One thing’s for sure, life in Canada for a teenaged wolfblood is no picnic.

HLH Shortcuts

Introspective Christmas or how to turn your life upside down in the course of an hour by [ profile] banbury - Highlander - 1595 words - Open your eyes and you might find something unexpected.
argentum_ls: Methos (Methos)

I'm signed up for [ profile] hlh_shortcuts. This is old news, though it still bears mentioning. My sign-up hasn't changed much from last year, though I find that every year, the list of things I'm curious to see gets bigger and more tilted toward rare characters and pairings. Next year, I might pull out the dartboard and see what happens.

Gotta figure out my sign-up for [ profile] yuletide_admin by Monday. I know what I want to request (I have a pretty solid stable of Yuletide fandoms at this point), with no idea what to offer.

In the meantime, I'm waiting for the [community profile] crossovering archive to open. It was supposed to go live today, only a last minute bail out by a pinch hitter has put a delay on it. Alas, I don't know the fandoms in the assignment well enough to help.


  • Highlander/Tomorrow People (1973) - In the TP serial "The Blue and the Green," we're introduced to a species of alien of that farms its children out to be raised by other intelligent species, in much the same way that cuckoos lay their eggs in the nests of other birds. When the cuckoo children reach adolescence, they must accumulate violent energy by way of inciting the host species around them to war so they can finish maturing and leave the planet. Imagine the HL Immortals as a type of this species. However, instead of inciting the host species to violence, they accumulate their violent energy from killing each other. Eventually, the "one" will have enough energy to finish maturing and leave, to begin the cycle all over again--which would work much better if only one parent at a time seeded a planet.

  • Highlander - Tessa survives the shooting, which puts her front-and-center on seeing Richie's training. It's one thing for her to know that Duncan sometimes has to go kill people; it's another for her to see Richie have to learn to do the same thing.
  • argentum_ls: Methos (Methos)
    I'm a little late posting this here this year, but there's still time to sign up! Come one, come all.

    As a note: the mod is going to try direct-to-AO3 posting this year, so the "first story posted" date on the banner may turn out to be "all stories revealed."

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    argentum_ls: (Perry)
    Dear Crossovering Writer:

    Thank you so much for signing up for this exchange and for agreeing to write me a story. Crossovers are one of my favorite types of stories, so I can't wait to see what you come up with.

    I'm [ profile] LadySilver, [ profile] argentum-ls, and [personal profile] argentum_ls. Feel free to browse my feeds. If you have any questions, htbthomas can help you with answers.

    Below I've listed some general likes and dislikes, a brief breakdown of what I like in each fandom I've requested (along with favorite characters and pairings), and sentence prompts. I know there's a lot of information here. Everything is optional, though I really hope you'll avoid my DNWs. Use what you want to, and please don't feel like you have to tick off every box. This info is meant to make things easier for you, not harder.

    Fandoms included:

    Being Human (US)
    Highlander: the Series
    Houdini & Doyle
    Legends of Tomorrow
    The Listener
    Now You See Me

    Likes and Dislikes )

    Fandom Breakdowns )

    Prompts )

    Thank you again for signing up. I hope you have a great time writing!
    argentum_ls: (Default)
    Dear My Old Fandom Creator,

    Hi! Thank you for signing up for some nostalgia. I'm very excited for the work you're going to do, as every one of my requested fandoms has been a big part of my fannish (and, in most cases, real life) for a long time. While I talk about some of the fandoms more than others, I promise that every fandom and character/group I've requested is one I really want to see a new work in.

    I'm LadySilver on AO3 and argentum_ls just about everywhere else (if the underscore doesn't work, try a hyphen).

    Below is a lot of nattering about what I like in my chosen fandoms. I've also included a lot of prompts and ideas. Use what you need to, but please, please do not think that any of these prompts are must-haves on my end. If none of the prompts speak to you (or if you prefer to write unprompted), then do what works for you. As long as you avoid my DNWs, I will enjoy your work.

    Also, I participate in a lot of exchanges and fests. Sometimes I post prompt ideas directly to my DW or tumblr. All prompts are fair-game, no matter how old they are or whether someone filled them already, so if something I've posted elsewhere grabs your attention, go with it. Should you want to run an idea past someone who knows me, there's no one better than htbthomas, who has had to listen to me flail about every request here at some point.

    I've requested fic for the first four fandoms and fic or art for the last one.

    Info )

    Highlander: the Series )

    My Secret Identity )

    The Tomorrow People (1973) )

    The Tomorrow People (1992) )

    21 Jump Street )

    I very much look forward to the work you're going to make. Thank you for signing up!
    argentum_ls: Methos (Methos)
    I signed up for two winter exchanges this year, and ended up writing three stories for them.

    For Yuletide, I matched on The Tomorrow People (1973) and wrote:

    Gaming the System for Marien - 2385 words - Sometimes a fad is an alien conspiracy to take over the world and sometimes it's just a fad. Telling the difference is the problem.

    Read more... )

    For Shortcuts, I was assigned to [personal profile] idontlikegravy who started her list of preferred characters with Richie, which immediately sealed the question of whom I was going to be writing about. For her, I wrote:

    Something Called Living" - 19,535 words - Of all the morgues in all the world, Richie Ryan just had to wake up in Henry Morgan's.

    Read more... )

    For the first time, I got my Shortcuts story turned in on time. Before time, even. So, when the call went out for a last minute pinch-hit, I grabbed it, because not writing a story after deadline just didn't feel right.

    For [ profile] mackiedockie, I wrote:

    Ace in the Hole - 3195 words - A stormy night stuck in the bar with Methos gives Joe the chance to find out something he’s wanted to know for a long time.

    Read more... )
    argentum_ls: Methos (Methos)
    I've gotten out of the habit of posting about the stories I've received here, so I guess there's no time like the new year to see if I can reclaim the habit.


    Highlander Shortcuts

    Of the two exchanges I joined this winter, this one opened first.

    My gift is the fantastic:

    Like New (LJ link) - Methos is definitely not a new Immortal, but Richie doesn't know that and Methos isn't about to tell him.

    The author is currently anon, though I think I know who it is [ profile] flukeoftheuniverse.

    Comments: A super fun scenario that lets us revisit Richie when he was a brand new Immortal and "meet" Methos when he was still firmly Adam Pierson and invested in keeping it that way. One of the issues I had with the later seasons of HL is that Richie and Methos never got any real on-screen time together, and this story nicely shows how it could have happened. It is canon divergent (which is always fine by me), yet not so much so that it disrupts anything that happens on the show. I think my favorite part of the story is that Richie gets to step up and be the one in charge and, while it doesn't work out the way he thinks it should, he's not punished for that, either by the other characters or the narrative.


    And we have a second winner with a Supergirl story:

    You're My Freak (AO3 link) - Four times that Kara using her powers nearly gave Alex a heart attack and the one time Alex asked her to use them.

    The author is currently anon, but I definitely know who it is. (Hi, Tig!) [personal profile] tptigger

    Comments: Sister love! It's a story of pure sister love. The five scenarios in the story start shortly after Kara comes to Earth and take us through different situations where she's learning to use her powers, with mixed results. Each scenario is focused on Kara and Alex, though other Danvers and some OCs show up to move things along. There's really nothing about this story not to love. Each scenario is sweet and fun with great sister banter. My favorite scenario is the last one, but all are important to the arc of the story.
    argentum_ls: Methos (Methos)
    Stories for the exchange have been posting this week. Fifteen of the eighteen scheduled stories are out already, and so far they're a really good lot.

    This is my fourth year participating and the first I can recall where Richie starred in multiple stories (4), which obviously makes me happy. There're a few stories in the vein of episodes, a nice selection of crossovers, and a couple humor pieces. There also seems to be a lot of longer stories for this exchange: two that span multiple posts and at least two others that feel like they're over 5K, though not everyone lists a word count.

    Strangely, what I'm most looking forward to is the guessing post because I've read enough HL fanfic in the last few months that I think I might have a chance.
    argentum_ls: Methos (Methos)
    It's possible that I may have finally run out of Highlander stories to read. I've thought it was true before, but then I found more pockets of stories. Now I think I've run out of pockets to find unless there's a lot more hidden on LJ than I've been able to dig up. (There probably is. It is LJ, after all).

    Good thing the Shortcuts stories are due to start posting tomorrow.

    Dec 1st

    Dec. 1st, 2015 12:49 pm
    argentum_ls: (Default)

    To my complete and utter shock, I managed to win NaNoWriMo again. I wasn't going to participate at all, but then a story bit me. Then another one. I idly kept track of my word count, but didn't stress over whether the daily minimum happened or not. Come Nov. 30th, I was about 5000 words behind--close enough that it seemed shameful not to at least try to win, yet far enough to make it unlikely. The most I've ever written in a day was 3K, and I think that only happened once in the 10 years I've done NaNo. Somehow I managed it. Granted, 4K of that is utter throw-away garbage of characters talking about useless things, but words are words.


    My story is finished. It was finished weeks ago. This will be the first year I've done Shortcuts and not blown through the deadlines. Beta reading is in progress and so far is proof of why getting an exchange story beta read is a good idea, because holy cow did I have some stupid errors (big ones, of the 'the character wouldn't do that' and 'the story doesn't make sense if...' type). Plus the plethora of nit-picky errors. There were a couple words in the story that were so utterly wrong that I'm clueless as to what word I was trying to come up with. Once all that is fixed, I really hope my recip likes the result because I am amazingly enthralled with this story and I really want to be able to gush about it.

    I thought I had the title locked down, but the more I edit, the more I think a different one would be better.


    No such luck here. Blank assignment = no fire.

    Fandom Stocking

    I'm pulling together my stocking sign up now. Mostly it's C&P from last year's with the additions of Supergirl, Psych, and Wolfblood. I keep debating whether to drop one or two of my inactive fandoms from last year's list in the interest of being more concise, then I think that not including them really will mean no chance to getting something in them. What to do?


    I'd like to be glad that this year is almost over, but that only matters if next year is better. So far, that doesn't appear to be in the cards.


    Methos as a 1970s punk rocker. I'm oddly obsessed with this image right now and I wish I had the skills to draw it myself. I can't decide if he'd play bass or if he'd be, like, #1 groupie.


    Took the kid to a Doctor Who convention for her birthday as part of our bi-annual tradition when we're in that town over Thanksgiving. She had a great time! I broke down and bought a new copy of the Big Finish Highlander season 2 audios, which I forced the family to listen to on the drive home. (Only I would go to a Doctor Who convention in order to get Highlander media). Very enjoyable audios and well-done fan works. It's a shame that there won't be more.

    I also talked briefly with the head of BF and he confirmed that they would like to get the TP rights back.

    On the topic of TP, I also took the kid and the nieces to play laser tag on Black Friday. The arena used to have a blue team and a red team. In between my last visit and this one, they replaced all the red gear with green gear. That meant that every game on this outing was the Blue vs. the Green. I may have made a few jokes about that that went right over the girls' heads.
    argentum_ls: (Default)

    Sign-ups closed with 1853 people on the list. No takers on two of my requests (Into the Wild Nerd Yonder and My Secret Identity), unless there are hidden bucket list offers. I'm not surprised. They were, and always will be, long-shots, even in the world of Yuletide fandoms. Psion did end up with an offer, and I am surprised about that. I'm going to have to hustle my re-read so that I can come up with requests. Meanwhile, TP '73 ended up at 5,4 and TP '13 at 6,6, blowing both of my predictions away. And Supergirl ended up at 11,19.

    I also took some risks with my offers that I will undoubtedly be kicking myself for later.


    My assignment is sweet. Now I just need to come up with a solid idea for a story. Well, and then I just need to write it. The 'writing it' is always the part that doesn't go according to any plans I make.

    So far, all my ideas would be in fulfillment of my own prompts, and I don't like doing that for exchanges unless I know my recip well enough to know that they're cool with the inside of my head.


    I know that the Raven spin-off was a behind-the-scenes nightmare for a lot of reasons, and as I re-watch episodes I wonder about the show we could have gotten. Then I find myself wondering what missed opportunities were the results of the BTS issues and which were simply missed? Like, of all the characters who were introduced on TS who were supposed to be significant to Amanda's history (Rebecca, Zachary Blaine, Cory, Kit), why were none of them brought in for appearances on the spin-off? (Reusing Rebecca footage from TS doesn't count). Were the actors all unavailable? Did they all refuse like Wingfield did? Were they never asked?

    In other random thoughts: How would Raven have been different if Ceirdwyn had been the star. While I know she was never one of the candidates, and it's entirely possible that the actress had aged past the ability to be a candidate, I think she would have made a hell of a central character on a show.

    More scenarios:

  • Methos going through the Watcher's Academy and having his patience tried by the Watchers being earnestly wrong about things related to Immortals and Immortality that he can't correct.

  • The Highlander Wiki lists Gregor as Alec Hill's teacher. So, Gregor goes Hunting for his student's killer, finds him (much to his surprise at who it is), and decides that neither a Challenge nor revenge is what he owes him.

  • (TP '13 / HL crossover) To an Immortal, a strong telepath "reads" like they have an Immortal signature. So, when Cara finally feels safe enough after the fall of ULTRA to leave the Lair and move topside, she finds herself accidentally and incorrectly being treated as a player in the Game. One of our canon Immortals figures out what's going on and takes her under their wing, which turns out to be a really smart decision for reasons the Immortal couldn't have predicted. (And suddenly I'm interested in all the shipping potential here.)
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    I've been trying to hack my Big Finish account. I've narrowed the email address down to one that hasn't been valid in at least eight years. None of the usual suspects for passwords are working, though.

    The goal of this, naturally, is to see if I can still download the Highlander season 2 audio that I bought once upon a time.

    Technology needs to learn to cooperate with my obsessions.
    argentum_ls: Methos (Methos)
    In the world of "What's amusing LS today?":

  • Cory Raines vs. Shawn Spencer

  • Any of the old Immortals stuck on the camping trip from Hell with a group of school kids or, worse, their parents-who-think-they-know-everything. What a clash there'd be amongst people who think they know something about how to survive in the wild and the person(s) who actually does.
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    I have things to write. There are deadlines coming up and obligations to meet. I have plenty of ideas, most of which make me grin at the thought of the completed story. Lord knows, I have the time to do all the writing I could ever want to do. Yet, every time I sit at the computer to write, I do something else. I can't blame writer's block because I don't feel blocked; I feel blah. It's writer's "I don't wanna." How I loathe having been pushed into this position, and how much more I loathe how I'm thwarted in all my efforts to leave it. I've been lucky to lead a life so far with few major regrets, but the decisions that brought me here are clearly the payback for that. I miss being full of desire to put words to page.

    More Highlander Scenarios

  • As Richie prepares to abandon his life in Seacouver, he decides to visit his old friends one last time. The visit brings home how much Immortality has changed him, but also how much he is--and always will be--the kid from the old neighborhood. He's also surprised to learn that at least one of his friends isn't going to accept his goodbye. (Because when am I ever not seeking a Secret Identity Reveal story?)

  • We never see Joe learning about Richie's first death. Perhaps he was Watching that night, but I doubt it. He and Duncan were acquainted enough at that point that if Joe had been at the house, I think he'd have broken cover, all things considered. (On a picayune point, Richie was 19 when he died, yet we see him drinking at Joe's bar before he's legally 21. Does Joe not care about legal age when the customer is Immortal? Does he just shrug his shoulders at Richie's fake ID because it's only going to be the first of many? I could actually see Richie being the one to tell Joe what happened because he wants a drink and he figures age doesn't matter anymore.)

  • Something like "Bad Day in Building A," where it's a human crisis with an Immortal solution, only the hero is anyone other than Duncan. The different characters' ways of solving problems are always fun to see.


    Sign-ups are apace. There are 719 people registered at the moment, with the usual amazingly diverse spread of fandoms. There's even (currently) someone else requesting and offering TP '13. Yesterday, there were three someone elses. Last year, we went 8,9 on that fandom. My prediction for this year is 3,4. No takers yet on TP '73. That and all my other current requests are 1,0, save for Supergirl, which looks to be a Yuletide favorite.

    I'm amused by how many participants' names I recognize, most of them fondly. Lots of people there I wish I could gather around me and get to know better.

    I suppose I should write my letter, but I don't wanna.


    Assignment, assignment, where are you assignment? I need to knoooooow.


    Probably not, this year. Of course, I said that last year, too and we know how that turned out
  • argentum_ls: (Default)
    Naturally, I've been reading a lot of Highlander fanfic. A lot. And I have found some very, very good stories. There might even be a rec-set coming.

    There are, however, a few scenarios I either haven't found or haven't found enough of:

  • Methos and Richie together. There's so much potential in the something old-something new scenario that the canon rather skipped merrily over. The obvious way is for Methos to come in to train Richie. But what about some scenario where Richie either knows or understands something that Methos doesn't? Yeah, Methos has been around forever and had time to learn everything, but there are still experiences he is not capable of having, such as being a child. Methos doesn't remember youth--he's only been able to observe it from the outside--so maybe he and Richie could take some perspective lessons from each other. Using this to address their respective issues with the Game could be interesting.

  • For Reasons Richie agrees to take on the role of Fake!Methos, and real Methos has to coach him in how to pretend to act really, really old. This could be especially fun if it were part of some scam or con the two were running. Maybe they switch roles, and Methos takes on the part of the wide-eyed innocent who's been seduced into the Cult of Methos.

  • Danny Cimoli and Monty the Magnificent (TP '13) teaming up for an act. I think "Now You See Me" has created some kind of love for stage magicians who aren't exactly above-board for how (or why) they do their acts. ("The Immortal Cimoli" has a nicely ambiguous ending, which I'm going to insist comes out in favor of Danny.) (Also, also, would it be possible for a TP to kill an Immortal?)

  • Richie and Doctor Anne had some time together while Duncan was dealing with the events of "Finale." Anne had just learned about Immortals and really had little idea what the whole thing was about. Having learned that Duncan was 400, she might assume that all Immortals are equally old. Richie, meanwhile, is dealing with his first public death, which was probably also his first real hint of what the long term consequences of Immortality are. There's room here for a scenario where they share their fears with each other, or where Anne tries to lean on Richie as an expert and Richie realizes how much of life is "fake it til you make it," or where word of the threatened public Immortal reveal gets back to them and Anne tries to help Richie prepare for being outed, or where Anne and Richie work together to prepare Richie for the next time he ends up in the morgue.

  • The expression Methos makes in "Indiscretions" right before the Quickening suggested to me that he doesn't like Quickenings. I'd love to know more about this.

  • In "Indiscretions," Joe showed up to save Amy with an Immortal in tow. Amy didn't give any indication of recognizing Adam Pierson, nor did she react when Joe referred to Methos as "The Doctor." How much did Amy know prior to this about Joe's violation of the Watcher oath? Did she realize how casually he hangs around with Immortals-who-aren't-Duncan? What does she think about what happened? What does she do about what happened? After all, Methos was hanging out in the bar while she was having her talk with Joe at the end of the episode. Could she really ignore the Immortal sitting right there, casually drinking a beer after killing her first field assignment?
  • argentum_ls: Methos (Methos)

    Highlander Shortcuts is running again!

    Sign-ups open Oct 8-15
    argentum_ls: Methos (Methos)
    Kamir: Men like us must preserve where we come from because that is what makes us sane. That is what makes us holy.

    Richie: Sure. If you come from somewhere. Or someone.

    Kamir: You only say this because you don't know who your parents are? No Immortal does. We are children and heirs of the time and place that bore us.

    Richie: So... Mac's got the Highlands. You've got India. I've got bowling allies and fast food joints.

    --"The Wrath of Kali"

    This exchange gets to the heart of what I like about Richie and what I would have liked more of with him. When MacLeod found him, he quite literally pulled Richie off the streets, out of poverty, and out of the kind of life of petty crime that's only going to lead to jail (best case scenario) and gave him a home, a family, and opportunity. He also introduced Richie to this epic and exciting world of Immortals and The Game and a whole bunch of other common nouns that have been upgraded to capital letters, and it was all like Richie had fallen into a fairy tale. MacLeod's 400 years old. Amanda's over a 1000. Richie routinely met or heard about other people with multiple centuries, if not millennia, to their ages and the colorful bits of history they lived through or helped create. Then Richie became an Immortal and took up a sword, and discovered that Immortality was nowhere near as glamorous as he'd believed. For starters, Richie hadn't been raised in a time that expected young men to become warriors who expected to fight, die, and kill, and now he was expected to do all of those. He became an Immortal, but he didn't come into a fount of knowledge/experience that made the world any clearer to him or become rich, or important, or develop any kind of grand purpose. Coming back from the dead didn't transform him into a fairy-tale Hero.

    I think this was all very confusing to him, and more than a little bit of a let down. The world of Immortals is violent and dangerous and, frankly, not anywhere near as morally clear as Mac had presented it. Richie's life had changed in fundamentally important ways, but his world really hadn't. He still knew the same people he'd always known, went to the same places he'd always gone, and struggled with the same problems he'd always had. The only time he died in such a way that it became an inconvenience for him, he was in France. Yes, he saw the death of his dream to become a professional racer, but France was not his home turf. Leaving the country and giving up his identity there was a temporary setback in the scheme of things. In a sense, he died, and respawned back in Seacouver as if the whole France thing had been nothing more than a dream he'd had to wake up from too soon. Back to square one, without even a decent story to show for it.

    What I wanted from his story was to see someone going down the road of Immortality for the first time, and to see the world he'd lived in slip further and further away because he couldn't keep growing with it. What would it have been like for Angie to run into him during season 5 and wonder how he'd barely aged since the last time she saw him? How would he deal when he had to face leaving Seacouver, the city he'd spent his entire formative life in, for a whole generation? At what point would he need to start thinking about faking a public death so that people he knew when he was kid (e.g. Maria Alcobar) would stop trying to reconnect with him? And then, how would he pull it off? How would he, specifically, deal with the kind of long-term relationships where his SO starts trying to transition from the fairly nomadic lifestyle that's acceptable in twenty-somethings to the kind of settled life that he's never going to look old enough to be able to reach? And what will he do when he wants the lifestyle expected of older people? We got a glimpse of that story with Donna, but the threat of Kern came on so fast and so strong that the decisions were all but taken out of his hands.

    What would happen when Richie's sitting in a college classroom next to Mary Lindsey and realizing that the version of Richie she knows cannot be who he is?

    The experiences Richie'd have as a new Immortal would be very different as a perpetual adolescent than those Duncan had as a perpetual thirty-something, not just because of the eras of their first lifetimes, but because of the societal expectations put on them based solely on how old they appear to be. As American society continues to push the age of maturity further up, I think Richie's story would only become more interesting; what he'd be allowed to want with a twenty-year old face in 1995 is different than what he'd be allowed to want in 2015, so in a sense he'd be forced to de-age just when he most wanted to be taken seriously as an adult. The unfortunate part about a show featuring characters who never age is that their actors do, so there's no way to come back to many of these ideas in live-action. Also, there's the whole matter of "Archangel," damn the producers. So, getting to see this story play out is sadly impossible.

    Richie wanted to be connected to a place and a time where his presence mattered. I would have liked to have seen more focus on his journey toward discovering that one doesn't need to be a fairy tale hero to have that.
    argentum_ls: Methos (Methos)
    I've been binge-watching Highlander these last couple weeks. As with many binge watches of shows I've already seen, this one started with me wanting to check on one quick thing in one episode, then I had to check another thing, then another, and suddenly I'm re-watching the whole show out-of-order.

    The episodes on Hulu have the Euro-minutes--a fact I might have been aware of previously, yet only now have I been paying attention to. It's amazing to me how many really good character moments are tucked in those minutes. On the one hand, I'm glad that the writers approached the extra time knowing it would be cut out of the American airings because it meant that they generally didn't put plot-worthy information in; instead it's full of the quieter character interactions that were cheap to film and yet are really far more interesting to me than sword fights. On the other, I wonder how the minutes could have been better used, because in many episodes they are clearly, and sometimes ham-handily, filler.

    As I've gone back through the episodes, a few things have really jumped out:

    1. The writers really had no idea what to do with Richie. None whatsoever. As the show progresses past the second season, it's really obvious that the writers are flailing for material. So much of what they do choose is meant to make Duncan look wise and level-headed, but to me it often has the effect of Duncan looking completely cold-hearted because of how often he refuses to explain anything to his ostensible student until it's too late for those explanations to be useful. Richie's poor treatment on the show is certainly one I've been aware of since my original viewing, but it's really standing out to me now, to the point of making it hard to watch some of his episodes.

    2. The show was clearly on the cusp of the transition in television from purely anthologized episodes to encompassing story arcs. I remember the writers talking at a convention (Syndicon '98?) about why they did the Horseman arc as a two-parter, with their reason being that doing season long arcs was boring because the viewer was always going to know how it ended up. (This reason strikes me as rather flimsy since anthologized episodes, with their necessary reset buttons, are only going to be more of the viewer always knowing the ending.) Personally, I think the Horsemen and Judgement Day arcs would have worked a lot better if they'd been more than two-parters.

    3. So many of the guest actors had little to no idea how to use their weapons. I suppose it's unfair to expect otherwise, and I know that the Swordmaster has spoken at length about the rigors he put the guest cast through to try to make them appear somewhat competent, yet the swordfights were such a large component of the show that the actors' inability to stage fight effectively is so noticeable. I was watching one episode with the kid and she started critiquing the actor's technique. (As she was also working on one of her own weapons forms at the time, I felt it necessary to remind her that she probably had a lot more experience with the weapon than the actor did.)

    4. My memory of the show is a lot weaker than I thought it was. I had completely forgotten many of the guest characters, including a few whom I will now be adding to future exchange requests. I'd also badly mis-remembered at least one plot line, to the point where I'm a little regretful that I've reminded myself of how it really went because I liked my version better. There are also a couple scenes that I can clearly visualize yet I can't seem to find visual evidence of. Is this fanfic contamination or am I just skipping the relevant episodes?

    5. If there's an episode I haven't seen since first airing, it's probably better to keep it that way. I'm sorry, Charlie; I adore you. However, I couldn't make it through "The Zone."
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    Dear Trick or Treat writer,

    Hi! Thank you for signing up for some tricks or treats. I'm so excited about the possibilities of this exchange and I want to encourage you to push the boundaries, in the spirit of the holiday. Below is all the info from my sign up. If you want more info or more specific prompts, feel free to browse my other exchange letters. If none of them inspire you, or you have an idea for something else you think I'd like, please go with what does inspire you instead. You can also hit up my ask box, which has anon turned on, or talk to htbtomas, who both knows my tastes and knows how to keep a secret.

    I'm LadySilver on AO3 and argentum_ls just about everywhere else (if the underscore doesn't work, try a hyphen).

    Most of what follows is geared toward fic because that's what I know. Art fills are more than welcome! I'm not fond of chibis. Beyond that, I welcome the opportunity to broaden my horizons.

    Info )

    Arrow )

    Dead Last )

    Highlander: the Series )

    Mako Mermaids )

    Teen Wolf )

    The Tomorrow People (2013) )

    Wolfblood )


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