Re-painted 12" Lara Croft Tomb Raider Legend(left side of face is re-painted, right side still not done. Click here to see her finished)
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Re-painted 12" Lara Croft Tomb Raider Legend(left side of face is re-painted, right side still not done. Click here to see her finished)
As Dawn's body sails down into and disappears in a white light, causing the energy to go even wilder.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
We we're talking about Buffy dream in The Long Way Home, the one where Xander's head pops of.
I actually think the whole dream has pretty big significance to Buffy's arc this season so you're not alone :)
A while ago I was actually arguing it from a Buffy/Xander POV. In 'A Beautiful Sunset' Buffy breaks down sobbing over the guilt she feels regarding all the people who have loved her and suffered because of this. It got me thinking back to the Buffy/Xander dream and how she knocks his head off when she kisses him. She states "I'll be gentle this time" and whilst at first I thought this hinted at a possible previous dream or actual real sexy encounter with Xander, I now think it's a reference to how she feels about all her past relationships. She thinks all the people who love her get hurt and in her dream this anxiety is evident by how Xander gets hurt and how Buffy was aware of that possibility but unable to prevent it.
I theorised that this is why she pushed Xander towards Renee in ‘A Beautiful Sunset’ because she didn’t want him to suffer like Angel, Riley or Spike did. She was pushing him towards the safer option because she feared if they got too close he’d be in danger and she couldn’t bare that.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
"It's the reunion that had to happen... and it did happen at PALEYFEST08 in Hollywood. Here's the place to get the entire uncut, Paley Center–produced DVD of the event featuring Joss Whedon, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, James Marsters, Seth Green, Michelle Trachtenberg, and others talking and laughing about this legendary show. This exclusive DVD contains extras you cannot find anywhere else, including backstage video and photos!"
But it costs too much for me. Great for those of you who haven't gotten a hold of the Best Buy version tough.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Have you heard of the Electric Tiki statuettes, specifically the Buffy ones?
If not look here Electrik Tiki for photos. They have released a few(Buffy, Willow) and are planning on doing more, but it seems like the Spike design will get cancelled(btw, it's probably not the same design as on the page I just showed you, I read it's been changed a lot).
To save Spike, show that you care.
Btw, please link to this petition on whedonesque (we're not allowed to link to our own stuff).
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Undead and Unwed by MaryJanice Davidson.
Read the amazon product description here, or my review below. Maybe you my fellow Buffy lovers will like the book as much as I did.
"First of, yes, this book does remind me of many other feel good vampire books.
The heroin is very attracted to the main male jerk (sorry, character) and she isn't exactly Xena (here's name Betsy btw) but she can take care of herself.
Here's the plot(skip this stanza if you don't want to be spoiled).Betsy dies. Betsy deals with that she's a vampire and tells her family and friends she's back from the grave(most of her family deals with it). The head vampire, Nostro, wants Betsy to be on his side, kidnaps her and tries to make her one of his minions. Betsy refuses, and since she is the vampire Queen, she has special powers and can unlike other newborns defends herself. She just wants a normal life. She goes back home, tries to get everything back to normal, but being a vampire isn't so easy. Specially since Sinclair, the main jerk, is very intrigued by Betsy and her powers(he wants to sleep with her and keep her as his lover, kinda like a trophy). He also wants to take the control from Nostro and rule. He convinces Betsy to fight on his side. Since Sinclair is a lot nicer than Nostro, Betsy agrees. They fight, save the day(night) and fuck(this book has a few graphic sex-scenes, but they don't take away from the plot) which means that Sinclair becomes Betsy's consort.(Something he "forgot" to mention.)
Betsy. She's ten times sassyer than Buffy the vampire slayer, loves shoes, is vain, but has a golden heart and a very sensitive consience. Also, to her, no means no. No swooning when Sinclair kisses her(okay, some swooning). She doesn't like to be used. But, since the plot of the book isn't all that original(but amusing), I think they will eventually fall in love.
Sinclair. He does use his vampire pheronomes(vampires are pretty much unresistable to some humans) but he does care about the people he bites, and will be a much better leader than Nostro(I haven't read the other book(s) yet), he has sexually assulted Betsy(kissed) and is a old-fashioned guy, and he really looks the part. He's Harlequin hot and knows it and uses it, but as we get to see inside his mind in the end of the book, he does care for Betsy's wellbeing(okay, they're having sex while we read his mind so maybe he doesn't usually care so much). He has a conscience(to go with the Buffy anology, he's more like Spike from season 5 of Buffy, not season 6, urgh) but he needs to learn manners. I'm not a hundred per cent sure that just because his lady freidns are happy, it means it isn't some sort of rape. After all, the vampire pheromenoes does take a strong hold and is addictive. But since I'm very sensative about sexual abuse, other readers will probably not find this a big problem. Also, the guy did manipulate Betsy and he is selfsih, but hey, he's not evil.
There are other interesting and funny characters(this book is a laugh, I smiled pretty much all the time) who you care about. I love Jessica, Betsy's best friend, a rich black chick, fiercly loyal, but sadly, a racist.
To sum up; The main character is lovely and strong, the main jerk isn't a complete ass, the plot isn't extremely original, humans are being used by vampires, but in a ... almost acceptable way(the humans & vampires get superhorny during feeding). The dialouge is great and like I said, the books a laugh. Also, there's graphic sex in ... I think it's two scenes.
I recommend it."
Btw, thanks secretscoobie for making my day (over at livejournal).
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Here's a fun fact; Sagewoman won the interaction subscription contest for Angel After the fall #5, which meant that her cover-concept were drawn and used for issue 5. It's the cover below.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
She put a memory spell on herself (I don't know how exactly how it worked, but I think she must have lost all memory of her family, since in the end she mentions how she now will come home for Christmas, like she didn't do that before) and during her adventures on earth and in hell, she must deal with repressed memories and low self esteem, combined with disgust for her father's job.This isn't the "heaviest" book I've read, it's light and fun and has a happy ending, but you do feel for the characters and their lives.
The book does leave me wondering about many things, both about the characters and about how magic works in Callie's world and many questions are unanswered, but hey, it's the first book in a series, it's not suppose to spell everything out to the reader. I can already say that I will be very sad when the third and final book is released.
It's well written, easy to read, not to descriptive but with enough details to let the reader "see" clearly what they're reading about. We read from Callie's perspective, our heroin, who is a bit of a clutz(?) and whiner, but definitely champion material. Through the whole book she's complaining about how she wants to return to her normal life on Manhattan, but she never gives up. True, she breaks down and cries several times in the book and once she actually lied down, not even getting up when her little sister begged her, but considering what the girl had to go through, it's no wonder. I really hope that in the next book some loose ends will be tied(you know, questions answered), because there is some serious family issues that needs to be dealt with, grief-wise. You will know what I mean after you've read the book.
In case you want a signed and/or personalized copy, read Amber's blog.
I would get a signed copy if I didn't live on student loans and already bought the book.
Interviews with Amber(btw, she's adorable), where she talks about Death's daughter and other projects:
If you've read the book, write a review on amazon and we might see Amber doing the Macarena.
Tara: I'm sorry to wake you.
Willow: Is that like a dream joke thing? You're sorry to wake me, but I'm clearly not awake and if I was awake and you really were here, would you be sorry to wake me? I mean, after all this time and - oh God, I'm babbling. I'm dream babbling and it's the best dream of my life and I'm wasting it and-
Tara: I just meant, I liked watching you sleep.
Also, although the new big bad has yet to be mentioned by name in dialogue, the script already refers to it as "The First". And in case you don't know, it wasn't Joyce, it was The First. I'm not sure if all the ruckus was The First, maybe a magician helped with the "storm" inside the house, but Joyce didn't talk to Dawn or Buffy in season 7. Jane Espenson (or another writer) has confirmed this. But since I don't have source right now...
Friday, March 6, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
In End of days, anyone think that there's a huge "I told you so" waiting to happen?
Buffy's back in the house, but the Scoobies don't really have a talk about what went down when Buffy got thrown out? I want to think that after Chosen, they had a talk. This might be how it went down;
*Buffy, Willow, Xander, Anya, Giles & Dawn are together in a big hotel room. Buffy is facing the others, arms protectively crossed, a uncomfortable silence is in the room*
Buffy: I think we need to talk.
Xander: Buffy we know we were wrong...
Willow: We're sorry.
*Giles is cleaning his glasses*
Buffy: No. I won't say 'I told you so'. Because you probably think that it's luck. Luck that I was right. Luck that I didn't die, luck that...
Giles: No. It's wasn't luck.
Buffy: Maybe you don't think that. Still... We have problems, don't we?
*they look at each other, insecure, not knowing what to say, and the screen goes black*
I hope they had a talk. Otherwise, some issues are unresolved. That Buffy was right about the schyte might not mean that Willow and the others are confident in Buffy. But, since about 18 months passed between Season 7 & Season 8, I think they worked things out.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
I "borrowed" the pictures from Chris Ryall's blog, and if you want to read a little more about what he has to say about the Smile Time-covers, click here.
Below are some of the other covers for Smile Time.
Monday, March 2, 2009
Here's the aired version and in this thread's first post you find the original.
Here are my views on the changes;
I think I like Willow's ”She's tired”-approach more in the original script than the quieter nicer way on screen. Of course, Willow treating Buffy like a 7 year old would be strange.
I'm not sure if I like Xander's blame in the original script or not(okay, he lost an eye, crankiness and blame is expected) but it's great that he says;
"Even when you get mad at us for not working hard enough at a plan which doesn't exist, because you don't know what you're doing. We keep following you, even then.”
Because it's true. Buffy has put a lot on them all this season.
I love that Buffy mentions Ben to Giles. Even tough it didn't make it to the screen, this for me settles the question if she knows that Giles killed him or not. I heard from a fan that in the original script for Lies My Parents Told Me, Giles tells Buffy about Ben in the graveyard, to show her that sometimes you have to make the hard decisions(he's trying to make her see why Spike has to die).
I don't get what Giles means by this tough;
"GILES (more intense) Or Molly? Or Xander? And it goes even further back than that, doesn't it?
GILES (seething) You act alone, and people get hurt, right? People like Jenny.”
He's the one who got involved with Jenny, he's the one who told her about the Hellmouth and let her into his life. Sure, Jenny was sent there by her people to watch Angel, so she wanted to be there from the start, but still. Sure, it was Buffy's ex that killed her, but it's not like Giles told Jenny to go somewhere safe.
I'm glad this part didn't make into on screen. Man, I would have loathed Giles(even more than I did after he tried to kill Spike that is.
This part, from the screen but not in the original script, is gold;
"BUFFY: No. You don't get to vote until I've had my chance to pal around, you know, get everybody drunk. See, I didn't get this was a popularity contest. I should have equal time to bake them cookies, braid their hair?
FAITH: Learn their names?
BUFFY: You're just lovin' this, aren't you?
FAITH: You have no idea what I'm feeling.
BUFFY: Come in here, take everything that I have... You did it before. Did you tell them that? Did you tell them how you used to kill people for fun? Hey, you guys think that's nifty?"
Buffy's a bitch in this scene, but I think this adds to Buffy's character, her loathing for Faith that just won't go away. It isn't pretty, but it's real.
I think that over all, the aired scene is better. Because it makes me less pissed of than the original script. More sad than annoying. Anya's Stargate line should never have been cut tough. There must have been time limits that made them not air it. Of course, a joke might not be fitting in such a emotional scene, but I love the line.
Sunday, March 1, 2009
It's from the episode Billy (Angel, Season 3) when Billy makes men go mad(but not in the sexy way. Unless you're into that, which is a personal choice, I guess).
"Angel's penchant for quick exists is exemplified in this piece of stage direction from the shooting script:
WHOOSH-Angel's off into the night.
The dark figure of Angel just disappearing over a roof (or around a corner. Point is, he ain't Superman, but we get that the cat can cook when he wants to.)"
*googling "the cat can cook"*
I feel so Swedish right now. What does it mean?