lost_spook: (b7 - deva)
Request: Favourite plot twists - [livejournal.com profile] jaxomsride (It turns out I'm not doing these in order. Also I see no reason to wait for December, either.)


It's hard to think about favourite plot twists, maybe because it's not the first thing I think of in what I like about something (though don't get me wrong, I love a really great plot twist), but also because I have a tendency to rewatch and re-read things I like a lot, so then it becomes hard to remember the time when the plot twist was surprising instead of inevitable and admired plot work.

Or, in short, I can't guarantee these are my actual favourite plot twists, but they were the ones I came up with this week. I shall try to talk about them without spoilers. If this involves sign language at any point, bear with me.


1. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. Her books are so well known, that I think I was spoiled for quite a few of them by the time I read them, or, being the sort of lazy reader who hardly ever tries to work out the murder, maybe I wasn't struck by the others. At any rate, once it became clear what the plot twist was in this one, I was delighted by it, and remain so. I've read at least one other book that used the same twist as The Murder of Roger Ackroyd but I don't think I've ever come across anything with the same solution as Orient Express. (It is something that should be hard to pull off without being ridiculous, which is perhaps why. Or because I haven't read the other books in question, of course.) It's not my favourite Christie, but it is by far my favourite solution to a murder mystery.


2. Listen (Doctor Who). I hesitate to mention this, because I don't want to get into DW discussions, but I thought this was shaped around such a wonderful twist, not just for an episode but because it subverted the expectations of the whole show, especially in terms of New Who and did so beautifully. I know some people are watching this other awful show at the moment, but for me, this was one of the most perfect episodes in a long, long while & largely because of the twist, so I have to include it here.


3. My Life's My Own (Public Eye). It's probably not so much a proper plot twist, in the same way as the two above (but then Public Eye doesn't really work like that), but over halfway through there's a reveal that I completely didn't see coming which not only impressed me in terms of the episode but revised my entire opinion of the series I was watching and what it was capable of. And it was already being a particularly good episode. In addition, there's a twist of viewer expectation in which it looks as though the story is winding down to its close in a particular way - and then it suddenly does so much more with its last five minutes.
lost_spook: (pg lynda editor)
44 x Sapphire & Steel icons and 53 x Press Gang icons. The S&S icons seem to have been growing slowly on my PC since this time last year, so are a bit of an odd mix. The Press Gang icons were made in the summer, I think and about 20 or so were posted to [livejournal.com profile] fan_flashworks for challenges.

Teaser:

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Contents: Please note the Press Gang set includes an icon of a clown holding a gun. (There are 12 from S3 "The Last Word").

I'm not responsible for everything, I just make it look that way )


The usual rules apply: want, take, credit, no hotlinking. For texture credits etc., see my profile.

Crossposted from Dreamwidth -- Comments there: comment count unavailable
lost_spook: (dw - eleven and amy worry)
Dear flist, do not faint, but a non-icon related post about Doctor Who! Current Doctor Who! Minorly spoilery!

I have been meaning to type up some interesting things/snippets from old DWMs (as typing up practise and general altruism and stuff), as I have them going back to the 1990s. I did not intend to start with the current issue. However, it arrived yesterday and made me laugh twice on a brief glance through, so I thought I would share three things.

(Also, I still have only watched The Impossible Astronaut, so if you want to be more spoilery, please kidnap these quotes and take them back to your own LJ, thank you. Sorry, but I am working hard on being an ostrich.)

First, Steven Moffat quote on the story-arc this season, that I thought some people might find of interest/reassuring. (DWM is generally a reliable from-the-horse's-mouth source):

"That's what you should do with a first episode - funny, accessible sci-fi. The Impossible Astronaut was a departure from the norm, and that's good, that makes it exciting, but that's never going to be the paradigm. Never, ever. The fact that we're making people wait weeks for the story to play out is exciting to do once, but not every year."

And, under the cut: minor spoiler (the quote DWM have chosen as a teaser from Let's Kill Hitler), something else amusing, and a thought I had on the upcoming episode.

Snippety-snippets )

More DW excitement to come in between icons! (Well, maybe exciting is over-selling it, but I have found some interesting things.)
lost_spook: (pg - spike & Lynda)
For various reasons (including explaining the unexpected ficlets I wrote for [livejournal.com profile] 50ficlets this week), I feel it's time for the Press Gang edition of these posts. There won't be much I haven't mentioned previously, because it's a rare fandom, but I've not put it all together before.

Also because this returned to YouTube, and it's one of my favourite scenes from anything, and can be watched and enjoyed even if you don't know what I'm on about with this show, or don't want to. Basically, Colin (Paul Reynolds) asks Julie (Lucy Benjamin) out on a date, but ruins everything in a record one minute. (Any spoilers are in that line I've just typed. And, yeah, no Kenny, Lynda, or Spike!)

"Act normal, say nothing dumb, don't scare her..."


(Plus a further 30 seconds of random Colin if wanted).

Press Gang fanvids and fic and more under here )

Well, this post certainly got epic - but I did fish out one or two new things, at least.

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