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Rants and Weekly Raves #300 (RAWR)

Trotwood: I'm in a slog, trying to prepare for summer courses that I was supposed to be teaching in China but which have moved online, but not enough time to prepare since I've been to busy with COVID-19 response work as well as dealing with campus repercussions because some people just realized that there is racism in America. duh. Anyway, what I'm watching I'm liking and there may be subs for the 2nd season of BG: Shinpen Keigonin/Personal Bodyguard, and there are more pics of Kim Ji Hoon with long hair, so I'm happy.
kakashi: Thank you, Trot. Has his drama started? (it hasn't)
Panda: I have a week vacation! I had no idea how much I needed this time off work till I found myself randomly dancing in the kitchen this morning just from not having to do anything. I am eagerly awaiting BG2 too, and in meantime going through my crime drama suggestions. I finished Rosemary and Thyme and am now on episode 3 of Shakespeare and Hathaway and I looove it! JoAnne:  I'm…

WET AND HOT: Aquariums in Dramas

Shuk: My experiences with aquariums is that they tend to be filled with chattering children laughing at turtle poop. But they do have pretty backdrops of colorful fish, and low-level lighting to hide an occasional kiss.

There are a lot of reflective surfaces that Klieg lights would easily bounce off. And the viewer might see the cameras and production personnel. And the very dimness that makes it romantic also makes it hard to see when watching it on a small screen.
But despite the difficulties of filming in such an environment, I have noticed that there are a lot of shows that use an aquarium as a backdrop, either as part of the storyline, or more frequently a date.

SHOWS USING AQUARIUMS AS PLOTNargareboshi (Japan 2010) The plot centers around a lonely worker, Kengo. He works mostly with the jellyfish exhibits at the aquarium, but finds himself in a desperate search for a living organ donor for his younger sister. In order to secure medical approval, he enters into a year-long contr…

Fanfiction: Getting Lost on the Roads of Life - Chapter 12 (A KakaSaku Story)

Chapter 12 - Mind-Kakashi Number Two 6.53 pm.

Sakura was so exhausted she could barely walk back to her office. It was one of those days you wanted to erase from your life completely, hoping not a sliver of a memory would remain - yet you knew there would be no such mercy, your soul was forever tarnished by the horrors you had experienced.

Rants and Weekly Raves #299 (RAWR)

Trotwood: I've gone nocturnal. It's hot, and I have major deadlines this week. So I'm sleeping early and getting up at midnight to work when it is cooler. I work until it gets hot again and my arms start sticking to top of my desk. Since I'm having difficulty distinguishing one day from the next, it seems to be working for me so far. I only have one evening meeting this week, so . . . Still not watching much cause you know--deadlines.
Panda: Binged first 2 seasons of Rosemary and Thyme and I'm currently halfway into season 3 :)
JoAnne:  I have no idea what that is...I finished the entire Homeland series, though,  and from start to finish: Claire Danes is a genius but my GOD I would have pushed Carrie Mathiesen off a bridge.  She was not a good agent, not a good friend, not a good sister, not a good mother, and she got all her lovers killed.  She LUCKED into any big discoveries and she took unacceptable risks and she falsely viewed herself as the only person who could…

Fanfiction: Moyuan and Bai Qian, Book 2 - Chapter 14, Part 7 (Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms 三生三世十里桃花)

Chapter 14 - The Tide TurningPart 7

written by LalaLoop
edited by Kakashi
consulting by Bunny

“My King…” Nalan gasped and hurled toward them. The soldier’s face was filled with shock upon the state of Bai Qian. As quickly as he could, Nalan removed with magic the mud that caked on her skin.

Fanfiction3: A-Li's Three Lives, Three Worlds - Chapter 74 (Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms 三生三世十里桃花)

Chapter 74written by Ligaya Croft
edited by Kakashi

“It is as you have predicted, Zhu Ge Lao Ye. Tianjun has named his eldest son as Crown Prince.”

The Observer looked from across the table toward his Employer, who repulsed him. Driven by vengeance and ambition, this puny immortal actually dared to take the steps toward Jiuchongtian’s throne. What had these Celestials become, to be concerned about titles and prestige, about bloodline purity as a mark of righteousness? But then, should he be surprised when this race had been raised to the pedestal by Fuxi himself?

Cubic (A SnarkCap) - Episode 12

Shuk: You would think with all the stay-at-home orders, there would be more time to continue our delightful path down Cubic's Way. But as one of the 'front line' employees in this crisis, it's been remarkably tough to find any groove to write up anything. But I know this must be completed! The world must know Truth, Justice, and the Lin Lan Ser Way!
Kmuse: I'm ready to find out if we finally have some conversation between the leads or it is more cringey staring. Who am I kidding? There is going to be a lot of cringey staring.
Trotwood: With all the changes going on in the real world (sometimes every hour), it's sort of comforting to know that Nark's obliviousness is ever constant. 
By the way, this one has a lot of slow-motion camera work, and lots of staring. I mean, more than the usual Cubic episode.
Like I said "ever constant."

Rants and Weekly Raves #298 (RAWR)

kakashi: My dear friends, sadly, my mother isn't doing well. I will be around but maybe not so much.
Trotwood: I'm sorry to hear this, Kakashi. Please take care.
Thank you. Some days I'm doing fine, some days less so. But life goes on, doesn't it...
Panda: I am so sorry Kakashi, please do take care. Hugs and Light to everyone. 
I did watch 1 episode of Joy of Life, then got distracted by crime shows on Acorn tv. I binged Queens of Mystery, and then started My Life is Murder which stars the fabulous Lucy Lawless (of Xena and Spartacus fame) and am currently on ep 7 out of 10. I would love if anyone can recommend other fun, not grisly or too dark crime shows. Khamsamida in advance :) 
JoAnne:  I'm so sorry, my friend. If we line up pictures of pretty men would it help to distract when you need that?
How can it not?

Fanfiction3: A-Li's Three Lives, Three Worlds - Chapter 73 (Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms 三生三世十里桃花)

Chapter 73written by LigayaCroft
edited by Kakashi

It was a long dream filled with Li’s best memories in Huicūn. Still, even though he knew it was only a dream, Li enjoyed the interlude, for Huo Zheng was there, real and warm to the touch.

Fanfiction: Moyuan and Bai Qian, Book 2 - Chapter 14, Part 6 (Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms 三生三世十里桃花)

Chapter 14 - The Tide TurningPart 6

written by LalaLoop
edited by kakashi
consulting by Bunny

Bai Qian ran for her life. By ‘deserving of a queen’, that Spinner had meant an extremely nasty place reeking of dampness and mold, with spiders dangling about, waiting to jump on her hair, red-eyed rodents lurking in corners, gnawing on their own limbs and looking suspiciously like they would feast on human flesh. The deeper she was into the maze, the muddier the ground became.

Rants and Weekly Raves #297 (RAWR)

Panda: I finally finished Crash Landing on You and feel like I deserve a prize. LOL. I was determined not to start another kdrama till I finished that and it was a loong struggle but VICTORY! Next step is Joy of Life
kakashi: Hahahaaaaa. I'm only reading historical romance, Bridgertons and such. It's giving me the necessary shades of pink.
JoAnne: Since last we met, I have watched 3 seasons of Homeland.  Claire Danes is amazing, but I really do not like the character she plays. I don't much like any of them, actually.  Well, Peter Quinn.  So far.  But I started out being very suspicious of him. I also finished Hospital Playlist and the next two episodes of King. I decided that little boy is the human manifestation of the manpasikjeok.
Trotwood: I did watch some things early in the week, but as the week wore on I just wrapped myself up in Chinese drama fluff. I'm still reeling from the Ancient Detective reveal and proud of everyone who has finished it weeks ago who did n…

Love & Destiny 三生三世宸汐缘 - Episode 54 (Recap)

kakashi: A conversation happens. Wooooow, I didn't think it was possible.
JoAnne: At this point I'm just watching for her clothes...

Fanfiction: Moyuan and Bai Qian, Book 2 - Chapter 14, Part 5 (Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms 三生三世十里桃花)

Chapter 14 - The Tide TurningPart 5

written by LalaLoop
edited by Kakashi
consulting by Bunny

Five guards came into Bai Qian’s cell after Luoji had left and put her in large, heavy shackles that she suspected were normally used to contain wild beasts in training, eyeing her with clear anxiety the whole time they were in her cell.

Catching her eyes, the guard who was handling the keys croaked, “We have learned our lesson with you, Queen of Qingqiu. Wouldn’t want to make the same mistake again.”

“No,” Bai Qian lifted her chin. “You wouldn’t.”

Rants and Weekly Raves #296 (RAWR)

kakashi: Equality for all, please, before the world goes to pieces even more.
Panda: WORD! In other news, saw 6 underground (blah), Spenser Confidential (surprisingly funny and interesting) on Netflix; Aqua-man again ( movie's cinematography is so pretty but the movie is so cringey; still had fun), Shazam, and Die Hards 1 and 2 on HBOGo. I find it ironic that I seem to have watched more stuff on HBOGo in 4 days than 3 months of Disney+.
JoAnne: I'm still not watching much KDrama - this week it was only King, and there's really nothing to say about that. I watched Spenser Confidential a while back, Panda - I enjoyed it but if you ever find it anywhere, do not miss the chance to watch the original show (just called Spenser back then.) I also watched Shazam! It was fun - I always like that guy. Can't remember his name right now. What else? All 3 seasons of Ozark. Starting S3 of The Leftovers. I now have six (I might be more) cross stitch projects going. …

Love & Destiny 三生三世宸汐缘 - Episode 53 (Recap)

kakashi: A bit of comedy, a lot of filler.
JoAnne: That's my body-type, what of it?