Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Shiny Congratulates Trent Jamieson!

Shiny congratulates Trent Jamieson on his Aurealis Award win for "Cracks" which appeared in Shiny's Issue 2.

In celebration, we are offering the issue with the award winning story for just $1 for all this week.

We're also offering all Shiny back issues for free for subscriptions to the 2009 series, purchased this week. Already got all our back issues? Nominate a friend who you think would love to read them instead!

Both offers finish February 4, 2009.

Look out for more Shiny changes over here - coming soon!

Monday, January 5, 2009

BtVS: 2.20 Go Fish

Rachel says:
For a monster of the week episode Go Fish is really well put together. Although the costumes were never very convincing due to their design (bipedal water monsters? Huh?). I like the way there's the swimmy/water/sea theme through it all. Even the drug is administered in a moist, and yes, clothing-minimal, environment.

But the best part is Cordy's speech to the fish creature she thinks is Xander. The way her character grows in the last part of this season is great, and I think this is the first speech where she is entirely selfless. Gives us a peek at the woman she becomes in Angel.

Alisa says:
Poor Jonathan is the guy being picked on at the swim team post-meet party. Setting aside how funny it used to be able to spot "Random Guy" as we used to call him (always the same guy as random person), it must have really sucked to actually be Jonathan, considering his Sunnydale experience.

But this episode is pretty much all about the Xander in the Speedos right?

Am I wrong?

That, and stalling for what we know is coming ...

*girds loins for episodes 2.21 and 2.22*

Friday, January 2, 2009

BtVS: 2.19 I Only Have Eyes For You

Alisa says:
I love the music in this episode. Actually, I love the music in pretty much all the episodes but the opening song to this one had me tracking down Angie Hart's new band of the time (Splendid) and fell in love with that whole album.

This episode marks the start of Willow's journey as a witch as she conveniently steps into the role of Miss Calendar by inheriting all her notes and files. And reveals that Principal Snyder is bad, as we suspected, and is in fact in with the bad guys. Not only that, but here we have the first foreshadowing if the Mayor also being on the side of, well, bad.

I have so much sympathy for Spike in this episode as Angelus constantly taunts him about being "Special Needs Guy" and keeps insinuating that he is sleeping with Drusilla and that Drusilla likes it. I find it a really interesting peek into that group's dynamics because it does look like Dru likes sleeping with Angelus, yet Spike clearly has a monogamous thing going for her from his perspective. It makes me wonder how icky things got back when they all used to hang out.

So for me, the awesome awesome awesome moment in this episode comes when Buffy and Aneglus relive the moment/tragedy of the killing because they get to go through their own love story using someone else's words and it's so heart-wrenching with the tenderness and the Buffy/Angel theme in the background. Also, Buffy gets to call Angelus a bitch, which is really funny. And then the scene moves from tender to hilarious when Angelus comes to and can't deal with the kissing and the love and has to go and have a long shower. He could have just as easily killed her where she was, especially as she is in a very vulnerable state. But he can't deal with love more than the wanting to kill her. It's really cool the themes that Joss Whedon is playing with here.

And the big Yay! as Spike is planning to fight back and betray Dru and Angelus - oooh! Dram-ah!

Rachel says:
This ep is very similar to "Out of sight, out of mind" with the music room and atmosphere and all.

But there are guns! Guns are bad.

Love is bad.

Angel is bad.

Any questions?

Oh come on, it's all about lurve and romance and the One True, um, One, what do you expect me to say?