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Wonder Woman
The comics recs, the animated series recs, the vid recs, the fic recs. ALL OF THEM. GIVE THEM TO ME

Creaspace
I thought it was interesting to notice how prevalent author intro credits are for the Creaspace vids. Very technically accomplished credits. But not just that, credits with their own music, which is often quite disconnected even jarring from the song. I feel like, in our culture of vidding, something like that would be a big no-no. You want the credits to be as seamless as possible, or else in some way complementary to the vid.

Lost Girl
A) There should be more Lost Girl vids.
B) where the fuck is Lost Girl right now? What the hell. I need more girl kissing on my tv. Orphan Black ended (NOT THAT I'VE FINISHED. DO NOT SPOIL ME. I WILL HUNT YOU DOWN.) And Orange is the New Black, also finished. Also I feel like there was way less girl kissing this season?

WHAT ELSE IS THERE. LESBIANS? ANYONE?


My vid recs are finally typed up, all: here @ nemo_recs. DW was being a bit weird so if anything looks wonky, let me know in comments.

Yeah that's all I got. Thoughts. Tired. Stuff. Haven't started vidding yet. *mumble mumble*...

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Maybe I can stop hate-watching Brothers & Sisters now that I have Matthew Rhys in an actually good show.

Bouncing off this comment thread in meta about The Americans. I want to write something about how the characters may be being portrayed neutrally, but I agree with the commenter that the organisations (KGB/FBI) definitely aren't. Only my brain can't be bothered to work without a shove, so, anyone want to to talk The Americans at me?

Also. The Armenians.



Thinking of Vidukon panels... Has the post gone up yet? I feel like, it's so far away I can't get my head round planning this early. Anyway, I think I'd like to do some sort of History of Vidding panel, or a look at Vidding Culture. Because there have been so many changes since when vidding first started out, and there's this entire body of (unspoken?) rules on how to vid - avoid talky face, don't over effect... And then there's newer (?) vids which break the rules and use talky face, or vid to music that people wouldn't have used early on. I mean, like any other artistic culture, it's evolved and I feel like we could even take a bit lit-crit stance and say, well this is very post-modern, and unsurprisingly feminist critique has been here from the start, also queer critique, blah blah blah. Like, there's a lot there.

I won't lie, the fact I've picked up some of my English textbooks and am now trying to study theory is informing this somewhat. But I seriously think there is enough of a body of work in vids for some interesting critiques.

There's a lot on history of vidding out there, a quick google search gave me that, so it's not even like I'd have to do any work (lol) just pull it together into a panel.




Personally, I wasn't at the time of the foundation of the OTW worried very much about the centralisation of fandom making it more fragile, but now I am. I have seen too much fanwork disappear because people posted stuff in one archive that then ended up dead (for any reason) to NOT be worried about that. A few years ago when the AO3 was barely off the ground, people who posted their fic there also continued to crosspost to their own journals, sometimes other archives, their own websites. Today, when there'€™s nothing easier than posting a bit of text on the internet (though not all fanwork is written; I'm well aware of this), we've reached a state where the most common behavior is for a fan to post their fic on the AO3 and NOWHERE ELSE, except for those short ficlets that are first born on tumblr. I am *terrified* that one day a major catastrophe might strike the AO3 and all that contemporary work will be lost. I know that plenty of us download e-book versions of fics now, but even then, you see the ripples throughout fandom when the archive is down for more than a half-hour or when it has reliability issues like last year - well, that should make you think about a world without the AO3, either temporarily or permanently. Data security is through redundancy, and most fans I know and see have entirely ignored this for a few years now, putting all their eggs in one basket. This? Is de facto a more fragile state than before. It's scary.

PS: one of my friends was convinced by my spiel on this topic to publish her fic elsewhere too, but she didn't want the hassle of having to post to a website or journal or anything, so she just made sure she has a clean, up-to-date text file for each fic posted to AO3, and made the Dropbox folder containing them public. INSTANT BACKUP PUBLISHING, boom. I recommend it, it'€™s a great strategy. (if you do that, think of leaving the link to that public folder somewhere in your various profiles, eh? otherwise it'€™s less useful.)

I've lost the URL for this, but it's in this week's [community profile] metanews

Shit man. I never thought about that. But I read something else on tumblr about Dropbox and unreliability. Which just makes me wonder if we shouldn't be doing everything longhand. EVERYTHING. Despite that being completely infeasible. OMG I should be carving stone tablets. Yes ok, hyperbole aside. I like the Dropbox backup idea. If I get back into writing fic I may do that.



Interesting thread on ffa about diversity in theatre casting vs tv casting.

I wish all casting would be race blind, regardless of period or genetic accuracy. If people can suspend their disbelief that say medieval people always had perfectly conditioned hair, or spiderman can break the rules of physics or whatever else they can cope with biological siblings having different skin colours or an Asian Mr Darcy.

The commenter goes onto say it's "not so much on grounds of SJ principles". Because yes, God forbid anyone think you actually cared about diversity/representation. 

There are a couple of deliberately obtuse comments. Which can mostly be disregarded with: Yes, coded characters should remain coded. A white Othello wouldn't make sense, because he's coded black. But most white characters AREN'T code white, they just default white.

The other one was about a little white girl growing up to be a black male. (I love the TOTALLY NEUTRAL wording of that). Which, again, this isn't SHOCK CASTING. FOR TEH LULZ. So no to anything that's likely to be so unexpected as to shock you out of the experience, but like the Donmar's Julius Caesar where a bunch of people were black and everyone was a woman. Why couldn't Rome have been like that?

(I actually think the gender casting would be the issue for a lot of people, rather than the race.)

I think the reason we accept it in theatre isn't because theatre is inherently more progressive. It's just become a norm, and it could certainly become the norm in tv as well.
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VIDUKON! I sort of wasn't sure about going this year, but then I looked at the con webpage and was like. OMG. YES. THIS OLD THING AGAIN. SIGN ME UP. So, I did.

ANYWAY. I totally want to do a panel or something again. The brainstorming post will go up soon, which is good, since I have nooo idea what I might do as I'm still in the awkward watcher-not-creator place. But whatever, IDK. Thoughts. Blah. Vids.



VIDS!

Much as I hate google's relentless drive to unite us all under google+ I have to say, having my youtube history saved has been really useful.

For the second time* this month I've been able to place an elusive song, the lyrics and singer of which I had completely forgotten. (The first was to try and find The Heavy to rec them to someone.) All I remembered was the useless, instrumental/vocal section, and typing "oh ohohh ohh" into google doesn't do all that much. Anyway, the song I was looking for was So Cold by Ben Cocks and I knew I'd first heard it on a youtube Potter vid. It's a good thing I try and centralise my fandom browsing under my fandom email though. The accidentally- signed-in-as-someone-else thing can be a pain. Especially because, and to go back to my previous, unite us all under google+ hate - I don't want my fannish browsing to come up under the farm's work email. It's not even my personal work email. It's the email for the entire business. It's so fucking annoying.

Anyway, I figured. I know I've probably recced most of these already. But there's never a wrong time to rec more Harry Potter vids.

So cold by Julia36229 - Despite this being the reason I started searching, it's actually not a favourite. it's got the classic youtube effects make over - blown out sound and contrast.

Harry Potter Feat. Glitch Mob by Grable424 - This one's just a really fun action-er

Never Fall Away by Grable424 - GODDAMN. THIS IS SO FUCKING DRAMATIC. I'M CRYING.

Breaking Point by niicoleelee - The name says it all. This just makes me want to cry.



VAMPIRES!

What would happen if all vampires from all canons got together in - let's face it - New Orleans.  )
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Do my thing The Heat - Very funny, great timing, solid character work.
Teardrop Hard Candy - Atmospheric, gorgeous, really captures the movie.
Toxic Feint My Immortal - IT'S MY IMMORTAL. HOW COULD I NOT REC THIS? (Also there is femslash?)
Lost Cause The Americans - Really makes me want to watch this, though seeing Keri Russell in Austenland also reminded me to look her up. But yes, vid. Drama, pain, angst, feels.
Ah ha Deep Blue Sea - DEEP BLUE SEA. WHERE THE SHARKS EAT THE PEOPLE.
Get Close Deep Blue Sea - NO SERIOUSLY. SHARKS.
Ah Mary Justified - Ava character study. I don't love it as much as [personal profile] sol_se's Black Dresses, but it is a solid character study and does chart Ava's development (corruption) very well.
Trouble Interview with the Vampire - Decadent vampires are sexy and evil. And wow were Cruise and Pitt young back then. And sexy and evil. And really really slashy. Fuck. I have to watch this again. (I especially love the break at around 00:56)
Snake Song Interview with the Vampire - And a completely different tone and portion of the movie, Lots of Louis pain though, that's a constant.
Lifeforms Never let me go - The emotion of this creeps up on you, and you get to the last part and the pace changes and suddenly the stark reality of their lives is right there and oof. It hits you right in the heart. Horrible no good tragic story GDI. (Also, I think Garfield's hair has it's own gravitational pull or something. 'Cos he just makes you want to hug him and hug him and hug him. Admittedly this still stands when he's bald as well so yeah fuck it. He's just doe eyed and adorable.)
Kneel before the Queen Snow White and the Huntsman - Really gorgeous, and great song choice. Very emotional as well, stirring, inspiring etc. Almost makes me want to see the movie, except I have a suspicion this vid is actually better.
I'm on Fire Stoker - Really gets into the fucked up relationship between Uncle Charlie and India. Very dreamy and slow and atmospheric. Gets right into your head. It's interesting, while the vid below feels much more polished technically, this vid certainly gave me the stronger emotional hit.
Paradise Circus Stoker - This is all motion and movement and beats. Interesting that the same source can give us two very differently styled vids. Completely different pace here to the first vid. The song choice and the way its been cut work perfectly.Lots of repetition and mirroring and in general very elegant visual work.


There are some good Masters of Sex vids in there, but I don't watch the show so I didn't get much out of them. Likewise I liked the Hanna vid set to a Metric track, but, like, what even was the point of that movie? IDK. I also spent the whole time I was watching the Much Ado vid (L.O.V.E.) trying to work out if Reed Diamond was in it (spoiler: [he is]) because he was in the first ep of The Shield, which I just started watching, (spoiler: [he dies]) and I really wanted him to be Red John in The Mentalist. (spoiler: [he wasn't]) and now I'm a bit obsessed with him. I also thought the P&P vid was pretty funny, but it did make me think of [personal profile] sisabet's Whatta Man which is just perfect. If Austen could approve of a vid, I think she'd approve of that one ("I think I wanna have your baby").
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Vidding Toolbox: All the tools an aspiring vidder needs to become a vidding ninja!

By [personal profile] beccatoria and [personal profile] nemonclature

"Open to all vidders, from novice to ninja. We've got short video tutorials to tackle basic concepts, software-agnostic hints and tips, as well as in-vid examples of more advanced techniques and why you might want to use them. This panel aims to provide a forum for discussion and information-sharing at any level."

Colour, Masking, Split Screens and Audio )
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trail of trailers )


And a vid to tail this all off with:

Broken Crown vid by almostgaby: OMFG. WHY ARE YOU MAKING ME CRY? I don't usually go for Thor/Loki, but provided I can see it as familial/gen. Then I am THERE. (On that note, where the fuck is the 'Somebody that I used to know' Thor/Loki vid? BECAUSE EVERYTHING ABOUT THAT SONG IS THEM.)
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I don't really get the point of omega verse AUs. )


Shake it Out by Elandria Lore (Teen Wolf: Lydia)
I would like for this to happen. That's another thing about HBIC Lydia, it just skips over the bit where she has to deal with al the fucked up shit S2 put her through and actually, I quite like trauma fics.

Moves by [livejournal.com profile] sisabet (Teen Wolf: Stiles)
Aw Stiles

[tumblr.com profile] askmisspotts - So I went and asked a whole bunch of 'Dear Miss Potts...' questions. Because all questions should be asked politely, guys. (Mwahaha and someone seems to have copied my format. I shall spread stealth politeness through the entire interwebs. Mwahahaaaaa!)

Thor: The Dark World trailer
Basically just waiting for the Loki bit at the end. AH HIS HAIR. IT WAS DOWN, AND HE WAS WEARING A SHIRT AND HE LOOKS SO ADORABLE OMFG. And like, there are other people in this movie. OH OH ONE OF WHOM IS DARCY. FUCK YEAH. WHO APPEARED MORE THAN ONCE IN THE TRAILER, DAMN RIGHT SHE DID.

Teardrops by [livejournal.com profile] almostgaby (Inception: Mal/ensemble)
Why couldn't we have had this movie? The movie about Mal, who drew them in, who was the centre of all their worlds, who brought them all together then lost herself. (Feathers on my Breath by [livejournal.com profile] ifeelbetter is a wonderful, atmospheric fic written for the vid.)

BRB. CRYING NOW.

Defiance pilot

Spoilers under the cut )

So, my overall opinion, it looks good, but lacks substance. I'm willing to hold out, because early eps are often so, so shit. And pilots are always about the big battle bullshit. Honestly though, I love scifi, and I'm willing to forgive a lot provided I'm given aliens and/or spaceships.
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Snowstorm Nemo coming to the UK

The Other 11 Doctors: Genderswapped Doctor Who - Sort of related to my genderswap recs request earlier, though mostly it just makes me sad, especially the reported con audience reaction when Moffat asked about a female Doctor.

Dancing on the Edge has both Goode and Angel Coulby in. WIN. Plus Ejiofor who's pretty awesome. Why do I never know what's happening on TV?

... Wait, I know, it's because I don't have a TV. >_<. I should spend more time on iplayer.

Orwell was better than Huxley or Hemingway and why do we read the classics anyway. - Essay comparing Orwell with the both of them and how his visions of the future were more honest. Albeit not necessarily more correct.


Meta News )


Got my cousins hooked on BSG, sent them some fic recs (only three. I have NOT read enough BSG fic.) And then vid recs, and OH GOD. THESE THREE CHARACTER STUDIES.

FFFFF. I AM CRYING. UGLY. UGLY TEARS.

Glittering Cloud by TxlSplash:
BECAUSE BOOMER IS SO FUCKING TRAGIC. MAKE IT STOP.

Jolene by nicole_anelle:
BECAUSE I DON'T EVEN LIKE CALLY AND THIS STILL MAKES ME SADFACE.

Wicked Game by obsessive24:
BECAUSE DEE. FUCKING DEE AND FUCKING EVERYONE AND BILLY AND HER LOVES AND EARTH AND LIFE IS JUST NOT FAIR AND NOW I'M CRYING.
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Watching Festivids, The Magic Mike vid Less plot, more stripping got me thinking, has anyone done some sort of mashup between Full Monty and Magic Mike? OMG imagine if Carlyle could dance like Channing Tatum.

Wait, no that would be weird wouldn't it? Little bit. HAHA, RUSH THE STRIPPER.

Okay it's past my bedtime.

The Full Monty trailer and a vid

Actually I take it back. I would watch the shit out of Carlyle doing his moves like Jagger. 

I'll be in my bunk.

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I'm going to have another bash at vidding and see if I can rustle something up for VidUKon. I've got an idea for something vaguely apocalyptic, so I was wondering if anyone could help me with my list of apocalypse movies? I'm trying to stick with only the ones where the apocalypse happens in the move (or is about to happen) so nothing post-apoca. It seems to basically be Mother Nature/War/Zombies/Aliens, are there any other common threats?

list )

Also I have this idea for a vid that I'd like to make in the future that's sort of meta. About all those movies that boil down to: THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF TWO WHITE BOYS (IN LOVE). And how women's stories and POC's stories get sidelined as a result. All the fail inherent in fandom's pet loves, looking at not just the canon, but also the fanon that builds up around it. 

Something that starts as straightforward squee: YAY Erik/Charles, YAY Tony/Steve, YAY Loki/Thor, YAY Clint/Phil (which is a great example of the fanon building up around the canon in a 'pro-white boys in love' way.) Then the focus shifts and it's not YAY, it's HEY WAIT. WHAT ABOUT THESE PEOPLE? WHERE HAVE ALL THE WOMEN GONE? OMG WHAT ARE YOU DOING? WHY ARE ALL THE BLACK GUYS DEAD?

So I thought about Put it There Pal by Richard Thompson. (Lyrics).

I like the song, but I'm not sure how great it'd be to vid too, it's too long, so I'd have to edit, and Thompson's enunciation. HAHA. (though I can always put lyrics in the vid post).

Can anyone think of a song that might fit? Something about empty heroes/attention grabbers/people who aren't what they say they are? I thought of Carly Simon's 'Your so Vain' but there's no real twist to that. Something that's literally:

YAY! YAY! YOU'RE SO AWESOME! FUCK YEAH! FUCK YEAH ... FUCK ... FUCK YOU. NO, SERIOUSLY FUCK YOU.
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Watched Waitress again. Loved it, so entirely women's pov, women's stories. Tough issues with a light and slightly surreal touch. Only nitpick is spoilers )

I've been listening to Just A Minute recently, and I was thinking about comedians and how doing a show like that is mostly about being quick-witted. It's all banter, you know? Hearing something, saying something sharp or funny or sarcastic without really having any time to think about it.

And then I started thinking about the Avengers Theatre AU and the Loki problem. I mean, flyting is basically a war of banter and 'your mum' jokes. Only with slightly more entrails and torture.

So, Loki the comedian. A comedian hired to be the villain in the panto, so we still get the villain thing.

I'm actually going to have to write this now aren't I?



I'm Glad You Came by shadowhisper

NOW I HAVE RUMBELLE FEELINGS ALL OVER AGAIN. EVEN STRONGERER THAN BEFORE.

GAH. I didn't even. That wasn't supposed to happen. Now I'm going to have to start watching it properly.



Trailers

mostly recs, a couple of anti-recs and some thoughts on race fail and remakes )

It's alive!

Oct. 2nd, 2012 11:29 pm
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Revenge -- I finally finished watching the last few eps of season one

JUST STAY RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE AND DO NOT DO ANYTHING REVENGE-Y UNTIL I GET THERE. )



Worst way to find out your series has started its new season... SPOILERS ON FUCKING TUMBLR. MY EYES.THEY BURN.



Just putting this out there - I legitimately want a dreamatorium. No seriously, I'm not kidding. I want one.



The City and the City was absolutely fucking epic. It was amazing, I loved it. While the setting was far and away the best part, the plot was a solid crime drama, the main character was compelling and the sides were interesting.

As for Embassytown, the language elements were very interesting. The plot twisted in an unexpected way, but ultimately it didn't grab me in the same way The City did. I'm not sure I can pinpoint why, probably just that I found The City so compelling a setting, my expectations were perhaps too high?

I stand by what I said re-dictionary swallowing. Bloody Hell.

[Spoilers for The City] )

OMG

Was watching In the Bullpen by genusshrike (Natasha vid) which may well be the best thing since sliced bread, but then I see that scene near the end with Clint staring holes in Loki's head and Loki's eyeflick and then NATASHA WHISPERING SOMETHING IN CLINT'S EAR, AND HIS SHIT-EATING GRIN. And omg the amount of fucked up denial and fronting and PTSD fuckery in that threesome. YES FUCKING PLEASE. NATASHA CLINT AND LOKI TRAPPED IN A CAVE. BRING IT.



SFX in Brokeback mountain. (Also known as that CG sheep movie?)



Trailers )
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Pushing Tin, Bourne Legacy, Batman, Spiderman )



More thoughts about Natasha - )



Prometheus pre-quel. This is hilarious guys, you have no idea.

Teen Wolf/P&P fusion vid trailer. LOL FOREVERER. On a related note, is Sterek just a tease? I've read the meta, but I'm not convinced. Trusting a show to make a slash ship reality just seems so very impossible.

Also also, I'm only half way through S2 so DON'T SPOIL ME.



Legend of Korra (spoilers) )



Completely random webcomic rec -- This is utterly gorgeous. A very nifty idea. It's a short comic about an illustrator and his attempts to escape his editor. It uses folds and light and angles to create a 3D effect with just paper and pencil. Quite short. Worth a look.
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[community profile] veni_vidi_vids  have closed down, :( sadface forever. Where am I going to get my vid recs from now? A lot of people don't post to vidding

Anyone have a reccing newsletter or pinboarddiigodelicious thing they do? I'm so behind on the web 2.0 reccing scene, I have no idea how it works.



I love reading awesome feminist posts on the internet. But then I read the comments, and after the usual +1 positive stuff, comes the derailing and the plain awful -- The men who make it all about them, the Nice Guys, and then the women who've internalised all the same misgynistic crap and just regurgitate it back. UGH. MY GUTS. THEY ARE IN KNOTS. Example: The art of no, cont.



Req. hate on Natasha.

About face! )



Short Story recs by Aliette de Bodard

Immersion
Effects of Colonialisation and cultural hegemony? The ending made me cry (in a good way). This fic is clever and brilliant.

Scattered along the river of heaven
Revolution and the aftermath. Great world-building and dB does a good job of slipping the expo into the story. It takes place in the same universe as Immersion, but on different planets and stations with mostly different poeples (Galatic is mentioned in passing). The ending is sharp and clever.



Fandom wank:

Oh SPN fandom. Never stop.
Hiddles fans are just as cray cray.



All the How It Should Have Ended superhero clips on youtube are AWESOME. Is there banter filled fanfic from the HISHE superhero cafe? Because I WANT.

Also, this is basically the Chitauri fanfic I wanted in vid form.
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So. They make a helicopter frame and attach a RED EPIC digital camera to it, then test drive it with ninjas

These people, these are cool people.

Only flaw is that the ninja clip has no soundtrack, so feel free to pick your own. I found Polica's 'Violent Games' worked quite well.

Also, fic that worldbuilt on that gorgeous setting, that told us more about the ninjas and the sword and the mysterious woman at the end? I WOULD BE ALL OVER THAT. YES PLEASE, INTERNET, THANK YOU.



Insane discoveries that science can't explain (cracked.com). --Basically an original fic idea generator..



Meta links )
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Little Thor.

There is also Iron Baby which is amusing, albeit slightly creepy.



I'm still in the process of settling into dreamwidth. Mostly that means I'm going through batches of comms and people bookmarked and gradually extending my circle. (Halloo if I friended you!) Next I'll probably make further cuts over at lj as I try to add people's dw mirrors and drop their lj ones.

I feel the need to give the journal a haircut. Also I realise that tag is very useless without screencaps of what the change is, so I'm going to put caps and links next time so that it can actually serve some purpose.



'Get bent' is such an odd curse. )



META

Really interesting post by Aliette de Bodard, starting from Sherlock 2x03, but really talking about the representation of women in literature in the past and contrasting it to now. (Roughly summarised as: it was misogynist, but at least they were there, whereas now we barely even exist.)

**

I hate the 'cut corners' approach to canon 'ships. The ones where we don't see any development of the actual 'ship. We see the meeting and the lust, but after that we're just expected to believe in them as a couple. Tada! They're together. ... )



RECS World lit and Second person POV )

Random quote:
"[P]reviously I've had to go looking for spoilers, but now there's tumblr which is seemingly populated mostly by children who weren't in fandom the day the rest of us did Spoiler Cuts and You: An Introduction."
(from [personal profile] netgirl_y2k)

So true.



Question: Why do people keep the ashes from cremated bodies? People don't parts from buried bodies. Is it reassuring? Is it for a sense of connection with the one who's passed? Why is it socially acceptable to keep ash, but not bones or hair?
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I don't know by humansrsuperior

OH MY GOD. This is utterly wonderful. The song choice is PERFECT, the use of speaky face is INSPIRED and as a summary of season two it works SO WELL. Seriously, this is the BEST THING EVER. It's all so on the beat and slick and funny yet creepy at the same time and OHMYGOD. I'M DYING. 

Anyone who has ever seen even the tiniest bit of Sherlock has to watch this RIGHT FUCKING NOW.

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