I approve!

Stretching those ol’ vidding muscles

I haven’t completed a vid since 2016. Before that, my last vids were in 2014 and 2013. 

That being said, I now have a very solid first draft of a Michael/Nikita La Femme Nikita vid.







I’m so, so excited. If I absolutely needed to post today, I wouldn’t be embarrassed by it, but I would be disappointed at the missed opportunity to really get it right. I’m very happy with the first third and the second third needs some fine tuning. The last third hits a lot of the emotional beats I’m looking for but the clips need to be played with some more. 


Oddly enough, the vid went in a slightly different direction from what I originally intended. It does lean rather hard on the season 4 ending that many fans didn’t like. I guess when you vid to Lana Del Rey you gotta embrace the highest highs of a relationship and the cynical lows.


I’m hoping I can get the vid ready by late July/early August. That would coincide with the one year anniversary of me falling head over heels for this 20+ year old show. 


It's a soft deadline to mark the occasion but I want to post the vid or one of the La Femme Nikita fics I’ve been working on. Two are really close to having complete first drafts.

 
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Hannibal--Will at morning doorframe

Vid: Warrior Concerto [King Arthur]


Title: Warrior Concerto
Artist: The Glitch Mob
Vidder: abby82
Source: King Arthur (2004)
Download: Sendspace (25.21 MB, MOV), YouTubeAO3, Tumblr     
Length: 2:10 minutes
Summary: We are brothers. This is our world
Notes: Created for Tristhad Week 2016 on Tumblr. This isn't a Hannibal vid but it is Hannibal adjacent or rather a part of the Hannibal Extended Universe. (HEU). It's pretty much Mads Mikkelsen's Tristen being calm, cool, and living a life where everything is just effortless for him. It also has Hugh Dancy's Galahad being a simmering ball of rage. I honestly thought it was going to be difficult to get enough clips of him fighting and boy was I wrong. The guy was everywhere.

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Vid Rec: I Want to Hold Your Hand (La Femme Nikita)

 



I am beyond charmed by this La Femme Nikita fanvid by Aleks22o/Countriee Bumkin that it's hard to put it into words.

It is so gosh darn delightful that I can't stop watching it. I love it so much! Everything about it is flawless.

Section One is an organization that expects its Operatives to disengage from their emotional sides. So Michael and Nikita don't really touch, except for when they do. Early on touch was used as another way to manipulate and seduce, but as the series progresses it starts to show comfort, solidarity, and understanding. Those moments are so powerful and by midseries handholding really does become a way for them to convey not only love but respect. On La Femme Nikita, a kiss on the hand is a gesture that carries just as much or at times even more weight to it than a love scene. So the theme of handholding on the show is so strong and to center a fanvid on that concept is beyond brilliant.

I love the clips of Michael and Nikita dancing just as the music really kicks in early on. Extra kudos for using the sequence when Michael slides Nikita's hand from his chest down to his waist and his...gun. ;-) The inclusion of Walter and his butterfly hand gestures was a lovely bit of whimsy. It's hard to pick a favorite part but the sequence with clips showing Michael helping Nikita up (through an elevator shaft, after a fall, after beating her senseless) might be it. The song used is a cover of the Beatles classic by T.V. Carpio off the Across the Universe movie soundtrack of the song and yeah chef's kiss.

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Oh La Femme Nikita, look at you hiding in plain sight all this time

Last month, by accident I clicked on the Roku channel on my Roku player and it launched the channel. Curious about its offerings I decided to poke around and came across the La Femme Nikita TV series that ran back on the USA network in the late 90s. I remember really loving the show when it aired, so on a lark I decided to watch the first episode and it was soooo enjoyable. One episode became two, became three, became four, etc. The last time I watched this show I was about 14/15 years old and I was surprised about how many little things I remembered about these episodes even after all these years. Peta Wilson and Roy Dupuis are just as magnetic I remember them. She’s fire. He’s ice. They have OTP written all over them in spades. They are truly just wonderful.



I ended up binging the entire series in about a week in a half. I was staying up until 2 or 3 in the morning watching episodes. It’s been a very long time since I’ve binged a series like this. There are so many series that I want to watch but the reality is that I don’t do it and certainly not like this. I finally watched The Wire a few years ago and really enjoyed it but it was a much more measured affair. Maybe one or two episodes a day and if I missed a day or two then no biggie. The same went for Battlestar Galactica. Another show that I greatly enjoyed but didn’t feel that urgency to consume. I enjoyed my time with the series and was happy to check off another series off my ‘Need to Watch’ list. The closest to an obsessive binge was perhaps the BBC miniseries London Spy but it was only 5 episodes. I’d have to go back to 2013 when I binge watched the 13 episodes that comprised of Hannibal’s first season. In short, as much as I have the desire to watch and perhaps even binge new shows, I just don’t do it. I lean more towards rewatching old favorites and even that has its complications. Most of my old favorites have your traditional 20+ episodes a season. That can be a chore when there’s so many seasons. Seasons I’m happy exist because when they originally aired I remember fretting over whether or not they were going to get renewed or not. It just doesn’t lend itself to the way I consume my media now. And then of course is the first world problem where the show isn’t streaming anywhere and God forbid I have to get up and switch the DVDs. Oh the horror! Will someone not think of the lazy and those who do not want to bother with another remote to keep track of?

One of the funniest things about finally watching all of La Femme Nikita is that I actually own the DVDs of the show. All 5 seasons were sitting on my DVD bookcase completely unopened. I have since opened them to listen to the DVD commentaries. I’ve also started ripping them onto an external SSD hard drive for vidding purposes. I really want to vid the show. I just don’t know how successful I’m going to be in that endeavor. I’ve been trying to vid for the last 5 years and have yet to finish anything.

So yeah, La Femme Nikita is my new obsession. I have actually put my Hannibal fandom activities on pause while I immerse myself in all the LFN fic I can find. Like Forever Knight, most of the fic was on one big fannish archive and only a few have brought their stories over to Ao3. I’ve mostly been using the Wayback Machine to work my way through them. The stories I’ve come across have been really enjoyable though. It’s been fun coming across all the little fannish tropes and in jokes sprinkled into the stories. The moral of the story in all this is never discount media that was created over 20 years ago. They still have much to inspire.


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FK--Nick (cross)

Forever Knight love from Screen Rant


HBO recently wrapped "The Outsider" a 10 part miniseries of a Stephen King novel of the same same. I haven't seen it mainly because I don't have HBO but
Screen Rant recently posted a listing of the 10 Supernatural Crime Series to Watch if you like The Outsider.

It's a really solid list of shows that don't normally get a lot of love. That's why it was so nice to see that Forever Knight garnered a mention.

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Other highlights of the list include Miracles from 2003. It only ran for one season on ABC. I remember really enjoying this show. It was sort of a spiritual X-Files with Skeet Ulrich as a priest.

Chris Carter's three season X-Files follow up Millennium with Lance Henriksen also got a shout out. I've been wanting to revisit at least season one of this show. Hannibal's Will Graham is very much a Frank Black type character, or vice versa if you want to look at it from the perspective of Book!Will Graham from Red Dragon being the precursor to Frank.

Bryan Fuller's quirky Pushing Daisies also makes the list. I'm obviously biased but I would have swapped it out for Hannibal. Pushing Daisies is adorable and I'm always game for rewatching it but it's a little too twee for my taste. Hannibal and its fever dream storytelling certainly lends itself to place on this list.


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Hannibal--Will at morning doorframe

Hannibal ficlet for the 7 year Hanniversary

So today is the 7 year anniversary of Hannibal's premiere back in 2013.

To celebrate I've decided to post the very first thing I ever created for this fandom. It's a part of a larger story that is still not complete, but that's pretty much the trend with the various four Hannibal fics I've got drafts on. 

Given that the show was shot in Toronto, it was pretty much always winter. Blood always did look good on that pristine snow but aesthetics aside, I've always loved the visual of Will working on boat motors in the balmy south. 

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Hannibal Lecter tries to picture Will—sunburnt—with this hair wind tousled and wild.  It is not a setting in which he has ever visualized himself in. Powdery Mississippi sand between his toes and driftwood laden beaches stretched before him. However, if presented with the opportunity, he could be amenable. It’s a curious daydream for a man who rarely if ever indulges in flights of fancy.


His pencil is poised and ready as Hannibal considers a new sketch later that evening. Sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico, a rather pedestrian subject but lovely in its simplicity. Perhaps the turbulence of a distant storm, either way landscapes have never had much appeal to him. When Will mentioned a childhood spent crisscrossing the American South with his father, Hannibal felt the urge to reach out and grasp something of the other man’s past. It was a fascinating piece of history that left an indelible mark on Will Graham and Hannibal desired more. 

 




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Nick &amp; Nat

FIC: a soaking joy [Forever Knight]

a soaking joy
by abby82



rating: PG-13 for some tame suggestiveness
word count: 407
disclaimer: I'm only borrowing them, no money is being made. Ownership lies elsewhere. Forever Knight was created by Jim Parriott & Barney Cohen.
author's note: this was written for one of the Porn Battle's on livejournal back in 2010, but it never got posted. Apparently, because posting things that are ten years old is what I do now, I decided to clean this up and post it. It's time to let this puppy free.
story began: February 2010
story finished: February 2020

links: DW | AO3 |

summary: Nick and Natalie get caught in the rain.



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Hannibal--Will at morning doorframe

¿Qué? Clarice Starling series set at CBS

‘Silence Of The Lambs’ Sequel Series ‘Clarice’ Set At CBS From Alex Kurtzman & Jenny Lumet

So MGM finally loosened their grasp on Clarice Starling and it wasn't to Bryan Fuller. Seriously guys? And they pretty much gave her up to become her own CBS procedural and it's all set in 1993. Wut? Are they gonna dress Clarice like Scully in season 1 of The X-Files? It did first air in 1993.

So Clarice Starling begat Dana Scully begat Clarice Starling? I'll admit I'm kinda digging the symmetry of that. It's just interesting that in order to steer clear of Hannibal the TV series with it's gothic, surreal, and bloody atmosphere they've decided to go in the complete opposite direction and maybe hit the 90s nostalgia hard. There's going to be comparisons and I think making it the anti-Hannibal and visually perhaps more of a Mindhunter type show could help quell some of the comparisons. 

I am curious about how they're gonna navigate the rights issues. Ardelia and her unadulterated awesomeness will absolutely be a character. MGM has the rights to her. They can also lean in heavily into the Buffalo Bill case for backstory because all that's in the novel. I do wonder if they're just going to completely eliminate characters like Hannibal Lecter and Jack Crawford or change their names. For a procedural type show they really don't need to be mentioned much if at all. 

In the novel Clarice wanted to work for Jack Crawford in Behavioral Sciences. Are they gonna get rid of Jack completely and install someone else as the head of the BSU? I haven't read Hannibal the novel so I don't know what kind of interaction Clarice and Jack had after she graduated Quantico but I think it was minimal. They could create an original character and have he or she be the one to bring Clarice into the Buffalo Bill case. If they go that route, I'm hoping for a female head to the BSU.

One of the things that caught my eye was how Clarice would be "navigating the high stakes political world of Washington, D.C." In a lot of ways Clarice ended becoming a victim of political jockeying in the boys' club at the F.B.I. People like Paul Krendler really screwed her over. He made constant sexual overtures to her and when she turned him down, he lashed out. And oh, Paul Krendler is one of the characters MGM has the rights to, so I'm betting that he or people like him are going to make it into the series.

Another group of characters that they could have access to are the Vergers. They appeared in the Hannibal novel and Thomas Harris kept the rights to that book. Could we be getting a new Mason and Margot?

And of course the epicurean elephant in the room, Hannibal Lecter, is the big character MGM does not have the rights to, therefore he cannot be mentioned by name. How are they gonna dance around the subject of Hannibal Lecter? I imagine that Hannibal Lecter cast a very big shadow in Clarice Starling's life, even if he wasn't an every day presence. He would have to come up, wouldn't he? It's part of the appeal of doing an IP that is that well known. People would be on the look out for the little pop culture winks. It was certainly part of the fun of Hannibal. 

Will Hannibal Lecter become "He Who Must Not Be Named" or will they go the Miriam Lass route that Hannibal the TV show did? Will they create a character that is Hannibal Lecter on paper but not in name? Maybe. I don't think you can sweep a character like that under the rug. You can get people to tune in because Clarice is an interesting character but the property as a whole is a big part of the selling point as well. You can't strip out these hallmarks of the property and expect people to stick around without something compelling to keep them watching. If all these known characters are no shows, what will differentiate Clarice from any other CBS procedural. Perhaps they should take a page from the Bryan Fuller playbook and gender flip Hannibal. Uzo Aduba
did a downright chilling rendition of Hannibal's "fava beans and a nice chianti" monologue. Is she available?

Clarice Starling is an iconic character and I get MGM not wanting to play ball with Bryan and Martha de Laurentiis. They might have perceived that she'd end up playing second fiddle to Hannibal and Will and the extraness that is their relationship and would have preferred to work with a project that would have had her front and center. MGM was simply not interested in sharing rights. According to Bryan Fuller, De Laurentiis Company repeatedly offered them the use of Hannibal Lecter if they would share Clarice Starling. They were always told no.

I say put Clarice on CBS All Access. Yes, it'll have a small audience but I feel the show has a better chance of not being a cookie cutter CBS procedural there. Heck, NBC wanted Hannibal to be a procedural too. It's why season 1 was so heavy on the murder tableau of the week. Have Clarice really look into the struggles of a woman in a male dominated profession and the institutional sexism that exists. And lastly, give the show a distinct visual look. Hannibal was a feast for the senses. It was visually lush, the score was unsettling, and the dialogue was purposely purple. If Clarice looks generic it will suffer in the comparisons but if it does it's own thing, it will be better for it.

It's all just so frustrating. It's 2020 and still no news about Hannibal season 4. It's now been off the air longer than it aired. Both Clarice and Hannibal can certainly exist independently of each other. However, I do think the chance of MGM cooperating with Bryan and Martha to bring Clarice to Hannibal is pretty much non existent. Especially, if Clarice were to gender flip Hannibal Lecter then they'll never need the rights for him from Martha. And to add insult to injury, they'll probably film in Hannibal's old stomping grounds of Toronto. 

I'm just sad. I want my show back. 
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FK--grade A Schanke

FIC: a reminiscence sing [Forever Knight]


a reminiscence sing
by abby82


story prompt: 10 years
rating: PG
word count: 2261
disclaimer: I'm only borrowing them, no money is being made. Ownership lies elsewhere. Forever Knight was created by Jim Parriott & Barney Cohen.
author's note: Originally written for the 13th anniversary of "Last Knight's first airing in syndication back in 2009 but it sat unfinished on an old flash drive. Inspired by Amy R's idea to write "13 ways life went on rabbles and expanded upon by Amy H on livejournal. This was 75% written back in 2009 and then massaged into completion in the final hours before the 2009 FKficfest posting deadline. It was either now or never because waiting for the 25th anniversary of "Last Knight" makes me sad. Like really sad.
links: LJ | AO3 |

summary: Joe Stonetree and Joe Reese reminisce 10 years after the events of "Last Knight"


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FK--painting critique

Sooo, about the Forever Knight: The Complete Series box set

Let's see a show of hands if you were eagerly awaiting the new Forever Knight complete series box set.

I know I was.

The artwork looked very promising and while Mill Creek itself has a less than stellar reputation when it comes to their products, I was willing to give them a fair shake. After all, they acquired the rights to Quantum Leap and released a complete blu-ray collection with almost all the original music.  That for me is admirable. Due to expensive music rights issues, the original DVD release only had a handful of the original songs. They also got the rights to Friday Night Lights, another favorite of mine, and their release was respectable.

So they get Forever Knight and while it's not a blu-ray release, I'm rightfully excited. There was of course the pretty, pretty cover art to admire.

The good news, unfortunately stops there.

Inside you will not find your typical slim digipak snap case like other repackaged series. Instead, we get a two sided piece of cardboard with a slip for a disc in the middle. Wut? In total there are six pieces of cardboard and a total of 12 discs. To open the box you have to lift the the flap from the top of the box and peer inside to see the cardboard disc holders.  I found two unboxings online here and here if you're interested.

The discs themselves are nice. They list the episodes contained in the disc, as well as the season. The Toronto skyline is displayed elegantly in red on the lower left bottom quadrant. Each season has four discs.

It's just disappointing. They were so close to having a lovely release. It's almost like they spent almost all their money on the key art that they completely forgot about the case for the discs.

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