An Ode (Sort of) to Star Wars

December 24, 2015 at 10:16 AM | Posted in Fandom, Geekdom, Movies | Leave a comment
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I am one of the thousands of Star Wars fans out there who couldn’t wait to see the latest installment of the film franchise. I saw the original Star Wars films (A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi) on a VCR when I was a child. The movies were such a big deal in my family back then. I grew up in a big, ancestral house where my family and my aunt’s family lived together.

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My male cousins, aunt and two uncles would talk about Star Wars often and watched the films over and over on VCR. In fact, my relatives were such fans of Star Wars that they bought a tape of the making of the Star Wars movies and watched it again and again. Having lived in the same house with them, I was able to see the movies on tape and watched how the Star Wars movies were made including behind-the-scenes footage of how they filmed the action sequences involving the spaceships and droids. I was amazed by how spectacular the movies were and even more amazed by how they were made.

Star Wars posterBack then, I liked the movies enough but didn’t catch on with the important details. For one, I didn’t know the name of Han Solo’s ship (*gasp!*) nor the name of Darth Vader’s killer star (*double gasp!*). I know right?! But hey, I was a kid back then and English was not my first language. So I had trouble understanding the dialogue.

But over the years, I had the chance to watch the movies again as a young adult and came to love them. And I eventually learned all the important names in the movie franchise — yes, including the Millennium Falcon and Death Star.

So when Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit local cinemas, I went to see it as soon as I could. And it didn’t disappoint. It was spectacularly amazing. I felt nostalgic while watching it. The movie felt like it was an old friend I haven’t seen in a long time. It filled me with fun memories and I felt so at ease.

However, like most fans out there who’ve seen the movie, I have questions that are left unanswered by the end of the film. Check out my review of Star Wars: The Force Awakens here.

Writing Fanfiction

April 30, 2015 at 12:09 AM | Posted in Fandom, TV, Writing | Leave a comment
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Remember that time when I blogged and said I don’t write fanfiction? Yeah well, I just broke my own rule. I wrote my very first fanfiction last year after getting encouragement from some of my Twitter followers who love reading and/or writing fanfiction. I never thought I would succumb to the trend but I did.

I watch a lot of TV shows and sometimes I binge-watch them for hours. And as a result, I get a lot of ideas about certain scenes or dialogues from the shows. Sometimes I find myself forming new or alternative scenes in my head with my favorite TV characters, especially when I think that a particular scene should be written differently for whatever reason (consistency, realism, clarity, etc.).

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My venture in fanfiction writing was mainly brought on by this fact. And also because since I ship some of the characters in the shows I watch and wish for episodes where they form romantic relationship with each other, I decided to take matters into my own hands. After all, I have ideas in my head on why and how these characters can develop their relationship and where the story can go. Besides, I also wanted to test myself if I could do it and see how good I am in creative writing. And it turned out that I can and am good enough.

I’m a big fan of Suits, and conversation among shipper fans on Twitter pushed me to go ahead with writing my very own fanfic. My favorite OTP on Suits is of course Donna and Harvey, a.k.a Darvey, and they are the focus of my first fanfic. Admittedly, it was a very enjoyable experience for me. I was surprised on how easy I could write it. I only had to put to paper what was already in my mind. Several chapters later, I posted the story on fanfiction.net and was overwhelmed by the positive feedback I got from fellow Darvey shippers. I was truly delighted.

I’ve just written my second Darvey fanfiction, which I also published on fanfiction.net. And honestly speaking, I don’t know if I will write more or not — or whether I can write a fanfic about other shows. But one thing is certain for me: I’ve proven to myself that I can definitely write fanfiction.

An X-pectation that Just Became Reality

March 31, 2015 at 9:15 AM | Posted in Fandom, Geekdom, TV | Leave a comment
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Every die-hard fan of The X-Files just went into a wild frenzy last week when Fox TV network formally announced the show’s revival. I am one of the millions of fans who jumped with joy after learning that The X-Files will be back on TV with brand-new episodes – and with the show’s original cast no less. Yes, that’s right. David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson will be back as Mulder and Scully.

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For the past few months, practically every X-phile was eagerly waiting for an official announcement after previous reports surfaced that talks between Fox and the cast about a possible revival were happening. I was expectant. My fellow X-phile friends were expectant, so did the rest of the fandom around the globe. So imagine our excitement (and screams of joy) when it was finally announced by Fox last week that The X-Files will indeed have a revival with the show’s creator, Chris Carter at the helm. David and Gillian also confirmed the news through Twitter.

I could hardly contain my excitement. My X-phile friends and I have been lobbying for a third X-Files movie since 2009, even joining other X-philes around the world in urging Fox to make another X-Files feature film. Now our efforts have been rewarded, albeit in another form.

Granted that the X-Files revival will only have six new episodes, I’m still looking forward to seeing Mulder and Scully again on the small screen. The last time I saw them was in the second X-Files movie, The X-Files: I Want to Believe, and of course in The X-Files season 10 comics, which I’m still currently reading. Based on reports, the revival will consist of mytharc and stand-alone (a.k.a monster-of-the-week) episodes, just like in the old seasons, so I’m very excited about this. It would be interesting to see Mulder and Scully together again and embarking on new adventures.

I’m also excited to see how Fox will update the show’s opening credits. But I do hope the classic X-Files theme song will remain unchanged. It’s a classic for a reason. And who knows, if this revival will be a massive success, maybe us X-philes will see a third movie after all? Or maybe a second set of brand-new episodes? We don’t know at this point. But one thing is for sure. The truth is out there.

My Top 5 OTPs

November 29, 2014 at 12:30 PM | Posted in Fandom, Movies, TV | Leave a comment
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A fangirl of a fandom will most likely to have her own OTP (One True Pairing) at some point or another. In fact, a fangirl is almost always synonymous with a shipper. There’s just something about an OTP that makes fangirls ship them obsessively. In Philippine showbiz, this pairing is called “loveteam.”

I myself am a shipper of several TV fandoms. And as a tribute to my favorite fandoms, here is a list of my five favorite OTPs of all time:

1. Mulder and Scully (a.k.a MSR, or Mulder and Scully Relationship)

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This OTP is the mother of all ships. Fans of The X-Files such as myself were the ones who invented the term “ship” back in the 90’s long before any other fandom. The Mulder and Scully relationship is my very first and most favorite ship of all time. But it didn’t start that way. I’m a fan of The X-Files since my college days but I didn’t initially ship MSR. I was a fencer back then. But when I first saw The X-Files: Fight the Future movie and seen the bee sting scene between Mulder and Scully, I instantly became a shipper. Since then I’ve been shipping them.

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Through the years I’ve come to love MSR because of their unique bond and unwavering support and belief in each other despite of adversities. They’ve been through a lot as FBI partners – from alien abductions and black oil virus outbreaks to government conspiracies. As a fangirl, I’ll never forget such memorable lines like, “Even when my world was falling apart, you were my constant. My touchstone.” and “You’re my one in five billion.” MSR is a classic you-and-me-against-the-world love story and I love it.

2. Donna and Harvey (a.k.a Darvey)

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Darvey is my most recent OTP. I’ve been a fan of Suits ever since its first season aired on local TV. But I didn’t ship Donna and Harvey until the show’s third season, although I already suspected that there was something going on between them when I saw season two. Donna and Harvey didn’t start out as a potential couple in the show. In season 1, they were presented to the audience as merely boss and employee, with Harvey being the boss and Donna as his secretary. But their story began to unravel in season 2, when the show hinted of their past together. Like many Darvey shippers, I’ve become fascinated with their dynamic relationship. Their witty banter, teasing innuendos, meaningful looks, and loyalty to each other keep me glued to the screen. Their scenes together are just oozing with UST. Not to mention that they have a weird and mysterious can opener ritual that viewers are not even privy to. Season 3 validated what Darvey shippers have long suspected about their past relationship, and that became a culminating point for me to become a full-pledged Darvey shipper.

3. Booth and Brennan

Bones is one of my favorite crime drama shows since CSI. Its main characters, Special Agent Seeley Booth and Dr. Temperance Brennan, are reminiscent of the MSR dynamic – one is a skeptic and the other one is a believer. I love the fact that Booth and Brennan became a couple only after several seasons and the transition from crime partners to lovers was seamlessly woven into the story.

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Booth and Brennan complement each other. While Brennan likes to keep things objective and in the realms of science when solving crimes, Booth is the opposite. He is more emotionally invested in his work, relying on his guts and showing compassion to those who’ve been wronged. Over the years, they have influenced each other in a positive way. Their wedding scene was one of my favorite episodes of the show and every Booth and Brennan shippers’ dream coming true.

4. Lady Mary and Matthew Crawley

One cannot talk about Downton Abbey without mentioning the show’s main couple, Lady Mary and Matthew Crawley. I shipped these two since the beginning of the show. Lady Mary and Matthew Crawley were one of those classic couples who disliked each other at first but eventually ended up together. It reminded me of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice. Lady Mary was cold and snobbish towards Matthew when she first met him and he was wary of her initially because of her family’s attempts to pair him off. But she eventually warmed up to him and he to her and they tied the knot not long after.

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Unfortunately, this ship ended way too soon after the show decided to kill off Matthew. Like many Downton Abbey fans, I was shocked when I heard the news that Matthew had been killed off in the show’s Christmas special. I had to wait a few weeks after the Christmas special aired in the US to see for myself that Matthew was indeed gone. After that season, I had difficulty accepting that my favorite ship no longer existed. I could not even understand why Dan Stevens, the actor who played Matthew would want to leave the show.

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Now that the show is on its fifth season, I could not even bring myself to like Lady Mary’s new suitors, Lord Gillingham and Charles Blake. For me, Lady Mary and Matthew were the show’s ultimate OTP.

5. Michael and Nikita (a.k.a Mikita)

Of course when I say Nikita, I’m talking about the TV remake not the 90’s series nor the movie where the show was based on. Michael and Nikita started out as mentor and mentee but eventually evolved into something more. Both shared a troubled past that brought them closer together. What I love about Mikita is that they eventually joined forces after becoming adversaries. They knew they needed each other. They fought side by side against the Division, a secretive group of the CIA that trained assassins such as Nikita. They might had disagreements from time to time, especially when it comes to carrying out assignments but they would always resolve them eventually.

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That intense fight scene where Michael retrieved his stolen engagement ring from a bad guy and the look on Nikita’s face when she found out was priceless. And I love the fact that they remained a couple right up to the end of the show.

So there you have it. While one of these ships had a tragic ending, most of my OTPs already have a happy ending. Of course any shipper would want a happy ending in their OTPs. Who wouldn’t?

My First Time

July 17, 2011 at 7:42 PM | Posted in Fandom, Lifestyle, Sports | 1 Comment
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I have a confession to make. I never did this thing before so I didn’t know what to expect. I was excited and at the same time quite unsure. My partner did it before so she knew what to do. She said it would be really easy. So I went along with it. And…it was such an enjoyable experience!

As much as I am embarrassed to admit this but… yes, it was my first time to go bowling. I had opportunities before to go bowling, but they never pushed through. My friends and I would have difficulty scheduling it – what with our work, busy lifestyles and all. It was a good thing that my friend in Pinoy X-Philes suggested this activity.

And as a first-time player, I wasn’t that bad! Sure, there were a couple of strikes but my scores weren’t all that bad after two games. My friend Lily and I had so much fun bowling yesterday. And we hope to have another one soon, but this time with our other friends in the group.

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