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Interview with an Astrogirl

1. How far are you through Farscape by now, and what do you think of the last few episodes you've seen? (I love hearing newbie reactions! :))

I have just finished the third season. A little while ago, I mentioned that I would be equally happy 'shipping Aeryn/John and Aeryn/Crais, despite the likely brain breakingness of the combination. *g* At this point, that desire has not changed. It's very fascinating to me how often Aeryn jumps to Crais's defence. On the other hand, there is a messed-up-ness to Aeryn/John post-twinning that appeals to me as well. I won't even hazard a guess at this point as to what exactly it says about me that my favorite 'ships are generally the ones that are shot through with tragedy (see also, Stark/Zhaan and Londo/G'Kar).

Crais: I want to see fic about his (also somewhat messed up) connection to Talyn right now. And speaking of Talyn, I cried like a baby over his fate. Great Maker, I loved that troubled little gunship. Oh, and the way John was stroking Pilot in their scene together... *whimper*

And I'm sure selenak will be overjoyed by this: I was squealing over Rygel and Scorpius. What an odd combination, but it worked so extremely well.

Am currently considering a Rygel-thon for Se's benefit. Stop me before it's too late! *g*

2. You mentioned having majored in psychology (is that right)? Do you have any pet peeves (or, for that matter, words of praise) about how the subject is handled on TV shows or in fanfic?

I don't get too upset over the portrayal of the subject in TV and fic. Mostly, I am amused by the unspoken rule in the entertainment media that all shrinks are Freudians- that is so not the direction of the intellectual zeitgeist in psychology currently. *g* I myself specifically majored in biological-psychology- brain science, basically- studying the biological, evolutionary basis for behavior.

3. If you can spend one day visiting the fictional universe of your choice, where do you go, and why? And does your answer change if you're not allowed to come back afterwards?

Er, that's a tough one- most of the fictional universes I'm familiar with are of the "interesting place to write about, wouldn't want to visit or live there" variety. ;) Except, perhaps, for stopping by Vir's quarters on Babylon 5 for a chat. What can I say, he's just too adorable to resist. *g*

4. What's the best book you've read in the last year?

I was completely gobsmacked recently by A Canticle for Leibowitz. I think that's my Catholic heritage speaking. *g*

5. By some benevolent miracle, you have an entire week with no work and no obligations of any kind whatsoever. What do you spend it doing?

Oh, Great Maker. I'm so incredibly boring. The first answer to pop into my head was, "Sleeping!" I think that's the rheumatoid arthritis talking.

If anyone here wishes to be questioned, reply below.

Comments

I don't know quite what it is about the "tragic 'ship" thing, but I'm sailing on that ship right along with you. In fact... Well, um, come back when you've seen Blake's 7 and I'll tell you about the first pairing I ever got into. ;)

Rygel-thon! Rygel-thon! Dude, I would so sign up for that! Poor Rygie desperately needs more fic. (And his interactions with Scorpy were the very best thing about "I-Yensch, You-Yensch." There really, really should have been more Rygel-Scorpius interaction in the show. Those two make a downright scary team!)

Evolutionary psychology? Ooh, sounds interesting! I admit to having read a few books on the subject, which probably means I know just enough to get things wrong. :)

Oh, and you can ask me questions back, if you like. What the heck.
Rygel-thon! Rygel-thon!

Damn it, don't tempt me, woman! I have enough to do as it is. ;)

Oh, frell. Who am I kidding? Of course I'm probably going to do it. I already have a request in mind. But I will definitely stagger the due date a couple weeks after the Starkathon closes, so people who are writing for Starky, self included, have time to do both. *g*

Questions, questions:

1. You've pointed me to some excellent Starkfic. But do you have any general recs Farscape-wise, particularly of the ensemble variety?

2. What's the most interesting place you've ever visited?

3. What did you major in? *g*

4. What would you say has been the most challenging aspect of the theatrical_muse experience?

5. You mentioned that your first ship was in Blake's 7. What was your very first fandom? How old were you when you first realized you were a fangirl? *g*
Yay, Rygelthon! And my long, rambly answers are now up. :)
Well, um, come back when you've seen Blake's 7 and I'll tell you about the first pairing I ever got into. ;)

You are so deviant. I can't believe how deviant you are sometimes. :)
Well, at least I'm mostly not writing porn for 'em any more. ;)
Well, that's a start. :)
Mememe interview meee!
All right. *g*

1. To echo astrogirl2's question: Which B5 episodes have you seen most recently? What do you think so far? Do you have any speculations as to what might happen next (assuming you're unspoiled)?

2. So why Londo/G'Kar anyway? *g* I mean, I have my reasons, about which I will go on at length at ship_manifesto on the first of October. But what are your reasons?

3. What was your favorite book as a kid?

4. Do you have any really big pet peeves?

5. If you were given the opportunity, would you agree to live in a colony on the moon or on Mars? Why or why not?
I would so sign up for a Rygel-thon.
A Rygelthon! You're the best!

It's very fascinating to me how often Aeryn jumps to Crais's defence.

And their moment of farewell, with her touching his cheek, makes me sniffle each time, in the midst of everything else going on in the episode. On the DVDs, there is a longer version of that scene in which he apologizes for declaring her contaminated way back then, and she tells him he saved her life that way.

They both left the PKs and yet were formed by them, which gives them an instinctive understanding of each other (not that this is always a good thing - see Aeryn's scene with Crais and Stark on the hotel floor in The Choice, where you flinch for both of the guys); and of course they're the original divorced couple raising a kid together. (And Talyn is so the son who has it in for Stepdaddy John and wishes Aeryn and Crais would get together.*g*) There are some plausible late third season Aeryn/Crais stories, but in dysfunctional way, of course (i.e. he knows she doesn't love him, she's just trying to numb the pain).

Crais and Talyn: Check out Andraste's fic at FFN.

John and Aeryn: yup, hopelessly messed-up post-twinning alright. TJohn's death will never go away, but at this point John (MJohn) is so fixated on Aeryn, she has so much become what Earth used to be, his hope and purpose, that he just cannot let her go and is prepared to go at any lengths.

(In the first episode of the fourth season, Rygel lists Crichton's obsessions as Aeryn, Earth, Scorpius, wormholes, Aeryn, Scorpius, wormholes, Earth, Aeryn and Aeryn.)

I was squealing over Rygel and Scorpius. What an odd combination, but it worked so extremely well.

Didn't it? Best negotiating scenes on Farscape, I tell you.*g*

Speaking of Scorpius, those scenes between him and John throughout the two-parter, especially when they're literally on top of each other - come on, you can't deny the subtext!

Also: did, or didn't John offer Scorpius a lift at the end, in that final scene between them?
Definitely offering a lift. Can you imagine the dynamics aboard Moya had it been accepted? Not only the fact of Scorpious' presence, however temporary, but the reactions to John's offering in the first place?

Someone should write this.
Someone should. This would be so different from (spoiler), because John couldn't blame (spoiler) for making him (spoiler) - he could blame no one but himself.

As to what the others would have said... oh, and wait, if they still would have left (perhaps in horror), wouldn't that mean John would have been alone with Scorpius on Elack for months?
Would he have even been off Moya in the first place? With Scorpius aboard, the others might have left even faster, giving no opportunity for argument. Would the information he was given have been given, by either source? What if what happened at the end of DWTB still happened while he and Scorpius were aboard?
Oh, good point, yes. Otoh, something else occured to me. I can see Chiana, Rygel, Jool and D'Argo leaving even faster with Scorpius on board, but even with Aeryn's late season 3 frame of mind, would she have left John with Scorpius? Forget about the information, would she have left John knowing that he'd be, Pilot and unknown quantity N. excepted, alone with Scorpius? If so, then that would certainly have been the end between them, because the knowledge that she did would have been the final kick in the teeth.

(As for the other source of information: depends on just what her agenda is, which still isn't clear. Also why Scorpius in Bad Timing orders (spoiler).)

Man, that AU looks darker and more interesting by the second...
Maybe the other source would leave for the sake of the fic.

I remember Sabine's variation on this, "A New Device Is Being Tested", which was incredible, horrific, seductive. *shivers*

*hides from plotbunny*
*points plot bunny in your direction*

I loved A New Device Is Being Tested long before "meeting" Sabine on lj! Can't watch the scenes from Into the Lion's Den anymore without imagining her version of what was going on in between, either...

which was incredible, horrific, seductive.

Much like Sab herself.*g*
Regarding John/Scorpy, the subtext doesn't ping me quite as strongly as Londo/G'Kar, but yes. Actually, I saw it in LG&M too when they were rolling around on the floor with Scorpy's cooling rod. "Insert the rod!" *giggle*

Okay, so I'm twelve. *g*

And my answer to your question is yes. For a minute there, I really did think Scorpius was going to end up on Moya.
Actually, I saw it in LG&M too when they were rolling around on the floor with Scorpy's cooling rod. "Insert the rod!" *giggle*

Well, John saw it on that occasion, too, otherwise the "you're not my type" remark would make no sense.*g*

And my answer to your question is yes. For a minute there, I really did think Scorpius was going to end up on Moya.

How would you say the others would have reacted?

Also: check out that story of Sabine's Kerne mentioned. It was written between season 3 and 4 and thus does not contain any season 4 spoilers, and can be found here. Choice quote:

"While holding two lights," Scorpius says, finally, "depress 3-1-7. And release." Crichton takes his time, moves his fingers to his wrist, touches the hot metal of the bracelet over the ink on his wrist.

"Hold two," he says to Scorpius. "Press 9-1-1. And release."

Cold, he notices, without the Scarran heat inside him. Quiet. Alone. He looks for Harvey, for something to hold onto, but Harvey's still scared of the explosions and is hiding under the bed. Crichton is almost alone.

"We were close," he says to Scorpius, and he's almost surprised when he doesn't feel the familiar rush. They lock eyes for a long moment. We were so close. Scorpius smiles, not outwardly, but that dark hybrid smile Crichton knows now better than his own face. "If you're gonna get off this boat," he says, "now would be a good time."

"I may not be getting off this ship, John," Scorpius says, and Crichton feels a hollow in his chest when he turns around. "Goodbye, Crichton."

And then he's gone. "Scorpius!" Crichton calls after him, the name leaping from his throat. And in the smoke he thinks he sees a shadow bow and drop to its knees. Then the smoke clears and it's gone. He's gone, Crichton tells Harvey. Harvey has nothing to say.


How would you say the others would have reacted?

Are you kidding? They would've hit the ceiling. And Great Maker forbid they would stumble into our wandering Stark while Scorpius is still in residence.

And now I'm off to play with DVD special features, read Sab's story and see about this mysterious attachment you've sent me, which I couldn't open while I was at work. ;)

Londothon tomorrow! *g*
And Great Maker forbid they would stumble into our wandering Stark while Scorpius is still in residence.

Heh. I had something along those lines as one of the Five Things That Never Happened to Stark, but you probably don't want to read that until after you've seen at least some of the 4th season. :)
I want to reply...hmm
Such pity, that these serials are don't show at us, they very interesting I sure...
*envies*
I was completely gobsmacked recently by A Canticle for Leibowitz.

delurking to say that i also recently discovered that book and was completely blown away - enough so that it jumped immediately to the top of my very short "i must pimp this book to everyone i know" list.