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05 July 2010 @ 10:58 pm
207: The Power of Love  
Tonight, Best Beloved basically demanded that I stop reading meta and recommend some happymaking vids. So, as a tribute to her: pairing vids. That make me ridiculously happy.

The One That Makes Maybe the Best Use of the Throttling-on-the-Bridge Footage Yet. Must Be Dreaming, by YouTube vidder bluefairy1113, who apparently also has done a Reboot Chekov vid to Dancing Queen, proving she is either a genius or a maniac, and either way, we may need to confine her for everyone's good. Star Trek, James Tiberius Kirk/Spock.

(Note: This vid pretty much takes jerky, stuttery editing to an artform. I'm just saying. It can almost give me a headache, and usually visual stuff doesn't do that to me.)

Okay. So. I admit it, I am totally a sucker for - well. Let's just make a list of all the things I am sucker for?
  • Also, Kirk.
  • Also, anything based on that Reboot trope where Old Spock gave Kirk more than just the voiceover exposition in that mindmeld.
So, obviously I am not rational on the first point (true fact: I have been entertaining myself for the past week by mentally vidding TOS Spock to Justin Timberlake's Sexyback; I think my claims of irrationality have now been amply proven), and the second point's an issue for me as well, and the third one. But. I know I love this vid because of the vid it is, and not just because it happens to hit three of my current buttons, because it had a lot working against it, too.

Like, I have never recommended a vid that was only on YouTube before. I like more permanent links, and my experience with streaming video sites has demonstrated that ephemeral is more the adjective they're going for with respect to vids. And, also, I have seen another vid to this song, and it is a famous vid, and justly so. It is a Big Name Vid. And I honestly did not think I could ever watch another vid to this song without thinking of that BNV and making comparisons.

But here, I can. I do. I love this vid, and I love the song choice, and it has possibly the best clip in the world for the line "don't stop," and, just. This is really awesome, okay? And I am not just saying that because I have some Trek issues right now.

The One with the Best Clip EVER for the Lyric, "You've Got the Only Thing I Want." Mmm-HMM. I Just Bet. I'm the Cat, by Nicole (does she have a link, anyone?), wickedwords, sherrold, and feochadn. Highlander, Methos/Duncan MacLeod. (Please tell me I am not the only person who, every single time she writes that name, has to go back and delete the "of the clan MacLeod" part.)

Okay, this vid was made more than a decade before the first one, which in vidding terms is roughly the same as the time between the Statherian period and the Triassic. And yet they are both such awesome vids and they both get totally to the heart of these pairings (for me, anyway; feel free to share with me your equally valid opinion on them, but do keep in mind that I keep a whole roll of tinfoil in my lower desk drawer). Because, okay, the first one is all:

Kirk: I totally have no interest in you.
Spock: Likewise, but more so.
Kirk: Except...
Spock: I have evaluated the data and am 87.6% certain there can be no exceptions.
Kirk: Well, except for the fact that I, uh, kind of want you so much it's making me crazy, I was going to say.
Spock: In that case, Captain, I believe the appropriate human phrase to use is, "My place or yours?" Keep in mind I have 117 lubricating preparations ready made.

Whereas this one is like:

Duncan: I am serious and important! I care! Things matter to me!
Methos: I know, and it's cracking me up.
Duncan: We have a destiny!
Methos: But do we have beer, that's my question.
Duncan: And that destiny in no way involves any sexual interaction between us.
Methos: I hate the prudish eras. I'm out of here. Give me a call when hedonism comes back in.
Duncan: I won't.
Methos: Fine.
Duncan: Good riddance. I don't miss him at all.
Methos: Hi, I'm back. I brought you a penis gourd. Miss me?
Methos: Yay, hedonism!

Ummmmmm. I now realize I may have just exposed my irrationality more than I really want to in any one recs post, which is a problem, because I still have two more recs to go. I'm going to have to be super dignified and sane during them. So let me just note that you should check out the awesome body language in the clips they use here - Methos actually looks like a cat in a lot of them. It's amazing.

Now. More recs. With dignity! Probably!

The One That Proves That Space Bars Are Where All the Best Action Takes Place. Why Is There No TV Series Set in a Space Bar? Hurricane, by [personal profile] laurashapiro. Battlestar Galactica x Farscape. Aeryn Sun/Starbuck, and if that pairing alone doesn't make you sit up and cheer, I just don't even know what to say to you.

Okay. So. I watched this vid completely without knowing anything about it. (True fact: Best Beloved and I watch vids together, so I just download everything into one big folder using whatever filename the vidder gave it, and then usually much later we try to guess, based on file name alone, what fandom the vid is for. There is a victory dance when someone gets it right. Although sometimes this strategy backfires, like when, recently, we watched a vid with a filename that we could not help but read as, "Me. I'M on fire!" Which we loved so much it made it really hard to watch the video - we just kept turning to each other and insisting, dramatically and with much handwaving, that we were totally the ones on fire.) And at first I thought it was one of those compare and contrast vids, which, hey, I love those. And Aeryn and Starbuck have a lot in common, so that makes -

And then I realized what Laura was actually doing, and I believe I squeaked. Maybe even squealed. Because oh my fucking god there is no hotter pairing in the world than these two, and this is a crossover pairing (which in vidding is one of those things you totally shouldn't do, except sometimes you totally should and this is one of those times) so perfectly done I'm never going to be able to convince myself it didn't happen in canon. Seriously. In my head, Aeryn and Starbuck had a night of hot, mind-blowing, blowing-off-steam sex, and it was awesome. The end.

I also want to point to what Laura does with the, um, sexytimes clips, here. I have no idea if these clips came from canon, or if so, what canon (I have seen some eps of Farscape, although I tragically missed the Aeryn Tops one, and no eps at all of BSG), but, wow. Usually when there are explicit sequences in vids based on less explicit canons, I have one of two conversations with Best Beloved:

Me: What's happening? I can't figure out what's going on.
BB, with practiced patience: This is porn. You can't scan the clips fast enough to see it. Again.
Me, bewildered: It's porn?
BB, dragging the pointer back and hitting pause: THAT is a penis.
Me, surprised: So it is.
BB: And see how it's going into that ass right there?
Me: I would never have noticed that!
BB: Why is that you read all the NC-17 fan fiction but I'm always the one who has to look at all the cocks?
Me: Luck!


Me: Oh god, that's totally not the same person.
BB: What?
Me: Look how different their bodies are! And how differently they move! And how their heights -
BB: But they have the same hair color. You're supposed to be paying attention to that.
Me: I can't. I - look, that one has a tattoo. I think it says "Mom." You can't tell me Faith has a tattoo that says "Mom" on it.
BB: You're supposed to be looking at their HAIR COLOR. And their BREASTS.
Me: There were breasts?

It's tragic, is what it is. But my point is, we had neither of these conversations. No matter how many times we went back to check, we still just saw Starbuck and Aeryn having sex. (I - I did not mind putting in the extra viewings. For the record. Sometimes due diligence is pure pleasure, people.)

This is something everyone should see. I don't care if you don't watch Farscape. I don't care if you can't remember if Starbuck is the girl or the guy pilot on BSG (girl, for the record). This the story of two pilots who fuck each other, and it is hot like burning, and you should watch it right now.

The One Where I Swear Ianto Says "Fuck" Really Obviously on Camera. Are They Actually Allowed to Talk Like Grownups on British TV? A Curious Thing, by stata. Torchwood, Jack Harkness/Ianto Jones.

Okay, in some things, I am easy. And here is where I am easy in vids: if you make me laugh, I am yours. And this vid makes me laugh my ass off. I mean, we were watching it, all - ooo, serious Torchwood vid. And then there was a skipping noise, and suddenly we had changed tracks to Cheesefest Love Vid. It was wonderful.

Because - okay. How did I not realize that Jack Harkness needed an '80s soundtrack? This vid makes it so obvious that I basically have to hit myself on the forehead when I think of all the time I wasted not imagining Jack to these songs. Where is the Torchwood vid to Like a Virgin? Mickey, by Toni Basil? Love Shack, by the B-52s? Relax, by Frankie Goes to Hollywood? I just - I cannot get over how perfect this is. Jack looks right against the background of 1980s cheese, and this vid works that perfectly.

This vid is, basically, a fairytale. Once upon a time, there was a young prince named Ianto. He went on a heroic quest to save the woman he loved. He entered the dragon's lair under false pretenses and lured the dragon into being friends.

And then it turned out the dragon was really pretty hot, and kind of lovable, and he ended up in love with the dragon and fucking it on its hoard pretty much every night, which was okay, because the dragon had learned a thing or two in all that time he'd been alive, plus he was in love with the prince, and they decided to live happily ever after. The end.

And that, my friends, is the power of love.

(Let me just warn you, though, that proximity to Jack Harkness can warp the meaning of lyrics out of true; I now hear "Don't need no credit card to ride this train" as a totally cheesy pickup line. Come on. You can't tell me he didn't use it a time or two back in 1985.)

Also posted at Dreamwidth, where there are comment count unavailable comments.
the cold genius: *is 12*angevin2 on July 6th, 2010 06:33 am (UTC)
I now hear "Don't need no credit card to ride this train" as a totally cheesy pickup line.

...you mean it's not?
tried to eat the safe banana: TFV bluethefourthvine on July 6th, 2010 11:27 pm (UTC)
I had not previously believed so, largely because my brain hurts when I try to imagine Huey Lewis and a pickup line in the same context. But now, hell yes it is, and always will be, because Jack Harkness basically IS a pickup line.
Proactively Untwist Octagonal Hippopotamus Pants: starbuck - st. karadramaturgca on July 6th, 2010 07:00 am (UTC)
Nope, I'm pretty sure those were all legit clips from the series. (I had never even considered inserting real porn, weird)

Also, I don't even LIKE Farscape, but... that's a great vid.

Also also, if you ever come across anything pairing Starbuck (the girl one) with Fiona Glenanne from Burn Notice, that would be relevant to my interests.
tried to eat the safe banana: TFV brownthefourthvine on July 6th, 2010 11:30 pm (UTC)
According to Laura, some actually come from the L Word! I could not tell, totally not. (And people do insert clips from real porn all the time, and sometimes it works but mostly it, um, really does not. At least for me. But then, as we've seen, I am maybe not the right audience for that, what with my apparent inability to see such things as PENISES and BREASTS.)

And, yeah. That vid is awesome, and by awesome I mean OMG HOT.

Hmmm. Starbuck and Fiona Glenanne? I know nothing about Fiona except what I've learned from a handful of Burn Notice vids, but I tell you this: no femslash pairing involving Starbuck can ever be wrong. She's like Faith in that respect. (...And now my brain has gone to a Faith/Starbuck place, from which I may never recover. Not that I mind.)
miscellanny on July 6th, 2010 07:00 am (UTC)
Have you seen Papa Don't Preach?

kaydee falls: steppin' out with my baby tonightkaydeefalls on July 6th, 2010 12:47 pm (UTC)
I second this. :D
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elaran: capslock!fangirlelaran on July 6th, 2010 07:55 am (UTC)
I think I reached outside of human hearing range with my SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEwhen the 'don't stop' moment played. Also I love imogen heap x a lot so that makes it more awesome to me. XD

Also: HOLY CRAP the aeryn and starbuck vid. GUH.
tried to eat the safe banana: Vidsthefourthvine on July 6th, 2010 11:37 pm (UTC)
I hear you. That clip made me reach pitches that caused dolphins miles away to whip their heads around all, "God DAMN it, fangirls."

And, yeah. That Aeryn/Starbuck vid is just - it should almost be illegal, it's that hot.
the pirate queen of norwayashkitty on July 6th, 2010 09:44 am (UTC)
I have been entertaining myself for the past week by mentally vidding TOS Spock to Justin Timberlake's Sexyback; I think my claims of irrationality have now been amply proven

You mean like this Sexy Back? That's like the fist ST vid I ever saw. :)
tried to eat the safe banana: Vidsthefourthvine on July 6th, 2010 11:57 pm (UTC)
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AO+uncacreamy on July 6th, 2010 01:18 pm (UTC)
Claudia Black is one of the most beautiful women I have ever seen in my life. Every time she's on the screen, all I can do is just stare, often missing important plot points because 'oh my god, look at her kick ass!'. So. yeah.
tried to eat the safe banana: FS meet cutethefourthvine on July 6th, 2010 11:58 pm (UTC)
Claudia Black is indeed incredibly beautiful. She fully repays any and all time spent staring at her. *awed*
Essie: BSG - Baltar Sexual Relationssentientcitizen on July 6th, 2010 01:45 pm (UTC)
That Aeryn/Starbuck one was so awesome I broke my own rule and actually downloaded the vid. (Normally, I'm the inverse of you - I LOVE when a vid is on youtube, because then I can just save it to my playlist of favorites.) I don't even know how many times I've watched it, now. I suspect "too many".
tried to eat the safe banana: TFV flowersthefourthvine on July 7th, 2010 12:00 am (UTC)
I have to take issue with the implication that there can BE too many viewings of that vid. Because I just don't see how that could possibly be SO.
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twfftwtfwftw on July 6th, 2010 02:09 pm (UTC)
Sadly I am not in a position to watch these right now - will have to save them for later! - but I had to say that you have summed up beautifully why Methos is so good for Duncan. And the entire show, really.

"Don't need no credit card to ride this train" as a totally cheesy pickup line.
...it's not supposed to be? *goes to track down the full lyrics, because what?*
tried to eat the safe banana: TFV glowythefourthvine on July 7th, 2010 12:03 am (UTC)
I had never thought it was supposed to be! But maybe it was, and Jack Harkness SHOWED ME THE WAY. I won't be the first sentient being that's happened to. *g*

(And when you do watch them, I do believe you will find these awesome. Yes.)
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09 f9 11 02 9d 74 e3 5b d8 41 56 c5 63 56 88 c0: B5 Ivanova BiTeepJewlaura47 on July 6th, 2010 04:02 pm (UTC)
Also, anything based on that Reboot trope where Old Spock gave Kirk more than just the voiceover exposition in that mindmeld.


also squeeeee I know all these fandoms! Getting a post for you that is all fandoms I love is just MAGIC TIMES!
tried to eat the safe banana: STR Spock earsthefourthvine on July 7th, 2010 12:11 am (UTC)
It is a WONDERFUL trope. It's like they were just begging us to write this story, and frankly, I think absolutely everyone SHOULD.

And, yay! I'm all for MAGIC TIMES. *g*
astolatastolat on July 6th, 2010 05:13 pm (UTC)

Me, bewildered: It's porn?
BB, dragging the pointer back and hitting pause: THAT is a penis.
Me, surprised: So it is.

tried to eat the safe banana: TFV lettersthefourthvine on July 7th, 2010 12:13 am (UTC)
Not being able to find penises is my gift!
mezzo_cammin: glee!teylamezzo_cammin on July 6th, 2010 07:13 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for the vid recs, and the accompanying commentary, which just cracked me up. Your mind is a seriously wonderful thing!
tried to eat the safe banana: TFV menorahthefourthvine on July 7th, 2010 12:14 am (UTC)
Thank you! My mind is certainly a fun place to live. *g*
Lucelucia_tanaka on July 6th, 2010 09:57 pm (UTC)
And, also, I have seen another vid to this song, and it is a famous vid

Our of curiosity, do you mean the Firefly "Must Be Dreaming" vid?
tried to eat the safe banana: Vidsthefourthvine on July 7th, 2010 12:21 am (UTC)
Nope! I have never seen that one, actually. I mean Euphoria, by Koopiskeva. (Anime. RahXephon. I've never seen the source.) It is a gorgeous vid, and a serious Big Name Vid in AMV circles. It kind of changed how AMVers vidded, actually. There are parodies and everything.
bleedtobluebleedtoblue on July 7th, 2010 01:37 am (UTC)
"mentally vidding TOS Spock to Justin Timberlake's Sexyback; "

a visual I will not be able to get rid of!
tried to eat the safe banana: ST TOS Enterprisethefourthvine on July 7th, 2010 05:41 am (UTC)
Nor should you, for it is an image that will turn your gray skies to blue!
eveningblue: SGA Rodney Eureka!eveningblue on July 7th, 2010 03:04 am (UTC)
I really love vids that combine Reboot Trek with TOS Trek, and that one does it beautifully!
tried to eat the safe banana: STR Spock earsthefourthvine on July 7th, 2010 05:42 am (UTC)
It does indeed. And there's just something SO WONDERFUL about the mix of vintage and modern Trek. <3!
missdirector: Mental Health - Spikemissdirector on July 7th, 2010 07:25 pm (UTC)

Also, anything based on that Reboot trope where Old Spock gave Kirk more than just the voiceover exposition in that mindmeld.

I'm in total agreement with that statement. Though it might be because I have a thing for telepathy in general and that is like THE BEST KIND - it always leads to sexyfuntimes. Don't tell me otherwise, I won't believe you.

As far as Justin Timberlake's Sexyback... have you ever seen the delicious spoof of that song by jamesatwar called Shatnerback? I think it may just entertain you. I'd be happy to dig around for the link if you'd like.

As far as the other recs are concerned:
1. I firmly believe there should be more space bars in fandom. Clearly they lead to awesome.
2. Do you think that Jack ever chose to wear period appropriate clothing during the 80's? According to my newly established personal canon, he got totally excited when he realized he'd be living through them since his highchool back in the future had a 1980's theme dance and it was one of the best nights of his young life. Got laid by two teachers (at the same time) and an office aid because they thought he looked good in leather jackets.
fortuona favet aleoperenniallurker on July 8th, 2010 02:28 am (UTC)
A++ fanon.
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