August 28th, 2011

ACT | loose lips sink ships

fic: playing revisionist historian.

playing revisionist historian.
the hour.
hector madden, bel/hector. things hector has learned from the business. This is his distance from the everyone else he works with - their hypotheses are about far flung lands and far flung wars and his are only selfish and small. 1800 words.
notes: i would write fic about hector madden, lol. i know he isn't particularly popular with the fandom but i sort of love this dickbag, so there you have it. this is probably self indulgent but so is he, so it's fine.

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ACT | loose lips sink ships

two hundred and forty-five.

Belated The Hour feelings; Lix Storm is perfect in all the ways and basically needs her own show. I adore Romola as Bel; I feel like she's honestly one of the most talented actresses of her age and she's really outdone herself this year between this and Crimson Petal. She's just consistently blown me away this year. And OONA CHAPLIN, oh god, you unexpected queen of my heart. She's going to be macking on Richard Madden soon? THINGS I CAN APPROVE OF. Basically, this show is all about how women are consistently the best creatures. I love all of them and how different and full and layered they are, ugh, perfect writing and casting, show.

The boys are lovely as well and I like the triangle though I suppose I'm on the outskirts of fandom for not hating Hector. He's absurd, of course but I quite like it and his sort of smug, almost weak dickishness plays off nicely with Freddie's pretensions. I do find the show frustrating in the sense that the one male character I want to see most of it Professor Jamie Parker and he got offed ten minutes in! Where is the justice in that? I was hoping for extended flashbacks at the very least; spies who are also acadmemics and also having dirty secret affairs and are also shaped like Jamie Parker. What about this isn't my favourite thing. (why can't I have nice things, why does television hate me, etc).

OH, and of course the political backdrop. This show work so well as a period piece because it incorporates it's surroundings perfectly, with the Suez Crisis and Hector's interview and just, this is why any comparisons to Mad Men are false; I loved MM in it's prime but it's never been capable of this kind of intelligent inclusion of of political and social backdrop. It generally tends to use the "keeping it in period" card as a get out of jail for misogyny and racism.

Basically; this show is perfect, I have all the feelings and I felt like my heart was in my mouth for the whole of the finale. Such an exquisite, high strung finish, show, brava.

I wrote fic! playing revisionist historian. hector; hector/bel.

And stolen from everywhere:

Give me a pairing
An AU setting (i.e., they work at colonial Williamsburg! they are on a spaceship! they are meteorologists and a hurricane is coming!
And I will write you three lines of fic.