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Movie mingling post!
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almost_knightly wrote in pandoraheartsdr
You are in a sitting room of your choice. One of the ones that seems to have acquired a large television, a great big flat screen big enough for everyone to see no matter where they are in the room. The lights are out and there are snacks aplenty, but don't crinkle the wrappers or talk too loudly or you're going to the Special Hell.

As for what you're doing here: MOVIES! What do you want to see? We have all sorts of movies, and even some TV shows, available for the mansion this week! A few of our characters will be running marathons, so feel to settle in for the whole night -- and stay up far past your bedtime, if that's the case. No one will tell.

[Mingling post! I will be setting up larger threads for various marathons; feel free to set up marathons of your own, or have your character hoarding a television all to themselves somewhere else with some other movie. Tag around and have fun, and by all means, assume latecomers and backtagging are A-ok! A lot of us are busy of late, but nobody wants to miss the fun!

Oh, and modern characters: No spoilers. It's rude.]

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[He has been told he needs to be here, and is admittedly curious after unknowingly wearing a shirt referencing the show.]</small>

You may have read about this already, but in our world, we've been able to build ships that will fly us to the stars. To the moon.

[Liam is in full-on professor mode, explaining the premise of the show as he organizes their snacks in advance. Ferrero Rocher, other-Liam? We also have Fritos.

Firefly, like much of the "science fiction" genre, is set in a universe with technology even further advanced than that; most of it takes place in outer space, or on other planets. Part beauty and charm of Firefly in particular is that the cultures seen in the show, for the most part, aren't so outlandish and wild, and it adds quite a lot of humanity to the characters and the setting.

How fascinating.

[He's talking as much about the information as the snacks. He's never seen anything like these 'Fritos' before.

Just wait until you give him soda.]

So the premise is characters in the future, in space?

More or less. You'll see the rest.

[There is, as it happens, root beer. Liam comes prepared. Firefly marathons are serious business.]

It's one of my favorites shows, actually. It's well-written, well-acted, well-designed -- just fun to watch.

It sounds like a rather good serial book series turned into a play of sorts. Was it originally books?

[He makes the decision to taste the root beer then and is so startled he starts coughing. It tastes good, but the bubbles.]

What is this?

[Sorry, other-Liam; he can't help but snicker a little at your expense.]

I'm sorry, I forgot to warn you about the carbonation. Ah -- the bubbles. Sip it slowly, until you get used to it.

[He also has a bowl of chex mix, to complete their snacks for the evening, and he fishes out a handful to nibble on. Since everyone knows and the only people who care are thrilled, he doesn't have his gloves on today -- the ring is exposed and so is the ink on his wrist.]

It was never written out as prose, no. I suppose you might call it -- a series of episodic plays.

[He's had champagne before, but this is far different. And intriguing. He takes another cautious sip.]

How on earth do they get all the bubbles in?

[The flavor, he's decided, he rather likes.]

Ah, how many episodes are there, and how long are they?

There's carbon dioxide in here -- ah, it's a particular form of gas -- under pressure. When the drink is opened and the pressure releases, it causes the fizz. If you were to shake up a bottle of soda before you opened it, it would overflow.

[This information probably makes his counterpart delighted to be ingesting this.]

There are fourteen episodes; all but the first are about an hour. There's also a full-length movie after; it's about two hours long.


[He has another sip.]

So... at least sixteen hours long?

[He's a bit stunned by that.]

That's why we're having a marathon.

Though we'll have to pause to restock refreshments and the like once in a while, of course.

[Liam considers that, then finally shrugs and relaxes.]

It's not like I'm not an insomniac anyway.


[Not sleeping is a great deal more intellectually stimulating, at home. Liam flips the first episode on.]

[He is immediately engrossed in the action scene, his eye for detail picking up a variety of things, though he doesn't necessarily have the cultural background to understand all of them.]

[Liam just stays quiet, enjoying his own favorite moments and letting the other take it all in.]

[When the series itself is over, Liam blinks at the other Liam in confusion.]

How is it over? Nothing was resolved.

It takes money to produce shows and movies. Because of that, the creators of shows like these are subject to the whims of the entertainment industry -- it's a business, and if something isn't likely to make a profit or fails to do so, it won't get funded.

[Liam holds up one of the DVDs they've been watching, as he's putting them in order back into the box.]

Firefly was canceled, and pulled from the air -- ah. That means they stopped showing it. But so many people love the show that its popularity spread by word of mouth, and the DVDs and merchandise sold enough that the creator of the show was able to fund a movie sequel. [He holds up Serenity.] There are a few comic books, as well, but we're still waiting for more.

That's rather a shame. It's a very intelligent series. One would think that it would be likely to make a profit, with such a good story and well-created characters.

[He shoots the other Liam a curious look.]

Comic books?

Many people don't want that sort of intelligence in their entertainment, I'm afraid. It's much easier to just have things handed to you at the end of a long day.

[He moves to pop Serenity into the DVD player.]

Comics are stories told in sequential illustrations. There's text in that there's dialogue, but everything else is generally told in images rather than prose.

That's a bit of a shame.

[That actually sounds a bit sad. He's used to reading intelligent books, even as busy as he is, in his free time.

The description of comics is rather delightful to him.]

So as though these episodes were captured on pages instead of on these DVDs, to a certain extent? Do you think the library has them?

Something like that. I'm sure there will be some this week, at least. They come in various forms -- come to think of it the small Liam might do well to get to read Calvin and Hobbes. It's about a child with a stuffed tiger he imagines to be real, and the adventures they have. It's quite clever.

[He looks to see if their snacks need any refills before turning the movie on.]

I'll look for them, then.

[He settles back, thinking aloud.]

I wonder, if we find the books and take them from the library before they disappear, if they'll stay.

If he forms an attachment to them, it may well keep them regardless.

[Liam is unsure about the idea of taking books out of the library and keeping them, even though it only makes sense to try to do so out of necessity here. Old habits and all that.]

He's managed to keep "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" so it's possible.

[Liam only keeps the ones he intends to pass on to others, really. He's given most of the King Arthur ones he's found to Dork.]

And that one arrived long before the mansion decided to be modern for a while.

[The movie gets past the previews, then, and he settles back to watch.]


[And then he's caught up in the story again.]

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