So, I've been caught up with TAZ, and I absolutely loved that series. Do you have any other story podcasts that you'd recommend?
YES MY TIME HAS FINALLY COME THANK GOD
1. The Penumbra Podcast
This one is my legit favouritestest podcast I listen to rn. Do you enjoy bi non-binary sarcastic depressed noir detectives ON MARS?????? If yes, Penumbra is the thing you need to listen to. Even if you dont, Penumbra is still the thing to listen to. Theres two parts to this podcast, one is the Juno Steel storyline with the aformentioned detective and its full of murders, car chases, ancient conspiracies and also, his love interest is literally my favourite archetype EVER. Luv that boy. What a good, good boy. The second part is a collection of oneshot stories. We have a pure horror story, lesbian western story, a story about a disabled knight on a mission and others. Its so good. SO GOOD. Also the ppl behind the show are the loveliest ppl ever (also gayest. Everyone is so gay. I love it)
2. The Bright Sessions
“an audio drama about therapy for the strange and unusual” It’s exactly what it says on the tin, but so much better. The Bright Sessions is what would happen if somebody sent the X-men for therapy and gave us those sessions. The characters are absolutely lovely, theres an underlaying plot binding the seemingly unconnected people together and when the plot first started going together I went “woooooooooooooooooooooooooooow nice”. Also pretty hella gay. Theres even a canon ace character now??? Its so good. I love it
3. The Orbiting Human Circus
I dont know how to describe this one because its very ???? weird but I love it. It’s part of the Night Vale Presents network and it’s a story about Julian the Janitor, working atop the eiffel tower around 1940s (i think…..), dreaming of joining his beloved radio show The Orbiting Human Circus and constantly accidentally stumbles into recording of said show, generally fucking up everything spectacularly. Despite that, Julian is literally the SWEETEST character Ive ever seen (not a hyperbole) and I need him to be happy. Come on universe, let my sweet be happy. If youve listened to NV, its presented in a similar way, with the episode consisting of several seemingly unconnected variety of scenes and gags and generally you, Julian, and the audience of the radio show are treated as one? It breaks the fourth wall a lot and I love it. No seriously, I have such a hard time describing this one but its so good and sweet. Also Julian “my first boyfriend was a polar bear” the Janitor is Not Straight Also
4. Eos 10
“The stories of two maladjusted doctors and their medical team aboard an intergalactic travel hub on the edges of deep space — along with a deposed prince who’s claimed the foodcourt kitchen as his new throne.”
A sci-fi space drama about doctor Ryan Dalias and his friends and coworkers. IN SPACE. It’s fucking hilarious, but also touching and there were parts where I was sniffling. There were also parts where I was literally choking because I was laughing that hard. Can you believe the ‘proper’ plot was kicked off bcs Ryan accidentally took an alien sex drug which made him have a boner for over 4 hours? Yes, indeed. I couldn’t believe it either when I first saw that as a post. Also this show has Akmazian, the space texan robin hood who also happens to be gay and has a crush on Ryan. Yes, this podcast is Also Gay, youre welcome. Also, I need to point out that Ryan has canon pink hair, which I adore
5. The Black Tapes
“A serialized docudrama about one journalist’s search for truth, her enigmatic subject’s mysterious past, and the literal and figurative ghosts that haunt them both. How do you feel about paranormal activity or the Supernatural? Ghosts? Spirits? Demons?”
I ADORE this one, but it’s also Scary As Fuck. While working on a story about ghost haunting, Alex Reagan, a journalist, comes across Richard Strand, a foremost expert on everything supernatural. Strand, head of the Strang Institute argues, that anything supernatural doesnt exist and has dedicated his work to disproving hauntings and such. Alas, he has a collection of tapes he calls the Black Tapes, which show things that he has yet to be able to scientifically explain. Alex, sensing a journalisting opportunity, decides to team up with him and make her story about him, much to his chagrin. The thing is, what the tapes show leaves her baffled and unsettled and she has no idea she just entered into a world of demons and supernatural forces, as much as Strand would like to argue otherwise. Are there demons after them? Do demons even exist? Who IS Strand? Why does he do what he does? And what was that about his mysteriously missing wife?
I know I’m always preasing this show basically (except for like the 1% of the times when I try to make objective observations - and that’s why I’m surprised when people get mad at me saying I complain all the time, ehm.) but the latest ep really hit me in the feels. I mean, FOX praised the ep a lot BUT I had my reservations. Not because I didn’t believe they could give me another favourite episode in s11, but because sometimes it has happened that FOX tried to oversell something just because they needed the ratings. This being said, 11x18 is legit one of my favourite episodes EVER. I’ve already said I would show this ep around to people just to make them watch the show if I could, but - really - it holds together all my favourite things and I was particularly impressed with the lines they used to make the characters reply to the “what do you want to be when you grow up” question. Because it’s truly who they are. Booth is the selfless man, so brave, so committed to his values, the man who could never hurt his family/children. Or even the strangers around him. Booth has always been SO desperate to give people something, without even thinking if he would actually get something back. He did that with the vets, with his friends, with Sweets, with Rebecca, with Parker, with Jared (!!!) and even with Brennan. He gave himself up completely to her - even if he did know that she wasn’t ready to love him back. But he really always wanted Brennan to find happiness. He really did. And that might have been a night out at the diner having a beer in the early stages or a shoulder to cry on or even someone to hug when she was scared (remember s2?). Brennan, on the other hand, only found her purpose when she became a mother and a wife. And I mean it in a completely good way. If you really think about it, it’s true. She had a shitty life in the early years, but then - as she said herself - nothing ever stopped her. And she was also helped by Mother Nature because she also had the looks, not only the brains. She was successful, she spoke a shit tons of languages, she was a writer and a scientist. She was a genius. Men would fall at her feet in a sec if she only wanted to. She could sleep with two men at the same time. But still, money or looks don’t buy you happiness. A big part of Brennan was missing until she found Booth. So now, she fully realized herself by being a mother. Because yes, you can love a man, but the love you give to your children is selfless. She could also finally give a child what she never had from her parents. A normal life. Brennan’s life has been pretty extraordinary, but she didn’t even know that what she needed the most was something normal.
“I want to be someone who never stops looking” The 3rd line I was the most impressed was Hodgins’. Because who says that you have to change who you are completely to have character development? Hodgins imo had one of the best developments on the show, but he never really changed over the 11 seasons. And that is a great thing. He learned to be less angry (and that applies both to this pre and post injury life.), but that’s not all that matters. Hodgins is a great person and a great husband and a great father but his work makes him who he is. This particular line made me appreciate the paralysis storyline even more. At the end of the day, it doesn’t even matter if he walks or not. Nothing can stop him. Nothing can stop Hodgins from being a man who is supposed to keep looking in order to be happy. And now he knows. His storyline has been imo one of the best of the entire series and if you notice his beard is gone in the next episode. They found an exceptional way of closing this storyarc. The writers made the character’s justice and I’m really happy.
Aubrey is a kid and I love him so much. He had a pretty shitty life too, but that didn’t stop him from being happy and dream big. Who cares, we all need a bit of positivity in our life. Angela is just Angela. If I had to pick a character to represent the heart of the show, it would be her. Beauty is the key. Angela brings joy in a place full of gloom and darkness and she does that through art and beauty. She is beautiful. This doesn’t mean that she doesn’t make mistakes, but she tries her best to always be positive and loving and selfless. She puts her family and her friends first. If you really think about it, Angela and Booth are very simiiar in the way they act around their loved ones. Every character on the show shares some traits and that’s probably they really look like a family. And then there’s Cam. So private, so committed, a great boss. Cam is basically the heart of the team when they are on the job. She’s always been. Do you remember when she was on the verge of tears when the GD was around? She was hurting her people. Yup. Her people. I don’think they would make such a great team if Cam wasn’t around. Cam is the Jeffersonian.
And then: Sweets, Zack, Vincent. They all left something to the other characters. Life lessons. No matter how happy they might be, they catch serial killers and murderers for a living. I don’t want to say they are destined to be unhappy but at the end of the day, they have to sacrifice themselves for their jobs. And they do. And this is a beatiful metaphor when it comes to the show too. Bones is apparently a show about death, but if you look at it closely, it’s more a show about life.
I think my favourite thing about the mythology of the MARVEL universe is that there’s multiple beings who claim to be Satan, but they’re all unwilling to sit on Satan’s throne because they all suspect that this “Satan position” they made up to sound cool might, by chance, also be a legit thing and there might be a One True Satan no one’s ever met who might turn up out of nowhere and beat them up if they sit on his chair.
Heartstrings is legit one of the best things I have ever read in my life. The characters are written beautifully, the plot enthralling, and of course, the romance is absolutely beautiful. The emotion! The drama! It’s what makes a fic great.
Chasing Thunderstorms - if I didn’t already ship Hiccstrid enough as it is. This fic became my life and soul for a week, and I regret nothing. It was funny, dramatic, dynamic, heart-breaking and just simply gorgeous. Who says fanfiction isn’t fine literature?
Tendencies - a gift to this universe. I mean it. The entire world of Miraculous Ladybug was made far richer with the existence of this series. Thank you so much for the consistent, excellent writing. It’s hard to find fanfictions that meet every requirement you look for - this series met every single one of mine.
I never shipped Dramione - thought it entirely impossible. Until I read this fic. The amount of sheer, hard work that is evident in this work is mind-blowing. I fell in love with Isolation the moment I read the first chapter. The dialogue is real and honest, the characterization always accurate, and of course - the excellent writing I came across in that fic was unparalleled.
If there was ever a fic that had me more worried over Adrien Agreste than I ever have been in my life, it’s this one. But I adore A Werecat in London with all my heart. It’s intriguing, unforgettable and truly marvellous in all shapes and forms. Even the original characters are impressive!
You had me at Pick-up and chase. Just one prompt and 20 minutes later, I was laughing way too hard for my own good. You took that prompt and made it into a fully-formed, hilarious piece of fanfiction. I’ll be reading Serendipitous Fate soon - I have no doubt whatsoever that it will be just as amazing.
Thank you to every single fanfics author out there! Your stories bring me unprecedented joy. Whether it be Fairy Tail, Harry Potter, and most definitely Miraculous Ladybug, the amount of effort and time that you all put into your work is most definitely appreciated. Thank you so much!