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Oh MAN, the amount of due South that I have been watching, lately; it is enough to sink a battleship. Mainly the RayK period, because lo, these many years ago when I started reading due South fic - with only the vague memory of a guy in a red coat from a 1990s TV ad to guide me - it happened to be RayK fic. Ergo, RayK forever! There is something very soothing about diving back into old fandoms - remembering the old love and feeling it all over again at the same moment, but with all the sharp edges smoothed over and sanded away. Y'know, sepia. It's restful, especially when real life is stressful and your current fandom isn't very happy place right now (DAMN YOU SAM AND DEAN, SCREW NARRATIVE INTEGRITY AND GET TO THE MAKING UP). (Also yes, the funny is there, but it keeps colliding with my embarrassment squick, so let's all PLEASE PUT THE FOURTH WALL BACK UP, JESUS).

But yes, due South is *restful*. And I'd forgotten just how quirky it is -- you'll get a transvestite bride, an opera-singing mortician named Mort, a story about how Yukon John bit off Haystack Calhoun's ear in a wrestling match, and a tired man crying over his steering wheel in the dark, and all those elements will live quite happily together.

But do you know what hit me on this re-watch, after a fair while of watching Arthur and Merlin (and Sam and Dean) being really very young protagonists? How... wonderfully *grizzled* Ray and Fraser are. Even Fraser with his pretty baby face is pushing forty, and you can tell. And I really liked it. I made myself sick by murmuring something aloud about how in coming years we'll probably have fetuses starring on television and then going to make a cup of tea. Which probably means I should just go and buy some blue rinse and a shotgun and have it done.

Anyway, I thought I had a point about the settling weight of years versus the weight of buckets of emo, but the truth is that I don't have a point. If I waited until I had a point before posting, I'd be waiting until kingdom come.

God, I miss snarky buddy shows. Action! Mortal peril! Escapes! Bizzare displays of snarky bromance where snarky bromance is actually displayed!

Date: 2009-05-04 09:50 am (UTC)
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I've got mail! HEE!

I want to leap straight into watching it, but the Male has said he's maybe interested in watching too, though perhaps only because I mentioned it has Insane Jane from Coupling in it, and maybe I could talk him out of that by reading him your note with the caveat regarding Merlin, since I made him watch the first ep of that on TV last night and he spent five minutes riffing on the theme of "it's rubbish". *G*

Also, I came running in here just to comment on your latest entry with "I've received it, ta!" but now there's this moment of synchronicity with due South - how clever! Have we had the discussion about Rays before? I can't remember who I have and haven't had that with. But me, dS and Ray basically goes:

I was heart-stoppingly in white-knuckled love with due South for a period of about a year and a half, and that coincided with the first season (first couple of seasons?) showing in Australia. Then I stopped watching TV. So I am Vecchio all. the. way. And his fabulous sister. I'm not anti-RayK. I can't be. I have never watched so much as half an episode with him in it. He may be lovely. He may be unutterably slashy. I was sort of too young to even think of slashing Fraser and Vecchio, but even now looking back at it, I don't want to. They're one of those relationships I adore too much in its platonicity. (Which probably means if I actually rewatched those seasons now, I would slash them harder than anything has ever been slashed before. I cling to my teenaged innocence.)

ANYWAY I look forward to RayKness as well! *G*

Date: 2009-05-05 07:54 am (UTC)
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Yay, I'm glad! And yes, due South is the happy place that NEVER FAILS.

Re. the Male: Leverage is equal opportunity fun! And stupid only in the sense that certain plot elements need some handwaving on occasion. So, like all TV, really. And sometimes they go for a Moment(TM) and I laugh, but that's kind of par for the course for me.

My thoughts on Rays, to wit: I am bi-raycial. My own reading of the RayV/Fraser relationship is that it's platonic. I love how almost from the moment Fraser meets Vecchio, he becomes one of Vecchio's people, which means he gets supported without question, if not without mocking, eyerolling, and sarcasm. I *love* how Vecchio loves Fraser.

RayK injects sexual tension into proceedings. His relationship with Fraser is a lot more fraught - he rolls with the punches, but he doesn't just let Fraser do his bossy Mountie thing without question. He fights with Fraser in a way that RayV never did. The feeling runs deep, though, for both of them - neither of them can leave the other one alone. Having said all this, I'll read any pairing available, like the hussy that I am.
The episode I've given you isn't slashy particularly, just weird and wonderful. There is plenty Franny in the RayK episodes! If you want any more, just say. *g*


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