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I appear to be under siege by gay terrorists. Every few minutes there's a profusion of pink and orange explosions just outside the window. I suppose they're quite pretty in their own way, but I'd much prefer blue.

Just in case you were wondering (I don't imagine that you were), I have absolutely nothing to say, but as usual I don't seem to have posted in forever, so I thought I should, in case I forget how. Life is much the same as always (if greyer and more wet). I am being stared at by a cat, which presumably means I'm supposed to be doing something that I'm not. I have Dean Martin playing in the background, which means I'm apt to get distracted and forget what I actually am doing. And the roof may be about to be blown off by over-enthusiastic neighbours. If they're going to explodify me, they could at least do it actually on Fireworks Night. Being blown up two days early seems like cheating.

Elsewhere, I appear to be stuck in the 1980s. I don't know why, but I don't seem to have left since I had that Remington Steele rewatch earlier in the year. Currently I'm rewatching Simon & Simon, a show so gloriously 1980s that it practically has a parade of eights tattooed across it. Sorry, that was a very weird metaphor. It's a fab series, though. It really is. I love it to bits. It ran from 1981-1989, (just to prove that occasionally I do manage to fall in love with successful things), which is effectively an entire decade. I know - I'm impressed too. Usually things that I like last for thirteen episodes, then crash and burn and are never seen again. Mind you, that was thirty years ago. Despite great popularity at the time, I now inevitably find myself in a fandom of one, yet again, and grumbling about the lack of extant fans. Come on, world! Discover Simon & Simon! It's utterly wonderful in every way. And look look look! Theme music. Just try to listen to this and not fall in love:



It's so brilliantly infectious. I actually prefer the season two opening, but it wouldn't let me embed that. *glare* And hey! DVD trailer! Videos, I has them. Well, I has two. Meet Rick and AJ:



As you can see, the Simons are brothers. Big brother Rick is streetwise and cynical, and little brother AJ is rather more nerdy and innocent. And, just to almost completely change the subject, you have no idea how much I want a Simon & Simon/Riptide crossover right now. It would be perfect. Why couldn't we have had internet fandom in the eighties? Life would have been a lot more entertaining.

I now have a cat sitting on my shoulders. This is infinitely preferable to being stared at, if slightly less comfortable. It's probably also a hint that I should stop staring at the glowy box, and go and do something else, even if I would gladly rave on about Simon & Simon for another ten thousand words or so. But it is wonderful. It's up on YouTube, but the episodes have been cut down to forty minutes, so they're probably from a recent repeat season somewhere. Ten minutes is way too much to lose and still be worth watching, especially since it's one of those shows that does character moments so well. I can almost guarantee that it's their mother who winds up on the cutting room floor, too, which is a travesty. Cecilia Simon is so amazing she should be on every TV show.

The cat has now migrated to lying across my arms. This is definitely a hint. But watch Simon & Simon, world. You won't regret it. Just not on YouTube because editing.

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jekesta
Nov. 3rd, 2015 10:52 pm (UTC)
Every eighties fandom I've ever been in has tried to offer me Simon and Simon as a side dish that I should totally look into, and I just never have. I think because I would slash them and then I'd be stuck in an incestuous mess of a pairing and also I think neither of them are Cody so maybe I'll just watch Riptide again instead. I should probably eventually get over that.
swordznsorcery
Nov. 4th, 2015 07:59 am (UTC)
Oh, everybody slashes S&S. Even them. It's always been very popular with gay men because of how touchy feely they so often are, and because of how wildly over-protective of AJ Rick tends to be. It makes it a bit annoying if slashfic isn't your thing, as it's basically all there is in the fandom, but c'est la internet.

Season one is only thirteen episodes. I'll send it your way some time. The only drawback to season one is the appalling theme music, which ought to carry a health warning. But watching Cody et al again is definitely a worthwhile endeavour, and yes, you should absolutely do that! Probably so should I.
tinx_r
Nov. 4th, 2015 07:50 pm (UTC)
Everyone should, really :) I also love Simon and Simon :)

Here is a Riptide/Simon & Simon cross a friend of mine wrote a while back... short, but hey, it exists...

http://archiveofourown.org/works/294619
swordznsorcery
Nov. 5th, 2015 12:25 am (UTC)
Crossovers! Ha, and of course they met in jail. :)

Thank you.
tinx_r
Nov. 6th, 2015 12:20 am (UTC)
:)
heartonsnow
Nov. 3rd, 2015 11:30 pm (UTC)
That music is so cheesy you could put it on top of a burger and call it a cheese burger!!
swordznsorcery
Nov. 4th, 2015 08:00 am (UTC)
It's the eighties! Trust me, it's better than the country song they had during the first series...
heartonsnow
Nov. 4th, 2015 05:23 pm (UTC)
I can't remember what i watched in the eighties, I think I was too busy clubbing!!
meathiel
Nov. 4th, 2015 08:02 am (UTC)
I can only vaguely remember Simon & Simon and here in Germany it probably came with stupid dubbing ...
swordznsorcery
Nov. 5th, 2015 12:27 am (UTC)
Dubbing is no fun. I'm glad that's not often an issue in the UK.
oonaseckar
Nov. 4th, 2015 09:22 am (UTC)
I am being stared at by a cat, which presumably means I'm supposed to be doing something that I'm not.
Feeding or petting, isn't it, usually? And do try not to get explodified! (It would inconvenience the cats, after all. Our feline masters must be served. And especially yours, by the sound of it.)

I do not remember Simon & Simon at all. How did I miss it? Nope, there's a Simon & Simon-shaped hole in my brain. The older 'tached guy - Rick? - is pretty cute on the credits, though. And it's not like I'd normally tolerate that much face-fuzz, so he must be cute. The Magnum P.I. crossover must be simply an orgy of facial hair. Any slashy Magnum/Simon fic would field the possibility of a 'tache-rubbing Boy-Scout-style conflagration. Or getting knotted up in each other's upper lips.
swordznsorcery
Nov. 5th, 2015 12:35 am (UTC)
Nooo, AJ is best! Rick is cool, but AJ is definitely better. :) Oddly enough, when watching the "Magnum" cross, I never gave any consideration to what would happen if Rick and Magnum ever tried kissing. I know, I know. I have peculiar priorities. I'm now trying to decide which would be worse out of setting each other on fire, or somehow getting woven together. And now I'm getting my Ricks in a tangle. Obviously the "Magnum" Rick doesn't have a moustache. Also, he'd never be able to reach to kiss Magnum, unless he stood on a box. He could kiss other Rick though, provided that didn't cause some sort of spiralling tangle of realities.
oonaseckar
Nov. 5th, 2015 12:43 am (UTC)
Actually woven together would be really bad. Like a little blanket holding them together.
swordznsorcery
Nov. 5th, 2015 08:04 am (UTC)
It's splendid imagery. The IMdb tells me that Selleck is 6' 3½", and McRaney is 6' 1", so it could get very unpleasant for Magnum very soon, in neck terms. Still, that's his problem. He shouldn't be so damn tall!
liadtbunny
Nov. 4th, 2015 04:17 pm (UTC)
The 80's what's that? I've spent so long in the 60's I get excited when I watch old TV that's in colour and isn't line-y. I see you've taken up my method of dealing with popular TV: sit and wait for 30 years for when it's been forgotten;p
swordznsorcery
Nov. 5th, 2015 12:38 am (UTC)
The eighties are good. You should visit them. They're very colourful, and things explode a lot.

I think popular TV is over-rated. If I find out that other people watch a programme, it confuses me. Look at how good "Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell" was this year, and nobody but a handful of people from my f-list watched the bloody thing! Never watch popular telly. It can't be worthwhile.
dimity_blue
Nov. 6th, 2015 06:34 pm (UTC)
I remember Simon & Simon! I had a huge crush on AJ (the blond one - that is AJ, right?). Okay, so I don't remember it that well but I do remember it. A bit.
swordznsorcery
Nov. 7th, 2015 08:29 am (UTC)
A whole other S&S fan! Hurrah! :D And yes, AJ is the blond one.
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