cimorene: Elizabeth Garvie as Elizabeth in P&P (1980), sitting alone in a smocked white dress, reading Darcy's letter (working)
Hahahahahhahahhaha. Hahahahh. Hah hah. Hah.

Remember that whole farcical encounter with the employment bureau officer who promised that I shouldn't call anyone because my case-worker would call me? And refused to give me her contact info?

Well, since 3 weeks had passed I decided to just try the front desk. The front desk has one shared email for hundreds of workers and they promise only that someone will get back to you inside 3 days, but whatever, it's better than nothing right?

So I sent an email recounting this story and asking what I should do, could I talk to my case-worker even though I didn't know who it was or what?, last night.

This morning my case-worker called me.

She read my email.

And it was the first time she'd heard about it.

The hilarious worker never passed any message on to her in the first place?????

WHAT THE JAFLSKFJj;DHGJHFj.

So I went through my little spiel explaining what I wanted and what I was confused about and she was like Oh that? That's easy, we have this thing going that lasts a couple of weeks where they walk you through the process and explain the different places you can look for that kind of work. It starts next month at Turun AKK, how's that?

I was like, uh, sounds great, I mean, I'm nothing but time...?

And she was like Haha, right! Yeah, and after that, you actually don't have to call us. I'll call you or a substitute worker will call you, but we'll check up to see if it helped or what. And we'll send you a snail mail letter with the dates and times and stuff.

Man, that was totally easy (assuming she actually sends it, knock on pine etc). Like, uh, once I actually got to the man behind the curtain.

But she also gave me her name and number so I can actually reach her next time.

So they're tears of relief and also laughcrying about the whole extra-farcical conclusion to the previous chapter.
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Since my mother-in-law has a summer cottage with an orchard 40 minutes from here in Pargas, generally there are a few things we get called on to help do every fall:

  1. Collect as many apples and plums as possible from the orchard, chop down unnecessary seedlings and prune the apple trees.

  2. Move the outdoor furniture from the deck in the meadow, the garden at the bottom of the hill, and the terrace outside the cottage door inside well before the first snow, including: a gas grill, three tables with their associated chairs/benches, and a bench glider swing in a big-ass rusty metal frame.


(We got out of #1 this year thanks to a disappointing apple year.) Now, when it comes to taking in the furniture, usually Local Brother is involved because while [personal profile] waxjism is a sturdy farmgirl, genetically speaking, lifestyle-wise she is a couch potato; and I'm a not-even-100-lb-weakling. But yesterday we had to attempt the Taking In of the Furniture without BIL's aid, and even though [personal profile] waxjism poured a kettle of boiling water on her left knee two weekends ago, giving herself a second-degree burn that is still taped up in bandages.

It was painfully slow without help, my arms quit working before we were done, I wasn't warmly dressed enough because my calculations didn't make room for the damp, and I ended up climbing the pine tree to cut down the hammock swing because of lack of ladders, sap-saturated knots in the rope and [personal profile] waxjism being unfit to clamber. I don't usually mind climbing trees, but the muddy slimy green smears on my jeans and everything being wet and getting my knitted gloves all dirty weren't fun; but lying face-down draped over an assortment of pine branches, trying to saw through a bit of rope with a big sharp knife was an amusingly surreal moment.



I'm tragically fragile though. My arms don't want to lift today and I had a headache before I even managed to get to bed last night, plus my legs are dotted with little bruises from the tree.
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I want to find some kind of outside-of-the-house source of exercising to help make it into a routine that I would be more likely to stick to.

The main reason is that if knitting is the only real workout my shoulders get, the right one hates it and responds with cramps and agony. I can do something about this by limiting the amount of time spent knitting, adopting a good posture and relaxing the rest of the arm etc., and a lot of arm- and shoulder-stretching, but I think this would work better. Also everyone I talk to from [personal profile] perhael to my 10-year-old niece to my mom & sister is joining gyms and/or Zumba and/or yoga classes and talking them up.

I don't really want to invest the kind of money upfront that gyms and yoga classes cost, though, especially not right now when I'm in Bureaucratic Run-Around Limbo in my job-seeking plans. So that's gone on the Think About Soonish Once Two Incomes Are Again Achieved list.

However, my psychologist says he has the power to write a prescription for exercise for me that would require the public, city-supported gyms and swimming pools and things to give me a discount... I'm not sure if that would help me or not. The locals I know seem to use private ones, except my Amazonian Estonian ex-classmate who does weight training (lol, no). (Now I think about it, wouldn't The Amazonian Estonian be a good name for an album?)
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And no way to enquire easily because the worker who told me to expect contact refused to give me any contact info for the case worker.

I assume that's policy, but 2 weeks is an awfully long time to not manage to send an email or text message at least. If it's going to be that long, shouldn't he have said so when I asked about a business card? The fastest way to follow up myself means I would have to go there in person (half an hour by bus, ish) and queue for a queue number and then ask another Random Enquiries office worker like the last one again.
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  1. Warning for one instance of death.

  2. The Enterprise is invaded by fangirls who believe Data is Edward Cullen. However, Data has an opinion on the series that these fangirls would never agree with.

  3. This is not meant to be typical Trek smut, it's more of a meditation on male/male attraction and desire. [... ] This story is rated PG-13 for romantic foreplay lovetalk between two men.

  4. And yes, for the newbies, this *does* contain the lyrics to a country music song. If you *really* hate the genre, you probably won't like the story. I tend to write songs into my stories, whether one of the characters (usually Tom) sings it, or as in this case, when I use the lyrics to bridge each scene (so you can skip them if you don't like it), or, more correctly, be inspired by songs to write stories. And I don't care what's said about my writing, but I do ask for respect in differing tastes in music.

  5. It's not exactly a tear-jerker, but I hope you enjoy it nevertheless.

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I'm 31 and have never had what I consider a real job. In my entire life, starting over 15 years ago, I have earned salary for: (1) weekend childcare at my church in high school, (2) a summer + (3) ~5 months while planning/waiting to move to Finland in retail, (4) 3 weeks as a substitute cleaner in a daycare 5 years ago, and (5) freelance translating (but the total money involved was very little).

The rest of my life in between those events can be filled in with a combination of school enrolment and depressed/anxious breakdowns.

This summer it came to pass that [personal profile] waxjism and I were both simultaneously ~1 semester from finishing the certifications we were pursuing but could no longer pay the bills on two student stipends, so we decided to both put them off for a year or two to work. She found some quickly thanks to her superior language skills (making car checkup bookings in a call center serving Sweden). I was an anxious mess and my psychologist suggested that I contact the friendly social worker I met once before who is tasked with helping people with mental health reasons to have difficulty with jobseeking, so I did.

The very nice social worker went over the whole situation with me, asked a few questions, called social security to check the details of my account and told me several pertinent facts:

  1. To stop angsting that my Finnish skills are inadequate for retail, because my communication is fine for not only ordinary conversation, but even communicating complex ideas verbally. My fears about not understanding a word uttered by someone who speaks a weird dialect are legit, but some dialects are incomprehensible to anyone but a native speaker anyway, and everyone knows this.


  2. My ambition to work (after I finish my certification that I can't complete until after getting some gainful employment and saving some money) in so-called morning and daytime childcare (after-school programs) is good in the sense that they've just recently been made public, obligating the city to provide them, and there's a desperate lack of staff for them. But it's bad in the sense that thanks to simultaneous budget cutbacks all the providers who are desperately asking the city for more staff are denied, so they aren't allowed to actually hire any staff. HAH HAH. Her office, which works with employers as well as jobseekers who have problems, has been fielding a lot of calls from them recently.


  3. She's technically not supposed to help me because TECHNICALLY I'm not long-term unemployed, and their center is supposed to serve people who are long-term unemployed - not that she will let that stop her from advising me if I need it. ("You're not long-term unemployed, you've just been without employment for a long time" = "They're not anxiety attacks, they're just attacks of acute anxiety"???)

    Being a student doesn't count as being unemployed, so all the times when I've been studying anything are off the table - I've only been unemployed... I forget what she said, but a really tiny number of days compared to the official cutoff (which is a thousand plus I think), according to social security's records.


  4. But pursuant to #3, the help that I actually need is meant to be provided by the employment bureau itself. They don't offer it to you, though, you have to know that you have to request it. So with my agreement, she wrote down on a sticky note exactly what I needed to request... in order to do this, she went to the employment bureau's official site to get the correct name.

    And she couldn't find it. She spent like 5 minutes clicking around making increasingly annoyed murmurs and finally found the name, not anywhere on the employment bureau's site... but with Google.


So, armed with my sticky note and tasked to update her with an email when I knew whether they would be able to help me, I walked down the block to the employment bureau.

So when you get to the employment bureau you wait in line at the Info desk, who then directs you.

ME: Hi, I need Job-Seeking Support Program so how do I -
INFO LADY: Haha, slow down there! SSN?
ME: (hands over social security card)
INFO LADY: Here's your queue number. Second floor!
ME: Uh, thanks.


I go to the second floor and the little queue machine lights up with my number within a minute (fastest service I've ever seen there, I admit). I hand over my ss card as per usual and the funny little dude brings up my file.

ME: Hi, I need the Job-Seeking Support Program or the Other Job-Seeking Support Program. I saw a social worker today and she gave me these names to request.
DUDE: Uh-huh. Well, I'll put a note in your file and send it to your case-worker.
ME: Uh... I have a case-worker?
DUDE: Haha, of course you do! Everyone has a case-worker!
ME: But when did I get a case-worker? My last visit I was sent back to Introductory Services because I hadn't been here in such a long time.
DUDE: Yep, I see. You saw (name) on (date), but he's not your case-worker. See? [SPINS MONITOR TO SHOW ME MY FILE] That's their name!
ME: Oh... I... don't think I remember that name... I... don't think I've ever met them...?
DUDE: Haha, of course you haven't met them!
ME: o_O???
DUDE: So, I'll just write a note here in your file that you request these services and send it to them. Then it will be their responsibility to talk to you about it and handle the request. There probably won't be a problem, but they'll contact you.
ME: Do I need some contact information, or a time period to call back - like, say, if I haven't heard from them within a week?
DUDE: No, no, see, I'll check and make sure for you that they're not on vacation - [HE PULLS A BIG CHART OF NAMES MADE OUT OF COLORED PAPER FROM BESIDE HIS ELBOW AND SKIMS DOWN IT] - no, they're not on vacation or anything, they're at work this week, so there will be no problem about them contacting you.
ME: They'll definitely contact me?
DUDE: They'll definitely contact you! Don't worry about it!
ME: ...Okay.


So as a result of this I've been answering my phone in Finnish since yesterday, as if my mysterious case-worker calls I want the conversation to start in Finnish with no awkwardness.

Normally I answer the phone in English because 90% of the phonecalls I get that aren't [personal profile] waxjism's family are telemarketers, and answering in English basically guarantees that they don't even want to try with me. They typically stutter audibly and ask if I'm me then hang up, or a little less than half the time, ask cautiously if my Finnish isn't that great and I pretend it's quite bad and then they apologize in a confused rush and hang up.

So yesterday I talked to two telemarketers (although it only took a couple more sentences to put them off, because I couldn't understand one guy's accent and the other one was looking to sell things for dudes only).

Hoping to hear from the case-worker before I get trapped in a longer conversation with one.
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  1. Data and Geordi is having a baby. A half-human, half android baby, the first of its kind. Family bliss is not easily achieved though, with prejudices all around and space being a dangerous place for expecting androids.

  2. Title : Bodhisatva ( Sp?)

  3. WARNING: This Story contains M/M sex. It is a C/P story so if you are under 18, go ask your parents if you can read this. If they say no, don't read it.

  4. Story (PWP) copyrighted May 1997
    I give my permission for this story (PWP) to be archived
    Do feel free to share the story (PWP) with friends, just keep my name and the headers on it. Wow, a story (PWP) without an angst warning!

  5. Title: Last Tango in Paris
    My apologies to anyone that may have used this title before. I heard that there was another story with this title, but was not able to located it on the web. It was not my intention to steal it.

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On the Ashkenazi side of my extended family, 9 members in 3 generations have lived past 50, and of those 2 have died of breast cancer and another's been in treatment for a few years (male breast cancer in his case). Now we've found out my aunt is entering treatment for it too, and she's only 55.

Statistically, this is troubling. (Personally, my aunt's prognosis isn't bad and the rest of the oldies seem sanguine, so I'm not TOO upset.)

Thanks to my atheist great-grandparents, though, neither of my aunts were even aware that we're Ashkenazi, hadn't even heard the term -- and naturally, her doctor asked her specifically since it's a risk factor. (I didn't learn it from my family, either, even though my dad knows; I think it came up in the genetics chapter of high school biology... .) I said "I can't believe they didn't know that!" and my sister replied that she didn't either. =_=

tv status

Sep. 19th, 2014 02:26 pm
cimorene: (stfu)
TV I intend to follow but haven't caught up on:

  • Elementary ([personal profile] waxjism and I watch together)

  • Outlander (it's [personal profile] waxjism's thing; we're waiting for her to be in the ~mood to watch it)

  • Orphan Black (we're waiting to watch it with Wax's pal Sofia)


TV whose next season I am awaiting with bated breath:

  • This Old House

  • Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries - 3rd series was confirmed since I last posted about TV! Last I heard, the writers were tweeting about planning it.

  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine - new season starts airing soon!

  • My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic

  • Hannibal - before I watched this, I was apprehensive about the gore, which I can be sensitive to, and about a couple of the female regular characters - I don't avoid spoilers and had been reading posts via Hello Tailor, [personal profile] cleolinda, and personal acquaintances in the fandom. It turned out that the gore didn't even register as gory for me, but I was more upset about Abigail and Beverly than I expected - but since it looks like the show is making an effort consciously, I'm still with it.

  • Sirens - I liked it, but it was quite different from what I expected based on Tumblr. Not as funny. More straight white guy, more obnoxious voiceover, more Nice Guy. But I do like the secondary characters...


TV I watch a whole series at a time where I have recently watched a series, and am therefore waiting, but not with bated breath:

  • Game of Thrones

  • A Touch of Cloth - there's a desi character named Asap in this show. His name is actually a racist joke, but he has a more significant role than any other desi character in a police show I've seen that I can think of, and he isn't just a computer/tech guy like, for example, Gurdip on Lewis. Depressing, especially given the sheer number of one-dimensional desi background characters in these shows.

  • Endeavour - series 2 ends on THE most blatantly cliffhangy cliffhanger. Don't watch if that bothers you.

  • Lewis

  • Vera

  • Scott & Bailey

  • Bletchley Circle


I did start watching, but I couldn't stick it out, so I tried to switch to the manga to get through the rest of canon, but it was a bit too repetitive and silly too, so... maybe I'll finish it later:

  • Sailor Moon


[personal profile] waxjism watched it recently and, either thanks to what I saw over her shoulder or thanks to all the time she spent shouting angrily at the screen, I'm definitely secure in my decision not to watch:

  • The Killing (she likes this but it's getting cracky I guess?)

  • True Detective (she acknowledged the feminist issues people have brought up, but liked it)

  • The Walking Dead (she shouted so much I'm honestly not sure how she kept watching. Then again, her dedication to Norman Reedus did result in an entire website and that time when she transcribed the entire script of Dark Harbor. - But she seriously hates Rick so much that she shouts every time she sees Andrew Lincoln in a picture on Tumblr without Norman beside him to distract her.)
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  1. Warning for one line containing a fantasy with bottom!Dean and pegging. Apologies to Scarlett Johansson.

  2. Also look I seriously haven't slept for a week so there's a lot of errors and this isn't my best work but fuck it I wanted to post it because you guys deserve porn. I'm here to give you that. And now I'm off to destroy Jotunheim.

  3. A stolen moment between the defensive pairing.

  4. Lee gives birth to their twin daughters while Richard goes missing. They reunite years later, with Richard being someone else.

  5. Richard Armitage owns a strip club in which Benedict is a bartender and Tom and Dean are strippers. Aidan Turner is a boy in trouble, and it all gets a bit out of hand from there.

cimorene: (stfu)
  1. Tags: Fluff, Christmas, Rimming

  2. Holy crap, I just wrote over 6000 words for a fanfiction.

  3. The first chapter starts with two of my favorite things: with porn and italics.

  4. Tags: Unresolved Sexual Tension, First Time

  5. Derek finds himself in the emergency room one day with Dr. Stilinski looking over him. After getting a good look at the doctor, Derek wanted to meet him again and again. But the only thing he knew about Dr. Stilinski was that he worked in the ER... so, what else was he suppose to do?

    sterek sterek sterek sterek sterek everything is sterek nothing is real!

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  1. It's pre-slash up until it suddenly gets good in like chapter 6 or so.

  2. Words:5,251
    Chapters: 6/6

  3. Sansa Stark and her travelling companion, Sandor Clegane, come across Rick Grime’s group at a prison during the apocalypse, and decide whether or not they’ll stay.
    Tags: Weird, very weird, fluffy? maybe?

  4. Warning: Bad language and corny descriptions of genitalia

  5. NSFW (and debatably TMI) )




#5 was pointed out by [personal profile] flamebyrd.
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We 90% finished the Big Clean and stuff still looks good - and [personal profile] waxjism is still feeling a lot like baking, which is nice - but haven't overcome the last hurdles: taking out all the recycling (multiple trips), cleaning out the balcony and basement storage and organizing the potting/plant stuff, and scrubbing down the sauna.

I also drew a map of all the places where things are stored in the entire flat with a list of what is where for Wax, who can never remember (most closet shelves, boxes, and drawers are labelled with masking tape on the front, but this doesn't help either). It took 5 sketchbook pages. We agreed that it probably would not help. Maybe I can come up with an index.

ETA: However, adding another bookcase in the kitchen did solve our storage problem! The kitchen is doing pretty well now, although of course, it's still a pain to use thanks to the people who decided where to place the cabinets, sink, stove, and fridge.
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We don't typically do a Big Clean in the spring, but this year I started feeling the urge then. At the time I was stressed with studying Finnish, and [personal profile] waxjism was so depressed she barely ate/slept/moved and she had to get a long-term sickleave from office work school and a drastic change of medication. It took her about two months of even MORE sickness to taper off of it, during which I was too anxious/depressed to do much of anything besides try to make sure she was eating.

So by the time she started to feel better, the need for cleaning had been fomenting for months and my relief/zeal combined with her sudden rise to awareness/energy to move her body around and we embarked upon simultaneously deep cleaning everything, reorganizing everything, and throwing away as much stuff as possible.

We:

  • moved all the furniture in the livingroom and reorganized and shifted the contents of the 5 livingroom bookcases

  • replaced the kitty gym with this bookshelf hack

  • threw away the hard cases to all our DVDs, transferred them to CD wallets inside boxes, made a database of them on the computer

  • sewed covers for the two footcubes that have been unclothed for a few years (me)

  • cleaned out all the closets, shelves, drawers and other storage things, sorting, throwing things out and reorganizing

  • are in the process of doing all the laundry/washing all the things


But we still haven't finished cleaning and organizing the kitchen (we can only hope that we will be able to find space to put everything away) and we still have a bunch of heavy and/or unwieldy trash objects that we don't want to carry down four storeys to the dumpsters.

We concluded that we have lived here for way too long. And it was kind of overdue for a cosmetic makeover before we arrived.
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  1. Inspired by the song by Garth Brooks "The Storm." Short piece about heartache...

  2. Disclaimer: Well, actually I can't be bothered - so go ahead and sue me!

  3. Rating: NC-13ish

  4. It started well before they knew it could travel so far off hand. It started with an exchange of words ensuring their future and how they laced together.

  5. Besides, if you want canon, why the hell are you reading slash?

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  1. Tom gets stuck in a hotdog costume at a ship's baseball game, and the usual nonsense ensues.

  2. Title: Angel's Deadly Spurt

  3. Tags: Im shit at rating shit but it has sex in it :/, Abrupt Ending, like theres a missing part

  4. There is mention of butchering dead livestock (briefly), so if you're PETA, no real animal was harmed in the writing of this story.

  5. Disclaimer: Same as always. M/m, Paramount, high oak tree, necktie party, broke as a church mouse, need a life, wish I was God Emperor of Dune, satisfied with little, needful of therapy, could lose a little weight, voted in the last election, got some back on the income tax, facing menopause with a brave smile, seeking enlightenment, wishing I had a handicapped parking sticker, glad I don’t need one, thinking summer isn’t for sissies, waiting for Godot, wondering who the hell he *really* is, not taking any wooden nickels, wondering if I could find any on ebay, wishing I was in Rome, knowing I’ll always have (Tom) Paris, and considering a tattoo. On my tongue.

cimorene: (workout)
  1. Lots of slush, also turbolift alert, shuttlecraft alert, cave alert.

  2. Rating: NC-17
    Summary: Tom experiences a virgin birth on a pretechnological planet. The other parent is a spirit.
    Genres: Angst

  3. Note: Bad, bad fic ahead. You've been warned.

  4. Summary: Chakotay goes to the holodeck to apologize to Tom, and finds him Stewing in a hot tub filled with...what *is* that stuff?

  5. WARNING: this is not a ‘pleasant’ story. Lot’s of nasty things happen, including (rape, torture, angst (in spades) and a gratuitous sheep reference. Definitely no snugglebunnies. And no, this is not a h/c story (or at least not in the traditional sense).

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  1. Warnings: Not sure yet

  2. Will probably have more holes in the plot than a Swiss cheese and more mistakes than usual.

  3. Summary: A short tale of hot bodies for hire, lust crazed jealousy, a wager that goes wrong and most importantly, chocolate.

  4. Summary: The BDSM is imagined at the very most! I couldn't write a BDSM if my life depended on it.
    Warnings: BDSM

  5. Don't read if you like fluffy, Canon based characters

cimorene: art by autumn whitehurst (godlike)
  1. Summary: PWP. I think.

  2. Slave AU in which Bucky's just a young, virgin slave purchased by lovers Steve and Tony, who have a thing for young, virgin slaves.

  3. Warning: Does finger licking require a warning?

  4. Terribly OOC I know, but I wanted it to be fluffy, because I like fluff!

  5. We have bondage, Chakotay angst, and a little torture and perhaps something a little less than consensual, but not too bad.

cimorene: (stfu)
So, until this point, the most offensive Star Trek episode I remember was probably that time that displacing an entire planet of NDN colonists turned out to just be the B-plot device for illuminating Wesley Crusher's manpain and allowing him to walk off with the Traveller into the space/time continuum.

And actually that one is probably still worse, to be fair, because at least Chakotay is an NDN character and was allowed to be the main character of this ep.

But so anyway, what happens in Voyager 2x02 "Initiations" is that Chakotay's shuttle is attacked by a 13-year-old Kazon alien who wants to kill him for infringing on their territory. (The Kazon are a tribal culture who wear lumpy foreheads and are painted red, and whose hair is in fuzzy afros with things sticking out of them.) The kid, who is played by the guy who played Nog, fails to kill Chakotay, who saves his life, and then they both get captured by the kid's tribe. The kid, because he failed to kill his designated coming-of-age prey, can now not become a man in his tribe.

The Kazon chief comes down and has a shouting match with Chakotay, who is trying to say that Voyager doesn't want to be these guys' enemy, and utters lines like:
"Everything you are is a threat to us... the Kazon fought long and hard for their independence from uniforms like yours"
and
"Your uniforms... your laws... your technology... you are not welcome here."


Then Chakotay, THE SINGLE NDN CHARACTER IN THE SHOW (who is actually played by a Mexican American guy) and also a former ANTI-FEDERATION Maquis freedom fighter, is made to stand for the enlightened colonial culture in a split-screen nose-to-nose faceoff... with the angry anti-colonialist violent savage played by a white man in LITERALLY RED redface.

Chakotay thinks 4 small children approximating the ages of the kids from the Sound of Music have been called to the bridge to witness his execution, but it was actually to witness HIM killing the child who failed to kill him. He refuses and escapes, offering the kid the opportunity to flee with him rather than be executed, but the Kazon shoot down their shuttle and they land on the moon and have to stay overnight before being rescued by Voyager. (Chakotay offers the kid the opportunity to kill him in order to gain his adulthood but the kid decides to shoot the chieftain instead and everyone goes away happy except the dead chieftain.)

So anyway, I was thinking that the standoff between the redfaced 'savage' chief and the civilized Federation Chakotay was done deliberately - still gross, but it would have been making an attempt at commentary. However, then I looked the episode up on Wikipedia, and it seems that wasn't the case at all.

Executive producer Michael Piller was displeased with the depiction of the Kazon in Biller's first draft of the episode; where they were supposed to be analogous to street gangs in Los Angeles, they were instead "coming across as warmed-over Klingons." In addition to J[e]ri Taylor's already extensive notes on the draft, Piller suggested Biller get in touch with actual gang members or a police officer who could better clue the writer into street gang culture for the episode. Instead, Biller picked up a copy of Monsta, a book by convicted murderer and former gang member "Monsta" Cody. The book's insight into gang life and culture was a guiding light for Biller's second draft, which he worked up with Piller, endeavoring to set the Kazon apart "from Romulans, Cardassians, and Klingons."[8] wikipedia


(This is probably the source of the symbolic coming-of-age kill, the shifting territories, and the emphasis placed on signs and insignia at the beginning of the episode.)

And then

Michael Piller commented, "Here we were, on the first day of prep and Ken started rewriting that script based on my feelings that we had to get to the guts of what drove the Kazon and they had to be different from Romulans and Cardassians and Klingons." Piller concluded, "It was a choice of settling, or doing what I considered excellent work. The bottom line is we had a better show, because Ken did research."

[...]

This episode's story itself was a problematic one for director Winrich Kolbe. He explained, "Storywise it was not the most interesting show I've ever done. It was a push. My problem with the Chakotay character was that I wanted to forget the Indian aspect and make him the Maquis that he was supposed to be. I knew Chakotay would have to eventually cooperate on the ship, but I hoped he would do it unwillingly most of the time. I talked to the writers about it, why we weren't playing that conflict. They went with the Indian thing, which was kind of intriguing, but in my opinion, never paid off because it was done too subtly." memory alpha


(...Subtly?!)

I still find it hard to believe that the transposition of the NDN character - especially when the director explicitly underlines that they were "[going] with the Indian thing" - with the Kazon's anti-colonialist speech was accidental. But maybe emphasizing the word "uniforms" repeatedly was supposed to suggest encounters with police (which wouldn't make sense because the uniformed people the Kazon encounter aren't police with authority over them...)? But apparently the producers and writer regard their attempts to make the Kazon into street gangs as successful, and the episode simply an opportunity to develop Chakotay's background and give him some action scenes.

I... well. I don't cry easily, but I did lie limply on the sofa moaning "whyyyy is Hollywood" for a while.

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