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Depressive surprise!prawn poll.

Man, I'm in a bleak mood today. Depressive and Marvinish and why do I bother with any of this? Everything I write sucks and nobody reads it and I'll never manage to scrape up the work ethic to finish my Big Bang story never mind write that original novel that I've had outlined for a year now and oh god I'm so depressed and there's this terrible pain in all the diodes down my left side and...

Yeah, shoot me if I keep that up any longer. Say something distracting. Or give me something to do.

Hey! wickedfox's latest Giles manip is cheering! (Borderline NSFW, which is obviously why I haven't looked at it yet. Cough.)

No, wait, that gives me an idea. How about a sudden!prawn poll? Note that I'm giving you your darn ticky boxes. Don't abuse them by picking everything.

Poll #1359775 FicPoll Mark XXII, surprise subtext edition

I want utterly shameless sudden prawn featuring:

Giles/Buffy/Ethan
3(13.6%)
Giles/Buffy/Xander
1(4.5%)
Giles/Buffy
5(22.7%)
Giles/Ethan
0(0.0%)
Giles/Jenny
0(0.0%)
Giles/Spike
1(4.5%)
Giles/Watson
0(0.0%)
Giles/Wesley
0(0.0%)
Giles/Xander
1(4.5%)
some pairing you pick, based on the goodie-prompt winners.
0(0.0%)

With these goodies sprinkled in:

angst
0(0.0%)
apocalypse
0(0.0%)
bodymods
0(0.0%)
books
0(0.0%)
button-fly jeans
0(0.0%)
cigarettes
0(0.0%)
courtesy
0(0.0%)
drugs
0(0.0%)
first-time
0(0.0%)
gender-bending
0(0.0%)
guitars
0(0.0%)
leather
0(0.0%)
magic
0(0.0%)
powerplay
0(0.0%)
rain
0(0.0%)
schmoop
0(0.0%)
sleaze
0(0.0%)
snark
0(0.0%)
sportscars
1(4.3%)
swords
1(4.3%)
tea
0(0.0%)
tenderness
0(0.0%)
tokens
0(0.0%)
transgression
0(0.0%)
whisky
0(0.0%)
wings
0(0.0%)

RPF is:

Creepy.
4(18.2%)
Only creepy if it's smutty.
1(4.5%)
Fine when it's about historical figures.
2(9.1%)
Totally fine at all times.
2(9.1%)
A tradition in fanfic: "Visit to a Strange Planet Revisited" is an early example.
1(4.5%)
Person, or persona?
0(0.0%)
Making me want to write something about the nature of celebrity and our reactions to it. Like maybe it's about the construction of public personas. But it's also like audio sampling, because--
2(9.1%)
Shut up and tell me where the good Fry/Laurie RPS is.
3(13.6%)

Jeremy Clarkson can only believably be shipped with:

A Lambo.
1(6.2%)
No, no, no, the Pagani Zonda.
1(6.2%)
The image of himself on film, going on and on about something.
6(37.5%)
I can't believe you want me to imagine Clarkson shipped with anything.
6(37.5%)

Separate fic journals are:

Wildly annoying.
0(0.0%)
Contributors to the problem of fic notification spam.
0(0.0%)
A solution to a problem that doesn't really exist.
3(14.3%)
Meh.
7(33.3%)
A good idea, especially if they segregate all that wittering off where I don't have to read it.
3(14.3%)
A good thing, no snarky asides necessary.
1(4.8%)

Fic communities win over fic journals because:

I can watch them without having to expose my flocked entries to typically-insane writers.
2(9.5%)
More than one person can post to them.
4(19.0%)
Look, we can tell you're biasing the responses here.
9(42.9%)

The next TV show you should watch is:

Being Human
2(10.0%)
BSG
4(20.0%)
Life on Mars, UK edition
5(25.0%)
The West Wing, last 3 seasons
1(5.0%)
Something else, which I'll evangelize at you in the comments.
7(35.0%)
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Huh. I watched the third ep of Dollhouse tonight, too. I missed the first ep (but watched the second a few nights ago) and am I am completely at sea as to what's going on.
See if you can get it via alternate means, because most of the premise is presented in the first ep, with #2 and 3 being variations on a theme. Well, I'm glad to see that I'm not the only confused one. Though what was Joss thinking (hey, we like to ask that), that we'd stick around the whole season precisely because we're confused?
The entire setup is introduced in the first episode, which is structurally weird because of all the exposition it slogs through. Select the rest of this comment to get the possibly-spoilery summary:

Dushku's character, Caroline, was in some kind of trouble and signed herself semi-voluntarily over to be a body used by the Dollhouse. The Dollhouse dolls are wiped clean of personality and memory then reprogrammed to meet the requirements of their ultra-wealthy clients. The major use is prostitution, and we see a lot of that along with Dushku T&A. The other uses are for high-risk semi-criminal violence (hostage negotiator) and for odd conjunctions of talents (bodyguard for an R&B singer). The dolls are named like military letter calls: Dushku is "Echo". "Alpha" seems to have gone off the rails and killed a lot of people for some reason. Meanwhile, a strong-jawed FBI agent is pursuing the Dollhouse despite being mocked by his peers.