dhae_knight_1: Redefining HOT(ch) (HOT(ch))
Title: Catalyst 1/5
Author: Dhae Knight
Word count: 1,287
Pairing or featured character: Hotch/Reid pre-slash. Hotch/Beth established. Jack Hotchner
Rating: PG
Warnings and/or spoilers: You know about Beth? Good. Angst ahoy!
Author's notes: I've done my very best to not make Beth a bad person in this one (yes, I do feel slightly guilty for turning her into a crazed serial-killer in the last one), but my dislike for her might shine through. Unbetaed in the extreme. I'll post over the next five days, so check in again on Thursday, if you want to read it all in one sitting.
Summary: Jack has a secret, and he tells Reid. How will Reid handle said secret?

Catalyst 1/5

Please note the Author's notes! This is only the first part - the others are written and will be posted over the next five days.
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Title: Hotch's ruin
Author: Dhae Knight
Word count: 5,641
Pairing or featured character: Hotch/Reid pre-slash. Hotch/Beth established. Kevin/Garcia established.
Rating: NC-17
Warnings and/or spoilers: You know about Beth? Good. Also, character death, heavy angst, killing of animals and breaking of various characters.
Author's notes: Well. This was supposed to be a short little thing, inspired by this house. I took liberties with... a whole lot of things, actually, but it's a pretty house.
Summary: Hotch has bought a ruined house in Kentucky and sets out to repair it. Why? Read the story and find out!
dhae_knight_1: Hotch calls bullshit (Bullshit)
First of all. Show, please stop giving so much screen-time to the unsub's fucked-up family. If I wanted to see a serial-killer at work, I would watch Dexter. Also, it makes it seem like the team is pretty much just flailing around until they stumble on the right combination of traits which is a)insulting to professional profilers, b) boring and pointless and c) not why I began watching CM.

Secondly; Hotch, I love you a lot, but if you want your girlfriend to meet your son, maybe you should be a little proactive in that direction. I know they're trying to portray you as adorably awkward, but they're going to end up making you seem like you're incapable of making adult, considered decisions on behalf of yourself and your son. Please break up with whatever writers thinks it's okay to push you in that direction.

Thirdly; Spencer, seriously, keep changing the way you have. The words; "What could possibly go wrong," ought to make any mother twitch (also - who the heck had Henry on race day?).

Lastly; RACE DAY! Weirdly, totally saved by the hung-over girls. Almost utterly borked by the appearance of Beth. Girl, you call your boyfriend for Hotchner? Oh, yeah. I feel the intimacy just sneaking up on me. Also... Am I weird for kinda wanting that scene to have been long enough to have seen her introduced to the team?

In summary; I'll go back to breaking Hotch and doing nasty, nasty things to Beth, now... *evil laughter*
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Yes, yes. I admit it. Hotch is cute (if, yes Hotch, you called it yourself), and Beth is... well. Beth.

But please, please, for the love of every deity in existence, please tell me that I'm not the only woman who calls foul on Beth's dress at the end there? Who the heck dresses like that for a quiet night at home? If she hadn't been surprised at Hotch's appearance, if he'd called ahead or something, yes. But on an average night when your might-be-boyfriend is ostensibly at the other end of the country chasing a serial-killer? Really?

So... I see only two options. Either the serial killer's capture was national news (which, yeah. No, I don't buy that), or Beth is keeping an eye on Californian news to keep track of her man and dressed up on the off chance that a) they flew back that evening and b) he'd move up their date.

Which, really? Brings me back to scary near-stalker status. I mean, I get being in love and finding every little thing he does absolutely fascinating, but... yeah. It still bugs me.

dhae_knight_1: Redefining HOT(ch) (HOT(ch))
So... I'm not a huge fan of Hotch and Beth. And then I thought, after watching the latest episode - hey, what if Jack doesn't like Beth? And because we can't have Jack talking to Hotch about it, let's stuff in Spencer as the middle-man.

Cue some 1200 words of angst and heartbreak between Jack and Spencer. And an ending that kind of begs for a second story.

Really, CM? Really? I should just take the plunge and rename you Criminal Plotbunnies! :-D
dhae_knight_1: Redefining HOT(ch) (HOT(ch))
Reid gets an invitation to his 20th high-school reunion. Given his history he isn't so sure he wants to go. His lover helps him make up his mind.

Read it at my fic journal here.

dhae_knight_1: Hotch calls bullshit (Bullshit)
I don't like Beth. There. I said it. I don't like Beth. I find her slightly creepy and utterly unneeded. I would have far preferred a different way of getting Hotch 'back on the horse', so to speak.

... and, basically, I don't really see why we need Hotch to have an on-screen girlfriend?
dhae_knight_1: Redefining HOT(ch) (HOT(ch))
Okay, so this thing actually sucked me in during the second part. Not least helped by a Hotchalanche byt not-Hotch.

Seriously, it was surprisingly good. The characters had agency, the plot twists didn't feel contrived, and I didn't feel that the big tie-up between the characters was out of the realm of the possible (yes, 2012, I'm looking at you!).

And, y'know, I got a soaking, dripping wet TG, changing a tyre in a rainstorm, so... I'm good *is shallow*. ;-)
dhae_knight_1: Hotch calls bullshit (Bullshit)
Watched part one of Category 6 (a SyFy "original" from 2004), solely for the pleasure of watching Thomas Gibson in something other than CM.

I went into it, expecting the worst (yes, I've previously watched Boa vs.Python for David Hewlett, let us never speak of it again!), but was actually pleasantly surprised! The only anvil-like cliches takes place in the weather-office, but I didn't see the adultery in the happy family coming from a mile away, nor did I spot the daughter's criminal boyfriend. Even the overblown storm-chaser has redeeming qualities!

And, okay, so the last 10 minutes of the first part wasn't exactly stuff of shock. Of course everybody we've met, who are even remotely weak, ends up trapped somewhere without power and a mega-storm heading their way. Of course they do! But I'm actually kind of curious as to where they're going with some of the stuff they've introduced, as well as the whole infidelity-thing.

In short: Not as bad as expected, and Gibson, for some reason, actually looks older than he does in first-season CM?

ETA: OMG it's funny to see a Hotchalanche in a different character. Part 2 just got a hundred times better! XD

dhae_knight_1: Redefining HOT(ch) (HOT(ch))
So I'm watching 3x15 A Higher Power for, like, the 15th time because I'm writing fic about it, and I think, yet again, that mrs. Baleman seems incredibly familiar, and I finally think, hey, I've got my iPad at hand, I might as well just check. Cue a painfully hard *facepalm* when I look her up and realize she's Gabrielle from Xena. You know, that TV-show I bought recently because I had a craving for re-watching? Yeah... that.

My idiot-being cred? Just rose by about a million, didn't it?
dhae_knight_1: hugs (hugs)
So... that was Criminal minds, up to and including the last aired episode. Excellent! *starts watching again, from episode one, with an eye towards writing fic* :-D
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So... ever since Hotch revealed that his favorite album is the White Album, and ever since I listened to it, I've been thinking that 'While my guitar gently weeps' is kinda perfect for a Hotch-centric vid. Only... would that be too sappy?
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Okay. I confess. Hotch is absolutely my favorite character; the one I bleed for and cry for and spend way too much time thinking about.

But there's so much juice, there, so much hidden and hinted at, and it's all damn fascinating!

Like Hotch's dad and the question whether he abused wee!Hotch or not.

My take on it is that he did, and here's where it gets interesting. The show gives two causes of death for 'dad'. A heart-attack, and cancer. So what if there wasn't one dad, but two?

Hear me out, here. What if Aaron's birth-dad was the one abusing him? And his mom didn't do anything (at least from wee!Hotch's POV) to stop him. Assuming that Aaron and Sean has the same dad (although, really, they don't look very much alike, but I suppose one could take after the dad and one the mom), what if, not long after Sean was born, mom took him and Aaron and left abusive!dad.

She got remarried, and new!dad was the lawyer, who died of cancer. And abusive!dad died of a heart-attack. IMHO, this could explain a lot of things WRT Aaron, Sean and the canon inconsistensies.

Also - entirely non-CM-related. Thank god for my kitten. There's nothing quite like an insistently purring cat when you're having a panic-attack for no discernable reason.
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Valley of the fucking creepy living dolls? Reid is a bad-ass! Also... Yum! I like his new wardrobe. Am now writing wardrobe-fic.

Hotch... Oh, Hotch! From Rossi and Hotch talking about ex-wives and the daughter-prostitute who didn't understand why anyone would divorce Hotch, straight on through Haley's death and single!daddy Hotch, I seriously just want to pet him. I'm truly impressed with Gibson.

Morgan's brief stint as team lead? Meh. Spent the entire vamp-episode in L.A. thinking about what an amazing cross-over that could be with Vampire, the masquerade, and with Morgan getting to meet the Prince of the City, but having to defer to Hotch, becausr, let's face it, Hotch could totally stare down a centuries-old vampire boss.

Also? I would absolutely pay for an NCIS crossover. Hotch and Gibbs would spark like crazy, Tony and Morgan would be exchanging dating-tips. Reid would adore Ducky (and vice versa), Abby and Garcia would get along like a house on fire. And Emily and JJ could have a crack at telling Ziva why crusing on a co-worker is a phenomenally bad idea, and how she should really grab CIRay while she's got him.

Not to mention the headache Hotch could cause Fornell... XD
dhae_knight_1: facepalm (facepalm)
Wow. Haley doesn't get Hotch *at all*, does she? "This is who I am!" "No, this is what you *do*."

At that point, I really think the best thing she could do was to walk out and leave him, 'cause if she thinks he could be happy working 9-5, putting away swindlers and forgerers, she really don't get what it is he does, or why. :-/
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Okay, Revelations? First up, that's some pretty amazing acting all the way around.

Second? The Hotch/Reid friendship is so freaking canon! Seriously; Hotch mentors Reid (okay, would have thought that would be Gideon). And when the chips are down, Hotch is the one Reid trusts to get his hint, not Gideon. Rightfully so, since it seems Gideon would have dismissed it as Reid being delusional or something.

And again Gideon freaks me out with his little monologue. That guy is pretty unhinged, sometimes.

Oh, also? I absolutely adore the little pre-case scene with the film-canister rocket. Reid entertaining the girls, Hotch being all stern and boss-like - but then softening up. And that smile when he turns away? Noo... I have *no* idea where all the fics of the girls setting the two of them up comes from... XD
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Got a good start on season 2. Gideon is occasionally... extremely creepy. When Elle was shot, in the waiting-room when he tries to convince himself that 'she'll understand I did the right thing'? That freaked me out.

I love how the characters evolve. How Hotch having a child means he can no longer maintain his professional distance in cases involving children. Or how Elle really didn't get over getting shot.

Also? Hotch might as well change his name legally to HOTchner. I need an icon to that effect. Mnuh.

BTW - how long did it take me to figure out that I knew Spencer's mom from Glee? O.o XD
dhae_knight_1: My kitten Zasha (Wet)
God. LDSK. Hotch. Reid. ER with unsub. Guh.

... that's the actual extent of my brainfunction after that episode. I surrender. I'm hooked.

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