Posts tagged Alex Kingston
Posts tagged Alex Kingston
“she doesn’t look a day over sexy” yes perfect. *laughs*
OTOH, the hell if I want to look like this when I’m fifty, not even if I could. I would like to have laugh lines right from my eyes to my ears and thoroughly grey hair. I could do without my inevitable jowls and double chin (thanx dad, way to pass that face shape on to the two children who CAN’T grow a distinguished beard like yours to mitigate the effect) but I’m making my peace with them. I would not mind that figure but let’s be honest, I will never have that figure, my ribcage is just not cut out for it, and so instead I pray for Michelle Obama arms. Because if we’re on the topic of people who are nearly fifty and rocking it, Michelle Obama has to be mentioned at least once.
Like don’t get me wrong, Alex Kingston is a HOTTIE, I seriously appreciate EVERYTHING ABOUT HER APPEARENCE (starting with that excellent hair and working my way down), I just… try not to slip into the habit of being like OMG I HOPE I LOOK LIKE HER WHEN I’M THAT OLD because, well, I won’t. And neither will most of you. And society puts all these weird pressures on women to like, magically not age, and I don’t like feeding into that, even in tiny ways. Celebrate ageing! Wrinkles are awesome, grey hair is awesome, being able keep a pocket full of hard candy and hand it out to everyone you meet without seeming creepy is AWESOME. We’re all going to get old, guys. And that’s awesome.
What Essie said! I don’t feel any particular need to preserve my youthful appearance forever, because there is nothing wrong with being old and there’s nothing wrong with looking it.
(Also, speaking for myself I feel no need to be a “hottie” even now, much less at fifty :P but that’s because I don’t feel any need to be seen as a sexual being by other people. Because I’m not. I aim for other things in my physical appearance, like “striking”)
agreed with the above comment, but also WHY DOES EVERYONE THINK THIS PICTURE IS OF ALEX KINGSTON AGED ~50? this is what alex kingston looks like aged ~50:
i’m totally willing to eat my words if someone can find any indication that the first pic is from a recent photoshoot, but IMO it’s from at least a decade ago. particularly when you consider the 90s/00s-era makeup she’s wearing. i’m all for appreciating the beauty of middle-aged women, but it’s kind of LOL that everyone’s all “she doesn’t look a day over 30!!” at a picture that… is probably of alex kingston when she was actually about 35.
River is the archetypal Awesome Side-Character, like Spike in the early seasons of Buffy, or Jack Harkness in season one of Doctor Who. Like the Weeping Angels, River is intriguing in moderation, but the more she appears the more irritating she becomes. The problem is that if you want to turn an Awesome Side-Character into a regular, you need to give them some flaws or else they just seem too larger-than-life, which is extra problematic in DW because the Doctor is already such a huge personality. In theory I should love a badass lady space-archaeologist, but the nature of River’s role so far has been so one-note that I still don’t quite view her as a fully-realised adult character. — Doctor Who 7x05: The Angels Take Manhattan.
Just received a great comment on this from j_anson, quoting Sarah Rees Brennan’s opinion on the subject: If you start out wanting to make an awesome female character, you cannot simply say, “she is just like the male lead! only MORE SO!”
I am screaming 1000 screams over Blanche and the Duke of Kent bonding over their shared enjoyment of shirtless teenage boys beating the crap out of each other. THERE SHOULD JUST BE AN ENTIRE EPISODE OF BLANCHE AND THE DUKE OF KENT HANGING OUT TOGETHER, OK. Blanche would teach Kent about Egyptian myth while Kent flirted with random socialites and all of this would definitely take place in a speakeasy gay bar. ;___; And then they’d plot to fix Agnes and Hallam’s marriage (because Blanche is a good person and Kent wants to be the filling in an Agnes/Hallam sandwich) and Kent would help Blanche teach Hallam about feminism AND THEN I WOULD DIIIIEEE.
WHERE IS THE FANDOM FOR THIS SHOW? LOOK AT THIS SHIT MAN. I mean, seriously, we have the dukes PERFECTLY FORMED HAIR, combined with his amazing dress sense, and Blanche’s fucking panama hat, whilst they discuss what they prefer to see done to strapping young muscular men (blanche prefers them to box. the duke prefers them full stop.). MEANWHILE PERCY STRUTS AROUND BEING A BRILLIANT CHARACTER and sir hallam continues to be fucking stupid. Also, OF COURSE its one of the Dukes friends who tried to hit on johnny. the duke is the best. I love the Duke. I may have mentioned this before. A million likes for the speakeasy gay bar idea.
also, Spargo came off as being kinda likeable in this episode? WTF? also, the writers appear to have eradicated his fascism from the plotline. hopefully this is meant to signify that the character has realised that it is dumb as fuck. maybe he gave it up last season and I forgot.
There does at least seem to be SOME fandom, unlike last season…? As far as Tumblr goes, everyone seems to be utterly obsessed with a) Blanche, and b) Blanche/Portia, which I can only agree with because I cannot think of a SINGLE other TV show where the OTP is two women, aside from explicitly queer-themed shows like Tipping The Velvet. So I’m psyched that the Tumblr fandom appears to be centred around Blanche (presumably because of all the Alex Kingston fans/River Song fans via Doctor Who…?) but yes, I would love there to be more stuff about the Duke of Kent because CLEARLY HE IS THE BEST. Duke of Kent/Lord & Lady Hallam OT3.
Regarding Spargo’s (former?) fascism, I find this point very irritating. In the case of at least half of the characters, the writers have more or less ignored the two-year gap between seasons one and two. Episode one was a mess, continuity-wise, and it’s completely unclear whether we’re supposed to forget that Spargo is/was a fascist or whether it’s just going to be tackled in later episodes. Until I know one way or another, I find it impossible to like him because either he is still a fascist (albeit one who is now exhibiting some humanising personality traits), or the writers have decided that they want to ignore the issue completely. SORT IT OUT, GUYS. Maybe in the next episode? The trailer had something about him wanting to flit off to Europe, and maybe he meant that because he doesn’t fancy fighting the Nazis…? Although he seemed all over the idea of fighting for King & Country, so IDK.
P.S. With “the Duke’s friend hitting on Johnny” I sort of thought this was some sort of botched plan of the Duke’s? It was hard to tell, because originally the Duke was only hanging out with Blanche because Hallam wanted him to try and get rid of him somehow, but it wasn’t really clear how the hell that would relate to the Duke a) inviting Johnny & Spargo to participate in his “patriotic” display of shirtless men beating each other up while he and Blanche watched and smirked, and b) him getting one of his friends to creep on Johnny. So maybe the Duke really did just decide to be friends with Blanche because he recognised that she was the only person abovestairs in Sir Hallam’s household who had any sense…?
yessss thanks, keep archaeologisting on, alex kingston. her obnoxious character was such a welcome addition to Upstairs Downstairs.
am i right in thinking that they revealed that she’s a period lesbian?
omg i don’t care about stereotyping just go with it 1930s SENSIBLE-SKIRT-WEARING ARCHAEOLOGIST LESBIAN ALEX KINGSTON WHATEVS; WHATEVS; WHATEVS. she knows how to handle a gun/smokes cigars/she is river song/CANON/shut up.
Not those times. Not one line, don’t you dare.