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HAI FRIENDS. I have not posted in a looong time. This is what happens when there's a WHOLE YEAR without Doctor Who, and I don't have 5000-word meta posts I need to get out of my head before I can go to sleep. (Soon that will not be the case. My show is coming back! Aaaaaah.)

So what have I been doing? Well, mostly, I've been having a lot of feelings about Star Trek. [personal profile] such_heights & I have spent the past two and a quarter years watching DS9 together, at an average rate of not-quite-two-episodes-a-week. It was, bar one or two episodes of TNG, my first introduction to Star Trek. Friends, I am in love. It's been an epic journey of joy and delight and occasional PAIN, much of which has been livetweeted by my terrible friends. “Let’s have a party so we can all watch Phoebe watching Dr Bashir I Presume”, they said. “It will be fun!” they said. :-P But I have love love loved DS9, and have spent way too much time mentally living aboard that ridiculous, malfunctioning, vole-infested space station over the past couple of years. (For the past year, the DS9 obsession has intersected with the Hamilton obsession; that produced a lot of thoughts and feelings too .)

Having DS9 as my central focus point for Trek has had all sorts of interesting and occasionally hilarious repercussions – one of which is that I am IRRATIONALLY ANNOYED by how CUSHY the Enterprise is. I’ve seen a lot more TNG now, and every time I see them in their plush beige chairs and their comfy beige rooms, I am resentful on behalf of all those who suffer the Cardassian indignity of DS9. DS9! My home <3

Of course, as I have frequently yelled on Twitter, I love everyone in this bar. Come Equinox I am going to request ALL THE DS9 VIDS IN THE WORLD because there aren't enough. I love Sisko, oh captain my captain, and his relationship with Jake and later with Kassidy (BEST SPACE FAMILY); I love DAX, perfect and beautiful troll queen, in both her incarnations; I love Kira and wish her life wasn’t so damn hard all the time; I love Miles and Keiko and their adorable children (and wish HIS life wasn’t so damn hard all the time); I love Odo, my grumpy Space Javert; I love Worf, who is not a diplomat; I love Nog and Rom and the wonderful journeys they go on; I even love Quark, for some reason.

But…I especially love Julian Bashir. I just. His FACE, you guys. His face. And his dorky EARNESTNESS. And you know who else loves Julian Bashir? GARAK. GARAK LOVES JULIAN BASHIR. (And my god do I love Garak. I had a dream about him the other night.) I don't remember much about my specific feelings when watching the first season of DS9, but I do clearly remember being THRILLED by Garak's arrival on the scene, and being very disappointed at having to wait until Season 2 to see him again. I've since gone back and watched his introduction a number of times and you know what? No matter how many times I watch it, there is NEVER any heterosexual explanation for that scene. None. Andrew J Robinson, what a gift. (The first thing I did on finishing the show was to read his book, A Stitch In Time, and there's no heterosexual explanation for THAT either.) So anyway, I eventually did what I always do when I have too many feelings to hold in my heart at one time: I made a vid.

I think I found the song on a fanmix somewhere? Somehow it feels more hilariously retro to be vidding a Muse song than it does to be vidding Star Trek. Yeah, idk. But anyway I found this song and it was quite clearly meant to be about this glorious, fucked-up couple who are both far more than they appear on the surface, and who spend seven seasons peeling away at the layers of each other. Did I mention that I love them? Because I love them.

And I had the GREATEST time making this vid! It contains one moment which I think is probably the best clip juxtaposition of any vid I've ever made (I got so excited about it I had to text [personal profile] such_heights about it at like 1am) and the hardest thing was not using every single shot of Garak and Julian flirting outrageously with each other, because tragically the song is not half an hour long. I have to thank both [personal profile] such_heights and [personal profile] raven for their enthusiastic, flaily and high-pitched encouragement, and in particular the completely wonderful [personal profile] cosmic_llin and [personal profile] bironic, both of whom gave me very patient, detailed, incredibly useful beta feedback. And were also subjected to too many near-identical iterations of the vid. Thank you both! <3

Finally, THANK YOU to all my RL Trek nerd friends, who have spent the past two and a quarter years assiduously NOT spoiling me for a show that first aired over twenty years ago - and sometimes going to extreme measures to do so :-P You are all heroes, and I appreciate it very much. Am boldly going on to Voyager now, and am super excited to get to know Janeway and her crew. But first: a DS9 vid.

Undisclosed Desires
edited by [personal profile] purplefringe
fandom: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
characters: Julian/Garak
music: Undisclosed Desires by Muse
summary: I want to satisfy the undisclosed desires in your heart
content notes: I feel like I should warn for how traumatically beautiful Julian Bashir's face is, but if you're watching this vid you probably know that already.

download: 77MB @ mediafire



I know you've suffered
But I don't want you to hide
It's cold and loveless
I won't let you be denied

I'll make you feel pure
Trust me
You can be sure

I want to reconcile the violence in your heart
I want to recognize your beauty is not just a mask
I want to exorcise the demons from your past
I want to satisfy the undisclosed desires in your heart

You trick your lovers
That you're wicked and divine
You may be a sinner
But your innocence is mine

Please me
Show me how it's done
Tease me
You are the one

I want to reconcile the violence in your heart
I want to recognize your beauty is not just a mask
I want to exorcise the demons from your past
I want to satisfy the undisclosed desires in your heart

Please me
Show me how it's done
Trust me
You are the one

I want to reconcile the violence in your heart
I want to recognize your beauty is not just a mask
I want to exorcise the demons from your past
I want to satisfy the undisclosed desires in your heart
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