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12 April 2007 @ 06:57 pm
Vid recs: BSG, Kara vids and Kara/Lee vids  
I've been planning to make a BSG vid recs post for weeks. I have a ridiculous number of vids to rec, so consequently, I've decided to split them into several posts. This first set are all Kara/Lee vids, though some of them are more 'shippy' than others.

Kara/Lee vids
jessicaj703 has five vids which are all great. I particularly like the Kara-centric 'Breathe me' for its tenderness and for the insight into Kara's world--it touches on all her relationships, not just her relationship with Lee. 'Chocolate' is also a very strong vid, and one I think most Kara/Lee fans would enjoy. The other one I personally really enjoyed was the Lee-centric 'Finish Line'. The quality of the vid is gorgeous and it successfully puts us in Lee's perspective for his near-death experience. (Not as bleak as it sounds--just thoughtful, introspective and gently moving.) Jessica excels at using 'little' character moments (as well as the powerful iconic moments) in her vids, and her vids consequently feel very fresh and original. I must thank daybreak777 for reccing her to me: I'm so glad she did.

Hazyshade's Set the fire to the third bar blew me away. It's now officially my Kara/Lee/Destiny OT3 vid of choice! ;-) It's absolutely gorgeous: beautifully edited, and completely mesmerising. It integrates intensely intimate moments between Kara and Lee with the big epic moments connected with the fleet's search for Earth in a way that feels intensely natural. And it's both moving and hope-inspiring. It will soothe my jitters in the long hiatus!

Before I discovered this vid, I was already intending to rec Hazyshade's Addicted, a Kara/Lee vid which explores the nature of the attraction between them. For those of you who don't have as heavy a destiny kink as I do, this vid concentrates on the masochistic, addictive quality of their love, making great use of the boxing footage.

Kara vids
bananainpyjamas A place inside is a very dark vid. It's not light escapist viewing, but it is very powerful, and takes an honest look at the darkness of Kara's journey from mid season 2 until the end of season 3. It features Lee, Sam and Leoben, drawing parallels between those relationships. Very original, very strong.

charmax's Mainstream makes you feel as if the song was made for Kara. It's a fast-paced, edgy, tension-filled, exhilerating ride, that takes you through some of the biggest moments in Kara's journey so far. Spectacular shots, brilliant editing. It's a must see!

J-dos's She's a rebel is a fast-paced, fun, Kara anthem vid. If all the shippy angst or destiny stuff is too much for you, I highly recommend this piece of escapism! Kara as rebel = love.

Lee vids



Do you see this space? Yes, I see it too. And I am NOT HAPPY about it! Seriously, people, do I need to remind you how interesting a character Lee is?! AGAIN?! I'm sure nobody wants that... *threatens with Leemo* Will someone pleeeease rec me some Lee character vids? Please? *puppy eyes* Gah! (Psst! grapefruitzzz! Hurry up and learn to vid already, yo!)

I have Roslin vids, full cast vids, Cylon vids, etc to rec at some stage too. But my Friday Night Lights download is nearly finished and is calling to me...

Previous vid recs here.
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fruitsome: l_helmboygrapefruitzzz on April 12th, 2007 12:34 pm (UTC)
*whine* But Admiral, I have to transfer my Opera settings and codecs to the other computer first and I think it fancies someone else! Woe! I have to go to a newly-invented bar and cry in the corridor before I can start *sob*
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lee is emo!bop_radar on April 12th, 2007 12:39 pm (UTC)
*stern look* That's just not good enough, son. I won't have a coward and a liar serving under me...

Oh wait! This doesn't lead anywhere good... Quick! Someone organise a Cylon attack, stat, so we can get back on track! ;-)
fruitsome: l_meh leegrapefruitzzz on April 12th, 2007 12:43 pm (UTC)
Yay! I'm to busy fighting robots to resent my inadequate parenting! *hug*
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Leebop_radar on April 12th, 2007 12:47 pm (UTC)
*claps you on your back in a manly way and hands you a token matchstick from the wreckage of my model ship*
fruitsome: l_leewispgrapefruitzzz on April 12th, 2007 12:51 pm (UTC)
I LOVED THAT SHIP MORE THAN YOU WILL EVER KNOW! *resigns, drinks, employs ho then rejoins*
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lee in darknessbop_radar on April 12th, 2007 12:56 pm (UTC)
Humph.
*convenes with some Cylons*
*praises a few surrogate sons and daughters*
*flirts with the president*
fruitsome: l_explosiongrapefruitzzz on April 12th, 2007 01:01 pm (UTC)
la la la floating in space can't heeeaar you la la la
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Leebop_radar on April 12th, 2007 01:06 pm (UTC)
LEE! COME BACK! LEE! THAT'S AN ORDER! *loses it*
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Kara/Lee lolbop_radar on April 12th, 2007 01:07 pm (UTC)
(I love this show so much!)
fruitsome: l_sam leegrapefruitzzz on April 12th, 2007 07:37 pm (UTC)
Is it January yet?
Is it January yet?
Is it January yet?
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lee is emo!bop_radar on April 12th, 2007 11:14 pm (UTC)
*threatens TPTB with Lee's emo!face*

Is it January yet?!
daybreak777daybreak777 on April 12th, 2007 01:32 pm (UTC)
Just watched the Kara vid recs on Imeem. Wow, these are so different than the ones that I favor. Such a balance to the sort of sad, ballady songs. These videos have such energy and you're right about the brilliant editing.

It's like the two sides of Kara, the sad, vulnerable part and then the crazy-fast, take no prisoners, blown 'em to hell pilot side. I miss seeing this side of Kara. I definitely am going to be watching these videos again to get all the little moments.

Sorry about the lack of good Lee vids. Someone out there's gotta know some.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Karabop_radar on April 12th, 2007 01:51 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I guess you could see it as the difference between being in Kara's pov (internal psychology) and 'fangirling' her from a distance (external, active). I think with one of these Kara vids, the vidder even made a point of saying it's kind of from Lee's point of view. And I guess that's the way I see Kara usually. Though watching the vids you recced has helped me get into Kara's psychology a little more, I must admit! I even got a Kara vid bunny today. Whereas most of the time, when I think of Kara vid ideas, I think of Kara-through-Lee's-eyes. Fascinating, isn't it?

As for the lack of Lee vids... well, I've got two theories:
- he's not the hotshot action hero that Kara is, so he's not as popular a choice for an external type vid.
- I guess people either aren't that interested in his internal psychology or find it 'too emo' (ha!) ... or too self-evident (?) to vid.

I await Lee recs expectantly. *camps out with candles*
daybreak777daybreak777 on April 13th, 2007 02:30 pm (UTC)
It is fascinating. I was thinking about your comment today. You see Kara through Lee's eyes and I see Lee through Kara's eyes. Like he's always reacting or smiling down at her or something.

Why is Lee so hard to vid? I think season 1 didn't focus on him much. Season 2 some of his best scenes were deleted. Season 3 was definitely Lee season. He had some really fine moments.

I think Lee is more subtle and there's a part of Kara that's really overt. A lot of things about Lee one sort of intuitively knows but it's not always shown thorough an action you can vid. Like easier to vid Bastille Day than Lee on the stand in CR1. (However, I’m dying for someone to vid Lee lounging in his quarters or in his suit or in the white shirt. Eye candy is okay with me!) I don't know if that makes sense but yeah, action.

I think you and other Lee people can totally vid Lee (or Kara for that matter). It would have to be someone who really gets him. And there's now a wealth of footage out there!

*awaiting recs or new vids too*
daybreak777daybreak777 on April 13th, 2007 02:46 pm (UTC)
Okay, I couldn’t just leave you Lee-less like this, it’s just not right. There are some videos with Lee focus by pandora_576 here. He’s her favorite character, I think. Demons is the kind of angsty, emo thing that you’d expect (or I'd expect. I like angst). I really like it, it made me go “Aww, Lee” several times. I’m Too Sexy is just eye candy which is lovely. (I think she'll probably upload a higher-res version soon.) Sometimes I wonder if I don’t get Lee all the time cause I get too distracted by his cheekbones. Cheekbones are in full effect in this vid!

I’m still going through her videos. Please let her know if you like them!

I really like her latest, Perfect. It's Lee and Kara but more Lee. Made me cry.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lee in darknessbop_radar on April 14th, 2007 12:49 am (UTC)
Ohhh, thank you so much! That is very encouraging. I think I've seen her 'Carmina Burana' vid, but that's about it. I'll go investigating and let you know. :-)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Kara/Lee boxing hugbop_radar on April 14th, 2007 11:14 am (UTC)
Oh, yes, thank you! There were some very Lee-y vids there. :-) I checked out all of them (*blink*), but the ones I liked best (for Lee) were: In the end (showing early Lee), 'Demons' (the Lee version) and 'One Thing'. I definitely recommend checking out One Thing for a Lee perspective on Kara/Lee.
daybreak777daybreak777 on April 14th, 2007 03:02 pm (UTC)
You downloaded them all? Wow. Once again, I fell asleep. I keep finding more videos and it’s kind of awesome. I now see little bits of Lee in Kara vids. (My favorite Lee vids have bits of Kara in them I’m noticing. I know, big surprise. :)) He has so many nice moments, the little reluctant smile, his eyes when he’s angry, the particular way he tightens his jaw. I can tell these vidders love him.

Let’s see, I liked One Thing. It’s one video that builds with the music to show the moments that Lee has lost it and given up everything. The poor boy. He’s been hurt pretty badly by almost everyone, but as he says in Crossroads, all forgiven. He has that amazing ability forgive. This Lee exploration is just great!

Another thing I notice more in Lee videos. Cause he’s so subtle, the lyrics do more to convey his feelings than in other vids. I find myself listening much more closely in his vids than in others. Just something I noticed in my viewing.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Kara/Lee boxing hugbop_radar on April 15th, 2007 11:31 am (UTC)
My favorite Lee vids have bits of Kara in them I’m noticing. I know, big surprise. :)
Yeah, *giggle*, no surprise there... Most of the Lee vids I want to make have Kara in them in a pretty big way. There's not really any escaping her; even in a pure Lee character study it's hard to ignore Kara--she's the elephant in the corner, so to speak! ;-) Whereas I can watch Kara vids that have hardly any Lee and feel they do her justice.

Thanks for sharing your experience of watching Lee vids--it's really interesting to hear what you noticed as different. It makes instinctive sense to me that lyrics are important because Lee's got such a heavily articulated emotional landscape. He thinks about his own life a lot in concrete terms, whereas Kara is more spirit based--it makes sense that overall mood and tone is more important in a Kara vid. (It may also be part of the reason that it's hard to vid Lee--because inevitably no matter how 'perfect' the song lyrics are you always get stuck with one line that makes no sense whatsoever. *g*)

He does have a great capacity for forgiveness. For me, it's especially powerful/significant because he is also capable of holding a grudge. ;-) It's not that he doesn't feel anger at all and is just a very calm person--you know with Lee that when he forgives, it's an act of self-sacrifice, and of real generosity because he actually has to 'let go' of that burden/grudge and it's not easy for him. So yes, when he does forgive it's very powerful and beautiful.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lee thinking hmmbop_radar on April 14th, 2007 01:12 am (UTC)
*nods* All of that does make sense. And I've been having much the same conversation with hazyshade (and yay, I'm working on her to vid Lee!). Thanks for the encouragement. I'm definitely coming more to a place where I feel able to just give it a shot even if it's not the 'perfect' Lee vid.
Naomi: Rose/Nine kiss by _kali_frelling_tralk on April 12th, 2007 01:50 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the recs :)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Helobop_radar on April 12th, 2007 11:15 pm (UTC)
You're welcome! As I say, I've got heaps more for the other characters, but the post was going to be ridiculously long that way... hopefully I'll get time to post the rest in the next few days.
brokenmnemonic: Angstybrokenmnemonic on April 12th, 2007 03:29 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the vid recs - I'm downloading a handful to look at, now the mad writing bug is leaving me alone for a little while.

As for your Lee challenge - I've seen a couple of good Lee vids, but not that many. I think he's a lot harder to vid for - I know that I've got a couple of songs earmarked for him, but I've not been able to work out quite how to put them together yet.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Leebop_radar on April 12th, 2007 11:19 pm (UTC)
*nods* I agree. Lee is harder to vid for. (At least, that's what I suspect.) laurashas' 'A Day Like Today' is the only Lee-vid I've seen that has a really definitive feel to it. Please rec me any good Lee vids you find! *begs* I want to vid him myself but I had fear about doing him justice. Though now that I've confronted the void of Lee vids, that fear seems somewhat absurd.
brokenmnemonic: Angstybrokenmnemonic on April 13th, 2007 12:44 pm (UTC)
Have you seen Lilith's "Behind Blue Eyes"? That's one of the small handful of Lee vids I've got, and possibly the best I've seen - although I've not seen the vid you've mentioned, so I might've missed loads of them...
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lee's farewellbop_radar on April 14th, 2007 12:53 am (UTC)
Oh, no I haven't. I'll go looking for it. laurashapiro's A Day Like Today is listed in this post--you need to ask her for a password to her site for a download but it's totally worth doing this. Oh, and I just checked and it's on imeem: http://laurasha.imeem.com/video/_L731V6q/bsg_adayliketoday/
daybreak777daybreak777 on April 14th, 2007 02:58 pm (UTC)
Blue Eyes is excellent, thank you! I’m really understanding Lee more now through these vids. It’s here if anyone wants to check it out.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Leebop_radar on April 15th, 2007 11:12 am (UTC)
Thanks for the link! I had trouble finding it. But you're right--that's an excellent vid. I'm feeling far more appeased and happy, now that I've found a few good Lee vids. (Though I could still have more!)
hazy: BSG: Leehazyshade on April 12th, 2007 05:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the recs! And thanks from J, too. :D

Aww the space beneath 'Lee Vids' looks so sad; I can only hope that with the Lee-centric storylines at the end of season 3, there'll be a few Lee vids appearing. I'm a Lee girl, and his POV has been the clearest to me since the mini-series, but I sometimes think I'm *too* close to it to tackle him in a vid (and yes, I did say tackle! ;)) It's like I'm putting too much pressure on myself because it's LEE. However, I'm sure I'll get around to it eventually because there's so much to work with for a character study.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lee in darknessbop_radar on April 12th, 2007 11:25 pm (UTC)
You are (both) welcome! Oh, and I really have been meaning to rec 'Addicted' for ages. I like doing recs, but I've got a huge backlog of stuff for many fandoms that I'd love to rec and keep getting distracted by other things. Oh, fandom! You are too shiny for your own good, sometimes! ;-)

the space beneath 'Lee Vids' looks so sad
Yes! :-( *Leemos*

I'm a Lee girl, and his POV has been the clearest to me since the mini-series, but I sometimes think I'm *too* close to it to tackle him in a vid (and yes, I did say tackle! ;)) It's like I'm putting too much pressure on myself because it's LEE. However, I'm sure I'll get around to it eventually because there's so much to work with for a character study.
Oh, I feel completely the same way. 'It's LEE!' = pressure much! His POV has been the clearest to me since the mini too. *bonds* It's an instinctive connection to me and I'm always pleased to meet others (rare) who feel the same way. However, as you say, I feel too close to him to be able to vid him. I was even scared to vid Kara/Lee, as you know!

We should probably both pause and reflect that feeling like we are inadequate to the task of Lee-vidding is, in and of itself, rather Lee-like and probably indicative that we're actually the right people for the job. *nudges* Or you are, at least! ;-)

I would DIE of happy if you made a Lee vid. I have complete faith in your vidding because I often watch your vids often feel like they fill a void for me that I didn't even know I had until I watch them. (Does that even make sense?!)
hazy: BSG: Leehazyshade on April 13th, 2007 12:45 pm (UTC)
You're so wonderful about my vids, thank you! *blushes* I hadn't vidded in ages before I discovered BSG last year, and I'm so thankful to the fandom for releasing my hibernating muses. :)

We should probably both pause and reflect that feeling like we are inadequate to the task of Lee-vidding is, in and of itself, rather Lee-like and probably indicative that we're actually the right people for the job.

Omg yes, too Lee-like to take the plunge and make Lee vids - why hadn't I thought of that before?! *laughs*

I agree with your recs - there are a LOT of awesome Starbuck vids out there. Kara has these contrasts that kind of lend themselves to vidding: she has the fearless rebel side that J focused on in his vid, the vulnerable, self-loathing side, the spiritual side etc. With Lee, so many of his conflicts are internal and repressed until they manifest themselves in depression and er, overeating (eek! I can't face vidding Fat!Lee). It means that his actions can sometimes need more explanation, I think, and more teasing out (in vidding terms anyway). Kara in 'Scar' is a great example: there are so many dramatic, visual scenes perfect for vidding to dynamically show her state of mind. The Leemo is a different proposition somehow. Oh god, I'm not making any sense!

But oh, LEEEEEEEEE. *hearts*

I have a couple of vids to finish for various people/exchanges, but I say we both take a deep breath and psych ourselves up for our favourite boy. :D
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lee thinking hmmbop_radar on April 14th, 2007 01:01 am (UTC)
With Lee, so many of his conflicts are internal and repressed until they manifest themselves in depression and er, overeating (eek! I can't face vidding Fat!Lee).
Oh, yeah, I know! It's one of the most obvious visual signs of disarray in Lee's emotional life, yet how could one vid that without it becoming farcical?! It even became a joke on the show! I do know what you mean about his actions needing teasing out more... I guess because Lee's such an inward-directed character whereas Kara represses so much that it does come out in action and external symbol. (I'm not sure I'm making much sense either.) Jamie does so much with his acting, with facial expressions and physical stance, but you're right that you can't rely on that alone for vidding purposes--where are the big dramatic Lee shots? Hmmm... *puts on thinking cap*

I have a couple of vids to finish for various people/exchanges, but I say we both take a deep breath and psych ourselves up for our favourite boy. :D
Oh, anything to encourage you along! Yes, ok! Deal! I have a couple of other vids I'd like to complete first too, but hiatus is long and someone needs to fill this Lee void. :-)
dianora: apollodianora2 on April 14th, 2007 04:07 am (UTC)
I think you BOTH need to get over it and make us some Lee vids dammit!!! *g*
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lee's farewellbop_radar on April 14th, 2007 04:36 am (UTC)
Well, your fic can be an inspiration. ;-) I'll do my best. *g*
blowjobs for jesus: bsg starbuck is smokin'!kristiinthedark on April 12th, 2007 11:11 pm (UTC)
YAY! Thank you for all of these recs, Boppy!

*dives in*
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Kara owns manfleshbop_radar on April 12th, 2007 11:26 pm (UTC)
You're welcome, hon!
Dionusiadionusia on April 13th, 2007 05:45 am (UTC)
Yay vid list! I'm looking forward to these, as well as the ones in daybreak777's list. Must wait until the weekend, when my work my ficlet for you is all done. Thanks for gathering these.

BTW, that spontaneous Adama-drama between you and grapefruitzzz? Hilarious! You could sell tickets *g*
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lee thinking hmmbop_radar on April 14th, 2007 01:05 am (UTC)
Oh, I hope you find some you enjoy. :-)
dianora: bsg lee karadianora2 on April 14th, 2007 04:08 am (UTC)
Thanks for the recs! At least, I THINK I thank you....on the other hand, this is what I just spent all night doing. LOL.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Karabop_radar on April 14th, 2007 04:11 am (UTC)
Watching vids? Hee. Um, yeah, they get addictive and time-consuming. I tend to OD on them and then need a break for a while.
(no subject) - bloodygoodgirl on April 14th, 2007 04:31 am (UTC) (Expand)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lee is emo!bop_radar on April 14th, 2007 04:35 am (UTC)
*emo stares you*
Dualbunny: Starbuck smiling - Morbideclipsedualbunny on April 16th, 2007 04:13 am (UTC)
Thank you for the recs! :D Had lots of fun going through the ones I hadn't seen.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lana :Dbop_radar on April 16th, 2007 05:46 am (UTC)
Oh, I'm glad you found some new ones! *g*