Star Wars. Rey.

I put my middle finger up at them.

++ Sarah Z has uploaded a new video discussing the ever so infamous My Immortal phenomenon, essentially just examining the wild history of this iconic bad fanfiction from the early 00s and why people are fascinated with it and trying to figure out the identity of the person(s) who might have written it. I, myself, find this whole thing fascinating in the sense that it has generated quite a cult following all these years later, I mean it's pretty impressive that it has become popular and well-known by so many after all this time to the point of people making artwork, memes, and dramatic readings for it, and it's become kind of a monumental stable of fandom lore at this point. But I never had an obsession of figuring out who actually wrote it. It never even crossed my mind, to be honest. In my opinion, I think it's best to not know the answer to this, since some things are just better off left as a mystery, to be a time capsule of a particular time and era.

++ The trailer for Doctor Who's new season looks pretty damn awesome. I know many were concerned about the prolonged hiatus, but I think it'll be just fine.

++ I don't have Disney+ and have had no interest in most of their new shows to be featured on there, however, seeing the gifs and everything involving with The Mandalorian, just the very concept of it hits all of those buttons for me that I didn't realize that I wanted it. I mean, I am rather burnt out by Star Wars at this point (since Disney now owns it they'll be milking the franchise dry), but there's just something about the idea of a space cowboy bounty hunter who basically becomes the pseudo-adoptive parent to the target which he was supposed to bring in/terminate. Is it somewhat emotionally manipulative? No doubt about it, but damn if I can't enjoy the cuteness from afar okay.
Agents of Shield. Skye.

Okay, easy Hot Topic.

++ We have a new trailer for The Expanse's fourth season, which I'm assuming is going to be the last trailer before it premieres in the 13th of December. This features a whole lot more scenes and dialogue to get us hyped, and it just looks so good. It also seems that they're also using the music, which was an original arrangement from the main theme of the show, from the fanvid that was used to help spread word about The Expanse having been saved. I'm hoping that they got permission to use said arrangement, because I think it's super cool that it was used in promotion for the upcoming fourth season. It's like it all comes full circle, and I love it.

++ Marvel's Runaways also released another trailer featuring more about the upcoming third season, including more with the crossover with Cloak & Dagger. It makes me incredibly excited. December 13th is going to be quite a day for both The Expanse and Runaways.

But it seems that the third season will be their final season, as many cast members are now saying their goodbyes. I think they had to do this with the leadership shakeup for Marvel television and pretty much every single Marvel show on is going away outside of Disney+. Honestly? I think it's bullshit. This also gives us no hope that Cloak & Dagger will be saved, and with the possibility of the Ghost Rider television series never happening due to "creative differences", it makes me so angry. These were all good shows, they had critics and audiences praises them, and yet with the whole Disney+ and streaming wars being greedy capitalist fucks it has ruined any opportunity for these shows to continue thriving. Hulu is owned by Disney, it would have been perfect for Runaways to continue and for Cloak & Dagger to be saved, or even have Tandy and Tyrone be permanent members of their group. Just, ugh. I'm so pissed off, because you know that this wasn't part of their plan had this shakeup not happened or if the streaming wars weren't a huge issue. I'm just hoping that they'll wrap things up without any massive cliffhangers, and leave the possibility of them coming back if they get the opportunity.
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Pretty Little Liars. Hanna.

Got a secret, can you keep it? Swear this one you'll save...

This is my attempt at writing out the things I would have hypothetically wanted out of Pretty Little Liars: The Perfecionists had it continued, since it's been on my mind since I finished the first season, since there is so much worth exploring. This does feature spoilers for the first season, and it is rather long.

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What's interesting is that recently there's been news that HBO Max might be looking to pickup the show due the massive amount of Tweets and the petition that has received a lot of signatures to help renew the show. I have no idea whether this will happen, but if this is true that they are considering it then that would be awesome. I want nothing more than just one more season to wrap things up or, like I mentioned, have it just be a limited series to complete the story proper without it going on for longer than it needs to be. No cliffhangers, nothing like that.
Veronica. Marshmallow.

Earth to Mars.

It seems that the Veronica Mars revival has no current plans for continuing onto a fifth season. I'm not entirely surprised.

I haven't watched any of the additional stuff after the third season, to be honest, because I've had no interest to. The fan-funded movie seemed more like a reunion than anything plot-related, and the revived fourth season, from what I've heard, was quite divisive among the fans ranging from some enjoying it to others feeling underwhelmed and disappointed, not to mention the backlash over the ending. I've said it before and I'll say it again, over the years I've come to the realization that the first season was legitimately the only good season the show ever had because it was a well-structured plot and a self-contained story that had a good resolution. I adored the first season, still do and in fact it's the season I rewatch the most. The seasons that followed, however, felt like it was trying too hard to recapture what the first season achieved but to no avail, and it felt as if there was an important component missing which made the first season so special and why people loved and enjoyed it in the first place. Like, there was a certain shift with the writing after season one that just felt off to me, and it was never quite fixed.

Who knows if they decide to continue on with it in the near future, but I just know for me my interest with this franchise stopped a long time ago. Which honestly is sad to admit, but these things do happen even with things you used to love.
Revenge. Emily Thorne.

A dish best served cold.

++ Revenge is apparently getting a reboot. They claim that it'll be more of a sequel, but just by the description, nah, it's basically just a reboot. I'll be honest, yes, I adored the show when it first premiered but it did start drifting off in the later seasons. But the reason why the show popped off initially was its unique structure in the first season and of course the casting, particularly of Emily van Camp who was utter perfection as Emily Thorne. I honestly think that the backbone of the entire show was Emily, Nolan, and Victoria. In fact, the only sequel series I would ever want is for Emily and Nolan being the most epic duo wrecking havoc by scheming and plotting. So unless that's what's involved, I'm not at all interested.

++ Fresh Off The Boat will be ending after six seasons. Constance Wu must be thrilled by this news. Jokes aside though, while I only sporadically watched the show here and there I liked it, and six seasons is definitely a good enough run to end on. It is essentially the first long-running Asian-American sitcom series in American television history.

++ It seems that someone thought it was a good idea to reboot the Scream franchise without anyone from the originals attached. I'll be honest, I don't like this idea. I absolutely love the Scream franchise, I think all four movies were great in their own ways (and was actually hoping for the possibility of a Scream 5 before Wes passed away). I never got around to watching the television series that was made because I wasn't interested, but I know that Wes Craven was involved with it. But with Wes Craven gone and Kevin Williamson not involved with this project, it just seems rather pointless to resurrect something that probably has no intention of continuing the legacy that Wes Craven already built. I know, many original films or franchises often get remakes and reboots done all the time, this isn't the first nor will it be the last as we should just naturally assume now that anything popular will get the remake treatment no matter what, but that's what makes this even more frustrating. The genius of the series was its metatexual tone and subversion, its what made it unique in the first place. Without that, it'll just be another generic slasher flick with no spark or charm. Besides, like what was said in Scream 4, "don't fuck with the original".
Inara Serra. Smile.

Roll the dice.

++ A belated Happy Halloween! Mine was rather chill. Also, I had completely forgotten about daylight savings so that fucked me up when it happened, heh.

++ The Legend of Vox Machina, the animated series based on the first campaign of Critical Role made possible by the incredible Kickstarter that surpassed all their expectations, has now partnered with Amazon Prime where it will be shown and it has now gotten second season. This is such a huge deal. Critical Role started off as this little show on Geek & Sundry to try and see if streaming their D&D game was going to be a thing people wanted to watch, and it steadily grew over the years, to the point where it grew way beyond the channel itself and now they've created their own company so they can have their own creative content. It has now become one of the most popular streaming D&D shows online, and with good reason. Which is how we got things like the massively successful Kickstarter which has jump started this whirlwind of a success for the CR cast and crew. I am so, so proud of them.

++ I recently discovered the YouTube channel DUST, which features short scifi films and content. I like looking at short films on YouTube, ideas and concpets that otherwise might not be seen in mainstream media but have the freedom to do so online. Horror and science fiction are the two genres that I really like seeing in this particular format.
Inara Serra. Radiance.

Welp.

++ Welp, we just got confirmation from the writer's of Game of Thrones themselves how they are basically talentless hacks. I mean, we been knew for a long time, but the fact that they openly and proudly admitted to their incompetence is astounding. Definitely read through the whole thread completely because it just gets worse and worse. I'm not surprised, but it is rather shocking that they would be so blase in their answers and the fact that they even still have careers. It's unbelievable that anyone would want to work with them after what was revealed here.

++ In other news, it appears that Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel's Legacy series may be in talks of getting an adaptation on STARZ.

I tried reading the first book, Kushiel's Dart, many years ago and I just couldn't get into it because the writing style was difficult for me to get through. But I do know that the series came highly recommended and many seemed to like it, and if it gets adapted into a television series it might translate a bit better for someone like me to understand. This, of course, depends on the right person who understands the source material to translate it from page to screen, as usual. Although I will say that my fancasting for Phèdre nó Delaunay was always Morena Baccarin, even though I know she's not the correct age especially now many years later. But still, that's how I always kind of envisioned her. And if this is to be on STARZ and we know how television casting works, they will most likely age up the character, or at least have an older actress portray her.
Agents of Shield. Skye.

Operation Save Cloak & Dagger

It appears that Cloak & Dagger was cancelled, despite being praised and beloved by fans and critics alike, and the main culprit of this is probably due to the leadership changes in Marvel (Jeph Loeb stepping down while Kevin Feige is gaining control of all divisions) which means this will affect everything Marvel related in television. There's been a petition set up in hopes to get it renewed by the likes of Hulu, since they are crossing over in Marvel's Runaways so, in my opinion, it would be a perfect fit. Although if this leadership change is going to affect how things are done, I don't know how effective it will be in the long run. But we can still hope that something positive can come from this!

So please, if you can sign and share the petition to help save Cloak & Dagger. Also, the petition for Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists, if you would be so kindly. If nothing else, then to spread word for both shows to be released onto DVD.
Sharon Valerii. Lost.

Today I'm kinda feelin' like a ghost...

++ I apologize for being absent for a little while here, I've just been dealing with a combination of real life stuff along with having a kind of writers block in terms of what I want to write and post. I'm trying to get my mojo back.

++ I know I'm a little late in celebrating this, but there was an announcement trailer for The Last Of Us: Part 2 which gave us the official release date, February 21st of next year. So soon, yet so far away! I know based on this trailer and other things that many are speculating on the story and what's going to happen, and while I have my own theories I'm purposefully avoiding anything outside of these trailers.

++ There was an article posted recently about the attacks against Archive Of Our Own by morality crusaders every single time the site does their fundraiser. It does go more in-depth with the issue that has been rising in recent years of the dangerous rhetoric "purity culture" has been spreading throughout fandom and in outside fannish spaces. Aside from a few places, I haven't really seen much discussion about this particular topic and I think that it's a matter that is worth dissecting. On one hand, we can ignore it since most of it seems performative anyway, but I believe this whole thing is way more nuanced than we realize and we need to get down to why this has occurred and how we can educate people on fandom history and why censorship is not okay in any form.

++ I have been watching Talks Machina episodes that I never watched. Talks Machina is an online talk show created by those from Critical Role that basically just answers questions from fans about any episode that they previously had of their game. So there are spoilers, but they don't just talk about the most recent episode they happened, they oftentimes just shoot the shit, talk about whatever, serious and silly alike, go on tangents a lot of the time, and just having fun. It's great. I actually never saw the ones from the first campaign because they were only available on Twitch, so I didn't know that they were uploaded as unlisted onto YouTube, until someone basically compiled them all from the beginning to the most recent in the current running campaign. It also includes their After Dark segment that was an Alpha exclusive, until they cut ties with Geek & Sundry and Alpha essentially became defunct after that. So I'm thankfully that it's been saved.

This is also to say that I haven't really been caught up with Critical Role's second campaign for a while now, and probably won't be in the near future. So instead I'm just going back and reliving/rewatching the first campaign, especially episodes and segments I hadn't seen before.

++ Anyway, it's October and I've been consuming a lot of horror/Halloween-type media. Even though I watch horror anyway, it's basically tradition that every October I revisit many of my favorites and even get to watch some newer horror that I've been wanting to see.
Jessica Jones.

Review: Cloak & Dagger, Season 2

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We still haven't heard whether there is going to be a third season. I know that Cloak & Dagger will be crossing over in the third season of Runaways, but as for another season of their own show nothing has been announced yet. I'm hoping it will, it's such a good solid series that deserves more seasons.