cupidsbow (cupidsbow) wrote,

Good TV

I am back from the conference -- it was awesome. Best conference ever! I feel very inspired and have lots of ideas for new projects, so it was a very productive trip.

I'll probably write more about it once the ideas settle a bit more cogently.

In other news, I've been thinking about old fandoms and new fandoms lately, and what makes a fandom really good. Obviously, it's in part the source text (why is it so hard to have a sci-fi show with a flexible and halfway interesting premise, an ensemble cast, and strong characters who are not all white and male?), and in part it's the fannish zeitgeist -- the early fans and fics, and the energy that starts to happen. Do you remember when SGA was screening, and every week there'd be a slew of posts about the dorky faces the Flan pulled? And then a whole heap of crack fics? It kept things jumping.

I miss that.

I've found a few new shows recently, thanks to Hope, and they have many of the things I'm looking for, but they don't have that zeitgeist take-off happening yet. Lost Girl is probably the most likely contender (it's pretty awesome -- it's an urban fantasy show, in which the supernatural creatures are the protagonists. The first two eps are dodgy, but then it steadily improves, until it hits actively interesting and engaging; also passes the Bechdel test every episode. \o/). However, I have my doubts about it taking off as a fandom, as there isn't a "cute" slash pairing in the core team. Is that too cynical of me? It has an openly bisexual character, two great femslash pairings, a great het pairing, and what I think is an interesting slash pairing, plus various other permutations implied (including a triangle -- win).

I guess we'll see.

I'm also fangirling The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, which is made of win -- great characters, interesting plots, gorgeous costumes, and the edge that really good Brit drama somehow seems to manage effortlessly without losing its charm. Definitely worth a look if you haven't seen it yet.

Then there's Community, which is at it's best when the episodes aren't focused around Jeff. How much do I love Abed and Troy!!! And Brita is hilarious. Such a dork. Also Cheng and the Dean make me laugh. basically, I love them all, but Jeff grates on me if he's on the screen too much. Ugh. Even as the butt of humour, I don't like That Clichéd Man.

You know what this means, of course? Yes, I shall have to attempt to vid them and spread the joy. ;)

So what do you think? Do you have any guesses for the Next Big Fandom? Pass on your wisdom, oh fannish Oracles. Or, you know, talk about nothing much entertainingly in comments.

*these are so totally the droids you're looking for. please feel free to stop in and tell zany anecdotes about their exploits*

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