Over the years Fandom has been through a lot of different stages. Recently an article online said, “Fandom is Broken.” This article talked about how because the fans are now petitioning, boycotting and even sending death threats when their stories don’t go their way that fandom is broken. I liked a lot about that article, but I also disagreed with it a lot as well. We are in a transitional state for fandom and right now it is critical that we speak up to make sure that it moves in the civilized direction, but talking about civilized actions aren’t near as fun as talking about the uncivilized, so tonight we’re going to talk about Nerd Rage
State of Fandom: Is it Broken?
Comics: Captain America, Female Thor, Black Captain America
Movies: Ghost Busters
Starwars Expanded Universe
Name: Sara Glass
Favorite Fandom: The 100, Marvel Movies, Jessica Jones
Comment: Hey gentlemen! I discovered your show a few months ago, and I’ve caught several episodes that I’ve enjoyed quite a bit. I like how you respond to listener feedback, as well as guests. I have a fandom-topic podcast as well, started this spring. I’m sending you this email to prod you and your friends in the ribs and interrogate you on one thing: why aren’t you watching The 100! Bad genre fans, boo. Why haven’t you deep dived into this philosophical sci-fi gun-happy soap opera like the rest of us? It’s the disobedient murderous love child of Battlestar Galactica and Lost, with the soul of Robert Heinlein and more feminist ambition than The Hunger Games. The heroine, Clarke Griffin (named for, yep, the famous sci-fi novelist), is actually the character I’ve seen come close to achieving the depth and emotional complexity that Buffy the Vampire achieved with its lead woman.
I’m mentioning this now because The CW will soon be moving its programs off Netflix to their own for-pay streaming site, and your chance to watch season 1 and 2 easily will be off the table. But you should watch it. William Shatner live tweeted every episode this season, and novelist Stephen King tweeted his binge watch reactions, both of them enthusiastic. Heads up: the death count is, um, quite intense, and it’s more violent with torture than anything I’ve seen on The CW before, so put the children to bed first.
On a fandom level, The 100 has also been the center of several controversies this season, which you may or may not have read about. If you can, I’d say avoid those discussions as they center around controversial character deaths and are pretty spoilery. Season 3 finished just two weeks ago, and it’s already been renewed for next year. So that’s it: please watch this show, and talk about. I’d love to hear your reactions. Don’t be deterred by the cheesy pilot; looking back on it now, it feels like the producers made the teenage melodrama pilot they *thought* would get them picked up by the network, then immediately turned the show into one long dystopian exercise in ‘the prisoner’s dilemma’ instead.
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