#Fandom5: Five Spinoffs I'd Like to See Get Made

This is my first stab at a 5 Fandom Friday, despite being a part of the Female Geek Bloggers page on Google+ (where it was originally introduced) for over a year. No matter how hard I try, I just seem to always suck at planning ahead on Working for the Mandroid. In an attempt to turn over a new leaf, here’s my first attempt to contributing to 5 Fandom Friday with the five spinoffs I’d like to see get made.

The Supernatural Prequel Show of My Dreams

The Powers That Be over at Supernatural attempted to create a spin off last year. It was an epic disaster of the most monstrous variety. Rather than actually do a spin off with a character or event that had previously been mentioned on the show, they tried to do some weird Romeo & Juliet story with characters that completely destroyed the rules and mythology developed in the many years of the show. Instead of that disaster, I want a prequel show either set in the time of Rufus and Bobby learning to fight monsters or even John learning the ropes of hunting while baby Sam and Dean are stuck in motel after motel (though a show about that sort of child abuse might be difficult to make work). It could be a western set in the time of the Colt being developed or even about the first hunters or how about how Mama Winchester great up in the hunter life and decided to give it up. It’s a rich universe with many potential spin off options, but Bobby and Rufus would be my favorite.

Hawkeye – the Fraction/Aja version

Let’s give Hawkeye his own film, but instead of the quiet serious Hawkeye from the current Avengers movie ‘verse, let’s have the down on his luck Clint from Matt Fraction and David Aja’s current comic run. I would love to see him and Kate Bishop try to figure out life without superpowers in a world with cosmic monsters and magic. It would be full of one liners and sarcasm, plus, of course, boomerangs.

Batgirl & Nightwing

I don’t care if it’s television or a movie, but I need Barbara Gordon and Dick Grayson being awesome, in love and kick ass in some visual medium. They are my big untouchable ship, and I want everyone in the universe to see why. If it were up to me, Batman would stay far, far away and it wouldn’t be a grim and gritty Nolan-esque version. I want fun and adventure and adorableness, thank you.

Lord Akeldama’s Adventures in Society

From the Soulless Manga series

From the Soulless Manga series

If you are unfamiliar with Lord Akeldama, he is the fabulous society vampire and advisor to Alexia Taribotti, the most wonderful heroine of Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate series of steampunk novels. His are some of the best scenes in the series, and like Cassandra Clare did with Magnus Bane, I would love a series of short stories about the many adventures he’s had in high society throughout the years.

How Furiosa Became a Badass

I wasn’t a huge fan of Mad Max: Fury Road, partly because it made me car sick and partly because it had no plot. Going from Point A to Point B and back to Point A is not enough plot for me. I wanted to know more about the characters rather than just have them be ciphers or stand-ins for more developed ideas. I want to know Furiosa’s story, how she grew up, how she learned to take care of herself, and how she became the driver of a war rig. And don’t tell me to read the prequel comics. Those don’t exist. They were also burned in a fire I started with my mind.

Random Tuesday: Happy 200th Sam & Dean! Sci Fi Book Things! Amazon Pilots! More!

It is cold and I am grumpy. I really shouldn't be because we got Comic Con tickets on Saturday and then we saw Big Hero 6, which was all kinds of lovely. But it's cold now and I hate the cold. I can't feel my toes. Let's find some random things to distract me.

This guy named Scott Park made a post with all these awesome female characters from great genre films and television. It's called Hall of Heroes and you can buy a copy of it at his Society 6 store if you love it as much as I do.

io9 has an exclusive look at Scott Westerfeld's upcoming post-apocalypse graphic novel, The Spill Zone. It includes an essay that Westerfield wrote and some sneak peeks at artwork from the book. The Spill Zone will be released by First Second at some indeterminate point in the future.

Continuing on the trend of science fiction books and io9, those awesome people have compilled a great list of awesome opening sentences in scifi books. Are there any ones missing?

Tonight is the 200th episode of Supernatural, which is insane to think about considering I've seen most episodes more than once and all of the first five seasons more times than I can honestly comprehend. EW asked 10 of the cast members which episode is their personal favorite. Of course Jared likes a silly one and Jensen liked a sad one.

Amazon has announced the 7 pilots for their 2015 "pilot season". The only one that jumps out to me is the adaptation of The Man in the High Castle, but perhaps someone out there might be interested in the other six that could be coming to an Amazon Prime account near you.

DC Comics announced some massive multi-verse crossing event called Convergence written by the guy behind White Collar (don't even ask me how that happened). I yawned. Then I heard about the Nightwing/Oracle part and now I'm all:

My fangirl shipper heart has grown three times and I'm very excited!

Speaking of being excited, Ms. Gingerhaze - Noelle Stevenson - is going to be writing her very first comic for the big 2 with a story in Marvel's Thor Annual. It will come out in February and you should buy it. Congrats to her and all her amazing, well-deserved success!

That's it from me this week. If you haven't seen Big Hero 6 yet, go see it. It's awesome.

Random Tuesday: The Return of Randomness... Includes That Cumberbatch Guy

I may have had a cocktail with dinner and it may have been a bit stronger than expcted. I may be a little inebriated. Prior to said cocktail, this was going to be a Cumberbatch-free zone considering we've been missing Random Tuesday for a few weeks now. But now I'm tipsy and can't make any promises.

Yeah, that didn't last long.

We haven't been hit by the Icepocalypse of North Texas, but it is too cold to go outside unless you really, really have to. This advice from the ladies over at Epic Reads is definitely accurate, especially if you're stuck at home.

There is someone on Twitter that makes Sherlock and Cumberbatch adorable cupcakes. I swear this was going to be a Cumberbatch-free zone, but the alcohol seems to have attracted him. These were created by @Vereentjoeng over on Twitter and I stumbled upon them through Tor's FB account.

Barnes & Noble have compiled 9 ways to know if your life is really a YA novel.

Female Nightwing WHAT?! (fuzzy brain does not comprehend caginess well when shown such images)

If only these Marvel evening gowns were real, perhaps I would dress fancy more often. (The Mary Sue)

What an animated version of Wicked could look like if only Disney had the rights to it and gave it to this guy.

I think that's enough from me. Have lovely week and share your favorite random things in comments!

Random Tuesday: Pretty Covers, The New Doctor, Book Clubs & Sad Robots

First of all, my prize from Comic Con has a cover now! And it's so pretty! This book is taunting me from my bookshelf. I'm trying not to read it right off since it will leave a year and a half until the final volume comes out. I don't know if I could stand such a gap. Do you have books sitting on your shelves that you desperately want to read, but don't want to wait so long for the next book in the series so you haven't read it?

Susan Dennard is hosting a book club alongside Epic Reads for Something Strange & Deadly. If you haven't read this zombie tale set in Victorian Philadelphia, you are missing out and should definitely take part. Susan is posting discussion questions and I'll have my contribution to the conversation up tomorrow. It's too late to sign up officially, but it's still going to be fun so join up unofficially!

A friend of mind posted this article on Facebook celebrating the first anniversary of the Curiousity rover on Mars. NASA sent the code for the rover to sing itself happy birthday. I don't know why, but it just made me sad. Poor robot all alone on its birthday on a far away planet... no wonder the robots are going to have an uprising.

Normal people may find this proposal method kind of sad or impersonal, but I think it's down right awesome - a guy proposed to his girlfriend via memes and commissoned artwork on Reddit. Some of that commissoned artwork is wonderful.

So a new Doctor was announced over the weekend in a bizarre around the world special. The expected front runner Peter Capaldi was announced as replacing Matt Smith in the next proper season of Doctor Who. I think this is a really lame choice. I think the guy will do great as the Doctor, but he has already played a pretty substantial role in the Doctor Who universe through Torchwood. I know there seems to only be a small pool of British television actors and they're all in everything, but really? There was no one else?

Harvey Weinstein thinks Midwesterners are idiots, so he's cutting the substance out of that weird dystopian-on-a-speeding-train Snowpiercer movie. Epic fail, Weinstein, epic fail.

And one final thing before I run off to watch Batman The Animated Series (because that's what I do as a grown up - watch cartoons I didn't have time for as a kid), I present to you the commission from Katie Cook I received at Comic Con. It's Nightwing and Batgirl being awesome.

Share some random in the comments! There can never be too much random!

Leslie's Top Television Shows of 2012 (part 2)

Yesterday I gave out a series of “rewards” for television shows that caught my eye either for good or bad reasons in 2012. Today you get my list of favorite shows for the year. Putting this list together was kind of hard as my go-tos like Supernatural and Glee became a bit of a mess last year while others like Chuck ended. So here is my shortened list of favorite shows from 2012.

Favorite Shows of 2012

These are my sad crazy eyes.The Vampire Diaries

Despite all the melodrama, I am addicted. Elena becomes much more interesting with Damon while Stefan becomes more interesting when he’s inadvertently doing stupid things for “the greater good”. It’s not high class television, but it’s fun and has become the show I most look forward to each week. There is plenty of snark and if I don’t think too hard, the relationships are intriguing to watch unfold. But mostly I watch for Damon. Because he has crazy eyes, snarky one-liners and an inclination to lose his shirt. And I'm still not sure how Matt is still alive. He's like the only human one left!

Sometimes Sherlock forgets to dress before visiting the palace.Sherlock

Oh, Benedict Cumberbatch, I can’t tell what you’re saying half the time, but you’re fascinating to watch run away yammering about this and that. “A Scandal in Belgravia” had a few moments that I wish had been done differently and I didn’t understand why Irene Adler had to be a dominatrix, but the following two episodes more than made up for it. My head still can’t wrap around “The Reichenbach Fall” and no matter how many times I watch it, I have absolutely no idea what has happened. Fernando might be awaiting the return of A Game of Thrones, but I’m eagerly anticipating Sherlock running around in new adventures. Whenever that happens.

Misfits

This was an accidental discovery. I’d heard the show mentioned in passing before and knew it was a British show about delinquents who somehow get superpowers. When I saw that it was finally airing on American television, we added it to our DVR to try out. I was not expecting the crazy bizarre show that followed, full of raunchy comedy and wrongness and absolute hilarity. Yet at the same time the show had its own weird emotional resonance that made it addicting. We’ve only seen the first two seasons and I’m itching to get my hands on the others. This is probably the most fun show I’ve watched all year (except maybe for Super Hero Squad).

Revolution

Sword fights! Old-timey soldiers in the future! A badass secretive uncle! Mysterious necklaces that could have come straight out of Lost! Revolution had so much going for it that I was afraid that it would fall apart after just a few episodes, but it hasn’t. Despite it mostly being about trekking through the overgrown remnants of the United States, it still manages to stay at a consistence pacing. Plus we play this fun game called “Lost or Supernatural” where we try to guess where each of the side and supporting characters have been before. Because with Kripke and Abrams behind this show, familiar faces are bound to show up pretty often.

Arrow

Yesterday I mentioned that Arrow was the biggest surprise of all the new shows in 2012. It could have been horrible, cheesy and a complete trainwreck. Oliver Queen and Green Arrow aren’t exactly pop culture icons like many other superheroes and Ollie has a pretty ridiculous amount of facial hair in the comics, so I was pleasantly surprised that the CW created a show that made Green Arrow almost seem possible. It’s fun, adventurous and though some of the characters can get kind of annoying (*coughthesistercough*), I really look forward to seeing how this first season plays out with the growing conspiracy unfolding and what future seasons hold for Ollie.

He's kind of my favorite.Young Justice

And finally I had to include a cartoon. You might have been expecting Super Hero Squad, but despite how much I love that show, I don’t think there’s much of a chance for a continuation. Plus it’s Marvel when my heart sits firmly in the DC camp. Young Justice combines my favorite superheroes with my weakness for teen superheroes and somehow put together a serialized story of shapeshifters and alien invasion. Though a time jump that came from seemingly out of nowhere was a little baffling, whatever anger I might have had was quickly quelled with the inclusion of Nightwing. I like Nightwing.

Now if the Cartoon Network would just put it back on television. It’s stopped midseason back in October, I think, and there’s no indication on when it will return.

 

And those were my favorite shows for 2012. I imagine even more shows will add up on my DVR this year, though if American Gods hits HBO by the end of the year, I’m pretty confident that it will be tops for 2013.

What shows did you love in 2012? What should I be watching in 2013?

Yesterday I gave out a series of “rewards” for television shows that caught my eye either for good or bad reasons in 2012. Today you get my list of favorite shows for the year. Putting this list together was kind of hard as my go-tos like Supernatural and Glee became a bit of a mess last year while others like Chuck ended. So here is my shortened list of favorite shows from 2012.

Favorite Shows of 2012