Tirade Tuesday: Shipping Bellarke Apparently Makes Me White

I tend to stay out of ship wars most of the time because it’s often a case of a lot of talking, and no one listening. I’ve been around The 100 fandom so long that even if a healthy discussion takes place, I know that in just a week or two the same issues would be brought up and it would be like nothing’s changed. That’s the nature of Tumblr, and you can say I’m resigned to it.

But recently I saw a post on my dashboard that disturbed me. It asked Bellarke fans to examine their privilege, and in particular, our white privilege. The premise was that Bellarke was a racist ship and that if you shipped it, you were racist. In the same way, it also implied that if you didn’t ship Braven, you were racist.

These are serious implications that are not to be taken lightly. Race is an important issue, and by all means one should examine their white privilege. But here’s the problem – I’m Chinese. One of the many people of color who ship Bellarke. Apparently, I’m not the only one who has seen such posts. Sections of the Braven fandom have also called POCs white feminists. It’s callous and it’s a sweeping generalization that lessens the credibility of the person using the term.

On a level, I get it. I don’t think that the writer really believed that all Bellarke fans are white. I also understand how people may sometimes use assumptions and sweeping statements to strengthen an argument. Throughout The 100 fandom I have also seen people pull out social justice issues to try to strengthen a case. I have seen people reveal their sexual identities, race, and personal histories to make a point.

However, in not acknowledging that the Bellarke fandom is incredibly diverse, and by erasing our identities as people of color by generalising us, it makes it difficult for me to believe that such people care all that much about the racial issues they supposedly champion.

In fact, such posts are potentially hurtful, because you never know who may be reading it. The person you asked to examine their white privilege has perhaps been trying to be white all their lives because of the difficulties of being a POC.

Discussions of race can always be grounded in the context of the show. In discussing ships, the option to form an argument solely on canon is always there. In fact, by sticking to facts on the show instead of trying (pretending) to be a champion of social justice, you may just end up having a much more fruitful discussion. Try it.

Trending Topics: Fall Pilot Picks

Every spring the major networks release a write-up of all their potential fall shows. This year, several of the contributing writers for The Fandom Files decided to get together and take a look at what’s hot and what’s not.
ABC
Erica: Ok, so I’m scrolling through ABC’s potentials for fall and they have them sorted into categories. First comedy that looks like it MAY have potential is:
Dream Team
Logline: Marty Schumacher (Justin Long) coached his last club soccer team for 10 years, ultimately taking them to the national championships. He now has to start from scratch with a diverse group of 8-year-olds, and their disparate parents.
Cast: Justin Long, Wanda Sykes, Michael Mosley, Lindsey Kraft, Michelle Buteau, Wynn Everett, Carlos Leal, Betty Gilpin, Addison Osta
Team: W/EP Kari Lizer, Bill Wrubel (Will & Grace); EP/D Marc Buckland
Studio: Warner Bros. Television, Kari’s Logo Here, Here Comes Scrappy
Format: Single-camera
Location: Los Angeles

Thoughts?
Emma Claire:  That sounds like it could be funny. Kids in TV shows are usually either a hit or miss for me.
Erica:  Same. I’m more thinking that the kids, if chosen right, could be cute, but the parents would be hilarious. And combine them with Justin Long and it COULD be a huge hit.
Emma Claire:  The parents sound like they would be great- i think it all comes down to the casting of the kids.
Erica:  Very likely. My youngest is 9-years-old. I’m just picturing a bunch of kids like her and her friends and it could either be amazing or horrifying for sure. Ok, next comedy that looks like it has potential:
Hail Mary*
Logline: A young small-town mayor named Mary Wolf (Happy Endings’ Casey Wilson) has dysfunctional siblings, a dying father, disgruntled citizens, a nearly bankrupt town and the mafia breathing down her neck. Only a miracle can help her — so she fakes one. Based on the Austrian Broadcasting Corp. series Braunschlag, created by David Schalko.
Cast: Casey Wilson, Retta, Sarah Baker (Go On), Gareth Reynolds, Gareth Reynolds, Tom Stourton, Jackee Harry
Team: Writer/EP Brian Gallivan (The McCarthys); EP Seth Gordon, Tariq Jalil; D Julie Anne Robinson
Studio: Sony Pictures Television, ABC Studios, Intrigue
Format: Single-camera
Location: Atlanta

Emma Claire:  Ooh Retta! This sounds more like something I’d like.
Erica:  I just want to know what kind of a miracle she fakes and HOW.
Emma Claire: Great question, that’s confusing to me.
Erica: That’s probably their hook for trying to get people to watch.  The next one looks really interesting to me but it doesn’t sound like a comedy so I’m a little worried at the same time…
Speechless*
Logline: A family with a special-needs child is good at dealing with the challenges it faces and excellent at creating new ones.
Cast: Minnie Driver, John Ross Bowie, Micah Fowler, Cedric Yarborough, Mason Cook, Micah Fowler, Kyla Kennedy
Team: W/EP Scott Silveri (Friends), EP Jake Kasdan, Melvin Mar (Fresh Off the Boat); D Christine Gernon
Studio: 20th Century Fox Television, ABC Studios
Format: Single-camera
Location:

Emma Claire: Sounds like it might be darker humour to me.
Beck: Speechless could be interesting, but I like dark humour sometimes….if it’s done well.
Erica:  It’s more the special needs mixed with dark comedy that could either be amazing or horrifying.
Emma Claire: It’s a bit of a sore subject to put into a comedic show.
Erica:  Right. It would have to be REALLY well done. Ok, I’m not sure about this next one but it’s got Shonda Rhimes as an EP (Executive Producer) so it’s gotta have potential:
Toast*
Logline: Over the course of Max (Jono Kenyon) and Page’s (Jerrika Hinton) wedding rehearsal dinner, their eclectic family and friends give toasts recalling anecdotes about the couple — but flashbacks reveal the toasts don’t always get it right, as the comedy explores the real story of their complicated, funny and relatable road to marriage.
Cast: Jerrika Hinton (1st position to Grey’s Anatomy), Jono Kenyon, Tessa Ferrer (Grey’s Anatomy), Punam Patel, Brooks Wheelan, Thelma Hopkins, Frankie Faison
Team: W/EP Scott Foley, Greg Grunberg; EP Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers; EP/D Gail Mancuso; EP/shworunner Gregg Mettler (The Muppets)
Studio: ABC Studios, Shondaland
Format: Hybrid
Location: Los Angeles

Emma Claire: Ew love and stuff…not for me. Sounds sappy.
Erica: (laughs) Yeah, it doesn’t really sound like my thing, either. Ok, this one wouldn’t really catch my eye at all except that I love Jenna Elfman, soooo…
Untitled Goldberg/Guaracio* (aka Imaginary Mary)
Logline: Centers on a 30-something bachelorette (Jenna Elfman) whose life is turned upside down when she finally meets the love of her life — a divorced father with three kids. This triggers even more upheaval when the slightly unhinged imaginary friend she created as an only child suddenly reappears in her life to help her navigate the transition from single girl to a woman ready for a family. With Rachel Dratch as the voice of the imaginary friend.
Cast: Jenna Elfman, Rachel Dratch (voiceover), Stephen Schneider, Nicholas Coombe, Matreya Scarrwener, Erica Tremblay, Stephen Schneider, Jillian Bell
Team: Adam F. Goldberg, David Guaracio (The Goldbergs); EP Patrick Osbourne, Doug Robinson; D Shawn Levy
Studio: Sony Pictures Television, Happy Madison, ABC Studios
Format: Single-camera with CGI
Location: Vancouver

Emma Claire: Yup, sounds weird to me.
Erica:  And that endeth the comedies from ABC.  I’m kinda saddened at the lack of things to be excited about, to be honest.
Emma Claire: Yeah, none of them really interest me THAT much. Though to be fair, I only watch 3ish shows that can be considered comedies….maybe 4. But that’s not many considering how many shows I watch (laughs).
Erica:  (laughs) I actually watch quite a few dramedies, sooo…Anyway, should we see if any of the dramas they have to offer sound any better?
Emma Claire: Yep, sounds great.
Erica:  Ok, when you give me Kiefer Sutherland in a political role where the show was ordered straight to series, you’ve definitely got my interest piqued:
Designated Survivor* (straight to series) — ORDERED TO SERIES
Logline: Centers on a lower-level U.S. cabinet member (Kiefer Sutherland) who is suddenly appointed president after a catastrophic attack during the State of the Union kills everyone above him in the presidential line of succession. The series is described as a family drama wrapped around a conspiracy thriller about an ordinary man in an extraordinary situation.
Cast: Kiefer Sutherland, Natasha McElhone, Maggie Q, Kal Penn, Italia Ricci, Adan Canto, LaMonica Garrett
Team: W/EP David Guggenheim (Safe House); EP Simon Kinberg, Kiefer Sutherland, Suzan Bymel; EP/showrunner Amy B. Harris; EP/D Paul McGuigan
Studio: ABC Studios, Mark Gordon Co. Studios, eOne
Location: Toronto

Emma Claire:  Yeessss! I love political dramas! Sign me up.
Erica:  I know, right?! By the way, can we get Keifer Sutherland as president instead of Trump? Like, for real?
Emma Claire: I wont lie. I don’t know who he [Keifer Sutherland] is….but anyone that isn’t Trump is fine with me.
Beck:  Can you have ANYONE but Trump? Political is not really my thing, though…I’ll leave this one to you two.
Erica:  (laughs)  Well, I’ll be honest. This next one wasn’t really thrilling me until I saw who was in it. It’s looking at how individual jurors’ experiences impact their decisions on a jury.
The Jury*
Logline: The anthology series is described as 12 Angry Men meets podcast Serial, The Jury follows a single murder trial as seen through the eyes of the individual jurors, exploring the biases and experiences that influence the jurors’ judgment, and how their preconceptions change along the way.
Cast: Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife), Jeremy Sisto, Eve Harlow, Adina Porter, Hina Bbdullah, JD Pardo, Brandon Jay McLaren, Ben Esler, Brian Howe, Jayne Taini, Kevin Rankin, Sepideh Moafi, Nikki DeLoach
Team: W/EP VJ Boyd; W/co-EP Mark Bianculli; EP Carol Mendelsohn, Julie Weitz; D Neil Burger
Studio: Sony Pictures Television, Carol Mendelsohn Productions, ABC Studios
Location: Atlanta

Beck:  Maybe. It has potential…..and Adina [Porter] is amazing.
Erica:  Adina [Porter] and Eve [Harlow] both. Beck, Eve played Maya from Mt Weather on The 100. And she kicked ass on Heroes Reborn.
Emma Claire: Oooh, I like the sound of that, too. And yay Adina and Eve!
Erica:  They are both so freaking down to earth, dedicated, and just REAL.  Eve is like the epitome of positivity and Adina is like everyone’s hot mom.
Beck:  (sighs) I’m the only non 100 person in the room (laughs).
Erica:  I know, I know.  I’m sorry!!!
Beck: I’m used to it.
Erica:  This next one I’m super unsure about. But it’s more interesting than a bunch of others soooo…
Presence (unlic)*
Logline: Centers on a former Army veteran Presence Foster (Stephanie Sigman) who finds herself interacting with a widely divergent and highly colorful cross-section of Los Angeles as she unintentionally begins a career as an unlicensed private investigator.
Cast: Stephanie Sigman, Rick Gonzalez, Marcus Anderson, Colin Woodell, Felicity Huffman (guest in the pilot)
Team: W/EP John Ridley; EP Michael McDonald
Studio: ABC Studios, International Famous Players Radio Picture Corp., Stearns Castle
Location: Los Angeles

Beck:  I’d like to know more about what spin they are putting on it. Like Veronica Mars was a teenage PI, Angel was basically a supernatural PI….what makes this different?
Erica:  Other than her being a former military person who’s a PI? Next up is one that could be really interesting or a total train wreck…
Spark*
Logline: Set in an alternate history where gas and coal fuel the world, this genre soap centers on the battle for power between two rival families and a rebellious young woman with a spark of invention that could level both their empires.
Cast: Antonia Thomas, Rege-Jean Page, Tracy Ifeachor, Lena Olin, Tom Brittney, Alex Lanipekun, Austin Hebert, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Rachel Hurd-Wood
Team: W/EP Michael Cooney (Center Stage); EP Ian Sander, Kim Moses
Studio: ABC Studios
Location: Prague

Emma Claire: Presence doesn’t sound like something I would watch…not really doing much for me at the moment!  And Spark sounds like a disaster…
Erica:  (laughs) It sounds like something The CW would try to pull off, doesn’t it?  Anyway, this one doesn’t sound much better BUT it’s based on a book so who knows…
Still Star-Crossed*
Logline: A period drama that picks up where Romeo & Juliet left off, charting the treachery, palace intrigue and ill-fated romances of the Montagues and Capulets in the wake of the young lovers’ tragic fate. Based on the book by Melinda Taub.
Cast: Clara Rugaard (as Juliet), Anthony Head, Lashana Lynch, Zuleikha Robinson, Medalion Rahimi, Ebonee Noel, Torrance Coombs (1st position to Reign), Wade Briggs, Medalion Rahimi, Ebonee Noel, Sterling Sulieman, Dan Hildebrand, Susan Woolridge, Grant Bowler
Team: W/EP Heather Mitchell (Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal); EP Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers, Michael Goldstein; EP/D Michael Offer
Studio: ABC Studios, Shondaland
Location: Spain

Erica:  It’s got the guy who plays Bash on Reign. That, to me, could be a positive…Thoughts? Anyone?
Emma Claire:  I don’t know how shows based off books would work out…will they diverge from the book like The 100 (thank goodness they did) and base it loosely? I wonder.  [9:22]
Also, Shadowhunters, to me, didn’t really turn out well…so I’m skeptical.
Erica:  It depends on the series…some stick to canon and some don’t. iZombie didn’t stick to canon, either, and it’s turned out fairly well. This next one is based on a book, too…
Time After Time*
Logline: Based on the novel Time After Time, written by Karl Alexander, the drama uses the 1979 novel and movie as a starting point and chronicles the epic adventures of young H.G. Wells (Freddie Stroma, UnREAL) and his time machine.
Cast: Freddie Stroma (UnREAL), Josh Bowman (Revenge), Genesis Rodriguez, Regina Taylor, Vanessa Anders, Jordin Sparks
Team: W/EP Kevin Williamson; EP/D Marcos Siega
Studio: Warner Bros. Television, Outerbanks
Location: New York

Erica:  Positives: Time travel & Kevin Williamson. Negatives: Pretty much everything else is unknown.
Emma Claire: Positives: Freddie Stroma. (heart eyes)
Erica:  (laughs) I don’t know him or his work.
Emma Claire:  Doesn’t really tell us much, does it?
Erica:  Nope.
Emma Claire:  He was Cormac McLaggen in Harry Potter 6 and Luke in the first Pitch Perfect.
Erica:  Luke…I don’t remember who Luke was…and I don’t know that I’ve seen Harry Potter 6…Hmmm…That’s it for ABC.  
CBS
Erica: For CBS comedies, right off the bat we have one that I wouldn’t normally take note of except that it’s got the combination of Geoff Stults, David Spade, and Tina Fey.
The Kicker*
Logline: An oddball athlete (Enlisted’s Geoff Stults) drives family, friends and strangers insane after he unexpectedly finds himself cut from his professional football team.
Cast: Geoff Stults (Enlisted), David Spade, Joanna Garcia Swisher, J.B. Smoove
Team: W/EP Jack Burditt; EP Tina Fey, Robert Carlock (30 Rock, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt); EP David Miner; EP/D Don Scardino
Studio: Universal Television, Little Stranger, 3 Arts
Format: Multicamera
Location:

Beck:  Not my thing, to be honest…..
Emma Claire:  Me neither, though I do love Tina Fey…
Beck:  Ok, confession. I don’t think I’ve ever seen her [Tina Fey] in anything.
Julie:  (entering) Dream Team sounds good. Hail Mary is not my style. Speechless could do more damage than good. Toast is 100% my style. Imaginary Mary sounds like an ABC family movie that had Nick Zano in it. Can’t remember what it was called. Designated Survivor and The Jury don’t interest me at all. Presence sounds like any other detective show, to be honest. Spark also sounds like a lot of other shows that are already on the air. Still Star Crossed wasn’t really a good book. Didn’t even finish it. Time After Time could be good. I like time travel. The Kicker sounds cute.
Erica:  (laughs) Hey, Julie.  Nice abbreviated catch-up. Beck, oh my god! You’ve never seen Tina Fey in anything?!  The best thing EVER was her SNL (Saturday Night Live) performance as Sarah Palin.
Beck:  Ummmm…we don’t get SNL here (Australia)…or it’s not big at all here…..
Erica: Oh my god…ok, hold on…
Beck:  Apparently it’s on Foxtel…but yeah. …it’s behind…and I don’t know anyone that watches it. 
Julie:  I think Tina Fey is a little bit overrated. I think she’s a better writer when she is not writing for herself or her friends, if that makes sense.
Beck:  I’ll have to watch when I’m not at my desk at work.
Erica:  All I know is that she was the PERFECT Sarah Palin. Sidenote…how could we ever have thought that Sarah Palin was the worst that the US had to offer in politics?  I mean, Trump.
Julie:  Tina rocks Sarah Palin.
Erica:  Ok, this one looks hilarious:
What Goes Around Comes Around*
Logline: Two 40-something parents (Jason Lee) who were wild and reckless teenagers now face their worst nightmare — raising three teenagers of their own.
Cast: Jason Lee, Alyssa Milano (My Name Is Earl), Dougie Baldwin, Jee Young Han, Matt Murray
Team: W/EP Dan Kopelman (Malcolm in the Middle); EP Aaron Kaplan; D/EP Tim Story
Studio: Warner Bros Television, Kapital Entertainment
Format: Single-camera
Location:

Julie:  YES!!!!!!!!  This could be a new Malcolm in the Middle, and I really need a show like that back in my life.  ALYSSA MILANO!  And just saw that Dan Kopelman is part of it, so YES!!!!!!!
Erica:  I know. I saw Alyssa Milano and knew I was in.  Emma Claire? Beck?
Emma Claire:  Oooh yeah looks so good! Alyssa Milano! Sorry, got distracted watching that Tina [Fey] and Amy [Poehler] vid. I love Amy a lot. Her book is great.
Erica:  (laughs)  Amy is ok. But Alyssa Milano is freaking HOT.  Always has been and always will be.
Julie:  I have loved her [Alyssa Milano] since Who’s the Boss, and I will continue loving her.

Beck:  Watched the video [Tina Fey and Amy Poehler]…and um…very American…..Yes to What Goes Around Comes Around…

Erica:  Ok, this next one I wouldn’t even bring up but I’m looking at the cast and all I want in the world is for Katherine Heigl to fall for Laverne Cox. (laughs)
Doubt* (redeveloped from last season)
Logline: Centers on Sadie (Katherine Heigl), a smart, chic, successful defense lawyer at a boutique firm who shockingly gets romantically involved with one of her clients, who may or may not be guilty of a brutal crime.
Cast: Katherine Heigl, Steven Pasquale, Dule Hill, Laverne Cox, Kobi Libbi, Elliott Gould, Dreama Walker
Team: W/EP Tony Phelan, Joan Rater (Grey’s Anatomy); EP Carl Beverly, Sarah Timberman; EP/D Adam Bernstein
Studio: CBS Television Studios, Timberman/Beverly Productons
Location: New York

Emma Claire:  Mmmm…don’t know about Doubt.

Beck:  Not sure about Doubt either…

Julie:  DULE HILL [Gus from Psych] IS IN IT! I need him back on my TV screen. And I love Heigl so much, and I agree with her falling for Laverne Cox.  Did you sees Heigl’s movie where she marries Alexis Bledel [from Gilmore Girls]? Oh, and Everything You Want is the Nick Zano movie that is very similar to Imaginary Mary.
Beck:  I haven’t heard of that…is it good? Sidenote, I’m listening to Gilmore Guys…
Julie:  Which one? Heigl’s movie or Everything You Want?  Both are good. Everything You Want is very romcom, and Heigl’s hits on some really good themes in the LGBT+ community.
Beck:  Everything You Want.  I’m going to check it out! 
Julie:  It was an ABC Family Original movie, and also has Shiri Appleby in it.  I loved it! Then again, I am all about the romcoms.
Beck: Awesome. Thanks!!!
Julie: I think Youtube might be the only place to watch it now. Here’s a link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsZcH14Asl8
Erica:  Ok, all I want to know with this next one is WHY did they do THIS instead of rebooting Veronica Mars? WHY?
Drew*
Logline: A contemporary take on the character from the iconic Nancy Drew book series. Now in her 30s, Nancy (Person of Interest’s Sarah Shahi) is a detective for the NYPD where she investigates and solves crimes using her uncanny observational skills, all while navigating the complexities of life in a modern world.
Cast: Sarah Shahi (1st position to CBS’ Person of Interest), Anthony Edwards, Vanessa Ferlito (Graceland), Steve Kazee (Shameless), Felix Solis, Rob McClure, Debra Monk
Team: W/EP Joan Rater, Tony Phelan (Grey’s Anatomy); EP Dan Jinks; EP/D James Strong
Studio: CBS Television Studios
Location: New York

Julie:  WHY NOT GIVE US MORE VERONICA AND LOGAN???????
Erica: That’s what I’m saying.
Beck:  Oh my god!!! Give us VERONICA!!!!!!!! Are they insane?
Erica:  They are. They absolutely are.  And this next one, again, just need to know WHY?  WHY do we need a MacGyver reboot? WHY?
MacGyver*
Logline: A reimagining of the television series of the same name, following a 20-something MacGyver (X-Men: Apocalypse’s Lucas Till) as he gets recruited into a clandestine organization where he uses his knack for solving problems in unconventional ways to help prevent disasters from happening.
Cast: Lucas Till, Addison Timlin (Californication), George Eads (CSI), Michelle Krusiec, Joshua Boone
Team: W/EP Paul Downs Colaizzo; EP Michael Clear, Lee Zlotoff, Henry Winkler; EP/D James Wan; D David Von Ancken
Studio: CBS Television Studios, Atomic Monster
Location: Portland

Julie:  Lucas Till is not a badass, sorry.  He was on Hannah Montana and is the You Belong With Me music video love interest.  MacGyver he is not.  He could barely catch a football during the music video. They shot it like 30 times, and he caught the ball once.
Emma Claire:  Ehhhh, not interested in either of those.
Julie:  Why reboot MacGyver and not Veronica Mars? I hate Hollywood.
Beck:  (rolls eyes) 
Erica:  I don’t get it, either. Ok, that’s it that looked interesting from CBS. Which is sad, because that’s seriously slim pickings.  On to FOX…oh wait, sorry Beck, she just reminded me that there’s one more from CBS: 
Furst Born* (formerly untitled Butler/Hope/O’Shannon)
Logline: An extended family show inspired by the Australian format Upper Middle Bogan about a wife and mother (Unforgettable’s Poppy Montgomery) who learns she was adopted and that her birth parents are a flamboyant but loving family of drag-racers.
Cast: Poppy Montgomery, Patrick Brammall (reprising role from the original), Katey Sagal, Swoosie Kurtz, John Carroll Lynch, Brooke Elliott, Kelli Goss, Talitha Bateman
Team: W/EP Dan O’Shannon, Robyn Butler, Wayne Hope; EP/D Todd Holland
Studio: CBS Television Studios, ABC Studios, Dark Toy Entertainment
Format: Single-camera Hybrid
Location:

Julie: The summary confused the hell out of me.  It sounds like a hot mess.
Erica:  I can’t even count how many times Beck has had to remind me what it means to be a Bogan. (laughs) 
Beck:  Ok…no…..just no. Americans cannot do Aussie humour. The US version of Kath and Kim was a travesty. Kath and Kim was amazing. They ruined it. So no….do NOT ruin Upper Middle Bogan.  Just don’t. Sorry, I get ranty about this….
Emma Claire: Oh my god, noooooo!!! Stop ruining Aussie comedies!  Upper Middle Bogan isn’t even that good to begin with but an American version is bound to be worse.
Erica:  (laughs) So say the Aussies in the room.
FOX
The Enforcers*
Logline: A female buddy comedy about two wildly different single mothers with dreams of being police officers who find themselves partnered as inspectors in the Code Enforcement Department. Instead of fighting crime, they have been relegated to handling petty code breaking, like noise complaints, tree trimming and water misuse.
Cast: Christine Woods, Niecy Nash, Ian Gomez, Ryan Hansen, Matt Oberg
Team: W/EP Sherry Bilsing-Graham, Ellen Kreamer (Friends); EP/D Gail Mancuso
Studio: Warner Bros. Television
Format: Single-camera
Location:

Emma Claire:  Too many cop shows exist.
Erica:  I was iffy on my interest here, but then I saw Ryan Hansen [from Veronica Mars].
Julie:  Ryan Hansen, I am so there.  And yes, way too many cop shows.
Erica:  My only thought, though, with Ryan is, “Crap. He’s in it so it’s doomed.”
Julie:  Ugh, why can’t all these shows just go straight to Netflix and make my life easier?  22]
So true, though. His show, Friends with Benefits, was amazing and was gone too soon.
Erica:  Wasn’t he in like 3 shows this season and not a single one of them lasted?
Julie:  I have no clue. I’m always a year behind.
Erica:  With this next one, I have to ask…what’s up with all the time travel?  Is it a fad that I wasn’t aware of or something?
Making History* (formerly In Time) — ORDERED TO SERIES
Logline: Centers on three unlikely friends find an even less likely way to travel through time, irreversibly complicating their personal lives in 2016, as the great moments of the past collide with today’s popular culture — with hilarious and quite disastrous results.
Cast: Adam Pally, Leighton Meester, Yassir Lester (writer on Carmichael Show, Girls)
Team: W/EP Julius “Goldie” Sharpe (The Grinder); EP Phil Lord, Chris Miller, Seth Cohen (Last Man on Earth)
Studio: 20th Century Fox Television
Format: Single-camera
Location: Atlanta

 
Julie:  Personally, I love time travel, and so does my mom.  I am glad to have more sci-fi/fantasy shows in the mainstream that are not paranormal in nature.
Erica:  See, the only thing in that description that makes me curious at all is Leighton Meester.
Julie:  There was an indie movie that kind of hit on this, and it was dark.
Erica:  Now THIS one sounds funny:
The Mick* — ORDERED TO SERIES
Logline: The comedy revolves around a hard-living, foul-mouthed woman who moves to affluent Greenwich, Conn., to raise the spoiled kids of her wealthy sister who has fled the country to avoid a federal indictment. She quickly learns what everyone else already knows: other people’s children are awful.
Cast: Kaitlin Olson (It’s Always Sunny), Sofia Black D’Elia, Thomas Barbusca, Carla Jimenez, Jack Stanton, Susan Park, Nat Faxon (guest star)
Team: W/EP John Chernin, Dave Chernin (It’s Always Sunny); EP Nick Frenkel, Oly Obst; D/EP Randall Einhorn
Studio: 20th Century Fox Television, 3 Arts
Format: Single-camera
Location:

Julie:  This sounds like something that already aired?  Or a mixture of them?  Like, Ringer meets Privileged?
Erica:  Maybe. I don’t know.
Julie:  It just sounds really familiar
Erica:  This one I have to comment on just because it sounds so freaking stupid that I can’t believe they’ve already ordered it to series:
Son of Zorn* (animated/live-action pilot presentation) — ORDERED TO SERIES
Logline: Centers on an animated Barbarian father who comes home for the first time in 10 years to his live-action son and ex-wife. He finds that reconnecting with his family, struggling through his mundane office job and dealing with the banality of suburban life is much harder than waging actual war in his distant, animated world.
Cast: Jason Sudeikis, Cheryl Hines, Tim Meadows, Artemis Pebdani, Johnny Pemberton
Team: W/EP Phil Lord, Chris Miller; EP Reed Agnew, Eli Jorne, Seth Cohen; co-EP/D Eric Appel
Format: Single-camera/animated
Studio: 20th Century Fox Television

Julie:  What the hell did I just read?  Cheryl Hines is in this? How?
Erica:  (laughs)   I just…I can’t even.  My only comment is What The F*ck?!  Ugh, then it looks like FOX has absolutely NO imagination when it comes to original dramas.  On their list are The Exorcist, Lethal Weapon, Prison Break…like, again, What the hell?
Julie:  I am really excited for Prison Break, but that was my show in high school.  I do agree that they aren’t really doing anything new or exciting.  You know what would be a better remake or continuation than Prison Break?  Veronica Mars.
Beck:  I wholeheartedly agree.
Erica:  Ditto.
Recon*
Logline: A rookie FBI agent (Revolution’s Tracy Spiridakos) embeds herself in a suspected terrorist family.
Cast: Tracy Spiridakos, Nick Wechsler, Sarita Choudhury, Karan Oberoi, Alexander Siddig, Amanda Warren, Yasmin Kaur Barn, Leonidas Castrounis
Team: W/EP Caroline Dries; EP Kevin Williamson, Julie Plec; D Adam Davidson
Studio: Warner Bros. Television, Outerbanks Entertainment
Location: Toronto

Erica:  The ONLY reason I’m bringing this one up is…LOOK, it’s Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec working together again and ulie Plec has actually proven she can do something other than Vampires with Containment, soooo…I don’t know. This COULD be good?  But also…they’re on FOX!!!  Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson are on a network other than CW!
Julie:  I just think, ugh, another cop show.
Shots Fired* (straight to series)
Logline: Explores the aftermath of racially charged shootings in a small town in Tennessee. Sanaa Lathan stars an expert investigator who digs into the cases, alongside a special prosecutor (Stephan James) sent to the town by the Department of Justice. The pair must navigate the media attention, public debate and social unrest that comes with such volatile cases as they seek justice before the divided town erupts.
Cast: Sanaa Lathan, Helen Hunt, Richard Dreyfuss, Stephen Moyer, Stephan James, Tristan Wilds, Aisha Hinds, DeWanda Wise, Will Patton, Clare-Hope Ashitey, Jill Hennessy, Conor Leslie, Beau Knapp
Team: W/EP Gina Prince-Bythewood, Reggie Rock Bythewood; EP Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo; D Prince Bythewood
Studio: 20th Century Fox Television, Imagine TV, Undisputed Cinema
Location: Charlotte, N.C.

Erica:  This one is such a hot button topic. And it’s got big names to go with it. And it’s set in the city I used to live in.  I think I’m scared.  Not set in, filming in.
Emma Claire:  That sounds like it could be good.
Erica:   As long as it doesn’t become a social justice nightmare.
Emma Claire:  Yeah, of course. They have to do it right.
Julie: It could be really good, or really bad.  I hope it sheds light on what is going on and makes people think.
Erica:  I hope so, too. I’m surprised it’s filming in Charlotte.
Emma Claire:  NC is North Carolina right?
Erica:  Yep.  A bit ironic that they’re taking on a show based on racial profiling when the state is doing a damn good job of profiling based on sexuality right now.  
NBC
Erica:  Ok, WAIT. Kristen Bell is doing a new network series and it’s NOT a Veronica Mars reboot?! When someone is doing a Nancy Drew update???  Who the hell is in charge of this? I WANT ANSWERS!!!
The Good Place* (13-episode straight-to-series order)
Logline: Centers on a woman (Kristen Bell) wrestling with what it means to be good.
Cast: Kristen Bell, Ted Danson, William Jackson Harper, Jameela Jamil, Manny Jacinto
Team: W/EP Mike Schur; EP David Miner; D Drew Goddard
Studio: Universal Television, Fremulon, 3 Arts
Format: Single-camera
Location:

Beck:  What the heck are they thinking???? Like really!
Julie:  I WANT ANSWERS, TOO.  This is not cool.
Erica:  Especially when we KNOW that Rob Thomas [creator and executive producer of Veronica Mars] made some huge deal with The CW to develop like 5 new shows in the next however many years. Why could a Veronica Mars reboot not be one of them???
Emma Claire: I still haven’t watched Veronica Mars. Can’t join in on the anger.
Erica:  Emma…oh man…you need to find it and watch. NOW.  Especially season one.
Julie:  Season One of Veronica Mars is one of the best seasons to ever be on TV.
Erica:  Absolutely.
Beck:  Yes. Watch….and then we want to hear your reactions and thoughts…..
Emma Claire:  Eeep!  Okay, I’ll give it a shot after I get through Suits!
Julie:  Rob Thomas needs to release something Veronica Mars related soon.
Erica:  I think he’s a bit caught up in iZombie at the moment, but I agree.
Powerless*
Logline: Set in the DC Comics universe full of superheroes, villains and people just like us, Powerless is described as an office comedy about the exceedingly average employees at an insurance company and their quest to find their own power. Based on characters from DC Comics.
Cast: Vanessa Hudgens, Alan Tudyk, Danny Pudi, Christina Kirk
Team: W/EP Ben Queen (A to Z) D/EP Michael Patrick Jann
Studio: Warner Bros. Television, DC Entertainment
Format: Single-camera
Location: Vancouver

Erica:  I like the concept for this one.
Julie:  Ugh, I am so over superheroes and comic books.
Erica:  But that’s kinda why I like the concept. Because it’s about those without powers in a world of super heroes.
Julie:  There is actually a book called The Rest of Us Just Live Here that is pretty much exactly like this, except it focuses on regular people in books like Twilight that just want to go to school and not die.  It sucked.  Not having much hope for this one.  I do love Vanessa Hudgens, though.
Grand Junction* (formerly Untitled Matt Hubbard)
Logline: Loosely based on Hubbard’s life, the comedy centers on a guy (Chris Smith) who learns to manage the expectations and strong cultural traditions of his in-laws after he moves his family to his wife’s (Elizabeth Ho) hometown.
Cast: Jack McBrayer, Chris Smith, Elizabeth Ho, Francois Chau, Susan Chuang, Concetta Tomei
Team: W/EP Matt Hubbard (30 Rock); EP/showrunner Mike Schur (Parks and Recreation); EP David Miner; D Claire Scanlon
Studio: Universal Television, 3 Arts
Format: Single-camera
Location:

Erica:  Hmmm…this one could be interesting.
Julie:  Could be.
Erica:  Ok, whoa wait. They are making a TV version sequel to Cruel Intentions that actually stars Sarah Michelle Gellar???
Julie:  How did I not know this?
Cruel Intentions*
Logline: Cruel Intentions picks up more than 15 years after the 1999 movie left off. The drama follows the beautiful and cunning Kathryn Merteuil (Sarah Michelle Gellar, reprising her role from the film) as she vies for control of Valmont International as well as the soul of Bash Casey (Taylor John Smith, American Crime), the son of her brother, who was the late Sebastian Valmont and Annette Hargrove (Kate Levering). Upon discovering his late father’s legacy in a hidden journal, Bash is introduced to a world of sex, money, power and corruption he never could have imagined.
Cast: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Kate Levering, Taylor John Smith (American Crime), Peter Gallagher, Samantha Logan, Sophina Brown, Nathalie Kelley, Coby Bell, Bryce Cass
Team: W/EP Roger Kumble, Jordan Ross & Lindsey Rosin; D Roger Kumble; EP Neil Moritz, Pavun Shetty; EP/showrunner Becky Hartman Edwards (Switched at Birth)
Studio: Sony Pictures Television, Original Film
Location: Los Angeles

Julie:  Didn’t Sebastian die in the movie?
Erica:  Yes.
Julie:  So they are playing the ‘she got pregnant before he was tragically killed’ route on this one?
Erica:  It looks like it?
Julie:   But they recast Annette’s role. Very disappointed.
Erica:  I know. That one makes me sad.
Julie:  Kate Levering usually plays bitchy roles… don’t know how I feel about her playing Annette.
Erica:  Not sure. I just know that I love Reese Witherspoon.
Julie:  Me too.
Erica:  And she was fantastic in that role.
Julie:  So very true.
Beck:  How are you just hearing about this?
Erica:  Wait, you knew???
Julie: I knew there was a remake, but didn’t know Sarah was in it.
Beck:  Yes, I’ve known for awhile. And about Sarah Michelle Gellar. I’m really unsure about the show, but I loved loved loved the movie so I’ll give it a go.
Erica:  Hey, with Sarah Michelle Gellar in it, I’ll try it out for sure.
Beck:  It was all over her Instagram…
Erica:  I don’t do Instagram.
Julie: Me neither.
Time*
Logline: The high-octane drama follows an unlikely trio who travel through time to battle a master criminal intent on altering the fabric of human history with potentially catastrophic results.
Cast: Matt Lanter (90210), Abigail Spencer (Rectify), Goran Visnjic, Claudia Doumit, Patterson Joseph, Malcolm Barrett, Sakina Jaffrey
Team: W/EP Shawn Ryan, Eric Kripke; EP John Davis, John Fox, Marney Hochman; D Neil Marshall
Studio: Sony Pictures Television, Davis Entertainment
Location: Vancouver

Erica:  Ok, isn’t this exactly the same as DC’s Legends of Tomorrow basically?
Julie:  Isn’t there already a time travel show in the lineup?
Erica:  Several!  his is what I was saying!  This makes like #3 and that’s not even counting the one that’s already on the air. 
The CW
Erica:  Can I just say that I may be completely biased but The CW’s pilots are far fewer than the other networks but also look far more interesting as well?
Julie:  Maybe they are learning the art of British TV:  less shows, more quality.
Erica:  Maybe…And none of these really have a teen tone to them. Well, maybe one.
Frequency*
Logline: In this reimagining of the New Line Cinema film, a female police detective (The Flash’s Peyton List) in 2016 discovers she is able to speak via a ham radio with her estranged father (also a detective) who died in 1996. They forge a new relationship while working together on an unresolved murder case, but unintended consequences of the “butterfly effect” wreak havoc in the present day.
Cast: Peyton List (The Flash), Riley Smith (Nashville), Mekhi Phifer, Lenny Jacobson, Anthony Ruivivar, Devin Kelley, Daniel Bonjour
Team: W/EP Jeremy Carver (Supernatural); EP Toby Emmerich; John Rickard, Dan Lin, Jennifer Gwartz; D Brad Anderson
Studio: Warner Bros. Television, Lin Pictures
Location: Vancouver

Erica:  I like this as the premise for a TV series.
Julie:  I don’t know how I feel about this one.  Didn’t like the movie too much.
Erica:  No, but I could see The CW taking it and running with it. Remaking it in a much better way.
No Tomorrow*
Logline: When a risk-averse, straight arrow, female procurement manager (Tori Anderson) at an Amazon-like distribution center falls in love with a freewheeling man who lives life to the fullest because he believes the apocalypse is imminent, to comedic and poignant results they embark on a quest together to fulfill their individual bucket lists. Based on the Brazilian format.
Cast: Joshua Sasse (1st position to ABC’s Galavant), Tori Anderson (Open Heart), Amy Pietz, Sarayu Blue, Jesse Rath, JOnathan Langdon
Team: W/EP Corinne Brinkerhoff (American Gothic, Jane the Virgin), Scott McCabe, Tory Stanton; EP Ben Silverman; EP/D Brad Silberling
Studio: CBS Television Studios, Electus
Location: Los Angeles

Erica:  Now this one I’m really not sure of.
Julie:  A lot of these I feel like I have seen before.  This one is one of those.  Nothing has really stood out as new in all of these.
Riverdale*
Logline: Set in present day and based on the iconic Archie Comics characters, Riverdale is a surprising and subversive take on Archie (KJ Apa), Betty (Lili Reinhart, Surviving Jack), Veronica (Camila Mendes), Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody), Josie (Ashleigh Murray) and their friends, exploring the surrealism of small town life — the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome façade. Based on the characters from Archie Comics.
Cast: KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Ashleigh Murray, Cole Sprouse, Luke Perry, Madelaine Petsch, Camila Mendes, Madchen Amick, Marisol Nichols, Casey Cott
Team: W/EP Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Supergirl, Glee); EP Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Jon Goldwater; D Lee Toland Krieger
Studio: Warner Bros. Television, Berlanti Productions
Location: Vancouver

Erica:  What about this one? (laughs) 
Beck:  If you’re going to give me a Veronica, just give me Veronica Mars. I accept no Veronica substitutes.
Erica:  (laughs)  See, I’m looking at this and see Greg Berlanti’s name on it and think, “Everything that man touches is gold so it can’t possibly be as bad as I’m imagining.”
Julie:  Is everything getting dumbed down in preparation for Trump?
Erica: (laughs) Mayyyybe.  Ok, seriously, this next one is basically The 100 on Mars. Like What The F*ck?! Just give me The 100. I don’t need a Mars substitute.
Untitled Mars drama*
Logline: A team of explorers arrive on Mars to join the first human colony on the planet, only to discover that their predecessors have vanished. Led by a woman whose husband is among the missing, the colonists are forced to change their mission from exploration and settlement to investigation and survival, while navigating the hostile planet and their own personal demons.
Cast: Georgina Haig, Neal Bledsoe, Mouzam Makkar, Carl Beukes, Tongayi Chirisa, Peter Mark Kendall, America Olivo, Mark Leslie Ford, Charlayne Woodward
Team: W/EP Doris Egan (Reign); EP Frank Marshall, Robert Zotnowski; EP/D Bharat Nalluri
Studio: CBS Television Studios, Kennedy-Marshall Co.
Location: Albuquerque, N.M.

Julie:  If they have a character named Veronica, I’m going to cry.
Erica:  (laughs)
Julie:  So many people didn’t watch the show [Veronica Mars] because they thought she [Veronica] lived on Mars or was from Mars.  Don’t see how people will watch this one.
Erica:  And the last one:
Untitled Transylvania project*
Logline: In 1880, a headstrong young woman (Laura Brent) in search of her missing father ventures from NYC to Transylvania where she teams with a wrongfully disgraced Scotland Yard detective (Luke Allen-Gale). Together they witness the births of the most famous monsters and villains in history.
Cast: Laura Brent, Luke Allen-Gale (Dominion), Evan Stern, Jake Fairbrother, Tom Reed, Sofia Pernas Amrita Acharia
Team: W/EP Hugh Sterbakov; EP Jeff Pinkner, Andre Nemec, Josh Applebaum, Scott Rosenberg; EP/D Jason Ensler
Studio: CBS Television Studios, Midnight Radio
Location: Toronto

Julie:  Could be good, but could be really really bad.
Erica:  Yep. Exact same thought.
So, fans, what do you think?  Any differing opinions on the possible pickings for fall lineups?  Let us know in the comments below!

Tirade Tuesday: Celebrating The 100

My dash and my blog have been filled with this terrible vile ship war that’s been going on, and I’m tired of seeing people focus on the negatives on a show that has so many amazing points. I’m going to acknowledge up front that the show does have aspects that it needs to improve on and other people have explained that a lot better than I can especially considering I’m white and I can’t speak for the POC community. I would also like to point out that this show is created, acted and written by humans and people are naturally flawed and make mistakes, and we need to be given a chance to learn and fix those mistakes.

Now onto the greatness of this show…

 

Behind the scenes/the people that make the show:

  • The cast: The 100 cast clearly gets along, as shown by their interactions at the panels and interviews and photos. The actors also clearly understand their characters and there have been so many times when Bob in particular talks about Bellamy that my theories and headcanons are validated, and it’s amazing to see. The research that Lindsay has done on addressing Raven’s disability is incredible. The way they support causes – the support of the 100 charity project, Bob’s shirt for mental illness, Devon’s support of children and support of the trevor project, it’s inspiring to see people you respect and look up making a difference in the world.

 

  • The Music: The CW always has great music for all of their shows but the 100 knocks it out of the park. From the brilliance of the ending song of s2 finale “Knocking on Heaven’s Door” to “Remains” at the end of 3×08, the music elevates the show and the tone perfectly. Tree Adams has also written amazing pieces for the show including the “Grounder Anthem”  song which was hauntingly beautiful and reminded me so much of ancient Rome, where power was everything and death could come at any time. The fact that in episode 3×14 they ended the show with an acoustic cover of “Radioactive”, driving home for the viewer the horrors we have seen them all go through and just how many of them have died, truly allowing us to appreciate that the Delinquents arrival on the ground heralded a New Age that has only just begun. For many shows, the songs they play hold meaning but often weeks, months later, that meaning has been lost after you’ve listened to it a hundred times, but for the 100, I cannot listen to any of the songs played without thinking of the show.

 

  • The Writing Team: Yes they’ve done some crappy stuff and Yes, some of them need to stop interfering with the fandom and go on Twitter less, but they love the show. I love that JR livetweets with us, because he also gives us questions and new tidbits of information about filming. The writers are also listening to us: we asked for more Monty and Miller and Harper and they’ve given that to us, we said that one LGBT character wasn’t enough and they gave us Miller and Bryan and Niylah and Clarke and Lexa, we complained about the actor who played Wick and he wasn’t there in season 3. They could just ignore our requests and say “oh fans don’t know the show the way the writers do” but they are listening to us and that’s important to remember. The writers are trying to increase the diversity and that makes it easier to criticize because it exists in show. The writers have also made so many literary allusions with last season being a combination of the Iliad and Dante’s Inferno while this season alludes to the Matrix, the Biblical Exodus Story and the Odyssey.

The show itself:

  • The unpredictability of the show, it constantly keeps the viewers guessing. It goes to places that I don’t expect it to go and just when you think it’s going to get lighter, it shifts and reveals something truly dark. That’s why the MW storyline was so good was because just when you thought it couldn’t get any darker it did. Many of us thought that they’d save Finn, that Tondc wouldn’t be destroyed but the show doesn’t give us any easy way out.

 

  • Raven Reyes:  Raven is a badass, she is one of the most badass characters on television and she always has been from the moment she used a century old ship that she fixed up herself to get to Earth because Finn is all she has to fighting against Allie. Her disability does not impact her ability to fight, to create and to love. She truly is the modern day Hephaestus. Natalie talked about how amazing Raven’s storyline is from the perspective of a person with chronic pain here, and it’s an awesome post which everyone should read. As someone with a disability, I have never seen someone on TV break and struggle and fall and get back up the way Raven does and it’s incredible to see. It makes me cry to see how much Raven struggles and how much she tries because that is my everyday reality. Raven Reyes will forever be the character I look to when I feel like giving up because she inspires me in so many ways. Raven also loves fiercely and reckless, I mean this a girl who went way beyond for her boyfriend/only family and crash landed on earth. She also didn’t hold Clarke’s actions against her and the friendship between them is one of my favorite things.

 

  • Abby Griffin: I got be honest, I watch this show with my mom and one of the most amazing things has come out of watching the show is that my relationship with my mom has improved. In many TV shows the parents are either nonexistent, just parents or have superficial characterization. With Abby Griffin, The 100 gives us a mother who will do anything for a daughter, a woman whose entire job is about healing but is in situations where healing is so hard. Abby Griffin sacrifices unlike any character on TV, but she also incredibly selfish  with and protective of those she loves. Abby will do anything for her daughter, but she’s also shown to be willing to do something that could hurt her when it will save humanity. She’s a doctor, a healer and a leader, but most importantly, she’s a mother. I love her relationship with Raven and the constant checkups that appear throughout the seasons. Abby Griffin is not just a mother and that’s an important decision the writers made.

 

  • The Blake Siblings: Bellamy and Octavia have one of the most complicated honest siblings dynamics on TV. They are the only siblings on the show and that forces the characters around them to acknowledge. The two fight and they fall, but at the end of the day there’s nothing they wouldn’t do for each and as Bellamy says in 3×03 “You’ll always fit with me”. Bellamy basically raised Octavia and the past seasons have been about Bellamy letting Octavia have freedom, and Octavia learning that Bellamy isn’t perfect. Octavia and Bellamy have been arguing since they got to the ground and they find themselves now on moral opposites in terms of the grounders. I’m a twin, I fight with my brother all the damn time and do we agree on everything, fuck no we don’t. Granted The 100 is currently in a civil war so there is that. The Blakes will do anything for each other, but their interactions are often antagonistic, they know exactly how to hurt each and that’s true of all siblings. At the end of the day, what both of them want most is the other’s happiness.

 

  • The Moral Questions: The 100 forces us to question the world around us like no other show on television does. This is a world where Racism, Sexism and Homophobia do not exist, we get Lexa, a lesbian as the commander, Jaha as a Moses-like figure, Kane and Abby and Bellamy and Clarke as equal partners in leadership. But the show addresses Xenophobia, social change and how not to achieve it; it asks its’ viewers repeatedly what makes a good person? Are you even allowed to consider yourself one after what you do in the name of your people? What will you do to survive? In the first episode, Kane and Abby have an exchange that I believe is the theme of show where Kane says “I’ll will do what it takes to make sure our people survive” and Abby’s response is “And I’ll make sure we deserve to” which is such an important distinction. The Mount Weather storyline also asks these same questions with Dante and Cage while giving us Maya and those who lead the rebellion to help the Delinquents as an example of innocents that were killed in the name of survival. This show has also killed or broke the moral compasses of the show so the moral questions of the show are now left to the discussion of the fans, which is why the meta the fans create is so interesting and so in tune with the social issues of this time period. The show is filled with death and anger and pain, but it also has the themes of hope and love and forgiveness running through it. The way I believe they will defeat the CoL is through Love as love is clearly the glitch in the system. The show forces us to address and acknowledge the imperfections of the world around us in our time period and forces us to discuss those.

And there are so many more ways the show is amazing!!!

Judaism and the 100

So I was reading a meta by the brilliant Anne here about faith and how it influences the show, and I was thinking about how the 100 is influenced by Judaism and Jewish Values. I was also talking about how the 100 season 3 will end with the exodus of the delinquents, which I wrote about here with Cams.

Background info: I am Jewish, I went to Jewish School for nine years and currently go to a Catholic High School where I am senior. Jason Rothenberg, the creator and executive producer of the 100 is also Jewish.

Forgiveness and Repentance in the 100 and in Judaism

Forgiveness in both Christianity and Judaism is often unearned by the wrongdoer, it is something we do because humans are made in the image of God and thus are worthy of respect, understanding and dignity. This concept is shown multiple times in the 100 through both words and actions. Bellamy and Clarke say to each other “If you need forgiveness I’ll give that to you” in both 1×08 and 2×16 where the person hearing the words feels like a monster. In 3×13 Clarke tells Bellamy “I forgive you but the question is will you forgive yourself”. Another example is after Kane realizes that Culling was not actually needed and his mother, Vera tells him that “God will forgive you”. Kane and Abby forgive each other with actions after the shock lashing, Abby still trusts him later in the season. Clarke and Lexa also experience this where in 3×04, Clarke bandages Lexa’s hands after the fight with Roan, implicitly forgiving her.

Now it is the concept of repentance that differs between Jewish and Christian traditions. For many Christians the act of repentance is often as simple as giving money to the church or taking confession because they believe that Jesus died for their sins and thus they are absolved already, however there does have to be regret. Both Jewish and Christian Traditions require the person to regret their actions. In Jewish culture, repentance requires a change in behavior, it is a choice to reflect on your mistakes and try do better. This is the essence of repentance on the 100. Both Kane and Bellamy are forgiven for their wrongdoing but they only truly become heroes in the eyes of the viewer because they change their behavior, they only succeed in their respective redemptions arc because they actively become better people. Bellamy and Kane both work to create a better world, to protect their people, and in terms of Bellamy being less chaotic and in terms of Kane being less rigid. Yes, they do both fall back into their antagonistic roles at times but that is what the active choice of the idea of repentance is.

This is why the Lexa repentance/hero arc didn’t feel like it happened to me. Because Lexa would bow to Clarke and say “I vow to treat your people as my people” in 3×03 while forcing the Sky People to stay within a border and not allowing them to gain justice for the murder of several of their citizens when Mount Weather blew up. In the aftermath of the massacre, Lexa ordered a siege of Arkadia wherein they poisoned the river and created a kill order on all of the Sky People, despite Clarke wanting to convince Lexa otherwise. Her promises to Clarke fell short of influencing her actions, she never changed from wanting to subjugate and punish the Sky people. Pretty words are not repentance. She also implied that Clarke was right to blame herself for the action Lexa’s betrayal forced her to commit in 3×03, let me repeat: LEXA’S BETRAYAL CAUSED CLARKE, BELLAMY AND MONTY TO BECOME COMMITTERS OF GENOCIDE – SHE IS DIRECTLY RESPONSIBILITY FOR THAT OCCURRING AND SHE NEVER ONCE APOLOGIZES OR SEEMS TO CHANGE HER BEHAVIOR. This is exactly why I understand Clarke’s forgiveness because forgiveness is healing to the person giving it, but I don’t understand anyone calling Lexa a hero because she hadn’t changed. I do believe that the writers know that Lexa never actually had an onscreen apology/change in her actions, which is why they are bringing her back in the Finale, so instead of forcing Clarke to stay, she can tell Clarke to leave which would be a change.

The Mourning Prayers

Now the first time we hear the words May We Meet Again on the show are in the context of a mourning prayer, The Traveller’s Blessing, and despite the term being used a lot on the show, it is almost always as a goodbye or alternatively sometimes as a promise that they will see the person they are speaking to again, see Abby using it with Clarke in 2×14 and Bellamy and Clarke using it in 2×16 at the end before Clarke walks off. The mourning prayer/epitaph in Judaism is May Your Memory Be Blessing. Both have very similar wording and the incredibly similar of meaning of “I will keep you with me after you leave”, “You will not forgotten” and “I will act as you would want me to act”.

The Exodus Story

In the meta referenced above, Anne talks about how Allie is a false god, which as I was talking with Cams about our predictions for the season finale, I realized could possibly mean that season 3 is a parallel to the Exodus Story.

Because after the revelation of God as the true God, the Israelites are sent away in part because of the 10th plague, the death of the first born, which I believe will parallel the delinquents being exiled after Clarke destroys the City of Light in finale that results in the death of almost everyone in it. The death of firstborn is as tragic as the death that will occur in finale, and it will destroy Grounder society in the same it destroyed Egyptian society in the Bible that the delinquents, like the Jews, will have to be exiled. Also, The delinquents/Sky People were treated terribly by the grounders – the siege, the limits of where they could go, the fact that they couldn’t use Mount Weather despite it being theirs by conquest, the lack of trade with the other grounders, and that’s just season 3.  However just like the Jews, they never lost hope that someday they would find a place of belonging, but like the Jews, the remaining Sky People must go through a journey, they must go out and face trials and be tested and doubt in order for them to  truly find their promised land.

The reason I believe that Kane, Abby, Clarke and the delinquents that enter the City of Light in next few episodes will be saved is because when the Jews were told of the tenth plague, they placed Lamb’s blood above their doors to tell the angel of death to pass over. I believe that this action of the Lamb’s blood is paralleled with Kane and Abby, especially because they both entered the City of Light to spare the lives of other people that they love, Kane for Abby in 3×13 and Abby for Raven in 3×10.

Allie and Jaha also represent an interesting parallel to the Pharaoh and God relationship where God hardens Pharaoh’s heart and then allows greater and greater harm to happen because of the plagues. Jaha convinces Allie that she can supersede free will and, as a result,  Allie forces people to commit horrific actions. Allie’s first act after forcing Raven to submit, thus overriding free will,  is making Raven cut herself until she would have bled out which is a parallel to the first plague being God turning the Nile River, the life source of Egypt, to blood.

Also after Moses kills the slaver, he runs away just as Clarke after slaying the Mountain Men runs away because both Moses and Clarke are afraid of their power. Moses also encounters God in a burning bush just as Clarke reconnects with Bellamy, the man she has the most faith in, by Lincoln’s pyre where they both address their demons and become a team again (3×12). In addition there are several times throughout the story where the Israelites lose faith in God, just as the Delinquents lose faith in Bellamy (3×05-3×010) but Moses never loses faith in God just as Clarke despite hearing about Bellamy seemingly going off his rocker never loses faith in Bellamy (3×05).

 

Abby is a fangirl, writer and poet from California. You can contact her on tumblr at the-ships-to-rule-them-all.

Harry Potter is a Bad Boy

Harry Potter is a bad boy. In fact, he is a textbook definition of a bad boy. If you haven’t read my previous article about how bad boy’s are actually good guys, or if you just want to refresh your memories, you can find it here.

TL;DR

What makes a bad boy:

  • They do what they want, when they want
  • They don’t pretend to be somebody they are not
  • They have confidence in themselves
  • Everything they do has a purpose
  • They think for themselves
  • They call it like it is

What bad boys are not:

  • Thugs
  • Criminals
  • Abusers

Their ‘criminal’ activities are done in order to protect or defend themselves or somebody they love.

Calling it like it is: Harry has a tendency to point out the obvious, and call a spade a spade. He doesn’t care who hears his opinions, or what they think about his opinions. He also doesn’t say something he doesn’t mean.

Thinks for himself: Harry puts his trust in his gut feeling above all else. Even when Hermione is 100% right, if Harry feels like she isn’t, he will go with his gut feeling. If his gut feeling knows that Hermione is right, he will admit it.

Confidence in himself: Once Harry knows he can do something, his confidence never waivers.

Doesn’t pretend to be somebody else: Harry could have easily played up “the boy who lived”, but he doesn’t because that is simply not who he is. He would rather be liked for himself, then have friends who only want the status of being his friend.

Everything has a purpose/does what he wants: Harry doesn’t do anything without a purpose, and everything he does is in the name of upholding his moral guidelines. He believes in protecting everybody, especially those he loves. If Harry believes that he can save somebody, he will break any rule/law and die trying. In fact, he does die (jury is still out on whether he actually died or just Voldemort’s soul in him died) in order to give protection to his friends and schoolmates. He’s also probably set the school record for how many school rules he’s broken.

It is only because he is the main character that we don’t view him as a bad boy. Instead, we view him solely as a hero. By seeing what he sees, knowing what he knows, and feeling what he feels we can root for him as a hero. If any other character would have told the story, Harry would not be seen in the same light; he would have been seen as ‘dangerous’, ‘mysterious’, and ‘mischievous’.  We wouldn’t know that he is trying to save the school when he breaks 100 school rules on his quest to finding the Chamber of Secrets entrance. We would just see him breaking the rules and then later (at the very end of the book) finding out that there was a purpose to it all.

If other bad boy characters had a chance to be the main character, they too would be seen as a hero and not as a bad boy. Bellamy Blake from The 100, for instance, would be seen as a hero who has to make tough choices in order to protect his friends and family. We would be captivated by his backstory of being forced to hide his sister and would base all of his current actions/behaviors/tendencies off of the emotional trauma that arose from it, much like how we analyze Harry Potter’s abusive background to explain his current actions/behaviors/tendencies.

A simple shift of POV changes how we see characters, and Harry Potter will always be a bad boy that we love as the hero he is.

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TV Talk: Why TV Bad Boys Are Actually Good Guys

It’s a question as old as time: why do girls love bad boys and nice guys finish last? Well, I’m here to try to dispel some misinformation. TV bad boys are not bad, they are the actual good guys. 

Let’s first look at what makes a TV bad boy:

  • They do what they want, when they want
  • They don’t pretend to be somebody they are not
  • They have confidence in themselves
  • Everything they do has a purpose
  • They think for themselves
  • They call it like it is

What TV bad boys are not:

  • Thugs
  • Criminals
  • Abusers

Why exactly do we label the first set of characteristics as ‘bad’? Probably because they go against everything we have ever been taught. As children, we are taught to be helpful, do what we are told, speak when spoken to, listen to our elders, etc. Bad boys ignore all of that and take care of themselves, and those they have deemed worthy, first and foremost. Once a bad boy puts you in the circle of people he loves, there is not anything in this world he wouldn’t do to protect you.

In fact, according to Kohlberg’s theory of moral development, bad boys would often be put into the highest category, Level 3 Stage 6: Universal Principles.  Those that are in this stage have created their own moral guidelines, regardless of what the law is. Examples include Mother Theresa and Ghandi. Kohlberg mainly focused on human rights, justice, and equality for what these moral guidelines would be.

A prime example of a bad boy that would fit in Kohlberg’s Stage 6 would be Logan Echolls from Veronica Mars. From the very first episode he is billed as the bad boy, even taking a tire iron to Veronica’s headlights after she planted a bong in his locker. A few more episodes in, and we discover his true bad boy character. He does not care what the other student’s think, he speaks his mind and calls out bullshit when he sees it (even if it’s a teacher), he has a confidence about him that speaks to him knowing who he is and knowing what he wants, and when he wants something done he will go to any length to get it.

It is that last one that truly makes a bad boy. The lengths they go to to get something done. Remember, bad boys aren’t thugs, criminals, or abusers. They aren’t out stealing in order to get the latest iphone. Everything they do has a purpose. Their ‘criminal’ activities are done in order to protect or defend themselves or somebody they love.

Back to Logan. He turns the whole school against Veronica because he believed that she turned her back on Lilly, somebody he loved. He is willing to go up against his father, even though his father will clearly win, in order to defend his mother. When Logan finds out who attacked Veronica, he intentionally beats up a cop car in order to get arrested and land in the same jail cell as her attacker. The things he does is not for fun and games, they are done out of a higher level of morality, in the belief that the protection of yourself and those you love should be put above all else.

Another example would be Bellamy Blake from The 100. He puts those he loves above everything else, including himself. He is willing to do a suicide mission (sneak on the dropship to Earth) in order to protect his sister. He removes wristbands in order to make the adults think they are dead because he fears his and his sister’s freedom will once again be taken away. He soon becomes a leader of the delinquents and the rules are based off of his own moral ideals. He clearly believes in people paying for their crimes (Murphy being hanged for Wells death), but draws the line at children (not hanging Wells true killer, Charlotte). It takes a while for him to put Clarke in his inner circle, so to speak, but once he does he will do anything to help her. Whether that be going on a suicide mission into Mount Weather (much like he did for his sister in the pilot) or by trying to rescue her. If he believes that he can do something to protect somebody he loves or uphold his moral guidelines, he will do it no matter the consequences.

In conclusion: “It’s hard to resist a bad boy who’s a good man.” -Nora Roberts

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TV Talk: The 100 3×12 – Demons

Erica:  Can we do a gushing episode recap kinda thing for The 100, please?
Abby:  YES
Erica:  OMG IT WAS AMAZING!!!  I was absolutely CONVINCED that Miller and Bryan were messing with Harper. CONVINCED!!!
Abby:   THE WHOLE “I’M GOING TO KICK MY BOYFRIEND’S ASS”
Erica:   YES!!!
Abby:  AND THE FACT THAT THE ARK HAS IT’S GHOST STORIES
Erica: They are so CUTE!
 
Abby:  BRILLIANT WORLDBUILDING
Erica:  Omg! I know!!!
Abby:  SO SO SO SO SO SO CUTE.  I love Harper + Briller, she ships them so much
Erica:  She does!
Abby:  And her scream, how does Chelesy produce such bone chilling things week after week???
Erica:  Oh, I know! You just know that girl has heard some tall tales. lol  But seriously, they should have been a foursome. :disappointed:  Briller and Harpoe.
Abby:  YES GOD THAT WOULD’VE BEEN SO GOOD
Emma Claire:  Late to the party but I LOVED that episode.  Those 3 lil munchkins at the start are my faves.  Also why can’t Murphy catch a damn break? I’m so hurt by Emori.
Erica:  I know! The ONLY reason I can think of for Emori to have taken the damn chip is because she found out her brother took it before he died and she could see him again.
Emma Claire:  That’s my best case scenario. Worst case is she was chipped all along…My poor lil Murph.
Erica:  Oh man. Wait, but her brother wasn’t until Jaha came along.
Emma Claire:  Oh, that’s true.  That makes me feel a bit better. Still sad about it, though. Murphy was so hurt. Wahhhh I’m so protective of him. lol who would’ve thought?!
Erica:  Definitely not me at the beginning of S1!!!  Hey, did you hear that The 100 has a new co-executive producer for S4?
 
Emma Claire:  No, I didnt! That bodes well, though, surely.
Erica:  I hope so!
Emma Claire:  Do you think Jasper is going to die? I really hope not, but it’s seeming more and more likely.
Erica:  I’m really hoping not.
Julie:   DO NOT LET JASPER DIE. Me and my mom love him so much!
Erica:  He’s finally able to see the pain of others and is trying to be there for them, too. I’m loving him. I really want him to stay.
Julie:  I seriously can’t wait till Netflix US has season 3! I need Jasper character development
Erica:  It’s gonna be such a long time before that happens.
Sara:  One of the drawbacks of Netflix is how long it takes them to update TV seasons.
Erica:That’s definitely one of the biggest drawbacks.
Julie:  We are getting the new seasons of Baby Daddy and Young and Hungry just a few weeks after the last episode aired. It all depends on the contract Netflix is able to get/how long they want DVD sales to be the only option.
Erica:  Unless you’re in Canada. Then Netflix has each new episode of The 100 uploaded at midnight PST every Friday. Something they do for Shadowhunters at midnight PST on Wednesdays. I love it!