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Top Ten: Recent Fandoms

Many of us have sought comfort in entertainment during this time, watching new shows and movies or revisiting older, comforting ones. Here are my top ten fandoms binged so far during the pandemic.

10 Recently Enjoyed Fandoms

  1. Queer Eye- At the beginning of the pandemic, I put my binge watch of The Expanse on hold (because watching a show about a virus taking over the universe was making me uneasy for some reason) and decided instead to watch the recent seasons of five amazingly talented people making someone’s life better. Despite numerous “Why are you standing so close? There’s a pandemic going on!” instinctive reactions, this show was exactly what I needed.

  2. Taskmaster- “I read about a show in the paper you might like. It’s like a scavenger hunt with British people,” said my mother. So I gave it a try. Several hours later, I was hooked. By the time I’d made it to season three, I was already writing fanfiction. By the time I hit season 6, I was eagerly awaiting new episodes to be posted on YouTube each week. It was thrilling to see The CW begin to air it in the US as well, but disappointing that did not last.

  3. The Old Guard- I knew very little going into this movie apart from: Charlize Theron, a canon gay couple, and at least 4 different people (and one teddy bear) recommending it to me. I was pleasantly surprised by the immortality aspect. I fell hard for this fandom, rewatching the movie multiple times the same week (once with other fans in a Netflix Watch Party), searching out fanvids and fanfic, and reading the graphic novel.

  4. Ghostwriter– I finally got the chance to binge the first season of the new Ghostwriter series on Apple. While it is much different from the version I loved in my younger years, I still loved the literary focus and cast diversity.

  5. Watchmen- With a free one-week trial of HBO, I went straight for the Watchmen series. It was strange and out there, but so is the graphic novel. I think they did an excellent job of keeping the feel of it while creating this whole storyline. And I loved the little nods to the original source material just as much as the brand new twists and turns. The racial injustice themes made it extremely relevant.

  6. The Umbrella Academy– Having already seen season 1, I eagerly awaited the drop of season 2. Then I binged the whole season in less than twenty-four hours. Everyone knows how much I enjoy time travel stories, but time travel + this cast of characters = pure amazingness. Season 1 ended on such a big cliffhanger, I remember yelling at my screen, begging for more. I was extremely satisfied with Season 2 but somehow was fooled into thinking everything would wrap up neatly. At the Season 2 cliffhanger, I sat there stunned for a moment then proceeded to yell at the screen for more yet again. I will never learn.

  7. Hamilton- Though I had seen the play with the Washington, DC, cast, I was thrilled to finally get to watch it with the original Broadway cast. I watched it the first day it hit Disney+ along with everyone else. It certainly did not disappoint. I also attended a #Ham4Ham watch party on YouTube.

  8. Lower Decks- This is the Star Trek series I needed right now. I was hesitant, because Lower Decks was one of my favorite TNG episodes and I wasn’t sure that I really wanted more humor in my Star Trek. But I do. I definitely do.

  9. Love, Victor- It took me far too long to get to this one. One day, it just seemed right to watch it, and then I couldn’t stop. It was wonderful being back in Creekwood with a new set of characters. But I hadn’t anticipated the three things that made me really love it: (1) lots of Simon, (2) an appearance by Bram, and (3) James Martinez as Victor’s father!

  10. The Bravest Knight- Okay, I realize this is a show for children, but hear me out. I’d just been let go from my job and finding comfort in extremely short episodes about a knight, his prince, and their adorable biracial daughter was precisely what I needed. During a quaranclean purge, I read an article about the show in Entertainment Weekly, and once I saw the list of voice actors (among them: Wilson Cruz, T.R. Knight, Bobby Moynihan, Christine Baranski, RuPaul, Wanda Sykes, Jazz Jennings, and Steven Weber) I knew I needed to watch it. The show did not disappoint. In fact, I am fairly certain I broke down in tears during the last episode of season 1.

Honorary mentions go to The Fosters and Person of Interest, both of which I had already seen most of but now finally finished because they were leaving Netflix.

Made it Monday: Eeyore’s Home

I made one of these little jars containing Eeyore and his house for a Winnie-the-Pooh themed swap. I decided I liked it so much I made myself one.

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Top Ten: Fandom Office Items

Being let go from my job allowed me to bring home the fannish items I had been keeping in my office. They are now merged back into my overall collection. Here’s a list of ten of those items. Welcome home, little ones! I missed you!

10 Fandom Items From My Office

1. Hawkeye FUNKO POP- My favorite Avenger was a wonderful present from a friend. I have an older series Hawkeye POP, and I didn’t want him to face an identity crisis seeing his Endgame Part 2 self, so I took him to work to guard my computer.

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10 Things I Wish I’d Known About DC Shows

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I started watching Arrow when it first appeared on television, but my DVR kept filling up and not catching episodes. I ended up rewatching the first season on Netflix but didn’t go back to it when Season 2 came out. Then I learned that the Flash was actually sort of a spin-off from that show’s universe. The idea of missing out on two great, related shows eventually pushed me back to trying again with them. So this Marvel girl took the plunge back in to do things properly. But there’s a whole lot I wish I’d known earlier that would have made this easier for me.

10 Things I Wish I’d Known About DC Shows Before I Started Watching Them

1. Order!
I understood that Flash was a spin-off of sorts from Arrow, so I had to do some research to figure out what order to watch the episodes in. I was surprised to find that it wasn’t just an episode or two I needed to be careful of, but more than a handful of crossover episodes as well as episodes that mention what’s going on in the other show by way of a news report on in the background or an offhand comment someone makes. Luckily, there were some nice people online who have made excellent lists to help us keep it straight. Unfortunately, the lists I was going off of were not quite as comprehensive.

2. Supergirl
I had NO idea that the shows were in the same universe, so imagine my surprise when I’m watching Supergirl and suddenly the Flash shows up and mentions a tiny little spoiler, offhandedly. Gah! All my attempts at watching things in order and then I miss up? Typical.

3. Jesse L. Martin
Why does this guy look so familiar to me? Where do I know him from? It took me until halfway through the first season of the Flash before I finally broke down and IMDBed him. Then I flailed. He played Tom Collins (my second favorite character) in RENT! OF COURSE HE DID! And if someone had told me he was on the show, I would have watched it a hell of a lot sooner (especially if someone had told me there was an episode where he sings–which there is!)

4. Wentworth Miller
OMG How did no one tell me Wentworth is a reoccurring baddie on the Flash? I would have been there in a heartbeat if you’d told me that! So great to see him in such a fun, complex role again.

5. AND Dominic Purcell
And when Wentworth Miller’s character has to team up with another baddie on the show, who appears? Why, Dominic Purcell, of course. WHY DID NO ONE TELL ME my favorite Prison Break teamup was alive and well in the DC tv universe? This is EPIC to me! I’ve loved Dominic’s acting since John Doe and Wentworth’s since Dinotopia, but seeing them together again like this is so great.

6. Legends of Tomorrow
Wait, SERIOUSLY?! I must be way too stuck in the Marvel ‘verse lately, because this show didn’t even get onto my radar. I had no idea it was another spin-off and certainly didn’t know that both Wentworth and Dominic were part of the main cast. The most amazing moment came several episodes in when Dominic’s character is in a Russian Gulag and Wentworth’s character turns to his teammates and actually says “This isn’t my first Prison Break.” I might have actually screamed. Unfortunately, I didn’t pick Legends of Tomorrow up at the right time in the timeline either, so everything’s all wonky in my head until I get to the end of Season 1, I expect.

7. Vixen
Another spin-off to keep track of?

8. Constantine
Okay, I am thrilled at the attempt to make everything all fit in the same universe. But I haven’t watched any of those episodes on my DVR yet and when Constantine shows up on Arrow multiple times I was angry at myself for not having done so. I wish I’d known to watch those!

9. Tone Differences
For two shows in the same universe, Arrow & The Flash have vastly different tones. Arrow is so dark and angsty and The Flash is much lighter (though definitely has a lot of darkness deep down that’s masked by the humor). I wish I had been prepared for that when I needed to bounce back and forth from one to the other. The contrast was sometimes hard to take if I was intensely into the feel of one show and then had to move to the other for an episode or two.

10. To Not Wait
I wish someone had just forced me to give the shows more of a chance, then I wouldn’t have had to play catch-up the way I did. After Season 1 of Arrow, I really wasn’t sure if the shows were for me. But I should have known to keep at it for the sake of more John Barrowman, if nothing else. I wish I hadn’t waited so long to enjoy this goodness.

Actor Identification

AHHHHHHHHHHHH! That moment when you’re marathoning Poirot episodes and suddenly realize that Archie Kennedy, Apollo Adama, and Jake Malloy are all the same actor. OMG MY MIND IS BLOWN

It was the glasses, with Jake. I didn’t recognize him with the glasses.

A poor excuse. But OMG! I feel so silly for not realizing this earlier.

12 Days of Fandom Ornaments: #10

My Christmas tree is a mix of ornaments from my childhood and ones from later on in my life. Many of them are related to my favorite fandoms, naturally. I thought I would showcase one every other day in December in a 12 Days of Fandom Ornaments series.

Day 10: 50 Years of Doctors

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The Doctor Who 50th anniversary ornament featuring doctors One through Eleven.

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12 Days of Fandom Ornaments: #9

My Christmas tree is a mix of ornaments from my childhood and ones from later on in my life. Many of them are related to my favorite fandoms, naturally. I thought I would showcase one every other day in December in a 12 Days of Fandom Ornaments series.

Day 9: Lost Ship

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Another one of my swap partners created this ornament for me with my favorite pairing from the TV show Lost. Awww, boys.

12 Days of Fandom Ornaments: #8

My Christmas tree is a mix of ornaments from my childhood and ones from later on in my life. Many of them are related to my favorite fandoms, naturally. I thought I would showcase one every other day in December in a 12 Days of Fandom Ornaments series.

Day 8: Starfleet Academy

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My favorite Star Trek captain gets to be on my tree as well! This was another given to me by a swap partner.

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12 Days of Fandom Ornaments: #6

My Christmas tree is a mix of ornaments from my childhood and ones from later on in my life. Many of them are related to my favorite fandoms, naturally. I thought I would showcase one every other day in December in a 12 Days of Fandom Ornaments series.

Day 6: Tangled Eeyore

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Eeyore had some trouble rigging up the lights. Oh Eeyore.

12 Days of Fandom Ornaments: #4

My Christmas tree is a mix of ornaments from my childhood and ones from later on in my life. Many of them are related to my favorite fandoms, naturally. I thought I would showcase one every other day in December in a 12 Days of Fandom Ornaments series.

Day 4: Why Are There Polar Bears?

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One of my swap partners made me this awesome LOST-inspired ornament of a polar bear with a fish treat.