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the His Dark Materials season finale

Okay I admit I haven’t read The Subtle Knife in a very long time and I’ve forgotten almost of it. I DID remember that you-know-who dies tragically and that Will is all kinds of awesome but that’s about it. I gather plenty of stuff was changed from the book anyway? But here have some bullet-point thoughts:

  • This show contains TWO actors who are AT THE TOP OF THEIR GAME and both are called Wilson! What are the odds.
  • MAN every scene with Coulter and the Spectres is so badass I can’t even, I really want to hate her because she’s y’know evil and all but she’s also just electrifying. I would watch episode after episode of Mrs C just walking around with unimaginable horrors and a monkey trailing along behind her.
  • hey James McAvoy is here! I know there was supposed to be a whole episode with him but it was cut cos of Covid, sigh. Awww and they stretched the budget out to his snow leopard, nice
  • I don’t like the designs for the angels, I’m so sorry, I saw someone on Twitter say they looked like Christmas decorations and uh they kinda do?
  • [spoiler’s] death was so terribly sad. I remembered that from the books but I don’t remember his sacrifice in the book being made so immediately pointless? Awww.
  • But hey we’re gonna see him again right!? If that after-credits scene was anything to go by anyway.
  • I hope Mary Malone checked to make sure those kids were actually in the hands of adults before she buggered off to follow petals. (Also why didn’t the children ever try to leave the city before? Or did they? Gosh I can’t remember.)
  • Wow it sure would have been awkward if Mrs Coulter had forgotten to put air holes in that chest.
  • I keep hearing rumblings that this show hasn’t actually been greenlit for season three yet and that would devastate me if it never was. Oh please let there be one, I know it’ll be expensive so do it with sock puppets if you must, just do it

In tiers

God, the state of the UK feels rough right now. I knew I wouldn’t be seeing my family this Christmas anyway, but I just keep thinking at the back of my mind, “What if I can’t go see them for literal years? And what if I can’t go to the cinema, sit in coffee shops, visit theme parks, walk on beaches for literal years either?” (There is, of course, an “…if ever?” at the back of that, too.)

It could be so, SO much worse for me, I know that. I was ridiculously, painfully lucky. Lots of my loved ones were. I’m sitting right now thinking, “You’re fine, your family is fine, you have a fridge full of garlic bread, what have you got to complain about?” But I just really really wish there was any sort of end date whatsoever.

Superstore Spinoff Bo & Cheyenne in Development at NBC — TVLine

Cloud 9’s floor manager (and her ne’er-do-well husband) may soon be getting a huge promotion. NBC is in early development on Bo & Cheyenne, a potential Superstore spinoff starring Nichole Sakura and Johnny Pemberton, Deadline reports. The offshoot, which hails from Superstore co-executive producers Bridget Kyle and Vicky Luu, would follow the titular couple as…

Superstore Spinoff Bo & Cheyenne in Development at NBC — TVLine

I don’t HATE this news but neither do I love it. Bo is frankly only tolerable in small doses. And if they have to do a spin-off I’d have preferred one about Sandra. :/

We edge ever closer to the plot of “Gwoemul”

You know “Gwoemul” as “The Host” but every time I bring it up under its Westernized title people think I’m talking about that Saoirse Ronan alien film that flopped. Gwoemul is my favourite EVER mutant sea creature movie and I’m so glad it never got a remake, unlike the American paddlefish and the Russian sturgeon.

star-lord is bi!

In the comics at least. Oh, I’m under no illusion that this’ll make it into the movies but I can cling on to a fool’s hope I suppose. Currently Twitter is laughing that Chris Pratt, who attends an anti-LGBT church it turns out, has actually been playing a bisexual character for years.

I spent so long liking Chris Pratt it was a terrible blow when he turned out to be a dickhead. But I will always love Peter Quill, who would NEVER attend an anti-LGBT church, NEVER vote for Trump in a million years and now is canonically bi and polyamorous! Which frankly makes a lot more sense for his character than being straight does. Sorry, or alternatively “suck it,” Chris.

the new disney announcements

…Or that’s how it felt? Like my first thoughts weren’t “Wow a load of new toys!” but “How the hell am I meant to find time to watch THAT MUCH STUFF, especially if I want to keep up with the basic MCU story?” I’m getting old.

That being said…

  • Marvel’s What If looks pretty good. It’ll be nice to see Yondu again.
  • The I Am Groot shorts and the GOTG Holiday Special excite me, but since the Special is coming out in 2022 I guess that’s confirmation we won’t see GOTG 3 until 2023 at least. Also, how on Earth are they going to do it without Gamora, who is still AWOL in-canon? :/
  • I guess the third MCU Spider-Man really will be a multiverse and I don’t know how to feel about that.
  • Fantastic Four? In this economy?
  • omg Xochitl Gomez (Dawn from The Babysitters Club) is playing America Chavez! I’m super unfamiliar with the character but she’s such a good young actress, I’m so happy for her!
  • Oh a Buzz Lightyear thing! I guess that means Buzz Lightyear of Star Command (I used to love that show as a kid) isn’t canon anymore? That’s a shame. I am pettily delighted that Chris Evans has basically taken over from all-round asshole Tim Allen though.
  • Honestly the news that T’Challa won’t be recast is kind of really saddening, to me at least. That means he as a character is dead in-universe, after cheating death a couple of times already. He was a great character even without the superheroics and now he’s just gone. I get it but man, how absolutely crushing.
  • Oh wow a Tiana/Princess and the Frog show! Wow finally Disney are paying attention to her. It only took what, ten years after the movie?
  • Obviously Hayden Christensen back as Anakin is the big exciting news!! for me, but the other Star Wars stuff looks good too. It’ll be nice to have a Lando show. (I was kind of hoping it’d be Old Lando looking for his daughter rather than Young Lando though.)
  • I wonder if they can sneak Hayden into the new Ahsoka show as well.

Note that all these announcements happened around 1am my time.