Nerd-pocalypse: The Aftermath
Word count: changed in such minuscule terms, I’m ashamed to even mention. The aftermath of Nerd-pocalypse robbed me of the ability to use the written word, apparently.
Since you’re reading this, you might know that I got very excited a couple weeks ago, thanks to several pop-culture releases occurring simultaneously. Let’s dive into the aftermath of how that went.
Avengers: Endgame [spoilers] gave me everything I wanted. The humor, the action, the plot, the resolution… I loved all of it. If my stony, robotic emotions knew how to cry, they would have been telling me to cry at several points throughout the movie. Favorite moment: Captain America, the last Avenger standing after Thanos has knocked everyone else out, tightens his broken shield to his gashed arm and faces down the entire Chitauri horde by himself. Least favorite: the very forced moment where every female combatant lines up behind Captain Marvel to keep her safe while she gets the gauntlet to Ant-Man’s time-van. I mean, how does the Wasp even know to be there, let alone get the memo that she’s made the all-girl superhero club’s roster for a group photo? Was it even a good idea to stick that scene in the movie given that the plan to use the time van was ultimately stopped short?
What’s on TV?
Game of Thrones
I’m totally up to date on Game of Thrones and [spoilers] find myself feeling a lot of sympathy for the showrunners and writers. Audience response to the final season has grown from dissatisfaction to outright anger, especially with the direction Daenerys’ character has taken of late. I’m not going to defend the show or the writers – the work is supposed to do that. But, the whole thing leaves me wondering how do I avoid the trap they fell into? If I should ever create characters so beloved by so many people as Dany and Jon Snow, how do I tell the story I want to tell when doing so creates such animosity?
I know I have a lot of ground to cover before I need to worry about it, but still. I think the show’s writers are victims of the show’s popularity and fans’ own hopes and expectations. What’s funny is that the show has been doing this the whole time. Killing people or diverting them from fulfilling character arcs, I mean. Maybe it’s that this is the ending and viewers know there’s no more time left to “fix” what wrongs their favorite characters have done. Even with Kings Landing in ashes, I’m still super curious about how this whole thing will wrap up.
Cobra Kai: Season 2
I eventually got around to finishing the second season of Cobra Kai. It took until about [spoilers] episode 4 before I had seen enough compelling stuff to want to finish though. The introduction of Tory brought in a layer of the same kind of role-reversal theme from the first season that had been absent until she showed up. She and Sam LaRusso are natural enemies, much like Daniel and Johnny, but in this case, Sam has it all and Tory has to wait tables at the roller rink. Plus, she puts a LOT of energy into the fight choreography. Most of the others? Not so much. The rest of the “my karate is better than your karate” stuff felt pretty weak. I just about gave up on it, even with the re-introduction of John Kreese (the evil and cowardly former sensei of Cobra Kai: 80’s edition). The season ends on a cliffhanger, so I’ll be back. I’m not an automatic lock as a viewer for the entire season 3, though.
Than Handmaid’s Tale: Season 3
Still haven’t had time to watch The Handmaid’s Tale. That’s not really “fold the laundry and have a sandwich” kind of viewing (Cobra Kai definitely IS) and that’s all I’ve had time for. I’ll watch it, soon.
Back to Writing
In the meantime, I’ve got an actual literary problem I’m solving. The death of [spoilers] Black Widow in Endgame made me think. Is there anything in my story where a female character’s distress compels my male character to act? (This is the criticism of that death, in case you missed it.) The answer was: kind of, yes. So, now I have to fix it. I didn’t outline my story as any kind of sexist propaganda, but a sexist trope still found its way in there. That’s something I don’t want to do. I think I’ve found a way out of the trap, but I’m not sure it’s “enough”. The problem is about 50,000 words away, but still. I want to set it up correctly, you know?