I interrupt our regular poetic programming to babble about my current fannish obsession with the CW show “The Flash”. This was written/drafted yesterday. Apologies for the gibbering, and I promise there will be poetry next week.
I have seen the futur—okay no, not really. I’ve seen the finale of CW’s “The Flash”, which basically amounts to me seeing multiple POTENTIAL futures/alternate realities a la Vibe (oh hey, Cisco Ramon!). And I guess that’s good enough.
Of course, I’m probably not seeing actual potential futures. These are probably just things that I want the various superhero series showrunners to actually do. I don’t EXPECT them to do all this; I will just love them forever if this is, in fact, what will happen in the wake of that Flash finale.
Even if it WAS a cliffhanger (DAMMIT!).
So what are the timeline divergences I’m hoping they’d tackle? Well…(spoilers ahead for those who haven’t watched the finale)
Full disclosure: while I tend to complain about some thingsthatDC does, I’m still a fan of their superhero stories when I feel like they’re doing most of it right. With the upcoming (here, at least) finale of “The Flash” and “Legends of Tomorrow”, I totally see myself loving their TV stuff all over again.
(I’m reserving judgment re: “Batman vs Superman” until I see it.)
I saw the official trailer for “Legends of Tomorrow” on Friday, Manila time, and spent most of the weekend geeking out over it (with my father and sister, naturally).
Wait, you haven’t watched it yet? HOW DARE YOU. Watch it first:
Done? Okay, cool.
Let’s start with the obvious, shall we? THIS SHOW WILL HAVE CRAPLOADS OF TIME TRAVEL IN IT, with the adventures apparently being led by a former Time Lord companion (brilliant piece of casting, by the way—good job, CW!). You know what Time Travel does? It gives us alternate timelines. We’ve already had a glimpse of how that works in episodes 15 and 16 of “The Flash”, in which Barry goes back 24 hours to stop horrible things from happening—including a horrifyingly contrived confession of love from Iris.
PS: Don’t complain about that whole “confession” thing being a spoiler. It happened weeks ago and you should have at least heard about it by now.
But let’s get back to the point: we KNOW that time travel and alternate timelines are a thing in the DC-CW universe thanks to “The Flash”, and “Legends of Tomorrow” will have time adventures galore. This, in turn, opens up possibilities for other potential realities…
One of which might actually be the freaking LoT timeline itself.
Of course I’ll explain my convoluted theories/fannish wishes; but this might contain spoilers. Do some plotty catching up for “Arrow” and “The Flash” before continuing to read.
If you’re caught up (or don’t mind spoilers), then read on, my friend!
I have to admit: it’s been days since I finished reading “Skin Game“, and I’m still feeling a little bit devastated by the fact that the next Dresden Files book doesn’t really exist yet. Thankfully, “The Magician’s Land” by Lev Grossman is helping me through it (although reading its ending will inevitably devastate me too, given that it’s the final book of a trilogy; but you know, bridges, crossing, getting there). But that still doesn’t change the fact that I’ll have to wait and find out what happens next to one of my absolute favorite wizards.
Before I begin this review, I feel compelled to remind you of a rather obvious little detail: I am a huge fanof the Dresden Files series of books. What this means is that this review will not be objective at all. This book is also the FIFTEENTH in the series (excluding that collection of short stories that have been previously published in anthologies) about the wizard/private eye who gets into all sorts of supernatural trouble thanks to his heightened sense of right and wrong, which means that you probably will have trouble relating to all the spazzing that I’ll be doing later in this post.
If you haven’t read the series and are a fan of fun/geeky urban fantasy, then I encourage you to pick up this series. The first book or so admittedly has some clunkiness in the writing style, but I promise that it becomes AMAZING the longer you stick with it. And that’s because *non-spoilery spoiler* Jim Butcher plays one freaking long narrative game – there are things that he sets up in, say, book 7 that pays off in book 15. As my father had put it, Mr. Butcher has one hell of a poker face when it comes to narrative developments.
If you HAVE read the series and want to come spazz with me (because I’m serious – this is a review in blog post title only), then click the button to the next page.
Because I’ve been sick for a while, I found myself cutting back on more and more of my extra-employment activities (such as learning how to code and doing a full-on face cleanup routine every night). I haven’t stopped writing, but I limit myself to my nightly journal writing and my thrice-a-week blogging regimen – I haven’t really written any fiction since last week. What I HAVE been doing a lot of lately is catching up on my Dresden Files re-read.
I finally FINALLY got to Cold Days. I should be reading the latest installment (Skin Game) by next week.
Of course, as exciting as this book series is, I am totally aware that my brain is prone to getting bored – and that could get in the way of my reading progress. Which is why I’ve figured out a new way to motivate met to read as much Dresden as I can:
I will watch all the Dresden Fan Videos
Every time my brain says “nope, you better stop reading”, I will go to YouTube, type in “Dresden fan videos” and get those suckers to jumpstart my desire to read again.
This is clearly one of the many MANY perks of liking a book series with a fairly rabid fanbase. Even if you run out of books (or run out of steam trying to read the books), you’ll find something to keep the flames of ferocious fandom glowing – and it’s GLORIOUS.
Wanna see my favorite Dresden Files fan vids?
You may be a long-time fan or completely unaware of this series; but if you’re a fan of comedy and urban fantasy, I’m sure you’ll enjoy these videos either way. These can be somewhat spoiler-y, but I like to think that they’re spoilers that will make you go “wait, WHAT? how does THAT happen?”
At the moment, I’ve only seen TWO major efforts towards bringing Harry Dresden to life (I’m not counting the Syfy one, I CAN’T), and I just…I just want other people to see them.
Tower of Turtles’ “Night Light”
This one is a very loose adaptation of the book “White Night”, and I think this is a decent (albeit more serious) take on Dresden – audio issues and semi-hokey sound effects aside. And guess what? It has a SEQUEL coming up! If you have the time, you should also check out their short “A Carpenter Christmas”. Because Maaaaaaeeeeeeeve!
Like most people, I first came across these guys when they did the book trailer for Skin Game. Oh, there may be quibbles about casting; but it’s pretty undeniable that they cast a guy who can do Harry Dresden’s sense of humor some major justice. Matthew Merback is to Harry what Andrew Garfield is to Spider-Man, as far as I’m concerned.