On Fandom Hope/Hype

Today has been officially labeled as “Back to the Future Day” as it is the actual day in which Mary McFly actually traveled through time. Ignore all the shitty memes. It really is today. So, of course, social media has been inundated with people posting Back to the Future related posts. It’s kind of cool, a bit odd, and at times just weirdly confusing.

Honestly, though, I am just content that there is a method and manner of nerds, geeks, and dorks to communicate and congregate, even when distance is a factor. I like that so much of the media and totems of goofy and dorky media has become mainstream, but I wonder if we are reaching critical mass. Is the hype and bubble about to burst and explode a massive blow-back onto the nerds and geeks of the world?

I mean just look at all the media (both old and new) around the upcoming Star Wars movie. There are toys, books, videos, commerce tie-ins, etc. Hell, the latest trailer premiered during a Monday night football game. It was pretty awesome though.

So, is geekery and nerddom reaching a tipping point? Truthfully, I have no clue. I know that nothing, at least nothing I have seen thus far, can grow exponentially without loss and consequences. And most likely the mass saturation of comics, films, television, etc. will probably reach a level in which it can no longer sustain itself.

However, I can enjoy all the amazing and astonishing creations, both new and old, being given life and deal with the fallout, if and, when it happens. i can’t control the media being produced or it’s eventuality, but that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t enjoy the ride as it happens. Thus, I suppose that is what I, and maybe all of us, should do.

Besides, have you seen that trailer? I know the movie might end up being shit, but the hope and expectation for the possibility of the movie is more than enough for now.

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Lessons From…Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer

Just in case you have been living under several boulders without internet access for the last few weeks, here is the much discussed Star Wars trailer:

It still gives me chills. Seriously, after the disaster of the last trilogy, the idea of anyone trying to continue to play in this universe on such a grand scale was nauseating. As in actual stomach pains. I was pleasantly surprised by both the tease/trailer and the generally positive reaction to it (mine included). Frankly, the amazingly positive response got me thinking and as it usually goes, thinking became writing and lead to this post.

Do I still have to justify using this thing? I just like it, okay.

Do I still have to justify using this thing? I just like it, okay.

I think one of the major reasons why virtually everyone seemed to love this trailer was simply because after viewing it (repeatedly) you still have no fucking clue what the story is. Seriously, most trailers, even teasers, have big reveals of what is going to happen or will occur during the film. I don’t know why many film studios are in the habit of doing this, but it is kind of annoying and takes away from the actual impact a film narrative could have. I know it’s a cliche but it is so for a reason; less is more and sometimes the mystery, not the answer, is the prize. Please, to all creators, keep the mystery alive as long as possible. The payoff is well worth the wait and price of admission. Be more Star Wars and less Terminator: Genysis.

Beyond that, the trailer just looked fun. It somehow captured all the old feelings of nostalgia, humor, and excitement of the original trilogy while managing to keep things new, interesting, and, for lack of a better term, fresh. There seems to be a push for dark, gritty, realism in entertainment media. (See pretty much all of DC’s upcoming cinematic universe for examples) People have to get it in their heads that “dark and gritty” does not equal “adult or mature.” It’s kind of how in high school and college, a few of your friends really get into nihilism and Nietzsche and Ayn Rand for like a minute and then hopefully come to their senses. In reality, there have always been mature and adult themes, ideas, and narratives in entertainment media. It was just that they were interlaced and mixed with the colorful and funny and juvenile. (See DC’s earlier animated universe for examples. Shout out specifically to Batman: The Animated Series) Basically, just because something is colorful, weird, funny, or even intended for children doesn’t mean it lacks depth or meaning and vice versa.

You'll always be my Batman.

You’ll always be my Batman. 

Look, it is very much possible that this movie will end up utter crap. Let’s be honest, Star Wars fans have been burned before. (Damn you, Jar Jar! Damn you straight to the worst of hells!!) However, there is also a sense of longing and hope (A New Hope, perhaps? Sorry.) with this new trailer/teaser, and that is more than enough for now. For the most part, there was anxiety and worry over what horrors these new installments would bring, but now there seems to be mostly excitement and anxiety over having to wait so long for the next movie to be released. At times the joy of the moment far outweighs the thoughts and possibilities of the future. So every once in a while, we should revel in the moment and not worry about the coming storm or calm.

Perhaps that is the biggest takeaway from the trailer. Enjoy it now for what it is and maybe for what it can be and don’t worry about what eventually will come.

Thus endeth today’s lesson.