Spin-offs are on my mind a lot this week. I just submitted an article to Nerdly – the first of what will hopefully be a series of columns discussing entertainment taboos and fanboy frustrations from a ‘devil’s advocate’ point of view – in which I talk about the recent announcements of both Breaking Bad and Walking Dead TV spin-off shows. Strangely enough, the article itself is a spin-off from a column I used to do for Blogomatic 3000 when it had that name and I used to write at least semi-regularly.
Incidentally, the announcements seem pretty cynical when you note that both shows are run by AMC, and while Better Call Saul seems to have come pretty organically from the writers, the Walking Dead ‘companion’ does look more or less like a grab for more cash while the cow’s still fat and the metaphor’s still mixed. That said, I would love to see a sequel to Mad Men (another AMC show) detailing Sally Draper’s coming of age in the 1970s, as put forth by /Film’s Peter Sciretta.
Unfortunately, just as I finished writing the article a new Star Wars TV show was announced…and I’m far too lazy to rewrite the damn thing, so I’ll mention it here instead.
The premise actually sounds pretty exciting: taking place during the gap between episodes III and IV, Rebels is set to detail the rise of both the Empire and the Rebellion, as well as checking in on Luke’s childhood on Tatooine.
No word yet on who else the series will focus on, but I for one would love to see some of Leia’s formative years expanded on…as long as it doesn’t include too much politics.
This sounds pretty similar to the live-action series that’s been in indefinite development for years, but this show will be in CG so I’m still holding out a sliver of hope. Hell, there’s supposed to be one Star Wars film every year for six years from 2015 so it’s not completely out of the question, right?
And we’ve never been let down before, right?