This year’s streaming shows aimed at making wishes come true

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This is where wishes come true. Their own league and Interview with a Vampire converge and diverge. League the movie, based on a real-life league founded in 1943, erased how common queer women are in this space. (One of the show’s consultants, the original “All the Way Mae,” Mabel Blair, came out at age 95 during a promotional campaign for the new show.) The Amazon series made them history. Interview the film washed away much of Louis and Lestat’s weirdness (although it was still very campy). But to tell a more compelling story about race, class, sexuality, and power in America, she also changed quite a lot of the original story written by Rice.

So from this point of view, both shows not only bring their properties to the narratives that fans have been demanding, but also to the historical context and meaning, the subtext has become canon. It only seems possible in the age of streaming, when an adaptation can get the same budget as a movie, but still tell its story in multiple episodes.

But not only adaptations have pleased long-time fans. Consider Andor. While there may not have been a cacophony of requests for Rogue OneDisney+’s Cassian Andor is getting his spin-off, a show created by Scoundrel writer Tony Gilroy quenched the itch of every fan who craved a Star Wars street story—one that didn’t rely so heavily on MacGuffins, lightsabers, and the Force to keep the story afloat. The result is one of the best shows – not just the best Star Wars show, but also the best show of the period – 2022.

The lesson here—that one can make a reliable “modern rethink” if one thinks enough—seems fleeting. At the time of this writing Their own league not picked up for a second season. Interview with a Vampire It has. Meanwhile, Bat Girl, a movie based on a character that fans have wanted to see on screen for years, was discontinued before it even hit HBO Max. Yes, this year has brought new shows for the fans. Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings, but these are more reliable franchises. What is he doing League, Interviewand Bat Girl what is unique is that they are not certain things. Their existence—or almost existence—seems newer. (Dear Amazon, if you are not going to renew Leaguecould we suggest a seasonal version Fried green tomatoes?)

Streaming promised to make room for the weird and obscure. This gave creators of color and queer people a chance to tell their stories, but as the industry grew, these shows appear in danger. In this atmosphere, pouring millions into Rings of Power and surrender Their own league flounder feels like a gaffe.

Of course, this is outside the scope of streaming. More precisely, he goes to a place where a new reboot can show the possibilities. Western world was once a 1973 Michael Crichton sci-fi film before it became a hugely popular – and much more reliable – hit for HBO. And again HBO. canned foodtoo.

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