giandujakiss: (Remington)
Media organizations embed fanvids or other fan uploaded content in their straight news articles. In this particular case, I love it because someone recreated the POI opening credits set to the theme from Remington Steele.
giandujakiss: (Remington)
NBC Plans 'Remington Steele' Reboot: Sequel Series Will Follow The Detective's Daughter
Deadline reports that NBC has given a script commitment plus penalty to a reboot of "Remington Steele," the romantic dramedy that served as Pierce Brosnan's big break. It looks like the network is still willing to invest in nostalgia, despite "Ironside's" lackluster premiere ratings and the soft openings for "The Michael J. Fox Show" and "Sean Saves the World."

If picked up to series, "Remington Steele" will be reimagined as a half-hour comedy and a sequel to the previous iteration, which ran from 1982 to 1987 on the Peacock network. The reboot will reportedly center on Olivia Holt, the daughter of Remington Steele (Brosnan) and Laura Holt (Stephanie Zimbalist), "as she reopens the once-world-famous Remington Steele Detective Agency -- only to fall into the same hilarious, action-packed, romantic entanglements of her parents."
On the one hand, Remington Steele yay!

On the other hand: (1) the feminist premise of Remington Steele would just be depressing if redone today; (2) I do not trust modern television showrunners not to turn the premise into another "genius-wrangler" type show, which the original Remington Steele was not, even though it could have been; and (3) if it's just a half hour comedy thing, losing the actual mystery part, it sounds like it will end up being ... awful, in so very many ways.
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It is a pretty standard trope in Hollywood films to have a male character - usually a child/teen - who is unpopular and kind of nebbishy, but finds himself drawn into some great and exciting fantasy story, where he alone can do the thing and his nerdiness is finally an asset and everyone admires him.

TVTropes calls this the Ascended Fanboy. Examples include Galaxy Quest, and Paul. Hell, Wesley Crusher was this kind of character. Not to mention Hiro on Heroes.

And in general, when Hollywood introduces a character who is a big nerdy fan of pop culture, the vast majority of the time, those characters are male, and when you do get a female, she is portrayed far more harshly, and far less sympathetically, than male characters are. (I.e., compare Becky in Supernatural to the male analogs - Garth, the fake Winchester brothers in Real Ghostbusters, even the horrendous evil teen in Swap Meat - the guys get to go on advantures and save the day, while Becky gets to be a rapist whose only interest in Supernatural is sexual. Or Big Bang Theory, where the guy nerds are fans, the girl nerd is not. SPN belatedly "apologized" with Charlie's introduction, but I strongly suspect that was in reaction to fan criticism.) Anyhoo, this was actually a real problem for me when I made A Different Kind of Love Song - male fan representation was easy to find, female fan representation was like pulling teeth, and canonically positive female fan representation was pretty much limited to Charlie on SPN and Laura in a single episode of Remington Steele.

I mean, male fans are mocked, but it's an affectionate mockery, with a recognition of their humanity, and usually a chance for them to be the hero at the end. Not so female fans - for example, the fan stand-ins in Xena are not only portrayed unattractively throughout the episode, but are used to mock the trope of fan heroism, when they try to interject themselves into the climactic fight and quickly get their asses kicked. The female fans in West Wing and Star Trek: Voyager exist only to be lectured to by men about their poor life choices.

Which is why Skye is awesome. She's the exact same male fantasy that we see on screen all the damn time, from nerdiness to computer geekery to fannishness to her superspecial power to save the day. Only this time, she's a chick. I am thrilled to see her. (And this is why I did not object - as some did - to the line about sweaty cosplay girls. Because while I could have lived without the "sweaty," it was an explicit acknowledgement of her fannishness - which is so very, very hard to find for women characters.)

PSA

Dec. 7th, 2012 09:15 pm
giandujakiss: (Remington)
[personal profile] quarter_to_five has been blogging her reactions to watching Remington Steele for the first time. As she makes very clear, everyone who hasn't seen Remington Steele really needs to correct that oversight.
giandujakiss: (Remington)
This vid was made for [personal profile] isagel as part of the [community profile] festivids exchange and was originally posted here.

Song: Kill the Director by The Wombats
Fandom: Remington Steele

Summary: This is no Bridget Jones.

Pairing: Remington/Laura

Sizes: 42 MB (544 x 408 .avi), 13.5 MB (400 x 300 .wmv)
Length: 2:49

Download: Monsters from the Vids

Download from Sendspace: The .avi file is here and the .wmv file is here.

Embed under the cut )

Additional notes )

Thanks so much to [livejournal.com profile] counteragent and [personal profile] rivkat for the beta.

Comments cherished.

(Crossposted to LJ)

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