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I guess that was inevitable

There are fannish campaigns I get, and fannish campaigns I do not get.

A campaign to bring back someone who is going to be very busy HALFWAY AROUND THE WORLD until mid-2012? And who is on well-publicized record as asking to be definitively written out instead of leaving fans hanging? I most definitely do not get.

(Incidentally, there will be more meta at some point. Probably after the ep airs on BBCA this weekend.)

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robling_t
Apr. 6th, 2011 03:32 pm (UTC)
I think at this point I'm only surprised that it took this long... {sigh}
wiliqueen
Apr. 6th, 2011 04:02 pm (UTC)
True enough. And I'm trying really hard to just ignore it, but someone I chat with a fair amount on Twitter got followed by them this morning, and was like, "Um... no offense, but, no."

It doesn't seem to be getting much traction, though, so the cluelessness isn't as rampant as it could be. Which I'll call a win.

Ironically, a lot of the straw-grasping is based on the whole "He SAID he gets six weeks off and they'll have to see what they can work out! In LOTS of interviews!" Which was, of course, rather obviously part and parcel of the mind-bogglingly effective strategy for keeping Mitchell's death under wraps. I'm still AGOG that they pulled that off in this day and age without a single leak.

Now, of course, you have this side effect. And of course I've pretty much all along been going "Um, is the guy allowed to have a VACATION in the next two years??"
thanatos_kalos
Apr. 6th, 2011 05:36 pm (UTC)
At this point, I am simply hoping that no one has set up/is/will set up a memorial in Barry, because there is no way in hell I've got time to catalogue anything ELSE! :P
wiliqueen
Apr. 6th, 2011 05:45 pm (UTC)
*snerk* If they do, it's outside the scope of your diss anyway. Let it be some other poor sap's headache.
thanatos_kalos
Apr. 6th, 2011 06:26 pm (UTC)
Thing is, I'm literally one of the only people qualified to do these sorts of projects-- cross-training in contemporary archaeology and media/cultural studies is rare (there are 3 of us in the UK) and I'm the closest. *sigh* Wonder if I could actually get a grant for these things...
wiliqueen
Apr. 6th, 2011 06:41 pm (UTC)
Depends on how much of a moral obligation you feel for it HAVING to be done. It's interesting, yes, but I kinda think society as we know it won't end if a particular iteration doesn't get documented.

If you think it will, convince someone to get you a grant and go make yourself miserable to your heart's content. Because you know, if it does start and if the town/property owner/whatever doesn't squash it, it's going to be just as NOT a short-term project as the TIC.
thanatos_kalos
Apr. 6th, 2011 07:03 pm (UTC)
very true, on all counts. *sigh* Hopefully it just won't happen and I can get on with my workload... :P
wiliqueen
Apr. 7th, 2011 02:51 pm (UTC)
If it hasn't yet, it probably won't. It wouldn't have the same political/conspiracy-theory impetus that a lot of the Ianto stuff does.

Also, I can't think where they might do it, other than at the house, which is private property. Dunno about the wall next to it on the sidewalk, but I'm betting the town wouldn't stand for that. Assuming it's even accessible; remember it was blocked off for some kind of street or utility work when we were there.

Edited at 2011-04-08 04:43 pm (UTC)
madascheese19
Apr. 7th, 2011 02:28 pm (UTC)
*sigh*
This makes no sense. Why would anyone want to re-open a story that was closed with such heartache and finesse? Sad as I was to see him go, there's no way I'd want him back now. There aren't enough good endings for characters like Mitchell's, at least not on British TV anyway.

Hrmph. -_-

Edited at 2011-04-07 02:29 pm (UTC)
wiliqueen
Apr. 7th, 2011 02:36 pm (UTC)
Re: *sigh*
There aren't enough good endings for anyone in genre fiction in any medium. We're all too accustomed to death not meaning anything, and I'm all for the reversal of that trend.
brightknightie
Jun. 6th, 2011 12:25 am (UTC)
Re: I guess that was inevitable
I don't begrudge them their grief. Or their hope. Or the show any promotion this gains it. And I wouldn't begrudge them a Jamaica Bay "I am Phoenix!" resurrection someday, if it comes to that, either.

But.

This character was killed off for solid, well-developed and well-conceived storytelling reasons. It did not come out of nowhere. It did not contradict any of his values or contort his universe. It did not diminish him. I am confident that it will not be without ramifications.

We have seen storylines and characters -- and fans -- treated so much worse.

I've rewritten this comment several times. Apparently, I still harbor certain bitterness. :-) It's only been fifteen years; give me time! ;-)
wiliqueen
Jun. 6th, 2011 12:35 am (UTC)
Re: I guess that was inevitable
I don't begrudge them their grief. Or their hope. Or the show any promotion this gains it.

Nor I, though I really have to bite my tongue at the (thankfully very small) number who have declared that they have no reason to watch the show without him.

Apparently, I still harbor certain bitterness. :-) It's only been fifteen years; give me time! ;-)

I don't know if there's enough time in the world. *wry g* That comparison/contrast post I've been saying I was going to write? I do actually have a few notes on it, and I think perhaps this is the reason to finally get around to it.

For FK fans, after all, there is a whole extra layer to be thankful for in the fact that the last words Mitchell heard were "I love you."
brightknightie
Jun. 9th, 2011 03:29 am (UTC)
Re: I guess that was inevitable
>"the (thankfully very small) number who have declared that they have no reason to watch the show without him."

I should bite my tongue, too, shouldn't I? ~sigh~ People who think BH is all about Mitchell, people who think HL is all about Methos, people people people...

>"For FK fans, after all, there is a whole extra layer to be thankful for in the fact that the last words Mitchell heard were "I love you.""

Serious: Amen.

Silly: Gerthering '96. I wan't there, but I heard about the great unanimous simultaneous correction of GWD's, um, misimpression. :-) N&Ners and IBs in harmony on facts, if not meaning. :-)
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