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December 5, 2011 1:30 PM   Subscribe

The Middleman and Wendy in THE WIBBLY-WOBBLY, TIMEY-WIMEY, JIGGERY-POKERY. Javier Grillo-Marxuach, creator of The Middleman (prev) in both comics and TV, imagines a cross-over with a certain venerable British franchise.

A familiarity with both shows is pretty helpful.
posted by kmz (14 comments total) 25 users marked this as a favorite

 
There seems to be a bug in the Metafilter interface that is only allowing me to favorite this post once instead of the hundred times it clearly deserves.
posted by tdismukes at 1:53 PM on December 5, 2011 [6 favorites]


So does it count as fanfiction if the writer is the creator of one of the shows in question?
posted by Gordafarin at 1:53 PM on December 5, 2011


ABC Family sux. If The Middleman had been broadcast on the network proper, I'd guess it would have had a 50% chance of being renewed, rather than the 20% chance it got from being on the same network as The 700 Club.

Baptists will never understand the appeal of tentacled Henatai-monsters.
posted by vhsiv at 2:07 PM on December 5, 2011 [1 favorite]


If The Middleman had been broadcast on the network proper,

I'm not sure i would have heard of it, if not for a friend who recommended it to me. When he said "ABC Family", i assumed it was something his 10 year old at the time was watching and would suck. After the first episode it became my favorite show in a long time. If they had let it build viewers, it could have changed the station image to being cool, but didn't. I'm still floored it didn't get picked up by another channel, too awesome to live i guess. :(
posted by usagizero at 2:16 PM on December 5, 2011


Oh man, The Middleman and Wendy would be perfect as new characters on Torchwood. It would be sheer elegance in its simplicity. I bet they could fake Welsh accents too.
posted by Kattullus at 2:25 PM on December 5, 2011 [3 favorites]


ABC Family sux. If The Middleman had been broadcast on the network proper, I'd guess it would have had a 50% chance of being renewed, rather than the 20% chance it got from being on the same network as The 700 Club.

At least give ABC Family some credit for taking a chance on a show like The Middleman.
posted by gyc at 2:30 PM on December 5, 2011


I AM RUNNING AROUND MY HOUSE WITH FLAILING ARMS AND GOING HOORAY
posted by Kitteh at 3:29 PM on December 5, 2011 [1 favorite]


Oh god I'm sorry my alpha wave dream state is invading reality again
posted by The Whelk at 3:43 PM on December 5, 2011


Oh man, The Middleman and Wendy would be perfect as new characters on Torchwood.

Agreed, but don't encourage them -- BBC has gone all International with studio offices in L.A. If you saw the last season of Torchwood ('Miracle Day'), co-produced with Starz, you'd be more cautious, especially, b/c most of the same creatives are involved, only they're now living in California, including Russell T. Davies.

I'd hate to see Wendy and Middleman go out that way.
posted by vhsiv at 4:01 PM on December 5, 2011


Well, since Javier Grillo-Marxuach owns the characters (IIRC), he might follow along in the deal.

I'm telling you, sheer elegance...
posted by Kattullus at 4:21 PM on December 5, 2011


Oh boy I am looking forward to this! Especially since I just listened to the Writer's Panel podcast with Javier (bonus Dan Harmon!), and was reminded of how awesome The Middleman was.
posted by grapesaresour at 4:52 PM on December 5, 2011


I assume you've all read The Doomsday Armageddon Apocalypse, but if not, check it out. It brings the series to a solid (if somewhat teary, and somewhat rushed) conclusion.
posted by jiawen at 1:51 AM on December 6, 2011


Also, I should note (having read the story): spoilers for The Middleman!
posted by jiawen at 2:15 AM on December 6, 2011


Like he did for the TV episodes, Grillo-Marxuach has posted annotations for this story. Some spoilers for various old Doctor Who eps as well as The Middleman comics and episodes.
posted by kmz at 7:19 AM on December 7, 2011


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