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General Category => General Discussion => Topic started by: Peat on February 24, 2020, 02:05:36 AM

Title: If there was a brand new Fantasy TV show
Post by: Peat on February 24, 2020, 02:05:36 AM
What would you want it to look like?

Got curious about this idea because most Fantasy TV talk seems to revolve around "What series do you want adapted", "Who would you cast as X" etc.etc. And I feel like that's kind of a shame as there's a ton of stuff you could do with a brand new page.

So if there was a brand new Fantasy TV show, what would you like it to look like? What storylines and territory would you want it to cover? Any writers you'd want associated with such a project? Etc.etc.

Me, I think

a) The genre doesn't have much Portal Fiction at the moment and the difference between our world and a secondary is something the screen can really give an extra dimension.
b) I'd love to see some Fantasy shot in some of the more out-there locales around - jungle, desert, what not.
c) I'd love to see some genre-bending shown off to a wider scale - most of the series getting made are pretty standard trad fantasy, and I love trad fantasy, but why not show some fantasy with more of a mystery or war bent?

What does everybody else think?
Title: Re: If there was a brand new Fantasy TV show
Post by: S. K. Inkslinger on February 24, 2020, 07:22:24 AM
I'd be fine with anything with a moderate amount of action that doesn't sucks, haha.
Title: Re: If there was a brand new Fantasy TV show
Post by: isos81 on February 24, 2020, 07:43:27 AM
I would love to watch Drizzt and Malazan on TV.

@Eclipse would probably prefer WoT or Mistborn :P
Title: Re: If there was a brand new Fantasy TV show
Post by: Eclipse on February 24, 2020, 07:49:32 AM
I would love to watch Drizzt and Malazan on TV.

@Eclipse would probably prefer WoT or Mistborn :P

I would look forward to the 2 hour episode set in the bath tub.
Title: Re: If there was a brand new Fantasy TV show
Post by: isos81 on February 24, 2020, 07:49:54 AM
I would love to watch Drizzt and Malazan on TV.

@Eclipse would probably prefer WoT or Mistborn :P

I would look forward to the 2 hour episode set in the bath tub.
;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: If there was a brand new Fantasy TV show
Post by: Elfy on February 24, 2020, 08:16:28 AM
I would love to watch Drizzt and Malazan on TV.

@Eclipse would probably prefer WoT or Mistborn :P

I would look forward to the 2 hour episode set in the bath tub.
Only one episode? That’ll need its own spin off series.
There have been a couple of really good TV fantasy shows of late, Magicians springs to mind, especially once it goes off book. Although it’s a super hero show Legends of Tomorrow is fantastical as well as being a whole of of fun, although be warned the first season is awful. I’d skip it altogether and start with season 2. I also have high hopes for WandaVision.
Title: Re: If there was a brand new Fantasy TV show
Post by: cupiscent on February 24, 2020, 09:01:38 AM
I'm mostly meh about portal fantasy, but I would be interested in a television show that really got into the comparative science potential of it. (I'm thinking like when Jane goes to Asgard and is looking at their magic as science in the second Thor movie.) But also really look at differences in worldview and circumstances. (Does better nutrition mean our-world people can really physically dominate Over There, but does their religion/societal worldview mean that even a child can pants us with magic that, study as we might, we just can't get our heads around?)

I also wouldn't mind seeing something spec-fic that really explores the wide variety of alternative worldviews that are available. Yes, get political, at least inasmuch as "politics of identity" goes. Gender, sexuality, concepts of family and fealty and purpose. Really explore what it means to be human.
Title: Re: If there was a brand new Fantasy TV show
Post by: Yora on February 24, 2020, 09:33:13 AM
I would like to see a Sword & Sorcery adventures series with a bit of a retro look. Just people with swords and firelight, no huge CGI monsters and laser shows. Somehow I think Elric might have decent potential. Not quite sure if Conan would work.

Something original would obviously best. With a mediterranean or Indian environment and Bronze Age cultural influences. And lots of indirect soft magic where you can't exactly tell when something is a spell or fate, and spirits are working invisibly in the background.
Title: Re: If there was a brand new Fantasy TV show
Post by: Bender on February 24, 2020, 05:05:46 PM
More asian themes. Chinese three kingdoms and Japanese Samurai times have always interested me.
Indian mythology too. As diversified as Greco-Roman and as interesting.
Title: Re: If there was a brand new Fantasy TV show
Post by: Alex Hormann on February 25, 2020, 03:40:19 PM
I'd want something episodic, not serialised. Maybe something about bounty hunters tracking a different monster/rogue each week. Almost like a fantasy Blacklist or CSI.
Title: Re: If there was a brand new Fantasy TV show
Post by: isos81 on February 25, 2020, 04:01:08 PM
I'd want something episodic, not serialised. Maybe something about bounty hunters tracking a different monster/rogue each week. Almost like a fantasy Blacklist or CSI.

Like Supernatural?
Title: Re: If there was a brand new Fantasy TV show
Post by: Alex Hormann on February 25, 2020, 05:51:00 PM
I'd want something episodic, not serialised. Maybe something about bounty hunters tracking a different monster/rogue each week. Almost like a fantasy Blacklist or CSI.

Like Supernatural?

Exactly like Supernatural, but set in a secondary world.
Title: Re: If there was a brand new Fantasy TV show
Post by: Yora on February 26, 2020, 12:55:51 PM
Somehow I think Elric might have decent potential.
Turns out, there actually is a show in production.

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Title: Re: If there was a brand new Fantasy TV show
Post by: Rostum on March 28, 2020, 01:14:26 AM
Rivers of London (done right)
Title: Re: If there was a brand new Fantasy TV show
Post by: laughs on April 02, 2020, 08:52:51 AM
I'd love to watch a cross between Captain Planet and Josie and the Pussycats, with--hold it--cast from the Scooby Doo show as well.
Title: Re: If there was a brand new Fantasy TV show
Post by: JMack on April 03, 2020, 01:55:48 AM
I'd love to watch a cross between Captain Planet and Josie and the Pussycats, with--hold it--cast from the Scooby Doo show as well.

Hi, @laughs. If you’re a Scooby fan, you might enjoy the book “Meddling Kids” by Edgar Cantero. Scooby crossed with HP Lovecraft. Very cool.
Title: Re: If there was a brand new Fantasy TV show
Post by: laughs on April 06, 2020, 07:19:50 AM
I'd love to watch a cross between Captain Planet and Josie and the Pussycats, with--hold it--cast from the Scooby Doo show as well.

Hi, @laughs. If you’re a Scooby fan, you might enjoy the book “Meddling Kids” by Edgar Cantero. Scooby crossed with HP Lovecraft. Very cool.


Woah! Thanks for the recommendation. That sounds very enjoyable! Gotta get my hands on it! Thanks a lot again! :)
Title: Re: If there was a brand new Fantasy TV show
Post by: Elfy on April 06, 2020, 07:36:43 AM
I actually think fantasy on TV is in pretty good shape. I just finished watching Locke & Key, currently watching The Good Place and started The Umbrella Academy. They’re all fantasy to an extent and all different. It’s a lot more than when if you wanted fantasy on TV you had a choice of Buffy, Charmed and Supernatural.
Title: Re: If there was a brand new Fantasy TV show
Post by: Peat on April 06, 2020, 01:57:57 PM
I actually think fantasy on TV is in pretty good shape. I just finished watching Locke & Key, currently watching The Good Place and started The Umbrella Academy. They’re all fantasy to an extent and all different. It’s a lot more than when if you wanted fantasy on TV you had a choice of Buffy, Charmed and Supernatural.

That's hardly answering the question though is it  :P Unless your answer is "So happy with current offering see no need for new shows"

And I have to say, all six of those are contemporary/urban fantasy as is the vast majority of new fantasy programming - from the perspective of someone whose preference is heavily weighted to quasi-historical fantasy, they are basically all the same in that they're of limited interest.
Title: Re: If there was a brand new Fantasy TV show
Post by: Nighteyes on April 12, 2020, 02:07:37 PM
I have made my peace with my favourite books never being filmed. They will never live up to expectations. Out of the current series in production probably Wheel of Time excites me the most as the books are flawed and over long so any changes will be interesting to see if they make the story flow better and more exciting; also it is very different to Game of Thrones which is interesting and needed. The one that concerns me is Amazon's Lord of the Rings prequel. Just can't see it working - keep it in the spirit of Lord of the Rings it will be seen as dull and dated, update it and you lose the essence of Tolkien. Plus the fate of the characters is already set in stone making it hard to tell stories where the unexpected happens.