What happens when what is arguably the biggest pop culture phenomenon of all time occurs at a time when the mainstream culture is too small to absorb it?
That’s kind of what happened in those pre-World Wide Web days of the original Star Wars trilogy. Carrie Fisher guest starred on Saturday Night Live. Donnie and Marie Osmond had a Star War sketch on their show. And, of course, there’s the (in)famous Star Wars Holiday Special.
Another example of this bizarre clash of pop and mainstream cultures was Mark Hamill guesting both as Mark Hamill and as Luke Skywalker on “The Muppet Show” in February 1980.
For kicks. Ties allowed. Eastern and Western Allowed.
Honorable Mentions -Star Butterfly (Star vs. The Forces of Evil)Korra (The Legend of Korra)
(Gravity Falls) Ice King (Adventure Time)
Louise Belcher (Bob’s Burgers)Razer (Green Lantern: The Animated Series)
(One Punch Man)
- It’s finished. No waiting on episodes, they’re all there.
- It’s wrapped up after 5 seasons in a way that makes sense; it wasn’t cancelled.
- It’s science-fiction. Packed with mystery, unexplained occurrences and all the other stuff that make your curiosity perk up.
- It’s created by JJ Abrams, Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Bryan Burk and J.H. Wyman. Some of these you might know from making the Star Trek reboot or the sci-fi TV show “Almost Human”.
- Main character is a female. She’s an FBI agent. She isn’t sexualized. She isn’t masculine. She isn’t a cliché. She isn’t made fun of for being a female agent. She is actually very intelligent and very appreciated by her co-workers.
- Her boss is a male POC.
- Another female agent is a POC as well.
- John Noble. The ‘mad scientist’ of the show.
- Leonard Nimoy. Yep. He’s a recurring character.
- Sebastian Roché and Jared Harris. Also, Blair Brown.
- Parallel universe!
- The love stor(ies) that happen don’t reduce anyone to a love interest.
- David Bowie references. (You’ll spot them, trust me)
- Cases of the week + serialisation
- Have I mentioned the fact that the characters aren’t a cliché?
- Freaky stuff. You’ll love it. It might freak you out but you’ll love it.