This year has been a big year of goodbyes on TV. First we said goodbye to 30 Rock, we’re about three weeks from saying goodbye to Breaking Bad, and this month we start the final season of How I Met Your Mother. Since I belong to all three fandoms (and I will be saying goodbye to CSUMB in December), it’s been an emotional ride. It’s almost like life is trying to force me to grow up and move on.
However, as much as I’m not a fan of the idea of growing up, sometimes moving on before things get bad is the better route. Hollywood, however, disagrees. I’m hearing so much talk of spin-offs this week and personally, I’m only fully behind one.
The one I have the most faith in is the Harry Potter spinoff,‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.’ Warner Brothers and JK Rowling announced that the magical world so many of us grew up in would be back for a spinoff based off of an author of one of the Hogwarts textbooks Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Newt Scamander. There are two reasons I trust this one the most: one is that it takes place seventy years before the Harry Potter series starts, and that JK Rowling is writing the script herself. So that means we can expect the same attention to detail in the characters as the original series, a cohesive magic world, as well as the fact that it won’t be too much re-hashing of the same thing we saw over and over again.
The one I am a little less on-board with is Better Call Saul, the Breaking Bad spinoff featuring Walt’s lawyer, Saul Goodman. My hesitance has nothing to do with neither the character Saul nor the writers of Breaking Bad. It’s more off my fear of spinoffs in general. Saul is one of my favorite characters on the show, however he is somewhat of a minor character and I love him in the small spurts that we see him. My hope is that I don’t grow tired of him as a main character.
The one I fear the most is a How I Met Your Mother spinoff. Yet again, I am a hard core HIMYM fan. However, the reason I like the show so much isn’t that it is the first of its kind or that it is full of new and fresh ideas for a sitcom. It’s the characters relationships with each other. HIMYM is based off a lot of running jokes and characters that we all can relate to and their best friends. Once you are hooked on the show, it’s like you are a part of the MacLaren’s crew. This spinoff is still only a rumor, but would potentially follow Marshall and Lilly’s life. Yes, Marshall and Lilly are my favorite characters in the show, but without Ted, Barney, and Robin, the show loses three fifths of it’s charm. As well as that, this will feel like a tenth season of the show, bearing the question, what more could we see?
Now, this isn’t to say that I wouldn’t sit down and watch every single one of these spinoffs, which is a big factor as to why spinoffs and sequels, no matter how good or bad, still always get made. It also doesn’t mean that they all couldn’t be wonderful. I’m just not as excited as everyone else is. Some of my favorite advice I’ve gotten as a writer is get in late and get out early. No, this advice doesn’t work for class or work unfortunately, but when it comes to writing it usually makes for a more interesting scene and movie as a whole.
What do you think? Are you excited? Comments below!