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How “Our Flag Means Loss of life” Can Save “Again to the Rock”

When The Darkish Crystal: Age of Resistance received cancelled after one season, it broke our collective hearts. It was totally different when the identical factor occurred to The Muppets 2015 sitcom—then, all of us sort of stated “I really feel like they had been simply getting their bearings, and it might’ve been nice in the event that they’d gotten a second season. However, like, I get it.” No, Age of Resistance was unbelievable from begin to end, and when Netflix cancelled it, they left us baffled and bereft.

I’m frightened the identical may occur to Fraggle Rock: Again to the Rock. I hope the Apple execs are smarter than the Netflix execs and understand that BttR isn’t simply nice leisure, it’s essential. However can we assist them understand that?

When everybody was telling me, “It’s important to watch the homosexual pirate present,” I didn’t count on something greater than that: a foolish little comedy with hopefully some good LGBTQ+ illustration. And yeah, that’s precisely what it’s, however someway it turned a lot extra. If you understand, you understand. In my a long time of geekhood, I’ve by no means seen something just like the Our Flag Means Loss of life fandom. And it’s precisely what I would like for Again to the Rock.

HBO didn’t put a number of promoting into OFMD and possibly thought it wouldn’t do terribly properly. However in a matter of weeks after it premiered, phrase of mouth led to Fb teams, Reddit threads, Discord servers, and even native meetups devoted to discussing and celebrating the present. Screencaps turned memes. Followers named themselves the Crew and adopted a citrus print button-up from Outdated Navy because the official uniform. No official merch has been launched, so followers merely made their very own: hand-painted Funko Pops, customized made “melancholy robes,” tattoos, marmalade, and so forth. Fan artwork and fan fiction have flooded Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, and Archive of Our Personal (AO3). On the time of this text, AO3 has 13,260 OFMD fan works.

(Disclaimer: OFMD and BttR are very totally different reveals. I shouldn’t need to say this, however simply to be clear: whereas I do want BttR was producing tons of fan artwork and fan fiction like OFMD, I DO NOT WANT to see BttR producing tons of NSFW fan artwork and fan fiction like OFMD.)

One other outstanding side of this fandom is the great relationship between the creators and the followers. As any OFMD fan who’s attended a number of cons can inform you, we are, on the entire, extraordinarily respectful of the present’s creators and actors. There’s no “faux nerd” gatekeeping, and “We discuss it by as a crew” like our captain taught us. The creators, in flip, are deeply beneficiant with their time and love and gratitude. They understand how a lot they owe the present’s season 2 renewal to the fan base collectively rising up and demanding it.

I gained’t go into element about why OFMD has earned such an enormous fandom, as loads of different writers have already achieved so. Although it’s price noting that members of each fandoms have clearly picked up on the actual fact the the crew of the Revenge have sturdy Muppet Vitality:

“Our Flag Meets Muppets” by Lillistration on Etsy
“Izzy will get muppetified in opposition to his will” by Bulpaa on Tumblr (full comedian right here)
@gonzo_vs_taika on Instagram
By @mucfhiain on Twitter
By Khan&Kittens on Tumblr

I’ll merely say that changing into a part of the Crew has been a mind-boggling, improbable expertise. It has taught me not solely the facility of what a present can imply to individuals, however the energy of what a fandom can do for the present itself, the individuals who make it, and one another.

Look, I don’t count on a reboot of a puppet present from the 80s to have the identical mass attraction or encourage the identical stage of rabidity in its followers as The Homosexual Pirate Present. However BttR is so good and so essential that it deserves to have a powerful demand for renewal. The truth that BttR exists in any respect is one thing of a miracle, however there’s a lot extra the creators can do in the event that they solely get the prospect.

So what can we, as dutiful Muppet nerds, do?

1. TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW ABOUT IT. Exterior of my quick circle, each time I’ve talked about BttR to somebody, they’ve inevitably stated, “Fraggle Rock received rebooted??”

2. Put up on social media! Share ToughPigs’ episode evaluations and “Fraggle Speak” podcast episodes! Make “OK, Boober” memes and duet the songs on TikTok! (I’m pointing my finger on the mirror on this one, as I haven’t achieved a #FraggleTok since 2021.) Discuss your favourite second and what it meant to you.

3. Make artwork! Draw your favourite moments from season 1! Write Pogey’s backstory! And since there’s been a definite lack of official merch, don’t wait to make your individual! Etsy has a number of classic ‘80s Fraggle Rock merch on the market, however loads much less authentic artwork. T-shirts, buttons, 3D printed collectible figurines, puppet replicas—if we will dream it, Muppet followers are artsy sufficient to make it occur. 

If we will show to the Powers That Be that Again to the Rock isn’t simply nice however financially viable, by displaying how a lot we like it and wish extra, we will get the season 2 we deserve.

Click on right here to blow the Fraggle Horn and name a gathering on the ToughPigs boards!

by Beth Prepare dinner



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