Gremlin Watches: She Ra and the Princesses of Power (Spoilers)

A short review;

Listen, I understand on a base level that a review of a show should have lots of concrete talking points, dissections of various plots, discussion of character arcs and all that jazz, but let me just sit back a moment and let out my real feelings.

Eeeee! Gay love wins! Gay love saves the universe! There’s hope in these dark times and my heroes get to be happy! Eeeee!


I’ve got a complicated relationship with my sexuality; it’s something I’m still parsing through as a 30-year-old and will probably still be processing for the rest of my life. But the thing is, I know that if I saw She Ra and the Princesses of Power as a child I might have felt a little safer, a little more secure, and a little bit more whole. That’s god’s honest truth. I cannot help but be super grateful that we live in a world where this kind of content for children is being made because I understand implicitly that it helps, and it’s necessary. Sure, seeing same-sex characters kiss as a child probably would not have helped my anxiety or depression, but it would have at least given me an anchor point; a true north that says, “This is okay too.” Smarter people said it better; representation maters.

So yay!

“Good luck with your banana ride share business!”

There isn’t a lot of good news recently, but there’s one source of joy in my life;

Tuca and Bertie is getting renewed on Adult Swim!

Maybe it was because I was in a rough patch when the show got cancelled, or maybe because I was just too invested, but the news of the initial cancellation was such a bummer for me. It felt kind of personal; I related so hard to this weird quirky show about two birds and Netflix didn’t renew it for a second season. If a brilliant creator like Lisa Hanawalt wasn’t able to make her show last, what chance is there for a beginner screenwriter like me? And it wasn’t like I was alone; the cancellation was met with a whole lot of confusion. And the fact is Netflix didn’t do a good job advertising it and then was surprised when not as many people saw it. Lame.

But all that’s put to rest because Adult Swim picked it up!

There’s going to be ten more episodes and frankly I cannot wait to see what happens.

I used to daydream about writing a spec for Tuca and Bertie (plot not at all fleshed out, but I imagined Tuca inadvertently becoming a super famous anonymous fanfic writer who wrote raunchy gay sex scenes of in-universe superheroes akin to Marvel or DC.) Maybe with this most recent news I’ll get it done!

Chapter One; The Boy Who Found Harry after a Tragedy –

This is the first installment of my very not-finished Potter Project, where I go through each chapter of the first Harry Potter book and try to find a way to translate it into a decent screenplay scene. This article focuses on chapter one and starting the proposed film at a different point than with the Dursleys.

If we break this down, one third of this project is light academia — looking at a text and interpreting it — while another third is practical; practicing for the sake of practicing — taking that interpretation and making it a viable screenplay scene as a thought exercise.

The final third is that I’m a nerd with some free time.

Betsy the Gremlin

Part two will be posted eventually, but for now, check it out here. ↙️

Chapter One; The Boy Who Found Harry After a Tragedy

Welcome to my blog!

Well, I tried tumblr for my professional blog platform but it was too simple; my only concern now is that wordpress is too complicated? I have no idea what I’m doing. Tumblr was a hell of a platform and I love the gifsets and reblog concepts, but it’s time for bigger or better things.

There is something optimistic about starting a new page though, and learning the ins and outs of it all. The weird thing is that I grew up blogging; I copied my father starting a blogger blog and did that for ages, then meandered to livejournal and finally tumblr. I get the concept but it’s always a rare, interesting treat to start anew.