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The week in geek: Black Lightning's Lit! Where's that Snyder Cut? Does Nintendo know?

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Jan 19, 2018

Hello, friends, and congratulations: We made it to the end of yet another week! Did you catch all of the biggest news stories? Probably not. It was kind of an intense week when it came to non-nerd news. No one could blame you for being distracted.

Fortunately for you, some of us stare at nerdy news all week until our muscles atrophy, as a profession. So, while you were having a life with your Tide Pods, your lip sync battles, and the constant threat of government shutdown, we stayed home — watching.

From January 14 to today, these are the stories that most dominated the week in geek:

 

BLACK LIGHTNING

You want to start with some good news? Yeah, you do. The CW premiered its latest, non-Arrowverse (maybe) comic book show, Black Lightning, on Tuesday night. It was an enormous success! Based on the numbers alone, Black Lightning had the best series premiere The CW has seen in two years, with 2.3 million viewers.

 

But those numbers only tell part of the story. The real success, as we're seeing more and more these days, was in the response on social media. And what people love about Black Lightning right from the pilot is the authenticity, the music, and the unflinching willingness to openly discuss the oppression of black people in America without denying the strength of black families and the black community.

And let's just say we won't be surprised if Black Lightning is one of the most discussed topics next week, too. #Thunder

 

#RELEASETHESNYDERCUT?

 

Details for the home video release for DCEU's Justice League movie were announced this week. While there will be behind-the-scenes featurettes, there will be no director's commentary, no extended cut, and only one deleted scene. In other words, no cut of the film with Zack Snyder's original vision.

But that has not stopped some DCEU fans from not only insisting that there is a Zack Snyder cut of Justice League, but also demanding its release. And while the home video details suggest it doesn't exist, there is, as of this week, a website now dedicated to willing the supposed Snyder Cut into existence.

Anyway, as a result of the home video announcement and the Snyder Cut website, people seem to be talking about this situation now more than ever. Someone should get Fox and Friends to talk about it, prompting the president to tweet #ReleaseTheSnyderCut. Whether or not that gets something released or just gives people something to laugh at, uh ... win-win?

 

THE LAST JEDI: DE-FEMINIZED FANEDIT

Speaking of conversations you probably thought would be over by now, the conflict between the people who loved the latest Star Wars movie, The Last Jedi, and the people who hated it sure is still happening.

The conversation took a turn this week, when an anonymous person illegally downloaded a bootleg copy of The Last Jedi from torrenting site The Pirate Bay and crafted their own version of the film. The difference? It's about 46 minutes long now and focuses on the men while removing most of the plotlines involving the lady-Star-folks.

Unsurprisingly, the cut got roasted on Twitter. Perhaps slightly surprising, the people involved in making the real film joined in the roasting. Rian Johnson, John Boyega, and Mark Hamill all took the time to dunk on the all-male cut of the film.

 

But the real story, as ever, isn't the fan-edit (hilarious though it may be) but the response to it. SYFY WIRE's own Jordan Zakarin analyzed the alt-right's involvement in not only The Last Jedi, but also throughout all nerd conversations, from Gamergate to Ghostbusters.

And while some people are still arguing whether a piece of media is somehow objectively good or bad, the larger conversation is why someone was inspired to craft an all-male fan edit for The Last Jedi in the first place, why it's generated so much conversation, and how best to deal with the extreme and opposing reactions we have to our media, whether it's Star Wars or literally every other piece of media that comes out now.

 

NINTENDO CARDBOARDO

The House That Mario Built revealed their "new interactive experience," Nintendo Labo. We knew Nintendo would be announcing something this week, but few (if any) were ready for DIY cardboard.

Yup. Nintendo's new concept involves kids (and adults) piecing together what is effectively sturdy papercraft, combining it with the Switch technology, and using the two in tandem to play a tiny piano, or go fishing, or make a house or car or robot or ... motorbike.

 

Nintendo Labo is the sort of oddity that only Nintendo would attempt. And the reaction has been ... hilarious. But, yes, it's a $70 venture for the consumer, which can feel like quite an investment for cardboard. It's also a weirdly creative tactic, too, especially for a video game company. After all, aren't parents always complaining that their kids are mindlessly staring at the screen instead of actually DOING SOMETHING?

Is Nintendo Labo a worthwhile something for kids (and adults) to do? That's definitely been one of the big questions on people's minds this week. But mostly it's just cardboard jokes. Which is fair.

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WAYWARD DAUGHTERS BECOME WAYWARD SISTERS

The CW had a week, huh? Not only was Black Lightning lit (I'm sorry, had to be done), but Supernatural has made good on a fandom's nearly three-year-old wish.

During Supernatural's 10th season, it aired an episode called "Angel Heart," which connected Castiel's host's daughter, Claire, with Sheriff Jody Mills. And from that moment #WaywardDaughters was a born, a hashtag that hoped for a spin-off show featuring women characters from the Supernatural world so they could have stories of their own and not, you know, just wind up being fodder for Sam and Dean's man feelings.

 

That hashtag, taken up by Jody Mills herself, Kim Rhodes, eventually played its part in landing a backdoor pilot for an all-female Supernatural spin-off, Wayward Sisters.

Said backdoor pilot aired this week to a very positive reception. #WaywardSisters trended throughout the evening, with people tweeting that they hadn't watched Supernatural for a while, but were returning to support the all-female spin-off.

That's it! That is the week in top topics. What were the topics you were seeing in your timeline? What are your thoughts on these topics? Can you #ReleaseTheSnyderCut? Won't someone think of #TheSnyderCut? #TheSnyderCut.