This thing has been sitting in my drafts for a while now. It was coming up to this time of year, and with RA busy on stage every day, I felt that maybe we needed to create a few diversions once the immediate reporting and reviewing of TS and UV would fizzle out. Well, who would’ve thought we might need distRAction right now and more than ever? So, how about a little fandom challenge? Yeah, yeah, I know, it’s nothing new, we’ve done it before. But I have actually put 25 new questions together – so none of the old “what’s your favourite photo?” and “who’s your favourite character?” We’re drilling a little bit deeper this time. By necessity – it’s a bit like those doctoral theses which have to become more and more specialised because all the more general topics have already been done.
But anyway, don’t worry, there is no obligation to take part or find this original. It’s just a strategy to provide some points for discussion and create some distraction. You can read here and leave your own answer in the comments, tweet or tumbl a reply, or write a post if you have a blog of your own. With the latter, you can do it in your own time – one question per post, or all of them in one go. Whatever suits you best. I’ll probably do it a post per question, but I’ll blog other content, too. Anyway, here goes the 2020 Armitage Distraction Challenge #ADC1…
Which series would you like to have seen a sequel of?
Ha, with RA’s chaRActer death rate, that limits the options here. Darling Guy is excluded, and Porter is no option, either. Is Lucas really dead? We never saw that, and anyway, season 9 of Spooks never happened, right? Ok ok, I’m stalling. I thought of NS first, but really, there is a happy-ever-after in it, why continue on? Then Richard’s most recent series came to mind, because some of the plot felt a little bit too conveniently concluded. In theory there is a bit more meat in TS – what with the new secret that Adam and Johanna are now keeping. But a sequel to that would not satisfy my need for some fluffy happiness. On the contrary, it would turn Adam into the hunted. So – no. Therefore, of the available series I will choose – a really old one.
Sparkhouse – my choice. Yes, it’s so long ago, it’s almost forgotten. And Richard did not even play a main character. But that is exactly why I would love to see a continuation of the show. The ending of the 2002 show – oof, 18 years ago 😱 – was left somewhat open. John Standring had married Carol, and Carol’s old lover was dead by the end of the show. But how did it all continue? Did Carol ever fall in love with John? Were they happy? How did Carol overcome the death of her soulmate? How did her daughter fare? And how did sweet, calm John deal with it all? I somehow feel that the very last scene of the show hints that John really comes into his own. Because Carol is devastated by whatsisname’s death, John has to step up. We know he is a capable farmer – and a caring man. I can see him taking care of Carol and slowly building her up again, making her eventually see his strengths and falling in love with him. I’d also be quite happy with a film version of one of my favourite fan fictions, In the Bleak Midwinter by khandy. If you haven’t read it yet, please do! John is so faithfully drawn – and the story is basically a fangirl’s dream.
Mind you, I also have a suggestion of my own. Considering that the show is now 18 years old, I would actually love a continuation that picks up at the present day, with 48-year-old Richard playing a mature John, of the same age. Where is the Northern farmer now? How have the past 18 years been? Has he come into his own? Has he got family? Preferably – and for purposes of story-telling – not, so that a new love story can be woven around him. Hehe, maybe with elements of khandy’s story, thank you very much.
So, what about you? Which series would you like to see continued? And why?