Great job, Brainbin and e of pi. You guys have done it again.
You don't remember this update :.https://www.alternatehistory.com/forum/threads/that-wacky-redhead.220395/page-216#post-10647829 I recall you commented on it when it came out.Did Nintendo's entry into the video game field get butterflied away entirely? If not, I know OTL Nintendo approached Atari to release the NES in the U.S. (in 1985); it would be a bit of allohistorical irony for the Syzygy VCS III to be inspired by/combined with TTL's FamiCom. What ever happened to SEGA ITTL? t.
I'd say at the very least you should look into publishing TWR through AH's own SeaLion Press. I don't know if they sell through Amazon, but if they do, this would definitely go on my Christmas List.
I do now, thank you.You don't remember this update :.https://www.alternatehistory.com/forum/threads/that-wacky-redhead.220395/page-216#post-10647829 I recall you commented on it when it came out.
This is not the beginning; this is not the end of the beginning; this is not even the beginning of the end. In fact, very soon, it will be the end. (Which is also the beginning. Confused yet?)To quote the 10th Doctor in "The End of Time" (Which doesn't exist ITTL):
Well, Professor, thank you for sticking around for so long! Not too many of my other posters can claim to have planted their flag on this thread all the way back in 2011!Damn this NotaUtopia for making me sad it's ending
If TV Tropes existed ITTL, and if there were a Useful Notes page on Robert Stanfield, and if it had a Laconic subpage, it would read, in its entirety, "A Safe Pair of Hands".Lovely updates there- Canada sounds like its got its stuff together fair more than in OTL.
That depends on whether you believe the Ewoks to have been modeled on the Afghans or on the VC (which is to say, the [verboten] Cong). In the former case, perhaps; in the latter case, probably not.Ogrebear said:The anthology idea for Journey 2 is brilliant! Vader dead! Now we just need the 3rd to be about giant, furry beast-like aliens driving the Imperials from their forest world...!
Thanks, Dan! We really enjoyed writing this one, as you can probably tellGreat job, Brainbin and e of pi. You guys have done it again.
Thank you, TheBatafour!Another excellent update!
George Lucas is the key to all of this. If we get George Lucas working... Because he's a more intriguing character than we've ever had in this TL before.TheBatafour said:Boy, George sure is a more interesting character than we have had before in one of these timelines, compared to OTL. Seeing him get his act together (at least for now) makes me optimistic for the ever so mysterious future of TTL.
I knew I was on a highway to the danger zone when I was awakened to these character types, but they still take my breath away.TheBatafour said:Say, a rebel pilot, a tough force-sensitive lady and an idealistic fighter, where have I seen these characters before? And having the pilot played by Tom Cruise, where do you get these ideas?
Indeed, the carbonite was a very easy way to get Harrison Ford out of the sequels (still four more as opposed to just one more at that stage, IIRC), which is why the OTL film does not end with his rescue.TheBatafour said:Han not coming back is not very unlikely actually, the low-budget 'sequel' draft known as Splinter of the Mind's Eye IOTL was written without Han in it, as I recall Ford having always been reluctant to feature in both Empire and Jedi (one of the reasons for the whole carbonite thing actually)
Well, no, because Lucasfilm is still a major studio. I think the terminology you're looking for is smaller, more personal pictures.TheBatafour said:Funny how instead of financing Indy films George now finances indie films
Isn't it ironic, don't you think?TheBatafour said:Curious how a franchise that avoids the name Star Wars is more concerned with the actual war than that of OTL
This sort of thing happens quite often, actually - this is why there's a trope called Early Instal(l)ment Weirdness. (Note the section on Star Wars.)TheBatafour said:Seeing as how, at least in my opinion, the star wars 'tradition' was encoded with Empire, this franchise is only going to get more divergent from this point on. In no specific order, there now is no Boba Fett, no family ties between characters, no Yoda, no Vader as focal point of the saga, and no prominence of the Millennium Falcon. I wonder if ATL me would still like it, but with the franchise having more long-term viability, I'm sure that this Lucas will put his eccentric mind to work on the science fantasy mythology we all love and loathe.
You missed a few zeroes there. Nine, to be precise. Although I'd probably settle for six zeroes, to be fair.TheBatafour said:lastly, with TWR so close to the end, I thought I would make some predictions as to how the timeline as a whole could be improved. Firstly, I think you need to double down on the commercialisation of TTL. Everyone would buy TWR action figures, so why not write stuff into the timeline that would fit this marketing more? I suggest an appendix on the history of teddy bears. Furthermore, we all want to know the backstory of Lucille Ball. I'd say go back to when she was 9 or so. And while you write these prequels, extensively rewrite the original TL to fit the changes (I'd suggest calling it the special edition). Lastly, if you want to write more personal alternate history, you can always sell it to me for 4 dollars. How does that sound?
Thank you very much for your lovely compliments In addition to returning to my long-dormant TL project Harry Potter and the Small Screen, I did have several other concepts in mind, which I may yet share with all of you in due time.TheBatafour said:That last part got a little crazy, but what matters in the end is that this is a magnificent piece of alternate history, and I hope to read many more like it by your hand. Quite curious what you have planned for us. It's been a blast, and all on account of That Wacky Brainbin!
As far as I know, SeaLion Press only sells through Amazon, and I would advise you to peruse their catalogue at length - the finest collection of AH stories on or off the web.I'd say at the very least you should look into publishing TWR through AH's own SeaLion Press. I don't know if they sell through Amazon, but if they do, this would definitely go on my Christmas List.
One thing I like about the anthology format taking hold is that it really has no equivalent IOTL - all of the big movie franchises are serialized, or at least tell a continuing story. Star Trek comes the closest, with an explicit baton-passing in the seventh film and then a proper reboot in the eleventh. (Even the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which is ostensibly an anthology of parallel series, is more and more bleeding together into a single, unified series.)I like the idea of Journeys of the Force not being about specific characters, but a universe, although I can see how fans might have got annoyed. The idea that Han Solo just disappears from the story entirely is interesting. I don't know how TTL Daibhid would feel about it; I suspect it would continue to be "the sci-fi franchise that's quite interesting, but that I'm not a Proper Fan of like Trek and Who".
It made it to air, as The Muppets, and features said muppets engaging in madcap Saturday morning hijinks. (Think a combination of the OTL Muppet movies and Muppet Babies.)Daibhid C said:Before things wrap up, back in 1982, Jim Henson was trying to get a Saturday morning Muppets series, following the disappointing box office of The Broken Crystal. Whatever happened to that?
Indeed. That was not intentional when I started writing this thing, let me assure you...Daibhid C said:(Oh, and I've just realised that if you started this in 2011, and it's ending soon, that makes it ... a five-year mission!)
Very good eye! Details like that are definitely there to be noticed by the observant reader, and I'm glad you noticed it!I did notice the bit where Kurt Russell suddenly has a new agent.
A most apropos statement, The Walkman, and thank youI can't believe this is almost over...
But to quote Dr. Seuss: "Don't cry because it's over; smile because it happened."
Thank you, kennethos, and welcome aboard!Excellent penultimate chapter. Looking forward to seeing the conclusion!
I distinctly remember a brief mention in an earlier update under its orignal name, Pinwheel. Apart from that, at this point it would be too late.
If I may quote Star Trek, albeit one that never exists in this timeline, in response to this very lovely post, all I can say is "I cannot help but be touched"Half a decade ago I handily ignored this timeline.
We all make mistakes, although I have to admit this one was bigger than most as regards excellent and fascinating timelines being missed. Because this was absolutely 100% in my wheelhouse of interests, indeed I'm honoured to have helped out upon occasion (let's not even mention the friendship with the author, because words are inadequate).
Now don't me wrong it didn't take me that long to get on board. The 5th of January 2012, in fact. But that was, let's say, at least two months late given the quality inherent even in the opening (in retrospect, given later posts) uneven work. And now it's winding to a close. The end of an era in pop cultural timelines. To quote Star Trek, albeit one that never exists in this timeline, “All Good Things…”
Definitely not "what happened next", if you define "next" as "after September 20, 1986 (a Sunday), 11:00 PM Eastern/10:00 PM Central". I might be more open to a "where are they now", assuming of course you define "now" as "September 20, 1986 (a Sunday) at 10:59:59 PM Eastern/9:59:59 PM Central", as they will all cease to exist in the instant that followsAs much as I regret that there won't be a sequel to this, I would surely like a where are they now or What Happened Next section?
And I appreciate all my readers, regardless of when they came aboard! I'm having trouble wrapping my head around finally being done writing this thing after almost half a decade...This timeline's almost over now? Damn. At least I got to read it before its conclusion.
No comment.This TL needs a Breakfast Club close!
Welcome aboard, Curiousgorge66! As @Dan1988 mentions, the precursor to Nickelodeon has already been mentioned ITTL, albeit probably not to the extent it should have.Is anything related to Nickelodeon gonna be involved in this?