by Brandy D. Anderson
Do you like political drama that’s so contemporary it’s a little scary? Do you like inclusive shows where the cast is representative of our society? Do you like moody who-dun-its with some fun little twists and turns? Well, I’ve got three super hot shows for you to check out, and I’ve also included their amazing tumblr pages because you’re gonna wanna want check out these sites after you’re hooked (if you’re not already)!
“Official Tumblr Account of the Writers Room for the CW Series ‘The 100’
The 100 (pronounced “the hundred”) is a gritty CW and Netflix dystopian show unlike any other. Relying on bleak realism and character studies, each fast-paced episode is full of philosophical and ethical quandaries facing each character in this post-apocalyptic Earth. This show is unique in its fan demographic, it garners young teen fans all the way up to the more mature set in their fifties. With the fast pacing, the focus on character development and backstory, and mystery boxes, it shares a number of similarities with LOST, which has earned it a devout following from LOSTIES looking for a new show to obsess over.
This tumblr account is run by the show’s writers. There are lots of goodies on this page and it’s updated constantly. The best things you’ll find here are the pieces of episode scripts. Since episode five of season five just aired, they shared a scene from it in the series they call “From Script to Screen”. The most recent one starts with the writers’ comment: “We’re back! This time with some Space Kru sparks”. This snippet features Murphy, Echo, Monty, and Emori. It’s fun reading the location cues and the little character notes from the writers. Here is a fun example: “Murphy growls in frustration, then notices Madi’s quizzical expression… Murphy: What? Madi: (after a beat) I thought you’d be funnier. (The others manage smiles. They already know that…) Monty: Clark told her stories. Murphy: Ah. Was I the dashing hero who got the girl? Emori: Or the selfish fool, who lost her. (Uneasy smiles all round, but Madi misses the joke…)” There are three full pages from this section of the script.
Another script covers Kane’s experience in Shallow Valley in the same episode. There are script shares from the first four episodes of this new season as well. Before season five began airing, they shared random portions from the series’ entire run. Recently, they shared a few pages from season two, episode one, ‘The 48’. One post shares three pages of dialogue between Clarke, Monty, Jasper, and Maya. Another starts at the very beginning of season two, and reveals the writer’s notes for the first few minutes: “INT. Mount Weather – The White Room – Time Unknowable. Clark is alone, crouched in a corner, just now realizing with some horror that her father’s watch is gone. Only minutes have passed since the terrifying end to season one and she’s right where we left her, mind racing, unable to make sense of her bizarre surroundings. Frantic eyes land on the Van Gogh. She rises and steps closer. Like us, she wonders what the fuck it’s doing here. After a moment, she looks back and is jolted by the sight of someone in a Hazmat suit, face hidden behind the mirrored mask, staring in at her through the window in the door.” If you’re a fan of this show, or even if you’re just a fan of writing, you should definitely follow this account. They post a lot of scripts.
“The Mortal Instruments”
Shadowhunters is another unique show that has gained increasing popularity over a wide demographic. It’s beloved first and foremost for its diverse cast and characters. You’ll be hard-pressed to find another show that’s so inclusive in its main ensemble. There is wide character and actor representation of many different ethnicities and sexual orientations. And the best thing is that none of these representations are played for a gimmick or a token, they just happen to be a small part of who the character is – and that’s refreshing. This show also delves into politics in surprising depth, with constant themes of classism, racism, bigotry, and social and political hierarchy comprising the backstory of the entire show. This show manages to weave this dense material in a way that most of the audience doesn’t even notice it’s there, and that’s truly impressive.
This tumblr account is full of wonderful gifs that represent the many nuances and aspects of this surprisingly complicated show. And each gif usually has a funny little caption with it, too. One recent gif shows Clary (Clarissa – but don’t call her that unless you want her to suspect you of working for her villainous dad, Valentine) and the Consul talking from the season three midseason finale: Clary explains Jace’s behaviour to the Consul, “Because he’s been possessed by the Queen of Edom”. The caption reads: “Mic drop”. Another gif shows Luke and Mayrse, he gives her a smile and tells her, “You’re my only hope”. The caption quips, “No pressure, Mayres”.
Aw, if you’re a Malec fan (and who isn’t?), you’ll love the gif captioned, “THIS is what love looks like”: Alec and Magnus talk, Alec tells him, “I have to do this”, and Magnus says, “Of course”, ready to do anything to help Alec. You’ll get a bit of snark in the gif entitled, “Really, Jace?”: evil Jace tells a stunned Simon, “Still jealous she picked me over you, huh?” There are a lot of really fun gifs of Lilith, sometimes she’s burning people with her eyes (metaphorically, shockingly), sometimes she’s plotting another wicked plan, and sometimes she’s just looking terrifyingly regal. I really like the gif where Alec receives a fire message and Clary and Izzy both turn to look at him at the exact same time: “Clary and Izzy, you’re so in-sync”. If you’re into gifs, definitely get this account on your feed because they post a lot.
“This is Riverdale. The official tumblr”.
“Welcome to Riverdale: The Town With Pep!” This ain’t your parent’s version of Archie. No, Riverdale is a moody neonoir full of murder, duplicity, gangs, class warfare, and mysterious dalliances. Riverdale is not for the feint of heart. It’s like a film noir slamming bubblegum flavoured energy drinks. And Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead, and Josie only vaguely resemble their vintage comic book alter-egos. It’s rather clever the way the show incorporates the squeaky clean versions of these characters with the darker, grittier forms we see here. And the way they mesh the 60s vibe, ala Bates Motel, really works and blends in nicely with the gloomy aesthetic. When you look at this tumblr account, you’re instantly inside the misty world of Riverdale. There are a lot of things to choose from on this easy-to-navigate site, and it’s quite pleasing to the eye. There are gifs, still shots, behind-the-scenes posts, and noir-esque black and white shots.
When you hover your mouse on the top of the homepage, you’ll find thumbnails of Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead, Cheryl, and Josie, and then the image turns into their new comic drawings. If you click on one of the thumbnails, you’re taken to that character’s page and all of the posts that have been tagged with that character’s name. At the end of the row of character thumbnails you’ll find “Comic Creator”. If you click on this, you’re taken to a new page where you can “enter the world of Riverdale and become a character alongside Archie and the gang”. In the Comic Creator, you have the option to continue without signing in, but if you do that, it simply gives you a few panels of the comic that you can scroll through. It appears that you can make your own comic character if you sign in with Facebook, but I’m not sure if it then becomes a choose-your-own-adventure type deal or if it simply gives you an icon. Either way, I didn’t want to give the app access to my information (you have to agree to give them your public profile info, current city, and likes) so I didn’t try it out.
Really, the best thing on here is the plethora of gifs, photos, show clips, and art. I really like that you can watch a clip without going to another tab – it just plays right there in the square. And I love how you can easily jump to all posts tagged with a particular character. My only suggestion, really, would be to add character thumbnails for FP (or, as I like to affectionately call him, Hot Mess Dad) and Alice (one of the coolest – and craziest – moms ever) because, come on, Falice is the best. There are a ton of posts here to scroll through, with new ones being added daily.