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December 12 2012

Did S.H.I.E.L.D. kill off Weird Desk? That seems to be the informed speculation over at Deadline.

Reading this just reminds of how long it's been since the X Files went off the air...
I admit this headline made me think ABC had started to make decisions on what props S.H.I.E.L.D. was going to use.
I also thought this meant that SHIELD would have normal, boring desks in their office. ;-)

Also... what is the "vengers" franchise?

[ edited by AnotherFireflyfan on 2012-12-12 17:51 ]
Damn it! First Dark Angel, now Weird, Weird Desk? Never mind.
I read somewhere however, that the series "Odd Ottoman" has been fast-tracked.
“Weird Desk” is led by Morgan, an obstinate, socially inept and brilliant man who would now be dead if it weren’t for his special forces trained partner, Rosetta.

Is anybody else a little tired of the oddball genius paired with the cute and/or efficient partner trope? It's seems so much a standard now. I wish at least it would be varied a little, if only to switch the sexes of the oddball and partner. Beside the rare "strong female" role you could put the rare intelligent, obstinate, socially inept female role. Someone needs to blow this trope up in a big way. I know it's done, but it's not done enough.

[ edited by bigsofty on 2012-12-12 21:01 ]
"Inept" and "woman" in the same character looks a little bad these days, though, at least outside of sitcoms.

I'm sorry for the Weird Desk folks, but I'll be honest: I had a faint moment of relief that somebody else was getting cancelled for a change. Does this make me a bad person?
I feel bad for the Weird Desk folks. Personally, I'd watch both shows...

I wish at least it would be varied a little, if only to switch the sexes of the oddball and partner.

Bones comes to mind... The thing about tropes, as annoying as they often are, they exist because they work.

And on the subject of The X-Files, it's only a matter of time before it gets rebooted.

[ edited by Effulgent on 2012-12-12 22:12 ]
True, I forgot Bones, though in that case it's more oddball and goofball.
@ManEnoughToAdmitIt, the 'oddball and goofball' gave me a chuckle.
I also was confused by the title, at first I thought "Weird Desk" was going to be a (strangely named) character on Whedon's show that had been cut or might be killed-off. (ETA: I'm not too familiar with Marvel or what are considered likely character names in their universe).

Like Effulgent that bit about the "socially inept and brilliant" & "special forces trained" partners brought to mind Bones for me (I actually immediately thought "so that's Bones with the sexes flipped around" when I first read it). To be honest, I don't think I know a series were the male is the socially clueless one.

I also don't think I would have watched "Weird Desk" if it had went to series. I'm not too fond of the police procedural genre. And while I love some fantasy cop and detective stories such as Douglas Adam's Dirk Gently stories, Jim Butcher's Dresden Files and Jasper Fforde's Nursery Crime Series this sounds like the other less fantastical (and also less humorous) type that I can hardly stand. I'd much prefer the "police procedural with the Ankh-Morpork City Watch" mentioned on this site last year that supposedly was in development. (Does anyone happen to know if it still is?)

[ edited by the Groosalugg on 2012-12-13 15:27 ]
A show where the male is the socially clueless one...not so much socially clueless, but Chuck comes to mind. She's the capable one, he's the guy who gets told to stay in the car. To an extent, Castle is that way too. It's not so much about awkward vs. not awkward as much as it is about trained vs. not trained.
Odd thinking of a Joss Whedon property being the big bad bad that crushes some smaller fish's project...

Well, Carl Binder has been around for a while. I'm sure he'll be fine. I do think it's sad that we're still at a point where adding a genre show means necessarily crushing another genre show rather than finding a slot not currently occupied by genre.

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