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QUACKCAST 508 - Fan Service

Ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Dec. 8, 2020

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The Mandalorian on Disney Plus is a very popular series, it's particularly known at the moment because of the “fanservice”, i.e. fan rewards in the second series. a couple of Clone Wars characters are in it now… but we won't spoil that.

Tantz, Banes and I chat Fan Service! What IS Fan Service and why is it a thing? When did we first learn about it?
For me it was Neon Genesis Evangelion. At the end of each episode one of the characters would preview the NEXT episode and then finish by promising “more fan service”. It took me a wile to work out they meant shots of underpants and sideboobs and things… The meaning of fan service has come to be expanded a bit now though, bellow are the types we chat about. One thing they all have in common is that they're there to titillate, amuse, or excite fans but they're not essential to the story:

1. Things that have broad appeal; boobs, bums, bare chests etc. eg. Daniel Craig bare chested at the beach in Casino Royale. Could even be a cool shot of mecha or a car.
2. Things that are popular in the fandom being inserted  into the story as fan rewards, e.g. John McClane from Die Hard saying his “Yipee-Ki-Yay…” catchphrase in every film.
3. Rewarding diligent fans with callbacks and Easter eggs later on in the work or at the end of it, e.g. the sitcom Community did this all the way through, especially at the end.
4. Memes and in-jokes peripheral to the fandom being added into the story. This is the weakest of all the types of fan service and does most harm to the story. Star Wars The Last Jedi is full of it, e.g. Luke's “laser-sword” line, him pole-vaulting over to milk the boob aliens on the cliffs etc.

The musical feature this week that Gunwallace has given us is theme to Heaven Hunters, Holy reverence in the sepulcher, voices soaring to the heavens, followed by a thunderblast of satanic guitar fire, burning hot with blue and orange flame running free in a cleansing chaos of rock!!

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Heaven Hunters - - by TedGravesArt, rated M.

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Ozoneocean at 6:05AM, Dec. 13, 2020

When it gets fan-fictiony and memey and in-jokey, that can be a problem

hushicho at 5:00PM, Dec. 9, 2020

It is a really interesting discussion, as always. Fan service is one of those strange things. It can seem excessive sometimes, especially if the story relies on service too much, or it can really work to make a story much more likeable that has otherwise ignored the response of those experiencing it. There are different grades, though. Supernatural turning into fanfiction-level stuff that someone accidentally committed to video was a bad attempt at using fan service, but from what I hear, The Mandalorian wisely uses fan service in a way that gives many people a reason to love it...because it's giving them what even the major films don't give anymore.

Ozoneocean at 5:07PM, Dec. 8, 2020

It's worth doing :D

Andreas_Helixfinger at 9:29AM, Dec. 8, 2020

Fascinating stuff👍 I must admit I have sort of prematurely been thinking of perhaps using character cameos, and or easter eggs, in between my comics, partially to further confirm that these stories take place in the same wholistic universe, but perhaps also as a form of fan service for those who've been reading all of my comics and are familiar enough with the characters to recognice them in a random scene, bumping into one another. Obviously its too early to make plans for it, but it is a funny idea to keep in mind.

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