This Week in Fandom by Olivia Riley

This Week in Fandom, Volume 92

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, did you catch all the news from GamesCom this year? If not, don’t worry, Polygon has a roundup of the major stories. New graphics cards, shooters, and cyberpunk, oh my!


There’s some potentially distressing news for fans of the new series of Star Trek movies. According to Forbes, negotiations have faltered with Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth for the fourth movie. Chris Pine, of course, plays central character James T. Kirk, while Chris Hemsworth plays his father.

Long-story short, the two Chris’s want the money that was promised/negotiated when Brad Grey first announced Star Trek 4 just before Star Trek Beyond was released. Paramount, under new management, wants them to take a pay cut considering Star Trek Beyond’s underperformance.

The Forbes article goes on to opine that the actors should accept the pay cut, but not all fans agree. While some are excited for the possibility of more screen time for their non-Kirk favourites should Pine and Hemsworth leave the project, others question the point of Star Trek without Kirk. Some fans believe that the actors should just be paid what they were promised, regardless of budgetary concerns.

What do you think? Would you be ok with a Chris-less Star Trek? How about a Kirk-less Star Trek? Let us know in the comments!


Warnings in this section for mention of gun violence and suicide.

In somber news, there was a shooting at a Madden 19 video game tournament this weekend in Jacksonville, Florida, USA. According to CNN, 24-year-old David Katz, aka Bread, shot 12 people, killing two, before taking his own life. Katz’s motive “remains under investigation,” but according to the article, “Alexander Madunic, a gamer who was shot in the foot, said the shooter lost a game in the Madden tournament earlier in the day and was angry.”

Reactions from fans and gamers have varied. While some people have been expressing their sorrow over the loss of life, others have been expressing their frustration over the frequency of mass shootings in the US. Many fans have also been paying tribute to the deceased victims of the attack.


Elsewhere, online writer and Twitter user Michelle Spies (@spies_please) has been running a competition for the “Worst Dedicated Fanbase.” The bracketed competition, which pits 64 fandoms against each other, is currently in its fourth round of six.

Vice has attempted to predict the winner using their own opinions and sensibilities. They came up with Woody Allen, who is indeed still in the running, along with seven other fandoms.


Lastly, Film School Rejects has published a list of fanfic tropes they’d like to see in Hollywood movies. The list is complete with suggestions of plots and actors, and it’s surprisingly adorable.

Does this list mention your favourite trope? How would you like to see it play out on the big screen? Let us know in the comments!


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