• The Time Zoot Out-Dorked The Entire Internet

    Before the internet, it was easy to find yourself feeling alone in your unique interests. Especially if you lived in a small town and maybe didn’t have time to meet a lot of people. Like, is there anyone else addicted to Harry Potter? Or musical theater? Or Superhero television? But the internet removed Geography as a barrier and allowed fans of many things to find each other across the globe to discuss their interests and their fandoms.

    But this entry may be the one combination of fandoms that filters out the entire internet leaving only me behind. Are you ready? Let’s see who all is still with me by the end of this.

    Let’s start with Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Season 6 featured a musical episode called “Once More With Feeling” (which you can watch here if you have Amazon Prime) where a musical demon (Sweet) overtook their community and basically ever scene played out like it was part of a stage musical. Even a background character (who was actually a producer on the show) sang about getting a parking ticket. It was a GENIUS episode that I memorized completely. One of my favorite episodes of television EVER.

    Now. Let’s move on to Harry Potter. I discovered the Starkid production of A Very Potter Musical (AVPM) soon after it was put on YouTube and LONG BEFORE anyone else knew who Darren Criss was. I remembered FREAKING MY SHIT OUT when he was cast on Glee because I knew him as Harry Potter. Now…just hold on to that name: Starkid. I’ll be brining it back up.

    Speaking of Glee – I was a huge fan of the show for several reasons. I loved the song and dance numbers and I loved their ability to bring LGBTQ issues into the mainstream. I researched a lot of characters on the show because if they were really talented I wanted to know their background. That’s how I knew that Grant Gustin – who was cast to play a gay character who was hot for the previously mentioned Darren Criss’s character – had been in a touring company of West Side Story.

    OKAY. So those three fandoms (Buffy, AVPM, and Glee) provide my background to this current television season where Grant Gustin (from the previous paragraph) is starring in his second season of The Flash which is one of my favorite shows right now. I’ve already explained his musical background but he has several interesting co-stars with similar backgrounds. First is Carlos Valdes who plays Cisco Ramon and was part of the Starkid universe that produced AVPM. He had his hands in some of the music in that show but also with some of the other Starkid productions. Then there’s Jesse L. Martin who plays Joe West and previously starred in Rent on Broadway. The two of them along with Rick Cosnett (who played a character that they killed off) won my heart hear by singing the song from Firefly which was PRODUCED BY THE SAME GUY WHO PRODUCED BUFFY (Joss Whedon).

    Okay. So there I’ve established the musical talents of the cast of The Flash so let’s move on to another one of my new favorite shows: Supergirl. Supergirl stars Melissa Benoist who ALSO starred on Glee (although I hated her character) so has a very strong musical background. Then there’s Jeremy Jordan who I know was in Newsies and the movie production of The Last 5 Years. It’s also produced/written by Ali Adler who played a HUGE part in writing Glee. You know who also wrote some on Glee? Marti Noxon – who was the PARKING TICKET GIRL from the Once More With Feeling episode of Buffy I started this whole dorky post about.

    OKAY. So all of that to establish connections and musical backgrounds of characters and writers on The Flash and Supergirl as well as their connections to the Buffyverse. NOW…in a few weeks there’s going to be a Flash/Supergirl crossover episode and if it goes well there will obviously be more so here is my point to all of this.

    There needs to be a musical crossover episode where a musical demon named Sweet is the target villain of the episode. HOW AMAZING WOULD THAT BE? Put all of that musical talent to work AND give a big old dorky shoutout to Buffy fans of yesteryear!

    Is there anyone left reading this? Is there anyone who followed along with me enough to agree that this would be the MOST AMAZING THING EVER? SUPERHERO MUSICAL!

    (Betsy. Please tell me you’ve followed along and agree this is the BEST IDEA EVER.)