Monday, June 21, 2021

So You're a Fan?

My husband and I are members of a Brooklyn Nine Nine fan page on Facebook. It's a fantastic show and if you haven't watched it before, stop reading this and go watch it right now. I'll wait.

Well, not literally.

Anyway, we're on this fan page and at this point I think it's just so we can talk smack about the posts from the other fans. Instead of fun memes and jokes from the show, the majority of the posts fall into the following categories:

Confusion Regarding Acting

It's always a terrible picture of the show, paused on their TV to show an actor from Brooklyn Nine Nine appearing in another show. "Look who I found on Modern Family!" "Spotted Boyle in Pitch Perfect 2!" "Doug Judy was on Friends!" That's not an accomplishment. That's just how acting works. Throughout their careers, actors will appear in many roles. This fact is lost on the members of the group. Sometimes I debate blowing their minds by commenting regarding the existence of IMDB. 

Cluelessness of Guest Stars

I guess this is technically a subcategory of Confusion Regarding Acting. Some pretty big names have been on Nine-Nine over the years, but their fame is brand new information to members of the group. Celebrity guest stars who have flown under some of the group members' radar include: Jimmy Smits, Danny Trejo, Katey Sagal, Lin Manuel Miranda, Bradley Whitford. I will say that the comments on these posts are absolute gold. 

Unsure of the Definition of a Fan

These are the people who always post about what they don't like about the show and it always seems as though the things they don't like outweigh the things they do like. They post polls asking members to vote for their least favorite characters. Or complain about how Jake should be with Sophia and Rosa should be with Marcus. It's akin to someone saying they like Seinfeld but that all the scenes in Jerry's apartment are pure garbage and make them hate life. These posts can get intense. 

Failed Retcon Detectives

These people are the 5 Minute Crafts equivalent of fans. [Note to self: write a post on 5 Minute Crafts next week]. What I mean by that is, they're trying to solve problems that don't exist. Like when 5 Minute Crafts provides us with life hacks no one asked for or needed. A big one for these people is another detective character who is referenced during the pilot but is not included in subsequent episodes. If I'm not mistaken, this person didn't even have lines in the pilot. Another character says something like, "That's Daniels." And that's it. But to these super sleuths, it's something to be discussed. "Am I the only one who wants to know what happened to Daniels?" Yes, weirdo. You are.

And that's the fan group. If nothing else, it does provide my husband and me with something to laugh about.

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