Man the Canons!
Submitted by Steve Troop on October 2, 2009 - 03:00
I think I have a new-found appreciation for anyone thatâ€™s tried to adapt something from one medium to another â€” like say, how they adapted MASH the movie to MASH the television series. Itâ€™s difficult to know what changes make the property better and which ones make it worse. Certainly, this has been the case in a TON of â€œre-imaginationsâ€ of my favorite TV shows from the 60s and 70s in recent years. This Hollywood trend doesnâ€™t seem to have any end in sight.
Which brings us to Melonpool. I realize that since Iâ€™m the one doing the adapting, it doesnâ€™t really matter. Like Douglas Adams and all of his different versions of the Hitchhikerâ€™s Guide to the Galaxy, if I decide that Mayberry now has a third eye in this version, who cares? Donâ€™t worry. He still has two eyes (or at least, one giant eye with two pupils), but I guess I shouldnâ€™t worry about fan backlash if a few of the details donâ€™t jibe with the 10-15 years of canon that Iâ€™ve built up on the site. If itâ€™s a good movie, itâ€™s a good movie.
One of the things Iâ€™ve been mulling about is the inclusion of Jalea and the pets. In the story Iâ€™m doing right now, there really isnâ€™t a reason to include them, but I like the idea that someone thatâ€™s stuck with Melonpool all these years would be rewarded by the fact that Iâ€™m not just glossing over the history. Of course, by best estimates right now,Â that number is about 5 people, so maybe I shouldnâ€™t worry too much.
One idea Iâ€™ve been mulling around is once I get the script finalized, restart the comic to get it at a point where it matches up to the beginning of the film. That way, both new viewers and old viewers would be pretty much at the same point.
Something to think about, anyway!