First and foremost, I really would recommend giving it a watch if you haven’t already – it honestly is a very good programme. Just a Girl is astonishingly sweet and heartwarming, and it’s a very well written coming of age story; it does a great job of capturing those complicated and idiosyncratic feelings of starting a new school, and I really think that a lot of CBBC’s core audience would be able to relate to it. Further, it quite deftly handles the matter of transgender issues, and does so in a way that’s well pitched towards young children. Indeed, if any parents or teachers are reading this article, I think that Just a Girl would be a brilliant resource to show to children as a springboard to discuss trans issues, either at home or in school.
So, I heard about this a couple of weeks ago, largely because The Daily Mail were kicking up a fuss about it. Naturally, I then watched it and thought it was brilliant – but I was, admittedly, a little disappointed when I realised I’d misunderstood what exactly it was, and that it was a radio show rather than a television programme. Still, though – it’s a pretty cool piece of work, and it’s one that deserves a much larger audience than it’s currently had.
(A note: I suspect some of the above is clunky – most obviously the title, which I remember deliberating over a lot, and I’m still not convinced I got it quite right. If there’s anything egregious, or anything minor, you think should be changed, please let me know in the comments.)
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Ultimately, then, there’s no reason to believe that this won’t be, broadly speaking, the same show we were promised at Comic Con, and as part of all the subsequent announcements. And yet, at the same time, there’s something astonishingly disappointing about Bryan Fuller’s departure from Star Trek.
Part of the reason why I was so excited about this new show was because of Bryan Fuller’s involvement; it elevated Discovery to more than just the latest Star Trek show, but something special in its own right. Because Bryan Fuller is a writer at the top of his game, who’s widely renowned for his unique creative vision – consider the artistry of Hannibal, for example – and I couldn’t wait to see him apply this to Star Trek, a programme that he holds a lifelong passion for and an innate understanding of.
My reaction from a few weeks ago regarding Bryan Fuller’s exit from Star Trek: Discovery. I am, I must admit, astonishingly disappointed.
(With hindsight, I suspect this is not a very good article. If nothing else, I am now waaaay less into the whole auteur thing than I was then; really, I didn’t even believe it anymore by the 31st.)
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