Television, it turns out, is massive. When we set out to choose ten television shows that we found inspiring for Changeling, we had no idea that there were so many options we’d end up with, even considering the criteria we set for ourselves. (We looked at shows we had seen ourselves, and ideally ones that weren’t already called out as inspiration in the books.) And that was before listeners started suggesting a bunch more. Nevertheless, we feel pretty happy with our picks; these are entries which we are fond of on their own, but also find well-suited for consideration through the lens of the game. Herewith some of their trailers/theme songs/selected scenes in chronological order:
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993–1999) random scene from the pilot, “Emissary”, that gives some characterization and talks about the Trill: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=McyJA93MGhU
- Gargoyles (1994–1997) opening: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygrEVnrg3Ic
- Recess: (1997–1999) opening: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zObiglKZKZc
- The 10th Kingdom (2000) trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbrXWWYopq8
- Carnivàle (2003–2005) Emmy-winning opening: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouTCtwNIYaQ
- Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends (2004–2009) teaser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djNHGRkg2R4
- Lost Girl (2010–2015) trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W057R9MNRw4
- Adventure Time: (2010–2018) opening: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMDaAcfCYow
- The Almighty Johnsons (2011–2013) trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bd80D347iSI
- Stranger Things (2016–) trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9EkMc79ZSU
We hope that if you’re in the market for some inspirational material of this variety, one or more of these will help up churn up the Glamour of game planning. And if you’ve got Thoughts about what we’ve chosen—or have other ones to suggest which we haven’t seen!—feel free to get in touch via the links below…
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Josh Hillerup (any pronoun) built a chimerical companion out of vacuum tubes and SMPTE color bars.
Pooka G (any pronoun/they) enjoys the sound of the phrase “sweeps week” much more than its meaning.
Television: An advanced technical method of stopping people from making their own entertainment.
—Leonard Rossiter, The Devil’s Bedside Book