SDCC 2018 FOMO: What We Need to Know

So you didn’t get a ticket for the biggest comic book and sci fi convention of the year? We hear you! Missing San Diego Comic Con sometimes feels like you’re missing the greatest  thing ever. It’s so hard to get a ticket, even for press, that there are more of is with FOMO than ever before. Thankfully with social media, we can all feel like we were there, even when we weren’t. So let’s get rid of some of that SDCC 2018 FOMO and talk about what queers want to know.

The Power of Three: Charmed

The power of three is back, Sundays on the CW, with Charmed. This time, they’re bringing in a lesbian sister for reals, and not just a queer coded one. Not without drama, Charmed was on people’s radars after original star Holly Marie Combs bashed the revival.

And I understand this a lot. Seeing the work you’ve done be utilized to step up another series can feel like you weren’t respected or thanked. This is especially so when the revival talked about being a show with a “feminist twist,” implying the original wasn’t.

The thing is, we need a show like Charmed to come back and have powerful women fight back. The show goes so far as to explain why the “Power of Three” is needed: the weakest of men achieved the highest of power. Yes, it’s what you’re thinking. So while I do think the original Charmed was a feminist show, it was also a feminist-for-the-time show, and now there’s a chance to take the world and do more.

Let’s support even more rep and celebrate the power of three, where 1/3rd is super gay.

Gayliens with Two Hearts: Doctor Who

Anyone who tries to argue that The Doctor isn’t queer can fight me. The Doctor is beyond such silly notions of gender, and this incarnation is played by consummate actress, Jodie Whittaker knows it.

I don’t approach it as, ‘How would a woman play this role?’ because I just am one and I don’t know if a guy has ever gone, ‘How would a guy play this role?'” she explained. “You just are, and it’s your own point of view. So essentially, my energy, my approach to this is coming from a very instinctive place. It feels genderless to me because it’s never been engrained in that specific way, a woman behaves in a specific way or a man behaves in a specific way. The best thing about the doctor is I’m not playing either. I’m an alien. There’s really no rules. And I’ve got two hearts, so I can do whatever I want.

I feel the same way, Jodie! And I’m excited that you may get to see your TV wife.

Wynonna Earp

The Earpiest Earps ever are back to San Diego, even if show runner Emily Andras had the worst series of flights ever to get there. Now, SyFy spoiled us, showing the US the season premier on the Monday before the actual Friday premier.

Call us Fandras, but Wynonna Earp has some of the most solid representation on cable TV out there. Emily ended season one with a finger flipped at the Bury Your Queers tropes, gave us love in an AU in season two, and in season three? Haught Elf.

Thanks, Emily!

Also pop the cork on your Purgatory Whiskey, folks. The most exciting news to come out of SDCC is we’re getting a season four! It will make watching season three even more enjoyable knowing we don’t have to stress over the show getting renewed.

Finally, another fun announcement is Funko is going to make WE Pops!

Gays In Space: Star Trek: Discovery

Light up the disco balls, we’re back. After some pretty sketchy rep last year, complete with background queers, gay for pay, and bury your queers, Discovery has cast Tig Notaro as a recurring character. I’m looking forward to seeing her on the latest Star Trek story, especially after seeing her in the trailer for season two.

If you’re worried about that second season not being out until January 2019 (yes, next year), Lesley Goldberg (aka @snoodit) dropped that there will be some Short Treks to tide us over

The CW Superhero Roundup: BatwomanSupergirl, and more

I’m not going to lie, I’m super excited about Batwoman as a character and a show. The CW took the opportunity of SDCC to disclose when their crossover event, which will introduce Batwoman, will happen. And it’s December. Happy Hanukkah!

I have a lot more thoughts about Batwoman, our second out and out lesbian super, which I’ll unpack for you later this week. Meanwhile on Legends, Caity almost sunk her ship by mixing her metaphors.

It looks like Ava and Sara’s relationship is going to be strong and steady next season and we are very happy for our favorite time-traveling, bisexual assassin. Also back? Maisie Richardson-Sellers, who played Amaya who absolutely left the show. How is she back? She’s now playing Charlie! A doppelgänger from an alternate universe. Of course.

Check out the Trailer they released at SDCC for season four. If you watch closely you’ll catch some Avalance cuteness.

And Supergirl has cast a transgender actress to play the transgender character of Nia Nal (aka Dreamer). She will be played by Nicole Maines, whom you may have glimpsed on Royal Pains.

Nicole did a lot of interviews and was officially introduced on the Supergirl Panel.

We are so ready for a transgender super hero!

Miscellaneous Queerness

Here are some more important tidbits:

  • Steven Universe is having a movie!? And it’s a TV movie so we’ll cover it!
  • Joss Whedon wants to reboot Buffy The Vampire Slayer with a black Buffy, and I’m not sure how I feel about that. I’m leaning towards a ‘please no’ at the moment.
  • The #savetimeless group of Clock Blockers is working to do just that, hiring helicopters to fly ‘Save Timeless‘ banners over ComicCon.
  • Madelaine Petsch and Vanessa Morgan from Riverdale talked Choni a bit and let us know there are multiple deleted Choni scenes in the Riverdale Season Two DVD extras!
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine had a big presence at SDCC and out bisexual hero Stephanie Beatriz opened up about how her character impacted her own relationship with her parents.

Next year, we’re gunning for that press pass to give you hot-takes on the scene of the biggest comic convention. Ever.

About Mika A. Epstein

Mika has been deep in the fandom world since she could say 'Trekkie.' With over two decades experience in running fansites and organizing communities, she's taken on the challenge of delving into the recesses of television for queers long forgotten. Making this site with Tracy is nothing short of serendipity. Mika lives with her wife and their cats in Southern California. Of course she has a hybrid, but she'd rather ride her bicycle.
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