Textual Poachers: Television Fans & Participatory Culture

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APPENDIX

Fan Texts

Fans draw on many texts as a basis for their cultural productions. This guide is intended as an overview of some of the most commonly referenced television series and films. It is not intended to be exhaustive but it will provide a resource for readers unfamiliar with particular texts discussed in Textual Poachers.

ALIEN NATION

1989-1990 (USA) Fox

Cast

Detective Matt Sikes:

Gary Graham

Detective George Francisco:

Eric Pierpoint

Susan Francisco:

Michele Scarabelli

Cathy Frankel:

Terri Treas

Based on the movie of the same name. LAPD detective Matt Sikes is teamed with George Francisco, a Newcomer, one of the alien refugees from a crashed spaceship. The Newcomers are now being assimilated into Southern California life. Matt is initially ignorant and somewhat prejudiced about Newcomers, but learns a lot and changes his attitudes while working with George. Plots involve police investigations of crimes involving Newcomers; subplots include Matt and George's developing partnership, family crises in the Francisco clan, and the potential romance between Matt and Cathy, his Newcomer neighbor. Newcomer religious and child-rearing practices are also featured. Broader-ranging than the obvious cross of science fiction and cop show, the series was canceled because Fox chose to drop its hour-long shows in favor of half-hour comedies.

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