Pop culture obsessives writing for the pop culture obsessed.
Pop culture obsessives writing for the pop culture obsessed.

Alternate versions are one of the great joys of nerd-dom, allowing us endless ways to pick apart and reimagine the other ways our favorite fictions could’ve gone. Sometimes slight tweaks—like, say, removing Blade Runner’s voiceover—completely change a film’s perception. Other works have notorious unexplored pathways; Rogue One existed in a billion different forms before they finally cobbled together one unified narrative to send to theaters. These generally focus on endings, but, as this Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later clip explores, an alternate beginning can be just as beguiling, here showing the lovable Coop toiling away at his novel. It’s a short riff about writing that quickly veers into light-hearted yucks about the devastating passage of time and the ceaseless way life beats away at you and your ambitions until nothing is left. Classic Wet Hot, in other words!


Clayton Purdom is a writer and editor based in Columbus, Ohio.

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