What is the Alliance of Destiny?

It was a virtual television series, dreamed up by Humaira and co-run with my assistance. By our notes, we wrote it between 2003-2006. I am reposting it here because it’s one of those gems that deserves to be shared with the world.

How do I follow along?

I plan to post one episode a day. Humaira and I wrote 44 episodes (24 in the first season, 20 in the second). They will be posted on the main page under “The Alliance of Destiny” category.

What is virtual television?

Virtual television is a variation of fan fiction. In other words, these are not ‘real’ serialized television episodes and cannot be watched anywhere. They were never filmed. They also have no official backing from any of the copyright holders.

However, this does not make the projects any less enjoyable to read. The staff of these series have worked very hard to create full seasons of episodes that take the series beyond the established canon in a believable manner. In other words, if the series in question had lasted another year (such as was the case with Buffy the Vampire Slayer), this is how we would like to believe it could have been handled.

So, what makes virtual television different from other fan fiction? Organization is the big difference. Not that there aren’t some very organized pieces of fanfic out there, but where it’s an option in fanfic, it’s a necessity in virtual television. Like in a real TV show, each episode has to build on what has come before, relationships must flourish or crumble, arcs must build so the mythology of the series is enhanced with each outing. Just like a real series changes slightly (or drastically) from one season to the next, by the time you reach the end of a virtual season, the product you’re left with is quite different from where the powers that be left it. It’s (generally) done in a manner you could visualize as really happening had the show survived.

Who are the characters that star in the show?

Buffy Summers – as played by Sarah Michelle Gellar – comes from the show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Angel – played by David Boreanaz – started as a character on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and who later got his own eponymous series. Sydney Bristow – portrayed by Jennifer Garner – comes from the show Alias. Harry Potter – Daniel Radcliffe – comes from the Harry Potter series of books and movies.

Do I need to have seen/read all these fandoms before I can enjoy or even understand the show?

Yes. To enjoy the storylines to the fullest you need to have a basic understanding of the characters, their histories and everything else that goes with them. For example, those who are not aware of the third season of Alias will not know who Julia Thorne is, and the significance of that name. Those who haven’t read Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (book 5) will not understand why Harry is so withdrawn, etc.

So what are the timelines for all the fandoms? Buffy, Angel and Alias aren’t even TV shows anymore.

Humaira and I took our cues from their timelines as of November 2003.

Buffy and Angel were written in real time, so it would be 2003. Alias jumped 2 years into the future. So it would be 2004 in that series, or the beginning of season 3. Harry Potter started in 1990. Canonically speaking, he wouldn’t be at Hogwarts as a student in 2003. However, seeing as how books 1-5 were written when we undertook this project, that’s the history we used.

Don’t try to over think the actual timelines of the separate fandoms, otherwise you’ll get confused. As long as you have a basic understanding, you should be just fine.

I see some fanfiction you wrote for the Alliance of Destiny. Is that the same thing?

TAOD lit a fire under me creatively. Humaira and I created mixtapes, interviews of our original characters, wallpapers, LJ icons, etc. We even created “screenshots” within the episode for a few scenes, but I think they’re gone. I can’t find the backups.

We both wrote fanfiction for the show too. In fact, we called some of them “deleted scenes,” stuff that was good on their own, but not quite good enough for the show. Actually, don’t read the fanfiction until I’ve posted all the eps, because then you’ll spoil yourself. 🙂 I didn’t include Humaira’s deleted scenes or fics because those are hers to do with as she wishes.

I see you use lyrics from songs as well. What’s up with that?

Music went hand in hand during the creative process of “The Alliance of Destiny.” Me being the music geek, Humaira usually left it up to me to choose the music. But she always gave her input and introduced me to some great music in the process.