Literature / The Weathergens
In the United Kingdom, ITV 1
's weather forecasts were sponsored by energy company E.ON, formerly Powergen. They were known for their memorable sponsorship sequences, including a series of idents/stings featuring the WeatherGens
, twelve "mascots" of Powergen, which, as you'd expect, represented different types of weather."The WeatherGens were commissioned in 1996 from London design company Tutssels by Powergen, sponsors of the ITV 1 weather forecasts, and produced by Lambie-Nairn. Their flamboyant costumes and make-up were put together by the New Renaissance design company, which comprised Harvey Bertram-Brown and Carolyn Corben, designers of clothes, costumes, sets and pop videos."
Since the dawn on YouTube
, recordings of these stings have cropped up online — the comments more-or-less establish how memorable they were.
Here are the stingers:
Here are the books:
The books provide examples of:
- Anti-Hero: The WeatherGens try to keep the Earth's weather and climate in check. However, some tend to abuse their powers for their own amusement; Brellina, Frice and Norwin are noteworthy examples.
- Big Bad: Deimos of The WeatherGens. In fact, it is the only book to feature villains of any sort.
- Big Damn Heroes: In The WeatherGens, the titular characters come to Crystella's rescue, with aid from Professor Eon and Jenny.
- In How Gilda Got Her Shine Back, Norwin rescues Professor Eon, Jenny and Moriarty from a fire trapping the three of them inside the Professor's home.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Mirka, Norwin, Cyan and Brellina.
- Establishing Character Moment: The WeatherGens contains a prologue which sums up the titular characters, their origins, what they symbolise and even some of their personalities, quite nicely. It also delves into some of the relationships.
- Four Seasons: Four of the WeatherGens rule a season:
- Gilda - Spring
- Aurora - Summer
- Florta - Autumn/Fall
- Frice - Winter
- Gone Horribly Wrong: Deimos is the product of MetroTech's attempts to create artificial weather.
- Green Aesop
- Humans Are Special: One of the few things all WeatherGens agree on is that humans are capable of either great innovation and compassion or great destruction.
- Jerkass Has a Point: In How Gilda Got Her Shine Back, Aurora is made temporary WeatherGen leader. This, unfortunately, goes to her head, and her excessive heat-waves dry out the moorland considerably. Norwin, Frice and Brellina and Cyan end up using a lot of their powers to cool things down, so their frustration towards Aurora is not entirely unwarranted.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Norwin represents strong winds, and has a fierce temper to go with it. However, as Gilda points out, Jenny manages to bring out his softer side.
- Frice, though much more subdued than Norwin, is bitter and mostly anti-social. He's also in love with Crystella and still cares for the WeatherGens, as well as their human companions.
- Brellina can be a touch conceited and abusive of her powers at times. She's not a bad Gen at heart though.
- The Leader: Gilda to the WeatherGens. Florta and Aurora have assumed this role in her absence, though Florta's temporary leadership took place outside of the books.
- Love Interest: Crystella and Frice.
- Norwin and Jenny, no matter how much the former tries to hide it.
- MacGuffin: Crystella's Soul Flake — without it, her powers grow weak. She lost it to MetroTech, who used it to create artificial snow. These are major plot points of The WeatherGens.
- Power Source: Gilda and Aurora: The Sun
- Brellina and Nimbella: Angel Falls
- Crystella: her Soul Flake necklace
- Older Than They Look: The Gens are millions of years old. Even Frice, the eldest of the group, looks like a man in his mid-thirties, to say the least.
- What the Hell, Hero?: In How Gilda Got Her Shine Back, most of the Gens, without evidence, blame Aurora for a fire on Earth that nearly kills Professor Eon, Jenny and Moriarty. Frice calls them out on it:
Florta: “Trees are very special to me. I can feel their pain you know.”
Frice: "Trees feeling pain - what about how poor Aurora is feeling? You’ve no proof she caused that fire, and there you are blaming her! And everyone calls me cold-hearted!"