Tag Archive: 'thematic integrity'

Hey Darth Vader, Justify Your Plot Twist

io9 did a prompt, and I liked my response enough to repost it. It’s taken years, but I think I’m finally forming a coherent ability to talk about Empire Strikes Back’s great thematic integrity. There’s so much zeitgeist around Star Wars that the reasons Empire is super compelling (and the reason the Dark Side is […]

John Crichton

Guardians of the Galaxy: Pop-Culture Han Solos

Guardians of the Galaxy is good, right? I thought so. Seen it twice. Rocket’s my favorite part. So sad and angry and…oddly sweet. Peter Quill reminds me of John Crichton from Farscape, and for good reason: they’re both pop-culture spewing, Han Solo types. Crichton isn’t a man-child, and Quill isn’t as put-upon, but yeah, same […]

Batman: Under the Red Hood and getting it wrong

First off, I did a quick post on Tumblr about how much I love the Soma teasers. If you like sci-fi, and you like horror…you should go check those videos out. Also, I’ve revamped the ol’ mailing list – if you want exclusive short stories and other goodies from me, stuff not unlike that Soma […]

Thematic Integrity – A Brief Thesis

UPDATE: Since this post continues to receive traffic years later, and since I still consider it a valuable way to think about theme as a writer, I made a video version on my YouTube channel. It’s even still about Dead Space! In one article already I’ve mentioned what I call Thematic Integrity. You might have […]

The Last of Us

Cage Match: The Last of Us versus Bioshock Infinite

I am PS3-less right now, so I cheated like a bitch and watched a marathon video of all the cutscenes and some gameplay from The Last of Us, Naughty Dog’s new opus. I love Uncharted 2 and Uncharted 3, and this game is easily on par, but with a wildly darker tone. I think I […]