The End of Learning from Evangelion

The END of Learning from Evangelion

Learning From Evangelion MORE Learning From Evangelion I knew I’d end up paying to listen to an Evangelion podcast eventually. The Get Played trio started an anime podcast, and I was delighted and unsurprised to learn that, like me, Heather Anne Campbell is a huge Eva nerd. If you’re a fan, I recommend you check […]

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Phasers, and when to get into that sweet Star Trek technobabble.

I was just watching the latest episode of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds (which is a pretty great show, even after just six episodes), and there was a moment with a bit of phasers technobabble. Something in the vein of “target their engines, minimum yield.” Okay, point made in the dramatic sense. They don’t wanna […]

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Thematic Integrity: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

I told a younger friend Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan was a good way to jump into the franchise. Then, in a late-night, wine-fueled moment of paranoia, I re-watched the movie to make sure it holds up. Good news: it does. It’s a great film. Not as many LED volumes as modern Trek […]

The Puffin-style Babylon 5 Viewing Guide

Around 2009, I did my first real watch of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. It quickly became my favorite Star Trek series, and I’ve gone through it two more times since. The legendary, spoiler-free Puffin.net Deep Space 9 Viewing Guide has been a companion every time. I think the guide is a valuable tool for […]

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Arcane – 10 lessons from the Netflix show

Just finished watching the first season of Arcane on Netflix and…I was surprised how much I absolutely loved what is ultimately: a video game adaptation of a game that I played for years that I couldn’t remember two story or lore beats from* So perhaps, just like I did with Neon Genesis Evangelion, we can […]

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Review: Ichor Falls by Kris Straub

I’m bad at spooks. Case in point, I didn’t even know Kris Straub was an internet horror icon until 2018, and I’ve known about the guy since like 2004. I’m not much better at Halloween. I have been known to assemble a costume, sometimes a monstrosity of my own design (see below), but I don’t […]

Writing the Perfect Fight

I’ve become somewhat known as a person who writes solid action, so I thought I’d share some thoughts on ‘fight scene theory’. In other words, what do I think I know about how to make fights in stories dramatic and compelling? This theory is the result of a process I call ‘modeling’ – that is, […]

On the sheer horror of having made something.

This went out as a newsletter recently, and I thought the subject matter was worth saving for posterity… Did you see the new YouTube video I put up at the beginning of the month? I’m really fond of the format. I’ll confess: this is modeled on a format on music producer YouTube, created (perfected?) by […]

Half-Life: Alyx and Thematic Integrity

Yay, I have an excuse to talk about the new Half-Life game. I played through the original Half-Life in software mode on my parents’ old Pentium 2 machine. I played through its sequel on my PC shortly after I graduated film school way back in 2005. I still remember the immensely satisfying, filmic ending of […]

More Wizards Hosting Talk Shows

We did another episode of the wizard talk show. Then we got cancelled. Channel 101 is cruel. The episode turned out very silly and the production value is a huge jump from part one. I imagine a Wizard’s Corner show that is essentially Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, just a ton of bizarre characters and creatures in this […]