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Self-Worth in Star Trek: “Plato’s Stepchildren”

“Plato’s Stepchildren” is best known for two things. It is the episode with the famous, (almost) first interracial kiss on TV between Kirk and Uhura. It is also hella weird; Kirk slaps himself dramatically (as only Shatner can), spends some … Continue reading

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A Close Read of Star Wars Rebels “Twin Suns” – Part 6 – Overtime: Sudden Death

Unmarked The Last Jedi Spoilers in this installment. No other portion of this episode has been broken down quite as much as the final lightsaber duel. A thousand think pieces and YouTube videos have been made talking about Akira Kurosawa … Continue reading

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District 9: Family, Waiting

This was originally written for the online magazine Christ and Pop Culture. My second draft, and the one published by CAPC, was different enough that I now had two, stand-alone articles on District 9. You can read the CAPC article here. You’ll miss it without subtitles, … Continue reading

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War for the Planet of the Apes Rewatch

Hot damn but what a film. It combines a western-style revenge tale with a POW-escape film, couched in the weight of a biblical epic, all wrapped up in the trappings of science fiction. It looks like Lord of the Rings and breathes … Continue reading

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A Close Read of Star Wars Rebels: “Twin Suns” – Part 3 – Departure & Arrival

In between my final edits of Part 2 and the outlining of Part 3 here, Star Wars Rebels Season 3 came out on Blu-Ray, which meant we got “Twin Suns” commentary by Dave Filoni himself. In that commentary, Filoni expands … Continue reading

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A Close Read of Star Wars Rebels: “Twin Suns” – Part 1 – Cold Open

FOREWORD The best stories are the ones that encourage exploration. Exploration of stories takes many forms: fan art, fanfic, cosplay, discussions, celebrations, make-believe play, or ridiculously long essays. Sometimes the exploration is a conscious act, something actively pursued. Sometimes it’s … Continue reading

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Good Science Fiction: An Examination Through the Lens of ODST

A rewrite of an old, old blog post of mine when I was but a wee blogger. To me, Halo 3: ODST doesn’t feel like Halo. Let me rephrase: the story of ODST doesn’t feel like Halo. The audio drama … Continue reading

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