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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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War for the Planet of the Apes: Bleakness without Cynicism

The quiet moments in War for Planet of the Apes surprised me. Bleak stories like this movie can easily veer very sharply off into cynicism. Moments of joy or hope get cut horrifically short because it’s “realistic.” To quote a … Continue reading

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Mass Effect’s Place in Science Fiction – Revelation

INTRODUCTION TO THE SERIES “Reading Journals” are one of the main, and currently the only, sub-series for Gaming’s Place in Literature. These Journals are used to explore individual novels within a game’s expanded universe. The general format will be to … Continue reading

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