Television is one of the ideal places for continuity, because continuity is all about relieving or ameliorating cognitive dissonance, the uncomfortable feeling of holding two or more contradictory beliefs at once. All fictions are by definition untrue, but so long as they remain consistent we can accept them for what… » 9/12/14 5:05pm Friday 5:05pm

Having recently watched Eliminators, the funny thing is that the Mandroid is also kind of the least effective. He doesn't even make it to the end of the movie, leaving it to the rest of our heroes to stop the mad scientist/cyborg/rome fetishist. If anything, Denise Crosby's scientist is the real hero. » 9/11/14 10:41am Thursday 10:41am

Did no one actually read the quote, or were we all blinded by the term "prequel" in the article title? From the quote, it sounds more like they're thinking about doing a sequel which explains how that world came to be while expanding that world. Most likely, they're talking about a movie version of this: » 9/08/14 5:05pm 9/08/14 5:05pm

A lot of people are lining up behind Star Fox, but I think that's the problem. It's too on-the-nose for Quill's father. It also doesn't explain the description "Like an angel, composed of pure light", a description which Yondu seems to reinforce with his line "I may be pretty as an angel, but I ain't one." near the… » 8/12/14 4:28pm 8/12/14 4:28pm

About 13 years ago, I was working an awful temp job at EA answering phone support calls at the Redwood shores offices. Every few months they'd have a big company meeting to talk about how great things were and how much money they'd made, none of which was coming down to us at our $9.50 and hour temp jobs, of course.… » 8/11/14 7:04pm 8/11/14 7:04pm

Don't forget the sub-theme of the fear of being unable to live up to family expectations. Poor Speed has a genius wrestling champion for a father, the a smart and slick older brother who just might be the best racer in the world, and a younger brother bursting with imagination. But Speed? He knows that he's not smart.… » 7/15/14 3:03pm 7/15/14 3:03pm

What I imagine is a scene where a young Starlord meets a young Gamorra kicking ass as Cherry Bomb plays in his walkman. After she's beat up like 20 space cops, she hands him the doohicky he as stealing, gives him a sudden, fierce kiss and just as the song hits "Ch-Ch-Ch-CHERRY BOMB!", and then she walks away. As he… » 7/03/14 4:07pm 7/03/14 4:07pm

I think the real problem is that different backstories work best for different villains, because different types of villains are used as different kinds of tools in a story. What's more, as the story expands, a particular villain's role may change, so their old backstory might need to be expanded as well. And the more… » 6/03/14 5:09pm 6/03/14 5:09pm

Yeah, I always expected Short Round to show up in a later Indiana Jones thing as a grown up total bad-ass. Imagine a new set of Indiana Jones style adventures, starring a grown up shorty in the swinging 60s or the bad-ass 70s, with an older Indy as his mentor. Shorty vs. the Commies, Shorty vs a mad American general,… » 5/30/14 4:54pm 5/30/14 4:54pm

I would add that in general, modern American audiences love Awe, but have great trouble with Whimsy. We can be brought to it, usually by making us laugh at the whimsical elements through comedy. The full expression of whimsical thought breaks all sorts of normative boundaries, engaging many defense mechanisms. By… » 5/22/14 5:07pm 5/22/14 5:07pm