I agree with your "Mad Scientist = Evil Wizard" reading of the use of scientific bad guys in genre fiction. However, I would like to go a bit further with that idea. Because we are now about a century to a century and a half in to the era when a writer could replace an evil wizard with a mad scientist, and this change… » 10/06/14 3:24pm 10/06/14 3:24pm

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 9/12/14 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 9/11/14 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