November 22, 2014

[Deconstruction is Magic] My Little Pony, episode 19 "A Dog and Pony Show"

"As for the mule gag... there has yet to be a single episode written by Amy Keating Rogers that didn't have at least one bit which came off as downright mean, at best thoughtlessly callous, and this is no exception. Tessa ends her pointing out of the line with jest, but I'm going to stay dead serious and ask Rogers: why did you do this? Why did you think it was a good idea? You very literally have one of your main hero characters, who's supposed to be a role model figure in an educational show for children, outright stating that being labelled a mixed breed equates being called ugly. There's no reason for this, no lesson that's being learned, Rogers is just opening the same exact can of toxic worms she did in 'Bridle Gossip' when, on top of a vast many things, she labelled foreign cultures as 'scary'."

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November 15, 2014

[Deconstruction is Magic] My Little Pony, episode 18 "The Show Stoppers"

"Everything we got in the last episode was about what the CMCs weren't good at, and by here revealing what they are good at, it deepens them as characters who are so caught up trying to be something cool or following in a hero's footsteps that they overlook what makes they themselves special and fail to recognize talents for what they are. And to the credit of our adult characters, they recognize this in the children, and instead of trying to forcefully point out what the kids don't understand, they're gently trying to guide them in that direction, and patiently sigh as that doesn't work, as they know the CMCs will figure it out some day."

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November 8, 2014

[Deconstruction is Magic] My Little Pony, episode 17 "The Stare Master"

"The lesson about them having boundless potential has been swept aside as they're all painted as failures who excitedly make a mess of everything, and instead of them using teamwork to put their heads together and triumph where none of them is capable of doing anything individually, they all just fail together. There's a lesson that could have been taught here, about bonds and friendship, but we instead just triple the ineptitude for gags of things failing with increasing spectacularity."

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November 5, 2014

SPECIAL BONUS! Castle Rock Companion Video Review: Big Driver

As I was down south for a visit over Halloween weekend, Angie and I decided to team up for an in-person joint video review of one of King's latest, and I think it turned out great! Check it out here.

October 31, 2014

SPECIAL BONUS! Uncovering the Bronze Age #5: In the Clutches of the Code

I was honored to be invited by Emily of Relatively Geeky to take part in this special Halloween episode, looking at one of the historical horrors of the comic book industry: Doctor Fredric Wertham. Emily sent me a few quotes of his to read, but I otherwise didn't know anything more about what they'd be used for, so imagine my delight when I first heard her excellent and thorough essay chronicling his theories and impact on the industry, with my readings peppered throughout. It came together wonderfully, and I can't recommend it highly enough!

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October 29, 2014

[Castle Rock Companion] A Good Marriage

"The film largely plays out exactly as the story does, with only an extra bit of evidence for Darcy thrown in as Bob gifts her the earrings of one his victims. Unfortunately, despite these similarities, the movie has none of the tension of the story. Things go by in a super quiet manner."

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October 26, 2014

[Short-Lived Showcase] Captain Power, episode 9 "The Intruder"

"The story is pretty pointless and doesn't tell us anything we don't already know. I like the brief hints of a moral dilemma, as our heroes wonder if they should kill Jackson just to keep the location of their base under wraps, but it doesn't go anywhere. Not only in their failing to resolve the setup with Tank, but that there's still no real reason to trust Jackson other than Power's just squeamish about having to make any tough choices."

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October 25, 2014

[Deconstruction is Magic] My Little Pony, episode 16 "Sonic Rainboom"

"That's an incredibly complex psychology to explore in a children's show, and cudos to Mitch Larson for following up on the screwball classic that was 'Swarm of the Century' with such a rich character piece. Which isn't to say that was lacking in character, nor that this is lacking in hilarious antics and setpieces, but he's showing a great range and depth to himself as a writer that will not only spark my excitement every time his name hits these credits, but has me curious to start digging into his other work."

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October 22, 2014

[Castle Rock Companion] Mercy

"The story of the movie in and of itself isn't really the problem as much as the execution of it all is. I lost count of the jump scares contained within the film, as they are practically constant, and become basically telegraphed after a while. If you see a character standing somewhere quietly for a moment, you can expect either a jarring jump cut to something else or a person grabbing them from off screen, or in the absolute worst of them, a car barreling down the road at full speed to kill them."

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