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  1. Eegah

    Captain America: Civil War (2016)

    And of course, Mark Millar stated afterwards that he had never intended any moral ambiguity, and just wanted Iron Man to be the one who was right while Cap was wrong. Because he doesn't have a MySpace page.
  2. Eegah

    S03.E02: God

    I was a bit disappointed that Zoe never brought up the best Atheist argument of them all: why should you need the fear of eternal suffering to refrain from evil acts? I'd love to hear Dre's response to that.
  3. Eegah

    S03.E22: Charter Schools

    I took a special interest in this one, as I was a member of the inaugural eighth grade class of the Sussex County Charter School for Technology in 1997-98. And suddenly I'm quite conscious of how lucky I was that it turned out as good as it did. Plus, it let me meet Christine Todd Whitman shortly before she collapsed like a dying star, so I'll always be thankful for that conversation piece.
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    S01.E06: The Monster

    I call that character type the Stephen King bully myself, given that he clearly had some bad experiences with them in his childhood so that every time they turn up in his work they're cartoonishly evil serial killers in training. That's one of the '80s tropes I was hoping the show wouldn't tap into so much, though if you're going to go there you can at least give the message most shows don't have the guts for, that sometimes violence is the only thing that will drive them off. So kudos for that.
  5. Eegah

    S01.E05: The Flea and the Acrobat

    He never said a piece of trash blowing around was the most beautiful thing ever, which puts him rather ahead of the curve among those guys.
  6. Eegah

    S01.E02: The Weirdo on Maple Street

    Seeing as Corey Feldman recently crushed our hopes for a second Goonies film, I'll definitely take this as a substitute. The kids are all fantastically written, talking like kids that age actually talk, and even when their actions are blatantly in service of stretching out the plot like hiding Eleven from their parents, it's believable as a dumb kid thing that makes sense to them.
  7. I'm digging this so far. As a child of the '80s, I very much appreciate how much it nails the period, not just with the props and clothes, but even the soundtrack and credits to give the feel of something that actually could have been made back then. For that alone, I hope the Duffer Brothers can parlay this into a bunch more work.
  8. Eegah

    Marco Polo

    I adored the look at ancient political debates, with both guys just spewing quotes from a beloved previous leader at each other (and the crowd loving both equally). Boy, we've come such a long way, huh?
  9. Eegah

    Marco Polo

    So I'm the only one thinking Nergui has just gone nuts from guilt and is imagining the real Kokachin is still alive? Maybe future episodes will make it more clear, but from the start I was actively spotting how so far we've only seen her alone with Nergui.
  10. Eegah

    Writing a Novel

    I definitely made sure I had a full outline ready before writing a word, but also found as I went that I'd sometimes come up with a better idea for one story point which then had a domino effect on how the story afterwards could work. Plus I realized one particular event could come off as really homophobic once I actually started writing it out and promptly changed it. I still definitely recommend doing it, though with the caveat that it also shouldn't make you feel locked into it (the How I Met Your Mother problem, as I like to call it).
  11. Eegah

    The Chronicles of Prydain

    From what I've been able to find, Lloyd Alexander's own opinion on the Black Cauldron movie was pretty much "It's nothing like my story, but it's a pretty good story in itself." Mostly I was just outraged at what they did to Gurgi.
  12. Eegah

    Writing a Novel

    I finished a manuscript a while ago, and am currently going through editing. What I especially had fun with was throwing in little nods that people I know would pick up on, while also trying to give them a purpose beyond the inside joke (like Matt Groening, I named several characters after family members). The really hard part was anything to do with romance. I'm asexual and have no personal experience with those kinds of feelings, so I was mostly just taking stabs in the dark based on other stuff I've read. The major gimmick is that the central relationship of the book is a gay couple who hook up at the end, and their stories are structured just like a typical romance hero story, yet hopefully still subtle enough that people wouldn't pick up on it until the big confession (Legend of Korra was a big inspiration there).
  13. Eegah

    The Chronicles of Prydain

    I recently started this series, and I've been gobbling it down like popcorn. Lloyd Alexander had a true gift for dialogue, and even if the stories weren't as great as they are, it would be a treat just to watch these characters chat with each other. It's also quite fun to see how obviously Star Wars was inspired by these guys even if AFAIK Lucas has never cited it as such. I mean, you've got the farm boy, the more experienced fighter, the wise old master, the princess, the snooty complainer, the really hairy thing, and the smaller one who doesn't speak normally and carries important secrets. Highly recommended to anyone who hasn't read them, and I very much look forward to Disney's upcoming live action adaptations after their first attempt The Black Cauldron was such a disaster three decades ago.
  14. Yeah, you can really feel the author struggling with the concept, where the whole joke is simply that the whole book exists. Though the follow ups Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, and Android Karenina, are both huge improvements with genuinely clever twists on the original stories to give them a more legitimate reason for existing.
  15. Eegah

    S02.E03: Part 16

    That flashback is something season 1 could have used a lot more of. It really suffered from tell don't show as we kept hearing about what a bad person Danny was in the past, but all we actually got to see was him as a victim. The robbery makes it far more clear where the family was coming from.