Monthly Archives: March 2017

Iron Fist: A Hypothesis

Inspired by Jeffro Johnson’s episode-by-episode reports on the Marvel Netflix series Iron Fist, I have decided to undertake a similar project: I will make several predictions about how the series will turn out, then make another post detailing how many … Continue reading

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Guardians of the Galaxy: The Anti-Rangers

The 2014 film Guardians of the Galaxy serves as the perfect counterpoint to the recent Power Rangers movie. It succeeds everywhere Rangers failed, but it does slip up in the one place Rangers succeeded.

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Manufactured Heroes: The Case of the Power Rangers

As I wrote yesterday, male/female interchangeability is the default form of characterization in modern fantastical fiction, especially action adventures. It doesn’t matter whether it’s live-action film, video games, or anime and manga — wherever you have action adventure, you must … Continue reading

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Meditations on Male/Female Interchangeability

NOTE: I spoil Power Rangers 2017 a little bit. So I was at the movies earlier today to watch the new Power Rangers movie. I heard it was an okay movie, and I liked Power Rangers as a kid, so … Continue reading

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Star Realms: Role Reversal Run

STAR REALMS: ROLE REVERSAL RUN IMPORTANT: I spoil the book under discussion here. Also, I bear absolutely no ill will towards Jon del Arroz at all and fully respect him as an author and a fellow human being. From the … Continue reading

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Castalia House Post: Rescue Run

At the Castalia House blog, I review Star Realms: Rescue Run, a novel by Jon del Arroz, a Twitter buddy of mine. Read the review here.

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A Good Game Master Must Read

This morning, I read a post by Alex Kimball over at the Castalia House blog. In it, he describes how he ran a tabletop RPG campaign off of a short story from the 1940s and along the way developed a … Continue reading

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Support Robert Kroese’s Newest, Most Epic Project

Author Robert Kroese has a new Kickstarter out to fund the writing of his new trilogy, the Saga of the Iron Dragon. In this trilogy, time travelers from the future fleeing an alien aggressor land in the time of the … Continue reading

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The Appeal of the Anime Witch

As I’ve watched many a piece of media, I found out something rather interesting: I like witch characters quite a bit (though I’m not really a Harry Potter fan.) Most of this, of course, is due to the influence of … Continue reading

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[REPOST] Why I Like Damsels in Distress

NOTE: This is a repost of an article I did for The Ralph Retort. The damsel in distress is one of the most criticized tropes in the modern era. It is considered the ultimate misogyny, and creators often apologize for … Continue reading

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