Character Introduction: Johnny Guitar

Introducing characters is an art form. I’ve been working on a TV pilot and while we’ve had the plot arcs nailed for months, making sure we get the characters across economically while being interesting and not too expository and using action while fitting them seamlessly into the plot and explaining how they relate to other … Continue reading

Character Development in The Rise of Skywalker and The Mandalorian

I recently guested on Draft Zero to talk about about how the writing of The Rise of Skywalker and The Mandalorian use fanservice differently in shaping story. You should listen to that, and all the great work Stu and Chas do. This post about fanservice in character development notes a few of those key things, … Continue reading

On Long Goodbyes and Loyalty

My upbringing was starkly black and white, everything strictly categorised as sin and acceptable, allowed and not. The massive ‘sin: not allowed’ category swallowed everything in legalism and immutable consequences. I fell in love with noir partly because it has no such hangups. I savoured noir’s evocative language and sexual undercurrent. I learned to believe … Continue reading

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and the Cycles of Abuse

Under its primary colours and insistent optimism, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is a psychologically complex show. Many writers have talked about its problematic handling of racial issues and how some of that is the very point, the way it deals with coming out of cult situations and sexual abuse, the way it addresses the aftermath of said cults, including … Continue reading

The Moral Off-Center: how the sidekicks of #OrphanBlack and #LostGirl are so much more.

While it might not be obvious at first blush, Orphan Black and Lost Girl have a significant Venn diagram intersection. Even beyond the initial “made in Canada” or “female lead in a SF/F show” or “obsessive tumblr fandom” comparisons, both shows examine—among other things—non-traditional family structures and the inherent difficulty involved in meeting everyone’s emotional needs. … Continue reading

Lost Girl: Season 4, Episode 06, Of All The Gin Joints

Exactly how linked to the Dawning it was I don’t know, but Lost Girl made an interesting move about halfway through last season. The show is taking their central figure and slowly making her more and more unsympathetic. Bo has gone from being a lost soul taken advantage of but standing up for herself and … Continue reading

Lost Girl: Season 4, Episode 01, In Memoriam

This is probably a terrible episode to start with if you’re watching the show for the first time. It’s an episode full of fakeouts, callbacks, fanservice, fanteasing, and beautiful new sets, carried entirely on the lovely shoulders of Ksenia Solo. If you’re just jumping in, you’re probably still confused. This review is not going to … Continue reading

Lost Girl – Caged Heat’s Problem

This started as a part of the whole 3.01 review, but it grew larger until it took on a life of its own and clamored to get a dedicated post. The review will come next week. Right off: I’m a writer and tv/filmmaker, and I’m approaching this episode primarily as such. I’m not a trans* … Continue reading

Lost Girl: Season 2, Episode 22, Flesh and Blood

You know the drill. Possible spoilers through 03.13. All reviews here. Besides not being a pun, I’m speculating last episode’s title is supposed to signify not just facing the dark, and not just a shaky alliance with Dark fae, but Bo’s literal start of transformation Into The Dark. As Lauren notes, Bo is more powerful than … Continue reading

Walking and Talking, Inventing and Crediting

Recently this video started going around the internet. It’s fantastic. It also mentions Gilmore Girls.  Someone I do not know took to my friend’s link and started smacktalking Gilmore Girls. This person said quote, “Gilmore Girls has dialogue, but it’s also only snappy because of the editing.” [emphasis mine.] If one is going to argue The … Continue reading