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

The Night Of: Season 01 Episode 05, The Season of the Witch

Cold open: closeup on blue lights lights flickering intermittently, an electronic hum in the background. It’s very horror-esque, until the camera pulls back to show a blue UV light aimed at Stone’s scaly feet. The episode ends the same way, in flickering blue light, only this time Stone is truly in danger, alone in a dark … Continue reading

The 100: Season 03, Episode 08, “Terms and Conditions”

A lot of things come full circle this episode. Food and water are running low in Arcadia, just as oxygen was on the Ark. The Chancellor is making awful decisions and being undermined, only here it’s Kane doing the undermining. The Grounders are insisting someone be brought to justice for his crimes or they will … Continue reading

The Newsroom Episode 8: The Blackout Part 1: Tragedy Porn

If you have to subtitle your ‘Part Ones,’ you may have a hubris problem. ‘Print journalists play it fast and loose with exclamation points.’ It’s a good line. The unnecessary ‘it’ there is an interesting choice. Did they not think the viewer would get it without an additional beat? Am I reading way too much into this? Lorelai … Continue reading

The Newsroom Episode 6: Bullies

Speaking of bullies: topping the list must be the writers of this show, who cannot just present us with their points, but must bludgeon us about the head with them. What’s that? Oh yes, sorry, ‘writer,’ singular. Because I’m pressed for time (work + Olympics!), I’m going to stream-of-consciousness this review, and see how that goes. … Continue reading

The Newsroom Episode 5: Amen

I am a woman. For years, I wanted to be a journalist/news producer. I am a klutz. I am a video editor. I’m ADD and often forgetful. I thrive in situations where decisions have to be made on the fly and acted on with some amount of improvisation – which is why I’m working to … Continue reading