The Disturbing Implications of Star Wars Droids

(Spoilers for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story below.)

The Star Wars franchise has been blessed with some good movies in recent years, which I consider payback for the misfire of the prequel trilogy. Rogue One marked a departure from the standard Star Wars film, presenting a war story that was pretty good overall. Then again, it could have been terrible and I still would have loved it for the Vader scene at the end.

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The Last Jedi

Your Feelings Betray You: Luke Skywalker and The Last Jedi

I’ma gonna talk about Star Wars: The Last Jedi here, and I’m not going to bother hiding spoilers. If you haven’t seen the movie and want to be surprised, just skip this ramble until after you’ve watched the film.

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Deck of Many Things

Gaming Stories: Hubris and the Deck of Many Things

One of my main GMing strategies when I run a D&D or Pathfinder campaign goes something like this:

  1. Give the PCs the deck of many things.
  2. Wait for them to draw from it.
  3. Have fun with the results.

If I ever doubt this strategy in the future, I just need to think back to a Pathfinder game in 2017 which cemented this as a terrific strategy.

The Setup: The PCs, a group of high-level mythic characters, ventured into the Abyss to rescue an entire city that got sucked through a hole in reality. Continue reading “Gaming Stories: Hubris and the Deck of Many Things”

Jurassic Park Tyrannosaurus

Jurassic Park is a Terrible Argument Against Cloning

If humans found a way to clone dinosaurs, would you be down for it?

There’s no right or wrong answer to this question, unless you bring up Jurassic Park as an argument against cloning. Then you’re wrong.

Jurassic Park is a good book and an entertaining movie. But it always makes me grind my teeth when people use it as an illustration of the dangers of human beings playing God. It is not a cautionary tale about the dangers of cloning. It is a cautionary tale about running a shitty zoo. Continue reading “Jurassic Park is a Terrible Argument Against Cloning”

ThunderCats, No! (Part 1 of 2)

I don’t know why, but many people really seem to want kids’ entertainment to get re-imagined in a dark and gritty way. That’s one of the main complaints people seem to have about the upcoming ThunderCats reboot, which looks sillier than the original. While adult clamor for a darker version of ThunderCats (often ignoring that the awesome 2011 reboot was more mature and didn’t last more than one season), it’s worth noting that there is danger in going dark just for the sake of getting grim and gritty.

The ThunderCats franchise serves as a good example of why “more mature” often isn’t and why dark and gritty doesn’t necessarily make for better storytelling. See, the early 2000s had a ThunderCats reboot of its own in comic form. The resulting miniseries, ThunderCats: The Return is probably one of the worst comics I’ve ever read.

I don’t like to suffer through bad comics alone. So let’s take a look at this train wreck together, shall we? Continue reading “ThunderCats, No! (Part 1 of 2)”