‘Shows within Shows’ – The Book of Boba Fett Chapter Five: The Return

Meanwhile… As a Star Wars fan, there will be times in which the analytical part of my brain will be bypassed by a piece of fan lore. I’ll watch a certain scene or strand of events, knowing full well that it doesn’t quite in relation to a wider piece of storytelling, yet because it’s satisfiedContinue reading “‘Shows within Shows’ – The Book of Boba Fett Chapter Five: The Return”

‘Dead Folk Walking’ – The Book of Boba Fett Chapter Four: The Gathering Storm

A Vision in Focus An early-episode snooze in Fett’s Bacta tank whisks us back into our protagonist’s past right from the get go this week. Except it isn’t quite business as usual. A few years have passed between the death of his new family and the period in which we find ourselves in at theContinue reading “‘Dead Folk Walking’ – The Book of Boba Fett Chapter Four: The Gathering Storm”

‘Bikes, Pykes and Dinermobiles’ – The Book of Boba Fett Chapter Three: The Streets of Mos Espa

Cyberpunk Diner Crew The Streets of Mos Espa dedicates a bit more time toward progressing the show’s present day narrative. Something that’s been lacking up until this point. It’s a much needed change from the previous two chapters, at least in principle. After a dash of exposition, in which 8D8 – a droid voiced byContinue reading “‘Bikes, Pykes and Dinermobiles’ – The Book of Boba Fett Chapter Three: The Streets of Mos Espa”

‘Modern Families’ – The Book of Boba Fett Chapter Two: The Tribes of Tatooine

That’s Politics! Following on from last week’s scrap with a gang of mysterious ninjas – this week outed as members of the Night Wind assassins – Boba finds himself crossing paths with Mos Espa’s Mayor, Mok Shaiz. Hints of Shaiz’s potential hostility loomed large last episode, when his irritating Majordomo popped by to deliver aContinue reading “‘Modern Families’ – The Book of Boba Fett Chapter Two: The Tribes of Tatooine”

‘A Truth in Plain Sight’ – Falcon and the Winter Soldier 1.2: The Star-Spangled Man

State Imposter Perhaps the most intriguing edition to The Star-Spangled Man regards the underlying tensions generated by the introduction of John Walker as the “new” Captain America. When we are first introduced to the character of Walker at the top of this episode, we’re offered something of a sympathetic reading toward him. At least thisContinue reading “‘A Truth in Plain Sight’ – Falcon and the Winter Soldier 1.2: The Star-Spangled Man”

‘From the Ashes of an Empire’ – The Book of Boba Fett Chapter One: Stranger in a Strange Land

The Post-Jedi Origins of Boba Fett We open The Book of Boba Fett’s opening chapter, Stranger in a Strange Land, with the framing of two origin stories. The first of these conveys the most traditional of origins, a look at young Boba Fett as he cradles his father’s decapitated head. It’s a scene lifted directlyContinue reading “‘From the Ashes of an Empire’ – The Book of Boba Fett Chapter One: Stranger in a Strange Land”

‘Edge of the Jigsaw’ – Eternals

Character is King, Beware of Waiting In addition to the deep golds, burning oranges, luscious greens and rich blues departing us from the Marvel status quo, Chloé Zhao’s Eternals (2021) doesn’t merely differ in a visual sense of the word. A Blade Runner inspired opening crawl sets the stage for a story that stems acrossContinue reading “‘Edge of the Jigsaw’ – Eternals”

Oblivious Talks Episode 1 – Spider-Man: No Way Home and the Marvel Umbrella

I’m thrilled to reveal my first ever episode in an exciting new audio series, Oblivious Talks. In this series, I will be talking about a variety of things, from conversations about the writing process, to informal musings over various pop-culture topics that take my fancy. The intention of this podcast series is to further developContinue reading “Oblivious Talks Episode 1 – Spider-Man: No Way Home and the Marvel Umbrella”

‘Dancing with Deities’ – Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings

Widening the World of the MCU Marvel Studios has been playing a spot of catchup in recent years. After a decade of films piloted primarily by white men, the demand for more diversity within the planet’s most popular franchise found itself at breaking point. 2018 saw the release of Black Panther, a film that addressedContinue reading “‘Dancing with Deities’ – Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings”

‘Today is Tomorrow. It Happened’ – Doctor Who 13.7: Eve of the Daleks

Groundhog Day of the Daleks Doctor Who is known for taking seemingly unrelated genres and stories, only to then hurl them head on at one another. While this occasionally generates something wonderful and unique from two seemingly dissimilar narratives, it can occasionally churn out utter nonsense. If you asked me a year ago whether IContinue reading “‘Today is Tomorrow. It Happened’ – Doctor Who 13.7: Eve of the Daleks”