28 Dec 2017

Narrative Economy in "The Last Jedi"


This post is not a review of the latest Star Wars movie. I may (or may not) do this in a future post, but for now, I will just point out that I liked it enough to want to watch it a second time. In this post, I just want to discuss one point about this film that, in my humble opinion, shows us what a good director Rian Johnson is. 

Supreme Leader Snoke

23 Aug 2017

How long for a raven to fly from Dragonstone to Eastwatch, and other unimportant questions.



There has been a lot of debate about whether the plot of the most recent episode of Game of Thrones (Season 7 Episode 6), and specifically the sequence where there was enough time for Gendry to run back to Eastwatch-by-the-Sea, get someone there to send a raven to Dragonstone calling for help, and then for Danaerys and her dragons to fly to the rescue, is plausible. Plausibility is an important part of the fantasy genre, because it is far more rewarding to read a story (or watch a film) about fantastical creatures and magic if the people in these stories are subject to the laws of physics just like us, so I thought that I would add my two cents’ worth.

15 Jun 2015

Is Jon Snow Really...??





If you have not seen Episode 10 of Season 5 yet, do not read this post, because it is full of SPOILERS!!