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3P Reviews: The Umbrella Academy, Season One, Episode Five

Breakdown Rating: Characters and Character Development: 8 Aesthetics and Style: 6 Creativity: 6 Overall Plot: 5 Subplots: 7 Sum: 32/50 Spoilers: Yes. Also minor spoilers for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Game of Thrones, and Sky High. I swear that will make more sense when you get to it. Audience Assumptions: None   The… Continue reading 3P Reviews: The Umbrella Academy, Season One, Episode Five

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3P Reviews: The Umbrella Academy, Season One, Episode Four

Breakdown Rating: Characters and Character Development: 8 Aesthetics and Style: 6 Creativity: 6 Overall Plot: 5 Subplots: 7 Sum: 32/50 Spoilers: Yes Audience Assumptions: Fam   The Umbrella Academy Season One Episode Four: Man on the Moon - *****   Part One: No, Really, Who Put the Monkey There? Was it Pogo? His Mother? His Father?… Continue reading 3P Reviews: The Umbrella Academy, Season One, Episode Four

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3P Reviews: Game of Thrones, Season Eight, Episode Four

Series Breakdown Rating: Characters: 4 Aesthetics: 7 Creativity: 5 Overall Plot: 7 Subplots: 5 Sum: 28/50   Spoilers: Ya. Obviously. Audience Assumptions: Some familiarity   Season Eight Episode Four: The Last of the Starks - ***   Part One: TORMUND GETS A PUPPY! This is one of the more well-structured episodes of the season so far.… Continue reading 3P Reviews: Game of Thrones, Season Eight, Episode Four

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3P Reviews: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Season Two, Episode One (Episode Fifteen)

Series Breakdown Rating: Characters and Character Development: 7 Aesthetics and Style: 7 Creativity: 7 Overall Plot: 5 Dialogue: 4 Sum: 30/50   Spoilers: Yes Audience Assumptions: None   Season Two Episode 1: Envoy from the East - ***   Part One: Backspositionbuilding Here we get into the key advantage Brotherhood has over the original Fullmetal Alchemist anime:… Continue reading 3P Reviews: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Season Two, Episode One (Episode Fifteen)

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3P Reviews: Game of Thrones, Season Eight, Episode Three

Series Breakdown Rating: Characters: 4 Aesthetics: 7 Creativity: 5 Overall Plot: 7 Subplots: 5 Sum: 28/50   Spoilers: Ya. Obviously. Audience Assumptions: Some familiarity   Season Eight Episode Three: The Long Night - ****   Part One: It's Here. And It's Got Some Problems. Two episodes of buildup and here's where we land -- a nearly… Continue reading 3P Reviews: Game of Thrones, Season Eight, Episode Three

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3P Reviews: The Umbrella Academy, Season One, Episode Three

Breakdown Rating: Characters and Character Development: 8 Aesthetics and Style: 6 Creativity: 6 Overall Plot: 5 Subplots: 7 Sum: 32/50   Spoilers: Yes Audience Assumptions: None   The Umbrella Academy Season One Episode Three: Extra Ordinary - **   Part One: This Week on Klaus and Some Other Umbrella People THEY RUINED HIM! THEY RUINED MY… Continue reading 3P Reviews: The Umbrella Academy, Season One, Episode Three

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What Makes a Good Character Relationship?

There are hundreds, thousands, maybe even more beautifully-written characters in published works. But what is a character on their own without any connection to the people around them? Isolated characters can only go so far; we are a social species, after all, so relationships of all sorts are important to us. Let's take a look at how fictional relationships work.