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3P Reviews: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Season Two, Episode Five (Episode Nineteen)

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 Five: Death of the Undying - ****   Part One: Just Let Me Do One Synthesis Review, Show! As with many long-running anime series, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood… Continue reading 3P Reviews: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Season Two, Episode Five (Episode Nineteen)

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3P Reviews, Essays, Longform

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.

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3P Reviews: Annihilation (novel)

Series Breakdown Rating: Characters and Character Development: 4 Aesthetics and Style: 7 Creativity: 6 Overall Plot: 5 Themes: 7 Sum: 29/50   Spoilers: Yes Audience Assumptions: None   Annihilation (novel)   Part One: Biologist, Anthropologist, Surveyor, Psychologist You may have noticed that I like discussing adaptations. You may have also noticed that I'm an extraordinarily slow reader… Continue reading 3P Reviews: Annihilation (novel)

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3P Reviews: Firewatch

Series Breakdown Rating: Narrative: 7 Aesthetics and Style: 8 Creativity: 7 Environment: 8 Gameplay: 5 Sum: 35/50   Spoilers: Yes Audience Assumptions: None. A little familiarity with gaming lingo wouldn't hurt, I guess?   Firewatch   Part One: A Call for Short Games I often run into a problem with video games that has little to do… Continue reading 3P Reviews: Firewatch

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3P Reviews: Primeval, Season Two

Series Breakdown Rating: Characters and Character Development: 7 Aesthetics and Style: 6 Creativity: 7 Overall Plot: 6 Subplots: 7 Sum: 33/50   Spoilers: Yes Audience Assumptions: No familiarity   Season Two - ****   Part One: Fun With Time Travel When we last left our intrepid heroes, Nick Cutter had gone through the Permian anomaly and lost… Continue reading 3P Reviews: Primeval, Season Two

Essays

What Makes a Good Monster?

Everyone loves a cool monster design. I recently came across a Twitter thread on the subject and it got me thinking about what goes into effective horror monsters. There are a lot of schools of thought regarding horror in general, and because it's such a broad genre, its appeal will vary quite a bit from… Continue reading What Makes a Good Monster?

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3P Reviews: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Season One, Episode Eight

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 One Episode Eight: The Fifth Laboratory - ***   Part One: Revenge of the Trash Cans This episode basically accounts for a single long action sequence, but at… Continue reading 3P Reviews: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Season One, Episode Eight