ATTACK OF THE CLONES and the Tragedy of Good Intentions

The fundamental problem with the Star Wars prequels is that they’re a good story poorly told. When you lay out the narrative of the prequels on paper, beat for beat, it’s actually pretty compelling. At a time when galactic civilization had stagnated after a millennia of peace, evil quietly emerges, taking advantage of complacency and … Continue reading ATTACK OF THE CLONES and the Tragedy of Good Intentions

STAR WARS: CLONE WARS and the Failure of the Expanded Universe

The Walt Disney company acquired Lucasfilm in December of 2012, but the most controversial move didn’t come until more than a year later. On April 25, 2014, every piece of Star Wars media – books, movies, video games, TV shows, comics, you name it – that was not directly overseen by George Lucas was deemed … Continue reading STAR WARS: CLONE WARS and the Failure of the Expanded Universe

The Unofficial MCU Timeline, Part 5 – CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER

This whole exercise of trying to establish a firm timeline for the Marvel Cinematic Universe is more than a little bit silly because precisely when each of these stories takes place doesn’t really matter. The setting is significant inasmuch as figuring out how each movie relates to one another, but the core story of Iron Man doesn’t … Continue reading The Unofficial MCU Timeline, Part 5 – CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER