Defiance Review: “Dead Air”

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photo credit: examiner.com

Here’s my review of Defiance season three episode “Dead Air” Please note that this isn’t a recap of what happens. I’m assuming that you’ve already seen the episode. There are spoilers in this review.

So “Dead Air” wrapped up an important Amanda storyline and… that’s about it. The overarching plot feels like it’s sorta spinning its wheels while it’s waiting for everything to fall into place. The three main storylines in this episode are 1.) Nolan and Amanda go to get some weapons, 2.) Irisa and Berlin try to figure out who blew up the Arch, and 3.) Stahma must assassinate T’evgin.

Guess what? None of these things get accomplished. But still, this was an important episode for Amanda and there were things at the end which set up future storylines, so it wasn’t all a waste.

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Dark Matter Review: “Episode Three”

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photo credit: @dark_matterTV

Here’s my review of Dark Matter season one “Episode Three.” Please note that this isn’t a recap of what happens. I’m assuming that you’ve already seen the episode. There are spoilers in this review.

Do you know the old cliche of trapping your characters in an elevator to get them to talk about something they want to avoid? Well, Dark Matter is basically like six people being trapped in an elevator, only the elevator is their ship. But unlike the original elevator cliche, episode three of Dark Matter manages to make it interesting. Episode Two got bogged down by the miners and took the action away from the conflict of their mysterious identities, but Episode Three put the focus back on the crew as cracks begin to form in their tentative union with each other.

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Killjoys Review: “The Sugar Point Run”

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photo credit: @SpaceChannel

Here’s my review of Killjoys season one episode “The Sugar Point Run.” Please note that this isn’t a recap of what happens. I’m assuming that you’ve already seen the episode. There are spoilers in this review.

I’m going to be completely honest. “The Sugar Point Run” was a disappointing episode. It felt like an extension of the pilot episode where everything was basically more setup for our main story and our main characters. It seems unnecessary to have a whole episode devoted to making up a reason for D’av to join the crew when they could have easily settled that after the events of “Bangarang.” As the audience is watching, we should be getting to know more about Dutch and John and why they work together, but the episode splits them up. Because of this, the episode lacks any sort of character moments and so we are left with a really uninteresting plot about a hostage exchange.

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Thoughts on Writing: Beginning with the Basics

Sometimes the hardest part of writing a story is getting started. You might have an inkling of an idea, but no clue where to go from there. I have this problem a lot, so I’ve put together a sort of template to help get us moving through the writing process. This is probably the most helpful for someone trying to write literary fiction, but I believe this can also easily apply to any sort of fiction writing. Of course, what works for me might not work for you, but everyone’s gotta start somewhere. So let’s begin with…

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Dark Matter Review: “Episode Two”

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photo credit: @SpaceChannel

Here’s my review of Dark Matter season one “Episode Two.” Please note that this isn’t a recap of what happens. I’m assuming that you’ve already seen the episode. There are spoilers in this review.

The second episode of Dark Matter ended up being a little bit of a disappointment. The premiere episode worked because we had a mystery to keep us interested: who were these people on the ship? We got an inkling of an answer at the end of episode one, but episode two didn’t give us much more to work with even though it picked up right where we left off. There was a lot of talk in this episode but not a lot of truly interesting substance. Not yet anyway.

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Orphan Black Review: “History Yet to Be Written”

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photo credit: spoilertv.com

Here’s my review of Orphan Black season three finale “History Yet to Be Written.” Please note that this isn’t a recap of what happens. I’m assuming that you’ve already seen the episode. There are spoilers in this review.

In the season opener “The Weight of This Combination,” we began the episode with Helena’s dream sequence of having a happy family together with all of her sisters. When we began the season, this seemed like an unrealistic dream. With all the craziness and conspiracies from season two, it didn’t seem like there would ever be a time for the group to sit down together and just have fun. And yet, by the end of “History Yet to Be Written,” we see everyone gathered together in Alison’s store, having a celebratory meal. It’s a great payoff from the struggles we’ve seen all of them go through during this season.

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Defiance Review: “Broken Bough”

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photo credit: @DefianceWorld

Here’s my review of Defiance season three episode “Broken Bough” Please note that this isn’t a recap of what happens. I’m assuming that you’ve already seen the episode. There are spoilers in this review.

I picked this particular header photo for this week’s review because of the quote on it. Ever since the whole being-controlled-by-an-arc-brain incident from last season, Irisa’s been pretty shaken up. She’s clearly suffering from some sort of PTSD after killing and almost-killing all those people against her will. I’m very fascinated with her character arc right now because she’s basically gone backwards since we first met her in season one. “Broken Bough” effectively demonstrates how she’s currently feeling.

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Killjoys Review: “Bangarang”

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photo credit: @Killjoys

Here’s my first review of Killjoys starting with the season one premiere “Bangarang.” Please note that this isn’t a recap of what happens. I’m assuming that you’ve already seen the episode. There are spoilers in this review.

When I think about bounty hunters in space, I always think about Cowboy Bebop. But as Dutch (portrayed by Hannah John-Kamen) pointed out during the premiere episode, the correct job title for their work is “reclamation agents,” not bounty hunters or the slang term “Killjoys.” It wouldn’t be fair to compare the two series because they probably won’t end up being very similar, but it’s nice to see that both series are set in a well-developed universe. In this review, I’m going to examine how they set up the world of this series and the use of jargon and slang.

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Dark Matter Review: “Episode One”

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photo credit: syfy.com

Here’s my first review of Dark Matter starting with the season one premiere “Episode One.” Please note that this isn’t a recap of what happens. I’m assuming that you’ve already seen the episode. There are spoilers in this review.

I’ll be honest. With the exception of Defiance, I haven’t really watched anything on Syfy Channel since Stargate Atlantis ended (and to be really honest, I don’t actually remember how it ended so maybe I quit watching it earlier than that…) So I was excited when I heard about Dark Matter since it sounded like the stuff I used to watch on Syfy (when it was still called Sci-fi). And as a bonus, the show was created by Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie, who both wrote for the Stargate franchise. The premise is interesting as well: these people wake up on a ship with no memory . While watching the first episode, I really think Dark Matter has potential once it gets past a few problems. The series premiere wasn’t action-packed but it still held my interest and left me wanting to know more.

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Defiance Review: “The World We Seize” and “The Last Unicorns”

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photo credit: syfy.com

Here’s my first review of Defiance starting with the season three two-part premiere “The World We Seize” and “The Last Unicorns.” Please note that this isn’t a recap of what happens. I’m assuming that you’ve already seen the episode. There are spoilers in this review.

It always seems like the wait between seasons of Defiance lasts forever and a day. But the world of this story is so rich and well-established that it’s so easy to sink right back in, even though the story has skipped ahead seven months. Defiance’s two-part season premiere made some bold moves that paid off in order to set up the story for this season. The two episodes included effective introductions to new characters and heartwrenching send-offs for a few others. (I’m still crying over that, by the way) The season opener demonstrated well the writers can make the characters interact and play off each other in many different ways.

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