Political Strategy and Game of Thrones: What Machiavelli Would say About Season 7

– By J.W. Fox – My favorite part of Game of Thrones is the political intrigue. Sure, the CGI dragons are pretty awesome. Sure, Daenerys Targaryen is a gorgeous bad ass. The castles, the armor, the battles, yes all of it is pretty cool. Still, what sets Game of Thrones apart from other fantasy epics […]

Never Mind the Journey, Modern Heroes Change World Through Inherited Power

  – By J.W. Fox – Joseph Campbell’s hero’s journey has influenced many hit movies and TV shows. Lately, it seems the journey in the hero’s journey isn’t that important. The hero is born with everything he needs. Campbell put great emphasis on the journey (obviously), breaking it down into 17 distinct stages loaded with […]

Wonder Woman: A New Heroine Archetype? Or An Ancient One Reborn?

– By J.W. Fox – Three weeks after its premiere, Wonder Woman is still on a roll. It is on track to surpass Man of Steel in box office receipts, with a shot of becoming the highest grossing movie in the new DC universe. It could even pass Iron Man, the gold standard of origin […]

Thoughtcrime 50: Nineteen Eighty-Four Revisited

  It has been 68 years since George Orwell’s classic was published. Arguably the greatest dystopian novel of all time, its insights into totalitarianism helped generations better understand the nightmares of the modern world. Nuclear weapons, communism, and technological breakthroughs reshaped the world but at the time of the novel’s publication, it was unclear what […]

Colony on the Verge of Greatness, Just Needs Hope

– By Paulie Spiceflow – Colony is a show hitting well above its weight class. Forgive the sports metaphor but there isn’t a better way to say it. The dystopian drama is head and shoulders better than its cable sci-fi competitors but has yet to gain recognition or see record-smashing ratings on USA. Better than […]

Star Wars Rebels Going Nowhere Fast

– By Paulie Spiceflow – After 10 episodes, season 3 of Star Wars Rebels has fans yawning and changing the channel. After a dramatic season 2 finale, the series has retreated into single-serve kiddie action stories. For those of us over the age of 10, that isn’t good enough. Obviously, Clone Wars and Rebels are […]

Star Wars Rebels Another Worthy Addition to Franchise

– By J.W. Fox and Paulie Spiceflow – Warning: Season 2 Spoilers Follow… As promised, we finished the first two seasons of Star Wars Rebels in preparation for the season 3 premiere on September 24th. Like Clone Wars, Rebels is designed to appeal to a younger audience, indoctrinating them in preparation for life long service […]

Clone Wars Helped Expand Star Wars Fan Base Among Millennials

– By J.W. Fox and Paulie Spiceflow – We are pretty late to the party. Star Wars: The Clone Wars premiered eight years ago. Hell, we already have a new Disney animated series that has taken its place. So why are we writing a post on it? Well, we are entering a new Star Wars […]

Which Movies Get Artificial Intelligence Right

  – By Caroline – Artificial intelligence is a curious thing. From as far back as Metropolis, popular culture has been thoroughly interested in robots and their varying degrees of complexity. Some films depict the idea with robots ruling over humans as in The Matrix. Others have a strong tendency to lean towards technology going […]

Humans an Insightful Take on a Very Old Story

  – By J.W. Fox – Isaac Asimov’s robot stories gave birth to an entire subgenre of science fiction, one that remains popular seventy years later. Unfortunately, recent robot/AI movies, TV shows, and novels have largely lacked depth, doing little to advance beyond his groundbreaking work. Last year, there was one very notable exception: the […]