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What The Umbrella Academy Covers: Sci-Fi Mainstays and Comic Book Commons

Written by Gerard Way and illustrated by Gabriel Ba, The Umbrella Academy is another example of comic book turned TV show, following in the footsteps of similarly dark realism properties like the Marvel series quintet, DC’s Arrowverse, and Wynonna Earp. It’s an interesting road now oft traveled in the pursuit of more viewers; a path that borrows generously from other mediums as well as other generations.

This fanciful musing on what TUA weaves well into its own dynamic story is in no way a slight against it. I enjoyed the first season quite a lot and finished it fast. Tropes and throwbacks are categorized as such , and repeated like so, because, in a world full of individuals, occasionally strangely specific themes seem to grip our interest.

In this post, I wish to explore the familiar as an enticement to embrace the new. Continue reading What The Umbrella Academy Covers: Sci-Fi Mainstays and Comic Book Commons

#AmConsuming: Less Watching, More Reading!

Another month, another so many hours spent consuming media. I’ve been writing a bit more, so my consumption habits have dwindled a tad. That is all for the better, methinks.

Still, I have a pretty good slate going. Continue reading #AmConsuming: Less Watching, More Reading!

Netflix’s ‘OUTLAW KING’ Falls Flat

While I was on paternity leave, I had a lot of time to binge-watch Netflix, so I was excited to get to some of the films that had been piling up in my list.

Outlaw King, Netflix’s historical fiction about Robert the Bruce’s rebellion against the English crown, was a natural pick for me.

  1. I like Chris Pine
  2. I love Scotland
  3. And I’m interested in Scottish history. I nearly wrote my very first history paper on William Wallace when I was 14, mainly because I had watched Braveheart a thousand times and read about some of the historical battles depicted there.

Unfortunately, while this movie did a lot of things well, it didn’t resonate with me the way I anticipated it would. Continue reading Netflix’s ‘OUTLAW KING’ Falls Flat

#AmConsuming: Too Much Streaming Content = No Streaming, Plus Audible!

Now that you all know that I haven’t been writing much for the last month, I think it’s only fair that I shed some light on what I have been doing.

Welcome to #AmConsuming January. Like my new writing updates, I’m going to try this as a monthly series. Continue reading #AmConsuming: Too Much Streaming Content = No Streaming, Plus Audible!

Netflix’s ‘BODYGUARD’ a Suspenseful, Fast-Paced Ride

I unwittingly finished watching season one of Bodyguard today. The Netflix show starring Game of Thrones’s Richard Madden ran for only six episodes, when I really thought it could have carried eight or ten.

But, ultimately, I enjoyed its forward-moving and suspenseful brevity. Continue reading Netflix’s ‘BODYGUARD’ a Suspenseful, Fast-Paced Ride

#AmConsuming? A Rundown of My Multimedia Consumption

How perfect that I’m posting this on the first day of 2019. I’ve been brainstorming quite a bit recently about how to change up my blogging habits.

One way of doing that is to talk about the things that tend to keep me from writing: absorbing other peoples’ stories. Continue reading #AmConsuming? A Rundown of My Multimedia Consumption

BLOODLINE and Flat Characters

Netflix’s original series Bloodline finally crossed my radar a few weeks ago when my sister was in town. I ended up watching about 4 episodes of the first season with her as she prepared for the release of season 2.

I re-watched season 1 in its entirety after she left, because I can’t just leave a story unfinished – that’s ludicrous! I’ve now started season 2, and I’m not sure if I’m going to finish it. Spoiler Alert – I’m going to discuss season 1’s events freely, but I’ll leave out season 2 since I’m only on episode 3 or 4.

Continue reading BLOODLINE and Flat Characters

Story Milestone: 50,000 Words Total, 2:53pm ET

Guess what guys??? I’ve just now hit what should have been the word count total from NaNo 2014! Whew! Big moment. I’d like to thank the Academy for recognizing my genius, and Netflix for helping me put off this occasion for an entire year!

Welp, back to writing. I have about 1,000 words to go to hit 10,000 for NaNo 2015.

Steve D