Television Superhero Perspectives

shield tomorrow peopleWe can be more than the things that people label us as. I find this to be a central theme of Marvel’s Agents of Shield compared to the CW’s Tomorrow People. I do find quite a bit of meat for discussion in the contrast between these two shows, so Curt and I hash out just what separates these two shows in both tone and structure. And of course we’re going to sound off about which one and which kind of storytelling we prefer. Arrow gets a brief mention in this treatment of superhero television. We know what we think. How about you?

Fall Season Opening Salvo

sleepy hollowCurt and I take a look at three shows we’re really excited about for the fall season: Arrow, Sleepy Hollow, and Agents of SHIELD. I do a bit of complaining about the fact that Sleepy Hollow is almost – but not quite – inspired by multiple real-world mythologies. We lament the fact that The CW has to fill every single show with twenty-something angst and enough interpersonal drama to give “Passions” a run for its money. We take a quick look at the character dynamics at work in Agents of SHIELD and how it has the potential to go very *right* for once on television. And through it all we share our hopes and fears for the upcoming viewing season. No fear, I suspect we’ll revisit this topic with regularity.

1-4 Courage and Sacrifice

rock the dragonIn this episode of Rock the Dragon, we touch on themes of courage and sacrifice as each of the Z fighters lays down his life in an effort to prevent the Saiyans from destroying the Earth. There’s some heavy stuff going on and in the finest tradition of Shakespeare, everybody dies.

1-3 Legend of the Saiyans

rock the dragonIn this episode, we continue training with Goku, Gohan, and Piccolo. We learn the history of the Saiyan race, and Goku masters the fearsome Kai0-Ken. But is it in time to save the Earth?

Rocco Privetera on Ninja Dice

photo-mainGame designer Rocco Privetera joins me in the reaction chamber to talk about his game, Ninja Dice. This Japanese ninja-thief-push-your-luck game is published by Greenbrier Press, and currently funding on Kickstarter. Rocco talks a bit about the print-and-play origins of the game and the importance of story and theme in game design. Check out this neat little game at any one of the various links below and let’s get it funded!
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