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Newsletter November 1, 2007

comics
How not to write a hero by League of Substitute Superheroes
"Heroes shouldn’t be built on fear, or on all the niggling insecurities that can make us poor, workaday humans sometimes behave like pricks to our fellow humans. … Frank Miller doesn’t write about heroes. Frank Miller kind of misses the point entirely."


Angel and Buffy the Vampire Slayer
"No. Not this girl. Not this Day." by ishkode_fyre
"I felt like we really were incredibly gifted in Buffy, where we had to face and empathize with the characters as they went through personal trials, and that all that vital human stuff was cut short in Angel and we didn't have to deal with the very things that could have and should have made the story even more powerful."

The Assassination of Cordelia Chase by Jenny Crusie
"The writers at ME have played fast and loose with character before but they never sinned so deeply as they did when they destroyed the character of Cordelia Chase."


Battlestar Galactica
Sailing the Ship of State: Political Philosophies on the Battlestar Galactica by nnaylime
How the two undisputed leaders--Admiral (then Commander) William Adama, a military veteran and head of the military and Laura Roslin, the civilian President--used their natural abilities to perform different, but important and necessary, duties to keep the ship of state afloat.


Doctor Who
Who meta braindump discussion started by ionlylurkhere
On Earth, the undeniability of alien invasions, and the Doctor's post-colonial, paternalistic tone.

Mickey, Martha, and the Message that Doesn't Belong on Who by neadods
"When it was just Mickey, it was an unpleasant circumstance that could be handwaved. Now that it's Mickey and Martha, the implications that the black characters just aren't as interesting to the audience or beloved of the Doctor is unmistakable."

Yo ho, yo ho a pirate's life for me - Musings on Martha by salienne
"Ok, so after watching 'Gridlock', I've been trying to explain Martha's instant faith in the Doctor to myself. And I think I have, more or less."


dueSouth
Free Willie by truepenny
"The first two seasons of the show are powered by the tension between Fraser's worldview (openly Capra-esque, viz., "One Good Man") and Ray's. "You know what your problem is?" Ray says to Fraser. "You think if you're nice to people, people are going to be nice to you." Fraser does believe this, and the show again is very careful about the tension between pararealism and realism in the responses he gets."


Heroes
2x02: Lizards by laurashapiro
"This episode is all about identity: knowing who you are, or not knowing; accepting who you are, or rejecting; pushing the limits of who you are, or hiding."


Lost
Losing Libby by Mickle
"Libby is the very epitome of the WIR phenomenom. Abrams and Linderlof may not have created her just to kill her off, but she was created (or at least given a more prominent spot) with the express purpose of furthuring Hurley's character development." Also includes a Lost body count categorized by gender.


Star Wars
"Star Wars" despots vs. "Star Trek" populists by David Brin
"By now it's grown clear that George Lucas has an agenda, one that he takes very seriously. After four "Star Wars" films, alarm bells should have gone off, even among those who don't look for morals in movies. When the chief feature distinguishing "good" from "evil" is how pretty the characters are, it's a clue that maybe the whole saga deserves a second look."


Supernatural
IBARW: No Tragic Mulattas on "Route 666" by sparkymonster
"It's sad that I'm insanely excited to see a mixed race person treated as a human being, and an interracial relationship as being normal (or as normal as you can get in a demon hunting world)."


Trek
"Star Wars" despots vs. "Star Trek" populists by David Brin
"By now it's grown clear that George Lucas has an agenda, one that he takes very seriously. After four "Star Wars" films, alarm bells should have gone off, even among those who don't look for morals in movies. When the chief feature distinguishing "good" from "evil" is how pretty the characters are, it's a clue that maybe the whole saga deserves a second look."


movies
Terminator series: Gotta Make Way for the Mother Superior: Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008) by Jennifer K. Stuller
"But after considering heroic daughters and their influential fathers, it appears that more often than not, while the female hero’s mother is dead, mentally ill, or otherwise unavailable, the male hero is, as Campbell observed, nurtured towards his destiny by mother."
Tags: angel, bsg, buffy, comics, drwho, dsouth, heroes, lost, movies, starwars, supernatural, trek
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