Friday, September 23rd, 2011 Sept. 23, 2011

from Natural Home Remedies· ·

To spoil, or not to spoil - why is it even a question? Mike Russell weighs in on a classic Fatboy slip-up, and it leads to an involved discussion on the nature of storytelling - why plot is so important to some people, and why others prefer characterization, and how the application of spoilers to those views varies. Mad Men, The Wire, Battlestar Galactica and Dexter are all brought up as examples of shows where characterization and plotting hit crazy highs, but at the cost of allowing you to LIKE the characters you're spending so much time with. How much …



To spoil, or not to spoil - why is it even a question? Mike Russell weighs in on a classic Fatboy slip-up, and it leads to an involved discussion on the nature of storytelling - why plot is so important to some people, and why others prefer characterization, and how the application of spoilers to those views varies. Mad Men, The Wire, Battlestar Galactica and Dexter are all brought up as examples of shows where characterization and plotting hit crazy highs, but at the cost of allowing you to LIKE the characters you're spending so much time with. How much is likability worth, especially when you're just trying to escape your day for 42 minutes at a shot? All this comes after a 20 minute trip into the world of retro gaming, Star Wars Expanded Universe, and The Merchandising of the Sabre-Tooth Vampire. Moneyball gets reviewed, Tom Cruise's middle tooth is exposed, Taylor Lautner looks like a Llama, and Fatboy gets stabbed. Enjoy!

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