Vacant Expressions 70: Event Horizon Picture, Star Wars Trailer, and Heavy Breathing

We discuss the big reveal from the Event Horizon Project, but it isn’t the black hole at the center of our galaxy. It’s some piece of shit named M87 some place far away. We talk space travel and the best space show right now The Expanse. Then the Star Wars trailer released this week, a […]

Vacant Expressions 69: Event Horizon Project and More

Jon and Wes start with a random discussion on whether they should avoid trailers before a movie or analyze them closely for clues like so many. Then they move on to the big science news, the Event Horizon Project about to release the first images of a black hole ever!!!! If only Stephen Hawking had […]

Altered Carbon Packs a Lot into First Season, Maybe a Little Too Much

  – By J.W. Fox – WARNING: SPOILERS FOLLOW Netflix did not promote Altered Carbon as much as that new Cloverfield movie. That might have been a mistake. The first season of the unique new sci-fi show has a Blade Runner feel combined with good ole’ fashion Bruce Willis-style shoot’em up action. There are a […]

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 […]

Thoughtcrime 46: A Look at the Year Ahead

    A look to the year ahead in TV shows, movies, and more. We got a brand new Star Trek series, Star Wars Episode VIII, as well as a war with Apes, another world war with zombies, a Handmaid’s Tale, Expanse, Humans, and of course about a dozen superhero movies.

Morgan

– By J.W. Fox – Morgan sports a talented cast plus the backing of sci-fi legend Ridley Scott (credited as a producer), yet its writer/director team are a pair of relative newbies. Director Luke Scott and Writer Seth W. Owen must have some powerful friends to secure this kind of talent for their first major […]

The Circuit: Progeny of Vale by Rhett C. Bruno

– By Jacob Foxx – The first novel in Rhett C. Bruno’s space opera, Executor Rising (read my review here), was Act I one of a much larger story. It laid the foundation and introduced the key players, but on its own was not a complete story. Like many serials in genre fiction, neither novel […]

TC 009: Writing Machiavellian Characters

I go solo for this episode to discuss creating and developing Machiavellian-style characters. The success of Game of Thrones, Rome, and the classic Dune show there is a huge demand for realpolitik storylines with dynamic Machiavellian characters. Books Mentioned The Prince, Niccolo Machiavelli The Godfather, Mario Puzo History of the Peleponesian War, Thucydides 48 Laws […]

Machiavellian Drama Versus the Heroic Epic

– By Jacob Foxx – America is supposed to be the idyllic shining city on the hill, a place beyond the reach of the ruthless realpolitik of Europe. Our destiny is not in the hands of princes and bishops, all vying for power against one another in a tragic game of political strategy. We are […]

Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam Trilogy Coming to HBO

  – By Jacob Foxx – For years HBO has been on the forefront of combining drama with softcore porn. Their original programming tries to involve sex as many ways as possible, sometimes tastefully other times not so much. Given its extensive experience in drama and sex, HBO was the ideal choice to launch a […]