FX's series Taboo is a fascinating watch in a lot of ways. It's a well-acted, well-written, well-directed affair of the gritty world of Britain in the wake of the War of 1812 with its former colonies in America. But as anyone who's watched it knows or will tell you, it's the protagonist, James Keziah Delaney, who … Continue reading Taboo and the Knowledge Gap
Hello, and welcome to the second round of critical paddling thoughtful critiquing into The Magicians and why it failed to work for me. Last time, I talked about the concept of Set-Up and Pay-Off and the delicate balance it requires to get your audience invested and satisfied. This time, I'll be talking about a much … Continue reading Critiquing The Magicians: M for Mature?
I recently finished the Netflix series Jessica Jones, and I must say that I really loved it. The story was excellently crafted and the villain was both charming and chilling, but most of all, I loved the protagonist herself. Jessica Jones is a rude, crude, abrasive, cynical, self-loathing alcoholic, and she gripped me right away. … Continue reading The Likeable Unlikeable Protagonist