Advocating Adventure: Making the Pirates of the Caribbean Franchise Better, part 1

It's unfortunate that Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, despite its box office success, is considered to be tepid at best and downright awful at worst. With a Rotten Tomatoes score of 29%, it's a far cry from the 79% that the 2003 franchise starting Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the … Continue reading Advocating Adventure: Making the Pirates of the Caribbean Franchise Better, part 1

Kingdom of Heaven: The Failure of the Crusades on Film

As a disclaimer, this post will contain spoilers for a twelve-year old film. If Kingdom of Heaven is on your bucket list of movies to watch, please do so reading. The film Kingdom of Heaven, directed by Ridley Scott (of Alien and Gladiator fame) and released in 2005, was certainly an ambitious project. The Crusades were … Continue reading Kingdom of Heaven: The Failure of the Crusades on Film

A Missed Thematic Opportunity: The Case of Fire Emblem Echoes

Every so often, their comes a book or movie or video game or whatever that we enjoy beyond expectation. Every character, every plot thread, every tearjerking moment is so close to perfection that it practically glows. That's why it is all the more disappointing when it sets up a ripe thematic thread - so ripe … Continue reading A Missed Thematic Opportunity: The Case of Fire Emblem Echoes

The “Rightful Heir” as a Trope

Imagine this scenario: you are in  a medieval-esque kingdom in some nondescript fantasy world. Word reaches you that the king is a tyrant and does all the things that tyrannical rulers do: extract exorbitant taxes from the people (including the nobility! such horror), spends lavishly on himself (finest clothes, tastiest foods, most splendiferous palaces and … Continue reading The “Rightful Heir” as a Trope