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As an aspiring screenwriter, perhaps one of the episodes that I appreciate most is The Tales of Ba Sing Se. One really has to give a show so much credit when it’s ballsy enough to brave away from its typical structure and try something completely new. The Tales of Ba Sing Se not only succeeds, but it thrives off how different it is. Television takes us on journeys to go on along with our favorite characters, but rarely ever does a show allow us to get to know the characters for the sake of getting to know the characters. That’s…


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In How I Met Your Mother, perhaps the most effective character arc that one goes through is Barney. He comes from the broken playboy who can never be satisfied from his masterminded sexual schemes to the man who decides to “win” once and for all, opening himself up to and dwelling in love. Needless to say, it is an incredible creative stroke to the credit of the writers. However, if one steps closer to the bigger picture and examines a more localized section of the artistry, one can clearly examine that there is an incredible depravity that is promoted all…


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The most recent chapter of Din Djarin and “Baby Yoda”’s tale left quite a controversial stamp for Star Wars television-lovers. Some embraced it; some sneered at it; some thought it had flaws; and others thought that those flaws were negligible. It is this author’s opinion that, overall, the episode was good. Some minor nitpicks and a little bit of an opening for concern regarding the show’s future were present; but other than that, it kept me on the edge of my seat (both times). Nevertheless, there were some particular details sprinkled throughout the episode that enticed this author’s senses —…


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Have you ever noticed something peculiar about the lyrics of “I See the Light” from Disney’s Tangled? Flynn Rider and Rapunzel go on a daring, out-of-this-world adventure to see the lanterns that have always called to Rapunzel. Along the way, each person — man and woman — discover that they complete each other in ways they’ve always needed. Flynn gives Rapunzel the freedom and adventure she’s craved for eighteen years of her life, while Rapunzel gives Flynn the vulnerability and warmth he never knew he needed. Finally, their trip leads them to the climax as lanterns gently shoot the night…


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One out of the many reasons why Star Wars enthusiasts find Star Wars: The Clone Wars so lovable is that fact that it’s written with the intentionality of helping people. As Dave Filoni once recollected:

“Something [George Lucas has] reiterated … is ‘remember to make these stories hopeful. Remember to give that to kids, because they really need it.’”

-Disney Gallery: Star Wars: The Mandalorian

Each episode has a moral to the story — an edict that our heroes live by by the end of the episode (or as a cautionary tale to the villains who don’t). There has always…


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In 2006, there was a historical drama orchestrated by director Michael Apted and writer Steven Knight, among others. The story is as described: As a man torn between the pursuit of God and the pursuit for change, William Wilberforce must sacrifice his youth, health, and many years of his life for he and his political team to overturn England’s societal norm of slavery in the 18th/19 century. For a movie that only rated PG, it was a movie that vividly illustrated the crimes against humanity that were committed back in the day of the slave trade. For example, Olaudah Equiano…


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Photo: Jacques Ellul; Avatar: The Last Airbender, a creative property of Nickelodeon

“No longer are we surrounded by fields, woods, and rivers, but by signs, signals, billboards, screens, labels, and trademarks: this is our universe.”

- Jacques Ellul, The Humiliation of the Word

Jacques Ellul was a French philosopher who saw the world change around him in the 1950’s, as mankind moved further and further along the trek of technological advancement. One of his greatest literary successes, The Technological Society (made in 1954), could be said to be prophetic in its time. The Technological Society predicted that because mankind had such an obsession with “technique” (to improve itself through “experimentation”), that eventually…


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To many, How I Met Your Mother may just be the best sitcom of all time. Rather than favoring a more episodic approach, the show tells a long journey that has great novelty and progression in the form of Ted telling his kids “how he met their mother”. At times, the show can be incredibly touching. And even in regards to “per episode”, How I Met Your Mother is a show that masters the art of misdirection in a myriad of ways — always keeping its plot structures and story techniques unpredictable to first-time viewers. As charming, creative, endearing, and…


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T’is the season for Star Wars fan theories as the latest teaser for Star Wars goodness has hit computer screens once again. Our favorite Din Djarin continues the adventure as he sets out into the galactic frontier to reunite The Child with his mysterious species. The teaser trailer for the show that was released today (September 15th, 2020) did its job perfectly. It teased the television show — showing just enough to get audiences intrigued while soundlessly holding back so many lightsaber-plastered cards back, only to be released at the proper moment. …


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Photo: Marvel Studios, a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company

Chadwick Boseman was a rarity. He was a man who breathed and spoke what he believed. In the 2018 commencement for Howard University’s 150th anniversary, Chadwick Boseman opened up with this phrase: “First, giving honor to the Creator and the ancestors whose shoulders I stand,”. Chadwick Boseman was unquestionably a man of character. One only needs to find any Chadwick Boseman tribute article or video to find that he was known by his peers, friends, and family as a man of integrity, nobility, honor, and depth. …

David Brandon Hyland

BEA 2020 Scriptwriting Award-Winner; FanFare Publications writer; God-follower; a man wanting to help and entertain others and provide for himself.

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