Tag Archives: storytelling

Update on Disney’s Missing Mom Theory

The Myth of the Missing Mom – Disney’s (and Pixar’s) Canon (1937-2017) The biggest thing that I have noticed about this myth in the past three years is how much Disney is not following it in its recent films. It … Continue reading

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Trolls (2016)

Trolls (2016) When I was about seven years old, I had a small collection of Troll dolls. At some point between seven and seventeen, they went into a garage sale or donation bin, or perhaps were given away. I don’t … Continue reading

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Now That Was Some Finale!

MURDOCH MYSTERIES Season 10, Episode 19 (Hell to Pay)   Rather than celebrate the show’s 150th episode with throwbacks and jokes, the writers decided to pull out all of the stops for a five-headed cliffhanger! Incidentally, Miss James was absent … Continue reading

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Fun Before the Finale

MURDOCH MYSTERIES Season 10, Episodes 17 & 18 (Master Lovecraft)(Hot Wheels of Thunder)   After 10 years, even with shorter seasons, it is hard to keep police procedurals from becoming too formulaic or routine. One way to remedy this is … Continue reading

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Branching Off From the Formula

MURDOCH MYSTERIES Season 10, Episodes 4, 5 & 6 (Concocting a Killer)(Jagged Little Pill)(Bend It Like Brackenreid) After many years, it can be easy for a procedural show to fall into a rut. The genre is prone to formulaic episodes. … Continue reading

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Premiere 2 – Getting Back to the Story

MURDOCH MYSTERIES Season 10, Episode 1 (Great Balls of Fire Pt. 1) Since last season did not end on a cliffhanger and no one was left in direct mortal peril, nor was any murder left unsolved, the premiere of Murdoch … Continue reading

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Premiere 1 – As Usual, A Promising Start

ONCE UPON A TIME Season 6, Episodes 1 & 2 (The Savior)(A Bitter Draught) The sixth season of Once Upon A Time, true to form, started immediately after the end of last season’s finale. Mr. Hyde has brought hundreds of … Continue reading

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