what does it mean that you are a Geek in the first place? That you like Star Trek? That’s cool,Star Trek is rad, but it’s not exactly a thing to be proud of, is it? Not like climbing a mountain. You should be proud if you climbed a mountain, climbing a mountain is hard (I assume; I have not climbed a mountain, nor will I, because after you get to the top of the mountain you have to go back to the bottom of a mountain, and if I wanted to be at the bottom of a mountain I could easily accomplish this by staying on the ground).
I know that in writing class they tell you that you need to make the stakes personal for your character, but that’s bullshit. A person isn’t some kind of weirdo freak because he sees people struggling against a monstrous and intractable adversary and decides to help them. Or else, at least we should be able to recognize that empathy with strangers IS personal. You don’t need to have a literal personal loss to decide that it’s okay to help another person.
Threat Quality Press’ Braak making a larger point about heroes while musing on John Carter.
The best part of Ghost Rider as a property is that asking, “What if the skull-headed biker-demon fought some ninjas?” is thinking TOO SMALL.
Threat Quality bemoaning the lack of invention in the Ghost Rider sequel.
if Penn Jillette opposes taxes on moral grounds, then he’d still oppose them even if Social Security could be shown to be a verifiable good. That means the issue isn’t that he doesn’t know if it’s good — it’s that he doesn’t care if it’s good.
from Threat Quality Press.
Based on his continued failure to turn Gotham City into anything other than a complete fucking hellhole, Batman’s task is fundamentally futile. That’s why we don’t have to worry about him–he can be a lunatic in a costume, that can be who he really is, because we know he’ll never succeed at imposing his warped view of law and order on the entire world.
Threat Quality on Batman.