First off congratulations for mapping out the finale episode!! *CLAPS* For me, the only other medium I've used besides a computer has been pen and paper back when I would outline episodes of Gifted and Trinity back in the day. I'd be able school working on outlines instead of taking notes sometimes. HAHA! Good times. I feel like I was at my most productive back them so I might have to try to bring the notebook out again.
So Black Widow was literally everything. Loved it soo much! Was it long overdo and would have probably been better if they released it right after Captain America: Civil War? Yes. Probably. But as a film it did so many things right. A great send off for Natasha and it introduced the amazing Yelena Belova. I might be in love. All in all it was a fantastic ride and I'm really happy about it.
I just started binging watching Never Have I Ever for some reason a few days ago. I'm on season two now. i don't know what it is with me and these teen dramas but I can't get enough of them. Maybe because my teenage years were so boring and uneventful.
Happy Pride everybody! I haven't done nearly enough to celebrate this month as I've been super busy but I did take a bunch of friends out to some LGBTQ+ friendly bars this weekend who have never been before. Fun times all around. I love watching people get out of their comfort zones and just have fun without feeling judged.
I've also been watching some queer movies and tv shows. I binged Gameboys (Just to name one) on Netflix recently. It's definitely not in English but when I tell you I haven't cried that much in so long... damn. Not a sad show overall but it definitely hit the feels. Haha! Loved it a lot.
I've been binging Good Girls this past month and I'm currently on season three. But I've just found out that it's been canceled and won't be returning for a fifth and final season. Now I don't know if I even want to start season four because if it ends on a cliffhanger I don't know what I'm going to do. Stupid NBC!
I am obsessed with Elite. I cannot wait for the new season to air on Netflix. I have started Manifest which is okay, reminds me of Lost. I watched Fate: The Winx Saga on Netflix, which although it's about Fairies, had a much darker tone, gave me Vampire Diaries meets Harry Potter vibes. Finally finished Supernatural a few weeks back. I've seen a few episode of Superman & Lois and it's pretty good. Wish I had actually seen from the beginning though Lol. I think I have missed a few episodes of The Handmaid's Tale.
Elite S4 is going to absolutely ruin me! HAHA Have you seen all the Elite short stories they've been releasing prior to season 4 tomorrow? Really fun stuff to watch. Who are your favorite characters? That's probably a hard question to answer because they're all so great.
I also did see Fate: The Winx Saga. It was a lot better than I imagined it would be.
Brady Brown YESSS Brady!!! I got the Legendary Edition as well. Mass Effect is one of my favorite game series of all time so you know I had to hop on that. Aside from that, I finally finished Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order a few weeks ago. I'm still trucking along through Cyberpunk 2077 and Assassin's Creed Valhalla. Pretty good games, both. Cyberpunk is a little sketchy sometimes but they've been constantly improving it with patches.
I've recently become obsessed with Money Heist on Netflix. Also Elite. Pretty much if it's a Spanish show on Netflix, I'll watch it and most likely fall in love with it. Also I've gotten into anime recently. Just starting off with Attack on Titan and Demon Slayer but plan on watching more soon.
Aside from those, I'm really enjoying Superman and Lois so far. It's a lot better than it ought to be. And there's loads more I could mention but I won't. I've been watching a lot of TV.
A Quiet Place and The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It are the last movies I've seen in theaters. The ones near me just started opening up again too. Really excited about that. Before those, I did stream Army of the Dead on Netflix. I think it was okay. Definitely silly but I know it wasn't trying to take itself too seriously.
Aside from that, there's not many movies I can think of. I've been mostly getting into a bunch of TV shows. I am looking forward to seeing Black Widow next month though, obviously.
Alright, episode two of Dropouts! Again, so excited to be starting this show! I really love the comedic timing you have here. The car scene with Dylan and Riff was hilarious. The Rocky references and then that damned song starts playing at the absolute worst time! I actually chuckled out loud reading that. Very funny stuff. Also Dylan's step dad welcoming him home with a "Sorry You Lost Your Scholarship" banner was genius. haha!
I really enjoyed Dylan's interactions with his family at dinner. Even though Ronald seems like a total goofball it seems Dylan really appreciates him and listens to what he has to say. That little moment we got of Dylan looking at the picture of his dad was nice. A small moment but it gives us a little insight into Dylan's past. Not sure if his dad has passed away or is just out of the picture but I'm sure we'll find out. I also like that he's taking initiative and actively going out to look for work instead of letting his situation get the best of him for too long. That interview at the tea shop did not go well. HAHA Tayna was brutal as hell.
Dylan really doesn't want to fess up to Leila. Probably due to embarrassment and not wanting his crush of however many years know that he's got kicked out. I can only see her finding out the truth some day soon if she doesn't know already and I'm wondering how she's going to react. Either way, I'm looking forward to seeing more between those two. And Riff as well, with them all working at the same place. The reason for Dylan getting hired was a little convenient but that's just how these things go. HAHA! Caught masturbating in the bathroom. Jesus. I'm really love this show so far. Can't wait to read more!
Episode four starts off just as expected with the gang going on a stake out to find the enemy. We get to see a glimpse of another magic user in Pierce and it turns out that even though he almost got the upper hand on them during their fight later in the episode that he's pretty low level. That's surprising. While I was reading I was thinking "Man, so this is who they're gonna be up against." But it turns out there's even worse than him. Our heroes are in trouble. Hopefully Miles can get them better trained, and fast.
But onto the earlier part of the episode. I liked the stake out. How you divided them up into two groups and we got a little bit of a Link and Asher moment. I enjoyed their talk about Meredith and the relationship between her and Asher. Every episode we're getting a little bit more about that relationship and its really becoming a main focus or at least a pretty prominent side plot. I'm wondering whether or not we're gonna go back into the other characters' personal lives as well. So far we've only talked a little bit about how Link's studies in the last episode but I'm hoping to see more of that soon. Along with Evie's home life as well. But in this webisode format it can be quite the task to try to move the main plot forward while covering the extra ground of keeping up with every characters personal lives. You're doing a really job so far with pacing and keeping a balance of character and plot. I'm just really interested in finding out more about these characters. So good job there.
That action sequence was really fun to read and very well written. Action scenes are always a kicker for me and they're difficult to get just write, especially when you're limited to just magical blasts and spells. But you really painted a nice picture and it was very entertaining. I look forward to reading more scenes like that in the future and you should have fun coming up with new cool ways to describe different spells and attacks.
All in all, another solid installment. This show is really moving forward nicely. I can't wait to see what happens next with Pierce going to The Guild. Should be lots to digest there.
Brady Brown I know it's been a minute to say the least, but I plan on reading/reviewing the last three episodes of TST that I have yet to read soon. I really missed this show and I'm just hoping it doesn't end on a cliffhanger haha! Do you ever plan on releasing more episodes in the future?
Back to it with episode three. I really enjoyed it. It was mostly an extension of last episode, letting us see our core set of characters practice their magic an get more used to doing spells. With each episode we get a better feel for the characters and their relationships with one another.
I really loved the scene between Asher and Miles. I've been noticing how easy the whole practice of magic has been for Evie and in my head I was thinking it all had to do with her personality. How open minded and free spirited she must be. Asher on the other hand, as explained by Miles is very structured. He has rules in his life that pretty much determine how he thinks and what he believes. Until he changes that attitude and lets go of all that structure, it's gonna be difficult for her. I really like the way magic works in this universe you're building. Creates nice conflict and personal struggles for the characters and I'm eager to see more from that. Still on Asher -- there's been a lot of focus on him these last two episode and I appreciate that a lot. I didn't connect with him right away in the pilot but now that we've gotten a look at his home life with Meredith and their relationship, as well as his inner thought process on the whole magic thing, he's starting to become one of my favorites. I look forward to seeing his growth, along with the others.
I also really enjoyed the moment between Evie and Link. It's nice to learn she's been helping him with magic and I really enjoyed them talking a little about their personal lives with each other. It's good to see them interacting and talking about something not related to magic and just becoming friends.
This episode didn't move the plot forward in any significant way, but our characters did find out what we already know about the Guild and why they've decided to bring new magic users together. Hoping the next episode will delve deeper into that, because I'm just as curious as the others. All in all, a solid episode! Things are moving along quite nicely and the pacing of these episodes are always pretty great. Can't wait to see what happens next.
So I was soo excited to see that this series had been airing. I really enjoyed the pitch and pilot you posted years ago and I remembered it for the most part but after rereading it I feel like you made some slight change and it reads even better now. This was a great start to the series. It introduced our main character and his conflict right away. I remember saying the reason why Dylan gets kicked out of college seemed petty before, I don't know if you changed it but it definitely feels more warranted now. That's definitely something I could see a student losing his scholarship over, especially if those pictures were out in the public eye, diminishing the reputation of the university.
In terms of your characters, I really enjoyed both of them we get introduced to in this episode. Dylan seems a lot like me prior to joining the Air Force and Riff is like me after. Haha! Somehow right now I'm a solid mix between the two but they're dynamic as friends was very believable and I'm really looking forward to the future shenanigans they're bound to get into. I wonder if Dylan will blame Riff or hold any grudges against him for his current situation. It would be natural of him to do so, as he's the one that convinced him to party that night but the decisions he made were his so we'll just have to see how it all plays out.
I very much enjoyed the writing style of the big rave. I'm not sure if you were writing from experience or not but that's definitely how those parties tend to go. Took me back haha! But I was able to visualize everything really well and you painted a very nice, clear picture. But anyway, I can't wait to get into this series more as it's one I've been eager to see for a while now. Congrats on getting it off the ground and I look forward to reading more!
A Study In Haphazard Magic | "Run It Again" Review
Onto episode two and this really builds off the things established in the first episode quite nicely. I love that we just get right into the action with Miles training Evie, Link and Asher. No time was wasted in that regard and I think that was a good choice. It's looking like Evie is being set up to be the leader of this little trio and I'm totally okay with that because even in the first episode I feel like I connected with her character the most. Not that the others aren't just as interesting to read so far because they definitely are. I'm dying to learn even more about them and their individual personalities. Really see what makes this tick. I'm also interested in seeing their first introduction to Miles and magic. I'm more sure if you'll go into that or not or think it would even be that necessary to do so, but it would be interesting to see their initial thoughts and reactions.
Something that stood out to me was the dynamics of how magic works in this universe. I like how each person has a different color associated with their magic and I'm wondering what significance that has. In terms of how it's written and described, I applaud you because I'm able to envision everything pretty much effortless and it comes off as very descriptive without being too much and natural.
We got to see more of the relationship between Asher and Meredith which was very nice. I like that he was willing and able to come clean with her even if she just assumed by "magic" that he meant tricks. I wasn't sure if he was going to explain further and go more in depth about what he really meant but even though he didn't do that I believe him when he said that their relationship is the best thing in his life. And I'm interested in seeing their dynamic explored further. Meredith will eventually have to discover the truth and I really want to know how she's going to take it.
With Miles explaining to the trio that he'll answer their questions but not just yet, I felt as if that was also you talking to the audience. Like, if you want to know all the answers to these questions, you're just gonna have to keep reading. And that's just what I plan to do. I'm really like this series so far. It's caught my interest and I'm looking forward to reading more!
So I went into this knowing next to nothing about what I was getting myself into and that was sort of refreshing for me. I knew it obviously had something to do with magic but other than that I was going in pretty blind. Just from this first episode I find myself very intrigued. The amount you were able to set up with the amount of pages you had at your disposal shows real promise if your writing ability. The pacing here was great. Taking the first episode to set up your characters, how they operate in the world outside of magic and then finally showing them together was a really great starting point and I can't wait to see what happens next.
I liked how you introduced each character individually so we can get a glimpse of each of their lives and personalities before eventually introducing them to one another, with Miles being the one to have brought them all together. I'm interested in seeing how they bounce of one another which I'm sure we'll get to see in the next episode.
Some of the worldbuilding you've already managed to set up interests me as well. Things like the Guild of Sorcery, the Council and these mysterious "enemies" they're fighting. I'm really excited to discovering more as I keep reading. You've definitely got a new fan in me!