It is with much sadness that I inform you that Umberto Eco has died. He was the king of spinning complex tales out of esoteric trivia. The Name of the Rose was a major inspiration for The Dolorous Adventure of Brother Banenose. I regret that I was unable to gift him with a signed copy. Foucault’s Pendelum & The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana also come highly recommended from me to you. Umberto Eco will live on in his books.
“Until then I had thought each book spoke of the things, human or divine, that lie outside books. now I realized that not infrequently books speak of books: it is as if they spoke among themselves. In the light of this reflection, the library seemed all the more disturbing to me. It was then the place of a long, centuries-old murmuring, an imperceptible dialogue between one parchment and another, a living thing, a receptacle of powers not to be ruled by a human mind, a treasure of secrets emanated by many minds, surviving the death of those who had produced them or had been their conveyors.”
Listen to my interview with Mission: Authors Talk About It:
I’d previously spoken with Drs. Rob & Janelle Alex for their other podcast, Mission: Date Night, but this is a brand new interview with different insights into the book. For instance, we discuss the naming of things!
King Shark returned to The F-Lash this week! The showrunners had said he was too expensive to use as more than a gag villain. He was the breakout character of 2015, however, so they must’ve looked under plenty of sofa cushions for change. Now that’s how you do fanservice! Sadly he did not sing his theme song.
My theory that Zoom is really Earth-3’s Jay Garrick is looking less crackpot, unlike my hypothesis that John Diggle is a secret Kryptonian named Dig-El.
After botching the Black Mercy, Supergirl let Lexi “class act” Alexander direct one of its better written episodes. Its Master Jailer was a good update of an obscure villain. If his m.o. is to just give all Fort Rozz escapees the laser guillotine, however, he’s really more of a Master Executioner. If he’d been on earth since the prison crash (we still don’t know how long ago that was), where’d he get a new spaceship from?
I’m glad that Jimmy pointed out that unlawfully detaining humans in Plexiglas cages indefinitely without due process or toilets is dishonorable & unconstitutional, which is something you pick up when you’re dating a lawyer. I wish the show would go further to explain whether DEO has any authority to imprison aliens as well. The ex-con astronomer alien was a step in the right direction of showing us aliens who weren’t unrepentant threats to humanity. The DEO immediately knew where to find him based on his Kryptonian prisoner number, so did they set him up with a civilian life on Earth since his sentence had ended? Or did they just not bother locking him up since he didn’t have any powers or weapons? I’m still not sure if the DEO is trustworthy about intergalactic law & diplomacy given that it introduced itself to Supergirl by shooting her with Kryptonite bullets. Maybe it’s just my pride talking, but I wouldn’t volunteer my services to an organization that thanked me for saving a plane full of people by giving me radiation poisoning.
Siobhan “Silver Banshee” Smythe without an Irish accent (even if actress Italia Ricci has the most Italian name possible) just feels off to me. I’m still rooting for her because she actually seems invested in journalism unlike Kara. She’s at CatCo to work, not as a distraction from saving lives & making the DEO look like chumps.
If your show can’t can’t mention Lobo or Gotham City for licensing reasons, you should excise any references to them in dialogue instead of making them more nebulous. They come off really awkward even to folks that get those non-namedrops.
I’m thinking it would’ve been more dramatic to kill off Non instead of Astra. He’s just a jerk uncle-in-law to Supergirl, so giving him wangst isn’t going to make him less of a one-note patriarchy stand-in villain. At least Astra in revenge-grief mode would provide more family pathos to mine from both sides of the conflict. Having a female big bad on a DC show would’ve been a nice change of pace even if her Rogue hair was embarrassingly cheap.
Vixen made her live action debut on (Green) Arrow after having previous starred in a web cartoon set in CW-verse. The cartoon felt like it was trying to cram a full season of questionable plot developments into twenty-two minutes, so it’s not required viewing if you missed it. Voice-actress Megalyn “all other Lyns are minor” Echikunwoke gets to reprise her role, but why couldn’t she lop off her luscious locks for live action? Between Vixen & Quake, it’s like there’s some conspiracy that forbids superheroines for having pixie cuts on TV. It may even be part of the conspiracy that deprived Deadshot, SHIELD agent John Garrett, & half the cast of Gotham of their rightful moustaches. Her costume would also look better if it was more orange than yellow.
Remember when Damien Darhk was staunchly against kidnapping his enemies’ kids?
It’s about damn time Thea told Merlyn off!
The show desperately needs some costumed supervillains. (Toned down versions of The Calculator & The Demolition Team don’t cut it!) Bring on Printer’s Devil!
I can’t tell whether a Better Call Saul/Crazy Ex-Girlfriend crossover would be the worst idea or the greatest idea. Discuss!
The first anniversary of this blog fast approaches! What would you most be interested in seeing on this special day?
1. flash sale on The Dolorous Adventure of Brother Banenose eBook
2. quotes from the book superimposed onto incongrous pictures
3. quotes from the book superimposed onto paintings from it
4. behind the scenes character profiles
5. a fancast of the book
7. a sneak peek at my next novel
8. something else that you’ll suggest