Letters to the Burnettwork Bullpen

Back in the day, it was as much fun to read the Marvel Comics Bullpen (letters to Marvel’s creators and Editor-In-Chief, Stan Lee) as it was to read the action and adventure happening in each issue. We’ve decided to pay homage to that tradition and share some of the great letters and comments we receive at The Burnettwork on a daily basis. 

You can send us a letter or a video (not even Stan-the-man had that), just click on the appropriate button and either fill out a form or upload your video to our Dropbox.

Please note: Not every letter will be published, shown or read during a stream and many of the submissions will be edited for clarity and readability.

Please also note that neither The Burnettwork nor Robert Meyer Burnett can accept any kind of story pitches, drafts of scripts or evaluation copies of books, comics, videos, etc. created by users of this site or people they may represent. This is to protect both Rob, Mike and the team at The Burnettwork as well as the creators of those ideas from possible legal entanglements. Unsolicited work will not be read, watched or reviewed.

If you are interested in doing business with Rob or The Burnettwork, please contact Mike Bawden.

Whatever happened to Riddick?

Whatever happened to Riddick?

Imagination Connoisseur, Hannes The Hun, is a big fan of Vin Diesel’s Riddick-verse and wants to know why, after two pretty darn good movies and some groundbreaking video games, we’re not seeing more tales from the Riddick Chronicles?

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Imagination Connoisseurs come in all shapes, sizes and ages.

Imagination Connoisseurs come in all shapes, sizes and ages.

Imagination Connoisseur, Dillon M., writes in to let us know that even though he’s a child of the 90s, he still has a deep appreciation of “classic” sci-fi (pre-1977) as well as “modern” work (post-1977). Let us know your classic and modern faves in the comments section, below.

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Bonanza at the bargain bin!

Bonanza at the bargain bin!

Imagination Connoisseur, Stephen Goggin, shares his good fortune bargain-hunting for DVDs with his friends in the Post-Geek Singularity.

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The end of an era.

The end of an era.

Imagination Connoisseur, Paul in Long Beach, writes in to let us know about the death of the last living silent film star.

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ROBSERVATIONS is great. But it could be better.

ROBSERVATIONS is great. But it could be better.

Imagination Connoisseur, Catalin Kitt, writes in with a friendly critique of everyone’s favorite, fan-centric show about genre entertainment. Do you agree or have some ideas for making the show better? The suggestion box is now open.

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Why has everything gotten so dark?

Why has everything gotten so dark?

Imagination Connoisseur, Jermain K., shares his concern that so many of the genre franchises we’ve enjoyed for their sense of adventure, whimsy and optimism have become bleak and cynical. But why?

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A warning to toxic fandom from eons ago.

A warning to toxic fandom from eons ago.

Imagination Connoisseur, Julian Mushkin, thinks fans sometimes get outraged too easily and reminds us of the wisdom of Aristotle (as shown in the character Odysseus from THE ODYSSEY).

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What flavor of fan are you?

What flavor of fan are you?

Imagination Connoisseur, Mark Churay, breaks down the Post-Geek Singularity (and the world of geek culture) into four, basic flavors – and in his opinion, not all of them are delicious. Which one are you?

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Did JURASSIC PARK kill THE NUTTY PROFESSOR?

Did JURASSIC PARK kill THE NUTTY PROFESSOR?

Imagination Connoisseur, Jeffrey Lindenblatt, asks why younger, genre entertainment fans don’t seem to know much when it comes to classic, black and white TV shows or movies. Is it all JURASSIC PARK’s fault?

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Everyone has a journey and stories to share.

Everyone has a journey and stories to share.

Imagination Connoisseur, James Woodall, writes in the express his fondness for Star Trek, THE RIGHT STUFF and so many of the things that makes ROBSERVATIONS and The Post Geek Singularity to most inclusive fan community on the Internet. Welcome to the PGS, James, we’re glad you’re here.

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A little horror history a la Italia.

A little horror history a la Italia.

Imagination Connoisseur – and black glove collector – Ian Samuels, gives us a little history lesson when it comes to understanding and appreciating the “Giallo” sub-genre of horror films.

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Could Superman get a license to kill?

Could Superman get a license to kill?

Imagination Connoisseur, Ken K., suggests that Henry Cavill would make a great replacement for Daniel Craig when it’s time to make the next James Bond film (after NO TIME TO DIE debuts later this year).

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Can you take politics out of film? Should you?

Can you take politics out of film? Should you?

Imagination Connoisseur, Dave T Geek, asks some tough questions about political commentary in film and the source of such commentary. Just how deep do the political decisions run in forming our consumable entertainment?

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Storytelling can be done in a variety of medias.

Storytelling can be done in a variety of medias.

Imagination Connoisseur, Adam Blue, loves Star Wars, Gungdam and Power Rangers and collects/builds models. Combine that interest with an interest in photography and passion for storytelling, and something special can result.

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A dispatch from Krypton …

A dispatch from Krypton …

Imagination Connoisseur, Richard H, provides a quick re-cap of his favorite bits from the BTS documentary, REQUIEM FOR KRYPTON, from the SUPERMAN RETURNS DVD.

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Comics aren’t for kids, anymore.

Comics aren’t for kids, anymore.

Imagination Connoisseur, Dean Micetich, talks about growing up with comic books in the UK and how his tastes changed over time and became more “mature.”

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What’s the future look like for Alien?

What’s the future look like for Alien?

Imagination Connoisseur, Ken K., asks the Post-Geek Singularity to weigh in on what will happen with the Alien franchise of sci-fi/horror films now that Disney has acquired Fox studios.

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Is sci-fi failing us?

Is sci-fi failing us?

Imagination Connoisseur, Nigel Lowrey, thinks science fiction’s role as a genre capable of meaningful exploration of current social issues is eroding.

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Is it okay to hate a great film?

Is it okay to hate a great film?

Imagination Connoisseur, Calvin Bowes, gives an example of a film he thinks is an important work of art yet handles the subject matter in a way that makes him hate the movie. Is that okay?

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When monsters come to Somerset.

When monsters come to Somerset.

Imagination Connoisseur, Stephen Goggin, shares his love of horror films and tells his fellow members of the Post-Geek Singularity where he finds the best in low-budget sci-fi and horror.

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There’s always something to watch.

There’s always something to watch.

Imagination Connoisseur, Evan Newman, reminds us that of the hundreds of films that debuted last year, only eight were nominated for the Oscars. Here are some of the best of the underrated films of 2019.

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“How To” SuperChat on YouTube

“How To” SuperChat on YouTube

Imagination Connoisseur, Sherry Kaye, wants to support RMB and the Post-Geek Singularity, but isn’t clear on how to SuperChat. It’s not hard – and it’s not the only way to support The Burnettwork.

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A promise made.

A promise made.

Imagination Connoisseur, Ian Samuels, is a hard-core sci-fi fan and has seen it all – or at least a lot of it. But one series he’s missed is BLAKES 7.

That changes today.

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This Imagination Connoisseur is looking for a signal.

This Imagination Connoisseur is looking for a signal.

Imagination Connoisseur, Joe Fawley, writes in about his love for the film, THE LIGHTHOUSE and the incredible performance by Willem Dafoe – but wonders why Dafoe wasn’t nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award. Just what does it take for a guy to get an Oscar nomination, anyway?

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Thanks for all the great sci-fi memories.

Thanks for all the great sci-fi memories.

Imagination Connoisseur, John Hirose, writes in to say “thanks” to writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett for FREE ENTERPRISE and for the interview on ROBSERVATIONS #320 which featured an interview with Paul Salamoff.

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Is it time for a new take on James Bond?

Is it time for a new take on James Bond?

Imagination Connoisseur, Anthony Mathews, reminds us that it’s easy to tell under-represented people they should come up with new and original heroes of their own – but sometimes, the job calls for a character with very specialized skills.

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Do movies sometimes take over your life?

Do movies sometimes take over your life?

Imagination Connoisseur, Jason DeWolf, recalls a time as a child when his movie memories seemed to overtake his reality for a moment – with hilarious results (or, at least everyone else seemed to think so).

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Are you looking for inspiration (or love) in the wrong places?

Are you looking for inspiration (or love) in the wrong places?

Imagination Connoisseur, Dean Micetich, shares how he derives creative inspiration from the Tom Selleck movie HER ALIBI and wonders if others in the Post-Geek Singularity find inspiration from a favorite book, TV show or movie that spurs them on to create something original.

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Far too many chiefs ….?

Far too many chiefs ….?

Imagination Connoisseur, Mark Smith, asks a very practical question when it comes to making a TV series: How many producers is too many?

Proof the Post-Geek Singularity exists!

Proof the Post-Geek Singularity exists!

Thanks to Imagination Connoisseur and recording artist, Tommy Mack, for proving that all genre franchises can co-exist in one universe … sure, it can be a little crowded, but that just makes the party that much more interesting.

Yet another Enterprise.

Yet another Enterprise.

Imagination Connoisseur, Ian Samuels, provides some historical insights into the “ring ship” design used for early Star Fleet starships in the Star Trek universe.

Isn’t being the best, better?

Isn’t being the best, better?

Imagination Connoisseur, Brian Ng, continues to challenge the tradition of awarding Best Actor Oscars to a man and a woman every year. What do you think? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below the post.

Is it possible to become a Star Trek padawan?

Is it possible to become a Star Trek padawan?

Imagination Connoisseur, Devin Bell, feels he’s more of a Star Wars guy than a Star Trek guy … but he’s willing to learn. Just one question: where do you start?

R.I.P. Terry Jones

R.I.P. Terry Jones

Imagination Connoisseur, Mark Churay, celebrates the life of Monty Python’s Terry Jones with a tribute befitting the nobel-ist of birds, The Norwegian Blue.

Is binging the best way to enjoy a series?

Is binging the best way to enjoy a series?

Imagination Connoisseur, Dieter Bastian (from Deutschland), prefers to binge an entire season of a show rather than have to tune in each week to catch a new episode. But why?

Building a beautiful blu-ray collection.

Building a beautiful blu-ray collection.

Imagination Connoisseur, Evan Newman, reports back with a list of his latest Blu-Ray acquisitions. What do you think of his list? What would you add?

Leave your suggestions in the comments section, below.

Will fans go mad for Harley Quinn this summer?

Will fans go mad for Harley Quinn this summer?

Imagination Connoisseur, Joe Fawley, is not afraid to admit he’s looking forward to DC’s BIRDS OF PREY movie. Is it possible that the new movie will pick up on a plot thread from Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy?

Do men and women act the same?

Do men and women act the same?

Imagination Connoisseur, Brian Ng, asks if it makes sense to present a “genderless” Best Acting Oscar. Can acting be judged without the gender of the actor being taken into consideration? Is that even practical?

Introducing Agent 007.1

Introducing Agent 007.1

Imagination Connoisseur, Jeffrey Mao, expands on his proposal for setting James Bond on an alternate timeline to our own, re-writing not our own history or that of the James Bond(s) we all grew up with – but something both familiar and entirely new.

Letting the good times roll (and keep on rolling) on ROBSERVATIONS!

Letting the good times roll (and keep on rolling) on ROBSERVATIONS!

Imagination Connoisseur, Dieter Bastian (from Deutschland), writes in to congratulate ROBSERVATIONS host Robert Meyer Burnett on his recent Star Wars scoop … and for continuing the conversation the next day into a second episode of his online chat show.

Some observations about ROBSERVATIONS.

Some observations about ROBSERVATIONS.

Imagination Connoisseur, Martin Brown, has been watching RMB for a long time and sees a lot of things he likes … and a few things he doesn’t.

Why do some movies over-stay their welcome?

Why do some movies over-stay their welcome?

Imagination Connoisseur, Jason DeWolf, thinks some movies would do themselves (and audiences) a favor if they’d come to an end at the first opportunity rather than play things too far out.

Obi-Wan wasn’t the Star Wars series you were looking for.

Obi-Wan wasn’t the Star Wars series you were looking for.

Imagination Connoisseur, Ian Samuels, thinks there’s a more disappointing reason why that Obi-Wan series we all wanted on Disney+ isn’t happening than what we’ve all been led to believe.

It was never happening in the first place.

John Gill should have known better.

John Gill should have known better.

Imagination Connoisseur, Sean McCommons, takes issue with the idea that the character John Gill (from ST:TOS’s episode, “Patterns of Force”) should have known better when he introduced Nazi ideology into a peaceful society.

Is there a lesson we’re missing here?

Star Trek needs to go back to its future.

Star Trek needs to go back to its future.

Imagination Connoisseur, Tom Biddiscombe, thinks that director Noah Hawley seems to have an grip on what makes Star Trek unique – a return to the ethos of 60s Trek (ST:TOS).

Is he right? Let us know.

How bright is Star Wars’ future?

How bright is Star Wars’ future?

Imagination Connoisseur, Jeffrey Mao, has questions about the future of Star Wars – a future tied more closely to who’s running the franchise more than what projects are in work at the studio.

A brief history of horror in the USA.

A brief history of horror in the USA.

Imagination Connoisseur, Ian Samuels, takes a closer look at the history of horror in the United States and the classic tale by Washington Irvine, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

Star Wars Episode IX was doomed to failure.

Star Wars Episode IX was doomed to failure.

Imagination Connoisseur, Logan G., thinks no one could have saved Star Wars Episode IX (and no, we don’t mean Rey, although she’s probably a Jedi-level, naturally-gifted screenwriter). And the Sith Lord responsible for all this?

Just wait until you read his letter.

Who’s the best Bond? Would you believe Bob Simmons?

Who’s the best Bond? Would you believe Bob Simmons?

Imagination Connoisseur, Calvin Bowes, has taken the time to rank all of the men who’ve played 007 from worst to best – but not for the regular, secret agent “skills” you might associate with Mr. Bond.

When it comes to 007, style matters.

When it comes to 007, style matters.

Imagination Connoisseur, Calvin Bowes, thinks he may have an idea for the next James Bond … not so much who should play him as the tone in which the character will be presented.

Who, in your opinion, should be the next James Bond?

Watching in wonder.

Watching in wonder.

Imagination Connoisseur, RJ, is back with a pretty neat idea as to why Star Wars is still cool.

Wait a second … WHO killed Rey’s parents?

Wait a second … WHO killed Rey’s parents?

Imagination Connoisseur, Ian Samuels, enjoyed the discussion exploring the draft script for DUEL OF THE FATES, but thinks we’re all overlooking one, big problem …

One director to rule them all …

One director to rule them all …

The Imagination Connoisseur who goes by the name “Django-Fett Unchained” wants to know of the original directors selected for the Star Wars sequels, which one should have been given command of the entire trilogy?

Some movies fail because they’re bad. Deal with it.

Some movies fail because they’re bad. Deal with it.

Imagination Connoisseur, Mark Churay, blasts Kristen Stewart and Elizabeth Banks for the excuses they used for failures by UNDERWATER and CHARLIE’S ANGELS, respectively. Can’t bad movies just fail, anymore?

… and they lived unhappily ever after. The end.

… and they lived unhappily ever after. The end.

Imagination Connoisseur, Emil Johansson, thinks movies are getting weirder. And he likes it.

Are you okay with movies and TV shows that show bad things happening to good people and don’t end on a positive note? Let us know.

Surviving THE RISE OF SKYWALKER.

Surviving THE RISE OF SKYWALKER.

Imagination Connoisseur, Richard Aldrich, asks for more details about the leaked DUEL OF THE FATES script so he can deal with the lingering questions about the version of Star Wars: Episode IX that hit theaters.

How to watch films to enjoy them.

How to watch films to enjoy them.

Imagination Connoisseur, Jasmine B., has watched 1917 twice in theaters. Find out what she learned about how to watch movies and seeing them in a whole new light.

Is 007 up for this mission?

Is 007 up for this mission?

Imagination Connoisseur, Jeffrey Mao, has an idea as to how the James Bond film franchise could become “timeless.”

Is Alex Kurtzman leaving Star Trek?

Is Alex Kurtzman leaving Star Trek?

Imagination Connoisseur, Dean Micetich, wonders if producer Alex Kurtzman’s recent announcement of a Clarice Starling/SILENCE OF THE LAMBS series marks the start of his exit from the Star Trek franchise.

Boldly going into Star Trek in the 21st Century.

Boldly going into Star Trek in the 21st Century.

Imagination Connoisseur, Tom Biddiscombe, has discovered Star Trek after watching the 2009 feature film directed by JJ Abrams. He’s hooked and excited about where future treks may lead.

How does a bad movie get made?

How does a bad movie get made?

Imagination Connoisseur, Simon Gilmore, is a film-maker and shares some insight into why so many movies fail on screen. (Hint: there’s one person ultimately responsible.)

Star Trek fans come in all sizes.

Star Trek fans come in all sizes.

Imagination Connoisseur, Calvin Bowes, sent in a video of his son, Braxton, adventuring in a blue uniform with phaser and tricorder in hand. But check out these pics!

Just whose side are you on?

Just whose side are you on?

Imagination Connoisseur, Calvin Bowes, steps up to defend the “adversaries” Captain Kirk had to face during the original STAR TREK series.

Was Captain Janeway done wrong?

Was Captain Janeway done wrong?

Imagination Connoisseur, Ian Samuels, provides a breakdown of the best captains of Star Trek – and explains why Kate Mulgrew’s Captain Janeway doesn’t make the list.

Who mourns for …?

Who mourns for …?

Imagination Connoisseur, Darren MacKinnon, mourns the loss of Star Trek as he knew it. Have we?

Let us know what you think in the comments section.

James Bond is too valuable to sell.

James Bond is too valuable to sell.

Imagination Connoisseur, Emil Johansson, doesn’t want to see the Bond franchise go the way of other venerable franchises and get purchased by a larger studio.

If you can’t say something nice …

If you can’t say something nice …

Imagination Connoisseur, Catalin Kitt, has taken a new year’s resolution to not say anything if it’s not positive (or at least neutral) about fan-favorite franchises.

But it’s not easy to stay quiet …

When movie stars measure up.

When movie stars measure up.

Imagination Connoisseur, Sonny Dominguez, shares a great story about meeting Chow Yun-Fat and how the Chinese action star encouraged Sonny to continue pursuing his acting career.

Cowabunga, dude!

Cowabunga, dude!

Imagination Connoisseur, Thomas Bartholdi, loves the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and thinks the members of the Post-Geek Singularity should too.

… and the Post-Geek Singularity explodes.

… and the Post-Geek Singularity explodes.

Imagination Connoisseur, Brian Ng, leaves little to the imagination with his question … what’s your favorite topless scene?

Leave your suggestion in the comments section.

Top action figure manufacturers

Top action figure manufacturers

Imagination Connoisseur, Tyler Vickrey, doesn’t have the disposable income for Hot Toys figures, but he is interested in other manufacturers.

Who else makes action figures you can build a collection around?

What’s on your “top ten” list?

What’s on your “top ten” list?

Imagination Connoisseur, Stephen Goggin, writes in with his top ten lists of all films and sci-fi films (so, is that his top 20)?

Share your top 10 list with us!

Why don’t more people love foreign films?

Why don’t more people love foreign films?

Imagination Connoisseur, Lewis Yu, wants to know why more people in the US don’t watch foreign films on the big screen. Is it just a problem with distribution, or is it something else?

Let us know if you do or don’t watch foreign films in the theater and why.

Where Star Trek boldly goes from here …

Where Star Trek boldly goes from here …

Imagination Connoisseur, Jeffrey Mao, uses the lessons learned from the Star Wars and Rocky franchises to explain what’s needed to keep the Star Trek universe moving forward.

Dream it. Believe it. Do it.

Dream it. Believe it. Do it.

Imagination Connoisseur, Jere Manninen, reminds the PGS that while it’s easy to criticize the work of others, we need to be careful not to go too negative. It’s a message of positivity we all could use …

The Knight of the Living Dead? It could happen!

The Knight of the Living Dead? It could happen!

Imagination Connoisseur, Jason DeWolf, has a story he’d like to re-tell … who’s in on a zombie movie set in the Middle Ages?

Check out Jason’s letter for the details!