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. Bullpen editor, Mike Bawden, provides intros (and occassionally comments) on letters provided by our fellow Imagination Connoisseurs.

Want to send us your missive to impress your friends and win over enemies? Just click here and start writing.

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

Is CGI ruining storytelling?

Is CGI ruining storytelling?

Imagination Connoisseur, Jeffrey Mao, wonders aloud if too much CGI is actually hurting the storytelling power of movies – especially monster movies.

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Why HOWARD THE DUCK?

Why HOWARD THE DUCK?

Imagination Connoisseur, Luke Becket, wants to know how George Lucas was able to create something as great as STAR WARS and then follow it up with HOWARD THE DUCK.

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Growing up geek in the 70s and 80s.

Growing up geek in the 70s and 80s.

Imagination Connoisseur, Douglas Root, shares his story about growing up “geek.” Take a walk down “memory lane” and revisit some of the best sci-fi and horror titles of the 70s and 80s.

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The collectors’ conundrum.

The collectors’ conundrum.

Imagination Connoisseur, David Atkin, says that at some point, every collector has to choose between buying more stuff or saving money for later. Sometimes it’s a matter of space – other times, a matter of convenience. How do you decide?

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A different way to see the world …

A different way to see the world …

Imagination Connoisseur, Stephen Goggin, is a big fan of the “2001 Quartet” by Arthur C Clarke – but reading has always been a challenge. He shares his interesting journey with the Post-Geek Singularity.

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Why wasn’t Disney+ launched worldwide?

Why wasn’t Disney+ launched worldwide?

Imagination Connoisseur, Dean Micetich, wants to know why Disney didn’t launch Disney+ worldwide. He lives in the UK and has to wait 5 more months before he can subscribe … but there are always “options” ….

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Has the cinematic swashbuckler been lost at sea forever?

Has the cinematic swashbuckler been lost at sea forever?

Everyone’s favorite great ape (and Imagination Connoisseur), Koba, wants to know if the Post-Geek Singularity is interested in seeing the return of the swashbuckling era to film. We guess it has something to do with swinging on ropes – let us know what you think on the post.

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What were the best films of 1982?

What were the best films of 1982?

Imagination Connoisseur, Jason Webster, is a fan of classic Disney, Bond, Star Wars and Blade Runner – and he asks the Post-Geek Singularity for their suggestions of the best films and most underrated gems from 1982.

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Who did it better?

Who did it better?

Imagination Connoisseur, Jeffrey Mao, weighs in on the Marvel vs Martin (Scorcese) kerfuffle and asks fundamental questions about our concepts of quality and excellence.

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Tango in 4K, anyone?

Tango in 4K, anyone?

Imagination Connoisseur known as “Garth” asks RMB for an update on the upcoming release of TANGO SHALOM and whether or not it will be available on physical media.

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Blowing the whistle on James Horner.

Blowing the whistle on James Horner.

Imagination Connoisseur, Terry Flynn, is compelled to write in to the Post-Geek Singularity to share his frustration with a certain composer known for scoring some sci-fi classics.

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Why can’t we all be one with The Force?

Why can’t we all be one with The Force?

Imagination Connoisseur, B Sweaty, wants to know why Star Wars fans just can’t seem to get along anymore. And what do you think could fix it? Leave your thoughts in the comments section …

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When did your love of superheroes take off?

When did your love of superheroes take off?

Imagination Connoisseur, Kenny Kraly, Jr., shares his love of superhero TV shows from the 1990s. Re-live those days through his letter and then tell us when your interest in superheroes on the small screen started in the comments below …

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Bon voyage, Cap’n Kirk.

Bon voyage, Cap’n Kirk.

Imagination Connoisseur, Luke Becket, wants to campaign for a new Star Trek movie that boldly goes where the other ones should have gone before now.

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How we handle tough issues defines our online community.

How we handle tough issues defines our online community.

Imagination Connoisseur, Liam Carrigan, writes in from Nagano, Japan, with a response to Fran Morhart’s recent letter.

Just how does a community like the Post-Geek Singularity deal with issues surrounding depression, bullying and suicide? Liam has some thoughts.

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What’s wrong with fandom today?

What’s wrong with fandom today?

Imagination Connoisseur, Jack Gregus, is fed up with Terminator and Star Wars fans who can’t wait to complain. So, what’s their problem? Jack has a few thoughts …

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Movie theaters need to step up their game.

Movie theaters need to step up their game.

Imagination Connoisseur, James Wallace, after watching DR. SLEEP and THE IRISHMAN, James compares his theatre-going experiences and the challenges exhibitors face as streaming and other home theater options present even bigger competition.

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The problems with prequels.

The problems with prequels.

Imagination Connoisseur, Jeffrey Mao, shares his thoughts as to why filmmakers face a challenge when they attempt prequels to their established fantasy franchises.

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Living in the time of Bladerunner …

Living in the time of Bladerunner …

New Imagination Connoisseur, Jason DeWolf, writes in to share his life as a geek and as a big fan of Bladerunner. Why does this film connect with Jason? Read his letter to find out …

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Staying sane while chasing the dream.

Staying sane while chasing the dream.

Aspiring filmmaker and Imagination Connoisseur, Luke Gosling, writes in to share his geek’s journey and the challenges he’s faced getting his own stories made and into theaters. Good luck, Luke!

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Which is better?

Which is better?

Imagination Connoisseur, Brian Ng, is ready to go to war over a beloved military story.

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Are we killing the thing we love?

Are we killing the thing we love?

Imagination Connoisseur, Rik Berg, wonders out loud if fandom isn’t looking a gift horse in the mouth when it comes to the quantity and quality of sci-fi, horror, fantasy and other genre entertainment.

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Paging Dr. Loomis.

Paging Dr. Loomis.

Imagination Connoisseur, Ian Samuels, has proven his horror/suspense credentials time and again – but this time, he may have surpassed even himself by connecting Hitchcock’s PSYCHO to horror classic, HALLOWEEN.

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From a small country, much …

From a small country, much …

Imagination Connoisseur, Ian Samuels, shares a tip of the hat to Wales and all that the small country (part of the United Kingdom) has given to the film and entertainment worlds.

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How the Terminator franchise SHOULD come back …

How the Terminator franchise SHOULD come back …

Imagination Connoisseur, WIlliam La Rochelle, with his suggestions as to how the TERMINATOR films could resume “in an honorable way.” Wait, we’re talking about cold-blooded, killing machines out to destroy humanity, right?

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The beauty of Blu-Ray.

The beauty of Blu-Ray.

Imagination Connoisseur, Stephen Goggin, shares his first experiences with his new Blu-Ray player and how it’s fundamentally changed his movie-watching experience.

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How much did BladeRunner get right?

How much did BladeRunner get right?

Imagination Connoisseur, Paul in Long Beach, looks back on BladeRunner and celebrates the “hits” and “near misses” of Ridley Scott’s vision of LA in 2019 (and yet, still no flying cars).

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Hate is easy.

Hate is easy.

Imagination Connoisseur, James Wallace, offers insights into what makes fan love (and hate) their favorite franchises.

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The return of Nuclear Man …

The return of Nuclear Man …

Imagination Connoisseur, Liam Carrigan, donned an interesting costume this holiday as he attended Halloween parties in Japan. Liam went as Nuclear Man from SUPERMAN IV – and you’ll never guess what happened next …

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Hoo-ray for Mark Churay!

Hoo-ray for Mark Churay!

Imagination Connoisseur, Mark Churay, shares some rather strong feelings about YouTube, the John Campea Show, Hot Toys collectibles and whether or not “cool box art” is reason enough to purchase a second copy of a DVD or Blu-Ray. It’s a hilarious screed worth reading.

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A Q or two about Q in Star Trek: TNG

A Q or two about Q in Star Trek: TNG

Imagination Connoisseur, Josh Razauskas, has a question about how Q was used as a character in Star Trek: The Next Generation – and whether or not it’s common for a series pilot and finale to be so tightly tied together.

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“Do you like my house …?”

“Do you like my house …?”

Imagination Connoisseur, James Wallace, wants to know what his fellow PGS members would design for a house if they let their imaginations run wild.

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“Never say never.”

“Never say never.”

Imagination Connoisseur, Ki Shane-Bright, sends in a cautionary tale (with a fun twist) as her first message to the Post-Geek Singularity.

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Just give it back to George …

Just give it back to George …

Imagination Connoisseur, Garth (possibly from Izar???), suggests that Disney should just give the entire Star Wars franchise back to George Lucas. But why? Read on …

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If you ran Star Trek, what would you do …?

If you ran Star Trek, what would you do …?

Imagination Connoisseur, Kris Pevoto, has a couple of Star Trek questions for RMB and the Post-Geek Singularity. We’ll hear what Rob thinks in an upcoming ROBSERVATION. Leave your thoughts below …

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Pet safety advice from the PGS

Pet safety advice from the PGS

Imagination Connoisseur, Ed Stiltner, was re-watching Burnettwork videos and ran across RMB’s video about his cat – and now, in light of the California wildfires, he offers some pet safety advice.

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Home theater wars, round 2 …

Home theater wars, round 2 …

Imagination Connoisseur, Jeffrey Mao, returns with more details on how he’s set up his home media center and responds to Rob’s comments on his previous letter.

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All work and no play …

All work and no play …

Imagination Connoisseur, Franz Morhart, writes in with his “more insane” theories about Stephen King’s classic, THE SHINING.

Wait, MORE insane?

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Hail, Geekism! Hail!

Hail, Geekism! Hail!

Imagination Connoisseur, Lynne Hobday, writes in to celebrate how our shared love of sci-fi, horror and fantasy that can bring us together. It is, after all, what binds us into the Post-Geek Singularity.

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Here’s looking at you, Prince.

Here’s looking at you, Prince.

Imagination Connoisseur, Mukbang Reviews, hasn’t been able to make the ROBSERVATIONS live streams – but he chimes in with a note saluting the rock-n-roll virtuoso formerly known as Prince.

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Is it possible to create a story without bias?

Is it possible to create a story without bias?

Imagination Connoisseur, Emil Johansson, asks if it’s possible for media to be unbiased and asks if its possible to create a film or story without bias.

Let us know your opinions in the comments section below. (That’s ironic, isn’t it?)

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Is Disney better off without Dan and Dave?

Is Disney better off without Dan and Dave?

With the news of Weiss and Benioff’s departure from the Star Wars production machine yesterday, Imagination Connoisseur, Franz Morhart, makes a case that it’s a good thing, rather than a loss.

Where have all the record stores gone?

Where have all the record stores gone?

Imagination Connoisseur, James Wallace, reminisces about the “good old days” when video stores and record stores dotted the landscape – an increasingly rare sight in these days of streaming media.

Okay, about that guy in the bear suit …

Okay, about that guy in the bear suit …

A youthful Imagination Connoisseur, Owen Tuohy, has been binging classic films (a wise decision, sir) … but has a few questions for the PGS about THE SHINING. Especially about that guy in the bear suit.

Is entertainment today just more of the same?

Is entertainment today just more of the same?

Imagination Connoisseur, Justin Tuhua, writes in that entertainment today seems to be nothing more than “recycled, regurgitated facsimiles of yesteryear’s intellectual properties.”

What ever happened to the classic, slasher film?

What ever happened to the classic, slasher film?

Imagination Connoisseur, Martin Lawrence, longs for the glory (or is it gory) days of classic slasher films. What’s it going to take to bring classic horror back (with a vengeance)?

There should be a ban on popcorn in movie theaters.

There should be a ban on popcorn in movie theaters.

Imagination Connoisseur, Craig Stratton, may be big on imagination, but he’s not a connoisseur of snack food at movie theaters. That’s why he wants to BAN POPCORN!

Let Craig know what you think of his idea in the comments below.

What are the odds …?

What are the odds …?

Imagination Connoisseur, Regina Cruz, mathematician with a self-described “strong propensity for theoretical physics, quantum physics and metaphysics,” offers up her thoughts on the probability of alien contact.

When is too much, too much?

When is too much, too much?

Imagination Connoisseur, Paul in Long Beach, wants to know when is too much, too much? Like the rest of us, Paul seems to be swimming in an endless sea of media … and he just may say “enough.”

Another look at Walter Mosley’s story …

Another look at Walter Mosley’s story …

Imagination Connoisseur, Corey Drayton, offers a fresh look at the Walter Mosley revelations and shares his personal story of being bi-racial in the media industry.

What does the future hold for the X-Men?

What does the future hold for the X-Men?

Imagination Connoisseur, Liam Carrigan, asks about the future for the X-Men in the movies. Will dramatic casting changes help or hurt the franchise?

Let us know what you think in the comments, below.

Why is the book so often better than the film?

Why is the book so often better than the film?

Imagination Connoisseur, Jeffrey Mao, sings his praises of the written word as they are used in George RR Martin’s epic “Song of Ice and Fire” and asks why do stories like this not fully transfer from page to screen?

In defense of Mortal Kombat.

In defense of Mortal Kombat.

Imagination Connoisseur, Mike B, writes in to explain why Mortal Kombat and other video games could make for some enjoyable movies – if they avoid the same problems comic book movies run into and stick too close to the source material.

Robots rock! A view from inside the suit.

Robots rock! A view from inside the suit.

Imagination Connoisseur, Anono Myss, is an actor in LA and asks his fellow members of the Post-Geek Singularity to appreciate the challenges of performing in full-body prosthetics to make the sci-fi and fantasy shows we all love so much.

Navigating the tricky waters of fan filmmaking.

Navigating the tricky waters of fan filmmaking.

Imagination Connoisseur, Martin Lawrence, asks about the grey area surrounding fan films. Is it okay to make a film that uses someone else’s intellectual property?

What do you think? Let us know in the comments section, below.

Cyberpunk rules.

Cyberpunk rules.

Imagination Connoisseur, Jesse Flores, wants to turn the Post-Geek Singularity’s focus to the sub-genre of Cyberpunk. “Cool” doesn’t even begin to describe it … let us know what you like about Cyberpunk in the comments below.

Is Rotten Tomatoes rotten to the core?

Is Rotten Tomatoes rotten to the core?

Imagination Connoisseur, Mark Churay, has a bone to pick with the website Rotten Tomatoes and the methodology for computing its ratings. Is Rotten Tomatoes “rotten to the core”?

Have you ever walked out of a movie?

Have you ever walked out of a movie?

Imagination Connoisseur, Ken Dixon, wants to know when is it right to say “enough is enough” and walk out of a movie.

What does it take to get you to walk out of a film? Let us know in the comments section, below.

What’s wrong with the movie-going experience today? The audience.

What’s wrong with the movie-going experience today? The audience.

Imagination Connoisseur, Jakob Fudge, thinks he knows what’s ruined the movie-going experience (resulting in sliding box office numbers) … the audience.

Agree or disagree? We want to know what you think – leave your thoughts in the comments section, below.

What were they thinking?

What were they thinking?

Imagination Connoisseur, Blake Wunderlich, wants to know what the heck Netflix is thinking when they renew the shows they decide to renew.

Yes, but is it art?

Yes, but is it art?

Imagination Connoisseur, CK, asks a fundamental question about filmmaking and filmmakers.

There’s something missing from Rogue One and Solo …

There’s something missing from Rogue One and Solo …

Imagination Connoisseur, Troy Williams, has a question about the where the “Star Wars crawl” was for ROGUE ONE and SOLO. Does the decision to not include crawls in front of those movies help or hurt the franchise? Does it even matter?

Let us know what you think, in the comments section, below.

What’s your favorite Trek?

What’s your favorite Trek?

Imagination Connoisseur, Jamie Thomas, writes in again to ask for a list of the ten best episodes from each series of the Star Trek franchise (with the exception of Discovery, of course).

What’s happened to my Star Trek?

What’s happened to my Star Trek?

Imagination Connoisseur, Jamie Thomas, loves Star Trek and offers a critical perspective of what’s been done to the franchise since Bad Robot and Secret Hideout have been at the con.