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.)
Imagination Connoisseur, Noel Ryan, writes in with some good observations and pressing questions about the value of post-credit scenes in movies.read more
Imagination Connoisseur, Jason Manwiller, writes in to ask why there hasn’t been a good Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movie in the past three decades.
Pull up a pizza and let’s discuss …read more
Imagination Connoisseur, Kal Kamel (a.k.a. S’wak Props), helps us dive a little deeper into Babylon 5 and the great storytelling that helped shape that legendary, Sci-Fi series from the 1990s.read more
Fellow Imagination Connoisseur, Amir B., writes in to ask if animation is getting “too realistic” – and which matters most: “realism in emotion” or “realistic emotion”?
Welcome to the Post-Geek Singularity, people. 😀read more
As a business strategy, it might make sense. But Imagination Connoisseur, Dave Morgan, has a hard time getting excited for “live action” remakes of animated classic.read more
Imagination Connoisseur, Nicholas Hughes, writes to RMB with a serious “what if” question.
So, what you would tell a younger you if you could go back in time? Leave us your “message” in the comments section below …read more
Not sure what’s going on with today’s most venerable film franchises? Imagination Connoisseur, Alan Sacks, says it’s pretty easy to figure out.
It’s all about “the merch”, baby …read more
Imagination Connoisseur, James Sparrow, wants to know why redheaded characters are being re-cast by non-redheads.
Is this a problem? Let us know what you think in the comments section, below.read more
Okay, we get it, Imagination Connoisseur, Willow Yang, writes amazing letters and even better reviews – not just of STAR TREK. Her point-of-view is not only insightful, it’s humorous and often thought-provoking.
And this review of John Wayne’s epic fail of a historical epic, THE CONQUERER, is no exception. Check it out.read more
Imagination Connoisseur, Dean Micetich, asks if movies like THE THING – which may have bombed at the box office but has found a new life on physical media – will ever get a second chance through the home media market.read more
After watching George Takei’s recent documentary, “To Be Takei”, Imagination Connoisseur, Luke Becket, asks RMB about working with William Shatner and whether or not Takei’s criticisms are fair.read more
Kal Kamel, a frequent contributor to the Post-Geek Singularity both by letter and during our ROBSERVATIONS live stream, writes in to ask why his favorite “Star Trek” film never got a sequel.
Imagination Connoisseur, Shawn Carson, attempts to make the empirical case for buying physical media rather than paying for monthly streaming services.
You do the math and let us know what you think in the comments section, below …read more
Imagination Connoisseur (and actor), Gunnar Anderson, writes in explains how the feelings of nostalgia help drive his passion for comics, movies and actingread more
A cautionary tale from Imagination Connoisseur, Craig Sutton (who lives in the UK). Craig explains why he’s a fan of not only STAR TREK, but physical media, as well.read more
The candor and self-reflection shown in some of the letters we receive at The Burnettwork can be pretty remarkable. This letter, from Imagination Connoisseur, Ian Samuels, is one of those letters. We ask you to share why you write in the comments section, below …read more
Imagination Connoisseur, Lewis Yu, writes a thoughtful letter about the problems vexing the movie and TV business today – and provides a suggestion as to how we can deal with them.read more
Disney fans seem split on this … will the fact the live-action version of MULAN won’t have singing, dancing or sassy dragons a deal-breaker? Check out what this Imagination Connoisseur had to say …read more
Imagination Connoisseur, Kyle Arking, saw Spider-Man: Far From Home this weekend and wanted to talk to somebody about what’s on his mind: Spider-Man 2, starring Tobey McGuire.read more
Imagination Connoisseur, Catalin KITT, from Romania gives a rundown of how DISCOVERY worked (or didn’t) to build interest in the STAR TREK sci-fi franchise.read more
Imagination Connoisseur, Chris Wriglesworth, writes in to share his thoughts about the new season of STRANGER THINGS and his hope it can survive the “third season curse” that seems to befall streaming shows on Netflix.read more
Is this an odd question? You be the judge … Imagination Connoisseur, Stubble McShave, writes in to ask if it’s possible for weird-ness to be too weird?
Commence head-scratching and follow along …read more
Ian DJ Samuels, a new Imagination Connoisseur, writes in about his love of STAR WARS, Batman and STAR TREK and where each franchise has let him down.
Share your stories with us in the comments section, below …read more
James M. writes in with an update to a letter RMB read on a recent ROBSERVATIONS episode about a Star Trek episode/movie tracker app which, it appears, is no longer available.
Alas, we’d mourn for Adonais because of this, but we need our phone.read more
Justin Mc, another fellow Imagination Connoisseur, doesn’t agree with the fan-outrage over the new MULAN movie coming from Disney. He also has a thing or two to say about Hallie Bailey’s casting as Ariel. And both opinions are well worth the read.read more
Imagination Connoisseur, Scott Dolson, claims Disney has a bias against redheads. Is it time to make a stand with this under-represented minority? You can find us at our Rose Leslie shrine and let us know what you think. #justiceforginersread more
Imagination Connoisseur, Christopher Collins, writes in to ask the Post-Geek Singularity if there’s still any value to be found in the silent films of the early 1900s? Let us know what you think below (MOS, of course) …read more
Christopher C. writes in that he learned about movies by listening to their soundtracks – and in some cases, he liked the music more than the actual movie. Were you ever let down by a film because you heard the music for it first? Let us know.read more
Imagination Connoisseur, Dan Hensley, writes in to the Post-Geek Singularity again to ask for opinions and information about 007’s comic book adventures.read more
Active-duty serviceman and Imagination Connoisseur, CJ Dunn, reflects on Season 3 of STRANGER THINGS and what he loves about this show.read more
Imagination Connoisseur and comics shop impresario, Jakob Fudge, writes in to express his thoughts and concerns about the impact of token hires, outrage culture, identity politics and click-bait headlines when it comes to the future of comics.read more
Alain Donais, an international Imagination Connoisseur and member of the Post-Geek Singularity, shares his memories of growing up and enjoying cinema in a small town – only to have his world rocked in 1986 when he saw his first IMAX film on a big screen: TOP GUN.read more
Imagination Connoisseur, Dean Micetich, writes in to share his pleasure with the way the genre fan community has managed to come together several times this year to address issues and help people when they need it.read more
PSG-member, Stubble McShave, writes to us to try and help divine a perfect balance between the objective and subjective when evaluating a movie. His metaphor? A meal.
Get out the knife and fork and enjoy …read more
James M., a fellow Imagination Connoisseur, asks a very serious question regarding STAR TREK: THE ANIMATED SERIES and the PGS’s favorite Star Trek reviewer, Willow Yang.read more
Imagination Connoisseur, Tim “Timbula the Spidermonkey” Davies, asks a great question that has crossed more than one collectors’ mind: “What are my kids going to do with all my stuff when I’m gone?”read more
Aaron Brown, a frequent contributor to the Post-Geek Singularity’s on-going discussions on ROBSERVATIONS, writes in with his concerns about the future of James Bond and his issues with Daniel Craig’s performances as 007.read more
Imagination Connoisseur, Aaron Johnson, wrote us with his re-cap of Bill Pullman’s performance from INDEPENDENCE DAY, so we’d share it with all of you in the Post-Geek Singularity.read more
Imagination Connoisseur, Paul in Long Beach, writes in to let us know how pleased he is to find he has more in common with other members of the Post-Geek Singularity than he thought.read more
Imagination Connoisseur, Steven Ernest, is tired of seeing his favorite genre franchises turned into corporate pablum. He says “Let’s make something new!”
Here’s his plan …read more
Dieter Bastian, an Imagination Connoisseur from Germany, asks RMB about the DUNE TV series which is being shot alongside the feature film(s) at the same time. Will that save time and money or create more confusion?read more
Imagination Connoisseur, Brian Ng, asks a great question on the mind of every writer and want-to-be producer who has a great idea but is afraid to share it.read more
How do you like your horror? Thrilling and chilling or down-right schlocky and fun? Imagination Connoisseur, Orlando Logan Olivero, shares his eccentric tastes with RMB and the Post-Geek Singularity in this hilarious letter.read more
Victor Acosta writes in to RMB to find out what he thinks about NETFLIX’S announcement concerning the upcoming SANDMAN series based on Neil Gaiman’s graphic novels.read more
Imagination Connoisseur, John LeVasseur, asks a deep question on the impact of reality TV (in terms of story, production value and volume) on genre entertainment.read more
Mark C., a frequent contributor to ROBSERVATIONS, shares his love of cult classic films (aka “shlock cinema) and recommends RMB get to know the “Wacko Soap Plant, La Luz de Jesus” in Los Angeles.read more
Catalin KITT, a member of the Post-Geek Singularity from Romania, tells RMB to keep his chin up, his beer cold and his thrusters on full to make sure he doesn’t end up like everyone’s favorite Jedi (and, no, we’re not talking about Mace M*$F#-ing WIndu).read more
Imagination Connoisseur, Dan Skip Allen, explains that he’s not all that hard to please when it comes to the MCU or STAR WARS universes. Just make good content.read more
Neil B., a fellow Imagination Connoisseur and the masterful artist behind the forthcoming SPACE ROB game, shares his experience of having to deal with criticism and how he’s learned to use that feedback to make his work even better.read more
The incomparable Willow Yang shares her insights into discussions she’s had with fellow scientists about race and gender identification, the #MeToo movement and more which affect the arts and education.read more
One of our fellow Imagination Connoisseurs, Jakob Fudge, shares his recent, positive experience surrounding the opening of his new comic shop and the generosity and kindness of strangers.read more
Imagination Connoisseur, Terry Flynn, chimes in with his overview of how the STAR WARS saga lost its way, tried to course correct and now appears to be careening out of control towards episode 9.read more
PGS-member, Dean Micetich, responds to yesterday’s ROBSERVATIONS episode and points out the flaws in how studio brass often make decisions about their franchise properties for all the wrong reasons.read more
Imagination Connoisseur, Kal Kamel, writes in from Malaysia and describes his experience growing up as a geek, loving Star Wars and Star Trek and how the current iterations of those franchises fall a little short.read more
PGS member, Shaun Reed, writes in to ROBSERVATIONS with is quick summary on a re-watch of AVENGERS: ENDGAME with new scenes added. And you won’t believe how his second viewing affected him (no spoilers).read more
Christopher Collins, a fellow Imagination Connoisseur with a deep interest in filmmaking, asks RMB for insight on decisions made by directors when it comes to “coverage.”read more
James Sparrow, a member of the Post-Geek Singularity, raises the stakes on our “10 greatest films” contest by sharing his ten favorite film scores. Everybody sing along …read more
Imagination Connoisseur from Australia, Aaron Brown, keeps the discussion about cancel culture alive by asking if it’s practical to try and separate the artist from the art when looking back on the careers of John Wayne, Michael Jackson and Kevin Spacey (among others).read more
PGS member, Aaron Johnson, shares his love of 80s comedies. Why don’t you do the same in the comments section, below …read more
This is just awesome. Imagination Connoisseur, Evan Newman, provides a day-long, all-Western extravaganza for your consideration. So mosey on down in front of the monitor, put yer boots up and enjoy …read more
Imagination Connoisseur, Troy Williams, writes in with a thoughtful breakdown of two flawed MCU films he finds diametrically opposed to one another. So which is the better movie? CAPTAIN MARVEL or IRON MAN 2?read more
Imagination Connoisseur, James Ito, writes in with a recap of the movie-making experience he had with his kids, nieces and nephews between the ages of 4 and 13. Upon reflection, he thinks having a “script supervisor” on hand might have helped. Find out why …read more
Another installment in a great conversation between fans and fellow Imagination Connoisseurs about how we deal with different opinions and fan-driven outrage.read more
Imagination Connoisseur, CJ Dunn, is back and this time with a little game he played when he was deployed with his troops. So listen up and play along …read more
Luke Becket writes in to ROBSERVATION and asks if the third installment in a movie franchise is the one that often delivers the “killing blow” and destroys the franchise’s future.read more
Imagination Connoisseur, Sky Beard, shows us why the PSG is the most amazing fan space on the Internet. Check out his crazy dream and share yours with us in this post …read more
Imagination Connoisseur, Sean McCommons, writes in about STAR TREK – asking RMB questions about the never-to-be-produced AXANAR feature film’s connection to the FASA game, John M. Ford’s Star Trek novels and the controversial YouTube commentator, Doomcock.read more
A member of the Post-Geek Singularity writes in with a “thank you” note to Rob for providing great insights into filmmaking through his behind-the-scenes documentaries on a number of different features. And it now appears that education has paid off. CONGRATS!read more
Kenny Kraly, Jr, a fellow Imagination Connoisseur, writes in to ROBSERVATIONS to ask how the movie and entertainment experience is different today than it was in the 1970s and 80s. Share your memories with us!read more
An over-riding value in the Post-Geek Singularity is that of “civil discourse” with friends and fellow fans – especially on topics on which we disagree. Aaron Brown writes a thoughtful letter on that subject we thought we should share.read more
Imagination Connoisseur, James, writes in to ROBSERVATIONS to ask if Brie Larson’s CAPTAIN MARVEL passed the $1B box office total thanks to running so close to AVENGERS: ENDGAME. Would another MCU movie have benefited similarly? What do you think?read more
Imagination Connoisseur, Aaron Johnson, writes in to ask if the STAR TREK franchise is in trouble and what it will take to fix it.read more
An Imagination Connoisseur from Japan, Lynne Hobday, writes in to express her gratitude for ST:TNG and Robservations.read more
After responding to fellow Imagination Connoisseur, Mark Churay, and his letter on grievances he and The Fandom Menace have with STAR WARS, PSG-contributor, Paul in Long Beach strikes back … but not at who you’d think!read more
Imagination Connoisseur, CJ Dunn, follows up on his last letter with a rundown of how his 36 months of combat experience and career in the US Army has allowed him to appreciate the world from a variety of points-of-view.read more
Kyle Arking writes in with his accolades for HBO’s CHERNOBYL, BIG LITTLE LIES and EUPHORIA (among others). Is this HBO’s best year ever?read more
Imagination Connoisseur, Aaron Brown, writes in to ROBSERVATIONS to share his thoughts on Australian music and toxic fandom – especially Gamergate and the controversy around the treatment of Anita Sarkeesian.read more
A new supporter of The Burnettwork (and fellow Imagination Connoisseur), Sharon Maust, writes in with her remembrances of classic sci-fi like LOST IN SPACE and RETURN OF THE JEDI as well as a comment on a more current classic.read more
Daniel, an Imagination Connoisseur from Brazil, writes in to describe the movie-making and movie-going experiences in his home country – pointing out the challenges facing genre entertainment fans outside the USA.read more
Jaelen Pryor, a fellow Imagination Connoisseur, offers up his own fan theory on who Mary Jane Watson’s real father is (and no, it’s not Anakin Skywalker).
Let us know what you think of Jaelen’s theory …read more
Imagination Connoisseur, Dave A, and his son write in to The Burnettwork to ask what’s next for the James Bond franchise once Daniel Craig retires. We’ve decided to ask the Post-Geek Singularity …read more
Jim Boyett, a frequent contributor to our letters section (and PGS member), writes in that he shares his comics time with his 2-year old and offers up a recommendation to other parents.read more
Jim from South Carolina writes in for the first time and shares his story of love for all things geek – from classic TV sci-fi, to comics to MCU and STAR TREK movies. It’s a story worth listening to …read more
James M, a member of the Post-Geek Singularity, writes in to ask why some remakes are so poorly written and horribly made? Is this Hollywood’s attempt to mine old ideas for new films? Let us know what you think.read more
Imagination Connoisseur, CJ Dunn, writes in again with another anime question – this time asking about The Guyver.read more
An Imagination Connoisseur from Kochi, India, provides a fresh perspective on director Christopher Nolan’s epic war film, Dunkirk. Sujith Radhakrishanan asks why hundreds of Indian soldiers excluded from the story.read more
Imagination Connoisseur, Paul Morgera, writes in to The Burnettwork claiming that “Disney could have put a chimpanzee as head of Lucasfilm and episodes 7 and 8 would have still made over $1B each.” Agree or disagree?read more
Imagination Connoisseur, CJ Dunn, writes in to Rob to find out what he thinks of the Gundam franchise (which is nearly 40 years old). Share your favorite mechanized memory here …read more
Member of the Post-Geek Singularity (and Star Wars fan), Lewis Jones, tells us THE MANDALORIAN feels more like Star Wars than the movies. Why is that?read more
Imagination Connoisseur, Orlando Logan Olivero, has some questions about the future fate of Godzilla and all of the giant monsters we’ve come to know, love (and fear).read more
Paul in Long Beach, a frequent contributor to The Burnettwork’s letters section, chimes in on points raised in a letter supporting the conservative, fan advocacy group known as The Fandom Menace. Paul takes issue with many of the points raised by his fellow Imagination Connoisseur.read more
The great Willow Yang provides another insightful letter – this time relaying her experience at a recent conference, where she was able to call upon the power of movies to help bridge cultural divides. THIS is life in the Post-Geek Singularity, people.read more
Timbula The Spidermonkey (an OG Imagination Connoisseur) writes in about his experiences with models and how he shares that interest with his girlfriend’s nephew who was born with autism.read more
One of the members of the Post-Geek Singularity writes in with a specific question about STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION and the various episodes that featured holodeck adventures and parodies. Were those good ideas?read more
Imagination Connoisseur, Aaron Brown, has sent in another letter, this time talking about how he shares his love of all-things-Geek with his wife, Shasta. Check this out …read more
Imagination Connoisseur, Mark Skarbek, wants advice from the Post-Geek Singularity on what he can watch with his significant other.read more
LOL! Imagination Connoisseur, Christopher Morgan, writes about his latest video binges – a match made in heaven. Or not!read more
Regular contributor to the Post-Geek Singularity, Mark Churay, straps on his tin-foil hat and takes another swing at Kathleen Kennedy and her performance as president of LucasFilms. Agree or not, Mark writes compelling (if not also entertaining) posts to the PGS.read more
Alan Sacks writes in with a request for an audio version of Robservations that he can listen to when he’s on the road. We may just do that …read more
Post-Geek Singularity member, CJ Dunn, writes in about the streaming series: LUCIFER (which was just picked up for its final season). CJ points out that this show may prove this version of the devil has a few redeeming qualities that make this show TV worth watching.read more