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 animation getting “too real”?

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. 😀

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What if …?

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 …

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Follow the merchandise.

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 …

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#Justice4Gingers ?

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.

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Here’s the thing about THE THING …

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.

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Is George Takei right about William Shatner?

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.

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Not all great movies get sequels …

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.

#Justice4LuckyJack

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Doing the math on physical media …

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 …

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Why we write.

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 …

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Does MULAN have to be a musical?

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 …

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Will STRANGER THINGS survive season three?

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.

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Star Trek app is now lost in space …

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.

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What seems to be right with the new MULAN

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.

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What does Disney have against redheads?

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. #justiceforginers

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Where’s the value in watching silent films?

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) …

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Exploring the connection between film and movie music.

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.

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First IMAX memories

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.

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Together, we are all one.

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.

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How to eat a movie.

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 …

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WAWT?

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.

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Has James Bond become just another action hero?

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.

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“Let’s make something new!”

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 …

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Goin’ a little “Wacko” with Mark C.

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.

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A vote of support from Romania

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).

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Criticism can be a good thing.

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.

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A scientific look at race and gender issues.

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.

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Exactly when did STAR WARS lose its way?

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.

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Why do the studios do the things they do?

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.

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CAPTAIN MARVEL vs IRON MAN 2 – who wins?

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?

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The third time is a charm – or is it?

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.

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Exploring the darker sides of STAR TREK

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.

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Thanks for the filmmaking education, Rob!

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!

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The value of deep conversation …

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.

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Did CAPTAIN MARVEL benefit from an ENGAME bounce?

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?

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Is STAR TREK in trouble?

Imagination Connoisseur, Aaron Johnson, writes in to ask if the STAR TREK franchise is in trouble and what it will take to fix it.

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Paul in Long Beach strikes back

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!

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HBO’s best year ever?

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?

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On Anita Sarkeesian and toxic fan culture …

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.

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Thoughts from a long-time geek-girl.

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.

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Fan theory – who is MJ’s father?

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 …

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What’s next for 007 after Bond 25?

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 …

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Why are some “remakes” so horrible?

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.

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Exploring the Gundam universe

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 …

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Paul in Long Beach strikes back …

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.

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Behold the power of cinema …

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.

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Were the holodeck parodies on ST:TNG too much?

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?

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Our love for all-things Geek!

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 …

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Is Kathleen Kennedy being treated unfairly? Maybe not.

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.

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LUCIFER is the “devil we know” in all of us

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.

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