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.
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(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.)
Star Wars outlasted Jar-Jar, Clones and sand (“we hate sand”) – but can they survive the Auralnauts?
Is the PGS ready for the return of Captain Spaulding (and no, that’s not an arcane CADDYSHACK reference)?
Imagination Connoisseur, Kyle A, writes in to explain why he thinks STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER could be the best Star Wars film yet.
Imagination Connoisseur, James M, writes in with a pretty straight-forward question: Just what does Superman stand for, anyway?
Imagination Connoisseur, Franz M., pushes back against the popular notion of what a “Social Justice Warrior” is and asks us to consider something deeper.
Imagination Connoisseur, Martin Lawrence, declares his affection for stop-motion monster movies and B-movie classics. Check out the post for links to these movies!
Imagination Connoisseur (and, we presume, banana aficionado), Koba, writes in to share his appreciation for stop-motion animation – and especially one film, in particular.
Imagination Connoisseur, Kal Kamel (a.k.a. S’wak Props), shares a big secret with Rob and The Post-Geek Singularity in this special post …
Imagination Connoisseur, David Crabtree, observes that as popular as MCU movies are, they don’t seem to have any “iconic” shots that will help define an era quite like classic movies of previous generations.
Imagination Connoisseur, Dieter Bastian, isn’t concerned with the business reasons for SONY’s split from Disney and the MCU. He sees plenty of opportunities ahead for both the Spider- and Marvel Cinematic Universes.
Imagination Connoisseur, Bryan Kruse, totally validated his “IC” creds by catching the 4K version of APOCALYPSE NOW at the Alamo Drafthouse the other night.
Read about it here.
Imagination Connoisseur, Troy Williams (of CinemaSurvey), shares his conspiracy theory on Disney’s motives behind the split with SONY. Are Marvel and the MCU now in an endgame of their own?
Imagination Connoisseur, Ace, says he knows what’s wrong with Superman. He’s “Superficial.” In a rollicking post, Ace goes on to point out the problems he sees in a 2-dimensional hero in serious need of updating.
Imagination Connoisseur, Greg Smith, weighs in on the issue of “forced diversity” in casting and compares what we see on the screen to the way things are in the real world.
Imagination Connoisseur, Jason Manwiller, thinks SONY has made a tremendous blunder by ending their relationship with Disney and taking Spider-Man out of the MCU.
Imagination Connoisseur, Mark Churay, provides some insightful commentary on the “problems” with Superman and how they may reflect a larger problem we, as a society, has when it comes to dealing our failures and the aspirational standards represented by super heroes, in general.
Imagination Connoisseur, Jim Brown, asks for some help in understanding exactly what’s going on in the trailer for the upcoming Star Trek: Picard series.
Please speculate in the comments section …
Imagination Connoisseur, James M. has a question or two about the comic book featuring the cast of Star Trek and the X-Men.
Imagination Connoisseur, Ian Samuels, provides some interesting observations about the breaking news that SONY and Disney have fallen out of favor with each other and that Spider-Man looks like he’ll be MIA in the MCU’s future.
Ian’s reaction: “Meh.”
Imagination Connoisseur, Jeffrey Mao, asks if there are two kinds of Star Wars fans and if maybe the fundamental difference between those groups is what’s driving the disharmony in fandom today.
Imagination Connoisseur, Martin Lawrence, writes in from the UK and asks why we mourn the loss of film stars.
Imagination Connoisseur, Orlando Olivero (aka Terrandon Media), writes in to detail his objections to Kevin Smith being selected to product the Masters of the Universe cartoon series for Netflix.
Imagination Connoisseur, Ken Dixon, explains how his collection of action figures has changed over the years to reflect his change in tastes when it comes to the franchises he most enjoys.
Imagination Connoisseur, CJ Dunn, responds to a letter from earlier today about “forced diversity” in entertainment and trying to distinguish creatively-driven decisions from politically correct ones.
Stubble McShave, a frequent contributor to The Post-Geek Singularity, asks about the future of B-Movies and whether or not there will ever be an opportunity for a film to develop a “cult” following.
Imagination Connoisseur, Jeffrey Mao, sends in a sprawling commentary on the state of The Post-Geek Singularity – from Star Wars haters to ANGRY BIRDS 2 and Chinese animation.
Imagination Connoisseur, Catalin KITT, writes in to “cry foul” and rebut the opinions expressed by another commenter during the 200th episode of ROBSERVATIONS.
Imagination Connoisseur, Martin Lawrence, writes in to ask for RMB’s opinion on whether or not The Orville is a direct rip-off of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Imagination Connoisseur, Dieter Bastian, sends in his congratulations on the 200th ROBSERVATION and brings up the topic on which every member of The Post-Geek Singularity has an opinion.
What’s your favorite potato chip? We expect to find your answer at the bottom of the post …
Imagination Connoisseur, Franz M, explains what he doesn’t like about “forced diversity” in films and how it appears poor choices get made by filmmakers as a result.
Imagination Connoisseur, Ian Samuels, celebrates everything great about 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY. Is it the greatest sci-fi film ever made?
Let us know what you think …
Imagination Connoisseur, Xrosstalk, writes in ask if it’s right to dismiss the work of an artist once revelations of that person’s unsavory behavior come to light?
Imagination Connoisseur, Kristie Cobb, writes in to express her gratitude (and, let’s face it, a little regret) for taking Rob up on his suggestion to go see APOCALYPSE NOW for the first time.
Imagination Connoisseur, Ian Samuels, extols the virtues of Japanese horror and warns Hollywood to not “fix” anything.
Imagination Connoisseur, Aaron Johnson, shares his optimism for the possible outcomes of the CBS/Viacom merger.
Imagination Connoisseur, Mark Churay, explains that it’s entirely possible “toxic fans” can love the franchises they criticize.
Imagination Connoisseur, Rob Crawford, writes in to ask if selling reprints of DC comics in Walmart will really be the “end of the line” for the comics industry.
Imagination Connoisseur, Matthew Van Holten, shares his experience as a geek as he explored the YouTube universe and how he landed in the Post-Geek Singularity.
Everyone’s favorite Star Trek reviewer, Willow Yang, reports back to the Post-Geek Singularity with her savage take-down of the original series episode: SPOCK’S BRAIN.
Imagination Connoisseur, Martin Lawrence, shares his geek journey with the Post-Geek Singularity and explains how a guy selling burgers in a van helped him go from anxious nerd to double-black belt awesomeness.
Imagination Connoisseur, Em E., writes in to offer her opinion on the success represented by the merger of CBS and Viacom and how she sees Star Trek’s future unfolding.
Imagination Connoisseur, Leon L, writes in about his personal experiences as a first-generation, Asian-American and how he was often subjected to Asian stereotypes that he still sees reflected in American media today.
Imagination Connoisseur, Jeffrey Mao, sheds some light on how perceptions of physical attractiveness change from culture to culture – and especially from East to West.
Imagination Connoisseur, Adam Blue, writes in with his thoughts on a number of the actors who have played James Bond over the years – and his thoughts on what Bond should do next.
Imagination Connoisseur, Zachary King, writes in about the films of director, John McTiernan (who crafted some of our faves like DIE HARD and HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER).
Imagination Connoisseur, Troy Williams (from CinemaSurvey.net) writes in to ask whether or not an actual Holodeck would present a problem in today’s society?
Imagination Connoisseur, Reelgirl26, says that she’s finally reached a point where she wants to enjoy films and she appreciates the recommendations and positive comments provided by other members of the Post-Geek Singularity.
So, what film would you recommend she check out this week?
Imagination Connoisseur, Ian Samuels, sends in his indictment of filmmaker Joss Whedon, for failing to fully develop the Reavers in SERENITY, the theatrical film that wrapped up the awesome sci-fi TV series, Firefly.
Imagination Connoisseur, Koba, sends in a response to yesterday’s Robservations episode about the necessity of R-ratings. Koba’s position might surprise you – he says we need more R-rated movies for the good of society.
Why didn’t STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE do better at the box office? Imagination Connoisseur, Pete, offers his thoughts and presents a new fan-made trailer for the classic film.
Imagination Connoisseur, Stubble McShave, shares his love (and interest) in the Wheel of Time series of books and suggests that maybe it’s time for fans to take a serious look at this franchise currently in-development at Amazon.
Imagination Connoisseur, Dean Micetich, makes a calculated guess about what’s going to happen to the Star Trek franchise with the pending merger of CBS and Viacom.
Fellow Imagination Connoisseur, Adam Blue, explains what he’s found to be so appealing about the Gundam Universe and why he recommends you spend some time there.
Imagination Connoisseur, Jeffery Mao, shares his thoughts as to why Star Trek will never be able to match the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Imagination Connoisseur, Jim Boyers, observes that sometimes people claim to have seen movies or TV shows they actually haven’t because they’re too embarrassed to admit it.
Time to come clean and confess in the comment area below …
Imagination Connoisseur, Martin Lawrence, writes in with his fan theory about the upcoming Emilia Clarke/Henry Golding film, LAST CHRISTMAS (directed by Paul Feig).
Imagination Connoisseur, Lynne Hobday, ponders the true meaning of “success” and reflects on the challenges she’s had during her journey through life.
Imagination Connoisseur, Liam Carrigan, writes in to share his geek’s journey from growing up in Scotland and England to now living and working in Japan.