REVIEW: Russell's Reviews Volume One # 5

Dave Van Domelen dvandom at
Sat Feb 2 10:20:03 PST 2008

In article <795518.43264.qm at>,
Tom Russell  <milos_parker at> wrote:
>   I agree with Saxon's decision to nominate our Rob Rogers for the "Also
>Crapping on Garth Ennis From a Great Height" Award.  I think the two things
>that separate Rob's special brand of satire from the work of Ennis and the
>like is that (1) Rob's work is not mean-spirited, and (2) Rob's work is
>funny.  And while satire can be used to unleash some hate, it's not funny
>unless the thing being satirized is deserving of that hate.  Let me give you
>a few examples.

     I've actually run into a similar issue with New Exarchs.  When I started
it, the new Flash Gordon series that I was choosing to satirize was having a
"good" episode when I could stand to watch it all the way through and not
just change the channel, staying away from SFC until Stargate Atlantis's
timeslot.  But then two things happened.  One, I acquired and watched all the
Buster Crabbe serials...and compared to some of them, even the bad episodes
of the new series are halfway decent.  :)  Two, the new Flash Gordon started
to actually get good.  It was as if they had half a season's worth of good
stories to tell, and then just farmed out most of the first half to whoever
would write the most cheaply.  So it's a bit harder to be quite so mean to
them, which has changed the direction of the story somewhat. 

     Dave Van Domelen, playing it mostly by ear anyway...what uberplot?

More information about the racc mailing list