Monthly Archives: April 2014

Z is for Zaphod Beeblebrox

ZZaphod Beeblebrox. Now that is one hoopy frood. Of Douglas Adams’ crazy creations in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Zaphod works out as one of the more normal and acceptable. He is the self-involved politician, who holds no real power but is just a figurehead. Is he a parody of all politicians? A metaphor? Is he just the perfect politician – able to draw attention away from those with real power? 

Who knows, but for some reason, this over-the-top character with two heads and three arms is an acceptable part of the universe. And he puts his position and situation to good use, stealing the Heart of Gold and allowing Adams to do literally whatever he wanted with these stories – thanks to the Infinite Improbability Drive. Ah, the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. If you haven’t read it, I do recommend it, and the second book, in particular. And if you like those, the whole series. But for now, a couple of great parts about Zaphod Beeblebrox!

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Y is for Yuna

YDavid and I both enjoyed Final Fantasy X. The story is fantastic and it is the game that introduced the world to Auron one of the best characters. Now the biggest problem with the game and the story it told is that it focused on the wrong character. Tidus was such a boring character and seemed really superfluous to the story in some ways. Yuna on the other hand was a woman on a mission and everything that was happening revolved around her journey and mission. It just seemed so odd to have the focus of the game be Tidus and he was kind of an annoying character. Yuna is this amazing character who believes that it is her calling to take down Sin and save the world. She is fearless, loyal, and sometimes believes in people a bit too much. Continue reading

X is for Xander Harris – the Zeppo

XYou may have thought we had made it through the month with no Joss Whedon characters, but take heart! For X is for Xander Harris! Just your average, socially awkward, class clown of a teen, he ends up an integral part of the Scooby Gang in Buffy, saving the world from demons, vampires, and general badness. 

Right? He matters, right? The defining Xander episode was The Zeppo, where Xander has a solo adventure while his friends, Buffy and the gang, fight off what is described as “the worst thing they have ever faced” – which happens off-screen. And meanwhile, trying to find his identity and figure out what it is that is his “thing” – what makes him cool or unique – Xander gets mixed up with some undead who want to blow up the high school. He beats them all, and saves the school, while his friends save the world – something they couldn’t have done if they had blown up.

So let me look at Xander, but also at this idea of “the Zeppo,” this character who is at once essential and expendable.

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W is for White Walker

WThe White Walkers in A Song of Ice and Fire are an extremely mysterious enemy. They are used in an interesting way in the stories because the audience knows and recognizes the horror that could be happening, but not many other people do. At the same time while the audience knows they exist and knows that they are going to do bad things we do not know their motivation. There seems to be a force driving them forward, but is there a larger evil or is it just a general lust for destruction. It does create a sense of mystery in the show and a lot of tension because as all these things are happening on one side we know something big is brewing on the other side. Continue reading

V is for Varric Tethras

VIt’s certainly a good week to have Dragon Age on the mind, with a new trailer out and a release date set. But Varric was always my plan for the letter V – the sort of character who makes you almost appreciate Bards. Almost.

Varric could likely talk himself out of any situation. And if that doesn’t work, he can always turn to Bianca, his clockwork crossbow. He keeps up almost constant banter through Dragon Age 2, shows interest in all of the different PCs. His loyalty is fascinating, as well: it seems almost absolute, but it is a loyalty to the story of you and your deeds, more than it is a loyalty to you, as the Champion of Kirkwall. He’s a fun character, and confirmed to be coming back in Dragon Age 3 out on October 7!

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