Oren, Chris, and Mike talk about breaking conventions in stories. They discuss works that offer delightful surprises to their audience, and contrast them with works that simply fail expectations. They also talk about Star Trek. A lot.
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Opening and closing theme: The Princess Who Saved Herself by Jonathan Coulton. Used with permission.
The Cup of Perpetual Torment from Angel
The Train Job, Firefly
Romulan Commander from Star Trek TOS
The Quarters Novels by Tanya Huff
The Lies of Locke Lomora by Scott Lynch
Death of Tasha Yar in Skin of Evil, Star Trek TNG Season 1
School Hard, Buffy Season 2
Mayor Wilkins in Buffy Season 3
Game of Thrones by George RR Martin
Call to Arms, Star Trek: DS9
Jingo by Terry Pratchett
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