These small-screen series wouldn't look out of place at your kitchen table.
These devices got out of hand too fast for their writers to manage.
Poor word choice and a comical villain hinder this fantastical story's opening.
Sarah Gould joins Oren and Mike in discussing The Prime Directive, the most sacred law of Starfleet.
Chris, Mike, and Oren discuss what a good beginning should accomplish.
The writers might not have thought these devices out, so we did it for them.
These protagonists plummeted well before they should've peaked.
Oren, Mike, and Chris talk just ten minutes after watching The Last Airbender movie.
A meandering, flair-over-substance approach spoils this Tolkienesque opening.
Chris, Oren, and Mike discuss the way wildlife is portrayed in speculative fiction.
Mike, Chris, and Oren discuss politics in modern genre settings.
These bad habits need to stop getting praise from our stories.
These compelling narratives are even more fun when you're the one playing them.
These series almost hit the mark on avoiding sexism—but still fell a little short.
The Reaper should've been more aggressive in pursuing these characters.
How America's most famous horror writer does at penning women.
Oren, Chris, and Mike discuss adaptations from one story medium to another.
Inject some energy into these tired tropes by swapping characters' pronouns.
These NPCs got stuck at second fiddle when they should've been concert master.