Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Space Battleship Yamato (Star Blazers) Episode Guides

Here's a few episode/synopses guides I put together for Space Battleship Yamato (aka Star Blazers). This is an awesome TV series which still holds up today.  These synopses are based on the original Japanese versions, which differ just slightly from the American "Star Blazers" version.  An analysis of the music for the first season's soundtrack can be found here.

These synopses are somewhat light on character arcs, since I feel that those elements are best experienced in the show itself.  However I included all of the strategic and tactical elements, which I found to be one of the strongest and most unique parts of the show.


Click the Season Title to be taken to the episode guides.

Space Battleship Yamato:
Season One

Space Battleship Yamato:
Season Two

Space Battleship Yamato:
The New Voyage

Be Forever Yamato

Space Battleship Yamato:
Season Three

Final Yamato

Space Battleship Yamato: Resurrection



The best website on Space Battleship Yamato and all its iterations is indisputably CosmoDNA.  
I'm quite fond of their sitemap as well...

Facebook Groups:

Friday, April 25, 2014

A Doctor Who Time-Space ChronoSheet

Painstakingly compiled from various web resources and from watching about half of these serials, here's my newest reference work (I should really try to watch the remaining eps...). 
(Artwork - Matthew Savage)

Scroll down inside the spreadsheet to see newer seasons.  
Scroll right to see the time, location & outcome of the episode (spoilers!).

In the 'Classic' column, if there is an 'x' that means this serial was in the Top 50 of Best Episodes of multiple lists (see bottom sources).  


You can see the whole sheet on one page here.

BBC Episode Guide
Wikipedia Doctor Who Episode Guide
Production Notes - A Brief History of Time (Travel)
Synopses - Tardis Data Core, the Doctor Who Wiki
Doctor Who Transcript Project
Chrissie's Transcripts Site
Doctor Who Reference Guide
AHistory: An Unauthorized History of the Doctor Who Universe

Listing "Classic" Episodes:
Every Single Doctor Who Story, Ranked from Best to Worst (io9)
Every Single Doctor Who Story (Correctly) Ranked From Best to Worst (L.M. Myles)
Doctor Who: the 50 greatest stories ever (The Telegraph)
Top 50 Classic Doctor Who episodes (Amazon Reviewer netman)
Who's 50: The 50 Doctor Who Stories to Watch Before You Die — An Unofficial Companion

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The Metal Gear Saga

Timeline and Analysis of The Metal Gear Series
I decided that it would be an interesting and fun project to create a two-page timeline of the events in the Konami Metal Gear video-game series.  I've played through each of the games and even though they were extremely enjoyable, there were always bits of dialogue (and secret phone calls) that left me wondering what the Hell was going on.  The layers of loyalty for each character (except Snake) are so convoluted that at times I didn't know who was a bad guy and who was a good guy!  Additionally, since each game was created without expectation of a sequel, the game designers themselves sometimes had to create elaborate retcons (retroactive continuity) to explain why a certain character "changed".  A perfect example is "Liquid's arm".  I'm pretty positive in MGS 2 that was supposed to be the real Liquid, not a hypnotized Ocelot as retconned in MGS 4.  Anyways, there are several MGS timelines on the web, but none that exactly answered all my questions in a straightforward way, so this two-page chronology ballooned out to a 12-page analysis.  I used the time line at the Metal Gear Wiki as a starting point and whittled down/added/reinterpreted it so that the entire saga now makes complete sense, even though it was never designed as a 9 game (!) continued series. 
I divided the saga into three thematic arcs: 

1. The Philosophers' Legacy
(The birth of the Philosophers and the contest to obtain the Philosophers' Legacy fund)
Metal Gear Solid 3 - Snake Eater
Metal Gear Solid Portable Ops 

2. The Patriots
(The rise and factionalization of Zero's Patriots.  Big Boss' journey to Outer Heaven.  Solid Snake vs Big Boss.) 
Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker
Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes/The Phantom Pain
Metal Gear  
Metal Gear 2 - Solid Snake

(Solid Snake becomes a bio-weapon. The creation of a nano-machine-controlled war population. The final struggle between Ocelot and Zero for the destiny of the world.)
Metal Gear Solid
Metal Gear Solid 2 - Sons of Liberty
Metal Gear Solid 4 - Guns of the Patriots