Author Archives: Merlin

Sunday’s Wisdom #361: Valuable Work

“Sailing a boat cannot be hard.” “If it wasn’t hard, then why would sailors exist? Why would ships need crews?” – Isaac & the Captain, Castlevania Season 3, Episode 2, “The Reparation of My Heart” The complete context of this … Continue reading

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The Ultimate Puppeteers: An Angel Fan Theory

I ask one question of myself, and I get all of this. I was rewatching a bit of Angel, the spin-off of Buffy the Vampire Slayer created by Joss Whedon. In the first season’s finale, it refers to Darla, as … Continue reading

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The Memory Thief

I remember the children’s books I read as a kid. Matilda. James and the Giant Peach. Mr. Popper’s Penguins. Dr. Dolittle. The Hobbit. They were all good, fun, wholesome stories. They had scary moments and scary monsters, but they were … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Wisdom #360: Cruelty and Kindness

“The human race is poisonous and corrupt and should be wiped off the world.” “And yet yesterday, a man gave you a gift and made a joke. But all you really remember is the port authority trying to run you … Continue reading

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Castlevania Redux: The Entire Series

It was over four years ago when I reviewed the first “season” of Netflix’s Castlevania. I’d not had any good expectations for it, so I was pleased with how it hooked my interest. Over the course of the next three … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Wisdom #359: Opposing Evil

“For evil bastards to win power, all ordinary people have to do is stand aside and keep quiet. There’s always a choice.” – Trevor Belmont, Castlevania Season 1, Episode 2, “Necropolis” A much wiser and more refined person put it … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Wisdom #358: Painful Matters

“My suffering is different from yours, and maybe it is less, but it is mine, and I will not listen to you belittle it.” – Princess Zahrah, “the Little Rose,” Spindle, by E.K. Johnston When Zahrah says this, she is … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Wisdom #357: Class Between Classes

“Such idleness, mingled with such insipidity! I should far rather face a volley of rifle-fire than endure many more nights of like company.” – Captain Elizabeth Bennet, Dragons and Decorum from Golden Age and Other Stories, by Naomi Novik To … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Wisdom #356: What Predators Fear

“It’s not what you did, son, that angers me so. It’s who you did it to.” “Who? The f****** nobody?” “That ‘f****** nobody’… is John Wick.” – Viggo Tarasov & Iosef Tarasov, John Wick I have not actually seen this … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Wisdom #355: What Life Is

“Life is pain, Highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something.” – Westley/The Dread Pirate Roberts, The Princess Bride The exact circumstances surrounding this quote are slightly complicated and, I think, actually a little distracting from the point it makes. … Continue reading

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