September 15, 2015
We're back! This week, the Powers Brothers tackle one of their favorite subjects: Worldbuilding for speculative fiction settings. We're going to go through some theory on the process of worldbuilding itself and how to go about it, and then show you how we do worldbuilding by actually making up ideas on the podcast for a new fantasy world. We focus mainly on magic systems/macroscopic world ideas in this podcast, but those kinds of changes tend to inspire smaller bits of worldbuilding pretty easily, and as you'll see if you listen all the way through, we end up coming up with a few story ideas by the end of it. Next week, we'll be focusing on characters, and doing the same sort of thing that we did here, but starting with intimate character struggles and then moving outward to world and story.
September 3, 2015
This week the Powers brothers tackle one of the biggest film franchises ever in a galaxy far, far away. That's right, we're talking about Star Wars. Oh, and our good friend Becca Harper joins us with a clever (or not so clever, depending on your viewpoint) comment every once in a while. We love Becca, but she didn't have much of an idea of what we were talking about since she has never seen all the Star Wars films.But Connor and I always make mistakes and take the podcast onto dozens of rabbit trails, so Becca can be excused of her ignorance.
We critique both the original trilogy and the prequel trilogy of space opera science-fiction that make up the complete Star Wars franchise, and then go on to explain the Expanded Universe--the games and novels that were created within the same setting and fill in much of the rest of the universe that is Star Wars. We also talk through the topic of worldviews influencing movies, and what we should be filling ourselves up with as Christians.
For those wondering about why the Star Wars films were numbered the way they were: the original film was just entitled Star Wars (later Star Wars: A New Hope) and it wasn't until the release of Empire Strikes Back that the roman numerals were added to indicate where these films were in sequence. Apparently, George Lucas had planned for a while to go back and make a prequel trilogy.