Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Epilogue or No Epilogue

Harry Potter is awesome in many ways. One minor criticism I had of it was that it was too long. One reason why I decided long ago to only make Morgalla a trilogy and nothing more. Another reason was Star Wars. Imagine if thirty years ago George Lucas officially ENDED Star Wars with only three films? Sure, people would have been upset but it would have ended on a high note and with people wanting more.

But still...

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows has an epilogue which takes place 19 years later. This was one of the few moments JK Rowling was wrong. We didn't need to see Harry grown up, see his children and others as well. We knew that Harry and Ginny were together, Ron and Hermoine. We know who lives, who dies, and we know that the wizarding world was broken and bruised, but not dead. The good guys won and started to rebuild and rebuild they would.

It would have been far better if perhaps someone gave a speech, like Professor MoGonagall, and gave a rousing speech that motivated everyone, characters and reader, that things were going to be okay.

Herry's world exists alongside ours, parallel and hidden. Yes, the victory against Voldemort was important and HIS victory would have been the end of our world, but did we notice? Not at all. Our world kept spinning and was untouched (or so it seemed) by the wizarding world.

Now one film series that I thought should have had an epilogue were the Matrix films.

UGH...the Matrix Trilogy. How you went wrong.

But still...

In the Matrix, the entire freaking WORLD is enveloped in a shroud and the planet seems to be a graveyard. Among the many...*SIGH* MANY problems with the sequels, one was the fact that I was left wanting more, knowing what happened after Neo died and the world was apparently "saved". Sure, there is an epilogue in the Matrix Revolutions, too but it's very brief and sure they give the "hope for the future" deal but I think everyone was left unsatisfied. Myself included.

Would have been better if we got a flash forward into the future. This is OUR planet, don't leave us hanging that maybe...MAYBE things got better. Show many decades into the future, where machines and humans are living together and the world isn't a pit anymore.

"The war is over!"

Um...okay that doesn't mean anything in the long run. How do we know that the machines didn't eradicate the human race anyway? Did they learn morality from Neo's sacrifice? Since the entire planet of Earth was in ruins, it was really important as to what happened to the human race and the planet since.

I repeat myself...Oh Matrix films, what a waste. Such lost potential.

But I'm torn as to how to truly END the Trilogy of Morgalla. Do I have an epilogue or not? I see the appeal of both. If I don't have one, I leave it up to the reader to determine what happens next but they might be disappointed as I was with the Matrix films, needing to know what happens to the Earth. If I do have one, I might take away from the reader something that they could imagine themselves.

Decisions, decisions...

Hoth...yet again.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Celebrating Shirley Walker

I LOVE the work of Shirley Walker, composer of some great work with Batman, the Animated series, Justice League and Justice League Unlimited, just to name a few.

I could try and talk about her but my words could not do justice to her brilliance: