A recent piece of news stated that not only will Harrison Ford be returning to the Star Wars franchise, but that Han Solo will be having a “major role” in the new films. This, along with this particular cast photo:
…are some of the first inklings we’ve been given about existing characters returning in the J.J. Abrams directed sequels. This scarcity of information led some fans to theorize that the new movies would draw upon the plentiful material from the Star Wars Expanded Universe (SWEU). Many of the books in the expanded universe contain characters and storylines that rival Han, Luke, and Keia in terms of the devotion of their fanbase. Continue reading
The comic relief: Just about every story, regardless of target audience, genre or mood, has one, but often it would be generous to call them “characters.” Many times, they’re underwritten and two-dimensional; a delivery system for all of the jokes that the writers came up with that would be out of character for anyone else in the cast. With the endless stream of punchlines and pratfalls that issue forth in their presence, they become less than people. To steal a term from the ever-insightful Xander from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, they become Buttmonkeys.
It’s reasonable to ask if this necessarily a bad thing. After all, as the old adage goes: “it’s a dirty job, but someone’s gotta do it.” If not the buttmonkey, who would deliver the laughs and break the unbearable tension? Thing is, a comic character can still serve their purpose without becoming a Groucho Marxian fountain; bursting forth with irritating non-sequiturs. A character ceases to be a person and becomes a buttmonkey when thats all they do.
This week, James, Noah & Vince expound at length about their favorite bad guys, with some help from YOU, the fans! Enjoy!
- 0:00 – 53:35 –> We go down the nominations for favorite villains from members of Fitocracy’s forums
- 53:35 – End –> The guys go ’round the table for their Top 5 Villains from any media! Listen for the musical break to find the segment division.
What did you guys think? Were there any villains we forgot that you wanted to hear more about? Sound off about your favorite purveyors of villainy in the comments, and Like us on Facebook for more geeky goodness!