Serifs? We Don’t Need no Stinking Serifs!

You may have noticed that Sackadoo bucks a trend that started some fifteen or so years ago, and this was deliberate. It’s an artistic uprising, a one-person revolution if you will. Yes, despite sans-serif becoming the norm these days on the Internet, in technical books and other places too weird to mention, here you’ll find any text that isn’t a heading, title or label presented in a serif font as opposed to a sans-serif font.

And if you care to know why this typographical rebellion came about, here’s a little story…

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Travelers: A New Twist on an Old Premise

I’m a sucker for time travel stories and last season three new ones cropped up, Travelers, Timeless and Making History. Making History was a joke and not a funny one, either, so it was no surprise when it was cancelled. In fact, I’m relieved. It gave time travel stories a bad name, in my opinion. Timeless fit a certain breed of militaristic high-action drama and was (or should have been) cancelled. I can only assume backroom politics reversed the cancelation order. Of the three, Travelers was by far the best. Continue reading “Travelers: A New Twist on an Old Premise”

Character Archetypes in Television (Part III)

(Continuing from yesterday…)

Sexual Player

This archetype also comes in two varieties, the Chaser and the Quarry. He can be male or female and it’s not big thing to figure out which one he is. At his best, he pursues romance and at his worst, sexual conquest.

Sexual Players almost always come in matched pairs, a Chaser matched with a Quarry, although the Quarry may be the Chaser in a second Sexual Player duet. Continue reading “Character Archetypes in Television (Part III)”

Character Archetypes in Television (Part I)

Any show worth its salt will give you a variety of characters fulfilling a variety of roles, but it goes beyond the personality styles we discussed earlier in this series. I’m talking about archetypes. We’ve come to expect them, even if only subconsciously.

Keep in mind as you read that in smaller casts these archetypes are combined. But we’ll talk more about that as we go along and again near the end. Continue reading “Character Archetypes in Television (Part I)”

Who Dropped the Waffle?

Major effort went into first episodes this season, but now the coasting has begun. From comedies to dramas, from Hollywood to Pinewood, most every show runner in the English-speaking world put their best feet forward, then fell flat on their faces… except Seth MacFarlane of The Orville. He didn’t get to best effort until episode four, but like everyone else, he then fumbled, stumbled and fell. Continue reading “Who Dropped the Waffle?”