By Chris Casselman When I was fifteen years old - long before I was performing Star Trek improv - I started Live Action Role-Playing. I had already been playing Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (second edition) with my high school friends, and was no stranger to the realms of fantasy, replete with elves, dwarves, mythical monsters [...]
Fans of The Dandies’ Star Trek improv show, Holodeck Follies will often ask about characters’ backstories. Where are they from? What do they do in their downtime? What’s their family like? Today, we’re giving you a peek into the backstory of one character – Commander Hunter, played by Chris Casselman. A glimpse into the life [...]
by Chris Casselman
In Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Kylo Ren/Ben Solo said, “Let the past die. Kill it, if you have to.” It’s a pretty extreme take (Kylo Ren is a pretty extreme guy), but I’m sure there are some classic Star Wars fans who would be happy if Lucas had never made Episodes I - III in the first place and would “kill” them if they could. As a Star Wars fan myself, I do consider the prequel trilogy to be “not great”… There’s a lot to unpack about why that is, and I won’t get into all those reasons here; the internet is full of essays and videos condemning (and some exonerating) that series.
What I do want to examine is how being a prequel can affect a film or TV show, and the Star Wars prequel trilogy is a good jumping off point....