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The Factory Operational (Parliament Is Attacked)

It’s evening, the sky an autumn bronze, and Martian forces are massing in central London. A mission falls to us: to marshall the resistance, to build an army, and to defend the city from the invaders. A more intuitive telling … Continue reading

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Fire to the Sea (A Promenade Companion / Compagnon de Promenade)

The album Promenade stands alone, a complete and self-contained work. That said, also it has a couple of satellites in its orbit: two EPs whose names mark them as supplemental, a pair of records slaved to the album and implicitly … Continue reading

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Buzz’s Dungeon and the Cosmology of Spyro

The Spyro series takes place in a universe which, at least structurally speaking, is genuinely unlike any other I’ve encountered in fiction. As you might expect from a mascot platformer, a typical Spyro game features a handful of free-roaming hub … Continue reading

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Bridge Transports Are Hard to Come By (The Martians Land at the Thames)

Every video-game level, to some degree or other, is a response to the one that precedes it. Where the first level of The War of the Worlds began peacefully, the second begins with fire: our introductory fly-by is interrupted by … Continue reading

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Hello, I’m Professor Ted Crilly (The Sketches and Advertisements)

You’ve seen the twenty-five episodes, of course. A series of six, another of ten, a Christmas special, and the final batch of eight. Perhaps you’ve even watched the Comic Relief sketch, with its precious twelve minutes of additional Father Ted. … Continue reading

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All Hail the Dark Lord of the Twin Moons (The Sampsans Epasode Numbar 164,775.7)

Even the heat death of the universe cannot prevent Fox from renewing The Simpsons. The show staggers on, a grim spectre of its majestic former self, but it’s no secret that the opening sequences handled by guest animators are the only part still worth watching. … Continue reading

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Asleep Behind the Wheel (Promenade)

If Liberation was Neil Hannon’s artistic breakthrough, it’s 1994’s Promenade that showed he knew it – and that, having scrambled and experimented until arriving at what was basically going to be his signature sound, it was time to dig in and explore … Continue reading

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