Don’t Dead Open Inside

Been kinda dead around here, huh? Yeah, tropeanddagger.com has been in a bit of a lull, but that’s only because we’ve been so focused on other incredible writing projects! Whether plugging away at the keyboard or searching for a way to publish finished works, we’ve definitely not been resting on our laurels. Incidentally, do you…

To the End of the World…

Willems’ boots crunched over broken glass scattered across the floor. Torn out walls were all around, the innards of the building exposed to anyone who cared to look. But there were no longer any eyes in this particular high-rise, though many once resided here. Now there were only two pairs: the ones belonging to Willems,…

The Moment That Defines Han Solo

I recently re-watched the ending of last year’s Star Wars: Rogue One. If you’ve seen the movie, then you know the part I’m talking about: a small squad of rebels come face-to-face with the terrifying Darth Vader. This brief scene probably shouldn’t have been included in the movie, but it does finally present to audiences…

The Clerical Error

“Oh, great,” said Death, “you’re not supposed to be here yet.” Death drew out his clipboard and flipped through the pages, thoroughly annoyed. “I’m not?” asked Daniel, “That’s great! Oh man, what a relief!” “No, it’s really not,” Death replied as he roughly tore a sheet away. “But…it means I’m not dead,” Daniel said, confused.…

Tom Hardy’s Show TABOO Is Worth Your Time

I recently finished watching season one the BBC/FX show Taboo, and boy am I ready for Season Two. I felt compelled to write about this show because A). It was really enjoyable and B). I don’t feel like very many people are talking about it. The first thing that you should know about Taboo is…

Defying Character Tropes Elevates STRANGER THINGS

I recently finished watched Netflix’s fantastic new show Stranger Things and even though I feel like it’s been talked to death online, I wanted to write about it. I feel like modern critical discussion comes in waves and right now the show is in the trough between the crests of extreme adulation and critical backlash. Maybe…

DOOM (2016) is a Blast, Blast, Blast

Earlier this year when the trailer for Id’s DOOM reboot/sequel hit the web, I didn’t think much about it. The last DOOM game that I played the was SNES port that came out way back in the day. I’m not the biggest First-Person Shooter fan in the world, though it does seem that’s the majority…