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119 The Dark Crystal – Film

Written by on October 11, 2019


Frank and John tackle the Dark Crystal. Frank gives a quick run down of the plot. John and Frank then discuss the films characterizations and some of the plotting. They then discuss some of the conventions that appear in the film that are dated. They also discuss some of the limitations of the film. 

They then shift gears to talk about the Hero’s Journey: Frank then gives an overview of Joseph Campbell’s The Hero’s Journey, with commentary provided by John. Then they dive into a criticism of the plot convention and it’s overuse in both plotting and literary analysis. Then discuss Aristotelian plot structure, and how they view plotting in general.  

Finally they discuss their final thoughts about the Dark Crystal. 


“Well everybody’s a hero in there own story’, No everybody thinks they’re just not a dick.” – John

“Do you want to know what’s a perfect example of the Hero’s Journey is? Happy fucking Gilmore. I don’t even have a point after that.” -John

“The Hero’s Journey is just another way to understand this crazy-ass world we live in.” – Frank

meta plot

[Frank and John are trapped in a weird fantasy world, thanks to Frank using the two Balls of Power for tacos. John’s hunting giant caterpillars and muppets for food, while Frank, as soon as the Balls are charged, conjures up more tacos. After getting some of the tacos, John wisely takes away the Balls so Frank can’t use them again]


Episode 119: The Dark Crystal (Film)
Produced by: Relevant to Our Interests 
Hosts: John R. Belliston and Frank Shaw 
Scripting by: Frank Shaw and John R. Belliston
Edited by: Frank Shaw
Graphic Design by: Nathan Newell and Frank Shaw
Intro Music: Morning Activities by F.G. Shaw
Outro Music: Morning Activities by F.G. Shaw

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