W.L. Swarts
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        People seem to think that there is a war between writers and filmmakers and one can either love books or love film.

        They are wrong.

        I grew up reading, I love films and now I am working on a television project (writing scripts for a series of my very own!).  I love movies and television, but I want the best of it all.  I have tired quickly of the mundane and the familiar.  I like watching things that feel fresh or powerful to me, today.  But I watch a LOT of movies and television, specifically to be able to review the works!

        Before you check out the reviews, I heartily recommend understanding how I review films and television.  While all of these reviews are in my blog, W.L. Swarts Reviews The Universe, as is my overall standard  - My Reviewing Philosophy - I figured I'd take a moment to run through my criteria for how I review works in the cinematic medium.

        All movies, episodes and DVD/Blu-Ray sets I listen to are evaluated on a ten point scale where 0 (zero) is absolutely abominable through 10 (perfection, everyone should see and buy it!).  I start at zero and films and television seasons work their way up to ten.  What are the criteria I grade on?  Here are the standards:

3 points - Plot - Is the story interesting?  Does the plot go somewhere?  Is it original?

3 points - Character - Are the characters interesting?  Do the characters behave realistically or within their established conceits?  Are the characters distinct?

3 points - Acting - Are the actors used well?  Do the performances stretch the abilities of the actors involved?  Are the roles utilizing good acting or are the parts just well-cast?

1 point - Special Effects - I am not impressed by special effects.  If the story is truly wonderful, it ought not to rely on effect to sell it.  At the same time, great direction, an amazing score and well-produced effects can truly enhance a film experience.

With those high standards, take a look at the films and television works I have reviewed.  You'll note there are entire pages devoted just to Star Trek the reason for that is simple.  While all of the Star Trek works are appropriately under "television," the sheer volume of the episode reviews is oppressive to non-fans.  For that reason, I have devoted pages to the Star Trek reviews both for the fans and nonfans to easier find just what they are looking for!  Enjoy!

Black Panther

Little Evil

"The Curse Of The Earth Totem" - Legends Of Tomorrow

"The Girl Who Waited"

"Will You Take My Hand?" - Star Trek Discovery

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