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Episode 234: I Barely Killed Anybody

March 24th, 2017 | Robin

We creep into the Gaming Hut at the command of Patreon backer Alexander Permann, who assigns us the mission of envisioning a Night’s Black Agents spinoff featuring the Kingdom of Asturias.

In a joint session of the Horror Hut and our Tell Me More feature, we look at that crowdsourced urban legend, Slenderman.

Robin vents in the Narrative Hut about one of his least favorite terms: plot immunity.

Then Ken’s Time Machine takes to the chrono-skies as Patreon backer Bruce Miller (no relation) asks about the fatal final flight of bandleader and WWII pilot Glenn Miller.

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4 Responses to “Episode 234: I Barely Killed Anybody”

  1. Tim Emrick says:

    My own introduction to Slenderman was via my kids’ obsession with Minecraft, which has “Endermen.” Now that there are licensed LEGO Minecraft sets, children of all ages have easy access to tiny, cute Slenderman effigies:

    I’ve since learned that my (now teenaged) daughter’s obsession with monsters has led her to read creepypasta. Thankfully, she seems to be one of the most stable little weirdos I know–more so than I was at her age, I’m certain.

  2. Paul says:

    See also James Stewart in The Glen Miller Story (Oscar winner for best Sound 1955)

  3. Christoph says:

    I dislike the term “suspension of disbelief”, it is backward. You do not suspend your natural scepticism. Scepticism or disbelief is learned, you learn not to trust due to the narrative because it breaks your verisimilitude. People believe what is put in front of them unless, something makes you not believe it. Like the first film, people were startled by a train coming at them because they had not learned how movies work.

  4. Does anyone remember Aztec Ace, an early-1980s sf comic by (writer) Doug Moench and (artists) Michael Hernandez and, later, Dan Day? Very much like Doctor Who dragged through the Eliptony Hut, including an entire issue of Ambrose Bierce, Amelia Earhart, and Glen Miller hanging out in an extradimensional graveyard discussing the nature of reality. Seems right up both of your alleys.

    The other aspect of “plot immunity” that you didn’t discuss could broadly be discussed as a type of special pleading: situations where a menace takes out one character after another and then, for no discernible cause within the narrative, the protagonist is spared. If the heroine survives because of her own characteristics–whether it be physical strength, sharp wits, charisma, password, special knowledge or position, whatever–that’s not plot immunity, although it can often be incredibly contrived. The most obvious examples would be situations where multiple characters are suddenly under attack and only the spear-carriers fall to the hail of bullets even though the protagonist(s) are equally exposed.

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