On any other day I might have just retweeted this and called it a day, but it is such a very good post, full of equal parts Shakespeare and SciFi goodness, that I wanted to get it out to the bigger audience.
Working with the “whatever you’ve got, Shakespeare said it first” theme, Charlie Jane Anders breaks down several major modern sci-fi franchises including Dollhouse, Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek and Star Wars .. in terms of Malvolio, Prospero, Oberon, Macbeth, Henry V and others.
There’s so much content in this single post that I don’t really know what to do with myself. I only wish I followed half the series she mentions so I’d know for example that this Topher person (in Dollhouse) is a sort of weird Malvolio/Macbeth mix of crazy. I mean, come on, how many people could even imagine such a mashup of two very different characters from such very different plays?
Go read this. Then come back and pitch me some topics that we can dig into deeper.