Brian Willett
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Brian Willett is a research assistant for The Transom and the publisher of fwd, a daily tech newsletter. He lives in Birmingham, Alabama and tweets sporadically @brianjwillett
Why You Shouldn’t Buy ‘Star Wars Battlefront II’ Today

If EA succeeds here, game publishers will feel emboldened to put more gameplay content behind a paywall/grindwall in multiplayer games.

‘Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later’ Drops Camp Firewood Spirit

‘Ten Years Later’ lacks the relative cogency and, most importantly, the laughs of its predecessors. It feels rushed and less goofy, despite rampant absurdity.

‘The Gifted’ Is Broadcast Television’s Best Superhero Show

‘The Gifted’ eschews typical network conventions and is better for it. It’s a show crafted with care, not just a lazy means of cashing in on a license.

To Soothe The U.S. World Cup Failure, Watch The Under-17s Play

Three wins in four while playing the style of soccer that many American fans wish the senior team could. It’s enough to give hope to even the most cynical fans.

The United States’ World Cup Failure: Victims Of Our Own Success

I wonder if the U.S. national soccer team failed because no one on this team knew how to handle failure.

For First Time In A Generation, The U.S. Will Not Be In The World Cup

I saw the U.S. Men’s National Team walking for the nth time in a match they only needed to draw.

‘American Vandal’ Is A Great Mockumentary, But It’s Not Perfect For Everybody

The ridiculous (and crude) new Netflix show manages to parrot true-crime shows like ‘Making a Murderer’ while somehow still feeling real.

‘Star Wars Battlefront 2’ Beta Again Balances Fun And Frustration

For now, I would not recommend pre-ordering. Instead, wait a week or two until the inevitable patches and deep-dive reviews land.

5 Thoughts Following The ‘Rick And Morty’ Season Finale

Dan Harmon said they ‘finale-ified’ this episode once they realized they wouldn’t be able to make the intended 14 episodes this season. And it showed.

The NFL’s Biggest Problem Isn’t Anthem Protests, But Physics

The NFL has yet to address the one issue that could be its downfall: The brain repeatedly striking the skull, every play of every game and practice

Uncertainty Abounds As U.S. Men Enter Final World Cup Qualifying Matches

This cycle has revealed a startling dearth of talent, with the United States relying too heavily on players over 30 and 19-year-old Christian Pulisic.

Why The Russo Brothers Should Direct ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’

The Russo brothers have made memorable films as part of the ‘Avengers’ series. Disney should let them take over ‘The Last Jedi.’

‘Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return’ Is A Revival Done Right

Nearly two decades after going off the air, ‘Mystery Science Theater’ returned in April on Netflix with a new host and new episodes.

5 Questions For ‘Rick And Morty’s’ Third Season

‘Rick and Morty’ officially and triumphantly returned again last night, with ‘Rickmancing the Stone’ taking on divorce and the post-apocalyptic genre.

Developers Are Into DLC Because Video Games Are Not Expensive Enough

Video games and systems are cheaper than ever when adjusted for inflation and that the cost of making them has exploded. Something has to give.

10 Years On: ‘Burn Notice’ Was A Forgettable Hit We Need More Of

For three or four seasons, ‘Burn Notice’ succeeded by offering an interesting, serialized story that never required your full attention. It was great escapism.

Yet Again, U.S Soccer Team Faces ‘Crucial Stretch’ Of Games

These next seven weeks will give Arena and the U.S. team the best chance to finally right a ship that had strayed off course for a large portion of the last two years.

NBC’s ‘Trial And Error’ Is Almost A Great Sitcom And Could Pick It Up In Season Two

Despite real humor, its heavy-handed nature holds ‘Trial and Error’ back. NBC’s true crime mockumentary consistently goes for the predictable, ‘network sitcom’ joke.

‘Mass Effect: Andromeda’ Is A Parsec Wide And An Inch Deep

BioWare needs to shed the ‘open world’ mechanic or find a way to liven it up. Exploring a new galaxy should be invigorating. ‘Andromeda’ makes it tedious.

5 Ways ‘Arrested Development’ Can Make Its Fifth Season A Success

The fourth season of ‘Arrested Development has some gems. When it goes right, it goes very right. But it is easily the weakest season. The fifth can be better.