I think I could write a convincing essay about how Shadow of Mordor is actually more respectful of Tolkien lore than the movies, despite being a completely original narrative. It’s deceptively smart fan-fiction.
My only real complaint with the narrative is shoehorning in the “murdered wife/kid” trope. It feels cheap and lazy, especially when “beating Sauron” is more than enough motivation on its own.
Dark Science #30 was meant to go up today, but my weekend was dominated by rushing my dog to the animal hospital because he was somehow poisoned, then subsequently making sure he didn’t die afterward when they couldn’t sort out the cause.