• Entertainment,  Television

    The Next Generation Arrives

    by It’s a Saturday in late September, and the year is 1987. Half a dozen teenage boys sit around an old kitchen table in someone’s basement, engaged in a role playing game descended from Dungeons & Dragons, but with a greater emphasis on realism and detail. It’s the middle of a combat sequence. They clash with a demon that outclasses each of them individually by a wide margin, but is evenly matched with the group as a whole. If they work together, they may defeat the beast and live. An alarm goes off. Everyone looks up. Someone speaks, the boy whose house they’re playing in. “Okay, we’re done. Time for…