John and Craig hint at the best ways to tease expectations in their discussion of foreshadowing. They take a look at popular examples, the difference between foreshadow and symbolism, and techniques for executing it well.
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Finally in our bonus segment for premium members, we analyze the death of the DVD commentary and Craig’s role in its reincarnation.
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UPDATE 7-26-21 the transcript for this episode can now be found here.