A Cut Above

When I was a kid, I would get a new Mega Man game every year for my birthday. They cranked those things out once a year for a while. I’d wake up in the morning, open my present, stare at the bright blue box — and then have to go to my grandmother’s for the day. When you’re that young, a day seems like an eternity to have to wait to charge up your Mega Buster and deliver pelleted justice to evil robots.

Point is, I loved those games. I even daydreamed about one day getting to create a Mega Man cartoon series. That didn’t happen, but instead I got the next best thing — the chance to write an episode of Man of Action’s take on the character, Mega Man: Fully Charged. When I say it was a literal childhood dream come true, I’m not kidding. I can’t think the MOA guys — Steve Seagle, Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau, and Joe Casey — enough for the opportunity. Thanks also go out to Marcus Reinhart, A.J. Marchisello, and Rocco Pucillo for their contributions in the room.

As my first time in a writer’s room, watching the MOA guys break down the episode was a real crash course in episodic TV writing. As much as the internet trolls like to talk trash, they really know what they’re doing after story-editing hundreds of episodes of children’s animation. So not only did I get to live a childhood dream, I also got to hone my craft in the process. It was a real treat. I think my joy comes across in the episode, and, as a bonus, the final result is almost exactly the script I wrote (a surprising rarity in this field). I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed writing it!

Mega Man: A Cut Above

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