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Epsiode 22- Storytelling

Brad and Doug are back, talking about something Doug is passionate about, storytelling. We start off, with an old favorite, the hero cycle, and how it connects to perennial favorites, A Song of Ice and FireStar Wars, Hunger Games, and Harry Potter. We discuss some of the hate towards Ayn Rand and Nirvana, before Brad launches in on his love of short stories, and his lack of time for Thomas Pynchon. Some examples of authors who do a great job at brevity are Ray Bradbury, Mark Twain, George RR Martin (Dunk and Egg) and Robert Heinlein. There’s a brief discussion of Robert Heinlein and how he’s in the Tyson Zone (credit Bill Simmons) for crazy sexual situations. No discussion of bad storytelling would be complete without working our way into a segue about The Room, which leads into the entirely predictable extended discussion of The Phantom Menace and its failings. Doug can’t resist bringing up his hero, Nicolas Cage. After managing to freakishly combine the first two conversation, Doug brings up his frustration with teen-dystopia movies before Brad starts reading random things off of imdb. Eventually we bring it back to Doug’s passion for storytelling, where he talks about his love for Joaquin Phoenix in Inherent Vice. Brad mentions his passion of District 9 as one of the best recent examples of what science fiction is all about.

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Episode 21 – Jar-Jar Binks

This week Brad and Doug have gotten together in person to record the podcast. They decide to talk about someone very special, Jar-Jar Binks, the only character who grows over the course of The Phantom Menace. Going from a societal outcast to an emissary of his people and symbol of their entry into the realm of galactic politics, Jar-Jar finds his true calling over the course of the film. They discuss how George Lucas’ focus on special effects bled over into giving more consideration to Jar-Jar than any other character in the film. Doug of course, can’t resist a Game of Thrones reference (don’t worry its not a spoiler).  They also discuss the lack of emotional connections made in the prequels and how this fails to bring the audience on board to enjoy the film. We briefly discuss whether or not Obi-Wan is xenophobic for his “what’s this?” comment upon first meeting Jar-Jar, and Brad admits to owning Phantom Menace on VHS, DVD and Blu-Ray. The discussion wraps up with the hosts lamenting the missed opportunity of the prequels, and Doug laments the amount of time he has spent on thinking about fictional universes that he could have spent learning a foreign language.

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Episode 20 – The Comedian

This week we take time out to talk about a great character who appears almost entirely in flashbacks. We start out talking about our experiences reading Watchmen, and its controversial author Alan Moore. Burrowing down into the Comedian, we talk about the role of superheroes in other famous graphic novels and how they relate to human society, and how Alan Moore uses this as a basis for Watchmen . As we discuss this dynamic looking at the other heroes, Doug expresses his love of Malin Ackerman and we somehow managed to bring it back to the Comedian through the relationship with his daughter, and we dive deeply into his character and his driving force for the story despite not playing an active role in the story. This focus is short-lived as Brad digresses to talk about his mocking of the mummy of Ramses II (in Greek, Ozymandias) but we bring it back to the ultimate futility of narcissism which the Comedian so readily understands and is made apparent throughout the work. We finally wrap it up by discussing the finale of  the story and the Comedian’s role in it.

 

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Episode 18 – Darth Revan

Doug and I reminisce and discuss about the protagonist of the first “Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic” video game, and epic Bioware (of Mass Effect fame) RPG which was released in 2003. Hundreds of hours of enjoyment later, this is one of our all time favorite games, and the discussion of the player character makes for a very interesting podcast because it has to do with a character who presents the player with an interesting philosophical question of nature versus nuture and leaves it to the player to decide the result.

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Episode 17 – Dagny Taggert

In our longest podcast yet we discuss Dagny Taggert from Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. We first deal with the prejudice many people have towards the book who haven’t read it, and move from there into a discussion of Dagny and how her journey and growth introduce us to the main philosophical themes of the book. We get into some talk about objectivism, and how it fits in to our understanding of the real world, and what lessons we can take away from it

 

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Episode 16 – Tyrion Lannister

This week we’re checking out Tyrion Lannister from Game of Thrones. We spoil up through the first 3 episodes of the 2nd season only, I went through with a fine toothed comb and took out anything that came close to a spoiler, so don’t worry. We are both very much into this series, both on television and the book series, so while we focus on Tyrion, we talk about whats going on in general. We mainly investigate Tyrion’s unique position in the world, and how he copes with that.

 

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Episode 15 – Bender

Sorry for the delay, the end of a semester can get really busy. We talked about Bender from Futurama this week, and had an absolute blast talking about one of our favorite TV comedies. If you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favor and watch as many episodes as you can.

 

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Episode 14: Saruman

In this episode we focus on the great villainous character of Saruman. He is the only character in Tolkien’s whole created world which turns between good and evil, and we wanted to talk about what makes such a thing happen and how it influences our take on the whole series. We pretty quickly digress into talking about The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion in general, including a fairly epic Tom Bombadil discussion.

 

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Episode 13: Katniss Everdeen

So after a short hiatus we’re back and talking about Katniss from The Hunger Games franchise, which is apparently now a HUGE deal. We read the book over the past week and we’re bringing you our take on a surprisingly good read. We draw comparisons to other hero cycle works and dystopian fiction, and specifically spend a large amount of time focused of how Katniss is a character that deals with living in a dystopia rather than a character who rebels against it or accepts their position.

 

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Episode 11: Lando Calrissian

This time we cover a true rebel hero. We struggle to try to keep a straight face dealing with such a cool and amazing character. Somehow we managed to find two points of comparison between Lando and Hank Rearden of Atlas Shrugged. Below is a picture of what might happen if Lando didn’t get to fly the Falcon in the Battle of Endor, as well as a link to the starwars.com encyclopedia page for Lando, which is high comedy. His species: “A particularly good-looking human”, his weapon: “Blaster pistol, devastating smile”. Enjoy

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"We'll last longer than we will against that Death Star, and we might just take a few of them with us!"

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