This week Donovan returns from New York Comic-Con to discuss the frontlines of modern fandom, the manufactured culture war online, and how we arrived at this point.
Marvel. Predator. Comedies. Action Movies. Sometimes played straight, sometimes played sly, these are examples of media with dual purposes. The guys go over Donovan’s fanboy whining over Thor Love and Thunder, Harry’s ponderous musings over the original Predator film, and discuss the successes and failures of modern animation, action films, and various other “subversive” media.
Joshua Lapin-Bertone returns, along with the topic of reboots – this time focusing on television series revamps and reimaginings. Are some changes made for the sake of diversity always for the better? *NOTE* This episode contains spoilers for the Black Widow film.
This week the guys go full-on navel gazing, pulling out the telescopes and searching for introspection, fearing that the path backward is only a hop and a skip from whence they came. A “flashback origins” episode of sorts, the Untold History of their Podcast Beginnings is revealed here!
This week the guys discuss the year’s uptick in progressive content, primarily in cartoons and video games. What constitutes as progressive media in the first place? Does the effort justify the lack of efficacy?
In the week since recording last week’s episode, one of the guys seeks to refine his statements and aim for precision in laying out the caseload for a post-2020 revival project. What does the other guy think? One can’t solve a problem before knowing what it is. So who are our enemies?
The show returns this week, along with writer Noah Berlatsky as the three men discuss the weaponization and misappropriation of empathy in politics. Discussed is his article “The Case Against Empathizing with Trump Voters”.
Donovan and Harry switch gears from the last several serious topics and go after their own in discussing fandoms and geek culture that went Too FAR.