I’m the Host A slightly deeper look at the media we all consume

He is the sworn protector of the city. The wild blue yonder. He is The Tick. But which Tick are we talking about? All of them, we're looking at the Fox kids cartoon show (1994), the Fox live-action sit-com (2001) and the Amazon streaming live-action version (2016), and even some talk about the comic is involved.

We talk about what the changes in the small screen versions of the Tick shows about our society, why side characters change from version to version of the show, and how the themes of the show hold up over time.

We also talk about absurdist humor, secret identities, and hating your siblings favorite shows.

Links for this episode:

Geekvolution - youtube.com

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As our jobs all got in the way of our recording schedule this week, we sat down for a short [read: long], off-the-cuff episode. We get into the recent events surrounding the Simpsons'/Apu debacle since recording  that episode, and then spend the rest of our time gushing about all the great media we have watched/played/read/listened to lately.

(Due to the large volume of links/things mentioned in this discussion, I'm posting all of them as a pdf here: Links to all the media - hosted locally)

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Strange things are afoot at the Kwik-E-Mart this week as we look into the documentary The Problem With Apu and three classic Apu-centric episodes of The Simpsons to see if these charges are warrented, and if the writers ever got better at writing Indian characters.

We also take time to talk about James Woods' career (or lack thereof), Indian covers of Western pop songs, and airlines treating people like cattle.

Links for this episode:

Tumblr - Hari Kondabolu - My career goal is to make people say my name.

Deadpool 2 trailer

Washington Post - “A beloved restaurant owner was deported; a community was in uproar, then it moved on”

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services - Civics Practice Test 

This American Life: Our Town (Part One) 

This American Life: Our Town (Part Two)

Psychology Today - “Why Are So Many Indian Arranged Marriages Successful?” 

Buzzfeed - “15 Times Indians Slayed With Their Covers Of Some Of Your Favourite Songs” 

The Simpsons - Lisa the Vegetarian clip

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In our 49th episode, Ally has us look at 2008's Speed Racer--a movie that in her opinion never got the recognition it deserved. We have a discussion on the movie's merits (and demerits) and Blake and Kurt follow up with other works they felt fell into the same pit of underappreciation.

We also talk about movies we'd love to see made, the importance of correctly labeling cities, and what movies fall into the genre of "Guillermo del Toro-esque".

 

Links for this episode:

50 Movies that Critics Hate but People Love - Business Insider

In Media Res - Wikipedia

Volkswagen Ad - Speed Racer (1996) - Youtube

Speed Racer Geico Commercial (2005) - Youtube

You Say Run Goes With Everything - Speed Racer Final Race - Youtube

 

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It's the Wrath of Lacan as Blake has us watch Slavoj Zizek's The Pervert's Guide to Cinema in a backdoor attempt at explaining Lacanian psychology. This episode is full of phallic symbols, and the fatherly figure you must overcome. Come and decide for yourself which of us is the id, ego, and superego. 

We also discuss musicals in the key of authoritarian, the Boy Scouts of the U.S.S.R., and which celebrities Slavoj Zizek most closely resembles. 

Harvey Danger - Carlotta Valdez
Huey Lewis - I Want a New Drug  
Death Wish trailer
Soap - Ventriloquist arguing
Comrade Detective trailer  
Zlad! - Elektronik Supersonik

 

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Ally has us checking out the first season of My Hero Academia (/Boku No Hero Academia). She asking questions about heroism and what makes a hero, what traits are necessary for one to go from zero to hero? 

Kurt's Notes: Ally's track was echo-y but I don't think it's too bad, our recording situation has changed and I'm working on trying to get it back to how it used to sound. Thanks for bearing with me. 

Also I know in our outro we say the next episode is Lego:Batman, but we looked at a calender and realized my next episode will be out on October 1st, which starts our Halloween Month. So we'll do that later and instead will be looking at Meta-horror, with Tucker and Dale vs Evil. 

Links for this episode:

YouTube - Bojack tells it like it is: military style

YouTube - The Simpsons - Kid in a Well

YouTube - All-Might's Laughter (English-Japanese Comparison)

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With the Guardians of the Galaxy and Big Hero 6 getting surprisingly big-budget movies for less-well-known comics, we ask what comics would be great to pull for developing a new series or cinematic release? 

Kurt brings in Marvel's Exiles and Image's Invincible as examples, but with suggestions from Ally, Blake, and the Grown-Ass Geeks, you'll have plenty of new books to check out. Which ones will work? Which ones won't? And why? Tune in, true believers! 

Links for this episode *deep breath*:

Exiles
Invincible
The Authority
Runaways
Red Sun
Lumberjanes
Princeless
Courtney Crumrin
Gotham Central
Locke and Key
Top 10
Tales From the Crypt
Tales From the Crypt theme song
Pride of Baghdad
Rat Queens
The Sandman
Umbrella Academy
Shaderunners
The Hitman
X-Factor
Savage Dragon
Goon
6th Gun
IDW’s Ghostbusters

Wanted movie poster
Movie Bob - Fantastic Four

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In this episode about how to make a good remake, we're looking at westernized anime Voltron in two incarnations: Defender of the Universe (1984) and Legendary Defender (2016). We also poke fun at the sillier parts of Voltron and talk about good remakes of past, present, and (we hope) future.

Dept. of Corrections: Kerberos is an actual moon of Pluto that was descovered in 2011. Kurt was unaware of it's name. 

Links for this episode:
Voltron Defender of the Universe Intro

Voltron Legendary Defender Intro 

World Events Productions' Wiki page

Thundercats (1985) Intro
Note: Thundercats (2011) has only a title card and no intro, so a link is not provided here.

Patton Oswald expalins My Little Pony

TMNT (2006) Intro

Ducktales (2017) Trailer

Lasertime's Disney Afternoon episode

MC Frontalot - "I'll Form the Head"

 

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The battle for animation supremacy rages on. In the meantime we're looking at RWBY and Soul Eater to see how culture defines the heroes, villains, gender norms, teamwork, and badass weapons therein, and what--if anything--this tells us about eastern and western cultures. We also look at how to give souls to inanimate objects, the origins of all evil, and whether it's safe to use pure evil as a power source.

Media for this episode:

Rwby Volume 1

Soul Eater Episodes 1-7

World of Remnant: The Four Maidens 

Extra Credits: The Myth of the Gun

Rwby Vol. 4 Ch 8: A Much Needed Talk - Creation myth for Grimm and humanity @ 4:35 - 8:15 

World of Remnant Series - short videos that explain some parts of Rwby’s world in a deeper light

Links for this episode:

Seinfeld - “The Junior Mints”

Buzzfeed - “How The Comics Code Killed the Golden Age of Comics”

Thundercats Outtakes

Deptartment of Corections:
Blake’s “Wrong Fact” (trademark pending) of the episode was indeed about the definition of “akatsuki”: in English “akatsuki” directly translates to “dawn” or “daybreak”; what Blake was likely thinking of was that, if written phonetically using different kanji, “aka[i]” means “red” and “ “tsuki” means “moon”.

Not to be outdone, Kurt combined the technobabble terms "dynotherms" and "mega-thrusters" into dynothrusters. Whoops

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