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

Our longest episode ever! We take a look back at Saturday morning cartoons for the naked cash grabs that they were. We're watching Transformers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Captain N: The Game Master, and Captain Planet.

We look at how this weekly event came to be and what led to the eventual fall of the phenomenon. (And also, how much would it cost for you to buy an entire episode worth of toys?)

Links for this episode:

Marvel Wiki: Transformers Vol 1, Issue 3 (Guest-Starring Spider-Man!)

The Power Team (intro)

The Power Team (episode 1)

BraveStarrr: The Legend (1988) Intro (mistakenly called “Lonestarr” in episode)

Neil Cicierega - “Numbers”

http://www.unicron.com/ - Transformers Toy Index

http://www.tmnttoys.com/ - Ninja Turtles Toy Index

https://www.figurerealm.com/ - misc. Toy indexes

http://toyworth.com/ - toy pricing, old and new

Gizmodo: This is the First Weekend in America With No Saturday Morning Cartoons

The Turner Foundation

The Planeteer Movement

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Kurt brings Dr. Emmett L. Brown to stand trial for his crimes against the space-time continuum. We try hold time travelers to our sense of justice here in Hypothetical Time Court. Can "Doc" Brown explain his involvement with Libyan terrorists, setting fire to public roads, and endangering minors? 

Does time travel put the Doc beyond the reach of law and ethics? How much responsiblity does the inventor have over the misuse of their invention? 

Great Scott, this is heavy!

Links for this episode:

Why Doc Brown is the real villain of Back to the Future. (Gizmodo)

Doc Brown linked to 40 hit and runs over 500 year period (Reel News Network)

Why Back to the Future is Secretly Horrifying (Cracked - After Hours)

Time Travel: A History by James Gleick

Epic Rap Battles of History: Doctor Who vs. Doc Brown

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Ally promises us a fun look at objectivism when we watch to see if Brad Bird is trying to turn your kids on to Ayn Rand's philosophy. Ally also gives us a primer on the finer points of Objectivism so you can follow along.  

We also look at other uncomfortable ideas in media. Is Wreck-It Ralph about the futility of unions? Is Totally Spies a show about negative body image? Is Firefly about presenting a nicer face for the Confederate States of America? These answers or fewer on this week's episode!

Episode links:

Objectivism - Wikipedia

Ayn_Rand - Wikipedia

Mr._A - Wikipedia

Introduction to Ayn Rand's ideas - Atlas Society

No,Brad Bird isn't a disiple of Ayn Rand. - Slate

Is Totally Spies fetish fuel?

Blake's Wreck-it Ralph review aka The Blood Soaked Hands of Capitalism.

 
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Blake's Halloween episode brings us horror from the dark side of pop culture. What do you get when culture is turned inside out? Things like Too Many Cooks and Don't Hug Me, I'm Scared. But are these pieces really trying to scare, or are they simply trying to warn us of something else? Something lurking just off-camera? Will you heed the call...before it's too late?

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On this most haunted of episodes, we look at The Simpsons' Treehouse of Horror I through V and ask spooky questions like: 

* Is it bad to see the parody before the original?
* Did The Simpsons do too good of a job a lampooning horror and sci-fi? 
* Has Homer been in a coma since 1992?
But mostly we just enjoy some slightly spooky parodies, and talk about old television, horror movies, and how Marge is the true M.V.P. We also sneak in some hot tips on hacking Ally's brother's bank account, and Kurt's grandma being a fan of "dat ass". It's all here in this newest episode...of the damned!

Episode Links:
Recut Movie Trailers:


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We're kicking off October with a special guest! James from Rocket Punch Radio joins us to look at scary movies for kids, and Ally wants to know just how scary they should be? Is Gremlins really about neglected latchkey children? Is Coraline about your parents getting a divorce? Are all children horrible people?

We also delve into scary movies from our childhood, scary sleepover stories, and why The Neverending Story must be German. 
Episode links:
Trailer: Gremlins

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September 19, 2016  

Snake Vaughn ("I thought he was dead!") stealthily infiltrates our recording studio to tell us all about the recent lawsuit that found the creators of Lockout (2012) guilty of infringing on the intellectual property of Escape from New York (1981). 

We look at the copyright laws in the U.S. and France, ponder whether this is the best for the arts, and wonder why Lockout got hit with this when there are so many other properties which have aped Escape from New York's plot and style.
 
Kurt also calls Lockout by a couple different names. (It was that memorable.)

Episode Links:

 
Mystery Ben's trilogy of Mystery Skull videos (MoneyGhost, and Freaking Out)
Yuramec's unrelated Mystery Skull Video: Magic
 
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Cannibals and cops and zombies! (Oh my!) Our media this week is Chew from Image Comics and the CW TV show iZombieThis time we're exploring why we want to humanize our monsters and whatever was going on in early 2010 that made ghoulishness en vogue. We also discuss if the monster love story books are related to the "fix the bad boy" trope in teen lit. 

Hopefully there's something here you can...sink your teeth into? ...I'll see myself out. 

Links for this episode:

 

 
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August 22, 2016  

Ally has us look at The Time Traveler's Wife. What genre is this? Romance? Drama? Horror? Are these lovers destined by fate or merely codependent? 

We continue our look at how time travel makes it impossible to have normal relationships (to say nothing of a normal life). 


Come check out our most book-club-like episode and help us try to figure out who this mysterious "Harry" is that Ally seems to think was in the book. 

Links for this episode:
Extra Life team (Arc Aid), Ally and Kurt's Extra life page.

Our logo was made by Jay Garcia of Oddio Visual.
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August 8, 2016  

Come with us as we revive an old controversy: "Are video games art?" We look at Roger Ebert's original argument of why video games are not art and take our own spin. (Being three nerds of a certain age, our opinions are a bit different then Mr. Ebert.)

We also talk about favorite video game artful moments and what we'd like to see from the genre in the future. 

Links for this episode:
Roger Ebert's article "Video Games Can Never Be Art"

The following links are media we consumed before making this episode:
The following are Bonus links:
We Happy Few
Velvet Sundown (play footage from Giant Bomb)
Detroit: Become Human
 
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