Episodes

WWBUT 9 - Pikachu Cannot Get It

What have we been up to? Seeing giant blockbuster movies and watching the latest episodes of the biggest giant blockbuster show, of course! 

Warning: Contains spoilers for Detective Pikachu, Avengers: Endgame, and Game of Thrones, with warnings before each.

What Missy's Been Up To:

Reading:

20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill
Twisted Romance, edited by Alex de Campi

Playing:

The Sims 4

Watching:

Detective Pikachu
Avengers: Endgame

What Merri's Been Up To:

Watching:

Game of Thrones
Star Wars: The Phantom Menace

Listening to:

The Dropout

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Episode 101 - A Darker Shade of Magic

Join us as we venture into a series of magical Londons in V. E. Schwab's Shades of Magic series! This episode, we're talking about A Darker Shade of Magic, the first in the series and the introduction of Lila bard, the queen of our hearts, and Kell, a mess. We're also talking about symbols and the function of fantasy and more!

Warning: A bit of language, here and there. 

To get right to the conversation, fast forward to right around 35:50.

What Missy's Been Up To

Playing:

Reading:

  • salt. by Nayyirah Waheed

Watching;

  • Spider-Man 2

  • Sorry to Bother You

  • Ralph Breaks the Internet

Listening To:

  • Mabel 

 

What Merri's Been Up To

Watching;

  • Great British Baking Show

  • Doctor Who

  • Star Wars Resistance

Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

Reading V.E. Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic (Part 1) by Emily Asher-Perrin

“In Search of Doors”: Read V.E. Schwab’s 2018 J.R.R. Tolkien Lecture on Fantasy Literature 

 5 Questions for the End of A Darker Shade of Magic by Emily Asher-Perrin 

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Bonus Episode - Star Wars: The Last Jedi

It's time for another round of STAR WARS FEELINGS. This time, we're chatting about The Last Jedi, heroism, legacies, and why Rose Tico is the greatest.

Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

Luke Skywalker Isn’t Supposed to Be “Nice” by Emily Asher-Perrin

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Confronts the Temptation to Run Away by Natalie Zutter

Wow, People Are Really Mad at Poe Dameron by Emily Asher-Perrin

The Last Jedi Isn’t for the Fans by Andrew Kahn

How I Learned to See the Star (Wars) Through Rose Tico’s Eyes by Angel Cruz

Episode 77 - Pop Punk

We're returning to our roots in episode 77, all about pop punk, the music that made us the weirdos we are today. Despite all the pogoing and mashing, there's some serious questions to be had about the treatment of women in the genre, especially in light of recent allegations.

To get right to the pop punk talk, skip to 00:16:30.

Mistakes: Regina Spektor is not pop punk. Seriously, don't @ us. That one was a legit mistake, not a weird attempt to redefine the genre.

Warnings: This episode is uncensored and needs trigger warnings for frank discussion of sexual assault, abuse, rape, self-harm, and eating disorders.

What Missy's Been Up To:

Watching:
Coco
Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Reading:
Before the Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray

Listening To:
The Black Tapes

What Merri's Been Up To:

Watching:
The Runaways
The Crown

Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

The Rise of Emo Nostalgia by Jia Toletino
Where the Girls Aren’t by Jessica Hopper
Why Did We Justify The Misogyny in The Emo Scene? by Matthew Reyes
How the pop punk scene became a hunting ground for sexual misconduct by Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen
Pop-Punk Keeps Forgiving Sexual Harassers, to the Detriment of Its Teen Girl Fanbase by Maria Sherman
The End Of An Emo Era Is Breaking My Teenage Heart by Shannon Keating
Have You Encountered the Softboy? By Alan Hanson
Pop Punk Puberty by Megan Seling
How the Women of the Warped Tour Are Pushing Back Against Sexual Harassment by Lucy Westcott
No More Silence: Sexual harassment in the scene by Luke O'Neil
“They’re not superheroes” — exploring the mental health of your favorite musicians with the creator of Punk Talks by Bridget Jacqueline

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Episode 54 - Disney Princesses

It's time for episode 54, in which we discuss our feelings, thoughts, and connections (or lack thereof) with Disney and, more specifically the Disney princesses. How do princess ideals of femininity tie into our own lives? Is Missy truly a Disney princess? Who gets to be a princess? Also, for real, if you're a TV executive and you want to get together on As Scene on TV, let us know.

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What Missy's Been Up To:

Watching:

Star Wars Rogue One

Reading:

Hawkeye #1 by Kelly Thompson, Leonardo Romero, Jordie Bellaire, and Joe Sabino
The Time Machine by H. G. Wells

What Merri's Been Up To:

Watching:

Star Wars Rogue One
Gilmore Girls
Suicide Squad

Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

Coloring the Kingdom by Patricia Zohn
Movie Legends Revealed | Did Disney Really Not Allow Women Animators? by Brian Cronin
We Asked 4 Female Animators About Diversity and Women in the Industry by Estelle TangHow Women Modernized The Disney Princess by Ariane Lange


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Episode 43 - Gatekeeping

We're back with episode 43, discussing gatekeeping. What is it? Why does it happen? Are we immune to it? How does this tie into current geeky events? Also, a long and ridiculous intro full of weird jokes.

Warning: We're not joking about the inappropriateness of our intro. We're sorry, we don't know what got into us--but it's funny, so we kept it. Also, we don't know why Merri's audio sounds autotuned other than that it was our first time editing in GarageBand and it wanted Merri to have a little T-Pain vibe going. It will probably not happen again.

What Missy's Been Up To:

Reading:

  • The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

    Listening To:
  • The Adventure Zone

    Watching:

  • Ghostbusters

    Playing:

  • Pokemon Go

    What Merri's Been Up To:

    Watching:

  • Voltron: Legendary Defender
  • Revolutionary Girl Utena
  • Untold Stories of Ahsoka


    Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

  • Pokémon Go players with physical disabilities want better accessibility options by Julia Alexander
  • Warning: Pokemon GO is a Death Sentence if you are a Black Man. by Omari Akil
  • Ghostbusters is still haunted by negative racial tropes by Tanya D.

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  • Episode 40 - A Few of Our Favorite Things

    We're back with episode 40, discussing a few of our favorite things—namely, Pushing Daisies and Star Wars Rebels. After our vacation and a downer of a bonus episode, we thought we'd spend some time enjoying each others' favorite TV shows and discussing what it is we like about them and what that says about us.

    Mistakes: Missy keeps saying 10 Mockingbird Lane instead of Mockingbird Lane because she was confusing it with 10 Cloverfield Lane. The Munsters, of course, live at 1313 Mockingbird Lane. Please stopping putting 'Lane' in the titles of things, thank you.

    What Missy's Been Up To:

    Reading:

  • Giant Days Volume 2 by John Allison, Whitney Cogar, Max Sarin and Lissa Treiman
  • Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
  • Among Others by Jo Walton

    Listening To:

  • Faculty of Horror
  • Fanwankers
  • Arc Reactions on Jessica Jones
  • View From the Gutters on Bitch Planet and Alex + Ada

    What Merri's Been Up To:

    Reading:

  • Spider-Gwen by Jason Latour, Robbi Rodriguez, Rico Renzi and Clayton Cowles

    Watching:

  • Game of Thrones
  • Zootopia

    Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

  • Ezra is Aladdin
  • Rebels, Kanan Jarrus, and the Race Factor by Mia Moretti
  • Episode 33 - Pandering

    We’re back with episode 33, in which we’re discussing the hot-button issue of pandering. What is pandering? Is it creating media representing and exploring the perspectives of marginalized people, or is it yet another naked girl in Game of Thrones? Is it creating media that reflects the demographics of the world, or is it another pop culture reference passed off as a joke? We may have strong feelings on this topic.

    What Missy’s Been Up To:
    Reading:
  • Constantine by Jeff Lemire, Ray Fawkes, and Renato Guedes
  • Immortal L. A. by Eric Czuleger - check out his work on Pseudopod and Howl
  • Zodiac Starforce by Kevin Panetta and Paulina Ganucheau
    Watching:
  • Dope
  • The Babadook

    What Merri's Been Up To:
    Watching:
  • The 100
  • The Punk Singer
    Reading:
  • Princess Leia by Mark Waid and Terry Dodson
  • Darth Vader by Kieron Gillen
  • Zodiac Starforce by Kevin Panetta and Paulina Ganucheau
  • Bitch Planet by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro

    Some Links You Might Find Interesting:
    Let’s Talk about Pandering and Nerdy Discourse by Lady Geek Girl and Friends
    Floral Kiss Laptop
    On Pandering by Claire Vaye Watkins
    Geek Culture Has Gone Too Far by Todd Martens
    Geek Culture Needs to Stop Patronizing Black People by Tonya Pennington
    Diversity is Not Enough: Race, Power, Publishing by Daniel José Older
    The Apartheid of Children's Literature by Christopher Meyers
    Anika Noni Rose on Being the First Black Disney Princess, Segregated Children’s Books, and A Raisin in the Sun by Alex Beggs
    Average Reader Statistics
    Only 5 Current and Upcoming Marvel Team Series are Written by Women via loudlysilent
    Dear White Writers by Ellen Oh
    The Danger of a Single Story by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiechi
  • Bonus Episode - Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    We’re back with a bonus episode all about our Star Wars: The Force Awakens feelings! Along with our friend Stephani, we’re discussing diversity, predictability, and fan service, as well as our very important Rey, Kylo Ren, Finn, and Poe opinions.

    Some Links You Might Find Interesting:
  • Rebel Grrrl Podcast
  • Off the Clock: Space Opera Milennials and Their Grand Narratives by Austin Walker
  • Girls Explain Star Wars to You by Sarah Maria Griffin
  • Hyper-Tokenism: ‘The Force Awakens’ While the Black Man Sleeps by Andre Seewood
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    Episode 29 - Classics

    We’re back with episode 29, and this time we’re talking about the classics: Lord of the Rings, Star Trek, Star Wars, and Watchmen. Do you need to be familiar with classic works of sci-fi and fantasy to really get modern geek culture? Are these works really worth consuming, or are they just another form of arbitrary gatekeeping, or does the truth fall somewhere in the middle?

    Next up: fanfiction. We're looking for your recommendations! Let us know on Twitter, Facebook, email, or the communication tool of your choice what your favorite fics are and we might discuss them on the next episode!

    Notes: Missy says that Jessica Jones is not a good person. She meant she’s not a nice person. Good and nice are very different adjectives.

    What Missy’s Been Up To:

    Reading:

    Watching:

    • The Borgias
    • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Playing:

    • Cibele

    Listening:

    What Merri’s Been Up To:

    Watching:

    • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
    • Star Wars Rebels
    • Jessica Jones

    Listening:

    Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

    Episode 18 - Film Noir

    We’re back, and this time we’re venturing into the dark and gritty world of film noir, the only type of dark and gritty world Missy can stand. We’re looking at the classic roots of film noir in 1944’s Double Indemnity and the evolution of neo-noir in 1982’s Blade Runner, discussing the tropes and characteristics that characterize one of the most parodied film genres.

    What Missy’s Been Up To:

    Reading:

    • The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
    • Sandman by Neil Gaiman
    • Archie #1 by Mark Waid and Fiona Staples
    • Constantine: The Hellblazer by Ming Doyle, James Tynion IV, and Riley Rossmo
    • The Wicked + The Divine by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie

    Playing:

    • Her Story

    What Merri’s Been Up To:

    Reading:

    • Dark Disciple by Christie Golden

    Watching:

    • Steven Universe
    • Orange is the New Black

    Some Links You May Find Interesting:

    Her Story: A Compelling Murder Mystery Game With a Tragic Flaw by Laura Hudson

    James Naremore quoted from “More Than Night: Film Noir in its Contexts”