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Episode 22 – Magical Realism and Life is Strange

Merri and Missy are back with episode 22, on magical realism, heightened realities, and Life is Strange. As much as we yammer on about how this whole thing is a thinly veiled excuse to talk about Life is Strange, we also do discuss the perils of genre, what genre tells us (and what it doesn’t), and how genre lets us look at things from a new perspective. Also: SPOILERS. And for some reason Missy says noir comes before the 1920s. She meant that it comes after. She regrets this grievous mistake and the challenge it poses to her noir cred. 

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Bonus Episode – Superhero Comics with View From the Gutters

Welcome to a very special bonus episode, in which Merri and Missy discuss superhero comics with Joe and Tobiah of View From the Gutters, a comic book club podcast. We’re talking about iconic origin stories, Doctor Strange casting, Batman after-school specials, and more—and if you happen to like it, check out View From the Gutters too. We think you’ll like ‘em.

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Episode 21 – PAX Prime

We’re back with episode 21, discussing the highs and lows of this year’s PAX Prime! We played some great games, saw some great panels, and chatted with some great people, and we’re looking forward to sharing our experiences—including the not-so-great ones—with you.

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Episode 20 – Staying Positive

We’re back with episode 20, talking about staying positive in a variety of situations, including helps us and others afloat when we’re feeling down. 

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Episode 19 – Steven Universe

We’re back with episode 19, discussing our favorite cartoon of the moment: Steven Universe! We’re talking about representation, flawed characters, the importance of children’s media, and our fan theories (or lack thereof). 

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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.

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Episode 17 – Teen “Chick Flicks”

Welcome to episode 17, TEEN CHICK FLICKS, in which Merri and Missy discuss some of their favorite teen movies that are so often relegated to being “chick flicks.” Topics of conversation include teen heartthrobs, 90s girl power, and how we should really just stop using the term “chick flicks” already.  What Missy’s Been Up To: […]

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Episode 16 – Factions

We’re back with episode sixteen! This time around we’re talking about factions, specifically Hogwarts houses and the districts of The Hunger Games. Why do we love them so much? Why is belonging so important? How do these factions shape fictional worlds?

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(Sort of) Mini Episode: Game of Thrones – Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken

Missy and Merri discuss the Game of Thrones episode “Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken,” including differences from the book, depictions of violence, and when it’s time to quit. 

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Episode 14 – Mad Max: Fury Road

Merri and Missy discuss Mad Max: Fury Road, occasionally pausing in their gushing about how much they love it to talk about things like representation, feminism, and bad Bane impressions.