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Episode 38: The Cask of Amontillado

2/6/2019
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In this episode we discuss the 1846 short story “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe. You can read it online. Content warnings for strong language as well as character death, dread, fear of being entombed alive, claustrophobia, asphyxia, mentions of Harvey Weinstein, misogyny, and bad pickle jokes. We reference or spoil: Masons, the […]

Duration:00:53:15

Minisode 7: Worldbuilding

1/30/2019
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It’s a fifth Wednesday minisode! In this shorter episode we talk about worldbuilding! Content warnings for strong language. We discuss and/or spoil Um, Actually, Star Trek, Superman (1978 movie), Dungeons & Dragons, our episode “A Body in Space”, The Broken Earth trilogy by N. K. Jemisin, and Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke […]

Duration:00:25:19

Episode 37: The Fifth Element

1/16/2019
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In this episode we discuss the 1997 movie The Fifth Element. You can watch it online at Amazon, Youtube, or iTunes. Content warnings for strong language as well as discussions of misogyny, crossing sexual boundaries, transphobia, and space capitalism. We reference or spoil: “Born Sexy Yesterday” video by Pop Culture Detective, Outlaw Star, Captain Planet, […]

Duration:01:00:54

Episode 36: Peace Has Been Restored to the Land

1/2/2019
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Happy New Year! In this episode we discuss the an original fantasy story idea by Alex. Content warnings for strong language. We reference or spoil: “Good Job Breaking It Hero” trope; Neon Genesis Evangelion; Legend of Zelda; Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix; A Very Potter Musical; A Christmas Carol; Saturday Night Live’s […]

Duration:01:03:00

Episode 35: Playing It Cool

12/19/2018
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In this episode we discuss the 2015 movie Playing It Cool. You can watch it online at Amazon, Youtube, or Netflix. Content warnings for strong language as well as discussions of racism, sexism, racial stereotypes, underage sexual danger, toxic masculinity, toxic romantic tropes, homophobia, transphobia, and “yellow-face.” It’s a really bad movie. We reference or […]

Duration:01:05:54

Episode 34: Empire Records

12/5/2018
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In this episode we discuss the 1995 movie Empire Records. You can watch it online at Amazon, Youtube, or Netflix. Content warnings for strong language, discussion of homophobia/homophobic language, and Rex Manning. We also reference or spoil: Saved by the Bell; GWAR; The Craft; Empire Records Remix: Special Fan Edition; John Mulaney’s “Salt and Pepper […]

Duration:01:06:37

Episode 33: Moon

11/21/2018
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In this episode we discuss the 2009 science fiction movie Moon You can watch it online at Amazon, Youtube, iTunes, or Netflix. Content warnings for strong language, clones, and the concept of Kevin Spacey. We also reference or spoil: The IT Crowd, Black Mirror, the fanfic “Helping You Is What I Do,” Christian imagery, An […]

Duration:01:09:50

Episode 32: Final Fantasy 8

11/7/2018
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In this episode three of us discuss the 1999 video game Final Fantasy VIII. You can download it online from Steam. Content warnings for strong language, discussions of abuse, and time travel. We also reference or spoil: Elvira: Mistress of the Dark, New Girl, Star Trek, and Final Fantasy VII. The transcript will be available […]

Duration:00:59:36

Minisode 06: Horror Tropes

10/31/2018
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It’s a spooky fifth Wednesday minisode! In this shorter episode three of the siblings talk about horror tropes. Pippin noped right out. Content warnings for strong language, disturbing imagery, and whatever else horror movies usually have. We discuss and/or spoil our fairy circle minisode, Silent Hill, Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared, The Babadook, Children of […]

Duration:00:23:49

Episode 31: The Lady or the Tiger

10/17/2018
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In this episode we discuss the 1882 short story “The Lady, or the Tiger” by Frank R. Stockton. You can read it online on Project Gutenberg. Content warnings for strong language, discussions of violence, and revolution. We also reference or spoil: Divergent, J.J. Abrams’ oeuvre, Inception, the works of William Shakespeare, Weekend at Bernie’s, Law […]

Duration:01:02:05

Episode 30: Prestibitchitation

10/3/2018
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In this episode we discuss an untitled urban fantasy story idea by Pippin. Content warnings for strong language, the voices of people who aren’t related to us, and weird millennial humor. We also reference or spoil: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Salt and Silver by Anna Katherine, The Secret History by Donna Tartt, The Simpsons, Faust, […]

Duration:01:15:39

Episode 29: Gravity Falls

9/19/2018
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In this episode we discuss the 2012 episode of Gravity Falls, “The Time Traveler’s Pig”. You can watch it online on Hulu. Content warnings for strong language, time travel, discussion of feelings. We also reference or spoil: the rest of Gravity Falls, Supernatural, The X-Files, Twin Peaks, GenaLovesTunes Gravity Falls “Counting Stars” fanvid, various American […]

Duration:01:03:38

Episode 28: Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure

9/5/2018
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In this episode we discuss the 1989 movie Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. You can watch it online from Amazon, iTunes, or YouTube. Content warnings for discussion of homophobia and homophobic slurs, misogyny, animal death, and bullying. We also reference or spoil: Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, Doctor Who, The Tonight Show‘s “Phone Booth” game, […]

Duration:00:53:12

Minisode 5: Character Lightning Round

8/29/2018
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It’s a fifth Wednesday minisode! In this shorter episode we create a character from scratch with no plan ahead of time. Which is just how we roll. Content warnings for strong language. We discuss and/or spoil Dungeons & Dragons (Player’s Handbook), Beyonce, the Knife Theory, The Muppet Show, Batman vs. Superman, Captain Planet, Misfits, Monsanto, […]

Duration:00:29:28

Episode 27: Accidental Magic Shop

8/15/2018
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In this episode we discuss one of Kat’s story ideas involving new age boutiques, actual magic, and accounting. Content warnings for strong language, discussions of violence, specifically against minors, and calling new age shops “woo-woo”. In this episode we discuss and/or spoil: Kat’s fic “Mixed Media,” Harry Potter, Chekhov’s Gun, magic new age boutiques, A […]

Duration:01:03:47

Episode 26: Encounter at Farpoint (Star Trek TNG)

8/1/2018
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In this episode the siblings discuss the two part series premiere of Star Trek: The Next Generation, “Encounter at Farpoint.” You can watch it online on CBS, iTunes, or Amazon. Content warnings for strong language and somebody probably being wrong about Star Trek. We also reference or spoil: All of Star Trek and associated canonical […]

Duration:01:08:51

Episode 25: Wheel of Tropes 2: Another Spin

7/18/2018
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In this episode we once again play a game of our own devising called “Wheel of Tropes.” We use random TV Tropes, entries from The Evil Overlord List, cards from the Rider-Waite tarot deck, and entries from The Tough Guide to Fantasyland to create a new story. Content warnings for strong language and weird academic […]

Duration:01:05:32

Episode 24: John Wick

7/4/2018
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In this episode three of the siblings discuss the 2014 movie John Wick. You can watch it online from Amazon, iTunes, or YouTube. Content warnings for animal death, mentions of rape, fridging, murder, mentions of suicide, mentions of child death. Special thanks to listener (and Patreon subscriber) Lydy for inspiring us to watch John Wick. […]

Duration:01:07:52

Episode 23: Rideshare Roadtrip

6/20/2018
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In this episode we discuss one of Brendan’s story ideas, Rideshare Roadtrip, a coming of age story. Content warnings for strong language, discussions of violence, and lack of research about how rideshare services actually work. In this episode we discuss and/or spoil: Jack Kerouac‘s On the Road, Don Henley‘s “Boys of Summer“, Harold & Kumar […]

Duration:01:12:11

Episode 22: The Mummy (1999)

6/6/2018
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In this episode we discuss the 1999 movie The Mummy. You can watch it online from Amazon, iTunes, or YouTube. We also reference or spoil: The 1932 Mummy, The 2017 Mummy, Monkeybones, Dungeons & Dragons; “The Task” essay by screenwriter Terri Rossario (http://www.wordplayer.com/columns/wp30.1932The.Task.html), Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Egyptian mythology, 2016 Ghostbusters, 2000 Bedazzled, the Rif […]

Duration:01:05:41