Oi! Spaceman: Adventures in Media Criticism
Willing Slaves and Dickish Protagonists (The Tripods)

In this episode of Consider the Ray Gun, Daniel is joined by Godbomb author and serious Robocop fan Kit Power in discussing a YA trilogy that meant a lot to Kit as a young man: The Tripods Trilogy. It's basically a romp through a faux-medieval Europe in which a century prior human beings were conquered by a race of invading aliens who use mind-control caps installed at puberty to create docility among the population. They have a wide-ranging conversation about the characters in the series, the way it's structured, what young adult fiction is meant to do, and the way slavery and imperialist ambition is portrayed in the series. They're also pretty sure John Christopher is a pretty right-wing asshole. 

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Zombie Marxist Things and Body Horror (Frybo and Cat Fingers)

In this episode, Shana and Jane are back chatting about all things Steven Universe. Namely, Shana chats a bit about the new Golden Book version of The Answer, and they move on to chatting the wages of capitalism in Frybo and the nature of body horror in Cat Fingers. Also: what does it mean when Steven touches himself?

Main Topic: Frybo and Cat Fingers. Taking charge. The Answer book. Metatext. Shana and Rebecca. "Girly." Interiority. More than a collector's item. Fry costumes and naked Steven. Relationships. Body horror. Crystal shards. Hidden backstory. "Something Jack would say." Exploited labor. Critique of capitalism. Marxist Zombie Thing. "Let's go be kids." Spaghetti Westerns. Pants. "Butt and gem." Musical cues. Pearl-centric. Birds? Hitchcock? Lost dead lovers. Scooby Doo kind of thing. Tentacles and capitalism. On to Cat Fingers. Use of magic. Shape-shifting. "Biorhythms yo." 80s Amethyst. Uncomfortable with the body. Personal confessions. Making it purr. Transformation. Leaving. Miyazaki reference. Monsters and sons. Fraught with tragedy. Puns? Internal and external pain. Awareness. Family dynamics. Mayormobile. Pearl smacking her ass. Attention. Friends of Steven. Cliffhanger. Steven touches himself. A particular sort of mind. Gender. Virginity metaphors. Sound. Pussyfooting. Very foreshadowing. "I guess we're watching 'Say Uncle'." Cosplay. Discipline. 


Class Anxieties and Dating Fascists (Kryten)

In this episode, Shana and Daniel are joined by Jb Anderton of the Who37 podcast in discussing the first episode of Red Dwarf Series II: Kryten. What it means to be an artificial life form, oppressed domestic servants, and why one shouldn't date a fascist are among the topic of conversation. Also, a random Spinoza reference if that's your thing. 

Main Topic: Kryten. With special guest JB Anderton of Who37. Coughing. Not the boys from the Dwarf. Correction. JB and Red Dwarf. Goofy ways to pass the time. Fits and starts. Why Kryten? Production value. Kryten the character. Soap opera. "Androids with BDSM clothes." David Ross. Design. Kryten's fanasies. Moldy coffee cup. "You threw the stick." Random Spinoza reference. Not on the pull. Clothes. "I serve, therefore I am." Rimmer the fascist. Marlon Fuckin' Brando. Esperanto. Part Odd-Couple-part-Buddhist. Non-human Kryten. "Does it matter?" Not slaves like dogs. Not ableist. Empathy. Cat interlude. Dating. So much pornography. Computer-laid. Setup and payoff. A Hitchhiker's reference. Socially constructed emotions. Why not to date a fascist. Structure. Hol Rock. Curtains. Rimmer's feminine side. The Cat and the spoon. Pouches. Rimmer's sense of smell. Remastering. Effects. Art college. Prince.

JB on Oi! Spaceman discussing Mindwarp.
Daniel on Who37 talking about City on the Edge of Forever.

Direct download: SFF_Ep007_Class_Anxieties_and_Dating_Fascists_Kryten.mp3
Category:Searching For Fuchal -- posted at: 4:44pm EDT

Ghosts of Victorianism (Doctor Who: Ghost Light)

In this episode, Shana and Daniel are joined once again by Jack Graham, this time to discuss the very last Classic Who story ever filmed: Ghost Light. As expected, they have a hard time staying on-topic, and even have extended digressions on Steven Moffat and steampunk. It's a fun conversation about all things related to Victorian science, Victorian imperialism, the ghosts of the past, and problematic representations. Enjoy!

Main Topic: Ghost Light. The Bible. No one was asking for Daniel's input. Everything changes. Why? Peak cute. Jack catnip. Odd at thirteen. "Very British problems." Island people. Nimrod and Lot's wife. Rewatching. Logic. Dreamlike. Ace is really fucking queer. Wrestling, yes please. Two major problems. Snuffbox logic. "And now Jack feels pretentious." Radioactivity and intersubjectivity. The Doctor/Ace relationship. Professor/student. Relationships. Breakthrough? Delivering freeness. 2016 is not 1989. Context matters. Complaining to Andrew Cartmel. "You said it was cyberpunk, right?" Sublimated kink. Pop culture. Riffing on tropes. Ace versus Peri. Tooth and Claw. "We all know Daniel's a sadist." Ace/Gwendoline. Moffat-hate. Female friendship. "And all the chicks say fuck no." Victorian adventurer. Doctor as an ally to imperialism. Anti-patriarchy. "White guy bad." Civilization. Period ideology. Neither a lady nor a gentleman. Reductionism. Neanderthal. Annotations. Great Chain of Being. Paving the war for Empire. Nimrod's religion. Heaven Sent. Lot's wife. Self-reference (in a good way). Ace's journey. "Wicked." Hartnell and McCoy. Explicit. Bonnie the Zygon. Steampunk. Social Darwinism. Metaphor. Medium and Meaning. Emergence. Control. Steven Jay Gould. Ace and the dress. Social Darwinism a perversion of Darwin. Control's journey. Not didactic. Ghost of Victorianism. Religion and heirarchy. Low-hanging fruit. Co-opted by douchebros. Gothic. Control's pidgin English. Starbucks. Female diversity. Eternals in Enlightenment. The last Doctor Who. Shana's not sorry. Wrapping up. 

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Direct download: OiSp_Ep093_The_Ghosts_of_Victorianism_Ghost_Light.mp3
Category:Seventh Doctor -- posted at: 1:19pm EDT

Gooey Relationships (Laser Light Cannon, Cheeseburger Backpack, and Together Breakfast)

In this episode Shana and Jane are back and chat all about relationships, geodes, messiness, and breakfast food. 

Main Topic: Laser Light Cannon, Cheeseburger Backpack, and Together Breakfast. Doesn't make sense. "Mindful Education." Anxiety. Spirituality and meditation. "We'll probably cry." Laser Light Cannon. Dadliness. Amethyst the big sister. "Throw me at it!" Passive-aggressive Pearl. Leftovers. Rigid. Weak humans. Hot dogs. Flashlight. Compassion. Emotional labor. Apocalypse. The Tick. Imperfections. Buddhist packrats. Esoterica. Moving on to Cheeseburger Backpack. Goofy. Parenting. Mr. Queasy. Holograms. "Crystal Femmes." Hug. Fixed. Teleportation. Characterization through challenges. Moon goddess. Ascension. Together Breakfast. Disgusting. Map. "Is this a dream?" Time travel. Rose. Ruthie agrees. Out of control. Police. Not a mother. Steven's junk. Organic monster. Monstrous Steven. "Might call that four later." Relationships. Gooey-ness. Smoke Monster. Wild Strawberries? Fish and pizza. Suspicions. Beach City Con. Wrapping Up. 

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Direct download: GW_Ep002_Gooey_Relationships.mp3
Category:Giant Woman -- posted at: 1:51pm EDT

Fascism and Free Love (Robert Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land)

Welcome to the first episode of Consider the Ray Gun. That's right, another day, another podcast thread. In a development that has been a long time coming, Daniel has decided to take a break from watching movies and television and is actually going to force himself to read books. This will be a catch-as-catch can kind of podcast, with a rotating series of guests, but in this one he's joined by friend of the show James Murphy of Pex Lives and City of the Dead, and together they chat about Robert Heinlein's controversial 1961 classic Stranger in a Strange Land

Main Topic: Robert Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land. Personal. Starship Troopers. Juveniles. Counterculture. "Grokked a wrongness." Clever enough. Heinlein's sexism. Introduction to Jill. Changing books. "What a shithead I used to be." A man named Stinky. Racism between editions. James's experience of reading. Changes in tone. Hugh Hefner. Mike the carney. Learning how to laugh. Stock characters. Cantankerous. Stag party. Manifestations of homophobia. Shipping male-male love. Amorphous secretaries. Fair Witness. Inventing Nancy Reagan. Astrology. Defining hippie culture. Tame. Playboy centerfolds 1961. Heinlein and Hubbard. Fosterites and Scientology. Suing the podcast. Southern California. The changing author. Futurism. Birchers. Leftist but anti-Communist. Libraries. Valentine Micheal Smith and the military. Referencing Star Trek. Heinlein and the UN. "I love nuclear war." Incest. Awakening of sexuality. Redheads, pregnant women, and female tears. The great triumph of the book. Death of the author. Dickhead Mike. Understanding Mike the religious leader. Why the Larkin decision? Legalism and imperialism. Changeling Ben Caxton. Jill's lessons. Naked Heinlein. Recognizing oneself. Pushing Free Love. James references Kevin Smith. The politics of open relationships. One-way polemics. Chatting about religion. Faith versus heirarchy. "Cult." The sexual politics of the Ninth Circle. Sapir-whorf. The intimacy of water-brotherhood. Boundaries. Sameness. The failure of the hippies. Mike the martyr. Violence. Wrapping up. 

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Steven's Origin Story and Beach City Utopia (SU: Gem Glow and the Unaired Pilot)

Oh, look here, it turns out that instead of bowing to audience desires and actually continuing the Firefly content, Oi! Spaceman has started a new podcast thread. Oops. For those of you who are fans of animation and children's television and queerness but not particularly big fans of Daniel, this one is a real treat, as Jane (who many of you will remember from our The Time Monster episode, and a recent Moffat-oriented bonus) is joining Shana to discuss the Cartoon Network show Steven Universe, and episode or two at a time. In this one they discuss "Gem Glow" and the unaired pilot episode, and basically set out a lens through which they'll view the entire series. 

Main Topic: Gem Glow and the Unaired Pilot. A Joke. Introductions. Alchemy. Sugar. Music. Dead Mom. "Cookie Cat." Unwilling square. Adorable Steven. Emotive Steven. Non-binary. Lars and Sadie. Character design. Introduction of the Gems. Emotional Garnet. Visuals. Foreshadowing. Centipeetles. Racial caricatures? Relationships. "Gems of color." Stole and then paid for. Steven's problematic fave. Origin story. Cookie Cat as a metaphor for Steven. Density. Nose-picking Amethyst. "Next podcast!" Comparison to Avatar. Personalities through powers. Petals falling. Rich. Moving on to the unaired pilot. Tone. Design. Representations. Childish Amethyst. Unaired Sadie and Lars. "Crystal Femmes." Dark and Edgy. Utopian Beach City. Queer. Geared towards children. Not moralistic. Three-dollar bill. Containment versus defeat. Balance. Songs. Cookie Cat and Lion. Depth. "Steveny." Crazy theory. Why take care of Steven? Credits. Looking forward to Connie. Revolution. Jim Henson. A donut store near you.  

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Charles Rimmer Kane (Me2)

After a couple of weeks off from podcasting together, Daniel and Shana return to discuss the final episode of Red Dwarf Series One: Me2. Which should really have a superscript but does anyone care in this medium? Maybe it should be transliterated as "Me-Squared" on social media? Grammar pedants speak out on this monumentally important issue. 

Anyway, Daniel and Shana discuss Gazpacho soup as a sort of Rosebud for understanding Rimmer's life, and question whether it was really as big a deal as Rimmer seems to think it is. Also, classism in food choices, Rimmer vs. Todhunter, unpaid electric bills, and possibly the greatest performance Danny John-Jules has given us yet. 

Main Topic: Me2. Mugs Murphy. Naming convention. "Oh, Rimmer!" Control. April Fool's. Mission. Futurama plots. Critics. Never JFK or Ductwork or Prison. Invasion. Continuity. Specific. Stuck. Breakup. Legacy. Devices. Bubbles. A step back from literalism. Bashing the Skutter. Dickish. Cunt error. Performance. Feline. Charles Rimmer Kane. Hot Gazpacho. Taj Mahal. "How Rimmer of him." Competitive swimmer. Meditative. Socially awkward. Obvious. IT Crowd jokes. Pranks. Todhunter. Terrible. Post-scarcity. Not masturbation. Seven jerks. Status. The Meaning of Life. Execution. Tropes. Alternate. Morality. Dude, existence. Star Trek crap. Military versus ocean. Eastern. Wrapping Up. Balance. Straight. Writing. Pleather. 

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Direct download: SFF_Ep006_Charles_Rimmer_Kane_Me2.mp3
Category:Searching For Fuchal -- posted at: 6:39am EDT

More Than Just Salty Parabolas (Ghostbusters 2016)

Shana's still out for this episode, but Daniel is joined by recurring guest Jessica from The Web of Queer to give their hot take on the misandrist masterpiece Ghostbusters (2016). Lots of queer identity politics to mull over here, but for the most part this is a fun movie that made for a fun podcast episode, although possibly not as much fun as listening to sax. 

Main Topic: Ghostbusters (2016). With special guest Jessica from Web of Queer. No Shana. Filler. Ruining childhoods. Jessica and 1984. Zeitgeist. Exploded. General thoughts. No buttons. Teenage boy. Why people come to Oi! Spaceman. The MRA villain. Not an MRA stereotype. Improv. Embedded. Power Rangers. Trading card. Boob armor. Gross internet. Racefail. West Side Story. Screwed up. First trailer. "Remember we have a nuke." Technobabble. Loving Kate Mackinnon. "I get it now." Force of nature. Salty parabolas. The Bill Murray. "Pansexual." Text versus subtext. Female friendship. Economics. Fanservice. Credits. Extras. Classified ghosts. Spoilers. Symbolic feminism. Four seconds. Body image. Listening to sax. Puppy. Reverse trope. Jessica does not agree. MRAs should or should not feel bad. Little girls. Kate as Scully. Looking forward. Heteronormativity trap. Any random Web of Queer. Clara feels. Square metalheads. Too explicit. Enjoying women. Wrapping up. Completely in the moment.

Kate McKinnon as Scully
Consider the Tea Cosy on queerness in Ghostbusters


Fun with Dan and Jane (A Casual Chat About Steven Moffat)

Shana was out of town this week, so Daniel took the opportunity to pull out some bonus casual conversation he recorded back when Jane co-hosted on this podcast for The Time Monster. Despite beginning the conversation proclaiming his dislike of discussing the Moffat era, they ended up chatting about just that for most of the nearly two-hour running time of this podcast. Also you'll hear some of the Oi! Spaceman origin story and some very goofy jokes. Enjoy.

Main Topic: A Casual Conversation About Steven Moffat. Krotons. Sleamball. Condescending Wendy. Alcohol. Titties. Punch-Drunk. "Okay, Steven Moffat." Aesthetics. 1992. "Blink" and humanity. Matt Smith hate. Listen is brilliant. Relationships. Asylum. Trauma. Pointed to. Chibnall and the writer's room. Puzzles. Series 6. Not Richard Hurndall. "Jack discovered us basically." Caitlin and Clara. "Control freak." Costuming. Jo. Progressivism. Wonder Woman. Essentialism. Problematic Davies. Moffat the feminist. Donna. Subverting tropes. Matt Smith. Forgetting. Serialized. Bidmead and J-NT. The Leisure Hive. Nodding along. Class issues. Series 10. Performance. Karen Gillan. The only reasonable opinion. Why not The War Machines? Tegan's fabulous. Obsessive. Hitler the hot mess. Revisitation. Minotaur. Misogynistic Capaldi. Round.

TMBDOS on Punch-Drunk Love.
Shana on sex work and ableism.
Our "Fish Fingers and Custard Bullshit."
The Stephen Thompson Conversation.
Oi! Spaceman on Chasing Amy.
Happy Slaves.

You can find Jane at Jane Says and you can find all future episodes of Oi! Spaceman either at Eruditorum Press or at oispaceman.com.