Oi! Spaceman: Adventures in Media Criticism
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.


Does The Brig Have a Point? (Doctor Who and the Silurians)

In this episode, Shana and Daniel chat about the Third Doctor's second story: Doctor Who and the Silurians. Genocide (maybe), laggy pacing, and fucking adorable married couple antics reign supreme. 

Main Topic: Doctor Who and the Silurians. Nazi Godzillas. Titles. Hate having guests. Daniel was right. Pacing. Black and white. Pigtails. So married. Liz. Fulcrum. A37 and Z13. Squishy-squishy. "White Man Sit Down and Think." IT Crowd reference. Greatness. Lesbian innovation. "More like Twelve Monkeys." Noir Who. Peter Myles. Compression. White guys with clipboards. "Not my kink!" No sonic. Coup. The Upside of Dragging Ass. The Chick and the Doctor. Is the Doctor Right? Twilight. Alternate Hulke. Does the Brig have a point? Litter. Not genocide. Interpretation. Ambiguity. Palestinians. Allegory. Complication. Shades of gray. Bessie. One day, even here.... Excuse. Paperwork. Pet dinosaur. Missing. The one peacemaker. Nuance. Mind power in the bedroom. Jabberwocky. Boring biowarfare. Stupid faux-science. Continental drift. A more relevant statement. The Tenth Planet. Shut up. Mistaken title. Daniel was right. What this era looks like. "Is this why we have guests?" 

Daniel and Shana discuss Spearhead From Space: "Thunderballs and the Dirty Old Box." 

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Direct download: OiSp_Ep092_Does_The_Brig_Have_a_Point_Doctor_Who_and_the_Silurians.mp3
Category:Third Doctor -- posted at: 10:02pm EDT

Right After

In this episode, Shana and Daniel are joined by James Murphy of the Pex Lives and City of the Dead podcasts. They certainly are not currently sharing posting duties on a media criticism website owned and operated by a Blakean Marxist occultist. Certainly not. 

Main Topic: Confidence and Paranoia. With special guest James Murphy of Pex Lives. Cute. Groovetown. Kind of a shit. James and Red Dwarf. Fetishizing VHS. Fort. That old thing. Child James and The Cat. Isolated. Hit record. Raised by Craig Charles. Depth. Racial politics. Grim. Mobius Strip of Writing. Critical distance. Pyschology. Not a space bum. Insecurities. Colors. Distaste. Stabim and Portugese. Integration. Motivation. Dialectic. Class. Lister's Found Future. (Dog noise.) Not the cool kids. Sociopathy. Sarcasm. Cheap seats. It's the eighties. Pig-headed. Representation. Jim Crow. The Inevitable Bit About Rape. Yvonne. MGTOW. Rimmer and the Internet. Caring Rimmer. Rape and comedy. Keegan. Craig Ferguson. American doofuses. Ruby Rhod. Chipper and fever. Humanity. Addiction. Insightful Rimmer. Creepy or romantic? Exploding heads. Reagan. Extreme romantic love. Distance. Kochanski. Gendered insults. 'Cause duh. Pegging. Tomboy versus Cheeses. The Cat likes Lister. Impulse. Dreams. Longevity. (Puppy growls.) Rimmer's ally. Kochanski's box. Appendage. Remake. Christie. Not into e-readers. Losers. 

 


Esoterica, Power, and Dick Jokes (DW: The Time Monster)

In this episode, Shana and Daniel are joined by Jane Campbell of Eruditorum Press to chat about The Time Monster. Much merriment and queerness ensues. 

Main Topic: The Time Monster. With special guest Jane Campbell. Awful. Gay wine glass. Love for late-stage capitalism. Beauty and monstrosity. Heathers. Dealbreaker. Justifiying The Time Monster. Structure. Never twenty-five when you can take ninety. Grad students. Balls. Misandry doesn't exist. The power that matters. Academia. Ruth and Stewart. Trickster Stewart. Cis male defense. Infantalized. Parallels. Capaldi reference. Couldn't do it to Ruth. The Daemons. Benton. Gender roles. Beside the point. Rebirth. Baby Brigadier? Benton and alternative masculinity. Naively aggressive. Absolutely nothing. Ruth the Doctor. Delgado. Missy and Delgado. Bond babes. Time Ramming with the Doctor and Master. Dick jokes. Superpenis! Time Lord physiology. Meta timewasters. Third Doctor Binro. The Daisiest Daisy. Buddhism. Esoterica. Mythology. Jo the bird. "Venerable." Lord Master. Conversation. Shippy. Paganism. Issues with the bird. Compassionate. Inconsistent. Myths of Atlantis. Moral. Power. Destroying a myth. Twenty minutes less. Precipice of annhialiation. Chronovore. "That's Jane for you." Queering. Costumes. Polyamorous Galleia? Overdramatic. Hippy? Roids.

Jane's two pieces on Beauty and Monstrosity at Eruditorum Press.

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Direct download: OiSp_Ep091_Esoterica_Power_and_Dick_Jokes_The_Time_Monster.mp3
Category:Third Doctor -- posted at: 7:23am EDT

Humanistic Existentialism (Red Dwarf: Waiting For God)

In this episode, Shana and Daniel finally get around to chatting about everyone's favorite topic: religion. And what kind of man might really deserve to be worshipped as a god. 

Main Topic: Waiting For God. Delays. Column. Polycule. Religion. Beckett. Toaster. Garbage. Priest. Troughton. Feline. Typical. Spot. Production. Colors. Characters. Files. Eleven. Surreal. Existential. Aliens. Imperialist. Fucking. Contrast. Indigenous. Odor. Interpretation. Pictograms. Sniff. Illustrations. Curry. Apostate. Shiny. Underwritten. Budget. Unexamined? Underappreciated. Archetype. Ability. Enjoyable. Meta. Tonto. Underestimated. Continuity. Suicide. Parents. Empathy. Cult. Faith. Trash. Hat. Last. Weak. Green. Manufactured. Nature. Wrong. Hamfisted. Anthropology. Switched. Rastabilly. Worthwhile. Fuchal. Limitations. Jokes. Scrumptuous. Spoon. Shirt. Infected. Punctuation. Comma. Chicken. Acting. Quarantine. Doubt. Funny. McCoy. Next time: Confidence and Paranoia.

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Direct download: SFF_Ep004_Humanistic_Existentialism_Waiting_For_God.mp3
Category:Searching For Fuchal -- posted at: 7:12pm EDT

His Name is Django (Django Unchained)

In this bonus episode, Shana and Daniel discuss a film they've been rewatching a lot lately, Django Unchained, and the horrifying legacy of slavery. Also folk heroes in fiction, "the father of gynecology," positionality, and the deep satisfaction of seeing slavers brutally murdered. Warning: this episode contains unusually aggressive language and themes, even for Oi! Spaceman. 

Main Topic: Django Unchained. Nominally a Doctor Who podcast. Identifiers. "I believe in racism." Positionality. The legacy of slavery is still with us. Not black. Holocaust. Werner von Braun. Gypsies versus Romanis. Dripping racism. Knoxville. Linguistics. Rocks and windows. Racially-motivated violence. Badass black heroes. Should this film even exist? Fun-and-games slavery. Tarantino's positionality. Use of the N-word. Spielberg. Maus. Basterds versus Unchained. Space Nazis. Tarantino and revolution. Will Smith. Christoph Waltz. His name is King. The immigrant experience. Clever to a fault. Diction. White guilt. His name is Django. Franco Nero. Appropriation. Not advocating white genocide. Chapelle's show. Two kinds of violence. Casual. Every day. Living to his skin. Beer as a reward. The Brittle Brothers. Django's agency. Joseph Campbell bullshit. The Broomhilda myth. Metatext. Cotton. Candie. Moguy the slave. "Why don't they kill us?" Quiet heroism. Jerry-rig. Tortured. Patriarch. Steven. Black Complicity. Fool. Too clever. Burn it with fire or live to fight another day? Informed consent. Candie's motivation. Walton Goggins. Faces. "Little Troublemaker." Heroes. Structure. Wrapping Up.

From NPR: Remembering Anarcha, Lucy, and Betsy

The American Slave Coast

Chappelle's Show: The Time Haters

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Direct download: OiSp_Bonus003_His_Name_is_Django_Django_Unchained.mp3
Category:Bonus (Not Doctor Who) -- posted at: 11:04pm EDT

Adorably Eviscerating Edwardian Social Mores (DW: Horror of Fang Rock)

In this episode, Shana and Daniel are joined by author extraordinaire Kit Gonzo in discussing the first story of the Graham Williams era, Horror of Fang Rock. At least in theory. Conversation ranges all over, but mostly focuses on the incredibly complicated role that Leela plays in Doctor Who. Racism, sexism, colonialism, classism, spoonerisms, and more. 


Main Topic: Horror of Fang Rock. With special guest Kit Gonzo. Being not-funny. Richard Dawkins or a Rutan? Writing. Commercialism. Academic writing. Browbeating Shana. Getting back on-topic. Fang Rock as a script. Haiku and cliffhangers. Pertwee's dignity. Upstairs, downstairs. Not overexplained. Dialogue and business. Lovely Louise. Leela versus Jo. Actresses imposing feminist interpretations. Costumes. Kit's background with Leela. Leela versus River. Knives versus guns. Leela's agency. Threatening evisceration. Leela stands against Edwardian values. Modern versus classic Doctors vis a vis violence. Co-showrunner Peter Capaldi. "Slay me." Dickhead Four. Ableist shit. Picking up the ball. Leela the noble savage. How are we going to approach Talons of Weng-Chiang. Racism and sexism. "It's still objectification, it's just not *actually* male gaze!" The White Guardian. Contextualized. Better to believe in science. Astrology. Foghorn. Oil versus electricity. Spoonerisms. AAVE. Shana impresses Daniel. Whitesnake. Paddy Russell. Sociopathic characters. Colonel. Indian "savages" and colonialism. The revolutionary Victorian inventor. Problematic Thanksgiving. Forgiving your grandparents. Nobody should listen to that. "Trumpface." A more depressing podcast. Modern Fang Rock. The Rutan should murder everybody. Edwardian oxygen. Daniel's favorite episode ever. Racial encoding. Servants. Working-class superstition. Shana has to leave. Longest episode to date. Rational actors. Internal divisions and external threat. Weird electricity. Sandifer. Jack and James. War of the Worlds. Blind spots and positionality. H.G. Wells. Cliche-ridden. Ludditism. Unreliable electricity. Unassailable businessmen. Go poke Phil Sandifer. Wealth. Talking about Jesus. Alien Doctor. Superman and the Doctor. Demanding perfection. The American Slave Coast. Fuckhole Founding Fathers. Wrapping up. 

 

Kit's book Godbomb! at Amazon.
Kory Shrum's Dying For a Living at Amazon.

Find all future episodes of all the podcasts of the Oi! Spaceman family at oispaceman.com. Daniel and Shana are also now writing a weekly column about sex and gender at Eruditorum Press. The first essay, considering Four/Leela as a D/s couple, is entitled "Good Girl, Smash the Patriarchy."