Oi! Spaceman: Adventures in Media Criticism
Class, Gender, and the Ziggurat (Red Dwarf: Balance of Power)

In this episode, Shana and Daniel are (shockingly, I know) joined by their podcast boyfriend Jack Graham to discuss the third episode of Series One: Balance of Power. Capitalism, class, gender, The Fappening, and Craig Charles's acting chops are all at least mentioned. 

Main Topic: Balance of Power. With special guest Jack Graham. A capitalist joke. Avoiding culture. Shana rises above. Shana's boobs. Teenagerhood. Jack's early Dwarf. Power. "I've been fished to death!" Craig Charles, Actor. Okaaaayyy... Challenging each other. Rimmer the goof-off. Re-ordering episodes. Lister the socialite. Loser's club. Post-apocalyptic. Ghosts. Exactly what a cat would do. Thematically dense. Recurring themes. Roko's Basilisk. Quasars. Horrible Rimmer. Kinship to Rimmer. Metaphorical hologram. Slut-shaming. Potential Rimmer friendship. Turning Rimmer on. Thinking it through. Being brought back. Stuff. Economics and artificial scarcity. Marxism not capitalism. Slave skutters. Fantasies of power and achievement. Class structure. Officer Kochanski. Misogyny or general disrespect? Private military. East India Company. The Inevitable Bit About Thatcher. Truckers in space. Class issues and the Cat. Teasing. Story versus ideas. "Middlebrow." A shallow reading of Jane Austen. Sartre. Government health warnings. Passing the chef's exam. "Sometimes you make those bullshit dreams work!" Ziggurat. Death video. Unemployed Lister. "Oh JPS!" Geeky Lister? No Exit. The end of heirarchy. Kochanski the muse. Purses. Waking Kochanski. Alternate directions for the show. Holograms in society. Creepy. "The Fappening." Easy to be a girl. What girls want. Clare Grogan's role in the show. Problems and opportunities. Dudebros getting drunk. Clever Lister. Density. Dumbest joke ever. Getting in touch with his feminine side. Wrapping up. The Double Rimmer. 

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Candy-Colored Totalitarianism, Gender, and Margaret Thatcher (The Happiness Patrol)

In this (slightly-delayed) episode, Shana and Daniel are joined by a first-time guest, Josh from The Web of Queer. It's a wide-ranging conversation that doesn't even begin to cover the story completely, but touches on issues of depression and music, enforced frivolity, the horror of the Thatcher years, and the nature of top-down authoritarian rule. Also: the aesthetics of the Kandyman and some discussion of set design. And whether or not Shana ships Ace with Susie Q. The answer may shock you, but probably not.

Main Topic: The Happiness Patrol. "Way to make a super-sexist joke, husband." With special guest Josh from Web of Queer. Not nonagenerian. Introducing Josh. Simple Happiness Patrol. Horrible Margaret Thatcher. Not wholly Thatcherite. "That we know of." Surveillance state. "But dude that hair defies physics!" Queering the discussion. Section 28. Promoting homosexuality. Robert Palmer's Happiness Patrol. Makeup. Standard in the 80s. Helen A's force of personality. Flipping everything. Slippery Slope. Ace gets privilege. The Friends of Earl Sigma. Solidarity. Castes. The Jews alone. Enforced normativity and self-denial. Fifi. Cutest little killer ever! Humanized dictators. Trevor Sigma. Waiting rooms. Ace sideyes. Each wig is different. Susie Q. Daniel references Atwood. Following the characters. "The pointy nosed bitch, and chick with the hard lines on her jaw, and the chick who has mostly blush..." Gender coding of costumes. Big picture opinions of The Happiness Patrol. The Kandyman can.... The poisoning of Earl. Gluing and ungluing. The Fondant Surprise has no fondant. Why this episode was a month late. Stage production. Disneytown. Accurate 1984. Daniel is wrong about the snipers. Wrapping up. "Left leaning people in the BBC?" Josh wasn't prepared for the political conversation. State-run television. "I should be protesting shit!" Music. Depression. 

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Classic Doctors and Companions (Classic Doctor Who)

In this episode Daniel and Shana return to Doctor Who and... chat. What was supposed to be a fairly concise look at the experience of looking at all the Classic companions turned into a long and meandering conversation about pretty much everything Who. Shana even says nice things about Steven Moffat! Each Classic Doctor and companion is at least mentioned, although some not for very long....

Main Topic: Classic Doctor and Companion Overview. Ninety. Daniel sucks. Big softie. Looking ahead. Dirty sneaky pirate things. Region coded DVD problems. Positive response. Comprehensive review. Joe. Really cool women. Scrutiny. Learning. History. Unique. Six in the Trial. Shana says something nice about Moffat. Jaws 5000. Test of time. Fallen out of love with Ten. Nine. Powerful and vulnerable. Pearl Mackie. "Let's see how Moffat fucks it up." Capaldi on a family show. Tennant the fanboy. Writer's room. Cautious optimism. Platinum Hartnell. "One day, I shall come back." Grandpa General. Disney reference. Troughton haircut. Cosmic hobo? Cosmic hippie. If Shana were to travel with a Doctor. Meeting Fraser Hines. Only a few companions. Sex symbol Pertwee. Austin Powers. Pumpkinhead from Space. "That's my Doctor." Tom's swag. Big Finish? Understated Davison. Matt Smith. Paired with Tegan. Sixie. McCoy's skill set. Chessmaster Seven. Tennantishness to Shana's fandom. Not going to talk about Matt Smith. Barbara is an inspiration. Manly man Ian. Zapp Brannigan! Oh, Susan. Vicki with her pigtails! "You're gonna have to show me pictures of Steven." No functional memory of Daleks' Master Plan. Or Dodo. Ben and Polly. A bit Aryan Nation. Polly and fashion. Adorable Jamie. Elliot Chapman. "The Piper!" Victoria in the kitchen. Period. Daniel's biggest crush is Zoe. Cosplay. Love letter to Liz Shaw. Our greatest podcast title to date. Shipping the Brig and Liz. Problematic Brig. Shana doesn't care about Yates or Benton. Cute Jo Grant. Fun uncle. Sarah Jane Motherfucking Smith. Fuck him in his stupid fucking face. Racist makeup. K-9 sucks. Romanas in a line. Heartbreaking Adric. Misused Nyssa. Tegan and Nyssa. Tegan and Eleven. Five answers to Tegan. Tegan the anti-Saward. Gay Turlough. Kamelion waste of time. Don't need to hear Shana's Peri rant again. Ace and them dimples and that leather outfit. Coming soon.... Next week: The Happiness Patrol.

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Direct download: OiSp_Ep088_Classic_Doctors_and_Companions.mp3
Category:Multiple Doctors -- posted at: 8:35pm EDT

Your Death, and How to Cope With It (Red Dwarf: Future Echoes)

In this episode, Shana and Daniel contemplate the existential horror of death, gender performativity of hairstyle, and eating robot goldfish in their discussion of Red Dwarf Series 1, Episode 2: Future Echoes. 

Main Topic: Future Echoes. Twice as many men. Explaining jokes. Downhill. Physical humor. General twattishness. Helen Shapiro. Fake references. Wobbly Chris Charles. Existential Seinfeld. Death and fear of death. Shaving cream. Lister and the mirror. Brown trousers time. Chaplin. Physicality. British slang. Suicidal father. Masculinity. Literary grotesque. Lister's father. Impeccable. Technical acting. Loneliness before death. All heart. Looking forward to Me2. "Gimboid." Schrodinger's Rimmer. Explaining Dwarf to virgins. Tripping the Rift. Maybe Futurama? Lennon, McCartney, and predestination. Lister's Found Future. Loose continuity. Aeon Flux. "Bits of you explode." Implications. Four thousand years. Priorities. Willie Loman in space. Old Lister. Rhymes with Little Miss Moffat. Low art and high art. Artificial intelligences. Wonky worldbuilding. Skutter design. Visual podcasting. "This and the other ten racks." Justifying the premise. Litmus testing his dates. Pope. Next time: Balance of Power with Jack Graham.

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Forever White Knights (Firefly: Serenity)

It's finally happened. Shana has convinced Daniel to start podcasting Joss Whedon. They start with what is probably his most interesting series, Firefly, and will be doing all the episodes of the series plus the theatrical film over the next few months.

In this episode then, they discuss the two-part pilot "Serenity," introduce all the major characters, and discuss the use of gender within the show. Daniel picks a few bones with worldbuilding, and sets out the general complaint that the series' Western setting (along with the military background of two of its main characters) implies a connection to the American Confederacy that the show never really deals with authentically. It's going to be a very controversial ride.

Main Topic: Serenity. Hirsute and handsome. Shana versus Daniel. Whedonite. Introductions. Pandering. History with Buffy. History with Firefly. Lexx and Cleopatra 2525. Fan cultures. "Walt Whitman is 'feel my manliness?'" Characters. Sitcom writing. "Han Solo The Series." Two introductions. Needing a male counterpart. Zoe should shoot Mal in the face. First and last. Comic book structure. "Like a Civil War kinda?" Pacing. Adorable Alan Tudyk. "Star Wars Meets Country Buffy." Chinglish. Earthy, dirty, sweet, feminine Kaylee. The fragile masculinity of Captain Tightpants. The de-virginator. Heinlein. A failure of worldbuilding. Book defined by his sexuality and moral compass. What is worldbuilding? Badger. Strawberries. The Tams. Kitchen. Ooh, subplot! Kaylee/Inara. Sex and the City? Prayer. Mal an alternative model of masculinity? Ritualistic bathing. The Patriarch says it's okay. Kaylee gets shot. Peckinpah. Out of chaos River is born. The innocent savage. A more interesting story. Attractive Simon. Conflating intelligence with morality. Shana rolls her eyes. Zoe/Wash and Amy/Rory. Reavers! Brotastic. Pornstache. Economics. Alliance as an imperial power. Confederate iconography. Jayne. 

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Direct download: BDSH_Ep001_Forever_White_Knights_Serenity.mp3
Category:Big Damn Shiny Heroes -- posted at: 8:04pm EDT

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