Sun, 25 September 2016
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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Direct download: CTRG_Ep002_Willing_Slaves_and_Dickish_Protagonists_The_Tripods.mp3
Category:Consider the Ray Gun -- posted at: 7:47pm EDT
Mon, 19 September 2016
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.
Direct download: GW_Ep003_Marxist_Zombie_Things_and_Body_Horror_SU-_Frybo_and_Cat_Fingers.mp3
Category:Giant Woman -- posted at: 9:49pm EDT
Sun, 18 September 2016
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.
Direct download: SFF_Ep007_Class_Anxieties_and_Dating_Fascists_Kryten.mp3
Category:Searching For Fuchal -- posted at: 4:44pm EDT
Sat, 10 September 2016
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.
Direct download: OiSp_Ep093_The_Ghosts_of_Victorianism_Ghost_Light.mp3
Category:Seventh Doctor -- posted at: 1:19pm EDT
Mon, 5 September 2016
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.