Ep 98 – The Rights of the Unpowered

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What happens to normal people, when others get powers? What rights do they have and are those rights respected? And when the people with powers push the non powered around- what happens when the non powered push back?

 

Paul and I talk about non powered people in powered worlds. We focus in particular on Avatar: Legend of Korra, season 1, and how it handles this question, but we broaden the topic, and cover a number of other stories. Whether you’re a hardcore Korra fan, or have never seen it, you’ll be able to follow the discussion.

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Ep 97 – Ozark. There be Ethics in dem der Hills

ozarkWhile Ozark is a bit outside our normal topic- it certainly has a lot of villains with different ethical perspectives, all of whom are convinced they’re the good one! Stranded Panda extraordinaire Ashley Coffin joins me as we talk about each of the characters and difficult choices they have to make. Whether your love the show, or have no idea what’s going on, there’s a lot here to dive into!

 
Ashley Coffin is a nerd girl hailing from Philadelphia, Pa who loves all things Marvel. She is very into horror movies, has probably seen whatever show you are watching, and can frequently be found on Stranded Panda hang outs, commenting on podcasts and kicking all of our asses at MCU trivia. She would also like you to tell your dog she said hi.
Instagram: electrical_ash
Twitter: @AshleyannCoffin

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Ep 96 – The Ethical Color Pie- Grouping our Favs by an Ethical System

color pie bigWhat’s more fun than taking an ethical system from one world, and trying to find how our favorite characters from other worlds fit into it. In this episode we start with the ethical color pie from Magic the Gathering, in which we look at ethics not in terms of actions, but motivations and mind sets. We explain the system and then focus on other characters.

Even if you know nothing about MtG, if you like talking about how Tony Stark, Malcolm Reynolds, and Han Solo, all have similar ethical frameworks, this episode is for you!

 

 

Rob McKenzie is a science fiction and fantasy reader and Magic the Gathering judge from Minnesota. He is passionate about interesting books, running great gaming events, and helping other people have fun with their passions.

Meg Baum is a Level 3 MTG Judge and all around irredeemable nerd who loves stories, cooking, and adventures. She is the Judge Manager for Pastimes and moonlights occasionally as a Decontamination Technician at nuclear power plants. You can find her on Twitch/Twitter/Facebook/basically everything @mbgeekgirl

As part of our conversation about Magic the Gathering, and our ongoing discussions of justice and how we can help, we want to tell you about a great fundraiser.
#MagicArtChallenge is a charity fundraiser for Black Lives Matter and Black causes. Community members are auctioning original Magic art, sketches, and more to raise money for charity. The challenge has raised $20,000 so far! https://magicartchallenge.scryfall.com/

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EP 95 – Ethical Espionage: Burn Notice

burn-noticeWhy does James Bond keep getting women killed, and can you be a spy without it? Paul Hoppe is back to talk about the ethics of espionage, with a particular focus on the TV show, Burn Notice! Whether you’re a long time fan of Burn Notice, or never seen it, we dig into questions that apply across the genre, such as the ethics of getting others to do your dirty work for you, fighting for a client or particular mission vs. what may be ‘right,’  and how far into a secret identity you can go, before you lose sense of yourself.

 

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Ep 94 – There is no Racism in Ba Sing Se

Ba Sing SeAvatar: The Last Airbender is back on Netflix, and we’re talking about it, focusing on a story arc with incredible resonance with our own world;  Ba Sing Se.  What is it about denial, and closing your eyes to the problems of the world, that people find so appealing? How do you break through to someone who believes anything that contradicts what they’ve been taught, is a liar and a traitor? And how does this story line parallel the issues we face today, especially in the time since the killing of George Floyd.

 

 

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Ep 93 – Stan Lee’s Soapbox

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Stan Lee was a great story teller, but he never hid his strong convictions, or his desire to use the stories he told to give people a new way to think about the issues of his time. Nor did the writers of Black Panther, Avatar the Last Airbender, Star Wars, or so many of the shows we love.

Matt and Jeff are back, and we had a great episode on the ethics of Star Wars planned- but with all that has been happening in our world in the last week in terms of the killing of George Floyd, and all that has happened since, we just felt like it was important for us to address that.

So today we’re talking about what it means to be a fan, and a content creator, in difficult times, and how the stories we are such fans of help shape our understandings of violence and authority and racism and cops and everything else. 

#Blacklivesmatter

Article on Black Panther and allyship that Matthew Westfox mentioned

 

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Ep 92 – Was Uncle Ben Wrong? Great Power & Great Responsibility, with Matthew Carroll and Jeff Randle

What did Ben Parker mean when he tells Peter the famous words about power and responsibility, and do we agree with him? Who decides who a hero is responsible to, and what for? Can believing in the responsibility that your power gives you lead you to become a villain?  Matt and Jeff of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Podcast join us to discuss these questions and more!

 

Important announcement: In partnership with the MCU Cast and all the great folks at the Stranded Panda Podcast Network, we are kicking off a review drive! Reviews are the best way to help this show grow- it moves us up the lists on Itunes and the other podcast services, gives more people a chance to find us, and join the conversation! We’ve got big goals, but we need your help!

If you write a 5 star review of Superhero Ethics) between now and Sunday June 7th, you’ll be entered into a raffle. At least one of the review writers for Superhero Ethics will win their choice of an MCUCast or Superhero Ethics T-shirt! Every review will also enter you into a drawing with review writers for other Standed Panda shows, with the winner getting a free copy of the Avengers video game, coming this fall. You only have to write a sentence or two, but make it a real one- simply writing “I want the shirt” sadly doesn’t help.

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Ep 91, Catra, She-Ra, and the Ethics of Love & Redemption

She-Ra-Princesses-of-power-trailer-S5Jess Plummer and Becky Allen join us to discuss She-Ra! What makes Catra such a compelling character? How does this show blur the lines between hero and villain, friend and dating, and different shares of morality? What makes this show such a powerful example of representation, on so many levels? And just how hard do you have to work in this world to NOT get a redemption arc?

 

Jessica Plummer lives in New York and loves Superman very very much. You can listen to just how much on her Superman podcast, Flights and Tights. She also writes about comics and books in general at Book Riot. Find her on Twitter @jess_plummer.

Becky Allen is the author of Bound by Blood and Sand and the sequel, Freed by Flame and Storm. She grew up outside Ithaca, New York, and graduated from Brandeis University with a major in American studies and a minor in journalism. She is the product manager for TheBody.com, an online HIV resource, and loves New York, brunch, and feminism. She is also the co host of the Rachel & Becky Judge Things Podcast.

Here is the great article about Catra referenced during the episode. 

 

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Ep 90 – Ethical Villains

Heroes can be boring- let’s talk villains!  Rik Hayashi joins us to talk about the villains who have a point, the ones we can sympathize with, or even sometimes agree with. What makes someone a villain? What are the lines between a villain and a hero who is willing to do anything for the cause? We talk Sinestro, Killmonger, and what happens when Ben Sisko goes for a walk in the Pale Moon Light. 

Riki Hayakshi is also a co-host on the Star Wars Universe Podcast, during our Clone Wars episodes. 

 

 

 

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