EP 84: Jacob’s Last Waltz & Persona 5

 

Image result for persona 5Today’s episode is bittersweet as it marks Jacob’s last as co-host. To give him a proper send off, we’re diving into a topic he’s been eager to talk about- using mind control to make people stop doing bad things, in particular in the video game, Persona 5.  Is altering, or even completely changing, someone’s brain, a morally appropriate way to stop people from hurting others? If so, what acts justify it, and who decides? What does mind reprogramming look like as punishment in Babylon 5 and for Prof. X?

Jacob is stepping down as co-host, but he will remain a supporter and occasional guest of the show. He’s had a great run and brought so much to podcast that I’ll forever be grateful for.  Please join me in paying tribute to Jacob by sharing a favorite memory of his time, or just thanking him for being a part of this.

More info on the episode of Babylon 5 we discussed can be found here.

 

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Also, we have some big news to announce-

First, we are adding ads to the podcasts. This is part of a larger program we’ve been invited to by our podcast host, that will help us significantly increase listener-ship, and bring more people into our conversations, as well as make it a lot easier for me, Matthew, to keep bringing you all this content. Going forward, while we record we will designate an ‘ad break’ in our dialogue. Adding commercials to some of the older episodes will sometimes make for wonky breaks, as in this one, but we’re doing our best to find appropriate times to ad them.

Second, we’re moving the podcast over to a new account! This is part of the new program, and will make things easier in the long run, but it means some of the links on old Facebook pages need to be updated. I’m going to be going through and changing those but for the moment, if you want to find a specific episode, just go directly to that podcast’s page.

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EP 83- Who Watches the Watchers who Watch the Watchmen

Image result for the watchmenWho are heroes accountable to, is a question we frequently explore on this show. In this episode, we dive into the movie and comic book* versions of The Watchmen and its interesting take on the question of accountability.  What happens when so called heroes shrug and watch as their friends do terrible things? Would the threat of alien invasion bring peace to our planet? And is anyone in this story remotely heroic?

*Jacob had not seen the TV show, so we stuck to the movie. We will be exploring ethical questions from the TV show in a future episode. 

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Want to continue the discussion with us? Agree or disagree with what we talked about, or want to add your own thoughts? We’ve got options for you!

You can post questions, or respond to our episode threads in our Superhero Ethics Facebook Group, or talk to us on the podcast’s Twitter account, or email us at superheroethics@gmail.com. Each of your co-hosts also has their own twitter, 

Support this podcast through our Patreon page! Patreon is a great way to support creators like us through donations, and get great rewards for your help. You can even pick a topic for an upcoming episode! https://www.patreon.com/superheroethics

Want to show your love for Superhero Ethics with a t-shirt, hoodie, cell phone case, mouse pad, or other swag? We now have a store where you can buy any of those things and more! https://www.teepublic.com/user/superheroethics

This podcast is proud to be a member of the Stranded Panda Podcast Network. Check it out to find a number of other great geek properties, including others co-hosted by Matthew, and one specifically on the TV show, The Watchmen!

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And some of the other great Stranded Panda podcasts include:

Lastly, you probably heard some great music at the start and the end of our podcast. That music comes from the deeply talented Jack Hesse.. You can follow him on Twitter at Jack_608, https://twitter.com/jack_608

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ep 82 -The Fault in our Ethics

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We cheer when our heroes give an evil bad guy their much deserved fate. But what happens when our hero has to fight someone who isn’t evil, they are just in our hero’s way? Should more heroes be like Jessica Jones? Should it matter to our hero if the person they are fighting is being mind controlled, or lied to or it is otherwise not their fault? Should it matter to the audience?  

 

Also, this episode is a few days late, because your ethicist faced internet problems, and then has spend this weekend researching the complicated issues that surround spending a weekend playing board games with a bunch of friends at a cabin by a frozen lake.  These are the ways I suffer for you, dear fans!

 

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Ep 81 – 2019 Year in Review

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We’re on the road again, and we’re looking back at 2019! As we did last year, we’re looking back at 2019- what were the best ethical questions raised, what are our hopes for genre media in 2020, and what are we concerned about?

 

 

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Ep 80 – Questioning Picard

Image result for picard tv showPicard, the new Star Trek show is about to launch and we’ve got questions! Matt Carroll, of the MCU and Star Trek Universe Podcasts joins Matthew to discuss the ethical questions we think Picard will explore.

 

Has Data’s fear of a race of slave androids come to pass? Are the Borg still the enemy? What questions will the Borg and the Androids raise about who is a person? What has decades of  war and the threat of war done to the Federation, and will this show feel more like the Roddenberry shows than the Abrams Trekverse?

Matthew Carroll is a podcaster and musician, whose Marvel Cinematic Universe Podcast helped launch a wide range of genre media casts, all of which will be part of soon to be launched Stranded Panda Podcast Network.  His other podcasts include the Star Trek Universe Podcast, the Orville Universe Podcast, and Who Watched the Watchmen, all of which can be found on Itunes, Stitcher, or wherever you find podcasts. 

To follow the creation of Matthew Carroll’s star trek double album check him out on The Star Trek Universe Podcast and the Matthew Carroll podcast. He’ll be releasing episodes about each song as they’re being written.

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Ep 79 – The Rise of Skywalker

ReyNow that we’ve  seen Rise of Skywalker, we’ve brought Becky back to talk about it!  On our last episode, the three of us talked about the ethical questions, hopes, and concerns we had going into this movie- this episode we revisit them, and ask, how did this movie address them? 

What happened with the Jedi? Did Rey get the character arc she deserved? And does Hanukkah Harry use the same merit based system of gift allocation that Santa Claus does?

We’re pleased to have Becky Allen join us for this discussion. 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.

We mentioned a few links in the episode, including Hanukkah Harry, Becky’s podcast episode about The Christmas Prince, and Matthew’s Facebook live blog of the movie, inspired by Becky’s podcast. 

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Ep 78 – Which Skywalker Rises?

SkyWith just two days left before the release of Star Wars Episode IX, we’ve got theories! Can force users find a third path, neither Jedi or Sith? What does the future hold for Rey, Leia, Finn, and the rest of them? And how much respect will JJ Abrams have for the choices Rian Johnson made in The Last Jedi?

We’re pleased to have Becky Allen join us for this discussion. 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.

*Spoiler note – We kept most of the discussion of things we have learned in the trailers in the 2nd half of the episode, after a spoiler warning, on behalf of those people who are avoiding those.  We do mention two details from the trailers in the first half, but they were both very widely publicised pieces of information.

 

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Want to continue the discussion with us? Agree or disagree with what we talked about, or want to add your own thoughts? We’ve got options for you!

You can post questions, or respond to our episode threads in our Superhero Ethics Facebook Group, or talk to us on the podcast’s Twitter account, or email us at superheroethics@gmail.com. Each of your co-hosts also has their own twitter,

Matthew is CapedEthicist, https://twitter.com/CapedEthicist

Jacob is BotsRPeopleToo https://twitter.com/BotsRPeopleToo

Support this podcast through our Patreon page! Patreon is a great way to support creators like us through donations, and get great rewards for your help. You can even pick a topic for an upcoming episode! https://www.patreon.com/superheroethics

Want to show your love for Superhero Ethics with a t-shirt, hoodie, cell phone case, mouse pad, or other swag? We now have a store where you can buy any of those things and more! https://www.teepublic.com/user/superheroethics

Want to hear more of Matthew’s perspectives? Check out his other two podcasts:

Lastly, you probably heard some great music at the start and the end of our podcast. That music comes from the deeply talented Jack Hesse.. You can follow him on Twitter at Jack_608, https://twitter.com/jack_608

Ep 76 – Harley, Harley, Harley!

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“By all means, keep selling Mad Love. But do you have to sell it as a coloring book?”  Jessica Plummer, “A Close Look at the Paradox of Harley Quinn” in BookRiot.

 

Harley Quinn has quickly become one of the most popular, and the most controversial, characters in comic book media. Returning guest and comic book nerd and critic extraordinaire joins us for an in depth look at this fascinating character, whose portrayals span the range from wacky kids show villain  to abuse survivor to kinky sex symbol. In this episode we look at the evolution and development of the character, the questions she raises both in her stories and about her stories, and our hopes for her future. 

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 (http://flightsandtights.libsyn.com/). She also writes about comics and books in general at BookRiot.com (https://bookriot.com/author/jessica-plummer/). Find her on Twitter @jess_plummer.  In this episode she references her recent article on BookRiot, “A Close Look at the Paradox of Harley Quinn,” quoted above. 

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Remember, Remember…

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Yesterday, the confluence of Guy Fawkes Day and Election Day in the US falling on the same day, led me to watch and live tweet V for Vendetta. Below is an edited transcript of those tweets.  I explore a lot of what the movie has to say about the nature of protest, both violent and nonviolent, the increasingly disturbing connections between our world and Vs, and some of the more troubling parts of the movie, such as V’s treatment of Evie. 

 

Here are the tweets:
I’ve spent most of the morning thinking about today being both Guy Fawkes Day, and an Election Day here in the US, and this movie and the nature of protest. There’s a lot to dive into, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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A few quick thoughts before starting the movie!

One of the reasons I love it, is the way it balances violent and non violent protest. I’ve always been uncomfortable with the idea of using violence to overthrow violence, but I also think sometimes it is necessary.

My memory is that this movie is about using violence to lead the way so that non-violence can help restore actual democracy, but that violence has to be left behind once democracy is reached- powerful message for election day.

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Self promo moment- Our podcast did an episode on V for Vendetta where we did a deep dive into these issues. Check it out! https://superheroethics.wordpress.com/2016/11/15/v-for-dystopia/ …

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Alright, pressing play now.

 

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